How To Be Hidden in the Day of Wrath

By admin On February 23rd, 2013

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“For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion:

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in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock.

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And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me:

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therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD…

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…Thou art my hiding place; Thou shalt preserve me from trouble; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.”

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Psalm 27:5, 6 & 32:7

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HOW & WHERE TO HIDE IN THE DAY OF THE LORD 

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shoppers_on_Dundas,_near_Yonge.jpgThere are many people of the world, going about their daily lives, thinking that things will just continue on indefinitely. Oh yes, an occasional doomsday scare comes along, but after it subsides, the people settle back into our self-security.

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But many Christians are seeing the signs that indicate that we are on the threshold of that great day, known as The Day of the Lord. And they try to warn others to flee from the wrath to come. But just like Lot, when warning his own extended family to flee from Sodom: they thought he was just joking (see Genesis 19:14).

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DO YOU HAVE A STORM-CHAMBER?

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Dear Reader, make no mistake: the time is just now upon us, and we need to do our diligence to get ready for that fearful hour of trial! And God warns us to be hidden!

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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 26:20, 21. 

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So this verse says to enter into our chambers and close our doors and hide!

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But many don’t even have chambers! So how can we hide if we don’t even have chambers? Well take comfort! This article will help you to build chambers, if you don’t have any as yet! And that is the purpose of this article. So please read on…

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But first, let’s introduce the host (or rather, the hostESS) of this article…

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SIGN “IN HEIGHT ABOVE” NOW BEING REVEALED

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God made a statement far back in Isaiah, concerning a sign in Heaven… “Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above…Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:11, 14.

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God here gave a choice of sign, “either in the depth, or in the height above”. Of course we know that Mary giving birth to Jesus was a fulfillment of that sign in the Earth below. But why did God also spoke of a sign in the height above?

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SIGN IN HEAVEN

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Well, If you look up and lift up your head, you just might see a wonderful sign, which God spoke about in Revelation 12. It is a constellation of a woman. The ancients only saw it as a great bear. It is commonly known as Ursa Major . It is also known as the 7 Stars (aka, The Big Dipper), but with the addition of various other stars.

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But with the eye of faith, it actually appears as the Revelation 12 Woman. You see, God has placed in the heavens, the symbol of His bride, the Church-Faithful.

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Listen… “And there appeared a great wonder (sign) in heaven; a woman…And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered…And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place… from the face of the serpent. Revelation 12:1, 2, 14.

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TRAVAILS IN SUMMER, FLEES IN WINTER

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In the summer night-sky, Just as this passage says, she appears as the woman-in-travail. in the winter, she flips upside-down, to appear as the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12, just as this passage states. But whether this Virtuous Woman is in labor pains, or fleeing to the mountains, she is the heavenly icon of God’s bride, His Church.

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And now we need to explore how this fleeing woman in the heavens relates to us, the Church. Just like this fleeing woman, we too, need to flee from the wrath to come. But how do we flee? And where do we flee to? Well just read this article and you will find out exactly what the Bible has to say about all this.

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BOMB SHELTERS

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Many still remember, back in the early 60’s, that big scare, and some very tense moments about the possibility of a WWIII, and a nuclear holocaust.

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People all over America were constructing bomb shelters in their homes and back yards. Well, obviously, there was no nuclear holocaust. It just didn’t happen! A narrow escape! 

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But 50 years later, there has been a lot of talk in today’s world of the impending doomsday. Many instinctively sense that we are heading for something big. Blockbuster movies make millions by such themes. Radio talk shows thrive on people’s concerns over these possibilities. Hucksters of gold coins and emergency food storage are making millions on public fear. And some of these are perhaps a good thing…for the people of the world.

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MANY PREPARE FOR ARMAGEDDON

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The fact is, people are getting ready for Armageddon. Some are constructing emergency shelters. Some are building up their emergency food and medical supplies. Others are buying gold for the time when paper currency is no longer of any use. Still others are buying a weapons arsenal.

