Thank you Dr. Willis for sending this and allowing me to share it here.
Paul J. Willis[email protected]
26 November 2011
Some Quotations from Manhee Lee, The Creation of Heaven and Earth (2009)
The following quotations are taken from Manhee Lee’s book The Creation of Heaven and Earth, published by Shinchonji Press in South Korea. The Korean version appeared in 2007, the English version in 2009. These quotations highlight Mr. Lee’s sense of himself as the messianic “promised pastor” or “the one who overcomes.” They also highlight his feelings about any who disagree with his teachings. Mr. Lee is the founder of what he calls the Shinchonji Church of Jesus. Shinchonji is Korean for “new heaven and earth.”
“Now in this time of fulfillment, all believers must find the pastor, temple, and seminary promised by the Bible. They must unite with God’s promised pastor to attain salvation. Jesus Christ’s world of the first heaven has ended and a new heaven has been re-created. Therefore, all believers must come out of their churches, which are part of the first heaven, and become a part of the twelve tribes of the new heaven. They must all learn the new song to enter heaven” (vii).
“We are teaching the book of Revelation along with its physical fulfillment. . . . Our revelation is the most perfect theological revelation in the entire history of Christianity! We can explain the Bible clearly, even to those ignorant of the Bible, as long as they are willing to come and learn for six months. This is true religion; this is the best and highest teaching. This is the work of the holy spirit” (16).
“‘The end of the age’ [in Matthew 24] refers to the end of . . . the Christian world created by Jesus” (18).
“God and Satan fight in the spiritual world while the people that belong to God and the people that belong to Satan argue with one another in the physical world. . . . Since Satan means divider and opposer, it should be obvious that anyone who breaks away from us and opposes us is Satan” (31).
“God makes . . . his chosen pastor rule over his chosen people—the children of light” (43).
“Shinchonji counts the first year of the Shinchonji Era from the year of the construction of the throne. March 14, 1984, is the anniversary of Shinchonji. In addition, 1984 was the year that the universe completed its orbit and returned to its point of origin” (44).
“Salvation comes from the promised pastor. . . . This pastor carries out the work appointed to Apostle John in Revelation. He witnesses the events of Revelation in physical reality and listens to an angel explain them to him. He is the male child who will rule all nations after fighting and overcoming the enemies prophesied in Revelation. He receives the scroll opened by Jesus and teaches it to [all] peoples. . . . God, Jesus, and the spiritual kingdom descend on this pastor and work through him” (54).
“When the promised pastor appears, everyone must go to him” (54).
“After Jesus ascended to heaven, God promised to send his next promised pastor and the spirit of truth” (55).
“The second advocate—the spirit that comes in the name of Jesus—will reside in a man and speak on Jesus’ behalf through that man’s lips. . . . The mission of the spirit of truth (i.e. the advocate) is to speak Jesus’ words on behalf of Jesus through the lips of the promised pastor” (77-78).
“The one who overcomes will become God’s son and receive God’s inheritance” (79).
“God was with Jacob because he overcame. God was with Jesus because he overcame. In the same way, God will be with the one who overcomes, who is promised in Revelation” (80).
“Jesus has shown and explained everything to him alone” (82).
“The prophecies of the four gospels and Revelation make up the new covenant that will be fulfilled in the future. They are the representative word of the New Testament” (115-16).
“If the believers in the generation of the New Testament cannot keep the commands of the new covenant, they too will be destroyed like the people of the Old Testament generation” (116).
“[In the Old Testament,] the chosen people that left God were brutally destroyed” (358).
“Today, most Christians think that by simply believing in Jesus, they have been saved and have already received the holy spirit. This misunderstanding leads to idleness” (132).
“[Jesus] will return in spirit to unite with his promised pastor” (143).
“Today’s pastors will persecute the promised pastor as a cult leader in the same way the Jewish priests persecuted Jesus. . . . Because the promised pastor is one with Jesus, persecuting him is persecuting Jesus Christ” (143).
“Is it not clear that today’s churches are even more corrupt than the Catholic Church was at the time of its reformation? How will today’s pastors react if Jesus chooses a pastor to proclaim the truth and decisively start a new reformation? . . . Can they be called believers in the promises of Jesus if they mock the pastor chosen in the Bible?” (144).
