Fleeing to the Mountains, Part 3: The Abomination in My Heart

By admin On May 19th, 2012

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FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS

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“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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So, it says when we see the Abomination of Desolation standing in the Holy Place, those who are in Judea should flee to the mountains.

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This photo is of the mountains of Judea.

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But is this where we should flee?

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Or is there a deeper meaning to this passage of Mark 13:14?  

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“THE THINGS OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD…

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ARE SPIRITUALLY DISCERNED”

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“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” 1st Corinthians 2:14

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This above verse let’s us know that the Bible cannot be understood by those who are still carnally-minded. The fact is, the Bible is a spiritual Book, and it says, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” 1st Corinthians 2:13.

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There are many today who teach the Bible, yet who cannot see the spiritual truths which lie below the surface of the Bible. 

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EYES THAT SEE NOT, EARS THAT HEAR NOT

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God has purposely hidden many truths in the Bible by simply speaking in allegories. Listen… “Therefore speak I to them in parables (or allegories)…lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” (see Matthew 13:10-15).

Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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Both the Old and New Testaments are literally teeming with stories containing parabolic symbolism. And many of these stories still remain mysterious as to just what is the deeper spiritual meaning.  

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But now, God is giving us a message written in the heavens. But that message only directs us to the Bible, the infallible Word of truth. And this article will explore the heavens, that it may be shown what the Bible has to say about this very important subject. So come along, and see if these things are not in harmony with the Bible. 

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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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REVELATION 12 WRITTEN IN HEAVEN

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman…And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon…And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels…And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness…And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Revelation 12:1, 3, 6, 7, 14, 15

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Here is a sketch of this Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12. This is the Winter Constellations of Signs Of Heaven. Besides Orion and his Horse, we also see pictured in this sketch, the Dragon of Revelation 12.

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This Revelation 12 Woman Constellation is fleeing. As you can see, the Dragon Constellation is spewing a flood of water in her direction, as is written… “And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Revelation 12:15.

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This wave of water represents Satan’s lies, and his false teachers who tell those lies.

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Beholding the Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation in winter, it seems that God is trying to get a very important message across to His people: that His Church is to flee! But what are they to flee from? Well, you can go to the article titled “The Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12 Constellation”

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch above is how this constellation group appears in the eastern sky in fall. This is the four primary constellations of the Winter Constellations. They can be seen in this position, in the late fall above the eastern horizon. The Woman of Revelation 12 is commonly called Ursa Major or The Big Dipper and appears in the north. Orion the Soldier is the at the bottom is to the south of the Woman. The The Dragon of Revelation Constellation’s mouth isThe Hyades Cluster, and the tip of his tail is Pleiades, and his Wave of Water is primarily the Auriga constellation. The Glorious Horse Constellation  head is of Perseus Constellation and his rear end is Cassiopeia Constellation.

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THE SIGN TO FLEE

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THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION

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OK, so this woman is fleeing from the Dragon? But is she fleeing from anything else?

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The opening verse in this article, is a passage which is found in three of the gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke.

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Here is that passage again… “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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OK, so God’s people are to flee from the Abomination of Desolation. But what is the Abomination of Desolation? And how does this wave of water coming out of the Dragon’s mouth tie in with the Abomination of Desolation?

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ABOVE SKETCH: “Flee To The Mountains”: A concept picture, and not a true star-chart.

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MIRROR OF THE SOUL

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A Christian may look into the bathroom mirror, and may or may not be too happy about what they see. Anyone may feel inferior to others, because of one’s looks.

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But while it’s true to a great degree, that Mankind looks upon the outward things, yet God looks upon the matters of the heart. 

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Listen… “for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” 1st Samuel 16:7.

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He sees us according to our heart. He looks upon the inner-person.

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And though a person may not be highly esteemed in the eyes of the world, yet God can very well see that trusting, faithful child of God as the most beautiful of persons on the face of the Earth, because He looks on the inner person, and not on mere outward beauty!

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Mirror globe by Arpingstone for Wikipedia Public Domain

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THE BEAST WITHIN…

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Burgkmair_whore_babylon_color.jpg“Wherefore are we counted as beasts, and reputed vile in your sight?” Job 18:3

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The first part of this discussion (The Abomination in the Churches) dealt with the Abomination of Desolation and how it has entered into today’s churches via false brethren who bring their worldly ways into the Church, thus causing a detrimental influence to permeate like yeast throughout the churches.

