Tuesday, November 1, 2016
True Parents' Advent and the Era of True Parents
Adam and Eve, the first human ancestors, should have obeyed God's commandment, "Do not eat the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil," and safely passed through the growing period. Had they done so, they would have become perfected human beings, then received the marriage Blessing as the first husband and wife and become the good ancestors of humankind.
The Significance of True Parents in the History of the Providence of Restoration
Section 1. The True Ancestors
The perfected Adam and Eve
God created human beings to experience joy for eternity. Adam and Eve, the first ancestors of humankind, were created to be the object partners of God's absolute true love. Humanity had to originate from one ancestral couple. God created true love to flow in one stream; hence He cannot begin another stream of true love from someone other than one man and one woman. If Adam and Eve had become perfect through God's absolute love and multiplied good descendants, they could have realized an ideal family. Everyone in that family would have attended God the Creator as their vertical, incorporeal true parent and perfected Adam and Eve as their horizontal, substantial true parents on earth.
1 From seeing Adam and Eve who were created in His image, we can understand that God exists with the dual characteristics of masculinity and femininity. It is because God has both of these characteristics that God created Adam and Eve. Therefore, Adam and Eve needed to become one as subject partner and object partner, as a perfect man and a perfect woman. Had they done so, they would have reached a position equal to that of God. Then they would have given birth to sons and daughters and given them the same love that God gave them when creating them.
2 The original Adam and Eve were God's body. What I am saying is that these originally good ancestors of humanity were to be a substantial manifestation of God. God wanted to enter their minds and become one with them in physical form. In that state, even as God wanted to give them more and more, they—God and human beings— would revolve around each other. Spinning like a rotor, they would become completely one.
3 The original Adam and Eve were to have been the True Parents. As Father and Mother they would have been the center of the family and regarded as the king and queen of the family. Their sons and daughters would have been the heirs who could become future kings and queens. If the original ancestors, Adam and Eve, had not fallen, God would have been the Grandparent who bequeathed His kingship to their family. That is why the True Father and True Mother are the king and queen of their family and represent all families in all nations. They are the original king and queen of the family, and you as their sons and daughters are in the position of princes and princesses who will inherit their kingship in the future as members of the royal family. (221-255, 1991/10/25)
4 Due to the Fall of the human ancestors, God lost the true ancestors of humankind as He had envisioned them according to the ideal of creation. Human beings, no matter how great or how wealthy, even if they have the power to move the entire world, are still from the lineage of the fallen ancestors. This is a most lamentable truth. People who are descended from the fallen ancestors are bound to plummet down to Satan's hell. People throughout history have been searching for the original Lord, the original Parents who are the true ancestors who can embrace fallen humanity as their true children. For this, God strove to recover the positions of Adam and Eve prior to the Fall, following the path of restoration continually for 4,000 years, (154-261, 1964/10/03)
5 Adam and Eve, had they not fallen, would have become the true ancestors of humankind. They would have become the True Father and True Mother, the True Parents of humankind, in the flesh. However, Adam and Eve fell, and humankind became Satan's children. Suppose Adam and Eve had not fallen, but instead had become a man and woman imbued with God's heart. They would have joined in holy matrimony as God rejoiced over them, and become the True Parents of humankind. Then the created world would have united with them in harmony, and joyfully provided their family with everything they needed.
6 The Fall disrupted Adam's family. Therefore, the goal of restoration, to return to the original state before the Fall, is to restore Adam's family. God first strives to recover one individual who will be His partner; then he strives to recover one central family. Only after that can He strive to recover a church, a people, a nation and then the world.
7 The history of God's providence of restoration is a sorrowful history. The fact that God lost Adam and Eve is something to grieve over. The problem is that this loss did not end with those two individuals alone. Losing them meant losing their clan, and this lost clan has since expanded into peoples, nations and the world. By losing Adam and Eve, God lost them all. Thus, the loss of Adam and Eve meant that God’s kingdom and His sovereignty were lost. It meant the loss of God's family, God's clan and the people for His kingdom. It meant the loss of the ideal of man and woman, the loss of God's only son and daughter. That is why the history of salvation, namely the history of the providence of restoration, is to recover one man and one woman, Adam and Eve. If Adam and Eve had not fallen but had prospered, today every single human being among the many billions of people on our planet would be registered in the heavenly kingdom. Everyone would naturally enter the heavenly kingdom as one family. (143-025, 1986/03/15)
8 Due to the fall of the first human ancestors, people could neither have true ancestors nor be true descendants. Even God could not stand in the position of True God. Nothing was centered on God, so there was no basis to build a true family, a true society or a true nation. For this reason, we must seek the true root, and when we find it we will also find the nation in which everyone can live together as one true family. That is why, through the providence of salvation, God has sought to build the one world, the world of hope, true peace, love and oneness. To realize this purpose, God sends the Savior. The True Parents must come to earth and teach humanity to make God their central focus as individuals, and to put God at the center of the family, the nation and the world; by doing so, they are trying to return all humankind to the original world. Such is the course of the providence. (267-297, 1995/02/05)
9 God's hope is not for the Lord to return on the clouds in the sky and build a spiritual kingdom like a fantasy world. The reason he returns is to plant his feet on the ground and find the one Bride who can receive God's total love. He does this work to recover all that was lost because 6,000 years ago the first human ancestors became the false ancestors.
10 The original Adam was one individual, yet he was meant to be the center of the family, the tribe, the nation and the world. The culture would have been Adam's culture. From that culture a language would have begun. Thus, everything would have developed and prospered. Accordingly, all the events that connect to True Parents can become sources for creating a new culture. From this new culture, a true history of humankind can finally unfold. True families, societies, peoples, nations and a true world can emerge.
The true olive trees
We read in the Bible, in the book of Genesis, about the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that grew in the Garden of Eden. These two trees symbolize the perfect father and mother. Originally, the human ancestors, Adam and Eve, perfect and having nothing to do with the Fall, were to have been the roots of humankind. Having grown from those roots, all people were destined to live in the kingdom of heaven on earth. After death, they would have passed on to the kingdom of heaven in heaven and lived there eternally.
11 True Parents are totally united with the love and lineage of the absolute God. Hence we can call True Parents' family, which they established after their Holy Wedding, the true olive trees, while people in the fallen world are false olive trees. Then, if we make a cut in a false olive tree and graft a cutting from a true olive tree onto it, it will eventually belong to the family of the true olive trees. This will connect people to God's true love, true life, true lineage and true conscience, and they can reach perfection. When they do, the kingdom of heaven on earth and in heaven will unfold.
12 Had Adam and Eve become the True Parents of humankind, we would not have needed the Savior or religion. God would have found joy in the world of goodness that had no need for religion. God wanted to build such a world on earth, but His desire was not fulfilled. The Fall means that Adam and Eve failed to unite with God. As a consequence, they failed to become True Parents; they became false parents instead. Therefore, you must move from the false parents' lineage and return to God through the True Parents' lineage.You are all descendants of those false olive trees. You should have been true olive trees, but you became false olive trees who need to be reborn by receiving a graft from the true olive trees. (023-162, 1969/05/18)
13 True Parents come as God's true olive trees. They are the ones who will give you rebirth. We cannot be born without parents; it is the law of heaven. True Parents come to earth having the root of God's true love, true life and true lineage. Their mission is to cut down to their stumps the trees of fallen people, which were born from the root of false love, and graft the cuttings of true love onto them. We human beings must find the root of God's true love that comes from the true olive trees. Only in True Parents is it possible to find that root. (494-013, 2005/04/27)
14 The True Parents come with true love and true lineage. The false parents entangled human beings in false love and false lineage. We must build God-centered true families in the original world free of the Fall. To build families of true sons and daughters, we need to connect to the true lineage. To become True Parents' children, we must connect to their lineage. The parent-child relationship, or the father-son relationship, is absolutely impossible without the bond of blood. Not even God can sever that bond. Nor can Satan do it.
15 True Parents refer to perfected Adam and Eve. It is this Adam and Eve who come to establish true families, true tribes, true peoples, the true nations, the true world, the kingdom of heaven on earth and the kingdom of heaven in heaven, finally even liberating God. True Parents stand in the position to fulfill everything on every level. They are the most precious beings that God ever sent to this world. When you follow them with absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience, you are certain to overcome any obstacle.
16 True Parents come as the true olive trees. When the false children of this world receive a graft from the true olive trees, they can then be harvested as restored, reborn fruits that are free from the Fall and stored in the barns of the heavenly kingdom. This is the responsibility of the Messiah on earth. The Messiah comes with the seed of true children based on true love. Due to the bonds of false love, false life and false lineage that resulted from the Fall, human beings became children of the enemy Satan, children whom God did not desire. Since they were tied to that lineage by false love, God has been conducting the providence of salvation to purify them. (252-228, 1994/01/01)
Section 2. Lord at the Second Advent and Embodiment of the Holy Spirit
God's only begotten Son and Daughter
God's hope for Adam and Eve was that they would grow, reach perfection and form a true family. This is what He originally intended at the time of the Creation. God created Adam as His only begotten Son and Eve as His only begotten Daughter. With absolute love He invested everything in them, and in them He placed all His hopes.
1 Jesus' greatest teaching is that God is his Father and that he is God's only begotten Son. The expression "only begotten Son" indicates that he occupied the first love of God the Father; it means he stood in the position to receive that love. It is because Jesus stood in the position to proclaim, "I am God's only begotten Son," that God had to make Christianity a worldwide religion. The term "only begotten Son" emphasizes God's love. The only begotten Son is the one who is connected to the fullness of God's first love for an individual. (138-256, 1986/01/24)
2 In the Garden of Eden, Adam was God's only begotten Son and Eve was God's only begotten Daughter. Singing together a song of spring—"Brother, you are special to me!" and "Sister, you are so beautiful!"—they should have grown to maturity and blossomed in the springtime of their lives. At that point, what would God have done? When they were fully in bloom, emitting their unique fragrances, God would have joined them together. That is, He would have held a beautiful wedding for them. Then Adam and Eve would have realized God's supreme ideal of creation. But before this, God's only begotten Son and only begotten Daughter first needed time to grow until they were fully mature. (159-195, 1968/05/10)
3 Jesus called himself God's only begotten Son. The only begotten Son needs the only begotten Daughter. Jesus was to embark on the path to save the world, but he could not do it alone. He needed to establish his family as the foundation. Jesus' purpose in claiming to be God's only begotten Son was to unite the world and reign over it. Yet, before he could do so, he first had to form a family of his own. However, he could not do that in his lifetime.
4 The title "God's only begotten Son" was finally fulfilled after Jesus came to earth. For the first time since Adam and Eve failed and human history was lost to Satan, God's only Son, born of His lineage, lived on earth. This was Jesus, the man who received God's love.
5 Jesus called fallen human beings to become God's sons and daughters, but what was most remarkable was that he proclaimed himself God's only begotten Son. In a world where humanity had been paying indemnity continually over thousands of years of history, this concept—God's only begotten Son—was a sensation.
6 Four thousand years after the first human ancestors, God's only begotten Son in all of heaven and earth was born. This was blessed news. Before that, people had no way to connect with the bond of God-centered true love. This has been the cause of bitter sorrow in people's hearts.
7 God exists as the vertical Parent, centering on true love. The vertical is a single line. When it meets a horizontal line, it creates a 90-degree angle where the two lines meet. Man is positioned on a line at a 90-degree angle to the vertical; woman is likewise positioned at a 90-degree angle; and the point where man and woman meet is at that same angle. There cannot be two different angles. The only begotten Son is the first man in human history to receive God's love at a 90-degree angle. Someone must stand with him as God's only begotten Daughter.
8 Since the Fall of Adam and Eve, God has not just waited for the children whom He lost to return to Him on their own. He has sought the path to free them from Satan's accusation. Can you fathom how miserable God must have been? Can you even imagine His situation in the world where Satan played king? He endured pain and suffering beyond description so that Jesus Christ could be born free from Satan's accusation.
9 Since God is the owner of love in the human world, God must have His family, which centers on His love, living on earth. That family lives in God's original homeland, and it expands to a tribe, people, nation and world of the original homeland. That is how the kingdom of heaven will finally unfold on earth. All humanity longs for the original homeland, with its citizens in the original, perfected spiritual state. God, too, longs for this. There, heaven and earth will meet in harmony. Everything in the universe will rejoice in happiness. God will dance and the whole creation will dance together with Him.
