The Origin and Development of the Church of Almighty God
In the Age of the Grace, the Lord Jesus once promised, “I will come again.” In the end time, keeping the Lord Jesus’ promise “I will come again,” God is incarnated once again and decends in China, carrying out a work of judgment and chastisement and conquering and salvation with the word. This has fully fulfilled the prophecies in the Bible, “Judgment begins with God’s household,” and “Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” God’s end-time work ends the Age of the Grace and opens the Age of the Kingdom. Almighty God’s end-time work spreads quickly in China, so the Church of Almighty God comes into being. Facts prove that the Church of Almighty God comes into being completely due to God’s end-time work and it isn’t established by any person. God’s chosen people of the Church of Almighty God pray in Almighty God’s name, accept all the truths expressed by Almighty God, and obey Almighty God’s work. Therefore, the One that God’s chosen people of the Church of Almighty God believe in is the Christ who is incarnated in the end time, the practical God who is God’s Spirit realized in the flesh, not a person.
In 1991, the end-time Christ—Almighty God, who is incarnated, began to formally perform his ministry in China. He has expressed millions of words and started the work of judgment before the great white throne in the end time. Just as Almighty God says, “The work of judgment is God’s own work. Of course, it has to be done by God personally. This work cannot be done by man instead. Because judgment is to conquer mankind with the truth, it is unquestionable that God still appears among men in his incarnate image to do this work. That is to say, the end-time Christ will teach people of every place with the truth and speak all the truths to them. This is God’s work of judgment.” (from “Christ Does the Work of Judgment with the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh ) “God does the work of the word in the end time, and this word is the word of the Holy Spirit. This is because God is the Holy Spirit and God can also be incarnated. So, the word of the Holy Spirit, which was spoken of before, is the word of the incarnated God of today. … For God to do his work by speaking and uttering his voice, he has to be incarnated. Otherwise, his work cannot achieve its purpose.” (from “How Could Those Who Circumscribe God Within Their ‘Notions’ Receive God’s ‘Revelation’?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) Because the end-time Christ appears and utters his voice and speaks, more and more people who thirst for and seek the truth are conquered and purified by Almighty God’s word, seeing God’s appearing in God’s judgment and chastisement and seeing the returning of the Redeemer.
The Church of Almighty God came into being because of the returned Lord Jesus—the end-time Christ, Almighty God’s appearing and work, and also under Almighty God’s righteous judgment and chastisement. It is constituted of all those who genuinely accept Almighty God’s end-time work and are conquered and saved by God’s word. It is completely established by Almighty God personally and shepherded and led by Almighty God personally, and it absolutely cannot be set up by any man. This is a fact acknowledged by all the chosen people in the Church of Almighty God. Because of the appearing and work of God incarnate, all those who are conquered by Almighty God’s word become subject under Almighty God’s name. Therefore, all the chosen people of the Church of Almighty God pray to Almighty God, follow Almighty God, obey Almighty God, and worship Almighty God. The chosen people in China have experienced God’s work of judgment and chastisement, tasted God’s righteous disposition, and seen God’s majesty and wrath, and they have been completely conquered by God’s word and fallen down before Almighty God, being willing to obey and accept the judgment and chastisement of God’s word. The result of their being saved by God has been achieved. Just because the words expressed by Almighty God disclose the mysteries of God’s management plan to save mankind, God’s chosen people, in the disclosing of God’s words, come to understand that God has a new name in each age, God’s new name is the symbol of his doing a new work and even more the symbol of his ending the old age and opening a new age, and the meaning of God’s name is very great and very deep, which contains the meaning of God’s work. The name of Almighty God in the Age of the Kingdom completely fulfills the word in Revelation in the Bible, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:8). God is the almighty God, God is the God who created all things and who rules over all things, and God is the First and the Last. We thought it most appropriate to call God “Almighty God.” Thence, people called the incarnated God Almighty God and also called the incarnated Christ Practical God. And thus the Church of Almighty God came into being.
