The Pleiades: The Captive Angel & Mystery Harlot Constellation

By admin On December 5th, 2010

 

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Then Job answered and said…but how should man be just with God?…

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Which alone spreads out the heavens…pleiades_gendler-e1358291561622

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Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south.

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Which does great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number…

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Can you bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades?

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Or loose the bands of Orion?”

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Job 9:2-10 & 38:31  

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The photo to the right is the Pleiades Cluster. Does it appear to you like an angel? Well, if it does, then you are encouraged to keep reading.

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The above two verses concerning the Pleiades  are all the Bible has to say about the Pleiades, directly. But if you will read this article, you will discover that the Pleiades represents concepts which span much of the Bible! 

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And The Heavens Declare.net will attempt to unravel this mysterious phenomenon in the night-sky, and will, hopefully, also interpret these two verses to show just what all this means, and how it might apply to our lives.

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The Pleiades (Above constellation can be seen in colder months in mid sky, traveling east to west through the night. With the eyes alone, it would appear much smaller than this. But with binoculars, it would appear more like this photo).  NASA photo by Robert Gendler 

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TWO WOMEN IN PLEIADES

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You see, this constellation tells the tale of two women? But how can it be, that nobody has ever seen the Pleiades as a The Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of HarlotsCaptive Angel Constellationconstellation of a woman?

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This article will discuss this great paradox of these two women, found in the Pleiades, and what it means scripturally to us: we who comprise the global community of Christians.

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Because this constellation, or should we say Constellations, plural, have very much to do with us: those of us who are living right now on the threshold of eternity. 

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And as you might expect, if you are at all familiar with this website, the Bible holds the key to understanding all this!

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THE PLEIADES: WHAT IS IT ABOUT?…

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What is this mysterious “little” cluster of stars in the night-sky all about?

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Notice in the sketch to the right, that the Pleiades is shaped like the furry tassel at the tip of a lion’s tail. Here is further proof that the Pleiades is the tip of the tail of this Dragon Constellation.

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And why, in the sketch to the right, does the Goodly Horse Constellation appear to be gazing intently at this Pleiades-cluster, as if mesmerized…or perhaps as if it’s something to be feared…or even with jealousy, as if perhaps, it’s something to be retrieved?

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A DOUBLE-SIDED TRUTH

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There is a double-sided truth to this mysterious star-cluster. It is to be hated on the one hand. But it is to be loved on the other hand.

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But you’ll have to read this article in order to comprehend this amazing paradox which God has placed in the heavens on Creation Week. So read on, and discover the double-sided meaning to this. And though this may be a rather complex subject, presenting seemingly new concepts, don’t be discouraged.

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Because the more that the Reader familiarizes his or her self with the various articles on this website, the more clarity will be gained regarding these signs found in this most seductive and alluring of all constellations: this constellation known as The Pleiades!

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STRING OF PEARLS

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But also notice in the photo of the Pleiades to the left, that this cluster of stars also appears as if somebody put a handful of pearls on a table. Or perhaps a handful of sparkling diamonds!

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And so, just as the Pleiades is like a cluster of pearls, so too is this article. This is because we will present a cluster of seemingly different, even unrelated ideas. But when all is presented, then will they be strung together to present a most beautiful truth.

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The Pleiades (Above constellation can be seen in colder months in mid sky, traveling east to west through the night).  NASA photo by Robert Gendler

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THE PLEIADES  & THE DRAGON…

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“And there appeared a great wonder (sign) in heaven; a woman…And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered…And there appeared another wonder (sign) in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads…And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,” Revelation 12:1-3, 7

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The above passage from Revelation, Chapter 12 speaks of two signs in Heaven. And notice that winter four constellationsone sign is of the Woman, and another of the Dragon. But beside these two signs, it also speaks here of Michael, who fought against the dragon.

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Now in the sketch to the right, are pictured these same three characters from Revelation 12 (plus the horse constellation).

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And so it seems, that God has likewise inscribed three constellations which appear to align with Revelation, Ch. 12: one of a woman, one of a soldier, and one of a dragon (This 4th constellation, The Goodly Horse in Battle Constellation is from other Revelation chapters).

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Now notice that there is a very small cluster of stars above the Dragon’s mouth. And if you look more carefully, you might begin to see that this cluster of stars, known as the Pleiades, is actually the tip of the Dragon’s tail. The Bible spoke of the Pleiades, in the book of Job…

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“Can you bind the sweet  influences of the Pleiades? Or loose the bands of Orion?” Job 38:31  

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FIRST FIND HEAD AND TAIL TIP

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Now this sketch is also of the Revelation 12 Dragon by itself, but without the other three constellations. And with very careful examination, it becomes apparent that the Pleiades is actuRevelation 12 Dragon w/textally the tip of the Dragon’s tail. The body and tail of the Dragon is wrapped around in an oval shape. 

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So if you find the Dragon’s mouth, and the Pleiades being the tip of the Dragon’s tail, it becomes noticeable that the Dragon has a body and legs much like a crocodile or alligator. As a matter of fact, the main body of this dragon is two-dimensional, unlike most constellations that pagan cultures saw. But to see the body of the Dragon, you really need to be away from city lights.

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So first find the mouth and tail-tassel of this dragon, before you attempt to locate the body.

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LOCATING THE DRAGON

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THE DRAGON of REVELATION 12 CONSTELLATION . This star-chart from Wikipedia shows this constellation group as they appear above the eastern horizon. The Revelation 12 Dragon Constellation can be located by finding Orion in winter months. The Dragon is to Orion’s left, and the Revelation 12 star-chart: Orion Fights DragonDragon’s mouth is right next to Orion’s shield. This Dragon’s mouth is the V-like constellation The Hyades Cluster, which is also known as the head of Taurus the Bull. The Dragon’s tail is Pleiades and the lower shaft of his tail is partly of Aries  and Pisces. 

