We will still be learning the epistle of Jude, which is in Tabernacle structure
referred to the covering of badger skins and named the covering of judgment.
The term “covering” shows the protection and attention of God towards
the true church as well as the separation from the false one, as if the wheat
were separated from the tares. The wheat was gathered into the barn but the
tares into the fire.
There are four kinds of the false church as follows:
- unshepherded church (vs. 4)
- law-based church (vs. 5)
- satanic church in the appearance of Sodom and Gomorrah (vs. 6-7)
- fleshly church (starting vs. 8)
We have learned the signs of the fleshly church starting verse 8, now we are
about to see the next sign.
13 raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars
for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.
The fleshly church is like the shining stars for which is reserved the black
darkness. In other word, they are the falling stars, whose end is destruction
People in the world badly want and win the predicate “star”, such
as radio star, soccer star, and so on. And they do struggle to achieve it. To
be a soccer star, for example, a man does not only come into the field and thus
he be. He must go through a process, for sure; joining a football club, then
practice and practice. So he will be the star someday. Nonetheless, stars of
the world will fade away.
Now we talk about the heavenly ones, they are:
- shepherd of the church
A shepherd is the angel (Revelation “And unto the angel of the church
…. write;”) as well as the star of the church.
- ministers of God = priests and kings
To be a star never goes instantly. Here is the process to become a
- being called
1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called
you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
We are called out of darkness into His marvelous light, from being sinners
into the justified and saved people because of these four matters:
Therefore, we must be true to righteousness, which is as precious as the Blood
of Christ. If we retain something unrighteous, we were to go out of the gate
and wander again in the black world and wait for nothing other than everlasting
- faith in Christ = the Gate of Tabernacle (http://www.gptkk.org/pelataran-en.php)
We all were sinful men in the wilderness of the world but God calls to
save us through our entering the Gate. God commanded Moses to build Tabernacle
in which wandering people in the desert may enter the gate, referring
to people in the world who believe Jesus through hearing Gospel.
- repentance = the Altar of Burnt Incense (http://www.gptkk.org/mkb-en.php)
= to stop sinning and return to God. In ancient times, the people of Israel
settled their sins by offering up animals on the altar of burnt offering.
But now the offerings have been fulfilled in the Sacrifice of Christ on
the cross, so that we do not need to offer up anymore sacrifice.
- water baptism = the Laver (http://www.gptkk.org/bejana-en.php)
- baptism by the Spirit = the Door (http://www.gptkk.org/kemah-en.php)
Baptism by water and the Spirit results in the new life, a life of righteousness.
This is called salvation. We should look into every life aspect and make
sure that all things are right. Simple things like citizenship documents,
finance, driving license must be according to the effective law. Driving
motorcycle without driving license is wrong and none may guarantee the
After being saved, however, we should not be proud for many are called but
few are chosen. Many proclaim themselves in the fullness of the Spirit and
they feel greater than their pastor, and so they think that they do not need
to go to church anymore. Don’t hurry, please! Please remember this second
- being chosen
From among the many people called, only one is chosen to be sanctified because
God has very strict election people. Thus, the elected are those who are sanctified
and live in holiness. Holiness has higher value than righteousness.
Men of the flesh can only stand on ambitions, emotions, and lusts. Nothing
in man is right; all are sin. How then shall we live in holiness?
- We must be sanctified by the word sharper than any two-edged sword / the
word of sanctification / the teaching word.
The word of gospel is important to call the new souls and these called people
must be then brought to the election of God by the teaching word. Seeing that,
the teaching word must in any case be preached in every church.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two–edged
sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked
and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
What must be sanctified?
- heart and mind
18 "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from
the heart, and they defile a man.
19 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,
fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
There are seven sins and the number “seven” itself symbolizes
perfection. If the seven sins are not sanctified, the sinner will be perfect
in the uncleanness of the woman of Babylon. On the contrary, if he is
sanctified, he will become as holy and perfect as Christ is.
- joints = connection between two bones = relationship of men.
A disturbed joint (a broken relationship) may cause pain and defect. They
need sanctifying, therefore.
2 Corinthians 12:20
20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish,
and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be
contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings,
whisperings, conceits, tumults;
Apostle Paul feared not of the congregation’s physical conditions,
but it was all about the spiritual matters; lest there be continuous broken
relationships among them. Whisper not and speak frankly!
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, And a two–edged
sword in their hand,
Let “yes” be “yes” and “no” be “no”.
We must be honest until we do not stumble anymore in word.
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in
word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body.
A man who does not stumble in word is able to bridle his whole body. He
is a perfect man; he is part of the perfect Body of Christ.
- We, the priests, must dwell in the Holy Place.
Although a priest has been sanctified, he might be defiled again. That’s
why, he must dwell in the Holy Place.
12 ‘nor shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary
of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him:
I am the LORD.
In the days of Moses, the three objects - Golden Candlestick, Table of Showbread,
and Golden Altar of Incense – whose measurements were ordered, had to
be in the Sanctuary.
