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Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:8-10

We are now entering into the end of the Great Tribulation, which is the worst part of the tribulation and when many things are going to happen, like losing our houses, our bank accounts, and our present way of life that we know and love so much. In this time, we must still hold fast to the promises of God and carry on His work for the deliverance of men. God is strengthening us at this time in our walk with Him. God is not expecting us to do it by our own will, but He is expecting us to believe Him.

Somebody was sharing about Abraham and depicted him as an ordinary person, which he was. But at the same time God testified of him several times in the Scriptures that “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Abraham was righteous in his generation, although the requirements in his day were not what God would require of us today. The Blood of Jesus was not yet shed and the Holy Ghost was not yet given. How blessed we are!

In order for us to be found in the same heavenly places where faithful Abraham was, we have to be part of what the Bible calls the Firstfruits company. Some of us might be saying to ourselves, “I do not know if I am in the Firstfruits company. I do not know if I am worthy. I do not know if I will make it. I probably am not because I slipped and fell last week, and nobody knows. The people in church do not suspect that I get mad sometimes, and curse other times, etc., etc.” All these thoughts are designed by the devil to convince us that we are not of God. But the truth is that for us to be worthy, we only have to trust God. God has a different design. God’s design is that by faith we can lay hold of His promises and that by faith we can enter into His everlasting Kingdom. If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ; and with the remission of sins comes purity and holiness.

God is not asking you to do it by your integrity or by your own personal character. God is asking you to put your character, integrity and abilities aside, by faith lay hold of the promises, and like the publican (Ref. Luke 18:13) to drop on your knees and admit your unworthiness. Ask God to help you and to save you from the traps and snares of the devil; and say, “Lord, I believe; help Thou my unbelief.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 14-15)

Thought for today: Remember it is by faith that we can lay hold of His promises and by faith we can enter into His everlasting Kingdom.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 19:1-10

Let me share with you very important truth: The glory of God is coming down to us and we are going up to meet Him. We are being raptured (this is the right kind of rapture) – that is, we are being changed from glory to glory as we behold His face. We are being lifted into the glory of God. In this glory, we are going to see and hear things which we have never seen or heard before. We will see clearly and walk and talk with those who are in the heavenlies. Brother John said in Revelation 19:10 that an angel came to him and confessed that he was one of his brothers who was saved by Jesus Christ.

In Revelation 22, another angel came to him, and John said to himself that this surely must be Jesus Christ Himself, but this angel also confessed that he was not, but that he was “…of thy brethren the prophets,” (verse 9). It was only a man who had gone into the glorious presence of God. God is saying that He is giving the glory to us, and that we are expected not to just receive it and say, “Yes” for next service, but we need to walk in it.

Let us read Ephesians 1:19-20, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”

Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

In other words, our power is in Christ. Galatians 3:28 says that in Christ, “…There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus,” yet we know that there is “male and female” in the homes, in the Church, and in the world; and that male and female have to operate together in God’s divine order. There is, however, a higher dimension in the Spirit, when Christ begins to speak through anyone and neither the male nor the female voice carries the greater authority – it is Christ speaking. We are talking about children of God getting in Christ in order to get through the veil into the Holy of Holies.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 13-14)

Thought for today: Let us meditate upon the glory of God that is coming down and lifting us up into the heavenly places. And let us remember that our power is in Christ only.

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Scripture reading: I Peter 4:12-19

The word I am hearing is, “The judgment has begun [not “is going to begin,” but “has begun”] at the house of God.” If you do not feel the judgment of God working within you and around you, ask God what is wrong, because the first judgment we will feel is the judgment upon our status as a person. God does not want any other status for us but “to know Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (I Corinthians 2:2). God does not want your degrees, your specific abilities, your pride, or your human achievements. All God wants is a man or woman whose ambition is to please Him.

It is the Holy Ghost that takes one into the Holy of Holies. As we move “in the Spirit,” He takes us into Christ. You need to understand that I am not speaking about the Spirit moving in you, but about you moving in the Spirit. The Spirit of God can move in a person, but it is with the intention that the person would get “into the Spirit”—that is, allowing the Spirit to control his actions. Every move of the Spirit is to profit withal—that is, to bring forth whatever gift or the ministry that the Spirit wants to express in the congregation. When the praise reaches the point of touching heaven and the people of God begin to move, the very air around you becomes rarefied and one feels lifted in the Spirit. Some start stomping their feet, some shout praises to God, and the Spirit is moving on you and in you. That is, however, not the ultimate. The ultimate is for you to move “in the Spirit.” That is, you do not move until the Spirit moves. “Moving in the Spirit” is when your mind and your heart conforms to the Lord, and the thing which God wants to be done at that specific time, in that particular place, is being done.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 9)

Thought for today: God is looking for a man or a woman whose ambition is to please Him. Will you hear the call and answer it?