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But theheavensdeclare.net is dedicated to revealing the only true way of preparing for what is about to come upon the world. And this website is warning that such things as bomb shelters and food storage will be worthless in the Day of God’s Wrath…unless of course they are properly constructed, according to the proper Pattern. 

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THE ONLY EFFECTIVE BOMB SHELTER

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And this article will provide instructions on just how the Reader can build a spiritual bomb shelter, so to speak, complete with enough durable goods to keep the Christian completely safe through the coming fire-storm known as Armageddon. So please read on…

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ARMAGEDDON

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The Bible foretells of a giant worldwide showdown. In Revelation it’s called Armageddon. Twenty-three times, and in various Books, it’s called “The Day of the Lord”. Five times it’s called “The Day of Vengeance”. And it’s also called “The Day of Judgment”, “The Day of the Lord’s Anger”, and “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”.

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Perhaps the most dramatic declaration is found in that fiery little Book of Joel.

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Listen… “Multitudes, multitudes in the Valley of Decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the Valley of Decision. The Sun and the Moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel.” Joel 3:14-16.

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But the little Chapter 3, of 2nd Peter gives a strong exhortation about how we Christians should prepare for that Day.

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Listen… “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”  2nd Peter 3:11, 12

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SIGNS IN THE SUN, MOON & STARS

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But God promised that before the very end, there would be… “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; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Luke 21:25.

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And God spoke of these signs in various places. He spoke of Orion in the Book of Job. He also spoke of The 7 Stars in Job and in Revelation. He spoke of two signs in Revelation, Chapter 12: a woman and a dragon.

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Well, these signs, and other signs are now being revealed. But in the great mercy of God, these signs are telling us a story of the Gospel. But in addition, they are also instructing us as to just how we are to prepare for The Day of the Lord.

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The Revelation 12 Woman, as already stated, is seen fleeing from the Great Dragon Constellation, as he spews out his wave of water in her pathway. And she is fleeing in the direction of the Narrow Gate Stars (see “The Narrow Gate Stars” for more detailed information)

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So this article, as well as all other articles in this website are based on these signs in the heavens. But more than this, these articles are based upon God’s Word, the Bible. 

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ENTER THOU INTO THY CHAMBERS

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“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 26:20, 21

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This above passage from Isaiah lets us know just where God wants us to be during the coming crisis. We need to be safe and secure in our chambers. And it is the intent of this article to give general instructions on just how to build one. For this shelter, you will need some basic supplies. So please get a piece of paper and a pencil.

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Well, better yet, simply get your Bible. It has all the necessary items listed within its pages.

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Above Picture: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by John Curry

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WISER THAN THE CHILDREN OF LIGHT

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“And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Luke 16:8

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In the parable of the Unjust Steward, Jesus noted that the people of the world “are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” So it would be a wise practice to take note of how the people of this world prepare themselves for trouble, and translate how they do things into the spiritual realm, to see how we might prepare. And so let’s examine how the people of this world design, say, a bomb shelter or storm shelter. And perhaps by so-doing, we might discover how we are to design our own spiritual shelter, so that we might hide ourselves till the coming “indignation be overpast.”

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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 26:20, 21

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HOW TO CHOOSE A LOCATION

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When choosing a site for one’s spiritual shelter, one should keep in mind that location is extremely important!

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The people of the world have a saying when considering buying real estate… “Location, Location, Location!” Yes, location is the all-important factor, when choosing which property to buy!

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Those who are of the world, and are now preparing for what they perceive to be the coming crisis, are getting out of the cities and moving into the country. The farther from the cities, the better. And since the children of this world are “wiser in their generation, than are the children of light“, we need to translate what they do into spiritual terms.

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So the Christian, when deciding a location for his or her shelter, needs to likewise choose a good remote location in the country. But the country we need to find is described in Scripture…

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Listen… “And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.” Isaiah 30:25.

