Cheonji Bumo Cheonju Ahnsikgweon Seonpoil Chil Pal Jeol

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천지부모 천주안식권 선포일 7.8
Cheonji Bumo Cheonju Ahnsikgweon Seonpoil Chil Pal Jeol
Parents of Heaven and Earth Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath Proclamation 7.8 Day

Cosmic Sabbath
Declaration of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth ~ 7.8 Day ~ Chil Pal Jeol

Vincent van Gogh: “Starry Night over the Rhone” 1888 Image source

天宙 安息
천주 안식
Cheonju Ahnsik Gweon

Cosmos, which encompasses the entire Rest, or in a Judeo-Christian Realm
entire spirit world and physical world context, Sabbath; Safe settlement
Sources of the above translations:|ko|

Table of Contents

Part 1. Excerpts of True Father’s and Unificationist elders’ words concerning
Declaration of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth
7.8 Day ~ Chil Pal Jeol

1.1 Excerpts of True Father’s words found in the section of Cheon Seong Gyeong named
Declaration of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth
Chil Pal Jeol: 7.8. Day) - August 9, 1997 solar calendar, Seoul

1.2 Additional excerpts of True Father’s words about Chil Pal Jeol, or dated August 9, 1997, also selected for inclusion in Cheon Seong Gyeong

1.3 Further details about Chil Pal Jeol ~ 7.8 Day ~ proclaimed July 7, 1997 (lunar calendar) from notes of True Father’s words and letters from church headquarters

Musical Interlude: “Sleepsong” by Secret Garden

Musical Interlude: Unification Church Holy Song “The Song of the Garden”

Part 2. Photos and excerpts from reports of the yearly observances of Chil Pal Jeol and more

Editor’s notes: Selected significant points concerning Chil Pal Jeol are in green type.
Notes [in gray type and in these brackets] are added by the editor of this report.

Vincent van Gogh: “Starry Night” 1889
Image source and enlargement

Part 1. Excerpts of True Father’s and Unificationist elders’ words concerning
Declaration of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth
7.8 Day ~ Chil Pal Jeol

1.1 Excerpts of True Father’s words found in the section of Cheon Seong Gyeong named
Declaration of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth
Chil Pal Jeol: 7.8. Day) -- August 9, 1997 solar calendar, Seoul

Two couples present a trophy to our True Parents during the 3.6 Million Couples and 36 Million
Couples Blessing on November 27, 1997 solar at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in Washington, DC.

Cheon Seong Gyeong – Sun Myung Moon

Book Ten - The Way In The Completed Testament Age
Chapter Four - The Way in the Completed Testament Age
Section 2. Complete Providential Settlement and the Great Proclamation of the True Parents
2.4. Declaration of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth
(Chil Pal Jeol: 7.8. Day) -- August 9, 1997 solar calendar, Seoul

On this 7th day of the 7th lunar month in 1997 at 7 minutes and 7 seconds past 7 o'clock, by accomplishing the [preblessings through offering Holy Wine Ceremonies for the] 3.6 Million Couples Blessing, we have fulfilled our motto for this year, which was to be proud of and to love the True Parents absolutely by successfully completing the Blessing of 360 Million Couples. Heavenly Father, how much anguish You have
had to harbor in Your heart!

Heavenly Father, we of the Unification Church know only too well the historical truth that all cultures of East and West have been lost to You. The homeland that should have been the central nation of all nations through the unification of North and South Korea, and all of Your children, who should have inherited the Blessing and become a part of Your tribe of heaven, stood instead in a position with no choice but to be divided into two. For this reason we have had to walk the path of restoration for a period of forty years, engaged in the conflict between communism and democracy.