10 Jesus came to earth in order to transform the world into the earthly kingdom of peace, on the foundation of the nation of Israel. Even if he had attempted to accomplish that by exercising overwhelming power and authority, he would have been unable to do so without first having established his own family. The ideal world, the earthly kingdom of peace, begins with one true family and is established through an assemblage of many true families. Individuals immersed in mind-body conflicts cannot build an ideal family. Therefore, even if Jesus had the power to conquer the world, he could not abandon the way of heaven that had called him to raise the family that God desired, even though this brought him to the point of death.
11 Jesus' purpose in coming again to earth is to find his Bride, a woman who is centered on God's love. That woman must represent Christianity, attend the Lord as her Bridegroom on the world-level stage of Christianity, and marry him. This establishes the realm of love of the Bridegroom and Bride. It is the beginning of a realm of love that God can finally claim.
12 Jesus said that he was God's only begotten Son, and that God was his Father. That claim indicates that as an individual he had received God's first love. Although God came to have His only begotten Son, Jesus, He did not yet have His only begotten Daughter. Jesus was unable to find her.
13 The Messiah comes in the position of the original and direct Son of God. With God's absolute love, he brings the seed of life. To find and raise such a Son is God's primary purpose for conducting the providence of salvation through history.
14 Human beings start from a family. A family begins with a man and a woman becoming husband and wife. Therefore, for the original family to begin, the only begotten Son must marry the only begotten Daughter. The only begotten Son and Daughter were to have been the original Adam and Eve, free from the Fall. Then they were to become True Parents and give birth to sons and daughters.
Freedom from original sin
Adam and Eve, the first ancestors of humanity, fell when they succumbed to Satan's temptation. They ate of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thus committing the original sin. The original sin was an illicit sexual relationship. This sin defiled God's lineage. Instead of passing down God's love through the ensuing generations, they multiplied descendants through Satan's false love.
15 Original sin is based on sexual relationships under the realm of Satan's dominion. Jesus was born without original sin, and thus he is free from the condition of Satan's accusation. To make this possible, God worked to reverse the positions of Cain and Abel. Jacob reversed positions with Esau; and Perez and Zerah's positions were switched at the time of their birth. In this way, God laid the foundation for His victory. As a result, Jesus could be born as a man free from original sin. (022-257, 1969/05/04)
16 Jesus is God's Son. He was born under God's dominion, free from original sin. Original sin is the condition by which Satan accuses all human beings. Since Jesus is free of original sin, he can return to the original position of Adam prior to the Fall. Therefore, Jesus alone could be the Second Adam, who came to rectify Adam's failure and become the original ancestor of humankind. I am saying that he could stand in Adam's stead. From that point on, humankind could enter a new era—the New Testament Age. Since Jesus was born free of original sin, he was totally free from Satan's accusation in terms of lineage. Not only that, he subjugated Satan, the archangel. In this way, Jesus could stand tall in the position of the original Adam. (159-206, 1968/05/10)
17 In the Bible we read the story of Jacob, who, to receive the blessing of his father, Isaac, cooperated with his mother, Rebekah, to deceive his father as well as his older brother, Esau. We also read the story of Tamar, who had sexual relations with her father-in-law, Judah, and gave birth to the twins Perez and Zerah; it concludes with Perez and Zerah becoming the center of blessing for Judah's tribe. These stories describe behavior that contradicts conventional morality. So why are they in the Bible?
18 Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, was in the same position as Eve. When Adam and Eve fell, they were like a betrothed couple. Therefore, any woman chosen to restore Eve's fall through indemnity would also have to be betrothed to someone. In such a position, Mary had to follow the tradition of Rebekah and Tamar. She stood in the position to inherit the tradition, representing those women who had acted to purify the lineage. To give birth to God's child, Mary upheld God's Will at the risk of her life and willingly went the way of sacrificing herself. Like Tamar before her, she regarded the establishment of Israel's kingship as her supreme hope. Disregarding her own life, she strove to inherit God's Will and bequeath it to the Son of God. She was such a historic woman. (139-304, 1986/01/31)
19 Mary pursued God's Will with more passion than any other woman. She was a courageous woman like Tamar, who, with utter devotion and loyalty to God, willingly took whatever risk was necessary in order to bring God's precious lineage into the world. When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and foretold that she would soon conceive a child, Mary said, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" And when the angel said, "With God, nothing will be impossible," Mary answered, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." (from Luke 1:34-38)
20 Satan could not make any accusation against Jesus in Mary's womb because Mary did not seek to give birth to Jesus. On the contrary, she simply obeyed the command of God and lived for His Will. Not only that: Mary set up a victorious foundation from beginning to end, from conception to birth, so that Jesus could be born from her womb free of accusation.
21 Jesus' father was not Joseph. He was a man in the realm of the archangels on God's side; not that of the fallen angel. He followed God's direction. Jesus could be recognized as the original Adam because God had prepared a foundation, surpassing that of Satan's world, for him to be on God's side. It was on that foundation that God could sow His seed of life and Jesus could inherit God's realm of heart. Jesus was born in such a position, from a seed that had been separated from Satan's lineage. Such a person had never before existed in history. That is why Jesus could be the Messiah and the Savior of humankind. Because he was the first human being born from a God-centered bond of love, he can rightly be called God's only begotten Son. (169-195, 1987/10/31)
22 Jesus came on the national level with the authority of the king of kings. He inherited the victorious historical foundation of a lineage changed from Satan's to God's. Therefore, although Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb, Satan could not claim, "He is my son." Mary stood on the national level when she conceived Jesus. She conceived him based on the foundation of Israel's history, which passed down to her the tradition of Tamar's heart. Mary paid the indemnity of heart and, by doing so, rectified the mistake of Eve. She stood among those women of Israel whose course was to bear sons dedicated to the change of lineage. She conceived Jesus based on the completion of the restoration of the elder son. For these reasons, from the time of his conception, Satan could not claim Jesus as his son.
23 Jesus came to earth based on the foundation of a process to purify the lineage. The change of lineage was attained in the time of the twins: first, by Jacob's efforts with Esau to restore the right of the elder son and then by Perez and Zerah, who fought in the womb of their mother, Tamar, and reversed the positions of the older and the younger.
24 The True Parents about whom the Unification Church speaks are human beings, a man and a woman. That man and woman must be centered on God. Since Adam and Eve became the false parents, True Parents must come in their place and become the good parents. In other words, since it was due to their failure to reach perfection that Adam and Eve became the false parents, True Parents must be able to stand in their place, in the position of having perfected themselves centering on God.
25 My lineage cannot be accused by Satan. If it could, I would not be able to accomplish anything. I conduct the marriage Blessing to transfer that lineage to you. It is what you inherit from us in our positions as the Bride and Bridegroom, which were set up and transferred to us by Jesus who has been working hard for nearly 2,000 years after his death and has now returned. The marriage Blessing is the ceremony of the Unification Church that creates blessed families. Once you receive the marriage Blessing, the gate to the kingdom of heaven is always open. Satan cannot accuse you once you are blessed. (054-270, 1972/03/25)
26 Ever since the Fall, the bodies of all human beings have been dominated by sin, all kinds of sins. This is because human beings are connected to Satan's lineage. How can we deny it? The way to resolve this is to follow the course of indemnity. Now we, True Parents, have paid off everything. We paid indemnity on all levels—the individual, family, tribe, people, nation, world and cosmos. We indemnified them all, and thereby connected them all to the true lineage of God.
27 I, True Father, gained victory over Satan's world by going through eight vertical stages, from servant of servants to servant, adopted child and so on, and eight horizontal stages, from individual to family, tribe, people, nation, world, cosmos and God.
28 I was born as a farmer's son in a Korean village, but my origin is different. Some people know things intuitively from their birth, and others learn by studying. I knew the fundamental truths from birth, not by studying. I learned them from heaven. I was born for heaven’s will, and I knew them from birth. I even came to know the heart of God. This is why, despite all kinds of opposition from the world, I could survive until now. (542-285, 2006/10/23)
29 Once you come into total oneness with God, God links you to the preparations He has made in advance for you. When you reach that level, the spirit world will teach you directly. I met someone who testified that he had been attending me even before my birth, before ever meeting me personally. That person was much older than I was and had been serving me even before I was born. This was possible because God predestined my coming. When God sends a central person into the world, He works by giving to people visions that resemble that person in both internal nature and external form. Thus, even before my birth, He gave people visions of my appearance. (028-094, 1970/01/04)
30 My birth on earth was not as just the son of an ordinary family. From the age of ten, I learned everything about the world. Hence, I was well-known in my clan and throughout the village. I was born on the basis of heaven’s preparation over thousands of years. On that foundation I could understand the world. Even before I was born, elderly people who were spiritually open experienced me guiding them. (579-076, 2007/10/25)
Returning Lord and embodiment of the Holy Spirit
Due to his death on the cross, caused by disbelief among the people, Jesus was unable to complete the path of the True Parent on earth. After his resurrection, therefore, Jesus had to find a spiritual Bride; this was none other than the Holy Spirit. Then, with Jesus as the spiritual True Father and the Holy Spirit as the spiritual True Mother, they could carry out the providence of salvation in a limited way, by giving spiritual rebirth to fallen human beings.
31 Adam failed to fulfill the Will, so God sent Jesus in his place. That is why the Bible identifies Jesus as the Second Adam. Since the first human ancestors were lost, Jesus had to restore the true ancestor. Thus, Jesus came as the True Father of humankind, and the Holy Spirit came as the True Mother of humankind. Thus, they established the True Father and the True Mother, spiritually. God's purpose for the Second Advent is to manifest True Parents on earth substantially.
32 Jesus, the center of Christianity, is the Bridegroom. He receives his Bride at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb refers to the wedding of two human beings in the flesh: a man and a woman in the positions of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
33 True Father is the perfected Adam. Since Adam fell and could not become the True Parent of humankind, we are the descendants of false parents. For this reason, the Messiah must come as the True Parent. More precisely, he is the True Father. Christianity speaks about the Trinity. In fact, Jesus is the True Father and the Holy Spirit is the True Mother. That is why human beings can be reborn through them. Children cannot be born unless their parents first make love.
34 Jesus is the father, and the Holy Spirit is the mother spirit. We should be moved by the mother spirit. Because of Eve, the mother, we were lost. Therefore, the perfect mother spirit must come to us and purify our minds and bodies. Then we should experience becoming one with the perfected father spiritually. Only by having such an experience can we be reborn. We read in the Bible, "Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. And whoever says a word against the Son of man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come." (Matt. 12:31-32) The Holy Spirit is the mother spirit. A person is born by coming out of his or her mother's womb. But because something went wrong with our birth, we need a second birth. That is, since we were born from false love, we need the mother spirit to give birth to us again with true love. (245-027, 1993/02/28)
35 In order for Jesus to have a family foundation, he should have received his Bride—the woman who came as the embodiment of the Holy Spirit. Had he received that woman who embodied the Holy Spirit, he could have worked freely on the horizontal level. However, Jesus was able to set this condition only spiritually, because his three core disciples failed to meet the standard of becoming his sons. This was Jesus' bitter sorrow.
36 The kingdom of heaven is a place where men and women enter together with their families. However, when Jesus came to earth he could not find his Bride, and he died without being able to have children. Hence, to this day he remains in Paradise, where for 2,000 years he has been praying and working through the Holy Spirit.
37 The Holy Spirit that Christianity speaks of actually refers to the mother spirit, the Second Eve. Since Eve, the mother of all human beings, fell, God sent the Holy Spirit, the mother spirit, as the Second Eve.
