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

By admin On March 26th, 2021

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Daily Devotional, Year 4: February 6

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

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.

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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

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

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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Okay, 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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THE REVELATION 12 DRAGON

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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

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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.

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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;”

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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.

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

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THE GREAT CONTROVERSY

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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.

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(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)

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

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AN INSIGHTFUL AND UNCANNY LOOK FORWARD IN TIME! 

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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MUCH WORSE THAN ANYONE REALIZED!

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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.

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

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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!

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

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VARIOUS INSTRUMENTS OF OPPRESSION

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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!

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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!

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY”

Proverbs 25:25

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

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

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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!

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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!

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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. 

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

Exodus 19:4

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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

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

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

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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…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”)

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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)

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LOCATION…

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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.

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BODY HARD TO SEE

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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 .

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FIRST APPEARS IN MID-SUMMER

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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).

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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.

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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.

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

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TOMORROW…

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

 

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Daily Devotional, Year 4: February 5 ()

By admin On March 26th, 2021

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Daily Devotional, Year 4: February 5

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

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.

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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

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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

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A BABYLONISH HELL

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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).

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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

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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

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

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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. 

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

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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…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!),

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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)

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THESE SIGNS ARE MENTIONED

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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TOMORROW…

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

 

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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

 

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Today’s Devotional – NOVEMBER 3RD

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The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner

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“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 

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“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

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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 

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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.)

 

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

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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.

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He is very moral, you see!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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THE PHARISEES…

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

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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!

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PHARISEES & SADDUCEES

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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.

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WHICH WAY THE FINGER IS POINTING

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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!

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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.

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

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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.

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

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PHARISEE SITS ON JUDGMENT-THRONE

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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THE PHARISEE & THE PUBLICAN

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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

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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!

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PRIDE ESPECIALLY DISGUSTING TO GOD

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“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…

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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?)”

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

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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.)

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

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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.

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READ MORE…

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

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TOMORROW:

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

 

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

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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…

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

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Today’s Devotional – September 14th

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Divorce: Bondage or Perfect Peace?

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“But if the unbelieving depart,

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

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BONDAGE = SERVITUDE

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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!

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REMAIN UNMARRIED!

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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 

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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?

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LOVE RULES THE HEAVENS!

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

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

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

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

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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!

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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.

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LET LOVE RULE MY HEART!

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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.

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

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CHRISTIANS IN TRAINING!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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!

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SUFFERING IS A VITAL PART OF CHRISTIANITY!

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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? 

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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! 

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CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

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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.

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AND WHAT IF LIFE BECOMES PEACEFUL?

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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!

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

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

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REJOICE THAT GOD IS PURIFYING YOU!

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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! 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“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…

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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!?!)”

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FLOWER OF HEAVEN CONSTELLATION

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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.

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“COME FOLLOW ME”

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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.

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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.

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GOD’S PURPOSE FINALLY UNDERSTOOD

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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.

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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. 

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TOMORROW:

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

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 30 . . . . How To Breeze Through The Coming Crisis! Part 5: “Victory In Christ-likeness!” 

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 30

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How To Breeze Through The Coming Crisis! Part 5: “Victory In Christ-likeness!” 

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“And we know that all things

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There’s a whole lot of people who are very bothered about the oppressive laws which are beginning to be created!

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Yes, this nation, as of late, seems to be exhibiting some qualities of totalitarianism. Yes, that, “Land of Liberty” in which we grew up in, seems to be morphing into…uh…well…into something else.

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And even more unnerving is that our children do not even realize what’s going on, because they have been educated to accept all this change, yes, even to embrace it!

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But we are shocked and amazed at what we now see!

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When we see Christian businessmen having to close up shop, it is very disconcerting!

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When we see the courts handing down unjust decisions, we are filled with anger!

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When wTV indoctrinatione hear that huge corporations are paying off congressmen, to oppress us, we feel helpless!

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When the schools begin to promote sexual perversion, we are amazed and confounded!

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When false and oppressive religions move in, and begin to take over the very nations which once enthusiastically embraced the Christian Reformation, we are greatly saddened!

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The young people pass by on the streets, wearing pagan-like ornaments and markings, and greet us with a growl or a scowl!

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We hear their violent music filled with four-letter words!

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We read of unthinkable crimes!

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Our government is committing financial suicide!

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Children being kidnapped and sold into slavery by the millions!

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Churches now beginning to embrace the morals of Sodom and Gomorrah! 

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You could probably sum up the whole world situation today, by merely saying… “judgment is turned away backward, and justice stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.” Isaiah 59:14

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Yes, justice and goodness and truth seems to be dying, as far as this world is concerned!

