CONTINUATION – Witchcraft … ON THIS PAGE:
· Haunting and familiar spirits
· Christians who curse others, and sincere believers who cannot really be cursed
· So-called innocent curses in nursery rhymes
· Evil spirits and the human spirits of living people
· Dealing with sickness and its spiritual causes
· Anointing with oil and confession of trespasses in healing
· ASTRO TRAVEL
· NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE) AND DEATHBED APPARITIONS
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Haunting and Familiar Spirits
It is common for new occupants of a house to encounter ghosts and haunting, and even for regular occupants to suddenly experience ‘strange phenomena.’ First, we must make certain there are no physical causes for things such as furniture creaking randomly, popping sounds, footsteps etc., and not read supernatural manifestations into a change in the whether, or a mouse chewing on something in the corner. Still, malicious spirits can even send things flying through the air, open doors, trigger sensors based on movement, etc. Such nasty ones are known as ‘poltergeists,’ but mostly, they are all familiar spirits. Familiar spirits were attached to the previous occupants of the house and ‘left behind’ when the people died or moved away. Poltergeists can also be left behind through séances, (calling up the so-called ‘dead,’) other satanic rituals, and violent crimes that have been committed there. Familiar spirits inhabit areas that were dedicated to them through unrepentant sin. These spirits are then said to ‘haunt’ the place.
In dealing with these problems, we must seek God’s face even in fasting to determine the cause of the problem. We must then closely follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Stay away from shamans and so-called ‘deliverers,’ who sprinkle wine, blow on the Shofar to call more spirits to them and their ‘clients,’ and hide behind Roman Catholic crosses.
God is the God of heaven and earth. Every knee shall bow before Him, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. He has given His Holy-Spirit authority to all His personally born again believers to stand against the evil one and overcome his wiles, (Rev. 12:11.) Thus, He commanded in Lev. 19:31, “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; [cast them out in Jesus Name;] do not seek after [or submit to] them, to be defiled by them: I Am the Lord your God.” However, if the place was dedicated to Satan through active satanic rituals, rape, and murder, it would be best to move away.
Spirits that begin to manifest themselves in already inhabited houses and other places may have ‘footholds’ due to unrepentant sin the house, in which case they will refuse to leave until the sin is dealt with. They work through people that commit adultery, pornography, violence, abuse and/or molestation, rape, occult games, lies and deceit, or any other sin that suddenly started, were never confessed to God and the victims, or continues in the household.
Here too, we must consult God and wait for His answer. It is always good to confess all personal sin, repent, and guard against the playing of heavy metal and other satanic music, pornography, adultery, teenagers fornicating with girlfriends and boyfriends, etc. It is important to ‘claim’ ownership to the property as our God-given right by ownership or rental lease, etc., and forbid all habitation of evil, dirty, and malicious human spirits as well — that’s human spirits of people who are still alive, such as witches and those given to hatred, (1Ths. 5:23.) Our homes must be wholly dedicated to God and protected under the blood Covenant of Christ. Once we deal with the cause, the problem can be resolved by prayer, Holy-Spirit led action against the guilty, and ‘binding’ the spirits, demanding that they leave and never return.
Such manifestations can also be demonic attacks from people. Demons choose to work through witches or those caught in hatred and jealousy. They also irritate, scare and harass workers in God’s Kingdom, who preach the truth of His Word and thus have an impact on the kingdom of darkness. In all such cases, we must never lose sight of the powerful blood-atonement of Jesus in our place, the power of repentance and forgiveness, the ministry of the Omnipotent Holy Spirit and his mighty, holy angels, and the all-powerful ‘Sword’ or Word of Jesus our Lord. For those who stand against all evil in Christ, God promised in Deut. 28:7, “...They will advance on you on one road and on seven roads they shall flee…” Isa. 37:33, “He shall not come into this [house,] nor shoot an arrow there. Nor come before it with shield, nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and he shall not come into this [house,] says the Lord, for I will defend this [or house] to save it.”