“Today, Spiritual Israel [the Christian world] has come to an end, roughly 2,000 years since Jesus planted the seed of heaven. It is now time for New Spiritual Israel, which is the generation of Shinchonji, to create God’s kingdom on earth by harvesting the wheat-like believers (church members)” (145).
“The words of prophecy in God’s sealed book are now opened. The prophecies are currently being fulfilled today. Now is the time for us to look for the new pastor, the promised pastor” (147).
“The few people that God actually chooses are more important to him than anyone or anything else” (155).
“The New Testament promises one pastor that will be introduced in the last days” (159).
“Many people think they are saved just by believing in Jesus. . . . Ultimately, people who fail to follow the one promised pastor sent by Jesus do not really believe in Jesus. They claim to be believers, but the God they believe in is a figment of their own imaginations” (159).
“The pastor that Jesus promised in the New Testament is figuratively called Apostle John in Revelation” (162).
“When the end of the age (i.e. the time of the second coming of Jesus) comes, it is no longer enough just to know God and Jesus. Believers must also know the pastor promised in the New Testament. . . When the promised pastor comes, [all other] pastors should hand the sheep they have cared for over to him” (164).
“Can the current corrupted Christian world be considered a true religion? Its people are crying out for another reformation” (169).
“We now know that the first coming [of Jesus] was not even the end of God’s work” (171).
“The book of Revelation figuratively uses Apostle John to prophesy about the promised pastor” (176).
“The events of betrayal and destruction in the prophecies of the New Testament exist to testify about the promised pastor who acts as the savior” (177).
“It is not an exaggeration to say that God’s ultimate purpose in giving us the sixty-six books of the Bible was to lead us to the new heaven and new earth—to Shinchonji” (178).
“Jesus, who is returning, chooses and anoints one pastor” (178).
“The main character serving the Lord in the book of Revelation is the one who overcomes—the one who is promised in Revelation 2-3. The first step for believers wishing to attain their hope is seeking the promised pastor who overcomes according to the book of Revelation” (179).
“When God fulfills the secret promises, he always reveals them to his chosen pastor before fulfilling them” (181).
“Anyone who fails to acknowledge the physical fulfillment when it comes according to prophecy proves that he or she does not believe in God, Jesus, or the Bible” (182).
“Jesus will come to the pastor promised in the New Testament and fulfill the New Testament prophecies through him. . . . Believers on whom the end of the age has come must find and unite with the pastor Jesus promised” (182).
“All believers must find the one who overcomes—the pastor promised in Revelation 2-3—in order to attain heaven and eternal life. . . . Anyone who dallies in accomplishing this task or who interferes with someone else proves that they belong to the devil” (187-88).
“These events of Revelation 2-3 . . . have already taken place at the base of Cheonggye mountain, which is in the city of Gwacheon, Gyeonggi province, Republic of Korea” (188).
“All pastors became blind and deaf when God’s book of revelation was sealed” (190).
“[The events of Revelation 5-6] were fulfilled at the base of Cheonggye mountain in Gwacheon” (193).
“God brings the first heaven and earth to an end by judging Spiritual Israel [the Christian world] (Revelation 5). [Then] God creates a new chosen people. . . . At the time of Revelation’s fulfillment, anyone who does not belong to the twelve tribes of New Spiritual Israel, which are God’s only chosen people, is a gentile who cannot be saved” (195).
“No one can know the fulfillment of the prophecies in revelation without meeting the promised pastor” (204).
“It is no exaggeration to say that the New Testament only testifies about this one male child [in Revelation 12]. God’s revelation, grace, and word are delivered to and explained by the one male child who overcomes. . . . No one who believes in Revelation 2-3 can deny this” (215).
“There are many churches in the world, but there are no other true temples” (227).
“Those who overcome and gather at the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony store God’s wrath in their hearts. The angels come to the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony and use those who overcome as bowls of God’s wrath” (227-28).
“Evil spirits enter people who receive the laying on of hands from or believe in the words of a false pastor” (232).
“Today, [as prophesied in Revelation 17-18,] the world of Christianity comes to an end and all nations are destroyed because of the maddening wine of adultery” (239).
“All the churches in this world are spiritually destroyed by the teachings (biblical commentaries) that the prostitute claims to be truth” (240).
