THIEF IN THE NIGHT
Matthew 24:30 reads, They will see the son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. Rev. 1:7 says, Behold, he is coming with the clouds. But we read what seems to be a contradictory way the Messiah will come in I Thess. 5:2, The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. To enter as a thief has been interpreted that he will come out of the clouds unexpectedly. But the true interpretation is that he will come not only unexpectedly, but like any successful thief, he will come quietly, not dramatically. Jesus came quietly into the world like a thief in the night. So will the Third Adam.
At the time of Jesus, Elijah was to come on the clouds. Malachi prophesied, "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes (Mal. 4:5). God spoke through Malachi promising that Elijah would return prior to the Messiah. Everyone in Israel was waiting, but Elijah did not return on the clouds. Jesus said John the Baptist was Elijah. Elijah's mission returned, not Elijah himself. Likewise, Jesus' mission will return, not Jesus himself.
Many Israelites sincerely believed the Messiah would come dramatically on the clouds because of a passage in the Book of Daniel: "I saw in the night visions, and behold with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man ... And to him was given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him" (Dan. 7:13-14).
Luke 17:20 reads, "Being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God was coming he answered them, 'The Kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed.'" There will be no visible signs, Jesus says, such as clouds and trumpets.
In Acts 1:11, angels warned that Christ will not return on the clouds and it is no use looking up into the sky when they said to the disciples, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven?" The clouds are symbolic.
Rev. 17:15 says, "The waters that you saw, where the harlot is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and tongues." Water is a symbol for impure fallen mankind. Clouds are vaporized water. Water on earth is impure but when it is evaporated or distilled it is pure. Therefore, impure man or water when made pure becomes clouds or pure people. We will see the Messiah, the Bible says, because he will be surrounded by disciples who lead a purer life than others.
Cloud of witnesses are Unificationists
This is what the Bible means when it says a "cloud of witnesses" (Heb. 12:1). The Messiah will first gain a few followers, then many will come. After there are thousands of disciples witnessing for the Messiah the whole world will begin to see him. These people are the members of the Unification Church.
Jesus' coming was quiet and unexpected. Jesus compares the second coming of the Messiah to the time of Noah when everyone is living their individualistic lives not thinking of God or very little about God until it is too late: "As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know... So will be the coming of the Son of man" (Matt. 24:37-39). The Second Coming will be as unexpected as Jesus'.
When will Christ return? Jesus said, "But of that day and hour no one knows ..." (Matt. 24:36). But it also says in that same verse that God does know. And we read in (Amos 3:7), "surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets."
There are many examples in history of God revealing his plans. God revealed to Noah the flood judgement and Lot the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. At the time of the Second Coming of the Lord, God will speak to a few prepared people.
Jesus said that "the Second Coming of Christ would come like a thief in the night". But the Bible also says that "the Lord would not come like a thief to those who were not of the night but are of light and Of the day" (I Thess. 5:45). These few people will be awake while the rest of the world is asleep and in darkness.
The Third Adam will return and like Jesus will be born of a woman and grow up in a humble setting. When he begins his ministry only a few prepared people will see him. As the number of these disciples grows it will eventually become a cloud of witnesses who will witness for the Lord and then mankind will see the Messiah.
The end of the 400 year preparation for the Messiah -- the Third Adam -- began in 1517 and ended in 1917. The world in 1917 was divided between the nations on God's side and those on Satan's side. The three beings in the Garden of Eden were Adam, Eve and the Archangel. In WWI there were three nations who were in those positions representing God and three nations in those positions representing Satan. Those on the side of Satan were Cain nations and those on God's side were the Abel nations. WWI was a world wide separation of good and evil, of Cain and Abel. God's nations were America in the Adam position, England in the Eve position, and France in the Archangel position. Satan's nations were Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey.
The World Wars have three good nations and three evil nations fighting each other and this is referred to in Revelations which speaks of evil coming in threes: "... three foul spirits... demonic spirits... who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty" (Rev. 16:13-14). Revelations also says that the side of good must be alert and persevering against these great evils: "Blessed is he who is awake" (Rev. 16:15); "So be zealous and repent" (Rev. 3:19); "here is a call for the endurance of the saints" (Rev. 14:12).
