REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
The True Sons and Daughters
of Heavenly Father
Who Will Remain in the Last Days
July 26, 1959
Former Church Headquarters,
Father, we know that You need not speak many words to those of
us You have gathered here today. All we need is the heartfelt desire
to be embraced in the Father's bosom. We know that when You call us,
"My beloved sons and daughters" with a heart of longing which springs
forth from the depth of Your being, we can be filled completely. This
is the moment when liberation is completed.
Father, when we hear Your heavenly voice, let us be fully intoxicated
in Your loving heart. You know that we long for the moment when we can
be overwhelmed by a heart of longing and can transcend our conscious
thoughts to be embraced in Your bosom. Please grant us such a blessing.
We pray sincerely that You will guide us not to understand Heaven
through the words we will receive, but rather to understand Heaven through
the deepest part of our hearts. Please lead us not to seek salvation
through the words. Rather, guide us to sing songs of life before the
Father with our hearts. In this way, please allow us to understand how
arduous and painful the Father's path has been. Let us humbly bow our
heads and offer You consolation.
If we possess anything valuable, please lead us not to keep it as
our own. If we possess anything worthy of pride, please lead us not to
consider that the source of our pride.
If we have a goal in our life, guide us to seek it with our hearts. If
there is to be some substance to our life, please let our one heart be
Many people have come before the Father. Please guide them to find
on their own who they live for, what purpose they live for, and in what
direction they are heading. These pitiful ones have no master to claim
them. We know that if someone can be recognized as one whom others want
to share their hearts with eternally, there can be no greater joy.
Father. We have come to realize that the Father who calls us with the
heart of eternal life, the eternal ideology, and eternal love dwells
within our hearts. What belongs to the Father belongs to us and what
belongs to us belongs to the Father. The Father longs for sons and
daughters who can sing and rejoice based on one ideology. We yearn for
the time when, after serving the Father and offering all glorious elements
to the Father, we can rejoice and be proud before all of Heaven and earth.
Father, You understand all this. Please connect our hearts and move
everything of the past, both in Heaven and on earth, and bring them
into harmony in the world of heart. Please allow this to be a moment
when we can make a firm determination in a state of surpassing joy.
May that determination bring glory.
I am about to give the words of truth. I do not want to convey just
the contents of the words. Please work through me to convey Your words
and let us fathom the heart of the Father and discover our true selves.
We know that Satan works to put a gap between the heart of the speaker
and the hearts of the listeners. Therefore, please let this be an hour
when we can unite in one heart and serve the Father together. I prayed
in the name of the Lord. Amen.
The title of the speech I am about to give is "The True Sons and
Daughters of Heavenly Father Who Will Remain in the Last Days."
To Become True Sons and Daughters of God
No matter how great one's power, how lofty one's character, or
how much glory one may possess, there is not even one person who can
confidently claim he or she is the true son or daughter of God. This
is true of all humanity. To become a true son or daughter, one has to
have true parents. One has to go through the relationship of a true
family and possess some quality of being connected to true brothers
and sisters. Otherwise, one cannot create the environment of a son or
daughter and cannot stand in that position.
If God exists and has been carrying on a providence, what is the
ultimate purpose He has been seeking? It is none other than to find
someone He can call "My true son" and "My true daughter." God's ultimate
purpose is to usher in the day when He can stand connected to this
true son and true daughter through the eternal heart, linked to all
relationships of the world. He wants to share the words "Father" and
"sons and daughters." We must understand that God is longing for that day.
If there is a Creator, the origin of the universe and the center of
the entire existing world, the ideal world that this center desires is
not some phenomenal world on this earth. The world that God desires is
not some conceptual world in Heaven or some external world. The world
He desires is a place where everything is in the flow of love, which
moves the relationships of the heart, where people can be called sons and
daughters of God. Therefore, no matter how great God is, even if He is the
Creator and an absolute being, He hopes for people with such qualities.
History seeks what is true. It pursues true people, a true nation,
and a true world. We all have the desire to become true people.
Then what relationship among relationships sets the standard? It
is the parent-child relationship between God and human beings. The
heart which originates from this relationship will not be conquered
by any power; it is eternal, unchanging and unique. The power of this
heart is absolute. Therefore, when one emerges with this authority, all
existing beings will have to bow before him in humility. When one acts
with this authority of the heart, all of Heaven and earth will follow.
This is the iron-clad rule of the universe. If this is not true, the
purpose that we deeply cherish cannot be realized, and the one absolute
relationship cannot be achieved.
For this reason, no matter how lofty and great God may be, His greatest
sorrow is not having seen the day when He can call people His own sons
and daughters. If people are created through these heavenly relationships,
the failure to raise up such sons and daughters is the source of greatest
sorrow. This is also the greatest sorrow of humanity.