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But what can we do about all this? And what are we to think about all this? And how are we supposed to have “perfect peace” in a world that is beginning to fall into the bottomless pit of Hell, or so it seems?

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Well, God’s Word is still just as valid today, as it was back in the day when it was first penned!

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And it is filled with “exceeding great and precious promises” which are true and powerful and living and active! (2nd Peter 1:4)

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And it is by those promises, that God’s people will get through this growing crisis!

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“THE TRYING OF YOUR FAITH WORKETH PATIENCE”

James 1:3

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But let’s just “cut to the chase”, as the saying goes, in regards to today’s devotional.

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You see, our weak human nature only makes us lethargic and complacent. We really don’t want to run the Christian race. We would rather just comfortably fit in! We would rather be “cozy & comfy”, living a smooth and blissful existence. We don’t want to be cold, or destitute, or persecuted, or uncomfortable, like Paul, for example.

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And God understands all this. And for many decades, He has allowed us to live in this opulent and hedonistic society, so as to fill us up with our own selfishness and disregard for the Salvation of the world.

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SUFFERING BRINGS OBEDIENCE

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But as we look at the life of Jesus, we see a noble Being, whose feet were as “burnished brass”, because of the many fiery trials He suffered through His rather short life on earth.

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In other words, it was the trials which Jesus endured which perfected His character…

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Listen… “Though He (Jesus) were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered;” Hebrews 5:8

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So here we see that Christ suffered for the reason of becoming fully perfected. (Now of course, Jesus was already obedient. But just like His baptism, His suffering was also to be an example for us to follow in His footsteps.)

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SUFFERING WITH CHRIST

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And the trials before us will cause us to let go of our dependence upon worldly institutions and earthly supports, so that we can fully lean upon Christ. 

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For instance, statistics show that most Christian children attend public schooling. And while this has never been a good thing, it now becomes fully manifest that public schooling is absolutely soul-destroying because of the perversions which are now beginning to be promoted.

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And even though television has always been very detrimental to the souls of God’s people, it is now getting so bad, that even the best of shows are no longer safe to watch!

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NO MORE TRUSTING IN MAN

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Well, it appears that it could be just a matter of time until we will be pushed out of our houses, and jobs.

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Yes, it looks like God is now allowing the once-trusted institutions to fail, so that we will no longer be able to trust in Man…

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Listen to this prophecy…“In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth. CEASE YE FROM MAN, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Isaiah 2:20-22

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This passage speaks specifically of the day we are now entering in. And so, now, we can begin to understand just why God’s people are to cast away our earthly idols and run to those ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord and for His glory!

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THE GOOD NEWS!

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Fortunately, we can look at the positive side of all this bad news!

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Yes, as Paul tells us… “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” Romans 5:20

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The fact is, God will use all these horrible circumstances to perfect His people, that we might stand firm, while the world is being decimated!

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And we have this following promise… “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.” Psalm 91:7, 8

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And with promises like this, what or who do we need to fear?

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to breeze through the coming time of trouble. Help me to rest confident that God is in complete control…

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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CASTOR AND POLLUX

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SKETCH:  EASTERN SKY

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Here in this sketch is when these constellations are in the eastern sky in early winter.  Satan spews out his false worldly ideologies, which many of these ideologies have a form of godliness. On the other hand, the Strait Gate (Narrow Gate) is composed of the two brightest stars of the Orion The Reaper’s sickle. God’s Word, the Bible is that sickle. The true Strait Gate is God’s Word, the Bible. As a sickle harvests the wheat, so God’s Word will gather precious souls to Him. 

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

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 29 . . . . . Valley Of Decision, Now! Part 4: “In The Eye of the Storm”

By admin On January 26th, 2021

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 29

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Valley Of Decision, Now! Part 4: “In The Eye of the Storm”

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“Multitudes, multitudes

in the ‘Valley of Decision’…

for the day of the Lord is near

in the ‘Valley of Decision’.”

Joel 3:14

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What if someone told you that a great image of the Valley of Decision, spoken of by Joel, the Prophet, was up in the night-sky?

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Would that make you nervous? It probably would, wouldn’t it?

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But the fact is, the Valley of Decision is much closer than that!

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Oh yes, it is even much closer than that Valley of Megiddo, over in there in Palestine!

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VALLEY COMES TO US IN OUR HEART!

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You see, the Valley of Decision comes to us right in our very own heart and mind!

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It is a valley that each and every man, woman, and child must walk through in his or her lifetime! And it can come at any time in one’s life. Perhaps even on the very day prior to a fatal accident!

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For the unbeliever, it is “the true Light, which lights every man that comes into the world.” John 1:9, which beckons him to “Go and sell that ye have, and come and follow Me.”

