REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
Let Us Open Our Eyes Once More
and Behold the Sky
Former Church Headquarters
February 15, 1959
Father, humanity must awaken from its deep sleep and free themselves
from the powers of darkness; yet, they do not. No matter what kind of
obstacles block our path, please reveal Your compassionate hand to us
so that we may dash toward the beacon of new light.
Father, we know the historical hardships You have suffered for our
sake. We also know that You mourn that dark natures lie deep within
us. We must look at ourselves and grieve, as the Father has grieved over
We must go beyond ourselves to pay back the debt we owe to all things,
which are deep in sorrow, and comfort the Father's grieving heart.
Though we know in our hearts we must fulfill this responsibility, we
have not been able to cope with it. Please forgive us.
We have inherited the history of sorrow and borne the fruits of
sorrow. Although the Father has tried to nurture a history of joy and
the fruits of joy, we have become fruits of bitterness and lament. Of
course, this has caused deep sorrow and anguish in the Father's heart.
How could it not?
We are pitiful ones who need to be scrutinized and molded again by
the work of re-creation. Father, please have pity on us and take us
in as Your own. Remold us with Your ideology. Please re-make our minds
and bodies according to the original laws of creation, so that we may
possess the original beauty of Heaven. This is Heaven's desire, too.
Please allow us to penetrate the walls of sorrow to see the bright
morning light, to sing the victory song of hallelujah, to sing of the
joy of having found the Lord and Creator of the entire universe, and to
rejoice in attending the Father. Please allow us to feel true longing
and true pride toward all created things.
We know that since the human fall, all things have mourned, lamented
and hoped to be restored to their original position by the true sons and
daughters of God. When we think about our mission to comfort the Father
and restore all things to their original position, we must honestly report
our inadequacies to the Father. Please forgive us for having to await,
longingly, the arduous work of the Father.
We know that, even in this manner, we must help fulfill the wishes of
the Father and all of Your creation to end the 6,000 years of lamentation
and grief. Father of compassion and love, please do not let our hearts
deviate far from You. Please lead us not to live far from Your sung sang
and hyung sang.
We know that there is a bond within us which can connect us with the
Father's mind and body because You created us. We are not worth even a
small speck of dust. Please guide us into the domain of Your original
power and raise us again in the ideal way.
Please allow us to become sons and daughters who can be proud and
dignified in the presence of the Father. Please allow us to become bright
lights for the dark world and little lambs who can convey the news of
joy to this dark world, representing the light from the East.
We know that the Father can raise insignificant people and overpower
the great. We know that You can strengthen a small group and build a great
nation from them. We know that You can raise pitiful people to the point
where You can boast of them before the previously chosen ones. Please
raise us as Your proud embodiments. We are extremely pitiful and have
no place to call our own.
We know that You will raise us as You will. Father, we earnestly wish
that You allow us to become the little lambs who can obey the Father's
commands and follow You with faithful and obedient hearts.
In this way, please eliminate the remaining sorrow and probe into
the fundamental nature of the sins which have penetrated deep inside
the hearts of all people. Please uproot the sorrow, and then raise us
as the glorious foundation of Heaven. Please train us as the workers
who can fully cope with this mission.
Please govern the minds and bodies of the children who have gathered
here. Is there some private opinion in the hearts of these people? Do
they have a desire to live according to their own concepts? Please
remove all concepts, and allow them to have thoughts that can connect
with Heaven. Please allow this hour to be a time when we can harmonize
in the Father's love, experience deep feelings, and become united and
connected with our original selves.
Many millions of satans, wielding the dark forces, are watching us.
Father, we entreat from the depth of our hearts that You not let anyone
be captured inside the realm of darkness.
Please govern this hour. We earnestly wish that You quickly usher in
the day of liberation to these members, these people, and humanity.
Please give us the strength to accomplish all our missions and
responsibilities. We pray in the name of the Lord. Amen.
