Daily Devotional, Year 3 – April 21 (Noble Bereans, Part 13: Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Jeremiah (continued))

By admin On July 27th, 2016

.

 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

.

.

.

Daily Devotional, Year 3 – April 21

.

.

.

.

Noble Bereans, Part 13: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Jeremiah” (continued)

To read part 1, click here…“September 2nd (Noble Bereans?)”

.

.

.

.

.

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

1st Thessalonians 5:21

.

.

.

.

To read Part 1 of this particular devotional, go here…NOVEMBER 2 (Noble Bereans, Part 5: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Jeremiah”)

.

.

.

.

.

.St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

So, in this little series, the subject of those noble Bereans has been introduced. And today, it is still worthy of a little more exploration, regarding another area of concern.

.

Let’s look at the key Bible passage… “Paul and Silas…went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10, 11

.

St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

.

.

.

.

.

AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

.

OK, so these in Berea were more noble, because they: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

.

1. Received the Word with all readiness of mind. 

 

.

And so, these Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed “orthodox” teachings of that day.

.

Yes, there was an open-minded enthusiasm to discover truth which permeated their minds.

.

Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

.

.

.

.

.

SEARCHING WITH AN OPEN MIND

.

And secondly, they “searched the Scriptures daily, to see whether those things were so.”

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

In other words, these were not just mind-controlled followers of the popular teachers of that day.

.

No, but rather, they were noble enough to entertain this ill-reputed and much despised renegade, Paul, who was bringing a very new and different angle on the Scriptures.

.

And these noble people were willing to hear him out, and actually hoped that he was correct! They searched the Scriptures, “to see if these things were so”! 

.

They weren’t just searching to find the first flaw, so that they could quickly reject Paul, and everything he had to say!

.

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

.

.

.

.

 

.

A FAILED PREDICTION?

.

A few years ago, a certain radio Bible teacher made the seemingly failed http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harold_Camping.jpgprediction that May 21st, 2011 would be the last day of earth’s existence, because of the long-promised return of Christ in the clouds of glory.

.

And of course, when that day came and went, the world began throwing verbal stones at Harold Camping.

.

Harold Camping – Wikipedia – copyrighted, not for free use

.

.

.

.

.

WORLD ONLY KNOWS CAMPING BY HIS ERROR

Family Radio

.

It’s too bad that the world was introduced to Harold Camping only on the back of his seemingly erroneous teaching that the Last Day was merely a 24 hour event.

.

It’s too bad that the world could not have heard the many wonderful Bible studies that Camping conducted over a 50 year span.

.

.

.

.

.

SO WHERE’S THE NOBLE BEREANS

.

So where’s all the Noble Bereans out there?

.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Bible,_Notre-Dame_du_Taur,_septembre_2011.jpg

Where are all the truth-seekers who don’t merely follow the crowd, but are willing to re-examine these teachings with an open mind?

.

After all, Camping didn’t base his end-of-the-world teachings on a dream, or a vision, or a voice.

.

No, but he spent 5 or 6 hours a day for years, searching the Bible for his ideas.

.

La Bible, Notre-Dame – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

.

.

.

.

.

NOT FROM VOICES OR VISIONS!

.

Yes, for many years, Camping carefully studied the Bible, in hopes of uncovering the deeper, hidden truths of God’s Word.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

.

And so, he wasn’t coming as a prophet who received a dream or vision or voice. But he was merely declaring what he believed the Bible teaches.

.

Therefore, Harold Camping DOES NOT fall into the category of a false prophet; just a Bible teacher who had things almost figured out, but not completely.

.

USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

.

LISTENING TO FAMILY RADIO

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Family_Portrait.jpg

.

 

Now, if there are any “Noble Bereans” who decide that these things are worth spending some serious time searching out why Camping taught what he taught considering the Last Day, there are two primary avenues to accomplish this…

.

You are invited to read the daily devotionals which are linked at the top of the page, and find Camping’s Jeremiah audio Bible studies at the bottom of each day’s devotional.

.

Family Portrait – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

.

.

.

.

“O HOW I LOVE THY LAW!”http://www.wikiart.org/en/gustave-dore/baruch-writes-jeremiah-s-prophecies#supersized-artistPaintings-201408

Psalm 119:11

.