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And for the one who has already begun to walk the Pilgrim’s Way, to follow Jesus, as a disciple, the Valley of Decision can still yet come to that person, asking the question… “Are you willing to forsake all, and follow Jesus even into that death-to-self, which kills all earthly desires? Are you willing to trade that “self” for the incredible Agape love of Jesus?”

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MANY TURNED BACK!

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Yes, there were many disciples in the days of Jesus’ earthly sojourn, who finally could take no more of His self-sacrificing life, and simply turned away from following Him, and walked no more with Him!

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And so, the Valley of Decision comes to us, silently in the night, and asks the question, “Will ye also go away?” John 6:67

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Well, this article began by asking the question… “What if someonehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg told you that a great image of the Valley of Decision, spoken of by Joel, the Prophet, was up in the night-sky? Would that make you nervous?”

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VALLEY OF DECISION NOW APPEARING!

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Well, the fact is, the Valley of Decision is up in the night-sky! Yes, there is a constellation group which is called the Valley of Decision Constellation Group.

Valley of Decision + O Destroying Mountain Constellation Group

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And it first appears in Summer, and comes out each night well into Fall. And it really should make us nervous. Because God is now revealing the Signs Of Heaven promised in Luke 21:25.

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Listen… “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring…And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Luke 21:25, 28

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And so, it says that… “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

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ABOVE PICTURE: Valley of Decision + O Destroying Mountain Constellation Group

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In every strong hurricane there is an “eye”, in which winds are relatively light, and there are no clouds.

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And this phenomenon can be easily translated into spiritual terms.

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TOPSY-TURVY WORLD!

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You see, we are now beginning to enter into the period known as “The Valley of Decision”. The entire world will go through this day of decision.

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Now as we look out at the world, we can see that the political, social and religious condition can easily be compared to a hurricane. Things that seemed as solid as the proverbial “Rock of Gibraltar” are being turned upside down! The marriage institution, the public school systems, the churches, the militarization of the eastern religions, the business community, and even our very nations. It all seems to be falling apart, exploding, imploding, or whatever term most aptly applies: it’s happening! It’s all topsy-turvy!

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CITIES OF THE NATIONS FALLEN

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Listen to this passage from Revelation 16:19… “…and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.”

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Yes, the western nations have grown weak and now appear to be crumbling. The eastern religions seem to be merely moving in and taking over, without much of a struggle! The schools are now beginning to promote immorality and atheistic ideologies. The courts are no longer following the rule of law.

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Churches are beginning to embrace sexual perversion, divorce & re-marriage, lusting for money-getting, materialism, proud-careers, sensual music, and seemingly every other societal sin, though to a lessor degree.

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TITANIC: METAPHOR OF THE WORLD

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Now with both the world and the churches seemingly coming apart at the seams, the decision to forsake this hopeless and dying world seems to be a very easy one.

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After all, when the Titanic was sinking, there wasn’t too much decision-making about whether or not to abandon ship! (of course, there weren’t enough life-boats available, and so many could not escape, and later drowned)

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And so very much like the Titanic, is the current world situation! Everything seems to be falling apart!

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Listen again… “and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath.” Revelation 16:19

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SATAN: A SIDE-WINDER!

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But here’s the main point to this devotional. Yes, we are now in a terrible political-moral-religious storm! Nobody with any common-sense can deny that!

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But what we need to understand is that Satan is like a wily serpent. And as we know, serpents (snakes) make all sorts of twists and turns! They do not travel in a straight direction.

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And as this world-wide moment in history, called “The Valley of Decision” comes into its fullness, Satan just might back off for time. In other words, we might just enter the eye-of-the-storm, spiritually speaking. That is, there could very well be a little season of peace and tranquility which comes over the world.

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“BE NOT DECEIVED!”

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Now, the Bible repeatedly warns Christians to “Be not deceived!” And so, we must not be fooled by such a time of so-called “peace and safety”.

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Listen to Scripture… “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1st Thessalonians 5:3

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Now, the Christian who is still trying to decide whether or not to forsake this world and all its glittering allurements, will be assailed from every direction! Family, friends, church-members, and all the various voices in society (television, radio, Internet, etc.), will attempt to turn that Christian away from entering into the Ark of safety.

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“PEACE, PEACE, WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE!”

Jeremiah 6:14

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Yes, the Valley of Decision is about to sweep over the whole entire world! And yet Satan knows that if things seem safe and peaceful, then many undecided individuals may tragically develop a false sense of security. And thinking that all is “peace and safety”, they may make the fatal decision to not enter the Ark of Salvation.

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Just like the antediluvian world back in Noah’s day, many today may just mock at the idea that the world is about to end! And let’s face it! There were 7 days of calm, just prior to that great flood of destruction.

