During the period when the church was built up, God did not at all mention the matter of the building up of the kingdom. He mentioned it, if at all, in the way of speaking of the time of building up the church. When the Age of the Kingdom starts, God writes off the matter of the building up of the church or some practices, not saying a single word about them. This is exactly the original meaning of the ever-new and never-old “God Godself.” No matter how well they were done in the past, they were the matters of yesterday after all. So, God puts all things of the past in B.C., yet puts all things of today in A.D. From this it is seen that the building up of the church is a prerequisite to the building up of the kingdom, which lays a foundation for God’s reigning in the kingdom. The building up of the church is a shadow of today. God’s work on earth mainly lies in the part of the building up of the kingdom. Before the building up of the church ended, God had made preparations for all the work. When the time came, he formally began to do it. Therefore, God says, “The Age of the Kingdom is different from before after all, and it does not concern how men should do; rather, I descend to the earth and personally work, which is beyond man’s imagination and man’s capacity.” Indeed, this work has to be done by God personally, and men cannot at all do or achieve it. Apart from God, who can do such a great work in the world? Who can toss about all men to be half dead? Can it be arranged by men? Why does God say “I descend to the earth and personally work”? Can it be that God’s Spirit has disappeared in the entire space? The word “I descend to the earth and personally work” means, on one hand, that God’s Spirit has come to work through being incarnated, and on the other hand, that God’s Spirit works on men in an obvious way. God’s working personally enables many people to see with their physical eyes that he is God Godself, so there is no need for them to carefully grope in the spirit. Moreover, it enables all people to see the Spirit’s movement with their own eyes, so they see the difference in essence between God’s flesh and man’s flesh. In the meantime, in the entire space and the entire universe there is still God’s Spirit working. All the people who receive inspiration have seen how God’s Spirit works after they accept God’s name, so they have more knowledge of the incarnated God. Therefore, only when the divinity directly works, that is, only when God’s Spirit works without any obstruction, can people come to know “the practical God Godself.” This is the essence of the building up of the kingdom, as is mentioned.
How many times has God actually been incarnated? Can it be many times? Why does God repeatedly say, “I once descended to the world and experienced and observed the miseries of the world; however, the purpose of my being incarnated was not yet accomplished”? Is it that God has been incarnated many times yet he has not let men know him even once? The original meaning of this word is not so. When God was incarnated the first time, his purpose was not to let all men know him. Rather, he unconsciously “disappeared” after accomplishing a stage of work. And men did not have chance to know him. Since he did not let men completely know him, nor did he completely embody the significance of incarnation, he could not be said to be a complete incarnated flesh. The first incarnation was only to accomplish a work through a sinless flesh. After that, it was no longer mentioned. And much less can those used by God throughout the generations be called the incarnated flesh. Only the practical God Godself of today who is covered by the normal humanity and has the full divinity within and is for men to know can be completely called the incarnated flesh. The significance of God’s first coming to the world is part of the significance of incarnation that is mentioned today, and it does not embody a complete significance, so God says, “the significance of my being incarnated was not yet accomplished.” The word “experienced and observed the miseries of the world” is directed at God’s Spirit and his two incarnated fleshes, so God says, “When the building up of the kingdom begins, my incarnated flesh formally begins to perform my ministry, that is, King of the kingdom formally begins to reign in the kingdom.” Although the building up of the church was to testify God’s name, at that time the work did not formally start. And only today can it be called the building up of the kingdom. All that was done in the past is only a foretaste of today, not the actual situation. Although it had been in the kingdom, God did not do things in the kingdom. Only today when God truly does things in the divinity and when God Godself formally begins to work have people entered into the kingdom. Therefore, the word “the kingdom descending to the world has not only its literal aspect but also its practical aspect. This is one aspect of the meaning of ‘the reality of practice’” sums up the foregoing words. God, after telling this, immediately begins to sketch out the general situation of all mankind, making people too busy to deal with. “In the whole world, everyone is under my love and mercy, but everyone is also in my judgment and everyone is in my trials too.” The law and principle by which God arranges all mankind’s life are: There are times for men to live a happy life, times for them to suffer setbacks, and much more times for them to be refined in tribulations. So, not a single man always lives a life free from sweetness or suffering in his lifetime, and everyone’s life is “full of ups and downs.” Among all mankind, not only can God’s mercy and love be seen, but God’s judgment and God’s whole disposition can also be seen. It can be said that all mankind are in God’s trials, aren’t they? People are all busy looking for a way out for themselves in the vast world, not knowing what part they exactly play. Some people even damage their whole life or forfeit their whole life for the sake of their destiny. Even Job is not an exception. He also looked for a way out for himself when in God’s trials. No one has ever stood firm in trials. Because of men’s greed and nature, no one is content with his present situation and no one stands firm in trials, and they all fall in God’s judgment. If God was still so serious with men and made strict requirements of them, it would just be like God’s word “all men would fall in my burning eye.”
