Prayer Service in Surabaya, June 11, 2014 (Wednesday Evening)
Deacon Gideon Pakpahan
be unto God, good evening and let's listen to the Word of God. May
God's peace, mercy, and blessing be poured upon us this evening.
are in the theme of Revelation
And 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;
am the First and the Last.
am He who lives,
and behold, I
am alive forevermore.
Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
the island of Patmos, John the apostle had undergone carnal
tribulation by being cast away because of God.
was able to fall
at God's feet,
which is worshipping
God with a crushed heart,
that he experienced the touch of God's right hand and received
not be afraid'
(verse 17). It means there
are no more fears, both physically or spiritually.
John had the peace
am the First and the Last'
(verse 17). It means that John received the initial love, the
perfect love, or the love of the Bridegroom of Heaven.
am He who lives, and was dead'
(verse 18). John received
Jesus who was dead and who lives.
Jesus had the experience of death and resurrection to defeat the
death, or to win against the death. It means that Jesus holds the
key of Hades.
Now, if we receive
who was dead and lives, or has won against the death, and holds the
key of Hades, we will never get into the Hades but we
are able to get the key of the kingdom of Heaven
and live eternally.
We should believe in this thing, that there
is only Heaven or Hell and no other places.
AM HE WHO WAS DEAD, AND LIVES
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will
build My church, and the
gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,
and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever
you loose on earth will be loosed[a]
will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven'
means that Jesus will give us the key of the kingdom of Heaven.
promised to give us the key of the kingdom of Heaven.
is the key of the kingdom of Heaven?
the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith,
and saying, "We
must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
key of the kingdom of Heaven is many
not say that entering the kingdom of Heaven is an easy thing.
of the time, God's servants preach easy words. They preach how to
make the flesh happy and not about tribulations anymore.
the contrary, the Word has clearly stated that we must through many
tribulations enter the kingdom of God.
tribulations or cross, we cannot get the key of the kingdom of
key to enter the kingdom of Heaven is by holding the cross.
the cross is hard for the flesh, but we have to fight for it.
In the end of time, there are a lot of God's servants who refuse to
hold the cross.
Corinthians 1:18, 23
message of the cross is foolishness
to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the
power of God.
but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to
the Greeks foolishness,
people, even God's servants, consider three main services as
foolishness because they don't know that it is the key of the
kingdom of Heaven.
evening, we will study the 3 levels of cross or 3
levels of tribulations
to get the key of the kingdom of Heaven, as follows.
Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves
also with the same mind, for he
who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
first level of cross is experiencing tribulations
to repent from
To stop sinning is hard for the flesh, but it is like going
up to Golgotha while holding the cross.
I was going to confess my sin to my Pastor, it felt very hard to
knock his door."
we feel very hard to hold the cross, we have to remember Jesus. He
held the cross, not to confess His own sins, but ours. This is the
reason why we should not feel hard to confess our sins. We also have
that we have to confess our sins to receive the key of the kingdom
Confessing our sins refers to the court of the
second level of the cross is experiencing the cross by entering the
system of shepherding, serving God.
Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer
not look for a service that lets the flesh enjoy (without the
suffering in the flesh).
The true services are the ones that give
the key/marked by sufferings.
If we do the services in suffering
that we feel like we are going to die, we
have done it in the right way!
have to give thanks that we have the true Word of God, so that we
are not easily tricked by the pastors.
we don't want sufferings to enter the heaven, we will not get the
key of heaven.
come for a service not for the sake of others or the pastor, but for
last Saturday, deep within my heart, I said 'the Pastor usually
goes to Surabaya after the fellowship service outside Malang, it is
positive that he will go to Surabaya after the fellowship service in
Papua, so I will not go to Surabaya'. Because I was in a weak
condition, very weak. Suddenly he called and ordered me to go to
I felt like going to cry 'God, why is it like this? I
am very weak'. But deep within my heart, I said "even though I
cannot continue to go or whatever, I have done this." My principle
is, if I feel that I cannot do it anymore, I will stop driving, and
if the Pastor call me, I will answer 'I have reached here, but I
cannot go anymore'. But God gave me the power, I reached Surabaya,
led the praises, and went back to Malang."
have to work hard for the services.
Women received their dead raised to life again.Others were tortured,
not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better
11:36 Still others had trial of mockings and
scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.
were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted,[a]
were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and
goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented--
about the services.
about fighting for the faith and the services.
If we are easily
hindered by light things to enter the services, how can we overcome
the harder things (persecution, torture, or other things)?
second coming is not long, it is very near, we have to be earnest!
have to fight for the services to the Lord.
I confessed to the congregation in Malang. Through the ministry that
the Pastor entrusted me, actually I could not bear it, sometimes I
was asked to handle the Lempin-El too. I could not bear it and I
felt like going to run away, but I remembered God's second coming.
It became my strength."
things I have spoken to you, that you should
not be made to stumble.
They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming
that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
will have the suffering until the suffering to face the antichrist,
but we are fighting until the finish line, until Jesus'
means entering the Holy Place in the Tabernacle (we are in the
diligence of 3 main services).
not look for excuses to leave the services, especially the youth,
because the flesh is strong.
third level of the cross is the
suffering without sins,
or to undergo the sprinkling of the blood. In the Tabernacle, it
refers to the Most Holy Place.
The example is Jesus, who was
willing to die on the cross even though committed no sin.
Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over
all the land.
27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with
a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?"
is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?"
27:47 Some of
those who stood there, when they heard that, said, "This Man is
calling for Elijah!"
Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour
wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink.
Then, behold, the
veil of the temple was torn in two
from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were
had to come down to the Earth and go back to Heaven to undergo the
Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
Woe to God's servants who
underestimate the preaching of the Word. What is preached should be
according to the Word, so that the congregation is not
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,'
enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father
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
And then I will declare to them, 'I
never knew you;
depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'
is why, the preaching the Word is to help us although it is hard for
the flesh. The flesh human does not have the power to bear the
cross, even it is difficult for him to repent, serve God, and do any
other things, but there is one power given by God that we stay
strong to get the key of Heaven.
Coming out, He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed,
and His disciples also followed Him.
22:42 saying, "Father,
if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My
will, but Yours, be done."
angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.
22:44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His
sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the
the key of Heaven, everything in the world is useless.
angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him'
Holy Spirit or the Spirit of Glory.
Holy Spirit will give us the power to face the cross.
face anything, don't be dismayed nor disappointed (the flesh is
indeed weak), but we have to ask the Holy Spirit so that the Holy
Spirit will give us an extra power, and we are able to keep
faithful and fervent in spirit
in serving God until the finish line of our lives, even though the
body is getting weaker.
The Holy Spirit or the Spirit
of Glory will change
our lives until we are as perfect as God himself, we
get the key of the kingdom of Heaven,
we enter the kingdom of Heaven and rejoice forever and ever with