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Scripture reading: Hebrews 10:22-25

There are a lot of people who feel self-sufficient. Self-sufficiency is nothing more than a lie from the devil. The devil wants to isolate you in order to eat you. One night, I was watching the National Geographic channel, and I saw a lion attacking some animals. The lion seemed to be actually aiming at a special one (quite likely the weakest—the ones that were dropping back, and the loners). He passed by some of the strong ones. He did not touch them—they seemed to be too much trouble to handle and he seemed to be seeking the easiest way to get his meal. He is after that loner—that one that is dropping back. Whenever you are a loner, you are setting up yourself to be eaten by Satan. Whenever you withdraw from the assembling of yourselves together, you are setting up yourself to be destroyed (Hebrews 10:25).

We need to qualify the above statement: the key word is “yourselves.” You cannot assemble with people who are not walking in the truth, as the Lord shows it to you. God’s promise is that if anyone earnestly desires the truth, that the responsibility or onus is upon God to lead him/her to the truth. Therefore, if your heart is not satisfied with a fellowship, you should either find where God wants you to be, or find people around you to speak to about God. Sometimes He will allow you to be in a desert, because He wants you to allow the living waters in you to flow and make an oasis in that desert. The excuse of many is that they have nobody to fellowship with. This is not always true, because if God puts you in a wilderness, you will find that there are others out in the wilderness like yourself, and if your heart cries out to God the Holy Ghost will bring you together.

If you have a wife and you do not assemble with her, you cannot assemble with anyone else. You complain that you are lonely. Any time that union and that oneness is there between a wife and her husband, and you begin to pray together, you will bring down the kingdom of Satan, and a lot of people who are bound will be loosed by your prayer. They will come to you; they will meet you in the barbershop; they will meet you in the supermarket; they will meet you in the streets.

This is a strange tale, but I know of a circumstance, where two cars had to be bumped together in order for two certain people to meet. From that moment on, they became friends. (That was a Godly bump). I would not pray for such a meeting, but it seems that what was intended for evil, by the Spirit of the Lord turned out for the good.

God is beginning to bring His work into perspective. The attacks against you are not designed of God to hurt you, but to deliver you from some of your faults. God is cleaning his temple.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 7-9)

Thought for today: Do not let the devil isolate you and make you feel self-sufficient. Assemble yourself with those who are the closest to you and bring down the kingdom of Satan so that many might be loosed by your prayers.

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Scripture reading: Exodus 30:1-10

I pray that God might open our eyes that we might see His work in this hour, for I believe that those who behold will receive. I believe that God is making us to see the thing, and then to walk in it and receive it. I believe that He has begun to tell us in direct terms that we can now enter in. Formerly, we looked forward to the firstfruits and the resurrection of the Christ within us as something in the far future. But I am seeing that it is being offered to us as something that has already been done in the heavenlies, and that we are being encouraged to enter in.

Today, I want you to remember the Day of Atonement in the Old Testament times, when the priest would go through the veil. He had been preparing for this moment for a whole year. The day had come when he should go through the veil, and it was a fearful place. He had done all that was necessary in the tabernacle: the lamp was lit, the bread was changed, and he was now before the golden altar for the last time before going into the Holy of Holies, into the presence of God.

The Golden Altar was the place of the offering of the soul. The priest takes out a handful of incense and places it on the fire. The incense goes up into smoke, which tells him that God has accepted his prayers; and he says to God, “This is for my sins and for the sins of Israel.” He was offering his soul, because Israel had laid their hands on him to be their scapegoat, and he became their sin bearer.  He was now ready to give up all, totally, to go through the veil. He might not return alive, because he was going into the very presence of God. He wanted to see God manifest His pleasure in his offering by shining forth in the Shekinah glory. It would shine from between the cherubim, but he was not able to look upon it. He would fall upon his face and worship God when the power of God came upon him.

We should notice that there is a deeper, inner work being done now in the hearts and lives of believers. Those who are really going on with God are going into a fullness they have never experienced before. The lamb was chosen ten days before he was offered and so there seems to be a selection going on in the Spirit as never before. Something in the individual seems to be saying, “I do not have much interest in the things of this life anymore.” It seems to me that there is something more important among the brethren, that their hearts are turning away from the world and turning more to God.

