Sermons and Fellowship About God’s Word “It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition” (III)
It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition (Selections)
“The disposition of God is a subject that seems very abstract to everyone and is, moreover, one that is not easy for anyone to accept, for His disposition is unlike a human being’s personality. God, too, has His own emotions of joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness, but these emotions differ from those of man. God is what He is and He has what He has. All that He expresses and reveals are representations of His substance and of His identity. What He is and what He has, as well as His substance and identity, are things that cannot be replaced by any man. His disposition encompasses His love for mankind, solace of mankind, hatred of mankind, and even more, a thorough understanding of mankind. The personality of man, however, may be optimistic, lively, or unfeeling. The disposition of God is one that belongs to the Ruler of all things and living beings, to the Lord of all creation. His disposition represents honor, power, nobility, greatness, and most of all, supremacy. His disposition is the symbol of authority, the symbol of all that is righteous, the symbol of all that is beautiful and good. More than that, it is a symbol of Him who cannot be[a] overcome or invaded by the darkness and any enemy force, as well as a symbol of Him who cannot be offended (nor will He tolerate being offended)[b] by any created being. His disposition is the symbol of the highest power. No person or persons can or may disturb His work or His disposition. But the personality of man is no more than a mere symbol of the slight superiority of man over beast. Man in and of himself has no authority, no autonomy, and no ability to transcend the self, but is in his substance one who cowers at the mercy of all manner of people, events, and things. The joy of God is due to the existence and emergence of righteousness and light, because of the destruction of darkness and evil. He takes delight in bringing the light and a good life to mankind; His joy is a righteous joy, a symbol of the existence of all that is positive and, even more, a symbol of auspiciousness. The anger of God is due to the harm that the existence and interference of injustice brings upon His mankind, because of the existence of evil and darkness, because of the existence of things that drive out the truth, and even more, because of the existence of things that oppose what is good and beautiful. His anger is a symbol that all things negative no longer exist and, even more than that, it is a symbol of His holiness. His sorrow is due to mankind, for whom He has hopes but who has fallen into darkness, because the work He does on man does not come up to His expectations, and because the mankind He loves cannot all live in the light. He feels sorrow for the innocent mankind, for the honest but ignorant man, and for the man who is good but lacking in his own views. His sorrow is a symbol of His goodness and of His mercy, a symbol of beauty and of kindness. His happiness, of course, comes from defeating His enemies and gaining the good faith of man. More than this, it arises from the expulsion and destruction of all enemy forces, and because mankind receives a good and peaceful life. The happiness of God is unlike the joy of man; rather, it is the feeling of garnering good fruits, a feeling even greater than joy. His happiness is a symbol of mankind breaking free of suffering from this time forth, and a symbol of mankind entering a world of light. The emotions of mankind, on the other hand, all arise for the sake of his own interests, not for righteousness, light, or what is beautiful, and least of all for the grace bestowed by Heaven. The emotions of mankind are selfish and belong to the world of darkness. They do not exist for the sake of the will, much less for the plan of God, and so man and God can never be spoken of in the same breath. God is forever supreme and ever honorable, while man is forever base, forever worthless. This is because God is forever making sacrifices and devoting Himself to mankind; man, however, forever takes and strives only for himself. God is forever taking pains for mankind’s survival, yet man never contributes anything for the sake of the light or for righteousness. Even if man makes an effort for a time, it is so weak that it cannot withstand a single blow, for the effort of man is always for his own sake and not for others. Man is always selfish, while God is forever selfless. God is the source of all that is just, good, and beautiful, while man is he who succeeds to and makes manifest all ugliness and evil. God will never alter His substance of righteousness and beauty, yet man is perfectly capable, at any time and in any situation, of betraying righteousness and straying far from God.
After reading this piece of God’s word, “It Is Very Important to Understand God’s Disposition,” perhaps everyone has a certain kind of feeling: Understanding God’s disposition does not seem to be easy. The main reason is because God’s disposition is very profound, the majority of people’s understanding of the truth is too shallow, their ability to understand is insufficient, and they feel that it is beyond their reach. Isn’t this the case? In fact, after we have finished reading God’s words, we can understand the literal meaning of the words. Now, if we experience for more years, put more effort into it, would you say that we would be able to achieve an understanding of God’s disposition? We should be able to achieve a bit of an understanding. Do God’s words describe God’s disposition comprehensively? No, they only briefly describe the core portion of God’s disposition, that is, from the point of view of the four emotions of God, His joy, anger, sorrow and happiness. Actually, there are many aspects when it comes to God’s disposition. It is not this simple, right? Is it easy to understand merely the four emotions of God? It can be said that man is able to achieve this understanding. Everything that God says are the requirements that God has for man. Through hard work, man can achieve it. If there were no way to attain it regardless of how hard he tried, would God have these requirements for man? Absolutely not. That is why all of God’s requirements can be reached by man. As long as man puts in effort and has the Holy Spirit’s work, it is absolutely possible for man to reach them. This is definitely beyond all doubt. If someone says that regardless of how hard man strives, man is simply unable to live up to God’s words, is this viewpoint tenable? It is not tenable. Why is it not tenable? If this viewpoint were tenable, then this means that God’s requirements for man were unreasonable, right? Someone would see the many truths God has expressed and start to complain, “How can man possibly understand this many truths? Nobody is able to enter and obtain the truth.” According to this perspective, God’s work and God’s truth are beyond anybody’s ability to comprehend. Would God do this? No. Man was created by God. God knows exactly what man is capable of and to what degree his capabilities are. The results that the things that God says and God’s work will have on mankind are absolutely precise. God does not do useless work. Everything that God does is practical! Do you understand this? Do not misunderstand God. Right now, God has testified His disposition from the aspect of the four emotions to us so that we would understand and comprehend. Is this a good method? Everyone says it is; that is very practical. Why is it good? By bearing witness in this way, God makes it very easy for man to understand. If man puts in the effort, pays the price and has the Holy Spirit’s work, it is absolutely attainable. If someone can live out a little bit of the reality of God’s four emotions, then isn’t this person someone who has the most truth and humanity? Isn’t this someone whose life disposition has changed? It is. Someone said, “What is it like after our life disposition has changed?” We can know from God expressing the aspect of His disposition involving His four emotions, that it is like this. Just now when we were reading God’s words, we read that man also has these four emotions. Take a look at what God’s four emotions represent, what they symbolize and the reason why they are produced. Afterward, take another look at whether man’s four emotions and God’s dispositions have any connection. They are not connected in any way. Are we able to live out a bit of God’s four emotions through understanding God’s disposition? Can we possess a bit of the four emotions aspect of God’s disposition? Are we able to attain this? All we can do is have faith, put in an effort and pay the price. This guarantees that we can receive the Holy Spirit’s work and obtain God’s perfection.
