Daily Devotional, Year 2 – April 25 (A Carnegie Hall World!)

By admin On March 8th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – APRIL 25

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It’s A Carnegie Hall World!

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Carnegie_Hall-Manhattan-New_York.jpg

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One day in Midtown Manhattan, an elderly gentleman was stopped by a very young man, obviously in a hurry. And trying to gather his breath, the young man anxiously asked, “Kind sir, can you please tell me how I might get to Carnegie Hall?”

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The elderly gentleman paused, and thought for a moment, and then said with a wry grin, “Yes, my young fellow…Practice! Practice! Practice!”

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Well, that’s an old joke. But like so many things in this very unusual world, it carries with it, a certain wisdom, which can easily be translated in the spiritual realm.

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Carnegie Hall – Manhattan New York – Wikipedia – C.C. Share-alike License

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 “FINALLY ARRIVED!”

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Now of course, Carnegie Hall has long been considered to be that place where a musicianhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg knows for certain, that he or she has, “finally arrived”.

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It is the “Mecca” for the quintessential musician to showcase his virtuosity before the American aristocracy! And of course, nobody gets to play at Carnegie Hall, without, “Practice, Practice! Practice!”

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But how can this little American Dream Machine, called Carnegie Hall, be translated into spiritual terms on a grand scale?

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

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A CARNEGIE HALL WORLD?

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Well, this world itself, is a type of Carnegie Hall. Oh yes it is!

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

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This world is merely the grand stage in which any gifted virtuoso has the opportunity to perfect his or her talent, whatever that talent may be, for all the appreciative multitudes to behold and admire!

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And there have been many hard-working persons over the years and centuries, who strove for greatness and finally achieved fame and honor, being lauded upon the world-stage before the vast multitudes of on-lookers, in this Carnegie Hall World!

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The Globe Theater audience – Wikimedia – CC public Domain

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MANY “WINNERS-IN-LIFE”

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pierre-Auguste_Renoir,_La_loge_(The_Theater_Box).jpg

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From world-class athletes, to Hollywood actors and directors, to great politicians, to classic authors, to inquisitive scientists, to aspiring singers and musicians, to genius inventors and engineers, and even a few ambitious theologians and evangelists!

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Yes, these and myriad others, who ultimately achieved stardom in countless areas of endeavor, are considered the “winners-in life”, by those who control the star-maker-machinery of this Carnegie Hall World!

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Pierre Auguste Renoir, La loge (The Theater Box) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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A CARNEGIE HALL VILLAGE

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2008_Hells_Angels_Rally,_New_York_City,_Tompkins_Square_Park.jpg

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But even upon the local stage of little towns and neighborhoods, this same proud principle applies!

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Yes, even the little guy goes after fame and fortune, in one respect or another!

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To become richer than most others in your little town or even in your own neighborhood brings you a certain amount of respect and honor! Or, maybe you can become the best golfer in your country club. Or the highest selling Realtor in your town. Or the most beloved teacher in your school. Or even the most notorious “gang-banger” in your gang! 

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Or whatever other badge of honor that might be achieved on a local level.

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Yes, it’s a Carnegie Hall World, even down to the lowest levels of society! Human Pride is literally oozing from ever pore of society!

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Hells Angels Rally, New York City, Tompkins Square Park – Wikimedia – Creative Commons License

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WHO IS THE MASTER ORCHESTRATOR?

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But who is the operator that drives all this self-seeking machinery?

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After all, the world seems to be a well-running machine! And any well-oiled machine must have an operator. So, there has to be some Grand Master Orchestra Director, directing this Carnegie Hall World?

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Well, of course, it’s none other than the one who tried to be the quintessential choir-director in Heaven! Yes, Lucifer became so beloved and admired in the heavenly courts among a third of the angels, he actually began to covet the throne of God!

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And so God, in His great wisdom decided to allow Lucifer to have his very own world, in which he would be exposed for who he really is!

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Gustave Dore – Paradise Lost illustration – Lucifer becomes Satan – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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THE MASTER-DIRECTOR OF THIS WORLD!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPG

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And Lucifer (now in the office of “The Devil”) orchestrates this planet as his own world.

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And being the very cunning deceiver that he is, he merely creates a selfish world, with all its selfish wares and ways, which are merely tokens of Lucifer’s sinful attributes.

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And then he directs his unseen evil-angels to work in the hearts of Mankind, causing them to imitate Lucifer, their god!

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And so, by doing the same things as Lucifer did, yet in our own little realm and sphere, we unknowingly pour our costly ointment of praise and honor upon Satan, “the god of this world!” That’s how we worship “His Satanic Majesty”! 

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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GET OFF THE MERRY-GO-ROUND!

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And so, O faithful Christian, hopefully you and I have both decided to cease from striving to gain fame, honor, and fortune, in our own little sphere.

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Hopefully we have already shunned this Carnegie Hall World, and are now seeking only for glory and honor in the heavenly courts, as we conform our hearts and lives into the humble image of Jesus. 

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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A HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS

.The Strait Gate is the Narrow Way and the broad way is the Wide Gate

And God has placed before us, a pathway which leads out of this world, and onward and upward into the Celestial City of God!

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We can choose which world we want: this dying world, or the next everlasting world.

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But we cannot choose both!

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(Oh yes, Lucifer even has his own false, look-alike gospels which offer both worlds! But those gospels only lead downward to destruction of the soul.)

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So if you are tired of striving for the proud and selfish attributes that this world is all about, then please come along on the pathway for weary pilgrims, such as you and I.

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We have nothing to loose but our shackles of sin and death!

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The Narrow Gate & Wide Gate- www.signsofheaven.org- you may use with credit

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, I’m tired of playing this foolish game. Get me off this crazy merry-go-round world, and on to the upward pathway that leads to Heavenly Paradise which awaits all who desire to find it with all their heart… 

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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… January 27th (It’s a Brand-X World)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE NARROW WAY: THE PILGRIM’S PATHWAY

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That world-shaking allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, picked up the theme of the Narrow Gate. The hero of the story was Christian, a man who was warned to flee from the City of Destruction (the world), and to embark on a journey to the Heavenly City. And along the way, http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pilgrim%27s_Progress_2.JPGChristian encountered many adventures and dangers. This first of its kind allegorical book absolutely rocked the western world, and became perhaps the first million seller book (along with the Bible).

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But God has also given this same Narrow Way parable in the night heavens! Incredible? Yes, incredible…and amazing too! And though these two stars can hardly be considered a constellation, but when sitting next to the two stars which comprise the Broad Gate, well, it makes a powerful statement, for the people of God. 

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So please come along on this journey and find out just why this pathway graces the night heavens, and perhaps you might find yourself embarking on your own pilgrimage up that very same Narrow pathway.

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Pilgrim’s Progress Enters The Wicket Gate-Wikipedia public domain

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LOCATION

Winter Constellations in West

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation  is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

Revelation 12 Woman & Orion's Gate & Wide Gate.

This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the ‘Wide Gate’ Stars are the two brightest stars of the wave of water that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the ‘Narrow Gate’ are about half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch below left).

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Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here,“Orion The Reaper”.)

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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TOMORROW… 

“April 26 (To Die Is Gain!?! Part 3: “Heavenly Joy!”)”

 

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

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