Recent Speeches 15: When is the Point of Settlement of Heaven's Providence and What Should We Do for It Today?
Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, affectionately known as True Mother, gave the main address at the 20,000 Person Rally for the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Beginning of Missionary Work in Japan and the Hopeful March Forward of FFWPU for a Heavenly Japan held at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on July 1, 2018.
Distinguished guests, Diet (Japan's bicameral legislature) members, Ambassadors for Peace and Blessed family members from the Family Federation gathered here:
I am pleased to meet you today. Today marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Japanese movement. I hope you will remember that in terms of human life, the sixtieth birthday is not the end, but a new starting point.
There are many problems arising in the world. We have reached the limit of what human power alone can do about them. Yesterday, as I was approaching Japan in an airplane, I saw Tokyo's beautiful sky. As I remember, Tokyo was known as a heavily polluted city in the 1970s. However, today Tokyo is known as one of the most pollution-free cities in the world. This was possible thanks to you. When we observe the problems of the world today caused by human ignorance, such as pollution, we are speechless.
So, what do we have to do? All of humanity should unite, but we need a focal point for unity. In today's world, although there are countries that do well, if the countries that surround them do not do well, they will all be harmed. When will we be able to actualize a free and peaceful world? There is only one answer to this. Human beings are not the center. God is the center, the true owner of the universe. When we live in relation to our Creator and his principles, a world of peace is possible.
God created the heavens and the Earth and the entire universe according to his image. He created plants, animals and finally a man and a woman to be the true ancestors of humanity. He gave them a period in which they were to grow. In that period, they should have grown into beautiful people who can receive God's Marriage Blessing. However, they became self-centered. That is why people in the world today do not have a relationship with God.
God absolutely has to complete his will. God thus had to begin the painful providence of humanity's restoration through indemnity. Therefore, God raised the chosen people of Israel, until the national foundation could be established. Christians know this history well through the Bible. How long and arduous this dispensation was! God sent Jesus Christ to be our Savior, God's Only Begotten Son. Four thousand biblical years elapsed before he could do that. It took four thousand years. Even Mary, who gave birth to Jesus, and the leaders of the time did not understand God's will. They did not understand Jesus' essence. So, he had no choice but to take the path of the cross. Indemnity was paid throughout history for this. This is the truth of history. Jesus died on the cross and said he would return. Had the people united with Jesus and stood with him, he would have used the foundation of the Roman Empire to build the kingdom within his lifetime. How very sad and regrettable was Jesus' crucifixion!
Jesus had needed a bride
After the crucifixion, the resurrection by the Holy Spirit started the Christian civilization by the Apostles. It took a thousand years for the Christian civilization to reach the British Isles from the Italian peninsula. The British Empire opened the Atlantic civilization to Christianity. That's why the British became prominent in the world. It was said that the sun never set on the British Empire due to its vastness. However, what was the result? They also did not understand Jesus' true nature. Rather than practice Jesus' teachings of true love, they sought their own interests and their civilization became one of oppression. God does not use people who have failed to fulfill their responsibilities a second time.
Jesus said he would return and host the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The two thousand year history of Christianity was to find the Only Begotten Daughter of God who could become the heavenly bride. God has been guiding and preparing the Korean peninsula for two thousand years. Thus, in 1943, God's Only Begotten Daughter was born in Korea. In 1945, Korea was liberated. It then divided between north and south. It separated along the lines of democracy and communism.
At that time, I was still in northern Korea, my homeland. Many Christian groups there believed that the Messiah would return to Pyongyang. So, in my household, my mother and grandmother did not think of fleeing south, but my uncle, who had studied at Waseda University, could not return to our home so he enlisted in the South Korean Army. We three women eventually decided to go south. Under God's principles of creation, human beings need some time to grow. God's Only Begotten Daughter, who came to be after two thousand years, needed to grow. I needed to grow up in a safe environment. So Heaven worked so that I could come to South Korea.
Two years after I came, the Korean War erupted. At that time, South Korea was not ready to deal with North Korea. Korea was also not well known to the world, but young UN soldiers from sixteen countries came and sacrificed their lives there. Because I understood when the time had come, in 1960, True Father and I became the True Parents. Fallen humanity cannot return to God through belief alone. The fallen lineage must change in order to be under God's dominion. Only the True Parents can change this fallen lineage. Therefore, FFWPU praises the ideal of the blessing and blessed families.
Fulfill your messianic role
The blessing is wonderful, because the more you share it, the greater it becomes. So I am asking you to become Heavenly Tribal Messiahs. By becoming Tribal Messiahs, Blessed families can work for the sake of the nation and the world. We can realize the peace that humanity yearns for and actualize the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth -- one family under God.
There is a title for today's speech: "When is the Point of Settlement of Heaven's Providence and What Should We Do for It Today?" As I said before, even if one person or nation excels, a world of lasting peace cannot be actualized. When we join together, we can succeed. The problems in North Korea and South Korea are the same. As long as solutions are human-centered, true unity will remain only a hope. That is due to concentrating only on one's self interests. That is also because the solutions do not address the whole picture. The only solution is placing God, the original owner of the tribes, nations and world, at the center.
During the sixtieth anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, we sent the Little Angels to thank the nations that had sent their soldiers to help the Republic of Korea. The veterans still vividly remembered and thought fondly of Korea. This is how we showed sincerity. If others have graced you with blessings, you should repay them.
I would like to speak to Japan. Let us unite, recognize our past mistakes and join hands for a bright future! From a human perspective, some things are impossible to forgive, but True Parents blessed Japan to be the mother nation to live for the sake of the world. You are the mother nation. A mother gives and sacrifices wholeheartedly for the sake of her children. Korea, Japan and the United States, which represents the world, began the era of the Pacific Rim civilization. While the culture of heart that our second- and third-generation Unificationists are conveying worldwide is garnering great success.
In individualism and egoism, no place exists for the family. Thus, FFWPU should place the family first. Those in our second and third generations are following their parents and actualizing the kingdom of heaven as brave warriors of Cheon Il Guk for the sake of the world. In that we find hope.
At this time, the Earth is falling ill. I am worried about the future of this planet. Unimaginable and appalling things are happening around the world. These man-made disasters are all a result of human ignorance. Thus, we cannot sit idly by and be satisfied with the present. In light of this, we have worked to heal this planet and brought together scientists, including Noble laureates, to find lasting solutions, in order to restore the world to its pristine, original state.
From a long time ago, the world could have united through an International Peace Highway, which True Parents initiated. I want to move this project forward and substantiate it. The island nations will connect with continents. I wish to unite Korea and Japan through a Korea–Japan undersea tunnel. I want this road to connect to North Korea and South Korea, Eurasia and beyond. Already, the African continent announced they would start from the Cape of Good Hope. My wish is for North America and South America to connect from Santiago, Chile, all the way to Korea through an international highway.
Will it then be possible for Japan and Korea to unite through that project? Isn't it possible? I knew you would feel the same. This nation is Heavenly Japan and when it attends God and fulfills its responsibilities, the other nations of the world will revere Japan as the mother nation. Isn't that so? Won't that day come?
Righteous people need to recognize the mistakes of the past. For the sake of the future, we should unite FFWPU, UPF, WFWP and YSP and march forward for world peace. I hope today is such a blessed day!