38 The spirit and the flesh were separated due to the Human Fall; they must be reunited. After his resurrection, Jesus came to earth and laid the foundation for the Holy Spirit to come. Yet that was not enough. Jesus left promising to return. To keep that promise he must come again. The purpose of Jesus' coming again is to find the mother in the flesh, who was lost in the Garden of Eden. Then the Parents, in both spirit and flesh, can finally emerge among human beings as the mediators between heaven and earth. The full achievement of Jesus' hope will be possible in the world of the one ideal, a world in which the spirit and the flesh are united. (005-072, 1958/12/21)
39 We live in a time when women can move the world for God's providence of restoration. This indicates that the time has come when Eve can emerge to restore the world. This Eve is the embodiment of the Holy Spirit and the representative of all women on earth. She must become a true wife and a true mother; then she must become a true queen. Therefore, she will be equipped with the qualities to become such a person. Her character will be such that she can take responsibility for all three of these roles, and more. God has sought for such a woman, who can become a true mother, a true wife, a true queen, and more. Once God calls her, this woman should be able to reject Satan's world and march bravely forward. (093-040, 1977/05/01)
40 You must understand how arduous the course was to place Mother in her position in the providence of restoration. Just to find one man, Adam, all kinds of bloody struggles and innumerable conflicts were intertwined throughout history. Likewise, in order to find True Mother, you cannot imagine how great a price had to be paid, how many sacrifices were necessary. In order to set and maintain the standard necessary for True Mother to be found, people thousands of years ago received revelations, and prepared people had to inherit those and bequeath them from generation to generation. That is how we have arrived at this time. As if passing a candle flame from one candle to the next, countless people guarded that holy light to make sure that it did not go out, giving their utmost devotion right up until the Last Days. You cannot imagine what an enormous price has been paid, the uncountable sacrifices that have had to be made. (264-056, 1994/10/09)
41 The term "Holy Spirit" refers to the spiritual mother. Jesus, in unity with the Holy Spirit, multiplied spiritual children and laid the worldwide foundation that is Christianity. Yet, since the worldwide foundation of Christianity was laid only on the spiritual level, this foundation is not sufficient for us to fulfill God's Will spiritually and physically. Thus, we come to the conclusion that Jesus must return. It is inevitable, because the physical world remains imperfect. Unless the spiritual foundation of Christianity is connected to the foundation that Jesus at his Second Coming builds in the physical world, we cannot go beyond our current history and begin a new history, that of God's world, in the spirit and the flesh. (073-241, 1974/09/22)
42 Jesus tried to restore the failure in Adam's family on the national level. However, the people in Israel did not believe Jesus and he was killed. Thus, Cain and Abel emerged on the national level, and this has expanded to the world. Jesus was not able to reach beyond the national level, and he left the earth with bitter sorrow in his heart. Therefore he developed only God's spiritual nation and had no earthly nation.
43 For True Mother to emerge, there had to be preparation for three generations—her maternal grandmother, her mother, Daemonim (Hong Soon-ae), and True Mother. Without it, she would not be able to stand in the position of True Mother. Her grandmother brought her family to the Holy Lord Church. Her mother brought them to the Inside the Womb Church, and then in the South they lived a nomadic life searching for the Returning Lord. Mother was raised while leading such a life. (541-211, 2006/09/30)
44 True Father cannot marry just any woman. The Eve whom he can take as his Bride must be prepared through three generations. True Mother went through such a course. She inherited the foundation of the Holy Lord Church, where she received the blessing of Rev. Kim Seong-do, who was in the position of the First Eve. Following that, she also gained the foundation of the Inside the Womb Church, where she received the blessing of Rev. Heo Ho-bin, who was in the position of the Second Eve. It was Daemonim who made this possible.
45 The True Parents emerged on the foundation of unity between Cain and Abel. The time having arrived when the True Parents could appear, the Holy Spirit in the position of the mother and Jesus in the position of the father finally descended from heaven to earth and fulfilled the marriage Blessing substantially, as the True Father and True Mother in the flesh. That is what happened in 1960, when True Parents formed their family. They began engrafting people with the true lineage and multiplied blessed families throughout the world. They subjugated even Satan by establishing the realm of liberation in the spirit world, connected to the realm of liberation on earth. (333-015, 2000/09/24)
46 Now that the True Parents have emerged on earth, Jesus is united with True Father and the Holy Spirit is united with True Mother.
47 In fallen families there are mothers and children, but the men in those families are in the position of archangels. Therefore, men must unite with True Father, the one in the position of Adam. All the women of the world must become second selves of True Mother and unite with True Father from that position. By making those conditions, it is as if they have become True Father's original sons and daughters. This is how they can be reborn and restored.
48 You are the sons and daughters of True Mother, the woman who represents the world. Especially you women who follow Mother, you should become Mother's second selves. You should love her more than you do your own husbands. Mother is the Holy Spirit. The Bible teaches that if you betray the Holy Spirit, you cannot be forgiven. There is no way for you to be reborn. Even though she wants to forgive you, you have no basis on which to be forgiven. Mother is the one who resurrects your life. She gives you rebirth and then she blesses you. (233-087, 1992/07/30)
Section 3. Completion of the Providence of Restoration
Lord, Savior and Messiah
True Parents stand before fallen humanity as the embodiments of God's true love. True Parents are the central persons who will accomplish the work of the Returning Lord and carry out God's providence of salvation. They have the mission of the Savior and Messiah, to guide humanity from false love and the evil lineage to true love, true life and true lineage, and to unite all religions and all peoples.
1 The goal of the providence of restoration is for God to settle on earth. Yet the foundation for the fulfillment of that goal on earth was lost. Regardless, God takes responsibility to restore what was lost and to fulfill it. He has led the providence of restoration in pursuit of this goal. The purpose for which God sends the Messiah is to find the perfected husband and wife. This purpose is the same, whether in the Old Testament Age or the New Testament Age. Just as the realm that Jesus established in the New Testament Age had to fulfill the Old Testament Age, the realm that True Parents establish in the Completed Testament Age must fulfill the New Testament Age. Thus, the realm of the Completed Testament Age includes the fulfillment of the Old and the New Testament Ages.
2 When Adam and Eve fell and inherited the enemy's love, life and lineage, they destroyed everything that God had intended for them. At the time of Jesus, had the spiritual world and the physical world, represented by the leaders of Judaism and Israel, united with him on the national level, there would have been no need for the Second Israel. Jesus should have united the spiritual world and the physical world, as well as Israel and even the Roman Empire. However, because this did not happen, after a prolongation of 2,000 years, now I have to go one level higher. I have to break down all the barriers, including the walls that were erected by the failure in Jesus' family, as well as by the failure in Adam's family. I have to break down the barriers that have blocked good cooperation between the spiritual world and the physical world, and the barriers in the spiritual world that have confined people to paradise (a realm lower than the highest heaven) and even to hell.
3 True Parents are the Savior. They have come to save the world. Since the false parents gave birth to a world of false love, True Parents need to save the world with true love. The Messiah also brings unity among the religions. When the religions are united centering on true love, they will form one great family. The world is advancing to establish this great family; only in this way can there be true peace.
4 At his coming to earth, the Messiah and Savior must liberate all humankind from hunger and from the tribulations in their nations. Yet, among the things he must liberate them from, which is the most important? The first is to liberate them from false love. The Savior is the liberator of love, the liberator of life, and the liberator of the lineage.
5 Had we human beings not fallen, we would know God. Knowing Him in our hearts, we would naturally know how to live, no matter what the world says. Our body would unite with our mind; they would not struggle with each other. Our mind and body meet at the wrong angle as a result of the Fall. In order to align them properly, the religious world teaches us to strike our body. That is why people do all kinds of penance: fasting, serving others before ourselves, living a sacrificial life, even shedding their own blood for heaven. Unless we put ourselves through such painful situations, we cannot return to our original position. Not only must we align mind and body within ourselves as individuals, we must do so on the family, national and world levels. The Messiah comes as the model to teach the world how to align at every level, centered on true love. (178-190, 1988/06/04)
6 People will not believe that I am the Returning Lord, the Messiah and True Parent just because you or I say it is so. My authority to stand as the Lord should be based on actual achievements. Until I overcame Satan's world and established a foundation with certifiable evidence upon which I could stand, there was no basis for people to come to their own realization that I am the Messiah and True Parent.
7 I could not just come to the decision "I am the Messiah" on my own. I could not carry out the Messiah’s mission based on my personal views. Rather, all my circumstances led me to the self-awareness that I had been called to fulfill the responsibility of being the Messiah. There was no other way I could go. The potential for the Fall began from the moment, when in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve came to have self-awareness. It is the same with restoration.
8 All things belong to God. I am saying that God is the Owner of all things. Yet Satan thus far has been acting as if he were the owner. In a relationship of love where there is a sense of equality and balanced participation, the two parties cede control to each other. Blessings and the authority of inheritance are also involved. Therefore, after the first human beings formed a love relationship with Satan, all things ended up belonging to Satan's realm. Satan usurped God's throne and sat on it. He invaded even the environment around God Himself, ruling over everything.
9 I devoted my entire life to abolishing hell and the middle realms in the spirit world and to opening the gates to the kingdom of heaven. I took it as my destiny to resolve this problem. Even if I do not talk about this, I should be able to command people on the foundation that those in my surroundings recognize me and attend me. Even without my saying that I was the True Parent, people received messages directly from the spirit world that I was the True Parent, the Messiah and the Returning Lord, and they testified about this.
10 After representing his nation, the Messiah comes as Abel to the world. Hence, once he has met the national-level condition to indemnify the history in which Cain killed Abel, on that foundation he finally can come to the world in the position of the True Parent.
11 After World War II, the United States brought the entire world under the realm of the elder son, thereby establishing the authority of the firstborn son. However, in addition to that, the authority of the Parents and the authority of God's kingship have to be established. For this, the United States will have to attend True Parents. The United States established the right of the firstborn son, but does not yet know True Parents.
12 The Messiah comes as the Father. If he comes as the older brother, his siblings will fight him. Only when he comes as the Parent can he bring an end to conflict. Thus, the title "True Parents" is amazing, because when people have their True Father and True Mother, there can be true love among them. From True Parents, centering on true love, true children can be born. Then a true family can emerge, and when it expands horizontally it can become a true tribe, people, nation, world and the true cosmos, in which God can dwell. There is no disputing this logic.
13 Based on the foundation of True Parents' victory, we are going beyond the Fall and entering the age when we can proclaim the era of liberation and complete freedom in the new kingdom of heaven on earth and in heaven. This is the proclamation that the time has come when we can enter the realm that has nothing to do with the Fall.
God must continue His providence of restoration through history until He restores through indemnity fallen Adam and Eve and installs the True Father and True Mother of all humankind—the True Parents. The True Parents come as the sole, central model of God's ideal. They extend their hands to save fallen people and show them the direction in which to go. They come at the time when the history of God's providence bears fruit, when history can be made straight and begun anew.
14 True Parents are God's hope. They were God's hope at the beginning of the Creation and during the eons of time during which He created everything. They were the ultimate goal of God's efforts throughout history, even as He led the providence of restoration through indemnity. Unless True Parents appear in this world, history cannot be set aright. God is the center of every perfected entity based on the ideal of love. This is true for the individual, the family, the tribe, the people, the nation and the world.
15 Had there been no Fall, we would not have needed such terms as True Parents, the providence of salvation, the providence of restoration, the providence of re-creation, the providence of resurrection, and so on. Yet, due to the Fall, the providence of salvation became necessary and humankind came to need a Savior.
16 The providence of restoration is the providence of re-creation. When God re-creates, He needs to do it through the original Principle of Creation. The center of the original Principle of Creation is one perfected man and one perfected woman, who become husband and wife and follow the path of love. Without building that bridge of love, no one can go to God. This is the way based on the ideal of creation.
17 Adam and Eve were to have been perfected by uniting with their Heavenly Parent. Had they united with their Heavenly Parent, all their descendants likewise could have stood in their parents' realm of victory. This should have unfolded through eight levels: the individual, family, tribe, people, nation, world, cosmos and God. When Adam and Eve fell, it was only the two of them, so the Fall occurred on the individual level. Now, however, the realm of the Fall has expanded throughout heaven and earth. Just two individuals, Adam and Eve, fell, but the result has spread not only to the physical world but also to the spiritual world, from earth to heaven. Only by finally achieving that realm of victory on every level will the liberation of humankind be possible.
18 Human beings originally were created as God's children, but because they inherited Satan's lineage, they came under the rule of Satan. That is why to this day humankind has been treated as the enemy's children. Accordingly, True Parents must recover these children for God and, in the process, become the ancestors of humankind. They have to clean up everything that became defiled throughout human history and put Satan in a place where he cannot make accusations. They must pave paths that Satan cannot accuse, whether traveling from the physical world up to the spiritual world or from the spiritual world down to earth. True Parents have to travel back and forth and overcome all the conditions that Satan can accuse. Satan has been able to make accusations due to the mistake made by the ancestors of humankind. Therefore, True Parents, coming as the true ancestors of humankind, must completely pave the way from the past, to the present, and to the future. (019-205, 1968/01/07)
19 From the beginning of human history to this day, God and Satan have been at war with each other. God cannot stop it, nor can Satan. That war began due to the Fall of Adam and Eve. How, then, can this situation be resolved? God intends to re-create them. The course of restoration is the course of re-creation. Unless they are re-created, there can be no solution. That was His purpose for inaugurating religion: to re-create Adam and Eve. Among numerous religions throughout the world, Judaism, Christianity and the Unification Church are at the center. They comprise three stages, culminating at the time of the Second Coming in the Last Days when True Parents will emerge.
