Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 11 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 3: The Coming Crisis)

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Daily Devotional – MARCH 11

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In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 3: “The Coming Crisis”

To read Part 1, click here… February 1st (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?!)

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“In every thing give thanks:

for this is the will of God

in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

1st Thessalonians 5:18

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hans_Thoma_Jupiter.jpgFor the most part, Christians have been taught that the Book of Revelation is all about God’s wrath on the people of the world!

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experts tell us, “The last 18 chapters have nothing to do with Christians, because we are not appointed to wrath.”

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And so, true Christians will be removed from the earth, prior to all this happening, via the Rapture!

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Hans Thoma – Jupiter – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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RAPTURE: MAN-CONTRIVED NAME

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MAN-CONTRIVED DOCTRINE!

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There are several problems with this notion.

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First, God’s people today, are in no spiritual condition to be carried out of this world!

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And second, the Bible speaks nothing about a Rapture! The so-called Rapture is a totally Man-concocted name, and doctrine!

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The Book of Revelation was specifically given to the Church to show us what we can expect in the future… “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass;” Revelation 1:1

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John on Patmos – Wikigallery – public domain

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TRIBULATION: OUR PORTION

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God has put us here, to be a testimony to the world, both in good times and in bad! God clearly teaches us, “that we must, through much tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22  

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It is through trials and tribulation that God perfects Christlike character in Christians! And let’s be honest with ourselves!

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Our characters are, well, not yet Christlike, are they?

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Paul in Prison www.thebiblerevival.com US public domain

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REVELATION FOR CLEANSING

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Listen to Revelation… “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude…And one of the elders answered, saying unto me…These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9, 13, 14

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Now does this above passage sound as if it is speaking only of 144,000 Jews?

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No, it is speaking of, “a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues,” Revelation 7:9

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And furthermore, this great multitude of all nations, kindreds, people and tongues have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb!

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And so, let’s get rid of this notion that the coming Great Tribulation is only for the purpose of God’s wrath!

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Burning at the Stake – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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KEPT FROM THAT HOURGirl with a Bible (Faith of Our Fathers) - Wikimedia - Share-alike License

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Now the Bible does say that, “Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10

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OK, so it says in this above verse that those faithful ones will be kept from the hour of temptation which will come on the whole world.

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But it says nothing here about Rapturing them out of the world, prior to this great time of trouble!

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Girl with a Bible (Faith of Our Fathers) – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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HIDE THYSELF FOR A LITTLE WHILE

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Listen to Isaiah… “Come, My people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:20, 21

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Now these two verses counsel God’s people to go into their chambers, and hide there until the “indignation be overpast”. Does this sound like Christians are removed from the earth, prior to the Great Tribulation? Or does it rather sound as if we are to hide ourselves in our chambers, until God’s wrath passes over?

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It sounds like we are to hide ourselves, much like people going into a storm shelter, to hide from a whirlwind (tornado), doesn’t it?

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MANY TIMES OF TRIBULATION

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The fact is, God has allowed His people to go through many tribulation periods, throughout history.

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For instance, when God poured out various plagues upon Egypt, He did not remove His people from the earth!

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While the plagues were poured out all around His people, but not on His people!

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Tissot – The Plague of Locusts – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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WHY BE HIDDEN?

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Now, there are those who will ask the question, “Well, if God’s people are to hide themselves during the time of Jacob’s Trouble (the Great Tribulation), then just what is the purpose for them to go through this period?”

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Well, listen to the prophet, Zephaniah… “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.”

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Here is a very revealing verse which calls on those meek ones, who have already been doing the will of God, to seek even more meekness, and to pursue even more righteousness!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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IT “MAY BE” YE SHALL BE HID!

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And then it continues to say, “It may be, ye shall be hid in the Day of the Lord’s anger!”

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Notice it says here, “It MAY BE ye shall be hid in the Day of the Lord’s anger.”

