35. Why will God place those who refuse to accept Almighty God into the disasters?
Relevant Words of God:
All those that I love will surely live for eternity, and 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. 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!
from “The Twenty-sixth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
I decide the destination of each person not on the basis of age, seniority, amount of suffering, and least of all, the degree to which they invite pity, but according to whether they possess the truth. There is no other choice but this. You must realize that all those who do not follow the will of God will be punished. This is an immutable fact. Therefore, all those who are punished are so punished for the righteousness of God and as retribution for their numerous evil acts. …
My mercy is expressed upon those who love Me and deny themselves. And the punishment visited upon the wicked is precisely proof of My righteous disposition and, even more, testimony to My wrath. When disaster comes, famine and plague will befall all those who oppose Me and they will weep. Those who have committed all manner of wickedness, but who have followed Me for many years, will not escape indictment; they too, falling into disaster, the like of which has seldom been seen throughout the ages, will come to live in a constant state of panic and fear. And those of My followers who have shown loyalty to Me alone shall rejoice and applaud My might. They will experience ineffable contentment and live in a joy that I have never before bestowed upon mankind.
from “You Ought to Prepare a Sufficiency of Good Deeds for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In this record of Noah’s story, do you see a part of God’s disposition? There is a limit to God’s patience toward man’s corruption, filthiness, and violence. When He reaches that limit, He will no longer be patient and will instead begin His new management and new plan, start to do what He has to do, reveal His deeds and the other side of His disposition. This action of His is not to demonstrate that He must never be offended by man or that He is full of authority and wrath, and it is not to show that He can destroy humanity. It is that His disposition and His holy essence can no longer allow, no longer have the patience for this kind of humanity to live before Him, to live under His dominion. That is to say, when all of mankind is against Him, when there is no one He can save in the whole earth, He will no longer have patience for such a humanity, and will, without any misgiving, carry out His plan—to destroy this kind of humanity. Such an act by God is determined by His disposition. This is a necessary consequence, and a consequence that every created being under God’s dominion must bear.
from “God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself I” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
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.
from “Interpretation of the Seventeenth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
Today, not only am I descending upon the nation of the great red dragon, I am also turning My face toward the entire universe, so that the whole empyrean is quaking. Is there a single place that does not undergo My judgment? Is there a single place that does not exist under the scourges that I hurl down? Everywhere I go I have scattered seeds of disaster of all kinds. This is one of the ways in which I work, and is without doubt an act of salvation for man, and what I extend to him is still a kind of love. I wish to make even more people come to know Me, be able to see Me, and in this way come to revere God whom they have not seen for so many years but who, today, is real. For what reason did I create the world? For what reason, when mankind became corrupt, did I not completely destroy them? For what reason does the whole human race live under scourges? For what reason did I Myself put on the flesh? When I am performing My work, humanity knows the taste not only of the bitter but also of the sweet.
from “The Tenth Utterance” of God’s Utterances to the Entire Universe in The Word Appears in the Flesh
In this stage of the work, because God wants to reveal all of His deeds throughout the earth so that all of mankind who has betrayed Him will come again to bow down in submission before His throne, thus within God’s judgment there is still God’s compassion and love. God uses current events throughout the world to shake the hearts of men, stirring them to seek God so that they may stream to Him. Thus God says, “This is one of the ways in which I work, and is without doubt an act of salvation for man, and what I extend to him is still a kind of love.”
from “Interpretation of the Tenth Utterance” in The Word Appears in the Flesh
The Man’s Fellowship:
In the Age of Kingdom God gave Himself the name of Almighty God. If you don’t accept Him, you will be destined to have no place in the kingdom; if you resist Him you will be destined to be cursed, and you will be punished. It’s as simple as that. Is this easy to accept? (Yes, it is.)
Some people will say: “In the religious circles there are so many godly people, so many people who love God, or who don’t get married, keep their virginity, expend themselves for and dedicate their whole life to the Lord. Can it be that if they don’t accept Almighty God they should all die?” Is such a statement right? Who are they? Are they able to live if they don’t accept Almighty God? Are they more powerful than God? If they don’t accept Almighty God, is it possible they will not die? This is ridiculous. When the Lord Jesus came, the Jewish high priest who resisted Him and condemned Him was cursed to die! Is that the case? (Yes, it is.) Was the high priest highly placed? (Yes, he was.) Wasn’t he much higher than the religious pastors and elders? In all Judaism, the high priest had the highest position and he served God, but for resisting God he had to face death anyway. Given this circumstance, how should we understand God’s disposition? If you are a person of caliber, have intelligence, what do you think about this? No matter what type of person, he or she belongs to God’s creation. You may be a religious leader, a pastor, an elder or a priest. You may be a prophet, even an angel. But no matter who, any and all who resist God must meet with God’s curse, and in the end will be destroyed! Are angels superior? (Yes, they are.) If they resist God, God will pull them down from heaven and hurl them to the ground, isn’t that what happened to Satan and all the evil spirits who joined it? Isn’t that a fact? You are just a mere creation, what do you matter? Do you think that if you resist God you won’t die? Because in the past you loved God, you were devout, you worked hard and toiled for God, and you have done great services for God, if you resist God then you won’t die? Is this a sound idea? (No.) It is not. Some people say: “These people love God, have been devout their whole lives and have done countless good deeds.” How does God determine the outcome for people, do you know? Let us read a passage from God’s words: “Now is the time I determine the ending for each person, not the stage at which I began to work man. I write down in My record book, one by one, the words and actions of each person, as well as their path in following Me, their inherent characteristics, and their final performance. In this way, no manner of man shall escape My hand and all shall be with their own kind as I assign. I decide the destination of each person not on the basis of age, seniority, amount of suffering, and least of all, the degree to which they invite pity, but according to whether they possess the truth. There is no other choice but this. You must realize that all those who do not follow the will of God will be punished. This is an immutable fact. Therefore, all those who are punished are so punished for the righteousness of God and as retribution for their numerous evil acts” (“You Ought to Prepare a Sufficiency of Good Deeds for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh).