Father, every time a sad event takes place on the earth, Heaven
mourns, our ancestors mourn, all things mourn, and we feel the same
sorrow. Father, you have spent 6,000 years in fruitless wandering and
struggling, unable to find that for which You were looking or a place to
go, wishing all the while for the day of liberation from this sorrow. If
You were to appear before us now, we would feel like crying endlessly.
Now we understand everything and have come seeking the original
Parents. We wish, from the depth of our beings, for the day to come when
we can shed tears of joy, rather than tears of sorrow-when we can cry for
heaven and earth with such intensity as to even forget our existence. We
wait for the day when we can remove all sorrows and leave only joy behind.
We have realized where we must go, where we belong, and how we
originally were to be. We have come to understand the value of the
lost children; yet, the cries of sorrow and sinfulness that come from
our mistakes are so loud, we cannot even hear the words of the Father,
which we want to hear. We are sad because we realize we are powerless
to vanquish all these evil forces.
Father, we are dashing toward restoration. We are dragging our wounded
legs and climbing the pinnacle for which Adam and Eve hoped. Please spur
us on so that we may apply our last ounce of energy and cross over the
barrier. Please let us feel this through our minds and bodies.
Father, please be with us today. We know that if there is something
about which You want to talk to us, it is not about Your happiness,
but rather about Your miserable sorrow and how enormously difficult and
painful it has been for You. Please let us fathom and feel this gripping
in our hearts, and allow us to represent the original heart of the Father.
How must Heaven have felt after losing human beings? Please allow us
to understand this heart and situation, during this hour. Please guide
us to become one with the words that are coming from the depth of one
who understands the situation of Heaven. Father, this is our earnest wish.
Please let the hearts of the speaker and the hearts of the listeners
be one, so that only the Father's will may be manifested in us all.
Please do not let Satan invade this hour. We pray in the name of the
The title of the sermon I would like to share with you is "Let Us
Open Our Eyes Once More and Behold the Sky." I will speak briefly
upon this topic.
The Results of the Fall,
the Ignorance of Adam and Eve,
and the Wishes of God
This land in which we live has not seen the new morning of the
realization of God's ideal of creation. It has slept under the power
of Satan for a long time. This is how our history has been. This is how
our minds have been, how all that we pursue and the hearts we seek have
been. In other words, none can wake from the deep sleep in which they
exist, within the realm of Satan. We understand this fact very well.
When God created Adam and Eve and blessed them, they were wide
awake, and they were able to rejoice with God in the world of eternal
ideology. God created Adam and Eve for this purpose. However, Adam and
Eve could not grasp what kind of relationship they had with God and the
ideology with which they should relate with all things. In this state
of immaturity, when they were progressing toward perfection, they made
the grave and sorrowful mistake of the fall. We all understand this.
God said to Adam and Eve, "When you eat of the fruit of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, you will surely die." (Genesis 2:17) He also
said, "Become the master of creation and the ruler of the universe." If
their hearts had become one with the heart of God as they listened to
His words, the fall would never have taken place.
There was considerable distance between the hearts of Adam and Eve
and the heart of God. Adam and Eve could only connect with the heart of
God by going through the period of growth and accomplishing the purpose
of the word. If Adam and Eve had thought about and reflected upon the
words of God every time they saw all things and the angels, then they
would not have fallen. Had they thought about God and His heart with an
awareness of their position and with enlightened hearts, they would have
been able to discern the nature of the archangel's words.
Adam and Eve should have always lived in the word and heart of God.
When they did not live like that, the archangel tempted them.
Heaven always watches over us, whether we are asleep or awake. Even
when we do not understand our value, Heaven understands and looks over
us. When we do not understand our mission and responsibility, Heaven
Furthermore, God understood the value of living eternally centered
on the deeply penetrating love in the realm of the eternally inseparable
parent-child relationship. With this mind-set, God looked upon Adam and
Eve. Yet Adam and Eve did not fathom the heart of God, and they fell. They
fell not understanding their identity, not understanding what they should
do and uphold, and not understanding what they should love.
