Shincheonji - 259 - New Testament (New Covenant), Matthew Chapter 13
New Testament (New Covenant), Matthew Chapter 13
God, the creator, established covenants through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. God kept the covenant he established with Abraham through Moses (Gn 15; Ex 12). God also fulfilled the prophecies that he had established with the Old Testament prophets through Jesus (Lk 24:44; Jn 19:30).
Prophecies have been given to us so that when they are fulfilled, we will believe (Jn 14:29). The New Testament (NT) is not the same as the Old Testament (OT), which has already been fulfilled. It is the promise and prophecy of a new covenant.
Therefore, people who believed in Jesus since his First Coming need to believe and keep the NT. The prophecies in the NT are to be fulfilled at the time of the Lord’s Second Coming. Believers can attain salvation as they see and believe in the physical fulfillment of the prophecies at the time of the Lord’s Second Coming.
Even if a believer reads the NT but yet does not understand its meaning, he will not recognize the fulfillment despite witnessing it. If he does not recognize the fulfillment, there is no doubt that he will not be able to believe in it. Even if a believer reads and knows the meaning of the NT, if he refuses to believe in the physical fulfillment he sees or act accordingly, he will not gain salvation (refer to Mt7:21;Jn14:23). God has made a covenant in advance in order to save mankind, who has been held captive by evil. This covenant is the prophecy God has recorded in the Bible for the sake of our salvation. Therefore, it is only when we believe in and act according to the words of the prophecy that we will be able to cross over from death to life and attain salvation.
God and Jesus fulfilled the OT at the First Coming of Jesus (Jn 19:30). However, God’s will and purpose have not been fully accomplished through the First Coming. God fulfilled his prophecies through Jesus in Jeremiah 31 by carrying out a new work, sowing two types of seed [Jesus sowed the good seed], and establishing a new covenant. God fulfilled the prophecies in Jeremiah through Jesus, but his purpose was not fully accomplished at that time. Those tasks mentioned in Jeremiah were only planned to be carried out at the First Coming, but in the NT, further work was prophesied about that Jesus must carry out at the Second Coming. The work that needs to be done at the Second Coming is to harvest the crops of the seed which was planted at the First Coming, and to create God’s kingdom and priests through those harvested crops.
The seed Jesus sowed at the First Coming was the spiritual seed of God, that is, his word (Lk 8:11; Jn 6:63). The place where the seed was sown was the church—the hearts of the saints in the church of Jesus are likened unto a field (Mt 13:24; 1Cor 3:9).
The time of harvest is the end of the world, and harvesters are Jesus and his angels (Mt 13:37-39). Two types of seed were planted in the field, which is the church of Jesus (Mt 13:24-30). The seed of God (the word) grows into the sons of God, and the seed of the devil (untruth, lies) grows into the sons of the devil (Mt 13:37-39).
The scripture says that the time of harvest is the end of the world. This world, in fact, is referring to the world of the churches in the Spiritual Israel. These churches have existed for the last 2,000 years, but Jesus made it known through his prophecies that these churches would come to an end at his Second Coming.
How, then, will this field—the church of Jesus where the two types of seed are sown—come to an end? What is this prophecy about? Have believers of Jesus ever taken this into consideration? If someone does not believe in Jesus’ word of promise, can that person be considered as a believer of Jesus? If someone truly believes in Jesus’ word of promise, he will take the end of Jesus’ church into deep consideration and believe as the scriptures say.
Jesus planted the seed of heaven, and he also prophesied that there would be a time to reap the crops (Mt 13:24-30, 36-43). The time of reaping is the time of Revelation’s fulfillment (Rv 14). What happens to the field at the time of reaping? First, weeds are tied up in bundles to be burned.
At this time, angels harvest good crops with sickles and bring them to their father’s house, the barn (Mt 13:30; Rv 14). The weeds represent the sons of the devil (Mt 13:38-39). Those who tie the weeds in bundles are their own pastors (refer to Mt 23:13). The place where the weeds are tied is their own church.
If people are bound with the words of their own pastors and remain in their own churches, can they be considered to be the sons of God born of God’s seed? Or are they people who are harvested from their own churches to the barn, the sons of God born of God’s seed? Do you think that people who choose to remain in their own churches and with their pastors attain salvation or are burned with fire? Should you believe and follow the words of the harvesters at the time of harvest? Or should you rather believe in your own pastor’s words and choose to remain in your church at the time of harvest? Believers must objectively judge for themselves at this end of the age whether they should believe and follow God’s word of promise or the words of their own pastors.
Roughly 2,600 years ago, God prophesied through Jeremiah that the seeds would be planted (Jer 31:27). About 600 years after that prophecy was made, God came to Jesus and fulfilled that word by sowing the seed of his word (Mt 13:24-25). Today, 2,000 years after that seed was sown, Jesus has come to his church with his angels like a thief, and he is harvesting crops and bringing them to the barn of heaven according to his own promises in the NT (Mt 24:43-44; Rv 3:3, 14:1-4). No one knows where Jesus has returned or where the barn is located, but Jesus has promised to reveal the location in the Bible. Let’s take a look.
Revelation 14 shows the throne of God, the 24 elders, and the four living creatures (angels). This place in Rv 14 is a spiritual Mt. Zion. Gathered at this spiritual Mt. Zion are the sealed 144,000 first fruits. It is a place where the 12 tribes, the kingdom and the priests, are gathered. At this location, the people who are harvested are singing a new song before the throne, and before the 24 elders and the four living creatures.
The new song symbolizes the revealed word that testifies about the physical fulfillment of Revelation’s prophecy. Out of all nations, this new song can only be heard and learned at Mt. Zion, where the 12 tribes are located. The promised time of harvest is the time of Revelation (Rv 14:14-16). The harvested first fruits are born through the word of truth (Jas1:18;1Pt1:23).
These fruits are created through the seed of life (Jn 1:1-4; Lk 8:11), and they are the same fruit born from the 12 branches of the tree of life according to Rv 14 and Rv 22.
What is God’s will and purpose in prophesying through Jeremiah the new work, the sowing of the seed, and the establishing of the new covenant 2,600 years ago? It is to show what must soon take place in Rv 1:1 to his servants (Rv 7:3). What must soon take place is referring to all the events in the 22 chapters of Revelation (Rv 1 ~ 22), and the servants are referring to the sealed 12 tribes, the 144,000 first fruits, written about in Rv7 and Rv 14. These 12 tribes are God’s new kingdom and priests (Rv 1:6, 5:9-10). This is God’s will and his purpose.
Believers, who are living in the era of the NT, can participate in God’s kingdom, the 12 tribes, only by being sealed through the revealed word and by being born again to the new creation. No matter how boastful and pretentious people are about themselves and their faith, they cannot partake in God’s kingdom and the people of heaven in the 12 tribes—God’s kingdom (heaven), the New Spiritual Israel—unless they are sealed and born again into a new creation. It is only those who understand and act according to God’s will and the words of the NT who will attain salvation (Mt 7:21)