An Open Letter To Potential Noble Bereans

By admin On November 26th, 2017

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“And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea:…

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica,

in that they received the Word with all readiness of mind,

and searched the scriptures daily,

whether those things were so.”

Acts:17:10, 11

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Dear Potential Noble Bereans…

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You are probably wondering why this letter was addressed to “Potential” Noble Bereans.

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Well, the fact is, there are many church-going individuals as well as Christian ministries who identify themselves as “Good Bereans”, or as “Noble Bereans”.

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But we live in an age in which the church-world is holding to a standard which is somewhat less than the role-model which God gave us in the Book of Acts. In other words, the Christian community is not conducting ourselves according to ways that the early Church conducted themselves, as revealed in the Book of Acts.

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And let’s face it! Even in the Book of Acts, and in Paul’s letters it is clearly seen that there were many who were not as noble as were those in Berea.

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The Noble Bereans

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In Berea, there was an open-minded Spirit and a willingness to receive this very unusual message which Paul was preaching. But these Bereans didn’t just blindly accept the Gospel being preached by him. 

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No, but rather, these Bereans sat down, day-by-day, studying the Scriptures in hopes that this new message was indeed the truth! And these Bereans were not like the skeptics in other cities, who merely tolerated Paul’s message long enough to find some supposed flaw, allowing them to turn away altogether from Paul’s ministry. Yes, there were many who really didn’t want to entertain anything new, but merely wanted to keep their comfortable religion, with all its pet doctrines and traditions.

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

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Where Are Today’s Noble Bereans?

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And such close-minded, hard-heartedness is the condition of today’s Church, to a great degree! Oh yes, the main-stream church-world in which the vast majority of church-goers belong, mostly agrees on a number of traditional doctrines: The Trinity, the Rapture, Eternal Torment, The Age of Accountability, Christmas, Easter, Free-will Salvation, Christ’s atonement for sin, as well as a number of other doctrines and traditions.

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The problem is, when a ministry comes along which refutes a number of these doctrinal errors, as well as condemns the world-loving prosperity-driven gospel now being preached, the response is much like the Old Testament religious world: a hard-hearted unwillingness to be like those noble Bereans.

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Their hearts are pretty much closed off to such a radically different viewpoint about what the Bible teaches.

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ABOVE PHOTO: church evangelist – Wikimedia – Public Domain 

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Wise Men From The East

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In the Gospel account of the birth of Jesus, the large company of wise men caused a fire-storm all through Jerusalem when they began inquiring about the location of the long-promised Messiah, “…there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.” Matthew 2:1-3

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Here is seen that not only was that wicked King Herod troubled at the news of Jesus’ birth, but the entire city of Jerusalem was troubled along with Herod!

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Wise Men See Star www.wikigallery.com US public domain

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Fast-forward about 2,000 years…

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May 21st, 2011

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When Harold Camping made the announcement that the world would end on May 21st, 2011, a similar reaction occurred around the world.

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Yes, Camping knew that he must sound a very loud clarion call that could not be ignored.

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And so, Harold Camping used all the resources available to publicize that message around the world.

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And indeed, the world sat up and took notice!

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Harold Camping: A Dedicated Bible Teacher

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Now, it wasn’t as if Harold Camping was some wild-eyed guru who relied on dreams and visions for his prediction.

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No, much to the contrary, Camping was a dedicated self-taught Bible theologian who studied the Bible for about 5 or 6 hours per day, over a 50 year span. And Camping’s teaching were aired daily, broadcast in several dozen languages,around the world via his world-wide radio station.

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We Were Just As Stiff-Necked as Jerusalem of Old!

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But instead of the church-world engaging in a healthy week-by-week, even month-by-month examination of Camping’s claims (as would any true noble Berean), the church-community pretty much reacted in the same manner as Jerusalem over the announcement of the birth of the long-promised Messiah!

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Yes, instead of some serious Bible studies, the loud voices in the church-world began to immediately mock and deride Harold Camping and his shocking end-of-the-world announcement. And as a result, Camping immediately became the object of disdain and hateful mockery, and arrogant fist-waving at the very notion that the world would end on that day.

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Anti-Christian Protest movement – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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May 21st, 2011 Was A Test For God’s People

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Well, the fact is, God had no intention of literally ending the world on May 21st, 2011! But instead, God was merely giving a wake-up call to the world, but especially to those who claimed to be Christians.

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After all, the first wake-up call on the satanic 911 attack on New York did manage to fill up the churches as trembling souls thought the end might be near! But it wasn’t long until the Christian community fell back into our death-like spiritual slumber.

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But even more than merely giving us a wake-up call, God used May 21st, 2011, to show the world and the Church, that there were no “Noble Bereans” willing to sit up and begin to examine this startling message! Yes, God already knew that the Church was not at all ready for Christ to return. But He wanted us to realize our undone condition too!

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ABOVE PICTURE: Unfunny Judgment Day Cartoon – a party tonight – signsofheaven.org

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The Church had, “Bought A Piece of Ground,

Five Yoke of Oxen…Married a Wife”

Luke 14:18-20

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But alas, the Church, for the most part had been much too busy, eating and drinking and pursuing the selfish, earthly pleasures and proud, ambitious treasures of this, the http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NOMG01ThankGodForSatan.jpgDevil’s world! And the May 21st, 2011 announcement caught them by surprise.

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And just like Jerusalem’s troubled reaction over the wise-men’s announcement of the Messiah, so too, God’s professed Christians were in no spiritual condition to receive the Son of Man’s return!