“In the end times, God and Jesus will reign over the nations through the pastor Jesus promised” (247).
“[In Revelation 19,] the spirits [of the martyrs] that have lost their bodies for the sake of the Lord will clothe themselves with our physical bodies and be resurrected” (253).
“[Those in the holy city in the millennium] cannot be deceived because they have mastered the Bible and live together with the souls of the martyrs and with Jesus Christ” (254).
“No one who reads this book should be like Lot’s wife, who tried to return to the previous world that was judged” (265).
“The location of the one who overcomes is the throne of God and of Jesus. And conversely, God, Jesus, the word of life, the ability to be born again, heaven, and eternal life are not present in any place that does not have the promised one who overcomes. Consequently, this one who overcomes that is promised in the New Testament is the person whom all believers of Jesus must find” (269-70).
Pastors “who lack understanding” and who withhold members of their congregations from the promised pastor are “dogs” (272-73, 309).
“It is not possible for the water of life to flow from a place that charges money to teach the Bible. . . . Zion Mission Center . . . teaches the word free of charge” (274).
“[In the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, the rocky ground that prevents the growth of the seeds represents people close to Shinchonji believers who call Shinchonji a cult.] They persecute instead of carefully examining the word for themselves. They see no reason to learn the word if they faithfully attend church services. The devil works through the people close to us in any way he can” (293).
“[The parable of the weeds among the wheat in Matthew 13 tells us that] the word of God is mixed with the word of Satan within the churches of Jesus” (300).
“Jesus will come again after the chosen people—the Christians—betray and are destroyed by gentile pastors (Revelation 13)” (305).
“Anyone who opposes Shinchonji is evil” (321).
“Today, believers of the New Testament period eat the gospel of Jesus Christ as spiritual food. At the same time, however, they live their spiritual lives through another faith that is to be revealed. . . . This revealed faith is Jesus’ new gospel. . . . Having the revealed faith is receiving and believing in [the testimony of the promised pastor]” (330-331).
“It is no exaggeration to say that the New Testament testifies about the one pastor Jesus promised” (337).
“Today, people within Schinchonji who have been cleansed by the word only to fall into unbelief will receive seven more evil spirits regardless of whether they realize it. . . . It is impossible for a person who has tested the powers of the coming age to be brought back to repentance if they fall away” (351).
“Goat-like believers eat biblical commentaries, which are the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (353-54).
“Those who have left their positions and homes within the twelve tribes of Shinchonji to deceive, cause division, create their own sects, and oppose God are antichrists that have united with the spirit of Satan. Anyone who receives this kind of person becomes a part of their group” (354).
“To whom will [Jesus] come when he returns? He comes to the pastor promised in the New Testament, the one who overcomes” (355).
“The pastor who fulfills the mission of John recorded in revelation is the only orthodox pastor. . . . This church and pastor are the only ones who are truly orthodox” (370).
“Children of darkness . . . include believers who are trying to live their lives of faith without understanding God’s word” (373).
“When Jesus (i.e. the word, the light, and the path) returns to this world in the second coming, it is as if the sun, which had set in the west, rises again in the east after a long, hard night (approximately 2,000 years)” (375).
“There is no rule excluding Korea from being the place where the sun rises. There is no scripture that proves Korea cannot be the place where the sun rises” (194).
“Let us become the living water for the hearts of those who have been thirsty for 2,000 years” (375).
“The events of Revelation . . . can also be thought of as the events when Christianity comes to an end” (388).
“Believers should not be like Eve by unconditionally receiving and eating the words of their pastors” (389).
“At the time of the Lord’s return, there will be inward believers like sheep and outward believers like goats” (394).
“People insisting without reservation that they have already been saved and that they have received the holy spirit, and people who claim to be orthodox while persecuting others as cults are speaking nothing but lies. The ideology of Calvinism . . . is the ideology of Satan” (398).
[At the end of the age, Jesus comes] riding on a cloud. In other words Jesus comes as a spirit . . . to work with his angels through the chosen pastor and his disciples to establish the nation promised in the New Testament” (404).
“Anyone who denies the one sent by God and Jesus is an antichrist” (410).
“[The battles of Revelation 13 and 12] have already taken place. . . . Even now, the war continues” (421).
