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The Words Of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

Beyond Calvary

He said to them "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."

Matthew 16: 15-19

"I have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you."

John 16: 12-14

After Jesus gave the keys to heaven to Peter, did Peter ascend to heaven, or did he go to the cross? What should Peter have done? We know that he should have gone to heaven by opening the door of home church on the dispensational level of that time, which was the tribal level. Then the foundation of the Kingdom of Heaven could have been laid. But now we are starting home church on the world level which is much more difficult. Peter would have secured the environment through home church, and thereafter organized 12 tribes. Jesus had indicated that whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven; likewise, unless we realize the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, the Kingdom of Heaven in spirit world will not come about either.

Now you have a better idea of what home church is like. Would you like to inherit the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven? Even though Jesus died, he could not receive that. You can now inherit something which Jesus did not enjoy, but what condition have you made to inherit it?

While you are doing home church, you will come to realize that this was precisely the destination of Jesus' work. Why did Jesus work so hard gathering disciples and giving sermons? it was so he could eventually send his disciples to home church. When you do home church successfully, won't the restored tribe and nation come into being automatically? By doing home church, everything will be restored at one time.

Now you know the most valuable thing. Now you know why I was so persecuted and went through such incredible difficulty. This is what I was up to, and this is what Jesus was up to. Now you know home church was the destination. This time is precisely analogous to the time when Jesus appeared to the disciples after the resurrection; now Pentecost is happening all around the world.

Now when someone asks you where heaven is, you will say, "Heaven exists in the environment of home church." Jesus said only that heaven exists in your mind; that is true, but now it exists in the body and in the home church as well.

What comes after that? There will be the national church, and after that the world church, and the cosmic church. Then this will truly be the universal Unification Church. After home church, other things will become more and more easy. You actually don't have to think about other levels, just home church. As the days go by, there will be more and more of this church activity and heaven will be realized in a more complete way.

Home Church Is My Kingdom of Heaven
1.1.81, World Mission Center

Since Jesus was not able to complete the tribal messiah's role physically here on earth, we are now succeeding to that mission. By physically creating our tribal messiahship we can open the door for national and worldwide messiahship.

There are no barriers between you and the home church mission, neither racial, national, spiritual or physical. Jesus gave the key to the Kingdom of Heaven to Peter, and today I give you the key to home church because that is the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. With one turn that key will open the door to salvation for one tribe.

Home Church and the Completion of the Kingdom of Heaven
1.1.79, World Mission Center

If you have 360 homes assigned to you, yet you are not working in them, then people will come to accuse you and ask you to release them. They will tell you that they don' t need your kind of messiahship. They will tell you that they need an active messiah.

That is the key they are talking about to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus gave the key to Peter. Home church is that key. You can use it to open your way to heaven. That is the vindication of Jesus Christ. Before his crucifixion, Jesus Christ gave his key to Peter and told him to open it. Whatever you open here on earth shall be opened in heaven. "Whatever you open here on earth" means home church. Actually, when you do home church you are fulfilling Jesus' wish.

Home church is located on the other side of the crucifixion, on the Mount of Calvary. It is located beyond the hill of the crucifixion. Home church is located beyond the 2,000 years of Christian history. Home church is also beyond Father's suffering life. It is far beyond it.

Even if you could walk the path going through a hundred deaths, you still should be grateful. But Father laid the foundation in such a way as to make your road very flat, so that you can walk it without the crucifixion. How lucky you are! How grateful you should be!

For three years, you should make an incredible effort to be a true Abel. When Jesus was on the cross, his three major disciples fled from him. They were scared and ran away. It was a terrible mistake and they had to pay indemnity for it. . . .

At the family level, at least three persons can be blessed. This is where Jesus could not fulfill. Therefore if we become a tribal messiah we fulfill the mission that was left undone 2,000 years ago by Christ. That. is the precious purification period which all engaged couples are now going through in these three years. It is the Unification Church way of life. In three years' time, you should actually acquire 12 Cains, or 12 disciples. In seven years' time, you should find 84 members. That is the criteria. That is the ultimate goal. You will then organize your own tribe which God will recognize.

