REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
God's Possession and Our Possession
Former Church Headquarters
November 9, 1958
Father, the time is approaching when we must direct our steps toward
Heaven and run. We have begun to know the great hardships the Father
has suffered and learned about His Will. We have also come to know how
difficult is the children's responsibility, which the Father wishes us
A person who understands the Father's Will, a person who is to live in
the garden the Father grants, understands that he will have to shed
tears ceaselessly before the Father. He understands that he will not
be able to avoid sustaining an injury as he attempts to go toward the
Father. He understands that he will have to go in company with the
Father. That person's body will have to bear the marks of all this. He
will have deep regret and endless, bitter grief in his heart. He must
appeal to Heaven in preparation for the day of the Father's judgment.
We know that we must make eternal ties with the Father who seeks such
sons and daughters. Please guide us not to stand in a position where
we feel we already belong to the Father. Let us not forget that we are
too ashamed to speak, too ashamed to act, and too ashamed to even lift
If there is a person among us who has opened up his mind to the
heavenly anxiety and who has experienced the shimjung of the Father in
his heart, he will become a friend who cannot help weeping bitterly in
sorrow, representing the Father and the people of this nation. We know
that he will mourn bitterly in sorrow, representing humankind and will
share in the grief that pierced the depth of Heaven and earth and all
of the spiritual world.
As we ponder whether we ourselves are in such a position today,
Father, please let us become people who at least feel greatly
indebted, if we are unable to face the Father who toiled, the Father
who was concerned for us, the Father who walked the path of
tribulation. My Father, I pray this from the bottom of my heart.
Father, what great sorrow You went through to command and lead the
chosen people into the holy castle, the gates of Jerusalem. How great
Your suffering has been as You have tried to take care of us and lead
us into goodness! Nevertheless, we have forgotten the Father's
toilsome effort; we have forgotten the Father's concern. We have
forgotten to follow in the Father's footprints as He guides us. Now,
since Heaven's elite soldiers are taking action, please allow those
actions to follow in the Father's footprints. Allow them to be actions
Humankind is unwilling to walk this path. We know that many people
today and tomorrow may wish to go this path mentally, but they are not
able to put their thoughts into action. Please awaken us to the fact
that the responsibility to solve this is not only the Father's
responsibility or some leader's responsibility, it is ours.
However, since we have realized that there is an extremely small
number of people willing to be responsible for this stark reality,
please let the Father's ardent passion overflow our idle minds. Let
the Father's sorrowful shimjung overflow in us, thereby allowing us to
be righteous people who can step forth seeking the path of Heaven's
Will. Father, I ardently wish and desire this.
There are many people who wish for Heaven's blessing, and many people
are exerting themselves to the utmost to become the Father's children.
However, we know that today, after 6,000 years of history have
elapsed, it is still difficult to find the Father's true sons and
daughters: devoted people who are willing to be sacrificial offerings
before the Father.
We are extremely fearful of becoming a pitiful throng of people who
disrupt the Father's providential course. Please allow us to be
concerned about the fact that we cannot guarantee that will not happen
any more than the ancient Israelites could. Father, I sincerely wish
and desire You to guide us to become sons and daughters who, feeling
concern about our inadequacies, make exhaustive efforts not to be
shameful, anxiety-causing children in the presence of the Father.
Now, when the bitter resentment of our ancestors is blocking our way,
when billions of satans of distrust are leading us into temptation,
Father, I sincerely wish and desire that You will allow us to be found
to be persons of value who can be fully proud in the presence of the
Since we came forth on this day to bow respectfully before You, please
allow us to stand in such a position where, by reflecting upon our
minds and bodies, we can set up the condition of being able to unite
into one, the condition of goodness.
Father, who are these people who pray with concern for You this day?
Who are these people who shed tears? Who are these people who grieve
on behalf of Heaven and earth? Please bless them and allow the day of
glory to come upon them as quickly as possible.
Father, please allow Your sons and daughters gathered here to be
responsible, on their own, for what many other people have not
fulfilled. Father, I pray from the bottom of my heart that You will
allow us to be the sons and daughters who are truthful before the
mission that has been left to us, honest and trustworthy before the
Will, who can fight on, giving their all for the sake of the one Will
of the Father.
Please allow us to analyze, of our accord, how far our paths and
positions are from the original ideal garden. I sincerely wish You
will guide us to be able to win victory in the fight to dash past that
Please materialize everything this day according to Your Will. If
there is a person who is equipped with the heart that can receive the
grace of happiness, please work through him and manifest Yourself as
he relates to You. I sincerely implore and desire that You bless him
according to the devoted efforts he makes for the Father.
Since we entrusted everything to You, Father, please take charge of it
all. Ardently soliciting that You will not allow this hour to be one
of which Satan takes advantage, we pray all these words in the name of
the Lord. Amen.
