Sun Myung Moon’s Life In His Own Words
The Messiah can begin his ministry only on a national and world-level foundation. Since these foundations were not established, they absolutely must be built in the Last Days. Otherwise, the sphere of global victory cannot be established. Therefore, a people like the people of Israel in Jesus' time must appear. What nation must appear to accomplish what the nation of Israel and Judaism could not? A renewed Christianity centered on a specific nation must go through a course of tribulation. In the end, this chosen nation must emerge. Through this chosen nation, Heaven must indemnify the failure of the first Israel and accomplish the providence on earth. Which nation is this? The Divine Principle asserts that this nation is none other than Korea.
Korea possesses unique characteristics. First, Koreans have a homogeneous lineage. Second, Koreans are very religious; they understand religion deeply. Third, Koreans appreciate the value of suffering. Throughout history, the Korean people have had to go through a course of trials and hardships. Under such conditions, they were able to develop a spiritual foundation, which will endure forever, built of filial piety, loyalty and sacrifice. God considers these the most important of the specific characteristics necessary for this chosen people because they coincide with God's own characteristics.
Until the end of World War II, Japan ruled Korea. Among Korean patriots, there were many who fought against Japanese colonial rule. As you learned through the Divine Principle, God was deprived of the four-position foundation. Therefore, God purposes to recreate the four-position foundation. Thus, we often come across the number four in the Bible and in God's providence. There were many indemnity periods of forty or four hundred years. Restoration through indemnity is carried out according to the Principle.
How did Japan dominate Korea for forty years? Even the satanic side knew that in the future Adam on the heavenly side would appear. Satan already knew of the coming of the true Lord; he knew the coming of the Lord as the culmination of four thousand years of history. Therefore, Japan occupied Korea in order to destroy that possibility. That is why Japan invaded Asia. From this point of view, we can understand that Korea is a providential nation centered on God's will. We know that it is a principle of development that prior to the appearance of what is true, what is false appears. That is why the devil invaded Asia and ruled it for forty years.
Thus, the satanic forces brought Korean women aged from twelve to forty, those purity was most cherished, into sexual slavery with the intention of staining the national character of the Korean people.
The satanic side had dominated the Israelites and Christians both spiritually and physically. Similarly, Japan physically ruled Korea for forty years. Spiritually, however, because of the spirit of those people who took part in the Independence Movement for the sake of their nation, God was able to connect His providence to the Korean people.
Those who considered Christianity important became leaders and united the people in their fight. They risked their lives for their nation during the forty years under Japanese control. This was significant historically and providentially.
As the end of World War II drew near, persecution became increasingly severe, particularly against Christians. While many Christians were killed, some went into hiding, escaping into the Manchurian wilderness or fleeing to Russia. Many Koreans believed in God and desperately hoped for emancipation from Japanese dominance. Nevertheless, many other Christians obeyed the Japanese government of Korea and lived in accordance with Japanese rule. Meanwhile, numerous patriots and devoted Christians continued fighting and kept faith until the day of liberation. In the final months of 1944, Christians underwent extreme cruelty at the hands of the Japanese occupiers. On August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered.
If they had surrendered later than August 17, two days later, many thousands of Christians would have been killed. The Japanese military had a plan to kill Christians on that day. It would have been a huge massacre. Their intention was to eradicate Korean Christians. This illustrates that when the degree of atrocity Satan is about to commit reaches its zenith, God can always change the situation in His favor.
No matter how cruelly subjugated the Korean people were, some spiritual manifestation of the subjective, Adamic authority had to appear. What kind of works were to he done? Spiritual works. Groups emerged in which this spiritual activity could take place. Japan, the Eve-type nation on the satanic side, was oppressing Korea. Nevertheless, since God had a plan for His future providence, He had to make necessary preparations even while Imperial Japan ruled Korea. For this reason, Christianity made progress even in those days.
First, Western missionaries came in the 1910s and the 1920s, but they were unwelcome. They had to go back. From 1930 to 1936 was a golden age of Christianity in Korea. Through Korea's traditional Christian churches, God has been conducting spiritual manifestations to this day. During the 1930s and 1940s, He built a foundation even before Korea's liberation.
