General Service in Malang, July 27, 2014 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:9-20 is about John the Apostle who was exiled to Patmos Island.
the Apostle was exiled to Patmos Island to suffer in the flesh, not
because of sinning but the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus
Christ. As a result, he experienced three things as follows.
could enter a true fellowship with God and the others.
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.
could hear and see the loud voice of the trumpet, that is the true
shepherding Word, or the Word that is sharper than any two-edged
was in the Spirit on the Lord's Day, and I heard behind me a loud
voice, as of a trumpet,
I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I
saw seven golden lampstands,
means being well and right shepherded, so we can see seven golden
lampstands (the perfect church of God) and Jesus Himself in glory as
the High Priest, King of kings, Just Judge, and Heavenly Bridegroom
could fall down at Jesus' feet as dead.
when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right
hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and
He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.
Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the
things which will take place after this.
mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the
seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven
churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven
3. He could fall down at Jesus' feet.
means as follows.
with a contrite heart.
John the Apostle has the Word of God
(Table of Showbread) and the testimony of Jesus (Golden
Candlestick), but no worship (Golden Altar of Incense). Therefore,
he was exiled to Patmos Island to be able to fall down at Jesus'
until the flesh does not sound anymore, until there is no more fear.
there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and
on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the
hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things
which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be
they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great
the last days, welcoming Jesus' second coming, all things (the
earth, the sea, and the heaven) will be shaken so men's hearts
failing them from fear and heavy depression. These will become the
major killer in the world.
the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral,
sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the
lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second
will kill not only the body, but also the spiritual life. One will
not be able to worship God and not be passionate anymore in doing
the ministry. Until one will enter the second death or everlasting
perdition in the hell.
are three types of fear as follows.
beginning or the days of Father God (from Adam to Abraham): it is
the fear because of being naked as the consequence of doing sins and
being disobedient to the Word of God.
the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, "Where are
he said, "I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid
because I was naked; and I hid myself."
because of being naked happened in Garden Eden, where everything was
fine and provided abundantly. The lesson for us is that richness,
having good position, having husband/ wife, et
cannot guarantee our happiness in the world.
in this world is decided by being obedient to the true teaching
Word, so we do not sin but live in righteousness. We always live in
peace and everything becomes easy and light as in Garden Eden.
middle or the days of the Son of God (from Abraham to Jesus' first
coming): it is the fear in facing wind and wave in the middle of
this world as the sea.
He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat,
he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
when he saw that the wind was
boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out,
saying, "Lord, save me!"
immediately Jesus stretched out His
hand and caught him, and said to him, "O you of little faith, why
did you doubt?"
means the fear in facing:
consequence is being doubtful to the true teaching Word and Jesus
Himself. After being doubtful, many questions will arise. If it is
continued, tears will appear and one will begin to sink and go down
spiritually. He will become dry spiritually, unfaithful in
ministering God, and dead spiritually. If it is still continued, he
will sink in the lake of fire and brimstone forever.
in daily and future life, also impossible problems,
and false teaching.
last days or the days of Holy Spirit God (from Jesus' first coming
to His second coming): it is the fear to see Jesus in glory as the
King of kings on His second coming.
the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders,
the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in
the caves and in the rocks of the mountains,
said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the
face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the
the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"
means being left on His second coming and destroyed together with
this world. We must be watchful because everything that we have
reached in this world will be in vain and useless if we are left on
His second coming.
To be able to see Jesus in glory and
welcome His second coming, we must fall down and worship Him more.
We worship Him to see His countenance that shines as the sun shining
in its strength. We thus will be renewed from having the fear of the
flesh to the fear of God.
The practices of having the fear
of God are as follows.
position of one who fears God is within the strong hands of God.
sins up to hating lies.
fear of the Lord is
to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
perverse mouth I hate.
equals to opposing God. Lying does not solve problem but adding it
with another problem up to perdition forever in the hell.
God in faithfulness and sincerity, in faithfulness and
therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and
put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of
the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord!
intentionally unfaithful in ministering God means opposing God. It
is very dangerous.
obedient to the true teaching Word whatever the risk are, and
whatever we must sacrifice.
us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
God and keep His commandments,
For this is man's all.
The results are as follows.
represents father who must fear of God.
the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham,
Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am."
He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him;
for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your
son, your only son,
Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him
a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took
the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it
is said to
this day, "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be
feared God and obeyed Him until he was willing to sacrifice Isaac.
The result is Jehovah Jireh, meaning God is able to provide the
thing that has not existed yet, to care us and make us happy.
will also be used in the ministry of building the perfect body of
Christ (Solomon built the house of the Lord on the place where
Isaac was sacrificed).
midwives (Puah and Shiphrah) represents mother.
he said, "When you do the duties of a midwife for the Hebrew
women, and see them
on the birthstools, if it is
a son, then you shall kill him; but if it is
a daughter, then she shall live."
the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt
commanded them, but saved the male children alive.
God dealt well with the midwives, and the people multiplied and
grew very mighty.
so it was, because the midwives feared God, that He provided
households for them.
midwives did not want to execute the command of Pharaoh, although
they had to be killed. These midwives feared God.
The result is
everything was beautiful. The right hand of God is able to make
When a wife is submissive, there is the
hand of God that will save the marriage.
you younger people, submit yourselves to your
elders. Yes, all of you
be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for
resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble."
humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt
you in due time,
people must obey their physical parents, spiritual parents
(pastor), and Heavenly one (God). Thus, the right hand of God will
do the things as follows.
the enemies, meaning solving all our problems right in His time.
right hand, O Lord, has become glorious in power;
hand, O Lord, has dashed the enemy in pieces.
right hand of God saves us although we are powerless.
right hand of God exalts us in His time. God uses us in the
revival of building the body of Christ in the last days.
exalted also means being renewed from flesh man to spiritual one
Being exalted also means God gives us beautiful and
I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound
of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying,
"Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!
us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the
Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready."
we are lifted up to the Heaven on His second coming and there is
no more fear. We will shout "Alleluia".