|God’s Homeland and One World (October 16, 2002)|
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God’s Homeland and One World
This text is an excerpt from the October 16, 2002 speech True Father gave at the Central Training Center in Guri, Korea, during a Rally for Harmony and Unity in Heaven and on Earth.
The Messiah is the person who comes with the mission to break down all the walls of heaven and earth and to unite everything into one. The nations founded on philosophies of the earth may perish. However, the nation founded on the belief system demanded by the moral laws of family relationships must be established without fail; that is God’s will.
God’s hope for Adam was not focused on him as an individual; his hope was that from Adam would come a family, a tribe, a people and a nation. When the people of Israel failed to unite with the Messiah or to support him in leading their nation, Israel collapsed. Thus, the returning Lord has the responsibility to perfect Adam and to complete the mission of the Messiah. I tell you that he has the mission of perfecting Adam and then perfecting Adam’s family, tribe, people, nation and world.
Although God has advanced the work of establishing one absolute nation by sending his beloved sons and daughters to earth, at each point in time there was no base through which a nation could be restored. Because that work has always failed, continually God has had to send people of heaven to earth to manage the work, to push it ahead and to accomplish it. This is how the history of the providence of restoration has been unfolding up to the present day.
We ought to be grateful even if God were to sacrifice us as individuals, and we ought to be grateful if God were to sacrifice our family, tribe, people or nation. It is only when we have that attitude and when a nation with that attitude appears, that the world can be changed through that nation.
However, no matter how much an individual may sacrifice, if that nation is not established, the sacrifices of individuals, and the sacrifices of families, tribes and people, will also have to continue. It is under that principle that God has pushed forward the providence to find a nation during the course of history. Therefore, whenever there was an individual who could think of such a nation and benefit that nation, God used the family that had inherited the individual’s tradition of sacrifice for that nation, and God had tribes and peoples inherit that family’s tradition so that they could sacrifice for the nation. In this way, God has pushed forward the providence to find that nation.
Ladies and gentlemen, what was the purpose for which we were born on earth? It was so that we could love that nation. The purpose of God’s providence up until now was also to love that nation. A person without a sovereign nation to call his own is pitiful indeed. Thus, Jesus said, in consideration of this, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” [Matt. 6:31–33] Did Jesus say to seek first a son or to seek first God’s kingdom? He said to seek the nation that God is seeking. God’s hope to establish his kingdom and his righteousness is not realized apart from us and the things of creation. Rather, it is realized through us.
God’s hope is that true people will serve as the center of harmony between God and all things. Therefore, God sent Jesus to earth as a substantial being that represented him in front of fallen people, as a person who could represent the Heaven’s lineage. In other words, Jesus was the very first person who came to earth to realize God’s historical hope. He was the first son of God, established in such a position after four thousand years. Jesus was the son established on earth as a seed within one nation, centering on Judaism, in the family of Joseph. At the time, Satan already had established nations through which he was attacking Heaven’s side.
Consequently, Heaven’s side also needed a national standard as a perfect foothold. Thus, God worked hard for four thousand years in order to form a nation. God’s achievement would have been crowned when the Israelites accepted Jesus and become a global foothold so that the entire world would center on God and Jesus.
However, due to Jesus’ passing, that world was realized only spiritually. In his three-year public course, Jesus tried to restore through indemnity everything that had been lost centering on Judaism. However, when Jesus died on the cross, the Israel that God had established as his foothold nation and as a substantial entity on earth was broken both in spirit and in flesh.
In the end, through Jesus’ death, Christianity had a national base in a spiritual sense. Moreover, the Israelites became the outcasts of Satan’s world, a people forced to wander in isolation without a nation. As a result, no nation embodies Christianity in both spirit and flesh. The returning Lord must restore the providence of God that established Israel based upon four thousand years of preparation, which was lost due to ignorance and disbelief.
Ladies and gentlemen, Jesus came to earth to find a nation. He came to establish a single nation. However, while Jesus was unable to establish a nation of both spirit and flesh, he did establish it spiritually. Therefore, the Christianity of today does not have a substantial nation on earth. This means that there is no nation or people on earth of whom God can say, This is my beloved nation; this is my beloved people.
It means that there is not yet a foundation for God’s nation on the earth. If Israel had become one with God’s son, Jesus, at its center, in his time, that nation would have become God’s nation and God would have restored the world centering on that nation. However, the death of Jesus, in other words, the loss of the substantial being, meant that the base upon which God wanted to connect to earth in spirit and in flesh was restored only in spirit. Until now, the church has had neither a nation nor sovereignty. Thus, saintly believers have been killed wherever they went. Christianity developed through the shedding of martyrs’ blood. Because Christianity was planted that way, its development could not have been otherwise. Now that the era requiring persecution with bloodshed has ended, Christianity is not supposed to die out. Instead, based on the belief that the Messiah will return, people need to eagerly await the Lord and revere the lost ideal of the substantial nation that must be sought and realized globally, centering on the spiritual foundation of Christianity.
Even Jesus said he is waiting in paradise. I tell you that he could not approach the throne of Heaven. Jesus was supposed to establish a national sovereignty for God, govern that nation and create a nation that would have the authority to connect people directly from earth to the kingdom of heaven. Jesus could not make such a nation, so he cannot stand directly before God.
Paradise is a waiting room on the way to the kingdom of heaven. The kingdom of heaven is a place that one cannot enter alone. If the Fall had not happened, the kingdom of heaven would have been the place that blessed families would have entered centering on Adam and Eve. We must enter there together with our sons and daughters. In order to restore that through indemnity, Heaven fought for two thousand years and made the base to connect with the world up until now; yet on this earth without a national standard, who will inherit the national base? God has prepared to fulfill this purpose by gathering many holy people through a new religious movement centered on Christianity.
Respected leaders, now, as we enter the third millennium after Christ, we are the beneficiaries of new heavenly fortune. All religious people ought to join in one accord to act upon the proposal that a council representing all religions become an upper house of the United Nations.
The loftiest achievement the United Nations could accomplish would be to recover a universal human spirituality based on God’s true love. What could be greater than that? Therefore, I have been selecting responsible people from all areas of society, the religious sphere and the political, philosophical, economic and cultural spheres also, and teaching them about true love, about “living for the sake of others.”
On that foundation, I already have appointed many tens of thousands of ambassadors for peace. These people now are carrying the flag of the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace, which I founded, in all parts of the world, and are doing their utmost to realize the peaceful world that God and humanity have desired for so long. The will of the all-knowing, all-powerful and absolute God will be realized soon.
In conclusion, I want to express my hope that all of you leaders in attendance today will re-establish your families and nations with true love and become stars who realize a true and everlasting peaceful world beyond borders. I pray that Heaven’s blessings will be with you and your families.
The text has been edited for inclusion in TPmagazine. The full-length original is in Book I, speech 13 of Pyeong Hwa Gyeong.