REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
The Path for America
In the Last Days
The Washington Hilton and Towers
January 22, 2000
Distinguished and honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen:
I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you, as world
leaders representing many walks of life, for gathering to congratulate
and celebrate my 80th birthday. In particular, I would like to express
my deepest gratitude to God who has been my constant companion throughout
my life. To Him I offer all the glory and honor given me.
During the course of my life, I have totally committed myself to
the salvation of humankind centered on God's Will. As a result, I came
to realize that God is not sitting in the throne of glory and honor,
but is a God of suffering, grief and lamentation, endeavoring to save
His children suffering in hell as a result of the fall.
Ever since I understood the Will of God and His heart, I have lived
my life with a single minded goal to accomplish God's Will, transcending
time and space and forgetting everything else.
When I reflect upon the 80 years of my life, filled with
misunderstandings and persecution, it is just amazing that I can be with
you today. I believe that it is entirely thanks to God. On this day of
such great significance, in order to understand human history and the
world from the perspective of God's providence, I would like to speak
on the topic, "The Path for America and Humanity in the Last Days."
When viewing human history as God's providence of salvation, the
"last days" is a turning point when the evil history of Satan concludes
and God's good sovereignty begins. Accordingly, the last days are the
time when everything is brought to fulfillment.
Thus in the last days, individual perfection is to be realized, family
perfection is to be realized, the perfection of a people, of a nation,
of the world and finally, the complete fulfillment of the cosmos is to
Whenever the time of the last days was heralded in God's providence,
God led humankind to a God-centered ideology, but we failed to fulfill
our responsibility to stand in the position of goodness and eradicate
evil history. However, God is eternal, unchanging, absolute and unique,
and God's Will is also eternal, unchanging and absolute. Therefore,
through the true individual, true family, true society, true nation,
true world and true sovereignty, God will surely build the world in which
He can live, freely traveling and acting both in Heaven and on Earth.
Then, what is the original world for which God is seeking? It is a
world that is centered on the True Parents. However, due to the fall,
we lost the True Parents of humanity and the true world from the very
beginning. Therefore, nothing in the world, not the land where we are
living, human ideology or anything else, can connect us directly to
the True Parents. Therefore, we ourselves should first be restored to
trueness. By so doing, when true parents, true husband and wife, true
children, true people, the true creation, the true sovereignty and true
cosmos are born and can communicate with God in heart, the evil world
will eventually come to an end.
The last days is the time when such an ideal will be realized. It
is the time when the Second Advent will occur. Accordingly, in the last
days, there will be no external catastrophic phenomena such as judgment
by fire, the destruction of the earth or people levitating into the air.
Instead, it is a time when the history of evil entangled with countless
tragedies will be untangled.
This is established through sacrificial conditions offered on every
level, those of the individual, family, society, people, nation, world
and ultimately cosmos. Thus, it is the time when all of these levels
that have lost their vertical connection with God will be restored. We
have been longing for such a day, and that is the final destination at
which we all should arrive.
However, the individual, the family and the nation have been estranged.
Moreover, all kinds of problems such as air pollution, food shortage,
religious struggles and racial conflicts are constantly arising throughout
the world, causing disputes and even wars. Who, then, is going to take
responsibility for this world? This is a serious question. Communist
countries in the past could not transcend their own nationalism. Nor can
today's super-power nation, America, transcend the idea of Americanizing
the world. When a nation places its self-interest first, it will not be
able to lead the world. Therefore, we need a people or a nation who are
willing to sacrifice for a higher purpose and strive to build or become
an ideal nation that embraces the entire world.
With this view, in response to the call of God, I came to this country,
the United States of America. I have been making my utmost effort to
revive America, by educating the youth for a country that is faced with
a moral crisis and declining Christianity.
You might be curious about what I am teaching to them. It is actually
simple. First, it is "to live for the sake of others." More specifically,
my teaching is that the individual lives for the family, the family for
the society, the society for a people, a people for a nation, a nation
for the world and the world for God. Then, God will come to us.
