Unification News for August 2004
The Age of Ahn Shi Il
This a time in which the chosen people of God (the Fourth Israel) must apply the lessons of history and exhibit great faith. We have entered this time in history based on the completion of the providential history of restoration. When Father was 16 as he prayed upon a Korean Mountainside he received the commission from Jesus. Answering the call he was led through a course to discover the history of restoration laid out in the Bible. The course of Adam's family, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and thru Moses on through Jesus. On May 5th, the first Day of Settlement and Attendance Father announced that the Pre Millenial Era had ended and we entered into the first day of the prophesied coming of the Kingdom of God. This was achieved through the course of love based on restoration. This is best clarified in the scripture through the sacrifice of Jacob for Esau and their embrace and tears.
This course of restoration is clarified through the Divine Principle. In its contents are the secrets of unraveling humanities separation from God and from one another. This course is the one that True Parents walked. It is the course of restoration through sacrificing oneself for the sake of others. This is the course that each and everyone of us must walk to truly become one with the heart of God.
Now having completed this course from the Individual, Family, Clan, Society, Nation, World and beyond True Parents could receive the title of True Parents of Heaven and Earth. Through that path the key was always in loving Cain. This path is the path that is central to the heart of God. No matter what the central figures of history had the hold the central position of heart and love for all humanity. Regardless of the attitude of Esau, Jacob had to maintain love for him.
This is the time of Settlement and Attendance and based on True Parents completion of their course they have given us the title of "Owners of Choen Il Guk" and "Tribal Messiahs".
Father has been emphasizing recently two Tribes that we must be the Messiah for. First in the "Internal Tribe" which is that of our relatives, that is we should bless our relatives with the Cheon Il Guk Holy Wine allowing them to receive the lineage of heaven and allowing them to step into the Realm of the Fourth Israel. Father has expressed serious urgency for this condition to be secured by all blessed couples. Its the requirement of heaven for each Blessed Central Family to have the foundation that is required to secure the stable base of the Tribe. The Blessed Central Family is blessed and must develop the foundation of blessing in our own Internal Tribe (our Relatives and Family.)
The other aspect of our "Tribe" is to be found in what might be called the "External" tribe. This is the Tong Ban Kyok Pa or the Neighborhood and community development. Father has now commissioned us that through our own responsibility and in cooperation with the leaders of our community and church, we must raise and bless 3, 36 (3 x 12), 72, 120 and 430 couples from both our internal and mainly our external tribe. Why must we walk this course.
Through the process of raising, sacrificing and caring for others your heart expands and grows. It is ultimately for the perfection of the Love of God expressed through our own individual hearts. We go through this with our Blessed Marriages and Families. Through the course of digesting and overcoming difficulties in relationship our hearts grow in love. That's also the growth that occurs as we live and sacrifice for our neighborhood and our community. Our hearts grow. We become like God.
Now as we build our foundations of substance with our communities we are laying the foundation for each and everyone of us to be the "Messiah" and the "True Parents" to our own family and community. This was the path that Jesus walked. This is the path of True Parents.
World Peace Pilgrimage
The World Peace Pilgrimage is unlike any other trip to the Holy Land. While it gives the Ambassador for Peace genuine and uplifting experiences at the holy sites that are sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, it also allows you to engage in profound relations with the people of Israel and Palestine. Muslim clerics will welcome you, and you will be surprised at the openness they share toward people of the Book – Christians and Jews. We also engage in dialogue and relations with Jewish rabbis, who themselves have become Ambassadors for Peace, thus transcending many of the traditional barriers that block us from good relations beyond our denominations or religions. You will visit and experience a deep spirituality at one of the three most holy sites of Islam – Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. You will be given a special presentation by one of Israel’s most prominent rabbis on the depth and spirituality of the great faith of Judaism. This experience does not take place in a hotel but right inside one of Israel’s prominent synagogues.
You will have an interchange with dedicated Catholic priests who have kept the spirit of Nazareth as the city where Jesus once lived. You will march in Nazareth with the Nazarenes. You will see with your own eyes the Golan Heights, and you will set foot in one of the most famous rivers of the world, the River Jordan.
