18. See Through the Nature and Essence of Antichrists to Penetrate Satan’s Trickeries and Schemes
When experiencing God’s work of the last days, God’s chosen people are always accompanied by Satan’s deceptions and disturbances, as well as the persecution, oppression, arrest, and monitoring from the great red dragon. Furthermore, there are also the restriction, suppression, framing and control from false leaders and antichrists hidden in all levels of the church, as well as a variety of rumors, assaults, judgments, and slanders from the antichrists of the religious community. All these things severely threaten God’s chosen people, bringing enormous obstacles and threats to all those who seek the truth and God’s appearance, and who accept and submit to God’s work. Satan’s forces disturb God’s work in a very open manner and with only one goal, which is to not allow God’s chosen people to understand the truth and enter onto the right track of believing in God. Satan’s forces block God’s chosen people from knowing God, thereby attaining salvation, and want that the plan for the work of mankind’s salvation shall come to nothing so that Satan, the devils may forever control corrupt mankind. In recent years, the false leaders and antichrists hiding in churches everywhere have been spreading various rumors in order to deny God’s words, as well as to judge, slander and attack the man used by the Holy Spirit. They even go so far to say such nonsense as God’s words having been misrepresented by the man used by the Holy Spirit, that “The Ten Administrative Decrees” were written by man. They also said that the book The Word Appears in the Flesh contains the words of man. All these are Satan’s lies. To reveal such lies and penetrate Satan’s trickeries, we must know that all of God’s work is performed by God Himself, and that no one else can partake in it. We must also know that the man used by the Holy Spirit is working in coordination with God’s work. Furthermore, we must also believe that God is almighty, that God’s righteous disposition may not be offended by anyone, that God’s work of the last days is the final work that shall save mankind and end the age, and that it is something that Satan’s forces cannot hold back or replace. If people have real knowledge of God’s substance and disposition, then they will believe that no one would dare to change God’s words, and then they will be able to penetrate Satan’s trickeries. God’s chosen people must clearly understand that the nature of changing God’s words is a direct offense of God’s disposition. If anyone has decided that God’s words have been changed by man, then he is also doubting that God is almighty and even more doubting that God’s disposition is righteousness, majesty, and wrath. God has ended the lives of certain people during His work in every age. God’s disposition may not be offended, and this is the truth.
When God was using Moses during the Age of Law, those men who opposed Moses were annihilated at the time. Was God’s work obstructed or suppressed? Not in the least. The Israelites were eventually brought to the good land of Canaan. During the Age of Grace, Jesus was incarnated to perform work. After Jesus had preached for three years, when crucifixion was needed to complete His work of redemption, Satan was needed to do service for Him and so Judas showed up to betray Jesus, resulting in Jesus dying on the cross. It may seem as if the work of Jesus was suppressed by Judas, but in fact it was the opposite: The betrayal of Judas actually helped to accomplish God’s plan of being incarnated to save mankind. Was God’s work during the Age of Grace ruined by Satan? No. Satan’s service actually contributed to the accomplishment of God’s work. Now, during the Age of Kingdom, all kinds of antichrists are deceiving and disturbing God’s chosen people. They are also making up various rumors to deny Christ, to deny God incarnate. They even make up various rumors to deny God’s words, to deny the essence of truths in God’s words. They say that God’s words have been tampered with by man. They attempt to prevent God’s chosen people from eating and drinking God’s words, from pursuing the truth, from entering onto the right track of believing in God. They are even making up various rumors about, and judging and slandering the man used by the Holy Spirit. This is just like the nature of those men who opposed Moses during the Age of Law. They thought that as long as they have defeated the man used by the Holy Spirit, such that God’s chosen people are separated from his leadership and his provision, then they can successfully control God’s chosen people. Such is Satan’s scheme. However, we can see clearly one fact: The majority of God’s chosen people have already understood the truth, they are already able to discern Satan. God has already completed His work in mainland China, and those people with true faith in God that have been pre-selected by God have already entered onto the right track of believing in God. Those in the church are all with their own kind, and now is the time for the harvest. God has indeed made a group of overcomers, and those who have been made complete by God can never be deceived or corrupted by any Satan’s forces because these people have already understood the truth, they have already gained real understanding of God, and they have already gained a glorious witness during the downfall of the great red dragon. These people already belong to God, so they can never be taken away by Satan. While every step of God’s work is filled with intense battles as well as life-and-death contests with Satan’s forces, God has won in the end and Satan is the one that has ultimately lost. Satan’s evil forces will always fail in the end, because God’s work cannot be restrained by any forces. Just as God’s words say: “The kingdom is expanding in humanity’s midst, it is forming in humanity’s midst, it is standing up in humanity’s midst; there is no force that can destroy My kingdom.”
Let me now refute several lies and fallacies of some antichrists:
I. The antichrists say that God’s words have been tampered with by the man used by the Holy Spirit. This is a great lie. God’s chosen people must not believe the words of the antichrists, and we must believe that God’s words are true, that Satan has been telling lies since the very beginning, and that all those who lie belong with the devils. To believe in God is to believe that God’s words are authentic, that God’s words are the truth. We must believe in whatever God says, we must believe that only God has real love for mankind, that God can save men, that all those antichrists belonging with Satan have no love, and that all those words of people belonging to Satan are lies and deceptions. Our ancestor Eve was corrupted because she accepted the lies of Satan. Below, I shall witness the facts that led to the publishing of The Word Appears in the Flesh.