In the family, parents are to live for children, children for parents,
husband for wife and wife for husband. Anyone who lives for others
more than his or her own self will become a central person on the side
Second, I am teaching people to "love your enemy." God Himself
sacrificed Jesus, His own begotten and beloved son, for the salvation
of humankind. Since God did this in order to save the children of His
enemy, Satan could not exercise his full authority and power before
God. Even Satan cannot help but surrender voluntarily before the God
who loves Satan's children more than His own. Satan's pattern is always
to strike first but lose in the end, and God's strategy is to win in
the end by taking the first blow and initial loss. Living with faith in
such a heavenly law is the very secret explaining the foundation that I
could lay, dispatching missionaries to 185 nations throughout the world
despite fierce persecution and misunderstanding.
Even when looking into the history of Christian missionary activities,
we can discover that theirs was a path of persecution and martyrdom,
hindered by enemies. On such a way, during the course of a 2,000-year
history, this trail of blood became the fertilizer in the foundation for
a powerful democracy to develop. Today, however, Christianity, which once
was the source of power and strength for democracy, is facing a crisis.
Christian nations have lost the right direction; they deny God, Jesus
and God's providence. Now, we even hear voices asserting, "God is dead"
or "God does not exist." Looking at them, how does God feel? God's heart
has been searching for His children, sacrificing everything that He has,
with hope that He could see a great day like today.
Ladies and Gentlemen: for whom has God been sacrificing Himself so far?
It is not for America, nor is it for Christianity. But it is for each
of us, in other words, for "you" and "me" as individuals. Likewise,
the reason why Jesus was crucified was also not to save the Messiah,
himself, but was to save each one of us, "you" and "me."
Since the fall began on the individual level, salvation should
also begin on the individual level. Accordingly, a representative of
humankind should come and proclaim, "I will take full responsibility as a
representative of all humankind. I will pay off all the debt that man has
incurred during the entire course of history and I will become a person
who will make God indebted to me instead." Without such a realization
and determination, restoration is impossible. We should not be only
conceptual or theoretical. On behalf of God, unless we are willing to
experience miseries more than the one who is undergoing suffering in
the world, we cannot reach God's heart.
Have you ever prayed in desperation for the 6 billion population of the
world, with a feeling that your own children are dying? How much heart
have you invested to save a family, a tribe, a people, a nation and the
world, with a willingness to sacrifice yourself for them? I believe few
people are confident to give a positive answer to that question. However,
the Lord of the Second Advent comes to the world with such an absolute
standard as the representative of all humanity.
God, who has been leading the providence of salvation, found Abraham
2,000 years after the fall of the first human ancestors. God made his
descendants the chosen people, Israel, by multiplying them on every level,
as a new family, a new tribe and a new people. Because the Israelites
were called as the chosen people to receive the Messiah, based on the
victorious foundation, they became the central people to receive the
substantial Messiah who was to come in the future. If you go to the
central core, you can understand that the standard and ideology that the
first human ancestors, Adam and Eve, should have reached and fulfilled,
need to be restored. This is the thought of the Messiah. In it, the
believers stand as "bride." Therefore, the ultimate purpose pursued by
Christianity is not to build the Kingdom of Christianity or the world
of Christianity. Its most important mission is to make preparations to
become a qualified bride to receive the bridegroom.
Despite the significance of their mission, because of the crucifixion
of Jesus the Israelites could not carry it out and pass on this tradition.
Therefore the Israelites, although called by God as the first Israel,
flew away. Christianity, called as the second Israel, arose to carry
out the mission instead. God led the 6,000-year providence centered on
this one purpose: Christianity was the bride prepared to receive the
bridegroom. We are now in the final stage of the providence.
Then, what is the core of the Messianic thought? It is a thought to
save the world; it is a teaching that can unify the world and build an
ideal family, and its main purpose is to restore the position of the
True Parents that was lost by the fall of the human ancestors.
By looking into the teaching of the Old and New Testaments, one can
understand that the Messiah comes with the authority of the father,
meets a substantial bride, who represents the power of the Holy Spirit,
and restores the position of the True Parents. Therefore, Christianity is
in the position of a bride to the coming Messiah. The bride and bridegroom
in the "feast of the lamb" prophesied in the Book of Revelation refer to
the stage of becoming the True Parents by first becoming a true husband
Jesus came with this mission. However, when he lost his people and
nation, due to their faithlessness, he offered his life for the sake of
the world and the Kingdom that God wished to build. The path of Jesus
suffering on the cross was the same path of tribulations that God Himself
walked. In such a situation of trial and tribulation, Jesus desperately
prayed, "Please forgive them for they know not what they do." Even in the
place of death, he forgave Rome and the group of people who opposed him,
waiting for victory in the future. Therefore, the life of Jesus did not
end at the age of 33. With God's help, Christianity inherited his spirit
and became one of the four greatest worldwide religions in human history.
