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Part II: Central Figures in the Old Testament Age

1) Abraham

"We must be well aware of the Messiah's painful path of tribulation." People on the earth can barely understand that God constantly has shown his greatest love to humanity, from the Old Testament Age through the New Testament Age and up to the Completed Testament Age. I think that the Messiah's appearance on the earth after a long course of history is the result of God's everlasting love and his efforts to restore us corrupted humankind and our distorted history into the original state of his creation. Every time I intensely read the Divine Principle and listen to the lecture, I feel so obliged to God. People on the earth should be well aware that Reverend Sun Myung Moon, the Messiah, walked the painful path of tribulation until he finally could ascend the throne of True Parents in order to save all humanity. Reverend Moon is the one who gained the final victory after traversing the thorny path and penetrating the bottom of the Hell. Now he has made his majestic appearance as True Parents before all humanity. I request that people on the earth attend and offer their thanks and glory to Reverend Sun Myung Moon. I also offer my thanks to God, who remembers the life of Abraham and enables me to witness the existence of the Messiah today in this Completed Testament Age.

9. 4. 2001

2) Isaac

"Let us become the children of God through grace and Blessing of True Parents." When I heard the Unification Principle for the first time, it attracted me by a certain mysterious power. As time went by, the joy of God's love intoxicated me more and more. God has been constantly loving and waiting for humanity, even when central figures that he predestined failed and had to be changed. God's love is indescribably touching to the point of rendering us dumb in the presence of its greatness. I also thought how we humans could repay the grace of God, who had been persistently waiting until establishing True Parents, who symbolize the perfected Adam, before humanity. Now that True Parents of humankind, the Messiah at the Second Coming, has finally come to the earth, what a great grace it is to people on the earth, and how glad God must be! I advise people on the earth to receive the entire Blessing of the Messiah in the realm of his blessed environment. I earnestly hope that all of you absolutely will participate in the Blessing Ceremony, through which you are allowed to be reborn directly as the children of God by way of the Messiah, Reverend Sun Myung Moon. And with all my heart, I pray that everyone will meet in one place after becoming the children of God.

9. 4. 2001

3) Jacob

"I want to live keeping my position as a true child." During each lecture, as I encountered the central figures in the providence of restoration, I thought about the regrettable failures in God's providence and felt most painful over the historical reality that required several ages of dispensational timeidentity. I realized that the great variety of suffering in history was the result of the struggles through which God restored the misguided actions of history. Thinking over this fact, I felt so much regret. I offer my thanks to the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who made painstaking efforts to find this Principle. Reverend Moon, particularly as the Parent of humanity, came to this earth receiving God's greatest love and expectation. Now Jacob will live as a child fulfilling his responsibility before True Parents.

Jacob, 2001. 9. 6

4) Joseph

"I will accomplish my mission as required in this Completed Testament Age." Joseph, after learning the Principle, thought exactly how and where he could stand directly before God. This idea is what has been whirling incessantly inside Joseph's mind. I deeply felt the heart of God who, since the creation of humankind, has had to overcome and endure innumerable difficulties in his providence of restoration. He has maintained responsibility for that providence of restoration and for settling problems such as that of the blood lineage, of the human race and of each religious denomination. I pondered upon what we, as the earlier arrivals in the spirit world, should do in order to find an ultimate solution to the problem of the earth and the spirit world. With what words can I express my heart of gratitude for the Messiah, who led me to the original human state by finding the Principle for us? Meanwhile, I think that our mission and responsibility for this providence are extremely important. First of all, I will live up to the teachings of the Principle. Then, I want to find and do my small mission and responsibility, in search of the fastest ways to convey the Principle to many people who are not ignorant. I want to do something before the Messiah comes to the spirit world. In fact, Joseph listened to the enthusiastic lectures of the Principle, waiting for a certain mission to be assigned to him. Still, Joseph hasn't decided anything. I offer my thanks to God and the Messiah, Reverend Sun Myung Moon. I promise I will do everything I can do, according to the teachings of the Principle and God's desire. Furthermore, I promise I will make utmost efforts to acquire even deeper understanding of the Principle, never taking interests in anything connected with the time of my living on the earth

