REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
THE RESURRECTION OF
JESUS AND OURSELVES
April 10, 1977
Belvedere, New York
Translator - Bo Hi Pak
Easter Sunday is being observed today by the entire world. In our
tradition, however, we celebrate next Sunday, April 17, as the true
Easter. The word resurrection came into being because of the fall of
men, but going a step further, why did Jesus even have to come to this
earth? Because of the fall, man's original nature was lost and needs to
be restored. This world, being the kingdom of hell on earth, is a place
where a savior is necessary.
When men consummate their life in hell on earth, upon being elevated
into spirit world they can have no other destination than hell. Let me
give an analogy. In the autumn beautiful apples are harvested, but if
a particular apple is rotten then the farmer throws it away. There is
no other place for it. Those people who end up in hell are human trash
in God's sight. One apple may have bad skin, yet be very good on the
inside, while another apple may look good on the surface, yet be rotten
inside and worthless. Human beings belong in the second category. There
is no possibility for a fallen man who is corrupted on the inside to be
Even though there may be some damage on an apple's surface, if its
seeds are intact then it still has value. However, man is the opposite,
being intact on the outside, but rotten on the inside. After the fall
man became rotten all the way through. Would it be simple to restore
that kind of man back to his original state? Would it be easier for God
to eliminate everyone corrupted by the fall and start all over again,
or easier for Him to keep trying to mend those rotten apples until they
reach perfection? There is obvious evidence of how difficult it is to
restore such rotten men into perfection; Biblically speaking it has
taken Almighty God 6,000 years of trying to restore man into perfection
and still His efforts are not yet fruitful.
Among the many diseases afflicting man, the worst disease is the one
brought by the fall, and to make things worse, men do not even realize
that they are contaminated. Today people think of cancer as being the
most horrible disease. The worst aspect Of cancer is that its early
growth cannot be easily detected, and a victim may not even know that he
has cancer until it has progressed to a lethal stage. Yet, compared to
the disease caused by the fall, cancer is easier to deal with because
the patient knows ahead of time that he is dying. The disease from the
fall, however, does not give any warning and a person only knows what has
happened after death. Most people are not aware that they are mortally
stricken with such an impossible disease.
Who introduced such a disease to mankind? Satan. He turned himself
into the worst enemy of God, not by stealing money or property, but by
stealing God's most precious possession: love. What did Jesus mean when
he taught that you must love your enemy? Do you think he meant for us
to love Satan? Jesus taught that you must forgive your enemy not just
7 times, but 70 times 7; Jesus proclaimed unconditional forgiveness. If
the son of God came to manifest the love of God to that depth, why didn't
he love Satan? Jesus' love for Satan would have made it very simple for
Satan and God to get together, wouldn't it? But this is impossible.
When Jesus said to love your enemy he was talking about people who
have become the victims of Satan. Satanic men are merely victims of
God's enemy and you must love them and try to restore them, but He did
not teach us to love Satan himself. Even though fallen men have become
temples of Satan, all men were originally born to be God's temples.
God is destined to restore His body, which is mankind. God can restore
man by perfecting the love of God in men.
Resurrection is completed in
the consummation of God's and man's love
This morning we must clearly understand what Satan did. Satan stole
and destroyed the very element that God was seeking to perfect with man:
His love. The loving relationship between God and men was ripped apart. If
God were to love Satan and forgive the destruction of His love then God
would nullify His entire ideal. No purpose would remain for the continued
existence of creation. Even in our lives the most precious thing is
not money, knowledge, power, or anything else except love. When God is
longing for love and man is longing for love this is one common love;
the same love has become the goal of God and the goal of man.
The consummation of God's love without man is impossible. The
consummation of man's love without God is impossible. In the consummation
of love the purpose of man and the purpose of God both converge, and
clearly the consummation of love is the realm where resurrection is
completed. Only satanic love can be consummated apart from that realm.
There is love in this world but not perfected love, and for this
reason that love has always become victimized by Satan, who utilizes
and exploits it. We have learned that perfected love comes under the
direct dominion of God, and that Adam and Eve were created to grow into
that relationship through three stages of growth. Because Adam and Eve
fell at the growth level, we must not only reach their level of growth,
but exceed their accomplishment by achieving the level of perfection.
The entire purpose of Jesus' coming can be summarized in one sentence:
Jesus came to bring the resurrection needed to perfect man's love to
the point where men can come into the direct dominion of God's love.
Men fell not only to the bottom of the formation stage, but even below
that to the realm of unprincipled reality, or hell. Had there been no
fall, man would have grown straight upward through the formation, growth,
and perfection levels of growth in his lifetime.
Do you think hell would have existed if there had been no fall? Adam
and Eve started from the point of formation and were supposed to reach
the level of perfection and the direct dominion of God's love within 21
years. Even the garden of Eden could be a lonely place because only one
boy and one girl were there, growing up together, eating and playing
together. As they entered their teens they began to experience new
feelings, looking at each other with different emotions. They wanted
to analyze and understand those emotions more deeply. Don't you think
their relationship naturally would have grown into a deeper realm?
Here in America, when men and women meet they embrace and kiss each
other even in public. Would there have been kissing in the sinless garden
of Eden? Who would have been the first one to witness a man and woman
kissing? In looking at the first act of kissing, would God have shouted
out, "What are you doing there?" How would God have viewed such a scene;
would He have felt upset and angry? God would have felt good because God
wanted men and women to experience love and to act in that fashion. That
is the way God created man to be.
Drowning in love
Where did God put His emphasis, on Adam and Eve, or on the relationship
between them which we call the explosion of love? Since God created love
as the supreme power and energy of the universe, anyone who comes into a
realization or experience of love will be absorbed into it. The English
expression of this is very dramatic; you say, "failing in love." I think
that is a very wonderful expression because being in love is like being
given a tremendous shove and failing into a hole. Love is like a trap
Another word that can be applied in this case is "drowning in love,"
such that you do not have even one finger left above the water. Did God
want men and women to have an arm sticking out above the water, half-way
joined in love? Or did He want them to be completely intoxicated and
drowned in their love? If God wants that then men want it, right? Do you
want it too? This is the best medicine for waking all of you up early
on Sunday morning. Nobody can doze during this subject!
