Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 25 (The 4 Winds of Revelation 7:1 Now Blowing! Part 1: “The 4 Winds of Doctrine”)

By admin On February 17th, 2021

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – December 25

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The 4 Winds of Revelation 7:1 Now Blowing! Part 1: “The 4 Winds of Doctrine”

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“That we henceforth be no more children,

tossed to and fro, and carried about

with every wind of doctrine,

by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,

whereby they lie in wait to deceive;”

Ephesians 4:14

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Does it seem like we’re having a lot of bad weather lately?

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The world, that is. Does it appear as if the world is experiencing a lot of extreme weather? Well, it sure seems like it is, wouldn’t you agree?

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Another question: are we getting a lot of bad weather in the political and social realm?

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That is, doesn’t it seem as if hurricane winds of strife are now blowing among the nations of the world?

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STRONG WINDS IN CHURCH

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Here’s another question: Is the Christian world getting a lot of extreme weather lately?

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In other words, are there are storm clouds and winds of doctrines blowing from every-which direction? Does the Christian world seem as though there are countless different variations of the Gospel of Jesus blowing in the wind these days?

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Yes, there are many Christians today, complaining about all the different viewpoints being tossed about in the world.

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1,001 FLAVOR GOSPEL!

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It appears that, no matter which way a Christian turns, there are preachers preaching with all the boldness and confidence of the Apostle, Paul!

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The problem is, they are mostly  preaching many different things from each other! You could possibly say, that if Christendom were an ice cream parlor, you would have to call it something like “The 1,001 Flavors Gospel Ice Cream Parlor”!

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Oh yes, a person can choose just about any flavor of the Gospel that tickles his (or Her) fancy! “Give me a scoop of ‘Hip & Trendy’, please” “And I’ll take some ‘Heart-tugging Humanitarianism’, too!” “But don’t give me any ‘Old Fashioned”, please! I tasted it as a kid when my parents gave it to me, and it’s just too bland!”

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Helados – Wikipedia – share-alike license by Mackbeth24 at en.wikipedia

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“SATAN…WILL, IF POSSIBLE, DECEIVE THE ELECT”

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Well, you get the idea of this ice cream analogy. It’s getting to the point of craziness in the Christian world today!

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So how does one discern what is true and what is just a “look-alike” gospel? Because let’s face it! The counterfeits which are blowing in the wind today, are quite often so close to the truth, that it’s extremely difficult to discern the true from the false!

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And it’s not hard for true worshippers to see that Satan is wrecking havoc on the Church-world.

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But why should we be surprised? After all, the Bible forewarned us… “For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall show signs and wonders, to seduce, if [it were] possible, even the elect.” Mark 13:22.

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So these satanic counterfeits will be so close to the truth, that even God’s knowledgeable people might be deceived, if possible!

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“CHRIST, THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY & FOREVER”

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One thing that many of these false gospels have in common, is that they quite often try to be fashionable and up-to-date.

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Quite often they will mingle some faddish and trendy things of the world, in attempt to attract large audiences. Maybe some hip music. Maybe some “beautiful people”. Maybe some “cool” talk. And many preachers today strive to behave just a little like stand-up comedians, keeping their audience laughing. Many other gospels mingle their ethnicity, which only divides and never unifies the body of Christ (see Colossians 3:10, 11).

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But the true Gospel has a timeless quality about it. The truth doesn’t need to be dressed up, or updated. Heaven is not like some fickle school-girl, as the saying goes! It is as timeless as Jesus.

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And Jesus is, “the way, the truth and the life!” John 14:6

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MINGLED GOSPELS VERY POWERFUL

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But the great problem is, that many of these so-called gospels mingle a whole lot of Bible into their preaching!

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Well, Satan is not as dumb as he would like us to suppose! Everyone knows that mice will not take the poison unless it’s mingled with lots and lots of oatmeal! And since Satan has an I.Q. far http://theheavensdeclare.net/flood-waters-of-satan/beyond our comprehension, why then would we imagine that he’s just a fumbling and bumbling old fool?

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Oh yes it’s true, that Satan has raised up some really poor counterfeit gospels. But even those bad ones only make the really clever counterfeits look that much more convincing!

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But when you lead people to believe that they can have Jesus, and still pursue the things of the world, that’s going to attract large crowds! And when you give people attractions such as sensual music, comedy, beautiful people, all sorts of social activities, etc., it’s going to attract large crowds!