The Apostles who at first did not follow Jesus because they lacked faith worked very hard to establish the Christian foundation. On that foundation began the history leading to the Second Advent of the Lord. Before Korea's liberation, many people were able to communicate with the spirit world and referred to themselves as biblical figures such as Peter, John, Paul or Abraham. The spirits who represented all those prophets, who had come and gone throughout history manifested themselves on earth all at once through these spiritual groups in Korea. As a result, many groups formed that were bent on the restoration of Eden.
Among the groups focused on restoring Eden, one represented the Old Testament Age, one the New Testament Age and one the Completed Testament Age. Within that preparation, there was a heavenly program to cleanse sins, so participants overcome tremendous obstacles.
We know there is a heavenly providence focused on the Korean Peninsula. A movement with an internal mission has to start from there. Men have to take responsibility for external activities, and women have to take responsibility for internal developments. In the course of the Fall, Eve dominated Adam. Therefore, in the course of restoration, wives rather than husbands are responsible to achieve internal objectives. Similarly, because Adam was dominated by Eve, men are responsible to achieve external objectives in the course of restoration. In this way, they have to seek to attain the standard before the Fall. But in order to establish a foundation of victories that can absorb all general activity, there must be some decisive authority. That is the returning Lord, endowed with the character of the Third Adam, who alone can provide a solution.
The east and the west halves of the Korean Peninsula have distinguishing characteristics. The east is mountainous; the west is dominated by plains. The east side of the country is masculine, whereas the west displays a feminine aspect. God's providence, too, has characteristics similar to the geographical features of the Korean Peninsula. In other words, God's providence for the east half had masculine characteristics, while in the west, it had female characteristics. In the west, in Cholsan, women were doing spiritual activities, while in Wonsan, which is in the east, men were doing practical activities.
In three stages, women had to prepare the heavenly providence. Why? Because Eve fell first, God had to call women first so they would be aware of how the Lord would come. Three generations had to prepare those providential activities. In those days, there was great confusion. As you know, going from Mrs. Kim Seong-do to Mrs. Heo Ho-bin and on from there, covered three generations. Thus, the course passing through Mrs. Kim Seong-do, Mrs. Heo Ho-bin and Pak Nopa -- the lady who claimed to be the wife of Jehovah -- followed the women's work. Pastors Pack Nam-ju, Lee Yong-do and Kim Baek-moon led the work being done by the men.
What developed through Judaism is completely different from what happened in Joseph's family. Likewise, in Korea what was taking place in the mainline Christian churches and the phenomena manifesting in spiritual groups differed. God made it so that the spiritual groups that could fulfill His will would have a mission similar to that of Joseph's family. Briefly stated, the spiritual groups were meant to lead the established Christian churches. The Christian churches and the spiritual groups represented Cain and Abel, respectively. The satanic side had a claim to all the historical misery. So, these groups and the churches had to unite.
In other words, all such things were 100 percent prepared in order to make the framework of the family by which all historical conditions of indemnity could be laid down. However, at that time, though the people concerned knew about the result, there was not one person who knew the story behind it and took responsibility for it.
Though the history of the groups that appeared in this era through the numerous historical courses did not last longer than ten or more years, behind that history lay the content from the six-thousand year span of the providence. If they had been able to connect completely to the newly coming Lord, therefore -- and unite with all societies and environments, thereby becoming the one shield and axis that can act as the foundation on which they could perfectly protect him -- it would not have been difficult to begin a new history. If this had been realized, it would not matter whether Christianity believed it or not.
You have all heard of Grandmother Kim Seong-do from Cholsan. She was Chung Seok-on's mother. This Grandmother Kim had the mission of the Korean Eve. She was an exemplary woman who opened the gate to the providence of Korea's restoration. She could not have lived an ordinary life, being married and having a family. She had to go through a unique course... There is division into the heavenly side and the satanic side. Restoration is impossible except in connection to that lineage.
