In people’s physical eyes, it seems that God’s speaking during this phase remains unchanged, because none of them can touch the rules of God’s speaking or understand the background of God’s speaking. After reading God’s words, they all think there is no new mystery in God’s words, so none of them lives a very fresh life, but they are all deadly dull. However, from God’s speaking we see that all God’s words contain a deeper meaning, which people cannot fathom or reach. It is the greatest blessing for people to have the fortune to see such speaking of God today. If they did not see such speaking of God, they would forever be proud and self-right and never know themselves or know how many defects they exactly have. After reading the unfathomable words of God, people all have a secret admiration in their heart and are truly convinced in their heart, not adulterated with any falsehood, which is a genuine “heart,” not a “phony.” This is the actual situation in people’s heart. Everyone has his own stories in his heart, seeming to be talking to himself: Most probably these words are spoken by God Godself; otherwise, who among men can speak such words? Why can’t I speak them? Why can’t I do such work? It seems that the incarnated God as said by God is absolutely true and is God Godself! I cannot have doubts anymore; otherwise, God’s hand might befall sometime, and it will be too late to regret then! … Most people think so in their heart. It can be said that from the time God began to speak till now, if it were not for the maintaining of God’s words, all people would have dropped out. Why does God say that all the work is completely done by God himself instead of men? If God did not maintain the church life by speaking, all people would disappear without any trace. Isn’t this God’s great power? Is it really because men are eloquent? Is it because men are brilliant? Absolutely not! If God did not dissect, no one could know which type of blood he has in his veins or know how many hearts he exactly has and how many heads he exactly has, and they would all think they have known God. Don’t they know that in their “knowledge” there is still the intention of resistance? No wonder God says this, “Every one of the whole mankind should accept the searching of my Spirit and should examine your every word and act and even more should watch my wonderful deeds.” It clearly shows that God does not speak aimlessly or groundlessly. God has never wronged anyone, and he even had not let go Job who had so great a faith but made a dissection about him, making him be too ashamed to show his face. How much less people of today? So, God immediately asks again, “When the kingdom descends to the earth, how do you feel?” God’s asking this way matters something, making all people puzzled: How do we feel? We do not even know when the kingdom descends; how can we have any feeling? Besides, we simply have no idea what it is all about. If really asked how I feel, then I cannot but say that I feel “greatly surprised,” with no other “feeling.” Actually, this word is not the purpose of God’s speaking; the main word is “When all my sons and people stream to my throne, I formally start the judgment before the great white throne.” Simply this one word has summed up the movement of the entire spiritual realm. No one knows what exactly God will do in the spiritual realm during this phase. Only after God speaks this word do people have some realization. Because the steps of God’s working are different, God’s works in the entire universe are different too. During this phase, God mainly saves the sons and the people, that is, the sons and the people shepherded by angels begin to receive dealings and breakings and formally begin to cast off thinking and notions as well as the savor of the world, or in other words, “the judgment before the great white throne” mentioned by God formally starts. Because it is God’s judgment, God will utter words. Although their contents are not completely the same, they are for one purpose. Judging from the tone of God’s speaking at the present time, it seems that God’s word is directed at some people. Actually, it is mainly directed at all mankind’s nature, directly piercing into men’s spinal marrow, without sparing their feelings at all, so that all the essence of men is exposed unreservedly, without anything missing. From now on, God formally begins to disclose men’s real image, so it is to “release the voice of my Spirit to the entire universe.” The result to be achieved in the end is: “I will cleanse thoroughly all the men and things in the heavens and the earth and all things through my word, so that it will no longer be a filthy and licentious place, but a holy kingdom.” This word displays the prospects of the kingdom, which completely belong to Christ’s Kingdom, as God has said “all are good fruits and all are diligent farmers.” Of course, this is a matter that will happen in the entire universe in the future, not only in China.
Only when God begins to speak and do things do people have a little knowledge of God in their notions. In the beginning, they know God only in their notions. As time goes by, their thinking, to themselves, has use in fewer and fewer aspects and becomes less and less useful. So, they believe in whatever God says, with the result that “the place of ‘the practical God’ is shaped in their consciousness.” They just have a place for the practical God in their consciousness, yet they actually do not know God but just indulge in empty talk. However, compared with the past, they have made great progress. If contrasting with the practical God Godself, their knowledge is too far off. Why does God always say, “Every day I walk among men who come and go in an endless flow, and every day I move within all men”? The more God says so, the more people can compare it with the deeds of the practical God Godself of today, so that they are better able to know the practical God in the reality. Because all God’s words are spoken in the position of the flesh and in words of humanity, they can receive God’s words by comparing them with the “actual things,” thus achieving better results. Moreover, God repeatedly speaks about the image of the “I” in people’s heart and the image of the “I” in the reality. In this case, people are more willing to remove the “image” of the God in their heart, thus being willing to know and contact the practical God Godself. This is God’s wisdom in speaking. The more God says so, the more it helps people to know God, so God says “If I were not incarnated, men would never know me. Even if they had knowledge of me, would it be their notions?” Indeed, if God required men to know him according to their notions, they would not feel it difficult but feel it easy with happiness. In that case, God, as far as his place in men’s hearts is concerned, would forever be vague rather than practical. It would clearly show that it is satan but not God that reigns in the entire universe. Thus the word “I have taken back the authority” spoken by God would forever be an empty talk.
