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Yang Hou’en was a pastor of a house church in China. His father Yang Shoudao and he had always been waiting for the Lord Jesus to come upon a cloud and catch them up into the kingdom of heaven. For this reason, they worked diligently for the Lord and held onto His name, thinking that whoever claims to be the Lord Jesus but doesn’t come with a cloud is a false Christ. As to the news of the Lord’s return, they neither investigated nor accepted it, and they simply believed they were already “watching and waiting.” … Just when they were waiting passively, Li Jiayin, the cousin of Yang Hou’en, accepted Almighty God’s work of the last days and went to evangelize them. After several intense debates, Yang Hou’en finally understood what it truly meant to “watch and wait.” …

By Zhenxi

Editor’s Note: It is prophesied in the Book of Revelation: “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). All true believers are looking forward to and eagerly awaiting the return of the Lord Jesus, and Xiangyang is no exception. However, he always failed to understand how the Lord would knock at the door when He returned. …

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

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

This verse tells us how to welcome the second coming of Jesus Christ in the last days. Jesus Christ’s words have made it clear to us that Jesus Christ returns to speak His words and knock at man’s door. For two thousand years, believers in the Lord have been watching and waiting for Jesus Christ to knock. Then how will Jesus Christ knock at our door when He comes again? Jesus Christ said, “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come” (John 16:12–13). …

Liu Yong

One may ask: In the Bible, we saw the Lord Jesus say, “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4–5). “Then if any man shall say to you, See, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Why if they shall say to you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even to the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:23–27). The Lord Jesus clearly tells us that false Christs will appear in the last days to deceive man. We believe that we won’t be deceived as long as we hold on to the name of the Lord Jesus. We won’t accept any news preaching the Lord has returned unless He is called the Lord Jesus. Because false Christs will come in the name of the Lord, saying they are here or there and displaying signs to deceive many people. So, we believe this is the right implementation. …

by An Ming

One day, it was drizzling. Some pedestrians held umbrellas and some walked in the rain leisurely.

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Pastor Lee, Pastor Kim and Preacher Ju are famous pastors and preachers in the Korean churches. In the afternoon, after finishing the matters of the church, they got together and had a chat. Then they talked about the topic of “Some people testify that the Lord Jesus has returned.” Pastor Kim said, “Pastor Lee, Preacher Ju, your church must get the news. Now some people testify the Lord Jesus has returned to flesh, and moreover, has expressed millions of words. It’s shocking. What do you think of it?” This topic arrested their attention. Pastor Lee said with cool disdain, “The Bible says, ‘Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so …’ (Revelation 1:7). But we haven’t seen this. How come the Lord has returned?” In reality, Pastor Kim had the same viewpoint as Pastor Lee before. However, when he studied the Bible, he found it is prophesied in the Bible that there is another way in which the Lord will return. For example, Revelation 16:15 says, “Behold, I come as a thief.” Here, “come as a thief” means coming in secret. But if the Lord Jesus comes again on a cloud and before the eyes of everyone, how will that fulfill “coming as a thief”? Thereupon he laid out his views, “The Bible prophesies two different ways, two possible ways that the Lord shall return. One way will be in secret, the other in public. …

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD tries the hearts.

Proverbs 17:3

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Thoughts on Today’s Verse

The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold, but God uses hardship and refinement to train the people of the kingdom. Although we can understand the meaning of this verse, we are easy to become negative and weak and even complain when we meet with hardships or sickness. This is because we do not understand the significance of God’s work of refinement.

God says, “For all people, refinement is excruciating, and very difficult to accept — yet it is during refinement that God makes plain His righteous disposition to man, and makes public His requirements for man, and provides more enlightenment, and more actual pruning and dealing; through the comparison between the facts and the truth, He gives man a greater knowledge of himself and the truth, and gives man a greater understanding of God’s will, thus allowing man to have a truer and purer love of God. Such are God’s aims in carrying out refinement. All the work that God does in man has its own aims and significance; God does not do meaningless work, nor does He do work that is without benefit to man. Refinement does not mean removing people from before God, nor does it mean destroying them in hell. It means changing man’s disposition during refinement, changing his motivations, his old views, changing his love for God, and changing his whole life. Refinement is a real test of man, and a form of real training, and only during refinement can his love serve its inherent function.” …

Prayer is an approach for us to get close to God. Although we pray every day, are our prayers approved by the Lord? How can we pray so that God will listen?

Today we will share with you the 5 most basic knowledge about prayer, from which you will know what kind of prayer is approved by the Lord.

God says, “1. Do not blindly say whatever comes to mind. There must be a burden on your heart, that is, you must have an objective when you pray.

2. Prayer must contain the words of God; it must be founded upon the words of God.

By Xien

Westward declined the sun; the sunset’s afterglow tinted half of the sky and the evening glow appeared especially beautiful and dazzling. Su Mingyue, sauntering on the pebble road in the park, looking thoughtful, didn’t have the heart to enjoy such a brilliant scenery. A breeze stirred the tips of the trees, golden falling leaves dropping with the wind. This scene was just like her mood at that time. She was thinking: Over the past twenty years in serving the Lord, I have often sinned, but I believe firmly all along that the Lord has already forgiven the sins of us humans. And as long as I stick to working and preaching for Him, I will change in an instant and become holy, and then be raptured into the kingdom of heaven when He comes back. …

By Liu Lei

The Bible recorded such an incident: When the Lord Jesus was resurrected three days after being crucified, He appeared to His disciples. At that time, some of the disciples saw Him, but Thomas didn’t. He said, “Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe” (John 20:25). Later, the Lord Jesus appeared to all His disciples, and Thomas was with them. The Lord Jesus said to him, “Reach here your finger, and behold my hands; and reach here your hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.” When Thomas saw the Lord was really resurrected, he knelt down and said, “My Lord and my God.” However, the Lord Jesus said: “because you have seen me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (John 20:27–29). Thomas was one of the twelve disciples and followed the Lord Jesus all the time when He preached and worked. He saw the Lord preached in all places and taught people, and saw the Lord performed many signs and wonders, such as, healing the person who was born blind, feeding five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish, raising the dead, calming the wind and waves, and so on. But why did he still doubt the Lord’s identity? This problem has been puzzling me for a long time. …

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

Job 1:8 And Jehovah said to Satan, Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and eschews evil? …

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