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DON’T BE FOOLED!

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And so, if the world extends a few years longer than we have expected, we must remember that there is always a calm before the storm.

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Let’s not foolishly misdiagnose the situation!

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Listen to Scripture… “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.” 1st Thessalonians 5:3

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https://theheavensdeclare.net/castor-pollux/O Stranger & Pilgrim: Don’t say within your heart: “peace & safety!”

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Get on board the Ark of Safety while things are relatively calm, because when the storm finally begins to rage, it is written…“Then shall they call upon Me, but I will NOT answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall NOT find Me:” Proverbs 1:28

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a watchfulness that won’t let me slumber. Let me know that I’m on “enchanted ground”! Help me to know the shortness of the hour…

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“Multitudes, multitudes in the ‘Valley of Decision’…

for the day of the Lord is near in the ‘Valley of Decision’.”

Joel 3:14

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VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP…

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Look eastward in the early summer through fall. Find the Cassiopeia Constellation. Cassiopeia is the Mount of Blessing.

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In the sketch, it is the farthest mountain to the left. In the sky, it is the northern-most of these three mountains when facing eastward. It resembles a pyramid. Then find the next pyramid to its right (south). Then go a little further south to the next third pyramid. The third snow-cap is the Destroying Mountain Constellation. These three pyramids are the snow-capped portion of these three mountains in this sketch. (of course, you won’t see the snow-caps in the sky. They are just an embellishment in this sketch to present a concept-EDITOR).

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“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Micah 4:1, 2

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP

Valley of Decision & O Destroying Mtn. Constellations

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They appear in mid-summer in the eastern skies in pre-dawn hours. These are made of Cassiopeia (mount on left), and various stars from the Andromeda Constellation (valley) Pegasus (Mount of Cursing (middle mount) & Destroying Mount (right)), and Pisces (Broad Way to Hell). The galaxy which appears to be climbing the Mountain of Blessing is the Andromeda Galaxy.

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The above Wikipedia star-chart shows this amazing constellation group as it appears from June to fall, just prior to the winter constellation group. Actually, this Valley of Decision Constellations appear in early summer in the pre-dawn hours. (Editor of this website has sketched in this constellation group onto this above Wikipedia star-chart.)

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation” or you can also read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 28 (Revelation 9, Part 2:

By admin On January 4th, 2021

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 25

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Revelation 9, Part 2: Scorpions!

To read Part 1, click here… October 6th (Revelation 9: Locusts)

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9:18 By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
9:19 For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails: for their tails [were] like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

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What most Christians are not aware of, is that the Book of Revelation is all abhttp://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_315362/(after)-Jan-Soens/Saint-John-the-Evangelist-on-the-island-of-Patmos-writing-the-book-of-Revelationout the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That’s why it is titled, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”. Revelation 1:1

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And why is there so much confusion about Revelation? The problem is, like so much of the Bible, Revelation is written in types and symbols. And since the earthy and sensual churches have been given a false, unbiblical hermeneutic which forbids a spiritual interpretation of those types and symbols, the greater portion of the Church has been locked out of most all the Book of Revelation! Satan has successfully locked them out!

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NOT SEARCHING THE BIBLE

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For instance, if the average evangelical church-goer wishes to discover what locusts http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_U.S._Army_UH-60_Black_Hawk_helicopter_and_a_CH-47F_Chinook_helicopter,_both_with_Bravo_Company,_3rd_Battalion,_25th_Aviation_Regiment,_25th_Combat_Aviation_Brigade,_prepare_to_conduct_rappel_operations_with_130618-A-UG106-454.jpgrepresent in Chapter 9, they cannot simply do a word-search about locusts. If they did, they would soon discover that locusts represent God’s judgment on worldly-minded Christians as their earthly as well as spiritual riches get “eaten up” in various ways.

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But because they are locked out, they vainly search newspapers, trying to interpret Scripture by the daily news! And so, they may decide that those prophetic locusts will actually be something like black helicopters.

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THE GOSPEL IN TYPES & SYMBOLS

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And so, because of this devilish hermeneutic which prevents them from spiritualizing away all the types and symbols found in Revelation, the vast majority of church-goers cannot discover that Revelation is merely the Gospel of Jesus Christ, howbeit veiled in Old Testament types and symbols.

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Now let’s examine another component of this composite beast in Revelation 9: scorpions…

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“TAILS LIKE UNTO SCORPIONS”

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Listen… “And they (the composites beasts) had tails like unto scorpions, and there were https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Black_scorpion.jpgstings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.” Revelation 9:10

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This above verse is part of the description of the composite beast in Revelation 9.

