Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 9 (Noble Bereans, Part 11: Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding His Ministry)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 9 

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Noble Bereans, Part 11: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding His Ministry”

To read part 1, click here…“September 2nd (Noble Bereans?)”

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“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen…And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:1, 4

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So, in this little series, the subject of those noble Bereans has been introduced.

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And today, it is still worthy of a little more exploration, regarding another area of concern.

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Let’s look at the key Bible passage… “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10, 11

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St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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OK, so these in Berea were more noble, because they: 

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1. “Received the Wohttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgrd with all readiness of mind.” 

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2. “And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

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And so, these Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed, “orthodox” teachings of that day.

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Yes, there was an open-mindedness which permeated their hearts, and a willingness to continue searching the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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A FAILED PREDICTION?

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A few years ago, a certain radio Bible teacher made the seemingly failed prediction that May 21st, 2011 would be the last day of earth’s existence, because of the long-promised return of Christ in the clouds of glory.

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And of course, when that day came and went, the world began throwing verbal stones at Harold Camping.

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But in reality, nothing failed!

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No, nothing in Camping’s prediction failed! But God purposely allowed this tarrying-time to awaken His sleeping saints, to prepare them to stand in the Day of the Lord!

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Harold Camping – Wikipedia – copyrighted, not for free use

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MANY FALSE ACCUSATIONS

see Matthew 5:11

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Yes, Harold Camping was accused of being a false teacher, all for the sake of getting rich.

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But those who knew him, fully understood that this dedicated Bible teacher was a very spiritual servant of God: a man who cared nothing for the riches of this world!

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But rather, Camping loved the heavenly riches found only in the study of God’s Word, the Bible!

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Judgment Bus New Orleans 2011 – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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ONLY A FLASH IN THE PAN

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Much of this world only got a brief glimpse of this faithful Bible teacher whose short brush with world-wide notoriety was nothing more than, “A flash in the pan”, as the saying goes.

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And yet, Harold Camping studied the Bible for hours each day, prior to a daily Bible study and a 90 minute nightly call-in radio talk show. And armed with nothing more than a King James Bible, and a memory of so much of the Bible, Camping answered the many questions about the Bible, night after night for 5 long decades.

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But of course, with only a very brief encounter with Harold Camping, the public and world knew very little about this wisp of a man, with a deep and booming voice, proclaiming the end of the world!

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But God had raised up Camping, and He gave this former construction-engineer-turned-Bible-teacher, a vast knowledge of the Bible, made possible by his 5 or 6 hours per day comparing Scripture with Scripture, to try to understand more and more of what the Bible is saying to Mankind.

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COME OUT OF BABYLON!

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Now one of the greatest messages which God gave to Harold Camping was the message to, “Come out of her (Babylon) My people!”

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This great call is found in Revelation 18:4, and is one of the last great messages that was to be given to the world, prior to the end of the world!

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

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ECLIPSED BY END-OF-WORLD MESSAGE

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But this message became totally eclipsed by Camping’s announcement of the end of the world! The world was caught by surprise, when Family Radio decided to send out this message with as much “Shock & Awe” as possible!

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Camping knew he was taking a big risk! He knew that Family Radio was probably going to disintegrate because all of its assets would be depleted in the vast advertising campaign to trumpet the announcement of the end of the world!  But Camping totally believed his mathematical calculations which he had studied for years in the Bible calendars. And so, he was totally convinced of the world’s end. 

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But because the world’s attention became so arrested by that announcement, and the shortness of time to the much-anticipated date of May 21, 2011, all those years of Camping’s radio ministry were gobbled up by the loud trumpet sounds announcing the end of the world!

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Judgment Bus New Orleans 2011 – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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THE WORLD MOCKED ON!

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But God knew all this and allowed that fateful day to come and go without incident. And then, the entire world turned its guns back on Camping, and his supposed failed prediction.

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Even religious ministries and colleges made YouTube videos, mocking Camping, often making fun of his looks.

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Well, Camping’s seemingly failed prediction, and all the resulting societal vengeance was more than Camping could take. And shortly after, he had a massive stroke, rendering him almost unable to carry on his radio ministry. And after another year or so, Camping died.

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Judgment Bus New Orleans 2011 – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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GOD ALLOWED THIS TARRYING TIME

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But as already mentioned, God purposely allowed all this to happen, in order to complete His last call for His people to come out of the apostate churches, and to come out of the wickedness which the entire world is now steeped in.

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Yes, what Harold Camping did not understand was, that God has one final agenda to fulfill, prior to the end: the glorification of His faithful remnant, the Church Elect!

