Book review 14: The 7 thunderclaps of Revelation 10:3

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The 7-fold victory of Jesus, the Lion of Judah, over sin and satan in the Church of the end-time

Rev. 10:1, “And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire”

Here we see the Angel of the Blood-Covenant (Mal. 3:1, Rev. 1:12-18), our Lord Jesus Christ, invisible for the human eye and in the full power of the Holy Spirit, revealing Himself in our human world. Two millennia (2000 years) He has left the Church-labour in human hands, in order that His spiritual labourers, after their repentance and surrender, might look for His powerful Spirit, that they might be anointed and leaded by Him, and might fulfil so their spiritual labour. This human work however, has been found too light in His eyes. Often it is done outside His Holy Spirit. In this case, all the human labour has no eternal fruit, and shall be burnt as wood, hay and stubbles.

1 Cor. 3:12-15, “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Now, in the finishing time, in the closing time of God’s Divine mercy, He takes the stewardship of this Divine labour in His own hand, Eph. 1:9-10, Rev. 1:16 en 20, see chapter 2, the 1st Divine proclamation). Then we have become so about the last week of 7 years of Daniel 9:27, the last 7 years of our to day’s world.

Dan. 9:27, “And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

In this closing time – the last 7 years of this world – He shall again interfere with Israel, with all 12 tribes of Jacob.  Many of them He shall bring to surrender to repentance and to faith in Him and in His shed Blood. He shall confirm His Blood-covenant with them (Daniel 9:27a). In the first half of this week of 7 years the great world-wide revival shall happen and the great exodus of whole Israel out of the world up to Canaan (Jes. 11:10-11, see chapter 7, the 6th Divine proclamation). In the midst of this week of Dan. 9:27, of 7 years, He shall cease the sacrifice of Blood and spice, His Blood-covenant. With other words: He shall close the door of His grace for the mankind, except for Israel (Jer. 30:11), and the great tribulation of 3,5 years shall begin (Rev. 10:6-7, see chapter 8, the 7th Divine proclamation)

Jer. 30:11, “For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.”

Amos 9:11-12, “In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:  12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by My Name, saith the LORD that doeth this.”

Once more, He shall recover His relationship with Israel in the last week of 7 years of Dan. 9:27, and shall grant many out of Israel, according to His call, His salvation bringing grace in great Divine power. 1/3 of whole Israel shall repent to God, and shall be saved, 2/3 of Israel shall remain unrepented and shall get lost, as  Zach. 13:8-9 says “shall be cut off and die”. Many among the saved ones He shall use as His called, and anointed servants, so that His great Name shall be glorified by their labour, done in the anointing and great power of the Holy Spirit. Then the great, last, world-wide revival shall be brought about. By their labour, that shall happen under His own stewardship, numberless souls shall be won for the Kingdom of heaven (Rev. 7:9) in this last week of 7 years of Daniel 9:27.

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By E. van den Worm

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The hope of divine glory

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Ephesians 1:17-20, “That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”
When Jesus starts to work in our sinful human nature with His Spirit, we shall first be born again of God and will experience a divine relationship with Him. Then the first spark of life will be ignited in our sinful nature. Thereafter He will baptize us in His Spirit. Generally we then will speak “in tongues” when He has made His abode in us.
Scripture also teaches that He first will come and live in our body.
1 Corinthians 6:19, “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
But man does not only exist of a body; he especially is soul and spirit. Thus, God’s Spirit must be able to take possession of our inward man, and this is a sanctification process.

