Jude 1:24, 25
1:24 Now to
Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, And to present you
faultless Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion
and power, Both now and forever. Amen.
Verse 24 is the appearance of Jesus as
Great Shepherd, who is mighty to keep His sheep, so we do not stumble
and be left when Jesus comes a second time as well as to lead us to
become blameless or spotless as His perfect bride, ready to welcome
His second coming.
How can we become perfect as His Bride?
The process is real through Jesus as Great Shepherd leads us to
enter into the revival of Holy Spirit in the last rain or the revival
to perfect the Church of God
. It is written in Old Testament that
the revival is as Joshua's entering into Canaan or the last journey
of Israelites or the Church of God.
Joshua 3:1-63:1 Then
Joshua rose early in the morning; and they set out from Acacia Grove
and came to the Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged
there before they crossed over.
3:2 So it was, after three
days, that the officers went through the camp;
3:3 and they
commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the
covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing
it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.
"Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two
thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know
the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this way
3:5 And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify
yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you."
3:6 Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the
ark of the covenant and cross over before the people." So they
took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.
The revival of Holy Spirit in the
last rain is as Joshua's crossing over the Jordan to enter into
Canaan or the promise land, being lead by the Ark of Covenant. Canaan
was in the Middle-East area, referring to New Jerusalem now.
What is the meaning of the Ark of
The ark of Covenant is equipment
which is in the furthest part of Tabernacle. It is also the most
important equipment, whose two parts are as follows:
- The first part, namely
mercy seat with two cherubim, referring to godly
The first cherub refers to Father God or the Lord;
the mercy seat refers to the Son of God or Jesus, and the second
cherub points to Holy Spirit God or Christ.
In shorts, it is
Father God, the Son of God, and Holy Spirit God or the Lord Jesus
Christ as Heavenly Bridegroom.
- The second part, namely the
ark which is made of black acacia wood overlaid with pure gold,
referring to godly matter so the wood cannot be seen anymore. It
refers to the Church of God or Heavenly Bride, who becomes same with
The black acacia wood points to sinful
The Heavenly Bride has not been formed
yet, but now the ark of covenant points to the tidings, namely Bride
so we can become the bride of God. Thus, the revival
of Holy Spirit in the last rain is the revival led by teaching
I always repeat that there are two
kinds of the preaching of the Word. The first is the preaching about
the Gospel of salvation as it is written in Ephesians 1:13, namely
the Word preaching about Jesus' first coming to die on the cross to
make sinful people believe in Jesus and be saved. The Gospel is to
add the quantity of the members of the body of Christ or the bride of
God because the quantity has to be accurate in line with the will of
God. For example, our fingers should be five because it is not
perfect if our fingers are only four. In shorts, the Gospel is
important to add the quantity of sinful people who believe in Jesus
and are saved by God. Flowing from that, we cannot despise the Gospel
because it is important.
Nevertheless, it is not enough that we
have fulfilled the quantity, so we need the second one, namely the
light of the gospel of the glory of Christ or the teaching Word or
Bride Tidings preaching about Jesus' second coming as King of Kings
and Heavenly Bridegroom to perfect Christ's body or the
congregation. The saved are perfected to fulfill the quality of
perfect congregation or Heavenly Bride as Jesus is. This kind of
preaching is called the teaching Word or Bride Tidings.
The revival of Holy Spirit in the first
rain is in the Gospel in order to add the quantity. It can be
explained as in the beginning that only Jesus, then twelve disciples
were saved, seventy disciples were saved, and three thousand people
were saved when Peter gave sermon, then five thousand people were
saved. It continues until now.
Besides, there is revival of Holy
Spirit in the last rain that is in the teaching Word of Bride Tidings
to reach the quality of the congregation to become perfect as Jesus
is. We must follow it now.
It is said in Jude 1:24 that the Great
Shepherd covers us to keep us from stumbling and to present us
faultless or to guide us to enter into the revival of Holy Spirit in
the last rain or the revival in teaching Word or Bride Tidings.
We have to be careful because there is
example in holy bible about the revival of service to God which is
not lead by the ark of covenant, referring to there is no revelation
of God's Word but determination (in negative meaning) in the
service and ministry to the Lord.
they presumed to go up to the mountaintop; nevertheless, neither the
ark of the covenant of the LORD nor Moses departed from the camp.
