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Scripture reading: Romans 8:22-28

Revelation 8:3 says, “And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.”

The concerted prayer of the people of God and the cry of the people of God is coming from the whole earth and is coming up before God. God has ordained a special angel to present this. Let me show you exactly what happens to the prayers of the saints.

Romans 8:22-23, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” It is a cry for His kingdom to come, His will be done, in our earth even as it is done in heaven. Verses 24-26, “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit (not just the saints of God, but the Spirit of God, the Holy Ghost in us) also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

God is Himself causing us to pray the right prayer. The Holy Spirit within us is groaning and causing us to groan and pray the right prayer to God so that the kingdom of God might come in the realm of earth even as it is in heaven.

Romans 8:27-28, “And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

Revelation 8:3b, “And there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints…” What is the meaning of that? In the Tabernacle, the priest offers the incense at the Golden Altar. THE INCENSE IS A TYPE OF THE SOUL OF MAN. He was offering his soul and the souls of the people for the sins of the people and his own sins.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 155)

Thought for today: Remember, God Himself is causing us to make right prayers through the groanings of the Holy Spirit within us.

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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: 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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