Blessing and Ideal Family
by Reverend Sun Myung Moon
THE PROVIDENTIAL MEANING OF THE BLESSED FAMILIES
1. THE MEANING OF THE THIRD ISRAEL
Jesus was to be the True Parent of humankind, but Satan prevented him
from accomplishing this, which means that Satan also kept human beings
who were supposed to be reborn through True Parents from experiencing
that. Thus, the offspring of parents cannot exceed the standard of
their fallen parents. Therefore, human beings who couldn't start anew
centering upon God's will gathered under Jesus' cross. They became
Christians, whose faith has been spreading out internationally.
Christians made a spiritual foundation of victory on the individual,
family, tribal, national and world levels, but physically they
couldn't make any foundation. Therefore, they need to be completely
obedient to the Lord of the Second Coming, in order to establish the
physical foundation. In order to do that they have to mobilize
centering upon the heavenly tribe.
Because we live in an international era, we should establish the
physical foundation with a standard transcendent of nationality. In
order to indemnify the lost foundation centering upon Jesus' tribes,
we have to present the content of heart exceeding Jesus'. That's why
we should transcend the tribal standard.
The Third Israel is the group who is to inherit God's heart. Father
should extend that substantial and heartistic foundation to the world,
and through that foundation, restoration should proceed. Then Father
should establish the standard of the restored families.
The providence has been proceeding to open the way for the spirit
world and the physical world. When representatives of the individual
level progress to a certain point, Father raises representatives of
the family level and national level to resurrect them. So with the
representatives of individual victory, of family-level victory and of
national victory, Father has been paving the way of restoration.
Israel was a national representative inheriting the form of specially
Christianity doesn't stand in a perfect (substantial) position. In
other words, it created the dominion of the Second Israel centering
only on the spiritual standard, without the physical standard. The day
to accomplish the physical standard is the day of the Lord's Second
Christians who have been longing for that day, on the spiritual
foundation of the Second Israel, are to receive the Lord of the Second
Coming and to establish world-level dominion as the Third Israel.
Jesus couldn't establish the dominion of Israel on earth even though
he was victorious spiritually; so in order to establish the physical
dominion of Israel on earth, the Lord should return. The establishment
of the earthly dominion starts from an individual.
The world is becoming as impoverished as the nations 2,000 years ago.
In this situation, God chose Korea in the position of Israel and the
United States in the position of Rome. When these two nations become
one, the foundation for world unity will be accomplished. The Kingdom
of Heaven on earth is completed when the communist world is absorbed
into the spiritual Christian world. Therefore, the Lord of the Second
Coming is responsible for the unity of the communist world and the
Now we have gone over the world-level foundation. The Unification
Church completed the foundation for an individual, family, tribe,
nation and world. That's why there are people of five colors in our
The Unification Church is establishing the standard which Adam and
Jesus failed to set up due to satanic invasions. The Holy Wedding
Ceremony commenced centering upon Father's family in 1960. After that,
Father had to organize the dominion of tribes transcending the
formation of the family.
In order to establish the dominion of tribes, we have to indemnify
what Jesus and his disciples failed to do. Jesus was supposed to form
a family on the foundation of oneness with his disciples. Jesus'
marriage should have been followed by the marriage of his disciples.
They were to organize the new tribes. If Jesus had held a Holy Wedding
Ceremony, the 12 disciples first of all would have had to become
completely one with Jesus' family. And then they were supposed to make
the dominion of victory free from Satan's spiritual and physical
invasion by receiving the Blessing centering on Jesus' family.
The new tribes organized through the Blessing are totally different
from the restored adopted children. This is the first appearance of
the tribes initiated by God's true son.
Abraham formed Israel through offerings, but the Unification Church
formed Israel through the Blessing. The entry into the Third Israel is
possible only through the Blessing.
When we look at the Korean people's situation, atheists are the First
Israel, conventional churches are the Second Israel, and the
Unification Church is the Third Israel. So Satan is attacking the core
of the providence.
Blessed families in the Unification Church are in a position totally
different from that of the Jews of the First Israel who wished to
receive the Messiah. They are one more step advanced, because they
already have organized new tribes through the Messiah.
