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Scripture reading: Psalm 91:9-10

I always used to wonder, “How can Brother Wilkerson give such words about destruction of New York and yet remain there?” Have you ever noticed it? He would give a word that New York was going to be destroyed; he saw the destruction going into New Jersey and yet he was sitting down right there in the middle of it. Why didn’t he move? But he finally gave us the reason – he believed God would put the shadow of His protection over certain people.

I remember one time a brother came to a certain place and prophesied over that place that it was a place of refuge. It means that the shadow of the Almighty will cover His people at midnight, in the darkness. But you must believe it! You may be sitting beside someone who is in the Holy Place or Holy of Holies while you are in the Outer Court. God said to leave the Holy Place and run for the Holy of Holies! That is why we sing “flee to the mountain top.” You could be sitting down beside someone in the Holy Place but if you are in the Outer Court, you will be wiped out and the person left sitting there.

I never forgot what happened to us in Nairobi, Kenya. We were there when the terrorists put a bomb in that government building and blew the whole building out. Only skeleton of it was left. But guess what? There was a desk that was left in the center of the room; everything else was gone only one desk sitting down there. That night we went to church and here comes this sister. She had a little scratch on her forehead. She was praising God because she had been sitting at her desk when the bomb blast killed everybody else around her; she was left alive. Amen.

I am saying that God is mighty to save. God is able, glorious, but guess what? You have to be in the Holy Place, you have to be in the Holy of Holies, the place of refuge. Do you know why? The place of refuge is obedience to the Spirit. If the Spirit of God tells you to run and you say, “Oh, no, I’ll sit down, God will take care of me,” then you are a goner; you are in the Outer Court. Do you understand? So then, the people who are righteous are not righteous because they are better than the other people who are not righteous. They are righteous because they are obeying God and the other person is not obeying God.

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 2009, pg. 26)

Thought for today: God is mighty to save but you have to be in the Holy Place, you have to be in the Holy of Holies, the place of refuge.

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Scripture reading: John 9:1-7

One night the Lord came to me and began to teach me a lesson, which went through the whole night. He was talking about our ability to see, about our vision. He showed me that something is wrong with our vision. The Holy Spirit gives us vision and lets us see, but different things in our lives interrupt the sight and the vision so that we see half-way or wrong in some way. God is saying to us that we need to repair our vision.

The Lord began to show me certain things. When Jesus met the blind man, He spat on the ground, mixed it and put it on the blind man’s eyes. Very unusual. It was as if God used the way He had created Adam to recreate eyes in the man. You know we have a little song that we sing – Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right spirit within me. Somehow or the other, I can see God saying to us that some of us have such damage to our eyes that we are totally blind and need a new creation. We need to allow God to create new eyes in us. Hallelujah. Jesus said yet to another blind man, “Receive thy sight,” and he received his sight.

Then there was Samson who got himself involved with the harlot. He was so blind to the fact that she wanted to kill him and was kind of assisting her. It went on and on until she finally got him to tell her the secret that if his hair was cut he would lose his strength. Now, you would ask the question, “Why would he tell her that?” Let us look at the story. Samson had a problem with women and it disturbed his ability to see God. Judges 16:4, “And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.”

I want you to understand, your Bible is a very peculiar book. When you see that it mentions that the woman lived in a valley, immediately something should rise in you as you read your Bible. “He went to a woman in the valley of Sorek.” The moment you see that it said that it was in a valley, you know that the man was going down, stepping down from the standard of righteousness which God had given him, which God has created that man should live in. In other words, every man must have a certain amount of control over his own body.

Now, what made Samson always go after harlots? Did you notice it? This was not the first one. Every one he went after was a harlot. He had a problem. I am saying that this problem exists in the church, in the Body.

We know that the Outer Court will soon be trampled under foot. This means everything carnal, everything natural will be under judgment. Now, if I am a spiritual man but am carnal, I am under judgment. I might believe I am in the Holy Place because the Holy Spirit is in me. NO! The Holy Spirit can be in me and I am not in the Spirit. You can have the Holy Spirit and not be in the Holy Spirit.

The five foolish virgins had everything as far as equipment was concerned that the five wise had, and one little detail that was major. The detail is to have the God that is in the universe, the God that built the universe, the God that you have in your spirit, to have Him in your soul. This is the same God that speaks in tongues, that delivers His Word, and that manifests Himself to us as we sing.

