Today’s Devotional – September 9th (Eternal Torment? Part 2: Proper Weights)

By admin On August 15th, 2014

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – September 9th

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Eternal Torment? Part 2: Proper Weights

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Have you ever been on a jury? Well, if you have, then perhaps you have discovered how convincing it is, to hear just one side of the case. In other words, when you only hear one side of the story, it almost seems like an open-and-shut case, doesn’t it?

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But then comes the hour when the defense begins their presentation! Then comes the moment when there begins to be a balance struck! Yes, just like this photo with Lady Justice holding her scales, representing the weight of evidence from both sides, tipping the scales one way or the other.

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Lady justice jury – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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SOME DEEPER TRUTHS NOT SO CLEAR

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Well, God has written much of the Bible in the very same way! Oh no, the truths concerning the basic plan of Salvation are clear enough, so that none nehttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8f/Optic_stub.svg/200px-Optic_stub.svg.pnged stumble.

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But other truths, such as the exact nature of Hell have not been made so clear. And God has purposely done this. Yes, God has given some passages which seem to support this church-doctrine called “Eternal Torment”. And yet many other passages seem to support the doctrine which the Bible often refers to as “sleep”.

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And so, in order to properly understand the true nature of Hell, a serious Bible student must examine all the related passages, and attempt to “rightly divide the Word of Truth”.

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YESTERDAY’S DEVOTIONAL: BORN AGAIN

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“That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:6, 7

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In yesterday’s devotional (click here), it was discussed about the three-step process to discovering the truth https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Brassey_Hole_Nicodemus.jpgconcerning the nature of Hell. And the very first step in discovering the deeper truths of the Bible is to make sure that one is not still living in the flesh. You see, unless one is truly “Born Again”, he or she cannot know the deeper truths of the Bible.

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Listen… “But the natural (carnal) man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1st Corinthians 2:14

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And so, yesterday’s devotional (click here) focused on how to plead for God to save us, and deliver us from our old sinful nature. Of course, we all realize this is a work of grace. And yet the Bible commands us to do these things!

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Henry Ossawa Tanner – Jesus and Nicodemus – Wikimedia – US public domain

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“LOVE OF THE TRUTH”

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Now the second step in discovering hidden Bible truth is to have a love for truth, which causes that truth-seeker to desire, above all things, the truth!

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But love for truth is a gift of God, and does not occur naturally.

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Listen… “And then shall that Wicked be revealed…Even him, whose coming…And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2nd Thessalonians 2:8-12

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As this above passage reveals, all those who still love this present world, will be deluded when they attempt to understand the Bible!

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And so, we must accomplish the first step, before we can accomplish this second step! And what is the second step?

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SEEMINGLY OPPOSING VERSES

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The second step is to realize that this question regarding the nature of Hell is chttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgomplicated, because God has given many seemingly opposing scriptures about the nature of Hell. And it is only when we are willing to let go of our cherished traditional understanding, and begin to explore all these different passages in the Bible, that we now begin to see the truth!

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But of course, when you attend a Bible study on the nature of Hell, you will mostly notice an overwhelming bias in what is being taught. In other words, the teacher is more desirous to convince his pupils of his own church interpretation, than he is with laying out all sides of the issue on the table, and allow his students to see all the relevant passages.

So here is the crux of the problem! Do Bible teachers love their cherished church traditions more than they love truth? Well, one thing is for sure: and as already revealed in this devotional, the love of truth is the gift of God.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – public domain

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A DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD!

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Listen again… “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2nd Thessalonians 2:11, 12

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You see, God has written the Bible in such a way that it is a double-edged sword. That is, it reveals the thoughts and intents of the heart. This double-edged sword divides the truth-seeking true Believers from the mere false brethren.

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Sad to say, all those who love their church doctrines more than they love the naked truth, will be led astray by the very book they claim has led them to truth! And so, the Bible is written as that double-edged sword: and it will divide! Yes, it will divide!

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MAN-MADE JARGON

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But those who have received the love of the truth will draw back and realize that Beware of dogma - Wikimedia - Public Domain it’s not nearly so important to cling to their cherished beliefs as it is to face the truth! And sometimes, the truth is not so easily discerned! And sometimes, the truth is found by merely allowing some things to remain a mystery.

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But one thing a truth-seeker will never do, is to allow any non-biblical jargon to come in and confuse the issue. And this is what the carnally-minded are prone to do! In other words, those who are yet in the flesh will quite often introduce non-biblical jargon into their teachings, and repeat them so often that the vast throng of church-goers begin to accept that non-biblical jargon as on par with Scripture! This is what has been called “tipping the scales”!

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FALSE BALANCE

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And in this case, the term “Eternal Torment” is not a biblical term, but merely a man-contrived name for their interpretation. And by so-doing, they now give a false balance to their teaching.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Scale_of_justice_2.svg

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Listen… “A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is His delight.” Proverbs 11:1

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This above proverb reveals a great truth, which all of us teachers should tremble at! We must never put our finger on the scale, so to speak, in attempt to weigh heavier in our direction! And by adding our own man-contrived names to our teachings, whether we realize it or not, we have added to God’s Word and have produced a false balance.

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If only we would simply give the verses on both sides of the issue and let the chips fall where they may!

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Scale of justice by Wikimedia & user – Public Domain

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KEEP DOCTRINE PURE

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“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure…” Philippians 4:8

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And so, this second step in discovering the true nature of Hell, can be concisely said to be the gathering of all related Bible passages, and rejecting all non-biblical terminology which gives a false balance to the scales of truth!

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Listen… “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” Deuteronomy 4:2

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE… Today’s Devotional – September 10th (Eternal Torment? Part 3: Meekness)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a love for truth. Take away my personal prejudices and keep me from all bias when interpreting doctrine…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Planet of Rest: Doctrine of Eternal Torment” or you can also read… “Mark of the Beast–”They Have No Rest, Day Nor Night””

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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WOMAN FLEEING TO NARROW GATE

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LOCATION

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foursome late winter 8/29/11

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This most amazing phenomenon is seen throughout the winter. Although it can be observed most of the winter, it is seen best when it is the western part of the sky, at winter’s end (The end of winter being the final scene of this heavenly Gospel story). Orion , the Dragon, and the Glorious White Horse are beginning to descend into the western horizon (sketch to right is Winter Constellations descending into western horizon. This can actually be seen as early as December, in the pre-dawn hours).

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And at this point it is apparent that the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation is veering toward the two bright stars, known as Castor and Pollux (sketch to left). But the Wide Gate Stars are composed of the two brightest stars of the Auriga Constellation, known as the star, Capella, and the star, Menkalinan. The two stars, Castor and Pollux, make up the concept of the Orion’s Narrow Gate Stars.

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This can even be observed into June in the western sky (for a short time just after dark). While a dark night is best for seeing the Woman Constellation, the 4 stars which comprise the Narrow Gate/Wide Gate Stars can be seen even under mediocre conditions. It begins with the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation (AKA Ursa Major) going towards these two doors.

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The sketch to left shows, the two 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 are the two brightest stars of the wave of water 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 half the width of the Wide Gate (see sketch below left).

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Revelation 12 Woman chooses Narrow Way

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(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. However, they are close enough to find them in the night sky. But as with most stars, it takes persistence to finally locate them.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)”

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TOMORROW:

“September 10th (Eternal Torment? Part 3: Meekness)”

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