If God has true sons and daughters whom He can call His own, that
by calling them He can forget the toils of the past six thousand years
and all the grief of the past, then this will be the beginning of the
liberation of Heaven. Humanity will finally then be able to sing the
song of joy. We should predict the coming of such a time.
If there is a last day for humanity and the heavenly principles, what
kind of day should it be? That should be a day when God can pronounce to
human beings, "You are my true sons and daughters whom I cannot deny for
eternity. My sons and daughters, now all my grief has been alleviated." It
should be a day when God can comfort you and rejoice with you with an
open and free heart. Only when such a day comes, only when such sons
and daughters appear on earth, will the new ideal world begin.
However, until now there has not been such a son or daughter. We have
not been able to establish a day when the relationship of true sons and
daughters can be secured. Those in whom God can take pride as His true
sons and daughters have not yet appeared. Unless such people appear,
God's will and the hope of humanity cannot be fulfilled.
The Toil of God and the Mission of Religion
in Finding True Sons and Daughters
We know that we are fallen descendants. No matter how great a person
of this world may be, no matter how much one may boast of one's tradition
and one's contributions to history, these are no more than the pride of
fallen descendants. Even if one is full of confidence and commands the
power to penetrate the sky from the earth, that is still no more than
the power of a fallen descendant. Because people are so bound and dwell
within an environment which is unacceptable to God, the human world
is a sinful world which stands opposed to Heaven. People are sinful,
and this is a sinful world. You all understand this very well.
The true sons and daughters of God are of the highest goodness and
loftiness. We who live on the earth are infinitely evil and lowly. How
can this gap be bridged? The purpose of God's work of salvation is to
eliminate this gap. In order to bridge this gap and bring these two
together, God has been working hard for six thousand years. Even though
human beings were unaware of it, God has continued on a bloody struggle
on the hidden side of history.
No one reflects upon how one can pay back this toil of Heaven. No
one is looking up to Heaven with deep bitterness for Heaven's struggles.
What is prophesied by those who use the name of religion, or a leader
who claims to be religious? They teach us to understand the content of
God's work in history through the course of our lives and to build a
relationship with God in heart through our own feelings.
However, religious people have ignored or forgotten the relationships
which connect hearts to hearts and are attached to the phenomena which
are manifested outwardly. The great task of religion has been to become
free from the fallen relationships and get in touch with the world of the
heart. This is to possess the heart upon which God has been holding onto
humanity and has persevered through all sorrows and pain and has fought
against all the suffering in history. However, religions have failed
to reach this state and carry on the work to complete human history and
connect the hearts of all people.
So sincere is Heaven's desire to find true sons and daughters, He longs
for true sons more and more as He passes through each generation with
an aching heart. This is how He has been toiling for the sake of humanity.
In order to fulfill this one purpose, God has raised up an individual,
a family, a people, a nation, and a central worldwide teaching. He
has carried on His providence centering on them. God has labored so
arduously for the sake of accomplishing this one purpose. In spite of
this, the Israelites, who should have been responsible to accomplish
this purpose, all disappeared. The 600,000 Israelites God led out of
the Pharaoh's palace disappeared into nowhere. This was also the case
with Noah's family, in whom God invested 120 years of sweat and tears.
The same was true with the altar of Abel. All disappeared into nowhere.
As we understand history and the providential will of God more deeply,
we can fathom how deep God's sorrow is. God's ideology should begin with
an individual and expand out through a family, a people, a nation, a
world, and the universe centered on true sons and daughters. Even though
this is the ideal deep inside of God's heart, no one on earth can say,
"I am a true son who can fathom God's eternal heart." No one can say,
"I am an eternal daughter who can comfort God's heart and liberate Him
from His sorrows." There is no family, people, nation, or world which
can serve God centering on such sons and daughters.
The Last Days and the Returning Christ
What is the purpose God is seeking? The mission of restoration that
we know today is to connect children of goodness to a family, a people,
a nation, a world and a universe. Accomplishing this mission is the work
of salvation, the will of the providence, and the purpose of Heaven's
principles. We should understand this.
We often say that these are the Last Days. What kind of time is the
Last Days? It is a time when true sons and daughters appear and govern
all the Heavens and earth according to the laws of Heaven. The Last Days
is the time when these sons and daughters appear and alleviate all the
historical bitterness. They bring an end to the history of sorrow and
pain and realize the one day when people can sing of joy and happiness. It
is such a watershed time.
Who do people say will come in the Last Days? The Bible states it
clearly. It says that the Lord will come. Who is the Lord? He is the
returning Christ. Who will the returning Christ be? He is someone whom
God has sought by mobilizing all the forces in Heaven and earth. He is
someone to whom God can say, "You are my son who can live in my heart,
my body, and in the world I created for eternity."
