REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
MEMBERS WHO WILL LIVE
IN GOD'S FAMILY
September 27, 1959
Headquarters Church, Seoul, Korea
Father, we came here from many different places. We were born as the
children of many different people. We cannot help but think about the
many intertwined causes and situations which burden us with debt today.
Father, there are good people here and those who are not so good. The
state and form of man's mind and body vary infinitely. Yet our deepest
desire for truth and the highest goodness, and our longing for the
original Father, our God, will never change.
The Father does not seek external forms or appearances but is eager
to awaken our original selves, hidden deep inside our hearts. He is
eager to find the hearts of those who long for Him. Please allow us to
experience and realize this in the depths of our hearts. Please allow
us to realize that if we cannot recognize this truth and demonstrate it,
there is no meaning to our gathering here today.
When we think about how hard You have worked to find the kind of
people You wished for during the complex course of conflict in history,
we feel that we could not have become what we are today by virtue of
our own efforts alone.
When we were born on the earth, we were born into relationships above
us, below us, in front of us, in back, and to the left and right. Please
allow us to understand that these relationships are somehow prompting
us to seek the value of the one perfect purpose, or the reciprocal value
of the whole. Please help us realize that Heaven is above; below us the
history of goodness is moving with the heavenly principles; in front of
us is the world of hope; and to our left and right are our colleagues
and relatives. Please help us become sons and daughters who can sense
this reality and hold onto our original hearts as we observe all these
and make our utmost efforts to build all these relationships.
If there is someone who forgets everything they have and who struggles
desperately against their attachments, even if they walk out of step with
their generation and are opposed in their daily life, they will be raised
up before Heaven in the Last Days. We came here longing for and seeking
such a path. Father, please command us. Please speak to us. We yearn
for the Father's heart in our hearts. Father, if something displeases
You, please allow us to experience it as our own reality. If there is
something which causes You distress, please allow us to experience it
through our bodies. Please allow us to become sons and daughters who can
sense the Father's existence, demonstrating it through our bodies. Allow
us to bow before the Father in gratitude.
Even if we are evil and chained in sin, please allow us to experience
in a real way that Heaven is looking at us with pity. We know that those
who should be here are those who understand that they are the greatest
sinners. They are those who understand that there is no way to pay the
indemnity they owe. They bear a heavier burden the more they go forward
and the more they feel and understand. We cannot help but feel that
unless we remove our own assertions and concepts, we cannot enter Heaven.
Father, Your sons and daughters have gathered here. Since they
have come here, please do not let their visit be in vain. Since we
came together as assigned by fate, please do not let this meeting
become meaningless. We sincerely wish our relationships not to be
humanistic. Please let them develop into relationships of the original
nature, heart and life.
What should I speak of? We want only the Father's heart to be
manifested and the Father to appear before us. We want to feel the
sung-sang of the Father concretely. Please let us sense during this hour
that we are brothers. Please let the members who represent You build
one altar before You. Father, this is our sincere wish.
Please bless all the churches who have gathered on behalf of the thirty
million people of this nation. Please bless Your sons and daughters who
are lying prostrated before You on behalf of the 2.7 billion people of
Although our ancestors fought against evil, that fight has not
come to an end yet. Please allow us to understand how to cope with
this conflict and be fully prepared internally and externally as brave
soldiers representing Heaven. Let us become sons and daughters who can
stand before humanity and all people.
We witnessed Jesus' sorrow in the Bible verses that were just
recited. Although Jesus was born in Joseph's family and had parents,
siblings, relatives and kinsmen, he walked a lonely path. Father! Please
allow us to connect with the sorrowful situation of Jesus. We sincerely
wish that during this hour You will reveal the knowledge of Heaven which
must be revealed.
We wish to offer our minds and bodies to You, and we wish that
everything will come together as the Father's. Father, hoping that You
will protect us directly, we prayed in the name of the Lord. Amen.
We have parents, siblings and a family. Every person has a family
he can dwell in. Regardless of whether or not that family is good,
we all have relatives and families where we can dwell.
The Human Mind Longs for the Ideal World
You will have to live with your family until the day you die. In
your families, the members are leading lives full of both happiness and
misfortune. Although you know that your families are the home connected to
you eternally, one day you will be severed from that family. Although many
people have gathered here, no one here can guarantee that he or she will
take their relationships into the eternal world. Although you may have
some hopes or wishes centering on this family, those hopes and wishes
might be shattered the moment of your death; or they might continue,
and you may be connected to another world of hopes and wishes.
Human beings possess original minds. This mind is guiding us to move
toward the world of the good purpose human beings should pursue. We cannot
deny that this mind has moved with history. Looking at the movement of
the mind from this perspective, we can understand that this mind has
longed for the appearance of a good person. That person will surely
appear in history.
Many people of all persuasions say from the depth of their hearts
that these are the Last Days. It is clear that the Last Days are near. Is
humanity happy or unhappy in this age? I think that they are more unhappy
than happy. The day that the world of misfortune comes to an end is the
What do our minds long for? We long for happiness. We long for the
ideal world of hope, freedom and equality. We cannot deny that throughout
our life course thus far we have longed for that world from the bottoms of
our hearts. All that we yearn for with a sincere and true heart and mind
must be realized. Otherwise, we cannot believe in God or anything else.
