REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
The Meaning of the Trinity
Former Church Headquarters
January 3, 1958
I formed trinities, but you probably do not really understand their
heavenly value. You understand the meaning of the word "restoration" through
the Divine Principle. What are you going to restore? What did Jesus have to
restore on the earth? What was the central responsibility of Jesus in the
dispensation of restoration? It was restoring the number which was lost in
Adam's family. Jesus came to the earth with the mission to restore this.
The Meaning of the Number Which Appeared
in the History of the Dispensation of Restoration
In Adam's family there were three sons and their spouses, eight people in
all. God had to carry on the dispensation for 1,600 years to restore these
eight members of the family. Moreover, He chose Noah and raised eight members
of Noah's family to continue the will of the dispensation for 120 years.
God raised Noah through the ten generations after Adam. When Noah could
no longer serve the will because of the mistake of Ham, God prolonged His
will ten more generations and came upon Abraham. However, because Abraham
made another mistake while making the offering, it was extended two more
generations. In this way, in the time of Jacob, one stage of the 2,000-year
dispensation was finally concluded. You must be aware of this.
The twelve sons of Jacob symbolized the time from Adam and Noah. They
symbolized the number that restores this, the number that horizontally restores
the vertical history. Jacob had to raise twelve children who possessed this
kind of significance.
As you understand the history of restoration through indemnity, on the
day the 6,000-year history of the dispensation comes to a conclusion, all
the contents of God's dispensation during the 6,000 years will be manifested
horizontally. If the 66 books of the Bible are the records of the 6,000-year
history of the dispensation of restoration, then the realities inside the
66 biblical books will be unfolded at once on the earth. Consequently,
there are those who are responsible for indemnifying the first chapter of
Genesis. There are other people who are responsible for indemnifying the
second chapter. In this manner, many people are in charge of different parts
of the 66 books of the Bible.
What kind of time then is the Last Days? It is when the whole dispensation
that emerged during the vertical historical course manifests itself all at
once and becomes completed on the earth. The dispensation of the restoration
of God must be completed on the earth. Therefore, the vertical history of
the dispensation must manifest itself throughout the world on the horizontal
What does this show? On the whole, it shows the conflict between Cain
and Abel inside Adam's family. Historically, it shows the entire history of
conflict. What kind of person must you be if you want to become a victor
by completing the will of the dispensation in the midst of this? You must
find and establish the central standard for which Jesus hoped when he came
to the earth. Otherwise, there is no way you can stand as the victorious
bride before Jesus, the bridegroom, in the Last Days.
Jesus lived thirty-three years. He resolved the three stages of the
historical course through the thirty-year preparation period, the three-year
period of practice, and the three-day period of perfection. Moreover, when
we look at his three-year public life, we see that, when he started to serve
the will, he passed through three great tests. In the Garden of Gethsemane,
he prayed three times before he bore the cross. When he was offering the
three prayers, he did not pray alone but brought along three disciples:
Peter, James and John.
While Jesus was desperately praying with his life on the line, the three
disciples should have stayed up the whole night and prayed with the same
mind-set as Jesus. Instead, they fell asleep. Therefore, their bond with
Jesus was cut off. This is where heavenly sorrow was left behind. You have
to understand this.
What then is the mission of each of us? We must make a breakthrough in our
fate of restoration. What must we do? We must become Peter, James and John
in the Garden of Gethsemane. Someone must cope with the responsibility. You
have to keep in mind that you are in the position to take charge of this
God Is Trying to Establish the Will
on the Unchanging Foundation
The sorrow of Jesus is that the twelve disciples did not receive his
will. The three disciples, who represented the twelve, did not understand
Jesus' heart. You have to understand that Jesus' distress as he was facing
death still remains today as a source of grief.
What then must you do today? You must become Peter, James and John.
Based on unity before the Lord, you must form a model no one can divide. Only
then can you finally stand qualified before the sorrowful heart of Jesus
Christ, who was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Because we seek to
restore this will, we must create this structure of trinities.