If God has grief inside, it is that Adam and Eve did not recognize
Him, their Creator and Protector. He was with them every second. They
did not understand the heart of God, who was waiting for them to grow
to a certain purpose. Because the human ancestors could not forge the
vertical bond with Heaven, their descendants were ignorant of God and
ignorant of their position. They did not understand to whom they belonged
and what their identity was.
Because they did not understand God who protected them, who took
responsibility for them and watched over them, they did not know what
they should do, what they should pursue and what they should protect.
Furthermore, although God was hoping to join in oneness with human beings,
because they did not understand, we still do not know our purpose. We
have searched for the path to love for 6,000 years.
What Human Beings Must Know, Realize and Experience
The fall took place because God's thinking and human beings' thinking
were diametrically opposed. Thus, we must cultivate ourselves and reflect
upon ourselves. We must reflect upon and recover ourselves. Because human
beings have this obligation, countless philosophers and religious people
have sought to resolve this issue, without much success. We understand
this very well. In other words, who am "I"?
If human beings necessarily live in relationships, then who is the
subject of these relationships? If there is a master of our lives,
who is it? It is someone about whom we would say, "Only that person
can represent my entire being, my thoughts and my life. I cannot live
without him." The day we recognize that person, we will understand God,
the unchanging Master, who has been fighting to hold on to us through the
long course of history. From that moment, everything will go smoothly. We
came from the one Master, so we will understand what the Creator God
has entrusted in us and what He has been struggling to govern.
God blessed human beings to have dominion over all things. Why did He
give this blessing? Why did God not rule creation directly, rather than
intending to rule it through human beings? This is to allow human beings
to understand the heart with which God created all things in the universe.
Adam and Eve would have experienced the joyful feelings of love
and beauty which God felt when He created all things. They would have
experienced this in relation to how much they understood the ownership
of God, kept the word of God, and recognized all things. They should have
then loved all things and rejoiced before them as the representatives of
God. However, they turned away from this responsibility of experiencing
God's heart of creation. Instead, due to Satan's temptation, they felt
feelings they were not supposed to feel. We should know that when they
made this wrong turn into an impermissible place, they fell.
Since we are the descendants of fallen Adam and Eve, we have become
people who cannot feel the joyful, creative heart of God as we look at
the universe. Therefore, we must rehabilitate ourselves and serve only
one master. We must then deeply experience the heart of God, who blessed
us to have dominion over all things in the Garden of Eden. We must learn
to step forward with this kind of heart. Unless we become this kind of
person, there is no way we can alleviate the grief that Adam and Eve
caused when they fell.
Have you ever felt and experienced in your heart and in your daily
life the kind of heart with which God created all things? If you have,
then you will be overwhelmed with emotions of love toward all things.
You will hear the words God has spoken loud and clear.
Adam and Eve should have related to all things with the same joyful
heart of God at the time of His creation. Adam and Eve, who should have
opened their eyes once again and looked toward the sky, did not experience
the heart of God.
What We Must Safeguard and Possess
Adam and Eve's intellect and wisdom were not developed. This is
why they made the mistake they did and could not feel the heart of God
deeply. Even so, had they lived by the word of God in everything they
did and felt in their lives, they would have overcome all temptations
that came their way.
Adam and Eve did not know the purpose of God, who granted them
the authority to govern all things. They did not long for what would
come as the result of their successful obedience of the word. If their
longing expectation of what would happen after they kept the word of God
had dominated and guided their lives, if they had not forgotten their
knowledge of life and their feelings in daily life, then Adam and Eve
would not have eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Adam and Eve did not have any such yearning, so the words of the
archangel seemed more important than the word of God. This is where the
sorrow of humanity began. This is the beginning point of the long sleep
in the darkness.
If at some point Adam and Eve had opened their eyes again and
remembered the commandment of God, if they had sensed the greatness of
the blessing God gave them to dominate all things in relation to the
temptation of the archangel, they would not have fallen. This became the
origin of all the vicissitudes which humanity has undergone. Hence, we
must work to find ourselves, make an effort to find our responsibility
and think about what we will become.
Had Adam grown up and cultivated the heart to govern all things,
what would have been achieved? There would have been a complete bonding
of the inseparable relationships of the whole through the unity between
the love of Adam and Eve, the love of all things, and the love of God.
