‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’

By admin On June 24th, 2011

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“I am crucified with Christ:

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nevertheless I live; yet not I,

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but Christ lives in me:

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and the life which I now live in the flesh

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I live by the faith of the Son of God,

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who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

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Galatians 2:20.

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7 STARS IMITATE THE CROSS OF ORION

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Peter let down his Lord by denying him thrice. But God allowed this to happen, knowing that Peter would repent, later to become one of the zealous Followers of Jesus. Probably many Christianhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caravaggio_-_Martirio_di_San_Pietro.jpgs have let their Lord down in a big way in the past. And like Peter, they too have repented, likewise to become even more ardent Followers of Jesus!

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The Church, in these last days, has been flooded with every device that Satan could possibly conjure up, to cast across our pathway, and lead God’s sheep astray. And though the Church has been greatly hindered, God is about to purify His sin-laden people, who will finally lift up the Cross of Christ with such power and glory, as this world has never before seen.

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And the Reader may just discover the way that he or she might also help lift that Cross up. And God has inscribed in the heavens, a picture of how the Church lifts up the Cross, as they imitate their Lord. So please read this very important article. And though it may take 30 minutes or so, it will be well worth the read.

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LOCATING THESE TWO CONSTELLATIONS

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 This phenomenon begins in late October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chartThis Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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“COME, TAKE UP THE CROSS

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AND FOLLOW ME”

Mark 10:21

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“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.” Psalm 67:5-7

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Jesus came to this Earth to give His life a ransom for many. But He also came to take up His Cross as the example of how we should also love one another. And when His ministry was finished, He returned to Heaven. But He left instructions for the human family. And He says to us all… “For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.” John 13:15.

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This concept is written in the heavens. God has placed the stars in such a way that tells this marvelous concept of lifting up the Cross of Christ: self-sacrificing love for Mankind. First, Orion, representing Christ, lifts up the Cross. Then, just a little later, the 7 Stars Constellation, representing God’s Church finally lifts up the Cross, seemingly in response to Orion’s prior example. These two constellations are the two brightest and most prominent constellations in the winter-night sky. And they represent the two greatest concepts of life: Christ and His Church. No, not a particular denomination. But God’s True Worshippers, wherever they may be interspersed amongst the inhabitants of the world.

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(The sketch to the above left is ‘Orion’ as it is seen, beginning in October in the pre-dawn hours, in mid-sky. The sketch to the above right is of the ‘7 Stars’ Constellation as it is seen through the first half of winter, as it imitates Orion. These above two sketches are both rough drafts of those two constellations, Orion as well as the 7 Stars. And while they are not completely accurate, they are close enough to the actual constellations, for website guests to hopefully be able to locate them in the night sky. ) 

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THE IMITATION OF CHRIST…

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“…how can we know the way (said Thomas)?  Jesus saith… I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.” John 14:5, 6  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:TissotRaisingCroos.JPG

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Jesus, in the above verse, is telling the world that the law found in the Bible, is fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and third  Eternal One of the Godhead. Jesus came, not only to give His life in payment for Mankind, but also to present His spotless life as an example of how we are to live.

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CROSS PROVIDED A PLACE IN HEAVEN

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“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” From this Old English translation, many mistakenly think that Jesus went back to Heaven to begin building giant homes, even colonial mansions. But Jesus was actually talking about going to the Cross to provide a place for us in Heaven.

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Listen… “And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.” Revelation 20:11

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And this verse can also be translated like this… “In My Father’s house is MUCH ROOM…I go to PROVIDE a place for you.” Jesus made this statement, just prior to going to the Cross. As yet, there was no place for lost humanity in Heaven. Sin had forever barred Mankind from entering the gates of Heaven.

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Listen… “And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.” Revelation 20:11

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Yes, all Heaven and all earth fled away from God! And there was no place for we who rebelled! But by dying in our place, Jesus provided a place in God’s vast universe for as many as might turn to Jesus for life-eternal. Thus the upward pathway, to the gates of Heaven was finally opened to anyone willing to follow Jesus unreservedly.

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“I AM THE WAY”…”HE THAT FOLLOWS ME

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SHALL NOT WALK IN DARKNESS”

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Jesus tells us that “I am the way”. Jesus calls each and every one of us to “come and follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men”.

