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Scripture reading: 1 John 3:2-3

Have you ever thought about the oneness of the church? Do you know what God is doing with us to make us one? Let me explain it to you. You see, when God is talking about walking with Him, He means taking it step by step by step. That’s how God designed it. When we start out our walk with the Lord, we are just creeping. I would say, “Brother Shepherd, how are you?” He would respond, “I’m just crawling.” I would say, “Brother, keep crawling! Don’t stop crawling!” But the story is that God gave the Blood of Jesus Christ, which is His Blood, in order for it to become a nexus, a joining between us.

Then, He gives us families. You see, I was as wild as they come. I had no intention of marrying, settling down, having a wife. First of all, I didn’t believe anybody loved me. But when God gave me a wife, especially a woman that loves God so much, so gentle, able to bear with some of my rough ways, and sometimes my misbehavior, I felt honored. And I still do! Honored beyond measure. You know, the marriage vow says to love, to cherish, and to honor. When a person turns to their wife or husband and says a rough word, something out of order, that honor is being breached. You don’t have the honor that you should have for her/him. But God is saying to us, “It is time now! It is a late hour. It is time now for you to grow up! For if you cannot be one with your wife/husband, you will not be one with My Body!

That is what is affecting the Body of Christ. There is no alternative. God is not giving you an alternative as to whether you want to or not. God has given you a wife, God has given you children, and He is making you. He is actually making you! You have to be made into what God wants you to be, for He says, “When He shall appear, you will be like Him” (1 John 3:2b).

One time, the Lord had been talking to me all night about love. And He had been showing me some of you. He had been saying to me, “Let us get back to our first love.” It is sometimes very easy to get used to the person. You get used to the people and forget that the first step in love is to love one another as Christ loved us and gave Himself for us.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2005, pg. 6-7)

Thought for today: Work on being one with your wife/husband so that you may be one with His Body.

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Scripture reading: Galatians 4:9-11

Let us talk about Babylon today. Modern Babylon, which I will compare point by point with the ancient Babylon, is hated of God. I cannot give you all the points, but I will give you some of them.

  1. Confession. In Babylon, the Chaldic mysteries demanded that there be priests who were the keys to these mysteries. The Chaldic priests were supposed to take confessions from the people. This gave them a certain amount of power over the people, because they knew everybody’s business. They knew who killed who, or who did this or that. They held these secrets as a means of power to force men to obey them. The mysteries of Babylon, therefore, were held by the keepers, the priests.
    So it is in our modern church system. There are churches that demand a certain amount of confession from their adherents. The Catholic Church says that in order to get forgiveness from sins, you must confess your sins to the priest and the priest must absolve you from the sins. This is entirely contrary to the Word of God. 1 Timothy 2:5, “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” The office of priest was immediately abolished when Jesus Christ came as a “mediator.”
    James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” This scripture did not say you must confess to a priest. If you confess to the priest, then the priest would have to confess back to you. “Your faults” mean when you do wrong against another, you must confess your faults to that one. There is no license here for having a confessor, a priest, to which people must confess their faults.
  2. In Chaldean rites, there was penance where people had to flagellate themselves, beat themselves over the back, and pay for their sins. Even now the Muslims beat themselves for the sins that they have committed. They must say, “It was my fault, it was my most grievous fault.” This practice is done also in the Catholic Church. Although some of us do not do this, secretly we believe that we have to pay somehow for our sins. God says that the Blood of Jesus Christ removes our sins far from us, “as the east is from the west,” and it will not come back to torment us. See Psalm 103:12. God takes away sin. Jesus Christ is the sin-bearer, and He takes away sin from those who repent of their sins.
  3. Under the Chaldic mysteries, there were holy days. Anyone found doing anything on those days, working or otherwise, would be slain. The Christian faith should have no holy days, according to the Word of God. In other words, we become holy by the coming of the Holy Ghost into the person, the individual. No day is holy, but every day is supposed to be kept holy by living holy unto God. In the modern church system, they also have holy days. They say that Sunday is a holy day and that you must keep Sunday. In history, many were maimed, killed, slain, and burned at the stake by the zealous inquisitors because they did not keep Sunday. Sunday was forced upon people by the law of the church that they should keep that day as a holy day.
    Galatians 3 begins with, “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Galatians 4:9-11, “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.” If you should go into the churches today and tell them that the Bible says that Sunday is not a holy day, you would most likely be thrown out. Yes, “the law was (a) schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ.” After we have come to Christ, we do not go back under the “schoolmaster.” See Galatians 3:24 and 25.

