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The spies brought conflicting reports about the strength of the opposition, but Joshua successfully discerned between the courageous and cowardly spies, and managed to secure the Israelites' unity with him: Israel (in Cain's position) had submitted to Joshua (in Abel's position). The six days of marching around the city4 8 are regarded as the 'restoration of the number six'. Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day; thus, as a result of the Fall, the number six became Satan's number: 40 The Advent of Sun Myung Moon If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number.

By covering up Noah's nakedness, Ham had reversed this part of the restoration process and thus the whole restoration drama had to be re-enacted again from the beginning. Abraham, a further 400 years later, was selected to be the next central figure. Once again Unification theology lays great emphasis on an Old Testament incident which is not widely known amongst mainstream Christians. 33 The writer of the story records that, before the sacrifice was offered, Abraham cut the heifer and the ram into two halves, but not the doves.

This common view, however, is far from accurate. The work was not actually written by him, but by Hyo Won Eu. It is probably a composite work, emanating principally from Sun Myung Moon's revelations, but with some additions: the section on the history of Christianity, for example, is said to have been written by one of the UC's leading theologians Dr Young Oon Kim, who died recently. The work is 'authorised' by the Rev Moon, being one interpretation of the Principle amongst several. A somewhat simplified version of Divine Principle is contained in Outline of The Principle, Level 4,1° written by the Rev Chung Hwan K wak, whom most Unificationists regard as another of their senior scholars.

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