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

Revelation 11: 13-14
11:13 In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.
11:14 The second woe is past. Behold, the third woe is coming quickly.

It is the second woe. It refers to the sixth trumpet which is sounded, the great earthquake, or the physical and spiritual shakings which attack the world and the church of God because of rejecting the sound of trumpet of the word of sanctification.

The physical and spiritual earthquake or shakings cause the three things as follows:

  1. A tenth of the city fell (it has been explained in the General Service in Malang, June 14, 2020).
  2. Seven thousand people are killed.
  3. The rest are afraid and give glory to the God of heaven.

They refer to the three things that belong to God which cannot be disturbed as follows:

  1. A tenth of the city refers to the tithe.
  2. Seven thousand people who are killed refer to the house of God which is shaken.
  3. The rest that are afraid and give glory to the God of heaven refer to the bride of God.

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A tenth of the city fell
A tenth reminds us to the tithe or the smallest thing that belongs to God which cannot be disturbed by anyone.

Genesis 14:17-23
14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King's Valley), after his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him.  
14:18 Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High.  
14:19 And he blessed him and said: "Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth;  
14:20 And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand."
And he gave him a tithe of all.  
14:21 Now the king of Sodom said to Abram, "Give me the persons, and take the goods for yourself."  
14:22 But Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth,  

14:23 "that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, 'I have made Abram rich'.

There is a servant of God who teaches that the tithe belongs to the Law. It is wrong because long time before there was the Law, the tithe had already been.

At this time, the tithe is related with the king of Salem or the one of Sodom.
Abram received the victory or the help from God and experienced His blessing, so he returned the tithe to God.

Who can return the tithe that belongs to God? At previous time, among the people in his generation, only Abram returned it. It tells us that not all the servant and the minister of God can return the tithe.

Acts 20:28,32-33,35
20:28 "Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
20:32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to
the word of His grace, which is able to buildyou up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
20:33 "
I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel.
20:35 "I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, '
It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"

The term 'the word of His grace' refers to the shepherding word.
The term 'build' refers to sanctifying.
The term 'I have coveted no one's' refers to the sanctification up to the sanctification of the will.

So, who can return the tithe? The people who can return the tithe are the ones who are shepherded.
Hebrews 11:9
11:9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tentswith Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.

When men are not shepherded, they cannot easily return the tithe, because it must be returned to the house of God. If men give it to the other place it is not the tithe, but the alms.
Abraham dwelt in tents with Isaac and Jacob, so they became strangers in the world and did not hope the world.

It is a lesson for us that before we get married, we must be shepherded first so that our children and grandchildren can also be in the shepherding.
Dwelling in the shepherding pen refers to the perseverance in doing the three main services to God as follows:

  • The Golden Candlestick refers to the perseverance in doing the General Service to get the fellowship with Holy Spirit God in the anointing and gifts of Holy Spirit.
  • The Table of Showbread refers to the perseverance in doing 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.

  • The Golden Altar of Incense refers to the perseverance in doing the Prayer Service to get the fellowship with Father God in His love.

All of us must be in the true shepherding pen.
In the shepherding pen, our body, soul, and spirit attach to the Trinity of God, so we cannot be touched by Satan. But, we experience the continuous sanctification by the shepherding word which is repeated until we are set free from the will of money, so we feel more blessed to give than to receive.
The meanings are as follows:

  • We can return the tithe to God.
  • We can give to the work of God and other people who are in need.
  • We can give our whole life to God.

Why must we return the tithe that belongs to God?

  1. The tithe is our confession that we have been blessed and helped by God, we live from Him, and we are His.
    It means that we are in the hand of Jesus, the High Priest.

    Be careful! When men are blessed, there are two kings who come. They are the king of Salem and the one of Sodom. Returning the tithe, we are in the hand of Jesus, the King of Salem, or the High Priest.

  2. Returning the tithe so that we do not become the thief of the possession of God, so we are not cursed, but our life is easy and light like in Paradise.
    Malachi 3:8-9
    3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings.
    3:9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.

  3. Returning the tithe so that we are not bound to the Sodom and Gomorrah. It means that we are set free from the king of Sodom and Gomorrah or the hand of Satan, so we do not perish.
    Genesis 14:23
    14:23 "that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, 'I have made Abram rich'.

