Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: Episode 422
Pyeong Hwa Gyeong: A Selection of True Parents’ Speeches
Book 10: True Parents, the Hope of God and Humankind
Speech 13: A Providential View of the Pacific Rim Era in Light of God’s Will I, pg 1579-1585
True Parents’ great achievements
Peace-loving leaders, among the 6.5 billion people on earth today, almost 5 billion of our neighbors, relatives, and brothers and sisters belong to the Pacific Rim region. At the same time, a large segment of our fellow human beings share a common root with the Mongolian peoples. If we receive the marriage Blessing and pull together centering on God’s ideal for peace, there is nothing we cannot do. The future of humanity is in our hands.
God’s providence has now spread from the North American continent and blossomed in the island civilization of Japan, which is in a position similar to that once held by the United Kingdom on the other side of the world.
This providence is now about to fulfill its destiny by reaching fruition on the Korean Peninsula, the homeland of the True Parents, who have emerged on earth in the position of the savior of humanity and returning Messiah. The Korean Peninsula stands in a position similar to that of Rome in Jesus’ time.
Religion and politics have the mission of resolving the world’s problems, yet the current conflict on the Korean Peninsula transcends religion and politics. From a geopolitical point of view, the Korean Peninsula persists as an arena of most intense confrontation, despite ongoing efforts to secure peace.
The principle of restoration through indemnity indicates that civilization will bear fruit in the Pacific Rim, centered on the Korean Peninsula. Fortunately, during the Korean War the United Nations mobilized international forces, led by the United States, to defend the peninsula. According to God’s Will, however, the UN forces were to recover the homeland and hometown of God’s desire. They did not do so, leaving the job half done. As a result, global conflict and strife emerged, which became known as the Cold War. During this period the Korean people were deprived of their possessions and displaced, leading them to search for God.
In order to restore this through indemnity, I established the Universal Peace Federation (UPF). I then organized the peace kingdom corps and peace kingdom police force, consisting of women of Heaven’s side who have received the marriage Blessing, who love peace, and who are willing to serve and sacrifice for the work of the Universal Peace Federation. I have taken the lead in educating those involved with these organizations, which stand in the forefront to bring about a world of peace centered on God. They will create the peaceful, ideal world that God desires.
I have been assisting the six-party talks currently being held to resolve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula and to reconcile the democratic and communist nations. I am presenting a solution based on the principles of peace and harmony rooted in the new philosophy, the “Way of the Heavenly Parent.”
At this intense time, what exactly is the role of America and the United Nations? Hawaii in the Pacific and Norfolk on the Atlantic bridge East and West, link North and South, and represent the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and all the great oceans of the world. With the support and protection of the American continent, the Korean Peninsula would become the homeland that protects and defends the Pacific Rim region by bringing together all the island nations of the Pacific. I say this because the future of humankind lies in the preservation of the Pacific Rim region centered on Korea, Japan and the United States.
As I was well aware of Heaven’s plans for this region, I invested thirty-three of the prime years of my life in the United States, beginning in the early 1970s, for the sake of world peace. In 1991 when I was on my way to meet Kim Il Sung in North Korea, I visited Hawaii and prayed there, at that critical moment, with the purpose of bringing an end to the Cold War era. On that victorious foundation I returned to South Korea, where I am working to complete the providence of establishing God’s homeland and hometown.
This year in particular, a jubilee year in the providence, I again prayed in Hawaii on the first stop of a visit to America.
Ladies and gentlemen, I ask that you closely analyze the current state of affairs in the world. Although the days of communism are gone, even now powerful nations such as China and Russia are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to aggressively pursue their own interests at the expense of the powerless and small island nations. No small island nation by itself can deal with those nations and their economic, political or even military ambitions. Those nations are so powerful that, if they wanted to, they could dominate any smaller nation in a single day, without shedding blood.