Brethren, let us consider these things as we present ourselves before the Lord so that we would be found free of Babylon, which is hated of God, both in our minds and daily operations.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 155-157)

Thought for today: Remember, after we have come to Christ, we do not go back under the “schoolmaster.”

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Scripture reading: Revelation 12:10-11

The reason we know that Satan’s head was bruised at Calvary is that the Blood of Jesus Christ WAS AND IS the key to the destruction of Satan. Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” You ask, how did Christ’s Blood overcome Satan? In Exodus 12, God told the Israelites to kill the lamb and put the blood on “the lintel and the two side posts” (over the post top and on the sides of the posts). When the evil spirits came, they could not enter the houses that had blood on the top and on the sides of their doors.

The reason is that the blood was put there BY FAITH. It was only the blood of an animal but with the faith in Christ that He would come and deliver them. The blood of the animal shone with the power of God from the door posts and the lintel so that it struck the evil angels which God sent into Egypt. It struck them and they had to flee from every house that had this blood and could only enter into the houses that were not protected by the blood.

The Blood of Jesus Christ becomes a weapon of warfare for the children of God. CALL UPON THE BLOOD, BRETHREN. Any time you are in trouble, call to God to send the Blood of Jesus Christ to stand up for you. You will see the power of God come to you, because the Blood is right here, right over us, hovering over us, waiting for us to utilize it for our defense. The Blood of Jesus Christ then became the weapon to the church that finally will destroy Satan and deliver the earth out of his hand. Praise be to God!

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 53-54)

Thought for today: Any time you are in trouble, call to God to send the Blood of Jesus Christ to stand up for you!

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Scripture reading: Matthew 13:3-4

We thank God for bringing us all through so many days of problems, days of suffering, and days of hope. The Spirit of God has brought us from many circumstances that could have been disastrous for us; from accidents that did not happen. Some of us have even been brought through accidents. But we thank God.

I was touched by the prayer of a brother one time where he thanked God for the little things—for the bread that we get to eat, and for the sun that shines. It was kind of a revelation to see that sometimes we take God for granted, and because we have these things so freely, we never seem to realize that we need to thank God for them.

Today, I want you to carefully assess how you have received the word. You see, while the word is going forth, there is an “anointing.”  By “anointing” we mean that the Spirit of God is touching your mind and saying something to you. So remember how you have received the word. Paul spoke of it, that you must remember how you received it, because when you step out, there are some agents that come into play. These are agents of deception, agents of the devil, thieves!

Do you know where the chief thief lives? The chief thief lives inside of you! Upstairs, in your mind! The chief thief of the Word of God is in your mind. It is human reasoning! Logic! Logic says, “Well, if this is this, then this is supposed to be that.” With logic you will come to a logical conclusion, which may turn out to be a lie.

Have you ever heard of a logical conclusion being a lie? You have a person saying, “Jesus Christ is the son of Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God, and therefore Mary is the mother of God.” The conclusion is a lie, because God was before Mary, and God made Mary, so Mary could not be God’s mother. Nevertheless, logic says, “Yes, she is.”

That which is “true” is not always “truth.” Truth is Christ! It may be true that a brother cheated on his income tax, but publishing the fact does not glorify God. It is not truth.

Matthew 13:3-4 says, “And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; 4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up.”

The word is in the mind, delivered by the messenger, but the black birds come in and take away the seed. I have known some people who act as these black birds. Read Leviticus 11 and you will find out that when it makes mention of predator birds, it is referring to people. Birds defy the forces of gravity and fly above earth, so they are a type of spiritual people. This chapter in Leviticus mentions the hawk, the cuckoo, the eagle, and others, and it says to us concerning these birds, “Do not eat them!” The word “eat” in Scripture means “become one with.” In John 6, Jesus said, “Eat Me, for My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.” When you eat Jesus, you become “one” with Jesus.

So, let us not become one with those who take away the seed of the word from us, but let us eat Jesus so that we would become one with Him.

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

Thought for today: Remember how you have received the word and don’t let the birds steal it from you.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 11:1-2

The outer court in this last-day church that we are looking at in Revelation 11:1-2 IS GONE. It is going to be gone. It will be “given unto the Gentiles” and they will “tread (it down) under foot forty and two months” – for three and a half years. There must be a reason, of course. The outer court is indefensible. God cannot defend the outer court. Why?

Let me explain to you what the outer court is. God told Moses to build a Tabernacle with a gate. This gate led into a big yard which was 100 cubits by 50 cubits. This yard had a fence around it and was called the outer court. In this place there was sometimes a lot of confusion with animals being killed and sacrificed, animals fighting for their lives, and men holding the animals, roping them onto the horns of the altar. Sometimes there was shouting and struggling in the outer court and a lot of blood. They would kill the animal and take out the guts and dung and wrap it into the skin of the animal and take that outside the camp to burn. It was not a nice smelling, beautiful place like a temple should be. The outer court was where all the preparation was made.

