Elementary vs. Mature

What are elementary teachings? What is spiritual maturity? Where can we find these things?

Teachings refer to God’s word. The elementary teachings refer to the Mosaic Law, the fulfillment of the Old Testament during Jesus’ first coming, and the figurative prophecies of the New Testament (Heb 6:1-2). Mature teachings are the teachings about the fulfillment of those figurative prophecies recorded in the New Testament, that are being fulfilled today (1 Cor 13:9-12).

clouds-1-1024x853Our hope, as believers, is to go to heaven and be with God. The only path to heaven is through Jesus (Jn 14:6), however, God also spoke about how His people are destroyed from a lack of knowledge (Hos 4:6).

What we must believe in today is the testimony of the physical fulfillment of the New Testament, so that we are not those who are “destroyed from lack of knowledge”. The Old Testament has already come to pass, but the New Testament is being fulfilled today. One of the reasons why the Physical Israelites did not believe, even though the Old Testament prophecies were fulfilled, was because they only knew and obeyed the Mosaic Law. They believed the law, but they rejected the fulfillment. Let us not be those who make the same mistake today!

We must believe the prophecy and its fulfillment. If someone believes in the New Testament prophecies without believing in their fulfillment, their faith is futile. At the first coming, Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament (Jn 19:30), but the Physical Israelites did not believe. The Israelites believed in the words of their own pastors and put them above the promises of God. How can they be acknowledged as true believers, as true children of God?

When Scripture tells us to leave behind the elementary teachings and go on to maturity, this “maturity” refers to hearing and believing in the testimony about the physical fulfillment. When the events of Revelation take place, their physical realities appear. Prophecy was given to us so that when it happens, we will believe (Jn 14:29). If prophecy is compared to a dream or vision, then it’s physical fulfillment is the reality of that dream.

Jesus and Apostle Paul spoke about leaving behind the elementary teachings and going on to maturity. The place of maturity is the place where God, Jesus, the Overcomer, and the sealed 12 tribes, recorded in the book of Revelation, are gathered.

crossNo one can attain salvation with their current life of faith. Jesus spoke many parables to the crowds, but Jesus only explained the meaning of those parables to those who truly belonged to God. Those on the “outside” were not given the understanding. Jesus said, if one does not understand the parables they are outsiders, and are not able to receive forgiveness of their sins (Mk 4:10-13). We have to be those who hear and believe in the true explanation of the prophecies recorded in the New Testament, which are being taught today through the pastor promised to be sent (Rv 1:1-2; Jn 14: 16 & 26; Jn 16:7).

All believers must leave behind the elementary teachings, and, without adding to or subtracting from the book of Revelation, everyone must go on to maturity by learning from the place where the fulfillment of the New Testament is being taught and explained, Shincheonji (spiritual Mt Zion, Rv 14).

Let whoever wishes come and take the free gift of the water of life! Come and hear the revealed word being proclaimed at Shincheonji today, and discern the truth from the lies for yourself.

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What is Truth?

What is truth?

Is it created by what we think? Is it something decided by a majority? Is it something formed behind a pulpit? Is it something self-existent?

Truth is something entirely independent of our thinking, our will, and our desires. On the other hand it is forever bound with God’s will and desires. Before all else He was, and still is. His word is unchanging and completely trustworthy.

Is the whole entirety of God’s will and desire compressed and bound into the thousand page Bible? The answer may surprise you. Truth is bigger than the Bible, but the Bible is what we need to know, until his Kingdom is once again established on earth as it was in the Garden.

So when it comes to truth, we really don’t get to make the calls. We can be uncomfortable, or happy and rejoice, or ignorant and complacent, it doesn’t change the truth.

How about when reading the Bible? It’s truth, but how do we know whose truth? Who gets the final decision on what the Bible means? Who should have the final vote?

At the first coming the teachers of the law, the Bible experts of the day, were pretty sure that they had the authority and the truth. But then a homeless man called Jesus said he was the only one who had the real truth. Hmm… the teachers of the law were very educated and had many congregation members in their synagogues. So why do we read the New Testament and agree with Jesus instead of the religious leaders, the Pharisees and Sadducees, from the first coming?

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Jesus testified to what he had seen and heard, but no-one accepted his testimony (Jn 3:32). Jesus had the word from heaven, the word from God. He came from heaven (Jn 3:14) and had witnessed (seen and heard) everything from God. That definitely grants authority, after all, who knows God’s word better than God? If you could choose between accepting the false testimony from the teachers of the law (false because they were not the ones who saw, heard, or received it), or the true testimony from Jesus (sent from God, Jn 3:34), which one should you choose? If you choose the wrong one does that change the truth? We see in the gospels that the teachers of the law were wrong no matter how much they refused to see it.

