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Scripture reading: Revelation 20:11-12

It would seem that the “white throne” judgment seat mentioned in Revelation 20:11-12 would be for the Christian a case of giving them a reward; for the sinner it would be a case of casting them into a permanent place of separation from God. Now, if someone thinks that this is somewhat too harsh, then we need to have a little discussion on this point.

Let us deal with “the book of life.” James 1:12, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” Revelation 2:10, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” It is clearly stated here that there are different rewards given to the people of God, and that the rewards will not all be the same. Someone says, “Well, I do not care, as long as I make it in.” Well, praise God, but in heaven there are different powers of angels, different rewards, different positions, different situations.

For instance, there is Michael and Gabriel, and there are many other angels of lesser degree which God calls mighty angels. We call them archangels. (I do not know how correct the word is, but for want of a better word, we call them archangels.) God calls them, in Ezekiel, “STONES OF FIRE.” These angels have the power to change everything, like fire. These angels have this magnificent power so that whatever they come upon, they can change it by just sheer power and the glory of God that is with them.

1 Corinthians 15:40-43, “There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised IN POWER.We understand, therefore, that there will be a difference, and this is why people should labor that they might receive all the goodness that God has for them. I do believe that in our endeavors and in our work as Christians, God has certain rewards to give, and I do believe that it is possible for one to miss their reward and fail to receive it.

No deed, no thought, no action dies. It is all being stored up in a record. We know that God can record our thoughts. Listen to this scripture. Ecclesiastes 12:13 and 14, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.It is indeed awesome for us to even think that God hears everything we say and hears the things we do not say; that is, HE KNOWS THE THOUGHTS OF OUR HEART. A man will be judged on a level which is so high, that he will be judged for the things he thinks and the things he plans to do, even if he did not accomplish them. We look at Scripture to carry this thought out. Matthew 12:36, “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” God is speaking about idle words of sinners and also of Christians. We are going to be surprised to see how much loss we suffer at “the judgment seat of Christ.” “The judgment seat of Christ” is designed of God to give rewards to the Christians. See 2 Corinthians 5:10.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 109-110)

Thought for today: No deed, no thought, no action dies. It is all being stored up in a record.

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Scripture reading: Job 19:25-27

We cannot speak about resurrection unless we touch the greatest passage on resurrection in our whole Bible, Job 19. Here is a man lying three years on the floor in ashes, trying to ease the pain of boils and blisters that are all over his body. He was suffering and he looked at the worms who were busily taking away his flesh. His flesh was just melting under the trial of this sickness and this suffering. He said in verses 25-27, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.”

This is just ABSOLUTE FAITH. Think of a man under such pressure and destruction of death! His flesh was melting away right before his eyes, and he said that HE WOULD “SEE GOD” in that same flesh. Not other eyes, not new eyes, BUT THE SAME EYES would behold His God in the latter day. He believed in the eminent appearance of Jesus Christ so he could say that with great conviction.

We can also have that same conviction. 1 John 3:2, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, page 104)

Thought for today: To have Absolute Faith as our brother Job had under such pressure and destruction of death!

The Oneness of the Lord

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Scripture reading: John 17:22-23

John 17 shows us God’s perfect will for the church. Verses 22 and 23, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) are one: I in them (Jesus in us), and thou in me (God in Jesus), that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou has sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” If you see this to be the perfect will of God, could you go into an ecumenical joining with people who are deviant and contrary to God and say that this is the will of God that we, the church, should be one? This is not the oneness that the Lord is talking about. The oneness that Jesus is talking about is a oneness wherein we are absolutely subject to the Head which is Christ.

Every man, everywhere, that is subject to the Head, which is Christ, does not have to go and make an agreement, or an ecumenical joining, with another man in order to be one. He is already one in Christ. If Christ speaks, he moves and becomes a part of Christ. Every part of my body is at this present time subject to my head. My hands and my feet must move according to the dictates of my head. This is what we call ONENESS. Anything else is a travesty; it is against the very thoughts of Almighty God. The thing that is about to come forth is called the one-world church, or the antichrist, with “seven heads and ten horns;” power will be given to them by Satan himself.

In Matthew 24:21 and 22, Jesus refers to this group of people (the “man child”) and He called them “the Elect.” “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” These are not just the called-out, not just the church, but the “eklektos, those who are selected out of the elected. The selected ones will be selected out of the “ekklesia,” or “the church. The “eklektos” comes out of the “ekklesia,” or “the chosen comes out of the church.” God is saying that there is a “man child” company.

