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Scripture reading: Acts 1:8

God is saying to us that His flock is wandering up on the mountain like sheep without a shepherd, yet there is a body of Christ in our midst. I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

Do you see what I mean? We have lost the spirit of evangelizing. Do you ever feel like an angel of God at your workplace? Or dealing with people out on the street? This is what God is saying: ev-angel; ev-angel is angel. You see, you are sent of God. As the body of Christ you are sent of God in the world to do a job. ARE YOU DOING IT? You have to start doing it in your midst, then you start doing it outside there. Jesus said, But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Let us look at Ephesians 4 and we go back to that very, very hackneyed [often repeated] verse which has been so used in my Bible that the leaf comes out. Beginning at verse 11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors shepherds, and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The work of the ministry is not going to be done by the apostles, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and teachers. But it is the saints that are going to do the work of the ministry. It is the church that must function. You are a living body. You must walk and talk and function in the world and bring forth fruit and you need to bring forth fruit after your own kind.

Do you realize that you are not doing the work that you could be doing among the kids in your area? Do you know what you could be doing? You could have the brethren picking up kids all over and teaching them about Jesus. Sometimes parents are too happy to get rid of their kids for a couple of hours.

I know a brother that went as far as building a swimming pool and having lifeguards. He got one of those old city busses and fixed it up. He began to pick up the kids on the bus routes all over and bring them in. When he brought in one load of kids, he didn’t give them the fun first. He gave them the songs and the Sunday school lesson and they played music and sang and so and so. When they were through, he put some in the pool and some on the swings in his back yard and they had a good time. Mothers were happy to get rid of them for three hours. Then, he was gone for another group of children and by the time he came in with the other group, the first group was ready to go home and home they went.

What is wrong with us? What is wrong with us? Don’t you see that the time is late and we need to get hold of the people? Let God work in your midst. Volunteer, get some of the people out there, those that don’t belong to us to volunteer to come and help. The next thing that happens is that they get saved too. Do you see what I mean?

We need an outreach of God because He says, “FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2011, pg. 23-25)

Thought for today: I am saying to you, body of Christ, “For Christ’s sake, come alive! Begin to realize your responsibility in a world that needs you badly.”

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Scripture reading: Revelation 19:11-14

Let us go to Daniel’s prophecy in Daniel 12:1 and 2, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” This prophecy tells us that there is going to be a resurrection, and this resurrected army will be with Jesus.

Daniel tells us of the end of the matter when the antichrist will be defeated and who it is that is going to reign and rule. There will be no doubt after we read this. Daniel 7:25-27, “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

I want you to notice that he talks about “the people of the saints of the most High,” and then he talks about “him.” This “him” simply means that they will be one in Christ and Christ will be one in them. This will be a one-man company. It is as if you start a conversation with one saint and finish it up with another saint. They would be on the same wave length saying the same thing: one people, one mind.

At this time, “Christ in us” (the church) will not just be “the hope of glory,” but it will be “the glory.” The glory which Jesus Christ asked the Father for in the 17th chapter and the 5th verse of John’s gospel He gave to the church in verse 22. “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given THEM; that they may be one, even as we are one.” Now this is the glory come home to the church. This is what we are seeing in Revelation 19:14 – the church and Christ. Christ in the church functioning as God in the earth. The church in Christ – absolutely, permanently, completely absorbed, made one. Therefore, humanity will be put aside completely forever, and divinity (the gold alone) will show.

The earth will see “The Word of God” in human flesh walking to and fro. If this is not accomplished then Jesus’ death on the cross would not have accomplished fully what God had intended – that we should become like Him and that God should have other sons on earth that “should be like him.” Romans 8:29, “He (was) the firstborn among many brethren.” John 17:22, “And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one.Verse 21 shows the oneness and verse 22 shows the glory that will be the oneness.

Revelation 6 is a summary chapter. Verses 10 and 11, “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” We see a special group of martyrs in the heavenlies (verse 10) and they are crying to the Lord asking when the judgment will be on the earth. “And white robes were given unto every one of them.”

