Unification News for June 1999
Biblical and Christian Saints Mobilized to America
Dr. Andrew Wilson
I have begun to investigate the identities of the biblical and Christian saints whom True Parents blessed on February 7, 1999, and who have now been mobilized to work in America. Many of the names are familiar, but some are not. Most are great, a few are regarded as wicked, and some are nearly invisible. Lets become more acquainted with them:
Biblical figures Blessed at Madison Square Garden in 1998:
Adam & Eve
John the Baptist
Old Testament Figures
Gideon -- a brave judge
Daniel (1) -- probably the anonymous author of the book of Daniel, c. 165 b.c.
Hezekiah -- a good king of Judah
Jonah (1) -- probably the anonymous author of the book of Jonah
Zechariah -- the prophet
Canaan -- Hams son
Kedemah -- a son of Ishmael and an Arab chief, Gen. 25:15
Korah -- leader of a rebellion in the wilderness, who died when the earth swallowed him and his band. He is the arch-representative of rebellion and faithlessness in Jewish tradition (Num 16).
Rachel -- [Q. Why wasnt Rachel blessed with Jacob earlier?]
Benjamin -- second son of Jacob and Rachel
Naarah or Naarai or Naharai -- either Naarah, a good woman in Judahs lineage (1 Chr 4:5-6); Naarai, one of Davids soldiers (1 Chr 11:37); or Naharai, another of Davids soldiers (1 Chr 11:39).
Nogah -- a son of David (1 Chr 3:7)
Nimrod -- Mesopotamian hero-king (Gen 10:8-12)
Daniel (2) -- the legendary prophet Daniel of the Babylonian exile; the second son of David, by Abigail (1 Chr 3:1); or a supporter of Ezra (Ezr 8:2, Neh 10:6).
Dalphon -- the second of ten sons of the evil Haman, who were all killed in retribution for Hamans plot against the Jews (Esth 9:7)
Tarshish -- either in the lineage of Benjamin (1 Chr 7:10) or of Noah (Gen 10:4)
Teman -- in Esaus lineage, an Edomite chief, Gen. 36:11, 42. However, I suspect that Teman may also have been a Midianite chief who guarded Mt. Sinai, given the association of Sinai and the region of Teman (Hab 3:3)
Deborah -- great woman Judge, led fight against Canaanites (Jdg 5).
Levi -- third son of Jacob and Leah
Lot -- Abrahams brother
Menan -- in Jesus lineage according to Lukes geneology (Luke 3:31)
Medad -- a leader the wilderness. He prophesied along with Eldad, and when Joshua complained, Moses said, "Would that all Gods people be prophets" (Num 11:26-29).
Manasseh -- wicked king of Judah who repented (2 Kgs 21-22, 2 Chr 33:10-13).
Mikloth -- a captain in Davids army (1 Chr 27:4); or a Benjaminite a son of Gibeon (1 Chr 8:32, 9:38).
Perez -- son of Tamar
Berechiah -- the father of Zechariah the prophet (Zech 1:1, Matt 23:35); a Levite the father of Asaph (1 Chr 6:39); a Levite and gatekeeper for the Ark (1 Chr 9:16); a son of Zerubbabel (1 Chr 3:20); or an Ephraimite chief (2 Chr. 28:12). Berechiah is also the full name of Jeremiahs scribe Baruch.
Baara or Baalah -- Baara was a Benjaminite woman wronged by her husband (1 Chr 8:8). Baalah was a common Israelite womans name and town name, but a particular figure of that name is not recorded in the Bible.
Pagiel -- a leader of tribe of Asher in the wilderness. (Num 1:13, 7:72, 10:26)
Asa -- a king of Judah
Abiel -- grandfather of Saul (1 Sam 9:1) and Abner (1 Sam 14:51).
Jonah (2) -- a minor prophet; or Peters father (Matt. 16:17)
Andrew -- one of the first of the 12 Apostles, Peters brother, and formerly a follower of John the Bapist.
James -- most likely James the son of Zebedee, one of the 12 Apostles. Could also be James the Younger, another of the 12, or even James the brother of Jesus who led the Jerusalem church.
