God's Will and the World
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
The Way of Restoration
fall, we have inherited the blood lineage of Satan. If there had been no fall,
Adam and Eve, as our first parents, would have been sinless children of God,
but they became Satan's children through the fall. Originally dominion should
have come only from God, and God alone should be our Lord. However, because
man and Satan had an illicit relationship, Satan became illicit lord over
man. As the Principle tells us, love has controlling power. Even though it
was through illicit love, Satan came to have power or authority through which
he could claim ownership of man. Yet according to the principle of creation,
God is still the original Lord. Therefore, both God and Satan claim their
ownership of man.
However, it is physically impossible to cut Adam into two and divide
him between God and Satan. Therefore, God had to set up a certain rule in
accordance with the Principle in order to separate man into two. God is
the internal being and creation is the external being, and they are in
the relationship of subject and object. From this standpoint God could
separate fallen Adam and Eve into two through the two children who were
born from them. He set up the second son, Abel, in the internal position,
representing sinless Adam. Symbolically, Abel is the fruit of the second
illicit love, between Adam and Eve, in the course of the fall; being close
to the relatively less evil relationship between Adam and Eve than to the
purely unprincipled relationship between Eve and the archangel and holding
fewer evil elements than did Cain, Abel could be taken to God's side.
On the other hand, God found Cain in the external position, representing
Satan. Symbolically, Cain is the fruit of the first illicit love between
Eve and the archangel in the course of the fall, and inherits the satanic
elements within that love.
The original order of love
order of love begins with God, goes to Adam, and then to the archangel. For
this order to be restored, love must flow first from God to Abel representing
Adam, and from Abel to Cain representing the archangel. God could restore
His lost Principle by accomplishing this formula first. Actually the blood
lineage was crossed by the act of the fall. In other words, the human race
came to be in Satan's blood lineage instead of God's. Therefore, restoration
must be done by tracing back to the origin.
For this purpose, the second son, Abel, was to restore the birthright
from the first son, who could hold the birthright illicitly in Satan's
Cain had to go down to the position of the second son, and Abel had
to go up to the position of the first son where he could inherit the
birthright. However, Cain killed Abel. This act was a repetition of the act
of the fall at the time of Adam and Eve. Contrary to the intended course of
restoration, it signified again that the archangel stood in the position to
Cain and Abel received evil elements when they were within Eve's womb.
If God were to use two brothers who were very different in age, their distance
from each other would be too far; so God sought closer brothers. In other
words, God had to carry out this dispensation of restoration on a level closer
to the cause. The best way would be to bring the lives of Cain and Abel
back into the mother's womb, but that is physically impossible. So, God's
dispensation came to appear through twin brothers, Esau and Jacob. Jacob
had to be restored to the position of elder brother, while Esau had to go
down to the position of younger brother. It is the same principle that was
applied in the case of Cain and Abel.
The mother of these twin brothers was Rebecca. While she was pregnant,
the two children struggled with each other in her womb. When she inquired
of the Lord about this, the Lord replied,
'Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples,
born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger
than the other, the older shall serve the younger' ( Gen
This is what God Himself spoke.
nce Jacob had
set conditions whereby he could avoid accusation, he could buy the birthright
from Esau with lentil stew. Even though Jacob took the birthright from
Esau, Satan could not accuse him. Thus, the birthright was restored to God's
side. The blessing from their father, Isaac, was also given to Jacob. However,
Esau became so angry that he tried to kill Jacob, just as Cain had killed
Abel. For this reason, Jacob had to escape to the land of Haran for 21 years.
In the Garden of Eden, Eve initiated the act of the fall, becoming the
mother of Adam who completed it. Mother and son cooperated with each other to
bring about the fall of man. Therefore, in restoration, this process must be
reversed. At the time of Jacob, therefore, the mother Rebecca and her second
son Jacob cooperated with each other for the accomplishment of God's will.
Also, during the process of the fall, Eve lied to her father, God,
and to her brother, Adam. Therefore, in restoration Rebecca lied to her
husband, Isaac, and to the first son, Esau, in order to allow Jacob to gain
the blessing. Isaac was in God's position, and his son Esau was in Cain's
position. In this way a foundation was laid.
However, substantial restoration had not been accomplished yet. By that
time Jacob's mother had already fulfilled her mission, and next it was
Jacob's turn. Jacob's mission was first to restore the position of Adam,
which had been invaded by the archangel, and then to restore the position
of Abel, who had been killed by Cain.
