(To Coincide with Fasting Prayer Service Session III)
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There are two activities or ambiences on the throne of heaven in Revelation 4:8-11 as follows:
If we want to experience the ambience of the throne of heaven in this cursed world, we must live in holiness and worshiping. 2017 is the year of worshiping. Everything, including the service and ministry to God will increase up to worshiping. We can experience the ambience of the throne of heaven
- [Verse 8] The activity or ambience of purification.
4:8 Thefour living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:""Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,Who was and is and is to come!"
- [Verse 9-11] The activity or ambience of worshipping.
Revelation 4:84:8 Thefour living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:""Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty,Who was and is and is to come!"
Every activity in the church of God must lead to the activity of purification.
There are four activities in the church that are showed by the four living creatures as follows:
- The activity of prosperitysuch as giving and visiting. It is showed by the first living creature like a lion. It represents a King. This activity must be signified with holiness so we will not become a thief like Judas Iscariot.
- The activity of general ministry. It is showed by the second living creature like a calf. It represents a Servant. This activity must be signified with holiness so we will not become lazy, wicked, and foolish.
- The activity of administrationsuch as correspondence. It is showed by the third living creature like a man. This activity must be signified with holiness so it is in order and well organized.
- The activity of priesthood or ministry. It is showed by the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. This activity must be signified with holiness so there is presence of God.
The four activities must be signified with holiness so we will please God, have His glory, and increase up to worshiping.
Revelation 4:9-114:9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
4:10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
4:11 "You are worthy, O Lord,to receive glory and honor and power;For You created all things,and by Your will they exist and were created."The peak of ministry is worship prayer that is measured by God
.Revelation 11:111:1 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod. And the angel stood, saying, "Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there.
The three things that are measured by God are as follows:
6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
4:16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aidonce and again for my necessities.
4:17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account.
4:18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sentfrom you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Giving refers to sacrificing an offering that produces a sweet-smelling aroma in front of God. Thus, it attracts God's presence to supply all our need according to His riches and mercy that are unlimited.
Giving is the same as bearing fruit or satisfying God. Thus, we are free from curse and God will satisfy us, until we feel more joyful to give than to receive.
Giving means exaggerating our advantage, until we receive two wings of great eagle to fly us to the wilderness that is far from the eye of Antichrist. The proof that we have the two wings of great eagle is persevering in the Bible Study Service and Holy Communion.
51:13 O you who dwell by many waters,abundant in treasures,your end has come,the measure of your covetousness.
Stinginessmeans one cannot give for the work of God and others who are in need.
Greedinessmeans one takes God's such as tithe and special offering.
12:3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
12:4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son,who would betray Him, said,
12:5 "Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"
12:6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
Judas Iscariot calculated too much with God (it is about time, effort, money, et cetera) until he was not counted by God. The things that are hidden in dirty heart will explode until perdition forever.
Abraham did not calculate with God. He left his house and family until he gave his only son namely Isaac. Thus, Abraham was counted by God. Abraham met Jehovah Jireh or God who provides. The place where Abraham had sacrificed Isaac became the place where Solomon built the temple. It means that we are employed in the ministry of the building of the perfect body of Christ.
Do not give with emotion such as ambition, shyness, or because of man, but we give because of being encouraged by the Word and love of God.
- Worship prayer.
8:1 When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
8:2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets.
8:3 Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer itwith the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
8:4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand.
8:5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw itto the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
The measurement of worship prayer is silence. It means the peace in the midst of shaking world. There is no evilness, wickedness, bitterness, worry, fear, doubt, et cetera. We can love God more than anything.
The peaceful heart becomes the dwelling place of Holy Spirit. We can feel the activity of God's hand that works in our life.
The results are as follows:
- Holy Spirit makes us strong and of good courage.
5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
We can endure all things. We are not disappointed or desperate nor proud of anything. We always give thank and keep faithful and fervent in ministry. We become the witness of God like a lamp that burns until He comes a second time.
- We are employed in special ministry, namely spreading the Bride Tidings or the teaching Word that is sharper than any two edge sword for the building of the perfect body of Christ.
13:2 As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, "Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them."
13:5 And when they arrived in Salamis, they preached the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. They also had John as theirassistant.
13:7 who was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, an intelligent man. This man called for Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God.
13:12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had been done, being astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
We are specialized to become the apple of God's eye. God cares and protects us directly in the midst of wilderness. One sand cannot enter. Holy Spirit is able to help us from any problems even the impossible ones.
- Holy Spirit is able to make miracle.
15:23 Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they werebitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah.
15:24 And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?"
15:25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lordshowed him a tree. When he cast itinto the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them,
Holy Spirit changes the bitterness into sweetness. The failure becomes success. He changes us from carnal man to spiritual one. The impossible thing becomes possible. We are changed to become perfect when Jesus comes a second time.
God blesses us.