What is the difference between the Unification Church and other churches? Religion so far has been directed toward individual salvation. In other words, the perfection of human beings--or the perfection of personality--was the goal of religion. But the Unification Church has been working for the perfection of families, as well as for individual salvation. Religion advocating individual salvation required the sacrificial life of individuals, but the Unification Church, advocating perfection of families, claims that the requirement for the perfection of families is the sacrifice of families, centering upon God.
When the Israelites were returning to Canaan from Egypt, they didn't have families; they couldn't have families. The families at that time belonged to the satanic dominion, from the providential viewpoint. That was the age for restoring the individual Canaan.
The Israelites entered Canaan centering upon individuals, not centering upon families; they were in an age to enter Canaan centered upon individuals. But now we are in an age to enter Canaan centered upon families. Therefore, all the families in the Unification Church are walking a course for restoration of Canaan.
Where is Canaan of which the Unification Church talks? It is the castle of the earth, in which everyone can have a happy life. Canaan for the Israelites was limited to a certain area, but our Canaan is the world: The dimensions differ.
I n what kind of age is the Unification Church? It is in an age for developing the restoration of the family-level Canaan--which hasn't existed in history--onto the world stage. The modern age is an age of a great migration of families. That's why all the Blessed families in Korea, Japan and the United States are moving around like a multitude of Gypsies moving around the castle of the earth. Unification Church members are like Gypsies. They are not settling down yet.
We are now walking a 21-year course to restore Canaan. If we dash along in this period, indifferent to life and death, we will arrive at the worldwide Canaan and start paving the foundation there. Forty years later the whole world will be the peaceful Kingdom of Heaven. Even in the year 2000, which is 40 years after the initiating year 1960, the Kingdom of Heaven will be completely realized.
The Unification Church is in the worldwide restorational age of the family-level Canaan. Don't prepare a heavy bag for yourself. The heavier your bag becomes, the more you will lose. That's why Father ordered us not to buy houses until the end of the third seven-year course. It means not to make your bag too big.
Now you are not supposed to have your own belongings. All the things in the world should be claimed as God's before being claimed as yours. Next they are to belong to the True Parents; then they will be bequeathed to you. That arrangement hasn't yet been established as an international standard. Unification soldiers are wandering about to save the nation. Unless you accomplish the whole purpose, your portion of land and ownership cannot exist. We will go through the same history that awaited the 12 tribes of Israel, who couldn't divide the land of Canaan until they had restored the land.
It was not until I went to the United States that I bought a house. Father didn't own a house in Korea. Father bought a house for the first time in the United States, because to fight without having a house is a dishonor to God there. After restoring the nation, we are to own a house. If you own a house without restoring the nation, you never know when it will be stolen away. Restoration of the nation is not enough. We are to restore the world. If you are happy with just the restoration of the nation without restoring the world, you will never know when you will be invaded.
You should determine to save the world at the price of Korea, even if Korea is completely restored and stands upright in front of God's Will. After we have established the foundation in Korea to save the world, Korea will become the heavenly promised land where you can take Sabbath. You should know that the Kingdom of Heaven will be established on earth only after the fulfillment of the worldwide responsibility.
You should always live in the name of God and Father. . . . Even if you feed your children with barley rice (humble food), you should be able to happily say, "Father! Our family will be the sacrifice if there's a way to save the nation." That is precious.
The Unification Church is working to create Canaan out of the Third Israel, so you should explore the entire peninsula of Korea. You should go out to the alien land while leaving an altar of blood, sweat and tears in your hometown, and return back. Unless you go out while leaving an altar, or God's promise, in the land where your apostles representing 12 tribes live, the nation of Israel will not be born when you try to return, and there actually will be no way to return.
That's why I have been leading such a course. Father can return home from the United States because there is a dominion of Israel with such an altar there. Father has struggled through a bloody course in order to make such an altar on the individual, tribal and national levels. Unless Father had made the condition for returning, He could not have come back. Without that condition, the group of people who welcomed Father would have been the ones wanting to capture and utilize Father.
In order to establish such a realm of Israel in Korea, Father ordered all the Blessed families to launch a "big movement."
Blessed families should go to the assigned land, because to look for Canaan from Egypt is restorational history. Therefore, all the Unification members who are in Egypt should sweep aside all the obstacles there and go forward to Canaan. Such a wilderness course is assigned to each person. I mean, abandon your family first and march for Canaan. Go! Neither your family nor your house should matter. It is inevitable that you go. You'll see later why you have to go. I'll not explain in detail. The Unification Church in Korea is in a migratory movement, and is moving to the world level.
Why does Father do that? Because God hates to see even a little trace of Satan. He doesn't want to see anything centering upon Satan. In order to destroy such a harmful Satan, God has to be severe. God will let you suffer much more than did the slaves in Egypt. While suffering, you shouldn't think of the life you had in Egypt. In the wilderness, you should think only about God's Will. In order to lead you into such thinking, God attacks you. Father himself has been going this way.
The restoration course to Canaan is a course of battles. Father is leading the Blessed families just as Moses led 600,000 people, which means that Father is fulfilling Moses' mission. Blessed families should be able to freely move left and right or up and down according to Father's direction. You shouldn't say, "I cannot go because of my son," or, "I cannot go because of my wife." If you do, you will decline. If you are ordered to go over the valley, you should do it willingly. If you are told to swim across the river, you should do it. To avoid drowning you should fasten yourself by a straw rope around your neck to a person already across the river. Even if this is the only way to cross, if you don't go across the river, you will die.