Because this period of forty years represents four thousand years of providential history, the persecution perpetrated by the sovereign nations of the satanic world against Christianity, Christian states, and believers of all other religions and faiths during that period manifested during those forty years as opposition and oppression from the whole world against the True Parents who were endeavoring to fulfill Your will on the world stage. No one knew of Your sorrow as You watched this history of forty years. You have had to pioneer this path all alone with no one to help You. However, under Your guidance, we persevered through the forty years of suffering and hardship, engaged in the battles to prepare Your abode of the Sabbath on the levels of the individual, couple, family, tribe, nation, world, and the cosmos. This was in order to develop a free environment based on the ideal of creation wherein You can reside with perfect freedom.

Now at last we have completed this history of forty years, Heavenly Father, enabling us to welcome an amazing new era in which today we can proclaim the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath centering on the True Parents.

Today, Your son by the name of Moon celebrates his seventy-seventh year in this world. The era has come in which we can connect the Sabbath year with the number of a new beginning, rising above the numbers seven and eight by connecting eight number sevens based on 7 minutes 7 seconds past 7 o'clock of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in 1997, and my 77 years of age. Now, therefore, Unification Church members can form families inheriting the heavenly authority and traditions of love, and thus attend You and offer You a dwelling place on the levels of nation, world and cosmos. Through these families, the foundation of the Sabbath in which You and the True Parents can freely come and go will be connected from the family to the cosmos. The time is close at hand when we will cross the boundary that separates us from the simultaneous establishment of Your right of kingship on earth and in heaven, which will allow us to achieve complete oneness with You. In such a manner this work has been accomplished.

To fulfill this undertaking, the mother representing the nation that can take the place of the Eve nation should come on earth. Centering on the United States as the archangel nation, as well as the United Nations, the fortune that will unify North and South Korea needs to be prepared in the United States and then sown in Korea so that Korea can be the nation that can represent the liberation of all peoples. However, You eased our concern on this matter, for under Your protection True Mother embarked on a third speaking tour, and visited sixteen places, thereby surmounting the number sixteen and opening the doors wide for the passage of the dignitaries of this nation. You have bestowed on us such a blessing which has allowed the holiness of Blessed Families to be known nationwide.

Moreover, through the women of North and South Korea, True Mother has been welcomed to the worldwide conferences for women representing the northern and southern hemispheres. On that basis we can enter into the era of family right of kingship within Your victorious domain, based on the accomplishment of the number sixteen and the successful world conferences. This era can be proclaimed tomorrow, August 10, to the leading figures of this nation and the leaders representing the sovereignties and nations of the world. By the grace of your endeavors this blessing could be granted to this nation, and the blessed realm established, with the Unification Church leading the way through its Blessed Families. We are truly grateful for Your great work in collaboration with True Mother in preparing such a foundation for us. If this had not come to pass, there would have been no place for Korea in this world.

Furthermore, no words can express our gratitude to You for allowing us to establish and proclaim upon this foundation the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth centered on the True Parents.

Daniel B. Holeman: “Heaven and Earth”
Image source

Heavenly Father, please take pleasure in welcoming this era in which You can be liberated from imprisonment, and in this state of liberation embrace Your loving cosmos, through the establishment of the Sabbath foundation of the eras of the right of kingship in the family, nation, world and cosmos, which has been Your long-cherished desire.

We are aware of how much You grieved over not being able to help this son of Yours in his work, since all that You could do was shed tears and watch over his path. We beseech You with all of our hearts to bestow on us Your blessings, that You may achieve total, overriding, supreme and full authority as You have desired, and with the whole world under Your dominion we may march forward into Your liberated kingdom.

Now the era has come when the stains created by tears of sorrow shed by the family of the True Parents will fade away. With the achievement of Your authority of liberation, the family of the True Parents can attain the privileged and highest position of the ideal of creation looking down over the beloved children, nations, world and cosmos, with the freedom to travel anywhere in the world.

Therefore, please accept this proclamation which I am now making in the name of the True Parents, as contributing to the resolution of Your grief and sorrow, and to Your full liberation. At this hour, please accept with joy the proclamation of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth. Please proclaim this from heaven in order that the banner of victory of the harmonized realms on earth and heaven may fly high. I proclaim this day in the name of the True Parents! Amen! Amen! Amen! (286-78, 1996.11.11)
[actual solar date 1997.8.9 instead of 1996.11.11]

On the following two pages, find a translation of the complete text of True Father’s tearful prayer declaring

the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth.

