Unification News for March 1999

Age Of Cosmic Peace

J. H. Pak
February, 1999

This has been a year of tremendous historical victories for God and True Parents. Following the celebration of the Holy Days held in Uruguay in January, True Parents came through North America and on to Korea to prepare for Blessing '99. Every victory gained has laid the foundation for True Parents' world speaking tour which is still going on and will lead to the opening of the heavenly kingdom.

The greatest victory occurred when President Kim Dae Jung of Korea responded to True Father's invitation to attend the Saegae Times Tenth Anniversary Banquet held just days before the Blessing. He not only attended but he gave a 15-minute congratulatory speech and participated with True Parents in the traditional cake-cutting ceremony. He showed respect, honor and acceptance to True Parents.

President Kim is Catholic. His wife is Methodist. The Blue House has many Christians on staff. They were not happy that President Kim was being supportive of Reverend and Mrs. Moon. But the president stood strong. He did not care about public opinion. This was a great victory for Parents and it makes President Kim a historical figure indeed. Because we are approaching the year 2000, it becomes the peak of the Dispensation of Restoration. Having this particular victory was a most fortunate occurrence.

Of course, Blessing '99 itself was overwhelmingly successful, with 360 million couples participating., broadcast by satellite and internet. Actually, the final total of participating couples was nearer to 400 million. Unimaginable. As I reported in my previous article, the Korean Church was preparing the Olympic gymnasium for the Blessing, where many of the '88 Olympic sports events took place, but True Father said "No, use the Olympic stadium, not the gymnasium!" Imagine how the church leaders felt when they were given that directive. They had the responsibility to fill that huge stadium! And with less than 30 days to organize!

Well, I was at the Blessing ceremony, and all of you heard the reports--the number of overflow people that were left outside was in the thousands! I saw this myself. It was indeed, a victorious event..

We already know about the amazing weather that day and how pleasant it was. Well, things work out when you are heaven-centered. Father has a plan, he has conviction, commitment and faith! Heaven and Earth will move to obey the command of true ownership. Even when we look back to the Old Testament times, we know that Moses and others had control over the weather when it was necessary. Again, Heaven and Earth will move at the command of a person filled with conviction and faith and with commitment to a heavenly plan. That person is a true owner.

We read the following story of Jesus in Luke 8:22-25

One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."

It was a victory to have spiritual leaders from other faiths join with True Parents on stage at the Blessing to give their blessings. This interreligious spirit naturally has the potential to flow out to the world in the way of pulling into unity all of God's people everywhere. These spiritual leaders come because they already have outreach hearts and deep-thinking minds, desiring unity. And when they see that True Parents are successfully drawing millions of people to the Blessing from all walks of life, all religions, and all nations of the world, they have an even clearer view of what God expects of them and what God expects to have happen in the Universe.

The participation of Judaism, represented by Rabbi Herzel Kranz from Washington, DC was another outstanding victory. In another article, I reported about his favorable participation with True Parents on stage at the Blessing in Korea. I recently learned that Rev. Chang Shik Yang in Washington took some big, delicious Korean apples and pears to Rabbi Kranz and how Rabbi Kranz reportedly responded by saying, "Korea must surely be a special chosen land to have such delicious fruit! He also reportedly said that he thinks Reverend Moon is a great man.

Hearing this, I was reminded of the Old Testament story in the book of Numbers (ch. 13), when Joshua, Caleb and the others were sent by Moses to spy on the conditions in Canaan:

(17) ...When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, "Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. (18) ...See what the land is like...(19) what kind of towns do they live in...(20) What is the soil like...Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land. (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)...(23) When they reached the Valley of Eshcol, they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs. (24) That place was called the Valley of Eshcol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there...(25) At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land. (26) They came back to Moses and Aron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran, There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land.

It is said that Rabbi Kranz is thinking about organizing Rabbis that are open to uniting with others. I bought a book which he told us about titled America's Real War by Rabbi Daniel Lamkin. I was told it will be a best-seller. In the book the author says that though America is a Christian nation, still they allow Judaism to exist peacefully side by side in this country without any persecution. However, he said that Judaism in America does not respect Christianity so much. That means we have religious warfare. In America, we not only have immoral warfare, family warfare, political and cultural warfare, racial warfare and satanic warfare of all kinds, but the author is saying we also have religious warfare. America is a field of warfare. It is dangerous for that reason.

