And the Great Dragon Was Thrown Down

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James 1

From James, a servant of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Greetings to the twelve tribes scattered all over the world.[a]

My friends, be glad, even if you have a lot of trouble. You know that you learn to endure by having your faith tested. But you must learn to endure everything, so that you will be completely mature and not lacking in anything.

Jeremiah 51

51 I, the Lord, am sending
    a wind to destroy
the people of Babylonia
    and Babylon, its capital.
Foreign soldiers will come
    from every direction,
and when the disaster is over,
Babylonia will be empty
    and worthless.

The Devil and His Activities

Scriptures of all religions testify to demonic beings and powers. Their chief is known by various names: Satan, Lucifer, Iblis, Mara, Samael, Beelzebub and Angra Mainyu, among others. Some of them we met in the accounts of the human Fall and the origin of evil. yet the Devil is continually active, drawing people’s hearts to do wickedness. While rationalists have difficulty accepting the reality of the Devil, a glance at the history of the twentieth century and its horrors makes plain that the capability of human beings to inflict evil on one another transcends reason. Pope Paul VI said of the Devil,
 
We know that this dark and disturbing spirit really exists, and that he still acts with treacherous cunning; he is the secret enemy that sows errors and misfortunes in human history… who finds his way into us by way of the senses, the imagination, lust, utopian logic, or disorderly social contacts in the give and take of life.
The Devil’s hooks are many and various. scriptures teach that when a person desires to do a small evil, the Devil has a claim and can influence him to do something far worse. conversely, people on a religious path experience the Devil’s temptations precisely at the point where they are about to make great progress. 
    Belief in the power of the Devil does not imply dualism, although in some religions—Zoroastrianism most notably—God and the Devil are in eternal rivalry. For the monotheistic faiths that teach the goodness of God’s creation, the demons themselves are resultant beings, angels who fell from their original status as God’s servants to become the enemies of God. Father Moon explains that the fall of the angel Lucifer occurred at the human Fall, at which time he becomes Satan, the powerful demon who asserts dominion over human beings.     Following these are passages describing the Devil’s nature and the various temptations and stratagems he uses to capture human beings. We should be aware that the key to overcoming Satan is to purify ourselves of every characteristic that resembles him—selfishness, arrogance, greed, craving for sensual pleasures—and instead live a life fixed on God and eternity.
  1. The Fall of the Angels
And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12.9How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you said in your heart, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.” Yet you shall be brought down to hell, to the depths of the pit.
    Isaiah 14.12-15 (KJV)
 
And when We said to the angels, “Bow your-selves to Adam,” they bowed themselves, save Iblis; he said, “Shall I bow myself to one whom You have created of clay?” He said, “What do you think? This [creature] You have honored above me, if You defer me until the Day of Resurrection I shall assuredly master his seed, save a few.”
    Said We, “Depart! Those of them that follow you—surely hell shall be your recompense, an ample recompense! And startle any of them whom you can with your voice; and rally against them your horsemen and your foot [soldiers], and share with them in their wealth and their children, and promise them!” But Satan promises them naught, except delusion.
    Qur’an 17.61-64
 
The Lord God spoke to Moses, saying, “That Satan… is the same who was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying, ‘Behold, here am I; send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that not one soul shall be lost. Surely I will do it; therefore give me my honor.’
    “But my Beloved Son, who was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said to me, ‘Father, Thy will be done, and the glory be Thine forever.’
    “Therefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give to him my own power; by the power of my Only Begotten [Christ], I caused that he should be cast down; and he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.”
    Pearl of Great Price, Moses 4.1-4 (Latter-day Saints)
 
And the angels that did not keep their own position but left their proper dwelling have been kept by Him in eternal chains in the nether gloom until the judgment of the great day; just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
Jude 6-7
 
 

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Romans 4

21 Abraham was certain that God could do what he had promised. 

Jeremiah 34

34 King Nebuchadnezzar had a large army made up of people from every kingdom in his empire. He and his army were attacking Jerusalem and all the nearby towns, when the Lord told me to say to King Zedekiah:

I am the Lord, and I am going to let Nebuchadnezzar capture this city and burn it down. You will be taken prisoner and brought to Nebuchadnezzar, and he will speak with you face to face. Then you will be led away to Babylonia.

