Flower of the Field Constellation, Part 2: “All is Vanity”

By admin On May 11th, 2012

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“The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry?

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‘All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof

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is as the flower of the field:… 

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The grass withereth, the flower fadeth:

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but the word of our God shall stand for ever.'”

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Isaiah 40:3, 6-8.

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“MEANINGLESS, MEANINGLESS!…

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ALL IS MEANINGLESS!”

Ecclesiastes 12:8

 

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“The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God…The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:3, 6-8

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FLOWER OF THE FIELD

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This Flower of the Field Constellation graces the summer night sky, reminding us of the vanity of this life. The opening verse are the words of the “voice in the wilderness”.

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Listen… “The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? ‘All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.'” Isaiah 40:3, 6-8.

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This verse tells us that all the glory of Mankind is as a fading flower.

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These two constellations in the above sketch are the Two Turtle-doves (AKA Sagittarius) and the Flower of the Field Constellations(AKA Scorpio). They appear in the southern skies, moving from east to west. They are best seen from spring through fall. This sketch is how they appear in the spring in the northern latitudes. In the southern latitudes they are more tilted. As they move through the night sky, the flower appears to bend down. 

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ONE DOOR CLOSES & ANOTHER OPENS

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It is alwThe Flower of the Field Constellation Signs Of Heaven.orgays a touching experience to see a child or grandchild walking proudly across the stage to receive a diploma. To look at all the fresh happy faces, all filled with excited anticipation for the future! It is likewise a joyous occasion to see anyone whom we care for, experience an accomplishment in their life.

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And if you’ve ever attended a graduation ceremony, you’ve no doubt heard that well-known encouragement to the graduates: “You (the graduate) have successfully walked out of one door and are about to enter a new door.” And it’s true! A graduate has just completed a chapter in his or her life! And a new chapter is about to unfold in that graduate’s life. And whether or not it’s called a door, or called a chapter, it is truly a new adventure into the unknown, to a certain degree. No one knows just what lies ahead in the immediate future. Nevertheless, the graduate has bright hope for his or her future. And perhaps, rightfully so!

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“THE PRIDE OF LIFE”

1st John 2:16

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“And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not!” Jeremiah 45:5

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It’s a busy, busy, work-a-day world in which we live, isn’t it? Every direction we turn, it seems that we are The Flower of the Field Constellation Signs Of Heaven.orgbombarded with the challenge to succeed and achieve in the world. But as the above verse states, God warns His people… “And seekest thou great things for thyself? seek them not” Jeremiah 45:5.

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Take television for instance. One of the greatest secrets to salesmanship on television, is to parade all the “beautiful people” across the TV screen. Obviously, if a company wants to sell its product, it only makes sense to hire someone who is smart…good looking… and successful, to convince viewers to buy that product. You certainly wouldn’t hire a scruffy old street-person to sell, say, a new car, would you?

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Take for instance, this very old magazine ad from the late 1800’s. This 120 year old ad shows us that advertisers had this all figured out long, long ago. Notice this obviously wealthy and pretty lady, telling us a smart thing to do…to buy the product she’s selling. It’s a really clever ad, isn’t it?

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And so even an advertisement designed to sell a certain product, is unwittingly selling the viewer two products, instead of one…not only do they sell their product, but they also sell to the public the concept of success and achievement

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But not only do advertisements challenge us, but all of television deluges us with a constant undercurrent of this concept: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the television sells this idea that we would be happier if we were successful.  Sometimes TV pushes this concept on us overtly; but quite often, in a much more subtle manner, like this subtle magazine ad, which is overtly selling a “health” product. But covertly this ad is selling us on the idea to be attractive, smart and successful in addition, just like this enviable lady.

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THE WORLD’S FIRST SALESMAN…

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“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, ‘Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

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“…And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die…and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil’. 

