City Harvest Church’s Asia Conference Session 7 at Expo Hall 8.
21 November 2008, 7.30pm – 10.30pm. Sermon by: Rev. Kong Hee.
I attended the Asia Conference after work, and it is jam packed!. Kudos to CHC securities, ushers, and everyone else who work hard for this event. Here are some photos to illustrate the situation in session 7:
Long Queue outside Expo, Hall 7
Long queue in small alley outside hall 8
The crowd within hall 7
Petrina Fung Bo Bo
Roan in front of Asia Conference entrance gate
The Conference-goers were immediately entertained with (1) Dance; (2) Fashion Fiesta – a Fashion show session; (3) Interview with Petrina Fung Bo Bo; (4) Music Video of Sun Ho (Rev. Kong Hee’s wife) ; (5) Testimonials of CHC’s humanitarian work.
City Harvest Church (CHC) can’t keep on expanding without reaching pop culture – Rev. Kong Hee
Main Bible passages: (A) Isaiah 60; (B) Revelation 21, and (C) Hebrews 13. These three passages suggest Heaven is a Holy City. The bible begins with Garden (of Eden) and end up with Holy City – Isaiah 60; or New Jerusalem – Rev 21.
All Christians are waiting for revival of the new city, the Holy City, or New Jerusalem.
A. Isaiah 60
verse 6 (NKJV) : 6The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall show forth the praises of the LORD.
verse 9 (NKJV) : 9Surely 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.
verse 13 (NKJV) : 13The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together to beautify the place of My sanctuary; and I will make the place of My feet glorious.
Note: The glory of Lebanon (or cedars of Lebanon) is actually a very expensive wood material.
camels, ships of Tarshish, and glory of Lebanon are symbol of power, and they are also symbol of Pagan worship. But, why did God wants all these?…Let’s look at Isaiah 2
Isaiah 2: 12 – 13 (NKJV):
12For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up–and he shall be brought low” 13and upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan;
The cedars of Lebanon is the symbol of those who are proud and lofty. God judgment will come upon them, and they shall be brought low.
Isaiah 2: 16 – 17 (NKJV):
16and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant sights. 17And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low; and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day,
ships of Tarshish is a symbol of military might, and this too shall be made low by God.
Notice that camels, ships of Tarshish, and glory of Lebanon all go to the Holy City. Why God wants such Pagan items, such a worldly items?…Here lies the key to understand how God deal with Pagan culture.
When God judge is it judgment of destruction or is it judgmen of construction?…When God sents fire, is it fire of annilihation or is it fire of purification?…
When we go through the fire of God, we will shine as gold! – Rev. Kong Hee.
The Judment is mean to purify and to redeem. God judgment is to destroy the proudness (pagan-ness) of the ships of tarshish or the cedars of Lebanon. Once these items are redeemed, they can be used for God’s work.
B. Revelation 21
Rev 21 (NKJV):
verse 2: 2And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
verse 5: 5And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said unto me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Note: verse 5 is the emphasis that our God is a redeemer not a destroyer. His greatest desire is to convert, not to annihilate.
verse 24: 24And the nations of them that are saved shall walk in the light of it, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
verse 26: 26and they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.
What is glory and honor?…This phase is repeated twice in Rev 21. Glory and honor is all the progress and development in human culture minus its corruption (pride, arrogance, vengeange) that will be carried to eternity. The glory and honor is man-made.
Understanding Heaven as a city has huge implications. We need to actively seeking for God, we must allow the vision of Holy City to captivate our heart.
C. Hebrews 13
verse 11 – 14 (NKJV): 11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. 12Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. 13Let us go forth therefore unto Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. 14For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
Look at verse 11, it is referring to the old testament, where the body of a beast is rejected. While in verse 12, it is referring to the new testament, where Jesus – the Lamb of God – is rejected (suffered outside the gate).
Verse 13 – 14 are invitation for Christians to go outside the 4 walls of the church and become a redeemer. We’ve got to be like Jesus, who are willing to be abused, forsaken to save this world.
Isaiah 58: 10 (NKJV) says 10and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light rise in obscurity and thy darkness be as the noonday.
Like Isaiah 58:10, Christians should serve the wounded and the afflicted. Remember:the way to become great is to be a servant. We shine when we satisfy the hungry people. Christians should penetrate every corner of society and make impact for Jesus.
Let Christians be the agent of redemption, agent of reconciliation.