Before he passed away, Jesus taught us that he was the bridegroom
and we are his brides. These words foretell that with the appearance of
the Lord who can become God's son, there must also emerge on the earth
brides who can become God's daughters. In this way, sons and daughters
will live together, and they will live together with God who has been
seeking them. In that moment, the position of true sons and daughters
is not limited. It is a day when the world which comes into relationship
with these sons and daughters will be mobilized at once and praise Heaven.
What should humanity pray for before God, who has been persevering
together with humanity, mourning with humanity, and who fought alongside
humanity? It is, "God, please let there appear the true son for whom
You have been longing." What kind of person is that true son? He is
someone who is worthy of being the true son and a true bridegroom. He
will seek for a true bride to become the True Parents of humanity.
God has been working in history to bring the people to the true son
and daughter and connect them together. This is God's work of salvation.
In the Bible verse that we read today, it is written, "Since you
have received the spirit of adopted sons, you call God Father," and "we
who received the first fruits of the Holy Spirit wait to become adopted
children." From this we can deduce that no matter how devout a person on
earth may be, at most he can only become an adopted son before Heaven. In
what form will the son of Heaven appear? There are those who are not
sons, and there are adopted sons and true sons. Isn't this true in this
world? There are sons who are not our own sons. When we don't have our own
sons, we may have adopted sons who will carry on the lineage. Then there
are the true sons. The same principle is at work in Heaven and earth.
In this land today, confusion arises from the intersection and
collision of good and evil. This makes what is true appear false and
what is false appear true. This is the reality. Heaven has been passing
through history with the determination and heartfelt desire of finding
true sons and daughters. Yet who are the true sons and daughters on the
earth? People do not know. Probably no one knows. God has to raise up
those who are not His sons in this world as His adopted sons and then
bring them up further as children of His direct lineage. This is the
work of God's providence of restoration.
The relationship of a son has to be built through the lineage. Only
when one's own lineage is directly connected or when the lineages of
one's father or ancestors is connected may one use the words "sons
and daughters." This is how it is in this world. The same is true for
From the moment Adam and Eve were created as the first ancestors of
humanity, God's heart should have flown through their bone marrow and
come together in one point of unity. All of God's ideals should have
been manifested in them. If this had been accomplished, we would have
become children of God's direct lineage. However, due to the Fall,
we have become related to another, undesirable lineage. Therefore,
no matter how great we may think we are, we can only become adopted
children who have a different lineage. No matter how many efforts one
may have made for the sake of the providential will, and even if one
were to bring another person's son and carry on the lineage, the most
one can do is to fulfill it through an adopted son. This has been the
core of the providence of restoration in the New Testament, which Jesus
has been guiding until today, based upon the Gospel.
Can God call these adopted sons His own true children? That is not
possible. The same is true in the outside world. When someone who has
suffered through some pain and grievances shares his feelings with another
person, that second person can only imagine how he feels, unless he is
fully connected to the heart of the first person. Another person may
say, "That is probably how it feels." Yet another person may question,
"Is that how it feels?" But someone who has experienced the same thing
and is connected in heart will feel the same pain in his heart as he
listens to the other person share his sufferings. Only then can you say
they are in the same position. Don't you think this is true?
The Hope of Humanity and the Purpose for Which Jesus
What does humanity hope for? It is to do away with this notion of being
an adopted son before God and become the true children of His direct
lineage. This is the ultimate purpose which humanity wants and history
pursues; this is the central purpose of God, who has been fulfilling the
providential will. Only then can we say that the purpose of salvation
has been achieved and the providence of salvation brought to a conclusion.
If the almighty God, the origin and center of love, loves us as
adopted sons, we do not want that kind of love. We seek to become sons
and daughters who can penetrate deep into the core of His heart.
No matter how religious one's life may be, and even if one calls God
his father, there are many different kinds of fathers. Some will call Him
"Father" from a position of not being His son. Some may call Him "Father"
from the position of an adopted son. However, what is the ultimate purpose
which Heaven demands, which will not disappear until the end? It is not
to have an adopted son but to have true sons and daughters of the direct
lineage. This stands above and beyond the position of an adopted son.
In the Bible, it is written that Jesus restores the relationship of
an adopted son. Even if the world is satisfied with achieving only that,
this salvation cannot be complete. Many Christians have passed away to
the next world, but the Paradise they went to is only a waiting room
before entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, the reason Jesus
said that he would return was not to make us adopted sons but to forge
God longs for sons and daughters who are one with Him in heart, who do
not act based on lessons or commands but who act and build relationships
based on the manifestation.
