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Essence of 2,000 Years of Christian History

Prayer meeting in Pyongyang

In lecture 18th May 2024, Dr. Yong-cheon Song tells how 2,000 years of Christian history has borne fruit on Korean peninsula 

2nd part of a message by Dr. Yong-cheon Song, the International President of the Family Federation, at a large meeting in Munich, Germany 18th May 2024. Slightly edited version.

See part 1, part 3.

Yong-cheon Song on Christian history
Dr. Yong-cheon Song delivering his message in Munich, Germany 18th May 2024. Photo: Screenshot from live transmission by FFWPU.

Second, we must understand the essence of Christianity’s 2,000 years history in search of the heavenly lineage. What is the essence of Christianity’s 2,000-year history? I’d like to emphasize that it is to welcome the returning Messiah who will take over Jesus’ mission and welcome God’s Only Begotten Daughter. This is the truth of our Heavenly Parent’s, providence and the essence of Christianity’s 2,000 years long history. Mother Moon has already enlightened us on this.

Despite so much persecution in the wake of Jesus’ crucifixion, Christians gained freedom to practice their faith after some 300 years with the Edict of Milan in 313 AD. In 380 AD, Christianity was adapted as the state religion of Rome. Over time, Christianity spread from Rome to every nation in Europe and into the New World, gradually becoming a global mainstream religion beyond Europe and the Near East.

Martin Luther
Portrait from 1529 of Martin Luther by Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472–1553). Photo: Museum of German History in Berlin / Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image. Cropped
John Calvin
Lithograph of John Calvin by Fr. Wentzel. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image. Cropped

In the Middle Ages, a movement emerged that criticized the corruption in the Catholic church at the time and sought to restore the essence of Jesus’ words and faith.

Luther’s and Calvin’s reformation led to the establishment of several Protestant denominations. It was Calvin in particular who established today’s Protestant theology. This was in the year 1543. (See below)

As a result of the Reformation, the Puritans emerged. They rejected Catholic institutions and rituals, and escaping religious oppression in Europe, they migrated to the New World in search of religious freedom.

These were the Pilgrim Fathers who built the foundation for the United States as it is today. The first thing the Pilgrim Fathers did when they arrived in America in 1620, was to build a chapel where they could worship our Heavenly Parent.

The Pilgrim Fathers determined to make the New World a true land where our Heavenly Parent could be fully attended.

William James Hall
William James Hall (1860-1894). Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image. Cropped

In the late 19th and early 20th century, many North American pastors and missionaries from the USA and Canada went out in the world. Around this time, missionaries such as William James Hall (1860-1894, worked in Pyongyang), Mattie Wilcox Noble (1872-1948, worked in Seoul and Pyongyang) and William M. Baird (1862-1931, worked in Pyongyang) also came to Korea.

As a result of the work of these missionaries, Pyongyang became a city filled with the Holy Spirit. It was then the term “Jerusalem of the East” emerged. Have you ever heard that term? Jerusalem is Jerusalem, but where is the “Jerusalem of the East”? Pyongyang was called “Jerusalem of the East”.

Pyongyang experienced a great revival at the time. There was an overflowing of the Holy Spirit throughout the entire city, so much so that it was referred to as a Korean Pentecost. Every day, tens of thousands of people sang and prayed. It was a very tense atmosphere throughout the city. Songs of praise were constantly heard.

Robert Harkness
Robert Harkness (1880-1961). Photo: Extracted from “Biography of Gospel song and hymn writers”. / Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image. Cropped

It was during this period the movement to save a million was conducted to lead one million people to Christ. The hymn by Robert Harkness (1880-1961) “A Million Souls for Jesus” captures the spirit of the time.

In relation to this, Mother Moon said the following to Christian clergy from around the world,

“During that time, the Presbyterian church in Pyongyang, Korea saw an explosive growth under God‘s providence. Christianity stood in the position to see the fulfillment of the providence God and Jesus had promised. Jesus, whom all humanity was waiting for, had said he would come again and conduct the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The birth of the counterpart of the returning Lord was to be 400 years after Calvin’s main work: God’s Only Begotten Daughter was born in 1943. God’s providence is profound and mysterious.” Mother Moon mentioned this December 5, 2020.

In Pyongyang, the environment was created in which the covenant of “I will return and conduct the wedding feast of the Lamb” was brought to fruition.

Calvin's The Necessity of Reforming the Church
The front cover page of a 2020 version of ‘The Necessity of Reforming the Church’ by John Calvin, published by Ligonier Ministries in 2020.

A short while ago, I mentioned the year 1543. This was the year when a protestant theology was established when Calvin wrote “The Necessity of Reforming the Church”

400 years from that point, we come to 1943. This is the year when Mother Moon was born.

These two events that took place 400 years apart have both to do with the Only Begotten Daughter.

In the eyes of the providence, the reformation was not just a simple occurrence. It was an event that cleaned up the corrupted energy of Catholicism at the time and created an environment through Protestantism to welcome a clean and pure new era.

The creation of such an environment established the condition for the birth of the Only Begotten Daughter 400 years later.

In this way, over 400 years, the providence that had begun with the Puritans in Europe, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. And then, American missionaries crossed the Pacific Ocean to Pyongyang on the Korean peninsula.

I like to say that our Heavenly Parent’s mysterious providence and the birth of the Only Begotten Daughter were quietly hidden away during that time. As the providence passed through Europe, the United States and Korea, Christianity was completely unaware of this.

I believe that because the time has now come, the True Parents have through their words awakened us to this truth.

So in conclusion, the 2,000-year history of Christianity is the providence to find the Only Begotten Daughter who will celebrate the Wedding Feast of the Lamb.

The providence to find the Only Begotten Daughter. Let us all shout it together: “The providence to find the Only Begotten Daughter!”

I ask you to please remember this.

Continued in part 3.

See part 1, part 3.

Featured image above: From regular weekly prayer meeting in Pyongyang sometimes between 1908-1922. Photo: Methodist Episcopal Church / Wikimedia Commons. Public domain image. Cropped

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