Today’s Devotional – January 24th (The True Message of Revelation!)

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Today’s Devotional – January 24th

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The True Message of Revelation!

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2,000 Years ago, Jesus gave to the apostle, John, a revelation, while John was on the island-prison called the Isle of Patmos.

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And the name which God gave this message is The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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And indeed, it is a revelation of Jesus, and how He works with His people, in overcoming the world and the god of this world, the Devil.

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So let’s look at a few notable verses out of Revelation, which may give us the key to understanding that marvelous message.

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7 CHURCHES: US!

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Now in the Book of Revelation is found the messages to the 7 churches of Asia. 

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And in those messages are found two common threads, which occur in each message. In each letter, is found the following two messages…

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1. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;

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2. To him that overcometh…” Revelation 2 & 3

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These two proclamations are found in each of the 7 letters.

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“HE (or she) THAT HAS AN EAR TO HEAR”

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Now the first, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”, is a phrase which is found elsewhere in Scripture…

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Listen…“Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.” Ezekiel 12:2.

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So Ezekiel is telling God’s people that because of their rebelliousness, that they no longer can hear God’s Word. And in Deuteronomy is found the reason why many could not hear.

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Listen… “Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.” Deuter. 29:4.

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Yes, their own rebellious hearts caused the Holy Spirit to be eventually withdrawn from God’s people.

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So upon reading the messages to the 7 Churches, it now becomes apparent that just like the apostate Old Testament portion of the Church, so too, many in the New Testament portion of the Church have the very same problem. They do not have ears to hear God’s Word.

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Oh yes, they can read the words. But they do not understand that these messages spiritually apply to each of us, as individuals.

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But as with so much of the Bible, Revelation is written in veiled, allegorical language.

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SPIRITUAL EARS REQUIRED TO UNDERSTAND ALLEGORIES

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For instance, many will read of Jezebel in Revelation Ch. 2:20 , in the message to Thyatira, but do not discern that it is speaking of the apostate portion of the Church.

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Listen to Paul… “For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all….So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.” Galatians 4:25, 26, 31. Here, God is comparing this Egyptian adulteress, Hagar, to the apostate portion of God’s Church.

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So by comparing spiritual things with spiritual, it is soon discovered that whenever the Bible refers to the “adulterous woman”, it is really speaking of God’s apostate people.

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Well, this is just one example of the many allegories found in Revelation, which requires spiritual ears to hear what God is wanting us to hear.

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“TO HIM THAT OVERCOMES”

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Now the second reoccurring phrase, “To him that overcometh…”, is found 7 times in these messages.

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And this message also requires “an ear to hear”. This is because, the vast majority of those who read Revelation do not realize that it is a message about overcoming the world, and overcoming the “god of this world”, the Devil.

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Now these 7 messages to the 7 churches of Asia, set the tone for the entire Book of Revelation.

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It’s all about overcoming.

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NEWSPAPERS & HISTORY BOOKS

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But the problem is, that instead of studying the Bible, in hopes of unlocking the allegories, manyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Newspaper_vendor.jpg simply study history books, or newspapers in hopes of deciphering the hidden messages found in Revelation.

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But as with the rest of Scripture, Paul said concerning Revelation… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” 2nd Tim. 3:16.

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Yes, the verses of Revelation also contain a spiritual message for God’s people. And the verses of all 22 chapters reveal Jesus and His Gospel, and how it applies to the individual Christian.

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And Revelation is an unsealed Book. It is very easy to discern what the various allegories mean, merely by comparing spiritual things with spiritual, as one searches similar passages found elsewhere in Scripture.

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Oh yes, this takes much effort. It takes a good King James Bible, and good concordance.

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But most important, it takes the indwelling of God’s Spirit, to interpret these deeper truths.

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HISTORICISTS & FUTURISTS PARTLY CORRECT

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Now it must be inserted here, that Revelation does seem to align with the history of the Church. (“Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;” Revelation 1:19)

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As this verse points out, not only is there a personal message of Revelation, but also a foretelling of things to come: a revelation of history-future. Yes, God’s people have battled Antichrist over the past two millenniums.

