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Scripture reading: Revelation 1:5-6

Let us talk again about wrestling against princes and their palities – “principalities.” What is a prince? Can you conjure up in your mind what a prince is? Yes, it is one who is supposed to inherit a kingdom or a throne. When God said that there are principalities, it means that the spirits that fell (or deliberately threw themselves down from heaven – see Jude 1:6) were promised a kingdom. Satan promised them a kingdom. But the problem with that promise is that it is the same kingdom which is promised to Jesus Christ. Jesus says to us, “YOU are My kingdom.” He also says, “I will make you a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6, Revelation 1:6).”

So, what happened? Satan went out and took this kingdom. He took it, because you and I were in the kingdom of the enemy and we were all filled with devils. Satan thought that he had won. But you see, time is only a little speck in the long thing that we call eternity. At the beginning there is eternity, then a time comes and it becomes an interruption in eternity, and then the eternity continues. So all Satan has is a little window of time in which to rule in a kingdom. These princes feel that you belong to them. Yes! It was in Freeport, Illinois that the devil came personally to a brother who was there to minister to the people of God and told him, “These people are not yours. They are mine!” The same thing happened to us up in a place called Mona, wherein the devil came into the meeting and said, “I have my people here also.” When he said that, a little girl, 12 years of age, jumped up and said, “SATAN, TAKE YOUR PEOPLE AND GO!” It was the absolute Word of God! When she said that, three women jumped up and sailed through the door, never to return.

I want you to understand that Satan is going around claiming you as his kingdom. He has offered you to certain spirits that he calls “Princes.” These spirits expect to inherit you, to have you. You know, it is like how you have a herd of cows; you breed them, you feed them, you kill them, you eat them, you drink their milk, and you keep them multiplying. That is the way Satan is looking at the people of the world. He sees them as his kingdom and he offered this kingdom to his princes. These princes are generally angels who have fallen from the second realm of heaven.

I do not know if you understand what I am talking about. There is the heaven of heavens, where God (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) is. Then there is another realm under it where you have the angels Michael, Gabriel, and Heylel. These are their names as given in the Bible and you notice they all end in “el.” The “el” part of their names, in the Hebrew language, is “God.” So the name Gabriel means “Messenger of God;” and Michael means “Like God.” They are the high spirits. (Note: Heylel is the name in the Hebrew of the angel spoken of in Isaiah 14:12 who fell and became Satan. The KJV translators called him by the name “Lucifer,” which is the name of the Morning Star god that was worshipped by the Saturnalians.) God never gives us any other names of angels in the Bible. So any other names of angels that you have heard of, they are devil angels.

Now, these spirits have magnificent powers. I believe that it is from the third realm that they have gotten some of these princes, but these angels (Michael, Gabriel) are stronger, higher, and more powerful than the ordinary angels. When the ordinary angels cannot get certain things done, they appeal to this higher realm. Do you remember the time (in Daniel 10) when Gabriel went with the message and he could not get through because he was facing another angel of the same magnitude as himself? He could not pass through with the message to the people of God because the people of God were serving the devil. Gabriel called back to heaven and God sent Michael. When Michael came, he showed the blood (forgiveness of sins). Forgiveness of sins! He said, “These people that you say are yours, WE COVER THEM WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS!” The devil had to back off and the message went through to Daniel.

I want you therefore to understand where we are and what I am trying to show you. It is something very profound that God has given me to give you and I hope you have the energy to accept it.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 42-43)

Thought for today:  Let us fight for our inheritance in the Kingdom of God and reject the right of Satan to rule over us.

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Scripture reading: Ephesians 6:12

When you look at Ephesians 6:12, you understand that it is a deception when you believe that another man is against you. Look well, and you will see who is really against you. It is a spirit that is motivating the man, and the man is maybe one percent of what you are seeing. You see, most of the people that you see around you, I call them “artificial people.” You see a man coming along, strutting, swaggering—you do not really know what is in his mind. Maybe he is putting that on to deceive you, to make you see a bold, brave man when there is but a little whimpering kid inside. You see? So we wrestle not against “FLESH AND BLOOD.” Take your eyes off the things that you can see. The Bible says Jesus did not go by the seeing of the eyes or by the hearing of His ears (Isaiah 11:3). He was looking at the real thing.

