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  • Cleaning the Valley filled with Thrash

     

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    Pastor Jung cleaning the Tai Tam valley in Hong Kong

    Back in 2003, when I was in Hong Kong, there was a valley 1 km away from the place where I stayed. The valley had rotting trash and was giving off a stench, but no one dared to clean it. Instead, everyone just left it alone. I thought that people were the same so I decided to clean it. Then one day I went to the valley with two of my disciples to clean it up. I cleaned the 1 km long valley by myself all the way to the end of it.

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  • Is giving a challenge or a joy?

    There was one time, someone asked of something from me. It was an item that I needed and therefore I was reluctant to give it to him. Upon hearing his request, I thought, “If I give it to you, I won’t have any to use and why should I give the item to you when you didn’t help me with anything before?” I couldn’t find a reason to give the item to him. However, he was rude and persistent and kept demanding the item from me. I was irritated by his actions. At that moment, I recalled the teachings in the bible, God taught us that we should reward people only according to their deeds. While pondering on these words, I decided to keep the item for myself.

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  • The P.O.W. who became my spiritual friend

    After an extremely drama experience of saving the life of a P.O.W. (Prisoner of War), at the expense of risking my life, i brought him back to our base camp. However, the Vietcong was eventually killed by my platoon leader. I was totally heartbroken and devastated! How can someone take away the life of someone else’s life, a precious gift given by God?

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    Pastor Jung Myung Seok and his Vietnam War Comrades

    As I prayed for the late P.O.W., I couldn’t help feeling so terribly sorry for him. If I had been there with him, he wouldn’t have been killed. I regretted to enter the cave to catch the other Vietcong, leaving him alone. I cried and cried overnight. He was a Catholic. I felt a deep affection for him because we owed the lives of each other, plus we were the same Christians after all. I’d grieved over my beloved brother’s death for weeks. He was always in my prayer and he became my spiritual friend. In 20 years since the military discharge. I tried to find my war buddy. Yoo, Kun Tae. I’d searched for him all over South Korea for four years, but he was nowhere to be found.

    His irresistible love for alcohol, tobacco and women finally took him to another world. Also, I looked for the then-platoon leader, Son. I found out that he was promoted up to the rank of a lieutenant colonel. One winter day, he and his family-his wife, a son and a daughter died in sleep from briquette gas poisoning. He was only in his 40’s, the prime of his life. Not loving brothers and ruthless killing even enemies during a war brought calamity upon him and his family. I wrote this testimony of how God worked in this episode because neither the dead nor those unseen can testify His works.

    Remember only love can save our body and soul/spirit.

  • “Love” saves my life and others

     

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    Jung Myung Seok and his comrades

    This episode happened sometime during battles in Tuy Hoa area when I was 22. My unit was urgently dispatched to the edge of Mt. Cai at a wee hour. According to given info, the Vietcong would come down to a town via this area for provisions. My unit ambushed in a line. The tropical sunlight was broiling that my comrades and I felt like we were steamed in a cooker. All day long, we had to lie on our stomach in ambush, taking aim with a rifle in the scorching heat. At about 4pm, a couple of enemies began to appear. We tensely watched as their numbers increased up to 17. They were cautiously proceeding toward us in a line, carrying their weapons on their sides. Over the next one and a half hours, they made to a point only 30m away from us. We got a plan to shoot them simultaneously when they approached the point of 25m away.

    My heart went out for them who were naively heading for an execution ground. I was greatly troubled as if I myself were out there walking toward death. I thought of their family members, sweethearts, and special ones. Just as my mother and other family members would eagerly pray for my life and safety, theirs would do the same. Killing them meant more than just getting rid of enemies, at the same time, it also make the lives of their beloved ones hell. It was too cruel, not to mention to be too sorrowful.

    I pleaded with God and the Lord to save their lives. And an inspiration hit me,

    Do I kill them? It’s you who kill them. Why do you ask me to save them?

    Upon hearing that, I realized it was I who could save them or kill them. The Vietcong continued to make a few steps of stealthy approach towards us, but they bent themselves slow and looked out for all directions as if they have sensed a gloomy foreboding. We were on the brink of killing them at the platoon leader’s command. It dawned on me that I had to do something promptly to save them. Once I thought of them as my sweetheart, I couldn’t lose any second. I purposely coughed. The Vietcong, at once, lied on the ground. They were whispering each other as if verifying what the sound was.

    Looking at their clueless behaviours, I grabbed a handful of tall grass in front of me and shook it. This time, they darted back to the way they’d come. Another miracle for saving lives took place in my heart. Such rescuing deeds saved the lives of my company in return that nobody was injured over one year despite the countless engagements.

