Category - Second Coming Christ

Why does the Church of God use the name “Ahnsahnghong”?

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I often get questions like “Why does the Church of God use the name Ahnsahnghong instead of Jesus?” or “Does the Church of God not believe in Jesus?” It is understandable for people to have these questions because they are much more familiar with the name Jesus than Ahnsahnghong. However, using the name of Ahnsahnghong doesn’t mean that the Church of God doesn’t believe in Jesus Christ. It just believes in the new name of Jesus.

The Name of God changes in each age

If you think Jesus is the only name of the Savior, please try to answer this question. Before Jesus Christ came, which name had people of God used when they prayed and worshiped? The answer is Jehovah which is often referred to as Yahweh. The Old Testament Bible testifies that Jehovah is the only name of God and the Savior.

Exo 6:2 (ASV) And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am Jehovah…

Isa 43:11(ASV)  I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour.

Psa 116:4 Then called I upon the name of Jehovah: O Jehovah, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

The above verses clearly show that the name of God and Savior in the Old Testament times was Jehovah and people of God used this name when they prayed to God.  However, in the New Testament, the Bible states that the name of the Savior is Jesus Christ and people of God should pray in His name.

Act 4:10-12 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified…Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.

John 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

Here, we see another name “Jesus” and Apostle Peter testified that it was the only name given to people for salvation. Also Christ told disciples to pray in His name not in the name of Jehovah before going back to heaven. This can be quite confusing at first because in one verse the Bible says that Jehovah is the only name of the Savior and in another, it says Jesus was the only name of the Savior. Then, why are there different names of the Savior?

Ecc 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:

The Bible testifies that there is a time for everything under the heavens. The name of God is no exception. In each age, God uses a different name for the salvation of people. For this reason, Jesus taught us there is more than one name of God.

There are Three names of God

Matt 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

If you read this verse carefully, you can see that there are three names of God- the name of the Father, the name of the Son, and the name of the Holy Spirit. Then, why are there three names of God? It is because there are three ages in the Bible. In the age of the Father, the name of the Father was used. In the age of the Son, the name of the Son was used. Then in the age of the Holy Spirit, the name of the Holy Spirit should be used. Therefore, in order to understand God’s work of redemption, we need to know all three names. Then, what is the name of the Father? It is Jehovah. What is the name of the Son? Of course, Jesus Christ. Then, what is the name of the Holy Spirit? It is the new name of Jesus testified in Revelation.

The Bible testifies about the new name of Jesus

Rev 3:11-12  I am coming soon…and I will also write on them my new name.

Rev 2:17 …I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.

This is the revelation of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:1). He clearly mentioned that when he comes, he would have His new name. In Rev 2:17, He said He would give a white stone with a new name. In the Bible, the stone means Christ (Acts 4:11). Therefore, this means that Christ would come with a new name.

The new name of Jesus is Ahnsahnghong

Then what is the new name of Jesus? Obviously the new name cannot be Jesus or Jehovah since they were already used. It should be a name that has never been used before. Then can we find that exact name in the Bible? The answer is no. According to Rev 2:17, this name will be given only to those who receive Him. If it is written in the book, everyone will get it whether they accept Him or not. Also even Jesus’ name which Christians regard as the Savior’s name was never recorded in the Old Testament. Then, how can we find out the new name of Jesus?

John 5:39  You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me

The Bible teaches that the Scriptures which mean the Bible testify about Christ. This means that through the prophecies of the Bible, we can recognize the true Savior testified in the Bible. Because Jesus fulfilled the prophecies of the Bible (1 Cor 15:3-4), disciples could recognize Him as the Savior and Christ. The Bible also says that the same Christ would come a second time to bring salvation (Heb 9:28). Then how can we recognize Him? Also through the prophecies of the Bible. The one who fulfilled all the prophecies of Second coming Christ is Christ Ahnsahnghong. Because He fulfilled all these prophecies, He is the Second Coming Christ and His name is the new name and the name of the Holy Spirit. If you would like to see what prophecies fulfilled by Him, please check out the following links.

Christ will come on a cloud

The Sign of Second Coming Christ

Second Coming Christ should come from South Korea

In conclusion, Church of God believes in Jesus Christ but uses His new name according to the teachings of Revelations. 2000 years ago, those who held on to the name Jehovah and rejected the name Jesus could not receive salvation (Acts 4:10-12). In this age too, only those who receive the new name of the Savior can receive salvation. If you would like to learn more about this, please visit the nearest Church of God and have a Bible study. You will clearly understand how important using the new name is.

Why did Christ Ahnsahnghong come from South Korea?

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When people first hear Christ Ahnsahnghong’s name and the fact that He came from Korea, a lot of people seem confused and ask why He should come from that country. I think it is fair for people to feel like that in the beginning because I did not quite understand either before studying the Bible. For this reason, I would like to go over the scriptural references to the coming of Christ, especially the country where he should come from.

