Divine Principle and Its Application
Young Oon Kim
Chapter XII - Dawn of the New Age
1. Forty Years of Universal Restitution
The 40 years following World War I have been the most complex and chaotic in all of history-but for a very definite purpose. This 40-year period of great world violence and turmoil has been, in effect, an historical encapsulation of the 400 years since the Protestant Reformation. It has served as restitution for the entire history of God's dispensation of restoration.
There had been two cosmic events before this period: the creation of Adam and the advent of Jesus. Because of Adam's failure and Jesus' uncompleted mission, another cosmic event was needed-that of the Second Advent. The Lord of the Second Advent comes to accomplish the mission that Adam failed to fulfill and that Jesus left unaccomplished. He is to establish the inviolable foundation of universal restoration.
Since the 40 years following World War I made restitution for the entire history of mankind, the universal events which took place during this time closely parallel the dispensation of the Second Advent. Therefore, any accomplishments by the righteous powers during this time have contributed to the fulfillment of this dispensation.
There have been three universal events of great note during these 40 years: World War I, World War II, and the world-threatening emergence of the Communist power. Let us examine the providential significance of these events in relation to the Second Advent.
2. The Significance of The World Wars
There are always political, economic, and ideological factors behind the outbreak of wars; but these are external causes. In the light of the dispensation of restoration there is providential significance, or inner cause, as well.
A. World War I
Conflict arose between Austria-Hungary and Serbia when a Serbian national assassinated the Austrian Archduke. This conflict was vastly intensified when Germany, a great military power under Wilhelm II, joined forces with Austria-Hungary and declared war. Wilhelm's ambition was to expand his dominion from Germany to Europe and throughout the world. Following his threatening declaration, nations aligned themselves either with Germany and the Central Powers or against Germany, with the Allies. The Allies represented the righteous powers and the Central Powers, the forces of Satan. By defeating the Central Powers the Allies frustrated the intention of Wilhelm II.
Wilhelm's dream of world domination was not unique in the long history of would-be conquerors. However, because of Wilhelm's time in history, his role was one of special symbolic significance. Wilhelm's plan was the Satanic imitation of Adam's mission of perfection and dominion. With Wilhelm's defeat by the anti-Satanic Allies, a condition of indemnity was made on which the Formation Stage of the final dispensation could come.
B. World War II
The primary political causes of World War II were the aggressive policies of the Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, and Japan. Both Japan and Italy were anti-Christian and anti-democratic and played a Satanic role. Hitler, with his National Socialism, believed that he had established German domination for a thousand years, and therefore should rule what he considered the inferior races. Hitler, whose ambition was to rule the world under false principles, was the Satanic imitation of Jesus, who was to establish one world under God. But the Axis Powers failed to conquer the world. With the victory of the Allies, indemnity was paid by which the Growth Stage of the final dispensation could be revealed.
C. Rise of Communism
The third great universal threat in these 40 years was the emergence of the Soviet Union, with its anti-Christian ideology, as the greatest single power on the Eurasian continent. The ambition of Stalin to bring the entire world under the Communist yoke, thwarting the fulfillment of God's providence, represented the world of Satan as opposed to the world of freedom and good which the Lord of the Second Advent will establish under God.
There is no room in this world for the everlasting coexistence of good and evil. Evil must be banished to make way for the restoration of mankind and the establishment of the kingdom of God on earth. It must be banished, and it will be banished! The cosmic judgment will be evidenced on all sides, since God has already started the final stage in the divine plan of universal restoration.
In Satan's third attempt to fulfill his ambition, he must be conquered, either militarily or spiritually. If a spiritual victory is gained, military conflict will be unnecessary and unthinkable. If military victory is achieved, it must be followed by spiritual victory. Through this final conflict, good will subjugate evil to bring about a unified world. In this final struggle, the Communist bloc represents Cain and the Democratic powers represent Abel.
In this Satanic world, the false always appears first and imitates the truth, thus confusing people. God's final dispensation, that of the Second Advent, has developed in three stages. The first stage was the arrival of the Lord of the New Age to the world. This was preceded by the opposing force of Wilhelm II, who caused World War I. The next stage was the start of the New Messiah's ministry, which was preceded by the opposing force of Hitler, who caused World War II. The third stage is the initial fulfillment of the Lord's mission, the role of Jacob in the scope of world restoration, which was marked by an event in 1960. This was preceded by the opposing force of the Communist regime of the Soviet Union. The Lord of the Second Advent will subjugate Satan and unify the world by divine love and truth. He will completely fulfill the dispensation of restoration.