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Then with aid of a dark & starry night, you may begin to connect the mouth and the tail with a very long body in an oval shape. The front and back legs are somewhat defined with stars. The front legs are made partially of Taurus. The back legs and rear fin are made of the Cetus Constellation. But the long oval-shaped body has relatively few stars, but can been seen, howbeit with a dark, starry night. The four stars of the front fins are made partially of Taurus.

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This Dragon Constellation appears in the eastern horizon about mid-summer in the pre-dawn hours, spewing his flood-waters northward toward the Woman of Revelation 12 ,Woman in Travail (not pictured here). The Wave of Water is primarily composedRevelation 12 Dragon w/text of the Constellation Auriga. There are two more less bright stars which are closest to the Dragon’s mouth. These two dimmer stars near to the Dragon’s mouth, are also part of this Wave of Water .

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THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATION NAMES

It is not the purpose, nor the desire of www.theheavensdeclare.net to give any validity or recognition to the Zodiac or any pagan deities. But unfortunately, the common names of many constellations (such as Scorpio or Sagittarius, etc.), must be given, solely for the purpose of locating them on star-charts.

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THIRD CAST DOWN BY SATAN

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“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered for to devour her child as soon as it was born.” Revelation 12: 4 

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This above verse is commonly accepted as meaning that the Dragon (Lucifer) deceived one-third of the angels…and this deceived multitude has been cast down to this present fallen world.

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However, just listen to this very similar verse from Daniel… And it (a little horn of the he-goat) waxe475px-Paradise_Lost_1wikipedia-public-domaind great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.” Daniel 8:10.

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Now this passage is very interesting. The he-goat here is speaking of the ancient nation of Grecia. So how could a mere earthly kingdom cast down the host of Heaven? Simple. It’s speaking of God’s people as being cast down, and not just about angels.

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GOD’S PEOPLE CAST DOWN

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Now this is beginning to sound complicated. But the important thing to remember is that this little horn became great and cast down some of the host of Heaven…exactly as Revelation 12 says that the dragon has done.

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Listen again regarding the dragon… “And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth“. Rev. 12. 

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So both dragon and this he-goat cast down stars from heaven down to the earth. So if this little horn is Grecia, then this he-goat’s horn seemingly must be speaking of an earthly power, as well. Then, as already stated, this doesn’t seem to be speaking about merely angels. Rather, this likewise appears to be speaking of God’s people being cast down.

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Now listen to Daniel again… “And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.”  Daniel 11:35.

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Well now this verse i475px-Paradise_Lost_1wikipedia-public-domains definitely speaking of humans. This is abundantly clear since it says here, that those who fall will be purged and made white. This must be speaking of humans.

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So having said all this, the big point to all this comparison of Daniel with Revelation 12, is just this: Revelation 12, when speaking of the Dragon casting down a third of the stars of heaven, may just be a double-entendre. That is, while most will concede that this Revelation 12 passage is speaking of angels being cast down to Earth, this Revelation 12 passage may also be speaking of God’s people as well, being cast down too.

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Listen again to Daniel 11:35… “And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.”  Daniel 11:35.

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So from this Daniel 11:35 passage, it becomes clear that God does indeed cast down His people, to try them, and to purge them, and to make them white in the blood of the lamb.  

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GOD’S WRATH HAS GOOD PURPOSE

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“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people; If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2nd Chronicles 7:13, 14.

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Here is one of the most famous of all Bible passages. With the ever-increasing moral decay in this society, people are more and more looking to this passage http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pray_for_Our_Nation_sign_IMG_3291.JPGas a promise of God, that He will bless those who repent, and finally bring on them, an abundance of rain (mercy). 

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But let’s return to the subject of purification through tribulation. And this above passage speaks to this issue. God brings tribulation upon His people so that we might repent, and turn to Him with all our heart.

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So it appears that God has allowed Satan to cast down God’s people to try them, and to purge them. And ultimately it is God’s intention to purify these fallen ones, and make them white.

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Listen to this verse from Revelation… “These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev. 7:14.

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GREAT TRIBULATION TO PURIFY GOD’S PEOPLE

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“These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev. 7:14.

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So the above verse from Revelation shows God’s purpose for allowing us to go through this great tribulation. This passage gives us the bigger picture. The “Great Tribulation” spoken of here is the experience that God’s people need in order to be cleansed, and wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb.

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Listen… “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:3, 4.  

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So this goes contrary to popular theology, which taught that the Great Tribulationhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Job_and_his_friends.jpg was simply a time of God’s wrath. This error by so many in Christian circles was the very same error that Job’s three friends made, when they attributed the cause of Job’s suffering, as being merely the wrath of God. But God allowed the Devil to bring trouble on Job, that Job might be spiritually cleansed. But Job’s three friends could not fully see that, until the very end, when the fourth man, Elihu (and God), scolded them (Job Ch. 32).

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But the big point to all this is, there is absolutely no purpose whatsoever, for God to put the world through great tribulation to merely punish for no reason. But here it is stated that God’s people are being purified in the blood of the Lamb because of this tribulation (“These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev. 7:14.).

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Do you see what this passage is saying? This coming tribulation is a time when God will purify a people for Himself.

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THE HOUR OF TESTING

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“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” Revelation 3:10

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Popular theology, assigned this above verse to the Rapture of God’s people out of this world, just prior to this coming Great Tribulation. But while it is true that there will be some whom God keeps from the “hour of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Santo_Domingo_y_los_albigenses-detalle.jpgtemptation”, it nowhere says anything about rapturing them out of the world! It merely says that they will be kept from the hour of temptation.

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It must be remembered here that God was speaking to the Church of Philadelphia, which existed back around 100 AD. Did God literally Rapture them out of the world, or did He merely keep them from the hour of temptation which came upon the whole world? 

