May 27, 1973
JACOB'S COURSE AND OUR
LIFE IN FAITH
Restoration through indemnity
is the principle which guides our course in the life of faith.
We have learned that we need an offering to make indemnity or
restitution. The offering is a conditional object given
to God in place of ourselves. In other words, the offering is
an object external to ourselves, and we are the internal counterpart
of the object. Those two, the offering and ourselves, must be
united into one for us to advance in our life of faith.
Due to the fall, we cannot
immediately reach the stage of perfection in the course of restoration
through indemnity. We have to go through the three stages of
formation growth and perfection before going beyond the level
of perfection. In order for us to reach the final level, we have
to offer sacrifices as indemnity conditions representing the growth
stage and the perfection stage. To do this we must learn in what
manner Jacob went through the three stages of formation, growth
and perfection in his mission. This is an immediate question
in our life of faith. Jacob's course is the same as the course
of Moses, and Moses' course is parallel to the course of Jesus.
Therefore, Jacob's course shows us the formula, or pattern for the entire course of the providence of restoration.
The providential history of
restoration under God is made up of the Old Testament Age, the
New Testament Age, and the Completed Testament Age. The Old Testament
Age was the time in which people offered sacrifices by using the
things of creation as objects, while in the New Testament's Age
this was done through the children, with Jesus in the central
position as the Son of God, and in the Completed Testament this
is done through the Parents. This means that first the things
of creation, next the children, and finally the parents are put
in the position of sacrifice in the providential history of restoration.
Jacob's possessions, his children, and he together with his wife,
were put in the position of sacrifice centering on Jacob.
In order for Jacob to become
a central personage responsible for offering a sacrifice of providential
significance, he had to go through a course of struggle to subjugate
Esau. Esau was in the position representing the satanic world.
Jacob represented God's side. Did Jacob as Abel become really
one with Esau as his Cain, thus subjugating Satan completely?
No! Originally, Jacob should have won the blessing in his native
home in total harmony with Esau and not have to go to Haran.
However, he had to escape from the danger brought about by Esau's
intention to kill him. Thus, the condition of indemnity was not
completed. Due to Esau's opposition, Jacob could not create the
condition of harmony between Esau and himself before their parents.
Therefore, he had to go to Haran and place his life on trial.
At first, Jacob did not have anything to offer before God as
sacrifice in Haran. His possessions, after all, were Laban's
and not his own. Jacob escaped from Esau, but there was still
Laban who was another Esau in a position more externat than Esau's.
Laban always acted as an obstacle to Jacob in the course
of indemnity. Because Jacob had to go through these situations, his course is the model course which a man of faith must follow.
You are not in the position
of having become one with your physical parents; you are now in
the land of Haran, living in Laban's home. You can only hope
to become really one with your parents when you have earned your
own possessions to offer God. This is similar to Jacob's course
of restoration. Since Jacob had nothing at all in his possession,
he had to get things to offer to God from the satanic world;
that is, from Laban. To do that Jacob had to get help from God.
Then, how can we get help
from God? Before wanting to be loved by God, we must prepare
an offering of sacrifice for Him; then God will help us according
to the condition we make. You are now in the position of having
come to Haran after leaving your own homes. You have to have
cooperation from God. What is the purpose of having cooperation
from God? We must not make it our purpose to receive God's love,
but we must get conditional objects to offer God to receive His
cooperation. We are exactly in the same position as Jacob, but
the age in which we live is different from that in which Jacob
lived. Jacob was the central figure who was blessed with the
heavenly heritage,and he did his very best in preparing an acceptable
offering of sacrifice, with the hope that his mission on the national
level would commence in accordance with God's will,centering on
his family. In this age, we are situated not in the age of the
family level providence, but in the national level.
Then, where and in what manner
did Jacob have to set up a tradition of belief enabling him to
receive God's blessing and protection? It may appear simple,
but Jacob and the offering were not enough; there was something
else needed. The offering was not for the sake of Jacob himself;
he had to offer it for the sake of the Israelites and their nation
which was the nation of God's choice. In other words, the sacrifice
is something to be offered in order to make things of higher and
wider dimension and more public nature, such as the family and
the nation, reach God and connect with Him. Whether or not you
are strong in this idea can determine whether or not you receive
God's blessing and cooperation. The more opposition and persecution
Jacob received from Laban, the more he thought of his native home
where he had to bring back what he would get from Laban. He did
not want to merely enjoy his life in Haran with the blessings
God had allowed him to have, but he desired to share his blessing
with his brothers and parents back in his native home. This desire
to share with his own family was the basis or besinning of his
idea to love his own people and then the nation.
Jacob's primary desire should
have been to share all the blessings he had with his brothers
and parents, and thus to become harmonized in oneness with them.
Jacob led the lonely life of a shepherd, but all during this
time his ultimate purpose was not to gain money or the material
blessing. He missed his native home, for he was highly blessed
by God, being born into the family of Isaac, in the lineage of
Abraham. He felt sorry for what he had done to his elder brother.
He thought it was understandable for Esau to want to kill him
when he had taken away the birthright by cheating; and he was
sympathetic with his brother. But what Jacob had that was acceptable
as an offering to God was that the more difficult and lonely his
situation became due to the aggravating persecution from Laban,
the deeper attachment he felt towards his parents and brothers.
