Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 15 (Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 2: When the World ‘Moves Itself Aright!’)

By admin On December 30th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 15

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Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 2: “When the World ‘Moves Itself Aright!”‘

To read Part 1, click here…OCTOBER 9 (Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 1)

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“Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his colour in the cup, when it moves itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Proverbs 23:31, 32

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There is a biblical concept that is so important, that none living in these last days should be ignorant…

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And just what is that vitally important concept?

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It is the concept of being a watchman…

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Listen…“Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch!”  Mark 13:35-37

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Here Jesus warns each and every one of us to be watchful! Not to be asleep!

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ABSORBED IN THE BUSY-NESS OF LIFE

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Now this is not saying that the Christian shouldn’t get a good night’s sleep. No, but this is instead, saying that we are not to get so absorbed in the busy-ness of everyday life that we forget that we are in the midst of a battle for our souls…

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Listen…“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.” Luke 21:34, 35

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So here are the very words of Jesus as He warns us against getting caught up in the cares and pleasures of life only to find ourselves all entangled in the snare that is coming upon the whole world!

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WHEN THE WORLD BEGINS TO SEEM NICE

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The Wise Man, Solomon had this proverb…“Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his colour in the cup, when it moves itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” Proverbs 23:31, 32

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And while Solomon is speaking against literal wine-drinking, he is also speaking of a much greater truth: namely, he is warning against allowing Satan to make this present world to seem OK. 

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In other words, when Solomon says concerning wine, “when it moves itself aright”, he is also warning us that if we let our guard down, the world might begin to look like, “a pretty nice place, after all!”

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The world begins to, “move itself aright.”

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GETTING TOO BUSY!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Dream Maker of Babylon - Signs Of Heaven.org

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And Solomon also warns…“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business…” Ecclesiastes 5:3

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These two verses are saying the same thing. The prideful ambitions and the pleasurable dreams of life in this present selfish world come upon us “unawares”, when we get too busy with the affairs of this life! (read Luke 21:34-36). 

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And this is when the world’s wine begins to, “move itself aright!”

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Now just how do we keep from allowing Satan such a liberty as to make the world seem OK to us?

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SIGNS OF HEAVEN’S WARNINGS

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Well, the last two years of devotionals have been dedicated to doing just that!

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These devotionals have given continual warnings against mingling too much with the world!

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And still, it is so easy to nestle back down and go to sleep (spiritually speaking).

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KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE!

read Proverbs 4:23-27

 

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpgIn other words, we must constantly guard against too much contact with evil communications. Television and radio programs, for instance, are especially designed to make this world look very good and normal. They have a way of making us begin to trust, yes, even to love the various institutions of the world: our favorite sports teams, our favorite bank, our favorite car, our favorite TV shows, our favorite celebrities, our favorite shopping mall, etc., etc…

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You get the point, don’t you? In other words, Satan knows that by constant contact with these various elements of the world, we begin to think of them as the norm. They even begin to seem more normal than Heaven!

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LOVING THIS WORLD IS SO EASY!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGBut truth-be-told, this world should look strange to us! We need to see these things of the world, for what they really are: merely the self-centered inventions and creations of Satan, which all together, comprise his kingdom of selfishness. 

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Yes, as this website has said, over and over again, Satan is called, “the god of this world” 2nd Corinthians 4:4. We just cannot let this truth slip from our minds. And Satan has so designed this present world with so much supposed “goodness”, that it is really easy to fall back into the world, isn’t it? It’s so easy to love this deceptive world!

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

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And so, just how do we accomplish this? How do we keep from allowing the world to, “move itself aright?” How do we not let, “a dream cometh”, as it says in Ecclesiastes? 

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“AWAKE YE DRUNKARDS!”

see Joel 1:5 & Isaiah 29:9, 10

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Yes, how are we to keep from allowing the world to come and sweep us away like a giant tidal wave? 

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Well, the simple answer is, we must stop drinking Babylon’s Wine! We must sober up! Yes, just as a little wine relaxes a person’s sensibilities, so too, the wine of Babylon (the world) relaxes our vigilance as watchmen on the walls of Zion!

