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Scripture reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Our Lord Jesus, in giving the brethren the sign of the end of the world and the return of Jesus Christ, told them in Matthew 24:15-16, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. Jesus was telling them THE TIME to flee out of the Babylonish system, the harlot system. “When ye…SEE the abomination of desolation…STAND (UP) in the holy place.” “Stand”(ing) means to take authority over “the holy place.” You and I know that the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed long ago. Shortly after Jesus spoke this, the temple was destroyed. Jesus knew that there would be no “holy place” in any temple in Jerusalem. That did not matter to Him, for He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” John 2:19. Verse 21,“But he spake of the temple of his body.He was talking about the church.

If the church is the temple that Jesus was talking about, then this church must have a holy place, as well as an outer court and a holy of holies. He is saying that it takes some understanding, some spiritual interpretation to interpret this. Some people today say that there must be another temple built in Jerusalem with a holy place where they will not be worshipping God, but still killing animals. They say that this temple is to be where the antichrist will appear. Those who say this are carnal. We have to look at the Word of God spiritually, especially here.

We are talking about the church. The church, therefore, has a holy place and this holy place is where the antichrist is going to set up his throne. If the church has a holy place, which church is it? What people would be called the holy place people? The outer court people can be identified as those people who are doing their own thing. They are building big churches, having thousands of people following them in the name of the Lord, but they are not following Jesus. They received salvation and the gifts of the Spirit, but they are using the gifts for their own profit. This is the outer court church.

The next church then would be the holy place church. This is the church that has the Holy Ghost, for the Holy Ghost comes into the believer to make the believer holy. God says that this church with the Holy Ghost, therefore, is the holy place church. The holy of holies church is that church which will go in and dwell in Christ and in the Father, and that is yet to be seen. Therefore, the church needs to flee higher.

What we are talking about now is where you should “flee” from and where you should “flee into.” If we are going to flee from someplace, we would have to flee from the holy place, because the Word says that the antichrist would set up his throne “in the holy place.” We would have to flee from the holy place church where we are now, with the gifts and the operations of the Spirit. The Lord is saying we must come up higher “into the mountains, into the BODY OF CHRIST OPERATION, which is a new operation. That is, as we saw it in Revelation 12, wherein the “woman,” the holy place church, was going to have a child. That child would be the “MAN CHILD” CHURCH. God is saying to flee from this low order of church operation into a higher order where God Himself directs every move of the church.

2 Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (or an apostasy first), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” This “falling away” is the word apostasy which means rebellion. That means that the church would rebel against its Lord, Jesus Christ as head, and they would accept the man of sin. If you would read the rest of the verses in context, this is exactly what it said. This “man of sin…sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 131-132)

Thought for today: God is saying to flee from this low order of church operation into a higher order where God Himself directs every move of the church.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 22:1-14

There are two words in the New Testament in the original Greek language that are translated as “church.” The first one is “ekklesia,” which means “called out.” The “ekklesia” are those who are the “called out.” If you are “called out,” you must be called out of somewhere to somewhere. You are called out of sin to an assembly of people who are walking in the Lord.

The other important Greek word for “church” is “eklektos.” It is translated into English in the King James Version as “elect” or “chosen.” In Matthew 22:11-13, we are told about a certain man who was cast out of the wedding feast. It says in verse 14, “For many are called (ekklesia), but few are chosen (eklektos).”

We are told by Jesus in Matthew 24:21-22, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s (eklektos) sake those days shall be shortened.” 

What is that? He said that if it were not for the “eklektos” (elect’s) sake, no human life, or plant life, or animal life would be left on earth! The earth would be a dead planet like Mars or the moon. What are we talking about? God said that something is going to happen down here that would destroy all living creatures and life from off the earth—but for a people who will stand in the way, the time of destruction shall be shortened! It means that there are some people who are specially anointed to stand in the breach and in the forefront; and God called them the “eklektos.”

