By Xiaolan, Taiwan
Editor’s note: Many Christians believe that the great white throne judgment is the work that the Lord will reward the good and punish the wicked, and determine man’s outcome when He comes back. So how is the great white throne judgment prophesied in the Book of Revelation carried out? Let’s see the experiences of Sister Xiaolan.
I Heard for the First Time That the Lord Had Returned and Started To Do the Work of Judgment
One evening on my way home after a gathering, Sister Zhang said to me excitedly, “Thewe have been longing for has returned, He is Christ of the last days—Almighty God. The incarnate Almighty God has expressed millions of words and has started to do the work of judgment beginning with the house of God.” I was shocked after hearing these words. Looking at the sister, I was unable to recover my sense for a while and thought: My father is the elder of our church. Since I was little, he has told me that when the Lord returned to do the work of judgment, He would reward the good and punish the wicked, and determine man’s outcome. At that time righteous people would be rewarded and enter into the kingdom of heaven; evil people would be punished in hell. But now I haven’t seen God reward the good and punish the wicked, how could it be the great white throne judgment? Thinking also of my current situation, I often lie and cheat, always enjoy physical comforts and pursue money, living in sin every day, and moreover I haven’t accrued many good deeds yet. If the Lord has come to judge man, how can I account to Him? The kingdom of heaven can’t possibly have a share for me. Thinking of this, I couldn’t help shuddering.
So I said to Sister Zhang, “When the Lord returns, He will judge all nations and all peoples. Thesays when God comes to judge, all the people will weep in sorrow. Now I haven’t seen any signs, how could it be that the Lord has come and started to do the work of judgment? You’d better speak with more caution.”
Sister Zhang said with a smile, “My husband and I have investigated Almighty God’s work in the last days for a period of time. Almighty God has already revealed the truth about the work of judgment. As long as you read more of His words, you will understand it. In fact, the work of judgment in the last days done by Almighty God is exactly the great white throne judgment prophesied in the Book of Revelation.”
Sister Zhang’s words made me very surprised. She and her husband were earnest Christians who had believed in the Lord for many years. I never thought that both of them would have accepted Almighty God’s work in the last days. Therefore, I became a little curious about The Church of Almighty God. But when she asked me whether I would like to investigate God’s work in the last days, I still told her I needed to seek and pray since I worried that I would believe wrong.
When the Lord Knocked at My Door Again I Decided To Seek and Investigate
It was another meeting day. After the meeting had ended, Sister Zhang bore witness to God’s new work for me again. She said that God expressing the word and doing the work of judgment was to do the work of eliminating sin based on the work of redemption in the Age of Grace. If we wanted to break free from the bondage and the restriction of sin, we must accept God’s work in the last days, so that we couldand enter into the kingdom of heaven. At that moment my heart was struck by her words, thinking: My sister bore witness to the Lord having returned again and again, this may be the Lord’s arrangements. I should go and listen to the sermons of The Church of Almighty God to see whether the judgment they talk about is the same as the great white throne judgment prophesied in the Book of Revelation. If Sister Zhang believes wrong, then, as a co-worker of our church, I can ask her to turn back in time, and I will gain some discernment as well. So, I agreed.
The True Meaning of the Great White Throne Judgment
After I got off of work, I went nervously to The Church of Almighty God along with Sister Zhang. Seeing the brothers and sisters were kind and warm-hearted, I became relaxed. Sister Xiaoyun was of my own age and had insight when she spoke. She fellowshiped with me about many aspects of truths very clearly, giving me a lot of benefits. She also fellowshiped: In the Age of Law, Jehovah God issued laws and commandments, leading mankind to live on earth. However, during the later stages of the Age of Law, man was not able to abide by the commandments, committing sins continuously and thus all faced the danger of being executed for breaking the law. Therefore, in the Age of Grace, God personally became flesh to be nailed to the cross as a sin offering for man, thereby redeeming us from sin. So when we commit sins, as long as we repent and confess in the name of the Lord Jesus, the Lord will forgive us and not see us as sinners. However, because our corrupt dispositions are deeply ingrained, we still often commit sins and resist God, stuck in a cycle of committing sins and then confessing sins. If we want to thoroughly shake off the shackles of sin and become holy, we must be judged and purified by the work of God’s second incarnation.
I was attracted by Sister Xiaoyun’s fellowship; the more I listened, the more my heart became clear. When she talked about that God has incarnated to do the work of judgment in the last days, I became nervous. Then I asked her, “You bear witness that the Lord has returned and has started to do the work of judgment beginning with the house of God, this is in line with the prophecies of the Bible. But I think when the great white throne judgment begins is when God rewards good and punishes evil and determines man’s outcome and all kindreds of the earth will wail; at that time, righteous people will be rewarded andwhile evil people will descend into hell and be punished. I haven’t seen God reward the good and punish the wicked, how could it be that the great white throne judgment has begun? Furthermore, we are all living in the bondage of sin; if God did the work of judgment, then wouldn’t we be condemned?”