Below is a reading about the joy of God. “The joy of God is due to the existence and emergence of righteousness and light, because of the destruction of darkness and evil. He takes delight in bringing the light and a good life to mankind; His joy is a righteous joy, a symbol of the existence of all that is positive and, even more, a symbol of auspiciousness.” God has clearly summarized His joy in a few sentences. God’s joy is “a symbol of the existence of all that is positive.” What information does this verse convey? It conveys that when you see God’s delight and when God’s joy is revealed, it is guaranteed that good things have occurred. What kind of good things? Righteousness exists, righteous things were born. Is it correct to understand it like this? If you see that God is particularly delighted and feels particularly jubilant, that His joy has been revealed, could it be that negative things were born and exist? Could it be the time of the great red dragon’s savage, aggressive and frantic prosecution of God’s chosen people? It could absolutely be not. What is the cause of the arising of God’s joy? It is “due to the existence and emergence of righteousness and light, because of the destruction of darkness and evil.” It is due to this. We have followed God for many years. We have endured the cruel persecution and suppression of the great red dragon. We are pretty much unable to breathe in mainland China. We are unable to be happy. Every day, our emotions are suppressed and we suffer painfully. What do we hope for in this kind of a situation? We hope for the demise of the evil political regime of the great red dragon. If it were to topple, we would set off firecrackers and celebrate. We would finally be liberated from many years of oppression and pain. Isn’t this the kind of mood that we would have? Absolutely. Now, is there a background to the production of this kind of joy? Yes, there is a background and there is premise to it. There is a reason for it. It is definitely not produced due to no cause or reason. God is the Creator of all things. His joy arises due to the existence and emergence of righteousness and light. It also emerges due to the destruction of darkness and evil. Now, under what background is the pleasure of Satan the devil, who is reactionary, produced? What is it based on? For example, what makes the great red dragon happy? When its arch enemy falls or encounters a calamity, it celebrates happily. This is especially the case when it sees Western democratic countries encounter disasters. When this occurs, it reports it in the media without delay. The more detailed the reports, the better. The more exaggerated, the better. Isn’t this the attitude of the great red dragon? This is one aspect of it. There is another aspect. Presently, it is most worried and concerned about the development, expansion and strengthening of The Church of Almighty God. When it hears that a church of Almighty God is located and some of its key followers are arrested, is it happy? It is happy because of this. The pleasure of Satan the devil is based on the suppression and persecution of positive things. When the methods of Satan the devil prevail, it is happy and joyful. The great red dragon’s pleasure is a negative thing. It experiences pleasure when positive things encounter harm, attacks and damage. It experiences boundless pleasure when positive things are rooted out. Isn’t this the case? What do you notice when you compare the basis for God’s pleasure and the basis for Satan’s pleasure? Who is the truth? Who is righteous? Who is the light? Who is the darkness? Who is evil? Who is the reactionary? Can you tell the difference? You can tell the difference. In the past, we always praised God by saying, “God is the light. God is righteous. God is fair. God is love.” Why did we say these things? They must have been based on the facts. If we could not speak the facts clearly, then our witnessing was a bit empty, right? Would God be delighted if the great red dragon topples one day? God would be very delighted. What would He be most delighted about? God is delighted with the destruction of darkness and evil. When God is delighted, wouldn’t God’s chosen people who have suffered under the ruling, suppression, control and persecution of this dark and evil political regime also be just as delighted? This is why God said, “I will formally chastise the great red dragon. My people will see My righteous chastisement of the great red dragon, will pour forth praise because of My righteousness.” Why did God express these words in advance? He did this so that God’s chosen people would have faith in God. God’s words will inevitably come about. God knows that God’s chosen people are suffering right now. They are suffering unbearably under the great red dragon’s persecution! That is why God decided to say these words in advance. He did this so that people would have faith. Sooner or later, there will be a day when God makes good on this promise.
There is a context to the emergence of God’s joy. When we look at this context, we will know what the symbol of God’s joy is, right? Now, as humans, what is our joy due to? We feel it when we find a partner, right? Some people say that they have not found a partner. Well, when you eat some pork, you are happy. Other people eat some roast duck and they are happy. Some people earned a small fortune, a sum of money and they are happy. Other people are happy because they won a competition and they were the champion. Some people are happy because the people they have a grudge against met with some sort of disaster. Some people are happy because they begot a son and they became a dad. These are the things that man derives pleasure from. Isn’t this the case? Now, does man’s pleasure have meaning? Is it the symbol of positive things? It is not. Then, what is it? It is the satisfaction of physical lust. You feel pleasure when you have profited at the expense of others or if you have earned a small fortune. This is all pleasure that is produced due to physical enjoyment and physical satisfaction. Isn’t this kind of pleasure a little bit selfish, contemptible and evil? It is a little bit evil. It does not belong in the category of positive things. It is a symbol of negative things. Isn’t this what the pleasure of corrupt mankind is all about? Suppose someone pursues the truth and experiences a change in his life disposition. Now, what is the majority of his pleasure due to? He is happy when he spreads the gospel and converts somebody. He is happy and feels enjoyment when the church life enters onto the proper track. He feels pleasure when the life of his brothers and sisters grows and when he sees that his brothers and sisters are able to pursue the truth, and that he has not toiled for nothing and has achieved some results. The brothers and sisters who develop movies are happy when their recording today has gone smoothly. When the movie was recorded successfully and it can be uploaded onto the internet to bear witness to God, they are happy and they celebrate. What about these kinds of pleasure? They belong in the category of positive things and are in accordance with God’s will. They are happy because of the birth of some positive things and their success. Some people said, “If the great red dragon collapses, we will be happy.” Isn’t this a positive thing? Some people will be anxious and unhappy when they see the great red dragon collapse. What kind of issue is this? This is evil! Some people are distressed and unhappy when they see positive things emerge and exist. What does this indicate? These people do not love the truth, right? Now, are they people that love God? They are definitely not people that love God. If someone is truly a person that God loves and blesses, then their viewpoints would be the same as God’s and they would be of the same mind with God. They like all the things that God likes. Everything that God is happy to see, they are also happy to see. All the things that God detests and is disgusted with, they also detest and are disgusted with. All the things that God hates, they also hate. Has this kind of person’s life disposition not changed? Some people constantly ask, “What is a change in life disposition like?” Don’t you see it a bit now? When some people see God anxious, in pain or depressed, their hearts also feel depressed and in pain, “When will God be happy?” Sometimes, when they see that God is happy, they are also happy. When they see that God detests something, they also detest that thing. Has this kind of person experienced a change in their life disposition? They have. They are of one mind with God. They worry about God’s worries, and they think about the things that God thinks about. In all matters, they are able to be considerate of God’s will and they understand the joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness of God. Such people’s life disposition has changed. The joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness of God belong in the category of positive things. They are symbols of positive things. If man pursues the truth, when he has come to know God and been perfected, his joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness will also be positive things. This kind of person is someone whose life disposition has changed. Only when a man’s life disposition has changed will he be able to be of one mind with God.
Let’s continue communicating God’s word. God said, “The joy of God is due to the existence and emergence of righteousness and light, because of the destruction of darkness and evil.” The context of God’s joy is like this. It is produced under these conditions. Now, shouldn’t we have an understanding of God’s joy? Ponder over God’s words. When positive things emerge and exist, God is happy, and God feels joy, relief and enjoyment. Does this represent God’s disposition? This represents God’s disposition and it indicates that His disposition is one of righteousness and holiness. It is the symbol of justice and light. This is absolutely true. Therefore, below, God said, “He takes delight in bringing the light and a good life to mankind; His joy is a righteous joy, a symbol of the existence of all that is positive and, even more, a symbol of auspiciousness.” At what times are we able to see God’s joy? During the emergence of positive things. Presently, in what things are you able to see the manifestation of God’s joy? As we see, God’s work has basically been successfully accomplished. Satan’s evil power is unable to suppress and resist God’s work. Satan’s plot is unable to prevail and it becomes a complete failure. Is this a joy to God? At the very least, this is the initial joy. God’s great work has been accomplished. God’s work of expanding the gospel overseas has been successfully begun. The dark forces cannot suppress it. The great red dragon has been chasing the believers in The Church of Almighty God so frantically and trying to arrest and suppress them, but it has failed to control them. When the great red dragon sees the videos and movies that have been produced by The Church of Almighty God, it is astonished, “Oh no! We have been trying to arrest the believers in The Church of Almighty God and suppressing them for all these years. It seems, domestically, they stop all activities. How come overseas, their activities are as strong and vigorous as a blazing inferno? When did this happen? How come The Church of Almighty God has spread to many countries overseas? How come they have produced more and more movies and videos? How has this happened?” It is confused. “It’s over. Our suppression has failed!” Doesn’t the great red dragon have this kind of attitude? It is impotent. It said to its officials, “Go to Korea. Extradite these people back!” They hit a wall in Korea. The Koreans said, “We are a democracy, we are not a dictatorship.” In the end, they were unable to extradite anyone. In other countries and in Europe, they have been unable to extradite anyone. They feel embarrassed, “It’s over. We are unable to disrupt the overseas expansion of The Church of Almighty God.” It has tried to secretly come up with plans to disrupt God’s work, but they do not prevail. It is unable to do this, and it cannot control us. What does this indicate? It indicates that God’s great work has been accomplished. Doesn’t God take delight in this? Yes, God takes delight in this. When God’s chosen people see that God’s great work has been accomplished and that Satan has met with more and more failure and humiliation and eventually, it will soon be destroyed, and Satan’s kingdom will topple soon, inside the hearts of God’s chosen people, they are happy, excited and are wild with joy! How many years have some people been unable to return home? For seven, eight or even over ten years, their brothers and sisters at home have not seen them. They are waiting for the great red dragon to collapse so they can go home and reunite with their brothers, sisters and family. They are longing for this day! Isn’t this the case? Right now, we can see that God’s joy is the symbol of positive things. Since we eat and drink God’s words and experience God’s work, we have a little bit of the reality of the truth and we start to have the same feeling when it comes to God’s joy. We say, “God’s joy is also our joy. We are willing to have a share of God’s joy. We hate Satan and when Satan is destroyed we will also be happy!” At that time, God will be happy, and God’s chosen people will also be happy. Everybody will celebrate together!