Ladies and gentlemen: currently, America is recognized as the
super-power of the world, but unless it stands straight on the
providential line of God, it will not continue to prosper. Let us look
at the history of civilization. Ancient civilizations were born mainly
in the tropics and subtropics. Examples include the civilizations of
the Mayas, Incas, Egypt, Mesopotamia, India and China. Yet the sphere
of civilization moves from place to place.
Had we not fallen, civilization would have begun in the warm zone,
corresponding to spring, and moved to the cool zone, corresponding to
autumn. This is the warm-zone civilization centered today on the free
world, the western civilization. In general, when viewing the equator
as the center, nations such as America, England, Germany and so forth,
linked around the latitude of 23 degrees north, are the developed
countries of the west.
With the end of the cool zone civilization of autumn, the cold zone
civilization of winter comes for a short time. This is the appearance
of Communism. Many intellectuals may think that the cold war system
disappeared after the dissolution of Soviet Union, but materialism and
atheism are still prevalent throughout the world. They manifest in two
major ideologies, democracy and communism, both of which are gradually
God's ideal of creation should have begun in the warm zone of spring,
but due to the fall of the first human ancestors, it started as the
tropical zone civilization. Now, the civilization of the true spring
that we have been seeking from time immemorial will appear, overcoming
the crisis of tropical zone civilization and the threats of cold zone
civilization. Who will be able to melt the block of ice frozen in the
heart of God? And how will he do it? It is impossible with power, money,
science or knowledge.
As we can see from this movement of civilization centering on rivers
and coastlines, the center of civilization is not fixed but is always
moving to different parts of the globe. Human civilization began to
develop around the Tigris and Euphrates and the Nile Rivers. The center of
human civilization then shifted to the Mediterranean, especially focusing
upon Greece, Rome, Spain, and Portugal. The center of human civilization
then moved to the Atlantic, focusing upon Britain and the United States.
Ultimately it has born fruit in the Pacific Ocean civilization of the
United States, Japan, and Korea. Thus, as viewed in this way - from the
perspective of the history of cultures - the Korean Peninsula occupies
a very important position. To the north of Korea lie the ultimate points
of the cold region civilization that link Russia and China. To the south
lie the ultimate points of the cool region civilization that link the
United States and Japan.
Thus, it is consistent with the Providential viewpoint that Korea
gives rise to a warm region civilization representing the spring season
of world history and having the capability to digest both the cold and
cool region civilizations. From this aspect, the fact that Rev. Moon -
who has dedicated his life to solving the North-South problem and the
East-West problem - has come from Korea can only be described as the
summation of God's providence.
In fact, throughout my life I have transcended race, ideology and
national boundaries to pursue a movement for one world under God. It
is because of God's providence that I have traveled this path. This is
the principle of providential history not a theory that I specially
devised. I was enlightened regarding the will of Heaven, and rather
than letting this remain as an idea alone, I have worked to bring
God's concept to reality. Externally, there is no place in any region
of the world where I have not been active. I have inspired evangelical
and business activities in Alaska, in Antarctica, and in the countries
of the former Soviet Union, in the 33 countries of South and Central
America and throughout Asia and Africa. We are making preparations
to solve problems that humanity will face over the coming millennium,
such as environmental pollution, hunger, and disease. In recent years,
I have worked centering on the Pantanal and Amazon regions of Brazil to
lay a substantive foundation to protect the Earth's environment.
On the other hand as regards the internal aspects, I have worked
through the International Holy Blessing and the Pure Love movement. Some
430 million couples around the world have participated here, adding
further impetus to the building of the Kingdom of God on Earth that God
has longed to see for such a long time.
Ladies and Gentlemen: up until now, countries possessing superior
power politically, militarily, and economically have controlled the world.
However, no country can exist eternally unless it is in line with God's
providence. The fall of the once glorious Greek and Roman civilizations
are good examples of this.
