The Words of Sun Myung Moon from 1981

True Parents' Birthday Speech

Sun Myung Moon
February 10, 1981

On the morning of February 10, 1981, Father spoke at length about Jesus' mission and circumstances. "John the Baptist should have unconditionally obeyed Jesus, and the people should have united unconditionally with John," he said. As a result of many failures at the time of Jesus, however, Satan accused him, Christians and Arabs were divided and Christianity could achieve only the position of adopted son. After suffering in Rome, living in the catacombs, etc., they finally restored one nation, after 400 years.

"We are now in the final dispensation," he continued, "where God's desire is for all mankind to receive one Messiah. The Messiah is the one who brings the religion of sonship and parenthood, raising other religions to the position of parenthood as well." He referred to the many times he came near the point where Jesus was crucified. "But now your three seven-year courses have begun," Father added, "and you have an easier job than I. I had to indemnify 6000 years of biblical history in 21 years."

Father said the time of preaching to just individuals is past; now we will preach to the nations. Whole nations will welcome Father. "So then, will you do home church only reluctantly?" he asked. "In the future, presidents and prime ministers will do home church." Father paraphrased Jesus' words in John 14:6, "No one comes to the Father except by home church."

He also explained the number 144,000 of the Book of Revelations as the number of home churches by which we will be lifted to the Kingdom of Heaven.

"So far, we have been paying past debts with interest," he continued, "but people will oppose us no longer." Father said he has survived up to this point only because God protected him. "The second Adam was crucified. It is not easy, but it can be done. You may sometimes be despondent and in pain, but do not be discouraged."

In conclusion, he referred to the suffering and loneliness his children have gone through and said the time has now come when he can pay attention to his own children. He also read the fifth paragraph of the children's pledge. "I am proud of the one language" indicates that members should learn Korean, he explained. "Either the husband or the wife should speak Korean," he admonished. "Then at least one can translate for the other." 

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