The man Samson had a problem and the problem was one that would make a person be in the Outer Court, though your place is in the Holiest of All. God gives us the ability to be in the Holiest of All with Christ Jesus Himself and we choose to be in the Outer Court because of our carnal appetite! Brethren, do you know why God leaves your carnal appetite with you? God could take it away and kill it and just leave you happy and free. But He left your carnal appetite with you to give you an opportunity to kill it, to control it, to exercise the power of life over the power of death, the power of the love of God over the power of the love of the world. Do you hear me? He leaves you free to exercise the power that God has given you over the carnal realm. We know He said to Adam, “Take charge of the carnal realm. This is your duty, this is your power, and this is your privilege. You take charge of the carnal realm.” Did you hear the word that He used? Dominion! God didn’t say that we should have dominion one over another. You must not dominate another human being. God said to Adam, “Dominate nature! Dominate the world.” Glory to God. “Dominate the circumstances!”

(Excerpt from Keeping in Touch, May 2009, pg. 24-25)

Thought for today: God left your carnal appetite with you to give you an opportunity to kill it, to control it, to exercise the power of life over the power of death, the power of the love of God over the power of the love of the world.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 11:1-3

Did you know that all of the mighty deliverances that you have read about in your Bible are about to happen to you? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob is our God. He has never changed and He will never change. He promises you protection; hold onto that. Praise God.

The reason why the Bible says, “If anyone says that Jesus is out there, don’t go,” is because the first appearing of Jesus is in our souls, it is not out there (Matthew 24:23). Please believe me that we are not much and God wants us to acknowledge that nothingness in order that we might be able to trust Him for everything. Do you see what I am saying? He wants us to put the flesh down. The carnal things, the human operations, the power that we have, put it down. It is not going to stand in the day of battle, but the God in you is going to stand. This is the reason why God said not to believe that Jesus is out there, because Jesus is coming in you.

Look at Revelation 11. There is going to be trouble. People are going to be killed. There is a flock of the slaughter that is now being fattened for destruction (Zechariah 11:4, 7). Revelation 11:3, And I will give power unto my two witnesses… But verses one and two tell us that one section of the church will be trampled under foot. When we look at the Outer Court of the Tabernacle, we can see that it is the place where the people of God do not have the infilling of God. So any church that doesn’t believe in the baptism of the Holy Ghost is a church that is in the Outer Court. Read in Revelation 11:2 what it says about the Outer Court. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. When God speaks of 42 months, He is talking about a lunar year. Lunar means the moon going around the earth 42 times, 42 new moons. He says that they are going to be trampled for 42 moons.

But then He says in verse 3, And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days. When you speak of days, you speak of a solar year. It means that the sun will be rising and setting for a thousand two hundred and sixty times. Basically that will be three and a half years. He is talking about lunar years, too.

If this is so, you ask yourself the question, “When is this going to take place?” We hear that there are riots in Iran. Iran was a trigger that Satan was about to use to trigger this war. The riots in Iran are preventing Satan from pulling the trigger. You notice the little things that will happen to hold back, which are giving us time to prepare.

You have to be prepared in your mind; that is the chief preparation. God might speak to some of you about saving some food, water, solar energy and things like that. As sons of God, you should be well advanced in doing these things.

Somebody says, “But we are sons of God; we don’t have to make any preparation.” Sons of God obey God. If God tells you to jump, you jump. If He tells you to sit down, you sit down. That is the difference between the righteousness of this time and the past righteousness. You see, the righteousness before Jesus came that brought the Holy Ghost was that men would do certain things. They would read their Bible so many times a day, pray so many times a day, do this, do that, or do that. Now righteousness is doing what God wants you to do when He wants you to do it. So when the Holy Ghost wanted them to go into the corn field on the Sabbath day, they did it. They didn’t care about the law, as you know.

Can you understand then, what makes you righteous now? It is obeying the Holy Spirit. That is what makes you righteous now. So then, as righteous people, we are going to walk according to the plan of God and not according to our own thinking. I hope you can get that part, because this is the main thing that is going to get you ready for a time of trouble that will be greater than any other.

(Excerpt from The Omega Message, July 2011, pg. 10-12)

Thought for today: Righteousness is doing what God wants you to do when He wants you to do it.