For this reason, even the saints and sages of the past did not attain
their ideal if they were not worthy of calling God their father and if
God could not call them His own son or daughter. You have to understand
This is what is unique about Christianity. Jesus called God
his own father and proclaimed himself God's only son. Jesus was the
incarnation. He established the one standard to pierce through the core
of Heaven and the foundation of the universe, and to conquer the world
of the heart. From this we can understand that Jesus was the Messiah
for all people.
What is the Messiah or savior? He is someone who can be the standard
to save people who dwell in the realm of death. Therefore, if there
is something unique and worthy of pride that Christianity possesses
it is this. When the relationship of parent-child is forged with God,
no matter how lofty God is, even if He is the absolute subject partner
of goodness, He is our Father. Then what belongs to God belongs to us,
and we will belong to God. This is the highest hope of humanity. Even
if God has been relating to people with the highest standard of love,
if He cannot guide humanity to the destination of that love, He must
be false. If He cannot do this, then we can only conclude that God has
guided the providence only to satisfy His own desires and greed, not for
the sake of establishing the ideal of human beings and for everyone's
sake. For this reason, God seeks true sons and daughters.
The Reason God Seeks True Sons and Daughters
When we examine the sixty-six books of the Bible, we find that St.
Paul spoke about this issue. By believing in Jesus, who passed away with
no relationship with sin, we can receive the benefit of being adopted
sons. However, this was not the ultimate purpose for which Jesus came.
God's intention in sending Jesus was that humanity be connected to
God's true son, Jesus, and that they be engrafted onto him. Jesus said
in the Bible, "I am the vine and you are the branches." In this way,
God intended to have the people living in the satanic world (who are
not His children) pass through the stage of being His adopted sons and
eventually become His direct children. Yet, because the people of his time
did not believe, Jesus could not teach them how to become God's direct
children. He was able to explain only how to become His adopted children.
Why do we await the coming Lord? Why does humanity in Heaven and on
earth await the day of Jesus' return? No matter how great one may be,
everyone is at most an adopted son of God. Christ is to return with the
mission of establishing the relationship of the heart with which people
can become God's direct children. Hence, it is only natural that all
people in Heaven and earth would await that day. We should understand
Jesus, who came with this mission.
What kind of day is the day of the Second Advent to those of us who
are awaiting the day of the returning Lord? We cherish the idea of the
bride and struggle to realize that purpose. That day is a day when God
can reveal all the tribulations He has gone through during the past six
thousand years; a day when He forgets all the sorrows and sufferings of
the six thousand years. When God beholds His son whom He has been seeking
so ardently, all His sorrows, suffering and grief will disappear. He
will be able to say, "My son, welcome." That is the day Heaven has waited
for and humanity on the earth has yearned for throughout the long course
We can emerge as the masters of creation, the masters of the true
garden that God blessed Adam and Eve with before their Fall, when we
step beyond the limit of being adopted children and come forward with
the authority to claim the position of God's direct children. Then we
can claim that the Father's Kingdom of Heaven is our own Kingdom of
Heaven and that we can govern the world that the Father governs.
Even if we were to govern all things in creation, if we lack some
quality through which we can connect with them, they will be unwilling
to be ruled by us. True sons and daughters should be able to alleviate
all the historical bitterness. For this reason it is written in the
Bible, "The creation awaits the day when God's sons will appear." The
creation does not want those who are not recognized as true sons and
daughters. Thus, today we must persevere through the course to remove
all of Heaven's sorrows and bitter grief.
What Position Do You Stand In?
What should we do in this time which everyone says is the Last
Days? This is the crucial question. Ladies and gentlemen. Please
examine yourselves. What position do you stand in? Do you truly have
a relationship of heart with Heaven, such that when the Father acts,
you act together with Him? When the Father stops, do you stop? When the
Father mourns, do you mourn with Him? When the Father rejoices, do you
rejoice together? Even if you do not share the same body, do you have
the inner content through which you can connect with the world of the
heart? Do you have such a relationship?
No matter how grandiose your external environment may be, if you do
not have the right heart, they are all ephemeral things which will one
day disappear. This is true in this world. No matter how priceless the
possessions of your beloved sons and daughters may be, if they die,
their belongings have no value.
We have learned that becoming true sons and daughters through
the relationship of the heart is the highest purpose that Heaven and
humanity can pursue. Given this, please examine yourselves critically as
to which stage you have progressed to. Our lives revolve around the work
of liberation, through which we must become true sons and daughters. It
is undeniable that our heavenly fate compels us to walk this path.
How can we explain our course on this path? There is only one way
to go around it. We are to center on God's heart. For this reason, you
should objectively criticize the state of your heart. This is a time
when you should do this.
