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Questions About The Emergence Of The Iglesia ni Cristo In The Far East
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MANY PEOPLE QUESTIONS the validity of the fulfillment of the biblical prophecies pertaining to the re-emergence of the Iglesia ni Cristo as the true Church of Christ in the Philippines in the Far East and the election of Brother Felix Y. Manalo as a Messenger of God in these last days. The following are typical questions posed by some readers of the Pasugo - God's Message Magazine. We hope the corresponding answers from the editor will enlighten you.
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Why from a small and poor country like the Philippines?

 

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, August 2002, p.2

I READ IN your magazine, God's Message, that you claim to be the true Church in these last days. As I continued reading your articles, I was surprised to learn that your Church started in the Philippines. How can your Church be the true Church if it started in a small and poor country like the Philippines? Why would God choose the Philippines out of all the nations in the world to be the place from where the true Church would emerge?

Robert Lewis
Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.

 

Editor's reply:

We should not be surprised if the true Church in these last days would emerge in what you call a "small and poor country like the Philippines." God does not take a country's size or economic status as His basis in choosing the place from, where His chosen people would emerge. In fact, God chose the nation of Israel not because of its size or its power:

For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; (Dt. 7:6-7, NKJV)  (emphasis ours)

Even the Savior Himself, the Lord Jesus  Christ, was born in the small town of Bethlehem. Prophet Micah recorded:

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.” (Mic. 5:2, Ibid.)  (emphasis ours)

Christ was "born in Bethlehem (Mt. 2:1) in fulfillment of biblical prophecies:

The scripture says that the Messiah will be a descendant of King David and will be born in Bethlehem, the town where David lived. (Jn 7:42, Today's English Version)

Likewise, the emergence of God's chosen people in these last days from a small and poor country in the Far East (Is.  43:5-6, Moffatt), "in the islands of the sea" (Is. 24:15, NIV) is the  fulfillment of biblical prophecies.  As was prophesied, the Iglesia ni Cristo or Church of Christ emerged in the Philippines composed of islands which almost at the geographical center of the Far East (Asia and the Philippines, p. 169)

When God chooses things considered  insignificant by men, it is because He would want to put to shame those considered wise and mighty.:

26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. (I Cor. 1:26-29, NKJV) (emphasis ours)

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Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.  For the latest Worship Service Directory of Iglesia ni Cristo Locales and Congregations outside the Philippines, please visit www.iglesianicristoworshipservice.com

Why would God choose a  third world or developing nation like the Philippines and not a progressive country far more equipped to help others?

 

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, December 1995, p.3

I AM AN American and my upbringing tells me that most of the good things in life flow from a progressive country to those in the Third World. Underdeveloped and developing nations are highly dependent on a progressive country in terms of economy and finances.

Spiritually, the West sends religious  missions with accompanying material benefits to those in need in different parts of the world—the Philippines included.

How, then, could you say that the Iglesia ni Cristo is man's vehicle for salvation when the country itself from which it emerged is still a developing nation? Wouldn't it be logical for God to choose a country far more equipped to help others to be the place from which the true religion would originate?

Tim Johnson
Manila, Philippines

 

Editor's reply:

There is no significant connection between the affluence of a country and its being the place of origin of the true religion. Your view that most of the good things in life flow from progressive countries to poor ones may be true in terms of economy or finances.

However this observation may prove to be wrong in  other cases, For instance, it does not apply to the direction that the true religion must take in its missionary expansion.

That the true religion or the true Church  must necessarily originate from affluent  nations is belied by biblical proof.   Christ Himself said:

Jesus looked at his disciples and said, "Happy are you poor; the Kingdom of God is yours!" (Lk. 6:20, TEV) (emphasis ours)

Moreover, the Holy Scriptures testify:

Now remember what you were, my friends, when God called you. From the human point of view few of you were wise or powerful or of high social standing. God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful. He chose what the world looks down on and despises and thinks is nothing, in order to destroy what the world thinks is important. This means that no one can boast in God's presence. (1 Cor. 1:26-29, TEV). (emphasis ours)

In the same way, it was God's divine will and purpose to choose Bethlehem to be the place of origin of God's Son, Jesus Christ, as it is written:

The Lord says,   Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, but out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times. (Micah 5:2, ibid)

Should we question God for choosing Bethlehem, a small town, to be the birthplace of Jesus? Should we not believe Jesus because he did not come from an affluent town?

