General Service in Malang, February 23, 2014 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:9-20 is about the vision of John on Patmos island.
John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom
and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos
for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
the apostle was on Patmos island and experienced flesh suffering for
the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. He experienced it
not because of doing sins. It was flesh suffering without any sins.
Thus, it encouraged him to enter true fellowship with God and the
if our life, marriage, and ministry are marked with flesh suffering
without any sins, we will be able to enter true fellowship with God
and the others.
with the others is fellowship of the perfect body of Christ. It is
started with fellowship within marriage, continued with fellowship
within shepherding, between shepherding, until the Israelites and
Gentiles become one perfect body of Christ.
with God is fellowship of the body with the Head, or fellowship
between the bride and the Bridegroom forever.
be able to enter the true fellowship, we need flesh suffering without
any sins. Be watchful because there is flesh suffering because of
sins that will scatter the true fellowship and make one enter the
wrong fellowship, that is fellowship of the body of Babylon.
are three important things in the true fellowship as follows.
in the tribulation = the way of death, the way of the cross.
is the true fellowship.
in the kingdom = the way of resurrection.
It is the fellowship
of priests and kings who have the right to inherit the kingdom of
Heaven. Priest is the one who is holy, holds the ministry from God,
and ministers Him according to the ministry from Him. Priest is the
one who is victorious and can win the others.
in perseverance in waiting Jesus = the way of glory.
3. Fellowship in perseverance in waiting Jesus = the way of glory.
the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the
tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man
coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they
will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of
heaven to the other.
will come for the second time in glory as King of kings and Heavenly
bridegroom on the glorious clouds. He will lift up the chosen people
or the perfect bride to the glorious clouds to welcome His second
coming and enter the marriage supper of the Lamb of God.
he said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are
those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!'" And he
said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."
must keep the physical marriage, starting from the beginning, the
journey, up to the end of marriage, until we can enter the spiritual
marriage in the marriage supper of the Lamb of God. The things that
must be kept are righteousness, holiness, and unity of marriage.
entering the marriage supper of the Lamb of God, we will enter the
Paradise or the kingdom of peace a thousand years [Revelation 20].
Afterwards, we will enter the New Jerusalem, the eternal kingdom of
Heaven forever [Revelation 21-22].
our preparation is we must enter fellowship in perseverance to wait
His second coming on the glorious clouds. Thus, we will not be left
and destroyed with this world. There are three types of perseverance
the souls of the disciples, exhorting them
to continue in the faith, and saying,
"We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of
then faith comes
by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
true faith comes from hearing the Word of Christ, that is the Word
anointed by Holy Spirit, or the Word whose secret is revealed
through one verse explains the other verses in the Bible.
the true faith means as follows.
perseverance in faith is perseverance in the true teaching Word. We
hold fast to the true teaching Word and persevere in living in
that comes from hearing the true teaching Word.
The process is
hearing, understanding, believing and having faith to the Word so
it becomes faith within the heart.
that is followed with the work of faith, that is living in
to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe
in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,
true faith is accompanied with flesh suffering without any sins. It
is flesh suffering because of Jesus. It is called as the test of
faith so the faith becomes genuine as pure gold.
this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be,
you have been grieved by various trials,
the genuineness of your faith, being
much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by
fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of
the genuine faith means that we hold fast the true teaching Word and
keep living in righteousness when facing problems even the
impossible one, temptations, oppressions, sins.
If we have
true and genuine faith, we will be worthy to welcome His second
coming on the glorious clouds.
tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the
Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
true and genuine faith is a strong foundation to welcome His second
those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about
three thousand souls were added to
they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and
fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.
condition of the congregation in the first rain after being baptized
with water and Holy Spirit is entering the perseverance in three
main services as follows.
the condition of the congregation in the last rain after being
baptized with water and Holy Spirit is entering the shepherding pen
(the Holy Place). Three types of equipment within the Holy Place
refer to perseverance in three main services.
in fellowship = Golden Candlestick.
in the apostles' doctrine and the breaking of bread = Table of
in prayers = Golden Altar of Incense.
the shepherding, our body, spirit, and soul attach to God the
Trinity. Thus, there is no chance for Satan to touch us.
Candlestick = perseverance in General Service. We have fellowship
with Holy Spirit God in His gifts. It equals to the Pentecost
of Showbread = perseverance in Bible Study Service with Holy
Communion. We have fellowship with the Son of God in the true
teaching Word and the sacrifice of Christ. It equals to Passover
feast where we throw away all yeast of sins.
Altar of Incense = perseverance in Prayer Service. We have
fellowship with Father God in His love. It equals to the feast of
the shepherding pen is as entering narrow door, but we will reap the
result, that is "I shall not want".
I shall not want.
means as follows.
experience God's care abundantly, so we always give thanks to
experience continuous sanctification.
Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the
land of Canaan.
the history of Jacob.
seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And
the lad was
with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father's
wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
sanctification is started from evil and unclean heart. Evil is the
lust of money that causes stinginess and greediness. Uncleanness is
sin concerning eating-drinking (smoking, getting drunk, consuming
drugs) and marrying-being given in marriage (sexuality sin with all
its variety, wrong marriage).
Until we experience
sanctification of the mouth. Let "yes" be "yes" and "no"
Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was
the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many
we are staying within the pen and being sanctified, we will be
given the tunic of many colors. It means we serve God with the
gifts of Holy Spirit, that is miraculous ability from Him. If there
is this beautiful tunic, He will also give us beautiful future.
Within the shepherding, God does not torture us, but He still
beautifies our life.
earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
are some kinds of prayer which are taught by God as follows.
hour prayer, so we will not fall in temptation.
prayer, so we always return to the Bible or the true teaching Word.
prayer until Jesus' second coming.
Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking
He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;
for you have struggled with God and with men, and have
may struggle for physical matters, but the peak is the struggle to
get new name. Jacob becomes Israel that means hero. The practices
are as follows.
the horns of the altar, meaning being brave to confess our sins.
Adonijah was afraid of Solomon; so he arose, and went and took hold
of the horns of the altar.
it was told Solomon, saying, "Indeed Adonijah is afraid of King
Solomon; for look, he has taken hold of the horns of the altar,
saying, 'Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put
his servant to death with the sword.'"
Solomon said, "If he proves himself a worthy man, not one hair of
him shall fall to the earth; but if wickedness is found in him, he
not one hair will fall to the earth. We are cared and protected by
God although we are powerless.
strong and of good courage. We hold fast the true teaching Word and
obey it whatever the risks are.
one of the servants answered and said, "Look, I have seen a son
of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who
skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent
in speech, and a handsome person; and the Lord is
David said to Saul, "Let no man's heart fail because of him;
your servant will go and fight with this Philistine."
hold fast the true shepherding. We do not become desperate and
disappointed, but we keep believing and fully surrendering to God.
We only cry out His name.
David wins over Goliath means the
merciful hands of God are surely still able to help us. The
merciful hands of God are able to lift up our fall, as David was
lifted up after he fell with Bathsheba. Goliath also represents the
influences from the world and flesh that increase as a giant. If we
are strong and of good courage, we will be able to beat all those
influences. We will be sanctified and renewed little by little
until we are perfect as Him on His second coming.