You will journey into the world-renowned West Bank, not as a tourist but as an Ambassador for Peace. You will journey into areas where no tourist has ever gone. You will be safe and you will be inspired because as an Ambassador for Peace you are welcomed wherever you go. On the journey in the West Bank, you will visit the homes of other Ambassadors for Peace as well as friends of the Peace UN. You will have lunch with three or four other colleagues as the special guests of Muslims from the West Bank and Jews from Jerusalem.
You will journey to Haifa, where you will be welcomed by the city fathers and some of the nation’s most prominent leaders in a World Peace Symposium, in which many of our Ambassadors for Peace will also share their insights. You will bring gifts and symbols of your nation and culture as you visit the hospitals of Jerusalem and Ramallah, with particular focus on the children. It is almost certain that you will change some Jewish or Muslim young person’s life as they experience love from your nation and culture, which they never believed they would ever see or experience.
You will experience the high desert climate and the cool evenings that come with such terrain. You will feel the healthful atmosphere that is created by the hot desert sun as you go to the world-famous Dead Sea. You will have the opportunity to bathe in the mud that is found there. It is world-renowned for its healing and medicinal powers promoting the rejuvenation of your body and spirit. You will see the Sea of Galilee and you will touch its sparkling clear waters, realizing that this was the place where Jesus created a teaching and a tradition that changed the world. You will sit on the gentle slopes where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount.
You will serve the nation as an Ambassador for Peace not only in word but also in deed. With love you will plant a tree representing your family, your lineage, and your nation. Joining with other Ambassadors for Peace, you will leave behind a peace forest that will one day bear fruit that will teach future generations about your sacrifice to heal this historic land.
People to people, heart to heart, you will have the opportunity to visit people one-on-one who are indigenous to the area, and you will make a bond with your brothers and sisters in the Holy Land that will last forever. You will carry your wisdom and your understanding that you gained from your great nation and culture to the Knesset and the lawmakers of Israel. On our past journey with the group from Latin America, the former prime minister of Barbados gave hope to the whole parliament as he received a standing ovation, to the surprise of the various factions and parties of the Knesset. He said, "I came from my country to help you in the pursuit of peace. I am an Ambassador for Peace."
Never before have emissaries come from all over the world with a message of love and support that was principled, not partisan. This is the message that there is one God of all the Abrahamic peoples and faiths and we are His ambassadors from every faith and religion.
You will experience the power of your prestige and responsibility as you see borders open that do not open regularly to visitors. With the status of the Interreligious and International Peace Council (IIPC) and its Ambassadors for Peace having been enhanced by many journeys from representatives of the world’s nations, we have now been accepted at every border and checkpoint. From the Palestinian people to the Israeli people, IIPC is accepted andknown as a friend to all.
The people of this land descended from two brothers, Ishmael and Isaac. Your mission will be to give these brothers hope that the divisions of the family will be healed through our cooperative efforts. You will experience an academic seminar of the highest quality with experts on the political situation and the current state of affairs. With this knowledge and understanding, you will gain special qualities to come back to your nation to be a source of conflict resolution between the "brothers" of your own culture.
All in all, you will have an experience of joy as you will find that the Holy Land is your second home. Somehow, we instinctively feel that the resolution of conflicts in the Middle East is connected to the resolution of the world conflicts that now have so many on edge. Your work and pilgrimage will reduce tensions among Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and with each step you will bring understanding and insight into the value of the various faiths of humanity.
Heart to heart, you will find your "brother" or "sister" as you cross the Bridge of Peace with your counterpart from Palestine and Israel. Crossing with someone of a similar profession or interest, you will contribute to the resolution of tribal divisions that have existed for thousands of years. We have seen tears flow like a river as each one crossing the Bridge of Peace realizes that their steps and embrace across the lines of division in the Holy Land have a real power to dissolve those barriers and tensions.
At the conclusion, many will weep as they have to return to their homes. But our tears will be pure and beautiful, because they will be tears of hope – hope based on the real accomplishment of advancing peace in the City of Peace. History and all of humanity, as well as the Scriptures, predicted that one day believers from all over the world would take this journey. Now you are no longer just studying history. You are making history as you work to fulfill the prophecies that were given thousands of years ago.
The Ambassadors for Peace are bringing the day of hope.
