Main references: Jer 31:31-34, Lk 22:14-20 (Hos 6:7, Ex 19:5-6, Rv 1:5-6)
What is a covenant? What is the new covenant? What is the meaning of “fulfillment?”
A covenant is a promise spoken in words (a promise to do or not do a certain action). The new covenant is a new promise that is made after a previous one. “Fulfillment” happens when the covenant is kept.
In each era, God made a covenant with the people of His nation. According to Genesis 1, when God created the first man and woman, He said, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that move on the ground” (Gn 1:26-28). In Genesis 2, God said, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” This was the covenant between God and Adam. When he did not keep this covenant, Adam died and returned to dust (Gn 3).
God chose Noah and after destroying the sinful world of Adam with a flood, He set the rainbow in the clouds as a sign of a covenant (Gn 6, Gn 9:11-17). However, in order to punish the world of Canaan (Ham’s son) for the sin Ham committed, God called Abraham, Noah’s tenth descendant, and made a promise with him about events in the future. When the appointed time came, He fulfilled the promise through Moses, and the promised land of Canaan was conquered and ruled over.
God made a covenant through Moses with the Israelites who came out of Egypt. He said, “‘Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites” (Ex 19:5-6). However, the Israelites who came out of Egypt broke the covenant they had made with God in Ex 19:5-6 by worshiping gentile gods at the time of Solomon. God said in Hos 6:7, “Like Adam, they have broken the covenant,” and in Jer 31:31-34 He said, “They broke my covenant though I was a husband to them when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt.” The world of Adam, the world of Noah, the world of Moses, and the Israelites broke the covenant they had made with God all alike.
We can see from this that there was a reason they broke the covenant and a reason a new covenant was made. The reason they broke the covenant is that a spirit (cherub) that betrayed, also known as the dragon, the devil, or Satan, pretended to be God and deceived the people (Is 14:12-15, Ez 28:12-19). The new covenant was made because Satan deceived the chosen people to follow his will and betray God by breaking the covenant they had made with Him. If there were no Satan to deceive, then God’s people would be fruitful, increase in number, and rule over the world and its creations.
Let’s look at the abilities and skills of the one who proclaims to be God. Ezekiel 28 testifies about this.
“You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: ruby, topaz and emerald, chrysolite, onyx and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. 14You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 16Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 17Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.”……
As shown above, the dragon, the devil, or Satan was once a cherub, the commanding leader of the army. He opposes and interferes with the work of the true God, because he wants to become like God. That is why God has kept His work a secret from Satan, but with the family of God, He made a promise, a covenant, through the promised pastor.
The covenant that God made through the prophets in the Old Testament was about a future event. It was a prophecy. God prophesied beforehand about a promised pastor, a pastor who will fulfill the prophecy. He was Jesus. Jesus said, “It is finished” (Jn 19:30) to testify that he fulfilled all of the Old Testament.
Not only was Jesus born as promised in the Bible, but he also fulfilled the promises in the Old Testament, including that in Jeremiah 31 about creating a new thing, the planting of two types of seeds, and making a new covenant. Therefore, what believers had to believe at that time was the prophecy of the Old Testament and its physical fulfillment.
The new thing was not the Law of Moses but the gospel of heaven. The planting of two types of seeds, the making of the new covenant, in other words, prophesying about future events, were also the new thing.
Though the Old Testament has fulfilled, the New Testament, which is the new covenant, or Revelation, will fulfill completely. The new covenant is to believe when God fulfills what He promised before. The New Testament, the new covenant, which is also Revelation, is not the old thing.
If you look in the Bible, all previous generations since the time of Adam have broken the covenant they had made with God although they said they believed in God. The only covenant that remains is the new covenant, Revelation, which was promised through Jesus. We have already seen in the Bible those who said they believed in God but betrayed God’s covenant. If a person claims to believe in Jesus but does not believe in his new covenant or keep it, then he is not a believer. Jesus said that he told you (the new covenant) before it happens so that when it does happen, you will believe (Jn 14:29).
This new covenant is the events of Revelation. God said that if anyone adds anything to it or takes words away from it, he will not be able to enter heaven but will receive curses (plagues) (Rv 22:18-19).
Anyone who does not know this new covenant, Revelation, or understand it, yet says that he truly believes in Jesus is speaking lies. Such person is a traitor like Adam and Solomon who does not keep the covenant. It is as if he is stealing and using the name of Jesus in vain.
When the events of Revelation happen, it is the time when all nations—the traditional denominations—fall, betray, and are destroyed by Satan. It is the time when all the fallen nations become captives of the gentile destroyers for betraying, and it is the time when one era ends. Therefore, it is the time when the work of God is recreated as written in Revelation 21.
When Revelation fulfills, three events happen: the work of betrayal, the work of destruction, and the work of salvation. These are the three mysteries.
In this time of Revelation, one era (the era of the church of Jesus) ends, while a new era of re-creation begins. The new people are created. These new people face the new era after all nations betray and the twelve tribes are created through harvest and the work of sealing (Rv 6, 7, 13, 14).
However, those who do not know the events of Revelation are all who betray and not believe. They cannot believe, because they do not understand. As a result, they become those who oppose God’s work and receive destruction.
The betrayers and the destroyers will go to the fires of hell for not believing in the fulfillment of the new covenant. At that time (time of Revelation), those who believe in the things that fulfilled according to the new covenant will receive salvation, become the new people of a new nation in a new era, and enter the eternal kingdom of heaven together with God.
In this time of Revelation, the chosen people who believe in the promise will receive salvation, because they are called out from captivity and saved from the churches, from all nations, that fell because of Babylon, the kingdom of demons (Rv 17:14, 18:4).
However, those who do not believe in the things that fulfilled according to the new covenant are like Adam and like Canaan at the time of Noah. They are like Solomon who worshiped gentile gods and like Physical Israel at the time of Jesus’ first coming. They have become one with the god of spiritual Babylon and have fallen deep into darkness.
Today, the Presbyterian Church—the main denomination of the Christian Council of Korea (CCK)—bowed down before foreign gods of Japan and worshiped them, like Solomon.
Also, the entire Christian world that accepts and supports the Presbyterian Church today, at the time of Revelation’s fulfillment, has eaten the food sacrificed to idols, has betrayed God like Adam, and has forsaken the promises in the Book of Revelation. They are the betrayers who have completely broken the new covenant.
At this time, God sends His messenger to make these things known (Rv 22:16) and saves those who believe in the testimony. Whoever keeps the new covenant will receive salvation.
The new covenant is the Book of Revelation. Revelation is the summary of the new covenant. The person who believes in the fulfillment of Revelation is the one who believes and keeps the new covenant.
Those who do not believe will be destroyed as in the days of Noah and Lot, but those who believe will receive salvation like the family of Noah and Lot.