Today’s Devotional – April 18th (Getting Slapped!)

By admin On April 17th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional -April 18th

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GETTING YOUR FACE SLAPPED!

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EXCERPT FROM THE ARTICLE… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 1st Face: The Night Watchman”

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You will notice a big bruise on this “Man in the Moon”.

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His right cheek looks like it has a big bruise on it.

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That reminds us of the following verse… “But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy RIGHT CHEEK, turn to him the other also.” Matthew 5:39.

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And just as this verse says “turn to him the other also”, so too, our nocturnal friend likewise is turning his other cheek. 

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“FAITHFUL ARE THE WOUNDS OF A FRIEND”

Proverbs 27:6

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Notice that this “Man in the Moon” is turning his other cheek towards us?

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This faithful Watchman knows that unless he allows God to chasten him, that he too would likely be taken away in sin.

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And so he offers his other cheek to his “Re-provers”… “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.” Psalm 141:5. (see also Proverbs 27:6 & 9:8 & Eccl. 7:5)

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Both good people and bad people alike, God uses to test and chasten this Nocturnal Watchman to teach him patience, forgiveness, and love. (see Romans 8:28)

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“HE GIVES HIS CHEEK TO HIM THAT SMITES HIM”

Lamentations 3:30, 31

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God uses anyone and everyone as “helpers” in the purification process of His Watchmen.

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And the desire of every watchman of God is to become like Jesus.

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So as this Watchman beholds, in his mind’s eye, his Lord Jesus being mocked ridiculed and his face smitten, the Watchman too, knows he must likewise endure the same treatment from the world… “…they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me. God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over into the hands of the wicked… when He (God) has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 16:10, 11 & 23:10.

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God uses tribulation in order to remove the “dross” from Job, and Job will eventually come forth as purified gold. .. “when He (God) has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

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Five Fingers Face High and Mighty Trailer Screenshot 1954 wikipedia public domain

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HOW CAN THE MOON SMITE?

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“The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121:5, 6

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HOW CAN THE MOON SMITE?

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“The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121:5, 6

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Well, as with all Scripture, there has to be a spiritual understanding. “the words that I (Jesus) speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63.

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Yes, the entire Bible are the words of Christ. And the entire Bible is the “Spirit of Prophecy” (see Rev. 19:10).

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And so, this passage from Psalm 121 likewise must be understood, both prophetically and spiritually. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.”

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How can this be understood both prophetically and spiritually?

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SUN = CHRIST

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sunrise_from_Burrow_Mump,_Burrowbridge,_Somerset_(2931443808).jpg

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Now most Bible students know that the Sun in Scripture, represents Christ, “the Sun of Righteousness”.

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And so when God says… “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming:” 2nd Thessalonians 2:8, then this makes sense of the passage from Psalms… “The sun shall not smite thee by day”.

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Sunrise from Burrow Mump, Burrowbridge, Somerset wikimedia share-alike license

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MOON = CHURCH

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But again, what about the Moon? Well, if Christ is represented by the Sun, then the obvious conclusion is, the Moon represents the Church, God’s people, as is written… “Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?” Songs 6:10.

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Well who is she, as this verse asks the question? Who is “fair as the Moon?” Obviously, the Church is! And the Church is constantly referred to as “she”, in Scripture.

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But how can the Church smite? Well again, as you read all three parts to this “Moon into Blood Trilogy”, you will see just how all this will be accomplished! 

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“THE WICKED…IN A MOMENT GO DOWN TO THE GRAVE”

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“Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power? They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.” Job 21:7, 13

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Yes, the bruise on the right cheek of this Night Watchman presents an allegory concerhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munch_Det_Syke_Barn_1896.jpgning a great Bible concept.

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The above passage from Job speaks to the fact that quite often, there is a distinctive difference between those whom the Lord will save, and those whom the Lord will not save. In this above passage Job explains that the wicked seem to enjoy a long, trouble-free life, while those whom God plans to save often live a troubled life.

 

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And listen to the wisdom of Paul… “Paul…taught many…exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through MUCH tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:19-21 [condensed for brevity & clarity].

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So this passage reveals that God’s people must enter into the kingdom of God through much tribulation.

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Munch Det Syke Barn 1896 wikipedia US public domain

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PROPHECY ALSO APPLIES TO CHURCH HISTORICALLY

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Now this same concept also applies to the Church as well.

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The Church-Faithful will go through much tribulation, while the Church-Apostate will go down in a moment.

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Just listen to this very prophetic passage… “And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” Job. 16:20, 21.

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So, contrary to popular belief, the apostate Church will be taken away in a moment’s time, while the Church-Faithful will suffer much tribulation.

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THE WICKED GO DOWN IN A MOMENT

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Listen again to Revelation 18, as it speaks of the destruction of the harlot Church, Mystery Babylon… “And the kings of the earth, who have cohttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpgmmitted fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her…saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.” Rev. 18:9, 10 (condensed).

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Again, this passage presents this same concept of the wicked going down in a moment. God does not needlessly torment. And there is no need to torment the lost.

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Death is their punishment, and so to further torment would serve no purpose. “Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4.

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Yes, the soul that sins shall die!

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Not tortured for all eternity!

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Whore – Babylon – Burgkmair – 1523 AD – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Grant me the grace to endure Thy chastening process, without murmuring. Grant me the desire to become changed into the image of Jesus…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 1st Face: The Night Watchman”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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Tilt you head to the left

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Do you see a man’s face?

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It’s that proverbial “Man in the Moon”. We’ve always taken it for granted. But now we’re learning that God is responsible for creating this Nocturnal Watchman. You see, God has etched Signs in the Moon, long ago. A story? Yes. And just now He is revealing those Signs. Just now He is telling that story. Listen to what Scripture says…

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God promised that His covenant with David (who represented Christ) “shall be established for ever as the Moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.” Psalm 89

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy: 1st Face: The Night Watchman”

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TOMORROW:

“April 19th (Robin Hood Christianity!)”

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