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“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.” Genesis 3:1, 4-6 

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The above passage is the account of the very first product ever sold in this world: that forbidden fruit! When we think about it, Satan was the world’s very first salesman! He already knew just what motivation to use in order to sell his product. He promised the woman that she would be smarter, richer, nobler, if only she would buy his brand of food. To be like God! And so she bought his product. And then he used her to sell his product to her husband. Pretty good salesmanship!

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Makes us wonder if perhaps he’s not the Advertiser-In-Chief behind television! 

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SELDOM DO THEY ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION!

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But what does all this have to do with the subject being discussed today? Simple. Just think about it. Here we all are…on this giant ball, named Earth, spinning round and round…in a vast universe.

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Day after day, year after year, we have been going like busy little ants.

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Do we ever stop and ask ourselves, “What am I doing here?

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Do we ever just pause, and sit back for a moment and ask ourselves “Isn’t there more to life than this?”

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Do we ever wonder if there is something we might better be striving to achieve?

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TELEVISION: NON-STOP CHATTER!

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The voices in society ask us just about every question…but the right question. Very seldom does the television ask this question: “Why are you here? Is there something better than this world?

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“Is there any possible way to escape this death-sentence that hangs over yours and my head?

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“Is there a way off this planet?”

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And if it does ask these questions, it almost never gives the correct answer.  

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AVOIDING THAT LITTLE VOICE

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The world tries to be busy as possible, so as to keep that nagging little voice within, quiet. You know, that little thought that occasionally comes in the night, and silently questions us… “Where will you spend eternity?”. And so we just try to keep busy, seeking after the things of this world.

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The TV jesters turn every serious question of life into a joke.

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The buyers keep buying.

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The sellers keep trying to sell.

 

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And we keep ourselves so busy, that we just don’t have time to ponder the really important questions. 

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“IS THAT ALL THERE IS, MY FRIEND?”

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Remember this old song? Listen to these words…

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“…For I know just as well as I’m standing here talking to you, when that final moment comes and I’m breathing my last breath, I’ll be saying to myself, ‘Is that all there is? is that all there is? If that’s all there is my friends, then let’s keep dancing! Let’s break out the booze and have a ball, If that’s all there is’…”

 

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“GIVE WINE TO THEM THAT ARE PERISHING”

Proverbs 31:6

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This above last verse from that old song from the 50’s (“Let’s break out the booze and have a ball If that’s all there is…”) seems to have captured the essence of a similar very well-known Bible verse… “if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.” 1st Cor. 15:32 .

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And so God asks us the question, “why are you working so hard? Why are you trying to do all these things to prop up a dying world? Why seek those things which will eventually fade and die? And why do you live as though you will never die?”.

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Solomon said it this way… “That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is lacking cannot be filled.” Ecclesiastes1:15.

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Mankind tries and tries to correct the ills and evils in the world. But as Solomon says here, it cannot be done. The harder we try, the worse things get! Is that not true? Is the world getting any better? Just look around? Do we have less murders? Less war? Less hunger? Less crime? Less drugs? Less deaths? Less ignorance? No, in a world filled with humanitarian projects, all these things are still getting worse and worse!

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“VANITY OF VANITIES…

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ALL IS VANITY, SAYS THE PREACHER”

Ecclesiastes 12:8

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“And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes 12:12 

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Man sends his children to school for as much as nearly ONE-THIRD of our lives! Can you imagine that?! ONE-THIRD! And for what? You’d think we were going to live for hundreds of years, with all that education!  After all, we’re all going to die at between 50 and 85, more or less. Man just tries to go through this life, not thinking of all the generations which have gone before.

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The wisest of all mortal men who ever lived, asked the following question: “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity (“vanity” = “meaningless”). What profit has a man of all his labor which he takes under the sun? One generation passes away, and another generation comes forth: but the earth abides for ever.”  Ecclesiastes 1:2-4.

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Mankind labors day after day, year after year. Then one day, a loved one dies. We weep. We mourn. And then we turn back to our labors.

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Then, sometime later, another loved one dies. Again we weep and mourn again our loss. And again we return back, never questioning the possibility that there’s something better. Something more lasting. Something that doesn’t fade, wilt and die, as does that proverbial Flower of the Field.

