Centering on these days history will be turned upside down
Sun Myung Moon
November 20, 2011
Hoon Dok Hae
Cheon Jeong Gung on 10.25 by the H.C.
Note: These notes are taken from a Peace TV video clip. They cannot be published as definitive texts and should never be used in the future as an “official” publication of True Father’s words. However, they do provide a good idea of the “spirit” of the message. — Rev. Katsumi Kambashi
Rev. Chang Shik Yang’s report:
“I came from Las Vegas together with Rev. Ki Hun Kim. Rev. Jeong Ok Yu has been focused on educating 3,000 ministers in the US by the end of this year, and within one year, we have a plan to educate 7,000 to 12,000 people. By the day before yesterday, we finished educating 18,000 people. In the east we have seminars in the Atlantic city, NJ, which is also a casino city, and in the west we have them in Las Vegas. In a casino city, there are lots of hotels and convention centers, as such, if we avoid busy time, we can find hotel rooms with very economic prices like $50 a night. Meals offered at those hotels are great, which is often buffet style.
We have 400 to 700 participants at each seminar.
This time the seminar was special, where our members and ministers they knew joined together. The seminar was focused on educating ministers where our members can learn how to introduce the principle and True Parents to ministers. Originally True Father went to the US to revive Christianity and with Christian leaders he wanted to restructure the UN.
During Father’s ministry in the US, Father mainly spoke of the essence of the ideal of creation, human fall and the restoration in his speech with a well organized way. There are many great speeches regarding the future of Christianity, the US, UN, etc. By watching video clips and reading Father’s speech, ministers came to understand more about Father whom they believed knows what Christianity is, who Jesus is and what God expects the US to do.
We started the education regarding the Original Substance of the Principle in Las Vegas, but from now until early next year, many conventions will take place there and therefore 170,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas are almost full every day, and 100,000 people arrive and leave at the airport every day. The room fee went up from $50 to $300 and that is why we need to have it in the east, in Atlantic city where people easily can drive to. Father has worked in the east mainly in Washington DC and New York as such, we have more minister contacts there, and the Atlantic city is located in the middle.
Father explained the details of God’s ideal of creation, and that is the very weak point of Christian theologians, even if they are famous. It has been challenging for me and Rev. Kim to introduce the deep contents of the principle to the ministers.
In 1982, Father established the International Christian Students Association (ICSA) at universities in Korea, which was called Christian CARP, in comparison to CARP. Dr. Song and myself gave lectures at ICSA and we gave full and detailed lectures to around 300 students before we brought them to Japan for further training — in total we brought 3,000 Christians to Japan — but one third left during the lectures, they said they wouldn’t go to Japan. Some of them hid themselves in the closet and tried not to listen to the principle and said “‘The more I listen, the more I become confused.” When we went to Father to make a report on this and asked him if we can bring them to Japan first and then educate them.’ I still remember vividly what said to us at that time. Father said ‘The principle itself is not the problem, but how to convey that is the problem.’ I felt as if I was hit by a hammer. It didn’t work to give the same lecture to Christian students that we gave to our members, and we changed the workshop title from the “Divine Principle Workshop” to “Jesus hung on the Cross.” We also gave Divine Principle lectures in all sections connecting them with Jesus and the cross, which are the key words of Christianity. Then we found that they started to open their minds. The power of the principle is great and if they accept it, they can live and be resurrected but if they refuse it, they die spiritually right there.
As of now we have had three occasions of intensively educating Christian ministers: At the time of Father’s imprisonment at Danbury when 7,000 Christian ministers visited Korea, the education of 5,000 ministers occurred in Washington DC in 1995, and this time with the workshop of the Original Substance of the Divine Principle.
After a couple of seminars of the OSDP, we realized merely less than one third of the contents is conveyed through the interpreter, and with Father’s blessing, Rev. Yu now gives the lecture only on the ideal of creation and the American lecturers do the rest. Bishop Jesse Edwards and Archbishop Stallings, are co-presidents of the ACLC and Father calls them twins even though they are white and black respectively. The two of them are the ones who give lectures and testify to True Parents.
In the lecture, it is clearly said that Korea is God’s homeland. In the past, people in the US did not respect Koreans but they did so to the Japanese. Recently however Korean culture, especially Korean pop songs have become more popular in the world, and I think it is providential.
I always start my lecture with Matthew 10:18, and we also show more than 500 photos which testify Father’s achievement. I believe the participants understand the origin by seeing its fruits. I say in my lecture that if Jesus comes back here again, what would he do? That is exactly what Father has been doing. I also say that if they know of a greater leader than Father, I want to know and follow him. There is always nobody who dares to say they know somebody better than Father.
Father told 172 ministers, who visited Korea for two weeks for their registration to Korea, to bring 12 ministers each to the workshop. That makes 2064 ministers, and Father, before leaving for Korea, told us to educate totally 3,000 ministers. All 172 ministers, after coming back from Korea, held assemblies to report their experiences to their congregations. They were all proud of receiving Korean family names saying that they have become a part of Rev. Moon’s family. As I said, we are currently holding the workshops in two cities, but soon we will have smaller-sized workshops where they want to have them and our lecturers will go there to give education so that we can reach our goal of educating 120,000 people.
Through my experience, I re-found the power of the truth and of the principle. We should not be used to knowing the principle. I also believe that Father’s words given at Hoon Dok Hae have become the bones and flesh of those Christian leaders and give them a right sense of direction. I deeply thank True Parents.”
After the report, Father said, “The last day of this month (by the heavenly calendar) is the 29th, and then the 1st of the 11th month (which is Ahn Shi Il) starts. This means that two odd numbers are consecutive, and centering on these days history will be turned upside down. Without knowing the principle, you do not understand this speech (for Cosmic Assembly for the Proclamation of the Settlement of the True Parents of Heaven, Earth, and Humankind and the Substantial World of God)”
“Do you know Kyung-po-dae? Those who visit Korea, must visit Kyung-po-dae (at Gang Reung City in Gangwon province), which is the central pillar of God’s homeland. This is my interpretation and these are not words like wind in the air.”