Simpang Borobudur no 27 Malang
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 13:5-6
13:5. And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months.
13:6. Then he opened his mouth in
blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven.

Verse 1-2 is about the appearance of the Antichrist, namely a beast rising up out of the sea with the combination of four beasts.
Verse 3-4 is about the sign of the Antichrist, namely one of his heads was as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. It refers to being neither dead nor raised. It is the same as false resurrection.
Verse 5-7 is about the state of the Antichrist, namely his mouth speaks lies and blasphemies. He opens his mouth in blasphemy against God from now on until he reigns over the world for three and a half years.

The dragon/Satan gives authority to the Antichrist, so he has the authority in words to bragging.

Who is being blasphemed? God, His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven are being blasphemed.

Tonight we will learn about the Antichrist that blasphemes His tabernacle.

Exodus 25:8-9
25:8. "And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them.
25:9. "
According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.

In the Old Testament, the physical Tabernacle which was built by Moses according to the pattern of the heavenly kingdom was God's dwelling place in the world in the times of the Law.

In the New Testament, the physical Tabernacle has been broken. Now it refers to the spiritual Tabernacle, namely the Tabernacle teaching that makes us become God's dwelling place in the world.

Revelation 21:3
21:3. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of Godis with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

In the future, the Tabernacle is the one of God or the heavenly one on the throne of heaven or the New Jerusalem. It is the last dwelling place.

So, the Tabernacle teaching makes us become God's dwelling place in the world until we are placed by God on the throne of the New Jerusalem or heavenly kingdom forever.
The Tabernacle teaching is the ladder or way from the earth to heaven.

The matter of the Antichrist' blaspheming His tabernacle means blaspheming the Tabernacle teaching.

Why does the Antichrist blaspheme the Tabernacle teaching?
Genesis 1:1-2
1:1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth
1:2. The earth was
without form, and void; and darknesswas on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep, so it could not be occupied.
That is why God created the heavens and the earth, so it became good. Further, God created man in His own image to be put in the Paradise.
The world or earth is not God's place.

1 Corinthians 3:16
3:16. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?

A man who is in the image of God is His dwelling place.

Unfortunately, man has sinned and falls short of the glory or image of God. It is the same as being naked, so his condition is like the earth before it was created, namely being without form, void, and dark. Man cannot be God's dwelling place anymore, but the Antichrist's. He becomes the prey of the Antichrist or the same as the Antichrist to be destroyed forever.

The Tabernacle teaching is able to give form, fill, and light the sinner in the world to return to the image of God or become as glorious or perfect as Him, so we become God's dwelling place on the earth to be put in the Paradise up to the New Jerusalem or the heavenly Tabernacle.

The steps are as follows:

  1. The Tabernacle teaching gives the form of righteousness, namely being righteous, just as Jesus is righteous.
    It refers to the Court of the Tabernacle.
    1 John 3:7
    3:7. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

    By the preaching of the true teaching Word, we can do the things as follows:

    • Entering the Gate. It means believing in Jesus as the Tabernacle, the Savior, or the way to heaven.
    • Realizing, regretting, and confessing sins to God and others, so we experience the remission of sins. Do not sin anymore after being forgiven!
      We repent or have died to sin, including self-truth, namely covering sin by blaming at others.

    • We are newly born from water and the Spirit, so we live in the anointing of Holy Spirit, namely life in righteousness.
      So, the Tabernacle teaching gives us the form of righteousness. Further, it fills us with the faith.

      Romans 1:17

      1:17. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

      The fact is that our life totally depends on God or the true teaching Word, so we can prioritize Him more than anything. We become the servant of God who ministers to Him faithfully and correctly. We can return the tithe that belongs to God.
      We are set free from sin and money.
      We do not want to sin although there are threats, advantage, chance, and punishment.

      Ephesians 5:8-9
      5:8. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
      5:9. (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

      The light of righteousness means that we are not on the side of others, but God.
      The light of truth means that we just do the right thing.
      The light of goodness means that we just do the good thing until we repay good for evil. We cannot sin anymore. It means being righteous, just as Jesus is righteous.

      Psalm 37:25-26
      37:25. I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
      37:26. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.

      The result is that we are set free from the curse. We are blessed up to our descendants and becoming blessing to the others. All things become good.

  2. The Tabernacle teaching gives the form of holiness, namely being holy, just as Jesus is holy.
    It refers to the Holy Place.
    1 Peter 1:15-16
    1:15. but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,
    1:16. because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."

    Hebrews 4:12
    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.