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Yes, a little TV, a little sports, a little comedy, a little social get-together, etc., etc., and before we know it, we’re now making plans to fulfill our little everyday dreams! And we might even be making plans to fulfill some big dream too!

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Yes, O Stranger and Pilgrim! Yes, O Soldier of the Cross! We must remain vigilant, especially in this hour of trial which is now coming upon the earth to try the hearts of professing Christians!

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ON ENCHANTED GROUND!

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And so it is that this website has trumpeted the warning, to stay awake! To keep alerthttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Bastille_Tumble_2010_Toulouse_Wine.JPG! To remember that we are walking on, “enchanted ground”! The narcotic-like air of this Babylonish world is so intoxicating! It’s so easy to fall into spiritual slumber!

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Paul focuses on this truth…“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. Awake to righteousness,” 1st Corinthians 15:33, 34

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Here Paul combines two seemingly separate truths: the corrupting influence of worldly associations, and to awake from our spiritual slumber.

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But it is no coincidence that he placed these truths together! Because worldly influences are designed by Satan to put us into a spiritual death-like slumber!

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GOOD NEWS…BUT…

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The Good News is, that God is very willing to help us to remain watchful.

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But we must stay away, as far as possible, from worldly associations which we know are harmful.

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Oh yes, there will be family obligations. Oh yes, there are employment necessities. And we must do our necessary shopping and have many other similar contacts with the world.

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But we must not voluntarily drink Babylon’s wine!

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And even our necessary daily contact with the world, should be under the protective fortification of ceaseless prayer, and contemplation of the Bible!

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PETER MINGLED WITH UNBELIEVERS…

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WHILE JOHN WATCHED JESUS

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And who should know better than Peter, the following warning…“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer”? 1st Peter 4:7

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Yes, it was Peter who warmed himself by the fire with unbelievers on the very night of his denial of Jesus.

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And we must not make the same mistake as Peter, by warming ourselves by the fires of our worldly associations!

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We must rather be like John, who kept as close to Jesus as possible, on that fateful night!

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Peter’s 2nd Denial of Jesus – US Public Domain – www.joyfulheart.com

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WATCHFULNESS: THE MESSAGE OF THE HOUR!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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This has been the constant message of Signs Of Heaven over the past two years of devotionals!

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And these devotionals are well worth repeating.

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But reading the Bible is even a much greater means of remaining watchful and sober!

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“Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” Mark 13:35-37

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WLA metmuseum – Bronze statue of Eros sleeping – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE…NOVEMBER 16 (Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 3: “Pray Without Ceasing!”) 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Make me a watchman. Help me to be sober and vigilant. Let me not sleep, but be awake and watchful… 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…“APRIL 20 ( Wake-up Call, 911)”, or you can also read this article…OCTOBER 5 (How Shall the Moon Be Turned Into Blood? Part 3: Mark of the Beast in the Moon!? 1st Face: The Night Watchman)

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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The Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlots

WINE-CUP IN HER HAND

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As you can see, this Mystery Harlot, the Pleiades Constellation, has a cup of red wine in her hand. This actually is a single red star. But it only confirms that we are seeing this constellation correctly.

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And by the way, this entire cluster of stars reminds us http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ConcordGrapes1.jpgof a cluster of grapes, does it not? Yes, this was the forbidden tree in the garden! This was the forbidden fruit which the serpent (Satan) convinced the woman to drink! And so, this Pleiades harlot-woman is a symbol of Eve, as she convinced her husband to eat of that fruit.

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Concord Grapes – Share-alike License – Wikipedia

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The Pleiades: The Captive Angel & Mystery Harlot Constellation

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TOMORROW…

NOVEMBER 16 (Watchmen On Zion’s Walls, Part 3: “Pray Without Ceasing!”)

 

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END OF THE CHURCH AGE STUDIES ON AUDIO

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THE READER IS INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THE FOLLOWING AUDIO BIBLE STUDY BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO.

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THIS STUDY IS PART 12, CONCERNING “THE END OF THE CHURCH AGE”

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