Yesterday we talked about how the Unification Church does not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. We have also discussed in previous episodes how Moon taught that the Father Son and Holy Spirit are separate beings. Why does the Bible say that the Father raised Jesus from the dead, the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead, and Jesus rose himself from the dead?
1Th 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
Act 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.
The Holy Spirit
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
Here we see the concept of the Trinity being played out in the resurrection. I thought you guys might find that interesting.
Sun Myung Moon attacks the literal return of Jesus Christ
In previous episodes we discussed how Sun Myung Moon taught that he was the second coming of the messiah. Because of this doctrine he had to also attack the words of the Bible where Jesus is said to be coming literally back.
In the Sun Myung moon’s Book Divine Principle, he questions the Literal return of Jesus. On page 500 he says “Consequently, the most important matter of all is the viewpoint from which one interprets the Bible…. since it is absolutely incomprehensible to the intellect of modern men that the Lord would come on the clouds, it is necessary for us to consider the Bible in detail a second time…”
First it should be mentioned that just because you can’t comprehend something does not mean that it can’t be true. I still can’t comprehend how a needle traveling through the grove of a record can reproduce music…what..you don’t know what a record is? I’m getting old. Ok forget the record. I can’t comprehend how a God outside space and time can create the heavens and the earth. Because I can’t comprehend it, does that mean it didn’t happen?
Look at how God’s word describes the second coming of Jesus. Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Did every eye see Sun Myung Moon? Did all the kindreds of the earth wail because of him? And when was Moon ever pierced? This scripture is clearly talking about Jesus. There is no way around it.
Rev. Moon declares himself the second coming of the messiah
We have discussed in previous podcasts how Sun Myung Moon has declared himself the Lord of the second Advent. The following quotes, mainly from the book his Church calls the Completed Testament (Divine Principle) elaborate on his claims.
Nevertheless… the physical body of Jesus was delivered into the hands of Satan as the condition of ransom for the restoration of the Jews and the whole of mankind back to God’s bosom; his body was invaded by Satan. Naturally, the physical salvation of mankind was left unfulfilled, and Jesus died, promising it would be realized when the Lord would come again.” Divine Principle p.510
“However, since the salvation through Jesus’ cross is only spiritual, the original sin still remains inherent in our physical body.” Divine Principle Divine Principle p.511-512
“Therefore, if the Second Advent is not Jesus’ coming again in a spiritual body, it is an undeniable fact that Christ must come again the flesh, just as in the first coming.” Divine Principle p.510
Moon sets up his argument that he is the messiah and prophesies of himself
“As we have discussed in detail concerning World War I, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Adam-type personage on the side of Satan, perished with the defeat of Germany in the First World War, and Stalin, the personage in the type of the Lord of the Second Advent on the side of Satan, … Consequently, we can understand that the period for the Second Advent began right after the First World War.” [ending in 1918] Divine Principle p.499
“Christ will come again to an eastern nation” Divine Principle p.519
“That nation of the east is Korea” Divine Principle p.520
“With the fullness of time, God has sent His messenger to resolve the fundamental questions of life and the universe. His name is Sun Myung Moon.” Divine Principle p.16
In Master Speaks 30 June 1973 p.4: Rev. Moon has said that he is “greater than Jesus”
The Bible clearly says Jesus is the one who will come again
I find it hard to believe anyone would come away with any other conclusion if they just read what the Bible says. Revelation 1:7 made it clear enough but just in case you’re not convinced, here is another scripture about his second coming.
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