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So just what do scorpions represent in Scripture?

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Listen… “And (Rehoboam) spake to them (Israel)…saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.” 1st Kings 2:14

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OK, so Rehoboam, the King of Judah made this threat against the Northern Tribes of Israel that he was going to lay upon them a much heavier yoke than His father, Solomon did! And as if Solomon’s yoke wasn’t heavy enough, Rehoboam’s yoke would be even heavier, chastising them with scorpions!

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DWELLING AMONG SCORPIONS

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Now let’s dig a little deeper and find out if there is any further information about https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:126.The_Prophet_Ezekiel.jpgscorpions… “And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them (the children of Israel), neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.” Ezekiel 2:6

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OK, so here we see just what these scorpions represent: God’s rebellious house!

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And so here is another piece of the puzzle in understanding the Gospel found in Revelation’s types and symbols.

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APOSTATE CHURCHES ARE A CHASTISEMENT

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And our association with the apostate portion of the Church will be a chastisement with http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avvakum_by_Myasoyedov.jpegscorpions, as we suffer the slander and gossip and judging and world-loving ways of the apostates which have ruled over the Church throughout the New Testament history. Yes, even back in the Dark Ages, God’s faithful remnant were scourged by the apostate churches which ruled over Europe in those days!

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God’s people were banished, tortured, imprisoned, burned, beheaded and deprived of the Bible and lived under her (the Mystery Harlot’s) false doctrines for many centuries!

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CHASTISEMENT NECESSARY FOR SALVATION

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And so these scorpions and locusts begin to give us a picture of the nature of this composite beast of Revelation 9: it represents the chastisements and tribulationshttp://article.wn.com/view/2013/09/06/Bets_on_US_jobs_data_could_lead_gold_south/ which God brings upon His people, the Commonwealth of Israel, which is made up of both Jews and Gentiles.

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Listen…“And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on My name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is My people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” Zechariah 13:9  

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Yes, God must send His people through the fiery trials and tribulation required to burn away our earthly dross, so that we eventually come forth as pure gold, just as Job proclaimed… “when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold!”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a repentant heart that seeks Thy grace. Help me to see the spiritual message of the Bible…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”? or you can also read…January 24th (The True Message of Revelation!)

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE HOLY GHOST RIDER CONSTELLATION

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This newest Signs Of Heaven Constellation (Fall, 2013) is by far the faintest of constellations, but is a very incredible and awesome one in a number of ways (which this article will explain).Holy-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-sky

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It is primarily comprised of the Camelopardalis Constellation (head and upper back), plus about 5 stars from the Cassiopeia Constellation (his leg), plus some random stars. It appears as an outline of a rider. Only the back of his head is detailed. And his back and the back of his legs are also detailed. Both sides of his arm are visible, and his hand is gripping the horses mane, and that is detailed by three stars (which are also part of the horse’s mane). The rider is in a position vaguely similar to a race-horse jockey. The two brightest stars in this constellation, are from the Cassiopeia Constellation, and are part of his leg. All the rest of the stars are very faint, and must be viewed on a very starry night.

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Since this constellation has just been revealed, there may be more to this constellation in the coming months. But if you can locate the Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation, then you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating this Rider Constellation, provided you have excellent star-watching conditions. 

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BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

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“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

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THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice hoHoly-Ghost-Rider Constellationw the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia ConstellationThe hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

AUGUST 26 (Am I A Deist? Part 2: Why Paul Didn’t Visit Doctor Luke!)

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By admin On January 4th, 2021

ORION THE SOLDIER

By admin On January 4th, 2021

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ORION THE SOLDIER

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The pagan cultures saw this incredible constellation as a hunter, with a club.

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Well, they weren’t too far off. Actually, God created it to appear like a soldier. This is because all nature presents aspects of the Gospel.

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Listen… “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1.

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And so now we are amazed to discover that beyond the awesome grandeur of the starry night-heavens, God has actually written the Love of God upon the heavenly scroll!   

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7 MAJOR STARS OF ORION…

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Orion Constellation can best be seen all winter (but even in August in the pre-http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:25_Orionis_location.pngdawn hours of morning in eastern skies) traveling east to west through the night, in mid-sky. To find the seven major stars of Orion (one star on each shoulder and one star on each foot, plus the three stars which make his belt), you can locate on just about any clear night regardless of the blackness of the night. To find Orion’s other stars, you need more star-visibility…a darker, moonless night, and possibly away from city lights.

