Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 24 (Revelation 18:2: “A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird! Part 4: The Social Club Gospel, Continued: Accepting A Form of Godliness”)

By admin On March 7th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 24

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Revelation 18:2: “A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird! Part 4: The Social Club Gospel, Continued: Accepting A Form of Godliness”

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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THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF YESTERDAY’S DEVOTIONAL. PLEASE READ YESTERDAY’S DEVOTIONAL FOR PROPER CONTEXT. GO HERE TO READ YESTERDAY’S DEVOTIONAL

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“FROM SUCH TURN AWAY!”

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[continuing from yesterday]…And so, today’s churches are filled with well-behaved and moralistic parishioners! And yet, because they are not converted, they are still under the power of the Antichrist Spirit which indwells the peoples of the world! (see 1st John 4:1-6)

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But notice what Paul’s advice is concerning such wickedness enshrouded by a moralistic “form of godliness”!

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Paul warns us, “From such turn away!” verse 5.

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Worldliness combined with a degree of morality is by far the most deceptive form of evil there is! And such a worldly-minded morality is to be shunned and even departed from, by God’s people, whether it be in the world, or in the Church.

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Oh no, we cannot come completely out of the world! But we can come a good way out! And we can certainly come ALL the way out of the apostate churches!

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“From such, turn away!”, says Paul.

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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“BABYLON IS FALLEN”

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And this is the condition of today’s churches! There is no crucifixion with Christ in today’s churches! Oh well, there are many who would have us believe they are crucified with Christ. But if the Holy Spirit has vacated the churches, then such death-to-self is literally impossible!

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Listen…“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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4

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Here above is described a total apostasy in the church-world. The “itching ears” have prevailed! And such sobering messages as today’s devotional declares, are not at all tolerated in any of today’s congregations!

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And so, the result of all this, is merely a congregation which is filled with nice, friendly and moral people who are somewhat zealous for Jesus! And yet any TRUE love for Jesus has been choked out by their love for this, the Devil’s self-seeking world…

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PARABLE OF THE SOWER

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Listen…“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the Word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the Word, and he becometh unfruitful.” Matthew 13:22

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Yes, the love for this world has choked out the Holy Spirit’s presence in today’s churches!

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WHAT BENEFIT IN WORLDLY-MINDED ASSOCIATIONS?

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So then, considering all this, just how is it going to be beneficial for our children to be surrounded by other children who have little or no love for God?

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Do you expect for them to be any encouragement to your children to follow Jesus? Oh yes, they will encourage your children to stay in church! But worldliness prevails in those dead bodies!

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And how is it beneficial to be in a church where probably not one in a hundred members, if any, have been truly crucified with Christ?

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You might as well be in a church where there is open idolatry, such as statue worship, and meaningless candle-lighting ceremonies! At least there, the wickedness will be plainly manifest!

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Children’s Street basketball during a church fair – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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OUR PRESENT-DAY GREAT TRIBULATION

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This is why God calls our current plight, “The Great Tribulation”! We are surrounded byhttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Angel_prayers.jpg wickedness in the form of worldliness! There is nobody in the churches nor in the world to turn to for help!

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And once a Christian is awakened to this fearful situation, then and only then can he or she realize why today’s tribulation is called, “The Great Tribulation!” 

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Listen…“The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the Devouring Fire? who among us shall dwell with Everlasting Burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly…He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Thine eyes shall see the King in His beauty: they shall behold the Land that is very far off.” [condensed. To read entire passage, go here…Isaiah 33:14-17 ]

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Yes, this present hour is a fearful hour!

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A LIVING FAITH!

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Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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And yet, there is One up in Heaven who we can turn to for help! And His admonition, yea His command for us is to, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2nd Corinthians 6:17, 18

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This is what faith is all about! Yes, true and living faith is all about obeying God’s commands when human logic counsels us otherwise!

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LEAN NOT ON OUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

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Listen again to the Wise Man…“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

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God has purposely allowed us to be in a world where there is a prevailing human wisdom which is so often diametrically opposed to Heaven’s wisdom! This is how God strengthens His people against Satan’s kingdom of this world: to learn to shun this world’s wisdom, and begin to live by heaven’s true wisdom!

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And by a daily hiding of Christ’s Word in our heart, we grow, little-by-little, both in Christ’s wisdom and into His likeness! 

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“COME OUT OF HER, MY PEOPLE!”

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And so, by earthly wisdom, it may seem expedient to remain in the church-world for convenience sake where things still seem rather moral.

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But God’s wisdom tells us…“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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Here God is calling His people to make an end-time exodus out of the fallen, apostate churches.

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And God is not giving multiple options. He is 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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And this command is followed by a threat…“that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”

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ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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A PLACE OF REFUGE

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Now the Good News is, that God has given us more than ample provision in the place we are to flee to!

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Listen to Isaiah 30:25…“And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers [churches- Ed.] fall.”

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These streams of waters are LIVING WATERS that will satisfy every thirsty soul!

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Yes, God is letting us know that our spiritual provisions will be abundantly provided on those high hills where we must flee to!

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And He will supply all our needs, as well as all our children’s needs in the mountainous strongholds of our refuge!

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TO READ PART 5, GO HERE…March 4 (Revelation 18:2: A Cage of Every Unclean & Hateful Bird! Part 5: “Clean & Unclean Beasts”)

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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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.Revelation 12 Woman with Eagle Wings

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“And there appeared a great wonder (sign) in heaven; a woman

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And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness” 

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Revelation 12:1, 14

 

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FROM WHERE & TO WHERE DOES SHE FLEE?

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WOMAN ROTATES THROUGH THE SEASONS…

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This page is about the Big Dipper, also called the Great Bear constellation (Ursa Major ). However, the ancient pagan cultures did not see this constellation as God intended it to be seen. It is actually a headless woman in childbirth.  This is seen in springtime. It is seen in the northern skies. 

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But as the seasons progress, this travailing woman flips upside down, now appearing as a woman with upraised arms like eagle wings who is running (eventually flying, as shown in sketch on right) into the wilderness (westward). The single star representing her birth-child (Christ) now becomes her head (“Christ is the head of the church.” Ephesians 5:23

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The 7 Stars (Big Dipper) is easy to see with its very bright 7 stars. But the Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) must be seen on a dark starry night, away from city lights. 

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These are star charts from Wikipedia, with sketches of the Woman added.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Woman of Revelation 12 (Flees to the Wilderness)

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TOMORROW…

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 25 (The Straw-Man! Part 3: Kingdom of the So-Called “Cults”)

 

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