Spiritual Error and the Occult

2. Dangers of Occultism

Men of ignorance worship spirits and ghosts.
    Bhagavad-Gita 17.4 (Hinduism)

Do not turn to mediums or wizards; do not seek
them out, to be defiled by them: I am the l ord
your God.
    Leviticus 19.31

Confucius never discussed abnormal phenom-
ena, physical exploits, disorderly conduct, or
spiritual beings.
    Analects 7.20 (Confucianism)

My follower does not study the practice of magic
and spells. He does not analyze dreams and signs
in sleep and movements in the Zodiac.
    Sutta Nipata 927 (Buddhism)

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were
met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination
and brought her owners much gain by soothsay-
ing. She followed Paul and us, crying, “These
men are servants of the Most High God, who
proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this
she did for many days. But Paul was annoyed,
and turned and said to the spirit, “I charge you
in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.”
And it came out that very hour.
    Acts 16.16-18

Aisha told that when God’s messenger was
asked by some people about fortune-tellers he
replied, “They are of no account.” They said,
“Messenger of God, they sometimes tell a thing
which is true.” He replied, “That is a word per-
taining to truth which a jinn snatches and cack-
les into the ear of his friend as a hen does; then
they mix more than a hundred lies with it.”
    Hadith of Bukhari and Muslim (Islam)

When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man,
he passes through waterless places seeking rest,
but he finds none. Then he says, “I will return
to my house from which I came.” And when he
comes he finds it empty, swept, and put in order.
Then he goes and brings with him seven other
spirits more evil than himself, and they enter
and dwell there; and the last state of that man
becomes worse than the first.
    Matthew 12.43-45

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

People want to believe in a higher power, without knowing what it is. Unable to relate to it by them-selves, they may seek out a shaman, who leads them in shamanistic rituals. Or, they may latch on to superstitions. Thus they grope in the darkness, seeking for something. People have this tendency, though they don’t know why. (101:90, October 22, 1978)
 
Mediums and fortunetellers will tell your fortune and predict your future. They can do this because they are in contact with certain spirits standing behind them, who can see and reveal to them some aspects of your reality. (176:286, May 13, 1988)
 
Spiritual mediums are often confused and fall into conflict among themselves, because the levels of the spirit world with which they are in communication and the content of the revelations they receive differ. Although spiritually perceptive people are in contact with the same spirit world, because their circumstances and positions vary and their character, intellect and spirituality are at different levels, they will perceive the spirit world in different ways. These differences give rise to conflicts among them. (Exposition of the Divine Principle, Resurrection 2.2.6)
 
Why do the “gods” in the spirit world—the angelic world—try to relate with the world of human beings? You have heard of mediums, fortune telling and superstitions. They are religious forms that do not make clear distinctions between good and evil. As God prepared religious forms, Satan too prepared religious forms as a countermeasure.
    More than 80 percent of mediums and fortune-tellers are women. With whom are they working? When Eve fell, she was overcome by the power of an angel to do wickedness. The same path is repeated during the time of restoration: definitely, there are angels in the spirit world who descend to the earth to relate with women and instruct them. The work of fortune-tellers and mediums is to teach what angels instruct them to say. Just like fallen Eve, they live with spirits. (76:95, February 1, 1975)
 
If a spiritualist with low spirituality treats your ailment, the spirits in the spirit world will be temporarily comforted, but the problem will not be fundamentally resolved. Your soul will be comforted and peaceful for a while, but after some time passes it will be disturbed with the same problem. (293:249-50, June 1, 1998)
 
 

