Bible Study Service in Malang, July 07, 2016 (Thursday Evening)
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 4:3, 6
4:3 And He who sat there was like a jasperand a sardiusstone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.
4:6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.
God and His throne radiate the light of glory or shekinah glory in the form of the light of the four precious stones as follows.
- Jasper stone which refers to the faith or the Gate of Tabernacle.
- Sardius stone, whose color is red, refers to the Altar of Burnt Offering or repentance.
- Crystal or the sea of glass refers to the water baptism or Brazen Laver.
- Emerald or the rainbow refers to the Holy Spirit Baptism or the Door of Tabernacle.
We learn the third and forth, namely crystal or water baptism and emerald or Holy Spirit baptism. They refer to the life renewal of water and spirit or the hope.
The growth of the hope in Tabernacle is as follows.
God blesses you.
- The Brazen Laver or water baptism.
1 Corinthians 15:50
15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
If a man was born only once by the mother, he does not have the hope because of being born only to perish. He cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, men in flesh and blood must experience the life renewal through the water baptism to become the sons of God who may inherit the kingdom of heaven.
6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
We get the new life, namely the heavenly one which is full of hope.
1 Peter 1:3-4
1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hopethrough the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
1:4 to an inheritance incorruptibleand undefiledand that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
The signs are as follows.
The fact found in the life which is full of hope is being like a newborn babywho cannot sin, but only cries and hopes fully in the great grace of God.
- Being undefiled or we live in righteousness and holiness.
- Not fading away. We are not disappointed or hopeless. We do not leave God whatever condition we must face. We are not proud of anything in the world. We always give thanks to God for His grace.
- Being incorruptible. We have eternal life until we enter the eternal heavenly kingdom.
- The Door of Tabernacle or Holy Spirit baptism. It refers to the anointing or fullness of Holy Spirit.
8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father."
Holy Spirit makes us the sons of God who can cry out "Abba, Father." It means that Holy Spirit helps us, so we can be obedient to the Word.
7:21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
The person who obeys the Word has a hope to be successful in all things physically and spiritually up to the peak, namely entering the kingdom of heaven. Not being obedient means having no hope.
For example, Joseph who refers to the youth and the church on the last days.
37:12 Then his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
37:13 And Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them." So he said to him, "Here I am."
Joseph in the anointing of Holy Spirit always said "Here I am" or obeyed his parents and the true teaching Word or Bride Tidings regardless of any risk he had to take. If we are obedient, it will seem that we do not have a hope like Joseph who was hated, sought, and put in prison, but God is always with us.
39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
39:22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.
39:23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph's authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper.
As a result, God is always with us although we are in limited condition like Joseph in the dungeon. He always gives us His mercy abundantly, so all things we do are prosperous physically and spiritually until we become the Bride of heaven who may enter the eternal kingdom of heaven.
7:22 "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
7:23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
Be careful, one who is disobedient will be in total failure someday although he is so great with his potential. There is no hope for him, but perdition. He cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.
- The Golden Candlestick or the true fellowship as follows.
We are filling the lamp with the oil until it overflows in the true fellowship. The lamp keeps on burning. It is not quenched. It means as follows.
- Fellowship which is based on the true teaching Word.
The Golden Candlestick consists of the series of bowl, knob, and flower. The shaft consists of four series, so the total is twelve. Every branch has three series of bowl, knob, and flower, so the total is nine. There are six branches, so the total of the series of bowl, knob, and flower in all branches is fifty four (9x6 = 54). Thus, the grand total is sixty six (12+54 = 66) that refers to the sixty six books in the Bible.
- Fellowship in the light or honesty.
The fellowship in the marriage, shepherding, and inter-shepherding must be in line with the Bible and in honesty until Israelites and Gentiles are united in one perfect body of Christ or the Bride of God.
The functions of the burning lamp or the light of testimony are as follows.
- We keep on having the hope.
- We are always fervent in spirit. It begins from the marriage and shepherding.
- We have the light of testimony in our life.
There are three levels of the light of testimony as follows.
- In the marriage or household.
- Before all people or in the shepherding, office, at school, and so on.
- Being the light of the world.
- Facing the darkness of the world on the last days.
4:21 Also He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basketor under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?
The darkness of basketor the container for food refers to the economic crisis, sins concerning eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage such as smoking, getting drunk, and drugs abuse.
The darkness of bedrefers to the sins concerning marrying-being given in marriage or sexuality sin with all of its kinds.
The darkness also refers to the hatred without a cause. It begins from inside the marriage or 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.
- Facing the second coming of Jesus.
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.
We become the light of the world like Jesus.
1 John 3:2-3
3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
3:3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
This is the highest hope, namely we become as holy as Jesus is. We become the Bride of God who is ready to welcome Jesus' second coming.
- The rod of Aaron sprouted and put forth bud, produced blossom, and yielded ripe almonds. It refers to the permanent or perfect hope.
9:4 which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna, Aaron's rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
How great a man in the world is, he is only like a small, dead, brittle, and destroyed rod without hope, but only perdition.
17:7 And Moses placed the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.
17:8 Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.
The solution is the rod was placed before God all night long, so it sprouted and put forth buds, produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. There were twelve rods at that time but only the rod of Levi could sprout and put forth buds, produce blossoms and yield ripe almonds. Levi refers to priests and kings. If we are appointed as priests and kings or persevere in the shepherding pen, we will sprout and put forth buds, produce blossoms and yield ripe almonds. The perseverance in the shepherding pen is in doing the three main services to God as follows.
Through the perseverance in doing the three main services to God, our body, soul, and spirit attach to the Trinity of God, so we are sanctified and anointed by Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit makes the rod sprout and put forth bud, produce blossom, and yield ripe almonds. The results are as follows.
- Golden Candlestick or perseverance in doing General Service to have the fellowship with Holy Spirit God in the gifts.
- Table of Showbread or perseverance in doing Bible Study Service with Holy Communion to get the fellowship with the Son of God in the Word and the sacrifice of Christ.
- Golden Altar of Incense or perseverance in doing Worship Prayer Serviceto get the fellowship with Father God in the love.
- Putting forth bud means being alive.
16:7 "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
Jesus has willingly died, risen, and ascended to heaven to pour out Holy Spirit so that we, who were dead, can be alive. Holy Spirit guarantees our life physically and spiritually, so we can live in righteousness and holiness.
- Producing blossom means being beautiful.
Holy Spirit gives the gifts and ministry or the tunic of many colors so that we are used in the ministry for building the body of Christ/
- Yielding ripe almonds means we are changed from fleshly man to spiritual one like Jesus is.
5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Love, joy, and peace refer to the image of Father God.
Longsuffering, kindness, and goodness refer to the image of the Son of God.
Faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control refer to the image of Holy Spirit God.
Holy Spirit changes us to become the spiritual man who has the image of the Trinity of God. The fact found in it is our obedience until our flesh does not speak anymore and we are strong and of good courage.
Exodus 14:16, 21
14:16 "But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
14:21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided.
As a result, Holy Spirit does the physical miracle. Impossible things can be possible. We have the new hope as well as the beautiful and successful future life.
Daniel 3:16-18, 24-25
3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
3:17 "If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king.
3:18 "But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up."
3:24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king."
3:25 "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God."
Holy Spirit helps us and solves all problems.
The last miracle happens when we are changed to be as perfect as Jesus is when He comes a second time.