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So this verse urges us to select a good mountainous location. This idea is substantiated by this next passage… “But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:” Mark 13:14.

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MOUNTAINOUS LOCATION BEST

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But what mountains should we flee to? Listen… “Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: truly in the LORD our God is the salvation of Israel.” Jeremiah 3:23. So if Jeremiah is correct, and he is, then we can expect no help from the hills or the multitude of mountains.

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Well then, what mountains should we build our stronghold on? Where are there mountains of refuge and shelter?  

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Listen… “They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about His people from henceforth even for ever.” Psalm 125:1, 2. 

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Mount Zion and its surrounding mountains will be the perfect location for the Christian to build such a shelter! However, by reading this above passage, we might get the idea that our shelter must be located over there in today’s Israel. But the following verse clears up that matter.

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Listen… “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,” Hebrews 12:22.

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Oh, so God is speaking here of a spiritual Mount Zion! 

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SPIRITUAL MOUNTAINS

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So here we see that God speaks of spiritual mountains. Now since these two above verses make clear that Mount Zion and the surrounding mountains are speaking of the Lord, and of His people, we need to understand the name of Jesus, is also referred to as “…the Word of God” (Revelation 19:13).

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So these mountains can be found by seeking Him in God’s Word, the Bible.

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Listen… “Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’S anger.” Zephaniah 2:3.

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OK, so this passage makes very clear as to how we may be hidden: by seeking the Lord, and His righteousness, and His meekness! And one aspect of being meek is to be humble and teachable. And this sketch shows our Virtuous Woman fleeing. Yes, this Revelation 12 Woman is meek and teachable. When God says “flee”, she believes this message, and has responded by fleeing to the mountains. And she is worthy of our imitation, as we too receive this heavenly message. So please proceed to the next section…

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ABOVE PICTURE – winter Constellations – Woman of Revelation 12 (Ursa Major) flees to the mountains – Mark 13:14 – Dragon comprised of Hyades, Pleiades, etc…Valley of Decision mountain comprised of Cassiopeia, etc… (This is not a star-chart, but merely a concept picture since this mountain is not in this position, but is actually in the fall months)

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BUILDING MATERIALS

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Storm chambers and bunkers must be strong enough to withstand whatever storm or assault which may come. The Christian is highly advised to use stone and mortar construction.

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First and foremost, the construction should begin with the setting of the cornerstone. The cornerstone, if properly set provides a level and square pattern for the rest of the stones.

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Listen… “Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tried Stone, a precious Corner-Stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste. Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet.” Isaiah 28:16, 17.

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So the Book of Isaiah makes it clear that this cornerstone is very important as far as correct and straight construction.

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DANGERS OF FAULTY CONSTRUCTION

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The photo to the above right is a typical picture of just what can happen when a structure is built without using a good cornerstone. The builders of this temple-wall in Jerusalem did not bother to use a good cornerstone. They did not see Jesus in the Scriptures. They only saw a lot of hard and fast rules which were only just stumbling blocks in the way of their worldly pursuits. And so it is today. Like God’s professed people of old, we today, think we can merely keep some of the Bible rules and duties, and still pursue our worldly dreams and amusements.

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“THEY FORSOOK ALL, AND FOLLOWED HIM”

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We don’t realize that Christianity is an entire surrender and submission to God’s will. Listen… “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33.

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So Jesus laid it out, plain for us to see, that being a Follower of Jesus, requires the complete forsaking of this present world, in our heart. Oh no, especially if we have a family, we don’t just give away our belongings. But this forsaking, is a heart experience. And as God gives us a new heart, the things of the world begin to lose their importance, and the things of Heaven begin to become paramount to every earthly consideration. This is how we forsake all. 