However, because we lost all these, we lament today. We are living in
this sinful world with deep grudges against it. We have been ignorant
of the true value and purpose of life and have been enslaved by Satan.
We have been struggling painfully in the realm of the dark forces,
where we cannot even fathom the value of death.
You must overcome this environment, open your eyes, and experience
a fundamental change in your heart in order to recognize God once more.
There must spring from within you a desperate and sincere heart. There
must arise from within your heart a new realization about your life.
Unless these things take place, you will not be able to take pride in
your value. This is because no other value has to do with Heaven. No
matter how proud you are of your authority or life, it cannot forge any
relationship with Heaven. Everything will be in vain.
Therefore, we must re-analyze the words of the archangel and not
repeat the mistakes of Adam and Eve, who did not behold God. We must
correct ourselves through self-examination and open our eyes again.
From that moment on, our true self can blossom.
Because we have not opened our new eyes, the universe has fallen into
the abyss of sorrow, misfortune and despair inherited from the fall.
There is nothing more sad or infuriating than this fact. Although
we should be working toward alleviating this sorrow and indignation,
people do not even know how this sorrow and indignation came about.
They are completely at a loss. Though people are pitiful, how much more
miserable is God as He watches over this situation?
In the last days, it is the fate of fallen people to examine and
recognize everything in a new light. The purpose of history and human
life is to attain the day when we recognize everything and open our eyes,
the joyful day when we discover our new selves, the moment we can connect
with the entire universe as a new self and forge an inseparable bond of
love with God. People have been struggling to attain this, even though
they were not aware of it.
The Reason We Must Open Our Eyes Again
and Look to Heaven
We must open our eyes again. We must open our eyes again and look
to Heaven. When we lift our gaze and look toward Heaven, we will feel
awe-stricken. Heaven never forgot human beings, who are deep in sleep and
lamenting before the death they face, all the while struggling to find the
path in the world of death. Heaven has thought about humanity, which has
betrayed Him, many thousands of times. You will fathom this and feel the
heart of God, who loves human beings. The moment you realize that Heaven
really exists, you will cry out of mixed emotions of sorrow and gratitude.
How many times has Heaven looked at us while protecting our lives!
Heaven has been watching over us through our life course, our ideological
conditions, and our desires, even while we were not aware of it. Do you
understand the sorrow of God? Have you ever felt the misery that by far
surpasses our misery and sadness? If you have not, you will not be able
to bring resolution to all this in these last days of the 6,000-year
history. It is not possible. The fundamental problems of humanity cannot
be solved before humanity shatters all these walls and experiences the
heart of God after returning to the original position of Adam. This is
how it is.
We must open our eyes again and look at God, in whom we believe. We
must look at Jesus again. We must look again at the countless
good ancestors who came with the mission of God's providence of
restoration. While reviewing history, we must reflect on this again
and think about what will happen as we look at the future with deep
concern. If you do not feel like crying out bitterly, "Heaven!" as you
open up your eyes and look, your hopes will be dashed.
Why are the paths of modern people blocked? Even the religious leaders
who founded religions and guided people's lives could not solve these
fundamental problems and came to a dead end. Both philosophy and science
have come to dead ends. What is the reason for this? It is because they
did not open their eyes.
Since we cannot bring resolution with anything we currently have,
we must forsake them all and look to Heaven once more. Those who have
an earnest desire to look to Heaven and seek it, those who mourn with
this desire to look up, and those who die cherishing this desire are
the ones who can lay the cornerstone for the conclusion of human history.
A person concerned about the fate of his declining nation must not
shout out for the sake of the people. First, he must cry out for the
sake of Heaven, then he should shout out for the sake of the people.
This is when the people will revive. History bears witness to this fact.
The moment we chase away the world, where we cannot find a solution
even after ardent struggle, the moment when we return to the state of
the original mind and open our eyes in the state of complete void is
the moment when a new history is created and new life begins. It is the
moment of re-creation when we can find our true selves.
