Interpretation of the Twenty-sixth Utterance
From all of the words spoken by God, it can be seen that the day of God draws closer with every passing day. It is as if this day is right before people’s eyes, as if it will arrive tomorrow. Thus, after reading God’s words, all people are struck with terror, and also have some sense of the world’s desolation. It is as if, as the leaves fall and the drizzle descends, all people have disappeared without trace, as if they have all been wiped from the earth. They all have an ominous feeling. Although they try hard, and wish to satisfy God’s intentions, all using every bit of strength they have to fulfill God’s intentions so that God’s will may proceed smoothly, without obstruction, such a sentiment is always mingled with a sense of ominousness. Take today’s utterances: If they were broadcast to the masses, announced to the whole universe, then all people would bow down and weep, for in the words “I will watch over the whole earth, and, appearing in the East of the world with righteousness, majesty, wrath, and chastisement, I will reveal Myself to the myriad hosts of humanity!” all who understand the spiritual matters see that no one can escape God’s chastisement, that all will follow their own kind after experiencing the suffering of chastisement. Truly, this is a step of God’s work, and no one can change it. When God created the world, when He led mankind, He showed His wisdom and wondrousness, and only when He brings this era to an end do people behold His true righteousness, majesty, wrath, and chastisement. Furthermore, it is only through chastisement that they are able to see His righteousness, majesty, and wrath; this is a path that must be taken, just as, during the last days, God’s incarnation is necessary, and indispensable. After proclaiming the end of all mankind, God shows to man the work that He does today. For example, God says, “The Israel of old has ceased to be, and today’s Israel has risen up, erect and towering, in the world, has stood up in the hearts of all humanity. Today’s Israel shall surely attain the source of existence through My people!” “Ah, hateful Egypt! … How can you not exist within My chastisement?” God deliberately shows people the fruits gained by two antithetical countries from God’s hands, in one sense referring to Israel, which is material, and in another pointing to all of God’s chosen ones—which is to say, to how God’s chosen ones change as Israel changes. When Israel has wholly returned to its original form, all of the chosen ones shall subsequently be made complete—which is to say, Israel is a meaningful symbol of those whom God loves. Egypt, meanwhile, is the convergence of the representatives of those whom God hates. The more decayed it becomes, the more corrupt those who are hated by God become—and Babylon subsequently falls. This forms a clear contrast. By proclaiming the ends of Israel and Egypt, God reveals the destination of all people; thus, when mentioning Israel, God also speaks of Egypt. From this can be seen that the day of Egypt’s destruction is the date of the world’s annihilation, the date upon which God chastises all people. This will happen soon; it is about to be accomplished by God, and is something that is totally invisible to man’s naked eye, yet it is also indispensable, and unalterable by anyone. God says, “all those who stand against Me will surely be chastised by Me for eternity. For I am a jealous God, I will not lightly spare men for all that they have done.” Why does God speak in such absolute terms? And why has He personally become flesh in the nation of the great red dragon? From God’s words can be seen His aim: He has not come to save people, or to be compassionate toward them, or to care for them, or protect them—but to chastise all those who oppose Him. For God says, “None can escape My chastisement.” God lives in the flesh, and, furthermore, He is a normal person—yet He does not forgive people for their weakness in being unable to subjectively know Him; instead, because He is normal, He condemns people for all their sins, He makes all those who behold His flesh those who are chastised, and they thus become victims for those who do not belong to the people of the country of the great red dragon. But this is not one of the primary aims of God’s incarnation. God became flesh chiefly in order to do battle, in the flesh, with the great red dragon, and to bring shame upon it through battle. Because God’s great power is more evidenced by battling the great red dragon in the flesh than in the Spirit, God fights in the flesh to show His deeds and omnipotence. Because of God’s incarnation, innumerable people have been “innocently” condemned, countless people have been thrown into hell, and cast into chastisement, suffering in the flesh. This is the demonstration of God’s righteous disposition, and regardless of how those who oppose God change today, God’s upstanding disposition shall never change. Condemned once, people are condemned forever, and never able to rise again. Man’s disposition is incapable of being like God’s. Toward those who oppose God, people are by turns hot and cold, they waver left and right, they go up and down, they are incapable of staying the same throughout, sometimes hating them to their bones, sometimes holding them close; today’s circumstances have come about because people do not know God’s work. Why does God say words such as, “The angels are, after all, angels; God, after all, is God; the demons are, after all, demons; the unrighteous are still unrighteous; and the holy are still holy”? Can you not comprehend it? Could it be that God has misremembered? Thus, God says, “each according to their kind, men find their way unawares back into the bosom of their families.” From this can be seen that today, God has already classified all things into their families, so that it is no longer an “infinite world,” and people no longer eat from the same big pot, but perform their own duty in their own home, playing their own role. This was God’s original plan at the creation of the world; after being classed according to kind, people would “each eat their own meal”—God would commence judgment. As a result, from God’s mouth came these words: “I will restore the former state of creation, I will restore everything to the way it originally was, profoundly changing everything, so that everything will return into the bosom of My plan.” This is precisely the aim of all God’s work, and it is not hard to understand. God shall complete His work—could man stand in the way of His work? And could God rip up the covenant established between Him and man? Who can alter what is done by the Spirit of God? Could it be any among man?