Nothing in the world has been able to make our hearts happy. There
has not been even one person who lived in a happy environment. The
same is true for our family members, our parents on whom we have been
depending until now, and our brothers and sisters. We have to understand
that this world has not become an eternal dwelling place of joy. Why
has it not become like that? If we were to use a religious concept,
it is because of the Fall. How can a world created by the Fall and the
kinsmen, families and family members who are products of the Fall unite
with the ideals of happiness our hearts seek? The conclusion is obvious.
For this reason we long for the passage of this age. This is an honest
feeling. Every man and woman is waiting for the passage of this age. A
false society will pass behind us: false parents, false brothers and
sisters, false couples and false children will pass away. You have to
feel this truth deep inside your hearts during this hour. Parents ignoring
their children, parents spending time by themselves, children playing
only by themselves, brothers and sisters all keeping to themselves and
friends and people only associating within their own circles, all this
will be shattered. That's what is going to happen.
In newspapers and magazines we read stories describing how children
kill parents and parents kill children. These trends demonstrate that
traditional concepts are fading each day. Why is that? The destination
our hearts hope for is a place where we can be happy in harmony with
the heavenly principles. Because Heaven is in the process of moving
toward this destination and reforming people, after passing through a
history of infinite changes, it will arrive at an era of a revolution
of the heart. The era of intellectual revolutions will be gone. The era
of the revolution of the heart will come. People who dream of joy will
experience sorrow, and those who are seeking a peaceful abode will end
up in sadness. This conclusion is natural.
God Wants Humanity as Family Members
You who are living in a world full of grief, this time of sorrow and
bitterness is fading away. Your minds are seeking something new. Let's
turn your path around, turn your mind around, and turn your emotions
around and think about what longs to build a relationship with us and
what is blocking our path. Religion helps us connect directly with the
one standard of faith, the one standard in which we can pour out all our
hearts. Religion connects this standard to our life. If this relationship
is not forged, then God must not exist.
Our minds are calling us to escape from this painful world of reality
and head toward the ideal. Every leader will have to wrestle with this
reality. However, no one understands this heart which seeks and longs for
the ideal. We have to follow the commands of this mind. Many holy men of
the past submitted to this mind. The same will hold true for everyone
in the future. We should respond to this mind; no one can alter this
underlying truth. If we do recognize that our fate is to not protest
but to respond to this heart, then we should understand clearly that
the world we are living in is not the ideal world and that we cannot
connect with the ideal world we dream of and long for. Why is that so?
It is because of the Fall.
This is why we need feelings, hopes and relationships. Since such
an era is nearing, fear will increase in our minds. If we think about
these things, we cannot have faith in this world, and we cannot rest
peacefully. It is a world in which we cannot take another step forward on
our path. You have been on this course for several decades. We cannot deny
that there is Heaven, which instills something new into people and drives
them toward a new history. Observing the function of our consciences,
we cannot deny Heaven and heavenly principles.
When God created this world, He must have had a purpose and an
ideal. What must that purpose and ideal have been? It must be a good
person. It must be a good person whose heart is fully in harmony with
God. It must be a free man. It must be someone who can rejoice with
God and live with God in the garden of freedom. However, even though we
have lived through several thousand years of history until now, there
has never been even one person who has built a family relationship with
God or a family where he or she could dwell with God.
What is God's purpose of creation? It is to create an ideal family
where God can live together with human beings. Although human beings
fell, in their hearts they long for the day when God can live as the
father of the family or humanity, and people can live as members of that
family. If we can serve God as our eternal father and become members of
that family and live eternally with God who is the hope itself, who is
the ideal itself, life itself, and joy itself, the purpose we all wish
for will be realized.
If God created human beings just to enjoy watching them, we do not
need that kind of God. What is the reason God has poured out all of His
heart and has been conducting the providence concerning human beings for
six thousand long years? It is to build the relationship of a heavenly
family and of a parent and child. For this reason we have to understand
that God is running as fast as He can on this path, overcoming enormous
hurdles and all difficulties. The day we emerge as the family members
God wants and manifest the authority and value of that family is the day
of resurrection and the day of the Second Advent Christianity talks about.
The Goals of Our Life of Devotion
Humanity lost the true parents because of the Fall. Although we have
fallen parents, we do not have the original parents. No matter how good,
exalted and cultivated one may be, he is still of the fallen lineage. He
cannot be proud of himself. No matter what one may possess, if we probe
into it, we will find that there is always uneasiness and dissatisfaction
in his heart.
Then what is the lamentation of human beings and of all created
things? It is that human beings cannot participate as members of the
heavenly family. This is the lamentation of the universe. There is
no other purpose to our life of devotion. It is to call God "Father."
You have to understand the God who conducted the providence of restoration
for six thousand years in order to usher in the one day when all of
humanity can become brothers and true children of the Father; when all
of humanity can call Him Father and rejoice.
