REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
The Heart of Heaven in Relation to Elijah
I Kings 19:1-21
March 15, 1959,
Upon this day You have given, we have gathered before Your dignified
presence on our knees, concerned about our insufficiency. Please allow
us to fathom our hearts now to see where they are. We are aware that
Your course in pioneering the path of life was one of utmost austerity
Father, please look with compassion at Your sons and daughters
gathered here. I sincerely wish and desire that You will please
manifest Your dignified presence. By our setting up the standard of
victory You have granted, acknowledge us as the sacred throng, and
come visit us.
The remaining course of the providence is one of sorrow. We are aware
that the responsibility to hold this sorrow in check is upon our
shoulders. We also know that he who cannot feel Heaven's limitless
sorrow will not be able to assume responsibility for it. Since we are
aware that we cannot help assuming the responsibility for the
sorrowful heart that remains in Heaven and for Heaven's battles,
please allow us to know how.
We know that we have to feel and experience greater sorrow than anyone
to be equal to this task, and that we must not become stragglers even
if we are placed in a position of more chagrin than anyone else on the
Father, I pray from the bottom of my heart that You will allow us to
be concerned whether our bodies can be the sacrifice of victory
offered before Heaven.
Although two thousand years of history have passed since Jesus came
and left, the true altar of victory that Jesus built at the top of Mt.
Calgary, where he cried together with Heaven, has not yet appeared on
this earth. We know that the time has come when Heaven cannot help
moving, human beings on this earth cannot help moving, and the summit
of worldwide Golgotha must appear, where Heaven and earth meet. This
is the time when Gethsemane must appear. There will have to be
numerous believers who assume responsibility. However, we know in
reality that there is no throng of people in whom Heaven can seek and
rejoice. Therefore, the sons and daughters who feel concern about the
Father's heart will have to wail more and more as they look upon this
Father! Please allow us to know that the greater the ardent mind of
the Father as He eagerly looks forward to the day of hope, the greater
is His heart of longing for the person to appear on the earth who can
render devoted service to Him.
Please allow us to assume all historical grief by becoming sons and
daughters who can be held in the Father's hands and raised in the
Father's bosom by offering all our minds and bodies.
We know that this must be the hour when our minds and bodies are
resurrected anew through the miracles the Father personally works.
Please forgive us for not having fulfilled the responsibility You
entrusted to us in the past week. Forgive us for not having rendered
devoted service to You. Please forgive us for not having led a
tear-stained life, holding onto Your heart. Forgive us for having
forgotten that You never gave a thought to Your own toil as You sought
each one of us.
Father, I ardently pray from the depth of my heart that You will allow
us to be Your newly resolved and determined sons and daughters in this
hour, each conscious of his or her insufficiencies in the past. Let us
be able to step forth upholding the minds within us which are centered
on the Father's heart.
Father, since this is a holy day, please look with compassion upon the
thirty million Korean people who are in such a pitiful situation.
Father, I sincerely wish and desire that You will please be their
Friend, their Leader, and the Master who revives their lives.
Please be the center of their hope. Father, I pray from the bottom of
my heart that You will please not allow this throng, this race, and
this religious order to move without the Father.
I ardently wish and desire that You will bestow the blessing that You
were to grant in this hour. Please allow Your sons and daughters who
assumed the responsibility for the day of victory to be able to
fulfill the mission. We are aware that this nation has the
responsibility to reveal the Father's glory by realizing this will.
Since we know that there will be endless ordeals in the process of
carrying that responsibility out, Father, I pray from the bottom of my
heart that You will allow us to be the sons and daughters who can step
forth in Your place, meeting our responsibility even in the course of
Please bestow blessings upon humanity, which is ignorant of this will.
At this time, when the wave of life and death sweeps along, please
allow many throngs of people to emerge who are capable of taking hold
of the Father and becoming His sons and daughters.
Father, I sincerely wish and desire that You will allow many sons and
daughters to come forth before the Father, sons and daughters who can
meet the collective responsibility of helping humanity evade the lash
If there are people who do not know about this mission, about this
time and responsibility, please warn them through us. Father, I
sincerely wish and desire that You will allow them to become Your sons
and daughters who can fulfill the responsibility and mission of the
Please bless this day. Please extend Your hands of indiscriminate
grace over the scattered people who are appealing to You, embracing
the lonely hearts. Father, I sincerely wish and desire that You will
grab hold of them so that they do not fall away in the middle of the
fight and so that they can establish the day of victory You have
Father, please govern us in person during this hour, from the
beginning to the end. Do not let the influence of darkness be
activated. I pray this from the bottom of my heart.
Since we offer everything to You, please take charge and have
dominion. I pray in the name of the Lord. Amen.
We are aware that numerous people on this earth have gone through a
path of toil and have undergone a fight of blood and tears for the
sake of the will. Today, we know that we must be the fruit of that
blood in front of Heaven. We know that we must hoist the flag of
victory on the base of the providence that remains. In this hour
today, please allow us not to think we belong to ourselves. Since our
minds are not ours, our lives are not ours, and the desire we cherish
is not ours, please allow us not to relate to Heaven with
self-centered minds. Since we began as the Father's, Father, I pray
deeply that You will allow this to be the hour when we belong only to
Our minds, our bodies, and our doctrines and assertions must all
belong to the Father. Therefore, please do not tolerate the things
that are not of You. If there are elements of evil in our minds and
bodies, please eliminate them. By eliminating all doctrines and
assertions that are not Yours, Father, I sincerely wish and desire
that You will allow this to be the hour when we can move only in
accord with what belongs to the Father.
Who can stand against Heaven, however great he may be on this earth?
No one can appear before the Father with any excuses. Therefore, we
realize that the time has come when we must repent from the heart, for
we are steeped in sinful history. We have become offerings for Satan
because of the sin and evil of history.
Father, although our minds and bodies should have been our own, they
became offerings to Satan instead. Please allow us to revive the minds
within us that can grieve over this. Please create contrite hearts
that regard this matter with great indignation. Father, I ardently
wish and desire that You will allow us to form ties with Heaven by
being awakened to our worth and by rediscovering ourselves.
We are aware that an infinite number of satans are eyeing our minds
and bodies. Since the bitter roots of unforgivable sin remain, Father,
please manifest Yourself. With Your able authority, create the history
of re-creation. Father, I sincerely wish and desire that You bring
about heavenly works of miracles so that our minds can succumb before
We are aware that when Heaven moves, the earth cannot help moving, and
when the earth makes a request to Heaven, Heaven cannot help
complying. Are there heavenly sons and daughters today who fight to
take hold of Heaven as their own with sincere minds and whole hearts?
