Ahn Sahng Hong Vs. Sun Myung Moon

The World Mission Society Church of God claims that Ahn Sahng Hong was the Second Coming of Christ because he revealed certain “truths”, fulfilled certain “prophecies” and “restored” the Passover. But were Ahn Sahng Hong’s teachings his own original ideas? Let’s compare Ahn Sahng Hong’s teachings with those of Sun Myung Moon, the founder of the Unification Church (Moonies).

A Brief Biographical Comparison

Ahn Sahng HongSun Myung Moon
Born January 13, 1918 in South Korea (North and South Korea united at this time and under Japanese rule).Born January 6, 1920 in North Korea (North and South Korea united at this time and under Japanese rule).
Born to Buddhist parents.Born to Confucianist parents.
Founded the Witnesses of Jesus Church of God in 1964.Founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of Christianity church in 1954.
Wrote “The Mystery of God and the Spring of the Water of Life” in 1980*.Wrote the Divine Principle in 1945**.
*Excerpts will be from the 2010 edition.**Excerpts will be from the 1974 edition.

Jesus Coming On The Clouds…

(After quoting Hebrews 12:1 and Jude 1:12). “In these expressions–“such a great cloud of witnesses” and “clouds without rain, blown along by the wind,” clouds represent people with flesh.” The Mystery of God and the Spring of the Water of Life, Chapter 15, The Son of Man Will Come in a Cloud, page 106“What, then, is the word ‘cloud’ likened to? ‘Clouds’ would denote that which is vaporized (purified) from the dirty water on the earth. Water symbolizes the fallen man (Rev. 17:15). Then we may understand that the clouds would would signify the devout saints… Again “cloud” is often used, either in the Bible or in the classics, as a word representing a crowd (Heb. 12:1).” Divine Principle, p. 514
(After quoting Daniel 7:13-14). “Jesus, however, did not come with the visible clouds of heaven, but was born as a baby through the body of Mary. Some say that the above prophecy of Daniel is about Jesus’ second coming. It is undoubtedly about Jesus’ first coming…” The Mystery of God and the Spring of the Water of Life, Chapter 15, The Son of Man Will Come in a Cloud, page 108“This is because Jesus, though he was in fact born on the earth, was surely one who came from heaven…This is the reason why it was believed that the Lord would come on the clouds, even at the first coming (Daniel 7:13).” Divine Principle, p. 514

Jesus Coming From The East…

“All of the prophecies above foretold the sealing work in Rev 7:2-3 would begin in Korea at the east end.” The Mystery of God and the Spring of the Water of Life, Chapter 33, page 213“The Bible goes on to say in Revelation 7:2-4 that another angel ascended from the rising sun with the seal of the living God and sealed the chosen servants of God on their foreheads, and the number of those sealed was one hundred and forty-four thousand.” Divine Principle, p. 519-20
“‘ascending fro the rising of the sun..’ Therefore, the sealing work must begin where the sun rises, the east end.” The Mystery of God and the Spring of the Water of Life, Chapter 33, page 215Therefore, we see that the nation which would take over God’s heritage and produce the fruits for the Second Advent of the Lord is in the East. Then, which of the money nations of the East will be the very nation? 3. THAT NATION OF THE EAST IS KOREA Divine Principle, p. 520

Ahn Sahng Hong wrote about Elijah coming from the east in “Message to the Church in Laodicia” (pages 12-18) in 1960, which is still 15 years after Sun Myung Moon wrote his exposition of the same.

From the above excerpts, it is clear that Ahn Sahng Hong’s faulty interpretation of what clouds represent in the Bible and where Jesus is to return from, were not his own. Ahn Sahng Hong’s teachings were in fact plagiarized ideas from Sun Myung Moon.

The Divine Principle (1974), page 514
The Divine Principle (1974), page 519
The Divine Principle (1974), page 520
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