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But in God’s great love and mercy, He allowed that day to come and pass.

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March – Protest – Thank God For Satan – Wikimedia – GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or later version

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The Most Despised Man In The World!

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Now, after his seemingly failed prediction, Camping arguably became the most despised and ridiculed man in the world! People rejoiced that Christ didn’t come! Even God’s people were greatly relieved! Gifts were exchanged in the form of such things as mocking jokes and Halloween masks exaggerating Camping’s caricature being displayed on TV and the Internet.

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But Camping soon suffered a massive stroke, leaving him to sit at home and mull over his supposed error, wondering how his careful time-calculations could possibly have been wrong!

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And in a year or two, he died. And all those who predicted that he would “take his millions of dollars and flee the country”, instead witnessed this heart-broken Bible teacher pass into eternity in the quiet confines of his Alameda California home. The same home he built and lived in for over 50 years with his wife and 7 children. 

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The fact is, people had absolutely no idea who this wisp of a man was! The Noble Bereans were nowhere to be found! Oh yes, there were those who faithfully followed Camping’s ministry through the years. But even many of those renounced Camping soon after that great disappointment of 5/21/11.

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The Church Will Yet Shine!

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Well now, God is still willing to have a victorious Church. No, not the various congregations and great denominations. No, but rather, God is now calling His people to vacate those institutions…“And I heard another voice from Heaven, saying, Come out of her (Mystery Babylon), My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto Heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.” Revelation 18:4, 5

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Once again, the Lord is speaking to His people, this time via the, “signs in the Sun, and in the Moon, and in the stars”. Luke 21:25

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And this time, the Bridegroom will fill His banquet hall with guests. And the invitation goes out to all, even to the homeless street people! All may enter in!

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A Difficult Task For Indoctrinated Christians

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgBut for those who have been indoctrinated by the apostate churches and denominations and ministries, it will be very difficult! It will require us to become Noble Bereans of the highest order, willing to prayerfully and studiously re-examine our wrong doctrines which have greatly crippled us for so many decades!

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Yes, this current message corrects the many errors which the main-stream church has embraced for decades, which have all but compromised and polluted even the true and biblical doctrines being taught by that so-called “orthodoxy”.

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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The Wedding Supper Will Be Filled With Guests

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And so, the call goes out to all those willing to cast away our pride and our earthly attainments,even as it is written, “In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats, To go into the clefts of the ragged rocks (God’s Word), for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of His majesty, when He ariseth to shake terribly the earth.” Isaiah 2:20-21

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So yes, God will have His wedding feast filled with guests. But all those who are unwilling to become Noble Bereans and refuse to properly study all these seemingly new things, God will supply enough pegs to hang their doubts on.

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But for those who truly seek the Lord with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind, the signs in the Sun, Moon, and stars will shine brightly upon their pathway as they leave this doomed Babylonian world, and begin to walk onward and upward unto the Celestial City of God!

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And may the Reader of this letter be one of those blessed ones!

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Sincerely, Signs Of Heaven.org

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Five Wise Virgins – Matt 25 – www.thebiblerevival.com – Public Domain

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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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The above verse is a plea from God to look up at the Heavens and behold Who has created these things.

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In this busy work-a-day world, there are many very interesting things which can occupy one’s time and energy: hobbies, and careers, and entertainments and worries, and habits, to name just a few.

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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.

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The Christian wants nothing to get in the way of running that Christian Race.

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 New York Times Square – terabass – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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“AND WHEN YE SEE THESE THINGS…

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LOOK UP, LIFT UP YOUR HEAD”

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But having said this, there is one hobby which every ‘Noble Berean’ may take up, which only compliments the pursuit of the heavenly Prize.

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Yes, Signs Of Heaven becomes a wonderfully rewarding hobby which, unlike many less meaningful hobbies, pays off with rich, heavenly rewards. Everlasting rewards!

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And unlike these people in this photo 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.

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Thus will the Christian be able to share this message with others. And there are perhaps many nuances and hidden biblical truths to these signs which have yet to be discovered.

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Astronomy Amateur Wikipedia share-alike license

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“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;” Luke 21:25

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ABOVE STAR-CHART – Summer Constellations with Two Turtledoves (Sagittarius) & Flower of the Field (aka: Scorpio) & The 12-Star Crown (aka: Corona Borealis) & The Cross-Scepter (aka: Ophiochus & Serpens) & Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) & Arcturus Star – www.theheavensdeclare.net

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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).

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These two constellations represent Christ (Orion), and His Church (7 Stars).

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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).

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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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ABOVE PICTURE – winter constellations – Orion & Revelation 12 Dragon (Hyades, Pleiades, etc…) seen at Eagle Ridge – Signs Of Heaven.org – Not for profit use!once you are comfortable finding these two constellations, you can begin to locate the next closest constellations, and so on.

ABOVE PICTURE – 7 Stars Constellation as the Cross (aka Big Dipper) – winter – signsofheaven.org – not for commercial uses

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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 area where you can safely view the stars, here is another Heavenly Hobby which Signs Of Heaven endorses…

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Why not combine star-watching with prayer, as you walk? What a great way to draw closer to God!

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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!

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(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.

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And for those who are in confinement, one can view these starry signs on the Internet, or simply listen to Scripture on audio.

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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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Starry Night at La Silla Wikipedia share-alike license

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Marines at Prayer by Alex Raymond wikimedia public domain

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