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Working the Works of God

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Scripture reading: John 9:4

We as a people of God are called to allow the Holy Spirit work in the midst of our soul. He is making us conscious of sin; He is making us to walk right and holy. You must allow the Spirit of God move in your mind, emotions, will, and desires. Oh, yes! In your desires. Do you know what that means? Do you love chocolate? Let’s say you have a desire, a yearning for chocolate, but when you go to buy the chocolate, you remember that there was a little hungry person in India that needed that money. You know that you are only wasting it to eat more chocolate, and you say, “I had better give to that person.” Now this would mean that your desires are under the control of the Spirit. You must have God in your desires. When you go to the market place to buy, you must have God in your desires. There is a pair of shoes for so much money. You put on those shoes and walk around and you want to buy them, but there is another pair for half the price, it just does not have the brand name on it. So you decide to buy the other pair and send the rest of the money to somebody in Russia, or some other mission field.

There are places where brethren are moving on and taking up the gospel. Brethren, I am saying that we should be a part of it! This is what God is anointing a people for—to break the yokes, to help people! The field is wide open and it will not be for long. I am saying that when you think of these things, you see there are things that you do not really need, but that you buy just because you are part of the American or any other culture: You have to look like them; you have to behave like them; you have to spend like them. You spend money and you do not consider that God gave you that money for a reason! 

I have been preaching for many years that God has called His people to save the world. But I know that many times I have been talking to a lot of “unconscious” people. A lot of the brethren are not conscious of what we are! God has called us to save the world! I do not know if you know that.

You are there considering, “Oh, Brother duCille says that we are the greatest. We are the top! We are Number One!” If you are Number One, then act like Number One! Number One will lay down their lives for the brethren! If you want to be Number One, then God said, “Be the slave” (Matthew 20:27). Lay down your lives for the brethren! Then you will be the “Firstfruits Company,” quality goods.

There is something I have recently found out. I always thought, and probably some of you think the same thing, that the Firstfruits Company were those that were gathered first in the harvest. But God reminded me that the firstfruits are gathered right from the beginning to the end of the harvest. Firstfruits mean the “best” fruits. When the Jew was going through his harvest and gathering his firstfruits, he would see the lovely, luscious ones, and he would put them aside. All that went to God. The best ones went to the temple.

We were dealing with grapefruits and oranges in our lives. And we found out that some of the best grapefruits came at the end of the crop! They were the best part of the crop, but came at the end of the crop! Therefore, God is saying to you that if you want to be “firstfruits” with God, you need to be the diligent ones, the ones that will lay down their lives for God’s people!

What am I saying, brethren? I am saying that midnight is here, and Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: THE NIGHT COMETH WHEN NO MAN CAN WORK” (John 9:4).

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 25-26)

Thought for today: Work the works of God. The time is coming when you are going to lose the privilege of doing for God what God wants you to do for Him now.

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Scripture reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Our Lord Jesus, in giving the brethren the sign of the end of the world and the return of Jesus Christ, told them in Matthew 24:15-16, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. Jesus was telling them THE TIME to flee out of the Babylonish system, the harlot system. “When ye…SEE the abomination of desolation…STAND (UP) in the holy place.” “Stand”(ing) means to take authority over “the holy place.” You and I know that the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed long ago. Shortly after Jesus spoke this, the temple was destroyed. Jesus knew that there would be no “holy place” in any temple in Jerusalem. That did not matter to Him, for He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” John 2:19. Verse 21,“But he spake of the temple of his body.He was talking about the church.

If the church is the temple that Jesus was talking about, then this church must have a holy place, as well as an outer court and a holy of holies. He is saying that it takes some understanding, some spiritual interpretation to interpret this. Some people today say that there must be another temple built in Jerusalem with a holy place where they will not be worshipping God, but still killing animals. They say that this temple is to be where the antichrist will appear. Those who say this are carnal. We have to look at the Word of God spiritually, especially here.

We are talking about the church. The church, therefore, has a holy place and this holy place is where the antichrist is going to set up his throne. If the church has a holy place, which church is it? What people would be called the holy place people? The outer court people can be identified as those people who are doing their own thing. They are building big churches, having thousands of people following them in the name of the Lord, but they are not following Jesus. They received salvation and the gifts of the Spirit, but they are using the gifts for their own profit. This is the outer court church.

