Daily Devotional, Year 2 – April 1 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet)

By admin On January 23rd, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2- APRIL 1

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Cuttlefish & The False Prophet

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“And then shall that Wicked be revealed…

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan

with all power and signs and lying wonders,”

2nd Thessalonians 2:8, 9 (condensed)

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

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

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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 certain 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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But in addition to giving nature the ability to become dangerous after the Fall of Man, God also designed nature to teach lessons about good and evil!

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Cuttlefish komodo – Wikimedia – Share-alike License 

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CUTTLEFISH: THE ULTIMATE IMPOSTORS!

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One of the most amazing creatures ever created is the Cuttlefish! Actually, it is not a fish, but a type of mollusk, like a squid, or octopus.

.Cuttlefish.ogv - Wikipedia - Share-alike License

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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! 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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And so, its enemies cannot detect the Cuttlefish! Or when it lays-in-wait for its victims, perhaps next to a sea-weed, its color, and spots, and shape automatically change to imitate that sea-weed! It can even instantly grow leaf-like appendages to imitate certain sea-weeds! This little creature is nothing short of amazing!

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Cuttlefish.ogv – Wikipedia – Creative Commons License

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CUTTLEFISH: SYMBOL OF SATAN

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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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SATAN’S WORKS UNDERCOVER

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Now, God has created this amazing creature to illustrate how Satan works undercover within the Church!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPG

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Listen… “And then shall that Wicked be revealed…Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 2nd Thessalonians 2:8, 9 (condensed)

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As this above passage reveals, Satan will counterfeit the workings of God, to deceive God’s people!

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Notice that it says that this Wicked will come after the working of Satan with, “ALL power, signs, and lying wonders”! Not just some! But ALL!

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And so, Satan’s Cuttlefish ability to transform himself into an angel of light, and transform his ministers into, “ministers of righteousness” will be accompanied by, “ALL power, signs and lying wonders”! (see 2nd Corinthians 11:14, 15)

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Martin, John – Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – 1824 – Wikipedia – public domain

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THE APOSTATE CHURCH-WORLD

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Now as we stand back and observe the current state of Christianity, we see a great amount of apostasy. The current state of the church-world is in a fallen condition! The prosperity-driven gospels have taken over both the liberal churches as well as the conservative churches!

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Yes, this hedonistic and Mammon-loving society has had a profound effect upon the church-world!

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Listen… “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4 

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With just a few exceptions, the days of a self-denying, Christlike Church, laying down their lives for the furtherance of the Gospel, are long gone!

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Church Burning – Burning Man – 2013 – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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AN EXCITEMENT IN TODAY’S CHURCHES!

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And yet, we see a great excitement in the churches, in the form of signs and wonders! Yes, in almost every congregation, people are receiving visions and voices and dreams, and tongues and falling backwards (being, “slain in the spirit”).

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By observing all this, you would think that God is extremely happy with His people!

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It is as if God is placing His seal of approval on His people, via all these signs and wonders!

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So what in the world is going on? Obviously, there is a great disparity between the deplorable condition of the churches and congregations, and these so-called signs and wonders?

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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FALSE PROPHETS SHALL ARISE

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So, just what is the source of all this “electricity” in the church-world?

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Listen again… “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” Matthew 24:24

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As this above verse reveals, the deceptions will be so close to the true, that they will be hardly detectable, even to God’s Elect!

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ABOVE PICTURE: The False Prophet – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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EXAMINE YOURSELVES

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“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Knhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svgow ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2nd Corinthians 13:5

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And so, just how can I be assured that my relationship with God is real?

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Because, with Satan’s Cuttlefish ability to counterfeit the signs and wonders so closely, both you and I must examine ourselves, and prove to ourselves whether we are truly in the faith, or perhaps just plain deceived by this satanic Cuttlefish-counterfeiter!

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

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“THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART”

Psalm 119:11

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One great test for the church-goer, is to take a close look at how he or she is advancing in http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgChristian growth.

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For instance, is the Christian studying the Bible each day, hiding all those precious promises in the heart?

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Does that Christian, “pray without ceasing”, through the day? (see 1st Thessalonians 5:17)

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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CRUCIFYING THE “OLD MAN”

company's coming

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“This I say…that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk…That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:17, 22-24

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This above passage presents a giant concept about being transformed into the likeness of Christ. And it begs for an answer to the following questions:

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Is the Christian striving to lay down all forms of selfishness upon the sacrificial altar?

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Is that Christian striving to become Christlike in every way?

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Or is that Christian content to be a slave to the flesh and just a nice, friendly worldly-type individual?

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(This not-so-funny cartoon above, certainly speaks a 1,000 words, as it depicts a carnal Christian immersed in so many worldly pleasures, while the Apocalyptic storm-cloud has arrived!)

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THE DOUBLE-MINDED RECEIVE NOTHING!

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In other words, is God going to place His seal of approval upon those who are not even living the Christian life? Will a world-loving Christian receive signs and wonders while he or she is still living in the flesh?

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Listen… “For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:7, 8

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If a so-called Christian is still seeking after the things of the world, and yet wanting to receive the gift of tongues, this above passage puts the “Kibosh” on such a notion!

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AS AN ANGEL OF LIGHT

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As Jesus said, “No man can serve two masters…Ye cannot serve God and Mammon! (see Matthew 6:24)

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And yet there are countless double-minded church-goers who think that God is working marvelously in their lives, via so-called, “signs and wonders”!

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Nevertheless, there’s a whole lot of people who are hearing voices and visions and tongues! Are we to assume that all these people are living the victorious life? Or are they just being deceived by that False Prophet, Satan, who comes as, “an angel of light”?  (see 2nd Corinthians 11:14, 15)

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Rock Music Christian CHURCH Pomona – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE BIBLE TO BE OUR GUIDE

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The fact is, there is no replacement for earnest, ongoing Bible study! That Book reveals the will of God! When a Christian knows the Bible, really knows the Bible, thhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpgere won’t be such a need to depend upon voices or visions for guidance! The precious promises found in God’s Word are all we need for guidance, in any, and every situation of life!

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And so, knowing that the great Impostor, Satan is lurking in the shadows, and deceiving an apostate church-world, the only safe way to receive instruction, is through the Bible!

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Listen… “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105

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Yes, God Word, the Bible is to be our, “meditation day and night”! (see Psalm 1:2)

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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TO READ PART 2, CLICK HERE…Daily Devotional, Year 2- APRIL 11 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet, Part 2: Hypnotism)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me examine myself. Give me insight into my relationship with Thee! Show me the motives of my heart, as to whether I am a true Believer, or merely a “make-believer”…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”, 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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CASTOR AND POLLU

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& THE NARROW WAY…

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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…

Ursa Major and the Narrow & wide Gates

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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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READ MORE…

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

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TOMORROW…

“April 2 (Honeybees & The Law)”

 

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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