Today’s Devotional – October 3rd (The Revelation of Jesus, Part 1, Seeing Jesus in Prophecy)

By admin On September 2nd, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – October 3rd

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The Revelation of Jesus, Part 1, “Seeing Jesus in Prophecy”

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A radio Bible teacher was recounting a conversation which he had many years earlier with an elder pastor, who offered some sage advice.

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And at some point in the conversation, the elder pastor remarked… “I can fill up my church, by preaching on Bible prophecy, but I can empty the same church by preaching on the Book of Romans!” 

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And then, the elder pastor concluded his complaint by saying… “One thing you’re going to find out in your pastor-ship is, that most parishioners are more interested in Anti-Christ, than they are interested in Christ!”

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ABOVE PICTURE: The False Prophet – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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ITCHING-EAR-DRIVEN GOSPELS

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Another person said basically the same thing, but in a slightly different manner… “Far too many people who would travel over land and sea, to attend a Revelation seminar, wouldn’t even walk across the street to study about Jesus!”

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Yes, the sad truth is, that we current-day Christians mostly have itching ears, and long to have them scratched by spending our time hearing things which, at best, bring little profit to the soul!

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The modern media has conditioned us to love things which are exciting and titillating. And this has greatly dwarfed our ability to sit at the feet of Jesus, and hear His words of life!

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“The full soul loathes an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.” Proverbs 27:7

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And isn’t this above proverb so true! When our lives are filled up with so many “other things”, it’s so hard to enjoy things which are plain by comparison! 

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TBN – Orlando Crucifixion – Wikipedia – Share-Alike License

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IT’S A VANITY-FAIR WORLD!

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And so, the Enemy of Souls works around the clock, attempting to distract us, by any possible means! And that is one great reason why we are surrounded by this “cornucopia world”, filled with so many attractions! So many seemingly nice people to be with! So many hobbies to enjoy! So many places to go, things to do, so many responsibilities and career choices, so many arts and sciences, and dramas and games and appointments, and everything that he can possibly use, in attempt to fill up our lives and divert us from the true work at hand!

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New York Times Square – terabass – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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“FOR A DREAM COMETH THROUGH THE MULTITUDE OF BUSINESS”

Ecclesiastes 5:3 

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But even within the Christian culture, Satan is hard at work to divert Christians! Yes, Satan doesn’t care if we get overwhelmed in some humanitarian project! Just as long as we don’t devote ourselves in hiding Christ’s Words in our heart!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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And so, he works with tireless effort to divert the Christian into less profitable alternative endeavors. Endless music listening, endless Bible prophecy, endless Creation/evolution/health studies, humanitarian projects, and a host of other busy-ness. Anything to keep the Christian from being fully engaged in overcoming the world & flesh!

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Yes, the one thing that Satan fears more than just about anything else, is to see a Christian searching the Bible in hopes of overcoming the world & self!

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Listen… “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.” Revelation 21:7. So it says here that those who are truly saved, God will bring to victory over self!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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HUMANITARIANISM

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And the sad fact is, that those Christians who are yet in bondage to the flesh, find it difficult to study, pray or contemplate on God’s Word!http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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And so, quite often, as we engage in some humanitarian ministry, we rationalize by saying… “God has excused me from Bible study and contemplation, and instead has given me this humanitarian ministry. After all, isn’t this humanitarian effort, just what Christianity is all about?”

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And so, we self-deceived ones continue on, neglecting our true work of crucifying the Old Man, and putting on the New Man, which after God, is re-created in righteousness and true holiness!

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Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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SEARCHING WORLD EVENTS INSTEAD OF BIBLE

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But let’s get back to the subject of Bible prophecy. Satan likewise gets Christians all caught up in a http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A_U.S._Army_UH-60_Black_Hawk_helicopter_and_a_CH-47F_Chinook_helicopter,_both_with_Bravo_Company,_3rd_Battalion,_25th_Aviation_Regiment,_25th_Combat_Aviation_Brigade,_prepare_to_conduct_rappel_operations_with_130618-A-UG106-454.jpgcounterfeit brand of Bible prophecy, which is designed to keep the Christian focused on world events!

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And so, instead of searching the Bible, the Christian now looks out there in the world, trying to see something which resembles certain Bible prophecies. Or perhaps that Christian searches through volumes of history books, trying to find some portion of world history, which seems to fulfill the Bible’s prophecies.

