CONTINUATION – Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· An Example of Near Death Experience: a dying man’s human spirit on the ‘silver cord’
· Are Sprites such as Leprechauns, Gremlins, Goblins, Imps, Elves — and the African Tokoloshe Mere Myths?
· Vampires try to absorb the life force of their victims – can this be true?
· Werewolves (Lycanthropy,) IS Ancestor Worship, Astro Travel and Demonic Shape Shifting
· ANCESTOR WORSHIP IN PAGANISM AND CHRISTIANITY
· God’s Word Versus Roman Catholic prayer to Patron Saints and Protestant Reverence of Clergy
· True Biblical Saints
· The Ancestor Worshipper’s Perception of the Indescribable Cruelty of Witchcraft
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.]
AN EXAMPLE OF NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE: A DYING MAN’S HUMAN SPIRIT ON THE ‘SILVER CORD’
Different from deliberate Astro travel as experienced in witchcraft, and from the perception of so-called ‘unconditional saving,’ ‘white-light’ experiences, all near death experiences are not necessarily ‘scientific’ or demonic. For example, just before Jesus resuscitated a dead girl in Luke 8:52-56, He said, “‘Do not weep; she is not dead, but sleeping…’ He took her by the hand and called, ‘Little Girl, arise!’ Then her spirit returned, and she arose immediately…” Scripturally, God’s angels take the human spirit of a dying person either to heaven or to hell at the moment of death. Thus, one can only think that the “sleeping girl” was in coma-death. Her brain was still functional but her human spirit was on the brink of being ‘loosened from its silver cord,’ which keeps the human spirit body tied to the physical body, (Eccl. 12:6; Lu. 16:19-31.)
What’s more, it is common in all cultures that the human spirits of the dying, (people who are still alive, but on the brink of death,) can appear to living people. These apparitions might be upsetting, but they are harmless and usually do not happen more than once, (see Acts 12:13-17.) I personally believe God sometimes allows the dying (not the deceased,) to appear briefly during a near death experience, just before the angels carry the person’s human spirit away, to visit (not haunt!) a specific person for a specific purpose. For example, we know of a couple who had been grossly tormented by one of their relatives because they tried to give him Jesus’ true Gospel of Grace, and would not submit to his satanic abuse, persecution and control. They sought peace with him on numerous occasions. Each time, he refused to show them any mercy. Constantly conjuring up incredibly destructive plans and the most malicious slander against the couple, causing the greatest trouble and sorrow for them, he never relented, or forgave even the slightest offense against him.
One night, a spirit appeared in the couple’s bedroom. It was shuffling back and forth on the carpet, wringing its hands bewildered and perplexed, muttering hopelessly. Then, just as quickly as it appeared, it was gone.
Later, the couple heard that the man was on his death bed at the time.
I believe God allowed this upsetting apparition to show the couple how impossible it is for a human, who hardened his heart against God all his life, to face the holy judgment throne of God. Without remedy, the man’s human spirit was yearning for relief from the agonizing prospect of meeting its Maker in its decided state of lostness and sin.
This also proves that God does not allow deathbed salvations readily. On the contrary, God clearly commanded in Heb. 3:15, “Today, if you hear [My] voice, do not harden your hearts as in the [Old Testament] rebellion.”
Some time later, the couple ‘discovered’ this confirmation in the Mathew Henry’s Commentary: Mt. 25:14-30, p. 1748, “While [the five unwise virgins] went out to buy [oil for their lamps] the bridegroom came. With regard to those that put off their great work [to accept and obey Jesus Christ] to the last moment, it is a thousand to one that they have not time [or grace] to do it then. Getting grace is a work of time, and cannot be done in a hurry. While the poor awakened soul addresses itself upon a sick bed to repentance and prayer, in awful confusion, it scarcely knows which end to begin at, or what to do first; and presently death comes, judgment comes, and the work is undone, and the poor sinner undone for ever. This comes of having oil to buy when we should burn it, and grace to get when we should use it.”
Oil is the symbol of the indwelling Holy Spirit. A lamp is the symbol of our human spirit and human soul — which aught to be a born again temple of the Holy Spirit. For this purpose, God gave His Only Son, so that everyone who personally believes in Him, and sincerely accepts and follows Him in a lifestyle of Scriptural obedience, will have oil in his or her lamp when death and darkness come. Hard-heartedly forfeiting this incredible grace of God over (nearly) a whole lifetime, is illustrated by those religious and church-going, but unsaved virgins in Mt. 25.
Are Sprites such as Leprechauns, Gremlins, Goblins, Imps, Elves – and the African Tokoloshe Mere Myths?