Now, we will read this verse of God’s word, “He takes delight in bringing the light … to mankind.” Hasn’t God’s work in the last days brought the light to mankind? The entire world is dark and evil. Only the work of Almighty God has brought the bright light. Only the words expressed by Almighty God have brought the truth and the light of life. There is a Western prophet named Janey who predicted that mankind’s hope would be in the East, in China, and that the Savior will possibly be born in China. Mankind’s hope is in the East. This word is clear-cut. The work of Almighty God has brought hope to mankind. In the past, people believed that mankind would be destroyed in the future, that when the great disasters descend, all would be destroyed, and that there would be no hope for mankind and mankind’s future looked bleak. After the words of Almighty God were expressed publicly, from His words people saw mankind’s hope and light. What does this light refer to? The 21st century is the century of God’s word. It is the age of God’s word. God’s word must be spread far and wide, to the ends of the earth. In the future, the entire human race must eat and drink Almighty God’s word. All those who genuinely believe in God will be able to see God’s appearance and God’s work and see mankind’s light and hope in Almighty God’s word. The mankind of the future will consist of human beings who have gone through God’s judgment and chastisement. They will be the ones who will remain after the baptism and cleansing of the disasters. In the future, the kingdom on earth will be Christ’s kingdom and what will be eaten and drunk in this kingdom will be Almighty God’s word. Some prophets have said that the 21st century will be the century of the Chinese, it will be the century of the Easterners, it will be the century of God’s word, and the Age of the Messiah will arrive. These words have all come true, right? In the West, there are some people who have said that our church has made a new Christianity. It is not the same as the Christianity in the past. The 21st century is the century where Christ’s words wield power, understand? Now, what does this fact indicate? It indicates, “He takes delight in bringing the light … to mankind.” Because of what God takes delight in, God has brought the light to mankind. What immediately follows the light that He has brought? What did God say? “He takes delight in bringing … a good life to mankind.” Since God has brought the light, after mankind enters into the light, a good life will be produced. A good life will be produced because of God’s word and God’s blessing. What does this good life symbolize? It is a symbol of mankind entering into the Age of Kingdom and it symbolizes that mankind has a beautiful destination. Isn’t this the case? Now, has God not already accomplished these things? Someone said, “Satan has not been destroyed yet. How can you say God has accomplished these things?” New things have emerged and Satan has failed to ban and suppress them. They have been spreading far and wide. This indicates that the new age has started. God has brought mankind the light. Mankind has already begun to step into the good life. Now, we know that God has brought the light to mankind and He has brought a good life to mankind. This proves that God’s joy is a symbol of positive things. Satan’s pleasure, on the other hand, is a symbol of evil. What gives Satan pleasure? When it sees mankind destroyed, it is happy. When it sees the countries of its enemies destroyed, it is happy. It is hoping for China’s population of over a billion to be reduced by more than half to a couple hundred million. Isn’t this what it is thinking? When it dreams, it even thinks: “When will The Church of Almighty God be destroyed? When The Church of Almighty God no longer exists, it will be great.” These are Satan’s thoughts, right? Satan’s pleasure is in direct opposition to God’s joy, right? Now, we can differentiate it.
Below, we will fellowship about God’s anger. First, let’s read God’s word, “The anger of God is due to the harm that the existence and interference of injustice brings upon His mankind, because of the existence of evil and darkness, because of the existence of things that drive out the truth, and even more, because of the existence of things that oppose what is good and beautiful. His anger is a symbol that all things negative no longer exist and, even more than that, it is a symbol of His holiness.” “The anger of God is due to the harm that the existence and interference of injustice brings upon His mankind.” Let’s take a look at the facts concerning this. “[T]he existence … of injustice.” What things does injustice include? Is the suppression of religious belief an injustice? Is constantly using the various heresies and false theories of atheism to deceive and poison mankind an injustice? Most chiefly, if the devil is in power, is this an injustice? These are all injustices. As you see, when the devil wields power in a country, what things first befall this country? There is no longer favorable weather. Disasters begin to occur all the time. This indicates that the devil is in power in this particular country. Favorable weather and sunny days no longer occur. Instead, dark clouds often densely cover the country with gales sweeping through. When the devil wields power and injustices exist, these kinds of situations will occur. There will constantly be some omen of disasters. Inside people’s hearts, they will feel an ominous premonition. Does this come from God? He lets people see that disasters will befall. Once it is said that disasters will arrive, it indicates that there is a problem with the leaders of this country. The leaders of this country are not good people. They are like a bane or a messenger of death bringing destruction to the country. Isn’t this the case? When injustices arrive or emerge, people will have a kind of ominous premonition. God, on the other hand, will become angry. Once God is angry, all sorts of omens and disasters will come about. There are many bad omens in China and all kinds of signs of disasters. Do you know about them? In Lin County, Henan province there is a mountain. There is a rock on the top of this mountain called the “Hog Squealing Rock.” Sometimes, this rock emits sounds that are like the squealing of a pig. These past couple of years, its squeals have become louder and louder. The local old people say, “When that rock emits a sound, it signals that a disaster will occur. A disaster is guaranteed to occur.” Not only are some rocks emitting sounds, some mountains, wells and waters are emitting sounds as well. The entire world, even space is emitting sounds. There is a strange sound in many places. Some people say it is the sound of angels blowing a trumpet. Where does this sound come from? Is this related to God’s anger? It is related. When God is angry, there are omens. Are there lots of omens related to the great disasters? Presently, many of the oceans’ life forms are washing ashore and dying. Whales and many other sorts of fish are washing ashore and killing themselves. Many sorts of birds are falling dead onto the ground. There are many omens. There are some mountains that are breaking apart. Some volcanoes are erupting, black clouds densely cover some places, earthquakes are about to occur and epidemics are about to start. Wars can happen at any moment. Many sorts of disasters are starting to emerge. These are omens that occur before God unleashes His anger. Understand?
