Daily Devotional – FEBRUARY 28 (The False Prophet, Part 6: Wandering Through Hell)

By admin On December 26th, 2014

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Daily Devotional – FEBRUARY 28

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The False Prophet, Part 6: “Wandering Through Hell”

To read Part 1 of this series, click here… “JANUARY 26 (The False Prophet, Part 1: Lying Eyes!)”

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In John Bunyan’s infamous book, Pilgrim’s Progress, he mentioned that the town of Vanity Fair had different sections: as Bunyan depicts it, “there are the several rows and streets under their proper names . . . Here is the Britain Row, the French Row, the Italian Row, the Spanish Row, the German Row.”

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Satan, “the god of this world” does not like to have his loyal subjects to get bored. And so he has designed his world to provide points of interest, places of intrigue, things of mystery!

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And so he has provided a wide variety of different places to visit, each with their own distinct and special flavor. 

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And as it was in Bunyan’s day, so it is multi-fold more in this high-tech age! In addition to Britain Row, and French Row, and Italian Row, and Spanish Row, and German Row, we now have so many more rows! it is impossible to even list all of them!

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Sufficed to say, there are so many places to visit; and so many lands of mystery and intrigue to search, that those with the time and means to indulge their wanderlust, can spend a veritable life-time wandering the highways and byways of the world…or should we say, wandering the highways and byways of this Vanity Fair world!

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Satan wants his citizens to be happy. The last thing Satan, “the god of this world” wants, is a rebellion!

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And so he has provided very many amusements and distractions and hobbies and sports and games; enough to keep us busy, till we finally wake up, only to discover that we and our family are eternally lost!

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And among these many fun and interesting things, is the lust to wander.

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Hence the name, Wanderlust.

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“EAT, DRINK, & BE MERRY!”

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“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 2:4

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And for those loyal citizens of Vanity Fair, these amusements are just fine!

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But for those who are seeking a better country, and have become strangers and pilgrims on their upward journey to that celestial city, the above words of Paul are an admonishment and warning for every pilgrim to not get encumbered with the cares and pleasures of this life.

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Listen to Jesus… “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” Luke 21:34, 35.

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This passage warns us to not get too far into the world, lest that Day overtakes us by surprise.

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Even the cares of life can become a snare to our soul, if we let them!

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SATAN’S KINGDOM

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When Satan deceived Mankind, God allowed him to become the ruler of this lost world. 2nd Corinthians 4:4 calls him, “the god of this world”!

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Three times in the Gospel of John, Satan is referred to as, “The prince of this world”.

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But in these last days, Satan is coming as “the False Prophet”, spoken of in Revelation 13. And in the past few centuries, he has put a “happy face” on this wicked world, thus deceiving the naive and blinded multitudes into thinking that the world is a pretty nice place, for the most part.

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Of course, this is a big lie!

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The Bible says… “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1st John 5:19.

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Behind most every door, in most every house, in every city in every nation all over this hopelessly dying world, are lost souls, living in sin, starving for the Bread of Life, which only Christ can give them!

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THE MAN OF GOD & THE OLD PROPHET

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There is a story in the 1st Kings, Chapter 13, of a “man of God” who was given specific instructions to not eat or tarry in the country he had prophesied against, until he was fully back home in his own country.

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Well, this story has everything to do with us today! We too are commanded to warn the world of the wrath to come! We are to be like the Apostle Paul in our zeal and dedication to our mission!

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But the False Prophet has deceived so many of us, by friends and family and television, etc., to relax, “don’t worry, be happy!”

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Enjoy the world!

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Have a good time!

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OLD PROPHET IS THE FALSE PROPHET

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And just like that man of God in 1st Kings, Chapter 13, we listen to “the old Prophet” who tells us to “eat drink and be merry”.

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Well God isn’t going to send a physical lion to kill us, as He did to that “man of God”.

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But Satan, that roaring lion will certainly devour us, in a spiritual sense, should we think that we can simply relax and enjoy this Vanity Fair world, while its inhabitants slip down into their eternal graves, unsaved!

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In this terrifying cartoon to the right, is a typical worldly-minded Christian, deceived into thinking that this world was just his playground for the pursuit of earthly pleasures, dreams and self-aggrandizement!

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THE HEAVENWARD PATH

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It makes Christians want to cry to see loved ones who have become deceived by the False Prophet; who tells us to, “eat, drink and be merry, and enjoy this world!”

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But God’s pilgrims must continue on that upward pathway out of this City of Destruction, on their journey to the Celestial City of God, even if their family (as did that Pilgrim’s family, in Bunyan’s tale) refuses to come along. 

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We have a mission. Preach the Gospel! Purify our hearts and minds! Fight the Good Fight! Run the Race! We have been chosen to be God’s ambassadors to this planet of rebels.

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But it’s nevertheless sad to have to see our families, when they are also part of that rebellion!

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WHERE TO DRAW THE LINE

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For those with families, there are many alternatives to Wanderlust.

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A weekend camp-out. A picnic. A trip to the park, playground, or zoo. A walk on a nature trail. And many other similar types of family retreats.

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In other words, part of being moderate, is to know where to draw the line between rest & recreation and an all-out pursuit of the, “lust of the eyes”.

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And well, these matters require much Bible knowledge and prayer for wisdom. Because, every family situation is different, with varying needs of the members.   

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THE GOOD NEWS!

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Fortunately, we have a merciful God, who is, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2nd Peter 3:9

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And in His great mercy, He has graciously provided enough time for both you and myself to repent of our worldliness and mistaken world-view!

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Like this picture of David’s sorrow, we too need to cry out for God to cleanse us and restore us.

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And we should not cease from crying out, until we have been restored!

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TIME TO LEAVE

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Yes, by fully immersing ourselves in holy things, our corrupt and deceived hearts might be cleansed and purified from this notion that the world has many good things!

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Listen… “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” 1st John 5:19

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And by a constant contemplation of God’s Word, this above verse from 1st John will begin to permeate through our worldly hearts, and root out all those false notions which the False Prophet has filled our hearts with!

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And so, let us gather up that which is yet remaining, and once again resume our journey out of this City of Destruction, praying that the Lord will open the eyes of those who are yet deceived by the Vanity Fair world!

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To read Part 7, click here… MAY 21 (The False Prophet, Part 7: The 7th Head)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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Dear Lord, Give me an understanding of just what a deceptive world this really is! Help me to be IN the world, but not OF the world…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”, or you can also read… February 17th (Examine Yourself!)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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REVELATION 12, FLEEING WOMAN

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WHO IS SHE FLEEING FROM?

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“…and the dragon stood before the woman…for to devour her child as soon as it was born…And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God…” Revelation 12:5, 6

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Now by winter, this woman has changed into a “fleeing” woman. And if you will go out into the country away from the city lights, you might just see that her upraised arms begin to appear as wings. And she appears to be running, and eventually flying. In this heavenly scenario, this woman is fleeing from the ‘Dragon’ Constellation. However, “fleeing” is mentioned many times in Scripture. It may refer to fleeing from apostate shepherds (John 10:5), brethren or apostate congregations (Psalm 26:5). Or fleeing from sin and (1st Cor. 6:18). Or from enemies. It is likewise speaking of fleeing to the mountains.

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And as you can see, the Dragon is spewing water out of his mouth. And it is amazing that this water is always going in the direction of the woman. The water stands for false doctrines. False brethren. Persecutions and temptations. See the article on the Dragon for further insight. Click here…”The Dragon”.

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READ MORE…

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

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TOMORROW…

FEBRUARY 29 (Whose Name Is Engraven On My Heart?)

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