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And this is a very important truth concerning  the apostasy of the churches.

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But let’s really bring this concept home! Just how does this all relate to you and to me as individual Christians?

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WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY…AND IT IS ME!

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Here’s a concept: Bible prophecy is not fully understood until it is revealed in the bathroom mirror. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Snow_White_Mirror_4.pngThat is, the true meaning of any Bible passage must reveal to the individual Christian, his or her heart condition.

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Otherwise, we are merely dealing in cold, abstract ideas, having little practical relevance.

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In other words, if all that is learned from a Bible prophecy seminar, is that the bad guys are, “those people over there”, then the Bible student needs to dig deeper…much deeper!

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And upon a deeper exploration, comparing Scripture with Scripture only, it will be eventually discovered that the bad guys are “me”!

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DESPERATELY WICKED

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Just listen… “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9, 10.

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What an indictment! And knowing that the “heart is desperately wicked, and deceitful above all things”, makes a person just shake their head in amazement at all those books and TV shows dedicated to understanding what’s in a person’s heart

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BIBLE: A SUPERNATURAL BOOK

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“And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” 2nd Thessalonians 2:11. “Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets…” 2nd Chronicles 18:22

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God has written the Bible in such a way, that it reveals to each person whatever is the ruling force within each particular individual.

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Listen to David… “With the merciful Thou (God) wilt show Thyself merciful; with an upright man Thou wilt show Thyself upright; With the pure Thou wilt show Thyself pure; and with the froward Thou wilt show Thyself froward.” Psalm 18:25, 26.

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For those who wish to prove the Bible is not the Word of God, they will have no trouble finding error within its pages. For those who wish the “bad guys” to be someone else, the Bible will point the accusing finger at “the other guy”. For those who wish to find an excuse to sin, the Bible will supply excuses. For those who don’t want to be bothered with Bible study, the Bible will give the necessary permission to be excused from Bible study. For those who want to go after worldly enterprises, earthly riches, or amusements and pleasures, the Bible contains the necessary encouragements to do so. And on and on and on it goes.

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BIBLE REVEALS MY OWN HEART

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In other words, for those who wish to find the Jesus of their own making, there are enough relevant passages in which to do so (for there are many “Jesus’s”, howbeit false ones). No it’s not that the Bible has lies in it. Oh yes, every Word of God is true and pure! But God has written it in such a way, to judge each and every person, as to show just exactly what is in a person’s own heart.

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Listen… “For the Word of God is (living), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12. 

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But for those who seek to become a true Follower of Jesus, the Bible begins to open up to that Believer. At first, it may only be a few passages. But it is enough for that individual to begin that upward journey on the pathway of truth. And more and more, as time goes by, does that truth-seeker begin to comprehend further Bible passages.

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And that pathway begins to shine brighter and brighter on the road to the Celestial City of God… “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.” Proverbs 4:18, 19 

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“FLEE AS A BIRD TO YOUR MOUNTAIN”

Psalm 11:1

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And here is how all this is brought home “into our bathroom mirror”. As discussed in Part 1, the concept of “Abomination” is spoken of repeatedly in Scripture. But this Part 2 deals with the abomination in our own heart.

Constellation- Woman of Revelation 12 flees to the mountains Mark 13:14

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If you or I have worldliness within our own heart: if the qualities found in Proverbs 6:16-18, (“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, and he that sows discord amongst brethren!” Proverbs 6:16-19); 

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If these qualities exist within us, then it could be said that the Abomination of Desolation exists in my own heart…in your own heart. Then we can say that the Abomination of Desolation is standing in the temple of God…my soul-temple…your soul-temple.

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“LET HIM THAT READS, RUN”

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And if this is the condition of our heart, then you and I really need to flee. And so this is what this Revelation 12 Woman (above sketch) is fleeing from: the sin which exists, not only in the world, and not only in God’s House, the Church. But she is also fleeing from the sin which exists within her own heart! And this Revelation 12 Woman not only represents the Church as a whole; but she represents every True Worshipper of God, as individuals.

 

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Revelation 12 Woman Fleeing To Mountains (This is a concept picture: not a star-chart. Do not try to locate these constellations together)

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“WHERE IS ‘OUGHT NOT’!?!”

