1991 was a year of tremendous and far-reaching significance for the whole of mankind, so deeply corrupted as they are. That was the year in which our Savior Jesus finally appeared, having long been awaited by all those who piously believed in the Lord and thirsted for the truth, and He had returned as the incarnated Almighty God of the last days. The coming of Almighty God countered the notions of all people, for He had not descended to Israel upon a white cloud, nor had He appeared openly to all nations and peoples; instead, He came in secret into the formidable bastion of atheism—China—and, in the land where the great red dragon lies coiled, He began the work of judgment beginning in God’s house. Because China is the darkest, most corrupt, most God-resisting nation in the world, and because it is the land wherein the great red dragon and all manner of evil spirits have made their home, it is here that God utters His words, and it is here that God judges, chastises, purifies and saves those who have been so deceived and so deeply corrupted by the great red dragon. Through this work, God has gained a group of overcomers in the East of the world who have become testimonies to God’s victory over Satan, and thus God’s wisdom and almightiness are more clearly revealed. Just as Almighty God says: “In many places, God has prophesied that He will be gaining a group of overcomers in the land of Sinim. Since it is in the world’s East that overcomers are to be gained, so the place where God sets foot in His second incarnation is without a doubt the land of Sinim, the exact spot where the great red dragon lies coiled. There, God will gain the descendants of the great red dragon so that it is thoroughly defeated and shamed. God is going to awaken these people, heavily burdened with suffering, to rouse them till they are fully awake, and to make them walk out of the fog and reject the great red dragon. They will wake from their dream, recognize the substance of the great red dragon, become able to give their whole heart to God, rise up from the oppression of the dark forces, stand up in the East of the world, and become proof of God’s victory. Only in this way will God gain glory” (“Work and Entry (6)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). Because of the work and utterances of Christ of the last days, God’s chosen ones in China, who have been so profoundly deceived by the great red dragon as they live under its dark rule, are all conquered by Almighty God’s words. One by one, they are freed from the bondage and control of the great red dragon and return before God’s throne to receive the watering and supply, the pruning and dealing, and the judgment and chastisement of Almighty God’s words, as well as all manner of trials and refinements. Finally, amidst the manifold ways in which the great red dragon’s regime hunts and persecutes them, God’s chosen people stand witness, thereby becoming the specimens and models of God’s work in the last days whom God makes complete in China, and they also become powerful testimonies to God’s victory over the evil forces of Satan.
Ever since Almighty God’s work in the last days began on the Chinese mainland, the great red dragon has never stopped persecuting The Church of Almighty God. In order to eradicate God’s work in the last days, to turn China into a godless zone, and to achieve its objective of controlling mankind forevermore, it does what it does best: disrupting, destroying, and doing all it can to resist God’s work. Not only does it disseminate all manner of rumors and falsehoods to attack and falsely accuse God’s chosen ones, but it also employs all kinds of despicable methods to persecute them: It investigates people both openly and in secret, it monitors phone calls, shadows people, secretly arrests people, searches homes and exacts fines, it extorts confessions through torture, it threatens and seduces, and it leaves people ruined in both body and mind. These methods have led to countless numbers of God’s chosen people being arrested, cruelly beaten, and forced to undergo reeducation through labor, while some of them have even been left crippled or have lost their lives. The great red dragon employs these methods in an attempt to force God’s chosen people to reject and betray God, so that they accept its rule, its mastery over them, and its oppression and exploitation forever. But God is an almighty God, and His wisdom is ever exercised based on the deceitful schemes of Satan. Amidst the ruinous tortures inflicted on them by the great red dragon, although God’s chosen ones suffer great pain and torment and face tribulations with only the slimmest chance of survival, yet they come to see clearly the great red dragon’s reactionary, evil essence, which is so perverse and which runs so contrary to Heaven, and they also come to see its demonic countenance. In their hearts there arises a bitter hatred for the great red dragon, and born in them is a resolve to stand witness for God even at the cost of their own lives. Ultimately, they rely upon the illumination and guidance of God’s words and upon the strength God bestows on them, until finally they overcome the weakness of their flesh, they break free from the hold death has over them and, with true faith and a heart filled with love for God, they bear resounding testimony for God before the great red dragon, and cause Satan to be utterly shamed and defeated. Just as Almighty God says: “Those whom God refers to as ‘overcomers’ are those who are still able to stand witness and maintain their confidence and devotion to God when under the influence of Satan and while being laid siege to by Satan, that is, when they find themselves amidst the forces of darkness. If you are still able to keep a pure heart before God and maintain your genuine love for God no matter what, then you are standing witness in front of God, and this is what God refers to as being an ‘overcomer’” (“You Should Maintain Your Devotion to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). These overcomers are therefore the group of people who are edified and perfected by the words of God amidst the dark oppression of the great red dragon.
