David’s Secret Strength: Prayer, Part 4 “Grieving for the Dead”

By admin On May 16th, 2022

.

 

.

1Th 4:13  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

.

.

 

.

.

 

.

The above passage presents a huge truth which should be an encouragement to every Christian. You see, prior to his deathly ill baby, David spent seven days laying face-down on the floor, without food, pleading with God to spare the boy’s life.

.

But on the seventh day, the child died…2Sa 12:21  Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
2Sa 12:22  And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
2Sa 12:23  But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

.

So, what is the great lesson here?

.

The lesson here is, that while we are surrounded by the living, this must the time to be fasting and praying for them. Because, after they die, there is no more we can do for them! Their eternal destiny has been sealed.

.

Oh yes, we can’t help but feel sorrow for those who have died, especially for loved ones who die unsaved. Even David sorrowed and wept for his dead son, Absalom…O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son! 2nd Samuel 18:32, 33 (condensed)

.

But while the world mourns for their dead family members, the Christian must not wait, but mourn and fast and pray while there is hope!

.

Listen to David, concerning his enemies…”Psa 35:13  But as for me, when they (David’s enemies) were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.
Psa 35:14  I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourneth for his mother.”

.

Now if this is how David prayed for both his family, but likewise even for his enemies, we strive to emulate David in our own lives!

.

Well, the very Good News is, that there is no better time to begin to imitate David’s love for others!

.

 

ellen white quote on abortion

By admin On May 6th, 2022

If the one tried for murder were proved guilty, no atonement or ransom could rescue him. “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.” Genesis 9:6. “Ye shall take no satisfaction for the life of a murderer, which is guilty of death: but he shall be surely put to death.” “Thou shalt take him from Mine altar, that he may die,” was the command of God; “the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.” Numbers 35:31, 33Exodus 21:14. The safety and purity of the nation demanded that the sin of murder be severely punished. Human life, which God alone could give, must be sacredly guarded. PP 516.2

Judgment Day-RX7

By admin On March 30th, 2022

.

.

.   
The_Scream Wikipedia public domain by edvard munch c.1893

You have now arrived at the 1st chapter of the e-book, “Judgment Day-RX7″. If you are just arriving at this web site, you are invited to start here at the beginning of the trail (Chapter 1).

.

The Scream of Nature – Wikipedia – public domain – by edvard munch c.1893…

“I was walking along the road with two friends – the sun was setting – suddenly the sky turned blood red – I paused, feeling exhausted, and leaned on the fence – there was blood and tongues of fire above the blue-black fjord and the city – my friends walked on, and I stood there trembling with anxiety – and I sensed an infinite scream passing through nature.”

Edvard Munch explains the inspiration for this his famous painting, “The Scream of Nature”

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

CHAPTER 1:

.

“Beginning Of The Trail”

.

 .

 .

.

.

THE LOVE OF GOD

.

VERSE 1.

.

“The love of God is greater far

than tongue or pen can ever tell;

It goes beyond the highest star,

and reaches to the lowest Hell…

.

VERSE 3.

.

“…Could we with ink the ocean fill,

And were the skies of parchment made,

were every stalk on earth a quill,

And every man a scribe by trade;

To write the love of God above,

would drain the ocean dry;

Nor could the scroll contain the whole,

though stretched from sky to sky.”

.

Verse 3 was penciled on the wall of a narrow room in an insane asylum by a man said to have been demented. The profound lines were discovered when they laid him in his coffin.

.
.

.

.

.
.
.

Summertime, 1980

.
.
.
.

In a few seconds I will plunge to almost certain death!

.

Anything to rid myself of this insane voice that keeps plaguing me! Even as I’m standing here at death’s door, he’s still mocking me… Talking, talking…always talking…”Ohhh Chu-u-u-ck! I’m gonna miss you, boo hoo! Sob sob. sniffle sniffle.” 

The_Scream Wikipedia public domain by edvard munch c.1893

.

This…uh… “familiar friend” is a great mocker. And I’m at the end of my rope with this unwanted companion! “Ohh Chuck, don’t leave me! I’m gonna be sooo lonely! Sob, sniffle.” See!? See what a mocker he is!? Death will be a welcomed release from all this! And from him!

.

At this point, I’m no longer talking with him. I’m just putting up with him. He talks! He mocks! And I just tolerate. But I can only barely tolerate him! What else can I do? He’s invisible! It’s not like I can just shoo him away!

.

The Scream of Nature – Wikipedia – public domain – by edvard munch c.1893

.

.

.

.

.

ONE WAY OUT!

.

But now, I’ve found a way out!  And who can blame me for ending it all? Who can disagree that taking this plunge is the only way out? Not to mention the terror of this situation which I’ve suffered for so long…

.

So, what would you do if you were in my shoes?

.

Well, if you think you’d do different, let me just tell you my story. Then you make up your own mind.

.

Okay?

.

Fair enough?

.

Good! Then we’ll turn back the pages of time from this moment (late summer of 1980), to about 16 months earlier. Back to spring, 1979.

.

That’s a good place to begin my story, or should I rather say, my true account of how, “All Hell broke loose!”

.

The Scream of Nature – Wikipedia – public domain – by edvard munch c.1893

.

.

.

.

.

Spring, 1979

.

.

.

.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Keane1.jpg

“Singin’ to the world, it’s time we let the spirit come in, (Let it come on in).

“I’m singin’ to the world, everybody’s caught in a spin. (Look at where we’ve been).

“We’ve been runnin’ around… year after year…blinded by pride…blinded by fear—

“Cause it’s daybreak. If ya only believe,

“it can be daybreak, ain’t no time to grieve,

“said it’s daybreak, if ya only believe,

“and let it shine, shine, shine….all around the world”…….

.

“Far out, man!” That was my last song for a whole month!  As I made my way out of the auditorium to my car, I noticed my hands were starting to tremble again. “Maybe a month’s vacation will stop this shaking.”, I told myself. I probably shook my head, as if to shake away these thoughts outa my head, so I wouldn’t think about it. But frankly… it worried me. I didn’t want to believe I was having some sort of a breakdown, or whatever. I didn’t want to acknowledge that I was losing control.

.

Keane1 – Yamaha Electric Grand – courtesy Wikipedia & Yummifruitbat – Picture of very talented person and not of Chuck

.

.

.

.

.

AN INTRODUCTION IS IN ORDER

.

This is me. My name is Chuck. I’m your typical 28 year old. Typical for back in 1979, that is. Do I look a little clueless? Well, I am. I mean I was. But all that was about to change.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Taisyo.

“Oh, and how do you like my little metallic cobalt/black sports car? It’s an RX-7. Just got it, not too long ago. Pretty cool huh?”

.

Mazda rx7-1st Generation – wikipedia – GNU-free-user-license

.

.

.

.

NEXT DAY…

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clinton_09.jpg?uselang=eo.

“GET YER MOTOR RUNNIN’…HEAD OUT ON THE HIGHWAY…”

(Opening lyrics of the 1968 Steppenwolf song, “Born To Be Wild”) 

.

Anyway, I was ready for a much-needed vacation. I was all packed. The motor-home was ready to roll. A whole month off! From work. From the club. From this local beauty pageant that I was asked to perform a song at.

.

Oh well, it was just a one-song gig… and not to mention alotta pretty ladies there! 

.

And now this last commitment was done with, and there was nothing  between me and a trip through the Southwest: Disneyland, Vegas, Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and finally Lake Tahoe. A real 30-day “dream vacation”!CamperIVECOlaika similar but newer. wikipedia public domain

.

So I climbed up into the cab of the rented motor-home. Ready to roll.

.

