Bible Study Service in Malang, November 30, 2021 (Tuesday Evening)
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 14 refers to the seven sprinklings of blood in front of the Ark of the Covenant or the suffering in the flesh for the church together with Jesus as the last sanctification that the church can reach the quality of being blameless or perfect.
Revelation 14 can be divided into the following three parts:
- Verse 1-5 = the church's following Jesus as the Lamb of God (it has been explained from General Service in Malang, August 15, 2021 to Prayer Service in Malang, October 14, 2021).
- Verse 6-13 = the announcement about the judgment (it has been explained in General Service in Malang, October 17, 2021).
- Verse 14-20 = the harvest on earth.
14:10."he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
14:11 "And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."
The judgment of God happens up to the fire of the hell or the everlasting second death.
Who does not get the judgment of God?
- The servant of God who gets the spiritual increase of the faith, hope, and love up to the perfection (it is explained from Bible Study Service in Malang, November 16, 2021 to Prayer Service in Malang, November 25, 2021) or the woman with the sun, moon, and stars.
14:12.Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of Godand the faith of Jesus.
- One who dies in the Lord (it is explained in General Service in Malang, November 28, 2021).
14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Write: 'Blessedare the dead who die in the Lordfrom now on.'""Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them."
'the dead who die in the Lord' = not al dead men are joyful. Only those who die in Jesus will get the heavenly hoy. The others, who die not in Jesu, will get the judgment and suffering in the lafe of fire and brimstone.
Who are those who die in Jesus?
- Those who live in Jesus (it is explained in General Service in Malang, November 28, 2021).
- Those who get the experience of death with Jesus in their life and willingly suffer with Him or bear the cross in their life.
1 Peter 2:19-20
2:19. For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully.
2:20 For what credit is it if, when you are beatenfor your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendablebefore God.
There are three things about the suffering as follows:
Why must we suffer with Jesus? We must suffer with Jesus so that we do not rely on or put trust in our life, but trust and entrust our life to God, who has raised the dead. We believe God in His resurrection power.
- The grace.
It means suffering because of God's will or without sin. It is the same as bearing the cross.
- The chastening or being beaten. It means suffering because of sin.
12:10. For they indeed for a few days chastened usas seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness.
The chastening of God refers to the love and goodness of God so that we can return to the holiness or we do not commit sin anymore. Thus, our suffering is without sin and we return to the grace of God.
- The judgment. It means suffering forever because of rejecting the cross and chastening of God because of keeping the sins.
2 Corinthians 1:8-9
1:8. For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.
1:9 Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in Godwho raises the dead,
God has warned two times so that men do not put ther trust in themselves as follows:
- The warning of God through Jeremiah the prophet.
9:23. Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
Riches, intelligence, and power or position are the things which men trust.
It is good to have all of them. Nevertheless, do not entrust your life to them.
- The warning of God through Paul the apostle.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
6:17. Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain richesbut in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.
6:18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share,
6:19 storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
It is the same as the warning of God through Jeremiah the prophet.
The thing we may do is enjoying the riches, intelligence, and power or position.
For example, we are rich in good works through loving giving and sharing for the work of God and the members of the body of Christ that are in need. All things which God has given to us are for the edification of the perfect body of Christ. That is the meaning of enjoying, namely not only for our life because it can bring grief and arrogance.
12:15. And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses."
11:28a. He who trusts in his riches will fall,
Entrusting life to the richess, intelligence, and position, one will fall in arrogance, stinginess, greediness, up to the peak of sins and everlasting perdition.
12:18. "So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods.
12:19 'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."'
12:20 "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'
12:21 "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
'eat, drink, and be merry' = the peak of sins.
9:24. But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousnessin the earth. For in these I delight," says the LORD.
Therefore, Jesus willingly dies on the cross, being left alone, so He can show the lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness.
We must also willingly bear the cross until we feel that we are left alone and cannot do anything, so we do not entrust our life to the richess, intelligence, and power, but only to God who is full of lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness.
The servants of God who entrust their life to God are entrusted by Him in the following three things:
God blesses you.
- The Word of God.
3:1. What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision?
3:2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God.
13:43. Now when the congregation had broken up, many of the Jews and devout proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas, who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city came together to hear the word of God.
13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy; and contradicting and blaspheming, they opposed the things spoken by Paul.
13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas grew bold and said, "It was necessary that the word of God should be spokento you first; but since you reject it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, behold, we turn to the Gentiles.
Actually, the Word is only for the Israelites. Nevertheless, they have rejected it, so the grace and chance are opened for the Gentiles, and the Word, especially the true teaching Word, is entrusted to the Gentiles.
This is our strength, namely being entrusted with the true teaching Word.
What should we do? We must use the grace and trust of God for seriously hearing and obeying the true teaching Word or enjoying it.
4:5. "Surely I have taught you statutes and judgments, just as the LORD my God commanded me, that you should act according to them in the land which you go to possess.
4:6 "Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, 'Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'
The time we hear and obey the Word is the time we trust and entrust our life to God who is full of righteousness, so we get the wisdom from Him. It makes us different from others.
The results are as follows:
- We are used in the edification of the body of Christ upon the strong rock and seven pillars up to the perfection.