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Scripture reading: Matthew 22:2-14

Matthew 22:6 says, “And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, AND SLEW THEM. The Scripture says that they MURDERED THEM. The way that the world looks at Christianity and Christians, I do not think that it is long before the world begins AGAIN to murder Christians as they used to do in times past. We know that the murder right now is in secret, but the time is coming and is very soon, when all this hate of Christians, Christianity, and God is going to boil over, and they will again begin to murder Christians. Except, God says, it is only one type of Christian that will be murdered.

Revelation 11:2, “But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.” There is a period of time yet to come (a three-and-a-half-year period) wherein they will destroy the Outer Court Christianity. The people who know Jesus as Saviour and do not accept Him as Lord, but have many lords over them; they have their fields to look after, their cattle to look after, and have no time to become just obedient servants under the King Jesus – MAKING JESUS KING. Making Jesus King means that you are under the leadership and the headship of Jesus in every facet of your life. Those who cannot make Him king and governor over them are called Outer Court Christians. The Outer Court will be trampled under foot, because it is indefensible. God cannot defend disobedient people. When He tells you to turn to the right and you turn to the left, He cannot defend you.

Matthew 22:7 shows us a very peculiar thing. “But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.” We have seen this destruction in history before. In God’s dealings with the Jews, He allowed Nebuchadnezzar and other heathen armies to come, overrun them, and destroy them. The peculiar thing (I might add) is that the reason I am in the United States is because God gave me a message of the destruction of the United States, and it has not yet happened. I have a certain feeling that we are on the very verge of it, in spite of what anybody else might say. In spite of all the doctrines and preachings about us escaping in a rapture, and how God would not allow certain things to happen, I am telling you, brethren, the United States is ripe for destruction. When the United States goes down, the world is going down with it, and only God’s intervention will save humanity from total annihilation.

I want to remind you of what Corrie Ten Boom said. She went to China and the Chinese Christians were begging her, “Please tell the brethren of the West that we expected the rapture; when all the persecution started under the Communist government, we expected to be raptured any moment by God.” IT NEVER HAPPENED and the church was bloodied and destroyed in the most horrible way. Some men were crucified with their heads down and many, many perished. Many were put in prison until they died, as was Watchman Nee.

I want you to know and to understand that GOD WILL ALLOW the Outer Court church to be destroyed. The people who were not destroyed were those who were in the inner courts of God, where God hid them. He said He will give the woman “THE two wings of the great eagle” (the mighty mind of Christ) wherewith she might escape (see Revelation 12:14). We have come to the time when there is an army of the people of God who will neither hide nor escape, but will OVERTHROW and OVERCOME the forces of evil. The time is ripe, and God calls that army THE OVERCOMERS.

God is saying in the wedding feast of Matthew 22 that He is going to burn up their cities. The cities of this nation and the cities of the world are ripe for fire. Just like Sodom and Gomorrah were ripe and ready for fire, so these cities are ready for destruction. We will see it in our day. God will save His people.

The commandment in Luke 14:21b was to “Go…into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind” which are those maimed by Satan and sin and destroyed by the world. God is sending us out after them. We should be very soul conscious at this time, for men and women are dying around us. We should not leave any stone unturned. We should not be afraid to witness before them and bring them to God, for the power of God is with us. The commandment in Matthew 22:9 to “Go…and…bid” them IS FOR THIS TIME. God is bringing in the “maimed, and the halt.” I personally believe that He has already rejected those who have rejected Him. Those who prefer their traditions and everything else before God and before Christ as King have already been rejected.

I pray that God might stir your heart as you read this Word to turn your heart to God and to give Him the very center of your being, that He might deliver you from every other bondage in your life. When the heart is God’s, the kingdom will be taken. You will know Him as King once your heart is His. You have nothing to do except to turn your heart to God. You say, “O Lord, but my heart is on this thing. How can I get my heart off?” You cannot get your heart off. You must turn your heart to God, and He will remove all the devils off of you as soon as you make the commitment to Him.

