ellen white Church brought down to hell

By admin On April 8th, 2018

August 1, 1893—Vital Connection With Christ Necessary
Those who are truly children of God are believers, not doubters and chronic grumblers. They believe in Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. They believe that “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” They believe that “he that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” { RH August 1, 1893, par. 1 }
Through all ages and in every nation those that believe that Jesus can and will save them personally from sin, are the elect and chosen of God; they are his peculiar treasure. They obey his call, and come out of the world and separate themselves from every unclean thought and unholy practice. The Lord has graciously opened out to our understanding by the Holy Spirit rich truth, and we should respond to this by corresponding works of piety and devotion, in harmony with the superior privileges and advantages that have been bestowed upon us. The Lord is waiting to be gracious to his people, to give them an increased knowledge of his paternal character, of his goodness, mercy, and love. He waits to show them his glory; and if they follow on to know the Lord, they shall know that his goings forth are prepared as the morning. { RH August 1, 1893, par. 2 }
The people of God are not to stand upon common ground, but upon the holy ground of gospel truth. They are to keep step with their Leader, looking continually to Jesus, the Author and finisher of their faith, marching onward and upward, and having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. It is impossible to tell what might have been the character and condition of the church today, had its members been doing the works of Christ. It is a sad fact that the great proportion of God’s professed people have not had faith in Christ as their personal Saviour. If they had believed the promises of God on record for them, they would have been daily receivers of the grace of God, and would have overcome through the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour. It is the privilege of the children of God to be delivered from the control of the lusts of the flesh, and to preserve their peculiar, heavenly character, which distinguishes them from the lovers of the world. In their moral taste, in their habits and customs, they are separate from the world. Who are the children of God?—They are members of the royal family, and a royal nation, a peculiar people, showing forth the praises of him who hath called them out of darkness into his marvelous light. They do not worship idols, they love God with all the heart, and their neighbors as themselves. { RH August 1, 1893, par. 3 }
The people of God might be far in advance of what they are now, if they would sincerely and perseveringly connect daily with Christ. They do not press forward, and attain unto the things that are before, because they permit themselves to be attracted and held back through the influence of common, sensual things. The devotion and experience of the professed people of God are not in harmony with the light and privileges that God has given them. They are to be children of the light, children of the day, and yet many who have had exalted privileges fail to manifest corresponding faith and works. Jesus says to them as he said to the city wherein he had done mighty works, and where they failed to appreciate the light and to conform their life to it, “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” Many who claim to believe the truth, who have been blessed with great light, who have had great opportunities set before them, have yet come far short of reaching the high and holy standard that they would have reached if they had been doers of the words of Christ; and they have failed to set the example that they should have set before those who have had less experience than themselves in the Christian life, and before those who know not God, or Jesus Christ whom he hath sent. { RH August 1, 1893, par. 4 }
Among the professed children of God, how little patience has been manifested, how many bitter words have been spoken, how much denunciation has been uttered against those not of our faith. Many have looked upon those belonging to other churches as great sinners, when the Lord does not thus regard them. Those who look thus upon the members of other churches, have need to humble themselves under the mighty hand of God. Those whom they condemn may have had but little light, few opportunities and privileges. If they had had the light that many of the members of our churches have had, they might have advanced at a far greater rate, and have better represented their faith to the world. Of those who boast of their light, and yet fail to walk in it, Christ says, “But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.” At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent [in their own estimation], and hast revealed them unto babes.” { RH August 1, 1893, par. 5 }
“And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.” { RH August 1, 1893, par. 6 }
The Lord has established among us institutions of great importance, and they are to be managed, not as worldly institutions are managed, but after God’s order. They are to be managed with an eye single to his glory, that by all means perishing souls may be saved. To the people of God the testimonies of the Spirit have come, and yet many have not taken heed to reproofs, warnings, and counsels. { RH August 1, 1893, par. 7 }
“Here now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not: fear ye not me saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual degree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over it? but this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest. Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you…. They judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. Shall I not visit for these things? saith the Lord; shall not my soul be revenged on such a nation as this?” { RH August 1, 1893, par. 8 }
Shall the Lord be compelled to say, “Pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee”? “Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain…. Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?” { RH August 1, 1893, par. 9 }
Will not those to whom have been committed the treasures of truth, consider the superior advantages of light and privilege that have been purchased for us by the sacrifice of the Son of God on Calvary’s cross? We are to be judged by the light that has been given us, and we can find no excuse by which to extenuate our course. The Way, the Truth, and the Life has been set before us. Many seek to excuse themselves by saying, “You must not judge me by some weak trait of character, but consider my character as a whole.” We always feel deep pain at heart when the sinner seeks to apologize for his sin, to smooth it over, and fails to realize the danger of cherishing one un-Christlike attribute of character. We are to place our will on the side of the Lord’s will, and firmly determine that by his grace we will be free from sin. Sin is the transgression of the law, and it is not the magnitude of the action in iniquity that stamps it as sin. Adam and Eve were prohibited from eating of the tree of good and evil. The test was a slight one, but the act of disobedience to God was the transgression of his law. { RH August 1, 1893, par. 10 }
The little sins that men think are of so trivial a character that on their account they will not be brought into condemnation, are very offensive in the sight of God. Says one, “You are too severe, a man must be allowed these little defects of character.” Let us hear the words of Christ. He says, “Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” People venture to commit sins that are grievous in the sight of God, and think that they are not to be called to task for them, because they say they are due to nervousness, to a peculiar temperament; but this is simply soothing the conscience, and crying, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace.” Sin is sin, and it is the delusion of Satan to look upon it in any other light than that it is grievous. { RH August 1, 1893, par. 11 }
We may flatter ourselves that we are free from many things of which others are guilty; but if we have some strong points of character, and but one weak point, there is yet a communion between sin and the soul. The heart is divided in its service, and says, “Some of self and some of thee.” The child of God must search out the sin which he has petted and indulged himself in, and permit God to cut it out of his heart. He must overcome that one sin; for it is not a trifling matter in the sight of God. { RH August 1, 1893, par. 12 }
One says, “I am not the least jealous, but then I do get provoked and say mean things, although I am always sorry after giving way to temper.” Another says, “I have this fault or that, but then I just despise such and such meanness as is manifested by a certain person of my acquaintance.” The Lord has not given us a list of graded sins, so that we may reckon some as of little consequence, and say that they will do but little harm, while others are of greater magnitude and will do much harm. A chain is no stronger than is its weakest link. We might pronounce such a chain good on the whole, but if one link is weak, the chain cannot be depended on. The work of overcoming is to be the study of every soul who enters the kingdom of God. That impatient word quivering on your lips must be left unspoken. That thought that your character is not rightly estimated must be put from you; for it weakens your influence, and works out the sure result, making you of light estimation in the minds of others. You should overcome the idea that you are a martyr, and lay claim to the promise of Christ, who says, “My grace is sufficient for thee.” { RH August 1, 1893, par. 13 }

ellen white (take the young men and women)

