ARLINGTON, Va., July 31, 2012 – On July 21 South Korean Pastor Man Hee Lee delivered a seminar at Christ Cathedral in Los Angeles, in which he explained his understanding of the Book of Revelation. The main thrust of his message seems to be that humanity is actually living in the time of the fulfillment of the prophecies found in Revelation, which for many Christians would indicate the imminent coming of God’s kingdom on earth.
According to a column in Newsantaana.com, Pastor Lee’s lecture taught that much of what is found in Revelation is not to be taken literally, but contains symbolic expressions of what is to come. Pastor Lee asserts that he met Jesus personally in Korea and that he “saw and heard the events of Revelation.”
Pastor Lee’s appearance in Los Angeles was the last stop in a tour of Europe and America, in response to invitations from other Christian leaders. He had visited Germany, Austria and New York City before his L.A. seminar.
Pastor Lee is leader of the Shinchonji Church of Jesus, which is headquartered in the Republic of Korea and claims around 140,000 members worldwide. One of the group’s websites, http://www.worldopenseminar.com/index.html, states that Pastor Lee was born in the Korean countryside in 1931, and his name, meaning “a perfect light,” was given him before birth by his grandfather as a result of inspiration he received from a dream.
According to an online interview with Song Tae-bok, editor of the Shinchonji-affiliated newspaper Cheonji Il-bo, Pastor Lee teaches that the present world will not, as some fear, end with a catastrophic destruction of humanity. Rather, according to Mr. Song, the world can be healed as more and more people are reborn through the revealed Word of God:
“…the world will be renewed and created into God’s kingdom through those who are reborn with God’s seed, the word of truth. God’s kingdom created by such people is the new heaven and new earth, Shinchonji, as recorded in revelation [chapter] 21.”
Pastor Lee, who fought for the South during the bitter and devastating Korean War, has also been very active in efforts to promote a peaceful reunification of South and North Korea. Aside from conducting his Bible seminars, he leads Mannam, a pro-unification volunteer organization with a claimed 100,000 members, and is the author of the Korean Unification Proclamation, which was inscribed on special stones and placed at the eastern and western ends of the North-South border.
In his recent visit to Europe to conduct the Open Bible Seminars, Pastor Lee met with Lothar de Maiziere, a former East German prime minister who helped bring about the peaceful reunification of the long-divided East Germany and West Germany. Pastor Lee apparently feels that when North Koreans and South Koreans make their desires strongly enough felt by their respective governments, this could lead to a bloodless reunification of the Korean peninsula, in a way somewhat similar to the German experience.
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