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“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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Now to natural man this above passage appears to concern only those who live in literal Judea, as it says… “…let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains”. But to those with the spiritual eyes of discernment, this passage concerns God’s people wherever God’s people happen to be.

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After all, it says in the above verse, “When ye shall see the Abomination of Desolation standing where it ‘ought not'”.

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So where is the “ought not” that Satan could possibly be?

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Now we know that Satan is called “the god of this world” (see 2nd Corinthians 4:4). So where should Satan and his people “ought not” to be?

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After all, if Satan is the god of this world, and also, if 1st John is correct when it says… “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”  1st John 5:19, then these two verses declare that wickedness is literally everywhere in this, the Devil’s world! So if this is true, then where should wickedness ought not to be?

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ARE ‘YE’ THE TEMPLE OF GOD?

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“The kingdRevelation 12 Woman-Flees To Wilderness-www.signsofheaven.org-you may share w/credit or linkom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20, 21

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And so we must answer this question: “Where should Satan and his people “ought not” to be?”

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After all, if Satan is the god of this world, and if 1st John is correct when it says… “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”  1 John 5:19.

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Well, the only place then, you could possibly say that Satan and his angels should not be, is amongst God’s Elect. His Church. His Temple.

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But does Scripture give us support for this idea? Oh yes. Just listen… “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand. Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” Mat_24:15, 16. So here it speaks of the Holy Place. And where is the Holy Place?  It is in the temple. But what temple?

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(The Fleeing Woman sketch above can be seen in winter in the northern sky. It is Ursa Major, and her left leg and torso is commonly known as the Big Dipper. She is running westward.)

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NO BRICK-N-MORTAR TEMPLE

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Just listen… “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” 1st Corinthians 6:19.

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Notice that this verse says “Ye” are the “temple”. “Ye” is the plural form of “you”. But “temple” is singular in this passage. So this verse is actually saying “You all are the temple”. In other words, God now considers His people to be His temple. God no longer considers that any brick and mortar structure could be considered the temple of God. In these New Testament times, God now considers His Chosen and Elect to be the “Temple of God”.

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Oh yes, there are temples in the world. But if God’s Spirit is not dwelling in that temple, then it is certainly not the temple of God. It’s just a temple. It’s just a building: completely insignificant and irrelevant, as far as God is concerned.

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And when the Old Testament sacrificial system came to an end, God no longer had anything to do with that temple, or any other temple on Earth…except the temple of His body, the Church. This is God’s spiritual temple. And if anyone tells you that God is going to bring back the sacrificial system once more, then that person needs more understanding of Salvation, and of the New Covenant.

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THIS RAISES SOME QUESTIONS

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So looking back to this passage… “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand). Then let them which be inThe True Accusing Finger www.signsofheaven.org share-alike license- you may use Judaea flee into the mountains:” Matthew 24:15, 16. Now there begins to be an understanding that when God speaks of the Holy Place, He may be speaking of His very own people: Us!

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But as this is all brought down to a personal level, the following questions must be asked:

1. “Could this above verse be speaking to the individual Christian?”

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2. “Can the Abomination of Desolation be in the temple of God as it relates to the individual Christian?”

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3. “And if I am the temple of God, then does this verse apply to me individually?”

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4. “Is it possible for the Abomination of Desolation to inhabit my soul temple?”

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IS THE INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN

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THE TEMPLE OF GOD?

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https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:6tag_250316-124351.jpg“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1Co 3:16, 17 

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The above verse tells us plainly that the Christian is the temple of God. Right? Well, not exactly. In the King James, it says “Ye” which is the plural form of “you”. So God is telling us that collectively, we the Church, are the temple of God. So it is no wonder that 1st Peter makes this following statement… “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” 1st Peter 2:5 . So we see here that we are living stones in God’s Spiritual Temple.

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But does this mean that the individual Christian is not the temple of God?

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Listen to Peter’s testimony… “Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.” 2nd Peter 1:14. It appears here that Peter spoke of his own body as a tent or tabernacle.

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Jesus spoke also of His body as a temple. Listen… “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up….But He spake of the temple of His body.” John 2:19, 21. So we might conclude from these two passages that the individual Christian’s body is also the temple of God?

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HEAVENLY DNA?