If you are among that people, God will let you know. I asked God, “How will I know those to whom You sent me?” For you see, there is no mark on the people of God. But when I asked God, He told me. When I say God told me, I do not mean that I dreamt it. Sometimes God tells you things in a dream, but I mean to say that God stood before me and told me. He said, “Do not worry. You will know them, for they are the ones who will RECEIVE the word I have sent to them through you.”

Somebody is asking, “So then, Brother duCille, is it only you that has this word? What about the other people?”

Brethren, haven’t you heard this kind of question? Is it just I alone that has this word? The question is infra dig (beneath one’s dignity)! It belittles God. Even to ask the question is a belittling of God. You should have the answer in your heart. What kind of God do you have? A God so small that He takes one little man somewhere in the back woods, calls him and says, “You alone have the word now. Everybody has to bow to you.” That is nonsense! That is exactly what God does not want! That is exactly what God is against! God is against any one man having the whole word. For if any one man has the whole word everybody would be bowing to that one man. It would be counterproductive in that the man would usurp Christ. He would usurp Him, the very God that he is preaching!

I remember a story I heard about Brother Branham; it always impressed me. Branham was standing one day talking with a brother we personally know. Two brethren came to the door, knocked, and said they wanted to say a word to him. When they came in, they said, “Brother Branham, we have a great revelation!” Branham asked, “What is it?” They fell down on their knees and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the most high God!” Branham bawled. I understand he threw himself down to the ground, and said, “Take my life, God! The very thing that I am against has caught up with me.”

One day, I went into a Branham church down near Columbus, Ohio. They had a 2’ x 3’ picture of Branham up on the wall behind the podium, and beside it a picture of Jesus that was of the same size. Oh God, I was so grieved! I tried to speak to them, but they just heard with one ear.

Do you know what that means? The man had so much power that, I believe, God had to take him out of the way, because the people would believe in the power more than in God. They would take their eyes off Jesus Christ and look at the one man; and they would believe in the one man more than in the Lord.

In my speaking with Jesus Christ, in the days when He called me, God showed me that the word He was giving me was nothing but raw food; people do not eat raw food. He showed me that there were the people of God who would receive the word and be the cooks in the kitchen to prepare the food for the young ones as well as the adults. And the message they prepare is still the word of the Lord.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 7-8)

Thought for today: Let us strive to be part of the people who are specially anointed to stand in the breach and who are called the “eklektos.”

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Scripture reading: Matthew 24:19

Matthew 24:19, “And woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days!”

I just praise God and thank God that I do not have anything sucking my life out. Because, giving suck in the spiritual sense is a type of having something on you as a burden sucking life from you. God Almighty is saying that you must lay your burdens at the foot of the cross. Do not have anything that you will have to give suck at this time. It is not natural children He is talking about. Yes, you see, some of us have a child brain. Some of us ministers are preaching and supporting an organization behind us. We have a big thing going. And some of these brothers, I am sorry for them when I see them hauling a big tent around the country, because I know what a tent means. It means an everlasting burden. If you put it up, you have got to pay for it. If you use it, you have to hire a crew to man it, and you have to get a certain amount of offering or else you drop in a hole with your tent. You see, this is like some of the saints. Some of us have big things going that they have to support. When I was coming to the United States, I remember God making a covenant with me. He said, “You must have only one motive in going. If you have two motives, you must kill one and then you will have only one.” I abandoned the motive of looking after my business and now have only one motive — to bless God’s people.

You see, if a man preaches the gospel but has a motive to make a certain amount of money because he has bills to pay, he must make a certain amount of money. Then when God says, “Go over there to Timbuktu,” where there is no money and there are only two or three people, he cannot go, because he has to go where the crowds are. And you will find that some of the big evangelists are preaching, but cannot go to certain places. I remember one evangelist was asked to go to a certain place for meetings but he said that the only way he could go was if they could guarantee him $150 a day. You see what I am talking about? When you get like that, you have too many things sucking and you are not being in a position to be used in the maximum by God.