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And, the book of Revelation has been a great comfort to those through the Dark Ages, who have been persecuted by the apostate churches.

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But also, there is coming a grand finale, called Judgment Day, The Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Day of the Lord, etc…

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So those who were tagged as being Historicists, and those who called themselves Futurists, were both correct, to some degree, in their interpretations.

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INCORRECT BIBLE INTERPRETATION

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But those “Futurists” who think they can merely search newspapers for some new black helicopter that is shaped like a locust, or read about some sinister individual http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_U.S._Army_UH-60_Black_Hawk_helicopter_and_a_CH-47F_Chinook_helicopter,_both_with_Bravo_Company,_3rd_Battalion,_25th_Aviation_Regiment,_25th_Combat_Aviation_Brigade,_prepare_to_conduct_rappel_operations_with_130618-A-UG106-454.jpgbusinessman/religious Antichrist-figure as the correct interpretation of Revelation, need to look no further than in the Bible!

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The Bible is its own interpreter, and no one needs to look outside the Bible for the correct interpretation of the coming time of trouble.

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If the reader will scroll a little way down, to read the 4 articles listed in the “READ MORE” section, one can gain a very good understanding of how to get the victory over the Beast, his image and mark.)

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GREAT COMMISSION: OVERCOMING THE WORLD!

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But if one will simply compare scripture with Scripture, making this his or her life-work, then that Bible student will immediately begin to unlock the true meaning of Revelation.

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And all who do this, humbly anhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgd prayerfully, may find that the Book of Revelation is really a revelation of Jesus, and how He works in yours and in my life: to help us fully engage in the work of overcoming the world, and of overcoming “the god of this world”, that great Dragon, Satan!

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And this is why God ends the Book of Revelation by saying (among other things), “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” Rev. 21:7

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Yes, this is the true great purpose of Revelation: to overcome the world, being transformed into the image of Christ! And if you are one of the fortunate ones, who still has an ear to hear, we can begin to unlock the true spiritual message of Revelation. And hopefully, we will work with all our heart to overcome the world.

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This is the greatest commission given to every true worshipper of God!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Open my eyes to rightly understand this very personal message which is found in all 22 chapters of Revelation. Help me to search the Scriptures for all related passages which give spiritual insight into that unsealed book…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Dragon, The Beast & His Image & His Mark” or you can also read… “Mark of the Beast & Seal of God”, or you can also read… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: ‘Atheism & Psychology'”, and you can also read… “‘Vanity Fair’ & The False Prophet”

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“ARCTURUS AND HIS SONS”

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So what does this verse, “there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel”, have to do with us today? After all, this prophecy of Balaam (left) was fulfilled in the coming of the long-awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ!

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Well, if a person will go out at night, starting in January, and continuing through the warmer months, they might locate the star, Arcturus. This star was spoken of in Job… “Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” Job 38:32. This star is the host star for this Signs Of Heaven website. And the star, Arcturus, also seems to fulfill the previous verse as well…“…there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel….” Numbers 24:17.

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As earlier stated, this passage seems to find a double fulfillment, not only concerning Jesus, but also, as we look into the heavens. This star just happens to lead an entourage of constellations, which span the spring, summer, fall and winter skies, telling the beautiful, wonderful Gospel story. This is the only known place in all the Earth and heavens in which God has created a pictorial account of the Gospel. And no, this has nothing to do with the Zodiac.

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But this revelation showcases the biggest and brightest constellations in the heavens, revealing an entirely different interpretation of those constellations from that of the ancient Babylonian and other pagan culture interpretations.

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations with Two Turtledoves (Sagittarius) & Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) – www.theheavensdeclare.net

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ARCTURUS (THE STAR THAT WISE MEN FOLLOW)

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TOMORROW:

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January 25th (Nature’s Four Witnesses)

 

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