REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
Let Us Become The Elite Troop Of God
April 8, 1956 (Sunday)
Headquarters Church, Seoul, Korea
II Timothy 2:1-13
Father, let this be the hour when the life of the original nature that
man possessed before the fall is thrust into us. Please allow us to
become the altar of life where Your love overflows. Allow us now to
feel this wall of death with our minds and bodies. Father, I pray from
the depth of my heart that we can receive the grace of resurrection in
this way and by building the glorious altar, go before all the dispersed
altars with a new candle lit in our hands.
Is there anyone who was inflicted with wounds in his or her heart?
Please show them compassion. Is there some trace in one's body where
Satan used to clutch? Please cleanse them. Father of love, I wish and
hope earnestly that on account of that cleansing and/or compassion, they
can restore their original hyung-sang from before the fall. (Note:
Hyung Sang - A Korean term that can be translated roughly as "external
form or shape." This term is explained in the first chapter of the
Divine Principle, "The Principles of Creation.")
Father, please appear before us with the words of power. Please reshape
our whole being. Beloved Father, we desire from the bottom of our
hearts that You will allow the miracle of recreation. You have called
upon each of us in this difficult environment, so we will now cross over
this path of ordeals and tribulations. The time has come when we must
offer the song of victory on the actual battle ground. Father, please
increase our strengths, multiply our power, and come before us with the
power of resurrection.
Grant liberation to the souls who have been imprisoned in the darkness.
Please resurrect them with the fire of hope. My Father, I pray with
utmost sincerity that You may bestow Your fire of life, which can light
up the garden of truth, the path of which is blocked. Light up this
world where evil governs and the grounds of the bitterness of the Father
have existed for over 6,000 years.
We understand that the new history begins with the Father as the center.
We also know the historical fact that if humankind does not set the
standard of history in Heaven, then it cannot be a comprehensive
standard of history
Father! Since You have put us in this position, please allow us to
build a new history and please groom us as the Heavenly soldiers of the
new era. Bestow upon us the grace to construct a new garden and return
the glory of bliss to the Father. Beloved Father, I offer this wish
from the depth of my heart.
We have broken through the walls of conflict and have come seeking the
same path that the prophets and sages once walked. We have embarked
upon a path from which we can never return. We know that the time has
come when we must fight with independence and audacity and head toward a
single goal. Please guide us to pour out the last drop of our energy,
to make a resolute decision and stand on the front line facing Satan.
Let us become the soldiers of Heaven who can raise the flag before
anyone else and march against Satan. Father, please take in the current
altar of conflict as a triumphant altar. Until You can control it as
Your altar of peace and glory Father, please protect our path and
sanctify our dwelling place. Father, please lead us to erect the white
flag of joyful victory before this Korean people and the 2.4 billion
people comprising humanity Father, although we are small in number,
these members have united our hearts and gathered here to he intoxicated
in Your love. Hence, even for this hour, please allow us to be immersed
in Your concealed love.
Divulge the work of Heaven's love and truth, which has been hidden for
6,000 years, and unfold the miracle of resurrection. Please allow us to
become liberated from our minds and bodies and become the Father's true
sons and daughters. Father, we desire from our deepest hearts that You
will raise us as children who can reciprocate with You and serve You
with the honor of victory This day is a glorious day Please manifest
Your powers before these altars, those who have gathered here
representing the thirty million Korean people. Please let Your works be
manifested. If there are altars without life, then please manifest the
miracle of life. Regardless of time, environment and place, Father,
please let Your work unfold.
Give rise to the beacon of life that has been fast asleep. Please allow
it to step forward holding a banner of new life on the grounds of
conscientious children, children who follow the Father. Beloved Father,
I pray earnestly that there will come forth many children who can
safeguard hidden altars.
We have gathered here so, Father, please sanctify our souls. If there
is any self-centered concept or sinful element, the dark root that
impedes chastity then please appear before us as the work of the Holy
Spirit that resembles the flame of the Father, and guide us forward.
Father, this is our most sincere wish.
Please lead us to accomplish the mission assigned to us without any
fault. Allow us to become sons and daughters who, offering all of their
minds and bodies for the sake of the one will,2 are dignified before the
many thousands of faithful believers and members of the spiritual world.
