Wednesday, December 31, 2008
-Christ Ahnsahnghong established Church of God World Mission Society to restore truth.
The Bible prophesies that when Jesus comes to the earth for a second time, He will come in a cloud [in the flesh] in the same way He came for the first time. Therefore, there must be prophecies which testify where He will appear in His second coming. At the time of His first coming, it had been prophesied that Jesus would come from Bethlehem. Like this, the Bible also prophesies about where He will appear in His second coming. The Bible prophesies that He will be born in Korea, located in the east, at the ends of the earth.
The Second Coming Christ, Ahnsahnghong, was born, in the flesh, in Korea-the land in the east-in 1948, according to the prophecies of the Bible. How can we not bow down before God when every word of His prophecy is accomplished? We, the members of the Church of God, believe what is written in the Bible. We sincerely hope that you may recognize the Second Coming Christ, of whom the Bible prophesies.
Isa. 24:15-16 『Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD; exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. From the ends of the earth we hear singing: "Glory to the Righteous One."』
The above prophecy reveals that God’s chosen people will give glory and praise to the God in the east. When we read this chapter from the first verse, it is clear that this prophecy is concerning the last day-the last day when God will ruin the earth’s face and will burn up all of the inhabitants. When God banishes all of the gaiety form the earth, a certain group of people will shout for joy and will give glory to God, meaning that God would guide His chosen people on the last day, from the east.
Then, where is "the east"? First, we have to know the point of origin. Isaiah prophesied from the country of Israel. Thus, "the east" must be a land east of Israel: Asia. Among the countries in Asia, which country is located towards the east, "at the ends of the earth"? Russia is to the north, India is south, and China is Central Asia. Even Japan, though located in the east, is not a land at the ends of the earth-it is in the middle of the sea.
It is only Korea that is located in the east, at the ends of the earth. Thus, the Second Coming Christ is prophesied to come from Korea, in the east, at the ends of the earth. In accordance with the prophecy, Christ Ahnsahnghong came from Korea. The Church of God, departing from the fixed ideas of men, received Ahnsahnghong as the Second Coming Christ because He has fulfilled all of the prophecies about Jesus’ second coming. Everything stems from the boundless grace and love of God Ahnsahnghong.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The Passover was abolished at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. At that time, the Passover completely disappeared from the world. Who on earth can have eternal life as the truth of life was abolished? Therefore, Jesus said that He would come a second time to restore the Passover.
Heb. 9:28 『...so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.』
Ahnsahnghong restored the Passover of the new covenant that had been abolished by Satan. Then, who do you think Ahnsahnghong is?
Isa. 25:6-9 『On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine?the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. In that day they will say, "Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation."』
Ahnsahnghong, who restored the Passover of the new covenant, is the Second Coming Christ?God?who appeared in accordance with all of the prophecies of the Bible. The saints of the Early Church had cherished and celebrated the Passover of the new covenant! Christ Ahnsahnghong came in the flesh and restored the Passover so that we may be saved from the impending plagues. The Passover of the new covenant is the very gospel of Christ.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
It takes a Mother's Love
A place to be remembered,
no matter where we roam.
It takes a Mother's Patience,
to bring a child up right,
And her Courage and her Cheerfulness
to make a dark day bright.
It takes a Mother's Thoughtfulness
to mend the heart's deep "hurts,"
And her Skill and her Endurance
to mend little socks and shirts.
It takes a Mother's Kindness
to forgive us when we err,
To sympathize in trouble
and bow her head in prayer.
It takes a Mother's Wisdom
to recognize our needs
And to give us reassurance
by her loving words and deeds.
It takes a Mother's Endless Faith,
her Confidence and Trust
To guide us through the pitfalls
of selfishness and lust.
And that is why in all this world
there could not be another
Who could fulfill God's purpose
as completely as Jerusalem above,our MOTHER!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Lk 12:16-21 『And he told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' Then he said, ‘This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." ' But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?' …"』
The foolish rich man thought there were many years left for him to increase his riches and live a life of ease. He was full of dreams for the future, making great plans to eat all kinds of delicious food and build a fine house. However, that very night he died. How foolish and pitiful! Death is a sleep and rest for those who abide in God Ahnsahnghong, but to those who don't, it means eternal destruction and punishment. Human life is so transient. So through the above parable Jesus told us to repent without delay and prepare to return to the kingdom of heaven. "Do not boast about tomorrow." Through these words, we can find what is Christ Ahnsahnghong's will for us. He wants us to constantly prepare for eternal life.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
A fisherman happened to find Aladdin's magic lamp on the seashore. When he rubbed the lamp, a giant genie popped out and said that he would grant him one wish. The fisherman asked him to bring a newspaper of the following year. After receiving the newspaper, he began to look up stock prices to find out what stocks to buy in order to earn lots of money and become a millionaire. He was browsing through the newspaper, feeling very happy. However, he was soon shocked to find his name in the newspaper's obituary.
Planning ahead for his future after one year, he wanted to invest in stocks and make lots of money. But he turned pale with surprise when he saw his name in the obituary. Such is life.
Like the fisherman in the story, around us there are many who suddenly pass away. Lately we've heard on the news that a Korean comedian, who was not even fifty years old, died a sudden death after finishing exercise. Just a few days ago, he breathed the same air as us, full of great expectations about his future in the United States. However, death overtook him unexpectedly. This could happen to anyone else. People make so many worldly plans, without even being aware of their death approaching.
Go and preach the gospel to all people
There are still so many people who live only for worldly goals, not knowing that Elohim Gods have come to this earth and opened the way for them to have life.
So God asks us to go into all the world and preach the good news of eternal life to all people.
Eze 3:17 『"Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me."』
God has made us watchmen to wake up the people of the world and told us to warn them from Him. This mission entrusted to us by God is to "fulfill the work of salvation for mankind through the words from His mouth, as His hands and feet." We should not neglect our life on earth. In addition, we must preach the word of life to all nations, because it is the only way to bring them hope for heaven and eternal life.
Mt 28:18-20 『Then Jesus came to them and said, " … Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."』
God came down to this earth to seek and to save His lost children from heaven. From a spiritual viewpoint, our home is heaven; we are aliens and strangers here on earth (Heb 11: 13). God came down to earth from heaven, such a far away place, to preach the good news. We ought to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all peoples.
All the nations of the earth are waiting for the gospel of salvation. The world evangelism entrusted to us today is a messianic mission like that of Christ who came to save the world. Our heavenly Father and Mother have called us and entrusted us with the task of saving the whole world. How can we reject this mission?
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
As I was walking down life’s highway many years ago
I came upon a sign that read “Heavens Grocery Store”…
When I got a little closer the doors swung open wide.
I stepped in the threshold and saw a host of angels standing everywhere.
One of them handed me a basket and said, “My child, shop with care.”
Everything a human needed was in that grocery store.
And what you could not carry, you could come back for.
First, I got some patience.
Love was in that same row, so I grabbed some of that too.
Further down was understanding. I knew I needed that wherever I go.
I got a box or two of wisdom and a few of faith also.
The one thing I couldn’t miss was the Holy Spirit. It was all over the place!
And then some strength and courage to help me run this heavenly race.
My basket was getting too full, but I remembered I needed grace.
Then I picked out salvation, for salvation was free.
I thought I had everything I needed to do the Master’s will,
so, I headed for the counter to pay my bill.
As I went up the aisle I saw prayer, quickly added that to my package.
For I knew when I stepped outside I would run into sin,
at that moment prayer would be very useful.
Peace and joy were plentiful. And the last thing on the shelf was
song and praise. It was hanging nearby so I helped myself.
Then I asked the angel at the counter, “How much do I owe?”
He smiled and replied, “Just take them wherever you go.”
Again I asked, “Really! How much do I owe?”
“My child” he said, “God paid your bill a long, long time ago.
Go, and use them wherever you go.”
How do we live a worthy life? Many philosophers deeply thought about a contributive life for the sake of all mankind, rather than a self-centered, egocentric life. Montesquieu, an 18th-century French philosopher, uttered these famous words: "If I knew something beneficial to myself, but harmful to my family, I would drive it out of my mind. If I knew something advantageous to my family, but injurious to my country, I would try to forget it. If I knew something profitable to my country, but detrimental to the human race, I would consider it a crime."
Montesquieu said that if anything was profitable to himself, but harmful to others, he gave it up without any hesitation. God forsook everything to bring the greatest benefit to all mankind. Now, let's think about our mission for the sake of all mankind, looking at God who came to this earth to save the world.
God's will is that mankind shall have eternal life
Ro 5:12 『Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned―』
All men must die because of sin. The span of their life on earth is nothing but trouble and sorrow. Sooner or later, they have to confront death. To deliver them from death, God came to this earth in the flesh.
Jn 6:38-40 『"For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father' s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."』
Jn 6:47-54 『"I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life. I am the bread of life. … I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. … unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."』
Everything that God taught while on earth was extremely beneficial for all mankind. As written in Romans chapter 5, death came to all men, because all sinned. To give eternal life to mankind, God came to this earth as the bread of life. He promised His flesh, which He sacrificed to save the whole world, as the Passover bread, and His precious blood as the Passover wine (Mt 26:17-28). Death reigns over all humanity because all have sinned. In this situation, what can be more meaningful and profitable for men than to redeem them from death?
Christ brought the good news of salvation―the new covenant―that men, suffering under the shadow of death, had eagerly waited for. Every day, He never stopped praying and preaching the gospel, in order that He might give eternal life to men through the new covenant and lead them to the kingdom of heaven. He willingly forsook His own safety and peace to open the way to eternal life for all peoples on the earth. By doing so, He directed them away from eternal hell and toward the kingdom of heaven
Christ Himself came to this earth and became the bread of life to lead mankind to the eternal kingdom of heaven, leaving His own joy and happiness behind. By shedding His precious blood for the forgiveness of sins, He opened the way to eternal life. He is God our Father and Mother.
Monday, December 1, 2008
The law of the Old Testament, given to Moses and kept in the order of the High Priest Aaron, didn’t actually make us perfect. Subsequently, Christ came as the High Priest Melchizedek and established the new order that molds us into the perfect souls of heaven. Since the Bible says that when there is a change if the priesthood there also must be a change within the law, Christ established the law of the spirit. By this, He meant that we should keep the same law in the Old Testament but in a spiritual way not with sacrifices and burnt offerings. So, we don’t have prepare lambs or burn incense to worship God anymore. All we have to do is come to the presence of God, in church, and worship Him in spirit and truth.
Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”