2018-02-04 Sunday Service “Blessed Families and Registration” by Rev. Timothy Elder

2018.02.04 ~ Blessed Families and Registration ~ Rev. Timothy Elder ~ Newfoundland, PA 18445

So, we’re having a Book of Life Registration Blessing in a few weeks; so, maybe be better understand what Father means by Registration. This is what I’d like to speak about, today. I’ll be speaking from Book Nine. We’ll be speaking from Father’s Words, a lot of Father’s Words of Book Nine of the Cheon Seong Gyeong. It’s titled “Blessed Families and Registration,” Chapter 4, pages 1419 and following; so that you can refer to your own copy of the Cheon Seong Gyeong later on, because I’m not going to be able to cover the whole book, or even the whole Chapter. The Chapter has four sections. I’ll be only covering one of those sections today. I’ll be giving an outline of just the headings of the remaining sections; but, they’re all important, and I hope we can look at them.

This Section 1 is entitled: “Registration of the Blessed Families and Our Homeland.” 1.1 What is Registration? Father says,

Do you know what registration is? Once a woman is married, she needs to have her name entered into the family register of her husband. She needs to have her name removed from the register her original family and have it moved to that of her husband. (177-302, 1988.5.22)

Now, maybe people here, and people online seen a family registry. People from Korea and Japan, you already know what Father is talking about, but maybe other people don’t; so, I’m going to digress here a little bit and explain what that is, and what it means to be registered.

This is the Korean definition of the term ibjeok which Father uses. We translate it as the Registration or the to Register. It means, to be registered in, or to have one’s name and other information entered into a Jeok; so, what is a Jeok? Well, a Jeok is the basis for officially recording a person’s affiliation or identity. It means to go into or enter into.

Apparently, in the past, they used to do this on pieces of wood, and so the Chinese character symbolizes this, of carving something on pieces of wood. So, it is a Hojeok basically means a family registry, and ho means household or house. That same Chinese character is used for door. So, it’s a household, it’s a family, and Jeok means the register; so, it’s a family register; and, that is what every Japanese person, every Korean person, citizens of Japan, citizens have this. If you’re not registered in a Hojeok, you’re not a citizen of Korea, or you’re not a citizen of Japan. I think that’s the case in Japan. It was before I know.

Kookjeok means a National Registry. It means a nationality. Someone asks you, someone asks me, “What is your Kookjeok?” Well, my Kookjeok is the United States of America, because that is where I’m registered, although we don’t have a registry of sorts in the United States, but that is what that means.

This is what a Hojeok in Korea looks like, today, in the actual secular world. Let me just go through this.

So, this is the permanent address, the permanent address of this household; and, here’s some information here. When it was put online, when it was put into a data form. They used to do this by brush, and everything was recorded by hand. They do it of course by computer, and everything into a database.

So, here is the name of the head of the household. Here is the name of his father, the name of his mother, his gender, and here is the identification of his particular clan; and, here is a previous family register. What register did this person come from; and, then there’s a space given when he was entered into this register, and here you see the word, Ibjeok. Ibjeok is the word that Father uses to get entered into a register. Here’s his date of birth, and this is his National Identification number. Every Korean has a National Identification number, kind of what the Social Security Number has become in the United States.

This is the information about his birth, where he was born, when his birth was reported, and then when he was married, when the marriage was reported; and, when he was separated out from the previous registry. So, when a person is married, especially when a man is married, he will generally be given a new family register in the way it is being done in Korea today, and he will become the head of that household. So, that’s what that is.

And then, here is an interesting thing. It says, when he was adopted. This man apparently was adopted by his father and mother; so, here is the information about his adoption. I’m sorry. He adopted a child; and, here is the name of the child adopted, here; so, this is the date of adoption, two years after he was married, and here is the name of that adopted child. So, that is one entry. That is one entry about Mr. Hong. That is all his information.

Then, we have a second entry; and, here it says, this is his wife, and her name, and then here father, her mother, and then her gender. She’s a woman, and then her clan, and then the address of her previous family register, and her birthday, and her National ID, and information about her birth, where it took place, and when it was reported; and, then also when she was married, and the man she was married to. Of course, it’s the same man we saw previously, Mr. Hong.

So, if you were to go to the next page, probably you would see information about this man, the adopted child. Mr. Kim it looks like; and, you’ll probably find the information about him, and so forth. So, that is what a Hojeok, or family register looks like. I just want to let you know; so, that when Koreans or Japanese listen to when Father speaks. This is what they are sort of picturing in their minds.

Now, this may not be what Father has in mind. When Father translated God’s truth into a human language, he translated it into Korean, and he translated it into concepts that are most often easily understood by Koreans; but, they may or may not be what Father has in mind. We’ll see, alright?

So, continuing on then with Father’s Word, when a woman is married, she basically has to move into her husband’s house; and. it follows then that her name has to be moved from the old Family Registry into that of the new family, and you see that was happening here on that previous slide. She used to be in another family register; but, then when she got married, her name was crossed out in that Family Register. She was removed from that Register, erased from that Family Register of her parents, and now she’s been placed in her husband, Mr. Hong. Then, her Family Registration is changed.

When a woman is married, she basically has to move into her husband’s house, and so it follows that her name also has to be moved from the old family register into that of the new family. Then her family registration is changed. What is our registration? It is the certificate that gives evidence of our relationship based on the origin of true love. (178-207, 1988.6.4)

What is our Registration? It is a certificate of giving evidence our relationship, based on the origin of true love. So, the family register defines your relationship. It defines your relationship to head of household, and it says who father and mother are, and so forth. So, that is the importance of them.

