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Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Good Friday means Jesus' death on the cross to set us free from the sins up to being spotless or perfection like Jesus, so we can be delivered from the earth when Jesus comes a second time. We are lifted up on the glorious clouds to meet Jesus. We meet our brother and sister who have passed away. Further, we enter into the marriage supper of the Lamb of God (the spiritual marriage), the One-Thousand-Year Kingdom of Peace (the upcoming Paradise), and the New Jerusalem forever.

Our freedom from the sins, so we can enter into the New Jerusalem, is the same as the one of the Israelites from Egypt to enter into Canaan.

What did the Israelites face? They faced Pharaoh and his people, six hundred choice chariots, and captains.
Exodus 14:5-8
114:5. Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, "Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?"
14:6. So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.
14:7. Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.
14:8. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.

Now, our freedom from the sin and earth to enter into the New Jerusalem faces the challenge and obstacle as follows:

  1. Pharaoh and his people refer to Satan with evil and unclean spirits.
  2. Six hundred chariots refer to the fleshly men without thoughts and feelings, namely the Antichrist.
  3. The captains refer to the false prophet.

So, our freedom from the sin and earth to enter into the New Jerusalem is blocked by the trinity of Satan in the Antichrist who reigns over the world for three and a half years.

The theme is the appearance of the Antichrist.

The book of Revelation can be divided as follows:

  1. Revelation 1-12. It is the appearance of Jesus in the glory of the perfect Heavenly Bridegroom, and the one of the church of God as the perfect heavenly bride.
    Revelation 19:9
    19:9. Then he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'"And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."

    The direction is the marriage supper of the Lamb of God, namely the spiritual marriage between Christ as the Heavenly Bridegroom and the church of God as the heavenly bride, and then entering into the One-Thousand-Year Kingdom of Peace (the upcoming Paradise) and the New Jerusalem or Canaan, the promised land.

  2. Revelation 13-22. It is the appearance of the false christ, the beast or the Antichrist, namely the bridegroom who is perfect in evil and uncleanness, and the one of the false church or bride, namely the harlot or Babylon.

    Revelation 17:3
    17:3. So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

    The direction is the false marriage, namely the blasphemy one between the harlot or false church and the beast or false christ to be destroyed in the hell forever.

    That is why we must keep our marriage since the beginning and blessing of or during the marriage up to the righteousness, holiness, and unity of the marriage, and we reach the end of marriage, namely entering into the marriage supper of the Lamb of God. It is the perfect marriage to enter into Paradise and the New Jerusalem.

Revelation 13:1
13:1. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name.

The appearance of the Antichrist, a beast rising up out of the sea, is as follows:

  1. Having seven heads. It is against Jesus as the Head in the anointing of Holy Spirit with His seven manifestations.
    Isaiah 11:1-2
    11:1. There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
    11:2. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.


    Jesus is the Head in the anointing of Holy Spirit, so He humbles Himself and has the fear of God.

    The Antichrist has seven heads. It means being without hope or the anointing of Holy Spirit. It is the same as being without the image of Holy Spirit God, so one becomes arrogant. He wants to rule where it should not be.

  2. Having ten horns. It is against God's law or not willingly hearing and obeying the Word.
    So, the Antichrist is without the Word of God or faith. It is the same as being without the image of the Son of God.

  3. On his horns ten crowns. It means being without love or the image of God the Father.

So, the Antichrist is without the Word (faith), Holy Spirit (hope), and love, but just having the image of the beast.

Jude 1:11,13
1:11. Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
1:13. raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.


Be watchful! There are many God's chosen people or the stars who are controlled by the Antichrist. It happens from age to age, so the stars appear as the beast.

The examples are as follows:

  1. Balaam, the chosen person who preached the prophetic word. But, he preached the false teaching because of the wages.
    2 Peter 2:15
    2:15. They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

    Balaam refers to the servant of God who preaches the false teaching, namely serving God to look for the physical wages, so he leaves the true teaching word. He becomes greedy and stingy.
    Stinginess means that one cannot give.
    Greediness means that one steals the possession of God and others.
    It means that his life does not depend on God or the Word of God.
    It is the same as being without faith or the image of the Son of God.

  2. Korah, the chosen person or servant of God.
    Numbers 16:8-11
    16:8. Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi:
    16:9. "Is it a small thing to you that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the work of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to serve them;
    16:10. "and that He has brought you near to Himself, you and all your brethren, the sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking the priesthood also?
    16:11. "Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the LORD. And what is Aaron that you complain against him?"


    Korah was rebellious against God, namely grumbling in the ministry because of seeking the priesthood.
    At last he judged and blamed at others as well as not ministering God faithfully.

    So, Korah was without Holy Spirit. It is the same as being without hope or the image of Holy Spirit God.

  3. Cain, the chosen person. He was the firstborn child. He presented the offering for God.
    Cain served in bitterness, sad face, envy, and hatred, so he killed Abel.
    It means being without love or the image of God the Father.

So, Balaam, Korah, and Cain refer to the servant of God who is without faith, hope, and love. It is the same as being without the image of the Trinity of God, but just having the one of the trinity of Satan or the beast, and being controlled by the Antichrist.

Being controlled by the Antichrist means as follows:

  1. Experiencing the persecution of the Antichrist for three and a half years. He must be willingly tormented up to being beheaded to receive faith, hope, and love of God. He must fight with his own blood to return to the image of the Trinity of God. But he will be risen in the body of glory when Jesus comes a second time, so he is worthy to greet Jesus' second coming on the glorious clouds up to entering into Paradise.