The next church then would be the holy place church. This is the church that has the Holy Ghost, for the Holy Ghost comes into the believer to make the believer holy. God says that this church with the Holy Ghost, therefore, is the holy place church. The holy of holies church is that church which will go in and dwell in Christ and in the Father, and that is yet to be seen. Therefore, the church needs to flee higher.

What we are talking about now is where you should “flee” from and where you should “flee into.” If we are going to flee from someplace, we would have to flee from the holy place, because the Word says that the antichrist would set up his throne “in the holy place.” We would have to flee from the holy place church where we are now, with the gifts and the operations of the Spirit. The Lord is saying we must come up higher “into the mountains, into the BODY OF CHRIST OPERATION, which is a new operation. That is, as we saw it in Revelation 12, wherein the “woman,” the holy place church, was going to have a child. That child would be the “MAN CHILD” CHURCH. God is saying to flee from this low order of church operation into a higher order where God Himself directs every move of the church.

2 Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (or an apostasy first), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” This “falling away” is the word apostasy which means rebellion. That means that the church would rebel against its Lord, Jesus Christ as head, and they would accept the man of sin. If you would read the rest of the verses in context, this is exactly what it said. This “man of sin…sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 131-132)

Thought for today: God is saying to flee from this low order of church operation into a higher order where God Himself directs every move of the church.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 17:3-5

The beast in Revelation 17 was “full of names of blasphemy.” How could a church be full of blasphemy? A church is a place where people go to worship, not to blaspheme. However, let us look into some of the names of blasphemy, some of the names that the churches of today carry. I will show you why you should not point any fingers at any specific church, because whatever one church is, all the other churches are the same thing, to a lesser or a greater degree.

“Blasphemy” is described by Webster’s Dictionary as “to speak impiously, or irreverently of God or sacred things in general, to speak evil of, to utter impious words, to talk profanely, also to utter abusive words.” The Oxford Dictionary comes even closer to home when it tells us that the meaning is “to make use of religious names.” For instance, if I should say that I am God, or that I am Christ, I am sure you would agree that that is blasphemous. Yet, if I use other words to say that I am God, or I am Christ, then you probably would not recognize it as blasphemous. If I should take the position of God in the church or in the things of God, and usurp God, then that would be blasphemous and antichrist-like.

My position in the body of Christ is not to decry or to debase the people of God or the ministry, but it is to correct, and this I am doing even as God corrects me. So I am bringing to you what the Lord has shown me. There was a time when I put the word “Reverend” before my name. I rightly did so, according to the church. Then I discovered through the revelation of God that it was an affront to God. I am hoping that many will read and understand and change.

Psalm 111:9, “He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is HIS name.” To put “REVEREND” before our name is blasphemous to God, because we are using the name of God. We are giving ourselves a title as the name of God. The reverence that is due to God is belittled by our using this as a title before our names. This is one of the titles that has come out of the Roman church and has been adopted by the other churches, which I call the daughters of Rome.

Let us go into this, for someone might think that using the title of Reverend was done through an error or through ignorance. What I am trying to say is that this was done by people who knew the Hebrew and the Greek. The Hebrew word that is translated in Psalm 111:9 as “reverend” is the word Yare. Yare is a part of the noun Yahweh and Yahweh (YHWH) is the name of God. To put this before the name duCille would be to call me Yahweh duCille, God duCille, a name reserved for God. Yahweh means awesome, fearful. I would be Awesome duCille, Fearful duCille. If I use this title and I do not know better, then God would probably forgive me. When I know better, I am going to stop using it. If I know Hebrew and Greek and understand what this really means and take it upon myself to call myself Jehovah God, then it is a very peculiar state of mind to consider that a son of God, a minister, a servant of the Lord, would want to put himself or herself in.

The next name of blasphemy to deal with is the title His Holiness, or Holy Father. Leviticus 19:2, “Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.” 1 Samuel 2:2, “There is none holy as the Lord: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.” It is God’s will that His people should be holy. Calling yourself holy has a different connotation. We cannot call a man holy as a name or a title, because “there is none holy as the Lord.”

