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Scripture reading: Romans 8:19-23

I Thessalonians 4:16, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the Dead In Christ shall rise first.”

If this passage stood alone then it might not have carried out the point of the dead in Christ so strongly, but in the light of several other scriptures, it is definitely saying that the “dead in Christ” are the First Resurrection.

I Corinthians 15:22-23, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.”

This passage was dealing with the resurrection of the dead and verse 23 tells us that there will be a certain order in the resurrection. All Christians will not be resurrected or changed at the same time, but there is a Firstfruits company which are those who are in Christ. This is the true meaning of this passage. You will notice that it did not say Christ the firstfruit, but Firstfruits. We see here that the word Christ means the many membered Body of Christ with “the Head Jesus Christ” already risen and the Body now ready to come forth.

“If ye be then risen with Christ…” The only way we are risen with Christ is if we are part of His body.

Colossians 1:18, “And he is the head of the body the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead: that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

Revelation 14:4, “These are they which were not defiled by women (the false church); for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.”

This is the grandest of the grand prizes. The firstfruits being untouched by the tribulation will be the overcomers which Romans 8:19-23 talks about. They will overcome first their own soul nature, then the world and the Devil. The last victory they will gain will be over death even as they are changed or resurrected to immortality and incorruption. When you overcome your mental attitude, your emotional yearnings, your self-will, and your human desires, through the Blood of Jesus Christ, then you have just begun to be an overcomer.

Nevertheless, the day that we make that covenant with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, that might well be the greatest day of our lives.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, August 1984)

Thought for today: Let us therefore make the Covenant to Go the Whole Way with Christ – to follow the Lamb withersoever He goeth.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 20:4

In the millennium the gospel will be preached to the people, and with the LACK of a tempter and an accuser and a coercer and one that plays tricks upon humanity to get him to sin. That is, in the absence of this thing, man will have a much better chance to know God and to see heaven and to live in Christ. This will happen for “a thousand years.” This thousand-year period is THE SABBATH.

God took six days in which He did His work, and on the seventh day He rested. Everything that God made and began to make in each of those six days was completed (came to fruition) in the same day, in the thousand-year day. Remember, “one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). When the six thousand years are over, the completed man will come forth in God. This means in our time. THIS MEANS NOW! We are way up there at the end of the sixth day, and we are about to come to the dawn of the seventh day. Remember, the day begins in the evening. “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31b). The evening of the sixth day is actually the beginning of the seventh day. As the seventh day begins, it goes into darkness, and then it comes with light blazing forth. This darkness that we are about to go into, this final phase of darkness (for we are now in the darkness) is going to bring us to the brink where midnight passes over and the day begins to dawn.

The last phrase of Revelation 20:3 says that after this millennium, in the eighth day, the devil “must be loosed a little season.” We do not know how much time that “little season” will be. Really at this point of time, it does not really concern us; it is not really a part of our gospel to even understand what is going to happen on the eighth day, although it might well be here in Scripture.

Revelation 20:4, “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

The Word is talking about a group of people who will live and reign “with Christ (for) a thousand years.” This group is the Firstfruits company or the Man child company.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 98-99)

Thought for today: Strive to be part of the Firstfruits company that will reign and rule with Christ for a thousand years.

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Scripture reading: John 9:4

We as a people of God are called to allow the Holy Spirit work in the midst of our soul. He is making us conscious of sin; He is making us to walk right and holy. You must allow the Spirit of God move in your mind, emotions, will, and desires. Oh, yes! In your desires. Do you know what that means? Do you love chocolate? Let’s say you have a desire, a yearning for chocolate, but when you go to buy the chocolate, you remember that there was a little hungry person in India that needed that money. You know that you are only wasting it to eat more chocolate, and you say, “I had better give to that person.” Now this would mean that your desires are under the control of the Spirit. You must have God in your desires. When you go to the market place to buy, you must have God in your desires. There is a pair of shoes for so much money. You put on those shoes and walk around and you want to buy them, but there is another pair for half the price, it just does not have the brand name on it. So you decide to buy the other pair and send the rest of the money to somebody in Russia, or some other mission field.

There are places where brethren are moving on and taking up the gospel. Brethren, I am saying that we should be a part of it! This is what God is anointing a people for—to break the yokes, to help people! The field is wide open and it will not be for long. I am saying that when you think of these things, you see there are things that you do not really need, but that you buy just because you are part of the American or any other culture: You have to look like them; you have to behave like them; you have to spend like them. You spend money and you do not consider that God gave you that money for a reason! 

I have been preaching for many years that God has called His people to save the world. But I know that many times I have been talking to a lot of “unconscious” people. A lot of the brethren are not conscious of what we are! God has called us to save the world! I do not know if you know that.

You are there considering, “Oh, Brother duCille says that we are the greatest. We are the top! We are Number One!” If you are Number One, then act like Number One! Number One will lay down their lives for the brethren! If you want to be Number One, then God said, “Be the slave” (Matthew 20:27). Lay down your lives for the brethren! Then you will be the “Firstfruits Company,” quality goods.

There is something I have recently found out. I always thought, and probably some of you think the same thing, that the Firstfruits Company were those that were gathered first in the harvest. But God reminded me that the firstfruits are gathered right from the beginning to the end of the harvest. Firstfruits mean the “best” fruits. When the Jew was going through his harvest and gathering his firstfruits, he would see the lovely, luscious ones, and he would put them aside. All that went to God. The best ones went to the temple.