I will speak briefly on the topic "God's Possession and Our
The Created Things Lost Their Master
We know that the created things have lost their master. We know very
well that this is true of us as well. Due to the fall, human beings
cannot belong to God in any absolute sense. They cannot own the
created things and this world in an absolute sense either. We should
know the sorrowful fact that until today, even God, the Absolute
Being, has not been able to take charge confidently, asserting that
all His created things belong to Him.
For this reason, the historic course until today has been for the
purpose of belonging to one master. We must keep in mind that until
today, human beings have come through a history of struggle, full of
ups and downs, to achieve this purpose, having passed through ages and
We cannot deny that all created things exist. Therefore, there must be
a master who is in charge of these created things, an absolute being.
Unless we find an absolute, stable point under the management of that
absolute being against whom no one can make a false charge, this world
cannot escape the history of struggle.
Believers today know very well that God is unable to assert that all
of His creation belongs to Him. In other words, God is in a position
where He cannot manage all that He Himself devoted His complete energy
to and created according to His Will. He cannot use them as He wishes.
That is why God's providential history to restore the original
position came into being. That is why religious people have sought
God's Will, even as they arrived at unjust death and undeserved
Heaven cannot directly supervise the numerous children who come forth
fighting to attain the one Will, devoting their efforts and risking
their lives for the sake of Heaven, centered on goodness and the glory
of victory. This is also God's sorrow. You must understand that this
is also the grief of righteous people who try to walk the truthful
course of faith.
You must realize that the day God is able to boast of His own
existential value of possession before the whole cosmos is the day all
the accounts of God's providence are settled. It is the focal point of
the whole creation's desire, the basic point that Jesus and all the
sages, who came and left, idealized.
Look carefully at yourselves and the living environment in which you
are. To whom do the things in your possession, you, your family, your
society, state and world belong? Can you affirm that they belong to
Heaven? You cannot say they belong to Heaven nor can you say they are
yours. You must realize that this has been the greatest sorrow of
sorrows for fallen humankind. Having set up providential salvation,
God could not tell the people following Him to keep all their worldly
things and take care of themselves. We have to feel and experience
this situation of God's. It is an appalling situation. God was to put
human beings in the position of the lords of all things, yet He cannot
command them to keep the things they have and still follow Him.
Therefore, he who goes forth on the course of seeking truth will have
to realize keenly and feel the sorrowful shimjung of God, from the
bottom of his heart, who must tell him to cut off from all the
belongings he has and follow Him. He who cannot do that will have no
connection whatsoever with God when the time of the restoration of
God's right of possession comes.
Religious people today speak of receiving salvation. They speak of
their wish to become heavenly people. What is more, they wish to step
forth as the chosen third Israel. You must understand that while it is
good to have such a mind, the question is whether I, as an individual,
have the standard and qualification to become so. This will become a
matter for concern. Because Heaven is in a situation where it cannot
manage all of creation, we must understand that regardless of how many
great people have come and gone on this earth, no brave person has
appeared who could completely manage this earth and call it his own.
Until when will this historic course continue? It will continue until
the day when the one central figure comes who can assert that this
earth belongs eternally to him. Until then, history will go through a
course of ups and downs. Some human beings have come forth boasting of
their cultures or their political influence and religion as if they
belonged to them. However, the center of culture has been transferred
to different places according to changes in the stream of thought.
Political influence, centered on certain doctrines and assertions, has
also taken new turns. Religions have undergone changes. We can see
such facts very clearly as we research history. That is, as we look
back on the historic course, we can understand that no movement has
ever stood in the position to have the decisive right of possession.
The Standard of Moral Doctrine by
Which Human Beings Must Abide
The beginning of the fall was when human beings acted at their
discretion during the time when God could not completely manage
things. If they had acted after welcoming the time when God could
completely manage things, they would not have fallen. Ever since the
creation of the world, God could not exercise His managerial
authority. Incidentally, although numerous people throughout history
tried to move a race, tried to move a state, or tried to move the
world, no one was able to stand as one totally responsible for his
The time must come when God manages not only individuals but also the
clan, the tribe and the state. Beyond that, He must manage even heaven
and earth. Therefore, if Heaven, the earth and the spirit world exist,
the ideology of the whole cannot be actualized unless the inevitable
movement of God coming to manage them appears in the closing age of
That is why Heaven is asking us to give up all the material things we
possess, to lay down our lives, to abandon our ideologies and forsake
even the feelings of affection we may enjoy on this earth. This is the
standard of moral doctrine (truth) upon which God insists.
Why did God set up such a demanding condition as this? Since the time
is surely coming when the authority of His possession will be made
manifest, God wanted to make us qualified to stand in full measure
before Him when that time comes. That is why it has been the
indispensable condition by which the people who follow God and seek
the Will of goodness must abide.
Looking back on the history of Christianity, we see that God made
human beings suffer before giving them happiness. He made them suffer
persecution before allowing them to boast. He commanded them to pray
ceaselessly, keeping away from environments of enjoyment. The reason
God raised this sort of moral standard or truth before human beings
was to make them belong fully to Him.
