Spiritual War and Persecution

Main reference:
Jn 15:18-24 (Acts 7:51-53, Mt 23:27-36, Lk 20:9-26, Mt 5:10-12,
Mt 12:43-45, Jn 16:1-4, Mt 7:13-27, Heb 11:35-40, Mt 24:1-14, Rv 13)

Who, over the 6,000 years of God’s work in the Bible, killed the prophets and the apostles sent by God, and why? As recorded, it was not the unbelievers or the gentiles, but the chosen pastors who claimed to believe in God. There are three reasons for this. One is that their spirits (gods) are different. Second is that they wanted to hold onto their ecclesiastical authority and congregation members. The third reason was that the doctrines were different.

God judged with the flood Adam’s world that sinned as a result of being deceived by the serpent, and then created Noah’s world. Noah’s world, however, also sinned as Adam’s world had done. God then made a promise to Abraham, and came to Moses, through whom he fulfilled that promise. He then gave them the law to keep. Moses’ world, however, sinned as well. The cause of all this is that although God judged the physical, he did not judge the spiritual, that is, the serpent (dragon, Satan, the devil) (refer to Mt 8:29; Lk 8:31; Rv 20:1-3). Thus, the spirit of the serpent deceived people and made them sin. As a result, God promised to create a new thing (Jer 31), and this was fulfilled through Jesus (refer to Jn 19:30).

The first part of the new thing was Jesus sowing the seed of the gospel of heaven to the ends of the earth at the First Coming (Jer 31:27; Mt 13:24-30; Acts 1:8; 13:47). To accomplish the second part (of the new thing), Jesus comes again and harvests the wheat from the field he has sown in for 2,000 years, and creates God’s kingdom with them (Rv 7, 14). He also puts Satan into prison (Rv 20:1-3). This is the fulfillment of the Old and the New Testament (Jn 19:30; Rv 21:6).

Satan killed the prophets who prophesied the Old Testament (Acts 7:51-53; Mt 23:29-31). Also Satan killed Jesus, who fulfilled the Old Testament and prophesied the New Testament; he also killed Jesus’ disciples (refer to Mt 23:33-34; Acts 7:55-60; Heb 11:35-38). Those who killed God’s messengers directly were the pastors of the time; and controlling them to do so was Satan (evil spirits). In addition, although the congregation members under the pastors didn’t persecute the messengers directly, their becoming one with their pastors was taking part in the act.

It was neither the unbelievers nor gentiles, but those who were called God’s pastors of that time who killed the messengers sent by God, in the era of both the Old and the New Testament. In the time of Noah, God’s messenger and his group fought against the world of Adam who sinned; in the time of Moses, they fought against the Canaanites of Noah’s world; in the time of Jesus, against Physical Israel. What Satan did was deceive and test God’s messenger and his group, in the time of Adam (Gen 3), Moses (Ex 32), and Jesus (Mt 4). Matthew 24 records that there is a work of deception at the Second Coming, today (Mt 24:3-5).

As seen in the New Testament, there is God’s word and seed, but also Satan’s word and seed (refer to Mt 13:24-30, 39; Lk 8:11). God is with his word (Jn 1:1-4), and Satan, with his (refer to Rv 17, 18). Jesus’ gospel of heaven (the word of the Holy Spirit) was the new wine at the First Coming, while Moses’ Law was the old wine (Lk 5:37-39); and the doctrine of Satan was wild wine, the deadly poison of cobras (refer to Dt 32:31-33; Is 5:1-7; Mt 23:33). Revelation 18 is an account of the end of the religious world at the Second Coming. Here, it is recorded that all nations have fallen by drinking the wine of adultery, and that the pastors did business, meaning gave sermons, with the wine of adultery (commentaries), and that they married with Satan’s spirits.
Who does the work of persecuting in every era, and who are the persecuted? Why and how did they persecute? Satan’s pastors came in sheep’s clothing, and pretending to be God’s pastors, seized ecclesiastical authority (refer to Mt 7:15). They persecuted and killed God’s messenger to keep them from prophesying of future events. Jesus at the First Coming fulfilled the words of the prophets of the Old Testament, and he then prophesied the New Testament. Satan and his pastors persecuted and killed him in an attempt to stop him from doing this.

The reasons given by Satan’s pastors at the First Coming for persecuting and sentencing Jesus and his disciples to death are as follows: they were Beelzebub, demon-possessed men (Mt 12:22-24; Lk 11:14-15), troublemakers (Acts 24:5), those who had too much wine (Acts 2:13), those who desecrated the Sabbath (Mt 12:1-14; Lk 13:10-14; Jn 5:1-16), those who didn’t live according to the law (Mt 15:1-2; Mk 7:1-5), and sinners’ friends (Mt 9:9-11; Lk 5:27-30). The disciples who followed Jesus were banished from their schools, jobs, families, towns, and country, and in the end were killed (Mt 23:34; Jn 16:2-3). They through faith conquered kingdoms, quenched the fury of the flames, escaped the edge of the sword, and were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. They also faced jeers and flogging, and were chained and put in prison. They were stoned, sawed in two, put to death by the sword, and went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

How then will the persecution be today, the time when the New Testament that Jesus promised (Revelation) is fulfilled? Furthermore, at the First Coming, Jesus’ disciples received all the persecution, even were killed, and were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised (Heb 11:39). Today is when the enemies are paid back (judged) and the promise is received. What then should we do?