This is the kind of thing I am talking about. Some of us are not evangelists, but we have a lot to give suck. Move out. God is begging you in this hour, brethren, I am begging you in the name of Jesus Christ, get rid of your debts. If you cannot, do not panic. God will work it out. But those of you who can, get rid of it. Don’t go into debt at this time. It is the wrong time. That is the most I can say to you.

(Excerpt from With Clouds, pages 16-17)

Thought for today: Let us abandon the motive of looking after our business and let us have only one motive — to bless God’s people.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 24:21-27

Do you know that God’s plan is about to come to pass? Do you know what that means? That means that the worst is yet to come. If you believe that you have been tried and tested, if you have lived long to have some good sweet time, you are making a mistake. God is about to loose hell upon us as never was since God made man. Does that sound like good preaching? Please turn to Matthew 24 and read verses 21-27.

First of all, we read in Matthew 24 that there is going to be trouble such as never was since God made man until now, meaning to say that the holocaust will have been child’s play. All that Hitler, Stalin, the Catholic Church, and all the great killers did cannot be compared to what is about to happen presently.

You know, for years we have been preaching about things that are to come and then we could say, “They are coming.” But now I want to tell you, “It has come.” In other words, the devil is ready to loose all hell upon earth and God is holding him back. Why? Why is God holding back Satan at this time? But for the elect’s sake, He said He would shorten the time. Sin has come to its fullness; payment is overdue; the bailiff is waiting at the door to collect and God says, “You will not until I have finished sealing My servants.”

Brethren, we are being sealed with the truth. Remember now that we are sealed by the truth of the Holy Spirit. So the Holy Spirit is enlightening our minds and our understanding at this time, that we might understand what is about to take place.

In Psalm 91:1 He says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide (shall remain) under the shadow of the Almighty.” So that is what we are praying; we are praying that God would not only put His shadow over certain areas, but over all His people. It would not be the first time that God has done this. Can you imagine going through the desert with 3,000,000 people and thousands and thousands of cattle, sheep, and other animals? God held an umbrella of cloud over their heads. God was walking along with them. The slow ones, the little ones, He was walking along with them. If a little sheep were to stray out there in the desert, in half of an hour he would be dead. But instead a little cloud would detach itself and cover him. So when you lose your cattle, all you have to do is look up to see where the cloud is, and there is your cattle. I mean, it is amazing this God that we serve. He is so big and yet He is so small.

One time a brother was telling me about how his children lost their turtle. They prayed to God to tell them where the turtle was. Then, one of them made a drawing and when they finished the drawing, they saw that it showed exactly where the turtle was. They just followed the drawing in their yard to go to pick up the turtle. A big God does some little things. This is the Almighty God that we serve.

I am telling you this because this is what God told me to tell you. He will take care of you, He will protect you wherever you are. He will protect your little ones. Don’t be afraid. By faith begin to trust Him now for protection.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2011, pg. 7-10)

Thought for today: Allow God to seal you by the truth of the Holy Spirit and begin to trust Him for your protection.

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Scripture reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

Our Lord Jesus, in giving the brethren the sign of the end of the world and the return of Jesus Christ, told them in Matthew 24:15-16, “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains. Jesus was telling them THE TIME to flee out of the Babylonish system, the harlot system. “When ye…SEE the abomination of desolation…STAND (UP) in the holy place.” “Stand”(ing) means to take authority over “the holy place.” You and I know that the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed long ago. Shortly after Jesus spoke this, the temple was destroyed. Jesus knew that there would be no “holy place” in any temple in Jerusalem. That did not matter to Him, for He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up,” John 2:19. Verse 21,“But he spake of the temple of his body.He was talking about the church.