In Revelation 19:14 we read that “the armies” were “upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” A white-robed throng is coming. What are they coming for? They are coming to judge and to rule the earth. The “white horses” and the “white robes” are related to judgment. The moment one student in a class gets the lesson and passes the exam, it is a judgment against all the other students who heard the teacher teach the lesson. Here we are. The judgment of the world is the “white robes” that the children of God receive who have attained excellence in God.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 78-80)

Thought for today: Let us press for the glory that we be part of the resurrected army of Christ.

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Scripture reading: John 7:38

We have a song which we sing, “Flow through Me.” That means the glory of God is flowing in the places we gather for fellowship, and it is flowing one through another. You would be surprised to know what is going on. You sit down in your chair and think certain things in your heart. And it starts flowing through the other person, and he thinks certain things and it flows through, and it flows, and it flows, and it flows, and it flows. The love of God flows through us, through one another. Now, there is something more that flows through one another, too. If we have wrong thoughts, the wrong thoughts also flow through each other. So, we need to flow one through another IN Christ.

Now, I understand that in the heavenlies, this thing is going to be on a bigger scale. I heard one man saying, “Boy, heaven wouldn’t be right if I didn’t have my wife in heaven.” Many of you must have also thought of what is going to happen, wondering if we will have a wife and husband in heaven. No, we won’t. Do you know why? Because the level on which we are in heaven is so much higher than the wife or husband level down here. God only gave us a wife or a husband in order to keep us together and let us learn how to love one another. But up there it is different. There is a flowing through and through. When you flow into the brother’s or the sister’s heart or mind, you see a whole vast area of magnificent glory. God calls it His mansion. You walk into God’s mansion, and you see all the glory that God has put into one soul. God has put His glory into every one of you and you need to begin to flow it out! Amen! Praise God. There is so much blessing in the midst of the people of God, so much glory of God and you don’t even know it! Begin to recognize one another. Begin to recognize the things, the way God is dealing with one another in love.

I remember the time when we were still in Jamaica, when we first started. It was all fire and glory. I don’t think we will ever see that again in our lives. There was one humble brother that didn’t preach, he didn’t do much, but when it came to counsel, we would always call Banker. We would ask him, “What do you see? What is the Lord saying?” And he could give you a proper counsel as to what God was saying. We have to realize that each person has a special manifestation in the Lord.

We used to talk of Sister Hermin. I would be preaching and in the middle of the message she would come with, “Ha! Ha! Ha!” holding her side. “What’s the story?” we would ask. It was a manifestation of the Spirit. Nothing was wrong with her side, but it would be paining her. And she would say, “Somebody here has a problem in their side.” The person would stand up and as we would pray for the person, Sister Hermin would be set free. Sometimes you have to laugh at the manifestations we saw there.

Praise be to God. There is something God is doing in every one of you, and it has to be done now. We have to stop fooling around. Time is short. God must bring to pass what He has ordained to be done. He must bring it to pass! Oh, God Almighty, help us!

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 13-14)

Thought for today: God has put His glory into you and you need to begin to flow it out!

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Scripture reading: Daniel 2:34-35

In these days we hear many churches, many organizations calling themselves the Body of Christ. We do not have to believe it because the Body of Christ is made up of those who are under the direct headship and direction of Jesus Christ Himself. That is, they only move at the behest of Jesus. The Body of Christ is coming under the perfect obedience to Christ so that they will have no master on earth. They will only know Christ as their Master and as He directs and orders so they will be and do.

Let us go to Daniel 2:34-35 and notice that something happened to that stone. After the stone was molded it took on an intelligence. It was going to do the perfect will of God. It rolled down from the mountain like a missile and came straight at the image. This great image is Babylon. I want you to see it in your mind’s eye – A STONE coming from the mountaintop. Hallelujah! It has been molded and molded and made into a missile. It was molded by the fiery hands of God. Just as the finger of God molded and carved the ten commandments so God carved out this stone and sent it towards Babylon and it struck the feet. Look carefully at where it struck. It did not strike the shin. It did not strike the knees. It struck the toes which “were part of iron, and part of clay” and it broke them in pieces.

Remember, the ten toes were an organization; they were molded together. They were functional. They were working together and they felt that they had the whole world at their feet. When the stone hit the toes, the whole structure of the image, from the head of gold down to the feet of iron and clay, came down like a tower falling to the ground. As the image came down the stone pulverized it into dust, fine dust. Then the wind, the Spirit of God, came and blew the dust away so that it would nevermore be an organization. It was disorganized, decommissioned, and destroyed completely.