Why does God’s anger get aroused? “[D]ue to the harm that the existence and interference of injustice brings upon His mankind.” “His mankind” refers to the portion of mankind that are after God’s heart. Among mankind that God has created, there are some people who He is doing work to perfect. This portion of mankind will become the pillars of Christ’s kingdom in the future. When the existence and interference of injustice—negative things—brings harm upon His mankind, God’s anger is aroused. From the time when the great red dragon, China’s government, began to persecute God’s chosen people until today, China has been constantly plagued with disasters. Isn’t this the case? Why is this? The great red dragon always persecutes God’s chosen people and sets itself against God. That is why God sends disasters onto its country, right? God is angry. Doesn’t God love and protect His chosen people? It is said in God’s words, “You are our strong tower. You are our refuge. We huddle under Your wings, and calamity cannot reach us. This is Your divine protection and care.” This verse proves that God protects His mankind and God defends His work. If the existence and interference of any negative thing brings harm upon His work and His people, God’s anger will erupt. Many people say, “The great red dragon captures, suppresses and persecutes God’s chosen people so frantically. Why doesn’t God destroy it?” What is wrong with saying this? Will God not destroy it? The time is not right. Has God not been sending disasters upon it? Hasn’t God’s anger been against it? God’s anger has been against it. The disasters that the great red dragon’s country has been experiencing are more serious than all the other countries’ disasters around the world. Moreover, they are getting increasingly greater. So, at what time will its country be destroyed? When God’s work is thoroughly finished, when the great red dragon finishes rendering service, God will exterminate it. This is all based on God’s time. God does things according to the date He has set and when the situation is appropriate. God does everything at the time God chooses. Is there meaning here? There is meaning here. There is a truth that must be sought here.
What is the biggest difference between God doing things and man doing things? When man does things, he has no principles to follow. When he gets angry or if he becomes too impetuous when doing things, he wrecks the thing he is working on. He thinks about how to drive ahead without considering the consequences, not having a comprehensive way of looking at things. The result is that he gets carried away with his emotions sometimes and he messes things up. God does not do things the way that man does things. When God does things, He does them with His wisdom, by principles, and according to His plan and the procedure. He does things step by step at a steady pace. According to God’s time, everything that God says will be accomplished. When each and every sentence of God’s word will be accomplished is meaningful and it is related to God’s wisdom. God’s destruction of the great red dragon is not in the way that man imagines that it should—right when the great red dragon does something bad, God will destroy it. If it were destroyed all at once, later on, could it still be used to render service? Once it is destroyed, it will no longer be able to render service. Notice how when the great red dragon has arrested some people, it tries to brainwash and deceive them. How does it try to deceive them? It says, “Right now, I will tell you, overseas, we have spies. Our people are there. We have already infiltrated spies into your church. We are even able to monitor the people around the man used by the Holy Spirit and the people that are at the side of Christ. We know well everything that they do. Presently, we are negotiating with the American government. The American president has already made a promise to us. In a short amount of time, the man used by the Holy Spirit and the people of The Church of Almighty God in America will be extradited back.” When they hear these words, some of them are paralyzed, “Oh no, this is troublesome. If this is the case, then the work of God’s family is over, right? If they are all extradited back, then the work of God’s family is finished. Well, I will sign the letter of repentance at once. I will not believe anymore.” Right when they hear those words, they agree to the demands of the great red dragon and sign the letter of repentance. Recall the times when the Lord Jesus was doing His work. When people saw the Lord Jesus, they regarded Him as the King of the Jews. They welcomed Him and even covered the ground with their clothes and shouted, “Hosanna; Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord!” (Mak 11:9). They welcomed Christ, the King of the Jews. Then, one day, when the Lord Jesus was captured, some people who saw this said, “This King has been captured. It seems that this King can no longer be a King at all. Now, I will no longer acknowledge Him as the Lord.” When they were asked, “Do you believe in Jesus? Have you ever believed in Jesus?” they said, “Oh, no, I have never.” Afterward, Jesus was nailed to the cross. Everybody said, “It’s over, it’s over. We must not believe in Him anymore. Our beliefs are wrong, they are wrong.” When they saw Jesus nailed to the cross, they said, “Can He still be the King? Is there any use if we still follow Him? Let’s not follow Him anymore.” They thought that God’s work at that point was already done. In fact, God’s work was just starting exactly when the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross. After that, He was resurrected from the dead, and that was something not in accordance with man’s notion and something that man could not even conceive of. After the Lord Jesus had resurrected from the dead, some people saw this and said, “Oh, the Lord has resurrected. Jesus is really the Lord. He really is God! We will believe in Him, we will continue to believe in Him!” As a result, they followed again. One day, the Lord Jesus ascended into the heavens, and they said, “Now, I must believe in Him even more! The Lord is real. The Lord is the Lord.” Their faith became firm. Isn’t this the way that man follows God? Now, when some people hear that the great red dragon wants to take me from America and extradite me back, they become weak, “I’ll sign the letter of repentance.” When they hear that it intends to extradite Christ back, they say, “Oh no, I must sign it. If this is the case, all the work will be finished, it’s gone. Let’s sign the letters of repentance and no longer believe.” They never even thought that God’s work would officially begin right here. Did you think that it would? This is how people are exposed. This is where God’s work is not in accordance with man’s notion. You believe that God’s work is over, that it has failed and that it has been destroyed by Satan. In fact, this is where God’s work begins to succeed. This is not in accordance with man’s notion. When the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross, people said, “It’s over, it’s over. It’s all over. It’s a failure.” But the Lord Jesus said, “It is finished.” God’s work succeeded. After the Lord was nailed to the cross, the redemption work was complete. Exactly when man was despairing the most and when God’s work was most incompatible with man’s notion, that was exactly when God’s work was successfully accomplished. Is God’s work in accordance with man’s notion? It is not in accordance with man’s notion. In the future, if another situation occurs that is not in accordance with man’s notion, it would also be something that exposes man! If someone did not have the truth, when they saw such a situation, they would ask, “Did this situation really occur?” “It really occurred!” “Well, I will not believe in Him anymore. He is not God. He is a man. If He were God, would He be nailed to the cross?” When they saw the Lord nailed to the cross, they said that He was not God and He was not the Lord. When they saw that the Lord had resurrected, they said, “Oh no, He is the Lord. This is real.” When the resurrected Lord Jesus revealed Himself to other people, they said, “Oh no, He is the Lord all the more!” At that time, what did the Lord say? The Lord said to Thomas, “[B]ecause you have seen Me, you have believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” (Jhn 20:29). It will not do if your faith is based on what your eyes see. This faith is not real. Your belief in God has failed. Isn’t this the case?
Let’s take a look at the things that will happen when God’s anger is aroused to the maximum possible level, when God sends forth His wrath. That is to say, when Satan’s evil forces resist God and try to damage God’s work to the maximum possible level, God will start to destroy Satan. This will not happen if such deeds of Satan have not reached the peak. When Satan sees God’s work has spread overseas, can it possibly say “Oh no, God’s work has spread overseas. I can’t stop it. There is no way to stop it, I might as well just give up and stop bothering them”? This is not Satan’s style. This is not Satan’s disposition. It has pledged not to give up destroying God’s work. “I will never withdraw the troops until the work of God is completely eradicated.” This sentence is expressed from Satan’s disposition, right? That is why it cannot just give up and leave us alone now. It will do even worse things. One day, perhaps Satan will do something completely unexpected. Will you become negative? Will you retreat? At that time, people will be revealed. That will be the last step of service Satan renders and it will thoroughly reveal people. At that time, whoever can stand firm will be an overcomer, whoever fails will completely fail. At the time when the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross, those that still acknowledged the Lord Jesus was the Lord and still believed in the Lord Jesus were saints. Do you have this faith now? The majority of people say they do. When some people hear that the great red dragon will extradite me back, their hands droop and their hearts despair, “It’s over. I will sign the letter acknowledging that I do not believe in Almighty God anymore.” As a result, they betray God. Satan uses this lie to hold them captive. Their faith is too weak, right? How many lies must Satan tell in order to deceive and brainwash people? It must tell a lot of lies. Are you able to pass the test of withstanding all these lies? Can you guarantee that you will be able to humiliate Satan? Can you guarantee that your faith will not be broken down? Can you guarantee these things? We are unable to see through these matters. I do not know what is going to happen later on. God does not speak about these matters. This is God’s wisdom. God knows all of this. If He spoke about these things, how would people be revealed? If He spoke these things, people would know about the whole situation, and they would know what to do in whatever situation they encounter. If this were the case, there would be no way to humiliate Satan, right? Let’s take a look again now, why does God’s anger get aroused? “[B]ecause of the existence of evil and darkness,” God’s anger is aroused. When does God’s anger get aroused? Does God’s anger get aroused when evil and darkness has just occurred, emerged or existed or after it has existed for a period of time? God’s anger gets aroused when evil and darkness has just emerged or existed. After God’s anger gets aroused, it will last as long as evil and darkness exists. In the end, when will God’s anger vanish? Well, we must look at what God says below about His joy, anger, sorrow, and happiness. When God is happy, it indicates that Satan’s forces have been extinguished. When God is happy, His anger will no longer remain, right? Now, let’s take a look at how God started to become angry at the great red dragon’s country from the moment that it was born, the moment that the CCP started to wield power, and how this anger against it became increasingly great, obvious and intense. This will be the case until the day the great red dragon’s country is destroyed. At that time, God’s anger will vanish. Do you understand this matter now?