Only when peace and security are settled in the Pacific Rim can we guarantee peace for all human beings. As I have mentioned, the small island nations by themselves cannot contend with the incredible tsunami of powerful nations moving into the region. The time has come, therefore, for these small island nations in the Pacific Rim to unite and build the homeland of the new civilization. The small island nations dispersed in the northern and southern regions of the Pacific, on either side of the equator, as well as Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Solomon Islands, Australia, New Zealand and other countries, need to become as one nation, forming a union to sustain the peace of the Pacific Rim civilization. This will secure peace and stability for all people.
What I am saying to you is that you have the responsibility to protect and save the oceanic realm, which is a lifeline on which humanity’s future depends, from the environmental destruction and conflicts that are worsening by the day, and to shield its natural resources for the sake of peace in the future.
Distinguished guests, I have surmounted and triumphed over a course of inexpressible suffering and tribulation. I have not lived for personal glory or comfort. Even as I walked a thorny path, on the razor’s edge between life and death, I received Heaven’s seal and was made fully aware of the destination of God’s Will. Thus, I held dearly to Heaven’s command to bring salvation to humanity. Although beaten down many times, I rose up like a phoenix and continued my demanding work.
In America and throughout the world, leaders of religion, academia, politics and other fields have come to recognize me as the champion in eight areas of spiritual knowledge and discipline.
The first has to do with knowledge of God. Until now, people have believed in God only as an all-knowing and all-powerful Being. People have been thinking that God is sitting on a throne of honor and glory as the absolute Master, having nothing to do with the created world of all things.
There is more to God than this image. From the time I first embarked on a journey to fulfill God’s providential call, I came to know that the relationship between God and human beings is that of Parent and child. I learned that God has been the Parent of pain, sorrow and lamentation ever since He lost His first children, Adam and Eve. Throughout my life, I have been doing my very best to dissolve God’s pain and sorrow and bring liberation and total freedom to His heart. Finally, on January 13, 2001, through the Enthronement Ceremony for the Kingship of God, I was able to restore His throne of glory and power and offer it to Him.
The second area deals with the reality of Satan. Throughout history, people have not known the identity of the devil, Satan, who caused the Fall and spawned all kinds of evil. For fourteen years, I labored desperately through many bruising spiritual battles to discover all the truths of the spirit world. Finally, I discovered the real identity of Satan, the origin of evil. Taking it one step further, I exposed and repudiated Satan’s strategy and tactics for multiplying his power.
After I discovered Satan’s strategy of defiling the human blood lineage through the Fall, I became totally committed to restoring God’s original lineage. The heavenly strategy developed for this purpose, and now widely known throughout the world, is the international and cross-cultural marriage Blessing movement.
I have the intuitive ability to look into the hearts of men and women and predict their destiny. That is why many young people from around the world come to me, hoping to be matched with an ideal spouse.
The third area has to do with understanding the human condition. Where are we from, how should we live, and where will we go? Why are our minds and bodies fighting, and why do we struggle in conflict? What is the meaning of life and death? Does the world after death truly exist? If so, how are we to live while we are on earth? The answers to these questions and others are expounded in detail in the Divine Principle, which God revealed to me.
The fourth area encompasses knowledge and understanding of the spirit world. The spirit world, the world after physical death, is a world that actually exists, and to which all people are bound to go as an extension of their earthly life. Human life is one continuous stream from conception and life in the womb all the way to an eternal life, after physical death ends our earthly life. When their physical lives have ended, those who have received the marriage Blessing, which eradicates the original sin and opens the way to spiritual perfection, go through the sacred ritual of ascension to the spirit world (seonghwa). Thereupon they are welcomed and celebrated on their path to the heavenly realms, where they will enjoy eternal life.
We need to understand clearly that the numerous saints and sages who have lived on earth throughout history are living in the spirit world. They are assisting God’s providence on earth, having been reborn as absolute good spirits after receiving the marriage Blessing from the True Parents. Each moment in our earthly life is recorded in the spirit world exactly as it takes place. On the day we cross over to the spirit world, our life’s record becomes the basis for our judgment. That is why we all need to practice a life of true love, sacrificing ourselves for a greater cause.