Gloryland Baptist Church
History is unfolding before our eyes. I recently had the privilege of visiting our American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC) leaders in Texas.
The Rev. Dr. Bennit Hayes met the movement in an unusual way. Rev. Charles Keyes, an ACLC pastor, was accompanying another pastor to a revival two years ago at the Gloryland Baptist Church in Houston. When Rev. Keyes walked in, Rev. Hayes called to him from the pulpit from which he was speaking. He said, "Pastor, I know you, don't I?" Pastor Keyes, not aware of knowing Pastor Hayes, said, "No, I don't believe so." Then Rev. Hayes said, "What's your name?" Pastor Keyes replied, "Rev. Charles Keyes." Pastor Hayes said, "Charlie Keyes--helicopter pilot, Viet Nam, Da Nang."
Then Pastor Keyes remembered. He flew the mission that saved Rev. Hayes' life. Rev. Hayes was in a special unit that would go out to find out what happened to lost patrols. It was a very dangerous mission. He was a dangerous man; he had no fear and believed that America was worth fighting for. This time he got stuck in the bush, and the mission was deemed too dangerous for any pilot to go in. Captain Keyes volunteered and against all odds saved Dr. Hayes' life.
In that moment in the pulpit, the two men became clear on their history. Rev. Keyes and Rev. Hayes bonded instantly. Rev. Keyes introduced Rev. Mark Hernandez to Pastor Hayes and they held the 144,000 Blessing in their church. Latter that year, Rev. Hayes attended the Ocean City Workshop for clergy on the theme: "Who is Rev. Moon?"
At Ocean City, he learned of Rev. Moon's teaching that John the Baptist failed his mission. Quietly, Pastor Hayes was disturbed by this and determined that he would leave Ocean City the next morning. However, that night he awakened from sleep with the words in his heart, "Read It!" He understood that the words that he felt meant he should read about John the Baptist. There, late at night, he read Matthew 11:11-12: "Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force."
The lights went on. This is the truth and Jesus made it plain in the scriptures! Pastor Hayes felt a strong sense that Father Moon was indeed sent by God.
He bought 20 Divine Principle books and began to teach with the Divine Principle in his Bible Studies. The members understood. The next year, Minister Ethel Hayes, Rev. Hayes' wife, went to the Divine Principle seminar held in Virginia with Muslims, Christians and Jews. There she understood the teaching and got excited, because she could now fully understand the joy with which her husband was testifying to his church and all the clergy in Houston about the unfolding of the Bible that the Divine Principle brings.
Subsequently, Pastor Hayes, Minister Hayes, Minister Price Carruthers, and Minster Chellis all went on pilgrimages to Israel. Pastor Hayes went on numerous occasions. His courage in Viet Nam came back when he went to the Erez crossing in Gaza. When the American consul warned that we might not survive the visit to Gaza and asked for our passport numbers so they could notify next of kin, Pastor Hayes testified that at that moment he saw absolutely no fear in the eyes of the key ACLC leaders. It reminded him of leaders he met in Viet Nam. Those who always survived were the ones who risked their lives and had no fear. They were the ones most protected.
This resonated with Pastor Hayes' spirit, for he himself has no fear. He became one with Father Moon's ACLC movement. He knew this is the one movement that can challenge the divisions of the people of God and bring unity where there is no hope. Pastor Hayes knows Jesus--the real Jesus. The one who is with us when our life is on the line. The one who will not forsake us.
With that spirit, Rev. Hayes began to fearlessly share the contents of the Divine Principle. When it came time to end the era of the cross, his church, which has a very strong membership both in spirit and in numbers, held a special ceremony to take down the cross. In its place over the baptismal, he placed the Crown of the King and the Crown of the Queen. The two crowns are for the True Parents--Jesus and the Holy Spirit, Father and Mother Moon, and all believers who receive the Blessing of marriage. By receiving the Blessing, believers can now become True Parents themselves. Believers are now entering the age in which they also can receive their crowns. I Peter 5:4 says, "And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." The crown of glory has now been lifted up at Gloryland. Truly this church is pioneering a new level of fellowship for the body of Christ and the preparation for the Second Coming.