It is ideal to increase your membership from 84 to 120 in a three year period. It would be the ultimate conclusion to your purification. if you do this, you will truly be a successful Abel. Then you can undertake your Abel-type restoration. That is the reason that Father came up with the figure of 84 people (12 months for seven years). Anyone successful in fulfilling the motto "one-one-one" will gain 84 spiritual children in seven years.

Jesus was crucified before his major disciples became united. In order to indemnify these failures, we have to go through this sanctification period and reach the goal which Father is setting.

When you find 84 spiritual children, you will truly become a tribal messiah. Then you are in a position to restore Jesus' failure. in other words, because Jesus could not obtain the unity of 12 disciples and then 84, your doing so will have restored it. You don't have to make any other indemnity, because Father covers all the rest. Father has left only one area for you to cover. Father has done everything else.

4.16.80, World Mission Center

When you restore your own tribe and become Abel, then you are pioneering the foundation where Jesus never succeeded.

World Conference
2.25.80, World Mission Center

The foundation for the restoration of your tribe is home church. If Jesus had accomplished home church on earth and ascended into heaven, then he would not have had to come back. But he could not do that on earth. If you have no foundation on earth, you have to be resurrected and come back here to start over.

Total Self Re-Evaluation
9.14.80, Belvedere

Without doing home church no one can go to heaven. You must understand. Jesus left behind the key to heaven, namely home church. Even Jesus was not successful in home church, so he had no way to work in heaven on earth. That's exactly why Jesus told the weeping women not to cry for him but for the children of Israel. That is also why the Bible does not specify how a person can get to heaven. Don't ever be casual about this and say, "If I do it, that's fine. if not, that's still okay." You must think you must really fulfill. Don't pay so much attention to what your leaders do or don't do to you, but give all your energy to home church.

Our Duty, Our Mission
10.5.80, Belvedere

You are going to home church as the representative of John the Baptist and in the potential position of Jesus Christ. I am sending you to home church, where you and John the Baptist and Jesus Christ will be welcomed and not rejected. What you accomplish in home church is greater than what Jesus did 2,000 years ago: first, because there were not True Parents in his time and second, because they did not become tribal messiahs. You cannot go to perfection without fulfilling the growth stage, and home church is the absolute requirement.

Blessed Family
6.20.82, Belvedere

How can you claim the right to the Blessing until you have completed your home church work? Jesus was destined to complete his work on the home church level, and afterwards get the Blessing of marriage, but he did not get that far. in the future, I will judge you according to every principle and word which I have spoken; that will be your judgment. The world will judge you, as well.

Victory of Home Church (Midnight Address)
1.1.82, World Mission Center

Adam and Eve were at the top of the growth stage when they fell to the position of Satan's children. Now you must return to the position of elder child of God. In home church you serve the Cain people as your elder children; then you have your own children. Ultimately you will reverse their positions and your son will become your rightful elder son. in that way you will elevate yourself to the direct dominion of God and you will become true parents.

Can you substitute anything else for home church? No matter how difficult it may be you must go through it. Jesus was able to indemnify the elder son's position on the national level but he was crucified before he could reach the world level. We must go through that stage successfully no matter how difficult it is. Those who want to save their lives will lose them, while those who are willing to die for God will live-that is the Biblical paradox. Likewise when you are willing to die for the sake of home church you will be successful and you will live with God. This is the time of fulfillment of God's goal of restoration; this is the time which all the books of the Bible were pointing to.

In Search of Our Home
7.11.82, Belvedere

From the beginning, the Unification Church has been widening God's domain, not being distracted by opposition, but trying to serve others, and absorb persecution. You have been following me faithfully during the three seven-year courses, establishing Heavens domain generally in this world. Now you are continuing to work so that the same thing will happen in the spirit world. Exactly what point are we at now? So far history has been primarily indemnity for the errors of the past. We have to finish that history or else we will not be able to begin at the original point.