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And so, it must be concluded that God kept them hidden in another manner?

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You see, God’s people have always had to suffer great tribulation: either the individual Christian by personal experience, or the Church afflicted by the armies of Satan.

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For instance, the Christians in Europe, during the http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Avvakum_by_Myasoyedov.jpegDark Ages, were more or less persecuted by the apostate churches of Europe, who enlisted the support of the civil governments of Europe to apply physical violence against those who loved the Bible, and even against the Bible itself! 

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Now, to be sure, there is coming one last climactic finale to this world. And while it’s true that some may be spared this great testing of the world, there may be another manner in which God spares His people from all this.

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“THE RIGHTEOUS PERISH”

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One way, of course is through death. Listen… “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.” Isaiah 57:1.

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So as this verse reveals, God in His foreknowledge, will take people away in death, so to spare them from much greater evil, lurking just beyond the horizon!

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“HIDE THYSELF…FOR A LITTLE MOMENT”

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But there is another way in which God keeps His people from the evil to come. Listen… “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a http://www.muskegonartmuseum.org/collections-gallery/gallerylittle 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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Notice that this passage doesn’t say that God’s people are permanently removed from the Earth. It merely says that they are to hide themselves, “for a little moment, until the indignation be over-past.” 

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This passage definitely concerns Judgment Day, and yet it says nothing about the Church being removed from the Earth! It says to hide in their chambers. As a matter of fact, there is nothing in the Bible that says that the Church will be removed from the earth 7 years prior to Christ’s Return.

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Hide Thyself – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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THE IMMINENT RETURN OF CHRIST

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Now one big argument which “Pre-Tribulation Rapture” theorists use, as proof-positive” that there must be ahttp://christimages.org/biblebooks/Book_of_Revelation.htm Pre-Tribulation Rapture, is that the Bible says… “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” Matthew 24:42.

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And so, they conclude that all one would have to do, is to begin counting three and one-half years from the appearance of the Anti-Christ, and anybody could figure the exact time of Christ’s return. And they have named this conclusion “The Doctrine of the Imminent Return of Christ”. And indeed this is a doctrine: a Man-contrived doctrine!

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You see, in answer to that, this website is giving much of the spiritual fulfillment of the Book of Revelation, in a way that the modern-day theologians and teachers are not even considering in the least bit! And so, by the interpretation that this website teaches, Christ can return without us knowing the exact day or hour, or even the month or year!

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And of course, this website is merely teaching what Bible scholars through the ages have taught. It is only in the past few decades that modern-day teachers and theologians have glommed on to the Pre-Tribulation Raptured Theory!

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“YOU ARE MY HIDING PLACE”

Psalm 32:7

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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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To many, who are heavily invested in the idea that they will miss out on the Great Tribulation, often try to bend such passages as this above passage, to fit their theory, that the Church will be literally taken out of this world and up to Heaven before this time of trouble begins. But this says that the Christian should hide “for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast”. This conveys the idea of going into a shelter till a storm passes over.

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But listen to Psalms… “For in the time of trouble He (God) shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5.

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As this Psalm reveals, God is our refuge, and He is our hiding place! God doesn’t need to remove a Christian from the face of the Earth, in order to keep him or her safe from the hour of trial and testing. There are so many other passages which reiterate this same concept.

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Hide Thyself – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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THE PLAGUES UPON EGYPT

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QUESTION: Did God keep the Children of Israel from the plagues being poured out upon the Egyptians,http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tissot_The_Plague_of_Locusts.jpg during the Exodus?

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ANSWER: Yes.

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QUESTION: Did God need to Rapture them out of the world in order to do this?

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ANSWER: No. The plagues fell all around the Children of Israel. But not one of those plagues fell upon the Children of Israel! 

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GOD PUNISHES TO PURIFY

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Listen… “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble. And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.” Psalm 37:39, 40.

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It says here that God will be the strength of a Christian during the time of trouble. And so this definitely suggests that Christians will be kept by God’s strength, during the soon-coming Time of Trouble… “He is their strength in the time of trouble.” Ps. 37:39

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Now, that begins to make sense of this tribulation! Listen to this revealing passage from Jeremiah“But though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Grand_Knout.gifmultitude of His mercies. For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. To crush under His feet all the prisoners of the earth,” Lamentations  3:32-34.

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So here we see that God is merciful and does not willingly grieve the world. And as we keep reading, this passage continues to tell just why God afflicts people.

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Listen… “Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?  Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” Lam. 3:39-41.

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So now it becomes clear just why God pours out His wrath: to cause people to turn from sin, and back to God. What good purpose would it serve to merely torment people for no other reason than to inflict pain? God is not a monster or tyrant, as some erroneously suppose. “For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men. To crush under His feet all the prisoners of the earth,”  

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JOB’S TROUBLES WERE TO PURIFY

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Just look again, for a moment, at the story of Job. All Job’s troubles came upon him, not merely to punish Job, but to purify Job. Just listen to Job’s testimony regarding the troubles which God brought upon Job..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpg. But He (God) knows the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10.

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You see, gold must be purified by fire, to remove the worthless dross. And so Job’s trials were likewise to purify Job, just as he proclaimed…  “when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

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And so gold, when found in the Bible, always represents a spiritual concept. And in Job’s case, gold represented the final result of Job’s fiery trials; to purify Job even as gold is purified by fire. The Bible is a spiritual book, and those who attempt to understand the Bible only literally, sadly, will find themselves locked out from understanding many wonderful concepts and many beautiful gems of truth!

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For deeper insight into this subject of God’s wrath, please go to, “Planet Of ‘Rest’- (Part 4-The Doctrine Of ‘Eternal Torment’)

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DO THE PLEIADES = GOD’S HOST?

