One Year Anniversary Of The Seung Hwa Ceremony Of Heung Jin Moon
Reverend Sun Myung Moon
World Mission Center
New York City
January 1, 1985
Translator – Bo Hi Pak
At this time, I would like to commemorate the one year anniversary of Heung Jin’s Seung Hwa Ceremony. There are many things that people cannot understand from a worldly point of view. Certainly some of the things that we do within the Unification Church could never be understood from a worldly point of view. People must be able to understand the interaction between spirit world and physical world; that is basic and fundamental.
The world of spirit is an absolute reality; even though most people don’t perceive it, it is there. I want you to understand that even in spirit world there is an ongoing struggle between good and evil. Good spirits are trying to influence evil spirits and bring them into the sphere of goodness. Likewise. evil spirits are trying to influence the good spirits toward the sphere of evil.
Evil spirits have a certain power and dominion over the people of the physical world. Furthermore, even though there are good spirits in spirit world, none of them are perfect; no one ever had the chance to be perfected while they were living on earth. However, good spirits are making a unified effort to bring the world over to the side of goodness and the forces of evil are trying to block that. In this battle the evil world has an advantage because the evil spirit world and the evil physical world have unlimited communication.
Those people who lived a good, God-centered life while here on earth are in the category of good spirits in the spirit world. Jesus Christ came to this earth to save. What does that mean? It means to transform people so that they can go to the good spirit world. However, that mission has not been fully completed and that is why Christ must come again.
We could compare the actions of spirit world with farming. Spirit world is trying to farm the earthly plane. One farm is a wild olive tree farm, governed by evil spirits who dwell there. Then the good spirits come and strive to cultivate those olive trees, trying to have dominion over them. The world fell into the sphere of evil dominion but still God has been working through the good people on earth, trying to cultivate wild olive trees that can come under the domain of God and goodness. God has been continuously striving to make true olive trees out of the wild olive trees. God knew that there had to be one central model, one seed for the true olive tree, and that is the Messiah.
Even though the Messiah comes, he cannot fulfill his mission all by himself. The Messiah needs support, specifically from the good spirits and from a bride. Jesus Christ came as a true olive tree and was called the bridegroom. What is the bride’s relation to the bridegroom? The bride is engrafted to the bridegroom, like the wild olive tree being engrafted to the true olive tree. That is the whole concept of Christianity.
When a tree is grafted, where is it cut? It is cut at the branches, like cutting its neck and putting its head onto a new root. Originally everyone was supposed to be born as true olive trees but because of the fall everyone became wild olive trees. Thus everyone must go through the grafting process in order to transfer themselves to the true olive trees. God is cutting all of the wild olive trees and grafting them into the true olive tree.
However, the wild olive tree farm is controlled by Satan. Even though God is trying to cut those trees, Satan is blocking Him. He won’t let God come near. In order to approach the wild olive trees, God’s side has to have a certain strategy to get around Satan. One by one, each tree has to be approached according to a certain condition. The best way would be for God to own the farm. Even though the olive trees would still be wild, at least God would own and control the farm. Then He could freely go and cut and graft the trees. This is the basic concept of the chosen people.
To be allowed to transfer from the satanic sphere to the Godly sphere is always a bitter battle. In order to do it, we must have a certain offering. In the Old Testament era, man set the condition through material offerings. In the New Testament era, it was through the physical offering of the son of God. This is the era of the Completed Testament and at this time, the True Parents are setting the conditions for mankind.
There is a certain principle of love by which mankind can be grafted together and this is what we call the Divine Principle. Since Satan was the one who first planted love-satanic love-the only way it can be restored is by planting true, heavenly love. Therefore the Unification Church has mass, holy weddings. These holy weddings arc symbolic of the grafting process, by which you separate yourselves from the satanic world and graft yourselves into the family of the True Parents.
What was the fall of man? It was the planting of evil in the lineage of man. Thus we must be changed over and be engrafted into the true lineage-into true parents, true brothers and sisters, true family. Therefore, individuals must cut their relationship with the realm of Satan and make a new relationship with the True Parents. You must become a new race of Adam, cutting yourself off from the evil root.
What is the tradition of Adam? It is to inherit God’s tradition and be centered upon the love of God as a part of the True Parents family. We are creating a new cultural sphere centering upon this tradition of the True Parents. This will be the culture centered upon God and True Parents, which was supposed to be the culture of humanity from the very beginning. But since that was lost, we must restore it.
There is no distinction of race in the love of God. There is no such thing as the black love of God, the white love, or yellow love. They are all one. Furthermore, there is no separation between past, present or future so we can communicate in spirit world beyond the boundaries of time.