    Meanwhile, my military duty was done so I returned Korea. Three months later when I rejoined the same company, I could rarely meet familiar faces for they were already killed in action. On the day I arrived there too, some were killed therefore the atmosphere of the company was like that of a house in mourning. Even the company commander was crying. During the period of three months of my absence, the casualties were nine times higher than during the one year I was there despite more numerous, dangerous operations then. Once again I realized how God protected my war buddies’ lives while I was with them for I valued the lives of the enemies as if they were mine. Without me, the rampart that protected their lived fell down.

    Be aware that by the condition you saved others’ lives, God will protect yours accordingly. Love is intense as fire and stronger than hatred. It produces great miracles.

    I could save the lives of the 17 foes in that operation alone because I loved them. Such deeds also freed their beloved ones from possible dreadfulness. Since I treasure all lives, a meaningful life of saving the mankind was bestowed upon me.

  • The Lord said: “Look, I will come soon.”

    Reference scriptures: Revelations 22: 12, Revelations 22: 6-17

    Image from the Catastrophic Disaster movie titled 2012. A movie showing the apocalyptic days of the end of world

    There were many rumours and movies that depict the year 2012 to be the year when the end of the world would happen. These rumours came from different sources. Some said the prophecy came from the Mayan Calendar, while most people relate the event “the end of the world” from the bible.

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  • What is the path of my life?

    Your mentality, heart and soul will grow to resemble God’s after entering the spiritual world. You would come to realize and understand everything about the spiritual world, become enlightened about what you couldn’t understand in the world and about God. You will understand about the Holy Son, and will also understand and realize your path in life. Just like you would shop at the market, you would also be able to choose your path of life once you enter the spiritual world.

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    The one who prays has to enter the spiritual world from the physical world. Then it is considered having prayed deeply. The spiritual world has thousands of levels. Whether it is entering a low-level spiritual world or a high-level spiritual world, so long as one enters the spiritual world, it is considered that one has succeeded in praying. Successfully entering into another world (realm) through praying in our physical body is mysterious.  The physical body remains but the soul travels to the spiritual realm together with one’s mentality, thoughts, and heart. In the physical realm, one’s spirit will only exist at the level of the body.(one’s physical mentality, heart, and soul) However, if one’s mentality, heart and soul enters into the spiritual world, its spirit will exist in the spiritual realm as well. When this is done frequently, the spirit itself will be able to travel into the spiritual world successfully.

    The challenge of prayer that transcends the boundaries of this world

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    The infamous eagle’s peak at Daedunsan mountain. Pastor Jung Myung Seok often describe this cliff to be dangerous and steep and advised members not to try praying there.

    In order to offer a deep prayer that crosses from this world into the spiritual world, I was often starving when I went to the mountain or caves to pray. Praying at the cliff of the rocks is difficult. If you have a physical body, how can one forget about all the hunger, cold, heat, worries and anxieties and make pray deeply? The only way is to forsake the sense of awareness (consciousness) of the body. However, because the body lives centring on the laws and nature of the physical world. It is not an easy task to focus our thoughts and spirit to go into the spiritual world from the physical world just by praying in an ascetic way. Just like in this world, it is challenging to live in another country, all on your own. One has to invest a lot of time to adapt to living in the new country, and would not be able to assimilate well if he doesn’t change his lifestyle. In the same way, this reason also applies when entering into the spiritual realm. That’s why it is not easy to go to the spiritual world.

    There was once, I started feeling cold in the midst of prayer, and I opened my eyes out of curiosity. Unknowingly, the day had already changed into night. In this way, I realized that I was so focused on prayer that I didn’t even feel the passage of time. For a physical person, because one prays physically, there is nothing to say when praying, so it is hard to pray deeply. If you pray spiritually, the Holy Spirit will inspire and move your heart, and you can feel the heart of the God, Holy Spirit and Holy Son. At that time, you will pray according to the inspiration that comes to mind. When you pray in that manner, you will not feel the passage of time. This will become not a prayer of mere words, but a prayer made using the heart, soul and spirit.

    Leading a spiritual life

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    Pastor Jung Myung Seok praying sincerely in the Hwetgol cave behind Wolmyungdong in the late 90s, while developing Wol Myung Dong. It was one of the prayer caves he used to pray in and studying the bible.

    When you see the spiritual world, you will be able to steadfastly differentiate between the good and the bad path of life. You will also understand the reason for the existence of your spirit, the path of death in hell and also the path of Heaven where God dwells, and you can even meet with God. You have to meet the Saviour Lord, because it is through him you will know the complete path of life.