Struggle at the ford of Jabbok
the mission of Jacob in restoring Adam, it is important to understand
how Adam was lost. By whom was Adam dominated? He was dominated by the
angel. Therefore, in order to restore that position, Jacob had to fight
with an angel. This is what happened at the ford of Jabbok. Jacob fought
with the angel all night. As a result, the angel admitted Jacob's victory
and blessed him. Thus, the original positions of Adam and the archangel were
restored to their proper order.
Why did the angel strike Jacob's thigh before he blessed him? The fall
of man was brought about through the misuse of the lower parts. The law of
indemnity was fulfilled by striking the part that had become sinful. It was
carried out by the angel according to the law of the Old Testament: "An eye for
an eye, a tooth for a tooth." Because Jacob endured, the angel could bless him.
When Jacob won over the angel, he gained the internal victory and Adam's
position could be restored. With this condition Jacob was then in the position
to restore Abel's position. After 21 years Jacob returned from Haran and
gave all his property and wealth as a gift to his brother Esau in order to
soften his heart. Jacob asked only for a blessing from his elder brother,
and Esau accepted and welcomed him.
Thus, Esau went down to the position of younger brother, and Jacob went up
to the position of elder brother. Later, when Jacob blessed his grandchildren,
the children of Joseph, he crossed his hands and put his left hand —
signifying the archangel's position and blessing — on the first son,
Manasseh, and his right hand — signifying God's position and blessing on
the second son, Ephraim. Jacob could do so because he had taken the position
of the elder brother on the side of God.
According to the Bible, Jacob's character seems to be very cunning.
Many people wonder why God used and even gave His grace and blessing to such
a cunning man. The Principle gives the answer in this way, Jacob stood in
the position where he fulfilled his mission given by God. These events took
place thousands of years ago, but until the Principle was revealed no one
had ever known their true meaning.
Suppose God's dispensation had ended with Jacob. If that had been the case,
only people at or above the age of Jacob at the time of his victory could be
restored by this condition, but people under that age, from the newly born
to the middle aged, could not have been. Therefore, a more thoroughgoing
dispensation had to begin, centering on the mother's womb itself.
Thus, God's third dispensation again began within the mother's womb.
The first mother, Eve, fell, abandoning God the Father through disbelief,
and instead she welcomed Satan as her father and put him in the position
of God. Therefore, Tamar, who had to restore the position of Eve, had to
demonstrate absolute faith in God. In a reverse way, Tamar had to walk with God
the Father. She had to forget about her pride and honor, even being ready to
give her life. Originally, Eve could not became one with her Father. Judah was
Tamar's father-in-law, having the role of father. In Chapter 38 of Genesis it
is recorded that Judah had three sons and Tamar was the wife of his first son.
However, the first son died, and according to the custom of levirate marriage
in Judea, she had to have a child through the second son. But the second
son also died, and the third son was withheld as too young. Tamar intuited
how important it was to inherit the blood lineage restored by God, so she
threw away her pride and risked her life to become pregnant by Judah, her
father-in-law. She pretended to be a prostitute sitting by the side of the road
where her father-in-law was passing, and tempted him into a relationship. Judah
did not realize that this prostitute was his daughter-in-law. But Tamar was
wise, and she requested three articles — Judah's seal, his staff and a
cord — as a pledge for payment, which she could use later as proof. Why
did she have to do so? Because, according to the Jewish law at that time,
a widow who became pregnant without having a husband could be stoned to death.
After some months, Tamar's pregnancy became noticeable. Rumor spread and it
reached Judah's ears as well. Judah got very angry and took his daughter-in-law
to be burned to death. At this critical moment, Tamar presented the articles
of proof to the people and Judah realized that her motivation to continue
God's lineage was righteous, so he released her. Tamar risked her life in
order to fulfill her mission. She had no purpose other than to fulfill God's
will. In this way, Tamar set the condition to restore fallen Eve's position
by reversing the process of Eve's fall. For thousands of years up until now,
no one has ever known the secret of this story except God. Yet now, you can
understand this hidden mystery clearly.