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MY NUMBER EVENTUALLY COMES UP

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Then finally, the day comes for “me” to die. They close my eyes and lay me in the ground. In that day, all my thoughts perish… “for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes  9:10. The mourners go about the streets. Then they all return to their labor, and I am eventually forgotten, buried beneath the sands of time. Vanity of vanities!

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Is that all there is, my friend? Is that all we’re content to have? Isn’t there anything more to life? So what about all those doors they told us about at graduation? What about all those opportunities, they spoke of at that ceremony?

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So if all this is going to perish, then, “let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.” 1st Cor. 15:32.

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These are the words of God. He is the One who is asking you and me, these cutting questions.

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FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH?

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Mankind is greatly concerned about dying, and rightfully so. We keep searching for the Fountain http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Juan_Ponce_de_Le%C3%B3n.jpgof Youth. It started with Ponce De Leon many years ago. But as you know, Mr. De Leon has been long since dead and buried. So obviously he never found it!

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But now this search for the Fountain of Youth has moved into science and medical laboratories.

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And just think about it. Even if they could invent a drug which could make you live for a 1,000 years, so what? Just look at all those pre-flood people! Where are they now? They’re all dead…‘deader thttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Juan_Ponce_de_Le%C3%B3n.jpghan a door-nail’! It didn’t matter how long they lived! They’re still dead! Their memory is now gone! It’s like they never lived at all! Oh yes, a few of them left some sort of legacy, perhaps a book or some invention. But 99.999% are completely forgotten. And it doesn’t even matter that they lived at all! Is that all there is, my friend? Is that all there is?

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Now the only exception to those pre-flood dead people is Enoch. Enoch became so close to God, that he just kept walking, and walking…and eventually, he just walked straight up to heaven! But all the rest of those pre-flood oldsters are dead! And some lived nearly a 1,000 years old! But it wasn’t some miracle drug that Enoch drank, which caused him to live forever. 

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TIME IS LIKE A SPEEDING TRAIN…

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Time is just like a speeding train rolling down the tracks. Time doesn’t stop for anyone! It just keeps speeding The Flower of the Field Constellation Signs Of Heaven.orgalong, racing along down the tracks, until it reaches its final destination!

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Doesn’t it make your head spin, how fast time goes by? Movies made just a few years back, show young actors. But look at those actors today. They look much older now. Or they’re dead!

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Time is the great equalizer! It levels the playing field! Time turns everyone ugly…eventually. Time brings both the ambitious as well as the lethargic to a complete standstill…eventually. It robs the rich and poor alike, of all their money…after a while. Time brings all Man’s plans to naught. It brings down kings and kingdoms alike. 

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And when you’re dead, it no longer matters how long you lived. Because once you’re dead, all is forgotten. And in a little while, all those who knew you will also be dead. And you’re all buried and forgotten beneath the sands of time.

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It really didn’t matter that you even lived. It’s all gone! “Vanity of vanities, says the preacher. All is vanity (meaningless)!”

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CASTLES MADE OF SAND

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“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away.” James 4:14

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Life is so fragile. Even if a person achieves some measure of success for a few years, all it takes is some unforeseen tragedy to cause his bubble to burst, and make his or her life come totally unraveled.

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Listen… “And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”  Matt. 7:26,27.

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The Bible tells us that there is one and only one firm foundation on which a man must build his life. All else is merely “sinking sand” as that old song goes. 

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THE PRUDENTIAL ROCK (OF AGES)

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There is a financial company which uses the famous Rock of Gibraltar as its symbol. “Invest In The Rock. The Prudential Rock” is their motto, suggesting that their company is as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. And, well, they have been around an awful long time. So perhaps they are a very prudent investment…as far as this world goes.

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But if a person realhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Prudential_advert_1909.jpgly wants to invest in a prudent investment, there is a Rock which will be standing long after the Rock of Gibraltar crumbles. This Rock, of course is the Prudential Rock of Ages.

