Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 10 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 8: “Time To Be Hidden”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – February 10

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Cease Ye From Man! Part 8: “Time To Be Hidden”

To read Part 1, click here… “August 21st (Cease Ye From Man!)”

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“When righteous men do rejoice,

there is great glory:

but when the wicked rise,

a man is hidden.”

Proverbs 28:12  

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Just yesterday, a church-goer made the following comment: “You need to be coming back to church each week!

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“Because you know, for all eternity, God’s people will be meeting together and loving each other.

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“You might as well get started right now!”

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Now this seemed to be a powerful argument!

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After all, it’s true that we are to have love one for another.

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“REPROVE NOT A SCORNER, LEST HE HATE THEE”

Proverbs 9:8

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However, the church-goer was making a judgment: a judgment in his mind, that he believes all those who have made an exodus out of the churches are merely doing so, for lack of love!

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But this person was not considering, or even knowledgeable of all the passages which are calling God’s people to come out of Babylon, the harlot churches.

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Well, there was no point trying to make sense with this person: many church-goers simply do not want to hear this message!

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Whore – Babylon – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM?

Revelation 18:4

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But there are many Christians who are truly confused as to just what http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svgGod expects out of His people.

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Should we be fellowshiping with church people? Should we attend religious meetings.

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And are we being too reclusive and even unfriendly by separating ourselves from the church community?

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AS WE SEE “WHAT” DAY APPROACHING?

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Well, it is true that God’s people should be filled with love for their fellow humans.http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8f/Optic_stub.svg/200px-Optic_stub.svg.png

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And our love should even extend to the secular, unbelieving world.

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And yes, Hebrews 10:25 counsels us that, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

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But notice here that it says we should be exhorting one-another, “and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

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And so, the question needs to be asked, “As we see WHAT day approaching!?”

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“FLEE OUT OF THE MIDST OF BABYLON!”

Jeremiah 51:6

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Yes, the question must be asked, “As we see WHAT day approaching!?”

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Well, the Bible says 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:”

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This above passage warns of a day in which God’s people are to flee to the mountains from Judaea. Oh yes, this passage is written in veiled, allegorical language. But we must understand that the Bible is a spiritual Book (see 2nd Corinthians 2:13, 14).

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And so, such allegories as Matthew 24:15, 16 should be no problem to discern spiritually.

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“HID IN THE DAY OF THE LORD’S ANGER”

Zephaniah 2:3

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But even if we didn’t have Matthew 24:15, 16 to rely upon, we have other passages which basically say the same thing…“Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:20, 21

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This above passage warns us to hide ourselves till the Lord’s indignation and His punishment of the world is passed over!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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“THE ROCK OF MY REFUGE”

Psalm 94:22

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But there are other similar passages such as this passage from Isaiah 2:20-22…“In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth thttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Suspicious_Mole.jpgo shake terribly the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?”

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This passage specifically speaks of the Day of the Lord, when God’s people are counseled to flee.

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And this passage concludes by saying…“Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?”

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Suspicious Mole – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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NO SHORTAGE OF VERSES

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Well, the point is, there is no shortage of Bible passages which speak of the day of the Lord as a time to flee; a time to be hidden; a time to, “cease ye from Man”!

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Magnifying Glass – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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“NOT…GREATER THAN JOHN THE BAPTIST”

Matthew 11:11

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Now just because we are counseled to, “flee”, and to, “cease ye from man”, does this mean that we don’t have love for our fellow man? Absolutely not!

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After all, John the Baptist lived in the wilderness. But does separating himself from humanity mean that John didn’t have love for the human race?

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Oh yes, it’s true John had a godly hatred for sinners (see Psalm 5:4, 5).

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But John also had the highest love for Mankind: their Salvation! (see John 3:16)

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John the Baptist by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com US public domain

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“A TIME OF TROUBLE, SUCH AS NEVER WAS!”

Daniel 12:1

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And so, this present judgment hour is a special time of trouble (Daniel 12:1-3).

