Chapter 17

My utterances ring out like thunder, casting light in all directions and on the whole earth, and in the midst of thunder and lightning, humanity is struck down. No man has ever stayed firm in the midst of thunder and lightning; most men are terrified out of their wits at the coming of My light and know not what to do. When a faint glimmer of light begins to show in the East, many people, moved by this faint luminescence, are instantaneously roused from their illusions. Yet no one has ever realized that the day has come when My light descends upon the earth. The majority of men are dumbstruck by the sudden advent of the light, and some, with a gaze of curious fascination, observe the light’s movements and the direction of its approach, while some stand at the ready as they face the light, that they might more clearly understand its source. Be this as it may, has anyone ever discovered how precious is the light of today? Has anyone ever awakened to the uniqueness of today’s light? The majority of men are merely bewildered; they are wounded in the eyes and cast down into the mud by the light. Under this nebulous light, one may say the disorder covers the earth, an unbearably sorry sight that, examined closely, assails one with an overwhelming melancholy. One gathers from this that, when the light is strongest, the state of the earth will be less able to allow mankind to stand before Me. Humanity lies in the radiance of the light; again, all humanity lies in the salvation of the light, yet also in its wounding: Is there anyone who is not amidst the light’s killing blows? Is there anyone who can escape the burning of the light? I have walked all over the universe, strewing with My hands the seeds of My Spirit, so that all humanity upon the earth will on this account be moved by Me. From heaven’s highest height, I look down upon the whole earth, watching the grotesque and fantastic phenomena of the creatures on earth. The surface of the ocean seems to be suffering the shock of an earthquake: Seabirds fly this way and that, looking for fish to swallow up. Meanwhile, the bottom of the sea remains in ignorance, and the surface conditions are utterly unable to rouse it into consciousness, because the ocean’s bottom is as serene as the third heaven: Here, living things, great and small, coexist in harmony, never once engaging in “conflicts of mouth and tongue.” Among the myriad bizarre and whimsical phenomena, it is hardest for humanity to please Me. The position I have given man is too high, and his ambition is thus too great, and in his eyes, there is always a measure of disobedience. In My discipline of man, within My judgment of him, there has been much that is painstaking, much that is benevolent, but of these things, mankind has not the least inkling. I have never treated any human being harshly; I have only administered suitable corrections when mankind had been rebellious, and only proffered suitable help when he is weak. But, when humanity keeps aloof from Me and moreover makes use of Satan’s deceitful stratagems to betray Me, I will exterminate mankind forthwith, leaving them without another chance to make grand displays of their skills before Me, so that they will no longer be able to swagger about pompously, bullying others, upon the face of the earth.

I wield My authority upon the earth, unfolding My work in its entirety. All that is in My work is reflected upon the face of the earth; mankind has never, on earth, been able to grasp My movements in heaven, nor to ponder exhaustively the orbits and trajectories of My Spirit. The majority of human beings grasp only the minutiae that lie outside the spirit, unable to comprehend the actual state of the spirit. The demands that I make of humanity do not issue from My vague self that is in heaven, or from the imponderable self that I am on the earth; I make suitable demands according to the stature of man on earth. I have never put anyone in difficulties, nor have I ever asked anyone to “squeeze out his blood” for My pleasure—could My demands be limited only to such conditions? Of the myriad creatures on earth, which one does not submit to the dispositions of the words in My mouth? Which of these creatures, coming before Me, is not incinerated completely by My words and My burning fire? Which of these creatures dares to “strut about” in proud exultation before Me? Which of these creatures does not bow down before Me? Am I the God that merely imposes silence on creation? Of the myriad things in creation, I choose those that conform to My will; of the myriad human beings of mankind, I choose those who care for My heart. I choose the best of all the stars, thereby adding a faint gleam of light to My kingdom. I go walking upon the earth, dispersing My fragrance everywhere, and, in every place, I leave behind My form. Each place reverberates with the sound of My voice. People everywhere linger on the beauteous scenes of yesterday, for all humanity is remembering the past …

