June 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

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Life Lines by Les Turvey

DUCKS IN THE CLOUDS

Watching imaginary scenes in white fluffy clouds is one thing. To believe satanís computer-generated dust-storm pictures is quite another.

Remember those lazy hazy days of summer long ago, when we laid on our backs watching the clouds go by. We saw ducks and cows and pretty girls and boats in the white fluff way up there. What I saw you couldnít. And what you saw was invisible to me. And whatever we saw was soon blown away in the breeze, leaving us to watch for the next imaginary scene in the sky.

Recently someone emailed a picture of a mound of earth with eerie grey clouds overhead. In the clouds were two hands, reminiscent of Michelangeloís finger of God reaching out to give life to his newly-created Adam. The cloud picture is said to be from Florida in the wake of the 2004 hurricane season.

Just days after 9/11 a similar picture was published showing Nostradamusí face in the billows of dust and smoke rising from the twin towers as they crashed to the ground. The devil and Jesus and others have appeared from time-to-time, in pictures of dust storms and snow squalls. Without fail, they arise out of the misery of huge segments of mankind.

Such pictures are not new. Years ago they were the result of photo darkroom wizardry or airbrush artists. Today theyíre computer generated, and generally appear in trashy newsstand tabloids, and people believe them.

Genesis 3:1 tells us the serpent was more subtle than any other beast of the field. No doubt he had several conversations with Eve before the one recorded in the bible. Like any skilful con man, satan, disguised as the serpent, likely painted wonderful word pictures of what a life of wisdom would be like. Then came the best one of all: ďYou wonít die; your eyes will be open to good and evil; you will be like gods.Ē

The old serpent (Revelation 12:9; 20:2) is still painting pictures today but, unlike our imaginary ducks in the clouds, they purport to be messages from God. And just as God uses humans to spread his gospel message today, satan uses humans with a bit of computer skill to spread his evil scenes. Of course people believe them. Doesnít the bible tell us satan disguises himself as an angel of light, and his demons are transformed as ministers of righteousness (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)?

Jesus gives us a glimpse of life in the last days of manís worldly system in the 24th chapter of Matthew. In vs 24 he told his disciples false Christs and false prophets will arise, and show great signs and wonders, insomuch if it were possible they would even deceive Godís people.

Through such pictures as the hands of God, and the face of Nostradamus, satan seduces the gullible into believing his deceptions. Through the medium of the internet far more people will see satanís pictures than will ever see them in supermarket tabloids.

Donít be deceived. If you are convinced such pictures are messages from God, how easy will it be for you to believe this or that television evangelist is Jesus Christ himself?

Everything you do or say affects an average of seventeen other people. If you have one hundred people on your mailing list, and send such pictures to them all, you have affected at least 1700 people, many of whom will accept satanís deceits as gospel.

Itís no wonder God tells his believers, through Paul, to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) from the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11).

Leslie A Turvey
A servant of the only true and living God

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