20 The path we have taken as True Parents has not been level and smooth. We have had to make the way smooth across the gorges and canyons. During this time God has been with us every step of the way. This is why we can say that God is our Father and Mother.
21 The Returning Lord establishes the True Parents of humankind, and they recover the realm of true love. Then they go on to establish the position of the True Parents of Heaven and Earth. This is how they are to complete the providence to restore humankind.
22 The event at which, for the first time in human history, God's chosen Bridegroom and Bride joined together is that glorious and honored event that Christians speak of as the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. This was the event at which the Bridegroom and Bride, enraptured with eternal love, praised their eternal life with God and its value forever. On that occasion they joined together representing myriads of people; this was the coming together of God and original human beings.
23 There must be a true man and a true woman who attend God and unite with each other. They must establish a conjugal relationship that cannot be broken, no matter what. And then they must give birth to true sons and daughters. That man and woman are the True Parents. They are centered on God, are a true husband and wife to each other, and give birth to true sons and daughters, thus establishing the four-position foundation.
Section 4. The Embodiments of God
The vertical Parent and horizontal Parents
Adam and Eve were created as God's substantial object partners—Adam as the representative of God's masculinity and Eve as the representative of God's femininity. God is the self-existent incorporeal subject partner, whose dual characteristics are in harmony.
1 God exists as an incorporeal being; hence, we cannot see Him, not even after we die and go to the spirit world. Accordingly, for God to have a relationship with human beings who are in the flesh, He needs to manifest Himself on earth as the Father with a physical body. It is because of this natural law that God created Adam and Eve, the first human ancestors. In and through them God intended to manifest Himself in both incorporeal and corporeal forms. The harmony and unity between Adam and Eve in both spirit and flesh thus would have symbolized the harmony and unity of the incorporeal world and the corporeal world, and would have brought the cosmos into oneness.
2 God created human beings as His absolute object partners of love by totally investing Himself in them. He needed substantial object partners with whom to share His love. However, not only in the earthly world but also in the heavenly realms, He cannot fully relate to His children if He has no substantial form. That is why He needed to assume such a form. That form is that of True Parents who have attained perfection.
3 True Parents can be likened to God's body. They are Adam and Eve in perfection. Perfection means that the vertical God and the horizontal Adam and Eve are one. Adam and Eve are like God's body, and God is like the mind of Adam and Eve. What makes this possible is true love. In love, the vertical God and the horizontal Adam and Eve live for the sake of each other. They represent heaven and earth. (338-212, 2000/10/29)
4 Unless you attend God and True Parents, the value of your existence is lessened. You become true human beings only when you are in relationship with God and True Parents, that is, with the two sets of True Parents—the vertical True Parent and the horizontal True Parents. It is because there is oneness between God, the vertical True Parent, and Adam and Eve, the horizontal True Parents, that human beings can have unity between their mind and body and thus connect to God and His kingdom. Therefore, if people do not attend God and True Parents, they cannot achieve anything in the true sense.
5 God is the origin of life, the origin of love and the origin of lineage. Therefore, God's love, life and lineage should be one with human beings' love, life and lineage. God is in the position of the vertical Parent, whereas the unfallen human beings, Adam and Eve, would have been in the position of the horizontal Parents. Adam and Eve were God's children, but at the same time they were like brother and sister to each other.
6 Adam's sons and daughters could not dwell within the realm of God's love. Had they been the children of an unfallen Adam, the kingdom of heaven on earth would have been realized with them, as they made horizontal connections on every level. But because the vertical and the horizontal did not meet together, the kingdom could not come.
7 If we consider God to be the first generation, then True Parents are the second generation. The second generation must receive the marriage Blessing from God, and then they must bequeath that true lineage to their children. Otherwise God would have no third generation. The restoration of those three generations is the ideal that the Unification Church is pursuing.
8 God is vertical. When Adam and Eve join together horizontally at the center, they meet the vertical God. The standard of equality between man and woman lies in the vertical. When they embrace and make love, the vertical is present, absolutely. They whirl around, centering on that vertical axis.
9 The true vertical parent is God, and the true horizontal parents are the True Parents. Those who do not know these parents do not have the right to inherit the cosmic realm of God's blessing. Within the realm where hearts are bonded in true love, parents and children, God and True Parents, have equal ownership. However, we must clearly understand that the vertical parent is God and the horizontal parents are True Parents. (246-214, 1993/04/16)
10 Because God is the only Lord of vertical love, we call Him the vertical Parent. The original human ancestors who have nothing to do with the Fall are the horizontal Parents. Their relationship exists at a 90-degree angle to the vertical. In whatever direction it turns, their relationship maintains its perpendicular position, its 90-degree angle to the vertical.
God's eternal manifestation
In the original world of creation, Adam and Eve were to reach perfection and unite completely in true conjugal love. This would have created the basis for God to dwell within them and take His place as the vertical True Parent of humanity. Once Adam and Eve, who resemble the incorporeal God as His substantial object partners, had become perfected and united as one with God, they would become the True Parents. They would have begotten children to form an ideal family and then an ideal world.
11 God divided His dual characteristics to create Adam and Eve as the embodiments of His original internal character and original external form, with man the embodiment of His original masculinity and woman the embodiment of His original femininity. In the same way, all beings in heaven and on earth are manifestations of God.
12 Why did God create human beings? First, He wanted object partners to love. He created Adam and Eve to multiply and fill His kingdom with those who were His physical manifestations, who would eventually come to live with Him in the kingdom of heaven.
13 The universe is the substantial entity whose appearance resembles God symbolically. Human beings are substantial beings in God's image, while God is the Substantial Reality. Everything resembles the Original Being. The beings who resemble Him the most are the ones in His image, human beings. Other beings—all things of creation-while resembling human beings, who are their subject partners, are symbolic expressions of the Original Being.
14 While the original Adam and Eve were growing, they could see God in each other with their spiritual eyes. God manifested Himself through Adam and Eve, who were His embodiments. It was as if He were sharing Himself with them. Although invisible, He would share everything of Himself with Adam and Eve; in this way God would come to them and manifest in their bodies.
15 Once you go to the spiritual world, God will appear to you as True Parents. You will be able to see God in them and through them, because He dwells in their hearts.
16 God is the eternal, incorporeal, internal Parent of all humankind. Adam and Eve are the eternal, corporeal, external parents of all humankind. When the incorporeal Parent as subject partner and the corporeal parents as object partners give and receive eternal love and become totally one with each other, they manifest supreme love and bear fruit. True love naturally manifests as unity, connects us to divine life, and leads us to realize the ideal.
17 Adam and Eve, the horizontal True Parents, are the earthly king and queen. The heavenly king is God, the vertical True Parent and King of love. When Adam and Eve make love as man and woman, the Creator and the created beings who are to be the True Parents come together in a sacred union. That loving union is the starting point for the manifestation of the horizontal king who can usher in the kingdom of heaven on earth and the manifestation of the vertical king who rules over the kingdom of heaven in heaven.
18 The first human beings were to inherit the seed of life, and represent God. God is the origin of the seed of life. These human beings, who inherited God's seed, must then procreate. They are the True Parents, the owners of the seed. From them, life is multiplied and expands horizontally in all directions. This is the formula.
19 When the original Adam and Eve marry, God, the incorporeal Parent who dwells in their external forms, becomes the eternally existing Parent in the corporeal world. Then Adam and Eve become the True Parents, the true ancestors of humankind. Thereupon, God becomes the Father with a form, and the incorporeal and the corporeal become one. This symbolizes the oneness of heaven and earth. For this reason, God created Adam and Eve in His own image and likeness. When Adam and Eve ascend to the thrones of the palace in heaven, God will build His palace in their hearts. This is the kingdom of love. (341-104, 2000/12/31)
20 If Adam and Eve had become God's embodiments, He would have dwelt within their hearts, reigning over earth and heaven, the corporeal world and the incorporeal world. The sovereignty would have been not only God's but also Adam and Eves. Hence, they would have expanded God's kingdom—the kingdom of peace—on earth. Adam and Eve would have become the king and queen of the kingdom of heaven on earth and also the king and queen of the kingdom of heaven in heaven. Inheriting all the attributes of God, they would have become absolute and unique beings with dominion over all created things. They would have become the substantial parents, the substantial king and queen, the substantial owners, and the substantial teachers of eternal and unchanging true love. Had this happened, then today all human beings would be God's second selves, the very embodiments of God. (501-033, 2005/07/14)
The Holy Wedding of True Parents and the Era of True Parents
Section 1. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb
The Holy Wedding
The Marriage Supper of the Lamb prophesied in Chapter 19 of the Book of Revelation was realized through the Holy Wedding of the True Parents. This was the fulfillment of the Book of Revelation, whereby Adam and Eve, whose fall from grace is recorded in the Book of Genesis, were recovered.
1 The first human ancestors were to start as the good parents, but instead they started as evil parents. Hence, all human beings were born from the lineage of evil parents. The first human beings were supposed to directly receive God's complete love as if it were meant for them alone. Having been born as God's son and daughter, they were to remain so and live in God's bosom as His blood relations, born of His direct lineage. But this did not happen. This is why humankind must return to the original state.
2 The reason the Bible is the greatest among the scriptures of the many religions is that it introduces God as the Father, the Parent of humankind. This is the foundation of the Christian faith. Next, it refers to Jesus as God's only begotten Son. The phrase "God's only begotten Son" means that Jesus is the first person who could receive the fullness of God’s love.
3 Jesus said, "I am the Son of God," "God is my Father," and "I am the onlybegotten Son." The only begotten Son is the Prince of Heaven who can receive God's first love. Among God's sons, he is the only one who can receive God's first love and receive it in its fullness. Next, there must be the only begotten Daughter. The Bridegroom is the only begotten Son; the Bride is the only begotten Daughter.
4 The Bible states that in the Last Days, the Messiah will come and conduct the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, at which time a man and woman join together as husband and wife forging a bond of God's lineage. Once they emerge as the True Parents of humankind, Satan cannot continue to exist.
5 The Bible states that at the coming of the Lord, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb will take place. In order to have this wedding banquet, Jesus needs his Bride. That Bride is Eve who was with Adam before the Fall. Jesus is the Second Adam, and the Lord at the Second Advent is the Third Adam. The Third Adam needs to come as Adam before the Fall and find Eve before the Fall. And then he must hold the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. By their marriage the two of them will become the True Parents of humankind.
6 The original human beings were not supposed to fall. They were supposed to receive God's blessing at the right time, and within the right environment, to become the true ancestors of humankind. But they failed to do so; instead they became the fallen ancestors. Thus, the good ancestor, free from the Fall, should appear in front of all humankind. He is the one who can become the True Father to all in the spiritual world and the physical world. Christianity calls this person the Lord at the Second Advent.
7 God has been looking for the persons who can represent Adam and Eve whom God had lost. The Bible calls Jesus the Second Adam. It calls Adam the tree of life. Thus, Jesus is the one who came in place of the tree of life that had been lost. However, he could not complete his original mission because he was not able to welcome the day of his wedding, when both God and the Son could rejoice. That is why he left earth with the promise that he will return.
8 Religion up to now has been seeking for the one ideal man and the one ideal woman. Through religion, God has been looking for the one man and the one woman of whom He could say, "You are my total love." The Bridegroom and the Bride in Christianity refer to God's Will to seek throughout the world for the only begotten Son and the only begotten Daughter who can receive God's love in its fullness. When He finds that perfected man and perfected woman, God brings them together and holds a wedding banquet; from that point a new world can unfold. That is why on his return the Lord must find the Bride and hold the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. (041-027, 1971/02/12)
9 If the first human beings had not fallen, they would have borne sons and daughters without original sin and established a family that could directly enter the kingdom of heaven in heaven. They would have stood as the True Parents. Their family would have been one with God. Their sons and daughters would have been the offspring of God's family. However, the first family in Genesis did not fulfill the Will to establish that family; that is why, in the Book of Revelation, St. John raised the issue of establishing the Bride and the Bridegroom.
