Our Mission in the Last Days of Providential History
Founder's Keynote Address
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Crown of Peace Awards
December 13, 2004
Respected leaders from countries around the world, representing all
religions and nations! Let us first gather our hearts together. Let us
sincerely offer glory and gratitude to God, the True Parent of all creation
and Lord of true love. And let us make today a day of the greatest value,
a day that will be remembered as having provided a new foundation for America.
The Cold War held humanity captive to fear and insecurity for half a
century. Communist machinations and duplicity deceived people of faith and
all humankind. That has ended. We live in a new century. And yet, how secure
and happy are we?
Look at the world. Young people, now liberated from the yoke of communism,
are enjoying their freedom to such an extent that they are in danger of
running pell-mell off the cliff of debauchery. Instead of seeking God's
ideal of creation, they embrace the perspective of selfish individualism and
become slaves to free sex. This gives rise to all manner of social evils.
Homosexual activists have hoisted the flag of the so-called "gay" movement.
They advocate marriage between people of the same sex. Put simply, this
is barbaric and it infuriates Heaven and humanity. Imagine, for a moment,
the world that would result from what they advocate. Humanity would become
extinct within two generations.
Those who turn away from Heaven's will dig their own graves in the soil
of decadence and immorality. The evil of this age has its own punishing
consequences. The incurable disease known as AIDS is a sign of this from
Heaven. Even as we sit here, is not this cursed plague infecting thousands
of innocent people? Is it not casting them onto the path of death?
Another plague, known as divorce, is destroying family values. It is
throwing humanity into an unprecedented crisis. Children suddenly find
themselves separated from one parent and being raised by a stepfather
or stepmother. In some cases, they are even placed in foster homes and
orphanages. They are not at fault, yet their tiny hearts are left with scars
that will never heal. Who will compensate them for the parental love that
was snatched away from them?
Then we turn our eyes to the conflict in the Middle East. What began as a
struggle between religions is now grinding the entire world in a crucible of
fear over terrorism and murder. Meanwhile, the Korean peninsula, my homeland,
tragically remains the world's only divided nation. It still awaits its day
of unification with deep longing. By what means can we possibly save today's
world, where morality and family values are utterly degraded?
Leaders from around the world, tonight I would like to convey to you a
new message from God to the six billion people living in this age. It is
both His commandment and a revelation. The title of this message is "Our
Mission in the Last Days of Providential History."
The Manifestation of the True Parents
The fall of Adam and Eve, our first ancestors, imprisoned us within the
dungeon of false love, false life and false lineage. We drag the chains
of a history of unfathomable damnation and resentment. All people without
exception have inherited Satan's false blood lineage accumulated through a
history of thousands and tens of thousands of years. We are trapped by that
history, with no choice but to lead speckled lives littered with falsehood
and evil. This is humanity's fate. There is no escape from this predicament,
regardless of human effort.
Humanity has waited eagerly for the day when someone would save us from our
fallen condition. Humanity writhes in agony, engulfed by evil and falsehood,
because due to the fall of the first human ancestors everyone is bound to the
filthy and dreadful lineage of Satan. Therefore humanity awaits the coming of
someone who is of the lineage of Heaven and has no relation to Satan's lineage.
This is the True Parents, who are able to liberate us from the Satan's
We must understand that humankind is in a position to consider Satan
our parent. In biblical terms, we are in the position of wild olive trees,
separated from the true root. The True Parents, who are sent as the Savior
and Messiah of all humanity, have the mission to ruthlessly cut down the
wild olive trees that have been growing for thousands and tens of thousands
of years and graft them into the true olive tree. This represents the change
of humanity's blood lineage. The True Parents come to complete this great
revolutionary endeavor on an inter-religious and international level.
The True Parents do not appear just because someone wants it, or anywhere
at any time. They can manifest only in the providential Last Days. The term
"Last Days" means the moment when the restoration providence, which Heaven
has carried forward throughout history, bears its final fruit. In other
words, we meet the original era of the True Parents only in conjunction with
The providence to save humanity is administered by Heaven, so how can you
know where you stand in it? Only the True Parents, who come with Heaven's
love, life and lineage, know the providential time. Knowing the providential
time, they work in line with it to bring the providence to its conclusion.