We were dealing with grapefruits and oranges in our lives. And we found out that some of the best grapefruits came at the end of the crop! They were the best part of the crop, but came at the end of the crop! Therefore, God is saying to you that if you want to be “firstfruits” with God, you need to be the diligent ones, the ones that will lay down their lives for God’s people!

What am I saying, brethren? I am saying that midnight is here, and Jesus said, “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: THE NIGHT COMETH WHEN NO MAN CAN WORK” (John 9:4).

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 25-26)

Thought for today: Work the works of God. The time is coming when you are going to lose the privilege of doing for God what God wants you to do for Him now.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 25:1-10

Let us go once again to Matthew 25. Some time ago, we brought the thought about “dead men walking.” It means people who are in the church (they seem to be alive and yet they are dead), but who will be out of the church at a certain time. We have already talked about people losing their salvation, but there is another set of losers in the church who will not lose their salvation, but they will lose their calling. I will tell you why.

Matthew 25:1-4, “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. AND FIVE OF THEM WERE WISE, AND FIVE WERE FOOLISH. THEY THAT WERE FOOLISH TOOK THEIR LAMPS, AND TOOK NO OIL WITH THEM: BUT THE WISE TOOK OIL IN THEIR VESSELS WITH THEIR LAMPS.”

Verses 7-8, “Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.” You cannot give anybody the Holy Ghost, no matter what you do. There are some people today laying hands on other people and saying they can give them the Holy Ghost so that many talk in tongues; but they do not have the Holy Ghost.

Verse 9, “But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.” Who is it that sells? Well, somebody says, “Jesus,” but in this sense here, they were going out into the darkness to get hit; that was going to bring them to their knees and give them the necessary deliverance they needed.

Verse 10, “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”

I want you to understand what we are talking about. We see people—some of us—who will not be included in the firstfruits company. A lot of people feel that I use that as a baton over their heads, as a weapon. I do not use it as a weapon. I would, however, love to frighten you into doing the right things. Oh, yes! I am not above frightening you. You see, I have tried everything, but you will not get frightened.

God is saying that some of us will not be included in the firstfruits company because the ones who are included in the firstfruits company are those who are diligent and obedient!

That is very simple. You do not need any great spirituality. All you need is humility to obey God. Yes! When the Lord speaks, you obey; and if you will obey God’s Word, God will put you in, because it says about the wise virgins (those who obeyed and gave themselves to God’s purpose) that they had oil in their lamps and OIL IN THEIR VESSELS.

Let me explain that to you: “Oil in your lamp” is “the Spirit of God in your spirit.” Proverbs 20:27 says that “…the spirit of man is the candle (lamp) of the LORD…” That means that man’s spirit is a lamp (because lamps hold oil) that holds the oil of the Holy Ghost; and when there is oil in your spirit, the Holy Spirit moves into your soul (vessel). When you are in the Spirit you can prophesy, you can do great things, you can dance, you can sing, you can tell people what is going to happen tomorrow—but all that does not pay you if you do not have this movement of God in your own soul. It is only when the Spirit of God is working in your conscious mind, making you to be conscious of sin and walk right and holy, and that same Spirit working in your emotions, in your will, and in your desires, that it is adding oil to your vessel that is going to be able to sustain you in the hour of the greatest darkness.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 24)

Thought for today: The ones who are included in the firstfruits company are those who are diligent and obedient.

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Scripture reading: 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Let us look little closer at 2 Timothy 3. It says in verse 1 that “in the last days perilous times shall come…” Now, we are in the “last days” and we are in “perilous times.” In other words, we are no longer reading, “…perilous times shall come,” but we are saying, “perilous times have come!”

Verse 2 says, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” Disobedient to parents. You know, some people have been disobedient to their parents and have never repented. They come to the church—they accept Jesus, and Jesus touches them and anoints them; but they still have the rebellion inside them! Get the rebellion out! You cannot be part of the firstfruits company with rebellion.

I do not know if you understand, but there are certain things that you can have in your life, and they do not disqualify you as a Christian since Christians are not perfect people. But there are certain things that will disqualify you from being a part of the firstfruits company. God is making an army to stand up under very severe circumstances and eventually give their lives for the church! The church cannot stand as it is, because it is incorporated with sin—sins of different types. The present day church cannot stand in the final battle, therefore God is taking some people out of the church; He calls them the “elect” (“eklektos” in the Greek). They are the “called out” of the “called out,” and He is molding them, beating them together, and beating them into shape!

Have you been beaten? Well, you need some more. Believe me, if you think you have been hit or you have been beaten, you are going to have some more—in order that you might be that people!

The Word of God says that there is a people, and I will call them the “Holy of Holies” people, though we are not there yet. I trust you will forgive me that I call them the Holy of Holies people. You are designated to be there, but you are not there yet. God has called us to the Holy of Holies, and we are to be molded, and beaten, and bruised until we rise above the normal, human, natural concept! We are going to rise in our minds! We are going to rise in our spirits! We are going to rise in our souls into heavenly places! Oh, yes! I am not a commoner, because I do not want to be! I do not have it in me. I want to be like Jesus Christ!

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

Thought for today: Remember, God has called you to the Holy of Holies and He is molding you, and beating you, and bruising you until you rise above the normal, human, natural concept and become part of the firstfruits company.

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