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

Revelation 9:1-12is about the fifth trumpet or the fifth condemnation of the Son of God to men in the earth, namely the torment or the sting of the scorpions five months. 

Revelation 9:7-12is about the locusts and scorpions.
The locusts refer to the wicked and unclean spirits which come up from the bottomless pit.

There are two things about the locust as follows:

  1. The shape of the locust is like horses which are prepared for battle.
    Revelation 9:7
    9:7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.

  2. The tail of the locust is like the tail of scorpion which has sting.
    Revelation 9:10
    9:10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months.

    The tail of the locust is the same as the sting of the scorpion

    1Corinthians 15:55-56
    15:55 "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
    15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law

    The sting of scorpion refers to the sting of death or sin.

    So, the locust refers to the wicked and unclean spirits as the trigger of sins which make men including the servant and minister of God do the sins up to the peak. So, men experience the torment of the scorpions for five months until the perdition in hell forever. 

The conditions of the locust or sins are as follows:

  1. There is crown of something like gold on head.
    Revelation 9:7
    9:7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of somethinglike gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.

    It means that the sins appear so beautiful and worth. For example, the more a show is unclean, the more expensive is the price and the people look for it more.
    But, before God ones who do sin are the most worthless.

  2. The face is like the face of men.
    It means that the sins do not choose people, whether they are old or young, smart or fool, defective or not, et cetera.All people can do sins.

  3. The hair is like the women's hair.
    Revelation 9:8
    9:8 They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.

    There are so much hair. It means that there are many kinds of sins.
    The hair is long. It means that the sins are easy to increase up to the peak. It also means that the sin binds, so it is not easy to be left or finished until it cannot be finished. Especially when there is the sin of pride and not relying on God. Such condition makes the sins increase easily.
    The hair is also smooth. It refers to the cunning and hypocrisy, namely the things inside the heart are not the same as the ones outside or the manners of one in the service and ministry to God are not the same as the ones outside.

  4. The teeth are like lions' teeth.
    It is to tear, break, and scatter the body of Christ. It begins from the marriage, shepherding, and inter-shepherding pen. It happens through the sins and false teachings.

    Amos 3:12
    3:12 Thus says the LORD: "As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion Two legs or a piece of an ear,So shall the children of Israel be taken out Who dwell in Samaria--In the corner of a bed and on the edge of a couch!

    The lion bites a piece of an ear and two legs.
    The ear is bitten so that one cannot hear and obey the voice of the shepherd or the true teaching word and begins to hear the other teachings and gossips which are not true.
    The two legs are bitten so that one cannot stand firmly on the true teaching word and his faith shakes until he falls from faith.

  5. The breastplates are like breastplates of iron.
    Revelation 9:9
    9:9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron,and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle.

    It means that the sins are fool and shameless, even one is proud in sinning.

  6. The sound of the wings is like the sound of the chariots with many horses running into battle.
    It means that the sins have power and speed to battle man and the servant and minister of God and make them fall in sins up to the peak.

  7. The tail is like scorpion's which has stings.
    Revelation 9:10
    9:10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails.Their power was to hurt men five months.

    It refers to the end of sins, namely the suffering and perdition in hell forever.

So, the locust refers to the wicked and unclean spirits which are ready for battle so that men and the servant and minister of God do the sins up to the peak. The whole life of men, namely body, soul, spirit, and the past, present, and future life, is powered by sins.

Therefore, we must be ready to put on the armor of God to fight against the locust or the wicked and unclean spirits, namely we must get the sanctification to our whole life.

  1. The sanctification to the old life. It refers to the court of Tabernacle.
    1 John 1:7-10
    1:7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
    1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
    1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
    1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

    The sanctification is done by the power of the blood of Jesus.

    The process is that we realize, regret, confess our sins to God and other people, until we can forgive the sins of other people. So, the blood of Jesus will be active in two things as follows:

    • Forgiving our sins with His blood until there is no remnant of the sin anymore as if we had never done such sin. The proof is that we are not accused by our conscience, Satan, and God anymore, so we live in peace.

    • Pulling out the root of sins, so we do not do it anymore even hate it. So, we are saved and not condemned but justified and saved. We can enter the light fellowship. It begins from the marriage and shepherding. We are blessed by God.

    Be watchful with the self-truth, namely one does sin but he does not want to confess it, but blames other people and God. It is the same as resisting against the cross or deceiving himself. So, he will enter the dark fellowship which does not have the word. His condition is like the earth before it was created or being mixed with sins.

  2. The sanctification to the present life. It refers to the Holy Place in Tabernacle.
    John 15:3
    15:3 "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

    It is done through the things as follows:

    • The word which is spoken by Jesus Himself through a verse that explains other verses in the Bible, the true teaching word, or the Word which is sharper than any two-edged sword.
      Psalms 119:11,105
      119:11 Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You!
      119:105 NUN. Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

      The functions of the true teaching word are as follows:

      1. It becomes a brake so that we do not fall in sins.
        We must be careful with the bad friendship which encourages us to do sins up to the peak.

      2. It becomes a lamp, so that we do not stumble and are not snared by sins.
        Satan puts a snare at the place which we always pass or the place that we like.
        The proof that one begins to be snared by sin is that he begins to respond negatively or the true teaching word and starts to give an attention to sins.