How about in these days? Perhaps this a sensitive subject. Maybe you have a favorite pastor you like to listen to, or a comforting Bible commentary that eases your questions. As wonderful and knowledgeable as these people may be, have they been to heaven and seen and heard the fulfillment of the promises in the New Testament?

Maybe that seems unrealistic, but the promise is in your Bible too (Rv 1:1-3, Jn 16:14-15). It promises that there will be only one who knows. Is your pastor that one from heaven who can explain the entire Bible perfectly? Not mostly correctly, but perfectly correctly. Correctly according to the rest of the scripture. Remember, we don’t decide what is true. For our sake we should certify that God’s word is truth (Jn 3:33).

Jesus promised that the Spirit of Truth in the Counselor would lead us into all truth. It is the time that this is being fulfilled. Will you humble yourself and listen and see if it is correct according to all the Bible or will you miss it, like the teachers of the law at the time of the first coming?

seek-truth“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. The Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I am from God.”
~John 16:25-27

Let us believe in the one God has sent today, and believe what is being spoken plainly. Please hear the words of the promised pastor, Mr Man Hee Lee, who is testifying about the fulfillment according to Scripture, and judge for yourself whether this is God’s truth or man’s teachings.

Original post from Shinchonji Unmasked

God’s Plans – written by a member of Shinchonji

Romams 8:28

Throughout my life, various people have reminded me of the verse Romans 8:28, “All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose”. This verse often encouraged me, but as I went along in life and encountered difficult situations, I found myself not loving God, although I was searching for Him. I couldn’t understand how I could live my life as such a sinner and still consider myself a “Christian”, let alone someone who loves God and expects His “blessing”.

Not till the fall of 2010 did God make His plan and purpose clear to me. After much turmoil in my life, I decided to move back to the city where I had gone to college. As details started to work out for my job and living situation, an acquaintance from my college days contacted me about a job opening at their own work place, and also invited me to join their Bible study. I had actually been concerned about my spiritual walk since I had never found a church home that I really felt was a place to grow and serve in my college town. My friend’s invitation to study God’s Word together was just the beginning of my prayers being answered.

As I have gone through the study, I have felt so relieved and incredibly blessed to receive this word of life. Since God is life and John 1:1 says that God is the Word, then the only way we can become spiritually alive and flourishing is by spending time not just reading the Bible but even writing this Word on our hearts. I have spent so much of my life praying to God to make my plans and dreams come true, completely ignoring and missing the fact that God has plans too. We so often think that God’s plans are for each of our individual lives- to “prosper us” by giving us a good job, a house, etc. However, we can clearly find in His Word that his plans are for His kingdom to come and for His dwelling place to be once again with mankind. Only when we truly know what God’s heart and plans are can we fully obey him- love Him-and be a part of the plan of blessing.

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I am so thankful to the promised pastor for having the heart and courage to be obedient to his appointed task, and- like Jesus- to deliver the message of God’s kingdom to us. Just like the Jews at the time of Jesus’ 1st coming, the hearts of Christians today are hard and unwilling to accept the truth because it doesn’t fit the fantasy that they’ve created in their heads. If we want to be true Christians, then we must be those who work hard to get the weeds out of our hearts, so that we can accept God’s seed and plan and have the ability to discern the truth according to God’s Word. This is how we can be those who are obedient and those who will receive blessings.

I thank God for pursuing me and giving me the opportunity to hear and take to heart the Word of life. I pray that I would have a heart that God loves and that He would be able to use me to give many others the chance to hear this Word!

Original testimony from ShinchonjiUnmasked blog

You are what you eat!

The other day I received an email from a very large international Christian ministry, and at the end of the email it said this:

“Remember, when God sees you, He sees Jesus. You are accepted. You are complete. You are forever righteous.”

It is so easy to hear these words and accept them. They make us feel comforted and reassured. But are we truly “accepted, complete and forever righteous” in the eyes of God just because we “call on His name”? Does the Bible really teach us that we are automatically God’s children just by believing in Him?

What about James 2:19,

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.”

Even the demons believe that there is one true God, that does not make them God’s children, that does not make them “accepted, complete, and forever righteous.”

You are what you eat!

If you chose to eat junk food, you are not giving your body life and sustenance, rather you are giving it disease and death. It is the same spiritually. The words we accept either feed and sustain our spirit, or starve and kill it. Once our spirits die we are like graves or whitewashed tombs, housing only dead spirits (Mt 23:27; Lk 11:44).