This is God's goal and the goal found deep inside the minds of human
beings. This goal must be realized. That day must come. If that day does
not come, there is no way we can build a relationship of the heart with
God. As long as we are unable to build a relationship of the heart with
God, He cannot look into our hearts and claim us as His own. We cannot
claim to belong to God. The moment that this relationship is realized on
the earth, God's grief will be alleviated. Cries of bitterness will no
longer be heard in Heaven. Moreover, at that moment the ideal world on
the family level, which can unite Heaven and earth, will be opened. For
the sake of this goal, our ancestors clung blindly to God's words.
Due to the Fall, human beings lost the true parents, true brothers
and sisters, true spouses, and true children. For this reason, those of
us who have set out to find all these need the words of the True Parents.
What responsibility should we who are seeking the True Parents
shoulder in the course of restoration? With what kind of determination
and conviction should we go forth? We should long for the words of
the original parents in our hearts. Moreover, we should long for the
original parents who can rejoice with God. What kind of people are these
parents? We should think about what the hearts and love of the original
parents must be like.
What does God bring to us as we are running forward to live as members
of one heavenly family? He comes to us with the words of truth based on
the foundation of faith. What is the wish of human beings? It is to listen
to the words of the true father with their minds and bodies. They want to
move their bodies and minds according to the words. Besides their actions,
they also want to hold onto the Father and learn about him. Furthermore,
they also want to learn about the Father's ideals and mind. They want
to learn about the Father's love.
Until today God has given us new truth through countless prophets
and sages in every era and century. He told us how the world should be
and revealed the world of hope that we long for. In this way history
passed through revolutions that turned things upside down and which have
expanded to the world level. God and fallen people stand far apart. Hence,
God cannot speak to human beings directly. He chose many prophets and
spoke through them. God has been connecting to human beings this way
until now. In the Old Testament, God worked through angels. In the New
Testament, God worked through His son. Now history is moving toward the
era when we can call God our own Father. What can make this possible? It
is accomplished through God's words. For this to be possible, those
words must possess heart, and there must be an embodiment of those words.
The Savior Who Is the Center
of the Heavenly Family
Fallen people have to pass through a time when they long for the
words of truth. In history God has been moving the hearts of people to
practice and live by the Father's words.
What does it mean to live centering on the words? It is to live with
the son whom God has sent as the heavenly embodiment. That son is the
true father of humanity. Jesus came with that mission.
What did Jesus represent? Jesus was to become the true father of humanity
who was lost due to the Fall. He came as the embodiment of the words
established upon the substantial foundation of the words laid in history. He
came to represent the Father. This is why Jesus said, "I am the way, the
truth and the life. No one will go before the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
Only Jesus is the center of faith, mind and heart. Why? It is because Jesus
has the quality of the Father. For this reason Jesus is the Savior of humanity
and represents Heaven and earth. Christianity is the religion which seeks
the appearance of the Father through the words, seeks the mind of the Father
through the words, and seeks the love of the Father through the words.
Jesus came to the earth. He came with infinite ideals. If he had a
wish, it was on God's behalf. What was God's wish? It was to realize
the ideals and goals of creation. When Jesus came as an individual with
this wish in his heart, the environment at the time was not good. The
environment, which was not in line with the providence, bitterly opposed
Jesus. Jesus had to leave a certain standard of the heart on earth even
if he was to be struck down. This is why Jesus stressed that he was the
father and humanity the children. To form parents there must be a true
father and a true mother. After Jesus passed away, the Holy Spirit was
the one who came as the mother figure.
Jesus' sorrow was that he could not experience the day when as
a physical and spiritual being on the earth he could bless sons and
daughters. Jesus' grief was not having spoken all the words he had to
speak and not having established the standard of the heavenly family
before he passed away. Since he could not form a heavenly family, he
could not raise up members of a heavenly family, kinsmen centering on
family members, a nation centering on the kinsmen, a country centering
on the nation, and a world centering on the country.
Israel should have laid the national foundation. The Jews were the
chosen people, yet the relationship was severed and Jesus was cornered
by the Jews. Jesus was persecuted miserably as a traitor. In the end
Jesus was betrayed even by his twelve disciples. Jesus' sorrow was dying
without forming a blood lineage connected to God's heart on the earth.
Before constructing the family that God desires, there is no way to
establish the people that God wishes for. Before establishing a people,
there is no way to found a nation or a world. Therefore, when Jesus, who
was fighting to establish a family, could not fulfill the will, he had to
leave behind the concept that he was the bridegroom of humanity and that
humanity was his bride. Ladies and gentlemen, do you know the significance
of this? It means that the family is the center of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Faith Which Helps Us Understand
the Embodiment through the Words
What is the Marriage of the Lamb that the Bible talks about? It
is rectifying in the Last Days the position of True Parents, which
should have been accomplished six thousand years ago. It is to build
relationships of brothers and sisters and children. This is the wish of
Jesus in whom we believe, and the hope of God who has suffered for six
thousand years to guide us.
Knowing this we should think about what we are holding onto. What are
you holding onto? Two thousand years ago, the Jews were in a position
to support Jesus. They lived in a blessed time when they could honor
and serve Jesus. The chosen people lived in the age when they could
attend Jesus and help him reign as the King of Kings. However, because
the Jews turned against Jesus and all those who were boasting that they
were chosen by God betrayed him, the standard that Jesus was hoping for
was shattered. When this was destroyed, the history of Israel came to
an end and the Old Testament words which were given to Israel were lost.
