Daily Devotional, Year 3 – June 22 (The Return of Elijah, Part 1: “Fathers & Children”)

By admin On November 29th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – June 22

 

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The Return of Elijah, Part 1: “Fathers & Children”

 

 

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“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet

before the coming of the great and dreadful

day of the LORD:

And he shall turn the heart of the fathers

to the children,

and the heart of the children to their fathers,

lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

Malachi 4:5, 6

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There’s a great deal of speculation about this above passage concerning the return of Elijah, the Prophet, just prior to the, “great and terrible day of the Lord”. 

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Will this Elijah be the exact same Elijah who came to Israel back in the days of the kings of Israel?

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Or will he be another individual, who, like John the Baptist, will come in the spirit and power of Elijah?

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Or was this Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in the coming of John the Baptist?

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And these are the three most popular theories about this most infamous human prophet who is to return in these last moments of time.

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Elijah leaves earth witnessed by Elisha – Wikigallery

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IT WILL TAKE US BY SURPRISE

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Well, one thing is for sure, whoever this Elijah turns out to be, it will take God’s people by surprise.

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Yes, the Bible is filled with story after story about how God purposely does things in new and original ways!

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For instance, just think about when Christ came to this world.

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Nobody was expecting Him to come in the way that He came!

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Everyone was taken by surprise to the degree that the spiritual rulers over God’s people believed He was of the Devil, and treated Him accordingly!

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Jesus – www.thebiblerevival.org – Public Domain

 

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OLD TESTAMENT SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM!?!

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Now, there is further speculation about the return of Elijah.

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You see, there are many who speculate that Elijah’s coming will somehow set in motion the rebuilding of the temple of the Lord, over there in Jerusalem. Thus, the Jews will return to the Old Testament sacrificial system.

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Now, this idea seems to be really far-fetched, since Christ’s Atonement on the Cross forever did away with the Old Testament sacrificial system.

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And so, if the Jews ever try to begin the Old Testament sacrificial system, it would be nothing more than a vain and worthless endeavor! A mere exercise in futility!

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the Holy of Holies – www.thebiblerevival.com – Public Domain

 

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READ MORE CAREFULLY!

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What prophecy enthusiasts must do is read this prophecy more carefully!

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Listen again…“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:5, 6

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This prophecy lets us know what the mission of Elijah will be: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” Malachi 4:6

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If and when this Elijah shows up, it will be his commission from God, to, turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers.

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Elijah and King Ahab – Wikipedia – Share-Alike Lic.

 

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SAD CONDITION OF CHURCH-WORLD

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Now as we look around at the church-world, do we see an undone work to be performed within the family circle?

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In other words, does the heart of the fathers need to be turned to the heart of the children? And visa-versa?

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

 

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TOO MANY DIVERSIONS

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Well, statistics show that young people are leaving the Church is mass numbers, to join in with the same pursuits of the secular world!

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And truth-be-told, this cornucopian super-society is filled with so many diversions, pleasures, and ambitious pursuits: and many Christian parents are pre-occupied with such world-loving pursuits!

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And so, it is no wonder that such a disconnect exists within the family circle! And coupled with the very high divorce rate in the Church, things are not well at all!

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

 

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A CORNUCOPIAN SUPER-SOCIETY!

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And to a great degree, Satan the False Prophet has stolen a march on God’s people!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Castillo_de_Disneyland.jpg

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Yes, he has created this cornucopian super-society with the express purpose of diverting the hearts of Christians and non-Christians alike, to the seemingly endless variety of vain pleasures and ambitious pursuits of this selfish world! 

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And so, if ever there was a time when the heart of the fathers needs to be turned to the heart of the children, it is now!

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Thus, this horrible condition in today’s church-world really begs for the return of Elijah! 

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Castle of Disney – Wikipedia – Public Dom

 

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GOOD NEWS!

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But the Good News is, we don’t need to wait for Elijah to return! We can begin right now, to turn our heart to our children! 

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Yes, right now we can begin to put away our vain amusements and ambitious pursuits, and begin to devote ourselves to the Lord!

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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WEEP BEFORE THE ALTAR (THE CROSS)

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And the prophet Joel gives us the prescription for restoration…“Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare Thy people, O LORD, and give not Thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule ohttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Every_day.jpgver them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the LORD be jealous for His land, and pity His people.” Joel 2:17

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Yes, as this above passage says, we have allowed the heathen to rule over us!

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We and our children have been taken captive by this atheistic society. And we willingly send our little lambs into the jaws of this Antichrist world, to be indoctrinated by television, radio, schools, and neighbors!

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And the remedy for this is to weep before the altar (the Cross), and cry out for deliverance for both our self and for our children!

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sheep – Lambs to the slaughter – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

 

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“BE AFFLICTED, MOURN, AND WEEP!”

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The New Testament Book of James offers a similar prescription for spiritual healing…“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-Davidwith God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God…Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 8-10 

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Yes, we really need to understand just how greatly in trouble we really are! And once we do, then it won’t be so difficult to, “Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.”

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(Just look at this picture of David. This is the same stance we must take before God!)

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David’s Sorrow – Wikigallery – US Public Domain

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OUR CHILDREN CAST IN THE LAKE OF FIRE?

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We need to get a vision of Judgment Day, and just how horrible it will be should we one day soon witness our unsaved children being cast into the Lake of Fire!

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And so, we all must put away our vain and foolish endeavors and begin to devote ourselves to the Lord, as if our very soul’s Salvation is at stake!

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Because it is!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

 

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TO READ PART 2, GO HERE…June 23 (The Return of Elijah, Part 2: “Fathers & Children” CONTINUED)

 

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be faithful in all that I do, that my children can learn from my good and godly example…

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…January 5 (Our Favorite Babysitter: Satan! Part 3: “What Seeds Am I Sowing In My Kid’s Hearts?”), or you can also read this article…June 10th (Power of Positive-Thinking Gospels, Part 2: Our Children!)

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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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. 

star-chart ursa major

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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 – June 23 (The Return of Elijah, Part 2: “Fathers & Children” CONTINUED)

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