By admin On April 8th, 2018

MR No. 995—Greater Concern and Zeal Needed for Soul Winning
I find, after our American mail is closed up and gone, a letter written to you. Well, I am sorry, but will put it in the mail for the next steamer to convey to America. { 12MR 329.1 }
My mind is exercised day and night in regard to our missionary work. I am alarmed because there is so little genuine burden for perishing souls. The church knows her duty well, if she would only contemplate the situation. There is work to be done in home missionary efforts. There is work to be done in far-off lands. Why are there not hundreds giving themselves to the performance of the work, where [now] there is [but] one? The truth of God which they profess to believe should sanctify the soul, stirring every power that God has given them—the deep and living fountains of motives and sympathies, that they will cooperate with the heavenly intelligences. It is the Holy Spirit that accomplishes the work. [Said Jesus], “Without Me, ye can do nothing” [John 15:5]. Keep this before every congregation, that it is earnestness, wholeness of purpose, that God will accept. { 12MR 329.2 }
But what is the matter, that the church does not arouse and seek with earnest prayer and determined effort to set their people in the church to work? Are elders of these churches carrying any burden? Do they feel any love for the souls of the sheep of God’s pasture? Do they humble their hearts before God and by faith lay hold on the grace of Christ and put away their sins, and believe their repentance is accepted of God? Have they piety? Have they devotion to God? Will the elders of the church—the officers of the church—draw nigh to God? Will they now, in probationary
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time, learn the lessons of Jesus Christ and practice them, until they shall ascend the high places of faith and command a clearer, more spiritual view of the situation? { 12MR 329.3 }
There has been an abundance of slipshod work done. The only conclusion the world can come to is that those who profess to believe the end of all things is at hand do not really believe the tremendous truth that Christ is at the door. Do they believe the mission of Christ was to save the lost and perishing, that Christ is the only remedy for sin, and that the world’s Redeemer came to the world, all seared and marred with the curse, to lift up fallen man, to reveal to the perishing the love of the Father and bring them to look and live and thereby bring many sons and daughters to glory? But everyone must strive lawfully to win the crown of everlasting life. They must believe the only name “given among men, whereby we must be saved” [Acts 4:12] is Jesus Christ. And this must be no pretentious faith, but that faith that makes Christ a personal Saviour. { 12MR 330.1 }
There has been very little deep piety and wholeness to God. When the spirit of Christ takes possession of the heart, then there is a missionary for God. The most grievous sin of idolatry exists in the church. And he who interposes between the professed Christian and his wholehearted service to God, takes the form of an idol, and the most grievous sin of idolatry is idolatry itself. { 12MR 330.2 }
The testimonies of God’s word are plain and clear in regard to the snares of the devil. Yet there are not only church members on the devil’s ground, but those who are opening the Scriptures to others practice evil and defile the soul and body. They are guilty before God because they are unholy. Were the church living by faith, had the oil of faith been in their vessels with their lamps, their guilty repose would end. They who believe
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the sacred, elevating truths for this time cannot sleep over them. A burden is upon them to reiterate the words of Christ, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” [Revelation 22:17]. { 12MR 330.3 }
I look over the large fields here in Australia and New Zealand, destitute of laborers, calling for laborers, and this is an English-speaking people, and our brethren in these places are disappointed because no laborers are sent to them. { 12MR 331.1 }
Many in America who can, might move their families into different towns and cities and there lift the standard of truth. From the light given me of God, there is need of workers, and there has been existing the same need for years even from the commencement of the work in Australia and New Zealand. There can be persons, lay members of the church, who can for Christ’s sake move to these places and raise the standard of truth in the islands of the sea. { 12MR 331.2 }
“Ye are the light of the world.” Is this addressed exclusively to a few men who have been ordained to the ministry? No! but to every Christian, young or old, rich or poor. If Christ has forgiven them of their sins, if the truth has made them free, have they not a work to do for the Master? If they are Christians, they will present the truth to others. They will not consider that all that they have to do is to serve themselves—to please themselves and glorify themselves. They will have a sense that they are Christ’s, bought with a price, and will concentrate their energies to the work of building up a kingdom of God by raising souls that are ready to perish, seeking to save the lost. When believers are rejoicing in God because
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they see the beauty there is in Jesus, because they see He is Chief among ten thousand, the One altogether lovely, do they consider how many know nothing of the saving grace of Christ? Many have not the joy and happiness of anticipating the heaven of bliss awaiting the faithful. While the church is indolent, not doing the work God has given it to do, men are sickening and dying without a ray of saving light, without being pardoned of their sins. { 12MR 331.3 }
And what are we as a people doing, to whom Christ has entrusted precious light and a knowledge of the truth? Jesus has made us the depositories of sacred truth, but so many are burying their talents in the earth, and point not out the antidote for sin. If they thus neglect their duty, God will pronounce them slothful servants, and will not, cannot, commend them. They will not receive the benediction, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” { 12MR 332.1 }
Elder Haskell, our testimony must be clear cut—there must be no daubing with untempered mortar. Sins of a grave character are cherished in our borders, and unless there is an awakening such as we have not seen for some time, which will convict and convert professed Sabbathkeepers, they will die in their sins. The punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah will be light in comparison with that of those who have had great light and precious opportunities, and have been earthly-minded, corrupt in thoughts and practices, and have not purified their souls by obeying the truth. { 12MR 332.2 }
Now we see [the] need of workers in the opening fields before us, but where are the men that can be trusted? Where are the men who year by year have been growing into a better knowledge of God and His ways and the movings of His providence? I want to sound in the ears of these sleepy,
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half-paralyzed souls the words spoken to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” [John 3:5]. There is need to seek God with all the heart. Elevate the standard. The commonness, the cheapness of conversation, reveal the measure of the spirituality of members of the church. { 12MR 332.3 }
Now, those who have had years in this same experience, know not God nor Jesus Christ whom He has sent, and should such go forth as representatives of Jesus Christ? These men will never give the right mold to other minds; they have not grown up to the full stature of men and women in Christ. They simply have the name of Christians but are not fitted for the work of God, and never will be until they are born again, and learn the A.B.C. in true religion of Jesus Christ. There is a little hope in one direction: Take the young men and women, and place them where they will come as little in contact with our churches as possible, that the low grade of piety which is current in this day shall not leaven their ideas of what it means to be a Christian. { 12MR 333.1 }
The worshipers of God are in need of transforming grace to subordinate the world to religion. In the place of making the temporal interests first, exhausting soul, body, and spirit to secure temporal advantages, Jesus points us to the heavenly treasure, and tells us to lay not up treasures in this earth, which will perish, but “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven,” which will not perish, “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” { 12MR 333.2 }
Jesus would have all who profess to believe in Him deal in the currency of heaven, handling those things upon which God has stamped His image and superscription. These He presents before us as of infinite value. We
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see the need of a deep and thorough work in our churches but the Lord alone can by His Spirit make the hearts that are as steel, soft and sympathetic and true to the service of Christ. We are far behind because the churches have folded their hands in a peace-and-safety attitude, and are at ease in Zion, doing almost nothing. { 12MR 333.3 }
When the living zeal should be in their hearts, now as before, Satan is stirring the powers from beneath to make one last desperate effort to convert the world to his principles. He has his plans laid with satanic subtlety, and destruction cometh suddenly, while those who have the light, the warnings that such a crisis is before us, are almost unmoved. { 12MR 334.1 }
I can but feel deeply over the indifference of those who claim to be the repositories of sacred truth. They seem to be blinded in the way they view sin. They cannot see afar off, and have forgotten they were purged from their old sins. Why? Because they did not advance in the knowledge of the truth. They did not practice the truth; they were not sanctified through the truth. The Pattern was before them but they did not copy the Pattern. So perfect was the example and life of Christ, that not the least jot of inconsistency existed between His instructions and His life. Now, what a marked contrast is seen to exist in the truth we profess to believe as a people, and the life and character! { 12MR 334.2 }
Then there is not a vigilant supervision over self. There is not felt a necessity of placing self under the control of the Spirit of God, and of shunning as they would a serpent all facilities and temptations to evil. The Holy Spirit alone can be the positive remedial agent. We can put no confidence in humanity. Perfect humanity without Christ does not exist in
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human society. Watch it, and degeneracy will be revealed. Active agencies are at work to pollute and stain the soul. The cross, the cross of Calvary, presented again and again and plainly dwelt upon in every discourse, will prove the life-healing balm; [it] will reveal the beauty and excellence of virtue. { 12MR 334.3 }
Those who quibble over the authenticity of the Scriptures and question the authority of revelation, will not be influenced. Their hearts are not sound. They are not at enmity with Satan. The heart is the treasure house of sin. Not being expelled, sin is hidden until an hour of opportunity, and then it is revealed and springs into action. The first work is with the heart. Truth—the love of Jesus—must supply the vacuum. Said Christ, “Make the tree good, and the fruit will be good” [see Matthew 12:33]. { 12MR 335.1 }
Elder Haskell, the Lord is waiting to do great things for His people. But they must be pure in heart before they can see God or know Him as a pure and holy God. Jesus led His disciples into the audience chamber of the Most High; He impressed upon their minds what was to be the burden of their prayer. They were to pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit, which would supply every need of the soul, for it would work by love and purify the soul. The Spirit taking His abode in the heart, will transform the entire being, conforming it to the likeness of Christ. Let us humble our hearts before God and believe He has pardoned all our transgressions and forgiven all our sins. We cannot honor God unless we do believe this, and make Jesus our personal Saviour. We must as a people rise up from our formality. We must enter the strait gate. { 12MR 335.2 }
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Satan has placed his active agents along the passage to dispute the way of every soul. Christ has encouraged His followers not to be intimidated. Press on; urge your way through. “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able” ( Matthew 13:24). Darling, cherished idols will have to be given up, and the sins that have been indulged, even if it comes as close as the plucking out of the right eye or cutting off the right arm. Agonize! Force your way through the very armies of hell that oppose your passage. { 12MR 336.1 }
Oh! we must be terribly in earnest to impress upon every soul that there is a heaven to win and a hell to shun. Every energy of the soul must be aroused to force their passage, and seize the kingdom by force. Satan is active, and we must be active too. Satan is untiring and persevering, and we must be the same. There is no time to make excuses and blame others for our backslidings; no time now to flatter the soul [that] if circumstances had only been more favorable, how much better, how much easier [it would be] for us to work the works of God. We must tell even those who profess to believe in Christ, that they must cease to offend God by sinful excuses. { 12MR 336.2 }
Jesus has provided for every emergency. If they will walk where He leads the way, He will make rough places plain. He, with His experience, will create an atmosphere for the soul. He closes the door and brings the soul into seclusion with God, and the needy soul is to forget everyone and everything, but God. Satan will talk with him, but speak aloud to God and He will drive back the hellish shadow of Satan. With humble, subdued, thankful hearts they will come forth saying, “Thy gentleness hath made me great.” The sincere seeker comes forth from the alliance with God, rich in
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the assurance of His love, to go forth to distill a heavenly prayer wherever he goes. He can talk of the righteousness of Christ; he can talk [of] the love of God with sincerity. He has trusted and he knows the Lord is good. { 12MR 336.3 }
Thus, work is to be done in all our churches. Christ—His love, His forgiveness, His purity—is to be the theme upon which we are to dwell. { 12MR 337.1 }
The charms of Jesus are to be kept ever before our minds. Charged with the elevated character of the True Model every soul must copy, let us turn our eyes from everything that would dishearten or discourage. { 12MR 337.2 }
Satan will work to distort everything to our vision, and make a mountain of a molehill. Our eyes must be steadfastly fixed upon Jesus. The Lord Jesus is our leader; we must follow where He leads the way. We are not to commence to plan for the second step. We are not to say, “Lord, after I take that step, then what shall I do? for I shall meet with difficulties.” But by faith we must take that one step, come what will, and trust in Jesus. { 12MR 337.3 }
Elder Haskell, the reason our ministers are so inefficient is because they go to their work and come from their labors, if they have any success, full of themselves. The disciples of Christ did this when they said, “Even the spirits are subject unto us.” Jesus could discern their danger, and He said, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest awhile.” Come out of the din of battle, away from the conflict, and hold communion with God. Thus it is with many workers. They are too strong, too full of self. The Lord cannot lead them or teach them or use them to His glory, for they are wise in their own conceits, and vainly imagine that the Lord cannot do without them. Self must be buried. We must educate the people to seek the Lord. We must speak plain words to ministers who are walking in the sparks of their own kindling. { 12MR 337.4 }
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Praise of men and flattery makes ministers hungry for more until they think, as did Elder [E. P.] Daniels, that the praise of man is of more value than the approval of God. We must, if saved, imbibe the Spirit and power of Christ. Self must be hidden in Christ, and Christ alone appear. Our work is to elevate, not by praising anyone, but by upholding Jesus. Bring the mind to Jesus; lift Him up, the Man of Calvary, before the people and He can do all things for the humble, trusting believer. { 12MR 338.1 }
P.S. I enclose this matter to you. Will you please send copy of the general matter in [the] letter to you, as Marian wants to make note of some things in it.—Letter 16f, 1892. (Written to S. N. Haskell, May 9, 1892, from Preston, Melbourne, Australia.) { 12MR 338.2 }