    The term 'I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap' means that we experience the full redemption by the sacrifice of Christ. Towards the time of Jesus' crucifixion, John the Baptist said that he was not worthy to loose the strap of Jesus' sandal.

    Mark 1:7
    1:7 And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose.

Luke 17:26-30
17:26 "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
17:27 "They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
17:28 "Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
17:29 "but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
17:30 "Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed

The world in the last days will be the same as Sodom. Therefore, we must be shepherded and sanctified. We also must not make friendship with Sodom.
So, the tithe is the way of God to set us free from Sodom and Gomorrah.

The conditions of the world in the last days are as follows:

  1. Verse 28 tells about eating and drinking, namely smoking, getting drunk, and drugs abuse and the sins of marrying-being given in marriage.
    We must be watchful in the beginning and during the marriage. We must keep the unity of the marriage.
    Men in the world in the last days including the children of God live in sins up to the peak. They are ruled by Satan and live in the darkness.

  2. Selling and buying. It means that men are ruled by the spirit of selling and buying or the Antichrist.
    The facts found of it are as follows:

    1. Serving and ministering to God only to look for money or without the sanctification, so the church of God becomes market or the den of thieves.
    2. Serving and ministering to God not according to the ministry. It is the same as selling Jesus.
    3. Not being faithful until leaving the service and ministry to God because of the physical things. It is also the same as selling Jesus and live in the darkness up to the darkest one.

  3. Planting and building. It means that men are ruled by the false prophet.
    The facts found of it are as follows:

    1. Preaching the false teaching.
    2. Blowing the spirit of lies, gossip, and slander until blaspheming. Be careful, do not blaspheme the righteous man!
    3. Edifying the city of Babylon or the bride of Satan who will be destroyed.

    The consequence is living in the darkness.

So, men in the last days who are without sanctification and tithe will live in the darkness and aim at the Babylon, the Antichrist, until the darkest darkness in hell and perish forever.

Therefore, God wants to sanctify us.

When Abram returned the tithe, the covenant of God to him was renewed, namely his descendants would be like the stars.

Genesis 15:1-5

15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward."  
15:2 But Abram said, "Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?"  
15:3 Then Abram said, "Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!"  
15:4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir."  
15:5 Then He brought him outside and said, "
Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be."

Genesis 13:16
13:16 "And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered.

In this verse, the descendants of Abraham were still as the dust of the earth, but when he returned the tithe (Genesis 14), God promised that his descendants would be like the shining stars, not being dark anymore.

So, men who are shepherded and sanctified continuously up to the sanctification from the will of money and submit their life to God, they will be appointed to be the shining stars or live in the light.

The shining stars are the same as the following things:

  • The priests and kings who are used by God in the edification of the perfect body of Christ or the heavenly bride, not the Babylon.
    They testify about the Good News to the people who do not believe Jesus yet and the Bride Tidings to the people who have believed Jesus so that they are perfected.

  • Ones who testify through their true and good deeds and speaking in all aspects of their life.
    Harming other people, one becomes a fallen star.

  • Ones who hold fast the word of life or the true teaching word that has become the experience of life.
    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.
    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.

    It is the same as being faithful and obedient until the flesh does not speak anymore. We hope fully to God, not the other things.
    Why do men become unfaithful? It is because they hope to other thing not God.

Being obedient and faithful is the same as stretching our hand to God. We only worship Him and become the house of prayer. He will stretch His right hand to hold us.
Revelation 1:20
1:20 "The mystery of the seven starswhich you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

Psalms 118:15-16
118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.

Psalms 98:1
98:1 <<A Psalm.>>Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory.

The right hand of God does the miracles valiantly and exalts us.
The results are as follows:

  • The right hand of God changes us to become strong and courageous.
    It means that we are not doubtful, disappointed, and hopeless in facing anything but we keep on believing God and having fear to do sins.

  • The hand of God exalts us in due time.
    It means that He makes all things successful and beautiful in due time.

  • The hand of God gives victory.
    It means that the impossible problems are finished, there is miraculous protection and preservation of God in the midst of the shakings in the world.
    He gives peace, so all things are easy and light.

  • The right hand of God exalts us to the glorious clouds and perfects us. We do not stumble in words anymore. We can say "Alleluia". We are with Him forever.

God blesses you.

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