Though common human views may agree with your contentions, the Bible does not. In fact, when God first chose a nation to be His own, He elected Israel, the smallest nation on earth (cf.Dt. 7:7).

The Lord did not love you and choose you because you outnumbered other peoples; you were the smallest nation on earth. (Dt, 7:7, ibid)  (emphasis ours)

In the same manner it is also up to God to decide where He wants the true Church or true religion to originate. It so happened that in these last days God chose the Far East or the Philippines.

Whether the Iglesia ni Cristo reemerged in a progressive and developed country or otherwise is not the bone of contention. That it is man's vehicle for salvation does not depend on the economic conditions prevalent in its country of origin.

This illustrates the point that in spite of man's prejudices, it is God's purpose in election that stands (cf. Rom. 9:11-12).

Yet, before the twins were born or had done anything good or badin order that God’s purpose in  election might stand: not by works but by him who calls—she was told, “The older will serve the younger. (Romans 9:11-12, NIV) (emphasis ours)

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Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.  For the latest Worship Service Directory of Iglesia ni Cristo Locales and Congregations outside the Philippines, please visit www.iglesianicristoworshipservice.com

Why would God save the few and not the majority?

 

Letter to the Editor:
GOD'S MESSAGE, April-June 1995, p.2

THE  BIBLE STATES  that God wants all men to be saved (cf. I Tim. 2:4, TEV). Salvation is for and through the Church (cf. Eph. 3:9-10, Ibid.). Do you think that your Church which is not yet worldwide can save man? And is it not against God's desire to save the few?

I believe that only the majority Church of today (majority group of believers today, not  during Noah's time) could stand along with God's desire  to save mankind, especially when He gave His assurance to them—"What I have planned, that I will do." (Is. 46:11, Ibid.)

Ermilita Monilar
Dangcagan, Bukidnon, Philippines

 

Editor's reply:

IT IS TRUE THAT GOD WANTS all men to be saved. As to how men would be saved, Apostle Paul stated: “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim. 2:3-4, KJV).

This is good and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth.          (I Tim. 2:3-4, TEV)

Hence, in order for man to attain salvation, he should first come to the knowledge of the truth. For this reason, our Lord Jesus Christ said to His disciples:

15 He said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel to all people. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. (Mk. 16:15-16, Ibid.)

Those who believe in the gospel should be baptized into the one body or Church headed by Christ, which is called the Church of Christ (cf. Rom. 12:4-5; Col. 1:18; Rom. 16:16; Acts 20:28, Lamsa).

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Rom. 12:4-5, NKJV)

18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Col. 1:18, NKJV)

Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you. (Rom. 16:16, NKJV)

28 Take heed therefore to yourselves and to all the flock over which the the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, to feed the church of Christ which He has purchased with His blood. (Acts 20:28, Lamsa)

It is clear that salvation is open to all. God wants or desires to save all men. But it does not mean that all men will be saved. Salvation is not for those who do evil works and live in wickedness. One’s attainment of salvation depends on his response to God’s call. You argued that since the Iglesia ni Cristo is not a worldwide church, it cannot save man. That a church must be worldwide in scope to save man is a wrong assumption. There is no significant connection between a church being worldwide and its being able to save all men. Salvation depends on the positive response of the people to God’s specific command. Contrary to your belief, the Bible states that those who will not be saved are as many as the grains of sand on the seashore (cf. Rev. 20:7-10, KJV).

Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison  and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Rev. 20:7-10, KJV) (emphasis ours)

Salvation rests on God’s righteousness, which is revealed in the gospel, the power of God for salvation (cf. Rom. 1:16:17, NIV).

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,[e] just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”  (Rom. 1:16:17, NIV).

How can man benefit from God’s righteousness? II Corinthians 5:21 states, thus:

“Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that in union with him we might share the righteousness of God” (TEV).

One who achieved union with Christ is joined with Him. Thus, he has become a new being (cf. II Cor. 5:17).

17 Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. (II Cor. 5:17, Ibid.).

The new being referred to is the one new man which has Christ as the head and the Church as His body (cf. Eph. 2:15; Col. 1:18).

15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace (Eph. 2:15, NKJV)

18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. (Col. 1:18, NKJV)

Thus, it is righteous for Christ to suffer for the sins of those whom He will save in as much as they have become members of His body (cf. Rom. 12.4-5).

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. (Rom. 12.4-5, NKJV)

A church does not need to be a church of either the majority or the minority to be saved. Salvation is open to everyone who will follow God’s command. Those who have become members of Christ’s body are the only believers who “could stand along with God’s desire to save mankind.”

