Does the Lord Really Appear to Us in His Resurrected Spiritual Body When He Returns?
Many people who desperately look forward to the Lord’s return say, “The Lord Jesus said He would arrive just as He departed. Back then, the Lord Jesus ascended to heaven in His resurrected spiritual body, and so when He returns, He should likewise appear to us in His resurrected spiritual body, and we all will see Him.” For 2,000 years, all believers have been waiting for the Lord’s return in this way. Now the prophecies of the Lord’s return have been largely fulfilled, but we have not welcomed the Lord. What is going on? Will the Lord really appear as we imagined? What should we do to see God’s appearance and follow in the footsteps of the Lamb?
God says, “The appearance of God refers to His arrival on earth to do His work in person. With His own identity and disposition, and in the way that is innate to Him, He descends among mankind to conduct the work of initiating an age and ending an age. This kind of appearance is not a form of ceremony. It is not a sign, a picture, a miracle, or some kind of a grand vision, and even less is it a kind of religious process. It is a real and actual fact that can be touched and beheld by anyone. This kind of appearance is not for the sake of going through the motions, or for any short-term undertaking; it is, rather, for a stage of work in His management plan. The appearance of God is always meaningful and always bears some relation to His management plan. What is called ‘appearance’ here is completely different from the kind of ‘appearance’ in which God guides, leads, and enlightens man. God carries out a stage of His great work each time He reveals Himself. This work is different from that of any other age. It is unimaginable to man, and has never been experienced by man. It is work that starts a new age and concludes the old age, and it is a new and improved form of work for the salvation of mankind; moreover, it is work that brings mankind into the new age. This is what the appearance of God signifies.”
“The appearance of God cannot be reconciled with man’s notions, still less can God appear at the behest of man. God makes His own choices and His own plans when He does His work; moreover, He has His own objectives and His own methods. Whatever work He does, He has no need to discuss it with man or seek his advice, much less to notify each and every person of His work. This is the disposition of God, which should, moreover, be recognized by everyone. If you desire to witness the appearance of God, to follow God’s footsteps, then you must first walk away from your own notions. You must not demand that God do this or that, much less should you place Him within your own confines and limit Him to your own notions. Instead, you should ask how you are to seek God’s footprints, how you are to accept God’s appearance, and how you are to submit to the new work of God: This is what man should do. Since man is not the truth, and is not possessed of the truth, he should seek, accept, and obey.”
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