These are image scans of pages 2 and 27 of the September 1997 Today’s World.


1.1 Excerpts of True Father’s words on this day selected for Cheon Seong Gyeong named
“Declaration of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth
(Chil Pal Jeol: 7.8. Day) - August 9, 1997 solar calendar, Seoul”

You need to understand that in all the historical ages up to the present time there has never been a Sabbath day for God. It is dumbfounding. Before now, everything in the entire growth period belonged to Satan: three times three is nine. There was not one thing that belonged to God, neither His son nor daughter, neither creation nor the nation. Everything was lost through the Fall of Adam and Eve. God wanted them to become the ancestors of humanity, representing God's lineage as His ideal object partners. The ideal family is God's house of the Sabbath. We need to understand more clearly about the nature of His dwelling place. (286-112, 1997.8.9)

God lost His house of the Sabbath. Therefore, the ideal family raised in the fallen world would restore His house of the Sabbath. Then, centering on what would this house be built? It would be built centering on true love, true parents, true children and true family. The family is the center. Centering on the family you need to form a tribe, and on that basis become tribal messiahs for that tribe. The family gives rise to family-level messiahs, tribal messiahs, national messiahs for the nations and the global messiah. The global messiah is also the King of kings. From there the Kingdom of Heaven is established. God should be able to reside wherever He goes, from within the individual to any place in the world and even in the spirit world. That is to say, if He chose to dwell within a family, the individuals in that family, husband and wife, and sons and daughters would all be happy to serve Him. (286-114, 1997.8.9)

Where is the dwelling place for the True Parent? Where can he reside? That place is the center of the universe, and at the same time, the position of the prince who has the right of kingship on the basis of which God can be enthroned. It is the place that connects the position of the heavenly prince with the position of the earthly prince based on the qualification of being a true parent. However, this connection is not forged by money.

If I had a weakness for money, I would have become a rich man in Korea. If I had a preoccupation with knowledge, I would have become the chancellor of Seoul National University before anyone else. Don't you think I could have done so, given that there are university presidents whom I have taught and inspired to become my followers? I've made disciples of people who are regarded as great in this world; yet I freely push them along. There are former heads of state working with me. In other words, I have enough power not to crave worldly knowledge, money or authority. What power would that be? It is the power of love, God's love, true love! (286-98, 1997.8.9)

In Korea everything can be found, even things that cannot be found in the families of other nations in the world. Korean folk songs are universal, with universal contents which transcend history. "Moon, Oh Moon, you bright Moon, Moon loved by the poet Lee Tae-baek! Oh Moon, on you grows a laurel tree. I want to chop it down with a jade ax, and trim the branches with a gold ax to build a thatched cottage, to bring my parents to come and live with me forever." How splendid this is! To live for thousands and tens of thousands of years together! Which parents are being referred to here? There is no other nation in the world whose folk songs praise and pay respect to parents, who are yearned for in such dreams as this. (286-103, 1997.8.9)

Live forever together. Even though the house which is built may only be a small cottage, the song expresses the desire to live forever together with True Parents! It coincides perfectly with the ideal of the children's songs of Korea. Then what would they do next? A half-moon! It is all right even if the moon is not a full moon. Although the family does not begin with perfection, this world is like a half-moon, and we are heading towards a nation of clouds in the sky, on a satellite like the boat mentioned in the song. Though we have neither mast nor paddle, we are moving swiftly to both the East and West.