This made him always wonder what he could do for their sake;
this was the primary question. He thought that he could readily
share with everybody at home what he had acquired by spending
21 long years of drudgery. If he felt the least bit self-centered,
thinking that all the things he acquired belonged to him alone,
Jacob could have ended his course in failure. This was the case
because God blessed Jacob not for his own welfare and prosperity,
but to have him lay the foundation on which all the Israelites
could enjoy the blessing after he had organized the people by
his own efforts. In other words, Jacob had to think in terms
of public benefit in order to succeed. When he completed his
21 year course successfully, God blessed him with all the material
wealth and all the other things necessary for his mission.
You know the details of the
prolongation of his course from 7 years to 21 years. God blessed
Jacob in his 21-year course to such an extent that even Laban
became fearful of him, and wanted to prevent him from growing
wealthier. As you well know, during his 3 -day course Jacob stole
all the things he needed. You know also that when Jacob was well
on his way, Laban caught up with him and quarreled with him over
the idol which he had stolen. If Leah, in sympathy with her father,
had told him the truth about the idol, Jacob's 21 -year course
would have come to nothing. But Leah deceived her father, Laban.
What is interesting here is that Leah cheated her father, and
Jacob also cheated his father. If Leah and Jacob had both deceived
their fathers for their own benefit, it would have been wrong.
However, they did this for God and His people, and we know that
this is a necessary condition in the course of restoration. Leah
was strictly on the side of Jacob. If Leah had cheated her own
father, this would mean that she had become completely one with
Jacob. In terms of becoming a God'sside family, we can define
Jacob's family as one which history had never before seen. Leah
was one with Jacob without becoming one with her father, Laban.
and this made it possible for Jacob to remain the owner of all
In Adam's family, Adam and
Eve deceived their Father, God, for an evil purpose; in Jacob's
course of restoration, Jacob and Leah deceived their satanic-side
father, which was right in God's sight. If Leah had become one
with Laban against God's will, all could have been nullified.
Not only his possessions, but also his children could have become
questionable as wholesome offerings to God. If Jacob and his
wife had been separated, where would the children have gone?
Surely, there would have been division ameng the children, too,
some wanting to follow their father while others, their mother.
If so, could the restoration of Cain and Abel have been completed
on the family level at that time? No! Their possessions also,
being not solely on God's side, could not have been acceptable
to God. Therefore, the fact that Jacob and Leah had become one
with each other was an historical event in the providence of God.
By their becoming one, parents, children, and all things naturally
became one, all three in complete unity before God. At this point,
Jacob was able to offer the three great offerings, all in unity
and harmony, making them acceptable to God.
In Jacob's offering of the
sacrifice, another condition was necessary; that is, he had to
excel Cain many ways in order to offer an acceptable sacrifice
to God. This is the fundamental principle in offering the sacrifice.
In other words, Jacob had to offer the sacrifice in a way which
would make it invunerable to Satan's accusation. Satan is always
accusing, so God can only accept the sacrifice of Abel if and
when it excels that of Cain. Then, who is in the position of
Cain? Esau was in the position of Cain to Jacob as Abel. Jacob
and Esau are now struggling on the horisontal level, while God
and Satan are doing the same on the vertical level. At this moment,
Jacob's main thought should be so thorough as to think that he
and his wife, his children,and all his possessions belonged to
God and not to him. All these things are in the position of sacrifices
for the realisation of God's will. Jacob was on the way home,
but the question was how to solve the problem with Esau. At this
moment, God was on the side of Jacob, while Satan was on the side
of Esau. God and Satan were both anxious to find whether or not
Jacob, as the central figure, would stand firmly with the central
view of the providence of restoration, centered strictly on God,
that is to say, whether Jacob would stand firmly in the position
of successfulabel, or become trapped under satanic conditions.
Both God and Satan concentrated their attention on that.
In offering the sacrifice,
Jacob had to excel Esau, not only on the physical level, but on
the spiritual level also; in other words be had to subjugate Satan.
On the way back home he would pray at the ford of jabbock desperately
that God should help Esau to welcome him without being hostile
to him, because he knew that if Esau was going to kill him his
mission would be a failure and dissipate. He knew that his way
was not for himself as an individual, but for the restoration
through indemnity for Adam's failure of being subjugated by the
archangel. Therefore, Jacob had to first subjugate the archangel,
who was in the position of Esau on the spiritual level, before
being able to actually subjugate Esau on the physical level.
Since Adam fell by being subjugated by the archangel, then the
physical Esau was in the position of fallen Adam. In order to
restore all the particulars through indemnity, Jacob had to restore
on both levels, first subjugating the archangel. Therefore, he
wrestled with the archangel at the ford of jabbock all
through the night for success on the spiritual level. In wrestling
with the archangel, he had to risk all his possessions and his
children, including himself and his wife.
What was the motivation and
significance of the wrestling? If Jacob should be defeated in
wrestling by the archangel, all his possessions, all his children,
including himself and his wife, which should have all been unified
in wholesome oneness, could have been taken away or torn into
pieces by satanic hands. However, if he should win, all those
things would belong to him and God. They fought all through the
night until they were both exhausted, but the wrestling was not
over yet. How do you think the match went? They were not evenly
matched all the way. There were times when Jacob was almost defeated.
