Interpretation of the Eighteenth Utterance
All of God’s words contain a portion of His disposition; His disposition can’t be fully expressed in words, so this shows how much richness there is in Him. What people can see and touch is, after all, limited, as is people’s ability. Although God’s words are clear, people are unable to fully understand. Just like these words: “In a flash of lightning, every animal is revealed in its true form. So too, illuminated by My light, human beings have regained the sanctity they once possessed. Oh, that the corrupt world of the past has at last toppled over into the filthy water and, sinking below the surface, dissolved into mud!” All of God’s words contain His being, and even though people are all aware of these words, they have never known their meaning. In the eyes of God, all those that resist Him are His enemy, that is, those belonging to evil spirits are animals. From this the actual situation of the church can be observed. Without undergoing people’s lecturing or chastening, without going through people’s direct expulsion or a portion of human methods or being pointed out by people, all men examine themselves under the illumination of God’s words, and see very clearly under the perspective of a “microscope” how much sickness there really is inside of them. In God’s words, every kind of spirit is classified and the original form of every spirit is revealed. The spirits of angels become more and more illuminated and enlightened, thus what God said, that they “have regained the sanctity they once possessed,” is based on the final results achieved by God. Of course now it cannot yet be fully achieved—this is just a foretaste. God’s will is seen through this and it shows that a great deal of people will fall in God’s words and will be defeated in the process of all people gradually becoming saintly. The “dissolved into mud” mentioned here is not contradictory to God destroying the world with fire, and the “lightning” refers to God’s wrath. When God emits His great wrath, the entire world will experience all sorts of disasters as a result, like the rupturing of a volcano. Standing above the firmament, it can be seen that on the earth all sorts of calamities are closing in on all of mankind, day by day. Looking down from on high, the earth is like a variety of scenes before an earthquake. Fiery water is rushing everywhere, lava flows all over the place, mountains are shifting, and cold light glitters everywhere. The entire world has sunk into fire. This is the scene of God emitting His wrath, and it is the time of His judgment. All those who are of the flesh will be unable to escape. Thus wars between countries and conflicts between people will not be needed to destroy the entire world, but it will “consciously enjoy” the cradle of God’s chastisement. No one will be able to escape it and they will pass through this one by one. After that the entire universe will once again sparkle with holy radiance and all of mankind will once again begin a new life. And God will be at rest above the universe and will bless all of mankind every day. The heaven will not be unbearably desolate, but will recover the vitality it has not had since the creation of the world, and the “sixth day” will be when God begins a new life. God and man will all enter into rest and the universe will no longer be turbid or filthy, but it will gain renewal. This is why God said: “Earth is no longer still and silent, heaven no longer desolate and sad.” In the kingdom of heaven there has never been unrighteousness or human emotions, or any of mankind’s corrupt dispositions because Satan’s disturbance is not present. People are all able to understand God’s words, and life in heaven is a life full of joy. All those in heaven have wisdom and the dignity of God. Because of the differences between heaven and earth, the citizens of heaven are not called “people,” but they are called “spirits” by God. These two words have essential differences, and now those referred to as “people” have all been corrupted by Satan, while “spirits” have not. In the end, God will change all people on earth to have the attributes of the spirits in heaven and they will no longer undergo Satan’s disturbance. This is the true meaning of the words “My holiness has gone abroad throughout the universe.” “Earth in its primordial state belongs to heaven, and heaven is united with earth. Man is the cord uniting heaven and earth, and thanks to his sanctity, thanks to his renewal, heaven is no longer concealed from earth, and earth is no longer silent toward heaven.” This is said in reference to people who have the spirits of angels, and at that point the angels will once again be able to peacefully coexist and regain their original state, and no longer be divided between the two realms of heaven and earth because of the flesh. The angels on earth will be able to communicate with the angels in heaven, people on earth will know the mysteries of heaven, and the angels in heaven will know the secrets of the human world. Heaven and earth will be united with no distance between them. This is the beauty of the realization of the kingdom. It is what God wants to complete, and it is also something that all humans and spirits long for. But those in the religious world know nothing of this. They are just waiting for Jesus the Savior on a white cloud to take their souls away, leaving the “garbage” everywhere on earth (garbage refers to corpses). Isn’t this a notion of all humans? This is why God said: “The religious world—how could it not be destroyed by My authority on earth?” Because of the completion of God’s people on earth the religious world will be overturned. This is the true meaning of the “authority” that God spoke of. God said: “Are there any who, in My day, disgrace My name? All human beings direct their reverential gaze toward Me, and in their hearts they secretly cry out to Me.” This is what He said about the consequences of the destruction of the religious world, which will all submit before God’s throne because of His words and will no longer wait for the white cloud to come down or watch the sky, but will be conquered in front of God’s throne. Thus, “in their hearts they secretly cry out to Me”—this is the outcome of the religious world, which will all be conquered by God, and only this is called God’s almightiness—striking down the religious people, the most rebellious of mankind, so that they will never again hold onto their own notions, but they will know God.