If Koreans need to produce their birth certificate, they bring the family register. If they need to produce a marriage certificate, they bring the family register. If they need to produce the death certificate of their father or mother, they bring the family register. There’s no other document in Korea that can be used for those purposes. This is the only document; and, it’s all the information about birth, about marriage, and about adoption, or about death. All of that is in there; and, it serves as the official record of all those things. What is our registration? It is the certificate that gives evidence of our relationship based on the origin of true love. (178-207, 1988.6.4)

Once she is married, what is it that a woman should do? There is more to do than just registering her marriage. She must be entered into the family register of her husband. (195-227, 1989.11.15)

Sometimes, not so nice men will get married to a woman, but not register his wife into his family’s register. That shows that this man, maybe, is up to something nefarious. Maybe, he’s fraudulent, because she has no legal proof that she’s actually married to this man; and, if he were to die, she would have no right for inheritance, because she cannot prove in court that she was married to him; so, being registered in the family register is extremely important.

Once a woman is married, isn’t she entered into her husband’s family register? In case of Western countries or Japan, what happens to her surname? It is changed. Since she has nothing, no foundation upon which to stand, she will become one with her husband by taking his surname, be it Inoue, Yamaoka, or Kinoshita. When they unite together, they do so by forming a relationship of love. As the power of this love is stronger than the origin of life, the woman is not sad for having to leave her own family for that of her husband; on the contrary, she accepts this as a matter of course, and goes to her husband with hope and a smile (258-244, 1994.3.20)

This is not true in Korea. In Korea, women keep their surnames. They do not change their surnames; but, in Japan, as in the West, woman change their surnames. When they are married, they take on the surnames of their husbands.

Let us say that the bride follows her husband to his house on her palanquin. (That’s a thing that she rides. Women use to carry these things by hand.) The moment she steps over the threshold and becomes a part of his clan, any thoughts centered on herself will no longer be allowed. If she were to conduct herself in a self-centered way, as she used to in her own house, would that be tolerated by her new family? This is the question. Can she ask them to tolerate her? Of course, she cannot do such a thing.

So, when she was in her own home, she was a daughter. You know, she could be a little bit spoiled, and say, “Oh, Daddy please,” or “Oh, Mommy please;” you know this kind of thing; but, that kind of thing doesn’t work anymore in her new family, because she’s a daughter-in-law, alright? Daughters-in-law are kind of the bottom of the totem pole, frankly.

Since she in a new place, she must be cautious about her every move – the way she looks, listens, and speaks. Why should she be cautious? She must think about how she can be of use to her husband’s clan, and to the new environment she finds herself in, rather than be a source of conflict. This is an extremely difficult thing to do. (142-160, 1986.3.9)

You know, one of the interesting things about Father’s style, he talks about weaving history, or weaving the Providence. Sort of like he’s knitting something. Like God is knitting something together. We see him using this verb quite often.

God and True Parents are weaving history together, and the era of registration will arrive. At that time, you will transfer your name into the new family register. (that’s us) Are you ready? Have you become sons and daughters of God like True Parents have? It is easy to say, but not to fulfill. Whether asleep or awake, you must always keep this in mind. These thoughts must accompany you wherever you go and whatever you do, whether you are eating or sleeping. In order to accomplish this, you need to experience residing in the homeland before passing on to the next world. Since this is the case, should you learn Korean, or not? Originally, human beings did not have many languages. There was only one. (201-234, 1990.4.22)

Should we learn Korean? Thank you! So, this is what I mentioned when I said to Lourdes that my project in the Festival of Grace is in the sermon, already; so, I didn’t have to speak it separately. There is an opinion out there, since Koreans have failed, Korean will become a dead language. You don’t need to learn Korean. I would say that I disagree with that. I think that the reason we have to learn Korean has nothing to do with whether there are any Koreans in the world. The reason why we have to learn Korean has to do with the fact that Father, who is the Adam, spoke Korean, and gave us the Word of God in Korean. The Word of God, you saw how much power it has when you read it, even in English; so, imagine what it would be like if you were to read it in the original language it was communicated?

In the future a time will come when you need to register yourselves. The era of registration is coming, for your family to connect to the family of True Father, the royal family. However, even when the era of registration arrives, those who have failed to restore their tribes will not be able to register. (Uh oh!) You must keep that in mind. It is similar to the twelve tribes of Israel. You cannot register before you have restored your tribes. Once people learn about the details of the restoration of tribes, they will swarm to the Unification Church to become members. What, then, would happened at the time of the registration? Until this time, nothing – from love itself, to humankind, to the creation – has belonged to God. Therefore, what has become Satan’s must be restored. The sons and daughters and all things of creation have to be restored centering on Father, who has fulfilled the will of God. At the moment, Father does not have a nation of his own. Isn’t that so? The nation must be restored. (28-339, 1990.11.21)

Wait a second, I haven’t restored my tribe; so, I better not show up that day. None of us are qualified to receive God’s Blessing. None of us are qualified, but he gives us this Blessing unconditionally. Unconditionally; but, we have our portion of responsibility. Even in past Blessings, many times the conditions were fulfilled after we received the Blessing; and, Father gave us a Blessing based on the promise or Pledge that we would fulfill those conditions later on.

