REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
Those Who Will Possess the
Kingdom of Heaven of Hope
December 16, 1956
Headquarters Church, Seoul, Korea
Father of love! Father, who has embraced insignificant us and
shown concern for us in every way in the past week, please let us not
live each day according to our own will. When we think about Your grace,
which leads us away from speaking words according to our own inclinations,
Father, we are truly grateful.
Today these young faces have come before the Father. We know that
first, our minds and bodies must become sacrifices like the gold,
frankincense, and myrrh that the three wise men offered. Please allow
us first to offer our minds and bodies. Please lead us not be become
abominations before the holy shrine. Beloved Father, this is our most
We know that the Father who has exerted Himself to gather these people
has passed through a doleful course of 6,000 years. We understand that
since each of us has been called upon first to come before humanity with
a great mission, each of our actions and struggles must manifest joy on
behalf of the whole faith of Heaven.
As we understand more about the good purpose for which we have been
chosen, and as we think more about the fact that You have selected
us, the unworthy ones, we cannot but become contrite about our lacks
before You. We have set aside all of our own mentalities, concepts,
and subjective opinions and lie prostrate before the Father. Father,
please hold us tight.
The wave of death has surpassed time and is in motion. We know that
the reason the Father laboriously sought us and granted us grace is not
because we merit it. We also know that the sorrow of the Father will
continue until the day that Christ returns to earth.
Father, please take charge of the whole. Please completely reign over
our bodies and minds. Do not let this meeting be a gathering in which just
human beings come together. Father of love, we pray from the depth of our
hearts that You will inspire us to comfort the heart of the Father who is
clinging onto the 6,000-year history. We pray that the holy Trinity will
dominate our minds and bodies so that we can unite with the countless
men and women of faith and, as one sacrifice, offer a full bow of joy.
Father, please have sympathy for these thirty million people. We
know that You have toiled for a long course of history to love these
people. We know that when You were selecting us to manifest the will,
You went through a lot of trouble that no one knows about.
We know that there are children of Yours who, having built the altars
and having cultivated a deep relationship with the Father, are making an
appeal on behalf of the people. We offer our gratitude to them. Please let
a new chapter of the dispensation open before them and please give rise
to great impetus. Beloved Father, we pray from the bottom of our hearts
that You will groom us as the revolutionaries who can single-handedly
take on the responsibility toward Heaven on behalf of the Korean people.
We know that the grief and bitterness of the people have penetrated
deeply into Heaven. We know that the resentment of humanity on earth
has also soaked through Heaven. Since we know that Heaven is lamenting
because there is no one who can become the sacrifice to supersede this
sadness in Heaven, please mobilize the children who have gathered here
to solicit the Father for the sake of eradicating the resentment rooted
deeply in this earth and in this whole universe. Father, we earnestly
hope that You will allow us to become the sons and daughters who can
step forward to face Satan and fight on Your behalf.
Please allow our minds and bodies to move in harmony and join in
union centering on the one will and to sing praise to the grace of the
Father. Please allow this to be an hour when we offer our full bows of
gratitude for the grace of liberation.
There are sons and daughters who are lifting high the beacon of new
words and carrying on the fight in the countryside. Father, please be
with them wherever they stay. There is nothing else that they can rely
on except this earth. There is nothing that they can lean on but the
grace bestowed by Heaven. Father, since they have entered the course of
universal fate that will force them to fight with countless enemies in
the face of their mockery, please prod them.
Father, we wish with utmost sincerity that today You will again
bestow the same grace of Heaven to overflow the minds and bodies of
those who have gathered here. There are also those children who stand in
lonely places to pray with concern on behalf of the will. Please guard
We earnestly request that You will grant the grace that You have
planned to command and permit. Please dwell in this place during this
hour. I prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.
Father, You have lived through ages and centuries and have suffered
to guide the dispensation until the last days. Please allow us, who wish
the dispensational will of the Father to quickly be accomplished on earth,
to take responsibility for those toils of the Father on earth.
Father, we pray from the heart that You will lead us to become the
proud sons and daughters who can inherit the heavenly mission centering
on the Father's shrine and fight with Satan on earth for Jesus. We have
read with reverence the words that You have given us today. We know that
although John the Baptist, who came with a historic mission, fulfilled
his mission of testifying to Jesus, he could not fulfill his mission of
attending Jesus according to Heaven's expectations.