Given that this is the direction Heaven is heading in and that such
is the day the Father desires, what state have you reached? If you
have reached the state of true sons and daughters where your hearts
are connected, you have no need for prayers. You just have to call out
"Father," and you will be overwhelmed with such a shock that will shake
your flesh and blood. The heart of the Father will pierce through your
heart. Had we attained this state, we would have been able to resolve
all grief stemming from the Fall, and we would not be able to commit
any of the wrong doings of the sinful world.
When I think about how, after understanding history and the sorrowful
heart of God, I have struggled so hard to sever all ties of sin which
have brought God so much pain, I feel dreadful. What kind of feeling
have you felt? Please criticize yourselves. How close have you come
to qualifying as the ideal son before God, who has been searching for
children with this relationship of heart? If you do not know whether
or not you have a relationship of heart, you certainly are not worthy
of being a son. Someone who is qualified to be an adopted son should at
least understand the suffering of his father superficially, even if he
does not understand the whole story. Even if he cannot feel it as his
own experience, even if he cannot assert it in his heart, he should at
least be able to empathize. Have you reached that state at least?
Jesus came as the true father of humanity and the true son of God, yet
he died on the cross. He probably came with the one determination which
God had toward human beings for four thousand years. Every limb and organ
of Jesus' body represented the ideal which Heaven had tried to realize
through human beings for four thousand years. He was the true son God
searched for with yearning. Therefore, Jesus' eyes represented the eyes of
God for four thousand years. His ears represented the ears of God for four
thousand years. His mouth represented the mouth of God for four thousand
years. The same must have been true of Jesus' feelings and body. He was
the culmination of history and an historical incarnation. Hence, Jesus
said, "I came to complete the law." The law's purpose was the same as his.
What Kind of Man Was Jesus?
When Jesus looked at Israel, the Jews and Judaism, he grieved.
Although they had been under the realm of God's love for four
thousand years, now they had become a nation, a people and a religion
which God could no longer embrace or love. Although they had walked a
four-thousand-year history of close relationship with God, they failed to
recognize Jesus, who came as the master of the four-thousand-year history.
How could this be? The people of that time did not know. They were
ignorant. The Israelites who were living in the last chapter of the
four-thousand- year history should have felt that they were in the part
of the realm of God's love where Adam and Eve were just before their
Fall. If God's providence is one of restoration, and restoration means to
recover something that has been lost, what is God trying to recover? God
is trying to restore His lost sons and daughters. He is looking for His
lost Adam and Eve.
Though you are gathered here today, you who are living in the Last
Days need ancestors who will fight with Satan for six thousand years
without being killed. In other words, you need ancestors who can overcome
the connections of the Fall and attain the authority of victory and go
before the Father with pride. Although Adam should have become the good
ancestor, he died due to the Fall, and God has been exerting Himself
for the six thousand years since Adam in order to find a person on the
earth who is not fallen.
Christianity describes Jesus in various ways. However, when you
understand the truth, you will find that many of them are not true. We
have rejected them and have made a firm determination. There are true and
false, and there are what appears to be true and what appears to be false.
The True Son God Is Trying to Raise Up
What do we mean when we say that we have not understood Jesus
accurately nor served him properly? Ever since Adam and Eve fell in the
Garden of Eden and could not grow up inside God's bosom, Jesus was able to
appear before Israel only after four thousand years of fierce battle with
Satan. Yet the Jews did not understand this. If the Jews of that time had
submitted themselves to Jesus, the failures of Moses during the Exodus,
the failures of Noah's family, the failures of Abraham's family, and the
murder of Abel could have been all corrected as victories. Jesus embodies
such tremendous value. He was the living incarnation of history. He
was the living incarnation whom God had been seeking throughout the
four thousand years of His providence. Although Adam died, since the
heart of the Father who had been raising him up did not die, that was
the living incarnation.
In the last days, many people will come forward with the teaching
that they are the center of the universe. However, what is the purpose
of the providence of God who has been working through the six thousand
years? It is recovering what was lost. What kind of man is Jesus, who
was sent due to Adam's mistake? He is the second Adam. Christians claim
that Jesus is God Himself, but they are mistaken. It is written in the
Bible that Jesus is the last Adam.
The true son whom God is seeking now is the third Adam. Before the
third Adam can stand in the position of the true son, it does no good to
claim to be a bride or an adopted son. Although Jesus came with the glory
of a son, he could not play the role of a son. In order to act as one,
all the necessary preparations must be completed in Heaven. Then it
is not enough to have just a son. The preparations can be complete only
when there is a bride.
What was lost in the Garden of Eden? Adam and Eve were lost. Adam and
Eve were to become the true ancestors of humanity. However, because the
true ancestors of humanity were lost, the true ancestors must be restored.