Matthew 22:11, “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” “A wedding garment” means righteousness. A man without righteousness is a man who could not be, should not have been, in the wedding feast. Because the wedding feast is here on earth, and the food that is being fed to the people of God to strengthen them for the midnight hour is being given out, there are some who are taking it, who are NOT absorbing it. It is not doing them any good. It does not make them righteous. We need to begin to make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness,” verse 13.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pg. 29-31)

Thought for today: Let us make sure that our calling and election is secure under Christ, lest we be among those who are “cast…into outer darkness.”

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Scripture reading: Revelation 3:21 & 20:4,6

The outer court has to be destroyed because the outer court, or the people who dwell in the outer court, have not learned to make Jesus their Lord. They cannot walk in holiness. They believe that they must sin every day, and one day God is going to blow a great trumpet, and there will be a lifting up, and they will be caught up and fly away. Most of the people in the outer court believe this. Brethren, God ordained you to reign and rule on the earth with Him. See Revelation 3:21; 20:4, and 6. I do not know where you will be flying to if Jesus is reigning and ruling on earth. Where would you want to fly to, apart from being caught up into Christ?

I want you to understand that the outer court, therefore, are people who do not obey God. If you obey God, if you are an ardent Christian, obedient to Christ, then you are IN CHRIST. Christ is your head. You have no other bishop that is going to tell you what to do even when you know it is wrong. You have no other pope over you. You have no person, no human being that is so much over you that he blocks Christ from your vision.

I am not saying that we must not have elders over us. GOD HAS ORDAINED ELDERS. See Acts 14:23. Elders under God function differently than elders or bishops or pastors or popes who are under a system. Please accept this as a word from the Lord. If you cannot accept it as from the Lord, you are in trouble. Go pray. Let God tell you what is right from what is wrong. My Bible tells me that if any man desires to know the truth that God will teach him the truth. He will not leave him in darkness. See John 7:17.

The angel said, “measure it not; for it is given to the Gentiles” to be destroyed. Let me explain why this has to be. God comes to a person, who is in the outer court, who is learning to do His business, who has a doctrine of how to do this or that, and God says to that person, “I want you to go to that crossroads and begin to preach the gospel,” or sing a hymn or whatever. When God gives such an order, it means that at the hour that God has ordained for you to be at such a place, ANGELS will be gathered around you to do their part. You have a part. Your part is to preach the gospel, to let the sound out. God’s part is to bring the right people there, to touch them, and to bring them into Christ. If you said, “That corner is a bad corner. I think I had better go to another corner,” and you went to the other corner, the angels of God would be at the right corner waiting to do the will of God, and God would have to take somebody else to DO HIS WILL. Then you would be the loser.

An outer court person cannot be controlled. In case of a crisis, God has to tell you quickly to move to the right or move to the left, and, therefore, in a battle condition, a crisis situation, God cannot defend you. So the outer court is going to perish because Satan will have the power to do anything that is not in Christ. God says the outer court will be destroyed.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pages 5-6)

Thought for today: Let us seek God to receive the understanding of God’s plan to bring us to perfection.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 11:1-2

The outer court in this last-day church that we are looking at in Revelation 11:1-2 IS GONE. It is going to be gone. It will be “given unto the Gentiles” and they will “tread (it down) under foot forty and two months” – for three and a half years. There must be a reason, of course. The outer court is indefensible. God cannot defend the outer court. Why?

Let me explain to you what the outer court is. God told Moses to build a Tabernacle with a gate. This gate led into a big yard which was 100 cubits by 50 cubits. This yard had a fence around it and was called the outer court. In this place there was sometimes a lot of confusion with animals being killed and sacrificed, animals fighting for their lives, and men holding the animals, roping them onto the horns of the altar. Sometimes there was shouting and struggling in the outer court and a lot of blood. They would kill the animal and take out the guts and dung and wrap it into the skin of the animal and take that outside the camp to burn. It was not a nice smelling, beautiful place like a temple should be. The outer court was where all the preparation was made.

Let us now apply this to the gospel. The outer court church, therefore, is where the believer is being prepared to go into Christ. Some churches have camped in the outer court and have no intention of going any further because their doctrines say they have got it all. God is a God of progress. There was no way that God was going to give you everything at one time, and perfect you, in the outer court. When you accept Jesus Christ, you are fresh from sin, A FRESH SINNER. You come right into God and God washes you with the Blood of Jesus, but when He washes you with His Blood, He also has to LEAVE A SPACE for you to apply what He has given you, and for you to MAINTAIN the Christian, godly cleanliness which He gave.

