36. How many people of religion will turn back to God in the disasters?
Relevant Words of God:
My name will circulate widely in the wake of the disasters, and if you’re not careful you will lose the share that should be yours; are you not afraid? My name extends out to all sects, all walks of life, all nations and all denominations. This is My work being done in an orderly way, in closely connected links; it all happens by My wise arrangement. I would only wish that you are able to advance with every step, closely following My footsteps.
from Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning
As I turn My face to the universe to speak, all mankind hears My voice, and thereupon sees all the works I have wrought throughout the universe. Those who go contrary to My will, that is to say, who oppose Me with the deeds of man, will fall down under My chastisement. I will take the multitudinous stars in the heavens and make them anew, and thanks to Me the sun and the moon will be renewed—the skies will no longer be as they were; the myriad things on the earth will be renewed. All will become complete through My words. The many nations within the universe will be partitioned afresh and replaced by My nation, so that the nations upon the earth will disappear forever and become a nation that worships Me; all the nations of the earth will be destroyed, and will cease to exist. Of the human beings within the universe, all those belonging to the devil will be exterminated; all who worship Satan will be laid low by My burning fire—that is, except for those now within the stream, the rest will be turned to ashes. When I chastise the many peoples, those in the religious world will, in differing degrees, return to My kingdom, conquered by My works, because they will have seen the advent of the Holy One riding on a white cloud. All of humanity will follow their own kind, and will receive chastisements varying with what they have done. Those who have stood against Me will all perish; as for those whose deeds on the earth have not involved Me, they will, because of how they have acquitted themselves, continue to exist on the earth under the governance of My sons and My people. I will reveal Myself to the myriad peoples and the myriad nations, sounding forth with My own voice upon the earth to proclaim the completion of My great work for all mankind to see with their own eyes.
from “The Twenty-sixth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
What of some religious people who will be taken up in the middle of the disaster? They haven’t heard of the work of Almighty God, or they fail to investigate even when they know about it; they are muddle-headed. They will accept the gospel in the middle of the disaster. God says, “When I chastise the many peoples, those in the religious world will, in differing degrees, return to My kingdom.” “In differing degrees” means a number or a small proportion of them that will be taken up in the middle of the disaster.
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (Series 131)
If some people say, “Why can’t we ever seem to understand these things? In the end, how many people within the religious circles can believe in Almighty God?” You can only know the answer to this through looking at Almighty God’s words. At present, the gate of grace has not yet closed, and we have not reached the time of great disasters. Especially during the disasters, there will be some people who will begin to accept Almighty God. In the disasters, the religious circles will return to God in differing degrees. This is why you can’t say now, “All those within the religious world who do not accept Almighty God must perish.” There is still time for them to change. During this time, in the religious circles, who accepts God, and who does not accept God? This is something that we can’t see clearly; only God knows the answer. However, when we attempted to spread the gospel and testify to God among the religious world, we found that religious people reject this. They all oppose and condemn Almighty God. Can’t we all see this? And so, spreading the gospel to religious people is extremely difficult. Therefore, it is destined that those who will finally return to Almighty God are extremely few in number. This is because religious people oppose God too strongly, they receive too much negative propaganda and wrongheaded information. This is why passing on the gospel to non-believers is easy, but bearing witness to religious people is extremely difficult. Is this not true? If you enter a religious circle to spread the gospel, you’ll be met with many bitter experiences. First, you’ll get your nose rubbed in the dirt; second, you’ll be shamed; third, you’ll be derided, condemned, and attacked from all sides. There will even be people who will take your picture and show it to all the other people within their circle and say, “This person, he’s come to spread the gospel of Almighty God. No one should receive him.” This is the treatment you’ll receive from them. This is how the religious world treats anyone who comes to spread the gospel of Almighty God in the last days. What does this mean? The religious world has long functioned as a steadfast fortress for the antichrists and has become part of Satan’s evil forces. However, you can’t say that no one from the religious world can be saved. It’s just that those who can be saved are very, very few in number. Isn’t this so? Spreading the gospel to the religious world is not easy! It’s not easy at all!
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (Series 132)
Some people ask, “How can you be so sure that it will just be a few people? I don’t think it has to be just a few.” I’ll explain my reasoning behind this. Take a look at the followers of a religious community during the Age of Grace. Are most of them there to genuinely pursue the truth, or merely eat their fill of His bread? Most people are there merely to eat their fill of His bread. Are there many people who are possessed by evil spirits? (Yes, there are.) There are many people who are possessed by evil spirits and speak in tongues, receive revelations and see visions, cure illnesses, cast out demons, perform signs, and do miracles. And so, there are some people who are possessed by evil spirits, others who merely eat their fill of His bread, and others who are antichrists and the wicked who hate the truth. And then there are others who are merely confused, people who don’t have the foggiest understanding of the truth. Once we take out these people, will the remaining ones who love the truth constitute the majority of their community? Will they even make up 10% overall? No, it’s not possible! Is this not the actual state of things? In the entire religious community, only 1 out of 10 people, at best, will be able to return to God’s side. For this reason, I’d venture to say that those among the religious world who will ultimately be able to return to God’s side before the great disasters are few. They will be the smallest minority of people, and will absolutely not constitute a majority. Are these words unfounded? Religious people who love the truth have always been extremely few in number, a few individuals. If we accept this reasoning, then my words make a lot of sense, do they not? Don’t they accord with the facts? (Yes, they do.) Therefore, we must look at things from a factual basis, and not speak empty words.
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (Series 133)