Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 14 refers to the seven sprinklings of blood in front of the Ark of the Covenant or the suffering in the flesh for the church together with Jesus as the last sanctification that the church can reach the quality of being blameless or perfect.
Revelation 14 can be divided into the following three parts:
- Verse 1-5 = the church's following Jesus as the Lamb of God (it has been explained from General Service in Malang, August 15, 2021 to Prayer Service in Malang, October 14, 2021).
- Verse 6-13 = the announcement about the judgment (it has been explained in General Service in Malang, October 17, 2021).
- Verse 14-20 = the harvest on earth.
Before the judgment comes, God has told first. This is the mercy of God from long time ago, so the important thing is our readiness.
ad. 2.Revelation 14:6-7
14:6. Then I saw another angelflying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospelto preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people--
14:7 saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water."
The first angel preaches the following two things
- The everlasting gospel (it is explained from General Service in Malang, October 17, 2021 to Prayer Service in Malang, October 21, 2021).
It consists of the Gospel of Salvation or the Good News and the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ or the Bride Tidings for bringing the sinners into righteousness, salvation, holiness, and perfection until entering the eternal life in the heavenly kingdom forever.
- The judgment of God for men who reject the everlasting gospel --'the hour of His judgment has come'(it is explained from General Service in Malang, October 24, 2021 to Prayer Service in Malang, October 28, 2021).
We learn about the judgment now.
In Revelation 14: 6-13, there are three kinds of judgment (it is explained in General Service in Malang, October 24, 2021) as follows:
- Verse 6-7 = the first angel preaching the upcoming judgment because of rejecting the everlasting gospel until resisting against God, making His heart grieved, and not worshiping Him (it is explained from General Service in Malang, October 24, 2021 to Prayer Service in Malang, October 28, 2021).
- Verse 8 = the second angel preaching the judgment over Babylon or the false church (it is explained in General Service in Malang, October 31, 2021).
- Verse 9 = the third angel preaching the judgment for those who worship the Antichrist.
ad. 3.Revelation 14:9-1114:9.Then a third angelfollowed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,
14:10 "he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
14:11 "And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."
The third angel tells about the judgment for those who worship the Antichrist and receive the sign on their foreheads and hands.
Who is the Antichrist?2 John 1:7-81:7.For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
1:8 Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward.
The Antichrist refers to the servants of God who do not confess that Jesus has come in the flesh.
Thus, the servants of God who worship the Antichrist do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh.
It means as follows:
- Not confessing Jesus as the Savior who forgives and saves the sinners.
1:20.But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.
1:21 "And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."
Since Adam and Eve committed sins, all men in the world have sinned.
All great things in the world cannot save the sinners, but encourage them to commit sin.
Men in the world cannot save themselves. Moreover, they cannot save others.
The way out is that God must be born as the sinless man in Jesus. Jesus must die on the cross, so His blood can forgive and save the sinners.
Thus, Jesus is the only Savior through His sacrifice on the cross.
Ones who worship the Antichrist do not confess it.
2:36."Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredlythat God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."
2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?"
2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptizedin the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
2:39 "For the promise is to you and to your children(the house of Israel), and to all who are afar off(the Gentiles), as many as the Lord our God will call."
2:40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, "Be saved from this perverse generation."
The process of receiving the salvation is as follows:
The facts found in worshiping the Antichrist are as follows:
- 'know assuredly'= believing Jesus as the only Savior.
- Repenting or being dead to sin.
- Being baptized of water and Holy Spirit or being renewed from water and Spirit, so we can be the sons of God who live in righteousness. We are saved. We can get the heavenly life.
- Not being willing to believe that Jesus is the only Savior.
- Not being willing to repent. Moreover, one cannot repent.
- Not being willing to enter the true water baptism, so one cannot get the baptism of Holy Spirit, but keeps on being the sinful fleshly man.
2:12.buriedwith Him in baptism, in which you also were raisedwith Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
3:16.When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.
3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Worshiping the Antichrist or not being willing to be buried in water like Jesus, one cannot come out of water like Jesus, so the heavens are not open and Holy Spirit does not come. He does not experience the renewal of life. He is not acknowledged as the son of God. It means not having the anointing of Holy Spirit, but keeping on being the fleshly man who is sinful as well as does not confess the sin and cannot repent like Satan.
Such life worships the Antichrist and will be destroyed.
2:5. But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heartyou are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,
9:20.But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repentof the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk.
2 Peter 3:9
3:9.The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
God is longsuffering toward the sinners as follows:
It refers to the opportunity and God's mercy for us, so we can confess and worship Jesus as the Savior.
- We are still alive.
- He has not come a second time yet.
The fact found in it is repenting and living in righteousness.
- Not confessing Jesus as the High Priest who is merciful and faithful to God.
2:16.For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.
2:17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priestin things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
Jesus becomes the High Priest who performs the ministry of reconciliation to reconcile men with God and men with others.
Jesus as the High Priest is the Head of the priests and kings.
The facts found in worshiping the Antichrist are as follows:
The right attitude is appreciating Jesus as the Savior through believing Him, repenting, and being baptized of water and Spirit.
- Not being willing to make peace or not confessing sins. Committing sin, one blames God and the righteous. He also does not forgive and forget the sins of others.
It is the same as keeping his sins and others'.
The consequences are as follows:
- The heart is not peaceful, but full of envy, hatred, revenge, enmity, and separation.
