Daily Devotional, Year 3 – May 13 (Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 7: “Planet Earth: Experiment In Selfishness”)

By admin On September 17th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – May 13

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Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 7: “Planet Earth: Experiment In Selfishness”

To read Part 1, click here…Today’s Devotional – March 13th (Planet Earth: Devil’s Island!)

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Whether we like it or not, the plain truth is that this world is Satan’s prison-house of sin and selfishness!

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It is a type of prison island in which God has allowed the Devil to keep humanity under lock and key, so to speak.

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You could say that we’re being held captive on this cosmic Devil’s Island!

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Oh yes, God is very merciful, and has allowed us many pleasant things to enjoy.

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But make no mistake! This world is Satan’s prison-house of sin and selfishness! A holding place where the rebels against Heaven must remain for a time.

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

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THE CANCER OF SELFISHNESS 

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When God created this world, it was part of a big beautifulhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Paradise_Lost_3.jpg universe in which unselfish love was to reign supreme. Mankind was given the most incredibly beautiful environment to live and thrive.

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And yet, God knew that the cancer of selfishness had already begun in Heaven, and was about to move to this new world called Planet Earth. But God, not wanting this evil ideology to continue to fester and expand throughout the universe, allowed Planet Earth to become the grand stage for selfishness to fully manifest itself for all the cloud of witnesses throughout Heaven to observe.

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And so, over the past millenniums of Planet Earth’s existence, selfishness, in all its various forms, has continued to thrive.

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Gustave Dore – Paradise Lost illustration – Lucifer becomes Satan – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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“SLAY THEM NOT, LEST MY PEOPLE FORGET”

Psalm 59:11

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And because God wants for all to fully realize the woeful and miserable results of selfishness, He has allowed the horrifying harvest of sin’s final reward to come into its fulness.

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Oh yes, God could have intervened, preventing the woe and misery which results from from selfishness. But had He done that, then this great experiment in sin would only cause the entire universe to join in the rebellion against Heaven.

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Boston Marathon Bombing – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0

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“THE WHOLE CREATION GROANS…IN PAIN”

Romans 8:22

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But, as we look around at this sad and tragic world, we can easily see that selfishness is not the way to true peace and contentment. No, everywhere we look, the world is groaning and mourning under the weight of sin’s wages.

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Just look at all the robberies, all the violence, all the anger and hatred, all the foolish pride, all the disparity, the lust, the pushing and shoving, the filth, the acts of selfish disregard for others, the family discord, divorce, murders, rapes, kidnappings, slave-trading, unjust laws, sickness, loneliness, hopeless, disease and death!

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Anti-Christian Protest movement – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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“THE PROSPERITY OF THE WICKED”

Psalm 73:3

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But in spite of all the woe and misery, God, in His infinite wisdom, has allowed a certain segment of this world’s populace to enjoy good health, strength of body and mind, for a time.

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Yes, there is a large class of humans who possess the riches of gold, silver, as well as beauty and strength.

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Hearst Castle – Wikipedia – GNU Free Documentation License

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“MORE THAN HEART COULD WISH!”

Psalm 73:7

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And these “fortunate” ones often seem to enjoy more than heart could wish, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cheers!_(3162940696).jpgwhile a large segment of the world’s not-so-fortunate-ones suffer from lack of food, water, shelter, and poor health, disease and oppression from the strong.

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Yes, the disparity in this world of selfishness is profound.

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Oh yes, many who have stored up earthly treasures are willing to allow the poor to, “eat the crumbs which fall from their table”, so to speak.

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Hands Toasting Drinks – Cheers! Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

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“FOR YOUR SAKES, HE BECAME POOR”

2nd Corinthians 8:9

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Brooklyn_Museum_-_What_Our_Lord_Saw_from_the_Cross_(Ce_que_voyait_Notre-Seigneur_sur_la_Croix)_-_James_Tissot.jpgBut very few of these prosperous ones are willing to follow the divine example which Jesus gave, as He forsook the riches of Heaven.

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Yes, Jesus became poor, all for the sake of His self-sacrificing love for this poor, miserable and needy world.

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And even some of those who have “given all”, do so out of impure motives, often for the sake of applause from the onlooking world.

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Brooklyn Museum – What Our Lord Saw from the Cross – James Tissot

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TIME: THE GREAT EQUALIZER

 

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But time is the Great Equalizer! And many of those who once enjoyed the http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Howard_Hughes_piloting_Spruce_Goose.jpgriches and accolades of this world finally arrive at the day of recompense.

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Oh yes, many simply die, leaving their riches behind. But many others suffer loss while still in the land of the living, for one reason or another. Divorce, disease, financial collapse, aging, loneliness, hopelessness, the loss of beauty, as well as countless other human tragedies, often steal away the riches and possessions from those formerly, “fortunate ones”, finally leaving them poor and destitute.

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And many of those who suffer the loss of their earthly riches, eventually turn to the Lord, and discover the true riches and joys of Heaven, as they become faithful followers of Jesus!

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Howard Hughes piloting Spruce Goose – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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“LET THE WICKED FORSAKE HIS WAY”

Isaiah 55:7

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And so, the message from today’s devotional is in the form of a plea to the Reader, whether rich or poor, to turn away from this selfish world while there is still time.

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The miserable pleasures of this world’s sin and selfishness are nothing in comparison to the everlasting joys and pleasures of Heaven!

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River of Water of Life – H. Melville – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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TO READ PART 8, GO HERE…August 23 (Planet Earth, Devil’s Island, Part 8: “Planet Earth: Hacksaw Ridge!”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to make my little corner of the world into a little corner of Heaven! Help me separate myself, as far as possible from the corrupting ungodly influences all around me…

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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…NOVEMBER 10 The Psalms’ Power Over Evil Spirits)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THE DRAGON

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REVELATION 12 DRAGON IS NOT DRACO!

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First, let it be stated, that this Dragon Constellation is not the same constellation commonly referred to as “Draco” (photo to right is Draco).

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This Revelation 12 Dragon from Signs Of Heaven, has not been previously recognized. But you will discover that it is a very intricate and complex constellation, once you are comfortable locating it (picture below, right).

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Draco, (Picture right) Ursa Minor Wikipedia share-alike license

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 REVELATION 12 DRAGON  

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Revelation 12 Dragon w/text

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The star-charts below (below, right) are from Wikipedia and are combined into one chart to show these three constellations, which the editor has sketched over with these three constellations, as they appear when in the west. Hopefully, this will be an assist in locating these constellations in the night-sky.

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LOCATION…

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Wikipedia star-charts winter constellation in West

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The Revelation 12 Dragon Constellation can be located by finding Orion in winter months. The Dragon is to Orion’s left, and the Dragon’s mouth is right next to Orion’s shield. This Dragon’s mouth is the V-like constellation The Hyades Cluster, which is also known as the head of Taurus the Bull. The Dragon’s tail-tip is Pleiades and the lower shaft of his tail is partly of Aries  and Pisces. Then with aid of a dark and starry night, you may begin to connect the mouth and the tail with a very long body in an oval shape. The front and back legs are made of a few stars: the front legs partially of stars from Taurus . The back legs and rear fin are made of 6 stars from the Cetus Constellation.

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BODY HARD TO SEE

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The long oval-shaped body has relatively few stars, but can been seen, howbeit with a dark, starry night. The four stars of the front fins are made partially of Taurus .

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation 

 

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TOMORROW

May 14 (Strong Delusion In Scripture, Part 7: “Hypocritical Hermeneutic!”)

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