10 On the day when two human beings, a filial son of God and a filial daughter of God, can stand before God as the Bridegroom and Bride for the first time since the creation of heaven and earth, God will say to them, "You have worked so hard to come here seeking heaven's heart and the heart of the Heavenly Parent, even amid all the adversity on earth!" He then will give His blessing to this couple and install them as the True Parents who represent the incorporeal God in physical form. Such is the cosmic banquet, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
11 The day of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb is the day when we celebrate the wedding banquet of the True Parents, who finally were found after being lost for 6,000 years. Originally, it would have been impossible for unfallen human beings in the position of children to watch their parents, the True Parents, having their wedding banquet. However, since the True Parents arrived after the fact, the order was reversed. Originally Adam and Eve would have celebrated their wedding banquet while attending God the True Parent, and then they would have given birth to true children and built an ideal world. However, due to the Fall, fallen human beings multiplied first before the emergence of the True Parents. Therefore, your desire should be to meet the True Parents. You need to recover that which went in the wrong direction; this is restoration through indemnity. Hence, those fallen human beings who were born earlier than the True Parents must go in the opposite direction. You must go in the direction opposite to what the secular world wants. (019-203, 1968/01/07)
12 For Jesus to fulfill his purpose in his lifetime, he needed to find his Bride. But he was not able to do so. That is why he left the concept "I am the Bridegroom, and you are the Bride" as his last testament. The resurrected Jesus looked for the Bride throughout the world. He searched for the best candidate among the most faithful believers within the realm of the Second Israel, regardless of nationality. For the past 2,000 years he made continual efforts in search of her. When he finds the Bride, the true human ancestors can emerge; when the true human ancestors emerge, the True Parents can emerge.
The turning point in providential history
True Parents' Holy Wedding, held on April 11,1960, was the historic moment when the history of restoration through indemnity climbed over the mountain of indemnity at the completion level of the growth stage. The Holy Wedding of True Parents was a global and cosmic event. True Father, who came as the perfected Adam on the foundation of the long history of the providence, laid the foundation on earth to receive True Mother, the original Eve. True Father represents heaven, True Mother represents earth, and their union finally connected the spiritual world and the physical world, which had been divided. Finally the standard required to break down the wall that had separated Adam and Eve from God had been met.
13 Some historians say that in the 1960s history entered a time of great transition. The perspective of the Unification Principle is that although Korea became the base for the Christian cultural sphere to receive the Messiah, the Christian cultural sphere failed when it did not accept me. Nevertheless, we can assert that once the Holy Wedding had been held in the name of God and True Parents, history finally began turning in a new direction.
14 The peak, or apex, of the providence of restoration occurred in 1960. At that time I was receiving persecution from the nation and the people of Korea, from all the Christian denominations and even from some church members. I was in a desperate, life-and-death situation. Indeed, the Unification Church was at a moment of truth; its very survival was at stake. In those difficult circumstances I nevertheless proceeded with the Holy Wedding. At that point a new history began. The Holy Wedding was a historic turning point. Even historians state that 1960 was a turning point. From that point on I began resolving all the problems one by one. (052-068, 1971/12/22)
15 April 11, 1960, was the day of True Parents' Holy Wedding. Externally speaking it was an ordinary day; nothing seemed out of the ordinary. However, the Holy Wedding that took place on that day made it a day totally different from any other in history. Because of that day, human history is now in the hands of one person.
16 Adam, the ancestor of humankind, lost the authority of dominion because, at the completion level of the growth stage, he listened to Eve and followed her desire. To restore this through indemnity, Jesus had to come to earth as a human being who, one with God's love and having a perfect character, could fulfill the purpose of creation. Then he had to find the one woman who could follow him to fulfill the Will. God created Eve from Adam; thus the re-creation of Adam and Eve must be done in the same order. Adam must be re-created first; then he must establish Eve as his Bride and start a new family in order to walk toward a perfect world.
17 God's purpose of creation and His work of re-creation can be realized now that Adam and Eve have received the Marriage Blessing at their Holy Wedding. God had worked to realize this ever since the first human ancestors fell at the completion level of the growth stage, and from the viewpoint of that course of restoration, all humankind today must climb to that level.
18 1 fought with the spirit world and was victorious on the individual level. To win that victory I faced winds that threatened to sweep me away; they were harsher than the harshest winds on earth. Tens of millions of times I had to resolve to persevere against the powers of death. Whenever I came face-to-face with the enemy, Satan, I told myself, "I cannot collapse. I cannot die. If I die, who will establish the will of heaven? No matter how much I suffer, I have to live. Even if my four limbs are amputated and I am bed-ridden the rest of my life, I absolutely must not die." With this resolve I was able to overcome all obstacles on that incredibly difficult path.
19 God sent Jesus after 4,000 years. He came after a long history had passed. Jesus was born after only ten months (by Korean counting) in his mother s womb, but for him to come to earth had taken 4,000 years of preparation. Because he came with such a historical foundation, Jesus was in a position to indemnify the entire history of 4,000 years. Originally he was supposed to complete the condition to indemnify that history by the age of 40, but due to the disbelief of his people he was unable to accomplish that.
20 How could I surpass the hurdle of the number 40 in 1960? How could I get past the number 40 that is based on the teaching of the Principle? Jesus died at the age of 33; he was 7 years short of achieving the number 40. That is why during the remaining seven-year period I had to face great tribulations in the human world. I was confronted with the issue of how I could overcome these obstacles. In order to overcome them, I had to go against the flow and follow the course of restoration that Jacob passed through, and all the entangled indemnity courses of the numerous forebears in the course of providential history.
21 The path of my life up to age 40 wasthe time for me to achieve victory on the individual level before I finally could move on and create a horizontal foundation. The purpose of that period in my life was to indemnify the history of restoration in order to establish the one Adam. Then in 1960, the time came to create the horizontal foundation on which to bring victory centering on Adam.
22 True Parents' Holy Wedding was a cosmic, momentous event, worthy of a great celebration on earth. Thereby the True Parents, as God's embodiments, gained the world-level victory both spiritually and physically. This was the vertical indemnity condition for resolving issues on the horizontal plane on earth. In order to be in the position to conduct the Holy Wedding, I had to restore Jesus' three main disciples who failed to support him. I had to indemnify the failure of Adam to properlyestablish a family.
23 The goal of the providence of restoration is to restore Adam s family. Due to the failure of Adam's family, the providence moved to Noah's family. God destroyed all people on Earth through the flood judgment, except for Noah's family; then, based on that family He intended to establish a providential foundation that was beyond Satan's accusation. Then the providence moved to Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Jesus, and now it has arrived at this era. We must indemnify all of it, and the center is Adam's family.
24 After the Holy Wedding in 1960,1 created holy salt. Do you know why? It was because True Parents should not use anything from the fallen world. God's Son is the Parent whom God has perfected. Everything that is defiled in the fallen world should be burned; however, since this is not possible in practice, holy salt was created as an alternative. Sprinkling things with holy salt symbolizes cleansing the things of the fallen world. Applying holy salt cleanses Satan's world and, on that condition, heaven's side is able to use the things in the fallen world. Once God's nation is established, no one will be able to use the things of the world and itsnations as they are, even their most valued antiques, without cleansing them. (267-119, 1995/01/03)
Section 2. The Lord and His Bride
The Holy Wedding and True Mother
Jesus came to earth to bring an end to the history that had resulted from the Fall of Adam and Eve, and to restore the world of God's ideal of creation. But due to the disbelief of the chosen people of Israel and the Jews of that time, he was unable to fulfill the Will. He ascended to heaven, leaving behind the promise that he would come again. Following in Jesus' footsteps, True Father took up the mission of the Messiah. He began his public ministry on August 15, 1945, the day Korea regained its independence.
1 Jesus died on the cross 2,000 years ago, unable to fully accomplish his mission. Today, 2,000 years later, True Parents must fulfill what Jesus wanted to fulfill. Jesus wanted to fulfill it in his time based on the Jewish people, but he could not. Now at this second attempt, we must substantiate the union of True Father and True Mother centered on the worldwide foundation of Christianity. Without establishing this foundational point, you cannot become true sons and true daughters of God's direct lineage. The ideal of the Second Advent is to set the standard for humankind to be connected to God's lineage. The goal of the Second Advent is also to have a true family, for it is with such a family that heaven's way can begin. With it, true love and happiness can commence. (019-104, 1967/12/31)
2 When something is broken, bringing it back to its original condition requires that it be repaired. The world wants to be made new. The nation, the society, the individual—all want to be made new. People want to be made new as God's sons and daughters. Jesus came as the new Son, so there had to be a new Daughter. However, Jesus was killed before he could find this new Daughter. That one Mother was the hope of the whole universe. Jesus' path to find her was full of hardship and persecution. His situation was miserable. He was persecuted and chased from field to field and from town to town. Jesus tried to accomplish God's Will by finding her through Joseph's family—his own family from David's tribe, but he could not. So he left his home and followed a course of public life for three years, still searching for her. (019-161, 1968/01/01)
3 The fact that at present you cannot see God's face makes it seem as if you are still living in the womb. Your situation is that you have yet to be born. This means you must be born again. Because the providence of spiritual salvation already has been accomplished, people can be reborn spiritually. However, this will not suffice. You need to be reborn in both spirit and flesh.
4 Jesus came to earth as the Second Adam. The Holy Spirit, as the Second Eve, was unable to assume a body. If you were to go to the spirit world, you would see that the Holy Spirit is the Mother Spirit of God.
5 The Unification Church is the first parent-type religion. Religion began with the servant religion and has progressed to the adopted-child religion, the stepchild religion, the son and daughter religion, and then the mother religion.
6 Have you ever heard people say that they believe in salvation through the family? If you ask Christians who they believe in, they will answer, "I believe in Jesus." Buddhists, too, would say that they believe in the Buddha, rather than in his family. However, in the future a religion to save the family needs to appear. This is True Parents' teaching, which is the true parent religion. The true parent religion will enable you to establish your own four-position foundation and live your life as true parents. Then you as the father and mother become the saviors of your sons and daughters.
7 Mother, this woman whom I have married, is truly great. Her greatness does not come from a beautiful face but from a beautiful heart. Even her beautiful voice and her graceful manner are because of her beautiful heart. I am a teacher who teaches God's philosophy by actually living it. Because I am living according to the Principle, I praise Mother and promote her in front of the public on God's behalf. This is in accordance with the Principle. (229-224, 1992/04/12)
8 People throughout the world say that my wife is beautiful. I spent some time thinking about what makes a person truly beautiful. A beautiful woman is not someone who has a beautiful face. To be a truly beautiful woman, she must be beautiful in heart. The beauty of such a woman will not diminish even after 1,000 years. Even after all that time, she will possess a refined and harmonious appearance. Such a woman can embrace her surroundings and bring out the best in any situation. Such a woman is the beauty of all beauties. Mother has that kind of beauty. That is why I think she is the beauty among beauties. (220-175, 1991/10/19)
9 Mother is a woman of great wisdom. Also, her eyes are magnificent. When she smiles, I am completely mesmerized by her charming eyes. She has such beautiful eyes. I really like Mother's nose too. When she senses something good is coming, she laughs in such a way that her nostrils start to flutter. I am not sure if this is Mother's charm, but I tell you that, as her husband, it movesmy heart. Also, if we encounter a grave or serious situation, Mother tries not to purse her lips to show that she is upset. When I see her wisely restraining herself like that, I find her lips even more beautiful. Mother also has a lovely demeanor. Indeed, she has many great qualities. I think wives who possess these graces carry the secret keys to solve all problems and make all things go well. (127-093, 1983/05/05)
10 One of Mother's special qualities is that she is intuitive. This is an inborn quality. Further, whenever I ask her to do something, she makes a firm resolution to fulfill it. Then she never forgets that resolution until it is done. That is why she has been able to overcome every trial on her path. She has perseverance and patience for God's purpose. Another reason I am very grateful to Mother is that she is very giving. She always wants to give away her most precious possessions, not only to our own children, but also to all of you, at any time and without hesitation. I believe that this trait of her personality is a God-given gift. (092-329, 1977/05/03)
11 Mother needed to give birth to at least 12 children within a span of 20 years in order to completely restore Jacob's family through paying indemnity. Jesus' 12 disciples could not unite with each other. What did they do? They abandoned Jesus, and one of them ended up selling him. Why did this happen? One problem was that despite their brotherly ties, the disciples werefrom different tribes. There was a problem in Jacob's family because he had sons and daughters born from four different women. In my time, in order to overcome that problem Mother gave birth to at least 12 children within a 20-year time period. Had she not succeeded in this, she could not have fulfilled her mission as True Mother.
12 Throughout history there was no woman who was willing to suffer through all kinds of miserable situations and still support her husband through even more difficulties, continually and without complaint. If there were a woman who suffered through such hardships and then said, "Standing before the Will, I have nothing but gratitude," that woman would be able to comfort us when we felt discouraged.
