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

Revelation 9:1-12 is about the fifth blowing of trumpet or the fifth judgment of the Son of God to men on earth, namely the torment of the stings of scorpions for five months.

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.
9:8 They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.
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.
9:10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months.
9:11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
9:12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

The shape of the locusts was like horses. It means that the locusts or the wicked and unclean spirits use the power and speed to make spiritual war or rule over the hearts and minds of God's servants so that their hearts become the bad ground when the seed of the true teaching Word is being sown. Consequently, the seed can neither grow nor yield fruit like a fig tree planted by the road. It means that there is no life renewal. They keep the eighteen fleshly characteristics, so their life is in curse, weariness, and heavy burden until they become the same as the Antichrist, who will be destroyed forever.

Therefore, we must use the armor of God to make war against the wicked and unclean spirits, so our heart and minds become the good ground when the seed of the Word is being sown. The seed of the Word can grow and yield fruits thirtyfold, sixtyfold, and a hundred.

Mark 4:20
4:20 "But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."

There are three levels of the fruits of the spirit as follows:

  1. Thirtyfold.
    The number thirty makes us remember the thirty coins of silver or the price of Jesus when He was sold until He had to die on the cross for redeeming all sins of men and saving us.
    Bearing fruit thirtyfold means the fruit of repentance, namely stopping sinning, not repeating the sins, and being set free from them.

    As for Judas Iscariot, the number thirty refers to physical things. He sold Jesus to get the physical things.

    Thus, it refers to the Christians who are like the dust or the servants of God who have repented, but they are only satisfied by the physical things. They prioritize the physical things by sacrificing the spiritual ones.

    Genesis 3:14
    3:14. So the LORD God said to the serpent: "Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dustAll the days of your life.

    Such Christians will be the food of the serpent. It means that they will face the Antichrist, who will reign in the world for three and a half years.
    There are two possibilities as follows:

    • The biggest. Many people will worship the Antichrist and deny Jesus, so they become the same as the Antichrist, who will be destroyed forever.
    • The smallest. Only few people keep on worshipping Jesus, so they get the torment which has never happened and will never happen again until they are beheaded. Nevertheless, they will be resurrected in the body of glory when Jesus comes a second time.

  2. Sixtyfold. It is related to the sixty valiant men.
    Song of Solomon 3:7-8
    3:7. Behold, it is Solomon's couch, With sixty valiant menaround it, Of the valiant of Israel.
    3:8 They all hold swords, Being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh Because of fear in the night.

    They have the following signs:

    • Sword on thigh. It means experiencing the sanctification by the sword of the Word of truth.
    • Being expert in war. It means praying much to live in the anointing of Holy Spirit.

    Thus, bearing fruits sixtyfold means living in holiness or the anointing of Holy Spirit to be equipped with the ministry and gifts of Holy Spirit and appointed as the priests or God's servants who are used to glorify His name like the shining stars.

    Revelation 12:3-4
    12:3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
    His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

    Be careful! The tail of the dragon drew a third of the stars.

    Isaiah 9:14
    9:14 The elder and honorable, he is the head; The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.

    The dragon's tail refers to the false prophets with the false teachings and gossips.
    There is also the reproduction organ in the dragon's tail. It refers to sins up to the peak, namely the sins concerning eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage.

    Why could a third of the stars be drawn by the dragon's tail?
    Philippians 2:15-16
    2:15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
    2:16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

    There are stars which can be drawn and made fall because of not holding fast to the true teaching Word by hearing other teachings. Consequently, they are doubtful until releasing and resisting against the true teaching. Finally, they are bound by the sins up to the peak or drawn by the dragon's tail until they perish.

    Therefore, we must hold fast to and obey the true teaching Word to become the star in God's right hand. We can neither be drawn nor made fall by the dragon's tail. Moreover, we get the guarantee of beautiful life from now on until the eternal one.

  3. A hundred fold. It means the fruit of perseverance and perfection until we become the heavenly bride.
    Luke 8:15
    8:15 "But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

    We get it through the perseverance in the shepherding or doing the three main services to God as follows:

    • The Golden Candlestick or perseverance in doing the General Service to get the fellowship with Holy Spirit God in the anointing and gifts. If we willingly persevere, we will get the garland of twelve stars.

    • The Table of Showbread or perseverance in doing the Bible Study Service with the Holy Communion to get the fellowship with the Son of God in the teaching Word and sacrifice of Christ. As a result, the redemption and sanctification happen or we are set free from sins. If we persevere, we will perfectly be set free from all sins. We are without any blemish and we have the light of the moon.

    • The Golden Altar of Incense or perseverance in doing the Prayer Service to get the fellowship with Father God in His love. If we willingly persevere, we will have the light of the sun or the perfect love.

    Thus, the perseverance in the shepherding will result in the light of the world, the heavenly bride, or the fruit of perfection.

    Revelation 12:1-2,4
    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.
    12:2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.
    12:4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

    Nevertheless, the conditions of the church are as follows:

    • Being like a pregnant woman who will give birth or in the most powerless condition.
    • Facing the dragon or Satan as the source of sins, problems, and tears.

    God lets the condition happen to the church, so we are not arrogant or proud of anything, but groan to God, confess and submit all of our weaknesses and stretch out our hands to Him. As a result, He will also stretch out the hands of Holy Spirit for us.

    The functions of Holy Spirit are as follows:

    • He is able to preserve our physical life in the midst of the difficulties in the world from now on until the time when the Antichrist reigns over the world.
      Romans 8:11
      8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

    • He is able to preserve us spiritually. He is able to put to death the deeds of the body, so we can live in righteousness and holiness until we are perfect.
      Romans 8:13
      8:13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

    • He helps us to be able to groan or worship God with a broken heart and confessing all of our sins and weaknesses. As a result, there is life renewal. We become a spiritual baby who is honest, sincere, obedient, and believing to God.
      Romans 8:26-28
      8:26. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
      8:27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
      8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

      If the spiritual miracle happens, the physical one will also happen. Impossible things can be made possible. The things which do not exist yet can be created. All problems are finished. We have the heavenly joy and the successful, beautiful future life.

      The last miracle happens when Jesus comes a second time, namely we are changed to be as perfect as He is.

God blesses you.

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