Why did Jesus bring the three disciples along? In respect to Adam's family,
Jesus represented Adam. His three disciples represented the three sons of
Adam. Peter, James and John represented Cain, Abel and Seth. Jesus came to
the earth, found three disciples and carried on the mission of restoring
the form of the eight members of Adam's and Noah's families. He was to find
a spouse and create a family with eight members, yet he died a bachelor
without accomplishing that will.
Therefore, he has been toiling for 2,000 years with the idea of the
bride and bridegroom left unfulfilled. From that time to the present, the
last will of the dispensation on earth is to establish this basic standard
on earth. In other words, the standard of the three sons centering on Adam
in Adam's family must be established.
In our church today, we have formed trinities with three men and three
women. The reason is that those of us who must attend the Lord in the future
need a model to represent the couple of Adam and Eve, the three sons and
the three daughters-in-law in Adam's family.
Therefore, if these three people do not become one, it might be shattered
again. The three men especially must become one. Dead or alive, you must
become one in spirit and body. In this way, you must build one subjective form
that transcends time, a foundation that is not constrained by the limits of
time. You have to understand that otherwise there is no way you can proudly
stand before the Lord who is to come again.
If three people become one and make the foundation that can represent the
will, if you form a trinity determined to remain unchanging even if Heaven
changes, then on this foundation, God will accomplish His will.
I have formed trinities, centering on you, to fulfill this. In forming the
trinities, ten of you must become united centering on three trinities. The
reason is that the trinity represents the three disciples who prayed with
the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane. At the same time, it is the basic form
that establishes the form of the three sons centering on Adam. Moreover,
the meaning behind forming a group based on the trinities is that this
vertically represents the ten generations from Adam to Noah. Because the
leader of the group has the responsibility of two people, they can be seen
as having completed the form of twelve people.
This is the form that can represent the twelve generations from Noah to
Jacob. On the historical sphere and on the vertical sphere, they can represent
ten and twelve generations. Because the horizontal twelve forms that can
represent the 2,000 years of vertical history have been completed, as long as
people who represent the twelve sons of Jacob become one, the family of Noah,
which sought the purpose of God's dispensation, and the family of Jacob can
both be restored. In this manner, three groups combine to form one larger
group. This larger group represents the number thirty-six, thirty-six people.
This represents the 12 sons of Jacob, the 12 tribes of Moses and the
12 apostles of Jesus. The number 36 symbolizes the combination of the
representatives of the 6,000 year history.
This is the reason that if 36 men become one, we can complete the vertical
and horizontal forms of the central figures God tried to find throughout
the 6,000-year course of the dispensation. This important mission and
responsibility rest with the 36 people. There is great significance in this.
If 36 men and 36 women join, they become 72 people. There were 70 followers
centering on Jesus, 70 elders centering on Moses, and 70 members of Jacob's
family. Accordingly, if Jesus and his spouse and the 70 followers join,
they number 72 people. The mission to match this number of Heaven and earth
lies with us. We must climb over this hill.
The Course of Faith in Which
We must Be Tested More than Three Times
The three people that belong to the trinity must become one in heart.
If not, you cannot enter Heaven. The idea of unification begins from
this point. If three people cannot become one in heart, they cannot enter
Heaven. They cannot even go past the door. They cannot even catch sight
of Heaven. Using the united three people as one unit, twelve people must
become one in heart and unite. If the three groups come together to form a
larger group, and the thirty-six people in this larger group become united,
Satan will become powerless. No one can break it apart.
Even in the world, if three people come together, there is nothing
they cannot do. In our church, eight members must move. No matter how much
persecution the church might receive, if the leader and his wife and three
men and three women, all together, eight members, become one, no one can
break it apart. This is an ironclad rule. I have made the trinities because
each of us has the mission to create this form of restoration.
Heaven's work is also performed in this way. God does not work by raising
one person. After raising more than three people, He strikes two. When the
works of grace begin in Korea in the Last Days, God will base them upon
Heaven always raises three people and picks one person out to use him.