“The secular words spoken by today’s churches provide ample evidence that they belong to the world” (422).
“Those who refuse to believe in the events of Revelation, the promised pastor, and the promised temple—those who reject God’s will by believing only in their own pastor and their own church—these people cannot receive salvation” (423).
“The holy spirit of the Father came and spoke through Jesus. Today, the spirit of the advocate (i.e. the holy spirit) has already come in the name of Jesus. . . . The holy spirit who acts as the spiritual advocate is inside the chosen pastor who is the physical advocate” (426).
“The Old Testament testifies about one person—Jesus Christ. The New Testament also testifies about one person—the advocate, who is the one who overcomes and the one who eats the opened scroll. It is only when a person believes in the promised pastor and keeps the words of his testimony that he or she can attain salvation” (429).
“[Both Jesus Christ and the promised pastor] overcame the world. . . . [The promised pastor] overcomes the pastors of Satan. Although Jesus overcame Satan in the spiritual world, without someone who fights and overcomes Satan’s pastors in the physical world, God’s kingdom, salvation, power, and authority cannot come, [and] this world would belong to Satan forever” (430).
“[The one who overcomes] sits with Jesus on Jesus’ throne” (432).
“All churches have left Jesus’ words and have become corrupt” (449).
“Since the words and doctrines of Satan are in the church, it is the Christians, and not the unbelievers or people of other religions, who must take care to avoid Satan’s doctrines” (453).
“Become a part of the army of heaven” (471).
“Believers facing the end of the age must try and be born again through righteous acts and God’s word in order to become the people of heaven” (474).
“[Shinchonji is] giving . . . the new blood and flesh of Jesus” (476).
“Because . . . the content of John’s revelation was sealed, no one knew what it meant until today” (493).
“Clearly, it is only by listening to the one who has received revelation from Jesus that believers can know God, Jesus, and the pastor sent by Jesus. This is the only path to eternal life” (494).
“t is more important to understand the contents of Revelation than anything else” (498).
“When Satan enters a pastor he or she becomes Satan” (501).
“No one who is consumed by a literal understanding of the Bible can understand the words that Jesus spoke figuratively. These people cannot be a part of God’s kingdom; they are outsiders. . . . They become wicked beasts that can never receive forgiveness for their sins” (502).
“We, Shinchonji, . . . know who belongs to God and who belongs to Satan” (504).
“People who receive the mark of the beast are those who listen to the teachings of the beast [i.e. those who listen to ordained pastors], receive them into their hearts, and believe them. These people will suffer eternally in the fiery lake of burning sulfur” (504).
“[Satan’s] false pastors disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” (504-05).
“Christians must believe that Jesus’ promised return occurs according to this logic of betrayal, destruction, and salvation” (510).
“The holy city will exist forever because those who dwell within this city have united with Jesus and with the spirits of the martyrs” (515).
“[In Revelation 11,] the era of Christianity (the first heaven) comes to an end, and the era of the millennium (the new heaven) begins” (517).
“[In the millennium, the souls of the martyrs will enter the bodies of sealed believers to] reign as kings with Christ for 1,000 years. . . . Jesus died to accomplish this work, and now he has become a spirit to work within us” (522).
“Because Satan has deceived all nations (Christians), now is the time of Jesus’ second coming” (525).
“No other church name can even compare to the name Shinchonji” (544).
“We, the people of Shinchonji, are certain of the way in which we have fulfilled and are fulfilling the book of Revelation” (546).
“[The persecutors of Shinchonji are] the true heretics, . . . the troops of Satan. . . . The corrupt and aging generation of Spiritual Israel is being destroyed” (551).
“Approximately 2,000 years after [Jesus’] prophecies were made, their fulfillment began at the base of Cheonggye mountain. . . . Today, with just a few remaining exceptions, the prophecies of the New Testament have been fulfilled. Since the harvest is not yet finished, the sealing of the 144,000 people of the twelve tribes is still taking place” (558).
“Just as God summarized 6,000 years of history in one book, the Bible, I have summarized the entire Bible in this book” (563).
“Anyone who does not believe in the prophecies and their fulfillment does not believe in God. . . . Anyone who hears the testimony about the fulfillment of the New Testament prophecies and refuses to believe it will be destroyed, just like the people in the time of Adam and Lot” (564).