Joseph, 9. 5. 2001

5) Moses

"I realize how ignorant human beings are." In my opinion, there has been and will be no meeting as serious and impressive as this, in history. First, I offer my thanks to those enthusiastic lecturers, and I will express my views briefly in a few words. I would like to say that the seminar enabled us to experience a precious awakening. Every part of the Principle is equally surprising and touching. Moses felt as if he were being attracted by a strong magnetic power. What impressed me most in this seminar, however, was the fact that man was so ignorant and caused such concern in God. In short, this seminar enabled Moses to realize with no doubt the fact that he had been an undutiful son to God. Probably, that feeling will remain within Moses' heart forever. Moses didn't know anything. Moses didn't know the purpose and direction of God's providence. At last, Reverend Sun Myung Moon has overcome such indescribable hardships and has revealed Heaven's truth, so all of us should truly pay our respects with thanks and homage to Reverend Moon. But we feel sorry to Reverend Moon, because we weren't able to do anything but accept this great truth in this environment of spirit world. Who can deny this truth? No one should do so. Even though there should be only one and single truth, it is a commonplace that in spirit world as well as on the earth, there occur struggles and conflicts between many religious denominations. I am a little worried about this, but I believe that after some time, this will be settled fundamentally. True Parents of humankind, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, you have made great contributions to God's Dispensation for Restoration, especially at this Completed Testament Age. Thus, I pray that Reverend Moon will live a life of a thousand and ten thousand years, enjoying God's love and glory until the day all those providential purposes are accomplished on the earth. How glad I would have been if even one part of the Principle had been conveyed to Moses when I had lived inside the court of Pharaoh in Egypt! Moses feels so much regret but thinks that to feel regret is a sort of arrogance.

Moses, 9. 10. 2001

6) Joshua

"I want to become the warrior for God's providence." What most impressed Joshua's heart during those comprehensive lectures on the Principle was the fact that God constantly sent central figures to save humanity. When I thought about the historic reality of humankind in each providential age persecuting and even killing the central figures sent by God, I felt extreme regret over man's ignorance and stupidity. I reflected that Joshua also might be one of those ignorant men. I earnestly desire that the era of such ignorant people may be over. Joshua did his best in his predestined environment. There are innumerable human beings to whom the fact that they didn't fulfill their responsibility in God's providence has never even occurred. Realizing that this has been repeated over and over, I realized that there has been so much sin in history. Now, the Messiah who has come as the True Parents of humanity, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, please forgive those central figures who failed in the providential ages and restore this wrong history. I offer my greatest thanks to God, who led me to realize this truth. But Joshua feels extremely remorseful about having been born at one specific point of the Old Testament Age. Even if I am not a precursor to fulfill God's providence in the environment of the Completed Testament Age, I want to become a warrior in the Completed Testament Age. I offer many thanks.

Joshua, 9. 6. 2001

7) Samuel

"What is the way to save the innumerable people in the spirit world?" No man has been born into this world out of his own free will. My general view of life was that every man and everything in this world comes and goes like water in a river, but the lectures on the Principle made Samuel change his view of life and history. I came to know that history has moved toward fulfilling a purpose in an unbelievably systematic way. At first, I was so surprised that history has advanced in a definite direction and orbit win accordance with the elaborate plan and purpose of God. Nevertheless, humankind has lived in total ignorance of this. This reality obsessed me. No one took the viewpoint that they had to save humankind. Meanwhile, how can the Messiah, a man born on earth, solve everything, those intricate historical problems related to saving humankind? Whenever I listened to a series of lectures, even just two or three, I thought about this. Why have humankind remained ignorant of this, even as God's providence has advanced to this moment? Reverend Moon, you who came as the Messiah at the Second Coming, what can Samuel do? How will you be able to cope with such

hardships and pain? And what is the way to save those innumerable people in the spirit world? God and True Parents, most brothers and sisters who gathered here were touched deeply by the new teachings of the Principle. However, they are also suffering from mental conflicts. In fact, they feel quite discouraged, wondering what people in the spirit world can do for themselves. Just like Samuel in the past, Samuel will endeavor to become a warrior needed in this Completed Testament Age.