The new Lord is the new owner. From the viewpoint of the Principle of Creation, husband and wife were created to become one body. The place to realize this purpose of the Creation is where bride and groom come together. The Lord, as a man, represents heaven and his wife represents earth. the husband and wife, as one body are the highest level. Hence, there are many who call themselves lords even though they are women. A revelation from God
Mrs. Kim's husband did not want his wife to become a Christian. Moreover, she always got up at one o'clock at night and prayed until morning. Nobody could understand her behavior. Even when her husband opposed her, she continued her practices. She was prepared to give up her life for her faith. So, in the spirit world she was specially recognized as a very devoted Korean Christian. She had direct conversations with God. She received many revelations.
She received so many teachings from Heaven. She heard the exact date of Korea's liberation. She also heard that the Lord would come to Korea as a man in the flesh, at his Second Advent. She thoroughly understood that the coming of the Lord was a great privilege for Korea. She also understood that God would restore the world through Korea.
Heaven had prepared this foundation around Cholsan; through the spirit world, Heaven taught her many things, such as how Eden could be restored and why Eve had fallen.
Among the newly emerging religious groups, Grandmother Kim Seong-do's group focused on maintaining gratitude. We have to be aware that this group had to become a representative, absolute group achieving a lifestyle and tradition of total gratitude. Thus, we should be thankful in various ways. If you become a person who gives his or her whole life for the sake of God, He will resurrect you in the kingdom of heaven and will be proud of you.
Those people embodied thankfulness. They were grateful for everything. This is the right way to think. Satan cannot invade those who are grateful. Even if Satan invaded such a person, he or she would escape. When you are in trouble, you should always think "It is so that I can pay indemnity for the whole that God is giving me this trial."
Kim Seong-do's husband strongly opposed his wife's work. Why? It is in accordance with the law of indemnity. When, under Satan's dominion, a woman tries to work for God, it is natural that she be opposed and persecuted. Her husband persecuted her to the extent of threatening her, with a knife to her neck. In order for her to move the providence of restoration forward, this harassment was inevitable.
It was a miserable destiny. It was almost impossible for an ordinary woman to endure, but she had to be strong and remain faithful. She was in the position of a new daughter, chosen by God. So she had to represent women throughout history. She had to separate herself from her husband and keep her purity. Only by doing so could God love and accept her. This difficult course lasted for mom than twenty years.
What was the responsibility of the Grandmother Kim Seong-do, who had to receive such persecution? She had to absorb all the ill-treatment. The man was meant to surrender to his wife. In line with the Principle of Restoration, since Eve dominated Adam in the Garden of Eden, Kim Seong-do's husband had to obey his wife. He had to follow her blindly and do everything she wanted.
In that way, God could bless them in accordance with the law of restoration through indemnity. Actually, however, her husband persecuted her too much in front of Heaven. As a result, his was not a natural death. He took some medicine and died. Have you heard that? (Yes) That's what happened.
Grandmother Kim had two sons. She had to have at least two sons, because through her family the Cain-Abel indemnity left unpaid in Adam's family had to be paid. If these two sons had united and had supported their mother, this family could have established the foundation to prepare for the Lord to come. But the elder brother Chung Seok-cheon, Chung Su-won's father, could not fulfill his responsibility What then happened to this family? The father and the mother had to pay indemnity again.
Grandmother Kim's daughter-in-law was a daughter of a certain minister, a very devoted Christian. She, too, had many spiritual experiences, so she understood the revelations her mother-in-law had received from Heaven. The oldest son somehow believed in his mother but he did not participate in her ministry eagerly. This old lady told her son and daughter-in-law not to have sexual relations; the son did not obey his mother, however, and lived as a husband with his wife -- and as a result, his wife was taken to the spirit world. In those days, this old woman did not explicitly understand the principle of indemnity, but because her husband had persecuted her so severely; she thought she had to atone for her husband's behavior.