The Golden Candlestick was made of a talent of pure gold, which is equal to
thirty-four kilograms. It was not poured but molded.
Many people claim that Tabernacle teaching is the law. If it were true, we
had to make the three objects. In the spiritual meaning, Tabernacle teaching
turns out to fulfill the law, so that the physical matters become the spiritual
ones. For example, it is written in the law: You shall not commit adultery.
This is a matter of the body and it has been fulfilled in the New Testament
to become more defined like this: whoever looks at a woman to lust for her
has already committed adultery with her in his heart. This is the spiritual
meaning with a higher value.
Therefore, priests shall not go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary
of God. Going out of the sanctuary, one may not become holy. Even though the
word of God has pierced our hearts and joints, we frequently sin again. That’s
why, we do need to dwell in the holy place. We are priests and we may not
go out of the sanctuary to keep the anointing of the Spirit upon our heads,
for the holiness of life and being specialized. Joseph, for example, was the
only one among his father’s children who was specialized, shepherded,
and sanctified. He truly walked in holiness. Without regarding the hatred
of his brothers, he rejected to compromise with their wickedness. What about
us? In fact, we often sacrifice righteousness and holiness to seek praise
for a position or something else. Don’t do that! Joseph did not care
himself; he was beaten and thrown into a pit, but he stood on his calling
and election (righteousness and holiness). This is what made Joseph so special
and because of that, he was given the colorful tunic, which speaks of gift
of the Spirit.
2 This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was
feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah
and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad
report of them to his father.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son
of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.
Feeding means patience. Parents must bring their young children to continue
steadfastly in the shepherding as youths have the strong condition of flesh.
They will find it is difficult to live holily if they are not in shepherding
because the strong flesh is wild.
Here I am telling you a testimony. Someday a university student came to me
and said that we need to learn much like Jesus did. Hearing his words, I then
asked him to know which part of the Bible says it. But he answered, “Jesus
learned from teachers.” So I told him to read the verses precisely because
it is written “all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding
This story is to open our eyes and we can see how people like to inverse the
word. We must be extra careful. Jesus Himself had given us an example. When
He was twelve, He had been taught in the teaching word. Another example, Joseph
in his seventeen-year-old had been shepherded. Thus, the ages ranging from twelve
to seventeen are an effective period to be shepherded in the teaching word as
the flesh reaches the utmost strength at these ages. If youths are not shepherded,
they will be unrestrained. If parents think that it is hard to bring their young
children to the shepherding, they will see how it becomes harder when they grow
up unrestrainedly anymore. I am not talking about physiology, but the Bible:
Jesus in His twelve and Joseph in his seventeen.
2 … And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah,
his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
This is called ‘mouth sanctification’. Joseph might have told
his father that his brothers had been good – even though he witnessed
their wickedness – in order that he was not hurt. But Joseph refused to
hide their wickedness. His courage to bear a risk for righteousness and holiness
portray the character of well-shepherded sheep. On the contrary, not being shepherded
causes the wild flesh.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the
son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.
Joseph was specialized from among his father’s children because Joseph
was shepherded and walked in holiness. He thus was given a colorful tunic, signifying
a gift of the Spirit and priest’s office. We must have the colorful tunic
so we become priests and kings; otherwise, we will be naked, which means not
beautiful but ashamed. No matter how great a man is in this world, his life
is not beautiful before having the colorful tunic. Besides, he just lives for
a shame. Therefore, we cannot put off the tunic after we get it.
Ephesians 4:7, 11-12
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists,
and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying
of the body of Christ,
grace = the gift of the Spirit = the marvelous gift given to do the work of
ministry. The gift is precious much more than intelligence, seniority, experience,
money, and any other thing. Not to the senior or the junior, the rich or the
poor, but to the saints God gives the gifts and priest’s offices.
The holy ministry is obviously aimed at the forming of the Body of Christ.
In fact, many servants do the work of ministry without holiness. Such ministry
is directed to the forming of the body of Babylon. It is irony because they
think that they minister God but they enter the forming of the body of Babylon.
I am personally pleased much with serving God only once a week. It is absolutely
my pleasure, but I know it breaks the word of God. Will I then lead the congregation
to Babylon? Certainly not! Therefore, we must be true to the calling and election
of God, living in holiness by continuing steadfastly in the three main services,
so that the gifts and the offices having granted to us become more obvious and
steady. The more we are sanctified, the more we are used for the work of ministry.
We are the stars in heaven, we are the priests and kings of God.
However, it is written in the epistle of Jude that the fleshly church was previously
a star, but it was then cast into the black world. This is the falling star.
Seeing that, we must keep our offices very well – no matter what we are:
pastors, apostles, teachers, evangelists, church cleaner, music ministers, or
others - lest we be the falling stars / the fleshly church.
Lucifer, for instance, was a music and song leader in heaven. He was the morning
star but then cast into the bottomless pit because of his pride of saying “I
will” five times.