What was the cause of Adam and Eve's failure in the very beginning? They did not have absolute faith in God, and they did not have ideal love. Jesus was the second to come as the first ancestor of mankind, but his followers did not have absolute faith in him, nor did they have absolute love. The disciples should have wanted to die in Jesus' place, rather than see him killed. Jesus would never have been crucified if they had had that kind of thinking.

February 22, 1948, to February 22, 1982 was a period of complete indemnity for Jesus' life. That is the significance of February 22, 1982.

Because Jesus died at age 33, his 34th year is within the domain of resurrection. We have successfully crossed over the point at which Jesus died, and now are in the realm of new life, or resurrection. Because the spiritual and physical conditions have both been fulfilled, persecution has very much decreased in recent years. Naturally, however, the communists want America and Reverend Moon to be separated. They know that communism will be defeated if America unites with me, so their goal is to prevent that. This is the situation we have been fighting against.

We know that behind us are thousands of generations of history, and ahead of us are endless generations, so this fight is an historical one. Satan has to obey the Principle, too, however, and now that we are entering the realm of the 34th year, Satan has to retreat, having no claims against this new dispensation.

Declaration of the Ceremony of Unity Between Spirit World and Physical World
3.28.82, Belvedere

Where do home church and eternal happiness begin? They begin on the hill of Gethsemane where Jesus prayed. Jesus prayed three times to God. Home church should also start at Golgotha where Jesus bore his cross. When Jesus was at Gethsemane and Golgotha no one was sympathetic or understood him, but now there will be 100 other people watching you who realize how much easier it is than what Jesus had to go through.

Jesus wanted a handful of people who would understand him and say, "Jesus, you stay here and I will do it for you." But he did not have even one. Now, 2,000 years later, we find ourselves free to do anything we want. You can go out in Jesus' position to seek those disciples who will want to bear the cross for you. You are free to meet the people, to train them and serve them. You have to feel how fortunate your situation is compared to the time of Jesus before you can go out to work in the home church realistically.

Eternal Happiness
2.25.79, Belvedere

Now everything you do is building a lasting accomplishment that will become your tower. The men and women going out into home church will be harvesting and bringing things in. We are moving across the boundary. We no longer belong to the old age or old territory. We are moving into a new territory and a new era. That is why I told you that home church is the base of the Kingdom of Heaven. We can now build the physical kingdom with our own hands. in the past the Unification Church missionaries endured incredible situations. Your elder brothers and sisters were kicked and spat at, and even killed, but that era is now over. You doff t have to face that. When you speak the Divine Principle you will meet people anxiously waiting for the message and you shall be regarded as their savior. The people are waiting for you to come.

Home Church Is the Base of the Kingdom of Heaven
1.1.80, World Mission Center

If you go on with your whole heart and soul, it will not take even three years for you to finish because more and more acceptance will be seen in society. Do you know where you are standing in history? The old tide has completely receded, and the new high tide which will carry you to the Kingdom of Heaven is ready to come in now. When the tide first turns the water comes in slowly, but gradually it gathers power and rushes in with power which no one can stop. Even God cannot stop it.

True Couple
5.27.79, World Mission Center

The level of clan messiah is your starting point. Why is that level of messiah necessary? The clans around Jesus should not have separated from him but should have united with him. They were also supposed to be united with the family that Jesus would have established himself. If John the Baptist had been united with Jesus, that level of clan unity would have been established.

Let Us Protect Ourselves
5.1.82, Belvedere

How can you ever be a messiah yourself? As you know, the best anyone could do so far was to be saved individually, but now we can each become a messiah. There is no higher job than this and thousands and thousands of years can never be sufficient to replace that. Now not only individuals can be saved but we can save the family and nation as well. Do you know what that means? Jesus tried to save the nation of Israel and you can do exactly the same thing yourself. Jesus was to bring together John the Baptist's family and Joseph's family but he couldn't be messiah to his clan. if he had been successful then he would have marched forward to the national level of restoration. By having the same mission you can call Jesus your brother, but if you don't heed that mission then it can be taken away. If one group of people doesn't realize its mission then the mission will be taken by a group that does.