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 “Can you bind the sweet influences of Pleiades. or loose the bands of Orion?… Can you bring forth Mazzaroth in his season?… or can you guide Arcturus with his sons?… Do you know the ordinances of Heaven?” Job 38:31-33

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So what does the above verse mean, when it says, “Can you bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades?…

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Listen to this verse from Proverbs… “Stolen waters are sweet… But he knows not that the dead are there; aJezebel John_Liston_Byam_Shaw wikipedia public domainnd that her (the Adulterous Woman) guests are in the depths of Hell.”  Proverbs 9:17, 18. 

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All through Scripture, thhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:El_Greco_-_The_Virgin_Mary_-_WGA10504.jpgis adulterous woman keeps popping up. Actually there are two women who constantly appear: one being an adulterous Woman and the other is the virtuous Woman. One woman symbolizes the apostate portion of the Church and the other woman, the faithful portion of God’s Church.

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“Waters” in the Bible can symbolize God’s truth. So “stolen waters”, simply put…are the sins and lies of the Devil. So when Scripture says that “stolen waters are sweet”, it merely seems to be saying, that sin can taste really good. And the sweetness of sin, is very habit-forming and alluring, and exerts a strong influence on people. But the problem with sin is, that those who have been deceived by the Devil are spoken of as being in the depths of Hell…right here on Earth! And, all this is spoken of, here in Proverbs concerning this apostate woman, symbolizing the deceitfulness of sin, especially among God’s people. 

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Listen… “Stolen waters are sweet… But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her (the Adulterous Woman) guests are in the depths of Hell.”  Proverbs 9:17, 18.

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BREAD OF DECEIT IS SWEET

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“Bread of deceit is SWEET to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.” Proverbs 20:17. So the bread of deceit is sweet. And put this verse together with, “Can you bind the sweet influences of Phttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpgleiades?“, and a greater understanding of all this is achieved. Binding the sweet influences of the Pleiades most likely has to do with binding the sweet influences of sin, compared to bread, but also to sweet, stolen waters.

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SIN IS SWEET TO THE TASTE

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But the verse above from Proverbs says that the guests of the adulterous woman are in Hell.

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Listen again…”Stolen waters are sweet… But he knows not that the dead are there; and that her (the Adulterous Woman) guests are in the depths of Hell.”  Proverbs 9:17, 18.

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So where is Hell? Well, as already discussed, this adulterous woman represents the apostate portion of God’s professed people. And where are the guests of the apostate portion of the Church? In the depths of Hell (spiritual darkness). Now of course, Hell can also be referring to the grave. The Hell in Hebrew is “Sheol”, and is often translated as “the grave” 

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PAUL FINALLY REVEALS WHAT

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THESE TWO WOMEN REPRESENT

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But let’s stop for a moment, and get further confirmation concerning these two women of Scripture.

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The Bible makes it abundantly clear that women are quite often a symbol of the Church: and adulterous woman symbolizingPaul the Apostle-Artist-Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier- circa 1500s the Church-Apostate. And a virtuous woman symbolizing the Church-Faithful. Paul makes the most incredible and bold comparison of Abraham’s wife Sarah and her handmaid, Hagar to the Old and New Covenants! Paul really lays all out for us to see, comparing Sarah to the Church-Faithful, and Hagar to the Church-Apostate. Just listen carefully to the below passage…

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“Which things (Sarah & Hagar) are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers http://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A1jl:Hagar-Leaves-the-House-of-Abraham.jpgto Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.”  Galatians 4:24-26 

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CHURCH-FAITHFUL & CHURCH-UNFAITHFUL

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This is the great recurring theme in Scripture: two women, a virtuous woman and an adulterous, whorish woman. This above passage from Galatians really nails down a great concept, namely this: that Scripture presents literal historical events which God orchestrated, in order to present a spiritual concept.

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Paul has interpreted the story of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar and their children as a picture of the Church, both the apostate portion and the True Worshippers of God.

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SO WHERE IS HELL?

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OK, so where is Hell? Well, we do know that in the Old Testament, that “Hell” mostly referred to the grave. OK, so Hell is the grave. Make no mistake about that! Hell, or “Sheol”, is translated “grave” in the Bible.

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But, upon further examination of Scripture, we find that Hell is also a spiritual condition…right here on Earth! And those who have been deceived by the Devil are spoken of as being in the depths of Hell…right here on Earth!

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JONAH IN THE BELLY OF HELL

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Listen to Jonah’s prayer in the belly of that great fish… “Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly, And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and He heard me; out of the belly of Hell cried I, and Thou heardest my voice. For Thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all Thy billows and Thy waves passed over me.” Jonah 21:1-3.

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But Jonah wasn’t dead! He was in the belly of that fish.

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So how do we reconcile this seeming impossible contradiction? Simple. Jonah’s predicament was a picture of his “Apostasy”…his spiritual darkness. And Jonah said, “Thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all Thy billows and Thy waves passed over me.” Jonah 2:3.

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HELL CAN BE SPIRITUAL DARKNESS

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From other Scriptures, it is evident that “seas” in the Bible represents “peoples, multitudes, and nations” (see Revelation 17:15). Johttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:138.Jonah_Preaches_to_the_Ninevites.jpgnah had fled from the Lord, and his being swallowed by that great fish was a picture of spiritual darkness: Satan’s prison-house of sin. And because Jonah fled from God’s commandment to go and preach to Nineveh, Jonah lost his connection with God. Jonah was now in spiritual darkness, right here on Earth. And so many of us have been there. And so many of us have cried out to God for deliverance from the hard bondage of sin and Satan.

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For further insight into this subject of Hell, you may click here… “Planet Of “Rest”- (Part 4-The Doctrine Of “Eternal Torment”)”

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HELL IS RIGHT HERE!