Mr. Baek Nam-ju from Wonsan had done research on Swedenborg's spiritual endeavors and translated his books. He received revelations from God that the Messiah would come to Korea. He decided to prepare for the coming Lord. In order to pay indemnity for Jesus' suffering, he walked barefoot to Cholsan to meet Kim Seong-do and apply to register Grandmother Kim's group under the name Holy Lord Church. He was the first person in Korea to have a John-the-Baptist mission.
Furthermore, in those days there was a woman who was in correspondence with this man. Her name was Yoo Myung-hwa. Jesus Christ appeared to her, and Jesus spoke to Mr. Baek through her. Yoo Myung-hwa told him. "The Lord is with me; the Lord is speaking through me."
Mr. Baek fell to his knees, saying, "Please tell me what you want to say!"
From that point, troubles began. All that had happened to them was reported to Christian ministers, who on hearing it, began to persecute both Yoo Myung-hwa and Baek Nam-ju. Thus, the spiritual groups and established churches started fighting.
In the satanic world, it is not fair that a woman has to fight alone, representing a nation. A woman should fight in concert with men. Men and women should work together and have a unified foundation. Did Mr. Baek Nam-ju work in that way? He did. They should have been completely united, but they weren't. Mr. Pack was also aware -- through revelations from the spirit world -- that Korea would become a nation with a special, God-ordained providential course, but he did not know how it would come about.
They met in Cholsan and held discussions, but they could not agree with each other. They became divided. Then problems started in the first generation of the providence of Korean restoration. As a result, their mission had to move to the next generation. God's will was that the foundation for pioneering should be prepared through a representative of women, Grandmother Kim Seong-do, from Cholsan, but the first generation could not fulfill its mission, so the mission passed to the second generation.
The problem women faced in the family expanded to the society through mainline Christian ministers, and later it became a nationwide problem. Chung Su-won's grandmother, Mrs. Kim Seong-do, was also in that kind of situation.
All the established churches became hostile toward them. This was when the oppression by Japanese was the cruelest. A while later, members of the Holy Lord Church received revelations that the Japanese would be defeated. They had begun making yearly announcements of the substance of their revelations. The revelation regarding Japan's defeat became extensively known. Needless to say, mainstream Christian ministers also heard it, and because they wanted to destroy spiritual, upstart groups, they went to officials of the Japanese government in Korea to inform them of those facts. As a result, Grandmother Kim was imprisoned. She had to suffer torture and died after having been...
The movement in the west transferred to Mrs. Heo Ho-bin and the movement in the east came under Mr. Lee Yong-do. Baek Nam-ju had been the Adam-figure, but because of Baek's failure in fulfilling his responsibility, Pastor Lee came onstage. Pastor Lee's church was somewhat different from Mrs. Lee's. Originally, they were united. For a while, they cooperated, but then they separated. What did Pastor Lee do? He established the Jesus Church.
Mrs. Heo Ho-bin was director of the Central Theological Seminary. In 1930, Pastor Lee Yong-do appeared in Korea with fire like that of Elijah.
People who listened to him speak felt overwhelmed by Heaven. God's grace poured out of him like water. Why did heavenly grace flow from him? Just as the people of Israel had to achieve oneness with Judaism in order to oppose Rome, Christianity had to carry Korea in order to drive away Japan and establish Heaven's authority. That battle remained. God bestowed energetic fire on him in order that he might work out a way for all branches of Korean Christianity to become one. Only if all of Korean Christianity had united would they have completely avoided being compelled to practice Shintoism, Japanese traditional worship. If everyone had been completely united and fought against the Japanese, the Japanese would not have been able to carry out armed aggression. Why? Because those united people would have been in the position to claim Adam': authority.
The established churches of the day opposed those who had special missions. Representative among those who opposed them was Kim Rin-see (1894-1964). He opposed Pastor Lee in writing. He stirred the entire nation against him. Heaven sent Lee Yong-do as a messenger in order to unite all Christians, yet Kim Rin-see did such a thing. Of course, many Christian leaders were behind him.