The entertainment industry usually dramatizes fact to enhance the experience, as in the far-fetched ‘Dracula’ movies, which were based on the sensationalized life of a historical character. However, they also use genuine experiences with evil spirits in motion pictures such as Poltergeist and The Entity to bring people in bondage to fear and to establish a fascination with the occult. While most people do not realize that these movies and books are not ‘myths’ or ‘ghost stories’ without substance, anyone with true Bible knowledge and some knowledge of the occult will know for certain that this is not entertainment, but dangerous occult practices and manifestations, (Eph. 6:10-18.) As with fairies, trolls, unholy angels, etc., the cartoon and movie industry also made a huge effort to turn real, evil spirits into personal acquaintances by presenting them as benevolent characters who are often playful, funny, (think of Casper the so-called Friendly Ghost,) and harmless figments of the imagination; neither completely good nor totally evil. Point is, the media has been desensitizing generations of people to the evil and danger of spirits that are not from God.
People, who live outside the cultures where spirits (or sprites) like Leprechauns Gremlins, Goblins, Imps Elves, Trolls, the Tokoloshe, etc. are household names, and where they are feared and revered as absolute realities, disregard them as ‘mere superstitions.’ It is indeed good to view folklore and superstitions as ungodly myths. However, once we understand that Satan and his demons are real and that they are severely affecting the lives of their victims, we cannot ignore the harm they are doing to billions of unsaved and uninformed people across the world. While the individual characters of these evil spirits differ from one another, most cultures believe that these ‘mischievous,’ dwarf and fairylike ‘little bullies’ who usually ‘play harmless pranks’ on people. They also spitefully break, displace, and destroy the possessions of their victims because they are actually dangerous poltergeists and familiar spirits.
The African version of these spirits is the well-known Tokoloshe. Apparently, “firmly under a witch’s control,” this evil spirit manifests itself in the form of a strong, nasty little dwarf. Witches send this spirit to harass, pinch, and even rape its victims. It also acts as an ‘imaginary’ friend to abduct children, and Africans fear it for causing sickness, ‘bad luck’ and even death. They believe, the only way to escape a Tokoloshe is to place bricks under each leg of their beds to lift them out of its reach. Those entrenched in religious culture, often wear talismans and use ‘magic medicine,’ which they buy from shamans, as protection. If the Tokoloshe still haunts them, they call on a healer to ‘exorcise’ it and to ‘protect’ them with ‘stronger medicine’ – at a more significant price, of course, while it is, as Jesus state, impossible for the devil to drive our demons, (Mark 3:25-26.)
Victims of all types of witchcraft do not realize that, if Satan grants them peace from pestilence through the services of Shaman, the Shaman’s expense would be the least of their worries. Eventually, the devil will always ask for payment in the form of the client’s marriage, family, health, finances – and even a blood sacrifice such as a baby or a first born child, which will draw the victim even deeper into darkness and spiritual bondage.
Vampires try to ‘absorb’ the ‘life force’ of their victims — can this be real, or is it merely a myth?
‘Count Dracula’ is an infamous movie character; an undead vampire who sleeps in a coffin by day. At night, he supposedly transforms into a bat to visit his victims, whom he ‘enchants,’ or places under a lust-spell while biting on an artery to suck their blood. Most people laugh at such superstition and of course it was dramatized, but it is not all imagination and myth. The dramatized vampire myth stepped right out of the history books. Of course demons cannot literally suck human and animal blood, but they can get their gratification through possessing humans to do their dirty work for them.
An excellent candidate for the founding of the Dracula stories is Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. the Romanian Prince Vlad Dracula 111. Vlad, a homosexual himself, was obsessed with re-enacting homosexuality, (or human sacrifice through ritual impalement) by skewering virtually everything, (even cockroaches,) and everyone he could find from the bottom up on a twig or thick pole. Vlad was so extremely brutal and bloodthirsty that writers and movie makers connected him to the practice of vampirism; the drinking of human and animal blood during satanic ceremonies to gain more power from Satan. We can be sure that Vlad the Impaler was a high Satanist. He was also a devout Roman Catholic monarch, who rose very early in the morning to pray for five hours before he began his daily routine of instructing his soldiers how to impale even innocent children, his military enemies, and all his rivals. While historians think impaling thousands of his own people and parading them before his advancing enemies was a mere scare tactic which worked brilliantly, it was en-masse human sacrifice to Satan to gain victory in war.
It is no myth that all advanced Satanists drink blood during their rituals, trying to ‘absorb’ the ‘life force’ or ‘soul’ of their victims. By committing this horrendous sin, which God so clearly forbade, all Satanists are, in essence, vampires. (The ‘soul’ is the ‘life,’ conscious mind, or brain that dies with the victim’s physical body. Animals have souls or minds like humans, but only humans have human spirits - 1 Ths. 5:23; Lev. 17:11-12.) To get more power from their evil master, vampires allegedly “absorb” the souls of their victims and “feed off their sexual and physical energy.” Obviously, they cannot do this to just anyone. The evil one simply cannot “touch” those who are truly in Christ, because there is no God like the Highest God, our Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Jn. 5:18-20.)