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“The sorrows of Hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;” 2nd Samuel 22:6

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The above verse is a Psalm of David, as he laments his horrible condition. David mourns because the sorrows of Hell compassed about him. But David was alive and on Earth when he made this bitter complaint! How could this be? He hadn’t yet died!475px-Paradise_Lost_1wikipedia-public-domain

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Now as said already, Hell is ultimately the grave. But Hell is also spiritual darkness. God makes clear that Hell has degrees: just listen… “For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the LOWEST HELL, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.” Deuteronomy 32:22.

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And of course the people and nations of this world are in spiritual darkness, for the most part. And the people of this world are in the similar darkness that Satan and his angels are in. This is the same darkness in which the angels were cast into, after they rebelled against God.

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Listen… “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to Hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” 2nd Peter 2:4. 

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ANGELS CAST DOWN TO EARTH

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Listen… “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Rev. 12:9. 

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So by using the Biblical method of “line upon line, and precept upon precept” Isaiah 28, it is now seen that the Hell spoken of is the “chains of darkness” on this very Earth!  

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CHILDREN OF HELL

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Now are there humans also in these “Chains of Darkness of Hell”? Oh yes!

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Listen… “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, adevil's webnd when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of Hell than yourselves.” Matt. 23:15.

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So here we see that the doctrines of the scribes and Pharisees would make one of their converts into a child of Hell. And likewise the scribes and Pharisees were themselves called here, by Jesus, Children of HellAnd when a person is in spiritual darkness, he or she is now held prisoner by Satan. That person is held captive in those spiritual chains. Satan and his angels have bound the whole world in this spiritual prison-house. 

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Listen to the Gospel of John… “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19. 

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So it reveals here that the people of this world are in spiritual darkness, and in the Devil’s prison-house…right here on earth! 

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SATAN’S PRISON…RIGHT HERE ON EARTH!!

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Here is one more passage which reveals that Satan’s prison-house is right here and right now… And the servant of the Lhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PProg_15_p45_ThereSatAManInAnIronCage.jpgord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2nd Tim. 2:24-26.

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So this passage tells us that unbelievers and apostate Christians have been taken captive by the Devil at his, the Devil’s will. Have you ever noticed that when it comes to warning people about the wrath to come, that it is usually like talking to the wall? It’s as if they are not hearing you. That is because they cannot hear you. Oh yes, they hear your words. But they are prisoners of Satan. They are held in chains of darkness.

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Just listen… “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” 2nd Cor. 4:3, 4

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“CAPTIVE SILLY WOMEN”

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“For of this sort are they (evil men) which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 2nd Timothy 3:6, 7

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What in the world could this above passage from Paul’s writing to Timothy be all about? Who are these silly women laden with sins? And are these women so silly that they allow strangers to creep into their houses? And why are they ever-learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth?

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Very strange, wouldn’t you agree? But this is written in allegorical language! This cannot be speaking literally! It’s speaking of churches, and not literal women. And the ones leading them captive are those false shepherds who creep in and take control of the House of God!

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WHO’S CREEPING INTO HOUSES

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Now first of all, just who are these sinful men who creep into these houses occupied by silly womenhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PS_Kr%C3%B8yer_-_Hip_hip_hurra!_Kunstnerfest_p%C3%A5_Skagen_1888.jpg (apostate churches)?

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Listen to the first part of our signature passage for today… “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers…highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2nd Timothy 3:, 2, 5

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This abbreviated description speaks of those who are steeped in all the garden-variety of sins which humanity shares in common. These are the ones leading, “captive, silly women, laden with sins, ever learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of truth”!

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This is speaking of churches, not literal women. And Satan’s minions are leading churches away from the purity and holiness of Christ, and into world-loving doctrines!

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DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES

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Listen to the words of the Lord Jesus… “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, TO PREACH DELIVERANCE TOLittle Fly Freed by Big God THE CAPTIVES, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” Matthew 4:18, 19.

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Yes, Jesus came to this Earth to set us free from the Devil’s prison-house of sin and selfishness. And just listen to the Psalmist, as he mourns for the freedom from sin’s bondage…

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“Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for Thou shalt deal bountifully with me.” Psalm 142:7

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For deeper insight into this subject of Hell, please read,  “Planet Of ‘Rest’- (Part 4-The Doctrine Of ‘Eternal Torment’)

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So this section has briefly laid out the concept, that the people of this world (and of the worldly Church) are in darkness: the spiritual darkness of Satan’s prison-house. But is there any further proof that we are on the right track concerning this Dragon’s tail representing people?

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TO DEPART FROM HELL BENEATH

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“The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from Hell beneath.” Prov. 15:24

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WHAT DID HENRY SAY?

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Matthew Henry, when commenting on this particular verse (“The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from Hell beneath.” Prov. 15:24), made this following revealing statement…

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“A good man sets his affections on things above, and deals in those things. His conversation (lifestyle) is in Heaven; his way leads directly thither; there his treasure is, above, out of the reach of enemies, above the changes of this lower world.”

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So, from this comment, it can be concluded that Henry likewise saw that this proverb was speaking of this evil world as the “Hell below”, from which a Christian pilgrim must depart from.

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WHY THE “GOODLY HORSE” CONSTELLATION?…

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AND WHY IS HE STOMPING THE DRAGON’S TAIL?

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Before we discuss the Horse, we might want to introduce all four participants in the Wwinter four constellationsinter Constellation Group. If you look in the winter skies, you just might locate these four constellations. They are a dramatic heavenly portrait of the great battle between good and evil. Here are the players in this grand drama, written in the starry night skies… 

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4. God’s people (symbolized by the Woman Constellation).