Although God’s words have repeatedly foretold the beauty of the kingdom, have spoken of its various aspects and described it from different perspectives, they still cannot fully express every condition of the Age of Kingdom because people’s ability to receive is too lacking. All the words of His utterances have been spoken, but people have not looked at them through a lens, which has led to people still being unclear and not understanding, and even being muddled and confused. This is the greatest defect of the flesh. Although in their hearts, people want to love God, they resist Him because of the disturbance of Satan, so God has time and again touched people’s numb and dull-witted hearts so that they may revive. All that God exposes is Satan’s ugliness, so the harsher His words are, the more shamed Satan is, and the more people’s hearts are able to not be bound, and the more people’s love can be aroused. This is how God works. Because Satan has been exposed and because it has been seen through, it no longer dares to occupy people’s hearts, and thus the angels are no longer disturbed. It is in this way that they love God with their whole heart and mind. It is only then that they show that their true colors are belonging to God and loving God. It is only through this path that they can achieve God’s will. “Inside their hearts a place has been established for Me. No longer will I meet with aversion or renunciation among men, for My great work has already been accomplished, and is hindered no more.” This is the connotation of what was described above. Because of Satan’s disturbance, people aren’t able to find the time to love God, they are always entangled by the things of the world, and they are deluded by Satan so that they are acting out of confusion. This is why God has said that mankind has “undergone so many of life’s hardships, so many of injustices from the world, so many ups and downs of the world, but now they dwell in My light. Who does not weep at yesterday’s injustices?” After people have heard these words they feel as if God is their partner in misery, is commiserating with them, and at that time is pouring out His troubles with man. They suddenly feel the pain of the human world and think: “Isn’t that true—I’ve never enjoyed anything in the world. Since coming out of my mother’s womb up until now I’ve experienced human life and I haven’t gained anything, but I’ve suffered significantly. It’s really empty! And now I am so corrupted by Satan! Oh! If not for God’s salvation, when the time of my death comes wouldn’t I have lived an entire lifetime in vain? Is there any meaning to human life? No wonder God said that everything under the sun is empty. If God didn’t enlighten me today I would still be in the dark. It’s so pitiful!” When they think of this they have some consideration in their heart: “If I cannot gain God’s promise how can I continue to experience life?” Everyone who reads these words will have a good cry in prayer. This is human psychology. If you say that someone could read this and not have any response, that is simply impossible unless they have a mental disorder. God reveals the states of all kinds of people every day. Sometimes He vents grievances on their behalf. Sometimes He helps people overcome and get through a certain environment. Sometimes He points out people’s transformations for them. Otherwise, people wouldn’t know how large their lives were. Sometimes God points out people’s experiences in reality, and sometimes He points out their inadequacies and flaws. Sometimes He makes new requirements of them, and sometimes He points out the degree of their understanding of Him. However, God has also said: “I have heard the words spoken from the heart by so many people, the accounts told by so many people about the painful experiences in the midst of suffering; I have seen so many, in the direst straits, unfailingly offer up their loyalty to Me, and watched so many, as they walked the rocky path, struggle to find a way out.” This is a description of positive characters. In each episode of the “historical drama” there have been positive as well as negative characters, so after this, God has also revealed the ugliness of the negative characters. This way, it is only through the contrast of “traitors” that the unyielding loyalty and fearless courage of the “upright men” is revealed. In all people’s lives there are negative factors and, without exception, positive factors. God reveals the truth about all people from these two aspects so that the traitors will lower their heads and admit their sins, and so that the upright men will continue to be loyal under encouragement. The implied meaning of God’s words is very deep. At times, people are doubled over with laughter after reading them and at times, they hang their heads in silence. At times they reminisce, at times they cry bitterly and acknowledge their sins, at times they grope, and at times they seek. Overall, there are transformations in people’s reactions because of the different backgrounds to God’s words. When a person reads God’s words, sometimes bystanders may even mistakenly believe that that person is a mental patient. You might take a look: “And so, contentious disputes are no more, and, following the words that issue forth from Me, the sundry ‘weapons’ of the modern age too are withdrawn.” The word “weapons” is enough of a joke for you for an entire day, and without realizing it, when people think of “weapons” they will secretly have a laugh. Right? Could it be that you wouldn’t laugh because of this?
When you laugh, do not forget to grasp God’s requirements of mankind, and do not forget to see the actual circumstances of the church: “All mankind has returned to normal and embarked upon a new life. Existing in the new surroundings, a goodly number of people look around them, feeling as if they have entered into a brand-new world, and because of this they are not able to adapt to their present environment right away or get straight onto the right track.” These are the current actual circumstances of the church. Do not be too anxious to have all people immediately enter into the right track. Once the Holy Spirit’s work has progressed to a certain step, people will all enter into it without realizing it. When you grasp the essence of God’s words, you will know to what step His Spirit has worked. God’s will is: “I only administer, depending on his unrighteous deeds, a fitting measure of ‘education,’ the better to enable everyone to get onto the right track.” This is God’s method of speaking and working, and it is also mankind’s specific path of practice. After this, He pointed out another of mankind’s states for people: “If human beings are unwilling to enjoy the bliss that is in Me, all I can do is to go along with their desires and send them into the bottomless pit.” God spoke exhaustively and left people without a sliver of an opportunity to complain. This is precisely what is different between God and man. God is always speaking to man openly and freely. His sincerity can be seen in every one of His words, having people put themselves in His shoes and also having them be able to “put their heart on their sleeve” for God to see which color of the rainbow it is. God has never applauded any person’s faith or love, but He has always made requirements of people and exposed their ugliness. This shows what small “stature” people have and how lacking their “constitution” is. They need to get more “exercise” to make up for that, which is why God is always getting angry at people. One day when God has revealed the entire truth about mankind, people will be completed, and God will be at ease. People will no longer deceive God and He will no longer “educate” them. From then on people will be able to “live on their own,” but this is not the time. There is still a lot that is “counterfeit” in people so they need several rounds of examination and for more “checkpoints” to be set up so that mankind’s “taxes” can be paid at each of the checkpoints. If there are still counterfeit goods, then they will be confiscated and cannot be sold, and then that batch of smuggled goods will be destroyed. Isn’t that a good thing to do?