Women in particular are very greedy regarding love. They do not want
to leave one thin hair above the water, but have every single bit of
themselves submerged under the water of love. Am I telling the truth
or not? Do only white women feel this way, or do all women feel this?
What about people in the past and people who will come in the future,
does this apply only to you or to all the past, present, and future?
This feeling toward love is an unchanging and eternal one, and all of
you are ready to be drowned in a sea of love. There is certainly no
mistake about it.
If there were a subject and object who were both drowned in a sea
of love, would they want to be separated? They would really want to do
everything together, reading together, walking together and laughing
together when they were joyful. Isn't that true? If man desires to
reach that state of love then what is God's highest possible goal? God
is just the same. God does not need anything else. He can make as much
gold as He wants and He already has power. He does not need any more
knowledge. Then what does God need? There is only one thing God cannot
do by Himself. experience love. For this God needs an object; when God
is alone not even a word of love can be whispered.
Is God's object of love a monkey, or an ugly man like Gerhard? Are
you completely intoxicated by your own beauty every time you look in
a mirror, exclaiming, "I just can't resist myself!" In most cases men
and women looking into a mirror feel some uncertainty, "I wish my eyes
were a little bigger and I wish I had a better chin and a prettier
complexion." Cosmetics were invented because people always desire to
look better, particularly women. If all you women looked at your faces
in the mirror and were absolutely satisfied, would you even bother with
cosmetics? Since you know you are not perfect you are trying to improve
yourself a little in an artificial way. That psychology can be observed
in both men and women.
God has the perfection of men's qualities and women's qualities
within His own essentialities. The qualification of absolute beauty
exists within God, and if we were able to see God then we would never
be satisfied with each other. If we looked at God's perfection and then
looked back at the human level we would think of ourselves as being
ugly. If men and women were to analyze each other's features they could
find a thousand deficiencies.
Men and women would never get together if they only observed
each other's difficulties. Harmony between men and women would be
impossible. However, there is a magic power which more than offsets the
shortcomings of men and women, a kind of veil that can make men and women
completely blind to each other's shortcomings. Such a power is needed
not only between men and women but between God and man. If God were just
looking at man from an analytical point of view, He would soon be fed
up. God has no more interest in looking at ugly men and women than you
do, so there must be something between God and men that even blinds the
eyes of God, making everything look sweet.
Without such a mystic power in this universe nothing could be held
together. What is this magic power? It is what we call love. When that
veil covers men and women they become blind and everything becomes sweet
and fragrant. Even God is completely melted and cannot see any of the
shortcomings but only the sweetness in men. It can truly be called the
disease of love.
The beautiful thing about this disease is that once you catch it you
do not want to cure it! Actually men and women are extremely difficult
to unite because they are two such foreign elements. But when they catch
this disease of love they find in each other something comfortable and
sweet and close. Am I right or wrong when I say that marriage can only be
successful between beautiful women and handsome men? No, once you have
caught the disease of love it does not matter whether you are beautiful
or ugly because you see only good things in your spouse.
When you catch the disease of love some deficiency becomes beautiful;
a black mark which would otherwise be a blemish on a woman's face is
called a beauty mark when she is looked at with eyes of love. I have seen
more than one very handsome and distinguished man walking down the street
with his wife. When you look closely at her she turns out to be a very
ugly woman, yet her husband seems to be contented and happy! That man
is completely drowned in that particular woman; some mysterious power
is definitely working there.
Such love is truly the greatest of all powerful things under the sun,
and when God created all things and men, He clearly put the greatest
emphasis on the disease of love. The entire world can be harmonized
through loving relationships and thus come to embody God's highest
ideal. God created love to have the supreme position in His creation.
In speaking of the perfection of love is ownership kept separate? If I
truly love my wife and she loves me then would we keep our money separate,
or would it matter whose pocket it was in? Which do you think would be
more proper in speaking of the perfection of love?
Marriage means trading everything
of yours for the love of your mate
In America marriage is tending to become more of a contract with legal
rights drawn up ahead of time and the husband and wife defining who owns
what. Would you want to put money and power first in your marriage, or
would you want to put those things behind you and put love way up in
front? Do the couples who draw up contracts really have the capacity
to enjoy unconditional love, or are they merely using love as a means
How about you women here? When the time comes to get married would
you hide some precious little things which you do not want your husband
to know about? What is marriage actually? Marriage means gathering
together all your power, knowledge, money, and yourself, and putting
everything in one package to present to your husband, asking only for
his love in return. You give everything up to him and in exchange you
receive his love. That is what marriage is all about. If you want to
withhold certain things from that package and keep them for yourself,
can you claim to be completely drowned in that sea of love or not? Do
you want to get partially married or completely married? How about your
human rights? Show your hand if you say, "No, Father, I'm just going to
give myself totally and not even have one hair showing above the water
of the sea of love." Now you have registered with me!
If there were a big wheel trying to turn forward, but many cables
were attached holding it back, it would have no freedom to move forward
faster and faster. For the wheel to gain momentum it must be totally free,
with nothing pulling it back. A man is like one wheel while a women is
like another wheel, and without having any strings attached they are
coming from opposite directions to meet and unite.
The loudest thunder in the universe is not thunder itself, and the
brightest light is not lightning; instead, the collision in love of a
man and woman create the loudest thunder and the brightest lightning.
When you enter that moment of love you have to close your eyes and
ears because you can not stand the sound and light. However, when you
are drowned in love you do not hear or see. When you are completely
drowned in this original love of God then there is no moment that you
are separated from that particular intoxication, no moment when you
feel chilly or cold. God intended such intoxication of love to prevail
throughout His creation, so that even without thinking about it you
would be constantly surrounded by goodness and warmth.