Pastor Lee Yong-do started the Jesus Church in Pyongyang. He died in 1933. Do you know how old he was at that time? He was just thirty-three years old. He lived as long as Jesus did. Without God's help, it would have been impossible for Pastor Lee, who was so young, to cause such a cyclone in the Christian community in Korea.
There were two kinds of spiritual movements, one internal and the other external. Two churches, the "Inside the Belly" Church and the Jesus Church, both of which had been receiving teachings from Heaven, should have united. Toward that end, the group from the west traveled to meet the group in the east. Nevertheless, they failed to unite, so God had to establish a new movement. He needed pioneers in a new field, which is why God wanted to have another new person who would follow His directions. This person was from the Kim clan.
Here are some interesting facts. When a spiritual person dies, some people pray for the person. Mr. Lee died alone in Wonsan, but at the very moment of his death, God chose women in faraway places and told them to offer special prayers. Rival Christians may have said it was a good thing and danced in joy at this death, but many put on white garments and prayed for him for three days.
You have to understand that because of God's hidden will in relation to the providence, He did not want to abandon His nation or His people. Thanks to those women who prayed with all their heart behind the scenes, God's providence could continue through successive generations.
I looked at many people in the spiritual churches, which is why I am well aware of their activities. I also know many things about the work of Mrs. Gil Son-ju and Pastor Lee Yong-do. I clearly understand what kind of mission they had in those days. When the period of their responsibility was over, there had to be someone who could take over the mission.
The meritorious deeds of the Chung Family were so great that God loved them and gave them His grace to the extent that when the children did not accept His will, the mission could be transferred to someone else. The woman who took over her mission had loved and served Kim Soong-do, Mr. Chung's grandmother, with all her heart and soul. She was Mrs. Heo Ho-bin. This did, however, mean that the providence had to decline by one level.
Mrs. Heo testified that she was not supposed to be the Lord's wife; her mission was to give birth to the Lord. In other words, she said that the Lord would be born through her womb. Hers was the mission of Mary. While Mrs. Kim had Eve's mission, Mrs. Heo had Mary's mission.
Originally Adam and Eve constituted God's body. God was their direct father. That is why, from God's point of view, Mrs. Heo's husband, Lee Il-dok, was in the position of a traitor. Historically men had been exploiting women. In order to restore the proper relationship, through indemnity, her husband had to do things that no man in his right mind would ever do. He had to do everything he was told; he was even ordered to take off all his clothes and run around naked.
What was this couple taking responsibility for? Their course was similar to that of Joseph and Mary. Grudges and resentment remain to this day because of Joseph and Mary's failure, because of John the Baptist's failure, because of Judaism's failure and that of the nation of Israel. Those had to be reversed. Therefore, Heo Ho-bin, the wife, actively opposed colonization by Japan, the Eve nation on the satanic side. This was a fight between the Eve nation on the satanic side and Eve on the heavenly side.
Since revelations were received through Mrs. Heo lo-bin's belly, this group was called the "Inside the Belly" Church. The group did not name itself that, it just became known by that name. The group wanted to take over Mrs. Kim's mission, so they prayed, fervently asking for God's help. In those days, Jesus appeared to Mrs. Heo. Jesus started expressing his teachings to this couple. Jesus asked them to accept his will and endure all difficulties under any circumstance.
Mrs. Heo's entire life was completely centered on the Lord. Jesus first taught her how to get rid of sins. Second, he taught her about a proper lifestyle. Later, she learned how to educate children. In accordance with those instructions, Mrs. Heo made rules and regulations necessary for those who would love and attend the Messiah. Because she had the mission of Mary, she had to know about the life of Jesus in detail since his birth. Because Jesus had to die at the age of thirty-three without actualizing his will on earth, everything had to be prepared; all the indemnity had to be paid in order to dissolve all his resentment.
The Inside the Belly Church had to make thorough preparations to attend the Messiah. It had to dissolve all the resentment and grudges Jesus accumulated during his lifetime. Next, they had to prepare everything so that the returning Lord could have the best life on earth. The Messiah has to live a life that no one can help envying, a life better than that of a member of the British royal family. Is it true?