But something caught my eye. Something in the ash tray. Someone left something there in the ashtray. “Wow! A Neil Diamond cassette! I wonder who left it here? Hey, there’s no note attached! Oh well. Beautiful weather! Great music! Great day!”

.

So it was time to start up the engine. Put in this new cassette, turn the music way up… and roll out…onto the awaiting highway! Neil Diamond belting out his tunes, with his raw, one-of-a-kind style! “Goodbye schedules! Goodbye gigs! Goodbye restaurant!

.

HELL-O HIGHWAY!!”

.

Jukebox – Wikimedia – cropped image – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Global license

Picture of motor-home courtesy – wikipedia Public Domain.

.

.

.

.

.

THE GRAND CANYON

.

ABOUT TEN DAYS LATER… We were just walking down into the canyon. This was great!  Weather was just right. Hikers were just practically skipping down the trail. Like a walk in the park. Better! The force of gravity just kinda carried the people down, down, down (as we descended, I noticed it getting gradually hotter).

.

.

.

.

.

800px-Juancito pack mule wikipedia public domain

TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA…NONE FOR ME!!!

.

After about three hours, I reached the bottom. Walking down along the river trail at the bottom, I began to get worried about the journey back up to the top of the canyon, the next day. Man…that’s a long way back up that steep trail! If it took three hours to walk down, then how long will it take to get back up…uh-h…Maybe I could rent a pack mule at the visitor center here at the bottom.

.

Maybe I’ll find Sister Sara. (You know, like that old Clint Eastwood movie, “Two Mules For Sister Sara”.) She’ll have an extra mule! One for her, and one for me! Ha ha…Uh Hmm-m.

.

So I walked through the crowded restaurant/tavern, asking about a mule. No such luck though! Oh well… I don’t have to make that climb till tomorrow! And tomorrow’s tomorrow! And that’s a long time from now! Right?

.

Juancito pack mule – wikipedia – public domain

.

.

.

.

.

BLIND MAN AT BOTTOM…

.

I decided to buy an ice cream bar at the open-air food stand at the little community on the canyon floor.

.

There were a number of people ahead of me in line. And as I waited in line, I noticed the young man who worked at the window was wearing extremely thick glasses, which also had a magnifying glass attached to his already super-thick glasses. “Man, that poor guy is almost blind!”, I thought to myself while I stood there in line. And even with those thick lenses, this nearly blind clerk still had to hold each coin right up close to his attached magnifying glasses in order to tell what each denomination of each coin and each bill was! It was impossible to not feel bad for this poor guy as he, no doubt, had to struggle through life!

.

Yeah, even a brash young arrogant schmuck like myself could feel sorry for this guy!

.

.

.

.

.

THAT EVENING…

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Constellation_Orion_from_Grand_Canyon.jpg.

WHAT’S A BROTHER FOR?… That evening there were hikers spread out all over the canyon floor, about 50 or 100 feet apart with their sleeping bags. And so I went for my bag. Actually it wasn’t exactly MY bag. I kind-of just borrowed it from my brother. It was such a nice compact little bag. And it was just hanging there on the wall, begging to be borrowed. “What are brothers for!?” So I grabbed it on the way out the door, as I left for my vacation.

.

Constellation Orion from Grand Canyon – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

.

.

.

.

.

“WHAT’S THIS!?”

.

But upon opening it, I was shocked to discover, it wasn’t a sleeping bag at all!

.

“IT’S A PARKA! A LITTLE… NYLON… PARKA!!!

.

 No wonder it was so compact! “What am I gonna do!?” I was down here at the bottom of the Grand Canyon! Not too many options! And so, I laid down on the hard ground, and tried to pull this lightweight parka over my feet and legs. And so began an all-night wrestling match with this little parka. Needless to say, the parka won the wrestling match!

.

.
.

.

.

MORNING AT BOTTOM OF CANYON

.

After tossing and turning most of the night, finally the light of dawn arrived. All the campers began to roll up their sleeping bags. I rolled up my little parka and put it back in its little nylon bag.

.

.

.

.

.

ARTIST’S VIEWPOINT…

.

I looked up at the steep canyon walls, as I was instructed to do.

.

I took a long look at these massive rocks of the canyon walls. A customer of our restaurant, a really great artist named Don, a very well-known nature painter back in Klamath Falls, suggested I take special note of the canyon walls in the early morning light.

D_3767 Grand Canyon walls USNPS public domain

.

And so I looked. And they were beautiful! And very soon, the sun began to peak over the rim of the canyon. And the light began to spread itself over the walls, as if it was a coat of paint running down the walls of this ancient canyon.

.

A paint of light. Spreading itself evenly over this ancient work of art. Wasn’t sure that’s what Don was talking about…but couldn’t notice much else.

.

Canyon Walls, Courtesy USPS & Wikipedia. Pub. Dom.

.

.

.

.

.

MULE-FREE ME…

.

And in a few minutes after breakfast we began our ascent back out of this amazing work of nature. There must have been about several hundred people or so, who spent the night https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grand_Canyon_National_Park,_Bright_Angel_Trial,_Mule_Trip_4825_-_Flickr_-_Grand_Canyon_NPS.jpgin the canyon.

.

It wasn’t too long in the ascent, when I probably began to surmise, that it was becoming easier to tell the smart people from the stupid ones.

.

The smart ones, of course, were on pack mules!

.

I was still tired from a pretty much sleepless night. But on the other hand, I had been jogging back home in Klamath for the past several years now, and was in pretty decent physical condition. However, I had just resumed smoking several weeks earlier, but had not begun to suffer the results yet.

.

The first part of the climb was fairly gentle, for an hour or so. But before long, I had to take a rest. The trail steepened into what is known as “switch-backs”. They went for some distance, and then switched back in the opposite direction. So there seemed to be an endless number of these “switchbacks”.

.

Time passed. Finally one hour…and then two hours…three. We just could not tell how far it was to the top. These sheer walls made that impossible. Another hiker began to swoon. I became really worried that she might faint, and fall off these narrow trails, down into the canyon below.

.

Those who were smart enough to have a mule, were passing us hikers by. We had to stop and hug the canyon walls each time, to let them by, and wish that we were on one!

.

Actually, it was amazing how sure-footed those mules were! On the other hand, I trusted my own feet more than I trusted those mules. They looked pretty scary as their big rear-ends made a wide swing around each sharp turn of those sharp switch-back corners!

.

Grand Canyon National Park – Bright Angel Trial, Mule Trip – Flicker

.

.

.

.

.

ONLY WAY OUT OF THIS HELL-HOLE…JUST KEEP WALKING UPWARD!

grand canyon USNPS photo public domain.

Four or five hours into this, the hikers began to stretch our necks to get a glimpse of the trail’s end. But in our disappointment, there was just another switch-back. Switch-back after switch-back. It was getting really monotonous!

.

But there is no other alternative. If you want to get out of this HELL-HOLE alive, you just have to keep walking upward, along the narrow pathway!

.

Five hours finally turned into six. No end in sight. Six turned into seven. Still only one switch-back after another. But then I considered how tedious it must have been for those who originally carved out these switch-backs.

.

The pack-mules kept passing. I kept taking endless breaks. More and more I looked…hoping to see the words, “TRAILS END“.

.

But just another switch-back.

.

Now it was about eight hours of hiking this seemingly endless trail.

.

Seemingly, a thousand times, I thought to myself…“When will this tedious upward trek ever end!?”

.

Photo of the “Bright Angel Trail” courtesy of USPS.

.

.

.

.

.

TRAIL’S END…

.

It just ended!

.

Yeah, suddenly, without a hint, the trail just ended!

.

Our journey was over! Done! Finished! We reached the top!

.

And needless to say, I just collapsed on a soft green grass provided by the Park Service!

.