Let us fulfill all of their missions. In this hour, from the beginning
till the very end, please do not let even one person fall subject to the
accusations of Satan. Let the grace of resurrection, the blissful taste
of new life, and the grace of new life be granted to as many people as
possible. In this way let this be the hour when we can return the glory
of the resurrection of new life to the Father. Beloved Father, this is
our prayer, from the depth of our hearts.
We entrust everything to You now so let the fundamental miracle of the
living life be manifested from the beginning to the very end. Let only
the will of happiness unfold. We prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.
Father, although unworthy and sinful, today a handful of members has
prostrated themselves before the sacred presence of the Father again.
Until now You have raised prophets and given Your commands through them.
You have given the mandate through the Holy Spirit and Jesus, but we
know that until now You have been unable to command directly. Please
let the mandate that You could not decree directly be promulgated here.
This being done, let the will of the Father, which You have tried to
accomplish through the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ, be manifested here.
We understand that the Father is trying to realize the dispensation of
joy Before Your will, we long to pour out all of our heart and soul,
offering all of our loyalty and bodies. Though these may be inadequate,
Father, please extend Your hands of compassion.
On our hands and feet are the scars left by Satan's arrows, and in our
bodies we carry the battle wounds. Father of compassion! Please extend
Your divine grace to hold our hands and feet, full of the scars of
Satan's arrows, to grip our wounded bodies, to apply the oil of life on
us and to wrap our bodies with the bandages of resurrection. We yearn
for a word of counsel so, Father, please advise us. We desperately
Please liquidate our vulgar minds and all sinful natures. Guide us to
cling only onto the original heart that cherishes nothing but the
Father, You have gathered us now so please give Your commanding words.
Please allow us to find out what the center of the dispensation is that
the Father wishes for and what is the center of the universal principles
that the Father seeks.
Descend upon us in this hour. We have prostrated ourselves humbly and
meekly to respond to the words that the Father gives us. We are
ignorant and wounded, but because we hope that we can be an offering to
You, please receive us. Father, we pray from the depth of our hearts.
Father, please govern over everything in this hour. We who have come
seeking the dispensation know that we must bear the fruit of life, so in
this moment when the last days are nearing, Father, please bestow Your
outstretched hands of life. We know that though the world and history
might change, the Father's life remains unchanging, so please allow us
to dash toward eternal life and the standard of immutability If there
are children who do not meet the standard, please order each of them
personally and lay Your hands of power on them. Allow them to resemble
Your holy image. Father, I pray from the depth of my heart.
We have gathered before the Holy Father, the Holy Son, and the Holy
Spirit, so please remove everyone's subjective concepts and allow the
miracle of life. Please be the center of their minds and bodies, the
center of the whole congregation gathered here and the triumphant
shield, so that this moment can become an hour of joy and fulfillment.
Father, we pray from the bottom of our hearts that with the elements of
life that we will obtain from this day, we can create the flesh and
blood of life and forge the eternal shield of victory so that even if we
are to clash with Satan head on, we will not be wounded. We entrust
everything to You, so please rule over us. We pray in the name of the
The title of the sermon that I will give today is "Let Us Become the
Elite Troop of God." I will speak briefly on this topic.
We who are the center of the conflict and the
embodiment of hope
Initially the term "elite troop" did not exist. It came into being
because of the fall of man. Because of the fall, the term had to
emerge. In other words, it was invented because, by virtue of the
remaining conflict, there was the need for sons and daughters who could
conduct the fight in the place of God.
God chose these sons and daughters because His will could not be
accomplished unless He raised them and led them through the course of
conflict until a certain point in time. By repeating the changing
history during the 6,000 years of long history God personally intervened
on earth and fought with Satan. However, what kind of beings are they
who must take responsibility for this history of the conflict of God and
can fight on the front line?
God is not to fight directly and neither is Jesus nor the Holy Spirit.
As you know very well, the faithful believers whom Jesus Christ, the
Holy Spirit and God stand behind are the ones who must directly take
responsibility for the fight.
This fight must be concluded at any cost. Yet even after 2,000 years
since the coming of Jesus, this fight has not yet been concluded. Now
the grounds for this fight must be broadened and the grounds for victory
must be built. Who are the ones who must take on this responsibility?
It is none other than insignificant and unworthy us.
When we reflect on this, we can learn that the hope of God does not lie
with Himself. What is more, the hope of Jesus also does not lie in
himself. Likewise, the hope of the Holy Spirit does not lie within her.
