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The New Jerusalem

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Scripture reading: Revelation 21:10-12

Revelation 21:12 describes Jerusalem. “And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.”

This is a spiritual “wall,” and these are spiritual “gates” and “angels” (messengers). “A wall” is made to keep out intruders and to keep in those who are in; it is used as security. When the Lord speaks of “a wall” in the spiritual sense, He is talking about something that prevents intruders. Those who are not belonging cannot come in without proper entrance through the gate.

In the Song of Solomon we see a reference to “wall” in verse 9 of chapter 2. “My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.” “Our wall” is the barrier that we construct in our lives between us and the Lord (the wrong things that make a barrier to prevent God from coming in). Our “Beloved” is the Lord Jesus. We see Him coming and standing “behind our wall,” and “look(ing) forth at the windows” and “shewing himself through the lattice.” In other words, He is trying to make communication with us even in spite of our barriers. Think of the barrier now between the world, the outsiders, and the people of the Lord. It is all spiritual. There is a spiritual fence, a spiritual wall (solid, unable to be breached by those from without) which God has put around the sons of God, around the spiritual city of Jerusalem, the bride, to protect her from the invasion of the outside world.

This “wall” has “twelve gates.” This city has “twelve gates.” A gate is a way, an entrance in. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way,” THE GREAT WAY; and because Jesus is “the way,” all of us who follow Him and walk in His path become a way for someone to come to Jesus. Jesus is “the way” into the Father. We are the different ways into Christ. Someone finds Christ because we led him/her to Christ. We become a way, a gate, a door. In the same way, God is speaking of the 12 tribes of Israel. We are talking about spiritual Israel finding “the way” into the city through the 12 different gates. The 12 apostles, representatives of the 12 gates, and the work of the apostles become a foundation through which and upon which we have built our spiritual life. They have become a permanent way to the city of God, to the New Jerusalem. They are the 12 doors, the 12 gates.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 129-130)

Thought for today: Because Jesus is “the way,” all of us who follow Him and walk in His path become a way for someone to come to Jesus.

The Promise of the Fathers

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Scripture reading: Jeremiah 31:33

The promise of the fathers is the great promise that God has made. The most beautiful thing is that God made this promise to Israel, and when the church came, He made the same promise to the church. The church is Israel and Israel will be the church in time to come when God will show them His special favor.

Jeremiah 24:7, “And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.”

Jeremiah 31:33, “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Jeremiah 32:38, “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

Ezekiel 11:20, “That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

Ezekiel 37:27, “My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Zechariah 8:8, “And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.”

2 Corinthians 6:16, “And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

This indeed is the promise of the fathers, and it is abundant throughout all Scripture. God gave these promises to Israel at first, and then the Israel of God came to fulfill and inherit these promises. Many of the promises that were given to the people in the Old Testament were not understood. They did not understand how all these things would be brought to pass, and they desired and longed to understand it, but God told them it was not for them but for a people that should come.

We see the Lord giving this promise over and over and over again. Hebrews 8:10, “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” The Spirit of God through Paul was quoting this to the Hebrew brethren. Now this was part of the church; this was not part of ancient Israel. We are talking about a promise being brought from the Old Testament to the church. If we could get this one thought in our hearts, then it would be a step forward to understanding the Word of God; because all that God promised, all that God did, all that God said in the Old Testament is pointing to the New Testament, to Jesus Christ Himself, and to Jesus Christ IN the church. We find then two manifestations here: Jesus Himself and Jesus in the church. This is the promise that God gave to His people.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 120-121)

Thought for today: “And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”

Heaven on Earth

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Scripture reading: 2 Peter 3:10-13

Many people say that God is going to burn up this earth and destroy this world and make a new world. Let us see what the Word of God is saying. First of all, is this world going to be destroyed? Psalm 104:5, “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it SHOULD NOT BE REMOVED FOR EVER.” Psalm 78:69, “And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the EARTH WHICH HE HATH ESTABLISHED FOR EVER.” Isaiah 45:17, “But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an EVERLASTING SALVATION: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded WORLD WITHOUT END.” The same phrase is in Ephesians 3:21, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, WORLD WITHOUT END. Amen.” Ecclesiastes 1:4, “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but THE EARTH ABIDETH FOR EVER.” With so many scriptures saying one thing we must believe it, if we have faith and belief in the Word of God. We must believe then that the earth is abiding forever. The earth will remain forever; it will not be destroyed.

“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” What are we talking about? The word “EARTH” has three basic meanings. The natural earth or terra firma is the ground on which we stand and is called “earth” in the Bible. Worldliness is also called “earth,” and Man is called “highest” earth. Proverbs 8:26, “While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.” This verse means to say that the lowest earth would be the ground outside. Next would be the vegetable kingdom, and the next would be humanity which God called “the highest part of the dust.”