  1. The first Work of the indwelling Spirit

Now the point is that we should put our old nature continually and willingly in the baptism of fire of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, that our old nature may die at His hand, and the new nature of Christ may grow freely to maturity. This is the first work of the indwelling Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Matthew 3:11-12, “I (John the Baptist) indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
This divine fire must purify the threshing floor of our heart of all sin, of al the old, sinful life, of all the chaff (the old man), that the pure grain of the new life remain. This is the first work, that the Spirit of God will do after the experience of the baptism in the Spirit, if we submit willingly to Him; we must want, desire, this.
Romans 6:3, “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?” (this applies to the baptism in water as well as the baptism in the Spirit)
John 16:8, “And when he (the Holy Spirit) is come, he will reprove the world (the worldly mentality, also that of the convert) of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement.”
This chastening (purification) work of the Spirit must result in our absolute sanctification (see the sixth work of the indwelling Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ).

  1. The second Work of the indwelling Spirit

He not only wants to cleanse us of sin, He also wants to strengthen us against satan’s[1] further attacks and temptations.
Ephesians 3:16, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”
Isaiah 9:5 calls Him “Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God.”

  1. The third Work of the indwelling Spirit

He also wants to give you new divine life.

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By E. van den Worm

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[1] We write the word satan not with a capital, as it is not a name, but a word meaning opponent or adversary, accuser.

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LUKE, Chapter 10 – Like a divine shewbread in this world (Part II)

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Communion with the Bread of Life brings mission in divine holiness.

We see here that unity with Jesus results in holy labor. The number 70 (10 x 7) topologically stands for “perfect holiness”. Thus spiritual labor in perfect holiness is involved here. If, in the first shewbread (Chapter 9:1-11), we saw that our labor must be in the strength of the Holy Spirit (and this, of course, goes for ALL labor in Him), expressed there in the number 12; here we see which spiritual level our labor, in the power of the Holy Ghost, must reach; namely that of perfect holiness.The number 7 in God’s Bible always points to the end-time, namely to the moment the period of God’s grace (a 2000-year period), wherein we are (still) living now, will be closed. Prophetically this tells us that during the last worldwide revival of God’s latter rain (this is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the end-time), of which we now already have received “the first drops”, a service in such holiness will be revealed; a service in God’s full justice and power, to which Obadiah 21 refers: “And Saviors (namely God’s anointed) shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau (herewith are meant: worldly Christians); and the kingdom shall be the Lord’s.”

LUKE 10 verse 1-2: “After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth laborers into his harvest.”
Let us reflect for a moment on this “therefore” of the Lord. There are only few believers who are willing to work for Jesus with complete dedication of self. It is written, “The harvest is great, but the laborers are few!” As a result of His saints’ prayers, Jesus could bring about a change in this. He could make devoted laborers of repentant sinners, should they really want to; and draw them out of their social jobs to come and work in His Vineyard. Please note: we should not emit ourselves! We should not imagine that we be called, for such an imaginary calling never brings us Jesus’ necessary co-operation, namely the anointing of the Spirit, Who must do the work through us. We must be called by Him! And even if we are called and sent by Him, then we still must scrupulously follow his guidance through prayer contact with Him.
There are also different kinds of calling. The one is called to be an evangelist, the other a teacher, yet another a local shepherd, and the next a prophet; and, in the near future, during the worldwide revival of the great latter rain, we will see again apostolic callings. Apostles are the pillars of God’s Church here on earth; “all-round” laborers who will have the general leadership in the power, wisdom and love of the Holy Spirit.
Besides these five great callings we also find the smaller callings of “help” in the spiritual Body of Christ; these are helpers who, amongst others, must help the local shepherd to fulfill his pastoral service, such as: elders, deacons, youth group leaders, Sunday school teachers, choir members and leaders, musicians, typists and printing assistants, etc. We cannot push ourselves into such a calling. Should we do so, we would find out that it does not “work”, because God denies us the necessary anointing and devotion! It is God’s Spirit alone, Who can make us fruitful, in whichever spiritual labor; it is also God, Who determines for us the nature of the calling, because He, as no other, knows our heart. We may have a desire to serve the Lord in a certain calling; but a desire is not a calling (1 Timothy 3:1). However, each calling basically knows the human desire to be able to work for Jesus. But it always is the Lord alone, Who sends (forth) His laborers into His Vineyard (Mark 4:13).