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When a man, woman, or child gets this call, he or she then begins to embark upon a spiritual journey like none other in the world. It mattehttp://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_65895/Edward-Armitage/Christ-Calling-the-Apostles-James-and-John--1869rs not whether a Follower is strong or weak, or even confined to a hospital bed, or even a prison cell. Because following Jesus is accomplished in the heart (our mind). And just like those 12 Disciples, the Follower begins a sojourn, which leads on an upward pathway of experience and knowledge and love (and trials).  And so begins a process in which the Believer will diligently cooperate with God as He works in him, to help him discard his worldly “skin”, as he walks in the Highway of Holiness (see Isaiah 35:8). Jesus provided the Way, by His death and resurrection on the Cross. But aside from the Way of the Salvation, His life was also an example of the Way for all to follow…

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“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life.” John 8:12 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABrooklyn_Museum_-_Jesus_Discourses_with_His_Disciples_(J%C3%A9sus_s'entretient_avec_ses_disciples)_-_James_Tissot.jpg

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LAYING DOWN OUR LIVES… OK, so the above verse says we must follow Jesus. But how does a person follow Jesus?   “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake shall find it.” John 16:24, 25. So Jesus here tells us the way to follow Him: lifting up the Cross in our own life.

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Christ calling His Disciples by Edward Armitage 1869 courtesy wikigallery.com public domain

Jesus Discourses with His Disciples James Tissot by Brooklyn Museum by wikipedia public domain

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FOLLOW PAUL’S GODLY EXAMPLE…

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The Apostle Paul says it this way, as he wrote to encourage the early Church… “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am (a follower) of Christ…Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seenSt Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 & Philippians 4:9.

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So these two verses show that Paul’s life was an imitation of the life of Jesus. And it is not hard to see that Paul had completely devoted his life in whole-hearted servitude to Christ. And Paul says that Believers should follow Paul’s life in those areas in which he was Christ-like. Perhaps, the following statement by Paul could be considered his mantra for life… “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

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Of course, there were instances when Paul sinned, such as when he called the high priest “a white-washed wall” (Acts 23:3). And He is not saying anyone should follow him during those few times when he presented himself a bad example. But the greatest percentage of Paul’s converted life was such, as is worthy of our imitation.

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St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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THE TRUTH…

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JESUS IS THE END OF THE LAW… Jesus also says here that “I…am the truth”. Whatever we read in Scripture is seen best when contemplating Jesus. All the commandments begin to make real sense as we see just how our Savior lived out His life on Earth. The whole Bible points to Jesus… “Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.” John 5:39.  Many places in the Old as well as the New Testament, Jesus is found, as we see Him revealed in allegories, types and shadows. 

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 But in the above verse, Jesus is in no way downplaying the importance of Bible study. LiDisciples listen to Jesus-by James Tissot wikipedia public domainsten to what He says in the following verse…   “If ye continue in My Word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

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So we see from this above verse the importance of studying, contemplating, and walking by God’s Word. Because, if we persevere in God’s Word, we shall eventually overcome the world. Thus Jesus said “…if ye continue in My Word”. There are those who begin in God’s Word, but do not “continue” in God’s Word, for one reason or another. As the Follower of Jesus continues to grow in the Word, he or she imperceptibly becomes more and more changed into the image of Jesus (see 2nd Cor. 3:18). This is the essence of what it means to “continue” in Christ’s Word.

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The Exhortation to the Apostles 1886-94-by James Tissot wikipedia public domain

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THE LIFE OF JESUS…

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A ‘WALKING SYMPHONY’…

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The Old Testament portion of the Church did not see the beauty of the Law, as does the New Testament Church. After all, we now see Jesus, the fulfillment of the Law. Jesus hadn’t yet come in Old Testament times. So they only saw the Law as rules which must be obeyed.

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Think of it this way. The life of Jesus was like a beautiful symphony. Like the laws of thhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ancasta-LaViottiChamberOrchestraMozartKV136.ogve Bible, music also has many, many laws which must be followed for that music to make harmonious strains and beautiful sounds. But also like the Bible, music too, needs to be composed and performed with love… else it will sound rigid and cold. And like the laws of music, the laws of the Bible must also be fulfilled in love. 

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LOVE FUFILLS LAW… The Old Testament Jews failed, to a large degree, to keep the commandments from a heart actuated by love. Their life-style was rigid and cold as far as their attempt to keep the commandments. It became a mountain of heavy rules to follow. Consequently, they made, for the most part, a mockery of commandment keeping. They did not live by the following verse… “Love works no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Romans 13:10. 