Is there one who has lived his whole life accepting all heavenly
situations as his own, assuming Heaven's work as his own, accepting
Heaven's ideology as his own? Is there one who has fought to grasp
this, receiving maltreatment and being hounded and pursued to grasp
this? Since we are not such, please allow us to be able to inform
Heaven truthfully that we are unpardonable offenders.
Although we do not know it today, Heaven sent numerous prophets and
sages over the long period of six thousand years, having them build
bloody altars. By sending loyal subjects and patriots to this nation,
Heaven has taken hold of the direction this nation must take. For that
purpose, the Father did not care about any particular region. He
unfolded the dispensation internally to the domain that transcends
race. Such has been the Father's toil. Please allow us not to forget
The Father devoted all sincerity and exerted all possible efforts to
realize this one will and came seeking for us, ready for any kind of
sacrifice. Therefore, Father, I pray from the bottom of my heart that
You will not allow us to be brazen-faced sons and daughters who cannot
uphold honor before such grace.
Now we have perceived that heaven exists and who Heavenly Father is.
Since we know that an inevitable condition remains for the Father and
us to form bonds, Father, please allow us to be able to feel Your
grief as our own, Your deep lamentation and sorrow as our own through
the heart. Please allow heavenly marchers to appear before this nation
and this earth, stepping forth to fight a fierce battle against Satan.
Father, I ardently wish and desire that You will allow us to rout the
enemy satans from this earth who have falsely accused Heaven for six
thousand years. Allow us to dissolve the Father's bitter resentment
and suffering love and to build the ideal garden You sought as quickly
Father, please give instructions as to the direction of this nation.
Reveal the direction the religious order should take, and clearly
indicate the path of the true sons and daughters. We are aware that
the time of historical grief has arrived, when we are taken alive into
the influence of darkness by being thrown into confusion and
nebulosity. Father, I pray deeply that You will set up one standard by
which we can withstand.
We know that there was no moment when grief abated for Jesus, who came
for God and humanity. Looking back at Jesus two thousand years ago, we
now know that he shed tears in secret, starved in secret, and in
secret cried bitterly in the course of persecution. We are aware that
as Jesus walked this kind of course, numerous believers following
behind him also unselfishly walked the bloody path and went forth
fighting, even on the path of death.
The final day is approaching when we must bow respectfully toward
Heaven and receive blessing by offering ourselves as living
sacrifices. The time is coming near to sing of the glory of Heaven by
offering the whole of our lives. Where are Your sons and daughters who
will offer themselves as living sacrifices before You today? Where are
those who can please the Father and offer praise to Him in a glorious
state? We understand the heart of the Father, who is searching,
wondering where are such people. We know that if You feel sorrowful,
it is because You could not find Your reciprocating partner, because
You could not find one substantial entity of glory. Father, please
work so that we can at least have a mind to tremble for fear that the
heavenly sorrow may be extended to posterity for a thousand years
through the marks we leave today.
What did the sons and daughters gathered here come in search of? The
place these people must go is not here, but the Father's home. Is
there one who has sat on the Father's throne? Is there one who will be
remembered in the Father's mind? We know that if we do not become such
people, we can become nothing but objects for mockery in front of
billions of satans and offerings for them. Please allow us to
prostrate before the Father, concentrating our minds together in this
The path to the heavenly castle is the path of the cross. Please let
us know that we must go to the top of Golgotha, carrying our cross on
our back. We must go so far as the place of bloodshed, the place of
the cross, and be subjected to persecution. Father, I pray from the
bottom of my heart that You will allow us to know that You are seeking
the throng of people who forget about themselves, who forget their
sorrow and pain and exert themselves to the utmost to walk the path of
Golgotha today and tomorrow.
Please look upon the thirty million Korean people with compassion.
Bless the numerous religious orders which have appeared on their
behalf. It is a time when brother fights against brother. It is a time
when family members become enemies to one another, defying heavenly
principles and breaking down human ethics and morality. It is a time
when people calling on Heaven play sport with people who also call on
Heaven and strive more than hungry lions to catch and eat them. It is
the time when he who knows the sorrow of Heaven and looks at this
reality must weep bitterly and sigh for grief.
Father, please look with compassion at the pitiful, ignorant people.
Although they wander about seeking the true path, that path cannot be
walked without tears. Although they wander about seeking the true path
to life, the search cannot help being continued day and night since
the thirty million Korean people are ignorant. Who is responsible for
the fate of these people? Who feels and experiences the sorrow of
Heaven on behalf of these people? There is no one who will take
responsibility for the fate of these people. There is no one who will
dissolve the sorrow of Heaven. There is no one who hears the sounds of
lamentation and crying from Heaven. If such a person should appear,
Heaven's sorrow would not penetrate deeply into the earth; Heaven's
judgment would fall.
Father, please allow this age today to know the grief of Jesus, who
spoke of his sorrowful heart. It is of no use to know Jesus only as a
historical figure. The time has come when we must know Jesus of the
present time in our environment. Please allow us to be the throng of
people who utter a cry only toward Heaven, dead or alive, overwhelmed
by the shimjung to offer our minds and bodies as sacrifices before
that lofty and dignified shimjung, before that love. We know that this
throng of people is to be hounded on this earth and forsaken by the
religious order. I wish and desire that You will allow Your sons and
daughters gathered here to become the throng of people who can defend
their position to the death.
Father, please let us know that Heaven's grief remains, which we can
never forget. We would like personal comfort for ourselves. We are a
pitiful throng of people who do not know that Heaven's sorrow exists
before our personal comfort and that Heaven's fight began before we
What is the purpose of our coming here today? We did not come here to
meet someone. We did not come here to make a friend or to meet a
person of learning. We are here only to meet the Father, to know the
Father's sorrow, and to undertake the Father's cross. Father! Please
remove the one who dislikes this. Please aid the one who cannot assume
responsibility for this matter. Father, I ardently wish and desire
that You allow us to be the sons and daughters who know how to fire
arrows at Satan to protect the last castle wall and to die in defense
We know that the people who search for the path of which others
disapprove must not only feel and experience the sorrow others do not
know, but also must lead a life that others do not know. Father, since
You made this people's situation the way it is, please take
responsibility for it. Since You made the environment the way it is,
please take responsibility for that environment. Father, I pray from
the bottom of my heart that You allow us to know that the Father, who
assumed the responsibility, has not changed; He is lamenting, having
seen us change.
