Declaration of the Inheritance of the Kingship of the Three Ages
Sun Myung Moon
March 8, 2004
Hannam-dong Hoon Dok Hae
Today is March 8, in the 4th year of Cheon Il Guk, it is an important day… Now the time has come for the Cosmic Parent, the Parents of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind in the spiritual and physical worlds to come down to earth. Thus, centering on the number 4, I will offer a prayer at eight o’clock this morning, March 8 (the eighth day of the third month: 3 x 8 = 24). We will do Hoon Dok Hae until then.
We will connect to earth all the historical content that was declared through the resolutions from the ancestors. We will establish brotherhood relationships and tie together the sisterhood relationships centering on North, South, East and West. We must tie together all that has been divided. We need to tie together the East and the West, North and South — all 360 degrees — and bring together the spiritual and physical worlds.
Then, centering on the spiritual world, God can come directly down and do His works as He pleases. After that, we need to tie countries together centering on Korea, Japan and the United States as well. That is why, just as the day has come for intercultural marriages, the time has come for us to create and completely open up brotherhood relationships, relationships between nations and relationships throughout the world.
We need to pray for these things; then can we tie these things together, so that all that we have done can flow as part of the same marrow. Since we need to offer such a prayer, we promised early in the morning of the day before yesterday that we would offer this prayer this morning. You must know that we are here today after preparing this way. You should keep that mindset as we do Hoon Dok Hae…
Only when I proclaim that we have entered the direct dominion of God can one direction, the direction centering on the Cosmic Parent, the Parents of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind, be set. You need to weave together, from all four directions, the circumstances in which the earth and heaven may act freely and welcome everyone.
That is why I decided on doing this at 8:00 o’clock on March 8 in the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk. Three times eight is twenty-four. And 4 times 8 is 32. Eight comes in four times. If you add 4 to that, 32 become 36. The number 36 is the number of liberation, the number of completion.
Since this is an important day, we were preparing yesterday. You must know that is why Mother and I have come here today after setting up the conditions to give the final declaration and to determine the final tasks to be undertaken…
Cataclysmic upheaval! The grandfather stands in the position of a grandchild; the father stands in the position of a son; and the elder brother stands in the position of a younger brother. With God in the darkness until now, the direction the world is going, which was hidden, could be straightened out by the Cosmic Parent, the Parents of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind, who stand in the lead like the bright sun. As you devote yourself to this, you must go ahead, knowing that you have the calling and responsibility on the cosmic, historical level to help in this effort from the position of a devoted, pious son and patriot. You have to know how great the difficulties of the spiritual world would be if you were not to do so.
Father has to publicly teach all these things, publicly open up the path and take responsibility for this. So on this day, March 8 of the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk, since the number 8 means a new beginning, following on from the Old Testament Age, New Testament Age, and Completed Testament Age and the time, we must do this on earth by 8:00 o’clock. Thus with the number 36, you should connect with the family foundation of forty years, centering on the four position foundation, so you can completely surmount the hill of indemnity that connects to liberation! Amen! [Amen!]
Dearest, beloved Heavenly Father, amidst the flow of the times You raised the banner of Your providence and established Your will at the center of heaven and earth. You longed for the sovereign nation of love that was the goal of creation, yet what You had willed was lost because of the Fall, committed by our first ancestors. When we see all the facts that were knitted into the history of suffering, which has been woven since the Fall, we know that the historical course of humankind has been the history of anguish, resentment and lamentation connected to hell on a one-way road to the realm of death.
In order to clear up these things, You brought us religion and promised to send the Messiah. You raised the nation of Israel within the realm of the chosen people during the 4,000 years of the history of preparation in the Old Testament Age, the 4,000 years until the time of Jesus. This You spent in suffering, persevering and remaining patient despite Your pain. Throughout these times You persevered; and I better than anyone else know how hard You worked to lay the foundations for the shield of victory.
Jesus came to earth and should have united with the people of Israel, the chosen nation of Israel. Then the Jewish people and the nation of Israel should have created a nation; and on that foundation the messiah, who was sent in accordance to Your will, would have without doubt become the True Parent of humankind. However, we know that Jesus, who came with that mission, had come from a lineage of illegitimate children. This child here understands better than anyone else the situation of Jesus, who had to suffer with anxiety over the future of Judaism and the nation of Israel. His early life was miserable, and he suffered and persevered while pioneering his life course — though none of this is known to anyone.
Jesus, like Melchizedek, was born into a position where his lineage and origin were uncertain. We know that the life of Jesus — who was born into his lineage as an illegitimate child without any knowledge of his ancestors and parents, represents the tragic history of life on earth — from the day of his birth was filled with many difficulties throughout its course. He suffered due to the chaos of his environment.
