The Words of Hyung Jin Moon From 2011
Hyung Jin Moon, January 9, 2011
Most of these sermons are either are transcribed from the simultaneous interpretation provided at Cheon Bok Gung or edited from the preliminary notes the interpreters use for reference. As such, they should not be considered a complete or definitive translation in whole or in part, and are not reliable enough to quote from authoritatively.
Brothers and Sisters, the title of today's sermon is: "The Kingdom of God". If we look at the words of Jesus we find that, in the Unificationist family, we often forget about Jesus. From the viewpoint of the Principle we should always remember that Jesus is the Lord and the son that God sent. As we all know, True Father has completed the mission of Jesus as the Lord at his Second Advent.
If you look at the Bible, Luke 17:20, where Jesus is speaking with the Pharisees, they ask Jesus: "When will the kingdom of God come?" and "How will it come?" Jesus replies: "The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say 'Here it is. There it is;' because the kingdom of God is in your midst."
The actual Hebrew translation is that the kingdom of God is 'next within us' rather than inside my heart. If we first think why Jesus spoke like this, we can think: "Ah, my heart is the kingdom" but this is mistaken. Jesus spoke many words regarding the kingdom of God, regarding God's heaven, but ultimately, where is the kingdom of God?
Because the son that God has sent is the only king, the kingdom of God is the place where the son has descended to and is present. Therefore when our heart changes to become one with the returning Lord then this heart becomes the kingdom of God.
It doesn't come with loud trumpets but when our heart changes internally to a heart of accepting this, becoming filled with obedience, righteousness and love for God and love for the son that God has sent, then our heart becomes the kingdom of God. Furthermore if we come to realize this, then the Lord himself, Jesus himself, True Parents themselves, become heaven. It becomes the kingdom, a place where the son that God has sent and where True Parents reign as king of kings, and is indeed heaven.
In our home groups as well, if you are loving and praising True Parents as the king of all kings, that place is heaven. Our heart will be heaven. The church will be heaven and we, the Unificationist families, will be heaven. As I am attending True Parents closely, I feel that, if the place where True Parents are, where they reign as kings of all kings is heaven, then the place where True Parents' substantial bodies are, can also be seen as heaven. So I feel that True Parents themselves are heaven, the kingdom of God.
Where do I feel this the most? This April 11th, True Parents will again go to Las Vegas. For two or three years True Father has been promoting this providence but whenever I visited there, there was something bothering me. That place bothers many people's minds. It is the city of greatest evil. There are drugs, and among the 50 states it is said that only in Nevada can prostitutes work legally. That's why it is a place with many bad rumors and many people view this city in a bad way. That's why, since two or three years ago, that city has always bothered me. Why does True Father go there? People can easily misunderstand True Parents and see them in a bad light. Everyone was concerned.
This time when I attended True Parents, wherever they went, I came to one big realization. This time True Father said to prepare a big rally in Las Vegas that includes the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam fishing and game competition. Seeing this I was very inspired. But there was the concern that many people see True Father being active in Las Vegas, and that someone with bad intentions might take a video of them and show their activities. But through the Las Vegas fishing and game competition I saw that True Father was changing the gaming culture totally.
You may know that in Las Vegas there are many card games, like Poker, Black Jack etc. If we think about it, a game itself is not bad, right? When we ask if the Korean traditional game 'Yut' is bad, we can say it isn't. But if the gaming culture is such that as you play you earn money, become addicted and this goes in a bad direction, then the game itself becomes God. Therefore this time I saw for certain that True Parents are totally changing the gaming culture that involves alcohol, addiction and gambling.
The reason I feel that is, if True Father were just a regular religious leader he would go to Las Vegas to do some volunteer work or something. However, True Father is holding a Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Las Vegas tournament, and through that is trying to change the game culture there from Black Jack to fishing -- by connecting people with fishing. He is inviting Unification Church members to come, and while they are having a good time, True Father will give prize money to the first, second and third winners of the fishing competition. He will then donate all the funds collected through this to poor prostitutes in Las Vegas. He decided to give all the money collected to help drug addicts and poor prostitutes.