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Oh yes, God’s judgments will be soon poured out upon them. And we certainly don’t want to be partaking of her sins.

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And maybe we don’t yet fully understand all the reasons why God is amplifying His current-day directive about separation from the apostate churches.

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But, no doubt it won’t be long until we do understand all God’s reasons why we must flee!

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And yet we are not to wait till every last question is answered, but simply obey by faith His command to flee!

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ABOVE CHART: 7 Stars pouring out – winter – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial use

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anger_during_a_protest_by_David_Shankbone.jpg“I WILL KEEP MY MOUTH WITH A BRIDLE”

Psalm 39:1-3

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And so, it would have been nice to try to explain all these things to that church-goer yesterday, who was making a judgment upon the hearts of those who are now making an end-time exodus from the churches and denominations.

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Anger during a protest – by David Shankbone – Wikimedia – Share-alike-License

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“HAVING ITCHING EARS!”

2nd Timothy 4:3, 4

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But even if time would have permitted such a thorough explanation, the fact is, there are many who adamantly refuse to understand this message.

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They simply love going to church each week. And because they are usually very outgoing and friendly, they love all the social aspects connected with church-going. 

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Oh no, they don’t necessarily love to talk about salvational issues.

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No, but rather, after church, they mostly talk about their job, their cars, their home, their favorite team, their up-coming vacations, their kids, their hobbies, etc….

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In other words, for them, church is mostly a weekly fraternal/social get-together, covered with a thin veneer of religiosity. 

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Church Social Club? – Napoleonic Garden Party – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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“THEY BLESS WITH THEIR MOUTH…”

Psalm 62:4

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And let’s be honest! Being socially-minded is not necessarily a Christian virtue.

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No, even many atheists are very friendly and socially-minded!

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Listen…“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15

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We must be wise as serpents in this current socialistic culture! And as this verse warns, the Church is filled with many deceivers who have, “a form of godliness”.

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There are many outwardly friendly and sociable parishioners in today’s churches!

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Tissot – the pharisees and the Herodians conspire against Jesus – www.joyfulheart.com – Pub Domain

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“THEY HEAR THY WORDS, BUT…NOT DO THEM!”

(read Ezekiel 33:31, 32)

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And oh yes, they do enjoy Bible studies.

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But as Paul describes in 2nd Timothy 3:7, they are, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

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They keep studying their Bibles, but for lack of the Holy Spirit, there is no true Christian growth. And there can’t be, because their hearts are divided. And a divided heart cannot receive any spiritual thing from the Lord! (see James 1:7, 8)

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And so, because of their love of this world, most parishioners have never experienced true conversion!

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Woman with Bible – Brooklyn Museum – La Roche Guyon by Theodore Robinson – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“WHOSOEVER…FORSAKES NOT ALL…CANNOT BY MY DISCIPLE”

Luke 14:33http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target8.html

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True discipleship requires a complete forsaking of all (see Luke 5:11 & Luke 14:33).

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And worldly-minded Christians love this present world far too much to ever, “forsake all”, so that they might follow Jesus as one of His disciples!

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Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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“HIS…BREAD…WATERS SHALL BE ASSURED”

Isaiah 33:14-17

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And so, O Stranger & Pilgrim, here is just one more reason to join this end-time exodus out of spiritual Babylon, just prior to our Lord’s Return.

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And those who do flee to the spiritual mountains of God will find abundant living waters up there! (see Isaiah 30:25). 

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TO READ PART 9, GO HERE…March 12 (Cease Ye From Man! Part 9: “Avoiding David’s Sin!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to understand this end-time message to come out of Babylon. Help me to spend my remaining time on earth, studying and meditating on Your Word, as much as I possibly can. Help me to become fully engaged in the purification process of my heart…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath or you can also read… DECEMBER 14 (A Form of Godliness, Part 2: When Evil Wears A Smile!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE MILKY WAY RUNS THROUGH

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THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

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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. 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.

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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:

February 11 (Lucifer’s Music Solo, Part 5: “Getting Ready For Heaven!”)

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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