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JEZEBEL STOMPED BY HORSES

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“And he said, Throw her (Jezebel) down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he (Jehu) trode her under foot.” 2 Kings 9:33 

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JEHU KILLING JEZEBEL…   

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Just picture Jehu on his horse, trampling this symbol of the apostate church (Jezebel) under his horse’s feet. So here the trampling of Jezebel (who is Satan’s agent to bring apostasy into God’s kingdom.) is a picture of the destruction of Satan’s kingdom. So putting these concepts together, the tail is spoken of as false prophets among God’s people. So Jezebel, is called a false prophetess in ReHoly-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-skyvelation, Ch. 2:20.

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And Jehu’s horse trampling Jezebel under his feet; and this Goodly Horse Constellation trampling the tail of the Dragon Constellation; these are both one picture; a picture of God’s Army destroying Satan’s Army (“Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” Psalm 91:13).

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JEZEBEL OF THE NEW TESTAMENT…

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“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols…” Revelation 2:20-23.

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Here we have Jezebel spoken of in the New Testament! Incredible? Oh yes! Here God is http://www.creationism.org/images/DoreBibleIllus/using her as the symbol of “Apostate Teachings” which were already entering into the early Church at the time of the finishing of the Bible. Jezebel represented the spirit of apostasy, which of course was Satanic forces moving in among God’s people. Unconverted men and women who were in-dwelt by the spirit of Antichrist (“…this is that [spirit] of antichrist…now already is it in the world…They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.” 1st John 4:3, 5).

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ANTICHRIST IS US!

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As this above passage says, Antichrists are, in the simplest terms…world-loving people! Scripture tells us… “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2. This is the condition of the people of this fallen world. The Antichrist spirit dwells within the hearts Holy-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-skyof fallen Mankind.

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But “God is love” 1st John 4:8. His desire is that… “all should come to repentance…” 2nd Peter 3:9. And so this Goodly Horse is intently gazing upon the Pleiades as though this cluster of stars was very valuable. So too, God’s people are intensely jealous to evangelize the world…to bring back those who have been “taken captive by him (the Devil) at his will” 2nd Timothy 2:26    

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BUT WHAT DOES THE DRAGON’S TAIL SYMBOLIZE?

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HORSE TRAMPLES TAIL BUT GAZES AT THE TIP… The puzzling thing about all this is that the Horse Constellation is not trampling the Pleiades. Rather, the Horse Constellation seems to be Holy-Ghost-Rider in the Western night-skyglaring at the Pleiades while he’s trampling the lower part of the Dragon’s tail. It’s almost as if the Glorious Horse is trying to rescue the Pleiades. Perhaps the Pleiades represents the portion of God’s people who have been taken captive by Satan. Perhaps the Pleiades represents those who have been deceived by Satan’s lies. Listen to what God states in 2 Timothy… 

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THOSE TAKEN CAPTIVE BY SATAN… 

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We see from the above verse that God’s people are to gently and Captive Angel Constellationmeekly encourage those who have fallen away, to return to the Lord. Just look how this Captive Angel seems to be slowly and sadly descending down this pathway to destruction. Those who began in the truth, but who are still living for the world, are now in error. Apostate Christians do not realize they are on the road to ruin. Listen… .

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“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” Revelation 3:17

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They may still faithfully attend a local congregation. They may even hold various church offices. They may be respected members of the community. But their hearts have been entangled in worldly pursuits and earthly pleasures. And slowly they have become prisoners of Satan, locked into his Babylonish-counterfeit-Christianity.  

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“THEY (ANTICHRISTS) ARE OF THE WORLD”

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And so, their prison-warden, Satan, has used them as “pawns” in his game of seduction of others within the Church. Their world-loving lives, and perhaps even their unholy words, were a seduction to others. Without realizing it, they became weapons in the Devil’s arsenal. Though they still attended church, Satan did more damage with them in the Church, than out!

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So then, when the Bible speaks of “False Prophets”, it is speaking of any church mepleiades_gendler-e1358291561622mber who was not a True-Worshipper of God. Listen to Jesus“He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” Matt. 12:30. So we see here that there were no “fence-sitters” in this world or even in the Church! If we were not abiding in Christ, then we were the enemies of God. Listen… “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” James 4:4. So those who still loved the pleasures and pursuits of this world were the enemies of God. And this passage from James is speaking to Christians! Christ is calling us adulterers and adulteresses!

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To “bind the sweet influThe Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlotsences of the Pleiades” only makes sense if we see this constellation as the Dragon’s tail. “The prophet that speaks lies, he is the tail” Isaiah 9:15. And so we begin to understand that to “bind the sweet influences” probably means to bind the sweet influences of the false teachings of the false teachers: those “stolen waters” as was earlier mentioned. The wine of that great whore of Revelation, “Mystery Babylon, The Mother of Harlots”.

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So all these Bible metaphors are painting the same portrait. And likewise, this pleiades_gendler-e1358291561622Heavenly Story also agrees with the Bible concerning the Lost Ones who have been taken captive by Satan. But even though these people have been taken captive by Satan, God still wants His elect to strive to regain those who have gone astray. With great patience and tenderness, and lots of prayer. “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25, 26 

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THE TWO SISTERS OF EZEKIEL

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“The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity. And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.” Ezekiel 23:1-4 

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This story from Ezekiel has had a very great message for God’s people. This story likewise speaks of this Pleiades Constellation. Samaria seems to represent those who claim to have a relationship with God, but simply do not. Jerusalem seems to represent those who are like the Captive Angel, and have a miniscule love for God, but have been carried away captive. God is more upset with Jerusalem (Aholibah), because she should have known better than her totally apostate sister (Aholah) 

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THE BOOK OF HABAKKUK

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Now here in the Book of Habakkuk, God really puts an exclamation mark on this concept: the concept that sihttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Tissot_Habakkuk.jpgn is such a sweet influence which captivates and allures Christians. Listen… “Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth.” Habakkuk 1:4. This verse is the foundational verse for the Book of Habakkuk. And likewise, this verse is one of the foundational building blocks for the entire Bible. God’s people are corrupted by evil influences around them. Either within the Church or within society: evil is very captivating; and evil is a very sweet and overpowering influence. Listen to the wisdom of Solomon… Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. Proverbs 9:17

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Thus the verse, “Can you bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades?” Job 38:31, begins to become clear as to its true meaning.

