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Scripture reading: Revelation 15:2

The word “Image” as mentioned in Revelation 15:2 has to be explained so that we can understand what the passage really means to us today: God created man in His IMAGE to look like Him – intellect, love, will, etc. He gave us free will so that we could become like Him (in His likeness). When man fell, he became like Satan, the beast that was wounded by a sword. The wound of the sword of Calvary was fatal and deadly and he could not have survived but for the fact that the church gave him life which was given to them, even as Adam did in his fall.

The image has three parts to it: (1) The image in our minds, (2) The image in the world, and (3) The image of a man to be yet manifested. I will explain simply: The picture of Jesus Christ which most of us have hanging on our walls is, for the most part, the image of the antichrist (Ninus). This was conjured up long ago in ancient Babylon and handed down to us via the Roman and Eastern churches. For this cause God told us in the word not to make any graven image of God. Again he told us that when he appears, we shall be changed to be like Him, therefore we should not believe if any one tells us that “here is Christ, or there.” In spite of the word which is clear and simple, there are those who are looking for Christ to appear before us one day. When the antichrist manifests in person therefore, he will not have much trouble with convincing Christians, if he had a miraculous appearance in the form which they already conceive in their minds. For the Buddhists he would appear as Buddha; for Islam as Muhammad; for the Africans as some god like the Maami spirit (mermaid), for India some Guru or Kamaswari or other popular one of their millions of gods.

In the light of what modern technology can do I would not be surprised is Satan is not planning to project some three dimensional laser figure to convince the religionists of an image that will speak and punish unbelievers.

We must remember: The victory over the image is in the heart of the believer.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, May 1986)

Thought for today: Let us gain the victory over the image of the beast so that we would be true overcomers.

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Scripture reading: Romans 8:29-30

Let us read in Romans 8:29, “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” 

You may ask, “So, Brother duCille, you start preaching predestination now?” Oh yes!

  • predestination to be saved;
  • predestination to be sacrificed;
  • predestination to be glorified;
  • predestination to be just like Jesus Christ.

That is your (our) predestiny.

You ask yourself a question, “So then the other poor guy out there, who is lost, is not predestined at all? He is lost and therefore he was predestinated for hell?” It is a fallacy. Let us look at who were predestined.

Romans 8:30, “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called.”

Have you ever heard anybody boasting about his call? The truth is you are called before you are saved. For them whom he called, He justified. He made them just as if they had never sinned. When did that happen? When they accepted the call. But let us search the Scriptures and see who God has called for we will find out that He called everybody.

John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Verse 8 and 9 says, “He (John) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”  We see here that the words light, Word and Jesus are synonymous.

Did you ever think of it that no human being can go to hell unless he has met Jesus and rejected Him? Did it ever occur to you that no human can ever go to heaven unless he has accepted Jesus?

Turn your Bibles to John 3:17-19, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”

What is the condemnation? That light (the same light we read about in John 1 – the Word, Jesus) has come into the world and men reject Him. But if a thing has never been presented to you how could you reject it? Jesus stands at the crossroads of all humanity. Here we find millions and millions of people being born without knowing Jesus. It is God’s responsibility to reveal Himself to them and to you! All of your responsibility lies in the area of receiving or accepting that which God gives. And every sinner must have a revelation of Jesus Christ before he can go to hell.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, February 1978)

Thought for today: We were all predestinated to be conformed to the image of God’s Son. Let us fulfill our responsibility and accept that which God has given.

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