A major directive of the Bible is, You must give up everything and
seek His kingdom and His righteousness. Where then will be the Kingdom
of God and God's righteousness? Where will be the person who can claim
himself as a person of God? What kind of nation will be God's nation?
It will be a nation of goodness. It will be a nation that transcends
religion, a nation uninterested in nationalistic viewpoints, a nation
that stands aloof from discriminating human beings and which rises
above sovereign power, beyond any culture or thought.
For that reason, the Kingdom of Heaven is the kingdom that good
people, without distinction of East and West, contend is their ideal
kingdom. It is the place where they would like to live. Furthermore,
the Kingdom of Heaven is the place where one can freely lay claim to
his possessions, where one can set forth the notion of truly owning.
This is the Kingdom of Heaven for which we yearn.
If there are people within Christianity or in some religious
denomination who are immersed in a self-centered or denominationally
limited notion of owning, the time will come when those people will
surely be struck. The time will definitely come when any doctrine that
tries to draw and rally the whole, centered on a single nation, will
be struck. It is an ironclad rule.
God forgives even Satan. Why does God forgive Satan, unable to strike
him? In the name of what goodness does God listen to Satan's pleas and
accept the conditions of Satan's false charges? It is because,
although Satan stands against the Will of God and does not follow Him,
Satan does not dislike God. Although he does not follow the Will of
God, in his mind, he respects and likes God. Satan is earnestly
requesting, "Oh, God, I will offer You this world that is in my
possession. Please put aside Adam and raise me in his place. If only
You will do that, I will then serve and minister to You more than any
human being." That means that Satan will attend God in a better
fashion than human beings, if God puts him in such a position. Thus,
God is put in an awkward position.
God's Possession and Satan's Possession
What did Heaven wish to do by sending numerous prophets and sages and
by sending Jesus? It was to exercise the right of possession against
Satan by raising a person who knows God's situation more than Satan
and who cares for God more than Satan. Accomplishing this task is the
purpose of the history of the Second Advent.
What was Satan's motive for becoming Satan? What was the motive that
destroyed the heavenly principles? He wanted to receive more love than
Adam and Eve. If he had tried to love Adam and Eve more than God loved
Adam and Eve, if he had tried to love God more than Adam and Eve loved
God, he would not have fallen. Here was the condition in which he was
caught. What is evil? Evil is being unable to care for others, rather
than oneself. Evil is being unable to serve goodness. Fallen human
beings today all are caught in this condition.
What kind of nation is the nation of goodness? What kind of nation is
the nation which God can possess? What kind of person can belong to
God? What are the created things that can belong to God? What will be
the point of conclusion? Whatever is centered on oneself cannot be
possessed by God. The being who is centered on God can be absorbed
into God. God can possess such a being.
The law in the satanic world demands that one serve and care for
oneself. Therefore, people in the satanic world have the notion that
the family, the society, the state, the world, and heaven and earth
should all exist for their sakes. This is the point of departure from
God's law of goodness. What kind of person then is a good person? He
is the person who knows how to use all things that he owns, including
his ideas, for the sake of others, feeling they all belong to others.
He uses them for the sake of the whole, feeling that they belong to
What kind of phenomena surround being fallen? The phenomena of
attempting to draw all created things and the world, even God, into
one's self-centered life are fallen phenomena. This happened due to
What is the history of goodness? It is the history of carrying out a
revolution within oneself which goes on to pioneer the course of a new
direction for the sake of God, the world and others. This is the very
purpose of religion.
Looking back on the history of Christianity, we see no one among the
people who followed the Will and mission of God who lived for the good
of themselves, regardless of their era. The great men who commanded
and attached importance to themselves, served and cared for themselves
all have disappeared. All such people will face criticism after the
lapse of time in history.
The Doctrine Which Jesus Promulgated
What was the purpose of Jesus' coming to this earth? The purpose was
to restore a nation God could own, a man whom God could own and to
restore all created things. What doctrine did Jesus promulgate? His
principle was to sacrifice himself and serve the nation, the world and
the cosmos. The person who serves and sacrifices for the sake of the
cosmos becomes the central figure of the cosmos.
We can see many such people, even in the evil world today. We can
understand that the people who give devoted service and sacrifice in
silence will become the central figures wherever they go, in their
nation, their society, anywhere.
Now we must feel we have the responsibility to restore God's authority
to own our individual selves, our families, our society, our nation,
the world and the cosmos. This kind of right of ownership is not for
God Himself to set up; it is for human beings to establish and resolve
for Him. Because this very important duty has been left unfulfilled,
the numerous sages and wise men who represented the historic
providence could not but go forward, even at the price of beheading
and death, to fulfill this duty.
