Today’s Devotional – July 13th (Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Part 1: Alone With God)

By admin On July 11th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – July 13th

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Time of Jacob’s Trouble, Part 1: “Alone With God!”

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If you want to teach a bird to sing a special song, you would not want to put the bird in a place with many distractions. With others present, the bird will learn a little snatch from this one or a trill from that one.

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But when the Master desires to teach that bird one very special song, He places a covering over the cage. And in the darkness and aloneness, the bird can learn the Master’s song without distraction.

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And then, day after day, the bird tries and tries to learn that song. But the day finally comes in which the bird at long last, learns that song! And once the bird learns the Master’s song, it will never be forgotten! but will joyfully sing that song forevermore, for all the world to hear!

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Rose ringed Parakeet – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

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WORK NOT FINISHED!

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God’s people have been congregating together for nearly 2,000 years. But if one shttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel.jpgtudies the history of the Church, it is discovered that the Church has not fulfilled her divine commission, as of yet.

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But there is a day soon coming, which is spoken of as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”.

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Listen… “Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:6, 7

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Now the language used in the above passage speaks of a man who is in travail as a woman! But then it goes on to say that this day will be like no other day! And then it goes on further to call that day, “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”. And then it concludes that Jacob “shall be saved out of it”!

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Jacob Wrestling with the Angel – Wikipedia – public domain

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THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

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“Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel.jpgwith his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:6, 7

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So what in the world could this passage be speaking of? Such strange language! Such an impossible idea! Men in travail!?! Jacob being saved out of it!?!

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After all, at the time that Jeremiah wrote this, Jacob had been dead for centuries! And of course, men don’t suffer labor pains!

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And so, the whole verse just seems ridiculous!

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Jacobs Ladder to Heaven wikipedia pub.dom.

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GIVING BIRTH TO CHRIST!

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“Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:6, 7

woman of Revelation 12 In Travail-www.signsofheaven.org

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Well, of course, this passage must be understood allegorically! To say it concisely, this passage is speaking of God’s people during the time of great affliction just before us. At this time, God is going to bring His people through a fiery trial, in which His Church will finally give birth to Christ.

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Listen to the words of the Apostle, Paul… “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” Galatians 4:19

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And so Paul is comparing, not only his own experience as travailing in birth, but also to the Church of Galatia as Paul was waiting for that church to form Christ within them!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Woman of Revelation 12 In Travail – www.signsofheaven.org

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WE’VE GIVEN BIRTH TO WIND!

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But the sad fact is, the Church of God, instead of giving birth to Christ, has had a mis-carriage!

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Listen to this passage from Isaiah… “Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in Thy sight, O LORD. We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:17, 18

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So Isaiah is giving us a very bad report here! He is telling us that we have failed to bring forth Christ within us. But He is also telling us that we have failed to have “wrought any deliverance in the earth, neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen”. In other words, we have failed to show Christ to the world, which would have caused the world to fall down and confess that Christ was indeed a powerful God, and the Church was indeed filled with that awesome power of Christ within!

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The Prophet Isaiah (Bible Card from 1904) – Wikipedia – public domain

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HIDE THYSELF IN THY CHAMBERS!

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Fortunately, God is a God of happy endings! And while the Church has been preoccupied with many worldly endeavors, God is going to have victory yet!

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Listen to Isaiah, as he continues on… “…We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind…Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:18, 20, 21

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This passage from Isaiah, Chapter 26, reveals the answer to our great dilemma! You see, just after condemning us for not fulfilling our great commission, God continues in this above passage, to command us to go hide for a moment, until God finishes punishing the world during the Day of Judgment.

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And so, what in the world is God prophesying to us to hide for? Well listen again… “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” Zephaniah 2:3.

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So this last verse from Zephaniah explains how we are to be hidden: by seeking meekness and righteousness. Yes, only those who are willing to receive the fulness of Christ’s death & resurrection will be hidden in that Day!

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Hide Thyself in thy Chambers- inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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CASTING AWAY OUR IDOLS!

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But here is another passage from this same Book of Isaiah, which sheds even more light on this concept… Listen… “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Isaiah 2:20-22

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.Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14 (Not a star-chart, but only a concept picture)

Now of course, this above passage is speaking in earthly language, yet presenting a very heavenly concept. The “clefts of the ragged rocks” is actually speaking of Jesus, the Rock. And it is by immersing ourselves in His Word, and in constant prayer, that we might hide ourselves in Him.

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Listen… “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5

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So now this verse from Psalms is a great big piece of the puzzle, because it ties all these allegories together. Yes, it not only speaks of the Time of Trouble, but also of hiding ourselves in God and of God setting us on a Rock. (“for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” 1st Corinthians 10:4)

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Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14 (Not a star-chart, but only a concept picture) .

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“CEASE YE FROM MAN!”

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But notice that after Isaiah counsels us to cast away our idols, and to flee to the clefts of the ragged rocks, it makes this following statement… “when He ariseth to shake the terrible the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?” Isaiah 2:21, 22

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So what does this mean? What does it mean to “cease ye from Man”? Why are we to cease from Mankind?

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Well, listen to this next verse… “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” Jeremiah 17:5-7

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So Jeremiah is warning us not to place any trust in Mankind’s ways to solve our problems. But he counsels us that, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” Yes, only those who discard Man’s ways of doing things, and begin to trust in God’s ways, will be hidden in that day!

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Sigmund Freud LIFE wikipedia US public domain

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TO BE CONTINUED IN TOMORROW’S DEVOTIONAL

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TODAY’S PRAYER… 

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“Dear Lord, Let me not put my trust in Man. But help my faith in Thee to grow and flourish…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?” or you can also read… January 2 (Cease Ye From Man!)

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THE END

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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LOCATING THIS CROWN…

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This constellation begins to appear in late December (just before dawn), but is best seen, mid-sky when this group of constellations can be seen when facing west. In March-April, very late in the pre-dawn hours, this Summer Constellation group begins to be seen when facing west, and continues to be seen in the west until fall. The Crown follows almost directly behind that great star, Arcturus, as you can see in the sketch to the left. Repeat: it is somewhat easier to study the 12 stars of this constellation when it is in western half of night-sky (when you have to see it as you face westward). So when these Summer Constellations are in the western half of the sky, simply follow the handle of the Big Dipper till you locate Arcturus. Then the Crown is following Arcturus. You will only see the wreath-like 7 stars plus 1 star (in middle) until you get away from all city lights. Then you can make out the other 5 stars, which makes it appear like a full crown.

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COMBINATION OF BOTH

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CORONA BOREALIS & BOOTES

.Wikipedia Star-Chart - Corona Borealis

This constellation is a combination of both Corona Borealis plus several stars from the Bootes Constellation. The stars, Alkalyroos-Bootis and the Delta-Bootis Star are both combined with the other stars from the Corona Borealis community, to make this 12-star (plus 13th star in middle).

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Wikipedia Star-Chart – Corona Borealis

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The 12-Star Crown Constellation of Revelation 12” 

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TOMORROW:

” July 14th (Jacob’s Trouble: Alone With God, Part 2)”

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

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