If the Rabbis can organize and Christianity and Judaism can come together on the grounds of love and respect, we can learn from each other and all go forward together, teaching true family values and building the Kingdom.

When we think of 'peace' we usually think of world peace. But True Father thinks bigger; he thinks in terms of cosmic peace. That is his goal. On their world speaking tour, True Parents are bringing the message of the path of life humankind must take, so that families of the new millennium can live in true love and happiness for all Eternity. But while Father's message is given on the Earth and for the Earth, he is thinking beyond the Earth, out to the Universe and the heavenly world of spirit where we spend Eternity. Father's goal is to reach the entire Cosmos. God wants peace to reign throughout the Cosmos. That is the scale of God and True Parents' thinking. That should be the goal and the scale of thinking for all humankind.

But in speaking in terms of world peace: two thousand years ago, God and the world were preparing for Jesus Christ, the king, and hence Pax-Roma came to be. Rome battled with Northern Africa, with the France and Germany, they battled with Greece and Egypt and they eventually conquered the Mediterranean Sea area. They became Pax-Roma, meaning that through political and military power, they forcibly brought the peace which needed to be in existence for the Christ-child to reign. Pax-Roma was very materialistic and humanistic and very political. It was centered on Rome's military power.

When we think about America, we know that it is the window of the world. Numerous nations in the world look to America for "what is happening." When we travel to other nations, we can surely see some of America there, both good and bad. We can compare America to Rome two thousand years ago. While all eyes were upon Rome, Rome was "eating and drinking and making merry." Over-indulging in good food, selfish spending and prosperous living, and immorality. But we have political and military power. So we can say that Pax-Roma is repeated now in another cycle, Pax-America.

In the letter to the Romans, St. Paul says in 14:17:

For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit...

This is the nation God prepared to receive the Messiah, the Lord of the Second Advent. Through its powers, America can maintain some sort of peace in the world. But God and the Messiah expect for real peace, God-centered peace, to reign from within America so that its powerful influence will naturally flow out into the world. It must be turned around to be used by God. Peace must flow from here, not battle skirmishes with other nations. We must become an example of moral living.

Media and money have become controlling factors. All the money powers are gathered on Wall Street. Like Rome, America is so materialistic. And the frightening thing is, people are becoming de-sensitized to all of this negative influence and immorality. This is so dangerous, because immorality is becoming the norm. America must clean up its immoral pollution and become a clean nation. We know that God expects this Christian nation to be one of peacemaking, not mischief-making. But our peacemaking efforts must be centered on True Love and the True and Living God, not on seeking ways to make harmony just to co-exist with misdirected people and misdirected groups.

God and True Parents want to make America a nation of True Love and Sacrificial Living, a nation of purity and peace that goes beyond religion, race and nationalism.

True Father concerns himself with the physical environmental pollution as well. He knows we cannot continue to live and breathe in a dirty world. For this, he has gone to South America and has literally rolled up his shirt-sleeves and pants-legs to become a part of nature and the environment, living with mosquitoes, snakes and alligators in the Pantanal, in order to create practical, workable solutions. This is how much God and True Parents love the world and the cosmos. They are working constantly toward making Earth and Heaven the places of purity, peace and happiness once and for all!

We ourselves must go back to a more simple lifestyle, one in which we can dwell with and appreciate nature. This will bring us closer to God and the wonders of His Creation. We have become people of greed. We are spoiled. We have come to expect things that we are not rightful owners of. We have to clean up our lives as individuals, as families, as a society, nation and world. Only then will cosmic peace reign.

We need cosmic peace! In these last days, the world is full of disease, mental illness, crime--brothers killing brothers, husbands and wives killing each other and their children, children killing their parents, wars and battles! Because there is satanic blood running through the veins of fallen humankind, evil spirits have gained control. Evil spirits take control of our tempers, our characters, our desires. Human energy is expended in the wrong way. Evil has reached a degree of such great magnitude!