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THREE VERSES CONCERNING THE ORION CONSTELLATION…

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“God…Which makes Arcturus, ORION, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.” Job 9:9

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“Can you … loose the bands of ORION?” Job:38:31

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“Seek Him that makes the Seven Stars and ORION…The Lord is His name.” Amos 5:8

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A SHORT “ARMOR OF GOD” STORY   

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“OH SINNER MAN, WHERE YA GONNA RUN TO?”  

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About 40 years ago (being a brand new convert from atheism), I was going through terrible satanic attacks. I was…uh…a Christian, but only because Satan had burst my ‘atheism-bubble’, by revealing himself  to me. But I wouldn’t really call myself a ‘true worshipper’ yet. Maybe I could just be labeled as… an ‘atheist-who-just-met-the-Devil’. And it seemed that my Judgment Day was now at hand. The Devil was sending me through terrors beyond belief. Oh yeah, I was praying for help. But it was like, God was not listening. Heaven was like brass (see Deuteronomy 28:23). During these months my theme song could easily have been that old tune…”Oh Sinner Man”. You know the song… “Oh sinner man where ya gonna run to …all on that day.”  (Click this link to hear)

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This following Bible verse seems to fit what I was going through…  “Then shall they call upon Me (God), but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me:  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD” Proverbs 1:28,29                     

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But the Devil was laying some “pretty heavy stuff” on me, during those years. I didn’t know the Bible hardly at all. I was trying to be a Christian, but it just wasn’t working. And because I didn’t know the Bible, the Devil could tell me just about any crazy story he wanted to. I was no match for him. So the thought came to me that I was infected with Satan. And not doubt Satan is contagious! OK, OK, I know this was a stupid thing to think. But I didn’t know anything about the Bible. But really, when you think about it, a person who has no protection from Satan…with out God’s protection. He or she is liable to do anything the Devil wishes, if God permits.

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As I was driving up to Portland  on Interstate 5 something caught my attention. An old barn…sitting off to the west of the freeway…in a field…just south of Salem…standing there as a monument to days-gone-by. And as I drove by, I was surprised to see a Bible concept inscribed on its old weathered wooden walls. Someone had painted the following sentence on the side of that old relic… “SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS…ARMOR UP…THE TIME IS AT HAND!” 

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These words made a strong impact on me, at that moment. “Profound statement!”, I thought to myself. “Whoever painted those words must also be aware that Judgment Day is at hand.”           

But now, I had a little hope. “That writing on that old barn just might be the answer to my problems.” I might have thought… “put on the armor of God. Very interesting concept. Hmmm.”  

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“FIERY ARROWS FROM THE WICKED ONE”

Ephesians 6 …

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Sometime later, my new wife, Becky, and I were visiting relatives in the Bay area. (The satanic attacks had subsided for a year or so). But now, Satan had once again renewed his warfare against me. And I was going through a lot of personal spiritual attacks. I was so new to Christianity, and didn’t know how to combat all the fierce attacks. All the doubts. All the condemnation…                
 
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The fears Satan put in my mind! Desperate! “The king of Babylon (Satan) has devoured me, he has crushed me, he has made me an empty vessel, he has swallowed me up like a dragon, he has filled his belly with my delicates, he has cast me out.” Jeremiah 51:34

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“You’re not praying enough!” (said the Devil)                
 
“You’re a glutton!”                
 
“You’re not like Jesus!”               
 
“You’re gonna lose your salvation! 

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 “You’re this!” “You didn’t do that!”  Like flaming arrows or dropping missiles, the Devil was hailing accusations down on me. And what made it so effective, was that his accusations were valid criticisms. I mean, the Devil doesn’t have to make these things up. I really wasn’t Christ-like. I didn’t pray like Jesus, etc… 

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This was overwhelming. I  had no shelter from this barrage of mental attacks. No relief!           
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“A WALK IN THE PARK (but no picnic!)”

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Anyway, I remember, that when down there (the Bay Area) visiting, I decided to go for a walk, one day, to a nearby park to pray and read my Bible. And it was a nice sunny California day. (But not for me, because of all these satanic attacks).

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Anyway, while reading, I came across Ephesians Chapter 6, where it commands Believers to put on the ‘whole armor of God’

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But the part that really made sense, was where the next words continued… “that you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the Devil.” 

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“Dear Lord! That’s my problem!” (I must have thought). “Fiery darts! That’s exactly how Satan’s attacks feel! Like someone’s shooting fiery darts into my soul!” 

           
            

And so, this concept of ‘putting on the armor of God’ came back to me, from that experience I had a few years earlier, while passing that old barn. 

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“How do I put on this armor, Lord?”  I didn’t know. “I want to put it on right away! Do I put it on by just believing by faith?  Does it take time? Or do I put it on at once?”  These were the kind of thoughts running through my mind, as I sat on a picnic bench.           

