Unification News for February 2003
The Opening of the Gate to the Cheon-Il-Guk through the Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony of the Parents of Heaven and Earth
This is a brief excerpt from a booklet written by Dr. Chang Shik Yang, Continental Director, North America, under the direction of our True Parents. It is available from HSA Publication.
On their birthday, February 6, 2003, the Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, the TrChung Pyung humankind, celebrated the "Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony of the Heavenly Parent and the Parents of Heaven and Earth" and the "Coronation of the King of the Blessed Families" at the Training Center of Heaven and Earth at humankind, celebrated the "Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony of the Heavenly Parent and the Parents of Heaven and Earth" and the "Coronation of the King of the Blessed Families" at the Training Center of Heaven and Earth at Chung Pyung, South Korea.
The True Parentsí holy matrimony held in 1960 was a turning point of human history. Over the next 40 years, in Blessings varying from a few dozen to hundreds of millions of couples, families from 180 nations of the world, notably Korea, Japan and America, participated in holy marriage Blessings. Their motto was, "The Realization of the Kingdom of Heaven through Ideal Families." On this day, all these Blessed couples will be blessed once again, all at the same time.
The Reverend Sun Myung Moon came as the True Parent of humankind with a mission to save nations and the world through the Blessing of marriage. Logically, he should have been blessed originally on a cosmic foundation. However, this did not happen due to misunderstanding and opposition from the key religious bodies that had been prepared for him. Instead, he was blessed on a conditional worldwide foundation. He had to create this foundation himself through laying indemnity conditions, even overcoming situations that left him close to death.
In this, the third year since proclaiming the Cosmic Nation of Peace and Unity (Cheon Il Guk) and embarking upon the building of the original land of Eden, the curtain has finally fallen on the 6,000-year history for the providence of salvation. Last year we held the Burning Ceremony for Cosmic Peace, Unity and Liberation. In that ceremony all the wrongdoings of Blessed families, whether big or small, committed knowingly or unknowingly, were consumed by fire and cleansed. On that foundation, the age of cosmic peace, unity and equalization could open, giving birth to a new era of oneness between God and humankind.
The foundations for the church-level Blessing on the formation stage and the national level Blessing on the growth stage were laid according to the progress of the providence of restoration, as explained above. Now the world-level Blessing on the completion stage is being held. Its significance is that of the holy marriage Blessing that was to be held in the original Garden of Eden. It is also the global realization of the "marriage supper of the lamb" that Jesus wished to see when he came to earth 2,000 years ago.
The resolution that was proclaimed on December 25, 2001 by the founders of the five major religions in the spirit world opened the age of unity between the spirit world and physical world. On the foundation of that cosmic-level victory, the True Parents will celebrate this coming event as the True Parents of Heaven and Earth. Further, they will be crowned as the King of the Unification Blessed families in physical world and in spirit world, after which they will convey the Cheon Il Guk Blessing to all Blessed couples worldwide.
In the original ideal world of creation, the cosmos, Chunjoo in Korean, is in the subject position. On the other hand, heaven and earth, Chunji in Korean, refers to the planet earth, which is in the object position. Therefore, the term, Heavenly Parent (Chunjoo Pumonim) refers to the Creator, Jehovah God, and the term Parents of Heaven and Earth (Chunji Pumonim) refers to the original, unfallen Adam and Eve who achieved perfection. Through the upcoming holy marriage Blessing, the Reverend and Mrs. Moon, True Parents of Heaven and Earth, who reached the ideal of oneness with the Heavenly Parent, will connect the actual lineage of God to the earth.
Thus, all humankind is called to participate in this providential event. It is a cosmic event, which the heads of all nations ought to attend as guests to congratulate all the participants. Accordingly, the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace invited political leaders from 120 nations, including current and former heads of state, to attend as Ambassadors for Peace. America is sending representatives from each religious body. Together with leaders from the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification from Korea, Japan and America, they are attending in the position of high priests. Further, representatives from each clan in Korea, providentially the central nation of the world, are attending the event as guests.
On the foundation of the realm of the First Israel, established in the Old Testament Age, the realm of the Second Israel, established in the New Testament Age, and the realm of the Third Israel, established in the Completed Testament Age, through this ceremony we are entering the realm of the Fourth Israel in which God can freely work and act. In other words, we are entering a transitional point of history, when the world of peace and freedom can be realized both in the spirit world and physical world.
