Individual Preparation For His Coming Kingdom
by Sang Chul (David) Kim
Chapter Thirteen - Doctrine of the Second Coming of Christ [Part 3]
VI. The Place of the Second Coming
If He does not come in the clouds accompanied by the sounds of angels' trumpets, but rather comes as another man with the same mission as Jesus, both Christians and non-Christians will have to search and study diligently in order to find the place of the Second Coming. It will be of the greatest importance to find the nation chosen by God to bring forth the Lord of the Second Coming.
Many people believe that He will come to Israel. This is based on the following scriptures:
Revelation 7:4: "and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel."
Matthew 10:23. "But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into mother: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come."
Matthew 16:28: "Verily, I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom."
There are many people who accept the literal interpretation of these scriptures and so believe that he will come to Israel. But these people do not know God's fundamental providence. Matthew 21:33-43 shows clearly that the Kingdom will be taken way from Israel and given to mother nation. Because of Israel's rejection of His at the First Coming, the Second Coming will take place in another nation where Israel's spiritual lineage is established.
Matthew 31:43: "Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof."
In other words, there will be a Spiritual Israel whose citizens are not necessarily the physical descendants of Jacob.
Jacob obtained the name Israel when he was victorious in wrestling with the angel at the ford of Jabbok. In achieving the victory, it will be remembered, Jacob recovered Abel's position in God's Restoration Providence. The name was given to him as a sign that he had accomplished God's will in the Restoration Providence centering in Jacob's course. Through Jacob's victory, the foundation to receive the coming Messiah had been established and so Jacob's descendants received the name Israel. But this does not mean that Israel is composed of the blood descendants of Jacob, rather, Israel denotes the people who obtained victory through faith in God. Thus, it is not necessarily those who are blood descend of Jacob that we the people of Israel, but only those who received the heritage of faith in God. In accordance with this meaning of the name Israel, John the Baptist said,
Matthew 3:9: "And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham."
In the same way, St. Paul says in,
Romans 9:6-7: "Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children but, In Isaac shall by seed be called."
So the Jews, who were so proud of being the blood descendants of Abraham, were not all people of Israel. For example, when the descendants of Jacob rebelled against the Egyptians under the leadership of Moses, they were the people of Israel. But later, when they betrayed God in the wilderness, they were no longer the people of Israel. From that time, only those who believed in Moses and followed him were the people of Israel. Again, after Canaan had been conquered, not all of the descendants of Israel in Canaan were people of Israel. The ten tribes of northern Israel who betrayed God were no longer Israel, but the two tribes of southern Judah, who followed God's Will became the Israel people. Then, later, the two tribes of the Jews were no longer Israel because they crucified Jesus, their Messiah, and betrayed God's Will. After Jesus' crucifixion, the Christians became the Second Israel and the Jews were no longer the people of Israel. This is seen in the following two scriptures which prove that the grace of God's salvation has been transferred from the chosen people of Israel to the Gentile nations:
Acts 14:46: "Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, 'It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.'"
Romans 32:11: "I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy."
Therefore, the nation chosen for His Second Coming is not the Jewish nation, but the Christians or some Christian nation which has inherited the faith of Abraham.
He will come from the East. The scripture which says that the nation to be chosen is in the East is,
Revelation 7:2-4: "And I saw another angel ascending from the east. Having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the tress, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of children of Israel."
Bible scholars, in interpreting these verses, say that the Messiah will come from the East, or the servant of God will come from the East, or Salvation win come from the East like the morning sunrise from the East to shine throughout the whole world. However,
Revelation 14:1: says "... a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him and hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."
So the angel of Revelation 7:2-4 must be the same as the Lamb in Revelation 14:l, and since the Lamb is the Lord of the Second Coming we can see that the Lord of the Second Coming will come from the East. He will gather His people from all religions and denominations, which are represented by the tribes of the children of Israel. He will be the Lord of all mankind and not the Lord of just one denomination or one religion.
Korea is the land of the East which is chosen by God for the Lord of the Second Coming. How can it be shown that Korea is the chosen nation, the very one described in Revelation? We know now that He will come to a Christian nation which bears the fruits of God's heritage of faith. Before discussing Korea further, let us consider the nations that are in the East. There are three countries that are generally considered to be the eastern nations: China, Japan and Korea, of these, China is anti-Christian and communist. During the Korean conflict, communism attacked nations which represented God's side, so China can not be God's chosen nation. China under communism represents Satan's side. Japan has been worshipping the Goddess Amaderasu since earliest times and is not a Christian nation (this will be discussed in a later part of the lecture). Further, Japan dominated Korea for forty years, during which time it persecuted and martyred Korean Christians, thereby committing tremendous sins in the sight of God. Japan cannot be the nation chosen by God to receive the blessing of the Second Coming.
