Main references: Rv 1, 2, 3
What is the prophecy and its fulfillment regarding the messenger who prepares the way and the promised pastor, and what kind of people are they? The prophecy is God foretelling what He will fulfill in the future, and the fulfillment is God fulfilling His prophecy when it is preached to the whole world.
The messenger who prepares the way comes first before the promised pastor appears, and prepares the way for the promised pastor. Preparing the way is when the messenger who prepares the way makes known that the promised pastor prophesied in the Bible will appear. In the era of the Old Testament, Moses sending Aaron first to speak [to the Israelites] was preparing the way. Also, at the First Coming, sending John the Baptist first was preparing the way for Jesus. This is a fact known to everyone who is a believer.
Then, who are the messenger who prepares the way and the promised pastor at the Second Coming promised in the New Testament? Why don’t the pastors let people know about them and the work they are doing? This is of quite a great interest in the era of the New Testament. If the messenger who prepares the way fails to carry out his duty, then it will be hard for the promised pastor to come and fulfill the duty that has been entrusted to him.
For example, Eve was created to be a suitable helper for Adam, but Eve caused Adam to be killed by giving him the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil in the same manner of how the serpent deceived her (Gn 3). When Moses, who met God at Mount Sinai, was so long in coming down from the mountain that Aaron, the messenger who prepared the way, did not wait for Moses, but made the golden calf (idol) and worshipped it. He did not believe in the words of God and Moses (Ex 32). John the Baptist came in the name of Elijah, but he did not know that he was sent in the name of Elijah, the messenger who prepares the way, and only called himself as the “one calling in the desert” (Lk 1:17, Lk 3:3-6, Jn 1:19-23). However, Jesus said that “he [John the Baptist] is the Elijah who was to come” (Mt 11:10-14).
As seen in John 1, John the Baptist testified about Jesus at first. However, when John the Baptist was locked up in prison, he sent his disciples to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” Then Jesus replied, “Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.” And he said, “Among those born of women, there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.” (Mt 11:2-12). Also in John 10, Jesus said John the Baptist was a hired hand that abandoned his sheep and ran away (Jn 10:1-15). If Jesus was the “Christ who was to come” as John the Baptist had said, then he should have sent his flock of sheep to Jesus as it was stated in Isaiah 16. Yet, John did not send his disciples, but carried out his own ministry, baptized people in his own way, and talked nonsense by sending his disciples to Jesus.
Regarding the salvation of John the Baptist, only God will decide so we cannot say, “He is saved or he is not saved.” However, John made a huge mistake (betrayal). Since Jesus said, “He who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he [John the Baptist],” I am afraid to say that John the Baptist is outside the kingdom of heaven. I want to ask why he abandoned his flock of sheep in Jerusalem and ran away, although he was supposed to protect his flock of sheep as the messenger who prepares the way, and why did he not believe and say the words that could put someone into temptation. Due to his actions, the promised pastor, Jesus, probably had a hard time fulfilling the duty that had been entrusted to him. However, on the other hand, it will be said that the words and deeds of Mary, who poured the expensive perfume on him, helped Jesus in many ways.
Then, what about the time of Revelation, the last part of God’s history? As seen in Revelation 1, 2, and 3, the seven stars (angels) who did the work of the lamps preparing the way was the messenger who prepared the way at the Second Coming. This messenger who prepared the way abandoned his flock of sheep and went out into the desert like John the Baptist did at the First Coming (refer to Mt 11:10-14, 11:7). Also, just as the snake-like Pharisees invaded the temple of Jerusalem, the pastors of the Stewardship Education Center (It was an education center mainly for Presbyterian Church pastors. The current CCK was also formed mainly with the Presbyterian Church.) invaded the temple today. The pastors who invaded were the snake-like pastors of Satan like those at the First Coming, and they made people eat food sacrificed to idols, accept the teachings of Satan and commit sexual immorality with the evil spirits as seen in Revelation 2. Furthermore, the seven messengers of the tabernacle that prepared the way and their congregation members were destroyed by the beast of Satan in Revelation 13.
The messenger who prepares the way had a weak faith, and demonstrated unreliable behavior in every era. At the First Coming, Jesus said, “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.” Likewise, today, all the prophets or pastors, churches, and the prophecies of the New Testament have come to an end. This is the time of the favorable season of ringing out the old and ringing in the New Year, where the previous era has ended and a new era has come. What is fulfilled in this new era becomes the eternal gospel (Rv 14:6).
The promised pastor has protected his kingdom and people with his life in all the eras, just as Jesus did at the First Coming (refer to Jn 10). The promised pastor can have such strength (power) because he has received and knows everything.
At the time when the previous era has ended and a new era has come (the favorable season of ringing out the old and ringing in the New Year), what are the qualifications for the congregation members of the previous era to receive salvation? God left a very small remnant at the time of Adam, Noah, and Lot, and also at the First Coming of Jesus (refer to Is 1:8-9). With that very small remnant, God opened a new era and made it exceedingly great. This is the history (work) seen in the Bible.
The one who will receive salvation today is the one who is born again through the seed of God and the blood of Jesus. The ones who are sealed with the seal of God, that is the fulfillment of the promised revelation (The revealed Word is the seal of God who was the Word in the beginning.), are the harvest of the fruit of the seed that Jesus had sown 2,000 years ago (Rv 14:14-16), and the multitude in white who received forgiveness for their sins (washed their robes) through the blood of Jesus and are the ones who did not add to or take away from the book of Revelation. They are the priests and people of the twelve tribes of the promised new kingdom, and the ones whose names are written in the Book of Life. They are the only ones who are qualified to receive salvation at the time of the fulfillment of Revelation.
Whoever does not know the entities of the betrayer, the destroyer, and the savior, the key figures which appear when the event of Revelation is fulfilled, cannot be saved.
Jesus recorded the end of the New Testament in the book of Revelation in detail. This means that there is an end to the Spiritual Israel and an end to the former era at the Second Coming. The end of Physical Israel was at the First Coming of Jesus, and the end of Spiritual Israel is at the Second Coming of Jesus. The reason for the end of an era is because it has become corrupted. However, the false pastors educate (preach) that they (believers) receive salvation and non-believers will be destroyed. However, this is not true. Those who are punished are not the non-believers of the world, but those of Spiritual Israel. This is what the New Testament of the Bible speaks of.
The reason why the messengers who prepared the way did wrong in each era is because they did not possess the true light (Jn 1:6-13), and the reason for them to be defeated in a fight is because they did not possess the perfect light. Jesus promised to give blessings to the one who fights and overcomes the enemy as promised in Revelation 2 and 3. Since Jesus had overcome the world (Jn 16:33), he received an iron scepter to rule over all the nations and the food that gives eternal life. Likewise, the one who overcomes like Jesus promised receives an iron scepter to rule over all the nations and the food that gives eternal life (Rv 2:17, 26-27). By overcoming, he is the promised pastor.
All the believers in the world will earn salvation if they belong to the promised pastor in the last days. If they do not know this, how can they say that they are the believers who believe in the Word of the Bible? I pray that they will believe and receive salvation.