The First Utterance

Do those who witness My words really accept them? Do you really know Me? Have you truly learned obedience? Do you sincerely expend yourselves for Me? Have you really borne strong, unyielding witness to Me in the face of the great red dragon? Does your devotion truly humiliate the great red dragon? Only through the trial of My words can I achieve My goal of purifying the church and choosing those who truly love Me. For how else could anyone understand Me? Who can understand My majesty, My wrath, and My wisdom through My words? I will finish what I have started, but still it is I who measures the hearts of men. In truth, no man fully understands Me, so I guide them with words, and lead them into a new era this way. In the end I will complete all of My work through My words, and bring those who truly love Me back to My kingdom, to live before My throne. The situation is not what it once was, and My work has entered a new starting point. That being so, there will be a new approach: Those who read My word and accept it as their very life are the people of My kingdom. Since they are in My kingdom, they are My people in the kingdom. Because they are guided by My words, although they are referred to as My people, this title is not at all inferior to being called My “sons.” As My people, all must be faithful in My kingdom and fulfill their duties, and those who offend My administrative decrees must receive My punishment. This is My warning to all.

As now a new approach is used, all that from the past need not be said again. However, I have said these words: What I have said must be counted, what is counted must be completed, and this cannot be changed by anyone; this is absolute. Whether it be what I have said in the past or what I say in the future, all will come to be, and all of mankind will see this. This is the principle behind the work of My words. As the construction of the church has already been achieved, it is now no longer the era of church building, but rather the era in which the kingdom is successfully built. However, as you are still on earth, your assemblies will remain known as the church. Nevertheless, the essence of the church is not the same as it once was, and it has shown true success. Therefore, I say My kingdom has descended to earth. None can grasp the root of My words, nor can they understand the purpose behind them. As I speak today, you may experience an epiphany. Perhaps some will burst out weeping; others may feel afraid that this is the way that I speak. Some may maintain an old-fashioned perspective to My every action; some may regret their complaints or resistance to Me; some may inwardly rejoice, for they have never strayed from My name, and now today are revived; perhaps some people were rattled by My words long ago, and they hover between life and death, dispirited and downcast, and no longer have the heart to hear the words I speak even if I choose a different manner of expression. There may be some who are so devoted to Me that they have never complained, never doubted, and today are fortunate enough to gain release and feel gratitude in their hearts toward Me that is beyond words. Everyone falls under these categories to varying degrees. But as the past is the past, and now is the present, there is no need to long for the past any longer, or to worry about the future. Among men, those who go against reality and do not do things according to My guidance will not come to a good end, and will only bring trouble upon themselves. Of everything that occurs in the universe, there is nothing that I do not have the final say in. What exists that is not in My hands? All that I say goes, and among men, who is there who can change My mind? Could it be the covenant I made on the earth? Nothing can hinder My plan; I am ever-present in My work as well as in the plan of My management. What man can interfere? Is it not I who has personally made these arrangements? Entering into this situation today, it still does not stray from My plan or what I foresaw; it was all determined by Me long ago. Who among you can fathom My plan for this step? My people will listen to My voice, and each and every one of those who truly loves Me shall return before My throne.

February 20, 1992

Eastern LightningThe Church of Almighty God was created because of the appearance and work of Almighty God, the second coming of the Lord Jesus, Christ of the last days. It is made up of all those who accept Almighty God’s work in the last days and are conquered and saved by His words. It was entirely founded by Almighty God personally and is led by Him as the Shepherd. It was definitely not created by a person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. God’s sheep hear God’s voice. As long as you read the words of Almighty God, you will see God has appeared.

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Kingdom Anthem

The people cheer Me, the people praise Me; all mouths name the one true God, all people raise their eyes to watch My deeds. The kingdom descends to earth, My person is rich and bountiful. Who would not celebrate for this? Who would not dance with joy for this? Oh, Zion! Raise your triumphant banner to celebrate Me! Sing your triumphant song of victory and spread My holy name! All things on earth! Now purify yourselves in sacrifice for Me! Stars in the sky! Now return to your places and show My greatness in the firmament! I attend to the voices of the people on earth, pouring out infinite love and reverence for Me in song! On this day, as all things rejuvenate, I come to walk the earth. At this moment, the flowers bloom, the birds sing, all life is full of jubilation! In the sound of the kingdom’s salute, Satan’s kingdom collapses, destroyed in the reverberating chorus of the kingdom anthem. And it will never rise again!