You must decide where you belong and what kind of olive tree you are. Are you still hesitating to be cut and grafted onto the true olive tree? Or have you already transferred your lineage?
What is going to be the Unification Church culture in the future? That will be the one world culture, centered upon the love of God and the love of the True Parents. What about the American culture-is it God’s true olive tree culture? No, that is the seed you don’t want to inherit. Perhaps this stark truth is too difficult for some of you to hear. However, you must hear it because it is the truth. Some may think, “Father is coming out of prison so he will speak differently now.” But you have found that I’m just the same as before.
What is the mission of the spirit world? They are the assistants or supporters to make this world right. Spirit world is assisting in God’s program. American culture today is centered upon sensational and physical experiences such as drugs and promiscuity. Furthermore, there is a growing subculture promoting the perverted sexual behavior of homosexuality and lesbianism. They are trying to make it legitimate. These things have their roots in a satanic origin and the American culture is buying it, absorbing it. Satan’s love culture is an evil love culture. Satan is promoting it and America is buying it.
However, the Unification Church is standing upon God’s love culture. In our culture there is no place for free sex or immorality. Sodom and Gomorrah was a thoroughly satanic love culture in which incest was particularly prevalent. The Bible describes the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God just could not permit it.
The world at large is saying to the Unification Church, “You are heretics.” However, what do you think? The Unification Church is the special task force for God on the forefront of God’s work. That’s what the Unification Church is all about. We should be able to cut all the wild olive trees and graft them into the true olive trees.
Reverend Moon brought the secret that the worldwide Satan cannot accuse. Reverend Moon’s secret is this: the spirit world has two spheres, one of good and one of evil. The good spirit world is taking the initiative so that the evil spirit world has to move toward the good. There is communication between them. When this occurs on the level of spirit, it is reflected in the physical world
Reverend Moon is using a secret method: we will win the spirit world to our side and this will be reflected here on earth. We will shift the evil family, tribe, nation and world levels in spirit world to the good side and then it will begin to happen here on earth. When this change occurs in the spirit world, sooner or later the same thing will happen here on this plane.
We have seen many evil things coming and going here on the earth. For example, when I first came to the United States, I heard a great deal about “streaking,” or naked men and women running around in public places. But that died out after a while. Another amazing thing is that the older generation is becoming more fun-loving, more promiscuous, while the young people are turning very conservative and idealistic. They are saying, “We young people don’t accept that. We don’t buy your sins.” This is actually happening in the United States today.
There is a great difference between satanic love and heavenly love. Satanic love tastes very sweet at first but you get bored with it very quickly. Heavenly love is tiring and difficult at first but once you get into it, it becomes more and more tasty. For example, when people are engaged according to secular standards they are ecstatic for a while, but eventually they repel each other.
Now the Moonies are saying, “I am not going to marry according to my own tastes. I am waiting for Reverend Moon to give me the best spouse.” We seem like weird people to the rest of the world. Furthermore, when Unification people get married, it’s hard to tell-you never see them kissing each other; you never see them taking a honeymoon. Some never even see each other for three years! Although such a love is very difficult at first, once you get into it, it is something permanent. It is eternal and it is very beautiful.
You are like “hot plates” of love-you are producing and motivating the heat of love. Our mysterious love world gets wider and wider while the satanic love world gets narrower and narrower as time goes by. Does a beautiful white woman or anyone else come to Reverend Moon expecting to be married with the most handsome white men? On the contrary, she will say, “Father, please match me with an African brother or someone from Asia or South America.” Within our church, the north pole is trying to reach out to the south pole; the Far East is merging with the West. There is some mysterious power here!
Satanic love starts out with great fanfare but then gets smaller and weaker. Heavenly love starts out with a tough, salty foundation but then becomes tastier and wider and continues to grow. You might not have the most ecstatic laugh on your wedding day, but when the days pass by your smile grows bigger and your laugh becomes truly joyful.
Where will you find a church in the United States where people gather without any chairs to sit on? A church such as that is the true love church. In that church, you touch everybody around you. You white people are touched by the black person in front of you, the red person behind you, the yellow person on your left, and the brown person on your right. Five different colors are included in that arrangement. What do you think? Is Reverend Moon’s method of education good or bad?
This is a spiritual world and I want to explain to you how to master the spiritual principles. Is Reverend Moon an American? No, I am an Oriental man; I cannot escape being Korean. However, I have discovered a special kind of law so I have a special kind of patent which gives me a certain kind of authority. My discovery has universal application. It is not just good for white people but for black people and all people.
How can you be sure that I am trustworthy? You may not see the patent itself but you see that it is working. People of all different cultures are coming together and are moving in one direction. Something is bringing them together. When God sees this, He will not say, “Reverend Moon, you cannot try that. You shouldn’t help these people.” Instead, God will say, “Reverend Moon, you’ve got the secret formula, so go ahead and propagate it all over the world.”