    Our heart and mind are purified from the things as follows:

    • The evil desire, namely the will of money that makes one greedy and stingy.
      We are purified, so we can give and return others'.

    • The unclean desire, namely the sin of eating-drinking and marrying-giving in marriage.
    • The bitterness, namely envy, hatred, and revenge.
    • The ear desire, namely hearing fables and false teaching.
      We are purified, so we just hear the true teaching.

    Psalm 149:6
    149:6. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,

    Galatians 5:19-21
    5:19. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
    5:20. idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
    5:21. envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

    Further, the works of the flesh are purified to become the holy deed.
    Hebrews 13:15
    13:15. Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

    The mouth is purified to result in the fruit of lips that glorifies God, testifies, and worships Him.

    1 John 3:2-3
    3:2. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
    3:3. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

    If the true teaching Word gives the form of holiness, it will fill us with hope. There is hope for the future until the highest one, namely greeting Jesus when He comes a second time on the glorious clouds.

    Romans 8:25
    8:25. But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

    The fact found in it is perseverance and patience.
    Acts 2:41-42
    2:41. Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
    2:42. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

    There are three tools in the Holy Place that refer to the perseverance in committing the three kinds of main service to God as follows:

    • The Table of Showbread refers to the perseverance in committing the Bible Study Service with Holy Communion. We have fellowship with the Son of God in the teaching Word and the sacrifice of Christ.

    • The Golden Candlestick refers to the perseverance in committing the General Service. We have fellowship with Holy Spirit God in His anointing and gifts.
    • The Golden Altar of Incense refers to the perseverance in committing the Prayer Service. We have fellowship with Father God in His love.

    Romans 13:12,14
    13:12. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
    13:14. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

    We receive the light of the sun, star, and moon up to being the same as Jesus.

    Revelation 12:1,14
    12:1. Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.
    12:14. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

  3. The true teaching Word gives the form of perfection.
    It refers to the Most Holy Place.
    Matthew 5:48
    5:48. "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

    The repeated teaching Word in the shepherding is able to purify us continuously up to being perfect like Jesus.
    The fact found in it is that we are filled by the nine loves of God.

    Colossians 3:14
    3:14. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

    The unlimited great love of God is able to unify us with Him and others.
    Unifying us with God means the obedience.
    As a result, all doors will be opened.
    Unifying with others means that we love, confess, forgive, minister to, and pray for one another.
    As a result, God's love makes us perfect.

    James 3:2
    3:2. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.

    God's love makes us perfect, so we do not stumble in words. We just worship God.

    1 Peter 4:12-14
    4:12. Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;
    4:13. but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.
    4:14. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

    We must experience the sprinkle of blood, so we receive the Spirit of glory that changes us from the fleshly men to the spiritual ones.

    Galatians 5:22-23
    5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
    5:23. gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

    Experiencing the renewal of life is the same as bearing the nine fruits of the Spirit as follows:

    • The image of God the Father, namely love, joy, and peace.
    • The image of the Son of God, namely longsuffering, kindness, and goodness.
    • The image of Holy Spirit God, namely faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

    We return to the image of the Trinity of God. We become God's dwelling place on the earth.

    1 Kings 9:1-3
    9:1. And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished building the house of the LORD and the king's house, and all Solomon's desire which he wanted to do,
    9:2. that the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon.
    9:3. And the LORD said to him: "I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.

    As a result, we receive three things as follows:

    • God's name.
      We become the possession of God forever that cannot be charged against by anything and marked by the Antichrist.

    • God's eyes. It means that God remembers, cares, understands, and struggles for us, so we can see Him.
      Exodus 33:18,23
      33:18. And he said, "Please, show me Your glory."
      33:23. "Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen."

      On the Mount Sinai, Moses saw God's back, so he could write the five books that contained the things happening before he was born, namely Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. It refers to God's mercy and goodness.

      At Patmos Island, John the apostle saw God's glory from the front (God's face). It means that there is the future.

    • God's heart.
      We can see God's heart in the revelation of the Word like Paul the apostle.

      Romans 8:31-37
      8:31. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
      8:32. He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
      8:33. Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.
      8:34. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
      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.

      God's love makes us inseparable from Him. We keep believing and hoping God. We surrender all things to God. God's love defeats all of our enemies until we become more than conquerors. We are weak but we win over stronger enemy.
      All things are finished in due time.

      God's love is able to give all things we need in the world. God's love is able to perfect us, so we become the heavenly bride who is ready to greet His second coming on the glorious clouds.

God blesses us.

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