55. The Principles of How to Approach the Persecution and Adversity of the Great Red Dragon
1. Know that God’s wisdom is exercised based on Satan’s plots. Persecution and adversity is permitted by God and is done to perfect and edify God’s chosen people;
2. Through persecution and adversity, see through the evil and reactionary demonic essence of the great red dragon, so as to truly forsake the great red dragon and stand witness for God;
3. Apply all your wisdom to do battle with Satan, turn toward righteousness and have no fear of brutal suppression, but continue to perform your duties faithfully and complete God’s commissions;
4. Keep true faith in God, no matter how the great red dragon persecutes or hunts you. Persevere with eating and drinking the words of God, keep to the true way and follow God to the end.
Relevant Words of God:
When I formally begin My work, all people move as I move, such that people throughout the universe occupy themselves in step with Me, there is “jubilation” across the universe, and man is spurred onward by Me. In consequence, the great red dragon itself is whipped into a state of frenzy and bewilderment by Me, and serves My work, and, despite being unwilling, is unable to follow its own desires, leaving it no choice but to submit to My control. In all of My plans, the great red dragon is My foil, My enemy, and also My servant; as such, I have never relaxed My “requirements” of it. Therefore, the final stage of the work of My incarnation is completed in its household. In this way, the great red dragon is more able to do service for Me properly, through which I will conquer it and complete My plan.
from “Chapter 29” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Perhaps you all remember these words: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” In the past, you have all heard this saying, yet none understood the true meaning of the words. Today, you know well the real significance they hold. These words are what God will accomplish in the last days. And they will be accomplished upon those cruelly afflicted by the great red dragon in the land where it lies. The great red dragon persecutes God and is the enemy of God, so in this land, those who believe in God are subjected to humiliation and persecution. That is why these words will become reality in you group of people. As the work is carried out in a land that opposes God, all of His work is met with inordinate hindrance, and many of His words cannot be accomplished in good time; hence, people are refined because of the words of God. This too is an element of suffering. It is greatly arduous for God to carry out His work in the land of the great red dragon, but it is through such difficulty that God does a stage of His work to make manifest His wisdom and wondrous deeds. God takes this opportunity to make this group of people complete. Because of people’s suffering, their caliber, and all the satanic disposition of people in this unclean land, God does His work of purification and conquest so that, from this, He may gain glory and gain those who stand witness to His deeds. This is the full significance of all the sacrifices that God has made for this group of people. That is to say, God does the work of conquest just through those who oppose Him. Only doing so can manifest the great power of God. In other words, only those in the unclean land are worthy to inherit the glory of God, and only this can give prominence to the great power of God. That is why I say the glory of God is gained in the unclean land and from those who live within. This is the will of God. This is just as in the stage of Jesus’ work; He could only be glorified among those Pharisees who persecuted Him. If not for such persecution and the betrayal of Judas, Jesus would not have been ridiculed or slandered, much less crucified, and thus could never have gained glory. Wherever God works in each age and wherever He does His work in the flesh, He gains glory there and there gains those He intends to gain. This is the plan of God’s work, and this is His management.
from “Is the Work of God So Simple As Man Imagines?” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
God intends to use a portion of evil spirits’ work to perfect a portion of man, so that these people can completely see through demons’ deeds, and allow everyone to truly understand their ancestors. Only then can humans completely break free, not only forsaking the posterity of the demons, but even more so their ancestors. This is the original intent of God completely defeating the great red dragon, to make it so that all of man knows the great red dragon’s true form, completely tearing off its mask, and seeing its true form. This is what God wants to achieve, and it is His final goal on earth for which He has done so much work; He aims to accomplish this in all of man. This is known as the maneuver of all things for God’s purpose.
from “Chapter 41” Interpretations of the Mysteries of God’s Words to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Now you should notice that God does not eliminate Satan right away, so that man is able to see how Satan has corrupted people, and how God has saved people. Only after man is able to see the extent of Satan’s corruption of man, how Satan’s list of crimes reaches the heavens does God ultimately eliminate Satan, so that people can see that therein is God’s righteousness and His disposition.
from “How to Understand the Righteous Disposition of God” in Records of Christ’s Talks
China is the most backward of all countries; it is the land where the great red dragon lies coiled, it has the most people who worship idols and engage in sorcery, the most temples, and it is the place where filthy demons reside. You were born of it, you have been educated by it and steeped in its influence; you have been corrupted and tortured by it, but after being awoken you forsake it and are completely gained by God. This is the glory of God, and this is why this stage of work has great significance. God has done work of such great scale, has spoken so many words, and He will ultimately completely gain you—this is one part of the work of God’s management, and you are the “victory spoils” of God’s battle with Satan. The more you understand the truth and the better your life of the church is, the more the great red dragon is brought to its knees. These are all matters of the spiritual world—they are the battles of the spiritual world, and when God is victorious, Satan shall be shamed and fall down. This stage of God’s work has tremendous significance. God does work on such a grand scale and completely saves this group of people so you can escape from the influence of Satan, live in the holy land, live in God’s light, and have the light’s leadership and guidance. Then there is meaning to you being alive.
from “Practice (2)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
My work among the group of people of the last days is an unprecedented enterprise, and thus, so that My glory may fill the cosmos, all people suffer the last hardship for Me. Do you understand My will? This is the final requirement I make of man, which is to say, I hope that all people can bear strong, resounding testimony to Me before the great red dragon, that they can offer themselves up for Me a final time, and fulfill My requirements one last instance. Can you truly do this? You were incapable of satisfying My heart in the past—could you break this pattern in the final instance? I give people the chance to reflect, I let them ponder carefully before finally giving Me an answer—is it wrong to do this? I wait for man’s response, I await his “letter of reply”—do you have the faith to fulfill My requirements?
