The Time of the Second Advent of the Messiah Has Already Come

Cheon Seong Gyeong 510

Due to the Fall, God lost the true
mother and children of Adam’s family.
There have been no true sons and daugh-
ters for God. There has been no family
of God who could inherit the lineage of
His love. Our minds and bodies came
into conflict, having inherited false love,
false life and false lineage through the
fallen parents. Adam and Eve became
enemies. Bloody wars broke out among
Adam’s sons and daughters.

Richard: Here we see the basic dynamic that the world’s problems stem from the problems in the family, going back to the first family. Wars and conflicts all began there. To end this sad history, we need to restore families. That is the mission of the Lord at His Second Advent. Rev. Sun Myung Moon has successfully fulfilled that mission.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 493

Where did parental love come from?
If we are resultant beings of the First
Cause with some relationship to Him,
we have come from within some des-
tined power of this First Cause. This is
not something we as human beings can
touch. As such, have you ever heard any-
one say, “Let us revolutionize the love
with which parents love their children;
let us become the standard-bearers of
that revolution”?
Let’s suppose some parents come
forward with the idea of revolutionizing
parental love and reinventing human
history, claiming, “Even though we are
parents, we will not love our children.”
Yet, the moment their baby’s umbilical
cord is cut, a loving heart will naturally
arise in them. Every life form, wheth-
er on a higher or lower level, is created
in such a way that it cannot but love its
young. Thus, since the act of loving their
children inspires parents to invest and
use their lives as stepping stones, it is
clear that parental love brings us closest
to an eternal and unchanging standard

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THE PERIODS IN THE AGE OF THE PROLONGATION OF THE PROVIDENCE OF RESTORATION AND THEIR LENGTHS

The Age of the Prolongation of the Providence of Restoration has been to restore through substantial parallels the Age of the Providence of Restoration, the age of image parallels. As the periods of this age were to restore through indemnity the corresponding periods of the previous age, these periods proceeded in a parallel fashion, both in order and in length.

4.1 THE FOUR-HUNDRED-YEAR PERIOD OF PERSECUTION IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE

The early Christians underwent a comparable period of suffering to restore through indemnity the foundation of faith which had been destroyed due to the mistake of the Jewish people, who did not properly follow Jesus as the living sacrifice. This was the four-hundred-year period during which Christians were persecuted in the Roman Empire. The persecution abated by 313 A.D., when the Emperor Constantine formally recognized Christianity as a legal religion. In 392 A.D., the Emperor Theodosius I established Christianity as the state religion. This period was he substantial parallel to the Israelites’ four-hundred-year period of slavery in Egypt, and its purpose was to restore that earlier period through parallel indemnity conditions.

4.2 THE FOUR-HUNDRED-YEAR PERIOD OF REGIONAL CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Since the Age of the Prolongation of the Providence of Restoration has been the age of substantial parallels, it should contain a four-hundred-year period comparable to the period of the judges. What is called the period of regional church leadership began when Christianity was declared the state religion of the Roman Empire and ended with the enthronement of Charlemagne in 800 A.D. In this period, the people were led by regional church leaders—patriarchs, bishops and abbots—with multiple roles corresponding to the judges in Israel. This period wasthe substantial parallel to the four-hundred-year period of the judges,and its purpose was to restore that earlier period through parallel indemnity conditions.

4.3 THE ONE-HUNDRED-AND-TWENTY-YEAR PERIOD OF THE CHRISTIAN EMPIRE

The parallel 120-year period of the Christian empire, also called the Carolingian Empire, began with Charlemagne’s enthronement as the emperor in 800 A.D. It ended in 919 A.D. when his royal line ceased in the eastern half of the realm and Henry I was elected king of the German lands. This period was the substantial parallel to the 120-year period of the united kingdom, and its purpose was to restore that earlier period through parallel indemnity conditions.

4.4 THE FOUR-HUNDRED-YEAR PERIOD OF THE DIVIDED KINGDOMS OF EAST AND WEST

In the Age of the Prolongation of the Providence of Restoration, the Carolingian Empire was divided into two kingdoms: the Holy Roman Empire in the east and France in the west. This four-hundred-year period of the divided kingdoms of east and west began with the division of the Christian empire in 919 and ended in 1309, when the papacy moved to Avignon, in what is now southern France. This period was the substantial parallel to the four-hundred-year period of the divided kingdoms of north and south, and its purpose was to restore that earlier period through parallel indemnity conditions.

4.5 THE TWO-HUNDRED-AND-TEN-YEAR PERIOD OF PAPAL EXILE AND RETURN

The parallel period of papal exile and return lasted approximately 210 years. It began in 1309 A.D. when, the papacy having become corrupt, Pope Clement V was forced to move the papacy from Rome to Avignon and live there subject to the kings of France. This period continued even after the papacy returned to Rome until the Protestant Reformation began in 1517. This period of 210 years was the substantial parallel to the 210-year period of Israel’s exile and return,and its purpose was to restore that earlier period through parallel indemnity conditions.

4.6 THE FOUR-HUNDRED-YEAR PERIOD OF PREPARATION FOR THE SECOND ADVENT OF THE MESSIAH

In the Age of the Prolongation of the Providence of Restoration, we expect a parallel four-hundred-year period of preparation for the Second Advent of the Messiah. In fact, it began in 1517 with Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation and has lasted until the eve of the Second Advent of Christ on the earth. As the substantial parallel to the four-hundred-year period of preparation for the advent of the Messiah, its purpose has been to restore that earlier period through parallel indemnity conditions

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