God’s Will and the World
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
True Parents’ Day from the Historical Point of View
April 18, 1977
New York, New York
commemorate the 18th anniversary of Parents’ Day. No other group on
earth celebrates True Parents’ Day. We have four major celebrations
during the year: God’s Day, Parents’ Day, Children’s Day
and the Day of All Things, and by celebrating these holidays we are truly
celebrating the rebirth of heaven and earth.
If there had been no fall of man, we would never have seen such holidays
as God’s Day, Parents’ Day, Children’s Day and the Day
of All Things. Adam and Eve would probably have been the only two people
who would have celebrated these days, while their descendants would have
celebrated only the victory of their established foundation. All of mankind
was supposed to have been born on the foundation of these days.
Through the fall of man, however, there was no fulfillment here on earth,
and all joy was lost. Consequently there was no day of joy for God, no day of
the True Parents, no day of the true children, and no day of all things. All
mankind is born in sorrow and suffers in sorrow, and struggles to recapture
the original world; because of the fall, however, that perfection has always
There are many celebrations in our world, but all of them are for the
joy of the satanic world, not for God. There has never been one day in
which God could declare His joy. For example, each one of you celebrates
your birthday and those who are married have your wedding anniversaries,
but are they above the realm of fallen mankind? No, they are still outside
the dwelling place of God.
When is the day going to come that mankind will establish a new kind
of holiday? It will be the day that all people and God can be joyful
together. That day will not be your own birthday or wedding anniversary
or day of national independence. Throughout history all mankind has been
looking forward to the day of fulfillment when God could declare His joy
and personally commemorate God’s Day and Parents’ Day. Once
God’s joy is declared, and God’s Day and Parents’ Day
are established, then automatically the true children will come into being,
and all the things of creation will declare their joy too.
Throughout history, however, no one has seen God’s Day or
Parents’ Day, and all the things of creation are in agony in this
fallen world. Out of 365 days in a year the most important day would be
the day to honor God, the day on which God could declare His joy —
God’s Day. The day we can declare God’s Day to the earth will be
the king of all days, and that year will be the king of all years. I do not
know whether you have ever heard of such expressions as "king of all days"
or "king of all years." Do they make sense?
Today you are all here to celebrate Parents’ Day, but actually you
are not entitled to celebrate on this day. Since meeting the True Parents
you may rejoice over this Parents’ Day, but this joyful day is also
sad because only this small group of people has recognized it and come
together to celebrate. We also feel sorrow that we are still surrounded by
the fallen world.
There were several consequences of the fall of man. One, the dignity
and authority of God were damaged; in addition, man was separated from
his intended state and fell into the dungeons of hell; at the same time a
portion of the angelic world also fell; finally, all the things of creation
were brought down. Thus it happened that everything suffered when man fell,
including the dignity of God, and since then the entire creation has been
trapped in a place of sorrow and despair. The world has become sick, but
in the same way that patients cannot cure themselves, the world is helpless
to restore itself. Who will come to restore the world? There is only one
superior person who has the ability, power and will to bring man back to
his original place — God.
The fallen process has been like a healthy person becoming ill,
and in reverse process; man must be restored to his original place by
reversing the process of the fall. The work of salvation is equivalent to
the work of restoration, and involves bringing a person from an abnormal
state back to his original state, just like bringing a sick person back to
health. Salvation and restoration are the same, but the point of observation
is different. From God’s point of view of man who is to be saved,
the process is restoration.
For man to be restored, indemnity must be paid. That is the vital principle
of this process. To liquidate sin man must pay the debt of sin. In the
same manner, a patient must often endure suffering when being treated by a
doctor. Sometimes the doctor must prescribe a very bitter medicine, and even
though the patient is reluctant, he must take it to be restored. Fallen man
is like the patient and must assimilate indemnity, pain and suffering in
order to be restored into his original wholeness.
What can cure fallen love?
kind of disease have you caught? The diagnosis is that fallen man has the
disease of fallen love. It is the disease of love centered on Satan and
controlled by Satan, and through it men and women have become prisoners of
Satan by inheriting his lineage. All people are born as direct heirs of Satan.
How did this disease of love start? The fall was initiated when one
person claimed self-centered love. That person denied the value of all other
relationships in his desire to make himself the center of the universe. He
sought to bring benefit only to himself, and when his desire entered the
realm of love, the disease was begun.
We must find a cure for this love disease. What medicine should be
prescribed? Because self-centered love brought the fall, we must find a
God-centered or unselfish love in order to be cured or restored. If Adam and
Eve and the archangel had forgotten themselves in the Garden of Eden, thinking
only of God and their desire to place themselves in a God-centered love,
then there could have been no fall or any of its consequences here on earth.
What is heaven? Heaven is created by those people who love here on earth
with unselfishness and an absolute, God-centered love. This is the most
basic principle, and all other principles you learn are expansion of this
basic truth. What I have spoken to you thus far is the very heart of the
truth of God.
Do you love yourself most of all? Are you the center of your love? Is
God the center? Twenty-four hours a day and 365 days a year have you been
loving yourself in a God-centered way? If you cannot say "yes" then you are
not destined for the Kingdom of God in heaven, and need liberation from your
bondage. This is the most severe battle which you are waging every day, and
each of you must become victors in this battle for your liberation. Without
becoming victorious you will not deserve the Kingdom of God.
Suppose someone suddenly attacked you without any reason. The usual human
reaction would be to yell, "Why did you hit me?" and try to hit back. But
you must be patient, not because you are weak, but because in the name of
God you are becoming different. Jesus Christ waged this different kind of
battle when he blessed his enemies. Jesus was thinking about his mission
for God 24 hours a day, looking at everything from God’s point of
view. Before seeking revenge against the world, he remembered how God had
patiently persevered. Knowing that God’s will was ultimately the
restoration of mankind, Jesus did not wage his battle as Satan does.
Because Jesus prayed for his own enemies, especially at the moment he
was being destroyed, he transcended all satanic realms and totally liberated
himself from accusation by Satan. From then on he was free to go to the throne
of God and exercise the grace and power of salvation. Satan is always looking
for some loophole or hook of fallen nature, and since most people have a
thousand hooks Satan does not have to make much effort to snag them. But
Jesus’ life was absolutely pure, and no matter how much Satan tried
to find some weakness in him, Jesus was not vulnerable.
Jesus Christ was completely free from satanic accusation and by rising
above the satanic realm he could become one with God in heaven. Since
Jesus could enter that realm, God could use him as His instrument without
any reservation. After Satan killed Jesus on the cross, God was free to
resurrect His son. God did not have to pay attention to Satan, but could
exercise His power to the ultimate degree. Because of Jesus, therefore, a
new world could come into being which was completely free of the satanic world.
By knowing this principle we must clearly realize that when the Messiah
comes for the salvation of mankind he will not come in glory. He will come
in misery and assimilate all the pain and suffering of the world. He will be
attacked by the entire satanic world, yet persevere without seeking revenge,
being patient as God has been, and finally winning out in the end. Any religion
or any work of religion which teaches the need for such patience while going
the road of indemnity will be the religion which ultimately meets the Messiah.
Our motive for unification
are we, the Unification movement? The word "unification" is a big word,
indicating that we want to embrace all religions so that we can unite
all of them into one. Do we desire that for our own satanic purpose? No,
we want to bring them up to the throne of God. That is the meaning of the
word "unification." The Unification movement must walk the messianic road,
the road of suffering and beatings. It is the road that commences at the
very bottom of mankind’s misery and rises all the way up to the very
throne of God. That is the road that we as Unificationists are undertaking.
We are assuming the responsibility to become that world religion.
However, we must make our motives very clear. Are we here for the sake of
the Unification Church, or for the sake of heaven and earth? The Unification
movement exists solely to serve God and mankind. That is the way God thinks,
and that is the way we must think. For that reason we receive the pain
of suffering and difficulty, but we cannot be liberated from the satanic
realm unless we think, "This is for God and humanity." The satanic world
is totally self-centered and in order to liberate ourselves from it we must
live an absolutely different way of life. As we live this life absolutely,
we will liberate ourselves from satanic influence. Is this clear?
