Have you ever wondered why there are dual prophecies in the bible? Many Christian believers have tried to understand the meaning of biblical prophecies. Some interpret it as short-term and long-term fulfillment and especially as warnings for the people to change their ways. Some others deduce that there are five different types of prophecies regarding the messianic prophecies, Last days, etc. One has to also mention (in Jesus own words) that:
"I tell you the truth," he continued, "no prophet is accepted in his hometown”.
~ Luke 4:24
I believe that there is a principle behind each of these forewarnings because man was giving FREE WILL by the creator, God. To understand the meaning of Dual Prophecy I cannot make any sense from the bible or some of the interpretation thereof, except in the teaching of the Divine Principle taught by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, can we take a larger perspective.
Dual prophecies started in the Garden of Eden where Adam and Eve were told:
“Do not eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.”
“… but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."
By giving Adam and Eve a commandment God reminded them of their free choice and warned them that they would die. The problem with our understanding is that what they ate was not a real fruit and they didn’t die physically. Again, the Divine Principle gives a new view of what happened in the Garden of Eden and why we call it the “Fall of Man.”
From the beginning of time God’s purpose for mankind was be his physical manifestation here on earth by fulfilling the “The Great Blessings” and establishing harmonious families on the earth.
“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”~ Gen 1:28
The common thread runs through all of the history of restoration. History of Restoration is also called History of Salvation. God always had to consider man’s response to his commandments or prophetic messages. What would man decide? Would he be faithful and respond to Him, or reject and disregard the prophetic communications. God’s will is predestined in the sense that He will absolutely fulfill his promises to man. In comparison God’s accomplishment of his will is 95% to only 5% of man’s request for execution. It always depends on man’s response how fast and when the prophecy will be fulfilled.
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandment of the Lord your God, but turn from the way that I am commanding you today, to follow other gods that you have not known.”~ Deuteronomy 11:26-28
"See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.
But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess.”
~ Deuteronomy 30:15-18
From the beginning to the end God had only one desire to restore his lineage on the earth. After Adam and Eve fell, God started the history of restoration with his sons. Unfortunately, Cain killed Abel; that’s where death entered into the family of God. Adam was the first son of God; Jesus came with the same mission, being the 2nd Adam.
God had prepared the Jewish people for 2,000 years to receive the Messiah. The purpose of the Messiah is to save man. Salvation is the same as restoration. There is even a prediction in Isaiah 9:6
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
Some people believe that this prophecy was meant for the second coming. According to the teaching of Rev. Moon who had personally met with Jesus on several occasions, Jesus didn’t know in the beginning that he had to go to the cross. Many Christians believe that Jesus came to die. Again, Rev. Moon learned from Jesus himself that this course became necessary because of the disbelief of John the Baptist. In our last Original Divine Principle seminar Archbishop Augustus Stallings made it very clear that it was John’s failure to believe in Jesus and follow him; that Jesus’ course was changed, and he was delivered into the hands of the Romans and Pontius Pilate sent him to the cross.
Therefore, it was the failure of the Jewish people to understand the duality of prophecy and played a role in their rejection of Yeshua as their Messiah.
“Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him—“~ Act. 7:52-53
Let us remember during this Christmas season that God always sets before us choices. He asks us for faith and obedience but he also gave us the freedom to decide otherwise. That seems kind of paradoxical but it expresses a very deep love and trust in man that we will eventually decide on the right path. He didn’t create us as robots, only with the infinite potential to be like him. It is up to us.