LUKE 10 verse 3: “Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.”
In this short command “Go your ways”, which the Holy Spirit gives, and will give, to His “emissaries”, lies a mighty force to send out, which urges the called to work for Jesus, irresistible drawn by His divine love; even if this labor takes them into circumstances which are not pleasant or comfortable, yes, which even might be dangerous! “Lambs” need the Shepherd; they do not have strength in themselves; their strength is that Shepherd. For when the wolf comes, then it is up to the shepherd to resist and chase off the wolf… Do not imagine that you are strong or clever enough to defeat the wolf, the satanic power, which reveals itself in the worldly person. It is God’s anointing in you which must do it through you! Never forget that you, as Jesus’ laborer, are up against a well organized, spiritual power of darkness, of spiritual evil (demonic forces) in the air which have the present world in their power, and which (in greater or lesser measure) lead all worldly people (Ephesians 6:12). But on the other hand we should also never forget that the Lord Jesus said: “…be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). In and by Jesus we will win the victory over the powers of the world and of hell! But this also shows us how important it is for this spiritual battle, to be equipped by Jesus with the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20). The stronger God’s servants are clothed with God’s Spirit, the stronger the resistance of hell will be revealed in the attitude of the worldly person. This is the reason that Jesus warns us for the danger of wolves.

LUKE 10 verse 4: “Carry neither purse (wallet), nor scrip (travel bag), nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.”
When God’s anointing leads us then these words will be fulfilled in our lives. For by the urge to send out God’s servant will only seek to win souls of people for Jesus, unto their eternal salvation; he never seeks to enrich himself (purse), or to satisfy himself materially (scrip, shoes). If you do seek these things, then it would be better for you to try and find yourself a good job in the world, or to do business. When God’s anointing truly leads him, this servant will not seek honor among the people; which is expressed here in the words: “…salute no man by the way.” A true servant of the Lord does not seek men’s honor, but simply and solely the smile of the Sender! Neither does he seek dominion over them (1 Peter 5:3).

LUKE 10 verse 5-9: “And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them; The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.”
Here you see the old, but not antiquated, example of God’s mission: two by two, and from house to house; from city to city; looking for sons and daughters of peace; for people who inwardly long for peace with God. And this case has two (equally important) sides; the evangelists are to bring the Good (Gospel) News, but besides that, must also, as a confirmation of God’s grace and power, heal the sick in the Name of Jesus! Besides a physical one, here is also a spiritual task. One has to pray for healing of the sick, because sickness is a result of sin; and the Lord defeated sin on the cross of Calvary! However, we should not forget that the spiritual task, namely winning the souls of people for God’s Kingdom, must remain the most important one; and in order for Him to heal them, the souls of people must have turned to Jesus.

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 13: The victors – over (the power of) sin and satan in the last days

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  1.  Satan has been definitely defeated by the Lamb of God, by His death and resurrection.
    What still has to be defeated now are our personal sins, and those of the Church, on the basis of our faith in the victory of Jesus Christ!
     2.  Victors over (the power of) satan and sin are they,

  • that, notwithstanding temptation, no matter how strong, remain pure in their thinking, in their speech, and in their actions;
  • that, against pressure of circumstances, remain in the peace and joy of God;
  • that, notwithstanding all opposition and persecution of the enemy, continue to go forwards in their witnessing and Christian growth.