13 Mother was 17 years old at the time of the Holy Wedding. I was 40 years old. As a fully grown man, I received a young lady of 17 years as my wife and placed her in the position of True Mother. This was unacceptable in the eyes of the world, but I had to do it for the sake of the providence. There was no other way.
14 A month before the Holy Wedding, Father appeared to me in a dream and gave me a special revelation from God, "Be prepared, for that day is at hand." More than a marriage proposal, it was a decree from heaven. When I received that decree, I was completely overwhelmed. Because at the time I did not have the ability to deal with such a monumental matter, I had to empty myself. All I could do was pray. I responded while constantly keeping that revelation in mind, thinking, "O God, I have been living in accordance with Your Will. I will follow and do whatever Your Will may be. Whatever Your providential purpose for me may be, I will follow as You command." I was 17 years old, and it was sometime in February. I did not want to analyze the situation at that time because I was making internal preparations by emptying myself. I only wanted to follow God's Will. (True Mother, 1977/05/03)
15 1 know of a story from the line of my mother s family that seems like a legend. In the Jo clan of my maternal grandmother, Jo Won-mo, there is a record about a Maitreya statue from the time of our ancestor Jo Han-Jun. In 1991, when I went with Father to North Korea, I inquired whether this statue of the Maitreya actually existed. I was told that it still exists to this day. According to this story, Jo Han-jun had a dream in which the Maitreya Buddha promised him that a princess from heaven would be sent to his descendants.
16 Mother and I were blessed in marriage in 1960, 14 years after the liberation of Korea. Why did it take 14 years? The ancestors of humankind fell at the completion level of the growth stage. Thus, based on the principle of restoration through indemnity, it took a period of 14 years filled with persecution for me to take root in Korea and build an altar named the Unification Church. All of this was to place True Mother in her position. I had to do it even as we fought against the opposition of Christianity and the Republic of Korea.
17 1 had to fight up to the last minute. The day before going to the wedding venue, I had to go to the police station and write an affidavit. Numerous betrayers made accusations against me. Just as Jesus' 12 disciples betrayed him, 12 previously faithful church members banded together against me. Individuals who had been on the side of the Unification Church began to oppose me, other churches opposed me, and the nation opposed me. Just as the nation of Israel, the leaders of Judaism, and Judas Iscariot banded together and killed Jesus, I was being driven toward a similar fate.
18 On the path of restoration through paying indemnity, we must follow a law or formula—that of making certain required conditions. Around the time the Holy Wedding was going to take place, some Unification Church members left the church. Twelve persons who had once been members of the church banded together and started opposing me, just as Jesus' 12 disciples opposed him. It was inevitable that I go through the same in the restoration process. The nation opposed me, trying to knock me down. Christianity opposed me, and members who had left the Unification Church opposed me. Those three groups united in a fight to destroy me. From Satan's standpoint, the nation represented the formation stage, Christianity represented the growth stage, and the members who had left the church represented the completion stage. This is why Satan worked through them to attack me. (086-238, 1976/04/01)
19 For seven years, beginning in 1953,I prepared for the Holy Wedding.Around that time virtually everyone opposed me: the nation, Christianity, and even some members. In 19551 was incarcerated, but even in prison I fought to lay the foundation for victory. Then in 19571 began preparing for the Blessing in earnest. I fasted for 40 days and exhorted the members to evangelize in order to lay a nationwide foundation. I went on the offensive and expanded our evangelizing activities throughout the nation. I raised the Unification Church to a new level.
20 The Holy Wedding took place 15 days after the Engagement Ceremony. It began with the Ceremony to Restore the Parents through Indemnity. It was followed by the Ceremony for the Parents of Glory.
21 Seven hundred members from around Korea were invited to attend the Holy Wedding. Father distributed tickets stamped with his seal to everyone who attended. He told them, "In the future, with this ticket even a person who is supposed to go to hell can enter heaven." I believe those words were meant to emphasize the preciousness of True Parents' Holy Wedding, and that Father wanted the people who were there to treasure the value of that moment.
22 O Heaven, may you lift up the flag of victory! O Earth, may you offer the gift of joy in front of Heavenly Father! Heavenly Father, 1 know that on this occasion heaven and earth are together in oneness offering glory, glory, and infinite glory to You. May all future generations keep and cherish this auspicious occasion. Father, let the drums roll, and let us march forward on and on into Satan's world to quickly bring back all of Your children to You as brave people who are restored. I sincerely hope and pray that You will enable us to become children who can pledge and vow to commit ourselves with all of our hearts, and even our blood and flesh. Please welcome this daughter who was anointed here today, and guide her to become Your daughter who can sever all bitter sorrow and pain, by enabling her to wear the olive laurel wreath of victory. (150-113, 1960/03/27)
23 I can never describe the heart of God, who has been preparing everything for this day, the day of the Holy Wedding. I am so overwhelmed by our Heavenly Fathers love, having sent me as His daughter to this place so that we can fulfill the Will and conclude 6,000 years of providential history. I just do not know what to say. Until the day when we have fulfilled the Will, I pledge that I will advance with you members in oneness of heart and in all aspects oflife. (True Mother, 1960/04/11)
Section 3. The Seven-Year Course and the Birth of True Children
The seven-year course
True Parents' Holy Wedding was performed on the foundation of 14 years of indemnity. The following seven years was the period in which True Parents' family had to set a condition to be free from Satan's invasion and complete the foundation of the original family that could enter the realm of God's direct dominion.
1 What did I do until 1960? Like Jacob, I walked a 14-year course. Thus, although the 7 years starting in 1960 is the first 7-year course for you, for me it is the last part of my 21-year course. Through this 7-year course, we need to create the heavenly fortune that will enable us to successfully reach out to the people of this nation. During the first three years God wanted us to establish the internal standard of the family, and during the remaining four years He wants us to establish the external standard in our relations with society.
2 Jesus should have been able to establish a road of victory based on unity with Joseph's family, representing David's tribe, and then restore through indemnity the nation of Israel without opposition from the people. But he was not able do so. Hence, the Unification Church is now working to indemnify this. This is why I am trying to establish the Unification tribe by restoring individuals, families and clans.
3 In order to dissolve bitter pain and sorrow, the events that caused themmust be cleared up and indemnity must be paid. This is why there must be a course in order to complete restoration. I went through a course of struggle to restore and perfect Adam and laid the foundation for his victory; hence, I can stand tall as a man. Likewise, in order for Mother to stand tall as a woman, she as Eve must go through the course of restoration through indemnity. This requires her to undergo a course of battles in heart, in body and in faith that no one else can fathom. The path that Mother had to pioneer was as dangerous as walking a tightrope.
4 After paying indemnity to complete my individual course, I established my family in 1960 and entered the path of the cross on the family level. Since I had to fulfill the mission of indemnifying the 6,000 year history of the providence, I focused on paying indemnity to carry the cross on the family level more than on you and the church.
5 During the period of the first seven-year course, we the Parents struggled internally before heaven and earth. We paid indemnity to clear up all the tangled bitterness and sorrow that originated from the Fall. This was the period when we could resolve and clear up all the historical circumstances that arose from Adam and Eve's mistakes in the area of lineage. To move forward, we had to sort out relationships that could be offered to heaven, offered for the sake of the Will not only in mind but also in body. This is how we were finally able to complete the first seven-year course and True Parents could emerge into the world with victory. (077-215, 1975/04/12)
6 The Unification Church launched its activities in earnest in 1960, on the basis of attending Mother. Despite persistent opposition from the nation and from Christianity, you laid the foundation to push through that opposition so you could welcome Mother and attend her.
7 What has God been doing for the past 6,000 years? What has been His unchanging desire throughout history? It has been to find the one person, True Mother. It is to find her through Adam, after re-creating him and sending him to earth. This is re-creation. Originally, God created Adam and then created Eve from Adam; therefore, for re-creation, Adam has to come to earth first and then find Eve. In other words, he must find and establish Mother.
8 Had Adam and Eve not fallen, they would have completed this first seven-year course. This was the path they were required to go to become the True Parents. Therefore, no matter what accusations Satan threw against us, Mother and I had to make a breakthrough during this time period. I paved this path, leading the way as the representative of the family during the first seven-year course. During this period, we, Father and Mother, had to unravel all the tangles of history.
9 It was not easy for us to secure the family of True Parents. We had to rise all the way to the highest position in the world. We had to pass through the formation, growth and completion stages. There was a seven-year course to reach the completion stage. Since Adam and Eve fell away at the completion level of the growth stage, my family had to walk a seven-year course beginning from that point. Until the establishment ofGod's Day on January 1, 1968 Mother had to travel an arduous path as a woman. She passed heaven's tests without any problem, and this is why she could become what she is today, our great Mother. (170-034, 1987/11/01)
Establishing the four-position foundation
After the Holy Wedding 14 True Children were born in True Parents' family, starting with the first daughter, Ye-jin nim, and the first son, Hyo-jin nim. With the births of their first daughter and their first son, True Parents completed the four-position foundation that Jesus had not been able to establish. The completion of the four-position foundation in True Parents' family was a milestone in the providence of restoration that people need to replicate and realize in their own families.
10 Through the birth of my sons and daughters, the path has been paved for all of you to be reborn. In order to be reborn, you have to go through a ceremony that establishes the same conditions as if you had been nursed on True Mother's milk. So, following Ye-jin's birth, a ceremony was held throughout Korea in which all members ate some seaweed soup with rice in it. This ceremony was also held when our son Hyo-jin was born. These ceremonies set the condition that you also were born from True Mother when she gave birth to those children. (054-225, 1972/03/24)
11 You all should establish the condition that you existed as seeds within me that were yet to be born, and that then you were reborn through True Mother's womb. You cannot be born on your own, so a condition has to be fulfilled by which you are born alongside my children. For this purpose, at the birth of both my first son and first daughter we held a ceremony during which you ate seaweed soup with rice in it. The first occasion was when Ye-jin arrived. Ye-jin is our first daughter. By paying the necessary indemnity, I established the condition so that all women who participated in that ceremony were reborn through True Mother s womb. As a matter of fact, all of you must conduct your own ceremonies in which you resolve to unitewith her for three years. Hyo-jin is our first son, and the men must go through the same ceremony.
12 Before the end of the 4th lunar month of this year 1963, all the entanglements of heart among church members should be resolved. And then you must pray for blessings upon your enemies. This is a period when any member who left the church before 1962 will be given the opportunity to return. By doing this we can set the condition to command Satan's world to open the gate to us. Because I know this time is coming, I do not hate my enemies. Today is the 21st day since Hyo-jin's birth. On this day you should rejoice over him more than Mother and I do. (012-131, 1963/01/18)
13 For the title "True Parents" to be established, there has to be a basis to bring oneness among the children. Because the first human beings fell, there are two kinds of children in the world: internal children and external children, or Abel and Cain. From this perspective, the birth of our daughter Ye-jin and our son Hyo-jin between 1961 and 1963 made a profound contribution to the Providence of Restoration. Their birth and your oneness with them brought about the Day of All Things. And on the foundation of their birth, when the first seven-year course came to an end, I was able to proclaim God's Day.
14 Since Jesus was rejected by the people of Israel, a difficult job lies ahead at his Second Advent. He needs to restore you to your original position. Of course, since you were already born in the flesh and have grown up to become adults, you cannot return to the position of a seed within the body of perfected Adam. Therefore, you need to establish the condition to be born again by uniting with True Children who were born from True Parents.
15 For three years, from 1960 to 1963, all the blessed families in Korea went through the course of restoration on the national level. Since the national-level foundation was lost in Jesus' time, all members in the church left home and participated in mission activities to restore the nation.
16 Some of you here must have eaten seaweed soup when Ye-jin and Hyo-jin were born. This was to make a condition that both Cain and Abel were born together. You blessed families are in the position of Cain, so you must attend the True Children in the position of Abel asif they were God or even higher. You must attend them more sincerely than you attend True Parents.
17 You cannot enter True Mother's womb, so you must become one with True Parents' infant children. For three years you need to be in the position of a baby inside the womb. This is why I gave you these mottoes for the three years from 1960 to 1962: first, "Let this be the year of the best result of our lives," second, "Let us become Heavenly Father's representatives," and third, "Let us become people who have something to show and who can be proud ofourselves." What I mean by "show and be proud of" is the restoration of the four-position foundation by restoring many people.