9. 6. 2001

8) David

"I am impressed by the great truth." Of the many figures in history, who else could establish such a systematic and logical Principle of human life? In history, no one will be as great a teacher as Reverend Moon. I offer my heartfelt thanks to Reverend Sun Myung Moon. Who else in history could clarify such an immensely valuable truth as: "The Messiah should come as the Parents of humankind"? Indeed, Reverend and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon are the True Parents of Heaven and earth, the teachers of humanity. He is absolutely qualified for possessing the whole love of God. Keeping in mind this truth of the Principle, David will try to live as David is expected to live. I over and over offer my thanks to True Parents, who have clarified this truth of enormous value.

9. 6. 2001

9) Solomon

"I feel impressed by the theory on the invisible substantial world." I have learned the Principle in this systematically scheduled seminar. But I find it very difficult to be brief about my impressions. Because the lecturers here provide so much detail in their accounts of the invisible substantial world, anyone, even ignorant people, will experience mental change by listening. People would never commit crimes if they were confident of the real existence of the spirit world. Solomon's kingdom would have become the Godcentered kingdom if they had possessed the truth, including the details on the spirit world. Countless people of those times could have lived, cherishing their hope for God. I feel great regret because we didn't have this truth at the time of Solomon. I offer my sincere thanks to the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who clarified this truth of enormous value. I also offer my congratulations to Reverend Moon, who came as the True Parents of humankind after winning victory over innumerable hardships and sufferings. With the love of True Parents, please forgive Solomon for his inability. I pray that we can stay in the kingdom of God, centered upon the thought and love of True Parents. And please bestow tolerance to the people in the spirit world.

Solomon, 9. 7. 2001

Mrs. Kim! I think that if I had met a person like Mrs. Kim at the time of Solomon's kingdom, it would have been easier to teach about the spirit world to the people.

10) Elijah

"How can people in spirit world have their original sin liquidated?" I offer my sincere thanks for teaching this truth of enormous value to people as ignorant as us. Reverend Sun Myung Moon! This is Elijah. Rather than expressing my impressions about this seminar, I would like to make one request. I heard that all of us are born with the original sin. People on the earth have the providential benefit of having their original sin liquidated, but how can people in spirit world have their original sin liquidated? Please open the door to the people in spirit world. We, as children, naturally should attend the True Parents of humankind, but there is no way for us to do that. Then, what should we do? True Parents, Reverend Sun Myung Moon, please bestow a favor upon us too. It is Elijah's earnest request.

Elijah, 9. 7. 2001

11) Nehemiah

"Human beings are the children of God." I feel really thankful. I feel just so grateful because we are informed of this new truth and hope. Leaders of innumerable religious denominations on the earth must humbly accept a new truth as great as this and deeply think about the original will of God. The Parents of humankind is just one, God.The believers of each religious body are God's children. If we accept as natural that numerous religious denominations were meant to exist, then we should also posit numerous gods in spirit world, one for each denomination. In spirit world, however, there is only one God and he is the Parents of humankind.All of us in spirit world are equally the children of God. Reverend Sun Myung Moon is living on the earth and has appeared as True Parents of humankind. He walked the path of tribulation, the path of blood, sweat, and tears, keeping his absolute faith in the original Will of God, particularly in order to overcome religious divisions. He has transcended the barriers of religious denomination and race, thereby bringing God's grief to an ultimate conclusion and making us properly aware of what we humankind should do in the end. Thus, I request that everyone both in spirit world and on earth obey this new truth and the will of Reverend Sun Myung Moon.You will thereby ultimately become one as the only children of God. This truth shows the exact way of to save humanity. Nehemiah feels thankful. Nehemiah feels truly thankful because we humans have found the truth of hope.

