Chapters 22 and 23
Today, all are willing to grasp God’s will and know God’s disposition, yet none know the reason why they are incapable of following their wishes, they know not why their hearts always betray them, and why they are unable to achieve what they want to. As a result, they are once more beset by crushing desperation, yet they are also fearful. Unable to express these conflicting emotions, they can only hang their heads in sorrow and keep asking themselves: Could it be that God has not enlightened me? Could it be that God has secretly forsaken me? Perhaps everyone else is OK, and God has enlightened all of them except me. Why do I always feel disturbed when I read God’s words, why can’t I ever grasp anything? Though people’s minds think these things, none dare to express them; they merely carry on struggling inside. In fact, no one but God is able to understand His words or grasp His true will. Yet God always asks that people grasp His will—isn’t this like trying to drive a duck onto a perch? Is God ignorant of man’s failings? This is the intersection of God’s work, it is what people don’t understand, and thus God says, “Man lives amid the light, yet he is unaware of the preciousness of the light. He is ignorant of the substance of the light, and of the source of the light, and, moreover, of to whom it belongs.” According to God’s words and what He asks of man, no one will survive, for there is nothing in man’s flesh that is accepting of God’s words, so if people are able to obey God’s words, cherish and yearn for God’s words, and apply the words in God’s utterances that point to the states of man to their own conditions, and so know themselves, then this is the highest standard. When the kingdom is ultimately realized, those who live in the flesh shall still be incapable of grasping God’s will, and will still require the personal guidance of God. It’s just that people will be without Satan’s interference, and shall possess the normal life of man, which is God’s objective in defeating Satan, and is chiefly in order to recover the original essence of man, who was created by God. In God’s mind, the “flesh” refers to the following: the inability to know God’s essence, the inability to see the affairs of the spiritual realm, and, furthermore, the ability to be corrupted by Satan but also be directed by the Spirit of God. This is the substance of the flesh created by God. Naturally, it is also in order to avoid chaos caused by lack of order in the life of mankind. The more God speaks, and the more incisive His words become, the more people understand His words. People unconsciously change, and unconsciously live in the light, and thus “Because of the light, all people are growing, and have left the darkness.” This is the beautiful scene of the kingdom, and is like what was often spoken in the past: “living in the light, departing from death.” When Sinim is realized on earth—when the kingdom is realized—there will be no more war on earth, never again will there be famines, plagues, and earthquakes, people will stop producing weapons, all will live in peace and stability, and both people and countries will interact normally with each other. Yet the present bears no comparison to this. All beneath the heavens is in chaos, coups are gradually beginning to occur in each country. As God utters His voice people are gradually changing, and, internally, every country is slowly being torn apart. The steady foundations of Babylon begin to shake, like a castle reaching into the sky, and as God’s will shifts, tremendous changes occur unnoticed in the world, and all manner of signs appear at any time, showing people that the last day of the world has arrived! This is God’s plan, these are the steps by which He works, and each country will surely be torn to pieces, old Sodom will be annihilated a second time, and thus God says “The world is falling! Babylon is in paralysis!” No one but God Himself is capable of completely understanding this; there is, after all, a limit to people’s awareness. For example, the ministers of internal affairs might know that the present circumstances are unstable and chaotic, but they are incapable of addressing them. They can only ride the current, hoping in their hearts for the day when they can hold their heads high, yearning that a day will come when the sun will once again rise in the east, shining across the land and turning around this miserable state of affairs. Little do they know, however, that when the sun rises a second time, it is not to restore the old order, but to bounce back, and bring about thorough change. Such is God’s plan for the whole universe. He shall bring about a new world, but above all, He will first renew man. Today, bringing people into God’s words is what’s key, not just allowing them to enjoy the blessings of status. Moreover, as God says, “In the kingdom, I am King—but instead of treating Me as its King, man treats Me as the Savior that has descended from heaven. As a result, he longs for Me to give him alms, and does not pursue the knowledge of Me.” Such are the true conditions of all people. Today, what’s crucial is completely dispelling man’s insatiable greed, thus allowing people to know God without asking for anything; no wonder, then, that God says, “So many have cried out before Me like a beggar; so many have opened their ‘sacks’ to Me and implored Me to give them food to survive.” These various states point out people’s greed, and they show that people do not love God but make demands of God, or else try to gain the things they long for. People have the nature of a hungry wolf, they are all cunning and greedy, and thus God makes requirements of them over and over again, forcing them to hand over the greediness in their hearts and love God with sincerity. In reality, to date, people have yet to give all of their hearts to God, they straddle two boats, sometimes depending on themselves, sometimes depending on God without completely relying on God. When God’s work reaches a certain point, all people will live amid true love and faith, and God’s will shall be fulfilled; thus, God’s requirements are not high.