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To invest in this present world is such a shaky investment, to say the least! Life is so fragile! When tragedy does come (and it will!), those who have put their time, money and energies into this world will finally be devastated; because they have built their house on sand. But those who are fully invested in that Prudential Rock of Ages will receive long term dividends. REALLY REALLY LONG TERM DIVIDENDS!!! Like, FOREVER dividends!!!

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Just listen to Jesus… “Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

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ROCK OF GILBRALTAR FINALLY TUMBLES

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“In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble. They’re only made of clay, but our love is here to stay”.

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These words would be very true, were it not for the words,”may tumble”. Because it’s a sure thing that Gibraltar is going to tumble!

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Just listen… “And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Rev. 6:14-17

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Yes, that Great Day of the Lord is close at hand, when all those things we thought were solid and sure, will come tumbling down, just as this old painting shows. But for those who set their love on Jesus, and invest their life in the Rock of Ages, this famous lyric will very much be true…

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“In time the Rockies may WILL crumble, Gibraltar may WILL tumble. They’re only made of clay, but our love (Jesus’ love) is here to stay”.

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The Bible puts it somewhat differently… “And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides for ever. ” 1st John 2:17. So as this verse points out, the ultimate life insurance plan is to be found doing the will of God on that great and terrible Day of the Lord, which is near to come.

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PARADISE RESTORED

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“In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble. They’re only made of clay, but our love is here to The Flower of the Field Constellation Signs Of Heaven.orgstay”.

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I guess that Nat’s lyrics above, say the same thing, only somewhat differently to what the Book of Revelation says here…

“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”  Rev. 21:3-5 .

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There is nothing on Earth that could give but a faint reflection of the love and beauty of the world-made-new! This garden in this photo probably doesn’t do justice to what’s in store for those who will rise on the Last Day to live in the Paradise Restored! Just think about it! A world filled with beauty and joy and childlike laughter and song. A world in which the curse of sin and sorrow and death are forever removed. No more aching bones, and no more aching hearts! No more wrinkled faces! No more suspicious minds! Just innocent pleasures, and happy and bright faces!

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“COME UNTO ME & YE SHALL FIND REST”

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“[Jesus] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9 

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From the days of Creation, the Spirit of Christ has been preaching the message of Salvation to each and every soul who has ever lived. Just as the above passage states… “[Jesus] was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” John 1:9. Even in the days of Noah, God’s Spirit has been knocking on the door of each heart…“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” Rev. 3:20.

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So Jesus stands at the door of a person’s heart, knocking. But Man tries to be so busy, so as to hopefully keep that nagging little voice quiet.

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The still small voice that quietly beckons to each human heart… Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Matt. 11:28-30.

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Instead of being like the proverbial lemmings, walking over the cliff to our certain doom, why won’t we simply turn to the One who offers a way of escape out of this dying planet? And by so-doing, He will give us a new heart and new desires, far more wonderful than any so-called treasure this present world could offer. “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered…” Joel 2:30-32

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THERE IS A FOUNTAIN!

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“And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” Rev. 21:6 

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Ah, but there is a Fountain of Youth! Ponce Deleon was correct! He just looked in the wrong places! And that fountain is within reach of every man, woman, and child who desires to drink of it. And anyone who desires to drink of that fountain can do so…without money or price… “And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Rev.  22:17 

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Oh no, they won’t instantly change into a youngster. But once a person does drink of that fountain, he or she will have found everlasting life! First, God gives them a new heart! They then will have a great desire to tell others about that fountain. They then will realize that there is something far greater than anything this present world can offer.

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Then they will begin a spiritual  pilgrimage that will lead them up a pathway: a pathway that leads more and more to a life filled with love, peace, and wisdom.

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The love of Heaven is not like the love of this world. No, Heavenly love surpasses any kind of affection this world can offer us or even hope for! But he who drinks of this Fountain of Youth will ascend higher and higher on that pathway. And one day he or she will walk onward and upward into the highways and byways of eternity! 