Those of you who believe that somebody is against you, it is the first error that you are making towards that person. You should go to that person and do everything possible to win the person. Humble yourself to win the person, because you know that though that person might kill you, he is not against you. Your real enemy is the spirit that has the person in bondage, and he is his enemy and he is your enemy. We do not have human enemies! I mean, that sounds very peculiar compared to what is happening around now. You know, men are going around trying to kill, and these are men who are just murderers. They are not our enemies. The spirits that drive them are our enemies. Guess why God let them loose on you? Why would God let loose a spirit on you? It is because He has given you the power to CONTROL them!

I was walking in Miami one day. I walked into a wrong area and somebody didn’t like it. He brought out his dog, a Doberman Pinscher. He commanded the dog to attack me. The dog came bounding towards me. I looked at him and said, “I REBUKE you in the name of Jesus!” The dog pulled back and that man was so shocked! He opened his eyes wide and looked. It was not the dog that was hit but it was the spirit that they had put in the dog to attack me!

So you must realize that we are living in a spiritual realm! Our realm here is the lowest. Let me say it again: the realm we are on is the lowest frequency. There is another frequency up here a little higher, where some other spirits are. Above them there are other spirits higher, and there are other spirits even higher above them! Amen! If you walk with the Lord, you will overcome in the area that God has given you. If you get out of your area you are in trouble, for you are going to meet spirits that are stronger.

Remember, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 41-42)

Thought for today: Take your eyes off the things that you can see. As Jesus did not go by the seeing of His eyes or by the hearing of His ears, allow the Lord to train you to look at the real thing.

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Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 6:13-20

We are supposed to be overcomers, and the first thing of all that we have to overcome is inside ourselves. If you do not overcome the man in you, you are not going to be an overcomer of anything else. I do not know if you understand. We have already talked about the sexual urge and the things, the burdens, that God put upon us as natural men. It said that Elijah was a man, a natural man, as we are. Paul said, “I am natural like any one of you. I could lead around a wife” (1 Corinthians 9:5). He had to tell them that, for some of the people were looking up to him as if he was not natural. But you have to overcome the natural man!

How do you learn to overcome the natural man? I can only tell you how God taught me. As a young fellow, I received the Lord. When I say “young,” I mean in my 20’s. The Lord taught me to fast and pray. He taught me to have food to eat, and not eat. To be hungry! To love what I am looking at and smelling, and yet not eat. I think the worst thing for a hungry man is a smell. Oh, it just kills you! Amen! The hunger you have when you are hungry and you smell fresh food (especially things that you like)—it is like a kind of madness that takes you! God wants you to be able to have food and not eat it.

Some of the brothers feel that, “Boy, I need a wife! I need a wife so badly. Oh, you know, I need a wife!” Let me tell you something. The person who hasn’t got a wife has less problem of temptation than those who have a wife, for you have to lie down every night with a wife in the bed and you have to be spiritual. You have to control yourselves, and you have to put your desires and your wants away. So, therefore, you have to learn first by FASTING: To have food and not eat it—HUNGRY! To have water and not drink it—THIRSTY! Yes! I have gone through such thirst that my throat began to split and bleed. My lips would bleed because I was thirsty, there was water and I would not drink it because I was fasting a fast of THIRST!

Now, I am not telling you to do it. Your God must tell you what to do. As a brother shared with us one time, he said, “This is not my body. This is not my property.” His body is the temple of the living God. So if God tells you, “Do not drink water,” then you do not drink water. You see, when Jesus was in the wilderness for forty days, nobody can convince me that He carried a bottle of water with Him.

That was thirst; and thirst can become a kind of madness. When you are thirsty, you have hallucinations; but then that is where I was trained. I was trained at the point where we did not have breakfast, or lunch, or dinner, but we had to go to take the Word of God and preach. Amen! Our children were hungry but they learned not to even say, “I am hungry.” They just played until they fell asleep. We learned how to control the body.

