Main Reference: Rv 20 (Jn 5)
According to the main reference, who participate in the first resurrection? What kind of place is the millennial kingdom?
God’s sealed 144,000 in Revelation 7 (Rv 7:4-8) and the martyrs in Revelation 6 (Rv 6:9-11) are those who participate in the first resurrection. The millennial kingdom is the millennial city where the martyrs and those who are sealed resurrect to life and live together. There is the holy city new Jerusalem in heaven and also a new Jerusalem that is created on earth like the one seen in heaven. The new Jerusalem in heaven descends to the new Jerusalem on earth and they become one. This is the millennial city, the millennial kingdom. In other words, it is the holy city where the spirits and flesh become one and live together. In Revelation 21, the first heaven and first earth pass away and there is a new heaven and a new earth. The holy city New Jerusalem comes down and dwell with this new heaven and new earth. As a result, there is no more death or pain.
Why does God call it “new heaven and new earth” and “the new Jerusalem?” This is because today is like the days of Noah and Lot when the old things are brought to an end, disappear, and are recreated at the time of Revelation.
Let us examine those who participate in the first resurrection.
Adam, who once received the breath of life from God and became a living spirit, ate the serpent’s fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. His spirit died and his flesh to returned to dust (Gn 3:19).
It is written Ezekiel 37 of the Old Testament that the dead people of Israel will receive God’s breath of life, come out of the tomb or grave, receive God’s spirit, and live. This prophecy fulfilled during Jesus’s first coming, which is explained well in Matthew 23 and John 5. In Matthew 23, the pastors of Jerusalem were snakes, and the temple of Jerusalem was a white-washed tomb full of dead men’s bones. Jesus went to the grave and spoke the words in John 5. He called the people in Jerusalem “dead” and Jerusalem, a “grave.” He said, “Whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has crossed over from death (Jerusalem) to life (God). A time is coming and has now come when all who are in their graves will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will rise to live.” This is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Ezekiel 37. However, this is about the death of the spirit, not of the flesh, and the resurrection of the spirit and not of the flesh. If the spirit falls, the flesh will also fall and will eventually die. The breath of life that God gives is life, and the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil that the devil gives is death.
What are death and resurrection mentioned in Revelation?
As seen in Revelation, those who worshiped Satan’s pastors and received the mark from them committed sexual immorality (Rv 2) and even married Satan (Rv 18). As a result of eating Satan’s food, the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil, all the congregation members of the tabernacle died 1/3, 1/3, and 1/3 at a time in Revelation 8, 9, and 12, respectively. Their deaths were the death of their spirits, ultimately leading to the death of their flesh.
On the other hand, those who participate in the first resurrection in Revelation 20:4-6 did not receive the mark of the dragon’s pastor on their foreheads and right hands. They are not those in chapter 13 and 18 who received the mark from Satan and married the evil spirits.
Who are they? When the prophecies of the New Testament begin, there is first the work of betrayal by the chosen people (2 Thes 2:1-4), and then these betrayers are destroyed by the destroyers in Revelation 18. After this, just as Mt 24:29-31 states, Jesus will come with his angels and harvest from the east, west, north, and south, from the four corners of the earth. At this time, one from a town and two from a clan (refer to Jer 3:14) will be brought and sealed to be made into priests. It is written in the Old Testament that this is like gathering the standing grain after harvesting, like gathering the two or three olives that remain on the topmost branch after all the fruits are taken.
At the end of the age, the harvest and sealing will happen after everyone is destroyed, and this is how the prophecies of the Old and New Testaments have fulfilled. The chosen people of Spiritual Israel, who are like the sun, moon, and stars, fell from heaven; although they began with the Spirit, they returned to flesh. This is expressed as the first heaven and first earth passing away in Revelation 21, and it is talking about the end of age for the traditional Spiritual Israel.
Therefore, Jesus said that those who do not receive the mark of the dragon’s beast (false pastor) on their foreheads and hands nor worship the beast will participate in the first resurrection together with the martyrs (Rv 20:4-6).
Everyone is a sinner born with Adam’s genes. Therefore, they are no different from the dead. When the Lord returns, however, they are able to resurrect because the lifeline that was once disconnected is reconnected. These people are the harvested and sealed priests in Revelation 7 and 14. Those who do not believe this are not harvested and remain in the field. They are not harvested and remain in the field, because they are not born with God’s seed. In Matthew 13, both God’s seed and Satan’s seed were sown in one field. At the time of harvest, only those born with God’s seed are taken, and those who remain are the weeds, those born of the devil’s seed. Those born with the devil’s seed are persecuting and tormenting those born of God’s seed, the sons of the kingdom. Isn’t this inevitable? This is because they are not from the same nation or of the same spirit. And they do not have the same seed. Though they are in one field, some are harvested to heaven and others are not. Those who are not devote themselves to persecute the other, because the fact that they are not harvested clearly reveals their identity as those born of the devil’s seed and not of God’s seed. They commit such actions, because persecuting and interfering are in the devil’s nature.
One is unable to perceive even after seeing all this, for he is blind and deaf. One world has ended, and now a new world, a world of heaven in which God reigns, has begun. This is the millennial kingdom.
God and Jesus promised beforehand in Revelation, and they are fulfilling it, for the appointed time has come. They sent a messenger on their behalf to give this testimony for the churches, the testimony of what they fulfilled (Rv 22:16). Just as Jesus testified to the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy (Jn 19:30), he also fulfilled the prophecy of the New Testament and then sent his messenger to the churches to testify to it. Whoever believes this will receive heaven and eternal life. Look at John 3:31-34. This is the first resurrection of the millennial kingdom of new heaven and earth.
I will speak about prophecy and its fulfillment as a reference.
The prophecies that the ancient Nam Sa-go saw, the prophecy that the Cheondo religion of Korea saw, and the prophecy that Tagore(1) of India saw are all similar in content with Revelation. This is a good era. The era of heaven is coming, because Revelation, which is the promise of God that Jesus gave to Apostle John his disciple 2,000 years ago, has fulfilled in Korea.
If one believes that God made a promise with Abraham in the ancient times and fulfilled it at the time of Moses, if one believes that God fulfilled the prophecy of the Old Testament prophets at the time of Jesus’ first coming, if one believes in the prophecies in Revelation of the New Testament that Apostle John recorded, then he must believe in the fulfillment of Revelation today.
Those who do not believe are like the unbelieving in the Old Testament and the First Coming who persecuted. If you were to ask those who do not believe in this, “What do you believe in?” they are speechless (유구무언: 有口無言). Though they have mouths, they are unable to speak; they cannot provide a sufficient reason.
What God had promised us today are the prophecy and fulfillment of Revelation. Compared to any prophets in the Biblical history who received and delivered many prophecies, I have been sent by the Lord as his messenger with a far greater duty—the duty to proclaim the fulfillment of the New Testament prophecy, which I witnessed today. The reason is that the work which is happening now is God’s final work.
I consider myself as one who knows only a fraction—one hundredth—of God. However, God allows one to completely understand His will in the Bible so that he may carry out the work of the Spirit. Sometimes He shows the things beyond of this world, such as the things of heaven, to achieve this work.
Man cannot be compared to God, because man has become a hostile enemy to God after sinning and becoming a slave to sin (Satan’s slave). That is why one rejects and opposes the messenger sent by the Lord. Knowing this, how much would the Lord’s messenger grieve and lament? Still, he must help them perceive in order to work.
(1) The Lamp of the East
In the golden age of Asia
Korea was one of its lamp-bearers
And that lamp is waiting to be lighted once again
For the illumination in the East.
Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.