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It’s like that worship song… “Turn your eyes upon Jesus…and the things of this world, will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”

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So when a person becomes a Believer, he simply begins to lose interest in worldly pursuits. Oh yes, that Christian must still work and pay bills, and provide a happy and breezy environment for his family, as far as possible. But the motivation in life will now only be to glorify Jesus, in every duty of life. And here is an interesting point. The Christian may do many of the same duties as an unbeliever. But the motivations of the hearts will become radically different in the Believer’s heart. To glorify and please God, will now become the primary motivation of the Believer’s heart. 

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JIG-SAW PUZZLE ANALOGY

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Let’s use an analogy, which should make this cornerstone idea more clear. Let’s just say that the cornerstone is like the box that contains a jig-saw puzzle. On the cover of that box is the picture of what the puzzle will look like when fully put together. So the box cover, with the picture, is like a cornerstone. So too, this cornerstone (box cover) reveals what all the other puzzle pieces will eventually look like, when put together.

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And like that jig-saw puzzle, the Bible must have a cornerstone, to let us know what we are constructing. In other words, when we study the Bible, we must ever keep in mind that every book and chapter and verse, is giving a more complete picture of Jesus and His people, and the battle between good and evil: the Gospel. 

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And these books and chapters and verses are the building blocks of our storm-chamber. And just as we have a more complete picture as we put more jig-saw pieces in their proper place; so it is with Bible study. The more we know of the Bible (if prayerfully and correctly studied), the more complete will be our understanding of God and of Jesus Christ. And as for our spiritual storm-chamber, when put together, these stones, when fully put in place, will reflect the perfect image of Jesus.

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WORD OF CAUTION: BEWARE OF WATER & ICE DAMAGE

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But those who construct a faulty structure may just find that their building will be swept away by ice and water damage.

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Listen as this above passage from Isaiah continues… “Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with Hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.” Isaiah 28: 17-19.

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So this passage points out that water damage and hail can totally destroy any faulty construction, in which a proper cornerstone is not laid.

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INTERPRETING BIBLE BY OTHER BOOKS

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Take for instance, so many of today’s Bible prophecy seminars, which have, quite often “dumbed-down” the Book of Revelation, not realizing it is all about Jesus and His Church and the battle against sin & Satan.

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You can actually go to many prophecy seminars in which Jesus is hardly even spoken of.

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They interpret Revelation by the daily newspapers or history books, or both, not realizing that Revelation must be interpreted by the Bible only. 

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“THESE…WHICH TESTIFY OF ME”

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“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.” John 5:39

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And like the rest of the Bible, the Book of Revelation is all about Jesus, and His glorious Gospel… “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me.” John 5:39http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-David

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And by comparing spiritual things with spiritual, the true meaning of Revelation can be found. Oh yes, there have been events in history which parallel Bible prophecy. But understanding Revelation and other prophetic books of the Bible have a much deeper meaning to the individual Christian, when he or she compares the many related Bible verses and finding all that the Bible says on any particular subject. Newspapers and history books only take the focus off the Bible and redirects the Bible student out into the world.

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Now, once a Bible student fully interprets a particular subject, comparing every passage in Scripture with every other related Scripture, then he or she then may wish to take a brief look into the world, to see how these spiritual truths apply to the world, or to history. And so the job of interpreting prophecy is a tedious and laborious task. And most of us are not so well-adapted for such a momentous undertaking. 

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USE A GOOD QUALITY MORTAR

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Now the next building material you will need is a very good quality of mortar. The people of the wNinth Av Stones Western Wall wikipedia public domainorld understand that when constructing a solid structure, that a firm foundation and solid walls are a must, to withstand the forces of evil and the approaching storm. And again, this photo to the right is not only made without the proper cornerstone, but they also used untempered mortar.

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Just listen… “So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.” Ezekiel 13:14.

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BIBLE MEDITATION (VIA HOLY SPIRIT) MAKES GOOD MORTAR

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And so, exactly as this passage warned, this great building (in the photo to the right), did not withstand the destructive forces which came against it. And spiritually speaking, the mortar which the Christian must use is the mortar which will firmly hold these stones in place, as he or she meditates upon God’s Word, day and night, cementing His Word in the heart and mind.