Please let this congregation that has gathered before You, sons
and daughters of Yours who lie prostrate, reflect on themselves in
repentance. Allow them to cleanse themselves before the Father. Please
lead them to stand before the multitudes and exert themselves to fulfill
the mission of God in the end of the century on His behalf. Please let
them be loyal subjects who are obedient toward the heavenly mission
that Heaven is demanding in this era and to respond faithfully to
The time for the dispensation is limited, yet humankind, ignorant of
this fact, makes unlimited wishes. There are many pitiful people who
do not understand that life and death are being decided in this moment
today. Father, please let the children who have gathered here pay heed
to the circumstances created by the testimony of John the Baptist.
Let us now open our hearts and build the internal altar of
Heaven. Please raise us as the sons and daughters who can offer ourselves
with no hesitation as the sacrifice triumphant over Satan. We understand
that Heaven is looking for confident and intrepid soldiers and shuns those
who kneel before the enemies in servility and cowardliness. Allow Your
children who have gathered here to become the brave soldiers of Heaven
who can even throw away their own lives for the sake of the will. We
know that the time has come when these daring soldiers are needed.
Just as John the Baptist, who lived for heavenly principles, and his
followers were engulfed in the fire of the internal heart of Heaven and
confronted the whole corrupt Jewish faith to reveal a new truth, please
manifest the light of compassion and love before these people through
us. Please do not withdraw Your extended hands of the dispensation.
Father, please bless the countless altars that are being built for the
sake of this people. Please let every place be full of sons and daughters
who cling onto the established denomination and build a concealed altar
to become a sacrifice that prevents corruption.
Father, You have selectively called upon these lonely ones from among
many people. As we follow the path because we have no other choice but
to do so, we realize on our own that it is indeed a difficult path.
Father, we know that we have to pioneer the one path of conflict with
the fighting spirit of a pioneer and march forward as a fighter for
Heaven. Please embrace these young sons and daughters who have kneeled
before Your holy presence.
Since the path they are taking is the path of the Father's will,
guide them to brave the fields of thorns and the rugged mountains and
the high and steep peaks. Even if their bodies are torn and wounds are
inflicted on them, please embolden them to pioneer everything, centering
only on the will. Let the grace of Your counsel be the only thing that
blossoms in their hearts.
This is not the time that we need many words of truth. It is the
time when we must move hearts to reach the emotion of Heaven. It is
the time when our minds must be inspired to forge unity and harmony
with the whole membership centering on the will of the Father. Father,
I pray from the depth of my heart that these children of Yours who lie
prostrate before You will prepare themselves inside and out to rise as
the original human beings who can represent Your heart.
Father, please consider with compassion these pitiful ones who are
following this lonely path. Please forgive all faults of the people, and
forgive the fact that they have failed to fulfill the mission that You
have entrusted in them. Please encourage the sons and daughters of the
Father who, unlike others, have gathered here. Since You have placed them
on the front line, please do not let them become exhausted in the fight.
Father! Please grant unchanging faith until they can fight for the
will at the risk of their life and usher in that day of victory. Like
a bomb thrown into the enemy camp, let these children secure the one
immutable center. Disregarding the environment, let them move forward to
explode before the enemies for the sake of the victory of the Father's
will. Father, we pray with the most sincere heart.
We have come forth with the words of truth. Father, please be with us,
and lead us to move centering on one heart. Please enable us to offer all
that we have, purifying ourselves as we become concerned with the will
of Heaven and reflect on the will of the Father. If humanistic elements,
mentality, and concepts that the Father cannot forgive are controlling
our lives, Father, please strike with Your might and bring on miraculous
works with Your power of re-creation. Soliciting earnestly that this
may be a joyful hour when we can frankly reveal ourselves before the
Father and lie prostrate as humble sacrifices, we entrust everything
to You. Please govern according to Your will. We offered these words in
the name of the Lord. Amen.
The title of the sermon that I want to join with you in reflecting
upon is "Those Who Will Possess the Kingdom of Heaven of Hope."
I will speak on this topic.
When we look at God's ideal of creation, although God also hoped for
the kingdom of Heaven in the invisible world, He created all things really
hoping for the concrete kingdom of Heaven in the substantial world where
He could dwell. You already understand this very clearly. In other words,
He created the world of creation so that as He created the kingdom of Heaven
in heaven and the kingdom of Heaven on earth centering on Adam and Eve, He
could enjoy the glory of both the spiritual and substantial kingdoms of Heaven.
The Results of the Ideals of the
Creation of God and the Fall of Humankind
You also know very well that due to the mistakes of humankind, in
other words, due to the fall, the kingdom of Heaven in heaven and the
kingdom of Heaven on earth that God yearned for disappeared without a
trace. He created the kingdom of Heaven in heaven and the kingdom of
Heaven on earth not for Himself but for the sake of humankind.