We must understand that Jesus struggled to find Heaven as he prayed.
Therefore, during the thirty-year preparation period, he could never
express joy, even when his brothers and sisters or neighbors and relatives
were happy. He saw that there was a huge gap between what Heaven wanted
and where humanity was heading. The greater the gap he saw, the more
firm his determination became.
Though he had many things to say, Jesus lived in silence. This was
the grief of the thirty-year preparation period. After this thirty-year
preparation period was over, he left his family and went forth as a
pioneer. He went forward with the mind-set, "I will go even in the
face of death, even if the path is fatiguing, even if I am to meet
my downfall." With this determination, he was able to overcome his
Jesus' Attitude toward His Life
Adam fell because he believed everything that someone told him
from the side. If we accept conventional trends of thought, then we
may also perish. Therefore, we must re-examine them before we receive
them. If you stand in the position of a master who can analyze trends
through the philosophy connected to your mind, life and emotions,
which philosophy can rescue you? No school of thought can rescue you.
Had such fundamental problems been solved, peace would have settled in the
realm of heart within you, and there would have been joy in your living
environment. You would have enjoyed freedom and equality. No matter how
many doctrines are promoting their ideals, we know that there has been
no doctrine which has liberated our hearts, emotions and ideologies.
When we hope for the one day when we look up and wake from sleep,
when we do away with our present environment and look to Heaven, we will
find our Lord there. Human beings have not understood this until now.
What kind of people pursued the will of God during the course of
history? They are those who transcended their era and clung to Heaven,
those who abandoned earth and yearned for Heaven. They were not tolerated
by their era. Rejected by their era, they led a pitiful life. They were
extremely miserable people. In this world, where other people have places
to rely on and live comfortably, they had nowhere they could depend on,
no friend with which to share their heart, no people of similar mind who
could give their lives and fight for them. In this sad state, they all
The young man who came 4,000 years after the fall, the young Jesus,
discredited his era, his environment, and the religions up to his time
to save all people. What did this young man promote? He promoted the
will of God, about which humankind was ignorant.
Jesus cherished the will of God, and knew that what he experienced
in reality could be the reference for the comprehensive ideology. Hence,
even when the world betrayed him, Jesus overcame it and looked at his new
self, his new family, society, nation and world with a new attitude. He
was able to look confidently at the new ideology. Moreover, because
he understood that its value was higher and more precious than anything
else in his world, he was not affected at all by the betrayal of Israel
and Judaism. Even when society, his family, a famous scholar, a chief
priest or scribe opposed him, no matter what kinds of difficulties and
tribulations confronted him from all sides, Jesus remained immutable. He
only lifted his gaze again and said, "God!" This was the principle by
which he led his life.
Jesus felt infinite sorrow over the environment around him, which
denied him. Realizing that God was also grieving over his situation,
he felt deeply sorry. Jesus felt blocked by a wall of sorrow toward the
people who had repeatedly betrayed God and who had ostracized the many
prophets and sages God had sent to establish him.
Therefore, Jesus felt that his death was nothing compared to the grief
of God, who had lamented and fought for the sake of humanity. This is
why Jesus was able to deny himself and bow down before the heart of God.
This is where a new awakening of humanity and a new beginning of the
second selves came about. Humanity was able to meet the spring of life
through Jesus. Humanity had been sleeping in sorrow and darkness for
4,000 years. Had they believed in Jesus, they would have been able to
greet the new spring and revive their lives.
We Should Possess the Insight and Level of Heart
with which to Recognize the Messiah
Today, 2,000 years after the coming of Jesus, everyone who lived for
Heaven was attached to his life. There was no one who did not feel sorrow
springing from within. Yet, they sensed the sorrow and the torn life
of their Lord more than their attachment to their life and sorrow. Our
ancestors denied all they had and followed the heart which guided them
Where has the providential course of Heaven, stained with the
ancestors' blood, sweat and tears, gone? It has progressed alongside
the course of human history. Where will the last days of history lead
us? If at the close of the providence a person appears who can become
the sacrifice of blood, tears and sweat for the sake of the whole, who
proclaims, "Heaven, please receive me," then that person is the Savior
of the last days. He is the Savior of life.
