Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 12 . . . . . The First Shall Be Last! Part 2: “The Tragic Tale of Europe’s Apostasy” (Read both articles on this page)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – January 12

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The First Shall Be Last! Part 2: “The Tragic Tale of Europe’s Apostasy”

(Read both articles on this page)

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“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world

through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

they are again entangled therein, and overcome,

the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

For it had been better for them

not to have known the way of righteousness,

than, after they have known it,

to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.”

2nd Peter 2:20, 21

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Perhaps, the greatest tragedy ever witnessed by mankind is how Europe turned its back on the Gospel of Jesus.

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From once lovingly embracing the Christian Reformation to finally becoming a secular society, to now allowing itself to be filled with false religions, it is evident that God’s judgment has fallen upon those once highly favored nations.

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Martin Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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REJOICING IN THE REFORMATION

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Caxton_Showing_the_First_Specimen_of_His_Printing_to_King_Edward_IV_at_the_Almonry,_Westminster.jpgJust think about how those nations once rejoiced in the truth.

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Just think about how they once risked life and limb to get the Gospel out to the common people.

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Remember how the invention of the printing press opened up the Bible and filled the hearts of the people with the soul-saving truths of God’s love!

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Caxton Showing the First Specimen of His Printing to King Edward IV at the Almonry, Westminster – Wikipedia – US public domain

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NO MORE REJOICING IN THE TRUTH

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But now, those same nations are no more filled with the joyful message of Salvation.

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No longer do the people rejoice to hear those life-giving words from the pulpit.

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No more do the valleys and hills of Europe resound with bright and happy Gospel hymns.

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Not many church buildings fill up with excitement and laughter each Sabbath day.

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And instead of embracing the living Gospel of Jesus, these same nations are now beginning to embrace dead religions.

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Thus is the fate of any nation which turns its back on the true Gospel. And Europe is a sad monument to the tragic results of rejecting the truth.

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Germany Bavarian church – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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APOSTASY NOW COMING INTO FULL

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:%22Jesus_in_Jeans%22_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1367680.jpgAnd so, those nations which were the first to joyfully receive the Gospel, are now losing everything God once blessed them with. 

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So what are we to do? What are we to say to an angry, yet merciful God?

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Here are the words that we are to say… “the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of His fierce anger…Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for He hath torn, and He will heal us; He hath smitten, and He will bind us up.” Jeremiah 1:12 & Hosea 6:1

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Skateboarder Jesus in Jeans by Peter Royle – cropped image – WIKIMEDIA – SHARE-ALIKE LICENSE

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the strength and resolve to shun the excesses which prevail in this opulent and hedonistic society, and run the race to the top of heavenly Zion…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology”” or you can also read… “June 13th (Power of Positive-Thinking Gospel & This Wicked World)”

 

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.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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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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THE THIRD MOUNTAIN…CHOICE ‘C’…

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“Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.” Jeremiah 51:25   

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ABOVE PICTURE – Fall Constellations – Valley of Decision Constellation

 

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These three mountains are called “The Valley of Decision Constellation Group”. The first two mountains on the left in this sketch are known are the Mounts of Blessing and Cursing, as found in Deuteronomy 27:11-26 & Chapter 28. The valley between these two mountains is called the Valley of Decision, as is written… “Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Decision.” Joel 3:14. The Valley of Decision is not a physical place, but a spiritual valley in which each person of the world will make up his or her mind, as to just whom they will serve: God or Satan; God’s kingdom or this world (Satan’s kingdom). From the Mount of Blessing are heard all the blessings which result from serving God. From the Mount of Cursing are heard all the curses which result from disobedience to God’s will. And those in the valley will listen to both sides, and make up their minds, just who will they serve. A very simple choice, right? Wrong!

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ABOVE WIKIPEDIA STAR-CHART – Fall Constellations – Valley of Decision & O Destroying Mtn. Constellations – Wikipedia Star-Chart with constellation drawn in by this website – Not for commercial profit use!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet” 

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TOMORROW:

January 13 (Habakkuk Says “Run!” Part 8: “This Crazy Weird Cartoon World!”)

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The First Shall Be Last! Part 3: “The Tragic Tale of Europe’s Apostasy” CONTINUED

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In yesterday’s devotional (1st article on this page), it was lamenting the greatest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Luther95theses.jpgtragedy ever witnessed by mankind: how Europe turned its back on the Gospel of Jesus, for the most part.