Jesus could not claim to be the son of God while working for thirty
years in the house of Joseph. He could not claim that he was the
heavenly ambassador plenipotentiary. Jesus knew that even God had not
been able to make such a claim throughout the long history. That is
why even in the moment of his last prayer in sight of the cross in the
Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus could not center on his will. Rather, he
prayed, "Father! Not according to my will but according to Your Will."
The more strongly Jesus felt a sense of mission and responsibility
toward the earth as the Savior, the stronger and greater grew his
awareness of his existence and ownership. Yet Jesus knew only too well
he should not live for his own sake. Furthermore, Jesus knew that he
had to be owned by God, be God's possession to the furthest degree. He
knew how to experience God's heart and, at the same time, how to seek
the Will of God. Therefore, he was able to substitute his heart for
God's heart, and he came to stand in a position where he could
substitute his will for God's Will. Furthermore, you must know that he
was able to equip himself with the qualifications of the Savior before
all created things and before humankind as the one who must follow the
Will and heart of God.
The Qualifications of the People
of the Heavenly Kingdom
What kind of people would the people of the heavenly kingdom be? They
are the throng who steps forth under the flag of service. For that
reason, to save a certain race today, we must distribute everything we
own for that race. If that is not enough, we must become the people
who know how to give even their lives. These are the very people of
the heavenly kingdom. God is in a situation where He has to gather
this kind of person and accomplish the ideology of the heavenly
Since you have come to know that Jesus wishes to fix the value of true
ownership upon this earth, you should think about yourselves. Jesus
said, "Do not be anxious, saying, `What shall we eat?' or `What shall
we drink?' or `What shall we wear?'" (Matthew 6:31) This was the word
of warning that seemed contradictory to the people of that age.
Why did Jesus speak such words? The heavenly ideology of ownership
remained to be restored even at the cost of not eating, drinking and
dressing well for 6,000 years.
If there is a certain race that is starving and miserable, God is in a
more miserable situation than that race. If a certain race feels
mortified, God is in a situation where He feels more mortified.
Nevertheless, God is more concerned about us than we are. When Jesus
saw that the people who should have understood this could not
understand it and worried only about themselves, he spoke such words.
Accordingly, if there is a person today who seeks His kingdom and His
righteousness as the word of Jesus said to do, he should lay aside his
hunger and anxiously appeal to Heaven, saying, "How many good people
are subjected to starvation like myself on the earth?" It is not
strange for one who cannot stand in a position of goodness to be
subjected to starvation, but people who are in a position of goodness
should not face starvation. We must feel concern for the sake of such
people. We must realize that we are saddled with this kind of fate.
That is why Jesus spoke such words, willing that even if one is not
able to wear things and eat, one can still make effort to build the
kingdom and the people God can own.
Since it is said that God exists, what kind of people would He then
choose? What kind of people would He choose to keep as His children?
He would look for the person who goes beyond his hunger and his
difficulties, who is able to give his blessing for the sake of others
with uplifted hands. He would look for a person who knows how to go
beyond his vexation and sorrow and cry out of concern for God's
vexation and sorrow.
Therefore, looking at his enemies from the top of the cross where his
own fate hung in the balance, Jesus was unable to say, "Oh, Heaven!
Eternal Heaven! Please administer divine punishment upon them."
Instead, he lifted his hands and invoked blessing upon them. You must
know that such a heart is the heart of the heavenly kingdom. It is
none other than the heart of God.
On the basis of this principle then, when we look carefully at our own
religious life and Christianity, which is said to believe in God, how
many people are there who are worthy of the heavenly kingdom? Going
farther, where is the race that God can eternally claim as His own?
Where is the land that God can claim as His kingdom? Where are such
things, such a person?
You all wish to go to the Kingdom of Heaven. Not only that, from time
to time we happen to see people who confidently claim, "Ah! The
Kingdom of Heaven is mine." When we see such people, we come to wonder
how anyone could declare that so confidently, more certain of the
aspect of ownership than God Himself.
Since even God Himself cannot stand in a position where He claims that
the heavenly kingdom belongs to Him, and since Jesus also cannot stand
in a position where he claims that the heavenly kingdom belongs to
him, how can they do so? Jesus is still in a position where he prays
to Heaven. God also is making effort as of this moment.
What is the reason billions of people in the spirit world are
cooperating for the sake of the earth and are unable to lead a joyful
life in the seat of liberation, the seat of glory? Why would they have
to stand in such a place? From the time of the creation of the world
to the present, God has been unable to stand in a position in which He
could realize the heavenly kingdom and claim it as His own. In spite
of God being in such a situation, some faithful believers on the earth
today are speaking so, contrary to the principles of the heavenly way.
The Reason the Faithful Believers
Must Walk the Path of Hardship
The closer you walk toward Heaven, the more you dissolve Heaven's
bitter resentment, and the more deeply indebted you feel. For 6,000
years, God has been seeking His kingdom and people on this earth.