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COOL WATER IN A DRY THIRSTY LAND… 

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 Looking back on this experience, it’s hard to imagine all this confusion. But going through this kind of satanic assault, I felt crushed by the weight of the heavy persecution. So, reading  passages as Ephesians 6, you just drink it in! Imagine yourself walking through, say, Death Valley, in 117 degree heat. And just before you collapse, you look down and see an ice-cold glass of water. Imagine how wonderful that would be to drink that ice-cold water! Well, that’s how the Word of God was to me during these days. During these days of persecution… 

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The reality of the spiritual battle I was going through, in captured in the following verse which really says it all…“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12 

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And believe me, there is nothing like satanic persecution to get a person reading their Bible! Especially when he was talking directly to me (in my mind)! 

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 “My soul thirsts for Thee (God), my flesh longs for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” Psalm 63:1 

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“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news (the Gospel) from a far country (Heaven).”  Proverbs 25:25             

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“PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD”…

              
 
 I didn’t understand all that Ephesians 6 was talking about. “What does it mean to put on ‘the breast plate of righteousness'”? This was very puzzling to me… “How does a person just put something like that on?” This was a concept above my comprehension.

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“And how does a person ‘put on the helmet of salvation'”, I thought to myself… “especially while Satan is condemning and accusing every moment?”

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And how do you put on the shoes, ‘with the gospel of peace’? I couldn’t understand these concepts. I was too new in the faith.

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ONE CONCEPT THAT DID MAKE SENSE… But there was one thing I could understand. I knew what it meant to take thesword of the spirit, which is the word of God”. Now that I got! Read the Bible! That’s a simple concept! Yeah! 

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Well this was possibly the event that began my Bible sojourn. Reading God’s Word! I determined that I would saturate my mind with Scriptures. That’s what I would do! After all, I loved to read it anyway. So maybe by reading it and knowing it, I could know the Bible well enough to overcome all these attacks by Satan. Maybe that’s the key to finding personal victory. “Study, study, study!” Just completely fill my mind with knowledge…of His words!  

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Well, this began a long love affair with the Word of God! And by studying the Bible for myself, I came to understand what it meant to ‘put on the breastplate of righteousness’. And by hiding the ‘Word in my heart’ (Psalm 119:11), I began to comprehend what it meant to ‘put on the helmet of salvation’.  To put on the ‘preparation of the gospel of peace’‘the shield of faith’. (I already knew well what the fiery darts of the devil meant) But these other truths didn’t come all at once.       

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The sketch above is Orion the Soldier and the Dragon of Revelation 12. They begin to rise in the east in the fall and gradually move westward, finally sinking in the west in the spring. Find Orion first. Look for his 3-star belt. Then find the 4 bright stars of his shoulders and feet. Then locate the Dragon’s mouth (AKA Hyades). 

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“THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART”

(Ps. 119:11)…  

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So, it became my mission to know everything about the Bible. I read the Bible and every spiritual book related, that I felt was reliable. I found little Gideon pockhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpget Bibles at the thrift shop, that I could carry in my back pocket. Then whenever I had a spare moment, I could commit a verse to memory. I also carried a notebook in which to write a passage from a spiritual book. Then at work, whenever I had a moment to spare, I would look at the notebook, and try to memorize the passage. The Lord seemed to have blessed my memory skills, because prior to this, I couldn’t memorize well at all. Through these times, it seemed that looking at the Bible was like cool refreshing water in a dry and thirsty land. Every time I opened my Bible or related books, it was like cool refreshing water. The Devil was attacking me on a daily basis. The Bible was my “safe harbor”. It was my “hiding place”  (“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in Thy Word.” Psalm 119:114)          
 
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40 YEARS LATER…

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By the grace of God, the love for the Bible remains. Oh yeah, it’s been a ‘long and winding road’ (as the old song goes).  There’s been some valleys, and a deep ditch or two, along the way.

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 The Bible commands us to meditate ‘day and night’ on God’s word (Psalm 1 & Psalm 119:97).  And whether or not a person is bombarded with Satan’s ‘fiery bullets’, or  merely being drowned in an ocean of worldliness, he must ‘continue in My Word’  John 8:28. That’s our protection from the Devil. That’s our armor. That’s our shield. It’s our helmet too. It’s our Gospel shoes. It’s the life-blood every true worshipper of God. The Word of God. “Sharper than any two-edged sword.” (Hebrews 4)

  
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For the entire story of how I went through Judgment Day, just click the following link… “Judgment Day…RX7” 

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NEXT ARTICLE: ORION THE REAPER