It is an hour of grief and sorrow that we have to cry and weep hanging
onto Jesus' words and live by his words. It is our sorrow that we have
to pray in Jesus' name. When you pray, you pray in the name of Jesus,
right? It is unfortunate that we have to be tied to these kind of
terms. There must come a time when we can pray in our names. That is
the day of hope.
Ladies and gentlemen, now we must cherish the words and live according
to the deeds and acts of Jesus and understand what kind of person Jesus
was through the words. We have to rediscover the Jesus who prayed for the
sake of his enemies even when he was miserably nailed on the cross by them
and was shedding blood. What was the internal situation of his heart which
forced him to such a fate? Christianity will perish if it hopes to fulfill
its mission only with the words of Jesus. They will surely be judged. Only
after they cling to Jesus and his heart as he did his utmost to speak,
only after building a relationship with him and cleansing themselves of
the things of this world can they enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
When we reflect on this, we should understand the true meaning of
the words True Parents and God. We should understand clearly the true
meaning of the words and not symbolically or metaphorically. Although
Christians have studied the Bible for two thousand years, they do not
really understand it. They are ignorant. Although Christians today
say that they act based on the words, this is still not high enough
to connect to Jesus' deeds. The purpose of words is to induce one to
act. If Christianity had been living by the words, then how could it
have become the way it is today? The purpose for which Jesus spoke the
words was different from the purpose for which Christians listened to
his words. This is where the problem lies.
Then what should be done now? It is written that in the Last Days we
should hold onto the Holy Spirit and pray without sleeping. It is said
that in the Last Days, we should put oil on our foreheads and pray in
secret chambers. How will the Lord come? He does not come speaking words,
but will come silently, as the embodiment. The farther the gap between
where we stand and the purpose of the original words, the more Jesus
will receive the hardships of the cross and come seeking for us. Yet
Christians do not understand this. Now we should judge whether or not
we possess the inner strength to move and shake, which will allow us to
build up within us the force of a heavenly revolution and to cross the
valleys of death courageously. Can we stand as active subject partners?
To do so, what should you do? You have to yearn for it. Since
Christians have longed for the words for two thousand years, we have
to long for the words and at the same time long for the deeds which go
together with the words. We have to be determined that since Jesus did
this, we too will do this and that.
Who is Jesus? He is our True Parent. We have to yearn for the words
he spoke and the deeds he left behind. We have to long for his words,
deeds and appearance. Isn't that so? We have to be able to say that we
cannot endure any longer because we miss our beloved parents so much. We
have to want to see them so badly that we forget eating, sleeping and
our own state of being. Have you ever had such a moment?
The Father Appears Where There Are Tears of
Where and how does a meeting take place? It does not take place due to
sweet words or good deeds alone. It comes about when there is an intense
longing. How will the Lord look? What will his hands, eyes and nose be
like? In the end what will determine whether or not you can meet him is
the desire you have to touch and see him. This has nothing to do with
the Jesus who spoke the words. It has nothing to do with God. When you
meet, salvation is not attained by calling out the words of Jesus. You
have to long for the substantial Jesus.
We cannot see Jesus no matter how intensely we desire to. Why doesn't
the Jesus who promised to come again come? Jesus told his disciples that
he would come back soon. Why doesn't he come? Why is this so? What is
the reason that he cannot come when so many disciples and followers
desperately want to see him and meet him? When there is someone who
longs for him so badly that he is oblivious to the passage of time,
he will certainly be able to meet him. There is a way this will happen.
We are orphans. God sees us as orphans. No matter how great the
external family environment may be for someone on earth, in God's eyes,
he is still only an orphan. We have lost our true parents, our true
brothers and sisters, our true spouses, and our true children. We are
like orphans. Since this is how we are, how can we be at peace? Our
hearts are pushing us. What are they pushing us to do? They are asking
us to look for our original parents, brothers and sisters, brides and
children. However, no matter how many times we circle around the earth
in search of them we may not find them. Since we cannot find these even
among the words of truth, where can we find them?
The beginning point of resolution is to put oil on our foreheads,
enter the secret chamber and be overwhelmed with the desire to see the
Father. If there is a way for the Father and the Lord to seek us, you
should be ready to brave any path of death or any difficult mountain path,
determined to move forward. Jesus went the path of Gethsemane and Golgotha
while looking for such sons and daughters. Since he was not successful in
his search, he went the path of death. We who long for the one day when
we can meet our original parents, long for the day when we can cling to
him and call him Father and Lord, how many hours have we shed tears?
Now the time has come when Christians all over the world must solve
this problem. We have to yearn to see him more intensely than we yearn to
see our own sons and daughters or anything else in the world. We must want
to touch his clothes and hands, since he is our Father. We should be able
to give all of our minds and bodies upon meeting him and share everything
of our past upon entering his bosom, and receive consolation for all our
difficulties and labors. We must understand that this is our highest hope.
We should long for the person more than we long for the words or his
deeds. After we long for the person, we should long for his mind.