That God expresses His words in His work of the last days began in 1991, and reached its peak in 1993. In The Word Appears in the Flesh, 90% of the words are expressed within these three years. Each time God expresses His words, He always first writes them in a large notebook, and they are then copied and printed to be issued to the churches. This is how all of God’s words have been expressed piece by piece. God always writes down each piece of His words at one go. He sometimes expresses one piece a day, or He sometimes expresses one piece every two or three days. Each piece of these words of God is generally written within a timespan of two to three hours, and they are never altered. As of 1993, a total of seven or eight volumes of God’s words have been written. One of them was lost during the layout and typesetting process, which was regrettable. Only around 10% of The Word Appears in the Flesh is based on recordings of sermons. As there were too many words expressed in it and the book would have been too thick if it was printed in one volume, God has chosen and finalized the drafts Himself, and they have been divided into three sections based on chronology, to be eventually printed as The Word Appears in the Flesh. The preface and introductions of all sections in this book have been written by God Himself, and they cannot be replaced. The Word Appears in the Flesh is a classic of God’s words during God’s work of the last days. It is all handpicked by God Himself, and only a small part has been deleted. In the deleted bit, some of the content was repetitious, some was targeted at certain individuals, and there were also sayings related to God’s working ages (belonging to a mystical nature that cannot be fathomed by men). So there was no need for these words to be published and that’s why God deleted them. Of course, those words that have remained and have been selected are the finest, this is without doubt. This is a brief history of how The Word Appears in the Flesh came to be. The entirety of The Word Appears in the Flesh is God’s words from God Himself, and none of them were added by man. This is absolute. Because God’s disposition is righteousness, majesty and wrath, at the times when God expressed these words and performed work, the atmosphere was dignified and solemn. People trembled in fear, and no one dared approach God when He was writing these words. They even avoided God as much as they could, as if worried that they might offend His disposition. This is all true. All of God’s chosen people felt the same way when they saw God expressing these words. In particular, during the periods of trials when judging the service-doers, everyone wailed, because in the place where God was expressing His words and performing His work they could feel the majesty and wrath of God’s disposition. No one ever doubted that God’s words were false. Nowadays antichrists of every shape and form dare to publicly judge God’s words, even making up rumors that God’s words have been tampered with by the man used by the Holy Spirit. The antichrists said that the selection of God’s words involved an alteration of God’s words. This is truly confounding black white and distorting the fact. Selecting God’s words is a necessary step for publishing, and all writers must go through this process of selection when publishing their work. Since God’s words have all been expressed by God, therefore it is only appropriate for God to organize, select, or edit His words. God has the right to organize His words however He sees fit, man has no right to interfere, and this is not tampering with it in the least bit. The things spoken by the antichrists have always been about mixing up concepts, and distorting and confusing facts, so all their words are nonsense without any basis in reality, they are all lies that distort the truth. My sermons and fellowship must all be organized and edited before they can be published. All articles and speeches by anyone, all decrees from emperors, and all documents issued by head of governments must go through the process of organization, editing, and selection, and only then can they be published or issued. This is an objective fact. What is falsification? It is when one person alters the words of another thereby changing their meaning to differ from the original intention of the author. That is falsification. Organizing, selecting and editing performed by the author himself is not falsification. I also hand over my sermons and fellowship to others for organizing, but I clearly state my principles, and so long as they have not violated these principles and have carried out the organizing according to my wishes, then this is not falsification. If anyone should alter my words behind my back and change them to mean something else, then that is falsification. God has the right to decide which of the words expressed by God should be published, which of them can be deleted, what mysteries must be understood and known by man, and what mysteries do not need to be understood or known by man. These all fall under God’s authority, and corrupt mankind has no right to interfere. Because these are works performed by God incarnate, they are not works performed by the man used by God, and God did not rely on prophets who learnt to speak God’s words, therefore the issue of falsification does not exist regarding how God expresses His words. It is a ridiculous joke to say that God has tampered with His words, just as absurd as saying that someone has tampered with his or her own writings. The antichrists saying that God’s organization, selection and editing of His words is tampering with God’s words is mixing up different concepts and distorting facts. From this, we can see the vile intentions of the antichrists who dare to use such arguments to oppose God’s work. This is a heinous crime and they should be cursed. These people will not have a good ending. We’ll wait to see their fate.