14:45 Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who dwelt in that
mountain came down and attacked them, and drove them back as far as
They presumed to go up to the mountain
top to fight but the ark of covenant and Moses were in the mountain
foot. Thus, the service and ministry or spiritual revival without the
ark of covenant or without the teaching Word will only result in loss
in fighting against enemy, or loss in fighting against sin so the
sins are added more because the past sins spread again or increase.
My fellow servants of God, you are in
your own shepherding. You will get loss and the congregation will be
scattered even the spirituality decreases if there is no revelation
of God's Word or the ark of covenant in your ministry.
Committing fellowship without the
revelation of God's Word, one will go home, getting loss, and there
is no use but disadvantage. Likewise, the congregation who commits
fellowship that does not have the revelation of God's Word will get
tumult in household or marriage. The more they commit the service,
the more they are scattered.
Thus, we have to pass through the
revival in the first rain if we want to reach perfection, but it must
be continued with being led in the revival in the last rain in the
ark of covenant or the revelation of the teaching Word, and the space
between us and the ark must be according to the rule.
Joshua 3:43:4 "Yet
there shall be a space between you and it, about two
thousand cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you
may know the way by which you must go, for you have not passed this
The space is two thousand cubits by
, referring to the Holy Place of Tabernacle, whose height
and width are each ten cubits, and the length is twenty cubits, so
the volume is two thousand cubits square.
Thus, the space means that we are in
the revival of Holy Spirit in the last rain or we live in the Holy
Place or shepherding
. Formerly there were three equipments,
referring to perseverance in committing three main services.
We enter into the revival or the
fullness of Holy Spirit in the last rain by firstly persevering in
committing three main services, not going anywhere without any
purpose. I always say what the Late Rev. In Juwono and the Late Rev.
Pong Dongalemba has said that revival service is the abundance of
what has been inside the congregation. The fellowship cannot happen
from the empty congregation because it will run out. I am afraid of
it because it is a serious matter. On the contrary, the abundance
must be brought outside, or else the egoism will make an explosion.
In shorts, the beginning of the
spiritual revival is perseverance in committing three main services
because it is the real spiritual revival that we go out after being
blessed with the abundance of the Word of God. I hope we can
We will find dead-lock or a way full of
stumbling-blocks which makes us fall if we are outside the
shepherding (the figure two thousand), even there is another figure
two thousand, that is the negative one. It refers to two thousand
swine or uncleanness. The swine are bred, meaning the uncleanness
becomes greater. It is serious matter indeed. Therefore, we have to
keep the positive figure of two thousand because it is the real
there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits
by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which
you must go, for you have not passed this way before."
Being shepherded, we find new way in
the shepherding because Great Shepherd leads us. My fellow servants
of God, you have to be shepherded with perseverance in shepherding so
you do not find a way full of stumbling-blocks or dead-lock, that is
to say a way full of uncleanness or revival in uncleanness.
We will find other way or new way in
the shepherding, meaning as follows:
How are our attitudes to the ark of
- Way without Herod or way without
stumbling-blocks. Wise people had met Herod before they met Jesus.
Herod commanded them to detect and told him where Jesus was.
Nevertheless, they were told in a dream to pass through a new way.
If they had returned to Herod, they and Jesus would have been
killed. The way without Herod or the way without stumbling-blocks
means we will not stumble or be stumbling-blocks.
- We always experience life-renewal
from carnal men to spiritual men.
- Way out of all problems. There
must be solution in the shepherding. Passing through a way that is
not known before, people in the world must go astray. It is
different to those who are in shepherding because there must be
solution in it. I have experienced as a pastor for fifteen years.
There are many proofs about perseverance in committing three main
services. There were some members of congregation coming to me in
facing dead-lock. I gave them advice not to be far away from God but
to persevere in committing three main services. Do not leave God
because of problem. There will be solution little by little if we do
not stumble or become stumbling-blocks, or else there will be no
other way. I hope we can understand.
We have to have the positive attitude as follows:
Joshua 3: 3, 63:3 and
they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the ark of the
covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests, the Levites, bearing
it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.
Then Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of
the covenant and cross over before the people." So they took up
the ark of the covenant and went before the people.
- Seeing it
- Following it
- Bearing it
Those are attitudes we should do to the
Bride Tidings which was revealed by God to Moses when he received two
tablets of stone and commandment to make tabernacle on the Mount
Sinai. Paul, the apostle, also received the revelation from God
because he often taught about heavenly kingdom or the Bride or Bride
Tidings. It was also revealed by God to the Late Rev. Van Gessel so
he could arrange the sixty books of holy bible in the system of
tabernacle. Do not do other things!