When we came into Miami with $12 in our pocket, ready to do a missionary journey, we did not know anybody, any organization, or anything in America. Nothing! If we had gone to the Salvation Army, that would be a defeat of the faith that we had in God. So we stood and waited until God sent a raven (1 Kings 17:1-6). Oh, yes! But, you know, many would have said, “Get away from me, you dirty raven! I do not want your bread!” Do you think that is what Elijah would have said? Well, a drunken woman came and with all the liquor coming out of her breath fell on the shoulder of my wife, hugged her and said, “Let’s go to Fort Lauderdale.” From a drunken woman, we heard the voice of God. We didn’t say, “Get away from me, you drunkard!” No! But we heard the voice of God speaking through her, and there our missionary journey started.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 39-41)

Thought for today:  God has a way for you to overcome the natural man. Listen to His Voice and hear what He is telling you to do so that you may succeed.

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Scripture reading: 1 Timothy 6:12

I am one of those people who do not believe in old age. I do not believe that because I am 80 years of age, my blood shouldn’t flow through my veins like some of yours who are younger. I believe like Caleb, who said, “I am this day 85 years of age and my natural force is not abated. I am ready to go and take the land that God has given me” (see Joshua 14:10-11). I do not believe in feebleness. Praise God! I believe that God keeps us according to our belief and according to our faith, and I do believe that I will die healthy, when I do die. Thank You, Jesus!

I discovered a secret. The secret is that when you come into the house of God, or at home, or in the car, or daily walking around doing your business, if you keep the valve open for God to flow in, the flowing of the Spirit heals the natural body.

One day, I was in Jamaica. I had a pain in my arm. I could not lift my hand above my head. One brother began to preach and said, “I want you all to lift up your hands.” He also said, “If your hand is even paining you, lift it!” So I lifted my hands! I believe that the energy that went into my arm came from the living Word the brother gave and I accepted. It is so simple, and yet so profound. I do not know if we do not believe it, but we certainly do not pay much attention to the fact that the flowing of the energy of God does not only heal the soul, but it also heals the body! For healing cannot come to the body unless it comes through the soul. Praise God!

I would like to take you into a higher spiritual realm today, a little above the normal. You must have heard that I have a name to be a sorcerer, right? The reason is that from when I was a child, I have had spiritual confrontations. As a child I discovered that you do not have to be in God to command the spirits to get away from you. I am saying this and I do not know exactly why, but I know for one thing that God gave man a mandate. God gave us a mandate and the mandate was that Adam should rule everything that moves in this natural realm. We lost it to Satan, but any day you get up and lay hold of it, it is yours! I want you to understand that.

When we think of Apostle Paul, we know that he must have been way, way, way ahead of the church and the other apostles, and anybody else you know. Paul himself received revelations from the Lord, but he could not have personally experienced everything he wrote about. If you watch his life as a Pharisee, and then when he came into God, you notice that he spent 14 years in the desert just fasting and praying and receiving from God. I doubt he understood all the things he received from God, everything that he was saying. I am sure he could not understand them as we understand them now. Do you know why? Because the revelation of Jesus Christ is progressive, and He progressed from the foundation of the apostles and prophets. He gave them the foundation and progressed unto us. Today we have an authority that Paul did not have.

I wonder if I can explain it to you. The authority that we have now is to kill the devil. We have the power now, because it is the end of time and God said that at the end of time He would bring forth a people who would be overcomers. Now, you had better watch well that word “overcomers,” because sometimes it doesn’t mean what we think it means. In other words, it is almost “limitless.” You overcome one thing, and immediately you are faced with another. And the moment you overcome that, you qualify to overcome something else. Some people get tired. Every day—battle, battle, battle! But I love the battle, because it gives me an incentive.

We are supposed to be overcomers, and the first thing of all that we have to overcome is inside ourselves. If you do not overcome the man in you, you are not going to be an overcomer of anything else.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 38-39)

Thought for today: Do not tire of the battles that rise up before you on daily basis. Use it as an incentive to draw closer to God.

