Daily Devotional, Year 4 – May 24 (The False Prophet, Part 31: “The False Prophet’s Two Horns Concerning Capitalism VS. Socialism!”)

By admin On January 26th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – May 24

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The False Prophet, Part 31: “The False Prophet’s Two Horns: ‘Capitalism or Socialism?'”

To read Part 1 of this series, click here… “JANUARY 26 (The False Prophet, Part 1: Lying Eyes!)”

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“And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth;

and he had two horns like a lamb,

and he spake as a dragon.

Revelation 13:11 

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There is a great divide in the world today.

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It is the political schism called, “the Right and the Left”. This is likewise known as liberals and conservatives.

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And yet, the Lord knew all about this long ago.

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As a matter of fact, these two political groups were spoken of in the Book of Revelation…“And I beheld another beast (the false Prophet) coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Revelation 13:11

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SATAN, THE TRUE “FALSE PROPHET”

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Here is a symbolic representation of a great movement in the world, in which Satan will come, working through political and religious organizations to deceive the inhabitants of the world.

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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THE THINGS OF THE EARTH

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And this False Prophet Beast coming up out the earth, with two horns like the Lamb of God, reminds us of our current-day industrial/political machine which has become a great beast over the earth.

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Yes, beginning in the United States, this beast has risen up via the earthly riches and earthy pleasures and lusts now seen spreading to the other nations of the earth!

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THE LEFT AND RIGHT HORNS

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It’s very interesting to see the two great political factions each seemingly going into the corner of their own respective economic ideologies: the left horn to socialism, and the right horn to capitalism.

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Of course, neither of these two ideologies will exist in the New Heaven and the New Earth. And yet, for now it seems that we must suffer these two ideologies to continue for a while longer.

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BUYING AND SELLING

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:FMSC_Staff_Trip_2011_-_Food_Distribution_(6384089759).jpgBut while the two opposing political factions each fight for their own favorite economic system, it must be stated that the Bible is satisfied for now, with capitalism.

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In other words, the economy of buying and selling is found throughout the Old and New Testaments, while socialism is never promoted nor condoned. Oh yes, socialism has “a form of godliness”, and yet it attempts to help out the needy while being void the Spirit of true love and compassion.

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Yes indeed, Heaven has a true love and a genuine compassion. But the love and compassion which this world exhibits is void of the Holy Spirit, making it merely a cheap imitation of the true.

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FMSC Staff Trip 2011 – Food Distribution – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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SO, WHAT’S WRONG WITH SOCIALISM?

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Now at this point, someone will stand up and object, saying…“So what’s wrong with socialism? After all, it helps http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Free_Food_Distribution_-_Gangasagar_Fair_Transit_Camp_-_Kolkata_2012-01-14_0691.JPGthose who are in need of help!”

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Well, to realize the flaw with socialism one should step back and ask the question…“Well, why does capitalism seem to thrive in this world, while socialistic societies begin to crumble after a few decades?”

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And the simple answer is, that capitalism caters to humanity’s selfish nature. In other words, buying and selling and producing goods and services are rewarded in a capitalistic society. And so, when people get rewarded for their own personal efforts, it causes them to strive even harder.

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Free Food Distribution – Gangasagar Fair Transit Camp – Kolkataw – Wikimedia – Free Documentation License

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SOCIALISM DIMINISHES AMBITION 

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One great problem with socialism is that it does not inspire people to work harder. To give financial help to people who did not work for that aid, only causes them to become lethargic and self-satisfied.

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But also, to take away a hard-working person’s wealth will eventually cause many of them to simply throw up their hands and say, “Why should I work my fingers to the bone only to have my earnings divided up by people who did nothing to earn it? Why don’t I just get on the “gravy train” like everyone else?”

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And so, in this selfish world, capitalism works quite well, and socialism has failed quite often.

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Highbrow drunkard – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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“whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring…an offering”

Exodus 35:5

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Another problem with socialism is that it forces people to give.