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That’s a powerful potion! Pursuing your earthly dreams and selfish delights, and a lively social/fraternal organization coated with a thin veneer of religiosity to attend each week, and then, go to Heaven too! That’s powerful stuff! (see Matthew 6:24)

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ABOVE PICTURE: Satan, The False Prophet who offers a world-loving gospel – www.signsofheaven.org

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SOME WARNING SIGNS

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So here are some questions to ask yourself, concerning any particular ministry in question:

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Does that ministry constantly encourage to study, study, study the Bible? (see Psalms 119:97)

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Does that ministry add to the Bible, further revelations, such as dreams, and visions, and voices? (see Revelation 22:18)

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Does it appear as if that ministry encourages, either by word or by example, the seeking after the cares and pleasures of this world? Do the followers seem to worship one day per week, followed by six days of going headlong after the pleasures and treasures of this life?

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Or does that ministry try hard to keep from mingling fashion, trendiness, entertainment, “hip”, comedy, ethnic, programs, non-biblical holidays, or any other earthy, non-Christ-like additions into their presentations? (see Ephesians. 5:3, 4)

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And is the focus of that ministry on becoming Christ-like in every way? Or do they rather focus on other things, instead of focusing on Christ, and our overcoming the world? (see 1st John 3:3)

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Well, perhaps there are more biblical “acid-tests” that one could apply to some of these modern-day gospels which are currently blowing in the wind.

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The important thing is to not let one of these blow you away from the truth!

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“…A LAMP UNTO MY FEET”

Psalm 119:105

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And if a person wants to NOT be misled, he or she must know the Bible well, and have a mature understanding of the spiritual nature of the Bible.

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Or do we just let the “spirit” lead us?

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In Martin Luther’s day, some groups rose up, proclaiming that because they had the “holy spirit” talking to them, they didn’t need the Bible anymore!

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Regarding these groups, Luther commented… “They cry, ‘The Spirit, the Spirit!’. But what spirit they are speaking of, I know not!”

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Luther 95 theses – Wikipedia – US public domain

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STUDY THE REAL, NOT THE COUNTERFEIT

 

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The point is, God has given us the Bible.

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And instead of studying all the counterfeits, we need to study the true! Because most everybody knows, it is by being thoroughly familiar with the real thing, that one can easily spot the counterfeit! And so, let’s get to know the Bible!

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It is only by having a very good knowledge of the Bible, that any of us can expect to get through the troublous and confusing days we’re now entering into!

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THREE DOLLAR BILL – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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WHY NOT JUST STUDY FOR YOURSELF?

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And really, why not simply turn off all those fancy and cool-talking evangelists and teachers, and just study for yourself?

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After all, the Bible says… “But the ahttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_040327-N-1261P-058_Navy_Chaplain,_Lt._Marc_Massie_assigned_to_Naval_Mobile_Construction_Battalion_Seventy_Four_(NMCB-74)_studies_his_Bible_for_an_upcoming_service.jpgnointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, AND YE NEED NOT THAT ANY MAN TEACH YOU: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” 1st John 2;27.

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Yes, God’s Spirit abides in every true worshipper, and will lead each and every child of God into all truth. So why even get mixed up and confused by so many of today’s preachers?

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After all, the Bible foretells… “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” 2nd Tim. 4:3.

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Many of us believe that this day has fully arrived in the churches, when by preaching or by example, we’re seeing a very worldly gospel being preached.

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a very good knowledge of your Word, that I may be so well-grounded that I won’t fall into a selfish gospel of man’s making…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Fleeing to the Mountains: The Abomination in the Church, Part 1” or you can also read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet”

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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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LOCATING ARCTURUS…

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An easy way to find Arcturus is to follow the arc of the handle of the Big Dipper, in the spring through fall (these are the months in which Arcturus is visible).

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SUMMER CONSTELLATIONS: (Sketch to right: constellations span the heavens (Ark in south, 7 Stars in north), and travel from east to west through the night.

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This sketch is of the Summer Constellations as they appear when in the western half of the night sky. The box-like constellation is the The Ark of the Covenant (AKA Sagittarius) is in the south. To the right is both the Flower of the Field Constellation (AKA Scorpius) and the The Cross/Scepter Constellations. Further to the north is the Crown of Revelation Twelve (AKA Corona Borealis Constellation) and the star, Arcturus. Farthest to the north is the 7 Stars Constellation (AKA The Big Dipper )

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Arcturus (the star that wise-men follow!)”

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TOMORROW:

December 26 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet, Part 7: “It’s a Glad, Glad, Glad, Glad World!”)

 

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