Main references: Jn 19:30; Rv 21:6
How different are the promises of God, the prophecy and the fulfillment, of the Old and New Testaments? The information written below is a brief explanation regarding the unique differences between the two.
The Physical Israelites, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, did not keep the covenant with God (Ex 19:5-6), and they betrayed. Thus, God had to prophesy future events through many Old Testament prophets. Roughly 600 to 700 years after those prophecies were proclaimed, heaven and God came to Jesus and fulfilled them all (Jn 19:30).
First, God sent John the Baptist, the messenger who prepared the way, and Jesus, the pastor of the covenant, according to the prophecies in Isaiah and Malachi. God allowed Jesus to be born in Bethlehem just as it was prophesied in Micah (Mic 5:2-3; Mt 1:22-23), and God came to Jesus and dwelled with him (Mt 3:16-17).
The son, Jesus, sowed the seed of God, just as God had promised to Jeremiah (Jer 31:27). God spoke about hidden things, things from of old, in parables, and He proclaimed them to future descendants (Ps 78:2; Mt 13:24-30, 34-35). In addition, Jesus prophesied future events in the New Testament (Lk 22:14-20), and he bore the sins of all people and died. Three days after Jesus died, he resurrected and ascended to heaven (Jn 19 ~ 21; Acts 1:11).
God spoke to several prophets about the Old Testament prophecies, and they were proclaimed for about 600-700 years. When they were fulfilled, however, it only took three years for them to be fulfilled. Regarding the New Testament, Jesus and his disciple, John, spoke about the prophecies for the future. The rest of the disciples recorded what they had seen and heard during the first coming. It took roughly 2,000 years for the prophecies in the New Testament to be proclaimed to the whole world as a testimony.
Jesus, at the second coming, returns to the field where the seed was sown. He returns to the field to harvest according to the promises. This time will be like the days of Noah, Lot, and of the first coming (Mt 23). It is only when the events of Mt 24 take place—God’s tabernacle (church) is destroyed, and when the destroyer stands in the holy place—that the Lord will come with angels and harvest from the North, South, East, and West, and create a new kingdom. This is the New Testament and the promise, which the Lord asked us to believe.
The following is a brief summary of the New Testament promise.
At a time when Spiritual Israel ends and becomes corrupt just like Physical Israel, God sends the seven stars who prepare the way for the work of God. Just like at the time of the first coming, Satan’s pastors, the Nicolaitans, invade the tabernacle of the seven stars. They feed the saints of the tabernacle the teachings of idols and the food sacrificed to idols, and they entice the saints into committing adultery. The seven pastors (messengers), who prepare the way, cannot overcome, and as a consequence, they receive the mark from the seven pastors of Satan and worship them (Rv 13). This is how the event of betrayal first takes place. As a result, they are destroyed, and they become slaves as they are captured. Just as Matthew 24 and Revelation 13 portray, when this event takes place, the Lord comes with the angels to harvest.
The New Testament and Revelation record the events of the betrayers, the destroyers, and of the promised pastor, the savior. These were recorded so that when they take place, we will see and believe (Jn 14:29). Whoever believes will attain salvation, but whoever does not believe will be judged, just like at the time of the first coming (refer to Mt 23).
The betrayers were the Spiritual Israelites. The destroyers were the pastors from the Stewardship Education Center. Those pastors were referred to as the Nicolaitans, who were similar to the serpent-like Pharisees, who had the spirit of Satan. The savior is the pastor promised in Revelation 2 and 3. He is the one who overcomes in Revelation 12.
At the end of the age, God establishes His temple, the Tabernacle Church (Tabernacle Temple), which represents all the churches on earth. This is not the physical temple of Jerusalem in Zion, located in Physical Israel. This physical temple is used figuratively (refer to Mt 24:15-16). This event took place at the end of the earth, in the East, which is the Republic of Korea.
The physical realities from Revelation 1, 2, and 3 have appeared at this location. The actual entities from the books of Matthew 24, Revelation 13, 7, and 14 has appeared as well. Furthermore, the events of Revelation 12 have also taken place.
At the time of Revelation’s fulfillment, the one who overcomes, and his brothers in Revelation 12, are taken as the seed to create God’s new kingdom. The kingdom, which is established through them, is the twelve tribes in Revelation 7 and 14, and they become God’s people. The saints must remember the Bible verses, such as Matthew 21:43, which God calls those who were not His own (God’s chosen people, the Physical Israelites) as His own people.
Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament at the first coming (Jn 19:30). The pastors of Israel at that time could not believe in the fulfillment due to the lack of their Biblical knowledge (Hos 4:6). The prophecies of the New Testament have been fulfilled today just as they were recorded (Rv 21:6). The pastors of the New Testament, however, do not believe in the fulfillment out of their ignorance of the Biblical knowledge, and they are persecuting the fulfillment once again.
If one does not believe in the prophecy and its fulfillment, his faith becomes futile. Why do the pastors at the end of the age not believe, but rather persecute instead? It is because they became corrupt, and part of Satan’s group. It is also because they returned to mere flesh after having started with the holy spirit (refer to Gal 3:3). Although they belonged to heaven, they fell to the earth (refer to Rv 6:13). At a time like this, we in Shincheonji Church of Jesus, the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, have been harvested to God’s barn. We have been sealed by the word of Revelation, and we have been registered at the twelve tribes, the new kingdom of the promise. We have learned the prophecy and the fulfillment of Revelation without adding to it and/or subtracting from it. Our names have also been written in the book of life. Furthermore, God and heaven are with Shincheonji. (This is why the pastors are persecuting Shincheonji and causing a commotion, just like at the time of the first coming.)
This is the promise and the word of the Bible, which all saints must believe and keep. Anyone who does not believe in the fulfillment does not believe in God or the word of the Bible.
Believers at the end of the age must know who they are and where they are according to the Bible. At the end of the age of the Spiritual Israelites, believers will attain salvation only if they follow the promised pastor instead of their own pastors. They must become people who keep God’s promises. Is this word not true?
Just as someone who has tasted water knows what water tastes like, if one tastes Shincheonji’s word of Revelation, they will be able to distinguish between the fruit of life and the fruit of good and evil. A fool will not be cured from foolishness until he dies, but even a dead spirit will live again if he receives God’s breath of life. No one in this world will be qualified for receiving salvation unless people are born again. It is only when one is born of God’s spirit and God’s seed will they attain salvation.
Since the promised kingdom of heaven is near, everyone must repent and be born again. Shincheonji is praying for this.