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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The Sea and the Fishermen of Heaven [Part 2]

Part 1 of this series looked at the prophecies concerning the time of the first coming and how they were fulfilled. In Part 2 we are going to discuss the New Testament prophecies in detail. These are prophecies which concerns us today.

Matthew 13:47-49 says, 

“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake [sea] and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age.”

As we have already seen (in Part 1), the sea is a place where many different waters are gathered and mix together. Sea water does not quench our thirst, nor can it save our lives. Understanding the physical characteristics of the sea helps us to understand the spiritual meaning of ‘sea’.

Words are represented by spiritual water (Dt 32:2; Jn 4:13-14). God’s word is represented by the fresh, clean water that falls from above, the heavens; while man’s teachings can be compared to water that comes from the earth.

At the time of the first coming, the sea was the mixed teachings of Judaism, the fish were the people (Jews), and the fisherman was Jesus who used the net of the revealed word to save those from the sea who wanted to be caught. Once the 12 disciples had received, believed, and accepted the truth, they too became “fishers of men” (Mk 1:17).

So, where is the sea today?
Who are the fish?
What is the net?

Today, Methodists have their teachings (words), Presbyterians have their teachings (words), Baptists have their teachings (words), and so on and so forth. All these different teachings make up the world of Christianity. Since words = water, we can understand the world of Christianity to be like the spiritual sea, a place full of man’s mixed teachings.

If Christianity is the sea, then who are the fish?
Habakkuk 1:14 tells us that people are like fish in the sea. Today, the fish in the sea of Christianity are the Christians.

Jesus prophesied to send us the net and the fishermen so that we could be ‘saved’ from the sea (Mt 13:47-48).  What would the net be for us today? And who are the fisherman?

At the time of the first coming, Jesus spoke words that many did not agree with, many claimed he was blaspheming, and working on behalf of Satan (Beelzebub), yet the word that he brought was the revealed word of truth. Only those who accepted and believed this word could call themselves children of God (Jn 1:11-13).

Today, we need to hear, accept, and believe in the words of the one who has received the opened word (Rv 10:8-10), so that we can take it to heart (Rv 1:3) and become the true children of God, born of the seed of the word of truth (1 Pt 1:23).

Jesus knew that the ‘water’ would become undrinkable, that is why he gave us this prophecy concerning the end of the age (the time of Revelation’s fulfillment). Can you say you already have salvation if you are still in the sea? Can you claim to have been caught in the net if you do not know what the net is?

The sealed scroll (Rv 5:1) has been opened. Now is our time to receive the word of truth and be caught in the net. We want to be fish that are taken out of the sea, the place that is filled with mixed teachings, man’s thoughts, and spiritual death.

We are all sitting here waiting for Revelation to be fulfilled literally, while some of us even think it is just a bunch of crazy hallucinations and visions recorded by a person who had lost his mind.
We have the evidence from history that God always fulfills what he promises, however, let’s learn from our mistakes and realize that prophecy is never fully understood until the time of fulfillment, and these promises are not always fulfilled in the way we think they will be.

We have the prophecies for a reason; so that when we see the fulfillment taking place (when it is explained to us) we can go and verify all the events with Scripture, and once we find it to be true we can believe (Jn 14:29). I urge everyone to test the words of Shinchonji and the testimony of Man Hee Lee. Listen and check the Scriptures.

Do the good fish stay in the sea? (Mt 13:47-49)
Does the good seed [wheat] stay in the field? (Mt 13:24-30 & 37-43)

We need to follow God’s Word to His holy mountain, the place where He dwells (Ps 43:3; Mt Zion).
When we hear the call to come out shouldn’t we listen? (Zech 2:7; Rv 18:4)

Time to wake up

“And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from you slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” 

~Romans 13:11

The Pharisees were rebuked repeatedly by Jesus for not recognizing the times. Even though they studied the Scriptures, they still refused to go to Jesus to have life (Jn 5:39-40), and even though they could interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, they didn’t know how to interpret the present time (Lk 12:56).

We have been given all the signs of the end of the age – throughout the New Testament, but especially Matthew 24 and the book of Revelation. Now is the time to wake up, because our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.

“so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”~Hebrews 9:28

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Are you a morning person? Or do you struggle to wake up?

Being those who are invited and chosen

It is Easter, so what better time to talk about salvation… There are so many misconceptions, and misunderstandings about the Bible, and so many misused verses. They have become so ingrained in us, that even when we see the answer or explanation in God’s word we don’t take note, because that is not what we were told or taught to believe originally.

Salvation is a touchy subject. Everyone has their own thoughts, ideas and opinions, but what does the Bible say about the matter? Shouldn’t God’s word be the only thing we trust and test our beliefs and thoughts against? God and his word should be our only measuring stick. As it says in Isaiah 2:22, “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils. Of what account is he?” We have to have noble hearts like the Bereans, who received the message with great eagerness and then examined the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul said was true – they checked everything according to God’s word (Acts 17:11).

So what should we understand about salvation? Hebrews 9:28 says,

“so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”

At the first coming Jesus was sacrificed to take away the sins of many people, but only when he appears a second time, at the time of the second coming, does he bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

The blood of Jesus comes into full effect at the time of his return, when his blood is used to purchase people for God’s kingdom and priests (Rv 5:9-10), and his blood is what we have to wash our robes in to make them white (Rv 7:14; Rv 22:14). Having the correct ‘clothing’ is a requirement to be part of the wedding banquet of the Lamb (Mt 22:1-13), and be the true and ready bride of Christ (Rv 19:7-8).

In Revelation 12:10 it says, “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” Here we can see that only after the accuser has been hurled down does salvation come, along with the power and kingdom of God. There is a time and a specific order of events that has to be fulfilled first.

Philippians 2:12 says,

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,

Why fear and trembling? Well, there’s the man who made it to the wedding banquet only to be kicked out because he was not wearing the correct wedding clothes (Mt 22:11-13). And how about the weeds and the wheat? They both grow in the same field, but the wheat gets harvested while the weeds are tied in bundles and burned (Mt 13:29-30). And then there is the parable of the net, with the good and bad fish. The good ones are kept, but the bad are thrown away (Mt 13:47-49). In each of these parables we can see that there are those who are kept or harvested, and those who are thrown away, burned, or removed. They all started off in the same place (the field, the sea etc), but only some actually ‘make the cut’ – only some have the correct clothes, are the wheat, or are the good fish. In fact Matthew 22:14 even says, “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

We have to make sure that we are doing what is required of us so that we can not only be one of the many who are invited, but also one of the few who are chosen.

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How do you and your family spend Easter Sunday?