When you go out witnessing and fund raising you might sometimes think,
"I am not good for this. I am so tired I just cannot go on." That excuse
is acceptable if you are thinking only of yourself, but when you put God in
the picture, and claim that you are universe-centered and mankind-centered,
then you cannot complain or say you are tired. You may think that many
members of the Unification Church are working very hard, but from God’s
standpoint this is not true. You have not yet met the standard that God has
established. You may persevere for a time, but then you come to the point
where you give up. "No more," you say. "I want to rest now and do
things my own way." Then your attitude becomes a big hook. Satan is always
watching and will say, "Look, you said you were working for God and humanity
100 percent, but your actions have given you away."
Harder times are coming
sometimes you get tired and weak, and sometimes you get sick, but at those
times you must think, "God, You have suffered more than I have. True Parents,
you have suffered more than I have. Heavenly Father, there are many brothers
and sisters in this world who are suffering more than I am. I am so grateful
that I can do this, and as long as my life remains, I will continue."
When you speak your gratitude and live by it, Satan has no way to hook
you. Then you are totally free to go beyond the satanic realm and to be like
Jesus, completely one with God. I do not say this to bribe you to work. This is
the basic principle of God. I want you to know that the logical conclusion of
this principle is that even tougher days will come to the Unification movement.
You may think that every day our way of life gets tougher, with more
persecution and pressure, but I want you to realize that this is the sign
that we are near our total liberation from satanic influences. That final
segment of our journey of freeing ourselves from the satanic realm is the
year of 1976 through June 1977.
A congressional source informed me a few days ago that ever since our
involvement in the Watergate issue, the U.S. government has received many
letters of both protest against and approval of the Unification Church, and
disputes over our church have developed within high levels of government. That
source said that there has not been such a heated battle over one particular
issue since Watergate. We are creating a world event, aren’t we? We
will see the entire world come against us, and even now we can feel the
pressure of the world upon our shoulders.
Our enemies will not only create national and worldwide protest against
me, but will use dirty tactics to undermine us. For example, communists
will infiltrate our ranks and behave like dedicated members. Once they are
trusted they will begin to make all kinds of trouble, and ultimately their
actions will reflect back on me. That is their goal, and I am clearly
aware of this tactic. How pitiful my situation is. Already I am receiving
all kinds of accusation and persecution from outside, but even worse, there
are people who are calculating how to shame me from within the Unification
Church. There is no place where I can escape the heated battle.
How do you see me? Am I a tough man of conviction and iron will, with
the drive to go to the end, or am I the type of person who is so timid and
afraid that I cannot even speak? I am a man of extremes, and no one has a
more determined will than I do. On the one hand I am hot tempered and blazing
like a fire, but I am also like a person with no bones who can take beating
after beating and remain patient, never desiring revenge and never cursing
anybody. I think that being hot tempered and iron willed, as well as patient
and enduring, is how God wants me to be, and I am trying to fulfill that.
At the moment of his death, Jesus forgave those who killed him. My
determination is that in my own life I will bless my enemies by persevering and
absorbing all the beatings and pain the world may give. I want to establish
that condition while I am yet on earth. Jesus Christ liberated himself from
the satanic world by his crucifixion, but I intend to go past the realm of
crucifixion while I am here on earth.
Why do I have this determination? God wants to see that victorious pattern
sealed here on earth, not just in the spiritual realm. We need a victorious
foundation here on earth — the complete liberation from satanic
influence. This is my mission. I came to liberate mankind from all satanic
influence, and to be victorious I have to go beyond the satanic realm here
Do you realize that the pinnacle of this providence was reached at
the Washington Monument rally? Then on Feb. 23, 1977, True Parents’
birthday, I offered an extraordinary prayer, forgiving heaven and earth and
declaring a new day and a new history. Can you grasp the significance of
the new day and new history? This is the work we are undertaking right now.
Today is the 18th anniversary of Parents’ Day. Your 18th year marks
the beginning of your maturity, and I understand that in America some states
allow 18-year-olds to vote, recognizing them as adults. The truth of the
matter is that women mature before men do. Women become adults at the age of
18, but men generally take three more years, maturing at the age of 21. The
three years remaining until the 21st anniversary of Parents’ Day will
be a buffer zone in which we can fully consummate our work. This is the period
where we will restore the dignity and authority of the Unification Church. The
Unification Church will then be able to stand before the world as mature.
God will ask us to claim His love
t is not
God’s mandate that I forever remain silent and humble while receiving
persecution. When all the conditions are set, God will ask me to declare my
dignity and authority as an individual, and the center of a heavenly family,
society, nation, and world. The time will come when we will claim God’s
true love and authority.
The 6,000 biblical years of God’s history actually equal many
thousands of physical years. God has been waiting that long for the day
when one man would come to the earth who would truly grasp His concept,
possess His own will and conviction to fight, and declare victory over the
entire satanic world. That is happening now. Only with that viewpoint can
you see how truly momentous this day is. Even if I were to die now I would
not be a failure. I will go to the spirit world with dignity and power and
authority and stand before Heavenly Father to receive His welcome. In the
meantime my work on earth will continue. Do you believe this? We are already
outside the satanic realm; I have already gone beyond it.
The work of restoration has been proceeding by the application of
God’s Principle, and that formula of restoration will endure. It was
there in the Beginning, it exists now, and it shall remain until we totally
liquidate all satanic influence. Then we will no longer need to apply this
When I declare that I have won over and transcended the satanic world,
I do not mean that I have gone alone. The entire spirit world has also
moved with me. As you know, the spirit world is equivalent to the angelic
world. Angels by nature were supposed to follow Adam’s path as his
servants in the original creation. Yet not only were the angels to follow
Adam in his growth; even God would follow Adam. It is the Principle.
I am leaving the satanic world behind, and as I move further and further
away from it God is establishing a new sovereignty here on earth. When that
sovereignty is finally declared by God, anyone or any power which opposes
it will be shattered. The Christian nation of America is a great giant among
the sovereign nations of the world, but if America stands against the dignity
of heaven, America will be shattered. That is the judgment of heaven.
Christianity prospered for 2,000 years, but in the two decades since
1960 it began a steep decline. I want to clearly declare that the reason
for that decline is the opposition of Christians to the new sovereignty,
the new power and truth of God. If the Christian cultural sphere continues
such a trend then it will be caught in an unavoidable decline. On the other
hand, if Christianity will accept me and repent, and if America will accept
me and repent, then there is a ray of hope. There is no other way for either
America or Christianity to find hope. Many people may think this declaration
is boastful and blasphemous, but I have declared this with the authority of
the entire spirit world, which already supports it. I merely bear testimony
to the truth.
Satan must acknowledge you
we can create our own society outside of satanic influence, should we stop
worrying about the rest of the world, and say, "Let them just go to hell"? If
we leave the world alone it will certainly decline and die. Do you think
that is God’s will? I know that is not God’s will. Though we are
now living in the same world, our kingdom is different, and just as God sent
His son Jesus from His throne to this fallen world, God is now sending you
to save it.
I am now ordering you to go into the satanic world to save it, even
risking your life. I want you to set the condition that you walked the same
path the True Parents walked. I walked this suffering road for 33 years,
and by your setting the necessary conditions in the next 3½ years, I
would like to give you all the blessing of having walked the same path I
walked. I am sure that by now you desire to forget about your missions of
selling and witnessing and just desire to unite with me, now that my way is
easier. That is not what I want. If anyone follows me to go the easy way,
I will turn you around and send you back into the satanic world. You have
not yet set the condition of indemnity that you might be completely free,
and only after working to pay your indemnity can you come with me.
Who is going to testify that you have paid your indemnity? Satan must be
your witness, and you must go out to Satan’s world and get his signature
to bring to God. Many people do not understand that they must go this course
to overcome the satanic world, and they think that God is just weak and
vulnerable; they even say that there is no God. But God is waiting for man
to go out to the fallen world to suffer and win over Satan. Satan must say,
"God, I have no accusation to make about this person." God has been waiting
for His children to win that kind of recognition so that He might freely
exercise His power. Do you want to take the easy way and merely follow me,
or do you want to go into the satanic world and fight? Would you want to
challenge any difficulty you might encounter, even at the cost of your life?