When the kingdom gospel was spread in Mainland China, God took back all the working of the Spirit from the entire universe and focused it on this group of people who accepted God’s end-time work and on those who were predestined and chosen by God and sincerely sought the true way. Because the working of the Holy Spirit was transferred, all denominations and sects lost the working of the Holy Spirit and became a wasteland, and people were forced to seek the true way. This has exactly fulfilled the prophecy in the Bible, “‘The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign LORD, ‘when I will send a famine through the land—not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD’” (Amos 8:11). Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, those in various denominations and sects who pursued the truth and truly believed in God broke through the restriction and hindrance of the antichrists and the wicked servants and finally heard God’s voice and recognized God’s voice, and more and more people returned before God’s throne. The pleasant scene of “all denominations being reunited into one and all peoples streaming to this mountain” has appeared in every place. As those who truly believed in God in all denominations and sects returned in large numbers, most of the denominations and sects have long disintegrated and existed in name only. Who could stop the footsteps of God’s work? Who could hinder God’s chosen people from returning to God? The entire religious world seemed to have been cleared up. The stream of returning was like surging waves. God’s work couldn’t be hindered by any force! Since Almighty God appeared to work, the CCP government has begun to frantically resist and cruelly persecute, attempting to abolish God’s end-time work, and they have never stopped persecuting the Church of Almighty God. They called emergency meetings many times to discuss how to abolish the Church of Almighty God. They drew up and issued many secret documents and carried out various kinds of base and diabolic conspiracies and schemes: putting up notices everywhere, using the village broadcast as means of adverse propaganda, and issuing announcements; fabricating rumors to deceive and slandering and framing; forcibly instilling evil teachings and fallacies and implementing brainwash and assimilation; sending spies and investigating openly and inquiring secretly; controlling through the grass roots, ordering the neighbors to watch, going into houses willfully to search, and making use of the Three-Self sect to oversee and control; arresting secretly, interrogating by cruel tortures, afflicting physically, damaging body and mind, and beating to death without bearing any responsibility; and so on. It inhumanly arrested and persecuted God’s chosen people, causing many deaths. Its evil doings are abominable. Now, more than ten cases of the Christians being persecuted to death are documented: Xie Yongjiang (male, 43-year-old), a Christian of Wugou Town, Suixi County, Anhui Province, was secretly arrested by the local police on April 30th, 1997 and persecuted to death. On May 2nd, when Xie’s family saw his body at the crematorium, he was black and purple all over, stained with blood, with several fatal wounds on his head. Ye Aizhong (male, 42-year-old), a Christian of Shuyang County, Jiangsu Province, was arrested by the CCP policemen while purchasing goods for the Church on March 26th, 2012, and was beaten to death on the third day. Jiang Guizhi (Pseudonym: Liu Chang, female, 46-year-old, was the superior leader of the Church of Almighty God at that time), a Christian of Qinghe District, Pingyu County, Henan Province, was secretly arrested and imprisoned by the CCP policemen in Xinmi City, Henan Province on January 4th, 2013. The policemen set up an illegal court and interrogated her through cruel tortures. In the early morning on February 12th, Jiang was tortured to death by them…. Beyond that, there were tens of thousands of Christians who were arrested and put into prison by the CCP policemen. Some were injected with drugs and thus suffered schizophrenia; some were disabled by the cruel tortures and unable to take care of themselves; some were imprisoned in the labor camp and were deprived of freedom and human rights; some, after being released from prison, were still under the surveillance of the CCP government, without any personal freedom. According to rough statistics, from 2011 to 2013, within just two years, 380,380 of God’s chosen people were arrested and detained by the CCP government in Mainland China. Among them, 111,740 were imposed with various charges and illegally fined and extorted, and a calculated total is 243,613,000 RMB; 43,640 people suffered all kinds of cruel tortures while being illegally interrogated; 35,330 experienced home ransacking, and at least 1,000,000,000 RMB (including the church offerings and personal properties) were forcibly confiscated by the public security organs and their subordinates or pocketed by the evil policemen…. The statistics here are only “the tip of the iceberg” of the CCP government’s arresting and persecuting the Christians of the Church of Almighty God. In fact, since Almighty God began to work, numberless Christians of the Church of Almighty God have been arrested, persecuted, shadowed, or monitored by the CCP government. The CCP government uses every possible cruel means to bloodily suppress the Church of Almighty God, turning Mainland China into a world of terror. Additionally, there were the slanders, condemnations, and attacks from all denominations and sects. For a moment there was alive with rumors. A variety of slanders, abuses, and curses flew everywhere. All kinds of adverse publicity filled the entire society and religious world. The corrupt mankind has resisted the true God and persecuted the true way to the utmost extent.