Even just thinking about this creates a magnetic power, but to
actually experience that feeling and to hear that explosion of love
is beyond description. Love can be experienced in every way, with all
your senses. When you men and women want to get married then you really
desire that kind of ideal love. When a perfect husband and wife are
together they will look beautiful; there is much beauty to be seen when
any male and female get together, but men and women were to radiate the
most supreme beauty of all.
When men and women are intoxicated in God-centered love they are so
beautiful that God also wants to be intoxicated by their love and drown in
it Himself. Not only is the relationship between Adam and Eve inseparable,
but even God enters into it and all three become inseparable! Could you
desire anything greater?
Is there any greater goal to pursue than to become completely
intoxicated and drowned in such perfected love? That is the fulfillment
of life and when God also becomes fused into that love the entire universe
is then included. Being near such an inseparable unit is like standing in
front of a big furnace where metal is melted. Under those circumstances
do you think Satan could try to creep in and grab a piece of love for
himself.? There is no such thing as taking a part of it because it all
has been blended into one.
This situation is the beginning of God's direct dominion and it has
no end; in that state of love beginning and eternity merge. Can you
understand? Beginning is already eternity in that relationship. Once
you begin a relationship of true love then you have achieved eternity.
In that case do you think you could separate out one part of it?
God is a God of wisdom, and if God is really smart then He would have
created precisely what I have described and more. If somehow this slipped
God's mind and He forgot about it until this time, then upon hearing me
speak here He would exclaim, "Boy, he has a great idea! Let me borrow
his idea!" But God does not slip up; He is almighty, omnipresent and
omnipotent. Even though you may not feel to the bone what I speak of, you
can still accept it for now by logic alone. if love is the supreme force
of the universe then the culmination or consummation of love should bear
the fruit of absolute beauty, absolute warmth, and absolute peace. God
must have thought about that a long time ago.
Over one hour has passed and I am also intoxicated by this topic of
love! I started to talk about resurrection and I have not even begun!
Are you interested in my analysis of love? Those of you who may not have
felt this deeply before can at least be convinced that such love should
be possible. Logically speaking there is no other conclusion about love
that you could reach. Do you just want to accept this intellectually or
do you want to live it?
When you have forgotten yourself
you are entitled to talk about love
What would you say is the fastest thing in this universe? The speed of
light? What is the most powerful thing, or the heaviest thing under the
sun? The answer to all is the same: love. Love is faster than anything
else. Love is tallest because in history no one could climb up on top
of love although everyone can drown in love. Love is also the widest
and the deepest and the flattest. The beauty of it is that even God is
not above love. God just becomes totally intoxicated in love!
Have you ever thought, "Why do I walk? Why are my legs transporting
me in a certain direction?" Are you going somewhere just to get a meal?
Actually you walk to find your love. When your two legs hear that,
they will say, "Yes, yes, we are taking you to love." Why do you eat
three times a day? Not to cure your hunger, but to sustain your body so
that you can experience love more and perfect love further. Why do you
see? When the dust is blowing you blink to protect your eyes, and then
quickly open them up to see again. Why are your eyes trying to see so
much? To find love. That is the way men were created to function. When
you receive a gift you want to receive a loving heart with it. Would you
rather receive a more beautiful gift even though there was a greedy and
cunning motive behind it? What kind of gift would you like to receive?
Men are supposed to live their lives in an intoxication of love. When
married men get together an on-going subject of conversation is their
wives. When women get together a subject of endless fascination should
be their pride in their husbands. God wants women's greatest pride to be
their husbands. A man's greatest pride and joy is supposed to be his wife.
Your pride in talking about your loved one will have no end. On the
other hand, talking about yourself is not uplifting to anybody and you
just do not want to dwell on yourself. Men and women are supposed to be
crazy in their love for their spouse, even to the degree that they tell
God, "You know, my husband is a little more handsome than You are. I'm
sorry to say this, but God, my wife is a little prettier than You are." Do
you think God will get angry or will His grin stretch from ear to ear?
Why should God smile at that? Because God is not existing to be proud
of Himself or to show off. What God really wants to do is to show off
His sons and daughters, "Look at my children, how wonderful they are!"
God really wants to be proud of His children, and that is the substance
of true love. When you speak of love it should be as though you are not
there, as though you have forgotten about yourself. Then you have a right
to talk about love. If you are just trying to elevate your social standing
by talking about your love then you actually have nothing to say about it.
In the Kingdom of God a man is not proud of himself, but proud of God,
proud of his wife and later, proud of his children. In God's kingdom
a wife totally forgets herself in her pride in God, her husband and
her children. The children are proud of God and their parents. That is
the way God wants to have society. Love is the center of His Kingdom.
Anyone who is just trying to be proud himself will be isolated in that
society and remain alone. That person will be most unattractive to
everyone, and even God will not listen to him.
Boastfulness and self-righteousness is the most foolish way of life
in the world of God. If you have trouble with this then just completely
humble yourself. Of course you did not ask to be in that state but since
the fall selfishness became the destiny of all mankind. Man was born
in that atmosphere, and thus in the sight of God all men are dead. In
order to be resurrected or re-born you have to reverse the process and
die in the opposite direction.
The goal of resurrection is perfect love
How can we turn this fallen world right side up? What is the key'?
True love should be the guiding light. The most fundamental element in
the Kingdom of God is love, and I have "explained what kind of love that
means. Do you understand what kind of love God originally created to be
the cornerstone of the Kingdom of God? When you live in this whole love
of God, then you have no enemies. Because God thinks in this context
He is always patient. He is so patient that it is almost as though He
were not there. Many people are saying there is no God, but in reality
He has always been there, silent and not even showing His reaction to
Perfect love is the goal of resurrection. God can come and have
lordship over you directly when you achieve perfect love. You do not even
have to ask God to come in; He will come automatically. People debate
the meaning of perfection, but it is nothing other than the perfection of
love. That is all. After you reach perfection, you and your spouse cannot
be separated from God and all three of you are together in oneness. God's
direct dominion over men begins at that point.