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Scientists tell us that the genetic code of the entire person is written within each and every cell of the body. So each and every cell has the code for the entire body encoded within it.

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And in a very real sense, the individual Christian has been re-created in the likeness of God (and God is the true Temple). Listen… “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” Genesis 1:26. So like the tiny cell with its DNA code, so too, the Christian has a sort of heavenly DNA code written in his or her body.

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That is to say, God plants a tiny Gospel seed into the heart of every true Believer. And that little seed has the heavenly genetics of Christ written within. And as a Christian matures, that seed grows and grows until finally Christ is formed within. At least that is what is supposed to happen.

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God has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light that we might…well, just listen to Paul… “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.” Philippians 1:20.

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So Paul desired that in nothing would he be ashamed. He wanted the world to see Christ in him! 

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GOD’S PEOPLE PARALYZED

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BY MATERIALISM & HEDONISM

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Unfortunately, for the most part, God’s people have not risen to this high and holy calling. Sadly, we have been bombarded, by the Devil, with so much materialism and excess, that the Church of God has become, to a great extent, ineffective. Oh yes, we tell the world about Jesus. But does my life preach the Gospel? Do people see that Jesus is living out His life through me?

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Listen to Paul… “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:”  2nd Corinthians 3:2.

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Paul here is telling us that we are to be a living book, which is to be read, by family, and friends, and by all those we come into contact with, day-by-day.

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LET US CUT AWAY

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EVERY UNCHRISTLIKE FEATURE

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Tragically, many of us have some bad DNA mingled within our heavenly genetic code, so to speak. That is to say, we http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ADN_animation.gifhave been so consumed by our earthly pursuits, that we have neglected to, “…put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.” Romans 13:14.

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What we need, is to do some honest self-evaluation and soul-searching. Just listen to Paul again… “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2nd Corinthians 13:5. While many Bibhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mrs._WA_Chandler_Sculptor.jpgle teachers warn us never to doubt our Salvation, yet the Bible tells us here, to examine ourselves, in order that we may correctly evaluate our standing with God.

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We as a people, have been deceived into thinking that we can remain earthly and common, and still please God. But God does not accept such low-grade service.

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Just listen to Paul… “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;” Titus 1:1.

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When God saves us, His Holy Spirit begins to inspire us to godliness: to purify our souls, and to conform our lives into the image of Christ. We begin to cut away every thing that doesn’t look Christ-like, just as a sculptor cuts away everything from an image which doesn’t look like the image he or she is trying to create. 

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THE BATTLE FOR THE HEART

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Here is a concept which has not been fully understood. The heart is a battlefield. Satan and his angels are the rulers of the hearts of lost Humanity. And when a person decides to become a Follower of https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Christianandapollyon.jpgJesus, the Lord plants a seed within that person’s heart, as already stated in the previous section. So prior to one’s Salvation, that person was in harmony with the spirit of Antichrist (which is the spirit of worldliness-see 1st John 4:5). That person was floating down stream so to speak, in the same direction as the rest of the world, prior to Salvation.

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But when God planted His flag on the soil of that person’s heart, God now claimed that new territory as His own. So that is when the trouble begins. Satan, being a relentless, and tireless foe, immediately begins an attempt to regain that soul for himself. Trials come. False gospels will be seen TV. Temptations will assail. The new Christian becomes confused as to why his or her life has become so filled with agitation and turmoil.

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LIKE A MILITARY BATTLE

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Now begins the battle for the heart. Satan will do all he can to recapture that heart for himself. He just won’t let go!

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The Apostle Paul spoke of this battle in military terms. Listen…”(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 10:4-6

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So from this passage, it is clear that the ultimate goal of the Christian should be to bring into captivity, every thought, to the obedience of Christ. And God will only allow what that Christian can endure. God gives that Christian ample rest and joy and peace, between battles. But make no mistake! There exists a battle for control of the heart and mind in every True Worshipper of God! And things can get really rough at times, for the Christian.

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GUARD YOUR HEART

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So, in light of this battle, the Christian must carefully guard his or her own heart. Just listen… “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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These above two verses are so important to remember, that every Christian should emblazon these two verses into the memory! 