World War I was inevitable as worldwide payment for the first Adam. World War I was an indemnity payment for Adam in the Garden of Eden. It was total confusion in the Garden of Eden, and there was total confusion during WWI. The Kaiser was related to the royalty of England. No one felt the war would last long. Everyone was incredibly immature and naive just as Adam was in the Garden of Eden.
One book said this of the Kaiser at the time Hitler was starting WWII: "he had always had a very personal, almost childish, conception of God and he now turned to his Bible more frequently than ever in order to discover an explanation for the new punishment that seemed to be awaiting mankind.... He possessed neither the intellect nor the character to shoulder the burden thrust upon him. 'It was not his fault,' wrote Winston Churchill, 'it was his fate.' Alas, it was the fate of all of us, for the Kaiser set in motion a chain of events ... that drove the whole world to war."
A biographer wrote that "scholars now believe that whatever the failings of the Kaiser he had not, as was commonly supposed, planned or even desired a big war only a little war! No longer was he an evil or cruel despot, but just a blunderer."
WWI was devastating just as the Fall was. Millions of people died. The Allies won and this paid an indemnity payment to restore Lucifer dominating Adam, and it laid the foundation for the world to receive the Third Adam. There was enough goodness and sacrificial spirit on God's side that God could send the Messiah.
Revelations 12:15 says the Messiah will be born on earth: "She brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron." And Revelations 3:12 says the returning Christ will have a new name, "He who conquers... I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, and the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name."
WWI lasted from 1914 to 1918. The Abel nations, the Allies, were victorious over the Central Powers. Abel subjugated Cain. The Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919 and the foundation for the Messiah was laid on a world wide level. On February 25, 1920 (lunar calendar January 6, 1920) the third Adam was born. With him came God's ideology the Divine Principle.
Christianity is wrong in saying it is heresy that another man will assume Jesus' mission. Christianity is now fulfilled in the Third Adam who brings God's truth, The Divine Principle the Completed Testament.
Perfection Third Adam
Completion Completed Testament
Growth New Testament
Formation Old Testament
We must understand and remember that Jesus told the Israelites not to read the Old testament as the letter of the law but in the spirit of the Law. Christians are now asked to read the New Testament the same way.
In the Garden of Eden Lucifer struck a death blow to Adam. Then Cain struck his brother. Throughout human history evil has constantly struck and good has had to defend itself, but usually losing against evil. Now it is God's turn to win the final battle. Three years before the Messiah was born Satan struck mankind with his ideology of atheistic Communism in 1917. Satan always invades first. Three years later, in 1920, the Messiah was born. The number three is God's number of perfection and the three years from 1917 to 1920 represent a separation from Satan. The Third and final Adam is on earth and will be successful. God has always succeeded on his third attempt.
It is not a coincidence that Yeat's poem "The Second Coming" was published in 1920. For more information on the events surrounding 1920 please see my book titled 1920.
God worked the 2000 years since Jesus to prepare nations to be his champions. The Second Coming was not to be in Israel as many Christians think. Jesus was clear in saying another nation would become the chosen nation and Israel would lose its status. He says this in the Parable of the Vineyard: There was a householder who planted a vineyard... and let it out to tenants.... When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' but when the tenants saw the son... they killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? They said to him, 'He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.'" Jesus said to them, "Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it" (Matt. 21:33-35).
The householder is God; the vineyard is Israel, and the tenants were the prophets who were abused by the people. The son was Jesus who the Israelites killed. The other tenants is a new nation. What nation is it? We read in the Bible, "Then I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God" (Rev. 7:2). The rising of the sun means that the new nation will be from the Far East.
This nation must have the proper qualifications. Like Israel it
must be a small religious nation that will have a history of
domination so as to understand God's suffering heart. It has to be a
nation with a belief by some that the Messiah will come to its
nation. That nation is Korea.