If such a person takes charge of the providence, he will appear on
the earth with heavenly conditions and represent Heaven's heart. When
you face that prophet, even if you do not understand his heavenly heart
and character, you must deny the practical reality and behold him with
a fresh perspective. You must open your eyes and be able to see and
distinguish the value and character of that person. If you cannot do this,
then even if Jesus were to come to the earth, you would not recognize him.
Moses, who stood before the 600,000 Israelites, had grown up in
the palace of Pharaoh and had been a shepherd raising a flock of sheep
in the Midian wilderness. If you look at that background alone, Moses
had no special value which distinguished him from others in the world.
However, when Moses appeared after having cultivated a heavenly heart
and character, the Israelite people should have opened their eyes and
beheld him. Because they did not do so, even though they followed Moses,
they still fell down in the wilderness. The same was true during Jesus'
day. It also true, today, in the last days of history.
You must liquidate the sinful history starting from within yourselves.
If you make a negative contribution to history, you will go to hell.
If you make a positive contribution, you will go to Heaven. Moreover,
when we compare the era to you, if the era is greater than you, you
will go to hell. If you are greater than the era, then you will go to
Heaven. This is how it works.
Human beings, who have been guided by the fortunes of the universe,
must restore the day when they can control these fortunes. God has been
working through the long 6,000-year history with His gaze firmly fixed
on such a day. The 6,000-year course of God's providence of restoration
has been an attempt to find one brave person who can remove the sorrow
of being dragged about by the fortunes of Heaven and can control them.
We who have the mission to renew this must acquire a second eye. We
must sense our second life, find our second ideology, cultivate our
second character, and take pride in them. Only when a person appears who
can raise you and wish blessings for you on behalf of the fortunes of
the universe, can the 6,000-year providence come to a close. Moreover,
this will set the condition for God to receive glory.
When we reflect on Jesus, who prayed in the garden of Gethsemane
with his three disciples, we find that he was brave amid miserable
circumstances. He wanted to move the heart of God through the heart of
heaven and earth and through his own heart. The garden of Gethsemane
was the place where he offered such prayers. Jesus should have moved the
heart of humanity to unify heaven and earth, heavenly love, and earthly
love. He had to make a connection only with heavenly love, because he
was ostracized in respect to the love of human beings and was driven
out of the earth. The garden of Gethsemane was where that connection
was made. Although the three disciples, representing humankind, were
with him, the heart of Jesus and the hearts of Peter and the other two
disciples were different.
Jesus, who yearned for heavenly love and beheld Heaven before his
imminent death, fixed his gaze on the glory of resurrection beyond the
valley of death. The disciples, who had selfish mentalities, could not
understand the heart of Jesus. These kinds of incidents took place many
times. They were indeed shameful people. These are the deeds of our
ancestors, who betrayed Heaven.
What Will Remain in the End
Our ancestors betrayed Jesus. He was our True Parent, our Lord,
our bridegroom, the master of our ideology, the subject of our lives,
and the incarnation of Heaven who represented the entire universe. Have
you ever felt deep inside that you are the descendants of these ancestors
and felt bitter about these historical personalities?
When the disciples could not raise their eyes and look at Heaven,
Jesus turned his attention toward them many times during his prayer.
Jesus felt so incredibly urgent and anxious as he warned them about
trials. With this mind-set, Jesus called upon God. Feeling the heart
of God and forgetting himself, he thought about his beloved disciples
and looked at them many times. However, the three disciples were dozing
off, totally unaware of Jesus' heart. You have to understand that this
situation not only indicated the state of the three disciples, it also
exposed the internal situation of all humanity.
You are not aware of the brave, weeping voice crying out loud and
clear from the garden of Gethsemane. This voice is telling you to lift
your gaze and look again, yet you do not hear. It is shaking the body
and striking the head to awaken sleeping humanity; yet, they do not
know. There is no one on earth who understands the grievous heart of God
as He works hard for the one blessed day when He can raise humanity as
His sons and daughters.