Only the True Parents come with the authority to govern the spirit world. By
this authority they have mobilized the leaders of the four major religions
and myriads of good ancestors in order to take responsibility for your
Leaders from around the world! While you were unaware of it, humankind has
entered a new realm of grace. Heavenly fortune has arrived. I openly declare
to Heaven and Earth that I have received Heaven's anointing and that I have
been entrusted with the mission to be humanity's True Parent. We are now in
the Last Days of God's providence. This is the era of the Holy Blessing,
by which humanity's lineage is changed from Satan's lineage to Heaven's
lineage. Now the Era After the Coming of Heaven is unfolding within the
realm of Ssang-hab Shib-seung. In the Era Before the Coming of Heaven,
those who pursued evil prospered and it was difficult to distinguish right
from wrong. Now Heaven no longer condones that diseased and disordered world!
Have powerful hope, as you live in accordance with the path of Heaven. You
can come to resemble God, with His attributes being absolute, unique,
unchanging and eternal. Practice a life of living for the sake of others,
and you will go through a revolution of character. Following this path will
enable us to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth that is, the Peace Kingdom,
where we all can live together. Heaven has longed passionately to see this
come to pass.
The Mission of Homeland Liberation
The term, "homeland liberation," may sound unfamiliar. You probably think
that you never lost your homeland, so you have no need to recover it. The
homeland to which I refer today, however, is different from the one you
usually think of. I refer to the original homeland, the Kingdom of God on
Earth that was lost at the fall of the first ancestors, Adam and Eve.
What would the world have been like had the fall not occurred? God would
have blessed Adam and Eve in marriage. They would have produced children
who were sinless and true, and become true parents. That family would have
served as the nucleus of the Kingdom of God on Earth. The children would have
formed the realm of God's third generation. Centering on God, they would have
established an eternal kingdom of peace on this Earth. Adam and Eve would have
been the king and queen of an Adamic tribe, Adamic people, and Adamic nation
that represented the realm of three ages. Adam's kingdom would have continued
eternally. That would have been humanity's eternal homeland, the Peace Kingdom.
Unfortunately, history did not start out that smoothly. The fall of Adam
and Eve orphaned humanity for thousands and tens of thousands of years. We
lost our homeland and lived like vagabonds drifting here and there, begging
for food. Humanity was to have attended God as the vertical True Parent. All
the world's people would have lived as one family in accordance with the
principles of absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience. Instead,
we find ourselves divided from one another by all manner of barriers and
international boundaries planted by Satan.
What, then, is the true meaning of homeland liberation? How do we begin
to accomplish it? Homeland liberation means to transform this world into
a new nation, the true homeland. We will not find this homeland anywhere
in today's world. It emerges out of a process of re-creation through love.
God's new homeland has no borders. It is a part of the original creation
that bears no relationship to the fall. So homeland liberation begins with
a life of true love, in which we love even our enemies.
If we sow soybeans, we will harvest soybeans, and if we sow red beans,
we will harvest red beans. If we sow revenge, which is Satan's seed, we will
harvest an evil fruit, more bloodshed. On the other hand, wherever we sow true
love, by forgiving and embracing our enemies, a tree of goodness will grow.
This is the law of the universe, and it never fails. We find humanity's
true homeland, the homeland of the true God, on the path of loving our
enemies. This path begins with loving our individual enemies, and extends
to loving our family's enemies, our tribe's enemies, our nation's enemies,
and the world's enemies. This is how we establish the tradition of true love,
true life and true lineage.
As world leaders, what do you consider your mission? As long as Satan's
sovereignty rules the world, you do not really have a country. I know there
are some 200 countries in the world, but has even one nation brought God's
will into reality? Is even one a true homeland for God and humanity? The
world's six billion people, through no fault of their own, were born as
Satan's descendants, carrying the false lineage. Irrespective of whether
you are citizens of the United States, Japan, or whatever nation, Satan's
love, Satan's life and Satan's filthy blood still flow in your body. Unless
you remove this stained legacy of the fall from yourselves, you will never
realize the dream of homeland liberation. For this, you each must experience
a revolution of character, a true love revolution.
The Three Great Revolutions of True Love
How can we accomplish a revolution of character and come to resemble God?
Because we descended from the fall and are born with fallen nature, each
of us must go through three great revolutions in order to accomplish the
perfection of our character. I call these 1) the revolution through making
atonement, 2) the revolution of conscience, and 3) the revolution of heart.