God’s work during the Age of Law lasted for around one millennium, from the time of the Pentateuch written by Moses until the last book by the prophet. When was the Old Testament written in the form of a book? No one knows. However, one thing is definite: When Moses was performing work, there was no Pentateuch because Moses could not have done his work after the Pentateuch was written. Instead, Moses first performed the work of telling the Israelites how to behave and practice in accordance with God’s words, and after that work was performed it was then organized into a book. After the Pentateuch was completed, it was definitely given to the Israelites. As time passed, following on from the Pentateuch, books written by the prophets appeared one after another, while the Old Testament was only finalized after the last book by the prophet was written. Accordingly, regarding Moses and these other prophets, did they first speak the words, or did they first perform the work? I think that, based on natural law, they must have first spoken the words and performed the work, and then the words and accounts of the work were organized into books. This is an objective law. When Jesus arrived to perform work during the Age of Grace He had not written any books, but instead He preached the gospel of the kingdom of heaven to people everywhere. There must have been many who heard the sermons of Jesus, but only the authors of the Four Gospels of the Bible were able to record His words. From the Four Gospels, we can see that at the time when Jesus was speaking, there was no voice recording or any written recording of any of the sermons. They were all memorized by those who have heard the sermons, and these people only memorized some rough outlines. The Four Gospels of the Bible were written around A.D. 50-90, and since each person only remembered a rough outline of God’s words, as a result, when the Four Gospels of the Bible were written there were slight differences in the recording of God’s words. But the substance of God’s words has not changed, which means that, in effect, God’s words were exactly the same. The antichrists say that it shows tampering with God’s words whenever there are discrepancies in God’s words on the literal level. We can see from this that the antichrists doubt God’s words and deny the substance of God’s words. It was around AD 300 when the New Testament was written in the book form. Was there a New Testament during these 300 years? No, there was not. Many letters were scattered among the different churches, and God’s chosen people only had a rough outline of God’s words in their minds. As a result, the New Testament was written by many of God’s apostles, and the words spoken by Jesus were also orally transmitted by people, therefore it is very difficult for those who doubt and deny God’s words to believe in the authenticity of those of God’s words that were transmitted by Jesus’ disciples. Hereby the antichrists would doubt and deny God’s words even more. But the key to transmitting God’s words is in transmitting the spiritual meaning of God’s words, the emphasis is to transmit the substance of the truth within God’s words, and we do not care about the slight discrepancies at the literal level. If people truly know God’s words, then as long as they can know that God’s words are the truth and reality, that is enough to prove that they are God’s words. For the truth can transform people, truth can become their life and bring new life to them. If people always doubt God’s words, or don’t believe in them, they will never understand and gain the truth, they will never attain salvation. There are only two ways to attain faith in God’s words: 1. To believe that God is almighty, that no one dares to alter God’s words, that God will never allow Satan to disturb His work, and that God shall punish and strike down those who vilely oppose His work, how much more will God strike them down if anyone dares to tamper with God’s words? Just from this point alone, we must believe in God’s almightiness, and believe that God’s disposition cannot be offended. 2. To believe that the man used by God is reliable and dependable. The man used by God is predestined, and he cannot be wrong. People may choose the wrong people, but God does not make mistakes in the man that He uses, because God is the truth and God is the Creator, ruling over all things. Therefore, God will never be mistaken. Those who are able to doubt and deny God’s words most definitely do not believe that God is almighty, much less believe that God’s disposition cannot be offended. This is the truth. All those who doubt God’s words are doubting God. Those who say that they believe in God but they don’t, and don’t believe in the man used by the Holy Spirit are unbelievers. Could such unbelievers follow God until the very end? Could they attain salvation?
The antichrists judged that God’s selection of several people to organize and edit His words is tantamount to tampering with God’s words. They even dare to openly make up rumors to deceive God’s chosen people. Such behaviors disturb and deceive God’s chosen people, as well as destroy God’s work. Such people are antichrists, they are devils. God shall publish His words for everyone to read so that all of corrupt mankind may hear His voice and see His words. All of this is for the salvation of mankind. However, the antichrists say that God’s organization and editing of His words is tampering with them, and the result that they aim to achieve is to deceive God’s chosen people, to not allow God’s chosen people to eat and drink God’s words, and to have God’s chosen people abandon God’s words. God’s chosen people must see through Satan’s trickery. To have faith in God, we must believe in God and God’s words. We must never believe Satan and the antichrists.
II. The antichrists openly make up rumors saying that the “Ten Administrative Decrees” issued by God during the Age of Kingdom were written by the man used by the Holy Spirit. This is an outright lie. The piece of God’s word “The Ten Administrative Decrees That Must Be Obeyed by God’s Chosen People in the Age of Kingdom” was expressed in 1993. Some of God’s chosen people were present when these words of God were expressed, and they all saw God writing and issuing these words Himself. This happened in 1993, and some of God’s chosen people can corroborate this fact, because the “Ten Administrative Decrees” have long been printed in The Word Appears in the Flesh. The antichrists certainly have no idea of the background at the time. The antichrists are simply making things up, and of course it involves Satan’s trickery. God’s chosen people must be clear about what kind of people the antichrists are and where they come from. They have never experienced God’s work, God does not know them, and I don’t know them, either. They were not present when God expressed the words in the “Ten Administrative Decrees,” and they don’t know the history of how The Word Appears in the Flesh came to be. Yet they dare to openly make up rumors and lies, showing just how vile the intentions of Satan are. Because the antichrists have the devilish nature of Satan, they never base any of their lies on facts. Before they make things up, they even more never investigate the background at that time or check with those who are well-informed. Isn’t this a devilish nature of Satan? For the antichrists to dare say that the “Ten Administrative Decrees” are not God’s words but were written by the man used by the Holy Spirit, there must be three proofs:
First, they must have the corroboration of those God’s chosen people that were present when God expressed the words in the “Ten Administrative Decrees.”