Then let us examine Korea to see if there are any grounds, according to the Principles, for believing that it might be the chosen land from which the Lord of the Second Coming will come. The following five conditions, at least, must be fulfilled by the nation which is to receive the Lord of the Second Coming in the course of God's Restoration Providence:
1. The Nation Should Establish the National Foundation According to the Principle of Indemnity and Restoration.
Let us examine how Korea has established the above condition for receiving the Lord of the Second Coming. This nation should set up "the forty day period of separation from Satan" for the universal restoration of Canaan, for if He comes to Korea, that nation will be Third Israel. As was mentioned above, the physical descendants of Abraham constituted First Israel. Second Israel, the Christians, was persecuted and rejected by First Israel as a heretic cult. Jesus predicted that He will suffer many things when He comes (see Luke 17:25). To fulfill this verse, the nation that is to become Third Israel should receive persecution from the Christians. But the chosen people should endure the sufferings centering on the Lord of the Second Coming and must begin God's Third Restoration Providence if they are to accomplish God's Will. Then that nation will be Third Israel.
Just as First Israel suffered in Egypt for four hundred years in order to set up the "forty day period of separation from Satan," and just as Second Israel suffered under the Roman Empire for four hundred years for the same purpose, so Korea suffered under Japan for forty years to establish this foundation. Japan's imperialistic advances toward Korea actually began in 1905 when the Eulsa Protective Treaty was signed, contrary to the desires of the Korean people. Korea was officially annexed to Japan in 1910 and in 1919 on March 1, during the Independence Movement, tremendous numbers of patriots and Christians, both young and old, were killed by the Japanese. Most of the key leaders in the 1919 Independence Movement were Christians who took the initiative and fought, without weapons, against Japan. The Japanese persecution lasted until 1945. Just before the liberation the Japanese authorities secretly formed a plan for the mass slaughter of Christian ministers and laymen. But God saved His children on August 15, 1945 by bringing the war to a sudden end. Thus, from 1905 to 1945, the Korean people suffered unbearable persecution from Japan so as to set up the foundation for "the forty day period of separation from Satan." This period of forty years is similar to the suffering endured by First Israel and Second Israel in Egypt and under the Roman Empire, respectively. It is significant that the Independence Movement in 1919 was initiated mainly by Korean Christians and these people received more persecution than any other Koreans.
2. The Nation Mist Be God's Front Line and, at the Same Time, Satan's Front Line.
As stated in the chapter "Doctrine of the Last-Days" in Part I, the two elements of good and evil began with Cain and Abel and have been consummated in the two extreme camps of Communism and Democracy which are waiting for the final battle to bring about one ideal world. Because of the fall, God had to allow the Cain-type world which began at the individual level and was extended to the family level, to the national level, to the world level, and finally to Communism. God is taking over the Cain-type world and turning it into an Abel-type world, following after the false Cain-type world. Always, evil appears first because Satan imitates God's programs. But then God's side follows and conquers.
So the final stage of development of the Cain-type world is terminated in Communism while the Abel-type world is terminated in Democracy. So, the nation from which the Lord of the Second Coming will come will be a place where the two elements of good and evil, or God's side and Satan's side, both have a front line. This nation is the one that God loves the most while it is the one that Satan hates the most, and thus it will show both of the extremes, good and evil. Korea has been established according to this Principle of the Restoration Providence as a final battle line in the conflict of good and evil. Sacrifice originated as a condition by which the battle between God and Satan can be decided through men. The Korean people were put on the universal altar as a sacrifice to accomplish God's Universal Restoration Providence. The Korean War in 1950 was a battle between the Democratic and Communist nations, or a battle between God and Satan. Troops were sent under the flag of the United Nations in order to fulfill the purpose of God's Restoration Providence exhibited at the international level. Unconsciously, the countries who sent soldiers to Korea participated in the restoration of their fatherland and buried their young people in the land of Korea as an indemnity condition. Not only does Korea have to suffer from war, but it must also be confronted with political conflicts, economic and religious confusion, and disturbance in every other aspect of life. This situation is the precursor of the spread of such conditions throughout the rest of the world. These conditions have already appeared in the spirit-world and will appear on earth beginning with Korea and then spreading over the rest of the world, bringing chaos, tension-and conflict in every facet of human existence.
Matthew 24:32-33: "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors."
These conditions of chaos, tension and conflict that are prevailing everywhere indicate that the new world order is very near.
When the disciples asked Jesus where He would come again, He replied,
Luke 17:37: "... Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together."