In the past some Jews were able to cling to Jesus. However, has there
been even one person who related to him as if Jesus were his own parent
whom he longed for, as if Jesus was the parent that he had lost and had
been yearning to meet again? When God sent his only son to the earth
as the Father of all people and the King of Kings, would He have sent
him to be mistreated? God wanted people to honor him as the central
person of history, the father of all people, someone everyone longed
for and wanted to meet many times over. However, no one of his time
treated him like that. This was the sorrow of Heaven and made Heaven
most indignant. Although he came to give his blood and flesh for his
children, his children pointed knives and weapons at him. How could it
be a happy memory for Heaven? If Heaven ever had a cause for deep sorrow,
there was nothing more sorrowful than the death of Jesus.
The Embodiment Is More Important
than the Words Themselves
Jesus left his last words as Heaven's son. He told his disciples
that although there were many things he wanted to share, he was
to die before he could finish all that he wanted to say. He said,
"You do not believe me when I speak about the matters of this earth,
so how would you believe me if I spoke to you about the matters of
Heaven?" (John 3:12) He added, "Although there are many things that
I want to tell you, you are not prepared to receive them now." (John 16:12)
Had Jesus' beloved disciples been the true sons and daughters of Jesus, why
would he not have been able to speak? Even when he was dying, Jesus could
not reveal the secrets deep in his heart. He was our father. How can there
be a greater violation of filial piety?
We have to repent to cleanse ourselves of all historical sins. Because
all people share the sin of having killed the parent, we have to
repent. What does it mean to repent? It is to regret the sin of having
killed the father and understanding it. No matter how unemotional a son
may be, if he realizes that he has killed a good father, wouldn't he
repent in tears? That is how it is. Regardless of what the world may
think about it, the God and Jesus I know are like that.
Who would ever understand the situation of Heaven, who worked ceaselessly
for six thousand years without feeling any fatigue because He yearned
so intensely for the original family, original children, siblings and
members? No matter what tribulations Jesus encountered during the thirty
years of his life, even when he was praying through the night on the lonely
grounds of Gethsemane, he thought about the original children. Thinking
about the original children, Jesus prayed even as he was dying on
the cross. He prayed, "Father, please forgive them of their sins." (Luke 23:34)
Jesus was thinking, "Since we are in the position of parents searching for
the lost children, we should certainly walk this path." From this we can
discern Jesus' heart.
Christians of the world today know that Jesus is great and honor him
as God's son. However, in reality he was truly miserable. He was condemned
as a traitor, a rebel and a heretic. Although the Jesus known in history
is great, in reality he was truly miserable. Do you know that? We should
not seek the great name of the Jesus we find in history. We should go
find the Jesus who appeared in substance. This is the responsibility
of the believers of the Last Days. With the burning heart of a parent,
Jesus overcame all these situations and struggled to find sons and
daughters. The day that Jesus, who labored with the heart of a parent,
and sons and daughters who are struggling to find him, meet together is
the day God can come and give His blessing.
What remains now? Words are not as important as the embodiment
itself. Words are the letters the bridegroom has sent to the bride. When
the embodiment, the source of the words, appears, should they focus their
discussion on the letters? Now is the time that we must complete our
actions based on the words. It is the time when we have to conquer Satan
and return the world to God's bosom. Only then will the embodiment appear.
Our families and relatives block our path to go before Jesus. To
sever oneself from all these obstacles, a person must be able to feel
the pain of the cross. When Jesus cut off from his own family members,
he shed tears and prayed for blessing. Likewise, we human beings have
to suffer the pain of the cross to sever our familial relationships on
the earth. We have to endure the agony of the cross. Those who dislike
that will not meet Jesus. They will never meet him.
The Way to Meet the Father
Before he shouldered the cross, Jesus said that he would
return. Because of this, the disciples were able to overcome difficulties
and become his companions, willing to die with him and suffer through
hardships with him. For this reason, centering on the twelve apostles,
the seventy and 120 followers were able to stand before Jesus and cross
over the wall of death.
Although Christianity received all kinds of persecution under
the oppression of Rome, because they prevailed, they conquered
Rome. Christianity has served as an unconditional sacrifice for the
world; this is the reason that it could arrive at a stage where it could
literally dominate the world. Hence, now is the time that all Christians
of the world can erect the heavenly sovereignty in Satan's world. We have
to understand that Christians all over the world must unite their forces
and, representing the embodiment, be prepared to march forward and die
together. After the era of the word has passed and the era of practice
has passed, the one day of meeting will take place. Only after the one
day of meeting can we live the life of Heaven. Upon meeting we have to
enter the state where we can say that someone else's personal situation
is my situation; his difficulties are my difficulties; his wounds are
my wounds. Then we can attain the level where we can say that his mind
is my mind and his heart is my heart. Only after these things have been
accomplished can the heavenly family be realized. Only after we bring
these together centering on Jesus on the earth will the heavenly family
Countless people claim that God is in the position of the parent
and that they are in the position of children. However, this is in name
only. It is like being adopted children. You should meet Jesus through
words and deeds. Even if you do not meet him in your prayers, you should
meet him in the mountains. If you do not meet him there, you should be
willing to seek even death. If you do not find him in the mountains or
in your prayers, you will find him in your death, so that is where you
must search for him. Jesus also passed through this process. He passed
through the course of secret chambers, through the period of praying in
the wilderness. He was willing to search for his children even in the
hills of death. We have to search with the same determination. You have
to understand this through reading the Bible.