- Being weary, heavy laden, and in toil.
- Not being willing to be the priests and kings, not serving and ministering to God, or being the unfaithful priests and kings in the service and ministry to God.
Why does it happen? It happens because the burdens are too heavy. As long as one has not been reconciled from the sins, he cannot minister to God. Maybe he has ministered to God, but his ministry will stop on the way.
Ministering to God already, do not throw away the ministry, but the sins!
The consequences of not ministering to God or being unfaithful in the ministry are as follows:
- Being the lazy and wicked servant of God until destroying the body of Christ and edifying the one of Babylon.
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 servantinto the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
- Being cast into the outer darkness and perishing forever.
Afterwards, we serve to Him. The ministry begins from the household, shepherding, and inter-shepherding, until Israel and Gentiles become one perfect body of Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
5:18. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,
5:19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
5:20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God.
5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Worshiping Jesus as the High Priest means that we must get the ministry of reconciliation, namely confessing and forgiving sin one another, so we get the peaceful heart. Our life becomes easy and light, so we are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation. We are appointed as the priests and kings who are used in the ministry of the edification of the perfect body of Christ.
Actually, only the Israelites deserve to be the priests and kings.
19:6.'And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.'These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."
According to the genealogy, the Gentiles cannot become the priests and kings.
1 Peter 2:9-10
2:9.But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
2:10 who once were not a peoplebut are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
'were not a people'= the Gentiles.
Nevertheless, God had opened the mercy and opportunity for the Gentiles that cost the sacrifice of Christ, so we can be the priests and kings.
Thus, the Gentiles' being able to be the priests and kings is the mercy and trust of God which cost the sacrifice of Christ.
Therefore, we must keep the mercy and trust of God to us through the following things:
Such life can be entrusted by God.
- Keeping our peaceful heart.
- Asking God to give us the ministry.
- Not being negligent in the ministry, but keeping faithful and fervent in spirit.
Keep the heart and God's trust! Being trustworthy, we can entrust our life to God and He can entrust Himself to us, so we can get the help in His time.
2:18.For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
It will not be difficult for us to live in the world which becomes more difficult.
Not appreciating the trust of God, we make our life more difficult until there is no help anymore.
32:30.Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses said to the people, "You have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the LORD; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin."
32:31 Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, "Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold!
32:32 "Yet now, if You will forgive their sin -- but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written."
32:33 And the LORD said to Moses, "Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.
Being trustworthy in the ministry, we are not only helped, but the hand of the High priest is writing our name in the Book of Life.
Therefore, we must persevere in the sheepfold and hear the voice of the shepherd, so our name can be written in the Book of Life completely.
- Not confessing Jesus as the Heavenly Bridegroom.
5:31."For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
5:32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Why does Jesus become the man in the flesh? He becomes the man in the flesh which is not sinful so that we, who are the man in the sinful flesh, can be the perfect man like He is, namely the heavenly bride. We can enter the marriage supper of the Lamb or the spiritual marriage between Christ and the congregation on the glorious clouds.
Therefore, do not be careless in getting married!
The relationship of the spiritual marriage with Jesus as the Head happens through the following two things:
The results are as follows:
- The true worship prayer as the neck or the relationship between the Head and the body.
The fact found in worshiping the Antichrist is not being willing to worship Jesus as the Heavenly Bridegroom by saying "Alleluia".
19:6.And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
19:7 "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
Let us keep worship God regardless of any condition we have now, and God will remember us.
23:40.But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
23:41 "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."
23:42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."
The criminal willingly repented, made peace, and worshiped, so God remembered him.
Worshiping is the same as remembering Jesus, fully surrendering to Him, and placing Him as the Head.
- The Holy Communion.
6:56."He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
Therefore, we must examine ourselves through the Word before receiving the Holy Communion, so we are made worthy to receive it. Having sin, we must confess it. Being slandered, we must forgive.
The Holy Communion refers to the time when God remembers us. He stretches out His merciful hands. He pays attention to, cares for, and struggles for us. Do not doubt at all!
- God stretches out His merciful hands for saving us from the death.
5:23.For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
He forgives all of our sins, so we can repent and live in righteousness.
Let us cry out to God regardless of the condition we have tonight.
God saves us from disaster and heals us from the disease and the other threats of the death.
The impossible problems can be made possible.
- The merciful hands of God are able to nourish and cherish us.
5:28.So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself.
5:29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.
He protects and preserves us carefully in the midst of our powerlessness and difficulties in the world. Jesus willingly dies on the cross. He never turns His face away from us. Therefore, do not ever turn away from His love.
God preserves and protects us until the time when the Antichrist reigns over the world. He makes us warm and joyful until we can testify. He is able to do all things we cannot do.
- The merciful hands of God are stretched for washing us.
5:25.Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,
5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word,
5:27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
It means sanctifying and changing us. It begins from being meek, silent, and submissive. That is the adornment of the bride.
Meekness refers to the ability to receive the hard Word.
Silence refers to doing the introspection in our life much more.
Submission means being obedient until the flesh does not speak anymore.
Through the submission, the door of the heavenly kingdom is opened. It means that the doors in the world are also opened.
When Jesus comes a second time, we will be changed to be as perfect as He is for being worthy to welcome His coming on the glorious clouds. The door of the marriage supper is opened. The door of paradise and the one of the New Jerusalem are also opened for us.
What destruction and fall do you have now? God receives all of them. He will never turn His face away from us.
God blesses you.