Consequently, the historic debt of the toil of His seeking has
accumulated for 6,000 years. Therefore, even if my individual self has
satisfaction and happiness, I cannot say I own the heavenly kingdom.
If one is a son or a daughter of Heaven, he or she is left with the
earth and the world for which he or she is responsible and for which
he or she must be concerned and offer protection in God's place. In
other words, as long as anything that God cannot own remains, he or
she should feel that he or she cannot have confidence in himself or
For that reason, although Jesus came to this earth with the privileges
of the Prince of Heaven, he could not exercise them, not even once.
Everywhere he went, he washed the feet of his disciples and aided
people. Jesus did not live even one day of his life for his purpose.
Looking back on Jesus' life, we realize that he lived only for the
good of others. His was a life of grief in which he struggled hard for
the sake of others; he shed tears for the good of others; he was
abused for the benefit of others; he was torn in the interest of
others and he faced death for the good of others.
If God cannot dissolve this sorrow of Jesus, then God is useless. For
that reason, we must liberate God from this iron chain of sorrow.
Until the day He can claim that the whole of heaven and earth are His
with uplifted hands and say to all humankind, "Let's rejoice
together!" we cannot make a case for ourselves. Because these
vicissitudes existed, Christianity put emphasis on love, sacrifice and
service and made an emphatic point out of living a life of persecution
and contemptible treatment.
What do we have to do to be owned by God? We have to be able to shed
many tears for God's sake. You will be God's possession as much as you
have the mind to grieve for God's sorrow in His place. You will be
God's possessions as much as you shoulder God's hardships in His
place. You will be God's possession as much as you take false
accusations from Satan in God's place.
Therefore, you will become God's possessions as much as you have
rendered devoted service. That is not realized in a fair place; it is
realized when human beings cling to sorrow or pain that all others
have shunted aside, detesting them, and when they give devoted
service. This is the path of Principle which Christians must walk.
The reason Korean Christianity caught fire was that Christians in the
early days walked this kind of course. If a throng of people had
appeared denying this, saying, "Since we are the people of the
heavenly kingdom, why do we have to die?" God's providential Will
would not have spread throughout Korea.
If Jesus himself had denied this, saying, "Since I am the Son of God,
why do I have to die? Why do I have to be abused and receive
contemptuous treatment?" the course of salvation that you believe in
today would not have been possible in human history.
What was the reason that all nations educate their people as patriots
or in devoted service? Some patriots deserted their families,
abandoned their desires and their honors to represent the will of
their nation. You must know that they were people who took upon
themselves the pain of their nations. They took upon themselves the
sorrow of their nations and grieved. They tried to take responsibility
for everything in their nation, representing the central figure. You
must know that this is the right attitude to have in abiding by the
laws of Heaven.
In this confused world today, numerous people insist upon having a
high opinion of themselves and try to manifest their authority. It is
difficult to find a truthful Christian. It is even more difficult to
meet true sons and daughters of God, truthful people whom God can own.
Now we should usher in a friend of ours, become people of the heavenly
kingdom and organize a tribe by forming a religious order.
Where in Korea is one saint or faithful believer who has been claimed
as the possession of God? Where is that one religious order? Where is
that one race? We must shout, pouring out all the strength that is in
us, until we are completely exhausted. We must realize that the time
has arrived when we must seek, running until we fall.
The Youth Who Must Save the Race and the World
The mind that desires to serve the thirty million Korean people before
you serve yourselves, the mind that tends to think of all humankind on
this earth before you think of yourselves, must seep out of you today.
Going further, the mind that can cry, holding onto even one blade of
grass, should be unconsciously exploding in the midst of your mind.
Unless you have this shimjung, you cannot become God's complete sons
Such human beings are the fruit of God's tears, the fruit of God's
pains. They are also the sacrificial offering on God's bloody altar.
In spite of this, human beings do not think about this and step forth
asserting themselves shamelessly. The same goes on with all created
Who is the person to pioneer the path for these Korean people to walk?
The people who beat the ground and weep bitterly, beating their chests
for the sake of these people, must emerge. Who is to straighten up
this fragmented religious scene? The young men and women who have
burning a passion to grab hold of the religious scene should come
forth prepared for a bloody battle, beating the ground and appealing
to fight against the hypocrites.
Who are the people who will save this world? They are none other than
you young men and women. You must think about this again.
Today's Western material civilization is highly developed. With the
continent of Egypt as the starting point, Western civilization has
been shaped until now by going through the Assyrian, Babylonian, Greek
and Roman civilizations.
Upon what did Egypt, which boasted of its civilization of more than
3,000 years at the time of Jesus, build its civilization? This is part
of the history of religion.
The Egyptians worshipped a sun god and believed in a god called
Osiris. They armed themselves with this faith and thought. With
unified energy, they built a powerful nation and civilization. By
adopting this religion as their policy and ideology, they consolidated
an established format, and by leading the people toward that ideal
standard, they created the Egyptian civilization.