What do you think? Was it Jacob who fell more times or the
archangel? It is understandable that Jacob fell more times, but
he would not give up even though be faced death; he fought desperately
to win over the archangel. He would cling to the archangel again
and again at the risk of his life. That's what made him fierce.
That's exactly what happens in our course of life in faith.
You are desperate to win over Satan, but Satan is so fierce that
you stumble over and over again. No matter how many times you
may be on the verge of defeat, you will attack him again and again.
Tbe archangel, too, was in a difficult situation. He may have
beaten Jacob, but he could not kill him, since he would be liable
to judgment if be did. So, the archangel too was in a most difficult
In the meantime dawn was breaking
and the archangel knew that be had to leave Jacob at daybreak
because the archangel belonged to darkness. So, just before the
dawn, he became desperata and he broke Jacob's thigfi. How do
you think the archangel broke Jacob's thigh? He must have done
this in a moment when Jacob was weak. If, at that moment, Jacob
was not being defeated, he could not have done that. Still, Jacob
could not give up. Even though his thigh was broken, Jacob would
not give up. At the thought of loss he became even more furious,
and attacked the archangel again and again. He would rather lose
his life in attacking than lose the battle.
At last the archangel had
to give in. At last he could not but say to Jacob, "You
have won the battle, you are the victor. " He had to bless
Jacob with the name "Israel", which meant 11 victor".
All through human history, Jacob was the only one who wrestled
with the archangel and was victorious over him. He well deserved
the name of "the victor". That is how the word "Israel"
- which means "victor" - came into being. You must
know that in being victorious over the archangel, he battled at
the risk of his life, and that you, too, in your life in faith,
must fight against Satan at the risk of your lives. Jacob's subjugation
of the angel on the spiritual level signified Jacob's reversal
of the situation that occurred in the Garden of Eden, where our
first human ancestors were subjugated by the archangel. However,
Esau still remained to be subjugated. Adam fell by being subjugated
by the archangel in the Garden of Eden. He himself fell into
the position of the archangel (Satan) in substance. Now Jacob
had to subjugate Esau who was in this position of the archangel
in substance. In the Garden of Eden Adam was in the position
of having to think of God alone without a thought for himself.
Jacob was in the position of Adam, and had to go beyond the level
where Adam failed and fell. In what manner could Jacob carry
this out? Jacob had to think only of God, His will, and His words,
trusting that God, who had blessed him, would never betray him.
Even though his brother, Esau, may have wanted to take revenge
on him, he would have to have such strong faith as to never be
defeated so be could stop his brother from taking his revenge.
Now Jacob was on his way home
to meet his brother, Esau. He could have gone somewhere else
to enjoy his wealth if he did not think of God's will. He eolild
have said, "Esau is Esau, and I am I; what have I to do with
his life?" But his mind was so occupied by God's will that
he wanted to mect his brother and reconcile the past and soothe
his heart until his resentment vanished. What did he have to
do in meeting his elder brother, Esau? First of all, he was ready
to give up all his possessions, all his servants and his children,
telling his brother that all these belonged to him. His attitude
was: "All that I have is yours except God's will and God's
blessing which is eternally mine. " Adam, who ignored God's
will, was selfcentered, minding only himself, and lost his children
and all things of God's blessing. On the contrary, Jacob was
so God-centered that he would give away all things for the will
of God. This is what made Jacob different from Esau. Thus, on
the family level, Jacob would wrestle with Esau and risk all that
he had in his possession. Jacob would think to himself, "Esau,
you cannot have all this wealth if you don't excel me in exalting
God's will. " He would challenge and deal with his brother
with this attitude. He thought, "As long as you take these
possessions of mine,it means that you are one with me and exalting
God's will. "
After receiving Jacob's gifts,
Esau's heart was melted. It was by receiving these gifts that
the conditions were met,and Esau as the archangel in substance
was subjugated in the same way that the archangel was subjugated
spiritually by Jacob. By Esau's welcoming Jacob, the conditions
of indemnity under God's will were fulfilled on the spot. If
Jacob had not fought with the archangel and won over him beforehand,
and had to fight against both Esau and the archangel at the same
time, what would have happened? If he had to fight with both
Esau and the archangel at the same time, wouldn't his wife and
children and his servants have joined in the battle? Then the
battle would have been fought on a larger scale. It was a great
advantage for Jacob to have fought the two battles separately.
Uhus the two brothers who
had hitherto felt resentment and hostility toward one another,
embraced each other, shedding tears and blessing each other.
A new era of lsraeli history opened at this time in a higher dimension.
There, Esau also shared in the blessing of being Israel, the
victor. Jacob's course may look simple, but there is an historical
meaning in it since all the things which had to be carried out
under the providence of God were condensed in his course.