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Scripture reading: 1 Peter 5:8

In 1 Peter 5:8 we read, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Satan devours humanity upon the basis of the energy, or the life, or the spiritual force that is in MAN’S BLOOD. The blood is the very essence of our lives, the source of God’s energy. Scripture says that we feed from God, and the blood of man has the life of man, and Satan must feed on life. He cannot get it from God because he cannot go back to God. Neither can devils go to God to feast from God. Therefore, they must take it from us.

When Adam fell, Satan took the kingdom and the authority and the power and the energy from man. The devil seeks blood. The devil lives on blood. This is one of the reasons he encourages people to offer sacrifices to him. We must accept the principle that Satan lives on the blood of human beings because in the blood there is life.

There are other dimensions by which Satan feeds upon humanity, not just by taking his blood and his life. There is a word in the Scripture called diabolos in the Greek. It is translated slanderer, prone to slander, false accuser. It is the very name of Satan and means that people who slander act like little devils. In other words, slanderers have become part of the Satanic kingdom. 1 Timothy 3:11 speaks of the qualifications of the servant of God and says, “Even so must their wives be grave, NOT SLANDERERS, sober, faithful in all things.” Satan feeds (draws life) from the slanderer and from the person who listens to slander. The person who listens to slander is as much a part of the slander as the person who slanders.

2 Timothy 3:1-3, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, FALSE ACCUSERS (little devils), incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good.” It means that when a person takes a tale from one person to another and brings discord among the brethren, he is actually allowing Satan to feed upon him. Satan feeds upon him and upon the person who receives the slander. A person is weak when he has finished slandering or listening to slander.

Titus 2:1-3, “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, NOT FALSE ACCUSERS (the name for Satan, diabolos), not given to much wine, teachers of good things.”

This same word appears in the Old Testament with the same connotation (the same meaning) attached to it. Satan recruits people to work for him like he recruits demons to go from place to place, slandering, carrying tales, carrying evil, a false report, an evil report. Some reports may be true but they are not worthwhile for Christians to receive. We have a mandate and an authority from God to do the work of God. God is in the business of saving people. If we say that a thing is true, therefore, we are supposed to talk about it; this is not right. It is the wrong understanding of what truth is. Christ Jesus is truth and everything that is pertaining to Christ is truth. Any thing else is not truth, it is of the devil.

Let me give you an example. You see a man preaching a word and there are people listening to him and people accepting the Word of God. And because you saw him steal from the store that morning, you go in their midst and stop them from listening to the Word of God saying that the man is a thief. It would be a true thing but it would not be the truth. It would not be glorifying God. What would glorify God would be if you would take the man aside and speak to him about his evil deeds, but not hurt those who are receiving the Word of God from him.

John 8:44, “Ye are of your father, the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” The same word is being used in this verse to call some men who resemble the devil in their mind and in their operation as diabolos.

In 1 John 3:10 the same were called, in the Greek, teknon tu diabolos, children of the devil. We see the word being used for men and women who do the work of the devil. They have joined forces with the enemy and they do great damage in the human realm. When you speak evil of a person you actually send evil forces after that person. You give life to the evil beings that are around who want to hurt that person.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 195-197)

Thought for today: Brethren, let us not be numbered among those who are weak because they have been slandering or listening to slander.

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Scripture reading: Genesis 3:14-19

In Genesis 3:19, God, speaking to Adam, said, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for DUST THOU ART, and unto DUST shalt thou return.” In Genesis 3:14, God placed a curse on the serpent. “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and DUST shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.” God is saying that the serpent is going to use man to get his life and his energy.

This thought is confirmed in Isaiah 14:12-14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” We should change this word “Lucifer” to the proper Hebrew word “Heylel.” There was no such word “Lucifer” when this passage was written by Isaiah. “Lucifer” is a Latin word and it means “shining, bright one.” Why translators used Latin, I do not know. We are comfortable with the name in Hebrew, therefore the word is “Heylel.” “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Heylel, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”

This egotistic boast was made by Satan himself who thought that even though God had an Elect company, even though God had planned a people to destroy him, that he, Satan, was going to overthrow them and he was going “to sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.” Psalm 48:1 and 2 tells us who this “mount of the congregation” is. “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is MOUNT ZION, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.” What God calls “mount Zion” is what Satan said he was going to take and rule over.