You can be considered as part of the Third Israel only if you become
the object who can possess Jesus' mind and throbbing heart. Since
Jesus offered his body with a sacrificial heart and established the
Second Israel, we should have such strong determination to be the
ancestors of the Third Israel and to be the original children of the
Garden of Eden -- the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
The Third Israel is the nation resurrected out of sorrow, not out of
joy. It is different from any other nation in that it made Satan
surrender in the world of tears. I have mentioned about the Yong-mae-
do accident before, but it is really difficult to do that. As a
refugee, Father had determined to have the most difficult life among
his 30 million Korean brethren. Father's determination was, "I'll go
until death; I'll go until my heartbeat stops; I have to go until my
The final words in the Last Days, when we have to be the ancestors of
the Third Israel, are the words of God's love -- the words according
to God's love. You shouldn't deviate from God's words; instead you
should be the visible substance of God's words. God's internal heart
should be your internal heart; in other words, you are to be the
substantial body of the original mind (God).
You have the mission of being a second creator, who can multiply God's
words. This means that you should express His words, life and
substance. Only if you become one centering upon love can you attend
That is the standard of the Third Israel. Only by setting up this
standard can you implant words, life and substance into people. Let us
be the substantial body of words who can attend God and who can see
and feel the words; let us also be the substantial body of life and of
the heart of 6,000 years of fallen history, so that we can fulfill the
mission of recreating the Second Israel. Then we can become God's sons
and daughters, who penetrate God's internal heart, and by being God's
true children we can live in eternal glory centering on God's love.
2. THE ORGANIZATION OF THE THIRD ISRAEL THROUGH BLESSED FAMILIES
God should organize the dominion of the new Israel by giving birth to
blessed families. So the fortune of the heavenly side is to be raised
up from 1960 on. From that point, we are to proceed to the worldwide
era by crossing over the era of family, tribe and nation.
Father, in the position of Jacob, has to organize a tribe and a nation
by uniting with members in the position of Esau.
The 36 Couples represent the number 12 in three stages. The 72 Couples
represent reversing the failure of Cain and Abel by restoring all the
historically lost families in the fallen history.
At first, there were Jesus' three disciples in Jesus' age. In order to
match that standard, first there was the Three Couples' Blessing.
Next, the number 12 should be fulfilled through the Blessing. The 36
Couples correspond to Jesus' 12 disciples horizontally extended
through the three stages of past, present and future. The Cain and
Abel types of the 36 Couples expanded as the 72 Couples. The 36
couples represent the family and the 72 Couples represent the tribe.
Jesus started the world providence centering upon the 120 disciples in
Mark's upper room; similarly, the 120 Couples represent the world. If
Jesus had blessed 120 disciples and had successfully connected them to
the nation of Israel, God's will would have been accomplished in
Jesus' lifetime. Jesus should have laid this foundation within three
Next, there was the 430 Couples' Blessing. The number 430 corresponds
to the number four, three and seven. Forty-three has to do with
liberation. The Israelites were liberated from Egypt after 430 years
of slavery. Israel started the national and worldwide providence of
salvation. After the lapse of 430 years, Israel became a nation. But
now we enter the age to restore the world after 430 years.
Father opened the way for any nation or tribe through the 430 Couples'
Blessing. Then, to make a reciprocal relationship, Father was to match
the number 43 to the West. That's why, one year later, Father blessed
43 couples in the United States, Germany and Japan.
The 777 Couples' Blessing was composed of individuals from ten
nations. It established the worldwide foundation.
Father blessed 1800 Couples 14 years after 1960. It was originally
supposed to be held in 1974, but the real providence started from
April of 1960, so it was permissible for that Blessing to take place
before April of 1975. Therefore, the second seven-year course was
completed with the 1800 Couples' Blessing, and the Unification Church
could depart for the worldwide providence. Six times three equals 18,
which indicates the complete subjugation of the satanic number six and
the accumulated foundation to enter a new age.
The Unification Church has been forming a nation as a new race; you
should know this fact clearly, since you are the very ones to inherit
The blessed families, centering upon Father's family, form a new
tribe. It will develop and form a nation and world. That is to say
that a new nation -- the Third Israel -- is to be formed. For example,
a Japanese who is blessed will not be a descendant inheriting the
blood lineage from the Japanese historical ancestors, but instead he
will inherit God's lineage in the Unification Church.
