THE BOOK OF REVELATION, CHAPTER 1 - 6 and 12

"With JOHN, the apostle"


THE BOOK OF REVELATION
GOD’S PHROPHESY TO JOHN,
CHAPTER 1 – 3 and 12

NOTE: (The Book of Revelation chapter 1, 2, 3 and 12 is translated based on the recording of the presentation in Semarang
on 14 January 2003, as the guidance of John, the apostle,
on 6 December 2002 at Purwokerto)

 

1:1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,
The Revelation book is not a work of literature, but it is the Word of God, so it cannot be looked at as a work of literature. The Bible is not a work of literature but the Word of everlasting God, so whatever is said here, whatever must shortly come to pass, it is also applicable to us now. Lord Jesus granted this Revelation to John, the apostle, to be passed down to His children, i.e. to us all.

1:2 (He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,) who gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.
John, the apostle testified about the Word of God which was Jesus Himself and about who Jesus Christ was, as the live witness whom saw everything done by Jesus. John, the apostle is the most loyal and beloved Jesus’ disciple. He is the first joined disciple. John, the apostle, before, was a disciple of John, the Baptist, together with Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. And to them, John, the Baptist, pointed to Jesus: “Look, He is the Lamb of God who carries the sins of the world”. Since that time, John and Andrew followed Jesus, then Jesus asked: “What do you want?” (John1:35-39). “Where does Master live?” asked John. “Follow Me”. Then they lived with Jesus, talked, and they went back to Galilee. In the New Testament, we read that Jesus called His first disciples: Simon, Andrew, John and James, and they all followed Him right away. John followed everything in Jesus’ life from the beginning, faithfully until Jesus died on the cross. To John, the apostle, Lord Jesus gave Mother Mary to be his mother, and John himself represented all of us (John 19:27). They lived together until Mother Mary was taken up to Heaven. This completed Jesus’ journey and the disciples; it completed what must be told. But this was not just it, because, beside The Gospel of John, there is an additional Book from John, namely “THE BOOK OF REVELATION”.

This Book of Revelation is not what John had experienced but was what granted to him both by visions and also by heavenly voices. Why was this Revelation given to John? Because John was the most faithful apostle and John was living with Mary, Jesus’ mother. Why was John, the apostle, given to The Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother? Because this community, always work together with Mother Mary. That is why we should be happy, here it is said:

1:3 blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near.
We are called blessed, because we read, hear, and obey this prophecy. The journey of the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother is the journey of fulfillment of the Revelation. The phrase said, “the time is at hand”; what was said here was not the prophecy of the end of the world. The time is at hand for the purification of the world, for this part of the Book of Revelation does not speak of the end of world, but the preparation of the time before the end of the world. At the end of the Book of Revelation, we will read MARANATHA, “Come, O Lord Jesus!” Thus, Lord Jesus has not come yet for the second time, according to the prophecy in this part of the Book of Revelation. The Book of Revelation is given to prepare us and to explain about the time of purification of the world.

1:4 John, to the seven churches in Asia: grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,
This was addressed to the seven Churches in Asia. During the time this book was written at John, the apostle’s old age in Patmos Island, it was addressed to the Churches in Asia, but the Word of God is alive and everlasting, so it is also addressed to us. The number of seven (7) represents a perfect number; it is addressed to all of God’s children throughout the world. Greeting from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come, it is the greeting from God Himself. The everlasting God and it is said,

1:5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
This does not mean there is a difference between The Everlasting God and Jesus Christ, but it is told from Jesus Christ because men know Jesus Christ. So, John, the apostle conveyed the greeting from Jesus who was dead and rose from the dead and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. Then there was praise: To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,

1:6 who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever (and ever). Amen.
John, the apostle, invited us to praise Him, Who took our sins away by His blood. Jesus Who gathered us into the kingdom of God’s children. He made us priests; God’s priests, who were assigned to sanctify God’s children. To Jesus - be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.

1:7 Behold, he is coming amid the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him. All the peoples of the earth will lament him. Yes. Amen.
John, the apostle, prophesied the coming of Jesus at the end of the world. He comes on the clouds, and every one shall see Him, His followers and also those who betrayed, refused, and pierced Him. All nations of the earth will mourn over of Him.

1:8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty."
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, which is and which was, and which is to come, all have one meaning: the everlasting God which is Jesus Christ Himself.

1:9 I, John, your brother, who share with you the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus,
John, the apostle, made himself equal to us as brother and companion in sharing our suffering, because he was alienated in Patmos Island. But just there he had the assignment by God to write the Book of Revelation.
In the kingdom of God’s children, we are waiting patiently for Jesus Christ. We all, in the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother are addressed by John, since the community patiently waits for Jesus Christ. I found myself on the island called Patmos because I proclaimed God's word and gave testimony to Jesus. John was in Patmos Island as he was alienated because of Jesus, because of his testimony of Jesus.

1:10 I was caught up in spirit on the Lord's day
On the Lord’s Day, but actually everyday is the Lord’s Day. Everyday is the Lord’s Day also for us. The words I was in the Spirit showed that from then on John was fully guided by Jesus’ Spirit, The Holy Spirit. (What we experience in the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother, while listening to Lord Jesus and Mother Mary, the outsider who do not understand, said that she, ‘the chosen’ one who was to deliver those messages, was ‘possessed’ by Lord Jesus and Mother Mary. They addressed that cynically to Agnes. But we know from the Book of Revelation that the actual thing is, she was not possessed by something bad, but guided by The Spirit, and that is different. Possessed by something means being powerless and with dark souls. But in Spirit means we are in God’s own Spirit, is being possessed by the Holy Spirit, just like what happened to John. That what actually happens when Lord Jesus and Mother Mary deliver Their messages through Their Microphone, Agnes Sawarno) and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet,

1:11 which said, "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
There are seven churches in Asia then, but as I said it represents all God’s churches. There are seven churches whose conditions will be discussed one by one. These conditions also apply to us now with the same condition then. Once again, God’s Word is everlasting, thus it also applies to these days. There are warnings and confirmation in each letter to each God’s church, which we will discuss later.

1:12 Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands.

