Victorious Sabbath Keepers in
by Paul Wong
"And another sign appeared in heaven: behold a fiery great dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads....And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." (Rev. 12:17). "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." (Rev. 14:12). "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." (Rev. 12:11).
Most biblical scholars agree Revelation is one of the most difficult books to interpret, but if we just use the explanation to the symbols given in the book then its meaning becomes apparent. The dragon can refer to no other than the Devil or Satan. (Rev. 12:9). Red is the color of blood.
The flag of the People's Republic of
The woman is used in Scriptures to signify the church, so the woman's offspring refers to the
There are two characteristics of the
There are three ways to overcome the red dragon--the blood of the Lamb, the word of testimony; self denial and sacrifices to God.
According to present day knowledge the only two commandment-keeping denominations that come into contact with the Chinese Communist government are the True Jesus Church and the
One Church would use it in the morning and the other in the afternoon. To maintain peace and harmony amongst the denominations the Three Self Patriotic Movement made some rules that must be observed. No denomination can make any verbal attacks against another. Proselytizing is viewed with disfavor and cross church membership is disallowed. No church names can be displayed. Whilst these rules are intended to foster good relationship amongst the denominational churches it is a hidden device to prevent the truths from spreading. God has a way of working things out to propagate the truth.
When I attended Sabbath Service at the True Jesus Church in
The TJC straightaway recognized the young man's mental sickness was demon possession. The minister urged the whole congregation to fast and pray. They cast out the demon in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and within the same hour the young man was totally restored to his normal self. According to TSPM's rules the young man should return to the
On the Sabbath morning the brethren in
Another negative thing, that I found in the Sabbath Service in the
At the end of the Sabbath, the TJC in
In the TSPM approved churches only licensed preachers are allowed to preach. In order to receive the preaching license the theological student must pass an examination that always include questions on the Sabbath. One of the examination questions is this: "Should New Testament Christians worship on the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday or the Lord's Day on Sunday?" All Sabbath-keepers know the correct answer but since the professors at the Seminary are all Sunday-keepers their correct answer is "the Lord's Day on Sunday."
The theological students asked me what they should do about answering the Sabbath question. I told them to give the correct answer according to the Bible that is "the Sabbath on Saturday" and not to worry about how the professors would mark their papers. They told me that was exactly what they did. Praise and thank God our Sabbath-keeping theological students would rather give the correct answer and fail than give the wrong answer and pass. God would honor their integrity and truthfulness. They actually scored very high in the other questions thereby compensated for the loss of marks on the Sabbath question.
I was brought to the True Jesus Church in Fuqing that had a tremendous revival in the Mid Eighties. At that time the Fujian Theological Seminary organized a debate on the Seventh Day Sabbath issue. The Sunday-keepers had three speakers and the Sabbath-keepers also had three speakers. There were two speakers from the True Jesus Church and one from the
On the first Sabbath after the debate one of the debate speakers from the TJC was preaching that day. As he was preaching about the Sabbath a church sister that was sitting in the front pew saw an angel standing beside him. She made the remark that she saw an angel; after that several other people also saw the angel.
All of them gave a similar description of the angel. He was fair-skinned, tall, broad-shouldered, had golden hair and was handsome-looking. He was wearing a shiny, white garment. The next Sabbath more angels appeared and news traveled fast. More church members attended the Sabbath service and the hall was packed to capacity. The angels appeared during the Sabbath Services many more times after that. Over a period of eight months there were twenty-three appearances of angels during the Sabbath services. During that period the TJC in Fuqing enjoyed the greatest revival that they had ever known.
Many Sunday-keepers also came and attended the Sabbath Services hoping to see the angels--and they were not disappointed. The Sunday churches were so scared of losing their members to the TJC that they issued a public statement emphasizing the appearance of the angels was not because of the Sabbath but because of the church building that originally belonged to them. Not many people were convinced of their rationale.
Due to the strict rules of the Three Self Patriotic Movement concerning membership crossover, Sunday-keepers were not allowed to join Sabbath-keeping Churches. Nevertheless, because of the appearances of the angels during their Sabbath Services the True Jesus Church in Fuqing increased its membership tremendously. Praise God!
One of the most impressive men of God I ever met during my trip to
After resignation from his previous pastoral position he started a church in his home. Elder Wang remembered that year was 1933, and he said to me, "Since the Sansan year the
What a victorious servant of God! During the time of his imprisonment the Church in Sanshan went underground and held services in members' homes. They operated as house churches. Today the Church in Sanshan has more than fifteen thousand members residing in the county. They meet in about seventy sites in various areas.
During the Cultural Revolution several Christian ministers were sent to prison by the Communist government. Before they went to prison the Christians had to go through the process of brainwashing. Here is the typical case of a minister who was arrested for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
They took him for questioning and given a chance to denounce his faith. He kept his faith so the Communists placed him in a small metal cell that had a small louvered window for ventilation. Inside the cell there was a bed, a water faucet and a toilet. During the summer the sun heated the cell and it became very hot inside.
There was a speaker attached to the ceiling of the cell. A repetitive one sentence recorded message was heard continuously for 24 hours that said: "There is no God. There is no God. There is no God. . . ." After one week they released the minister and placed him in a comfortable chair inside a cool room and gave him a cool drink. Then they asked him this question "Is there a God?" Normally the person would subconsciously repeat what he had heard thousands of times inside the cell and say, "There is no God. There is no God." This minister answered, "Yes there is a God." Since this minister did not deny God the Communists placed him back in his cell. He had to endure listening to the same repetitive recorded message again, "There is no God."
He had already heard it thousands of times before. This process of brainwashing was repeated on the minister several times, but he kept his faith and did not denounce God, not even once. He was beyond brainwashing. That when the Communists gave up on this minister, took him out of the cell and put him in the prison.
After several years when this minister was released from prison, his fellow Christians wanted to know what his secret was for standing firm and keeping the faith in spite of such an intense and demonic process of brainwashing. This is his answer: "You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." (1 John 4:4).
While I was in
At about 11:00 P.M.. when I was about to sleep there was a knock on the door. A young man and a young woman stood outside. They called out my name and I was scared because I did not recognize them. They introduced themselves as members of the True Jesus Church. I invited them inside my hotel room.
The man was a minister and the woman a minister in training at the Fujian Theological Seminary. They were engaged to one another. They came from another city and had seen me the day before but did not talk to me. Under the rules of the TSPM they could not travel from one city to another without getting permission. If they were caught in my hotel room they would be in serious trouble for contacting a foreigner without permission and I could be told to leave the country immediately. I was leaving anyway.
They had prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit told them to come and see me. They had a lot of things to discuss with me. I told them they could stay as long as they wanted. They told me they had to leave before 4:00 A.M. in the morning so that they could be home early and no one else would know that they had traveled to another city.
They stayed with me until 4:00 A.M. We prayed, read the Bible and talked about the God's work in
After going to
"The believers in the Free World are weak and God wants to strengthen them and test their faith by allowing them to go through the Great Tribulation. They can learn from the trials and sufferings of the Chinese Christians and will know what to do when the time comes. They will become strong. The Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon. Be prepared for His Coming!"
Paul Wong is a minister of the True Jesus Church in
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