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Listen… “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119: 11. 

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Bible study is of little value, if it is not accompanied by lots and lots of meditation. This is how we firmly embed God’s Word into our heart! 

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Listen again… “O how love I Thy law! it is my meditation all the day!” Psalm 119:97. This kind of all-day-long meditation of God’s Word is a must, for those who strive to be hidden from the approaching storm.

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Listen… “…by the Word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.” Psalm 17:4. 

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This is the exact type of mortar that needs to be used. Anything less, will result in a similar situation as shown in the above right photo.

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ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF PURE WATER

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The people of the world realize that there needs to be an abundant supply of clean pure water in their shelter, if they expect to survive the coming holocaust. Christians can do well to imitate the children of this world, howbeit in a spiritual context.

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The chambers that we must be hidden in “till the indignation be overpast” must be stocked with an abundant supply of the pure water of the Gospel.

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Listen… “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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Well, listen… “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” Rev. 22:1. 

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Obviously this is the best river to get our supplies of pure water.

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But there must also be enough water for personal cleansing.

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Listen… “Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself for it; That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, That He might present it to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27.

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So the washing of the water of the Word is also of vital necessity, if we are to expect to be hidden for any length of time during this spiritual Armageddon which is coming. And so, a daily bath (in God’s Word) is highly recommended!

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FOOD SUPPLIES

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Every bunker and storm shelter should be stocked with the best foods. The people of the world fully understand this. There are Armageddon companies selling all types of emergency food kits. And the people of God can learn a lesson from the people of the world. We too must stock up on food, is we are to survive the coming crisis!

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A good supply of bread is perhaps the #1 most important food! But make sure to get the best quality bread. There are many cheap quality breads made of bad ingredients.

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Jesus warns us… “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees…Then understood they how that He bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” Matthew 16:6, 12.

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Oh yes, Jesus was speaking to His disciples. But this same yeast is being used today! Oh yes, the Sadducees and Pharisees are alive and well today! And they are still pushing their bad yeast!

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Now this is a complicated subject, and you can read the two articles… “Moon Into Blood Trilogy, Part 2, The Pharisee Scorner” and “Moon Into Blood, Part 3, The Sadducee Seeker”.

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ABUNDANT SUPPLY OF FRESH AIR

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Those who are constructing bunkers are very concerned about having a constant flow of fresh air. So too, the Christian must be very concerned about having a constant flow of fresh air in his or her chambers. The Holy Spirit is compared to air.

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Listen… “Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:” John 20:21, 22.

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Again, Jesus compared the Holy Spirit to the wind… “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:8.

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Then again, on the Day of Pentecost, just listen… “And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,” Acts 2:2-4.

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So we see from these passages, the Holy Spirit being compared to air and to wind. This is the air-supply needed in every well-constructed storm-chamber.

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PRAYER IS THE BREATH OF THE SOUL

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In every well-constructed storm-chamber, there also needs to be a return-air-supply for out-going air. Yes,http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpg the Holy Spirit supplies abundant pure heavenly air. But there also must be a return supply: a constant 2-way flow. So, the Christian must keep up a two-way air supply between his or her storm-chamber and Heaven. This is accomplished by a constant out-going return-air system. This system is more commonly known as prayer. Prayer is the breath of the soul. It cannot be over-stated, just how important it is, for the Christian to be “continuing instant in prayer” Romans 12:12.

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And as Paul exhorts, “Pray without ceasing.” 1st Thessalonians 5:17.

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No matter what we are doing or where we are going, lying down or rising up, or walking along the Way: it is the privilege for every child of God, to be lifting up the voice in prayer. And even in public, the lips of the Christian must be silently uttering the longings of the soul, to the One who hears and answers prayer. We should pray to the point, that we are not even aware we are praying!

