As you may know, Shincheonji is holding an online Revelation seminar every Monday and Thursday until December 27. They’re teaching not only the meaning of prophecy we, believers must know. They’re opening the fulfillment to the public. As far as I know, it’s something that never happened before! Since the content is full of fulfillment, the pace is very wide. Please be sure to read Revelation before you attend the lecture.
Today, we’re covering Revelation Chapter 2-3. The lecturer of that day was the tribe leader from John tribe in Shincheonji church. Before he began the lecture, he introduced himself and his life of faith briefly that he had been eager to find the truth, going to several churches until he met this word. After that, he emphasized that even though we’re from different denominations and have different doctrines, we’re the believers who have the same purpose – heaven and God.
Revelation chapter 2 and 3 are about Jesus’ letters to seven churches where once were chosen by Jesus but then betrayed Jesus. Jesus’ chosen person in Rev 1 must send them to tell the churches to repent and fight against the destroyers who broke into their churches.
As you read the head of every letter to the seven churches, you’re able to find the evidence that it’s from Jesus. The letters introduce the sender by describing Jesus in Rev 1. In the letters, Jesus tells the fault that seven churches made and asks them to repent their deeds. He also warns that there are destroyers who are deceiving them, devouring the churches. Finally, Jesus promises blessings when they overcome the destroyers. There are twelve blessings.
Rev2:1-7 Letter to the church in Ephesus – 1st Blessing: eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.
Rev2:8-11 Letter to the church in Smyrna – 2nd and 3rd Blessing: the crown of life / not be hurt at all by the second death
Rev2:12-17 Letter to the church in Pergamum – 4th and 5th Blessing: hidden manna / white stone
Rev2:18-29 Letter to the church in Thyatira – 6th and 7th Blessing: rule with an iron scepter / the morning star
Rev3:1-6 Letter to the church in Sardis – 8th and 9th Blessing: dress in white / never blot out his name from the book of life
Rev3:7-13 Letter to the church in Philadelphia – 10th and 11th Blessing: make him a pillar in the temple of God / write on him the name of God, the name of the city of God (the New Jerusalem), and Jesus’ new name
Rev3:14-22 Letter to the church in Laodicea – 12th Blessing: Right to sit with Jesus on Jesus’ throne
The blessings are in the parable also like how other expressions are in Revelation. For the detailed explanation for each blessing, please see here. To summarize, the blessings can be sorted into three: 1) Spiritual food (word of God) for eternal life 2) Right to reign the religious world 3) Right to judge the religious world.
The blessings are promising eternal life, which is the happy life living with God forever, but the condition to gain the blessings is to overcome the destroyers. The prophecy says “the one who overcomes”, therefore, there should be a person who overcame them and received the blessings. If we wish to gain eternal life as he received, we must find the one and ask them to share the blessings. He’s the only one who receives those blessings.
Closing the lecture, the lecturer emphasized that the believers who wish to go to the kingdom of heaven, they must overcome with the truth as Jesus promised.
I wish we to be those people, too. No matter where we came from, we’re the believers who gathered with one purpose. WE ARE ONE!