Throughout all of history, there has never been such a thing as registration into the Kingdom of God. In fact, there was no Kingdom of God in the spirit world. There was no family and no nation there. Once a family passed on to the spirit world, that family was separated; if there were ten members in a family, all then of them were separated. However, that will not be the case from now on. You must understand that, had it not been for the Fall, the Kingdom of Heaven would have been a place where the whole family, the mother and father and all the others, would have entered together. If the grandparents, mother and father, and sons and daughters united together centering on true love, and cherished the true love of God in that family, even God Himself would show absolute obedience to them. In a world motivated by the love for others, where one is obedient to such a tradition of love and where people live for the sake of others, the base of peace can come into existence. (210-354, 1990.12.27)

This is very beautiful here. Until now, there was so much resentment within families, so much friction within families. Of course, when people went to spirit world, they would not be able to make sense. They would not want to see each other in many cases; but, to overcome all that, and create a center on love, then we could be together in the spirit world, when we are registered as a family in God’s Book of Life.

Once we enter the era of registration, a register of names must be drawn up, and this is a task that cannot be carried out carelessly. Without accomplishing Home Church activities, you cannot make the list, nor can you have your name in the family register of the Kingdom of God. Even Blessed Families would be excluded. You must bear this in mind, and make haste in doing all that you have been told to do by God. You should to carry out what you have been instructed to do, not because other people are doing it, but because there is no other way. (So, it’s voluntary. It’s free association. It’s not because we are told to do something, but because we ourselves realize, this is the only way to establish a relationship with God. This is the only way that we could enter into God’s Kingdom.) If you do not complete the task given you on earth, once you enter the spirit world, you will have to carry on with it forever. (Forever. So, that’s not so good.) If you do not complete it on earth, you will be in great trouble in the world to come. (143-118, 1986.3.16)

The world to come, meaning the spirit world.

Jesus, who was not able to accomplish the will of God on earth, (Here, I changed the translation a little bit. The current English translation said, “Jesus failed to accomplish…” I took out the word, “failed,” because I looked at the Korean, and it doesn’t belong in there. But, he was not able to accomplish the will on earth. We all know what was involved in there.) was to have found a bride in his time and established the relationship of true parents and raised True Children. He was to have prepared a foundation on earth that would secure, with heaven’s authority, the right of inheritance and the right of registration into the Kingdom. He passed away to the spirit world without having done so. In registering, would you register as servants? If you cannot be a son of direct descent, you must at least be registered in the name of an adopted son in order to become one of God’s heirs. Then you will share the right of inheritance. (155-309, 1965.11.1)

You notice, in the Korean family register, there were no names of servants, but there was the name of the adopted son, right? I just happened to pull that off the internet; but, there happened to be an adopted son there; so, even an adopted son has the right to be entered into the family registry as an adopted son. It says there, an adopted son, but so, he’s still recognized as a member of the family.

What are we trying to achieve? We want to be registered in the positions of sons and daughters who can be loved eternally by God and True Parents. The registration will begin from this time forth. (Speaking there from 1986) You will be registered in the Book of Life (See there? Father used the Book of Life.) in the Kingdom of God. (That’s why this Blessing is the Book of Life Registration Blessing.) A new form of registration should take place based on the True Parents – centered ideology and Godism, and at the same time, the organization of tribes should also take place. Similar to the twelve apostles of Jesus and the twelve tribes of Israel, we also need to organize the tribes. (146-230, 1986.7.1)

From now on, you will return to your hometowns and compete with each other as to who will be the first to expand the environmental conditions in which you can restore your tribes through your own efforts. You will compete with each other over this issue. So, regardless of whichever tribe you belong to, the tribes will be organized together according to those who have returned to their hometowns. What I mean by this is that the time is coming in which the branches which are to point east, west, north and south will be decided and registered accordingly in the family register. There will no longer be racial discrimination or distinctions between the developed and developing nations. The biggest question is how well you can unite centering on your good ancestors in the spirit world, and how well you can lay the foundation upon which they can come down to earth and support you? Your work in developing your hometown, and how it is carried out, will all depend on this point. How big a branch is, will therefore be an issue. Even if the trunk is dead, if the branch is big enough, it can serve as the trunk. The shoot comes out first, then the branches sprout. This hold true for humankind as well, but this is not the main issue. The question is how you can grow new branches; in other words, how the members of your tribe can be registered into this realm and returned to the original homeland, the Kingdom of Heaven. You must realize that you are standing on the path to the homeland. (189-224, 1989.4.6)

So, this was when Father was encouraging people, or instructing people how to go to their hometowns. These words were spoken in 1989. When was it? In 1990 or 91, I was in Korea in Segae Times. I was working there. All of us who were members submitted our resignations. We said, “We are going to our hometowns.” The staff who was not members were shocked by this. My boss at that time was very shocked. He said, “What’s wrong. Do you have complaints? Why are you quitting?” But anyway, the powers that be at the newspaper rejected our many resignations. It didn’t happen, perhaps, as Father intended.

Registration will take place from now on. When South and North Korea are united, the members of the Unification Church across the world, the Blessed Families who have conducted themselves in an appropriate manner will be registered regardless of tribe. This will happen when North and South are united through the authority of True Father. (That says something right there, doesn’t it? The authority of True Father. Only True Father can unite North and South Korea.) Then heavenly law will decree that the patriots of the Unification Church around the world will be established as the representative race, the race that passes on the lineage. Who would oppose that? From the historical point of view, I worked so hard for the independence of Korea and to establish it as the homeland, so who could possibly oppose me? (197-212, 1990.1.14)

Prior to 1945, when Japan was still occupying Korea, Father was fighting for the independence of Korea; and, he was actually tortured because of that, because he was involved in the Independence Movement.