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7 SONS SWEPT AWAY

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“And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.” Revelation 12:15

Dragon of Revelation 12 Constellation

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Now most of us feel pretty secure with our relationship with God… “Satan could never sweep me away by his flood of evil and deception.” Well just look at this sketch of that wave of water, of the Revelation 12 Dragon. Do you notice 7 little stars being carried away in the cradle of that wave (each of those little stars are lettered, a,b,c,d,e,f,g)? That represents all those who this Dragon overwhelms by delusion, deception, and besetting sin. It represents all those who become entangled in earthly cares and pleasures. It sadly represents worldly Christians, who take their eyes off the prize, and begin to make a life for themselves in this world.

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Jesus says… “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it.” Matthew 10:39.

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For more on this subject, please read… “Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction”

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MORE LIKE MARY

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But let’s not think that this warning against the Christian, “who finds hishttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Johannes_(Jan)_Vermeer_-_Christ_in_the_House_of_Martha_and_Mary_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg life”, is all about going back into the secular world.

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For instance, there are many who enter into time-consuming ministries, in which life becomes a whirl of excitement.

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They attend one meeting after another. And they become so busy, busy, busy, that their relationship with Jesus begins to wane; prayer and personal Bible study becomes a mere formality; meditating upon God’s Word changes into an obsession for other things: worldly things!

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THE SIN OF “OVER-COMMITMENT”

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Johannes_(Jan)_Vermeer_-_Christ_in_the_House_of_Martha_and_Mary_-_Google_Art_Project.jpgAll such, who find ourselves in these kinds of traps, must work a work of thorough repentance, and get back to the place where we once enjoyed rich communion with God!

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We need to find a quiet place, even if it means walking away from our religious endeavors.

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We need to become more like Mary Magdalene, and less like busy, busy, Martha (see the article, “Martha & Mary: The “Doer” and the”Hearer” ).

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Jesus said to Martha, “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” John 10:41. 42.

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WAITING DAILY AT WISDOM’S GATES

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What a gentle scolding, by the Lord! Of course, Jesus not only loved Mary, but He loved Martha too, with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Johannes_(Jan)_Vermeer_-_Christ_in_the_House_of_Martha_and_Mary_-_Google_Art_Project.jpga godly, fatherly love. But He was letting us know that we each must set our priorities correctly.

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Mary spent her time sitting at the feet of Jesus, hearing His Word. And to daily wait at the gates of wisdom and knowledge of God’s Word is the most important Christian duty we too, must perform.

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Listen… “Blessed is the man that heareth me (wisdom), watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.” Proverbs 8:34, 35

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JEREMIAH CALLED TO PURITY

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AND SO ARE WE!

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“And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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God admonished Jeremiah… “…if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as My mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” Jeremiah 15:19.

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Someone might answer to this verse… “OK, but Jeremiah was a prophet. He had to be holy!” But this admonishment is given to each and every one of us, as well!

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Listen again to 1st John“And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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And so, if we want to be God’s mouthpiece, we must also take forth the “precious from the vile” out of our own hearts and lives, just as Jeremiah did!

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OLD & NEW TESTAMENTS IN AGREEMENT

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Listen to the New Testament Epistle of James… “Draw nigh to God, and He will http://christianimagesource.com/prophet_jeremiah_g341-prophet_jeremiah__image_2_p2281.htmldraw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8.

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There are those who mistakenly believe that the New Testament is all “hugs and kisses”.  But such verses as this one dispel any such notions!

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Oh yes, there is much discourse about God’s mercy in the New Testament. But there’s also much discourse in the New Testament about departing from evil, and humbling hearts before a holy and sin-hating God!

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God’s people today must fully engage in the purification of the heart, just as surely as Jeremiah did, 2,500 years ago!  “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.” 1st Thessalonians 4:7 

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And so, when we are called into the truth, the Spirit of Holiness begins a work of purification, within us!

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Listen again… “And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He (Jesus) is pure.” 1st John 3:3 

 

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“A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD”

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“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God….Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” James 4:4, 8-10 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpg

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So, now it becomes apparent that those fiery Old Testament threats were also for our admonition as well as for them.

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Listen… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2nd Timothy 3:16, 17.

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So it says here that ALL Scripture will help us to become “perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”  Not just the New Testament, but the Old Testament as well.

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A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD

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Just look at this painting of Moses and Joshua. It should be an exhortation for any Christian to have a much higher reverence for our holy God. And in a spiritual sense, each and every Christian is called to be part of God’s royal priesthood. And the Christian is to be with Christ in the Heavenly Most Holy, as he or she silently cries out daily, even hourly, for the spiritual and physical needs for self, and for others, as well. 