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WEAPONS ARSENAL, A MUST!

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You wouldn’t want to pay a surprise visit to someone who is hiding in his bunker, now would you? You would first want to make an appointment. This is because that bunker is most likely stocked with a weapons arsenal that could http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Salpa_line_bunker_360_antitank_gun_outside.jpgwithstand a small army! And here again, the Christian can learn from the people of this world. They know the importance of being well-protected.

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But the Christian needs a much more powerful weaponry than do the people of the world.

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Listen to Paul… “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2nd Corinthians 10:3-6.

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So here it says (howbeit in somewhat veiled, allegorical language), that the warfare in which we engage, is a battle for victory over the thoughts of our heart and mind. The bullets we use are the verses of the Bible. And as the Christian fills his or her heart with the pure Word of God, so grows the weapons arsenal to withstand Satan and his vast army.

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The Christian needs to be aware that the battle for his or her mind is the great warfare which must be fought. This is our Armageddon. This is where the Day of the Lord will take place. This is where the Time of Jacob’s Trouble will be wrestled.

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“KEEP THY HEART WITH ALL DILIGENCE!”

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And the victory will begin to be won, when the Christian begins to realize that this wonderful citadel called the heart (the treasure-chest of the mind) is to be fortified and protected, and carefully guarded against any unwholesome reading or viewing material, or unholy conversation. The Eye-Gates, the Ear-Gates, the Mouth-Gate, the Thought-Gate, etc., are the avenues in which Satan relentlessly attempts to invade. Satan well knows that he can only gain victory by getting control of the mind.

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And so the Christian must heed the words of God… “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:23-27.

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And as the Christian fortifies the mind with God’s Word, then he or she will be able to defend and destroy the enemy: the “god of this world”, Satan.

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WATCHFULNESS: SENTRY DUTY

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“Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to His servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the Master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly He find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch!” Mark 13:33-37

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Now the importance of guarding your shelter, and guarding your personal property cannot be over-stressed! The people of the world are wiser in their generation, than are the children of light. So once again, let’s take a look at how they make their possessions secure, and learn a lesson from their wisdom. 

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Quite often, those who are very savvy, in a worldly way, have fortified their home and property with a burglar-alarm system. And more often than not, the more money one spends on such a system, the better the protection. Now the Christian should learn a lesson from these worldly-wise individuals, and immediately install an alarm system in his or her spiritual shelter. Unceasing prayer for God’s protection will provide an adequate alarm-system, so that the Christian can sleep in peace, knowing that this alarm-system is in full operation.

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Listen… “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8

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“A TIME TO EMBRACE, AND A TIME TO REFRAIN”

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Another way that the people of the world guard their property, is to simply put, stay awake, and watch! And so too, the Christian needs to imitate their wisdom.

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Listen again… “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:1-3.

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Yes, there comes a time to flee. And the Christian needs to do sentry-duty, so that when that announcement comes from the Lord, the child of God must flee.

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Now this is a complicated subject. But for further study, just go to… “Fleeing to the Mountains-Part 2: The Abomination In Churches”. You can also read… “Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart”

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HOARDING GOLD & SQUIRRELING-AWAY MONEY

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“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”  Luke 6:38

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No good bunker is complete without a safe place for gold, and plenty of it! And those who are getting ready for Armageddon should really think seriously about investing in gold. The people of the world are! And so should Christians! But the gold that we need to hoard is vastly different from the gold of this world.

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Listen… “Acquaint now thyself with Him (God)…Receive, I pray thee, the law from His mouth, and lay up His words in thine heart…Then shalt thou lay up gold as dust, and the gold of Ophir as the stones of the brooks. Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defense, and thou shalt have plenty of silver.” Job 22:21-25.

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So the gold we need to hoard are the life-giving words of the Bible. This is how we become acquainted with God.

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“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ,” John 17:3.