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DIDN’T KNOW IT WAS YOU LORD… 

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Then along came Jesus. His loving and faithful parents raised the child, Jesus, in poverty and iSadducees Question Jesus by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com public domainn lowly home-schooling. The biblical training as well as the protection from wickedness which He no doubt received from them, prepared Him for the incredible ministry which awaited Him in the future.

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But when that ministry began, the people, for the most part, didn’t recognize His obedience. This was because His obedience was so vastly different from their way of following the Bible.

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His life was motivated from a heart of self-sacrificing love and charity towards a fallen world. Their hearts were mostly still imprisoned in selfishness and worldly desires. Jesus was graceful and pure in His obedience. He was like that beautiful symphony.

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The laws of  music are obeyed, but also blended perfectly by the music-master’s touch. So too, Jesus knew how to walk in obedience and yet blend the various laws together in such a way, that could only be accomplished by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit.

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Sadducees Question Jesus by Harold Copping www.wikigallery.com public domain

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“YEA, THY LAW IS IN MY HEART”…

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When a composer creates a new song, he doesn’t need to think about every single mushttp://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/objects/13438/Jesus_Speaks_Near_the_Treasury_J%C3%A9sus_parle_pr%C3%A8s_du_tr%C3%A9sorical law as he places each note and passage in order. No, the master-composer so well knows the musical laws that he instinctively incorporates those laws into his new composition. So also, Christ had hidden the law within His heart from the days of His childhood.

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And guided by the Spirit of Holiness, He walked in the beauty of holiness (see Psalms 29:2), as He led His disciples through the highways and byways of Israel. The life of Christ was as a beautiful symphony. The law flowed out naturally and harmoniously, and this was something the Jews (and the world) had never before seen.

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THE LIFE…

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CHRIST THE PATTERN FOR OUR LIVES…  

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Jesus says… “I am the life”. The life that we are to live has been shown to us, when Jesus came down to this lost world and Paul the Apostle-Artist-Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier- circa 1500swalked among us. Not only did He give us a chance for new life, when He atoned for our sins, by His sacrifice on the Cross; but He also gave Himself an example, that we should walk even as He walked.

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Listen… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

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Paul is telling us that he is crucified from his old, selfish ways. And now, Paul tells us that Jesus is living out His life through Paul. Jesus became Paul’s life… “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21. These are the words of Paul. And these should be the words of each of our own hearts as well. 

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“WE HAVE BROUGHT FORTH WIND”

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“We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:18

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And now that a few minutes has been devoted to seeing Christ as the Divine Role-Model for the Church, a few more minutes must be spent facing the stark reality of the 20th Century Church.

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The above verse from Isaiah presents a sad picture of the failure of God’s people, and how they failed in their commission to evangelize the world. Oh, it’s not that we didn’t try to evangelize the world. Much effort has been spent (perhaps mis-spent is a better word) trying to get out the good news. But the Bible declares that an apostate Church can expect nothing from the Lord. “For let not that mThe Strait Gate is the Narrow Way and the broad way is the Wide Gatean (a double-minded man) think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” James 1:7

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Satan has thus far waged a successful campaign to prevent God’s people from fulfilling their mission in the world. Satan, the “god of this world” has flooded this modern-day world with every type of distraction imaginable, in hopes of derailing the Church from fully engaging itself in the work of overcoming. Careers, sports, amusements, resorts, fashions, fads, television, radio, movies, intriguing novels, curious sciences, colorful magazines, super highway Internet, gregarious clubs, time-consuming hobbies, exotic travel, bigger houses, achers of lands, feverish romance, and on and on the list goes, of all the many distractions which the Devil has invented in order to enamor the hearts and win the affections of God’s people. And to a great extent, the Church has bought into Satan’s great lie and deception.

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The Revelation 12 Woman is fleeing, giving us a heavenly allegory of what God wants His people to do. This woman is fleeing to the Orion’s Gate, that is, to the Narrow Gate. This will be accomplished when God’s people finally understand their duty, and the frightful hour they are in.

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DOUBLE-MINDED CHURCH PRODUCES NOTHING

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“We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:18

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Now there are many from among the Lukewarm Church of the 20th Century, who, while realizing that they were still double-minded, yet were deluded into thinking that they were nevertheless under the blessing of God. And the great False Prophet, Satan, came with “all power, signs, and lying wonders” to “deceive, if possible, even the Elect” of God into believing that they could remain in such a semi-diseased condition, and still enjoy the blessings of God. But all the while, in reality, it was Satan who was the one showering on them, his own counterfeit signs and wonders.