They are in one organization, one body, one church, not churches, not the “majority” of believers who belong to various religious organizations today (cf. Eph. 4:4).

 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; (Ephesians 4:4, NKJV) (emphasis ours)

Since the beginning, God has chosen His own people. During Noah’s time, God elected and saved Noah and His family; there were only eight of them. God elected the ancient Israelites who were few in number – a “small nation.” There were millions of people who lived during the biblical times but only a few were elected because only a few followed His laws. In these last days, many people are searching for the truth, but only a few will find it and consequently attain salvation and the promised eternal life. Though God wishes to save all men, man should do his part in responding to the divine call to become members of Christ’s body (cf. Jn. 10:9; I Cor. 12.27).

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, .... (John 10:9, NKJV) (emphasis ours)

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (I Cor. 12.27, NLJV) (emphasis ours)

It is important to note that God has a standing policy in electing or choosing His own people. The Bible states, thus:  

 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things – and the things that are not – to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” (I Cor. 1:25-29, NIV) (emphasis ours)

Salvation is strictly for the elect. This is God’s policy. And those elected by God are those who have conformed to His teachings. They are the only ones assured of God’s salvation.

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Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.  For the latest Worship Service Directory of Iglesia ni Cristo Locales and Congregations outside the Philippines, please visit www.iglesianicristoworshipservice.com

How could Felix  Y. Manalo be a true messsenger of God when his name is never mentioned in the Holy Bible?

 

Letter to the Editor:
PASUGO, December 1998, p.2

I HAVE BEEN reading the Bible since I was 15 years old. But since then,   I have never encountered even a single verse in the Old Testament or in the New Testament that mentions the name of Felix Y Manalo whom you regard to be God's messenger. The names of messengers like Moses, Elijah, David, and the rest of the prophets are a found in the Bible; and so are the names of John the Baptist, Angel Gabriel, and the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ—but not the name of Felix Y. Manalo. So, is he a true messenger of God?

Rafael Gonzaga
Pasay City, Philippines

 

Editor's reply:

Inasmuch as the Old Testament is the written Record of God’s early People, it therefore is expected that the names of God’s messengers such as Moses, David, and Elijah are mentioned therein. However, there are other messengers whose authority and right to preach rest on the fulfillment of the prophecies about them. Among them are John the Baptist, The Lord Jesus Christ, the apostles, and the messenger of God in these last days.

It must be noticed that the Old Testament prophecies about the messengers whose works were fulfilled in New Testament times do not mention the names of the messengers concerned. For instance, the prophecy of Isaiah concerning the Lord Jesus Christ says:

 “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;  “to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn.” (Is. 61:1-2, NKJV)

This prophecy, fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ (Lk. 4:16-21) does not mention His name.

16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” (Luke 4:16-21, NKJV)

John the Baptist has a prophecy from Isaiah to prove his commission, too:

       “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord’.” (Is. 40:3, NKJV)

The fulfillment of this is John the Baptist (Jn. 1:19-23). Yet, the prophecy does not mention his name.

19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”  20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.”  “Are you the Prophet?”  And he answered, “No.”  22 Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”

2He said: “I am ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
“Make straight the way of the Lord,”’ 
as the prophet Isaiah said.”  (John 1:19-23, NKJV)

The same is true for Apostle Paul who testified that he was the fulfillment of the “light to the Gentiles” in the book of Isaiah (Is. 49:6; Acts 13:46-47).

Indeed He says,
‘It is too small a thing that You should be My Servant
To raise up the tribes of Jacob,
And to restore the preserved ones of Israel;
I will also give You as a light to the Gentiles,
That You should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.’” (Isaiah 49:6, NKJV)

The fulfillment of this is Apostle Paul (Acts 13:46-47). Yet, the prophecy does not mention his name.

46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, “It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken to you first; but since you  reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles. 47 For so the Lord has commanded us:  ‘I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, That you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:46-47, NKJV)  

Should you further ask why the names of these messengers are found in the New Testament, it is because the New Testament was written at a later time when the Old Testaments prophecies on these messengers had already been fulfilled.

The commission and the work of Brother Felix Y. Manalo are likewise prophesied in the Old Testament and even in the New Testament. His name can never appear in the Old Testament and the New Testament because the fulfillment of his work was to take place at the ends of the earth, a period of time when both the Old and the New Testaments had already been completed.