Second, they must be based on God’s words, with corroboration from God’s own mouth.
Third, they must also have the corroboration from the man used by the Holy Spirit.
Without these three things as proof, the antichrists are indeed unscrupulous and arrogant for daring to say such things, just like the great red dragon who never needs any proof, even openly distorts and tampers with history, not allowing anyone to object. The nature and essence of the antichrists are entirely the same as the nature and essence of the great red dragon. This is not difficult to see that the antichrists don’t have hearts that fear God, they don’t believe in God’s words, and they even dare to unscrupulously distort the fact and deny God’s words. The facts are sufficient to show that the antichrists are unbelievers who are servants of Satan. Everything they say is nonsense, lies, and fallacies.
We can see that the sermons and fellowship from the man used by the Holy Spirit are never mixed together with God’s words. In the prologue of all the sermons and fellowship that he has written, it is specifically stated that these are “sermons and fellowship of man,” representing man’s experience and understanding, in no way representing God’s words, and that they serve as extra curriculum reading materials. Within the sermons and fellowship of the man used by the Holy Spirit, God’s chosen people have never heard the man used by the Holy Spirit witnessing himself as Christ, and even more never heard him saying that his sermons and fellowship are the words of God. All of God’s chosen people can prove that the man used by the Holy Spirit is a man with conscience and reason who has never lied or deceived anyone in his speech or his work. Whatever he says is true. It can be fully confirmed with this fact. The words in “Ten Administrative Decrees” were expressed by God. Whoever denies God’s words shall be cursed; whoever doubts the “Ten Administrative Decrees” shall sink into destruction and perdition. To be honest, when I first saw the “Ten Administrative Decrees,” I was somewhat shocked by the seventh decree. If I were to fill out this decree, I would not dare say it this way, in particular that: “In work and matters of the church, apart from obeying God, in everything you should follow the instructions of the man who is used by the Holy Spirit. Even the slightest infraction is unacceptable. You must be absolute in your compliance, and must not analyze right or wrong; what’s right or wrong has nothing to do with you. You must only concern yourself with total obedience.” God’s chosen people can think back to all the sermons given by the man used by the Holy Spirit. Has he said anything about God’s chosen people having to absolutely obey his words? He has never demanded that God’s chosen people obey him, and God’s chosen people can corroborate this fact. I have only asked that God’s chosen people obey the work arrangements of the above, that they obey the work and leadership of the man used by the Holy Spirit. I have never asked God’s chosen people to obey me personally. Such things have never appeared in my sermons and fellowship or in my private conversations. We see that during the Age of Grace, the apostle Paul always exalted himself, even saying that for him to live is Christ. Such are outrageous words. No matter the transformation of a person’s life disposition, they can never say that for them, to live is Christ. Anyone who is not Christ is not qualified to ask people to obey him. From these words, we see that God even demands that God’s chosen people “in everything you should follow the instructions of the man who is used by the Holy Spirit. Even the slightest infraction is unacceptable.” In fact, the primary meaning for this is to obey the work arrangements and leadership of the man used by the Holy Spirit, and not to obey him personally. This is my personal understanding. Therefore, the man used by the Holy Spirit most certainly dare not write such words, and these words have never appeared in his work or sermons. If the “Ten Administrative Decrees” were indeed written by him, then he would certainly say the same thing in his work and his sermons, and he would also demand the same from God’s chosen people. However, what we see is that the man used by the Holy Spirit has never said such things; he has never demanded such things from God’s chosen people. The facts are sufficient to prove that the man used by the Holy Spirit will never do such things, and only God would demand thus from God’s chosen people because of His work, that “in everything you should follow the instructions of the man who is used by the Holy Spirit. Even the slightest infraction is unacceptable.” Here, God witnessed for the man used by the Holy Spirit, and this is entirely for His work, such that God’s chosen people may be saved. I must be honest here. Before God began this stage of His work, He has already said many words to witness for the man used by the Holy Spirit. God’s chosen people from the earliest times all know about this, but the man used by the Holy Spirit has never said anything about it. Regarding this, we can say with certainty that the various antichrists have behaved in a totally vile and despicable way. They are able to fabricate all sorts of lies and rumors, they are devils who have been lying from the very beginning, and their satanic nature will never change.