    I know this because I have gone and found that path of life when I met the Lord through deep prayers into the spiritual world while suffering all kinds of difficulties and hardships praying at the mountains for over 20 years and more. I did this because of more than anything, I wanted to know clearly the purpose of my life, and I wanted to meet the Lord so badly because I believe he is the one who can answer all my questions about life.

  • You will surely return alive!

     

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    Jung Myung Seok and his comrades during the Vietnam War

    I was dispatched to Vietnam from 1966 to 1969 and participated in the war. When I went there for the first time at the age of 21. The unexpected tropical sunlight that boiled the land over 40 degrees Celsius welcomed us. We soldiers suffered from breathing difficulties and heatstroke. Under these circumstances, we had to lie in ambush and carry out military operations in mountain areas daily. During the war, I was always caught with fears of war and death, questioning, “Can I really return to my country alive from this scorching hot weather, fierce battles and hellish surroundings?”

    I kept praying to God that I really want to survive this war and go back Korea in one piece. One day, I made a pledge to God, saying. “If I can return to Korea in one piece, I’ll devote my life to God and the world.” While praying sincerely, I shed hot tears and felt that the sky looked much clearer and brighter than ordinary days. Then, a voice in my mind said to me. “You will surely return alive!”

    As it was said, I was discharged from service without hurting a finger despite scores of death moments during hundreds of ambush, searching operations in mountains and countless battles. My prayers did save my life during the war. After returning home. I kept my pledge to God: I diligently trained my spirit and body like pure gold to be His better tool, continuously prayed and received the Word of life in Mount. Daedum and caves near my hometown.

    At the age of 34, I began ministry by preaching the new Word and curing the sick with various diseases like deafness, mental illness, cancer, tuberculosis, etc, by praying. And in some cases, even the physically-dead returned to life again. There are so much of such encounters that I couldn’t explain everything to every single person during a gathering. If I were to speak about all of it, it would have taken a few days. Furthermore, the

    spiritually sick were cured and the those whose faith was dead were resurrected. All these miracles made through prayer are too many to record. Whoever prays, big and small wonders will take place because God is with his or her’s prayer.

  • Persistence & Perseverance

    Once, it was pouring heavily as I was about to go to church and I couldn’t even step outside to go for service because of the rain. However, I told myself that I couldn’t skip going to church without a reason just because it was raining. Thinking that I would be able to go to church once the rain stops, I wanted to wait for the rain to stop. But, it seems like the rain won’t be stopping anytime soon so I covered my head and head over to church even though I did not have an umbrella.

    Due to the continuous heavy rain through the night, the rushing waters in the stream was about 3 meters high. It was impossible for me to cross that stream as it was really scary and I wondered to myself if I should head home instead. In spite of that, I was determined to go to church so I weighed out the other alternative route that I could take. Another option was to walk along the rice paddy and stay dry, but with just one slip on the rice paddy, I would be totally drenched too.

    With that, I decide to cross the stream. However, it was really not easy crossing the stream without military training. As I was walking across the stream, my leg was lifted off the ground and I couldn’t go forward or place my feet back down. Feeling my body leaning into the water, I frantically searched for something to hold on to. I was able to grab hold onto something which did not break even when I pulled it while taking a few more steps to cross the stream.

    Right after that, I had to cross another stream and this time, it had a lot more water and it was wider. Though it came up all the way to my thighs, I managed to cross over and reached church safely only to find that there was no one around in church. Even the female elder, who always arrives earlier than my mother to ring the bell, and my mother was not there that day. I immediately went to pray alone for the people.

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    Jung Myung Seok Pray in Mount Dadeun

    While I was praying, something miraculous happened. I thought about how God felt when He saw that no one was around to pray in church during dawn. And with a determination of wanting to comfort God’s heart. I prayed confessing that I would make up my mind to be faithful in doing His work and set all the conditions that people failed to set.

    This church existed before Songmak church but now it no longer exists. As I was praying from the pulpit, I saw a vision; a huge fireball the size of the sun coming towards me, right at that moment, a surge of energy came upon me and I could with God’s burning and anxious heart, with that feeling, I prayed even more earnestly and petition to become a person of God and accomplish what people would not accomplish.

    Many years had passed since then, through this encounter and the struggles I made to get closer to God. I realized only through one’s effort of being persistent and perseverance, could we come to understand and feel God’s presence and His love for us. I understood this principle while taking action to love God throughout my life.