Revelation 22:1, 7
Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:b who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
The Book of Revelation is an encounter whose purpose is to unveil Jesus Christ. We will miss the revelation if our focus is on the anti-Christ that is revealed in it. The things revealed in the book are confirmed by every other book in the Bible. The Book of Revelation is given to unveil the person of Jesus Christ. After the encounter of John, something was to come to pass and all that was to take place in a short time. There is a mystery in this book, which God has already ordained to bring to pass in a short time. If things were allowed to run normally, they would not take place.
The Book of Revelation is the summary of all the intentions of the Father, which He wants to carry out, but if He were to carry them out and allow them to run the normal course, it would take too long. Therefore, He compressed it and shortened the time since they are to follow times and seasons. The result that God wanted this work to have will surely be achieved. Amen. This revelation was shown to John to show His SERVANTS, not the whole Church.
Before I can see anything in the book, I must be serving. Every child of God has got the potential to serve Him. If I am not doing service, the book will mean nothing to me. Therefore, there is need to serve before the revelation can be opened. There is a secret thing that needs to be unveiled in that book. Any man who is not doing service will not see the revelation of Christ. The book was written to empower servants. If earthly or natural kingdom goes through training to ensure that service is done, how much more an eternal kingdom! You cannot bring an end to the age if you do not serve. The reason why Satan is having a field day is that he is generating more service.
If your eye is single, your body will be full of light but if it is not together, you cannot see; you will dwell in darkness (Matthew 6:22). If you are not seeing accurately, you cannot serve. Anyone who wants to serve God will have to be single. You cannot serve God and mammon. It is easy to serve mammon when the eyes are scattered, but if a man wants to serve God, his eyes have to be put together. We take thoughts of what to eat, wear and what we will do tomorrow because we are not single.
Thinking is service! Our souls see by thinking. For my thinking to be rearranged, I need to be gathered. Often, ministers of God are tempted to take their eyes away from the focus of the Gospel because of the sheep. Satan tries severally to change our sight. When we change sight, we change pasture. When we look too much on people’s needs, we are tempted to change the message. When that happens, blessings will flow and there is always a temptation to build a tabernacle there. Our sight is what is needed to stay stable and carry out God’s commandments. A servant is an altar and the altar is designed to alter situations and change circumstances. If Satan captures the altar which is the servant, then God’s people are gone. That is why God has to conquer the altar.
This explains why the Scripture says, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). People believe that preaching prosperity or things that minister to the flesh will make men want to listen to the Gospel, but that is a lie. The belly (flesh) is never filled. We are to seek FIRST the Kingdom and not the belly. The ‘Prayer Mountains’ around us are filled with people seeking to have their bellies filled. The belly is of mammon which is like the god of Baal. To stop Baal-worship, you have to stop the demonstration.
We therefore need to be strong and powerful to make sure that the whole church is redirected toward Righteousness. Let us imagine that every church and gathering was preaching, ‘Seek ye first the Kingdom’, then many of our problems would cease on their own. The standard of the Spirit must be maintained. People cannot see why they should seek first the Kingdom, because it does not seem to provide food or clothing. Those things we seek cannot sustain our lives, and the prophet Elijah made the woman of Zarephath come into this realm of life. Grace came for her to obey, if not she would not have been able to. No other widow in that land could do that except her; by grace, God made her heart pliable. In the face of needs and things staring at our faces, we can still obey the Lord’s commandments to let go our focus on these physical needs.
If we have not entered the Kingdom, we have not received any blessing. To be rich or have money is not the sign of blessing. That is a means by which I could get the Kingdom but in itself, it is not the blessing. When we are about to serve God, we will discharge energy. This is called sacrifice. God has written out the bulletin of sacrifice and how service ought to be carried out in the Scripture. The manner of service was given in the Old Testament. Yes, we cannot approach God through a physical sacrifice of bulls and goat, but by faith.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Seekers are servants. A servant is a seeker of the Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). Despite the problem that surrounds him in the physical, he serves. That was what Cain failed to understand. It is a principle with Satan that when you are surrounded with problems, you do not serve God. By Faith, Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice. If any man therefore says he is a good man, God will put him to test. Anyone could know how to give and not know the Kingdom. In the Old Testament, there were lots of bulls and goats that were sacrificed but that pattern could do nothing – only the altar was receiving blood. God then said, “Sacrifices and offerings, I wouldest not. Lo! I have come in the volume of the book it is written of me” (Hebrews 10:6-7). He has to come and fulfil the covenant by sacrifice. What is in the volume of the book is an ‘obedience manual’ for you to carry out service in such a way and manner that will make you come to honour.