Philip -- one of the 12 Apostles
Bartholomew -- one of the 12 Apostles
Matthais -- successor to Judas Iscariot as last of the 12 Apostles (Acts 1:15-26)
Thomas -- one of the 12 Apostles, portrayed as strong (John 11:16) and doubting (John 20:24-29)
Matthew -- one of the 12 Apostles, or the anonymous evangelist who authored the Gospel of Matthew.
Mark -- an early Christian at whose house the Pentecost occurred (Acts 2:1), who sheltered Peter (Acts 12:12), and became a missionary with Paul and Barnabas (Acts 12:25, 15:36-40). Or a companion of Peter in Rome and author of the Gospel of Mark.
John -- John the brother of James and one of the 12 Apostles; or John the Evangelist; or John of Patmos who wrote Revelation
Zacchaeus [blessed with Kim Ok Bong] -- A wealthy tax collector who repented before Jesus and pledged to restore fourfold his ill-gotten wealth. (Luke 19:1-10)
Candace -- probably the Ethiopian eunuch, a minister of the Candace (queen), who was converted by Philip (Acts 8:27).
Nicodemus -- the Pharisee who asked Jesus about rebirth (John 3:1) and who later embalmed Jesus body and helped bury him. (John 19:39)
Nathanael -- witnessed to by Philip, he confessed that Jesus was the Son of God (John 1:43-51) and became a disciple. Jesus appeared to him after his resurrection (John 21:2).
Thaddeus -- one of the 12 Apostles (Matt 10:3, Mk 3:18)
Phanuel -- father of Anna the prophetess (Luke 2:36)
Titus -- a missionary associate of Paul
St. Augustine [blessed with Kang Hyun Shil] -- (from list of New Testament figures)
Polycarp -- bishop of Smyrna (69-155) who linked the Apostolic Age with the 2nd. c, church fathers. His martyrdom was famous.
Justin Martyr -- 2nd. c. theologian and apologist; among the first theologians who explained Christianity to the pagan world.
Origen -- 3rd. c. Alexandrian theologian and biblical scholar; one of the greatest minds in the history of Christian thought
Tertullian -- 3th c. Latin theologian who developed the orthodox view of the Trinity
Montanus -- 2nd. c. heretic, founded a very rigorous apocalyptic movement and criticized the Catholic church as too lax.
Constantine -- Roman emperor who favored Christianity
Athanasius -- 4th c. bishop of Alexandria and church father who fought against Arianism and defended the orthodox creed.
Anthony of Egypt -- hermit monk who who left the solitary life to organize one of the first monastic communities (d. 356)
John Chrysostom -- patriarch of Constantinople and one of the great preachers of the church; popular with the people; deposed and exiled to a miserable death (d. 407)
Ambrose -- bishop of Milan and a Doctor of the Church, he made Christianity attractive to the Roman elite. His preaching helped convert St. Augustine. (339-397)
Jerome -- biblical scholar who translated the Vulgate; noted for his ascetic life. (342-420)
Nestorius -- 5th c. monk and patriarch of Constantinople. He opposed the excessive worship of Mary. When his Christological teachingsthough probably orthodoxwere condemned as heretical, he was banished. The Nestorian church flourished especially in the East, sending missionaries to China.
Pope Gregory I, the Great -- Greatest pope of the period of church patriarchs, he labored to spread Christianity throughout Europe. His writings were influential, laying the foundations of monasticism and developing the doctrine of purgatory. (540-604).
Willibrord -- missionary in the 5-6th c. Worked in what is now Belgium; considered a minor figure, but laid the foundation for his successor Boniface.
Boniface -- missionary in German lands (680-754) who organized churches in Hesse, Thuringia, Bavaria and strengthened the church throughout Germany.
Hildebrand (Pope Gregory VII) -- great medieval reformer of the church who fought corruption and moral laxity among the clergy and worked to strengthen Papal power against secular interference. (1021-1085)
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Thomas Aquinas
John Wycliffe -- English reformer, pioneer in translating the Bible into English.
Martin Luther -- central figure of the Reformation
John Calvin -- central figure of the Reformation
Jan Huss -- Czech reformer who anticipated Luther
Albert Schweizer -- organist and biblical scholar, who followed Christ to become a medical missionary to Africa
Teresa -- Probably Mother Teresa, the contemporary saint who worked among the poor in India; or Teresa of Avila the Spanish mystic (1515-1582); or Teresa of Lisieux (1873-97)
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John Wesley -- English preacher and founder of the Methodist church (1703-1791)
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