Christians who curse others and Sincere Believers, who cannot really be cursed
To use God’s Word uncontextually to control and manipulate believers is a learned pattern of abuse in Christianity. Besides hatred, which is spiritual and emotional murder, Christians can, and do curse others, like the Roman Catholic papacy and other Christian leaders such as Benny Hinn, who declare those ‘anathema’ (or cursed) who do not submit to their dogmas, hierarchy, and so-called ‘anointing.’ Nearly all churchgoing Christians are cursed on a weekly basis when their pastor pronounces, as a “direct Word from God,” the curse of Mal. 3:8-10 over them because they do not bring enough money “into the storehouse.” By this, these Christian witches mean to release the entire state of cursedness of the Old Testament law over them, as described in Deuteronomy 28. However, Jesus became a curse to buy the entire state of blessedness for all those who are born again in Him, (Gal. 3:10-14; 2:21; 4:3-7.) Sincere, Moral-Law abiding believers cannot be cursed “without cause,” because Jesus had blessed all His disciples through His complete atonement in their place, (Mt. 25:34.) The attempt to bring true believers under a curse of the Old Testament law, is an invalid curse without cause – unless they choose to believe the lie and bring themselves under the curse, (Gal. 2:21.)
Those who are blessed by God, cannot be cursed by anyone, as described in Numbers 22:12, “God said to Balaam, ‘You shall not curse them, for they are blessed.’” Paul declared, “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable,” (Rom. 11:29.) And Prov. 26:2 states, “Like a flying sparrow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.”
The real curse, which is not ‘without a cause,’ is immoral, not ritual or ceremonial sin. We can heap up serious problems for ourselves by disobeying God’s Moral commandments and the leading of the Holy Spirit, and by not discerning and doing God’s will for a specific situation. Satan is always on the lookout for ‘gaps’ in our spiritual armor. Without our armor intact, (which is our Godly character and works of truth, righteousness, hope, faith, love, and sincere Moral obedience to God, Eph. 6:10-18,) demonic onslaughts will affect, and even overcome us. That’s why sincere believers must always be vigilant to break all curses with a cause through obedience to the Word of God, (Rom. 6:23.)
So-called ‘Innocent’ Curses in Nursery Rhymes
Most nursery rhymes and fairy tales have secret meanings and teach little children to commit idolatry and witchcraft, and to recite spells. For instance, ‘ring-a-ring-a-roses’ was about the Medieval plague in Europe, and ‘a pocket full of posies’ was a smudge, or a little bag filled with magic herbs that was supposed to ward off spirits of death. The way in which children hold hands and dance in a ring while chanting this rhyme, comes directly from the practice of calling up demons and casting spells in witchcraft.
‘Goosy, goosy gander, where shallt thou wonder - upstairs and downstairs, and in my lady’s chamber. There lived an old man, who didn’t say his prayers. He took goosy… and flung him down the stairs…’ This nursery rhyme refers to adultery, prostitution and murder. Jack and Jill, some people believe, tells of two children losing their virginity when they ‘went up the hill…’ ‘Old Mother Goose… would fly through the air on a very fine gander…’ speaks of a witch flying on a ‘gander,’ which is just another reference to a broomstick, or in reality, the common occult practice of Astro travel, and sex with demons, as the broomstick signifies the male phallus. Nowadays, witchcraft practices are accessible to children of all ages through television, movies, and the internet, and through demonic video games and books. Many children jokingly look up rituals and spells to harm, or get rid of an enemy, or simply to vex someone they dislike.
EVIL SPIRITS AND THE HUMAN SPIRITS OF LIVING PEOPLE
Always Test the Spirits!
God created each human being with a soul, (a mind, will, intellect – or a brain,) as well as with a supernatural human spirit body to worship Him while living in a temporal, physical body, (1 Ths. 5:23; 1 Cor. 15:35-54.) When humanity “died” at the fall, the human spirit was separated from God, Who is Spirit, (Jn. 4:21-24; Gen. 2:17.) Incarcerated in a fallen spiritual state without the true God, humanity remained spiritual beings nonetheless. Hence, humans always yearn for spiritual encounters with the supernatural. That’s why, since the fall in Eden, witches and witchcraft have been a ‘natural’ part of humanity’s culture, (Rom. 3:9-25.) Their fascination with the supernatural is seated in real encounters with demons, which they view as either friendly or angry ‘angels’ or human ‘ancestor’ spirits – while, (according to Scripture,) all these manifestations are evil spirits, mostly masquerading as the ‘good’ or ‘angry’ spirits of the deceased.
