Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 12 (Noble Bereans, Part 12: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding His Carefulness in Bible Study”)

By admin On January 21st, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 12

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Noble Bereans, Part 12: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding His Carefulness in Bible Study”

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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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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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 about 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 Word with http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgall 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 search the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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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! (see Habakkuk 2:1, 2)

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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!

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

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ONLY A FLASH IN THE PAN

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Unfortunately, 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 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Bible,_Notre-Dame_du_Taur,_septembre_2011.jpgstudy 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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5 OR 6 HOUR STUDIES PER DAY

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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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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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VERSE-BY-VERSE STUDY

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And in his 25 minute daily Bible study, the listener was taken very slowly through the Bible, verse-by-verse, sometimes spending several studies on just one verse.

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But in those studies, individual words were examined, often referring to the original language of Hebrew or Greek to find out just what that verse was truly saying.

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“WE KNOW IN PART & PROPHESY IN PART”

1st Corinthians 13:9

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Now of course, no Bible teacher is infallible, and Camping did have some errors in his teachings, such as his long-held belief in Eternal Torment.

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But even here, Camping finally saw the error in that doctrine, and immediately corrected his teachings on the true nature of Hell, which is the grave… “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

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ABOVE PICTURE – Adding to or taking from God’s Word, the Bible

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AM I A TRUE NOBLE BEREAN?

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The point is, the ministry of Harold Camping was a very God-blessed ministry which lasted for 50 years.

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And those who consider themselves to be Noble Bereans should check his ministry out for their own self, instead of merely following the crowd.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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And all a truth-seeking Berean has to do is to begin the painless process of listening daily 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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But the reader can also listen to one 20-25 minute audio of this entire series of Jeremiah Bible studies at the bottom of each day’s devotional.

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TO READ PART 13, GO HERE…April 21 (Noble Bereans, Part 13: Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Jeremiah (continued))

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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

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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

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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.

winter Constellations in the east

winter Constellations in the east

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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 13 (Habakkuk Says “Run!” Part 8: “This Crazy Weird Cartoon World!”)

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20 MINUTE+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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

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

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