You Should Put Aside the Blessings of Status and Understand God’s Will for the Salvation of Man
To man, it is not possible for the descendants of Moab to be made complete and they are not qualified to be made so. The sons of David, on the other hand, certainly have hope and they are certainly able to be made complete. Provided that someone is a descendant of Moab, then they cannot be made complete. Even today, you still don’t know the significance of the work that is done amongst you; up to this current stage you still hold your future prospects in your hearts and are loath to relinquish them. No one cares why today God has just chosen you—the most unworthy group—to work on, so is this work done wrong? Is this work a momentary oversight? Why has God come down precisely to work in your midst, when He has long known that you are the sons of Moab? Do you never think of this? Does God never consider this when He does His work? Does He make this kind of snap decision? Did He not know that you are the descendants of Moab right from the start? Do you not know to consider these things? Where have your conceptions gone? Has that healthy thinking of yours become maladjusted? Where has your cleverness and wisdom gone to? Is it that you have such a magnanimous bearing that you do not take heed of such a small matter? Your minds are most sensitive to things like your future prospects and your own fate, but about anything else they are numb and dull-witted and utterly ignorant. What on earth is it that you believe in? Your future prospects? Or God? Aren’t you just believing in your good destination? Just your future prospects? How much of the way of life do you now understand? How much have you attained? Do you think that the work that is done now on the descendants of Moab is done to humiliate you? Is it done purposefully to expose your ugliness? Is it done purposefully to make you accept chastisement and then to throw you into the lake of fire? I never said that you had no future, much less that you had to be destroyed or suffer perdition; have I publicly announced such a thing? You say you are without hope, but is this not your own conclusion? Is this not the effect of your own mentality? Does your own conclusion count? If I say you are not blessed then you will certainly be the object for ruination, and if I say you are blessed then you will certainly not be destroyed. I am only saying now that you are the descendant of Moab. I didn’t say that you would be destroyed. It is merely that the descendants of Moab have been cursed, and are one kind of corrupt mankind. Sin has been referred to previously; are you not all sinful? Have sinners not all been corrupted by Satan? Do sinners not all defy and rebel against God? Are those who defy God not objects for curse? Must sinners not all be destroyed? In that case, who among those of flesh and blood can be saved? How can you have survived until today? You are negative because you are the descendants of Moab, and do you not belong among the sinners? How have you lasted until today? When perfection is mentioned you become happy. You have heard that you must experience the great tribulation, and you think this is even more blessed. You think that through the tribulation you can become an overcomer, and this is even more God’s great blessing and His great exaltation of you. When Moab is referred to, tumult arises among you. Adults and children alike feel unspeakable sadness and your hearts are filled with distress; you all regret being born. You do not understand the significance of why this stage of work is done on the descendants of Moab; you only know to seek for high status, and you backslide when you think that you have no hope. When perfection and the future destination are mentioned, you feel happy. Your belief in God is in order to gain blessings, and so that you can have the good destination. Some people now feel apprehension because of their status. Because they have a low worth, and a low status, they then do not wish to seek to be perfected. God first spoke about perfection, then afterward referred to Moab’s descendants, so people negated the path of perfection they had followed previously. This is because you have never known the significance of this work, nor do you care about its significance. Your statures are too small and you can’t even endure the slightest disturbance. When you see that your own status is too lowly you feel negative, and you have no faith to go on seeking. People just regard the attainment of grace and the enjoyment of peace as symbols of belief in God, and the seeking for blessings as the basis for belief in God. Very few people seek to know God or seek a change in their disposition. People’s belief in God seeks to make God give them a suitable destination and give them all the grace under the sun, to make God their servant, to make God maintain a peaceful, friendly relationship with them, and for there never to be any conflict between them. That is, their belief in God requires God to promise to fulfill all their demands, to bestow on them anything they pray for, just as it says in the Bible “I will listen to all your prayers.” They require God to not judge anyone or deal with anyone, as God is always the kind Savior Jesus, who keeps a good relationship with people at all times and in all places. The way they believe is like this: They always shamelessly ask God for things, and God just bestows everything blindly on them, whether they are rebellious or obedient. People just continually demand “payment” from God and God must pay without any resistance, and pay double, whether God has gotten anything from them or not. He can only be at their mercy; He cannot arbitrarily orchestrate people, much less can He reveal His wisdom and righteous disposition that have been hidden for many years as He wishes to people, without their permission. They just confess their sins to God and God just absolves them, and cannot get sick of it, and this goes on forever. They just order God about and He just obeys, as it is recorded in the Bible “God did not come to be served by man, but to serve. He came to be man’s servant.” Haven’t you always believed in this way? When you can’t gain anything from God then you wish to run away. And when you don’t understand something you get so resentful, and even go so far as to hurl all kinds of abuse. You simply won’t allow God Himself to fully express His wisdom and wonder, but instead you just want to enjoy temporary ease and comfort. Up until now, your attitude in your belief in God has been the same old views. If God shows you just a slight bit of majesty you become unhappy; do you see now exactly how your stature is? Don’t think that you are all loyal to God when in fact your old views have not changed. When nothing befalls you, you think that everything is plain sailing and you love God to the highest peaks. But when something small befalls you, you fall down into Hades. Is this you being loyal to God?