Ephesians 1:4, “According as HE HATH CHOSEN US IN HIM before the foundation of the world, THAT WE SHOULD BE HOLY and without blame before him IN LOVE.” Ephesians 5:27, “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” The description of what holy means is to be without spot, without blemish, without wrinkle, as God wants the church to be perfected. Therefore, if we call a man holy, it means that this man has attained full sonship and is like Jesus Christ.

This blasphemy of calling a man Holy Father originated in Rome. Vicarius filei dei means vicar of the son of God, or vice-Christ. The Son of God is Christ. Vicar of means vice-Christ. This vice-Christ then would be very appropriate if you are Christ and if Christ Jesus is not here physically. This is what the name is saying. Holy Father, being applied to the pope of Rome, is specifically given because the Catholics feel that he is in the place of Christ, and he is Christ on earth when Jesus Christ is absent physically.

I am sure no Christian wants to be identified with this type of blasphemy. Therefore, we must stop using this name. People blame those who bring certain knowledge to them as being the perpetrators of the knowledge. I am not a perpetrator. The Latin name is given to all the popes. When the Latin numerals in Vicarius Filei Dei are added together they equal 666. I did not make it, I did not discover it, I am only passing on to you a piece of knowledge.

In Matthew 23:5-8, the Lord speaks of the spirit of the Pharisees. Here is the context. “But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.” These scriptures talk about calling someone “Master.” There are those who believe in discipling and discipleship. If one is a disciple, then the other is the Master. Jesus Christ is speaking against calling men “Rabbi” or “Master.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 122-124)

Thought for today: If I should take the position of God in the church or in the things of God, and usurp God, then that would be blasphemous and antichrist-like.  

A Mighty Wind Blowing

This message by Brother Cecil duCille entitled “A Mighty Wind Blowing” was given at a conference in Nigeria in 2006.

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Salvation Is God’s Business

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Scripture reading: John 3:16-19

The responsibility of salvation is not upon humanity, but it is upon God to provide a means of escape from this awful condition into which we were born. The people in this age, since Jesus came, must hear of God. If they never hear of God, God cannot send them to hell. No man can go to hell if he has never heard of God, or never heard of salvation, or never heard of Jesus Christ. You say that there are so many heathen, so many people! God will preach salvation to these people and set them free wherever they are, even without a preacher. God will preach to the unborn babe, the child in the womb (Luke 1:41), to anyone. He will give life to those whom He knows will accept it, even before they can accept it.

In Psalm 139:13-16, David speaks to God concerning the time before he was born and how God had put His hand upon him in the womb. “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” This verse tells us of a prenatal operation of God. God operates on people even before they are born. Because God is God, He can do anything. He can preach to a child who we cannot even communicate with. He can speak to an unconscious person. He can speak to a person who to us is uncommunicative; yet to Him, He can have dialogue with that person.

God has His voice in dark corners of the earth. The Word is being preached and is going forth.

Men will be judged according to the light which they have received. God is not in the business of sending people to hell. He is in the business of salvation. “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil,” John 3:19. Salvation is dependent upon the individual, because God is giving to each person. If ever a man lived and is about to die and has not received the knowledge of God, the responsibility rests upon Jesus Christ to stop him at the gates of death and to give him an opportunity of accepting life or accepting death.

The thief on the cross is the best example of this. He probably did not have an opportunity before, but then God opened his eyes just before he went into death, and he saw Jesus, and turned to Him and said, “Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” Jesus said unto him, “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” “Paradise,” of course, meant down in hell where Jesus was going. The thief had an opportunity there of accepting Jesus. Jesus Christ “preached unto the spirits in prison,” and “led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men,” and the thief on the cross was one of the first who received that gift. (See 1 Peter 3:18-20 and Ephesians 4:8-9.)

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 86-87)

Thought for today: We are just instruments in the hand of God. It is God’s responsibility to draw men unto Him.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 16:15

Revelation 16:15 is another one of the warnings that there is going to be a secret coming of Jesus Christ. He will come secretly without fanfare, without noise, quietly, and many men will not know. As a matter of fact, some of the Christians today will not know that Jesus comes because He is coming to a prepared people at a special time.