No matter what a person’s earthly position, whether he is a king or a great leader, it doesn’t make any difference when he goes to spirit world. Each person must have a certificate signed by Reverend Moon.
If you are a student seeking for a Ph.D., you must go through incredible difficulties. You must serve your professors and do whatever they say. They are the masters and you are the student. You cannot protest, “Mr. Professor, I am better looking than you and I am smarter, too. You are trying to block me from getting my Ph.D.” If you do, the professor will say, “Get out of my sight! You are not going to get your Ph.D.!” That person’s signature is necessary on your certificate.
Many people thought Reverend Moon would be destroyed by all the opposition against him, but even my going to Danbury will not stop me. I know what the people have said but it doesn’t matter at all. The time will come when those people will have to come for my signature. For that reason, I am absolutely confident and relaxed. The time will come.
Some people may say, “I have a special route to go,” but when they go to God, He will say, “Did you get Reverend Moon’s signature?” Even Satan himself will have to submit his certificate with Reverend Moon’s signature.
Words are cheap but the reality of obtaining that kind of authority is not easy at all. No matter what they say, the entire world including spirit world has to come to that route. When the time comes, I will declare to the world, “Now it is my turn.” At this time the U.S. government thinks it has won the battle against me but they are wrong.
When I was in the courtroom I spoke only one thing, “Your honor, I am not guilty.” Later, when the probation officers came to interview me, my lawyers advised me that maybe I should try to make friends with them, telling them I may have made some mistakes here and there. But I told them, “No, lawyers, I am not guilty.”
I am an expert on the spirit world. I know how to control it, how to maneuver, what is right, what is wrong. No one knows their ways better than I do. Once I am able to control spirit world, this world will inevitably follow the pattern of spirit world. For 30 years I have been controlling the activity of spirit world, taking down the barriers. So there was an emergence from the family level to the tribal level; tribal level to societal level. At every level, I have been tearing down those barriers.
Furthermore, through the teaching of Reverend Moon alone, the mysteries of the Bible have been cleared up. I have explained how much of the Bible has already been fulfilled, how much remains, and so forth
Spirit world is under my direction, but this physical world is the problem. Until this world becomes one, certain sacrifices indeed will be required. Jesus was such a sacrifice 2,000 years ago; he died on the cross, alone. He entered the spirit world and cannot come back to the physical world to free it.
I do not intend to explain everything today. The two most important things today were the prayer this morning at the Pledge Service and then the prayer for Heung Jin in the memorial service. That 30-minute prayer is going to be translated and the whole picture will be seen, such as why that sacrifice was necessary. It is all explained in that prayer.
Even though Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on the cross, he still could not break down the barriers of the Roman Empire or all the other nations. Today we must break down all those barriers. Nobody else can fulfill that kind of role except the direct child of the True Parents.
The sacrifice of Heung Jin is the best gift, the most extraordinary sacrifice for the sake of the world. It is the thing that will break down all the barriers of the world. There are British members receiving spiritual messages, including those from Jesus Christ. Now they are also seeing Heung Jin in the spirit world. They are flabbergasted and they don’t know why they are receiving these messages.
The time has come, because of Heung Jin’s sacrifice, that the barriers between spirit world and physical world are breaking down. The barriers between different religions are breaking down as well. Likewise, the barriers are breaking down between nations and between traditional Christianity and the Unification Church.
Established Christianity in America has been hostile to the Unification Church in the past, not wanting to pay any attention to Reverend Moon. But within these past few months, many leaders of the Christian community are mobilizing and speaking out to the government on behalf of Reverend Moon. Once, when you told them you were Moonies, they would want to spit in your face. But not any more. Now they are saying, “What is the secret of Reverend Moon?” They want to know more about the teachings of the Unification Church.
While I am in Danbury, there is a special activity going on. We are sending videotapes to 300,000 Christian ministers. These are lectures of the Divine Principle, condensed into three tapes, along with a message from me from the prison. Already there is so much curiosity about Reverend Moon. People are saying, “Who is he, anyway?”
I am a strange man, that is certain. Ordinarily when people go to prison, they are filled with despair. But when I went to prison, I was asking, “What’s next’? What good things are going to happen in the future?” It doesn’t matter where I go, I am always the same. I always open doors, wherever I go. Now I am opening the doors of prison to true love.
You have been waiting for my furlough very eagerly but the men in prison are thinking, “When is that Reverend Moon coming back? I miss him already!” They asked me if they could call me. I told them not to, but just to wait. You are with me for this one day and you feel like the time is slipping away too fast. But the men in prison are feeling just the opposite. Both of these things are good phenomena.
