Interpretation of the Forty-second Utterance
I don’t know whether people have seen any change in the utterance of today. Some people might have seen a little, but they don’t dare to say for sure. Perhaps others haven’t perceived anything. Why is there such a great difference between the twelfth and the fifteenth day of the month? Have you pondered this? What’s your view? Have you grasped anything from all of God’s utterances? What was the main work done between the second of April and the fifteenth of May? Why, today, are people clueless, as disoriented as if they’d been hit over the head with a club? Today, why are there no columns entitled “Scandals of the People of the Kingdom”? On the second and fourth of April, God did not point out man’s state; likewise, in the several days after today He did not point out people’s state—why is this so? There is surely a puzzle about this—why was there a 180-degree turn? Let’s first talk a little about why God spoke thus. Let us look at God’s first words, in which He wasted no time in saying “As soon as the new work begins.” The sentence gives you the first inkling that God’s work has entered a new beginning, that He has once more begun new work. This shows that chastisement is drawing to a close; it can be said that the peak of chastisement has already been entered, and so people must make the most of their time to complete the work of this era of chastisement, to avoid falling behind, or losing their balance. This is all the work of man, and it requires that man do his utmost to cooperate, and when chastisement is entirely sent away, God begins to embark upon the next part of His work, for God says, “… I have continued to carry out My work among man…. At this moment, My heart is filled with great delight, for I have gained a portion of people, and so My ‘business’ is no longer in a slump, it is no longer empty words.” In times past, people saw God’s pressing will in His words—there is no falsehood in this—and today God does His work with greater speed. To man, this does not seem to entirely accord with God’s requirements—but to God, His work has already finished. Because people’s thoughts are too convoluted, their view of things is often overly complicated. Because people are too demanding of people, but God does not make so great demands of man, it shows how great the discrepancy between God and man is. People’s conceptions are laid bare in all that God does. It’s not that God makes great demands of people and people are incapable of attaining them, but that people make great demands of God and God is unable to achieve them. Because, following treatment, there exist sequelae in mankind, who has been corrupted by Satan for several thousand years, people have always made such “high” demands of God, and are not in the least bit lenient, deeply afraid that God is not pleased. Thus, in many things, when people are not up to the task, they are enduring self-chastisement, and bearing the consequences of their own actions, and it is sheer suffering. Of the hardship endured by people, over 99% is disdained by God. To put it bluntly, no one has truly suffered for God. They all bear the consequences of their own actions—and this step of chastisement, of course, is no exception, it is a bitter cup brewed by man, which he lifts to drink himself. Because God has not revealed the original purpose of His chastisement, though there is a portion of people who are cursed, this does not represent chastisement. A portion of people are blessed, but this does not mean that they will be blessed in the future. To people, it seems that God is a God who does not keep His word. Don’t worry. These might be a little over the top, but do not be negative; what I speak of bears some relation to the suffering of man, yet I think you must build a good relationship with God. You should give Him more “gifts,” that’ll definitely make Him happy. I trust that God loves those who give Him “gifts.” What do you say, are these words correct?
As of now, how much of your prospects have you put aside? God’s work will soon finish—so you must have put aside more or less all of your prospects, yes? You may as well examine yourselves: You always love to stand up high, blowing your own horn and parading yourselves—what is this? Today, I still don’t know what people’s prospects are. If people really live engulfed by the sea of affliction, when they live amid the refinement of hardship, or else under the threat of various implements of torture, or live at the time of rejection by all people and looking up into the sky and sighing deeply, in their thoughts at such times they may, perhaps, put aside their prospects. This is because people search for the Shangri-La amidst hopelessness, and no one in comfortable circumstances has ever abandoned their pursuit of a beautiful dream. This might be unrealistic, but I would that this is not what’s in people’s hearts. Do you still wish to be raptured alive? Do you still wish to change your form in the flesh? I don’t know if you are of the same opinion, but I’ve always felt that this is unrealistic—such thoughts seem too extravagant. People say things like this: Put aside your prospects, be more realistic. You ask that people dispense with thoughts of being blessed—but what about yourself? Do you negate people’s ideas of being blessed and yourself seek blessings? You don’t allow others to receive blessings but secretly think of them yourself—what does that make you? A con artist! When you act thus, does your conscience not stand accused? In your heart, do you not feel indebted? Are you not a fraudster? You dig out the words in the hearts of others, but say nothing of those in your own—what a worthless piece of trash you are! I wonder what you’re thinking in your hearts when you speak—could you not be reproached by the Holy Spirit? Doesn’t this unsettle your dignity? You really don’t know what’s good for you! It turns out you’re all just like Mr. Nanguo—you’re imposters. No wonder God put the “dedicate themselves” in “they are all willing to ‘dedicate themselves’” in quotes. God knows man like the back of His hand, and no matter how artful man’s deception—even if he doesn’t give anything away, his face doesn’t redden, his heart doesn’t race—God’s eyes are bright, so man has always had trouble escaping God’s gaze. It is as if God has x-ray vision and can see man’s internal organs, as if He can see through to what blood type people are without a test. Such is God’s wisdom, and it cannot be imitated by man. As God says, “Why have I done so much work, yet there is no proof of it in people? Have I not put in enough effort?” Man’s cooperation with God is too lacking, and it can be said that there is too much that is negative within man, and rarely do people have any positivity, only occasionally do they have a little, but it is too tainted. This shows just how much people love God; it is as if there is only a hundred millionth of love for God in their hearts, of which 50% is still tainted, which is why God says He gains no proof in man. It is precisely because of man’s disobedience that the tone of God’s utterances is so heartless and unfeeling. Though God does not speak of times gone by with man, people always want to reminisce, in order to show themselves before God, and they always want to talk of times gone by—yet God has never treated man’s yesterday as today; instead, He approaches the people of today using today. This is the attitude of God, and in this, God has said these words clearly, to prevent people saying in the future that God is too unreasonable, for God does not do unconscionable things, but tells people of the true face of the facts, lest people cannot stand firm—for man, after all, is weak. Having heard these words, how about it: Are you willing to listen and submit, and give no more thought to it?