The hope that the prophets and sages sought also cannot be found in
themselves. Their hope lies with none other than us, the insignificant
ones who dwell on this earth today
If God calls upon you who are on earth, what kind of criterion is He
using? He uses the whole 6,000-year dispensation as the criterion to
call upon you.
Therefore, you must clearly understand that you have the responsibility
to bring a victorious conclusion to the many thousands of years of the
history of humanity Moreover, you must understand that God is calling us
in this manner. Not only that, we must become the true elite troop of
Heaven who can take responsibility for this era, this history and for
Directly pioneering the great fate of the dispensation is not the work
of Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God. It is a task we must do.
To become the heavenly elite troop
We must be able to stand as a third person and make a critical
evaluation of ourselves, we who bear such a great mission as this. You
must reflect whether you can answer confidently even if the Father were
to appear personally before you and ask you. When the Father asks,
'Have you become the elite soldier of Heaven who can be responsible for
the whole dispensation and fight fully armed with audacity dignity and
conviction," are you able to say 'Yes! It is true," without any
hesitation? Heaven is searching for those who can answer proudly
What are the conditions that qualify you as a member of the elite corps?
We cannot find the qualifying conditions within us. How can we become
members of the elite corps of Heaven? To become the elite troops of
Heaven, we must follow the example of Jesus Christ, in whom we believe,
the one who appeared as the archetype of the elite corps of Heaven. The
background of the advent of Jesus, his life and ideals, are all things
that we can take pride in before Satan. What is more, they are the
content and conditions that we must inherit if we are to become members
of the Heavenly elite troop. You must heed this.
The same thing can be said about his words and about the path of
crucifixion that he demonstrated at the time of his death, as well as
the way of resurrection that he left behind for us. These are the
conditions and laws that we absolutely need to end all the historical
conflicts and to become the elite corps of Heaven. We must fulfill
Nonetheless, what we must understand here is that Jesus spent thirty
years preparing, toiling, and suffering to be fully equipped with all
the conditions that are necessary to become an elite soldier of Heaven.
It did not happen in one day or in one moment. He had to pass through
thirty years of a long period of tremendous ordeals. What is the course
that Jesus walked after coming to the earth? He demonstrated the
condition and course of tribulations that one must walk to win victory
over Satan as the elite soldier of Heaven.
Jesus cried, "All is done," on the cross, but he did not say this
because he fulfilled everything on the cross. He uttered those words
because even before he hung on the cross, he fully satisfied all the
conditions needed to qualify as the elite soldier of Heaven. By putting
it into those words, he meant that he had fulfilled all the missions
that he had to as the elite soldier of Heaven.
Because Jesus was an impeccable member of the elite corps of Heaven,
Heaven could resurrect him after he passed away on the cross. After the
resurrection of Jesus, Jesus worked in Heaven and the Holy Spirit worked
on earth and carried on the fight against Satan for 2,000 years.
The lessons to be learned from the life of Jesus
Now there remains the course of tribulations to which we who are called
upon by Heaven must adhere. You must remember that it is none other
than the path of Jesus, who walked it throughout the thirty years of his
life. When you examine the thirty-year life course of Jesus, he lived
thirty years of private life, three years of public life and brought an
end to his ordeals during the three-day period in the tomb.
There is no question that we ourselves must follow the path of
crucifixion and resurrection. Yet the important thing is that the
humanity of the whole world must all walk the same path.
After his death on the cross, Jesus received the grace of resurrection,
but this did not take place in the simple and easy manner you might
envision. It did not happen in one day or in several hours. You must
understand that it was achieved when the heart of God, who had traveled
through the long 4,000-year history became one with the heart of Jesus.
On that foundation, Jesus walked thirty years of a suffering path and
won the victory We are living a life of faith and are reading the Bible,
yet we must never interpret the Bible according to our own whims. It is
common for believers to take the view that the way of the crucifixion
took place solely on the cross, but this is not true. You must
understand that the way was materialized through his life of tremendous
suffering that others do not know about. For thirty odd years, he could
not eat or dress adequately Moreover, you must also realize that Jesus
is the only begotten son of God who fully equipped himself with the
remaining conditions to be qualified as a member of the elite troop of
Now we must analyze the lessons that the life of Jesus provides and come
up with a new interpretation of matters that range from having faith in
Jesus to his course of ordeals. You must also pass through the course
of trials. While Jesus was passing through the course of trials and
ordeals, there must have been many fights. We must learn from the
example of Jesus who fought, not for ten or twenty years, but for thirty
years and braved even death. What you must understand now is that you
yourselves must take charge of the remaining path of suffering and path
of death, to guard the cross and uphold the way of the crucifixion.