Concerning ancestor and other human spirits, God plainly said, “The living knows that they will die, but the dead knows nothing... Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun,” (Eccl. 9:5-6; Deut. 18:10-12.) If ghosts or spirits are haunting us or our homes, it is folly to believe that they are angels or the human spirits of dead people, and that they can be benign in any way. The human spirits of diseased people either reside in heaven, or remain imprisoned in hell, (Luke 16:19-31.) Thus, only the human spirits of living people, some evil spirits, some of God’s holy angels, and the Holy Spirit of God Himself remain on earth. God and His holy angels will never ‘haunt’ us. Moreover, the Word of God declares plainly that the holy angels of God “are all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who [are already saved, or those will be saved, to] inherit salvation,” (Heb. 1:14.) It is clear that, from the spirit world, only demonic spirits and the human spirits of living people can harm us, (1 Ths. 5:23.)
God commanded in 1 Jn. 4:1, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God...” This verse refers to the deceptive spirits behind all false teaching, but also to encounters with spiritual activity. God’s servant Paul also instructed in 1 Ths. 5:21-22, “Test all things; hold fast what is good [but] abstain from every form of evil.” An example of obedience to God to ‘test the spirits’ is recorded in Jos. 5:13-14, “Joshua… looked, and a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua [fearlessly] went to Him and asked, ‘Are You for us, or for our adversaries?’ So He said, ‘No, [I am not for your adversaries,] but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come...’ And Joshua fell on his face and worshipped Him…” Joshua would never have worshiped an angel. This was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, yet He was not offended by Joshua’s boldness to enquire Who He really Is, for Joshua merely obeyed His Moral commandment to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God,” (Rev. 22:8-9; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)
DEALING WITH SICKNESS AND ITS SPIRITUAL CAUSES
Anointing with oil and confession of trespasses in healing
Those who follow false church doctrines rather than the contextual truth of the Bible either distort, or reject the Scriptural anointing with oil in healing. Mostly, these Scripture-distorting, Reformed and other Christians allege, this New Testament practice, (as the supernatural gifts or signs of the Holy Spirit, as promised in Mark 16:16-18,) “pertained only to the miraculous apostolic age, which ceased when the first apostles died.” Where is it written or even suggested in Scripture that any, or even some of the New Testament commandments, promises, or Holy Spirit gifts have ‘ceased?’ The context of Mark 6:13 and Jam. 5:13-20 commands believers, who are sick, to “call for the [God-called, servant elderly.] Let them pray over them, [and if there are no true elderly to contact, one may do the following in the leading of the Holy Spirit:] anointing them with oil in the Name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, [not the oil in itself as if this oil has ‘magical’ powers,] and the Lord will raise them up.”
The context of the word ‘healings’ suggests multilevel healing – spiritual, emotional, physical, and circumstantial healings. So, James 5:16 also commands, “Confess your trespasses [which you have committed against each other] to one another and pray for one another, that [your relationships, sorrows, and even physical infirmaries] may be healed…” It is an indisputable fact that hatred, conflict, lies, slander, adultery, etc., originate from the spiritual realm. Left untreated by our disobedience to God’s Moral Law of Love, secret as well as unashamed sin will cause sick bodies, minds, and relationships. We have to do everything in our power to resolve conflict as far as possible among ourselves to attain God’s healings in our lives, (Rom. 12:18.) Our obedience to God’s Moral Law and the “gifts of healings [plural] to work miracles,” which the Holy Spirit entrusted to the body of Christ, manifest miraculous healings, (1 Cor. 12:9.)
Oil, in Biblical context, has no supernatural abilities in itself. It is just ordinary oil – olive oil, cooking oil… As seen in the discussion on “the water god,” there is no such thing as ‘holy water,’ ‘holy wine,’ or ‘holy oil.’ James does not specify what type of oil we should use for anointing. Furthermore, all sincerely born again believers already have the anointing of the Indwelling Holy Spirit, which is the continual presence of the Spirit. 1 Jn. 2:27; 20, “The anointing which you have [already] received from Him abides in you… You [already] have an anointing from the Holy One…”
The anointing of the Spirit pertains to the omnipotent power and holiness of God. So, the anointing with ordinary oil to heal the sick symbolizes the miraculous work and power of the Holy Spirit. It signifies our spiritual consecration – our separation from sin in Jesus. It also symbolizes the ‘sealing’ of the Holy Spirit, which indicates His possession of born again believers through the complete atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13; Eph 1:7.)