The Lesson Learned in the Process
of the Development of History,
Centering on Religion
Thus, the Egyptians established a standard they could maintain as a
nation. Through that, they held sway over the world. Yet beyond their
own people, they should have absorbed any good points that existed in
other nations. If they had changed by sacrificing whatever they needed
and accepting the better standard, they would not have perished.
Although that nation perished, civilization continued to develop with
the progress of history. While the Assyrian and Babylonian
civilizations developed in the Orient, Hebraism, centered on Judaism,
was formed in Palestine, and a God-centered civilization developed.
In Greece, civilization centered on the ideology of an external god.
This developed and later harmonized with various trends of thought and
worship of the arts. The realm of knowledge is the unique religious
ideology founded by the Greeks.
The worldwide sphere of civilization was formed in such a manner.
While passing through a period of confusion, it merged with Christian
thought. This later traversed Rome and Christian civilization was thus
In medieval times, Christianity absorbed everyone under it
indiscriminately and brought about homogeneity. However, because it
could not actualize its purpose and became very worldly, God had to
strike medieval Christianity.
If the papal court at Rome had not been corrupt and had a sense of
mission to exist for the sake of the world and the good of the
humankind, subscribing to and promulgating the thought of putting the
benefit of others before one's own benefit, it would not have
Since the Roman papal court could not do thus, God deemed it too
reprehensible to be left alone. He struck it externally by bringing
about the Renaissance and internally by bringing about the
Reformation. After that, the Puritans crossed over to the American
continent, and came to build a nation there centering on Christian
ideology. The political ideology of Rome, the religious ideology of
Christianity, and the intellectualism of Greece all blended into one
and led to the formation of Pan-Americanism, which controls the
democratic world today.
Now, to fulfill its national responsibility and mission and to be able
to exercise the authority of ownership until today's democracy can be
connected to the heavenly principles, what kind of thought must
America have? First, it must discard its "America First" policy. This
is the most important thing, above all else, for the American people.
If America insists that its economy, culture, technology, scientific
advancement and political system exist only for the sake of its
people, America will be struck. That was why the Renaissance sprang up
to awaken people. Today communism has appeared and has been awakening
people. From now on, ideologies and religions will be invaded by a
movement. In times like these, we must discern heavenly movements with
the mind of a seer.
From where will the religious ideology that can land America a blow
emerge? People will have to consider this with an open mind.
This is a processional phenomenon of the development of history that
takes place because human beings could not recover the authority of
the Absolute Being's ownership. This takes place to lead them to that
position, even if they must be struck.
What was the Renaissance? It was the restoration of Hellenism; that
is, it was a movement to restore the original human nature, based on
the Greek ethos, emphasizing human consciousness. Similarly, within
the domain of today's America-centered democracy, Christianity must
return to the original Christian spirit. A movement must take place in
which people believe, not only in the words already revealed, but find
the thoughts contained in the words and re-arm themselves centering on
that. If the present Christianity cannot do so, it will end up in the
same position as Roman Catholicism in the Middle Ages.
Why is that? What is required is not God's Word, but God's person,
God's people and God's nation. The words emerge for that purpose.
What God Wishes to Own
Now the time must come when, having passed the absolute age of the
Word, we will have to build the absolute age of substance. Therefore,
after going through the Word transit age, the final historic age of
the substance transit age will come. This age is the so-called "age of
When we consider this, we see that history is ringing an alarm for us
today. The steps of the prophets and sages of the past are guiding our
lives and their spirits are governing the trend of our thoughts in the
background. For that reason, people who drift away will definitely see
the day when heavenly laws will judge them.
What then will happen after God has reclaimed the earth, having
restored an earthly person and made him Heaven's? That person must
recognize the day when he can boast that God's life is his own. He
must recognize the day when he can boast of God's ideology and love
before the whole universe and humankind.
Is there anyone among you today who can boast thus? If there is,
please come out. Is there anyone who has wanted to risk even his life
in trying to realize the heavenly kingdom of glory? If there is,
please come out. Furthermore, is there anyone who can step forth
saying that he will become God's own and build the heavenly kingdom on
Many people in the process of restoration may have tasted the heavenly
kingdom while still in the domain of Satan's accusations. Yet there is
no one who has truly experienced the taste of the fatherland of
eternal peace, the heavenly kingdom, having eliminated Satan. He who
has experienced the taste of the true heavenly kingdom and felt the
love of God will receive the impetus to fight with Satan. Once a
person experiences the taste of the true heavenly kingdom and receives
the love of God, he will never leave God again. A man who has
experienced the love of God must appear on this earth.
What must belong to God? It begins from a clump of grass, from a pyung
of land, from a man and from the smallest unit. It includes everything
up to the heavenly kingdom; going further, it includes the world of
God's shimjung. That ownership should not be relative or conceptual.
It should be subjective. Only if such a world is built will God rest
for the first time.