Let us now apply this to the gospel. The outer court church, therefore, is where the believer is being prepared to go into Christ. Some churches have camped in the outer court and have no intention of going any further because their doctrines say they have got it all. God is a God of progress. There was no way that God was going to give you everything at one time, and perfect you, in the outer court. When you accept Jesus Christ, you are fresh from sin, A FRESH SINNER. You come right into God and God washes you with the Blood of Jesus, but when He washes you with His Blood, He also has to LEAVE A SPACE for you to apply what He has given you, and for you to MAINTAIN the Christian, godly cleanliness which He gave.

Many brethren, after they accept Jesus as their Saviour, relax and do any old thing and feel that Jesus Christ will take care of it. One sister told me that she would divorce her husband and then go to God and pray about it. You cannot deliberately sin and go and pray about it. That is called presumptuous sin, and there is very little leeway for you to repent. You have to go down in sackcloth and ashes and repent of that sort of behavior before you can go any further in God.

The majority of the church is in the outer court. When we talk about church, when we talk about Christianity, the majority of Christians are in the outer court. There are two works of grace in the outer court. First, accepting Jesus’ Blood that was shed and giving our hearts to God. The second work of grace is beginning to clean up that which we have had from the world, which God came in to clean. He calls it baptism. At baptism, we have to die a death. Only salvation (accepting Jesus) is a free gift. You were as dirty, as wretched, as awful as a human being could be, in sin, and Jesus came and He applied the Blood and INSTANTANEOUSLY your sins were forgiven, but your NATURE was not completely changed. It has been arrested. The Blood of Jesus Christ is a tool given to you to clean up your mind, your emotions, your will, and your desires.

Some Christians let their emotions loose in a freedom that is not Christian. Even married people sometimes do not understand that they cannot behave any old way with their partners. They need to restrain and control and train their emotions and their desires and their will. The mind is not the mind of Christ. It is still the human mind. You have the tool to work it out and make it the mind of Christ. Consecration and sanctification are part of this cleaning.

The believer in the outer court is expected of God to prepare himself or herself for going into the holy place – to prepare himself or herself for going through the door, going into Christ, becoming a part of Christ’s body and a part of Christ’s function in the earth. Then you are really set to go places with God. However, if you have a doctrine that you must not receive the fullness of baptism (some say water baptism is not necessary), then you cut yourself off. Not being obedient to righteousness gives you nothing. You say that there is no baptism, and therefore you cuss, drink, commit any sin, and feel that you are all right because you have no covenant with God. Baptism is a covenant that the believer makes with God and it is permanent.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pg. 2-5)

Thought for today: Let us prepare ourselves in sanctification and consecration in order for us to go into Christ.

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Scripture reading: John 1:5

I was in India one time and, for some reason, I provoked the angel of death. I did not willfully do it; I just started to study about the Hindu god Kali and went into a store that had different images and other things. I said to the man, “I want to know something about this spirit called Kali.” He looked at me. I said, “Yes, do you have any literature here?” He replied, “Well, this is all I have,” and gave me a book. I paid him for it and man alive! The man was a worshipper of Kali! Without knowing it, I had gone directly to the priest of Kali and told him I was against Kali. When I went home, the spirit came in and attacked me. I grappled with him and started to speak, “In the Name of Jesus! I command you to lose your hold!” But it was ineffective. The spirit of God came to me and whispered in my right ear, “The Blood.” That is a different ball game! That is a higher level! You cannot talk to a spirit like this with just the words that might be powerful to some spirits. YOU HAVE TO GET UP THERE WITH HIM!

Brethren, I say it every time I preach to you. Get yourself trained in commanding the Blood of Jesus Christ. If you are not trained, then when you are in battle, you will not be able to remember it. Somehow or the other, the power of the spirit that is before you prevents you from reaching out to the Blood. That is, unless you are already in the Blood; unless you are already moving with the Blood!

You know, one time when I was a young man, God was teaching me the Gospel. I did not go to Bible school. I went to God’s school! As He was teaching me the Gospel, one of the things He taught me was the crucifixion. He said, “Come with Me, and let Me show you the crucifixion.” Have you ever taken your Bible, gone through the whole crucifixion and imagined what all happened there? He took me through the crucifixion and every step of the way I felt the pain, the suffering. I saw them dragging Jesus along. I saw Him with His hands tied and a man spit right in His face. He carried me to the cross, and I saw the Blood!

