Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: Episode 238
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: A Selection of True Parents’ Speeches
Book 5: Absolute Values and New World Order
Speech 28: The Life of Jesus from the Perspective of God’s Will and God’s Warning to the Present Age, pg 862-864
The Life of Jesus from the Perspective of God’s Will and God’s Warning to the Present Age
May 21, 2002
Washington Hilton Hotel, Washington, D.C., USA
Twentieth Anniversary of The Washington Times
Respected guests from America and abroad:
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of The Washington Times has a particularly gratifying meaning for me. The memory is still fresh in my mind of how, in May 1982, I made the final decision to publish The Washington Times in response to Heaven’s direction. This took place while I was being unjustly tried in a New York federal court, in a prosecution motivated by both racial and religious bigotry.
At that time, communism was sweeping the world like a giant, angry wave. Even America had no effective means to deal with it. I followed the supreme Will of Heaven, which told me that America, the final fortress of the democratic world and a Christian country representing the Second Israel, must be protected from communism. It is also the Will of Heaven to build the ideal world of peace that God is seeking, the kingdom of heaven on earth and in heaven, through Christianity. It was certainly not my intention to set up a newspaper company to make money. More than a billion dollars has been invested in The Washington Times alone. I have never regretted this nor felt enmity toward anyone, because this is a way to practice true love toward God and humankind.
My final message to America
More than thirty years have passed since I came to America. I have reached the age of eighty-two years, and the time is coming for me to return to my homeland. Before leaving, I would like to clearly convey to America, the nation in the realm of the Second Israel, and to all humankind a message concerning the actual situation of God and the spirit world. This is not just a message given by me as an individual. Heaven is sending the message that humankind needs to receive in this age. Until now, humankind has been living in a state of ignorance about the Will of Heaven. First, humanity has not known about God, and second, we have not known about the spirit world, where we all must go eventually, whether we like it or not.
Now we have entered the Last Days of human history. In the spirit world numerous religious leaders, beginning with the founders of the four great religions, have accepted the Unification Principle, which is my teaching, as the truth of the highest dimension. They have mobilized their disciples and descendants completely and are returning to the earth to resurrect by bringing them to form new, true families through the Blessing of marriage.
Particularly for the sake of America, a Christian country that represents the Second Israel, the four great saints, centering on Jesus, have each chosen 120 of their historically eminent disciples in order to establish a united front. Now, through their spiritual return to earth, they are furthering the work of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace and the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in order to bring about complete peace on earth.
They are proclaiming that humankind has no future unless we practice true love, or a life lived for the sake of others, which is the True Parents’ philosophy. Accordingly, I would like to take this opportunity to give a commemorative address today. It is a valuable message to America and humanity on the topic, “The Life of Jesus from the Perspective of God’s Will and God’s Warning to the Present Age, the Period of the Last Days.”
If we examine Jesus’ providence of the cross, we see that Jesus, the thief on his right, the thief on his left and Barabbas sowed the seeds of history. It is a principle that what is sown will be reaped. Thus, the right-wing world and the left-wing world have appeared, represented today by the democratic and the communist realms, reflecting the right-thief type and the left-thief type. After that, centering on Jesus’ cross, Islam, the Barabbas type, has appeared. Reflecting Barabbas, who received good fortune because of Jesus, Islam appeared as a force standing in an ambiguous relationship to Christianity.
History, thus sown, entered the age in which the form of the world was bound together in four major blocs. Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt dreamed of forming a united Islamic Arab state. Christianity, meanwhile, is leading a new worldwide trend proclaiming, “Let’s unite all religions.”
As we observe these currents, we see that history, which was sown in tragedy, now finally is appearing as a good fruit centered on God. In the Last Days such phenomena will become even more pronounced, as that which was sown in the beginning reaches fruition in its exact original form and is harvested. It is inevitable that this will come about, because of the laws of the providence. Unity will be accomplished in accordance with True Parents’ philosophy of true love.