All humanity longs to see My face, but when I descend in person upon the earth, they are all averse to My arrival, and they banish the light’s arrival, as if I were man’s enemy in heaven. Man greets Me with a defensive light in his eyes, and remains constantly alert, deeply afraid that I might have other plans for him. Because human beings regard Me as an unfamiliar friend, they feel as if I harbor the intent of killing them indiscriminately. In man’s eyes, I am a deadly antagonist. Having tasted My warmth in the midst of calamity, man nevertheless remains unaware of My love, and is still bent on fending Me off and defying Me. Far from taking advantage of his condition to take action against him, I enfold man in the warmth of embrace, fill his mouth with sweetness, and put needful food into his stomach. But, when My wrathful ire shakes the mountains and rivers, I will no longer, on account of man’s cowardice, bestow on him these different forms of succor. At this moment, I will wax furious, refusing all living things a chance to repent and, abandoning all My hopes for man, I will mete out the retribution he so richly deserves. At this time, thunder and lightning flash and roar, like the ocean’s waves raging in anger, like tens of thousands of mountains crashing down. For his rebelliousness, man is felled by the thunder and lightning, and other creatures are wiped out in the blasts of thunder and lightning, and the whole universe descends abruptly into chaos, and creation is unable to recover the primal breath of life. The myriad hosts of humanity cannot escape the thunder’s roar; in the midst of flashes of lightning, human beings, horde upon horde, topple over into the swift flow, to be swept away by torrents that cascade down from the mountains. All of a sudden, the world of “men” converges in the place of man’s “destination.” Corpses drift about on the ocean’s surface. All of humanity goes far away from Me on account of My wrath, for man has sinned against the essence of My Spirit, and his rebelliousness has offended Me. But, in the places empty of water, other men still enjoy, amid laughter and song, the promises that I have vouchsafed unto them.

When all people are silent, I emit a gleam of light before their eyes. Thereupon, men become clear of mind and bright of eye, no longer willing to keep silent; thus, spiritual feeling is summoned up in their hearts immediately. As this happens, all humanity is resurrected. Casting aside their unspoken grievances, all men come before Me, having won another chance at survival through the words I proclaim. This is because human beings all wish to live on the face of the earth. Yet who among them has ever had the intention of living for My sake? Who among them has ever uncovered splendid things in himself that he offers for My enjoyment? Who among them has ever detected My alluring scent? All human beings are coarse and unrefined things: On the outside, they seem to dazzle the eyes, but their essence is not to love Me sincerely, because, in the deep recesses of the human heart, there has never been any element of Me. Man is too lacking: Comparing him to Me seems to reveal a gulf as great as that between heaven and earth. Even so, I do not strike man’s weak and vulnerable spots, nor do I deride him on account of his deficiencies. My hands have been at work on earth for thousands of years, and all the while, My eyes have kept watch over all of humanity. Yet I have never casually taken up a single human life to play with as if it were a toy. I observe the pains man has taken and understand the price he has paid. As he stands before Me, I do not wish to catch man off guard in order to chastise him, nor do I wish to bestow on him undesirable things. Instead, all this time, I have only provided for man and given unto him. So, all man enjoys is My grace, it is all the bounty that comes from My hand. Because I am on earth, man has never had to suffer the torments of hunger. Rather, I allow man to receive the things in My hands he may enjoy, and I allow mankind to live within My blessings. Does not all mankind live under My chastisement? Just as there is abundance in the depths of the mountains, and a profusion of things to enjoy in the waters, do not the people living within My words today have, all the more, food to appreciate and taste? I am on earth, and mankind enjoys My blessings on earth. When I leave the earth behind, at which time My work also reaches its completion, humankind will no longer receive My indulgence on account of their weakness.

March 16, 1992

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