The purpose of God's creating the universe was to create the two
kingdoms of Heaven, so that with the building of the kingdom of Heaven
on earth centering on Adam and Eve, human beings who lived in the
earthly Heaven can enter the eternal world of the heavenly kingdom
in heaven and live there. Nonetheless, with the fall of Adam and Eve,
the spiritual kingdom of Heaven and the substantial kingdom of Heaven
on earth disappeared out of sight. The world in heaven and the world
on earth have become worlds of sorrow in which Satan can freely bring
accusations to God.
After the fall, earth and heaven, has become the sphere of
Satan's activities, covering all the way up to the feet of God's
royal throne. Consequently, Satan has been accusing the human beings
of the spiritual and the physical worlds. The men of faith today do
not understand clearly that Satan has been in action with such great
power. You must feel to the marrow of your bones that when the world
of creation could not fulfill its original destiny of singing and
rejoicing about the glorious ideals of God centering on Adam and Eve
but was completely transferred over to Satan because of man's mistake,
this caused great anguish in the Father.
God has been conducting the dispensation of restoration in which
He has tried to forge a relationship with humans through the angels so
that He can restore this earth, which was defiled. God has been carrying
on the dispensation of restoration to relate again with humankind who
stand in the position of having betrayed the sacred God because of the
fall. Humankind has fallen so far as to be below all things. To seize
back His reign over human beings whom Satan has controlled and accused,
He has laid down the bridge and has carried on the work. This came
to pass through the Old Testament and the New Testament and is being
continued even today.
The Dispensation of the Old Testament Era
The Old Testament era was the time when God had to perform the works
personally and associate with humans with His glory. Yet because that
dispensation could not be completed, possessing sadness in His heart, He
had to pioneer the path through which He can relate with humankind with
the assistance of the angels. Such is the history of the dispensation
of the Old Testament era.
In the Old Testament era, God conveyed His will through Noah and
Abraham, who were chosen as the central figures in the position of a
servant. Father chose the family of Abraham and the people of Israel
to elevate humankind in this land of darkness to the position where
He could associate with them. Through the Israelite people, humankind
gradually pioneered the path through which they could approach God.
In this way, Heaven set the one standard by which He could work through
the angels. Then, by setting the condition of having completed the will of
God in respect to Adam and Eve, He has been exerting Himself for 4,000
years until the coming of Jesus to build the victorious foundation
on which human beings can associate with Him directly. You have to
Jesus was the person chosen to raise humankind from the position of a
servant to that in which the son can deal with them. The New Testament
is the gospel given for the same purpose. Because of this, since the
time of Jesus, humankind was in the position to relate with God through
Jesus. Humankind should have received the love of God directly, yet they
could not do so. Therefore, throughout the 6,000- year history until
today, what we wished for was to receive the love of the son and then
go further to receive the love of God.
By receiving the love of the son and realizing the ideals of creation,
you are to become the substantial sons and daughters of God who can share
both the joy and sorrow of God, who has been seeking to rejoice centering
on love. This is not to be done just spiritually, but these bodies must
also be able to receive the love of God directly. You must understand
that such a mission fell on our shoulders because of the fall of man.
The Mission of Jesus and
the Role of the Holy Spirit
Jesus had to come to this earth and guide humankind to the position
where they can receive the love of God. What is more, Jesus was to
elevate them to the same position of a son as himself, both spiritually
and physically, and receive the love of God. Jesus came to earth with this
kind of mission, but because the people did not believe in him, he could
not complete the mission of elevating humankind to the position where they
can receive the love of God both spiritually and physically. He pioneered
only until the point where God can call us sons and daughters spiritually.
Then what is the ultimate purpose of the dispensation of the
restoration of God? It is establishing one standard by which the people
who exist on earth as the substantial beings of both the spiritual
and the physical can live while receiving the love of God. The one
who has been at work to fulfill this purpose during the 2,000 years
since Jesus is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has been at work since
the death of Jesus until now, but she is not to personally establish
the dispensational foundation upon which the will of God's ideals of
creation can be perfected. Rather, she plays the role of a bridge by
means of which we can go before Heaven. You must understand this clearly.
Then what kind of people are the ones who can live the life-style
of the kingdom of Heaven on earth? What kind of spirits are the ones
who can live in the eternal spirit world, in the kingdom of Heaven in
heaven? You must understand that the kingdom of Heaven on earth is the
dwelling place only for the people who have become the victors of harmony
centering on the ideals of love while they were receiving the love of
Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Father and living with the Father on
earth. The eternal kingdom of Heaven in heaven is the place where only
this kind of person can go.
The Qualifications to Become the Citizens
of the Kingdom of Heaven
When we examine the standard of God's creation, such a place is the
kingdom of Heaven of hope. If we recognize this, then we who are alive
today must reflect in which realm we desire the kingdom of Heaven of hope,
which is the purpose of God's creation.