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And this is how we become truly rich. Not only do we grow in love for others, but we receive the gift of everlasting life, which is worth more than all the gold and silver that this world possesses.

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SQUIRRELING-AWAY MONEY

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Another method of maintaining financial security during the coming crisis, is the art of “pigeon-holing” or “squirreling-away” our money. Just look at these little varmints, and learn a lesson. They instinctively hide their food in a safe place. And the Christian can learn a whole lot of life-lessons from nature. These little varmints are wiser in their own little generation, than are the children of light! And those who are building a bunker or storm-chambers should really consider squirreling their money in more than just one place. The Bible encourages this type of multi-squirreling.

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Just listen to the wise man… “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:1, 2.

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So this above passage recommends squirreling our money into numerous places, because of the unknown evils coming upon the Earth.

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WHERE SHOULD WE MULTI-SQUIRREL?

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There are many different ways to squirrel-away our money, so that we can find it after many days. Perhaps we can locate some foreign mission group who is faithful. Or maybe some faithful radio ministry that broadcasts into various nations. Or we might know of some elderly widow, lacking sufficient financial means. Or perhaps we can finance the Christian education of some orphan. Another way of pigeon-holing money, is to buy some little Gideon Bibles at the thrift shop, and slip in a $5 bill. Then place that little Testament into your glove box, until you see somebody pan-handling on a street corner. Then just roll down your window, and hand them the little Testament with the $5 bill hanging out for them to see.

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But in all our giving, let us not neglect the comfort and care of our own family’s needs! They too, are our mission field, and should not be neglected!

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Here’s a great promise about giving and receiving. Listen… “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.” Ephesians 6:8.

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Do you see the wonderful promise here? What ever good thing that any man does, the same shall he receive from the Lord. So we don’t need to worry about parting with our wherewithal. God will give back in some way or another. And as this verse says, this promise is for the Christian or non-Christian. Now this doesn’t mean that we’re going to get rich, as some get-rich-gospels believe.

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It says here, “the SAME shall he receive of the Lord”.

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TREASURE IN HEAVEN

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“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21

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The point is, there are many places you can squirrel-away your money. Don’t just put it in one place. Be smart like the squirrel. Put it in seven, yea even in eight places. Pray for wisdom. There are many not-so-faithful ministries out there today. So be wise as a squirrel and harmless as a dove.

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And the Bible promises that “you shall find it after many days”. And the wonderful thing is, the more you give, the more God returns the blessing, in the form of spiritual riches. But there are many, who have a thin, anemic spirituality, that can be traced right back to the little that they give to others.

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Listen… “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully….And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2nd Cor. 9:6-8.

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The Pharisees were careful to tithe their 10%. But the rest, they held back for their personal pleasure. And as a result of their selfishness, the Pharisees missed out on a multitude of spiritual blessings, which God promised to all who give generously.

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But the fact is, the more simply we live, that we may give the most we can give to others, the more that God will bless our spiritual life. Spiritual riches! Now that’s true riches! 

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HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT

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The people of this world are very wise, when it comes to protecting themselves.  In addition to having a weapons arsenal, many are learning the various arts of self-defense. Kung Foo, Karate, Kick-Boxing, Judo, are just a few of the more popular forms of self-defense.

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And since the Bible proclaims that the “children of this world are wiser in their generation, than are the children of light”, it would be well to apply their wisdom to our spiritual realm.

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Signs Of Heaven Website recommends as the best form of protection for the Christian, the art of wrestling. This is because this coming crisis is known as “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble“. And as we know, this time of Jacob’s trouble was a night of wrestling with the “enemy”.

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Listen… “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” Genesis 32:24. 

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HAND-TO-HAND COMBAT WITH GOD

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As Jacob wrestled with the man all night, so too, the Christian must also wrestle with God. By fervent, effectual prayer; by striving against sin; by persevering in Bible study, by the forsaking of our little pet selfishnesses, the Christian must continue tohttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jacob_Wrestling_with_the_Angel.jpg engage the Lord, by wrestling to win the war against sin. We must never, never, never give up this wrestling match.

