Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 20 (Revelation 18:2: “A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird! Part 2: Social Club Gospel”

By admin On March 7th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 20

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Revelation 18:2: A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird! Part 2: “The Social Club Gospel”

To read Part 1, go here…January 15 (Revelation 18:2: “A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird!”)

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“And he (the mighty angel) cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Revelation 18:2

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Bat – Livingstone’s Fruit Bat – Wikipedia – Creative Commons 2.0 License

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The 18th Chapter of Revelation speaks of a mystery harlot city called Babylon. And all through this chapter are clues as to just what or who is this mystery harlot.

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For instance, in the 2nd verse it says…“And he (the angel) cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.” Revelation 18:2

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Now here it says that this mystery harlot city is, “a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.”

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Whore – Babylon – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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So, what in the world could this be speaking of? “A cage of every unclean and hateful bird!?!”

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FALSE TEACHERS

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Well, actually, this is one of the more easily deciphered clues as to just what or who this mystery harlot city is speaking of.

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If we simply follow the biblical rule of interpretation, comparing spiritual things with spiritual, and line upon line, we find a verse in Jeremiah that explains what this cage is really all about…“For among My people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men. AS A CAGE FULL OF BIRDS, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.” Jeremiah 5:26-28

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Here is a prophecy regarding wicked men among God’s apostate people of Jerusalem. But even in today’s churches, there are wicked men who are special deceivers of Satan, who are, “crept in unawares”; who lay snares for God’s professed people! 

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Bat Lagoon – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“CREPT IN UNAWARES”

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“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 1:4

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Here is another verse, from Jude 1:4, speaking of this same apostasy!

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Now is there any further confirmation to this idea?

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Oh yes!

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Listen…“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord.” 2nd Peter 2:1

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Here is a verse which confirms that a cage for every unclean and hateful bird, i.e., false teachers, also applies to the New Testament Church.

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Bat – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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TOTAL APOSTASY

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Now there are those who will object, saying, “Oh, there may be some apostate churches. But not my church! We are still faithful!”

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But Paul foretells of the day in which the apostasy will come into its fulness…“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 2nd timothy 4:3

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Yes, today we see the prosperity-driven gospels thriving in both the liberal as well as the conservative churches. 

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WE ARE NOT APOSTATE!

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And yet, many Christians are skeptical against the idea that the day has truly come in which the itching ears gospels have taken over the church-world. Oh, they are aware that those liberal churches over there have become apostate.

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But they just cannot believe that “My little conservative church here has also fallen from grace!?! NO!”

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But there has taken place a metamorphosis of the churches, which has been very subtle, and yet very complete!

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Exclamation Mark – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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HAVE WE BECOME A FAMILY SOCIAL CLUB?

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You see, there has existed a very fine line between remaining a church of faithful saints, who love the Bible, as opposed to a church which has merely become a social/fraternal organization, that caters to the social wants and needs of its parishioners.

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And yet, there still exists a thin veneer of religiosity in today’s churches.

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Yes, today’s churches still provide a thin, watery and very anemic version of Christianity, but have added a strong social structure designed to become a community-minded social environment for the families within.

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And so, no longer does there exist the great purpose of saints, to overcome the world, the flesh, and the Devil. But rather, the great purpose of the today’s churches is to provide the necessary elements to keep the parishioners one big happy family with nice, friendly and moral people!

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Rock Music Christian CHURCH Pomona – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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PROVIDING A SOCIAL GOSPEL

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And so, church has now devolved into a watered-down religious organization, which also provides ear-tickling fashionable quasi-religious music, interesting and charismatic and humorous speakers preaching prosperity-driven sermons and the pushing of social-justice causes!

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And all this is followed by weekly rounds of social events, including: weddings, funerals, baby showers, birthdays, graduations, sports teams and teen gym-nights, games, parties, car-washes and other fundraisers, dramas, comedies, music-fests, holiday celebrations, potlucks, picnics, summer camps, boating/rafting, trips to the beach, and other similar family oriented events!

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‘FORSAKING ALL’ NO LONGER EXISTS!

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And so, all such churches provide so much social fun and fulfillment for families and individuals, that there remains little room for, “the offense of the Cross”. (Galatians 5:11)

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Oh yes, there remains a, “form of godliness”, in today’s churches. (see 2nd Timothy 3:5). 

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But, “forsaking all to follow Jesus”, is no longer needed, nor is it even tolerated! (Luke 14:33).

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And so, the sermons must now cater to the demands of all the itching-ears in weekly attendance. Certainly nothing that will offend these world-loving families that are more interested in remaining merely a religious/social/fraternal organization, rather than dying-to-self with Christ!

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

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“SPEAK TO US SMOOTH THINGS”

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Oh yes, they say, “Give us the Bible! But please just skip over all those, ‘hard sayings and troubling verses!’ We don’t want to hear those! ‘Speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits!” (see Isaiah 30:10)

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NO MORE CRUCIFIXION WITH CHRIST

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http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/The%20Early%20Church%20Artwork/target8.htmlBut listen to the Apostle, Paul… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

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Now this kind of crucifixion which Paul experienced is just not happening in today’s church-world!

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There is simply no room for those like Paul, who are crucified with Christ!

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All such are shunned and accused of being “fanatics”!

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

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“NO CHANGES!” 

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But rather, the following verse is more applicable to those in today’s churches…http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgBecause they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.” Psalm 55:19

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No, there is very little fear and trembling before God in today’s churches. And there certainly is, “no changes” (transformation) like that which Paul spoke of in Galatians 2:20.

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Most all parishioners today are merely content to attempt a one-day-per-week worship of God, followed by a return to seeking after the things of earth for the next six days! (Oh yes, there may be some occasional, “good works”, thrown into this mix, just to flatter and deceive themselves into the notion that they are truly heaven-ward bound!)

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GRIM CONDITION TODAY!

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This, O Pilgrim, is more or less the situation in today’s churches.

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It is the hour of which Paul prophesied… “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 2nd Timothy 4:3

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Singers – No Angels Concert – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

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HOPE ONLY IN ONE DIRECTION

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And so, God has graciously provided a way of escape from this very subtle, but tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Flight_of_the_Prisoners.jpgtalitarian situation in the church-world.

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But there only exists hope in one direction!

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And that one direction is summed up by the following cry from One on High…“And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, ‘Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.'” Revelation 18:4

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Yes, the time has fully come that God is now calling His people to, “Come out of her, My people!”

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TO READ PART 3, GO HERE…January 23 (Revelation 18:2: “A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird! Part 3: The Social Club Gospel, Continued: Accepting A Form of Godliness”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to come out of this Babylon of confusion, and worship Thee 100%…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… March 1st (A Designer Jesus!), or you can also read this article…JULY 23 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 13: The Evangelical Cult!), or this next article… Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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GOD’S PEOPLE TAKEN CAPTIVE

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“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (Babylon), My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4 

The Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlots

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God has a people in Babylon. Yes, Mystery Babylon is the Mother of Harlots. The sketch to the left shows her riding this beast with 7 heads and 10 horns.

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But in that spiritual city, there are those who still love God to a certain degree.

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And before the final plagues are poured out upon her, God has been and will continue to call His people out of her… “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (Babylon), my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

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And so in addition to The Pleiades appearing as the Harlot Mother, we also see this second depiction of The Pleiades as an angel, which symbolizes God’s people, walking the downward pathway to destruction. They must be called out of Babylon before it’s too late!

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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…

January 21 (Taking Back This Nation For God! Part 4: “Hand-Wringers For God!”)

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