As Jesus was confronted by three temptations in the wilderness, so must mankind in the last stage of God's providence endure three global trials. The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before entering Canaan. The 40 years following World War I represent the period in the wilderness for the whole of mankind, which is about to enter the universal Canaan. Nations suffer from hunger, fear, and insecurity both physically and spiritually, just as the people of Israel suffered all these things in the wilderness. Confusion and chaos prevail universally.
However, the universal Canaan is now near, and the travail of the universal wilderness will soon come to an end. The sheep of God will hear His voice even amid the chaos, and the wise virgins will know the coming of their Bridegroom even in the midnight. (Matt. 25:1-13)
Contrary to what many may think in the face of such widespread world turmoil, international crises, and chaos, we are today living in a most glorious age. Those who are alert may see the dawn of the New Day.
3. The Third Israel
It has been implied throughout this book that the New Age has now dawned and that the Second Advent is being fulfilled by a man other than Jesus of Nazareth. Then from what part of the world and from what nation does the Lord of the Second Advent come?
God never uses a second time either a person or a people who failed to fulfill their mission and united with Satan. When the Jews rejected Jesus, God removed from them forever the privilege of being His chosen people. They would not have that role in the dispensation of the Second Advent. Jesus clearly stated this in the parable of the vineyard: "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. 21:43)
When Jacob prevailed over the angel, he received a new name: Israel. This name signifies the nation which triumphs by faith. It does not necessarily mean the physical descendants of Abraham and Jacob. John the Baptist also said, "Do not presume to say to yourselves, `We have Abraham as our father;' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham." (Matt. 3:9b)
Even St. Paul, himself a Jew, attested to the fact that the true Israel was no longer Jewish:
For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his descendants; but "Through Isaac shall your descendants be named." This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are reckoned as descendants. (Rom. 9:6b-8)
Through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. (Rom. ll:llb)
And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly, saying, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spoken first to you. Since you thrust it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles." (Acts 13:46)
It is now plain that the privilege and blessing of being chosen for the fulfillment of God's dispensation was shifted to the Gentiles. The Christians, who followed Jesus as the Messiah, have been the Second Israel, or Spiritual Israel, and the direct instrument for the dispensation of the New Testament Age.
The New Testament Age has now ended, and the dispensation of the Completed Testament Age has begun. To undertake the final dispensation, God must choose the third Israel from the Christian nations of the world. We shall here discuss what nation will be chosen for the fulfillment of the Second Advent.
4. He Comes From the East
It is written in Revelation:
Then I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads." And I heard the number of the sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand sealed, out of every tribe of the sons of Israel. (Rev. 7:2-4)
According to this passage the one who has the seal of the living God is to come from the East. Some people may feel that this verse should be interpreted symbolically, not literally.
However, it is historical fact that Christianity and other great religions came from the East. There are striking differences between the Occidentals and Orientals in their cultural and scientific achievements, philosophical inclinations, and religious attitudes. The Occidentals are greatly given to pursuing scientific truth by reason, analysis, and logic, while maintaining an objective evaluation. On the other hand, Orientals are inclined to understand the truth through intuition, meditation, and acceptance by heart, with total subjective involvement. The Occidentals have made progress in science, whereas the Orientals have made advancement in religion and philosophy. Considering these differences, we can understand why the Orient has produced the major religions.
The Lord of the Second Advent, the Avatar of the New Age, will appear in the East, bearing the seal of the living God. This has been reiterated through revelations for many years.
5. Characteristics of the Chosen Nation
According to the analysis of Arnold Toynbee, all civilizations have been built around some form of religion. Western civilization was founded upon Western Christianity, which is fundamentally a merging of early Christianity and Greek philosophy. However, because of a marked decline of Christianity in the West, the progress of Western civilization has come to an end. A new form of culture must come before we can progress further. A new religion, which will serve as the basis for the new civilization, would be a fusion of Christianity and Oriental philosophy. Only with this new religion will new hope be generated for mankind.
The major non-Christian religions have helped to pave the way for the final dispensation of God by contributing to the spiritual growth of people all over the world. The mission of the New Messiah is to unify religions, which will bring about world unification. Consequently, the Lord of the Second Advent is to fulfill the purpose not only of Christianity, but also of the other major religions. The prediction of Professor Toynbee is true, and will become a reality. Thus it is apparent that the chosen nation for the final dispensation must be one where Christianity is strong and where the major Oriental religions are deeply rooted.
