Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:9-20 is about the vision of John on Patmos Island.
He was exiled on Patmos Island to suffer in the flesh, not because of sinning, but the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. As a result, he could experience some things as follows.
There are four appearances or real manifestations of Jesus Himself in His glory as follows
- [verse 9] He could enter the true fellowship with God and others.
- [verse 10-16] He could hear and see the loud voice of the trumpet.
Revelation 1:10, 12
1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet,
1:12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands,
The loud voice of the trumpet becomes two real manifestations as follows.
If our life, marriage, service and ministry are signified by the suffering in the flesh, we will also be able to hear and see the loud voice of the trumpet or the true teaching Word, so that we can see the two real manifestations as follows.
- Seven golden lampstands or the perfect congregation or God’s bride.
- [verse 13-16] Jesus Himself in His glory.
- Burning golden lampstand. Our life is sanctified and renewed to be as perfect as Jesus is.
- Jesus Himself in His glory.
- The appearance of Jesus in His glory as The High Priest.
1:13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.
- The appearance of Jesus in His glory as The King of all kings.
1:14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
- The appearance of Jesus in His glory as The Just Judge.
1:15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;
- The appearance of Jesus in His glory as The Heavenly Bridegroom.
1:16He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two–edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.
The appearance of Jesus in His glory as The High Priest is signified by these two signs
The meanings of the garment down to the feet are as follows
- Being clothed with a garment down to the feet.
- Being girded about the chest with a golden band.
- Righteous acts.
It means the act of giving for the work of God and other people who are in need.
2 Corinthians 9:7
9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
The requirements for giving are as follows.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8
- Giving as we purpose in our heart or not being forced, but with joy and thanksgiving.
2 Corinthians 9:12
9:12 For the administration of this service not only supplies the needs of the saints, but also is abounding through many thanksgivings to God,
- Giving with love and in the truth, without any purpose to get physical advantage.
1 John 3:17-18
3:17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
- Giving that is directed toward the building of the body of Christ.
9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
As a result, God loves us, so we can love Him and other people. He is able to make all grace abound toward us to preserve us until we can give thanks and have abundance for every good work. It becomes the clean and bright fine linen or the garment of the bride.
19:8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
- Holy garments of High Priest for conducting the ministry of reconciliation or sanctification for the congregation until they are holy and perfect or without blemish.
16:1 Now the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered profane fire before the LORD, and died;
16:2 and the LORD said to Moses: "Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.
16:3 "Thus Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with the blood of a young bull as a sin offering, and of a ram as a burnt offering.
16:4 "He shall put the holy linen tunicand the linen trousers on his body; he shall be girded with a linen sash, and with the linen turban he shall be attired. These are holy garments. Therefore he shall wash his body in water, and put them on.
28:39 " You shall skillfully weave the tunic of fine linen thread, you shall make the turban of fine linen, and you shall make the sash of woven work.
The ministry garment is the skillfully woven tunic of fine linen thread that has many holes or the garment of holiness in the anointing of Holy Spirit.
How can we be sanctified and anointed by Holy Spirit?
21:12 'nor shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.
The servant of God must be inside the Holy Place or shepherding pen always. It means the perseverance in doing three main services to God as follows.
As a result, we are like a branch that dwells in the True Vine. Our life relies fully on God.
- Golden Candlestick or perseverance in doing General Service in which we get the fellowship with Holy Spirit God in His anointing and gifts.
- Table of Showbread or perseverance in doing Bible Study Service with Holy Communion in which we have the fellowship with the Son of God in the Word and His sacrifice.
- Golden Altar of Incense or perseverance in doing Prayer Service in which we get the fellowship with Father God in His love.
15:3 "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
By what are we sanctified? By the Word that is the words of Jesus Himself or the Word that is revealed through a verse that explains other verses in the Bible. It is called the true Teaching Word.
What must be sanctified?
If a servant of God lives in holiness or has the white garment, he will get the anointing of Holy Spirit.