In Revelation 14:1 it is written, " . . . the Lamb standing on Mount
Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written
on their foreheads." The Christians of today's world wish for the standard
of heavenly grace represented as the bride and the bridegroom. They
think that this is all there is to it. However, just as in the verse,
"and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on
their foreheads," the problem is the name of the Father.
After you believe in the bridegroom Jesus and become qualified as the
bride, you are not to remain only in the love of Jesus. Using that as a
stepping stone, you are then to go one step further to receive directly
the love of the Father, who could not love humankind personally for
This is the whole purpose of the dispensation of God, and the
purpose for which Jesus was sent and has been exerting himself for 2,000
years. Yet the men and women of faith today are ignorant of this fact.
When can we step beyond the position of bride and bridegroom and,
as the triumphant and eternal substantial being, can create harmony on
earth and in Heaven, the eternal kingdom of Heaven, centering on the
love of the Father? You are to make a relationship with this kind of
love. This is the purpose of Jesus Christ and the purpose for which God
is conducting the dispensation.
Until now, you have maintained your faith wishing for the love of
the bride and the bridegroom. Now you must hold the hands of Jesus and
go before the Father to say, "Father, please relate with us as the
ones who have fulfilled the will of the 6,000 years that You wished
for. Father! Please love us directly." You must understand that God's
dispensation cannot end until He can find this kind of person not in
the spirit world, but in this substantial world. Because Jesus came to
this earth and set the standard to secure the right for the love of
spiritual sons and daughters, as long as the people on earth build a
relationship with Jesus Christ and inherit that right of love in one
harmony, there is no room for the accusations of Satan, who has been
using the sins of humankind on earth as conditions to make accusations
from the spirit world.
The Toilsome Effort to Bring Complete Salvation
Satan took away Adam and Eve, whom God had created. Since Satan took
with him not only the spirit but both the spirit and body together,
Heaven has raised us believers in the faith today to take back Adam and
Eve in spirit and body, away from Satan, and then to open a new way for
God to be able to love them personally. You must keep this in mind.
Jesus Christ came to this earth after setting up such a wonderful,
cosmic creative center as a standard. Then where did Jesus Christ
put the standard of the last fight? Since the believers of the faith
following Jesus had received spiritual love only from God, Jesus put
the standard as their being able to receive both loves, spiritual and
physical. Since the hope is to receive both physical and spiritual love,
Jesus, who dispensed spiritual salvation only, cannot enjoy complete
glory in Heaven. Even in Heaven, he has to pray for humankind on earth.
Similarly, since the hope of Jesus Christ has not yet been realized
on the earth, numerous spiritual beings in Paradise, along with the
twelve apostles, are being mobilized with this hope as a standard,
centering on Jesus. You must know this.
Today, the laborious accomplishments of the angels who were helpful
in providential history have been left to us in the final days. Besides
that, the laborious accomplishments of numerous disciples have been
left to us. We today cannot but take the responsibility for all the
accomplishments and conditions made because of their laborious work
throughout history. We ought to be able to resolve the resentment of
thousands upon thousands of saints, who labored and helped represent
the will of God's providence of the past and that of Jesus, including
all spiritual beings in the spiritual world.
We who are facing the final days must receive Jesus Christ's approval
when we step forward as the representatives of the past history before
God. We must also win the approval of the Holy Spirit. After you pass
through the stage of approval by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the triune
God will decide whether you can move forward toward God. You must know
that the history up to this stage is the providential dispensation of
the New Testament.
The Approval Stage,
the Determination Stage
and the Judgment Stage
What is the approval stage? We can say that it is like the engagement
step before marriage. What is the determination stage? We can say that
it is the qualifying stage for us to become the bride before the holy
Blessing. Then what is the last remaining stage? It is the judgment
stage. It is the stage when God has the day on which He can declare
to humankind, "This is an existence who can receive God's love as an
eternally unchanging, substantial being. This is my beloved, with whom I
can share My joys and sorrows, and who I have wished and desired as the
ideal of the creation." God promulgates this to all the created beings
by personally holding up His hands. This is the so-called judgment stage.
Though God has been carrying out the dispensation for 6,000 years
until now, He has not yet had the day that He can judge on a cosmic
level. The thing that God hands down on this day, having set such a day
as a standard, is God's judgment.
You have to pass this gate of judgment, and you must receive the
blessing that God granted to Adam, giving him the authority to rule over
all created beings. Then you have to step forward as worthy people of
Heaven and declare individually, "Father, please love me. Please look
at my accomplishments representing the historical condition. Since I
understand about the will that Jesus aspired to accomplish and the will
that the Holy Spirit and God desired to be accomplished, Father, please
bless me." Such a character has to appear on the earth in the final days.
