The Words of Reverend Chong Jik Woo 

The Completed Testament Age and My Responsibility 

Rev. Chong Jik Woo
Febuary 7, 1993 - Washington DC
Matthew 10:32-39

"Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever therefore shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it; and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it".

In this important providential time, it is very important to understand the words that Jesus was speaking in Matthew 10:32-39. He said that whoever would open their mouth and publically testify to Jesus would be recognized by God. Jesus is talking about living a public life. Public life means openly sharing our faith with others. His words show us that living a public life has a direct impact on the nature of our relationship with God. The faith that is a private faith, a quiet secret faith, is not a true faith. God is not interested in the private way. God is always living in the highest public standard and heart.

Also Jesus said that he didn't come to bring "peace", but he came to bring a "sword". This means Jesus came to bring the truth. Sometimes the truth bothers people. People don't like to change. They don't like to hear that they aren't doing enough or that their way isn't the right way. What kind of sermon do you like? Do you like a very short sermon which praises you and agrees with your idea? Or do you seek the word which shows the point in you that must change? Do you like peace or the sword? Many times we close our mouths because we don't like to disturb the people. But Father wants us to make a big noise. To bring the sword means we speak out boldly and say what is right and what is wrong, even if the people are greatly disturbed. The IOWC team is coming to bring the sword and to disturb your neighborhood and community. Isn't that good? Are you happy or disturbed? Those that are happy will participate in IOWC activities. Those that are disturbed will only be observers.

Jesus also explains the high standard required in discipleship. We should love Christ more than our mother or father, son or daughter. In what way do we love Christ? We love Christ by taking up his purpose and priorities. To love Christ more than my father and mother, son and daughter, means that I should attend the purpose of Christ as my highest concern. God's true way is to sacrifice those who are closest to him in order to reach those who are most distant. Because of this true way of God, we could come to True Parents and receive their blessing. Therefore we should be compelled to love and embrace our communities even more than we embrace our own family. This is the true way and heart of the messiah.

The way of the messiah is to show God some kind of good result. We want to return back to God the good fruit of our life. For this reason we joined the Unification Church. Many times we say that we want to be free; but Divine Principle teaches us that there is no freedom without results which make God happy. But when we look at this world, how is it possible for God to be happy?

All over this world there is so much suffering and hardship. Everyday over 60,000 people die by starvation. In Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia, people are literally trying to survive by tilling the ground. Even though they toil so hard, they know that if the rain is delayed, or if the insects invade, their crops will fail and they will die. In other parts of the world we see so many people suffering because of bitter ethnic and national conflicts. In the former Yugoslavia, people are literally trapped in their homes while the war rages outside their doors. Even to just go to the store, or to go to work, or to go to school means they must risk their life. We may feel that we have some great difficulty, but compared to the real suffering in the world, our difficulty in this country is easily manageable.

The most important thing that we should know is that God's suffering and True Parent's suffering is greater than anyone's suffering. Sometimes you may make a mistake and think that True Parent's don't sympathize with your difficulties. But actually if True Parents give sympathy too quickly, we may develop a wrong concept about our difficulty and never discover our ability to endure and overcome. Truthfully, the most beautiful moment for God is when someone who is suffering some tragedy, turns to God with a joyful, prayerful, and thankful heart and says "my suffering is only a small thing compare to yours, Heavenly Father, please don't concern yourself". God can never forget such a person. God will remain, always, with such a person.

What providential time is it now? What is the difference between this year and last year? It may seem the same to you. The sun still rises in the east and sets in the West, but there is a big difference. It is a difference that you can only see with spiritual eyes and spiritual ears. Do you have those kind of eyes and ears? If you don't have those eyes and ears, then its good to listen to someone who does have those eyes and ears.

Father proclaimed that January 1, 1993 is the beginning of the Completed Testament Era. The Completed Testament Era is the age of perfection. It is the time of the establishment of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and in spirit. This is the time for God to establish his direct dominion with mankind.

We must analyze how this age could finally come about.

If Adam, Eve and the Archangel had united centering on God's word, everything would have gone well. The Kingdom would have been established at that time and there would have been no need for any restoration course. Adam and Eve would have been the True Parents and their family would have been the True Family. If Adam and Eve would have deeply realized the meaning and purpose of keeping faith in the commandment, they would have fulfilled their role.

We must understand some deeper aspect of Adam and Eve's relationship. In one sense, Adam, as man, is the incarnation of God. In this position, Eve stands as the wife of God. When Eve receives the seed of Adam into her womb it is the same as receiving the seed of God. That's why through this holy act of love, Adam and Eve would give birth to the lineage of God. The pinnacle of God's deepest will and desire is to find such a man and woman who can give birth to His original lineage, family, society, nation, world and eternal history. Without such Parents, God cannot stand as True Parent, cannot have his honor and dignity, cannot have his dominion or His kingdom, his true dwelling place. From this standpoint we can understand that the tragedy of the fall bore it's most severe consequences for God. No one lost more or suffered more terribly then God as a result of the fall. Because of the breakdown of this first family, God lost true life, true love and his true blood lineage.