Heaven's mind appeared as one man's mind and established the standard
of shimjung for the sake of bringing together the history of four
thousand years. Because individuals trampled him and betrayed him,
humanity is in a miserable state today. Father, please influence the
numerous people on this earth who do not know that their sorrow is the
Please allow us to be the lonely throng of people who know how to shed
tears and build an altar for these people. We understand that Jacob
also built an altar of grief in the wilderness, and so did Moses and
Elijah. We aware that there is no one among our ancestors who assumed
responsibility for the will of Heaven who did not walk such a course.
Since we want to inherit their tradition, Father, I sincerely wish and
desire that You allow us to be the sons and daughters who know how to
minister to the Father, having prepared a sanctuary by rebuilding the
altar left behind and by rebuilding the fallen castle.
Father, will You grant a blessing this day? Please bless us. If this
is not the case, please allow us to feel and experience the Father's
sorrowful heart. By doing so, Father, I ardently wish and desire that
You will arouse in us at least the mind to expose our guilt and
Father, please be concerned about the path the Korean religious world
is taking. Please take charge of everything these people have, and
govern them. Father, please be aware of the situation of the throng of
people who are being hounded and who sigh for grief and feel sorrowful
because of it. I sincerely wish and desire that You will grant them
the day of victory when they can be embraced in the bosom of the
Father's love. For the numerous people who are persevering on their
path, striving in the course they have to go over, Father, I ardently
beseech You to grant them a new morning of glory.
Your sons and daughters gathered here today have not shown sincerity
in our service to You. Please let the passion of ardent shimjung,
admiration and longing, with which we can humbly seek and enter into
the Father's heart with bowed heads, rise high toward the sky. I
ardently solicit and desire that You will guide this to be the hour
when we are able to enter into the realm of heart in which we can call
You "Father," going beyond the range of our perceptions, forming ties
with Your grace of compassion.
Ardently wishing and desiring that You will also embrace the lonely
families scattered throughout the localities with the same grace in
this hour, I pray all these words in the name of the Lord. Amen.
After fallen history began, God came forth, holding onto the chosen
Israel for a long time, unconcerned about His own great toil. After
the lapse of three thousand years, He established King Saul with great
hope and expectation. Because Saul could not fulfill his
responsibility, however, the original will of God was prolonged
through King David to the time of King Solomon. In other words, the
will God wanted to realize by establishing Saul was prolonged 120
The Jewish People Who Would Worship Foreign Gods
King Solomon had a heavenly responsibility to build the holy temple by
upholding the will of Heaven and to unite his people with it through
his leadership. However, we understand that since he too committed
sin, he ended up handing the people over to become puppets of Satan.
After King Solomon's death, the Israelites were divided into the
kingdoms of northern Israel and southern Judah by King Jeroboam and
King Rehoboam. The Israelites were the chosen people. With one leader
centered upon God, they were to act according to his commands. They
were the people God had led through a history of toil. We know the
sorrowful fact very well that the Israelites were divided into the two
kingdoms of north and south, contrary to Heaven's wish. All twelve
tribes of Israel should have united with Heaven centered on one altar,
standing on Heaven's side.
When Jacob set out for Haran, God appeared and blessed him in Bethel.
Jacob set up the stone he had placed under his head while sleeping as
a pillar and made a vow to God. Before crossing the Jabbok River, he
gathered stones and piled them in a heap at Mt. Gilead, hung God's
name over it, and made a promise. The Israelites who descended from
Jacob, upon receiving blessing from Heaven, should have upheld the
holy temple by being united as one sovereign nation and people over
whom God could exercise His authority. Yet, abandoning the heavenly
mission, the twelve tribes divided into ten in the northern kingdom
and two in the southern kingdom. We should remember this as more than
just a historical fact. It was a sorrowful fact.
The Israelites at that time were the survivors of the tears and
bloodshed of three thousand years. They were the surviving throng of
hounded and mistreated people. They forgot about bearing a grudge
against the numerous foreign peoples who had trampled them down and
mistreated them and the numerous satans who had betrayed the will of
God. Instead, they entered into a bloody civil war. We must think
about the heart of God as He watched Israel and Judah cause such
The Israelites who entered the blessed land of Canaan under the
guidance of Joshua and Caleb should have ministered to God by building
a holy temple where God could dwell, centered on King Solomon.
Nevertheless, they battled against each other, dividing into two
kingdoms. They even worshipped Baal and Asherah. We must know God's
shimjung as He looked at such miserable sights.
God came to be deeply penetrated by sorrow. That piercing sorrow has
been linked to us through history. Where did that historical sorrow
go? Where did that national sorrow go? Where did the heavenly sorrow
go? We did not know that conditions such as these surround and revolve
around our shimjung; conditions such as these surround the environment
of those who seek Heaven. Conditions such as these are trying to
straighten the direction of the path we are to walk, beyond our
Elijah Received a Royal Summons
Looking at the pitiable situation, God sought out and set up a person
called Elijah from the peasants living in Gilead. At that time, there
was a king of Israel as well as the ten tribal chiefs. However, God
put them all aside and elected Elijah, who was a mere peasant in
Gilead. You must know how sorrowful is a fact like this.
The king of Israel should have stood guard over the holy temple of
Heaven while ruling the nation. However, he forgot that
responsibility. He rejected and reproached Heaven and trampled upon
the people. Furthermore, he built an altar for Baal, the enemy of
Heaven, and made Asherah poles. He put them up in front of the people
and worshipped them. We must think about how Heaven could have hated
King Ahab for doing such things. Because God could not control the
anger and sorrow in His heart at seeing the chosen people being
trampled by Satan, God chose one person. That chosen person was not
the king of the nation, not royalty, not a tribal chief, but a
commoner, Elijah. Heavenly Father was in the situation where He could
not find the person He had to find, He could not have the person He
had to have, He could not lead the people He had to lead. He went
around looking for them, meeting the king, the tribal chiefs and
numerous people without success. Therefore, He sought out and set up
one person who knew and felt concern about the national grief and
heavenly sorrow of that period, a person who prayed and cried out to
Heaven. That person was Elijah.
Elijah was set up in such a way. Members of the congregation! Please
imagine Elijah in retrospect. Elijah was not a person who had the
backing of his tribe. He was not a person whose environment
safeguarded him or his position or situation. He was a person who knew
Heaven's heart and who came forth upon Heaven's calling.
His environment was an enemy one under the sovereignty of King Ahab.