The anointing with oil must always be accompanied by sincere prayer. After sorting out our problems among one another as far as possible, we should remember to ask God to break all demonic opposition and oppression, as well as merged attacks by evil spirits. We should also ask God to send His holy angels to cast away all evil human spirit bodies that have come harm us, and never allow them to return. We should also petition God to cleanse, heal and protect us spiritually, emotionally, bodily, and in every other area of our lives by destroying all the evil plans and weapons formed against us while we are either awake or asleep. Then, under the protection of Jesus’ blood covenant, we must bind and cast out all demons from our vicinity by commanding them out loud, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave and never to return, (Mark 16:17-18.)
Lastly, we should pray God’s peace, truth, light, life, and protection over us and everyone involved, as well as over all our surroundings. We should also petition God’s continual protection while growing in Christ by continually studying and obeying His Word in the leading of the Holy Spirit. We might be in for a fight, but we must stand firm behind our shield of faith in the Name of Jesus. The Lord Jesus Himself is our Commander-in-Chief; the Most High “Commander of the armies of the Lord,” (Jos. 5:14; Heb. 2:10.) He is always near, and ready to defend and save His children.
Astro travel is a well-known practice in witchcraft; and Satan gives this demonic ability to all his male and female witches. Most pastors know nothing about this phenomena, because churches confuse the human ‘soul’ and human ‘spirit.’ The Bible teaches that man is a tri-part person, consisting of a soul, (brain with an intellect, will and emotion,) and a supernatural human spirit, living in a physical body, (1 Ths. 5:23,) the human spirit body has various supernatural capabilities. We can hear and see ‘in the spirit’ with our spirit bodies, (Rev. 1:10-12.) We can pray, sing, and give thanks with our spirits, (1 Cor. 14:15-16.) We can perceive and know hidden and spiritual things in our spirits, (Mark 2:8; 1 Cor. 2:11.) We can sigh in our spirits, (Mark 8:12.) God commands us to worship Him with our spirits, (Jn. 4:21-23.) We can even be moved or troubled in our spirits, (Jn. 13:21.) Eccl. 12:6-7 describes the fact that the human spirit body can leave the human body to ‘Astro travel’ through the spirit world, “Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed… Then the dust will return to the earth as it was and the spirit will return to God Who gave it.” Thus, Satan can use the human spirits of those given to Satanism, or ‘merely’ to hatred, to harm people, (1 Jn. 2:9; 3:15.) Witches always work with demonic spirits, as the holy angels of God can never be directly summonsed or used by humans; holy angels obey only God. Thus, living witches can, with the help of demons, leave their physical bodies and use their own human spirits to attack, spy, harm their victims, and do many supernatural things, (1 Cor. 15:44; 1 Ths. 5:23, 1 Cor. 15:44; 1 Jn. 5:19.)
While the silver cord that attaches the human spirit to the human body remains intact, the spirit can leave the physical body, (Astral Projection,) travel anywhere on the globe and return to the physical body. This can also happen if the heart stops while the brain (or soul) still remains alive, as in Near Death Experiences. However, once ‘the silver cord is loosened,’ the ‘detached’ human spirit cannot return to the physical body. The person becomes brain dead and dies, (Lu. 8:52-55.) James 2:26, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without [Moral Law] works is dead.” Unless Jesus returns on the clouds beforehand, every person’s spirit will leave the physical body, and the soul’ or mind will be buried with the corpse, to await the return of the Lord, (1 Ths. 4:16-18.) Scripture makes it clear that when the physical body dies, the ‘detached’ human spirit will not and does not remain on earth. In Lu. 16:19-31 Jesus declared that the holy angels of God, after death, will always take the human spirit of the deceased either to heaven, or to hell.
The phenomenon of Astro travel is so common, that it is openly illustrated in fairy tales where witches fly on their brooms through the night. Aladdin, who flies on a ‘magic’ carpet, and even Christianity’s Santa Clause that flies on a reindeer-sleigh, are all depictions of Astro travel. Another well-know depiction of Astro travel is the vampire Count Dracula, who ‘transforms’ himself into a bat and flies off into the night to stalk his victims.
Satan does use the spirit bodies of living people to do some his dirty work for the reason that true believers have authority, in the Name of Jesus Christ, to cast out demons, (Mark 16:17; Lu. 10:17.) However, Jesus’ believers do not have authority over human spirits. Therefore, human spirit bodies of living humans can do a lot of harm if they can remain undetected, thus fooling us by masquerading as the spirits of dead people, or even as demons. We can deal with them by simply asking God to protect us against them, and to remove them and all their attacks from our lives.
