The Shincheonji 12 Tribes Zion Christian Mission Center Class 114 recently celebrated its graduation at Daegu Stadium, Republic of Korea, on November 12th.
This year’s ceremony marked the graduation of 108,084 individuals, following 103,764 in 2019 and 106,186 in 2022. Notably, the graduates included 6,724 current and former pastors, a significant increase from the previous year’s 100,000 graduation ceremony.
The ‘100,000 Graduation Ceremony’ saw over 100,000 graduates join the Shincheonji Church of Jesus this year. The event on the 12th was executed flawlessly, without a single safety incident.
The Zion Christian Mission Center, a Bible education institute of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, organised the ‘Shincheonji 12 Tribes Zion Christian Mission Center Class 114 Graduation Ceremony’ at Daegu Stadium. The total graduates from this 100,000 graduation ceremony numbered 108,084, marking the third instance of surpassing 100,000 graduates, following the previous counts in 2019 and 2022.
Chairman Lee Man-hee of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus initiated the ceremony with an opening declaration, followed by global congratulatory messages, including one from former Romanian Constitutional Court Judge Petre Lazaroiu. In his speech, Chairman Lee encouraged the attendees, stating, “God will be watching our gathering. Let’s make a good world according to God’s will.”
Chairman Lee highlighted the significance of the Bible content studied by the graduates, particularly the Book of Revelation. He emphasised, “The book of Revelation is not long, but it contains tremendous content about the coming of God’s kingdom.” He also said, “The fact that God and heaven come to this earth and become one means that it becomes a holy world ruled by God,” urging, “let’s make a good world according to God’s will.”
Tan Young-jin, Chairman of the Zion Christian Mission Center, in his congratulatory message, noted, “[graduates] have heard the highest revelation word in 6,000 years directly and confirmed what God promised today. So I believe you have clearly perceived who ‘I’ am in the Bible. Let’s lead the way in fulfilling all nations together and achieving peace in the global village.”
The ceremony featured a 15-minute card section performance titled ‘New Testament Revelation Witnessed by Shincheonji: Events of Betrayal, Destruction, and Salvation’, led by over 10,000 people. The performance, a visual representation of the ‘Entire chapters of the Revelation’, was met with enthusiastic response.
Graduate Jung Hyun-mo, Vice President of Education at I.U.C. Graduate School in Korea, shared his experience, stating, “I was invited as guest to the 100,000 graduation ceremony of Class 113 last year. I was curious about the secret of gathering 100,000 people every year despite severe persecution, and I was particularly curious about how the young people who filled the stadium were so energetic and lively. I started taking courses at the Zion Christian Mission Center because I was told that the secret was the word [Bible].” He added, “The level of the word was really a difference between heaven and earth. Shincheonji testified not only to the true meaning of Revelation but also to the reality as prophesied. I will repay this grace and love as a child of light who delivers the word of God.”
This year’s ceremony saw a record-breaking 6,274 domestic and international pastors and seminarians graduate, drawing global attention and marking a tenfold increase from the previous year.
The event’s success was attributed to meticulous planning in safety and order. The church implemented a detailed traffic plan, utilised about 2,200 tour buses, and assigned over 14,000 safety officers and staff, ensuring a smooth and secure experience. Medical facilities and emergency care were also well-prepared.
A Shincheonji Church of Jesus spokesperson commented on the event’s success, “As it is a large-scale event, we focused on safety and order. We also put a lot of effort into building a medical system, such as emergency rescue training and medical staff placement, to prepare for temperature drops and any emergencies.” They added, “Among the world’s denominations, the Shincheonji Church of Jesus is the only place where more than 100,000 believers gather in one year. This is because the word of truth is in Shincheonji and because God and Jesus are with us. I hope you will definitely confirm the word and become one in the Bible.”