Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
13:13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. 13:14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. 13:15 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
Verse 11-18 refer to the beast coming up out of the earth or the false prophet.
Verse 13-15 refer to the signs of the false prophet.
The false prophet performs great signs. He even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. This is the performance of his power with the great physical signs, such as healing the sick, making rich the poor, et cetera
. It continues to making the fire of disobedience come down on the earth, but without repentance.
If one tends to be great, he will begin to be disobedient. The fire of disobedience will be used to deceive the church of God, so they will worship the Antichrist and become the same as him for being destroyed forever
. If our ministry only looks for the physical things, we will be influenced by the great signs from the Antichrist up to the fire of disobedience
The disobedience is the same as the cold love. The more one is disobedient, the love becomes colder until being without love. He will be deceived by the false prophet to worship the Antichrist. He will become the same as the Antichrist and perish together in hell. The facts found in disobedience
are as follows:
- Disobedience in household.
10:21 "Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
If husband and wife do not have love, it will lead to infidelity, divorce-remarrying, and marrying-being given in marriage.
- Husband does bitterly toward the wife up to violence in marriage.
- Wife disobeys the husband.
- Child disobeys the parents.
- Parents make the children lose hearts. The wrong deed of children is being supported by parents; the right deed of children is being blamed by parents. Even children and parents do not acknowledge each other.
- Son or daughter in law does not respect the father and mother in law.
- In laws make the son or daughter in law lose heart.
- Brother and sister are in fighting, envy, et cetera.
- Disobedience in ministry.
- Jude 1:11
1:11 Woeto 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.
- Ministering to God but grumbling, blaming each other, asking for return in physical thing such as the title like Korah.
If we serve with love, we will sacrifice and not ask for return.
- Hating the right servant of God like what Cain did. Abel was right but he was hated by Cain.
If we serve with love, we will be fair and not be in the side of others but God.
- Ministering for physical wage like what Balaam did. The work of God was considered as profession, not as an ordination.
- Disobedience up to leaving the ministry, so one does the habitual sin.
10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
10:26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
10:27 buta certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.
The habitual sin means that one does not minister to God, but he feels nothing.
Not ministering to God willfully is the same as being useless and it is for being burnt only.
If the habitual sin continues, it leads to intentional sin, namely one deliberately does not serve and minister to God. One does not want to serve God although there is a chance. Thus, he will face the fire of punishment because he refuses the fire of love.
- Worshiping the Antichrist, namely greediness and stinginess, hatred without reason, and lies.
Being stingy means that one cannot give.
Being greedy means that one steals other's especially God's, namely the tithe and the special offering.
Idolatry is the same as disobedience or refusing the true teaching.
1 Samuel 15:22-23
15:22 ThenSamuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
15:23 Forrebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, He also has rejected you from being king."
Being refused as the king refers to being unable to reach the One-Thousand-Year Kingdom of Peace. It means that one is destroyed forever.
The way out is that Jesus must send the fire from heaven to match the fire of the false prophet
Luke 12:49-5012:49 "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 12:50 "But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished!
Jesus came from heaven to bring the burning fire of God's. If we refuse it, it will become the fire of punishment up to the hell forever. How does Jesus bring the fire of God's love to the earth? It is through dying on the cross.
John 3:163:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We must believe in Jesus, so we receive the fire of God's love
Refusing Jesus is the same as refusing the fire of God's love. It means that one receives the fire of disobedience from the Antichrist. Thus, he will experience the fire of punishment from God, together with the Antichrist and the false prophet. Let us receive the love of God with a gentle heart through believing in Jesus, repenting, and entering the water baptism. We live in righteousness and we will receive the love of God that makes us do the following things:
- We can love others like we love ourselves in the household. We do good deed to others up to repaying good for evil.
Do not harm the right priest!
- We can love and prioritize God more than anything.
The fact found in it is being faithful and fervent in ministry until the end line, obeying the word of God whatever the risk may come, and worshiping God only. We trust and entrust ourselves fully to God. We stretch out our faith hands to God and He will stretch out His loving hands.
The reasons that we need the love of God are as follows:
We only need the love of God that never changes.
- We are like the sheep for the slaughter, how great we are.
- We are like the powerless babies.
are as follows:
- The sovereign love of God.
It means that It cannot be colonized by anyone, so the loving hands of God are able to deliver us from colonialism of sins up to the peak, namely the sins of eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage.
7:7 "The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;
7:8 "but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
The love of God delivers us from the worldly company that is evil and uncleanness, so we can live in righteousness and holiness.
We are delivered from the flesh feelings, such as fear, anxiety, hatred, et cetera. Thus, we feel peace and everything become easy and light.
- The love of God is never changed by anything.
49:15 "Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.
49:16 See, I have inscribedyou on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
"inscribed" refers to engraving.
The loving hands of God are able to protect and care for the babies like the apple of His eye in the midst of problems and disasters in the world. Thus, we can live in abundance until we are evacuated to the wilderness that is far away from the eyes of the Antichrist that reigns on earth for three and a half years. Moreover, the love of God brings us to cross the wall of the New Jerusalem.
- The love of God is adhere and inseparable.
8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation(1), or distress(2), or persecution(3), or famine(4), or nakedness(5), or peril(6), or sword(7)?
8:36 Asit is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."
8:37 Yetin all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
Be careful! There are seven things separating us from God. If we are separated from God's love, we will rebel against Him until the lamp is quenched up to entering the outer darkness.
The love of God makes us inseparable from Him and others whatever the risk may come.
It means that we never get disappointed and desperate and leave God and our household whatever the risk may come. Thus, our lamp will burn. We are faithful and fervent in ministering to God. We obey and worship Him. We patiently wait His time until He helps all of us.
- The love of God makes us more than the winners.
For nowadays, the love of God fights for us to finish the impossible problems like David who fought against Goliath.
3:21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
It continues until the last victory, namely we sit together with Jesus on the throne of heaven.
It means that we experience the life renewal from carnal man to spiritual one like Jesus. It starts from honesty.
The more we are changed, the more we are lifted up to the glorious clouds.
The failure and fall can be lifted up by the love of God to be successful and beautiful in His time.
When Jesus comes a second time, we are changed to become perfect as He is. We are worthy to greet His second coming on the glorious clouds. We sit together with Him on the throne of heaven.
God blesses us.