1921 was an extremely important year in China. In Shanghai, 1921 was the birth of the Communist Party in China and just a few hours north at the base of the holy mountain of Tai’Shan was the birth of the Jesus family – where the first recorded vision of Back to Jerusalem took place.
The Communist Party and the Jesus Family were very similar in their ideology:
- Both promoted the equality of all people
- Both embraced the working class and fought injustice
- Both promoted community ownership
- Both abandoned individual ownership
- Both adopted ideology of “to each according to their need and from each according to their ability.”
However, there was one primary difference – Mao Zedong, with the Communist Party of China, was based on atheism and drew his road map to achieve their goals without God.
Pastor Jing Dianying, founder of the Jesus Family in China, was based on the idea that God and His Word alone would be their road map.
The Communist Party’s demand for atheism and the Jesus Family’s following of God’s Word led to two completely different paths which still echo in China to this day.
First, the Communist idea of everyone giving up personal ownership wasn’t well-accepted by the masses, so the Communist Party forced everyone to give up their personal belongings at the threat of death.
The Jesus Family adopted the same idea of giving up personal ownership, but did it completely voluntarily. Those who joined willingly sold all of their belongings, gave to the poor, and lived in the community.
Second, the leadership benefited differently; while Mao Zedong grew richer as his country grew poorer, Pastor Jing sold all of his riches and gave to the poor, living simply as the others did.
Third, the rise of the Communist Party did not alleviate poverty, but exacerbated it. Mass poverty and starvation gripped the entire nation of China until 1981, when Deng Xiaoping finally began to roll back the most draconian Communist practices.
The Jesus Family increased the living standards of all of their members. Poor single mothers, orphaned children, and former slave peasants were able to find food, shelter, love, community, and a purpose in life.
Fourth, the rise of the Communist Party did not alleviate injustice, but legislated it. Freedom of speech, press, assembly – were all abolished. Freedom of religion was smashed. Mass executions without trials swept the nation and as many as 70 million people were killed during Mao Zedong’s reign.
The Jesus Family gave justice to the downtrodden, love to the lost, and the Gospel message of Life to everyone. Most of them, including Pastor Jing and his son, died at the hands of the Communist Party who demanded that they put the Party above Jesus Christ.
Today, after 100 years, there are a total of 92 million Communist Party members in China.
After 100 years of the founding of the Jesus Family, there are estimated to be between 100 – 160 million Christian believers. 100 years after Pastor Jing had a vision to take the Gospel westward to the most unreached nations on earth – between China and Jerusalem – it has now grown to be the largest mission movement in the world.
For the 100 year anniversary, BTJ will be publishing a new book called “China and End Time Prophecy” where we share for the first time about the rising army in China and what the book of Revelations tells us about China and end time prophecy.
For the last 100 years, China has been growing and the thirst for military power has taken center stage. Most end-time experts have seen the “Red Dragon” as an aggressor to Israel. In Revelation 16 and 19, John’s mention of the armies involved in the final battle marking the end of the world could well depict China’s army today.
However, there is another army also rising in China, and this army follows the Lamb of God. They are the army that the Communist Party thought they killed off, but they were wrong.
For the 100 year anniversary, we share about it in our new book. You can pre-order now by clicking here.
The Chinese underground House Church has been fighting a battle against principalities and powers and spreading the gospel in unprecedented ways under intense persecution.
These believers are motivated by a powerful vision called “Back to Jerusalem.” The Chinese church is quietly working to complete the Great Commission by bringing the gospel to unreached peoples in China’s eastern provinces and to all the countries between the border of China and the city of Jerusalem.
Yet there’s even more to this fascinating development. What you read in this book may change your view of end-time prophecy FOREVER! Back to Jerusalem is not just a missions movement of the Chinese church. It is an eschatological event confirmed by both the Old and New Testaments. God is using the Red Dragon to fulfill His ultimate purposes.
For BTJ’s 100 year anniversary, we reveal for the first time ever, the story of God’s movement in China during the largest missionary slaughter in history and the largest genocide in history and how the largest mission movement to ever be launched was birthed from these fires. We trace the roots of BTJ to the Azuza Street Revivals, Welsh Revivals, and Topeka Kansas Revivals in ways that have never been revealed before.
You will read intimate testimonies of pastors, evangelists and martyrs that God used to bring about the largest revival on earth.
China and End-Time Prophecy also explores the surprising connection between ancient prophecy and China’s modern missions phenomenon and how this is helping to bring about the return of Jesus Christ.
You can pre-order the book now by clicking below: