Individual Preparation For His Coming Kingdom
by Sang Chul (David) Kim
Chapter Thirteen - Doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ [Part 4]
VII. What are the Purposes of His Second Coming?
The purposes of His Second Coming are:
1. To Consummate God's Ideal Creation of Man and the Universe.
Since the fall of man, God's Ideal Kingdom an earth has not been realized until now. Through Jesus Christ, the Messiah at the time of the First Coming, the Ideal World should have been realized. If the Jewish people had accepted Him as their Messiah, He could have restored the individual, the family, the nation, and the world, and have had sinless children in the capacity of the second Adam. Had this been accomplished, a new race would have spread throughout the world and continue to exist a present time. The Second Coming is necessary for the fulfillment of this unfinished mission of Jesus Christ. Eventually, the Lord of the Second Coming, having subjugated Satan on earth, must set up the Earthly Kingdom, and then the Ideal World will begin.
2. To End the Dominion of Satan Over the Earth and the Spirit-World.
Lucifer, the archangel, became the prince of the world when he took Adam and Eve under his blood lineage. The same Satan obtained similar victory through the unbelieving Jewish people who crucified their Messiah, Jesus. Until this time, the secret of Satan's crime had not been revealed. But now us, the saints of the United Faith, have appeared and are constantly proclaiming the hidden crime of Satan to the public. Jesus should have formed a four-position foundation to subjugate Satan and his evil angels on earth. Through the cross, Jesus accomplished spiritual salvation only, leaving the physical salvation to His Second Coming. This time, the Lord of the Second Coming will, while on earth, subjugate Satan and his evil angels, bringing complete salvation in both body and spirit. As the reader recalls from the chapter, "The Principle of the Fall of Man" in Part I, man should originally have had dominion over both the archangel and his angelic world. The Lord of the Second Coming will accomplish the task of completely subjugating Satan by exposing Satan's crime to Heaven and Earth, and finally, the Lord of the Second Coming will receive Satan's official surrender, and thereby seal the end of Satan's six-thousand-year period of dominion. Satan will be punished in the bottomless pit and the Lord of the second Coming will set up His Kingdom of Love, Peace, Joy and Righteousness. He will be the Lord of the Universe, Lord of New Jerusalem and New Heaven and New Earth. His Kingdom shall never fail and there will be no more sin, no more war and no more pain. There will be harmony even with wild animals. Harmony will exist between man and the creation, and between the spirit-world and physical world. Only the Lord of the Second Coming can bring this about.
3. To Complete and Fulfill the Prophecies of the Old and Now Testaments.
Unknown facts and hidden truths will be explained by Him when He comes again, and all saints will know the truth plainly. He will make known all facts related to the events that took place in the Garden of Eden, He will explain what happened to Jesus concerning His birth and death, and He will reveal everything that Jesus could not have revealed to His disciples who were unable to bear such things at that time. He will teach new truths and a message which will fulfill the Old and New Testaments and all their prophecies. By making clear the harmony between Old and New Testaments, explaining all verses which appear to conflict, and making systematic links between the two testaments, He will give the definitive interpretation of the Bible and begin the Age of the Complete Testament.
Through His teachings, His followers shall know how to follow God's laws and how to live in the Coming Kingdom. He will guide world leaders in the fields of religion and politics so that they may know and understand the family structure and the social, economic, and political system of the Ideal World that God wants to establish on earth. Those who follow His teaching a shall be blessed regardless of their race, education, culture, or creed. Especially, He will explain the way that an individual must live if he is to be a citizen of His Kingdom and He will show how the Father, God, must be worshipped. Thus, all things, including all the prophecies in the Bible will be fulfilled by Him.
4. To Restore All Conditions and Important Individuals that Have Been Lost to Satan Since the Beginning of God's Restoration Providence.
As explained in Part II, in the chapter, "The Principle of Restoration Providence," God lost many conditions and many important individuals during the Restoration History because of the failures of His prophets who were individuals chosen for particular heavenly missions in the battle against Satan. The Lord of the Second Coming will first restore Adam's family. To do this, He must, as third Adam, restore third Eve. Then He will receive the blessed holy marriage by God; the first such marriage since the beginning of human history. He will restore Noah's family of eight people, three sons and three daughters-in-law, and He will restore the thirty-six heavenly royal families which represent, first, second, and third Israel, together with other important groups of people that were involved in God's Restoration Providence. Further, He will restore basic numbers that were lost, for example, the four-position foundation and the twelve numbers of Jacob's family, Moses' tribes and Jesus' disciples. Many heavenly ceremonies, both public and private, will take place to fulfill God's requirements which were not fulfilled in the previous course of Restoration Providence. He will also restore all things which are under Satan's control and which are therefore waiting for the manifesting of God's children. He is Lord of the Universe, including the earth and all mankind. Satan, knowing His mission, will fight Him from the time that He is in His Mother's womb, but eventually He will restore all things and even receive Satan's official surrender. Satan will release mankind and all things, which have been under his dominion for six thousand years, and surrender them to the Lord of the Second Coming.
5. To Bring One Faith to Mankind by Uniting the Scattered Christian Denominations and All Major Religions.
All present divisions of Christian denominations and all conflicts among major religions are nothing but transitional phenomena produced during the course of God's Restoration Providence. These transitional phenomena have the function of leading groups of men to a more consecrated life on earth and to develop then properly according to the age, their race, geographical factors, etc., until the time of God's final dispensation has come. The Lord of the Second Coming is the one who is able to bring about the realization of the goals of Christianity, and the goals of all other sincere religions. He will unify not only the conflicting Christian denominations, but also all religions, in order to bring all mankind to One Faith, One God, One Ideology, and One Savior under Christ's banner of Universal Family of mankind. His ideology will embrace all doctrines in philosophy and theology, and it will encompass all races and cultures, bringing the world of peace on earth.
6. To Bring One Language on Earth.
After the Fall of Man, the Tower of Babel appeared to God as an expression of man's rebellious nature, so God destroyed it and brought about the diversity of human languages which, in turn, created the barriers between the different races. When He comes, everything will be restored and so mankind will again have one language. The language which the Lord of the Second Coming speaks will be the language that all men will speak under His Coming Kingdom.
7. To Receive All Things as the Lord of the Universe and to be Received by All Mankind as Their Father.
All things rightly belong to Christ, Son of God, and also to the Lord of the Second Coming.
Colossians 1:16, "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers; all things were created by him, and for him:"
Satan and his angels have been occupying illegally all things, including mankind, since the fall of man. Jesus Christ had come to claim His right to all things and mankind, but He left this work to His Second Coming because of the betrayal and disbelief of His people. The new owner of all things and mankind will claim them mid He will fulfill the following scripture verse:
Revelation 4:11, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou best created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
By fulfilling this verse through the Lord to Come, God, the Father, will rule the whole universe and perfect man on earth directly for the first time, and man's sinful history will be ended. At the First Coming of Christ, Jesus came to His own people, but they did not accept Him (John 1:11). But at the Second Coming, His people and nation will accept Him as the Lord and, at the same time, accept Him as the Real Father of mankind, and mankind shall be liberated from original sin and Satan's yoke by grafting to Him. He will fulfill the following scriptures:
Isaiah 9:6, "... His name will be called ... Everlasting Father ..."
Isaiah 53:10, "... He shall see His offspring ..."
These verses indicate that Christ is "everlasting father," and that He will begin a new race on earth. He will claim His ruler ship, over the universe and mankind and "He will see every knee bow before Him and hear every tongue confers that He, Christ, is the Lord to the glory of God the Father.
Truly, we have the blessed privilege to receive the Lord as our Savior who brings us complete salvation in body and spirit as King of Kings in His Kingdom. It is the author's desire that we do not let this salvation pass us by. What, then, can we do to be ready for His Second Coming?
VIII. How Can We Be Ready For His Second Coming?
If we take the fundamental view of His Second Coming, as extremist schools and theologians do, there would be no difficulty in recognizing the Lord of the Second Coming, for His spiritual coming or His arrival in the clouds with the accompaniment of angels' trumpets and the falling of the sun, moon and stars would leave little doubt as to His identity. But our close investigation of the Word of God and the constant revelations to His chosen groups and children throughout the world show that the time of His Coming, the manner in which He comes and the place where He will be found, will be different from what is taught in the established doctrines on this crucial subject. These advanced Christian and non-Christian groups have received information concerning the Second Coming (either complete or incomplete information, depending upon the group), through their fervent prayers, meditations and revelations from God. This is the reason that we, both Christians and non-Christians, should be prepared for His Coming as an individual and must be ready for accepting Him as our savior and King of Kings in His Coming Kingdom, and as the real father of mankind. We must not repeat the crime committed by First Israel who did not recognize that Jesus was their Messiah and true Father. To avoid this, we must prepare ourselves to be ready to recognize Him and accept Him. This is the time for us to search thoroughly and fervently the Word of God for deeper understanding of the subject of the Second Coming.
Some non-Christian religions have recently insisted that their founders, for example, Mohammed, Buddha and Confucius, will come again to the earth in order to complete their missions. This is happening, because the spiritually gifted followers of these religions, who are scattered throughout the world, are receiving revelations from the spirit-world. We must know why this is happening, what it means, and how such phenomena should be interpreted. Furthermore, many religious leaders in Christian and non-Christian groups claim to be the Christ and they say that God has informed them of this through the spirit-world. Many antichrists are now appearing throughout the world. How do we interpret this phenomena? In the chapter, "The Principle of Resurrection," full warning concerning these phenomena was given, and also an explanation of the reasons for such phenomena. It this is the time of the Second Coming, there must be one true Christ, and the others will be antichrists. In view of this, we will need to distinguish between the true Christ and the false Christs, and we will need to have some criteria by which we can determine the true Christ. Until the message contained in this book was made public, no such criteria were available and there was no means by which we could recognize Him or by which the individual could find Him on earth. So, we have to prepare ourselves and become ready for His Second Coming. In Luke 21:34-36, Jesus, Himself, warned His disciples, saying, "... Take heed to yourselves ..." This is a very personal warning which is given to every person, and especially to the carnal minded Christians.
In preparation, we must observe the following:
1. Our Hearts Must Not be Weighed Down With Dissipation and Drunkenness and the Cares of This Life.
We must not allow ourselves to be taxed too greatly with worldly concerns which may make one dull or cloud one's mind. God does not want us to be overburdened with these things. This does not mean that we should neglect worldly cares and responsibilities, for it is normal and proper for us to be concerned with these. But we must not allow ourselves to be dominated by them. Being too much concerned with worldly cares and responsibilities will hinder or prevent spiritual growth and result in an unhealthy condition of our souls. Jesus warns us not to be so preoccupied with these things that we leave no time for the Lord of the Second Coming. Just as Jesus, at His First Coming, asked that individuals love Him more than anything else in the world, so also will the Lord of the Second Coming. Anybody who loves his father, mother or child more than Him can not be His disciple. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
2. Our Daily Life Must be Godly, Sober and Righteous, and We Must Constantly Be Looking Forward to the Blessed Hope Described in the Bible.
Titus 2:11-13, "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for this blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ;"
In the above scripture, we are told how we are to live in the time prior to His glorious appearance. We have learned of worldly matters and become wise in worldly knowledge, which we need to unlearn and deny. When He comes again He will find that we are conceited and puffed up. So first we must deny ungodliness. Too much hard work is apt to make us neglect God and the Lord to come.
Too much emphasis on prosperity in business is likely to produce neglect of the soul and the life after death. It may prevent us from reading and studying the Bible, it may destroy our prayer life, and finally it may produce forgetfulness of God and the coming Lord.
Next, we must deny excessive "worldly lusts" and the desires of the flesh, such as overindulgence, unchastity, immorality and infidelity. The spirit of worship of wealth leads to greediness and wantonness of mind so that one cares only for the frivolity of the present earthly life. We must deny the prevailing filthy immorality and unhealthy philosophies and inglorious maxims of the present sinful world.
After denying these things, we have to live soberly, righteously and godly during the time prior to His appearance. But we must not retreat from the present world. The Lord of the Second Coming will teach us how to restore this sinful world to the original good world. So we have to prepare ourselves to live according to Heavenly laws and not according to worldly standards.
In order to prepare ourselves, we are to live soberly with respect to eating, drinking and all other bodily appetites. We should be sober in our thinking, in our speaking and in all other activities. Especially, there is to be sobriety in all our worldly pursuits. We are to live with ourselves well in hand, we are to be self-restrained. It is also necessary that we be thoughtful, considerate, and we be no longer tossed about by passions and swayed by prejudice.
In relation to our fellow men, we must live righteously. As followers of Christ, we cannot be involved in any dishonest activity, either in business or in any other profession. If we mean to follow the way of the devil, we must take the consequences. But if we profess to be followers of Christ and wait for His Coming, we must deny all partnership with unrighteousness; for such partnerships provide conditions for Satan to invade. Simply speaking, dishonesty and falsehood are the very opposites of righteousness. Even poor Christians must live righteously.
In order to meet the Lord of the Second Coming, we are to be godly. We must love God, the Father, and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. And it is necessary that we meet the Lord of the Second Coming, for God will do nothing on earth except through His Son.
Lastly, we must live looking forward. We have a great hope for our complete salvation when He appears again to deliver us from evil and the yoke of Satan, the prince of the present world. We are living at a glorious and blessed time, so we must be filled with joy and thanksgiving and should live, with great hope, looking forward.
3. Our Hearts Must Be Ready for New Ideas and New Truths Which Will Change the Old Ideas.
Ordinations, sacraments, creeds, rituals and ordinances are temporary institutions which will pass away when He comes again. These are only the scaffolding and shadows of the unfinished edifice which He will complete. The substance is Christ to come. He will urge us to get out of the shells of the denominations and religions so that we may receive the new message for the new age. On the surface, His message seems to destroy the Old and New Testaments, but it actually completes and fulfills the whole Bible and gives us more truth. Those who adhere rigidly to the Old and New Testament verses shall make the same mistakes and commit the same crimes that the Jewish religious leaders did when they rejected and crucified their awaited Messiah, Jesus. They could not accept Jesus' new teachings and new interpretation of the Old Testament. So we have to cast off our narrow-minded concepts concerning denominations, theology and Bible interpretation and open our minds to look for the new truths and messages. His new teachings will unite all the scattered Christian denominations and all religions into One. We must arm ourselves so as to be ready for the new concepts and ideas, and be prepared to throw out the old concepts and ideas when the new ones appear in front of us. To the Jews, the Lord of the Second Coming shall appear as the Messiah of the First Coming, to the Christians, He will be the Lord of the Second Coming. He will not be the Lord for one denomination, nor for any one religion, but will be the Lord of all mankind. First, He will be persecuted, but then Matthew 7:22-23 will be fulfilled:
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity."
We must avoid this by perfect preparation for His Coming. We need to have the wisdom of the five virgins who were ready for their Coming Bridegroom at midnight.
4. We Must Be Watchful.
The Bible warns us that His Second Coming will be like the springing of a trap. Watchfulness is important.
Matthew 24:40-44, "Then shall two be in the field, the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, mid the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh."
When Jesus Christ came, the Jewish people were caught unprepared and finally, believing that they were righteous, crucified Him. They were so occupied with the old doctrines concerning their rituals and the Mosaic Law that they could not accept Jesus' new teachings which seemed contrary to theirs. They had no time to consider Him seriously in order to evaluate and investigate His life and ministry. Very few people were wise and recognized Him. The above scripture was fulfilled at the First Coming even as it will be fulfilled at the Second Coming. Jesus warns us again in;
Matthew 24:38-39, "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."
Truly, this is a great warning to modern Christians.
5. We Must Battle Satan by Constantly Praying and Searching for the Hidden Truth in the Bible.
This is the key to being prepared for His Second Coming. The Bible says,
"Put on the whole armor of God, that he may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
We must constantly maintain an attitude of prayer in our hearts, and we should live always in expectation of His Coming. If we are watchful, wise, and prayerful, we can minimize Satan's attempt to destroy us and prevent us from finding and recognizing our Lord of the Second Coming. Satan will use any means to hinder us and cause us to fail. He and his evil angels will act to prevent every stop that we try to make to approach the Lord to come.
6. We Must Occupy 10 minas* Till He Comes(* Luke 19:13 The mina (Greek mna, Hebrew minahs) was worth about three months salary.)
The spiritual kingdom of Christ is set up and Jesus is King in the hearts of Christians. But His real, literal, visible, complete Kingdom on earth has not yet been established.
Psalms 110:1, "The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool." (Also see Matthew 22:43-44, Mark 12:36, and Hebrew 1:13.)
We have to admit that the devil is the prince of the present world, and the Kingdom of Christ has not yet arrived. The vast majority of the inhabitants of the earth choose the things that please the devil rather than the things that please God, especially in one nation, the United States. They do the devil's will, behave as the devil's subjects and serve the devil more than God and Christ. There is not one nation where the devil does not have more subjects then Christ. This proves that this world does not yet enjoy the Kingdom of Christ.
So, we have to arm ourselves to fight against Satan and this evil world so as to subjugate him completely. In the parable of Jesus, Luke 19:12-27, the noble man, representing Christ to come, delivers ten minas to ten servants and said, "Occupy till I come." This tells us what duties we, as beings created for His Coming Kingdom, have during the time before His glorious appearance.
We are to be doers in our daily life, not merely hearing and professing believers. He asks us to do His work and multiply the children of God. When He comes He shall count the number of souls that we have won to God.
Everybody is given an equal opportunity to fulfill an individual heavenly mission for His glory. It is from God that we receive all things - bodily health and strength, mental and spiritual gifts, money, and other material blessings, freedom of worship, all are our pounds received from Him. All these must be used and employed with continual reference to the glory of the Lord of the Second Coming. All our gifts must be submitted to our Coming Lord.
We are to do His work on earth like the faithful servant who does not know at what hour his master may come home, but yet keeps all things in readiness and is always prepared for His Coming. The day of His Coming will be a day of reckoning, so we must be ready to render our heavenly account at any time. We are to keep our spiritual account constantly prepared so that it will be acceptable to the lord of the Second Coming.
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