Through Prophet Isaiah God said that He would call His servant who is likened to a ravenous bird, who would come from a far country in the East at the time ends of the earth, and who would execute His counsel (Is. 41:9-10; 46:11).

You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth,
And called from its farthest regions,
And said to you,
‘You are My servant,
I have chosen you and have not cast you away:
10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ (Isaiah 41:9-10, NKJV) (emphasis ours)

Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man who executes My counsel, from a far country.
Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it. (Isaiah 46:11, NKJV) (emphasis ours)

The far country where this servant of God would emerge is in the Far East (Is. 43:5, Moffatt Translation), the fulfillment of which is the Philippines (Asia and the Philippines, p.169).

"From the far east will I bring your offspring, and from the far west I will gather you"
(Isaiah 43:5, James Moffatt Translation) (emphasis ours)

As a historian and Jesuit Priest Horacio dela Costa wrote in his book Asia and the Philippines:
"It cannot be without significance that the country which stands almost at the geographical center of the Far East, the Philippines, should also be that in which Christianity has taken the deepest root." (page.169)

Ends of the earth” refers to the time when the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is near, its beginning signified by a world war (Mt. 24:3, 33, 6-7; Is. 34:1-2).

Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”

33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors!

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. (Mt. 24:3, 33, 6-7; Is. 34:1-2, NKJV). (emphasis ours)

In July 27, 1914, the First World War broke out (The Nations at War, p. 8). This was also the date the Iglesia Ni Cristo was registered by Brother Felix Y. Manalo with the Philippine government.

       The works that Brother Felix Y. Manalo had performed are the very proofs of his commissioning as a messenger of God

Note: all emphasis ours.

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Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.  For the latest Worship Service Directory of Iglesia ni Cristo Locales and Congregations outside the Philippines, please visit www.iglesianicristoworshipservice.com

 Why do you believe that "Far East" is correct in Isaiah 43:5?

 

Letter to the Editor:
GOD'S MESSAGE, November 2009, p.3

 IT HAS BEEN MY HOBBY to read various religious magazines. I love comparing religious magazines. I love comparing  the beliefs of different religious organizations and I'm fond of knowing at least the basis of their beliefs.

Through your magazine God's Message,  I learned that one of the bases of what you claim as your "election" as God's children is the prophecy written  in Isaiah 43:5-6 which mentions about God's sons and daughters from the east I noticed however  that  to  make  it  appear  that  it specifically refers to the members of the Church of Christ, your religion which originated from the Philippines, a country in the  Far East you often use Moffatt's Translation of the Bible which categorically puts "Far East" in the verse instead of just "east". But what are Moffart's credentials  that made you subscribe to his rendition of that verse? Why do you believe that "far east" is correct in Isaiah 43:5?

RicardoTan, Phuket, Thailand   GOD'S MESSAGE, November 2009

 

Editor's reply:

Concerning Mr. James Moffatt and his translation of the Bible, The Oxford Companion to the Bible (ed. by   Metzger and Coogan 1993), which has more than 250 contributors,     representing "international community of scholars, coming from some twenty centuries, on five continents has this to say:

“The translation that made the greatest impact upon the Bible-reading public, though,  was  that of the  Scottish  scholar James Moffatt … his translation  of the Old Testament appeared in 1924 and the whole Bible was revised in 1935. He spent the last years of his life as professor of Church History at Union Theological Seminary, New York….” (p.761)

However, this is not the reason we quote Moffatt’s rendition of Isaiah 43:5 in which he used the term “far east” instead of just plain “east” as other versions have it. By examining the said verse, we will notice that the prophet explicitly says  “east”  in verse 5, and mentions “from afar” in verse 6. Now since the ones being prophesied in verse 5  as  coming from the “east” are the very ones being referred to in verse 6 as “from afar”, it is clear then that they are “from afar” in the “east” or Far East.

That Moffatt’s rendition of the verse is correct is further substantiated by  the fact that in original  Hebrew, the word  which he translated as “far east” is “mizrach” (Isa. 4-3:5, Hebrew-English Tanakh by the Jewish Publication Society). Concerning the Hebrew term “mizrach,” the Dictionary of the Bible by William Smith has this to say:

“East. The Hebrew term kedem proper means that which is before or in front of a person,  and was applied to the east from the custom of turning in that direction when describing the points of the compass, before, behind, the right and the left representing respectively east, west, south and north, Job 23:8, 9, The term as generally used refers to the lands lying immediately eastward of Palestine, viz. Arabia, Mesopotamia and BabyIonia. On the other hand mizrach is used of the far east with a less definite signification, Isa. 43:5; 46:11.” (p. 154)

Here is a testimony of a renowned Bible scholar that mizrach” was the Hebrew term used in Isaiah 43:5, and that this term is the equivalent in English of “far east.”