Remember the parable of the wise and the foolish virgins? The bridegroom came and the foolish did not see him because they were gone to seek oil. May God help us to be part of that bride class so that we will be ready and waiting for the bridegroom, having oil at midnight. The oil represents the Holy Spirit, and the wise had oil in TWO PLACES. One place was in the vessel, and the other place was in the lamp. The vessel replenishes the lamp. The vessel is the SOUL (Acts 9:15), and the lamp is the SPIRIT OF MAN. Proverbs 20:27, “The spirit of man is the candle (lamp) of the LORD…”

The thief-in-the-night coming of Jesus is well established in Scripture that it is going to be a secret coming. There are also many scriptures that say He is coming, “and every eye shall see him,” Revelation 1:7. There is no way that He could come secretly, “and every eye (shall) see him.” These are two separate things. He is coming in the church, to the church, inside of humanity, to fill those who are prepared with His presence. That is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” The will of God will be done in my earth, and in your earth, before it is done in the earth outside. Jesus is speaking of this secret coming, when He will be coming in the believers, in those who are ready, in the wise virgins.

“Lest he walk naked, and they see his shame” means on that day many Christians will be ashamed of the doctrines they preach. One of these doctrines is definitely the rapture doctrine – that we are going to fly away. God wants us to overcome the world here. We cannot fly away and at the same time overcome. We must overcome at the darkest part of time. This is what God is training us for – TO OVERCOME EVERYTHING. First of all, we are to overcome the sin that is within us, the devil that is within us, to cast him out completely, to overcome the flesh, to overcome the mind, the emotions, the will, and the desires. We must be an overcomer, then we will begin to overcome the devil himself, until finally we will overcome death.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 110-111)

Thought for today: Jesus is speaking of a secret coming, when He will be coming in the believers, to those who are ready.

Victory over the Beast

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Scripture reading: Revelation 15:2

It says in Revelation 15:2 that there are people who had “gotten the victory over the beast.” Basically, man has these four beast natures in him. He has the nature of the flying eagle. His mind will always be flying in different directions; high-mindedness will always be rising up and flying off. Man’s emotions are like a fierce, roaring lion that tears its prey and destroys rather than makes whole. His will is stubborn as an ox. Man is a creature who desires everything. He desires heaven and hell at the same time. He will build great palaces and comfortable houses to live in but he will also build machinery of death. He will build armies. He will want to fight, to kill, to overcome his neighbors, and to rule over other people.

THIS IS MAN. These natures have been made inside the man’s soul. This is the man himself. God wants to change this nature. Before the flying eagle can be used of God, it must be changed to an eagle saint, one that will rise up in Christ. In Exodus 19:4 God said that He had borne the Israelites “on eagles’ wings” out of Egypt into Canaan. The great eagle is Jesus Christ Himself. We then have the nature of the eagle. God intends to use this nature, not destroy it but use it, by recreating it with a rebirth. The new eagle is one that will only fly in Christ and rise up in the things of God.

The emotions are wild. I do not need to tell you how wild emotions can be. When they get loose, they are merciless, brutal. God wants to change the emotions from being that of a roaring lion to the nature of “the Lion of the tribe of Juda” that will break the chains of hell, death, and bondage that has bound the whole human race. God has created this Lion to break these chains. In Christ, we will receive the nature of “the Lion of the tribe of Juda” that breaks every chain.

We have the nature of the ox. It will be changed; in Revelation 4 the ox was changed to a calf. The calf is humble and sucks milk. Still of the bovine species, but now it is not stubborn but humble. Humility will be crafted into man’s will, so he no longer wills to rule over his neighbors, his brethren, and his enemies. He will be humble according to the humility of Jesus Christ.

Next, we have THE MAN. This MAN is going to be changed. The change that will come upon him will be as the Son of man, no longer called just man, but SON OF MAN. As God addressed Ezekiel, “Son of man, can these bones live?” God called Jesus Christ, the Son of man, and that is the great name that God gives, the Glory of God. He made Adam and He saw Adam as the man that He would want to be perfected. He had to wait for six thousand years and the time has now come when the new Adam will come forth. The second Adam, Jesus Christ, came and saved the first Adam. We can understand then what God is saying.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 89-90)

Thought for today: As we submit to the Spirit of God, our beast nature is being changed into the nature of Christ.