The fifth area concerns knowledge of Jesus. I came to understand the terrible tragedy of the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus came as God’s Son, the Savior and Messiah, but he was rejected and opposed, even by the people God had prepared. It was God’s Will that Jesus, the second Adam, fulfill the model of a God-centered ideal family and engraft all human beings onto himself.
Christianity became the foundation of Western civilization through Rome, and then became the center of the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean civilizations. It has always stood in the position of the bride to receive the Lord at his Second Coming. In particular, Christians need to comprehend the sorrowful heart of Jesus, who was driven to the cross, unable to carry out the primary Will of God. My teachings clearly explain the truth about Jesus’ mission, the limit of salvation through the cross, and the reason and purpose for his return.
The sixth area is in the knowledge of the core contents of the Bible and other religious scriptures. These are books of revelation that enable human beings, trapped in ignorance after the Fall of the first ancestors, to return to God. Many of the important issues in scripture are described in metaphors and symbols. Only the Messiah sent by Heaven can clearly reveal the meanings of these metaphors and symbols. Hence, Jesus was able to disclose the core contents and deep meaning of the Hebrew Scriptures. Likewise, my teachings are now revealing God’s truth regarding His providence of salvation, contained throughout the Bible. The Bible is a book of revelations that contains the truth of God’s ideal for the creation, the Fall, and the path of restoration. The Divine Principle, which God revealed to me, lucidly answers all the questions that have not been clearly explained by the world’s scriptures.
The seventh area is in the knowledge and understanding of the goal of human history. History is not merely a sequence of events that occurred by coincidence. It flows in a clear direction and with a clear purpose. It is a history of the providence for the re-creation of human beings in their original state, a history of restoration through indemnity and of human salvation.
Based on these insights into the origin and direction of history, I was able to predict accurately the sudden end of communism and dialectical materialism, which I proclaimed in a speech at the 1985 Professors World Peace Academy conference in Geneva, Switzerland, a time when the Soviet Union was still at its peak.
Today, I am declaring that it is time for all nations and religions to break down the barriers dividing them. Through this, the era of one family under God will arrive and last forever. God is leading history. With the help of heavenly fortune, under the auspices of the Abel UN, we will now make rapid progress toward a world transcending religions and nations. It will be God’s kingdom on earth, which in Korean we call Cheon Il Guk.
The eighth area concerns true family values. God’s ideal of creation is to build God-centered true families. It is the goal of His salvation providence to restore the ideal of the true family, the ideal that Adam could not fulfill in his own family and, in this way, to establish the foundation for the kingdom of heaven on earth and in heaven. The marriage Blessing, which is at the core of the movement I have been leading, is not an ordinary wedding ceremony. It is a sacrament through which to eradicate the original sin and engraft people to the true lineage of God. True families are the wellspring and foundation of true love, true life and true lineage. The true nation, true world and true kingdom can be built through true families. Families centered on the True Parents can be the base for the perfected relationships within the four great realms of heart and the three great kingships, and the foundation for the kingdom of heaven.
On September 12, 2005, I founded the Universal Peace Federation. Then, in order to build one family under God through the twin strategies of proclaiming God’s Word and conducting the marriage Blessing, I completed three worldwide speaking tours with my wife, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, our children and our grandchildren. In this way we were able to substantiate three generations within one family fulfilling the marriage Blessing ideal.
Afterwards, one hundred Christian representatives in America as well as twelve hundred religious leaders and twelve thousand ambassadors for peace from across the world traveled simultaneously throughout one hundred and ninety nations. They represented their own nations as they spread the peace messages of the True Parents and shared the marriage Blessing.
These tours helped spread true family values as the universal values that will establish a new, God-centered civilization.
Even though I have become well known as a champion in these eight areas, we who are working for this cause cannot complete this work by ourselves. The support of all humanity is urgently needed for everything to be fulfilled. With God’s grace, we will soon win the victory!