Numerous churches worldwide claim to believe in God, but actually each of them has a different way of belief. Every denomination worships God in a different way. This is undeniable proof that most churches have no knowledge of God.
The book of Acts describes that Paul became distressed to find an altar with the inscription, “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD,” when he traveled to Greece to preach the gospel.
We need to know God fully in order to worship Him rightly. How utterly ridiculous and foolish it is to offer sacrifices to an unknown god and worship him!
When we know God and understand Him correctly, our worship can be true. Let us study the Biblical truths concerning the Holy Spirit and the Bride, so that we can have the true knowledge of God and worship Him rightly, without serving the unknown god.
Let us press on to know God who is the Mystery
The Bible teaches us to know God, press on to know Him.
Hos 6:3 『“Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him [“So let us know, let us press on to know the LORD,” NASB] . . .”』
If people have no knowledge of God but claim to believe in Him, they are just like the people who worshiped the unknown god, whom Paul met on his missionary journey. They do not really know whom they worship. That is why their faith is called ‘blind faith.’
If we do believe in God, we must have true knowledge of Him. We should not commit a foolish act of blindly believing in God and ignorantly worshiping Him, like the people who worshiped at the altar with the inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.
The 66 books of the Bible testify that God reveals Himself in mysterious ways. About 2,000 years ago, God Himself came to this earth in the name of Jesus and preached the gospel. However, the world did not recognize Him because He came in the flesh.
Col 1:26-27 『. . . the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.』
God comes to this earth secretly. So the prophet Hosea said, “Let us know, let us press on to know the LORD,” lest we should blaspheme God who has come in the flesh, lest we should claim to know God and believe in Him while praising and worshiping Him with our lips only.
When we rightly know God and truly believe in Him, we can constantly worship Him, whether He reveals Himself in flesh or in spirit. God Himself came to this earth in the flesh and forgave the people, who recognized and received Him and constantly followed His teachings, for all their sins and transgressions. However, many people missed the opportunity to be forgiven because they neither knew God nor received Him.
He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him
At the first coming of Jesus, there was a religion called Judaism which had been handed down for thousands of years. The leaders of Judaism such as the chief priests, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, who claimed to believe in God, did not really know Him. When the LORD God, whom they claimed to believe in, came to this earth, they persecuted, cursed and mocked Him, striking Him in the face. It was because they had no knowledge of God. They had been ignorantly worshiping an unknown god.
Jn 1:10-14 『He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God―children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.』
Religious leaders in those days did not actually know God. That was why they rejected all the teachings of Jesus. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” “We all know that Mary is his mother. How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” “You, a mere man, claim to be God.” Saying that, they ridiculed and persecuted Jesus. However, Jesus whom they slandered was the very God they had claimed to believe in.
Jn 1:1 『In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.』
The disciples such as John and Peter recognized God and followed His teachings. Even though they were troubled, persecuted and ridiculed by the people on earth, they finally gained the eternal glory of heaven. The wicked ones who slandered them are now tormented in hell, the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Conversely, all those who recognized Jesus as God and worshiped Him are now greatly comforted in the heavenly Paradise, aren’t they?
We ought to have the correct knowledge of God. Though Jesus came in the flesh, the disciples recognized Him as the LORD God, the Maker of heaven and earth, and worshiped Him. We, too, living in these last days, should have true faith which God approves by rightly knowing Him and receiving Him, so that we will gain salvation and entrance into the eternal kingdom of heaven.
God’s divine nature abides in all things
First of all, we need to study the Bible if we want to know God. For the Bible testifies about Him. Without studying the Bible, no one can come to God (Jn 5:39-40).
Ro 1:18-20 『The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities―his eternal power and divine nature―have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.』
Rev 4:11 『“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”』
All things were created by the will of God, and they reflect His invisible power and divine nature. There are numerous living creatures in the world: birds flying in the air, fish swimming in the sea, and all the wild animals running around the open fields. God created all these living things by His consistent will. What was His will then?
The birds in the air have their fathers and mothers. The fishes of the sea also have their fathers and mothers. And the zebras on the field have their fathers and mothers, too.
All living creatures have their fathers and mothers. Specifically, it is mothers who give life to them. Through this providence in creation, God wants us to know His will.
Male and female were created in the image of God
Let us see if it really reflects God’s divine nature that all living things have both their fathers and mothers, through Genesis 1.
Ge 1:26-27 『Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.』
Today, almost all churches insist that only one God the Father created man and all things by Himself. However, God said in Genesis the first book of the Bible: “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.” God did not say, “I will make man in My image.” From this we can see that God, who is referred to in the plural such as “us” and “our,” created mankind.
