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

Revelation 11:7-8
11:7 When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.
11:8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

The title is The Witnesses Killed.
At verse 8, we learn about the two witnesses who are killed in Sodom and Egypt.
Sodom and Egypt refer to physical Jerusalem that has been controlled by the Antichrist. It becomes the central of government for the Antichrist on earth for three and a half years. Thus, Jerusalem has the ambience of Sodom (the peak of sins) and Egypt (the sin of idolatry).

Sodom and Egypt also refer to the place where Jesus is crucified.

Hebrews 6:4-6

6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,
6:5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
6:6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

"have tasted the good word of God"refers to the church or the servant of God who has received the true teaching word and the anointing of Holy Spirit but they fall away. It is like crucifying Jesus for the second time or refusing the death of Jesus or cross.

Thus, Sodom and Egypt are the same as the people who have not known Jesus and been controlled by the Antichrist and they become like the Antichrist. They kill Jesus, the children of God who are left behind at the age of Antichrist, and the two witnesses.

Be careful, Sodom and Egypt are also the same as the servant of God who fall and are controlled by the Antichrist. They become the same as the Antichrist and kill Jesus spiritually, the children of God, and the two witnesses.

Revelation 11:9
11:9 Then those from the peoples, tribes, tongues, and nations will see their dead bodies three-and-a-half days, and not allow their dead bodies to be put into graves.

The people who refuse the cross do not allow the dead bodies of the two witnesses to be put into graves.
Thus, refusing the cross or the death experience together with Jesus is the same as killing the two witnesses. Not allowing the dead bodies to be put into graves is the same as not having the spiritual graves.

The meaning of spiritual graves is the water baptism. Refusing the cross is the same as refusing the true water baptism.

Revelation 11:10
11:10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them, make merry, and send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

The facts found within refusing the cross are as follows:

  1. "two prophets tormented" refers to one feels miserable because of the righteousness (the true teaching word or the right people).
  2. "rejoice over them" refers to one feels joy in sins up to the peak.

As a result, their life will be in vain, they are never satisfied, but in heavy burden until they fall in the sins of Egypt (idolatry) and Sodom (the sins of eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage). They live in darkness up to the darkest place where they perished forever.
They may say that they minister to God, but they only look for the physical entertainment without purification.

6:3 If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he--

6:4 for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.

"has no burial" refers to one has no spiritual graves.
"a stillborn child" refers to one is never reborn.

If they refuse the death experience (the spiritual graves), they will not experience the resurrection and glory.

For that reason, the church of God at the last days must receive and respect the cross of God. They must experience the death together with Jesus like the two witnesses who are willing to die for Jesus.

John 16:16-22
16:16 "A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me, because I go to the Father."
16:17 Then some of His disciples said among themselves, "What is this that He says to us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me';and, 'because I go to the Father'?"
16:18 They said therefore, "What is this that He says, 'A little while'?We do not know what He is saying."
16:19 Now Jesus knew that they desired to ask Him, and He said to them, "Are you inquiring among yourselves about what I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'?
16:20 "Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy.
16:21 "A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world.
16:22 "Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.

The facts found within the death experience together with Jesus is like a pregnant woman who will give birth.

The meanings are as follows:

  • Being sorrowful because of sin. Thus, we are encouraged to repent.
    Eve had sinned and she was cursed. She was in labor in giving birth.
    We struggle to be free from sins, die from sins, stop sinning, and return to God.

  • Being sorrowful for experiencing the new birth from the baptism of water and the Spirit. We experience the life renewal like a newborn baby.

The pregnant woman who will give birth will experience the suffering more until the peak that she cannot do anything.
The meaning is suffering together with Jesus for repenting and the life renewal to become a newborn baby. The suffering will increase until the peak - "a little while".

When we are in the peak of suffering together with Jesus, there are two possibilities that can happen as follows:

  1. Disappointment, despair, and leaving Jesus or being separated from God because one takes his own way.
    As a result, one becomes a stillborn child, gets the spiritual death, and perishes forever.
    When we cannot do anything, do not choose our own way. Why do we feel disappointment? It is because we blame at others a lot.

  2. Staying with Jesus.
    At the peak of suffering, we must do the following things:

    1. Doing the introspection in our life. 
      If we find the sins, we confess them to God and others. If we are innocent, we keep silent and do not defend ourselves. We keep on choosing Jesus whatever that may come.

    2. Returning to the will of God.

    If we do this, the baby will be born. It means that we experience the newborn life like a baby, who does not sin (living in righteousness). The mouth only wants the pure milk of the word. We only listen and obey the shepherding word until the flesh does not speak anymore.

    If we listen the different teaching, we will not obey God, but we will fall from the true teaching. We will feel that we are following God, but actually we are not.

    The mouth of a newborn baby is honest. If we are honest, we can testify and worship God. Do not build something with lies. Lying means that we leave God and we fall.

    Honesty and obedience are the same as seeing God, our mouth cries out to Him, and our hands are stretched out to Him. God will hug the babies. We stay together with God.

The results are as follows:

  1. God commands the physical blessings to come upon the powerless baby in the midst of the difficulties in the world until the time when the Antichrist reigns on earth.
    28:1 "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.
    28:2 "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God:
    28:3 "Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
    28:8 "The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

    If God commands the blessings to come upon us, no one can hinder.
    God gives the spiritual blessing that is peace. Everything becomes light and easy.

  2. The mercy hands of God are stretched out to give us victory in His name over the trinity of Satan. 
    Philippians 2:8-10

    2:8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
    2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
    2:10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,

    Satan is the source of sins up to the peak. We win over him, so our ministry, worship, and teaching are right in God's presence.
    Satan is the source of problem. Winning over him means that all problems are finished by God.
    Satan is the source of all bad things. Winning over him means that everything becomes good.

  3. The hands of Jesus lead us to Jerusalem. It means that we experience the joy that is added until we enter the marriage supper of the Lamb of God. God wipes our tears.

    Revelation 7:17

    7:17 "for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

    The mercy hands of God lead us to the beautiful and successful future. We are employed in the building of the perfect body of Christ. We experience the renewal until we become perfect and do not stumble in words. We are lifted up on the glorious clouds with crying out "Alleluia". We enter the New Jerusalem where there are no more tears.

We are the powerless baby. We only cry out to God and He will fight for our life.

God blesses us.

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