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And God was not going to end the world without completely annihilating Satan’s kingdom! Yes, Satan’s kingdom must be completely toppled prior to the end, and God will use His glorified outcasts from the fallen church-world to accomplish that victory over Satan and his government.

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Paradise Lost – G Dore – wikipedia – public-domain

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THE CHURCH-ELECT WILL SHINE!

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That’s right, God is not going to allow the Devil to hold God’s people captive in our semi-diseased spiritual condition! And the grand finale to the world’s encounter with Judgment Day, will be the moment of glory in which His Elect will shine with all the brightness of the Sun, for all the world to behold!

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This is the 7th and final plague to be poured out upon this unbelieving  and defiant world, just prior to the end! The Church-Elect will shine with Christlike brightness, totally blinding the inhabitants of this Sodom & Gomorrah world! The Cross will finally be uplifted, for all the world to behold!

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And so, this is why May 21st, 2011 came and went without incident.

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But now, the message is going out to God’s people to put away all our worldly idols and affections, and go to work while there is still time, to finally prepare to shine for all the onlooking world to behold!

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ABOVE PICTURE – 7 Stars Constellation as the Cross (aka Big Dipper) – winter – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE!”http://christianimagesource.com/prophet_jeremiah_g341-prophet_jeremiah__image_2_p2281.html

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And so, this great message of Revelation 18 is the one missing piece from Harold Camping’s ministry, which has yet to be presented to God’s faithful ones.

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And yet, God had faithfully preserved this great message to His people. Yes, this call to come out of spiritual Babylon can be fully understood by merely listening to that great swan-song Bible study of the Book of Jeremiah. Yes, this 600+ 25 minute daily Bible study can be downloaded off the Internet, and shared with any one willing to listen with Berean-like nobility and childlike open-mindedness!

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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JEREMIAH REVEALED!

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In this study, Camping goes verse-by-verse through Jeremiah, dissecting and comparing each verse with other related portions of the Bible, to uncover the deep allegorical language which has baffled theologians through the ages!

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Now for the first time, Harold Camping’s intensive work on Jeremiah (and the rest of the Bible) has simplified the deep hidden meaning of Jeremiah, and how it relates to these last days!

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Repin – Cry of prophet Jeremiah – www.wikigallery.org – US Public Domain

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“THEY WHICH LEAD THEE CAUSE THEE TO ERR”

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So the challenge goes out to any professing Christian to prove that he (or she) is truly a Noble Berean, and stop letting others dictate to him what he must believe and must not believe…

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Listen…“O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isaiah 3:12

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Yes, as it reveals in the above verse, it is the Church leaders who mislead God’s people!

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But just because the world cannot understand that there has been a tarrying time in the Bible’s end-of-the-world prophecy concerning the “Last Day”, that doesn’t necessitate that we too must remain in ignorance concerning these things!

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And all a truth-seeking Berean has to do is to begin the painless process of listening to a 25 minute Bible study each morning, and test and see for one’s own self!

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This above link is to the first installment of Camping’s Jeremiah study.

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And at the bottom of each day’s devotional will be an ongoing 22+ minute audio study in the Book of Jeremiah, which the Reader is highly encouraged, as a noble Berean, to listen to, and see if these things are so!

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Global Warning – Judgment – Christ Coming by Julian Osley – Wikimedia – Share Alike License

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TO READ PART 12, CLICK HERE…January (Noble Bereans, Part 12: Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding His Carefulness in Bible Study)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ” FEBRUARY 10 (The Deserted Island Theologian!)”or you can also read…JUNE 13 (Why The World Didn’t End on May 21, 2011)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

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“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

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THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia ConstellationThe hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

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THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

winter Constellations in the east

winter Constellations in the east

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Now one thing that is noticeable and makes this constellation even more dramatic, is the fact that the Milky Way runs right through it. And the question that must be asked is, “What biblical implications does this constellation/Milky Way connection have?” Well, very simply put, if stars represent Believers, then this rider works in the world through His True-Worshippers, to a great extent.

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WHY IS THIS CONSTELLATION SO INCOMPLETE IN APPEARANCE

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So why is this constellation merely an outline? Well it does show his back, rear end and leg…and arm. But unlike, say, Orion, this constellation is very vague, even mysterious in appearance. Almost vacant in appearance. Yes this horseman represents Christ.

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But even more than this, it represents the Holy Spirit of Christ. And as we all know, the Holy Spirit is very, very, un-intrusive, almost impossible to detect His presence. Hence, this constellation is perhaps the most faint of all the constellations of Signs Of Heaven!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

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TOMORROW:

January 10 (Our Minimum Daily Requirements! Part 2: “Part-timers Need Not Apply!”)

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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 #9 IS PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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