Who is Christ Ahnsahnghong Who Established the World Mission Society Church of God?
Christ Ahnsahnghong is the founder of the World Mission Society Church of God (hereinafter, the Church of God). After being baptized in 1948, until His passing in 1985, Christ Ahnsahnghong restored and preached the gospel of the New Covenant, which had disappeared from history, for 37 years. He also foretold His own death through the prophecy of King David. Christ Ahnsahnghong’s life and teachings are important evidence that tell of who Christ Ahnsahnghong is.
About Christ Ahnsahnghong, the Founder of the Church of God
In April 2022, Christ Ahnsahnghong was mentioned as the founder of the World Mission Society Church of God (hereinafter, the Church of God) in Woman Chosun magazine. Contrary to the declining Christian population, the Church of God established by Christ Ahnsahnghong has developed into a global church with 3.3 million members and 7,500 churches in 175 countries around the world, including the Himalayas, the Andes, the Amazon, the world’s southernmost city Ushuaia, and the northernmost place Alaska. This church, which started in Korea, the land at the ends of the earth in the east, has expanded to the whole world within 50 years of its establishment.
Christ Ahnsahnghong, who established the Church of God, in a word, His life was a life of evangelism. The subject of evangelism, that He had constantly and powerfully preached for 37 years from His baptism in 1948 until His passing in 1985, had already been recorded in the Bible from thousands of years ago, but was ‘something unfamiliar’ and not made known to people at all by acclaimed pastors or famous theologians. Then, what did Christ Ahnsahnghong preach about?
Christ Ahnsahnghong’s 37 Years Preaching
It is not a great miracle to be healed, brought back to life, and then die, but rather, to have eternal life by eating the bread of life. Those who eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood will live, even though they die, and whoever lives and believes in Him will never die. There is no miracle greater than this. ··· Eating manna does not mean you live; witnessing miracles does not mean you will live. All 5,000 people, who ate bread in the wilderness across the Sea of Tiberias, died. ··· Those who look for miracles now will all die. You must look for eternal life. ··· It is the medicine of eternal life! The covenant of life given by Jesus! “If you eat My flesh and drink My blood, you have life in you.” There is no greater miracle than this. ··· We must always be grateful to God for giving us these words of truth that give us life.(Christ Ahnsahnghong’s Audio Sermon)
Which of these two is a greater miracle? A dead person brought back to life, or to live forever and never die? Of course, it is the latter. Even if a dead person is brought back to life, that person will die again someday. To live forever is the greatest miracle in the world. ‘Eternal life’ is something that has not been achieved even with advanced medicine and is something that humans cannot attain.
Christ Ahnsahnghong preached the miracle of eternal life, that is, the way to obtain eternal life, to humankind, who have no choice but to die. It is ‘eating’ ‘Jesus’ flesh’ and ‘drinking’ ‘His blood’.
Eat to Die, Eat to Live
People have much interest in eating. When you turn on the TV, there are a plethora of programs that introduce delicious foods and recipes. Eating delicious food is something that really bring happiness to people.
The interesting reality is, ironically, death, the greatest tragedy of humankind, also began with “eating.” God gave the commandment to not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil from among the trees in the Garden of Eden. God said, if you eat it, you will die, you can eat the fruit from other trees, but you must not eat the fruit from that tree (Genesis 2:15-17). However, the people fell into the temptation of the serpent and ate of the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:1-6).
Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God’s Word, were eventually cast out of Eden, received the punishment of death (Genesis 3:23, 5:5), and that death came upon all people (Romans 5:12).
However, there was something able to reverse the history of death hidden in the Garden of Eden. In the middle of the Garden of Eden, existed a tree more important than the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A tree that is not easily found even after reading Genesis dozens of times, that tree is the “tree of life” (Genesis 2:9).
God said, ··· He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” ··· After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.(Genesis 3:22–24)
God said “He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever,” which meant that even though Adam and Eve came to die by eating from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they could live forever if only they ate from the Tree of Life. However, the way to the Tree of Life was blocked by Cherubim and flaming sword, making it impossible for sinners to go there. Who has the authority to open the closed path to the Tree of Life? No matter how exceptional a person is, they cannot open the way to the Tree of Life. Only God has the authority to reopen the way to the Tree of Life. God Himself came to this earth as a man to open the way to the Tree of Life. He is Jesus Christ.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.(John 10:10)
The Bible says that Jesus is in very nature, God (John 1:1-5, 14, Philippians 2:5-7). The purpose of God coming to this earth, as a human being, is to give life to those who are about to die, that is, to give them eternal life. In other words, the way to the Tree of Life, which had been closed is opened, and eternal life has been granted to humankind. Indeed, Christ Jesus showed the truth of the Tree of Life, which can give us eternal life when we eat from it.