The era of tribal registration is coming upon us. It is not the era of individual registration. The coming era is the era of tribal registration, be it Kim, or Park. Once that phase is passed, the era of national registration will soon follow. Things are happening quickly now. Everything will happen so quickly that it will be like being caught in a whirlwind. Isn’t the world situation changing so quickly that it almost makes you dizzy? Why do you think this is? The world is changing so quickly because of True Father. There is no other reason for it. (197-363, 1990.1.20)

1990 January. Of course, soon after, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and I think a little bit before, the collapse of the Soviet Union, many countries came onto the map after that. I think, right now, we’re due. We are about to experience another whirlwind, because Father now is going to be changing the world. He’s going to be changing the world.

Section 1.2 This is the Section 1.1 Registration occurs in the era of the national level Blessing

The Blessing of the Unification Church is a church level Blessing, not a national one. So, there are three stages to pass through to the world level Blessing. After passing through the era of the church Blessing, what follows is the era of the national Blessing, which is the era of Blessing centered on the nation of God based on a united South and North Korea. Then comes the era of Blessing in which the physical and spirit worlds are united. We need to pass through the three eras of the Blessing. Originally, these three should have been accomplished in the generation of Adam, but this did not materialize and it has been postponed until the era of the returning Lord. This must be accomplished in True Father’s time. By the year 2000, the worldwide Blessing must be carried out all at one time. That is how registration can begin in earnest. (290-253, 1998.3.2)

Well, it didn’t happen by the year 2000. I’m sure we can go into the reasons for that, but it didn’t happen by the year 2000. But here, Father gives three levels of Blessing – Formation, Growth, Perfection; and, right now, we are going into that third Blessing. In 2003, there was the national level Blessing, and the official name of True Parents Blessing at that time, was a Blessing to open the gates of Cheon Il Guk. Opening the Gates of Cheon Il Guk. Now, this Blessing is the Blessing for registration into the Book of Life.

Blessed families of the Unification Church were all married in a holy wedding ceremony, but this ceremony was conducted within the realm of the church, and not the nation or world. That is why there should be ceremonies for the Blessing at the church level as well as at the national level. You must understand that only when you pass through the ceremonies of the world level Blessing, and later on the eternal Blessing in the Kingdom of Heaven, can you follow the path which returns to the original world. You may receive the Blessing of the Unification Church in a simple and convenient ceremony by being sneaky and taking me unawares. But, even if you claimed that you were blessed, it is not enough. (So, just telling people that you’ve been Blessed is not enough, because God knows, and Father knows.) You must still go through the national Blessing. Therefore, when you go the spirit world, along with the Great Initiation Ceremony (I wonder what he meant by that? I looked up the Korean word as well, and it says something I need to study what he means by that. Perhaps, he mentions that term in other places as well.) you also need to participate in the Registration Ceremony and be organized into twelve tribes. Then, when the time comes for True Parents to pass on into the next world and be seated on the throne, centering on God, all people can take their own seats in the presence of True Parents in an orderly fashion. (185-36, 1989.1.1)

Now, we are in that Completion Stage of Formation, Growth and Completion, where we have to find the path ourselves; so, many times, we’re not really sure what’s going on. When Father was here, we could ask him, and sometimes he wouldn’t say. Sometimes, he waited until after we did something, and then explain it to us; and, even then, he would do so in stages; but, we are doing what Father asked us to do; that is the basic thing we know that we are to do.

The Blessing in the Unification Church goes through three stages: the church, national and world levels. That is why the Blessed Families of today must go beyond their current position. Originally, people who were free from indemnity would have received the Blessing. (So, originally, in the Garden of Eden all of this would have been done by people who were free of indemnity.) However, the Blessed Families have conditions of indemnity to fulfill. In front of our church stands the nation who is persecuting us and beyond that the world; we must overcome them all. For this, reason, the right of inheritance bestowed by God can only be handed down to Adam’s family in a united world, after we and our families have overcome and reached the liberated position where there is no persecution. Only then can there be true liberation. On that basis, the realms of church, nation and world have to be dealt with. Only after going beyond the realm of the worldwide restoration of sovereignty, and leaving the realm of Satan’s accusation, can liberation of the physical and spirit worlds come to pass. You need to rise to such a position and overcome Satan’s accusation on three level in order for you to receive the Blessing. (285-235, 1997.6.5)

We received just a tiny, just a drop of persecution during the past week. I don’t know if you saw the newspaper articles that came out that Paul Mango’s appearance of The King’s Report. Compared to what we’ve experienced in the past it’s almost, I used the word, “cute.” It’s almost sort of a slap on the hand? (in response to someone in the audience) No, it wasn’t even that. It was maybe a slap on the finger nail. But, it was so nice, so refreshing. They’re listening. Just spell the name right. I don’t know. Maybe that was some kind of condition for us to fulfill. Father says, “You have to be persecuted.” So, maybe that was all that Satan could muster at this time. If you haven’t seen that, please go to the Newfoundland, what is it? The Newfoundland Sanctuary Church website, or Facebook site, and you will see it there. It’s quite enjoyable to read. But racism was wrong. Come on! Racism is wrong. That’s the one that vexes me. Everything else was okay. Don’t call us racist, please. Father was the least racist person in the world, don’t you think? Yeah!