You must love those in the satanic world as much as you love God and as
much as you love me. It is only upon that condition that you will be given
approval by God and myself. That is God’s way. God and I will not
complain at all if you love the satanic world most.
You need two elements before you can come to God’s throne. First
you need your spiritual children, for by having spiritual children you
can liberate the spiritual world. Secondly, you need physical children,
for through them you can liberate the physical world. God and I want you
to go to the satanic world and fight to win these two conditions.
In the usual pattern of your life in the Unification Church, your first
three years are devoted to winning your spiritual children. In the three
years after receiving the Blessing you can receive the blessing of having
physical children. Altogether seven years are involved. Each of you must
go this seven-year course in order to win all of heaven and earth. Creation
took six days, with God resting on the seventh day. In the same way we must
set the condition of working for seven years in the course of recreation.
If you cannot do this you are only following me externally, even if you are a
leader in our church or one of the 36 Blessed Couples. As long as a person
does not work for his own fulfillment in this Principle he is not worthy of
me and cannot truly follow me.
Even now I am going the path of more suffering and pain, but not out of
stupidity. I came to America to stir up this nation, expecting it to come
against me. I did not come to elevate my own honor or dignity, but only
for the purpose of God. For God’s sake I stirred up controversy and
let America come against me. The turmoil of the hurricane lies in our path,
but we are going to be victorious. I am the captain who is steering the ship
through the stormy weather. America has entered a new age, the age of the
deprogrammers, and Americans are closely scrutinizing me, trying to find
fault. They will not find fault because I have done nothing wrong.
Who among the pilgrim fathers on the Mayflower had a visa to come to
America? They came with religious conviction in the name of God. They came
to this land to unselfishly fulfill God’s will. For the same reason,
but on the universal level, the Unification Church young people have gathered
in America in the name of God, to establish the Kingdom of God here on earth.
When the pilgrim fathers came from Europe in the name of God they were
actually illegal aliens, but God’s dispensation lay with them. We are
the new age pilgrim fathers of the universe, and even though this nation
may think we are illegal aliens, God is on our side. Ultimately God will
overcome this negativity and opposition. The Unification Church is the first
movement of liberation. No religious leaders today are even thinking on such
a scale. Only I am taking a stand without fear, speaking out directly for
God so seriously that I am willing to give up my life to declare my message.
There may be some communist spy or government agent listening here,
anxious to find out what I have to say. Let them listen. Regardless of who
is listening, there are certain things which I must declare. If I do not
declare these things then I am not obeying God’s order. Who is going to
bring the resurrection of mankind? Not Christianity, Judaism or communism,
but the members of the Unification movement. We have the power, we have the
knowledge, and we have the conviction to resurrect this nation and all the
nations of the world. Do you have the confidence to do it? Raise your hands,
those who have such confidence. This is our responsibility.
Your beachhead in the fallen world
18th Parents’ Day is a very meaningful day. You must fully realize
where you are standing and what your mission is. I have explained to you
what kind of attitude brought about the fall, and how by wholeheartedly
undertaking your mission you can liberate man from the conditions that led
to the fall; in the future nobody will accuse you of being a self-centered
person or of indulging in self-centered love. You now have the opportunity
to be liberated from the satanic lineage and influence.
Even though you are leaving the satanic realm, Satan still has a claim on
your body because you were born in his lineage. However, if your loyalty is
with God 100 percent, then even though you still have that string attached,
Satan has no power to pull it. You must remember that the string is still
attached, for Satan recognizes that your blood is his; but he must also
realize that you have been restored to a position outside of the satanic
realm, the position of angels who have not fallen.
How can you create your beachhead in the satanic world? When God created
man in the Garden of Eden, He was assisted by the angels. In your recreation
as well, you need the help of God and the angels. An angel is good and pure,
but until the appearance of perfected Adam and Eve, the angel is not free to
perfect himself. Without the perfection of Adam and Eve the angelic world
cannot be perfected. For you to elevate yourself to the position of physical
Adam, you must be surrounded by spiritual children in the position of the
Now that you are in an area isolated from the satanic world you can
create your own spiritual defense by winning spiritual children from the
satanic world. With the help of God and those in the angelic position you
can bring yourself into Adam’s position. Then you are ready to have
your own children.
To establish your physical resurrection you must give birth to physical
children of God who can be restored in the satanic world. Those children
will serve in the role of your body.
In bearing and raising your pure physical children you are linking the
spirit world to the physical world through yourselves. Because the fall of man
came in the growth stage, you must first restore yourself to the growth level,
the position of Adam and Eve before the fall. The perfection realm was left
unfulfilled by Adam and Eve, and shall be filled when you make yourself perfect
Adam and Eve and win the right to give birth to your own sons and daughters.
You can go through this entire process in seven years’ time, just as
the total creation was accomplished in a seven-day period. In this seven-year
period you will go through three stages. First, you have already separated
yourselves from the satanic world and are being elevated to the position of
unfallen angels. Second, you will elevate yourselves into the growth level,
the position of restored Adam and Eve. Because the fall occurred between
husband and wife, you must fulfill the level of Adam and Eve as couples.
The third stage of perfection is the parents’ level. No matter how
great you become as you are restored, you are still the product of the satanic
world; you were born into the satanic lineage, and you still have ties with
the satanic world which you cannot completely sever. Your children, however,
will be born in the name of God, having nothing to do with the satanic world,
and they will be the stepping stone by which you will elevate yourselves to
the position of perfected Adam and then parent. There is always a chance for
something to go wrong while your sons and daughters grow toward perfection
and the Blessing; you must take constant care in raising your children until
they are mature and you can bless them in heavenly matrimony.
At what point can you be totally grafted into the lineage of heaven? The
moment that you receive the Blessing from the True Parents is the great moment
when your bonds to your satanic lineage are severed and you become part
of the heavenly lineage. Most marriages in the world are not God-centered,
but in the Unification Church our greatest pride is that in the name of the
True Parents, couples can enter into the heavenly God-centered lineage. At
that moment they become direct heirs of God. Through
the Blessing the process of the fall can be totally reversed. But that
reversal must be complete, for if some tiny hole remains then Satan will
dash in to claim it.
You must become true parents
Satan’s secret, and no matter what the satanic world will try to do, it
is destined to crumble. We stand on the side of God’s Principle; however,
a pioneer or harbinger is needed to open all stages of restoration. Until one
man can pave the way no one else will be able to find it. This is the most
important key. The road of restoration follows a precise formula, but someone
must pioneer that formula. As soon as you understand the formula all you have
to do is apply it in order to gain the same result. You can be restored as
individual men and women as far as the growth level, but to enter perfection
you need to receive the Blessing and bear children. After a seven-year period
of raising your children, you can reach the perfection of perfection.
You must also be protected and escorted by your spiritual children in the
angelic position. You need angels around you, and that is why having spiritual
children is a most essential requirement for receiving the Blessing. With
them in the position of angels to escort you, you can attain the level of
Adam and Eve before the fall and qualify to receive the Blessing.
You must be able to come to the throne of God having completed each of
three levels in your life on earth: the level of restored angel, the level of
perfected son and daughter, and the level of having raised your perfected
children. These three positions must all be regained from the satanic
world. Your lineage will gather behind you, beginning with your children,
with each of them in one of these three different levels of maturity. Among
your descendants you will see every level of accomplishment. From generation
to generation your lineage will expand onto an ever larger scale, from
the family level to the societal level, national, worldwide, and universal
levels. Even though I will be gone, this expansion will continue. Progressing
further and further through the years, the realm of your own lineage will
get bigger and bigger.
Your destination is the eternal dwelling place of the True Parents.
Mother and I are not going to be the only True Parents. My goal is to make
all of you true parents. It is the greatest honor that I can give to you. In
your own area and lineage each of you is to become the true parents.