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Numbers 34

16 The Lord said to Moses, 17 “Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun will divide the land for the Israelites. 18 One leader from each tribe will help them, 19-28 and here is the list of their names:

Caleb son of Jephunneh
    from Judah,
Shemuel son of Ammihud
    from Simeon,
Elidad son of Chislon
    from Benjamin,
Bukki son of Jogli
    from Dan,
Hanniel son of Ephod
    from Manasseh,
Kemuel son of Shiphtan
    from Ephraim,
Elizaphan son of Parnach
    from Zebulun,
Paltiel son of Azzan
    from Issachar,
Ahihud son of Shelomi
    from Asher,
and Pedahel son of Ammihud
    from Naphtali.”

29 These are the men the Lord commanded to help Eleazar and Joshua divide the land for the Israelites.

Jeremiah 25

The Lord has sent prophets to you time after time, but you refused to listen. They told you that the Lord had said:

Change your ways! If you stop doing evil, I will let you stay forever in this land that I gave your ancestors. I don’t want to harm you. So don’t make me angry by worshiping idols and other gods.

Heaven

2. Fellowship with the Saints and Our Ancestors

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

The Kingdom of Heaven is an extension of family life. (Way of God’s Will 1.8)
 
The Chinese character “heaven” (天) is written by combining two characters: the character 二means “two,” and 人 means “person.” In other words, heaven consists of two people. All beings in heaven live in mutual relationships with corresponding entities. (92:309, April 24, 1977)
 
In heaven you do not age, since you are in the supreme state, your mind intoxicated with love. My mother should be old by now, but when I glimpse her [in the spirit world] she looks beautiful, as she did in the prime of her life. (201:103, March 11, 1990)
 
What is heaven like? It is a realm centered on love. There you enjoy being loved. You enjoy receiv-ing love endlessly and never tire of it…
    Captivated by love, the sleepers awaken, the deaf hear and the dumb speak. There are no barriers to communicating with anyone, and you can continue speaking endlessly for tens of millions of years. All your cells and all your senses are activated one hundred percent. (102:160-61, December 17, 1978)
 
In the afterlife it is no problem to travel hundreds of millions of miles in an instant. The power of love is the speediest. If you call someone whom you are yearning to see with true love, that person will immediately appear before your eyes. It doesn’t matter that your beloved is a hundred million light-years away. As long as you have love, you can see that person any time. A mother at one end of the universe and a son is at the other end can meet each other in an instant. If you long to meet a person who lived tens of millions of years ago, he or she will appear immediately. Past and future do not exist in heaven. Only the present exists. A thousand years ago is as the present. Such is the spirit world, transcending time and space. (194:133-34, October 17, 1989)
 
What is the best way to greet God, returning joy and glory to Him? In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve would have greeted God best by loving each other in God’s presence. Likewise, in the spirit world, a couple stands before God wearing their wedding garments; then they embrace and make love, and in that moment they become one with God. That is the best way to greet God. (314:25, December 30, 1999)
 
The Kingdom of Heaven is a world of relations. Therefore, our entire family should be included. So should all members of our clan and all the people of our nation. (18:331, August 13, 1967)
 
If only parents were to enter heaven without their children accompanying them, it would not be heaven. In the Kingdom of Heaven, parents enjoy the love and support of their entire family. They live together and relate with each other with God as the center.
     Thus, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven by ourselves. Parents and children enter heaven together. Suppose you were in heaven while your mother was in hell and screaming for help, “My child, please save me!” Would you say, “Heaven is wonderful, but Mother, you deserve to be in hell and suffer in pain”? Heaven is not such a place.
 