III. The antichrists vilely judged and slandered the “Ten Administrative Decrees,” which shows that the antichrists have never known God’s words. While people do not know God’s words are the truth and reality, yet they should treat it with a seeking and obedient heart. However, the antichrists try their best to deny the man used by the Holy Spirit in order to achieve their personal goals. They eventually used the “Ten Administrative Decrees” to make their move. The antichrists particularly loathed the section of God’s words that witness for the man used by the Holy Spirit; they treat such words as thorns in their sides. They can’t wait to completely deny and erase all of God’s words that witness for the man used by the Holy Spirit. Why do the antichrists so loathe the man used by the Holy Spirit? It goes without saying that this is because they want to replace the man used by the Holy Spirit and thereby control God’s chosen people. Such people are the betraying spirits of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram from the Age of Law. In the same way that those men opposed and condemned Moses at the time, these people are opposing and condemning the man used by the Holy Spirit. The “Ten Administrative Decrees” expressed by God are particularly for constraining God’s chosen people during the Age of Kingdom. They have the same function as the commandments during the Age of Law and the Age of Grace, which are to constrain God’s chosen people. It can be said that the significance of God issuing the “Ten Administrative Decrees” is that it is the life reality that all God’s chosen people must enter into. Each administrative decree has significance for God’s chosen people in understanding the truth, entering into reality, and attaining salvation and perfection. It is the standard of God’s chosen people attaining perfection. Only when God’s chosen people have attained salvation and perfection can the true significance of the “Ten Administrative Decrees” be completely revealed. However, the antichrists said that the “Ten Administrative Decrees” are filled with contradictions, which is utter nonsense. What they say is like the Chinese saying, “Ivory never comes from the mouth of a dog.”[a] God’s words, however, never have any contradictions, but they do contain things that God’s chosen people cannot understand. People do not have an organ for understanding the truth, and only those enlightened by the Holy Spirit can truly understand the truth and come to know God’s words. The antichrists publicly say that the “Ten Administrative Decrees” were written by man. This is an act of judging God’s work and judging God’s words. This is an act of condemning God’s work and blaspheming God. This is a serious offense of God’s disposition. From what the antichrists say that “If someone is being inappropriate in terms of romantic relationships, then they are definitely not from the house of God, and we don’t need to use these decrees to govern them,” we can see that the antichrists do not have any spiritual understanding, and that their fallaciousness is bordering on absurdity. Mankind has been deeply corrupted by Satan, to the point where there is no semblance of humanity left, and this is a fact. All of God’s words that judge corrupt mankind are aimed at the corrupt dispositions of God’s chosen people that actually exist. If, according to what the antichrists say, such corruptions are not present in any of God’s chosen people, then this goes even further against the fact. Are God’s words that reveal the nature and essence of God’s chosen people revealing God’s chosen people, or are they revealing the devils and Satan? If we determine who are God’s chosen people according to these words of the antichrists, then I am afraid that the majority of God’s chosen people will be eliminated. All of corrupt mankind has a satanic nature that is evil and traitorous, and this is a fact that no one can deny. If someone has not attained salvation, if their life disposition has not been transformed, could they withstand the temptation of Satan? Because God’s salvation is for corrupt mankind, on the one hand, God is using the commandments and administrative decrees to constrain God’s chosen people, while on the other hand He is using the truth to judge, chastise and reveal corrupt mankind. The result being achieved is to allow God’s chosen people to know the fact of their corruption as well as their nature and essence, to see that they are too deeply corrupted, without any semblance of humanity, so that they shall be able to forsake their flesh and practice the truth. This is also the way by which God is saving people. In experiencing God’s work, God’s chosen people have all experienced thus. The fact that the antichrists are able to say such fallacies is sufficient proof that the antichrists have never known their own satanic nature, much less know what they are or the role that they play. They are the typical unbelievers, they are possessed by evil spirits, and all they do is spew garbage.
IV. The antichrists have indeed put a lot of effort into slandering the man used by the Holy Spirit, and they have also misappropriated several passages of God’s words to deny the man used by the Holy Spirit. The section of God’s words being misappropriated is: “This is the principle of how God incarnate works—using the incarnate flesh to speak and act so as to complete the work of divinity, and then using a few or more people after God’s own heart to supplement God’s work. That is, God uses people after His heart to shepherd and water in humanity so that every person can receive the truth.” There are also other relevant parts of God’s words being misappropriated, the goal of which is to illustrate that the work performed by God incarnate during the last days must use a few or more people after God’s own heart to supplement God’s work. The intention of the antichrists is to prove that there must be a few or more people after God’s own heart supplementing God’s work, not just the man used by the Holy Spirit supplementing God’s work. They continue to misappropriate God’s words in this respect, meaning to illustrate that “those used by the Holy Spirit are not only one person, but several.” If such an opinion were to gain a foothold among God’s chosen people, then the antichrists could also be counted as one of them and they could then interfere with God’s work and thereby exert control over God’s chosen people. This is Satan’s trickery. In fact, the significance of these words of God is very apparent, that is, there must be a few people after God’s own heart supplementing God’s work. This bears no relationship to how many people are used by the Holy Spirit. God only uses one deacon or one priest during each age, while there are several who supplement God’s own work. This is absolute. Therefore, we see that the Holy Spirit only bears witness for the man used by the Holy Spirit and not anyone else. This is something that all God’s chosen people are very clear on, and this is in no way contradictory to what God says about using a few people after God’s own heart to shepherd and water in humanity. God has never said that these people after His heart are all used by the Holy Spirit, He also has never witnessed for these people. Where are these people who are after God’s heart? God’s house has always been looking for those after God’s heart, and God has also been paying attention to those after His heart. God’s house has already spent four to five years adjusting the leaderships at all levels, and among all the leaders and workers of the church from all levels, there have certainly been some who have done practical work that maintains God’s work. This is something that no one can deny. I feel that there are indeed some among the levels of the church’s leaders and workers who have been enlightened and illuminated by the Holy Spirit, who have more understanding of the truth, and who are able to fellowship about the reality of truth and practically supply God’s chosen people. These are the people who God says are after His own heart. They are hidden, not exposed. Certainly, all of them seek the truth, they have all been worked on by the Holy Spirit, and they are all supplementing God’s work everywhere in the church. These people will certainly be perfected in the future. Among the leaders from all levels of the church, there are certainly some who are attentive to God’s will, who submit to the work arrangements of God’s house, have good and real witness in the work that guides and protects God’s chosen people and that maintains God’s work, thereby gaining the praise of God. While the Holy Spirit has not witnessed for these people who are after God’s heart, God knows where these people are located. These are all people who maintain and supplement God’s work from underneath. With the man used by the Holy Spirit leading in front, these people who are after God’s heart are supplementing the work in all places in the church. Some of them are publicly known, some of them are hidden. This is God’s wisdom, and Satan is unable to fathom, disturb, or ban it. However, one thing is certain: All these people who are after God’s heart are performing practical work in all places in the church, and they are deeply supported by God’s chosen people. They are most certainly not these false leaders and antichrists who have already been revealed.