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So there is no guarantee that we shall be hid in the Day of the Lord’s anger; but there is a possibility, as it says in the above verse.

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And so, those who are wise will not wait until the Time of Trouble, to purify their hearts; but will seek God early, for repentance and for Christlike transformation!

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A Prayer for those at Sea – by Frederick Daniel Hardy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel.jpgTIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE 

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But the Bible calls this Great Tribulation… “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”.

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Listen… “Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble;” Jeremiah 30:6, 7

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Jacob Wrestling with the Angel – Wikipedia – public domain

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MEN GIVING BIRTH!?!

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Now why in the world does it say… http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target8.html“wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?”

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You see, this coming tribulation is a time specifically designed for God’s individual people to bring forth Christ!

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Listen to Paul… “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” Galatians 4:19

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Yes, this coming tribulation will cause God’s people to give birth to Christ, in their individual heart, as well as in their collective lives! In other words, not only will the Church as a whole, give birth to Christ! But individually, God’s people will give birth to Christ!

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Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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OUR NIGHT OF WRESTLING!

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Just as Jacob wrestled with the Angel of the Lord through the nighthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel.jpg, so too, God’s people will have a one-on-one wrestling match with God, during this “time of Jacob’s trouble”

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And because God’s people do not give up, during this great tribulation period, they too, like Jacob, will prevail with God!

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Yes, the great tribulation before us is specifically designed as a training ground, and a proving ground for God’s people, to be brought to perfection!

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And so, we may give thanks, even for the coming Time of Trouble, knowing that it is exactly the experience God’s people need, to bring our spiritual fruit to perfection!

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Jacob wrestles angel wikipedia US public domain

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CEASE YE FROM MAN!

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“Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Isaiah 2:22

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And so, we just cannot place our confidence in sincere, but erring men, who reassure us that all is, “peace and safety” for God’s people! We must begin to seek meekness and righteousness now, while the four winds are still being held back from blowing upon the earth! (Revelation 7:1)

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And then, “it may be ye shall be hid in the Day of the Lord’s wrath.”

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE… MARCH 30 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 4: The Armor of God!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to fully grasp this concept of giving thanks in both the good as well as the bad things that happen. Help me to understand that nothing can happen to me, either good or bad, unless you allow it to happen…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath”, or you can also read… February 1st (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?!)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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GRASPING FOR SCEPTER AND A CROWN…

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This page however just deals with the Woman travailing in child-birth. When she is in labor, she appears to reach out her hand southward to grasp a The Cross/Scepter, which is coming from the South, out of an ark-like box. There also is a Crown of 12 Stars (13 counting a star in the center). But the Crown (the Corona Borealis Constellation) is not yet on her head. The crown is to the south of her. So she is grasping for the Cross/Scepter. She doesn’t yet wear the crown. This reminds us of that well-known passage in Philippians which states…

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“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13, 14

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And also another verse of the apostle Paul… “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:8.

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So this woman with child is grasping, either for that Cross/Scepter, or perhaps that crown, or both. This is such an incredible scenario in the heavens! But this is a very complex concept. Because this headless woman-with-child, which turns upside down in winter to become the “Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12”; and combine this with that Crown and that Cross/Scepter, of which she appears to be grasping for in summer, and these various aspects present a great portion of what the Bible is about.

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SKETCH WITH JOSHUA TREES…The above sketch are the Summer Constellations .as they appear when in the western half of the night sky. The box-like constellation is the The Ark of the Covenant (AKA Sagittarius Constellation) is in the south. To the right is both the Flower of the Field Constellation and above the flower is The Cross/Scepter Constellation. Further to the north is the Crown of Revelation Twelve (AKA Corona Borealis ) and the star, Arcturus . Farthest to the north is the Woman of Revelation 12 part one (Woman in Travail) (AKA Ursa Major). Of course, in this sketch is the desert with several Joshua Tress and some mesas, and a few other plants.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Woman of Revelation 12 (Woman in Travail)”

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 12 (Building Relationships)”

 

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

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