Jesus is in the position of a father. He is like the father of
humanity. The Holy Spirit is a mother spirit, the mother of humanity.
The purpose of the Second Advent is to manifest substantially on the
earth the true mother and true father.
The Last Days are when true sons and daughters appear before humanity.
What kind of time is that? Since we have become the descendants of the
Fall and have lost the linear relationship with true parents when we lost
the true ancestors, the Last Days are the time when the reverse path is
taken and the sons and daughters lost in the Garden of Eden are to be
recovered. God's work is to forge relationships with a reversal process,
the work of restoration, to elevate people to the position of adopted
children. If you think that what I am saying is wrong, then go to the
spirit world and protest. If you were to ask, "So and so said this,
but is this true?" then they would reassure you that it is true.
The time of fantastic and illusory notions of faith has passed. The
time of believing in a conceptual God and living under such concepts is
also behind us. You should attain a certain standard where your flesh,
bones and heart come together in oneness so that you can call God
your father and be able to boast of the father-son relationship after
connecting your heart to the heart of the Father, who has been exerting
Himself for six thousand years.
Humanity, which is seeking Heaven and the world of purpose, should
walk this path. For this reason in the East they have advocated Confucian
ethics: give all of your heart and soul for Heaven, exert yourself for
the sake of your parents, become a patriot, and uphold chastity in order
to build heavenly relationships in your immediate environment. In the
East, people upheld internal trends of thought, while the West is more
external. It will come around to the external sphere. You wait and see.
The time of the success of the adopted children is the twentieth
century up till now. The ideal world which will come is the time that
the true sons and daughters will become successful. Wouldn't that be
natural if God existed? The past was a time when the children of others
prospered; now is the time when adopted children based in the democratic
sphere centering on Christianity prosper. The time after this period is
when true sons and daughters live in prosperity. That is the time of the
Second Coming and the time of the ideal that Christians are waiting for.
What should we do to become true sons and daughters who can rise
to such positions, whom God will seek? You should not boast about how
you have been a devout believer for so many years. All those who seek
happiness based on the name of Jesus, saying, "I am a minister of this
church; I am a leader of that church; through my efforts so many people
have come to know Jesus and follow him," are not worthy. Why? It is
because during the six thousand years of the providence, God has never
had one day or one moment when He was truly happy. How can a father who
is so desperately seeking for true sons and daughters be happy when He
has not yet found them?
In the course of history there have been a lot of people who enjoyed
themselves. There have been people with power and authority who have
received glory in place of God. Yet God, who has been struggling for four
thousand and six thousand years, searching for His sons and daughters,
never had such moments of happiness. God, who should enjoy glory and
happiness, has never had such a time.
The Situation of God and the Life of Jesus
God is the lord of sorrow and pain. Although God desires to be happy
and glorified, He has never had a source of joy and glory. What does
He have instead? You have to understand that God is a God of sorrow
and agony, burdened with the grief of the Fall and stories of pain and
sadness. Isn't this true?
We think that the Kingdom of Heaven is a garden of joy, but that is
not true. You go and see for yourselves. No matter how hard you look
for a cause of joy, you will not find any. God, who should command all
the authority to rule the world and possess only glory and joy, has lost
all joy and glory, all the fruits of goodness, and the elements of the
ideal. Only sorrow and anguish remain. This is truly mournful. There is
nothing more grievous and sad than this in the entire universe. Those
who are genuinely overcome with grief over this and call out "Father"
in desperation and humility are sons and daughters close to the heart
Jesus came to this earth as the King of Kings. He came with the
recognition from Heaven as the one with the authority of the leader.
However, from the moment of his birth, he did not have even one moment of
happiness. Although he appeared as the Savior for the sake of humanity
on the earth and to save all people, he could not receive glory. Before
he could receive glory, he had to pass through a world of agony and a
path of sorrow.
Why was it so? It was because Jesus was responsible to pay indemnity
for the four thousand years. To become the King of Kings, first he had
to pass the qualification as the prince of sorrow and pain. Otherwise,
there was no way to comfort the many spirits who had endured sorrow for
Heaven while they were on earth.