18 The archangels were supposed to attend, serve and honor Adam and Eve from the moment they were created until the time they were married. But the angelic world failed to attend Adam and Eve and became fallen. The bitter sorrow and resentment thus created by the angelic world must be resolved. For this reason you need to have three spiritual children and guide them to attend your own children from the time they are within the womb. Otherwise you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
19 Until 1963, True Parents worked with you, sharing your situation and eating humble meals of barley rice. We had to set that indemnity condition for three years on the family level. At the same time, you had to go out and struggle to give birth to your spiritual children. Just as you ate barley rice, True Parents also had to eat it. Now we will have to offer our sons and daughters internally when we go to America for a course of sacrifice on the world level. This is what we have to do.
Section 4. True Parents'Completion of the Providence
The proclamation of True Parents
After the Holy Wedding and the subsequent seven-year course, True Parents formed the True Family and established the four-position foundation on the family level. On that foundation they went through the eight stages to complete their mission, thus creating the foundation to establish and build the kingdom of heaven. As the providence of restoration progressed, they set indemnity conditions appropriate to each period of time and accomplished them. After each one, they conducted a corresponding proclamation ceremony so that Satan could not invade it.
1 Christianity opposed me after World War II; hence, during the following 40 years I had to completely restore through indemnity what John the Baptist failed to do. I had to restore the failure of Christianity; otherwise I would have had no way to find and install the Bride. So, by paying indemnity for more than 40 years, I completely restored the failure of John the Baptist and the Christian cultural sphere. This work was to restore America and reclaim it from Satan. That is why True Mother went to the United States Congress and proclaimed "True Parents and the Completed Testament Age." She did the same at the United Nations.
2 The Fall of the first human ancestors caused the loss of the four great realms of heart and the three great kingships. Now, finally we are liberated to lift up the name of True Parents. We reached that position 47 years after World War II, after indemnifying all the failures of history. The lonely path of the heart that Mother followed her whole life was entirely to prepare for this one day, when she would fulfill the mission she was destined for.
3 Korea is the land to which the Lord isto return. The Lord at the Second Advent whom Christians have been expecting is none other than I. Today, July 3,1992 is the first time I am announcing this in public. For the first time I am putting it in writing, in order to let the world know who the Lord at the Second Advent is. What did I write? Sun Myung Moon! I wrote this for the first time. Now that I have made this official announcement, you need to clearly understand what it means. From now on, everything will be revealed. (232-109, 1992/07/03)
4 In August 1992, during the World Culture and Sports Festival at the Little Angels' Performing Arts Center, in front of the approximately 1,000 prominent leaders from around the world, including heads of state who were participating in the eight events of the festival, I proclaimed, "I am the Messiah, the Savior and the True Parent." Even so, they nodded their heads; no one shook their heads in objection.
5 Centering on God, I proclaimed that we are the True Parents of humankind. I proclaimed worldwide that the unfallen True Parents who can liberate humankind have come to this world. Now that True Parents have emerged, their children also can become true parents; and all those who receive their teachings likewise can become true parents. Due to the Fall, the term "true parents" vanished and the persons who could have become true parents disappeared. (322-250, 2000/05/21)
6 My encounter with Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union was equivalent to Jacob s encounter with Esau in the Old Testament Age. I represented the United States, Japan and Korea in the position of Jacob, and Gorbachev represented the Soviet Union, China and North Korea. We met, and I planted God's true love in his heart. This meant Jacobs return to his hometown. Now the only remaining thing for Esau to do is to unite with his younger brother and attend the Heavenly Parent. He needs to bring his communist nations to unite with the younger brother nations of the free world and attend the HeavenlyParent; it is the only way for the communist world to survive.
7 Now that True Parents have been proclaimed to the world, the cosmos is approaching a turning point. For the cosmos to follow True Parents, it must have true children, true clans and true peoples. Now that you have been proclaiming True Parents throughout the world, it is time for you, as their true children, to proclaim the true family. Your proclamations should not be limited to the family level. Since the First Adam and the Second Adam were not able to complete their missions, to indemnify this you need to expand the realm of tribal messiahship. Therefore, all of you need to conduct events to proclaim True Parents while taking the position of true parents to your tribes. That is how you can build the foundation to bring change on the national level and the world level. (202-178, 1990/05/20)
8 Jesus strove to fulfill the work that Adam failed to do, but he was not able to complete it. Since Jesus passed away before he could do this, the Lord of the Second Advent, who comes as the perfected Third Adam, is required to rectify the failures that occurred at thetime of the First Adam and Second Adam and complete their unfinished work.
9 In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve fell in their teenage years. The Fall was a problem of love between a man and woman. Since that is the seed that was sown, now that the harvest time has arrived worldwide, the problems of promiscuity among young people and family breakdown have become serious.
10 The Messiah is the True Father. Because the Fall occurred, the false parents emerged and all human beings have been born from their false lineage; therefore, the providence of salvation is not an easy task to fulfill. No matter how many times the blood of the false lineage is purified, it cannot be purified completely. That is why the salvation of human beings remains incomplete even after tens of millions of years.
11 You do not understand the difficult circumstances I have faced until now. Ninety-nine out of 100 people would have given up and run away. That is how fearful and serious my position was. However, I did not budge even one inch. This is because I regarded it as my destiny. Had the path been easy, I am sure that Satan would have taken it first. I went on a path that even Satan did not dare to go. This is how I have expanded my scope from the family to the tribe, people, nation, world and cosmos.
12 I was not born as a prince of a fabulous kingdom. No one recognized who I was. Few ever imagined that the Lord would return to Korea, a small nation scarred from numerous wars. The Lord of the Second Advent comes at a time when the four realms that emerged as a result of Jesus' death on the cross-democracy and communism, and Islam and Christianity—are enemies to each other. Their conflicts having reached the world level, the Lord has to deal with them and bring them into unity.
13 When the Lord comes again, he needs to unite the world that is now divided between the left wing and the right wing. He also must unite the religions of the world. That is why I have been forging unity between the left wing and the right wing, and among religions. Neither the United States government nor the government of the Soviet Union is doing this. The Lord to come needs to fulfill what Jesus was not able to fulfill in his lifetime. Otherwise he cannot turn the world around.
14 Blessed families are in the position of Jesus, and they must restore the nation as Jesus was supposed to do. Israel was divided between the north and the south. It was divided between the northern kingdom, composed of ten tribes, and the southern kingdom, with two tribes. Leah and Rachel should have united; because they were unable to resolve their struggle, the nation was divided into two. Jesus died under similar circumstances, symbolized by the thief on the left and the thief on the right. The two thieves represented Cain and Abel on the world level. Thus, when the Lord returns, he needs to change the situation and bring them into unity. That is how he can establish the realm of victory.
15 True Parents are responsible to connect the realms of indirect dominion and direct dominion. The question is how to tear down the walls that Satan has erected around individuals, families, tribes, peoples, nations and the world. God has been working continually to achieve this goal, while Satan has been challenging God and striving to block God's work. In this way, God and Satan have been confronting each other.
16 People who did good deeds through their devotion to and faith in the major world religions and then went to the spirit world as good spirits have helped the earthly providence according to God's desire. Until the present time, the only way they could connect to the earth was through religion. However, now True Parents have come to earth. They have fought and triumphed over evil, and they have established God’s tradition from the level of the individual to the family, tribe, nation and world. As a result, we are entering the time of the emancipation of the religious realm.
Proclamations of True Parents' ultimate unity
In 2010, on the 8th day of the 5th month by the heavenly calendar (June 19) at 2:20 a.m. and the 15lh day of the 5th month by the heavenly calendar (June 26) at 3:25 a.m., True Parents proclaimed in Las Vegas that they had achieved oneness in mind, oneness in body, oneness in thought and oneness in core with God, vertically, and that they had achieved ultimate unity horizontally. On that foundation, they declared the completion, conclusion and closure of the Old Testament, New Testament and Completed Testament Ages, and the advent of the age in which God is all-immanent, all-transcendent, all-powerful and all-capable.
17 Now I am establishing the tradition that no one can match, either mentally or physically. With my mind fixed on heaven and earth, I am making countless conditions of devotion. When my conditions are so sincere that they touch both heaven and earth, Satan cannot invade what I am doing. It is mainly those conditions of devotion that prevent Satan from invading. My conditions enable family members in heaven and all the spirit persons in heaven to build a bridge to earth, and when those in the spirit world come down on that bridge and connect to my foundation, Satan cannot oppose them. This means that I have now laid all the foundations needed to fulfill the Will. (285-303, 1997/06/29)
18 Thus far, everyone opposed the path I was taking. America opposed me, the Soviet Union opposed me, China opposed me, Kim Il-sung opposed me, and all others opposed me. Yet I have overcome them all. My mission is to defeat the left-wing communists and completely liberate the people in the communist world. I am working to unite all the people in Satan's realm and bind all humankind together, based on one standard.
19 I have to represent 4,000 years of history; that is why I have not been able to sleep comfortably for the past 40 years. I have faced opposition from all people and all nations. During that time I struggled desperately to find out how to overcome that opposition on the levels of the individual, family, tribe, nation, world and cosmos. To overcome those obstacles, I had to take a path completely different from the paths in Satan's world. While communicating with God, who was with me behind the scenes wherever I went in heaven and on earth, I tore down the walls of Satan's world one by one. By breaking down all the walls I built a highway from the individual level to the levels of the family, tribe, people, nation, world and all of heaven and earth. These efforts restored human beings to the positions of Adam and Eve before they fell.
20 I broke down all the walls in front of me—eight levels of walls from the individual and family to the nation and beyond. Over the past 40 years I have prepared the path for Adam and Eve to return, so they can move back and forth. Now that path is complete. It is a path that will remain even after I have returned to God.
21 Adam should complete restoration in his own generation. Since all the issues of restoration must be resolved within True Parents' generation, you have no idea how busy we are.
22 A problem would arise in the spirit world as well as on earth if I did not disclose that I am the one who comes into the world with God's Divine Seal as the True Parent, the Savior, the Messiah and the king of peace, the one long sought by humanity. That is why I made the proclamation as to who I am. That proclamation can be likened to proclaiming a constitution that has already been ratified. Those who are not in accord with it will fall behind, and those who are in accord with it will move forward and remain forever.
23 God is invisible, yet I must be able to attend Him as the True Parent even better than I would attend anyone visible to my physical eyes. I have a responsibility to follow the way of light amid the light, to remove the darkness, and to reach the position where I can liberate all people from the realm of hell. I must erase Satan's footprints and even his shadow from the realms of the spirit world.
24 I have overcome all the obstacles. When I think about what I have done, it seems like a dream. I wonder, how could I have done all this? I never thought that it was I who did it, not even in my dreams. It is God who did it. He prepared everything, inside and out. He set up the entire framework; He trained me and made foundation upon foundation so that I could complete my work. I am saying that heaven toiled much more than we can ever imagine. That is why, whatever happens in my life, I live without complaining. (311-107, 1999/08/19)
25 Due to the Fall, human beings lost their original hometown and original fatherland. Yet the planet Earth is our original homeland; and the place where God dwells is our original fatherland.
26 Despite receiving persecution my entire life, I have always lived for the sake of others. This is how I was able to cover all the levels of opposition, from the individual to the family, tribe, people, nation and world. Not only have I attained perfection as an individual, I also have completed my mission on all eight levels, including the family, tribe, people, nation, world, cosmos and God. I completed all this, which never could be done before, not even during 6,000 years of history. Now that it is finished, the world is no longer in the course of restoration where we must pay indemnity.
27 God has been leading the providence of salvation not just for one generation but for thousands of years. Biblically speaking, God has been working in history for the restoration of humankind for 6,000 years. Four thousand years is the length of time that the history of restoration was centered on the chosen people of Israel, which did not fully succeed. That period is what I had to restore through indemnity during the last 40 years. I have given Mother all the fortune I accumulated throughout my life. She, in turn, had to live her life accepting that I, her husband, am also her grandfather, her father and her older brother. She has actually lived her life with that standard. This is what makes Mother so wonderful. (256-219, 1994/03/13)
28 What is it that True Parents should accomplish in 2007, a jubilee year of the providence? I came to earth representing the incorporeal God. I discovered and revealed all the secrets of heaven, earth and human beings, and brought victory by paying indemnity. Then I passed on my entire victorious foundation to Mother. On this foundation, Mother held a global speaking tour of 180 nations. Afterward, with unity between Cain and Abel, she toured 40 nations. The oneness of the family during these tours was the foundation for the work I did to deal with the providence. All of your families must follow that path.
