When God speaks in the position of the Spirit, his tone is directed at all mankind; when God speaks in the position of man, his tone is directed at all those who follow his Spirit’s guidance; when God speaks in the position of a third party (that is, what people call a spectator), he directly reveals his word to men, so that they feel that he is an interpreter, as if in his mouth there are inexhaustible things which are unknown and unfathomable to them. Isn’t that true? When God speaks in the position of the Spirit, all mankind are greatly shocked, “Men’s love for me is really too small, and their faith in me is also pitifully small. If I do not aim the spearhead of speaking directly at men’s weaknesses, they all talk boastfully, talking of anything under the sun in a high-flown way, as if there were nothing on earth they do not know or understand.” In this word, not only is men’s real image revealed and is the place God occupies in men’s heart revealed, but the whole life of all mankind is pointed out. All people consider themselves somebody, and they do not even know there is such a word “God,” so they dare to talk in a high-flown way. Here, “talk in a high-flown way” is not the “speak” in men’s notions, but it means that all mankind have been corrupted by satan, so all their deeds disobey God and directly resist God, and all their deeds in essence originate from satan, and are resisting God and acting independently and go against God’s will. So, God says that men all talk in a high-flown way. Why does God say that he directs the spearhead against men’s weaknesses? This is because according to God’s mind, if he does not thoroughly expose the things hidden in men’s inner world, no one will surrender. In that case, they will not know themselves or have a heart of fearing God. That is to say, if he does not thoroughly expose men’s intents, they dare to do anything, and they even dare to rise up to directly curse “Heaven” and directly curse “God.” This is men’s weakness. So, God says this, “I travel across every corner of the universe, searching for the ones all the time who are after my heart and fit for me to use.” This word in combination with the word “the salute of the kingdom is formally fired” spoken later clearly shows that God’s Spirit has done a new work on earth, and it is only that men’s physical eyes cannot see it. Since God says that the Spirit has done a new work on earth, great changes have taken place in the entire universe: Not only have the sons and the people begun to accept the testimony that “God is incarnated,” but every denomination, sect, circle, and place have accepted it in different degrees. This is a great movement in the spiritual realm in the universe. The whole religious world is shocked tremendously, which is part of the meaning of the “earthquake” mentioned in the past. Secondly, the angels have begun to work formally, and the people of Israel have returned to their native country and are no longer sojourners, and all those who are numbered have begun to receive shepherding. By contrast, the people of Egypt have begun to drop out of the scope of my salvation, that is, to receive my punishment (but not formally). So, when these several great movements in the world take place at the same time, it is the time when the salute of the kingdom is formally fired, that is, when “the sevenfold intensified Spirit begins to work.” Each time when God resumes the work, just during this phase (that is, during the period of turning), no one can touch the Holy Spirit’s working, so God says “when men are all disappointed.” There is an actual situation in this word. Moreover, when men are all disappointed during the period of each turning, thinking this stream is wrong, God makes another start and sets about the work in the next step. This is the similarity of God’s resuming the work and turning the way of working from the creation of the world till today. Although most people, more or less, have touched a little, because their stature is too small, they are still carried away by the rapids in the end, unable to grasp God’s working step and thus becoming the objects of elimination. However, this is also a way of God’s purifying men and God’s judgment of men’s old notions. The more solid foundation men have, the greater religious notions they have about God, and they can hardly drop them, always holding on to the old things and not easily able to accept new light. Conversely, those who can stand firm surely have some foundation after all. However, most of them still can hardly drop the notions, especially about the incarnated God of today. This is quite clear.
In the speaking of this day, God talks much about the things concerning visions. Needless to go into the details, he mainly says that the building up of the kingdom is based on the building up of the church. To put it more specifically, during the time of the building up of the church, God mainly caused people to be convinced in the heart and in the mouth, but they did not know the God in the flesh with their own eyes. Although they all believed in their hearts, they did not know God because at that stage the God in the flesh had no obvious difference from man. However, in the Age of the Kingdom, all people will be made convinced in the heart, in the mouth, and in the eyes. It clearly shows that to make all people convinced in the heart, in the mouth, and in the eyes, it is necessary to make them know the God who lives in the flesh with their physical eyes. It is not because they are so compelled as to have no alternative, or because they believe lightly, but because they have had knowledge, that they become convinced in the heart and in the mouth. So, the building up in this stage is not to fight or kill, but to let people receive inspiration from God’s word, causing them to pursue and grope, so that they will unconsciously know the God in the flesh. So, for God, this step of work is much easier, and it goes in accordance with its natural tendency rather than “goes in the opposite direction” against people. In this case, people can naturally know God in the end. So, you need not be too anxious or worried. God’s word “the situation of the war in the spiritual realm is directly revealed among all the people of God” means that when people enter into the right track and begin to know God, there are satan’s temptations not only within everyone but also in the church. However, this is a must-passing way, and no one should be alarmed. Satan’s temptations are manifested in several states: One becomes cold to and gives up God’s word and discourages others’ enthusiasm with negative words, but he does not draw others over to his side. This is hard for people to see through. The main reason is: he still takes part in meetings actively, yet he is unclear about the visions. If no precaution is taken, the whole church may become lukewarm toward God because of his passivity, thus paying no attention to God’s word. This state shows that people have fallen into satan’s temptation. He does not directly resist God, but because he cannot fathom God’s word and does not know God, he grumbles and complains in his heart, saying that God has forsaken him, so that he cannot receive inspiration or enlightenment. He wants to leave, but he fears somewhat, and he says that the work is not of God but is what he thinks the work of evil spirits.
Why does God mention Peter many times? And why does God say that even Job could not match him? It is so that not only will people all pay attention to Peter’s story, but they will remove all the models in their hearts, even Job with the greatest faith. Only then can a better result be produced that people will all lay down everything to imitate Peter and thus go further to know God. God introduces Peter’s way of practice in knowing God to people for the purpose that they may use it for reference. Afterwards, God first prophesies one way of satan’s tempting people: “But if you are cold to my word, you are doubtless one who resists me. This is the fact.” It indicates satan’s scheme, thus warning people to take a warning from it. Although it is impossible that all people should be cold to God’s word, some will be taken captive by such a temptation. So, God once again stresses in the end, “If anyone does not know, accept, or practice my word, he is bound to be an object of my punishment! And he is bound to be a victim of satan!” This is advice for people. However, in the end, inevitably some people will become victims of satan’s, just as God has said.