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

A summary of God’s promises and their fulfillment: PART 3

The New Testament promises and their fulfillment

Jesus, who fulfilled the Old Testament, made prophecies about future events in the New Testament. Among other places, Matthew 24 and the entire book of Revelation are well-known as prophecies concerning the second coming.

The prophecies of the New Testament are all fulfilled at the time of the second coming. These prophecies describe two battles that take place between God (the spirits and flesh who belong to him), and Satan (the spirits and flesh who belong to him).

When the pastor and group who belong to Satan wins, he takes control of all of God’s possessions (God’s tabernacle, Rv 13) – this is the first battle that takes place. When the male child and his brothers fight and overcome the dragon (Rv 12:11), God wins and Satan’s world is judged and brought to an end – this is the second battle.

God’s new kingdom is then established – the Twelve Tribes of New Spiritual Israel (Rv 7:4-8; Rv 14:1-4) – through the pastor promised in the New Testament (Mt 24:45; Rv 1:1-2; Rv 2:26).

This is a message to all Christians who believe in Jesus. Let us not become like the people of the past who refused to believe in God’s covenant. Let us obey the words of the new covenant so that we can receive forgiveness for our sins and become a part of the 12 tribes of God’s new kingdom established at the time of Revelation’s fulfillment – the end of the age, the second coming.

This is God’s objective for us throughout the Bible, for us to attain salvation and eternal life.

Those who hear the testimony about the fulfillment of the New Testament prophecies and refuse to believe them are no better than the Pharisees at the time of the first coming, who ultimately lost the right to be called God’s children and chosen people (Mt 21:43).

Let’s be people who verify again and again the fulfillment of the prophecies, believe in that fulfillment, and are forgiven so that we can attain salvation and eternal life!

Calling on the name of the Lord

“for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f]

Romans 10:13 is one of those passages that is so often misquoted and misinterpreted that we have become completely blind to what it is actually trying to teach us.

There is a subscript telling us that Paul is actually quoting an Old Testament passage, Joel 2:32. This passage was originally for the Jews, the physical Israelites. However, at the time of the first coming they clearly did not understand what this passage was talking about.

The physical Israelites didn’t understand how they were supposed to call on the name of the Lord, and so ultimately they ended up crucifying the Lord. They did not received life (they were not saved), they received death and curses. So how can we make sure we do not make the same mistake? We have to read further than just Romans 10:13.

Romans 10:14-15

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?”

In order for us to call on the name of the Lord we have to believe, in order to believe we have to hear, in order to hear there has to be someone who preaches, and in order for someone to preach that person has to be sent. So how did this take place at the time of the first coming?

The people (physical Israelites) had to call on the name of Jesus. Jesus was sent by God and only spoke the words that God gave him to give to the people (Jn 17:8). Therefore the people had to hear Jesus’ words and believe that he was sent by God, and then, by calling on Jesus’ name (accepting his words), that would have been calling on the name of the Lord at the time of the first coming. Seeing Jesus was like seeing God (Jn 14:9), therefore believing in Jesus was believing in God.

So, what about us today? What do we have to hear and believe? According to Revelation 1:3, those that are blessed (those who receive life) are the ones who hear and take to heart (keep) the words of the prophecy – those who hear and believe. Revelation 22:16 tells us that Jesus sends his messenger to the churches. This messenger carries Jesus’ revelation (Rv 1:1) to the people. When it is proclaimed the people in the churches will be able to hear it and believe it, and only then will there be those who can truly call on the name of the Lord.

Who will this messenger be whom Jesus sends? The one who has witnessed, and can testify about, all the events of Revelation. The one like Apostle John, who received the opened scroll from the mighty angel and was told to eat it and then go and prophesy again (proclaim it) to many “peoples, nations, language, and kings” (Rv 10).

Are we going to be those who hear and believe, so that we can truly “call on the name of the Lord”? Or will we act like the Pharisees by claiming that the one who is sent is a heretic?