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Jesus was yet standing outside, knocking on the door, desiring to come in and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Light_of_the_World_(painting)sup with them. But the Church was seeing signs and wonders, new souls brought into the Church, exciting music, charismatic evangelists, speaking in tongues, people slain-in-the-spirit; and yet it was a different spirit who had become the underlying power within the fallen church-world.

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Listen to Isaiah… “We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:18.

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This passage is not speaking merely of the Old Testament Church. This is speaking about the very time of the end, when God’s people are in the same worldly condition as was the Church in the days of Isaiah.

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“THEY…SHALL REAP THORNS”

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“They have sown wheat, but shall reap thorns: they have put themselves to pain, but shall not profit: and they shall be ashamed of your revenues because of the fierce anger of the LORD.” Jer. 12:13 

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And so, God’s people in the 20th Century were thinking that God was converting many into their ranks, but they were only filling up the apostate Church with more and more Anti-ChristEvangelist Preaching - Church - Audience hands - Wikimedia - Public Domains: false brethren, and the worldly-minded. As this above verse points out, God’s people thus-far, have produced nothing as far as conquering the world for Christ.

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Listen once again… “We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” 

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Is there anything in this passage which gives any hope that the Church was successful in the slightest degree in evangelizing the world? We have not given birth to Christ, but have brought forth as it were, wind. We have not wrought any deliverance in the Earth. Nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen. We have been an utter failure!

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CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH…

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“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.” Psalm 67:5-7

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But Signs Of Heaven are now appearing. And God has written a great message of hope in the heavens. This is a colossal heavenly picture of Christ and His Church. And the Church is seen here doing its best imitation of Christ, as the Church uplifts the Cross.

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“He that says he abides in Him (Jesus) ought…to walk, even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6 

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This verse from 1 John says it all. Those who claim to be Christians mucross over cityst not only “talk the talk” …but also to “walk the walk”. This is the essence of what this particular verse above is all about.

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And there are two classes of “Christians” within the Church. Those who “talk the talk“, and yet have no great desire to lift the Cross in their daily life.

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To this class, Jesus plainly confesses… “This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.” Matthew 15:8.

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And then there are those who are struggling to become like Jesus in every way. And while they have not yet fully lifted up the Cross, they are struggling to do so. These are whom Jesus referred to as “true-worshippers” (John 4:23).

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“THE WICKED COMPASS ABOUT THE RIGHTEOUS”

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“Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth comphttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Tissot_Habakkuk.jpgass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” Habakkuk 1:4

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Yes, God is giving His Elect a message of hope. And this message of hope is confirmed in the Book of Habakkuk. You see, very early on in the Book of Habakkuk, God reveals the fundamental issue of that prophetic Book. The righteous have been infilterated by anti-Christs: Chaldeans. And because these false brethren have surrounded God’s people, we have, to a great degree have been leavened by the worldliness and self-seeking in the Church. “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Cor. 15:33. And this verse from 1st Corinthians is just another verse that we have been deceived concerning.

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“THORNS IN YOUR SIDES”

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“Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.” Judges

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We have been deceived into thinking that it’s not important whether we freely associate with unbelievers, personally or by watching TV, or Internet, etc.. But God plainly declares that we are not even going to get to first base with God, until we mahttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Tissot_Habakkuk.jpgke decided efforts to separate ourselves, as far as possible from evil associations.

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Just listen to this next passage… “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?….Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2nd Cor. 6:14, 17, 18.

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So as this passage plainly declares, that God will be a Father to us, IF and WHEN we finally get serious with God, and obey His command to, “come out from among them, and be ye separate”. 

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And this is the big message of Habakkuk. Listen… “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it. For the vision is The Strait Gate is the Narrow Way and the broad way is the Wide Gateyet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2, 3. Yes, at the very end, this vision of Habakkuk will begin to speak. And at that time, God’s people will flee. And as a matter of fact, the vision of Habakkuk has been made plain upon tables: yes God has written this message to flee upon the tables of the night-sky!