1:13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man,
Who is the Son of man? He is Jesus Himself. John said, He was like the Son of man because he hardly knew Him as he knew Jesus in His ordinary time. Here, the Son of man appeared with all His Glories: wearing an ankle-length robe, with a gold sash around his chest

1:14 The hair of his head was as white as white wool or as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame.

1:15 His feet were like polished brass refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing water.

1:16 In his right hand he held seven stars. A sharp two-edged sword came out of his mouth, and his face shone like the sun at its brightest.


John will use all the characteristics of the Son of man in all His glory, later, to explain every address to the seven churches, by saying Who He was, namely the Son of man, Who was Jesus Himself. And John would explain in the periscopes that followed, that those characteristics were aimed at the situation of each of the churches.

1:17 When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead.
Why did John, the apostle fell at His feet? Because he saw God the Lord, in all His glory, and he realized how unworthy he was as man. He fell at His feet like a dead man. He touched me with his right hand and said, "Do not be afraid. (To us in this Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother, how often we hear this greeting, either publicly or individually. Jesus said, ‘Fear not’ and is usually followed by you are not alone; fear not, I am with you; fear not, I strengthen you, and so on). it is I, I am the first and the last,

1:18 the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.
Jesus confirmed to John not to be afraid, because This was really Jesus he knew, but Jesus in all His glory. This is Jesus, The Everlasting God. John knew Jesus had died, risen, and appeared Himself, then ascended to heaven, but John has just seen that He is alive eternally, and He has the power over the death.

1:19 Write down, therefore, what you have seen, and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards
Write this down, said Jesus. Write it as My command, the Almighty God, The Eternal God and Powerful that you knew as Jesus who had died but lived again. Write what you see now! Once again the word ‘now’ is everlasting, because it applies right now, and what will happen next.

1:20 This is the secret meaning of the seven stars you saw in my right hand, and of the seven gold lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
This is the secret. We will also find many symbolic words such as: star, candlesticks, dragon, seals, horse, trumpet, chalice and many more later. The angels are also symbols. The secret of seven stars is the seven churches angels, and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches themselves. The church angel means the wholly faith or the well maintained faith situation in the church.

Let us hear the first greeting to the Ephesus church in chapter 2:

2:1 To the angel of the church in Ephesus, write this: 'The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this:
Jesus, God, it is He Who said the words. He held the faith of seven churches in His hand. He knew the churches well, in other words; He held them in His hands. He walked amongst His churches throughout the world (Cf. “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” Matthew 28:20)

This is His message to Ephesus church:

2:2 "I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors.
Jesus acknowledged His churches’ works since He was among them. Their works were impatiently analyzing the wrong teachings. That is what the meaning of God’s Words here. You are impatient with bad people; you try on them who called themselves apostles. It applies these days, too. They do not easily believe what anyone says as something new. They diligently do it; trying it out because that is their tasks. Because He said that He knew their tasks, testing everything, indeed was the Church responsibility. Jesus said, “I know your works!” (Let’s say now Jesus is speaking to the Church Hierarchy: I know you are testing the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother, just as they did it to the others. This is what is happening now, as we heard from John, the apostle, related to our community). I know you are testing them for you had tested many communities in the past and found them deceivers.

2:3 Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary
It is true that they do not ever get tired. Jesus said, “I know”, Jesus did not say I appraise you, no! He said I knew about your works, but in verse 4, He said:

2:4 Yet I hold this against you:
How could Jesus be possible to have something against His own Church? His Church hierarchy is diligently testing ‘everything new’, so the Church remains faithful in Righteousness. Jesus criticized them not because of the work but because you have lost the love you had at first. Which is the right ways of acting as a leader: with love, investigating and observing among everything with love. Jesus criticized their ways in their leaving out love. Here is said “I criticized you”, because you have left your first love; you are no longer using your wisdom, you are using judgment, instead. The final judgment is given before the investigation is completed.

Thus Jesus reprimanded here:

2:5 Realize how far you have fallen. Repent, and do the works you did at first. which are shepherding God’s children with love Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place,
It was previously said that the seven candlesticks were the seven Churches. If the Churches were taken away, to whom the words were addressed? It was addressed to the leaders of the folks, which are the priests, the bishops, and our shepherds. If priests and shepherds do not have folks, what was left to them? …….Jesus said, unless you repent.

2:6 But you have this in your favor: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
In God’s Revelation to John, there were also messages written for the time being. That time, the Nicolaitans’ followers belonged to a community that screwed up Jesus’ teachings. Jesus hated them for screwing up His teachings. ‘Hate’ which means He feels sad knowing they would not have Salvation. And the Hierarchy hated them also then.

Thus, here is said

2:7 Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The Spirit here is Spirit of Christ Himself. To the victor I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God.
Let us have a quick look. The word ‘overcome’ always reflects a situation of war or trial, one wins and the other looses. Here, is a prophecy of a situation after the purification of the world, after the three days of darkness. Who would win? They will be those who believe Mother Mary’s messages, who believe in Mother Mary’s prophecy about the world purification, which had actually been prophesied in the Book of Revelation. We will see it later. It is said to whom that overcomes; I will give to eat of the tree of life. (As Mother Mary’s messages said, when we were serving in Pangudiluhur Middle school (SMP) in 1999, “Don’t you ask what will happen after the purification of the world finished, what will you eat, what will you drink, what will you wear, for God Himself will feed you. Yes, that is Heavenly word). It is again said here, ‘I will give to eat of the tree of life’, which means that we do not have to worry as we will not die of hunger. We will live spiritually from the tree of life from God’s Garden of Eden.

2:8 "To the angel of the church in Smyrna, write this: " 'The first and the last, who once died but came to life, says this:

This is the word of Jesus Himself.

2:9 "I know your tribulation and poverty, but you are rich. I know the slander of those who claim to be Jews and are not, but rather are members of the assembly of Satan.
Jesus knows the situation of His Church in Smyrna. This situation exists also these days. Jesus knows because He is walking between the golden candlesticks. He is always present among His Church. Thus, He knows if they have tribulation because they are poor, but they are actually rich, rich in Jesus. He knows that they are slandered. It is said people called themselves Jews, those who knew of Moses’ Torah, but they are actually the synagogues of Satan, because they do not practice the Torah. It also happens today, people say they know God’s laws, but it is actually not God’s true laws, it is what they created from ‘their god’ and they declared themselves as if they were the real synagogue, while they are actually the synagogues of Satan.

