Today’s Devotional – January 8th (Was Blind, But Now I See!)

By admin On January 7th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – January 8th

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Was Blind, But Now I See!

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“Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!

That saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found!

Was blind, but now I see!”

Amazing Grace

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John Newton, born in 1725, received some Christian instruction from his mother.

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And yet, he followed his father into the ship trade. Eventually he began working on a slave ship, while still a young man.

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But during a terrible storm, he remembered his Christian mother’s instruction, and prayed for deliverance. From that time forward, Newton’s Heavenward pilgrimage began…

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Listen to Wikipedia’s account of Newton’s conversion…

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“During his 1748 voyage to England after his rescue, Newton had a spiritual conversion. The ship encountered a severe storm off the coast of Donegal, Ireland and almost sank. Newton awoke in the middle of the night and, as the ship filled with water, called out to God. The cargo shifted and stopped up the hole, and the ship drifted to safety. Newton marked this experience as the beginning of his conversion to evangelical Christianity.”

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And so, Newton became a Christian, and finally left that slave-trading ship, and ultimately began to crusade against the hideous practice of carrying slaves to England.

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And just a few days prior to his death, Newton lived just long enough to finally witness slave-trading abolished in England, his home country!

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John-Newton-courtesy-wikipedia-public-domain

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AMAZING GRACE!

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But Newton was not just a gifted minister of God!

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And he was given the gift of music composition! And during his ministry, he wrote lyrics to a number of hymns.

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And one hymn which came from his pen was the song, Amazing Grace!

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Yes, that great hymn by that slave-ship-captain-turned-minister-of-Christ, Amazing Grace, has had countless converts singing those infamous words, “…Was blind, but now I see!”, for over two centuries now!

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Amazing Grace – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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NEWTON NOT THE ONLY BLIND ONE!

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Now, the great exclamation mark on John Newton’s life-story was that he came from being a merchant of human misery, but was ultimately given spiritual eyes to see Jesus!

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Once he was blind, but now John Newton could finally see!

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But even though most of us are appalled at that horrible practice of slave-trading, nevertheless we live in a world which has blinded our spiritual eyes! 

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Listen… “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2nd Corinthians 4:3, 4

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The fact is, the “god of this world” has blinded the minds of men. Yes, Satan has filled us with the spirit of Anti-Christ. And even though we would never dream of being such a merchant of human misery, as was Newton.

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And yet we are every bit as blind as Newton was!

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THE BOOK OF JOEL

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But God, in His great mercy, has given His Son to die in our place, so that we who were once blind, but now can see the wonderful God and Savior, which gives us the gift of everlasting life!Joel the Prophet www.wikipaintings.com public domain

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Now the reason for bringing all this into today’s devotional, is to relate all this to the Signs which are now being revealed in the Sun, Moon, and Stars!

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The prophet Joel foretells in his fiery little book… “The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?” Joel 2:10, 11

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Joel the Prophet – www.wikipaintings.com – Public Domain

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A DOUBLE FULFILLMENT!

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Now that Book of Joel has been given especially for us, “upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1stwinter four constellations Corinthians 10:11.

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And God reveals in Joel, that “the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:”

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But though this passage speaks of the spiritual condition of the lost ones, it nevertheless explains that the Signs which God is just now revealing, cannot be seen by many!

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Oh yes, there are many who would love to see these heavenly signs, but cannot!

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They are simply blinded from seeing these incredible signs!

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Early Winter in the east – Orion, Revelation 12 Woman (AKA Ursa Major) – Revelation 12 Dragon (AKA Hyades, Pleiades, etc.) – Goodly Horse in Battle with Rider (Camelopardelis, Perseus, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, etc…) – www.signsofheaven.org – Not for profit use!

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SIGNS GIVEN TO BE WAY-MARKS

.All Roads Lead to Rome, Except One!

But the fact is, there are many who cannot see these, for the simple reason that they do not have the desire to understand the spiritual truths connected with these heavenly way-marks!

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The big problem is, that God does not give signs, merely to scratch our itching ears! These signs are given as sign-posts, to guide us safely up the Heavenward pathway, shining their light upon our trail!

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But there are many who want to see a sign, for the mere sake of seeing some miracle of nature! 

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Something spectacular!

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As if these signs are some 5-minute YouTube video, designed to make us tingle for a few minutes!

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ENLIGHTEN OUR PATHWAY

The Strait Gate is the Narrow Way and the broad way is the Wide Gate

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But the Good News is, that God has given these signs and their accompanying messages, in hopes that all will turn and cry out for eyes to see, and a heart to understand those messages!

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And so, dear soul for whom Christ died, please begin reading this wonderful message! And simply look for these signs in the heavens, as sign-posts given by God, to guide us safely into the Narrow Gate of Heaven!

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And so, let each of us say, along with the Psalmist…

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“Open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law.” Psalm 119:18

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And as this website proclaims, God’s Law is indeed written in the heavens!

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ABOVE PICTURE – The Narrow Gate & Wide Gate – Late winter – www.signsofheaven.org- you may use with credit

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Open Thou mine eyes, that I may see these heaven signs, but also the truths that they point to…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation” or you can also read… February 24th (The Valley of Dry Bones!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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ORION THE JUDGE

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“Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe… Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Decision.” Joel 3:13, 14

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The above passage from that fiery prophecy of Joel, and speaks of the Judgment of God in terms of a wheat harvest. And now Signs Of Heaven is revealing the most amazing of all constellations: Orion. One great reason that Orion is so amazing is that the Constellation Orion can be seen in five different ways:

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1. Orion the Archer.

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2. Orion the Reaper.

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.Orion Constellation and Dragon Constellation

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3. Orion the Soldier.

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4. The Cross of Orion.

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5. Orion, the Good Shepherd

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ORION THE REAPER

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Orion the Reaper is the office of Christ which will be dealt with in this article. And if the Reader has read the introduction article called Orion the Reaper, then it is understood that these first four offices of Orion seem to correspond to the four horsemen of Revelation Ch. 6. And of the first four Orion’s, this Reaper corresponds best to the 3rd Horseman in Revelation Ch. 6; the Horseman that depicts “Judgment”.

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Orion the Reaper is not only encrypted in Revelation Ch. 6, but more directly spoken of in Revelation Ch. 14… “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.” Rev. 14:14. So this constellation is connected to Revelation in a number of ways.

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For a more in-depth discussion of this subject, just click here… “The Orion Phenomena”

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Orion Phenomena” 

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TOMORROW:

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