Although now the building up of the kingdom has formally begun, the salute of the kingdom has not formally been fired yet, and now it is only a prophecy. When all the people are made complete and the kingdom on earth becomes the kingdom of Christ, that will just be the time “the seven thunders peal.” Now it is advancing toward that stage and “attacking” toward that day. This is God’s plan, which will become true in the near future. However, whatever is said by God’s mouth is that which has been accomplished by God. It clearly shows that the kingdom in the world has become a castle in the air, being shaky and unsteady. The end time is just at hand, and the great red dragon is about to collapse in God’s word. In order that God’s plan will come to a successful accomplishment, angels have also come to the world and begun to do all they can to satisfy God. And the incarnated God personally fights against the enemies in the battlefield too. The place the incarnated flesh is in is just the place where the enemies will perish. China is the first to be demolished, destroyed by God’s hand, and God will show no mercy to it at all. The more mature the people become, the sooner it proves the great red dragon will collapse. This is something that can obviously be seen by people. The maturity of the people is the sign of the perishing of the enemies. This is a little explanation to “compete against.” So, God repeatedly reminds the people to bear a good testimony for him so as to end the place of “notions,” that is, of the ugly image of the great red dragon, in their heart. God just arouses people’s faith by repeatedly reminding them, thereby achieving the working results, for God says, “What can men do! Isn’t it done by me personally?” People are all like this. They not only cannot do anything but often lose heart and get disappointed, with the result that they cannot know God. God not only restores their faith, but also strengthens them behind their back time and time again.
Then God begins to speak to the entire universe. He not only carries out his new work in China but also starts his new work of today in the entire universe. In this stage of work, God is going to reveal all his deeds on the whole earth and make all mankind that have rebelled against him become subject before his throne again in the end, so in God’s judgment there are still included his mercy and love. With all kinds of movements taking place in the world, men are made jittery and thereby seek God, so that they will all stream before God. Therefore, God says, “This is a way of my working, which is doubtless a salvation to men. What I show to men is still one kind of love.” God really has full assurance, is best at, and has no difficulty at all in disclosing people’s true self, making them all be too ashamed to show their face and feel ashamed of themselves. Each time God speaks, he, more or less, points out some ugly image of people, so that they will still not forget to know themselves when in ease and will not regard the lesson of knowing the self as an old subject. According to men’s nature, if they are not dealt with or rebuked for a while, they are likely to indulge themselves and be proud of themselves, so today God says this, “Men do not treasure the title given by me. So many people have a complaining heart because of the title ‘toiler,’ and so many people have the heart of loving me because of the title ‘the people.’ No one should deceive me, for my eyes search everything!” Seeing this word, people feel uneasy in their heart at once, feeling in their heart that the things they did in the past were so childish and were all the wicked things of offending God. Now, they want to satisfy God, yet the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, and they really do not know what to do. Thus, the strength in their heart is somewhat stirred. This is the result that people achieve by reading this word after getting relaxed.
On one hand, God says that satan is extremely wild; on the other hand, Gods says that most people remain unchanged in their old nature. It sufficiently shows that satan’s deeds are still manifested through men; so God repeatedly reminds people not to indulge themselves, lest they be devoured by satan. This not only indicates that some people will still disobey, but also gives a warning to people so that they all will quickly give up the past and seek today. Because no one is willing to be possessed by devils or occupied by evil spirits, they take God’s word as a warning all the more. But when most people spare no efforts to pay attention to God’s word and thereby turn into this extreme, God says again, “Most people are waiting for me to disclose more mysteries, so that they can ‘glut their eyes.’ However, even if you can understand all the heavenly mysteries, what then? Can it increase your love for me? Can it arouse your love for me?” It clearly shows the condition of everyone that they do not try to know God or love God through God’s word, but want to fill their own “storeroom” with God’s word. So, God, directing at this extreme on people, speaks the word “so that they can glut their eyes.” It shows that their love for God still is not perfectly pure. But that God discloses mysteries, they would not pay much attention to God’s word, but would just have a look or a glance at it like looking at flowers while riding a horse, never tasting or savoring it carefully. Most people do not treasure God’s word, and no one makes every effort to eat and drink God’s word but they just do it perfunctorily. Why is God’s speaking this time different from the past? Why are all the words incomprehensible to people? For example, the word “crown” in “I would by no means clap it on their heads as a crown,” the words “pure gold” in “Who can receive the things of pure gold in my words?”, the word “processed” in “not processed by satan” as said in the past, and so on. People do not understand why God speaks this way and why he speaks in such a witty, humorous, and thought-provoking way. This just shows in one aspect that God wants to achieve his purpose by speaking. From the beginning till now, people never have a clue as to God’s words, and they feel that all God’s words are so serious. If God speaks with some humor and a few more nouns, the atmosphere in the speaking will be activated, so that people’s muscles will be slack somewhat and thus a better result can be achieved and they will all ponder God’s word.