This means that He will come to the place of God's front line and Satan's front line, the land of Korea, where eternal life and eternal death will meet and fight, where Satan and his forces will gather together to meet their children of death, and the Lord of the Second Coming will come to His children of life
3. The Nation Must Be the Objective Position of the Heart of God (Who Is the Subjective Position).
First, if a nation is to be the objective position of God's heart, it must shed blood, sweat and tears. When Satan gained control over mankind, the parent-child relationship between God and mankind was destroyed and God lost His children on earth. This resulted in Divine Grief and Sorrow so great that He even repented that He had created man (Genesis 6:6). God's chosen nation, in taking the position of object, with God as subject in the action of give and take, must come to know God's Heart and understand the Divine Grief. For this reason, both First Israel and Second Israel endured great suffering and hardship. Korea, if it is Third Israel, should also endure great suffering and hardship. History shows that from the beginning through the present time Korea has suffered terribly. This has been part of God's plan to send the Lord through this nation.
Second, the people must be a good-hearted race. All Koreans are of the same good-hearted race, and are a monolingual people. The Koreans have never, in the four thousand, two hundred years of their history, invaded any of their neighboring nations. Further, from ancient times Koreans have observed loyalty to their nation and kings, and piety to their parents. Such is the national temperament of Korea. All these examples show that Korea is qualified to be on God's side as a good-hearted and peace-loving nation.
God's fighting strategy is always to bring the final victory to the side receiving aggression. We see this principle applied in the Old and New Testaments. Many of God's prophets and saints were killed and even the only Son of God, Jesus, was sacrificed on the cross. But the final victory came back to God's side. In World War I and World War II, God's nations received attacks from Satan's side, but the final victory went to God's side. The same principle applies to Korea which has received many attacks and invasions in the past, but to which the final victory will come through the Lord of the Second Coming.
Third, the people must have an inheritance of deep religious faith and a religious disposition. This is true of the Korean people who have always searched for higher truths than those dealing with this earthly life. None of the nature religions such as Shamanism, through which many hope to find happiness, have ever prevailed, even in ancient times, among the Korean people.
4. The Nation Should, as a Chosen Nation, Have Spiritual Proofs from God.
The first spiritual proof is the fact that Korea has the same Messianic Ideal as First Israel, which expected the Messiah to come as the King of Kings to establish the Kingdom and to save the Jewish nation (Malachi 4:2-5 and Isaiah 60:1-22). Korea has, for five hundred years, maintained the belief that a Righteous King will be born in Korea, and that he will rule all nations and receive all tribute for one thousand years. This Messianic belief is derived from the prophetic book, the Book of Chung-Gaam (Chung-Gaam Rok). Because of the prophetic statements contained in this books successive kings of the Lee dynasty tried to erase this Messianic belief by burning the books and persecuting the students of the book. Since Christianity came to Korea, the contents of this book are regarded as mere superstition, but the Messianic Ideal cannot be erased from the hearts of the Korean people. Even the Japanese, during their forty-year occupation of Korea, were unable to erase the Messianic Ideal. In the book, the Righteous King is called Chung-do-Ryung, which means literally, "the Person who brings the Word of God." The same expression, Chung-do-Ryung, is the Korean expression which signifies the Lord of the Second Coming as He is revealed in the Bible. More than four hundred years before Christianity was brought to Korea by American missionaries, God revealed to the Korean people the prophecy of the Messiah who would come from Korea as the Lord of the Second Coming. Recently, students of this book have found that many of its prophecies are similar to prophecies found in the Bible. Some of the prophecies of the Book of Chung-Gaam have been completely fulfilled during the last five hundred years of Korean history, but this is another topic which cannot be discussed at the present time for lack of space.
The second spiritual proof is the constant revelations from God that all past founders of major religions will come again, in Korea. In Chapter Six of Part I, "The Resurrection," we saw how the unification of all religions will take place through a reformed Christianity. In the Last Days, the purposes of other religions will be fulfilled in the reformed Christianity which will be a united religion composed of all past religions. The Second Coming will accomplish all the goals of all sincere religions, so from God's point of view, the Lord of the Second Coming will be the incarnation of the individual founders of religions as He will complete their individual missions.
Major religious leaders now in Korea know through revelation that the founders of their respective religions will come again in Korea. The Lord of the Second Coming described in the Bible is fulfilling individual second con' a of religious founders who are now in the spirit-world. For example, Korean Buddhists expect the second coming of Buddha, called Miruk-Jon-Bool. Followers of Confucius now expect Confucius, or True-Person, to return. The Chundo-Kyo, The Heavenly Way religion, which originated in Korea, is looking for the return of Soo-un Choi who is its founder. And all other religions in Korea are showing the same phenomena according to the principle of the unification of all religions discussed in Chapter Six of Part I.
