We the followers of Jesus must go the way he went, whether we live or die. The problem is whether you really want to go this way.
Cheon Seong Gyeong 194
What kind of person is a wise person?
He is the first to understand and recog-
nize the global era and the time of hope.
The wise person is the one who can bear
the responsibility of being the first to
recognize it, analyze it, criticize it, and
take action. In this way, he takes posses-
sion of it. Although he comes as an indi-
vidual, when the Messiah appears on
earth, he is not just an individual. He is
the fruit of faith, hope, and love that the
whole world desires. This is his value. All
the paths of history are connected to this
fruit. In other words; past, present and
future are all connected to it. Further-
more, all individuals, families, tribes,
peoples, nations and the world are con-
nected, and both heaven and earth are
connected to it. (13-142, 1964.01.01)
Cheon Seong Gyeong 1848
You could number the fish as you
like, for example you could name one
“fish number one.” Then those num-
bers could form a unified name system
worldwide. A fish could be numbered
as fish one hundred-and-something or
fifty-something. If there is a special fish
you like, you can call and order it by
number. You can tell them that you are
going to the fish farm at a certain time
and ask them to prepare fish number so-
and-so for you. All you would need then
is a sashimi knife. You can make sashi-
mi with that particular fish and have a
tasty meal. Such a time will come. (274-109,
The Ideal Kingdom of Heaven, Our Hope
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
February 22, 1959
Matthew 3: 1-17
Jesus carried with him the suffering of humankind. He started from the lowest point of humanity and ended at the top of Golgotha. There he sacrificed his whole self. Where was God’s son, the heir apparent, the Prince of Heaven? Where was the Messiah of humankind, the Savior? At that place, Jesus could not assert one iota’s worth of his value. It was a tragic and pitiable place. Yet Jesus was able to go over that hill of death, look to Heaven and advance toward Heaven’s ideal garden. His ideology was more powerful than death. His ideology was more powerful than any force in history. Thus, he was able to push aside the realm of death and resurrect. He brought the people who opposed him to repentance and, hence, Christianity today has a base of victory.
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4 When Christ Jesus comes as king, he will be the judge of everyone, whether they are living or dead. So with God and Christ as witnesses, I command you 2 to preach God’s message. Do it willingly, even if it isn’t the popular thing to do. You must correct people and point out their sins. But also cheer them up, and when you instruct them, always be patient. 3 The time is coming when people won’t listen to good teaching. Instead, they will look for teachers who will please them by telling them only what they are itching to hear. 4 They will turn from the truth and eagerly listen to senseless stories. 5 But you must stay calm and be willing to suffer. You must work hard to tell the good news and to do your job well.
Like a branch that sprouts
from a stump,
someone from David’s family
will someday be king.
2 The Spirit of the Lord
will be with him
to give him understanding,
wisdom, and insight.
He will be powerful,
and he will know
and honor the Lord.
3 His greatest joy will be
to obey the Lord.
God and Humanity Should Live Together
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
January 11, 1959
John 14: 6-12
Peter, special among the twelve disciples, could freely listen to and believe the words of Jesus. Yet he failed to advance to the stage where he could receive Jesus into his heart without hesitation. Likewise, since the substance of the Word could not be embraced, when Mary Magdalene tried to hold the resurrected Jesus, she was prevented from doing so. Humanity has been unable to embrace the substantial being. This is the second tragedy of humankind.
The first tragedy was to have lost Adam in the Garden of Eden. The second was to have lost Jesus, who was the perfected substance of the Word. This is why he has to come again. This fact, when understood, is a matter for endless weeping. For people living on earth, there cannot be anything more sorrowful. Continue reading “Jesus Did Not Come to Die”
Those who are truly filial in their fam-
ilies are on the direct road to becoming
the loyal subjects of their nation. Those
who are truly loyal to their nation are
on the direct road to becoming saints.
Please understand this. Therefore, deter-
mining to absolutely love your parents is
the pathway of becoming filial children
in your family. Determining to absolute-
ly love the sovereign and all the citizens
of your country is the pathway of loyal
subjects. Determining to absolutely love
the world is the pathway of saints.
Even the king of a country must fol-
low the saint and absolutely believe him.
Patriots and loyal subjects must follow
their king, and filial children must fol-
low the patriots. There is only one way.
Then who must the saints follow? They
must follow God. God has eternal,
unchanging and unique love. The saint,
the king, the loyal subject and the fil-
ial child must all go the same course of
eternal and unchanging love. Whatever
detours you may take, you will always
have to get back on the right track in
order to stay on course.
The individual, family, tribe and
nation are all to go this way. But there will
be obligations to your parents as well as
to your nation. If you are torn between
these obligations and are unable to ful-
fill both of them simultaneously, where
should your priorities lie? Between fil-
ial piety and loyalty to your nation, you
should give preference to the latter. This
conforms to the rule of law. The reason
for this is that the nation encompasses
the families and parents. (99-67, 1978.7.23)
12 Jonah told them, “Throw me into the sea, and it will calm down. I’m the cause of this terrible storm.”
13 The sailors tried their best to row to the shore. But they could not do it, and the storm kept getting worse every minute. 14 So they prayed to the Lord, “Please don’t let us drown for taking this man’s life. Don’t hold us guilty for killing an innocent man. All of this happened because you wanted it to.” 15 Then they threw Jonah overboard, and the sea calmed down. 16 The sailors were so terrified that they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made all kinds of promises.
17 The Lord sent a big fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.
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But in the new age of resurrection,
the body grows based on God’s love, life,
and lineage and uses true love as fertilizer.
One side disappears and the other
prospers. From that point, God is present
with you and Satan is separated away
forever. No one knows the pain that is in
God’s heart. We know this only because
God appeared in history, and through
me here, revealed this profound mission;
otherwise, we would not know it.
Chapter 6 • True Parents and Us 245
It is truly amazing. Even Jesus did not
know it; or even if he did know it, he
could not say what was in his heart. Also,
no religious leaders have been aware of
this hidden secret of the universe. I have
come here before the world to reveal the
secrets of the universe for the first time
in history. From now on, we should turn
our direction from the individual foundation
to the national foundation. If the
leader of a nation repents of his past and
turns around, God forgives him. This is
part of God’s new tradition and signals a
new lineage. Otherwise, we cannot separate
from Satan. This also signifies the
ceremony of the transfer of lineage that
takes place before the Blessing Ceremony
of the Unification Church.
p. 244 pr. 3
Richard: This Rheema can be applied to President Trump. He has repented of his past ways (immorality) and has sought God. Next should be the Blessing ceremony given by Rev. Moon.
If you control your body, striking it
for three years or longer, you will then
enter the realm of the completion stage
of the growth period. Is this not so? If
you make more of the physical side, the
spiritual side diminishes. If you get rid
of the physical side, the spiritual side
will be elevated. Therefore, for the same
reason, when you ignore the superficial
things and attach importance to the
deeper aspects of life, the spirit world
will come closer to you. Then, when you
are engrafted to the original standard
of conscience there will be a great surge
like that in an electrical power plant
when positive and negative interact.
Consequently, changes occur in heaven
and earth. You should be aware that you
need to have such spiritual experiences.
p. 811 pr. 3
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