The Words of the Despres Family

The Cosmic-level Pentecost

Mary Jane Despres
June 11, 2001

Here's a report that I prepared after I discovered, as a speaker for our state's monthly state meeting on Sunday, June 3rd, that almost no one else in our state had heard any announcement or explanation about the Cosmic-level Pentecost and its associated 40 Days mobilization period for members throughout the world, despite the fact that on June 3rd, this Pentecost was likely to occur in just a few days. Here's what I've come to understand, in studying about this occasion.

I. The Timing of the beginning of the Cosmic-level Pentecost of the Completed Testament Era

In his letter to FFWPU leaders of May 28, 2001, [posted at WORLDTIES on Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at 9:46 PM] Rev. Hwang at International Headquarters announced a Worldwide Blessed Family Mobilization -- related to the Cosmic-level Pentecost -- which was to have begun throughout the world on Thursday, June 7th. It announced that a Cosmic-level Pentecost would take place 50 days after the conclusion of True Father's 50-state US speaking tour:

"True Parents accomplished a great victory over the 50-state speaking tour and 50 days after that a cosmic-level Pentecost will occur centering on True Parents' victory in the Completed Testament Age just as the original Pentecost occurred 50 days after the crucifixion of Jesus. [end of excerpt]" In my unofficial notes of True Father's words at East Garden on May 7th, I wrote
"Fifty days after the Resurrection of Jesus, there was a Pentecost and the disciples were sent out to 120 countries. Likewise, 50 days after [the recent 50-state tour of True Parents in the United States] there will be a mobilization. [end of excerpt]"
Additional notes from True Father's message of May 7th are online at

If the Cosmic-level Pentecost started 50 days after the initial, "official final city," of True Father's 50-state tour, Washington, DC, (which took place on April 16th), the Pentecost started Tuesday, June 5th.

If it started 50 days after the final day of the tour -- after the "missing states" were added back -- it would have started Wednesday, June 6th.

If it starts 50 days after the Harlem event of May 8th, which has also been called the conclusion of the 50-state tour, then the Pentecost would come on June 27th.

In his earlier April 10, 2001, communication to FFWPU leaders, Rev. Hwang at International Headquarters announced both

*** that the Pentecost, in some sense, began in February, saying that the 50-State tour itself was a "Pentecost celebration":
"The meaning of the US 50-State Speech Tour, which started on February 25, is similar to the work of the Holy Spirit descending fifty days after Jesus resurrected following his crucifixion two thousand years ago. Thus, it is like a cosmic level Whitsunday (day of Pentecost) celebration centering on True Parents who have achieved victory in the Completed Testament Age. All the brothers and sisters in the world must directly inherit True Parents' victorious realm, resurrect and enable others to resurrect. [end of this excerpt]"

and also

*** that "the cosmic-level descending of the Holy Spirit" would come fifty days after the conclusion of True Father's speaking tour:
"You must understand that the time of the cosmic-level descending of the Holy Spirit will come fifty days from the day True Parents finish their US 50-State Speaking Tour. [end of this additional excerpt]"

In their letter dated June 3rd (posted to the Unification Home page, under "News" June 11th), Dr. Yang and Rev. Jenkins announce "40 Day Family Mobilization

All families are asked to mobilize for the next forty days. Our main focus [in the United States] will be to support the "We Will Stand In Oneness" revivals in America. The forty day period will begin on June 7th and end on July 16th.
During the "We Will Stand" American tour, Father announced that 50 days after the April 17th conclusion of the 50 state tour a massive Pentecost will occur in America. This will center on the Christian leaders related with the American Clergy Leadership Conference and the Blessed Central Families. (This 50th Day since April 17th is today, June 6th.) [end of excerpt]"

From a review of these words, we can conclude that the Cosmic-level Pentecost is a period of unspecified length whose beginning officially fell on June 6th. The 40 Day Mobilization period associated with this Pentecost runs from June 7th through July 16th. This occasion follows not very far behind the major providential turning point, the Coronation Ceremony for the Kingship of God of January 13, 2001.

II. Who is the Holy Spirit and how might we experience the descent of the Holy Spirit at this time?

Here are two explanations about the Holy Spirit I reviewed in order to refresh my memory:

1st, on the redemptive nature of the feminine Holy Spirit, from the Divine Principle Home Study Course:
"Consequently, after the crucifixion, God gave Jesus the Holy Spirit as a mother spirit, or feminine spirit, to work with the risen Christ in Eve's place. Making restitution for Eve's part in the Fall, the Holy Spirit inspires and comforts the human heart, leading us back to God.
Reflecting her feminine essence, the Holy Spirit is traditionally known as the comforter. As children are born through the love of parents, so through the give and take of love Jesus and the Holy Spirit give spiritual rebirth to all those who follow them.