The Israelites perished because they didn't go across the Jordan River. What is the meaning of the Jordan river? It is the borderline between God's dominion and Satan's dominion. In other words, it is the river of boundary.
Therefore, if a husband comes across the river first, he should pull his wife by the straw rope which is fastened around her neck. If she dies, you should have the determination to resurrect her by artificial respiration. With such a mental attitude, your family will be saved. Parents should know that it is time for their children to have the adventure of crossing the Jordan River.
Your family should be centering upon God's Will, and you should be completely one with Father as a living example helping you to manage your collective life. Husband and wife, parents and children should be one in heart, and the family should be one with God and Father in heart and Will so that the whole family can go over the boundary when they hear the final order. You are on the verge of such a moment. You should cross over the Jordan River at once when such an order is proclaimed. Wasn't it the same when the Israelites had to cross the Red Sea? At the very moment God separated the waters, they had to cross immediately. If you miss that moment, you will perish.
We are in the restorational age on the family-level Canaan, moving to the worldwide level. The Jordan River lies across our path. You are to transfer your family to the victorious Kingdom of Heaven and the original home-the place over the river. Such a responsibility is given to you. If you cannot transfer to the other side now, enormous resentment will remain.
Moses died still looking at the Jordan River, didn't he? The first generation Israelites became the prey of eagles, didn't they? Such a history lies in front of us. Father goes this way at the risk of his life because he knows this.
There's no time for me to be sick or to take a rest. When my body is sick, I would sometimes wish to die right at that moment because it would be better to die while working for the Will than to die leaving the resentment of not fulfilling my responsibility on earth. I would at least be able to make a reasonable excuse in the spirit world for not fulfilling my responsibility; however if you die without fulfilling your responsibility, there will be no way to excuse yourself.
Today you brought many children. Aren't they lovely? You should love God's Will more than your children. In the past, Father left his child and wife for God's Will. Even though Father had no food or money, God ordered him to go. God is cruel in front of the Will. If you think about your wife's suffering or child's misery, you cannot go forward.
Since Father has gone through such a course, you should at least have an attitude to go such a way, and even try to mimic Father. You are suffering even after the Blessing. If you suffer for the sake of the world, you, instead of the world, will get God's blessing. You don't get God's blessing in a comfortable bed, but God's blessing will be given to a person bearing the cross of blood and misery. You are to take over the blessing at the summit of the family-level cross and at an intersection of life and death.
You should show a good example in front of your children by being a good husband or wife. You should be able to educate your children saying, "God is joyful when He sees the complete unity of father and mother, so you also should be like that. Okay?" Also, you are to prepare an altar for God to dwell inside your family. Then you'll receive blessings. If you follow this, you'll never starve. There is limitless food all over. God is even feeding the satanic world. Do you think God will let the Blessed families, who are determined to be loyal for His Will, starve? Absolutely not.
There have been so many stifling accidents while walking the providential road--in fighting for the nation and the world. Father couldn't even tell Mother or his children about those experiences. Many times I walked, dog-tired, like a crazy man. Whenever I walked like this, God helped me in ways you couldn't imagine. That would make me keep going.
You worry about your wife or your children, but the Will doesn't go that way. The Will is to save the tribe by sacrificing the family, to save the world by sacrificing the tribe, and to liberate hell by sacrificing the world. With such a clear way to go, if worries for your wife or children prevent you from acting, you will die out.
The way for the Unification Church to go is forward centering upon God and the True Parents, regardless of any difficulties and distress. The Israelites wandered about, losing their direction in the wilderness. Likewise, humankind is roaming about without direction in a desert-like world. During a voyage, if a ship loses its compass, the sailors find their direction by looking for the North Star. Likewise, the Unification Church is the North Star for the people who have lost their direction for life in this desert-like world.
Father has erected the worldwide indemnity condition at the risk of his life. Father accomplished 95% of it, so you have to establish the remaining 5%. By your fulfilling this responsibility the Father-son relationship is determined, and entry into the Kingdom of Heaven appears. You have to register your name in the Kingdom of Heaven some day, right? The entry into the Kingdom of Heaven is determined not in the spirit world but on earth. The foundation for the entry is not yet established. Therefore, Father has to quickly prepare the foundation for the entry centering upon one nation. Otherwise, the world is to be destroyed. Have you registered in Heaven? Many important matters remain for Father to deal with-for example, making a distinct heavenly constitution. Therefore, internally Father is really anxious. There's no time to take a break, not even one moment.
When the family of a stepson becomes one with True Children, they can go over the completion stage in 7 years, which means they enter God's direct dominion. But the mission to restore the connected body of spiritual children, namely individual, family, tribe, nation, and world, still remains. Blessed families have the mission to restore the world. Therefore they have to sacrifice until the world is restored. During the third seven-year course Father, in place of you, has been extending the representative foundation of the entire indemnity course to the level of family, tribe, nation, and world So you in the position of spiritual children, namely in the position of the families of stepsons, should serve the True Parents with one unified heart in order to develop a worldwide standard. Then you will go over the worldwide completion-stage dominion.
Until that moment, you shouldn't think of settling your family in a safe place. We are still wandering about in the worldwide wilderness. It is not time yet to settle down in the land of Canaan. Therefore, even though your family settles in a certain place, it is not an eternal settlement.