On Sunday morning, Minister Chambers picked us up for Sunday service. The Bible and the Divine Principle book were in her back seat. She said, "I read the Principle every day. I love it. It gives so much insight into Jesus." I thought to myself, "Wow, Pastor Hayes' ministry is really strong! The ministers of his church are studying very seriously."
When my wife and I arrived at Gloryland the reality was greater than the descriptions I had heard. A large church one city block wide and another deep grew out of the original church that Pastor Hayes organized in 1989. Rev. Shin and Rev. Hernandez and their wives as well as a number of families from Texas joined us for the celebration. Minister Ethel Hayes was excited to assemble the ministerial staff with Rev. and Mrs. Shin, Rev. Hernandez, and my wife and me for a photo that she wanted placed in the America Clergy magazine (the magazine of the American Clergy Leadership Conference).
Their banquet halls, dining rooms, VIP rooms and the sanctuary are all dedicated for the Glory of God. The ministerial staff all wear traditional black garb with clerical collars. They are serious about the Word.
Pastor Hayes was excited beyond description. His Divine Principle book on his desk was frayed on the edges, and his leather Bible was well worn. He told me, "I'm reading the Principle every day. It's so exciting!"
We had come for the celebration of the pastor's anniversary on July 25. Rev. Levy Daugherty was asked to open it, and I was asked to close it out. Dr. Hayes believes and trusts the ACLC.
When the service began, the Cathedral Choir of Gloryland did a special procession into the sanctuary. Forty voices lifted our hearts with traditional and powerful Gospel hymns. The atmosphere was filled with joy.
Then Mr. Jenkins who heads up the Gloryland martial arts team brought out 20 young people who are studying Tae Kwon Do. A great demonstration was performed. The young people demonstrated not only technical skill but great spirit. In a demonstration of self defense, the "attacker" was aptly prevented from any success in his attack. They are training the mind, body and spirit to allow these beautiful young people to reach their full potential as the sons and daughters of God.
Some of the demonstrations were done by grade school students who were just over three and a half feet tall. At 6 feet, 2 inches tall, Mr. Gerald Jenkins is a master trainer and in excellent shape. The children half his height didn't care. They faced him down and in some cases flipped him over!! It was a joy! Mr. Jenkins (my namesake) is a man of love and heart. The young people from grade school to college really enjoyed following him.
The congregation was uplifted. Discipline, training, heart and spirit were the formulas for a successful life. Pastor Hayes himself is a seventh degree black belt from his time in the service. Now he says, "I'm a spiritual black belt sent by the Lord to fight against evil." When he says it, he smiles.
Another selection was offered by the choir.
I was so happy to see Rev. Tessie Willis, our key ACLC pastor from the Lighthouse Family Church of Faith in Dallas, which she co-pastors with her husband. Rev. Willis drove four hours to celebrate Rev. Hayes' anniversary. She went to Israel for 40 days last November and December. She has an amazing ability to touch the hearts of religious leaders: imams, rabbis and Christian leaders. Her work did much to move the spirit in the Holy Land. Recently she testified to Father Moon at our National Press Conference concerning the Crown of Peace awards. The Baltimore Sun featured her testimony that True Parents are on the cutting edge of teaching about purity before marriage and fidelity in marriage. She said, "I am proud to follow Father Moon and am proud to be with the ACLC because he's so bold about teaching on the family and that the model of the family is that of man, woman and child." Rev. Willis was the first to volunteer to stay overnight in the Gaza strip with some pastors to bring love and understanding among the Family of Abraham. I'll never forget her peaceful spirit as a small contingent walked together to the Mediterranean Sea just 200 yards from the El Quds hotel in Gaza City, where we stayed last December.
The residents of Gaza were quite shocked to see black, white, Hispanic and Asian pastors joining hand to hand with Muslim clerics walking to the seashore to pray. It is a new day in Gaza. It is a new time for humanity.
The Texas contingent of the ACLC is very strong. Rev. Willis is on the National Executive Committee of the ACLC. Rev. and Mrs. Hayes, Rev. Keyes, Rev. Willis, and Rev. Jimmie Clarke are absolutely clear that Father Moon is the one whom God has called to bring in the kingdom. They know that Jesus is with him. Nothing can change it, and from what I saw in Gloryland rapid growth through the churches is now beginning to occur.