Who on the earth dares to rise and resist? As I descend to earth I bring burning, bring wrath, bring all disasters. The earthly kingdoms now are My kingdom! Up in the sky, the clouds tumble and billow; under the sky, lakes and rivers surge and churn out a moving melody. Resting animals emerge from their dens, and all peoples who slumber are awakened by Me. The day all peoples have awaited finally has come! They offer up the most beautiful songs to Me!

At this beautiful moment, at this exciting time,

The heavens above and all under heaven now praise. Who would not be excited for this?

Who would not rejoice for this? Who would not weep on this occasion?

The sky is not the same sky, now it is the kingdom’s sky.

The earth is not the earth it was, but now is holy earth.

After a heavy rain has passed, the filthy old world is utterly transformed.

The mountains changing … the waters changing…

People too changing … all things changing…

Quiet mountains! Dance for Me!

Stagnant waters! Flow freely!

Slumbering men! Rise up in your pursuits!

I have come … And I reign…

All will see with their own eyes My face, all will hear with their own ears My voice,

Experience for themselves life in the kingdom…

So sweet … So beautiful…

Unforgettable … Unforgettable…

In the burning of My wrath, the great red dragon struggles;

In My majestic judgment, devils show their true forms;

At My stern words, all feel shame,

Not daring to show their faces.

Recalling the past, how they mocked Me,

Always exposing themselves, always defying Me.

Today, who will not weep? Who feels no remorse?

The entire universe world is full of tears…

Full of the sounds of rejoicing … full of laughter…

Incomparable joy … Incomparable joy…

Light rain pattering … heavy snow fluttering down…

People mingling sorrow and joy … some laughing…

some sobbing … and some cheering…

As if people have forgotten … whether it is an overcast and rainy spring,

a summer of blooming flowers, an autumn of bountiful harvest,

a winter cold as ice and frost, no one knows…

In the sky the clouds drift, on the earth the seas boil.

The sons wave their arms … the people move their feet in dance…

The angels are at work … the angels are shepherding…

The people of earth bustle, life on earth multiplies.

Eastern LightningThe Church of Almighty God was created because of the appearance and work of Almighty God, the second coming of the Lord JesusChrist of the last days. It is made up of all those who accept Almighty God’s work in the last days and are conquered and saved by His words. It was entirely founded by Almighty God personally and is led by Him as the Shepherd. It was definitely not created by a person. Christ is the truth, the way, and the life. God’s sheep hear God’s voice. As long as you read the words of Almighty God, you will see God has appeared.

The Sighing of the Almighty

There is an enormous secret in your heart. You never know it there because you have been living in a world without light shining. Your heart and your spirit have been taken away by the evil one. Your eyes are covered by darkness; you cannot see the sun in the sky, nor the twinkling star in the night. Your ears are clogged with deceptive words and you hear not the thunderous voice of Jehovah, nor the sound of the rushing waters from the throne. You have lost everything that should have belonged to you and everything that the Almighty bestowed upon you. You have entered an endless sea of bitterness, with no strength of a rescue, no hope of survival, left only to struggle and to bustle about. … From that moment, you are doomed to be afflicted by the evil one, kept far away from the blessings of the Almighty, out of reach of the provisions of the Almighty, and you embark on a road of no return. A million calls can hardly rouse your heart and your spirit. You sleep deeply in the hands of the evil one, who has lured you into the boundless realm, with no direction, with no road signs. Henceforth, you have lost your original purity, innocence, and started to hide from the care of the Almighty. The evil one steers your heart in every matter and becomes your life. You no longer fear him, no longer avoid him, no longer doubt him. Instead, you treat him as the God in your heart. You begin to enshrine him, worship him, be inseparable like a shadow of his, and mutually commit to each other in life and death. You have no idea at all from where you originate, why you exist, or why you die. You view the Almighty as a stranger; you don’t know His origin, let alone all that He has done for you. Everything from Him has become hateful to you. You neither cherish them nor know their value. You walk with the evil one, from the same day you started to receive provisions from the Almighty. You and the evil one walk through thousands of years of tempest and storm. Together with him, you counter God, who was the source of your life. You do not repent, let alone know that you have come to the point of perishment. You forget that the evil one has tempted you, afflicted you; you forget your origin. Just like that, the evil one has been damaging you step by step, even to now. Your heart and your spirit are desensitized and decayed. You no longer complain about the distress of the world, no longer believe the world is unjust. You don’t even care about the existence of the Almighty. This is because you have deemed the evil one as your true father, and you no longer can be apart from him. This is the secret in your heart.

