of Terminology Used in "Clouds of Witnesses: The Saints' Testimonies"
his letter to the Hebrews, Saint Paul referred to this physical reality as a
"copy and shadow" of the heavenly, or spiritual realm. (Heb. 8:5) The
Bible makes clear that life does not cease with the death of the flesh. Indeed,
most major religions hold the concept that a person's soul continues on after
his or her physical body passes away. Where a person's soul goes to dwell is
determined by the quality and character of his or her life on earth, especially
the quality of faith and depth of love.
to the present, the realms of heaven and hell have been divided, separated by
the same barriers of religion, nationality, race and culture that have divided
people on earth. This is because people on the other side continue with the same
prejudices and limitations they had on earth. However, in the Last Days, when
God establishes His Kingdom, there should be unity in heaven as well as on earth:
"The Lord shall be one and His name be one" (Zech. 14:9) and "The
kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He
shall reign forever and ever." (Rev. 11:15)
testimonies that follow describe how leaders of diverse denominations and
religions, even atheists, are gathering at conferences in heaven to study the
truth of God and commit themselves to supporting the providence of this age.
They are humbling themselves before the one true God and Jesus' work at the
Second Coming. Readers can glimpse the unfolding process that is unifying the
2:17-21 reveals that in the last days, "I will pour out My Spirit on all
flesh, your sons and your daughters shall prophesy… and I will show wonders in
the heavens and in the earth." This teaches us that the Spirit will move
gifted individuals to have visions of the spirit world, showing people on earth
the wonders of heaven. At a time when religious conflict seems rampant, this
vision of the gathering of heaven's forces united as one mind under the one God
and Creator of heaven and earth comes as a welcome message of hope.
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all, this is a testimony to the work of Jesus at the Second Coming of Christ.
Jesus' supreme sacrifice at Calvary and the atoning blood of the cross grants us
the redemption of sins. His resurrection was victory over death, hell, sin and
the grave for all eternity. Of this there is no dispute. Yet few articles of the
Christian religion are more divisive than doctrines of the Second Coming.
premillennialists believe Christ will return "in the air" to collect
the faithful and one thousand years later establish his Kingdom on the earth.
Others with a post-millennial view believe Christ will come only after the
millennial reign. Still others don't accept the idea of a millennial Kingdom at
all. In matters of eschatology, many Christians of good faith have agreed to
it possible that our generation is the one that is to welcome the Second Coming?
When we study the "signs of the times" in Matthew 24, we can recognize
their fulfillment, one by one, in our time. Notably, "And this gospel of
the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations,
and then the end will come," is commonly seen as being fulfilled during the
Christians are comforted by the prediction in Matthew 24:30 that Jesus will
return on the clouds. However, at his first advent also there were those who
predicted that Christ would come in the "clouds," based on Daniel
chapter 7. Of course, we know that Jesus was born on the earth and did not float
down out of the sky. Yet the prophecy in Daniel can be regarded as having been
fulfilled in Jesus' advent if we take "clouds" to be symbolic. Thus,
John 3:13 reveals that Jesus "came down from heaven." Hebrews 12:1
describes a "cloud of witnesses," the spiritual aggregation of Old
Testament saints who hoped for their reward in Christ. Jude 14 likewise reports
of Enoch's prophecy that Jesus would come with "thousands and thousands of
holy saints." This was the spiritual "cloud" upon which Jesus
came. The same circumstance will occur at the Second Coming: "The armies of
heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen,
white and clean." (Rev. 19:14) Indeed, their testimony is contained in the
This is their testimony: that Christ at the Second Coming is born on earth, just as Jesus was at the first coming. He is born on earth, that he might fulfill the hope of the Lord's Prayer, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth."
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testimonies affirm that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, Messiah, and the
Savior of humankind. Through his death on the cross he atoned for our sins, and
his resurrection delivers us from death and brings us into the power of new
life. He sits at the right hand of God and leads all the saints in Heaven.