They were taught in detail how to make the Messiah's clothes. They were told to make suitable clothes for Jesus to wear from his birth to the age of thirty-three. They had to make many clothes, enough so that Jesus could change his clothes every three days -- Korean traditional clothes at times and Western clothes at other times. Furthermore, while they were making his clothes, they were not permitted to use a sewing machine. They had to tie off the thread before sewing more than three stitches. In order to do this work, they had to keep the rooms very tidy. Once they started making one set of clothes, they were not allowed to stand up, even to go to the toilet, until they had finished it.
God told them, "Even though you have made such sacrifices, you will likely not be able to meet the Lord." If they made a mistake, Heaven harshly reprimanded them. This forced them to follow Heaven's directions. Larger clothes had to he made in accord with Jesus growth. After they finished making clothes for Jesus, they were told to make clothes for the coming Lord. They received revelations that they had to pay closer attention and invest more care and love than they had for Jesus clothes. They also prepared his meals three times a day. Meat was cooked for each meal.
Mrs. Heo heard from Heaven about the Lord's educational background. Thus, the members of her group were waiting for the day when they might meet the Lord. They were anxiously waiting, every day. Until the day they died, her followers were very determined to wait. They were prepared to offer their lives.
This providence was related to Eve's mission. Because Mrs. Heo had inherited Mrs. Kim Seong-do's mission, Mrs. Heo 's daughter was also prepared to meet the lord. There were even twelve disciples. It is very interesting to know that those preparations were being made.
Do you have any idea how often they had to bow? They usually bowed three thousand times a day. They sometimes bowed seven thousand times. It took five to six hours to bow three thousand times and at least ten hours to bow seven thousand times. They had to keep bowing from morning until night without eating. It was indeed harsh training to attend the Lord. Eventually, the members of the group were unable to continue such practices. The group finally dissolved.
Mrs. Heo predicted that Japan would surrender in 1945 on August 15 (the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar). She often spoke out in public about what she had heard from Heaven, so she was arrested. The day before her release by the Japanese police, she saw a vision in which an angel stood on the Japanese emperor's head, saying "You, the enemy of Heaven, will be mined!" The next day; the Japanese emperor announced by radio that Japan had surrendered. She had already received a revelation about when the announcement would be broadcast.
Everything she received from Heaven came true, so people could not help following her. Thus, they knew the day of Korea's liberation. To them was also revealed "When Japan collapses, you will be able to meet the Lord." At the time of their release from prison, they danced with joy, but as before, they continued to be persecuted by mainline churches.
This God-inspired work began at the formation-level with Mrs. Kim Seong-do. Mrs. Pak No-pa inherited this work from her through Mrs. Heo Ho-bin.
I grew up during the period of colonial rule and oppression. In those days, even if we had many hopes and dreams, we could not express our internal heart. Even if we had different ideas and wanted to express them, we had to remain silent, observing our surroundings. It was very difficult to speak about a particular ideology or philosophy, even if it was great. Under those circumstances, I had to struggle, unknown to anyone, to prepare for the course of restoration we have learned about in the Divine Principle.
I prepared the Divine Principle that I teach today while I was in my twenties. Look at the situation now! What I spoke about fifty years ago has been fully realized. This is not something I am saying for the first time. In those days, the nation we now call Korea did not exist. How sad the situation was then!
You don't know how much my mother loved me! Her mind was occupied by thoughts of me. She knew I was the only member in the Moon Family whom she could believe in. She may have already known I would become a great man. She used to do whatever I asked her to do. Therefore, our mother-son cooperation was perfect even though she did not know about restoration through indemnity.
Also, my older brother was absolutely cooperative with me. Thus, the foundation to indemnify Cain's position was completely established. There were numerous older and younger brothers throughout history, but my older brother understood that his younger brother was a historic person. So he absolutely obeyed me in everything. If I said, "This is right," he thought so and believed in me 100 percent; he had no doubt at all. Therefore, what about the restoration of Cain? Was it accomplished or not? It was completely established. Moreover, was the mother-son cooperation completed or not? This was completed as well.