Human beings cannot help liking what God likes. For that reason, God
decided upon the seventh day as the Sabbath and told man to rest. Did
you know that God has not been able to rest on a Sabbath day even now,
after 6,000 years of history?
Jesus emphasized the Word of God and came forth inheriting the
vicissitudes of 2,000 years of providential history, during which the
Sabbath was upheld as most important. However, has the day of
triumphant glory come when Jesus could vaunt himself to the Father and
say for Him to take a rest, together with humankind? No, there has
not. Since God and Jesus are not in a situation where they can rest,
neither can we.
Before the time of rest comes, there will be a war; before the time of
rest comes, there will be suffering and death. When we steel ourselves
and pass over this, we will then enable ourselves to taste rest for
the first time. Jesus tasted one aspect of resting after his
crucifixion. That was after he had passed through such a path.
What must we possess? We must possess the garden of rest, the garden
of happiness, the garden of goodness, the garden of love and the
ideal. However, before we possess these, we will have to be hit by
Satan, as well as by Heaven. Jesus was hit by Satan and by Heaven. The
Pharisees chased Jesus out, and at the same time, the Romans chased
him out. In view of the fact that Jesus ardently prayed at the
crucifixion, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?" (Matthew
27:46) we can see that God had abandoned him too.
Therefore, he who will possess and be possessed by the Kingdom of
Heaven is one who will be put in a most miserable situation in the
course of seeking God. Among the races of the world, which will be the
one that will own God? The most miserable race will possess God. The
closer a race is to such misery, the nearer it is to God.
The Man and Race God Can Own and Their Responsibility
Consequently, a great tribulation will come in the last days. What
does this mean? The one who is strongly minded to own things centered
on himself, the one who works to ensure his own self-centered comfort,
will receive a strike in the face. This is the great tribulation.
Still, considering that the Father is trying to awaken human beings by
allowing them to pass through such tribulations, we must return thanks
People who try to live and die for the sake of truth will become
miserable. Therefore, we must understand that the group of people who
are saved from the grave of death will become the central figures in
the garden of rest. He who holds onto and lives according to the truth
to which Jesus attested will become Jesus' and God's possession, even
if he casts away the rest of the Bible.
A person who says he is in charge based on who he was in the past, or
who complains that people do not recognize him even though he has done
such and such, should pack his bag and leave. Such a group of people
will eventually be cleared away.
Suppose you have a mind aglow with righteousness, eager to build the
new garden of ideology. Your every movement should then be for the
purpose of attaining the Will and authority of God's ownership.
Accordingly, you will now rise above yourselves and fight representing
the world. Your hands, your footsteps and your bodies will have to
move in that direction.
Today is the age of the macrocosm, in which we must fulfill the
ideology of re-creation. To become brave hearts of Heaven and build a
new garden of rest in such a time, we should first push out all the
elements with which Satan can meddle. What is more, we should serve
and minister to God and offer Him comfort after bringing everything
over to the heavenly kingdom. To do that, you will have to have the
shimjung to walk the difficult path more gallantly than Jesus, who
walked for the sake of Heaven; more gallantly than anyone who walked
for the sake of the Will during the last 6,000 years.
Before you own the world and ideal of God, you must own God's pain and
sorrow and the difficult situation He has endured. Such people will be
able to take charge of hell, as well as the heavenly kingdom.
How could Jesus take charge of hell? If Jesus had assumed the
responsibility for the Will of God only in its good aspect and died
for the sake of God only in its good aspect, then he would have been
able to manage the heavenly kingdom, but not hell. Therefore, because
Jesus established the heavenly standard by keeping his integrity even
in hell, he set the standard of being able to manage hell too.
Now you should tread over the tribulation of hell and stand up and
equip yourselves to be able to win victory over Satan in high spirits.
To do that, you must know how to give witness to the goodness of God,
how to be concerned about the righteousness of God and how to manifest
the comprehensive Will of God, all in high spirits.
Only when that happens can we receive Heaven's blessing for the first
time. When that time arrives, we Christians can step forth before
Heaven. For that reason, we must run to the stage of the final
judgment, the point of the final decision. Accordingly, you must now
run toward that place as an individual, as a people and as a world.
Yet to go over it, all individuals and the world beyond the individual
will face a strike in the face.
You must realize that the throng of people who go over this, feeling
thankful to become a new heavenly people and establish a new family, a
new society and a new nation, will build the Kingdom of Heaven.
Therefore, he who feels concern and cries for himself will become a
pitiful person. That is why we Unification Church members are induced
to fast on occasion. What is it for? It is to have you leave the
position of self-centered striving. That is why you are made to fast
and endure ordeals. If you avoid such suffering, you will get a strike
in the face. You must go over it, saying, "Thank you."