Jesus’ life, of which no record remains of the things prophesied in the Old and New Testaments, was a tragic one of thirty-three years. Jesus’ dream was to digest Rome on the basis of the nation of Israel — which was the future of God’s will — and the religion of Israel, to eliminate all the boundaries of resentment in heaven and earth, and to bring about an ideal world of love which goes beyond the liberated horizons on land and sea. But we have come to know that despite this dream, Jesus’ situation was that he had no kin from the same nation, no friend, no sibling, no parent, no family, no nation and no home.
Father! Jesus died in sorrow and anguish, nameless on the cross after a course of only two years and eight months, not even three years on earth. We as members of the Unification faith must never forget that Jesus, Your only begotten among all the sons on earth, the prince of princes, bore this sad history himself. These members have been educated in this tradition centering on me and are completely immersed in this tradition. I know the history of the world of faith very well, the history of the religious community in which there was no clan that could go straight forward on the path of loyalty and piety even at the sacrifice of burning their hearts and bodies for the sake of Your will.
We also know that due to the crucifixion of Jesus two thousand years ago, and the four hundred years of drudgery under the Roman Empire, the people of Israel lost their nation and were driven away to become a sad race who shed their blood on earth. This child here knows very well the bloody history of Israel, where they were torn apart, trampled on and eaten by beasts in the desolate plains as they lost their nation, place of worship and master. This nation, which lost all hope because of individual anguish, familial anguish, tribal anguish, and national anguish, was restored after the Second World War centered on the United States on May 14, 1948. Yet the walls of resentment centering on this restored land of Israel could not be overcome.
Thus the Republic of Korea inherited the realm of the third Israel. Yet, because of the direct intervention of Satan, who manipulated both sides, Korea — where the victorious authority of the kingship was to be established — instead entered into a fratricidal war, tearing the nation apart and shedding the blood of its people. We still see the reality of this nation tormented by this tragic history of not knowing where to go.
At this time we place this history of resentment, which twists toward right and left and spreads out in all directions, at the center of our focus, and we wish to designate this day of liberation…
We pray that You stand at the center and discern everything, standing on Your ideal of creation, the liberation of the kingdom of heaven on earth and in heaven, Your liberated sovereignty of love, and Your hometown for the liberation of the fatherland, the entire realm of earth. Now let all the pain of indemnity be cleared away, and on the foundation of proclaiming the overhaul of blessed families and the total unification of everything, we have ushered in this age where we can proclaim God’s fatherland and the era of the peace kingdom!
We pray that before the end of this year the gates of magnanimity can be opened without restraint in all directions in heaven and on earth in the presence of Your will, which You have established. In whichever direction it may go — east, west, south, north — Your will can rotate at the center through 360 degrees. Even if it goes in the opposite direction or upside down, the time has come to proclaim the liberated gates of heaven, devoid of all obstacles, on this path where Your free activities can continue unrestrained.
On this day, March 8, 2004, at this hour, with the establishment of Your governance, with the coronation of Jesus’ kingship based on the liberation of all nations, and with the Crown of Peace Ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., You stand on this proclamation of the era of the peace kingdom of Your fatherland, which has been established as the ideal of Cheon Il Guk, and of the opening of heaven and earth, and You stand as the victorious owner of the victorious fatherland. Now the time has come when You can gaze upon the entire universe, grasping it with both hands, and freely go through the door at any angle of the 360 degrees — vertical and horizontal, front and back, left and right.
Thus, when I think about how much I toiled to reveal the secrets of heaven, Satan and earth that were hidden from these young and immature children, and how great was the pain of laying this victorious foundation under the banner of the True Parents, I know I failed to attend You, even so, Heavenly Father, when You had suffered hundreds and thousands of times more than my suffering. Throughout, You led me toward this important age, although I could not stand in the core position on the path of a loyal servant building a nation. I know that You set me at the center of Your fatherland and the era of the peace kingdom and for millions of years patiently bore all responsibility for, and liberation of, all things.
You had led me despite my unfaithfulness, and regardless of whether I took action or not You set me up in the position representing the historical era of the family of the way of a devoted son, the family of the way of a patriot, the family of the way of a saint, and the victorious supremacy of the prince and princess of heaven. Please forgive me for not living up to this name. At this time, I ask that You accept this as my sole desire, and I thank You again for allowing me to have this heart of repentance, Father.
Please have compassion for me in the position that I stand. I know that my family stands in shame before You. I repent for not being able to pray for my family, I repent for not being able to deal with my family and kin, I repent for not being able to deal with the people and the nation. Going beyond this shameful reputation, as I shamefully reflect on the days spent in preparing this day, as the father and mother become one and stand in one place, bathing together, I ask that You remember this day. I pray for Your compassion, Father, You who know my plans to commemorate this day.
Father, to You, who knows that the position of the True Parents is a miserable one, who knows very well the conditions of the environment of this life, I entrust all things. I pray for You to become the center, become the center of heaven and earth and seize the ideal realm, in all six directions, and reopen the history of revolution, which has been in upheaval in all directions. I pray that You open the doors through all 360 degrees, front — back, left — right, top — bottom, and I fervently pray that with the authority of the owner who can assert Himself — the owner of the ideal of creation, the creator and great lord of the universe — You can freely exercise the authority of the victorious representative of all people and all victors on the foundation of the victory of the True Parents.
