Today’s Devotional – June 27th (The War Nobody Prepared For! Part 4 “Where Do We Hide?”)

By admin On June 26th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – June 27th

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The War Nobody Prepared For! Part 4 “Where Do We Hide?”

To read Part 1, click here…June 24th (The War Nobody Prepared For!)

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“Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.”  Revelation 3:10

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The above words were spoken by the Lord, to the Apostle, John, as John faithfully recorded the messages to the seven churches of Asia, in the day when God gave the Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

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This particular promise was made to the church of Philadelphia, one of the two completely faithful churches.

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And even though the church of Smyrna was every bit as faithful as was Philadelphia, yet Smyrna was to see the martyrdom of some of its saints.

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But the church of Philadelphia would be kept “from the hour of temptation”, which was to come upon the whole world, “to try them that dwell upon the earth.”

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John on Patmos – Wikigallery – public domain.

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BIBLE DOESN’T SPEAK OF 3RD COMING

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And so, because modern-day theologians concluded that being kept “from the hour of temptation” required a physical removing of the Church from the earth, then there must be two separate Second-Comings of the Lord, one prior to the Great Day of the Lord.

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But the fact is, the Bible never says that there will be two separate Second Comings, nor does it speak of a third Coming.

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Listen… “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.” Hebrews 9:28

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Here it says that Christ will appear a second time, but never a third time!

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Rapture by Jan Luke – Wikipedia – Public domain

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HOW WILL CHURCH BE KEPT FROM THAT HOUR?

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As a matter of fact, the Bible nowhere specifically says anything about the Church being literally removed from the earth, prior to the Great and Terrible Day of God.

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So then, just where or how will the church be kept from the hour of temptation, which is coming upon the whole world?

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After all, Jesus said… “I pray not that Thou (His Father) should take them (His Followers) out of the world, but that Thou should keep them from the evil.” John 17:15.

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“HIDE THYSELF TIL THE INDIGNATION BE OVERPAST”

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A prudent man foresees the evil, and hides himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.” Prov. 27:12

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So, let’s explore a little deeper, just where we ought to be in that Great Day of God Almighty. This above proverb gives us a big clue, as to just where God’s people need to be, prior to the soon-coming storm. 

Hide Thyself - inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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Yes, the wise are preparing themselves for the great tribulation! The foolish “are at ease in Zion”! 

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Listen to this… “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…” Isa 26:20, 21. 

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So now we see that we are to hide ourselves in our “chambers”. And we are to stay in our chambers till the indignation be over-past, when “the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth”. 

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ABOVE  PHOTO: Hide Thyself – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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“THOU ART MY HIDING PLACE”

Psalm 32:7 & 119:114

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Now is God speaking of literal chambers? Here again, is a perfect example just how often God speaks metaphorically.

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The obvious answer is, of course not! Well, maybe we are to hide in our spiritual storm-shelter!

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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 we are getting closer to the place of our refuge in the time of trouble before us.

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ABOVE  PHOTO: Hide Thyself – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

 

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“THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU”

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The chambers which the Lord is speaking of here, are best illustrated by the following passage… “Through wisdom is an house built; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall THE CHAMBERS be filled with all precious and pleasant riches. A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increases strength. For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.” Pro 24:4-6.  

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This verse above pinpoints just where are the chambers that we are to hide ourselves. We are to flee to the chambers of our sanctified heart. This is where God is, if we are a true worshipper. “The kingdom of God comes not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20, 21.

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So God’s kingdom is within the hearts of His true worshippers!

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THE MOST HOLY PLACE IN THE HEART

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“What? know ye not that YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOSTwhich is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1st Corinthians 6:19, 20

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As this above passage states, God’s people are the Temple of the Lord. But God wants us to have the heart and mind of Jesus. And the Most Holy Place, containing the Ark, which contained the Law, was a picture of God’s heart, wherein was His Law (that is, His Word).

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Listen… “yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:8. This messianic Psalm are the very words of Jesus.

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The Most Holy Place in the Old Testament Temple was a picture of, not only the heart of God, but also it was a picture of the heart of Man, who is the Temple of God.

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After all, we have been chosen to be priests unto God, just as it is written… “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness…And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. ” Revelation 1:5, 6.

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And so, as kings and priests, we do not have a literal throne to sit on; nor do we have a literal temple to carry on our priestly duties. But because we are the temple of the Lord, we must carry out our priestly duties within our hearts!

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“SEEKING THINGS ABOVE”

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“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;” Colossians 3:1-5

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But if we are the spiritual temple of God, just how does this relate to the temple in Heaven?

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Well, as this passage reveals, our life is to be hid with Christ in the heavenlies. So in a sense, the Rapture theorists were correct. Yes, the Church will be taken out of the earth spiritually, but not physically during the final crisis! Oh yes, the Church will have mortified its members which are upon the earth. But spiritually speaking, the Church will be in the “Heavenly places in Christ”. And so, in that sense we will no longer be dwelling upon the earth!

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Listen again… “And (God) hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:6.

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MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB

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So, does God ever refer to this in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ?

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Listen again… And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God…Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come…And he saith unto me,Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the  marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19:1, 7, 9

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Most theologians assume this above passage is speaking of the time after the earth is no more. But this passage is speaking of the time just before us, when God’s Elect finally get ourselves ready for the Lord. The wedding supper is available to us now!

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Yes, the wedding Supper of the Lamb is available to all who wholeheartedly devote themselves to their Bibles. This is the true feast of God’s people: it is the bread from Heaven! It is the fruit of the Spirit! It is the meat of the Word! It is the choicest of wine! It is the milk of the Word. It is that which is, “sweeter than honey”! 

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Five Wise Virgins – Matt 25 – www.thebiblerevival.com – public domain

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PLAGUES FALLING ALL AROUND

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And even though our feet will be standing on this sin-cursed earth; and even though God’s plagues are falling all around us, we have this promise…

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Listen… “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;” Psalm 91:7-9.

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Here is where we must be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger. And though we see God’s seven last plagues falling all around us, they will not come near us. Because in heart, we will be sitting with Christ in the Heavenly Places of His Heavenly Temple: us!

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Judgment Day – People fleeing – Book of Revelation – Wikimedia – Creative Commons – Distant Shores Media/Sweet Publishing – Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to more fully understand this truth about my being God’s Sanctuary. Give me a desire to study God’s Word to see if these things are so…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place” or you can also read… January 28th (A Living Sanctuary)

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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LOCATING ARCTURUS…

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An easy way to find Arcturus is to follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, in the spring through fall (these are the months in which Arcturus is visible). 

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SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS: (Sketch to right: constellations span the heavens (Ark in south, 7 Stars in north), and travel from east to west through the night.

This sketch is of the Summer Constellations as they appear when in the western half of the night sky. The box-like constellation is the The Ark of the Covenant (AKA Sagittarius) is in the south. To the right is both the Flower of the Field Constellation (AKA Scorpius) and the The Cross/Scepter Constellations. Further to the north is the Crown of Revelation Twelve (AKA  Corona Borealis Constellation) and the star, Arcturus. Farthest to the north is the 7 Stars Constellation (AKA The Big Dipper )

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations – w/Ark & 7 Stars – 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:

“June 28th (The Lost Keys of Heaven!)”

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

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