Moreover, in a related prophecy, the country “afar” in the “east” from where God’s people in these last days would come from is composed of “islands of the sea” (Isa. 24: 15, King James Version). The Philippines, the country from which the Church of Christ reemerged in these last days, is made up of more than 7,100 islands and is situated almost at the geographical center of the Far East (Asia and the Philippines, p. 169). These are just some of the reasons why we do firmly believe that the place in the prophecy (Isaiah 43:5-6) referred to as mizrach” or “far east” has the Philippine as its fulfillment.  

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The unmistakable reason why the Iglesia ni Cristo that re-emerged in the Philippine Islands in the Far East
is the fulfillment of God's prophecy in Isaiah 43:5
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Moreover, in a related prophecy, the country “afar” in the “east” from where God’s people in these last days would come from is composed of “islands of the sea” (Isa. 24: 15).

People in the east, praise the Lord.
People in the islands of the sea, praise the name of the Lord, the God of Israel. (Isa. 24: 15,.NCV)

The Philippines, the country from which the Church of Christ reemerged in these last days, is made up of more than 7,100 islands and is situated almost at the geographical center of the Far East (Asia and the Philippines, p. 169).

"It cannot be without significance that the country which stands almost at the geographical center of the FAR EAST, THE PHILIPPINES, should also be that in which Christianity has taken the deepest root." (Asia and the Philippines, written by a Jesuit Priest Horacio dela Costa, page.169)

And a prominent Historical Book affirms also:

"The PHILIPPINES were spain's share of the first colonizing movement in the FAR EAST; The name means the ISLANDS OF PHILIP and refers to that grim ruler, King Philip II." [WORLD HISTORY by E. R. Boak, Preston Slosson, Howard Anderson, Page 445]

Other people may still argue that the Philippines is not the only country in the Far East that is composed of many islands. What then, is the biblical proof that it is really the Iglesia ni Cristo that re-emerge in the Philippines that is being referred to in Isaiah 24:15.  "People in the east, praise the Lord. People in the islands of the sea, praise the name of the LORD, the God of Israel." NCV

Who then, is the God of Israel referred to in the verse?  The following verses were spoken by the Prophet Moses to the people of Israel:

"Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5,NKJV)

Is this the way you repay the Lord, you foolish and senseless people? Isn't he your Father who created you? Has he not made you and established you? (Deuteronomy 32:6, NLT)

According to Prophet Moses, the LORD, the God of Israel is none other that the Father, the creator of all things.

Why then, are we so sure that it is only the Iglesia ni Cristo and not any other religious organization, that is being referred to in Isaiah 43:5 and Isaah 24:15?

Please notice that people in the east who live in the islands of the sea, as referred to in the verse, praise the name of the LORD, the God of Israel. The great majority of the professing Christian religions of today worships the Triune God, but it is only the people of the Iglesia ni Cristo who proudly praise the LORD, the God of Israel in the islands of the sea―the Philippines in the Far East.  Contrary to the popular Trinitarian belief in the Triune God, the Iglesia ni Cristo believes in the absolute oneness of God, the Father, the Creator of all things. (John 17:1, 3; I Cor. 8:6)

After Jesus finished saying this, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your Son, so that the Son may give glory to you.  And eternal life means to know you, the only true God, and to know Jesus Christ, whom you sent. (John 17:1,3, Today's English Version) 

yet there is for us only one God, the Father, who is the Creator of all things and for whom we live; and there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created and through whom we live. (I Cor. 8:6, TEV)

These is one of the reasons that unmistakably point to the Iglesia Ni Cristo that re-emerged in the Philippine Islands, in the Far East, as the fulfillment of God's prophecy in Isaiah 43:5.

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Bible Study Suggestion: If you have further questions, please feel free to visit the Iglesia ni Cristo congregation nearest you. A minister or an evangelical worker would be happy to answer any biblical question you have in mind.  For the latest Worship Service Directory of Iglesia ni Cristo Locales and Congregations outside the Philippines, please visit www.iglesianicristoworshipservice.com

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