October 8th, 2019 -LEAVING DELHI TO PUNJAB
The night is done by 4:30 this morning, and the bus arrives at 6 a.m. to take us to the train station for our journey to Ludhiana in Punjab, a city with about 20 million people, half the size of Delhi.
When we arrive at the train station we just grab our luggage, get in line for entering the gate and then run to the wagon to our reserved seats, because the train stops only for 2 minutes.
On the way we catch this poster, and it is so very true!
Brother Rajeev tells us that trains tickets here have to be booked at least 2 month in advance to even get a seat. This time the train is more comfortable than the one we had 7 years ago, and they serve us water, tea and food, so the 4 hour ride is not too strenuous. And it sure makes a difference to travel in the day time, because we can look outside and as soon as we pass the city we can see the countryside with farmers working in vast farmlands, large yellow wheat fields, woman in colourful saris picking flowers in huge flower plantations, little villages and of course we observe many train stations along the way.
When we arrive at our destination, the brothers with Pastor Bhupinder Singh welcome us warmly, presenting flowers to Brother Vin and Brother Asheesh, helping us to carry the luggage and bring us to the hotel, about one hour drive, where we’ll stay for the next two nights.
When we get to the hotel, we are a bit hungry and have a quick, but outstanding lunch. The East Indian food in general is very spicy, real fresh and tasty. Actually, once the Punjab was the bread basket for the entire nation, but since they started with hybrid- and GMO food, everything went down.
We have now about one hour left to get ready for the first service in Pastor Bhupinder’s church in Machhiwara. His congregation consists of about 150 believers, 90 % of them living in this area and some of them attending the services from about 100 km away. There are six more churches in this area here, and we are told that the ministers fellowshipping together once a month.
Words cannot describe the welcome and joy of the saints here. Like in Delhi, we are honoured by them washing our feet and Pastor Bhupinder says, that he is so happy, because Jesus in human flesh has come to his house.
This time was definitely appointed by God. Brother Asheesh, who came with us from Delhi and interprets these services for Brother Vin, testifies that precious Pastor Bhupinder worked many years single-handed with a lot of opposition, and that he comes here for 10 years to support and help him. Today a wonderful church is established and the Lord is adding to it, and soon they will have to expand the building.
At first Brother Vin dedicates the newly translated corrected version of the Church Age Book in the Punjabi language to the service of the Lord. He explains that the first three chapters of the Church Age Book have all the doctrines of the Bible, that this Book reveals the two spirits in the frame work of the church, and that we need to grasp these truths to see the Book of Revelation open.
“This is the day, when God requires to be a prisoners of Jesus Christ. A prisoner means, that he is stripped of all rights, they tell him when to sleep, when to wake up, make him wear prison clothes. Joseph, John the Baptist, Paul, and many more, they knew what it was to be a prisoner. And today, God is calling for prisoners, that overcome their self-will and the will of others, and be a prisoner to the revealed will of God. You must be subject to the will of God to be an overcomer.
When the flag of Israel was hoisted it was connected with the Angel coming to the prophet in the cave in Greensmill. This service is all about harvest time, when the Bride is on the threshing floor for the garnering, which is the Rapture. The four chapters in the Book of Ruth open to us a great secret for this last time. A revelation of where Boaz is and what He is doing in this hour has opened up to the woman, who is coming to marriage.