Korea is the chosen nation
The Korean people are peace-loving. In their 4000-year history they have never invaded another country. Yet they have been dominated many times. Like the Israelites, they know the suffering of oppression, and they have many prophecies in their literature that the Messiah will come to them.
Korea's history is one of suffering and hardship. They have been molded into a people whose character makes them uniquely qualified to be the Chosen people. They are a deeply religious people, a passionate people that accept all major religions; Islam, Confucianism, Buddhism and Christianity flourish there.
Korea has the fastest growing Christian population. It has the largest congregations in the world. Many go to church before daylight. They embrace their religious faith with an intensity that puts followers of those religions from other countries to shame.
God is our parent who has a suffering heart, and God can only be met in deep suffering and pain. The Messiah and the chosen people are the pioneers who must know God's suffering heart. They must be a sensitive and emotional people. They must be tough and disciplined, able to endure the harsh standard of sacrifice and purity needed to overcome persecution. The Korean people have these characteristics. The Messiah was born in a small unimportant town in what is today North Korea. This is hardly the place anyone in the major powers of the world (such as America) would expect a savior to come.
Jesus was also born in a small and unimportant town. It was hardly the sort of place anyone from the Emperor of Rome down to the very people of Israel would have expected to find a young man who would someday be seen as the savior of the world by hundreds of millions of people.
The Korean flag is symbolic for God. The dual characteristics of God reflected in the world through the invisible mind and external body and the duality of masculine and feminine (i.e., of God being a parent) is represented by the red and blue colors of the center circle. The upper red paisley represents the yang nature of masculinity; the lower blue paisley represents the yin nature of femininity.
Red symbolizes God's love and life. God created our blood red. Satan distorts this color. The communist Soviet Union's flag was red. There are "red light districts" of prostitution symbolizing the Fall.
The blue in the center circle symbolizes God's truth. These are
the life elements God gives for us to grow spiritually. The black
trigrams in each corner symbolize the four seasons and cardinal
directions of north, south, east and west. The number four is also
the symbol for the family unit of the four-position foundation. The
circle symbolizes eternity, or God. The flag is white, symbolizing
Revelations speaks of white robes. Because white was for centuries the primary color worn by Koreans, Korea was known as the "white-clad" people. The name of the capitol is Seoul. Korea's ancient name was Chosen. Korea geographically looks like the sexual organ of a man. The savior is a man who will bring new life to the world.
The writing system Koreans use is called Hangul, which means "the Great Writing." King Sejong commissioned an academy called the College of Assembled Worthies to do phonological research.. In 1443 they had completed the orthographical design of han'gul. The king introduced han'gul to the public on October 9, 1446 and the Korean people observe this day as a national holiday under the name of Han'gul Day.
Hangul is a phonetic writing. Each consonant and vowel sound represent a cosmological principle. For example, vowels and semi vowels have three basic letters and their combinations. The three basic ones are ! , -- and *. One book explains that for ! ( a sound similar to aw in law), the tongue retracts and its sound is deep; the roundness of its shape is a depiction of Heaven." For --, "the tongue retracts a little, and its sound is neither deep nor shallow; the flatness of its shape is a depiction of Earth." For *, THE tongue does not retract, and its sound is shallow; the uprightness of its shape is a depiction of Man." Therefore, the basic vowel symbols are based on the trinity of Heaven (!), Earth (--) and Man (*). All the other vowel and semivowels are interactions of these three symbols. It is not only based on a trinity but also on a duality of yin and yang sounds.
There was some vehement opposition to Hangul for those who felt they should stay with the Chinese writing but over time it became the national language. During the occupation of Korea, Satan used Japan as his means to eliminate Han'gul, which would be genocide to the chosen people's culture. The Korean people were forced to use Japanese as the only language. All older Koreans can speak fluent Japanese. When Korea was liberated in 1945, Han'gul Day was established as a national holiday. Koreans love han'gul and are proud of it. Han'gul is easy to learn and therefore most people became literate and this democratized all walks of Korean life. It is the most scientific writing system in the world. The ultimate unification of the world as one family will be when all mankind speaks Korean.