[False Claim of NCPCOG]
In the book of Christ Ahnsahnghong, “Intrepretation on the New Jerusalem and the Bride, and on Women’s Veil” it is written that the heavenly Jerusalem is an actual place not a person. This proves that Christ Ahnsahnghong denies the existence of Heavenly Mother.
1. It is wrong to quote the book, “Intrepretation on the New Jerusalem and the Bride, and on Women’s Veil”
For more explanation, please refer to “Christ Ahnsahnghong Said That Heavenly Mother Does Not Exist (Misusing Father’s Book).”
2. The heavenly Jerusalem, an actual city existing in heaven
It is true that the heavenly Jerusalem itself is not a person, but a place. This fact is found not only in the book that they misuse but also in the Truth Book that we now have. (Refer to Supplementary Explanation 1). However, does it disprove the existence of Heavenly Mother? Never! The heavenly Jerusalem exists as a city, and the bride exists as herself. It’s because the bride is symbolized as the heavenly Jerusalem, not a city itself.
In the book “Interpretation on the New Jerusalem and the Bride, and on Women’s Veil” that they misuse, too, Father explained that the heavenly Jerusalem is a spiritual building that actually exists, and also said that the bride is the 144,000 saints. In that book, too, Father explains the heavenly Jerusalem as an actual city, and also says that the heavenly Jerusalem has a symbolic meaning. Thus, the difference between the book that they quote and the book that we have is not whether the heavenly Jerusalem is an actual place or not. Both books acknowledge that the heavenly Jerusalem exists as an actual city, but differ in the matter of what the heavenly Jerusalem symbolizes.
Therefore, the record itself where Christ Ahnsahnghong said that the heavenly Jerusalem is an actual city, cannot disprove the existence of Heavenly Mother.
3. The heavenly Jerusalem symbolizes Heavenly Mother
The point is that the angel told John to show the bride in the heavenly wedding banquet and then showed Jerusalem coming out of heaven. Does it mean that an actual city is the bride? Then since the Lamb is the bridegroom in the heavenly wedding banquet, is it talking about an actual animal? No. The Lamb symbolizes the bridegroom. It is the same with the bride. The bride is not an actual city, but just symbolized as the heavenly Jerusalem.
(Second Coming Christ)
|The bridegroom is not an actual lamb,?but just symbolized as the lamb.|
|Bride||New Jerusalem||Heavenly Mother||The bride is not an actual city, but just symbolized as the new Jerusalem.|
4. The reality of the bride is the savior coming in the flesh
1) In order to know the reality of the bride, we first need to understand the heavenly wedding banquet. The heavenly wedding banquet begins when the Savior comes to this earth in the flesh and invites the saints to receive the water of life. Let’s see the situation in Jesus’ first coming.
- Mt 22:1-10 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come . . . ‘. . . Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”
- Jn 7:37-38 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
Jesus invited those who were thirsty to the heavenly wedding banquet, saying, “Come!” At that time, in what form did Jesus come and invite them? He came in the flesh. Thus, the heavenly wedding banquet starts when the Savior comes in the flesh and invites humankind, saying, “Come!” In the last days, the same thing repeats.
- Rev 19:7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.”
- Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
In the last days, the Holy Spirit and the bride invite us to the heavenly wedding banquet so that we can receive the water of life. Then, in what form do the Spirit and the bride appear to invite us? Just as Jesus came in the flesh to invite us to the heavenly wedding banquet, the Holy Spirit and the bride are to come in the flesh to invite us to the heavenly wedding banquet.
Therefore, the bride is the savior who appears in the flesh together with the Second Coming Christ, and not an actual city.
2) The book, “The Mystery of God and the Spring of the Water of Life,” says the same thing.
|“The Mystery of God and the Spring of the Water of Life,” Ch. 35 The Spring of the Water of LifeThis prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus Christ came in the flesh 1,900 years ago and cried out on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles:Jn 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.The above words were spoken by Jesus Himself 1,900 years ago. The same words are repeated in these last days, too.Rev 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.In what form will the Spirit and the Bride come and proclaim? . . . The Word that became flesh indicates Jesus who came in the flesh 1,900 years ago. The Bible says that the Word will judge at the last day. Unless the Word becomes flesh, how can the Spirit say? The interpretation of Rev 22:17 is that Jesus, who cried out on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles 1,900 years ago, will come again in the flesh and cry out.|
3) The reason why the expression, “coming down out of heaven,” is emphasized is that the reality of the heavenly Jerusalem, our Mother, is coming down to this earth in the flesh. This is why the bride was described not just as the Jerusalem that is “in heaven,” but Jerusalem that is “coming down out of heaven.”
5. The name of the new Jerusalem
The Bible prophesied that the name of the new Jerusalem would be written on those who overcome.
If the new Jerusalem is the 144,000 saints, we come to a strange conclusion that the names of the saints would be written on them. Moreover, Revelation chapter 3 mentions the name of the new Jerusalem between the Saviors’ names―the name of God and the new name of Jesus Christ.
It means that the reality of the new Jerusalem is the Savior like Jesus who comes a second time with the new name.
- Rev 3:12 “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.”
1. The Truth Book testifies that the heavenly Jerusalem city really exists
Firstly, the heavenly Jerusalem city indicates an actual city in heaven, which the people of God will enter. Christ Ahnsahnghong explains the heavenly Jerusalem as the angelic world, where we will go and martyrs who died in Christ are already in.
|“Visitors from the Angelic World,” Ch. 3 Life and Activities in the Angelic WorldIn the center of the great universe which contains two hundred billion galaxies, there is “the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God” (Heb 12:22-23), where the throne of God is located . . . And in the angelic world, they eat invisible food and drink invisible drinks.Rev 22:1-2 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.|
|“Visitors from the Angelic World,” Ch. 20 The Human Soul Continues to Exist Even After Death. . . Putting the verses together, the altar must be the heavenly one. John saw a vision of the spirits of martyrs under the altar of the heavenly sanctuary. The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to the Hebrews with the same meaning as follows:Heb 12:22-23 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect . . .As clearly stated above, in the heavenly sanctuary there are thousands upon thousands of angels and also the spirits of righteous men made perfect. As Jesus said in Jn 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many rooms,” there are many rooms in the heavenly sanctuary.Just as there were many rooms in Solomon’s temple on the earth, so there are many rooms in the heavenly sanctuary; God let the spirits of the apostles and martyrs, who received His special blessings, stay there.|
Revelation 21 also firstly expresses the new Jerusalem as a city which God is in and the saints enter, and says that the new Jerusalem which is the dwelling of God is among God’s people. And it also says that those who are in the new Jerusalem are written in the Lamb’s book of life and reign forever and ever. In other words, the heavenly Jerusalem and the saints are separate.
2. The evidence of Revelation 21 itself
- Rev 21:2-3 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.”
- Rev 21:24-27 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.