When we see Jacob's course
and our course in the life of faith, there is a great similarity
between the two. You are in the position of Jacob; you knew that
God's blessing was yours, and with faith in the Divine Principle
movement, you left your own homes when you were faced with opposition
and persecutions from your parents and brothers. Those of you
here whose parents and brothers oppose our movement, please hold
up your hands. Almost all. Where will you go now? In fact,
you cannot directly come here. That is, you are not entitled
to be in this place. Could Jacob come directly to Father, God,
after leaving his home? No! He had to go to Haran. You have
to go to your own "Haran", namely, the world where you
must experience drudgery and restore people and possessions.
In Haran, Jacob was in the position of slave or servant to Laban,
wasn't he? Laban would awaken him even in the middle of the night
to go on an errand for him. He would say "Come here!"
and he had to come, or "Go therel" and he would have
to go. Laban would call him names, kick him and do anything to
him for the 21 years in which he was under such drudgery. Would
Laban have let him sleep when he was drowsy? When he was awakened
from sleep, could Jacob retort to Laban and say, "I am sleepy,
how dare vou wake me up!" That could never happen. Awake
or asleep, he had to comply with whatevér he wanted. As
a servant he was not allowed to eat at the table, but he had to
eat in the kitchen. At Laban's call. he would have to stop eating
right in the middle of his meal.
We can well imagine what a
difficult situation he was in during the 7 years of drudgery.
But just think, it was prolonged, for one reason and then another,
until it finally became 21 years. From this point the 2, 000
years of providential history after Jacob came about; that is,
Jesus came 2, 000 years later, inheriting what was accomplished
by Jacob. Two thousand years after the fall of Adam, Jacob came
as the Second Adam. By this course through 21 years of drudgery,
he could restore through indemnity the lost 2, 000 years of misery
by lifting himself to the standard of Adam before the fall. Laban
would promise to Jacob something good, but he would break his
promise to him as often as 10 times. Laban's cheating Jacob 10
times has something to do with the significant number 10 which
covers 3 levels each in the 3 stages of the formation, growth
and perfection stages; and going beyond that,one more level to
the number 10. The 3 major stages represent God's indirect dominion
during which Satan can dominate, permitting Laban to cheat Jacob
who was on God's side. If at that time Jacob had attacked Laban,
he would not have paid indemnity to the end; he had to obey Laban
despite all the hardships persevering to the end. If Jacob had
done something to Laban in wrath, his whole mission would have
been nullified. The more Laban persecuted Jacob, the more his
fortune would be diminished, and the more Jacob would be blessed
Jacob strongly believed that
God was on his side, and that Laban could never win over him.
His strong faith was his life, and the secret with which he persevered.
That was his main thought which made it possible for him to go
through the 21 years of drudgery with success. 'This statement
shows the extent of Jacob's confidence - "However hard you
may oppose me, you are doomed to surrender and I will be the victor".
We, too, must have this kind of faith, because God is on our
side. By your joining the Divine Principle movement, this means
that you have the promising blessing from God to possess the whole
world under the Kondition of indemnity. That which belonged to
Esau is now yours. The world is in the position of Esau to you
as Jacob, because the world existed before you. You are blessed
with the birthright by God. Then, how would you obtain these
things? just as in the case of Jacob, the blessing is already
yours. Since the things of the world belong to you, why don't
you go and get them yourselves? Frankly speaking, do you now
possess material wealth and position? (No!) Do you have your brothers
with you? (No!) You do not have these things because you left
your home, and you are on your way to Haran, or you are already
in the land of Haran. T'hen, do you have your own parents? (No!)
You are in the same shoes as Jacob.
Suppose you say, "I want
to go to God. " But can you go directly to Him? You are
empty-handed with nothing in your possession. lhat's not the way
the man with the responsibility of restoration should be. God,
our Father, lost everything in the world and is waiting there
in grief for you to restore the world to Him. You cannot go straight
to Him emptyhanded. You can go only after having restored things.
So, you are compelled to go into the satanic world and to fight
against Satan to restore the pcople and material out of his hands
to be returned to God. Without doing this you will have nothing
to offer to God, will you? Agaln, where are you destined to go?
Yes, to the satanic world, like Haran. Then, are you willing
to go there? You are reluctant, I know, but you have to go!
You are sort of forced to go. Would you want to have material
wealth? (Yes!) T'hen, go outl Would you want a wife; or would
you want to have a husband? Then, go to Haran. Do you think
you can find your spouse by going to God? No, you must go to
Haran to find your spouse. Before j oining your spouse, without
your parents, without your children, you have practically nothing.
If you follow your
Master empty-handed, would that do? You cannot do that. I will
kick you back (Laughter) It is out
of my love that I do this. I cannot leave you alone, because
I know that if I do, you are going todie, in the spiritual sense.
I must push you hard to make you go to Haran and get what is
due to you, because only in that way are you going to have eternal
life in God. It is the formula in the Unification Church that
each and every member should go through the seven year course.
When it is prolonged you are apt to have to fulfill a 21 -year
course. If our members cannot fulfill that, the providential
history may have to be prolonged another 2, 000 years. If we
cannot carry it out, it means that no one else can do it, and
then it can never be done. We who know this must be very serious.
There is one thing we must
be really fearful of. What could this be? To be told not to
witness to the people is the most horrible fate. Isn't that true?
