Spiritual night comes when one religious generation comes to an end (1 Thes 5:1-3) and its pastors become spiritually blind and deaf (Is 42:18-19; Mt 23). That is when the true people of God are persecuted because of their righteousness (Mt 5:10-12; Mt 23:29-34; Jn 15:18-19).
The Bible records the history of God’s process of creation and recreation. God worked together with the spirits in heaven to create the heavens, the earth, and all things (Gn 1:1-2:3; Is 65:17; Is 66:22; 2 Pt 3:7-13; Rv 21).
2. Prophecies and their fulfillment
When God promises something, he always fulfills it (Is 14:24). God chooses prophets and works through them to prophesy about the future. Then, he fulfills the prophecies when the appointed time arrives (Am 3:7; Hb 2:2-3; Lk 24:44; Jn 14:29; Jn 19:30; Rv 21:6).
3. The prophecies of the Old Testament and their fulfillment
1) The promise to Abraham
God fulfilled the promise he made to Abraham (Gn 15) about sending his descendants (including Jacob who would become Israel) to the foreign land. Four hundred years later, God chose Moses to bring his people out of slavery in Egypt (Ex 12). The people of Israel then passed on the story of Abraham and his covenant to their descendants (Jo 24).
2) The prophecies of the Old Testament prophets
Jesus came and fulfilled the prophecies God made through the prophets of the Old Testament (Lk 24:44; Jn 19:30). The people of Jesus (i.e., Christians) have passed on the story of these prophecies and their fulfillment to their descendants (Mt 24:14). This is what people hear when they attend Christian churches.
3) The fulfillment of the Old Testament
God appointed a specific time for the prophecies of the Old Testament to be opened and revealed (Is 29:9-14; Hb 2:2-3; Ez 1-2; Ez 3:1-11). God sent Jesus to his people to reveal the opened words of God (Mt 15:24; Mt 11:27), and it was only through Jesus that people could receive eternal life by receiving God’s revelation (Jn 17:3). People who refused to listen to the revelation through Jesus became spiritual beasts because they did not know the true God and the one he sent (Prv 30:2-3; Ps 49:20). These people cannot receive eternal life. Before faith in the fulfillment comes, people are held as prisoners of the law. Until faith in the fulfillment arrives, people have no choice but to learn under the supervision of the law. When that faith does come, however, we are no longer enslaved by the law (Gal 3:23-25).
The history and prophecies of the Bible are a path that leads to Jesus Christ. When the revealed word is opened, we are no longer slaves under the basic principles of the world. This is what Paul was talking about in Gal 4:1-7:
What I am saying is that as long as the heir is a child, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. He is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir. (Gal 4:1-7)
4. The prophecies and fulfillment of the New Testament
1) The prophecies of the New Testament
God fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament through Jesus. Jesus made new prophecies as he established a new covenant (Mt 26:26-29; Lk 22:14-20; Rv 1-22). Now, the creation is eagerly awaiting the appearance of the true sons of God, who were promised in the gospels, the epistles, and in Revelation (Rom 8:16-25).
2) Faith in the revelation of the New Testament’s fulfillment
God fulfills the prophecies of the New Testament through Jesus and the one sent in Jesus’ name. When the prophecies of the New Testament have been fulfilled (Rv 5), we can hear the revealed word through the one sent in Jesus’ name (Rv 6, 8, 10). Just like at the time of the first coming, we receive eternal life by knowing the true God, Jesus, and the promised pastor sent in Jesus’ name. Those who refuse to receive the revealed word from the promised pastor cannot know the true God or Jesus. They become spiritual beasts.
Again, the promised pastor is the one from whom we must receive the testimony regarding the fulfillment of the prophecies of Revelation (Rv 22:16-19). The prophecies of the New Testament are the path that guides us to the promised pastor who receives the revealed word (Rv 10). When we receive this testimony regarding the fulfillment, we are no longer slaves, but sons. At the appointed time, God sends his son to redeem those under law and God sends the spirit of his son to dwell within our hearts. People who are sealed with the new song of revelation belong to the twelve tribes of God’s new nation of Shinchonji and they become members of God’s family (Rv 7; Rv 14:1; Rv 21).
3) The New Testament prophecies are evidence of their fulfillment
Spiritual Israel came to an end when Satan caused the sun, moon, and stars to fall from the sky. The sky receded like a scroll and every mountain and island was removed from its place. In other words, the spiritual heaven and earth have come to an end (Mt 24:29; Rv 6:12-14; Rv 13; Rv 18:3). Since this prophecy has already been fulfilled, people who deny it belong to Satan.