This year's motto is to be brave and courageous and march forward. The formula is to become completely one individually with the True Parents and then bring your Cain and Abel families together under the True Parents' family. The formula includes not only the family but the national level and world level as well. Who will bring two nations together? We must be able to love other races and nations as much as our own before we can ever expect to bring two countries together. Otherwise, no one would listen. What this means is that even if you die now you don't have to die outside your own home, as Jesus did. All the disciples fled in Jesus' time, but if you die it can be in your own home with brothers and sisters and parents to mourn you.

The Age of New Dispensation
5.14.78, London

Why do we need home churches? You should start home churches because you need to go out to the secular world to restore Cain. Abel needs to bring Cain to God in order for both to be forgiven and accepted. in that position you are going to restore the mission of Jesus, which he was not given a chance to fulfill. You will bring that mission to perfection, and that is another meaning behind your home church mission.

Our goal is to make the entire planet one home church. Jesus was crucified because two homes failed to unite -- the home of John the Baptist and the home of Jesus. If John's family had welcomed Jesus then the will of history would have been for John the Baptist's sister to become Jesus' bride. Why? Adam has the dual responsibility of restoring both the angelic world and his own bride. The Messiah must come to restore a family of three generations -- grandfather, father and son -- before he can restore the world. John the Baptist was in the position of elder son, or Cain, but he failed to be totally obedient to God's son, who was in the Abel position. John the Baptist, in the archangel position, should have been totally restored to God through obedience to Jesus, but that did not happen. If Jesus had been successful in that dispensation then he would have undertaken to restore his bride. Jesus' bride had to be restored through the archangel's family, which was John the Baptist's home in Jesus' time.

Why do you as Abel have to go out into the satanic world? It is to restore the archangel, and secondly, to restore your Eve, or your mate. You women go out to restore the archangel and then restore Adam. Because the Messiah had not yet come and filled Adam's position and installed the heavenly formula, religions down through history discouraged marriage in favor of celibacy, preparing people to be able to welcome the Messiah wholeheartedly, free of the burden of their sexual desires. Until the Messiah comes no one is really entitled to marriage. Marriage is very important, but even after marrying we are under a certain discipline because we must demonstrate that we can overcome physical desires in order to serve True Parents and the world.

The Messiah first needs tribal restoration. John the Baptist's family was related to Jesus' family, and if true family unity had been made at the time of Jesus then the tribe would have been restored, and afterwards the national and worldwide victory would have been finished. But it was in the family level mission that John the Baptist failed. The two key families involved were the family of John the Baptist, whose father was Zachariah, and the family of Joseph. Joseph's home represented the bridegroom and the adopted son, while Zachariah's home represented the archangel and the bride.

Joseph's family should have been supportive of Zachariah's family and then John the Baptist would have stood in the position of restored archangel and provided Jesus with his bride. The two homes would have been united by the marriage of the Lamb and the installation of true parenthood at the time of Jesus. The Abel and Cain homes united together would have brought forth a new race.

The world today is divided in two parts, with one being subject and the other object, or up and down, heaven and earth. The home of the bridegroom represents the plus world and the bride the minus home. Religion is plus or upper, while race is the corresponding negative, and all of these can be united into one by the central concept of home church. You will extract the best essence of this earth and create home churches, our own pure world. The men restore Eve, the bride, and the women go out to restore Adam. Of course, before we do that we have to restore the archangel world, the external family, and then internally restore Adam and Eve. That is the concept of home church.

This ideal was not fulfilled at the time of Jesus, but now in our time we shall bring the messianic mission into reality through home churches. Home churches are of two types -- Jesus' home and John the Baptist's home. Of the two, Jesus is subject and wherever he moves there should always be obedience. The two kinds of home churches always unite around the concept of the Messiah; upon the foundation of unity you can accept the Messiah and fulfill the ideal of God.

Once again, why should you start home churches? This is the restoration of the position of Jesus, who could not accomplish the ideal of a home in his own lifetime. By going out to restore Jesus' position you are laying the foundation to be blessed and to install parenthood, which is the completion of the ultimate purpose of religion.