The "revolution through making atonement" means to recover your internal
and external right of ownership by completely atoning for the past. After
you have done this victoriously, you then live by a standard beyond that
for which any atonement is required. This requires that you purge yourself
completely of all the habits and thoughts that you accumulated during the
Age Before the Coming of Heaven. It is completed when you accomplish it in
the realms of the individual, family and nation.
On that basis you can fulfill and perfect an ideal family, a family of
true love based upon the absolute values that are the standard for life in
the Age After the Coming of Heaven. In God's family ideal, these absolute
values are perfected in a three-generation family composed of parents,
husband and wife, and children.
Only after the birth of their children can a man and woman stand in the
position of owners of true parental love. Only after marrying and cherishing
his wife is a man able to own true conjugal love. Similarly, it is the younger
sibling that makes the older sibling an owner of true sibling love. Thus,
in any relationship, it is the object-partner who places the subject-partner
in the position of an owner of true love. To fulfill this position the
subject-partner must live for the sake of that object-partner, invest in that
person and forget that investment, and sacrifice for the sake of a greater
purpose. Here we create absolute values that are eternal and unchanging. In
this way, parents, husband and wife, and children bring each other to
perfection as owners of true love. Thereby they form a three-generational
realm in the family. The family settles into an eternal realm of unity. They
live with absolute values in interdependence and eternal communion with God.
Further, you take the revolutionary step of returning all your property
and ownership rights to Heaven. Give up your lingering attachments. This
cuts all your ties with the satanic world and separates you from Satan. In
exchange, you will inherit all those things and more with Heaven's blessing.
In other words, you will accumulate Heaven's riches, riches that have been
separated from Satan and over which Satan can never again claim ownership.
What is the "revolution of conscience"? It is an inner revolution by
which you become absolutely obedient to your conscience. You cannot deny
that you endure an unending struggle within. Your conscience, which tends
toward goodness, struggles against the desires of the flesh. To bring an
end to this shame-ridden inner conflict, you need to clearly understand the
conscience and its function.
Your conscience possesses pinpoint awareness of your every action, every
step and every thought. It knows before your spiritual teacher knows. It
knows before your parents know. It knows before God knows. And it tells you
the right action to take in every instance. What results from violation of
the conscience? You feel guilt. Dust settles on your soul; it becomes filthy
and scarred. These scars on your soul cannot be removed for eternity. They
are fearful baggage that you take with you when you enter the spirit world.
I am voicing a supreme command that you work in a revolutionary way to
overcome your physical desires, accept the guidance of your conscience,
and live in oneness with Heaven's will. Treasure the unblemished, clean and
pure state of your soul.
What is the third revolution, the "revolution of heart"? God created
human beings as His children. What, then, is the tie that binds you and God
together? It is the true love and true heart that exist between a parent
and child. If a parent and child do not communicate with true heart, how
can they possibly maintain a relationship of true love and true respect?
We have lived for thousands of years within the realm of the fall. Our
hearts continue to be enslaved under false parents, false love and false
lineage. To remove this yoke, you must live with true love, forgiving,
giving and sacrificing continually. This is the life that Satan hates most.
By doing this, you return to the realm where God's heart rules.
If your heart is still bound by selfish individualism and still pursues
the vain glory of the satanic world, you are on a dark and dismal path whose
end is despair and lamentation. On the other hand, if you lead a constructive
life, being the first to yield and give to others, then your heart will be
bound in eternal oneness with God's heart. This requires that you first
sever your heart's ties to the false parent and be engrafted onto God's
lineage through the Holy Marriage Blessing instituted by the True Parents.
Through the True Parents, who are incarnations of the invisible God, you
will secure the true love and lineage of Heaven.
The Mission of the Personal Emissary
Respected ladies and gentlemen, until today you have led fairly conventional
lives. Now, however, I call you to take on a mission as Heaven's direct
As individuals, there are many differences among us. We are large and
small, wide and narrow, tall and short. Despite our differences, God is
commissioning us to become Heaven's direct emissaries. Let us be patriots
who proudly uphold Heaven's lineage of goodness. Let us stand resolutely,
with heavenly authority, and answer the call to liberate our homeland.
How can you qualify for the mission of Heaven's personal emissary? You must
desire the liberation of your homeland a thousand times, even ten thousand
times more than your desire for the present reality. You must be determined to
liberate the homeland even at the sacrifice of your life. Eating or sleeping,
coming or going, every action you take should be for the sake of establishing
the Peace Kingdom.
