Daily Devotional, Year 4 – July 27 (Apocalypse Now! Part 28: “Do All Things Really Continue as They Were from the Beginning? (A Look at 2nd Peter 3:4)”)

By admin On June 2nd, 2023

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Daily Devotional, Year 4 – July 27

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Apocalypse Now!

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Part 28:

“Do All Things Really ‘Continue as They Were from the Beginning’?”

(Examining 2nd Peter 3:3, 4)

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

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“Knowing this first,

that there shall come in the last days scoffers,

walking after their own lusts,

And saying, Where is the promise of His coming?

for since the fathers fell asleep,

all things continue as they were

from the beginning of the Creation”

2nd Peter 3:3, 4

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There are many in society today, who look at the horrific events happening right now, and simply dismiss them, by saying, “Oh well, these kinds of things have always been happening all the way down throughout history. Nothing new under the sun.”

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“there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming?”

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But Jesus addressed this error in today’s signature passage…

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Listen again…“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation” 2nd Peter 3:3, 4 

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Yes, as this above passage reveals, Jesus knew that scoffers would come, discouraging God’s faithful, waiting saints.

Atheist Bus Campaign creator Ariane Sherine and Richard Dawkins at its launch in London.

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SCOFFERS IN THE CHURCH TOO!

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And these scoffers weren’t just atheists! No, these were churchgoers! After all, they acknowledge here that all things continue as they were from the beginning of the Creation”.

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So, these scoffers were believers in Creation! But they also acknowledged that humanity has been engaging in “business-as-usual” since “the beginning”! Not evolution from lower life-forms! But rather, the hustle-bustle of civilized humans…even from the beginning! So these scoffers were good churchgoing professors of Christianity!

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“O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

Matthew 16:3

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And yet, what these scoffers are not aware or perhaps are ignoring altogether, is this: There are certain things now occurring which have never been witnessed on a worldwide scale, prior to this generation.

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And these things are definite signs that we are indeed in the last hours prior to the grand finale of great tribulation which Christians have endured throughout the persecution of the Church.

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WORLDWIDE RISE of the SIN of SODOM

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Never before has there been a world-wide embrace of the sin of Sodom! And this reminds us of Luke 17:29, 30… But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

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(And even today you can search the area around the Dead Sea, where Sodom once was and find balls of brimstone! Click here to see short video)

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WORLDWIDE DECLINE IN MORALITY

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“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

2nd Timothy 3:13

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“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold”

Matthew 24:12

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Since the advent of radio, television, and Internet, a rapid decline in morality has been taking place on a world-wide scale.

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These two verses each prophesied of the future, even these very last days prior to Christ’s Return.

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WORLDWIDE ABILITY TO CONTROL WHO CAN BUY & SELL

“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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Never before has mankind had the ability to control who can buy or sell. And this above prophecy concerning “buying and selling” was penned two thousand years ago, giving it a much greater impetus!

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WORLDWIDE ABILITY TO CENSURE SPEECH

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The Internet seems to be the perfect apocalyptic weapon for the forces of evil against the human race! In other words, this now gives the Devil and his willing accomplices the ability censure and control what can be said, or not be said.

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But Internet can even discriminate between each and every individual, by use of “bots” and “algorithms” which search the world-wide-web for “violators of acceptable speech and approved ideas”!

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WORLDWIDE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE, COORDINATE, CONTROL

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Never before in history, has mankind had the ability to become a one-world totalitarian state! But with high-tech innovations, that day is fast becoming a reality!

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WORLDWIDE ABILITY TO READ THE BIBLE PROPHECIES CONCERNING THESE END-TIMES

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”

Matthew 24:14 

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This above verse foretold of a day in which the Bible would be a “witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”. And by means of radio, television and Internet, that worldwide witness is now possible!

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WORLDWIDE MAKEOVER

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This above verse prophesied of this very day in which instant communication and rapid-travel would be a product of an increase in knowledge. Oh yes, this above verse may have other implications, but it sure seems to be fulfilled in this very day in which knowledge is instantly accessible, and many people are running “to and fro”, both literally, physically, but also intellectually, via “smart devices”!