     According to God’s purpose of creation, all family members, parents and children, should dwell together in heaven. Not only your immediate family, but also your clan and your entire nation should enter there. Everyone in the world should dwell together there. (15:265, October 17, 1965)
 
In the spirit world you do not need formal introductions. On meeting someone, you immediately know who he or she is. That person may have lived a thousand years ago or even many millions of years ago, yet still you will recognize him or her. People believe that biblical history is 6000 years, but that number is only symbolic. When you know the spirit world, you will understand the actual length of human history. It could stretch back millions or tens of millions of years.
     You can call for an ancestor from a certain era, and he or she will appear in front of you. You recognize that person at a glance, without speaking a word. You instantly grasp all the essentials, including the manner of respect you should use when addressing him.19 Hence, you do not need formal introductions like on earth. Everyone automatically observes the hierarchical order.
     What can keep the order? By living with love. Love determines position. Therefore, unless you become a child of God, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven. (208:142-43, November 17, 1990)
 

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Romans 4

18 God promised Abraham a lot of descendants. And when it all seemed hopeless, Abraham still had faith in God and became the ancestor of many nations. 19 Abraham’s faith never became weak, not even when he was nearly a hundred years old. He knew that he was almost dead and that his wife Sarah could not have children. 20 But Abraham never doubted or questioned God’s promise. His faith made him strong, and he gave all the credit to God.

Jeremiah 9

12 I said to the Lord, “None of us can understand why the land has become like an uncrossable desert. Won’t you explain why?”

13 The Lord said:

I destroyed the land because the people disobeyed me and rejected my laws and teachings. 14 They were stubborn and worshiped Baal,[b] just as their ancestors did. 15 So I, the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, promise them poison to eat and drink.[c] 16 I’ll scatter them in foreign countries that they and their ancestors have never even heard of. Finally, I will send enemy soldiers to kill every last one of them.

The Passage Beyond

  1. The Second Birth

The Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

On the day of your birth the umbilical cord, the lifeline that was linked to your bellybutton, had to be severed. Likewise, in the world of air, the spirit self is attached to the body and sucks nutrition from it like a fetus on its placenta. There comes a day when the physical body becomes too old to feed it, and it leaves it behind…
     The fetus that experiences momentary pain as it emerges from its mother’s womb grows to become the object of its parents’ love. In the same way, our spirit self must leave behind our crying physical body in order to be born anew as the object partner of God, who is the eternal Spirit.
     On earth, the baby can grow up to become the friend of its father and mother because it was born into the physical world where it can share love with them. Before that, it was merely a fetus swimming around the mother’s womb. In the same way, life on earth is breathing and living in the swaddling clothes of air… After our second birth into the spirit world, we will share love with God our Parent, who provides our spiritual link with the infinite world. (297:258-59, December 19, 1998)
 
Once you enter the spirit world, you breathe through the cells of the fontanel located on the top of the head.  The atmosphere in the spirit world is not earthly air; it is love. We breathe the elements of love.
     Even while living on earth, it is not enough for us to eat food and drink water. Our earthly existence is only a shadow of our true self. Therefore, we should use this short time to cultivate a loving character. More than anything else, what we need during earthly life is love. We pity orphans, who have no parents to love them, because they do not receive the love that can connect them to the eternal spirit world. People without love are lonely, and we pity the single person who lives without a life companion.
     At death, we lose the organs of the body through which we breathed during our second life. Yet it is necessary that one day we should be released from the body, that we might inherit the elements of love, which are invisible. Therefore, during earthly life we should prepare for the day of death by cultivating our inner self; this is done through experiencing children’s love, sibling’s love, conjugal love and parental love.
     As a fetus in the womb grows healthy and strong in accordance with natural principles, people should grow well on earth by living in accordance with God’s law. Therefore, we should never live a casual lifestyle. (297:260, December 19, 1998)
 
Consider a dragonfly. First it swims in the water as a larva, next it crawls on the land for a short time, and then it flies, catching prey on the wing. It is an existence it could never imagine when it was a larva. Yet as it flies around, the entire world is its stage…
     Why don’t human beings, who are the lords of all creation, have wings? Is it enough that people live limited to the earth? Actually, we have higher-dimensional wings. Once you die and shed your physical body, you will fly. Death is a happy, joyful gate to the second birth. (297:261-62, December 19, 1998
 
 

In the Beginning Was the Word

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Genesis 45

14 Then he threw his arms around his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin embraced him, weeping. 15 And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.