I am not just theorizing now, but speaking of the way of the Principle which
I have lived and walked. I have done this on the individual level, family,
societal, national, worldwide, and cosmic levels. I have gained invincible
victory at each level of accomplishment, and thus I have declared the
liberation of the individual, family, society, nation, world and cosmos. Now
I am declaring the liberation of God Himself. Can you grasp the significance
of this formidable statement? Some people exclaim that I am a heretic for
saying such things, but let us wait and see who God believes is the heretic.
Every mission we undertake must be accomplished on both the physical
and spiritual planes. Anything we establish in the spiritual realm must be
duplicated in the physical world, and those physical accomplishments must
then be united with our spiritual accomplishments. The entire spiritual
world is in the angelic position; therefore, to find the physical element
they must work with the level of the physical world. Even though it is not
God-centered, this world is invaluable because it is only here that you can
find what you need. When you can bring your physical children together with
your spiritual children, you are truly in the Kingdom of God. In the Garden
of Eden children and parents can rejoice together in God’s glory,
freed from any acquaintance with the fall.
I am declaring the absolute standard for you Unification Church
members. Unless you find three spiritual children in three years you are not
entitled to the Blessing. Jesus’ ministry was focused on precisely
that. He wanted to find his three major apostles and raise them in faith
so they could establish the foundation for their physical families here on
earth. It was God’s wish and also Jesus’ desire that Jesus claim
his throne and elevate himself to the position of True Parents. Instead Jesus
met with such opposition that finally he was crucified without attaining it.
We witness to restore relatives
must indeed come again; however, if God were to send Jesus the way Christians
predict, on the clouds of heaven, not only would Christianity crumble, but the
entire world would crumble. The fall of man did not occur in the spirit world
but in the physical world. Salvation must also take place in the physical
world. No one can even talk about his kingdom of heaven until he establishes
his kingdom here on earth, for without establishing the kingdom here on
earth, there will be no kingdom in heaven. Jesus did not take the keys to
the Kingdom of God with him to heaven, but left them here on earth. Jesus said:
“Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound
in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in
Without understanding the significance of the physical world, there is no
way to understand the Scriptures and the true meaning of the Bible.
We members of the Unification movement are proud people, hand picked
for God’s mission. We have undertaken the liberation of the satanic
world and the declaration of the glory and victory of God before heaven and
earth. By now I am sure you understand that restoration must go through that
process. No one can enter heaven without walking this path and fulfilling
this Principle. Christians have been very naive in thinking that believing in
Jesus is all that is required to end up in heaven, while they leave this world
unchanged. Their idea of a guaranteed place in heaven is a crazy concept that
could never enable man to fulfill God’s will. From God’s standpoint
that is heretical thinking, not the Principle of the Unification movement.
In the Last Days, the truth will seem to be a lie and lies will seem
to be the truth. That is precisely what is happening today, isn’t
it? Though I represent the genuine goodness of God, the world thinks I am
some kind of monster; some people even think my organization is worse than
the Mafia. I studied science and mathematics and unless everything we do is
scientifically possible, I will not even do it myself. I am not a foolish
man with blind ideals.
Why does the world come against us? The reason is very simple. They are
afraid of us. Jews and Catholics and Protestants have been fighting and
killing each other for 2,000 years, but when I appear they hastily get
together as allies to make a statement against me. Without even knowing
me some people now say, "Reverend Moon must be some kind of giant because
the denominations were enemies before, but now they have come together as
allies against this one man!"
This occurrence is prophetic. In uniting to come against me, the Jews,
Catholics and Protestants have shown that there is room for unity among
the three faiths. Yet, without me there is no way they can become one in
the sight of God. We must become the catalyst, for it is with our blessing
alone that they have the possibility of truly becoming one.
Our diligent witnessing is for a dual purpose. We are restoring our
spiritual children, of course, but we are also restoring our relatives; our
closest relative is Protestantism, and our cousin is Catholicism, while our
distant cousin, yet still very much our relative, is Judaism. The nonreligious
people of the world are extremely distant cousins. Their restoration is the
job the Unification movement has undertaken.
I have fully expounded on the external meaning of Parents’ Day in
its historical context, but I have not yet spoken of its internal aspect:
Is your flesh, blood and bone related to God or not? No matter how much you
may say "yes," even if your "yes" brings the roof down, at best we could
say that your flesh is only conditionally related to God; in actuality
there is no relation. Now you call me your True Parent, but do you really
have any connection with me? Does my flesh have something to do with your
flesh? Does my bone have something to do with your bone? Does my blood have
a relationship to your blood?
Restoration itself is only conditional. You will never be able to pay
your whole debt, but by the conditions of restoration you can accomplish
what would otherwise take a million years. That is a beautiful secret.
Love makes restoration possible
condition will make this possible? Money? Power? Knowledge? Faith? Even
faith can change from morning to evening. What is the unchanging condition
by which you can relate with God and the True Parents? You are correct:
True love alone will make the connection. When Jesus Christ came to this
world as the Messiah, he had an external and an internal mission. His
external mission was to rule the world as the Messiah, the king of kings,
establishing God’s sovereignty. His internal mission was very tender,
for he came as the parent of mankind.
How could Jesus internally elevate himself? He could not elevate himself
to the position of True Parent with power or kingship. Those would have
been to no avail. It was only by a love that was higher, deeper, and wider
than all the love the satanic world could offer that Jesus could fulfill his
mission. As the Messiah, Jesus could declare that whoever would follow him
must love him more than anyone or anything else — more than country,
parents, spouse, or children. Jesus could not qualify as the Messiah unless
he were capable of declaring such a thing. From his desire to declare to
the world the supreme love of God Jesus said,
“He who loves father or mother more than me is
not worthy of me.” (Matt. 10:37)
He was indeed the Messiah, and he knew that he was capable of giving that
supreme love to anyone who could love him above all else.
By giving their greatest love to Jesus, Christians are entitled to inherit
God’s kingdom and the True Parents’ love. Jesus actually came
to make a trade of love. He brings heavenly love, and we bring worldly
love. God’s love is so superior that His love will not come to you
unless you can offer Him the best love you can give. In this trade of love
you can restore your eternal kingship; you will inherit the visible kingdom
that God possesses externally, but more importantly, in loving Jesus the
most, you can even possess him and you can actually possess God. When you
approach Jesus in that kind of love he will respond, and even God will have
no choice but to respond to you. This is a beautiful exchange, isn’t it?
Jesus declared to his disciples and to the world that unless they could
love him more than anyone else, they were not worthy of him. That is a most
extraordinary statement! There was no way that he could avoid being accused
of blaspheming. "We will stone you for blasphemy because you, being a man,
make yourself God." Finally he was crucified. In a way Jesus actually
set the stage for his own crucifixion by making statements that angered
people enough that they wanted to kill him. His statements were certainly
ambitious and bold; how could people accept such statements in those days?
Imagine a husband and wife with a very deep relationship listening to one of
Jesus’ sermons, saying that unless they loved him more than their own
spouse they were not worthy of him. Do you think that husband would turn to
his wife and say, "Yes, go love him more than me"? Any husband would say,
"Forget it! You love me most; you are my wife."
The Messiah’s course is a truly stony path. Over and over God asks
him to do impossible things. Raise your hand if you want to volunteer to
become the Messiah. Anybody who would volunteer must have something wrong
with his head. The Messiah must be able to eat his own stool and say,
"This is as sweet as honey." God is continually asking the Messiah to do
absolutely insane things. Does this discourage you?
God’s efforts to restore true love
love set a significant condition? It is only with the condition of love that
you can leap the many millennia to restoration. God made love so supreme
that with true love there is nothing that cannot be surmounted. Love alone
transcends time, and does not know history. Among the congregation I see some
elderly women. Think about that time years ago when you first fell in love;
even though you are now 60 or 70 years old, it is as vivid as yesterday,
isn’t it? The love that they tasted many decades ago is still fresh
and sweet, and they want to dwell there even now.
Love knows no distance. If your beloved is trembling on a chunk of ice at
the North Pole, do you think that your love will be frozen and weak? Distance
makes no difference. Love can never be confined by time and space. Even God
cannot revolutionize true love. From the beginning to the end, from alpha to
omega, love remains the same, forever unchanging. If this little handkerchief
were love, it would have greater value to lovers than the entire continent
of North America. Isn’t that right? Only that timeless, spaceless,
eternal love can set the condition for you to be restored into heaven.