Since the fall of man occurred in the garden of Eden, absolutely no one
could achieve that state of perfection. Fallen man has been dwelling in
the world of darkness, while the world of God's principle is the world
of light. What is the wish and desire of the people who fell into the
world of darkness? Man's goal of perfection is extremely high, but the
reality of man's life is extremely low; knowing the ideal but recognizing
that he lives in the very depths of misery man feels heartbreak, regret,
and agony. He is truly in hell.
Death is simply a transformation from living in this physical world
to living in the spirit world. Whether you go to heaven or hell, the
first thing you realize in arriving in spirit world is that man's true
goal in life is to achieve perfection. That becomes apparent to every
spirit man upon entering the spirit world. The second thing you realize
is how great a distance you have to cover to achieve that goal and how
many barriers you must cross. The realization becomes crystal clear, "I
was supposed to be the child of God, His most precious creation under the
sun, but what have I done? How did I make myself so dirty and impure, so
impossible that I only deserve the lowest, darkest realm of spirit world?"
Man is like a bud which was killed by the frost before it had a
chance to blossom. But no matter how deeply you sigh, you have no way to
recover yourselves on your own. God sees that all mankind needs help,
and this is why God began the work of salvation right after man fell.
All of humanity has been suffering in the fallen world. Do you see that
God wanted to recover all mankind right away? Don't you think God ever
had the explosive impulse to destroy Satan? However, the fall was not
the result of any shortcoming on the part of God. Because man committed
the crime man must be responsible for his own restoration. It is man,
not God, who must take the initiative in restoration.
Originally man was supposed to be born as a direct heir in the
lineage of God, but instead God has had to devote Himself to assisting
man indirectly, so that step by step, man might extricate himself from
the dungeons of hell. That is the work of restoration. After all, in
the sight of God all men are the children of His enemy, and have become
the servants of Satan. You were supposed to be born as children of God,
but the reality is that you were born as children of Satan.
In Satan's world there is no such thing as loving relationships, and
thus fallen mankind has no access to the love of God. Fallen mankind is
in a position to be repelled by the world of God's love. However, once
the principle of God's love can be applied to the satanic world, men will
understand how to love and exercise the power of love, and Satan knows
that man will then be able to liberate himself and enter the world of
God. In order to keep men imprisoned in his realm, Satan has cut man off
from God. The world of God and the world of Satan are completely isolated
from each other, and in the world of Satan there is no way for man to
taste true love; instead, Satan is the master and man is his servant.
Because the archangel was supposed to be the servant of God and
man, fallen man is then in the position of being the servant of
the servant. That is the rock-bottom of man's fallen state. From the
servant of servant position man has to elevate himself step by step to
the servant position, and then to the adopted son position. When a man
enters the level of adopted son, he enters the world of Principle or the
principality of God, and has the potential to become a true child of God.
To reach the position of adopted son, however, all the past debts
of the fallen world must be paid off. Once he successfully comes out
of this dark, unprincipled world, then he comes to a new beginning;
the period of growth begins and he is now free to grow into perfection.
However, Satan's realm is not limited to the dark world. Because man
and woman had passed through the growth stage before the fall, Satan's
power penetrates through that level. This principle applies to spirit
world as well, which is why you still struggle against Satanic power.
If a person leads the worst possible immoral life in this physical
world, then that person will find himself in the depth of hell in the
spirit world. That is simply cause and effect at work. The same principle
applies to both the physical world and the spirit world because the two
are completely interconnected. For this reason we can see two hells,
the physical hell right here on earth and the hell in spirit world.
Spirit world is the place where we reap the result of what we have
done here on earth. Man's perfection needs to be achieved here on earth
because God never intended perfection to be consummated only in the spirit
world. Therefore, in the restoration process man's spiritual and physical
courses must be parallel, with the initiative being taken here on earth.
God picked His champion to pioneer restoration on the individual
level, and then expand it to the family level, tribal level, national
and world levels. Through this person God can expand His territory,
laying a highway so that anyone who wants to can find and follow it
without too much effort. There is darkness in both the spirit world and
physical world, and God's champion has to open the way like a bulldozer
so that all men can follow.
Actually we have two areas to cover. One is vertical, extending from
formation to perfection, but at the same time our territory should be
expanded horizontally, from the individual to the world. Therefore,
on a diagram the family territory will include the area inside a small
triangle, while the national territory will cover the area of a larger
triangle, and so forth, expanding to a triangle that represents the
entire world and perfection. The vertical line is the highway laid
by God's pioneer, the central course along which all people can go up
The history of God has progressed through three major eras: the Old
Testament era, during which man was restored from absolute death up to
the servant level, the New Testament era, when man could be restored
to the level of adopted son, and finally the Completed Testament era,
in which man can receive the qualification to be perfected children and
direct heirs of God.
The name Israel, meaning "victor", was first given when the angel
blessed Jacob, after his victorious struggle with the angel, which
represented Satan. In that way man gained victory on the level of true
servant in the sight of God. After becoming victorious in the struggle
on the servant level, a person can elevate himself another step to become
an adopted son.
What is the prerequisite to becoming direct sons and daughters of
God? Without having true parents how can you become true children? The
tragedy of mankind is that everyone is descended from fallen parents.
God intended to complete two major stages when Jesus came as His
son, ultimately elevating mankind up to the level of true sons and
daughters. To do that Jesus himself was to be elevated to the parent's
position. This process should have begun with the unity between Jesus
and John the Baptist.
The necessity of God's nation
At the time of Jesus there were three areas represented: The nation
of Israel was the realm of the servant level, while John the Baptist
represented the realm of the adopted son, and in the center Jesus stood
as the true son of God. If John the Baptist had accepted Jesus, their
unity could have prevented the satanic invasion of Jesus' mission. The
two of them united together would have brought the victory at the first
stage of Jesus' mission.
