Daily Devotional, year 2 – NOVEMBER 2 (Noble Bereans, Part 5: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Jeremiah”)

By admin On December 9th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, year 2 – NOVEMBER 2 

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Noble Bereans, Part 5: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Jeremiah”

To read part 1, click here…“September 2nd (Noble Bereans?)”

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“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

1st Thessalonians 5:21

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.St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

So, in this little series, the subject of those noble Bereans has been introduced. And today, it is still worthy of a little more exploration, regarding another area of concern.

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Let’s look at the key Bible passage… “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10, 11

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St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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OK, so these in Berea were more noble, because they: 1. Received the Word with all readiness of mind. 2. And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

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And so, these Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed “orthodox” teachings of that day. So there was an open-mindedness which permeated their minds.

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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SEARCHING WITH AN OPEN MIND

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And secondly, they searched the Scriptures daily, to see whether those things werhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpge so. In other words, these were not just mind-controlled followers of the popular teachers of that day.

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No, but rather, they were noble enough to entertain this ill-reputed and much despised renegade, Paul, who was bringing a very new and different angle on the Scriptures.

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Yes, Paul was really teaching some incredibly new-sounding doctrines! And yet, those noble people were willing to hear him out, and actually hoped that he was correct! They searched the Scriptures, “to see if these things were so”! They weren’t just searching to find the first flaw, so that they could quickly reject Paul, and everything he had to say!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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CLOSE-MINDED SPIRIT TODAY

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No, they weren’t just trying to find the first flaw, so that they could quickly reject Paul!

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But that’s how it’s done today, to a great degree!

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Today we have the same close-mindedness of most of those people back in Paul’s day. Yes, most of them merely suffered Paul to tell what he had say, only listening to him with narrow eyes, and a skeptical heart.

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But if they heard even one little thing that they disagreed with, they quickly dismissed everything he had to say, and began throwing rocks at Paul!

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Well, we don’t throw rocks today. Not literal rocks, anyway! But we certainly have the same narrow-mindedness that they had back in those days! 

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Paul in Prison www.thebiblerevival.com US public domain

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A FAILED PREDICTION?

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A few years ago, a certain radio Bible teacher made the seemingly failed prediction that May 21st, 2011 would be the last day of earth’s existence, because of the long-promised return of Christ in the clouds of glory.

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And of course, when that day came and went, the world began throwing verbal stones at Harold Camping.

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Harold Camping – Wikipedia – copyrighted, not for free use

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WORLD ONLY KNOWS CAMPING BY HIS ERROR

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Family Radio

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It’s too bad that the world was introduced to Harold Camping only on the back of his seemingly erroneous teaching that the Last Day was merely a 24 hour event.

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It’s too bad that the world could not have heard the many wonderful Bible studies that Camping conducted over a 50 year span.

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And it’s even more regrettable that so few are willing to listen to his pre-recorded broadcasts which air daily on Family Radio.com, even to this very day! 

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Oh yes, Family Radio has many listeners. But only those who previously followed his ministry through the past decades can still appreciate Camping’s many wonderful Bible studies.

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SO WHERE’S THE NOBLE BEREANS

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So where’s all the Noble Bereans out there? Where are all the truth-seekers who don’t merely follow the crowd, but are willing to re-examine these teachings with an open mind?

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After all, Camping didn’t base his end-of-the-world teachings on a dream, or a vision, or a voice. No, but he spent 5 or 6 hours a day for years, searching the Bible for his ideas. Yes, for many years, Camping studied the Bible to uncover the deeper, hidden truths of God’s Word. And so, he wasn’t coming as a prophet who received a dream or vision or voice. But he was merely declaring what he believed the Bible teaches. And so, Harold Camping does not fall into the category of a false prophet; just a Bible teacher who had things almost figured out, but not completely.

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La Bible, Notre-Dame – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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“THEY WHICH LEAD THEE CAUSE THEE TO ERR”

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O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isaiah 3:12

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So the challenge goes out to any professing Christian to prove that he (or she) is truly a Noble Berean, and stop letting others dictate to him what he must believe and must not believe. Yes, just because the world cannot understand that there has been a tarrying time in the Bible’s end-of-the-world prophecy concerning the “Last Day”, that doesn’t necessitate that we too must remain in ignorance of these things!

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All a truth-seeker has to do is to begin the painless process of listening to a 25 minute Bible study each morning, and test and see for one’s own self!

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This above link is to the first installment of Camping’s Jeremiah study.

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HUMAN TEACHERS MAKE ERRORS

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Oh no, Harold Camping was not infallible. Of course, there are errors in his http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg50 year teaching ministry.

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But Harold Camping freely acknowledged that he too had “feet of clay”!

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And so, he constantly reminded his listeners to not trust him, but to search the Bible, the only infallible source of truth in this sinful world.

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And so, let us study our Bible with an open mind, not allowing others to rule over our conscience, but studying for our own self, to discover more and more about our great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 6, CLICK HERE…NOVEMBER 20 (Noble Bereans, Part 6: Re-thinking Harold Camping On Allegories!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ” FEBRUARY 10 (The Deserted Island Theologian!)”or you can also read…JUNE 13 (Why The World Didn’t End on May 21, 2011)

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

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“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

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Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

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THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia ConstellationThe hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

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winter Constellations in the east

winter Constellations in the east

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Now one thing that is noticeable and makes this constellation even more dramatic, is the fact that the Milky Way runs right through it. And the question that must be asked is, “What biblical implications does this constellation/Milky Way connection have?” Well, very simply put, if stars represent Believers, then this rider works in the world through His True-Worshippers, to a great extent.

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WHY IS THIS CONSTELLATION SO INCOMPLETE IN APPEARANCE

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So why is this constellation merely an outline? Well it does show his back, rear end and leg…and arm. But unlike, say, Orion, this constellation is very vague, even mysterious in appearance. Almost vacant in appearance. Yes this horseman represents Christ.

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But even more than this, it represents the Holy Spirit of Christ. And as we all know, the Holy Spirit is very, very, un-intrusive, almost impossible to detect His presence. Hence, this constellation is perhaps the most faint of all the constellations of Signs Of Heaven!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

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NOVEMBER 3 (Habakkuk Says “Run!” Part 6: Delay, Delay, Delay!!!)

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. 

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THIS IS STUDY #671 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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