For this reason, Jesus, who lived some thirty odd years with three
years of public ministry, walked a sorrowful path. When he shed tears,
he wandered through the valley of tears which his ancestors had shed
in the past. Jesus labored arduously as he inherited the path of the
people who had cried out in tears as they crossed over the hill of death,
stained with the blood of the four-thousand-year history. Eventually,
Jesus walked the path of the cross. Today many of us think that Jesus
was a prince of love, joy and glory; he was actually a prince of agony
The Judgment in the Last Days
There will come a day of judgment in the last days. When the day of
judgment comes, how will Heaven appear? Heaven does not say, "I have
this and that element of joy and glory. Why haven't you attained similar
elements?" The basis of the judgment is whether or not you understand
the sorrowful and painful history of humanity and God, during which God
fought fiercely for six thousand years. You have to understand that the
traces of God's work can be found in this history. Those who are trying
to stand before God with the glory of a son and the hopes of a daughter
will be asked by Heaven how much they have mourned over this history
and how much suffering they have borne. At that time, those who say
"Not at all" will not receive the glory of a son.
Look. On the hands and feet of Jesus are the nail marks. On his head
is the crown of thorns, and in his heart there is the wound inflicted by
a spear. Although Jesus passed away, Christians today do not understand
that he had to cross over the hill of death in order to alleviate God's
bitter grief after becoming the prince of sorrow and anguish. Since Jesus
passed the test of qualification of the heart, he appeared as the leader
in the realm of the heart and spirit. What kind of savior was he? A savior
of the body? No. he was the savior of the heart and spirit whom we long
for from the depth of our beings, with whom we want to live for the rest
of eternity. Jesus was able to become the Savior with the deepest and
unchanging heart and standard of heart, based upon which he could wash
away the heartaches of God and erase God's historical anguishes from
Let us consider this issue once more. The Last Days are near. The Last
Days will certainly come, and in those Last Days, how will Heaven conduct
the judgment? You have to understand this clearly. It will surely come
true. You who are devout, you who want to believe, should understand this
clearly. In the last days, God will not appear smiling and filled with
joy. The same will be true with the Lord. When Mary Magdalene tried to
cling onto the resurrected Jesus and called out, "My Lord!" Jesus told her
not to hold onto him. Why? We have to understand clearly that only after
we are connected to the sorrowful heart of Jesus and pass through a course
of experiencing the pains and sorrow of Heaven can we hold onto Jesus.
When you call out to the Father after having experienced sorrow and
agony yourself, look upon the Father's appearance. His eyes have never
stopped crying for six thousand years. His ears have never ceased hearing
the mockery and criticisms of His enemies for six thousand years. His
mouth could not speak the words He wanted to share for six thousand
years. He was starving together with the people who were starving. The
Father's hands are stained with blood and sweat. His footsteps are
the same. They have crossed the steep and rough path of Golgotha many
hundreds and thousands of times. The Father's body is wounded, and on
Him are the marks of many beatings unjustly suffered.
Who caused all this suffering to the Father? He suffered because of
pitiful humanity. Whenever we think about this, we should feel deeply
sorry and repentful. When we call Him, we should have the mind-set,
"A sinner like me can never erase the sufferings of the Father, even if
I die many thousands of times. A sinner like me can never wipe the tears
of the Father, no matter how many thousands of times I were to die."
Have you ever called out to Him with such a heart? If you have not,
then you should repent deeply.
The Meaning of the Verse
"Bear Your Cross and Follow Me."
We fear the day of judgment and want to avoid it. Jesus proclaimed,
"Love me more than you love anyone else in the world. Bear the cross and
follow me." This is the first iron-clad rule. This is the most central
message in the Bible and the Gospel. Only when you can say that you
have substantially lived through history, experiencing the sorrow and
pain of history as your own, can you stand before the judgment of God
and Jesus who have been working throughout history.
Many believers today believe that on the judgment day the Lord will
come and host an elaborate celebration of marriage in Heaven, in the world
of glory. They are sure they will be invited. That is ridiculous. What
if that does not happen? Those people will hold a grudge against God
and oppose Christ when he returns.
We who are standing before the Father are the descendants of the
lineage which was ruined by sinfulness in history. For this reason,
even if we were trampled upon thousands of times, we should still
feel humble before the toils and sorrow of God, who mourns together
with history. However, because the Father's will is to push forward the
providence of salvation, we have no choice but to depend on God's desire
to seek us and say, "If it is possible, please have compassion toward
us." If one can enter the Kingdom of Heaven without this kind of mind-set,
then anyone can enter it. Nevertheless, that is not how the Kingdom is.
We who should stand before the judgment today should proclaim that God
lives amidst infinite sorrow, and we should reveal the course that God
has passed through in history. What is the grief of God and Jesus? It
is the fact that although they are true and right, they are framed to
be false and pretentious. There cannot be greater sorrow than this.
What is the anguish of Jesus? It is the fact that he was blocked from
walking the path to find his own children and his beloved bride. There
can be no greater anguish than this. Finding one's own sons and daughters
requires a path which climbs over Calvary; hence, on this earth there
remain both the Golgotha of Jesus' day and the untrodden path to Golgotha
on the world level.
