Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. Revelation 7:4-8
7:4And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed:
7:5 of the tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Gad twelve thousand were sealed;
7:6 of the tribe of Asher twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand were sealed;
7:7 of the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Levi twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand were sealed;
7:8 of the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand were sealed; of the tribe of Benjamin twelve thousand were sealed.
14:1 Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father's name written on their foreheads.
14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.
14:3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
14:4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb.
14:5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Ones who experience the redemption by the blood of Jesus will get the seal of the name of the Lord until being perfect and without fault.
In the Old Testament, the house of Israel got the deliverance from the slavery of Egypt through the redemption of the blood of the lamb. Genesis 15:13
15:13Then He said to Abram: "Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years.
The house of Israel was enslaved in Egypt for four hundred years.
One year equals to three hundred and sixty days.
Thus, four hundred years equals to four hundred multiplied with three hundred and sixty days or one hundred and forty four thousand days.
The time of slavery is the same as the one of redemption.
There were one hundred and forty four thousand who were redeemed.
Thus, one person was redeemed in one day
In the New Testament, we must experience the redemption or deliverance from the world by the blood of Jesus. There are three meanings of experiencing the redemption from the world by the blood of Jesus as follows
- Being redeemed from the idol of Egypt, namely the ox, which causes the judgment of God.
46:14 "Declare in Egypt, and proclaim in Migdol; Proclaim in Noph and in Tahpanhes; Say, 'Stand fast and prepare yourselves, For the sword devours all around you.'
46:15 Why are your valiant men swept away? They did not stand Because the LORD drove them away.
32:9 And the LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!
The idol of Egypt was imitated by the house of Israel in the golden calf that refers to the hardness of heart. It also causes the wrath of God.
The facts found in the hardness of heart or being stiff-necked are as follows.
- Not being willing to repent until one cannot repent like Satan.
2:4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
2:5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
It means keeping the sins in the inward and outward man, the ones binding the body, soul, and spirit, or the ones which are ingrained.
3:5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
The six sins in the outward man end in the idolatry, namely loving or prioritizing something in the world more than God. The highest idolatry is in the self-truth, namely covering sin by blaming others.
3:8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
3:9 Do not lieto one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
The six sins in the inward man end in the lie.
Being ruled over by the twelve sins in the inward and outward man or the ones binding the body, soul, and spirit, one will not be able to join the true fellowship.
Praise the Lord, commemorating the Passover, we have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
5:7 Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Being set free from sins means realizing, regretting, and confessing sins to God (vertical) and others (horizontal). Do not repeat the sins after being forgiven by the blood of Jesus. We must live in the sincerity and truth or the fence of our life.
Living in the truthmeans being set free from sins.
Living in the sinceritymeans that there are no leaven of sin and the one of false teaching. We hold fast to the true and pure teaching Word. As a result, we will experience the atmosphere of feast or the heavenly joy.
There are only the atmosphere of curses and perdition, weariness, heavy burden, sorrows, and tears outside the fence of sincerity and truth.
- The service which gathered together to Aaron, not to God.
32:1 Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, "Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him."
It means the service to God which only sees and looks for physical thingssuch as man or artist and priests, prosperity, and entertainment. It also means rejecting or ignoring the power of godliness, namely the true teaching Word which is sharper than any two-edged sword.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:
3:2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3:3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,
3:4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Consequently, one keeps the fleshly man with the eighteen characteristics although he serves to God. Finally, he is stamped with 666 and becomes the same as the antichrist to be destroyed.
Being redeemed by the blood of Jesus, the hard heart will be gentle. We can prioritize the service and ministry to God, so we experience the power which is able to sanctify and change our life until we are as perfect and blameless as Jesus.
- Being redeemed from the life system in Egypt or the world.
11:10 "For the land which you go to possess is not like the land of Egypt from which you have come, where you sowed your seed and watered it by foot, as a vegetable garden;
The worldly system is in labor. It means relying on the power, riches, intelligence, and experience, so one does not rely on God and the true teaching Word. Moreover, he relies on all ways which are not in line with the Word. Consequently, there are total failure and nakedness although such ways seem successful.
