The Tribal Messiah
by Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Chapter 4 - What Is A Tribal Messiah? (Part 1)
1. The Position Of A Tribal Messiah
What is a tribal messiah? He is the master of true love. To be a master of true love was the hope of Jesus, the hope of Adam and Eve, and the hope of God. Thus everybody has to become a master of true love and march on. If that happens, everything will be finished. Telling you to become a tribal messiah means telling you to become a tribal ancestor. (1989.1.3. Hannam-dong House)
In fact, to be a tribal messiah is the greatest assignment. It is like saying, "Hey! This is the best thing in the world. You could not buy it with billions of dollars. Hey! I finally realize it is the best thing in the world. There is nothing better. Nothing." How much did you think it was? If you retreat, how much would it be? You must know that it has a value that outshines the President of America or Queen of England. It has a value that outshines even Jesus.
You must understand that the tribal messiah is the vanguard who guides his tribe to their historical hometown in one generation. You must know that you are the vanguard, just like Moses was in the exodus. It is not blind devotion. Moses did not know some things, but I know everything concretely. I know everything logically. You must return to your hometown, but you cannot return to your hometown without finding Cain; that is a principled fact. Since the elder brother's tribe remains in the satanic world, you must save the elder brother so that his tribe can come to my tribe. If that is not done, you cannot do the work of tribal messiah because of Satan. By saving him, he becomes your fence, and you can return to your hometown and restore your relatives. If you do not do that, even if you witness to your father and mother, Satan will claim them again. They will be pulled away. Since there is that danger, God has to work this kind of providence. Even if you witnessed to your father, mother, your relatives and hometown, they will be pulled away again. (1979.1.14. Belvedere)
What is a tribal messiah? In one word, it is doing the work of raising your mother and father to the position of kingship. It means that you can then return to the hometown of the heavenly kingdom, where parents are centering on love; this is the original hometown where you were born.
If this is not done, there is no hometown. Where there is no hometown, there cannot be parents. By establishing this hometown, the hometowns of all the people who lived in Korea will be gathered in the place of the hometown of the heavenly kingdom. In this way all places that man was born on earth will belong to the heavenly kingdom, and we will inherit the position of a parent born in an unfallen place.
Then what is the problem? A tribal messiah first puts his father and mother in the position of messiah, with the same rank. After that, since there is no heavenly hometown, he has to find it. In this way the world hometown and cosmic hometown are connected, since Parents already prepared the grounds, and heaven and earth become the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and the Kingdom of Heaven in heaven.
What, again, is a tribal messiah? First, it is making your father and mother into unfallen Adam and Eve. Second, by finding and establishing your hometown, the restoration of kingship occurs. If that happens, everything is finished, right? You just put kingship in there. First, you stand on the same level as parents, then restore your hometown. That means restoring kingship.
Thus all people who are born, whether in the former Soviet Union, America or anywhere, will come to have the hometown of the Kingdom of Heaven. In order for them to have the hometown of the heavenly kingdom, they must have parents in the heavenly kingdom. Becoming the parents of the heavenly kingdom is the mission of tribal messiah.
In this way, Satan also cannot reside on earth. Until now Satan has had custody of all the areas of the earth. Your becoming parents creates a region where a family of unity is born, and we can conclude that Satan originally could not exist in that place. (1989.10.17 Hannam-dong House)
2. The Authority Of The Tribal Messiah
What kind of time is this time? From now on, without exercising the right of tribal messiah you cannot inherit tribal messiahship, you cannot inherit world messiahship.
Once you inherit this messiahship alone, you inherit everything that the vertical parent and horizontal parent did in your age. If you do not, you cannot receive that. In other words, you only have to advance to the position at which Jesus could have lived, married and saved the tribes of Israel.
You must indemnify Jesus' mistake. Jesus died without becoming a tribal messiah. If that is fulfilled, you can also inherit world messiahship since I have fulfilled my responsibility. Why? Since I have the ideology of the Second Coming that substitutes for Jesus, you can inherit the ideology of the Second Coming that substitutes for Jesus' realm of Israel.
In other words, you are standing in the position to accomplish what Jesus did not fulfill and the victory that I fought to win for forty years. You can inherit the standard on the cosmic level. You must indemnify Jesus' mistake and the fact that Jesus went to the cross, and you must indemnify my path of the cross.