The Principle of Restoration tells us that the course of restoration will be the opposite course of the fall. For this reason we should understand the way that the first family was broken down. The first family was destroyed through the process of Eve deceiving her Father and His son. She violated the law of God even at the risk of her life. Also, Eve then failed to unite Cain with Abel. Eve's failure was the cause of the complete breakdown of God's family. In order to bring about restoration, the pattern of the fall must be reversed. This historical process of reversal will culminate with the return of the New Adam and New Eve who will restore the lost true life, true love and true blood lineage of God.

We can see the evidence of this process of restoration in the family of Abraham. Rebbecca was placed in a position to deceive father Isaac and his son Esau. Rebbecca deceived Isaac so that Jacob could receive the blessing. Rebbecca was fearless because she knew it was God's will that Jacob receive the blessing. Even when Jacob express his concern that he would be cursed for deceiving his father, Rebbecca boldly proclaimed "let his curse fall on my head"! We can see how this is 180 degrees opposite of the way of Eve who deceived her Father and His son, at the risk of her life, but for her own benefit.

Later Esau tryed to kill Jacob. Once again, Rebbecca could be in a position to restore Eve's failure. Eve could not unite Cain and Abel and restore the elder son's birthright. Rebbecca protected Jacob from Esau and through that condition they could later unite and come to God's side. By reversing the conditions which broke down the first family, the root of the chosen nation could be established.

We see this pattern again in the story of Tamar. Many people who study the Bible have been very confused by this story in the 38th chapter of the Bible. The 38th chapter of Genesis contains the root of the change of blood lineage providence.

Again, by deceiving her Father and His son, Eve caused the change of blood lineage from God's side to satan's side. Also, by failing to unite Cain and Abel, the process to restore the blood lineage was lost. The Elder brother's unity centering on the younger brother means reversing the blood lineage from satan's side back to God's side. This restores the elder brothers birthright.

Tamar was placed in the position to deceive father Judah and his son. Tamar put herself at risk. By becoming pregnant through someone other than her husband, she risked being stoned to death. But somehow Judah realized that her action had some kind of great providential meaning. He didn't have her stoned; instead he said that Tamar was more righteous then he. She was righteous because she was reversing the fallen pattern of Eve. Later, when Tamar's two sons were in her womb, they exchanged the positions of elder son and younger son. This happened while they were inside the womb of Tamar. By bringing Cain and Abel into unity inside the womb, Tamar restored the elder brother's birthright from inside the womb. This is why, 40 generations later, a true elder brother, Jesus, could appear in the womb of Mary.

We see the same pattern in the story of Joseph and Mary. Mary was placed in a position to deceive father and son. Joseph was very surprised and shocked when he heard about Mary's pregnancy. By becoming pregnant in violation of the law of Israel, Mary risked death. Mary was placed in the same position as Tamar and Rebbecca. By walking the course to reverse the failure of Eve, Mary could inherit that entire historical foundation. Therefore Jesus was born as a true elder son. He became the true olive tree and true Father from which true life, true love and true lineage would come.

The True Adam comes through God's dispensation. The mission of Judaism was to bring the True Bride of Christ.

Tragically, because the chosen people could not recognize Jesus and unite with him, the bride could not appear and the Kingdom of Heaven has been postponed. The change of blood lineage, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, is spiritual only and must be extended to the physical side. For this reason, Christ must come again.

On such a foundation, the New Testament Age, the Christian era, began. That foundation was constructed on the blood, sweat and tears of Jesus. Christians for 2000 years have been waiting eagerly for the return of Christ. However, there is a hidden dimension within the Christian providence. The appearance of the true bride of the coming Christ is that hidden dimension. The pinnacle of the Christian era is not only the coming of Christ, but also the appearance of the bride of Christ. Christianity must unite with the coming Christ centering on his bride. Christianity's mission, like Judaism from before, is to bring the Bride. God brings the second coming of Christ. Christianity, on earth, should prepare the bride.

After World War 2, God was waiting on the world level to welcome the True Parents. As we know, Eve's mission is to unite Cain and Abel and bring them to God's side. The Eve nation after World War 2 was Great Britian. The mission of Great Britian was to unite with True Parents and bring the Cain and Abel nations to True Parents. The Cain and Abel nations were France and the United States. If this providence could have been completed within 7 years (1945-1952) then in 1953, Father would have proclaimed the beginning of the Completed Testament Age. The Kingdom of Heaven era would have begun.

Father wanted to proclaim this age 40 years ago. This opportunity of 40 years ago was lost because those providential people representing Christianity in Korea could not unite with Father. In fact, they even began to persecute Father. For this reason, Father had to go to North Korea, to Hungnam prison and suffering many things. For this reason, Father had to delay his dispensation through an arduous 40 year suffering course. Because of this failure to unite, satan could claim the first Mother and through claiming first Mother, satan could claim the first Eve nation.

Satan could claim so much to his side. For this reason, God could claim the satan's side countries of Japan and Germany.

