Two very interesting posts (in fact, interesting enough to get me to stop lurking and register!
Sun Yun Moon certainly does think he's someone special -- though I'm not convinced it's anything more than a big ego trip. Anything is possible,
of course, and I'll keep an eye on what he does.
As for Maitreya, holy cow! Now that's
what I call Antichrist material! (To make myself clear, I capitalize it to signify the
Antichrist as opposed to regular false Christs / antichrists, as these men already are.) I'm shocked that I've never heard of the man. I found a
picture for the curious:
I found quite a few sites that explore Maitreya as the Antichrist with a quick Google (search for 'maitreya antichrist'), and they're not all
Catholic either (which I'm not -- I'm a Bible-based Christian, meaning I base my beliefs on that rather than a particular Christian religion or
TheLittleGrape, thanks for the heads-up on Maitreya. Just one look at the Share International site
big warning flags. It looks like he's already positioning himself as a messiah for the humanistic religion -- he claims to be Christ, the Jewish
Messiah, a Buddha (Maitreya is the name of the the Buddha of the future), and Krishna. If he can assume an islamic identity he'd have a pretty full
set. And he's right up the New Ager's alley. He appeals to the non-religious also. According to his site:
He is here to inspire us to create a new era based on sharing and justice, so that all may have the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, health
care, and education.
Now who wouldn't want that? Anyone that wants to harmonize the world must
be good, right?
To TheLittleGrape again, I am very much into eschatological (End Times) studies, although as I mentioned previously, I am not into catholicism and do
not put much energy into studying Catholic prophecy and the like. Although, I am very impressed with what you've written. I disagree a bit with
what you've mentioned, but you still have a much larger prophecy-related vocabulary than most people I know.
I believe that the entire 70th week is yet to come. Why? We are in now what is the "Age of the Gentiles," or the time of the Christian Church, a
sort of parenthetical time in the midst of God's dealing with Israel (I view Daniel's 70 weeks as concerning Israel and Israel only). Now, once the
Age of Gentiles completes with the Rapture (I believe in a pre-Trib rapture too), which also means the influence of the Holy Spirit is no longer there
(as the Church is gone -- every believer has an indwelling of the HS), the Antichrist is free to appear and deceive the nations (though not
necessarily immediately following the Rapture). The 70th week will start exactly when he offers a peace pact with Israel and allows her to rebuild to
Temple. A "times, time and half a time" later (3.5) years later, after remarkable peace and fluffy-huggy happiness, he will enter the Holy of
Holies and proclaim himself as God (this is called the "abomination that causes desecration"), thus royally pissing off the real God and ushering in
the Great Tribulation. I'll stop here since I don't feel much like paraphrasing the entire
book of Revelation (sorry for the long post, by
the way). If you'd like to discuss things further, I'd love to, as I haven't found many people with similar passions as mine. Feel free to u2u or
Finally, and on a lighter note: Can Sun Moon and Maitreya be the same person? Well maybe, since you never see them in the same picture together,
. (Sorry, lame joke I learned in grade school)
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