Sister Xiaoyun fellowshiped, “Actually, the great white throne judgment in the last days begins when Almighty God comes to express the truth and do His judgment work of the last days in order to cleanse and save corrupt mankind. God will first make a group of overcomers before the disaster. Then, God will bring down the great disasters and start to reward good and punish evil. At that time, God’s great white throne judgment in the last days will be thoroughly complete and He will appear openly. Now ‘four consecutive blood moons’ has already appeared, the great disasters are near, and all humankind acknowledges that the end of the world is arriving. When the great disasters come, anyone who resists God or opposes God will be destroyed in the disasters. That is precisely the great white throne judgment. In addition, we can see from the Bible’s prophecies that the Lord’s return is separated into the two stages of secret arrival and open arrival. At first, the Lord comes like a thief, which meansarrives secretly to express the truth and perform His judgment work in the last days. The main purpose is to make a group of overcomers. This fulfills the prophecy: Judgment must begin at the house of God. When God incarnate does His work secretly, God cleanses and perfects those who hear His voice and are brought before Him. And when God appears openly on the clouds, He will start rewarding the good and punishing the wicked: Those who accept God’s work in the last days and have been purified will be brought into rest; those evil ones who resist God’s new work will be all destroyed.”
After hearing the fellowship, I understood that Almighty God’s work of judgment in the last days is exactly the great white throne judgment. At first, God arrives secretly to express the truth to judge and cleanse our corrupt dispositions, allowing us to gain His salvation. And then it is when He appears openly on the clouds that He will reward the good and punish the wicked, and determine man’s outcome. It is not as I thought that the judgment is to directly determine our outcome. At this moment, the matter which was gnawing at my mind for many years finally disappeared, I felt much more released.
The Way God Does His Work of Judgment
After dinner, we continued to fellowship.
I asked, “How does God do the work of judging and cleansing man?”
Brother Wu said, “About this issue,has said very clearly.” And then he read me a passage of God’s word: “In the last days, Christ uses a variety of truths to teach man, expose the essence of man, and dissect his words and deeds. These words comprise various truths, such as man’s duty, how man should obey God, how man should be loyal to God, how man ought to live out the normal humanity, as well as the wisdom and the disposition of God, and so on. These words are all directed at the essence of man and his corrupt disposition. In particular, those words that expose how man spurns God are spoken in regard to how man is an embodiment of Satan and an enemy force against God. In undertaking His work of judgment, God does not simply make clear the nature of man with just a few words; He exposes, deals with, and prunes it over the long term. These methods of exposure, dealing, and pruning cannot be substituted with ordinary words, but with the truth that man does not possess at all. Only methods of this kind are deemed judgment; only through judgment of this kind can man be subdued and thoroughly convinced into submission to God, and moreover gain true knowledge of God. What the work of judgment brings about is man’s understanding of the true face of God and the truth about his own rebelliousness. The work of judgment allows man to gain much understanding of the will of God, of the purpose of God’s work, and of the mysteries that are incomprehensible to him. It also allows man to recognize and know his corrupt substance and the roots of his corruption, as well as to discover the ugliness of man. These effects are all brought about by the work of judgment, for the substance of this work is actually the work of opening up the truth, the way, and the life of God to all those who have faith in Him. This work is the work of judgment done by God.”
Brother Wu fellowshiped, “Although we have gained the salvation of the cross and our sins have been forgiven, our sinful nature still has not been rid of. Our nature is arrogant and conceited, selfish and greedy, deceitful and crooked, and so on. Not only that, our behavior and conduct are all relying on Satan’s philosophy. For the sake of our own interest, we use, cheat and fight each other, even between the members of the same family there is no true love and affection. Dominated by our arrogant nature, we always want to show off and distinguish ourselves, always want to have a place in people’s hearts and to be exalted and supported by others. If we don’t experience God’s work of judgment but only subdue our body, these corrupt dispositions will never be resolved. In God’s work of the last days God mainly expresses words to judge and cleanse us, revealing our corrupt dispositions. Through those words we can see our filth and corruption, rebelliousness and resistance, and get to know our satanic nature and corrupt substance. Thus, we will hate our corrupt dispositions, be no longer willing to live by the satanic nature and then bring forth in us the resolve to forsake our flesh and practice the truth. Meanwhile, in God’s judgment, we can also realize that God’s disposition is unoffendable and we will give rise to a God-fearing heart and be able to practice the truth and live by God’s words. In this way we can gradually rid ourselves of corrupt disposition and eventually live out the likeness of a true man. So, Almighty God’s work of judgment is not to condemn us but to cleanse and perfect us. It is precisely God’s great mercy and salvation for us.”
After hearing God’s words and Brother Wu’s sharing, I felt God’s work of judgment is very practical. It turns out that the reason that I’ve always been living in sin and unable to practice the Lord’s word is because of my corrupt dispositions. For so many years I have been trying to find the path to solve the problem of sin but fail, and even my father isn’t able to break free from the bondage of sin. Today I get benefits so much from the fellowship and I feel the words in the book is indeed not something that an ordinary person can talk about.
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