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Just listen to 1st Peter… “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light:” 1st Peter 2:9.

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Here God plainly reveals our high and holy calling: to become priests for the Almighty and Holy One: as we take time to pray in our special place, and as we go about our daily duties.

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CLEANSING OF THE SANCTUARY

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It should give us an exalted view of ourselves and a higher sense of responsibility, to realize that we are the Temple of God. And just as the Ark, containing the two tables of the Law, was the centerpiece of that Temple, so should God’s Word be the centerpiece of our own heart.

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Listen… “And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20, 21.

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GOD’S KINGDOM WITHIN YOU

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So here we learn that the kingdom of God is within us. So not only are we the Temple of God, but the kingdom of God is within us. And yes, just as the Mercy Seat above the Ark in Heaven’s Most Holy Place is God’s eternal throne, so also, our heart is an extension of that heavenly Throne-Room.

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Just listen… “But God, who is rich in mercy…has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:4-6.

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So then, this passage makes clear that we are to be spiritually together with Christ in the Heavenlies.

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OUR HIGH & HOLY CALLING

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So having this knowledge, we begin to realize the solemn responsibility that we now have to make our heart a fit dwelling place for our Holy God.

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We are the sanctuary of God. And as such, we now see just how important it is to cleanse the sanctuary within. We are to be a royal priesthood.

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And just as the sanctuary back in the days of Moses, was to be pure and free of defilement, so too, we are to jealously guard our Temple of God… “And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.” 1st John 3:3

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“LET A MAN EXAMINE HIMSELF”

1st Corinthians 11:28

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“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2nd Cor. 13:5 

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As the above verse says, we need to examine ourselves from time to time. Am I really a Believer? Or am I just a make-believer?

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Do I get upset with those who treat me badly? Do I raise a stink if some product goes bad, and the store won’t take it back? Do I allow “self” to rise up at times, in the form of rage, or lust or greed or silliness? Do I tell silly jokes, thus exalting self instead of Jesus? Do I love to hear gossip? Do I pinch out my 10% into the offering plate, when I could easily give 20% or perhaps even more, by simply exercising a little more self-denial? Do I spend hours listening to the secular radio or watching secular TV programs, instead of doing what Jesus would do… praying, studying and meditating on the Word? Do I live according to societal behavior, more than Biblical behavior? When problems arise, do I react as the “moral” people of the world, or as a faithful trusting child of God? Are my plans and dreams so much about this world? Am I gathering to myself the things of the world, or am I gathering heavenly treasure?

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PAUL FORSOOK ALL

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Don’t I realize that I am to say along with Paul… Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”? Philippians 3:8.

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If Paul needed to suffer the loss of all things in order to win Christ, why do we think we do not? We need to honestly evaluate ourselves, and discern that the standard by which we must compare ourselves is Jesus; and His Word. He is our Standard. He is to be the Pattern for our lives!

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What’s In Your House?

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“Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3, 4

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Have you ever been in an elegant house? Oh, maybe not a mansion. But a house that has been furnished with beautiful furniture? And wasn’t it a joy to sit there in such a clean and well-cared-for home?

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Well, the Bible says that the people of this world are wiser in their generation than are the children of light. And so, as a child of light, we need to pay close attention to what the children of the world are doing and translate those things into a spiritual counterpart.

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And so it is, in the furnishing of our home. No not our physical home. But it is our spiritual house that we need to furnish with elegant furnishings. Listen again to our opening Bible passage…

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“Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established: And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.” Proverbs 24:3, 4.

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PURIFYING THE HEART

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“Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:8

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And one of the first things we must do is to get rid of the graffiti which is on the walls of our heart. Yes, by voluntarily exposing ourselves to the unwholesome words and images all around us, our hearts have become covered with all sorts of vile graffiti and vile images. So this must be cleaned up first. Yes, here is a work which no Christian is excused from participating in. The Bible makes it perfectly clear that every man (and woman) must be fully engaged in the purifying of the heart.

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Just listen to the Apostle, John... “And every man that hath this hope in Him (of Christ’s Return) purifies himself, even as He (Christ) is pure.” 1st John 3:3.

