Interpretation of the Seventeenth Utterance
In truth, all the words from God’s mouth are things that humans do not know; they are all the language that people have not heard, so it can be put like this: God’s words themselves are a mystery. Most people mistakenly believe that only things that people cannot achieve conceptually, the matters of heaven that God allows people to know about now, or the truth about what God does in the spiritual world are mysteries. This shows that people do not treat all of God’s words equally, nor do they treasure them, but they focus on what they believe to be “mysteries.” This proves that people don’t know what God’s words are or what mysteries are—they only read God’s words from within their own notions. The reality is that there isn’t a single person who truly loves God’s words—the root of why it is said that “people are experts at deceiving Me” is right here. It certainly is not that God says people are devoid of any merit, or that they are utter messes. This is the actual situation of mankind. People themselves are not very clear on how much space God actually occupies in their hearts—only God Himself fully knows. So right now people are like suckling babies—they are completely unaware of why they drink milk and what they are surviving for. It is only their mother that understands their needs, will not let them starve to death, and will not let them eat themselves to death. God knows people’s needs best, so at times His love is embodied in His words, at times His judgment is revealed in them, at times His words hurt the innermost hearts of people, and sometimes His words are very sincere and earnest. This allows people to feel His kindness and His accessibility, and that He is not the “imposing figure” that is imagined, one who cannot be touched, nor is He the “Son of Heaven” in people’s minds, one who cannot be looked directly in the face, and He particularly is not the “executioner” that people imagine who slaughters the innocent. God’s entire disposition is revealed in His work, the disposition of the God in the flesh today is still embodied through His work, so the ministry that God carries out is the ministry of words, not what He does or how He appears on the outside. In the end all people will gain edification from God’s words and be made complete because of them. In their experiences, because of the guidance of God’s words, they will gain a path for practice, and through the words from God’s mouth people will know His entire disposition. Because of the words all of God’s work will be fulfilled, people will come alive, and all enemies will be defeated. This is the primary work, and no one can ignore it. We may as well look at His words: “My voice rings out like thunder, illuminating all four quadrants and 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 God opens His mouth words just come out. He accomplishes everything through words, and all things are transformed by His words, all people are renewed through His words. What does “thunder and lightning” refer to? And what does “light” refer to? There is not a single thing that can escape from God’s words. He uses His words to lay bare people’s minds and to depict their ugliness; He uses words to deal with people’s old nature and to make all of His people complete. Isn’t this the importance of God’s words? In the entire universe, if there weren’t the support and the bolstering of God’s words, all of mankind would have been destroyed to the point of nonexistence long ago. This is a principle of what God does, and it’s the working method for His six-thousand-year management plan. The importance of His words can be clearly seen through this. God’s words directly pierce into the depths of mankind’s souls. As soon as they see His words they are astounded and terror-stricken and flee hastily. They want to escape the reality of His words, which is why these “refugees” can be seen everywhere. Right after God’s words are uttered people take to their heels. This is one aspect of the image of mankind’s ugliness that God depicts. Right now, all people are gradually awakening from their stupor. It’s as if all people before had developed a case of dementia, and now they see God’s words and it’s like they have lingering effects after the disease and are unable to regain their former state. This is the actual situation of all people, and it is also a true portrayal of this sentence: “many people, moved by this tenuous 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.” This is why God said: “The great majority of men are dumbstruck by the sudden advent of the light.” Putting it this way is perfectly appropriate. God’s description of mankind doesn’t leave room for even the tip of a needle—He truly has done this accurately and without error, which is why all people are fully convinced and without knowing it, their love for God has started to build up from deep within their hearts. Only this way does God’s position in people’s hearts become more and more genuine, and this is also one way that God works.