If the final stage of the work of conquest were to begin in Israel, then the work of conquest would have no meaning. The work is of the most significance when it is done in this country, when it is done on you people. You are the lowliest people, the people with the least status. You are the people on the lowest level of this society and you are those who least acknowledged God in the beginning. You are the people who have gone furthest from God, and are those who have been harmed most severely. Because this stage of work is only for the sake of conquest, isn’t it most suitable to choose you to bear the witness that is to come? If the first step of the work of conquest were not to be done on you people, then it would become difficult to advance the conquering work that is to come, because the work of conquest that will follow will achieve results based on the fact of this work being done today. The work of conquest today is only the beginning of the entire work of conquest. You are the first batch to be conquered; you are the representatives for all mankind that is conquered. If there is anyone who truly has understanding, they will see that all the work God does today is great, that God not only allows people to know their own rebelliousness, He also reveals their status. The purpose and meaning of His words is not to make people negative, nor is it to cause people to fall down. It is so that they can gain revelation and be saved through His words; it is to awaken man’s spirit through His words. From the time of the world’s creation until now, man has always lived under the domain of Satan, not knowing that there is a God and not believing there is a God. That these people can be included in God’s great salvation and be greatly raised up by God indeed shows God’s love; those who truly understand will all think this way. How will those people without understanding think? “Ah, God says we are the descendants of Moab. He said Himself that we are the descendants of Moab. Can we come to any good? Who made us the descendants of Moab? Who made us previously defy Him so much? God has come to condemn us; don’t you see how God has always judged us right from the start? Since we have defied God we should be chastised in this way.” Are these words correct? Today God judges you, and chastises you, and condemns you, but know that your condemnation is so that you might know yourself. Condemnation, curse, judgment, chastisement—these are all so that you might know yourself, so that your disposition might change, and, moreover, so that you might know your worth, and see that all of God’s actions are righteous, and in accordance with His disposition and the needs of His work, that He works in accordance with His plan for man’s salvation, and that He is the righteous God who loves man, and saves man, and who judges and chastises man. If you only know that you are of lowly status, and that you are corrupt and disobedient, but do not know that God wishes to make plain His salvation through the judgment and chastisement that He does in you today, then you have no way of experiencing, much less are you able to continue onward. God has not come to kill, or destroy, but to judge, curse, chastise, and save. Prior to the conclusion of His 6,000-year management plan—before He makes plain the end of each category of man—God’s work on earth is for the sake of salvation, it is all in order to make those who love Him totally complete, and bring them into submission to His dominion. No matter how God saves people, it is all done by making them break away from their old satanic nature; that is, He saves them by making them seek life. If they do not seek life then they will have no way to accept God’s salvation. Salvation is the work of God Himself and the seeking for life is something that man must possess in order to accept salvation. In the eyes of man, salvation is the love of God, and the love of God cannot be chastisement, judgment, and curse; salvation must contain love, compassion, and, moreover, the words of solace, and must contain the boundless blessings bestowed by God. People believe that when God saves man He does so by touching them and making them give their hearts to Him through His blessings and grace. That is to say, when He touches man He saves them. Salvation such as this is salvation in which a trade is being made. Only when God bestows them with a hundredfold will man come under the name of God, and strive to do well for God and bring Him glory. This is not God’s will for mankind. God has come to work on earth in order to save corrupt mankind—there is no falsehood in this; if not, He certainly would not come to do His work in person. In the past, His means of salvation was showing the utmost love and compassion, such that He gave His all to Satan in exchange for the whole of mankind. Today is nothing like the past: Today, your salvation occurs at the time of the last days, during the classification of each according to kind; the means of your salvation is not love or compassion, but chastisement and judgment in order that man may be more thoroughly saved. Thus, all that you receive is chastisement, judgment, and merciless smiting, but know that in this heartless smiting there is not the slightest punishment, know that regardless of how harsh My words are, what befalls you is but a few words that appear utterly heartless to you, and know that, regardless of how great My anger, what comes upon you are still words of teaching, and I do not mean to harm you, or to put you to death. Is this not all fact? Know that today, whether it be righteous judgment or heartless refinement and chastisement, all are for the sake of salvation. Regardless of whether today there is the classification of each according to kind, or the laying bare of the categories of man, all of God’s utterances and work are in order to save those who truly love God. Righteous judgment is in order to purify man, heartless refinement is in order to cleanse man, harsh words or chastening are all in order to purify, and for the sake of salvation. And thus, today’s method of salvation is unlike in the past. Today, righteous judgment saves you, and is a good tool for classifying you each according to kind, and ruthless chastisement brings you supreme salvation—and what have you to say in the face of this chastisement and judgment? Have you not enjoyed salvation from start to finish? You have both seen God incarnate and realized His omnipotence and wisdom; moreover, you have experienced repeated smiting and discipline. But have you not also received supreme grace? Are your blessings not greater than those of anyone else? Your graces are more bounteous than the glory and riches enjoyed by Solomon! Think about it: If My intention in coming were to condemn and punish you, and not to save you, could your days have lasted so long? Could you, these sinful beings of flesh and blood, have survived until today? If it were only for the sake of punishing you, why would I have become flesh and embarked upon such a great enterprise? Would it not take but a single word to punish you mere mortals? Would I still be of a mind to destroy you after condemning you? Do you still not believe these words of Mine? Could I save man merely through love and compassion? Or could I only use the crucifixion to save man? Is My righteous disposition not more conducive to making man completely obedient? Is it not more able to thoroughly save man?
