Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 9 (Apocalypse Now! “Tormented With Fire”[2 ARTICLES])

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – AUGUST 9

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ARTICLE 1

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Apocalypse Now!

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“Tormented With Fire”

To read Part 1, click here… “AUGUST 3 (Apocalypse Now! Part 1: Silencing the Gospel!)

 

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“…and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone

in the presence of the holy angels,

and in the presence of the Lamb:

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever:

and they have no rest day nor night,

who worship the beast and his image,

and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.”

Revelation 14:10, 11

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=File:At_a_loss.svg&page=1QUESTION: What good does it do to torment a human, and then afterward, to just send that person to Hell?

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ANSWER: It does absolutely no good whatsoever!

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At a loss by George Shucklin – wikimedia – share-alike license

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WHY TORMENT?

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So then, why does God say the following? Listen…“…and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:10, 11

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Now the general consensus in the Christian community is that this is the eternal punishment of all those who reject Jesus.

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And such an unlearned notion is built upon a misunderstanding of God and established upon a misinterpretation of God’s Word.

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THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FLESH

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Listen… “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.” 1st Corinthians 5:5http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg

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This above verse presents a great truth concerning how God works in the lives of Believers.

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You see, it is God’s desire to destroy the fleshly desires that hold His believing child in bondage, so that the purified Believer may no more be a prisoner of his (or her) selfish and fleshly desires, but only to become free in Christ!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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PURIFIED AS GOLD!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpg

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Now just how does God purify His people? Listen to Job… “But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:10

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Job here is making a profound statement concerning not only himself, but on behalf of each and every true worshiper of God! Yes, just as gold is purified by fire, so too, the Believer is purified by fiery trials.

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Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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‘OLD MAN’ – ‘NEW MAN’

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Now back to this passage from Revelation 14. It says… “…and he shall be tormented with https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgfire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:10, 11

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Now how in the world could this be speaking of a true worshipper of God?

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It must be remembered that the Bible reveals that there are actually two men within a Believer. That is, there is the “New Man” who is in the image of Christ. But there is also the “Old Man” of the flesh, who is very much Antichrist…

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Christian and Apollyonn – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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OUR FLESH IS ANTICHRIST!

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Listen to this revealing verse… “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:16, 17

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Now this all sounds so easy! Simply walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh!

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The problem is, for most of us, it is all but impossible to walk in the Spirit, while our “Old Man” of the flesh continually clamors for the lusts and affections of the flesh!

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‘OLD MAN’ CRUCIFIED BY FIRE

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So what is the Believer to do? How can I crucify the “Old Man” within? But it is far beyond my ability to crucify him!

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Well, praise God, that He declares Himself to be a purifier of silver and gold…

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Listen… “And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.” Malachi 3:3

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Yes, God Himself will sit as a purifier of His people! And He will carefully and tenderly bring His people through the fiery trials until He can see His own reflection in us!

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Gold smelting – Public Domain – wn.com

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SATAN’S CHARACTER UPON OUR HEARTS

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Now of course, when our sin-loving, “Old Man”, is fully crucified, there will be no more mark of Satan’s character engraven upon our hearts!

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And this is the essence of what it means to have the Mark of the Beast!

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To have Satan’s character is the Mark!

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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SATAN’S COUNTER-ATTACK

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Martin,_John_-_Satan_presiding_at_the_Infernal_Council_-_1824.JPGNow Satan will not sit idly by as this purification process continues. No, the Bible says… “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:15-17

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As this above passage reveals, Satan makes it very difficult to thrive in this, the Devil’s world. This has always been the case, throughout the history of the Church. But in these last moments of earthly time, Satan will be permitted to intensify the persecution against God’s purified people.

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Satan presiding at the Infernal Council – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“THOU ART MY HIDING PLACE”

Psalm 32:7

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And these devilish assaults are an integral part of those fiery trials which will assail God’s people in the storm before us! 

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Listen… “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.” Isaiah 26:20

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The Bible speaks of Judgment Day as a storm which comes upon the whole world, to judge them! But God’s people are to hide away until this storm passes over.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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GOOD NEWS!

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Now there is some very Good News for those of us living at this fearful time in history! http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgThere is much we can do to lessen the torment that we go through!

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Yes, if only we would begin to put away all unchristlike folly, and instead, study and contemplate God’s Word through the hours of our day, we might find that our fiery trials will be far less painful!

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Listen…“Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon Thee!” Isaiah 26:3

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You see, those who keep Jesus and His Word in their moment-by-moment thoughts will find that, “peace which surpasses all understanding!” (see Philippians 4:7)

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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https://theheavensdeclare.net/mark-of-the-beast-seal-of-god/EDITOR’S COMMENT:

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Now, this has been a short explanation of the Beast’s Mark. And in answer to those who insist that there will be a literal Mark on the right hand or the forehead, let it be said…“Whether or not there is a literal and visible Mark given in these last days, the underlying principle behind the Mark is just whose image has been engraved upon the tables of your’s and my heart: God’s or Satan’s: one or the other, and let there be no mingling of the two characters together!”

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ABOVE PICTURE: Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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TO READ PART 3, CLICK HERE… AUGUST 11 (Apocalypse Now! Part 3: The Little Book)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to endure the fiery trials which God brings upon me, to drive out and crucify the “Old Man” of sin out of my heart! Make my life an open book, for all to read the wonderful story of the Gospel of Jesus…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… AUGUST 21 (Apocalypse Now! Part 7: “Tormented With Fire!” Continued), or you can also read this shorter article…October 26 (Apocalypse NOW! Part 23: “Tormented With Fire!” CONTINUED)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

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7 STARS IMITATE THE CROSS OF ORION

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 This phenomenon begins in late October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night, and lasts for several months, until they both appear to lie down once again.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart.