We only can see, follow, and bear the
Word God has revealed from age to age. Israelites did like what
Philistines had done when they returned the ark of covenant they had
brought after defeating the Israelites, that is to say they set the
ark of God on a new cart. Consequently, the oxen and the cart
What is the meaning of seeing,
bearing, and following?
- Seeing and following mean
that all aspects of our life must see the Word of God or be
according to the teaching Word or Bride Tidings we have received.
Youth, you have to see the Word first before you get married, not
the money or salary first. Afterward, the attitude of the husband
and wife must be according to the rule because the rule is complete,
not only in the marriage but also in our job and service to the
Lord. All aspects of our life have the rule like Moses made the
tabernacle according to the pattern he had seen from heaven
- Bearing means we are
responsible to practice the teaching Word or Bride Tidings.
- Afterward, we are responsible to
preach the Word wherever we are sent by God. Preaching the Word
after practicing it, it will never run out although we face many
obstacles in preaching it like Joshua's facing River Jordan.
Preaching this Word is not only giving sermon but can be through our
life testimony in our office or anywhere.
They are positive
attitudes to the Word. I hope we can understand.
On the contrary, there is negative
that Israelites imitated the Philistines. They defeated
Israelites and seized the ark of God but then they returned it by set
it on a cart
because there was a mess there.
2 Samuel 6: 2, 3 6, 7
And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from
Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is
called by the Name, the LORD of Hosts, who dwells between the
6:3 So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and
brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and
Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart.
And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his
hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.
6:7 Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and
God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of
King David thought that it was
difficult to bear the ark because it was heavy, so it was better to
set it on a cart because it would be fast to go.
Being set on a cart means as
- Using worldly way
often suppose that we are greater than God so we have wrong attitude
to the ark or Bride Tidings that is the revelation of God, through
mixing it with worldly ways that give flesh pleasure. It is as the
way of Philistines causing the oxen stumble.
going astray or not going to New Jerusalem anymore. One may use
worldly ways because of desire to go faster but s/he stumbles and
goes astray. Using worldly ways, there are many people going astray.
Stumbling and going astray are caused by false teachings, so the
journey is no longer toward New Jerusalem.
- Putting out hand to the ark of
God means human's interfering in the Word of God. The Word may
be added with knowledge or experience because of considering that
the Word has many weaknesses. Human's interference in the Word by
adding or eliminating Bride Tidings is an error. Consequently, one
goes astray even his spirituality dies and perishes in hell. Do not
put out hand to the ark of God. The things we may do are seeing,
following, and bearing it. Bearing means only the pole we may touch,
not the ark itself.
Students of Lempin-El must continue to
study under Jesus' feet after graduation from Lempin-El. Do not
add or eliminate the Word because it is as you put your hand to the
ark of God or having error and dead spirituality. Studying under
Jesus' feet is enough, that is to say seeing, following, and
bearing the ark because whatever coming from God cannot be added or
eliminated. It is a serious matter. Let us check ourselves!
the negative attitude
stumbling or going astray, and doing error or having dead
spirituality because of human's interference by knowledge and
experience. Therefore, let us now not stumble or do error but have
positive attitude through seeing, following, and bearing the ark. It
is enough to bring us to enter into New Jerusalem. I hope we can
The results of seeing, following,
and bearing the ark of God are as follows:
1 Chronicles 28:2028:20
And David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and of good
courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God--my
God--will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you,
until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of
- Peace and rest in the middle of
the very hot desert of the world.
I think we will not feel
peaceful when we feel hot weather, at least we will move our hand
10:33 So they departed
from the mountain of the LORD on a journey of three days; and the
ark of the covenant of the LORD went before them for the three days'
journey, to search out a resting place for them.
said in Matthew 11 that we will feel easy and light if we have rest
for our soul.
to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you
11:29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for
I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your
11:30 "For My yoke is easy and My burden is
"Come to me" is Jesus' invitation.
meaning of giving us rest is as follows:
- All our labor and heavy burden
have been helped by God. Those who labor and are heavy laden
will find rest if there is Bride Tidings coming from God and
preached solemnly, because all labor and heavy burden have been
born by Heavenly Bridegroom.