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 25 (Arcturus, The Star That Wise Men Follow)

By admin On February 6th, 2018

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 25

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Arcturus, The Star That Wise Men Follow

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“there shall come a Star out of Jacob”…

Numbers 24:17

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behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?

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and are come to worship him.”

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WISE MEN STILL FOLLOW HIM

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Have you seen one of those bumper-stickers which says… “WISE MEN STILL FOLLOW HIM”?

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Well, maybe they’re not so popular anymore.

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But every now and then, a car passes by with that saying.

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And it’s a good saying! 

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Wise Men See Star www.wikigallery.com US public domain

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ARCTURUS AND HIS SONS

Wise Men (Magi) From East Follow Star To Bethlehem-www.signsofheaven.org-public domain release

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There exists a lot of intrigue regarding just what star did the Magi from the East follow, which led them to the First Advent of our Savior.

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The Bible speaks of Arcturus as a possibility.

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Listen… “canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” Job 38:33.

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There’s nothing that is impossible for God!

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Arcturus may very well have been that star. 

 

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FULFILLMENT OF WISE-MEN OF OLD

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The fact is, Arcturus is that brilliant star (3rd brightest in our heavens) which leads these Gospel constellation groups, the Summer, Fall, and Winter Constellations, to present a picture story, a heavenly allegory of sorts.

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And just as a single star guided those wise men to the coming Savior, so also, God is now giving us many stars, to guide us safely to the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior!

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And so these starry signs seem to be the ante-type fulfillment of those wise men following the star, 2,000 years ago!

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations with Two Turtledoves (Sagittarius) & Flower of the Field (aka: Scorpio) & The 12-Star Crown (aka: Corona Borealis) & The Cross-Scepter (aka: Ophiochus & Serpens) & Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) & Arcturus Star – www.theheavensdeclare.net

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GUIDE US TO HEAVEN’S GATE…

Signs Of Heaven - Winter Constellations

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You see, these constellations, summer, fall, and winter, together, tell of the incredible love of God.

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And Arcturus, our Host Star, will lead to an understanding of God’s Word, which will, in turn, guide God’s people up a narrow pathway; onward and upward through Heaven’s Gate itself, and ultimately into the very heavenly City of God.

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Oh don’t doubt for a moment that God cannot or will not do this!

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Listen… “Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Mark 9:23

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AN ARDUOUS TASK

Brooklyn Museum - The Magi Journeying James Tissot - US public domain

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We must keep in mind, that those wise men of old, after spending countless hours searching the Scriptures, to see just exactly what and who those prophecies were pointing to, traveled through the deserts hundreds of miles to find the Messiah.

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All told, those wise men no doubt spent several years on this quest to find the long-awaited Messiah, from the time they first began searching the Scriptures till the time they returned home from their quest to see the Messiah in person!

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Brooklyn Museum – The Magi Journeying – James Tissot – US Public Domain

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AM I A WISE MAN?

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In other words, are we truly the dual end-time fulfillment of those wise-men of old?

