Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 23 (Upward, Into the Promised Land!)

By admin On January 10th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – MARCH 23

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Upward, Into the Promised Land!

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“These (God’s people) all died in faith…

and confessed that they were

strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

For they…seek a country.

And truly, if they had been mindful of that country

from whence they came out,

they might have had opportunity to have returned.

But now they desire a better country,

that is, an heavenly…

for He (God) hath prepared for them a city.”

Hebrews 11:13-16 (condensed)

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This above passage reveals a concept which embraces each and every person who truly loves God!

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Yes, every true Christian is on an upward pathway, which leads out of this doomed planet, and onward to the Celestial City of God.

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And as this above passage puts it, we are seeking… a better country, that is, an heavenly…for He (God) hath prepared for them a city.”

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Upward Pathway by böhringer friedrich for wikimedia share-alike license only

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ABRAHAM LOOKED UPWARD!

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Abraham, the very first pilgrim sojourner, which God called out of his country, to find a new home, wasn’t looking for an earthly country…

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Listen… “By faith Abraham…sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country…For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” Hebrews 11:8-10 (condensed)

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So you see, it wasn’t the land of Israel here on earth, that Abraham looked for! No, as this above passage reveals, Abraham looked upon his earthly residence as, “a strange country”.

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He knew that Israel on earth wasn’t the true Promised Land! Abraham “looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

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Schnorr von Carolsfeld – 1860 – Abram counts stars – Wikipedia – Public Dom. 

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ISRAEL, A PICTURE OF HEAVEN!

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So what role did the land of Israel play in the Bible?

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And why did God call it, “The Promised Land”?

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Well, the answer is quite simple!

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God quite often used earthly people, places, and things as metaphoric symbols of a heavenly concept! And Israel was no exception!

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Moses Viewing the Promised Land Frederic Edwin Church WIKIMEDIA PUBLIC DOMAIN

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JOSHUA STORY: AN ALLEGORY

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When Joshua led the children of Israel across the Jordan, and into Israel, God was orchestrating this event to be an allegorical portrait of how God has been leading His Church.

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Yes, God has been leading His people through the wilderness of this world of sin, onward into the heavenly Promised Land!

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The crossing of the Jordan symbolized the baptismal death-to-self that we all must experience, before we can enter into the heavenly Zion!

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Joshua Crossing Jordan – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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STRANGERS & PILGRIMS

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Yes, God’s people all through time have been strangers and pilgrims in this sad and selfish world.

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And each and every Christian has been called to become a sojourner on the Heavenward pathway, which leads to that Celestial City of God!

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I Saw A Man Clothed With Rags – Pilgrims Progress – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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GET INTO THE ARK!

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Now, the point to today’s devotional is to encourage us all, that we are among the last group of pilgrims to enter the gates of Heaven!

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Very soon now, God is going to close those gates, just as surely as He closed the door to the Ark, back in Noah’s day!

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And so, there is an air of urgency to God’s final call! We must step up our pace, and get into the Ark. We must warn others that the time is short, and not to delay!

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HOW DO I ENTER?

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space ark-turus to heavenSo, having said all this, the question remains to be answered… “How do I go into an Ark, that I can’t even see?”

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Signs Of Heaven is revealing a heavenly woman, known as the Revelation 12 Woman Constellation.

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And in the Summer, she appears to be grasping for three objects: a Cross/Scepter, a Star named Arcturus, and a Crown made of stars!

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WOMAN IN WINTER

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But in the Winter, this same constellation flips all the way around, and appears as a running woman!

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Yes, this fleeing woman is fleeing away from the Revelation 12 Dragon, as he attempts to spew his flood of deceptions in her pathway!

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But even though she is fleeing from this evil dragon, she is fleeing toward the Narrow Gate stars!

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Star-chart – Ursa Major – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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HEAVEN DECLARES!

