Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 20 (That Serpent-of-Old, Part 1: “Surely The Serpent Will Bite!”)

By admin On May 11th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – March 20

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That Serpent-of-Old, Part 1: “Surely The Serpent Will Bite!”

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“Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment;

and a babbler is no better.”

Ecclesiastes 10:11

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Have you ever seen one of those snake charmers from India?

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Well, most of us have never been to India.

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But via television, most of us have seen those flute players who wave their flute back and forth, up and down, causing that snake to follow along, seemingly mesmerized by that flute.

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Charmeur de serpents à Jaipur – Snake Charmer – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Brown_tree_snake_Boiga_irregularis_2_USGS_Photograph.jpgA PROVERB OF SOLOMON

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Well, that seems to be the object lesson in our signature verse…“Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.” Ecclesiastes 10:11

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Here is a rather intriguing proverb by that wisest of all mortals, King Solomon!

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And one reason why it’s so intriguing is because it seems to have a multiple application to various aspects of life.

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Brown tree snake – Boiga – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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ON A PERSONAL LEVEL

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Brown_tree_snake_Boiga_irregularis_2_USGS_Photograph.jpgFor instance, on a personal level, quite often, when we have a falling out with a friend, that “friend” can turn on us, and begin to make life unpleasant for us.

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Perhaps that ex-friend will retaliate by merely casting verbal stones at us in the form of angry words or accusations. Or maybe that ex-friend will begin spreading malicious gossip about us, hoping to turn others against us.

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Now for the Christian, any so-called “friend” who retaliates using cruelty against you only proves that they are nothing more than Christian-pretenders, not having the Spirit! That person has the heart of a serpent! A true Christian will respond to cruelty with humility and meekness and love.

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And so, in essence this proverb about a serpent can apply to personal relationships.

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Judas Betrays Jesus – courtesy Wikipedia – Public Domain

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But how can this proverb can apply to other aspects of life?

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SATAN, THAT SERPENT-OF-OLD

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For instance, if we apply this proverb to the entire world, it also presents a very appropriate life-lesson.

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In other words, this world-system is headed up by that serpent-of-old, Lucifer, Satan, the Devil.

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Yes, Satan, that Dragon of Revelation 12 is also called a serpent in verse 14.

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And just think about it! We live in a world that has rebelled against Heaven, and now under the control of that serpent-of-old.

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So why in the world do Christians live in peace here? Why, for the last several centuries have Christians been at peace here?

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

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PERSECUTION DURING DARK AGES

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Oh yes, during the Dark Ages, the world and the worldly churches made life very difficult for true Christians!

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Banishment, persecution, prison, torture and cruel deaths were the order of the day during those prophetic 42 months of years back in Europe. (see Revelation)

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Torture devices – The Wheel – Calas Chapbook – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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THE CHURCH-ASLEEPhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avvakum_by_Myasoyedov.jpeg

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But after those centuries of persecution finally ceased, it almost seemed like Satan just went away, or went to sleep. And life became very peaceful for Christians for the last several centuries.

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Yes, after the persecution ended, the world became the friend of Christians. Instead of burning Christians at the stake, the world was now inviting Christians over for a steak barbecue!

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So maybe that serpent, Satan, was being charmed by Christians!

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Yes, maybe Satan was being charmed!

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Barbecue – Dutch family – Wikimedia – Share-alike License

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AN ERA OF PEACE AND PROSPERITY

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After all, the Church seemed to respond to those peaceful decades by turning back to earthly pleasures and pursuits.

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And with the great affluence brought about by the industrial revolution, everyone, including Christians, began to enjoy the many new opportunities now available.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Dream Maker of Babylon – Signs Of Heaven.org

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And so, Satan was being charmed, in a manner of speaking, because he had deceived Christians to the point that they took off their spiritual armor, and no longer watched for their Lord!

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The Church went to sleep!

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Brooklyn Museum – The Wise Virgins – James Tissot – Wikimedia – public domain

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HIGH-TECH HYPNOTISM

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And if all this wasn’t bad enough, the world was brought into the high-tech revolution!

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Yes, first it was radio and records.

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And this was followed up by television!

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And now the world became entranced by these two mediums of communication!

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And if this wasn’t bad enough, “the god of this world” introduced Internet!https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Texting_closeup.jpg

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And now, even little children can dial up just about anything conceivable on their little tablets!

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Girl listening to radio – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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Girl Texting – Wikimedia – Creative Commons 2.0

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ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY!

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And so, the great serpent, Satan, was satisfied! He had Christians where he wanted them!

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And everybody else was happy too!

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The world was happy with all these new luxuries, and amusements and ambitious pursuits!

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But Christians were likewise happy, because physical violence, and persecution had ceased, allowing them to pursue many of the same pleasures and careers, and materialism which the world was now pursuing!

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PS Krøyer – Hip hip hurra! Kunstnerfest på Skagen – 1888 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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SATAN VICTORIOUS!

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And so, the serpent, Satan was now victorious, because the whole world was now worshiping him by their love for his world!

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Yes, even though Christians were professing to love Jesus, yet in heart they actually, in reality, loved “the god of this world”, since their hearts were going after the riches and pleasures and careers of this world!

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SO WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?

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But recently, it seems as if the serpent has begun to bite, once again!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ISIL_Execution_of_man_September_2014.jpg

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Yes, there seems to be a growing hostility around the world against God’s people!

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So what’s happening? Why are things beginning to heat up for those who profess to Love God. Even Jews around the world are beginning to feel the heat!

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ISIL – Execution of man – September 2014 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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DRINKING BABYLON’S WINE!

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Something, whatever it is, has caused that serpent-of-old, Satan, to once again begin to make life difficult for Christians! 

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Well, that will have to be a question to be answered in another devotional.

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But one thing is for sure! Christians need to wake up from our death-like slumber, and forever swear-off drinking even one more drop of the highly intoxicating wine of this Babylonian world!

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William Blake – Whore – Babylon – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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GET YOUR ARMOR ON!

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Yes, we Christians must sober up, spiritually speaking!

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And we must cut away the tendrils of selfishness and worldliness which have wrapped themselves tightly around us!

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And then, we need to scramble to locate our misplaced spiritual armor!

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And then, we must sharpen our sword by hiding God’s precious promises in our heart!

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And considering the lateness of the hour, we need to hasten to do all these necessary things!

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The Day of the Lord is at hand!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be wise as a serpent regarding this very deceptive world. Let me not be ignorant of Satan’s devices, nor of his power over this world… 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet, or you can also read this shorter article… Today’s Devotional – August 8th (Ten Sleeping Virgins!), or you may also read…Today’s Devotional – April 26th (Television: Enchanted Ground!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 HEADS, 10 HORNS, & 7 CROWNS OF THE DRAGON

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“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Revelation 12:3 

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In Revelation, the Dragon of Revelation 12 is described as having seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. However, the Dragon Constellation up in the night sky does not.Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

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But God has faithfully created the wave of water, in such a way, as to illustrate this same concept of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. Because this wave of water is basically composed of ten stars.

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The main body of the wave has seven stars (#‘s, 1 thru 7). And the tip of the crest of the wave has the other three stars (#’s, 8, 9 & 10). So we have this 7 and 10 numbering. And this gives us a great clue, as to where in the Bible we should look, to find out the riddle as to just what or who do these 7 heads, 10 crowns, and 7 horns represent. Because, the Bible speaks very much about floods and waters as being associated with Satan (the Dragon).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction

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TOMORROW…

March 21 (It’s A Wrong-Way Corrigan World! Part 2: It’s A Wrong-Way Corrigan Church-World!)

 

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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