The Words of Young Oon Kim
Behold, I create new heavens and a new
earth, and the former things shall not be remembered or come into
mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.
Is. 65: 17-18
This is January 1st, 1970 -- the third God's Day since Master first announced it in 1968. It is appropriate to offer the first day of the year to God the Father, giving thanks for all the great and wonderful work He has done. Though people feel love and gratitude to their father and mother every day, they set aside one day each year specifically to express their appreciation. Thus we have Father's Day and Mother's Day. Also, we celebrate everyone's birthday. Why is it that God alone, does not receive recognition on a day set aside especially for Him? A day in which we remember His abundant love and grace and His majestic dispensation for mankind and creation.
God the Father is infinite, invisible spirit and created the first man to be His son and representative to the finite, visible world. Through man He wished to have direct dominion over the entire cosmos. God wanted to give man power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory and blessing, as it is said in Rev., Chapter 5.
In order for man to qualify for this task, he must fulfill three blessings, restoring the individual, family, and all creation to God through the base of four positions. Thus man was created to provide God's eternal foothold. Then God the Father can freely operate through this channel, according to His absolute law of justice and goodness. When this is accomplished, abundant grace from His infinite goodness will flow throughout the universe. Men on the earth will feel God's power and grace. Then the sovereignty of Evil will definitely decline.
God's Day is the most important Day that we celebrate. Therefore, Master set a condition for this Day before his holy marriage.
Following his wedding, he announced in successive years, three special days of celebration: Parents' Day, Children’s' Day and Day of All Things. Though a condition had been set for God's Day, it could not be fully established until conditions for these three holy days were fulfilled. Those holy days could not be announced merely by choosing a date. In order to announce each one of them, the necessary conditions in terms of historical indemnity and cosmic restoration must be fulfilled.
God's Day is no exception to this. To choose January 1 is only part of the external conditions to be fulfilled. Inner conditions had to be realized in order to bring true joy, happiness and Sabbath to the heart of the Father. As God's purpose in creation was to feel this joy, happiness and Sabbath through man and all things, His Day could be realized only when this was accomplished.
God is like the root of a tree. The perfected Adam and Eve are like the trunk, and those restored through them like the branches, the branches of the branches and the leaves, We can apply the Cain-Abel relationship to this
The root, God, is Abel to the trunk, or True Parents. The trunk is Abel to the first branches, who are Cain; the first branches, in turn, are Abel to the next branches and so on. It is necessary to maintain this order, not for the sake of power and position for the Abel side, but for the sake of Cain who must have a channel through which to receive the precious life-giving sap of the tree.
Through the blessing of the True Parents we become part of this tree of life. This is a tremendously privileged position, spiritually higher than any of the past. However, Master has placed no one in this position in a permanent sense.
The blessing he has given is only conditional. Even after receiving the blessing, we have to apply the Principle to our lives and become one with it. In doing this we must subjugate Satan within ourselves as well as without, thereby expanding the territory over which the Father reigns. Through our utmost dedication and sacrificial toil, we are required to expand this territory from the family, to the nation and finally to the whole world.
In this way we become entitled to be true children of God, entering into His direct lineage. Then God will blot out our transgressions and will not remember our sins any more. Only as we actually accomplish do we become free of sin. Therefore it is a serious mistake to think that this conditional blessing is everything and that there is nothing left to do. Those who become arrogant or judgmental after receiving the blessing do not understand its meaning. No one position has been sealed, Master has placed a certain number of people tentatively in certain positions; if these people do not fulfill their blessing, he will replace them with people who can and will.
Nevertheless, Master himself has formed the four positions and is qualified to bless us. Throughout history, God has manifested Himself to multiple individuals in various degrees using different human instruments. For example, to many devout Catholics, God manifested Himself through Jesus’ mother, Mary, in spite of the fact that she failed in her mission. To devout Christians, God manifested himself through Jesus, despite the incompletion of his mission. God used Shakamuni and other Buddhist sages to reveal Himself to the Buddhists. God revealed to the Confucianists through Confucius.
God used Mohammed for the Moslems. God manifested Himself to many of us through our own ancestors. God will continue to use diverse channels to manifest Himself to diverse individuals. However, at this time in history, our Master is the highest and most direct channel through which God is manifesting Himself because of his fulfillment of the base of four positions. It is the greatest privilege for us to be connected with the Master who will lead us closer to the Father than anyone else has been able to do.
Today is the New Year Day of 1970. I feel that there is multiple significance for this New Year's Day. It is the beginning of the second decade of the New era. This second decade will be a most significant period in terms of the Father's dispensation, affecting international relationships and the world situation in general. Today, we step into this universally important decade.