Another description of this company is in Revelation 14. In this chapter they are called the 144,000. Verse 4, “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 100-101)

Thought for today: The oneness that Jesus is talking about is a oneness wherein we are absolutely subject to the Head which is Christ.

Shepherd Ministry

This message by Brother Cecil duCille entitled “Shepherd Ministry” was given at a conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2005.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 20:4

In the millennium the gospel will be preached to the people, and with the LACK of a tempter and an accuser and a coercer and one that plays tricks upon humanity to get him to sin. That is, in the absence of this thing, man will have a much better chance to know God and to see heaven and to live in Christ. This will happen for “a thousand years.” This thousand-year period is THE SABBATH.

God took six days in which He did His work, and on the seventh day He rested. Everything that God made and began to make in each of those six days was completed (came to fruition) in the same day, in the thousand-year day. Remember, “one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). When the six thousand years are over, the completed man will come forth in God. This means in our time. THIS MEANS NOW! We are way up there at the end of the sixth day, and we are about to come to the dawn of the seventh day. Remember, the day begins in the evening. “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31b). The evening of the sixth day is actually the beginning of the seventh day. As the seventh day begins, it goes into darkness, and then it comes with light blazing forth. This darkness that we are about to go into, this final phase of darkness (for we are now in the darkness) is going to bring us to the brink where midnight passes over and the day begins to dawn.

The last phrase of Revelation 20:3 says that after this millennium, in the eighth day, the devil “must be loosed a little season.” We do not know how much time that “little season” will be. Really at this point of time, it does not really concern us; it is not really a part of our gospel to even understand what is going to happen on the eighth day, although it might well be here in Scripture.

Revelation 20:4, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

The Word is talking about a group of people who will live and reign “with Christ (for) a thousand years.” This group is the Firstfruits company or the Man child company.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 98-99)

Thought for today: Strive to be part of the Firstfruits company that will reign and rule with Christ for a thousand years.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 19:16

Revelation 19:16 talks about the One who sat upon the white horse. He had “…on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

The first reference in the Scripture of “king of kings” is in Ezra 7:12. “Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, perfect peace, and at such a time.” Artaxerxes was called “king of kings” because he had in his kingdom many kings whom he had conquered and were under him. His kingdom stretched from Babylon right through India and all those places. It covered almost the whole known world at that time. So he was called “king of kings” because many kings were under him and he was king of those kings.

Ezekiel 26:7, “For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.” “A king of kings” means that there were many kings of kingdoms whom they had conquered. Nebuchadnezzar was “a king of kings, from the north,” and God was threatening to bring this “king of kings” “upon Tyrus.”

Daniel testified to this in Daniel 2:37 when he addressed Nebuchadnezzar, “Thou, O king, art a KING OF KINGS: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.” Verse 38, “And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.” God Himself called Nebuchadnezzar “a king of kings: for…God…hath given” him this kingdom.

Paul received the revelation of the true “King of kings, and Lord of lords,” as he spoke in the Spirit in 1 Timothy 6:13-16. “I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.”

Revelation 17:14, “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 84-85)

Thought for today: To have the same revelation that Paul received of Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 19:15

Revelation 19:15 talks about the “sharp (two-edged) sword” that came “out of His mouth.” It would seem that we have seen this phrase somewhere else. Let us check the passages in which this phrase has been written, for this will give us an understanding of the context.

Whenever the words “two-edged sword” are mentioned, it always speaks of judgment. Psalm 149:5-7, “Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people. Because we are not carnal, we will receive the spiritual picture that God is showing. He is showing the Word of God executing judgment upon the people; the Word of God becoming the Law in the earth.

We have different laws written in thousands and millions of law books all over the world; laws overlapping laws. God’s Law will be the only law. I look forward to the millennium, in not many years to come, when Jesus Christ and His saints will rule the earth and all the politics will be thrown in the trash can. All that men are going on with will be put aside. I do not care whether it is Christian politics or whether it is worldly politics. God is going to cast them all aside. The Word of God will be the judgment, and the administrators will be the sons of God who reign and rule with Christ.

Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any TWOEDGED SWORD, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Revelation 1:16, “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp TWOEDGED SWORD: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

The phrase in Revelation 19:15 which says, “he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron” really should read “he should smite the nations: and he shall shepherd them with a shepherd’s staff of iron.” The “rod of iron” means “by spirit and not by flesh.” A staff of wood would be flesh, and a staff of iron would be spirit. He is going to “rule them” by His Spirit and by the Word of God.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 80-81)

Thought for today: God’s Law will one day be the only law. As the Word of God will be the judgment, let us live it and speak it.