Main references: Rv 1 ~ 22
What is the book of Revelation in the New Testament? What is the promised kingdom, and who is the promised pastor?
The book of Revelation in the New Testament was written by John, the disciple of Jesus, roughly 2,000 years ago. Having been inspired by the holy spirit, John saw a vision and recorded the vision revelation while he was in exile on the island of Patmos. There are a total of 22 chapters in Revelation. Besides Revelation, John also recorded the gospel of John (21 chapters), 1 John (five chapters), 2 John (one chapter), and 3 John (one chapter) in the New Testament.
Revelation, which John recorded, summarizes the entire prophecy in the New Testament. It will be fulfilled without adding to and/or subtracting from it. After Jesus’ ascension, he came back and made known the revelation to John so we would believe when it happens.
Who fulfills this Revelation? Who witnesses it and testifies about it? Regarding the revelation (the sealed scroll) in the Old Testament, God fulfilled it, and Jesus testified about it by receiving the scroll (refer to Is 29:9-14; Hab 2:2-3; Ez 1, 2, 3; Mt 11:27). In regards to Revelation in the New Testament, Jesus receives the scroll (the sealed scroll) from God and fulfills it. He gives the opened scroll to the New John and has him testify about the physical fulfillment, which he sees and hears. Therefore, it is only one pastor, the one who receives the scroll of the revelation, that is able to testify according to what he has seen, heard, and has been commanded to proclaim.
Please look at Revelation 10. Except for the New John, whoever claims to know Revelation and interprets it on his own is a thief and a false pastor. Such false pastors are Satan’s pastors, antichrist, those who practice magic arts, and sorcerers who are to appear in the end of the age. The promised pastor, in contrast, is a person who receives the revelation, the one who sees and hears the entire book of Revelation, and receives a command. At the end of the Spiritual Israelites in the era of the New Testament, one will attain salvation by believing and following the promised pastor, rather than following his own pastor. This was the same at the time of the first coming.
Revelation in the New Testament begins to be fulfilled as the messengers of the seven lampstands appear. At the first coming, John the Baptist, who prepared the way, appeared and later, in the same temple, the promised pastor, Jesus, also appeared in the temple of John the Baptist. This took place according to the prophecy in Malachi 3. Likewise, the messengers of the seven lampstands who prepare the way must appear first at the time of Revelation. And then the Nicolaitans, Satan’s pastors, invade their tabernacle. At that time, the promised pastor (the one who overcomes) appears in the temple of the tabernacle that prepares the way. This is the beginning of the fulfillment of Revelation chapters 1, 2, and 3.
The messengers of the seven golden lampstands that prepare the way at the second coming are the pastors who represent Spiritual Israel at the end times.
The pastors and the prophecy of the New Testament are only proclaimed until the seven stars (messengers) which prepare the way appear. Therefore, the betrayal of these representative seven messengers indicates the betrayal of the Spiritual Israelites. Furthermore, serpents, the Nicolaitans, who are similar to the snake-like Pharisees at the first coming (Mt 23:33), are the destroyers at the time of the New Testament’s fulfillment. On the other hand, a person who sends the letters asking for repentance to the seven messengers who prepare the way is the promised pastor (the one who overcomes) and the savior.
The events of Revelation record the events of these three entities. God’s people who prepare the way are the seven messengers, while the pastors of the dragon (Satan) are the seven heads and the beast with ten horns (seven pastors and ten elders, who are equivalent to the priests and the elders at the first coming). In addition, the savior begins with the twelve disciples, that is, the twelve tribes, just like at the first coming.
The pastors of the dragon invade the tabernacle of the messengers who prepare the way, and they entice the saints of the tabernacle to receive the mark on their foreheads and hands, and to worship them (Rv 13). These pastors destroy the tabernacle just as portrayed in Matthew 24. These are the actions of betrayal and destruction, and the end of the Spiritual Israelites.
Since that time, the time of the first coming, God’s gospel of the revelation of the New Testament has been proclaimed (Lk 16:16), and wheat-like saints are harvested and created into God’s new kingdom. They are the sealed 144,000 of the twelve tribes (priests) and the great multitude whose sins are washed away (people). This event takes place in Revelation 7 after the event in Revelation 6.
Let us examine this more precisely.
There are two battles in Revelation. The first battle takes place between the seven stars and the dragon’s seven heads and ten horns (Rv 13). The dragon wins this first battle, whereas the saints of the tabernacle of heaven are defeated and destroyed. In the second battle, the male child who is born from the woman clothed with the sun, moon, and stars, and his brothers overcome the group of the dragon with the blood of Jesus and the words of their testimony. As a result, salvation and the kingdom of God are able to come (Rv 12:10-11). The one who overcomes receives the promises of Revelation 2 and 3. There is no salvation and no eternal life without the promises of Revelation 2 and 3.
Do you know the promises of Revelation 2 and 3? By overcoming, that which was lost to the devil can be taken back, and God, who comes, can govern the entire world of mankind. Before this work of overcoming, the devil has been controlling and reigning over the world, and people have married the devil (Rv 18). However, when one fights against the devil and overcomes him, God can govern, and the wedding banquet with Jesus, the Lamb, and the wedding itself can take place (Rv 19).
The events of Revelation point to the warfare between God and the devil. As those who belong to God overcome, salvation and God’s new kingdom can come (Rv 21:1-7).
Revelation is a book of prophecy. Its fulfillment is the event which occurs during the time of Jesus’ second coming. Just as the Old Testament was fulfilled at the time of the first coming, Revelation in the New Testament is fulfilled without adding to and/or subtracting from it (Rv 21:6). At the time of the fulfillment, the word of prophecy becomes the embodiment, and the flesh entities (actual realities) appear. This is what Jesus asks us to see and believe (Jn 14:29). John saw a vision during the time of prophecy, but at the time of the fulfillment, the New John (the one who overcomes) witnesses the physical fulfillment from Revelation chapter 1 through chapter 22, and he receives the opened scroll. According to the command he receives, he is sent to the churches to give the testimony just as it says in Revelation 22:16. Therefore, this testimony is the truth.
The promised pastor who is sent [by Jesus] knows the physical entities of the entire book of Revelation. Except for the promised pastor, whoever interprets Revelation according to his own thoughts is a deceptive liar. I pray that everyone will listen to the promised pastor and attain their hope.
If one desires to be part of God’s promised kingdom and receive heaven and eternal life, he first needs to equip himself with the six qualifications below.
① He must be born again of God’s seed.
② He must be harvested at the time of harvest (time of second coming).
③ He must be sealed.
④ He must not add to and/or subtract from the prophecy and the fulfillment of Revelation.
⑤ He must belong to the twelve tribes.
⑥ His name must be recorded in the book of life.
One will attain salvation only by keeping these six commands.
I pray that everyone will hear and perceive the words of the pastor promised in the New Testament, and attain their hope.