Jing Wei, Sichuan Province
During the great earthquake that occurred on May 12, 2008, a town vanished entirely: That was Qingping Township in the Mianzhu municipal area in Sichuan Province. Because of the government’s information blackout, this is not something that many people know about.
Qingping Township was located north-west of the hard-hit area of Hanwang Town in the Mianzhu municipal area. Before the earthquake struck, situated deep in the mountains, it was a place of clean air, clear waters and blue skies, and the mountains abounded with kiwi fruit and gingko fruit. God bestowed this abundance on the people and provided them with all they needed to live; yet the people living there did not know God, and even more they were unaware that they should be grateful to God—they had only a lust for riches. Owing to this town being situated deep in the mountains, the scenery was incredibly beautiful and the air was fresh and pleasant. In summer, there was no need to use air conditioning; it was a natural oxygen bar, and even more so it was a place for leisure and relaxation. The mountain people set up rural home stays one by one and put great effort into developing the tourism industry there. It also became a place of recreation and entertainment for all levels of government officials. Many officials desired to take up government posts in Qingping Township, and many provincial-level leaders were frequent visitors to the town. As everyone knows, wherever government officials go, they fuel the economic growth of the area’s hotels, karaoke bars, health spas, foot massage spas and hair salons. So although Qingping Township was deep in the mountains, it was by no means a backward place, and it was nevertheless a place of feasting and revelry, flashing neon lights and nightly music and singing; Communist Party officials turned this Heaven-sent place of beauty into a modern-day Sodom.
Ever since Almighty God launched His work of the last days in mainland China, brothers and sisters of traveled many times to this mountain town to spread the gospel. But the people there lived affluently and had no worries about food or clothing. They thought they didn’t need God, so every time the brothers and sisters came they refused to accept the gospel, and even scolded the brothers and sisters, saying: “Right now, life is so good and the Party’s policies are so good. You have nothing better to do, saying these things, but we don’t believe what you say. We only believe in money!” The brothers and sisters each time had to walk such a long way to spread the gospel to these people, but every time they had doors slammed in their faces. The brothers and sisters told them that this was the gospel of God of the last days, and that it was their one and only chance to be saved, but they closed their ears; the brothers and sisters told them that all those who did not believe in Almighty God would not have God’s protection when the disasters came, but they ignored that. The people of Qingping Township rejected the words of Almighty God and rejected the salvation of Almighty God—there was not one person in that town who believed in Almighty God!
At 2:28 p.m., on May 12, 2008, the earthquake struck. Suddenly the earth trembled and the mountains shook, giant boulders rolled and rumbled from the mountains, the air instantly filled with great clouds of dust, the sky was obscured and the land became dark, and some mountains just collapsed and disappeared within a very short space of time. The seat of the local government was situated at the bottom of a valley between two mountains. When the earthquake hit, the gap between these two mountains began to close and, in the blink of an eye, Qingping Township was crushed beneath these folding mountains. Everyone in the town was buried, and in a split second the two mountains had come together and merged into one! At that moment, no matter how much money they had, it was all to no avail; money did not save their lives, and even less were the Communist Party officials able to save them! This town that did not worship God was destroyed instantaneously! When I think of this catastrophic disaster, I can’t help but think of when Jehovah God wanted to destroy the city of Sodom. Abraham pleaded with Jehovah God, saying: What if there are ten righteous people in the city, will you still destroy the city? Jehovah God replied, saying: I will not destroy it. In the end, only Lot and his family managed to escape under the angels’ guidance, and all those left were destroyed by a great fire that fell from heaven! (See Gen 18:20-32 and 19:1-25) This unrepentant, licentious city that did not worship God was from that day on wiped from the face of the earth, and this is what also happened to Qingping Township. After Qingping Township had vanished, the army immediately issued a notice to the officers and soldiers engaged in the rescue effort that they were forbidden from divulging this information to the outside world, use of their mobile phones was to be completely controlled, they couldn’t call their families, and if anyone leaked the information then they would be dealt with according to military law.
The people of Qingping Township—who had been infected with atheism—did not examine themselves in the wake of this great disaster, and even less did they think about the reasons for Heaven’s anger; they just continued creating their beautiful homes with their own two hands, maintaining the evil creed that man can overcome Heaven, and contending with Heaven! They were unrepentant.
After the earthquake, the lay of the land in all regions of the whole town had undergone great change (many mountains had collapsed, moved or merged), and the original town was completely unrecognizable; in addition, the floods pouring out of the mountains blocked all the roads. For such reasons, the top level of the local government decided to delete the Qingping Township administrative region from the map. And yet some provincial party committee leader, for the sake of creating yet another vanity project, wanted to build a socialist new rural pilot scheme, and disagreed with the town’s deletion. So, without hesitation, the government began to invest heavily in the area, and they brought senior technicians in bridge engineering and from the Provincial Planning and Design Institute to conduct site investigation, site selection, design and reconstruction. Pretty soon, a brand new Qingping Township, complete with all supporting facilities, was founded once again in the mountains. It included township government offices, a hospital, schools, residential blocks and so on; it was all done in one go and all modernized. To plant just one tree in their own private residence, it cost one township government official up to 50 thousand yuan. Just when everyone was feeling grateful to the Party’s policy and was immersed in the joy of having moved into a better place, on August 15, 2009, suddenly a torrential rain fell from the sky that got heavier and heavier, and which triggered landslides down the mountains. Very quickly, mud and rocks flowed in a fierce flood down the mountains, heading straight for where the new Qingping Township stood. Again, in an instant, the newly-built seat of the township government was completely buried under the flow of mud and rocks, and the town was once again hit by catastrophic disaster! Once again, the town was wiped from the face of the earth!
This fulfilled precisely the words of Almighty God: “If the people of a country or a nation are unable to receive the salvation and care of God, then such a country or nation will tread the road to ruin, toward darkness, and shall be annihilated by God.” “If you are a true Christian, then you will surely believe that the rise and fall of any country or nation occurs according to the designs of God. God alone knows the fate of a country or nation, and God alone controls the course of this mankind. If mankind wishes to have a good fate, if a country wishes to have a good fate, then man must bow down to God in worship, repent and confess before God, or else the fate and destination of man will unavoidably end in catastrophe.” “We trust that no country or power can stand in the way of what God wishes to achieve. Those that obstruct God’s work, resist the word of God, disturb and impair the plan of God shall ultimately be punished by God. He who defies the work of God shall be sent to hell; any country that defies the work of God shall be destroyed; any nation that rises up to oppose the work of God shall be wiped from this earth, and shall cease to exist” (“God Presides Over the Fate of All Mankind” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
This great disaster enables us to know God’s righteous disposition! God becoming flesh this time is to save man to the utmost limit and, during the disasters, He shall be merciful to those who love Him sincerely and who call upon Him; His wrath shall fall upon those who defy Him and who are unrepentant! God says: “The disaster is brought down by Me and of course orchestrated by Me. If you cannot work for good in My presence, then you will not escape suffering the disaster” (“You Ought to Do Enoughto Prepare for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
From How I Turned Back to Almighty God