Then what will you do the day you meet him? What should we do first for
him? The moment that sinful people meet the Lord and the True Parents,
they must call out for the Father and the Lord and comfort him: "I
have fought like this and like that, and I have brought this and that
gift. How much have you suffered during the long six thousand years to
find me?" You should comfort him. You think that when the Lord comes to
the earth, the Kingdom of Heaven will be accomplished centering on us
and the world will operate exactly the way you want it to. That will
never be. You have to disappear. You have to abandon all your wishes,
all your expectations and all your hopes. From the moment you meet him,
since you do not know what may be on his mind, you should be able to do
as he commands.
Then what we have to do is comfort him with the most sincere heart:
"How much have you suffered? It was so difficult for me to find this path;
how much have you suffered to pass through the long six-thousand-year
course of history and find your children?" You should say, "How is your
heart? How is your heart after having passed through the long six thousand
years? We understand that heart. We understand that heart."
Do not expect to be complimented. When you are searching, you should
go about it silently. Right after the resurrection, Mary Magdalene was
silent when she came before Jesus. But when Mary tried to hold onto Jesus,
he blocked her. Why? It is because human beings have to cleanse themselves
of something. What would that be? It is the dirty remnants of history.
Human beings have to cleanse themselves of that first. We have to beg
for forgiveness for our sins, saying, "This is how Adam's family was;
this is how Noah's family was; this is how the families of Abraham,
Isaac and Jacob were, and this is how the prophets and saints since Moses
have been. Jesus died this way. These are all sins that I committed,
so please forgive me."
The Heroes of the Future Who Will Be
Raised Up After They Clear Up
the Past and the Present
The day that we meet, we have to understand the historical scars. We
must say, "We are ashamed. However, we are so grateful for the grace of
the Father who did not abandon us but sought us and called us." Then God
can say, "My son." Then Father and son can meet. You have to understand
that this is the path people of faith move on toward the heavenly family.
If you do meet, what would you want at that moment? Jesus and God have
historical sorrows. We should probe into their sorrow in every detail
and trace the tracks of the blood of the six-thousand-year history during
which they engaged in fierce conflicts. We should say, "This is because
of me, my people, my family members, my siblings, my spouse and children.
Father, I am deeply sorry." Can you do that?
Moreover, we have to understand how God created the universe, how
the Fall took place, how God received Abel's sacrifice but not Cain's,
why God chose eight members of Noah's family, and how the term "the
God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob" came into being. We
must understand why Jacob used tricks to seize the birthright and why,
after choosing the twelve sons of Jacob, God formed a family of seventy
members and entered Egypt. Why did the Israelites suffer for 400 years
in Egypt before the 600,000 people could form a nation and Moses could
be made their leader? Why did they have to fight for the blessed land
of Canaan? Why did they have to fight to establish the nation and
sovereignty of Israel? Why did Jesus come and die, and why will he have
to come again? What will the world be like in the future?
You have to understand the providence and thoroughly report the
sins that people have committed in the past, present and future. The
Last Days are the time of direct reporting. Do you think that this is
reporting only about one's own individual sins? Not at all. If you were
to report only about your own individual sins, you could not participate
as a member of God's family. For this reason you should report the sins
of the past and of the present and the sins of the future and become
those who can fight against them.
After having rectified the past and the future, God's purpose is
to introduce the new center of a new nation of the future before the
universe. Moreover, you will have to understand that it is to recognize
you as part of God's family as well as the other members of the family
that God is working. Have you ever thought about them?
Ladies and gentlemen, you have to defend the Father you believe in,
that He is like this and that, and that the Father you know is the
Father of the past, the present and the future. All people will agree
upon what the Father desires in their minds, hearts and bodies. They
will agree through the words and through the deeds that they perform
based on the words.
The Mind's Inclination toward the Ideal World
With what will God judge on the judgment day? God judges with the
conditions of restoration through indemnity based on the foundation of
His heart of the past, present and future. When Mary Magdalene met the
resurrected Jesus, she did not know that Jesus could not let her hold
him. That is how it is. Do you think that one can go to Heaven just by
believing? The thought may be good. But if you believe that, no matter
how hard you try, you will never have anything to do with Jesus. It won't
do, even if you receive the words and put them into practice. No matter
how faithfully you live by it, you will not be able to connect yourself
to the embodiment. Why? It is because you are ignorant.
For this reason we should repent. We should repent and cleanse
ourselves of all wrong elements. Why repent? For six thousand years,
since the time of Adam's family until today, our ancestors had to uphold
the will of Heaven and fulfill God's wishes. Yet they could not complete
these responsibilities. We should shoulder the responsibility for this
sin and repent. God is not just the God of the future. He is the God of
the past. We have to understand God as the God who is working to cleanse
all historical sins, and we should build a relationship with Him and
purge our sins.
Moreover, since God is the God of the past, we have to purge the
sins of this age. After having cleansed all the sins of the past and
the future, we have to establish one new standard of the future and
sing of the glory of the Father; that place is the Kingdom of Heaven,
where we can live eternally.