Presently, the great red dragon is tracking and monitoring every Christian family and trying to arrest Christians. It has registered the members of their families who have gone overseas, and it has also registered the members who have gone missing and been trying to find out where they are. There are people who have been sent to specifically investigate these things. The great red dragon never looks into the lives of ordinary people, nor does it order any people to diligently monitor the various foods that have poisons in them and the counterfeit goods on the market and restrict them from coming onto the market. Why do they not restrict these things from coming onto the market? It is a collusion between business people and the government. They are earning money behind closed doors, and that is why they do not take action against those who sell those things. What do the police officers of the CCP specifically do? They are specialized in raking money from the fat and wealth of the people. They are specialized in capturing and persecuting people who believe in God. This has become their job. Isn’t this a human disaster? This is a human disaster! Presently, in China, how many of the families of God’s chosen people are not being monitored? How many are living happily? There are none. They are all suffering, oppressed and alarmed. They are all like a bird startled by the mere twang of a bow. When a dog outside suddenly barks, their hearts skip a beat. They tremble with fear every day and they are unable to sleep peacefully. These matters all belong to the category of the existence of evil things and dark things. As a result, God is unceasingly angry! When these people encounter all sorts of human disasters, they pray to God, “O God, the great red dragon tries to capture me once again. Your chosen people are being persecuted. Please protect me! Please punish the demons and Satan. Do not allow them to commit any more evil.” God’s chosen people all pray like this. Is it possible for God not to be angry at the great red dragon? It is not possible. “[B]ecause of the existence of evil and darkness,” God is unceasingly angry! Why is there never any happiness in the country of China? Unbelievers do not know about this situation. They believe in science. We know that because the great red dragon is evil and it rules the country with darkness, it suffers the curse of God. God is always angry with the great red dragon!
Let’s continue reading God’s word. The anger of God is “because of the existence of things that drive out the truth.” What do things that drive out the truth mainly refer to? Does everything the great red dragon does not drive out the truth? Isn’t it attempting to eradicate God’s work? Those things refer to its deeds. They refer to what it does. Look at every democratic country. We can bear witness to God in those countries and they do not interfere. They do not drive us out, because they acknowledge that China persecutes religious belief and limits religious freedom. This fact is basically acknowledged by every other country around the world. Do you now understand what “the existence of things that drive out the truth” refers to? It refers to those satanic regimes that resist God and persecute God’s chosen people. Everything that they do is to drive out the truth. The anger of God is “even more, because of the existence of things that oppose what is good and beautiful.” What does “the existence of things that oppose what is good and beautiful” refer to? It also refers to the great red dragon’s regime. It opposes what is good and beautiful. It also refers to the religious world. They also want to drive out the truth and they resist God’s work and word. Now, what does what is good and beautiful refer to? First, it refers to God’s word. God’s word is the expression of the truth. All of His words are good and beautiful things and are positive things. It also refers to the existence of God’s chosen people, the church, and to their spreading of God’s work. The songs that God’s chosen people sing, the essays that they write and the movies that they record all bear witness to God. These are all good and beautiful things and are positive things. If when these beautiful things exist, there are people and organizations that start to resist, deny or drive these things out, what kinds of things are they doing? This means that there is “the existence of things that oppose what is good and beautiful” and “the existence of things that drive out the truth.” This circumstance proves these two verses. The arousal of God’s anger is because of these conditions: Firstly, “due to the harm that the existence and interference of injustice brings upon His mankind”; secondly, “because of the existence of evil and darkness”; thirdly, “because of the existence of things that drive out the truth”; fourthly, “even more, because of the existence of things that oppose what is good and beautiful.” These four things mentioned in these four verses have something in common. They also are slightly different. Each of them involves a particular detail and they are stated in more and more detail.
Below, God said, “His anger is a symbol that all things negative no longer exist.” We have just fellowshiped about what arouses God’s anger. We already know this. What is God’s anger a symbol of? Is it the case that once God’s anger is aroused, then the whole situation is over? Or is it the case that once God’s anger is aroused, the issue is resolved? To what degree must God’s anger be unleashed so that the issue is resolved? The situation is not over once God gets angry. When God’s anger is aroused, it is imperative that the issue be resolved and that the negative things be choked off so that they no longer exist. Now, what does God’s anger symbolize? “His anger is a symbol that all things negative no longer exist and, even more than that, it is a symbol of His holiness.” There are these two symbols. If we notice that God’s anger is unleashed, those among us that understand the truth will know why it is unleashed. Then, what are the results that can be achieved after God’s anger is unleashed? They are that the situation will be completely resolved, and the hostile forces from Satan will be thoroughly extinguished. Therefore, the symbolic meaning of God’s anger is “His anger is all things negative no longer exist.” Someone said, “We notice that China is encountering many disasters. There are several natural disasters that are occurring. However, the great red dragon still has not been eliminated. Can it be said that God’s anger is a symbol that all negative things no longer exist?” Is it correct to look at it in this way? Just now, we said that God’s anger is not unleashed momentarily before dissipating. His anger is unceasing. When will this unceasing anger dissipate? God’s anger will dissipate once these negative things no longer exist. Understood? Presently, God’s anger has been released against the evil power known as the great red dragon. Has this anger been dissipated? No, it has not. If it has not been dissipated, does this indicate that the great red dragon no longer exists? No, it does not. However, when the day that God’s anger dissipates arrives, we will see that the great red dragon no longer exists, right? Before that, there is a period of time when the great red dragon is still persecuting God’s chosen people and resisting God. During this time, God’s anger is continuously unleashed. If you have a true faith, how should you explain God’s anger? How should you understand it? This is how some people bear witness to it: “Right now, God is angry at the great red dragon. Its country is constantly encountering disasters. Today, it encounters this disaster, tomorrow, it encounters that disaster. God has caused it to encounter all sorts of problems. Both internally and externally, the country is beset with difficulties. It is in a mess both domestically and abroad. The great red dragon itself is whipped into a confused state!” Isn’t this the case at the present moment? It is the case.
