Main reference: Rv 1:20
There are three mysteries mention in book of Revelation. Among them, it is the seven golden lampstands and the seven stars. The seven golden lampstands were said to be the seven churches, and the seven stars were the seven messengers. The reason why it was said to be a mystery was because it was not only the messengers of the seven churches, but no one knew the truth about this.
If the seven churches and the seven pastors (messengers) were actually located in the province of Asia, we cannot say that the seven churches and seven pastors are to be a mystery. This is because that is something anyone could know at that time. The church of the seven golden lampstands (tabernacle) and the seven stars (messengers) in Revelation, is figuratively written as the seven churches and seven pastors. At the time of fulfillment of Revelation, they are the tabernacle to prepare the way and messengers whom Jesus appoints (Rv 1:12-16).
The prostitute (Babylon) and the beast with seven heads and ten horns in Rv 17 was also said to be a mystery. These also were not people of old Babylon, but are individuals who appear today. And because no one knew the truth about this, this also was considered a mystery.
The events of Revelation are the events that appear at Jesus’ second coming, which begins with the work of seven messengers of the seven churches. These are the messengers in Rv 2, 3, those who got thrown out in Rv 6, and sacrificed in Rv 8 and 9. They are the people of the tabernacle who betrayed in Rv 13, and those who received the bowls of wrath as a result of betrayal in Rv 16. All of the events of Revelation are in the events found in Rv 2, 3.
The messenger who prepared the way at the First Coming was John the Baptist. At the time of John the Baptist, the Pharisees (snakes) who went against him appeared and brought destruction on the temple of John the Baptist (Mt 23). Likewise, today in Rv 13, the snake that is Satan’s pastor brought destruction on the chosen people and brought that tabernacle to captivity. The seven messengers of today (seven stars) are the lamp, that is the work of the seven golden lampstands, just like at the first coming where John the Baptist carried out the work of the lamp and prepared the way of the Lord. Jesus, the promised pastor appeared after the one who prepared the way, who was John the Baptist according to Malachi 3 at the First Coming. In the same way, today, the promised pastor, the one who overcomes also appeared after the work of the seven stars who prepared the way. The one who overcomes in Rv 12 appeared after the seven stars (refer to Rv 2, 3).
At the time of Moses, Aaron, advocate of Moses was to keep the seven lamps burning from evening till morning outside the curtain and in front of the Testimony (refer to Ex 27:20-21, Ex 37:23). At Jesus’ first coming, John the Baptist was the lamp that burned and gave light for a time (Jn 5:35). And at the time of Revelation, the seven stars appeared as the seven golden lampstands. The origin of all this is Rev 4, where there are seven lamps in front of God’s throne, which just like Moses’ time, Jesus’ first coming and the time of Revelation of the second coming, where the lamps that do the work of preparing the way first appear.
● The duty and result of John the Baptist at the First Coming
John the Baptist was Elijah that had come as the messenger who prepared the way, as promised in Mal 3 and 4. John the Baptist even called himself as, “the voice of one calling in the desert to make straight the way for the Lord” (Jn 1:23). Jesus also called him, “the Elijah who was to come” (Mt 11:14). John the Baptist testified about Jesus as, “the one who baptizes with the holy spirit and with fire, the Son of God, and the one who must become greater and I must become less” (Mt 3:11, Jn 1:32-34, 3:30).
John the Baptist ended up speaking on his own and kept his own flock instead of handing them over to Jesus, continued to baptize on his own and gave service in a different place (refer to Mt 11:2-12, Jn 3:22-23). There was also controversy between Jesus and John’s disciples (Mt 9:14-17). And John the Baptist send his disciples to ask Jesus, “are you the one who was to come or should we expect someone else,” and when John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus said to his disciples about John, “what did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind?” And in regards to John, “among those born among men there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” He also mentioned that the kingdom of heaven (Jerusalem) has been forcefully advancing from the days of John the Baptist, and that all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John (Mt 11:2-15). This is speaking about the end of one era with John the Baptist, and as he was the lamp that burned for a time, Jesus was the light and brought him to an end (Jn 8:12, 12:46). John the Baptist who had once acknowledged Jesus felt into trial and was shaken in the faith he had at first, and spoke words of disbelief to his disciples. If the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than John the Baptist, then would he have the requirements to enter the kingdom of heaven?