In Korea, as the third spiritual proof, there is a great spiritual awakening in progress, and revival meetings for the preparation for the Second Coming are growing rapidly. The prophecy on the pouring out of His Spirit in the latter days as described in Acts 2:17 is actually being fulfilled in Korea as the most Christian nation in the Far East. All religious groups are now contacting spirit saints from the lower levels of the spirit-world up to the highest levels, depending on the spiritual growth of the group, and are receiving revelations of the Coming of the Lord. Accurate spiritual information is given to various scattered groups in Korea, sometimes at mountain prayer altars, sometimes in revival meetings, and sometimes to an individual praying quietly at home. But those Christians who stubbornly adhere to preconceived ideas and are ignorant of spiritual phenomena and information obtained from spirit-saints are very far behind, just as in Jesus' day when the established Jewish religion made its scholars, the priests and scribes, spiritually blind so that they missed the heavenly time. They did not even know of the birth of their Messiah, while the humble shepherds and astrologers knew of the Coming of the Messiah. Thus, Jesus prayed to God,
Luke 10:21 "... I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes ..."
This statement indicates the ignorance of the religious leaders of that time. This same pattern is repeated now at the time of the Second Coming when many spiritually gifted children of God know and receive heavenly messages on even the place and the time of His Coming. The pattern that was established at the First Coming is being repeated in the Korean churches and in established churches in the rest of the world as well. This repetition is called "historical synchronization." Presently, many devoted and prayerful Christians in the established churches throughout the world receive many strange revelations which they cannot interpret, thus fulfilling the above verse in our own day. If these people announce their spiritual revelations to the public, church leaders, who are ignorant and use only Bible verses, call them heretical and Satanic. Many good Korean Christians were ousted from the churches. Those who want to stay in the churches hesitate to announce the things that they received through their prayers and meditation. This is now occurring throughout all Christianity.
5. All Past Civilizations Must Culminate in the Chosen Nation.
In order to solve the fundamental spiritual and material problems which resulted from the tragic fall of man, civilization with religion and science must culminate in one United Civilization, the beginning of God's Ideal World and the consummation of human history. Religion and science exist, from God's point of view, in order to educate and enlighten people so as to prepare them for the United Civilization.
The Ideal World of the Coming Lord will be very highly developed, both materially and spiritually. In the land where He will come, all developed civilizations must be united to bear the fruit with which to begin the Ideal World.
For this reason, the Continent Civilization that developed from the land must culminate in Korea. An example of this is the civilization which began in Egypt and moved to Greece, Rome, Iberia, etc., forming the Peninsular Civilization, which then moved forward to Island Civilization centering around England. This civilization then traveled to the American continent and now must pass through Japan and culminate in Korea as the final step before the beginning of the ideal World.
The civilization which developed around rivers and oceans must also culminate in Korea. This civilization developed around the Nile, Tigris, and Euphrates rivers, moved to the Mediterranean civilization through Greece, Rome, Spain and Portugal, and from there it passed to the Atlantic civilization centering around England and must finally reach its highest level in Korea after passing through America and Japan.
Finally, civilization as interpreted by seasons must culminate in Korea. But, before considering this, let us examine the notion of "interpretation by seasons."
A year is divided into four periods called seasons. A day is divided into four parts which correspond to the four seasons: Morning is the spring, afternoon is the summer, evening is the autumn, and night is the winter. All Living things obey a cycle having four parts: during the spring there is birth, during the summer there is growth, fruit is borne in the fall, during the winter there is rest. A man's life is divided into four parts: a man is first a child, then a young man, then he enters into middle age, and finally old age. The same principle applies to the whole period of human history. To interpret civilization by seasons means to elucidate the variations civilization has passed through in accordance with the pattern exemplified by the sequence of spring, summer, autumn and winter. It is important to realize that the universal nature of this pattern is not mere coincidence. All these seasonal processes originated from God's principles and are part of the mystery of His creation.
Man's civilization should have started with the Garden of Eden as the location of the Springtime Civilization and then progressed through the Summer Civilization, Autumn Civilization and Winter Civilization as part of the orderly and natural cycle of civilization. But, because of the fall of man, the Springtime Civilization was destroyed and man fell as far as the level of primitive man. So, contrary to God's original providence, a Summer Civilization began in Egypt. This Summer Civilization then passed into the Autumn Civilization centering around first, the Mediterranean and then the Atlantic, and finally, became the Winter Civilization of Soviet Russia. And now, the seasons are changing. In accordance with God's principle, civilization is passing and the Spring Civilization of God's Ideal World under the Lord of the Second Coming is arriving. This Spring Civilization is the culmination of the previous summer, autumn and winter civilizations and so must be brought forth from Korea centering in the Lord of the Second Coming.
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