Jesus was not able to gather certain things in his lifetime. For example, Jesus did not have three major disciples in his lifetime. Why three? Adam's family had three sons. There were eight members all together -- father, mother, three sons and three daughters-in-law. Since that ideal family has been broken down into pieces in the fallen world we have to gather them together. The three wise men of the East were symbolic of the three disciples and were representative of angels. They bowed down to the holy baby and brought him gifts from far away. Their act symbolized other nations bowing down to Jesus, the son of God. Disciples are spiritual children in your terminology, and they are in the position of adopted sons who would have obeyed Jesus. This formula is never set up arbitrarily; it has spiritual significance which must be fulfilled. The foundation of three should be expanded into 12 disciples, representing the family and tribe. Next it would expand to 72 disciples representing an entire people or nation.

Three is included in the number 12, meaning that the tribe is an expansion of the family. Seventy-two is inclusive of 12 and represents the nation, while 120 represents world restoration. Those were the key numbers Jesus had to obtain. Jesus had gathered 12 apostles and 72 disciples, which together totals 84, but that foundation was not completely established in unity and harmony in Jesus' time. Therefore, 84 is a key number for us and in our lifetimes we must each restore it. Eighty-four includes all the necessary ingredients to build the Kingdom of God on earth. Whoever fulfills the 84 will have done what Jesus could not do. If you restore one spiritual child per month you will fulfill the number 84 in seven years; that's how the standard one-one-one came into being. You have not yet fulfilled that criterion.

Now you know the meaning of home churches, right? The best of the Old Testament, New Testament and Completed Testament eras are all contained in the home church. Unless we are successful in that mission we are destined to repeat the era of Jesus, but after you win a victory in home church work you can restore Jesus' position and ultimately go on to the parent's position.

The Completion Period for the Dispensation
11.12 78, Belvedere

This is the 34th year since 1948; and we have six more years to go until 1988. Last Sunday, February 22, 1982, was the anniversary of the date in 1948 when I went to Hungnam prison camp. This means that I am now beginning my 34th year in the indemnification of Jesus' life and ministry. If Jesus had lived seven more years, he would have completed forty years. During the next seven to ten years the responsibility will rest upon the True Parents and their children, the members of the Unification Church, to achieve the fullest dispensation of victory for the salvation of the world.

Things will take place in the Unification Church to re-indemnify all the failures during Jesus' time. We will complete the uncompleted portion of Jesus' ministry during these next seven years. During this time, Jesus himself will appear to many of his most devout followers and lead them into the fullness of the Divine Principle.

By the year 2000, the entire world will know about the Unification Church; soon enough, there will be no more opportunity to do home church. If Jesus could have lived beyond age 33, his next major effort would have been in Rome. My situation here in America has been like facing the modern-day Rome. Within the next seven years, at least, the accomplishments that should have been made by the time of Jesus' 40th year will be achieved. I have spoken out very boldly and strongly here and by doing so, I took many risks for myself and the movement's progress. Why have I done this? In this way, Jesus' inability to go to Rome and fight for God's purposes could be indemnified. These next seven years must be a successful period. Otherwise, communism will totally occupy the world and religion will be wiped out everywhere.

Total Completion of the Ideal
2.28.82, Belvedere

Why do we need home church? Because fallen parents came into being. In order to restore this position, Jesus came to the earth. He had to go through a certain process; he needed to restore the Abel family of Zachariah and the Cain family of Joseph, uniting them. Because this was left undone, we must go, in our time, to the home church mission and restore those positions. Who crucified Jesus? Fallen men, men of faithlessness. Therefore, until you have paid back that debt, you cannot be restored.

I laid a victorious foundation for your home church by the victorious foundation of a world church. Home church is nothing but a microcosm of the world church. It is a mini-world in which you can inherit my foundation and my victory. By setting a condition on the home church level, you will win the right to do the things which even Jesus could not do 2,000 years ago; you will indemnify his position,

Victory of Home Church (Midnight Address)
1.1.82, World Mission Center