2:10 Do not be afraid of anything that you are going to suffer. Indeed, the devil will throw some of you into prison that you may be tested, and you will face an ordeal for ten days.
10 days is a symbolic word, the length could be longer or shorter depending on one who is experiencing it. Shall cast into prison means ‘will experience no liberty to express his faith’. Behold, the devil will cast you, so you will have tribulation, you will be tried. Remain faithful until death, not only for ten days but be faithful unto death, which means, you are to be faithful, even though, because of it, you will die. It is stressed upon us; this is really our choice, whether or not we want to be faithful. The faithfulness could cost our lives. But, if we are faithful until the end, and I will give you the crown of life. What is the crown of life? It is the everlasting life.

2:11 Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The victor shall not be harmed by the second death.
Earlier it was said to be faithful until the end, even though, you will suffer. There, we will face the first death. But the faithful ones will not be hurt of the second death. What does it mean by second death? It is the end of the world. Those who are not faithful will die, and at the end of the world they will die for the second time in everlasting suffering. For those who are faithful, they will not suffer from anything at the end of the world, for they will receive the everlasting life and happiness.
Then here is a situation of Pergamum Church, which is also the same situation as ours these days.

2:12 "To the angel of the church in Pergamum, write this: " 'The one with the sharp two-edged sword says this:
the meaning of sharp sword is when used to cut, will not cut from the right or left side only, but at all angles.

2:13 "I know that you live where Satan's throne is, and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives.
" I know that you live where Satan's throne is,
What kind of situation is this? Which Church is this addressed to? "I know that you live where Satan's throne is, Then, we had enlightenment from John, the apostle, in which situation people live, like it is stated in this verse. Do you know where God’s Church stays at this moment in Satan's throne? Look at the situation in Ambon and Poso. There, God’s Churches suffer from the evil’s powers, among them who accept Satan as their King.

and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives.
At that time (in ancient Church), Jesus’ martyrs were killed because of their faith. But this also applies to Jesus’ martyrs who were killed in Ambon, in Poso, and in many other places in our country, where Jesus’ followers were killed because of their faiths.

2:14 Yet I have a few things against you. You have some people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the Israelites: to eat food sacrificed to idols and to play the harlot.
(Then, we had an enlightenment that this also happened at this time in Ambon and Poso). Let’s go back to the Old Testament to the King of Balak era, those who fought against Israel. They gave advices to cast a stumbling block at Israel people. Bileam was one of them; we could say he was a shaman who gave wrong advices to the Israel people to eat things sacrificed into idols and to commit fornication. What it means by fornication is not anything related to sex, but casting aspersions in faith. This situation is being done these days; there are some people among you who eat things sacrificed unto idols, it casts aspersions in faith. What does it mean? We know the situation either in Ambon or Poso among God’s children. They take revenge of God’s children by killing the enemies. Luckily, the Catholic God’s children are not included among them.

2:15 Likewise, you also have some people who hold to the teaching of (the) Nicolaitans.
So, some people claim themselves Christian, but they actually digress Jesus’ teachings.

2:16 Therefore, repent. Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth.
His sword with two eyes, this will cut those who use God’s name to kill others. Thus the enemies will be defeated, but they, who used God’s name to kill, will also be killed. And if they get killed, do not cry and ask: “We were in war because of His name, why God left us?” No, God never asked us to kill our enemies, but to forgive.

2:17 Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna;
Manna was the food in the desert for the children of Israel when the food stock finished. The hidden manna will be given to us when we overcome the three days of darkness. It is said it is hidden, we don’t know it yet, but we will get that food. We will not be hungry; don’t be afraid. Be diligent and be faithful so we will overcome it with Jesus until that day comes.
And this is important: I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.
In the beginning of Mother Mary’s messages, “My children who are united in the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother will receive ‘seals’. The seals are what will be provided. Previously, we were wondering what seals will be given by Mother Mary? We have the seal of baptism, what other seals will be given? We understood we had been given something unique; the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother has been given a ‘personal touch’, the touch of God’s love. We can feel the presence of Lord Jesus and Mother Mary. Is this the seal? Should not the seals be visible for one who will be saved?
What is the seal? Here it is told they would receive, I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, Who is the new name from? Is the new name for us? Later, we will get to know about that. New name, who is it from? No one knows unless one received it. We know that new name and He would give the new name to us. He knew and He saved us, but the enemies do not know. And they do not have the white stone, the seal with the new name. It is the new name for Jesus.
And an understanding about it was given to the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother. The new name of Jesus is God Himself Who is The Father, The Everlasting God. Jesus is the Father Himself; He is the only God. We know the Holy Trinity, Who is the same God incarnated into a Man and gave His Holy Spirit to guide us until He comes to pick up our souls. In this community, we know about it, as we got enlightenment. But the Book of Revelation also tells about it. The one and only God is Jesus. Who are we to be told this? We could not boast to say that we know the secret. Not that! So from now on we no longer duplicate God, i.e. having another deity besides God, because we would not find any other God. We worship Jesus, not only as The Savior, not only as The Man Who saved us (God incarnated into man), but because He is The actual One God. And we know that, we could be certain we could overcome with Him if we hold on to Him. That is why the secret was given to us, not for us to keep but for us to convey bravely by saying: “When the end of the world comes, the Name of Jesus will no longer exist, He is The Everlasting God, and there is no other God. Thus, anything Jesus says, anything Jesus does is the Truth, since He is the Truth Himself. He is The Absolute Truth; He Himself is the Way and Truth, and Life!

2:18 "To the angel of the church in Thyatira, write this: " 'The Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like polished brass, says this:
He is Jesus Himself. Why does it still use the term ‘Son of God’, Why does it? Because, we know this term; if we have to face directly The One God, Who we never come into contact, it will be hard for us to understand Him. No one has met God except for One Who come from heaven. We know Jesus that has been given to us, and we have accepted all His teachings in Church. We know Jesus, for that reason we still use the term of language, but after the end of the world, the name of Jesus will no longer exist. It is The Everlasting God. (as per Lord Jesus’ messages in 1998)
2:19 I know your works, your love, faith, service, and endurance, and that your last works are greater than the first.
He told the message like this: I know your activities, your love, your faith, your service and your perseverance, and I know how you are still making progress. Which situation is described here? It is the situation of the communities that work diligently and hard conveying Jesus. There are many communities go globally. This is the evangelism movement, a preaching movement, and a movement of telling the Good News from God constantly and thundered.

