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7.8 Jeol - Cosmic Sabbath
Sun Myung Moon
Compiled by Mary Jane Despres
August 25, 2001
To: Continental Directors, National Messiahs, National Leaders and Missionaries From: the FFWPU International President [Rev. Chung Hwan Kwak]
Date: August 16, 1997
[excerpt: ] Congratulations for the declaration of "The Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth." True Parents said that on July 7 (lunar calendar) of each year from now on we will commemorate the "7.8" Holy Day (meaning: eight times the number seven), and that this will be an important Holy Day among the eight major Holy Days.
On August 21, 1997, Julian Gray sent out unofficial and slightly edited notes written by one participant who attended the August 9th -- August 11th Leaders' Conference in 1997
August 9th - solar (July 7th - lunar) 1997 was the Day of Declaration of "The Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth"
[excerpt from the participant's report about what took place August 9th: ]
At the Kuri Training Center outside Seoul, at seven seconds past seven minutes past seven on the seventh day of the seventh month of 1997, True Father prayed to offer up the victory of meeting the 3.6 million pre-blessing goal, and creating a new holy day.
Throughout his prayer, True Father was overcome with tears. Afterward, he told Chung Hwan Kwak that he was crying so deeply that it completely overwhelmed his mind. All the participants (whom True Father estimated were 7,000 in all, representing the whole world) were moved by the great emotion True Father showed in his prayer. Clearly this was no ordinary occasion, but one of cosmic moment. True Father also said later that this was the most important proclamation he had ever made.
The content of his prayer was summarized by a translator later: Christianity should have embraced True Father in 1945. Because they did not, he had to go the seven-year course to indemnify their failure, and then restore all things through all levels in the 40-year course. Now, through the victory of the 3.6 million couples, we have the national foundation to protect the tribe, family, couple and individual, for the first time in history. Thus it is now possible to declare the realization of the cosmic realm of rest for the True Parents. The goal was achieved through the cooperation of the spirit world and the angelic world. Now we can go ahead to achieve the blessing of 36 million and 360 million couples, and thus the whole world, liberating all families in the world from Satan. This is a day of thanks and celebration, and the declaration of victory.
After the prayer, the ceremonies of a holy day were performed, with bows, the recitation of the pledge, the prayer of True Parents and the cutting of a cake.
At 10:00 am, True Parents returned and True Father delivered a speech in which he explained the significance of the day and the proclamation. Unofficial notes from the simultaneous translation of Lynne Kim follow.
[Excerpts from True Father's message of August 9th:]
In the past, there were no families in the spirit world. Now, through the blessing, we are making families that can continue in the spirit world. There is no place that cannot receive the blessing now. Stop hiding. Go to the leaders and ministers of your country and tell them this is the way to reverse the fall. Ours is a religion for families, not individuals. Thus it is of benefit to society as a whole.
Heaven is empty. We need to fill Heaven with families. Through the fulfillment of conditions on earth, God should be able to move back and forth between heaven and earth, without facing barriers.
This is the day on which God and True Parents can rest. The conditions to create a realm of rest for God are accomplished in eight stages: individual, couple, family, tribe/ancestors, nation, world, cosmos and God. True Parents have accomplished this, but all families must achieve it through restoration.
The ideal of the realm of rest for us is to have the peace to be able to have the wife at home and to be able to spend time with her, to be able to relax and enjoy all things together. There will be unchanging heaven and earth in peace. If you want, you will be able to sleep during the day. You will be able to be like a flower, living in harmony with your surroundings.
Even if you die for your mission, your children and grandchildren will follow you and bring it to completion. If we die on the way to God, we will be in His eternal embrace.
I have a foundation which is frightening, enabling me to proclaim God's rest.
Parents have to make the way for God to come into the family. No people are that way yet. You are all failures. You must make a place for God to rest in your couple.
The collapse of the contemporary world has occurred to open the way for the spread of the foundation of the new messiah. Once the new foundation is made, God will be able to come and go freely, to individuals, families, tribes, nations, the world and cosmos. Get the 3.6 million couples to find ten couples each and we will reach 36 million. Get people in your lineage to do likewise.
I have cried a lot because you have not followed the way of God.
[Excerpts from True Father's message August 11th:]
The proclamation of cosmic rest is a good condition. All have to bow their heads in front of it, including God. You can go to heaven if you are grateful all the time. I cannot deny my blood relationship with you. You can do what I ask, and go where I go. Members are connected to True Parents through the blessing.
Only the Parents of Heaven and Earth should rest, because they have made all the conditions to do so.
Here's an excerpt of True Father's prayer on the 7th day of the 7th month (July) by the lunar calendar, 1997, which was sent by Dr. Tyler Hendricks to leaders in the United States on August 9, 1999:
"Today, it is the year 1997, July 7th, 7 o'clock, 7 minutes, 7 seconds. Your son, Moon Sun Myung, is age 77. These eight [recurrences] of the number seven signify that the number seven can connect to the number eight so that it becomes the time of the Sabbath and a new beginning day.
Now all Unification members, centering on a family which inherits the tradition, heart and authority of Heaven, can attend God, can have God rest in a nation, the world and the cosmos, so that they can face the victorious time when Kingship in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth and in Heaven are established at the same time. The Foundation of the Sabbath where God and True Parents can travel freely expands from a family level to a cosmic level."
[end of excerpts]
Blessed Fifth Celebration of the "Declaration of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth" July 7th lunar, falling on August 25th solar in 2001.
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