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DOOR #1 OR DOOR #2

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Remember that TV show, “Let’s make A Deal?” Door #1, or door #2  or Door #3. You had to choose just one door.

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And then at the end of the show, you got to see what was behind the door you chose. If you chose the correct door, you would win all sorts of great prizes. But if you chose the wrong door, there would be something like a donkey or a goat standing there. In other words, it was a choice you had to live with. 

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Well, sometimes those game shows really taught us some real-life lessons!

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The Strait Gate is the Narrow Way and the broad way is the Wide Gate

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You should read the article titled, “The Woman of Revelation 12–The Narrow Gate”, if you haven’t already. At the end of that wonderful Signs In Heaven Story, we see the Revelation 12 Woman finally choosing the Narrow Gate. For a while, earlier in winter, it was not so clear just which door she would choose. The Wide Gate consists of all the “Glitz & Glitter” this present world has to offer. But the Narrow Gate is the only true way to Life Everlasting, and the Love, Peace, and Joy that never ends. In essence, it is the door to the Fountain of Youth. Each person and each Christian can choose which door he or she will enter. But just one door has any real lasting importance and meaning.

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CONCLUSION…

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO “ROME”…EXCEPT ONE!

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So the point to this whole article is this: this world has many doors in which a person can walk through. Some doors will take a person into a life of misery and pain. Some doors will lead to a life of selfish pleasures and earthly riches. Other doors may even offer a life filled with some of the more noble aspirations and humanitarian efforts. There are many doors a person can choose. Or so it seems.

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But there is only one door which pays off with eternal riches. All the other doors will ultimately lead to death. “All roads lead to Rome“, as the saying goes.

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Oh, death may not come for many years down the line. But it will come sooner or later. 

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And once death does come, everything that happened here will all be forgotten! And when those who cared about you die, then it won’t even matter that you ever lived at all!

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Your memory will be long forgotten. “Vanity of vanities…all is meaningless!” 

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WHICH DOOR WILL YOU CHOOSE?

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And so, we watch a loved one receive a diploma and we hear about all the different open doors that lie waiting for that Graduate to walk through. But for those who wish not to attend college, they should not think for a moment that the Lord thinks less, or frowns upon them. Just the opposite, as long as their first priority is to allow much time to spend with their Lord. So those who attend college do well (provided they do not over-extend themselves). But those who do not attend, do better (provided they do not over-extend themselves).

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And so, we watch a loved one receive a diploma and we hear a speech about the new door that these grads are going to walk through, and a new road they must travel. We would only hope and pray that our loved one will choose a door that will lead to Life Everlasting. And after he or she enters that door, then whatever occupation they should choose, it will hopefully be one that allows that Grad time, energy, and an environment conducive to devoting his or her life to the Lord.

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“AS THE FLOWER OF THE FIELD”

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And so, just as that Flower of the Field Constellation appears to bow The Flower of the Field Constellation Signs Of Heaven.orgdown in the sky, so too, all our earthly dreams and aspirations eventually crumble, as surely as that castle made of sand in the photo farther up this page. But for those who wisely choose to follow Jesus as one of his Disciples, whether they are a college grad, or even a high school drohttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:WiltedRose.JPGpout, there is a door to enter which leads to a life that never fades…that never crumbles…which never falls away, as does the Flower of the Field!

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UPON THE NARROW WAY  (a song)

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“We are walking upon a pathway…on a journey that ever ascends.

We have left this dying planet…for a World that never ends.

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CHORUS:

“Stars shine upon our pathway…till the break of day.

Jesus calls, ‘O come and follow Me….upon the Narrow Way’.

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VERSE 2:

“O won’t you come and join this journey…on a road that ever ascends.

O won’t you leave this dying planet…for a World that never ends!

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CHORUS:

“Stars will shine upon your pathway…till the break of day.

Jesus calls, ‘O come and follow Me…upon the Narrow Way.

Upon the Narrow Way'”

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THE END

 

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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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“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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“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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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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