Elijah, who received the call of Heaven in such an environment, had a
stronger determination than anyone; he was determined that even if he
were to die, he would die holding onto his people. Even if he was to
die, Elijah tried to uphold the tradition of the prophets and sages
who had represented the historical heart in the course of the national
level providence. Going further, Elijah shed tears of concern about
God's heart; he wept on behalf of the nation and its history. You must
reflect upon this. That is why Heaven sought out Elijah.
The title of today's sermon is, I will speak briefly upon this topic.
God looked for Elijah to represent His sorrowful heart of three
thousand plus years. That is, Elijah was to represent the historical
heart that numerous prophets and sages had felt, never forgetting the
promise of God, the blessing He had given with uplifted hands upon
those He named Israel. Because God was concerned about that promise,
He sought out Elijah to embrace the heart with which He had unfolded
the dispensation throughout the thousand years and more since the time
The Heart of God Who Called Elijah;
the Manner in which God
Set Him Up as the Man in Charge
We cannot help thinking that there were aspects of sadness as well as
hope for God, who set up Elijah to restore the Israelites, who had
been captured alive by the enemy.
The chosen Israelites were being disgraced by worshipping Baal, a
foreign god, and making Asherah poles. God called Elijah because He
could not endure the sorrow of that. However, Elijah could not appear
before the Father with a happy mind.
Elijah could not say, "Father! You are right. I will go the path You
want me to go. I will assume the responsibility for which You have
called me." Elijah said, "I am nothing but a man of the people. Oh,
Heaven, since there are many tribal chiefs who are greater than I,
there is a king, there is royalty, and there are numerous Israelites,
why have You sought after someone so insignificant as I?" Because of
his great concern for Israel, Elijah could not help but unselfishly
ask to be excused before Heaven, for he was a person of conscience.
Yet Heaven knew He could not set up any of those people. He knew that
no one but Elijah would do. Therefore, he set up Elijah. God did not
bear down upon him by commanding him to fulfill the mission right
away. He had him put the environment in order and, by giving him prods
in this way, encouraged him naturally to take the course.
Therefore, when Elijah appeared before King Ahab after receiving
Heaven's calling, he was not forced to make a decision all in a
moment, saying, "Since it is the Father's words, I will do it right
away." Instead, Heaven made him run up against an environment in which
he could not help going forth. By letting him know that the misery of
the people and his own misery were getting worse, God had him make a
resolution, saying, "I will die for the people and on behalf of the
tribe." Only after all this did Heaven set him up as the person in
charge of the fight.
The Religious Attitudes of Noah and Mary
Such was also the case with our ancestor, Noah. Noah proceeded to put
the word of God into practice. God said, "Since I am surely going to
judge the whole world with water 120 years from now, make yourself an
ark." There might have been many occasions when he could have doubted
Heaven during the course of the internal fight. He must have felt his
feebleness keenly many times. What permeated his mind was that the day
was coming near when all the people of the earth would receive the
judgment of being washed away in flood waters.
Let us look at Mary. She was a chaste maiden, a faithful Israelite
woman who felt a deeper concern in her heart than anyone about the
Israelites. She waited for the Messiah to come with a more eager heart
than anyone among the Israelites, wondering when the Messiah, the
leader whom Heaven had promised for several thousand years, would
Mary knew the heart of Heaven in sending the Messiah. The people of
that time did not know the heart of Mary, who represented the
Israelites. They were supposed to usher in the Messiah in this manner,
but Heaven knew it was Mary alone who had such a heartistic standard.
Mary's heart was not to strike and destroy the enemy in the name of
the people. It was not to step forth as a brave soldier of battle to
avenge the grief of the nation, which was moaning in distress. She
knew Heaven's sorrow and had the heart to shed tears. She knew that
there had been a sorrowful historical course in the background of the
nation, even though people did not know about it, and her heart
grieved bitterly over the pitiful reality of the chosen Israelites,
who could not stand in front of God.
As a result of her meritorious conduct in shedding tears of hope for
the stately figure to appear even when he did not, and because she
embraced the shimjung that penetrated deep into her marrow, she was
able to form ties with Heaven's historical heart. For that reason, an
angel appeared unexpectedly and threw words of notification at her
like a thunderclap, saying, "1/4 you will conceive in your womb and
bear a son1/4." (Luke 1:31) However, Mary hesitated and said, "How
shall this be, since I have no husband?" (Luke 1:34) To this the angel
said, "For with God nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:37) Upon
listening to such words, wishing to fulfill the work of the Father,
Mary said without hesitation, "Behold! I am the handmaid of the Lord;
let it be to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)
The heart of Mary, who tried to form ties with the heart of Heaven,
was sincere. Even though her life was destroyed, and she was placed in
a situation where she could have been killed, she still said, "Let it
be to me according to your word." If word got out that a virgin had
conceived, Mosaic law stated that she was to be stoned to death or
expelled from the people, becoming a pariah to the tribe. Even under
such circumstances, in spite of knowing that no one among the
Israelites would receive her favorably, Mary said, "Behold! I am the
handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." For the
merit that she demonstrated, the internal heart deeply pierced by
sorrow and true faith, Mary became the mother of the central figure of
history, the age, the future, and all of humanity on the worldwide
level, the Messiah.
Elijah's Tears and His Loyalty
Elijah was called before Heaven in the same manner. He had been a
prince of tears, a person who shed tears no one knew of, until Heaven
sought him. He shed more tears than any king of Israel, more than
anyone else in Israel. There had been Israelites who had shed tears
over their miserable circumstances, but those tears were shed for
themselves. The tears of Elijah, though a common man, were shed having
forgotten his circumstances and pride. They were disinterested tears.
His mind was great in its wondering, "Why has Israel, whom Heaven has
guided, wound up as it has?"
The remnant of the mass of the six hundred thousand who died in the
forty-year wilderness course, after having undergone four hundred
years of slavery under Egypt, entered into the land of Canaan and
built the nation of Israel. Yet Elijah saw that Israel was being
subjugated by a foreign country, cajoled by the enemy. The privilege
of being the chosen people of God was being abused. Elijah felt a
deeply penetrating sorrow. He assiduously prayed for the people, more
than anyone else, and made more effort than anyone else for Heaven.
Because only such a one could represent Israel, Heaven sought Elijah.
When he heard Heaven's voice calling, "Elijah . . . Elijah." Elijah
might have been taken aback. He might have said, "What is the reason
for this? This is beyond my dreams. I never expected this to happen."
When he stepped forth in awe before the great will, Heaven said to
him, "Since I am behind you, go and tell King Ahab." With that word
from Heaven, Elijah went to fight King Ahab on behalf of Heaven.