To be chosen as the universal altar, this nation must itself be divided into two sections symbolizing Cain and Abel. In this way the nation represents the world, which is also divided into two blocs. To fulfill its mission as the chosen nation, this country must be unitedAbel must subjugate Cain on this land. "The strangest war ever fought by man," "that war in Korea," has providential significance. The Koreans and sixteen nations of the United Nations, representing justice, fought in the war and shed blood, which will serve as a condition of indemnity for the establishment of the Father's kingdom.
Since the fall of man, God has longed for the fulfillment of His purpose of creation. He has not been relieved from His grief, nor has He rested from His unceasing labor of restoration. As long as mankind rebels against God and delays the fulfillment of His will, His grief and suffering will persist.
Because of man's continual rebellion, the patriarchs, judges, and prophets of the Old Testament Age, and Jesus and his followers have been persecuted and have suffered with God. Until God rests, His servants cannot rest. Until He rejoices, His people cannot be happy.
The nation of God's choice for the fulfillment of His final dispensation will be one which has been tried through unmerited persecution and suffering. In the last days, the suffering of this nation's people will become more intense, and much of their blood will be shed. Since they have such a significant mission to carry out, God's great love and special concern are with them. Consequently Satan hates them most and troubles them unceasingly by every means at his disposal.
The establishment of the kingdom of heaven and the destruction of Satanic rule will be effected in this country first. From there it will spread universally. The key to the peace of mankind, the brotherhood of all peoples, and the unification of all religions will come from this land. The people of this country will be the first to know the great joy of the kingdom of heaven, but first they will suffer from great poverty, misery, and confusion because of the tremendous forces of conflict between good and evil on this New Age frontier.
Since this chosen nation is to serve God as a kingdom of priests, it should be free of willful aggression throughout its history. All unjust persecution that this nation has endured at the hands of aggressors made indemnity for its mission.
6. The Qualifications of the New Messiah
How do we recognize the Lord of the Second Advent as the true Christ, and distinguish him from forerunners and others who may lay claim to the title? Since God has chosen him to fulfill this divine mission, God is announcing his identity through revelations. Jesus is now frequently manifesting himself to his followers and directing them to his successor. As prophesied in Joel, Chapter 2, those in paradise are descending to reveal the arrival of the new Messiah through dreams, visions, inspiration, and prophecy.
It is the Lord of the Second Advent who is bringing to the world the Completed Testament, the fulfillment of the Old and New Testaments, which discloses those matters that Jesus could not reveal to his disciples. This new Word is the rod of iron which is to judge Satan. In the Completed Testament is the key to the kingdom of God.
The New Messiah is to fulfill the Old and New Testaments, not only symbolically, but also in reality. Their promises and prophecies must be realized, not only spiritually, but also physically. All the missions of restoration given throughout history must be fulfilled at this time, either symbolically or in reality, so that the events of past history may now be re-enacted for the purpose of indemnity and universal restoration. When the purpose of Christianity is realized through the ministry of the Lord of the Second Advent, the ultimate purpose of all other religions will also be fulfilled.
To be chosen for such a great mission is of no real merit until the chosen one accomplishes his task. For example, Jesus was chosen to be Lord of lords, but because he could not complete his work he was unable to attain that position. Through the accomplishment of his ministry, however, the Lord of the Second Advent will eventually be recognized by the people of the world.
The Messiah is he who has subjugated Satan absolutely and has provided the pattern by which each person can subjugate Satan completely. To subjugate him, the Messiah had to discover Satan's hidden crime. The Lord of the Second Advent is to restore the sovereignty of the cosmos to God by prosecuting Satan before Him. This is one of the important qualifications of the Lord of the Second Advent.
It is he who, through his prosecution and subjugation of Satan, established the crossing point between good and evil in 1960. At that time, the marriage of the Lamb prophesied in the 19th Chapter of Revelation took place. Thus, the Lord of the Second Advent and his Bride became the true Parents of mankind and formed the heavenly base of four positions for the first time. They fulfilled the three blessings and realized the purpose of creation. This is the most essential qualification of the Leader of the New Age.
God has obtained His foothold, the foundation of His dwelling with men. (Rev. 21:3) Through this pivotal foundation, He is to turn the spiritual axis of the universe unwaveringly in the direction of eternal good. The old heaven and the old earth are passing away, and a new heaven and a new earth are being established. God will wipe away every tear from the eyes of people; neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more. (Rev. 21:1-5)
Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready ... Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. (Rev. 19:6c-9)
The New Age has now dawned. The Lord of the Second Advent will reign over heaven and earth with divine truth and fatherly love, and his kingdom will live forever.
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