All, who are called by God and have proved to be willing to serve Him as bringers of His Word in this world, will be sealed on their foreheads, in their thinking, where He will reveal God’s Word, His eternal Gospel, by opening their understanding to it. For it is especially this Word of God, that through satan’s influence, has been damaged in ever increasing measure, from the beginning; because it is only through this pure Word of God that His power and holiness are worked out and revealed.
This is why God begins with His judgements at the House of God, the Church! His servants are to be the first to hear and understand the Word, that judges sin, and they are to be cleansed by it, in order that they, being cleansed by it, would pass on this Word to the Church and the world.
In Revelation 5 we read, that satan closes this Word with seven seals, which is why no one can understand this saving Word in the proper sense. Only the Lamb of God can help and deliver manhood from this satanic blindness, by freeing the true Gospel, which the Word calls the Eternal Gospel (Revelation 14:6), from all satanic and human deception and deterioration. One by one the sevenfold seal of satan will be opened, destroyed, through as many judgements the Lamb will send over this sinful world.

We see here God’s overcomers/victors of “the last hour“, fulfilled and glorified by the pure Word of God, the Eternal Gospel (Rev. 14:6), travel victoriously through the world. They ride (spiritually) on the white horse of God’s righteousness and they have on their heads the victor’s crown (the laurel wreath); in their hands they have the bow as a symbol of the true Word of God that preaches the victory, on Calvary, over satan by the blood of the Lamb of God. And through the preaching of this Word and their own justified lives, they travel through the world of the last days, conquering sin, until the full victory is reached by repentant manhood: the countless crowd, saved out of all nations, peoples and languages, standing before the throne of God and the Lamb, wearing long white clothes and having palm branches in their hands (Revelation 7:9).
Some teach wrongly that the rider on the white horse is the Lord Jesus Christ. This is an error, because Jesus Christ already conquered the enemy on Calvary, almost 2000 years ago.
Again: others teach, that this rider is the antichrist. This too is an error, because the antichrist has not (and will not) conquere(d) at all, and from God’s point of view, he will wear his ruler’s crown illegally.

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By E. van den Worm

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A closer look at Christ’s Second Coming

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Introduction:

When we talk about the Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we must realize that there are (in succession) an INvisible and a visible Coming.
The INvisible Second Coming is the (hidden) coming for the Bride(church); this is the so-called “wise-virgin” part of the true believers.
The VISIBLE Second Coming is the coming on the clouds, when every eye shall see Him in His full glory as King and Lord, also the eyes of those that pierced (or rejected) Him.

The VISIBLE Second Coming

In my opinion the following Bible texts all relate to the VISIBLE Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. And, from the context of the following Bible texts we can learn that the visible Second Coming will take place AFTER the Great Tribulation and BEFORE the beginning of Christ’s Millennium of Peace.
The resurrection of all true believers who passed away (or died) in Christ in the course of the ages until the end of the Great Tribulation (see Revelation 20:4), will also take place AFTER the Great Tribulation, but BEFORE Christ’s Millennium of Peace. Nowhere in the Bible do we read that there is a resurrection of the righteous BEFORE as well as AFTER the Great Tribulation.
Also one and the same event is meant by the trumpet mentioned in several texts below; viz. the trumpet of Revelation 11:15. Here again one reads that Christ’s Kingdom (i.e. the Millennium of Peace) starts AFTER the sound of this trumpet (and the great voices in heaven – see also 1 Thessalonians 4:16).

  • 1 Thessalonians 4 verse 15-17: “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (the resurrected righteous [i.e. the believers]) in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (namely 1,000 years with the returned Lord ON EARTH)
  • Matthew 24 verse 29-31: “Immediately AFTER the tribulation (the Great Tribulation, see verse 21) of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man (thus this is the visible Second Coming) coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
  • 1 Corinthians 15 verse 51-52: “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep (NOT all ‘pass away’ or ‘sleep in the Lord’), but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible (AFTER the Great Tribulation), and we (that are left alive from [and thus AFTER] the Great Tribulation, because God saved them – see Revelation 12:6, 14) shall be changed.”
  • Revelation 1 verse 7: “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.”
  • Revelation 10 verse 7: “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound (with the seventh, and thus last, trump), the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.”
  • Daniel 7 verse 13-14: “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom (thus His dominion starts with His [visible] Second Coming on the clouds when the 3½ years of the Great Tribulation wherein the Antichrist reigns is past!), that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
  • Revelation 11 verse 15: “And the seventh angel sounded (with the seventh, and thus last, trump); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”

Where and with whom shall He reign?