“The great majority of men are bewildered; they are wounded in the eyes and cast down into the mud by the light.” Because they go against the will of God (that is, they resist God), that kind of person suffers chastisement because of their rebelliousness when God’s words come; this is why it is said that they are wounded in the eyes by the light. This kind of person has already been given over to Satan, so when entering into the new work they do not have any enlightenment or illumination. All those who do not have the work of the Holy Spirit have been occupied by Satan, and deep in their hearts there is no place for God, thus it is said that they are “cast down into the mud.” Those who are in this condition are all in a state of disarray. They cannot enter into the right track, they cannot recover normalcy, what they think in their minds is all contrary. All the people on earth have been corrupted by Satan to the extreme. They have no vitality and they are full of the odor of corpses. All people on earth are surviving in the midst of a plague of germs and no one can escape it. They are not willing to survive on earth, but they always feel that there is something greater that will happen to make people see it for themselves, so people all force themselves to continue living. People have had no strength in their hearts long ago, they just use their invisible hopes as a spiritual pillar, so they just hold their own heads acting like man, getting through their days on earth. It is as if all people are the sons of the devil incarnate. This is why God said: “the earth lies blanketed under chaos, making an unbearably sorry sight that, examined closely, assails one with an overwhelming melancholy.” Because of the appearance of this situation God began “strewing the seeds of My Spirit” toward the entire universe, and He began to carry out His work of salvation on the whole earth. It is because of the furthering of this work that God began to rain down all sorts of disasters, thus saving hard-hearted humans. In the phases of God’s work, the method of salvation is still through different kinds of disasters and all those who are numbered cannot escape them. Only in the end will a situation of “as serene as the third heaven: Here living things great and small coexist in harmony, never once engaging in ‘conflicts of mouth and tongue’” be able to appear on earth. One aspect of God’s work is to conquer all of mankind and gain the chosen people through His words. Another aspect is to conquer all sons of rebellion through various disasters. This is one part of God’s large-scale work. It is only this way that the kingdom on earth that God wants can be fully achieved, and this is the part of God’s work that is like fine gold.
God is always requiring that people understand the dynamics of heaven. Can they truly achieve that? The reality is that, based on people’s present actual states, having been corrupted by Satan for over 5,900 years, they cannot compare to Peter and thus they simply cannot do it. This is one of the methods of God’s work. He wouldn’t have people passively wait, but He would have them actively seek. Only this way will God have the opportunity to work in people. This may as well be explained a little more, otherwise people will just have a superficial understanding. After God created mankind and gave them spirits, He enjoined them that if they didn’t call out to God, then they would not be able to connect with His Spirit and thus the “satellite television” from heaven would not be received on earth. When God is no longer in people’s spirits there is an empty seat left open for other things, and that’s how Satan seizes the opportunity to get in. When people contact God with their hearts, Satan immediately goes into a panic and rushes to escape. Through mankind’s cries God gives them what they need, but He does not “reside” within them at first. He just constantly gives them aid because of their cries and people gain hardiness from that internal strength so that Satan dare not come here to “play” at its will. This way, if people constantly connect with God’s Spirit, Satan dare not come to disrupt. Without Satan’s disruption, all of people’s lives are normal and God has the opportunity to work within them without any obstructions. This way, what God wants to do can be achieved through humans. From this it can be known why God has always required people to increase their faith, and has also said: “I make suitable demands according to the stature of man. I have never put anyone in difficulties, nor have I ever ‘squeezed out the blood’ of anyone for My pleasure.” Most people are baffled by God’s requirements, saying, since people don’t have that faculty and they have been irretrievably corrupted by Satan, why does God keep making requirements of them? Isn’t God putting people in a difficult position? Seeing people’s solemn faces, and then seeing their look of being so awkward, you can’t help but laugh. People’s various ugliness is most funny—at times they’re like a child that loves to play, and at times they’re like a little girl playing “mom.” Sometimes they’re like a dog eating a mouse. All of their ugly states are just ridiculously amusing, and often the more people cannot understand God’s will, the more they are liable to get into trouble. This is why it can be seen from God’s words, “Am I the God that merely imposes silence on creation?” how foolish people are, and it shows that no man can understand God’s will. Even if He speaks out what His will is, they cannot be considerate of it. They only do the work of God based on human will, so how can they understand His will that way? “I go walking upon the earth, dispersing My fragrance everywhere, and in every place I leave behind My form. Each and every place reverberates with the sound of My voice. People everywhere linger nostalgically over the beauteous scenes of yesterday, for all humanity is remembering the past …” This will be the situation when the kingdom is formed. In fact, in several places God has prophesied the beauty of the realization of the kingdom, and if they are all combined, it’s a complete picture of the kingdom. But people don’t pay attention to it—they just watch it like a cartoon.
