Daily Devotional, Year 3 – October 26 (Apocalypse NOW! Part 23: “Tormented With Fire!” CONTINUED) ALSO READ (“The Cancel-Culture & The Beast’s Mark”)

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Daily Devotional, Year 3 – October 26

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ARTICLE # 1

Scroll down this page to read “The Cancel Culture & The Beast’s Mark

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Apocalypse NOW! Part 23: “Tormented With Fire!” CONTINUED

To read Part 1, click here…AUGUST 9 (Apocalypse Now! Part 2: Tormented With Fire!)

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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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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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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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 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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TO READ PART 25, CLICK HERE…Daily Devotional, Year 4 – February 15 (Apocalypse NOW! Part 25: “Is the Holy Spirit Being Removed From the World?”)

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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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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… April 7 (Apocalypse NOW! Part 16: “Perfect Peace In The Fire!” (CONTINUED)), or you can also read this next article…AUGUST 9 (Apocalypse Now! Part 2: “Tormented With Fire!”) or you can also read…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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THE WOMAN ON THE ALTAR CONSTELLATION

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“Let my prayer Flower of Heaven Constellation w/leaves

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before Thee as incense;

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and the lifting up

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as the evening sacrifice.”

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Psalm 142:2

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LOCATING THIS CONSTELLATION…

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This “Golden Altar” Constellation is only seen in winter through spring, in mid-sky.  It is to the south of the “Fleeing Woman Constellation” (AKA Ursa Major  or The Big Dipper).

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The “Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12” Constellation is in the northeastern sky in this sketch. You would be facing east and looking very high up almost to mid-sky to see this constellation group this way. The altar is farther south but still in the eastern sky. This altar itself is commonly known as Leo Major“, with the smoke rising beingLeo Minor“.

 

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A little farther down this page is the sketch of this same constellation in the latter part of winter, when you look at them facing westward. You will notice that what looked like Gospel seed being cast from her left hand and left foot (see “Woman of Revelation 12-The Fleeing Woman” article for explanation of casting “Gospel Seed”) now appears like smoke or incense rising from the altar. It is not clear why the altar is sideways in back of the Woman. It would make more sense if it were directly under the Woman. However, the Lord must have some spiritual truth to convey concerning this odd positioning of the Altar. The 7 Stars (Big Dipper) is easy to see with its very bright 7 stars. But the Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) must be seen on a dark starry night, away from city lights.

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THE ZODIAC CONSTELLATION NAMES

It is not the purpose of www.theheavensdeclare.net to give any validity to the Zodiac or any pagan deities. But 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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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Woman of Revelation 12, (“The Woman on the Altar”)

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TOMORROW…

October 27 (Noble Bereans, Part 23: “The Messages of the Three Angels of Revelation 14″)

 

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ARTICLE # 2

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THE CANCEL CULTURE & THE BEAST’S MARK

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

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svg“What in the world is going on!?”

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It now seems as though everything we took for granted is now getting canceled! From cartoons to Shakespeare! From From Dr. Seuss to Abraham Lincoln! From genders to Hollywood movies! From history books, even to the Constitution! From church attendance to sitting in a coffee house! From conservative videos to Christian websites! Nothing seems beyond the reach of this current-day “Cancel Culture”

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DDLI.png“The sinners in Zion are afraid”

Isaiah 33:14 

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It all seems so crazy, and yet, a good percentage of the world’s citizenry seems to be very much okay with all this canceling out!?  

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So, just what is going on?

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And why are people so willing to tacitly accept all this canceling out of everything we once took for granted and thought would always be here?

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Well, even though all this seeming societal insanity is confusing, to say the least, we must be aware that the Bible prophesied of this very hour in which we are now in!

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SATAN, ‘THE GOD OF THIS WORLD”

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First, let’s make it very clear, just who is in control of this world. No, not God (oh yes, ultimately God is in control).

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But rather, as Scripture reveals…“the god of this world (Satan) 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…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:” 2nd Corinthians 4:4 & Ephesians 2:2

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Now these above two verses fully explain why so many people are willing to allow all this canceling to continue. The Prince of the power of the air, the spirit of antichrist is working in them! “…And this is that spirit of antichrist…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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This is their god, and this is their prince! 

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Anti-Christian rally in Chicago – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

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BUYING OR SELLING

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http://blog.travelpod.comNow combine these above three verses with Revelation 13:17…“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 13:17

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Here we begin to see that the Bible long ago prophesied of this current-day “Cancel-Culture” in the last hours of history. Yes, all those who refused to bow https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PropagandaNaziStabsBible.gifdown to Satan would be canceled! At least, their ability to “buy or sell” would be canceled. And probably not just financially either…“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.” Proverbs 23:23

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Now, with this above verse, all this canceling begins to make sense. After all, if the world is willing to cancel Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss, then how long before they begin to cancel the Bible? And our ability to preach the Bible?

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After all, isn’t that really what Satan actually wants to do more than anything else? To cancel out the Bible and the soul-saving preaching of the Bible?

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“therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many.”

Daniel 11:44

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgAnd don’t think for a moment it can’t happen here! Because, if the Holy Spirit is “taken out of the way” (as 2nd Thessalonians, Chapter 2 prophesy’s), then just about any degree of wickedness can happen, can it not? 

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And if that’s not enough canceling out, just listen to this…“And he (The False Prophet of Revelation 13, which this site reveals to be the USA) had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast (the image of the 1st Beast, which is Satan’s antichrist world-system), should be killed.” Revelation 13:15

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Yes, even our very lives may be canceled out in the next few years, according to this above prophecy! 

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

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http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Tissot_Habakkuk.jpgHABAKKUK SAYS “RUN!” 

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The Book of Habakkuk speaks of this very day and hour in which we now find ourselves…“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 

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You see, the prophet, Habakkuk, had a vision of Chaldeans (unbelievers) moving in with leopard-like speed to cancel out biblical Christianity, by means of enveloping the Christian community with soul-destroying influences, to the degree that Christians lose their ability to make good solid biblical judgments. And when we finally wake up (spiritually speaking) and realize that this antichrist world has become our enemy (that it actually is and always has been), God, through Habakkuk, commands us to “RUN”!

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Habakkuk by James Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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PSALMS SAYS, “HIDE!” AND THAT’S GOOD NEWS! A PLACE OF REFUGE!

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But where do we run? And where do we hide?

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Well, that’s the Good News!

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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. 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 2:20, 21

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Yes, as this above passage reveals, we must run and hide ourselves in Christ…“Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.” Psalm 32:7 

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Here is where we are to run and hide! Listen again…“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a Rock…and that Rock was (and is) Christ” Psalm 27:5 & 1st Corinthians 10:4 

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Yes, if we delay not, and run to the safety of the secret of God’s tabernacle, we will find safety from the approaching, “windy storm and tempest”. Psalm 55:8

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

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