General Service in Malang, April 14, 2019 (Sunday Morning)
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 9:1-12 is about the fifth trumpet or the fifth condemnation of the Son of God to men in the earth, namely the torment of the scorpions five months.
Revelation 9:7-12 is about the locust and scorpions.
9:7 The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.
9:8 They had hair like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth.
9:9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the sound of chariots with many horses running into battle.
9:10 They had tails like scorpions, and there were stings in their tails. Their power was to hurt men five months.
9:11 And they had as king over them the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek he has the name Apollyon.
9:12 One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.
The locusts refers to the wicked and unclean spirits which come up from the bottomless pit.
[Revelation 9:7] The shape of the locusts is like the horses which are prepared for spiritual battle. The horse refers to the power and speed. So, the locusts are the wicked and unclean spirits which use the power and speed to battle spiritually against men including the servant and minister of God. The wicked and unclean spirits rule over the heart and mind of men, the servant, and the minister of God in the earth, so there are two things that happen as follows:
The locusts use the power and speed to do the following things:
Therefore, we must use the power and speed of Holy Spirit to have the good ground of heart. It means being fast to hear and obey the true teaching word, so it produces fruit one hundredfold as follows:
1:4 What the chewing locust left, the swarming locust has eaten; What the swarming locust left, the crawling locust has eaten; And what the crawling locust left, the consuming locust has eaten.
After bearing fruit, we must be careful because there are four locusts which harm the fruit and the root of the tree of our spiritual life.
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.
The process is as follows:
What must be sanctified?
6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
6:18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
We must know clearly our enemy. We must put the whole armor of God to battle against the locusts or the wicked and unclean spirits in the air.
We must pray in the Spirit. It means that we experience the tearing of the flesh with all of its lusts, desires, and characteristics, so Holy Spirit is poured in our heart to make us strong and courageous.
3:16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
It means that we are neither disappointed nor hopeless and we do not leave God whatever we face nowadays. We keep the fruit of perseverance until the end line, namely we pass away or Jesus comes for the second time. We persevere in shepherding and wait for His second coming on the glorious clouds. We keep on holding fast the true teaching word and obeying it, so we live in righteousness and holiness. We keep faithful and fervent in spirit to serve and minister to God until the end line. We keep on believing and hoping God regardless of anything we must face, worshiping, and struggling with Him until we are victorious.
The examples and the results are as follows:
God blesses you.