The nation of Israel, as God's servant, should have joined as a
minus with John the Baptist as God's adopted son, representing a plus,
then together they would have become an even bigger minus to unite
with Jesus as a bigger plus. All together they could have consummated
man's historical advancement to the level of servant and then at one
stroke progressed directly to the level of the true sons of God. But
What actually happened? This unity was not made between the Jews and
John the Baptist, and furthermore, John the Baptist did not unite with
Jesus. All the foundations God had erected were broken down, and Jesus,
as the universal plus, had to start his mission from scratch by organizing
his own foundation and gathering his disciples himself.
After Jesus' crucifixion, the nation that God had prepared for
the day of the Messiah was torn apart and its people scattered, and
God was forced to prepare a new Israel for the Second Advent. That
mission was inherited by Christianity. Once Israel lost its mission,
the Jews became like gypsies and wandered over the world, bereft of any
homeland. Originally, God intended to have His own physical territory.
If the Jews had accepted Jesus, then their nation would have become
the physical capital of the sovereignty of God. Having the authority of
God's sovereignty, that small nation could have prevailed against the
Roman Empire; however, because of the people's disobedience, the nation
of Israel forfeited its position and was dismantled; the Jews completely
lost their physical territory.
The sovereign nation to which a person belongs can protect him in
the fallen world, and the same is true in God's world. Christianity
faced adverse conditions from its very beginning because it had no
physical territory. Christians had to function within satanic territory,
and in being exposed to the satanic world they easily became targets of
persecution. For the past 2,000 years Christians have suffered and made
great sacrifices because they had no physical sovereignty here on earth
to protect them. You must understand this clearly.
In the Old Testament era God claimed the physical territory of Israel,
and He could always raise up an extraordinary power to crush any foreign
Why did God not exercise such power during the course of Christian
history? In one respect Christianity is a level lower than Judaism;
Judaism had both spiritual and physical foundations while Christianity
is a crippled religion in comparison, having no physical territory.
For this reason God could not exercise His power to protect Christianity
in the same way He did Judaism.
Because the body of Jesus was infiltrated by Satan, the physical
bodies of Christians are always vulnerable to Satan's infiltration. We
must fully understand that Christian salvation does not derive from
Jesus' crucifixion on the cross; the cross is the symbol of Satan's
victory. Christians derive their power from the resurrection, which
is the realm Satan has no power to infiltrate. However, that realm of
resurrection also required a foundation on earth which Jesus erected
during the course of his forty days before he ascended into heaven.
Christianity has been a crippled, imperfect religion and because it
could not make physical salvation possible, all of mankind is destined
to see the day of the second Messiah. There is no other way perfection
can come about. God's goal is the salvation of the entire globe, not
just of one nation or people, and for this there must be one religion
capable of giving salvation physically as well as spiritually. All of
this will be fulfilled by the coming of the Messiah a second time.
Jesus came intending to accomplish physical as well as spiritual
salvation. In the same manner when the Messiah comes a second time he will
work on the worldwide level and will erect physical as well as spiritual
salvation for all mankind. America today is like a second Israel, being
the representative nation of the Christian world. In form this nation
is symbolic of God's kingdom, yet God cannot claim America as His own
territory. God can claim the nation spiritually, but physically there
is no territory God can claim as His own.
God's nation should be the supreme nation in the world, and should
govern the entire world. In Jesus' time the political structures of
Israel and the Roman Empire were corrupted, and there was a great deal
of confusion and chaos. In exactly the same way, as the time of the Lord
of the Second Advent nears, the whole world is succumbing to similar
corruption and weakness.
Today's America is in the same position as the Roman Empire of 2,000
years ago, while Korea is in the position of Israel. Rome and Israel
together came against Jesus, but if the United States and Korea together
accept the ideology of the coming Messiah then his mission will be a
dramatic success. Once that foundation is laid the communist world must
be liberated by God's side, and then the entire world can become one.
The spiritual and physical highways
The second Messiah is coming to establish both physical salvation
and a physical territory; his one nation or territory shall be expanded
to include the entire free world, and then eventually the nations
enslaved by the evil ideology of communism. The people who are now
victims of communism must be liberated, and it can be said that the
Messiah's ultimate goal is to unite the free world and the communist
world together into one world.
In order to fulfill such a substantial mission here on earth the Lord
certainly cannot come on the clouds of heaven. All of mankind needs to
find a highway reaching from the foundation all the way to perfection,
but actually all that has been done so far is a survey of the route.
The actual construction has not been done, and mankind can only follow
a symbolic highway since the physical route has not yet been laid. The
second Messiah must make the physical highway so obvious that no one can
miss it, connecting all the fragments of restoration into one wholesome
highway. All those little pieces can only be connected by the heart of
God. Thus the Messiah is coming as God's true representative, bringing
the fruit of the love of God as his weapon.
Spiritually laying that principle highway is the Messiah's preparation
to undertake the physical restoration of this earth. After pioneering
the highway he can begin his physical foundation here on earth, and once
he penetrates all the way to perfection then he can extend his ministry
into the entire world. This is the mission of the Unification Church. You
have come here for the fulfillment of physical as well as spiritual
salvation. You did not come here for some crippled purpose but for a
wholesome perfected purpose which shall be fulfilled on seven different
levels: individual, family, tribe, nation, world, universe, and cosmos.
What is our destination? God Himself is our destination, and
realistically bringing God down to establish the Kingdom of Heaven on
earth is our desire. When we have completed our vertical accomplishment
and the spiritual highway is laid then we will expand the physical
ministry to the four comers of the earth. Then our movement will go
beyond the worldwide scale onto the universal scale.
The solid foundation has been laid on the individual level, family,
tribal and national levels, and we have come to the worldwide level.
Since we are already working on the global level, all five races have
come together as one family within our movement, and together we are
creating the third Israel.
The third Israel must offer physical salvation
What is the mission of the third Israel? As a people living on a
global scale we will be able to bring the physical Kingdom of God which
is capable of bringing salvation physically as well as spiritually. The
second Israel has already been formed on the worldwide level, but the
salvation it can bring is only spiritual. Without the Unification Church
there can be no consummation or perfection of Christianity.
