Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 27 (Noble Bereans, Part 23: “The Messages of the Three Angels of Revelation 14”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 27

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Noble Bereans, Part 23: “The Messages of the Three Angels of Revelation 14″

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

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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 into another area of concern.

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

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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 those in Berea were more noble, because they: 

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1. “Received the Word with all readiness of mind.” 

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2. “And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

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And so, the Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed, “orthodox” teachings of that day.

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Thus there was an open-mindedness which permeated their hearts, and a willingness to search the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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REVELATION WAS WRITTEN FOR ENTIRE CHURCH-AGE

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The Book of Revelation was given for the Church in every age, even as it is written… ”Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND.” Revelation 22:10.

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Yes, the Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ is just as its title reveals: it is the revelation of Jesus Christ, and His marvelous workings in a world steeped in sin and woe.

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CHURCH-WORLD IN DENIAL

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But for the past 55 or so years, the apostate portion of the Church has been misleading the Christian community into the notion that the last 19 chapters of Revelation concerns only the literal Jews and are irrelevant for the Church.

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And to further bolster this notion, the man-made name, “The Rapture” was added to the teachings of theologians and Bible teachers, to bring about the deception that there will be two separate returns of Christ, presenting the fallacy that the Church would be snatched away prior to the last 7 years of earth’s great end-of-days tribulation.

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This is a fatal error, and is easily disproved by such passages as this above verse, plus many other similar passages such as this… ”Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: FOR THE TIME IS AT HAND.” Revelation 1:3

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“THE TIME IS AT HAND”

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avvakum_by_Myasoyedov.jpegNow why does God pronounce those to be blessed, who read and hear and keep the words of this prophecy?

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Simple! Because “the time is at hand.”

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In other words, the entire Book of Revelation was given to be a comfort for God’s people at any point in time in the New Testament era, as it reveals how Jesus works with and works through His Church-elect. Yes, persecution against Christians by Satan’s armies began soon after Christ’s ascension!

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MAN-MADE UNBIBLICAL HERMENEUTIC

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However, the problem came in when apostate church theologians decided that Scripture must be interpreted as literal as possible, to avoid all the indiscriminate mis-interpreting of Scripture by many unsanctified minds.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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But as the saying goes, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!” Yes, by judiciously comparing scripture with scripture, and spiritual things with spiritual, one may find the true spiritual meaning veiled behind the various allegories, parables, types, and shadows found throughout both testaments.

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And doesn’t Jesus Himself tell us… ”And He said, Unto you (His true disciples) it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.”? Luke 8:10

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The fact is, the Bible is filled with many truths which are often veiled within types and shadows and parables and allegories, and can only be revealed by the indwelling Holy Spirit combined with a thorough searching out and comparing of scripture with scripture.

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“SPIRITUAL THINGS ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED”

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And concerning the allegorical nature of the Bible, even Paul asks the question… ”Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?…Which things are an allegory.” Galatians 4:21, 24

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Paul here was gently scolding the Galatians for not discerning the allegorical nature of the Law which would have revealed to them the deeper truths which these Galatians could not see by reason of their spiritual blindness.

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But likewise, today’s apostate portion of the Church cannot properly discern spiritual things even as it is written… “not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned.” 1st Corinthians 2:13, 14

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Yes, the Bible is a spiritual book. But the carnal heart cannot properly discern that spiritual nature, nor does it desire to do so.

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And to further lock them out of truth, Satan stealthily brought in this false non-biblical hermeneutic which demands that scripture must only be interpreted literally, as far as possible.

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

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FALSE HERMENEUTIC HAS CLOSED UP REVELATION

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Now in today’s devotional, the fundamental principle of proper Bible interpretation concerning the parabolic nature of the Bible has been laid down.

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And yet, even a superficial study is enough to refute this phantom hermeneutic, howbeit not exhaustively, which would have required a number of devotionals to do a proper job of it.

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Now, in tomorrow’s devotional, the message of the 1st Angel will be touched upon. To read Part 24, click here…October 28 (Noble Bereans, Part 24: “The Message of the First Angel of Revelation 14”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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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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FINALLY WALKING UPWARD INTO THE HIGHWAYS OF ETERNITY

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Day by day, you will find yourself walking, like the Disciples, spreading the precious Gospel seed wherever the Spirit leads.

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Taking the lovely name of Jesus, with every word spoken. Walking through this sin-darkened world, witnessing to those who take notice that of a truth, Jesus is present within you. Even like faithful Enoch, walking through the highways and byways of life in this world, spreading the Gospel-seed of unpretentious love.

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Day by day, you will become more and more closed in with God. Moment by moment, your heart will become intertwined with God’s heart, eventually two hearts beating as one heart.

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And just like Enoch, when the appointed time of sojourning on earth is finally done…you will walk onward…and upward…and into the highways and byways of eternity. (“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW…

October 28 (Noble Bereans, Part 24: “The Message of the First Angel of Revelation 14”)

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