      3. The true teaching word as the light for our path leads us to the city of light or the New Jerusalem.
        We can live in the light, righteousness, and holiness. It means that there is nothing we hide.

    • The chastening.
      Hebrews 12:10
      12:10 For they indeed for a few days chastenedus as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.

      Every preaching of the hard word is the stretching of the cord of the love of God to sanctify and help us. If it is rejected, it will be spun to become a whip of the chastening in all aspects to return us to the sanctification. But, if one rejects the chastening, he will be let go by God and only wait the torment and perdition forever.

  3. The sanctification to the future life. It refers to the Most Holy Place in Tabernacle.
    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.

    The sanctification is done by the hope in the second coming of Jesus.
    The facts found in it are as follows:

    • The perseverance in the shepherding pen or the three main services to God as follows:
      Romans 8:25
      8:25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

      1. The Golden Candlestick refers to the General Service to get the fellowship with Holy Spirit God in the anointing and gifts of Holy Spirit. We drink spiritually until we are fresh.

      2. The Table of Showbread refers to the Bible Study Service and Holy Communion to get the fellowship with the Son of God in the true teaching word and sacrifice of Christ. We eat spiritually, so we are strong and we grow in holiness.

      3. The Golden Altar of Incense refers to the Prayer Service to get the fellowship with Father God in His love. We breathe in His love until reaching the eternal life forever.

      In the shepherding pen, our body, soul, and spirit attach to the Trinity of God, so the trinity of Satan cannot touch us. We are sanctified repetitively until we grow to the spiritual maturity and we are perfect like Jesus.

    • We willingly experience the sprinkling of blood.
      There are two times seven times of the sprinkling of blood, namely on the Ark or for Jesus and in front of the Ark or for us.

      1 Peter 4:12-14
      4:12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trialwhich 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 gloryand of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.

      The sprinkling of blood is the test, the fiery trial, and the suffering in flesh without sins or because of Jesus.
      Why must we experience the sprinkling of blood? So that we experience the Spirit of Glory.

      The functions of Holy Spirit or the Spirit of Glory are as follows:

      1. The high priest enters the Holy Place while bringing the blood and incense to do the ministry of reconciliation over our sins. If there is the Spirit of Glory, all sins will be forgiven and reconciled by the blood of Jesus, so we can live in righteousness and holiness.
        Leviticus 16:12-16
        16:12 "Then he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from the altar before the LORD, with his hands full of sweet incense beaten fine, and bring it inside the veil.
        16:13 "And he shall put the incense on the fire before the LORD, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the Testimony, lest he die.
        16:14 "He shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; and before the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.
        16:15 " Then he shall kill the goat of the sin offering, which is for the people, bring its blood inside the veil, do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and before the mercy seat.
        16:16 "So he shall make atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions, for all their sins; and so he shall do for the tabernacle of meeting which remains among them in the midst of their uncleanness.

      2. Holy Spirit gives the comfort.
        1 Peter 4:14
        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 keep on having the atmosphere of the heavenly joy in the midst of sufferings.

      3. Holy Spirit performs the great miracle or the spiritual one, namely the life renewal from the fleshly man to the spiritual one like Jesus.
        1 Kings 8:10-11
        8:10 And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD.
        8:11 so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD

        The new life only kneels at the feet of God, worships Him, confesses all of our weaknesses, and does not get proud of anything.

        Joshua 7:5-6
        7:5 And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people melted and became like water.
        7:6 Then Joshua tore his clothes, and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until evening, he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads.

        A father or pastor must kneel much when he faces the impossible problem until he wins over Ai or until all of the impossible problems are finished. Everything which is difficult for us is easy for God, even it is easier that turning the palm of hand.

        36 = 4 x 9 or nine ministries, nine gifts of Holy Spirit, nine works of the love of Father, and nine fruits of Holy Spirit.
        We also must kneel much to keep the four times nine spiritual things. Do not be struck by the ruin spirit or Ai through the unclean desire and the one of money. Ai refers to the small things which can make the spiritual things fall. We must be watchful to be faithful and fervent in spirit until Jesus comes for the second time.

        Mark 7:25-27
        7:25 For a woman whose young daughter had an unclean spirit heard about Him, and she came and fell at His feet.
        7:26 The woman was a Greek, a Syro-Phoenician by birth, and she kept asking Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.
        7:27 But Jesus said to her, "Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."

        A mother must kneel much, confess her weakness, and not blame other people.
        The tongue of a mother is like the dog licking the vomit, namely there are many idle words, lies, gossips, and bad languages. Be watchful, when the tongue of the mother is like the dog's, her daughter is like the swine, namely being demon-possessed.
        Let us revoke all of our bad words, so all problems will be finished.

        John 11:32
        11:32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

        The youth must face Lazarus who has died four days. It refers to the rottenness, gloomy future life, or the impossible problems. Keeling down, there is the Spirit of Glory which will work to heal all things.
        When Jesus comes for the second time, the Spirit of Glory will change us until we are as glorious as Him and we are worthy to welcome His second coming on the glorious clouds.

God blesses you.

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