12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will
exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the
congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most
Song and choir leaders have to be careful because they have tends to become
arrogant . The five times “I will” shows the top of pride, which
brings to the lowest part of the earth (death). Why do I name it ‘the
top of pride”? Since Jesus died with five wounds, which is the top of
His humility. Jesus was obedient to death on the cross with five wounds, so
that He was exalted to the highest place on the right hand of the Lord.
Judas was formerly a star, but he then became a falling star because of his
love of money. He was a thief of God’s possessions called tithe and special
offering. A Christian who does not return a tithe and special offering is a
thief, but a pastor who teaches about a tithe but does not return it is an excellent
It happened that Lucifer fell because of pride and Judas fell because of the
love of money. There were two people: a Lucifer and a Judas, but later there
will be a third of the stars of heaven falling down.
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.
4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth.
The tail points to heresies, they bring impacts worse than pride and money
Falling to the earth = falling into the bottomless pit (perdition)
15 The elder and honorable, he is the head; The prophet who teaches lies,
he is the tail.
The tail will draw a third of the stars of heaven, a third of the servants
and ministers of God, including shepherds. The late Rev. Pong Dongalemba always
said, “If a shepherd commits adultery, he will go to hell alone. But if
a shepherd teaches a heresy, he will bring to the hell himself and as many as
the number of the congregation. For example, he teaches a thousand people; these
thousand people will go to the hell. This is how Satan works. We need to be
extremely cautious. It is wonderful to become a star, but we must still be careful
with Lucifer, Judas, and the tail of the dragon.
These steps will keep the stars above and not going down:
- Be the shining stars
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence
only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear
13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without complaining and disputing,
15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault
in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as
lights in the world,
No gray star will stay above; it must fall down. That’s why, we must
keep on shining, which means being a blessing to the others. There are some
requirements to become a shining star as follows:
- Work out the salvation with fear and trembling (vs.12) = do the service
and ministry with faithfulness and responsibility to God.
The presence and absence of a shepherd may be a good test of the congregation’s
faithfulness. When the shepherd is absent, will the stars keep on shining?
Remember David; while the others were going to war, he was relaxing himself.
He fell, finally. The shining stars depend not on anyone, but God alone.
- Do all things without complaining and disputing (vs. 14) = always give
thanks and worship God.
For instance, a husband and his wife both are stars but often fall into
strife. The stars collide and they will fall. The same condition will
happen to priests in strife. Do not murmur and dispute but give thanks
and worship God more so that the stars shine more.
- Hold fast the word of life
16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of
Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.
Have you ever seen the stars above supported by a stick on the earth? They
are unlike traffic lights with support sticks. The stars have no stick; they
only hold the word of life. Our mistake is: we become stars but depend on
What does the word of life mean?
1 John 1:1
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have
seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled,
concerning the Word of life––
The word of life is the word which can be heard, seen, and handled.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the
things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.
The word that can be heard and seen is called the shepherding word; and the
term “handled” means “practiced”. Thus, to hold fast
the word of life means to hold fast the shepherding word, which we have practiced
and experienced. The practiced shepherding word will become our flesh and blood.
Never we release it! Remember, each star only has one orbit. If we continuously
move from one orbit to another, we will gradually fall down.
The word of life we hold fast will guarantee our present and future life in
heaven. You may have high education, good business, and high salary, but you
may not depend on them. If you do, you will probably worship antichrist when
he reigns over the world. Although we have everything in the world, we as stars
depend on the word of life (the shepherding word which we have practiced and
experienced). Only the word of life can ensure our lives keep going to the eternal
life. The more we hear and practice the shepherding word, the more we see the
care of God apparently for this life on the earth and the future life in heaven.
The stars holding fast the word of life will reflect light and will not fall
down for the Right Hand of the High Priest holds them.
16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp
What will the High Priest do with His Right Hand?
- The Right Hand will deliver us from every bondage: sins, lusts, the world
(pleasures, sorrows, bustles)
7 "The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you
were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;
8 "but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath
which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty
hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh
king of Egypt.
- The Right Hand will give help and victory over all problems.
8 "But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, The
descendants of Abraham My friend.
9 You whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, And called from its farthest
regions, And said to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and
have not cast you away:
10 Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will
strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous
When there seems to be no way out of a problem, we should not be despaired.
Just let the Right Hand hold and help us!
- The Right Hand will exalt us to heavens and to the throne of God.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation Is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.
16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does
People may close their eyes for us because we hang on to the colorful tunic
as Joseph did; so that none wants to see, everything is limited (as in dungeon)
, and people treat us with contempt. Nonetheless, it all will end sooner or
later by our right position, in the Right Hand. God will exalt us in due time,
in this world until in heavens to see Him, even unto the highest throne.
To conclude, we must be stars that keep on shinning and not fall down. Hold
fast the shepherding word we have practiced, experienced, and witnessed! The
Right Hand of God will give deliverance and victory as well as exalt and glorify
us on earth and in heaven.
God bless you!