The Third Israel should be formed on earth by connecting the spiritual
First and Second Israel into it. Therefore, the Lord of the Second
Advent should establish the first family (Adam's family) in place of
the First Israel, the second family (Noah's family) in place of the
Second Israel, and the third family (Jacob's family) in place of the
Third Israel. That's why the 3 Couples are to be the ancestors of
All of you know well that God's providence is to be lifted up to the
national level through establishment of the internal family standard.
That's why Father started organizing the family in 1960. The 36
Couples, 72 Couples,124 Couples,430 Couples and 777 Couples were set
up. Centering upon those families, Father could gain victory. Father
could depart for the world due to the victory gained on the national
To extend the territory of the blessed family means to expand the
mainstream families who inherit heaven's internal heart and the True
Parents' lineage. Finally, it means to form a tribe, nation and world
centering upon God.
The blessed families of the Unification Church were not originally
intended to form a nation; rather they were predestined for the world
of goodness. Therefore, each blessed family has national and universal
value. It doesn't just represent a family of a few individuals, but it
represents the family of all humankind. In other words, it represents
the whole, transcending the tribal and national level.
Unificationists are to form a new tribe, with a new vision
transcending the conventional concept of tribe, and then make a single
nation in which the persons of all races love the other races more
than their own.
3. THE DISPENSATIONAL MEANING OF THE 36 COUPLES' BLESSING
The 36 Couples are composed of the first family, second family and
third family. The first family symbolizes the Old Testament Age -- the
age of marriage without God's permission. The second family symbolizes
the New Testament Age, in which people wanted to get married in God's
chosen land but the bride had to wait for the bridegroom to come, due
to Jesus' crucifixion. The third family symbolizes the Completed
Testament Age. It is the age of perfection in which God wants to start
Today's dispensation parallels that of Jacob's symbolic victory.
Therefore, Father is to establish the age of true children after
restoring the age of servants and the age of adopted sons. The 36
Couples symbolically restore the course of these three ages. The
restorational providence has been proceeding centering upon the 12
tribes and the number 12 or 10.
The first group of 12 of the 36 couples is composed of previously
married couples, representing the Old Testament Age. The second group
symbolizes marriage in Jesus' Age, in which people wanted the God-
centered marriage but couldn't achieve it. The third 12 families
symbolize the Completed Testament Age -- the age of Jacob, who
overcame all the trials and won the victory. The 36 Couples, centering
upon Father, became the victorious foundation to indemnify
horizontally the vertical Old, New and Completed Testament Ages within
In the view of dispensational history, the first family of 36 Couples
is in the position to restore Adam's family. In order to indemnify the
12 generations from Adam's family, including Cain and Abel, to Noah's
family, 12 couples were established.
The second family restores the 12 generations from Noah's family to
Abraham's family, including the prolongation through Isaac and Jacob
brought about due to Satan's invasion of Abraham's family.
For the first time in history, Jacob succeeded in the horizontal
indemnification of the vertical providence through his 12 sons. The
third family of 36 Couples symbolizes Jacob's victorious course. The
family started on Jacob's victorious individual foundation and also
symbolizes the Old, New and Completed Testament Ages.
Adam, Noah and Jacob, respectively, correspond to Adam, Jesus and the
Lord of the Second Advent. The 36 Couples symbolize this numerical
standard of the providence and the historical parallel.
Our ancestors in the course of restoration didn't fulfill the mission
given by God, but God restored this fallen history by blessing the 36
Couples. Humankind today should become perfect human beings who
inherit God's heartistic tradition. In the course of achieving such a
perfect standard, for the first time, the 36 Couples established the
victorious ancestors' foundation centering upon God's heart.
Therefore, they symbolize the restored ancestors of humankind.
You don't know how important your mission is and how important your
position is. You are standing in a very dreadful position. At least
one family out of the 36 Couples should live with True Parents.
The blessed families of virgin brides and grooms have the condition to
be connected to Father. That's why the center of the family-level
foundation is the blessed family of virgins. Knowing all these things,
you are to set up the order of the family. The third set of 12 couples
among the 36 Couples -- those who were virgins -- should be the
The 36 Couples are the historical ancestors. They should set up the
condition not to fail. These 36 Couples should establish the
foundation of joy.