At this time, at 8:00 o’clock in the morning on March 8 in the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk, I pray that You look will upon this heart as I earnestly pray and ask these things of You. You have climbed over the hill of anguish to place these blessed families and their children, with Your original heart, centering on this child, in the position of the representatives of True Parents. Now I ask for Your authority to allow them to freely engage in activities and act as Your representatives, beyond all nations in the places that You need their services.
All has been proclaimed in the spiritual world — by the saints and sages, all the virtuous people who lived on earth as kings, the kings of the Korean Goryeo and Joseon dynasties who made resolutions, the American presidents and all 125 lineal kings of Japan. If there are any blockages in the nations, let the spirit world open the doors to bring in the morning and new day of the liberated realm on earth and in the free heavens and earth. I pray that You may freely move about and march forward, expand and govern with victorious authority in this providential spring.
Let that spring day that we will welcome in the month of April be the first day of spring that You can enjoy. Let the women’s movement, based on Mother in Korea, go beyond the world, overcoming the struggle between Cain and Abel in the mind and body, in the family, society, tribe and nation and within the national assemblies of many nations. Let that movement be a guiding light for the United Nations and the United States… This I earnestly pray. Let all that You have hoped for be established upon Your ideal of creation and be welcomed with an enduring heart of joy, to become the liberated king of kings, the parent of love, the master of love and the king of love.
I pray in True Parents’ name that Your reign of peace, Your eternal nation can be established. I truly pray that You can become the free and self-assertive victorious king of kings of the cosmos and that the world of everlasting peace be conveyed to the eternal world of love. This we pray and report in the name of True Parents, centering on the number eight on this March 8 in the fourth year of Cheon Il Guk. Amen! [Amen!] Amen! [Amen!] Amen! [Amen!]
Let’s sing! If you can sing with a heart of hope that family restoration and a world that welcomes the liberation of God, the victory of God and the love of God may soon exist in accordance with God’s will, His will and my will can be aligned. Now, let us sing. Let’s sing together…
Repeat after me: We have become the family of the loyal son and patriot, representing the eldersonship that inherits the kingship of the Cosmic Parent, the Parents of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind; and with this we have become the family that can carefully transmit the kingship of three ages to the future generations…
This means you must all realize that you have to become a living family that represents the present, past and future, who bears the responsibility to inherit the kingship of three ages and then to become a family of the prince and princess, within the kingship that represents the age of the three great kingships. You have to say that you will become the family of the pious son and patriot that represents the kingship that inherits the era of the kingship of the Cosmic Parent, the Parents of Heaven and Earth and the Parents of Heaven, Earth and Humankind. You have to have the understanding that the representatives that stand to inherit this kingship of three ages are your family.
What are we doing today at this hour? You are representative families that have inherited the kingship representing the kingship of three ages. You are families that represent heaven and earth! Therefore, you must understand that you are representative families that must become families of devoted sons and daughters in this life and families of patriots in the eternal world. Only then will the Family Pledge ring true to you. Do you understand? [Yes.] Let’s recite the Family Pledge together. [The Family Pledge is recited.]
You have to recite this from the position of a family that stands as a representative and stands to inherit the kingship of three ages centering on the content of this prayer today. Do you understand? [Yes.] Only then will you truly feel what’s contained in the Family Pledge. This is different from the old pledge. Yours is a representative family of the prince and princess heirs apparent; of Adam and Eve. True Parents will rise to the position of God and you must all become devoted sons before marriage, and patriots after marriage, in the families that adjust and establish the way of the victorious kingship of earth in heaven, standing in place of the family of Adam and Eve. All these things are in accord with everything that is in this pledge. If you can recite this with this in mind, it will be real to you…With the number eight, since today the number eight is equivalent to the number of creation, you all have to become the owners who can recite this living pledge.
Today, at this hour, since yours is the family standing in the central position that can connect the present, past and future of the prince and princess who inherit the era of kingship of three ages — since this is certainly the kingship that represents Adam and Eve the inheritors — now centering on that family era, the family can all go to heaven at once to become the cornerstone. This is the pledge, the manifestation of our resolution that we must recite based on the fatherland and era of the world of the kingship of the peace. Do you understand? [Yes.]
From now on, recite the Family Pledge in this way. Until now the words you heard, the words you learned and felt from others were ambiguous and unclear. But now that you are the royal family of the successor, inheriting the kingship of the three ages of heaven, you must recite this from the position of being a person who is making history and building the future with genuine feeling, in the position of a representative family that is succeeding the generations that followed the original position of Adam and Eve, and the representative family of heaven and earth.
Thus those who swear to do so, raise both hands, swear before heaven and welcome this by clapping your hands. [applause] With this I would like to end this commemorative hour to welcome the era of the kingship of the ideal of heaven.