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And if you wish to explore these concepts, you are invited to read the two articles, “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1″ and also “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”

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Habakkuk by James Tissot wikimedia commons US public domain

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THE FLEEING WOMAN OF REVELATION 12

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This “7 Stars” Constellation is the very same constellation as the “Woman of Revelation 12″ Constellation (AKA “Ursa Major”). This Woman Constellation represents the Woman of Revelation 12 (You may notice that her torso and right leg is made of the 7 Stars Constellation.) And she is a picture of God’s people throughout time. And so it makes perfect sense that the “7 Stars” Constellation would be a part of this Woman Constellation, since the 7 Stars represents the New Testament Church. But the real point of even Revelation 12 Woman-Flees To Wilderness-www.signsofheaven.org-you may share w/credit or linkmentioning this Woman Constellation, is that it is only as this Woman appears to be running, that the 7 Stars begin to appear as a Cross, lifted up.

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In other words, when this Virtuous Woman appears to be fleeing from sin, and as she also appears to be running the Christian race, and as she is fleeing to the Narrow Gate, is when she also appears to be imitating her Lord Jesus.  Notice that same uplifted Cross, is made of her torso and right leg, in the sketch to the right. Can you see the 7 Stars in her right leg and torso? Can you envision the Cross there?

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So God has intertwined the ideas of lifting up the Cross, and fleeing from sin, and fleeing to a Christ-like life, as she flees to the Narrow Gate Stars.

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“HE WILL MAKE MY FEET LIKE HINDS’ FEET”

Habakkuk 2:19

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 “The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.” Habakkuk 3:19

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In the above versehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:White_deer_argonne.jpg, the Lord is giving us an idea of just where we are to flee to: “Mine high places”. It is when God’s people really begin to comprehend the importance of cleansing the temple of their own heart, that this above passage will be fulfilled. The converted human heart is to be an extension of God’s most Holy Place. We are the Temple of God, as Scripture points out. And in the Christian’s heart is to be that sacred Ark, filled with God’s Law. A pure and undefiled Temple. This is the place in which Habakkuk warns us to run to! This is where our “hind’s feet” are to take us: to a high and holy mountain: Mount Sion, if you will!

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(For more on this subject of the human heart being an extension of the Most Holy Place,PICTURE - Most Holy Place of the Heart Signs Of Heaven see the article, “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”)

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Now this heavenly concept presents an important Biblical truth. It is when God’s people really begin to flee from sin and sinners, that the Church will begin to resemble Christ. And likewise, it is when God’s people begin to run the Christian Race, that God’s people will begin to lift the Cross of Christ for all the world to see. And when the fires of tribulation begin, then will the remaining dross of sin be fully removed from God’s people. If the Reader wishes to read more about this subject of the Fleeing Woman, just click here… “Running the Christian Race”  or “Woman of Revelation 12-The Fleeing Woman”.

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So the question to be answered is…”When is the Church going to imitate Christ?” God knows that His Church is not imitating Christ at this present hour. Satan has so loaded this society up with materialism (“Mammon”-see Matt. 6:24) and earthly cares and pleasures, that His Church has likewise become worldly-minded and distracted. His people have become “double-minded”… “For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” James 1:7,8. As this verse states, many are double minded: stuck somewhere between materialism and the desire to become Christ-like. 

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ONE THIRD AND TWO THIRDS… And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” Zech. 13:8, 9. This little known passage from Zechariah has far more to do with the state of God’s people today, than most people can imagine. So please proceed to the next little section below to find out why. 

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“And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.” Zech. 13:8, 9

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Notice that this above passage says that out of the three parts that make up God’s people, two-thirds will be cut off and only one-third will be brought through the fire as gold. If you put two-thirds into decimals you find that it is .666%. And God says that two parts shall be cut off from God’s people. Do you or I belong to the two-thirds part that will be cut off from a relationship with God? Or are you or I part of the one-third part that God will purify in the fires of tribulation? For an in-depth look into this subject, just click here, “Moon Into Blood”.

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(It also must be noted, that this 666 number has more Biblical nuances. This is dicussed elsewhere on this website, in articles, such as the “Moon Into Blood Trilogy” and other places.)  

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“But when will God have a people who will uplift the Cross in these last moments of history?”

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UP THE BREACH OF HIS PEOPLE”

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“And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall. Moreover THE LIGHT OF THE MOON SHALL BE AS THE LIGHT OF THE SUN. And the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD binds up the breach of his people, and heals the stroke of their wound.” Isaiah 30:25, 26.

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When God heals the breach and stroke of His people, they will shine as the Sun. This passage seems to be speaking of the Moon as representing God’s people. So the Moon (God’s people) will shine as the sun in the day when the towers fall.