The Bible teaches, "Seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness." Go
forward with confidence, because while your body may belong to the realm of
the satanic world, you have been reborn with a true lineage. You are Heaven's
direct emissary for the purpose of establishing the homeland.
Do you recognize God's plight? He is a Parent who, in one instant, lost
His children, was forced to suffer a history of maltreatment, and was blocked
at every turn as he sought to unfold His will. Let us become filial sons and
daughters capable of understanding this sorrowful heart of God. How can you
be leaders unless you know the truth and practice it?
Leaders of the world, please think deeply about how you came to be
here today. Did you simply come half out of sincerity and half out of
curiosity, hoping to enjoy a Christmas party? Whether you like it or not,
you have now received Heaven's call. I suddenly received Heaven's command
when I was a young man of sixteen. I accepted His call, and ever since I
have spent my entire life, over 80 years, walking a course of blood, sweat
and tears. It was to rescue humanity from Satan's dominion and to bring
God into a state of true liberation and complete freedom. Just as I did,
you too can now accomplish the exalted will of God for harmony and peace on
an inter-religious and international level. That is, you can complete the
sacred task of establishing the homeland.
You and Reverend Moon are one, with the common denominator being absolute
faith, absolute love and absolute obedience. You as well as I are to be true
parents and kings and queens of peace. Today, heavenly fortune is with us.
We now have the opportunity to establish our common homeland that will
also be Heaven's homeland. That homeland requires sovereignty, territory and
godly people. Heaven's lineage of goodness must extend powerfully throughout
that homeland. The pulse of God's providential history must be felt there in
a way that cannot be experienced anywhere else. If it is possible to build
this homeland right now, how can you hesitate? Please complete the mission
of Heaven's direct emissary. Please live as prophets who have been given
the promise of eternal life.
Ladies and gentlemen, I recently founded the Mongolian Peoples' Federation
for World Peace, a movement to bring together people of Mongolian descent
from throughout the world. My intent certainly is not nationalistic. This
is a comprehensive movement for peace. The people of Mongolian ancestry
are the descendants of Cain and Shem, the eldest sons of Adam and Noah,
respectively. God called Noah's family to restore through indemnity the
historical errors committed by Adam's family. Now, in the final period of the
providence, Sham's descendants can accomplish their mission as the first born
among humanity. Thus, it is a movement to comfort God's heart of pain over
Adam's family, which lost Abel by murder and waited 130 years to establish
Seth. It is a movement to make the world into one brotherhood and one family
by enabling us to tear down the walls of the heart that divide us, that all
humanity might live together in a society characterized by interdependence,
mutual prosperity and universally shared values. It is a providential step
to hasten the establishment of God's homeland.
I think we should return gratitude and glory to God and True Parents. They
have enlightened us about the incredible providential age in which we are
living. They even have bestowed on us the glorious mission to establish
Heaven's kingship as direct emissaries. Through all eternity, we will
gratefully glorify and praise True Parents, who have inaugurated the Era
of the Opening of Heaven and Earth After the Coming of Heaven. Therefore,
we offer this Coronation Ceremony for the Peace King to True Parents today.
This is unprecedented in history and will never be repeated in the future.
True Parents have established the realm of true liberation and complete
Just as the sun rises with brilliant light in the eastern sky, heavenly
fortune is now shining upon all people. The curtain of darkness that shrouded
us for thousands and tens of thousands of years is drawing back at last. The
divine command to complete Heaven's will is taking root in your hearts. This is
a path of destiny you cannot avoid. Therefore be courageous and stand up! We
have the Age after the Coming of Heaven working with us. You can experience
with certainty the meaning of Jesus' teaching that those who lose their life
will live and those who seek their life will die. Let us resolve heroically
to do whatever it takes to complete the sacred task of homeland liberation
and establish the Peace Kingdom, God's ideal of creation on this planet Earth.
Please engrave the heavenly command you received today deep in your heart.
From this time forward, as a leader chosen by God to build the Fatherland,
you must pledge to lead a beautiful and precious life. Everyone here without
exception will eventually pass on to the spirit world. You do not want to
carry with you any regret.
Today I have conveyed to you God's message for the new era. I pray that
God's blessings will forever be upon you, your families, and your mission
as His direct emissaries.