As dawn arrives, a morning star arises from the east. It is a star never there before. It lights up the still starry skies and ignites the extinguished light in the hearts of people. People are no longer lonely, because of this light, the light that shines upon you and upon others. But only you remain soundly asleep in the dark night. You are unable to hear the sound, nor see the light, unable to notice the advent of a new heaven and a new earth, a new age. Because your father tells you, “My child, do not get up, it is still early. The outdoors are cold, stay inside, lest the sword and spear pierce your eyes.” You believe only in your father’s exhortation, because you believe that father is correct as father is older than you, and that father truly loves you. Such exhortation and such love cause you to no longer believe the legend that there is light in the world, and no longer care whether the world has truth. You no longer dare to hope for rescue from the Almighty. You are content with the status quo, no longer hope for the advent of light, and no longer keep an eye out for the coming of the legendary Almighty. In your eyes, all that is beautiful can no longer be resurrected, nor continue to exist. In your eyes, the tomorrow and the future of mankind disappears and dooms. You clench tightly to your father’s clothes, willing to suffer together, fearing the loss of your travel partner and the direction of your distant journey. The vast and hazy world has made many of you, unflinching and dauntless in filling the different roles of this world. It has formed many “warriors” that do not fear death at all. More than that, it has created batches of desensitized and paralyzed humans who do not understand the purpose of their creation. The eyes of the Almighty look around the severely afflicted mankind, hearing the wailing of those suffering, seeing the shamelessness of those afflicted, and feeling the helplessness and dread of the mankind who has lost salvation. Mankind rejects His care, walks their own path, and avoids the searching of His eyes. They would rather taste all the bitterness of the deep sea, along with the enemy. The sighing of the Almighty can no longer be heard. The hands of the Almighty are no longer willing to touch the tragic mankind. He repeats His work, regaining and losing, time and again. From that moment, He grows tired, and feels weary, so He stops the work in His hand, and no longer wanders among the people. … People are not at all aware of these changes, not aware of the coming and going, the sorrow and disappointment of the Almighty.

All that is in this world is fast changing with the Almighty’s thoughts, under His eyes. Things mankind has never heard of can abruptly arrive. And yet, what mankind has always owned can unknowingly slip away. No one can fathom the Almighty’s whereabouts, and further, no one can feel the transcendence and greatness of the Almighty’s life power. His transcendence lies in how He can perceive what humans cannot. His greatness lies in how He is the One who is renounced by mankind yet saves mankind. He knows the meaning of life and death. Moreover, He knows the rules of living for mankind, whom He created. He is the basis for human existence and the Redeemer for mankind to resurrect again. He weighs down happy hearts with distress and lifts up sorrowful hearts with happiness. This is all for His work, and His plan.

Mankind, who left the supply of life from the Almighty, does not know why they exist, and yet fears death. There is no support, no help, but mankind is still reluctant to close their eyes, braving it all, drags out an ignoble existence in this world in bodies without the consciousness of souls. You live like such, with no hope; he exists like such, with no aim. There is only the Holy One in the legend who will come to save those who moan in suffering and long desperately for His arrival. This belief cannot be realized so far in the people who are unconscious. However, the people still yearn for it so. The Almighty has mercy on these people who suffer deeply. At the same time, He is fed up with these people who have no consciousness, because He has to wait too long for the answer from humans. He desires to seek, seek your heart and your spirit. He wants to bring you food and water and to awaken you, so you are no longer thirsty, no longer hungry. When you are weary and when you begin to feel the desolation of this world, do not be perplexed, do not cry. Almighty God, the Watcher, will embrace your arrival any time. He is watching by your side, waiting for you to turn back. He is waiting for the day your memory suddenly recovers: becoming conscious of the fact that you came from God, somehow and somewhere once lost, falling unconscious on the roadside, and then, unknowingly having a “father.” You further realize that the Almighty has been watching there, awaiting your return all along. He longs bitterly, waiting for a response without an answer. His watching is priceless and is for the heart and the spirit of humans. Perhaps this watching is indefinite, and perhaps this watching is at its end. But you should know exactly where your heart and spirit are now.