Rev. Willis brought Rev. and Mrs. Powell with her. Sister Powell has been a key organizer for the Women's Federation for World Peace for many years. She was excited to see her husband inspired about the ACLC spirit.
Just before I got up to speak, Minister Ethel Hayes asked everyone to stand. "I have an inspiration," she announced. Her husband smiled. "All husbands and wives join hands," she asked. "This is a serious moment. The ministry has now taken on the central focus of bringing the grace of Jesus to the family through the Blessing of marriage. The power and the protection of the Holy Spirit is now covering the marriage. Divorce will be no more." She wrapped a white cloth around the joined hands of herself and her husband. She called for Rev. Hernandez to pray for the families.
She spoke so sincerely: "My husband and I are joined together in the Lord, and we are bound together in the love of Jesus. True Parents have brought the anointing of our family. We will never be broken apart. God is with us."
Rev. Hayes and Rev. Mark Hernandez introduced me. I have such love and respect for the work that God is doing there. It was unusual for me to preach before a congregation that is so well prepared and has studied so deeply. The ministers and the congregation have crossed the Jordan River in trust for the pastor. They know without question that Jesus sent Father and Mother Moon.
I know now that many important Christian leaders are reading my testimonies in private and asking God sincerely, "Is this the hour of the coming of the Lord?"
Minister Hayes shared with me an interesting story. She and Rev. Maggie went to witness to an important pastor in Dallas, whose name is a household word. He is very open to ACLC and Minister Hayes. A group of ACLC women pastors are praying for him. They shared with me that he always welcomes them, knowing that they are with Father Moon.
Many Christian leaders are receiving revelations about Father Moon. Those who are truly praying and sincerely seeking are hearing the tender voice of Jesus leading them to Father Moon. Those who are really sincere are deeply troubled by the culture of sin and selfishness that is now challenging the very essence of faith and marriage. They don't feel the same power they once felt, because they know that God is doing a new thing before history.
That's why this famous pastor said to the ACLC clergywomen: "I'm interested because deep in my spirit I feel that Christianity has to wake up and catch up because God is moving on and His dispensation is not static and remaining where the majority of Christians are. God is moving beyond the walls of denomination and faith now. The traditional boundaries are gone, yet many Christians want to keep the boundaries up because they are not confident that their faith can do anymore than save the individual."
This pastor believes that true Christianity created America, and true Christianity initiated the reconciliation between whites and blacks in America. True Christianity is based on faith in Jesus and the practice of his love. Faith without practice yields a false Christianity. This false Christianity is the one that condones division, hatred and even (in the past) slavery.
This important pastor in Dallas is looking closely at ACLC. I was quite surprised to hear this testimony. Thousands of pastors are looking very closely.
The time has come. When the body of Christ unites together, a new America will emerge, one that is true to its founding spirit.
The sermon was well received. Pastor and Minister Hayes and Rev. and Mrs. Keyes received the Blessing with Holy Wine that opens the door for a new covenant between the believers and God. This covenant allows us to enter into the Fourth Israel.
Now the Blessing of 12 couples is being planned at Gloryland. Pastor and Sister Hayes will officiate. Pastor Hayes is bringing pastors to the light of the Gospel that God has revealed.
Gloryland is on the cutting edge of the Kingdom. Thank you, Pastor Hayes and Minister Hayes. Gloryland has the power to transform the nation. Pastor Hayes, God has called you and your wife, your beautiful ministerial staff, and the beloved congregation of Gloryland to lead the revival and renewal of America, so America will be able to lead the world into the Peace Kingdom.
Thanks to our beloved Texas family. After Gloryland, I had a most inspiring chance to visit our Texas Family Church in Houston, and members drove from all over the state to be with Rev. Shin, Rev. Hernandez, Rev. Lee and all of our beautiful brothers and sisters. One of our beautiful sisters, Helen, drove us around. Also, Ann Marie had just returned home after months of working as an Ambassador of Peace in Korea. The Texas family is harvesting the fruits of unity and enormous sacrifice. They have given so much, and their sacrifices are allowing such great spiritual leaders to rise up.
Praise be to God! Praise be to Gloryland, Rev. and Minister Hayes, Rev. and Mrs. Keyes and all the Texas family.
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