What Is Your Understanding of Blessings
Although those born in this age are subject to the corruption of Satan and filthy demons, it is also true that they are able to gain great salvation due to this corruption, even greater than the livestock carpeting the mountains and the plains and the considerable family property that Job gained, and it is also greater than the blessing that Job received of seeing Jehovah after his trials. It was only after Job underwent the trial of death that he could hear the words of Jehovah and could hear His thunderous voice from the cloud. However, he did not see Jehovah’s face and he did not know His disposition. What Job gained was merely the physical property that provides carnal delights and the most beautiful children in the surrounding cities as well as protection from the angels of heaven. He never saw Jehovah, and even though he was called righteous, he never knew Jehovah’s disposition. Although the people of today are temporarily poor in material enjoyments or experience a hostile outside environment, I have revealed My disposition that I never opened up to mankind in ages past and which has always been secret, as well as My mysteries from before the ages to the lowliest of people who I have also given the greatest salvation to. This is the first time I have done so. I have never done this kind of work before, and although you are far less than Job, what you have gained and what you have seen has far surpassed Job. Although you have suffered all kinds of suffering and torment, that suffering is not like the trials of Job, but it is the judgment and chastisement that people have received because of their rebelliousness and resistance, and because of My righteous disposition. It is righteous judgment, chastisement, and curse. Job was one of the Israelites, one of the righteous who received Jehovah’s great love and mercy. He committed no evil acts and he did not resist Jehovah; rather, he was faithfully devoted to Jehovah, and he was subject to trials due to his righteousness, and he underwent fiery trials because he was a faithful servant of Jehovah. People today are subject to My judgment and curse because of their filthiness and unrighteousness. Although their suffering is nothing like what Job went through when he lost his livestock, his property, his servants, his children, and all of those dear to him, what people suffer is the fiery refinement and burning; what is more serious than what Job experienced is that this kind of trial is not lessened or removed because of their weakness, rather, it is long-lasting until their final day of life. This is punishment, judgment, curse—it is merciless burning, and even more it is mankind’s rightful “inheritance.” It is what they deserve, and it is the place of the expression of My righteous disposition. It is a known fact. But what people have gained greatly surpasses what they have endured now. What you have suffered are merely setbacks due to foolishness, but your gains are a hundred times greater than your suffering. According to the laws of Israel in the Old Testament, all those who resist Me, all those who openly judge Me, and all those who do not follow My way yet boldly offer profane sacrifices to Me will certainly be destroyed by fire in the temple, or some of the chosen people will stone them to death, and even their descendants of their own house and other direct kin will suffer My curse, and in the world to come they will not be free, but will be the slaves of My slaves, and I will drive them into exile among the Gentiles and they will be unable to return to their homeland. Based on their actions, their behaviors, the suffering endured by people today is not nearly as serious as the punishment suffered by the Israelites. Saying that what you are currently suffering is retribution is not without reason, and this is because you have really crossed the line, and if you were in Israel you would become one of the eternal sinners and you would have been cut to pieces by the Israelites long ago as well as been burnt by the fire from heaven in Jehovah’s temple. And what is it that you have now gained? What have you received, what have you enjoyed? I have revealed My righteous disposition in you, but most important is that I have revealed My patience for redemption of mankind. One could say that all that I have done in you is the work of patience, that it is for My management, and even more it is for the sake of mankind’s enjoyment.
Although Job underwent trials from Jehovah, he was merely a righteous man who worshiped Jehovah, and even when undergoing those trials he did not complain about Him, but he treasured his encounter with Jehovah. Not only do the people of today not treasure the presence of Jehovah, but they reject, detest, complain about, and mock His appearance. Haven’t you gained more than a little? Has your suffering really been so great? Haven’t your blessings been greater than those of Mary and James? Has your resistance been paltry? Could it be that what I have required of you, what I have asked from you has been too great and too much? My wrath was only unleashed upon those Israelites who resisted Me, not directly upon you, and what you have gained has only been My merciless judgment and disclosures as well as the relentless fiery refinement. In spite of this people still resist and refute Me without a shred of obedience. And there are even some who distance themselves from Me and deny Me; that kind of person isn’t any better than the band of Korah and Dathan opposing Moses. People’s hearts are too hardened, and their natures are too stubborn. They will never change their old ways. They are bared like a prostitute in broad daylight by My speech, and My words are so harsh that they are “unseemly,” exposing people’s natures in the light of day. But people only nod their heads, shed a few tears, and just barely have some sad feelings. Once it is over, they are as fierce as the king of wild beasts in the mountains and they don’t have any awareness at all. How can people with this kind of disposition know that they have enjoyed blessings more than a hundred times greater than Job’s? How can they discover that what they are enjoying are blessings that have hardly been seen throughout the ages, that no man has ever enjoyed before? How can people’s consciences feel this kind of blessing that carries punishment? To speak frankly, all I require of you is so that you will be able to be models for My work and be witnesses for My entire disposition and all of My actions, and so that you may be freed from the afflictions of Satan. But mankind is always repelled by My work and is intentionally hostile to it. How could that kind of person not incite Me to bring back the laws of Israel and to bring upon them My wrath toward Israel? Although there are many among you who are “obedient” to Me, there are even more who are of the ilk of the band of Korah. Once I have attained My full glory, I will take the fire from heaven to burn them to ashes. You should know that I will no longer chastise people with My words, but before doing the work of Israel, I will completely incinerate the ilk of the band of Korah who resist Me and whom I have long ago eliminated. Mankind will no longer have the opportunity to enjoy Me, but all that they will see will be the wrath and My “flames” from heaven. I will reveal the outcomes of all people, and I will divide all people into different categories. I will take note of their every rebellious act, and then finish My work, so that people’s outcomes will be determined based on My verdict while on the earth as well as their attitudes toward Me. When that time comes, there will be nothing that can change their outcomes. Let people reveal their own outcomes! Let Me hand over people’s outcomes to the heavenly Father.