  • Revelation 5 verse 10: “And (the Lamb) hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
  • Revelation 20 verse 4-6: “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God (i.e. the martyrs that died for the sake of Christ down through the ages), and which had not worshiped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands (these can only be the true believers which have to suffer a martyr’s death in the Great Tribulation, because BEFORE the Great Tribulation the matter of this beast [i.e. the Antichrist] that must be worshiped, and the mark of the beast, are not raised); and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the FIRST resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years (on the earth).”

Thus 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 clearly refers to the VISIBLE Second Coming as the coming on the clouds is the VISIBLE Return. This we could clearly read in above Bible verses.

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For a correct understanding of the INvisible as well as the visible Second Coming of Christ it is important that we also see the differences (as regards the meaning as well as the time) respectively of the “taking up”, “the removal” and “meeting Him in the air”.
But before the so-called “taking up” and “removal” becomes a fact, preceding these is the (INvisible) Marriage Supper of the Lamb (see “the parable of the great supper” of Luke 14:15-24, and Revelation 19:9). For the Supper is the (spiritual) preparation for the Wedding. And this Supper will make us completely subservient to the Father. This will be necessary in order to achieve the restoration of the Church and the great worldwide revival.
Only AFTER this Supper the (INvisible) Marriage of the Lamb will take place (see “the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins”, Matthew 25:1-13 and Revelation 19:7-8).

The INvisible Second Coming

Thus, there first is the (INvisible) (Marriage) Supper of the Lamb (see “the parable of the great Supper, Luke 14:15-24 and Revelation 19:9), and only thereafter the (INvisible) Marriage of the Lamb will take place (see the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins, Matthew 25:1-13 and Revelation 19:7-8). The Supper is the (spiritual) preparation for the Wedding, because when we TAKE PART in the Supper we choose for the ETERNAL (and thus PERFECT) deliverance from the power of sin and Satan based on our faith in Calvary (see Hebrews 9:12). For the Supper points to the death (but also the resurrection) of Jesus Christ. Those called to His Supper must have experienced (spiritual) death, just as He did. With this is meant a TOTAL dying to our old, sinful (“I”) nature. In this way, TAKING PART in this Supper will make us completely subservient to the Father. And this will be necessary in order to come to restoration of the Church and to the great, worldwide revival. It is only then that we can be part of His resurrection and belong to that Bride(-church) without spot or wrinkle. Only then will we belong to that group that will be “taken up” or “removed”.
And without the Marriage of the Lamb, which will also take place in the hidden place, there will be no perfect union (and thus no “fruit-bearing”) between Bridegroom and Bride. This Marriage and the ensuing perfect (spiritual) union between Bride and Bridegroom will see to it that there will be a great harvest of souls during the so-called Latter-Rain-revival (see a.o. Acts 2:17-21; Joel 2:23, 28; Obadiah 21). Requirements in order to belong to the Supper and the Marriage of the Lamb are found in the following bible texts:

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By A. Klein

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LUKE, Chapter 9 – Like a divine shewbread in this world (verse by verse explained)

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This part teaches us to keep God’s Word of protective grace on the table of our purified and sanctified heart!

In the previous chapter we had a close look at the servant, namely the priest of the Lord, being a glowing candlestick in this dark world to bring to others the light of God’s truth unto their salvation; now we will see that the life of the priests, God’s children, themselves are as many wondrous signs in this world by their relationship with Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life. Their life, in the light of the Israeli Tabernacle, should be like a “shewbread”. In the Holy Place of the Israeli Tabernacle stood “the table with twelve shewbread”. Know, that 12 is the symbolic number of the Church, which should be the revealed fruit (or: the result) of the Holy Spirit. A “life like a shewbread” therefore means: a life, wherein the glory of God is revealed. Chapters 9 and 10 must now be seen in the light of the twelve shewbread.