Elijah felt concern about the judgment day that was approaching
because of Baal and the Asherah poles. They had been brought into the
nation by Queen Jezebel, who came from a foreign country. Elijah
grieved over Heaven's sorrow and the people for a long time. That is
why, upon receiving the word from Heaven, he stepped forth saying,
"Father, if there is a way for the people to live, I will carry it
into effect, offering myself as the sacrifice." After he received the
word of command from Heaven and departed to go to King Ahab, the word
"happiness" never applied to Elijah's life again. Things happened
contrary to his expectations; he had to hear unheard of things. His
environment was far from a comfortable one.
Elijah warned King Ahab that if he worshipped a foreign god, he would
perish and that he would starve after a year of bad harvests. However,
King Ahab did not listen and instead tried to kill Elijah. Elijah made
his escape and sought shelter in the Kerith Ravine. Elijah's heart was
very, very sad.
If he had not known Heaven, he could have had a house, parents,
relatives, brothers and sisters. He would have had a piece of land
where he could live in an environment that recognized him. However,
starting from the day he stepped forth for Heaven, he was put in
circumstances where he had to hide in a ravine. Still, Elijah did not
feel bitter against Heaven. Rather, he blamed King Ahab. He did not
feel bitter against the people; he had a grudge against Queen Jezebel.
If he had not had a heart of loyalty toward Heaven in an environment
where he was being pursued and cornered, he would have abandoned his
mission. The more his environment contracted, the more strongly Elijah
clung onto Heaven's sorrow and the people. Elijah knew that a life of
grieving with Heaven was grander than a life of temporary happiness.
Therefore, he moved closer and closer to Heaven, not forsaking his
ancestors' historic achievements and disregarding his pain.
For all that, Elijah did not know that Heaven cared more about him
than his brothers and sisters did, that Heaven felt more concern about
him than his relatives did, and that Heaven was more apprehensive
about his safety than his parents were. Humanity comes to know the
heart of Heaven only after going past it; this is the sad reality of
going forth in search of Heaven.
Elijah's Significant Achievements and His Tribulations
Even while hiding in Kerith Ravine, Elijah renewed his resolution.
Though no human beings knew the sorrowful heart of Elijah, in hiding
after reprimanding King Ahab and Jezebel to save the Israelites,
ravens brought him things to eat. You must know about Elijah. He
committed himself to seeking out people who could comprehend the heart
of Heaven even as he was starving.
Elijah knew that Heaven's deeply felt sorrow was because of the
people, who stood at the crossroads of life and death. He knew that
the judgment day resulting from the accumulated sorrows would come.
The more Elijah felt he could not cope with it alone, the more he
yearned after a like-minded person who could sacrifice him or herself
for the sake of Heaven's will. Elijah was permeated with the wish to
love like-minded people as much as he loved the nation, as much as he
Elijah's was the kind of mind that could save the people, the kind of
mind that could bring the people around to restore the nation to life.
This was an ardent mind capable of forging ties between humanity and
Heaven. Because Elijah had such a heart, Heaven chose and led him.
On one occasion, Elijah happened to go to a widow's house in Zarephath
and eat a piece of bread. The widow who helped pitiful Elijah made him
bread not with extra flour, but with her last handful, large enough
only for one meal. For that reason, we must know that the widow in
Zarephath would not have to worry about any food shortage after that
While Elijah was staying at the house of the Zarephath widow, the
woman's son became ill. When he grew worse and worse and finally
stopped breathing, the widow called out to Elijah, holding the boy.
Upon hearing the widow's ardent appeal, Elijah prayed to Heaven; then
the dead boy's life returned to him. At the top of Mount Carmel,
Elijah seized and killed more than eight hundred prophets of Baal and
Asherah. This was a big battle to set up and separate the false gods
from the true one.
Elijah knew that God called him because He loved the people. He
realized that God called him to fight in His stead against the hated
enemies. Realizing that God called him on behalf of the people to be
the person in charge of fighting against the prophets of Baal and
Asherah on God's behalf, Elijah seized and killed eight hundred and
more prophets of Baal and Asherah when the fire of Heaven fell and
burned up the wet altar. At the end of this incident, the Israelites
were overcome with grief over a bad harvest and starvation. Elijah,
who took pity on them and went to the top of Mount Carmel, appealing
to Heaven repeatedly, seven times, risking his life. On that account,
before King Ahab rode back, a heavy rain came.
Through these events, King Ahab and the Israelites should have known
the living God, and by clearly knowing that Baal was a false god and
repenting for their service to him, they should have followed at
Elijah's heels. In spite of it all, they did not follow him. Ahab went
on to the royal court and told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and
how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Jezebel sent a
messenger to Elijah to say, "I will make your life like that of one of
those you killed with the sword."
Upon hearing this, Elijah ran and came to Beersheba, having crossed
the Israelite border into Judah. He left his servant there, while he
himself went on a day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom
tree, built an altar for Heaven under it, and prayed.
Though he went to the land of Judah, which he had desired, obstacles
stood in his way. Elijah knew he had been chosen to save Israel. He
had struggled and striven, enduring many hardships and going through a
course of numerous battles. However, he had not attained actual
results. Elijah then ran away and went to the land of Judah. When the
road ahead was blocked, he went down on his knees and prayed, "Oh,
God, though You raised me because all of the prophets You sent were
killed, I cannot find one who has the heart to seek and relate with
You. Now the Israelites are trying to kill me too. I cannot go on any
farther. Please put me to death."
Father! I Am the Only One Left
Elijah had made great efforts to guide the people to fulfill the
providential purposes of God, who had called him, set him up and had
trusted in him. When God saw him pleading in the sad position of being
driven away, saying, "Father, I am the only one left!" He felt severe
sadness. We must know this fact.
Heaven felt that Elijah, hiding after being driven away and pursued,
was more precious than the numerous Israelites. He placed more hope in
him than in the land of Israel. We must stop to think about Elijah,
who pled with God to render a final decision in the wilderness where
he could not choose the right direction, in utter exhaustion and
having lost all hope. Furthermore, we must know God, who guided the
Israelites and toiled to seek out and set up Elijah. He helped Elijah
by performing various types of miracles when he was in trouble and
lent him a helping hand from the time of his youth. The heart of
Heaven in relation to Elijah came to be buried in grief.
Elijah realized that he could not stay in the land of Judah. He ended
up running away to Mt. Horeb, where God had bestowed blessing upon the
Israelites when they came to take their way out of Egypt by walking
forty days and forty nights. It was a mountain near Mount Sinai, where
his ancestors had formed their bonds with Heaven. God knew that Elijah
had to cross the border, and He also knew that Elijah had a long way
to go, without any friend or fellow-traveler. Therefore, through an
angel, God gave Elijah a cake of bread baked over hot coals and a jar
of water and told him to eat and drink.