Many people simply cannot understand why smart, good looking Americans are following this Korean clergyman. They cannot see any reason, but they don’t know that the whole spirit world is tumbling upside down and that this world is just a part of that phenomenon. Since I have been in prison, several extraordinary things have happened. First of all, the worst communism, North Korea, began a peaceful dialogue with South Korea. This has never happened before. Also, Red China has spoken out against Marxism, calling it an antique philosophy and saying that it isn’t working. One of the tenets of communists is that Marxism is the most scientific law for society, but communist China is denying that. The entire world is shaken.
Now those Christians who once looked at Reverend Moon as a dreadful heretic are trying to get me out of
prison. Furthermore, “liberation theology” has been rampant in Latin America for many years and all of a sudden, Pope John Paul 11 said, “No more. The person who follows liberation theology cannot call himself a Catholic.” Likewise, although the Catholics have looked at Reverend Moon as a heretic, the Catholic University of La Plata in Argentina conferred an honorary degree upon me.
That means the time has come for you to take the offensive. We have been on the defensive for too long. Now when people ask, “What’s going on with Reverend Moon’?” you can say, “Did you see the videotape? Did you hear what the Catholic University of La Plata did?” You have so much to talk about.
Reverend Moon proposed something that most people haven’t dared to dream: to unite the states of Latin America. Also I have proposed that the heads of the major religions of the world come together and edit an international world Bible-one Bible for the six religions. Everybody has applauded this idea.
If I continue like this, you will all get so inflated you will just blow away! But to make a long story short, Reverend Moon is an extraordinary, mysterious man, isn’t that true! In virtually every area, including technology and the media, people are realizing that Reverend Moon is a most valuable person. Maybe the CIA and the FBI don’t want me to continue to talk about these things; perhaps they are too frightened!
The inmates at Danbury always see me scrubbing the floor, working in the kitchen, playing pool, and so forth, but they never imagined the true role of Reverend Moon. If they came here and saw our huge gathering today, half of them would have a heart attack! One rule that guides my life is that no matter how unpleasant a situation, if it will bring benefit to God and to humanity, I will not hesitate to go there, including the prison.
1984 was an extraordinary year for both God and Satan. They had an incredible showdown. Therefore I offered Heung Jin as a pure sacrifice on January 2. On July 20, I entered Danbury prison. There was so much debt to pay but now that debt is becoming cleared. Nobody else can pay that debt.
We have to give enough that Satan himself is satisfied. After the sacrifice of Heung Jin and my going into prison, Satan will say, “I have no more accusation. I am satisfied.” Thus the books will be closed. For Reverend Moon, who knows this truth, prison is not a prison. It is a way of achieving God’s will.
Our time of victory has come. No longer do we have to deal with “street people,” vagrants and spiritually strange people. Now we are going to be working with ministers, lawyers, leaders of government, professors and university presidents. All of you will be standing behind me. Those Christian ministers and such will be standing behind you. You are the ones in the Abel position to those people; therefore, you are the ones who take the initiative. You provide the leadership.
How can you link yourself to at least 120 Christian ministers this year? Jesus Christ needed 120 disciples to unite with him and because they did not, the crucifixion was inevitable. But once you link together 120 ministers behind you, nothing is impossible.
I want you to understand that at the end of World War 11 in 1945, I declared the 40-year course. That 40-year course is culminating this year. Furthermore, independence came to Korea in 1948. Likewise the new Israel came into being in 1948. From the two Israels, the 40 year course will be consummated in 1988.
Korea has a unique opportunity now to advance on the world level. Likewise the United States is at a very important juncture and has to learn how to deal with Red China and the Soviet Union.
Reverend Moon, all by himself, has prepared certain measures that will prevent catastrophe. We will organize and train Christian ministers all over the country. By my going to Danbury, such great opportunity has been created.
Even if those ministers know the Bible by heart, they do not know the heart of the Bible if they do not know Divine Principle. That is why I am giving them the videotapes. When I come out of the prison, I will go around the country to meet ministers. Likewise I will go to universities and speak. By then they will know the truth about Reverend Moon.
You are committing yourselves to go beyond 1985, beyond all the difficulties of the family, and educate 120 ministers. By doing so, all these things I have been describing will become a reality. From now on, you don’t have to pay the indemnity; I have already paid it. All you have to do is harvest. Then by the year 1987, I won’t have to remain in this country. I want to go back to North Korea, the place of my birth. I would like to do my home church work there.
Those of you who say, “We will follow your instructions. We are going to reach 120 ministers in the year of 1985,” raise your hands please. Amen!