And so did the others! And it felt like Heaven!

yavover grand canyon USNPS public domain photo

.

We made it! Yeah! We did it! “Mules? Who needs em!”

.

In my short walk back to the motor-home I stopped to talk to a park employee. This person informed me that some cross-country runners had just run down to the bottom and back up to the top in about 3 hours.

.

“Three hours!?”, I exclaimed incredulously…“Both ways!?”

.

This information took the air out of my now-rapidly-growing-ego-bubble. But at least I made it! And was I ever glad it was over!

.

Looking back on this, of course I’m happy I experienced this unforgettable upward journey. And now it’s just a memory…an experience to remember for all time!

.

But would I do it over again? I’ll let you figure that one out!

.

Courtesy USPS & Wikipedia. Pub. Dom. 

.

.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clinton_09.jpg?uselang=eo

“SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE A SIGN…”

(Title of the 1971 song by The 5 Man Electrical Band)

.

Later that evening, when I was back in my motor-home, I turned on the TV. It was my favorite new comedian. He was doing some skit, in which he supposedly had lost everything in life. There he was, living in a dumpster.

.

But just then, his friends came and pulled him out of the dumpster. They had found some pennies he had invested years earlier. And to this comedian’s delight, they showed how his pennies had accrued while he was in this disheveled condition. So he wasn’t broke after all. Well, this comedy sketch was really funny at the time. I actually can’t remember why. Well, this comedian was just plain funny! And so I laid there on the motor-home couch and laughed so hard, I almost fell onto the floor.

dumpster diving

.

Little did I know, that in just a few months, I was about to lose all my earthly wealth. And little was I aware, that I would likewise be scrounging like a beggar. And nobody could’ve convinced me that I was gonna be cast into an abyss much deeper and wider than this Grand Canyon which was just outside my motor-home door!

.

Jukebox – Wikimedia – cropped image – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Global license

.

.

.

.

.

UPWARD TO ZION!

.

After the Grand Canyon, it was northward and upward to Zion National Park. The motor-home was rolling along the highway just fine. As I approached the state border, I noticed the beautiful red rocks of the desert. And every so often there were little stands with Navajo blankets and jewelry for sale. It was really beautiful in its own way out there in the desert. I wouldn’t want to live there. But I’m sure those who do live there, love it there!

.

As I said, the motor-home was tooling along just fine; just fine that is, until the wind began to blow. And soon it began to blow harder! And finally, it was blowing so hard I feared the motor-home might blow completely over! I tried to go really slow, but the wind just kept getting stronger it seemed. 

NAVAJO WOMEN WEAVE A RUG AT TRADING POST ON THE NAVAJO RESERVATION wikipedia public domain

.

Finally I pulled over into some service station, rest-stop. Should I wait out the wind-storm? Although I was an atheist, I vaguely recall that I sensed that there was a greater power preventing me from going forward. Or maybe I didn’t. I can’t exactly recall. But it adds to the intrigue of this story, to think that I did!

.

Finally I decided not to wait. I turned the motor-home around and back-tracked to California. And the further we back-tracked, the more the wind died down. I guess it was the right decision to turn around.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Wingchi

.

Beautiful, beautiful Zion would have to wait until perhaps…another day.

.

NAVAJO WOMEN WEAVE A RUG AT TRADING POST ON THE NAVAJO RESERVATION wikipedia public domain

Photo of dust storm courtesy Wing-Chi Poon wikipedia share alike license. Click here for link.

.

.

.

.

.

UNSEEN SPEECH-WRITER!?!

.

In September, I went to our 10-year high-school reunion in Salem. Yeah, I was looking buff! working out alot. Also had arrived in my sleek little black sports-car!

.

I was all geared up to impress!

.

But then, something really strange occurred!

.

You see, as I sat there talking, I heard a non-descript voice in my mind, coaching me on just what I should say, in attempt to impress them. 

.

Needless to mention, this was unnerving! But his advice sounded pretty good, so I followed it. And quickly just shrugged it off.

.

And that was the last of that…for now! The first night, there was a large gathering at some ballroom in Salem…maybe at the Marion Hotel.

.

Anyway, an ex girlfriend came up and asked if I would do the introductions. And so, feeling pretty good about myself, I agreed. And just as I was up at the microphone, feeling like I was getting on a roll, (saying something like, “We’re gonna have a big night tonight, and a bigger weekend!”), to which an old buddy standing in the large crowd, made some sarcastic quip, chortling something to the effect, “Not as big as your ego, Whittemore!” I suppose his rude barb got a pretty good laugh. But hey, in the clubs, you either just ignore, or you throw some clever retort back at the heckler.

.

And since I couldn’t think of any clever come-back, I pretty much just ignored him and kept on speaking.

.
.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clinton_09.jpg?uselang=eo

“BAD MOON RISING”

.

(FOUR PROPHETS OF DOOM)
.

It was now October 1979. Five months after my vacation in the Southwest. I was back to work at the restaurant. And my singing partner and I began a new gig at a local steak-house three nights a week.

.

One afternoon, while rehearsing down at the club, we decided to play a few hands of poker. Five-Card-Draw. After dealing the cards, my partner went to the restroom. While she did, I looked at my cards. She had dealt me FOUR KINGS!! My eyes bugged out.

.

In a few minutes she returned, and we resumed our game. I asked for no cards. When I laid down my hand and she saw those four kings, she accused me of cheating. I can’t say I blame her since she had left the room, leaving me there alone with my cards.  Well, she got angry and needless to say, this brought our card game to a swift end.

.

But looking back, I have to say, this was a soothsaying, prophetic moment!

.

Because in a few weeks I was soon to encounter the King of the Universe! And the time had come for that King to pronounce Judgment on this unsuspecting night club musician (me!) And looking back, I can say…these four kings dealt to me that day were just “four prophets of doom”

.

… MY DOOM!

.

Jukebox – Wikimedia – cropped image – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Global license

King playing cards wikimedia GNU Free Documentation License
.

.

.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clinton_09.jpg?uselang=eo

“HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?”…

(Lyrics from the 1963 Chubby Checker song, “The Limbo Rock”)

.

I was on my break during a packed-house night. A man who was crippled happened to walk through the bar. In order to make some ladies laugh, I mimicked the odd way this crippled man walked. One of the ladies laughed. The other said, “That wasn’t nice!” I suppose the one who laughed probably didn’t think it was funny either. I didn’t usually make such a low-grade jest.

.

However, there was one time back at high school that I also made fun of a crippled girl in front of others. And in 15 years since that thoughtless high school prank, I still hadn’t learned my lesson.

.

But I was gonna learn my lesson! 

.

Soon!

.

REAL SOON!!!

.

Jukebox – Wikimedia – cropped image – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Global license

.

.

.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clinton_09.jpg?uselang=eo

“HOW DOES IT FEEL, TO BE ON YER OWN…LIKE A ROLLING STONE!”

.

This particular night was Halloween, as I recall. And as I said, it was standing-room-only there at the Stockman’s Social Club!

.

Among the many patrons dressed in costumes, there was one guy in particular whose costume really reminded me of Bob Dylan. I noticed him, because he kept dancing with my very hot girlfriend! But since I was performing and couldn’t interject myself between them, I chose instead to make a few slightly humorous jests over my microphone through the night, about him being, “Bob Dylan’s ghost”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bob_Dylan_1984.jpg.

Well, as the night wore on, I began stretching my neck to see where Mr. Dylan’s “ghost” and my girlfriend were, but neither of them seemed to be around any longer.

.

They just seemed to disappear!

.

Well, that’s what ghosts do! Right? Disappear?

.

And, well, so much for me having a girlfriend.

.