How has God been working to restore this true love? Not just mankind
and the angels but the entire creation was affected by the fall. Even the
dignity of God was lost. The work of restoration means bringing everything
that became fallen back into unity with God.
God divided the restoration period into different segments. In the
Old Testament era all the things of creation became the mediator between
man and God. Why? Everything became upside down because of the fall of
man. Originally man was supposed to be closest to God, but after the fall
the things of creation were purer than man, and thus closer to God. For this
reason man could reach God only by symbolically sacrificing himself through
the things of creation. In addition, God created all things in the world
before He created man. For these reasons the Old Testament era was the time
in which God was restoring all things. God had to restore all things first,
before He could turn to restore His children.
Israel was the nation in the position of servant; through Judaism
people were lifted from the state of fallen sinner up to the position of
servant. Then in the New Testament era Jesus Christ came as the son of God
to bring an era of great transformation. During Jesus’ lifetime people
were to be lifted from the position of servant to the position of sons of
God. As God’s servant, the nation of Israel was to support Jesus as
the son of God, elevating him to the position of sovereign and then to the
position of True Parent. The Bible referred to Jesus as a great teacher,
but did not reveal the mission of Jesus as the parent. While Jesus was on
earth the entire dispensation of restoration could have been shortened;
the son of God came to restore true sonship, and to elevate himself into
parenthood, raising the chosen people into direct sons and daughters,
the true heirs of God. Then the entire nation could have been elevated to
parenthood. That was God’s scheduled program.
Because Israel did not accept Jesus, however, she could not advance
that far, and instead of becoming a living sacrifice, Jesus was killed
as a sacrifice on the altar of God. Thus Jesus actually died to lay the
foundation for the future coming of the Messiah. By his own death he paid
the indemnity and paved the way for the Second Coming of the Messiah; thus
began the Christian era of the New Testament.
When the Messiah comes, he will bring those in the adopted child’s
position into the position of direct sons and daughters of God, and then
elevate mankind into true parenthood under God. The Second Coming of the
Messiah will be highlighted by the work of the True Parents. It will be the
most brilliant new age, the final consummation of the work of God. The True
Parents will be the mediators between God and man and all people shall be
saved, becoming the direct children of God and true parents of future humanity.
We must build our own foundation
was the national, external foundation for Jesus, but Christianity bears that
responsibility for the Second Coming of the Messiah. Furthermore the Messiah
is coming on the worldwide level. Therefore, the Christian free world as
a whole is in the position of the nation of Israel. When this situation is
ripe you will know that the day of the Lord is near. When the messianic work
is fulfilled by the free world, then God will take direct responsibility for
the communist world. The restoration process can never be completed without
this worldwide unity between Cain and Abel.
Presently a Cain-Abel struggle is taking place between the Unification
Church and other Christian churches, and between the Unification Church and
America. World restoration can be speeded up after the Unification Church,
Christianity, and America find the way to unify. However, because the
free world opposes us, we ourselves must rebuild and stand upon our own
foundation. History records the vertical process of restoration. The Old
Testament era was for the restoration of all things, the New Testament era
was for the restoration of the children and the Completed Testament era will
see the restoration of the parents.
Here in the Unification Church we are horizontally restoring the 6,000
biblical years of God’s work in our lifetime. Within our own movement
these three ages are unfolding horizontally. We are establishing an economic
sphere; in addition we have children; and in the center we have the True
Parents. We are restoring all of these things ourselves, and together we are
bringing all of them to God as an offering. This work does not yet represent
the kingdom, however; only when God returns our offering to us as a blessing
will the kingdom begin.
I am unfolding this dispensation in my own lifetime. After offering to
God the spheres of economics, children and parents, the next phase to unfold
will be that of the society and then the nation, world and universe. I came
to America in 1972, and my 3½ year campaign here was my offering to God
of all the necessary conditions on the worldwide scale. My offering on the
worldwide scale was completed by 1976.
New York is the symbolic center of the world, and in this city we are
working to firmly establish our economic strength. All the buildings we own in
New York are part of this economic dispensation: the Headquarters Building,
the East Sun Building, the World Mission Center, the Tiffany Building, and
the Manhattan Center, as well as all the land we own in Tarrytown. Compared
to the wealth of the world all this is still small, but we must offer it all
to God as the heart of our worldwide offering. The energy of the world must
be mobilized; every bit of money used to restore the economic sphere to God
came from the blood and sweat of all our members around the world.
I fulfilled my covenant with God
final climax of this offering was the Washington Monument rally. That was
the altar upon which we offered to God everything that we had received. I
want you to know that Sept. 18, 1976, was the day of offering for the sake
of the world. Centering on the worldwide dispensation for America, that
offering was made in Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. The five
races of the world gathered together there, symbolically proclaiming, "God,
we have made this an altar of ourselves; please accept all of us." That day
of offering was the most serious, most divine and sacred day of the history
of the world. Because a pure offering was made that day, the salvation of
the world is destined to be consummated. On that day the entire spirit world
declared victory. All the people of God united to declare victory.
America should have declared victory together with us, but America failed
to do that. Many well meaning people even advised me that for the sake of
the church we should be a little more quiet, "Why do you want to make all
the commotion of a Washington rally?" Even some of our leaders came to me
saying, "Father, this will be a blunder. We just did Yankee Stadium and we
need more money, more men; it is really impossible to do it this year." But
I remained determined. "This is the showdown of my lifetime. I will give my
sweat, my heart, and my life to do it." I decided to give everything —
myself, my family, our members, whatever economic strength our movement could
mobilize — everything that I could possibly give to successfully make
that offering to God in Washington.
This was not actually my showdown; it was God’s showdown. I knew
that God could not afford to fail in Washington, and I knew that God was the
most anxious. Therefore, I was confident that God would come to our aid and
I had only one conviction, "We shall succeed. We shall win."
I want you to know that Sept. 18, 1976, was like my day of execution.
I deeply felt like a criminal who had been sentenced to death and was
going out to be executed. That is how serious I felt that day, utterly
dead serious. Until Sept. 18, I completely lost track of time. I mistook my
breakfast for dinner and my dinner for breakfast. Time swam in my mind. Even on
my way to the bathroom I would suddenly find myself in a completely different
place because my mind had gone blank. You cannot imagine how serious I was
during that campaign; only God knows.
How can I express to you the seriousness of Sept. 18? The showdown of
God was at hand. The showdown of the entire struggle of good and evil was
at hand. The entire destiny of the Unification Church was before me that
day. Unless all the conditions could be established for God’s power
and the entire spirit world to be connected to the earth on that day, I knew
that I would not succeed. I was utterly serious, and I did it.
The victory of that day was a miracle. It was the work of God,
not of Reverend Moon or the Unification Church, that we succeeded in
Washington. Extraordinary numbers of people came. The whole event was totally
beautiful! Without rain or accident, all was beautiful from beginning to
end. Do you think that could be the work of men? No, it was God’s
work. That victory established a new tradition. No matter what may happen to
America in the future, nobody can remove that footprint which I so strongly
imprinted in Washington on Sept. 18, 1976.
One child got lost that day, and announcements were made all over
Washington. There was deep suspense as people wondered what happened to the
child who had come to Reverend Moon’s rally. But he was found within
three days, happy and well. I felt that he symbolized the lost, wandering
world which shall be restored. It was a beautiful symbol of resurrection.
When I came to America I was a lonely man. As I crossed the Pacific Ocean
I prayed to God, pledging that the mission would be fulfilled. Three and a
half years later, through the victory at Washington Monument, my prayer was
answered; I was able to fulfill my pledge and covenant with God. Thereafter I
could declare liberation. On Oct. 4, 1976, I declared the Day of the Victory
of Heaven as one step of liberation. On True Parents’ birthday, Feb.
23, 1977, I declared that all heaven and earth, spirit world and physical
world together, shall be forgiven. Forgiveness and liberation have now been
declared. The new age has dawned; the new calendar has started. The Year
One has been pronounced.