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And as such, are we willing to put out the same effort that those wise men of old put out, to discover the truth?

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And with this message, we don’t even have to travel hundreds of miles!

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But to really understand this message, does take a great deal of effort.

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But wise men don’t mind that!

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After all, isn’t that the stuff that wise men are made of? 

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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TO READ PART 2, CLICK HERE…DECEMBER 24 (Arcturus, The Star That Wise Men Follow, Part 2: Following The Stars!?)

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING ARCTURUS…

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An easy way to find Arcturus is to follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, in the spring through fall (these are the months in which Arcturus is visible).

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SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS: (Sketch to right: constellations span the heavens (Ark in south, 7 Stars in north), and travel from east to west through the night.

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This sketch is of the Summer Constellations as they appear when in the western half of the night sky. The box-like constellation is the The Ark of the Covenant (AKA Sagittarius) is in the south. To the right is both the Flower of the Field Constellation (AKA Scorpius) and the The Cross/Scepter Constellations. Further to the north is the Crown of Revelation Twelve (AKA Corona Borealis Constellation) and the star, Arcturus. Farthest to the north is the 7 Stars Constellation (AKA The Big Dipper )

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TOMORROW:

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 26 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet, Part 7: “It’s a Glad, Glad, Glad, Glad World!”)

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THIS IS STUDY #357 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 24 (THE GREATEST GIFT!)

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THE GREATEST GIFT!

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“According to my (Paul’s) earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20, 21

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A gift can come in many forms. There are many gifts a Christian can give to the world.

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Perhaps to stop and give money to someone holding a sign asking for help. Maybe that would be the greatest gift.

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Or giving a basket of food to someone who is hungry. Could that be the greatest gift?

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Or what about visiting someone who is sick or incarcerated?

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Or maybe to give clothes to some overseas mission?

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Or toys to needy children at Christmas?

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Or hand-out tracts or talking to people regarding Salvation?

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How about just being nice and friendly, and even being lovable to everyone? That too, is also a gift one could give to the world!

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Ah, but there is a much greater gift than all these!

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THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFT

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Yes, there are many, many types of gifts a Christian can give to the world. And of course, this website highly encourages the above list of varieties of gift-giving, too!

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But there is a gift far more precious that you and I can give to this needy world: more precious than even verbally telling them about Jesus!

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But what gift could that possibly be?

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THE GREATEST GIFT

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Well, the answer to our puzzle is simply this: the greatest gift a Christian can give to a needy world is a purified heart and a life transformed into the image of Christ.

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Oh yes, the world has heard about Christ! They’ve been told! They’ve listened to a multitude of empty words!

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But what the world needs now; what they really, really need, is to actually see Jesus!

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Oh no, not literally! But they need to see Him as He lives out His holy life through His believing, trusting Followers.

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A LIVING EPISTLE, “KNOWN AND READ OF ALL”

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Oh yes, this is possible!

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Because with hearts purified and filled with the words of Christ, we will then become transformed into a Living Epistle, “known and read of all” 2nd Corinthians 3:2.

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Imagine that! An epistle, known and read of all mankind! This is the big missing piece to the great puzzle, known as the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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Listen… “He that saith he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6.

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To walk, even as Jesus walked! What a tremendous witness that would be!

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NOW THE WORLD WANTS TO SEE JESUS!!!

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Yes, unfortunately, the Church has not yet given birth to Christ within our hearts!

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Listen…“We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:18

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This verse is especially for these last days, and speaks to the Church, even to us, His Elect. Satan has diverted us from our great commission to bring forth Christ in our hearts.

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And because of this, the world is disinterested in our hollow and empty sermons! They want to SEE Christ in us, not just hear about Him. We need to prove to the world that there is Power from on high! A Power to overcome!

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POWER INCOMPREHENSIBLE!

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Oh, you don’t believe that such a thing is possible?

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Well, just listen to Paul’s declaration… “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Ephesians 3:20.

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So it says here that God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that works in us! Incredible!

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So then, with such a Power working in us, there will no longer be any need for hand-out tracts or television or Internet ministries, such as this one! God’s faithful ones will shine as the Sun in its brightness, to a sin-darkened world. And we are now just before the dawning of that very Day!

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“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:43

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the desire and strength to fully engage in the work of purifying my heart and life, so that the world can see, not me, but Jesus…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Parable of the Sheep & Goats: The Greatest Gift”

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 STARS IMITATE CROSS OF ORION

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This phenomenon begins in October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

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This Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “’7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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TOMORROW:

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 25 (Arcturus, The Star That Wise Men Follow)

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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THIS IS STUDY #356 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 26 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet, Part 7: “It’s a Glad, Glad, Glad, Glad World!”)

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Cuttlefish & The False Prophet, Part 7: “It’s a Glad, Glad, Glad, Glad World!”

To read Part 1, go here…April 1 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet)

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God originally created this world to be a beautiful home for Mankind.

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Yet when we fell from grace, this world began to change in many ways.

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Nature, to a great extent, began to take on some changes. Many creatures and plants, etc., gradually took on different aspects, eventually becoming dangerous to other animals, and some even dangerous to people.

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CUTTLEFISH: THE ULTIMATE IMPOSTORS!

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One of the most amazing creatures ever created is the Cuttlefish! 

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The reason why this creature is so incredible, is that it can just glance at its environment and instantly change its body to imitate that environment!

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As a matter of fact, whatever the Cuttlefish passes over, it instantly begins to change into the same color and shape, of that undersea object!

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Well, God has created this little predator to give us further insight into the inner working of the kingdom of Satan.

(As this little 26 second video below shows, the Cuttlefish has the ability to paralyze his potential victims, by using his hypnotizing strobe-light effect! Amazing!)

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Certainly Satan and his unseen minions love to make themselves invisible! That way, they can work their misery and woe upon this unsuspecting world, without its inhabitants becoming alarmed causing us to rebel against Satan’s kingdom, as we flee to God!

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Now, back in the 1960’s, a whacky comedy was created, which became a big hit movie on the “silver screens” around the world…“It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World!”

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Well, this carefree comedy was a great way of escaping the often grim realities of this truly, “Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, for several hours!

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“THE KISSES OF AN ENEMY ARE DECEITFUL!”

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Truly it can be said, we live in a “Cuttlefish World”.

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Yes, like that incredible impostor, this world has been changed into a seemingly benign and benificent society to a great degree. Oh yes, there are undenyingly many dangerous and evil things out there!

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But just look around at all the smiling faces on so many people! Why, it just seems as if this is such a happy-go-lucky world!

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And it’s just about impossible to watch television without seeing laughter, and joking, and smiles galore! And you could possibly say, “It’s a glad, glad, glad, glad world!”

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“THEY (FALSE PROPHETS)…SAYING ‘PEACE, PEACE’, WHEN THERE IS NO PEACE”

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All this smiley-faced gladness is just an integral part of Satan’s warfare against Heaven!

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After all, if Satan can make his kingdom seem more appealing than Christ’s kingdom, then, this gives him a great victory!

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Yes, the whole world lies in wickedness!

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And yet, Satan fully understands that he must put happy face on it, for fear of losing his tight grip on the world’s citizens!

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Conversely, it is Satan’s goal to put the worst possibly face on true Christianity.

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And so, he not only raises up counterfeit brethren to make Christianity look bad to the general public; but he likewise makes life as miserable as possible for true Christians, so as to put a sad face on them!

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As a matter of fact, if “the god of this world” were to withdraw all of his mezmerizing Cuttlefish “goodness”, the people of the world would begin to show their genuine wickedness, and Christians would be quickly exterminated! (Oh yes, they probably would be tortured first).