The above is off topic, it matters not whether it is talked of or not. I hope you don’t take exception, because God does this work of words, and He likes to chat about everything under the sun. But I hope you still give them a read, and do not ignore these words, OK? Would you do that? It was just said that in today’s words God has revealed new information: The method by which God works is about to change. As such, it would be better to focus on this hot topic. It can be said that all of today’s utterances prophesy future matters, they are God making arrangements for the next step of His work. God has pretty much finished His work in the people of the church, after which He shall employ rage to appear before all people. As God says, “I shall make the people on earth acknowledge My doings, and before the ‘judgment seat,’ My deeds shall be proven, so that they are acknowledged among people across the earth, who shall yield.” Did you see anything in these words? In this is the summary of God’s next part of work. First, God shall make all the guard dogs who wield political power sincerely convinced and step back from the stage of history themselves, to never again fight for status or scheme and intrigue. This work must be carried out through God raising up various disasters on earth. But God will not appear; because, at this time, the nation of the great red dragon shall still be a land of filth, God will not appear, but will merely emerge through chastisement. Such is the righteous disposition of God, and no one can escape it. During this time, all that inhabits the nation of the great red dragon will suffer calamity, which naturally also includes the kingdom on earth (the church). This is the very time when the facts come forth, and so it is experienced by all people, and no one can escape. This has been predestined by God. It is precisely because of this step of work that God says, “Now is the time to carry out grand plans.” Because, in the future, there will be no church on earth, and due to the advent of catastrophe, people can’t think of anything else, and it is difficult for them to enjoy God amidst catastrophe, thus, people are asked to love God with all their heart during this wonderful time, so that they don’t miss the chance. When this fact passes, God has utterly defeated the great red dragon, and thus the work of testimony of the people of God has come to an end; afterward God will commence the next step of work, laying waste to the country of the great red dragon, and ultimately nailing people throughout the universe upside down on the cross, after which He shall annihilate all mankind—these are the future steps of God’s work. Thus, you should pursue trying to love God in this peaceful environment. In the future you will have no more opportunities to love God, for people only have the opportunity to love God in the flesh; when they live in another world, no one will talk of loving God. Is this not the responsibility of a created being? And so how should you love God amidst your days of life? Have you ever thought of this? Are you waiting until after you die to love God? Is this not empty talk? Today, why do you not pursue loving God? Can loving God while busy be the true love for God? The reason why it is said that this step of God’s work shall soon come to an end is because God already has testimony before Satan; thus, there is no need for man to do anything, man is merely asked to pursue loving God in the years he is alive—this is what’s key. Because God’s requirements are not great, and, furthermore, because there is a burning anxiety in His heart, He has revealed a summary of the next step of work before this step of work has finished, which clearly shows how much time there is; if God were not anxious in His heart, would He speak these words so early? It is because time is short that God works in this way. It is hoped that you can love God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength, just as how you cherish your own life. Is this not a life of the utmost meaning? Where else could you find the meaning of life? Would that not be so blind? Are you willing to love God? Is God worthy of man’s love? Are people worthy of man’s adoration? So what should you do? Love God boldly, without reservations—and see what God will do to you. See if He will slay you. In sum, the task of loving God is more important than copying and writing things down for God. You should give first place to what’s most important, so that your life has more meaning and is full of happiness, and then you should wait for God’s “sentence” for you. I wonder if your plan will include loving God—I would that everyone’s plans become that which is completed by God, and become reality.