(Yes!) Then, are you willing to go out? (Yes!) You are going to
Haran and it is the land of abundance, but in the beginning you
will have to be servants to the people there. That's how restoration
starts. In the course of restoration, you have to go through
the stage of being a servant, the stage of adopted sonship, and
then the stage of sonship to the True Parents. These are the
3 stages you must go through. Then you can put yourself in the
position of the True Parents to your own descendants. Do you
want to go througb- these stages step by step or do you want to
go by leaps going over the 3 stages and into the 4th one all at
once? (By leaps!) You are greedy! Then, you have to work four
times as hard. Can you do that? (Yes!)
Jacob went to Haran where
he went through drudgery and untold misery and persecution; and
on the way home, he had to fight the archangel and then he had
to fight against his brother, Esau, to be really entitled to the
blessing. Under Laban he suffered in agony on the physical level,
while at home he suffered in agony with Esau, on the spiritual
level. In his battle at the ford of jabbock with the archangel
he suffered both spiritually and physically. If Jacob had not
been so well trained in Haran under the drudgery of Laban, he
could not have won over the archangel at the ford of jabbock.
He knew that the resentment he accumulated during his 21 years
of bitter life in Haran would only be dissolved by his being victorious
over the archangel. That's what made him so strong as to not
give-in before the archangel, and to finally win over him. Only
after subjugating the archangel could he share his blessing with
his parents. Now Jacob was in the position to be able to say
to his parents, who are symbolically in the position of God, "Here
are your Cain (Esau) and Abel (Jacob) completely restored. I
have restored all the things lost by Cain and Abel in the beginning;
here is the lost family of Adam restored for you. " Mien
God's resentment will be dissolved by the spoils brought by Jacob
from the long struggles in Haran. He and his wife in the position
of restored Adam and Eve could be dedicated to God.
This is exactly what we have
to do in the course of restoration. This is what Moses had to
go through as well as Jesus, after the pattern of Jacob. We say
that Jacob's course is Moses' course, and Moses' course is Jesus'
course. That means that Jesus' course is equal to Jacob's course.
Now, do you have a clear picture of what your course is? When
you go out to the land of Haran, you will be faced with opposition:
opposition from children, adolescents, from young people, the
middle-aged, and from aged persons. In the five types of people
there are male and female in each group signifying 10 types of
opposition, which corresponds to Laban's 10 times of cheating
Jacob. So, you must be ready to be persecuted and cheated at
least 10 times by the people of Haran.
By how many people was Jesus
opposed? The basic number was 12 - his 12 disciples opposed him
in the end. The number 12 corresponds to the number 10 in the
course of restoration, because in an event of providential significance,
God and the Holy Spirit are always involved. In the song "Arirong",
Korean people sing that in love there are twelve hills to cross
over. "1 will cross over the hills to meet my lover. "
That's very symbolie; it's like a revelation. That means that
in order to perfect our love, we have to go through at least 12
difficult situations. In order to complete your love in God,
you must be able to placate 10 to 12 people opposing you. If
this is our standard, we need people opposing us; and in this
sense, Laban has done a good deed for Jacob. Even though it was
out of jealousy that he persecuted Jacob, Laban's misconduct ultimately
had the effect of helping Jacob to win the victory, even though
Laban himself was unconscious of it. You must take rebuffs as
a challenge, saying "Come what may, this will make me the
victor. " When the second trial comes, you should do the
same until you overcome it, even 10 times or more. Your record
will show 10 victories in the final analysis. Satan's opposition
would result in helping God's will to be accomplished, if the
opposition is overcome by God's people. For this reason, God
allows Satan to oppose His people. We must know that when we
closely examine the course of restoration, Satan, too, is being
used by God in such a way that Satan will finally help God's man
to be victorious by Satan's failure. Otherwise, God Himself has
to give you a rebuff.
But according to the Principle,
God cannot tempt you or put you into trial deliberately. To be
tested is, in a way, a good thing. In school, the teacher would
give you a test after teaching you certain material, wouldn't
he? As I see it, the teachers play the role of both God and Satan.
Is persecution good or bad? Success will be yours only when
you know this exactly. Without knowing that, you cannotwin over
Satan in the trial. Then, would you rather have big trials or
small ones? (Big!) In case there is no trial coming to you, what
would you do? Then, you must arouse trials, that is, you must
work so vigorously as to arouse persecution. For instance, you
visit a village, it may be quiet, but once you go there, the whole
village will be stirred up. Then, division is apt to be created
in that village, with some coming to persecute you while some
come to support you. When do you think the persecution will end?
When you will have won over the last one.
Your Master is ready to go
through persecution even now. Even though the whole of the United
States may oppose me, they cannot kill me; I will survive all
the trials, and the United States will be ours. It's something
like Jacob fighting against the archangel at the risk of his life.
If the United States should kill me, she is liable to judgment.
So, we must have Jacob's steadfastness and perseverance. We
must have the attitude of, "You cannot go without blessing
me". We are exactly in the position of Jacob, aren't we?
We have nothing to be afraid of. Since we are going to do things
for the sake of God and the United States, we can do just about
anything, and everything will come to us. Are you like that?
These are not words fabricated by man; it is the word of God.
I am conveying this to you since I have put it into practice
myself. After the Korean liberation from the japanese regime,
it took me twenty years to indemnify the 2, 000 years history
from Adam to Jacob. If it had not been for the persecution from
the Christian people, the same thing could have been done much
earlier without having to go through three seven-year courses.
