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Those who slander the World Mission Society Church of God (Witness of Ahnsahnghong) claim that they do not need to celebrate the Passover of the new covenant by citing Luke 22:

For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” (Luke 22:16-28)

They say, “Since Jesus said that he would not keep the Passover until the kingdom of God comes, it’s not necessary to keep the Passover.” In other words, they say that the Passover must be observed in the kingdom of heaven because the kingdom of God means the kingdom of heaven.

At first glance, it appears that the Passover of the new covenant should not be celebrated on this earth according to their argument. It sounds plausible but given just a wee bit of thought, you can realize how non-biblical their insistence is.

What is the Passover of the new covenant for? It is the feast through which we can have the forgiveness of sins (Matthew 26:17-28.) If their claim is correct, sinners who are not entitled to enter the kingdom of heaven will celebrate the Passover at the kingdom of heaven (Revelation 14:5.) It is nonsense! Since they do not know about the basics of the feasts, they claim non-biblical claims such as they will celebrate the Passover in heaven or they will receive the forgiveness of sins there.

What does “the kingdom of God” mean?

He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. (Luke 21:29-31)

Jesus taught in parables that “the kingdom of God” is near “when the fig tree sprouts leaves.” Also, the book of Matthew clearly reveals when the kingdom of God comes through the parable of the fig tree.

Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it [he] is near, right at the door. (Matthew 24:32-33)

From these two verses, we can know that “the kingdom of God comes when the Son of Man or the Second Coming Jesus comes in the flesh.” Therefore, the words of Jesus “I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes (Luke 22:18)” mean that He will keep the Passover when He appears a second time. It implies that only the Second Coming Jesus is able to establish the Passover.

Then, what does it mean that the World Mission Society Church of God celebrates the Passover? It is evidence that the Second Coming Jesus, who is the only One who can establish the Passover, has come. That is, the kingdom of God has already come.

Will you still insist that the Passover should be kept in heaven while seeing and hearing every prophecy of the Bible and its fulfillment like this? You cannot enter the kingdom of heaven without having the forgiveness of sins on this earth. You still have an opportunity: You have to know the Second Coming Christ who established the Passover, before it’s too late.

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