The seven golden lampstands and the seven stars appeared in Gwacheon, South Korea, which is the location of Revelation’s fulfillment. A group of people who belonged to Satan, the Nicolaitans, entered the tabernacle of the seven golden lampstands and enticed its members to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and committing sexual immorality. Letters were sent to the seven stars or messengers of the tabernacle of the seven golden lampstands warning them to repent for their sins. This has all happened according to the prophecies in Rv 1-3.
The one who sent the letters to the seven messengers of the seven churches saw and heard many things in heaven (Rv 4-5) and he witnessed the judgment of the tabernacle of heaven (Rv 6). Revelation 7 describes the sealing of the twelve tribes of New Spiritual Israel, which is taking place now, after the judgment in Rv 6. Revelation 8-9 provide more details about how the seven messengers from the tabernacle of heaven were expelled from the sky and spiritually killed a third at a time. According to Rv 10, the angel of heaven handed the opened scroll to Jesus’ chosen pastor and told him to eat it. The promised pastor is prophesying again to all the people enslaved in Spiritual Babylon. According to Rv 11, the two witnesses were spiritually killed by the beast because of their testimony regarding the fulfillment of the New Testament prophecies. After three and half days, a breath of life from God entered them and they stood on their feet to sound the trumpets.
The beast with seven heads and ten horns mentioned in Rv 13 represents seven pastors and ten elders who belong to them. Remember that beasts figuratively represent people who lack knowledge of God and God’s truth (Prv 30:2-3; Ps 49:20). According to the prophecies in Rv 13, these seven pastors and ten elders entered the tabernacle of the seven golden lampstands and forced its members to worship the beast by receiving a mark on their right hand or forehead. This betrayal by the seven stars (messengers) led to their destruction and forced them to flee in seven directions. This is how heaven was invaded by the spiritual nation of Babylon. While he was in control of the tabernacle, the beast only allowed people who had received his mark to buy or sell their teachings. According to Rv 12, the seven pastors of Spiritual Babylon stood before the dragon to fight against the child born to the woman clothed with the sun. The child and his brothers defeated the beast with seven heads and ten horns (i.e., the dragon and his angels) and forced them to flee in seven directions. The weapons with which they fought were the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony. Revelation 14 describes the gathering of the 144,000 on Mt. Zion, which is the only place people can learn the new song (Rv 14 :1-3). Jesus mentioned that this gathering or harvesting would take place at the night, after the destruction of the sun, moon, and stars (Mt 13:30; Mt 13:39; Mt 24:43; 1 Thes 5:1-3; Rv 3:3; Rv 16:15). When they come to Mt. Zion, people are sealed with the words of God and become the firstfruits of his 12 tribes (Rv 7; Rv 14:1-5; Jas 1:18).
According to Rv 15, those who have overcome the beast, his image, and the number of his name, stand beside the sea of glass. Those who have overcome become the bowls God uses to pour out his wrath according to Rv 16. The secret of the great prostitute and the beast with seven heads and ten horns that is described in Rv 17 has been revealed. The prostitute is destroyed by the beast with ten horns and forced to surrender her authority over Babylon to the beast. In the end of the world, according to Rv 18, the prostitute forced all nations to become drunk on her maddening wine (Dt 32:31-33). Many people have married Satan and grown spiritually rich selling spiritual goods like the maddening wine of Satan’s lies. All of these things have been fulfilled. Can you, as a Christian, believe in the Bible’s prophecies and in their fulfillment (Jn 14:23; Jn 14:29)?
After the fall of Babylon, the wedding banquet of the Lamb occurs. The great multitude in white shouts, “Amen. Hallelujah!,” as they proclaim the glory of God (Rv 19). The holy spirits of heaven come to unite with God’s people on earth so they can all worship God together (Rv 14:1-5). These things described in Rv 19-20 have yet to occur.
Even if you, as a member of Shinchonji, have been harvested to God’s barn in secret, how can you deny the word that drew you? Let’s believe wholeheartedly in the prophecies and in their physical fulfillment.
Believing in the fulfillment of the New Testament is what it means to be re-created according to the words of the New Testament. People are recognized for their faith when they believe in the prophecies (Rom 1:17; Rom 3:28-30; Rom 4:11). This is what God promised us. We can only truly have faith in a prophecy by believing in its physical fulfillment when it comes (Jn 14:29).
As promised in the New Testament prophecies, people who are sealed with the word of God become a part of God’s twelve tribes. They become family members of God’s new nation of Shinchonji and they receive eternal life.