Persecution at the First and Second Comings

Main references: Acts 7:51-53; Mt 23:29-36

The world that God, the Lord of Creation, (Gn 6:1-7) left has been under the control of the serpent (Satan) until today (Gn 1:1-Rv 22:21). God did His work in order to save humanity that has fallen into sin by sending prophets in each of the eras, but Satan killed them through his own pastors, each and every time. For what reasons did he kill them?

It has been 6,000 years since the world has been this way. The ones who fulfilled the Old Testament were God and Jesus who overcame (Jn 17:3, 16:33, 19:30). The ones who will fulfill the New Testament are Jesus and the Promised Pastor, the One Who Overcomes (Rv 21:6). The Old Testament prophets preached and recorded what they saw and heard from God–this is the Old Testament. The Disciples in the New TEstament preached and recorded what they saw and heard from Jesus–this is the New Testament.

Those who killed the Old Testament prophets were the pastors of the chosen people, not of the gentiles or the non-believers. Those who killed Jesus and his disciples at the First Coming were not the gentiles or the non-believers, but the pastors of the chosen people. The persecutors in the main references were also the pastors of the chosen people, Judah and Jerusalem. As can be seen in John 8, the chosen people of Israel were the ones who persecuted and killed, meaning, the people of Judah, the Pharisee pastors and their people. Why did the chosen people persecute and kill the messengers who were sent for them? This is because Satan entered into them and worked through them. Why did Satan enter into the pastors of the chosen people? This is because the chosen people believed in their own pastors, and this was so that the pastors of the chosen people, whom Satan entered into, would block the messenger sent by God from going near the chosen people. They did this through their lies.

Apostle Paul said that the hearts of the people were like fields and buildings (1 Cor 3:9). God left people’s hearts because of their sins, and the hearts of the people whom God left became mere empty houses. Satan enters and works in these houses of sin. Would this Satan be fond of God’s messengers? Satan testified to lies since the time of Adam until now, and has been committing transgression. As God’s true prophets came and made known what was true, the faults of Satan and Satan’s pastors were revealed. And as the identity of Satan and the transgression, Satan and his pastors came to the point of killing the prophets in order to hide themselves.

God said, “Forgive, love, bless, love your neighbor as your own body, love your enemies, feed the enemies if they are hungry, if someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles, do not hate, to hate is to murder.” These were God’s commandments.

The pastors at the First Coming of Jesus believed in Moses and the Law, but did not believe in God’s prophecies the Old Testament prophets testified to, nor did they believe in Jesus who fulfilled those prophecies and their physical entities. If one truly believed in God, Jesus, and their will, he will also have to believe in the Old Testament and the New Testament. What is more important in today’s era, the fulfillment of the Old Testament, or the fulfillment of the New Testament? The New Testament is more important than the Old Testament, by tens of thousands of times! Anyone who understands the true meaning of the entire Bible will say the same thing. It is not an exaggeration to say that God’s 6,000 years of work was for the sake of fulfilling the Book of Revelation today.

– In order to understand the level of persecution from Satan’s pastors at the First Coming of Jesus, let us take a look at the reasons for the persecution.

1. He does not keep the Sabbath (Mt 12; Jn 5:1-16).

2. He calls God his own father (Jn 5:18).

3. He deceives others (Lk 23:2).

4. He asserts eternal life (Jn 8:51-59).

5. He is demon-possessed (Jn 8:52).

6. He is a plague (Acts 24:5 NKJV).

7. He calls himself a king (Jn 19:18-22).

8. He is a heretic (Acts 24:5).

…among others.

– Let us also take a look at reasons for persecution directed at the Promised Pastor and his denomination (organization) at the time of Jesus’ Second Coming, in order to find out the level of persecution.

1. He calls himself “the lord” of his denomination.

2. They claim eternal life.

3. They say that they are harvesting.

4. He is suffering from an incurable disease.

5. They are heretics.

6. He is demon-possessed.

7. He is a crook.

8. They assault people and kidnap them.

9. He claims to be Jesus.

10. He claims to be the Counselor.

11. They call themselves Shincheonji (new heaven and new earth).

12. They call themselves, “the Tabernacle of the Testimony.”

13. They are an illegal organization.

14. They claim that the Mission Centers in which they teach the Bible are free of cost.

These are the reasons people use to declare war.

We are not only persecuted, but we even have someone who was beaten to death among our congregation members. Words of criticism and persecution on Internet blogs are hard to even watch. Are these actions according to Jesus’ commandments?

Numerous times, we requested public debates. We even sent them letters asking them to explain. No one replied to this. The fact that their congregation members are gathering to the City of Truth, Shincheonji, means that things are being fulfilled according to the Bible, and it is because they are not teaching the Bible correctly that the congregation members are coming to a place where the Bible is taught well.

The place that declared war on Shincheonji is experiencing a dramatic decrease in the number of its congregation members, and its denomination is broken into two’s and three’s, calling each other, “heretics.” They are even buying and selling pastorships and presidencies with money. Is this God’s will? Is this truth of life? Light and salt?

They may perceive if conversations were carried out, but there is not a single person to converse with through the Word. This is when I am reminded of the events at the times of the old prophets and Jesus’ First Coming. Satan and his pastors use the same methods then and now. The words, “For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in” (Mt 23:13), apply to this. The congregation members of the place where it became old and corrupt, obsolete and betrayed only believe in the words of their own pastors rather than God and the Bible. And with the same mindset as their pastors, the congregation members condemn and curse the messenger whom God (Jesus) sent, and with the same lies persecute, murder, go against the messenger, call him a heretic and claim that he is demon-possessed, and block the congregation members from going to find the truth.

We examined God’s commandments and the actions of Satan’s family members. Even a little kid can know who belongs to God and who belongs to Satan. If anyone sees and hears this but still cannot perceive, the Bible and God are needed for such a person.

But because they are mindful of votes during the times of elections, politicians acknowledge people’s words whether they are speaking the truth or false-truth.

God bestowed the greatest blessing in humanity. But I am fearful that the blessings God gave will be given to others because of such people’s actions. I am also fearful that they may receive destruction. We are carefully being patient that our two hands will not even hit each other, just like how Jesus was. Jesus kept his patience although he could have brought judgment through more than twelve legions of heaven’s army in heaven (Mt 26:53-54). At the time of Moses, the heaven’s army came down at the night of the Passover and killed the firstborns of Egypt. This was how the Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, let God’s herd of sheep go.

God called heaven and earth as witnesses and said, “I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him” (Dt 30:19-20).

Before the wedding banquet, God seizes and locks up the dragon in order to rule all nations, and after this, the first resurrection of those who fought and overcame the group of Satan and the martyred spirits is fulfilled as they become one (Rv 20:1-6).

As can be seen in the Bible, where should the believers go to be saved? They must go to where God, Jesus, and heaven are. Where are God and heaven, and where should the believers go? What is the way to heaven? The word since the beginning is the way (Jn 1:1). We must follow the Word as our way. After a certain event, then after another, and another, God and heaven are there. If you deny the way of the Word, how can you know the way? Go to Siloam, open your eyes and see (refer to Jn 9:7). Then you will see. Without the one who overcomes of Revelation chapters 2, 3, and 12 (the Promised Pastor), there will never be salvation for all of humanity. Satan is the one who opposes this, and there is salvation for those who accept this.

God and heaven are in Rv 3:12. Can you find and come to that place? This is the promised kingdom, our hope, and heaven where God is.

This is the destination of life of faith–it is where God purposed.