General Service in Malang, May 02, 2010 (Sunday Morning)
25:1. "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.
25:13 "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Jesus will come a second time in glory as the King of kings, as Heavenly Bridegroom.
None knows the time. Therefore, the Church of the Lord must be watchful always to welcome His second coming.
What have to be watched is BURNING LAMP.
Having dark and quenched lamp, one will be left at the time of Jesus' second coming and go toward perdition.
There are two requirements to have the burning lamp as follows:
There are two kinds of the preaching of Gospel below:
25:6 "And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!'
It is because the Church is at the darkest night. Bride Tidings is the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ giving light in the dark of night so that the Church does not live in the dark of the world but in the light with the burning lamp.
The lamp will be quenched if there is no Bride Tidings = falling star.
Bride Tidings is not the possession of GPT only but of all Churches because it is written in Holy Bible.
12:3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.
12:4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.
The reason of the falling of stars is below:
Peter had been doubtful and his lamp was almost quenched, then he denied the Lord and his lamp was quenched already.
Peter is the description of great servant of God.
14:28 And Peter answered Him and said, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water."
14:29 So He said, "Come." And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
14:30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, "Lord, save me!"
Facing temptation, Peter became doubtful and began to sink = his lamp was almost quenched.
Fortunately, he lifted up his hands to the Lord.
It is the thing God waits from us, that is to say lifting up our hands to Him = believing in Him and entrusting ourselves fully to Him as well as crying His name only.
Afterward, He will stretch His hand to us, to lift up our lives from sinking.
Formerly, Jesus came walking on the water. It points to the power of lifting up, the power of glory. Now, the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ will be shined to those who are willing to receive Bride Tidings, to lift us up from drowning.
Lifting our hands up to the Lord = believing and entrusting ourselves to the true teaching Word.
22:54 Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought Him into the high priest's house. But Peter followed at a distance.
22:55 Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
22:56 And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, "This man was also with Him."
22:57 But he denied Him, saying, "Woman, I do not know Him."
18:25 Now Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. Therefore they said to him, "You are not also one of His disciples, are you?" He denied it and said, "I am not!"
18:26 One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, "Did I not see you in the garden with Him?"
Nevertheless, Peter was still tested once again. He denied Jesus.
The beginning of his denying to Jesus is because of warming himself near fire, referring to false teachings. It indeed gives warmth, meaning physical advantages, but giving an end in perdition.
Actually, Peter has denied three times and his lamp is quenched to go toward perdition.
22:60 But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed.
22:61 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times."
22:62 So Peter went out and wept bitterly.
21:17 He said to him the third time, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?" Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" And he said to Him, "Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You." Jesus said to him, "Feed My sheep.
21:18 "Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish."
21:19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."
The crowing of rooster is shepherding Word preached repetitiously.
Shepherding Word in Bride Tidings = the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ which is able to make the quenched lamp burning again.
The rooster crowed and Peter was grieved.
Bride Tidings pierces our heart so that our heart may become meek to confess all our weaknesses and failures.
If we have already been meek, we will be able to stretch our hands to the Lord as follows:
1 Peter 5:6
5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,
God blesses you.