4. THE DISPENSATIONAL MEANING OF THE 72 COUPLES' BLESSING
Father has to offer sacrifices standing in the position of Adam, Noah
and Abraham. And then I and you are to inherit the heartistic
Father set up the condition to restore all the failures of 36
generations and became the ancestor of humankind. But it is not enough
just to be an ancestor. Where did the battle start? It started from
Cain and Abel. They led their descendants to fight with one another,
so the world became a battlefield. This should be indemnified. In
order to indemnify the historical battle, sons and daughters of 36
generations should set up the condition not to fight with one another
but to become one in front of God. That's why Father set up the 72
Couples -- twice the number 36, in order to represent both Cain and
The 72 Couples set up the historical four position foundation of
harmony between Cain and Abel. Therefore, the absolute standard to
defeat Satan was established. Do you know how serious the position of
the 72 Couples is?
The 72 Couples were established on the foundation of the 36 Couples.
The 72 Couples symbolize the restored Cain and Abel. In order for Adam
and Eve to stand in front of God as the true human ancestors, Cain and
Abel should be completely one. The 36 Couples symbolize Adam, so they
can be qualified as parents on the foundation of the oneness of Cain
and Abel-the 72 Couples.
The 72 Couples are in the position of Jesus' 70 disciples. The oneness
of 70 disciples means the establishment of the indemnity condition on
earth. Likewise, God's dispensational foundation gradually can extend
into bigger dimensions on earth.
The Blessing of the 36 and 72 Couples means the completion of the
ancestral families. It also means that God's providence gets to extend
into the tribal and national levels on the foundation of the perfect
family. The God-centered four position foundation is to be completed
on earth through the blessed families.
The 72 Couples' Blessing represents the completion of the vertical
four position foundation centering upon God, and it represents the
establishment of the central point for God's providence. God could
extend His providence horizontally on the foundation of the vertical
four position foundation. On this victorious foundation, the 124
Couples' Blessing was possible.
Father proclaimed Parents' Day on March 1 (lunar calendar) of 1960 and
Children's Day on October 1 (lunar calendar) of 1960. Therefore,
Father had to find 12 children to represent each of the three stages
of formation, growth and perfection. These were the 36 Couples. Next,
in order to indemnify Cain and Abel, 72 Couples came about. Finally
the families were to expand to the national and worldwide level.
5. THE DISPENSATIONAL MEANING OF THE 124 COUPLES BLESSING
In the view of the Principle, in order for an individual to be
restored, he must pass through more than three generations. In order
for more than three generations to pass, the four position foundation
should be restored by parents giving birth to children. The four
position foundation cannot simply be established by having children;
the children should be able to represent their parents. When the
parents and the children become completely one, the family is an Abel-
type family which should restore three Cain-type families. Those three
families are to multiply as spiritual children. Centering upon the
three families, 12 families representing 12 directions should be
established, and then they will extend to 72 and 120 families. The 120
families are the tribal foundation to depart for the world level. The
120 blessed Couples of the Unification Church are the representatives
of one tribe. They are to sacrifice for the nation. That's why I drove
you out to the local regions to sacrifice for the nation. This three-
year witnessing period corresponds to Jesus' public life course;
therefore, you shouldn't escape from it, regardless of the severe
persecution you receive.
The standard of a worldwide ideology, which Jesus wanted to establish
by sending out 70 disciples, has been set up on earth. Jesus' 70
disciples are connected to the 72 blessed Couples. Jesus chose 12
disciples to restore the lost 36 generations since Adam, but he lost
his 12 and 70 disciples, which meant he lost the ancestors and
children. That's why Jesus started the world wide providence after his
resurrection centering upon 120 disciples.
The number 12 represents formation, 70, growth, and 120, the future
nations of the world. When 120 nations join the United Nations, which
was established centering upon Christian ideology, we should
understand that the Last Days are near. Now the United Nations has a
membership of 123 nations. One hundred twenty-four nations should join
the United Nations, centering upon the crisis of 1967. The 124 blessed
Couples of the Unification Church and the 124 nations should be
matched; this is not accidental at all.
God made it so. Otherwise, the Unification Principle falls apart. Then
what does the number 120 mean? It is the number of sovereignties in
the world. Therefore, it is a sign of the Last Days when 120 nations
join the United Nations.
