Daily Devotional, Year 4 – March 7 (A Suffering Church is a Strong Church! Part 3: “John the Baptist”)

By admin On January 24th, 2018

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – March 7

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A Suffering Church is a Strong Church! Part 3: “John the Baptist”

To read Part 1, go here…May 24th (A Suffering Church is a Strong Church!)

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In the Ellen White audio reading of her book, The Desire of Ages, she does a masterful job of telling, in story-form, the imprisonment, and final demise of this colorful prophet, the announcer of Christ’s first Coming, John The Baptist.

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John the Baptist by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com US public domain

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“ART THOU HE… OR DO WE LOOK FOR ANOTHER?

Matthew 11:3

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And in her account she picks up and expands the discouragement that John went through during his imprisonment, as he began to doubt the deity of Jesus.

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And isn’t it true that Satan is always ready to discourage a Believer, and attempt to cause that faithful man or woman, or child to give up the Good Fight, during the many problems, setbacks, and sad moments which often occur in the lives of true Believers!

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Brooklyn Museum – John the Baptist – The Voice in the Desert -_James Tissot

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JOB’S MANY DISCOURAGEMENTS

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpgJust look at Job, for example! See how Satan tried to make him renounce his Savior! Not only the great tragedies that befell him, but Job’s own wife begging him to “curse God and die”. And then, his three ‘friends’ came and further discouraged Job!

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Yes, Satan has a thousand different ways to discourage and dishearten Believers. Just this current-day world, with all it many pleasures, pastimes, and ambitious pursuits can become very discouraging as the Believer sees the world enjoying itself, while he or she gets bombarded by the enemy’s daily assaults. (Read Psalm 73)

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Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“I WILL SPEAK TO THEM IN PARABLES”

Matthew 13:13

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Now having said all this, there is a greater spiritual and prophetic meaning to The Baptist’s final days.

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Yes, if one begins to search out the spiritual lesson from John’s story, it begins to be seen that John represents all true Believers in these last days.

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For instance, King Herod taking his brother’s wife, is probably a picture of the apostate church during the Dark Ages being eventually embraced by the the once-faithful Protestant churches. And when Herodias’ daughter danced, mesmerizing the king, this too was probably a picture of those daughters of the Babylonish “Mother of Harlots” seducing the apostate church into rejecting God’s last day message which the church-faithful is to present to the world (symbolized by John the baptist).

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In other words, the daughters of Babylon are most likely symbolic of today’s fallen and apostate churches with all their counterfeit miracles and “signs and lying wonders” 2nd Thessalonians 2:9 And the last day church-faithful, symbolized by John will suffer much discouragement in these last days, and finally achieve death-to-self, which all their trials and sufferings have caused.

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ABOVE PICTURE – The whore city, Babylon, the apostate church-world – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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STUDY, NOBLE BEREAN, STUDY!

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jezabel-and-Ahab-Meeting-Elijah-in-Naboth-s-Vineyard.jpgWell, this is the general gist of this true and historical account of John’s last days on earth. 

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But the church-faithful has a commission to fulfill, as they faithfully proclaim to the world, “Flee from the wrath to come”. Yes, the church-faithful is the ante-type of John the Baptist, who was the ante-type of Elijah. And this high-calling for God’s faithful ones should inspire them to rise to the occasion and put on, polish and shine their heavenly armor, readying themselves for the final conflict

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PICTURE LEFT John the Baptist by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com US public domain

PICTURE RIGHT – Elijah in Naboth’s Vineyard Giclee. Print by Sir Frank Dicksee – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_The_Voice_in_the_Desert_(La_voix_dans_le_d%C3%A9sert)_-_James_Tissot_-_overall.jpg

THE DESIRE OF AGES

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WELL, THE READER IS INVITED AND HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO SCROLL DOWN AND LISTEN TO THE AUDIO READING OF  THE CHAPTER CONCERNING JOHN THE BAPTIST, FROM ELLEN WHITE’S STORY-FORM BOOK ON THE LIFE OF JESUS, “THE DESIRE OF AGES”. 

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THE OPEN FORUM

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ALSO, JUST BELOW THAT IS A 25 MINUTE AUDIO SEGMENT FROM HAROLD CAMPING’S NIGHTLY BIBLE-BASED, CALL-IN TALK-SHOW, “THE OPEN FORUM”

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Harold Camping on phone – Courtesy of Family Radio.org

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to joyfully accept the trials which come upon me, knowing that they keep me looking up to Thee…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…(Paul’s Godly Example, Part 3: “Like Paul In Suffering!”)or you can also read… MARCH 4 (Babylon = Baby-Land, Part 4: Why Does God Allow Suffering?), or you can also read…May 26 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 8: “Nick Vujicic: A Pity-Party’s Worst Guest!”)

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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 SCORNER (THE PHARISEE)”

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Listen to the following revelation concerning the evil which exists within the hearts of men…“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, AN EVIL EYE, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:18-23 

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Please tilt your head to the left. Do you see a man with a very long pointed nose. (Obviously, the sketch to the right is just an exaggeration in order to help you find the face in the photo to the left.)

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Do you see an angry look? His right eye-brow is raised as if he is judging.

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This second face in the Moon appears to be that of a combination of a man as well as a fox. Or maybe a wolf. Doesn’t he have a long narrow nose like a wolf or fox? Maybe even a dog. Nevertheless, the expression on his face, as he appears to look down upon the Earth, is that of scorn. Unlike the  first Moon-man’s sad shock and awe; this ‘man/fox/wolf/dog’ appears to be that of anger and scorn. As if he is disgusted at the sinful planet below.

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He is very moral, you see…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 2nd Face: The Evil-Eyed Pharisee Scorner

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TOMORROW:

March 8 (In Every Thing Give Thanks!?! Part 8: “Cancer, a Faith-building Experience?”)

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumphal_entry_into_Jerusalem#/media/File:Enrique_Simonet_-_Flevit_super_illam_-_1892.jpgTHE DESIRE OF AGES, BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This is a chapter of the audio book about the Gospel of Jesus Christ in His life and ministry.

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Chapter 22 – Imprisonment and Death of John

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Jesus over Jerusalem – Enrique Simonet Flevit – 1892 – Wikimedia – 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 #116

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons lz

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