Today’s Devotional – September 12th (Narrow Gate Stars (2 articles))

By admin On August 18th, 2014

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Today’s Devotional – September 11th

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ARTICLE 1

The Narrow Gate Stars

(2nd article at the bottom of this page)

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The Strait Gate is the Narrow Way and the broad way is the Wide Gate

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“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Matthew 7:13-14 

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THE NARROW WAY: THE PILGRIM’S PATHWAY

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That world-shaking allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, picked up the theme of the Narrow Gate. The hero of the story was Christian, a man who was warned to flee from the City of Destruction (the world), and to embark on a journey to the Heavenly City. And along the way, Christian encountered many adventures and dangers. This first-of-its-kind allegorical book absolutely rocked the western world, and became perhaps the first million seller book (along with the Bible).

http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Pilgrim%27s_Progress_2.JPG

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But God has also given this same Narrow Way parable in the night heavens! Incredible? Yes, incredible…and amazing too! 

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John Bunyan – Wikipedia – Public Domain

Pilgrim’s Progress Enters The Wicket Gate-Wikipedia public domain

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THE NARROW WAY OR THE BROAD WAY

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“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13, 14

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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Remember when Jesus urged us to enter into the Narrow Gate, in Matthew 7:13, 14?

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Well, this site reveals an incredible constellation group, which tells the Gospel Love Story. And just before this story ends its yearly cycle, it presents a climactic finale, in which the Revelation 12 Woman swerves toward the Narrow Gate Stars

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For further reading on this subject, please read…

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“Woman of Revelation 12  & The Narrow Way Stars”

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“Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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The above sketch is of the Revelation 12 Fleeing Woman.

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ORION’S GATE (THE NARROW GATE)

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There is another, remarkable aspect to the Orion Phenomena, which has to do with Orion the Reaper. This is best seen when the winter Bible Constellations are in the west. if one stands, facing west, when Orion, the Dragon and the Glorious Horse are beginning to sink into the western horizon, that there are two bright stars in Orion’s sickle. And there are two bright stars in the Dragon’s wave of water coming out of his mouth. And the two bright stars in Orion’s sickle is about half the width apart as the two bright stars in the Dragon’s wave of water. What makes this so dramatic is that the Revelation 12 Woman looks as if she is veering towards Orion’s two bright stars.

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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And so, it now appears that this scenario is a picture of that well-known passage that Jesus spoke, concerning the Narrow Gate & the Wide Gate “Enter ye in at the strait (or  ‘narrow’) gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait (narrow) is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  Matthew 7:13, 14

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Now when this constellation group is still in the east, it is not so evident that this Woman is heading for Orion’s sickle. But when they are in the west it now becomes very evident that she is veering toward the Narrow Gate. So this makes a wonderful finale to this Gospel Story written in the sky.

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CASTOR & POLLUX & THE MYSTERY SHIP OF THE BIBLE

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Backhuysen_Storm.jpg“And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.” Acts 28:11 

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Now if this is not remarkable enough already, there is one more incredible phenomenon attached to this. The two bright stars in Orion’s sickle happen to be Castor & Pollux of Gemini fame.

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Now what’s so remarkable about this you ask?

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Well, in order to understand this, one needs only turn to the Book of Acts, Chapters 27, and 28. There it is told, the story of two ships. In Chapter 27, it speaks of the first ship that was supposed to take Paul to Rome to be tried before Caesar. In essence, this was Paul’s Judgment Day. But the ship didn’t make it to Rome. It became destroyed on an island and had to be abandoned. So everyone on the ship had to make it to shore. Then after three months, they all got on a ship from Alexandria, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. From there they were all delivered safely to Rome, where Paul was eventually tried and executed.

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From all the Biblical language in this story, and because all the stories in Scripture are metaphorical in nature, we must conclude that this story is a prophecy concerning the Church. Matthew Henry, that most notable and highly popular  theologian likewise saw the first ship as representing the Church.

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So the question is, if the first ship represented the Church, then just what did the second ship represent? Well isn’t it interesting that the second ship had the sign of Castor and Pollux? And isn’t it interesting that those two stars, Castor and Pollux, represent the Narrow Gate in Orion’s reaper’s sickle?  

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Backhuysen – Storm – Wikipedia – Public Dom.

Paul Shipwrecked – Acts 27:41-44 – www.lavistachurchofchrist.org – Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, We have done wickedly, by seeking a divided service between Thee and this selfish world! Deliver us from this horrible judgment and purify us, beginning today…

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

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CASTOR AND POLLUX = THE NARROW WAY

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“And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.” Acts 28:11 

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LOCATING THIS GROUP…

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These two sketches below are the same picture, one with stars only, the other with embellishments. These stars appear more or less like this when they are in the western sky, just before they sink below the western horizon (please excuse the less-than 100% accurate sketch). At the top of the sketches in the center is the Big Dipper. But with other surrounding stars, the Big Dipper is known as Ursa Major or the Great Bear. But as this website points out, Ursa Major is actually the Revelation 12 Woman. (Ursa Major appears much larger in the sky than this sketch shows. But in order to fit her into this drawing, the artist had to depict her much smaller) 