After his resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with his disciples. On the
day of Pentecost, 10 days after Jesus' ascension to heaven and the
50th day after his crucifixion, the Holy Spirit descended upon 120
disciples. Then they could start the national era of Christianity. The
descent of the Holy Spirit meant that Jesus spiritually welcomed his
bride on the national foundation.
The 120 disciples who welcomed the Holy Spirit symbolize 120 nations;
so when Western society centering upon Rome takes a stand for God's
side, more than 120 nations will appear in the world. That symbol was
accomplished by the appearance of 120 nations between 1967 and 1968.
We can see that nothing is separate from God's providence. As a symbol
to restore all the nations of the world, Father blessed 124 couples.
The number 4 in 124 corresponds to the number of Blessings. Unless
Father adds the symbolic number four to represent three Couples, 36
Couples, 72 Couples and 120 Couples, the way to return to the heavenly
nation cannot be open for all the blessed Couples. The four Couples
also symbolize the doors of East, West, South and North. The 124
Couples have the meaning and the value to restore the heavenly
nation -- the ideal world for which all humankind has longed.
The 120 Couples represent Jesus' 120 disciples. Four Couples are
previously married couples, and they are to open the doors in the 4
The victorious family-level dominion of Israel is to extend to the
universal dominion of Israel, and the victorious foundation of the
tribe is to horizontally expand to the universal foundation through
the 124 Couples' Blessing.
6. THE DISPENSATIONAL MEANING OF THE 430 COUPLES BLESSING
The Blessing of 430 Couples is the establishment of national
indemnity. In the 4,300th year of Korean history, Father blessed the
430 Couples. It also represents the number of years of the Israelites'
slavery in Egypt. Therefore, the blessing of 430 Couples means the
liberation of the nation of Israel.
The blessing of the 430 Couples opened the way for the Korean people
to establish the God-centered ideal. So far, religion has been working
toward an individual ideal, but the 430 Couples' Blessing made the
whole nation display a God centered ideal. The vertical providence is
to be completed horizontally within one generation; the 430 Couples'
Blessing fulfills all the qualifications. The number four symbolizes
the four position foundation and the four directions of east, west,
south and north. The number three symbolizes the formation, growth and
completion stages. The numbers four and three are the absolute numbers
for restoration through indemnity. The blessing of the 430 Couples
shows the victorious foundation of restoration through indemnity. It
established the national standard for any Korean who joins the
Unification Church to receive the Blessing.
The 430 blessed Couples mean the addition of the heavenly number and
the earthly number.
The number 430, as in 430 blessed Couples, means 4,300 years of Korean
history. It is also the number to indemnity the 430 years of slavery
of the Israelites in Egypt. Therefore, the worldwide course of the
restoration of Canaan started centering upon the 430 blessed Couples.
The number 430 represents the departure of the Third Israel toward the
worldwide Canaan. The Israelite nation started its national
restoration course after 430 years of slavery; likewise, the Korean
nation started the worldwide providence after 4,300 years of history.
In order to connect the 430 Couple' Blessing to the world, Father
blessed 43 Couples in foreign countries. By doing so, this Blessing
can connect the tribes in Korea to the nations of the world.
Father established the national standard through the 430 Couples'
Blessing, and connected this foundation to the nations of the world in
1969, through the blessing of 43 Couples during his second world tour.
According to the internal providence, Father chose 43 Couples from 10
nations and extended the providence to the worldwide level.
Through the 430 Couples' Blessing, the way opened for every person in
the world to connect to Father. That's why there are 430 Couples
inside the nation, and 43 Couples outside the nation. These 43 Couples
are composed of the central families from Japan, the United States and
Europe, and they are in the object position to the 430 Couples in
Korea. As the object families of the 430 Couples, the 43 Couples are
bound with five races.
Because Korea represents the whole world, the 430 Couples' Blessing is
the door to the Kingdom of Heaven on earth for any Korean to enter,
even if he is a criminal or thief. Due to the establishment of the 430
Couples, the number four was restored and the worldwide foundation was
made for every nation in the world to be connected.
Now we have to be united for victory, not for defeat. That's why the
motto, "The Victorious Front Line for Unification," came into being.
What is the center of it? It is the family. Families should be one;
that is why Father established the 430 Couples.