Satan’s time to be put in prison was not at the time of the Old Testament nor the First Coming (Lk 8:26-33). Today (the Second Coming) is when Satan is seized and thrown into the Abyss (Rv 20:1-3), and so today’s testing, deception, and persecution are more severe than that of any other, because he knows that his time is short (Rv 12:12).

Today, Shinchonji, Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony (‘Shinchonji’ for short) has appeared and established the twelve tribes as promised in the Bible (Rv 7; 14; 15:4-5; 21:1). We are harvesting the wheat-like believers from the field where the seed of the gospel of heaven was sown for about 2,000 years, and then sealing them. The congregation members are seeing the word of truth and the fulfillment of the Bible, and so are gathering to Shinchonji. The pastors of the Protestant Church who saw this have condemned Shinchonji as a cult without any reasons.

They have deceived the parents and relatives of the congregation members of Shinchonji. To make the members of Shinchonji convert to their denomination, they, by force, have handcuffed their hands and feet, taped their lips shut, and made them take sleeping pills. They have treated them like they are sinners, and have used such inhumane methods so as to take and confine them into small one-roomed houses. In addition, if they don’t agree to receive the conversion education, they are confined in mental hospitals until they submit. They cut their hair, beat them, and force them to take leave of absences from school or work. Afterwards, they make them stage one-man demonstrations in opposition to Shinchonji. They provided various press companies with false stories in which they hold us accountable for the evil actions (above) that they committed, making the public think that Shinchonji is a crime group. They also conspired to expel Shinchonji out of the area and spread all kinds of lies to all the churches. Some of what they are doing are things too extreme to be seen and heard with eyes and ears. All churches are directing their fire towards Shinchonji (more than any other targeted groups) and make us known everywhere as a group that commits unspeakable crimes.

As seen in the main reference mentioned above (Mt 12:43-45), today seven demons have entered into the one who betrayed Shinchonji, and by becoming one with the demons’ pastors, he is bringing false charges against us in an attempt to make us an object of scorn in society. Jesus told us to rejoice and be glad, because great is our reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before us (Mt 5:10-12). At the First Coming, Jesus could have put at his disposal more than twelve legions of angels to judge the persecutors, but held back (Mt 26:53-54). As it is God’s to avenge today as well (Heb 10:30), knowing that he will resolve all things, we, Shinchonji, are holding back and just doing our work. Satan and his pastors will think to themselves, ‘There is no way to counter them, although we have done all kinds of evil deeds by bringing false charges against them, as was done to Job.’ This is victory through the ones who dwell within us (God and Jesus), and it is victory through the truth.

We, Shinchonji, have given the word to the congregation members without cost. Also we are willing to send 50 or 100 of our members to Protestant churches that want to learn the word of truth. We are also willing to teach pastors without receiving any money. Is there anything better than this?

In Matthew 24, Jesus’ first response in answering his disciples’ questions about the sign of Jesus’ coming (the Second Coming) and of the end of the age, was, ‘Watch out that no one deceives you.’ He then said that at that time, many will turn away from the faith and betray and hate each other, and thus, there would be an increase of wickedness (Mt 24:3-12). In Revelation 13, the reason the chosen people betrayed was also because they were deceived by the destroyers and turned away from the faith. The purpose of the destroyers is to destroy the chosen people. How far are they willing to persecute to achieve this? And wasn’t making absurd charges to achieve this goal their last resort in the case that they are not deceived?

Persecutors are holding Shincheonji accountable for the evil actions and posting derogatory, libelous statements on their web pages and on internet cafes. Through these, they are slandering, insulting, criticizing, and attacking Shinchonji and the promised pastor, making groundless accusations without hesitation.

How will those who have never experienced such things know this pain? Is it easy to endure through such false charges? Nevertheless we, Shinchonji, have and even now pray that they would awaken, so as to speak words of blessings, not persecution. We have invited them to have conversations, to meet, and to have public Biblical discussions/ debates, and so much more. At the Opened Bible Seminars, we have said that we have not come to judge, but to be judged, and have asked for their reply after judging what the truth and lies are.

Persecutors! We hope that you will come to learn about God, the true meaning of God’s word, and the teachings of righteousness, so as to become righteous (Mt 6:33), rather than stopping the congregation members from following the truth to Shinchonji by fabricating and spreading lies that are in fact, not true, and thus slandering us.

We have already overcome with truth. Also, by believing firmly that we will receive what is promised (refer to Mt 26:26-29; Rv 5:9-10; 21:1-7; 22:1-5), we will persevere through and overcome any persecution, testing, and deception. God, Jesus, and the thousands upon thousands of spirits are with Shinchonji and the promised pastor. Let us fulfill our appointed tasks by only looking forward to the day of our promise.