Daily Devotional, Year 4 – May 29 (The Revelation 12 Crown Constellation, Part 4: “Hold Fast To What Thou Hast!” FURTHER CONTINUED)

By admin On January 26th, 2018

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – May 29

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The Revelation 12 Crown Constellation, Part ?: “Hold Fast To What Thou Hast!” FURTHER CONTINUED

To read Part 1, click here…January 15 (The Revelation 12 Crown Constellation, Part 1: “Hold Fast To What Thou Hast!”)

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THIS IS A CONTINUATION OF YESTERDAY’S DEVOTIONAL (CLICK HERE TO READ)

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“The backslider in heart

shall be filled with his own ways:”

Proverbs 14:14

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In the Book of Job (pronounced with a long “o”), we read the he was “the greatest of all men of the east” Job 1:3

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And outwardly, Job was “perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.” Job 1:1  

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Job – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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JOB’S TRIALS BEGIN

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But the day arrived when God allowed Satan to sift Job, even as Satan sifted Peter, “as wheat”. Luke 22:31

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Yes, the horrible trials brought upon Job were designed to see whether or not he would curse God.

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

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ALL FINGERS POINT AT JOB

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But then, as this wonderful story unfolds, his three “miserable comforters” Eliphaz, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Job_and_his_friends.jpgBildad, and Zophar each engaged in a very long dialogue with Job, pointing their fingers and accusing him of all sorts of sins as the cause for God’s curse to come upon him.  

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And then after that, Elihu, the young man who patiently waited until the three “friends” had finished accusing Job, began to speak.

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The next few chapters contain Elihu’s correct assessment of Job: inward sin which God was attempting to reveal to Job.

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Job rebuked by his friends – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

Elihu and Job – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“THE LORD ANSWERED JOB OUT OF THE WHIRLWIND”

Job 38:1 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpgAnd finally, God Himself chimed in, asking Job questions far above anything that Job could answer.

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The reason for these questions was to make Job realize that God has purposes far higher than mankind can know or understand. 

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

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“I SHALL COME FORTH AS GOLD!”

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And so, God allowed the Devil to send those fiery trials upon Job, to cleanse out the hidden sins of pride, anger, self-righteousness, and self-pity from Job’s heart.

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Just listen to Job’s very own words…“But He (God) knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

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Here is revealed that it was God’s intention to allow Job’s fiery trials to ultimately root out these inner sins, which nobody knew about except God. 

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Job and his friends – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“WHEREFORE I ABHOR MYSELF AND REPENT…”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpgBut at the end of Job’s trials, Job had been successfully cleansed, causing Job to humbly exclaim…“I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5, 6

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Yes, Job now fully understood that his fiery trials were brought upon him by God Himself, for the purpose of exposing his sins to himself. And Job finally realized how great and wonderful that God is, and what an unrighteous sinner that he (Job) actually was.

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But Job finally emerged out of his trials totally cleansed. And God blessed Job with long life and twice as much as he had prior to his trials!

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

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IN THE MIRY PIT

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Many of us (including this website’s editor) have been careless and sloppy, and have allowed Satan to steal away our heaven-sent gifts, letting him snatch them from us, as a thief might do!

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And because of this, God has allowed the Devil to fill us with our own sinful ways! “A backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways” applies to us! God has filled us with our backsliding ways! And as a result, we have fallen into that proverbial “miry pit”, spoken of in such places as Job 30:19… “He (God) hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.”  

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But God has allowed this to happen to us that in the end, our fiery trials will burn away the dross from our hearts, so that like Job, we too will “come forth as gold”.

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

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“THERE SHALL BE WEEPING AND GNASHING OF TEETH” 

Matthew 8:12 

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When we read that “a backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways”, we must remember http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Job_and_his_friends.jpgwhat happened to Job. He had to go through a specified amount of time of suffering before God gave him victory.

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And so it is with God’s disobedient people. We too must serve out our time of punishment. That’s possibly why we sometimes keep repeating the same nagging sin over and over until the day we finally get victory over that sin. God wants us to become thoroughly sick of that sin. And just as God sent Judah through 70 years of captivity for their sins, so also we must serve out our time in the miry pit, unable to get out until we have fully been cured of that lust.

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Job – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“GOOD NEWS FROM A FAR COUNTRY”

Proverbs 25:25

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The Good News is, that by hiding God’s great and precious promises in our hearts, we might go http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgthrough these trials, relying on those promises to guide us and to give us peace in the midst of the storm ahead.

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And at the end, we too may say along with Job…“I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5, 6

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Yes, finally God’s true worshipers will have been thoroughly cleansed and thoroughly purified from all “wood, hay and stubble”. 1st Corinthians 3:12

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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And at that time, the following passage will be fully realized…

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“The LORD hath done great things for us;

whereof we are glad…

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth,

bearing precious seed,

shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,

bringing his sheaves with him.”

Psalms 126:3, 5, 6  

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to hold fast to any good thing that I have…

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READ MORE…

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(FOR FURTHER EXPLORATION, READ THE ARTICLE…  April 4 (Eternal Torment? Part 18: “Stuck In The Miry Pit!”), or you can also read…July 13th (Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Part 1: Alone With God) (please read this entire series)

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FIVE WISE VIRGINS STARS

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This constellation was identified on May 22nd, 2014. It is simply five stars, two from the Serpens Constellation, and three from the Hercules Constellation.

Wikipedia Star-Chart - Corona Borealis

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What gives this constellation impetus and significance is that it appears as five evenly positioned stars, in a slight oval pattern, as if they were sitting in a meeting, listening, or perhaps watching someone.

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Second, they appear to be gathered in front of The Crown of Revelation 12 Constellation. (just below Corona Borealis in this Wikipedia star-chart, in which the editor of this site sketched in these two constellations)

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GATHERED AROUND GLORIOUS CROWN!

Corona Borealis/Bootes & Five Wise Virgins

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The position of these stars is significant in a number of ways. The first, being that these Five Wise Virgins are gathered around the 12-star Crown of Revelation 12. And the obvious message here is, that these wise virgins represent the faithful portion of God’s Church. And as wise virgins, they understand the importance of winning the glorious crown of victory, which Jesus promised.

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Listen… “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.” 1st Corinthians 9:24, 25. 

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And so, God is showing us the difference between the wise and the foolish in His Church. While the wise are gathered around this crown of victory, the foolish are nowhere to be found. 

 

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Corona Borealis/Bootes & Five Wise Virgins

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Five Wise Virgins Stars” or you can also read… “The Five Foolish Virgins Stars”

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TOMORROW:

May 30 (Noble Bereans, Part ??: “Go Into The Highways & Hedges!”)

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CHRIST 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 17 – “Spare it this Year Also”

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5 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 #199, 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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