The 430 Couples' Blessing enabled the Unification Church to make a
linear development into the worldwide domain. The link between the 430
Couples and the 43 Couples means the departure for the new,
7. THE DISPENSATIONAL MEANING OF THE 777 COUPLES' BLESSING
The fortune of the world started moving according to the providence of
the Unification Church beginning with the Blessing of the 777 Couples
in 1970. Due to the birth of the 777 Couples, the universal fortune
began to flow in relation to the Unification Church. The 430 Couples'
Blessing made the national fortune move toward Father and the 777
Couples' Blessing made the universal fortune focus on Korea.
The value of the 777 Couples' Blessing is to make the world return to
God centering upon the ideal of the family. Because the important 10
nations in the providence are included among the 777 Couples, the
universal fortune begins to move in oneness with the fortune of the
Unification Church. Since the 777 Couples' Blessing, the confrontation
of north and south, and left and right, has became more clear. This
Blessing ceremony opened the way for the restoration of the world, and
Father could form a new nation in the world, centering upon God.
The 777 Couples' Blessing is on a worldwide level. All nations can be
connected through this Blessing.
The 777 Couples' Blessing made it possible for all the families,
tribes and nations of the world to be linked to God. The 777 Couples
opened such a door; so when we follow the 777 Couples, we will end up
in the Kingdom of Heaven.
That's why the Unification Church, based on the 777 Couples' Blessing,
could begin to work on the worldwide level. A new origin was
established in 1970.
The 777 Couples' Blessing was held on the 21st (three times seven) of
October,1970, and this was the last marriage held centering upon a
providential meaning. This Blessing opened a new age, in which all
nations can be related in blood lineage. From this point, the
Unification Church laid the foundation to form a new nation,
transcending conventional nationalism. If we make a genealogical table
in the Unification Church, it will be centered upon the family, not
the individual. The Unification Church is to depart for the world,
going over to the trans-national and trans-tribal age centering upon
the 777 Couples' Blessing. That's why the blessed families entered the
stage of persecution right after the Blessing of the 777 Couples.
The 777 Couples' Blessing was the last providential mass wedding
ceremony; this is the meaning of the 777 Couples' Blessing.
8. THE DISPENSATIONAL MEANING OF THE 1800 COUPLES BLESSING
Father thinks that the 1800 Couples' mass wedding will give the public
a wondrous feeling. Our second seven-year course will be completed
next April; that's why I planned this Blessing. It is one condition
for complete indemnification.
Father blessed 1800 Couples 14 years after 1960. Originally it should
have been held in 1974; but it was permissible until April of 1975,
since the actual providence started on April of 1960. The second
seven-year course was completed with the Blessing of 1800 Couples, so
the Unification Church could begin the worldwide providence.
Six times three equals 18. This number means the complete subjugation
of the satanic number 6. Centering upon the foundation laid so far, we
enter the age to embrace the world.
The 1800 Couples' Blessing is composed of 25 nations, which means it
is the worldwide Blessing. In establishing a tradition transcending
the nation, don't be the shameful ones who fall. You have to set up
this tradition at least, even if you cannot achieve anything else. You
are responsible for opening the way for your family; otherwise, your
kinfolk will perish.
9. THE DISPENSATIONAL MEANING OF THE 6,000 COUPLES' BLESSING
The international mass wedding ceremony of 6,000 Couples was held on
October 14. I announced it 20 days in advance. I just gave the simple
instruction that there will be a mass wedding; it was prepared in only
As soon as the day of the Blessing was announced, young people from
all over the world gathered in Korea. The Blessing is to give the
qualification of tribal messiah to the Couples. Father in place of God
endows the Couples with the new mission of horizontal messiah. The
bride and the bridegroom become the small messiahs, who are to
accomplish the perfect ideal through the Blessing, and they are sent
to each nation as God's special envoy. That is also the meaning of the
6,000 Couples' Blessing.
It is not easy for young people from 84 different nations to fly here.
Then why did they come here despite all the difficulties? They came
here to return to the original world of love for which God has yearned
so many years.
In order to go to the world of essential love, an essential man of
love and an essential woman of love should first form an essential
family, and then it should be extended to the tribe, nation and world.
The 6,000 Couples have gathered here with their eternal mission to
liberate God, the subject of essential love.