The first Israel was formed on the national level, and is now trying
to go toward the worldwide level, both spiritually and physically. It
desires to serve as the base to successfully fulfill the additional level
of salvation which it previously failed to fulfill. We must know clearly
that Judaism needs to be consummated. Judaism will not remain as Judaism,
nor will Christianity remain as Christianity. God is working to establish
one religion, through which all religions can consummate their missions
and achieve an even greater accomplishment.
From the providential point of view Judaism has to be elevated into
Christianity and accept Jesus as the Messiah, and then both of them
must recognize the Unification Church as the third Israel. Judaism
has two steps to take, while Christianity has one giant step to take.
There is no way that the mission of Christianity can be consummated within
itself. Instead Christianity must be elevated to perfection through the
The world embraces smaller levels such as nations, families, and
individuals. Even though the second Israel encompasses the world it is
still crippled because it can only give spiritual salvation. As soon
as the Unification Church lays the necessary foundation by becoming
victorious over negativity then it will automatically be possible to
consummate the worldwide mission. From that point on the Unification
Church will be recognized as the universal religion. That is the destiny
of our church.
Restoration progresses according to age, beginning with older people
and finishing with young people. The Old Testament era represents the
restoration of older people, since God first summoned older people as
His instruments. Simeon and Anna were both old when they finally met the
Christ. Noah lived to be 950 years old, while Abraham was given his first
son at the age of 100, and so forth. The Old Testament era established
what could be called a grandfather's religion. I have to pay attention
to older people because they were given the first missions in laying
the foundation for restoration. God is paying attention to them first.
The New Testament era is characterized by middle-aged people. For
instance, Jesus' disciples were working people, and later when
Christianity spread all over Europe it was middle-aged people with
families who became the backbone of the Christian church. However,
they only view Christianity as the source of their salvation, awaiting
the day when the Messiah will come and elevate their families into
the air for the millennium. At most they think of their church being
saved. Why is it that so many young people do not accept Christianity?
Because they are idealistic and their universal minds range far beyond
national boundaries to look at the world.
When the Lord of the Second Advent comes his ministry will be
fulfilled in the age of idealistic young people. Why should it happen
that way? Simply because the fall of man came through young people.
Going a reverse process in restoration, God touched older people first,
middle-aged people second, and young people last. Why are single people
primarily attracted to join the Unification Church? Here we are heading
toward perfection, which comes after marriage. Before the blessing each
person must prepare to become a wholesome man or woman. For this reason
God is sending young men and women into the Unification Church. Adam
and Eve were supposed to reach perfection at the age of 21, but they
became fallen when they were of high school age. In the near future our
new members will primarily be high school age.
God actually wanted to have all of you remain as pure virgins, but
we have a problem with American young people. Strictly speaking those
who have tasted fallen love are not eligible to become members of the
Unification Church. Adam and Eve became stained and were kicked out of
the garden of Eden; how then could God now admit those who are also
stained? What can be done? Regardless of how ardently you follow the
Unification Church, if you are not pure then you are not qualified to
be here. However, there is a way for God to forgive. God is thinking,
"Since Jesus' body was stricken by Satan, there are no bodies at all
which are alive. As long as this person is trying to restore himself I
will accept him."
Until the Messiah can finally fulfill perfection God can consider
your bodies as dead, and whether or not a dead body may have impurities
is just a trivial matter. God is trying to overlook those impurities
and leave room for forgiveness. When the Messiah seals off perfection
and God's direct dominion begins then God's standard will change, but
until then there is room for forgiveness.
God divides salvation into the three different levels of formation,
growth, and perfection, and at each level God overlooks a great many
things, reasoning, "I can forgive them that much." He is a little
stricter on the second level and absolutely strict on the third level,
and will finally seal off the fallen standard altogether. From God's
point of view the Unification Church is in the perfection level, while
Christianity, Judaism and all religions are in the growth level, with
the entire non-religious world in the formation level.
Once you join the Unification Church your standing as a Christian
or Jew or as a follower of any other religion loses its significance.
Even if you come from pre-formation level does not make any difference
once you become a part of the perfection level. The time of the Messiah
is a time of reaping, a time of extraordinary amnesty, and people of all
different surroundings and backgrounds can come and reap the same benefit.
How to wipe away past illicit love
How should you behave? There is room for forgiveness, but God has
strict expectations for those who previously led an impure life, and He
wants you to renew yourself to the degree that you completely forget about
your past illicit love. How can you reach that level? No other power is
strong enough to wipe away the experience of illicit love except true
love. Since the imprint of false love is strong in your mind, the only
way it can be eradicated is through true love.
That false love can be eradicated only through the Messiah because he
brings the most intensive love in the universe: the love of God. When
you receive this intensive love of God through the Messiah then your
past experience of illicit love will be eradicated. You can uphold this
principle and live this truth under the most intolerable hardships when
you realize that no matter what suffering you may experience, you have
been given this chance to see the light. You can re-make yourself by
following this true love. For that opportunity you can remain eternally
grateful, even though 6,000 years of suffering may come upon you at
Upon coming as the pioneer, the Messiah finds the world in pitch
darkness. Going to the forefront of the pioneering task he receives
all the persecution himself; acting as a shield he creates a space for
everyone else behind him. In that way the Messiah is preparing the way
for you. He alone has the power to bring men out of the dungeons of
hell and into the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the extraordinary power
and authority which the Messiah brings to earth.
Fallen man must make a covenant, saying to the Messiah, "I myself,
my family, and all my possessions belong to you. Nothing is mine. Please
take everything because I love you more than anyone else under the
sun." It is the responsibility of fallen man to make that condition of
complete love. Because the Messiah comes with heavenly love to those
who are stained in satanic love, they can only be liberated when their
heavenly love becomes more intense than all their satanic love put
together. Through that covenant the Messiah can elevate fallen man
from the dungeons of hell into the Kingdom of God with one stroke.
Nobody can criticize his right to do this.