- The spot on our ministry garment.
1:11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaamfor profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
There are four kinds of spot as follows.
- The spot of Cain, namely evil spot or jealousy and hatred without any cause.
Matthew 25:26, 30
25:26 "But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed.
25:30 ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The spot of evil comes together with the one of laziness or unfaithfulness in doing the service and ministry to God. In such condition, one is unprofitable before God.
The garment is sanctified, so that we can minister to God faithfully and well. We can experience the joy of heaven.
- The spot of Balaam, namely serving and ministering to God only to pursue physical wage, especially the lust of money. It causes stinginess that one cannot give and greediness or one seizes the possession of others and God, namely the tithes and offerings.
The spot of Balaam is also the spirit of lie and false teachings.
We are sanctified, so that we can minister to God honestly.
- The spot of Korah, namely rebellion.
It means feeling meritorious, so he insisted his rights, disobeyed God, rebelled or resisted against Him. Consequently, he descended to the lowest part of the earth or the Hades.
We are sanctified, so that we can minister to God obediently.
- The spot of Gibeah, namely uncleanness.
Judges 19:22-24, 29-30
19:22 As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, "Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!"
19:23 But the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, "No, my brethren! I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house, do not commit this outrage.
19:24 "Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man's concubine; let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please; but to this man do not do such a vile thing!"
19:29 When he entered his house he took a knife, laid hold of his concubine, and divided her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel.
19:30 And so it was that all who saw it said, "No such deed has been done or seen from the day that the children of Israel came up from the land of Egypt until this day. Consider it, confer, and speak up!"
It means sexuality sins and sexual deviation.
We are sanctified, so that we can minister to God in righteousness and holines.
- Marriage or household.
Matthew 19:1, 3, 5
19:1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these sayings, that He departed from Galilee and came to the region of Judea beyond the Jordan.
19:3 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?"
19:5 "and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
Our marriage is sanctified so that it may reach the perfect one when Jesus comes a second time.
There are many problems in the marriage, but the greatest one is the divorce.
19:8 He said to them, "Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.
The cause of the divorce is the hardness of heart and disobedience to the Word of God. The hardness of heart also means using the self truth always, namely the truth that is not according to the Bible and covering sins by blaming other people. The divorced marriage is dead. If one gets married with another man or woman after the divorce means rottenness and there are worms.
If a pastor lives in holiness and the anointing of Holy Spirit or has the skillfully woven tunic of fine linen thread with many holes, he has opened eyes to get the revelation of God’s Word as the food for the congregation and pay attention to the whole congregation.
If the congregation lives in holiness and the anointing of Holy Spirit, they have the skillfully woven tunic of fine line thread with many holes and opened eyes to see the revelation of the Word. They can hear, understand, believe, and obey it or consume it. As a result, they get all things and can also pay attention to the pastor.
If there is the revelation of the Word, there will be the solution of all problems, even the opening of the door of heavenly kingdom.
If we live in holiness and the anointing of Holy Spirit, we have the opened eyes and we can set our eyes on Jesus, The High Priest who sits on the right hand of Father God.
26:2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; Try my mind and my heart.
26:3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Your truth.
One of the ways to make our eyes focus on The High priest is through the test.
11:4 The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD’S throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
God is paying attention to us with his merciful sight.
The results are as follows.
- God surely sees our affliction.
3:7 And the LORD said: "I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
3:8 "So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
He will preserve and use our life in the revival for building the body of Christ.
- God sees our ways of life.
31:4 Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps?
14:16 For now You number my steps, But do not watch over my sin.
They are the steps of the remission of sin and sanctification. As a result, our life is made beautiful, successful, and joyful.
- God changes us, from the passing shadow to the sweet-smelling aroma before Him.
144:3 LORD, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him?
144:4 Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow.
It begins from confessing sin. It is the sweet-smelling aroma before God. As a result, there are spiritual and physical miracles. We are changed to be as glorious as Jesus is when He comes a second time and we are with Him forever.
God blesses you.