After the stone had finished its job, it began to grow. Hallelujah! The great promise of God is that He is going to bring the nations into the fullness of God. Every soul that will turn to God, He will bring them and the stone will be growing and growing and growing.

Again, Revelation 18:21, “And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.” When we translate this prophetic language into our understandable English we see that the “mighty angel took up a stone” – the Body of Christ molded by God Himself – not a man-made church, but a God-made organism – “LIKE A GREAT MILLSTONE.” God is going to use this church, these very people who He had used to preach, to save lives, and to deliver people. He is going to use them as an instrument of judgment. They will, like a great millstone, be “cast…into the sea (the nations), saying, Thus with VIOLENCE.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 210-211)

Thought for today: God will bring every soul that will turn unto God and they (the Body of Christ) will be growing and growing and growing.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 11:5-6

Revelation 11:5 says, “And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.”

We are talking about a people who will have the power of the spoken word. We want to remind you how powerful the spoken word can be. When we think of Elijah, we understand the place where God is bringing His people – people whose mouth will not speak anything else but the Word of the living God.

1 Kings 18:37 and 38, “Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.” Elijah called fire from heaven.

On another occasion men came to arrest him and they were burnt with fire. 2 Kings 1:10-13a, “And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. Again also he sent unto him another captain of fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus hath the king said, Come down quickly. And Elijah answered and said unto them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him and his fifty. And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. This man humbled himself before God and God spared him. There is precedence in the Word of God for the sons of God to speak and for fire to go forth and destroy the enemy.

In Revelation 11:5a we read, “And if any man will hurt them.” Notice that the first captain of fifty intended to hurt Elijah. The second captain of fifty intended to kill Elijah. However the third captain of fifty knelt down and humbled himself before Elijah and before God and besought him and said unto him, “O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and the life of these fifty thy servants, be precious in thy sight” (2 Kings 1:13c). He was not there to kill Elijah. God said to Elijah, “Go down with him.” We are going to see this very thing happen again. When people come to kill the sons of God, the man child church, then God will let fire devour them. God said, “IN THIS MANNER be killed” (Revelation 11:5b).

Verse 6a, “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy.” James 5:17 notes that Elijah shut up heaven that “it rained not” for “three years and six months.” 1 Kings 17:1-3, “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.”

It was Elijah who spoke the word. I want you to remember this, for this is very important in this study. Elijah was given the power to speak the word and to shut up heaven, “there shall not be dew nor rain these years.” In the fourth year, heaven was opened when he again spoke the word. Notice the resemblance of this ministry of power. Elijah shut up the heaven for three and a half years, and the sons of God will do the same. “These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy.”

Revelation 11:6b, “and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”

This verse sounds exactly like what happened with Moses. It will be war. The sons of God will not be using carnal weapons of war to fight. They will use the weapons of their warfare which are spiritual weapons. When a man goes and agitates against those who are aborting babies and shoots the doctor (it has happened a number of times now) this is entirely ungodly and out of order. When he does that, he is saying that his God is not powerful enough to take care of the situation, so he is going to do it himself. Many people have lost the concept of God, of who God is. If we serve God and then take a gun and go out and shoot, then our God is weak.

Real power would be to get down and pray. The abortion places would shut down because men believed God, but these people do not believe God. I hear the evangelists preaching on television and giving the following scenario: if we were able to kill Hitler, we would be proclaimed as heroes. The truth is that we are not here to kill people. We are here to save souls. Whenever God gives the sons of God the power to call down fire from heaven and to stop the enemy, it is to save His people. We will be praying, “GOD SAVE YOUR PEOPLE.”

When someone rises up to destroy the sons of God, God will allow the spoken word to come forth in the mighty power that Elijah and Moses had and that we have seen all throughout Scripture. The fullness of this power is coming and Christians who go out and buy guns and shoot people are a disgrace to God and are playing right into the hands of the enemy. Brethren, pray that God might have mercy upon His people and separate us from those who choose to dwell in the outer court and are ready to be destroyed.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 12-14)

Thought for today: Real power is to get down on our knees to pray and believe God.

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