This 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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ABOVE CHART: The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart – not for commercial use

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’

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TOMORROW….

August 10 (Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 4, Genuine Rest & True Holiness)

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ARTICLE 2

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Apocalypse NOW! 

“Tormented With Fire!”

CONTINUED…

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“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:”

Revelation 14:9, 10

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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The so-called “orthodoxy” in the church-world has been hammering the notion into the minds of Christians and church-attendees for the many decades, even centuries, the notion that the punishment of the wicked is only for the unsaved of the world. And of course, there are many Bible references which seem to support this idea.

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Unfortunately, the Christian community has been content to accept this notion far too readily, while ignoring other passages which tell us that true worshippers of God will be likewise afflicted.

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“THOU IN FAITHFULNESS HAST AFFLICTED ME”

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Listen to Psalm 119:67, 71, 75…“Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept Thy Word…It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn Thy statutes…I know, O LORD, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.”

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There is no purpose for God to afflict those who are eternally lost. Listen to this next verse from Psalm 73:3-5…“For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.”

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgIn this above passage is revealed that affliction is not for those who are of the world.

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But this same Psalmist saw that the wicked seem to have such a nice peaceful existence, while this Psalmist complained about his own self…“For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.” Psalm 73:14

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Yes, the Psalmist was envious at those who prospered in the world, while he himself was afflicted seemingly every morning!

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Hands Toasting Drinks – Cheers! cropped image – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 2.0

Christian and Apollyon – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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GOD’S AFFLICTIONS FOR HIS OWN PEOPLE AND NOT FOR THE WORLD!

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And so, with this truth in mind, (that God’s people, and not the world, are the ones to be https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgafflicted) the 14th Chapter of Revelation begins to take on a completely different application, “…and he (that has the Mark) shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:” Revelation 14:10

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No, God has no desire to needlessly punish those who will have no part in Christ’s eternal inheritance, even as it is written…“For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies. For He doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men…Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.” Lamentations 3:31-33, 40

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Here is revealed that God’s punishments are not merely for the sake of inflicting pain, but are expressly given for the purpose of bringing that afflicted one to repentance and restoration back to Heaven’s ways.

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Christian and Apollyon – Pilgrim’s Progress – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

 

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JOB’S SUFFERINGS

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Nearly everyone is familiar with all the sore afflictions which the man, Job suffered (Job is commonly pronounced with a long, “o”).

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But listen to Job’s assessment of those afflictions…“Then Job…said…Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning…But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.” Job 23:1, 2, 10

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Yes, Job looked forward to the day when he would come forth as purified gold!

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Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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“THE OLD MAN” AND “THE NEW MAN

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What most Christians and church-goers do not take into account is that the Bible reveals a spiritual truth that there exists two men in the lives of true Christians: “The Old Man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;” (Ephesians 4:22), but also, “The New Man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Him:” Colossians 3:10.

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ABOVE PICTURE: Battle for the heart – www.signsofheaven.org

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Munch_Det_Syke_Barn_1896.jpg“THY WRATH LIETH HARD UPON ME!”

Psalm 88:7

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Now, today’s devotional is by no means saying that our afflictions are something to enjoy…“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:11

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Yes, our afflictions are grievous, to say the least! But by faith we endure them, knowing that they will yield a wonderful harvest of spiritual fruit, as long as we faint not because of those afflictions!  

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Munch – Det Syke Barn – 1896 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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“FOR THE FLESH LUSTETH AGAINST THE SPIRIT & THE SPIRIT AGAINST THE FLESH…”

Galatians 5:17

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And so, there exists a struggle within the heart and soul of every true worshipper of God! And though the true Christian hates his or her old nature of sin, which “The Old Man” creates, nevertheless, that Christian just seems to continue to fall into sin.

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This is where the Lord begins to work in that Believer’s life, even as it is written…“But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth? for He is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.” Malachi 3:2, 3

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Gold smelting – Public Domain – wn.com

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OUR “OLD MAN” IS MARKED WITH BEAST’S IMAGE!

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Yes, God has chosen His New Testament people to become, “a royal priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9). And yet, that chosen group of kingly priests must be purified, even as gold and silver are purged and purified in the “refiner’s fire”, so that, “they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”

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And so, even though God’s people have been implanted with the seed of “The New Man”, they nevertheless must be purged and purified from that “Old Man with his deeds” who still has the Mark of Satan’s character, i.e., the Mark of the Beast’s image and likeness.

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Mark of the beast – pub. dom. – Wikipedia

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VERY GOOD NEWS!

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But the very Good News is found in the following words…“and he (with the Mark) shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever:” Revelation 14:10, 11https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Angel_prayers.jpg

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Here is revealed that those who are still indwelt by the cursed “Old Man with his deeds” are by no means left alone in their afflictions!

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No, the Lamb of God, the very One who suffered intensely on our behalf is right there, living out His life as, “The New Man”, dwelling within them and through them, suffering right along side of them, partaking with them in their many fiery afflictions, so that they may eventually, “come forth as (purified) gold”, even as Job eventually came forth as purified gold at the culmination of his long months of suffering! (see Job 23:10)

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And the smoke of all this affliction ultimately “ascends up for ever and ever” in praise and gratitude to our merciful God!

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Girl Praying – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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 This massive constellation is comprised of the various constellations on this website“GREAT AND PRECIOUS PROMISES”

2nd Peter 1:4

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And so, with all these truths in mind, we may rejoice in our sufferings, all the while clinging to the following great and precious promise…“Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6

Sign of the Son of Man Constellation – made of the various constellations on this website

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Strengthen my faith that I may endure the fiery trials which are just now coming upon the horizon for God’s people… 

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TOMORROW….

August 10 (Keeping 1 Day Holy, Part 4, Genuine Rest & True Holiness)

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