Jukebox – Wikimedia – cropped image – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Global license

Bob Dylan – 1984 – cropped and colored image – Wikipedia – share-alike license by Chris Hakkens

.

.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clinton_09.jpg?uselang=eo

“ONE EYE IS TAKEN FOR AN EYE”…

.

Little did I know, that in just a few weeks, I myself would become the object of pity and possibly the object of mimicry as well! Yeah, my bad karma was gonna come back around to bite me, and bite my hard! REALLY HARD! 

.

And I suppose at some point in time, I could’ve been talking with customers in some bar somewhere. And a certain song was playing. And as I drank down my bourbon, or whatever, I never dreamed that this certain song (“Bad Moon Rising”) and those four kings dealt to me, were gonna be the only harbingers and forebodings I was gonna get, for what lay in store for me, in just a few short days! 

.

Yeah, this song was exactly telling it like it is!

.

And I just thought it was a good dance song! 

.

Jukebox – Wikimedia – cropped image – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Global license

.

.

.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Clinton_09.jpg?uselang=eo

BAD MOON RISING

(Title of the mega-hit song by Creedence Clearwater Revival)

.

“I see the bad moon arising. I see trouble on the way. I see earthquakes and lightning. I see bad times today.”

 .

CHORUS: “Don’t go around tonight,

Well, it’s bound to take your life,

There’s a bad moon on the rise.”

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Makelessnoise_-_Bad_Moon_Rising_(by).jpg

SECOND VERSE:

“I hear hurricanes a-blowin’.

I know the end is coming soon. I fear rivers over flowin’.

I hear the voice of rage and ruin.”

CHORUS:

“Don’t go around tonight,

Well, it’s bound to take your life,

There’s a bad moon on the rise”

.

THIRD VERSE:

“Hope you got your things together.

Hope you are quite prepared to die.

Looks like we’re in for nasty weather.

One eye is taken for an eye.”

.

Jukebox – Wikimedia – cropped image – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 Global license

Bad Moon Rising – by Makelessnoise – for Wikipedia – Share-alike License

.

.

.

.

Judgment Day license plate www.devouringfire.com

.

Go to Chapter 2,  just click this link…

.

Ch. 2: “Atheist-2-Believer In 1 Second Flat!”  

.

So this happy atheist, Chuck, was going to become a believer in just a week or so. And this conversion just might set the land-speed record for conversions! Or should I rather say, it might set the HELL’S speed-record for conversions!

                      
.

.

.

.

.

.

TO THE READER:

.

THIS SITE HAS APPARENTLY BEEN TARGETED BY THE MAJOR SEARCH ENGINE, POSSIBLY FOR OCCASIONALLY TEACHING BIBLE TRUTHS WHICH ARE CURRENTLY DEEMED TO BE “POLITICALLY INCORRECT”. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Censored_rubber_stamp.svg

.

THIS, OF COURSE, MAKES IT HARDER FOR THE PUBLIC TO FIND MANY CHRISTIAN SITES VIA TODAY’S INTERNET GIANTS, WHICH SEEM TO BE SECRETLY SHADOW-BANNING THEM.

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Censored_rubber_stamp.svgTRUTH-SEEKERS CAN MORE EASILY ACCESS FAITHFUL CHRISTIAN WEBSITES, BY USING LESS INTRUSIVE/OBSTRUCTIVE SEARCH ENGINES, SUCH AS www.bing.com, OR www.duckduckgo.com

.

AND, BY ALL MEANS, LET’S PRAY FOR THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TODAY’S CLANDESTINE CENSORSHIP, THAT THEIR HEARTS MIGHT BE SOFTENED, AND THEIR EYES OPENED TO THE TRUTH THAT WILL SET THEM FREE.

.

To read more on this subject, click here…Today’s Devotional, Year 4 – May 20 (Mark Now Given, Part 7: “Masters of the Universe or Just Useful Pawns of Satan?”)

.

Censored rubber stamp.svg – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

The Levite and his concubine

By admin On February 28th, 2022

this harold camping bible study concerning levite and concubine

Harold Camping Family Bible Study #2 – YouTube

In Everything Giving Thanks! Lemonade Drinkers for Jesus!

By admin On January 13th, 2022

In Everything Giving Thanks! Lemonade Drinkers for Jesus!

Life can be pretty frustrating at times, wouldn’t you agree? Quite often, we humans suffer from the little thorns and thistles which God foretold of way back in Genesis 17, 18…”Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,

.

Now obviously, the Lord was not merely speaking of literal thorns and thistles, but of all the many problems of life, both little and large, which sin would bring with it! And certainly, it’s not difficult at all to observe the fulfillment of this prophecy from Genesis 3:17, 18! No matter where we look, we easily see the countless thorns and thistles of life springing up in every direction!

.

Take for just one little example, going into a fast-food restaurant, and waiting and waiting to order, as if we are invisible to the busy employees who studiously avoid looking at us! Oh yes, it’s a small inconvenience, but it often tempts us to eventually shout for some help. Or maybe when the employee does get around to take our order, we get treated rudely in some way. By now we are ready to storm out in disgust.

.

Well, this is just one tiny example. And no doubt, there are an endless list of examples we could give concerning life’s little lemons which come our way each day. Maybe some family situation. Maybe some work-related issue. There is literally no end to life’s sharp little thorns and thistles which poke us on a daily basis.

.

But the gist of this article is how we might turn the proverbial “lemon into lemonade”. 

.

And so, just how might we turn these negative experiences into beneficial experiences? Yes, how can we turn “lemons into lemonade”?

.

Listen to James 1:3, 4…”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.”

.

Praise God! Here is the solution to the many little thorns and thistles which can and will sting us in this “Thorn & Thistle World”! 

.

Yes, God is purposely allowing problems, both big and little, to come our way as a means of squaring and hewing us into perfectly-cut-and-polished gemstones! And so, instead of allowing all the little disappointments of life to get to us, we can rather determine to learn patience during such tiny tribulations…

.

For example, when we are in a long line waiting and waiting, instead of fuming or complaining, we might rather use the time to pray…or to look up a Bible verse, or merely to be good “Ambassadors for Christ”, treating all who are present with Christlike patience and loving-kindness! (see 2nd Corinthians 5:20 for “Ambassadors” quote)

.

And of course, this same principle can and should be carried into all our dealings, in the home, in the workplace, and in every situation of life! Whether in a potential conflict, discouraging set-back, or any injustice, we can turn these “life’s little lemons into lemonade”!

.

Thus, by so-doing, we will daily grow closer and closer into the likeness of our Lord!

.

And so, this Part 11 of the “In Every Thing Giving Thanks” series, these “little lemons of life” should also be given thanks for, as we allow them to turn us into “Lemonade Drinkers for Jesus!”

Daily Devotional, Year 4: February 6 . . . . Noble Bereans, Part 50: “Liberty of Conscience Now Threatened!”

By admin On March 26th, 2021

.

Click on credit links below each pic, for licensing names/details/tags/etc.. Most pics cropped/reduced in size

.

.

“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

.

.

.

Daily Devotional, Year 4: February 6

.

.

.

.

Noble Bereans, Part 50: “Liberty of Conscience Now Threatened!”

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

.

.

.

.

.

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.

.

Let’s review 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

.

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

.

.

.

.

.

AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

.

Okay, so those in Berea were more noble, because they:

.

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

.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Bible,_Notre-Dame_du_Taur,_septembre_2011.jpg

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

.

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

.

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!

.

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

.

.

.

.

.

THE REVELATION 12 DRAGON

www.theheavensdeclare.net.

This Revelation 12 Dragon “cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Revelation 12:15

.

And this amazing constellation is comprised of various stars from several different well-known constellations. And this Dragon was created by God to reveal and confirm a great Bible truth regarding Satan and his war against Heaven.