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This next optical illusion of Orion is called “Orion the Reaper”. It corresponds to the 3rd Horseman of the Apocalypse, found in Revelation, Chapter 6. This “hat” which Orion wears is that of a Heavenly Harvester. It is made of both the Orion Constellation and the Gemini Constellation. Both constellation are very bright, but to see Orion’s sickle, one must be away from city lights, because several of the stars in the blade of his sickle are somewhat dull. Castor and Pollux are not dull, however. They can be seen under most conditions, and carry with them a very special message for God’s people. To read all about that very important message, you can go to “Castor and Pollux & the Mystery Ship Of Scripture”. But if you wish to continue reading about Orion’s 3rd office, just click here… “Orion The Reaper” 

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A HEAVENLY HOBBY

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“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold Who hath created these things; that brings out their host by number: He calls them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth.” Isaiah 40:26

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ABOVE PICTURE – Starry Night at La Silla – cropped  and altered image – Wikimedia – Share-Alike license

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The above verse is a plea from God to look up at the Heavens and behold Who has created these http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:New_york_times_square-terabass.jpgthings.

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In this busy work-a-day world, there are many very interesting things which can occupy one’s time and energy: hobbies, and careers, and entertainments and http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpgworries, and habits, to name just a few.

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But as the child of God devotes his or her life to God, there should be a jealous guarding of one’s own heart… “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23.

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The Christian wants nothing to get in the way of running that Christian Race.

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

Shoppers in Toronto – cropped image – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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“AND WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS…

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LOOK UP, LIFT UP YOUR HEAD”

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But having said this, there is one hobby which every ‘Noble Berean’ may take up, which only compliments the pursuit of the heavenly Prize.

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Yes, Signs Of Heaven becomes a wonderfully rewarding hobby which, unlike many less meaningful hobbies, pays off with rich, heavenly rewards. Everlasting rewards!

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And unlike the person in this photo with equipment, all you need is fairly good vision, and a dark, starry night.

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And once a person really gets to know these heavenly messengers, it will become very apparent that the message connected with these signs is truly a message to be heeded.

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Thus will the Christian be able to share this message with others. And there are perhaps many nuances and hidden biblical truths to these signs which have yet to be discovered.

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“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25

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ABOVE CHART: Summer Constellations with Doves (Sagittarius) & Woman (Ursa Major)

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FIRST FIND ORION & 7 STARS

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The very first step in finding these many constellations, should be to find the two main constellations: Orion, and the 7 Stars (aka, The Big Dipper).

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These two constellations represent Christ (Orion), and His Chur7 stars as Crossch (7 Stars).

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And just as these are the easiest constellations to find, so too, the first place to begin studying the Bible is the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).

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These four books present Christ and His Church, when He walked the earth, just as Orion and the 7 Stars represent Christ and His Church, as seen up in the heavens.

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Then, once you are comfortable finding these two constellations, you can begin to locate the next closest constellations, and so on.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Orion the Soldier and the Revelation 12 Dragon (Hyades & Pleiades, etc.) – winter constellations – www.signsofheaven.org – not for commercial use

ABOVE PICTURE – 7 Stars Constellation as the Cross (aka Big Dipper) – winter – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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ANOTHER HEAVENLY HOBBY: PRAYER-WALKS

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Now if you’re fortunate enough to be able to go on nightly walks, and you live in an area where you can safely view the stars, here is another Heavenly Hobby which Signs Of Heaven endorses…

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Why not combine star-watching with prayer, as you walk? What a great way to draw closer to God!

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It cannot be over-stressed, just how wonderful it is to walk under the dark canopy of Heaven, while lifting up one’s heart to our Heavenly Father! There is a closeness to God that cannot be described with words!

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(And even if you cannot safely do this, you can always do such prayer-walks in the daytime, in a safe place, such as a mall, which is every bit as effective, prayer-wise.

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And for those who are in confinement, one can view these starry signs on the Internet, or simply listen to Scripture on audio.

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Either way, all such may enjoy God’s richest blessings at this very time in which God is pouring out all Heaven’s treasures upon anyone willing to forsake all, and follow Jesus!)

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Starry Night at La Silla – cropped and altered image – Wikipedia – share-alike license

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THRICE-DAILY PRAYERS

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Now of course, the Bible commands us to, “pray without ceasing“. The Christian is to constantly talk with our Heavenly Father throughout the day.

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But the Bible also holds up the godly life of Daniel, who, when captive in Babylon, still set aside three times daily, in which he knelt for special prayer.

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And furthermore the Bible also says… “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:17.

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Even those who are bed-fast or in a prison cell can begin to imitate Daniel in this way. And if one is fortunate to be able to walk, then this thrice-daily prayer regimen can be combined with three walks daily and even nightly.

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Marines at Prayer by Alex Raymond – Wikimedia – public domain