For what purpose are the Blessed Families being entrusted with the mission of becoming tribal messiah? It is order that their tribes may be registered and may work for the restoration of God’s nation, after which they can receive the national level Blessing. Yes, the tribal messiahs need to gather their strength to restore the nation. By restoring a nation and having it registered in the world, if will then be possible to receive the Blessing on the world level. (268-251, 1995.4.2)

Once God’s nation is restored, the era of registration will be upon us. Since the Kingdom of God does not currently exist, the era is now approaching when all of humankind will be registered anew as the family of God. Accordingly, the era of the great exodus is also coming. (Yeah! A lot of migration is going on in the world, isn’t there? Micro and Macro. Great exodus. Father talks about the great migration a little bit later.) Communism forced itself upon the capitalist world as a destructive and powerful ideology, but in the future you will have to be responsible by taking your own initiative. (259-223, 1994.4.10)

When the era of registration comes, just being a citizen of Korea will not be enough. (or citizen of the United States, or citizens of whatever country.) All nations must be subjugated with love. You need to deny the family, tribe, society, nation, world, even hell in the spirit world and the devil himself. The way of affirmation represents the Fall. Since the Fall occurred in this manner, you have to restore it by going the opposite way. (259-223, 1994.4.10)

At the present, the Blessing is being carried out within the Church because we do not have a nation, but in the future we need to be registered in the nation. (So, in the family register that I showed you a while ago, that information that data, is kept by the nation, and that gives you an official record that you are a citizen of that nation, and right now we don’t have that. We can’t do that, because we don’t have a nation.) You can be registered only when you have fulfilled your responsibility as tribal messiahs. By being registered in the nation and the world and becoming one with True Parents, then, with them as the subject and Blessed Families as the object partners, you need to dedicate your families to attend God. Only then can the cosmic ideal of Blessed Families be formed. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven on earth and in spirit world. Amen! (269-65, 1995.4.7)

1.3 Registration requires a sovereign state

Without a nation, there can be no nationality. Without a nation, there can be no foundation upon which you can be registered. We need to create a new nation of people, and be newly registered. We have to establish the Kingdom of God on earth and, as its, citizens, love the kingdom and its people, live on earth together with our tribes and family members, and be the victorious sons and daughters who have inherited the true lineage of the parents of goodness. Only after doing so can we enter the Kingdom of Heaven in the spirit world. This is the teaching of the Divine Principle. (58-143, 1972.5.22)

So, you see here Father is talking about sovereignty. Actual, real, political sovereignty. An actual nation. My phrase: lines on a map. My phrase, alright?

You are not yet registered in the Kingdom of God. Since there is no nation of God, you cannot even make registrations of births before Heaven. (Like that, you know, in that family register. You have no place to register. When we have a child, we register it with our local secular satanic nation, but we have no place in Heaven to actually register the birth of our child, or to register our marriage, unless we have a nation. Once we have a nation, then we can have that. In that heavenly nation we can keep those records, and we will officially be citizens of that heavenly nation.) You cannot get married unconditionally. You cannot even register deaths. So religious believers have walked a path of lamentation, in which they had no choice but to fall down when pushed, and no one to appeal to after death. (See, if I’m traveling overseas, and I get arrested, what do I do? I contact the local US Embassy or Consulate, don’t I? They may not help me very much, but anyway, that’s what I do. I contact them; and, it used to be anyway, not so much now, but it used to be anyway they actually come and help you. But, they provide some help. They come and talk to you and tell you that you should have followed the laws of the land. But, anyway, we don’t have that. We don’t have that; and, so that’s why religious people, Father said, they have no place to fall back on. We had no one to appeal to. We had no one to appeal to after death, because we don’t have that nation.) You must realize that True Father has walked the most difficult path of all. Weeping bitterly cannot bring it to an end. He must endure it, even if it is mortifying and deplorable. (283-222, 1997.4.12)

No matter how much he was mistreated by the United States. He was in a suit. The United States vs. Sun Myung Moon. This was the title of a suit, and he had no place to fall back on, because there was no nation.

Even if I was born as the son or daughter of God, since there in no Kingdom of Heaven, registration into the kingdom must be postponed. You must yearn to become a husband in the Kingdom of Heaven, to receive a wife, to form a family and to have children as a citizen registered in that kingdom. You must always be conscious of this. You must remember that it is an established understanding that you must fight evil at all times, whether you are asleep or awake, and be victorious. (Right? This is what the Rod of Iron is about. Fighting evil at all times. Of course, not just externally, but also, internally. Right? Internal evil first.) This is the way you should live always. (122-280, 1982.11.21)

Don’t you have to register births? (Well, in Korea and Japan you do, but also in America as well. You have to fill out a birth certificate, don’t you?) If you are Japanese, you need to register as a citizen of Japan who was born in a certain place. (like you saw I that registering.) Similarly, we need to be registered into a kingdom. Until now, the Kingdom of God has not existed. Since there has been no family centered on True Parents, it follows that there was no tribe or nation either. We need to indemnify all this, so that we can reclaim the family, tribe, a people, nation, and world from the satanic realm, the kingdom of Satan. Centering on the religious realm, the whole world including the non-religious realm must be united together, and everything that belongs to Satan must be restored to God’s side. If this is not achieved, you cannot live peacefully in the spirit world after you have passed away. It is ten, hundreds and thousands of time more difficult to form a relationship with the physical world from the spirit world. (250-112, 1993.10.12)

Because you don’t have a physical body. To have a relationship with the physical world, we need to have a physical body. Once we go to the spirit world, it becomes extremely difficult. Not impossible, but extremely difficult. There is such a thing as returning resurrection, which is in the Divine Principle.