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And such mandatory giving always tends to dry up the spirit of willingness in people.

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But in Jesus’ day, Christians were never forced to give.

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Biblical giving was always done on a volunteer basis.

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Tissot – Jesus and The widows mite – Brooklyn-Museum

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY”

Proverbs 25:25

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Well, the Good News is that in the place we are traveling to, there will be no need for either one of these two ideologies.

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But rather, self-sacrificing love will be the supreme law of that wonderful Land!

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Giving to others will be our greatest delight in that place.

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The River Of The Water Of Life by H. Melville – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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EVEN GREATER GOOD NEWS!

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http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-photo/jeastty/3/1303829593/mall-witnessing.jpg/tpod.htmlBut the even greater Good News is that we don’t have to wait for the Promised Land to be generous.

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No, but each true child of God can begin right now to share their wealth with those who are in need.

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And the greatest need in this world is for the Gospel to be freely proclaimed to souls who are lost and in spiritual darkness!

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Mall witnessing, Panama City, Panama

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“MY GOD SHALL SUPPLY ALL YOUR NEED…”

Philippians 4:19

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helping_the_homeless.jpgAnd the Bible holds out this great and precious promise…“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38

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Yes, to give willingly, out of a heart filled with self-sacrificing love, means more to God than all the treasuries of riches which are forcibly taken from the working class.

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And this above verse holds out the promise that God will take care of all the needs of any Christian who gives willingly and generously to others!

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Lady Helping the homeless street-person – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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HUMANITARIANISM IS A CHEAP IMITATION OF THE TRUE

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But listen to just one more verse…“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2nd Corinthians 9:7

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This above verse endorses the kind of giving that socialism will never duplicate nor attain to!  

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Homeless and cold – Wikimedia

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“ASKING TO GIVE”

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Toward the bottom of this page is a 24 minute audio reading of Ellen White’s book, “Christ’s Object Lessons” in which she addresses the subject of true generosity…

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Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me an understanding of these concepts…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…OCTOBER 29 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 22: The Social Gospel), or you can also read this article…OCTOBER 29 (Come Out of Her, My People! Part 22: The Social Gospel)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP

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“Multitudes, multitudes in the ‘Valley of Decision’…

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for the day of the Lord is near in the ‘Valley of Decision’.”

Valley of Decision w/names

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“The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining… 

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“The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem…

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“And the heavens and the earth shall shake…

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“But the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

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Joel 3:14-16

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LOCATING THIS CONSTELLATION GROUP…

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“Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.” Micah 4:1, 2

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Look eastward in the early summer through fall. Find the Cassiopeia Constellation. Cassiopeia is the Mount of Blessing.

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Valley of Decision + O Destroying Mountain Constellation Group

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In the sketch, it is the farthest mountain to the left. In the sky, it is the northern-most of these three mountains when facing eastward. It resembles a pyramid.

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Then find the second pyramid to its right (south).

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Then go a little further south to the next third pyramid. The third snow-cap is the Destroying Mountain Constellation.

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These three pyramids are the snow-capped portion of these three mountains in this sketch. (of course, you won’t see the snow-caps in the sky. They are just an embellishment in this sketch to present a concept-EDITOR).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation

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TOMORROW…

May 25 (A 3-Fingered Judgment-Day: “How To NOT Take The Long Road Home!”)

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CHRIST’S OBJECT LESSONS, BY ELLEN G. WHITE

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This is a sampler of the audio book about the Bible’s parables in which Ellen White relates them to every day practical living…

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Chapter 12 – “Asking to Give”

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The Five Wise Virgins – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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

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This recording #194, is a small 30 minute sampling of the late Harold Camping’s 90 minute nightly talk shows. This particular program aired in the last few years of his 50 year radio ministry, and includes caller’s questions regarding his teachings on “the end of the church age”…

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 

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