5-5. 2) Basic principles of Tithes and Offerings

< Basic principles of Tithes and Offerings>

  1. Following the example of Melchizedek who provided a Holy Communion with bread and wine (Gen 14:17-20),
  2. and to give offerings with thanksgiving (Rev 5:12/Rev 7:12)
  3. and overflowing joy (2 Co 8:2)
  4. Voluntarily on our own (2 Co 8:3-5).

The church in Philadelphia, which is called the first heaven on earth because there is a gate to heaven opened by the key of David (Ge 28:12-14/Isa 22:20-22), is a place where people can tithe with thanksgiving and give the glory to God and also where the presence and the second coming of Jesus has been promised(Rev 3:11), just as the gates of heaven were shown to Jacob, symbolizing Israel, the one who overcomes, in Bethel.

Also, the church in Philadelphia is the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion(Rev 3:12/Isa 18:7) and the fruit of the new covenant in the end times will be borne for the believers of the church in Philadelphia who have gathered under the flag of the brides of Jesus Christ. (Ps 20:4-6/2 Th 1:11-12)

                             “And it shall come to pass in that day,                                                              that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:                       And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.  And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.”    <Isa 22:20-22>

 <Ge 17:2-5>

2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.

3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,

4 As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.

5 Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.

 <Ge 28:16-22>

16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.

19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.

20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,

21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:

22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

<Rev 3:7-10>

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 <Ps 121:8>

8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

In the end times, Zion is the place of the name of the LORD of hosts and Mount Zion represents God’s community, a bridal symbiotic community of Jesus consisted of the holy people of God (Da 7:27). In other words, it symbolizes the holy people of the Church in Philadelphia, the first heaven in which the name of God has been placed (Rev 12:1/Rev 13:6/Mic 4:1-8/Gal 4:26)

 Also, “Beulah and Philadelphia”, the name of the new Jerusalem, represents the brides who are the wives to be married with Jesus (Rev 21:9-10/Rev 22:17) and is symbolized by the bridal community of Jesus, “those who are married with Jesus – Beulah”, which is God’s human network of the Holy City consisted of members of the symbiotic community of promise (Rev 19:8-9) who participate in the marriage party with Jesus.

They are the chosen people by Jesus in the end times.

<Rev 21:9-10>

9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

 <Rev 22:17>

17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

 Especially, in Rev 3:10, by Jesus’ saying to the righteous believers of the church in Philadelphia who obeyed the word of prophecy as shown in Verse 10, “because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth”, he tells us that the church in Philadelphia is the place that avoids the hardships of trials that come upon the entire world in the Revelation times as well as the place of “Passover” for the kingdom and the priests of God who possess olive oil and wine, which symbolize the word of life. Like this, the church is the castle of truth that moves forward with Jesus while accurately aiming at following the prophecy of Jesus and also the place where the word of the way to righteous salvation exists and, thus, Jesus personally protects the hearts and thoughts of his believers. (Isa 65:16-17/Jer 31:31-34/Eph 1:7-19/Ps 15:1-5)

 In other words, Revelation 3:10 represents that the church in Philadelphia is the spiritual Noah’s Ark as the place of “Passover” for the kingdom and the priests of God in the end times

Also, in the Revelation times during which a spiritual trial will come upon the whole world (Rev 3:10), the church in Philadelphia is a place, we call the mount Zion, that shows God’s complete plan of revealing the hidden mysteries of Christ towards eternal life for all the thirsty seekers of truth who desire the word of living waters and hold onto the hope of resurrection as well as believers of all nations who wish to be the brides of Jesus (2 Co 2:14-17/Ps 121:1-2).

<Rev 3:12>

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

<Isa 18:7>

7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.

<Dt 12:5-7>

But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:

7 And there ye shall eat before the LORD your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the LORD thy God hath blessed thee.

<Isa 60:8-9>

8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?

Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

<Mt 23:23>

23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

<Ge 14:18-20>

18. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

19. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth:

20.And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. 

<Rev 3:7-10>

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

 <Ps 121:8>

8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

In the end times, Zion is the place of the name of the LORD of hosts and Mount Zion represents God’s community, a bridal symbiotic community of Jesus consisted of the holy people of God (Da 7:27). In other words, it symbolizes the holy people of the Church in Philadelphia, the first heaven in which the name of God has been placed (Rev 12:1/Rev 13:6/Mic 4:1-8/Gal 4:26)

 Also, “Beulah and Philadelphia”, the name of the new Jerusalem, represents the brides who are the wives to be married with Jesus (Rev 21:9-10/Rev 22:17) and is symbolized by the bridal community of Jesus, “those who are married with Jesus – Beulah”, which is God’s human network of the Holy City consisted of members of the symbiotic community of promise (Rev 19:8-9) who participate in the marriage party with Jesus. They are the chosen people by Jesus in the end times.

Also, through a genuine relationship of sharing without asking for rewards, the believers of the church in Philadelphia set their goal on leading outsiders to the path of eternal life, personally experience the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit, do not interfere with the Holy Spirit, fulfill the law of Christ of sharing one another’s burdens,(Gal 6:2) and participate in the first resurrection as they are written in the book of life. They are the final recipients of Revelation and members of the new Jerusalem as they are borne into a good tree on a good soil and form the kingdom of Christ (Lk 8:15/Rev 11:15).

 <Ac 2:38-47>

38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call.

40. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.

41. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

 

<About Riches and Thanksgiving>

“Comparison of Revelation 5:12 and 7:12”

<Rev 5:12>

12. Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

<Rev 7:12>

12. Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

Comparison of Revelation 5:12 and 7:12
Worthy for Jesus, the Lamb

(Rev 5:12)

Belonging to God for ever and ever (Rev 7:12) All riches are not ours but Jesus’ that we have received by his grace. If we do not give thanks to God for these riches, we do not belong to Him.Tithes given voluntarily with faith and earnestness are confirmations of our thanksgiving hearts to the Lord and religious confessions to the Lord that, in addition to the 1/10 of offering, we also will not spend the rest prodigally for we belong to God.
Power Power
*Wealth *Thanks
Wisdom Wisdom
Strength Strength
Honor Honor
Glory Glory
Praise Praise

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