General Service in Malang, July 14, 2019 (Sunday Morning)
Peace and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 9:13-21 is about the sixth trumpet or the sixth condemnation of Son of God to men in the earth, so a third of mankind die in the body, soul, and spirit until they perish forever because of the great war.
9:15 So the four angels, who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill a third of mankind.
The four angels as the trigger of war are Satan, Antichrist, false prophet, and men including the servant and the minister of God who are ruled by the trinity of Satan.
They have been ready to use every year, month, day, and hour to destroy a third of mankind in the earth through the great war.
Therefore, we must use every year, month, day, and hour of the longsuffering of God or the lengthening of our age to enter the spiritual war especially for doing the things as follows:
What must we do in one hour?
- Working at the vineyard.
20:6 "And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?
20:12 "saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.
We, the Gentiles, must use every hour of the lengthening of our age that God still gives to be active in edifying the perfect body of Christ until we become the heavenly bride who is ready to welcome His second coming on the glorious clouds to be with Him forever. The edifying of the body of Christ begins in the marriage, shepherding, inter-shepherding, until Israelites and Gentiles become one perfect body of Christ.
14:36 And He said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will."
14:37 Then He came and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "Simon, are you sleeping? Could you not watch one hour?
14:38 "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Watching and praying refer to the service and ministry until the peak that is the one-hour worship prayer. We serve and minister to God according to the ministry that He has entrusted to us.
One-hour worship prayer is to tear the flesh with all of its lusts and desires, so we can receive the will of God although it is contradictory with the flesh. If we do His will, the door of heaven will open, so all doors in the world will also open.
Why must there be one-hour prayer?
- So that we are protected from the great war in the earth.
- So that we are not destroyed with Babylon or the world which is wicked and unclean. We can live eternally with God.
18:10 "standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.'
18:16 "and saying, 'Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
18:17 'For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.'
18:9 "The kingsof the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning.
The kings perished with Babylon. It refers to the position. There is position in the world as well in heaven, namely the priests and kings or the servants and the ministers of God.
When is the position in the world dragged by Babylon?
If it is without the spiritual one in heaven, the priest and king, or the ministry to God. Sooner or later, it will be dragged by Babylon in wickedness, uncleanness, and bitterness until it perishes in hell forever.
On the contrary, every physical position must be accompanied with the one in heaven, namely we must become the priest and king or serve and minister to God to the New Jerusalem or the everlasting heavenly kingdom.
5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but tobe thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
The position of the priest and king is the same as the salt of the earth. The salt is useful when it is salty. If one becomes the salt which loses its flavor, he is useless and will be trampled underfoot by Antichrist.
At least, there are two signs in the useful salt or the one which pleases God and other people as follows:
God blesses you.
- The salt must be salty.
9:49 "For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
9:50 "Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another."
The salty salt refers to the peaceful and calm conscience or the one which is not accused and does not accuse.
The process so that our heart is peaceful and calm to be anointed by Holy Spirit is as follows:
- Having peace with one another.
By the encouragement of the sword of the word we can confess and forgive one another. It starts from the household. So, the blood of Jesus erases all of our sins and our heart is peaceful. After our heart is peaceful, it is salted by Holy Spirit to become the salty salt.
4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
4:32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.
The proof of the salty salt is being kind, tenderhearted or gentle, submissive, and not rude as well as not ruling or teaching others.
- We must be shepherded well and correctly.
Who must be shepherded? It begins from the shepherd, sheep, evangelist, prophet, and all people who must be shepherded.
One who is not shepherded refers to the wide sea which is always struck by wind and wave, so it cannot be calm and become the salty salt.
Being shepherded is the same as the sea water that stays in salt pond, namely one must be in shepherding pen or having the perseverance in doing the three main services to God.
There are three kinds of instruments in Holy Place or the perseverance in doing the three main services to God as follows:
In the shepherding pen, our body, soul, and spirit attach to the Trinity of God, so Satan cannot touch us. We can be calm, peaceful, and salted by Holy spirit to be the salty salt.
- The Golden Candlestick refers to the General Service to get the fellowship with Holy Spirit God in the anointing and gifts of Holy Spirit. The sheep are given drink so that they are not dry, but always fresh.
- The Table of Showbread refers to the Bible Study Service and Holy Communion to get the fellowship with the Son of God in the true teaching word and sacrifice of Christ. The sheep are fed so that they are strong and growing.
- The Golden Altar of Incense refers to the Prayer Service to get the fellowship with Father God in His love.
1 Peter 5:6-7
5:6 Therefore humble yourselvesunder the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
5:7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
The requirement to be shepherded is humbling our life, not esteeming our live too higher, and not being self-assertive. The price of salt is cheap, but it is needed everywhere and makes food delicious or becomes blessing for other people. We have no fear and worry, but only wait the time of God to exalt us in due time.
- The salt must be dissolved or broken.
It means as follows:
- Willingly sacrificing or not being egoistic especially to the edification of the body of Christ.
For example, Abraham sacrificed Isaac at the mount of Moriah or the place where the temple of Salomon was built. Isaac was not lost, even God provided from nothing to something.
Everything we sacrifice to God will not be lost if we are serious and righteous, even we will meet Jehovah Jireh. He makes something from nothing.
- Being obedient.
Jesus was obedient until He died on the cross. Likewise, we must be obedient until the flesh does not speak anymore.
2:13 'And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt
2:2 'He shall bring it to Aaron's sons, the priests, one of whom shall take from it his handful of fine flour and oil with all the frankincense. And the priest shall burn it as a memorial on the altar, an offering made by fire, a sweet aroma to the LORD.
After we become the salty salt, we become the grain offering that pleases God. We always remember God and are remembered by Him.
103:11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him.
103:12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
103:13 As a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
103:14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust..
God remembers that we are dust or we have many weaknesses and sins. The dust also refers to the food of Satan or snake. Therefore, Jesus willingly died on the cross to forgive all of our sins, so we are not condemned.
9:22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,
9:23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which Hehad prepared beforehand for glory,
9:24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?
God formed us to be the vessel of glory or the servant and the minister of God who are used to serve , minister to, and glorify Him according to the ministry that He has entrusted to us until we are glorified with Him.
2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
Before there was Holy Spirit, men had been only as the clay, but when there was Holy Spirit, He gave life. God is able to preserve our physical life in the midst of difficulties of the world until the age when Antichrist rules over the earth. He is able to preserve our spiritual life. Holy Spirit puts to death the sins, so we can live in righteousness and holiness. We are always satisfied until we give thanks to God. We do not look for the satisfaction in the world or fall in sins.
12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.
Holy Spirit also makes us faithful and fervent in spirit to serve and minister to God until the end line.
3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.
Holy Spirit changes us from the fleshly man to the spiritual one, namely we are honest and we can say "Abba Father". We become the house of prayer, so the physical miracles happen or the mountains are made flat.
It continuous to the time when Jesus comes for the second time that we are changed to be as perfect as Him to be worthy to welcome His coming on the glorious clouds.