My twenty year course is from 1960 to 1980. By the year 1980
we will have won the Christian world. Entering the year 2000,
it is going to be the Unification Church Age. That is, our movement
will have to cover the whole world.
We must know that by the year
1980 we must win the whole Christian world and influence the democratic world.
We are now in preparation for that. We have only 7 years left.
By uniting the democratic world with our ideology we have to
fight against the communist world in the final battle. By that
time, the Abell on the world-wide level will have to conquer Cain
on the world-wide level. Here, again our mission is exactly like
Jacob's. Then, who is in the position of Cain to the Unification
Church? The whole Christian world is Cain to us because it is
in the position of the archangel on the spiritual level, while
the communist world is in the position of the archangel or Satan,
on the substantial level. When we win the Christian world, the
problem of the Kommunist world will be of no consequence.
We are now at the ford of
jabbock fighting against the archangel. We have to inherit the
blessing of God from the Christian world. Those who are in the
position of the archangel have got to bless us as the victors.
Uhe democratic world is based on the Christian cultural sphere.
So, if we, by winning the victory in the Christian cultural sphere,
should inherit the blessing from that, then we can start our mission
to fight against the satanic world. If the Christian world will
become entirely one with us, just as Esau came to a willing surrender
before Jacob, then the communist world will be no problem at all.
Master rnust be able to say before God, "I have restored
the lost wife, the lost family, the lost nation, and I have restored
the lost world. " Only after having restored all these things
can the kingdom of God be started. Isn't that true? It's exactly
what should be done.
You, as my disciples, must
follow my way; that is, you too must follow the way of Jacob on
the individual level, on the family level, national level and
the world-wide level. You are now going into the land of Haran
in order to witness to the people and to do many other things.
What are you going to get there? You must get your wife, your
children and material wealth. Would you want to have all those
things? (Yes!) If you are going to be frustrated in persecution,
there will be nothing left. Would it be difficult for you to
persevere for 7 years while Jacob persevered 21 years? What about
21 years? There should be no question about it. That's nothing
compared to the difficulties I had to go through. If you don't
survive these difficulties, you are going to be like dead people
even though you are alive. If you have to die in the spiritual
sense, then what will be left there? Nothing will be left.
Knowing all this, you must
be desperata. You may think, "After three years in the Unification
Church, I am going to be entitlted to the blessing of marriage.
" Originally you are going to be restored only after restoring
yourself, your children, and your nation with its material wealth.
Only by Cain and Abel becoming one, are you in the position of
the restored Adam and Eve, enabling both brothers and sisters
to come before the parents. God is in the position of parents.
Due to the human fall, He lost His children and the material
wealth which would have been under the children's dominion. Their
relationship with their parents was cut off. Only when Cain and
Abel become one, can they return to their parents and be blessed
in marriage by them. That's the Principle.
Have you done that much?
You have still a long way to go. But after joining the Unification
Church, you set your eyes on each other looking for a mate, and
that is not right. Only after having brought in 3 or more spiritual
children can you be blessed. Only after having returned 3 times
as many material possessions as you used to enjoy in the world,
can you enjoy your possessions in the movement. But as soon as
you join the Unification Family, you feel you are free to choose
your mate and free to have food, clothing and shelter. lhat's
the wrong idea; it is against the Principle. Isn't that true?
When you live in the church, if you don't witness to the people,
and restore the material for the church you are parasites; if
you don't bring in spiritual children and want to get blessed
in marriage, you are thieves. After you have returned all these
things to God, God will give them back to you saying, "These
are your children, this material belongs to you, so enjoy it all.
" If you don't return these things to God, though He would
want to give you everything, He would be empty-handed. But if
you have gained these things, then you, too, will have something
to give to your children. That is the Principle. Jesus should
also have fulfilled this, since it was part of his mission.
After you restore three spiritual children and material wealth, God will bless you,
and later your spiritual children
will receive the blessing after you have raised them wholesomely to meet the standard. Your
spiritual children, in turn, must fulfill their portion of the
responsibility and bring 3 spiritual children, each having restored
their material possessions. Have you done your part? If not,
are you ready to fulfill your part? (Yes!) For whom are you going
to fulfill your responsibility? (For you. ) No, not for me; you
are going to do that for your own sakes. You may say, "1
am doing this because I am told to do it by Master; so I am doing
this for him. " Or you may say, "1 am doing this because
it is God's will; then, am I not doing this for God's sake?"
Not at all. You are doing all this for your own sake. You are
taking advantage of what I have accomplished and enjoy it as yours.
You are working on the foundation I have laid with hard labor,
and you are greatlv indebted to me; so, can you say you are working
for my sake?
You are indebted to God for
His 6, 000 years toil. Can you say you are doing things for the
sake of God? Knowing this, your Master would pray before God
even in untold difficulty "Father don't worry about me, I
can take care of myself, " I will carry out my mission.
" Then, can you complain to God for seemingly not helping
you? Out in the front line, can you complain against me saying,
"Oh Master, why have you sent me to such a remote place,
where I have to meet with such difficulty?" Can you say that?