The hand of God is offering the people of God that fullness which we so long prayed for. “THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE…” seems no longer to be in the far future, but is being activated by the Spirit right now. I see God getting His people into shape, because He must have a people without spot or wrinkle.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 1-2)

Thought for today: Let God’s deeper, inner work be done in your heart and life so that you may experience the fullness that is awaiting His people just round the corner. May your prayer today be, “Not my will, but thine be done.”

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Scripture reading: Revelation 5: 11-14

In this passage of the scriptures all the creatures were shouting together without rehearsal. Revelation 5:12-13, “SAYING with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.”

John is saying that “every creature…in heaven…on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea” heard not just him, John, saying, “Blessing and honour” and glorifying God, but a whole company of saints in his position who he refers to as “I.” When they went to arrest Jesus in the garden and they asked if He was Jesus, He replied, “I am,” and they all fell backwards. I believe John and all God’s people shouted with the voice of God so that even hell heard them.

When we really praise God from our hearts, many things happen. Your heart opens to God and when the praise reaches to a certain height, it opens the hearts of the other people of God.

Ezekiel 28:13b and 14, “The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.”

God said in these verses that He made music in this angel whose name was Heylel. God made his pipes in him. We are talking about something probably much higher than what we understand to be music. There are sounds that can be made which are too high for our ears. For instance, the dog can hear a whistle that we cannot hear. In spiritual realms, sounds are much greater and more powerful than the things we hear in this realm. This cherub that covered heaven had the power to lift the whole of heaven into praise.

When he began to praise, heaven began to praise with him. When your praise gets to a high place in God, the angels of heaven are commanded by your praise to come and praise with you. In our congregations, when our praise leaves that earthly realm and begins to rise into the heavenlies, God pays attention and the angels of heaven praise with us. We actually command them to praise with us by our power. Here in Ezekiel, God speaks of an angel He had set over heaven to bring music and deliverance and praises in heaven.

John is telling us that when he (John) began to praise, his soul was lifted up to a height where every creature heard the praise, even the fish of the sea and those in heaven and those in hell. Heaven hears and rejoices! Hell hears and trembles because they know what will happen – their time is very short.

Revelation 5:14, “And the four beasts said (in response to John’s praise) Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 96-97)

Thought for today: Let our praise leave this earthly realm and rise into the heavenlies that even the angels are commanded to praise with us.

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Scripture reading: Malachi 4:5-6

It is God’s way to send a “forerunner” or watchman to warn His people whenever great happenings are to take place. At the advent of Christ, John the Baptist was sent as a forerunner, and Jesus Christ described him in Matthew 11:14 as “…Elijah, which was for to come” before the coming of Messiah. There is, however, a prophecy (Malachi 4:5) that said that there would be yet another Elijah coming, “…before the great and dreadful day of the Lord.” This Elijah is a body of people or a watchman church which is sent to awaken the Church.

I first began to hear this voice in 1948 through the prophetic ministry of a man named William Branham. (Note: 1948 was also the same year that the state of Israel was reborn.) It would be very easy to find a lot of faults and weaknesses in any one of us, but when we divide the “Thus saith the Lord” word from the man, we find that God did indeed speak in 1948, which was also the time of the birth of the “Latter Rain” movement. This prophetic, Elijah forerunner ministry began to grow from that time, which I would classify as the beginning of the trumpet call to the Church to awake, until now which I would classify as the end of the trumpet call to the Church to awake.

We see many true prophets arising today in the Church, and also many false ones and many pretenders. Besides all this, there is the voice of prophecy within the Church itself, so that every true child of God is receiving some sort of signal from the realms of heaven concerning the end of time. At this time, therefore, God has sent and is sending into the Body of Christ, prophets and prophetesses. It is Zion that we are speaking about, and He said,

“The Lord shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem” (Joel 3:16, Amos 1:2).

These are people who have paid the price, and have maintained their foothold on the mountain of God so that they may be watchmen to see above the heads of the people and warn them of the good and of the evil.

Let us read from Matthew 25:6, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” 

Who made the cry? Was it the sleeping body crying out to herself? It was the watchman who never slept. I see this as the prophetic ministry which God has placed in the Church. We note from history that God always had someone to cry aloud no matter how dark it was in Israel. This then is what we are dealing with at this moment. The ministry that “…sighs and cries” (Ezekiel 9:4) in the earth is none other than that Elijah ministry.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1996, pg. 1-2)

Thought for today: Let us hear the prophetic utterances in the midst of the Body of Christ. Let us obey the Voice of God and be ready for the great and dreadful Day of the Lord.

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