Everything the great red dragon does is negative, right? It drives away the truth and persecutes God’s chosen people. The better a person, the more it persecutes him. It wishes the good people would die off. This is how evil the great red dragon is! What would you say we fellowship about when we gather together as Christians? What kind of things do we do? When we gather together, we communicate the truth, we communicate God’s word and we communicate our knowledge of God. The things that we do include fulfilling our duties, making movies, making videos, spreading the work of God and testifying about the work and words of God to the entire human race, to every person from every country. Now, why is the great red dragon so annoyed? Why does it hate the things that we do so much? Why does it track us, monitor us and investigate us every day? We are not involved in politics, revolution or riots. Why does the great red dragon hate us so much? What kind of problem is this? Why do the governments of other countries not hate us? When other governments see the things we do, they think, “Oh, they eat and drink God’s word, they fulfill their duties and they communicate the truth. They’re just religious, we won’t interfere with them.” When they understand this, they do not interfere. Some countries even support and praise this kind of activity. Others simply do not interfere. They do not capture us, convict us or expel us. Many countries see that we do not have identification, but they do not expel us. Instead, they say, “These people are being persecuted. They are good people, so we will not expel them.” China, on the other hand, is itching to extradite us. They want to imprison us and exhaust and starve us to death. They won’t give up until they put us to death, especially me! They wish they would find an opportunity to shoot me, to use a machine gun and strafe me until my body is full of holes and I can no longer breathe. Why does the great red dragon hate us so much? How can this be explained most accurately? What is mentioned in God’s word that we just read is suitable in this situation, “because of the existence of things that drive out the truth, and even more, because of the existence of things that oppose what is good and beautiful.” Do you understand these words? God is angry at these evil forces. God’s disposition is righteous and holy, right? If God were not angry at these sorts of evil things and evil forces, then God would not be righteous. Right now, we can see that God is indeed angry at these things. One aspect is that He uses words to express this anger. Another aspect lies in the things that He does. He has brought many disasters upon the country of the great red dragon and has beset the country with internal and external difficulties. If God had not done this, do you know what the consequences would be? If it hadn’t been for God giving rise to all sorts of people, things, and events and causing the great red dragon to act desperately with confusion and be on tenterhooks, would we be able to peacefully fulfill our duties? We would have been suppressed and imprisoned by it a long time ago. God permitted a number of people to be captured, but God has been protecting those whom He predestined to fulfill their duties or to be perfected by God. God has been protecting these people so that there are still people who do the work of God’s family! There are people in prison bearing witness and outside, there are people doing the work of God’s family. Since the work must not be torn down, God protects these people. Presently, the great red dragon is beset with difficulties both internally and externally. China is bound to be destroyed by God. However, the time for this is set by God, understood? When it comes to the things that God does, God’s thoughts are higher than those of man, God’s wisdom is greater than the wisdom of man, which cannot be fathomed by man, and everything that God arranges is appropriate and dependable. How big is the overall situation for man? The overall situation for God is much greater than that for man. When it comes to the overall situation, God’s conceptions and perspectives are much greater than those of man. The overall situation for man is too insignificant. The scope of man’s consideration is too small. Man is unable to fathom God’s wisdom and God’s thoughts. Sometimes, man has some misunderstandings. This is due to the fact that man’s vision, conception of the overall situation and way of thinking are too simple, limited and not comprehensive enough. Everything that God does is flawless and perfect. It is absolutely appropriate and suitable. Do you understand?
God said, “His anger is a symbol that all things negative no longer exist.” When God’s anger is unleashed, remember, regardless of how long it lasts, all things negative will no longer exist in the end. God’s anger will not be unleashed halfway. He will not simply punish those things a little and then stop. Once He becomes angry, negative things will certainly be eliminated and eradicated and no longer exist. God will not give up until He achieves His goal. This is God’s disposition. “[A] symbol that all things negative no longer exist.” Presently, we are certain that God is angry at the great red dragon. He is angry at the old world and the old age. When will this anger dissipate? Once the old age and the great red dragon’s power are destroyed absolutely, once these two things no longer exist, God’s anger will dissipate. If you have such an understanding, it is correct. It is a pure understanding that is after God’s heart. Understood? Regardless of how long God’s anger lasts, as this anger is unleashed, it will not dissipate until these negative things and evil forces are eradicated. This has been preordained. God never leaves things unfinished, and when God does something, He will not give up until it is completed. Based on God’s almightiness and essence, these matters are very easy to do. All it takes is one sentence from Him and the situation will be dealt with. It is extremely easy for God. It is simply that God is very careful and God considers the bigger picture. God’s deliberations are more comprehensive than man’s and His scope of consideration is larger than man’s. That is why there are some matters that are not compatible with man’s way of thinking. Man is unable to understand these things clearly. However, later when man takes another look at the things that God has done, he will see that what God has done is perfect, and the things God has done are very meaningful! The more something God does is incompatible with man’s notion, the more it indicates that God’s thoughts are so high and God’s wisdom is so great that man is unable to fathom them. The more a certain aspect of the thing is incompatible with your notion, the more that you should seek the truth in that aspect. Later on, you will have more knowledge of God and you will praise God even more. Moreover, God’s anger “is a symbol of His holiness.” When negative things no longer exist, what does this represent? What does this indicate? What does this bear witness to? It bears witness to the fact that God’s disposition is holy, and He does not allow the existence of negative things which are filthy, evil, and dark. Isn’t this what it indicates?
Let’s continue reading God’s word. “His sorrow is due to mankind, for whom He has hopes but who has fallen into darkness, because the work He does on man does not come up to His expectations, and because the mankind He loves cannot all live in the light. He feels sorrow for the innocent mankind, for the honest but ignorant man, and for the man who is good but lacking in his own views. His sorrow is a symbol of His goodness and of His mercy, a symbol of beauty and of kindness.” In God’s sorrow, there is truth. It itself is the truth. Firstly, “His sorrow is due to mankind, for whom He has hopes but who has fallen into darkness.” This is spoken from a broader point of view. Toward “mankind, for whom He has hopes but who has fallen into darkness,” what is God expressing? He is expressing His sorrow, and He is somewhat sorrowful. Who is happy? Satan is happy. Among the corrupt human race, who is most capable of representing Satan? It is the CCP regime, the great red dragon. It is the incarnation of Satan and it directly represents Satan. “His sorrow is due to mankind, for whom He has hopes but who has fallen into darkness.” What does “has fallen into darkness” refer to? You may understand this part of the verse literally, but what does this refer to in a practical sense? Can you interpret it in this way? What does “has fallen into darkness” refer to? This is the way to ponder over God’s word. In the past, when we were talking about our experience of life, we said, “Presently, there is darkness within me. I cannot feel God’s presence. The Holy Spirit’s work is absent from me. I cannot see anything. There is no light, there is no hope and there is nothing to look forward to.” What kind of condition is this? We have drifted far away from God and we do not have God’s blessings. We have fallen into darkness. Isn’t this the case?