But God did not abandon Christianity. God would not abandon America either. God would not abandon America because America was the fruit of Christianity. America, providentially, stands as the second Israel. For this reason, True Parents want to preserve America. Therefore, True Parents feel that, at all costs, America must be saved so that it can fulfill it's providential responsibility and destiny. You may not know, but for 47 years, 5 times a day, Father has been praying for the 7 providential nations of USA, Great Britain, Germany, France, China, Russia and Japan. Father has been praying, sacrificing and laboring to bring about the providential time when the Completed Testament Age could be proclaimed.

The Completed Testament Age could be proclaimed on January 1, 1993 because Mother, as Eve, could unite Cain and Abel centering on the True Parents. This was the meaning of Mother's tour.

Through Father's 40 year suffering course, he had to indemnify all lost conditions which caused the prolongation of the Kingdom Era. After Father finished that course, he had to transfer everything to Mother. Mother, as true Eve, must restore the failure of Eve on the worldwide level. This means Mother should unite Cain and Abel and bring them to Father's side. Didn't you feel some deep sense of victory when Mother came to Washington? Wasn't it an incredible moment when, centering on True Mother, the True Children were introduced and they could receive a standing ovation from the audience? This kind of victory took place on 4 continents, 115 cities and 7 major nations. Father pushed Mother so hard to finish everything by the end of 1992 so that he could proclaim this age by God's Day. At the fall of Man, Eve, Cain and Abel caused the breakdown in God's first family. Centering on Mother's tour, all things could be restored and for this reason Father could proclaim the beginning of the Completed Testament Age. Lets give a big hand to True Parents!

Because of True Mother's total victory, True Parents are completely one. Before this we would bow two times upon meeting the True Parents. But now we only should bow once. Bowing once instead of twice signifies that True Parents are one. That's why the True Family became the "New Family". The "New Family" is the family that is attending Father through the completion of the unity of Cain and Abel centering on Mother. This years motto "The New Family and the Unified Fatherland" is proclaiming that the True Family is a New Family. In order for us to enter into the Completed Testament Age, we must be deeply united with this New Family. We should inherit and unite eternally with the true tradition from the True Family, which is the model in which we can move freely between the individual, family, nation and world. We should complete our unified fatherland through our family being assimilated into the world of God, True Parents and True Children.

Then, what is the meaning of "the Unified Fatherland"? This doesn't just mean North and South Korea. It means any foundation made where God can dwell. If my mind and body are united then that is the Unified Fatherland in me. If husband and wife are united, then that is the Unified Fatherland on the family level. If my community, my spiritual children are united with me, that is also the Unified Fatherland. This is the way to expand the Kingdom. Eventually, the whole world and cosmos should be the Unified Fatherland.

In order to enter into the Completed Testament Age we must fulfill, at least, a 40 day condition. At the time of Moses, the Old Testament Age was to begin also with a 40 day condition of faith. Moses sent the 12 spies into Cannaan to fulfill a 40 day condition of spying. If they have faith, they will live, if they don't have faith, they will die. Only Joshua and Caleb could fulfill the 40 days of faith. They could live and enter the promised land while the first generation of Israelites, who couldn't have faith, died in the wilderness. Also, the New Testament Age was to begin with a 40 day period of faith. Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days of fasting. There Jesus was tempted by satan 3 times. After Jesus was rejected, he had to make a new 40 day condition of faith. After his crucifixion and resurrection, Jesus, in his spiritual body, remained on earth for a 40 day period. During that time he regathered 120 disciples and made the foundation for spiritual adoption on the day of Pentecost. When we think of Father's direction to us to fulfill a 40 day period of faith through IOWC activities, we must be very serious about the importance of that direction. It is our condition of faith in order to enter the Completed Testament Age. Here in Washington, centering on each community and community leader, IOWC activities will take place. 40 days of activity means, at least, 1000 hrs. of service in the year of 1993. If we offer ourselves in this most difficult time, it is most meaningful. You can fulfill your 1000 hrs through IOWC, USA, WFWP and fundraising activity. Each member will receive a 1000 hr card so that you can record your effort this year. At the end of the year all those who fulfill 1000hrs and bring good results will be honored by special certificate. Such a record in your family history would be precious and an eternal source of pride.

Tribal Messiah activity is in the position of True Adam, the True Father's position. WFWP activity is in position of True Eve, the True Mother's position. Therefore, WFWP must fulfill the mission of Mother which is to unite Cain and Abel children with the True Parents.

That is wy this is the greatest time for us to speak out. All the sorrow and suffering we have felt because of the unresponsive nation can be healed. Think that the next 3 and a half years is like you have been called to the army. Imagine that our country has been attacked and we have been drafted into the armed services. Or imagine you are in Jail for 3 and a half years or sick and in a coma for 3 and a half years.

The point is that this is the most important time to be active and aggressive about our faith. This is the time, like no other time, for us to harvest the fruit. If people resist in this age, they will not be able to live comfortably and forget what sin they committed. In this age, people who sin, who reject True Parents will never know peace.

Let us unite our mind and body, husband and wives, Pastor and church, community by community. Let us make every aspect of our environment unite with "The New Family" so that in every direction that we turn we can see the horizons of the Unified Fatherland. God bless you, your families and your homes and let us work together to make Washington DC our Unified Fatherland.

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