The angels are constantly moving among the sons and people of God, hurrying between heaven and earth and descending to the human world after returning to the spiritual realm each day. This is their duty, and thus each day the sons and people of God are shepherded, and their life gradually changes. On the day that God changes His form, the angels’ work on earth shall officially end and they will return to the realm of heaven. Today, all the sons and people of God are in the same condition. As the seconds go by, all people are changing, and the sons and people of God are gradually becoming more mature. In comparison, all the rebels are also changing before the great red dragon: People are no longer loyal to the great red dragon, and devils no longer follow its arrangements.Instead, all “act as they see fit, picking the route that suits them best.” Thus when God says, “How could the countries on earth not perish? How could the countries on earth not fall?” the heavens come pressing down in an instant…. It is as if there is an ominous feeling presaging the end of mankind. The various ominous signs prophesied here are precisely what is occurring in the country of the great red dragon, and none among those on earth are capable of escaping. Such is what is prophesied in God’s words. In people’s premonitions today, they feel that time is short, and they seem to feel that a disaster is about to befall them—yet they have no means of escape, and thus they are all without hope. God says, “As I decorate the ‘inner chamber’ of My kingdom day by day, no one has ever suddenly burst into My ‘workroom’ to disrupt My work.” In fact, the meaning of God’s words does not only lie in making people know God in His words. Above all, they indicate that each day God arranges all manner of developments throughout the universe to serve the next part of His work. The reason why He says “No one has ever suddenly burst into My ‘workroom’ to disrupt My work” is because God works in divinity, and even though people might want to, they are incapable of partaking in His work. I would like to ask: Could you arrange all developments of the entire universe? Could you make the people on earth defy their ancestors? Could you maneuver people throughout the universe to serve God’s will? Can you cause Satan to run riot? Can you make people feel that the world is desolate and empty? People are incapable of such things. In the past, when Satan’s “skills” had yet to be fully brought to bear, Satan would always interfere in each stage of God’s work; in this stage, Satan has run out of tricks, and thus God allows Satan to show its true colors in order that all people may know it. This is the truth of the words “No one has ever disrupted My work.”
Each day, the people of the churches read God’s words, each day they are dissected upon “the operating table.” For example, mocking words such as “losing their position,” “being dismissed,” “their fears allayed and composure restored,” “abandonment,” devoid of “feeling” and so on leave them dumb with shame; it is as if no part of their entire body—from head to toe, from inside out—is approved of by God. Why do God’s words strip people’s lives so bare? Is God deliberately making things difficult for people? It is as if the faces of all people are smeared with mud that can’t be washed off. Their heads bowed, each day they give an account of their sins as if they are scam artists. People have been corrupted by Satan to the extent that they lack a full awareness of their true states. But to God, Satan’s venom is in every part of their bodies, even their bone marrow; as a result, the more profound God’s revelations, the more fearful people become. Thus, all people can know Satan and see Satan in man, for they have been incapable of seeing Satan with their naked eyes. And since all has entered into reality, God exposes man’s nature—which is to say, He exposes the image of Satan—and thus allows man to behold the real, tangible Satan, which is better able to help them know the practical God. God allows man to know Him in the flesh, and gives form to Satan, thus allowing man to know the real, tangible Satan in the flesh of all people. These various states are the manifestation of Satan’s deeds. And so, it is fair to say that all those who are of the flesh are the embodiment of Satan’s image. Because God is incompatible with His enemies, because they are hostile to each other, and are two different forces, demons are demons, God is God, they are as incompatible as fire and water, and are ever as separate as heaven and earth. When God created man, one kind of people were the spirits of the angels; one kind had no spirit, thus they were possessed by the spirits of demons, and so they are called demons. Ultimately, angels are angels, demons are demons—and God is God. This is what is meant by each classed according to kind, and so when the angels reign on earth and enjoy blessings, God returns to His dwelling place, and the rest—the enemies of God—are turned to ashes. In fact, outwardly all people love God—but the root of it lies in their essence; how can those with the nature of angels escape God’s hand and fall into the bottomless pit? And how can those with the nature of demons ever truly love God? In substance, these people do not truly love God, so how could they ever have the chance to enter the kingdom? All was arranged by God since the creation of the world, just as God says, “I advance amid wind and rain, and have spent year after year among man, and that is followed by the present day. Are these not the steps of My management plan? Who has ever added to My plan? Who can break away from the steps in My plan?” Having become flesh, God must experience the life of man, and is this not the real side of the practical God? God does not hide anything from man because of man’s weakness; instead, He lays bare the truth to man, just as God says, “I have spent year after year among man.” It is because God is God become flesh that He has passed year after year on earth; accordingly, only after undergoing all manner of processes can He be considered to have become flesh, only after which He becomes able to work in the divinity within the flesh. And then, only after revealing all mysteries will He change His form. This is an alternate explanation of “being non-supernatural,” and is directly instructed by God.
People must pass the test of each and every one of God’s words, without perfunctoriness—this is God’s commission!