Nehemiah, 9. 7. 2001

12) Ezekiel

"I intensely feel the heart of the God who wanders around in search of his children." This program of Principle education was presented under the theme, "God is the Parents of Humankind," and prior to this seminar Ezekiel himself never heard or thought of the teachings that he learned here. I couldn't possibly deny the teachings, because they were truly ultimate, right and reasonable. The declaration that God is the Parents of humankind is so surprising and even stunning that I can't even dare to utter the words as I would like. We seem to be given too little time to express our views. How can we express just one thing? During this seminar, Ezekiel observed God, who has been suffering pain for long ages due to the mistakes of humankind, and has wandered around from here to there in search of his lost children. It was just a momentary impression, but I felt unbearably painful in my heart. God looked like a beggar. Ezekiel was an undutiful son to God. He didn't fulfill his responsibility. God was so pitiful. Ezekiel didn't act as a guide for God, and Ezekiel was just looking on when God was searching for his lost children. God, Ezekiel has realized everything now; please forgive him. And Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who elucidated the Principle, came to the earth as the Messiah in order to save humanity, but in light of the fact that Ezekiel no longer lives on earth, what should he do? Ezekiel doesn't know what to do. I offer my thanks to the True Parents of humankind, who have been exerting painstaking effort in order to reveal this truth. If the DivinePrinciple had been revealed much earlier, God would not have had to endure such pain in his heart as he advanced his dispensation for restoration. Ezekiel will try not to be a useless person. It pains my heart not to have enough time to fully express Ezekiel's views.

9. 9. 2001

13) Isaiah

"The theory of Give and Take Action is mysterious." It was so surprising that the words of truth exist to guide human life. I feel so sorry that Isaiah did not live in a time when he could receive the benefit of the age. On second thought, it seems that the truth is in no small part simple, logical matters that we experience in everyday life, so why couldn't I discover it? Give and Take Action is truly a wonderful and mysterious theory, particularly in light of the fact that this wonderful truth is found in our everyday life. Why do we not realize that the truth is in living according to the Law of Give and Take Action? I thought that if even a part of the truth of Give and Take Action had been revealed at the time of Isaiah, humankind could have enjoyed a happy life. Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who revealed this valuable truth, how much pain and trouble have you been enduring as you appeared to humanity? Over and over, I offer my thanks.

9. 9. 2001

14) Jeremiah

"I recognize the greatness of True Parents from looking at their children (the lecturers)." It is quite difficult to express my views on this Principle education comprehensively in such a short time. I feel a great thanks and admiration to all the lecturers who taught us this truth of immense value. In particular, Jeremiah was deeply impressed by those passionate speakers. First of all, I offer my thanks to Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who has come to humanity as True Parents. Next, I offer my thanks to this new truth. Furthermore, I offer my congratulations on the victorious foundation of True Parents, who raised and educated these honorable lecturers (children). How great a devotion they have shown as they talk proudly about True Parents! I offer my sincere thanks to all the lecturers. I think that they, as true children of True Parents, have fulfilled their responsibility to propagate this new truth. The ardor and serious attitude of those lecturers made me feel the greatness of True Parents. I thought that we also should not hesitate to serve True Parents and proudly testify to the greatness of True Parents. I will try to be reborn with a new mind and new body before this new truth.

9. 9. 2001

15) Daniel

"The Principle clarifies Heaven's secret." Daniel deliberately pondered about earth and spirit world, writing down the teachings of this truth in detail. Evidently this is not the place where entities with a physical body stay, but the place of eternal life where spirit beings stay. Then, why are we able to hear this truth in spirit world? I heard that the one who had clarified the Divine Principle, called True Parents or the Messiah, have been exerting painstaking effort on the earth, not wasting a single moment, in order to bring about peace and the liberation of humankind.When Daniel entered the den of lions while he lived on the earth, he actually experienced what true peace and happiness was like, under the brilliant light of God. Thus, I found the lion looking lovable, not frightful. And during this Principle seminar, I once again experienced equally the same brilliant light of God as in those times. Inside the light, Reverend Sun Myung Moon appeared before us and said, "The Divine Principle is the clarification of Heaven's secret that has so far been concealed. So, realize Heaven's truth, and you will be able to stay for ever in this kingdom of eternal life." Then, Reverend Moon showed us the words, "Heaven's secret, Heaven's secret," and disappeared suddenly. It was such a mysterious and touching experience that I didn't want to tell anyone. I just want to keep it within the heart of Daniel. Daniel will have firm faith in Reverend Sun Myung Moon as the Messiah at the Second Coming and serve him. If the Messiah wants Daniel to convey the Principle to other people, I promise and pledge that I will do it. To the Messiah, I offer my sincere thanks for the great blessing I have received.

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