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Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

But, whom say ye that I am?” was the question that Jesus Christ asked the brethren, the apostles in Matthew 16. They told Him what the people were saying. “They say that You are John the Baptist, or that You are Elias, or that You are Jeremiah.” What does that tell you? That tells you that the doctrine the people had was a false doctrine, because they believed in reincarnation. If you are telling me that John the Baptist, or Elias, or any other Christian who has passed on is returning to this life in another body, then you believe in reincarnation. Right away, Jesus and the brethren saw through it, that these people were all wrong. They were not recognizing Jesus Christ – Jesus, the Messiah. They were not recognizing Him as God in human flesh. God said that He will appear again; but they are not really believing it now either! They are not believing that you have Jesus in you. Now, do you believe it? If you do not believe you have Jesus in you, you are in trouble.

The people saw a man. They saw a flesh and bone blood man standing before them. “Who do you think I am?” Jesus asked.

You know, God called me. God sent me. God spoke to me personally and I never doubted who I was from that time until this. I never doubted who I am. So, God allowed various men to come against me. He allowed various organizations to come against me. He allowed all kinds of satanic forces to come against me, but it never fazed me.

Somebody asked me, “How do you survive? How do you function?” I came into a place like the United States, and went right contrary, opposite against the doctrines that were being preached in the churches. I have been kicked out of church, after church, after church. On one occasion, when they kicked me out, a brother was sympathizing with me. I said, “Brother, you are wasting your sympathy. Go and sympathize with the people who missed the opportunity of having the Word of God preached to them.” He said, “No, you can’t be serious! You can’t really mean that!” I said, “That’s exactly how I feel; that’s exactly what I mean and exactly what I know.” Do you know why? Because, I know who I am. I know when Jesus called me and said, “I want you to go and preach the Gospel to My people.”

Black churches have called me. They said, “We want you to work with us. We want you to be our apostle. You do not have to worry about money or anything. We will just make you number-one man.” I said, “I am already called and sent.” They never understood me. I said, “I am already called and sent; and I am sent to God’s people. I am not sent to anybody with any special color! Anywhere God’s people are, those who will hear the word of the Kingdom, there I will go.”

I think God laughs at people who see color and all that sort of things, because we should know that God does not have a color. I understand He does not have a skin. Your color is in your skin, and if He does not have any skin, He cannot have a color. The carnal man will always think of a carnal God to satisfy his own carnal nature.

Let us try to think of God. We asked God to come and flow through us like a river. If God was a man, He could not flow through us like a river. He could not fill us, fill the whole earth, and fill the people in their various lands at the same time, and fill the whole universe! He could not do that. He would be restricted.

I want you to know that God is seeking a people at this time, and He wants volunteers. You are only going to fit the type for God to use if you can volunteer; and when you volunteer you have to volunteer everything – everything you have, everything you own, everything you are, and everything you ever hoped to be. That is what He wants! That is what will qualify you to be part of the Firstfruits company! That will qualify you to stand with Jesus on mount Zion! That will qualify you to receive the name (or nature) called “144,000” (Revelation 14:1).

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 1997, pg. 6-8)

Thought for today: Who do you say Jesus is? When you are able to answer this question, consider honestly before the Lord whether you have volunteered everything to God in order to qualify to be part of the Firstfuits company.

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Scripture reading: Hebrews 11:8-10

We are now entering into the end of the Great Tribulation, which is the worst part of the tribulation and when many things are going to happen, like losing our houses, our bank accounts, and our present way of life that we know and love so much. In this time, we must still hold fast to the promises of God and carry on His work for the deliverance of men. God is strengthening us at this time in our walk with Him. God is not expecting us to do it by our own will, but He is expecting us to believe Him.

Somebody was sharing about Abraham and depicted him as an ordinary person, which he was. But at the same time God testified of him several times in the Scriptures that “Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.” Abraham was righteous in his generation, although the requirements in his day were not what God would require of us today. The Blood of Jesus was not yet shed and the Holy Ghost was not yet given. How blessed we are!

In order for us to be found in the same heavenly places where faithful Abraham was, we have to be part of what the Bible calls the Firstfruits company. Some of us might be saying to ourselves, “I do not know if I am in the Firstfruits company. I do not know if I am worthy. I do not know if I will make it. I probably am not because I slipped and fell last week, and nobody knows. The people in church do not suspect that I get mad sometimes, and curse other times, etc., etc.” All these thoughts are designed by the devil to convince us that we are not of God. But the truth is that for us to be worthy, we only have to trust God. God has a different design. God’s design is that by faith we can lay hold of His promises and that by faith we can enter into His everlasting Kingdom. If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ; and with the remission of sins comes purity and holiness.

God is not asking you to do it by your integrity or by your own personal character. God is asking you to put your character, integrity and abilities aside, by faith lay hold of the promises, and like the publican (Ref. Luke 18:13) to drop on your knees and admit your unworthiness. Ask God to help you and to save you from the traps and snares of the devil; and say, “Lord, I believe; help Thou my unbelief.”

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, April 1997, pg. 14-15)

Thought for today: Remember it is by faith that we can lay hold of His promises and by faith we can enter into His everlasting Kingdom.

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Scripture reading: Psalm 48:1-2

Have you ever wondered why God’s city is called “mount Zion”? The only language that God made directly was the old Chaldean tongue to which the Hebrew is the closest version. The letters of the Hebrew alphabet are also numerals, so that Aleph would be number one; Beth, number two; Gimel, number three, etc. The seventh letter is Zain and the numerical value is seven. This letter in its spiritual meaning is the perfection of God. Throughout the Bible, God speaks of “Zion” as an elect people, through whom He will manifest His glory in the earth at the end of time. This is referring to the same people who Paul calls the “firstfruits” in I Corinthians 15:23, and who John, in the Spirit, refers to in Revelation 14:1-5. These people are ordained of God never to fail.

“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:1-5).

I like to read stories of people who never fail. Some time ago, I came across a little booklet entitled, “By Fire and by Sword.” It speaks of a great fighter who was in the army of Napoleon. When Napoleon and his army were finally beaten, this man went home to his little lodge a broken man. He had one son and he began to train this boy to use the sword. He was schooled and strengthened until he became a superb swordsman. As an old experienced soldier, he knew that there was no man in France who could handle a sword better than this young man whom he had trained. At that time, France was like the Wild West, but instead of the gun, men were using the sword.

The day came when he packed up the boy’s things, saddled up his horse, and sent him forth. All along, he knew that the boy was going to be passing through enemy territory, and that surely the great swordsmen of that place were going to attack him. They acted true to form and challenged the young swordsman. The young stranger made short work of all his opponents that day. It did not take long for all of France to hear of him. Eventually, he became the friend of the King, and the story goes that he was never beaten, even when the odds were ten to one. God has a Zion company, an elect army that will never be defeated! 

It would be a pleasure for you to look up all that God says about Zion in the Scriptures, such as:

Psalm 50:2, “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.”

Psalm 69:35, “For God will save Zion and will build the cities of Judah.”

Isaiah 2:3, “For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”

Amos 1:2, “The LORD will roar from Zion and utter his voice from Jerusalem.”

All these prophetic utterances from the Old Testament are referring to a people who will find their fulfillment in Christ. A little people (like Gideon’s 300) who will be the overcomers, conquering death as Jesus Christ Himself did, and who will be the firstfruits unto God.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, June 1996, pg. 8-9)

Thought for today: Do you want to be part of God’s Zion company? If yes, then count your cost and set on a journey that leaves no place to the world and the flesh but presses you to take up your cross and follow Him Who has gone before you.

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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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