The antichrists are expending a lot of effort and making a great deal out of these sections of God’s words, but it is all in vain, because God looks upon all things. Who these people are will be revealed once God’s work has concluded, in which these antichrists will most certainly not play any role. There is no use fighting over such things, because no one can become firstborn sons by fighting over them but is instead perfected by God’s work. If the antichrists are able to fellowship about the truth, if they are able to supply God’s chosen people, wouldn’t God’s chosen people support them? God’s chosen people have discernment, they are not ignorant. God’s chosen people are fully capable of discerning whether someone’s sermons and speech fit with the truth and can edify others. The antichrists are very eloquent, but those who know how to talk are no better than those who know how to listen. If those antichrists were really competent, if they could fellowship about more paths for practical entrance, if they could talk more about their real knowledge, then God’s chosen people would give them recognition. The man used by the Holy Spirit would also certainly promote them and put them in important positions, and God would also appreciate them. But such people are not easy to discover. In God’s work, whoever is able to closely coordinate with the work arrangements of the above to guide God’s chosen people to enter onto the right track of believing in God is someone who God wants to perfect and is someone that God likes. The antichrists are unable to fellowship about real knowledge of experience, nor can they do any practical work. They only want to become someone used by the Holy Spirit. They are only intent on being one of God’s firstborn sons. They are all bewitched, aren’t they? The work arrangement of God’s house asks people to focus on eating and drinking the 119 passages of God’s words, to focus on eating and drinking God’s words regarding the ten truths, the purpose of which is to allow people to enter into the reality of the truth of God’s words. Those who have clearly understood these ten truths and have entered into reality are those who shall attain salvation and perfection. Only those who shall be perfected are after God’s heart, only they are the firstfruits, only they are one of God’s firstborn sons. Those who do not pursue the truth or enter into reality only wish to look at those sections of God’s words during the transitional period of God’s work in Utterances and Testimonies of Christ in the Beginning. This way, it is easy to go astray, it is not easy to enter onto the right track for believing in God, because all of corrupt mankind has ambitions, they are all keen on fighting for power and position, and the possibility of them betraying God before gaining the truth is one hundred percent. In one’s faith in God, only the pursuit of truth to attain salvation is vital, while things like the firstborn sons, overcomers, firstfruits are not the goals believers should pursue. Those are rewards from God, and if we are overly intent on such things and are filled with imaginings, it is very easy for us to ruin ourselves. Think back to the trials of the service-doers. Many of them were arrogant, irrational, and filled with satanic dispositions. They continued to pursue being firstborn sons, and in the end they became possessed by evil spirits and ruined themselves. Therefore, the most vital thing in our faith in God is to pursue the truth and life. We now see that this group of antichrists is so arrogant that they have become lawless, they have completely lost any sense, and they have even become abnormal. These people who attack the man used by the Holy Spirit try their best to disrupt God’s work but they will only harm and ruin themselves. My advice to all the false leaders and antichrists is to stop your wishful thinking. You must submit to God’s judgement and chastisement concretely and honestly, shun evil and follow the good, perform some practical deeds for God’s chosen people, then you might have some hope of being forgiven by God. Otherwise, if you continue to antagonize God, if you continue to antagonize the man used by the Holy Spirit, if you continue to disrupt God’s work, your fate will be a tragedy, and the only thing that will await you will be God’s wrath and punishment. When that time comes, you shall know that God’s disposition cannot be offended.
a. Ivory never comes from the mouth of a dog: A classic Chinese saying used to mean that nice words won’t come from a bad source.