What I have gained in 10 years' battle in Korea is going to be
inherited to you, just as a new branch is engrafted to the tree
rooted in this soil of the United States. Can you still complain?
Witnessing is, after all, for your own sake! It is your mission
to restore the nation; it is your mission to restore the world.
Because of the human fall, all humanity has to go through the
same way. So, it is also your way.
You are supposed to go through
the stages step by step, but you are now already standing on the
level of the nation-wide foundation which I have laid for you.
One more step and you will reach the world-wide level of restoration.
Still, can you complain? The ten year old wholesome true olive
tree is here in the American soil for you to be engrafted to as
the branches. Can the branches grow without the trunk and root?
'Me branches can have life because of the trunk and its roots.
You are indebted to the wholesome trec; you must be grateful
for that. When you go to the spirit world you will know everything
clearly and you will be eternally grateful both to God and your
Master. Wouldn't that be true? This is not my fabricated words
I am telling you, but it is the truth. Here in the United States,
I want to give out my life power to you as the branches, so that
you will grow wholesomely and thrive to cover the whole world.
Are you willing to become branches of world-wide value or not?
Then you must be positive in carrying out your mission. Isn't
that true? Then, you must go through hardships more than any
other nations in the world in order to make our mission a success
in the nearest possible future.
Now that you know this theory,
I am sure that it is clear to you that our Principle and our course
in the life of faith really conform with each other, although
it may have been vague to you until now. We must clearly understand
that Master has been treading on the road step by step. Do you
know what I mean? Again, I must remind you of the fact that Jacob
restored his family's material wealth in Haran, and on the way
back home he wrestled with the archangel and won over him; then
back at home he could subjugate Esau. Seen from our viewpoint,
Haran is the world whereas the archangel is Christianity and Esau
the communist world. In subjugating all these things, we must
restore the whole world back to God. Can you imagine how impatient
and busy your Master must have been during the 21 -year course?
Now you must
feel the same and do the same. We must be united into a strong
oneness in the joint effort. If there is
a division here, how sad our Heavenly Father will be.
Suppose your father is in
Haran under persecution by the people around him; his children,
too, are hated by the people. They must be strongly united into
one in face of such difficulties. If the children are divided
among each other, their power will be weakened. Isn't that true?
You, children of God, must be one with each other; then you must
become one with me. You must go through the hardships in Haran
and, having subjugated Christianity on the spiritual level, you
must be-, able to establish the earthly kingdom of God. What
is left before us is the great world-wide task of consistently
connecting all the success you've gotten stage by stage with the
course of 21 years. By that time, no power in the whole world
will oppose us.
The world is now rapidly declining
into ruin. It will so happen that we are going to rise, while
the Christian world will fall, rapidly declining; ultimately,
the communist world will collapse. By the year 1980 there will
be radical changes in the whole world. Why? The changes have
the significance of making the world go in accordance with God's
will and ours.
This is something similar
to the course of the Israelites for the restoration of Canaan.
T'he existing Christian world is the firstborn, and is in the
position of the first Israelites in the wilderness, while our
group is the secondborn, and in the position of the second Israelites.
We are in the position of Jacob's descendants entering the land
of Canaan with all the blessings inherited from their fathers.
The more actively we work,
the niore swiftly the Christian world will collapse in corruption.
What they have achieved, if anything, will be inherited to us.
We have many young members in our church; the majority of them
are under 30 years of age. Each of you is like Jesus or Jacob
in resurrection; you are trying to fulfill what was left unfulfilled
by them. You are in the position of Jesus before the age of 30,
inheriting his mission at that point to make it a total success.
That's why we must have many young members. Most of our members
are under 30 - in their twenties. In recent letters from Japan,
we have learned that many teenagers are coming into our church;
this is in accordance with the Principle. What's happening in
our movement is totally opposite from that which is taking place
in the established churches. We don't have many old people here,
while in other churches the contrary is true, since the Christian
people have not been able to carrv out their mission in the providential
history of restoration. Do you understand?
We are going to fulfill all
these things, but we have the 7 tribes of the Canaanites to fight
against. These signify the Communist satellite nations. How
many satellite nations are there? About twelve now aren't there?
The number has multiplied. If the number of the satellite nations
becomes more than 12, they are doomed to decline. The Communist
leaders in Russia have been Marx, Lenin, Stalin, Malenkov, Bulganin,
Kruschev, and Breshnev. They are now on the very highest peak;
they cannot go beyond this level. From the eighth leader, or
possibly up to the tenth, they are doomed to decline. However,
since the number eight is the number of restart on God's side,
our side will go upward, fighting a significant battle from 1960
to 1977. Beyond 1980 we will reach a certain peak. From this
time, our road will be smooth.
When it is examined closely, world
history goes in accordance with God's will and the Principle.
That is the proof that God exists, and that He loves humanity.
Communism started in the year 1917. So, 1977 will be their 60th
year. Since the number 60 signifies satanic fulfillment, from
this year on, the satanic sovereignty over the world will be taken
away. However, they will not fall away easily but will desperately
fight in a last ditch attempt to keep their power. So, the year
1977 ,vill be the most crucial year in the history of the United
States, and we must be weil prepared for that.
Now, let us come to the conclusion.
