Bible Study Service in Malang, March 05, 2019 (Tuesday Evening)
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord
Revelation 9:1-12 is about the sound of the
fifth trumpet or the fifth judgment of the Son of God over the people
in the world.
9:1. Then the fifth
angel sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the
earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless
The fifth trumpet is signified with a star
that falls from heaven to the earth.
"How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer,
son of the morning! [How] you are cut down to the ground, You who
weakened the nations!
A star that falls from heaven to the
earth refers to Lucifer who is cut down to the ground and becomes
9:2. And he opened the
bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a
great furnace. So the sun and the air were darkened because of the
smoke of the pit.
9:3. Then out of the smoke locusts came
upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpions of the
earth have power.
9:4. They were commanded not to harm the grass
of the earth, or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who
do not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
9:5. And they were
not given authority to kill them, but to torment them for five
months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion when it
strikes a man.
Lucifer who is cut down to the ground and
becomes Satan will be followed by evil and unclean spirits that are
like locusts and scorpions to torment the people in the world for
five months. Their torment is like the torment of a scorpion.
will seek death and will not find it, so they keep experiencing the
condemnation of the fifth trumpet.
Why does Lucifer
- Arrogance. He says: 'I will....' five
times, until he will be like the Most High.
14:13. For you have said in your heart: '(1)I
will ascend into heaven, (2)I will exalt my
throne above the stars of God; (3)I will
also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of
14:14. (4)I will ascend above
the heights of the clouds, (5)I will be
like the Most High.'
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and
became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the
Jesus humbles Himself and becomes obedient
to the point of death on the cross with five major injuries.
is arrogant, namely rejecting or resisting against the cross of
- Disobedience or resisting against the word of God.
The arrogance and disobedience are the character of Satan, but
it also attacks the servant of God.
From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go
to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief
priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third
16:22. Then Peter took Him aside and
began to rebuke Him, saying, "Far be it from You, Lord; this
shall not happen to You!"
16:23. But He turned and said to
Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you
are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men."
took Jesus aside. It means that he puts aside or rejects the
Peter becomes arrogant and disobedient.
That is why
we must follow the example of the character of Jesus, namely being
humble and obedient to the point of death on the cross, especially by
eating and drinking the Holy Communion or Christ's sacrifice.
result, we can become humble and obedient to the sound of trumpet or
the repeated true and hard teaching word.
If we want to hear
the sound of trumpet from now on, we will not experience the
condemnation of the fifth trumpet or the torment of scorpion, but we
are purified continuously up to perfection like Jesus.
the purification is the same as experiencing the spiritual growth up
to full maturity like Jesus. We are ready to greet Jesus when He
comes a second time on the glorious clouds.
found in the spiritual maturity are as follows:
- We willingly suffer in the flesh to stop sinning and
return to God. We willingly suffer to die to sins and live
11:24. By faith
Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of
11:25. choosing rather to suffer
affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing
pleasures of sin,
11:26. esteeming the reproach of Christ greater
riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
can die to sins and live for righteousness through the true water
The true water baptism is that one who has died to sin
or repented must be buried in the water with Jesus and come out or
rise from water with Him to receive new life or heavenly one. It is
the same as becoming the son of God or being set free from sins up
to the peak. We do not want to sin although there are threats,
advantage, and chance.
having been set free from sin, you became
slaves of righteousness.
6:13. And do not
present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but
present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your
members as instruments of righteousness to God.
been set free from sin and become the slaves or the armor of
righteousness. We serve and minister to God faithfully and fervently
although we have to suffer and sacrifice all things as well as being
insulted or persecuted. Only one that may not be sacrificed, namely
the true teaching word.
none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear
to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the
ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the
gospel of the grace of God.
Paul the apostle does
not count his life dear to himself for the work of God.
21:18. "Most assuredly, I say to you, when
you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished;
but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another
will gird you and carry you where you do not wish."
This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And
when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."
Peter the apostle was still young or not be mature in spirituality,
he took Jesus aside.
But when he has been mature in spirituality,
he willingly dies for God.
All ministries that are signified
by the sacrifice, the sign of blood, or the cross will surely
glorify or glamorize God.
"And He said to me, 'You are My servant, O Israel, In whom I
will be glorified.'
49:4. Then I said, 'I have labored
in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; Yet
surely my just reward is with the LORD, And my work with my
All things that we sacrifice for the work
of God will not become in vain. Our reward and work are in the hands
It means that there is certainty from God for our life
now, the successful and beautiful future, up to the eternal life
- We can receive the solid
food or the teaching word that is sharper than any two-edged sword.
5:13. For everyone who partakes
only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a
5:14. But solid food belongs to those who are of
full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses
exercised to discern both good and evil.
true teaching word purifies our senses as follows:
If our senses are good, the result
is as follows:
- The ear is purified to become the
good one, namely just hearing and obeying the true teaching word
that is sharper than any two-edged sword.