2:20 Yet I hold this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, who teaches and misleads my servants to play the harlot and to eat food sacrificed to idols.
What does this mean? Jesus disapproved them for letting Jezebel (during Ancient Church, she was Nicolas’ follower) cast aspersions in God’s teachings. Here it is said eating food which has been sacrificed to idols, which means doing bad things, away from God’s teaching itself. What does this mean? To whom does God address it? Doing big jobs in preaching the Kingdom of God but casting aspersions at the same time? Who are they? (Without intention of, judging any communities). We see many preaching communities; they go to Singapore to serve Indonesian God’s children in Singapore, some go to Australia to visit Perth, Sidney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and many more with the by plane-invitation. Some go around within Indonesia. Some have their worships thundered inside the luxurious hotels with an awesome sound system. Some have it at the Senayan stadium and spend millions of rupiahs. This is what Jesus said; “I disapprove you for preaching the Kingdom of God”. The Good news must be told to people who suffer and poor, this is the intention of Jesus besides making people repent. But it is not preached with any commercial intentions since we got it free, so must give it to others free!

2:21 I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her harlotry.
Jesus already gave time to change which means advices were given before.

2:22 So I will cast her on a sickbed and plunge those who commit adultery with her into intense suffering unless they repent of her works.
Her refers to Jezebel and adultery means the cast aspersions of faith. But the meaning of ‘cast into a bed’ is nothing like curse of getting AIDS or HIV and so on. The sick has nothing to do with the symbol of bed. It means here the big tribulations; they will get into big tribulations.


2:23 I will also put her children to death. Thus shall all the churches come to know that I am the searcher of hearts and minds and that I will give each of you what your works deserve.

Her children mean those who accept her teachings and they continued it. We see many denominations, new spitted churches; and they are countless. Starting from one big Church scattered to hundreds of new churches. Previous denominations that do not have anything in common anymore will create a new community, they will gather their own followers, and they serve there. And when the community gets big, they will have a place to worship. Later, they will have problems in splitting the profit, one feels cheated by the others, and then they will move again and create a different community, on and on like that. We cannot even track how many denominations have been created all these times. I will give great tribulation to them and their children who are their followers. I will also put her children to death. Thus shall all the churches come to know that I am the searcher of hearts and minds From outside, we might look how great their communities are, but God knows their reins and hearts

I will give each of you what your works deserve. Everyone who did this cast aspersions.

2:24 But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not uphold this teaching and know nothing of the so-called deep secrets of Satan: on you I will place no further burden,
This was addressed to the rest of Thyatira Church, or any Churches with the related situation as Thyatira, who did not follow the wrong teachings, which were taught by the preacher and did not study anything that can be related with Satan. (Once again without the intention of judging others, there are many preachers and also men’s servers claim themselves as “God’s servants” and said “I want to serve totally, therefore I’m asking God for grant from above”. And this grant from above is asked with force by learning the depths of Satan. Then they start learning all kinds of teachings, so with this teaching they could serve God’s children and they could heal people. John, the apostle, revealed so much here. Those teachings they learn are the depths of Satan, which they say they use to help heal and solve people’s problems by shortcuts, instantly. That is the depths of Satan, which comes from the power of Satan. A Grant from above is not asked and it is impossible to learn, especially ask with force. Because anything uses forces come from the evil, a grant from above is granted). Jesus said, for those who did not follow the false preaching, He would put upon them no other burden.

2:25 except that you must hold fast to what you have until I come
Hold fast what is with you; it is faith. But faith is not enough, because anyone could say I have ‘faith’. We all have faith in God; the One God. So God is the only One God. In Pancasila, the first verse says God is the Divinity of The Holy One; that means Indonesian people believe in One God. Well, if He is One, our God is the same. Therefore, does everyone have faith in the same God? NO! Said John, the apostle. It is not enough to just have faith, but must have faith in Jesus! That is why do not just hold on to your faith, but hold your faith in Jesus. In fact, just hold fast to Jesus only. Only Jesus! Hold fast to Him until He comes.

2:26 To the victor, who keeps to my ways until the end, I will give authority over the nations.
What are God’s works? We know God’s works from the name Mother Mary gave to us: The Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother. Our assignment is the work of charity services.

2:27 He will rule them with an iron rod. Like clay vessels will they be smashed,

2:28 just as I received authority from my Father. And to him I will give the morning star.

This is an interesting verse, and we; the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother should know this verse well. To anyone who overcomes the three days of darkness and do the works of the charity services, He will give authorities to rule nations. What do you interpret authorities to rule nations? It is the ability to rule nations, but we must remember in The New Testament what Jesus said, “Other leaders, leaders of world kingdoms are ruling with a rod of iron. But you, if you rule, you must serve. That is the charity services. Thus, authorities are given to us, not to rule but to serve the nations; means serve a lot of people. He will rule them with an iron rod don’t get the wrong meaning; the rod of iron has a symbolic meaning. In the Book of Revelation it means the huge power with Jesus. Jesus will rule with a rod of iron means: He would rule with His wholly love, for His power is just Love. As the vessels of a potter shall they be crushed, this is those who are served by love, they will be crushed to be shaped again. This is the same ability given by Father to Jesus while He was serving us. And what makes us happy the most is that to us will be given the morning star. Who is the morning star? That is Mother Mary! The Book of Revelation talks about it and the Hierarchy did not open their eyes when we came as The Community of Charity Services of Blessed Mother. She Herself made this community, named it, leads, and serves. Therefore, we received this grant from above, the Morning star.

2:29 Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

3:1 "To the angel of the church in Sardis, write this: " 'The one who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says this:
He is Jesus, with the Seven God’s Spirit, which means the fulfillment of God’s Spirit in God’s Glory, while the seven stars are the seven Churches’ angels. Jesus, God, is the One that has everything!