Only after God raises a person and judges the person to be worthy
will all created beings also understand that they must serve us as God's
true sons and daughters. Only after we make the relationship of true
sons and daughters with God will Satan succumb.
To you who are facing such a moment in providential history, upon
self-analysis, it is a question of what position you will be standing
in. Firstly, you must be standing in a position to receive Jesus'
approval, and then in a position where you can receive the approval of
the Holy Spirit. If you reflect this against the providential history,
the approval stage is the Old Testament Age, the decision stage is the
New Testament Age, and the judgment stage is the age of the Second Coming.
Until today, history has been coming down vertically by passing
through numerous different courses. However, now the time will come
when history will start opening horizontally. We who are facing the
dispensation of the judgment stage ahead, after having passed through the
stages of approval and determination during the history of 6,000 years,
must go forward passing through the history that has flown vertically
and the end-of-the century horizontal history.
What does this mean? The history of God has been that of fighting
against Satan. Although God has been fighting on against Satan so badly
for 6,000 years, the fight has not been settled yet. Although numerous
saints and sages came and labored, they could not fulfill the will
on earth as God wished. You must welcome the moment when you can say
that you have fulfilled the will of the numerous saints and sages who
left without fulfilling on earth. Today in these last days, countless
peculiar phenomena that you cannot comprehend will appear. There will
appear a man saying, "I am Elijah." Such a time will come. There will
also appear a man saying, "I am Elijah, I am Moses, I am Paul," or a
man saying that he is Samuel. Why do phenomena such as these occur? It
is because of the principle of restoration through indemnity. In other
words, it is because we must restore fully through indemnity the will
that those saints left behind.
Because they could not set up the victorious standard, despite their
fight against Satan centering on God's providential will in the course
of restoration through indemnity, their mission has been passed on down
to posterity. Accordingly, there will appear the people who take charge
of their mission. Without knowing the facts, they will say that they
are such providential figures as Paul and Elijah.
What we in these final days must understand is that as a substantial
being, having our spirit and the body united into one, we must solely
take on and pass through the whole of the approval stage dispensation
and the determination stage dispensation of the 6,000 years, and the
judgment stage dispensation. Only when you can accomplish this can you
escape from the condition of Satan's reproaches and sneers knotted into
the course of history. Only then can you step forward before God.
How to Get Through All Stages of Restoration
Now, members of the congregation, believers of faith in the final days,
must broaden their minds. Humankind on earth today must seek the ideal
of the kingdom of Heaven, the infinite world of Heaven, created as our
ideal. The will must not be sought through Jesus Christ in the spirit
world, but through humankind on the earth. You must know this.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit reside in Paradise. Since they do not
have physical bodies, they cannot fulfill the will of Heaven on the
earth. Accordingly, God's sons and daughters with substantial bodies
cannot but establish the eternal will of Heaven on earth. They must also
escape from all the conditions of Satan's reproaches and sneers, which
have been thrown at them throughout the course of history for 6,000 years.
While Abraham was making the three offerings: a heifer, a goat and
a ram, and a dove and a pigeon, he cut all of them in two except the
birds. Therefore, God could not receive the uncut ones. You should not
repeat a similar mistake. You must pass through the gate of sanctification
at the last. You must be able to sanctify your individual sins, in short,
the sins that you have committed and the sins that you inherited, the
sins of your lineage, and all the historical sins. You must step up and
stand above them. Unless you do that, you cannot become the children who
will fulfill the will of God and who will rule over all created beings.
You know very well about the history of restoration through
indemnity. Today you are not existential beings existing for your own
sake. Even though it is said that God deals with you individually and
loves you, that love is not for the sake of yourself alone. It is a love
God is granting for the achievement of the ancestors who labored during
the providential restoration for 6,000 years. You must know this.
Today in the final days, upon receiving God's personal voice saying
that He loves you, or upon receiving a command, if you take it as an act
of God's love meant for your own sake, that would be a great mistake.
You must know that it took 6,000 years for you to receive this. Therefore,
the love is a historical one; it is in place because of the achievements
in the history of 6,000 years. You ought to know this.
The Value of Humankind in the Cosmic Sense
Therefore, that existence must resemble God's character and equip
itself with the nature of love that can last throughout the course
of the dispensation of the providential will. Based on this standard,
God has been developing the providential history of struggle.
Jesus Christ came as the embodiment of love after the lapse of 4,000
years of providential, restorational history. He knew that God had
set him up as a substantial being who could unite numerous religions
and numerous tribes into one and fulfill his mission. Therefore, even
when Jesus was preaching the gospel to the Jewish people, he was not
spreading his own assertions. When Jesus preached the gospel, he did it
as the substantial being representing numerous saints and sages who had
labored for the past 4,000 years.