Blessing of the True Parents
The returning Messiah comes as the Savior of humanity and the True Parent. What is his mission? His most important mission is to re-establish the relationship between God the Creator and human beings as that of parent and child. This requires that he sever the link of blood lineage between human beings and Satan, and restore human beings to God. The returning Messiah comes to complete what Jesus couldnít finish: the completion of the Godís providence of restoration. Specifically, he appears on the earth as true child, achieves Godís ideal of creation, and completes the ideal of the True Parents who are the origin of true love, true life and true lineage.
The returning Lord comes to begin his mission on the foundation of the victorious providence which God had developed to the point of Jesusí death on cross. In other words, he stands on the foundation that Jesus had established -- the level of growth stage. Then he finds his Bride, and they become the True Parents and save all the people, as Jesus would have done had he found his bride 2,000 years ago.
As the True Parents of humankind, they celebrate the Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony that changes the blood lineage, engrafts humankind into the Godís true love, true life and true lineage, establishes true families, and ultimately opens the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.
The most important and serious event in the history of Godís salvation providence is the Holy Blessing of Marriage, through which God sees the fulfillment of the ideal of True Parents as first good ancestors of humankind. Had Adam and Eve not fallen, but achieved perfection and celebrated the Holy Blessing of Marriage centering on God, they would have become the first True Parents of humankind.
When Jesus came to this earth as the second Adam, he should have celebrated the Holy Blessing of Marriage. The families of Joseph and Zechariah should have united together to help Jesus fulfill this. To this day, nobody has understood Jesusí mind and heart at the wedding in Cana when he reproved his mother Mary for asking him to make wine. He reproved her for being concerned about a neighborís wedding while she had not prepared a wedding for him, the Son of God, as she should have done.
The returning Christ, who comes as true man, should likewise meet his bride and celebrate the Holy Marriage Blessing. They should become true husband and wife, and at last True Parents. Then, as the substantial true Olive Tree, he should give Holy Marriage Blessings to all humankind, giving rebirth to all people, who are like wild olive trees. People in Old Testament times were redeemed by the ceremony of circumcision, which symbolized separation from Satan. People in New Testament times were redeemed by baptism and the rite of the Eucharist. Finally people in the Completed Testament Age are redeemed fully by the Holy Wine ceremony and Holy Marriage Blessing officiated by the returning Christ.
The present-day international Holy Marriage Blessing ceremonies originated with the Holy Wedding of Reverend and Mrs. Moon held on March 16th, 1960 (lunar calendar). It could be held only after Reverend Moon had completed conditions to indemnify all the providential content of the 4,000 years from Adam to Jesus and the 2,000 years from Jesus to the present. Jesus represented Adam and the returning Messiah represents Jesus.
Before the returning Messiah could become the True Parents, he needed the condition of having three children, that is, disciples who had absolute faith in him. These three disciples represented Peter, James and John, the three main disciples of Jesus 2,000 years ago. These three disciples should have helped Jesus accomplish the ideal of the Bride and Bridegroom. Had they totally supported Jesus, he would have achieved Godís original providence on earth without having to go to the cross. Therefore, Reverend Moon arranged the engagement of three spiritual children before his Holy Wedding in 1960. On that foundation, Reverend Moonís engagement ceremony could be held on March 1, 1960 by the lunar calendar.
Soon thereafter, on the 16th of March, Reverend Moon held the Holy Wedding. This was the greatest event in Godís providence of salvation. It was an historic event of with significance throughout heaven and earth, yet very few understood it at the time.
The seven years leading up to the Holy Wedding, from 1953 to 1960, was a period of unimaginable persecution against Reverend Moon. During that period, more than 3.6 million people opposed Unification Church. Persecution came from at least three Christian denominations and the Korean government. Yet amidst this persecution, Reverend Moon single-handedly set up and fulfilled the indemnity conditions necessary to establish Godís foothold through the Holy Marriage Blessing.
On that day, Reverend Moon substantially achieved the spiritual and physical triumph by fulfilling horizontally on earth all the vertical conditions of indemnity. Beginning on the individual level, he restored Jacobís victorious standard. On that foundation, he then achieved the victorious standard of the family. The year 1960, when he could start his family, was 14 years after Koreaís liberation from the Japanese colonialists. He used that 14-year period as a course to reach the completion level of growth stage, precisely the level Jesus reached when his life on earth was brought to an end at the cross. Thus, it was the first time in history when the separation of the human family from Satan could take place. It was the right time for God to provide him with a Bride. The Bride of the Messiah is not merely an individual bride. She is the center and the representative of all brides in the world. Thus, there appeared the first true family on earth, what God had longed to see through all of human history.
The Holy Marriage Blessing was held in two ceremonies at the Cheongpa-Dong Headquarters Church. The first ceremony signified the installation of the Parents of Restoration through Indemnity and the second the installation of the Parents of Glory.