As the original sons and daughters who can uphold the good philosophy
of life, you must repair the nail wounds in the heart of Heaven, uproot
the historical sorrows, and become the harbringers of love and the
media of harmony on behalf of all things and the universe. You must
become people about whom God can say, "You are my pride, my beloved,
and the highest source and standard of happiness."
God is looking at you with this kind of expectation. When you lift
your eyes and look to God, do you find that you have set the foundation
for resurrection? God created all things and commanded Adam and Eve to
rule them because He wanted them to experience being second creators. You
must experience such feelings. Whenever you look at all things, you must
sense the skill with which God created the universe and the effort He
made in doing so. You must experience the heart He felt as He rejoiced
over the created things.
You must find the unifying point with the heart of Heaven and the
universe and become their embodiment, in order to offer everything to
Heaven. The moment you do, that is the final destination that Heaven and
we desire. It is the culminating point for which both Heaven and we human
beings have yearned. It is you, not God, who must bring this to pass.
What will remain in the end? Qualified people who have connected with
the love of heaven and earth and who have cultivated a new original
heart inside the realm of God's love will remain. Here we can witness
the new people God has permitted. Having reached the state of original
perfected Adam and Eve, we can become new people whom God can bless with
both hands. Hence, you must become the heads of new families built in the
new heaven and new earth. You must become new parents of a new universe
and new children. Such a family must be formed around you.
God has passed through the course of history during which He watched
over human beings countless times. Where will be the final destination
of history? It is in the one family where God and human beings can live
eternally, where human beings are made into the true children of God. In
that family, based on God's love, every member and every created being
is indispensable. You have to understand that God has longed for such
We do not own ourselves. Our lives do not belong to us. The society
in which we live does not belong to us. The nation in which we live
does not belong to us, and the world in which we live does not belong to
us. The God in whom we believe also does not belong to us alone. Now you
must lift your eyes and set out toward Heaven in search of your second
selves. This is what the faithful people of the last days must do.
What Heaven Wants of
the Faithful People in the Last Days
Attending the True Parents of humanity, you must alleviate all
grievous situations, sorrows and grudges. Your heart must completely
become one with the heart of the True Parents. You must thus become
the incarnation of joy, every part of which is overflowing. In this
way, the True Parents must be able to say to you, "You are my beloved.
You are my joy. You are my goodness and happiness."
When we reflect upon ourselves and our many sorrows, we have been so
miserable that we can hardly say we have been living like people. Now we
should no longer be lost in agonizing thoughts. We should become new,
second selves who can dance in joy, bliss and glory. If such an event
does not take place on the earth, God will truly be a miserable God.
Our fate compels us to deny ourselves and be recognized anew. However,
the earth on which we live and our earthly lives have not borne
heavenly fruits. Hence, even if the world, your friends, your parents,
your spouses, your children and everything on the earth were to leave,
your earnest heart which looks to Heaven must tell you not to leave.
Are you going to remain unchanged as God is unchanging? Are you going
to cling tenaciously to the heavenly bond and bonds of blessing with
the determination that you will bear the fruits on the earth, even at
the cost of your lives? Do you have the desire to attain the love of God,
even if your hearts are torn apart and you are made sacrifices of Satan in
the process? Have you struggled vehemently with the hope and desire that
the heart to drive away fallen conditions will remain within you? Have
you become someone whom God has sought? Have you become someone who can
be presented before Heaven? Have you become someone who can be proud
before heaven and earth? You must be able to say, "Heaven, please come
down. Humanity, please look at me. All things, please dance in rejoicing."
Using yourselves as the condition, you must alleviate the bitterness
of heaven, earth and all things, and remove all sorrow rooted deep in
the cosmos. You should then sing on behalf of Heaven, earth and the
universe. Moreover, you must be able to ask God, "Please allow only a
sincere and loyal heart to remain within us," so that you may command
Satan. You must be able to say, "Only someone who possesses such a
heart should be allowed to be the Lord of history. Only that person
should influence the history of humanity. Only that heart should be the
signpost of hope for our descendants." You have to understand that you
have the mission to pass down such a heart.