Jesus said, "He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy
of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy
of me." This is completely true. No heavenly love can begin unless
we liquidate the satanic love. Who would oppose this? During heavenly
restoration the deeper the loving attachments were that you had in the
satanic world, the more intensely will those very people try to dissuade
you from going the heavenly way. That is why Jesus taught that your own
family members are going to be your enemies. Their attachment to you is
so great they will not want to release you.
Where can we find religious freedom? One strength America has lies
in the constitutional right to religious freedom. Religious freedom must
be upheld even if your faith is opposed by your parents or children, or
even by your wife or husband. Religious freedom is so supreme that your
right to believe cannot be denied by anyone. That is the most important
preparation God made in this nation for the Last Days.
Who is opposing the Unification Church most? Have you ever heard of
kidnappers being hired by parents to kidnap their own children? Those
unprecedented situations came about when the Unification Church
appeared. The Unification Church has opponents all around, not just within
the family. Jews, Catholics, and Protestants are usually divided, but when
they heard about the Unification Church and Reverend Moon they hastily
got together as allies and issued a joint statement against us. The
communists would also like to side with them in opposing me. Which side
will God support? Looking at them will God say, "For 2,000 years I wanted
you to unite and you never did, but as soon as you saw my son you got
together to oppose him. I cannot stand for it!"
Which religion is valid in the sight of God? Even after 4,000 years
the original purpose of Judaism and its future destiny is not clear.
After 2,000 years of Christian history there are still many unclear
points and unresolved questions in the Bible, and Christians truly
do not understand the origin, the present, or the future of their
religion. But for the members of the Unification Church these things
are crystal clear. We know our origin, we know God and His heart, we
understand the process of restoration history, and we know the future.
There is nothing part-time about our faith because we look at God not
in a mirror, but face to face. Have you ever before had these questions
resolved in any class or though any book? Which faith will God favor?
If you think of me as your True Parent that means you put yourselves
in the position of true sons and daughters. When I have truth then as
children you have the right to inherit that, as well as anything else I
have. Anything I have absolutely belongs to you. Threats or persecution
cannot change that truth.
When we can live true love on earth
we can proclaim the day of resurrection
We were talking about the resurrection of Christ and the perfection
of the love of God. We can proclaim that the day of resurrection comes
on the day when we can live that love here on earth and perfect our
spiritual as well as physical salvation on a worldwide scale. In that
realm of resurrection even Jesus himself will be resurrected. When that
perfection is consummated then for the first time the mission of Jesus
Christ, who is in spirit world, will be completed. On that same day the
Kingdom of God here on earth shall become a reality.
In the day when perfection can be declared before heaven and earth,
Jesus will come down to the earth to intervene much more directly, "Why
do you oppose Reverend Moon and call him a heretic? Your actions tell me
that you are the heretic." The necessary condition has been made now,
and the entire spirit world is coming down to the earth, together with
Jesus. All the saints and holy men must come down here to the earth to
influence the entire religious world to unite together in the higher
dimension of truth which God has revealed through me. By doing this,
they will set the condition of having assisted in God's work on earth
in this age, even though they are in the spirit world. Then when men
on earth achieve the highest perfection the spirit men can also claim
that perfection and freely enter the Kingdom of God in heaven.
Would those in spirit world want to be married too? The desire for
marriage is not lost when someone goes to spirit world, but you must
know that even though people lived as husband and wife on earth, there
are no husband and wife relationships so far in spirit world. There are
no True Parents in spirit world, and without parents, how could true
children exist and get married?
When the Messiah comes the second time and consummates True Parenthood,
with his wife he will form the first couple that God can recognize. With
the authority of God they will give the blessing to the religious leaders
who are saints in spirit world and open the way for them to take their
own mates as well. In spirit world they in turn will give the blessing
to their own followers.
That time has come and we are proceeding with this schedule to open
up the entire spirit world and initiate that great re-organization. It is
even possible for a spirit man to marry a woman living here on earth, and
dwell with her. It is not only possible but it has actually happened. The
relationship between a spiritual being like the archangel and a physical
being like Eve was possible in the garden of Eden, and that possibility
has not changed.
Would you like to be blessed with some saint from a thousand years
ago? Those who say yes do not know the Principle at all! Marrying even
a cripple in the Unification Church is far better than marrying the
saint of saints in spirit world. Do you know why? The answer is very
simple. If you marry a physical person you can have a child, and you
absolutely need to have a child in order to fulfill the heavenly four
positions here on earth. That is the building block of the Kingdom of
Heaven. This is very beautiful truth, and as you really understand the
truth, it will make you free.
The Unification Church is the way to achieve the perfection of love,
the perfection of men, and the perfection of the heavenly kingdom.
Therefore, once you come into the Unification Church, regardless of your
past religious beliefs, you just want to be close to me. The church
itself comes second because the members have a much deeper desire to
have some personal relationship with me. If a member wants to leave
then the spirit world will come down and push him back, particularly if
he formerly had been an adherant of another religion. Who here sees
me frequently in dreams or visions? If you are spiritually awake and
alive then you will see me in dreams and visions every day. Before the
advent of the True Parents the Christian world spiritually had a most
difficult time reaching Jesus because he has been in the highest realm
of paradise while they lived in the sinful world. But now God is coming
down and making His home here on earth.
You are using spiritual nets to reach out to the people of the world,
spreading heaven everywhere. The entire world is starved for love, and
when people see true love they will just eat it up. We are harvesting
a tremendous crop of love and the starving people of the world have to
be drawn. Even if I chased them away with a baseball bat they would
run around and come in the back door because they are so hungry for
heavenly love. The people outside our Church have no way to experience
what we feel here, which explains why so many misunderstandings arise.
Until they come themselves they have no way to comprehend it.
You are in a position to liberate many people
In order to advance in the spirit world one must progress through
many complicated formalities. You may think the American government
has red tape, but wait until you see the spirit world! There is one
layer after another of red tape and you cannot easily leap to higher
levels the way you can while you are here on earth. On earth the worst
sinner can reach the True Parents in one moment and obtain heaven. These
extraordinary things that can happen are part of the privilege of having
a physical life.