Strengthened by that food, Elijah should have run toward Israel, the
land of sorrow, embracing Heaven's sorrow and the people's grief,
harboring the enmity to get even. On the contrary, he ran in the
direction of Mt. Horeb.
Elijah walked for forty days and forty nights until he reached Mt.
Horeb. There he went into a cave and fell asleep. He was in a pitiable
condition, like the remnants of a defeated troop. Heaven again came
looking for Elijah, who had run away for his comfort after breaking
away from the path of God's guidance. Of the sleeping Elijah, God
asked, "What are you doing here, Elijah?" Elijah replied, "I have been
very jealous for Heaven. But I am a weaker person than my ancestors."
His words did not comfort God.
However, God made Elijah stand on the mountain in His presence and
advised him in many different ways. God advised him by means of
creating strong winds and earthquakes and through fire. God did not
appear in person in front of Elijah. Later, God appeared to Elijah and
called him in the quiet. Elijah responded, "Father, the Israelites
have put your prophets to death. I am the only one left. I cannot go
on any farther. What can I do in this situation where I am being
pursued and driven out?" To this, God said, "Though Israel is in the
hands of Ahab, there are more than seven thousand people who observe
the law and get circumcised and whose knees have not bowed down to
Baal. What do you think of them then?" This was the expression of the
sorrowful heart Heaven had in relation to Elijah.
Elijah made up his mind again and went back to the desert of Damascus
according to Heaven's command. There he anointed Hazael and Jehu kings
(over Aram and Israel respectively), and anointed Elisha to succeed
him as prophet. Knowing that Heaven was solicitous about the future of
the more than seven thousand people whose knees had not bent to Baal,
Elijah made a fresh determination.
Likewise, all people dealing with the providential will today walk a
toilsome path. They are walking the path of blood and tears. They are
walking the path of being pursued and bearing the cross. For whom was
this sorrowful path of great and undeserved indignities created? It
was for the sake of humankind. Furthermore, you must know that it was
because of Satan, who has been God's enemy for six thousand years.
Why are we placed in a situation with sorrow and pain, into which the
storm of persecution sweeps? It is to save the people and liberate
Heaven. Yet even those who deal with Heaven's will have difficulty in
feeling such a shimjung of God.
Jesus Felt Concerned for Heaven and Loved His Enemies,
Even as He Was Crucified
Jesus was hounded by the religious order and driven away by the
people. He was seen as a heathen by the religious order and as an
agent of destruction by the law. He was driven away by his tribe and
kicked out of his house. He was hounded even by the followers of John
the Baptist. He was pursued by Satan even when he went out to the
wilderness. That was not the end of it all. In the end, the whole was
mobilized, and he was pushed onto the path of the cross, the path of
In spite of that, Jesus shed tears for the sake of the people who had
treated him as a traitor. Though Jesus was treated as a heathen by the
denomination of Judaism, he shed more blood and tears for the
Israelites than any high priest. No one of that age was his ally; yet
he was the friend of that age. In spite of being pursued as the
traitor of the people, Jesus was a loyal subject. In spite of being
treated as a heretic by the religious denomination, he was the
faithful retainer of that denomination.
What kind of walk did Jesus experience? He had a ghastly walk during
which he was torn, chased after, fell down, and bore the cross. That
was not all. Reckless scoundrels hounded him, carrying whips in their
hands. If Jesus had been like Elijah in such a situation, he would
have prayed, "Father, I am the only one left."
When Jesus left his three disciples behind and prayed at the Garden of
Gethsemane, he said, "My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass
from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt." (Matthew
26:39) This is Jesus' greatness. Though he was in a pitiable
condition, he knew that his body was the sacrificial offering for the
nation, the sacrificial offering for humankind, and the sacrificial
offering for the heavenly principles.
Regardless of his sorrow, Jesus was thus aware, and felt concerned
about Heaven's great sorrow. He wondered about how the terrible sorrow
of God as He watched Jesus being betrayed by the very people for which
he had come. Jesus was the Crown Prince, the central figure of the
whole universe, the Messiah. If he had wanted to deplore the state of
things, stating how impossible it was that he should have to go the
gruesome route of the cross, he could have mobilized the whole
universe to his side. Realizing that he could not do that, he instead
took the shame of the situation upon himself.
Jesus had the responsibility to build the heavenly kingdom and put the
world in the Father's bosom by gathering the religious denomination
together and rallying the people. Yet when he came to walk the path of
the cross, unable to fulfill that responsibility, he did not complain.
When he prayed, "Let this cup pass from me," it was not because he
felt sorry about having to die. He prayed so because he knew that
humanity's sorrow and Heaven's grief would be aggravated by his death.
Jesus knew that if he died on the cross, a heavier cross would be left
behind for world humanity to bear in future generations. He knew that
the history of sorrow would not end. He knew that the path of
Golgotha, the path of death, would not end. He also knew that if he
walked the path of Golgotha himself, the people who followed him would
also have to walk it. Jesus knew that not only the cross, but a more
difficult path would be left behind.
When both his hands and feet were nailed, his side bleeding from being
thrust with a spear, and a crown of thorns was placed upon his head,
Jesus knew that this suffering would not be limited to him. In spite
of knowing this, he still faced Heaven and said, "All has been
fulfilled." He did not say that to mean that the path of the cross in
the human world was finally over. He meant that the heart that cried
for and felt concern over humanity's cross was connected with Heaven.
You must know that Jesus offered himself as a living sacrifice to
Heaven to comfort God, shouldering all the mistakes that the numerous
prophets and sages had perpetrated.
How did the heart of God feel? As God watched Jesus, as he died going
over the hill of the cross, worrying about Heaven, He must have felt
profound chagrin toward the human world and intense resentment over
the four-thousand-year historical course.
Even as he was dying, Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do
not know what they are doing." God felt like condemning the people
right away to harsher treatment than at the time of Noah. However,
since Jesus died holding onto the people, holding onto the religious
denomination, holding onto the cross, God has retained His hold on
human beings. Such heartistic ties were formed with the individuals of
future generations, as well as the Israelites. God continues to hold
onto traitorous humanity. He has held onto the traitorous religious
denominations for the sake of future generations.