Even so, it is a reality that vampirism and sex with demons, (as described in Genesis Chapter 6,) always go hand in hand.
Naturally, the entertainment industry cashed in on dramatizations of this in the form of movies on the supernatural. However, in the occult, it is common knowledge that evil spirits, through human vampires, drink human and animal blood and also predate on other humans, which they call “sexual vampirism” and “emotional vampirism.” It is said that this leaves the victim drained of emotional and physical energy.
Werewolves (Lycanthropy) is Ancestor Worship
Manifestations of werewolves too, are much more than myth and legend — or unbelievable dramatizations of the movie industry. Most Christians, sitting in their safe zones in churches, do not even believe in the existence of the devil — or in the reality of God’s holy angels. So, how could Christians with such a lack of knowledge know that most legends and myths, though dramatized for entertainment purposes, were based on actual spiritual experiences and manifestations, which, in reality, all stem from Satan and his deluding demons? Because most pagans do not believe in the devil as a real entity, they try to clarify such supernatural manifestations through their own beliefs. For instance, they believe that, “because people descend from certain ‘sacred’ animals,” (beside worshipping and consulting their human ancestors,) they have to “worship, prayerfully consult, and ceremonially honor their ‘animal-spirit’ forefathers as well.”
Actually, these animals are ‘sacred’ because they view them, as they do with their dead human ancestors, as gods.
Because Satan is such a showman and master deceiver, he does not merely appear in the form of their deceased ancestors to gain their trust and to enter into a personal relationship with them, but in the form of the animals familiar to a specific area. For instance, in India, cows, elephants and monkeys are ‘sacred’ and worshipped ceremonially. In America, native Indians believe wolves are ‘sacred,’ and they worship and consult them as their ‘spirit-animal’ ancestors.
It is important to remember that animals have souls or minds, but they do not have supernatural spirits like humans do. Therefore, these so-called ‘animal ancestor spirits’ are demons that manifest themselves in the form of animal spirits.
Lycanthropy or Werewolf manifestations are Shape Shifting
Shape shifting is the occult belief that one creature can change into the shape of another creature – as depicted in the Dracula movies where the count transforms himself into a bat and flies away. As ancestor worship is ingrained in the minds of those who practice human and animal ancestor worship, the belief of shape shifting forms an integral part of these religions. American Indians believe they can ‘shift’ into the form of an eagle or wolf ancestor. African shamans think they can transform into lions, leopards, baboons, snakes, etc. The Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert ‘shift’ into antelope species like the eland. Thus, their paintings inside caves are therefore not decoration, but dedication of that particular cave to the spirits they call up during their rituals there. Consequently, werewolf spirits do not necessarily have to manifest in the shape of a wolf, but they all remain demons that appear as some kind of animal. For instance, once, when I had to go against Satanists that infiltrated a church, they sent a werewolf to my bedside in the form of a bear. This is a common thing for them to do. They either Astro travel with their own human spirits or call up a strong demon to appear where they send it. To the uninformed, it is frightening and ominous. But praise God, because He gave His sincere children authority over all demons in the Name of Jesus! (Mark 16:16-18; 1 Cor. 12:-11; 2 Cor. 10:3-6; Eph. 6:12.)
Shape-shifting witches, who do Astro travel in the form of werewolves, have to bring a specific sacrifice to Satan to be ‘promoted’ to such ‘higher’ practices of witchcraft, which call for greater demonic possession than other witches experience. Witches, who seek the phenomena of lycanthropy, will therefore have to do the prescribed sacrifice and perform the required rituals; entering into a deep trance. The required level of that trance usually demands fire and smoke rituals, accompanied by continual chanting, tribal drumming, ceremonial dancing, blood sacrifice, etc. A trance is an ‘altered state of mind,’ or moving from a natural soulical ‘mind state’ to a ‘spirit state.’ It is compulsory for occultists to enter into a trance to make contact with particular spirits in the spirit world. In this state, these demons can possess witches easily, and transform or shift the witches’ human spirits into the form of a particular animal. They can then supposedly ‘become’ a werewolf in the form of any of their ancestor ‘animal’ spirits.
I do not believe that witches can literally transform into the shape of these ‘animal’ spirits. However, the human spirit of the living witch, in the power of the evil one, can molest their victims in various ways. It would therefore be no great feat for Satan to make the human spirits of witches appear in the shape of animals – or simply to make demons appear in the shape of animals on their behalf. It is also believed that a witch can conjure up a curse, (or send a demon to possess another living person,) to turn that victim into a werewolf. They say, the witch can then send the bewitched person [or more likely, the human spirit of the person] in the form of a werewolf, (a baboon etc.,) or as the Tokoloshe, to do his or her evil bidding.