First of all, let’s see the prophecy regarding the second coming of Christ.

Heb 9:28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.

The Bible clearly testifies He will appear a second time. Then does this coming mean he will come in spirit or in the flesh? Since He is always with us spiritually (Matt 28:20), this coming must be the coming in the flesh. Then, how can we know where he should come from? The Bible says that He will appear to bring salvation and therefore we should pay close attention to where the work of salvation will begin in the last days. Let’s go to Revelation, the book concerning the last days and find a prophecy about this.

Rev 7:1-3 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: “Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.”

The wind stands for the last disaster that has power to harm the land and the sea. However, this disaster is held back until angel who has the seal of God seals all the servants of God who are the people of God who are to be saved. Then, who is this angel coming with the seal of God? The seal is like a person’s signature which only belongs to himself or herself. As I am the only person who can have my signature, God is the only one who can have the seal of God. Therefore, this angel must be God. We can clearly see that God who is bringing salvation through the seal of God should come from the east.

Isa 46:10-11 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’ From the east I summon a bird of prey; from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose. What I have said, that I will bring about; what I have planned, that I will do.

God said from the east he would summon a bird of prey, which means an eagle in the Bible. An eagle in the Bible represents God (Exo 19:4). Therefore, these verses show that God will come from the east as a man to fulfill his purpose, which is salvation.   

Isa 41:2-4 “Who has stirred up one from the east, calling him in righteousness to his service ? He hands nations over to him and subdues kings before him. He turns them to dust with his sword, to windblown chaff with his bow… Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord—with the first of them and with the last—I am he.”

Again in the same book of Isaiah, it is prophesied that God will come as a man from the east. Some might say this might refer to the coming of the first coming Christ. However, considering the fact that both Isaiah and Jesus were in the same country Israel, we cannot say Jesus came from the east. Also the Bible says that this Christ must come from a far off land and farthest corner.

Isa 41:8-9 But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, you descendants of Abraham my friend, I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

Therefore, Christ should come from a country in the east which is also from the ends of the earth and a farthest corner. Then from where should we find this country? Let’s find out the location of Apostle John when he saw the angel coming from the east.

Rev 1:9 I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.

He was in the island of Patmos. Where is it? It is a small island located between Turkey and Greece.

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Let’s summarize the main points here.

The country where second coming Christ comes from should meet these two conditions.

  1. The work of salvation should begin there.
  2. From the island of Patmos, it should be located in the east, farthest corner and the ends of the earth.

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The only country that fulfills these requirements is South Korea. It is a country in the east located in the farthest corner and the ends of the earth and also the work of salvation, the preaching of the Passover began there. For this reason, Christ Ahnsahnghong came from South Korea. His coming to Korea was not a coincidence but a fulfillment of the biblical prophecy.

You can watch the below video to understand more about this subject.

Did Christ Ahnsahnghong not fulfill 37 years of King David’s throne?

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Some say that Christ Ahnsahnghong failed to fulfill the prophecy of King David because He was baptized in Seventh Day Adventist Church in 1948 and remained as a member until 1964, the year of the establishment of the Church of God. They insist that the Seventh Day Adventist Church is a false church and therefore, His years in that church should not be counted as a part of 37 year prophecy fulfillment. Do they have a point? Not really. Let me explain why their insistence does not make sense.

Let’s look at the case of Jesus Christ whom all Christians deem as the Savior. Did Jesus Christ start his own church right after baptism? No. He went to Jewish synagogues to keep the Sabbath day and preach the gospel.

Luke 4:15-16 – He [Jesus] taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. He went to Nazareth where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read.

The synagogues at that time were run by Pharisees and Sadducees that Jesus condemned as false prophets.

Matthew 23:29-33 – Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!…You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

Then can we say that Jesus went to the synagogues to follow their false teachings? No. If we come to that conclusion, we have to deny His Divinity. Then why did He go to the Jewish synagogues? It was because Jesus wanted to save people who were misled by the false prophets.

Now let’s think about why Christ Ahnsahnghong stayed in Seventh Day Adventist. He did so so that He could preach the words of the truth to the people who were longing for salvation. As we cannot say Jesus followed the false teachings because He went to Jewish synagogues, we cannot say Christ Ahnsahnghong followed the false teachings just because He was in the Seventh Day Adventist. Also another reason why He preached in that church was because of the Bible prophecy. The Seventh Day Adventist Church is represented as the church in Laodicea in the prophecy of the seven churches. (Rev 3:14-20)

According to this prophecy, Second Coming Christ must appear in the church in Laodicea.

Revelation 3:20Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

As Jesus stayed in Jewish synagogues in order to save His people, Christ Ahnsahnghong also preached in the Seventh Day Adventist to save His people who were looking for the truth. Therefore, the insistence that Christ Ahnsahnghong did not fulfill 37 year prophecy because He was in the Seventh Day Adventist is wrong. I hope the readers of this article can correctly discern the truth and understand Christ Ahnsahnghong correctly through the prophecies of the Bible.