In the face of all this Word that the earth will not pass away, we can only think of two other earths that will pass away: worldliness (earthiness) and the man. The man will be changed, and there will be a new creation man. In that light, look again at this verse. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”

Let us look at another scripture. In 2 Peter 3, Peter is speaking about the fire that will dissolve the earth, and he says in verses 10-13, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

This Word means that the earth, now as it exists, and the heaven, now as it exists, are not pleasing to God. What heaven? We have to consider the word “HEAVEN” again, because there are also different realms of heaven. There is the invisible realm of heaven and the heaven within the human being wherein God dwells; for wherever God dwells, it is heaven. Now, this is the heaven that God does not like and God is not pleased with, because in this heaven does not dwell righteousness only, for both righteousness and sin seem to be dwelling in the same vessel. God said that this condition must “pass away,” and there is going to be great fire on earth, and it “shall melt with fervent heat,” and it “shall pass away with a great noise.” There will be “new heavens…wherein dwelleth righteousness” only.

For further proof of this understanding, we look at the third verse in Revelation chapter 21. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

Where did I read this before? It seems to me that this is the great promise of God throughout the whole Bible. He says that at last it has come to pass – the Day of Atonement – “the tabernacle” – when God will tabernacle Himself within man. Verse 2 says that this is the great coming.

Let us go back to Revelation 21:2. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Here is the answer. This “new earth,” this “new Jerusalem” is the “bride” of Christ which He is talking about. This “bride” of Christ is this “new Jerusalem” and is “a new heaven and a new earth.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 118-120)

Thought for today: Let us strive to become this “bride” of Christ who is this “new Jerusalem” and is “a new heaven and a new earth.”

Laodicea

This message entitled “Laodicea“ was given by Brother Cecil duCille in March 1977.

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The Mystery of Resurrection

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Scripture reading: John 6:39-40

Revelation 20:13 says, “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.” This occurrence happens after the millennium. At the end of the 1,000 years, the Scripture speaks of the sea giving up her dead, “and death and hell” giving up her dead. “The dead” is referring to the people who are in hell at this time.

Let us look at “the sea” in the natural. When a person is lost at sea, his body is devoured by sharks and different sea animals, his bones are washed away and melted, and over the years he becomes part of “the sea.” Every atom that was in his body has become part of something else. Now we are writing about the power of resurrection. This power is of such magnitude that it recreates that which was. It does not recreate the substance from another substance or from any new substance, but it takes back the substance from wherever it is and brings it back to be the individual, to be the person. Notice this very carefully because this is in itself a great mystery. IT IS THE MYSTERY OF RESURRECTION.

We read in Job 19:25-27 what Job brought forth from the Holy Spirit. “For I KNOW that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.” This verse pinpoints the time of the resurrection – “at the latter day.” Job continues, “And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in MY FLESH shall I see God: (there is a colon in the sentence because Job is going to explain how such a thing will happen) Whom I shall see for myself, and MINE EYES shall behold, and not another.” Job was saying that he was not going to get new eyes; he was not going to get new flesh. Job will be in the same flesh with the same eyes “though my reins be consumed within me.”

The most glorious preaching of resurrection can be found somewhere else in the Bible. Jesus preached the resurrection in John 6:39 and 40. “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I SHOULD LOSE NOTHING, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will RAISE HIM UP at the last day.” Verse 44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will RAISE HIM UP at the last day.” Verse 54, “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will RAISE HIM UP at the last day.” This Word of the Lord is very explicit. It is almost impossible to misunderstand, yet some people do.

Let us look at John 11. It is a marvelous thing that the apostle John himself should be the one to be writing this and impressing it so much. John tells us that Jesus Christ was in a certain place when the news came to Him that His dear friend, Lazarus, had died. Jesus “abode two days still in the same place where he was.” He stayed until it was the fourth day. In verses 25 and 26, He made a marvelous remark. “Jesus said unto her, I AM THE RESURRECTION, AND THE LIFE: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Jesus is saying here that if He is “the resurrection, and the life,” then those who have Him have their resurrection within themselves. If you have Jesus in you, you have “the resurrection” in you.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 114-115)

Thought for today: Those who have JESUS have their resurrection within themselves.

The Holy Spirit Fire

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Scripture reading: Acts 2:1-4

Let us talk about the fire today. In the Bible the fire fell three times. We are talking about the Holy Spirit fire because there were other fires also. There was a fire that fell in Sodom and Gomorrah and we do not want that fire, although we are going to get it. The fire that we are talking about is the Holy Spirit fire. It is the fire that lifts you from one realm, from one dimension of God’s creation, to another realm, and to the very highest realm where you become like God.

God is taking the dirt, and He is going to make the dirt immortal. Immortal Dirt – that’s what we are. He is going to make this dirt immortal, and out of the immortality of the dirt He says in 1 Corinthians 15:54, “And this mortal shall put on immortality when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption….”