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And it was mentioned that these nations which once lovingly embraced the Christian Reformation finally became secular societies, to now allowing themselves to be filled with false religions, and how it is evident that God’s judgment has fallen upon those once-highly-favored nations.

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Martin Luther – 95 Theses – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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BLOODY HISTORY OF ROME’S RULE OVER EUROPE

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And an American can only imagine how absolutely fed up Europeans were with the apostate, corrupt, and even tyrannical churches, which ruled Europe for so many centuries, during the Dark Ages.

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Torture devices – The Wheel – Calas Chapbook – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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NO EXCUSE FOR TURNING AWAY FROM REFORMATION

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On the other hand, Europe had no excuse for their turning their backs on Christianity.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:John_Wesley_preaching_outside_a_church._Engraving._Wellcome_V0006868.jpg

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No, with the Reformation bringing in true Christianity, the people of Europe now could see what true Christianity looked like. And they did see. And they could hear those joyful hymns echoing through their villages each Sabbath. And they could rejoice that the true Gospel was being faithfully preached from the pulpits. And they could realize that Christians were meek and lowly of heart, and did not oppress others as did the apostate churches.

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And God gave these nations Reformation heroes to whom they could look up to and even read their writings. It was a time of victory for Christ and His Church in Europe!

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John Wesley preaching – cropped and colored picture – Wellcome – the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license.

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“GIVE ME NEITHER POVERTY NOR RICHES”

Proverbs 30:8

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:People_on_Times_Square.jpgNow, instead of famine and disease and governmental oppression, this new 2nd beast head of Revelation 13 (the 1st beast being the tyrannical papal reign over Europe) was to flood the Reformation nations with excess and humanism with all its fleshly lusts. The former head of the beast had received the deadly wound by a sword (the “sword of the Spirit”, the Bible, via the printing press).

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But now, this new beast thrives by means of atheism and secularism.

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And so, both Europe and America begin to go through a great transformation. This False Prophet Beast was now rising to power, causing the Christian community to once again become apostate, because of all the materialism and hedonistic pleasures and ambitious pursuits made possible by the industrial revolution along with the high-tech revolution.

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Now all this 1st beast and 2nd beast, with their various heads and horns can be quite confusing to newcomers of this website. But there are many articles to read which can clear of all this confusion, such as…March 23rd (1st Beast of Revelation 13)

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People on Times Square – cropped image – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Charles_Robert_Darwin_by_John_Collier.jpgATHEISM: MANKIND IS GOD!

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sigmund_Freud_LIFE.jpgAnd simultaneous to this, Charles Darwin absolutely shook both continents with his theory of evolution.

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And Freud also shook the world with his ideology of “mental illness” which replaced the biblical truth of demon possession.

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In other words, atheism was gradually gaining power over Christianity.

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Charles Darwin – by John Collier (artist) – www.wikigallery.com – Public Domain

Sigmund Freud – LIFE – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the strength and resolve to shun the excesses which prevail in this opulent and hedonistic society, and run the race to the top of heavenly Zion…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Floodwaters of the False Prophet: “Atheism & Psychology”” or you can also read… “June 13th (Power of Positive-Thinking Gospel & This Wicked World)”

 

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THE END

 

.Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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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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THE THIRD MOUNTAIN…CHOICE ‘C’…

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“Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.” Jeremiah 51:25   

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These three mountains are called “The Valley of Decision Constellation Group”. The first two mountains on the left in this sketch are known are the Mounts of Blessing and Cursing, as found in Deuteronomy 27:11-26 & Chapter 28. The valley between these two mountains is called the Valley of Decision, as is written… “Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Decision.” Joel 3:14. The Valley of Decision is not a physical place, but a spiritual valley in which each person of the world will make up his or her mind, as to just whom they will serve: God or Satan; God’s kingdom or this world (Satan’s kingdom). From the Mount of Blessing are heard all the blessings which result from serving God. From the Mount of Cursing are heard all the curses which result from disobedience to God’s will. And those in the valley will listen to both sides, and make up their minds, just who will they serve. A very simple choice, right? Wrong!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ““Vanity Fair” & The False Prophet” 

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