We may thus understand Jesus and the Holy Spirit as spiritual True Father and True Mother. Being born again through Jesus and the Holy Spirit means that one's spirit is made new through the love of the spiritual True Parents. [end of excerpt]" 2nd, on the Holy Spirit manifested as heavenly spiritual help coming to people through various messengers. Here are Dr. Young Oon Kim's words about this:

"Unification theology portrays the Holy Spirit not as an individual person, but rather as divine energy, a sign of God's work in history and His spiritual influence upon individual life. As such, the Holy Spirit operates through many intermediaries: Jesus Christ, angels, saints, sages, and all good ancestors.
If the Holy Spirit refers to the working of the transcendent God within history and inside the human soul, this helpful and providential activity may be carried out by many ancestral or angelic messengers, not being limited to a single agent. Like God Himself, the Spirit is invisible and incorporeal -- a bright light or a field of magnetic energy, so to speak. Therefore, when the Holy Spirit needs a definite form, it uses and works through the medium of a discarnate human spirit or an angel. It should now be obvious that the term "Holy Spirit" has been used rather loosely to cover all kinds of work by beneficent spiritual beings, both angelic and human. [end of excerpt]"

The term "Holy Spirit" in our thought can refer, then, to all of the following attributes:

• the feminine, motherly and comforting essence that worked in the New Testament Age together with Jesus to bring Christians rebirth
• divine energy, and
• the work of the beneficent beings (such as good angels, saints, sages, and good ancestors) when responding to the directions of God.

Perhaps, then, we should expect guidance from the divine presence of God or an outpouring of the spirit -- such things as angelic visions, spiritual dreams, signs, wonders, and inspiration from heavenly saints and sages at this time of the Pentecost. Since the first announcements of this Pentecost, I have read some testimonies reported from brothers and sisters who have experienced spiritual and miraculous events. Those among us who are more spiritually open would be expected to notice the Pentecost, a spiritual event, more easily than the rest of us.

III. The Possibility that the Holy Spirit is not going to come down at all at this time

In spite of the announcements and our anticipation of signs and wonders, if we expect the Holy Spirit to come in any fashion at this time, we may be disappointed. True Father has recently indicated that the period of the Holy Spirit actively guiding us is over. We blessed central family members ourselves are now to take the lead!

We will not be left all alone, however, now that we may no longer receive the Holy Spirit's help (whatever that means in this instance). There's a new kind of spiritual help beginning at this time -- different from the guidance we've had up until now. Here's what True Father said about this on March 31, 2001, (from unofficial news from Japanese Kodan):

"You have to behave strong and vigorous. The spiritual world will help you directly now. The time when the Holy Sprit cooperate has passed, and now is a time when your ancestors in the spiritual world cooperate with their descendants directly. The time of Holy Spirit corresponds to the situation of Eve. Now Satan surrendered completely, and it is not necessary to use much time. Ancestors can help their descendants substantially through the relation of blood lineage. [end of excerpt]"

A related message appears in Rev. Hwang's April 10th official letter to FFWPU leaders, where he says:

"This is the final hour of building the Kingdom of Heaven. The restoration period of [the] Holy Spirit actively guiding us is over. Now is the time when the liberated spirit world and ancestors will directly work with us. Therefore, we should not worry at all about opposition. It is the time when, centering on True Parents, even our prayers, and our absolute faith, absolute love and absolute obedience must become one with True Parents, so that God can exercise His authority and power entirely. Through True Parents' special prayer on the 42nd True Parents' Day Celebration, the four great saints [Jesus, Buddha, Confucius and Mohammed] will take the lead. [end of excerpt]"

Here are three excerpts from one of True Father's prayers on the 42nd True Parents' Day, March 25, 2001, in which he prays

• that the four great saints [Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed and Confucius] might now -- together with God, other holy people and ancestors -- support the blessed members and
• that God might allow us to have His authority in order to fulfill His will and lead others to work for the providence. Here are the excerpts, from page 4 of the March / April 2001 Today's World:
"Please Father, allow this day to be the central day of all the days until now and of all the days in the future representing the entire history of the world and of the cosmos. Wherever the milestones of the victories are, please allow us the privilege of establishing our own authority, crushing Satan's [authority] underfoot, with the permission of the spirit world and the physical world.
We would like to permit all blessed members the realm of harmony and unity where God, the four great saints [Jesus, Buddha, Confucius and Mohammed], other holy people and ancestors can support them when they pray before You as central blessed families in the realm of the fourth Adam. I sincerely pray and hope that You allow them to have Your authority with all the privileges of the spirit world and the authorized freedom and special privilege -- especially for all those national and tribal messiahs on earth who are working for Your will -- so that they can entirely mobilize their own tribes and lead them to work for the providence as well. [end of excerpt 1.]"
"I sincerely ask You to allow the thousands of believers and holy people in the spirit world who are participating in this event to unite with Your children who have been blessed on earth by True Parents, and make their unity the originating and motivating power to accelerate the liberation of all people. [end of excerpt 2.]"
"Please let those who are here understand that the everything of the spirit world is being passed down to the responsible leaders on earth. I truly ask you to register these people in Your realm of command. [end of excerpt 3.]" Rev. Hwang additionally indicates (in his April 10th letter) that True Father announced in a prayer on True Parents' Day 2001 that the four great saints will begin now to take the lead.