After Jesus passed away the responsibility to guard the castle of
crucifixion that Jesus had constructed on earth and to make the first
step in the fierce fight lay with the apostles. You must understand
that now the responsibility to protect the castle of crucifixion lies on
the shoulders of the apostles of the last days. The time has come when
the final determination of victory and defeat must be made in the last
fierce battle. The crucial question is whether you have become the
elite troop that can stay on the course, and whether you can perform the
second miracle of resurrection to be reborn, as Jesus was resurrected.
Jesus has continued to engage himself in the fight, even after going to
the spirit world. He is fighting against Satan on behalf of the
countless good believers. The Holy Spirit is the one who, copying the
example of Jesus, has unfolded the battle on earth. It is our
responsibility to receive the help of the Holy Spirit and fight the
actual battle. In other words, it is we who must become Heaven's elite
corps who can take over the burden of the conflict.
The time when the grief and resentment of the 6,000
years must be expunged
The final conflict has unfolded. You must understand that the fight you
are partaking in today is not for your own sake. This fight has been
linked to you through Heaven and the Holy Spirit. What is more, the
purpose of that fight is to expel Satan.
Accordingly we must now cross the pass of conflict and reach the
original homeland. We must become the elite soldiers who can bear the
remaining cross of Jesus and sing a victory song. We must become the
elite troops of triumph and happiness, who remove the resentment of the
6,000 years and realize the hope of the 6,000 years.
The twelve disciples emerged as the representative elite troop
responsible for the castle of the cross. The twelve disciples crossed
the boundaries of death to protect the walls of the castle of the
crucifixion. Even as they were offering their minds and bodies and
shedding their flesh and blood, they did not hesitate in guarding the
The traces of blood that the prophets and sages shed as they were
walking the path of the gospel still remain visible on the walls of the
castle of the crucifixion. Moreover, this land is ground which is
soaked through with the grief and blood of the ancestors. It is the
land on which the appeal of blood is left behind. The ones who must
resolve this bitter resentment are none other than us. Although the
death of Jesus Christ was a grievous event, the deaths of the prophets
and sages were also bitter tragedies. You must learn to grieve for the
deaths of the prophets and sages along with the death of Jesus Christ.
Now we must understand that the time has come when we must feel strongly
indignant. The time has come when we must eradicate the grief and
bitterness of God. What is needed at such a time is a heavenly elite
corps. That is what this era demands. You must become the true sons
and daughters who can say 'Father! Please expel the resentment of the
6,000 years through me." If there are many such true children among the
thirty million people, then the path of survival will open for them.
What is more, if these people become priests to protect the walls of the
castle of the crucifixion and become members of the Heavenly elite
troop, they will not perish. We who have faith today must become the
Heavenly elite troop.
Jesus, who came to earth and passed away on the cross, built the holy
altar of victory in the spirit world and has expanded it. As you can
see by observing the spirit world, the pitch darkness of the fall has
reached all the way to the feet of the throne of God. Since the time of
Jesus, the one foundation has finally been laid through the repetition
of conflicts, tribulations and toil. The fight has continued until
today to broaden this foundation further. Even on earth the fight with
Satan has continued. Now Heaven is hoping for the appearance of the
Heavenly elite troop who can bring this conflict to a conclusion.
We must shape up and try harder. Jesus not only fought during his
thirty-year life on earth until he crossed the pass of crucifixion and
death; he has also continued the battle for 2,000 years since then.
Humankind is ignorant of this fight. You must appeal to yourselves.
Before you appeal to the people, to the family the society the world and
the earth, you must first appeal to yourselves. You must follow the
example of Jesus Christ, who has been fighting for the sake of the will
for 2,000 years. You must carry on the struggle for the sake of the
will. By doing so, you must win the victory both in heaven and on
earth, so that heaven and earth can respond. You can then represent the
heart of God and manifest the original beauty of creation. This is the
purpose for which God has been propelling the dispensation forward for
6,000 years and the reason He sent Jesus Christ.
