Daily Devotional, Year 3 – June 5 (The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Part 4: “Ye Shall Have Tribulation Ten Days!”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – June 5

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ, Part 4: “Ye Shall Have Tribulation Ten Days!”

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“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:

behold, the Devil shall cast some of you into prison,

that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days:

be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

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 2:10, 11

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In this above verse, is one of the prophecies found in the various seven letters to the seven churches of Asia, recorded in the first few chapters of the Book of Revelation.

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It speaks of a period of tribulation which the saints of the Church of Smyrna were to endure for a period of ten days.

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES = THE CHURCH

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Now, many, or perhaps, most theologians rightly interpret these seven letters as actually concerning the churches throughout the past 2,000 years.

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Yes, those seven churches represent all God’s people throughout the past 2,000 year history of the Church.

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In other words, theologians understand that those seven churches were an allegorical representation of the entire era of the Church.

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REVELATION: ALLEGORICALLY UNDERSTOOD

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But what most theologians neglect to emphasize is the allegorical nature of the contents of those letters. 

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For instance, when Christ tells that church that some of them will have tribulation for 10 days, all we need do is to look at the bloody history of the Church to realize that God’s people suffered much longer than 10 literal days! Yes, during those bloody centuries of persecution, God’s people often suffered for years! In dark, dank prison cells. In merciless torture chambers. Finding refuge in caves and mountain strongholds.

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These were just a few of the types of persecution which a Christian had to endure, sometimes for years!

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So why then, did Jesus only say “ten days”? Why did he not rather say, “Ye shall have persecution for some period of time”?

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7 LETTERS, THE KEY THAT UNLOCKS NEXT 19 CHAPTERS

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Well, one reason why Jesus only said, “ten days” is to help us to understand that the Book of Revelation is a book of allegorical symbolism.

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And these seven letters to the seven churches are the foundation of the Book of Revelation. In other words, those seven letters help us to understand just how the other 19 chapters are to be understood.

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And so, as one reads that prophetic book (hopefully, with “an ear to hear” truth), that truth-seeking Bible student will understand that Revelation must be deciphered allegorically in order to be properly understood.

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Now just why did Jesus say, “ten days”? Why didn’t He say, “eleven days” or “twelve days”?

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

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Well, if the Bible student searches the Scriptures, it is not long until he or she realizes that the number, “ten” is very significant in several ways.

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First of all, the number “ten” is most closely aligned with the ten commandments. And so, it is most probable that Jesus was using the phrase, “ten days” to signify the nature of that tribulation: the Law of God.

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And the Book of Revelation substantiates this idea in the following verse…”Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Revelation 14:12

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And while the entire Bible is the Law of God, yet, the Ten Commandments symbolize the entire Bible.

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“TEN” SYMBOLIZES FULLNESS OF JUDGMENT

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In other words, the number, “ten” symbolizes the completeness of God’s judgment, as revealed in His Law. And for this reason, the Devil will get permission to put some of God’s people of trial, just as he did to Job.

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In this way, God allows such trials to strengthen His people, to perfect His people, and to cause their faith to increase.

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After all, the Bible is replete with passages which confirm this concept, such as 2nd Corinthians 12:9, 10, in which Paul says, “And He (God) said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: FOR MY STRENGTH IS MADE PERFECT IN WEAKNESS. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

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In other words, God allows tribulation and testing for the spiritual growth and strengthening of His saints. This is one big reason for allowing this coming time of trouble for the end-time Church. 

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OTHER REASONS FOR THE NUMBER, “TEN”

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Well, the number, “ten” has other spiritual significance, such as symbolizing the Church.

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But for brevity’s sake, these other Bible truths will not now be discussed.

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BIBLE IS THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING REVELATION

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But the big point that none should overlook is this: the Book of Revelation is a book filled with symbols. And those who are spiritual, and not carnally-minded must compare spiritual things with spiritual, to rightly interpret that Book.

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In other words, the Bible student must use the other 65 books of the Bible to properly find the true allegorical meaning of Revelation.

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MUCH STUDY REQUIRED

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For instance, Revelation 13 reveals that the 1st Beast has power to continue for “forty-twohttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_100326-N-4774B-066_Chaplain_Lt._Jason_Gregory_reads_bible_verses_on_the_weather_deck_aboard_the_guided-missile_cruiser_USS_Bunker_Hill_(CG_52).jpg months”.

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And so, instead of merely seeing this as a literal 42 months, the Bible student needs to compare scripture with scripture, to find out the true allegorical meaning of the number, “forty-two”.

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THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST

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And, the other numbers of Revelation also have spiritual significance.

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And by properly deciphering the many symbols found throughout the Book of Revelation, it will be discovered that Revelation reveals Jesus Christ, and His Gospel of Salvation! Yes, all those allegorical symbols found in Revelation, are really symbols concerning various aspects of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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That is why the opening verse of Revelation says the words…“The Revelation of Jesus Christ”. This title tells exactly what Revelation is all about: Jesus!

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HISTORY BOOKS & NEWSPAPERS

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But unfortunately, most theologians and Bible teachers merely attempt to interpret Revelation by use of history books and newspapers, thus falling into a deep ditch, theologically speaking!

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And this is why there are so many different ideas concerning what Revelation is all about. For instance, one theologian claims that locusts represent black helicopters. Another says they represent Muslims riding horses. Still another claims that locusts represent germ warfare.

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COME OUT OF BABYLON

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All this confusion is just one more reason that God has concluded the church-world to be Babylon, the City of Confusion!

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But the day has come for God’s faithful remnant to, “Come out of her, My people!” Yes, the call is now going out for each and every true worshiper of God to make the end-time exodus out of the City of Confusion.

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SPIRITUAL BREAD & WATERS SUPPLIED

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The very Good News is, that God can indeed spread a table in the wilderness. And upon every high mountain of our refuge, God’s people will find an abundance of heavenly Manna, and rivers and streams of living waters, in the day when the towers (the churches) fall. (see Isaiah 30:25)

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And yes, in the coming months, many of us may be required to suffer tribulation ten days. But if we are faithful, even unto death, God promises to give to us, “a crown of (everlasting) life!” (see James 1:12 & Revelation 2:10)

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“Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer:

behold, the Devil shall cast some of you into prison,

that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days:

be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

Revelation 2:10

 

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, help me to fully understand these things…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Television & The Image That Speaks, or you can also read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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FLOOD-WATERS OF SATAN CONSTELLATION

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman…And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads…And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Revelation 12:1, 3, 15 

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7 HEADS, 10 HORNS, & 7 CROWNS OF THE DRAGON

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“And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” Rev. 12:3 

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In Revelation, the Dragon of Revelation 12 is described as having seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. However, the Dragon Constellation up in the night sky does not. But God has faithfully created the wave of water, in such a way, as to illustrate this same concept of the seven heads, ten horns, and seven crowns. Because this wave of water is basically composed of ten stars. The main body of the wave has seven stars (#‘s, 1 thru 7). And the tip of the crest of the wave has the other three stars (#’s, 8, 9 & 10). So we have this 7 and 10 numbering. And this gives us a great clue, as to where in the Bible we should look, to find out the riddle as to just what or who do these 7 heads, 10 crowns, and 7 horns represent. Because, the Bible speaks very much about floods and waters as being associated with Satan (the Dragon).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology””

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TOMORROW…

June 6 (Taking Back This Nation For God! Part 8: “Careful What You Wish For!”)

 

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