But today’s devotional would like to highlight a similarity between Harold Camping in regard to Jeremiah’s love for the Bible.

.

Listen to Jeremiah’s testimony regarding God’s Word, the Bible…“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O LORD God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

.

Here ishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harold_Camping.jpg revealed the love affair between Jeremiah and the Bible!

.

Yes, God’s Word was the joy and rejoicing of Jeremiah’s heart!

.

And if there was no other similarity between Harold Camping and Jeremiah, this one common virtue existed between them both!

.

They both loved the Bible more than life itself!

 

.

Prophet Jeremiah Dictates to Baruch – Wikiart.com – US Public Domain

Harold Camping – Wikipedia – copyrighted, not for free use

.

.

.

.

.

 

HUMAN TEACHERS MAKE ERRORS

.

Oh no, Harold Camping was not infallible.

.http://www.wikiart.org/en/gustave-dore/baruch-writes-jeremiah-s-prophecies#supersized-artistPaintings-201408

Of course, there are errors in his 50 year teaching ministry.

.

But Harold Camping freely acknowledged that he too had “feet of clay”!

.

And so, he constantly reminded his listeners to not trust him, but to search the Bible for themselves, the only infallible source of truth in this sinful world.

 

.

USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

.

.

.

.

TO READ PART 14, GO HERE…June 26 (Noble Bereans, Part 14: “Where Were All The ‘Noble Bereans’?”)

.

.

.

.

TODAY’S PRAYER…

.

“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ” FEBRUARY 10 (The Deserted Island Theologian!)”or you can also read…JUNE 13 (Why The World Didn’t End on May 21, 2011)

.

.

.

.

THE END

.Soldiers of the Cross - Armor-Up!

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

.

.

.

BIBLE VERSES PICTURED IN THE HEAVENS

.

“With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.” Ezekiel 26:12

Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation

.

THIS STAR-CHART: This is a Wikipedia star-chart, in which this site’s editor has sketched in these three constellation (without the Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation). Notice how the right front hoof is trampling on the tail of the Dragon. Also notice his eye is a star.It’s best seen when in the western half of the sky. It is found in mid-sky traveling from east to west. In January, it is in the west after midnight. As winter progresses, it can be seen earlier and earlier in the evening. a dark sky with good star-visibility is best, but not absolutely necessary to see this constellation. It is found on the opposite side of the Dragon Constellation from Orion. And as already stated, this Goodly Horse Constellation can be seen best in mid-winter when it is in the western side of the sky, and you are looking at it while you are facing west. The nose and head of this horse is partly made from the Perseus Constellation. The tail and rear end is partly of the Cassiopeia ConstellationThe hind-leg is made partly of stars from the Andromeda Constellation.

.

.

.

.
.

THIS HOLY-GHOST-RIDER

winter Constellations in the east

winter Constellations in the east

.

Now one thing that is noticeable and makes this constellation even more dramatic, is the fact that the Milky Way runs right through it. And the question that must be asked is, “What biblical implications does this constellation/Milky Way connection have?” Well, very simply put, if stars represent Believers, then this rider works in the world through His True-Worshippers, to a great extent.

.

WHY IS THIS CONSTELLATION SO INCOMPLETE IN APPEARANCE

.

So why is this constellation merely an outline? Well it does show his back, rear end and leg…and arm. But unlike, say, Orion, this constellation is very vague, even mysterious in appearance. Almost vacant in appearance. Yes this horseman represents Christ.

.

But even more than this, it represents the Holy Spirit of Christ. And as we all know, the Holy Spirit is very, very, un-intrusive, almost impossible to detect His presence. Hence, this constellation is perhaps the most faint of all the constellations of Signs Of Heaven!

.

.

.

.

READ MORE…

.

To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Holy-Ghost-Rider Constellation”

.

.

.

.

TOMORROW:

April 22 (Eternal Torment? Part 20: “Our God Is Fire & Brimstone!?!”

.

.

.

.

.

20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

.

YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

.

THIS STUDY #111 IS PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

.

YOU CAN ALSO GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK TO LISTEN…www.familyradio.org

.

 

above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

.

.

Leave a Reply