We who were born later must now comprehend this heart of Heaven. Jesus
ardently wished to relate to Heaven with such a heart; he desired to
live this kind of life. We who are the tribe of Jesus, the successors
to his undertaking, must become able to boast of ourselves as the
embodiments of glory before Heaven. We who stand before the heavenly
expectations today, bearing such a mission and responsibility, must
now think about what we must seek, what we must feel, and what we must
What must we think of now? Since Jesus said we should become his
friends and brides, each of us must think of becoming such a person.
Furthermore, we must relieve Heaven from the historical han* that our
ancestors caused. We must not leave to posterity the cause and
occasion of lamentation and death. We must be able to leave the
Golgotha of victory, not the Golgotha of death. You must know that
Heaven is seeking a person who will assume such responsibility.
Since the mission of the last days lies with believers, we who eagerly
look forward to the day of judgment and wish to stand on the grounds
of glory by seeking out the Lord of resurrection, must know the
sorrowful heart of Heaven as He dealt with Jesus and Noah's family.
When Noah was set up in the presence of Heaven and rose above the
flood judgment after 120 years of toil, Heaven tried to be relieved
from all past resentment through the remaining eight members of Noah's
family. However, due to Ham's mistake, a condition for lamentation was
again left behind. Knowing this, we must become the people who know
how to relieve God from the grief of Noah's family.
Because of the mistake he made during his offering, Abraham had to
offer his son Isaac as the sacrifice, and his descendants had to leave
the land of Canaan and enter into Egypt. There they endured four
hundred years of slavery.
To reinstate the Israelites into the blessed land of Canaan, Heaven
set up Moses and made him toil. However, the Israelites betrayed
Heaven several times in that course of restoration. Though numerous
ancestors of ours have since come forth dealing with the will, there
has not been any set of people yet who received praise and blessing
from Heaven: "Oh, yes, you have fulfilled the will. You have realized
You must know the heart of Heaven, deeply touched by sorrow because of
our ancestors. As I said before, even if you stand in the same
situation as Elijah when he received all kinds of persecution and
harassment by King Ahab, even if your life disappears in an ephemeral
way, you must go forth holding only onto God, without bewailing your
If Elijah had embraced the same heart as Jesus at the Garden of
Gethsemane and at the summit of Golgotha, Heaven would have been
relieved from a fragment of historical grief then and there. Since he
could not do so, Heaven's sorrow was prolonged to Jesus' time. Because
of Jesus' death, we know then that this wish was not realized. Its
fulfillment has been prolonged until today.
Elijah of This Age
If we view the phenomena taking place in this world today, they are
equivalent to what took place in the period of Ahab, King of Israel in
the old days. What is idolatry? It is to abandon Heaven and worship
something else; to hold it in equal or higher reverence than we hold
God. We must know that numerous people today are worshipping the idol
called "civilization" without being aware of it.
At a time like this, if there is one who has the same heart as Elijah
as he watched King Ahab, that is, one who feels the sorrowful heart of
Heaven on top of his own, and if there is a throng of people who pray,
"Please set us up as Your beloved sons and daughters who can bring
this land to Your bosom," comforting Heaven with the heart of Elijah,
they would have to look at this age with more indignation than Elijah
had. If such a set of people does not exist, we ourselves must become
them. We must become the people who build an altar without others'
knowledge and shed tears all unknown, knowing that even if we are of
humble birth, our ancestors established the teachings of the heavenly
principles by upholding the will of Heaven. We must understand that
the work of God, who tries to unfold the dispensation by setting up
the providential tradition, is yet to be completed. We must not think
we are inadequate, even though we are. Unless such a set of people
comes forth and fights upon this earth, the eschatological phenomena
of this world cannot be stopped.
Though King Ahab betrayed Heaven and mistreated the Israelites, that
happened on a national level. Today, people idolize material things as
slaves of civilization, and do not know the location of their center
of life. They do not know the direction and location to walk toward,
and they make frantic efforts without seeking Heaven. This is similar
to the people enslaved by King Ahab in ancient times.
God's worldwide level judgment remains before us today. In the same
way there was a judgment upon King Ahab and the Israelites, we know
that there will be a day of judgment when we have to break down the
idols confronting us in the final period. Did you ever even dream that
Heaven relates to you today with a more sorrowful heart than when He
related to Elijah? If not, you should reflect upon yourselves.
With King Ahab as the central figure, the Israelites should have made
an effort to relate to Heaven, to uphold the heavenly tradition, and
to establish heavenly blood relatives with a caring and protective
heart for the holy temple in life and in death. Because they did not
do so, we know that the Israelites, with King Ahab as their central
figure, got into a bloody battle in the end. This actual circumstance
of history is being re-enacted today in reality.
Looking at this age, let alone the world, we must know our people. We
are Korea's sons and daughters. We are blood relatives who inherited
the flesh and blood of our Korean ancestors. There have been many
loyal subjects who shed blood and tears for the sake of this country,
for the sake of this people, to let the glorious morning dawn in the
future and to infuse the hearts of the people with national spirit.
The Korean people have come through heart-rending circumstances of
incomparable sorrow and tragedy. We have a history of numerous loyal
subjects and patriots walking the path of blood in every crisis time.
The time has come to worry about who is to build the new temple of the
Lord in Jerusalem where Heaven can reign. We must be equipped with
heavenly principles, rather than human ethics, by upholding the
historical tradition and pushing down the civilization of this world,
which can be likened to the idols of the King Ahab period.
We must broaden our minds now. We must become the people who know how
to feel sad for the nation instead of feeling our grief. Going
further, we must know how to feel sad for the humanity of the world.
Going further, we must know how to feel sad for the sake of God,
heaven and earth.
Where will the central figure appear who can cry with shimjung on
behalf of Heaven, embracing the grief-stricken nation in the realm of
the fall? If the Lord, the King of Kings, is to come upon this earth,
he will surely come with a universal ideology. He will come as a world
leader to make a heartistic connection with humanity.
However, if you do not think about such things today, the Lord will
not be able to make any connection with you. Even if the Lord comes,
unless you dream about and think about such an ideological world, you
will not be able to make any connection with that world. You cannot
help at least thinking about, feeling concern about, and imagining
Have you ever felt concern about an individual? Have you ever felt
concern about a family that was moaning in distress? Have you ever
felt concern about a certain society or nation? If not, you should at
least have the mind to reveal your true colors, criminals before the
universal history, and repent before Heaven.
If you do not have even such a mind, what will happen to this people?
Though Koreans boast of five thousand years of history and though they
are the survivors of God's providential history and have muddled
through a bitter life, what can they contribute to the realm of world
history or world civilization or to the realm of God's providence if
they do not have such a feeling of concern?