To others, they look just like everyone else, but under the watering and supply of Almighty God’s words, they come to understand some truths, and they find the faith and the determination to cast off the dark influence of Satan, follow God, and walk the right path in life. They therefore still pray to God, rely on God, stay righteous by relying on the strength bestowed by God’s words, and never surrender or give in under all the inhumanly cruel and ruinous tortures inflicted upon them by the great red dragon and throughout all their days spent languishing in dark prison cells. Though some of them may be brutalized to the verge of death, their resolve to pursue the truth is strengthened; though some of them may be in the prime of their youth, when faced with cruel torture and incarceration at the hands of the great red dragon’s demons, they still emit an aura of love and they spend their youth without regret; though some of them may suffer persecution and adversity and be savaged by demons, yet they feel even more how precious God’s grace is, and their love for God is made even stronger; as they travel the hard road, draining the bitter cup of brutality, some obtain the illumination, inspiration and guidance of God’s words, their spirits are awakened, and they compose songs of praise for life; some struggle against the darkness and oppression, and in times of danger, they experience the transcendence and greatness of God’s life force; some rely on God and are saved from death at the final moment, they perceive the incomparable vastness of God’s love, and find a pillar in God’s words that keeps them holding onto life. It is clear, therefore, that although this group of God’s chosen people who overcome Satan under the guidance of God suffer the loss of physical comforts, yet they gain the truth, they obtain spiritual liberation, and they live out meaningful lives. Though they undergo storms of wind and rain and suffer great hardships, they bear strong, resounding testimony for God before Satan, and become the overcomers who are edified and perfected by God in the midst of adversity. This entirely fulfills the words of Almighty God: “I Have previously said that a group of overcomers are gained from the East, overcomers who come from amid the great tribulation” (“All Is Achieved by the Word of God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
When you read this book, this notion may perhaps arise in your mind: Isn’t God almighty? Why would He allow the regime of the great red dragon to harm His chosen people like that? If you think this, then it shows that you still do not fully understand God’s almightiness and wisdom, for only those who do not know God’s work judge things solely on their outward appearance, and judge things only by their own notions and imaginings—this is no way to recognize the true fruits of God’s work. Almighty God says: “When I formally begin My work, all people move as I move, such that people throughout the universe occupy themselves in step with Me, there is ‘jubilation’ across the universe, and man is spurred onward by Me. In consequence, the great red dragon itself is whipped into a state of frenzy and bewilderment by Me, and it serves My work, and, despite being unwilling, it is unable to follow its own desires, but is left with no choice but to submit to My control. In all of My plans, the great red dragon is My foil, My enemy, and also My servant; as such, I have never relaxed My ‘requirements’ of it. Therefore, the final stage of the work of My incarnation is completed in its household. In this way, the great red dragon is more able to do service for Me properly, through which I will conquer it and complete My plan” (“Chapter 29” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). “God intends to use a portion of the work of evil spirits to perfect a portion of humanity, enabling these people to see completely through the devils’ iniquities, that all humanity may truly know their ‘ancestors.’ Only in this way can humans break completely free, not only forsaking the posterity of the devils, but even the devils’ ancestors. This is God’s true purpose in utterly defeating the great red dragon, to make it so that all humanity knows the great red dragon’s true form, to tear its mask off fully and to look upon its true form. This is what God wants to achieve, it is the final goal of all the work He has done on earth, and it is what He aims to accomplish in all humanity. This is known as mobilizing all things to serve God’s purpose” (“Chapter 41” of Interpretations of the Mysteries of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). In each stage of His work, God mobilizes all things to work and render service for Him, and this is exactly what happens in God’s work of the last days which He has unfolded throughout China. The great red dragon is no exception, as it has become a foil and a serving object within God’s work. Through the great red dragon’s resistance to and disruption of God’s work, God enables everyone to recognize its true face, thereby severing all ties with it and freeing themselves from its shackles. But what exactly does God wanting people to see through the demons’ actions and forsake the great red dragon once and for all have to do with them