Daily Devotional, Year 4 – January 16 (The First Shall Be Last! Part 2: “The Tragic Tale of Europe’s Apostasy”)

By admin On January 15th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – January 16

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The First Shall Be Last! Part 2: “The Tragic Tale of Europe’s Apostasy”

To Read Part 1, click here…September 5th (The First Shall Be Last!)

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“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world

through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

they are again entangled therein, and overcome,

the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

For it had been better for them

not to have known the way of righteousness,

than, after they have known it,

to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”

2nd Peter 2:20, 21

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Perhaps, the greatest tragedy ever witnessed by mankind is how Europe turned its back on the Gospel of Jesus.

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From once lovingly embracing the Christian Reformation to finally becoming a secular society, to now allowing itself to be filled with false religions, it is evident that God’s judgment has fallen upon those once highly favored nations.

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Martin Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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REJOICING IN THE REFORMATION

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caxton_Showing_the_First_Specimen_of_His_Printing_to_King_Edward_IV_at_the_Almonry,_Westminster.jpgJust think about how those nations once rejoiced in the truth.

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Just think about how they once risked life and limb to get the Gospel out to the common people.

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Remember how the invention of the printing press opened up the Bible and filled the hearts of the people with the soul-saving truths of God’s love!

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NO MORE REJOICING IN THE TRUTH

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But now, those same nations are no more filled with the joyful message of Salvation.

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No longer do the people rejoice to hear those life-giving words from the pulpit.

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No more do the valleys and hills of Europe resound with bright and happy Gospel hymns.

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Not many church buildings fill up with excitement and laughter each Sabbath day.

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And instead of embracing the living Gospel of Jesus, these same nations are now beginning to embrace dead religions.

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Thus is the fate of any nation which turns its back on the true Gospel. And Europe is a sad monument to the tragic results of rejecting the truth.

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Germany Bavarian church – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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APOSTASY NOW COMING INTO FULL

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22Jesus_in_Jeans%22_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1367680.jpgAnd so, those nations who were the first to joyfully receive the Gospel, are now losing everything God once blessed them with. 

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jesus-in-Jeans-by-Peter-Royle.jpg

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So what are we to do? What are we to say to an angry, yet merciful God?

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Here are the words that we are to say… “the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of His fierce anger…Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.” Jeremiah 1:12 & Hosea 6:1

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Skateboarder Jesus in Jeans by Peter Royle WIKIMEDIA SHARE-ALIKE LICENSE

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE…January 17 (The First Shall Be Last! Part 3: “The Tragic Tale of Europe’s Apostasy” CONTINUED)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Luther95theses.jpg

THE READER IS ENCOURAGED TO SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO READING FROM ELLEN WHITE’S CHAPTER ON THE CHRISTIAN REFORMATION FROM HER BOOK, THE GREAT CONTROVERSY.

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Martin Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the strength and resolve to shun the excesses which prevail in this opulent and hedonistic society, and run the race to the top of heavenly Zion…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology”” or you can also read… “June 13th (Power of Positive-Thinking Gospel & This Wicked World)”

 

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THE END

 

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE THIRD MOUNTAIN…CHOICE ‘C’…

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“Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.” Jeremiah 51:25   

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These three mountains are called “The Valley of Decision Constellation Group”. The first two mountains on the left in this sketch are known are the Mounts of Blessing and Cursing, as found in Deuteronomy 27:11-26 & Chapter 28. The valley between these two mountains is called the Valley of Decision, as is written… “Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Decision.” Joel 3:14. The Valley of Decision is not a physical place, but a spiritual valley in which each person of the world will make up his or her mind, as to just whom they will serve: God or Satan; God’s kingdom or this world (Satan’s kingdom). From the Mount of Blessing are heard all the blessings which result from serving God. From the Mount of Cursing are heard all the curses which result from disobedience to God’s will. And those in the valley will listen to both sides, and make up their minds, just who will they serve. A very simple choice, right? Wrong!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet” 

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TOMORROW:

January 17 (The First Shall Be Last! Part 3: “The Tragic Tale of Europe’s Apostasy” CONTINUED)

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THE GREAT CONTROVERSY BY ELLEN G. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Luther95theses.jpgWHITE

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This 44 chapter audio book is a brief history of the Church, from the Cross of Christ forward to the Return of Christ.

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Chapter 14 – Later English Reformers

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Martin Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s nearly 50 year-long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…This is Open Forum Show #65

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons lic.

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