Even if we have something about which to boast, unless that connects
to Heaven, it amounts to nothing and causes more aggravation and
sorrow for Heaven. We must know this.
The Central Figure of History
The central role players in history have been people who were pursued
and hounded. The doctrines that have ruled history were made by such
people. People enjoying sumptuous feasts, living in grand style and
sitting on a lofty seat in a grand residence never made such
doctrines. Those people who were pursued, trodden upon and miserable
made them. They were the people who shed tears.
The people who shed tears on behalf of Heaven, holding onto the world
when the people of the nation are corrupt and the world is in utter
confusion are the successors to Elijah on the world level. Such people
can stand before Heaven on behalf of the Israelites for whom Elijah
felt concern. If you strut proudly, saying, "Elijah is Elijah, and I
am I," you will meet with destruction. We must become those who can
cry and feel sorrow together with Heaven.
Heaven does not exist only as logos. He is the God of the word, of the
substantial entity, of shimjung and of love. We have become people who
do not even know the word. We do not know the purpose of our body. We
do not know what our shimjung is supposed to feel and experience. We
do not know the heavenly love we should practice.
Members of the congregation! What is your explanation of God's love?
What is your explanation of shimjung? What kind of being can each of
you explain yourself to be? Is there some corroboration for your
words? No, there is not.
People today often boast of themselves with a superior air. However,
even if there are grounds for the boasting and thus should be
recognition for it, how long will that recognition last? None of those
who received recognition in the past lasted for many centuries. The
only thing of which to be proud is walking the path no other human
beings can walk. Such people will not perish.
The people who have saved nations and the world before are not those
who walked the common path; they were those who walked the path no
others could. Christianity has walked a similar course. Christianity
of the world today should draw deep sighs of grief. If Christianity
learned that God has toiled for the past two thousand years by sending
the Holy Spirit after Jesus' death on the cross, they would not be
able to sleep in comfort seeing the present state of Christianity.
Believers in Judaism at the time of Jesus were fond of going to
church, much more than church-goers today. They were much better
equipped with rites and formalities and in the precepts of the
Scriptures than are today's churches. They had the word, they had
their history, and they had conditions of which to be proud. Yet they
could not demonstrate true faith in the presence of Heaven. Why? They
did not understand Heaven's new dispensation.
Today Jesus wishes for Christians to keep his death in mind and cry
for him, thinking, "Jesus' heart is my heart, and Jesus' body,
crucified at the summit of Calvary, is my body." Jesus longs for that
kind of friend. He also waits eagerly for the bride he could not
mention even when he was dying, for whom he longed from the depth of
his heart. Only on the day when he meets the bride will he be able to
open his heart and speak about all the things that happened in his
life. At the same time, he could talk about the internal sorrow of
God's heart, who has been working for the past six thousand years. The
contents would be quite different from what is written in the Bible.
What would you do if Jesus' grief and God's sorrow were those of your
beloved sons and daughters? What if they were those of your beloved
To bring a solution to such problems, fights are being broken up here
and there and sighs of grief are heard. Time flows, getting closer to
the moment of the final solution. History, religions and doctrines
also are flowing toward that final moment.
You must be attentive in this time of confusion, searching for some
new voice like Elijah's, which speaks out about Heaven's heart,
undisclosed in history. Elijah appeared at a time when people could
not trust each other and had fallen into uncontrollable confusion. He
spoke out anew about a fragment of his heart.
The Attitude People of Faith Must Have in This Age
Doctrines and thoughts incite you every moment today. This is an odd
moment. Fear from the happenings in history drives you. Who would be
the one to win in the fight against fear and sing the song of victory
on a personal level? There is no one.
Which direction will history take? Where will the cry for new hope and
new liberation come from at this time, when death is surging over us?
No cry is yet heard. This is the problem.
Now something totally new must come out, something unimagined. You
have never imagined or dreamed of that something.
People are going through the age of religious battle now. In the near
future, all fights, the fights between peoples, the fights between
nations, the fights in the world, the fights between "isms," and
religious fights, will come to an end. The only fight that will be
left will be that of the mind. No matter what sweeps over your mind,
you must be able to overcome it. We are in such a time.
There are a great many people living in this world. However, from the
viewpoint that they do not have a vertical relationship with God, they
have nothing to do with you. You may think that thirty million Korean
people are closely bound up with you; but in view of the fact that
they do not have a vertical connection with God, they have no relation
whatsoever with you.
The cry of Elijah, who climbed to the top of Carmel and cried, "Oh,
God, I am the only one left," should not be confined to Elijah alone.
It should be the cry of those who are to be judged in these final
Members of the congregation! Are you not placed in such a situation?
Who can ensure you of your life? No one and nothing, including your
parents, your beloved spouses, your children, your nation, and the
doctrine you embrace, will ensure you of that. Yet you have a great
regard for your life. Think of it. You are ephemeral beings who cannot
throw off your masks, even after having been drawn into a whirlpool
that has no bottom and no end. So, please do not brag about
People of the world today must go through the course of battle that
Elijah went through at the top of Carmel. We must know how to appeal
to Heaven like Elijah, who cried, "Oh, God, I am the only one left."
No doctrine of the world can save the people who stand at the last
stop of history. Once we realize this, we must raise our heads high
toward Heaven. We must yearn after that to which our minds are drawn
and which liberates our minds. We must feel such a desire filling our
whole body; we must be full of life and energy, and we must realize
that there is something we must fulfill.
Is there a group of people today who can say, "All has been finished,"
as Jesus said at the top of Calvary on behalf of Heaven? The time is
coming near when you must become people who can say, "Oh, God, I am
the only one left."
The will of providence is about to start a new history with the day of
judgment as a turning point. Since it remains to be taken up by you,
you must be able to say, "Oh, God, I am the only one left." Why? Why?
These days we cannot profess any religion. We cannot put confidence in
any doctrine. We cannot trust any family, relative or teacher and
cannot pay homage to any Tao. We are placed in a situation where we
cannot believe in anything at all.
Therefore, you cannot help saying, looking to Heaven, "Oh, God, I am
the only one left." This is the only position you can take. You will
have to cry it out from your heart.
Each of you now must go through the course of battle. You must realize
that there is a heavenly will to be fulfilled, there are people to be
sought, and there is the religious denomination that must be
sanctified. For the sake of the will, all people on the side of Heaven
must be mobilized.
*In Korean, han means a subject's sorrowful and tearful lamentation
toward the object who refuses to receive the subject's unlimited love
(suffering love). It comes into being when it is not possible to
commune with the object and when there is a passive feeling of
bitterness and/or an active feeling of vengefulness.