V. The antichrists have indeed spent much effort in judging and denying God’s “Ten Administrative Decrees,” and now they are also turning their thoughts to the offerings to God. They are attacking the third of God’s “Ten Administrative Decrees”: “The money, material objects, and all property in God’s household are the offerings that should be given by man. These offerings may be enjoyed by none but the priest and God, for the offerings of man are for the enjoyment of God, God only shares these offerings with the priest, and no one else is qualified or entitled to enjoy any part of them. All of man’s offerings (including money and things that can be enjoyed materially) are given to God, not to man. And so, these things should not be enjoyed by man; if man were to enjoy them, then he would be stealing offerings. Anyone who does this is a Judas, for, in addition to being a traitor, Judas also helped himself to what was put in the money bag.” The antichrists are extremely dissatisfied with these words of God, and are endlessly complaining that God is unfair. They are full of hatred for God. According to what the antichrists say, the money of God’s house should not be controlled and spent by the priest, but all those who have dedicated themselves for God’s work should spend this money, and only this is appropriate. Those who understand the truth can see that this is the principle for managing God’s money. God has stipulated who should manage the offerings being contributed by God’s chosen people in the “Ten Administrative Decrees,” and this is all too necessary for maintaining God’s work and ensuring that God’s work goes on as normal. Now, most of God’s chosen people already clearly understand that, before having attained salvation and perfection, the majority of corrupt mankind would dare to steal the offerings as well as covet status pleasure. These facts can be seen from those false leaders, false workers and antichrists that have been revealed. Has there been a shortage of instances of misappropriated offerings and the money of God’s house being swindled? Without this administrative decree, without the strict rules of the work arrangement of the above, the money of God’s house would probably all be embezzled by the false leaders and antichrists. Based on this fact, there are significance and wisdom in God’s decision to include the principle for the priest managing God’s offerings within the administrative decrees. However, those false leaders and antichrists hidden in the church covet the offerings to God, but they are unable to steal them, therefore they are extremely dissatisfied with this administrative decree. Let me ask false leaders and antichrists, What right do you have to enjoy the offerings to God? How much practical work have you performed for God’s chosen people? How many difficulties have you resolved for the life entry of God’s chosen people? Do you deserve to enjoy the offerings that God’s chosen people have offered to God? The antichrists are able to so vilely attack the third of God’s “Ten Administrative Decrees,” and oppose the principle that God’s offerings be managed and organized by the man used by the Holy Spirit. What is their intention? If the antichrists are able to take away the offerings, would God’s chosen people allow such a thing? The offerings are offered to God and not to the antichrists. God’s offerings shall be controlled and managed by God, and no one else may interfere with who are allowed to enjoy them. If a man is always covetous and greedy for the offerings to God, is he not worried that he might be cursed by God? It is a crime to cheat someone out of their money, so isn’t it a sin and a heinous sin to misappropriate the offerings made to God? The antichrists have never done any practical things for God’s chosen people to enter into the truth. Instead, they always frantically want high positions and money from God’s house, and even want to replace the man used by the Holy Spirit. They have ambition of wolves and they are shamelessly brazen. At present, there are many God’s chosen people, including leaders and workers from all levels, who are sincerely willing to expend themselves for God and submit to God’s work. While they are temporarily suffering, they have all seen God’s blessings. In accordance with God’s will, God will never mistreat those who sincerely expend themselves for Him, and He shall bestow on these people anything they want. God has personally told me so. The antichrists never diligently pursue the truth, they are short-sighted, their eyes are filled with greed, and they are treacherous and traitorous. They are beasts; they are devils that dare to spread fallacies on the website of God’s house and disturb God’s work. These fallacies must be deleted from the website, for all of God’s chosen people are already disgusted by them. The fallacies and lies of these antichrists are exasperating, they are totally irrational, and they do not warrant any response.
It is not an easy thing to know God’s voice and God’s words. Without any personal experience of God’s work, we can say that we can never know that God’s words are the truth and reality. We can never know that God’s work is to save and perfect mankind. This is absolutely the case. How many in the religious community are able to recognize God’s voice? How many are able to know God’s words? Indeed, there are none. There are only very few such people in the entirety of mankind, and all those preaching the gospel can witness for this. This is a fact.
To know God’s words is primarily to know that the essence of God’s words is the truth and reality, and to know that the truth and mystery of God’s words indeed come from God. None of corrupt mankind can ever utter God’s words, and only by knowing the essence of truth in God’s words is one able to truly know God’s voice. In God’s house, some of God’s chosen people read God’s words, but they do not admit that these words were written by God. They even suspect that some of God’s words were written by the man used by the Holy Spirit. This is sufficient to show that these people don’t understand the truth, and that they don’t know God’s voice. Since such people do not understand the spirit, how can they be leaders and workers? For some who have experienced God’s work, even if some words are not labeled as God’s words, they can identify that these are not words spoken by man but that they are God’s words. People that understand the spirit are like this. If God makes changes to His own words, do you still call these words God’s words? Many people have stumbled on this question, which is sufficient to show that these people still don’t recognize God’s words. It’s like when they are no longer able to recognize a man because he has changed his clothes. These people have no idea how to know God’s words in accordance with the essence of God’s words. My sermons and fellowship and work arrangements come from my knowledge of the reality of truth in my experience of God’s work. Of course, they are a result of the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, but these words have been edited a few times after they have been written. Is there really any difference between the words that I have spoken and those that I have written? There is only a difference in grammar, in how concise they are, but in essence they are the words of a man. If God’s words are altered or edited by God, would they then have changed into the words of a man? This is what someone who is absurd would say. Those words that have been expressed by God, regardless of whether or not they have been altered by God, regardless of what God said before and what God is saying now, they are still God’s words. The essence of the truth within has not changed; the only changes are the language being used to express them on a superficial level. The language being used might be more colloquial and easier to understand, or it might be more concise, but the essence of the truth has not been changed. Therefore, God’s words are always God’s words, while man’s words are always man’s words. They remain the same.