The prayer life, the true gauge of our spiritual hunger

Beloved, we cannot be a shewbread in the world by our own strength. We must give Him access into our heart. And He will only come into our heart and being when we truly long for Him, and seek Him with all our heart… (Jeremiah 29:13). There also must be found a willingness in our heart to obey Him; a subjection of our whole being, whereby He can make us obedient. These are the conditions for being able to be baptized with His Holy Spirit. Only the wish to be baptized, without the act of seeking Him in prayer, which is characterized by a total surrender, in this case will not help you much further. Not for nothing it is written: “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain…” (Zechariah 10:1a). The true gauge of your longing for the Lord is your prayer life. How much time do you spend daily on the seeking and admitting of Jesus? How much time do you spend on seeking contact (communion) with Him? You should add up the times of struggling, seeking prayer until you found contact (communion) with that great Shepherd (i.e. Jesus); until you actually reached the spiritual Rock (i.e. Jesus), on which you, together with Jesus, could build your spiritual house (Matthew 7:24); you will then discover how much you truly long for Jesus; in what measure you truly want to be used by Him.
I know, you all long for (more of) Him, but you are prevented by all kinds of things, and these things are as many fruits of the increasing iniquities, such as: watching TV too much, and looking at the wrong TV programs; reading novels or gossip magazines; maybe even lust-arousing (pornographic) literature; the desire for more (or more beautiful) material possessions, whereby and wherefore you have to work overtime. You see, the things which keep us away from Jesus, and from prayer, can be of different sorts! The devil will do his utmost to keep you from praying; because nowadays he is weakening the prayer-life by tempting you with all kinds of worldly things, just as he made that fruit in paradise desirable to Eve. He will take away that “continual sacrifice” – namely the continual dedicated prayer based on His finished work on Calvary (Daniel 12:11; 2 Corinthians 4:10-11)! Because of the sin of this prayerless or prayer-poor life (1 Samuel 12:23) we could never have communion with Him, and because of this we could never come to the status of “shewbread” in this life.

We must become wondrous signs in this world by communion with Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life

LUKE 9 verse 1-6, “Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip (travel bag), neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece. And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart. And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.”
He called the twelve disciples unto Himself – namely the apostles sent (out) by Him; but here these apostles represent all the laborers of Jesus, high and low. Before sending them away He first gave them a portion of spiritual power over all demons and sicknesses (Luke 10:19). Here, they had not yet received the baptism with the Spirit, but they acted in the power of God which, as it were, was transferred unto them. The laborers of the Lord, from the time after the first Pentecost outpouring (see Acts 2:1-4), must act in His Name, under the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Essentially it remains the same: a child of God, by his communion with the Bread of Life, is put in this world as a wondrous sign! And it is only by this communion, and solely under His express guidance that he can fulfill the great mission, which is written in Mark 16:15-18, because the Spirit of God alone is the Binder and Looser of sins and powers of darkness! “And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Compare this with Matthew 18:18. So all satanic powers and forces had to fall back before the apostles, and so all powers and forces of the (spiritual) darkness will still make way before each child of God, that is willed with the almighty Spirit, as long as he only does what the Spirit commands him to do. Do you then under-stand that the words of such a child of God are binding and loosing; that the preaching of such a person is binding and loosing; that such a ministry is binding and loosing? For the Spirit of God Himself is then active in and through His servant!
How wondrous such labor in the Spirit is, when the life of God’s servant has been completely crucified, and the Lord does not find any resistance anymore. In the end-time God will bring part of His Church to such a position. This then will be God’s Bride(church), namely that part of the Church which was willing to follow Him… in such a Bride-church; and, spiritually seen, they will be indeed “without spot or wrinkle”!
Verse 3 says: “Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip (travel bag), neither bread, neither money…” Nothing was to be taken that could support them (could help them). They were to completely depend on the omnipotence of God; there had to be faith which leaned completely on the almighty Sender. Verse 4 says: “And whatsoever house ye enter into there abide…” When someone of a town, wherein is preached, has accepted the Word, and offered the preacher lodging, and thus hospitality, then that preacher should not move to someone else’s house, because e.g. that house might be more comfortable; for so the love of the first one is rejected. And such behavior would not go with the Spirit of the Sender, and is unworthy of a laborer of the Lord! Verse 5 urges even to “…shake off the very dust from their feet…” of the towns that are not willing to receive God’s laborers. There is not to be any relationship between God’s laborers and those who reject His Word.