from “Chapter 34” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
You must have My courage within you and you must have principles when facing relatives who do not believe. But for My sake, you must also not yield to any of the dark forces. Rely on My wisdom to walk the perfect way; do not allow the conspiracies of Satan to take hold. Put all your efforts into placing your heart before Me and I shall comfort you and give you peace and happiness in your heart. You shall not seek the approval of men; isn’t it more valuable and weighty to satisfy Me? In satisfying Me, won’t you even more have eternal and lifelong peace and happiness? The present suffering signifies how great your future blessings shall be; it is indescribable. You know not how great blessings you shall have, you couldn’t even dream of it. Today they become real, so very real! This is not so far away, can you see it? Every last bit of this is within Me and how bright it is ahead! Wipe away your tears, feel no pain or sorrow, all is held within My hands and My goal is to make you the overcomers soon and to bring you into glory with Me. You shall be grateful and praise for all that befalls you, and that shall satisfy My heart.
The transcendent life of Christ has already appeared, there is nothing for you to be afraid of. Satan is under our feet and their time is limited. Awaken! Cast away the world of licentiousness, free yourself from the abyss of death! Be loyal to Me above all else, move forward with bravery; I am your strong rock, rely on Me!
from “Chapter 10” of Utterances of Christ in the Beginning in The Word Appears in the Flesh
To bear testimony to God and shame the great red dragon you must have a principle, and a condition: In your heart you must love God, and enter into the words of God. If you do not enter into the words of God, then you will have no way of shaming Satan. Through the growth of your life, you renounce the great red dragon and bring utter humiliation upon it, and only then is the great red dragon truly shamed. The more you are willing to put the words of God into practice, the greater the proof of your love of God and loathing of the great red dragon; the more you obey the words of God, the greater the proof of your longing for the truth. People who do not long for the words of God are people who are without life. Such people are those who are outside the words of God, and who belong to religion. People who truly believe in God have a more profound knowledge of God’s words through eating and drinking the words of God. If you do not long for the words of God, then you cannot truly eat and drink the words of God, and if you have no knowledge of the words of God, then you have no means of testifying to God or satisfying God.
from “Only Those Who Know the Work of God Today Can Serve God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Those who God refers to as overcomers are those who are still able to stand witness, maintain their confidence, and their devotion to God when under the influence of Satan and under siege by Satan, that is, when within the forces of darkness. If you are still able to maintain a heart of purity and your genuine love for God no matter what, you stand witness in front of God, and this is what God refers to as being an overcomer.
from “You Ought to Maintain Your Devotion to God” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
God’s work of the last days is to make a group of overcomers. Overcomes are made against the backdrop of the great red dragon’s furious resistance to God and persecution of God’s chosen people. There are now many of God’s chosen people who fulfill their duty and spread the gospel as usual, no matter how dangerous or difficult the situations they face, and have not been intimidated or crushed by satanic forces. Some still fulfill their duties as usual even after being imprisoned multiple times in a row. These true testimonies are sufficient to show that they have genuine faith in God, which is why they are able to make such wonderful testimonies. At present, the satanic forces are collapsing. If people can persist in fulfilling their duties and seeking the truth, and not only possess true faith but also pursue knowledge of God, loving God, and doing God’s will, then they will be ones perfected by God. They will be categorized as witnesses of Peter, and be able to make a testimony of victory for God at the time of the great red dragon’s collapse. We have seen that there are many people who, in the fulfilling of their duties, pay special attention to obeying God’s judgment and chastisement, accepting dealing and pruning, and can accept and practice the truth in all things. Such people are surely God’s objects of perfection. Now is the final key moment of God’s perfection of man. If people cannot seek the truth and closely cooperate with the work of the Holy Spirit in faithfully fulfilling their duties right now, then when the great red dragon collapses they won’t have true testimonies to speak of, and thus won’t be made into overcomers by God. Overcomers must have true testimonies of victory, and a testimony of victory is to be able to persist in fulfilling one’s duties, obeying God, being loyal to God, and enduring pain and suffering to complete what God entrusted and fulfill their duties to the appropriate standard at a time when the great red dragon is furiously fighting back and waging a last-ditch struggle. That’s a testimony of victory. Now is precisely when the great red dragon is conducting a furious counterattack in the final struggle, is the key moment for God’s chosen people to fulfill their duties and make wonderful and resounding testimonies out of their faith and obedience toward God. We will lose our final chance to be saved and perfected if we are still unable to seek the truth. Just how to seek the truth to achieve fulfilling one’s duty with principle is a problem all those who seek the truth must face and resolve. You cannot fulfill your duty properly without understanding the truth, and if you don’t understand the truth you cannot act with principles. You cannot have a true testimony in the end if you don’t understand the truth. Only by seeking the truth can you fulfill your duties to the right standard, and only this is a truly wonderful testimony. This is beyond doubt. God’s chosen people should know clearly that, as soon as the great red dragon collapses during this final key period of God’s perfection of man, their precious opportunity to make a testimony of victory will be gone. If people still cannot seek the truth in fulfilling their duties, then they will certainly not be able to obtain salvation and perfection. Only those who can seek and practice the truth in fulfilling their duties while the great red dragon still currently exists can be perfected, fulfill their duties to the right standard, and make truly wonderful and resounding testimonies. God’s chosen people must be certain and clear on why the true meaning of God choosing the great red dragon as its foil for perfecting man is so important.
from “Deviation Problems in Preaching the Gospel That All Churches Must Resolve” in Selected Annals of the Work Arrangements of The Church of Almighty God