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Listens to Songs… “Who is she that looks forth as the morning, FAIR AS THE MOON,” Songs 6:10. Well who is she who is fair as the Moon? God’s people…that’s who! 

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But when will this happen? The question to ask is this: “have we reached the day when the towers have fallen?” 

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“Are there any verses that support this idea of the Church shining brightly?”

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366px-A_Commonwealth_Cross_of_Sacrifice_or_War_Cross wikipedia public domain“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the Sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:43. We always assumed this verse was speaking of the time AFTER this fallen world will be no more. But putting the above two verses together, we begin to see that there is coming a time when God will heal His Church. Then when the Church has been purified from all dross, the Church will shine forth as the Sun. Let’s look at this complete passage from Matthew…

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“The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. THEN SHALL THE RIGHTEOUS SHINE FORTH AS THE SUN in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:40-43. 

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This verse appears to be speaking of the last period of this world’s history. The dross will be removed from amongst God’s people. The Church will be purified. They “will come forth as gold”…”tried in the fire”. (Job 23:10 & Revelation 3:18). God will have a purified people. But we must be subjected to the purification process. That which is offensive must be “burned away” so to speak. 

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The furnace we are thrown into, is the “furnace of affliction”, spoken of in Isaiah… “Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.”  Isaiah 48:10. And so, it says here that God will refine His people. 

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Listen… “When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.” 2nd Thessalonians 1:10.

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Yes, this verse speaks of the day when Christ will be glorified in His saints. Yes, this verse reveals that Christ will then be admired in all them that believe! This is because, in that day, the perfected Christ will shine out from within his saints.

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“EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW”

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“But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” Romans 14:10-12 

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The above passage reveals that there is a day coming in which all humanity will bow before the Lord, and confess their sins to God. And most believed this will happen after the world has been burned up, and all are standing before God. And no doubt, this will happen. But there are other passages which give evidence that all humanity will surrender to God prior to the burning up of this world. Listen to the next passage…

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“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him.” Psalm 67:5-7.

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Now when it says here that all the ends of the earth shall fear God, it becomes evident that we do not fully understand the events of the last days. But it seems from this passage that when the Church finally praises God with all our heart soul, strength, and mind, then and only then, that the inhabitants of the earth shall fall. 

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Here’s another interesting passage. Actually this is an entire Psalm, Psalm 117. “O Praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise Him, all ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.” Psalm 117. Not only is this the shortest chapter in the Bible, but it is the exact middle chapter of the Bible.

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But beside those interesting facts, the most interesting aspect of this Psalm, is that it almost would make one get the idea that God will have mercy on all the inhabitants of the world. Just one more passage along this same line of thought.

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Listen… “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.Romans 8:19-23.

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Now this passage sounds like it’s speaking of animals, when it says creature. But the word “creature” should actually be translated “creation”. And so these passages (and many others) begin to present the concept that we just do not understand the extent of God’s mercy. Nor do we understand what will happen on Judgment Day.

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But the point to all this is: when God’s people finally and fully uplift the Cross of Christ for all the world to see, then it would almost seem as if there will be a massive conversion by the peoples of the world.

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MYSTERY FINISHED…

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Listen to this next verse about the 7th Angel with the 7th Trumpet… “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” Revelation 10:7. And what mystery will God reveal at the blowing of this 7th Trumpet? Listen…

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“Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:” Colossians 1:26, 27.

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OK, so it says here, this mystery (Christ in you) is already known to God’s Church. But God wishes to reveal this mystery also to the unbelievers. And so, when God’s Church finally uplifts the Cross in our own lives, then will this wonderful mystery be fulfilled. The world has heard about Christ, but the world has yet to see a Church manifesting that Christ lives in us. Then will the mystery of God be finished. 

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But how can God’s Church uplift the Cross while we are still clinging to so many idols? God is going to have to somehow remove our idols from our tightly clenched grip.

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GOD WILL SHAKE HIS PEOPLE…

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So the logical question to ask is this: “exactly what will happen that will prompt God’s people to cast their idols of silver and gold to the moles and to the bats?”…

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OUR IDOLS MUST GO…  “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 hhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Close-up_of_mole.jpge ariseth to SHAKE TERRIBLY THE EARTH.” Isaiah 2:20, 21.