- We have become meek and humble
so there is no hardness of heart which makes our heart without
peace, and does the arrogance. We may feel so great in the
beginning but we can be meek and humble right after we hear the
Bride Tidings, so we can confess our weaknesses.
is the work of the Ark of God. Let us now come to God while we are
heavy laden, so the work of God or the light of glory of God's
Word can pass through our heart. Do not harden our heart or be
arrogant but humble ourselves much more by confessing our faults and
weaknesses, so we can find rest for our soul. I hope we can
- We experience the power of
sanctification done by Bride Tidings in our life as follows:
3:14 So it was, when the people set out from their
camp to cross over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the ark of
the covenant before the people,
3:15 and as those who bore the
ark came to the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the ark
dipped in the edge of the water (for the Jordan overflows all its
banks during the whole time of harvest),
3:16 that the waters
which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very
far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters
that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and
were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.
Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood
firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel
crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed
completely over the Jordan.
- The waters which came down
from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap.
It means the
sanctification from past sins we have done like flowing water.
Accepting the Bride Tidings sharper than any two-edged sword, we
can little by little confess our sins, and then do not repeat the
sins after being forgiven. Doing it continually, our past sins will
be settled or finished. All sins we have said or thought are
forgiven, and then do not repeat them. In such condition, sin
burdens have been finished.
- The waters that went down into
the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut
There were water in front of the priests but the feet
of the priests who bore the ark dipped in the edge of the water,
and the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt
Sea, failed, and were cut off.
It means the sanctification for
future sins that want to ensnare us to make us stumble. Our past
sins have been finished and the future sins have been also by Bride
Tidings or the Word sharper than any two-edged sword. Keeping doing
sins indicates that there is no work of the teaching Word.
us check ourselves. Being heavy laden all the time, not experiencing
the work of Bride Tidings yet, and the sins flow like river even
flood, let us pay attention to our attitude to the figure two
thousand, whether we have persevered or not. Having already been
persevered, let us pay attention to our attitude, whether we have
seen and practiced the Word or not. Practicing the Word, we get real
result, namely rest for our soul or hard things become easy and
light. For my fellow servants of God, your hard ministry will become
easy and light. Heavy burden in marriage or about children and
economy will become easy and light.
Those are the works of
the Ark of God, not the work of education certificate or our works.
You may try your best effort but what determines is the work of the
Ark of God giving us rest. In addition, there is sanctification from
sins because all sins, behind and front, are cut off, so the ground
becomes dry and there is no obstruction on our way until we can be
5:25 Husbands, love
your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself
5:26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the
washing of water by the word,
5:27 that He might present her to
Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such
thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
holy and without blemish means being perfect.
Do not blame the
teaching or the Ark of Covenant when we have not got any result
because the Bride Tidings is the revelation of God, who is never
false. It is us who are false in our space and attitude to it. Let
us correct ourselves, and not argue about it but keep our space or
attitude to the ark because it is the most important thing to get
the real result.
- We get extra strength to make
us strong and of good courage.
Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your
The ark does not give strength of muscle
which is great, but strength that makes us strong and of good
courage in facing these things:
- False teachings. Do not receive
one who talks about the ark of God which is touched by hand or
knowledge, or else you will stumble.
- Problems in these last days.
In shorts, the work of the ark of
God is to make us hope fully in God, not in others, to give us
peace, to sanctify us, and to make us strong and of good courage. He
Himself will settle all things and we will never be left alone.
Facing all things with strong heart and
of good courage, and hoping fully in God, God will never leave us
alone in our struggle. He will always be with us until He settles all
things as what He has said on the cross "It is finished."
Holy Communion is the proof that He is
able, and He is struggling with us because He does not leave us alone
in our struggling. He is struggling together with us to settle all
our problems and sins until He makes us His perfect Bride.
Youth, you will never be left alone in
facing your future as long as you have the ark of God, so you have
rest or peace, sanctification, and strong heart. He is struggling
together with you and He settles all things as He has said "It is
finished" on the cross. Do not be doubtful!
Let the Holy Communion strengthen you
again because the Lord has settled all things, not only problems and
sins but until we become His perfect Bride, who is worthy to welcome
His second coming.
Psalm 27:1427:14 Wait on
the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the LORD!
Being strong and of courage, we can
welcome His second coming without stumbling anymore but we can be
lifted up together with Him forever.
He wants to see our attitudes and space
to the ark of God now. If we have the right attitudes and space, we
will get the results, namely peace, sanctification, and strong or
courageous heart, so He will never leave us but He will settle all
problems until we become His Bride, worthy to welcome Jesus' second
coming. He will always be with us forever.
God blesses you.1