Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 3 (Habakkuk Says “Run!” Part 6: Delay, Delay, Delay!!!)

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 3

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Habakkuk Says ‘Run!’ Part 6: “Delay, Delay, Delay”

To read Part 1, click here…August 11th (Habakkuk Says “Run!”)

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“For the vision is yet for an appointed time,

but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:

though it tarry, wait for it;

because it will surely come,

it will not tarry.”

Habakkuk 2:3

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The Book of Habakkuk has been the source of much intrigue and much speculation!

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After all, it is a prophecy which concerns the last days. And it speaks of a time in the future in a mysterious manner…. “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2, 3

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And as this above passage says, there will be a vision which speaks at the end. And when this vision finally speaks, then whosoever reads and understands that vision, may, “RUN!”

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Habakkuk by James Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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 A TARRYING TIME

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When May 21, 2011 came and went, those who had been trumpeting the message concerning Planet Earth’s Last Day, became the objects of world-wide scorn and mockery. And the Bible Teacher at the center of this end-time message was the primary target of all that mockery!

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But what those messengers did not take into account was that, “delay” of an important event is an integral part of Scripture.

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Judgment Bus New Orleans 2011 – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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For instance, listen to the prophecy of Habakkuk… “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3

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Yes, Habakkuk’s vision concerning the end-time exodus out of the smothering of God’s people by Chaldeans (unbelievers), was a message which was accompanied by a time of tarrying. God’s people were to “RUN!” when the vision spoke at the end, but that vision would tarry. And we were to wait for it!

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Habakkuk by James Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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BIBLE FILLED WITH TIMES OF TESTING!

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Now if this were the only tarrying time spoken of in the Bible then it would be nothing of any significance.

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But the fact is, the Bible is literally filled with tarrying times. And these times of tarrying were times of doubt, when the faith of God’s people was stretched to the limits!

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Woman why weepest thou – Jesus – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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FOR EXAMPLE…

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For instance, when the faithful followers of Jesus saw their hopes dashed to pieces upon the Cross, was not their faith tested as their Lord laid in His tomb?

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Or how ahttp://thebiblerevival.combout when Jonah was swallowed by a great fish? Was not his faith tested as he prayed for God’s mercy and forgiveness inside the stinking belly of death of that great fish?

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Or when Joseph was cast into prison for two years, was not his faith severely tested?

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Or when Daniel was cast all that long night, into the den of hungry lions?

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Or when Samson had his eyes put out and chained to a mill-stone, for all those months?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpgOr when Job had lost everything, and was covered with festering boils from head to toe? 

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Or when John the Baptist was cast into prison?

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http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-DavidOr how about Moses’ 40 years of waiting for his ministry to begin? Or when Samuel was late to come and offer the sacrifice for God’s people? (see 1st Samuel 13:8) Or Esther’s time of fearfulness when coming before the king over the issue of the Jews being soon destroyed? Or David’s days of crying out to God for his dying son? Or the seven days of circling around Jericho by God’s people, as they patiently waited for God to destroy its walls? 

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Brooklyn Museum – What Our Lord Saw from the Cross – James Tissot

Joseph Faithful in Prison www.thebiblerevival.com public domain

Daniel – Dore – Daniel In The Den Of Lions – www.creationism.org – Public – Domain

Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

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BIBLE IS ALL ABOUT DELAY

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And on and on and on it goes. The Bible is literally teeming with true historical accounts of how God strengthened the faith and patience of His people by allowing delay, delay and more delay!

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Samson in the Treadmill – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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HOW ABOUT THE LORD’S RETURN?

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And just one last example! How about the nearly two-thousand years that we have been waiting for Christ’s long-ago-promised and long-awaited Return? This too is a tarrying time, is it not?

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Christ Returns – Triumph of Christianity – by G. Dore – www.christimages.org – Limited-use-license – see their website for restrictions (2)

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“COUNT IT ALL JOY!”

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And so, we must remember the words of James…“My brethren, count it all joy when http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Uros_Predic_-_Siroce.jpgye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4  

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Yes, God is wanting a people who will not crumble and fail during times of pressure and delay! He’s already had one rebellion! And He doesn’t want a second one!

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And so, let us count it all joy when we go through times of delay, knowing that God is thereby increasing not only our faith, but also our patience, as we wait upon Him. Because, though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:3

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Orphan on Mother’s Grave – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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MORE THAN A MERE 24-HOUR DAY

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And so, dear tried and tempted follower of Jesus, when we likewise encounter times of tarrying and are severely tested, will we give up? Or will we remain faithful during the days, weeks, months or even years that our prayers seem to go unanswered?

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Yes, we thought that the Last Day was only to be a 24 hour Day. But now we realize that it is much more than just a 24-hour day when God’s judgment falls upon the world, as it fell upon Sodom in one moment of time.

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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JUST “CRISPY CRITTERS”?

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And so, now we will get to really understand our great God and Savior as we witness how He handles both the world, as well as Believers in these last moments of time.

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Is God going to merely cast fire down from Heaven and burn up the Lost into the proverbial, “crispy critters”, as when Elijah called down fire upon his adversaries?

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Or are we going to see something much greater: something with an eternal purpose?

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No, it may well be that in this last Judgment, we might see a much greater God than what we previously realized… “Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.” Psalm 107:43  

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Woman in Prayer – Wikigallery.org – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 7, GO HERE…January 3 (Habakkuk Says “Run!” Part 7: “Hold Hands? Or Flee To The Mountains?”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Reveal the Book of Habakkuk to me. Give me understanding into these things concerning the times of tarrying. Give me patience and faith by the times of tarrying…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)” or you can also read… February 11th (Come Out From Among Them!)“, or you can also read…“FEBRUARY 12 (The fearful Message of Habakkuk, Part 1)”, or you can also read… “”

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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REVELATION 12 WOMAN CONSTELLATION

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This page is about the Big Dipper, also called the Great Bear constellation (Ursa Major ). However, the ancient pagan cultures did not see this constellation as God intended it to be seen. It is actually a headless woman in childbirth.  This is seen in springtime. It is seen in the northern skies. 

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But as the seasons progress, this travailing woman flips upside down, now appearing as a woman with upraised arms like eagle wings who is running (eventually flying, as shown in sketch on right) into the wilderness (westward). The single star representing her birth-child (Christ) now becomes her head (“Christ is the head of the church.” Ephesians 5:23

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star-chart ursa major

 

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The 7 Stars (Big Dipper) is easy to see with its very bright 7 stars. But the Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) must be seen on a dark starry night, away from city lights. 

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These are star charts from Wikipedia, with sketches of the Woman added.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)” 

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TOMORROW

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NOVEMBER 4 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 4: The God of This World Made Us Do It!)

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