Jesus preached the gospel not as a mere act of the moment. He labored
when preaching the gospel so that not only all the people at that time
could receive God's love, but further, that the people of the eternal
future could also receive God's love. Accordingly, now that humankind
has been passing God's providential will down eternally, the whole that
is being passed down was started by one person, Jesus Christ. You ought
to know this.
Each movement of yours is one that represents heaven and earth. For
you to become God's true son is the hope of Jesus and the Holy Spirit,
and the hope of thousands upon thousands of saints in Heaven. They have
been wishing for true sons and daughters to emerge on earth and establish
a standard of victory. Also, they have been wishing for God's true sons
and daughters and true substantial beings to emerge who have established
such a standard. By perceiving these facts, we must not think that any
one of us is a trivial existence. From this standpoint, Jesus once said,
"What good is it if you lose your life even after you've acquired the
whole of earth?" You should know this.
Christians are said to lead a life of religious faith. You who are
gathered here are said to have a religious faith! How much have you felt
of the value in the cosmic view? I mean, how much have you realized that
you yourselves are God's unchanging sons? Jesus exclaimed with confidence,
"I am God's son," and this is a motto that today's Christians should
model themselves after. Today, at the final moment of history, Jesus
is seeking a person who can step up and say, I am God's unchanging son,
in the presence of God, or in the presence of Satan, or in the presence
of any person. Jesus demands such an existence.
"I Am God's Son"
During your religious life, you have tried to build a standard of life
for several decades up to this point. However, God has been searching
for a person who can take on the mission on the cosmic level and carry
on the fight in the course of history, who can confidently say that
he is God's son. God is wishing for sons and daughters to emerge who
can confidently make a vow and step forward in a dignified manner in
the presence of God. God has been seeking a person who won't be servile
towards Satan's blatant reproaches and sneers and who can stop an angel
in Heaven and not try to push him away when he comes and who can easily
stop Jesus and the Holy Spirit and not push them away when they come.
Jesus Christ died upon the cross as a sacrifice for the history of
4,000 years. He had an unchanging heart with which he could say, '"I am
God's son," until the moment of his death, his body torn and stained with
his own blood. Even when God denied him at the time of his death, Jesus'
heart did not change, for he knew so well the meaning of the 4,000-year
history of restoration. There had not been a son or daughter of God,
fully, among all of God's created beings until then.
What was that single standard Jesus had set, by which he could get
up and move forward after he ran into grief and fell down again? It was
his understanding that he was the son whom God could love. With this
understanding, Jesus could overcome any difficulty and proudly win his
battles. You also must know this.
What happened to Jesus Christ, who came to this earth with this hope
and aspiration and had to fulfill them in the world of humankind? What
was the meaning of this untimely crucifixion? No matter how much you
bewail this, beating the ground and calling down curses, Jesus' sorrow
will not be dissolved.
The Reason God Abandoned Jesus
and Jesus Did Not Change
Throughout the long history of fallen humankind, because humankind has
devastated God's heart and has forgotten God's will and has betrayed God,
based on the principle of restoration through indemnity, Jesus was put
in a situation where he was abandoned by God for humankind.
The reason that Jesus died on the cross saying, '"Oh, Father, why
have You forsaken me?" was to indemnify the sin of humankind, who had
betrayed and acted against God for 4,000 years from the time of our
ancestors, Adam and Eve. Because humankind had abandoned God, based on
the principle of indemnity, God had to abandon Jesus.
However, Jesus did not betray God. Even when thrown into Satan's
world, God's son is still God's son. Even when going into hell, God's
son is still God's son. Jesus Christ labored throughout his life of
thirty years having such a center in his heart and then died.
Every one of us today who believes in this Jesus must lead a life of
faith so as to become the bride before Jesus, the bridegroom. You should
be able to stand as God's son in place of the 6,000-year history. You
must know that Heaven is seeking a person who can reproach and sneer at
Satan mercilessly before God.
The many saints who lived in the course of history until now are
wondering why Jesus or even the Holy Spirit have to be subjected to
Satan's accusations. That is because the mission that was to be completed
by a person with a perfected body and soul has not been completed yet.
Then when will this war that Jesus and the Holy Spirit have carried
on for 2,000 years end? When will Satan's reproaches and sneers against
God end? In order for this to end, there has to emerge a person who
has the same center in his heart as Jesus, who declared confidently
that he was God's son and successfully won over sin and Satan with a
substantiated body for the 4,000-year history on earth. Only then can
he repulse the Satan who has reproached and sneered at God for 6,000
years. Then the fight Jesus and the Holy Spirit and Satan have engaged
in will be concluded. Christians ought to know this. This is the truth.