Only after that can we form a heavenly family which does not even think
about the sins of the past. This is the realization of God's hope. Then we
are to be recognized as sons and daughters of the heavenly family and live
eternally. Such people do not need to believe in Jesus. They do not need
Jesus. They do not need Christianity. They do not need faith. The place
they go after they live a normal life on earth is the Kingdom of Heaven.
After the age of hope comes, God will not look back at the
six-thousand-year history. There is no need to flip through the pages
of sorrowful history. After the arrival of an age where we can say that
this is certainly the standard based upon which solutions can be obtained
through our minds, bodies and hearts, we do not need to flip back through
the refuse of the past.
Ladies and gentlemen. People nowadays are interested in antiques. Do
you know why that is? It is because we are searching for the original
things which were lost. We have to find the antiques that Adam and Eve
lost long ago, six thousand years ago, which could have connected us to
God. After that we have to cut our relationship with the age of antiques
and enter another era when we struggle to find new things. This world
today is an accursed world which destroys and devours all new things
that emerge. That is not true for the era of hope. The world that we
hope for is a world where new things are valued. Since God's nature
values new things, we have to move toward that age.
For this reason people block the path we are walking. They tell
us to turn around and go back to the past. They tell us to go deep
into our minds. This is why Buddhism teaches us to enter a state of
meditation. The reality of life on earth and its sorrow is that we have
to seek our original selves and original minds. Yet after we go back
to the past and resolve it all, we would never want to think about the
past. God's goal is to destroy it all and leave no part of it behind.
We have to live in a new world with new hopes. That is what the past
of a people is like. Roman culture was revival of the Hellenistic
culture. They studied the older culture and brought it out again and
integrated it with the new reality. That is not what we should do in the
future. Of course, it is good to study history. However, that is not the
standard of our hope. Until now our fate has been to return to the past
and return to Heaven. From now on it should be new.
The Heavenly Family Which Abandons
All that Is Tied to Sinful History
Members of our Unification Church should mercilessly do away with
the past and become people who can boast of having been born as new
princes. They should sing the new songs of the new world. That is how it
should be. Think about it. Do you think God would want you to bring all
the dirty rags from Satan's world into God's family? God does not want to
hear it, see it or even think about it. Wouldn't it be so? This is why
we call it the great judgment. We do not want to see them or see those
ideas, that sovereignty, that history. It is the great judgment. We have
to understand clearly that God is seeking true sons and daughters who can
worship and serve the glorious Father with a heart burning with new hope.
Although it is good to hold to the past, if you were to do that you
would destroy all ideals. When the Jews living by the Old Testament kept
to the Old Testament of the past, that caused them to kill Jesus. Ladies
and gentlemen, you should understand this clearly. Although it is good
to hold onto democracy as opposed to communism according to the trends
of thought today, if you were to hold onto that alone, you would destroy
new things. Although the faith that you have and the churches that you
attend are good, you have to understand that if you adhere only to them,
you may destroy something new.
For this reason, you have to discern the situation well. You
have to clear up the past and the present and be prepared for the
future. Otherwise, you will never be able to enter the hopeful family
of God. God sees you as sons and daughters of Satan's world. After God
sent His only son Jesus, he did not like Jesus' younger brother (Israel)
calling him their brother. Why should Joseph's sons call Jesus their
brother? Only after they pass through a course of faith, believe in
Jesus and receive the heart, mind, body, deeds and words of Jesus can
they call him their brother. God did not even like Mary calling Jesus
her son. Only after passing through a similar course could she call
him her son. God does not even think about anything tied to the fallen
lineage. Wouldn't that be true?
This is why we have to be re-blessed by the only son of God. When
a first-rate bride whom God loves dearly is called before Heaven, God
does not want to hear that she is the daughter of someone, the niece of
someone, the older sister of someone, and so on. All that is necessary is
to be recognized as God's daughter. God will say, "She is My daughter,
not yours." This is why those who go deep into the past will never
overcome this process. That is how it is.
When we reflect on the six thousand years full of anguish, the
miserable history during which bloody conflicts raged, when we think
about how people betrayed God's will and caused the prolongation of
God's providence, God probably does not even want to see them. Ladies
and gentlemen. You should not hold onto the hands of your beloved sons
and daughters and go before God and say, "I am the father or mother of
So and So." You should not say that you lead such and such a life in
the world. You should not talk about anything that is tied to the sinful
history. God only wants to hear about your relationship with Him.
Those Who Are Qualified to Become
Members of the Heavenly Family
The God of history and of the present age is a sorrowful God. The
God of the past and the present is a sad God. Those who do not recognize
this will be judged. Those who truly love God will not be able to pray
for the alleviation of their own suffering and agony. We should be
grateful for the fact that God has been shouldering all the sorrows
and pains of the past. Those who are ignorant of this and stress
their own sorrow and pain will all be judged. If someone cries alone
because he cannot pray about his own pain to God, knowing God's sorrow
of the past and the present, God will recognize him. You should pray,
"How much greater is God's suffering than my own pain? Even if I am
to die, please let me shoulder it." Those who pray for blessing today
will become greater and greater sinners before God. The more you enter
the realm of God's grace and love, the more you know you are a sinner
who cannot raise your head before God. You will find that to be true
in the spirit world. Believe me if you will, or don't believe me. I am
not speaking foolish words. Those who want to think that, let them go
ahead. That is not how the next world is. The spirit world is not like
that. It is a world in which people will humbly decline the offer to be
raised to a higher place several times. They will say, "I am not worthy."