I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life ···(John 6:51, 54)
The Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden has the characteristic of ‘eternal life’ if eaten. Jesus said whoever eats His flesh and drinks His blood will have ‘eternal life’. Jesus’ flesh and blood are the fruit of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. At that time, the Jews asked, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” and argued sharply among themselves (John 6:52). Jesus’ answer was resolute and clear. Jesus said that only those who believe that He is the reality of the bread of life and eats His flesh will have eternal life.
Then, how can we eat and drink Jesus’ flesh and blood? On the evening of the first month, 14th day, sacred calender, Jesus revealed the way to eat and drink His flesh and blood.
Jesus sent Peter and John… “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” ··· Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table… “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover… he took bread ··· “This is my body given for you ··· “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.(Luke 22:8, 14–15, 19–20).
Jesus promised eternal life to those who eat and drink His flesh and blood, and put that guarantee in the Passover bread and wine, and proclaimed it as the New Covenant. Jesus who said, “I have come that they may have life”, proclaimed the New Covenant Passover; the truth of life, to this world to destroy sin and death forever (Matthew 26:28, Jeremiah 31:31, 33-34, Romans 8:1-2, Hebrews 8:12-13). The way to the Tree of Life that had been closed, was opened wide. Humankind, who had ‘eaten’ the forbidden fruit and come to die, came to live by ‘eating’ God’s precious flesh and blood, that is, the bread and wine of the New Covenant Passover.
However, the New Covenant Passover, the truth to eat from the Tree of Life, disappeared in 325 AD at the Council of Nicaea presided over by the Roman emperor. The way to the Tree of Life had been blocked again. It is only God who can open this blocked way to the Tree of Life. So in the Bible 『Hebrews』, it is recorded that God, who has the authority of the Tree of Life, will come to this earth a second time to save humankind.
··· Christ ··· will appear a second time ··· to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.(Hebrews 9:28)
God fills the heavens and the earth, and is always with us spiritually (Jeremiah 23:24). However, the Bible records His coming with the ordinal number ‘second’. This means He will appear with the same form as the ‘first’ time. That is, He will come to this earth in human form, to restore the truth of the New Covenant to fulfill the forgiveness of sins and eternal life (Matthew 26:28, Romans 8:1–2, Hebrews 8:12–13).
Christ Ahnsahnghong’s Interview on Weekly Religion Newspaper
This was an interview reported in South Korea’s weekly religious newspaper on March 18, 1981.
The Church of God believes that the Second Coming Christ is to appear in this age, and that he is to appear in the flesh with eyes, nose, mouth and ears. The Church of God explains, ‘Jesus has to come a second time in the flesh because the new covenant he established at his first coming was abolished during the Dark Ages. So the Lord himself has to come again to restore the truth of life, the new covenant, and to seek his people. The Second Coming Jesus has to come ··· and pass away after preaching the gospel for 37 years. The reason he has to preach for 37 years is ···
The year 1981 was 4 years before Christ Ahnsahnghong passed away. Christ Ahnsahnghong foretold His death 4 years before it happened and revealed that He had restored and recovered the truth of the New Covenant, for 37 years, that had been destroyed. The truth of the New Covenant that had disappeared in 325 AD reappeared in the world after 1,600 years by Christ Ahnsahnghong.
There are numerous theologians and pastors in the world, and every year many books and papers about the Bible pour out into the world. However, no one knew, taught, or even restored the truth of the Passover. Why could all those people not restore the truth that was recorded many times in the New Testament, including the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Matthew 26:17–19, 26–28, Mark 14:12–14, 22–24, Luke 22:15, 19–20, John 6:53–56, 1 Corinthians 10:16–17)? On the other hand, who is Christ Ahnsahnghong, who restored the New Covenant Passover, the truth that allows us to receive eternal life through bread and wine?
··· the LORD Almighty will prepare ··· for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine ··· he will swallow up death forever. ··· In that day they will say, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”(Isaiah 25:6–9)
A powerful ‘clue’ can be found in the records mentioned above. In the last days who are the saints referring to as ‘God’? He is none other than the One who prepares a banquet with the wine that destroys death forever. There is only one wine that destroys death, that is, the wine that gives eternal life, and the ‘New Covenant Passover wine’ that disappeared from the world in 325 AD is the only wine (Matthew 26:17-28).
When all religious leaders around the world were teaching about Sunday worship and Christmas, which are not found in the Bible, Christ Ahnsahnghong was the only One who preached and taught the truth of the Tree of Life that gives us life when we eat from it. This is the evidence that He is God who opened the way to life.
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