The Preparation of the Bride

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Father taught that the Messiah’s bride is born from a prepared lineage in the satanic world. Eve was taken by the satanic world: “Adam …made a mistake and could not fulfill his role as husband.” Because of Adam’s mistake, Eve is held captive in Satan’s world, and “Therefore, we must find Eve once again from the satanic world.”

” Jesus’ would-be bride had a lineage and growing period parallel to that of Jesus.”

Father’s words remind us of Paul’s vision of the bride, that Jesus “gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.” (Eph 5:25-27)

To find the bride was the purpose of the Unification Church: “In the history of searching for one man, if you have reached the point of finding that man, then as the next step you must search for a woman. The movement which proposed to search for a woman was the Unification Church we have today.”

To search for her means that she already exists. That is, the bride has been prepared.

The historical parallel is the bride who was prepared for Jesus. Father taught, “That bride was to have been none other than Zechariah’s daughter, the younger sister of John the Baptist.” Jesus was Zechariah’s son, and he and his bride were meant to have grown up as siblings in the same clan. “Adam and his spouse were to grow up to follow God’s will. This was why Joseph’s family and Zechariah’s family were necessary.”

“To search for her means that she already exists. That is, the bride has been prepared.”

This means that Jesus’ meant-to- be bride had a lineage parallel to that of Jesus. They were to have grown up in one family, with education and protection from Israel’s high priest. This is the value of Jesus’ meant-to- be bride. The same value is embodied in the bride at the Second Advent. After all, “Adam and Eve fell together, so two people must accomplish restoration.”

(Citations from Blessing and Ideal Family 1993 pp. 161, 157, 108; Pyeong Hwa Gyeong pp. 115-6)

-TH

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