Those believers who pose as masters and fight with each other over
power and influence will be damned, and such churches will perish. Now
the time has come for us to turn around. We should try to run away when
someone tries to elevate us and decline when someone wants to do things
for us. That is how God will come to us.
Members of the Unification Church, although you are receiving
persecution and mistreatment from the outside world, please do not be
sad. This has been the path that the Lord and the Father have walked,
so we unworthy sinners should walk it gladly. You should say, "If the
agony of the people can be eliminated by my suffering, and the sorrows
of the world and God can be alleviated through the sorrows this body
experiences, I am grateful." Those who do so will never be snatched away
by Satan. God will never betray them. We have come together to become
such people, to become God's people and members of the heavenly family.
The world is fast asleep. God is longing for people who can forget
about themselves while dreaming of the Kingdom of Heaven; in other words,
the family of God who can cry for the heavenly parents and brothers and
sisters. You have to understand that this is why you have gathered here.
If there are such people on the earth, then no matter how severe
the persecution, no matter how miserable the events they encounter,
they will remain till the end. For this reason we should hold onto
Heaven and earth and appeal with our blood and tears. We should mourn
over the sins of the past. We should mourn for the sake of the thirty
million people of this nation. God longs for such young people, members
of the heavenly family and kinsmen of Heaven. If such a movement does
not emerge among the people, the Korean people will perish.
Christianity Should Be Guided in a New Direction
Ladies and gentlemen, your love and longing for your friends will
all fade away. Families and friends will all fade away. The right
path is the one on which longing for heavenly friends and heavenly
family members moves your emotions. Forgetting about even your hunger,
you should look for heavenly family members, overcome all your grief,
and be concerned even about the descendants of the future, appealing
to God on their behalf. Those who have this mind-set will never
decrease. Ladies and gentlemen, you are probably well aware of the
international situation. Many people see that the years 1959 and 1960
are an historical transition. We feel that the time of the historical
transition has come. We know that we have arrived at the forked road of
life and death and the point of despair and mourning. They have invaded
the sphere of our life. Here we can feel the division ideologically. The
same is true for our world of faith, family and society.
Moreover, when we look at the situation of Korea, we can see that
there is no country more miserable than this. Where do you set the
standard of peace? The world will fade away. The society, country and
people will all fade away. Our people do not possess anything, and we
cannot even look for it. Now I think that the only way to save this
people is to mourn over their historical sins and the mistakes of the
present era and raise two hands and call on the Father.
Who among the people gathered here will be mobilized? Not the older
people. The churches must take the risk of the new changing the old. Since
we know this, Christians should not entrust their churches to the present
leadership. Such a time will come. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place
for ministers and elders. The Kingdom of Heaven is a place for truly
faithful sons and daughters. The churches have become as they are because
we entrusted them to the hands of ministers and elders. Christians of
the world should unite and claim back the possession of their churches
and honor them as their own. Such a movement will take place. God will
make this happen.
Young men of great ideals, such a time will certainly
come. Look! Before the liberation of Korea, people praised this and
that minister. The time of ministers passed, and there came a time of
elders when people praised this or that elder. Then blew the wind of the
deacons. Now the time of ordinary membership will come. Such phenomena
will certainly take place. We should not entrust this church to them. The
Unification Church has arisen from that fervent movement. Although people
may be cursing us, you wait and see. History will certainly change its
course. We need brave young men and women. Otherwise, in the Last Days
we will become miserable people who will betray once more the approaching
new world of heavenly ideals and cause great grief to Heaven. You should
be concerned about this.
We should become sons and daughters of burning zeal and shoulder the
historical grief of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and our ancestors. We
should take responsibility for this age. We should become sons and
daughters who can call God our Father and preserve the dignity and name
of being members of the heavenly family, sons and daughters of God. We
should understand clearly that God and humanity are searching for people
who can confidently command the entire universe.
Father, I have spoken the words. Most sorrowful and grieved Father,
please forgive our ancestors who were ignorant of You.
We know that we should understand and cry for the Father's sorrow
over not having found the sons and daughters You long for. Forgive us. We
are in the miserable situation of seeking our satisfaction alone.
Jesus looked at his own mother and younger brothers and sisters and
said, "Only those who live by the will of my Father are my brothers and
mother." We do not have original parents; we do not have original brothers
and sisters; we do not have original children or spouses. We long for
original parents, brothers and sisters, children and spouses. Please
let us become sons and daughters who forget about our own dignity and
search for them out of intense yearning.
Please let the movement to honor the Father and enjoy life in the
heavenly family unfold in Heaven and earth. Please let revolutions of
heart and love take place which can unite people with this ideal and
force them to move forward and respond. If Your sons and daughters who
participate here feel something in their hearts, please let that become
the guiding light of their lives and the source of transformation. Father,
this is our sincere prayer.
Thank You for having governed over everything. We pray in the name
of the Lord. Amen.