Because of the several thousand years of corruption by Satan, people have always lived in darkness, so they are not troubled by the darkness nor do they long for the light. This is what has led to this when the light has arrived today: “they are all averse to My coming, they all chase away the light from coming, as if I were man’s enemy in heaven. Man greets Me with a defensive light in his eyes.” Although most people love God with a genuine heart, He is still not satisfied and He still condemns mankind. This is baffling for people. Because people live in the darkness, their service of God is still done in the same way as in a condition of lacking light. That is, people all serve God using their own notions, and when God comes people are all within this kind of state and they are unable to serve God by accepting new light, but they use all of their own experience to serve Him. God does not gain enjoyment from mankind’s “devotion,” so the light cannot be praised by mankind in the darkness. This is why God said this—it absolutely is not contrary to reality, and it is not God maltreating mankind, nor is it Him wronging them. From the creation of the world until today, not a single person has truly tasted God’s warmth—they have been on guard toward God, deeply fearing that God will strike them down, that He will annihilate them. So over these 6,000 years God has always used warmth in exchange for people’s sincerity, and has always patiently guided them at every turn. This is because people are so weak, and they cannot fully know God’s will, and they cannot wholeheartedly love Him, for they can’t help but be subject to Satan’s manipulation. But even though this is the case, God is still tolerant, and when He tolerates this to a certain day, that is, when He renews the world, He will no longer look after people like a mother. Instead, He will give mankind their suitable retribution which is why after that there will be: “Corpses drift about on the ocean’s surface,” while “in the places empty of water, other men are still enjoying, amid laughter and song, the promises that I have vouchsafed unto them.” This is the comparison between the destinations of those who are rewarded and those who are punished. “On the ocean’s surface” refers to the bottomless pit of mankind’s chastisement spoken of by God. It is Satan’s final destination, and it is the “resting place” that God has prepared for all those who resist Him. God has always wanted mankind’s genuine love, but without knowing it, people are still doing their own work. This is why, in all of His words, God has always made demands of people and He has pointed out their shortcomings as well as their path for practice, so that they can practice according to these words. God has also shed light on His own attitude for people: “But I have never casually taken up a single human life to play with as if it were a toy. I observe the heart’s blood of man, and I understand the price that he has paid. As he stands before Me, I do not wish to take advantage of man’s defenselessness to chastise him, nor to bestow upon him undesirable things. Instead, I have only provided for man, and given unto man, all this time.” When people read these words from God, they immediately feel His warmth: Indeed, in the past I have paid a price for God but I have also treated Him perfunctorily, and at times I have complained to Him. God has always guided me with His words and He pays so much attention to my life, yet at times I play with it as if it were a toy. It really is uncalled for. God loves me so much, so why can I not strive hard enough? When they think of this, people really want to slap their own faces, or, in the case of some people, their noses even twitch and they cry out loud. God understands people’s hearts and speaks accordingly, and these few words that are neither hard nor soft inspire people’s love for God. Finally, God prophesied the change in His work at the time the kingdom is formed on earth: When God is on the earth, people will be able to be free from disasters and calamities and will be able to bask in grace, but when He begins the judgment of the great day, it will be when He appears among all people, and all of His work on earth will be fully completed. At that time, because the day has come, it will be just as it was said in the Bible: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” The unrighteous will return to chastisement, and the holy will return in front of the throne. Not a single person will be able to gain His accommodation, not even the sons and the people of the kingdom. It will all be God’s righteousness, and it will all be the revealing of His disposition. He will not show solicitude for mankind’s weaknesses a second time.