The United States, which today stands tall as a super power, is in
the same position as Rome was in the past. The fall of Rome occurred
more as a result of the internal cause of moral corruption than from any
external invasions. Moral corruption caused Rome to lose the support of
In recent history, political forces favoring dialectical materialism
and the materialistic view of history went so far as to take control of
over one third of the world's population and two thirds of its land area,
including the former Soviet Union and China. That expansion, however,
could not stand forever.
The time will come when religious leaders who speak for the Will
of God will rise to prominence. Religious leaders are prophets. They
must stand in the place God wills, declare God's will, and point the way
that humanity must go. However, the splintering of denominations and the
struggles among religious groups that we see today serve no purpose other
than to hinder God's providence. That is why I have for years devoted
90 percent of our church's budget to activities that reach out to other
denominations and other religions so as to contribute to the resolution
of inter-religious conflict.
I also founded the Inter-Religious Federation for World Peace for the
following three purposes: to facilitate harmony and unity among religious
groups, to contribute to resolving the conflicts that are going on in many
areas of the world, and to help bring about world peace. Most recently, I
founded the Inter-religious and International Federation for World Peace,
and this body has held seven international Hoon Dok Hae conferences.
All people should go beyond racial and religious differences,
understand God's providence to bring His ideal world of creation into
reality, and ultimately unite with God's heart. It is heart that will
bring faith, hope, and love which humankind have been pursuing to
their ultimate conclusion.
We must recover the heartistic relationship with God that we lost
as a result of the human fall, and recover the positions of parent and
child as God originally envisioned them to be. Thus, the Last Day that
God has promised to us is the day when True Parents come. In other words,
it is the day when the multitudes of people in the world, who lost their
Parent as a result of the fall, will again be able to meet their original
Parent. Thus, the True Parents are the final fruit of the desires and
hopes of all humankind. They are the final fruit of the victories wrought
throughout human history.
The Unification Church has worked to disseminate this tradition
throughout the world through the International Holy Blessing Ceremony.
The fact that black people, white people and yellow people are able
to come together as brothers and sisters - beyond their differences
of ethnicity, race, or skin color - to form loving married couples is
among the most significant factors in accomplishing God's will. Today,
through beginning to realize the blessed family tradition, humankind is
beginning to recover the relationships of brother and sister, husband and
wife, and parent and child as originally envisioned by God. Ultimately,
we must go as far as to liberate God, who has been in the depths of
sorrow ever since He lost His children. It is only then that the path
to true happiness will be opened.
Until now, democracy has called for "human freedom" and "human
liberation." In contrast, we must call for "God's freedom" and "the
liberation of God." When we succeed in relieving God's sorrow, human
liberation and the recovery of human freedom will follow automatically.
Each of you should realize that you were born to liberate God and to
liberate the world.
Ladies and Gentlemen: there is profound significance in the fact that
I am discussing God's providence today in Washington D.C., the capital of
the United States. In many ways, the United States is a country prepared
by God's blessing. The forefathers who built this country were the Pilgrim
Fathers, who risked their lives for the sake of the freedom of religion
and came to America seeking a land of freedom.
For the sake of their search for true religious freedom, these people
left behind their parents, brothers and sisters, and homelands. They were
even prepared to cut their ties to their home country as they crossed
the Atlantic Ocean at the risk of their lives.
When the Mayflower arrived in New England in November 1620, it was
already late autumn. While they endured their first winter, more than
half of the 102 people who first arrived died of the cold and hunger.
What was particularly remarkable about them was that many died refusing
to eat the precious seeds reserved for planting the next spring.
The Puritans strongly believed in serving the will of God in every
aspect of their lives. After taking in their first harvest, they offered
thanks to God. They first built a church and a school, and it was only
after that that they set about to build houses where they themselves
In the course of their pioneering, the Pilgrims began every activity
with prayer. This was true whether it was plowing a field or fighting
a war. When George Washington was at Valley Forge during the War of
Independence, he must have prayed with great desperation. In a battle
fought for the sake of God's will, God sided with America. In England,
the king and the people were united in fighting that war, yet in America,
it was fought by God and His beloved sons and daughters. Isn't this how
the United States came into existence as a country advocating freedom
Even now, the United States Congress opens with a prayer. When the
President is sworn into office, he places his hand on the Bible as he
takes the oath of office, and a member of the clergy blesses him. America
even prints the words "In God we trust" on its money. America is unique
in the world in the level of importance it attaches to God. This is
how the United States has come to occupy a unique position as a mainly
Protestant country with worldwide influence.
