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1 Kings 16
21 After Zimri died, some of the Israelites wanted Tibni son of Ginath to be king, but others wanted Omri. 22 Omri’s followers were stronger than Tibni’s, so Tibni was killed, and Omri became king of Israel 23 in the thirty-first year of Asa’s rule in Judah.
10 I am sick of life!
And from my deep despair,
I complain to you, my God.
2 Don’t just condemn me!
Point out my sin.
3 Why do you take such delight
in destroying those you created
and in smiling on sinners?
4 Do you look at things
the way we humans do?
5 Is your life as short as ours?
6 Is that why you are so quick
to find fault with me?
7 You know I am innocent,
but who can defend me
Exposition of the Divine Principle
3 Color Edition-The Red part
The Second Advent
Jesus clearly foretold of his return.1 Yet he added that no one
knew of the day and hour of his return, not the angels, not even himself.2
Hence, it has been commonly thought unwise to speculate about the date, place
and manner of the Second Advent. Nevertheless, we can deduce from the words of
Jesus, “But of that day and hour no one knows . . . but the Father only,”3 and
the verse, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, without revealing his secret to
his servants the prophets,”4 that God, who knows the day and hour, will surely
reveal all secrets about the Second Advent to His prophets before He carries
out His work.
Accordingly, regarding the Second Advent of the Lord, God will
certainly give prophecies to those faithful believers who are in the light and
have ears to hear and eyes to see. As it is written: And in the last days it
shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your
sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams. —Acts 2:17
WHEN WILL CHRIST RETURN?
We call the time of
Christ’s Second Advent the Last Days. As it was already explained, we are
living in the Last Days today.7 We can thus understand that today is truly the
time of Christ’s return. The Principle of Restoration through Indemnity leads
us to infer that Christ is to return at the end of the two-thousand-year-long
New Testament Age, the Age of the Prolongation of the Providence of
Restoration, which has been restoring the previous age through substantial
parallel conditions of indemnity. We can thus conclude that the period of the
Second Advent began soon after the end of the First World War.
WHAT MANNER WILL CHRIST RETURN?
PERSPECTIVES ON THE BIBLE
God reveals well in advance all the essential matters of His Will
in parables and symbols, in order that people living in any age can understand
the demands of the providence for their time and for the future according to
the level of their intellect and spirituality. In interpreting the Bible,
therefore, the most important matter is to find the right perspective.
Until today many of us have read the Bible with the preconceived
notion that Jesus will come on the clouds with signs and wonders. This is based
on such words of Jesus as:
They will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory; and he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet
call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds. —Matt. 24:30-31
If we adhere closely to a
literal interpretation, the biblical evidence indeed seems to point in that
direction. However, the idea that Christ will return on the clouds is totally
unacceptable to the scientific mind of the modern age. We find it necessary to
probe more deeply into the Bible from another standpoint to grasp the true
meaning of such verses.
CHRIST WILL RETURN AS A CHILD ON THE EARTH
Jesus made a number of predictions foretelling what would happen
to the Lord at his return:
But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this
generation. —Luke 17:25
Jesus reflected upon his situation, he foresaw that at the Second Advent, the
Christians awaiting his return would once more fix their gaze upon the sky.
Hence, they would be likely to persecute Christ at the Second Advent when he is
born in the flesh and appears unexpectedly, like a thief. They would condemn
him as a heretic, just as Jesus was condemned. That is why he foretold that the
Lord would suffer and be rejected by his generation. This prophecy can be
fulfilled only if Christ returns in the flesh; it cannot possibly come true if
he comes on the clouds. Jesus said:
I tell you, he will vindicate them speedily. Nevertheless, when
the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth? —Luke 18:8
could not find any believer among the Jews faithful and zealous enough to
follow him even to the point of death. Jesus grieved over this situation and
lamented that something similar might happen upon his return. He foresaw that
at the Second Advent, the believers would be looking only toward heaven,
thinking that Christ will return on the clouds in glory. Therefore, when Christ
does in fact return to the earth as a man of humble origins, he may not find
any faith, as was the case in Jesus’ day. This prophecy in Luke can never be
fulfilled unless the returning Christ is born on the earth.
On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy
in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your
name?” And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you
evildoers.” —Matt. 7:22-23
prophecy also cannot be fulfilled if Jesus comes on the clouds.
At the Second Advent of Christ, those Christians who expect his
miraculous and glorious appearance will almost certainly reject him if he comes
in the flesh of humble birth. No matter how faithful they may be, the Lord will
be left with no choice but to abandon them because they will have transgressed
There are several reasons in the Principle why Christ must return
as an earthly man. God created both the incorporeal world and the corporeal
world. Then God created human beings with the aspects of both spirit and flesh,
intending for them to rule over the two worlds in fulfillment of His blessings.
There has not been even one person on the earth who has attained
perfection both spiritually and physically, ruled the spiritual and physical
worlds, and brought them into harmony. This is the reason Christ cannot return
only in a spiritual body. As at the First Advent, he must come as a human being
and grow to perfection in both spirit and flesh. Then, by engrafting all
humanity with himself both spiritually and physically, he is to guide them to
perfection both in spirit and flesh and make them qualified to be the lords of
both the spiritual and physical worlds.
At the Second Advent, Christ is again responsible to build the
Kingdom of Heaven on earth and there become the True Parent and king of all
humanity. This is another reason why, as at his First Coming, Christ at his
Second Coming must be born on the earth. In conclusion, we have demonstrated
beyond any doubt that the Second Advent of Christ will take place through his
physical birth on the earth.
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