Revelation prophesies, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20). “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” (Revelation 2:7). These verses all mention that the Lord will utter more words to us and will use His words to knock at the doors to our hearts when He returns in the last days. That is to say, the most important thing to greeting the Lord is that we must listen to the voice of God to know His voice, for only by doing so can we welcome the Lord. Then, do you know how to know God’s voice? Below are four paths of how to know God’s voice.
We must know that whether the incarnate Son of man is expressing the truth or God’s Spirit is speaking utterances, He always speaks to the whole of mankind in His identity as the Creator. So God’s words certainly have authority and power. This is how we will feel when we hear God’s voice. Take these words spoken by the Lord Jesus, for example: “And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die” (John 11:25–26). When we hear these words, we sense that they possess authority and power and could not be spoken by any normal human being, and we confirm from the bottom of our hearts that this is the voice of God.
So, knowing God’s voice doesn’t depend on how great our caliber is, but it depends on our hearts. It requires listening to God’s voice with our hearts and sensing it with our spirit. 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). “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27). Therefore, when we hear someone testifying that the Lord Jesus has returned, we should focus on listening to God’s voice to greet the Lord. As long as we become certain in our hearts that these words are all the truth and have authority and power, is that not hearing God’s voice and welcoming the Lord?
God said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6).
“The words of God incarnate open up a new age, guide all of mankind, reveal mysteries, and show man the direction he is to take in the new age.” From all this it can be seen that God’s words are the truth, and that they can become our life and show us the path to practice in the new age. This is something no created being can do and also is a path of how to know God’s voice.
Just as in the later stage of the Age of Law when people were sinning more and more, no offering could redeem their sins, and they were faced with the danger of being condemned and put to death under the law, in accordance with mankind’s needs, God did a stage of the work of redemption and expressed the way of repentance. He taught people to confess and repent, forgive others seventy times seven times, love the Lord with all their hearts, souls, and minds, love others as themselves, and more. The words and work of the Lord Jesus brought the Age of Law to a close, began the Age of Grace, and showed the people of that age the direction of the new era. As long as people acted in accordance with the Lord Jesus’ words, they would enjoy the peace and joy that came from the Lord, would be no longer subject to the condemnation of the law, and could continue living before God.
Now, in the last days, although we have been redeemed by the Lord Jesus and our sins have been forgiven, we still live in a vicious spiral of committing sins in the daytime and then confessing them in the evening, unable to free ourselves from the bonds of sin. For example, we often lie and deceive to protect our own interests. When we encounter illness or dilemmas in our lives, we can misunderstand, blame, and betray God. These are but a few of many examples. We feel very distressed about living in sin, but no one can show us the way to cleanse our sins.
The Lord Jesus prophesied, “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” (John 16:12–13). “He that rejects Me, and receives not My words, has one that judges him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). “Sanctify them through Your truth: Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Clearly, when the Lord returns in the last days, He will express the truth to completely cleanse and transform us, so that we are able to thoroughly cast off the bonds of sin and gain purification. Only God’s words have such authority and power, and can end an old age and begin a new one, and point out to man a new path of practice according to their real needs.
So, when someone spreads the gospel of the Lord’s return to us, and testifies that the returned Lord has expressed new words to the churches, we can determine whether these words are God’s utterances and whether the Lord Jesus has returned by listening to these words to see whether they point out paths to shake off the shackles of sin and attain purification.
God’s utterances can reveal the mysteries of God’s management work—this is another path to know God’s voice. We all know that God’s work is the greatest mystery and only God Himself can reveal it. So, God’s words can explain clearly God’s management plan. Whether they are things that happened in the past, things that are happening now, or things that will be accomplished in the future, God’s words can tell us all of them.
Just like when the Lord Jesus came to carry out work, He not only taught people how to confess and repent, to be tolerant and patient, and more, but He also revealed the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven and the conditions for entering it, and so on. For example, the Lord Jesus told us, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). “Not every one that said to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). The Lord’s words show us that only those who do the heavenly Father’s will, practice in accordance with God’s words in all things, achieve true repentance and will no longer rebel against or resist God, are of one mind with God and can enter the kingdom of heaven. If the Lord Jesus had not revealed this mystery, we never would have known the criteria and conditions for entering the kingdom of heaven.
The Lord Jesus once prophesied, “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). The Lord clearly told us that there are still many things He has not said, because at the time man’s stature was too lacking and could not bear them. So the Lord Jesus prophesied that He would come again in the last days and tell man all the truths they do not understand and things that are to come. Therefore, as long as we ascertain that only God Himself can reveal all truths and mysteries, we also can know God’s voice and welcome the Lord.
Hebrews 4:12–13 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” God is the Creator and can examine man’s hearts; the words expressed by God can expose the essence of people’s nature and the source of their corruption—this is something no human being can do. This is the fourth path to know God’s voice.
For example, the people of that time were incapable of seeing through the nature and essence of the Pharisees’ hypocrisy, while the Lord Jesus exposed them with these words, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you are like to white washed sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness” (Matthew 23:27). “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone” (Matthew 23:23). Clearly, only God scrutinizes people’s innermost hearts and minds and sees through to the very essence of man’s nature. This is one of the special characteristics of God’s words.
Through the fellowship above, we understand that God’s words have authority and power and can show people a new direction to follow, reveal the mysteries of God’s management plan, and expose mankind’s corruption. If we learn to know God’s voice, we will be able to welcome the Lord.
Nowadays, in the entire world only The Church of Almighty God is openly testifying that the Lord Jesus has returned already as the incarnated Almighty God. On the foundation of the Lord Jesus’ redemption work, Almighty God performs the work of judgment beginning in God’s house. He uncovers all truths and mysteries that involve mankind’s salvation and perfection, such as the mystery of God’s six-thousand-year management plan, the mystery of God’s name, the mystery of God’s incarnation, how mankind has developed to today, how Satan corrupts people, how God saves people step-by-step, how people can resolve their sinful nature and gain purification, how God determines the ending of each type of person, the beautiful scenes of the future kingdom, and more. Not only that, the truth expressed by Almighty God also reveals people’s God-defying corrupt disposition. This makes us realize that though in outward appearance we work hard for the Lord, we still often lie and deceive Him, are perfunctory toward Him, remain arrogant, conceited, and self-righteous, and frequently flaunt ourselves and show ourselves off. Besides, this also allows us to know that our expending for God is all to gain blessings and rewards, and to enter the kingdom of heaven, rather than for our love of God or to obey God—it is just us making deals with God. Those who have experienced Almighty God’s work of judgment all have had some transformations in their life dispositions, and have born all sorts of experiential testimonies of how their corrupt dispositions changed. These testimonies have been posted on The Church of Almighty God website for people all over the world to seek and investigate. Many true believers who long for the truth have heard Almighty God’s words and felt that they have authority and power, and that they are the truth and can be man’s life, and that they are the very voice of God. They have determined that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus, returned before God’s throne one after another, and attended the wedding feast of the Lamb. This precisely fulfills the prophecy in the Book of Revelation, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).
Now, if we want to welcome the Lord, we must proactively seek and investigate Almighty God’s work of the last days, and diligently read His words to see whether they are God’s voice and whether Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus.
Editor’s Note: Through the above fellowship, we now all know the key to welcoming the Lord is to listen to God’s voice, and we also understand the four paths of how to know God’s voice. If there is still anything you do not understand, please feel free to contact us using the online chat buttons at the bottom. We are online 24 hours a day ready to answer your questions.