Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 11:1-211:1 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, "Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.
1:2. who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.
The measuring rod refers to the one of the shepherd, and the true teaching word which is entrusted by God to a shepherd to be preached to the congregation faithfully, regularly, continually, and repetitively to become the food for them, the strength, and the command which rules the things which they can and cannot do. It is also to measure their spirituality until they fulfill the measurement from God, namely perfection or the veil is torn.
There are two things which are measured by the shepherding word as follows:
- The temple of God.
- The altar and those who worship there.
ad. 2. The altar and those who worship there
It is the same as worship.
The measurement of the worship that is measured by the rod of the shepherd or shepherding word is obedience until our flesh does not sound anymore or the veil is torn.John 14:15
14:15. "If you love Me, keep My commandments.
Obeying God's commandments is the same as loving Him, the perfect love, or having the two tablets of stone.The two tablets of stone can be divided as follows
- The first tablet of the two tablets of stone which has four laws. It refers to loving and prioritizing God or ministry more than anything.
- The second tablet of the two tablets of stone which has six laws. It refers to loving others as we love ourselves.
The fact found in it is that we do neither do evil things nor harm others. We just do good things to others. We do not return evil for evil but good.
This is the measurement of the worship.Exodus 31:18
31:18. And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.
God makes effort to increase our prayer, so we fulfill the measurement, namely obedience until our flesh does not sound anymore or we have the perfect love, and we do not enter the persecution of antichrist for three and a half years.Exodus 32:4,9,7
32:4. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, "This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!"
32:9. And the LORD said to Moses, "I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people!
32:7. And the LORD said to Moses, "Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.Exodus 32:2
32:2. And Aaron said to them, "Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me."
Be watchful! If a woman wants to be the head, the golden calf will surely exist.
God wants to give the two tablets of stone but there is an obstruction, namely golden calf. It means the hardness of heart, being stiff-necked, or rejecting the love.
Consequently, one corrupts himself and his marriage up to perdition forever.Matthew 24:12
24:12. "And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.
In the last days, the lawlessness will abound, so the love will grow cold.
The church of God hardens its heart and corrupts itself until it enters the days of the antichrist for three and a half years.There are two possibilities in the days of the Antichrist as follows
- The small possibility is that the church of God does not want to worship the antichrist although he faces great tribulation up to being beheaded. But, he will be risen when Jesus comes a second time.
- The big possibility is that the church of God denies Jesus and worships the antichrist because he cannot hold the great tribulation. Worshipping the antichrist is comfortable for the flesh because he is not tormented, but he will become the same as the antichrist, so he will be destroyed forever.
32:19. So it was, as soon as he came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing. So Moses' anger became hot, and he cast the tablets out of his hands and broke them at the foot of the mountain.
32:20. Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, and ground it to powder; and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it.
In the Old Testament, the way out to face against the golden calf is that the two tablets of stone must be broken.
In the New Testament, Jesus as the perfect love must become obedient to the point of death on the cross.As a result, there are two big things that happen as follows
- The golden calf must be destroyed, grounded to powder, and drunk.
It means that no matter how hard our heart is, if we can see and honor Christ's sacrifice on the cross, we will surely have a broken heart. We can realize, regret, and confess our sins. Do not sin anymore after being forgiven!
On the other hand, we can forgive others' sin and forget it.
Confessing sin is truly bitter for flesh. It is like drinking the water of the powder of gold. We promise to ourselves and God.
28:13. He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
As a result, we will experience the love of God, so all things become sweet, happy, and successful for our life in the world up to eternal life in heaven.
- The new two tablets of stone are made like the first ones.
34:1. And the LORD said to Moses, "Cut two tablets of stone like the first ones, and I will write on these tablets the words that were on the first tablets which you broke.
The process of the formation of the new two tables of stone or the bride who has the perfect love is as follows:
The conclusion is that the process of the formation of the new two tablets of stone happens through the perseverance in committing the three kinds of main service to God.
- The hard stones must be cut.
It means that a sinner must surrender himself to be cut or purified.
23:29. "Is not My word like a fire?" says the LORD, "And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
The hammer refers to true teaching word.
4:12. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The chisel refers to the true teaching word that is sharper than any two-edged sword.
Hard-hearted man who is sinful must be purified by the true teaching word that is sharper than any two-edged sword. It starts from our heart and mind.
7:21. "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries(1), fornications(2), murders(3),
7:22. thefts(4), covetousness(5), wickedness(6), deceit(7), lewdness(8), an evil eye(9), blasphemy(10), pride(11), foolishness(12).
7:23. "All these evil things come from within and defile a man."
The heart of man has twelve unclean and evil desires that aim at Babylon or the bride of Satan.
If our heart and mind are purified, they will be filled by twelve loaves that are set in two rows, six in a row. It refers to sixty six books in the bible or the true teaching word.
1:1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:14. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The process of the formation of the new two tablets of stone especially happens in the perseverance in committing the bible study service and holy communion.
- The isolation process. It means that from among the people in the world, one is taken to be used by God.
34:2. "So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain.
34:3. "And no man shall come up with you, and let no man be seen throughout all the mountain; let neither flocks nor herds feed before that mountain."
The mistakes in the ministry are as follows:
The isolation process or the one to be used by God is strict.
- One has not been purified yet, but he already ministers to God. It is the same as ministering to himself.
- One does not want to minister to God although he has been purified. It is the same as ministering to himself and Satan.
- Being unfaithful in the ministry to God.
From among the nations in the world, one is chosen, namely the Israelites.
From among the twelve tribes of Israelites, one is chosen, namely the Levites.
From among the families of the Levites, one is chosen, namely the family of Kohath.
From among the sons of Kohath, Aaron and his sons are chosen.
29:1. "And this is what you shall do to them to hallow them for ministering to Me as priests: Take one young bull and two rams without blemish,
4:7. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift.
4:11. And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
4:12. for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
One who is purified will be equipped with the ministry and the gift of Holy Spirit.
2:7. "For the lips of a priest should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
We as the priest or servant of God must keep our words.
Ministering God starts from marriage, shepherding, inter-shepherding until the perfect body of Christ is formed.
The isolation process especially happens in the perseverance in committing the general service.
- Surrendering ourselves to worship God.
34:8. So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped.
34:4. So he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone.
34:5. Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
34:29. Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses' hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shonewhile he talked with Him.
The signs of worshipping God are as follows:
The process of the formation of the new two tablets of stone especially happens in the perseverance in committing the prayer service.
- Being obedient until the flesh does not sound anymore.
- Glorifying the name of God.
- Experiencing the renewal of life from fleshly men to spiritual ones like Jesus.
34:27. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Write these words, for according to the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with you and with Israel."
34:28. So he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
If we become the new two tablets of stone, the Ten Commandments or perfect love will be written on us.
The functions of the love of God are as follows:
- Giving extra power to us who are like sheep for the slaughter, so we become strong and of good courage.
8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
8:36. As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
8:37. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
We can love God more than anything. The fact found in it is we do not get disappointed and desperate as well as leave God, regardless of anything that happens. We keep ministering God faithfully and fervently. We keep obeying the word of God.
As a result, we will become more than conquerors because the love of God fights for us.
- We can love others as we love ourselves.
13:8. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
We can pay all debts of sins to others, money we owe, promises we make off, and repay others for what they have done.
If all of our debts are finished, God will finish all impossible things.
- Loving our enemies and blessing those who harm or make hostility toward us.
5:43. "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
5:44. "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
5:45. "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
God blesses us.