I know your works, that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead.
My dear brother and sister, watch out for this message could be addressed to us. Watch out as the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother whom constantly receives advices from Mother Mary to always be humble and be gentle. One day we could stumble, and we will be arrogant as the member of community with Mother Mary, a golden child of God community, and a community with John, the apostle, as the special mentor, we could slip of this arrogances that makes us preach about ourselves and say, ‘I live because God gives me Spirit, I get tutor from John, the apostle, and I get guidance from Mother Mary Herself’, but in real life nothing shows, only lips service. My preaching is only lips service and my own thoughts and not the preaching with heart, no more love preaching. Watch out for this message is addressed to us. You live, which means you say you live, but actually you are dead, which means you can do anything, but actually you do not get anything from it. Watch out because that means you will end soon.

3:2 Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.
Jesus already said, “Let you be perfect as your Father is in Heaven; He is perfect”. That is our direction, our destination, one day we will be like that, be perfect, so we are worthy to be called God’s children. But Mother Mary always comforts us, “God does not require you to be holy, God only asks you to be a good person, especially a faithful one, no bounds of love”. That is what Mother Mary said, but our destination is to be perfect so whatever we offer to God will be perfect before God. Be perfect before God does not mean great or big jobs. “Big job you accomplished but you grumbled and you completed only with your thoughts and arrogances, it is nothing before God. A small job you did in whole heartedness that is the perfect offer before God”. But the warning here is for I have not found your works, even small one that is complete in the sight of my God.

3:3 Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent.
For each one of us, we have received “the personal touch”, very personal. Therefore, we joined the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother; no one among us was just to follow the crowds. We all received the personal touch and decided, “Yes”, I want to work with Mother Mary; and “Yes”, we then joined the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother. Because we do not have a registration form, so we come for ourselves. Before, we did not know each other, now we could greet each other; everyone is our brother or sister whom we did not know before, why? Each one of us has received the personal touch. Therefore, as a remainder, remember how you received that personal touch. Remember how you were moved then and you became alive. I want to start a new live. But when we live with the community and we fall down through our arrogances, we are dead. But Jesus does not want us dead, He reminds us, ‘get up’ and make it live again what is nearly dead. How? Look back how you were called; remember your repentance and you said, “I now live, for God Himself came to me and saved me”. That is the experience of us all, each one of us. None forced us, even though I spoke for five hours, nothing could convince you. But we all received the personal touch and God said, “I am who I am, I am with you, you are not alone, I strengthen you”. Then we experienced it, did not we? This is my Lord, I believe in Him and I have a pledge to renew my life; for He Himself came to save me, it turned out He had never left me. But later we faded, poor thing! Therefore He has reminded us to look back how we received the personal touch from Him the first time.

Remember then how you accepted and heard; keep it, and repent. If you are not watchful, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come upon you.
The word ‘watch out’ is scattered around either in God’s messages or Mother Mary’s messages to this community. Be ‘on watch’! What does be on watch mean? It is not to stay awake and pray until dawn; not that! Be ‘on watch’ means doing the charity services all the time, therefore we have to be ‘on watch’. That is the wealth we could take, if we do not have anything, the door of Heaven will be shut for us. Our wealth is within our brethrens. Mother Mary, explained ‘be on watch’ as doing the charity services all times, if not, we are not part of the community of charity services. We only carry that name and feel alive by that name, but actually we are dead, since we do not do anything, just waiting.

3:4 However, you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; they will walk with me dressed in white, because they are worthy.
But there are some of you who take good care of themselves.

3:5 The victor will thus be dressed in white, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will acknowledge his name in the presence of my Father and of his angels.
Here John, the apostle, prophesied the end of the world where people come with white clothes. This is also prophesied in the Book of Revelation, what will happen then, but it does not talk about the end of the world itself. What happened was people were walking wearing white clothes, washed by the blood of The Lamb. Our name will be in the Book of Life and Jesus Himself would acknowledge our names before God, when He will judge us.
We remember the stories of the end of the world in the Synoptic Gospels, there it is said, people came and knocked on the door, or about the story of five wise women and five stupid women who knocked on the door, but Jesus claimed He did not know them. But we, who overcome will be taken by Jesus to His Father, He would acknowledge our names.

3:6 Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
The spirit is God’s Spirit Himself.

3:7 "To the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write this: " 'The holy one, the true, who holds the key of David, who opens and no one shall close, who closes and no one shall open, says this:
Who was He? Jesus Himself. What does it mean by having the key of David? The key of David is the Key to Heavenly Kingdom. When He opens, no one can shut it, what does it mean? When we open our hearts, God will open them widely. Even when we just open our hearts a little bit, God will open them widely and He would give us enlightenment. And no one can close, stop, or break it. What has been told to us, what has been explained and given enlightenment to us to understand, no one can shut it. No one can stop this preaching, nor deny what we receive what has been revealed to us comes from the Truth. There are many things revealed to us, which had never been told before, for example, about Mother Mary, our Mother. We received in messages to the community that the spirit of Mother Mary was already there before God created the earth (Cf. Proverbs 8:22-31). “This is not in the Holy Bible; how could you ever say that? Heresy!” This community is overcome with heresy, preaching something not written in the Holy Bible… John, the apostle, wrote in the Bible, “Not all could be putting in writing, if so, no book could fit it in”. This is only part of it. The Old Testament also wrote that prophets long before Jesus, already prophesied the coming of Jesus and about a virgin. Why is that? Because the spirit of Mary existed before men were created, this was in God’s plan. God will create men and He will save them; He Himself would save men from the womb of a virgin. This is not written in the Bible, but we have received it. And what we have received, no one can deny it. What has been revealed, no one can shut it. Once someone opens his heart, no one can shut it. Do not let Satan fool us, so we shut down our hearts by ourselves, because others cannot do it.
Once whose heart has been shut, no one can open it. This is a warning for those who harden their hearts; it will be even harder. Those who shut their hearts can never be opened again. This is a very serious warning.

3:8 "I know your works (behold, I have left an open door before you, which no one can close). You have limited strength, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
That was our enlightenment.