Looking at True Father I realized that this was the original mind of True Parents. True Parents have been investing their devotion in Las Vegas for three years and I felt that now it has started to bear fruit there. True Parents themselves are heaven, and without our knowing, True Parents came to Sin City just like Jesus' word that he came for the sinners and not for the righteous people. Just as Jesus went to the houses of prostitutes, the most evil places, where people cursed the most, so did the Lord at his Second Advent, as the only person that could save them. True Parents went to the worst "sin city" and pioneered. And we are witnessing that they are completely changing that culture, brothers and sisters.
True Parents' existence itself creates tremendous 'Chambumonim Eok Mansei' vibration. The fact that True Parents are in that city, Las Vegas, it is already changing Sin City into Sun City. No one else would think of challenging that gambling culture, to take out the gaming culture from Satan's word and change it into heavenly culture. Through games, families can have fun and in the meantime money gathered there will be donated to suffering people. I believe now that this is something that only True Parents can do; no one but the Lord can do this.
Brothers and sisters, when we enter into the Chambumonim Eok Mansei vibration, I feel that the vibration is very powerful these days. Once I was on my way back from Yeosu to Seoul and I was playing the Chambumonim Eok Mansei CD. On that day my body was stiff and not so comfortable. But when I heard the Chambumonim Eok Mansei vibration my body started to relax and the stiffness went away.
When there are too many things on my mind I listen to Chambumonim Eok Mansei (that I have copied onto my phone) and my mind clears completely. So I feel, 'Ah, Chambumonim Eok Mansei'! Even though we are not right next to True Parents, we can feel the vibration of True Parents through the love, filial piety and heart that wants to offer glory to them. True Parents, as king of kings, exist in that sound, and that vibration contains Heaven's strength. Through the strength of their vibration I was much moved. I received the merit of the healing and was able to truly offer gratitude as I repented.
Brothers and sisters, today, as we send the strength of this vibration to True Parents, when we offer the Chambumonim Eok Mansei praise, let's not do it routinely, as we do it every week, but let's offer praise with each Chambumonim Eok Mansei that we utter. When we sing I hope that you feel that True Parents exist within that sound as the king of kings. I pray that the Holy Spirit may allow us to receive the energy and strength of heaven and send great strength and Qi energy to True Parents.
Brothers and sisters, I send you greetings from Chung Pyung. I pray that today can be a day that we can send great strength and devotion to True Parents.
Thank you very much.
1: And he said to his disciples, "Temptations to sin are sure to come; but woe to him by whom they come!
2: It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea, than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.
3: Take heed to yourselves; if your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him;
4: and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, and says, `I repent,' you must forgive him."
5: The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
6: And the Lord said, "If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this sycamine tree, `Be rooted up, and be planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.
7: "Will any one of you, who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep, say to him when he has come in from the field, `Come at once and sit down at table'?
8: Will he not rather say to him, `Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink; and afterward you shall eat and drink'?
9: Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded?
10: So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, `We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'"
11: On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Sama'ria and Galilee.
12: And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance
13: and lifted up their voices and said, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us."
14: When he saw them he said to them, "Go and show yourselves to the priests." And as they went they were cleansed.
15: Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice;
16: and he fell on his face at Jesus' feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan.
17: Then said Jesus, "Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine?
18: Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"
19: And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well."
20: Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God was coming, he answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed;
21: nor will they say, `Lo, here it is!' or `There!' for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you."
22: And he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it.
23: And they will say to you, `Lo, there!' or `Lo, here!' Do not go, do not follow them.
24: For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of man be in his day.
25: But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26: As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of man.
27: They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
28: Likewise as it was in the days of Lot -- they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built,
29: but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all --
30: so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed.
31: On that day, let him who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away; and likewise let him who is in the field not turn back.
32: Remember Lot's wife.
33: Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.
34: I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
35: There will be two women grinding together; one will be taken and the other left."
37: And they said to him, "Where, Lord?" He said to them, "Where the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together."