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Revelation 12 Woman swerving toward Narrow Gate – late winter – signsofheaven.org

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IN THE WEST 

Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter, and even into June at the beginning of night. It is seen best when it is the western part of the sky. Orion, the Dragon, and the Glorious Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon. And at this point it is apparent that the Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation is veering toward the Narrow Gate Stars as you can see just to the left of the mountain. A dark night is best for seeing this. It begins with the Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation going towards these two doors. The doors are each composed of two bright stars. The two bright stars that comprise the Narrow Gate are the two brightest stars of the Orion the Reaper’s sickle. The two stars that comprise the Wide Gate Stars (to the right of the mountain) are the two brightest stars of the Wave of Water (AKA Auriga Constellation) that comes out of the Dragon Constellation’s mouth (for explanation of “Wave of Water”, just click here). The stars that make up the Narrow Gate are about one-third less the width of the Wide Gate. The two bright stars which symbolize the Wide Gate are Capella and Menkalinan. These are the brightest two stars of the Auriga Constellation(For more information on Orion’s sickle, just click here, “Orion The Reaper”. )

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Editor’s note: These sketches on this page are merely sketches. The stars are not in their exact place. But they are close enough to find them in the night sky.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture” 

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ARTICLE 2

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Narrow Gate Stars, Part 2

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FIRST SHIP REPRESENTS CHURCHES

Moon into Blood www.signsofheaven.org

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It seems as if God is trying to get a message to us right now, in a day when a great portion of the churches and congregations have become apostate.

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It seems as if God is now giving us the message that the first ship must be abandoned, and the second ship is what we must now sail into the Judgment Day which is now just over the horizon.

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THE DAY OF THE LORD

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpgIn other words, in a day in which we are so immersed in materialism and vain and worldly aspirations, that this heavenly sign is beckoning God’s people to cast our earthly idols to…well…let’s just let Scripture speak for itself… “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.” Isaiah 2:20, 21.

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Notice this verse is connected with Judgment Day, a day in which God will arise to shake terribly the earth. 

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Picture – Lot Escapes Sodom – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

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GREAT PARADIGM SHIFTS

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2004-tsunami.jpg

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This world is now rapidly changing; natural and man-made catastrophes have been ever-increasing.

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World-wide paradigm shifts are happening so fast, swifter than we ever deemed possible; shifts of a nature which no one would have believed possible just a few short years ago. Once trusted secular institutions, are now promoting deviant behavior. 

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Many many churches are now so apostate that Christians are hard pressed to find a congregation which still clings to the Bible as the standard for conduct.  

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2004 Tsunami – Wikimedia

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“HIDE…TILL…INDIGNATION BE OVERPAST”

Isaiah 26:20

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“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 26:20, 21 

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But the greatest reason for this Narrow Gate Phenomenon is to tell God’s people, that this Narrow Gate is only wide enough to allow the character and image of Christ to enter.

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

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THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

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And the churches of today are allowing such a low-grade of piety to be substituted for the holiness of Christ, that God’s people must make a choice: come out of the Babylon of confusion found in today’s churches, and enter into the Narrow Gate, or, as Scripture plainly warns… “And I heard another Voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4.

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God’s people must now enter into what Scripture calls “The time of Jacob’s trouble”. Listen… “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 30:7.   

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Jacob – Wikimedia-US – Public-Domain

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GOD’S PEOPLE WILL SHINE AS THE SUN

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Orion Logo Signs Of Heaven

The Lord has no intention of “Rapturing” a world-loving Church out of the world we so dearly love! We must overcome the world. The main message in Revelation, to the 7 churches is that of overcoming. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” Revelation 2:11.

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Yes, Salvation is by grace alone. But those who are truly Born Again will go on in their Christian warfare to victory. Those who are mere pretenders will remain in their sins. The Day of the Lord will make clear as noonday, just who it is “that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.” Malachi 3:18.

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“TO SHAKE TERRIBLY THE EARTH!”

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And so the Signs Of Heaven are now appearing. It is just now time for each true worshiper of God to “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.” Isaiah 2:20, 21.

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The “clefts of the ragged rocks” in which we are to hide ourselves, are found between the pages of the Bible. 

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Orion is a truly remarkable heavenly metaphor. And only the fundamental concepts of this sign of the “Son of man” have been touched on.

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DOOR IS STILL OPEN!

gospel ship

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Yes, here is the Good News of Salvation! This is the door of escape which now stands wide open for any man, woman, or child who is tired of living in the midst of this angry and hateful world, which seems to be growing angrier and more hateful each and every day! 

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But the Gospel ship doors will soon close forevermore! Thus, there should be no delay to get on-board this Heaven-bound vessel! And the place of embarkment is within your very own soul! Yes, this Gospel ship is coming by to get you! But please do not refuse! Just come aboard. Our ticket required is the Gospel of Salvation! And our passport is a mustard-seed of faith!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Bring me out of my Laodicean lukewarmness! Show me the Way of true Salvation! Take away all the vain pursuits out of my life, and make me into a single-minded follower of Jesus…

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READ MORE…

Today’s Devotional – December 30th (How Narrow Is The Narrow Gate?)

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THE END

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