We knew even though Mary was pregnant she remained virgin. A virgin is pregnant. But the Bible does not say Mary stayed virgin after she had the baby Jesus. It did not explain it explicitly. It is said Josef took Mary as his wife, and he did not sleep with her until she had the baby, as if after that there were Jesus’ brothers/sisters, children of Josef and Mary. This is how Protestant Churches looked at Mary. It still made her Jesus’ mother, God’s mother. NO!! Mary is the everlasting virgin, “it is that God dwells in the womb of Mary.” Saint Josef who came spiritually to Agnes gave enlightenment to us, saying: “Jesus was not born biologically”. You all probably have not heard of Saint Josef’s visit, three times to stress again that the spirit of Mary had existed before the earth was created; and that Mary remained virgin. Saint Josef also reminded us that we all were part of God’s covenant in saving men, thus, step in, be part of the covenant and do not just listen or say “Yes, I believe in that covenant”, but get involved in the covenant. As Saint Josef, he already knew from the Old Testament that would be a Messiah. But Saint Josef seemed to have been no body, he became the husband of Mary, but he did not have any part of the birth of Jesus. Saint Josef understood about the Plan of God and got involved in that covenant; thus, he could follow lightly without any burden. If we join this community, step in and work. If we work, we will understand constantly. When we joined, having participated many times but still in doubts, cannot accept wholeheartedly after receiving many personal touches, and still ask, “Is it true?”, we lose out. While if we join and right away are part of it, we will get enlightenment, we will get strengths, and our faith will gain.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, not biologically. As Mary lay down peacefully, she knew it was time to give birth. The cave turned extremely bright and the angels’ choir was heard inside the cave (Saint Josef described the heavenly hymns as not loud but sweet, and it was comforting.) Suddenly, Baby Jesus appeared in Mary’s lap, there was no bleeding as in a normal process of giving birth, nothing at all. How could it be? Jesus is God and He came and stayed inside Mary’s womb, the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow………… God’s Spirit worked. Mary was conceived by the Holy Spirit, this is as a human term, but Saint Josef said, “Mary was not pregnant, but God stayed in her womb”. This is the more proper phrase given to this community. There is no enlightenment like this in the Bible. Now we know who Mother Mary is. What is her role, and what is her role fulfillment. Mother Mary is truly a Co-redemptory.

You have limited strength, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
This is comforting for us, the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother. Our strength is nothing, and is not comparable with that of any other communities that have many great facilities. Who are we? However, yet you have kept my word, obeyed God’s messages and have not denied my name.

3:9 Behold, I will make those of the assembly of Satan who claim to be Jews and are not, but are lying
The synagogue of satan, who are they? They are the ones who surrender under satan’s authority, they are united with satan; they might not have known Jesus yet, but also those who left Jesus. Many of our brothers/sisters are brought to us. They came from that group and received the wrong teachings; God’s children were followers of that group and practiced those spiritualistic things. They used those things as charm or inner power, put inside their body by the teacher.

behold I will make them come and fall prostrate at your feet, and they will realize that I love you.
During our services throughout our country, we have experienced much repentance with great joy; God’s children return to Jesus wholly. Our children are called and picked up by God; if God had not come to pick them up, he would not have come to Him himself. God picked him up. This is why God is using this ‘way’; “I came to pick up My children for they are not able to return to Me by themselves.” God does more as compared with the parable of the prodigal son. Here, He came to pick up His children. (They are the youths of Semarang Archdiocese who repented and called to live a religious life).

3:10 Because you have kept my message of endurance, I will keep you safe in the time of trial that is going to come to the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
This is the verse for the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother, which confirmed our preaching. This is the three days of darkness. Therefore, when people ask us, what the three days of darkness is as we preach to our brethrens, it is the day of temptation to attempt those who live on earth. The day of temptation to purify them, will decide whether or not they are pure. Will they overcome or will they not? Please look at the Book of Revelation chapter 3 verse 10, it has been prophesied by John, the apostle.

3:11 I am coming quickly. Hold fast to what you have, so that no one may take your crown.
Hold on only to Jesus and the meaning of the crown is the eternal life.

3:12 The victor I will make into a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will never leave it again.
I will make them a pillar in the temple of My God. The temple of God is God’s home, where God’s children live, where the Kingdom of God is built. I will make a pillar of them who overcome. If we overcome, we will still have the tasks to gather those who are saved on that temptation day (as Mother Mary’s messages). Therefore, after the three days of darkness, we who were prepared, will overcome; but there will be people who suffer and repent, and because they repent; they will be saved as well. Then, we will gather them; we will be sent to pick them up anywhere since we are pillars, he will never leave it again, we are already inside the temple as pillars, we will go no more out. On him I will inscribe the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God, as well as my new name.

That is the white stone with the new name written, My name, Jesus’ name Itself, who is God’s name Itself.

3:13 Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches
Thus, the second part of chapter 3 fits for the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother.

3:14 To the angel of the church in Laodicea, write this: The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the source of God's creation, says this:
He is Jesus. It is said He is the beginning of God’s creation, but it does not mean Jesus was God’s creation; He was witness from the very beginning when God started His creation. “At the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3).

3:15 I know your works; I know that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot.

3:16 So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

Be careful, as this could be addressed to us. Who is neither cold nor hot? They who are always in doubt. Even though they participate and are diligent, claim they are faithful but they are in doubts, why? Because, they never do anything at all. They only came to receive, they will never give, to be served but they never want to serve. Yes, because they are in doubt. When you believe, you ought to serve, you will be brave, will go forward, will be brave to convey. You are convinced to serve but if you are neither hot nor cold I will spit you out of my mouth. What does it mean? You will no longer be used and you will be thrown out.

3:17 For you say, 'I am rich and affluent and have no need of anything,' and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.