The road that Jacob traveled is the road that the Israelite families have to go; the way that Moses went is the way the people of Israel have to go. The way that Jesus went is the way that Christians have to go, and the road that I went is the road that Unification Church members have to go. What is your authority? After a tribal messiah fulfills the responsibility Jesus had, I will hand the worldwide victory over to him. (1989.4.1 Belvedere)
3. The Mission Of A Tribal Messiah
1) The Duty of a Tribal Messiah
What was lost due to the fall? True Parents were lost on the individual, national, world and cosmic levels. Adam and Eve were to become king and queen on all these levels if they had not fallen and had instead possessed the authority of a filial son and daughter in front of God's love.
What then is the Messiah, the Savior? What kind of Savior is he? He is not a Savior of power, or money, or knowledge. He is the Savior of love, of life and of blood lineage. Why? Because of the fall, man lost God's love, life and blood lineage and could not inherit them. The Savior is the one who comes to find and restore these.
You received the wrong seed. You received the seed of the devil, of the archangel. Your root is the archangel. Thus God worked for 6,000 years until now to send the Messiah. But because God is in a vertical position, it was difficult for Him to send the Messiah horizontally.
It is the same with me. In order to become God's son, I must enter a vertical position. I must experience feelings of east, west, south, north and all the feelings of front, back, right, left, above and below. When I reach the position where God can look and say that I have undoubtedly experienced them all, I enter the position of son, the position that a true person should reach. In order to block me from accomplishing this, Satan obstructs me in a hundred directions. The thing that Satan is most afraid of is grafting into God's love. He is not afraid of money or power. In front of God, power is useless. God is omnipotent and omniscient; therefore, He does not need knowledge. Does an omniscient being need knowledge when He is the King of knowledge?
From this viewpoint, what kind of person is the Messiah? What is the tribal messiah that the Unification Church is talking about today? Until now in order to send one Messiah, there has been much fighting to prevent the victory of a person with God's vertical standard of love. Two thousand years ago, Jesus came as this person, but he was killed. In this time of Reverend Moon, all Christianity and the whole world combined together in order to strike and kill me. But Reverend Moon is a smart person. I am proud of this. I am a very intelligent man, so the devil is most afraid of me. God, however, loves me the most.
What is it that Reverend Moon did until now? I have overcome communism and democracy. The right-wing and left-wing directions have disappeared. Now only head-wing remains. The world will go crazy trying to grab hold of the Unification Church and its head-wing philosophy. We have now entered that stage.
Reverend Moon is a smart man, so in order to deal with the world, I have dealt with the scholarly world. In order to end the struggle between science and religion, I have explained religion with scientific logic and taught a content that today's modern intellectuals can digest. Through ICUS (International Conferences on the Unity of Science), distinguished scholars of the world have come to appreciate me.
How miserable has God been? He has been seeking tribal messiahs until today. He sent Jesus in the position of tribal messiah. Today Reverend Moon of the Unification Church has fulfilled the indemnity conditions of the individual messiah, family messiah, tribal messiah, national messiah, world messiah and cosmic messiah. Now I have reached the stage where I can go over the 38th Parallel, the national boundary between North and South Korea. Therefore, the influence of Reverend Moon now is going all over Korea and making waves all over the world. It is making waves in five oceans and six continents.
What about Korea? A rabbit in a mountain thinks that her home is the best, right? She does not like where the tiger lives. I can take care of Korea any time, in any way. It is I who saved even America from its place of perdition. It is I who drew out the Soviet Union. It is not the CIA or the American government. If a man like that turned upon those churches who were opposing me, do you think they would have been well off? I would have taken them apart piece by piece. But I do not do that. I say to them, "Give it all you have got. Do the best you can." If they do their best but lose in the last wrestling match, are they still the champion? Would that kind of person receive the prize? He would be struck down by the public. He would disappear without a sound. In the religious world I did not fall away from the position of champion, but I have come this far with victorious authority.
God alone stood in a miserable position and sent one man Jesus; but they killed this tribal messiah. Through all sorts of hardships and difficulties God made Reverend Moon, and what did he do? Centering on all the rights of unity in the heavenly world and physical world, he has climbed from servant of servant, servant, all the way up to adopted son, illegitimate son and direct son; and from hell to heaven. Then he drove down an iron bar.