His death was not as he was testifying the gospel, but because he interfered in the problems of a wicked family (Mt 14:3-12). In regards to John the Baptist’s spiritual salvation, people cannot say, “it’s this, it’s that,” the Lord will judge at the time of judgment.
● The duty and result of the messenger who prepared the way of the New Testament at the Lord’s Second Coming
The only one who saw the event and result of Jesus prophesying, establishing and utilizing the work of the seven stars (messengers) will the know the truth of it.
The starting point of the events recorded in Revelation is the time when the seven stars have already sinned and the writing of the letters containing content of repentance of that sin. The tabernacle of the seven stars was in the midst of a rapid growth to thousands of congregation members in the span of 14 years. What is written in Revelation is when Satan’s Nicolaitans have already entered the tabernacle of the seven stars. The location of the event of Revelation takes place mostly in the tabernacle of the seven stars. The tabernacle of the seven stars, messengers who prepared the way, got invaded by Satan’s pastors (Nicolaitans) and ate food sacrificed to idols, with them committed adultery by receiving Satan’s teachings.
At this time, Jesus anointed one person to send letters of repentance to the seven stars and make known of Satan’s pastors, to fight and overcome against Satan’s pastors (Rv 1, 2, 3). This event was like the First Coming, when Satan’s pastors the Pharisees entered the Jerusalem tabernacle of John the Baptist and fed food sacrificed to idols and had them receive Satan’s teachings and commit adultery with them. This tabernacle of the seven golden lampstands where the seven stars were at (Rv 1:20) is the tabernacle of heaven in Rv 13 where the congregation received the mark of the beast of the dragon’s pastor and worshipped, just like in 1 Kgs 11 when Solomon had worshipped gentile gods. Like Adam, Solomon, John the Baptist, it can be said that the seven stars were in the same position.
These events tell us that the circumstances of sheeps heavily depend on the influence of the Shephard. Although John the Baptist had not worshipped a pastor of Gentile spirit, he betrayed Jesus and through that, the kingdom of heaven (Jerusalem) was forcefully invaded (Mt 23). And since he went out to the desert (Mt 3:1, Mk 1:4), just like the hired hand in Jn 10 who left the sheep and ran away, who was that really speaking about?
We need to reflect and think about Jesus and the pastors sent before him. In Rv 20:12, it is written, “regardless of who it is, all will appear before the great white throne and will be judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books” (refer to Jn 12:48). And those who do not believe will be thrown into fiery lake of burning sulfur which is the second death (Rv 21:8). The betrayers in Rv 2, 3, 13 and the destroyers in Rv 16 together received the bowls of wrath.
The work of the messenger who prepared the way was the work of the lamp and their customs was figuratively used from the nation (Israel) at that period, even their weddings were held at night and the groom would be greeted with lamps which were used to guide him to the house of the bride. The duty of the seven messengers of the lamp to prepare the way was to guide the groom which was Jesus to the place of the wedding banquet (where the oxen and cattle were captured) to the bride. The one,who does not carry about this dutiful work of guiding the groom to the bride’s house or questions the groom, or does not greet him, cannot become the position of the groom and bride.
If the lamp, which should have prepared the way, became deceived and the congregation ended up receiving the mark from worshiping the pastor of Gentile spirit, then the tabernacle of heaven, its congregation have been surrendered to the gentiles (Satan). Can we say this sin is small? The worldly churches may say these individuals are great people, but Shinchonji, that is heaven, sees them as small individuals. Through this kind of behavior, we identify them as betrayers. The reward and/or punishment they receive will be determined by the Lord.