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Chapter 5

The voice of My Spirit is an expression of the whole of My disposition. Do you understand? To be unclear on this point would be tantamount to resisting Me directly. Have you genuinely seen the importance that lies herein? Do you really know how much effort, how much energy, I expend on you? Do you really dare to lay bare what you have done and how you have behaved before Me? And you have the nerve to call yourselves My people to My face—you have no shame, much less any sense! Sooner or later, people like you will be expelled from My house! Do not come the old soldier with Me, assuming that you have stood testimony for Me! Is this something that humanity is capable of doing? If nothing remained of your intentions and your goals, you would long since have struck out on a different path. Do you think I do not know how much the human heart can hold? From this time forth, in all things, you must enter into the reality of practice; merely flapping your gums, as you have done in the past, will no longer get you by. In the past, most of you managed to freeload under My roof; the fact that you are able to stand firm today is entirely due to the severity of My words. Do you think I speak randomly and without purpose? Impossible! I look down upon all things from on high, and exercise dominion over all things from on high. In the same way, I have put in place My salvation upon the earth. There is never a moment when I am not watching, from My secret place, humans’ every move and everything they say and do. Humans are to Me open books: I see and know them one and all. The secret place is My abode, and the entire vault of heaven is the bed on which I lie. Satan’s forces cannot reach Me, for I am overflowing with majesty, righteousness, and judgment. An ineffable mystery resides in My words. When I am speaking, you become like fowls that have just been cast into water, overwhelmed with confusion, or babies who have just had a fright, seeming to know nothing, because your spirit has fallen into a state of stupefaction. Why do I say that the secret place is My abode? Do you know the deeper meaning of My words? Who among humans are capable of knowing Me? Who are capable of knowing Me as they know their own father and mother? Resting in My abode, I observe closely: All the people on earth bustle about, “traveling around the world” and rushing back and forth, all for the sake of their destiny and their future. Not a single one, though, has the energy to spare for building My kingdom, not even so much as the effort it takes to draw breath. I created humans, and I have rescued them many times from tribulation; however, these humans are all ingrates: Not a single one among them is able to enumerate all the instances of My salvation. How many years—how many centuries—has it been from the creation of the world down to the present day, and how many miracles have I worked, how many times have I made manifest My wisdom? Nevertheless, humans are as demented and numb as the mentally ill, and even sometimes like wild beasts flailing about in the forest, without the slightest intention of paying heed to My affairs. Many times, I have given humans the death sentence and condemned them to die, but My management plan cannot be altered by anyone. And therefore, in My hands, humans continue to reveal the old things to which they cling. Because of the steps of My work, I have, once again, rescued you beings who were born into a big family that is degenerate, depraved, filthy, and sordid.

My planned work keeps pressing forward without a moment’s surcease. Having moved into the Age of Kingdom, and having carried you into My kingdom as My people, I will have other demands to make of you; that is to say, I will begin to promulgate before you the constitution with which I will govern this era:

Since you are called My people, you should be able to glorify My name; that is, stand testimony in the midst of trial. If anyone attempts to deceive Me and conceal the truth from Me, or engage in disreputable dealings behind My back, such people will, without exception, be chased out and removed from My house to wait for Me to deal with them. Those who have been unfaithful and disobedient to Me in the past, and who rise up again today to judge Me openly—they, too, will be chased out of My house. Those who are My people must constantly show consideration for My burdens as well as seek to know My words. Only people like this will I enlighten, and they will surely live under My guidance and enlightenment, never meeting with chastisement. Those who, failing to show consideration for My burdens, concentrate on planning for their own futures—that is, those who do not aim with their actions to satisfy My heart, but rather who look for handouts—these beggar-like creatures I absolutely refuse to use, because from the time they were born, they have known nothing of what it means to show consideration for My burdens. They are people who lack proper sense; such people are suffering from “malnutrition” of the brain, and need to go home for some “nourishment.” I have no use for such people. Among My people, everyone will be required to regard knowing Me as an obligatory duty to be seen through to the end, like eating, dressing, and sleeping, something that one never forgets about for a moment, so that in the end, knowing Me will become as familiar as eating—something you do effortlessly, with a practiced hand. As for the words I speak, every single one must be taken with the utmost faith and fully assimilated; there can be no perfunctory half-measures. Anyone who does not pay attention to My words will be regarded as directly resisting Me; anyone who does not eat of My words, or does not seek to know them, will be regarded as not paying attention to Me, and will directly be swept out the door of My house. This is because, as I have said in the past, what I desire is not a great many people, but a select few. Out of a hundred people, if only one is able to know Me through My words, then I will willingly throw away all the others to focus on enlightening and illuminating this single one. From this you can see that it is not necessarily true that greater numbers alone can manifest Me and live Me out. What I want is wheat (even though the kernels may not be full) and not tares (even when the kernels are full enough to be admired). As for those who give no regard to seeking, but who instead behave in a slack manner, they should leave of their own accord; I do not wish to see them anymore, lest they continue to bring disgrace to My name. Regarding what I require of My people, I will stop at these precepts for now, and will wait to make further sanctions, depending on how circumstances change.

In days past, the great majority of people thought I was the God Himself of wisdom, that I was the very God who saw deep into the hearts of humans; however, this was just superficial talk. If humans had truly known Me, they would not have presumed to leap to conclusions, but would instead have kept on trying to know Me through My words. Only when they had arrived at a stage where they truly saw My deeds would they have been worthy to call Me Wise and Wonderful. Your knowledge of Me is too shallow. Throughout the ages, how many people have served Me for how many years and, having seen My deeds, really come to know something of Me? For this reason, they always used to have a submissive heart toward Me, not daring to harbor the least intention of opposing Me due to how difficult it is to seek out My footprints. If My guidance were absent among these people, they would not dare to act rashly. Therefore, after living through many years of experience, they eventually generalized a portion of knowledge about Me, calling Me Wise, Wonderful, and Counselor, that My words are like a double-edged sword, that My deeds are great, astounding, and wondrous, that I am robed in majesty, that My wisdom reaches higher than the firmament, and other insights. Today, however, your knowledge of Me is merely based on the foundation they have laid, so the great majority of you—like parrots—are just mouthing the words that they have spoken. It is only because I take into account how shallow is the way in which you know Me and how poor your “education” is that I have spared you so much chastisement. Even so, the great majority of you still do not know yourselves, or think you have already aspired to My will in your deeds, and for this reason have escaped judgment; or that, after having become flesh, I have completely lost track of humanity’s doings, and that for this reason you have also escaped chastisement; or that the God you believe in does not exist in the wide spaces of the universe, and so you have relegated knowing God to a chore to be done in your spare time rather than something to hold in your hearts as a duty that must be fulfilled, using belief in God as a way of beguiling the time that otherwise would be spent in idleness. If I did not take pity on your lack of qualifications, reason, and insights, then all of you would perish in the midst of My chastisement, wiped out from existence. Nevertheless, until My work on earth is finished, I will remain lenient to humankind. This is something you must all have knowledge of, so stop getting good and bad confused.

February 25, 1992

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