Reverend Moon, centering on God's love, sent the iron bar down from the world to the nation, from Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel to the lowest servant position. Through Reverend Moon, God's vertical love now extends down from heaven's highest place to earth's lowest place. You cannot take this out.
Moreover, even horizontally there is nothing that I have not touched. The fight is over. There is no one who will oppose the Unification Church from now on. I have cleansed all opposition, from the individual level, through the family, tribal, national and worldwide levels, up to the cosmic level opposition. In the middle of all this, a person who can call out Heavenly Father and True Parents, who determines himself to go beyond life if necessary, becomes someone who has no relationship with the world of the devil and the world of death.
In this vertical position, I have come to the physical world as the representative of God in heaven, and dispatched tribal messiahs on this earth horizontally at this time. Even if I die now, tribal messiahs will inevitably be grafted into this domain that is prepared in the world, connecting through this iron bar to the vertical world.
Thus what am I doing now? I am sending out tribal messiahs and making them become the ancestors of Abel-type relatives. These ancestors have seeds of life. The Messiah is the parent, and so he appears with the seed. Your relatives and mother and father have received the seed of the satanic world. If you strike against something with the seed of life, you will pass through wherever you go. Both the sticks of Moses and of the pharaoh's magician became snakes, but later Moses' serpent swallowed the serpent of the pharaoh's magician. In the same way persecution has now all passed away.
Tribal messiahship is what I hand down as the definitive core. Through it we can indemnify all the mistakes of Judaism and Christianity, and with victorious authority become the place where the blessings that Buddhism, Confucianism and all religions want to receive are combined. That is the tribal messiah. You do not have to worry about the nation. You do not have to worry about the world. All you have to worry about is your extended family. (1990.2.4 Headquarters Church)
2) The Responsibility of the Tribal Messiah
The three conditions for returning home are true life, love and blood lineage. In order to actualize these, you must dedicate your life. I have risked my life and gone over so many hills. When you risk your life, the morning sunlight from the East that carries the dawn of a new nation will shine on the road of the Unification Church. The sunbeams that shine on that country are God's love, and the life force is God's life. This sun of hope and tradition will continue for thousands of ages. Thus by your inheriting God's unchangeable and eternal blood lineage, you can receive that sunbeam and attend Him eternally. That sunbeam symbolizes God, who is the essence of mankind's life, and symbolizes Parents. When you change your life by inheriting Parents' tradition, and this tradition of Heaven becomes subject in your life, withstanding any threat or opposition, your new day will begin.
Until that day, you must fulfill your responsibility by giving your utmost effort. I am handing down to you the supreme gift, the result of 10,000 years of faith, and the fruit of all the pioneering that God has done for billions of years since the creation of the world. If you inherit this completely, you will be able to honor the authority of the blood lineage established through the Unification Church, which you can be proud of throughout the whole universe and in the heavenly world. You should know that there is nothing more righteous or valuable than this. I ask you to become people who can go directly to the world of peace with that value. You should know that with your returning to hometown, the unification of a new nation will arise. Amen! (1992.1.26 Headquarters Church)
Originally, the ancestor of mankind was supposed to have his internal mind and external body united in an exactly perpendicular ninety-degree angle. Our original parent was to unite horizontally in a perfect ninety-degree angle with God's vertical love.
Thus we must enter the original world where we are to make the right angle of heart, the world of original hometown, and lay the cornerstone correctly. We must not forget that we Korean Unification Church members have this destined and necessary mission at this final point of restoration, during which we are going to hometown. When man and woman are bound together horizontally, they should then fit perfectly in a ninety-degree angle with God's vertical love and become united. God will have dominion only when that place is realized. (1988.6.1 Headquarters Church)
In actuality, to restore your tribe, you must fulfill the responsibility of tribal messiah. There never was this kind of command in history. The position of tribal messiah is the position of a second true parent and is better than the position of Jesus. This position is endowed with awesome value. You cannot trade it with anything else.
Why do you have to fulfill the responsibility of tribal messiah? The first reason is that you must save your parents. The parent is in the position of the first Adam, and you are in the position of the second Adam. You must complete the mission of Adam by restoring and re-creating your parents.
