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Stages II - "Know how you got to point A"

08/25/19

August 25, 2019 • Paul Barnard

Stage II “Know how you got to point A” Joe 2:1 Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near, Joe 2:2 a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations. Joe 2:3 Fire devours before them, and behind them a flame burns. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but behind them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them. Point A is coming and it is dark What was meant for good is now desolate Joe 2:4 Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like war horses they run. Joe 2:5 As with the rumbling of chariots, they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle. Joe 2:6 Before them peoples are in anguish; all faces grow pale. Joe 2:7 Like warriors they charge; like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way; they do not swerve from their paths. Joe 2:8 They do not jostle one another; each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted. Joe 2:9 They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls, they climb up into the houses,* *they enter* through the windows like a thief.* *Subtle Changes* * Gnats and Mosquitoes * Second Hand vs. Hour hand *Deceptive Promises* * White lies * ts not affected anyone * Justification *Brutal Consequences* * All major consequences start with insignificant choices * “It Happened” (David and Bathsheba) Jas 1:14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Jas 1:15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

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