attaining full salvation? As we all know, the great red dragon behaves perversely, it acts contrary to Heaven, and is reactionary in the extreme. In order to turn China into a godless zone and keep the people of China thoroughly controlled under its dark rule, it constantly turns the truth on its head, wantonly propagates atheism and materialism, and disseminates all manner of fallacies and heresies to corrode people’s minds, deceive their spirits, and stop people from coming before God to accept His salvation. Thereby it achieves its objective of controlling and devouring people forevermore. If people wish to wake up from the great red dragon’s deceptions, rid themselves of its tyranny and suppression, and wholly turn to God, then only by experiencing persecution and repression at the hands of the great red dragon will they be able to clearly see its evil, vicious, despicable and shameless demonic face, and only then will they loathe it and curse it from the bottom of their hearts. They then pledge their lives to sever all ties with the great red dragon, they cast off the influence of Satan once and for all, and they follow God, obey God, and walk the path of light in life whereby they pursue the truth and attain full salvation. It is therefore evident that God uses the great red dragon as a foil and a serving object to enable His chosen people to understand the truth, to develop discernment, to stand witness for God, and finally to be made perfect and attain full salvation. The way God works is magnificent! God uses the frenzied repression of the great red dragon in His service to perfect His chosen people, to enable them to know His righteous disposition, wisdom and almightiness, and to see how practical God’s work is, so that they may all express true praise for God from the bottom of their hearts! Just as Almighty God’s words say: “In My plan, Satan has, all along, been stalking behind each step and, as the foil of My wisdom, has always been trying to find ways and means to disrupt My original plan. Yet could I succumb to its deceitful schemes? Everything in heaven and on earth serves Me; could the deceitful schemes of Satan be any different? This is precisely where My wisdom intersects; it is precisely that which is wondrous about My deeds, and it is the principle of operation for My entire management plan. During the era of the building of the kingdom, still I do not avoid the deceitful schemes of Satan, but continue to do the work I must. Among the universe and all things, I have chosen the deeds of Satan as My foil. Is this not a manifestation of My wisdom? Is this not precisely that which is wondrous about My work? On the occasion of entry into the Age of Kingdom, all things in heaven and on earth are utterly transformed, and they celebrate and rejoice. Are you any different? In whose heart is there not the sweetness of honey? Who is not bursting for joy? Who does not dance with delight? Who does not speak words of praise?” (“Chapter 8” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
The accounts collected in this book, The Overcomers’ Testimonies, are all the victorious testimonies of God’s chosen people in China, who are being perfected by God’s words amidst the frenzied persecution of the great red dragon. As the facts show, God uses the frantic resistance and persecution of the great red dragon to edify and perfect His chosen people and to enable their lives to grow and mature. At the same time, God uses this resistance and persecution to expose and eliminate all those wicked people who do not truly believe in Him and who do not love the truth. This aptly shows that the wisdom of God is exercised based on the deceitful schemes of Satan, that God has already defeated the great red dragon utterly, and that He has gained all glory!
Almighty God’s words say: “Wherever the incarnation appears is a place from which the enemy is exterminated. China will be the first to be annihilated; it will be laid to waste by the hand of God. God will give absolutely no quarter there. Proof of the great red dragon’s progressive collapse can be seen in the continued maturation of the people; this is obvious and visible to anyone. The maturation of the people is a sign of the enemy’s demise” (“Chapter 10” of Interpretations of the Mysteries of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh). The chosen ones of God who stand witness for Him are the group who bear testimony for God at precisely the moment of the nation of the great red dragon’s fall; they are the testimonies to God’s victory in His war with Satan, and the irrefutable proof of Satan’s defeat and humiliation. The maturation of God’s people heralds the toppling of the nation of the great red dragon. God’s work on the Chinese mainland will end in glory: He has made a group of people into overcomers and He has gained His glory! God’s chosen people have now taken upon themselves the holy mission, to testify to God’s work in all corners of the world and to spread God’s holy name. The name of God shall be magnified throughout the entire universe, all mankind shall submit before God and worship the incarnated Almighty God, and all the nations of the earth shall become the nation of Christ—this shall soon be done by God!
August 16, 2014