9:1. Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars;
We become the house of God, not the den of thieves.
We will never be failed.
- Our life is successful and beautiful in the midst of crises in the world.
10:10. If the ax is dull, And one does not sharpen the edge, Then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success.
We are never made fallen in sins or failed.
It continues to the highest success, namely the door of heaven is opened for us. We are set free from judgment.
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.
- Mina or talent = the ministry and gifts of Holy Spirit.
19:12. Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return.
19:13 "So he called tenof his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.'
We are entrusted to be the priests and kings.
The ten minas are for ten servants. It means that one servant receives one mina. It refers to the justice of God.
19:6. 'And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priestsand a holy nation.' These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel."
1 Peter 2:9-10
2:9. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
2:10 who once were not a peoplebut are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.
'were not a people' = the Gentiles.
Actually, only the Israelites can be the priests and kings. According to the genealogy, the Gentiles cannot become the priests and kings.
Nevertheless, God opens the mercy through His sacrifice on the cross, so the Gentiles can get the mercy, chance, and trust of God for being the priests and kings.
Our attitudes after being the priests and kings must be as follows:
- Keeping the holiness.
- Being faithful and fervent in spirit as well as being trustworthy in the service and ministry to God until the end line.
1:7. And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire."
The holy and faithful servant of God is like the flame of fire.
The eyes of God are also like the flame of fire.
Thus, the holy and faithful servant of God is the apple of God's eye. Such life trusts and entrusts himself fully to God who is full of justice.
The result is having authority over ten cities.
19:17. "And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.'
One of the cities is the city of refuge.
2:7. "Up, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon."
2:8 For thus says the LORD of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.
It means that we are protected from the sins of Babylon, namely the sins concerning eating-drinking and marrying-being given in marriage.
We are also protected from the Antichrist who reigns over the world. The holiness (from the Word) and faithfulness (from Holy Spirit) will be the two wings of a great eagle that will evacuate us to the wilderness where we are preserved directly by God through the true teaching Word and the Holy Communion.
This is the justice of God. Someday all men will not rely on anything in the world, but the two merciful hands of God.
We are not evacuated only, but lifted up to the New Jerusalem.
- Jesus Himself.
15:24. But He answered and said, "Iwas not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."
Actually, Jesus comes to the world only for looking for and saving the lost Israelites, so He must appear as the Good Shepherd who gives His soul for His sheep.
11:25. For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.
How can the Gentiles be entrusted with Jesus Himself to be His sheep?
How can the Gentiles be lifted up to be the sheep of God? It is through eating the crumbs.
- As for God, Jesus becomes the Good Shepherd who gives His soul with the four main wounds, namely two in hands and two in feet, for saving the Israelites.
Nevertheless, a Roman soldier who belonged to the Gentiles pierced His side. This is the biggest and deepest wound, out of which blood and water came for saving the Gentiles. The Gentiles can be the shepherded sheep, not the dogs anymore.
- As for men, a part of Israelites has been stiff-necked and rejected Jesus, so the opportunity, mercy, and trust of God are opened for the Gentiles to be lifted up as the shepherded sheep of God.
15:25. Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!"
15:26 But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs."
15:27 And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
The crumbs refer to the revelation of the Word and the Holy Communion. The Bible Study Service refers to the mercy and trust of God for the Gentiles to be lifted up from the dogs to the sheep of God.
The differences between the dog and sheep are as follows:
The results are as follows:
- The dog licks the vomit. It refers to the meaningless words, lies, gossips, slanders, and blasphemies, up to the blaspheming God, blaming at the true teaching Word, and denying the name of Jesus.
- The sheep produces the words of faith.
15:27. And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters' table."
15:28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.
7:28. And she answered and said to Him, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children's crumbs."
7:29 Then He said to her, "For this sayinggo your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter."
The words of faith are the same as the prayer which is lifted up before God. We become the house of prayer. It is the same as believing and entrusting our life to the lovingkindness of God.
- The power of healing or help from God.
3:1. Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
3:2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple;
3:3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.
3:4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, "Look at us."
3:5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
3:6 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."
3:7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
3:8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them--walking, leaping, and praising God.
The paralytic refers to one who hopes to others.
Crying out the name of Jesus, the impossible problems can be made possible. He is able to create something that does not exist yet for preserving our life miraculously up to the abundance.
There is also the power of restoration for the marriage and children until there are righteousness, holiness, and unity in the marriage.
The failure will be changed into beauty in time of need.
- The power of lifting up.
23:42 Then he said to Jesus, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom."
23:43 And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."
The criminal can be the priests and kings or the inhabitant of heaven.
This is the power of renewal.
What must be renewed? The mouth firct must be renewed, namely confessing sin
23:40. But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?
23:41 "And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong."
Confessing sin is the shortest way to get the help of God.
The mouth is only used to confess sin and forgive, and then it can cry out the name of Jesus and we get His power.
Confessing our sin, we will get peace. All things become easy and light. This is the atmosphere of paradise and we get everything from God.
When Jesus comes a second time, we will be changed to be as perfect as He is for being worthy to welcome His second coming on the glorious clouds. We truly enter the Paradise and New Jerusalem forever. We worship Him day and night.