.

And the wave of water coming forth out of the Dragon’s mouth is spoken of in more veiled terms in such places as Psalm 22:5, 6… “When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; The sorrows of Hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;”

.

So here we see that the Dragon’s wave of water is actually symbolic of Satan’s army of willing humans, who oppress the Church through means of false doctrines, oppressive dogma, and mind-indoctrination via various ungodly influences.

.

ABOVE PICTURE: Revelation 12 Dragon – Winter – Hyades, Pleiades, etc. – not for commercial uses

.

.

.

.

.

THE GREAT CONTROVERSY

.

In Ellen White’s book, “The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan”, she addresses this issue of liberty of conscience, and the future persecution against the faithful remnant people of God.

.

(Down toward the bottom of today’s devotional, one can listen to the 40 minute audio version of this revealing and insightful chapter from that book)

.

1858 version The Great Controversy by E.G. White – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

AN INSIGHTFUL AND UNCANNY LOOK FORWARD IN TIME! 

.

Now, when reading this fine book, Great Controversy, it is also an uncanny look forward in time, to our day, and speaks of things only realized in these last few decades.

.

And yet, because it was written in the late 1800’s, it doesn’t fully explain things from today’s vantage point. In other words, we have a much greater advantage today, because we can more clearly and more fully see the reality of the current world situation.

.

Yes, we now have the great advantage of living in this day when prophecy is being fulfilled right before our very eyes!

.

Nevertheless, Ellen White was given great insight into Bible prophecy, and by reading The Great Controversy, it is a tremendous witness that God was indeed working mightily through her!

.

Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

MUCH WORSE THAN ANYONE REALIZED!

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgBut in this fearful time we are now living, we realize that Satan’s oppressive warfare against God’s people is of a much wider scope than merely from the papal church-system.

.

And perhaps this chapter does not bring this aspect out as clearly as it should.

.

Nevertheless, we can now see things in much clearer light, and understand that liberty of conscience is in much greater peril because of the totalitarian nature of the current-day oppression!

.

Christian and Apollyon – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

VARIOUS INSTRUMENTS OF OPPRESSION

.

Yes, with the advent of such things as television, radio, and Internet, Satan is now using virtually all of society to control the hearts and minds of God’s remnant people. And all this mind control goes far beyond the Church, as he works through these various means to brainwash all of society, yea even all the world!

.

Even the educational institutions are currently being used in his battle to control the hearts and minds of the people! Oh yes, there are no doubt, many fine and dedicated employees within these institutions. But just like the apostate churches and denominations, these honest-hearted people would be mortified and appalled to realize that Satan is using them as pawns to further his oppressive warfare against the entire world, and especially against God’s faithful ones!

.

.

.

.

.

“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY”

Proverbs 25:25

.

So just where is the Good News in all this bad news?

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

Listen…“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Romans 5:20

.

This is just one exceeding great and precious promise among countless other similar promises that God will be with us till the end! Yes, the Lord will see us through the “troublous times” ahead!

.

And as good and noble Bereans, we must with open minds and truth-seeking hearts, prayerfully study all these things to see if they are indeed so!

.

And as already mentioned, by scrolling down toward the bottom of today’s devotional, one can listen to the 40 minute audio version of this revealing and insightful chapter from that book. 

.

USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

“I BARE YOU ON EAGLES’ WINGS, AND BROUGHT YOU UNTO MYSELF!”

Exodus 19:4

.

And we can rejoice that God will bare us up on eagles wings, even as it is written… “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

.

ABOVE PICTURE: Winter – Revelation 12 Woman with Eagle Wings (aka Ursa Major, including The Big Dipper)

.

.

.

.

.

.

TO READ PART 51, CLICK HERE…February 9 (Noble Bereans, Part 51: “Come Out of Her My People!”)

.

.

.

.

.

.

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

.

“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…

.

ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons lic.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read…August (Noble Bereans, Part 16: “The Signs Of Heaven?”) or you can also read…NOVEMBER 23 (Noble Bereans, Part 20: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding Her Old Testament Statements”), or you can also read…October 30 (Noble Bereans, Part 26 – “The Message of the Third Angel of Revelation 14”)

.

.

.

.

.

THE END

.Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!

 

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

The info and pics of the constellations on this site are all taken from Wikipedia and from The Internation Astronomical Union (click here to view their site)

.

.

.

.

LOCATION…

Wikipedia star-charts winter constellation in West

.

The Revelation 12 Dragon Constellation can be located by finding Orion in winter months. The Dragon is to Orion’s left, and the Dragon’s mouth is right next to Orion’s shield. This Dragon’s mouth is the V-like constellation The Hyades Cluster, which is also known as the head of Taurus the Bull. The Dragon’s tail-tip is Pleiades and the lower shaft of his tail is partly of Aries  and Pisces. Then with aid of a dark and starry night, you may begin to connect the mouth and the tail with a very long body in an oval shape. The front and back legs are made of a few stars: the front legs partially of stars from Taurus . The back legs and rear fin are made of 6 stars from the Cetus Constellation.

.

BODY HARD TO SEE

.

The long oval-shaped body has relatively few stars, but can been seen, howbeit with a dark, starry night. The four stars of the front fins are made partially of Taurus .

.

.

.

.

.

.

FIRST APPEARS IN MID-SUMMER

Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

.

This Dragon constellation appears in the eastern horizon about mid-summer in the pre-dawn hours, spewing his flood-waters northward toward the Revelation 12 Woman in Travail (not pictured in this chart).

.

The Wave of Water is primarily composed of the Constellation Auriga. There are two dimmer stars (#’s 1 & 2) which are closest to the Dragon’s mouth. These two dimmer stars are also part of this Wave of Water, but are not part of the Auriga Constellation.

.

THE ZODIAC NAMES

It is not the purpose, nor the desire of www.theheavensdeclare.net to give any validity or recognition to the Zodiac or any pagan deities. But unfortunately, the common names of many constellations (such as Scorpio or Sagittarius, etc.), must be given, solely for the purpose of locating them on star-charts.

.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

.

.

.

TOMORROW…

February 7 (Taking Back This Nation For God! Part 11: “How To Stop the Growing Lawlessness in the Land” CONTINUED FURTHER)

 

.

Daily Devotional, Year 4: February 5 ()

By admin On March 26th, 2021

.

Click on credit links below each pic, for licensing names/details/tags/etc.. Most pics cropped/reduced in size

.

.

.

Daily Devotional, Year 4: February 5

.

.

.

.

Noble Bereans, Part 49: “Dead People Speaking!?”

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

.

.

.

.

.

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.

.

Let’s review 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

.

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

.

.

.

.

.

AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

.

Okay, so those in Berea were more noble, because they:

.

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

.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Bible,_Notre-Dame_du_Taur,_septembre_2011.jpg

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

.

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

.

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!

.

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

.

.

.

.

.

A BABYLONISH HELL

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Hieronymus_Bosch_042.jpg

.

It only makes sense that spiritual Babylon (in the form of today’s fallen world, including the world-loving churches and denominations) would have doctrines which originated in ancient Babylon. And the church-doctrine of “the immortality of the soul”, living in a conscience state in Hell actually originated in ancient Babylon (information from “The Two Babylons” by Alexander Hislop).

.

After all, it was the serpent in the garden who first falsely promised the woman…“Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4, 5

.

Yes, it has always been that serpent, Satan, who lies against Bible truth, when Scripture clearly teaches…“The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4, 20

.

Hell – Hieronymus Bosch – Wikipedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

.

And every truth-seeking Noble Berean is highly encouraged to spend much time searching these things out, by following these daily devotionals, and listening to the accompanying audio segments at the bottom of each day’s devotionals. 

.

USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

.