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WHY SO MUCH KILLING IN OLD TESTAMENT?

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And this verse from Habakkuk, “for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth”, when properly understood, explains so much of the Old Testament killing. It’s not that God loves to kill people, or thjudges7-Gideon & The 300-www.thebiblerevival.com-public domainat He wants Christians to kill people. But those stories, while true historical accounts, were nevertheless, orchestrated by God to present spiritual lessons. Over and over and over again, God tried to get His people to separate themselves from evil influences.

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OLD TESTAMENT WAS WARNING FOR US!

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And those battles were merely God’s way of letting us know just how important it is to keep ourselves separate from evil influences. And no, we cannot come out of the world, but the wonderful truth is, we can come a good way out!

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Just listen to Paul, as he picks up on this theme of separation… “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.” 1st Corinthians 6:14, 17, 18.

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Notice in this passage that God declares that coming out from among unbelievers and being separate is pre-requisite to God being a Father to us. Of course, coming out from among them, is an action which begins in the heart, when a person becomes “born again”. But though it begins in the heart, it begins to manifest itself in the life of a true-worshipper, as time goes by.

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THESE THINGS WERE WRITTEN FOR US

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“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1st Corinthians 10:11

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But while we’re on the subject of Habakkuk and Old Testament prophecies, let’s discuss for a moment these Old Testament prophecies, and how they relate to us today. The above verse tells us that the Old Testament stories http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Magnifying_glass_on_book_iconsare very relevant today!

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Now there is a very wrong idea in much of Christendom, that all these Old Testament stories have little to do with us today. Actually, they have more to do with us today than they did for the Old Testament portion of the Church. The Old Testament Church for the most part, didn’t even bother reading these things, even losing these Scriptures for hundreds of years (see 2nd Chronicles 34:14-33).

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The fact is, the entire Bible is profitable for us. Listen… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2nd Tim. 3:16, 17. Notice that it says “ALL SCRIPTURE” is profitable: “profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

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So those who invent such unbiblical jargon, may be guilty of adding to God’s Word…“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto Beware-of-dogma-wikimedia-public-domain (2)him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Revelation 22:18, 19. 

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Well, this is a mighty strong warning. And this is one of the very closing remarks of the entire Bible! Do you imagine that God thinks this is an important enough warning, so as to close the entire Bible on these verses? You see, it was a very important part of the apostasy in the churches in the 20th Century, to add these unbiblical names, which the Bible has not named. And the theologians were not even aware that they are adding to God’s Word by inventing such unbiblical names. But you can see from this example, just how destructive it is, to add a name to things, that God hasn’t named.

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LESSON STILL NOT LEARNED

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“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.” 1st Corinthians 6: 18.

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But now let’s get back to the subject of separating ourselves from evil influences.

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So thousands of years later, the people of God still have not learned the importance of keeping ourselves separate from evil influences, even though both the Old and New Testaments continually pounded and pounded upon this idea. And we looked at those “stupid ” people in the Old Testament, and prided ourselves that we were doing so much better than they. But the fact is, God held us to a much higher standard, because we had the entire Bible as a warning. And even having the Bible, Christians for the most part, were allowing ourselves to become corrupted by evil communications; in the Church and out! Listen… “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” 1st Cor. 15:33.

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“YOU CANNOT SERVE GOD & MAMMON”

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Today’s idols and gods are no longer mere statues. No, today’s idols and gods are such things as television, radio, Internet, pleasure parties, joking and jesting, time-consuming amusemecompany's comingnts, clubs, hobbies, careers, money-getting, gratuitous spending, luxurious lifestyles, sports, lavish resorts, and a host of other evil influences. And these idols and gods have corrupted not only Christians, but also the very churches themselves, to the degree that Satan had us now in a spiritual condition which God calls “Mystery Babylon, the Mother of Harlots”.

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“THEY WHICH LEAD THEE THAT CAUSE THEE TO ERR”

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We were so deceived by ungodly elements in the Church, that to a great extent, we thought being Christ-like means being friendly and outgoing; or perhaps having a good sense of humor; or being very energetic and prosperous! We had traded holiness and reverence for giddiness and back-slapping humor. We had sold out the self-sacrificing Savior for a world-loving religion. We no longer understood the meaning of holiness. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,thouthat killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37. Jesus spoke these words as He sat upon the mount overlooking Jerusalem. But these words also apply to us today. Oh no, we do not literally kill prophets, as did ancient Israel. But we mock & deride those who try to warn us of these things.

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OUR HIGH AND HOLY CALLING

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Oh yes, the Bible was still being read from the pulpit. But we had lost sight, to a great degree, of our high and holy calling. We bowed our heads for an hour a week, and then resumed our sports, banquetings and worldlyhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christ_on_the_Mount_of_Olives_by_Giovanni.jpg chatter, etc., the moment we hit the pavement. Just listen to Peter’s warning, for those who are living on the brink of Armageddon… “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” 2nd Peter 3:11, 12. Let every Christian plead with God to remove all dross out of his or her life, so that they may be purified as silver and gold is purified.

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RECHABITES RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSING

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We Christians quite often mock & deride those who are of separated Christian denominations because of their peculiar dress and lifestyles. And yes, Satan has stirred up much trouble within those groups. But at least they tried! At least they made an attempt at separation! And there wihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AmishFamilyNiagaraFalls.jpgll no doubt be many of them honored in Heaven, for their faithfulness to God’s warning to separate.