Jacob's course has a historical significance which is connected
to us and inherited by us on the world-wide level. We must be
ready to pay the toll of indemnity for the restoration of the
whole world. Then, our mission is greater than his or Jesus'.
Jesus' course was 3 years of public ministry so, centered on
this, in order for us to indemnify those years, each of us must
have at least 3 years of service before being blessed. Jesus
left unaccomplished the restoration of the family, the nation,
and the world on the physical level, so we, as his heirs, must
fulfill those things both on the physical and spiritual levels.
Jacob's 7-year course was the fundamental number of providential
significance which Jesus would have gone through if he hadn't
died. So, it is desireable for us to be ready to go through a
7-year course, but if we have not fulfilled our mission within
that time, we should be ready to go through a second or even a
third 7 years.
As for Master, during my first
3 years of public ministry, just as Jesus did, I had to go through
severe hardships culminating in the torture of prison life, which
was more for me than Jesus' cross. There in prison I was prepared
for the 7 -year course, indemnifying Jacob's course. I experienced
untold difficultics during those 10 years, but by going over
the number 10, I entered my second 7-year course and then the
third, during which time I paved the way for you to go through.
In other words, I have laid the foundation for you after having
gone through both Jesus' and Jacob's courses, both on the spiritual
and physical levels; otherwise, you can never go through the way
by your efforts. Your way is going to be much easier and smoother
than mine. By your becoming one with me, you can go tlirough
the way very casily.
We as the third lsraelites
are now on the nation-wide foundation trying to go over to the
next stage, the world-wide level. With this i-nission ahead of
us, we are now training ourselves to be strong warriors to win
the victory in the frontline. Jacob met his parents and brother
whom he had missed for so long, and enjoyed his blessing in peace
and harmony only after going through drudgery in Haran. We, too,
who are in search of the ideal world,must go through the same
course by restoring the Cains or Esaus in Haranwith ourselves
in the position of Abel or Jacob. Then we can meet our True Parents
and God, entering life in the world-wide level under God's sovereignty.
Whether you are still in Haran,or at the ford of jabbock fighting
against the archangel, or in the position of trying to subjugate
Esau, you must actually experience the agony and pain Jacob had
to go through. You must have fiery desire in order to go over
the national level, to enter the final stage of the world-wide
level within 21 years' time, or else it will be too late. Something
deadly serious might happen.
I am desperate to make our
mission a success in due time. Until recent years, the top level
people in the Christian churches attacked me in every possible
way, while the Communists did the same. But now I am going to
counter-attack them again. That's why from October I am going
to make another public appearance, giving speeches in 21
major cities of the United States. When I wield the sword of
words and meet with no counter-attack from the satanic side, then
victory will be ours. In my third public appearance, I will cover
the fifty states. On that foundation you people are going to
have public rallics continuously in each of the fifty states.
Our Heavenly Father will give you power, and you are going to
be more than Billy Graham.
From the year 1977 to 1978
we have got to plant the message of the Divine Principle deep
in the hearts of the people all over the country, rooting it deeply
into the American soil. Then, the leaders in the Christian world
will become so serious as to have to make research on the Divine
Principle and our movement, finally becoming one with us. With
all Christian denominations united, we will march forward in a
joint effort at the time of the end of the world. Then we will
have restored the whole nation of the United States. In other
words, we have to revitalize Christianity in a joint effort to
defend the world from the threat of Communism. These two questions
are of immediate need and have crucial importance. This is Master's
view, and I am quite sure that it is right. With this done by
us in the United States, this nation will have to use us or put
us in the vanguard to conquer the communist power; this is what
I see in light of the Divine Principle. It was only after winning
over the archangel, that Jacob could come to subjugate Esau.
Likewise, for you too it will be only after you win the battle
in the Christian democratic world, that you will be able to combat
Communism on the world-wide level. Let us advance, well armed
with the Divine Principle and the Victory Over Communism ideology.
Do you understand? (Yes!)
So, whatever opposition you
may meet with in the Christian world, or however hard persecution
may come from the Communist world, you must feel a great challenge
and, with a high morale, overcome and conquer the power without
difficulty. We must put ourselves in the position of Jacob, thinking
that God, who blessed us with the whole world, is now on our side,
and we deserve to enjoy the blessing when we have fulfilled our
mission. That is, even though God blessed us, it is not until
we complete the mission assigned to us that the blessing will
be ours in the truest sense. When you are blessed and cannot
fulfill the blessing, you must be fearful of the curse that might
fall on you. It w ould be better for you to die on the
way than to end your mission in failure. If you die on the way,
still struggling hard to attain the goal, your mission with your
blessing will be inherited to your descendants.
However, if your mission ends
in failure, you will lose the blessing, with the possibility of
a curse coming on you and your descendants. If you find it impossible
to realize your mission, you had better die. Would you prefer
that? No! If you prefer that, don't even think of dying after
the failure - why don't you die now? If you die struggling on
the way, that much will be your victory, and your success will
be enjoyed by your descendants on the earth plane, and by you
in the spirit world. That is our way.
So, we have to make up our
minds now! Fight through the satanic world! Are you ready to do that? (Yes!) Hold
up your hands in pledge, before God.