Esau traded his firstborn right or spiritual thing with a plate of lentils or physical thing. Consequently, he wept bitterly forever.
The true attitude is sacrificing all things for the spiritual ones or God.
11:11 "but the land which you cross over to possess is a land of hills and valleys, which drinks water from the rain of heaven,
11:12 "a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.
11:13 ' And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the LORD your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,
11:14 'then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
11:15 'And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.'
The heavenly system is the one of hills and valleys. It is the system in the death and resurrection or the system of the cross. We crucify the flesh with all of its lusts and desires until it does not speak anymore. We can be obedient, faithful, and fervent in spirit in serving and ministering to God.
As a result, God opens the doors of heaven to pour out the rain of His mercy and physical and spiritual blessings abundantly, so we can always give thanks to Him.
Spiritually, there is the abundant grain or the teaching Word. We are satisfied spiritually, so we do not look for the other satisfaction in the world. There is the anointing oil of Holy Spirit, so we become the light of God's witness in the midst of dark world. It begins from the marriage. We become the light, so our marriage is not ruled over by the darkness of basket or the one in economy and the sins concerning eating-drinking as well as the darkness of bed or the sins concerning marrying-being given in marriage. There is also the wine of heavenly joy until we enter the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Physically, there is the blessing for God in every blessing we receive, namely the tithes and offering. Moreover, there is the blessing for others who are in need. We must also save the blessing for serving and ministering to God. If one uses the blessing for serving and ministering to God to do other things, his life will be like animal eating the grass, namely only fulfilling the instinct of the flesh. His life becomes like the grass, namely easily fading away and being disappointed and hopeless.
- Being redeemed from the characteristics of the Egyptians.
3:21 "And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and it shall be, when you go, that you shall not go empty-handed.
3:22 "But every woman shall ask of her neighbor, namely, of her who dwells near her house, articles of silver, articles of gold, and clothing; and you shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians."
The Egyptians are generous, meaning not appreciating the spiritual gold, silver, and clothing.
The clothing refers to the robe of ministry. Not appreciating the clothing means not being faithful in the ministry to God.
The attitudes of one who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus are as follows.
The gold refers to the pure or tested faith. Not appreciating the gold means often being doubtful and not believing in the true teaching Word. Finally, one must doubt and choose the false.
- Appreciating the robe of ministry. It means living in righteousness and holiness and being faithful and fervent in spirit in the ministry to God.
- The robe is dipped in blood. It means the willingness to suffer in the flesh to serve to God and others.
Being redeemed by the blood of Jesus, we can believe and obey the true teaching Word, regardless of any risk we must take.
10:20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little.
The silver refers to the right or honest tongue which says "yes" if yes and "no" if no.
If we are redeemed from the characteristics of the Egyptians by the blood of Jesus, we will appreciate the spiritual clothing, gold, and silver. We will be the faithful, obedient, and honest servant of God. As a result, God will use us in the edification of Tabernacle, namely we become the house of the Lord or the one of prayer which accommodates the glory of God.
We only surrender and cry out to God. We submit all of our physical and spiritual weaknesses to Him. As a result, God will stretch out His great merciful hands to perform miracle in the midst of us.
The examples are as follows.
- Exodus 14:21
14:21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
Moses faced the Red Sea in the front, Pharaoh behind, and the wilderness at the right and left. He only cried out to God and His hands were stretched out to divide the sea.
The hands of God are able to preserve us miraculously and solve all impossible problems. We are used in the revival of Holy Spirit at the latter rain.
- Peter could walk on the sea, but he was doubtful because of the wind of the false teaching until he was drowned.
Peter could cry out to the Lord and He was able to lift him up from the drowning.
The drowning refers to the fall in sins. We will be set free from sin if we confess it. God is able to lift us up from all failures, so all things become successful and beautiful.
God is also able to sanctify us until we do not stumble in words; even until the last Passover, namely we only cry out "Alleluia" on the glorious clouds.
God blesses you.