Main references: Lk 18:8, Lk 17:26-30
How is the state of faith different in the worlds before and after Jesus’ Second Coming? One can say that the answer is, “According to the New Testament.”
This is explained in detail as what follows:
When the world of Adam (Gn 6) became corrupt, God chose Noah to put an end to the world of Adam and established the world of Noah. When the world of Noah (Canaan) became corrupt, God chose Moses to put an end to the world of Canaan and established the world of Moses (Physical Israel). When the world of Moses (Physical Israel) became corrupt, God sent Jesus to put an end to the world of Physical Israel and established Spiritual Israel. When the promise made with Abraham became known all over Israel, God fulfilled this promise through Moses. When the promise made through the Old Testament prophets became known all over Israel, God fulfilled that promise through Jesus (Jn. 19:30). We can see that God established a new era every time the previous era became corrupt. In order to do so, He made known in advance what He would fulfill (Am 3:7).
Accordingly, what become fulfilled from that point on are the world that comes after Jesus’ first coming and the world of Jesus’ second coming—meaning, the worlds before and after Jesus’ second coming. At the time of his first coming, Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament (Jn 19:30) and also promised what he will fulfill at the Second Coming, which is the prophecy of the New Testament. In Mt 24:14, Jesus said, “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” It has been 2,000 years since Jesus said this. It took this long because the prophecy of the New Testament, the gospel of the kingdom of heaven, had to be preached to the whole world.
From the time of Jesus’ first coming to the time of his second coming (about 2,000 years), the pastors’ duty was to preach what Jesus fulfilled at the First Coming and what he will fulfill at the Second Coming (to preach the gospel). If the pastors only preached the fulfillment of the Old Testament but not the New Testament that will fulfill at the Second Coming, no one can say that they completed their duty. Even if a person believes the fulfillment of the Old Testament, there is no salvation for him if he does not believe the New Testament (prophecy) and its fulfillment. This is because God’s work of salvation is connected from the Old Testament all the way to the fulfillment of the New Testament. For example, the Old Testament stated that a seed would be sown, and Jesus came and fulfilled this by sowing the seed (Jer 31:27, Mt 13:24-25). After sowing the seed, Jesus said he will come to harvest and establish a new kingdom (Mt 13:30, Mt 24:29-31, Rv 14:14-16, Rv 7, Rv 14). Therefore, there is no salvation for anyone who does not believe the New Testament. One who does not know nor has perceived this—that is, the Old Testament prophecies and their fulfillment, what it means to be born of God’s seed of the New Testament and to be harvested—is a fake believer. Such a person is a chaff-like believer without grain, a whitewashed, hypocritical believer.
A life of faith must have its standard on the Word. A life of faith apart from the Word cannot be a true life of faith. Let us take a look at the state of faith in the worlds before and after Jesus’ second coming. The duty of a pastor before Jesus’ second coming was to preach the New Testament (new covenant)—what was to be fulfilled at the Second Coming—to the whole world. When the New Testament is fulfilled, the duty of that pastor and the prophecy before Jesus’ second coming are finished.
What appears at the time of Jesus’ second coming is the physical reality of fulfillment, not the prophecies of the past. A prophecy is not the fulfilled physical entity itself. The fulfilled physical entities of the prophecies, on the other hand, are the fulfillment of the prophecies that pastors before the Second Coming had been preaching about. Those who should preach about these physical entities are not those pastors in the past, but are the new pastors who saw and heard at the time of fulfillment. They are the kingdom and priests in Revelation 5:9-10 and the ones whom Jesus has made to be a promised kingdom and priests by freeing them from sin in Revelation 1:5-6. They are the ones harvested from the north, south, east, and west by Jesus and the angels as written in Matthew 24:31; the new priests who are sealed in Revelation 7; those purchased with Jesus’ blood; and the great multitude dressed in white who receive forgiveness of sins through Jesus’ blood (Rv 7:9-14).
The ones who preached the gospel before the second coming of Jesus were those who made known the New Testament which would be fulfilled (prophecies). The ones who preach about the physical entities who appear at the Second Coming according to prophecy are God’s kingdom and priests, the great multitude in white, the congregation members (people) after Jesus’ second coming, and those who take part in the first resurrection in Revelation 20.
Just as the pastors before and after Jesus’ first coming are different from each other, it is the same in the era of Revelation, the Second Coming. The pastors before the Second Coming can declare that they fulfilled their appointed task only if they made known to the congregation members what is to be fulfilled at the Second Coming. The congregation members can then receive salvation by seeing, perceiving, and believing at the time of Jesus’ second coming. However, if pastors today add to or take away from the Book of Revelation (the promised New Testament) just like the pastors of Jerusalem at the First Coming did, and if they do not preach it in the right way nor believe the fulfillment of the New Testament, can they be saved? They would be no different from the pastors of Jerusalem who persecuted at the First Coming.
The New Heaven and New Earth (Shincheonji) has proclaimed peace around the world just as Jesus did (Lk 19:38-42) while the Christian Council of Korea (CCK) has proclaimed war just as the pastors of Jerusalem did at the First Coming. All the people around the world know this fact.
In order to fulfill Revelation, God and Jesus made a promise since the time of the Old Testament (Jer 31:27), and this promise was fulfilled when Jesus appeared at the First Coming to sow the seed (Mt 13) and when he made a new covenant (New Testament). This New Testament is to establish a new kingdom at the Second Coming by harvesting and sealing the fruits who came from the seed. These new kingdom and priests, then, are purchased and they receive forgiveness of sins with Jesus’ blood (Rv 1:5-6, Rv 5:9-10, Rv 7:9-14). After the dragon is overcome with Jesus’ blood and the word of testimony, the era of God’s reign comes (Rv 12:10-11, Rv 19:6). After seizing and binding the dragon, who had governed the world for 6,000 years, God finally reigns (Rv 20:1-6). This is the New Heaven and New Earth, the new kingdom. What we examined is the life of faith before and after Jesus.