What other manifestations are there of someone who has fallen into darkness? Presently, the entire human race does not have God’s blessing. Man is unable to see God’s guidance, God’s work and God’s appearance. They do not have the Holy Spirit’s work. This means that they have fallen into darkness. There are some people who have seen the appearance of God yet they have still fallen into darkness. What kind of state is this? Some people have accepted God’s work but they do not seek the truth nor do they accept the truth. They always rely on their own notions and imagination to live. The result is that they cannot sense the presence of God, they have no ways to enter into life, and they do not know which path to take in their faith in God. Isn’t this an example of living in darkness? Keep talking about the manifestations of falling into darkness. It will not do if you do not think of a few yourselves. Someone said another manifestation is being deceived by the great red dragon’s rumors and fallacies. Correct, this is another manifestation. Some people do not understand what is the truth. They have a bit of enthusiasm in their faith in God and they believe in God on the strength of their passion. When they get captured by the great red dragon or when they see the great red dragon’s negative propaganda, they get confused. They believe the nonsense of the great red dragon and as a result, they no longer have faith in God. This is an example of falling into darkness. It is a fact. Other people said, “Someone is controlled by the satanic nature within him, so that he is unable to break free from the constraints of his satanic disposition and unable to live by God’s word.” This is another manifestation. We often see that there are some people who are especially zealous. Their humanity is not bad, but when they suddenly get captured by the great red dragon, they become betrayers after a few days. Isn’t this falling into darkness? Regardless of whether they understand the truth or not, as they become betrayers after they are caught, they fall under Satan’s domain. This is a manifestation of falling into darkness. What are other manifestations? When some people get deceived by false leaders or antichrists, they believe the words of false leaders or antichrists but do not accept God’s words and the admonishment and salvation of God’s family. This is falling into darkness. Look at how there are some people who rely on passion in their belief in God. They do not have the truth. When they see a false leader do something bad, they start to doubt whether God is the truth and they start to doubt whether the truth wields power in God’s family. They come up with their own notions about God and they no longer have any faith in God. Isn’t this falling into darkness? Or when they encounter some situation that is particularly not in accordance with man’s notions, which is similar to the situation in which the Lord Jesus was nailed to the cross and even the sky turned dark, they start to doubt God, “Is this God? Is the God I believe in really God? Have I not been deceived by a man?” Isn’t this falling into darkness? When some people hear the great red dragon’s lies and nonsense, they think, “Oh no, if it is really like this, then it is all over!” In an instance, they are paralyzed and they no longer believe in Almighty God. This is also falling into darkness. All those who do not have the Holy Spirit’s work and do not have a genuine faith in God have fallen into darkness. All those who have fallen under Satan’s domain, serve as Satan’s slaves and have become inescapably trapped by Satan’s constraints have also fallen into darkness. All those who believe in God but do not pursue the truth and constantly live according to their notions and imagination have always been in the midst of darkness. They have never entered into the light. Only those who have come to know God’s word and live in God’s word are people who live before God and live in the light. Only those that can live by the truth and obey God are living in the light. All those who do not live in God’s word, who do not have a bit of the truth and who do not have the Holy Spirit’s work are living in darkness. Even if these kinds of people have not been imprisoned by the great red dragon and live within the church, they are still living in darkness. Especially, when God sees that the people who believe in Him and who have accepted His name do not have the Holy Spirit’s work and have fallen into darkness because they do not pursue the truth at all, His heart is in pain. At this time, what God reveals is sorrow, right?
Below, God said that His sorrow is “because the work He does on man does not come up to His expectations.” God has done so much work and He has said so many words, yet the results that He has expected to attain through them in man are not satisfactory. These results have not even fulfilled God’s lowest expectations. This is why God’s heart is filled with sorrow and not joy, understand? The next part of this verse says, “[B]ecause the mankind He loves cannot all live in the light.” As “the mankind He loves cannot all live in the light,” God is unable to be completely happy. He is only happy with a portion of mankind. If the whole of mankind whom He loves enters and lives in the light, His happiness would be complete. As long as a portion of mankind whom He loves does not live in the light, what does He reveal when it comes to this portion of mankind? Sorrow. Now, what does God reveal when it comes to you? Happiness, anger or sorrow? Someone said, “God loves me. God blesses me. That is why He is full of joy when He looks at me!” Is this correct? It is not correct. This is just theoretical knowledge, it is not practical. When God sees that you have returned to Him and can receive His work, He is a little bit happy. However, if you have accepted His work for a few years but have not entered into the truth, then He is not happy at all. He feels sorrow instead. Isn’t this the way that God reveals His disposition? It’s similar to what a mother and father are feeling when it comes to their child. The parents have raised their child with great difficulty. When the child is 7 or 8 years old and can go to school, the parents are happy, “My child has grown up, and he can go to school!” However, after the child’s two years of school, the parents find that this child has not learned properly. He has not learned anything. Instead, he has always skipped school. Do these parents still have a smile on their faces? No, they do not. Now, why is it that they are so happy when their child first start going to school? Why is it that they are no longer happy after the child has attended school for two or three years? What is the reason for this? When their child starts going to school, these parents are happy because they have something to hope for: “First, our child has grown up and he can go to school. Second, if this child is able to learn something in school, later on, he will become a success!” Their happiness is based on hope, right? However, after two years, they see that their child is not learning properly, he is misbehaving and he is not studying hard. He just wants to have fun, so he skips school and moreover, he gets into fights. As a result, these parents start to feel distressed and they start showing signs of sorrow, “It seems that our child will not succeed in the future. After a few more years of school, if he is still unable to learn anything, later on, he will not be able to find a job. If this kid is unable to find a job as he does not do honest work, will he be able to find a partner? Wouldn’t this kid have troubles for the rest of his life?” When the parents worry that this kid will have troubles for the rest of his life, what do you think they would feel? They would feel very anxious, “What do you think we should do?” They get distressed. This is really a child that will cause his parents to worry, right? This is what the parents are feeling. Don’t you think that this is what God is feeling when it comes to His chosen people? When God sees that you have grown up, He is happy, “I will arrange for you to believe in Me and I will bring you in front of Me. You have grown up. If you believe in Me in earnest, you will be able to fulfill your duties and live out the likeness of a genuine human being. Perhaps if you make something worthy of yourself, you will be able to be perfected and you will be fit to serve God!” God is happy, for He has hope for you. However, after you have believed in God for a few years, if He sees that you do not pursue the truth, and no matter how the truth is communicated to you, you pay no heed to it, thinking, “This is not my business. I will not listen because You are just using reasoning to deceive people. I will live the way I want to live. I will go wherever my physical desires take me!”—if He sees you do not pursue the truth at all, the Holy Spirit will not work in you. Now what does God reveal when it comes to this kind of God’s chosen people? He reveals sorrow and distress! God will say, “I will watch this person for a little longer. If he really cannot repent, he will have to be eliminated. I will no longer have any hope for him.” If the work that God does upon someone does not achieve any results, what God reveals is sorrow. If what God reveals all along is sorrow and worry when it comes to someone, this person will probably be in trouble in the end. God said that His sorrow is “because the mankind He loves cannot all live in the light.” Someone said, “If among all of mankind whom He loves, there are a few people who have been perfected, God will no longer feel sorrow.” These words are not correct. God is not concerned with just a few people. He is concerned with the entire human race. If His work can achieve results in the entire human race, at this point, God will no longer feel sorrow. God’s distress will completely disappear and all that God feels will be happiness and joy. God is concerned with the overall picture. It’s similar to the example of the parents. No matter how many children they have, if only one meets with disaster or dies from sickness, their hearts would be in pain. Even if nine kids are happy, they would not be happy. As long as one child is suffering, they would suffer too. Isn’t this the case? Are there any parents who would say, “Eight of my kids are happy, so I am happy as well. This one died, but I do not cry because I have eight more”? Do such parents exist? They do not. This is also the way we should understand God’s will. God’s will is like this. He hopes that the entire human race can live in the light. Now, what should we do about this? We should be considerate of God’s will. We should bring mankind which God loves before God and let them eat and drink God’s word, experience God’s work and in the end, have the knowledge of God. At this point, God’s sorrow will be completely gone. If you are someone who genuinely loves God and is considerate of God’s will, this is the type of responsibility you should bear.