3:18 I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire

I am rich, I have enough, and I know everything; that is enough! I do not need anything more! I am rich and increased in goods. I will choose for myself what I want. I want to get involved but I will filter. This is he who does not want to be guided by God. God said test anything and keep the good ones. Test it! Do not choose what you want, only the good parts that you want. I am rich, and increased in goods, I do not need anything. It is a pity because this is actually a sign that you are in doubt and when you are in doubt, you are not neither cold nor hot. Remember you will be spit out of God’s mouth. and yet do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked, I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire
Here we are reminded of those in doubt who feel that they have enough, but they are actually poor, do not have anything. Once again your wealth is actually what have you given to other brethrens. Charity services are your wealth. Your wealth lies within your brethrens. It is not what we gather, but your wealth lies within your brethrens. When you do not realize this, you actually do not know how miserable, poor, blind, and naked you are. It is shameful to claim yourself as God’s children. I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire, which means for you to take, accept from Jesus, ask from Jesus His True teachings; His genuine teachings. What is True, Pure, just like gold tried in the fire?
So that you may be rich, for you to know truly or what you need to believe and do and white garments to put on so that your shameful nakedness. So that you will not be seen that you actually know nothing may not be exposed, and buy ointment to smear on your eyes so that you may see, and walk no longer in darkness.

3:19 Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise.
This is a truly comfort from Jesus. We have heard messages from Lord Jesus to the seven churches and this is the church of Laodiceans. How hard God is; so what can we do? Anything we do, does it count before God? It is small what we do. God said as many I love, I rebuke and chasten, really hard when He chastens us, Be earnest, therefore, and repent.
Be zealous! Surrender! This is why Mother Mary taught us the Abandonment prayer. Entrust to God to be rebuked and chastened and repent. For this verse 19, it is said to us that we are loved by God, for that we would suffer as we are purified. And by being zealous and entrusted to God, we could feel how this suffering is a tool for us to be pure.

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, (then) I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me.
Several times Mrs. Agnes got this message from God: “Agnes, to tell the truth, I stand before the door of my Children’s heart and I knock it, but the door has never been opened, the door is shut, and I cannot do anything for them. Every time I knock the door, it is always shut.” Meanwhile, Mother Mary said: “Open your heart a little bit only, if you open it just a little bit, the power of God will go and open it widely.” “I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me” When we are on e in God, we will not have deficiency in anything, we should not be afraid of anything. But God can not open the door from outside (it is described by the painting of Jesus knocks at the door without the door knob/handle outside). Once again Jesus will never batter down the door, Jesus knocks the door, and Jesus is tender loving God. Who likes to force and hit here and there is Satan.
“ I will enter and find him, I will eat with him and he will eat together with Me”. Jesus constantly offers His fully involvement, so that we are wholly united in Him. By uniting with Him, we could bear fruit, be diligent, and holding out in allegiance.

3:21 I will give the victor the right to sit with me on my throne, as I myself first won the victory and sit with my Father on his throne.
Reign together with Jesus who is God. Again here we see as if Jesus is one person and God is another. There is one sits at the right hand of the Father. Right side means the best place. Sitting together with the Father, even though Father and I are one. Jesus Himself said that, here again Jesus person because we know Him, thus it is always repeated.

3:22 Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
This is the first three chapters of Revelation Book, which is good for our guide as the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother. This is the real situation now and we are being reminded. If you go deeper in it, you will see how the community of charity services by the Blessed Mother is the Prophecy fulfillment from the Revelation Book. We may testify about it. That is true! It’s time now! (Mother Mary Message September 2003). Why did not John, the apostle reveal the Revelation book since 1995? Because the time is getting near, that is why it is revealed now; we get deeper and broader enlightenment about it.

 

12:1 A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
(It is suggested that Mother Mary’s children of Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother, to know Revelation chapter 12 well).
The prophecy to John was about a woman who appeared as a great sign in heaven. This prophecy to John has been explained many times by Mother Mary, not only to the Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother, but also in many of Her apparitions with many messages throughout the world (since her last Fatima apparitions in October 13, 1917).

We have seen the paintings of Mary with the twelve stars as crown with a crescent moon under her feet that is the painting of Mary in the Miraculous Medallion.
There are actually two apparitions in Paris. One is pictured as Mary with a crescent moon under her feet and with twelve stars as crown, and of Mary steps on serpent. Mary defeated the serpent/dragon. The other is about a woman clothed with the sun.

(One of the spectacular apparition was in Guadalupe, Mexico where given a picture of the only Mary’s picture there is, the original one from heaven, which was painted on the rob of Juan Diego and if you see the picture, Mary was clothed with the sun. Mary already defeated the sun god of Indian people. Mary already defeated him by stressing that the One we should worship is not thirst of blood, but is God whom wanted to give His blood to redeem men’s sins. God is Jesus, Mary’s child)

We do not talk about the apparition in other places, but let us talk about what we received from Mother Mary in Community of Charity Services by the Blessed Mother. Everywhere throughout our country, Mary has given her love sign, which is miracle of the sun.

This sign has been repeatedly given as love sign, comfort, and confirmation. It is not for that sign, one believes, but because we believe, we could see the sign. So, believe first then will get to see the sign. Don’t be in doubt for those have not seen the sign, soon you will get the grant from above. You will get the love from Mother Mary. Those, whom could see, please not to forget to pray for your brothers/sisters.

In her messages, Mother Mary said “.. Unto you have given the sign. This is the sign has been prophesied by John in Revelation.” That is why we are so closed with John, the apostle, because he is the one talked about that sign. John, the apostle knew the secret well, was told by Mother Mary and Lord Jesus; the understandings were given by Mother Mary. And John, the apostle guides us.

In other words, the stamp of Community of Charity Services of the Blessed Mother has been plenty if the hierarchy wanted to open its eyes. But one must believe first before getting the understandings, not understand first then believe. “What you do not understand, reflects them, and brings them into your prayer. Do not judge when you do not understand. But when you believe, you will get enlightenment.” (Mother Mary’s messages repeated).

And there appeared the great wonder in heaven, since when? We do not know! Also, when the purification comes; Does a big sign in the sky precede it before? We do not know. The community of charity services did not receive that prophecy, but a great wonder in the sky and everyone could see it, not only the sun, but Mother Mary also. That was what happened in Sendangsono on March 24, 1995; thousands of people saw the miracle of sun. This was when the community was not formed yet, Mother Mary already gave the sign, where thousands of people gathered in Sendang sono on March 24 1995 (I have heard tens people gave their testimony of miracle of the sun given at 3 Pm until sunset). But what given to Mrs. Agnes, not only the miracle of sun, but Mother Mary Herself was present for Mrs. Agnes was chosen and prepared to work together with Mother Mary, together with the community of charity services by the Blessed Mother to convey Heavenly messages.