God rewards service and servants who serve Him. “Behold I come quickly to give to every man according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12). A man may live and die if the manual for service is not opened to him. He may go to heaven having never served. Change will come to a man’s life when he begins to live according to what is written of him. The Book of Revelation is a faith-manual designed for you to begin to obey while you walk on earth. It is a work of faith, and this faith is not to claim money. It is a faith to make your life appreciate in God’s Life. We have the Holy Ghost, so we could live by faith. We will not come to know the Son of God until we have obeyed Faith. The pattern of the heavenly is not another but the person that must offer himself to enter the holy of holies and carry out service in heaven.
No longer are animals the sacrificial tools but human lives. Anytime men carry out the instruction, sacrifices are made. There is no animal-killing in heaven; that is earthly practice. God wants a higher one, even higher than the angels. He therefore went into the tabernacle with no other’s blood but His own and purged our sins so that we can be enrolled into service. We are to arrive at the place where He has arrived at. Melchizedec called God the Most High saying, “Blessed be the most high.”
Many lives have been taken over by the government of the world. The trick of the enemy is to do a lot of charity for the families through his government on earth, so that the families of the earth will be kept down, and so that they would continue to render service to him. If we are therefore serving the Most High, what do you think He wants for service? We need to be taught what He wants because we do not know how to serve Him. Abraham met Melchizedec who served God and has been crowned king of righteousness and of peace. This service was done by faith.
Abraham believed God and obeyed God. God will only trust a man whose soul dances to Faith. We are unclean because our lives are not lived by Faith. Obedience of Faith is the vital ingredient we should have. Are we obeying God? If we are, then it means we are dying. Satan cannot get to a dead man. The more we are dead to him, the more we are alive unto God. Death is obedience to a program that pleases God. Satan cannot handle a man who does not respond to his own stimulation. Anyone who responds to Satan’s stimulation serves him. Our souls are exposed by our responses to a lot of things. Satan has a lot of stimuli he uses against us. It is just like a remote control; when he presses it, we respond because of uncleanness. He boasts of these things because they respond to him. These things are called ‘works’. That response need to be killed in us. Service is tied to Life.
The blood of the Lamb was presented to them and the demand of the program of life they had carried have to emaciate, die and expire. When you hear ‘the blood of the lamb’, it is not as if it was poured on their body so that they can shout, “Oh my God, I’m cleaned!” The blood cleanses by speaking. What is going to shake heaven is what the blood is saying. What will expel the dragonic life is the blood of the Lamb. it’s an antidote that counters the blood in the dragon. To be an overcomer, I need to be sprinkled with that blood. I need to HEAR what the blood is saying. Also, there’s a need for me to KEEP what I hear the blood speak. Bringing in another testament into the former testimony will cause confusion.
When you take step, it should be taken against the former. As you move, you are learning to keep that life which is contrary to your former nature; you are becoming another man. That former program is dying and the lord of that program—Satan— will start crying and try to reinforce. But keeping the movement terminates his code. He actually made the mistake of going to the altar where he will be killed. He captured man in the first place, using his fall but little did he know that that was going to bring his end as God said to the serpent in the garden that he will put enmity between the seed of the woman and the seed of the dragon; and that the seed of the woman will bruise her feet (Genesis 3:15).
This is coming to pass today. Every one of us has the potential to bruise Satan’s feet. It’s not about how much we fast—though I personally believe in fasting a lot. The truth is that Jesus already did and we too will. Can we make up our minds to obey? God is measuring every work. Can we keep on fighting? It will come to a point that Satan will give reasons you should not fight him anymore, because he is a beast and a conspirator trying to snuff life out of you. But keep obeying—keep hearing and obeying what the blood is saying; for the code against him is in the blood of the Lamb. The blood of the Lamb became the inheritance of some because they did not love their lives (Revelation 12:11).
Really, Satan is not the guy we think he is. It is possible to hear a message and get angry. Satan puts up a fight, because he does not want to go. He can also fill someone’s heart with bitterness and cause the person to speak against eternal life and buffet its works. We are to be delivered from our common enemy. He lives within us through what we love—our lust. Hence, it is not easy to resist him. But the bible says, “Love not the world; neither the things of the world…” (1 John 2:15).
Love can be killed through words that churn out bitterness and hatred. And God wants to plant hatred in us against the evil one so that one day we will burst out in so much anger and speak against Satan. May you receive might, strength and power to reject Satan’s deception. AMEN.