This particular 18th Parents’ Day is a very meaningful and
extraordinary day for these reasons. Now, centering on my mission, you can
begin to see how the Unification Church has evolved; what mission we are
pursuing, and where we are going. You know why we need funds. The economic
sphere represents all the things of creation that have been groaning in
the satanic realm. By winning that sphere to the heavenly side by our own
hands and our own sweat, we are establishing the condition to restore all
the things of creation.
Love is the key
am laboring harder than any company president in the world. I will strive
harder and be more dramatically victorious than anyone in history. It is
the love of God and love of mankind that makes this possible. In the name
of God I want to break every record ever set.
Even more than I love my own children I love every one of you as direct
sons and daughters. I watch you more closely than you realize and seek to
nurture you so that you can grow into giants in the sight of God. Why do
I care about you so deeply? I know so well that not only Christianity but
the entire religious world is crumbling. You are the people who will replace
those who were lost, inheriting their foundation and their mission. You are
very precious in the sight of God and I want to pour out my heart to you. I
am from a poor country, but even when I came to work in America, the richest
nation in the world, I did not spend American money to advance this movement
to its present level. Instead, people poorer than Americans gave the money
with which I have been raising up the American people and establishing the
Because America is vitally important to God, I determined to love
America more than my own children, more than my own country, more than my
own Asia. God deeply loves this nation and has done more and sacrificed
more for this country than for any other country of the world. What is
America’s role? I will never say, "You must pay me back." Instead
America must go out to the world, the six continents and five races of the
earth, and give of itself and its wealth. Four billion people are waiting
for the touch of America’s hand. You must go out and serve them.
If America succeeds in this mission then the glory of this nation shall
be astonishing and have no end. America will then remain the most prosperous
country on earth. Love is the key. It is love alone that will connect all
things together and bring them to the altar of God. When that happens God
will turn around and give everything back to you as His blessing. That will
mark the beginning of the Kingdom of God on earth.
That is the purpose for which I came. No matter what the people outside
of our church may have said, no matter what persecution or hardship the
world may have given to me, I have never minded; instead I have been too
busy giving everything to construct this mission. While Americans enjoy
bread and meat, many of our members do not even enjoy a glass of milk, but
only water. While American young people are idle and pursuing pleasures and
relaxation, you and I have been giving totally of ourselves.
Many of the great leaders of America have been applauded, respected and
given glory, but instead of receiving glory and respect I have received
persecution, misunderstanding and ridicule. Even under those circumstances
I have survived. I came to America for the liberation of this nation and
I was ready to go to jail if necessary; I am ready and willing to give my
life for the sake of this nation.
Presently I am a miserable man in the eyes of the people. I walk the humble
way, but I do it solely for the sake of God. Do you think God will always
remain silent while America ridicules and persecutes His prophet? No, God could
justly seek vengeance. I pray to God, "Do not unleash Your revenge. Here are
the Unification Church members. Look at these beautiful, shining faces. They
are the hope of America, they are the true America. Because of them,
won’t You forgive this nation?" That has been my prayer. America has
become indebted to God, indebted to me, and indebted to you, the Unification
Church. Some day America must pay everything back.
Please understand me. I love you, but I cannot be soft with you. Under the
circumstances that would not be the expression of love. I have become a
cruel person in a way, chasing you out to the battlefield. I want you to
understand what I am doing and why, and I want you to support me.
If America had supported me with its mammoth wealth, even to the slightest
degree, you would not have to go out and fund raise with such struggle. If
America had supported me by freely giving of its young people, in such a way
that negativity was not nurtured and spread, good people would have joined us
freely and you would not have to go out to witness with such effort. However,
America failed to respond in both ways.
I cried out in prayer to God, pledging and swearing that every dollar
our members made represented every penny of America’s wealth, and
that every new member that joined us represented the entire population of
this nation. "God, honor their effort, honor their success, honor their
sacrifice. God, each one of our members is taking up America’s
role." Each dollar you earn must be glistening with your tears, such money
is more precious than any amount of money earned in business. Each member
you bring must be the fruit of your sweat and blood and hard work.
Do not worry, the American government will not have to chase me out;
the time will come when I will go, voluntarily. If I were to leave I know
that every one of you would feel no more attraction to America, but would
want to follow me. How could I leave this country at this moment? If I sent
away all the Japanese and European members, it is clear that this nation would
decline like a ship without a captain. Do you want to watch this nation die or
not? Do you clearly understand why we have walked this path, the purpose for
which we are here, and the meaning of the work we have accomplished thus far?
As soon as you were born you came under satanic lineage. Had there been no
fall, all of you would have been born of God. Whether first, second, or third
born, you would each be a child of God. Instead, you are all destined to be
born again. By the love of God you shall be reborn into the level of servant,
adopted child, true-child, and finally God-centered, sinless parents. Then
you will inherit all things.
We must give rebirth to the created world, to the angelic world, to
children of God, and to God-centered parents. From there we must expand
our territory to the worldwide level, going beyond the satanic realm on the
worldwide level and even giving rebirth to all things on the universal scale.
Cain and Abel must unite
the fall of man everything has been upside down, but we are reversing the
process of the fall to make everything straight. God and Satan are intently
fighting a tug-of-war over the children of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were
directly claimed by Satan, and God postponed His hope for them. The angel
was supposed to come under the dominion of Adam, but this became reversed
through the fall, and Satan, the servant, controlled Adam instead. Cain as
the elder brother was born in the position of Satan, while Abel was born in
Adam’s position, representing the side of God.
The original channel of command could be restored only by a reversal of
dominion in which the younger brother took the position of elder brother,
thus putting the archangel back on the servant level. The fallen, stained
parents could then be restored on the foundation of Abel’s victory, and
the unstained, perfected Adam would then come as the Messiah. The children
of God would then be born within that lineage. In the Garden of Eden there
was only Adam’s family; therefore, if that family was restored, all
things would have been done.
God intended to complete this providence within three generations
and then send the Messiah. At that time he would have established the
True Parents, and the rest of the family members would have been grafted
into their lineage, restoring the entire family at one time. This was the
dispensation of Adam’s family. However, Cain slew Abel, creating a
repetition of the fallen act in which the archangel killed Adam instead of
obeying him. Cain’s act multiplied the consequences of the fall.
The division and struggle between the Cain side and Abel side has been
perpetuated from the family level to the tribal, national, and worldwide
levels, and man’s history has been the history of struggle. Man’s
struggle has only brought greater division, and because Satan’s
dominion expanded to cover the entire world, restoration had to encompass
the far ends of the earth.
The tug-of-war that started with Cain and Abel has today expanded to the
worldwide level. God is pulling His world and Satan is pulling his world; God
is pulling Abel and Satan is pulling Cain. However, if Abel’s will to
pull becomes strong enough, God can even pull Cain all the way to His side,
leaving nothing more to be restored. The dispensation of Cain and Abel is
for the younger to achieve the position of the elder, and the elder to take
the position of the younger. This process of restoring the birthright to
God’s side must be fulfilled up to the worldwide scale. God has been
winning through heavenly struggle, slowly fitting things back into their
original order. Through the process of reversal God started His work at the
far end, bringing everything back to its consummation at the center. The
religious world today is in the position of Abel, the younger brother, while
the non-religious world is in Cain’s position. Cain will always seek
to persecute Abel, and throughout history the religious world has always
been persecuted. Cain always claims that Abel must submit to him, but the
religious world responds, "No, we represent Adam and you represent the angel.
You must follow us." Always the satanic world takes the initiative to suppress
the religious world, and always there is struggle.
If the necessary conditions had been fulfilled in Adam’s family
through the unity of Cain and Abel, all would have been completely fulfilled
horizontally in one family. But that failed and the entire restoration became
vertical, descending through history and expanding into ever broader levels
as the family expanded into a tribe, the tribe into a nation, and the nation
into the world.