Our ancestors in the spiritual world suffer under this evil bondage as well. Of course, some in spirit are good and bring help to us, but so many of them descend on us from the spiritual world and cause much trouble in our lives. We need liberation for ourselves and for the billions and billions of humankind's departed ancestors as well. We need the Blessing and so does the spiritual world. We all need to be purified and filled with God's Holy Spirit. Only then will we have total peace on Earth and in Heaven, the entire Cosmos.

This applies to the President of this nation as well. In fact, how wonderful it would be if heads of nations could know these things and lead the people to righteousness and liberty. It would create goodness in the nations so quickly.

We need Chung Pyung and the prayer intervention of our great mother Dae Mo Nim. We need the deliverance this can bring. We have so much in the way of remedy for our life and our spirit if we will only truly believe. But we should not only think of the results and benefits that are available to us; we need also to think of how we can sacrifice and dedicate ourselves for the Kingdom. We are fortunate that Dae Mo Nim will visit America soon. We have the chance to prepare ourselves well and to have the right mind and heart to receive the liberation that is available to us.

The spiritual world Blessings began with some key figures in 1995. Since then, millions have been blessed there. People from recorded history, those who dedicated their lives to God have been blessed as well as those in the lower realms of the spiritual world. What we call the Cain and Abel sides of the spiritual world have both been blessed. On Earth we have the Cain and Abel sides also. In the physical world many people are denying that there is even a God. How dreadful for the ancestors of these people.

A famous evangelist in America said, "The greatest warfare going on in the world today is that between humankind and God." Many people say that God is dead. Many think He is living but do not apply His values to their lives. Well, Pax-Americana is certainly not the ideal from God's point of view. But those of us who follow the guidance of True Parents are aiming higher than the world when we speak of peace. We are aiming for Cosmic Peace--liberation of Cain and Abel, liberation of the physical and spiritual worlds, the entire Cosmos. This is a very exciting thing.

Judeo-Christian traditions and values are not working in America. Rather, in America, we have more of "Clintongate," which is a symbol of immoral living and encourages sexually immoral activity among our young people. Such a leader sits on the nation as a false king, clearly an image of fallen Adam. We have race crimes and even tragic incidences like the recent one in New York where four policemen sent 41 gunshots through the body of an unarmed man of another race. All of this present-day activity is clear evidence of the Cain and Abel generation, born of the fallen family of Adam and Eve. So Pax-Americana is not the ideal peace which is needed, but rather we need Cosmic Peace.

From the city level, county level on to the state, nation and world levels, this struggle is ongoing. America is seeking to create pseudo world peace. Who is the true peacemaker of world peace and cosmic peace? The answer is: True Parents. They are God's embodiment of substantial Truth and Heart. True Son and Daughter of God, True King and Queenship of God, owners of God; they established a True Family; they taught True Family Values.; and they are bringing forth the worldwide community of blessed families.

This interreligious, international, interracial worldwide movement has spread to 185 nations. A miracle. For that, True Father has led a total sacrificial life, never once thinking of himself. When he found himself in prison, he continued such a life, choosing 3am as the hour to meet God in prayer, a time when he could be totally alone with God. To comfort God's suffering heart has always come first in True Father's life. To give his life sacrificially for humankind has been his lifestyle, his whole life. How else could he have embraced the entire cosmos.

So how can we expect to create peace when we ourselves live anyway we choose, not living sacrifically for others or dedicating ourselves to God? We have to seriously think how we contribute to world and cosmic peace. When we lay conditions to have our ancestors liberated, we are contributing toward cosmic peace. (Please read that last sentence once again. It is very important.) We are contributing toward cosmic peace when we liberate our ancestors. We are preparing for our Eternal Life. When we ourselves make the transition to the spiritual world we want to be going home, not roaming around like some lost wandering spirit in a wilderness.. That is not cosmic peace. True Parents' teaching is a way of life. Like Taoism, the principle of living the way. With True Parents it is a way of life throughout all eternity; living in harmony and peace with all creation, all humankind. This is true cosmic peace.

By the year 2000 and before True Father's 80th birthday (solar calendar) all people on Earth and in Heaven will have had the opportunity to be blessed. How wonderful it will be.