If ‘we are what we eat’ and we want to be God’s children, we have to make sure we are eating the food that endures to eternal life (Jn 6:27), the bread of life, His word.

Apple trees grow from apple seeds, pear trees grow from pear seeds, the life is in the seed. If we want to be born of God, we have to be born of His seed (Lk 8:11).

Words cannot be made true just because we accept them. Facts cannot be changed just because we reject them.
If we accept any teachings just because they make us feel good, even if they are not the truth, then we are not those born of God’s seed, the word of truth (James 1:18).

If we are not born of God’s seed then we are not God’s children, nor are we complete or righteous in His eyes.

The life is in the seed!
Let us be those who are born of God’s seed, the word of truth.

Let us be those who can truly be able to say we are “accepted, complete, and forever righteous!”you-are-what-you-eat

What’s the same and what’s different?

What are the differences between the time of the first coming and the second coming? We know that there are certain events that have to take place according to Scripture, but what is similar and what is different at the time of the first and second comings?

Similarities according to the Bible

The Similarities

  • The Lamp that prepares the way 

At the time of the first coming John the Baptist was the lamp (messenger) that prepared the way for the Savior, Jesus (Mal 3:1; Jn 5:35). At the time of the second coming the lampstand appears in Rv 1:20, preparing the way for the Savior figure.

  • There has to be an overcomer

At the time of the first coming Jesus overcame the world (Jn 16:33), at the time of the second coming the male child overcomes using the blood of the Lamb and the word of testimony (Rv 12:11)

  • The events of Betrayal, Destruction, and Salvation

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Betrayal – “The hired hand”:
1st: John the Baptist, the hired hand who fled when invaded by the Pharisees at the first coming
2nd: The 7 lampstands, the 7 messengers (Rv 2-3) who are defeated by the beast with 7 heads and 10 horns

Destruction – “The wolves”:
1st: The Pharisees, who were the wolves who attacked and devoured the sheep (believers)
2nd: The beast with 7 heads and 10 horns that invades the Tabernacle of heaven and marks the congregation members with ‘666’ (Rv 13)

Savior figure – “The good shepherd”:
1st: Jesus, the good shepherd, the one who will lay down his life for his sheep
2nd: The male child, the overcomer (Rv 12)

  • The end of one generation, and the beginning of a new generation

The Law and the Prophets came to an end at the time of John the Baptist (Lk 16:16), then, anyone who accepted Jesus and the word of truth, became a child of God, God’s new generation (Jn 1:11-13). At the time of the second coming God’s sun, moon, and stars turn dark and fall from their position of being in heaven (being God’s people), and so a new generation of God has to be created on earth (Rv 7).

  • Heaven on earth

Jesus was the kingdom of heaven at the time of the first coming (Mt 13:24; Mt 4:17) and through the disciples the 12 tribes were established (James 1:1; Jn 15:5). At the time of the second coming the kingdom of heaven is created on earth through the savior figure, the male child, and the 12 tribes that are sealed in Rv 7, the 144,000.

  • God gives everything to the overcomer, the Savior figure

At the time of the first coming God gave Jesus everything (Mt 11:27). At the time of the second coming God and Jesus give everything to the male child, the overcomer (Rv 21:7).

Differences

The Differences

  • At the first coming Jesus spoke in parables (Mt 13:34-35); at the time of the second coming the male child, the one who receives the revelation, speaks plainly (Jn 16:25; Rv 10:8-10)
  • The first coming is when Jesus sowed the seed (Mt 13:24); the second coming is the time to harvest (Mt 13:39; Rv 14:14-16)
  • Jesus came the first time to atone for our sins; and he comes a second time to bring salvation (Heb 9:28)
  • Jesus came in the name of God at the first coming (Ps 118:26; Jn 17:8); the Overcomer, the promised pastor, comes in the name of Jesus at the time of the second coming (Jn 16:7; Rv 1:1-3)
  • Jesus comes in the flesh at the time of the first coming; Jesus comes in spirit at the time of the second coming (Rv 1:13-19; Rv 5:6-7, Jesus’ spiritual body)

These are only a few of the similarities and differences. We have to know God’s word so that we can be those who can recognize the time we are living in, believe in the fulfillment when it is taking place, and obey God’s word, so that we can received all the promised blessings and become God’s kingdom and priests (Rv 5:9-10; Rv 7).

Let us be those who hear and take to heart the fulfillment that is taking place today.

Come and hear the word of truth that is being testified from Mount Zion!

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