12:2 She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Who was that pregnant and giving birth? That was Mary. But, what was told to the community Mary did not feel pain at giving birth. Isn’t it a controversy? No it is not! But why is that? What it means by she was crying, travailing in birth, and pained was the crying of her heart. Her pain started ever since she was pregnant of Jesus. She knew Jesus; her Child was going to suffer. How did she know? Wasn’t she untold then? Mary was a Bible/torah’s lover; She knew all the prophets’ prophecy about the messiah.
And she knew her Child was the world redemptory; she knew for Gabriel angel had told her the Good news. Gabriel had told her all those great things; He would be King, David’s throne would be granted to Him, all great things.

But Mary knew besides those great things would be given to Him, He would suffer as well; as He was God’s servant and must suffer. He would be cast; people avoid Him as He had leprosy with the damaged face. Mary knew all that. Therefore, ever since she was pregnant, her heart cried, as she knew her son would suffer. And the same with us, her heart also cries for us, her children received from Lord Jesus.

Mary cried in pain to see her children, all of us, whom were born from the Church’s womb, for Mary is a Mother of Church. She is in pain to see us suffer; that is why the blessed Mother in heaven with God’s approval, came to bring us back wholly to God. This is what it meant: the woman cried in pain, not because she was giving birth in pain, because she gave birth to Jesus not with pain but joyfully.

12:3 Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems.
The description: number of seven is the perfect number when describing mighty power of the dragon.

12:4 Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth.
Again the symbol of star, secret of stars is the angels. He swept one third of God’s angels whom were casted off the earth for they were Satan’s followers.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. Soon after Jesus was born already threatened to get killed as per Herodian’s command.

12:5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Once again the rod of iron is not violence but almighty power, which is Jesus’ love. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The words: was caught up here, does not mean Mary lost Jesus just like that, but describing similar to what actually happened. Mary soon lost her Child; even it started when Jesus was lost in Synagogue at the age of 12. She lost Jesus then and after Josef passed away, Jesus made His public appearance, and it can be said Mary was left alone. (Even though she might have participated in His works because many times Mary was involved in Jesus preached, traveling all Israel areas).
The Child was caught up which means the child went teaching and doing works, then later suffered and died in a humiliating way. The child was caught up from her, and was taken to God and His throne, and finally her Son was ascended to heaven.

12:6 The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days.
The number in Revelation cannot be interpreted literally. The woman fled into the wilderness, means the woman is hiding temporarily, we could say it also she is in silence for a while. But since 10 to 20 century and now 21 century, these are Mary’s centuries. Mary has stepped out of her hiding place. But before then, Mary had already worked. Since the first century Mary made an appearance to Jacob disciple in Spain (the Lady of the Pillar), where Mary appeared to Jacob disciple on pillars at a church.
That was the first Mary’s apparition first written in first century. So that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and sixty days. What was it for? When the time comes, she would come and start having a war with the dragon and the dragon would be defeated!

12:7 Then war broke out in heaven;
John, the apostle again told the first situation when Michael the Angel fought against Lucifer. Thus, the Revelation Book told what happened then. Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back,

12:8 but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.

12:9 The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world,
So, please Remember: the Revelation book always reminds us that the dragon/Satan/devil deceives the whole world. Was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.
There, he will be the ruler of this world. John, the apostle jumped again in victory hymn:

12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have salvation and power come, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed. For the accuser of our brothers is cast out, who accuses them before our God day and night.
This moment is coming soon, when the three days of darkness comes upon the earth. Who is our accuser? Satan and his followers with all their cunnings is our accuser; they trick us. When we are tricked, they would come to God and accuse us, they are our followers; he is like this, like that, and so on. That is the characteristics of Satan. That is their job; they are sly to trap us, but who will come to defend us? He is Jesus; He would come, (and said, nevertheless, I know he tried to confess his sins at the confession room every time he sinned; this is a sign of being faithful, even later he would sin again).

12:11 They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony;
Who are they overcame him by the blood of the lamb? We are; we overcame Satan with our testimony because we dare to tell the Truth. Love for life did not deter them from death. They are the martyrs.

12:12 Therefore, rejoice, you heavens, and you who dwell in them. But woe to you, earth and sea, for the Devil has come down to you in great fury, for he knows he has but a short time."
Those who believe and are being reminded, “Time is near”.

12:13 When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth; it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child.
Then Satan started to chase Mary. This is told with the story of Mary and Josef took Jesus to evacuate to Egypt, and constantly moved from place to place because Herodian worked together with the Romans. Therefore wherever the Romans’ authority is, Herodian could team up the Romans to chase.

12:14 But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year.
This was telling about Mary’s struggle, in many events, where Satan many times would turn down Mary’s work, but she has always won. We could see Mary’s victory as Pope Pius V included October 7 as “Mary, Queen of Rosary”. This was the great Mary’s victory, it was one of those was written.
And Pope John Paul II invited us to declare on October 2002 as “Rosary year”. The year of praying so we overcome also.

12:15 The serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current.
This is also one of Satan’s works to fail Mary’s works.

12:16 But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth.
Again Mary won; Mary always wins since God is with her.

12:17 Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God's commandments and bear witness to Jesus.
Who are they? It is we, all Mary’s children. Thus, it is said who suffer the most by Satan’s tricks? It is God’s children, especially Mary’s children. Why is it? Because Satan knows that with Mary we should win (and we ask: how come bad people live nicely? Have good wealth, why is he successful, or look successful? How come people that pray diligently, try to get closer to God suffer? Come closer to God so things would be better. What is it better? Prices are high? Then we will demonstrate. Those who demonstrate must not be God’s children; those who get angry must not be God’s children).
That is how Satan gets God’s children with his tricks to complain, to get angry, to rebel, to protest, and not to take the suffering as something beautiful. Satan will always fool God’s children, so he went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which is we, Mary’s spiritual children who obey God’s commandments and have Jesus’ testimony. Here we are praised for obeying God’s commandments; we have testimony of Jesus, and say we are willing to suffer until our deaths for we would grant the crown of everlasting live.

12:18 It took its position on the sand of the sea.
And is waiting for the right moment. Don’t be fooled by his tricks when we meet him. Get ourselves closer to God and He would save us.

Amen!

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