Some people are filled with imaginings regarding God’s words, as if all the words spoken by God must be revelations from heaven that cannot have the slightest discrepancy and must be recorded by God incarnate Himself, without a single alteration. Only then are they the words of God. This view is colored by superstition, it is entirely a product of human imagination, and it does not fit with reality. Only those who have personally heard the words spoken by God and personally seen God expressing His words are able to know that God’s work is too practical and too normal. All those who understand the truth and know the principles and methods of speaking know this. They also fully understand that the imaginings and conceptions of those that have come before are absurd and impractical, and only now do they have an idea regarding how to recognize God’s words. Therefore, they have never doubted whether or not God’s words have been altered or edited. All that they have is obedience. Only such people can have true knowledge of God’s words, only they are able to focus on the reality of God’s words and the essence of the truth, without being entangled in whether or not there are discrepancies in the wording. Just like when Jesus was performing work: He must have uttered many, many words, yet how come the words recorded in books are so limited? Do you dare say that all the things spoken by Jesus during the work that He performed in three years are only those that have been recorded in the Bible? Do you dare say that Jesus’ disciples only remember those few of God’s words? Peter followed Jesus for over three years, and if all the things that Peter heard Jesus say throughout the three years were added together, they would be great in number. Why didn’t the disciples of Jesus record all of His words and make them available to the public? The antichrists would just make more trouble if they try to explain it. They would say that Jesus usually spoke very little, that most of the time He was completely silent. If God’s Spirit had Him talk, He talked; if God’s Spirit didn’t have Him talk, He didn’t talk. Does this explanation fit with the fact? Has this been recorded in the Bible? The antichrists would most certainly suspect God’s words which were transmitted by Jesus’ disciples, and they would even say that God’s words were tampered with by Jesus’ disciples. Looking back at Jesus’ era, we can see that there were too many of this kind of unbelievers, there were too many people who denied that Jesus was God incarnate, and there were too many people who denied the words of God expressed by Jesus. It is exactly the same situation with God’s work of the last days at present. Therefore, Jesus’ disciples also classified these unbelievers as antichrists, which shows that antichrists were already present during the Age of Grace when God incarnate was performing work. Today, with God incarnate doing His work of the last days, there are more antichrists because this world is being controlled by Satan and the various evil spirits. Therefore, it is not surprising that there are so many instances of work being performed by evil spirits and antichrists deceiving people.
When God’s chosen people are experiencing God’s work during these days, we must not rely on human imagination regarding the words expressed by God. We must not measure, judge or identify them using human conceptions, which will sadden God, because God is a practical God who is real and alive. God follows no rules when performing His work and when expressing His words. If corrupt mankind wants to attain salvation, they must conscientiously submit to God’s work and deferentially eat and drink God’s words. Subsequently, we shall be accepted by God, gain the work of the Holy Spirit, know God’s words, and understand the truth. When people have truly learned that God’s words are the truth, that Christ is the truth, then they will never doubt God’s words or deny them. All those who doubt God’s words don’t know God’s voice, they have no understanding of the truth. It is not easy for such people to attain salvation, and they can easily be deceived by Satan at any time and thereby betray God.
All the work performed by the Holy Spirit is for guiding people to understand God’s words, to eat and drink God’s words, to know God’s words, as well as to understand the truth and enter into reality. Therefore, the work performed by the man used by the Holy Spirit also aims to achieve this result, and it is entirely guided and directed by the Holy Spirit. The man used by the Holy Spirit even more wants God’s chosen people to eat and drink all of God’s words as soon as possible, and to this end he has personally overseen the organization and publishing of the book Christ Is the Truth, the Way, and the Life. This book includes the most classic parts of God’s words, the most brilliant passages of God’s words, and God’s words used as maxims and mottos from the book The Word Appears in the Flesh, as well as those of God’s words which are easy for God’s chosen people to remember and recite. He personally titled the book Christ Is the Truth, the Way, and the Life, with the goal of having God’s chosen people firmly keep God’s words in their minds, such that God’s words may become their life. We can see that all the work performed by the man used by the Holy Spirit is to allow God’s chosen people to eat and drink God’s words, understand the truth, and enter into reality. This is the manifestation of him maintaining God’s work, while what the antichrists are doing is to lead people to doubt, deny and abandon God’s words, and eventually perish due to their opposition to God. This creates a sharp contrast. Can’t you discern who is positive and who is negative? Can’t you see who is able to lead you to enter into the reality of truth, and who is able to mislead you and ruin you? Some people like to accept the lies of Satan; they are willing to believe the devils. They don’t believe in the words of God, and they don’t believe in the witness of the man used by the Holy Spirit. Such people are digging their own graves, and all their sufferings are self-inflicted because every person chooses their own path.
March 17, 2011