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Jeremiah 19

14 Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the Lord had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the Lord’s temple and said to all the people, 15 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: ‘Listen! I am going to bring on this city and all the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.’”

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World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 2

Truth and Universal Law

Eternal Truth

The eternal word, truth, or divine wisdom pre-existed the creation of the universe. The Word is all-pervasive; it guided the creation of the universe and continues to function in the principles of nature. It operates through physical, moral and spiritual laws. For some, truth is to be grasped by reason. For others, its essence is the Word, which is manifested completely only in Christ, the perfect man. The Word gives the universe its purpose. This touches the mystery of why God created the universe. As the Absolute Being, omnipotent and omnipresent, what did God gain by creating something apart from Him? The texts in the last group suggest that the primary theme was love. Love, which arises only in relationship, is imprinted in the cosmos by the pervasive duality of plus and minus, male and female. God, too, to experience the joy of love, would create objects apart from Himself with which to have a relationship. Here lies the purpose of creation, the root Idea in the mind of God that lies behind the blueprint of creation.

1. In the Beginning Was the Word

He has created the heavens and the earth with
truth.
Qur’an 16.3

When Heaven creates a thing, it gives each
thing a principle of truth.
Chu Hsi (Confucianism)

The sun and the moon are made punctual, the
stars and the trees adore, and the sky He hath
uplifted; and He hath set the measure.
Qur’an 55.5-7

The l ord by wisdom founded the earth;
by understanding he established the heavens;
by his knowledge the deeps broke forth,
and the clouds drop down the dew.
Proverbs 3.19-20

By Truth is the earth sustained,
and by the sun are the heavens;

By Order the gods stand
and Soma is set in the sky.
Rig Veda 10.85.1 (Hinduism)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word
was with God, and the Word was God. 1 He
was in the beginning with God; all things were
made through him, and without him was not
anything made that was made. In him was life,
and the life was the light of men. The light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness has
not overcome it.
John 1.1-5

This, [in the beginning] was the only Lord of the
universe. His Word was with Him. This Word
was His second. He contemplated. He said, “I
will deliver this Word so that she will produce
and bring into being all this world.”
Tandya Maha Brahmana 20.14.2 (Hinduism)

He [Christ] is the image of the invisible God,
the first-born of all creation; for in him all things
were created, in heaven and on earth, visible
and invisible, whether thrones or dominions
or principalities or authorities—all things were
created through him and for him. He is before
all things, and in him all things hold together.
Colossians 1.15-17

The l ord created me at the beginning of his
work,
the first of his acts of old.
Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth…
When he marked out the foundations of the
earth,
then I was beside him, like a little child; 2
I was daily his delight,
rejoicing before him always;
rejoicing in his inhabited world,
and delighting in the sons of men.
Proverbs 8.22-31

In human practice, when a mortal king builds
a palace, he builds it not with his own skill but
with the skill of an architect. The architect
moreover does not build it out of his head, but
employs plans and diagrams to know how to
arrange the chambers and the doors. Thus God
consulted the Torah and created the world.
Genesis Rabbah 1.1 (Judaism)

The Tao has its reality and its signs but is with-

out action or form. You can hand it down but
you cannot receive it; you can get it but you
cannot see it. It is its own source, its own root.
Before heaven and earth existed it was there,
firm from ancient times. It gave spirituality to
the spirits and to God; it gave birth to heaven
and to earth. It exists beyond the highest point,
and yet you cannot call it lofty; it exists beneath
the limit of the six directions, and yet you can-
not call it deep. It was born before heaven and
earth, and yet you cannot say it has been there
for long; it is earlier than the earliest time, and
yet you cannot call it old.
Chuang Tzu 6 (Taoism)