Daily Devotional, Year 3: November 12 (Noble Bereans, Part 31: “Re-Thinking Harold Camping Concerning ‘Cults'”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3: November 12

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Noble Bereans, Part 31: “Re-Thinking Harold Camping Concerning ‘Cults'”

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

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“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:

for we are not ignorant of his devices.”

2nd Corinthians 2:11

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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 into another area of concern.

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

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Let’s look at the key Bible passage… “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there, 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

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

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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Okay, so those in Berea were more noble, because they:

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1. “Received the Word with all readiness of mind.”

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2. “And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

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

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Thus there was an open-mindedness which permeated their hearts, and a willingness to search the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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

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HAROLD CAMPING

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In the time of Church apostasy, God raised up a faithful minister: one who could not only understand the Bible’s time prophecies, but also could correct many of the doctrinal errors which had crept in unawares, causing the church-world to become greatly mired down in Babylonish confusion.

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This man was Harold Camping, whom God gave voice through a world-wide radio ministry, and great knowledge by studying the Bible for an average of 5 or 6 hours per day over a fifty year span.

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A SOLA SCRIPTURA THEOLOGIAN

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Mr. Camping was not groomed by the apostate seminaries of our day, but instead diligently compared “line upon line”, and, “spiritual things with spiritual”, so that instead of quoting this author or that commentary, Camping merely quoted the Bible in his 90 minute nightly call-in talk show and his 25 minute daily Bible studies.

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He loved the Bible more than life itself, and sang its praises night after night, for over 50 years, well into his 90’s!

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Harold Camping – Wikipedia – copyrighted – not-for-free-use

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MANY IMITATORS & IMPOSTORS

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Now of course, Satan knew that Camping’s ministry would eventually lead to the call to “Come out of her (Babylon), My people”, and so he raised up many impostors who made similar timehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Marshall_Applewhite.jpg predictions, which obviously failed, causing the church-world to become even more hardened against the idea that Babylon was actually the world (which included the world-loving churches).

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But because Camping’s message included the pronunciation that the local congregations were an integral part of Babylon, the World, Satan had little trouble raising the prideful ire and disdainful anger of most every local congregation and denomination around the world!

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Marshall Applewhite – Wikipedia – Fair-Use Rationale

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“THE ACCUSER OF OUR BRETHREN”

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And let’s not forget that Satan’s main office is that of being, “the accuser of our brethren” (Revelation 12:10). And just as Lucifer came through the serpent to accuse God in the ears of Eve, so too, he now comes to the world’s inhabitants (including world-loving church-members) and accuses God’s true worshipers in the ears of their fellow church-attendees.

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ANY NOBLE BEREANS OUT THERE?

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Now, amidst all the current-day apostasy and hard-hearted unbelief, God still has a faithful http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgremnant whose ears are open to receiving further truth, even though it may often rub against grain of the present-day doctrines of the so-called “orthodoxy”.

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But these faithful ones are the “Noble-Bereans”, who aren’t afraid to search the Scriptures, daily, and even monthly, in hopes that this new message is from God and not merely the product of human thought.

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Yes, God will bring His faithful remnant through these end-time messages symbolized by the three angels of Revelation 14, as well as the angel of Revelation 18.

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No, Harold Camping was not an angel, but a human messenger, who wasn’t perfect in his understanding, but nonetheless had been given much great insight into many of the deeper truths of Scripture! 

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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GET READY, GET READY, GET READY!

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But praise God that He has graciously extended the final Day of the Lord, to allow God’s people to search out these matters. If Christ had actually come on May 21st, 2011, practically none of us would have been prepared to meet our God in peace!

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Much to the contrary, we were mostly steeped in eating and drinking and the cares and pleasures of this life, even to the point of losing our soul!

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And so, let none of God’s true sheep feel a smug self-assurance regarding Camping’s supposed error. God merely allowed that seemingly failed trumpet call to be a preparation-day wake-up call for His true remnant church to get our heavenly armor on, and prepare to stand in the final battle!

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And so, may the Lord give each of us great insight and understanding in this end-time message! 

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ABOVE PICTURE: Unfunny Judgment Day Cartoon – a party tonight – signsofheaven.org

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TODAY’S PRAYER…http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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“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…

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READ MORE…

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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) or you can also read…October 29 (Noble Bereans, Part 25: “The Message of the Second Angel of Revelation 14”

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FINALLY WALKING UPWARD INTO THE HIGHWAYS OF ETERNITY

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Day by day, you will find yourself walking, like the Disciples, spreading the precious Gospel seed wherever the Spirit leads.

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Taking the lovely name of Jesus, with every word spoken. Walking through this sin-darkened world, witnessing to those who take notice that of a truth, Jesus is present within you. Even like faithful Enoch, walking through the highways and byways of life in this world, spreading the Gospel-seed of unpretentious love.

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Day by day, you will become more and more closed in with God. Moment by moment, your heart will become intertwined with God’s heart, eventually two hearts beating as one heart.

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And just like Enoch, when the appointed time of sojourning on earth is finally done…you will walk onward…and upward…and into the highways and byways of eternity. (“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW…

November 13 (Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 10: “Blinding The Minds of Men”)

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