“In general, Bible is hard to understand”
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“In general, Bible is hard to understand”
  • Lee Kyung-sik
  • 승인 2020.01.15 15:36
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The following article was contributed by Mr. Yoon Sanghak at the Holy Eden Church.—Ed.
Mr. Yoon Sanghak at the Holy Eden Church.
Mr. Yoon Sanghak at the Holy Eden Church.

The Bible is hard to understand. The reason is that the story is complicated, but above all it contains prophecies. Let me show you some of the common misconceptions that people have about the Bible.

Are there the kingdom of heaven and hell?

Many people think that the dead go to the kingdom of heaven or hell. But this is not true. Those who belong to God go to God’s world, and others go to Hades.

Who are those who go to God? They are heavenly soldiers. When the heavenly armies are completed, God will destroy the Devil. Then all those who have been taken to the devil’s world will be brought out of Hades for judgment (Revelation 20:13). The dead go to Hades because of sin. If people sin, they belong to the devil (1 John 3:8).

God will destroy the devil in the future (Isa. 27:1, Rev. 20:10). After the Devil's destruction, there will be judgment, and by the judgment will be decided who will go to the kingdom of heaven or hell.

So what kind of people will go to hell at the judgment? God has revealed that unbelievers and those who have done evil will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8).

Is the Armageddon War done on earth?

Many say that the Armageddon war is the third world war that will take place in Israel. But this is a misunderstanding. Armageddon is a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew word “Har Megiddo,” or “Mount of Megiddo.” It is in the north of Israel. Since there were many wars here in the past, God symbolically referred to the war with the devil in the spirit world as the war of Armageddon.

The Armageddon war is a war to catch the Devil. Since the devil is spirit, this war will be in the spirit world. Three dirty spirits come out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet, and they go to the kings of the world (actually the souls of them) and gather them (Rev. 16:13-14). That place is Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).

Jesus will lead heavenly soldiers in war with the beast. In this war, Jesus catches the beast and the false prophet and throws them into the lake of fire (Rev. 19:20). These are the first beings thrown into the lake of fire.

After that, God will go to war against the dragon. In this war, God will destroy the demons with fire and throw the dragon into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:9-10). All these events take place in the spirit world.

Does resurrection mean that the flesh lives again?

There are many who misunderstand that the flesh will live again for the resurrection. It is due to the believing that Jesus was resurrected in the flesh. It is also misunderstood that those who will be resurrected will end up in the flesh in the last days. Jesus said that to save lives is spirit, and the flesh is useless (John 6:63).

When Mary first saw the risen Jesus, she did not recognize him (John 20:14). This was because the appearance of the resurrected Jesus was different from before he died. Jesus went back to the image that was originally in spirit. When Jesus met with two young men who went to Emmaus after his resurrection, they did not recognize Jesus (Luke 24:16). And during the meal, Jesus showed his former appearance and soon disappeared (Luke 24:31, 36). Jesus suddenly appeared in a house with a closed door (John 20:19, 26). Jesus also ascended to heaven in the eyes of his disciples (Acts 1:9). All of these shows that Jesus was resurrected in spirit.

There are things in the Old Testament that God revealed in the flesh. Abraham saw three people and served food, who were God and two angels (Genesis 18:8). Gideon met an angel, but he thought him as a man and was afraid to see him disappear (Judges 6:21-22). Samson's parents met an angel, but they thought him as a man and were afraid to know that he was an angel of Jehovah (Judges 13:20-21). Likewise, God and angels can appear as having flesh.

Because Jesus has the same ability, he could show that he had a physical body. That's why people misunderstood. Why did Jesus make such a misunderstanding? It was because the risen Jesus was worried that people would know him as a ghost (Luke 24:37). So he had them touch his flesh and bones and ate grilled fish (Luke 24:39, 42-43). He showed Thomas the spear and nail marks (John 20:7). But Jesus as a spirit has no real spear and nail marks. He only showed the flesh of that image.

The apostle Paul met Jesus in the image of a shining spirit (Acts 9:5). Jesus, whom the apostle John met, was shining and fearful (Rev. 1:13-16). The apostle Paul said for the resurrection that the dead will live again with immortality (1 Cor. 15:52). The world of the flesh was made in God's need temporarily, and he will destroy it after His will is done (Isa. 34:4, Rev. 6:14). The eternal world is not the physical world but the spirit world.

Does the millennial kingdom come true on earth?

The apostle John said that martyrs reign for a thousand years after the first resurrection (Rev. 20:4). So many people think that a millennial kingdom will be made on earth. But this stems from the misunderstanding of the apostle John.

During the millennium, no one can live but heavenly soldiers, so they have no people to rule (Rev. 20:5). The millennium is not a period of reigning, but of military training. A song that cannot be learned other than 144000 is the process of being trained for the future war against the Devil (Rev. 14:1-3).

The apostle John misunderstood a thousand years as a kingship period because of the sequence of events Jesus revealed. Revelation 20:1-3 are before a thousand years, catching the devil and imprisoning it in the Abyss. And verses 7-10 are after a thousand years later, releasing the Devil from the Abyss and destroying it through war. So the apostle John thought that the verses 4-6 shown between the two scenes would be in a thousand years.

But this is a scene of judgment (Rev. 20:4). Judgment will be after the war. Therefore, in verses 4-6, the martyrs sitting on the throne and judging will not happen during the thousand years, but after the war with the Devil. After that, heavenly soldiers will reign forever and ever (Rev. 22:5).

 


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