Main reference: Jas 2:17-26, Heb 11:33-40
The apostle Paul wrote about the testimony and the promise, and the apostle James about faith and how to behave. The believers at that time received the testimony and not the promise, but they testified about Jesus Christ from faith at the risk of their lives. What’s the difference between the time when the apostles wrote their letters, and today, the age of Shinchonji? At that time, the followers believed in the Holy Spirit, and risked their lives out of faith. These days, however, faith has become corrupt and worn. With this, the promised nation and heaven is near, and there is a sound of Jesus’ second coming. How do we have to keep our religion today?
There are many people yet who haven’t woken up from their deep sleep at night. They have to wake up, repent their dead behaviors, and be guided by the Holy Spirit. Many religious bodies and the pastors of churches and their followers think that they have already been saved and will receive eternal life and heaven. They misunderstood the Bible, not knowing the true meaning of eternal life.
If someone belongs to their pastor and church at the end of the age, Jesus’s second coming, they cannot be saved (Mt 13:30, 15:14). This is according to what Jesus said. A pastor and a church without the Holy Spirit cannot be called a pastor or a church. Moreover, a pastor or a church which persecutes the believers of the promised nation of God is not a pastor or church of God. They belong to evil and that is why they do wrong. What’s miserable is that they don’t know that they are going to hell. The believers in the early church had the faith through the Holy Spirit. On the contrary, the followers of the present time have the faith which fell to the ground (Gal 3:3). Reading the testimony of the apostle Paul in Hebrews 11:35-40, we have to go back to the entire religion emulating the faith and behavior at that time.
In Hebrews 11, verse 35 reads that women received back their dead and were raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. Verse 36 shows that some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. In verse 37, people were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated. Verse 38 testifies that the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. Verse 39 shows that they were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. Finally, verse 40, testifies that God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.
As stated above, these people had risked their lives to testify about Jesus. They were prepared for their martyrdom, and a better resurrection, and didn’t fear anything. Hebrews was written in the time for conveying the gospel of Jesus at his first coming. Now is the time for harvesting at Jesus’ second coming, and creating God’s nation. Also, it is time to cross over from the tomb of death to life (Jn 5:25~29). What is the bigger event? Jesus’ second coming, today, is for sure. If this is true, the chosen believer today has to harvest the grains and create God’s nation more passionately so as not to be a shamed in front of the martyrs. They only received the testimony, but now we accept the promise of the testimony. The promise is that the martyrs’, whose bodies are dead because of their evangelizing, spiritual bodies will rise as they testified.
Today, we harvest the grains from the seeds that the martyrs sowed as a testimony and create God’s new nation (Rv 5:9-10).
Jesus, who will come again, will say, “The martyrs and I are making man in our image, in our likeness.” We (believers) of present time will do on earth (physical world) as it is in heaven (spiritual world).
It means that the spiritual world and physical world will be created like in Revelation chapter 12. At that time, whoever does not have sincere faith and true behavior cannot get what was promised (heaven and permanent life). False pastors will do their work as written in the Bible, and will be placed in the fiery lake that has been prepared for them (Rev 21:7-9, 22:11-12).
Shinchonji creates God’s nation on earth as it is in heaven, where we can live with Jesus forever in God’s accomplished world and be one with the spirit (Rev 20:4, 22:3-5). If one truly knows the time, he cannot but work hard. Not realizing the age and not believing in God’s work, that person will not obey and will neglect their work. What should you be in the Bible, a sheep or goat? (Mt 25:31-34) There will be a separation as recorded in the Bible, because many people have little faith, just like the people in the age of Noah and Lot (Lk 17:26-30). You have to seize this opportunity which will never repeat itself by obeying and believing the words of the Bible. We have to work hard enough to win the honor of being a living martyr as referenced in Hebrews chapter 11.
This letter is for the believers of Shinchonji. It will be a testimony when one is judged. We have to work together and also earn the honor together. Let’s rise up and brighten this dark world with the true light, and see Jesus again.
We can do it!