Since mankind was corrupted by satan, God has never stopped his management plan of saving mankind. However, because mankind doesn’t know the truth, much less know God, every time when God is incarnated to start a new work, he is rejected and persecuted by those in power and the religious world. Two thousand years ago, when Jesus was incarnated, he was persecuted and arrested by the Roman government and the Jewish religious world, and in the end he was crucified. In the end time, since God returned in the flesh in China to do the judgment work, God has been undergoing the cruel persecution and hunting of the Chinese government, and also the curse, framing, condemnation, and rejection of all denominations and sects of the Christianity. From them we can see clearly man’s corruption and evil. We can imagine how hard it is for God to carry out his work in such a fortress of demons where black clouds weigh heavily and the devils rule. Nevertheless, God is almighty, and he has the supreme authority and power. No matter how savage and aggressive satan’s force is and how it resists and launches attacks, it’s in vain. Just in about 20 years, Almighty God’s kingdom gospel has been spread to the entire Mainland China under severe oppression. A few hundred thousands of churches were built in the whole country in succession, just like the bamboo shoots after a spring rain. Several million people came under the name of Almighty God. And all denominations and sects turned desolate in a moment. This is because God’s sheep heard God’s voice, and they have long come back following the voice, fallen down before God, and received God’s personal watering and shepherding. Those false believers who believe in God just to eat the bread and be filled and those various enemies who do evil and resist and condemn Almighty God have all been eliminated by God’s work. The whole religious world has been destroyed and disintegrated by God’s work. Almighty God’s work has finally ended with glory. In this period, although the CCP government resists frantically and suppresses bloodily, God’s kingdom gospel still spreads fast like a thunderbolt. The CCP’s plot of eliminating and abolishing God’s work ends up with failure. All the evil forces that resist God are destroyed and broken down in God’s majestic and wrathful judgment. Just as Almighty God says, “All those I love will surely exist forever, and all those who resist me will surely be chastised by me forever, because I am a jealous God and will not lightly let go any doings of anyone. I will search the whole earth and will appear as righteousness, majesty, wrath, and chastisement in the East of the world, appearing to all men!” (from “The Twenty-sixth Piece of Word” in God’s Utterance to the Entire Universe of The Word Appears in the Flesh) “My kingdom takes shape in the entire universe, and my throne occupies the hearts of hundreds of millions of people. Because of the cooperation of the angels, my work will soon be crowned with success. All the sons and the people are eagerly waiting for my return, expecting that I will meet with them and will never part with them again. How can the people in my kingdom not run to each other rejoicing for my presence? Can this be a costless meeting? I am regarded as honorable in the eyes of all people and am proclaimed in the words of all people. When I return, I will even more conquer all the hostile forces. The time has come! I will carry out my work, and I will reign and rule among people! I will return! I will leave! This is what people expect and what people hope for. I will let all people see the coming of my day and joyfully welcome the coming of my day!” (from “The Twenty-seventh Piece of Word” in God’s Utterance to the Entire Universe of The Word Appears in the Flesh) With the spreading of the kingdom gospel, the Church of Almighty God grows larger and larger, and the number of the believers increases unceasingly. Up till now, it has reached an unprecedented grand state. The last Christ’s expression—God’s word has long been spread to every family, and it is accepted by more and more people. God’s word has manifested supreme authority and power. This ironclad fact fully proves that “The Word Accomplishes Everything!”