Main reference: Jn 10
Who are the hired pastor, the wolf, the true pastor in the time of Jesus’ First and Second Comings?
According to Malachi chapters 3 and 4, there came a man who was sent from God; his name was John (John the Baptist) (Jn 1:6-8). This John the Baptist was the pastor who did the work of the lamp that prepared the way of coming Jesus (refer to Jn 5:35, Rv 4:5).
At the time, the duty of Zechariah, the father of John and priest in the holy temple, had ended (Ref: Lk 1) and John followed his footsteps and was sent to the chosen people of the Jerusalem holy temple.
Who is the hired pastor referenced in the main passage (Jn 10)? A hired worker is someone who works for money. The hired pastors were the rulers who became one with John, who was sent to the temple of Jerusalem. It is recorded that hired pastors leave a flock of sheep when they see a wolf approaching. Who is this wolf? Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it from the days of John the Baptist (Mt 11:12). By this heaven, he was referring to the chosen people on earth (refer to Gn 37:9-11). Those who forcefully lay hold of this heaven were the pastors called ‘wolves,’ and they were the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew chapter 23. Moreover, it was the chosen people of the temple who were swallowed up. The pastors who became one with John the Baptist abandoned the sheep and ran away when the wolf, or the false pastors approached, they were referred to as the hired pastors.
However, Jesus was the good pastor of truth, who fought for the sheep with his life. This was the heart of Jesus who gave up his life for the sheep. This was what took place at the First Coming, so the Old Testament prophecies, the law, and the prophets were proclaimed until John the Baptist; the era of the Physical Israel came to an end and a new era arrived with Jesus and the gospel of heaven (Lk 16:16).
Then who are the hired pastor, the wolf and the true pastor at the time of Jesus’ Second Coming?
The angels of the seven stars of the temple of heaven’s tabernacle were sent by Jesus to do the work of the lamp that prepares the way (Rv 1:12-20).
The wolf, Satan’s pastor, soon entered this tabernacle of the lamp that prepares the way (Rv 13), and at this time, each of the seven angels abandoned the sheep and ran away. They fled was because they were only hired pastors. The flock of sheep was swallowed up by a beast of the field. At this time, the child, who is born from the woman (Spiritual Israel) clothed with the sun, and his brothers fight against the wolf and the beasts of the group of the dragon with their lives and overcome, so God’s kingdom and salvation could come at last (Rv 12). The one who overcomes, the son who was born from this woman, is the promised pastor at Jesus’ Second Coming—the true pastor (Rv 12:5). This is similar to how Jesus, the true pastor, fought for the sheep with his life after the altar of John the Baptist was forcefully advanced upon at Jesus’ First Coming.
In both of Jesus’ First and Second Comings, salvation and God’s kingdom come to exist after victory. Spiritual Israel, which began at the First Coming through Jesus after John the Baptist, comes to an end with the messengers of the seven stars who prepared the way according to Jesus promise in the New Testament (refer to Mt 24:20-31); prophecy, the world of the apostles, and the previous-heaven of Rv 6 all come to an end, and the 12 tribes of New Spiritual Israel, latter-heaven of Rv 7, is created.
This kingdom of Jesus’ Second Coming was purchased with the blood of Jesus (Rv 5:9-10, 7:9-14), and is the promised 12 tribes. 6,000 years of God’s work ends with this and the promised rest will come (Heb 4:4-9).
Apostle Paul said, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain” (1 Cor 9:9-10); it is a good thing to feed the working men to keep on working. However, the working men should not work for money or be paid. We are not hired men but the cow of heaven who works for God. Whether one is a person of duty or a congregation member, let us serve with a heart of gratitude for the grace of Jesus who died on behalf of our sins.
Believers should find salvation by distinguishing today’s hired pastor, wolf and true pastor with the Bible and its fulfillment, and meeting the promised, true pastor. The way to Shinchonji, the promised land of salvation, is very narrow and small, thus, there are only a few who find it. The only way to salvation is this way, so in order to obtain eternal life and heaven, one will find it only with great effort. God, Jesus, heaven and eternal life are here.