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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.

Clothed in Righteousness

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Scripture reading: Revelation 3:17-18

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were righteous; they were sinless, therefore, they were clothed. We can safely assume that they were clothed in white linen. When they sinned, they “knew that they were naked.” Immediately, their righteousness went. So, in a spiritual sense, righteousness is indeed a clothing. When Jesus Christ rose from the dead, Mary Magdalene saw Him clothed even though His natural clothes were left in the tomb. Being clothed is a part of righteousness.

Matthew 17 tells us of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. Verse 2, “And (He) was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.” Matthew 13:42 and 43 speak of the righteous. “And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” God is saying that when we have attained righteousness, there will be a brightness, a shining forth, that comes from us. We could further assume that what is stopping the shining at the present time is the unrighteousness, or our flesh.

The angel in Matthew 28:3 had the same brightness in his countenance. “His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.” Revelation 3:5 speaks of the designation of righteousness that is given to the overcomers. “He that OVERCOMETH, the same shall be CLOTHED IN WHITE RAIMENT; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels.” As we compare scripture with scripture, we understand that the BRIDE of Christ are those who will be called the OVERCOMERS. They “shall be clothed in white raiment.”

In Revelation 3, the Spirit of God speaks to the Laodicean church (the period of time in which we are in now). Verse 17, Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” This Word, then, is speaking directly to us. Verse 18, “I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and WHITE RAIMENT, that thou mayest be CLOTHED, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” “The church of the Laodiceans” is the church of the last age. We are the people of the last age. Therefore, the last batch of people who will be selected for the class of the bride are those of our time and our generation.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 51-52)

Thought for today: What is stopping our shining at this present time is the unrighteousness, or our flesh.

Wings of the Great Eagle

This message entitled “Wings of the Great Eagle“ was given by Brother Cecil duCille in January 1973.

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This Marriage in Christ

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Scripture reading: John 17:23

One wonders how is this marriage between God and man going to be? What is it going to be like? Of course, when a man and a woman are married, we know what it is like. The Scripture says they should become “one flesh.” In their imperfections, sometimes, they are really divided. Thinking of this marriage as God would have it in perfection, what will it be like? In John 14:17 Jesus explains the entrance of the Spirit into the human body, the human being, and the soul. “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know Him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be IN YOU.” It is like saying they become “ONE FLESH” – God in man, dwelling in man, being part of man’s function. Therefore, man would have to be changed. His daily function, his mind operation, the operation of his soul, his very feelings have to be changed because there is an incorporation of God inside of the man. This man, who has received the baptism of the Holy Ghost in his spirit and whose soul the Holy Ghost is trying and striving to get into, cannot function like an ordinary man.

Judas, His brother, could not understand it. Verse 22, “Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?” Think of two people sitting together and God is manifesting to one and not to the other. Verse 23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.” This “with him” could be translated “within him.” The human being cannot love God UNLESS he begins to hate some of the things of this world. Only then, the love of God begins to come into him. God is contrary to most of what is transpiring here in this life.

Jesus continues to explain to Judas. Verse 26, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” Jesus meant that man would have an inward tutor, the Holy Ghost, that would begin to teach him. When he hears something that is not of God, something inside of him says, “No, No!” There is a little “No No” spirit inside of him. If he continues to listen to that small voice then the voice becomes bigger, and he becomes surer of what the voice is saying. That is how God begins to direct the man from the inside.

John 17 shows us something more of this marriage that is taking place. In verse 23a Jesus describes it and He says, “I in them (that means Christ in us), and thou in me (the Father is in Christ, therefore we have Christ and the Father), that they may be made perfect in one.” One sign that must come forth from BEING ONE is being IN CHRIST. Christ in us is so that we will get IN CHRIST. We become one IN CHRIST. Verse 23b, “and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” The union then is no longer just a unity but a UNION. This union brings man into a oneness with God, because one person is in Christ, and the other person is in Christ.

The words “IN CHRIST” are specific. The man “in Christ” is not part of himself anymore, he is no longer part of his family, BUT HE IS PART OF GOD. It is like you being inside a person – you do not make the decisions, the person makes the decisions. If I am “in Christ,” wherever Christ goes, I go. When I have Christ in me, wherever I go, Christ has to go. If Christ says to you, “Do not go to such and such a place” and you go there, He cannot leave you because you went there. He is still in you but you took Him where He did not want to go. When you are “IN CHRIST,” He takes you where you do not want to go. He is the controlling factor in your life. He is the head, and you are only a part of the Body. The Body does not lead the head. It is the head that leads the Body.

The union of the marriage of Christ and the church is when Christ is the head. If Christ is your head and Christ is my head, and we are all functioning under the same head, then we must be united. There is no way that we can be separated. My right hand cannot be separated from my left hand when they both are being motivated and ordered by the same brain. So it is with every part of my body. God gave the beautiful body as a type of His great kingdom so that we would understand more perfectly what He requires.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 48-50)

Thought for today: The man “in Christ” is not part of himself anymore, he is no longer part of his family BUT HE IS PART OF GOD.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 19:6-8

In Revelation 19:7 we read about the marriage of the Lamb. This marriage of the Lamb is something that God is doing even right now. God is strengthening the bride. Let us look at the verse, “And his wife hath made herself READY.” The bride is going to MAKE HERSELF ready. In the natural, a bride has many attendants who help her to dress and to be prepared. The Scriptures say that this bride “hath made HERSELF ready.” In 2 Corinthians 11:2 the apostle Paul says, “For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”

Luke 12:40, “Be ye therefore READY also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” God is telling us to “be…READY. God expects us to use the tools which He has provided in the Word of God to prepare ourselves, to get ourselves ready for His coming. 1 Corinthians 16:13, “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”

Peter states very clearly and even outlines eight steps for us to climb up into “the DIVINE NATURE.” 2 Peter 1:4, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” We cannot have “the divine nature” unless we escape the corruption and the lust. We must first get out of the corruption, out of the lust, and then the divine nature will come to us. How can we do that? We can do that by SUBMITTING to the Spirit of God and submitting to the things that God will do for us to bring us into this nature.

We have to suffer in order to attain this nature. 2 Peter 1:5-11, “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your FAITH virtue; and to VIRTUE knowledge; And to KNOWLEDGE temperance; and to TEMPERANCE patience; and to PATIENCE godliness; And to GODLINESS brotherly kindness; and to BROTHERLY KINDNESS charity (the Greek is agape, GOD’S LOVE). For if these things be IN YOU, and abound, they MAKE YOU that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, GIVE DILIGENCE to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye SHALL NEVER FALL: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”

The bride then must use the precious promises of God to make herself ready; must use the Word of God to make herself ready; must use the power of the Holy Ghost to make herself ready. Even the gifts of the Spirit, as God gives to the believer, are designed to help the bride get ready.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 47-48)

Thought for today: Let us use the promises of God, the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Ghost to make ourselves ready.