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth and all things with the word and led mankind with the word. In the end time, God still accomplishes everything with the word. For God’s chosen people to be perfected and for Christ’s kingdom to be realized, it will both be achieved by God’s word. Therefore, without exception the Church of Almighty God originated from the working of God’s word, developed under the leading of Almighty God’s word, and even more grew under the CCP government’s brutal persecution. In other words, without Almighty God’s appearing and working, there isn’t the Church of Almighty God; without the words expressed by God, there isn’t the Church of Almighty God. Today, Almighty God is watering and feeding his chosen people with the millions of words he expresses, and all those who have accepted Almighty God’s work are enjoying the shepherding of God’s word and experiencing God’s work of saving man. Almighty God says, “I am doing my work in the entire universe, and in the East loud voices like the pealing of thunders issue forth unceasingly, shaking every denomination and sect. It is my utterance that has brought all people to today. I cause all people to be conquered because of my utterance, and all fall into this stream and become subject before me. For I have long taken back my glory from the whole earth and sent it forth from the East again. Who does not expect to see my glory? Who does not look forward to my returning? Who does not thirst for my reappearing? Who does not long for my loveliness? Who will not come to the light? Who will not see the riches of Canaan? Who does not expect the return of the ‘Redeemer’? Who does not look up to the Mighty One? My utterance will be proclaimed in the whole earth. I will utter my voice and speak more to my chosen people, which will shake mountains and rivers like mighty thunders. It is to the entire universe that I speak, and it is to mankind that I speak. So the word of my mouth will become people’s treasure, and all people will treasure my word. It is from the East that the lightning flashes even to the west. My word is inseparable to man, is unfathomable to man, and even more, is joyful to man. Like a newborn baby, all people will be happy and joyous, celebrating my coming. By my utterance, I will bring all people before me. Thereafter, I will formally enter among mankind, causing all people to come to worship me. By the sending forth of my glory and by the word of my mouth, I will cause all people to come before me and see that it is from the East that the lightning comes, that I have descended on the ‘Mount of Olives’ of the East and have long come to earth, and I am no longer the ‘Son of the Jews’ but the Lightning of the East, because I have long resurrected and left from among people and again have appeared among people with glory, and that I am the One worshiped by people before the ages and the ‘baby’ rejected by the Israelites before the ages and even more the Almighty God of the present age who is laden with glory! I will cause all people to come before my throne, see my glorious countenance, hear my utterance, and watch my deeds. This is my entire will, the ultimate and the climax of my plan, and the purpose of my management. I will cause all nations to worship, all tongues to confess, all men to trust, and all peoples to become subject!” (from “The Seven Thunders Peal—Prophesying the Kingdom Gospel Will Spread to the Entire Universe” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) The chosen people have received the great salvation because of Almighty God’s word. God’s work in Mainland China has finally ended with glory. Now God’s chosen people have started to spread God’s word and testify God’s deeds to every country and place. God’s word will be spread throughout the whole world, and God will soon publicly appear to all nations and all peoples. People who are looking forward to God’s appearing in every country and place have never dreamed that God they have expected to publicly appear has already descended in China in a hidden way and done a conquering and saving work.