TO READ PART 50, CLICK HERE…Daily Devotional, Year 4: February 6 (Noble Bereans, Part 50: “Liberty of Conscience Now Threatened!”)

.

.

.

.

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

.

“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…

.

ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons lic.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read…August 1 (Eternal Torment? Part 29: “What & Where is Hell?”)or you can also read…December 16 (Eternal Torment? Part 31: “Babylonian Hell”) or you can also read…JANUARY 28 (The False Prophet, Part 3: The Image That Speaks!),

.

.

.

.

.

THE END

.Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!

 

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

The info and pics of the constellations on this site are all taken from Wikipedia and from The Internation Astronomical Union (click here to view their site)

.

.

.

.

THESE SIGNS ARE MENTIONED

.winter four constellations

From time to time, the Book of Revelation mentions stars. But when we get to Revelation Chapter 12, it speaks of two “great signs in heaven”. First, it speaks of the sign in heaven of a woman with child. Then it speaks of the sign in heaven of a great red dragon, with a tail that sweeps one-third of the stars and casts these stars down to the earth. So we get the sense that this phenomenon that the Apostle John was seeing, was closely intertwined with the starry host of the heavens. And these two signs in heaven, a woman, and a dragon, are a big part of this website, Signs Of Heaven.

.

And so this phenomenon that the Apostle John was seeing, was closely intertwined with the starry host of the heavens.

.

What really gives validity to this idea, is that God created the Universe in such a way, that if one looks at the major constellations, then this Revelation 12 scenario can be seen. So please read on. And if you really want to see this heavenly battle, you just might. It will take some real effort on your part. But through prayer, faith, and study of the site, God may just graciously open your eyes to see this amazing story written on the heavenly scroll above. But don’t wait! This heavenly scroll will soon be rolled up, just as it is written… “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together;” Revelation 6:14

.

WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch to the right is how this constellation group appears in the eastern sky in fall. This is the four primary constellations of the Winter Constellations. They can be seen in this position, in the late fall above the eastern horizon. The Woman of Revelation 12 is commonly called Ursa Major or The Big Dipper and appears in the north. Orion the Soldier is the at the bottom is to the south of the Woman. The The Dragon of Revelation Constellation’s mouth isThe Hyades Cluster, and the tip of his tail is Pleiades, and his Wave of Water is primarily the  Auriga constellation. The Glorious Horse Constellation  head is of  Perseus Constellation and his rear end is Cassiopeia Constellation.

.

.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

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

.

.

TOMORROW…

February 6 (Noble Bereans, Part 50: “Liberty of Conscience Now Threatened!”)

 

.

.

IDEAS FOR DAILY DEVOTIONAL

By admin On February 8th, 2021

HE WHO HATH EARS TO HEAR- discuss the messages to the 7 churches and what it means to have ears to hear

Today’s Devotional – NOVEMBER 3RD (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner)

By admin On February 7th, 2021

 

Click credit links below each pic, for licensing names/details/tags/etc.. Most pics cropped/reduced in size

.

.

 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

.

.

.

Today’s Devotional – NOVEMBER 3RD

.

.

.

.

The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner

.

.

.

.

.

“Enter into the Rock, and hide thee in the dust,

for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty.

The lofty looks of man shall be humbled,

and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down,

and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

For the day of the LORD of hosts

shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty,

and upon every one that is lifted up;

and he shall be brought low:”

Isaiah 2:10-12 

.

 

.

.

.

.

.

.

“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

.

Listen to the following revelation concerning the evil which exists within the hearts of men…“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, AN EVIL EYE, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23 

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Once_in_a_Blue_Moon_(40034339832).jpg

.

Please tilt your head to the left. Do you see a man with a very long pointed nose. (Obviously, the sketch to the right is just an exaggeration in order to help you find the face in the photo to the left.)

 

.

Do you see an angry look? His right eye-brow is raised as if he is judging.

.

This second face in the Moon appears to be that of a combination of a man as well as a fox. Or maybe a wolf. Doesn’t he have a long narrow nose like a wolf or fox? Maybe even a dog. Nevertheless, the expression on his face, as he appears to look down upon the Earth, is that of scorn. Unlike the  first Moon-man’s sad shock and awe; this ‘man/fox/wolf/dog’ appears to be that of anger and scorn. As if he is disgusted at the sinful planet below.

.

He is very moral, you see!

.

Moon – Public Domain – 2nd face Pharisee Scorner – by Cezar Popescu for Wikimedia – Universal Public Domain – cropped, highlighted & rotated photo

.

.

.

.

.

THIS BEAST WITHINThe True Accusing Finger www.signsofheaven.org share-alike license- you may use

.

Well, the Bible has much to say about Pharisees. And the Bible has much to say about wolves, and foxes, and dogs. And this wolf-face inscribed in the Moon has much to tell us about ourselves!

.

So if you are a truth-seeker, then this article will be an eye-opener, as we explore just what the Bible has to say about these things. And the fact is, this Pharisee Moon-Beast is in the heart of each and every human.

.

And so, if you (or I) find that this wolf-man has some things in common, please don’t despair! For God is giving us these signs, while there still is time. While there still is hope!

.

.

.

.

.

THE PHARISEES…

.

Now listen to this verse concerning proud scorners…“Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.” Proverbs 21:24

.

Yes this wolf-like beast-face in the Moon, is what the Bible calls a proud Pharisee. They were the morality crowd! They were the finger pointers! They were the scorners! They had an evil eye against others! They didn’t realize that their own pride was even more reprehensible to God than the drunkenness, immorality, or sexual perversions of the unsaved world!

.

.

.

.

.

PHARISEES & SADDUCEES

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Robert_Salmon_-_Moonlight_Coastal_Scene.jpg

.

There were two major groups spoken of during the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry: The Pharisees and the Sadducees. While the Pharisees were very big on law and justice, the Sadducees were steeped in unbelief.

 

But that discussion of the Sadducees should be saved for the next section, “Moon Into Blood Part 3”. 

 

But for now, this examination of this 2nd face in the Moon should continue.

.

Robert Salmon – Moonlight Coastal Scene – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

.

WHICH WAY THE FINGER IS POINTING

.

It is true religion that says, “I am chief of sinners.” 1st Timothy 1:15. These are the words of Paul. Paul saw himself for what he really was: a dirty rotten sinner in need of a Savior!

 .

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Pharisee_and_the_publican_Brooklyn.jpg

.

It is false religion that says, “God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.” Luke 18:11.

.

These are the words of this proud Pharisee in the parable of the Publican & the Pharisee (see Luke 18:9-14).

.

It is true religion that points the accusing finger at ‘myself’. It is false religion that points at the other guy. True religion understands that Satan is the “god of this world” (2nd Corinthians 4:4). But this Pharisee has lost sight of that fact. True Christianity desires to lead others to forsake this world and begin to live for Heaven. False religion wants to clean this world up, not realizing that sin is literally everywhere: because it’s the Devil’s world.

.

This scorner forgets what 1st John proclaims… “…and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1st John 5:19

.

Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

.

.

.

.

.

PHARISEE SITS ON JUDGMENT-THRONE

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Pharisee_and_the_publican_Brooklyn.jpg

.

But this Pharisee-Scorner enjoys sitting on his judgment throne and pointing the accusing finger down at others. But what this pseudo-Christian does not realize is, that it is impossible to be Christian, while at the same time, judging others.

.

Just listen… “Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, Who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” James 4:11, 12.

.

So this passage proclaims that whoever judges others, is trying to be God! Because only God is capable of judging a man’s heart. Of course, this Pharisee excuses himself, by saying that he’s only doing a public service by exposing the sins of others.

.

Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

.

.

.

.