Cain and Abel must become one. In the sight of God there was no difference
between Cain and Abel when they were born. Only because of the fall was
there a vast difference in the meaning of their positions as elder son
and younger son. The ultimate dominion in the world should begin with the
positions of Cain and Abel united into oneness. You know from Old Testament
history that the Cain and Abel providence which failed in Adam’s family
continued through Esau and Jacob, and also through Tamar’s children,
Perez and Zerah. There the continuing providence for the younger brother
to win the birthright of his elder brother was consummated on all levels,
even in the mother’s womb. From this lineage Jesus was born.
Jacob and Rebecca
Abel were born separately, while Esau and Jacob were born together as twins. As
twins they were much closer in their relationship than Cain and Abel. Why was
Jacob blessed? According to the Bible’s description he was a cunning
man who lied to his elder brother and father, conniving with his mother to
get Esau’s birthright. Why could God continually bless him in that
case? Rebecca, his mother, also deceived her husband and son. In the Garden
of Eden Eve deceived both her husband and God, and this double deception
brought about the fall. Eve did not listen to God but listened to Satan,
and lied to her own husband; she lied to two generations, father and son.
In restoration Rebecca took the position of Eve, doing so by lying to her
husband and her son for the heavenly purpose of assisting Jacob to restore
the birthright. Through her fervent desire to fulfill the work of God,
Rebecca was able to restore herself to the position of mother on the side
of God, and help restore Jacob as a son on the side of God. Step by step,
Rebecca cooperated with her heavenly son to restore everything:
Biblical scholars are confronted with an unsolvable question of morality
in Jacob’s course; he was a cunning man and a swindler, yet the Bible
indicated that God continuously blessed him. Why? Without knowing the deep
significance of God’s dispensation, there is no way to understand.
When Isaac was close to death he blessed Jacob, believing that Jacob was
actually Esau. When Esau later went to receive his father’s blessing
he discovered Jacob’s deception, and he demanded,
“Have you but one blessing, my father? Bless me,
even me also, O my father.” (Gen. 27:38)
But Isaac Insisted,
“Behold, I have made him your lord . . . What
then can I do for you, my son?” (Gen. 27:37)
Jacob was a man of wisdom, and in order to avoid the accusation of his
elder brother, he had already conditionally gained his elder brother’s
birthright by trading it for a bowl of lentils. Strictly speaking, Esau had
no right to be angry, for he himself had already sold his birthright. Even
so, Esau was consumed with anger and determined to kill Jacob, just as Cain
had killed Abel. However, Rebecca again assisted Jacob and he fled from danger.
If Isaac had actually given Esau the blessing he gave Jacob, then God
would not have had a condition to side with Jacob, and confusion would
have emerged in the dispensation. However, God was always with Jacob, and
through him God’s dispensation was successfully fulfilled for the
first time. All the conditions for physical restoration were met and fulfilled.
After a 21-year sojourn in a foreign land, Jacob returned to Canaan. On his
way Jacob was confronted at the ford of Jabbok by an angel who represented
Satan. The fall of man came when an angel subjugated a man; therefore,
in restoration man must subjugate the angel. For this reason God sent the
angel to confront Jacob, wanting Jacob to win not only physically over Esau,
but also spiritually over the angel. By doing so Jacob could restore man to
his proper position and bring the angel down to his proper position as servant.
When Jacob confronted the angel at the ford of Jabbok, he had to give
his entire heart and soul, even more than he had during his 21 years of
servitude in Haran. Indeed, Jacob was determined even to die, and though
his thigh was knocked out of joint he did not hesitate, but continued in his
struggle. The angel finally acknowledged that he could not prevail against
Jacob and blessed him, saying,
“Your name shall no more be called Jacob,
but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have
prevailed.” (Gen 32:28)
What was Jacob’s victory? Jacob won a spiritual victory over the
angelic world. From that time on Jacob was assisted not only by God but by
the angelic world in whatever he chose to do. Spiritually Satan could not
assist Esau when he confronted Jacob after 21 years of separation, and Esau
had to embrace his brother.
You recall that Esau received a great many gifts when Jacob freely gave of
his earnings of 21 years. What is the significance of this act? In doing so,
Jacob set the condition by which we also can purchase our birthright through
giving out our fortune. Thereafter all truly religious people have given
up their material wealth to the satanic world, and in doing so, could not
only win the satanic world but also win their birthright. Jesus also gave
up everything, possessing nothing throughout his entire mission. Once you
know the Principle, the Bible suddenly becomes very logical.
The restoration of Cain and Abel was completed for the first time through
the lives of Jacob and Esau. God won His first victory on earth at the moment
the two brothers became one and Esau embraced Jacob. Through his unity with
Jacob, Esau and his descendants also received the blessing of God. Esau was
born into Satan’s position, but during the process of restoration Esau
cooperated with Jacob, however unwillingly, and when Esau welcomed Jacob the
two positions were restored, and God could extend an equal blessing to Esau.
Further preparation of Jesus’ lineage
and Esau were about the age of 40 when they finally fulfilled the will
of God; however, their success could only affect those people of that age
or older. No one below the age of forty could benefit by this process in
the restoration. God prepared another step in His dispensation that would
protect His children from the period of their life in their mother’s
womb until the age of 40. This providence had to be sealed within the next
three generations of Jacob’s descendants.
Judah was the fourth son of Jacob, and Judah’s son married a woman
whose name was Tamar. According to Jewish tradition, if a son died without
leaving sons, his brother had to act as a husband to the dead brother’s
wife so that the dead brother’s lineage would be continued. Tamar did
not have children when her husband died, and when the next brother refused
to fulfill his responsibility, he died. However, the third brother was not
given to Tamar when he became old enough, and Tamar saw that she had no hope
to bear children.
She knew that her mission was to continue the family of her husband
and Judah, his father, and she finally decided to sacrifice even her honor
in order to fulfill the will of God. Disguising herself as a prostitute,
Tamar enticed her father-in-law to have a relationship with her. Without
knowing she was his daughter-in-law Judah consented. In order to save her
life for the sake of her child, Tamar asked Judah for his signet and staff
as a pledge for payment, and confiscated them.
Three months later when it became obvious that the widow Tamar was
pregnant, she was brought before Judah to be judged. At that time adultery
was punishable by death. You can imagine Judah’s horror: "Bring her
out, and let her be burned!" But she answered,
“By the man to whom these belong, I am with
child,” (Gen. 38:25)
and she brought out the things that Judah had given her in his pledge.
Man fell through fornication, so why would God use adulterous women in
the dispensation? Tamar was one example of how God frequently used women
of most unusual character in restoration. They are in a satanic position,
but if they completely deny their satanic nature when summoned by God,
then they can be restored from one extreme to the opposite extreme.
God selected His champions from the most miserable situations. Tamar was
a righteous woman, and though she was originally in a sinful position,
she completely dedicated herself to God’s mission, risking her life,
honor, and prestige. Paralleling the way Eve lied to God and her husband to
bring about the fall, Tamar deceived her father-in-law and her husband-to-be,
the third brother of her original husband. She was in a position to reverse
the position of Eve by reversing Eve’s actions. The significant thing
is that she risked her life to do God’s will.
Tamar conceived twins, and in this case the struggle of Cain and Abel
began within her very womb. The Bible records how Rebecca’s twins
also struggled within their mother’s womb. She had prayed to God to
understand what was happening, and God answered her, saying,
“Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples,
born of you, shall be divided; the one shall be stronger than the
other, and the elder shall serve the younger.” (Gen. 25:23)
Ultimately Jacob did gain the birthright from his elder brother, Esau.
When the time came for Tamar’s children to be delivered, the struggle
ensued directly within her womb. The first child started to come out and
the midwife tied a red thread around his wrist. That sign foreshadowed
the emergence of communism in the Last Days. However, before the first
child could be born there was a struggle, and the younger brother pulled the
other back inside and was himself born first. That son was named Perez, and
the other named Zerah. The result of this struggle was that for the first
time the restoration of Cain and Abel took place inside the mother’s
womb, the younger brother having subjugated his elder brother even prior
to birth. Tamar’s extraordinary action cleansed Judah’s lineage
and rendered it intact from satanic invasion from the time of conception.
the victory of both Jacob and Tamar, God could claim a foundation that
spanned man’s entire life. Jesus was born in the lineage of Judah, and
Satan had no way to invade his life because the cleansing process was already
completed. Jesus came years after the dispensation of Jacob and Tamar because
God had to wait for the national foundation to be established. Conditions
were all fulfilled on the family level at the time of Jacob, Tamar and Judah,
but God needed to create a foundation to receive the Messiah within a nation,
that he might gain victory among the satanic nations.