At the time of ending the age in the end time, God is incarnated and descends in a hidden way in the dwelling place of the great red dragon, the aggregate of dictatorial rulers—China—the strong bastion of atheism. With his wisdom and by his power, God wars against satan and carries out the central work in his management plan—defeating satan thoroughly and saving all mankind. However, because the CCP in power insanely frames, condemns, fabricates rumors, and slanders, many people who don’t know the fact even believe its rumors. Especially now the religious world is still condemning and blaspheming God’s coming, and they completely stand on the side of the atheistic CCP government to resist God’s work. It’s really a pitiable thing. These people never expect that Almighty God they resist is exactly the returned Lord Jesus. When God appears publicly, they will only weep and gnash their teeth and beat their breasts. It completely fulfills the words in Revelation in the Bible, “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him” (Revelation1:7). The judgment of the great white throne finally starts! Almighty God says, “In the kingdom, all things begin to revive and begin to glow with vitality. As the situation on earth changes, the boundaries between lands also begin to move. I once prophesied: When the lands are divided and when the lands are united, it will be the time I crush all the nations. At that time, I will renew and change all things and will redivide the entire universe, thereby reorganizing the entire universe and changing its old appearance and replacing it with a new one. This is my plan and my deed. When all the nations and all the peoples return before my throne, I will then bestow all the heavenly riches to the world, so that it will be incomparably rich because of me. When the old world still exists, I will get furious with all the nations and issue the administrative decrees open to the entire universe. Whoever offends them will be chastised: When I speak to the entire universe, all men hear my voice, that is, see all my deeds in the entire universe. Whoever disobeys my will, that is, whoever opposes me with his doings, will fall in my chastisement; I will renew the stars of heaven, the sun and the moon will be renewed because of me, the heaven will no longer be the old one, and all things on earth will be renewed, which will be accomplished because of my word; all the nations in the entire universe will be redivided and replaced by my kingdom, so that the nations on earth will disappear forever and become a kingdom that worships me, and all the nations on earth will be destroyed and cease to exist; among men in the entire universe, all who are of the devil will be destroyed; all who worship satan will fall in my burning, that is, all except those who are in this stream will be burned to ashes; the religious world will return to my kingdom in different degrees when I chastise all the peoples and will be conquered due to my deeds, because they all will have seen that ‘the Holy One on the white cloud’ has already come; all men will be after their kinds and receive various kinds of chastisements according to their different doings, those who resist me will all be destroyed, and those on earth whose doings have nothing to do with me will exist on earth because of their performance and be ruled over by the sons and the people; I will appear to all nations and all peoples and utter my personal voice on earth, declaring that my work has been crowned with success, so that all men will see with their own eyes.” (from “The Twenty-sixth Piece of Word” in God’s Utterance to the Entire Universe of The Word Appears in the Flesh)
Almighty God says, “The kingdom is expanding among men, taking shape among men, and rising among men. No force can destroy my kingdom.” “You will surely break through the suppression of the forces of darkness under the guidance of my light, will surely not lose the guidance of the light in darkness, will surely be the master among all things, will surely be overcomers before satan, and will surely stand among all men and be the proof of my overcoming when the country of the great red dragon collapses. In the land of Sinim you will surely be strong and unwavering, and you will inherit the blessings from me because of the sufferings you undergo and will surely shine forth my glory in the entire universe.” (from “The Nineteenth Piece of Word” in God’s Utterance to the Entire Universe of The Word Appears in the Flesh) “When the three stages of works completely end, God will have made a group of people who testify God, that is, a group of people who know God. All these people will be the ones who have the knowledge of God, who can practice the truth, and who have humanity and sense. They will all be the ones who have the knowledge of the three stages of the work of salvation. This is the work that will be accomplished in the end. These people will be the crystallization of the six-thousand-year management work and the most powerful testimony of defeating satan in the end. Those who can become God’s witnesses are the ones who can receive God’s promises and God’s blessings. They will be a group of people remaining in the end who have God’s authority and who testify God.” (from “Knowing the Three Stages of Works Is the Way to Know God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh) God will surely fulfill what he says, and what he fulfills will surely last forever! Look forward to the prospect of the kingdom, and it’s bright and splendid. Almighty God has already made a group of overcomers in Mainland China. God’s end-time work has already been accomplished! Now, the pilot work God does when he descends in a hidden way in China has ended with glory, and God will soon appear publicly to all the nations and places in the world. The chosen people of the Church of Almighty God are a group of overcomers God has made in China. They, shouldering the holy mission, are testifying God’s work and proclaiming God’s holy name to all the nations and places of the world, so as to make all the people who truly believe in God and seek the true way return to God and become obedient before God’s throne, and let all mankind know that God has come and appeared and that God’s name will surely be great among all mankind.