29 I did not mind going to prison. When I went to Pyongyang, I already knew whom I would meet, as if the meetings had been prearranged. Jesus had 12 disciples, but when he went to prison they all betrayed him. In my case, when I was imprisoned I actually found 12 disciples and even more. For restoration through indemnity, I had to restore all that was lost.
30 We, the True Parents, opened a new age by completing, concluding and closing the entire history of the providence of restoration through indemnity. We opened the era of Cheon II Guk. Now you need to reach out and educate your neighbors and people of every nation, to enable them to unite with the Will of our Heavenly Parent and True Parents. That is the best way to satisfy the debt you owe to God in return for His love and blessings, and to fulfill your mission for humankind. (True Mother, 2013/10/22)
31 The 15th day of the 5th lunar month in 2010 was an important date. On that day Mother and I together made a final declaration. At that time, Mother and I came to an agreement on matters about Korea and other matters pertaining to policies. That was when Mother promised that she would unite with me regardless of what happened. Based on her promise, we made our declaration. Amid the final battle with the fallen world, Mother and I made a solemn promise centering on God; that event took place at 3:25 a.m. on the 15th day of the 5th month by the heavenly calendar in 2010.
32 O Father, every being in heaven and on earth is totally focused on this day, December 11, 2011. On this day, True Parents perfected, finalized and consummated the original standard of the Creator. Now, Father, You have become the Owner of earth. Now heaven and earth, Father and children, and the family and the world can be totally liberated and enter the state of complete freedom. Accordingly, this is the day to proclaim the perfection, conclusion and consummation of Your victory as the True Parent of the Cosmos, and Your victorious supremacy in the world according to the ideal of creation. Mansei to God! Mansei to True Parents!
Section 5. The Way to Become True Parents
True Parents are the example
All human beings were originally supposed to achieve individual perfection within the love of God, become true husbands and wives and true parents, and form true families. Each true family creates a special realm in which we can experience, in succession, love for our parents, love among siblings, love as husband and wife, and love for our children. It is also the fundamental foundation for completing the purpose of creation.
1 True Parents' family is the model for all families. Therefore, True Parents are re-creating all the families of the world on the horizontal level. Based on the Principle and its laws, they are bringing all families into unity with God. This way they can realize the four great realms of heart, the three great king-ships and the realm of the royal family. We first must achieve the authority of the elder son, then the authority of the parents, the authority of the king, and finally the authority of the royal family. When we achieve all these, God will be able to go back and forth freely, day and night.
2 Will you be a happy person when you go to the other world? If many people want to visit you and spend time with you there, you will be happy. Although you come from different backgrounds, races, nationalities and living environments, if you participate in a new family structure in which you have become one in mind and body, one as husband and wife, and one as parents and children and with your siblings, you will find that everything works out well for you wherever you go.
3 What the fallen world needs most are True Parents who have prevailed over the fallen realm by centering on God's original love. True Parents have gone beyond the stage of fulfilling their portion of responsibility. This is the perspective of the Principle. They have gone beyond the realm of indirect dominion and have entered the realm of direct dominion.
4 The original ideal world that the first human beings were supposed to establish according to the ideal of creation would have been a world where, centering on God's true love, true life and true lineage, they would have established the four great realms of heart as true children, true siblings, true husband and wife, and true parents.
5 In the world today, families are being destroyed. Parents are losing control, and there is no proper order. Siblings are divided. The family has no center, and family members are all going their own way. In order to halt the breakdown of the family, people need the True Parents. By knowing True Parents clearly, broken families can be healed.
6 God's ideal of creation is to perfect human beings as the models of love through eight stages of life: in the womb, as an infant, sibling, engaged couple, husband or wife, parents, true grandparents and true king or queen. This course of life was designed to establish the tradition of true love and to perfect human beings as models of true love, within the parent-child relationship.
7 The world of peace will find its beginning when True Parents emerge and educate humanity, showing the world every aspect of the model family. The international marriage Blessings that True Parents are conducting throughout the world are more than the marriage ceremony of one religious group. They constitute a movement to save the nation and the world by establishing the tradition of God's love. This movement teaches young people the value of maintaining their purity prior to marriage. For adults, it promotes the marriage Blessing in which they vow to absolutely maintain trust and fidelity between husband and wife, with God's true love at the center. The marriage Blessing builds up families of true love, stops family breakdown and sets up cornerstones of peace in nations and around the world.
8 If you have absolute faith in the indemnity course that True Parents are walking and that you walk with them, when you go to the spirit world it will become a condition by which you can surmount the barriers of the past. It is because the standard of your attendance to True Parents will connect to the spirit world.
9 God is the Owner. God is the Teacher. God is the Parent. This is the three great subject partners principle. Because of this, becoming the True Parents required that we become the teachers of all teachers, the owners of all owners and the parents of all parents.
10 At Cheon Jeong Gung Palace, I wrote the following calligraphic precept, "The true, holy and virtuous Emperor of Cheon II Guk, reigning over the myriads of people and triumphant on all levels, begets generations of holy people living in peace and prosperity for whom everything goes well." You need to carry this motto in your heart as you lead your life. By now, even without anyone's help you should be able to know thoroughly the principles of heaven and earth and the formula for the course you need to follow in your life. Then you will not need any other textbooks. This is the ultimate level you need to reach. (533-011, 2006/07/18)
11 True Parents overcame all the challenges they encountered on earth and gained the supreme victory. Now, along with the inauguration of God's kingship, we have established the world of liberation. This was achieved by victoriously inaugurating the heavenly nation of God’s sovereignty, the united world of spherical oneness.
12 True Parents' family is the model. Individuals and families who emulate that model are free to travel anywhere. It is the same for the tribe, people, nation and world. All people must unite with that model. From the family to the world, everyone must inherit True Parents' tradition; this is how they can be integrated with God and True Parents as their true children. Then they will establish the unified homeland.
As a result of Adam and Eve's Fall, we are destined to travel the path of restoration. The only way to sever our connection to the Fall is to follow in the footsteps of True Parents' model course. True Parents triumphed over billions of evil spirits and brought them to voluntary submission. They succeeded because they lived a life of absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience before God.
13 Human beings are born from fallen parents. This is why you find yourselves changing every day, living in ignorance of your purpose and direction, groaning in despair. However, the path you are destined to go is not a path that changes from one moment to the next. You must not be fickle—one way in the morning and another way in the evening. You need to have the firm belief and conviction that "True Parents' path is my path; True Parents' daily life is my daily life; where True Parents stand, I will stand; True Parents' world is my world." And you should be able to say you cherish True Parents more than you do anyone else in the world.
14 You cannot become perfect on your own. You can be perfected simply by the love of your parents. This is why, once a baby is born in the bosom of its parents, the child takes after the parents. It doesn't matter whether the parents are good people or bad, handsome or plain.
15 The time has come for our blessed families, centering on True Parents' family, to present the ideal of the family to the families of humankind throughout the world. This is the era to restore the family. Therefore, now that we are building exemplary families on God's side, we should teach the right path to all the families in Satan's world. We should present the one perfect model, surpassing the imperfect standards of families in the fallen world. This would be a family in which sons and daughters attend their Heavenly Parent, a wife attends her husband, children attend their parents, and a younger sister serves her older brother.
16 You need to place God and True Parents at the center of your life. This is the original standard. After taking this position, you need to expand it into a new future. You need to build a world that is the expansion of God and True Parents' family. For this, you need to establish the structure of your own family based on absolute, original, true love. This is the beginning point of the tradition of God and True Parents.
17 All members who received the Blessing must become true parents. We are now living in the era when we must bring all the families of the world to become families with true parents. Since we now laid the foundation to bring unity throughout the world, the time has come for all the blessed people throughout the world to become true parents, and by doing so to enable others to become true parents.
18 Now you need to go over the individual level of Adam and Eve when they lived with God prior to the Fall, and even beyond their life as a family. You must go further, to fulfill the family ideal at the levels of the tribe, nation, world and cosmos.
19 You need to fulfill the way of filial children in your family, the way of patriots who live for the nation, the way of saints who live for the world, and the way of divine sons and daughters who live for heaven and earth. Your family represents not only your own family; it represents the model for your tribe, people, nation, world and cosmos. Therefore, you are required to live for the fulfillment of them all.
20 You must become citizens of the kingdom of heaven. It is the nation of True Father, the nation of True Mother and the nation of the true elder son. When you are connected to them, you emerge as people of the kingdom of heaven. Each of you is a citizen, a son or daughter, and an owner of the kingdom of heaven. It is in the family that you begin to become owners of the kingdom. From there you can enter the realm of the royal family.
21 True Parents are the owners of true love. True Parents are the king and queen of love. We have lost that most precious true love. The question is how we can recover it. True Parents, true love, true life and true lineage form a realm that Satan cannot touch no matter how much he tries.
22 As a result of Adam’s Fall, numerous walls were created. Now that True Parents have finally come, they have removed the barriers with their love and paved the way to the realm of heart, both in the heavenly world and on earth. Whether or not you tread that path is up to you, but the path is there. True Parents have built a highway in every village. To get onto that highway, you must bring your own car and find that road by exerting your own effort. Thanks to True Parents, the walls erected throughout human history that blocked the realm of heart and that separated the spiritual and physical worlds are now broken down. Just as water flows from a large main to every home, the road without any obstacles is now open to everyone. On this foundation, the realm of unity between the spiritual world and the physical world can finally be formed. (169-125, 1987/10/29)
23 Henceforth we must establish the standard in our own families based on the tradition of Adam and Eve, the original husband and wife according to God's creation. We must perfect the realm of husband and wife and become true parents. Then we must in turn bequeath true love, true life and true lineage to our own true sons and daughters. This is the mission of all blessed families, and you must never forget it. The reason we become true parents is not only to bring victory from the individual level to the levels of the tribe, people, nation, world and cosmos; it is also to create the realm of God's liberation. (235-022, 1992/08/24)
24 True Parents come to deal with the fundamental problem of the family, and the Savior originally comes to deal with the problems of the nation. True Parents have both these responsibilities. When they engraft people with the seed of true love and true life, both of these matters can be resolved. Due to the Fall, human beings received the seed of false love and false life. Since that made them false olive trees, they must receive a graft from the true olive trees. Then they must connect to true love, so that by centering on true love they may inherit life. Otherwise they cannot belong to True Parents' bloodline. (238-074, 1992/11/19)
25 All leaders want their successor or heir whom they raise to be better than themselves. This is the principle of the creation of heaven and earth. Hence, you who are in the position of owners should open the way for the son or daughter who most closely attends you to become even better than you are. Even though Satan may close a door and cause your heir to fall away, still you must keep the door open for him or her to return. Then your successor can inherit the original lineage, perfect and flawless, and be free of the fallen lineage.
26 You too must become true parents. If you become so, will you be true parents for a tribe or for a people? Or even for a nation? If you reach the level of national-level true parents, you will ascend straight to the heavenly kingdom.
27 We read in the Bible, "I am the way, and the truth and the life." But one thing is missing—love. Although it is written, "I am the way, and the truth and the life," what can we do with this? We need to include love. What about, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life and the love. No one comes to the Father except through me"? Jesus Christ is the central person of love. He was to become the True Parent. It is just as the body takes after the mind: in the era of True Parents, if you resemble True Parents you resemble God. (177-297, 1988/05/20)
28 When you relate to God, the question is how to attain oneness with Him as the Parent in the realm of heart. All beings, whether in the spiritual world or the physical world, whether our ancestors or those in the angelic world, exist to safeguard and protect Him. This should be their first priority. They are meant to feel in the core of their being that they are connected to God—that their body with its four limbs exists to connect to Him with a bond of true love. They are meant to have a relationship with their Lord centering on true love. All creatures in our environment in this world and this universe are meant to exist to become one with the Lord and to protect Him. Thus, when they perish, it should never be the case that they feel a grievance over having been a victim.
29 We have the idea we should become perfect. How can we attain such perfection? We need to follow a formula, such as, "If you do this, you can build an ideal family." And indeed there is a formula for building an ideal tribe, nation, world and cosmos. The owner of this formula is God. So if you base your life on this formula, you should have no problem taking root in perfection. We can reach perfection through unity between God's large formula and our small formula. Then our individual foundation will expand to become the foundation of the family, the tribe, the nation and the world, allowing us to stand right next to God. And when we are with the Center, we can connect to the spirit world vertically. It means we can become Gods sons and daughters.