Male and female were created in the image of God (Ge 1:26-27). This shows that the image of God includes both male and female. The male image of God is called “Father.” So when people pray for God’s blessings, they begin by saying, “Our Father in heaven.”
Why do they call God “Father”? It is because God gave us, humans, life and birth. Here we cannot help but ask: “Did only God the Father give life?” We need to keep in mind that God created man, saying, “Let us make man,” and male and female were created in the image of God. Through this fact, we can understand that there are two Gods, not a single God.
All living creatures have their fathers and mothers. They reflect the invisible nature of God. In Genesis 1, we see that male and female were created in the image of God. We call the male image of God “Father.” Then, shouldn’t we call the female image of God “Mother”?
Our Father and Mother in heaven
Through the nature of things, God has already shown us His invisible nature as male and female―as Father and Mother. The Bible clearly teaches us that God is both our Father and Mother.
Mt 6:9 『“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name . . .’ ”』
Jesus taught us to call God “Father.” God must be our spiritual Father. If we call God “our Father,” who are we then? We are the ones to be saved. The Bible shows that those who are to be saved must be the ones who have both God the Father and God the Mother.
Gal 4:26 『But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.』
All Scripture is written by God-inspired prophets, which is able to make us wise for salvation (2 Ti 3:15-16). The book of Matthew describes the truth about God the Father, and the book of Galatians reveals the truth about God the Mother.
Salvation can be given to us by both God the Father and God the Mother. By believing in only God the Father, nobody can be saved in these last days.
The dragon [the ancient serpent, the devil] is the enemy of the woman
We have not only God our Father, but also God our Mother. Since the Bible teaches us to press on to know God, we should also know God the Mother and believe in Her.
The enemy, the devil, persecuted God our Father who came in the flesh about 2,000 years ago. God already showed the Apostle John by revelation that he would oppose God our Mother and blaspheme Her in the last days.
Rev 12:17 『Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring―those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. And the dragon stood on the shore of the sea.』
It is described in Genesis that God put enmity between the serpent and the woman: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Ge 3:15). This prophecy refers to the last days.
The book of Revelation states that the devil represented by the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of the woman’s offspring. As described in Revelation, the devil our wicked enemy will stand on the sand of the sea to make war against the 144,000 children gathered by God the Mother.
In this war, the rest of the woman’s offspring will crush the serpent’s head, and the serpent will strike their heels, just as God said. In accordance with the prophecy, the devil may strike a blow, which is not fatal, against the woman’s offspring; but the serpent will suffer a deadly blow. The Bible already prophesied about the last spiritual battle and the victory of the woman’s offspring as well. The way to achieve victory is to keep God’s commandments with a perfect faith in Father and Mother.
We must know God the Father and God the Mother and believe in Them, and we should worship Them and give glory to Them according to Their will. If we don’t, our faith will not be approved by God, even though we feel confident and self-assured about our faith. If we worship God in ignorance, no matter how diligently we do, our worship is meaningless. Think about Cain’s sacrifice. He believed in God, but he did not know how to worship God; he offered his sacrifice according to his own desire, and God rejected his offering.
It was not pleasing to God to worship Him ignorantly and offer sacrifices without obedience to His will. Cain worshipped God in his own way by offering Him an unacceptable sacrifice. However, Abel knew what God required and offered a blood sacrifice, which was pleasing and acceptable to God.
The Spirit and the Bride give us the water of life
God alone has eternal life. So the Bible teaches us to press on to know God. Without knowing God, we cannot come to Him to receive eternal life.
Rev 22:17-19 『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. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.』
The Spirit is God the Father in the Trinity. So His Bride must be God the Mother. Now the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come! Take the water of life!” In order to go to the Father and Mother, we should know Them and understand that no one can give us eternal life except the Father and Mother. It is only through the Spirit and the Bride that we can get the water of life for the healing of mankind. These words should not be taken away from the Bible.
God came in the flesh as the Spirit and the Bride to call us. We should have the correct knowledge of the Spirit and the Bride―God our Father and the new Jerusalem our Heavenly Mother―and receive Them. Though the devil, our wicked enemy, slanders and deceives us by all means, we should stand firm in faith and resist him as God’s children who are strong like Gideon’s warriors.
We are happy that we have our Heavenly Father, and we are truly blessed to have our Heavenly Mother. We shall remain in Zion, keeping our faith in God and His commandments to the end. Let us proclaim the Spirit and the Bride, who give us the water of life, to the ends of the earth, so that we may receive the blessing of eternal life from God our Father and God our Mother.