If you already have a close tie with the True Parents then behind
you are millions of spirit men asking you favors. I want you to know
that behind each one of you all of your good ancestors are lined up
according to the merit of their deeds, with the better ancestors right
next to you. There is strict formality and they cannot push ahead on
their own. Their only pride is in you, "See how beautiful he is, what
a wonderful face he has, what a strong member he is! "
All of your spiritual ancestors are pushing you and proud of you,
trying to spread propaganda about you. How will they feel if all of a
sudden, "My champion is gone! He was deprogrammed! What happened?" A
great conflict between the spirit world and physical world is going on,
with you sandwiched in between. Spirit world is trying to push you to
work hard, while the physical world is insisting that you leave the
Unification Church. We are just about to cross the final boundary now,
and the tug of war between the spirit world and physical world will soon
undergo an obvious change.
Externally speaking, the court decision in San Francisco approving
the conservatorships over five Unification Church members appeared to
be a defeat, but internally we are actually gaining tremendous benefit.
Even though we may have lost one little battle we are winning the war.
I want you to know that you are not only perfecting yourselves to become
the recipients of God's love, but you in turn can liberate others,
including Jesus Christ. You are given the right and authority to liberate
Jesus Christ, and all together we are liberating God from His sorrow. For
the first time in history this is happening spiritually and physically.
As of 1977, we do not need any more Easter because every day will
be Easter. Today is a momentous day. The key of resurrection is not
in the hand of Jesus. The resurrection of mankind both physically and
spiritually, both here on earth and hereafter in heaven, is ultimately
in the hand of the Unification Church. We are the ones to perfect the
resurrection of Jesus.
Jesus wanted to bring that resurrection in his time, desiring to
resurrect not only himself and his family, but to spiritually and
physically resurrect his society, nation, world, the universe and God.
He left that mission undone, and now in the Unification Church we have
the key to consummate on every level the resurrection that Jesus had
hoped to achieve 2,000 years ago.
For 2,000 years the great dream of mankind has been to one day meet
the Lord and receive the resurrection. Today we are sitting in the room
of resurrection. We can live through this resurrection and spread it
throughout the world by perfecting ourselves and being blessed by God.
When the Messiah comes as a savior not only to those on earth,
but to those of heaven and earth together. Since he is coming as the
Messiah of heaven and earth, his perfection includes universal and
cosmic perfection, embracing the God-centered individual, home, society,
nation and world. After that there is nothing left to fulfill. The Bible
indicates that in the day of resurrection, those who belong to Christ
shall be the royal family of his kingdom. When the Messiah comes as
the king of the entire universe and cosmos then those who belong to him
will indeed be the princes and princesses of that world. Furthermore,
in their own respective areas they will possess kingship and queenship,
When you are victorious on the family level you are the messiah of
that family, and when you fulfill your mission on the level of tribe,
you are a tribal messiah. When you fulfill your mission on the national
level, you are a national messiah. Each one of you must advance to a
higher level, and in this room there are many, many different types of
messiahships to be seen. Some are working on the family level, some on
the tribal level, national level, and worldwide level. However, you must
concentrate your attention on the worldwide level by dealing with the
problems of the world and solving them. Then the entire spirit world
which is encompassed on that level shall be benefited by you. My goal,
therefore, is the world, and I will never be satisfied by restoration
on any less than the worldwide level.
The four steps left to go
On my way toward that kingdom I have come to the United States,
and next will go to Moscow. Shall we go or not? In our hands we have
the key to liquidate communism, the worst enemy of humanity in the
sight of God. After that we will liquidate hell and close down business
there. Then we will go up to God, opening the way for the communists
and the people in hell to come to Him. Then we will have finished the
job and God will say, "Indeed my son, you have done your job." After
the highway has been created, all those who remain in hell and in the
communist world will see the signs and drive on the highway. Even so,
some crazy people might persist, "No, I don't want to drive there quickly
in a car; I'd rather walk." They are free to do as they choose, but God
will not be responsible.
Finally God will be liberated from His sorrow, and the Messiah shall be
liberated. All the saints and holy men in spirit world will be liberated
from their missions, as well as the Unification Church, and eventually
all mankind. I was given a contract by God to lay the superhighway here
in America, yet the American people are saying that what I am doing is no
good. Right now people only see us digging the ditches and clearing the
fields, so they do not recognize the highway. However, when they see it
after the concrete is poured and the line is drawn and the signs are up,
everybody will say, "What a highway! " They will compete to go first! They
will probably keep shouting insults at me because their dignity got hurt,
but in their hearts they will know they have to go that way.
What are the four steps left to go? First the liberation of the free
world, and then the liberation of the communist world. After that we will
liberate the spiritual hell and then we will liberate God. Whether you
want to join is up to you but meanwhile I am busy expanding the realm
Who wants to be a participant? If you participate in this battle
you might get hit by a bullet! Suppose you were. That is nothing to
worry about; the important thing is whether you are able to say to God
at the last minute, "God, I am dying for You and for Your liberation,
the liberation of hell, the liberation of the communist world, and the
liberation of the free world." Before you die your final words should be,
"Liberation, liberation, liberation." Then even though you may not have
completed the work, God will treat you as though you had already finished
it. There is glory in a very special place in heaven reserved for such
We are all destined to die once, right? You never know when the moment
of death may strike you unexpectedly. Therefore, the person who plans to
enjoy his leisure, thinking, "When the emergency comes I will cry out,
'Liberation, liberation, liberation,' and then I will be entitled to
heaven," is most foolish. You never know when death may strike you,
and if you really want to die for God then you must be ready at every
moment of the day.
Easter is being celebrated today by the entire world, but no
other group and no other church is resolving themselves to bring the
liberation of the free world, the communist world, hell in spirit world
and ultimately the liberation of God. If we resolve to undertake such
liberation in this particular place of Belvedere, then this is indeed
the focal point of attention for God and the spirit world. Those who
feel you can pledge your commitment to God, raise your hands. Your raised
hands make this place holy and divine. God bless you. Let us pray.