 

Did Christ Ahnsahnghong contradict the Church of God’s teachings? Part 1

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The original posts have a series of articles pertaining the topic that Christ Ahnsahnghong did not contradict the teachings of the World Mission Society Church of God. Those who slander the Church of God insists that Christ Ahnsahnghong said only through the name of Jesus could we be saved while the Church of God teaches that through the name of Ahnsahnghong can we receive salvation. If people who do not have any understanding about the church might be confused but if you understand the Bible, you will be amazed at their ignorance and lack of understanding on the Bible. 

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In order to have a clear understanding about this issue, let’s take one example. Long time ago, there was a kingdom. Since it had a lot of natural resources, enemies invaded its territory and tried to attack the city. The king of that country order soldiers to close the city door so that they could defend the city. Soldiers bravely fought against their enemies and successfully defeated them. After all the battles were done, king ordered the city door be opened again. Then, some soldiers began to complain, saying “Our King is contradicting himself. He told us to close the door last time but this time he is saying the door should be opened. I don’t understand Him.” If you hear their complains, what would you say?  

I’m sure there are no soldiers who actually complain like this in real life. However, if you understand the point of this story, you might understand the slanderers complain about Christ Ahnsahnghong with the same logic. There is a time to close the door for the purpose of defense. Yet, once the war is over, the door should be opened again so that people could get food and merchandises from outside. In the same way, there is a time to use the name of Jesus and also the time to use Christ Ahnsahnghong’s name. 

As the articles points out, in each age there is a different name of the savior. In the time of Jesus, people including His disciples prayed in the name of Jehovah only. It was not until Jesus kept the last Passover (a day before his death) did he teach that they had to pray in the name of Jesus. Let’s take a look at the relevant verses.

Isa 43:10-11 Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was not God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no savior. – ASV

The Bible clearly says that there is no other savior except Jehovah. So obviously people prayed in the name of Jehovah at that time. However, just before Jesus experienced the pain of crucifixion, he taught his disciples that from that time on they needed to pray in His name.

John 16:24 – Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.

If you see the context of this verse, you can see that this word was given while he was keeping the last Passover (John 13:1-). Until now means that until that time all people prayed in the name of Jehovah. However, Christ said from this time on they had to pray in the name of Jesus which was a new name of the savior.

Then what about this age? Christ Ahnsahnghong also prayed in the name of Jesus when He preached the gospel just as Jesus prayed in the name of Jehovah when He preached the gospel. For this reason, it is natural for him to teach people that they had to pray in the name of Jesus not in His name because it was not the time for his name to be revealed yet. However, just before His ascension, He taught His disciples the new name of the savior which was His name, and from that time his disciples began to preach His name. If someone says Christ Ahnsahnghong contradicts the Church’s teaching for the reason of teaching Jesus’ name, I can conclude that that person is seriously lacking the understanding of the Bible. 

I will continue posting on the series of this topic and hope that my review might help you clear out some misunderstanding about the truth. 

Did Christ Ahnsahnghong have children?

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Some new people who had come to study asked me this question. “I heard that Christ Ahnsahnghong and God the Mother had their own family. Is it true? It is so weird.” I asked them why it was weird. One of them said, “I don’t know. Just thinking that God has a wife and children does not sound like God.” 

I came to think why people are so reluctant to accept the fact that God could have a family. Nowhere in the Bible says that God cannot have a family. We can see several verses about God appearing in the flesh including the record of the book of Genesis (Gen 18:1-15). If God comes in the flesh, why can he not do the things that human beings do? Regarding his coming, the Bible states as follows:

Heb 2:14-17 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.  For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.

The Bible says that he needs to be made fully human in every way. Having a family is an important part in human life. If God says he is too holy to have a family, He is not made human in every way. Also if that is the case, he did not even have to come in the flesh.

We cannot judge God by our own opinions. He could be unmarried as he was 2000 years ago. Also He could get married and have a physical family if he wants. Why should the marriage make him less God? 

The fact that Christ Ahnsahnghong has a family does not change his divinity. He fulfilled the prophecies of the Bible and restore the truth of the new covenant. No other people in the world fulfilled the Scriptures as He did. Yet there are people who try to deny Him by using his physical life. Christ Ahnsahnghong did not anything wrong even physically. Marriage is not a sin. The Bible rather says that forbidding people to get married is a demon’s teaching (1 Tim 4:1-3). So why should the fact he had a family be any ground for slanders?  

2000 years ago, Jews rejected Christ because of the fact that He had a physical family (Matt 13:55-57). Because they focused on his physical life, they could not see his true nature. Even in this age, those who only focus on the physical life of second coming Christ will lack understanding of His true nature. I hope readers understand this matter clearly and have a correct discernment about the truth.