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

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

John 10:11-13

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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Our way or the Highway

I find it so incredibly sad that our own thoughts, expectations, and beliefs usually get in the way of the truth.

Take Jesus’ first coming for example.

For 4000 years God gave his people prophecy after prophecy concerning the coming Messiah. But when the time came, God’s chosen people rejected the one God himself had sent.

Jesus was not what the people were expecting. He was not the high ranking official or king that they were hoping for. He was not the authority figure they had imagined, or they ruler they wanted. And the captivity Jesus came to set the people free from was not the rule of the Roman Empire, but rather from being help captive by Satan’s lies and the rule of the Pharisees.

Jesus was not the Messiah the Jews were expecting, however, that doesn’t change the fact that he was the Messiah.

Even though every event, action, and figure was recorded in the prophecies; even though God had given these prophecies to his people so they would be able to recognize the way in which he works, God’s people still rejected the way, truth and life. They chose to hold onto their misguided thoughts, expectations, and beliefs, instead of seeking understanding and accepting the truth.

God has given us his word so that we can know him, his plans and purposes, and the way he works. After seeing what happened at the time of the first coming, why do so many Christians still insist that God works according to their thoughts, expectations, and beliefs?

When are we going to realize that our way of doing things is not the way God does things, and our way of thinking is not the way God’s thinks (Isaiah 55:8-9). When are we, as Christians, going to humble ourselves and realize that God is fulfilling his word today, even though it might not be the way we expected, thought, or hoped it would be. When are we going to stop saying to God, “Our way of the highway!”

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Acts 5:34-39

“But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. Then he addressed them: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men . . . I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

“Animosity towards the truth of Shinchonji”

Here is a post from the site Shinchonji Unmasked Please take a moment to read it.

Shinchonji Unmasked: Animosity towards the truth of Shinchonji

Quote from the article:

“…why is it that when there is a clear testimony about the fulfillment of Revelation, Christians are the first to cry “cult” and the slowest to react? It is almost as if people do not want Revelation to be fulfilled, or like they do not want Jesus to return unless it’s on their own terms, at the time they view as realistic. This is not the correct attitude to have towards God’s word. Who are we to place our narrow-minded, human thoughts on God’s master plan?”

Shinchonji Unmasked: Animosity towards the truth of Shicnhonji

“If you think you are prepared for the second coming, ask yourself these questions. Can you list seven prophecies about events that are supposed to happen prior to Jesus’ return? Can you list them in the order they will be fulfilled according to scriptures? Can you say with assured-ness as to which prophecies have already happened and are yet to happen? Wouldn’t it be nice to know? Wouldn’t it be important to know, so that we can obey Jesus’ command to be “always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Lk 21:36).”

Who are you looking for?

The other day I offered to help out a close friend of mine by picking up one of his friends from the train station. It was a last minute arrangement, so I only knew what time I had to be where, and not much more. I drove to the station, parked, and went inside to wait. I had forgotten how big that station was, and I was just starting to realize I had no idea who I was looking for when a mass of people flooded onto the platform. Now what? I had heard all about this guy, but I had never seen him before, how was I going to recognize him?

This scenario made me think… Was my situation that day similar to that of the Pharisees at the time of the first coming? If I had seen a photo of this guy before going to pick him up at the station I would have recognized him, things would have been much easier. The difference between my situation and the Pharisees’ was that they had all the information that they needed. There are hundreds of prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament, from his birth, to his ministry, to his death and his resurrection. So why did the Pharisees still not recognize him? They had a very detailed description of their Messiah.

You are not going to recognize the fulfillment if you do not understand the prophecies (the description)! Just knowing what the prophecies say is not enough. The Pharisees proved that. They diligently studied the scriptures that testified about Jesus (Jn 5:39), and they read the words of the prophets,the  prophecies, every Sabbath, yet still they did not recognize the one who fulfilled all those prophecies (Acts 13:27).

Today, we have been given a detailed description of Jesus’ return. All the parables and prophecies in the New Testament tell us about the kingdom of heaven and Jesus’ second coming, with a whole book of prophecies (Revelation) concluding the Bible. We have the ‘photo’, the detailed description, but do we really know who we are looking for? Are we going to walk straight passed, ignore, or even persecute the one who comes in the name of the Lord (Mt 23:39) because of our ignorance and lack of understanding? We have to understand the prophecies to make sure we recognize the fulfillment.