The second reason is that you need a hometown. By completing the responsibility of tribal messiah, you will be able to have your own hometown. Ultimately the reason for fulfilling your portion of responsibility as a tribal messiah is the perfection of Adam's family. Concretely, you must educate your tribe. (1991.5.12. East Garden)
3) The Mission of the Tribal Messiah
Just as you shed sweat for Heaven, you must also shed blood. You must gladly seek to go to the historical hill of suffering. You did not know until now that for your liberation you must pour out even more. You thought that it does not have anything to do with you and that everything will be fulfilled in relation to others, but you are wrong. We have to come back to the origin. You must know clearly that in order to return to the land of your hometown, you have the responsibility to destroy the false base.
Now we must fix your root. What happened to the root? Because of the fall, something went wrong with the original father and mother. Something went wrong with the first son. Thus, centering on True Parents and centering on the original right of Parents based on their true son and daughter and the right of the first son, we must reverse the situation of our ancestry. Thus you are destined to return to your hometown and restore your ancestors. (1988.6.1)
Because of Adam and Eve's mistake, Jesus had to come as a true parent, right? He had to indemnify the mistake of the first parent and also fulfill his own desire. Centering on the example of how the third parent has carried the cross of love, you then are to demonstrate to your relatives your ability to love even your enemy more than yourself. By doing that you can destroy any historical barriers in your path and go directly to God. The mission of the tribal messiah is to demolish and go over any tribal walls remaining which block the way to God. Centering on what? Centering on True Parents.
Thus you cannot think only about yourself. Night and day you have to care for your grandfather, grandmother and everyone first, and then be the last to go to sleep. By working and shedding blood and sweat, you have to not only feed your son and daughter, but also your whole clan.
It is the same as being in the wilderness course. If you are among the 600,000 Israelites in the desert with Moses, you cannot just feed your own household. You have to go beyond your own tribe and put food in front of Moses and tell him that even if we die, we should die together. Even if you eat in one day what you have been eating for a hundred days, the twelve tribal leaders have to donate it in front of Moses.
Without living this kind of lifestyle, you cannot connect through heartistic relationships from your family to the tribe, nation and world. On the national level, I have established the standard of restoration through indemnity and prepared a foundation that can connect things, but I cannot make your own tribal foundation, right? That is the responsibility of each tribal messiah.
Do not look to me from now on. Until now I took responsibility for everything, but now you must take responsibility for your own clan.
Your heart must be absolutely vertically connected with God in a ninety-degree angle, individually, and in your family and tribal relationships. Nothing -- sleeping, waking, eating, living -- should be centered on yourself. Everything you do is for your clan. You should feel, "Even if I die, and if I am a Kim, I must solve all problems and difficulties for the sake of the Kims." Even if Kim Il Sung comes out and asks South Korea for elections, he cannot make any progress because we have connected strongly with our tribes. The Unification Church has to make this preparation. That is the way to stay alive. That is the way to save the nation. That is why for the sake of the mission of tribal messiah we must march forward. In order to restore Adam and Eve's and Jesus' mistake on the national level of heart, the tribal messiah has to bear the cross. (1988.10.3 Yongin Factory)
If an individual gains victory and forms a family, that family has to go over the hill of restoring their tribe, society, nation and world. What is the desire of the individual? It is to establish a family that can stand on the side of God. After an individual establishes such a family, what would happen if he says, "To get to this point, I have overcome all sorts of hardships and suffering, but since now I am married, let's relax"? Let's say he lives in luxury and fun, and takes naps whenever he wants. What kind of realm is that? That is the realm where Satan surrounds him on every level, from the tribe to the world.
When we know this, should we say, "How wonderful"? [No.] In that realm, the more children you have, the more trouble you will have. You might wonder, "What is he saying now?" But I am telling you something very interesting and important.
In order for an individual to find peace, he needs a family; thus the Unification Church has been fighting to establish true families. In the same way, a family cannot find peace without a tribe. Your tribe serves as a fence to protect you and your family from the blowing wind. Without connecting to your tribe, you cannot exist in a peaceful family.
In order to do that, you should become the tribal elder for your relatives. If you become their tribal elder, even if there is fighting going on, relatives from different villages will go out to the frontline and fight, and the elder just has to direct their efforts. Then he can rest!
Therefore, I am telling you to fulfill the mission of tribal messiah. Have you heard that kind of talk or not? [We did.] I have taught you everything already. Do what? [Mission of tribal messiah.] I am telling you to do the work of a tribal messiah. Then I am telling you to become a messiah to a race. In the future if you go out in the world and witness, you are doing mission of a messiah on the level of race. (1972.5.18 Taegu Church)
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