Just 40 ago, True Father blessed the first three couples, Rev. Won Pil Kim's couple, Church President Hyo Won Eu's couple and Rev. Young Whi Kim's couple. How far Father has come! Now True Father is planning the Blessing of 400 million unmarried young people's couples. True Parents cannot do that alone. Just the matching of this many people is overwhelming. Some of this will be done by many assistants of True Parents. It will be a collective effort under True Parents' supervision. And Father will no longer bless already-married couples. That is the responsibility of the Tribal Messiahs.

What is the main content of True Father's teaching?
The establishment of the True Family movement of humankind.
Interreligious and International Federations working together for world peace.
Making our way of life one that attains individual mind-body unity, husband-wife unity, family unity, national, world and cosmic unity--all of which will bring world and cosmic peace.
Living a pure life should be our way of life.
Practicing a life of true family values.
Living all our life preparing for Eternity in the spiritual world, the Kingdom of Heaven in Heaven.
Establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and in Heaven.

No matter what we scientifically study about the physical heavens, and no matter how powerful the telescope that is being used for explorations, the dimensions are nothing to speak of when compared with the spiritual world dimensions, which are higher than, bigger than, wider than, greater than the physical world. We are moving toward that place of eternal life where we will feel joy, happiness and peace. For this we will become peacemakers.

In Family Pledge #4, we pledge to build the cosmic family encompassing Heaven and Earth, which is God's ideal of creation, and perfect the world of freedom, peace, unity and happiness... For you and I, right now, this is available! This year! Imagine.

In Pledge #5, we pledge to strive everyday to advance the unification of the spirit world and the physical world... We were created to be the mediators between the two worlds. Our mind belongs to the spiritual world, our body belongs to the world of material. Everyday we need to concern ourselves with mind and body unity, spiritual world and physical world unity.

In Pledge #6, we pledge to...perfect a family that moves heavenly fortune and conveys Heaven's blessing to our community...In this year we need to give the Blessing throughout the world and liberate our ancestors from corner to corner in the spiritual world and give the Blessing.

In Pledge #7, we pledge to perfect a world based on the culture of heart, which is rooted in the original lineage, through living for the sake of others... We connect with the original blood lineage. We live for the sake of others and establish the culture of heart (shimjung ).

In Pledge #8, we pledge to enter completion ...we enter the Completed Testament Age, to achieve the ideal oneness of God and humankind in love...liberating the Kingdom of God on Earth and in Heaven... This means God is in us and we are inside God. When disciple Philip said to Jesus, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." Jesus answered him: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, "Show us the Father? Don't you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work...." (Jn 14:8-10).

If we live Pledge #8, we can also become the visible living God--we in God, God in us, just like Jesus and True Parents. This is the longing and desire of God. We are to be His true children, His physical, visible manifestations. God was inside the flesh of Jesus; Jesus was inside of God. The two were one ("I and the Father are one..." Jn 10:38). God is inside the flesh of True Parents; True Parents are inside God. This is how valuable they are; this is how authoritative they are. This can be our value and authority if we achieve the level which Jesus and True Parents achieved. They are our spiritual teachers and our spiritual standards. We ourselves can demonstrate the true father-like image, true mother-like image and true family-like image.

With absolute faith, love and obedience.

We are not talking about 10 years from now, we are talking about today! This year! And the center for North America is New York. How serious and how precious is this Tuesday Morning Leaders Breakfast Meeting. We will look on this years from now and remember that we were making history. Our contribution to this meeting is something which should sober our minds.

In the year 2000 we can say good-bye to darkness, all struggles, satanic culture and such things will all be burned out. A New Heaven and New Earth will be in our midst. Purification and New Start. The peak of Jesus' ministry, the peak of True Parents' ministry. Two thousand years ago, Jesus died and was not able to fulfill the Kingdom of Heaven where purity and peace reigns. True Parents inherited the mission to complete the mission on Earth. So now, Jesus' mission and True Parents' mission is fulfilled. And don't let us forget the devotion of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses and all others down through the ages who were central people in the Providence of God.. They too are now fulfilled.

Christian and Jewish leaders are now beginning to call out for prayers for the Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon. This is a special year, 1999. This is the time to be hardworking, faithful, loving and obedient. If we are these things, it will be the time for miracles. Don't give up just as we are nearing the peak. Let's reach the top to be with God on Earth and in Heaven. God bless you. 

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