  2. Becoming the same as the Antichrist because of not enduring against the persecution of the Antichrist, so he worships the Antichrist. He has the image of the beast that will be destroyed forever.

God does not will that the human He has created in His own image becomes the beast like the Antichrist who will be destroyed forever.
That is why Jesus must die on the cross (Good Friday) to set us free from the Antichrist and return the image of the Trinity of God to us.

The process is as follows:

  1. Jesus as the only innocent man must die on the cross, so His blood can redeem all of our sins and we are set free from sin. It is the same as taking away the image of the Antichrist in our life.
    We are justified by the blood of Jesus. We live in righteousness and get the salvation.

    Romans 3:23-25
    3:23. for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
    3:24. being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
    3:25. whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,


    We can be saved if we receive the gospel of salvation, gospel word, or good news that preaches Jesus' death on the cross (Good Friday) to redeem our sin, so we live in righteousness.

  2. Jesus dies on the cross like the lamb that is slain to reveal the Wordof God through one verse that explains the other verses in the Holy Bible.
    It is the same as the true teaching Word that is sharper than any two-edged sword, the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, or the Bride Tidings. It is able to slaughter or purify our sins.

    Revelation 5:4-9
    5:4. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.
    5:5. But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."
    5:6. And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
    5:7. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
    5:8. Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
    5:9. And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,


    2 Corinthians 4:3-4
    4:3. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,
    4:4. whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.


    For example, Saul became Paul.
    Acts 9:1-4
    9:1. Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest
    9:2. and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
    9:3. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.
    9:4. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"


    Saul is the illustration of the servant of God who is without the image of the Trinity of God. He has only the image of the beast or Antichrist, so he breathes threats in envy and hatred. He persecutes and kills other servants of God.
    It is the same as persecuting God, causing divisions, and destroying the body of Christ.

    Thanks to God, Saul still received a light from heaven, namely the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ or the Bride Tidings, so he experienced the purification by the sword of the Word.
    As a result, he returned to the image of the Trinity of God.

    Acts 9:8-9
    9:8. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus.
    9:9. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.


    The facts are as follows:

    • Being three days without sight. It means not using his own sight, mind, feeling, and will, but God's, so he could be led by the hand or be obedient.

    • Three days neither eating nor drinking. It means that one does not rely on his own power, so he can totally surrender to God.
      As a result, God works, so all things become beautiful and successful.

    • Saul was used and chosen to be Paul the apostle for the Israelites and Gentiles. He was used in the one perfect body of Christ. He returned to the image of the Trinity of God.

      Acts 9:15
      9:15. But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.

      2 Timothy 4:6-8
      4:6. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
      4:7. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
      4:8. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.


      Paul the apostle was used until the finish line.
      Our finish line is the time of our death or Jesus' second coming.

  3. Jesus dies on the cross to graze His sheep well and correctly.
    That is why we must be shepherded well and correctly.

    John 10:11
    10:11. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

    The term is that we are always in the sheepfold, namely 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.
      In the Bible Study Service, the word of God is deepened or repeated to establish our faith when facing against the temptations and false teachings, so we do not doubt to the true teaching word and God's power.

      Philippians 3:1-2
      3:1. Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.
      3:2. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation!


      Malachi 3:1-2
      3:1. "Behold, I send My messenger, And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, Even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," Says the LORD of hosts.
      3:2. "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire And like launderer's soap.


      We experience the sanctification of the physical and spiritual life, so we have a holy faith up to the perfect one through the test of faith. It refers to the golden pot that had the manna in the Tabernacle or the image of the Son of God.

    • The Golden Candlestick refers to the perseverance in committing the General Service. We have fellowship with Holy Spirit God in His anointing and gifts.
      If we persevere, the Golden Candlestick will be increased to become Aaron's rod that budded, sprouted, and yielded fruits.
      Budding means not sinning anymore.
      Sprouting means being equipped with the ministry.
      Yielding fruits means faithfulness until the finish line.
      It is the image of Holy Spirit God.

    • The Golden Altar of Incense refers to the perseverance in committing the Prayer Service. We have fellowship with Father God in His love.
      If we persevere, it will become the two tablets of stone, namely the perfect love.
      We can love God more than anything as well as love others as we love ourselves; even we can love our enemy, namely returning good for evil.
      It is the image of God the Father.

    In the sheepfold, we return to the image of the Trinity of God.
    The example is Peter.

    Peter did not have love. He denied God and sacrificed others.
    But in the end, he loved God up to willingly being dead for Him [John 21:18-19].
    Peter sacrificed anything for God. It is the image of the Trinity of God.

    John 21:18-19
    21:18. "Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish."
    21:19. This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."


  4. Jesus dies on the cross, and His visage is marred like Satan, so He can return perfectly the image of the Trinity of God into our life.
    Isaiah 52:13-15
    52:13. Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high.
    52:14. Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;
    52:15. So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.


    Maybe we are in the sad face because of sorrow, or in anger and hatred, the pale face because of fear, and the bad one like the dog, swine, and Satan.

    Let us see God's face whoever we are, no matter our physical and spiritual conditions that are shown in our face.
    Jesus' visage is marred to emit the sunlight or the image of the Trinity of God for us.
    He bears the bad image on the cross and He gives the image of the Trinity of God perfectly for us. We become as glorious as Him to greet His second coming on the glorious clouds.
    The spiritual miracle happens and so does the physical one. God helps all of us. All things become good.

God blesses us.

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