IV. What has happened before at Pentecost?

The Jewish Day of Pentecost, one of three major feast days of Judaism -- Pentecost, literally meaning the "fiftieth day" -- was held 50 days (or 7 weeks) after Passover. Jewish tradition held that the Law was given on this day. [notes from The New Oxford Annotated Bible and the Harper's Study Bible].

The faithful believers in Jesus had gathered for the Jewish faith's Day of Pentecost, which fell 50 days after the Passover, when they experienced the spiritual phenomenon of spiritual flames appearing over each of them and first spoke in tongues. The Christian Pentecost, consequently, fell 50 days after the Last Supper, a Passover meal.

To review the events of the New Testament Pentecost, here are passages from Acts Chapter 2, from the Revised Standard Edition of the Bible: Acts Chapter 2

1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.
2 And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire, distributed and resting on each one of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven.
6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.
7 And they were amazed and wondered, saying, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans?
8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language?
9 Par'thians and Medes and E'lamites and residents of Mesopota'mia, Judea and Cappado'cia, Pontus and Asia,
10 Phryg'ia and Pamphyl'ia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyre'ne, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 Cretans and Arabians, we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God."
12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?"
13 But others mocking said, "They are filled with new wine."
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words.
15 For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day;
16 but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 'And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 yea, and on my menservants and my maidservants in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth beneath, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and manifest day.
21 And it shall be that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'
••• [Peter continued preaching.]
41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43 And fear came upon every soul; and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.

V. What is going to take place at this time of Cosmic-level Pentecost of the Completed Testament Age? What kinds of events might we expect?

It is my understanding that the Cosmic-level Pentecost most essentially refers to a specific period of time this year in which the spiritual help we'll receive from the spiritual world will noticeably change. In this time of Pentecost, Jesus, Buddha, Confucius and/or Mohammed, together with each brother and sister's liberated ancestors, can descend and directly assist Unificationists -- particularly the faithful and prayerful among us -- in our missions. In addition, the four great saints have greater capability at this time to spiritually come down to witness to their followers on earth. Also, True Father has asked that God Himself would support us in our missions at this time [see excerpt 1, from True Father's prayer on True Parents' Day, above].

It's helpful to expect God, the ultimate Holy Spirit, to come should "the Holy Spirit descend," isn't it. We Unificationists can expect True Father's help as well. True Father mentions both of these points at the recent leaders' meetings in Uruguay:

"From now, everything is disclosed from the world of good angels to hell. We really know the spirit world. If you are in some place by yourself but are ignored, alone or together, you must live straightly according to God’s will. We can turn over 180 degrees -- at that time, God will help us."
"If I don’t give you any help, then how will you accomplish your responsibility?"

from 5/29/01 - 6/2/01 - Twelve Americans Attend True Parents in Uruguay, Uruguay National Garden. There's a link to this entire report both on the Home Page and under the yellow tab, "FFWPU News" at

In their letter dated June 3rd, Dr. Yang and Rev. Jenkins explain that at this time of Pentecost 2001 a couple of basically miraculous events are about to take place. These include the possibility that now "Jesus and the Holy Spirit will move the Christian church to become one centering on True Parents" and that through this unity of Christianity, "a great healing of families and marriages" will take place. Here's the excerpt from their letter in which Dr. Yang and Rev. Jenkins indicate this:

"During the We Will Stand American tour, Father announced that 50 days after the April 17th conclusion of the 50 state tour a massive Pentecost will occur in America. This will center on the Christian leaders related with the American Clergy Leadership Conference and the Blessed Central Families. (This 50th Day since April 17th is today, June 6th.) Due to the change brought about by the Coronation Ceremony for God's Kingship a new authority has been given to blessed central families. Jesus and the Holy Spirit will move the Christian church to become one centering on True Parents. Through this unity a Pentecost will occur that will lead to a great healing of families and marriages and we create the rise of a Christian blessed family movement. [end of excerpt]"

Do we expect signs and wonders at this time? Yes, and we would gratefully receive any kind of spiritual help. Nevertheless, even if the Holy Spirit of God and the great saints might be particularly empowered now to come down to the faithful all over the world so that all might hear, understand and believe the New Truth and come to respect our True Parents, thereby supporting True Parents' efforts to bring salvation, unity, and peace, etc., we've learned that restoration can not be finalized through miracles alone. It requires the expansion of true love through the stages of mind and body unity centered upon God, to family, clan, tribe, nation, world, and cosmos, to God.

In conclusion, we might want to prayerfully reflect upon True Father's words:

"You must ask yourself -- should you receive help from God, or return help to God?"

from 5/29/01 - 6/2/01 - Twelve Americans Attend True Parents in Uruguay, Uruguay National Garden. There's a link to this entire report both on the Home Page and under the yellow tab, "FFWPU News" at

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