Jesus Christ in Paradise today still has the fate to save sinful
humankind. Even while you take a break between prayers, Jesus has to pray
on. The Holy Spirit, too, cannot take a break. God cannot take a rest.
Similarly, they have marched on in the course of history without any
break at all.
Now with a sense that we are God's sons, we must become offerings
who can pray, "The face of God, the face of Jesus, and the face of the
Holy Spirit will be saved by me." You have to save God's face. You have
to save Jesus' face. You have to save the face of the Holy Spirit.
God, who is in a sorrowful position where He cannot love humankind
although destined by heavenly law to love them, was internally tied up
by a condition like this. Only if there emerges such an existence of
whom God can declare willingly, "He is my son, who is qualified for Me
to be proud of in front of heaven and earth," then Satan will not be
able to reproach and sneer at Him.
As Jesus had the sense that made him say," I am God's son," there must
emerge saints who will take over the laborious work of Jesus and the Holy
Spirit in these final days of the 6,000 year history and who can say,
even upon facing the whole universe, "The will that God and Jesus Christ
wish to be fulfilled is this: I am God's son taking responsibility for
history." If the number of the saints who are trying to achieve this
are many and if there are more saints like these in Korea than in any
other country in the world, then Korea will become the central nation
of the world.
Now we must know that God is seeking an existence who will take over
the mission of God's son and daughter and establish a day of victory
before God and boast about it before Satan. God is seeking one like this.
The One Whom God Is Seeking
Though 6,000 years have passed in history, God has not been able
to establish an existence whose body and spirit are united into one
and declare before Satan, '"Since I am establishing My true son whom
you cannot oppose, My true daughter whom you cannot oppose, you must
submit." Heaven is seeking such a person. To accomplish this, the Lord
of the Second Advent is coming. People say that I am crazy because I
speak like this. Yet I am the righteous one. They are not thinking what
they should be thinking. This is the truth. You must know this. Today,
after 6,000 years of history, we must become the person who will receive
the authority from God to fulfill the 6,000-year historical mission and
with that authority, help the Lord when he casts judgments.
Jesus knew himself that he was God's son. Then what did he do? He
fought for the sake of God's will. "I am God's son." Jesus had the sense
that he was God's son that nobody knew about, that nobody declared. He
could step forward confidently with the sense that he was God's son and
that he had taken over God's work. There were many saints and sages in the
course of history until today. However, there was no one who could say,
'"I will take over all of God's work," except one. Only Jesus. That is
why Jesus became the savior.
We of these final days must be able to step forward before God, who
has been carrying on the dispensation of the 6,000-year history, saying,
'"Since I am Father's son, Father's daughter, please let me take over the
Father's work for the Father." Look at Jesus. He did not care whether he
would fail or die when he was carrying on the Father's work. You must not
worry whether you fail or die. There is no condition. No condition! Look
at Jesus. To subjugate Satan, he moved on, not caring about what happened
to his body. This is the spirit of loyalty one should have as God's son,
and as a loyal subject who can take over God's work. In that spirit,
he sacrificed his life without hesitation to subjugate Satan.
In these final days, since we have inherited the work left by Jesus
Christ who had God's work in his charge, to subjugate Satan, we must be
able to not be concerned whether we live or die. If a crowd of sanctified
people emerges who know how to subjugate Satan and are willing to practice
it, the world can be God's world.
Only after you inherit God's work as God's son and successfully
carry it out can you receive God's love. You cannot win God's love by
fighting. You ought to know this.
God created all things to build a garden of peace and love. God created
humankind to have a relationship amid joy. God did not create all things
wishing that heaven and earth would become the battle ground where
humankind and Satan fight. It deviates from the principle of heavenly
law. Therefore, to raise humankind through loving, God lets the Holy
Spirit carry it out in practice for God. Similarly, humankind can come
closer to God through Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
If you only climb up towards Heaven praying, '"Oh, Holy Spirit! Oh,
Jesus! Oh, God!" then you will not be granted grace. As the final days
come near, since it is the time of God's grace descending, Jesus will
make his Second Coming.
Today the truth-seeking world is clearing the straight upward
path. However, you must not expect only to climb up. You must be able to
pass over the climbing stage depending on time and place, and come down
again seeking grace and become persons who can fulfill the will of God.
The Hill We Must Climb Over
Now, since we seek the grace of Heaven and try to take over God's work
and be in the place of God centering on Jesus, God's son, we must know
why Satan has been fighting on against Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You
have to know the ways to subjugate Satan.