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So this devotional is a warning for Christians to get themselves ready for the moment when this world takes on its true Cuttlefish” wickedness, and comes at Christians with all the venomous hatred that Satan truly has for you and for me!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to not be fooled by this very deceptive world…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…November 26 (The False Prophet, Part 21: “The World’s Most Evil People!”), or you can also read… April 1 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet)

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“And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.” Acts 28:11

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Most theologians interpret this verse to be speaking of two pagan gods known as Castor and Pollux. Beyond that, they are puzzled as to what significance do these twin gods have. Some believe these gods to be the patrons of safe ocean travel. Certainly God would never want His people to board such a pagan ship!

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But there is much significance to Castor and Pollux. No, not to those twin-gods. But there are two stars named Castor and Pollux. They are twin-stars, and not twin-gods. They are the two bright stars of the constellation commonly known as Gemini. But as “Signs Of Heaven” points out, these two stars also happen to be the two brightest stars on Orion’s sickle.

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And these two stars are also known as The Narrow Gate Stars. And if you will explore this concept, you will see that Castor and Pollux possess great significance… 

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“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14. Castor and Pollux represent this Biblical concept of the Narrow Way. 

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LOCATING THIS GROUP…

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These two sketches below are the same picture, one with stars only, the other with embellishments. These stars appear more or less like this when they are in the western sky, just before they sink below the western horizon (please excuse the less-than 100% accurate sketch). At the top of the sketches in the center is the Big Dipper. But with other surrounding stars, the Big Dipper is known as Ursa Major or the Great Bear. But as this website points out, Ursa Major is actually the Revelation 12 Woman. (Ursa Major appears much larger in the sky than this sketch shows. But in order to fit her into this drawing, the artist had to depict her much smaller) 

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

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TOMORROW…

December 27 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 56: “The Evangelical Cult!” CONTINUED)

 

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 27 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 56: “The Evangelical Cult!” CONTINUED)

By admin On February 3rd, 2018

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To read Part 1, click here… “May 12th (Come Out of Her, My People?)”

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And yet, the fact is, mainstream Christianity has just as many false doctrines, placing them in the same position as those they scorn: a false gospel!

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Now of course, mainstream Christianity is correct in their accusations against those false gospels.

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Yes, a certain radio talk show host was criticizing the so-called “cults” for subscribing only to the verses that seem to prove their false doctrines, while at the same time, ignoring other verses which disprove those same false doctrines.

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And this talk show host was indeed correct. Anyone can manufacture just about any false doctrine they wish to, by merely lifting certain verses out of the context of the Bible in its entirety.

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IGNORING OR TWISTING SCRIPTURE

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“But to do this”, he went on, “these false gospels must simply ignore or explain away such passages as Hebrews 1:8…’But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.’ 

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And then, this Bible talk show host mentioned the “Jesus Only” movement. And he correctly pointed out that this group will take certain verses which seemingly suggest that Jesus only is God, and also is both the Father and the Holy Spirit as well!

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And he continued by pointing out that in order to prove this to be true, they must ignore such passages as Matthew 3:16, 17… “And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from Heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

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“So here is just another example”, he correctly concluded, “of how to fabricate false doctrines by merely ignoring or twisting Scripture: refusing those scriptures which could have given proper balance and a correct understanding of any Bible truth if they would only have been recognized by these cultists.”

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Well, you get the point. There is a whole lot of this kind of bad theology going on in today’s Christendom.

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And yet, this same talk show host doesn’t realize that mainstream Christianity does the exact same thing!

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Yes, there are a number of cherished doctrines in the so-called “orthodox” churches which are based on certain verses, while excluding other verses that must be included in order to strike the proper balance necessary to achieving a correct understanding of truth.

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For instance, the doctrine of the so-called “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” is based on certain verses which seemingly suggest it to be true. And yet, the adherents to this doctrine must ignore other verses, such as John 6:39, which says… “And this is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”

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This verse, along with three other similar verses from John, Chapter 6 presents a completely different scenario for the Resurrection of God’s people. Pre-Tribulation Rapture adherents argue that this “last day” resurrection will instead take place 7 years prior to the “last day”.

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But there are so many verses and passages which refute the “Pre-Tribulation Rapture Theory” that it is amazing how theologians could ever believe such a false doctrine!

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Another great error in the mainstream church-world is the grievous heresy referred to as “Eternal Torment”. Again, if one takes the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus, along with some other passages, it is easy to assume that God indeed endlessly torments all rejectors of His grace in some netherworld chasm.

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And yet, this long-held heresy was formulated by ignoring so many passages, such as this one from the Book of Job…“Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?…For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counsellors of the earth…Or with princes…There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.” Job 3:11, 13-15, 17-19 

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Now if Eternal Torment was the fate of all rejectors of God’s grace, then Job would have never made this statement; nor would he have wished to be dead, suffering eternal torment!

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This whole notion that God has some netherworld torture chamber is so utterly ridiculous that it’s hard to believe that theologians still cling to it!

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But these are just two examples of many other false doctrines borne out of the “cherry-picking” of certain verses, removing them from the context of the Bible in its entirety.

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And this is just one more reason why God is now calling His people to, “Come out of her (Babylon), My people, lest you partake of her sins, and receive of her plagues” Revelation 18:4

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“BREAD SHALL BE GIVEN HIM; HIS WATERS SHALL BE SURE!”

Isaiah 33:16

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We should not expect that the apostate churches and denominations are ever going to repent of these errors. But all those who have received a love for truth must, “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; He will render unto her a recompense.” Jeremiah 51:6

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God has provided abundant Waters of grace and life-giving heavenly Bread upon the high (spiritual) mountains of our refuge in these last moments prior to His return!

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TO READ PART 57, CLICK HERE…December 28 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 57: “Drinking Babylon’s Wine”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to come out of this Babylon of confusion, and worship Thee 100%…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music)or you can also read this shorter article…“March 25th (Lucifer’s Music Solo)”

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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GOD’S PEOPLE TAKEN CAPTIVE

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“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (Babylon), My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 

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The Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlots

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God has a people in Babylon. Yes, Mystery Babylon is the Mother of Harlots. The sketch to the left shows her riding this beast with 7 heads and 10 horns.

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But in that spiritual city, there are those who still love God to a certain degree. And before the final plagues are poured out upon her, God has been and will continue to call His people out of her… “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (Babylon), my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

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And so in addition to The Pleiades appearing as the Harlot Mother, we also see this second depiction of The Pleiades as an angel, which symbolizes God’s people, walking the downward pathway to destruction. They must be called out of Babylon before it’s too late!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Pleiades: The Captive Angel & Mystery Harlot Constellation”

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TOMORROW…

December 28 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 57: “Drinking Babylon’s Wine”)

 

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 28 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 57: “Drinking Babylon’s Wine”)

By admin On February 2nd, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 28

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Come Out of Her, My People! Part 57: “Drinking Babylon’s Wine” 

To read Part 1, click here… “May 12th (Come Out of Her, My People?)”

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“Stay yourselves, and wonder;

cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken,

but not with wine; they stagger,

but not with strong drink.”

Isaiah 29:9

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CITY OF CONFUSION

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Babylon was given its name during the building of that infamous Tower of Babylon, because God confused their speech…

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Listen… “Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.” Genesis 11:9 

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And so, the name, Babylon, actually means, “City of Confusion”.

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“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE”

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The Bible pronounces a curse upon all those who refuse to, “Come out of Her (Babylon) My people!”

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Yes, upon all those who refuse to join the Exodus out of this “City of Confusion”, the apostate churches, the following sentence is pronounced… “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

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

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THE PLEIADES: TALE OF TWO WOMEN

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The Constellation, Pleiades, is a two-fold constellation. In other words, it can either be seen as the “Harlot, Mystery Babylon”, or it can also be seen as the “Captive Angel”. Admittedly, the Captive Angel is much easier to find when looking at this great cluster of stars. It actually looks like an angel.