It is the Blessing of the Unification Church that bequeaths the love, life and lineage of God. (Love, life and lineage. Which of those is most important? “Lineage.” Exactly right. Father made that very, very clear. In Baltimore, Father asked this question, when he spoke at one of the Baptist churches there. He asked, “In love, life and lineage, which is most important?” And of course, everybody said, “Love.” But Father said, “No! Lineage is most important.”) Fallen humanity cannot be registered before receiving the Blessing. This is true for everyone gathered here today. Then how should you go about registering yourselves? Originally you were supposed to be registered at birth. You were born in Korea, and so you made registrations of births in Korea, didn’t you? (So, everyone who was born in Korea, who was a Korean citizen, was immediately or within 30 days or something like that, registered in their family’s register. That was their birth certificate.) On a certain day, you were born in a certain place as the first or second daughter or the first son of a particular father and mother, and you were given a certain name; all these details are written down as part of the registration. Then you become a citizen of Korea forever. Have you become citizens of the Kingdom of God? Have you, or have you not? You are not even close. (211-109, 1990.12.29)

There is no Kingdom of God. Currently you are registered in the satanic world, but the era is soon coming in which you will be able to remove your names from the old register and enter them into the register of the Kingdom of God. (Aju!) Those people who have passed on to the next world without knowing this are now becoming agitated. Once you have been registered as a citizen, family, tribe, nation and world of the Kingdom of Heaven, and once the kingdom in the spirit world is united with the kingdom of earth, you will be able to govern both worlds with love as the right hand of God. Before you can enter that world, however, you need to go through the registration procedure. (287-40, 1997.8.10)

The time will come when you can register yourselves. Receiving the Blessing is not the same as registering. The Blessing is only a symbolic registration. That is why we are seeking to restore the nation in which we can be registered. What kind of nation would it be? It would be one in which a trinity is formed of the sovereignty, which takes the place of parents; the citizens, who take the place of the children; and national land, (land, land) which take the place of possessions. In order for a nation to be established, there must be sovereignty citizenry, and territory. The same principle is true of religion. (35-282, 1970.10.25)

So, Father is talking about an actual nation, alright, with sovereignty, so that we can defend.

We do not have a nation of our own. Though there are many sons and daughters of Blessed Families, we have yet to establish the ideal kingdom desired by God. Consequently, there is no place for you to register the names of your sons and daughters, and to register any marriage or deaths in later years. If there is no nation, there can be no settlement. What that means is that you cannot stay in one place for long. If you do not have your United States passports with you, you are not permitted to enter any other nation. In other words, you are not acknowledged as a citizen of your nation. (Right? except Canada or Mexico, but anyway, most times you go to another country, they want to see your passport. These days, they want to see your passport when you go to Canada, don’t they? That’s changed.) The same is true for us. We do not have our passports of our nation, because we do not have a nation. Where do the members of the Unification Church belong? In the United States? Where else? In the Kingdom of God. Where are you from? Isn’t that a frequent question in the satanic world? (Where are you from?) When asked, “Where are you from?” Don’t you usually reply that you are from the United States, Germany, Japan or wherever it is that you come from? Of these nations, the very best nation is the Kingdom of Heaven. The most precious nation is the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, the Kingdom of God. So, when you are asked, “Where do you belong? You must answer, “I belong to the Kingdom of God.” From now on, the answer will be the Kingdom of Heaven. (277-251, 1996.4.18)

Members of the Unification Church will be able to register their names in the not too distant future. (Yeah, things will change. Things are changing.) The day when North and South Korea are united as one nation, in which God can take delight, will be the day on which you can be registered. When such a day dawns, even if you are blind or have an impaired voice or a deformed arm, if you were Blessed first, you would be considered the elder. You would be the elder sister-in-law. If you were Blessed later, you would have to serve a person with an impaired voice and deformed arm as your elder, even if you are older and a college graduate. Such a day is coming. Therefore, when that time comes, all these special conditions of attendance will become important factors that will decide between success and failure. (58-113, 1972.6.6)

Father’s talking about seniority. Who is Blessed first, and who is registered first; and, even if the person is ugly, you still have to, you know, treat him with some deference if you were registering later.

Once South and North Korea ae reunited, and the nation is filled with Blessed people, we will enter the era of registration. Once you have inherited the lineage of True Parents, the era of registration will be imminent. Through the worldwide expansion of the Blessing and subsequent registration of the five billion people in the world, (At that time, now 7-8 Billion. More and more people, right? I think, when Father first started, there were 4 billion people in 1960, around 1960. Actually, one of the Holy Songs, there’s a footnote that mistranslates that. “30 billion shall live in…” It actually should read, “3 billion shall live in…” Anyways, a side there.) the ancestral generations they will assume will be decided. (Anyway, including spirit world, probably 30 billion actually.) Though they may all have received the Blessing at the same time, some will be thousands of generations higher than others. A very frightful era is coming. (252-246, 1994.1.1)

So, being thousands of generations higher means in terms of, who is an uncle, or who is in a child relationship. Even if a person is older, they may be further down on the family tree.