This God's Day is also meaningful in that Farley Jones has begun a new mission as the leader of the American movement. I am confident that he has the ideas and the vision which will enable him to lead the American Family to meet the challenge of fulfilling the American mission. His task will be so great that he will need your whole-hearted support and prayers to accomplish it -- not only that of the Washington Center but also of the Family throughout America. When we are united in spirit, we can overcome geographical distance, which is not the least of the problems of this country.
Father cannot work if we only talk, plan, evaluate and criticize. But He can act freely and mightily only if we act passionately with united spirit and full dedication. I pray that this New Year Day is the start of that passionate and dynamic move. A new day, a new month, a new season, a new year, a new decade, a new era signify to me a new spiritual stage. There is no concept of time in the spiritual realm. But only change in the spiritual state, which marks time or periods there. In the spirit world, morning, noon and evening reflect one's spiritual state, rather than a time of day. There, one's perception of various degrees of heat and light corresponds to his perception of God's love and truth.
When the warm, bright and exciting spring passes, the hot, abundant prospering summer comes. After this season, the cool, ripened and matured harvest season visits. After the fall season, cold, inactive, dormant winter comes, and all life sleeps and rests to become refreshed for the next cycle of life. There are such seasons in the spiritual realm which also reflect the spiritual state. According to the lunar system, spring theoretically starts on January 1. Therefore, in this way too, New Year Day is the beginning of a new spiritua1 cycle. However, if there is no change in our spiritual state, what is the difference from yesterday?
Vanity of vanities -- All is vanity!
What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A
generation goes and a. generation comes, but the earth remains
forever. The sun rises and the sun goes down and hastens to the place
where it rises. The wind blows to the South and goes round to the
North. Round and round goes the wind. And on its circuit the wind
returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full, To the
place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are
full of weariness, A man cannot utter it. The eye is not satisfied
with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been said is
what will be. And what has been done is what will be done. And there
is nothing new under the sun.
Eccles. Chapter 1:1-11
As I read these words of Ecclesiastes, I really laugh to find that such a nihilistic and depressed view of life is included in the Bible, Biblical scholars regard it as a mistake that this book is included. If we choose, we can view life in this way too. Today is the same as yesterday. Tomorrow will be the same as today, if we do not bring about spiritual change and progress within us and around us. However, those who had a clearer understanding of God found positive and dynamic value in life. For instance, St. Paul said that without Christ he was dead yesterday -- but with Christ he was raised today from the dead and could walk in the newness of life. For St. Paul, life was not merely the continuation of days. In Christ he had achieved a leap from death to resurrection. We can also make a leap from despair to hope and death to life on this new day. To create this day a new spiritual state, we must make a new covenant with God.
Behold, the days are coming when I
will make a new covenant with the House of Israel. Not like the
covenant which I made with their fathers when I took them by the hand
to bring them out of the land of Egypt -- my covenant which they
broke though I was their husband, says the Lord. But this is the
covenant which I win make with the House of Israel after those days.
I will put my law within them. I will write it up on their hearts.
And I win be their God and they shall be my people.
In this new covenant the word of God must no longer be printed letters on a page, but must be inscribed on our hearts. Then we can breathe it, act it, and fully live it. To make a new covenant with God and to make this day the beginning of a new cycle, we must have a new heart.
I will give them new hearts and put a
new spirit within them. I will take the stony heart out of their
flesh and give them a heart of flesh that they may walk in my
statutes and keep my ordinances and obey them; and they shall be my
people and I will be their God.
With a new heart and new spirit we become new persons. Our hearts will no longer be stony hearts, unable to see or feel anything. This is the lifeless state of total apathy. Let us have the heart of flesh and sense the beauty of His work and the warmth of His heart -- perceive His powerful truth. This will make our whole being alive and will enable us to multiply life. Then we will be able to proclaim, "He is my God, and I am His child."
With this new heart and new spirit, this day cannot be the same as yesterday. With new hope and a new goal, this year cannot be the same as the past year. With new life and new resolution, this decade cannot be the same as the past one. With new passion and new resolve, let us begin.
I saw a new heaven and a new earth,
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and the sea
was no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from
God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Behold the
tabernacle of God is with man. And He will dwell with them and they
shall be His people.
Sing to the Lord a new song. And His
praise from the ends of the earth. Rev. 14:3 They sang a new song
before the throne and before the four animals and the elders. And no
man was able to learn that song except the 144,000 who were redeemed
from the earth.
Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing to
the Lord all the earth. Sing to the Lord, bless His name. Tell of His
salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His
marvelous works among all the people. For great is the Lord and
greatly to be praised.