Daily Devotional, Year 2 – OCTOBER 15 (The Time of Trouble! Part 2: Gideon’s 300 & Our Soon-Coming Battle!)

By admin On November 13th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – OCTOBER 15

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The Time of Trouble! Part 2: Gideon’s 300 & Our Soon-Coming Battle! 

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Even abject unbelievers are sensing that something big is about to happen! The signs of the times are all around us! The world appears to be morphing into some very big bad and foreboding scenario.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPG

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The paradigm shifts are occurring with leopard-like swiftness! And we are amazed at how such a large segment of our population are complicit and even supportive with all this hopeless change now going on!

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It seems as if Satan is on the march, and nobody can stop him, as he prepares the world for the last Day of Trouble! Our world seems to have entered the great day known as Judgment Day in which it will be determined just “who is on the Lord’s side”, and who is not! (see Exodus 32:26)

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

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HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO THE BIBLE?

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And so, many earnest Bible students are now searching the Holy Scriptures in hopes of finding out where all these things fit into God’s prophetic time-table. 

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE STORY OF GIDEON’S 300Gideon and His Three Hundred (Bible Card) www.thebiblerevival.org - Wikimedia - Public Domain

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One Bible account which many overlook is the story of Gideon, and his battle against the Midianites, found in Judges, Chapter 7.

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So just what could this seemingly crazy little account have to do with these last-day events, so to come upon us?

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Gideon and His Three Hundred (Bible Card) www.thebiblerevival.org – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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GOD LOOKING FOR DOGS!?

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Well, for one thing, God is not looking for the proud, the strong, or the fearful. No, He https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:054.Gideon_Chooses_300_Soldiers.jpgwill use those who have no self-esteem, just like those 300 who lapped up water like dogs!

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In other words, those who drink in the water of Salvation, realizing that we are no better than dogs, with all our unrighteousnesses, are exactly the type that God can use in this last-day conflict!

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And, the number “three” represents “purpose”, while “a hundred” represents God’s true Church, His “elect remnant.”

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And so, “three hundred” represents God’s eternal purpose for His Church. And this story symbolizes God’s ultimate purpose for His Church-elect.

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Gideon Chooses 300 Soldiers – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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OUR BODIES OF CLAY HIDE GOD’S LIGHT

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Secondly, when Gideon commanded those three hundred to hold their lamps veiled within pitchers of clay, so too, right now, God’s people do not properly let the light of Heaven (which is God’s Word) shine out from us, because of our worldliness! Our corrupt bodies of flesh being represented by those pitchers of clay.

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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.ABOVE PICTURE: Prayer - Wherefore He is able to save to the uttermost..." Hebrews 7:25

OUR BODIES OF CLAY TO BE SOON BROKEN

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Third, the time is coming when God will finally and completely break us of all our worldly affections, symbolized by the breaking of those clay pitchers, as they ran into battle against the Midianites (symbolizing this unbelieving world).

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ABOVE PICTURE: Prayer – Wherefore He is able to save to the uttermost…” Hebrews 7:25

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.Gideon and His Three Hundred (Bible Card) www.thebiblerevival.org - Wikimedia - Public Domain

WATCHMEN OF ZION

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And fourth, just prior to breaking those pitchers, each man blew his trumpet, symbolizing that God’s approved Elect will be as watchmen in these last days!

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And of course, watchmen in the Bible blew their trumpet whenever they saw the enemy approaching (for instance, see Ezekiel 33:3).

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Gideon and His Three Hundred (Bible Card) www.thebiblerevival.org – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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THE BIBLE: SWORD OF THE SPIRIThttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpg

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Fifth, when the trumpets were blown, they all cried out…“The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon!” (verses 18 & 20). Of course, we know that the Sword of the Lord represents the Bible, which Ephesians 6:17 refers to as the “sword of the Spirit”. 

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Chaplain reads Bible – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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THE MEANING OF THIS STORYG. Dore - Death Of Samson - courtesy Creationism.org - Public Domain

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And so, the basic spiritual meaning of this Judges, Chapter 7 account is just this: God’s people in this last day must begin to hide God’s Word in our hearts, so that our lamp will shine brightly.

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And if we will accept God’s chastening, realizing that we are no better than dogs, God can and will use us to overthrow the world, just as Samson destroyed the pillars of the Philistines, and just as Gideon’s army destroyed the Midianites.

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G. Dore – Death Of Samson – courtesy Creationism.org – Public Domain

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STUDY, STUDY, STUDY!!!

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OK, so this is a very abbreviated Bible study. But the Bible student can explore this account much more carefully, to see how events will transpire in the coming months.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me prepare for the soon-coming battle. Let me use my time wisely by re-arranging my daily affairs, to allow ample time for Bible study, Bible contemplation and unceasing prayer…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?”, or you can also read… “August 25th (End-Time Exodus! Part 1)” 

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.picture - soldiers of the cross - armor up!

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 Stars Imitate the Cross of Orion

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 This phenomenon begins in late October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night, and lasts for several months, until they both appear to lie down once again.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart.

This Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The 7 Stars Imitate Orion

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TOMORROW…

OCTOBER 16 (A World of Lies, Part 7: A Cuttle-fish World: The Enemy Within!).

 

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