Main reference: Jer 31, Mt 24:34-35, Jn 19:30, Rv 21:6
What is the purpose of the First Coming and the Second Coming? At the First Coming, Jesus came to fulfill the Old Testament, and at the Second Coming, Jesus came to fulfill the New Testament. At the First Coming, Jesus fulfilled all of the Old Testament (Jn 19:30), chose the twelve disciples, and commanded them to sow the seed of the gospel of the kingdom to the ends of the earth (Mt 24:14). At the Second Coming, Jesus fulfills all of the New Testament (Rv 21:6), chooses twelve disciples (twelve tribe leaders), and commands them to harvest the fruit of the seeds sown at the First Coming (Rv 14:14-16). These fruits are reared and brought up with the new word of revelation, sealed with the seal of heaven, and created into God’s kingdom and priests. Jesus also gathers the great multitude in white.
If God hadn’t prophesied through the prophets in the Old Testament, there would have been nothing for Jesus, who came in the name of God, to fulfill. If one claims to have fulfilled something, it must be according to prophecy, or else it is according to one’s own will. Can such a person say, ‘It is finished,’? The New Testament is the same case. Only when the New Testament is fulfilled can it be said, ‘It is finished,’ as in Revelation 21:6. When prophecies are fulfilled, the result is the appearance of physical entities.
If there had not been any Old or New Testament prophecies, there would be nothing to finish or do (fulfill). It is called the Old/ New Testament because it contains promises and prophecies.
About 2600 years ago, God prophesied through Jeremiah to create ‘a new thing’, to plant ‘two kinds of seeds,’ and to make ‘a new covenant’ (Jer 31:22, 27, 31). 600 years after, Jesus fulfilled all these. This is the work of the First Coming.
God’s will, however, was not merely prophesying through Jeremiah what is to come; it was not merely fulfilling the Old Testament through Jesus. God again prophesied in the New Testament future events through Jesus, who fulfilled the Old Testament. The content of the New Testament prophecy is that at the Second Coming, the fruit of the seed of the gospel of the kingdom that was planted at the First Coming will be gathered (Mt 13, 14). This is to create God’s kingdom of priests, as well as the great multitude dressed in white. When the New Testament is fulfilled and God’s objective accomplished, he will finally say, ‘It is finished,’ (Rv 21:6).
As Jeremiah prophesied, two kinds of seeds were planted in Jesus’ field, that is, the church of Jesus (Mt 13). These two seeds grew up together for 2000 years. Jesus at the Second Coming harvests the fruit of the good seed that he planted and takes it to the barn, which is heaven. Of the two seeds that were planted in Jesus’ field, one goes to heaven and the other remains in the field. The seed of God that Jesus sowed stands for the sons of the kingdom, and the seed that the devil sowed stands for the sons of the evil one. The people in the church of Jesus have heard for 2000 years that there will be a time of harvest, and have heard for the last 28 years that Shinchonji is harvesting. On the judgment day, people cannot make excuses that they did not hear this. The Bible says that the harvest of the Second Coming is the like the days of Noah and Lot. Why don’t people believe the words of Jesus, the savior? Because they don’t believe, they don’t obey. Why are we disregarding his words when he carried the cross and shed his blood for us?
Because there were prophecies made, there is fulfillment; because the seeds were sown, there is harvest. It doesn’t end with prophesying (of the planting of the seeds); it doesn’t even end with planting the seeds as according to the prophecy, either. By harvesting the fruit of the seed that he sowed, God’s purpose is accomplished. The purpose is to rear and bring up the harvested firstfruits with the new word (the new song) of revelation regarding the fulfillment of the New Testament (Rv 14), and to seal them and create the twelve tribes, the kingdom of God. This completes God’s will. To do this, God has planned and worked for 2600 years.
It is now clear as to what God’s intended goal was and what the reason for the First Coming (fulfillment of the Old Testament) and the Second Coming (fulfillment of the New Testament) was. What is fulfilled in accordance with the Bible is the kingdom of God, the twelve tribes of Shinchonji, Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (Rv 7, 14, 15, 21). This is the will of God; this is the work that God willed for in Revelation. To show what must soon take place to his servants, God gave the sealed book to Jesus; Jesus opened it, and gave it to the New John through an angel so that the servants could hear it. The servants are the twelve tribes, the 144,000 in Revelation 7; and what must soon take place are the events of the entire book of Revelation. New John testified God’s word of revelation he received in Revelation 10, and also everything (in the book the Revelation) that he saw to the servants. The servants are those who take to heart what they hear and see. It is these that are blessed and become God’s kingdom and priests to live with God in heaven forever. This is the goal of Revelation and the goal of God.
Just as Physical Israel waited for God to come but didn’t believe that God came to Jesus in the spirit, neither do believers who are waiting for the Second Coming believe Jesus came to Shinchonji in the spirit and is working. In this sense, there is no difference between Physical Israel and the believers of today. The Bible told us to believe God and his word. The believers in the world, however, believe their churches’ pastors and their word more than God and his word. If one’s pastor betrayed God, or has the spirit of the devil in him, or plants lies in the hearts of his congregation, or leads them astray, what would happen to him and the congregation?
One must know that it is betrayal to not bear fruit in one’s life of faith and to not understand and believe the word of God. By going to and thus learning from the place that has mastered the Bible, believers can know and do the will of God, and go to heaven.
We, Shincheonji, pray for all the believers to know the word of God and understand its meaning.