Then some people will ask, “Why is it only by whether they possess truth, why is it not based on other things? Suffering, qualifications, seniority, age; why not base it on these?” From this we can know God’s righteousness. All those things that were mentioned are external things that have nothing to do with the substance of people, the essence of their nature, or whether they have humanity or not. … Truth is the touchstone that reveals humanity, and separates the good from the bad. It is truth that most reveals people, God’s work that most reveals people, and fulfilling one’s duty that most reveals a person. Do you understand? (Yes, we do.)
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (Series 131)
The piece of God’s word that we just read mentions that those who have not experienced God’s work in the last days do not know what it means to resist God. So God will not remember their resistance to Him. This can be explained by a saying of man, “Those who do not know should not be condemned.” Now, someone may say, “According to what you just said, religious people will not be condemned no matter how they resist God?” Does this make sense? (No, it does not.) Why does it not make sense? This should be based on what they have done. If they know that it is the truth expressed by God and that it is God’s work, yet they still condemn, then this is not an example of “those who do not know should not be condemned.” Did the Pharisees acknowledge the Lord Jesus? They did not acknowledge Him, but they knew that what the Lord Jesus said was the truth, that it was authoritative and had power. However, they still nailed Him to the cross. Thus they were condemned. If you did not know whether He was God, then why did you condemn Him wildly? Have you investigated the situation thoroughly if you condemn God’s work in this way? What evidence do you have for your condemnation? You must have honest reasons to do so. If you do not have honest reasons and you are condemning haphazardly, this is offending God! This is God appearing to do work. Do you dare haphazardly condemn Him? If you haphazardly condemn, then you will pay a price, because you are not haphazardly condemning a person, you are condemning the work of God. Therefore, in the religious world, if someone knows that it is the truth, yet they deliberately condemn and resist, then they will still be condemned. You will not be condemned if you do not accept the true way and you do not acknowledge God due to your own notions. When the time comes, you will be put in the disaster to be refined. The disaster will cause you to seek and investigate. The great disaster will soon arrive. Almighty God’s words have been made public on the Internet so that everyone will know what Almighty God has expressed. Everyone will know about Almighty God’s work. After they know, the disaster will arrive. After it has arrived, you will make a reflection! If you suddenly awaken in the midst of the disaster and exclaim, “Almighty God is the true God. I accept!” God will absolve you from a mortal sin. If you still do not seek, investigate or accept in the midst of the disaster, in the end you will be punished. Undoubtedly, you will meet with death! …
Presently, the witnessing work of God’s family has basically risen to a peak. It will conclude very quickly. Once it reaches the peak, the great disaster will start to descend. After it descends, everything will depend on how people seek and investigate in the midst of the disaster. Those who are truly able to accept God’s work in the midst of the disaster will be saved. Those who do not accept in the midst of the disaster will undoubtedly meet with death. They will definitely be killed by the disaster!
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (Series 119)
If corrupt humanity refuses to accept God’s judgment, then what will happen? They will be destroyed by God. Of course, those unbelievers will be destroyed. But those who believe in the Lord can also be destroyed. Look at these words here: “If you are still awaiting Jesus to take you up to heaven, then I say that you are an obstinate piece of deadwood.[a] Jesus will not acknowledge a false believer such as you who is disloyal to the truth and seeks only blessings. On the contrary, He will show no mercy in casting you into the lake of fire to burn for tens of thousands of years” (“Christ Does the Work of Judgment With the Truth” in The Word Appears in the Flesh). These words condemn those in the religious community who are merely awaiting the Lord Jesus’ return with the clouds. Do you now understand what will happen to such people? To fail to accept Almighty God’s judgment in the last days and still expect entry to heaven is to daydream. Corrupt humanity must accept God’s judgment and chastisement in order to obtain the truth, achieve changes in their life disposition, and become one who obeys God and worships Him. If man cannot gain the truth, then there will be no change in his life disposition. Without such a change, good behavior on the outside is useless. Good behavior does not pertain to a change in life disposition—the devil can still do some good work.
from Sermons and Fellowship on Entry Into Life (Series 138)
a. A piece of deadwood: a Chinese idiom, meaning “beyond help.”