“THE HEART IS DECEITFUL…WHO CAN KNOW IT?”

.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PS_Kr%C3%B8yer_-_Hip_hip_hurra!_Kunstnerfest_p%C3%A5_Skagen_1888.jpg

.

Just listen to the following passage…“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9, 10.

.

So as this passage proclaims, “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?” But then it goes on to tell us, that God Himself searches the hearts of men (and women). God is the righteous Judge. And God will render back to us, according to our ways.

.

PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen 1888 wikimedia public domain

.

.

.

.

.

THE PHARISEE & THE PUBLICAN

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Pharisee_and_the_publican_Brooklyn.jpg

.

Listen to this story of the proud Pharisee and the humble Publican…“The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.” Luke 18:11-13

.

That well-known story of the Pharisee and the Publican presents a basic concept between a correct spirit and an incorrect one. In this story, God presents these two characters, which seem to be polar opposites: the proud Pharisee and the self-abasing Publican. The first, the Pharisee, saw himself as self-righteous, while the Publican realized just what a great sinner he was! Pride is quite often hard to detect. But the Publicans were a scorned class of persons. They knew they were sinners!

.

Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

.

.

.

.

.

PRIDE ESPECIALLY DISGUSTING TO GOD

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Pharisee_and_the_publican_Brooklyn.jpg

.

The point to this story is that God abhors human pride. But God contrariwise,  presents the proper attitude, by showing us the humility and shame-facedness of the Publican. 

.

And this little parable ends with the following summation… “I tell you, this man (the publican) went down to his house justified rather than the other (the Pharisee): for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 18:14.

.

Here is a great big, giant concept, which Jesus presented. God loves a humble and contrite heart; but God hates human pride. And because our hearts are so easily deceived, we must exercise constant vigilance against such sins as pride.

.

Tissot The Pharisee and publican Brooklyn Museum & Wikimedia US public domain

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

TO READ PART 3, GO HERE…January 6 (The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner, Part 3: “Worshiping the god of Respectability!”)

.

.

.

. 

. 

TODAY’S PRAYER…

.

“Dear Lord, Help me to understand this fearful message, to come out of Babylon! And if it’s true, then help me to make this great modern-day Exodus…

.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1or you can also read… “May 12th (Come Out of Her, My People?)”

.

.

.

.

THE END

.picture - soldiers of the cross - armor up!

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

 

.

.

.

“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Once_in_a_Blue_Moon_(40034339832).jpg“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, AN EVIL EYE, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23 

.

Please tilt your head to the left. Do you see a man with a very long pointed nose. (Obviously, the sketch to the right is just an exaggeration in order to help you find the face in the photo to the left.)

.

Do you see an angry look? His right eye-brow is raised as if he is judging.

.

This second face in the Moon appears to be that of a combination of a man as well as a fox. Or maybe a wolf. Doesn’t he have a long narrow nose like a wolf or fox? Maybe even a dog. Nevertheless, the expression on his face, as he appears to look down upon the Earth, is that of scorn. Unlike the first Moon-man’s sad shock and awe; this ‘man/fox/wolf/dog’appears to be that of anger and scorn. As if he is disgusted at the sinful planet below.

.

He is very moral, you see!

.

Moon – Public Domain – 2nd face Pharisee Scorner – by Cezar Popescu for Wikimedia – Universal Public Domain – cropped, highlighted & rotated photo

.

.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner”

.

.

.

.

TOMORROW:

.

Daily Devotional November 4th (A Rose By Any Other Name)

 

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

.

ALL ‘NOBLE BEREANS’ (open-minded seekers of Bible truth) are encouraged to listen to this Open Forum #37, a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…

.

.

ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons lic.

.

Click on image credit links below each photo, for licensing names, details, and tags, etc.. Most Images cropped & reduced in size.

 

Today’s Devotional – September 14th . . . . Divorce: Bondage or Perfect Peace?

By admin On February 3rd, 2021

<.

Click credit links below each pic, for licensing names/details/tags/etc.. Most pics cropped/reduced in size

.

.

.

Today’s Devotional – September 14th

.

.

.

.

Divorce: Bondage or Perfect Peace?

.

.

.

.

.

“But if the unbelieving depart,

let him depart.

A brother or a sister

is not under bondage in such cases:

but God hath called us to peace.”

1st Corinthians 7:15

.

.

.

.

.

So this above verse, pretty much says it all! Yes, if an unbelieving spouse departs, then we are free to remarry! Right?

.

Divorce – cropped image – Wikimedia – the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

.

.

.

.

.

.

BONDAGE = SERVITUDE

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mocking_Bird_Argument.jpgWell, actually, this passage is not saying we are “not under bondage” in a legal sense. Actually, this word bondage is a word which speaks of bondage in the sense of suffering, or servitude.

.

In other words, when an unbelieving spouse departs, we are no longer under bondage in the sense that we have been freed from all the servitude and suffering which comes from a Believer and an unbeliever living under the same roof!

.

Mocking Bird Argument – cropped image – wikimedia – share-alike license

.

.

.

.

.

REMAIN UNMARRIED!

.

And we have further confirmation with this next verse… “And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.” 2nd Corinthians 7:10, 11 

.

So this above passage confirms that a Believer should remain unmarried, if she departs.

.

Weddingring – JH – cropped image – Wikipedia – share-alike license

.

.

.

.

.

JESUS SPEAKS ON DIVORCE & RE-MARRIAGE

.

Now there is more to all this! Listen to Jesus, as He answered the stubborn Pharisees about the issue of divorce… “It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” Matthew 5:31, 32

.

So this passage makes clear that re-marriage after divorce is adultery! God reveals in Malachi… “For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that He hateth putting away (divorce)” Malachi 2:16

.

So, God hates divorce, as this above verse says! But the Pharisees loved divorce! They loved the idea that they could use just about any excuse to divorce their wives!

.

Brooklyn Museum – The Pharisees Question Jesus – James Tissot – US Public Domain – Wikimedia

.

.

.

.

.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg

So, with all this, just why would a true-worshipper of God ever want to divorce and re-marry, if God says that’s adultery?

.

Question Marks – At a loss – svg – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

.

.

.

.

.

LOVE RULES THE HEAVENS!

orion good shepherd

.

But there is a much greater principle which governs the matters of life! Yes, it is the great rule which governs the entire Heavens!

.

Some call it “The Golden Rule”. Others simply call it “Love”.

.

You see, God has chosen us to be ambassadors of love!

.

We have been called to be representatives of Jesus Christ, spreading the seeds of agape love to this fallen and sin-darkened world!

.

.

.

.

.

 

CHRIST IN ME!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Braet_von_%C3%9Cberfeldt_woman_with_bible_1866.jpg

.

And as ministers of Christ’s love, God has given us the mind of Christ. And so, we are to live in this world, even as Christ lives out His holy life through us!

.

Listen… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

.

Braet von Überfeldt – Woman with Bible – 1866 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

LET LOVE RULE MY HEART!

.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Columpio_Veracruz_059.jpgAnd so, we are to love our spouse with the same agape love as Christ has for us! And this means that we are to do for others, even as Christ has done for us! And of course, this includes our spouse! Yes, no matter how our spouse behaves, we must let Jesus live out His life through us!

.

Listen… “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.” Matthew 5:38-40.

.

So obviously, this passage presents a way of life vastly different from the way the world operates!

.

Man & Wife on swing – Fraternal love (Prehispanic sculpture from 250–900 A.D., of Huastec origin) wikimedia public domain

.

.

.

.

.

CHRISTIANS IN TRAINING!

.

Now, why does God put us in such a miserable position, with an unloving and even a bitter spouse? Well, for a number of reasons! But one big reason is, that God wants us to die-to-self. And there is no better training ground for a Believer to die-to-self, than to live with an unbelieving spouse!