Zion was the fortress in Jerusalem which David took from the Jebusites and built as his stronghold. It is where David and his mighty men lived. The word “Zion” is the seventh letter in the Hebrew language, whose value is SEVEN. God uses “Zion” to symbolically mean His strong ones, His mighty ones.

Satan looks at us and thinks that we are puny and wretched. He challenged God concerning Job. He scorned Job. He said that Job would curse God to His face, if He just touched his skin. He said, “Skin for skin” meaning that the guy is nothing but skin and bones and he could get him to curse God. God withdrew His presence from Job and allowed Satan to touch him. When Satan had tried the man for three years, had him down in sackcloth and ashes, sores all over his body, pain and suffering, without any word or promise from God, and the man did not curse God, SATAN LOST.

Satan lost against a natural man. Job was not filled with the Holy Ghost. He did not have the Blood of Jesus Christ. He only had FAITH IN GOD! He said, “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God,” Job 19:26. Against such faith Satan has no power.

We now come back to that word in Colossians 1:13-18 which says that God alone has all the power. All principalities and all powers can only consist upon His allowing them to have food and energy and life. We see a problem here, but GOD HAS A SOLUTION. We are given animals as our food – the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, the beasts – from whom we get our life in the natural. If Satan is allowed to eat our energy and take the energy from our world to run his kingdom, then we seem to be in bad shape. But one of the greatest things God has ever done for us is that He allowed us to be the food of Satan, because when we rise up and stop him from feasting on us, we will destroy him by the Blood of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Ghost. He will not be able to survive without food.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 194-195)

Thought for today: When we rise up and stop Satan from feasting on us, we will destroy him by the Blood of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Ghost.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 18:1-4

Let us look at the dispensation that brings us out of Babylon. Let us read about it. Turn to Ephesians 1:9, “Having made known unto us (God) the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself (Christ Jesus).”

What is the will of God for you and for each person? It is that we become exactly like Jesus Christ Himself. Romans 8:29 says, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

Now, you do not have to worry about how the caterpillar is going to become a butterfly. The caterpillar doesn’t worry. He just keeps eating. You do not have to worry about how you are going to become like Jesus, because God said that it is His will. It is God’s will that you be like Jesus Christ!

Let us go back to Ephesians 1, “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fullness of times…

The dispensation of the “fullness of times” is the seventh millennium. We are now in the seventh millennium. It is in this millennium that the “fullness” of Christ must come forth! Amen!

I was just encouraging a sister a while ago. I said, “Do not go off to college and go into some long four, five, six, or seven year program at this time, because it will not have any use to you in the kingdom. Your college degree will not have any use in the kingdom. It will be child’s play, and as far as the kingdom goes, it will be petty knowledge; and some of it will be spurious and wrong knowledge.” Amen! Now, I am not going against education. But at this particular time, there is no time. Young people, there is no time! If you need to find something so that you can earn a living for the time being, then go get something that is quick. I said to the sister, “Go get an eighteen month course, or other short course that can help you to know something and earn some money and do something at this time. But don’t you go into any long program, because, for instance, after a person takes seven years to go into medicine to become a doctor, it is going to take you another twenty years before you justify your seven years of labor. You do not have the time!” We don’t have that time! We are through! Time has come to an end. We are through, brethren, it is the end!

Many do not believe. Yes! But God said that those who do not believe will be in the darkness and will suffer the penalties of Babylon. The penalties and the suffering that Babylon is going through, you are going to go through, too. Amen!

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Revelation 18:4).

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 16-18)

Thought for today: Let us not fall amongst those who do not believe and who will suffer the penalties of Babylon. Let us be believing people who are preparing themselves for the coming of the Lord.

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