God has endured with patience for 6,000 years to raise Satan to the
standard where he too does God's work. The day when you subjugate all
human beings who acted in evil-centered ways into going the way of
goodness is the day of the great judgment. He who can boast of himself
in the presence of God will rise above the great judgment and be owned
The Priority for Human Beings
Is to be Owned by God
People today speak of God in a self-centered way, but they are wrong
in this. Jesus said, "I am in the Father and the Father in me." For
this we should be grateful. You too must experience such a feeling. If
that happens, you will realize that the world, the whole universe you
thought you had lost, is in front of you in a more splendid way, with
The words "I am in you and you in me," are not empty words. Only when
that happens do things that belong to God simultaneously belong to me,
and vice versa. That is something about which to boast. God cannot do
without me. Why? God created all creation for human beings. Because He
established human beings as the object or focal point that returns all
of creation to Him, without human beings, God cannot do anything.
Therefore, when we look at the world, all things are in line with the
principles of circular movement. If force expands only on a straight
line, it is an eternal waste. The foremost principled purpose of God's
having created the world was to bend the direction of force expanding
on a straight line. Therefore, the principles of the world are the
principles of circular movement, and they are the principles of
motion. When you study chemistry, you research and analyze materials
and observe all phenomena of moving and acting. You then come to
realize that nothing that exists goes out of line with the principles.
All things are revolving 360 degrees. The universe revolves, society
revolves, and my mind also revolves.
He who knows how to revolve centered on God's heart, which is the
center of the whole universe, will revolve if God revolves. As long as
God revolves, this universe will revolve too. If God revolves, we will
revolve, and all of creation will revolve too.
Only when we stand in such a position will we feel God's heart
transform into our own and be able to experience God's heart. Having
done so, St. Paul not only strongly felt the state of not knowing
whether he was inside his body or out of it; he was also able to feel
the heaven of three stories, the value of the existence of an
invisible substantial entity. The power of a person of faith springs
forth from there.
Jesus has endured until now, looking forward to the time when he could
make a plea for such a state. Christian believers also have been
enduring until now, looking forward to such a time.
Has the state of your minds reached such a standard? You must first
become God's possession. My subjective point of view belongs to God,
and my life also must be God's possession. Going further, the family,
the society, and all the things we have belong to God. All must be
God cannot take things that have been made dirty through Satan's
management. Satan's elements of sin should not be there. God takes
only after eliminating the elements of sin by striking them.
Restoration history has been fraught with this sorrow of God's.
For that reason, when we offer up a sacrifice, we must lift a sword
and split it. Such a time will come to you too. Therefore, the last
days will be a time of dividing. Having divided, wars will be waged.
Korea is divided into north and south. More than six nations similar
to Korea must emerge in the world. Things cannot move out of line with
Having understood these things, even if you offer up your lives to the
Father, He cannot readily accept them. If He did, God would get caught
in the Satan's eternal false charges. Therefore, He takes only after
striking. Only then will Satan not make false representations.
That was why Noah, whom God had chosen, was in such a position.
Abraham, Moses and Jesus were also in such a position. It is the same
case for us today. If there are people who wish to avoid that path,
they are not the throng of people who may enter Heaven by the gate.
They are like thieves or robbers who try to go over, not through, the
main gate by climbing the fence.
We Must Know God's Mind and Situation
What is a thief or robber? He who attempts to employ and make use of
what belongs to others is a thief and a robber. We must know this and
go over the crest of restoration.
In this light, you must understand the Father's sorrowful situation.
No matter how hard you pray, saying, "I will offer up my life to You,"
He cannot accept it, saying, "Oh, yes, I have truly longed for your
life." Before you understand such a situation, God will never be able
to accept it, even if we offer up all that we have in His presence.
Jesus was to tell human beings about this situation and help them
resolve it. However, he died without being able to do so. Therefore,
you must understand that the sorrowful reality of the need for a
Second Advent has remained until this day.
What then must we who are faced with the last days do? We have to
earnestly request, "Please let us know of the Father's sorrowful
situation, of Your mind full of vicissitudes." Furthermore, if there
is a way to receive redemption by paying indemnity only once rather
than ten times, then you should step forth looking for that way. This
is the path Christian believers must walk in the last days. We are
faced with the worldwide fate to look for such a path and go over it.
We are to go over the path of tribulation and win a victory.
It is being prophesied that in the last days there the great judgment,
the seven year tribulation, will come. He who dislikes being struck
and avoids it will have difficulty going to the heavenly kingdom.
However, you must understand that God wishes for sons and daughters to
emerge who can enjoy such a time and who can say, "Please let it come
promptly. By striking me again and again, even if I breathe my last
breath, please allow me to go over the seven year tribulation."
If you become a person like this, it will be no problem for you to
possess the history of 6,000 years. You will own the heavenly kingdom
and God's heart. Consequently, you must know that if you report to Him
and make a request, you stand as a being whom God can possess and lend
His ears. That is, you have the value of being God's absolute
representative. When that happens, you must understand that God will
boast of us for the first time, and the day will come when we can
politely bow our heads and offer comfort to the Father who has toiled