Cat and dog - Dont know whats comin - Wikimedia - Share-Alike License

.

Yes, an unbelieving spouse unknowingly trains us to keep quiet in the midst of verbal attacks! And there is nothing like an unbelieving spouse to teach us patience! And there is nothing like an unbelieving spouse to drive us to our knees in prayer! And the unbelieving spouse teaches us how to forgive, in the face of anger, rudeness, and hardheartedness! And many other Christlike virtues are developed in a divided home, if the Believer is willing to stay and endure such chastening.

.

Listen again… “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.” Matthew 5:38-40.

.

Cat and dog – Dont know whats comin – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

.

.

.

.

.

TRIBULATION IN DARK AGES!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Santo_Domingo_y_los_albigenses-detalle.jpg

.

Now O child of faith, let’s think this thing through! Just read a book like Foxe’s Book of Martyrs!

.

Just read about the torture that God’s people went through during the Dark Ages! Yes, those men, women, and children lived lives of deprivation and hardship! And some even suffered unspeakable torture in dark and dank dungeons! And many were simply left to rot in cold and damp prison cells! Many were forced to witness their own family members raped and even tortured to death!

.

Burning at the Stake – Wikipedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

SUFFERING IS A VITAL PART OF CHRISTIANITY!

David's sorrow - Wikigallery - Public Domain

.

And so, to live with a bitter spouse is far less suffering than what our predecessors endured for the name of Christ! And so, in light of the bloody history of the Church, God is giving us a very merciful way of sanctifying us, wouldn’t you agree? 

.

Listen to the testimony of Paul… “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Hebrews 8:17, 18

.

David's sorrow - Wikigallery - Public Domain

Yes, the Bible tells us that it is our privilege to share in Christ’s sufferings! We just need to forget all about this worldly notion that the Christian should live a charmed life!

.

Oh yes, we can indeed have peace in the midst of the storm. And if we endure the many hardships before us, God will eventually give us that perfect peace which is an in comprehensible witness to the world’s inhabitants, as they behold us standing on a sea of glass, even in the midst of the fiery furnace!

.

David’s sorrow – Wikigallery – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

SUFFERING MUST CONTINUE FOR A WHILE

.

There is a proverb in the world which goes like this… “Why trade the devil you know for the devil you don’t know?”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpg

.

Now this isn’t to indicate in the slightest degree, that one’s spouse is a devil! No, but the point is, if we are a true worshipper of God, then one thing is for sure: we must fill up the measure of Christ’s sufferings in the body, as is written by Paul… “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His body’s sake, which is the Church:” Colossians 1:24

.

So if we are a true worshipper of God, then God is going to allow suffering. And if we think that by escaping a troubled marriage will somehow deliver us from fiery trials, we really don’t understand the Gospel of our Salvation! And if our “trouble-making” spouse leaves, then God may give us an even more fiery situation to chasten us. Maybe a terrible disease or even a terminal illness! 

.

Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain

.

.

.

.

.

CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_van_Gogh_-_Old_Man_in_Sorrow_(On_the_Threshold_of_Eternity).jpgAnd so, as a popular saying goes… “Careful what you wish for!” Yes, by wishing to be freed from my present circumstances, I may end up in even worse circumstances!

.

And as a chastened child of God, just be happy with the circumstances you are now in. And pray that, “after that ye have suffered a while, (God will) make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” 1st Peter 5:10.

.

Vincent van Gogh – Old Man in Sorrow (On the Threshold of Eternity) – Wikipedia US Public Domain.jpg

.

.

.

.

.

AND WHAT IF LIFE BECOMES PEACEFUL?

"Welcome to Hell" may use or share with credit or link to www.signsofheaven.org

.

Now, on the other hand, if my troubled marriage ends, and all of a sudden, life turns into a bed of roses, then the possibility is, I am not even a true-worshipper of God!

.

Listen… “But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” Romans 12:8

.

As this above verse reveals, those who seem to live a charmed life, are in reality, probably not true children of God!

.

.

.

.

.

.

REJOICE THAT GOD IS PURIFYING YOU!

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:THE_WAYNE_GIPSON_FAMILY_SAYS_A_PRAYER_BEFORE_THEIR_EVENING_MEAL_IN_THE_KITCHEN_OF_THEIR_MODERN_HOME_NEAR_GRUETLI..._-_NARA_-_556611.jpg.

And so, the bottom line to all this is, if you and I are genuine Christians, suffering will be an integral part of our heart’s purification. So if we will just suffer our present circumstances, then the day may come when our spouse may finally come to Salvation! 

.

Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in His ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.” Psalm 128:1-4 
 

.

Family Worship – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

.

.

.

.

TODAY’S PRAYER…

.

“Dear Lord, Help me to rejoice in my sufferings, just as Paul did! Please keep giving me the trials which will cleanse my soul from the deeply-seated evil which exists within! Give me that peace which surpasses all understanding, so that I may endure those trials…

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Flower of Heaven Constellation” or you can also read… “February 1st (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?!)”

.

.

.

THE END

.picture - soldiers of the cross - armor up!

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

.

.

 

THE FLOWER OF HEAVEN CONSTELLATION

.

.

REVELATION 12 WOMAN ON ALTAR AND FLOWER OF HEAVEN

.

In The West

In The West

.

This constellation almost appears as a vine, as it projects out from the Altar/Ark Constellation . This constellation appears in mid-winter through late-spring. As you can see in this sketch, the Altar/Ark

Constellation is also known as Leo Major , and the stem or vine of the flower is made of stars of the Virgo Constellation, and the flower itself is made of the Corvus Constellation.

.

 

THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATION NAMES

It is not the purpose of www.theheavensdeclare.net to give any validity to the Zodiac or any pagan deities. But the common names of many constellations must be given, solely for the purpose of locating them on star-charts.

.

.

.

.

.

THIS STORY BEGINS WITH A FLOWER

.

“COME FOLLOW ME”

.

Revelation 12 Woman on Altar w/ Flower of Heaven Constellations

.

God called to anyone, and everyone to come follow Him on a heaven-ward journey, symbolized by the Summer Constellations of Signs Of Heaven. God then led His followers through the battle between good and evil, symbolized by the Winter Constellations.

.

Then, after the battle was over, and the Revelation 12 Woman (The Church) (sketch right) victoriously swerves toward the Narrow Gate Stars (Gemini stars, picture to right), it begins to be seen that she is rising as incense from the Altar/Ark Constellation.

.

.

.

.

.

GOD’S PURPOSE FINALLY UNDERSTOOD

.

3.9.132

.

And finally is seen this Flower of Heaven, suspended as a vine from this Altar/Ark (picture right). So now we understand the Lord’s intent. Now we see what God was doing all along. Yes, God has been severe. Yes, He has brought Humanity through a very horrific experience. But alas, He took a dying flower (Humanity), and through a long process, He revived this dying flower. And in the end, God, through Christ, gave new life to this dying flower: new life which shall never ever perish. And this flower no longer springs up from the Earth. But now is suspended from this Altar/Ark, which is located in Holy Mountain of Zion…God’s eternal throne.

.

But as we look at this Flower of Heaven Constellation, it also reminds us of something almost romantic. This last scene from Signs Of Heaven almost reminds us of a love letter, written by God to Humanity, with a single rose, placed upon that letter, just waiting for anyone to read it. 

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Flower of Heaven Constellation” 

.

.

.

.

.

TOMORROW:

“September 15th (Here Are Two Swords!)”

.

.

Those who are interested in using photos on this page may click on the provided image credit link below each photo, to get to Wikimedia Commons for various licensing names, details, and tags, and all other necessary info on any particular photo.>