The sun rises in the East and shines westward. Man symbolizes East and woman West, and all women will receive the light of the sun from the east and be on an equal status with men. Then a world of equality and agreement between East and West will be realized! Amen! How wonderful that people will be! (286-114, 1997.8.9)

What is today? It is the Declaration Day of the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth. The Parents of Heaven and Earth. (286-123, 1997.8.9)

Such a world will be established when the ideal realm of the Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth comes into being! The word "Amen" is made up of two syllables, the first, "A-" signifying that I am grateful even when I have my mouth open wide for a thousand years, and the second, "-men," signifying that I will live even after I have passed away, because the place where you say "Amen" is one where you feel good just thinking about it, dreaming about it, working for it, sweating for it, with nothing bad and everything good in it. (286-118, 1997.8.9)

Image source

Then we will be stamped with the seal of God, become a royal family, the citizens of His kingdom who can enter its palace and reside there for thousands of years and in so doing fulfill all the desires and hopes of humanity. (287-108, 1997.8.9)

Here is some heavenly music to listen to while you read
John Tavener: “The Protecting Veil”
Duration 3:17

1.2 Additional excerpts of True Father’s words about Chil Pal Jeol or dated August 9, 1997, also selected for inclusion in Cheon Seong Gyeong

Book Nine - Blessed Family
Chapter Two - True Parents and the History of the Blessing
Section 2. The History of the Blessed Couples
2.6. The 3.6 Million Couples represent the completion stage of the international Blessing

If we accomplish the Blessing of 3.6 million couples before August 9, 1997, at the age of 77, I can, on July 7 at 7 minutes and 7 seconds past 7 o'clock in the morning, declare the Blessing of 36 million couples. Anyone can participate in this Blessing. It is the liberation. Once we have accomplished the Blessing of 36 million couples, we will enter a new age, in which the spirits from the spirit world will come down to earth and bring everyone to receive the Blessing. (285-240, 1997.6.5)

Our expansion on a worldwide scale should take place on the foundation of the Blessed Families. Based on the 30,000 Couples, the 360,000 Couples and the 3.6 Million Couples, a global domain of families is emerging. I therefore declared the “Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth” as we have entered the era in which God can live above the earth plane—in that God’s family (rather than God individually) and True Parents’ family are moving on without barriers on the vertical or horizontal. Therefore, on the basis of the fulfillment of the Blessing at the formation, growth and completion stages, an era has come in which the Blessed Families of the Unification movement around the world can be welcomed. For this reason, the era in which God can rest, no matter where He is, has arrived.

That is why I per­formed this declaration ceremony. Now that heaven has declared the realm of the Sabbath, what will happen is that based on the international 30,000, 360,000 and 3.6 million couples, we will hold the Blessing ceremonies of 36 million cou­ples and 360 million couples. Conduct­ing these two ceremonies will be easy, as they will be like going down the hill from the top. The Blessing of 360 mil­lion couples will act as a divide, and once we pass over this peak, humanity will become one big family.

What was initiated in Adam’s fam­ily was lost, and in order to restore that, we attempted to accomplish this on the national level, followed by the world level. It was done centering on Rev. Moon, and for the first time in history the whole of humanity will be able to enter the lib­erated realm based on our victories on the family, national, and world levels. (287-108, 1997.9.19)

Spirit orbs seen in a photograph taken at Cheongpyeong

Book Nine - Blessed Family
Chapter Three - The Providential Significance of the Blessed Couples
Section 11. The 3.6 Million Couples 11.1. The Blessing of 3.6 Million Couples brought the era of liberation

Until I proclaimed that we had met the goal of 3.6 million couples on July 15th, there was a sense of urgency in my mind. How many candidates were there from Argentina? Wasn't it only a few hundred? They did not even top 500. So we were in trouble. However, God wrought a miracle. As we entered August, why did I declare the Realm of the Cosmic Sabbath for the Parents of Heaven and Earth? What date was that? It was August 9th. Such a time will come again: I know that the gates to the spirit world will be opened and spirits will descend to earth and unimaginable phenomena will take place in the world -- that is why I proclaimed the ‘completion of 3.6 million couples’ on July 15th. (289-11, 1997.12.30)

Book Eleven - The Root of the Universe
Chapter Two - The Creation of Humankind and the Perfection of the Ideal of Love
Section 2. The Sexual Organs Are the Three Great Original Palaces, and the Most Holy Place

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