The struggle within the womb
Tamar became pregnant with twins who fought within her womb. When Tamar
prayed, the Lord must have appeared and said the same thing he had said to
Rebecca, "Two nations are in your womb, and two people within you will be
separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the elder will
serve the younger For 2,000 biblical years God had been waiting for that
very moment. The time of birth came and the first son, Zerah, pushed out his
hand. The midwife tied a scarlet thread around his wrist. This was a symbolical
prediction that in the time of the Last Days communism, a satanic ideology,
represented by the color red, would appear first before God's kingdom is
established. After 7,000 biblical years — 6,000 years of restoration
history plus the millennium, the time of completion — communism will
fall in its 70th year. Here is the meaning of the year 1978. Communism,
begun in 1917, could maintain itself approximately 60 years and reach its
peak. So 1978 is the border line and afterward communism will decline;
in the 70th year it will be altogether ruined. This is true. Therefore,
now is the time for people who are studying communism to abandon it.
Finally, during the struggle in Tamar's womb, the second son, Perez,
pushed Zerah back and came out first. This reversal of the brothers'
positions took place in the mother's womb. At this time the principle that
Jesus would be born from the lineage of Judah was established. From this
time Cain was overcome and Abel was exalted, and restoration history could
progress to increasingly larger spheres, from family to clan, from clan to
race, from race to nation. However, the satanic world had already expanded in
parallel fashion — from the family level to the clan and racial levels,
and finally to the national level. Satan had already formed one nation,
but God had to wait 2,000 years before the chosen people of Israel could
be formed into one nation. Thus, both God's and Satan's camps advanced to
the national level, but now God's nation had to become superior to Satan's
nation. However, the people of Israel had made many mistakes in the course
of history from the family level to the levels of clan, race and nation.
John the Baptist came with the mission to restore all the failures made
by the people of Israel, so that the Messiah could come on a perfected
foundation. The chosen people of Israel who became one with John the
Baptist became a plus (+) force as Abel, and Jesus came as Messiah upon this
foundation. John the Baptist was in Cain's position relative to Jesus in
Abel's position. Once the people of Israel became completely one with Jesus
Christ himself, he could have formed an absolute plus (+) Then the people
would stand in the position of absolute minus (-), and together with Jesus
would have become one indestructible body.
God's dispensation reaches its peak of completion at the point of True
Parents, who are the absolute plus (+) and absolute minus (-). Jesus was
crucified, so that he was unable to become a True Parent in his physical
body. Although God's blood lineage had been established with Jesus, the
position of True Parents in spirit and in flesh could not emerge. The work
of Christianity is limited to the spiritual realm alone; it brought only
spiritual salvation. Physical salvation, namely the salvation of the physical
life, has not been realized.
Up until today, Christianity had only a spiritual father and a spiritual
mother. Therefore, True Parents had to come on earth, and we must walk the
course of physical, as well as spiritual, rebirth through them. Conditionally,
or symbolically, we must re-enter the mother's womb in order to be born
anew. In Christianity up until today, the Holy Spirit has been taking the
role of mother. We are born again on the spiritual level through the mother,
the Holy Spirit, and the father's spirit, Jesus' spirit.
Of course, we were born from our mother's womb. However, even beyond the
womb, our life originated from our father's seed. Before the fall, the life
of a son or daughter would certainly have started from within Adam's body,
as one seed. The seed which becomes a son or a daughter exists within the
father's body itself. By tracing back to mother's womb, the blood lineage
could be changed and restored, but we have not reached father yet. Therefore,
up until today, Christians have been longing to go again to their Father,
the Lord of the Second Coming, who is the origin of new life.
Reborn in both spirit and flesh
be satisfied with spiritual rebirth only. We must be reborn both in spirit
and in flesh. In order to restart in spirit and in flesh, we must go back to
the position of the seed. To accomplish this dispensation, Jesus promised
that a bride and a bridegroom would appear who could become True Parents,
so that we could become the seed sown again through them, to be born again
as a new life in this world. From what I have said, you will naturally
understand whether or not it is necessary for the Lord of the Second Coming
to come on earth as Messiah.
At the time of Jesus, this physical world was not restored, yet it has
expanded up to the world level. Accordingly, in the Last Days, the whole
world is divided into two, one side representing Satan and the other God;
nothing other than these two camps exists. There is confusion and chaos. The
Messiah on earth must inherit the foundation from Christians. Christians have
not been born completely yet; therefore, we can say that they are just like
a seed in Jesus' body. They have only spiritual elements of life. Therefore,
a father must appear on earth and create a substantial, physical foundation.
