The world survived the Day of Judgment predicted by some on Saturday, May 21, 2011, but not without the Reverend Sun Myung Moon proclaiming a new heaven and a new earth and exhorting his worldwide congregation to follow his path into a new historical era that will begin formally in 2013.
Rev. Moon, 92, concluded the last leg of a 10-nation speaking tour with a sweeping overview of his religious vision which he recommended his three million disciples worldwide to pursue long into the future. Looking fit and vigorous at the podium of a ballroom at the tony Aria Hotel in Las Vegas where he spoke for two hours, the founder of the Unification Church told his audience:
“What I am about to proclaim to you today is … the ultimate conclusion and fulfillment of all aspects of the providence of restoration during the lifetime of the True Parents. The path taken by the True Parents shall serve as a tradition and historic example; thus, I am proclaiming that all of you should model your life course on this path, become families that pledge to inherit and fulfill the will of God that True Parents have already accomplished, and be true to this pledge.“
In the prophetic speech to 3000, including ministers representing a range of denominations, Rev. Moon proclaimed the “era after the coming of heaven” through which “new heaven and new earth will be realized through a return to true love.” Considered by some scholars to be the founder of the world’s most successful new religious movement during the lifetime of the founder, Rev. Moon told his audience that by Jan, 13, 2013, “the Union of the Spiritual and the Physical Worlds” will be established on earth for the first time” and that “[the world] will enjoy tranquility and happiness in the sacred reign of peace.”
In one of numerous asides from prepared remarks, Rev. Moon alluded to the possibility that the world could be destroyed by nuclear warfare. He noted that “there are enough nuclear weapons worldwide to destroy the world’s population many times over,” but explained that spiritual awakening is needed in order to prevent nuclear catastrophe. On the whole, the Founder’s speech expressed optimism.
Call for One Family Under God Possibly invoking the apocalyptic Biblical phrase, “As the light travels from the East to the West,” Rev. Moon began a fast-paced 10-nation speaking tour in Seoul on Easter Sunday and made his final speech in Las Vegas. Rev. Moon has been investing in peace-building organizations for decades and showed no sign of slowing down in May. In just the last week, he spoke to an overflow crowd of German families and community leaders at the avant-garde Tempodrom inBerlin; and to an audience of diplomats, political figures and faith leaders at the United Nations Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. In Madrid, Rome, Athens, Istanbul, Oslo and London, he called for a new commitment by leaders of all faiths to put aside doctrinal and ritual differences and work together to create what he calls “One Family under God.”
Las Vegas, often dubbed “Sin City,” drew several references in his speech. In his view, Las Vegas is both worse than Sodom and Gomorrah and yet precious to God, because it has the potential to become a thriving center for marital fidelity, as well as families seeking entertainment and the riches of ecological wonders nearby. “Las Vegas is a very precious place. We will see if I am able to change it,” he said.
Ministers of several Christian denominations were on hand, including Rev. Dr. Stephen Thurston, president of the National Baptist Convention. Dr. Thurston gave the invocation in which he thanked God for making Rev. and Mrs. Moon “True Parents” and making them models of love for mankind.
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