Let’s continue reading God’s word, “He feels sorrow for the innocent mankind, for the honest but ignorant man.” These words must be pondered. What does innocent mean? It means that if a person is being persecuted by Satan or has been destroyed by Satan, this person is innocent and he has been wronged. This is not his fault! Some people who did not believe in God have been swallowed up by Satan. From God’s perspective, this kind of person is innocent. They should not have been swallowed up by Satan. They should have accepted God’s work and obtained God’s blessing. Does God also feel sorrow for this type of person? Some of God’s chosen people have been captured by the great red dragon. They say, “I have not broken the law. Is believing in God breaking the law? Isn’t this a positive thing? Is gathering with Christians for meetings breaking the law? Why have you captured me?” The great red dragon says, “You have not broken a law but you have violated one of the policies of the Communist Party. This is even more serious than breaking the law. This is a much more serious crime.” As a result, these Christians are sentenced. It sentences them for gathering with other Christians for meetings. It says that Christians gathering together for meetings is disrupting the order of society, so it convicts them of disrupting the order of society. Now, aren’t these people who have been harmed by Satan innocent? These people are innocent. How many crimes has the great red dragon convicted us of? First, it has convicted us of disrupting the order of society. Second, it says that we have violated the policies and laws of the country by freely emigrating. Third, it says that we have emigrated and conducted religious activities abroad. Fourth, because we bear witness to God in foreign countries and expose the CPP, it convicts us of the crime of conspiring to overthrow the country’s government. It also convicts us of the crime of slandering the country’s leadership. It says, “You have called the leadership a bunch of demons. Is this not slandering the country’s leadership?” For this, it convicts us of a crime. It attempts to sentence us for several different crimes. For this crime we are to be condemned to a few years of imprisonment, and for that crime we are to be condemned to another few years of imprisonment. It can condemn us to a hundred years of imprisonment. Are Christians still able to survive? We have not committed any crimes, but because we believe in God, the great red dragon convicts us of all sorts of crimes. Aren’t these people innocent? All the Christians that this satanic regime harms are innocent people. The CCP government goes to various countries to extradite us. How many crimes has it convicted us of? Aren’t we innocent people who have been harmed by Satan? The governments of other countries do not convict Christians who gather together for regular meetings and fulfill their duties. Only China does this. China is a special country. It is a country that resists God and views God as an enemy! What makes the Chinese Communist Party’s political regime so evil is that they view God as an enemy. Democratic countries take on the yearning of their citizens for a good life as their responsibility and strive to realize it. The CCP government shouts it as a slogan but does not do any real work. The CCP government specifically sets out to destroy your happiness and your religious freedom. Whoever they see believing in God, they want to throw that person in jail. They want to choke you to death. They want to block up your throat and prevent you from eating. They deprive you of your right to exist. They make sure that you do not get paid. If you are in a government position, they will fire you. Anywhere you go to get a job, they will be there to make sure you get fired. They say, “We will block off your way of livelihood. As you believe in God, we will put you to death!” This is how evil the great red dragon is. When it cuts off your way of livelihood, isn’t this the same as choking you? It is as if it blocked off your throat so that you cannot eat or drink. It basically does not allow you to live! This is what the great red dragon does. In China, if one person in your family believes in God, the entire family is implicated. These people are innocent! Right? God is saddened due to the plight of innocent people. Are there people in the world who do work for the sake of innocent people and protect them, and who speak up for and speak in the defense of disadvantaged groups? Now, there are less and less, right? It is already very fortunate that they do not step on us. It is already very good that they do not harm us. Only God feels sorrow for innocent people. This is the disposition of the Creator. This is God’s love for mankind. This is the expression of His love.
Let’s continue reading God’s word, “He feels sorrow … for the honest but ignorant man.” If you are honest, God should love you; God loves honest men. However, as you always do ignorant things though you are honest, God’s love for you becomes anxiety. Isn’t this the case? Now, how can honest people prevent God from feeling sorrow? They must pursue the truth and be wise, right? What kind of manifestations do honest but ignorant people have? They do not speak with wisdom. They will say whatever truths they know, regardless of who they are talking to. This is ignorant. When speaking to unbelievers, they just say whatever is on their mind. If the person you are talking to is a spy, then you are in trouble, right? Do you know that they may want to mess things up for you? Unbelievers can mess things up for you. There are some things that you cannot talk about and there are some things that you can talk about. It depends on who you are talking to. You cannot tell everyone everything, understood? Being an honest person does not mean you have to talk with whoever you see. It does not mean you should tell your brothers and sisters everything. Isn’t that stupid and ignorant? So what are some sensible things that you can talk to your brothers and sisters about? You can communicate more about entering into life, your knowledge of the truth, your knowledge of God, how to fulfill duties in coordination and how to do things with principles. This will have a beneficial effect on others’ life. These subjects are very appropriate. Do not talk about things that are unrelated to the truth. That is useless. Understand?
Let’s sum up the ignorant things that honest people do. In what things must we be wise? What kind of wisdom must we have? What kind of principles must we put into practice? You must understand this. If you do not understand this, then you are not wise. God blesses those who are both honest and wise. As such a person, God will put you in an important position. God also likes those who are honest but lack wisdom. However, if this kind of person does something ignorant that harms the interests of God’s family or if he betrays any one of God’s chosen people, God will be saddened, right? God will feel sorrow, anxiety and worry. This kind of person is similar to a little animal that has just been born such as a kitten, a puppy, a baby chick or a duckling. Imagine this baby animal going close to a trap or jumping around the edge of a cliff. When its owner sees this, he says, “Oh no, this animal is silly. I must watch this baby animal at all times or it will fall into a stream or a trap. It can lose its life at any time! It’s so silly.” Isn’t an honest but ignorant person like this as well? As an honest person, you must also be wise. Do not be an honest yet silly person. It is very important to be an honest person that is also wise. If you are not wise, God cannot use you. If He uses you, it might bring harm to the church because you are not wise. Suppose, suddenly you are arrested. If you sell out the entire church, then what can be done? That is why only those who are both honest and wise are blessed by God. God can feel at ease with these people and He is able to use them. If you are still someone who is both honest and ignorant, you are capable of doing stupid things. This will only cause God to be sorrowful, worried and anxious. Do you think God likes honest but ignorant people? Does God bless them? He likes them somewhat, but He does not especially like them nor does He bless them or put them in an important position. God does not trust these people, right? An honest person must also be wise. Would you say that I speak with wisdom? In the past, I have also done some ignorant things. However, after learning many lessons, I eventually became wise. Wisdom is not a natural gift. It is obtained through experience. It is a result that can be obtained only after experiencing many failures and learning many lessons. I did a lot of ignorant things in the past. When I first started believing in the Lord, I tried to spread the gospel to people that were possessed by evil spirits or demons. I prayed for those about to die. Aren’t these all foolish things to do? Those elders guided me to do these things. After I did these things a few times, I realized that this was not right. I felt, “It is incorrect, for God does not save those possessed by evil spirits! These people who are about to die do not truly believe in the Lord. Suppose you pray for them and ask for God to bless them. As they do not believe in the Lord, would God bless them? They will not recover. It is useless to pray for them. This is not practical!” After I woke up, I stopped doing these things. These were all things that I did due to my ignorance. After I examined these things later on, I realized that there was something wrong about it. Some of the demon-possessed were healed after I had prayed for them for quite a while. However, they did not pursue the truth after that, they did not truly believe in the Lord and they did not bear testimony for the Lord. I came to realize that this kind of person would probably be possessed by demons again and could not be saved. That is why after God’s work in the last days began, the church announced the principles of spreading the gospel and asked people to distinguish those possessed by evil spirits. Why did I write out these principles even at that time? It was because of the understanding that I obtained through my experience when I believed in the Lord Jesus during the Age of Grace. During that time, the Holy Spirit was working in me greatly. He prepared these things for me to experience and see. That is why I was able to write out those principles. Doesn’t this indicate that I used to be ignorant? It was due to experiencing a lot of things in my ignorance that I was able to gradually reflect and become clever. Then, when I could put the truth into practice, have a grasp on the principles and do things according to principles, I became wise. Even now, I cannot say that I am wise in every situation nor can I say that I am completely without ignorance. This is not the case. There are situations in which I will be ignorant for a few times if I have never encountered them. After a few instances of ignorance, I will learn some lessons and gradually become smarter. After I am smarter, when I can do things according to principles, I will have wisdom. Isn’t this the case? Only those who are honest and wise will be blessed by God and be put in an important position by God and are guaranteed to stand firm.