If the church is the temple that Jesus was talking about, then this church must have a holy place, as well as an outer court and a holy of holies. He is saying that it takes some understanding, some spiritual interpretation to interpret this. Some people today say that there must be another temple built in Jerusalem with a holy place where they will not be worshipping God, but still killing animals. They say that this temple is to be where the antichrist will appear. Those who say this are carnal. We have to look at the Word of God spiritually, especially here.

We are talking about the church. The church, therefore, has a holy place and this holy place is where the antichrist is going to set up his throne. If the church has a holy place, which church is it? What people would be called the holy place people? The outer court people can be identified as those people who are doing their own thing. They are building big churches, having thousands of people following them in the name of the Lord, but they are not following Jesus. They received salvation and the gifts of the Spirit, but they are using the gifts for their own profit. This is the outer court church.

The next church then would be the holy place church. This is the church that has the Holy Ghost, for the Holy Ghost comes into the believer to make the believer holy. God says that this church with the Holy Ghost, therefore, is the holy place church. The holy of holies church is that church which will go in and dwell in Christ and in the Father, and that is yet to be seen. Therefore, the church needs to flee higher.

What we are talking about now is where you should “flee” from and where you should “flee into.” If we are going to flee from someplace, we would have to flee from the holy place, because the Word says that the antichrist would set up his throne “in the holy place.” We would have to flee from the holy place church where we are now, with the gifts and the operations of the Spirit. The Lord is saying we must come up higher “into the mountains, into the BODY OF CHRIST OPERATION, which is a new operation. That is, as we saw it in Revelation 12, wherein the “woman,” the holy place church, was going to have a child. That child would be the “MAN CHILD” CHURCH. God is saying to flee from this low order of church operation into a higher order where God Himself directs every move of the church.

2 Thessalonians 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first (or an apostasy first), and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.” This “falling away” is the word apostasy which means rebellion. That means that the church would rebel against its Lord, Jesus Christ as head, and they would accept the man of sin. If you would read the rest of the verses in context, this is exactly what it said. This “man of sin…sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 131-132)

Thought for today: God is saying to flee from this low order of church operation into a higher order where God Himself directs every move of the church.

Read Full Post »

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Scripture reading: Matthew 22:1-14

There are two words in the New Testament in the original Greek language that are translated as “church.” The first one is “ekklesia,” which means “called out.” The “ekklesia” are those who are the “called out.” If you are “called out,” you must be called out of somewhere to somewhere. You are called out of sin to an assembly of people who are walking in the Lord.

The other important Greek word for “church” is “eklektos.” It is translated into English in the King James Version as “elect” or “chosen.” In Matthew 22:11-13, we are told about a certain man who was cast out of the wedding feast. It says in verse 14, “For many are called (ekklesia), but few are chosen (eklektos).”

We are told by Jesus in Matthew 24:21-22, “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s (eklektos) sake those days shall be shortened.” 

What is that? He said that if it were not for the “eklektos” (elect’s) sake, no human life, or plant life, or animal life would be left on earth! The earth would be a dead planet like Mars or the moon. What are we talking about? God said that something is going to happen down here that would destroy all living creatures and life from off the earth—but for a people who will stand in the way, the time of destruction shall be shortened! It means that there are some people who are specially anointed to stand in the breach and in the forefront; and God called them the “eklektos.”

If you are among that people, God will let you know. I asked God, “How will I know those to whom You sent me?” For you see, there is no mark on the people of God. But when I asked God, He told me. When I say God told me, I do not mean that I dreamt it. Sometimes God tells you things in a dream, but I mean to say that God stood before me and told me. He said, “Do not worry. You will know them, for they are the ones who will RECEIVE the word I have sent to them through you.”

Somebody is asking, “So then, Brother duCille, is it only you that has this word? What about the other people?”

