Today’s Devotional – March 23rd (1st Beast of Revelation 13)

By admin On March 23rd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – March 23rd

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1st Beast of Revelation 13

Today’s devotional is an excerpt from the Signs of Heaven article… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1”

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A QUICK LOOK AT HISTORY

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Now in order to rightly understand just what is the 1st Beast of Revelation 13, it is necessary to understand a little about history.

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This is because Satan wasted no time after Christ’s ascension, in waging war against God’s Church.

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SATAN WASTED NO TIME!

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Listen… “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only He who now lets will let, until He be taken out of the way. 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 2:7, 8.

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This passage reveals that Satan (the “mystery of iniquity”) wasted no time infiltrating the Church, right after Christ’s ascension.

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So let’s take a very short look at the history of the Church, and see just how this “mystery of iniquity” has been working through history.

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And maybe this will reveal that “Wicked” which is spoken of in the above passage, whom the Lord “shall destroy by the brightness of His Coming”…

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Diverse torture instruments – Wikipedia – GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2

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THE 1st BEAST RISES

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“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.” Revelation 13:1

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Now after Christ’s ascension, persecution against Christians began.

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The Roman government as well as the unbelieving Jews both began to make life difficult and sometimes even bloody for Christians.

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But around 320 A.D., the emperor of Rome, Constantine (painting, left), had a change of heart, and began to embrace Christianity.

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Constantine’s conversion by Rubens wikipedia US public domain

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PEACE BROUGHT MANY COMPROMISES

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And while peace is nice, this embracing of Christianity by the Romans had its deleterious effects, ihttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpgn the form of worldly compromises.

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False doctrines and pagan celebrations were gradually introduced into the Church, causing the Church to eventually grow corrupt, ultimately becoming desolate of God’s Spirit.

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Rules and ceremonies replaced a faith-filled communion with God.

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Hence, the apostate European churches, using the civil governments as their “enforcers”, became the Mystery Babylon Harlot riding the Beast (picture, right), as spoken of in Revelation Chapters 17 and 18.

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

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“FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS”

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And as those early centuries progressed, the apostate European churches eventually became the persecutors of Christians.

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And so began a long tribulation in which the apostate churches of Europe made life difficult, and sometimes even bloody for God’s people.

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At first, many Christians simply kept quiet about their love for the Bible.

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But as the centuries passed, many Christians had to flee to the European Alps, and begin life anew in the safety of those mountain strongholds.

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ABOVE PICTURE: WALDENSES HUNTED BY THE ARMIES OF ROME courtesy gutenberg.org public domain

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REFORMATION FINALLY BEGINS

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And then, in the 1300’s, began the great Christian Reformation.

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God raised up men like Wycliffe, Huss, Jerome, Tyndale, Luther, and many more, who would fearlessly stand up to the priests and prelates of the apostate Church.

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Of course, Satan, the ruler of those apostate churches, likewise began his retaliatory attacks against the Reformation; and this went on for centuries.

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Oh yes, at various times there was peace for the Christians. God mercifully allowed them such intervals of rest.

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But after some time, the blood of martyrs once again was spilled.

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And also, the Bible was a much hated book by the apostate churches, and copies were burned, and that Book of books was outlawed.

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Satan was relentless in his attempt to obliterate the Bible out of existence!

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Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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BIBLE WAS THAT SWORD

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This Protestant reformation continued on, combating these religious and civil authorities, who were torturing, imprisoning, banishing and even killing God’s people, off and on through the Dark Ages.

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But when the prophetic time-clock ran out, this first Beast finally received the deadly wound by God’s glittering sword, the Bible. “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” Isaiah 27:1.

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Yes, God’s glittering sword, the Bible, finally delivered a deadly wound to the Dragon, i.e., Satan, in the “sea of nations”.

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Avvakum burned 1682 by artist Myasoyedov 1897-Wiki Pub-Dom

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THE PRINTING PRESS

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You see, when the printing press was invented, an underground movement began to publish and distribute as many Bibles as possible.

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Soon, many printing presses were producing Bibles in mass numbers.

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At this point, the apostate European churches could no longer suppress God’s Word: the Word they attempted to obliterate from existence was at last going out into all of Europe, delivering this 1st Beast, his deadly wound, by a sword (God’s Word).

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For those who have a thirst for reading, the following book is recommended… The History of Protestantism by James Wylie.

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Another much shorter history might be found in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.

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Caxton Showing the First Specimen of His Printing to King Edward IV at the Almonry, Westminster – Wikipedia – US public domain.

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PART 2 CONTINUED TOMORROW… “March 24th (2nd Beast of Revelation 13)”

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to study my Bible, not relying on others to tell me what the Bible says. But help me to know from my own personal study, just what the Bible says and doesn’t say…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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REVELATION 12 DRAGON

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REVELATION 12 DRAGON IS NOT DRACO!

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First, let it be stated, that this Dragon Constellation is not the same constellation commonly referred to as “Draco” (photo to right is Draco, AKA Ursa Minor).

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This Revelation 12 Dragon from Signs Of Heaven, has not been previously recognized. But you will discover that it is a very intricate and complex constellation, once you are comfortable locating it.

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Draco, Ursa Minor Wikipedia share-alike license

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THE DRAGON OF REVELATION 12 CONSTELLATION. The star-charts below are from Wikipedia and are combined into one chart to show these three constellations, which the editor has sketched over with these three constellations, as they appear when in the west. Hopefully, this will be an assist in locating these constellations in the night-sky.

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LOCATION…

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The Revelation 12 Dragon Constellation can be located by finding Orion in winter months. The Dragon is to Orion’s left, and the Dragon’s mouth is right next to Orion’s shield. This Dragon’s mouth is the V-like constellation The Hyades Cluster, which is also known as the head of Taurus the Bull. The Dragon’s tail-tip is Pleiades and the lower shaft of his tail is partly of Aries and Pisces. Then with aid of a dark and starry night, you may begin to connect the mouth and the tail with a very long body in an oval shape. The front and back legs are made of a few stars: the front legs partially of stars from Taurus . The back legs and rear fin are made of 6 stars from the Cetus Constellation.

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BODY HARD TO SEE

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The long oval-shaped body has relatively few stars, but can been seen, howbeit with a dark, starry night. The four stars of the front fins are made partially of Taurus .

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READ MORE…

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

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TOMORROW:

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” March 24th (2nd Beast of Revelation 13)”

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