Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 23 (Apocalypse Now! Part 8: “These Things in the Churches”)

By admin On September 10th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 23

THE FOLLOWING DEVOTION IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE SIGNS OF HEAVEN ARTICLE… Mark of the Beast–“They Have No Rest, Day Nor Night”

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Apocalypse Now! Part 8: These Things in the Churches

To read Part 1, click here… AUGUST 3 (Apocalypse Now! Part 1: Silencing the Gospel!)

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“I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you

these things in the churches.”

Revelation 22:16

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“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” Revelation 14:9, 10

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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Unfortunately, today’s earthy and sensual churches have been deceived by a very crafty Devil!

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“And what”, you ask, “is that deception?”

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Satan, “the god of this world” (2nd Corinthians 4:4) has introduced a false, unbiblical hermeneutic into those churches which demands a literal interpretation of the Bible, as far as possible. And so, by this totally non-biblical hermeneutic, their teachers and theologians have locked up a great portion of the Bible, because it (the Bible) must be understood allegorically.

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

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REVELATION IS FOR AND ABOUT THE CHURCHES

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One very tragic example of this is the sealing up of the Book of Revelation. Yes, the http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_315362/(after)-Jan-Soens/Saint-John-the-Evangelist-on-the-island-of-Patmos-writing-the-book-of-Revelationgeneral consensus today is that the last 19 chapters of Revelation is not for the Church, but for literal Jews. In other words, Satan has successfully locked out a great portion of professing Christians from understanding that book.

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And so, when they read the following verse, “I Jesus have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.” Revelation 22:16, it does not register with them that the Book of Revelation is for and about the churches. It is a composite of the entire Bible. And the entire Bible is for the Christian, whether Jew or Gentile. But the Bible is largely written in veiled allegorical language. And the sensual churches do not see the spiritual nature of Revelation…

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John on Patmos – Wikigallery – public domain

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THE NATURAL MAN

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Listen to what God says about carnal church-goers… “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1st Corinthians 2:14

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Yes, the sensual portion of the Church cannot understand that when Revelation speaks of “Jews”, it is speaking of all true Christians, both Jew and Gentile alike! Such an idea is blasphemy to the apostate portion of the Church.

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They ignore what Paul says…“That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:12, 13

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This and so many other passages from Paul’s Epistles, refer to Christians as the true Jews, and the true “Commonwealth of Israel”. But Satan is using the theologians of the apostate portion of the Church to wage war against this truth! Satan is very intent on keeping much of the Bible, a closed book, including the Book of Revelation.

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TORMENT OF REVELATION 14:9

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Now, since time is short, it is necessary to cut to the chase, so to speak, as far as this devotional is concerned.

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Today’s devotional is concerning the torment meted out in Revelation 14…

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Listen… “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” Revelation 14:9, 10

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Now this above passage has traditionally been understood to be speaking about abject unbelievers, and their punishment during the very last days prior to Christ’s return.

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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TORMENT OF THE LUKEWARM

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But this above passage is really speaking of the punishment of lukewarm Christians. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgThat’s right! God will allow Satan and his evil angels to torment God’s people who have greatly neglected their commission to purify their hearts and conform their lives to the life and character and holiness of Christ.

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The entire world will turn against such Christians. They will be assailed from every direction and by every weapon in Satan’s arsenal! Family, friends, the government, high-tech devices, evil angels, dreams, and whatever else the Prince of the Power of the Air can use against Christians will be implemented to accomplish God’s purpose in purifying His people and killing their love for this selfish world!

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

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But what about unbelievers? Won’t they too be punished?

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

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“NO PEACE (REST) UNTO THE WICKED”

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Well in a sense, unbelievers are being punished each and every day, because they have no rest unto their souls. Unbelievers have no true spiritual rest, whether it is night or day. And oh yes, in the very last moments, unbelievers still living will be terrorized to see their beloved world-system crumbling all around them.

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But for the most part, unbelievers, both secular and “religious” will not be punished. After all, what could be the purpose of God to torment them? It serves no purpose to torment a human for the mere sake of inflicting pain. They have no eternal life, and so, that is their punishment. “The wages of sin is death!” Romans 6:23

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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GOD’S ROD IS NOT ON THEM

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As the Book of Job reveals…“Wherefore do the wicked live…Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them…They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.” Job 21:7, 9, 13

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As this passage reveals, all the abject unbelievers and false brethren in the churches will only enjoy prosperity and peace! It would serve no purpose to torment them. Their punishment will be to lose their own soul! Eternal death is their eternal wages! And so, in a moment all such will go down to their grave, their eternal resting place. Their thoughts will all perish, and they will have no more portion in life.

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And so, they will enjoy this selfish world right up to the moment when they realize that this world is falling apart.

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And even then, their terror will be just for the moment.

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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GOD’S SHEEP WILL SUFFER

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And all the while that God’s true sheep, as foolish as we have been, will be suffering the intense cruel torment which will ultimately purify their hearts from every trace of carnal dross, so that they become as purified gold!

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And as they pass through the tribulation fires, the apostate portion of the Church will be told that these suffering ones are merely fools, or mentally unstable.

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Gold smelting – Public Domain – wn.com 

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PSALM 73

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The following psalm encapsulates the information given in today’s devotional, and delineates between true worshippers and the mere worldly-minded in today’s church-world. While the true worshippers suffer daily, the worldly-minded enjoy prosperity…

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 73:1 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart.
73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.
73:3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
73:4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm.
73:5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
73:6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment.
73:7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish.

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73:12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.
73:14 FOR ALL THE DAY LONG HAVE I BEEN PLAGUED. AND CHASTENED EVERY MORNING…it was too painful for me;
73:17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
73:18 Surely Thou didst set them in slippery places: Thou castedst them down into destruction.
73:19 How are they brought into desolation, AS IN A MOMENT! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
73:20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when Thou awakest, Thou shalt despise their image.

73:23 Nevertheless I am continually with Thee: Thou hast holden me by my right hand.
73:24 Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 9, CLICK HERE…SEPTEMBER 5 (Apocalypse Now! Part 9: Has Judgment Day Begun?)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Hide me from the fiery tempest which is now coming upon the earth. Help me to put away any worldly traits and affections and lusts which I may still be clinging to. Let me take refuge under the shadow of Thy wings…

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READ MORE…

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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 this shorter article…JULY 2 (Hide Thyself…For A Moment! Part 1: Dwelling In Love! (“John’s Victorious Life”))

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 STARS IMITATE THE CROSS OF ORION

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 This phenomenon begins in late October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night, and lasts for several months, until they both appear to lie down once again.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart.

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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READ MORE…

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

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TOMORROW…

AUGUST 24 (Valley Of Decision, Now! Part 5: 7 Last Plagues)

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