Resurrection of Earthly Men
Three Stages in the Dispensation for Resurrection
God began his dispensation for resurrection with
Adam's family, which had fallen into the non-Principle realm.
However, since persons in Adam's and Noah's families failed
to carry out their responsibilities, resurrection itself did
not begin until Abraham's family. So in retrospect the two
thousand year period from Adam to Abraham ended up being the
period during which only the foundation for God's dispensation
for resurrection was established. Thus, this period is called
the 'Dispensational Age of the Foundation for Resurrection'.
this foundation, God carried out the formation stage of the
dispensation for resurrection, which again, because of man's
repeated failures, ended up taking two thousand years, from
Abraham to Jesus. People on earth who received the merits
of the age of formation stage resurrection were to fulfill
their responsibility by keeping and living the Old Testament
Law, the formation stage Word of re-creation. Since people
were to be justified by their practice of the Law (Word),
this age is called the 'age of justification by keeping the
If a person fulfilled
that responsibility, based on his physical self, his spirit
self would grow through the formation stage of resurrection
and become a form spirit. When a person who has attained
the form spirit level on earth leaves his physical self,
his spirit self goes to live at the 'form spirit level of
the spirit world'.
Complete resurrection should
have taken place through Jesus, the Messiah; however, because
of man's failure to accept Jesus, the period after his death
has been the period for only growth stage resurrection.
Because of the Israelites' faithlessness toward Jesus,
Jesus was crucified and the completion of the dispensation
for resurrection was delayed until the Second Coming. In
retrospect, we can see that the period from Jesus' time
up to the time of his Second Coming has been the 'age for'
only 'growth stage resurrection'.
During this age, people on earth could receive the merits
of the age of growth stage resurrection and carry out their
responsibility by believing and living the New Testament,
God's growth stage Word of re- creation.
age is called the 'age of justification by faith'. People
of that age could pass through the growth stage of resurrection
and attain the life spirit level by believing and living the
New Testament Word. When a person who has attained the life
spirit level leaves his physical self, he goes to live in
Paradise, which is the 'life spirit level of the spirit world'.
Age of the Completion Stage Resurrection' will be completed
with the resurrection of both spirit and body (spirit self
and physical self) by the Messiah at the Second Coming. The
Messiah will bring the Completed Testament, which is to bring
about the fulfillment of the Old Testament and the New Testament.
earth can receive the merits of the age of completion state
resurrection by accomplishing their responsibility to believe
in and incarnate the new Word and directly attend the Messiah
with full sincerity of heart. Therefore, the age is called
the 'age of
justification by attendance'. When a person believes in and
attends the Messiah at the Second Coming, his spirit self
reaches the perfection level of resurrection and becomes a
divine spirit. The place on earth where the people of this
divine spirit stage live is called the Kingdom of Heaven on
earth. When a perfected person living in the Kingdom of Heaven
on earth leaves his physical self, he goes to live in the
'Kingdom of Heaven in the spirit world', which is the region
of the spirit world belonging to divine spirits.
Phenomena Occurring in the Last Days
Man fell from the perfection level of the growth
stage. As man enters the Last Days, he enters the age in which
he can restore himself to the perfection level of the growth
stage. By believing and living the Word of the New Testament
Age, a person's spirit self can attain the perfection level
of the growth stage, the position of man immediately
prior to the Fall.
Last Days is when man restores on a world-wide scale the level
just prior to the Fall -- the life spirit level, which is
the level at which Adam attained the ability to deeply communicate
with God. For this reason, in the Last Days, as the top of
the growth stage is approached there will be many people who
develop the ability to communicate with the spirit world.
Seeing things from this viewpoint we can understand God's
promise to pour out his spirit on all flesh in
the Last Days (Acts 2:17).
the Last Days, there will be many people who receive the revelation,
"You are Lord". This does not mean that they are
the Lord of the Second Coming, but means that they are being
re-established in the position of lord of the Creation, that
position having been lost because of the Fall of Adam. In
other words, they are restoring the level of spiritual development
that Adam had reached just prior to the Fall.
Just as John the Baptist
was to prepare the way for Jesus, there will be many people
with various missions who are to prepare the way for the
Lord of the Second Coming. Since these persons responsible
for certain missions represent the Lord of the Second Coming,
they each receive the revelation, "You are the Lord",
though they may be working in an age or in a field different
from that of the Lord. If at such a time a person receiving
the spiritual communication does not understand the principle
behind it and mistakenly thinks that he is the Lord of the
Second Coming and acts as if he is the Lord, he becomes
an antichrist. This is the reason for the biblical prophecy
that many antichrists will appear in the Last Days.
although people capable of spiritual communication communicate
with the same spirit world, since the spiritual level, circumstances,
and individual character are different in each spiritually open
person, the level of the spirit world with which they communicate
and the contents of the revelations they receive differ from
one another (1 Cor 15:41, 12:8-10).
|Because of this
there is often disagreement and conflict among spiritualists.
Especially since they have only a vertical relationship with
God and are responsible for only one part of the entire Dispensation
for Restoration, they are often ignorant of their horizontal
relationship with others who have spiritual communication. Since
each is the best in his particular area of responsibility, God
gives each the revelation "You are the best" to encourage
him to do his best. Yet, because they do not know the whole
picture of what God is doing, they often conflict with one another.
The confusion among those who can communicate spiritually will
be cleared up by the new expression of truth, which will explain
the overall purpose of the dispensation for Restoration. Based
complete understanding, spiritualists will be able to achieve
reciprocal, horizontal harmony, in addition to vertical harmony
with God. Their abilities should fit in with the purpose of
the whole. -more-