Finally after 2,000 years, God chose one more woman, whose name was
Mary. Mary was a revolutionary woman of faith who could follow God’s
revolutionary tactics. Because the fall of man came through the archangel, an
angel was needed to assist Mary by bringing her God’s revelation. Mary
completely believed what the angel told her of her mission: that she would
conceive, that the child would be great and holy, and that his name should
be called Jesus.
Mary’s situation paralleled Eve’s in the Garden of Eden before
her blessing. Mary and Joseph were engaged but not yet married; Adam and Eve
were also in an engagement period as they were growing up. An angel brought
Eve to the fallen act, but an angel brought Mary to the fulfillment of the
heavenly dispensation. Mary was also in a position to deceive her husband
and her father. Do you think Mary could discuss with her father or Joseph
about how she had conceived her baby? She was risking her life because in
those times, an adulterous woman was to be stoned to death.
Mary was the third woman to be chosen by God in this way. Through the
previous victories of Rebecca and Tamar all satanic conditions had been
cleared from Jesus’ lineage, and even though Mary conceived Jesus
outside marriage, Satan could not accuse her. Even inside his mother’s
womb, Jesus was already the only begotten son of God, and after his birth
everything he did was with the authority of the son of God.
The events recorded in the Bible have always puzzled the world. For
instance, in the genealogy of Jesus the names of four women who bypassed
the marriage bond are recorded: Tamar, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Another
puzzling question was why the elder son was often in the position to be
cursed by God. Without understanding the depths of the Principle there are
no logical explanations for these things.
Jesus was in the position of Adam without sin in the Garden of Eden.
Did God intend for Adam to live his entire life alone in the Garden of
Eden? No. In the same way Jesus was destined to create his own family through
restoring his bride. Jesus’ family was to become the cornerstone of
the Kingdom of God by creating the new lineage of heaven on earth as the
center of the universe.
The son of God came alone, but in restoring his bride and his children
from Israel, and establishing Israel as his own nation, Jesus could have
completely restored the world. But Jesus was crucified, and could not leave
the foundation of the Father and Mother of mankind established here on
earth. With no True Parents here on earth, how could anyone be reborn for
earthly life? Without parents how can you be born in the first place?
How to receive physical salvation
orty days after Jesus’ resurrection the Holy Spirit descended from
heaven. What is the Holy Spirit? After Jesus died without installing himself
and his bride as the True Parents of mankind on earth, God’s concept
of the True Parents was confined to the spiritual realm. Jesus came as the
manifestation of God’s concept of true Adam, but no one was raised
up to manifest God’s concept of Eve. For this reason the Holy Spirit
comes in the role of spiritual mother. The Bible describes the Holy Spirit
as being like fire or water or like a dove because it is without form,
but the role of the Holy Spirit is that of a mother spirit.
The Holy Spirit has served as the womb of a spiritual mother, completely
embracing and covering Christians and giving spiritual rebirth. Jesus’
spirit as the father, together with the Holy Spirit, can bring the power of
rebirth to Christians. No spiritual resurrection can come about until one
truly receives both Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
God never intended that physical birth and spiritual birth should come
separately, but Jesus could not establish full salvation 2,000 years ago, and
left only the power of spiritual salvation here on earth. He must come again
to the earth to complete the portion of his mission left undone at that time.
An unusual phenomenon is taking place within the Unification Church; you
are seeking to be recognized and loved by the True Parents. In your deepest
heart you want to become one with them; without doing this you cannot be
given complete restoration or rebirth. Physically it is impossible to become
a part of the True Parents, but through your love, your total unity with
them will be acknowledged by heaven. Did you ever dream of such a principle?
I want you to deeply realize that the emergence of the True Parents did
not happen all of a sudden by decree one morning. Thousands and thousands
of years passed in which God shed sweat and blood and tears to lay the
necessary foundation in accordance with His principle and schedule, yet this
work was continually being hampered by man’s failures. I unlocked the
deep secrets of heaven and earth and determined to pioneer the path beyond
the level on which all the dispensational figures previously suffered or
accomplished — figures like Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Jesus. I
learned precisely what they accomplished and what they left undone.
I knew from the very beginning that unless I set my standard higher than
all of those dispensational figures, I could not fulfill the role of the
True Parents in heart and love. I have now succeeded beyond the level they
established in terms of heart and love. From the beginning I knew what to
look for, what to ask for, and what to strive for.
All the confusion and chaos of history had to be resolved. I came like
a doctor to operate, to straighten out the problems of mankind within the
shortest possible time of 30 years, and to complete the foundation upon which
God’s history could begin and all mankind could be brought back to
life. It is a miracle of miracles. What would you have done if I had not come?
Right now I look miserable in the eyes of the world. I have unlocked the
most important secrets of life and have freely given them as a gift to the
world. Yet instead of being grateful the world has come back to ridicule
me. You are God’s only hope; you are my only hope. However, since
your previous life was so sinful, you can never deserve the blessing of
God in the Unification Church without totally changing from your previous
philosophy and way of life.
Who will inherit my mission?
must be different from yesterday; each day you need to be recreated. Will
you change yourselves today? On this Parents’ Day, let’s forget
what you have done in the past because what counts is what you do today and
tomorrow. Boldly take the responsibility that God has bestowed upon you;
courageously challenge to fulfill this mission. I want you to know that
through you God will change the history of mankind.
I am not delivering this message today solely for your benefit.
My audience is the world, history, and the spirit world. I am speaking to
the world and every person here on earth shall listen to this word in due
course. The entire spirit world is listening right now. The entire world
will be without the excuse that they did not hear me.
Did my explanation of the Bible sound like a lie, or is it clear and
effective truth? If the 240 million people of America and Christians the
world over could really humble themselves to listen to the truth, there is
no way that they could say, "Reverend Moon, you are seeking to deceive and
I do not trust you." The power of the truth will unite men.
I am very anxious at this time. God wanted me to have fulfilled this level
of accomplishment by the age of 40, yet now I am almost 60. I am anxious to
recover those 20 years of time by declaring God’s truth to the world
so that the world which has been destined to death shall see some sign of
hope for restoration.
It is not yet too late, but America and the world must repent. God still
wants to bless America. No one ever even imagined that the emergence of the
True Parents could be this difficult and precarious. To come this far I
had to persevere through and overcome impossible opposition; I want you to
inherit these experiences from me. Unless you inherit this heart of mine,
you will have nothing to do with the place where I dwell and where God dwells.
When I die, I shall ask God, "Is there anyone who loved You more? Is there
anyone who loved the world more? Is there anyone who really gave himself more
totally for the sake of the world? Heavenly Father, can You name one?" There
is no other such person. Therefore, I want to live longer because no one has
yet come who can succeed me in my situation. I pray that among you someone can
come forward to say, "Father, I can inherit your mission. I feel precisely as
you do; I am another Reverend Moon. Leave it to me." My prayer is to see even
one person like that come from among you. The greatest blessing, the greatest
gift that God could give me, would be to see such a man. That person will say,
"Father, I shall not only equal your own record, I shall exceed your record
so there can be glory and Sabbath for you and for God." If many of you feel
like that, then this is truly the glory and victory of Parents’ Day.
Can you pledge in this sacred room, "God, I give You my covenant, my
pledge, that I will never let you down, that I shall persevere even more
than Father himself persevered, and with my hands Your mission shall be
done. This world shall see resurrection and health because of me." If that
is the pledge you can give, then this is the place where God will look down
and take great joy. Those who can solemnly pledge this serious and most
difficult yet down-to-earth commitment, raise your hands. Thank you.
With this thought and conviction let us rejoice on this Parents’ Day.
God bless you. Thank you all.