Jesus has fought for the sake of this ideal, and our ancestors also
fought for it. God has been awakening the people who live inside the
realm of darkness for the sake of this ideal.
Who will penetrate the walls of historical misfortunes and, with
the heart of Heaven, awaken the hearts of the people who are fast
asleep? Who will awaken their own sleeping self and introduce the
exploding heart of God's love? It is none other than you, who appear so
unworthy. Therefore, even if you are chased out, driven away and cruelly
persecuted, you must always remember that you are the spearhead who must
make the connection with this mission.
We have been called before heaven, earth and all things with this
responsibility. Hence, we must accomplish our mission and responsibility
to alleviate the bitter sorrow of heaven and earth. As the new hope
of heaven and earth, you must make it possible for God to forget all
grief and look at you with a joyful heart. You must become someone whom
humanity can behold with delight; someone whom all things can behold
with joy. You must achieve harmony.
This is the garden of the ideal, the original Kingdom of Heaven. The
place where people join in harmony and unite around the one ideal is
the Kingdom of Heaven on earth. God has been seeking us and awakening
us countless times to introduce this. However, we have forgotten it,
so we must remember this sorrow and ardently strive to find our new
second selves in order to take responsibility for this.
We must lift our gaze and look to Heaven. Although our eyes have
become extremely dim, we must constantly look for something to appear.
We must look at everything in history since the time of Adam.
These things have made it impossible for us to find the center of
life and the standard of our thoughts. Please allow us to have the
heart with which to overcome them and look to Heaven, the heart which
can transcend human love and be embraced by Heaven's love. Please let us
recognize that we are struggling in bitter grudges held against the earth,
Heaven and all things, and let us set out in search of our second selves,
craving our second selves. Please allow us to have an anxious heart,
which makes it unbearable for us to leave the matter unresolved.
We are the ones who must govern and protect the original garden
which we lost. We are the ones who must make bonds of love with all
things and offer them together to the Father. We are the ones who bear
the responsibility to make the Father's flowers of love blossom through
the heart with which the Father created the universe.
Father of love, we earnestly ask that You awaken humanity, who are
fast asleep without having taken even one step forward, and that You
raise them to become people who can greet the glorious new morning and
open their eyes toward the sky.
Please allow us to become people who can open our eyes again to look
to Heaven and feel new willpower springing up before world history.
Please allow us to tie the new ideology and the new heart together and
to move the new tribe. Father, this is our sincere prayer.
If there are such people and such a nation, then let the world become
connected to Heaven through them. Please protect the Korean people,
so that they will not despair in their present miserable situation.
We understand that what lies ahead of us is the historical valley of
misfortune, which will require us to reject everything and lift our eyes
again. We Koreans have the greatest amount of undesirable things to be
discarded. We cannot boast about our politics or religion, and there is
nothing in our possession with which we can go forward. We live in an
environment which we must abandon. Please guide us not to cling to them,
but let us open our eyes toward Heaven. We know that You have blocked
our path so that we may set out toward the new destination which humanity
cannot behold. Please guide us not to despair, to forget all our fatigue,
and to persistently move forward each day.
We know that only when such people appear, who can open their eyes
and look to Heaven, can this earth regain its life and this world live.
Please permit us to become those people.
Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane with the heart of someone
who was destitute. He felt as if he had lost his parents, his brothers
and sisters, his nation and the world. Please allow us to feel the same
heart and possess Heaven only after experiencing the feelings of having
lost everything. Because the bonds must be made on the earth, Jesus
resurrected after he died. We know that Jesus had the responsibility to
set the condition of bonds on the earth.
Even if we are to lose everything of the earth and to fall down with
the heavenly standard and nothing else, please allow us to march toward
the one day when the hope of Jesus, the hope of Heaven, and the hope
of humanity can be realized on the earth through us. Please allow us to
dash toward that day every day, every year, for the remaining days of our
lives. Wishing this most sincerely, we pray in the name of the Lord. Amen.