However, if Jesus at the Second Coming works through his anointed born on earth,
how will it occur? Let's examine the pattern displayed in other documented
4:5 said that Elijah would come again. Thus, the chosen people were anticipating
the return of the actual figure of Elijah, the prophet of old. However, Jesus
said that John the Baptist "is Elijah who is to come." (Matt. 11:14)
Furthermore, the angel Gabriel had informed Zechariah that his son John was
"born in the spirit and power of Elijah." (Luke 1:17) Therein is
revealed the biblical principle of second comings. The mission is entitled with
the name of the predecessor. Thus, Elijah's mission is called "Elijah."
John the Baptist takes up Elijah's mission and is the "Elijah" who
fulfills Malachi 4:5. Adam's mission was taken up by another "Adam,"
"the last Adam." (1 Cor 15:45)
testimony of the saints asserts that Jesus has anointed his representative on
earth to fulfill the mission of the Second Coming. Consistent with Rev. 2:17 and
19:12, he has a "new name" that had not been revealed in the days of
the New Testament. He will manifest greater works as the extension of Jesus'
mission that was laid down in Gethsemane in sorrow and tears.
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these testimonies are true, and Jesus has in fact appointed another person to
fulfill the mission of the Second Coming, then how should we view this new
person in relation to Jesus? Since Jesus appointed him, surely they are not
rivals! Nevertheless, it is likely that many Christians will regard him as an
Antichrist. It is worth considering whether such a judgment is from God or from
man. It is a human failing for churches to be rivals. However, the saints in
heaven testify that Jesus and Christ at the Second Coming are one.
In John 9:28-29, some Jews berated a man born blind who was testifying to Jesus. "Then they hurled insults at him and said, "You are this fellow's disciple! We are disciples of Moses! We know that God spoke to Moses, but as for this fellow, we don't even know where he comes from." Regarding Jesus and Moses from a human point of view, they regarded them as rivals.
on the Mount of Transfiguration, Jesus is seen conferring with Moses and Elijah.
"Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with
Jesus. They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to
fulfillment at Jerusalem." (Luke 9:30-32)
brought the Law, to which the Jews were so devoted that it became a stumbling
block to receiving Jesus. Jesus brought a higher truth - the Gospel. Hence, many
Jews could not believe in Jesus. Nevertheless, Moses certainly recognized Jesus
as the Messiah, even if ordinary Jews did not. Moses and Jesus were of one mind
and heart when Jesus set off to Jerusalem to consummate his Passion. In truth,
Jesus' victory over death through the cross and resurrection was also Moses'
Likewise, this testimony of the saints asserts that there is no gap between Jesus and the man he has appointed to the mission of the Second Coming. They work together, Jesus in heaven and the person of the Second Coming on earth, to fulfill the will of God to "restore everything." (Acts 3:21) They are of one heart and mind to do the Father's will. Their struggle is a common struggle; their suffering is a common suffering; their victory is a common victory.
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another person is fulfilling the mission of the Second Coming of Christ, what
shall we call him? Messiah? Savior? King of Kings? These are some of his
biblical titles, and the saints in heaven, being faithful Christians, proclaim
him thus. Could they do otherwise?
Jesus was accused of making himself God in John 10:33-35, he answered by quoting
Psalm 82: "I said, You are gods, and all of you are children of the Most
High," comparing his divinity to that which all are meant to inherit. Thus
the anointing or terms Messiah, Savior and King used here in reference to
Reverend Moon does not mean that the revelations claim that Rev. Moon is Jesus
or God. Jesus' role as Savior and Messiah will never change.
it does indicate is that Jesus anointed Rev. and Mrs. Moon as the True Parents
of humanity to complete the work of restoration at the Second Advent by
establishing true families as God's dwelling places. As Jesus predicted:
"He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater
works than these he will do" (John 14:12). The narrative testifies to the
value and position of Jesus, while at the same time highlighting the crucial
role played by those alive on Earth in completing God's providence to restore
all things (Matt. 17:11).
applies particularly to the person commissioned by Jesus to fulfill the mission
of the Second Coming of Christ. When the saints call him by the titles Messiah,
Savior and King of kings, they are not thereby asserting that he supplants
Jesus. The mission of the Second Coming is an entirely new dispensation.
