Meaning of the Last Days
Next, we will look into the consummation of
human history. At the end of the world, Will heaven and
earth literally burn up and melt, the sun and moon lose
their light and the stars fall from heaven as described
in the Bible? Will the dead literally rise from the grave,
and will all living people be raised up to the clouds to
meet Jesus in the air? Or, like in many parts of the Bible,
are these symbolic or metaphorical? Let us examine these
prophecies of the Last Days, keeping in mind the purpose
of God's creation, the facts of the fall, and God's purpose
of restoring this fallen world.
||If Adam and
Eve had perfected themselves in the Garden of Eden by observing
God's commandment, they would have become the origin of the
ideal family and produced children of goodness. The center
of their thought and action would have been God and they would
have formed the Kingdom of Heaven on earth in which only God's
sovereignty of goodness would have reigned. If this had occurred,
their individual and family histories, as well as the ensuing
history, would have been histories of goodness. God has sought
this history of goodness.
However, because of the fall of the first human
ancestors, sin began and they formed the family that God
had not purposed, and thus Satan came to rule man and the
world. This world then became hell on earth, full of sin
and pain, and each individual and family, up to the world
itself, has given rise to a history full of contradiction
The human history God desired was the history
of goodness, but at the onset, history began contrary to
His desire. Would God then leave the world as it is? No,
God wants to achieve the world of His original intent through
His providence of salvation. Thus, we call the period of
transition from the sinful world of satanic sovereignty
into the original world of God's sovereignty the end of
the world, or the Last Days.
|The Last Days are the time
of change from the fallen hell on earth into the Kingdom of
Heaven on earth, where the ideal of creation is realized.
Therefore, the Last Days are not only the time of fear when
earthly catastrophes occur, but also, the time of joy for
which the original mind of each person has been waiting since
the beginning of human history. Since God cannot just leave
this world of evil and hell as it is and begin another world
of goodness and heaven, a time of judgment, a time of destroying
sinful things, must accompany the Last Days.
Present Days are the Last Days
|| Based on an
overall view of the history of God's Dispensation for Restoration,
we can know that we are now living in the actual age of the
Second coming. This will be explained more fully in the chapter
"The Second Coming". However, we can also know that
our time is the Last Days by observing events in the world
around us. As Jesus said, "From the fig tree learn its
lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tenderand puts forth
its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you
see these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates."
(Mt 24:32, 33)
kinds of signs would indicate that we are in the Last Days?
The goal of human history is the establishment of God's ideal
world, which is the world based on the realization of the
Three Blessings. The Last Days is when the evil world is destroyed,
but it is also the time just prior to the establishment of
the ideal world. Therefore, if our era is the Last Days, we
should be able to see signs in the world that the Tree Blessings
are being realized. Based on this understanding, we will show
that we are now living in the Last Days. Let us examine our
era in light of the Three Blessings.
first Blessing is that each person can perfect his character
and become one in heart with God. In God's ideal, such a person
is to enjoy complete freedom of thought and action and is
to embody original love and have the character and value of
a child of God and a lord of the Creation. Thus he would live
the life that is lived in the Kingdom of Heaven. However,
because of the Fall, man could not realize the First Blessing.
The Last Days is the last stage in God's dispensation to restore
each fallen person as a person of perfected character.
||In the present era, fallen man
is developing a deep inner thirst for restoring the contents
of the First Blessing as a reality in his life. This inclination
is evident in the recent worldwide interest in new faiths
and in movements toward universal love, liberty, equality,
and human rights and dignity. The real purpose underlying
these trends is not the restoration of man's external and
superficial freedoms or values. It is for man to restore the
original love, original value, and original freedom which
were endowed at his creation, but then lost. The conclusion
of God's dispensation in the Last Days will bring about the
realization of the First Blessing.
also know that the present days are the Last Days when we
see the restoration of the First Blessing in the restoration
of man's spiritual state. We have already explained that each
person is created to become one in heart with God and to be
able to fully communicate with the spirit world when he has
perfected himself. However, before the Fall, Adam and Eve
were able to communicate with God and the spirit world, although
their capabilities were not completely developed. Because
of the Fall, Adam and Eve and all of their descendants, that
is all of mankind, fell into a state where they are insensitive
to the presence of God. But as the Bible indicates, communication
with the spirit world will be restored in the Last Days: "'"...
in the last days ... I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, and your young
men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
... on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I
will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy"'"
(Acts 2:17,18). Recent increases in spiritual experiences
and psychic phenomena worldwide reflect the restoration of
man's heart and spirit to the level that Adam and Eve enjoyed
just prior to the Fall and indicate that man is on the verge
of restoring the First Blessing.