May 28, 2003

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The Twenty-fourth Utterance – The Word Appears in the Flesh

My chastisement comes upon all people, yet it also remains distant from all people. Each life of every person is filled with love and hate toward Me, and no one has ever known Me—and so man’s attitude toward Me blows hot and cold, and is incapable of being normal. Yet I have always cared for and protected man, and it is only because of his dull-wittedness that he is incapable of seeing all of My deeds and understanding My eager intentions. I am the leading One among all countries, and the Most High among all people; it is simply that man does not know Me. For many years I have lived among man and experienced life in the world of man, yet he has always ignored Me and treated Me like a being from outer space. In consequence, because of differences in disposition and language, people treat Me like a stranger in the street. My clothing, it seems, is also too idiosyncratic, as a result of which man lacks the confidence to approach Me. Only then do I feel the desolation of life among man, and only then do I sense the injustice of the world of man. I walk among passers-by, observing all of their faces. It is as if they live in the midst of an illness, which fills their faces with melancholy, and among chastisement, which prevents their release. Man shackles himself, and abases himself. Most people create a false impression of themselves before Me so that I might applaud them, most people deliberately make themselves appear pitiable before Me so that they might gain My help. Behind My back, people all deceive Me and disobey Me. Am I not right? Is this not man’s survival strategy? Who has ever lived out Me in their lives? Who has ever exalted Me among others? Who has ever been bound before the Spirit? Who has ever stood firm in their testimony to Me before Satan? Who has ever added the truthfulness to their “loyalty” to Me? Who has ever been eliminated by the great red dragon because of Me? People have cast their lot in with Satan, they are experts at defying Me, they are the inventors of opposition to Me, and they are graduates in paltering with Me. For the sake of his own destiny, man searches here and there on earth; when I beckon him, he remains insensible to My preciousness and continues to have “faith” in his reliance upon himself, unwilling to be a “burden” on others. Man’s aspirations are precious, yet never have anyone’s aspirations achieved full marks: They all crumble before Me, toppling without sound.

Each day I speak, and each day I do new things as well. If man does not draw upon all of his strength, then he will have difficulty hearing My voice, and will find it hard to see My face. The beloved may be fine, and His speech gentle, but man is incapable of easily beholding His glorious face and hearing His voice. Throughout the ages, no one has ever easily beheld My face. I once spoke to Peter and “appeared” to Paul, and no one else—with the exception of the Israelites—has ever truly seen My face. Today, I have personally come among man to live together with him. Does this really not feel rare and precious to you? Do you not wish to make the best use of your time? Do you want to let it pass you by in this way? Could the hands of time in people’s minds suddenly stop? Or could time flow backward? Or could man become young again? Could the blessed life of today ever come again? I do not give man an appropriate “reward” for his “waste.” I merely persist in doing My work, detached from all else, and do not stop the flow of time because man is busy, or because of the sound of his cries. For several thousand years, no one has been able to divide My strength, and no one has been able to upset My original plan. I will transcend space, and span the ages, and embark upon the core of My entire plan both above and among all things. No one has been able to receive special treatment from Me, no one has been able to obtain the “reward” in My hands. And even though people have opened their mouths and prayed to Me, even though, heedless of all else, they have reached out their hands to make demands of Me, none of them have ever affected Me, and they have all been pushed back by My “heartless” voice. Most people still believe that they are “too young,” and so wait for Me to show great mercy, to be compassionate toward them for a second time, and they ask that I allow them to take the back door. Yet how could I casually meddle with My plan? Could I stop the earth rotating for the sake of man’s youth, so that he could live a few more years on earth? Man’s brain is so complex, yet it seems that there are also things it lacks. In consequence, in man’s mind there often appear “wonderful ways” to deliberately interrupt My work.