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It would appear from this verse that God is going to rise to shake terribly the Earth. So it appears that whatever God does to shake terribly this Earth, is going to cause His people to cast away their idols, and get themselves ready to “shine forth as the Sun”. It seems that God must shake His people out of our death-like slumber and spiritual lethargy.

 

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“THE SINNERS IN ZION ARE AFRAID!”…

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 A HEAVENLY PARABLE…  If you go out on a dark night and find the 7 Stars in this upright position, it looks very colossal. Just imagine this incredible Cross, towering high in the heavens. When you see this constellation as the uplifted Cross, it’s almost scary to behold. This heavenly parable should be an inspiration to God’s people. This God-given ensign should sober us up to the solemn responsibility that lies before us. It’s time to glorify our Lord. It’s time to pour that costly spikenard upon our Savior. The Lord will accomplish His work in us. The fiery furnace is already being heated up seven-times. Have we prepared ourselves to stand in the evil day? Listen to this next fiery verse… 

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“The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes, that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil…” Isaiah 33:14, 15.  

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This verse is a tall order for God’s people to accomplish. How can we fulfill such a high calling? The next verse below gives us a hint at just what we need to be doing right now in this short preparation time we are now in…

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“Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye SHALL BE HID in the day of the LORD’S anger.” Zephaniah 2:3.  

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So here it says that we must seek righteousness and meekness. Then it MAY BE that we can be hid in the day of the Lord’s anger. Here’s a similar verse concerning Judgment Day…

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This verse is definitely talking about Judgment Day. In that day, God’s people are warned by God to get into our chambers and hide ourselves. This verse seems to be speaking of that complete trust in God. We need to daily hide under God’s wings…

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 “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,” Psalm 17:8

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We need to hide ourselves in Him, because the day is almost here when God is going to show the inhabitants of the world our sins…  “the earth shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” Isaiah 26:21….

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So the day is coming in which all things will be revealed… “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day (of the Lord) shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.” 1st Corinthians 3:13.

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And so there is only one way to escape this awful judgment. Listen… “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” Zeph. 2:3 

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For further exploration into this concept of hiding oneself until the indignation be overpast, please read the following articles … “How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath” , or  “Ark of the Covenant Constellation, Pt. 2: How To Enter The Most Holy Place”  or  “Fleeing to the Mountains-Part 2: The Abomination In Churches”

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

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HOW TO CAST IDOLS TO MOLES & BATS…

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“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 the terrible the earth.” Isaiah 2:20, 21

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“AND THEY SHALL CAST THEIR IDOLS…TO THE MOLES AND…BATS”…   There are many of us who have been struggling for years to achieve a consistent walk with the Lord. The only encouragement to those who are likewise struggling is this: 1. Immerse yourself in God’s Word. 2. Carry a small Bible in your back pocket. 3. Commit verses to memory, whenever you have a spare moment. 4. If that isn’t possible, then listen to God’s Word on cassette or MP3; while you work, if possible…while you walk…while you’re laying in your bed: the Psalms, Job, Matthew, Jeremiah, any and every book of the Bible. 5. Or simply meditathttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Close-up_of_mole.jpge day and night on what you read. 6. Pray without ceasing. 7. Cease from amusements, hobbies, diversions and any other thing that interferes with total concentration on the Gospel. 8. Focus on Christ. 9. If you are in servitude to debt or obligations…pray to God to pay them off & free you from such entanglements ASAP. 10. And by all means, separate yourself AFAP from evil communications, which will corrupt the purity of your heart. And while we cannot come completely out of this evil world, as yet; nevertheless, we can come a good way out!

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“O MY DOVE, THAT ARE IN THE CLEFTS OF THE ROCKS”

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“…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 the terrible the earth.” Isaiah 2:21

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This website cannot endorse any better ways to hide yourself in Jesus, than such efforts as these (The 10 things listed in the previous section). This is our Salvation! Does anything else in this world of sin compare to the magnitude of going through the coming crisis? It’s going to steal upon us like a leopard in the night! “What I say unto you, I say unto all…WATCH!” Mark 13:7

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And by totally immersing ourselves in Christ, in prayer and meditating on His Word, we may find that our life will begin to come into harmony with Jesus. And though Satan will assail us with tribulation and temptations, we will nevertheless find ourself hiding ourself in the clefts of that Magnificent Rock…Jesus Christ… “O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs…” Songs 2:14.

