The words “ends of the earth” is very significant to the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). Since the word “ends” is plural, the Church refers to it as time between the end of the sixth seal and the beginning of the seventh seal. This is further supported by other verses to conclude that the beginning of the seventh seal is 1914. The year is when the first world war broke up in July 27, 1914 (corrected on internet history sites as July 28, 1914, read this related article).
There are two bible verses that I know the Church is using to refer to “ends of the earth”.
Because other religions do not have the same interpretation as INC members, let us test the spirit.
Doubts on Isaiah 41:9-10
Firstly, on Isaiah 41:9-10, if we read from verse 8 it clearly referring to Israel and it make sense the “you” refers to Israel in both verse 8 and verse 9.
It does not make sense Prophet Isaiah is talking about Israel and suddenly taking about INC members who came to exist 3000 years later. It is Prophet Isaiah himself who prophesied Gentiles from the ends of the earth
Prophet Isaiah also identifies “ends of the earth” as one being inhabited by “them” which means it is a place not time. If the “ends of the earth” is time, Isaiah 49:6 refers to Gentiles in the “ends of the earth” then the third group of people from afar off country and the Gentiles came to exist at the same time – which is obviously wrong interpretation.
Doubts on Isaiah 43:5-6
Secondly, on Isaiah 43:5-6, the Church used Moffat translation when referring to “far east” but Moffat use “end of the earth” which has another meaning in INC terms, it refers to judgement day.
Believing “far east” in Moffat translation but not believing “end of the earth” is skeptical.
Search the http://biblehub.com/isaiah/43-6.htm there are other translations using “ends of the earth” but also “end of the earth”:
- English Standard Version,
- JPS Tanakh 1917,
- American Standard Version,
- Darby Bible Translation,
- English Revised Version,
- Young’s Literal Translation
Other noticeable translations are
- New Living Translation – “the distant corners of the earth”
- NET Bible – ” the remote regions of the earth”
Clearly other bible translations translate the “ends of the earth” as a place not time. Check there are at least 25 usage of “ends of the earth” in the bible.
There are so much to learn in the bible. It is not true that it is kept in mystery, that was the thing in the past. If we do not learn it, we could be what is referred to in 2 Timothy 3:7
Even if we have perfect attendance in the worship services twice a week year in year out, even if we attend bible studies every week, we hear the same lessons over and over again, we will never come to the true knowledge if we do not read and understand the bible in a contextual view.
You can read related article: The INC Doctrine on Ends of The Earth.
Now if the “ends of the earth” is not referring to time but place, what would then be the interpretation for other doctrines of the Church regarding the apparent re-emergence of the Church of Christ in the Philippines in 1914?