This verse records that three Magi from the East followed the guidance of a star and found the newly born Lord Jesus. This story is thought-provoking. The three Magi from the East came to Jerusalem to look for the born King of the Jews according to the guidance of the star. They thought that the king should be born in a royal palace, so they went to the royal palace to inquire of King Herod at first. Dispatched to Bethlehem by the King Herod, they continued to follow the star guidance and found the newly born Lord Jesus, bowing down to worship Him and presenting gifts, finally, they received instructions from the Lord in a dream and they did not go back and tell the King Herod. It can be seen that the Magi are follower of the guidance of the Holy Spirit. No matter where Jesus was born, they all believed He is the King of the Jews. They did not refuse to accept the Lord Jesus because of the place where the Lord Jesus was born, and ultimately they did follow the instructions of the Lord to leave instead of obeying Herod’s orders, which avoided the Lord being known by King Herod. This record is a great inspiration to us Christians. At that time, the scribes and Pharisees wantonly condemned, judged and blasphemed the Lord Jesus because the Lord Jesus’ birth and His preachings didn’t conform to people’s notions, eventually they crucified the Lord Jesus, committing the heinous crime of resisting God. From this we can see that we humans are too arrogant and too rebellious! Revealed as God’s Word: “The Jews of the time all read from the Old Testament and knew of Isaiah’s prophecy that a male infant would be born in a manger. Why then, with this knowledge, did they still persecute Jesus? Is this not because of their rebellious nature and ignorance of the work of the Holy Spirit? At that time, the Pharisees believed that the work of Jesus was unlike what they knew of the prophesied male infant; … Can you be such that you accept without question all the work of the Holy Spirit? If it is the work of the Holy Spirit, then it is the right stream. You should accept it without the slightest misgivings, rather than picking and choosing what to accept. If you gain some knowledge from God and exercise some caution against Him, is this not an act truly uncalled for?” It can be seen that only those who always obey the guidance of the Holy Spirit can seek the appearance of God. It is the same when it comes to the return of the Lord Jesus. No matter what God does, only those who seek, accept , and obey God can seek the appearance of God.
According to what the Lord Jesus said “But of that day and hour knows no man, not the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but My Father only” (Matthew 24:36), many people think that no one will know when the Lord returns. So when hearing the news of the Lord’s return, they refuse to seek or investigate. But is their viewpoint correct? The Lord Jesus said, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet him” (Matthew 25:6). It can be seen that when the Lord returns, there will be some people who testify to us the Lord has returned, in other words, the Lord will surely let us know the news of His return. Since this is the case, what did the Lord mean by “But of that day and hour knows no man”?
From this scripture we can see that those who truly love God are those who are able to abide by the Lord’s way and that God loves such kind of people. This is because those who love God are able to worry about God’s worries and think about God’s thoughts, be of one mind with God, obey and revere God, and do everything in accordance with God’s will. Take the Lord Jesus’ disciple Peter for example. He pursued to love God and satisfy God all his life. He accepted God’s commission to shepherd God’s sheep without his personal plans and considerations. So the Lord Jesus gave him the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Peter achieved an ultimate love for God and obedience unto death, creating a beautiful and resounding testimony for God. It can be seen that Peter is after God’s heart and his pursuit is praised by God. Therefore, we should imitate Peter and pursue to be a person who can obey, revere, and love God. By doing so, we can have God’s presence and blessings and inherit God’s promises. Just as God says, “The reason why only those who truly love God have the most value and meaning in their lives, and only they truly believe in God, is because these people live in God’s light, they are able to live for God’s work and management; they do not live in darkness, but live in the light; they do not live meaningless lives, but lives that have been blessed by God. Only those who love God are able to testify to God, only they are God’s witnesses, only they are blessed by God, and only they are able to receive God’s promises. Those who love God are God’s intimates, they are the people beloved by God, and they can enjoy blessings together with God. Only people such as this will live to eternity, and only they will forever live under God’s care and protection” (“Those Who Love God Will Forever Live Within His Light”).
“The Bible records that only the Lamb can break the seven seals. In the past generations, there were many Bible expositors among the great men. Then can you say that they were all the Lamb? Can you say that their expositions were completely from God? They were only ‘Bible expositors,’ and they did not have the identity of the Lamb. How could they be qualified to break the seven seals?”
from “A Statement About Address and Identity” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
“In the end time, when I open my scroll (the scroll refers to all the words of my mouth, the words I speak in the last time, which are all the content of my scroll), I will tell you this.”
from “The One Hundred and Tenth Piece of Word” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
“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).
“Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof” (Revelation 5:5).
The Sun of righteousness rises in the East. Oh God! Your glory fills heaven and earth. My beautiful beloved, Your love surrounds me. Those who seek truth all love God. In the early morning, though I rise alone, joy’s in my heart as I ponder God’s words. His gentle words, like a loving mother. His words of judgment, like a father’s reproof.
Prayer is an important way in which we establish a proper relationship with God. But why sometimes doesn’t God hear our prayers? How should we pray to receive God’s praise? I was confused by these problems in the past. But now I have a new knowledge of prayer through a special experience.
Flu Breaking Out, I Prayed for My Son
There has been a large-scale flu outbreak recently, and many people got sick, especially the children. Because of their young age and poor immunity, many children had a cold and fever. There were relevant reports and posts both on WeChat Moments and in Wechat groups. Seeing that every major children’s hospital was overcrowded, and that it took a few hours to line up, I prayed to God in my heart, “God! Everything is controlled in Your hands. My son has a weak constitution. I don’t know whether he can overcome it or not. Oh God! I’m willing to entrust my son to You and may You protect him.”
There is a key verse in Revelation: “These are they which follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits to God and to the Lamb”(Revelation 14:4). Do you know whom “the Lamb” refers to? Some people say the Lamb refers to the Lord Jesus. But they are half right. Why is that the case? We have known the Lord Jesus was called the Lamb because He was the Son of man in the flesh. This prophecy is about the Lord’s return, so the Lamb here is about the Lord returning in the flesh. That is to say, the Lord’s coming in the last days is just like how the Lord Jesus appeared and worked, and They’re incarnations, the Son of man, the Lamb.
Now the Lord Jesus has become flesh and descended among us in secret, expressing the truth, and doing the work of judgment starting from the house of God. If people hear the voice of the incarnate Son of man in the last days, and accept and submit, then they really are blessed. It’s because they’ve welcomed the Lord and followed the Lamb’s footsteps, and they’re attending His wedding feast.
Question: The Bible says, “For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation” (Romans 10: 10). We’ve been saved through our faith in Jesus Christ. Remember: Once saved, always saved. When He comes, we will enter the kingdom of heaven.
Do you know how God carries out the work of judging and purifying man?
Fan Guoyi was an elder of a house church in China. In his over twenty years of service, he always emulated Paul, sacrificing for the Lord zealously and working hard. He firmly believed that he was doing the will of the heavenly Father by pursuing that way and he would surely be raptured to the kingdom of heaven at the return of the Lord. However, when Almighty God’s end-time salvation came upon him, he clung to his notions, rejecting, resisting, and condemning it time and time again…. Later, after several debates with the preachers from the Church of Almighty God, Fan Guoyi finally woke up. He truly understood the meaning of doing the will of the heavenly Father and the way of pursuing to be saved and enter the kingdom of heaven….
At every thought of the past, the memories were stinging in his heart….