The criterion for judging good and evil is the Bible (Jn 10:35). The tree of life was a person in whom God resided (Jn 15:1-8); the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was a person in whom Satan resided (Da 4:20-22).
Those who persecute, curse, and murder others are the ones in whom evil spirits dwell; those who bless are the ones in whom God dwells. In the biblical historical accounts, the Physical Israelites were persecuted and mistreated by Egyptians (Ex 1:10-14; Ex 3:9-10). Jesus was persecuted the most severely by his own, the Physical Israelites (Mt 27; Jn 5:15-18). In the same way, Shinchonji has been persecuted harshly by the Spiritual Israelites today. God was with Moses and Jesus, and as for today, God and the spirit of truth are with Shinchonji (Rev 21:1-3). There are persecutors. There are also people who receive persecution and yet bless, forgive, and love the persecutors (Mt 5:44). Throughout the 6,000 years of biblical history, Jesus and his disciples were persecuted the most excessively (Heb 11); Shinchonji, the Church of Jesus is the next one that receives the most intense persecution.
There are holy spirits as well as evil spirits in the spiritual world. The evil spirits originated from one of the spirits (angels) created by God. Not having kept positions of authority but having abandoned their own home, they have become evil spirits (Isa 14:12-15; Jude 1:6). They have come to this world of humanity and enter people; this has caused people to do evil and turn into the wicked. Spirits, however, are invisible, untouchable, and scentless. If so, how can we distinguish those with holy spirits from those with evil spirits? Since the Bible tells us about good and evil, we can only distinguish good from evil using the Bible (1Jn 4:1-6). This is why the Bible is vital for us. Just as trees are recognized by their fruit, spirits that are in people can be identified by people’s deeds (Mt 7:15-20).
We believe that Moses was a pastor who belonged to God because the promise that God had made with Abraham was fulfilled through Moses. It is also known to us that Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, was an evil person because he interfered with God’s work and his people. Jesus, too, came according to the promises that God had made with prophets of the Old Testament and fulfilled them accordingly. This is the reason for us to believe in Jesus that he was the promised pastor of God (Jn 5:39-40; Jn 19:30). It is made known to us that the Pharisees and priests at that time were the evil ones because they opposed Jesus, who was carrying out God’s work. As for today, the pastor of Shinchonji, the Church of Jesus, has appeared according to the New Testament (Jn 14) and has been fulfilling the promises in the New Testament — because of these reasons, it is definite that he is a pastor who belongs to God. Thus, anyone who interferes with the promised work of God and the work of Shinchonji are unfortunately evildoers.
The following are what we call “blessings”: Jesus healed the ill (Jn 5), brought life to the dead (Jn 11), and fed many people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mt 14:16-21). He also gave people the truth and the revealed word (Jn 17:7-8, 17), blessed them, and sacrificed himself for all people in the world. After doing all these, Jesus was resurrected and ascended to heaven (Mt 16).
In Luke 20, the priests of the Physical Israelites refused to believe in Jesus even though they knew that he was the heir. They insulted, cursed, and persecuted him just because they did not want the heir to take over the vineyard (church). They also fabricated lies to label him a heretic and eventually murdered him later — this is what we call “curses.”
From our standpoint as the Spiritual Israelites, who were real heretics at the first coming of Jesus? Who were the ones possessed by evil spirits? Were they not the priests at that time (Jn 8:40-44)? Were they not the people who sided with the priests, cursed, and insulted Jesus with them (Mt 27)? History and the Bible prove what they have done. Why did they do such wicked things? It was because they were controlled by the evil spirits in them. As for today, at the end of the Christian world, the New Testament (Revelation) also testifies that all nations will become Satan’s world because of his deception (Rev 18). In other words, people will eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and receive teachings from Satan (Rev 2:14-15; Rev 2:20-21). It is also recorded that all nations will worship Satan.
Today it has been about 2,000 years since Jesus prophesied future events. Let us examine what he prophesied. He remarked, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lk 18:8) The scripture also prophesies that two witnesses who stand before the Lord will get killed (Rev 11). In addition, destroyers will take over God’s temple and stand on the holy place because of the increase of wickedness (Mt 24). It is also prophesied in Revelation 17 and 18 that all nations will eat food sacrificed to idols and be led astray, and that all nations will fall and marry the devil. Who kill the promised pastor, the messenger of Jesus, who stand before the Lord? Is it non-believers or gentiles? Is it pastors or regular congregation members? I’d like to ask everyone who reads this message: “Do people who persecute, curse, and kill the pastor promised in the New Testament belong to evil spirits or holy spirits?” Are they not the ones who act according to their own thoughts, not following the holy spirit and the scriptures? They carry out wicked deeds, controlled by evil spirits.
The pastor of Shinchonji, the Church of Jesus, has appeared according to the New Testament, and has been fulfilling accordingly. He has been proclaiming the revealed word that comes from above, not teachings of men, along with the physical fulfillment of the Bible (Rev 10). How can this act be wrong? The Bible points out today being identical to the days of Noah and Lot (Mt 24:37-39; Rev 11:8). We should consider what happened at the time of Noah and Lot. Furthermore, if anyone wants to be saved, one must side with those who are persecuted. Please think deeply about what happened in each generation.
The work of God’s holy spirit is accompanied with forgiveness and love. The holy spirit works in the place where blessings, the revealed word, and God’s word of testimony are found. On the contrary, the deeds of the devil are cursing, persecuting, measuring, lying, criticizing, murdering, etc. Those who perform such wickedness prove themselves to be the ones who did not keep the positions of their authority, and abandoned their own home. They also form a sect, carry out the work of deception, and commit sexual immortality with the devil (Jude 1:6, 17-19). Just like at the first coming, without receiving the revealed word (i.e. revelation) of Revelation (Rev 10), no one knows God and the one sent by God; no one can obtain salvation (Mt 11:27; Jn 17:3). Only if believers go to the place where the revealed word (i.e. revelation) is taught, can they attain salvation.