For this reason, everybody has a seven year course in which he or she
has to unite with True Father before receiving Mother. You must go back
to the position of a seed in the body of unfallen perfected Adam who was
not yet married. You must go back to the source itself. This seed is the
genuine one. A seed that starts from Adam's body must be sown in the womb
of restored Eve. This very work is being done by the Unification Church.
Jesus was rejected by the nation of Israel. Therefore, the very difficult
task of restoring the position of Jesus was left for the Lord of the Second
Coming. We have already been born with flesh and have grown up, so we
cannot literally go back to the position of a seed. Therefore, we must set
conditions for rebirth by uniting with the True Children, who were born from
True Parents. The Principle teaches that both Cain and Abel can be restored
when Cain completely follows Abel. We are in the position of Cain and must
unite with the sinless True Children, who are in Abel position. By uniting
with them, we can become restored children and receive the same grace.
Accordingly, when sinless children are born from True Parents, we should
offer food and things of creation in order to set the condition by which
True Parents can share the same elements with us. In this way we must pass
through the course where we participate in the position of the True Children.
Through whom are you going to set conditions to become one with True Children
and become newly born? Father alone is not enough. You must go through both
of the True Parents. However important Father may be, you must also pass
through True Mother and unite with the True Children. True Parents have
both male and female children. A woman should become one with True Father,
True Mother, and their female children; a man should become one with True
Parents and their male children.
Because a woman fell first, the restoration of woman is done first.
Afterward, the restoration of man is completed. Who is actually in the
position of the first restored woman? The first female child born from True
Parents is in that position. The first male child is the second child of
True Parents. This is only an outline and a very brief explanation; there
are very deep and complicated processes behind it.
The birth of sinless children
four position foundation was restored for the first time in history by the
birth of sinless true children. Nothing in the satanic world can touch this
foundation. Since a chosen nation has not yet been restored, we must start
from the heavenly four position foundation, and develop from this point to
the clan, racial, and national levels. The central core of this process
of development is the heavenly family in the form of the four position
foundation. The nation that will be established on the foundation of the
true family will be the strongest and most invincible. This is the nation
that Judaism could not gain 2,000 years ago.
This nation will become the center of the external world by overcoming
all satanic sovereignties. Once one heavenly nation is restored, it will
expand to two, then three, four, and finally it will cover the entire
world. People who belong to those heavenly nations will naturally restore
everything together. In order to restore this unified sovereignty of God,
we must pass through an incredible course. Unless we restore one national
sovereignty, however much restoration work we may have done, it is possible
that our earthly foundation might be destroyed by a satanic head of government
of our nation. Therefore, to restore the sovereignty of one nation is a
most urgent task. For this purpose we must absolutely become one with True
Parents, and we must become completely one with members of the Unification
Church in Korea, Japan, and all over the world. Through this course, you
will realize how difficult the path of restoration has been. Jesus said
to Nicodemus, ". . . Unless one is born anew, he cannot enter the Kingdom
of God." Nicodemus replied, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he
enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Then Jesus asked,
"Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand this?" At that
time Jesus was talking about this very principle.
The words 'resurrection' and 'rebirth' in Christianity both actually refer
to this same principle. Through the womb of a mother the stained blood lineage
was restored to the heavenly blood lineage. However, it is only through True
Father's body that we can ultimately be recreated and reborn fundamentally
as a pure new life. From that point of new creation on, then, our salvation
is perfected by redemption of both spirit and flesh. This way, our children
will be able to attain heaven without going through the process of salvation.
You must understand how difficult the course of restoration is. I have
not only found out the truth, but have had to accomplish all the truth in
substance. Now I am teaching it to you for nothing. You are like college
students who receive diplomas without doing anything. Therefore, you must
understand what a precious, valuable position you have.
This year's motto for the Unification Church is "The Defense of the
Unified Front." This means that we must defend and protect this heavenly
foundation. Wherever you are, you must become one with the members of the
Unification Church in Korea, and go forward to defend the unified front
there. Looking at the situation of the entire world, Korea is a country where
the strongest foundation is laid in our activities. If we had to start a
new dispensation in some other country, we would have to repeat the entire
course once again from the very beginning. The period until 1974, when the
second seven year course ends, is a period corresponding to Jacob's second
seven year course. After this period we will create the foundation of the
world level, and we will have enough economic power for the restoration of
the Heavenly Kingdom. Once one nation is restored, all nations can be restored.