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SIGNS IN THE SUN, MOON, AND STARS NOW REVEALED

Luk 21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars…
Luk 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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Never before has Luke 21:25 been fulfilled until this very day in which the signs written “in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars”

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THREE ANGELS MESSAGE NOW REVEALED

Rev 14:9  And the third angel followed them (the first two angels), 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,
Rev 14:10  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:

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WORLDWIDE ANIMUS AGAINST CHRISTIANS

Mat_24:9  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

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This above verse is concerning the end-times just prior to Christ’s Return. And right now, for the very first time, the hatred of Christians has spread through the majority of the nations, including the very nations which once lovingly and enthusiastically embraced the Christian Reformation.

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WORLDWIDE PUSH TOWARD A ONE-WORLD, TOTALITARIAN GOVERNMENT

Rev 13:15  And he 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 should be killed.
Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
Rev 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.

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Since the building of the Tower of Babel, mankind’s dream of a one-world government has never been within the grasp of humanity as it is today! And of course, the Bible foretold of this day, concerning the totalitarian control which causes the entire world to receive the mark and image of the antichrist world-system.

 

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WORLDWIDE ANGER

Rev_11:18  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged”

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FULFILLMENT OF HABAKKUK 1:8

“Their horses also are swifter than the leopards…”

Habakkuk 1:8 

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Anti-Christian_sign_in_Federal_Plaza_Chicago.jpgBut as of late, something has drastically changed.

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There is now occurring a sinister paradigm shift throughout the world. And it seems as if the world is no longer content to maintain this deceptive “friendship” with God’s people.

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As a matter of fact, the changes now occurring are beginning to speed up with leopard-like rapidity to the point that people are scratching their heads and saying, “What in the world is going on here!? Why is this planet getting so crazy-evil!?”

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

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“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Proverbs 27:6 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Castillo_de_Disneyland.jpgYes, “the god of this world” gave the western nations of gigantic makeover, transforming a world of scarcity and famine into a veritable cornucopian super-society! (2nd Corinthians 4:4)

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And his present-day Antichrist-world-system has become, to a great extent, a theme-parklike adventureland in which his loyal citizenry can pursue their fleshly pleasures and their proud, ambitious dreams like never before possible!

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And Christians have been all but swept away by this flood of Sodom-like opulence, pursuing many of the same pleasures and dreams which the unsaved masses go after.

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Castle of Disney – Wikipedia – Public Dom

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“…the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”

Proverbs 27:6

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Yes, it seems that Satan is now on the march! He and his vast army of unseen evil angels are goading the world’s inhabitants to turn against all that is good and godly, it seems.

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Oh yes, the world has its own form of pretentious goodness, often referred to as, “Political Correctness”.

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But even here, these politically protected entities are even being manipulated to oppress the freedoms which Christians have long enjoyed for many decades.

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Anger during a protest – by David Shankbone – cropped – Wikimedia – Share-alike-License

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Genesis19-17.jpgRUN CHRISTIAN, RUN!

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Well, as the prophet Habakkuk forewarned, it is now time for Christians to “RUN!” And many similar Bible warnings likewise tell us to “flee to the mountains” in these last moments of time.

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And so, knowing that “all things work together for good to those that love God” (Romans 8:28), let’s not ignore this incredible societal wake-up call, and begin to use any remaining time to good account, as we “cram for our finals”, so to speak! Yes, there is no more time to dilly-dally in the world as we have been doing for much too long!

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As the Bible tells us…“Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’S vengeance; He will render unto her a recompense.” Jeremiah 51:6

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Picture – Lot Escapes – www.thebiblerevival.com offers free Bible clipart – Public Domain.

USMC – prayer-before-study – Wikimedia – Public-domain

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“And when these things begin to come to pass,

then look up, and lift up your heads;

for your redemption draweth nigh”

Luke 21:28

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

“Dear Lord, Help me to fully understand the hour we are now in, and to prepare myself to stand in this coming battle…

Prayer – Brooklyn Museum – Saint James the Less – by James Tissot – Wikimedia Commons – US Public Domain

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READ MORE…

To explore deeper into this subject, please read…April 2 (Habakkuk Says “Run!”, Part 10: “Television, Swifter Than Leopards!”), or you can also read this shorter article…January 7th (TIME TO GET OUT OF DODGE!)

Question book magnify svg – Wikimedia – GNU license

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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 – wikipedia star-chart with orion drawn in by this website – not for commercial use

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READ MORE…

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

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TOMORROW…

July 28 (Cuttlefish & The False Prophet . Part 16: “The Words of the Wicked”)

Giant Cuttlefish – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution

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