General Service in Malang, October 19, 2014 (Sunday Morning)
and grace in the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2-3 in the pattern of the Tabernacle refers to the seven sprinklings
of blood in front of the Ark of Covenant. It equals to the seven
letters that are aimed to the seven churches of the Gentiles or the
congregation in the last days. The seven sprinklings of blood means
the flesh suffering together with Jesus, or the last sanctification
to the seven churches of the Gentiles until they are perfect and
blameless as Jesus. Jesus is the Heavenly Bridegroom or the Head and
we are the Heavenly bride or the body who will not be separated from
are seven churches of the Gentiles who experience the last
sanctification. We learn the first one in Revelation 2:1-7, that is
the church of Ephesus.
the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says He who
holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of
the seven golden lampstands:
know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear
those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are
apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's
sake and have not become weary.
I have this
against you, that you have left your first love.
therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works,
or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its
place--unless you repent.
Revelation 2:1, the appearances of Jesus to the church of Ephesus are
walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands. It means Jesus as
the High Priest is doing the ministry of reconciliation for the
church of Ephesus (now He is doing it for all of us). He as the High
Priest really cares all of us physically and spiritually.
holds the seven stars, meaning He as the High Priest longs for the
church of Ephesus or all of us not to fall. He wants us to become
His belonging and it cannot be interfered by anyone else, including
Satan, until we belong to Him forever.
Revelation 2:2-3, Jesus as the High Priest really cares and
appreciates what the church of Ephesus has done for Him, and all that
we have done for Him. He does not understate or forget anything.
He also corrects what is wrong in Revelation 2:4-5. Jesus reproaches,
corrects, and sanctifies the church of Ephesus from their weakness,
that is leaving the first love. It hurts when we are reproached, but
the aim of God is so we become perfect as the Heavenly bride. We can
become the belonging of God that cannot be interfered by anything.
lack of the church of Ephesus is leaving the first love.
first love is God's love through the sacrifice of Christ. Thus, the
last sanctification to the church of Ephesus or to all of us is we
must return to the first love. In Tabernacle, it is shown by the
Altar of Burnt Offering. In the past, the Israelites must bring the
animal offering to be burnt on it as the sin offering. Now, it has
been fulfilled by the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
practices of returning to the first love are as follows.
God with obedience and doing His will.
everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom
of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in
Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in
then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me,
you who practice lawlessness!'
result is the door of Heaven is opened and we enter it forever. It
is the peak of successfulness in our ministry to God. If the door of
Heaven is opened, all the doors in the world will be opened too.
There will always be a way out from every problem, even the
God does not see the greatness of our
ministry, but He sees our obedience to the Word.
A ministry that
seems great without obedience to the Word equals to practicing
faithful and fervent in spirit in ministering God until the end
line, that is until we die or until He comes a second time.
lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
where can we get a fervency in spirit?
watchful to strange fire, that is the spirit from money, position,
family, or the others secular things, moreover the spirit from sins.
The consequence is the spiritual life and ministry will die, until
the second death on the everlasting hell.
as the sins are burnt on the Altar of Burnt Incense.
sinning to return to God. If there is sin, we will not be strong
enough to serve Him.
encouragement from the true teaching Word, that is the Word whose
secret is revealed through one verse explains the other verses in
Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned, That I should
know how to speak
A word in season to him
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear To
hear as the learned.
the Word is eternal, a ministry that is encouraged by the Word will
also be eternal.
also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their
lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and
receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was
faithful and fervent in spirit is illustrated as the lust to Jesus
as the Heavenly Bridegroom. We are really passionate in ministering
God and do not want to be hindered by anything. If one does not have
the lust to God, he will have the lust to the Babylon, meaning
falling in sins up to the peak of sins, that is sins concerning
eating-drinking and marrying-being given in a marriage.
get the Word and the sacrifice of Christ through perseverance in
Bible Study Service. Therefore, every servant of God must absolutely
persevere in Bible Study Service and Holy Communion. We must eat the
Word and the Holy Communion to sanctify our life and give us new
spirit so we can keep being faithful and fervent in spirit in
honest and letting "yes" be "yes" and "no" be "no".
It equals to standing up on the sacrifice of Christ.
all things showing yourself to
a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing
integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,
speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be
ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.
must be honest in the matter of the true teaching Word and in the
ministry. Thus, we can be honest in the marriage and finance
honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and
adulterers God will judge.
without covetousness; be
content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I
will never leave you nor forsake you."
we can be honest in all those things, we will be honest in every
matter. It equals to having the first love.
God will never leave
an honest people, as the body is never separated from the Head.
sacrifice of the wicked is
an abomination to the Lord,
But the prayer of the upright is
will answer the prayer of an honest people. We always worship Him,
surrender our life and cry out to Him.
When we are obedient,
faithful and fervent in spirit, and honest, miracle will happen
every time we pray to God.
We do the things as follows in a
confess that we are only as clay. We are unworthy and do many
faults. We are powerless and worthless.
come, let us worship and bow down;
Let us kneel before the Lord
is the food of the serpent or Satan, meaning one will fall and rise
in sins up to the peak of sins.
the Lord God said to the serpent:
you have done this,
cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the
On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust
the days of your life.
a worship prayer, we surrender our life into the merciful hands of
the Creator. Thus, we will experience His caring power that is able
to create the things that have not existed yet. He is able to care
our marriage and create the new wine in it. The hands of the
Creator are also able to create us as the vessel of glory that is
used in the revival of building the body of Christ. The broken
vessel can be recreated as the new one to be used by God.
confess that our life is as sheep for the slaughter. There is but a
step between us and death.
And we are
the people of His pasture,
And the sheep of His hand. Today, if
you will hear His voice:
the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and
lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away
every tear from their eyes."
merciful hands of the Shepherd will guide us to the living
fountains of waters. God pours His love and Holy Spirit so we
experience peace and calm, and everything becomes easy and light.
God guides us to beautiful and successful future. He wipes our
tears and guides us to the New Jerusalem.
not, you worm Jacob,
You men of Israel! I will help you," says
the Lord And your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
they shall go forth and look
Upon the corpses of the men
have transgressed against Me.
For their worm does not die, And
their fire is not quenched.
They shall be an abhorrence to all
life is as a worm that actually should be in the hell. We need the
hands of the Redeemer to set us free from sins, to sanctify and
renew us from the flesh man to become the spiritual one. Jacob
means liar, but he could be renewed to Israel that means winner. We
will receive new name to enter the New Jerusalem forever. Jacob
also struggled for his family when he would meet Esau. He also
struggled to face the fear in him. Let us always struggle until we
receive new name and enter the New Jerusalem forever.