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Nevertheless, both these two women represent the two portions of God’s people: the church-apostate and the church-faithful: the foolish virgins and the wise virgins: antichrists and true Christians.

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ABOVE PICTURE: The Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlots

ABOVE PICTURE: The Pleiades: The Captive Angel Constellation

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“TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND”

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A radio Bible teacher gave a very nice 25 minute Bible study on that incredible Passage from Romans 12:1, 2

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Listen…“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” 

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This amazing passage should be emblazoned upon the hearts on each and every child of God.

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And to his credit, that pastor really gave a great discourse on those two verses.

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“FOOLISH TALK AND JESTING”

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But in spite of his nice presentation, he unfortunately mingled into his study, a whole lot of funny little quips, jests and laughs.

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In other words, this 25 minute plea for Christians to become transformed into the image of Christ, was salted with unchristlike behavior!

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So sad to witness such a contradiction between a man’s words and his behavior!

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ABOVE PHOTO: church evangelist – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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DRINKING BABYLON’S WINE

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Now, as far as this particular Bible teacher, he may indeed be a sincere child of God. But http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpgunfortunately, he has obviously been drinking of that intoxicating wine of Babylon.

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Yes, as Revelation 2:20 warns… “Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.”

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And Jezebel was symbolic of, “Mystery Babylon, Mother of Harlots”. Thus, this above verse warns that Jezebel (an adulterous gospel) can find her way into any congregation, if the parishioners allow her in.

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And bringing in all her false doctrines and world-loving ways, that congregation begins to become spiritually drunken with her idolatry. 

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DRUNKS ACTING SILLY

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And when drunkards get together, they really enjoy hearing one-another behaving so silly and so giddy! That’s how drunkards behave. And so it should be no surprise that congregations today will love to hear such worldly behavior from their pastor.

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They’ve all been drinking Babylon’s wine!

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“THOU HYPOCRITE!”

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Well, it should make any of us very uncomfortable to criticize anyone else, especially when most of us are likewise guilty of the same sins! Yes, those of us who have behaved in the same way need to hang our heads in shame too! We’re all in the same boat! We’ve all sinned.

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The fact is, we’ve all been drinking of Babylon’s wine, haven’t we? Yes, anytime we watch TV or listen to the radio, etc., and hear all the unchristlike joking and jesting, are we not partaking of Babylon’s wine? It is a lack of watchfulness that causes us to join in with the world in their unchristlike behavior.

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Because, let’s face it! Neither Jesus, nor Paul, nor John, nor Peter, nor any other New Testament role-models ever engaged in such silly behavior, according to Scripture.

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JOKING AROUND ONLY CHEAPENS THE MOMENT!

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And truth-be-told, to mingle the great commission of warning the world “to flee from the wrath to come”, with jokes and quips and foolish talk greatly sets our audience at ease, lessening the utmost seriousness and solemnity of the moment, when hearts are deciding for or against Salvation!

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And as Paul warned…“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” Ephesians 5:3-5 

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THOMAS BROOKS ON JOKING IN THE PULPIT

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Listen to that great Church reformer, Thomas Brooks as he speaks about false teachers in the pulpits…

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Listen…“They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart…False teachers handle holy things rather with wit and trifling, rather than with fear and reverence. False teachers are soul-murderers. They are like evil surgeons, that skin over the wound—but never heal it…False teachers are Hell’s greatest enrichers.”

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Here are some very scathing words concerning those who think it’s a good thing to keep the congregation laughing.

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Thomas Brooks on, “The 7 Chacteristics of False Teachers”

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“YE SHALL NOT ADD UNTO THE WORD WHICH I COMMAND YOU!”

Deuteronomy 4:2 

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Now, many church-goers will make excuses for their foolish talk and jesting by saying such things as, “Well, Jesus probably joked around with His disciples, but it’s just not mentioned in the Bible.”

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All such presumptuous statements as this above statement, makes a person guilty of adding his own personal notions to God’s infallible Word.

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And this kind of presumption is nothing less than sin of the highest degree!

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Well, the Good News in all this is that it is still the Day of Salvation. And all those who truly desire to “come out of her (Babylon) My people”, can cry and plead for Jesus to come and cleanse his or her compromised and polluted heart! 

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And all those who escape out of Babylon, and join the end-time exodus from this Babylonish world, will be delighted to discover that the love, joy and peace that Heaven offers is of far greater value than any earthly treasure or trinket that we might have to forsake to become disciples of Jesus!

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

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TO READ PART 58, CLICK HERE…February 12 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 58: “The Final Destruction of Babylon”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the incredible and wonderful gift of Salvation. Open my eyes that I may behold this world as You see it. Let me not be deceived by the counterfeit gospels which pervade the today’s church-world…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”, or you can also read… ” April 7th (1 Preacher! 2 Sermons!)” , or you can also read…JANUARY 10th (How a Joke Killed!)

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FIVE FOOLISH VIRGINS STARS

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A new constellation has been revealed, as of about May 29th, 2014. This constellation appears as a snake. Its body is comprised of stars from the Bootes Constellation, and its jaws are made of the four stars which Babylonians saw as the head of Draco, the Dragon. It also has a small single star for an eye.

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Now in this constellation is a group of five stars, which will be called “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”. These are located on the opposite side of the Glorious Crown of 12 Stars, from the Five Wise Virgins Stars. But one big difference between the two is, that The Five Wise are curved around the Glorious Crown, while the Five Foolish are curved away from it!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars” 

 

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TOMORROW 

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December 29 (The City of Morality, Part 10: “What’s My Badge of Honor?”)

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 29 (The City of Morality, Part 10: “What’s My Badge of Honor?”)

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The City of Morality, Part 6: “What’s My Badge of Honor?” 

To read Part 1, click here… “January 5th (The City of Morality)”

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Have you ever heard anyone say about someone else, “They’re as proud as a peacock’? Well, it’s been a very commonly used expression over the years, and probably through the centuries.

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And just one look at this incredibly beautiful bird, and it’s small wonder why this connection is made!

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Peacock_Feather_Close_Up.JPGNot only is it a dazzling creature to behold, but even its kingly strut, in royal blue, makes it appear to be the chief figure in a royal procession.

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But when this amazing bird fans out its plumage, it appears to have many eyes looking at it, as if it is boasting, “All eyes are on me! ME, ME, ME!!!”

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WHAT’S YOUR BADGE OF HONOR? 

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Have you noticed that we humans always seem to have one or more positive traits of character which, well, just seem to be a type of “badge of honor” for us?

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Well, the Pharisees of old had their own badge of honor.

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Do you know what that badge of honor was for that group of religious leaders?

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Yes, it was their morality, prosperity, position, and cleanliness. This made them feel as though they were just a bit more righteous than, “the great unwashed!”

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PHARISEEISM TODAY

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And let’s face it! Cleanliness, position, prosperity, and morality are perhaps the most common “badges of honor” even to this current day.

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And especially in the most prosperous nations, a great number of people live in this self-deception that they are more righteous than others, because of their prosperity and position; or because they are very moral; or because they are very neat and clean.

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OTHER BADGES OF HONOR

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But it always seems like each and every person has some sort of badge of honor which causes pride and self-justification.

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For some, it might be their friendliness.

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For some, it might be their merciful acts of charity.

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For others, it might be their quick-witted jests.

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For still others it might be their good work-ethics.

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Yes, the list goes on and on!

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MANY BADGES OF HONOR!

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There are perhaps hundreds or even thousands of personal traits that make people feel just a little better than others.

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Oh, maybe it’s my punctuality; or my knowledge of the Bible; or my humbleness; or my generosity; or my superior intellect; or my honesty; or some talent; or my knowledge of some sport, or of some philosophy.