Brethren, haven’t you heard this kind of question? Is it just I alone that has this word? The question is infra dig (beneath one’s dignity)! It belittles God. Even to ask the question is a belittling of God. You should have the answer in your heart. What kind of God do you have? A God so small that He takes one little man somewhere in the back woods, calls him and says, “You alone have the word now. Everybody has to bow to you.” That is nonsense! That is exactly what God does not want! That is exactly what God is against! God is against any one man having the whole word. For if any one man has the whole word everybody would be bowing to that one man. It would be counterproductive in that the man would usurp Christ. He would usurp Him, the very God that he is preaching!

I remember a story I heard about Brother Branham; it always impressed me. Branham was standing one day talking with a brother we personally know. Two brethren came to the door, knocked, and said they wanted to say a word to him. When they came in, they said, “Brother Branham, we have a great revelation!” Branham asked, “What is it?” They fell down on their knees and said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the most high God!” Branham bawled. I understand he threw himself down to the ground, and said, “Take my life, God! The very thing that I am against has caught up with me.”

One day, I went into a Branham church down near Columbus, Ohio. They had a 2’ x 3’ picture of Branham up on the wall behind the podium, and beside it a picture of Jesus that was of the same size. Oh God, I was so grieved! I tried to speak to them, but they just heard with one ear.

Do you know what that means? The man had so much power that, I believe, God had to take him out of the way, because the people would believe in the power more than in God. They would take their eyes off Jesus Christ and look at the one man; and they would believe in the one man more than in the Lord.

In my speaking with Jesus Christ, in the days when He called me, God showed me that the word He was giving me was nothing but raw food; people do not eat raw food. He showed me that there were the people of God who would receive the word and be the cooks in the kitchen to prepare the food for the young ones as well as the adults. And the message they prepare is still the word of the Lord.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, December 1997, pg. 7-8)

Thought for today: Let us strive to be part of the people who are specially anointed to stand in the breach and who are called the “eklektos.”

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Scripture reading: Matthew 24:19

Matthew 24:19, “And woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days!”

I just praise God and thank God that I do not have anything sucking my life out. Because, giving suck in the spiritual sense is a type of having something on you as a burden sucking life from you. God Almighty is saying that you must lay your burdens at the foot of the cross. Do not have anything that you will have to give suck at this time. It is not natural children He is talking about. Yes, you see, some of us have a child brain. Some of us ministers are preaching and supporting an organization behind us. We have a big thing going. And some of these brothers, I am sorry for them when I see them hauling a big tent around the country, because I know what a tent means. It means an everlasting burden. If you put it up, you have got to pay for it. If you use it, you have to hire a crew to man it, and you have to get a certain amount of offering or else you drop in a hole with your tent. You see, this is like some of the saints. Some of us have big things going that they have to support. When I was coming to the United States, I remember God making a covenant with me. He said, “You must have only one motive in going. If you have two motives, you must kill one and then you will have only one.” I abandoned the motive of looking after my business and now have only one motive — to bless God’s people.

You see, if a man preaches the gospel but has a motive to make a certain amount of money because he has bills to pay, he must make a certain amount of money. Then when God says, “Go over there to Timbuktu,” where there is no money and there are only two or three people, he cannot go, because he has to go where the crowds are. And you will find that some of the big evangelists are preaching, but cannot go to certain places. I remember one evangelist was asked to go to a certain place for meetings but he said that the only way he could go was if they could guarantee him $150 a day. You see what I am talking about? When you get like that, you have too many things sucking and you are not being in a position to be used in the maximum by God.

This is the kind of thing I am talking about. Some of us are not evangelists, but we have a lot to give suck. Move out. God is begging you in this hour, brethren, I am begging you in the name of Jesus Christ, get rid of your debts. If you cannot, do not panic. God will work it out. But those of you who can, get rid of it. Don’t go into debt at this time. It is the wrong time. That is the most I can say to you.

(Excerpt from With Clouds, pages 16-17)

Thought for today: Let us abandon the motive of looking after our business and let us have only one motive — to bless God’s people.

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