Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 19 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet, Part 5: All Power, Signs & Lying Wonders (continued))

By admin On October 13th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – SEPTEMBER 18 

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Cuttlefish & The False Prophet, Part 5: “All Power, Signs & Lying Wonders” (continued)

To read Part 1, click here…Daily Devotional, Year 2 – April 1 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet)

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“And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 2nd Thessalonians 2:8, 9 (condensed)

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CUTTLEFISH: THE GREAT IMPOSTOR!

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One of the most amazing creatures ever created is the Cuttlefish! Actually, it is not a fish, but a type of mollusk, like a squid, or octopus.

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The reason why this creature is so incredible, is that it can just glance at its environment and instantly change its body to imitate that environment! As a matter of fact, whatever the Cuttlefish passes over, it instantly begins to change into the same color and shape, of that undersea object!

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And so, its enemies cannot detect the Cuttlefish! Or when it lays-in-wait for its victims, perhaps next to a sea-weed, its color, and spots, and shape automatically change to imitate that sea-weed! It can even instantly grow leaf-like appendages to imitate certain sea-weeds! This little creature is nothing short of amazing!

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Cuttlefish.ogv – Wikipedia – Creative Commons License

 

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CUTTLEFISH: SYMBOL OF SATAN

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Well, God has created this little predator to give us further insight into the inner working of the kingdom of Satan.

(As this little 26 second video below shows, the Cuttlefish has the ability to paralyze his potential victims, by using his hypnotizing strobe-light effect! Amazing!)

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Certainly Satan and his unseen minions love to make themselves invisible! That way, they can work their misery and woe upon this unsuspecting world, without its inhabitants becoming alarmed causing us to rebel against Satan’s kingdom, as we flee to God!

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NOT A PERFECT COUNTERFEIT

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Even though the cuttlefish can almost miraculously morph itself to blend into its surroundings, it cannot exactly duplicate its surroundings. If one examines its disguise closely, there are tell-tale signs that it is an impostor!

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And so it is with Satan, the great impostor! Yes, he can do a great job of counterfeiting the Holy Spirit. But upon close examination, there are tell-tale signs that something just is not right in the fallen church-world.

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Cuttlefish – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0

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SOME OTHER SIGNS TO WATCH FOR

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In the last four devotionals in this Cuttlefish series, it was shown that although Satan, that great cuttlefish impostor, can closely imitate the workings of the Holy Spirit in the fallen churches, he cannot imitate exactly, nor does he want to. After all, his whole purpose is to lead them astray into apostasy and sin.

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And so, the last four Cuttlefish devotionals each focused on a particular area in which this great cuttlefish impostor can be detected.

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This last devotional in this series will only make brief mention of some other ways that the Christian can affirm that the churches have truly been vacated by the Holy Spirit and that the Satan, the Abomination of Desolation has moved in to fill the void.

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ABOVE PHOTO: church evangelist – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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DO-IT-YOURSELF SALVATION

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One tell-tale sign of apostasy is the “do-it-yourself-salvation” which has greatly taken over the apostate church-world.

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In this false gospel, is the belief that the church-goer initiates his or her salvation by completing some task, or good work. In other words, there are many who believe that Christ did 99% of the work of Salvation. And now, it is up to the human to complete the last 1%.

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Maybe that good work is to become baptized, or to faithfully attend church each week, and pay tithes and take part in communion, or to light a candle, etc…

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Or perhaps it is to say the Sinner’s Prayer or some similar confession, believing that will guarantee one’s Salvation.

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WHO CHOSE WHO?

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Or maybe it’s to choose Salvation. That is, many believe that by accepting Christ as Savior somehow secures one’s Salvation. Of course, this too is a “good work”, and can never be added to Christ’s finished work.

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The only way to be saved is for God to choose us! It is by His grace and election. And our choosing to become a Christian is the result of God’s miraculous sacrifice on our behalf, and His first choosing us.

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The Apostle Paul’s miraculous conversion was merely a portrait of how all Believers are chosen by God. He wasn’t even seeking Salvation! But God elected Paul by grace and grace alone!

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But this subject has been covered in other devotionals, and will not be fully discussed here.

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Paul Converted – www.thebiblerevival.com

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DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL TORMENT

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Another tell-tale sign of apostasy is the heretical doctrine of Eternal Torment. But again, this has been discussed in many other sections of this ministry, which you are encouraged to read.

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Brooklyn Museum – The Rich Man In Hell – James Tissot – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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EMBRACING WORLDLY THINGS

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Another tell-tale sign of apostasy is when the church-world begins to embrace and approve of worldly institutions.

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And while the Christian must use various worldly agencies at times, never are we to put our “stamp of approval” on these as if they are godly, even bringing secular organizations to the pulpit, to tell of some secular program or event.

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BRINGING IN “OTHER THINGS”

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Another great sign of apostasy is when a congregation begins to bring in various elements of the world into worship.

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Plays, social clubs, sports, amusements, ethnicity, cultural traditions, candle-lighting, bell-ringing, secular ideologies, and many similar non-biblical things. 

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Creation candlelight Church Service – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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ANTICHRIST MERELY WORLDLINESS

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Well, these are just some of the tell-tale signs that the spirit of Antichrist has moved in to the church-world.

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After all, the Bible tells us that the spirit of Antichrist is merely the spirit of this world.

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It is not some maniacal spirit, at least not outwardly.

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But the spirit of the world (Antichrist) will destroy the connection with Heaven, and lead to apostasy in the church-world.

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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END-TIME EXODUS NOW TAKING PLACE!

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The Good News is that, “And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of [living] waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers [churches] fall.” Isaiah 30:25 (parenthetical remarks added by editor)

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In other words, the Lord has provided a safe-haven for His people as they make their end-time exodus out of the Babylonish confusion which is the current condition of the church-world.

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And as the Christian finds refuge in those spiritual mountains and hills, it is written that the, “bread [of life] shall be given him; his [living] waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” Isaiah 33:16, 17  

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the Spirit of discernment that I may know for sure that this is the day in which the towers (churches) have fallen. Help me to have confidence that there is a rich banquet awaiting me in the wilderness outside of the local congregations. So help me to finally make the end-time Exodus out of spiritual Babylon, the Harlot Church spoken of in Revelation 17, 18, as well as in the Prophets…

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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… ” June 24th (The War Nobody Prepared For!)”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“I am crucified with Christ:

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nevertheless I live; yet not I,

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but Christ lives in me:

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and the life which I now live in the flesh

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I live by the faith of the Son of God,

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who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”

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Galatians 2:20.

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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… ‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’

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TOMORROW…

SEPTEMBER 20 (A Form of Godliness: Humanitarianism)

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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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 #627 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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