People today understand the Second Advent as waiting for the glory
of the Lord who comes to represent the glory of Heaven. However, do not
expect to meet the resurrected Christ without the proper preparation.
Before the resurrected Christ appears, you should remain alive and
be able to climb over the hill of Golgotha on the world level, the
crossroads where you have to put your mind and body as well as your life
at stake. Then you should pray, "Father, do not do as I will, but as
Thou will." This is why it is written that in the Last Days there will be
seven years of great chaos. Those who persevere to the end will be saved.
The person who can participate in the joyful garden of the Lord
as his bride is the victorious prince who overcame the pain of the
six-thousand-year history. He is the prince of sorrow who can represent
humanity in embracing the heart of sorrow. The Lord desires to receive
such people as his brides.
In our path to grace, we must deny the elements of joy. Why? God has
never had a happy moment. He was never a master over all the things that
He created, and He was robbed by Satan of Adam and Eve, to whom He wanted
to give His blessing and build a happy family. This is why Heaven and
earth are filled with grief. How piercing God's sorrow must have been when
He saw that everything He should rule over was lost to Satan's dominion,
and His children and all of His creation were violated. Nevertheless,
because there is no one to whom God can express His grief, He has been
burning inside throughout the long history and has continually suffered
pain. Ladies and gentlemen, have you ever deeply reflected upon this?
The Path that the Members of
the Unification Church Should Walk
You members of the Unification Church are pitiful people. However, if
you can hear the voices which Jesus or God heard during the two thousand
and the six thousand years, you should be grateful. If you shed tears
before the people, and if your heart aches when you behold humanity,
you should be grateful. If your eyes overflow with tears in looking
at humanity and you are lost in thought as to how to solve humanity's
problems, you should be grateful. If you do not have enough to eat,
and even when you do your throat is blocked by grief, you are truly
blessed. Even when you have a difficult personal situation yet choose
to remain quiet, you are truly blessed. Do you feel indignant that you
cannot engage in a fierce battle with Satan even if you have hands that
can take him on in a fight? Be grateful. Do you have a sorrowful heart
which is patiently waiting for the one day, even if you can make brave
steps forward before the expanding forces of Satan? Be grateful.
God is not found in a faraway place. When you think that God is far
away, He is near you. When you feel that He is close to you, He is far
away. For those who boasted that Heaven stood close to them, God was
actually far away. Those who were sorry that they were far away from
God did not know that God was standing next to them.
Do not grieve that your suffering is intensifying; do not mourn that
you are faced with persecution. You should be able to say, "Please allow
me to shoulder the sorrow that afflicts the Father's heart. Please let
me shoulder the anguish that pierces the Father's heart. If I were ever
to be falsely accused by Satan or be wronged by him, please allow me to
take this by myself and pay indemnity for all the sorrows and pains of
history." If there are sons and daughters who can call out to the Father
like this and struggle with all their strength and with tearful hearts,
the Father will grab them. He will do so without fail.
We do not seek glory. If there is any glory, it belongs to the Father.
Sorrow and pain are all that belong to us. We should prepare our minds
to digest these sorrows and pains as sources of life. You should feel
embarrassed and unworthy when God says, "My child" and embraces you.
Then, on the day of judgment, the day that a proclamation will be made
before the sad and painful history, God's hands will seek you out even
as you kneel down, unable to raise your head.
We should long for the Kingdom of Heaven while we are in a sad
situation and living a painful life. We should comfort the sorrowful Lord
in mournful history, comfort the Lord of suffering in painful history. If
there is someone who praises God and comforts Him even as he himself
suffers sorrow and pain, no one can defeat that person. This is our
standard. This is the path that the members of the Unification movement
We do not need many people. We do not need great multitudes. We need
people who can say, "Father, I am not the only one suffering. Humanity
is suffering all over the world. How many countless people are more
miserable than I," even in grief and pain. We need people who can then
strive to shoulder humanity's grief as their own responsibility. This
was the path Jesus walked.
Heaven has sought true sons and daughters. When you call out "Father"
while you are holding the Father's hands and say, "His hands are similar
to mine," or while you are looking at the Father you say, "His situation
is similar to mine; His heartaches and worries are similar to what I
suffered in the past," your words will eliminate all the misfortunes of
history and become the decisive condition for happiness. We the members
of the Unification movement, Christians, and all faithful people in the
world and in Heaven should understand this.
I do not know your circumstances or your states of mind, but if you
feel something deep in your heart right now, that feeling is not false. If
you feel, "That is true; that is how it should be," then you should make
a determination for your life based on that. You should fight based on
that and fall down clinging to it. Those who do so will be qualified to
become true sons and daughters of the Father who wants to embrace you
in the day of judgment.