This is the point in which you can’t be corrupted any more. When you have attained, you can’t be killed any more. And I am saying, brethren, it is just years down the road before this company of people walk into immortality. IF THAT IS THE CASE, WHY ARE WE SO WORRIED ABOUT NATURAL THINGS? We should be putting all of our hearts and souls INTO that immortal investment. Oh God, help us! God help us! Amen.

Let us go back to the fire. It fell three times. The first time it fell was when Moses obeyed God. He said, “Attend to every detail, every iota of what I tell you to do, DO IT, and build this TABERNACLE according to the pattern that I have shown you in the mountain.” (Exodus 25:9). The man could neither eat nor drink water for forty days while God was instructing his soul and engraving a pattern into his soul. God was drawing a pattern of a building that he should make into his soul, so Moses could not forget one detail of what God had said. Then when Moses instructed the children of Israel and said, “Do this”, or “Do that”, and somebody said, “Well, I can do it another way,” Moses replied, “NO! Throw it away. Do it this way.” Because God told him how to make the tabernacle.

I wonder, “Why?” “Why?” “Why did God go through so many details to make the tabernacle?” No man knew. It was one of the mysteries and one of the secrets. But when Moses did it, the Bible says, “When he finished the work, he dedicated it to God.” He said, “Lord, here is what you told me to do.” And God said, “Amen.” And when God said, “Amen,” fire fell down from heaven, and burnt up the wood. The fire then remained in that tabernacle for 490 years. (Exodus 40)

Nadab and Abihu came in and they messed around with God’s fire. They took fire from their house, brought it into the tabernacle and put it on God’s fire. Then they went into the Holy Place and lighted the lamp with their fire. After that they went to the Altar of Incense but an explosion occurred and it killed them right there, it struck them dead. (Leviticus 10) And you wonder, what is this that God is talking about?

God is saying that no “strange fire” must come into His tabernacle. No “strange fire” must come into the House of God.

(Excerpt from Breaking Through the Veil, a message given in July 2006 in Illinois)

Thought for today: Let us put all of our hearts and souls into the immortal investment and not be worried about natural things. God will take care of everything we need.

God Is Creating a People

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Scripture reading: Colossians 2:9-12

I have heard God speaking in our congregation in our songs, and in prophetic words. We thank God that there is prophesy in the Body of Christ in the midst of us; that God is speaking through the Body in prophesy. You see, God created a prophetic ministry so that the prophesy would be given to the Body. I don’t know if you understand it. The minister ministers to the Body and then the Body ministers. The end result of the ministry is for the Body to minister. The prophetic ministry will be abolished one day. The apostolic ministry will be abolished. All of the other ministries will also be abolished. But guess what we will be? When God abolishes the ministry, the WHOLE BODY will become the ministry, and then you will turn around and minister to the world. This is what God is training you for – to minister to the whole world; to bring the world alive! Because death will not triumph over God’s creation; God’s creation must triumph over death! So that there is no way that Satan is going to have anything near a victory, and we are the people who God is training to use. Now when I say, “We are the people”, please believe me, that WE ARE THE PEOPLE! I didn’t mean us, I mean WE.

In other words, God is creating a people to finish the job that Peter, Paul, James, John, and the apostles began. He is using a people to finish it. When God made Adam, He knew all the trouble that was going to come. He knew all of the destruction, but He looked at Adam and He said, “It is good.” (Genesis 1:31). It was a prophetic Word. God said that ‘it was good’, when it wasn’t good, but He saw things that are not as if they were. God saw that we would come forth and be victorious. So when we sing our songs about Zion, I wonder if we know what we are singing. We are singing about Zion, the very heights of God’s creation, that God is creating within you. You sing, “Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10).

God has not only given us the prophetic ministry, but He has also given us prophets. Prophets are people whose duty it is to prophesy. They have a job, and their job is to prophesy. But then the daughters of Philip prophesied, yet they were not prophets. But there was a prophet named Agabus. (Acts 21:9-10) So God is creating a prophetic nation, a prophetic body. He is creating an apostolic Body. You don’t have to worry about trying to be an apostle now. It is not your time. Your time will soon come when all the ministry of God will be incorporated in the Body, when God incorporates the Body with the fullness of Himself. The Scripture says that Jesus Christ was the “Godhead bodily” incorporated (Colossians 2:9); a walking, talking, God-man. He was the prototype of what God is making us to be.

You have to understand that I am not perfect, BUT I have a Spirit that is perfect. If I can only keep my ears and my heart to follow that Spirit, I will deceive you that I am perfect. I will act like I am perfect and some of you actually believe it. But it’s not true! NEVERTHELESS, I have a perfect Spirit and that is what you are seeing. Do you understand that I am talking about you? The same pertains to you!

(Excerpt from Breaking Through the Veil, a message given in July 2006 in Illinois)

Thought for today: God is training you to minister to the whole world, to bring the world alive.