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In the Book of Jeremiah, there is a little story about the Rechabites, whom God commended because they, not only stayed away from wine, but also because they lived outside of society, in tents, in obedience to the commandment of their ancestor, Jonadab. Listen… “Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters; Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed: But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.” Jeremiah 35:8-10.

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This separated life which the Rechabites followed in obedience to their fore-father, Jonadab, was so lauded by God (through Jeremiah), that to this very day, the Rechabites still exist as a people. They are perhaps, the oldest existing family in history, going back thousands of years. Listen… “And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Because ye have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you: Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadahttp://lavistachurchofchrist.org/Pictures/StandardBibleStoryReadersBook5/target8.htmlb the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever.” Jeremiah 35:18, 19. (Now this has great spiritual ramifications concerning us, New Testament Believers. But that discussion must be for later.)

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But the sons of Jonadab did not separate because they felt holier than others. No, they separated so as to not be dragged into the sins of the heathen and the apostate Church. Yes, the Rechabites were given a command by their ancestor, Jonadab, that the sinful ways of these city-dwellers has a very corrupting influence.

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But the big point to this is: we today, can learn a wonderful lesson from these sons of Jonadab. To abstain from wine (both literally and spiritually) and to shun the fellowship with unbelievers and all their vain amusements is a very good starting-point for the new Christian. Listen again… “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.” 1st Corinthians 6:17, 18.

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BABYLON CAME TO US!

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“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen… 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.” Rev. 18:1, 4

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This above passage is the great message which goes out (and has been going out) to God’s people. “Come out of Babylon, My people”. Well, if we are called to come out of Babylon, just how did we get into Babylon in the first place?

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No, we haven’t been shackled and taken into some foreign country called Babylon. But by our ignoring God’s warnings, we have allowed Satan’s kingdom to envelop us and encompass us to the point that we and our children are now being swallowed up by the deadly and overpowering mind-control which has become the standard in today’s world. We do not comprehend just how dark is the world around us! And the corrupting influences of this decadent society have seeped into the Church to the point that we are now being flooded with the worldly philosophies and earthy music and frivolities. We have bought into the lie that we must encourage our children to seek for the very same riches and materialism which long ago destroyed Sodom, and is now just about to destroy us. 

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“THEY FORSOOK ALL AND FOLLOWED HIM”

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Instead of encouraging a lucrative career, we shouldhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Marianne_Stokes_Candlemas_Day_.jpg be encouraging our children to guard against excess; and instead of encouraging them to go to some worldly institute for four years or more, we should have encouraged them to strive to keep far away from the decadent pleasures and pursuits of this world; and instead become full-time Disciples and Followers of Jesus. One young adult who has determined to live a simple life, and hold a simple job, so to more effectively devote his or her self to the service of God, will accomplish more for Heaven, than ninety-nine, who have unnecessarily entangled themselves into a complicated and time-consuming career.

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GOD’S PEOPLE TAKEN CAPTIVE

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“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (Babylon), 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 has a peopleThe Pleiades: Mystery Babylon: Mother of Harlots in Babylon. Yes, Mystery Babylon is the Mother of Harlots. The sketch to the left shows her riding this beast with 7 heads and 10 horns. Captive Angel Constellation

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But in that spiritual city, there are those who still love God to a certain degree. And before the final plagues are poured out upon her, God has been and will continue to call His people out of her… “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (Babylon), 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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And so in addition to The Pleiades appearing as the Harlot Mother, we also see this second depiction of The Pleiades as an angel, which symbolizes God’s people, walking the downward pathway to destruction. They must be called out of Babylon before it’s too late!

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LET’S BE LIKE THAT “GOODLY HORSE”

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“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness [in the heavenlies].” Ephesians 6:12

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So as this above verse states, the enemy is not humans (flesh and blood). The re http://blog.travelpod.com/travel-photo/jeastty/3/1303829593/mall-witnessing.jpg/tpod.htmlal enemy are the unseen spiritual forces that are orchestrating this battle between good and evil. Satan’s host. Humans have been deceived. They have been taken captive by Satan. We are to reach out to them. We are to plead for them… “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.” 2 Timothy 2:25, 26.  And so as this photo to the right shows Christians witnessing in a local mall, so we all are to be tenderly witnessing to the lost (within the Church and out in the world) to bring them back into a right relationship with Jesus Christ.

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MOST AMAZING CONSTELLATIONS!

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pleiades_gendler-e1358291561622And if you are fortunate enough to see the Pleiades, and how they are connected to the Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation; it will be a testament to you and me both, that there are many who have been taken captive at Satan’s will.

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And likewise, if you are fortunate enough, to locate this Magnificent Horse & Rider in the night sky, you will know with certainty that God is giving us, not only a most awesome message, but also a wonderful truth about our seeking after the “Lost Ones”, both in the world, but also in the Church.

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“COME OUT OF HER MY PEOPLE”

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The bottom line to all this, is to come out of Babylon. But many are asking the question, “Just how do I come out of Babylon?” Well, the answer to this question is actually very simple. The Bible is the pure Word of Truth. And for those who have been deceived by false teachings and names and doctrines which have been added to God’s Word, we need to make an exodus out of this false system. We must return to Christ and Christ alone. We must reject the false dogmas, such as the teachings that we must be “back-slapping, giddy and worldlyhttp://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/james_tissot/” Christians in order to bring others into the Church. We must “put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ” in all His holiness and reverence. And the words of James has a special significance for Christians today… “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God…Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 8-10. This entire Book of James is devoted to enlightening today’s Church, just how worldly we’ve become. We must strive with all our heart, soul, strength and mind, to become changed into the image of Christ. And seeing that we are now entering into the final crisis, there must be no delay.

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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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