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for example, the term "Savior." Jesus is and ever remains the Savior,
who died on the cross to redeem our sins. However, 1 Peter 1:5 states that
Christians are "shielded with faith, until the coming of the salvation that
is to be revealed in the last days." The "salvation that is to be
revealed in the last days" is not the salvation that Jesus brought through
the cross; that salvation was already revealed. It is a further salvation that
is to occur at the Second Coming. Hebrews 9:28: "He will come a second
time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him."
Therefore, Christ at the Second Coming can be termed a "Savior" in his
own right, on account of what he is to accomplish at the Second Advent. This
does not take anything away from Jesus' primary role as the Savior, for what he
accomplished through his death and resurrection.
The testimony also applies the title "King of Kings" to the person of the Second Coming of Christ. In doing so, it consistent with Rev. 19:16, where "King of Kings" is a title of Christ at the Second Coming. The saints are not thereby asserting that this person is God, even though in 1 Tim 6:15 the title "King of kings" is used of God. Jesus is the King of kings in heaven, who sits at the right hand of God (Heb. 1:3, Matt. 22:44), as he does in this testimony. But God also views His earthly representative at the Second Coming as the King of kings on earth.
amply attests that Christ at the Second Coming will rule over the nations (Ps.
2, Isa. 2:3, Rev. 11:15, 19:15). This testimony reveals the beginnings of
Christ's universal rule when, for the first time, the leaders of the world's
religions acknowledge his chosen role. It reveals the opening of a providence
that will conclude with the happy realization of Christ's millennial reign over
all the earth.
mission of the Second Coming is the most glorious mission, and that glory should
redound on his person. Nevertheless, while he is walking the earth, his glory is
hidden, just as Jesus' glory was invisible to the people of his day. When a
blind man praised Jesus as the Son of David, the Pharisees who heard it
immediately declared that he was possessed by demons. (Matt. 12:23-24) Isn't it
predictable that this spiritual proclamation of the Second Coming of Christ
would be greeted by cries of "pretender" and "false Christ"?
coming of Jesus on earth 2000 years ago did not harmonize with Jewish doctrinal
expectations. No one came to Jesus as a natural conclusion of any doctrine.
Those who recognized Jesus did so by the workings of the Spirit. Simon Peter
answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus
replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to
you by man, but by my Father in heaven. (Matt. 16:16-17) Knowing how difficult
it was for the people of Jesus' day to recognize him, we encourage the reader to
consider this message of the Second Coming with deep prayer and an open mind.
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spiritual testimonies were conveyed through two chosen individuals, one working
in heaven and the other reporting to people on the earth. Dr. Sung Han Lee, who
passed into the spirit world in 1997, is best known for his critique and
counterproposal to Marxism-Leninism that was widely disseminated around the
world during the Cold War era. A tireless teacher of God's truth, Dr. Lee
educated countless atheists and believers of various religions. Young Soon Kim
is graced with the gifts of spiritual hearing and spiritual sight. While in the
Spirit she is able to record Dr. Lee's narrative for earthly people to read.
book of Hebrews describes the Old Testament saints as a "cloud of witnesses"
in heaven, surrounding and urging on Christians as they run their race, on the
principle that those heavenly saints "should not be made perfect apart from
us" on the earth (Heb. 11:39-12:1). In the same way the saints are calling
out to us today, describing to us the current situation from the vantage point
of heaven. They are urging us to do our part, so that together we might see the
dawning of the Kingdom of God, in heaven and on the earth.
by the FFWPU in conjunction with Christian scholars, pastors and theologians.