Do you know what is the hill that we must climb over now? It is to
subjugate Satan, who has been fighting on against God, Jesus, and the
Holy Spirit. To do that, you have to know what the shield was that Satan
used in the fight and what condition Satan set up to infiltrate. If we
know about these, we can subjugate Satan naturally. Only after that can
God say to you, '"My eternal son."
Then what kind of existence is Satan? How does he look? I think there
are many people who resemble Satan.
Before us there is the cosmic, fateful course that we must go through
even after our death, if we do not succeed while living. Even if it takes
hundreds of thousands of million of years, since my spirit does not die,
there is a course that the spirit must go through for me. If we do not
pass forward through this course alive in the eternal course of life, we
must do it even after death. Even the past saints and sages went through
this course for the sake of eternal life without being concerned about
their personal problems.
When Jesus stood in the wilderness to fight against Satan, since one
day's fasting did not carry far enough, he had to fast for two days, for
ten days, for twenty days, and for forty days. Your fate is like a fired
bullet, like a fired bomb, a fate of no return. Jesus knew about this
when he stood out; he could not return even if he wanted to. Everyone
who joined the Unification Church, too, has stepped onto the course of
no return. You have to keep this in mind.
Jesus was miserable when the wall of death stood before him. When the
whole nation turned against him, when all of the people turned against
him, when the disciples who were following him turned against him, he
could not be miserable anymore. You must know that while others could
turn around from being on the course of death, Jesus was in a situation
where he could not turn around.
Today you are leading a life believing in Jesus and honoring the will
of Heaven. If you lead the church, the nation, with such determination as
this and plead for the sake of the world, you cannot but become God's son
or daughter. You must represent the will of God and carry on God's work.
Though Jesus has gone to the spirit world, he is not resting. Even
in the spirit world, when faced with suffering on the cross and with
even more serious difficulties, he is fighting against Satan to save
us and to save this earth. At this time, when such heavenly trials
and fights are being carried on, you should have the spirit of saying,
"You, Satan! If you want to come, come; if not, don't. I will move on
unchanged," and not be afraid of the trials. Those kinds of people are
God's people, God's sons and daughters.
Now we have to establish a family, centering on Father, as God's sons
and daughters, and establish a people, a nation and a world that Father
can love. Further, we must establish Heaven on earth that is acceptable
before God. This is God's eternal will. By knowing all these historical
facts, you can strengthen the defenses against Satan's reproaches and
sneering and, further, can subjugate Satan.
From the viewpoint of the ideology of creation, where is the person who
has finally become a substantial being of mind and body, God's loving son
or daughter who can proudly govern the existence that was to be governed
by humankind! Before we become like this, no one can go to Heaven. That
is why no one has gone to Heaven until now. Paradise is a midway station
in the spirit world.
To plow our way through this cosmic wall of fate, we should be able to
beat off completely the attacks of Satan. Unless we become one like this,
God's toils will not be appreciated. Therefore, God has been searching
until today for someone who can defeat Satan completely, and for a son
and daughter who can understand the laborious efforts and the heart
of God. If humankind continues being ignorant of God's labor forever,
Heaven on earth will not be established. Even in the spirit world,
Heaven will not be established.
The One Who Owns Heaven
Therefore, now you must step forward, holding up the flag in front as
a pioneer who is clearing up the straight course of victory against Satan
in the battle ground on earth. You need such resolution and determination
as this. If you have wished to go forward in the presence of God, you
can say, '"Hundreds of thousands of Satans! Come to me. Even if the 2.4
billion people go against my way, even if heaven and earth go against me,
I will still go." With resolution like this, you should make a vow and
step forward before God.
Even if persecution comes from my family, from the nation, from
all of humankind, even if the 2.4 billion people start kicking and
struggling to get rid of the Unification Church, you have to move on with
a determination that you cannot be destroyed. You should not hesitate
whether to step forward or not. You must keep in mind that we are in a
situation where we cannot but move because the stepping out action has
Now, everyone who stepped forward to fight against Satan! You have
to model yourself after Jesus Christ, who could be raised as the second
Adam of victory in substitution for the 4,000-year history after winning
against Satan. He kept his vow and resolution in his heart and had
the sense of responsibility that he would take on God's work and fight
on. Because Jesus fought with such a resolution and vow and with such
a sense of responsibility, he could subjugate Satan.
Now we who are equipped with bodies and spirits, who are substantial
beings, must subjugate Satan. Only when such living existences as these
emerge on earth can the heart of God, who has worked laboriously for
6,000 years, and the heart of Jesus who has also labored, be comforted.
The Heaven that God can govern will become ours and the earth that God
can govern will be ours. This is God's purpose of creation. You have to
know that only such persons as these who, in order to accomplish God's
purpose of creation, take the responsibility and fight and win can own
the Kingdom of Heaven.