By E. van den Worm

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Book review 12: The false state church of the last days – The great harlot of Revelation 17

A co-ordinate institution of Christian Churches in the end-time

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The ecumenism of the end-time brought about by the pope

Isa. 4:1, “And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.”
Already about 700 years before Christ Isaiah predicted of the ecumenism[1], that will be brought about by the pope not before the end-time. In this Bible verse a picture is given of the endeavour of the Christian community of faith, here pictured by 7 women, to strengthen itself by an external union. With this external union they will “eat their own bread”, this is: each will keep their own teachings, and “wear their own apparel”, this is: each will keep their own ceremonial customs, but so nevertheless are able to call themselves the “the Christian Church”
Here follows a vision got by “Muter Deebe” (from Germany) in 1924. In that year she was 23 of age and a witness of God. The following passage was taken and translated out of the German magazine “Mitternachtsruf”, number 134 from the year 1964.

  • “In a vision I saw a long table in a room. Around the table sat 24 men. At the head of the table sat the pope. At his right hand the bishops (leaders) of the Evangelical Church, next to them several men out of Christian Churches. At the left side the bishops out of the Orthodox Church. Further some officers (out of “the Salvation Army”?). The pope spoke: We have come in a time that we have to become united, for Jesus had prayed, that we should be one, shouldn’t we? As men of the Church it is our mission that we should become one. Therefore we have to found an ecumenism. We have to be a Church-union, not several kinds of churches. So we are able to keep our God and our religion, because in the Bible it is written, that there is only one faith and one salvation. Anyone thereby is able to have his own religious conviction; our Church will bind nobody, but that we are members of one and the same Church. This is an advantage for us in this present world. We all are Christians, we want to be Christians, that’s why we want to have a union-Church. The pope spoke much more. The Evangelical bishops then shook hands with him and embraced each other and said: It is well, what the holy father (the pope) said. Also the orthodox bishops did the same. Then they sat down.”

Here an extern unity has been formed, while the Lord Jesus wanted a unity as a result of a divine and glorious inhabitation of our almighty God and His precious Word.
John 17:21-23, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”
Paul taught us in Eph. 2:19-22, that the Christian Church should be build on the foundation (the teachings) of the apostles and prophets, on the Old and the New Testaments, on the Biblical teachings.
Eph. 2:19-22, “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are build together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

The forming – by satan – of the false prophet of the end-time

Revelation 8:10-11 predicted that after the casting down in the sea of the burning meteorite as large as a mountain in Revelation 8:8-9, a great star was cast down from heaven burning as it were a lamp, by which one third of the rivers and the fountains of waters became bitter.
Rev. 8:10-11, “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.”
Clearly not the fall of a natural star here is mentioned and not a natural disaster, but of the fall of a spiritual star is here the question, a great spiritual leader. It is the last pope, who shall fall in the snare of satan, and who then shall teach a false doctrine, by which one third of the believers will become apostate, will become bitter.

By E. van den Worm

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[1] Ecumenism (or oecumenism) = A movement which pursues “the brotherhood”, the fraternization between the different Christian churches.
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