Is not this the way the situation in Korea is unfolding? In the Last Days,
there will emerge people who are like Peter, James and John, who are to
fulfill the mission of the three disciples. If one is absent, the remaining
two can easily be dismantled. However, if three become one, it cannot
be shattered. This is the main reason spiritually-open people are easily
We must eradicate Satan. To alleviate the grief of God, we must become
united thoroughly, down to the new members. Satan cannot bear it. In the
historical formation, this will match the operating number of Heaven and
earth. The four directions come into being centering on one point: there
are east, west, south, north. There are four seasons of spring, summer, fall
and winter. If we divide the four directions into twelve directions again,
then there will be three directions in the east, three in the south, three
in the north, and three in the west. If the number twelve is established
centering on Jesus, then we can complete the shape of the four directions
of east, west, south and north as well as spring, summer, fall and winter.
Looking at it centering on Jesus, Peter, James and John symbolize the
spring. They represent January, February and March. If they had passed through
the twelve months and drawn an even circle centering on Jesus on one track,
Jesus would not have died.
Behind the three disciples, corresponding to the spring, are October,
November and December. This shows that there is space for Satan to invade. This
is the ground for the three great tests.
When ten people try to become one, there will always be three people
who interfere. There will be a group of people who hate and poke for no
reason. Accordingly, you must be tested at least three times. Because this
kind of phenomenon takes place in the Last Days, there will be this kind
of test and trial in an individual's faith. There will be this kind of test
when one develops from individual faith to the family unit. When moving from
the society to the nation and from the nation to the world, there will also
be these three great tests. Therefore, in the worldwide Last Days today,
humanity must step over the three tests of Heaven and Satan. These are the
First, Second and Third World Wars. The same is true for individuals.
Today we each have the responsibility to develop our standard so that it
will match this essential, central form. Even in the spirit world, there
are 24 elders for spiritual beings and countless spirit men centered on
the 12 apostles. When we examine the movement of the subdivisions of the
seasons on earth, indeed in a year there are also 4 seasons, 12 months and
the 24 solar terms. There are 3 months in each season. Similarly, Heaven
and earth are revolving according to the laws of movement, but human beings
are revolving in the opposite direction. This is the fall. Jesus came to the
earth to fulfill this mission because he had the responsibility to rectify
this. The people of faith today must also fulfill this mission. Because the
people of faith have this mission, the history of Christianity shows that
it also passed through the form of 3 stages.
For example, Protestantism came out of Catholicism. A new religion
must come forth from Protestantism. When we examine the division of
denominations, 3 denominations divided into 12, and they again expanded into
36 denominations. They will divide until they reach the number 360. You have
to understand that when this takes place it is the Last Days.
Moreover, when we look at nations, the world is divided into three blocs
centering on the three great nations. This is passing through and crossing
over the end of history. This is not only true for the democratic camp;
it is also true for the communist camp. It is divided into three blocs too.
The Christian View of Ethics
When we look at the way Christianity is divided into three denominations
and is again divided into many more denominations, the most principled bridge
at the present position is uniting the minds of twelve people centering on
the trinity. The time has come when this work has to be done.
What did Jesus offer through the 33 years of his life? For 33 years,
Jesus poured out all of his heart and energy and exerted himself to become
the hero who can unite the hearts of 12 people.
Who then are the people qualified to alleviate the grief of Jesus now?
It is the bride who can solve this by understanding the essence of what
Jesus was trying to do. Obtaining the qualifications of this bride is the
way of the truth in the Last Days. The course of the truth is becoming one
in heart with more than twelve people. God cannot directly reveal this kind
of principle. He simply taught without elaboration, "You must believe and
worship Me without questioning; You must strike your body to comply with the
truth; you must unconditionally serve and sacrifice." This is the foundation
for the Christian view of ethics.
The reason is that one must be able to wish blessing even upon one's
enemies. Only when this is done can one step over and rise above those
enemies. Similarly, Christianity has set the standard of truth by which it
can rise from January to December and rise above it.