The task that the heavenly elite troop must
Now we must become the elite troop of Heaven and protect the walls of
the castle of crucifixion. You must likewise become the Heavenly elite
soldiers, but you must first distinguish to which rank in the elite
corps you belong.
Because the history on earth is the history that horizontally unfolds
the work of Heaven in image, just as there are twelve ranks of elite
troops centering on the twelve disciples, there are twelve denominations
on earth that resemble the pattern of the twelve tribes of Israel and
countless minor ranks. This hierarchy of ranks was formed during the
2,000-year history You must know which rank you belong to. You must
understand which rank you belong to in the Heavenly army It is
structured systematically much like the army of the secular world, in
platoons, companies, battalions, regiments, divisions and so forth.
Moreover, you must understand what mission you are being given the
commands centered on.
Now after passing through the course of conflict, we must usher in the
era when the whole world of creation can rejoice. The center of that is
none other than Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit whom we believe in.
What is the ultimate purpose of the Heavenly elite corps? It is to
conclude the fight with Satan and receive accolades from God and Christ.
It is to win victory in the fight and receive the rewards of Heaven on
Now the fight is taking place in every sphere. It is unfolding in every
place of the world. Moreover, the will of the dispensation is being
unfolded in the whole of heaven and earth. You must become the Heavenly
troops who win the victory in the fights on the individual level, on the
family level, and on the societal, national and world levels, as well as
bringing victory in the fight that is taking place in heaven and on
Jesus is unable to bring an end to the fight that is taking place in
heaven and on earth. Consequently you must become the elite soldiers
who protect all posts on all fronts and end the battles on all fronts.
All things in the universe will act in harmony only after we reap the
victory as one body with Christ as the head, and offer a frill bow
You must now pass through the traces of blood left behind by the
apostles. You must lead and take charge of the companies or battalions
the apostles used to lead. Going one step further, you must take on the
responsibility that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are bearing upon their
The ultimate goal of the elite corps of heaven
God does not want any battle ground to remain on earth. Because the
resentment was caused on earth, only when the victory is reaped and the
grief is removed on earth can Jesus Christ's battle be concluded and can
he come again. What is he to do after coming again? He is to bring to
an end the battle that has taken place for the last 6,000 years and
receive the blessing from God. The banquet in which God raises both
hands to celebrate, the banquet in which the triumphant elite soldiers
all gather and receive the blessing is the banquet of the little lamb.
He is going to host this banquet of the little lamb.
You must directly receive the commanding words of God, who is the
commander-in-chief You must rise to the position where, in place of
Jesus, you receive directives straight from God.
You must obtain the seal of the Father, just like in the verse in the
fourteenth chapter of the Book of Revelations: "Then I looked, and there
before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000
who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads."
You have been guided by the Holy Spirit and Jesus until now but this is not
the whole story. Only after you receive the seal of the Father will you
become an eternal member of the elite corps, effective not just on earth,
but also after you go to heaven. You must never forget that you must
proceed all the way to that point. While you become the elite corps of
Jesus by winning all the fights, you must also become the original human
beings in whom God can take delight, as well as true sons and daughters
who have perfected the ideals of creation. Only when the victory song of
Hosanna offered by this Heavenly elite troop shakes the whole earth
will the grief and resentment of God be liquidated. Satan, also, will
immediately be liquidated. You must understand this clearly The fight
remains. Accordingly you must venture on the last offensive to cross over the
pass of conflict to receive the seal of God and subjugate Satan before God.
This is the only way that the confrontation with Satan will come to an end.
The conflict will not end, even after making Satan submit before the
Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ. The conflict will come to a conclusion
only when Satan is subjugated before God. The Father has been suffering
as He walked through the 6,000 years of dispensational history with the
purpose of raising this victorious elite corps. Understanding this kind
of father, you must become the victorious elite troop of Heaven.
(Note: The word "will" in Father's speeches usually refers to the
divine will, and it also means the dispensation of God or the divine
providence. To make the point more clear, The Way of Tradition in the
original Korean is "The Way of the (Divine) Will," which really means
"The Way of the Dispensation of God." Although this word will be
translated frequently as "the will," where deemed appropriate, it will
also be rendered as the "dispensation or providence.")