Many brethren, after they accept Jesus as their Saviour, relax and do any old thing and feel that Jesus Christ will take care of it. One sister told me that she would divorce her husband and then go to God and pray about it. You cannot deliberately sin and go and pray about it. That is called presumptuous sin, and there is very little leeway for you to repent. You have to go down in sackcloth and ashes and repent of that sort of behavior before you can go any further in God.

The majority of the church is in the outer court. When we talk about church, when we talk about Christianity, the majority of Christians are in the outer court. There are two works of grace in the outer court. First, accepting Jesus’ Blood that was shed and giving our hearts to God. The second work of grace is beginning to clean up that which we have had from the world, which God came in to clean. He calls it baptism. At baptism, we have to die a death. Only salvation (accepting Jesus) is a free gift. You were as dirty, as wretched, as awful as a human being could be, in sin, and Jesus came and He applied the Blood and INSTANTANEOUSLY your sins were forgiven, but your NATURE was not completely changed. It has been arrested. The Blood of Jesus Christ is a tool given to you to clean up your mind, your emotions, your will, and your desires.

Some Christians let their emotions loose in a freedom that is not Christian. Even married people sometimes do not understand that they cannot behave any old way with their partners. They need to restrain and control and train their emotions and their desires and their will. The mind is not the mind of Christ. It is still the human mind. You have the tool to work it out and make it the mind of Christ. Consecration and sanctification are part of this cleaning.

The believer in the outer court is expected of God to prepare himself or herself for going into the holy place – to prepare himself or herself for going through the door, going into Christ, becoming a part of Christ’s body and a part of Christ’s function in the earth. Then you are really set to go places with God. However, if you have a doctrine that you must not receive the fullness of baptism (some say water baptism is not necessary), then you cut yourself off. Not being obedient to righteousness gives you nothing. You say that there is no baptism, and therefore you cuss, drink, commit any sin, and feel that you are all right because you have no covenant with God. Baptism is a covenant that the believer makes with God and it is permanent.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 2, pg. 2-5)

Thought for today: Let us prepare ourselves in sanctification and consecration in order for us to go into Christ.

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Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

The baptism into Christ is described in 1 Corinthians 12:13a. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body.” This is the final baptism. Baptism in water is the beginning of baptism which finally ends in baptism INTO CHRIST. Christ, therefore, is a place in the Spirit, a Body, a mystic Body, into which we are incorporated by the power of God and the movement of the Holy Spirit. We cannot be baptized into Christ by man but by the Holy Ghost. Man baptizes you in water. Jesus Christ baptizes you into the Holy Ghost and the Holy Ghost baptizes you into Christ. In Christ is our final destination. That is the destination of every child of God. When CHRIST IS IN YOU, wherever you go, Christ has to go. If you go someplace Christ does not like, Christ will still have to be there in you, because you are carrying Him. When YOU ARE IN CHRIST, you go where Christ wants you to go. When the bull is eaten by the high priest, the bull has no say. He does not tell the priest where to go.

SANCTIFICATION is the work of the Holy Ghost. This work never ceases until we come into perfection to be like Jesus Christ. “Sanctus spiritus” means the “Holy Spirit.” “SANCTification” means “bringing us into the Holy Spirit.” This is the work in the Outer Court, done by the second work of grace, as the second seal is broken. There are three parts to this whole work – baptism, sanctification, and consecration. CONSECRATION is the putting aside, for the purpose of God, that which has been sanctified and cleansed for God and God alone. We are not to be used by the world. Many Christians allow themselves to be used by the world.

In the story of Samson, he transgressed and transgressed again until he broke the covenant. His hair was the symbol of covenant, the handwriting of God upon him. Just like our baptism is the handwriting of God upon us, so was the hair upon Samson. When his hair was cut off, the covenant was broken between him and God and he was made to grind corn like an ox. The Philistines blinded him and made him grind corn for them. The man of God was the means by which all their lusts were being fed. This is what God is saying about transgression. Too many of us do not understand that we were bought with a price and are to be set aside for God’s use and God’s use alone. We are not to be drudged; we are to be put aside specifically for the work of God in all things. This is what is meant by CONSECRATION.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 110-111)

Thought for today: Let us walk each day in the Sanctification and Consecration of our baptisms.

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