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Notice it say here “and every man”. It doesn’t say… “and SOME men”. No, it says… “And EVERY MAN that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.”

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ALL PRECIOUS & PLEASANT FURNISHINGS

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Next comes the nice and elegant furnishings. Beautiful pictures of heavenly images hanging on the walls of our heart. Elegant furnishings which family and friends and guests may all enjoy. These come from fixing our minds on heavenly thoughts. Yes, by meditating day and night on God’s Word, we begin to fill our homes with all the elegance of Heaven. And before long, our spiritual house becomes a showcase of heavenly splendor, more than enough to, “keep up with the Jones'”, in any neighborhood!

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And the real wonderful aspect to all this is, that though time and elements of nature will eventually pull down, not only our physical homes, but our physical bodies as well! Yet our spiritual homes will endure throughout eternity! Listen…

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“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1st John 2:15-17.

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Yes, this passage very much implies that whatever we devote ourselves to in this life will either be burned up on the last Day, or will endure throughout eternity future! So why should we waste our precious moments remaining, on things which will ultimately be burned up? Why not rather spend our time on things which endure forever?

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FLEE TO THE MOUNTAINS…

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If we find that we have un-Christ-like qualities within, then we must flee! Listen once again to Paul… Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1st Cor 6:18-20.

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This passage makes reference, not only to fleeing, but also to us as being the temple of God. So here God is really giving us a proof-text that we are on the right track concerning the Abomination of Desolation in the Holy Place being about the Church as God’s temple. 

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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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FLEE EARTHLY LUSTS

 

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Paul, when talking to young Timothy, makes another reference to the concept of “Fleeing”. http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgJust listen… “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” 1st Timothy 6:8-11.

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So this passage clarifies that when God exhorts us to flee to the mountains, He is speaking of much more than merely trying to hide in the hills. He wants us to flee from the spiritual fornication in our own pathway, and to flee into the way of righteousness, and godliness, and faith, and love, and patience and meekness. These are what God’s mountains are made of. 

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THE NARROW WAY STARS

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

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This constellation of the Revelations 12 Woman continues to tell her story through the seasons. But at the last of winter, her story concludes with her finally appearing to swerve into those two stars, Castor and Pollux, which symbolize the “Narrow Way”. The two twin stars which symbolize the Wide Gate, are the two brightest stars found in the Dragon’s wave of water.

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THE NARROW GATE STARS

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The reason for bringing this up is that this heavenly scenario only confirms where this article is leading us: namely, that the place where God wants us to flee to, is the “Strait Gate”, or in modern vernacular, the “Narrow Gate”. And of course, this concept concerns a total devotion to God, and a total forsaking of the world in one’s heart.

 

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CHANGE OF HEART IS NEEDED

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Now this does not necessarily demand that one goes out and literally sells all his or her goods. But this is a change of heart. The things of the world begin to slowly and imperceptibly lose their importance; and at the same time the things of Heaven grow increasingly more paramount to every earthly desire. This is where God’s people are to flee to in the last days.

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And those who have truly fled to this Narrow Gate will find that they are continually increasing in their desire to be God’s full-time servant.

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They will begin to look at the various duties of life as witnessing opportunities. They will no longer look at life as their oyster, so to speak. That is, they will no longer try to dig as much as they can for selfish purposes. They will now consider themselves as Priests/Evangelists/Servants/Ambassadors for Christ.

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If you would like to explore these concepts, just click here… “Woman of Revelation 12  & The Narrow Way Stars”

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THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE

Jeremiah 30:7

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“Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:6, 7 

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What in the world could this above verse be speaking of? And how does this verse apply to me as an individual Christian?

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 So by examining that story of Jacob wrestling with the angel of the Lord, there can be seen a great picture of just what we must endure in the coming trial before us.

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Listen… “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day…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, 26-28 

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Jacob represents all Christians. Esau represents “the man of flesh” within us. And just as Jacob and Esau were born as twins, so too, the Christian has a dual personality, so to speak. There still exists in every Christian a struggle between the spirit and the flesh. The Christian constantly battles against the flesh.

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Listen to Scripture… “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” Galatians 5:17. So it now is evident that there exists a struggle in the life of each and every Christian.