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Like these three Rock Doves, God’s people must likewise be found in “the clefts of the rocks”. And like these three doves, we must hide ourselves in prayerful trust, separation from ungodly influences, and in His Word, the Bible. Then, when God begins to shake things up in the world, you will then be ready to dwell with theDevouring Fire” (Isaiah 33:14). Then the Church will lift up the Cross for all the world to behold.

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“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4. No matter how discouraging things may get in the future, we must never give up hope. The Devil will try to make us believe that our case is hopeless. But we are reminded of that verse in 1 Corinthians 13:8… “Love never gives up.”

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THE 7  STARS CONSTELLATION… (click on title for link)

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We always just took this constellation for granted! The Big Dipper! But now we can see it as God intended! Now we can see it is speaking of a most Holy concept! This page speaks of the Seven Stars Constellation (AKA Big Dipper), and how it relates to Revelation, as well as to God’s faithful people (You can find this constellation under most star-visibility conditions.) (READ)

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THE 7 STARS & THE 7 BOWLS OF WRATH

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The second article, “The 7 Stars & The 7 Bowls of Wrath” presents a new concept concerning the Book of Revelation which defies all Church Orthodoxy! But you have to click the link to read all about it!

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A HEAVENLY HOBBY

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“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold Who hath created these things; that brings out their host by number: He calls them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth.” Isaiah 40:26

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In this very interesting world, there are many, many, things which can occupy one’s time and energy: hobbies, and careers, and entertainments and worries, and habits, to name just a few. But as the child of God devotes his or her life to God, there should be a jealous guarding of one’s own heart. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23. The Christian wants nothing to get in the way of running that Christian Race.

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“AND WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS…

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LOOK UP, LIFT UP YOUR HEAD”

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“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. ” Luke 21:25, 28

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But having said this, there is one hhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Astronomy_Amateur_3_V2.jpgobby which the ‘Noble Berean’ may take up, which only compliments the pursuit of the heavenly Prize. Signs Of Heaven becomes a wonderfully rewarding hobby which, unlike many less meaningful hobbies, pays off with rich heavenly rewards.

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And unlike these people with equipment, all you need is fairly good vision, and a dark, starry night.

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And once a person really gets to know these heavenly messengers, it will become very apparent that the message connected with these signs is truly a message to be heeded. Thus will the Christian be able to share this message with others. And there are perhaps many aspects and hidden meanings to these signs which have yet to be discovered.

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FIRST FIND ORION & 7 STARS

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The very first step in finding these many constellations, should be to find the two main constellations: Orion, and the 7 Stars (aka, The Big Dipper). 7 stars as CrossThese two constellations represent Christ (Orion), and His Church (7 Stars). And just as these are the easiest constellations to find, so too, the first place to begin studying the Bible is the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). These four books present Christ and His Church, when He walked the earth, just as Orion and the 7 Stars represent Christ and His Church, as seen up in the heavens.

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Then, once you are comfortable finding these two constellations, you can begin to locate the next closest constellations, and so on.

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ANOTHER HEAVENLY HOBBY: PRAYER-WALKS

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Now if you’re fortunate enough to be able to go on nightly walks, and you live in an ahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Starry_Night_at_La_Silla.jpgrea where you can safely view the stars, here is another Heavenly Hobby which Signs Of Heaven endorses. Why not combine star-watching with prayer, as you walk! What a great way to draw closer to God! It cannot be over-stressed, just how wonderful it is to walk under the dark canopy of Heaven, while lifting up one’s heart to our Heavenly Father. There is a closeness to God that cannot be described with words! (And even if you cannot safely do this, you can always do such prayer-walks in the daytime, in a safe place, such as a mall, which is every bit as effective, prayer-wise. And for those who are in confinement, one can view these on the Internet, or simply listen to Scripture on audio. Either way, all such may enjoy God’s richest blessings at this very time in which God is pouring out all Heaven’s treasures upon anyone willing to forsake all, and follow Jesus)

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THRICE-DAILY PRAYERS

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Now of course, the Bible commands us to “pray without ceasing“. The Christian is to constantly talk with our Heavenly Father throughout the day. But the Bible also holds up the godly life of Daniel, who, when captive in Babylon, still set aside three times daily, in which he knelt for special prayer. And furthermore the Bible also says… “Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice.” Psalm 55:17. Even those who are bed-fast or in a prison cell can begin to imitate Daniel in this way. And if one is fortunate to be able to walk, then this thrice-daily prayer regimen can be combined with three walks daily and even nightly.

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