Though My words may be stern, they are all said for man’s salvation, as I am only speaking words and not punishing man’s flesh. These words cause man to live in the light, to know that the light exists, to know that the light is precious, even more so to know how beneficial these words are to man, and to know that God is salvation. Though I have said many words of chastisement and judgment, they have not been done unto you in deed. I have come to do My work, to speak My words and, though My words may be stern, they are spoken in judgment of your corruption and your rebelliousness. The purpose of My doing this remains to save man from Satan’s domain, to use My words to save man; My purpose is not to harm man with My words. My words are stern so that results may be achieved from My work. Only through working in this way can man know themselves and break away from their rebellious disposition. The greatest significance of the work of words is allowing people to put the truth into practice after having understood the truth, achieve changes in their disposition, and achieve the knowledge of themselves and the work of God. Only the means of working through speaking can communicate the relationship between God and man, only words can explain the truth. Working in this way is the best means of conquering man; apart from the utterance of words, no other method is capable of giving man a clearer understanding of the truth and the work of God, and so in His final stage of work, God speaks to man in order to open up to man all the truths and mysteries that they do not understand, allowing them to gain the true way and the life from God, and thus satisfy the will of God. The purpose of God’s work on man is so that they can satisfy God’s will and it is all done to save man, therefore during the time of His salvation of man He does not do the work of punishing man. During the time of the salvation of man, God does not punish evil or reward good, nor does He reveal the destinations for all the different kinds of people. Instead, only after the final stage of His work is complete will He then do the work of punishing evil and rewarding good, and only then will He reveal the ends of all the different kinds of people. Those who are punished will be those who are indeed unable to be saved, while those who are saved will be those who have obtained God’s salvation during the time of His salvation of man. During the time of God’s work of salvation, all those who can be saved will be saved to the utmost limit, none of them being discarded, as the purpose of God’s work is to save man. All those who, during the time of God’s salvation of man, are unable to achieve a change in their disposition, all those who are unable to obey God completely, will all become objects for punishment. This stage of work—the work of words—opens up to man all of the ways and mysteries that they do not understand, so that man can understand the will of God and God’s requirements of man, so that they can have the conditions to put God’s words into practice and achieve changes in their disposition. God uses only words to do His work, and does not punish people because they are a little rebellious, because now is the time of the work of salvation. If everyone who is rebellious was punished, then no one would have the opportunity to be saved; they would all be punished and fall into Hades. The purpose of the words judging man is to allow them to know themselves and obey God; it is not for them to be punished by means of the judgment of words. During the time of the work of words, many people will expose their rebelliousness and defiance, and they will expose their disobedience toward the incarnate God. But He will not punish all these people because of this, instead He will only cast aside those who are corrupt to the core and who cannot be saved. He will give their flesh to Satan, and in a few cases, terminate their flesh. Those who are left will continue to follow and experience dealing and pruning. If while they follow they still cannot accept dealing and pruning and they become more and more degenerate, then these people will have lost their chance for salvation. Each and every person who has accepted the conquering of words will have ample opportunity for salvation. God’s salvation of each one of these people shows them His utmost leniency, meaning that they are showed the utmost tolerance. So long as people turn back from the wrong path, so long as they can repent, then God will give them the opportunity to obtain His salvation. When people first rebel against God, God has no desire to put them to death, but instead does all He can to save them. If someone really has no room for salvation, then God will cast them aside. That God is slow to punish someone is because He wants to save all those who can be saved. He judges, enlightens and guides people only with words, and does not use a rod to put them to death. Using words to save people is the purpose and significance of the final stage of work.