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

By admin On August 18th, 2014

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Narrow Gate Stars, Part 2

Continued from yesterday…click here to read

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“And falling into a place where two seas met,

they ran the ship aground;

and the forepart stuck fast,

and remained unmoveable,

but the hinder part was broken

with the violence of the waves…

And so it came to pass,

that they (Paul and the other passengers)

escaped all safe to land…

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“…And after three months

we departed in a ship of Alexandria…

whose sign was Castor and Pollux.”

Acts, 27:41, 44 & 28:11

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FIRST SHIP REPRESENTS CHURCHES

Moon into Blood www.signsofheaven.org

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The above abbreviated verses from Acts, 27 & 28, tell of the Apostle, Paul’s journey to Rome to be tried by Caesar. 

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These two chapters describe the breaking up of the first ship in a terrible storm, followed by the boarding and safe journey of the second ship to Rome.

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Now, for those who understand the spiritual, allegorical nature of the Bible, these two chapters present a spiritual account and overview of the entire Church-age in which God’s people have been sailing toward our own Judgment Day, using Paul and the other 216 passengers as a symbolic portrait of God’s people. (read the article, “Castor and Pollux and the Mystery Ship of Scripture”, get a fuller understanding of this Bible allegory…click here to read).

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Moon into Blood www.signsofheaven.orgAnd so it came to pass, that they (Paul and the other passengers) escaped (from the 1st ship) all safe to land…And after three months we departed in a (2nd) ship of Alexandria…whose sign was Castor and Pollux.”

Acts, 27:41, 44 & 28:11

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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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“But…there arose…a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon…the next day……they lightened the ship, and cast out the wheat into the sea…and commanded that they which could swim should cast themselves first into the sea, and get to land…And…they escaped all safe to land.” Acts 27:14, 28:38, 44 (abbreviated for brevity) 

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Yes, it seems as if God is now giving us the message that the first ship (the established churches and denominations) 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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In 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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GREAT PARADIGM SHIFTS

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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!

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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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gospel shipNow, yesterday’s and today’s devotionals have given a whole lot of difficult information to absorb.

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But the Reader is highly encouraged to read the eye-opening article, “Castor and Pollux and the Mystery Ship of Scripture”, to gain a fuller understanding of the things presented.

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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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