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Just listen… “and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day…And when he saw that he prevailed not against Him, He touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with Him…And He said, Let Me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let Thee go, except Thou bless me. And He said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And He said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.” Genesis 32:24

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“LOVE NEVER GIVES UP!”

1st Corinthians 13:8

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And because Jacob continued to wrestle till the break of day, he received the blessing of God. And this we must likewise do, if we expect to overcome the world. But the Christian life can get very discouraging at times. Satan works overtime to try to discourage us to the point of giving up. And this is the great warfare we must engage in. God allows various trials to come our way, to chasten us and to purify us.

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Listen to Paul… “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:” Roman 5:3, 4.

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So by all means, the Christian must learn the art of wrestling with God. And wrestling in prayer, Bible study, temperance, patience, faith-in-trials, etc., are all, a good way to get on-the-job experience, so to speak, in wrestling with God.                                                                  

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FOR MORE ON THE SUBJECT OF WRESTLING WITH GOD, JUST CLICK HERE… “The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?”

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CONCLUSION

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OK, so this article touched on the basic components of how the Christian can be safe in the evil day. But the point to all this article is just this: God has given many promises to keep us safe, if we will but place all our trust in Him.

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Listen… “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.” Psalm 27:5.

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But those who presume to think that they can escape the wrath to come, by making their nest on high, or by storing earthly food or earthly gold, or building up an arsenal of worldly weapons, will find these things worthless in that day. There is only one way to be delivered in the day of the Lord’s wrath.

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Listen… “He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me.” Psalm 18:17-19.

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The only preparation which a Christian can and must do, is the preparation of the heart; because the heart is where the soon-coming battle is to be fought. And the heart is the chambers and stronghold, in which the Lord wants us to hide in that day.

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Listen… “There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy; To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waiteth for the LORD: He is our help and our shield (and storm-shelter).” Psalm 33:16-20.

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Yes, the Lord is our strong tower and pavilion in the time of trouble. And when the Lord abides in our heart, then and only then will we be safe from the coming storm.

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Listen… “Behold, a King shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment. And a Man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” Isaiah 32:1, 2. Here is our true hiding place! The Lord Jesus!

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“AS A LITTLE CHILD”

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“LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.” Psalm 131:1, 2

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Just one more word of encouragement. Before beginning such a momentous undertaking like this, the Christian is advised to go into conference with that Wise Master-Builder of all things. To do this, the Christian might want to simply curl up into a ball, whether on the couch or in bed, and cry out to his or her Heavenly Father for wisdom and strength and mercy, saying such things like… “I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.” 1st Kings 3:7.

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As a matter of fact, it might be best to maintain this curled-up position throughout every phase of construction of one’s personal storm-chambers.

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Listen again… “…the LORD will hear when I call unto Him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.” Psalm 4.

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Yes, one’s bed is a very good place for one to construct his or her shelter… “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise Thee with joyful lips: When I remember Thee upon my bed, and meditate on Thee in the night watches.” Psalm 63:5, 6

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 THE BOOK OF PROVERBS

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Most Christians do not realize how instructive is the Book of Proverbs, about how to prepare for the Day of the Lord. This little book is literally teeming with verses about the coming time of trouble.

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Listen… “…but through knowledge shall the just be delivered.”… “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.”…”He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.” Proverbs, 11:9, 4 & 28:6. 

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Well there’s just a few verses from Proverbs among the many which instruct us how to be delivered in the Day of the Lord. But the entire Bible is instructive on how to make it through the coming tempest. So we have our work cut out for us, as far as hiding God’s instructive Word in our hearts. And the Holy Spirit will bring these promises back to our minds at just the time we need them! 

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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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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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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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Marines at Prayer by Alex Raymond wikimedia public domain

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