Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 16 (Noble Bereans, Part 21: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Proper Bible Interpretation”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3: October 16

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Noble Bereans, Part 21: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Proper Bible Interpretation”

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

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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 in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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OK, 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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A FAILED PREDICTION?

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A few years ago, a certain radio Bible teacher made the seemingly failed prediction 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.

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And of course, when that 24 hour day came and went, the world began throwing verbalhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Harold_Camping.jpg stones at Harold Camping.

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But in reality, nothing failed!

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No, nothing in Camping’s prediction failed! But God purposely allowed this tarrying-time to awaken His sleeping saints, to prepare them to stand in the Day of the Lord!

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Harold Camping – Wikipedia – copyrighted, not for free use

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ITCHING EARS PREVAIL THESE DAYS

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We live in a day in which the following prophecy is now fulfilled… “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.” 1st Timothy 4:3, 4

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Yes, we live in a day in which the Church-world can no longer tolerate the harder and deeper truths of Scripture. To a great extent, they have supplanted “smooth things…deceits” in place of “the offense of the Cross”. (see Isaiah 30:10 & Galatians 5:11)

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A love of the world has been inserted into the many sermons and lifestyles of those false shepherds which now rule over God’s professed people.

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“NO PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE OF ANY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION”

2nd Peter 1:20

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And along with the many-world-loving doctrines, there has also been a great ignorance as to how to properly study the Bible.

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Many Bible passages are now taken out of the context of “all Scripture”, and wrong doctrines are the result of these erroneous methods of interpretation.

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UNBIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS

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Another really bad and unbiblical hermeneutic has been tagged as “The Literal, Grammatical Historical Hermeneutic” which demands that Scripture must be interpreted as literal as possible unless context demands an allegorical, typological interpretation.

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Of course, the Bible knows nothing of such a hermeneutic!

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THE BIBLE A SPIRITUAL BOOK

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Quite the contrary, the Bible commands us to “comparing spiritual things with spiritual” 1st Corinthians 2:13 (read the article, “Deceiving Even The Elect!” Hermeneutic of Literalism))

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JEREMIAH AUDIO BIBLE STUDY

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

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And He raised up a man to counter this growing apostasy, bringing back proper methods of Bible interpretation.

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And by following the 670 audio Bible studies in Jeremiah, one can begin to learn and take hold of the proper and correct Bible hermeneutics which have mostly been lost sight of in today’s Christendom.

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

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“THEY WHICH LEAD THEE CAUSE THEE TO ERR”

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So the challenge goes out to any professing Christian to prove that he (or she) is truly a Noble Berean, and stop letting others dictate to him what he mushttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nicaea_icon.jpgt believe and must not believe…

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Listen…“O My people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.” Isaiah 3:12

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Yes, as it reveals in the above verse, it is the leaders who mislead God’s people! 

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All a truth-seeker has to do is to begin the painless process of listening to a 25 minute Bible study each morning, and test and see for one’s own self!

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THE READER IS ENCOURAGED TO LISTEN TO THE 20+ MINUTE AUDIO BIBLE STUDY ON JEREMIAH AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH DAY’S PAGE…

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ABOVE PICTURE: Nicaea icon – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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TO READ PART 22, CLICK HERE…October 23 (Noble Bereans, Part 22: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding The Spirituality of the Bible”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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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) 

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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…

October 17 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 18: “Crucifying The Messenger!”) 

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO JEREMIAH STUDY

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

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THIS IS STUDY #287 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING OF FAMILY RADIO…

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