The Strait Gate is the Narrow Way and the broad way is the Wide Gate

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Now God has placed this heavenly story in the night-sky, to give us a heavenly portrait of how we must enter into the true Promised Land!

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You see, this Narrow Gate symbolizes the Door we all must enter, if we are truly serious about winning Heaven, and shunning Hell!

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Oh yes, Salvation is a gift of grace! But the evidence of that grace, will be seen as every true recipient of that grace, strives to overcome the world!

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The Narrow Gate & Wide Gate- www.signsofheaven.org- you may use with credit

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FLEE FROM THE WRATH TO COME!

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And so, this heavenly woman gives us the encouragement to likewise flee from this world, and to flee into the Narrow Gate of Heaven!

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Yes, the Christian community is filled with many who think they are on the road to Heaven, but in reality, are on the Broad Way that leads to destruction! 

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Listen… “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13, 14

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Yes, this above passage has put true Salvation and counterfeit salvation in the simplest of terms! The Wide Gate and the Narrow Gate! A very simple concept, isn’t it? Even a little child can understand this metaphorical concept!

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WORLD of MAMMON

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But God has allowed the Devil to design this current world to be filled with worldly riches and earthly pleasures, beyond anything the world has previously known!

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And God has allowed His children to indulge ourselves in all the pleasures and pursuits that our hearts could wish! Television, Internet, radio, magazines, clubs, holidays, rich foods, glamorous careers, time-saving inventions, unlimited sports, and hobbies, endless musical and theatrical productions, books, sciences, inventions, restaurants, vacation resorts, cars, planes, boats, trains, high-priced homes, beautiful gardens, and countless other indulgences!

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And all these selfish indulgences in a world where millions are literally starving!

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New York Times Square – terabass – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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WE’VE HAD IT ALL!

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And if ever there were a people who could say, “I’ve done it all! I’ve lived the good life!”, it is we who live in today’s high-tech industrial, cornucopia society!

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And so, we have, by experience, learned the lesson, that all this stuff does not bring true happiness!

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We know, by experience, that the Broad Way only leads to destruction: destruction of ourselves, destruction of our children, and destruction of our society!

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We see our children getting ruined by their addiction to all the excess decadence, which has flooded this society!

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We see that we have become selfish and shallow, as we wallow in all this miry earthly mammon!

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We see our society falling apart, and being taken over by those who would like to destroy us!

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ENTER IN!

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So what’s stopping us? What are we waiting for? There’s really nothing left here for us!

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We need to get into the Heaven-bound Ark, before the door forever closes! We have nothing to lose, but the chains of our sin and selfishness!

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And the Promised Land that we are going to, is a good land: a land overflowing with milk and honey!

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Let’s cross that heavenly Jordan, and enter in!

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The Pilgrim’s Progress – by Byam Shaw – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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CLICK HERE FOR PART 2…“MARCH 24 (Upward, Into the Promised Land! Part 2: Cleansing the Sanctuary)”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, I’m tired of wallowing in the mire! Deliver me and my family from all this nauseating excess and decadence! Let me enter into the Narrow Gate, that leads to life and joy everlasting…  

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”, or you can also read… “May 16th (Last Call! Come Aboard the Ark!)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING ARCTURUS…

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An easy way to find Arcturus is to follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, in the spring through fall (these are the months in which Arcturus is visible). 

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Picture right: constellations span the heavens (Ark in south, 7 Stars in north), and travel from east to west through the night.

This sketch is of 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) is in the south. To the right is both the Flower of the Field Constellation (AKA Scorpius) and the The Cross/Scepter Constellations. Further to the north is the Crown of Revelation Twelve (AKA  Corona Borealis Constellation) and the star, Arcturus. Farthest to the north is the 7 Stars Constellation (AKA The Big Dipper )

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READ MORE…

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Arcturus (the star that wise-men follow!)”

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TOMORROW…

“MARCH 24 (Upward, Into the Promised Land! Part 2: Cleansing the Sanctuary)”

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

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