Welcoming the Coming of the Lord: 3 Essential Key Points

By Xinjie

All manner of disasters have occurred in recent years, the four blood moons have long since appeared, and the prophecies concerning the Lord’s return have now basically been fulfilled. How then are we to greet the Lord? The Lord Jesus says, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). In Revelation, it is prophesied many times, “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2, 3). These prophecies tell us that the Lord will speak to the churches when He returns in the last days, and through His utterances He will knock upon the doors of our hearts, seeking His sheep. If we want to greet the Lord’s return, therefore, we must be the wise virgins and learn how to hear God’s voice, for only by doing that will we be able to attend the feast of the Lamb.

At this point, some brothers and sisters may think of The Church of Almighty God. They may think about the fact that, in recent years, only The Church of Almighty God has been publicly testifying online that the Lord has returned, that He has appeared and is performing His work, that He has expressed new utterances, that He is currently performing the work of judging and purifying man, and that many people from all religions and denominations have turned to Almighty God after hearing His words. But there are many brothers and sisters now who do not know how to discern the voice of God; this problem is real, and it is the key to us being able to greet the Lord when He comes. Below, we will fellowship on how we can discern the voice of God.

1. The Voice of God Has Authority and Power

Let’s read another passage, and we’ll understand more about how we can discern the voice of God. God’s words say, “[T]he authority and identity of God are clearly revealed in the wording of God’s utterances. For example, when God says ‘My covenant is with you, and you shall … have I made you … I will make you…,’ phrases such as ‘you shall’ and ‘I will,’ whose wording bears the affirmation of God’s identity and authority, are, in one respect, an indication of the Creator’s faithfulness; in another respect, they are special words used by God, who possesses the identity of the Creator — as well as being part of conventional vocabulary. … [T]here is power, majesty, and authority in the words of God. Such might and authority, and the inevitability of the accomplishment of fact, are unattainable by any created or non-created being, and unsurpassable by any created or non-created being. Only the Creator can converse with mankind with such a tone and intonation, and facts have proven that His promises are not empty words, or idle boasts, but are the expression of unique authority that is unsurpassable by any person, event, or thing.

We can see from this passage that God’s utterances are spoken in the identity of the Creator to all mankind. His manner of speaking, His wording, and His tone all demonstrate the unique identity and substance of God Himself, and these words are the direct expressions of the Spirit of God. Though we may not know God or understand the truth, if we listen with our hearts, we will feel the authority and power of God’s words, and we will then be sure that only God can speak as the Creator in such a way. For example, in the time of the Old Testament, God said to Abraham: “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. Neither shall your name any more be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made you. And I will make you exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come out of you” (Genesis 17:4–6). In God’s words of blessing to Abraham we are able to perceive the authority in God’s words; no created being would dare to arbitrarily make such promises. We should not, therefore, consider discerning the voice of God as something difficult. It doesn’t matter whether we are educated or have caliber, much less does it depend on how much theological theory or biblical knowledge we have. The crux lies with whether or not we love the truth, and as long as we have heart and spirit, then we will be capable of perception and judgment, just as the Lord Jesus said: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Only those who do not love the truth and who are without heart and spirit are unable to recognize God’s voice. Take the Pharisees at the time of Jesus, for example. They could hear the authority and power in the words the Lord Jesus spoke, yet still they did not believe Him to be the Messiah, and they judged Him and said He spoke blasphemy. They were the absurd and reckless foolish virgins, who did not understand spiritual matters.

2. God’s Words Are the Truth and Can Show Us the Way

3. God’s Words Can Expose the Corruption in Mankind

Similarly, when the Lord returns in the last days, He also will expose our corrupt essence. Let’s take a look at these prophecies in the Book of Revelation: “And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shines in its strength” (Revelation 1:16). And the Lord Jesus prophesied, “He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). 1 Peter 4:17 says, “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God.” These prophecies tell us that when the Lord returns in the last days, He will express words to perform the work of judgment and will use His word to reveal all our sins, like a two-edged sword. He will thereby cause us to reflect on ourselves, feel remorse for our actions and behavior, and achieve true repentance and change. As God’s words say: “He despises the filth. You may not even be able to detect anything filthy in your words and deeds, but He can, and He points them out to you. Those old things of yours — your lack of cultivation, insight, and sense, and your backward ways of living — have now been brought into the light by today’s revelations; only by God coming to earth to work thus do people behold His holiness and righteous disposition. He judges and chastises you, causing you to gain understanding; sometimes, your demonic nature is manifested, and He points it out to you. He knows man’s essence like the back of His hand.” In order to tell whether these words are the utterances of the second coming of the Lord, therefore, we must look at whether they are able to expose our innermost thoughts and corrupt essence, and whether they can enable us to achieve self-reflection, self-knowledge, and true repentance. If they are words in which God reveals and judges the corrupt essence of man, then when we read them, we will feel distressed, we will be convinced in heart and by word, and we will then be able to feel God’s righteous disposition that tolerates no offense. If what we are hearing are just a corrupt human being saying a few reproachful words, then we will not have these feelings.

Having fellowshiped to this point, I trust that you will all now have a path to follow to be able to recognize the voice of God. How then can we be certain that the words expressed by Almighty God are the voice of God? It’s actually not difficult. The majority of the words expressed by Almighty God are recorded in the book, The Word Appears in the Flesh. If we use our hearts to read several chapters of this book, we will see for ourselves whether these words possess authority, whether they can show us the way to rid ourselves of sin, and whether they expose our corrupt essence, and then we will naturally be able to discern this issue clearly. If we are able to recognize the voice of God and accept and submit to God’s work of the last days, then we will be the wise virgins and will be able to greet the Lord when He returns.

Source from: Find the shepherd



Hey, I'm Mary. I’m pursuing to be a devout christian. May God bless us! May we all treat our life with God’s Words. Amen!

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Hey, I'm Mary. I’m pursuing to be a devout christian. May God bless us! May we all treat our life with God’s Words. Amen!