Today’s Devotional – May 4th (Mark of the Beast & Seal of God)

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Today’s Devotional – May 4th

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Mark of the Beast & Seal of God

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There is no shortage in today’s Christian community, of ideas about just what is this “mark” which Revelation 13 speaks of.

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Yes, the Bible says… “And he (the 2nd Beast) causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the (1st) beast, or the number of his name…Six hundred threescore and six.” Revelation 13: 16-18

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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BELIEVER OR MAKE-BELIEVER?

 

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Some say it is a literal mark on one’s forehead or right hand.

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Others say it is some world-wide computer, that keeps track of everyone’s business and doings.

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Still others believe it has to do with the day of one’s worship.

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Still others say it is a type of bar-code which will be placed on the forehead.

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And yet, still others say it will be a micro-chip embedded in one’s hand, or forehead.

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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A MUCH DEEPER ISSUE INVOLVED

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But there is a deeper issue to all this.

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And that issue is this: just what is it that distinguishes ahttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8f/Optic_stub.svg/200px-Optic_stub.svg.png “true worshipper of God”, from the “false brethren”?

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This is the great question which needs to be understood!

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After all, God is not going to alter His everlasting covenant!

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No, God’s Word has spelled out all that is required for Salvation.

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And these principles are not negotiable, nor changeable.

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So let’s take a few moments to quickly lay out the difference between a Believer, and, as one preacher says, a “make-believer”.

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Magnifying Glass – svg – Wikimedia Commons Share-alike License

 

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WHO SITS ON THRONE OF THE HEART?

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Now if one goes to the core of the issue, Salvation is a matter of the heart!

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Merely going to church each week, or paying tithes, or serving in a church office does not save anybody!

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Jesus plainly says… “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:7, 8.

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So Jesus lays out here, a basic principle: true Salvation has to do with the thoughts of the heart.

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Yes, it is in a person’s forehead, that the thoughts occur.

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This is the location of the heart.

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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THOUGHTS OF THE HEART!

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Next, Mark of the beast - pub. dom. - WikipediaJesus revealed to His disciples, just why the Pharisees, which were outwardly righteous, were actually inwardly wicked!

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Listen… “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Matthew 15:19, 20.

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Yes, the Pharisees were outwardly very moral and very neat and clean and organized.

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But in heart, they were filled with the attributes of Satan!

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And Jesus plainly stated here in this above passage, that it is the evil thoughts of the heart that defile a person.

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Jesus Speaking to Sadducees Pharisees – by James Tissot – www.catholicresources.org – US public domain

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PURIFY YOUR HEARTS YE DOUBLE-MINDED!

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Mark of the beast - pub. dom. - Wikipedia

Now, on the other hand, the Bible is filled with many passages that reveal that the Christian must put away all evil in the heart.

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Listen to the words of James… “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8.

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So in this above verse, James reveals where the wickedness is: in the hands and in the heart and mind. And as he says, we Christians must cleanse our hands of all wickedness, and purify our hearts and minds of all divided allegiance! (Here is a veiled reference to the Mark of the Beast, which is in the right hand or in the forehead!)

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In other words, there is no room in God’s kingdom for those who profess to love God, while at the same time serve the gods of this world!

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And it is with the hands and with the mind that we serve other gods!

 

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THE DAY SHALL DECLARE!

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And the Bible reveals mark on forheadthat at the end, it will be made manifest, just who worships God, and who worships Satan, as he comes through this beast power.

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Listen… “and all the world wondered after the beast. Anhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgd they worshipped the dragon (Satan) which gave power unto the beast:” Revelation 13:3, 4.

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Yes, as this passage indicates, to worship the beast, is to worship the dragon, Satan!

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And so, it is imperative that every man, woman, and child, who makes a profession of loving God, begins to do the work of purifying the heart, and eliminating all selfishness which manifests itself in the works of our hands.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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ALL THINGS POSSIBLE WITH GOD!

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“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2nd Corinthians 10:5, 6

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Now there are many Christians who have been taught that such an admonition as Paul makes here is impossible! 

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But listen again to Paul… “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20.

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Yes, as this verse reveals, God can do exceeding abundantly more in our hearts than anything we have asked for, or even believe is possible! And that statement, dear Christian, opens very big and very real possibilities, does it not?

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the desire to engage in the process of purifying my heart. Please give me the trials which will cause me to look up and keep my mind stayed upon Thee…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Mark of the Beast & Seal of God” or you can also read… “The Dragon, The Beast & His Image & His Mark”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THE DRAGON

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THIS 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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Wikipedia star-charts winter constellation in West

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

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