What about America today, though? Prayer in public schools is
officially banned. The theory of evolution is given preference to the
theory of creation in education. The divorce rate of around 50 percent
is completely obliterating the sanctity of the family.
In 1971, I left my family and homeland to come to America, because
I heard the voice of God sharing His concern about the current state
of affairs here. Upon arriving here, I cried out that I had come as a
fireman to a house that was on fire and as a physician to cure America
of disease. Even then, I discovered that God was leaving America. It
should be possible to find God everywhere in America, but God was
departing from the hearts of people, from the families and from the
schools. It seems like only yesterday that I stood on Fifth Avenue in
Manhattan and wept openly as I held on to God to keep Him from leaving
America. Unfortunately, America has persisted in going the way of moral
deterioration, as I predicted.
Ladies and Gentlemen: I would like to ask you this. Why do you
suppose Rev. Moon continues to cry out to Americans in spite of all
the opposition and suffering he endures? It is because I know better
than anyone the blood, sweat, and tears that God shed in the course
of establishing this country. During the past thirty years in America,
I have not spent so much as a single day in comfort.
Who is the master of America? It is neither white Americans nor black
Americans. The true master of America is the person who loves America
as God does. Also, I continue to plead with you because God has chosen
America as the first son, the nation representing the elder son realm
in building the Kingdom of God on Earth. Even now, Jesus is spiritually
present mainly in America, and is offering earnest prayers that his
purpose will be accomplished in America.
In 1982, in accordance with the will of God, I founded The Washington
Times here in Washington, D.C. Ever since then, this newspaper has led
American public opinion as a conservative news medium showing the path
that America must follow. Also I have pursued a strong movement for
national and world salvation through the true family values movement and
the pure love movement for young people. I have invested in America in
expectation that this country would stand upright before God's providence.
When I visited America in 1965, I blessed an area near the White House
as a holy ground, and even today many people gather there and pray for
America through the night. I hope each of you will open your hearts and
that you will be able to hear the earnest desires of the Pilgrim Fathers
and the many patriots who have lived in America's history.
Ladies and Gentlemen: the new millennium that has just begun is the
time period in which God's six thousand-year salvation providence is
brought to an end and God's ideal of creation is realized throughout
the cosmos. This period is also the time when the lamentations of
creation, which lost its true masters as a result of the fall, are
finally over. This is the time when the Parent and children who have
been long-separated meet again. The new Earth and new Heaven, where
there are no tears, are to be established. It is an age when there is
free communication between the spirit world and the physical world,
and when God's Kingdom is established in Heaven and on Earth.
The transition moment of the start of a new millennium marks the
completion of the New Testament Age, the point at which the promises of
the Old Testament and New Testament are fulfilled. The future will be a
time when God's realm of direct dominion will become apparent through
His omnipresence and omniscience. It is an age when the East and West
will come together centering on the Parents of Heaven and Earth as "one
universe under God" so that a grand family of humankind is formed on
Earth. This means the perfection of the Completed Testament Age, in which
the promises of the Old Testament and New Testament will be fulfilled.
The time has come. The time has come when America must awaken once
again. It is time for the country as a whole to create a new movement
to build true parents, true families, a true country and a true world
centered on God. In this way, America must keep God from leaving, and
again become a society that attends Him. God worked a thousand years to
establish America. If He leaves America, where can He go?
If America attends God properly, all America's problems - the family
problems, moral problems, youth problems and racial problems - will
be solved naturally. When America becomes a place where people of all
races can live together in harmony, it will be a model for the Kingdom
of Heaven on Earth.
It is time for us to unite together and open the path that humankind
must travel. It is time for America, as the elder son nation, to take
the lead in attending God and to complete its mission as the helmsman
that brings the nations of the world to God. I ask you to stand with me
in accomplishing this historic task.
Again, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you
distinguished guests for your presence here. I would like to conclude
by expressing my hope for the beginning of a new millennial Kingdom
overflowing with peace, freedom and justice in Heaven and on Earth.
May God's blessing be with you and your families. Thank you.