Coronation of Godís Kingship
The providential work set the stage for one of the most important events in the history of the providence of restoration, the Coronation of Godís Kingship, held on January 13, 2001. On that day the True Parents restored Godís original, omniscient and omnipotent kingship on earth and offered it to God.
Through this holy ceremony, which took place on the completion level of the True Parentsí promise and proclamation, the True Parents connected the liberated cosmos to Godís sphere of love. God cannot sit on His glorious throne until the peaceful Heavenly Kingdom is established in heaven and on earth. Just as the omniscient and omnipotent God could not prevent His children Adam and Eve from falling and changing their blood lineage and sphere of dominion, likewise the returning Christ, as the third Adam, could not hold the Coronation of Godís Kingship and serve the Creator God as the substantial King until he established the foundation of true kingship on earth. He first had to gain victory through the substantial course of indemnity and restore the right of true children and the authority of True Parents. After that, God could truly enjoy happiness, glory and nobility as the Heavenly Parent.
Human history has been the history of the providence of restoration through indemnity, through which God has worked to save humankind. God sends the Messiah as the central figure of history. He comes near the end of the old age in order to bring it to an end and begin a new age, a new history. Thus, Jesus declared that the Old Testament Age was coming to an end and announced the dawning of a new age, the New Testament Age, and even prophesied the coming of the Second Advent at the close of that age. The Messiah at the Second Coming comes down from Heaven, finds the prepared Bride on earth, and holds the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It should be held amidst loud rejoicing and acclamations of Heaven and earth, on the restored foundation of prepared churches and religious groups in the internal and Abel position, and prepared nations in the external and Cain position.
The providence has accelerated as it approaches the establishment of the Cheon Il Guk, the ideal of Godís Kingdom. It will happen in the near future, shortly after the Holy Marriage Blessing of Reverend Moon and Mrs. Moon is held on the conditional foundation of his victorious ministries in Korea, Japan and America.
The Gate of the Cheon Il Guk
All these providential activities have led up to the event on February 6, 2003, when True Parents celebrate the "Holy Marriage Blessing Ceremony of the Parents of Heaven and Earth opening the Gate of the Cheon Il Guk" in commemoration of True Fatherís birthday and True Motherís 60th birthday. This ceremony represents the complete opening of the world-level Blessing on the substantial foundation of the Cheon Il Guk.
The Parents of Heaven and Earth are the unfallen Adam and Eve. God is the Parent of Heaven. Through this historic ceremony, God, the invisible Parent of Heaven, and His visible substantial object, the Parents of Heaven and Earth, will be vertically and horizontally united in complete oneness. And on the occasion of that day, the Parents of Heaven and Earth will hold the "Coronation of the King of the Blessed Families for the Cosmic Peace and Unity of Heaven and Earth." Through this unprecedented ceremony, the Parents of Heaven and Earth will substantiate the original Heavenly Kingship restored by the "Coronation of Godís Kingship." God as the Parent of humankind will actually settle down and live in Heaven and on Earth in the figure of the Parents of Heaven and Earth.
Accordingly, on that day, the Parents of Heaven and Earth bestowed the Completion Stage Blessing to all Blessed families participating in this historical ceremony. This ceremony fulfilled, on earth, the final stage of the complete world Blessing in the course of the complete restoration of fallen men, following the formation stage church blessing and the growth stage national blessing. Clergymen representing the priesthood, political leaders representing the clans, and Ambassadors of Peace representing the archangels are additional foundations of the Cheon Il Guk. They took part in this special Holy Marriage Blessing, the veritable Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Moreover, through this special ceremony, True Mother, as the complete Substance of Holy Spirit, together with True Father will manifest simultaneously in the spirit world and on earth. From that time forward, God will be embodied through the image of True Parents in a glorious and splendid light.
Through this historic ceremony, the flurry of final proclamations and announcements of the providence of re-creation will draw to an close, and the gate of the original new age of creation will be opened. This is where the absolute, unique, unchanging and eternal families of the Cheon Il Guk will settle.
All Blessed families across the globe will participate in this Marriage Supper of the Lamb. They will become the central figures in the Age of Heaven on Earth by uniting with the Parents of Heaven and Earth in the spirit of one mind, one body, one heart and one harmony. All Blessed families participating in this historic Blessing ceremony should live and work as one body by making absolute families with absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience to the Parents of Heaven and Earth. We, all the Blessed families attending the Holy Marriage of the Parents of Heaven and Earth and the Coronation of the King of the Blessed Families, should respond to Godís grace with an undivided heart of thankfulness, deep gratitude and determination, and resolve to be the owners of the Cheon Il Guk.
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