Do you know what happened, brethren? In India, when this prince of devils attacked me, I began to see the Blood again! My mind went back to the Blood of Jesus Christ. When you do that, you are LIFTED! Immediately, you are lifted into another realm! Yes! I said, “SMITE HIM, Lord!” The Blood smote him right in the middle of his head and he crumbled to the floor!

OH GOD, HELP US TO UNDERSTAND! HELP US, LORD, TO UNDERSTAND!

“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” (Ephesians 6:12).

The “DARKNESS…” Do you know what darkness is? It is opposite to light; but the darkness cannot overcome the light (John 1:5). Light overcomes darkness! I want you to understand that. Any time the darkness comes upon you, TURN ON THE LIGHT! Have you ever had a dream where you go to turn on the light, and the light won’t come on? You turn on the bulb, and nothing happens? God wants you to begin to practice to turn on the light! Hallelujah!

God is speaking to many of you. He is saying, “Turn on the light.” In other words, your mind is your eastern gate. And eastern gate is the gate through which God comes in. So many other things are crowding up in that gate, preventing God from coming through. Just begin to repeat the Word of God. Yes! “I am the Lord thy God, that brought thee out of the land of Egypt and out of the house of bondage.” Say, “I will have no other God beside You. You are my God. You are my Savior.” “Deliver me now from this darkness that is coming down upon my soul!” Amen! Begin to talk aloud! Begin to read the Bible. Sometimes your mind is so befuddled that you cannot remember words to say. Get the Bible! Read it!

Psalm 91:5-8, “Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 49-50)

Thought for today: We need to walk in the power that we have been given!

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Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 32:48-50

Let us look at the second dispensation – “the dispensation of the law.” In that dispensation, there was one man, Moses. I remember in my meditation one time how God showed me Moses. It is going to be something marvelous for us to see these men. Moses was a natural man, a man that had a bad temper, and yet he overcame. He overcame to the point where God said of him, “On all of the earth, there is no man like this man.”

And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face” (Deuteronomy 34:10).

When God has a testimony for you, when God can trust you: it must be something marvelous! I see somebody kneeling down today and saying, “My God! I want to be like that.” Amen! Yes! As I am talking to you, I see a sister kneeling down and saying, “God, I want to be like one of these men of God.”

But do you see that we have an inheritance that is above theirs? Did you know that? Let me explain it to you. Here in the dispensation of the law, Moses towed the line of the law with God and discovered something. He would be a dunce if he didn’t discover this. Some of us are dunces. Moses discovered that within every dispensation there was a hole, a place where you could escape through into God. In the previous dispensation, Enoch had found a hole and escaped into immortality. Now Moses wanted to find that hole through the law, and it was very simple. Moses (who was a type of Christ) was the only other person apart from the high priest who could make a sacrifice. Now, what about the situation of one offering the sacrifice and then dying on the sacrifice? For when you would offer the sacrifice, you were delivered from your sins by the type of the Blood of Jesus Christ. So then, if you were smart, you would make the sacrifice and then (although we do not control it) you would try to die right there so that you did not have the time to sin anymore; and so you would be sinless. You would go right up to God!

In the law, when the priest approached God, he had to have a sacrifice. He could not approach God without blood. “Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people” (Hebrews 9:6-7).

So then, we read in Deuteronomy 32 that God called Moses that he was going to die. Why do you think God would tell Moses exactly when he was going to die? It was because Moses had asked God for that “hole,” for that place of escape. God was not about to just hand it to him, but He made him find it. God did not tell him to do it. He just said, “Moses, go up into the mountains, and there you will meet Me, and there you will die” (see Deuteronomy 32:48-50).

You see, Moses never went to meet God without a sacrifice. You do not go to God empty-handed. You always go to God with a sacrifice. The Scriptures tell you that every time you go into the house of the Lord you should have an offering, a sacrifice. Hallelujah! We should use this example and pray for the remission of our sins every time we go before the Lord. Now, some of us feel that if we bring a good offering to God that this satisfies Him. But God wants your heart with the offering. He wants your heart along with it. So never come and throw your collection or give your offering to God without offering your heart to Him at the same time. Amen!

So, Moses took the lamb under his arm and up he went into the mountain. When he offered the sacrifice, he died right there on the sacrifice. And the Scriptures said that the angels came down and took his body (Jude 1:9). He escaped! He escaped the ritual of an earthly burial and his eulogy was sung by angels. Moses, therefore, escaped through the law.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 2003, pg. 8-10)

Thought for today: Remember never to give your offering to God without offering your heart to Him at the same time!

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