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THE JACOB & ESAU WITHIN

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But as for Jacob and Esau representing the “Man of Flesh” and the “Man of Spirit”, just listen to this next verse… “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him:” Colossians 3:9, 10

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And just as Jacob was trying to escape Esau, so the Christian is trying to flee from his or her own fleshy desires.  Oh the Christian wants very much to have a consistent walk in the Spirit. But it seems that too many of us sincere Christians are too often falling into our fleshly lusts: pride, anger, judging, lusting, gluttony, worldliness, and a host of other sins are constantly rising up, making us to doubt our Salvation.

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We need to escape from our Esau within. The “Old Man” still wants to “run the show” so to speak. What we need is to wrestle with God, just as sure as Jacob wrestled with the angel.

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For a deeper insight into this concept, please read… “The Cross of Orion, Part 2: What Is ‘The Time of Jacob’s Trouble’?”

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“THE DAWNING OF THE DAY”

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“We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts:” 2nd Peter 1:19

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This is why Jeremiah says concerning the Day of the Lord, “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble” Jeremiah 30:7.

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The coming conflict will be a time in which each Christian will wrestle for the victory. And though like Jacob, the Christian will think he or she is wrestling with the enemy. But when the “dawning of the day” arrives, it will be discovered that our struggle was really with the Lord. And at that time, we will, like Jacob, lose our old name, “Jacob, the Deceiver”. And we will be forever pronounced with our new name, Israel. Just like Jacob, we will have prevailed with God. And like Jacob, we will be able to say, “for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Genesis 32:30.

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At that time we will have completely overcome the “Old Man with his deeds” Colossians 3:9 

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“A GREAT WONDER IN HEAVEN…

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“A WOMAN…TRAVAILING IN BIRTH”

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“And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.” Revelation 12:1, 2 

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And so, it now becomes more apparent why God has placed this headless woman-with-child in the heavens. She is to present that glorious concept: that God’s people are to strive with God, as God has planted the Gospel seed within His people. And striving, as did Jacob, there will finally come that glorious dawning of the day, in which we will be finally victorious. And in our victory, Christ will be fully formed within the hearts of each Believer. And then we will shine as the Sun to a world still held captive in sin and darkness.

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Just listen to Scripture… “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,” Galatians 4:19. OK, so now this verse from Galatians is a big help in understanding this spiritual concept about men (and women too!) giving birth…to Christ. This is all about overcoming the world.

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And if I am truly a child of God, then eventually I will indeed overcome this world… “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world” 1st John 5:4.

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And what about this verse… “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” Revelation 2:11. This passage is for all those who have “an ear to hear”.

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THE WOMAN IN TRAVAIL & THE FLEEING WOMAN

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So this concept of the Church giving birth to Christ is spoken of many times in both the Old and New Testaments… “Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand…pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames…For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.” Isaiah 13:6, 8, 10      

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And so this Summer Constellation of a woman in travail goes together with the Winter Constellation of a fleeing woman. Now it becomes more clear why God put these two concepts together into one constellation. And having this knowledge makes us painfully aware that it is high time to be wrestling (with God) for deliverance from the flesh which so greatly controls us. And we need to be fleeing to the mountains (Zion in particular). And we must flee from those ungodly influences, represented by the Wave of Water coming forth from the Dragon.

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THE TIME IS SHORT!

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The time is short! We all must redeem the time, because the days are definitely getting more evil with each passing week!

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We must overcome the world and flesh and Devil! We must completely close the door to the Devil! We must bring into captivity, every thought and every imagination of the heart!

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This is no small task! It requires nothing less than 100% devotion to the purification of our heart!

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We have a Heaven to win, and a Hell to depart from. And if we have truly become a child of God, then this will be the desire of our heart!

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Let us put on the armor of God, and stand ready for the battle ahead!

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SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS, ARMOR UP! THE HOUR IS AT HAND!

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#2 FLOOD WATERS, PART 3-TELEVISION: THE IMAGE THAT SPEAKS…

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This article explains how television is being used by Satan to destroy the souls of millions, perhaps billions! It explains many insidious ways in which the Christian is corrupted by this mind-control device.

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CHRISTIAN RACE” PART 2: EFFECTS OF SENSUAL MUSIC…

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This article discusses how we might win that Christian Race which is set before us. It uses sensual music as its theme. But the principles presented herein can be applied to just about any other area of Christian concern.

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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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Marines at Prayer by Alex Raymond wikimedia public domain

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