When the divinity directly begins to do things, it is just the time the kingdom formally descends to the world. However, here it means that the kingdom descends to the world, not that the kingdom is formed in the world. Therefore, what is talked about now is the building up of the kingdom, not the state of the kingdom when it is formed. Then, why does God always say “all things become silent”? Can it be that all things stop moving? Can it really be that great mountains become silent? Then, why do men not feel anything? Can it be that God has said a wrong word? Or he has spoken too exaggeratedly? Because everything done by God is done in a particular circumstance, no one knows or witnesses it but just hears of it from God; because of God’s majesty in doing things, it seems that great changes take place in heaven and earth when God descends, and it seems that, in God’s eyes, people are all gazing at this moment. Now the facts have not come, so people just know a little about a part of literal meaning. As for the true meaning, only when they remove all their notions can they realize what the incarnated God does on earth and what he does in heaven today. In the people of China, there are not only the great red dragon’s poisons, but there is revealed more nature of the great red dragon that is more obvious. But God does not directly speak them out, and he just talks a little about the great red dragon’s poisons. Doing so, not directly peeling away people’s scar, is more beneficial to their progress. As children of the great red dragon, no one is willing to be called offspring of the great red dragon by others, as if these words “the great red dragon” are a shame to them. None of them is willing to mention it again, so God only says “the focus of my doing this stage of work is mainly on you. This is one aspect of the meaning of my being incarnated in China.” Or rather, God mainly comes to conquer the typical representatives of the children of the great red dragon. This is the significance of God’s being incarnated in China.
“When I personally come to the world, angels have begun to work to shepherd at the same time.” Actually, it does not literally mean that only when angels begin to work among all people does God’s Spirit come to the world, but it means that the two works, the work of divinity and the shepherding of angels, are done at the same time. After that, God casually speaks a little of the situation of the shepherding of angels. About the word “visions” in “all the sons and people will not only receive trials and shepherding, but can also see the occurrence of all kinds of visions with their own eyes,” most people have many rich imaginations. “Visions” refer to supernatural things imagined by people, yet the content of the work is still for people to know the practical God Godself. “Visions” are the ways of working of angels, which may be giving men a kind of feeling or a dream, making them able to perceive the existence of angels, whom they, however, are never able to see. The ways of working among the sons and the people are to directly reveal to and enlighten them with dealings and breakings added simultaneously but seldom with preaching. Of course, the fellowship between men is not within this. This is the situation of every country apart from China. All God’s words are to expose the living conditions of the whole mankind, and they, of course, are mainly directed at the children of the great red dragon. God chooses representatives of the various states of the whole mankind to be models, thus exposing them to be naked. Men all have no sense of shame, or they cannot dodge the shining of light in time and thus use schemes on that basis. Men’s various performances are all sorts of pictures, which God draws from the ancient times to this day and from today to tomorrow. All are men’s ugly performances: Some are weeping in darkness, seeming to be sorrowful for their blind eyes; some are laughing heartily; some are rolling in billows and waves; some are walking on rough mountain paths; some are seeking in boundless wilderness, trembling with fear, as if they are frightened birds, in fear of being devoured by the wild beasts in the mountains. These various ugly performances have become, in God’s hand, moving and lifelike pictures, most of which are too horrible to look at or are bloodcurdling and panicking. In God’s eyes, all that men manifest are ugly performances, which, even though pitiful, are still ugly performances. The focal difference between men and God is that men have the weakness that they all like to show “kindness” to others, while God always treats men in the same way, that is, with one attitude, not so kindly all the time as men imagine, as if he is an experienced mother, always having the children at heart. But in fact, if God did not intend to conquer the great red dragon by every means, he would by no means put up with being restrained by men. As far as God’s nature is concerned, all that men do and say is provoking God to anger and makes them deserve punishment, and not a single person is considered qualified in God’s eyes and all are the ones to be struck down. Because of the principle by which God works in China, and even more because of the nature of the great red dragon, and also because China is the country of the great red dragon and the place where God dwells when being incarnated, God cannot but restrain all his anger to conquer all the children of the great red dragon. But he forever hates the children of the great red dragon, that is, hates everything from the great red dragon. This will never change.
Whatever God does, nobody has ever known it and nothing has ever searched it. About the matter that God has returned to Zion, who knows? So, the word “I come to the world in quiet and then leave quietly. Who has ever seen me?” shows that men indeed lack the organ to perceive the situation of the spiritual realm. God said in the past that when he returns to Zion, “the sun is burning hot and the moon is bright.” Because people still have not taken their heart back from the matter of God’s returning to Zion and still have some concern for this matter, God directly puts forward the words “the sun is burning hot and the moon is bright” to meet men’s notions. Therefore, when their notions are hit, people see that God works so wonderfully and his word is fathomless and incomprehensible to anyone; thus they completely lay down such concern and feel a little clear in the spirit, as if God had returned to Zion. So, they no longer pay much attention to this matter. Thence, they begin to accept God’s word single-heartedly, no longer being worried that disasters will befall when God returns to Zion. Only in this way can they better receive God’s word and focus all their attention on God’s word and no longer have the mood to think about anything else.