If you were to die without have restored the nation, the best of you could hope for would be to come back to earth and support individuals and families. You would not be able to provide any form of open and authoritative support. You would not be qualified to take part in the battle to conquer the satanic world. Therefore, you can be registered only after our nation comes into existence. Have you been registered? (One time, I was, maybe about 2011 or 2012, in the Palace in Cheong Pyeong for Hoon Dok Hae, and I’m the only blond head in a sea of black, right? And Father’s asking people, “Are you registered? Are you registered?” And he looks me straight in the eye, and says, “Tim Elder, are you registered?” I didn’t say anything. I didn’t really, you know. What would you have said? No! We don’t have a nation.) Though you may have registered your names with the Unification Church, you have not yet been registered din the united nation of God. Can you become a citizen of a nation that does not exist? No, it is not possible. (54-, 1972.3.26)

1.4 Reclaiming the Homeland.

The homeland that we need to reclaim is not an existing nation on earth with its own history and traditions. (So, it is not an existing nation.) It is completely different from those other in essence. In order for us to be able to inherit such a nation that stands on a completely different level from others, we need to become citizens with appropriate ideological proactivity. That proactive ideology should be in accord with the ideology of the absolute Creator. For a nation desired by the Absolute Being to exist, you should yearn for that nation to be one in which the citizens would be united together centering on the nations sovereignty. Therefore, the nation should take form based on such a standard of citizenship. (49-93, 1971.10.9)

Where is the homeland of God? It is the place where True Parents and the True Family resides. (So, right now, True Parents and the True Family reside right here in Northeast Pennsylvania.) Then where is the original homeland or homeland of True Parents? It is the place where God and His sons and daughters, the subject and object partners who can love one another, can dwell. The homeland is where you can receive the love of the subject partner as the object partners. If this is the case, then where would the homeland of children be? It would be a place where they can love their parents with God as the subject, and where the children themselves, can be loved in the object position. (This is why it is so important for us to be the object position. We are in the object position to our parents. We are in the object position to God.) Such a place is the homeland of the four-position foundation as taught by the Unification Church and represents the ideal homeland. Why is it an ideal homeland? It is because in that place can be found the love of the True God, the love of True Parents and the love of True Children. The world which develops from this place, on this basis, would be an ideal world. Such a principle can be found in the four-position foundation. (124-266, 1983.2.27)

What is the homeland? The homeland is the nation of the mother and the father. It is the nation of our ancestors. To sum it up, it is the nation of our mothers, fathers, and our ancestors. It is the nation of the first human ancestors. It is the nation handed down from, and loved by, the first human ancestors. Since that love is unchanging, then that nation should be unchanging as well. (Can we amend the Constitution, Kerry Willams? “No!” Alright! Unchanging.) When you consider the historical backgrounds of those who claimed the nation as their homeland, it can be recognized that there has not been a single nation that could maintain itself as the beloved homeland of the Parents. The homeland was always lost. (173-68, 1988.2.14)

Even in America, because the Constitution was amended, amended, amended, so it became further and further away from God’s ideal.

The homeland desired by the will of God is the homeland and the original homeland of humankind, based on true love. Korea should become such a homeland and the homeland for all humanity (185-131, 1989.1.3)

It should. That’s what Father wanted. He fought for Korea’s Independence. He fought for Korea’s unification. He sacrificed so much for Korea’s unification, and continues to do so today. I don’t know. I don’t know. We’ll see.

If you consider the characteristics of a nation, you can understand that for a nation to be established it must have sovereignty. From this viewpoint, when you consider the question of realizing the Kingdom of Heaven on earth, then who would be the owners of the Kingdom of Heaven? Who would be the sovereign? Without a doubt, God would be the sovereign. Who would be the citizens? The citizens would include all people of the world. Then where would the territory of the nation be? It would be the earth. (96-15, 1978.1.1)

The entire planet earth, eventually.

Where would the original homeland and homeland be? (They’re two different words in Korean. It doesn’t really translate well into English.) What would the homeland be like? Of course, the homeland would have a specific nation to create a foundation, but the homeland of humankind sought by God is in fact this earth. (So, starting small, and then expanding, eventually, to cover the entire earth. That would be the nation that God wants.) It is this earth that we are living on. This planet earth is the homeland yearned for by humanity. It is the homeland of humanity desired by God. In past history, many generations of our ancestors walked the path of sacrifice; and for what purpose did they do so? What was the hope for which they walked such a path, appealing to heaven? It was with the words, “Ma the time of the hoped for homeland come soon!” By establishing one nation of God, we should pass judgement on the archenemy of heaven, the great Satan; eradicate evil from the world; and build on earth the Kingdom of Heaven of peace centered only on goodness. You must understand clearly that this is the desire of God, the desire of Jesus, and the desire of the ancestors who have contributed greatly to the course of the providence until this day. (155-321, 1965.11.1)

The phrase, “One nation under God.” Do you know when it was actually written? 1954. So, when Father was doing his public course, the United States adopted this phrase, “One nation under God.” The whole earth someday, will become “One nation under God.” That’s why that phrase is so important, and so beautiful, and so precious, because it represents a part of God’s Providence and a part of Father’s Providence. One nation under God. And, I think the United States in the only country that has that ideal, doesn’t it? That’s why this is such a great country that God has prepared, to unite the world.

There can be no national boundaries in a world created by God. (So, talking about in a world. So, eventually we’re talking about, in the beginning there will be national boundaries, but when it covers the entire earth, there will be no national boundaries. I remember when Father spoke at the United Nations. He talked about doing away with national boundaries.) There can be no racial discrimination between blacks and whites. There can be no reason for conflict because only goodness prevails in such a world. Nevertheless, we see that the world we are living in is divided into separate nations by national borders. Discord and disunity come about due not only to racial discrimination, but even due to conflict within the family between husband and wife and between parents and children. People of goodness are struggling with those who are evil. Considering the current situation of the world, we can easily see that the coming Lord must unite the world into one, making it a place without racial discrimination and without barriers between nations. He must reunite all the broken families, and establish a kingdom of peace in this world where goodness and evil are in conflict. (53-72, 1972.2.9)

Here, he’s talking about restoring and reunited all broken families. Restoring the family. Isn’t that a beautiful thing? Because the family is the basic building block of the Kingdom of Heaven. That registration that we saw there is a registration of families, isn’t it? In America, we register births, and that’s just one individual. Maybe the name of the father and mother is there, but basically it is the registration of an individual. Here, in the Korean and Japanese registrations you have registrations of families.

