Almost two thousand full years have passed since Jesus walked the face of this planet. And during that time the hope of faithful Christians has been fixed on the day of Christ's return. For when Jesus returns, the expectation is that the world of true goodness, the Kingdom of Heaven can finally be established.
It is perhaps natural that many Christians hold the hope that the time we live in looks ripe for the return of Jesus. We certainly have had our share of wars, rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes as Jesus foretold. Further, Jesus' commission to carry Christianity to all the Earth has largely been realized. Members of the Unification Church, that is followers of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, believe the same thing.
Broadly speaking, human history as traced in the Bible, can be divided into three great ages:1) 2000 years of the pre-Old Testament age from Adam to Abraham, 2) 2000 years of the Old Testament Age from Abraham to Jesus and 3) the 2000 years from Jesus to the present day. (It should be noted though that the age from Adam to Abraham, while being calculated through the Bible as being close to 2000 years, was in reality much longer-perhaps many hundreds of thousands of years.) Closer examination also reveals profound parallels between these three periods. For instance, the approximately four hundred period the Israelites suffered slavery in Egypt corresponds to the four centuries of persecution of early Christianity by first the Jews and later the Roman Empire.
We are now in actuality living in the time of the Second Advent, but the reality is that Jesus himself cannot be the one to come back. Christians have emphasized that Jesus was resurrected bodily, but that body was in fact a spiritual body. God's principle is that the spiritual body cannot reincarnate. This applies to Jesus as well. That is why Jesus must anoint one person on earth to inherit and complete his mission. The faith of Unificationists worldwide is that Reverend Sun Myung Moon is the one God has sent to take on and complete the messianic work of Jesus.