In the past, people grasped that there was a law to God’s words: As soon as God spoke, the facts were soon accomplished. There is no falsehood in this. Since God has said He shall chastise all people, and, furthermore, since He has issued the administrative decrees, it can be seen that God’s work has been carried out to a certain point. The constitution that was issued forth to all people in the past was aimed at their lives and their attitude toward God. It did not get to the root; it did not say that it was based on God’s predestination, but on man’s behavior at that time. The administrative decrees of today are extraordinary, they speak of how “All of humanity will follow their own kind, and will receive chastisements varying with what they have done.” Without a close reading, no problem can be found in this. Because it is only during the final age that God makes all things follow their own kind, after reading this most people remain puzzled and confused, they are still tepid, they do not see the urgency of the times, and so they do not take this as a warning. Why, at this point, are God’s administrative decrees—which are announced to the whole universe—shown to man? Do these people represent all those throughout the universe? Could it be that, afterward, God further adds compassion toward these people? Have these people grown two heads? When God chastises the people of the entire universe, when all manner of catastrophes strike, as a result of these catastrophes, changes shall occur in the sun and moon, and when these catastrophes end, the sun and moon will have been altered—and this is called the transition. Suffice to say, the disasters of the future shall be grievous. Night might take the place of day, the sun might not appear for a year, there might be several months of searing heat, a waning moon might always face mankind, there might appear the bizarre state of the sun and moon rising together. Following several cyclical changes, ultimately, after the passing of time, they shall be renewed. God pays special attention to the arrangements of those who are of the devil. Thus, He deliberately says, “Of the human beings within the universe, all those belonging to the devil will be exterminated.” When these “people” have yet to show their true colors, God always exploits their service; as a result, He pays no heed to their doings, He gives them no “reward” no matter how well they do, nor does He dock their “wages” no matter how badly they perform. As such, He disregards them, He gives them the cold shoulder. He does not suddenly change because of their “goodness,” for regardless of the time or place, man’s essence does not change, just like the covenant established between God and man, just like, as man says, “there will be no change even if the seas run dry and the rocks crumble.” Thus, God simply classes those people and does not heed them easily. From the time of creation until today, never has the devil comported itself well. It has always interrupted, disturbed, and dissented. When God acts or speaks, it always tries to partake—but God takes no notice. At the mention of the devil, God’s rage flows forth, insuppressible; because it is not of one with the Spirit, there is no connection, only distance and separation. Following the revelation of the seven seals, the state of the earth becomes increasingly compromised, all things “advance shoulder-to-shoulder with the seven seals,” not falling behind in the slightest. Throughout God’s words, people are viewed by God as stupefied, yet they have not awoken at all. To reach a higher point, to bring forth the strength of all people, and moreover, to conclude God’s work at its peak, God asks people a string of questions, as if inflating their bellies, and thus He replenishes all people. Because these people have no real stature, based on the actual circumstances, those who are inflated are goods that are up to standard, and those who are not are useless trash. This is God’s requirement of man, and the aim of the method by which He speaks. In particular, when God says “Could it be that I, when I am on earth, am not the same I that I am in heaven? Could it be that I, when I am in heaven, cannot come down onto the earth? Could it be that I, when I am on earth, am unworthy to be borne up to heaven?” these questions go even further in making people know God. From God’s words they behold God’s urgent will; people are incapable of attaining it, and God repeatedly adds conditions, thus reminding all people to know the heavenly God on earth, and to know the God who is in heaven but lives on earth.
From God’s words can be seen the states of man: “All men spend effort on My words, undertaking investigations of their own into My outward semblance, but they all meet with failure, without any results to show, but instead are struck down by My words and dare not get up again.” Who can understand God’s sorrow? Who can comfort God’s heart? Who is after God’s heart in what God asks? When people produce no results, they deny themselves and are truly at the whim of God’s orchestrations. Gradually, as they show their true heart, each follows their own kind, and it is thus seen that the essence of the angels is the pure obedience to God. And so, God says, “Humanity is exposed in their original form.” When God’s work reaches this step, all of God’s work will have been completed. God appears to say nothing of His being an exemplar for His sons and people, instead focusing on making all people display their original form. Do you understand the true meaning of these words?