Our goal lies in establishing a united world, transforming the world into one nation centered on God. That nation would have the one and only sovereignty, citizenry, territory and culture. Its people would be connected through the one lineage centered on True Parents. In that nation, everyone would want to become the ideal heirs by perfecting the realm of heart. They would be able to achieve what is taught in the Bible as, “Love your enemies!” (God’s Will –789)

There is no doubt that the Kingdom of God is a place that is governed according to the will of God, whose sovereignty is inherited by His children of direct descent, (See, that’s where the King comes in. God is sovereign, and that sovereignty is inherited by children of direct descent, by the Second King Hyung Jin Nim, by the Third King Shin Joon Nim and the children of direct descent after that.) who follow the commands issued by Him as their center. In such a place, democracy or communism cannot exit. (It’s not a democracy.) Once it is established, the kingdom would retain its system of governance eternally. Taking all this into consideration, how truly lamentable it is that you cannot be citizen of such a nation. Therefore, you should lament the fact that you are not a resident of that nation. You should lament the fact that you are not qualified to be a part of it. We should all lament the fact that we do not have such an unchanging sovereignty anywhere. (72-292, 1974.9.1)

The goal of our faith is to become the citizens of the Kingdom of God. If we do not become the citizens of that kingdom, there will be no way for us to be loved or to be proud of being God’s children in front of the people in the world or the creation. Those without a nation ae prone to attacks. (Because you are out there alone.) They are in the most wretched of positions. (You are a stateless person. In many cases, a stateless person is very, very weak. You could be attacked by anyone. There is no one to back them up.) In most cases, they are easily beaten. That is why we should try to find the answer to the question, where is the nation desired by God., the nation that can be the foothold of God? (55-79, 1972.4.23)

The citizens of a nation without sovereignty are in a pitiful plight. That is why Jesus preached, out of concern; “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 he say you should seek His Son first, or His Kingdom? He told you to seek the Kingdom desired by God. (34-337, 1970.9.20)

The reason we are shedding blood and sweat for this nation and its people is to establish the eternal Kingdom of God, the blessed land in which our future descendants can praise God for generations to come. (14-193, 1964.10.3)

That is what we want America to become now.

Now we can establish the homeland. In that homeland would be sovereignty, territory, and citizenry. Furthermore, the people would inherit the lineage of the homogenous race, and the history that can be written by none other than that race. We need to fulfill the duties of emissaries for the homeland. The sooner you complete this mission you have been called to do, the sooner can the basis for restoration of the homeland be laid down. The work we are carrying out today will be the foundation which we can welcome the day of liberation of the homeland. Bearing this in mind, you should march forward, determined your hearts to complete the mission of emissary as long as you remain standing. Otherwise we cannot receive as our own, the historical world Blessing and heavenly fortune that God can bring us in this era. (29-40, 1970.2.16)

That is the end of Section 1 of this Chapter, and I just want to let you see just the sub-heads for the following Section, so you can perhaps go home, and refer to your own copies of the Cheon Seong Gyeong.

Section 2. the Conditions for Registration

2.1. Change of the right of ownership, lineage and realm of heart

2.1.1. Change of the right of ownership

2.1.2. Change of lineage

2.1.3. Change of the realm of heart

2.2. Tribal messiahship (Talk about Tribal messiahship in terms of registration.)

2.2.1. Mission of tribal messiahs

2.2.2. Fulfillment of restoration of 160 families.

There was a time, I don’t know, if it was true in America, but in Korea my wife and many other Blessed wives went out going door to door. Door to door. Door to door. Knocking on doors to restore 160 families.

2.3. Formation of the tribes and genealogy of the heavenly nation.

2.4. The era of the great migration is coming

We see a great migration going on in Europe, don’t we? There’s a migration in the microcosm as well.

Section 3. The Four-Position Foundation Registration Unification Blessing Ceremony

3.1. Transition of the Three Ages Realm of Oneness Unification Blessing Ceremony

3.2. Four-Position Foundation Registration

3.3. True Parents’ instructions to Registered Families

That’s a very short, brief Section. It just lists 7, 8 or 10 brief instructions for Registered Families. The first one is, Keep the lineage pure. I believe that was the first one.

3.4. Mobilization of blessed wives and the restoration of the homeland

Section 4. The Era of Registration and Our Responsibilities

4.1. Registration comes from the grace of the True Parent

That’s it. Registration comes from the grace of the True Parents, not anything that we do. Father listed all things that you have to do, and things you should do and things like that; but, in the end, it comes from the grace of True Parents. Grace of the True Parents, because if only people who complete those conditions were registered, it would be a very small country. It would be a very, very small country.

4.3. Establishing the tradition of Blessed Families.

That is Section 1 of this chapter. It would be good if everyone would refer to this before we do the Book of Life Registration Blessing, because this is a big turning point in our own lives of faith; then a big turning point in God’s Providence. A big turning point for the history of the United States and of the world, so let’s approach it with that in mind.

Then also the seven days leading up to that. The Festival of Grace. We need to be building sort of this spiritual momentum, a spiritual wave, going up there, so that we can participate in that Blessing, and something close with the proper heart.

Alright, SOS please come up, and let’s all stand and join in the praise-worship. Amen, Aju!

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