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And so now, when he (or she) reads about locusts in Revelation 9, the search begins to find some war-machine, microscopic virus, or black helicopter which resembles a locust. But the truth is, the Bible student only needs to search the Bible and the Bible only, to discover what locusts represent!

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black helicopters – Wikimedia – US Army – Public Domain

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REVELATION ABOUT JESUS!

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And the fact is, if one studies the Book of Revelation, by searching only the Bible, it will be http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgdiscovered that those prophecies of Revelation are really about the heart, and our relationship with Christ!

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Yes, Revelation is written in veiled, allegorical language, to reveal Jesus Christ, and His Gospel!

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But Satan has been orchestrating many world events, in hopes of deceiving Christians into interpreting Bible prophecy by what they read in the daily newspapers! But that’s not how we are to interpret Bible prophecy!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Holy Bible – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Lic.

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THE APOSTLE, JOHN

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The big question that each of us must ask ourselves is this: “Just what is my goal, in being a Christian?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Cano_-_San_Juan.jpgAnd how can I focus on that goal?”

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It was the goal of the Apostle John, to become totally Christlike! And even though he had the unique privilege of receiving the Revelation of Jesus Christ, chances are, he was not given the interpretation of much of that Revelation!

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But when reading his letters and Gospel, it becomes apparent that John only wanted his life’s focus to be upon Jesus his Lord! The love of Jesus! The purity of Jesus. The patience, the temperance, the faith, the meekness of Jesus! And when we read his writings, it soon becomes apparent that John obtained his goal! Yes, his writings reveal that John had so merged with his Lord, that by all accounts, he became totally Christlike!

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John The Apostle by Alonzo Cano 1635-1637-wikipedia-public domain

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THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

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Oh yes, the entire Bible is prophetic! But it is prophetic as it reveals Christ and how he deals with sin and sinners!

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But far too many Bible prophecy seminars seem to divorce themselves from Christ and His Gospel! They don’t understand that the locusts, and scorpions, and horses, and swords and heads and crowns and fire, smoke and brimstone, and all the many other symbols found in Revelation, are all revealed by searching the Bible and the Bible only.

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And by carefully and prayerfully searching out all the types and symbols, one discovers that they are just what the name of that Book reveals: The Revelation of Jesus Christ!

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Jesus – by J. Tissot – Brooklyn Museum – US Public Domain

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To read part 2, go here….October 4th (The Revelation of Jesus, Part 2: Perfect Peace!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Open my eyes to rightly understand this very personal message which is found in all 22 chapters of Revelation. Help me to search the Scriptures for all related passages which give spiritual insight into that unsealed book…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Dragon, The Beast & His Image & His Mark” or you can also read… January 24th (The True Message of Revelation!)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“ARCTURUS AND HIS SONS”

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So what does this verse, “there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel”, have to do with us today? After all, this prophecy of Balaam (left) was fulfilled in the coming of the long-awaited Messiah, Jesus Christ!

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Well, if a person will go out at night, starting in January, and continuing through the warmer months, they might locate the star, Arcturus. This star was spoken of in Job… “Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?” Job 38:32. This star is the host star for this Signs Of Heaven website. And the star, Arcturus, also seems to fulfill the previous verse as well…“…there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel….” Numbers 24:17.

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As earlier stated, this passage seems to find a double fulfillment, not only concerning Jesus, but also, as we look into the heavens. This star just happens to lead an entourage of constellations, which span the spring, summer, fall and winter skies, telling the beautiful, wonderful Gospel story. This is the only known place in all the Earth and heavens in which God has created a pictorial account of the Gospel. And no, this has nothing to do with the Zodiac.

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But this revelation showcases the biggest and brightest constellations in the heavens, revealing an entirely different interpretation of those constellations from that of the ancient Babylonian and other pagan culture interpretations.

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations with Two Turtledoves (Sagittarius) & Flower of the Field (aka: Scorpio) & The 12-Star Crown (aka: Corona Borealis) & The Cross-Scepter (aka: Ophiochus & Serpens) & Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) & Arcturus Star – 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:

“October 4th (The Revelation of Jesus, Part 2: Perfect Peace!)”

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Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.com – Public Domain

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