Daily Devotional, Year 3 – September 3 (The Return of Elijah, Part 3: “Fathers & Children” CONTINUED)

By admin On March 23rd, 2017

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – September 3

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The Return of Elijah, Part 3: “Fathers & Children” CONTINUED

To read Part 1, go here…June 22 (The Return of Elijah, Part 1: “Fathers & Children”)

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“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet

before the coming of the great and dreadful

day of the LORD:

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers

to the children,

and the heart of the children to their fathers,

lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Malachi 4:5, 6

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There’s a great deal of speculation about this above passage concerning the return of Elijah, the Prophet, just prior to the, “great and terrible day of the Lord”. 

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Will this Elijah be the exact same Elijah who came to Israel back in the days of the kings of Israel?

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Or will he be another individual, who, like John the Baptist, will come in the spirit and power of Elijah?

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Or was this Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in the coming of John the Baptist?

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And these are the three most popular theories about this most infamous human prophet who is to return in these last moments of time.

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Elijah leaves earth witnessed by Elisha – Wikigallery

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THE FLOODS OF EVIL

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But notice that our signature Bible passage speaks of Elijah turning the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to the fathers.

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And let’s face it! Satan has so poisoned the waters of our society to the degree that learning the sinful ways of this world is “as easy as falling off” that proverbial, “log!”

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ABOVE PICTURE: television & the image of Satan – www.signsofheaven.org

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THE IMAGE WHICH SPEAKS

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Yes, with the advent of the many high-tech devices combined with television and radio, Satan is now flooding this society with an overwhelming tsunami of evil.

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TV – highquality – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

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“CHOKED WITH THE CARES AND RICHES AND PLEASURES OF THIS LIFE”

Luke 8:14

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But he has also created this cornucopian super-society which has all but diverted the thoughts and intents of God’s people away from their great commission to lead their little flock up that heavenward pathway to the Celestial City of God!

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New York Times Square – terabass – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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THE GREAT BABYLONIAN DREAM MACHINE!

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Yes, Satan has created a giant Babylonian dream machine.

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And this devilish device has bewitched and enchanted God’s people away from their solemn duty to raise their children to supremely love the Lord and devote their lives to His service in evangelizing lost souls!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Dream Maker of Babylon – Signs Of Heaven.org

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TURNING HEARTS HEAVENWARD!https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Blue_exclamation_mark.svg

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And so, in view of this current-day crisis, there indeed is a great need to turn the heart of the fathers back to the children, and the heart of the children back to the fathers!

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Exclamation Mark – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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WHY WAIT FOR ELIJAH?

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Now for those parents who don’t want to wait for the return of Elijah, but wish to have their hearts knit together with their children to the glory of God, there is much that can be done right this very minute!

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Elijah and Elisha by G. Dore – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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THE UNIVERSITY of HEAVEN

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Yes, God has created this world to be a school in the ways of Heaven.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aptenodytes_forsteri_-Snow_Hill_Island,_Antarctica_-adults_and_juvenile-8.jpgJust look around!

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All of nature is filled with teaching moments which can be used to draw the hearts of little children to their Creator.

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South American Butterfly – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

Two adult Emperor Penguins with a juvenile on Snow Hill Island, Antarctica. wikipedia creative commons license

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“I AM THE ROSE OF SHARON AND THE LILY OF THE VALLEYS”

Songs 2:1

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Poppy_Field_in_Argenteuil,_Claude_Monet.jpgMothers can use the countless little duties of everyday life as teaching moments to instill the love of God into the hearts of her children.

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For instance, take the children into the garden and intertwine heavenly lessons found by cultivating flowers and vegetables.

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The Bible often speaks of flowers and vegetables in relation to Salvation. And there are no better object lessons than the things of nature to teach little children heavenly lessons!

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Poppy Field in Argenteuil, oil painting by Claude Monet wikimedia public domain

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CHILDREN LOVE NATURE!

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And let’s face it! God has put the love of nature into the hearts of children.

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Children are naturally drawn to nature. And such spiritual lessons learned from nature will remain forever in their hearts!

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And by teaching some of those verses while showing them the flowers and plants spoken of in the Bible will make such a dramatic effect on their hearts and minds, which will never be taken away from them (or you).

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Three elephant’s curly kisses – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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“THE HEART OF THE FATHERS”

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Of course, fathers can likewise teach their sons many lessons in the shop, while working with tools and projects around the home.

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And if the father has a mind exercised in spiritual things, these times can become great teaching moments which will not only prepare them for adult life in this fallen world, but also will prepare them for eternal life!

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After all, Jesus was home-schooled in a carpenter’s home!

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He no doubt learned many spiritual lessons in His earthly father’s shop!

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IN THE FIELD AND FOREST

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And the father can often take his children out into the field or forest and point out some little aspect of nature, and relate it to some aspect of Heaven.

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Of course this too requires the father to have a mind that is trained in spiritual things.

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Father & Son – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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DON’T WAIT FOR ELIJAH!

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Well, the Good News is that we don’t have to wait for Elijah to show up!

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We can begin right now to put away the vain and foolish pursuits which steal away the precious moments with our children and with His Word!

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And by spending copious time contemplating the Bible and nature, parents can direct the hearts of their children upward to Heaven in such away that they will be able to withstand the fierce trials and temptations which will undoubtedly assail us all in these coming days, and prepare us to walk through the Everlasting Doors which will open up for each and every child of the King on that glorious day!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE…June 20 (The Return of Elijah, Part 4: “Mothers & Children”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to build a wall of protection around my family, by my own faithfulness to Thy divine will

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… OCTOBER 24 (Taking Back This Nation For God! Part 3: A Hedge With A Swinging Gate!)or you can also read this article…SEPTEMBER 1 (Our Favorite Babysitter: Satan! Part 2: To Die For My Child?) or this next article… April 8 (Finding Perfect Peace, Pt. 8, “Protecting Our Kids”)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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1st FACE…THE NIGHT WATCHMAN

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The Silent Witness

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“MOON IS CONFOUNDED”… The first face, a man’s face, is easy to see. It is that proverbial ‘Man in the Moon’. Most have seen it. Even as little children. (The other two faces are not so easy to see.  But let’s concentrate on the first face.) Notice that the ‘Man in the Moon’ appears as though he is looking down at the Earth. ‘Shock and Awe’. That’s the look on his face. Sadness too! You might even see the tears running down his cheeks. (“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” Psalm 119:136) The Moon is spoken of as a “faithful witness”. God’s covenanted law is spoken of as a faithful witness as well. Listen to the Psalmist…

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“It (God’s covenant with David [i.e., Christ]) shall be established for ever as the Moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” Psalm 89:37. Notice here that God is comparing His Covenant to the Moon as a “faithful witness”. The Moon reflects the light of the Sun, just as Christians should reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness, Jesus, who should be in their daily lives. And so the Moon fulfills the verse from Psalms which proclaims… “Praise ye him, Sun and Moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.” Psalm 148:3

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 1st Face: The Night Watchman

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TOMORROW…

 

September 4 (We Wrestle Not Against Flesh & Blood! Part 5, “Satan’s Psycological War Against Our Children!”)

 

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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 #244 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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