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Actually, the list seems almost endless as to the possible attributes which humans consider to be “my badge of honor!”

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“A BROKEN SPIRIT: A BROKEN AND A CONTRITE HEART, O GOD, YOU WILL NOT DESPISE”

Psalm 51:17

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Now of course the Bible totally condemns all such self-exalting and proud thinking!

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Listen to Paul speak about his own badges of honor…“If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.’ Philippians 3:4-6

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Yes, Paul was one of the greatest of all Pharisees! He was an extremely well-disciplined and hard-working person! He had a lot of excellent virtues which he could boast of!

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PAUL LOST ALL BADGES OF HONOR!

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And yet, listen to Paul’s testimony about these supposed badges of honor…“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ…for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them, but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness…but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:” Philippians 3:7-9

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Yes, when Paul finally met Christ, he suddenly realized that he was a just another miserable sinner, saved by grace!

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Listen…“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:” Romans 7:18.

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Yes, Paul’s new desire was no longer his own self-exaltation, but rather, to now exalt the Lord Jesus, and learn everything he could about Him! And Paul knew that Jesus was meek and lowly in heart (see Matthew 11:28-30).

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“THE LOFTY LOOKS OF MAN…SHALL BE HUMBLED…IN THAT DAY!”

Isaiah 2:11 

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The Bible leaves little room for we sinners to remain self-deceived regarding any worthiness we might imagine that we possess! Yes, when we fix our gaze on the glorious and majestic One, it lays all our supposed goodness in the dust!.

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And of course, God at times allows the Devil to put us through humbling circumstances of one type or another, to lay all pride in the dust, forever!

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And this is best illustrated by Paul’s testimony…“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.” 2nd Corinthians 12:7

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Not only Paul, but also King David, Solomon, Job, and Peter all went through humbling circumstances, so that God could forever purify their hearts from all foolish human pride.  

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THE GOOD NEWS!

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The Good News is that there exists a true goodness!

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And this true goodness is now being offered to each and every member of the human race! Yes, the gift of Salvation is now available to any and every willing recipient who begins to follow Jesus by faith on an upward, Heavenward journey to the Celestial City of God!

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And instead of a mere outward display of moral behavior, Jesus can come and live out His life through each and every Heaven-bound pilgrim, as he or she walks that narrow pathway (comprised of every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Drive out all my foolish proud judging! Purify my heart. Give me the mind of Christ, so that I too can become meek and lowly on heart…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Today’s Devotional – January 20th (3 Fingered Judgment-Day), or you can also read… “September 30th (How To Spot The Biggest Sinner!)”

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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“THE SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

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

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TOMORROW:

December 30 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 16: “Sleeping To Satan’s Lullabies!”)

 

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 30 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 16: “Sleeping To Satan’s Lullabies!”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 30

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 16: “Sleeping To Satan’s Lullabies!”

To read the first part of this little series, click here..October 13th (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 1)

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And this was merely mocking Christians, who were seemingly obsessed with pointing the finger at the Devil.

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Then they could all laugh and mock the notion that Satan is a very active and powerful force controlling the peoples of this world, by mockingly saying…“The Devil made me do it!”

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SATAN, “THE GOD OF THIS WORLD”

2nd Corinthians 4:4

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But the horrifying fact is, the Devil does indeed cause the vast percentage of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGworld’s inhabitants to do a great amount of things!

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After all, Ephesians 2:2 presents a truth that practically nobody realizes or accepts! It is perhaps the most egregious truth in all of the Bible!

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And this verse from Ephesians reveals that Satan is indeed… “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”

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And let’s face it! The idea that the entire world’s inhabitants are filled with this evil spirit is more than anybody is willing to accept, much less even admit!

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Isaiah 30:10

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Oh yes, it would be much more pleasant to only read, nice, innocuous, and euphemistic devotionals, like so many other devotionals out there today.

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Unfortunately, with all the many devotionals being published today, the great apostasy in the church-world has not been the least bit abated, but only continues to worsen!

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“ANOINT YOUR EYES WITH EYE-SALVE, THAT YOU MAY SEE!”

Revelation 3:18

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_and_the_pauper.jpgThe fact is, it is only by applying the unvarnished and often unpleasant truth about this very dangerously deceptive world, that Christians might become so alarmed as to cause us (yes, including the editor of this website) to fall to our knees (spiritually, not literally) in deep repentance and contrition over our sleepy-eyed and apathetic Laodicean condition.

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Oh that we lukewarm Christians would only apply the Bible’s spiritual eye-salve, that we might begin to see the terrible reality that we are surrounded by evil angels on every hand!

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

Jeremiah 6:14 & 8:11 

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Yes, the animosity and even the persecution of God’s people was so great and http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dutch_family_bbq.jpgso prevalent, it was hard to deny that they were surrounded by Satan’s visible and invisible armies!

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But in these last moments of time, this society has traded in their pitchforks for meat-forks, and their spears for spatulas.

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And nowadays, instead of burning Christians at the stake, they merely invite them over for burning steaks hot off the barbecue-grill!

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Burned at the stake – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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“TAKE HEED…LEST AT ANY TIME YOUR HEARTS BE OVERCHARGED WITH…THE CARES OF THIS LIFE, AND SO THAT DAY COME UPON YOU UNAWARES!”

Luke 21:34

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People_on_Times_Square.jpgAnd as a result of this new-found “friendship” with the world, Christians have pretty much laid aside our spiritual armor, and have joined in with the world in their seeking after the seemingly endless earthly pleasures and ambitious worldly pursuits currently possible!

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Now for the world, to pursue all the things that this cornucopian super-society has to offer is perhaps just fine!

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After all, this life is very short, and this earth will be their final resting place.

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ENTANGLED ‘WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THIS LIFE’

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-081218-M-4507D-001.jpgBut those who have been called out of this world, have been specially chosen to become soldiers in the Lord’s Army!

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And as Paul so aptly puts it…“Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.” 2nd Timothy 2:3, 4

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Here is revealed just what is the high and holy calling of every Christian: to be a precisely disciplined soldier in the Lord’s Army.

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“…HASTING UNTO…THE DAY OF GOD…”

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And though this discipleship is an ongoing process, we need to follow Peter’s http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgadmonition…“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, LOOKING FOR AND HASTING UNTO THE COMING OF THE DAY OF GOD, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” 2nd Peter 3:11, 12

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Now if this above passage doesn’t send chills up our spine, nothing will!

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And with such warnings as this, every good soldier in the Lord’s service will hopefully awaken to the peril which secretly looms on every side!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“AND THOUGH THIS WORLD WITH DEVILS FILLED…”

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cheers!_(3162940696).jpgOh that our eyes might be opened, so we could see ourselves actually surrounded by invisible evil-angels, as they work in and through unbelievers: to speak to us, to sing to us, to entertain us, to encourage us to continue on in our world-loving ways!

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If only we could realize that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against…the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:19

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Yes, our battle is not with humans, but with unseen forces, even as Martin Luther’s song sings, “And though this world, with Devils filled, should threaten to undo us…” (from, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”)   

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That’s right! This world is indeed filled with devils, unseen evil-angels who indwell the peoples of this, his kingdom, surrounding Christians on every side! And in our naivety, we are mostly ignorant that these invisible spirit-rulers are speaking, singing, encouraging, and entertaining us on a daily basis, all in hopes of derailing us from the great and urgent commission to purify our hearts and conform our lives to the life of Jesus Christ our great Commander! 

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Hands Toasting Drinks – Cheers! Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

Announcer with microphone – svg – Wikimedia – Public-Domain

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“WRITE THE VISION…THAT HE MAY RUN, THAT READETH IT!”