We do not give any
chance to hear strange voice or false teaching that is not in line
with the word.
- The skin or feeling is purified
to become the good one, namely we can love or prioritize God more
than anything. We also love others as we love ourselves; even we
can love our enemy. We do not discriminate others because of skin,
social status, et cetera.
- The eye or sight is purified to
become the good one, namely we just look into the field of God and
Himself. We just trust and hope God.
- The mouth is purified to become
the good one, namely producing the true, good, and holy words and
become blessings for others.
- [Hebrews 5:14] We discern sharply both the true and the
false things or the good and the evil ones.
It starts from
distinguishing between the true teaching Word and the false one. It
especially happens when we are deeply distressed like the disciples
that assumed Jesus as ghost or the true thing becomes false.
also happens when being blessed like Adam and Eve, who heard the
voice of snake.
Furthermore, we can differentiate between
the true ordination and the false one; the true marriage and the
false one. It continues until we can differentiate everything that
is right and wrong.
As a result, we can think, do, and speak
what is true, holy, and good.
We do not sin anymore until we
cannot sin. We are righteous, just as Jesus is righteous. We are
holy, just as Jesus is holy.
- We experience the creation power from nothing to something.
20:12. The hearing ear and the
seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.
7:37. And they were astonished beyond measure,
saying, "He has done all things well. He
makes both the deaf to hear and the mute to speak."
thing that has been destroyed or marred can be good until all
things become good and beautiful in due time. The guarantee is
Christ's sacrifice on the cross.
Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and
extolled and be very high.
52:14. Just as many were
astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And
His form more than the sons of men;
- We testify and worship God
parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son,
and that he was born blind;
9:21. "but by what means he now
sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of
age; ask him. He will speak for himself."
parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews
had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he
would be put out of the synagogue.
99:37. And Jesus said to him,
"You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with
9:38. Then he said, "Lord, I believe!" And
he worshiped Him.
Worshipping God means that our eyes
only see Him, our mouth cries out Jesus' name, and our hand is
stretched out to Him. It is the same as surrendering, crying out,
and totally trusting and committing ourselves to God. We stretch out
our hands to God, and He will stretch out His merciful hands to us.
2 Kings 4:18-20,32
4:18. And the child grew.
Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the
4:19. And he said to his father, "My head,
my head!" So he said to a servant, "Carry him to his
4:20. When he had taken him and brought him to his
mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.
Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his
A woman of Shunem faced the death of her child on
A child who dies means spiritual death or sinning up to
the peak, namely the sins of eating-drinking and marrying-giving in
marriage, impossibilities in all things, sorrow, tears, and having
no future. If it continues, he will weep forever like Esau and be
destroyed forever in the hell.
2 Kings 4:28
So she said, "Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, 'Do
not deceive me'?"
The weakness of a woman or the
church of God that is deeply distressed is that she often assumes
the word of God as an empty hope or word. Consequently, she becomes
disappointed and desperate. It is the arrogance and disobedience
because she does not want to stretch out her hands to God.
9:22. "And often he has thrown him both into
the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do
anything, have compassion on us and help us."
Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible
to him who believes."
9:24. Immediately the father of the
child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe; help my
A man often relies on his own power and
intelligence when he is deeply distressed. It is the arrogance and
Tonight, God waits for our worshiping and
surrendering totally only to Him.
2 Kings 4:33-37
He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and
prayed to the LORD.
4:34. And he went up and lay on the child,
and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands
on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the
flesh of the child became warm.
4:35. He returned and walked back
and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out
on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his
4:36. And he called Gehazi and said, "Call this
Shunammite woman." So he called her. And when she came in to
him, he said, "Pick up your son."
4:37. So she went in,
fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her
son and went out.
'Eyes on eyes' means that we
just see God, so He sees, remembers, and cares for us.
on mouth' means that we just cry out to God, so He answers our
'Hands on hands' means that we just totally surrender
to God, so He stretches out His merciful hands to us. We just hope
God's merciful hands.
The result is sneezing seven times.
means putting away the sins in heart and mind.
15:19. "For out of the heart proceed evil
thoughts(1), murders(2), adulteries(3), fornications(4), thefts(5),
false witness(6), blasphemies(7).
If we have
already sneezed, we will be able to breathe.
It means worshipping
The weakness of the younger people is being unwilling
and unable to worship God because of too many dirts in heart and
When we worship God, He will stretch out His merciful
hands to us.
As a result, the miracle happens. We experience the
power of lifting up ('Pick up your son').
It means as
- The power of the renewal of life
from fleshly men to spiritual ones like Jesus.
We are honest
before God. We confess all of our weaknesses.
- The physical miracle happens. The
impossible thing becomes possible. Failure is changed into success
and beauty in His time.
- Being lifted up from falls.
- Being used in the revival of Holy
Spirit in the last rain.
- Being changed up to perfection
like Jesus when He comes a second time. We are lifted up to
glorious clouds. There are no more tears.