People who have been searching for the truth have been ignorant of this
until now. They only knew that persistence with patience was the way of
the truth, so even on the path of suffering, they unconditionally obeyed,
sacrificed and served. Beginning from January, they united with the hearts of
all the other people and soon they could pass through all of the twelve months.
There are people who were born with the forms of the spring, summer,
autumn and winter. Because of the principles of the heavenly way that require
people to pass through many different forms of people, human beings whose
fate it is to move forward on this foundation must begin in January. Passing
through February and March, they must pass through the autumn and winter
seasons. They then must pass through the judgment.
Consequently, the Christian truth is one of sacrifice and service. You
have to understand that under this principle of crossing over infinite
numbers of Heaven and earth, God has introduced this content to humankind.
If we have come searching for the direction of Heaven and earth with
the right frame of mind, we must not see those opposing forces as our
enemies. They are fulfilling the mission of driving you toward the right
path. If you were left alone, you would deviate to the side path. You have
to become the people who can welcome Satan. God has hope even for Satan.
Although today the Unification Church is being persecuted, I am grateful
for it. If we did not receive opposition, where would the Unification Church
be diverted to? Even when constructing a building, one must dig deep and
lay down concrete. If one digs shallow and puts in the concrete, one cannot
build a strong building. Because Jesus understood this situation, he could
join his hands and pray for the sake of Satan.
Therefore, this year's direction from Heaven to you is to train you
rigorously. This year is a year of training, a year of hardships. It must
become a year when you can courageously overcome suffering, and you must
quickly find more than twelve people with whom you can become united in heart.
The Life of Achieving Unity, Centering on the Trinity
Those who can become members of Heaven on behalf of the ideology of
Heaven will be great in number. Many billions of spirits are dwelling in the
spirit world. The ideology that all of those spirits can raise their hands
to welcome is the original ideology by which we must abide. You cannot enter
Heaven if today ten people cannot become one on the earth.
From now on, let us become the historical representatives who can become
united in heart with other people. Until now, God helped unite your hearts. God
had the responsibility to serve you.
Knowing this principle, on this day of January 3, you must make an
especially firm determination. When we change the trinity once every three
months, you must become one with each other, regardless of with whom you are
put together. You must think that it is a historical and fateful meeting:
"Due to what karma in the long 6,000-year history do I meet you now?" In
this manner, three people must become one, ten people must become one,
and thirty-six and seventy people must become one.
Therefore, this organization must not deviate from the principles and
rules. Organizations cannot exist outside rules. They are the life of an
organization. The center of Heaven and earth and the center of our minds
must become one and revolve according to the numbers of this form of Heaven
and earth. We must revolve according to the laws of the revolution of the
world of creation.
Each day our hearts must revolve around the heavenly principles. For a
year or for a lifetime, we must revolve centering on the heavenly principles.
When we wake up in the morning, for whom must we circle around? Are we going
to circle for the sake of the heavenly principles? Moreover, when leaving, you
must ask yourself, "For whom did I move? Was it for the sake of the heavenly
principles?" The foundation for that movement is the trinity and the trinity
group. Outside these, there is no foundation of life. This is the reason that
we formed the structure of the trinity anew this time. The question here is to
what extent we think about the will of Heaven and act as if it were our life.
All the members of our church are equal and members of the same
family. Therefore, all that is needed is that we set the condition of basic
principles and become one according to the laws. From this year on, you must
make a new determination and carry on a new movement.
We must begin an offensive. In this regard, you must march forward.
The amazing fact is that as you lay down this kind of foundation through
your actual life in the heavenly principles, the shape of one universal unit
begins, centering on you. This is your source of joy. Please think that as
you walk the path of the will during the 6,000- year history, you are the
most tragic actor. We are trying to accomplish tasks no one else can do. We
are trying to walk the path that others cannot walk. Satan cannot bear this.
We have put together the manuscript kept inside the office for the
compilation of history, but the number is not written on it.