Proverbs 25:25

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Yes, this is the very day of which Habakkuk prophesied, that we must “RUN!”: we must flee to the spiritual mountains of refuge!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpg

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But O Follower of Jesus, fear not! For of those mountainous strongholds it is written…“And there shall be upon every high (spiritual) mountain, and upon every high hill (of God), rivers and streams of (life-giving) waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers (churches) fall.” Isaiah 30:25 (parenthetical comments by Editor)

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Yes, the Bible assures every fleeing Christian, that “He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks (the Bible): bread (of life) shall be given him; his waters (of grace) shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the (Promised) Land that is very far off.” Isaiah 33:16, 17 (parenthetical comments by Editor)

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With such great and precious promises as these, how can we possibly fail!?  

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to prepare for the crisis which is now coming upon this world. Graciously allow me to hide Thy great and precious promises in my heart, that I might stand in this evil day which is already beginning… 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…January 26th (Buying & Selling The Gospel), or you can also read this shorter article… August 30 (Image of the Beast, Part 6: “Framing Mischief By A Law!”)

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 HEADS, 10 HORNS, & 7 CROWNS OF THE DRAGON

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“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Revelation 12:3 

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In Revelation, the Dragon of Revelation 12 is described as having seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. However, the Dragon Constellation up in the night sky does not.

Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

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But God has faithfully created the wave of water, in such a way, as to illustrate this same concept of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. Because this wave of water is basically composed of ten stars.

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The main body of the wave has seven stars (#‘s, 1 thru 7). And the tip of the crest of the wave has the other three stars (#’s, 8, 9 & 10). So we have this 7 and 10 numbering. And this gives us a great clue, as to where in the Bible we should look, to find out the riddle as to just what or who do these 7 heads, 10 crowns, and 7 horns represent. Because, the Bible speaks very much about floods and waters as being associated with Satan (the Dragon).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction

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TOMORROW…

December 31 (TIME TO GET OUT OF DODGE! Part 3: “Time To Jump Ship?”)

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. 

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THIS IS STUDY #362 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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THIS IS STUDY #363 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 23 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 14: “There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough?”)

By admin On January 30th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 23

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As The Flower of the Field, Part 14: “There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough?”

To read Part 1, click here… “March 19th (As the Flower of the Field!)”

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“All flesh is grass,

and all the goodliness thereof

is as the flower of the field:

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:

because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it:

surely the people is grass.

The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:

but the Word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Isaiah 40:6-8

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There was a very popular old song composed back in the 1960’s, which still gets a lot of play even today…

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There ain’t no valley low enoughhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Marvintammigreatest.jpg

There ain’t no river wide enough

To keep me from gettin’ to you babe

…Just call my name, I’ll be there in a hurry

You don’t have to worry!”

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This was a very excellent song, as far as the songs of the world.

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Wikipedia – Fair-Use Rationale

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IMPOSSIBLE DREAMS!

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And yet, like so many of the world’s songs, this very popular song made a great big promise!

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Yes, many popular songs make great promises, such as…“I’ll love you forever! I’ll never leave you! I’ll always be there for you!”

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Well, those are very nice sounding promises!

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But are they true and possible promises?

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Man Husband & Married Wife on swing – Fraternal love (Prehispanic sculpture from 250–900 A.D., of Huastec origin) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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MANY SAD AND EVEN TRAGIC ENDINGS!

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Well, just looking at the statistics, the divorce rate in this society is extremely high! And that stat doesn’t even take in to account all the unhappy and loveless and even violent marriages that http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Argentinegraveseastfalkland.jpgcontinue on without divorce! Very sad! Makes us want to cry for such sorrowful situations! Yes, there are so very many sad and heartbreaking stories in this sad ol’ world!

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And finally, even those few relationships that are happy and loving, will all ultimately end with the death of one or both partners. Every last one!

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Listen…“For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6

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This above passage presents the stark and bleak truth that death is final, and nothingness is the final ending for all, including their love!

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Argentine graves east falkland by Chris Pearson wikimedia share-alike license

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“WITHOUT CHRIST…HAVING NO HOPE”

Ephesians 2:12

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Yes, there is a mountain far too high.

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And there is a valley far too low.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Foggy_Church_Graveyard.jpg

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And there is a river much too wide to ever cross.

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Because when death finally comes, it will be forever! 

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No hope! No possibility of ever crossing that mountain, valley and river!

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A VERY SAD AND TRAGIC ENDING!

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Well, the story of the two recording artists who sang that song, “There Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!” has an extremely sad ending.

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Because, tragically, they both died just a few short years after recording that song. One died of cancer, while the other was murdered by his own father!

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Wikipedia – Fair-Use Rationale

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“HE THAT BELIEVETH IN ME, THOUGH HE WERE DEAD, YET SHALL HE LIVE!”

John 11:25, 26

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But perhaps there is a ray of hope in that dark story.

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Maybe, just maybe, they both began to trust in Jesus prior to their untimely deaths!

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Do you think?

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Because if they did, then those impossible words will actually become true promises! And the vow they made to each other will not be merely a hollow and empty promise!

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Yes, those impossible lyrics, “There ain’t no mountain high enough, there ain’t no valley low enough, there ain’t no river wide enough, to keep me from gettin’ to you”, will actually be very possible!

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Because, if those two singers did indeed begin to trust in the Savior, then they will joyfully rise one day to live forever in a wonderful and joyful place called, The Promised Land.

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Yes, even though there is a river far too wide for anyone to cross, yet the Savior is very willing to carry us across, if only we will begin to place our life in His hands!

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Thomas Cole – Pilgrim of the Cross at the End of His Journey – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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TO READ PART 15, CLICK HERE…March 19 (As The Flower of the Field, Part 15: “Black Holes In Inner-Space: Romantic Idolatry!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully realize the meaninglessness of this life and to fully appreciate the infinite value of the world-to-come…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“October 26th (It’s a throw-away world!)”, or you can also read this next article…“April 22nd (All Is Meaningless!)”

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FLOWER OF THE FIELD CONSTELLATION 

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This is perhaps one of the most amazing constellations that God has created! It truly looks like a flower, and appears to be blowing in the direction of westward. But as autumn draws near, this constellation appears to bow itself down, just like the flowers of Earth bow down, at the summer’s end.

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And these are not merely obscure stars! No! These are among the biggest and brightest stars in the night heavens!

Two Turtledoves-Flower of the Field- Cross/Scepter Constellations

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The Two Turtle-Doves Constellation is also known as Sagittarius .

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The Flower of the Field is commonly known as Scorpio .

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But there is another obvious aspect to this constellation group. Notice that the birds are flying in the same direction as the flower is bending; it is as if the east wind is blowing these heavenly messengers…

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“The wind blows where it desires, and you hear the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it comes, and where it goes: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. John 3:8.

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So here is another incredible Bible concept, written in the heavens! And God has spoken of these signs! Listen… “For ever, O LORD, Thy Word is settled in heaven.” Psalm 119:89

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THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATION NAMES

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

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WHY IS THIS FLOWER POINTING UPWARD?

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To the right is a star-chart from Wikipedia. The editor of this site has sketched in the Flower of the Field Constellation on this constellation commonly referred to as the Scorpio Constellation (plus a few other close-by bright stars).

flower of the field constellation (fixed)

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Do you see the long blade of grass growing from the base of the Flower of the Field? This grass blade is made of the two highest stars of the Lupus Constellation, and the two lowest stars of the Libra Constellation.

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As this Wikipedia star-chart shows, the flower appears to be pointing to Arcturus and the Revelation 12 Woman (shown in sketch below). Arcturus represents Jesus, as He leads His sons (and daughters) on a spiritual journey up a heavenward pathway, as is written… “Canst you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?” Job 38:32.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Flower of the Field Constellation”

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TOMORROW…

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 24 (THE GREATEST GIFT!)

 

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. 

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THIS IS STUDY #355 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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