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE) AND DEATHBED APPARITIONS
The ‘Astro-travel’ phenomenon can also occur in ‘near death’ experiences and is commonly known as ‘out of body’ experiences. Deliberate occult Astro projection aside — countless people, who have been resuscitated, can testify that while they were in cardiac arrest, their human spirit bodies floated out of their natural bodies into the air, (1 Cor. 15:35-58.) With a bird’s eye view of the natural body and its surroundings, including the people involved in the resuscitation, they could see and hear everything. Those who experienced NDE often says that their spirits strangely lacked emotion, (except for a feeling of complete peace,) until the spirit body suddenly returned into the natural body and the person woke from unconsciousness, coma, or cardiac arrest. [Do Angels Cry, or Show other ‘Human’ Emotions?”]
Someone noted, “Prior to the 1970’s, NDE was nearly unheard of, as most serious injuries resulted in death.” Since the practice of resuscitation became common, patients often ‘came back’ from ‘death’ or actually, cardiac arrest, to tell of their strange experiences in ‘heaven.’ [As explained in ‘Astro Travel,’ one is only truly dead once one is brain-dead. In cardiac arrest, the heart can stop beating while the brain is still functioning.]
In an attempt to explain away God and the afterlife, scientists concluded that NDE is a ‘scientifically explainable, natural phenomenon.’ They allege, “Oxygen-starved brains generate white light tunnel vision, while certain hallucinogenic drugs, psychological diseases and religious hysteria can produce NDE experiences.” Under certain conditions, the natural brain – coupled with Satan’s power of delusion - can produce bizarre perceptions and unexplained experiences. But knowing that the supernatural human spirit and the spirit world are certainties, I believe NDE is real.
Strangely, even pagans say they went to heaven and saw God and angels. Christians have extra-Scriptural ‘revelations’ of heaven. Roman Catholics see ‘Mother Mary.’ Buddhists, Hindus and so forth all see figures relating to their religions. They all experience the ‘unconditional love’ of their gods in a flood of white light and a feeling of overwhelming peace. But if they all are correct and they really met “The Divine,” what is the point of all their many religions? If all these accounts are true, God must be very confused. Yet, there is only One God, and His Name is Jesus. Jesus said only Scripturally born again believers can enter heaven though Him; The Truth, Light, and Way, (Jn. 14:6.)
I also view the heavenly meetings with dead relatives during NDE in a skeptical light. All the verses that supposedly ‘prove’ these meetings, speak of deceased believers in Christ, not our unsaved, deceased relatives.
When asked whose wife a widow or divorcee would be in heaven, Jesus said, “In [heaven] they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God.” [Deceased people do not become angels. Until the resurrection, the human spirits of deceased believers will remain disembodied human spirits,” Mt. 22:23-33; 1 Cor. 15:50-58.] Scripture also states that our deceased relatives [no longer] know anything of what is going on here on earth. After death, their undying human spirits are either living in heaven or remain incarcerated in hell, (Prov. 5-10; Is. 26:14; Lu. 16:22-31.)
Thus, when we test Extra-Scriptural ‘revelations’ of heaven (and hell) in the true context of the Bible, we find that the sensation-seeking devil has his hand in everything. Jesus said it is impossible to warn others by returning from the dead. If people disregard the truth of Gods Word, they will not listen and repent from their lies to accept Christ, even if someone should return from death to warn them, (Lu. 16:22-31.)
Let us compare NDE experiences to Stephen’s experience in Acts 7:54-60. Right before he was stoned, he gazed into heaven and said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” No ‘white light,’ angels, loved ones, or anything else. Stephen saw Jesus as he died. Where Paul said he was ‘caught up to the third heaven,’ “It would be presumptuous to enquire into this matter, seeing that Paul said, ‘Whether in the body or out of the body I cannot tell.’ What is important, is that Paul does not mention what he saw there, [if indeed he saw anything.] He only says he heard words that are impossible for a man to utter, [probably because heavenly conversations belong to heaven, and] while we are in this world, we [already have the] sure Word of God, [the Bible.]
Therefore, the things in heaven do not concern us all that much at this stage. This should check our curious desires of which is forbidden knowledge now, [as everything God chose to reveal to us is written in the Bible,] and [Scripture] teaches us to know and serve God better now, as He had commanded in His Word and through the Gospel of Christ.” [In part from the M.H. Commentary.]