Although many are the times that I have forgiven man his sins, and shown him special favor because of his weakness, many are also the times that I have given him appropriate treatment because of his ignorance. It is simply that man has never known how to appreciate My kindness, such that he has sunk to his present denouement: covered in dust, his clothes in tatters, his hair covering his head like a growth of weeds, his face caked in grime, his feet shod in homemade shoes, his hands like the claws of a dead eagle, hanging weakly at his sides. When I open My eyes and look, it is as if man has just climbed out of the bottomless pit. I can’t help but be angry: I have always been tolerant of man, yet how could I allow the devil to come and go as it pleases from My holy kingdom? How could I allow a beggar to eat for free in My household? How could I tolerate having an unclean spirit as a guest of My household? Man has always been “strict with himself” and “lenient toward others,” yet he has never been the least bit courteous toward Me, for I am the God in heaven, and so he treats Me differently, and has never had the slightest affection for Me. It is as if man’s eyes are especially astute: As soon as he encounters Me, the look on his face immediately changes and he adds a little more expression to his cold, impassive visage. I do not impose appropriate restrictions on man because of his attitude toward Me, but merely look upon the skies from above the universes and thence carry out My work on earth. In the memories of man, I have never shown kindness to any person, but neither have I ever mistreated anyone. Because man does not leave an “empty seat” for Me in his heart, when I fling caution to the wind and reside within him, he unceremoniously forces Me out, and then uses smooth talk and flattery to make excuses, saying he is too lacking and incapable to provide himself for My enjoyment. As he talks, his face frequently becomes overcast with “dark clouds,” as if disaster might fall among man any time. Yet still he asks Me to leave, without any consideration of the dangers involved. Even though I give to man with My words and the warmth of My embrace, he seems to have no hearing organ, and so he pays not the slightest attention to My voice, instead clutching his head as he takes to his heels. I depart from man feeling a little disappointed, but also a little wrathful. Man, meanwhile, immediately vanishes amid the onslaught of great gales and mighty waves. Soon after, he cries out to Me, but how could he affect the movement of the wind and waves? Gradually, all trace of man is lost, until he is nowhere to be found.

Before the ages, I looked upon all lands from above the universes. I planned a great undertaking on earth: the creation of a mankind that was after My own heart, and the building of a kingdom on earth like the one in heaven, allowing My power to fill the skies and My wisdom to spread throughout the entire universe. And so today, thousands of years later, I continue with My plan, yet no one knows of My plan or management on earth, much less do they see My kingdom on earth. Hence, man chases shadows, and comes before Me to try to fool Me, wanting to pay a “silent price” for My blessings in heaven. In consequence, he provokes My wrath and I bring judgment upon him, but still he does not awaken. It is as if he is working underground, completely ignorant of that which is above ground as he pursues nothing other than his own prospects. Among all people, I have never seen anyone who lives beneath My shining light. They live in a world of darkness, and seem to have become used to living amid the gloom. When the light comes they stay far away, and it is as if the light has disturbed their work; as a result, they look a little annoyed, as if the light has shattered all their peace and left them unable to sleep soundly. In consequence, man summons all his strength to drive away the light. The light, too, seems to lack “awareness,” and so rouses man from his sleep, and when man awakens, he closes his eyes, overcome with anger. He is somewhat displeased with Me, yet in My heart I know the score. I gradually intensify the light, causing all people to live amid My light, such that before long they become adept at associating with the light, and, furthermore, all treasure the light. At this time, My kingdom has come among man, all people dance with joy and celebrate, the earth is suddenly filled with jubilation, and several thousand years of silence is broken by the arrival of the light. …

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Question (1) If the “Eastern Lightning” is the true way, why is the CCP government so against them? Why do religious leaders condemn them with such fervor? The pastors and elders receive much persecution from the government too. So when they tell us about the “Eastern Lightning,” why would such servants of God have the same opinions and attitudes as those of the CCP government? What’s the reason behind this?

The Lord Jesus is a God of mercy and love. As long as we hold on to His name and His way, we believe that He will not abandon us when He comes back, and that He’ll directly take us into the kingdom of heaven.

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