Osashizu, January 4, 1887 (12/11 lunar calendar)

Oyasama was urging the followers to perform the Service. But on this day Her health took a critical turn. Instructions were requested through Izo Iburi. Severe directions followed. (They were given in the room adjacent to the one in which Oyasama rested.)

Sah, sah, the time is fully ripe and pressing. I have already told you everything but you have not understood at all. No matter how much I explain, there is no one who understands. This is My regret. You must reflect deeply on the life of doubt which you lead. Sah, if the words of God were false, this path would not have continued for forty-nine years until now. What I have told you until now has been shown. With this in mind, reflect. Sah, shall I withdraw? Shall I end it all?

Oyasama’s body became cold at this time, astonishing everyone. The Service was performed in apology from January 5 (December 12, lunar calendar), although the number of performers for the musical instruments was incomplete. Perhaps because the Service was performed in secrecy, at night and behind locked gates, Oyasama did not eat. On the night of the 8th, those present (those who had assembled the previous year to discuss the establishment of a church) decided that they would put two-parts weight on worldly affairs and eight-parts weight on the affairs of God, and would put their hearts into the performance of the Service, thus fulfilling the dictates of the Divine Records. The discussion ended at five o’clock on the morning of the following day.