Praise the God of all gods, because under the blood Covenant of the New Testament, He protects all His sincere believers against such onslaughts from the devil. He is Head over all principality and power, Who promised, “As I live... every knee shall bow of those in heaven, on earth, and of those under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father,” (Rom. 14:11; Phil. 2:9-11.)
ANCESTOR WORSHIP IN PAGANISM AND CHRISTIANITY
Through the brainwashing techniques of pagan and Christian leaders and their constant interaction with spirits, (Calvinists and other traditional Reformers excluded, because most of their ministers do not believe in angels or demons,) religionists assume that the spirits, which most frequently reveal themselves to them, are the spirits of their diseased ancestors. (Either physical or spiritual ancestors.) That’s why they consult and worship them (and their church clergy) as mediators and gods – the intercessors between them and the ‘supreme god’ of their religion. For instance, through Roman Catholic teachings and manifestations of ‘Mother Mary,’ their feminine holy spirit, they actually made her into the supreme goddess of their many deceased god-saints. In paganism, deceased ancestor gods supposedly have the power to bless or curse them, and therefore they serve them diligently and fearfully. Christians do the same, believing that church attendance and tithing will keep them 'saved' and 'blessed,' and thus they substitute family life with the church. [This is not about fellowship with one another and giving ‘from the heart’ as the Holy Spirit leads.]
The Vatican ‘canonized,’ (deified, Scripturalized and declared as gods and mediating christs,) all deceased Roman Catholic ‘saints,’ who allegedly lived such lives of “perfect virtue” that they became mediating ‘gods’ when they died. And so, the Vatican taught Christians to consult, worship, and sacrifice to these deceased Catholics as their spirit guides. These ‘saints’ include Joan de Arc, whom the ‘infallible’ [so-called foolproof] pope first burned at the stake as a witch in 1431, while in 1920, another pope ‘canonized’ her to sainthood! By this method, the papacy found a dead ‘saint’ to reign as ‘mediator’ over every ill and purpose under the sun. Catholics now pray to ‘saint’ Joseph, the Patron Saint of a happy home. Those with toothache pray to Saint Apollonian, who became none other than the pagan/Christian ‘tooth fairy’ and so forth. [Read more on the deification of spiritual/church ancestors in ‘The doctrine of Theosis’]
Protestantism replicated this pagan/Catholic practice because they revere not only their deceased clergy as church fathers, but the living ones too – mostly without realizing it. They obey and follow them rather than the truth of God's Word, and thus they have made them into 'mediating church gods.' Calvinists, Lutherans, (I.e., Dutch Reformed, Presbyterians, Methodists;) Pentecostals, Charismatics, Seventh Day Adventists, any of the Apostle churches, Messianic Judaism, Jehovah Witnesses, etc., all do the same. Everything or anyone we place above God, and all disobedience to God's true Word is idolatry and witchcraft. Most importantly, “There is only One Mediator between man and God, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Sam. 15:22-24; 1 Tim. 2:5.)
Still, the Roman Catholic Church teaches the doctrine of Transubstantiation, (supposedly eating the ‘literal’ flesh and drinking the ‘literal’ blood of Christ during ‘holy communion’ or mass,) and therefore the Roman Empire saw early Roman Catholics as cannibals and vampires, (amongst other things,) and treated them as such. Hence, during that time, many Roman Catholic Christians were ‘martyred’ for the hellish beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church, not for Biblical faith. Being the distorters of Scripture that they are, the Vatican also venerated all these ‘martyrs’ to ‘sainthood,’ making them into mediators, or intercessors between Roman Catholics and God.
The truth about all this idolatry and witchcraft is that no one needs any of these false church clergy with their Roman Catholic based church structures, twisted doctrines, and other Catholic-inherited norms and forms. The Truth Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ, has revealed everything we need to know and do in the fullness of His contextual Word.
God commanded plainly in Ex. 20:1-6, “I am the Lord your God… You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved [or any other kind of] image [for any religious purpose, which will lead to worshipping them…] You shall not bow down to them nor serve them…” The Bible focuses on the Lord Jesus and His atoning work on the cross, declaring that in Him Alone humanity can find forgiveness, deliverance, (freedom) healing, protection, blessing, comfort, provision…
True, Scriptural Saints
Scripturally, these deceased Roman Catholics were definitely not Biblical saints! All sincerely and Scripturally born again believers of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible are His true, spiritual saints, (1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1; Eph. 1:1, etc.) True ‘sainthood’ is not something to be ‘earned,’ or something anyone can receive from any church ordained priesthood. Real Biblical ‘sainthood’ means spiritual kinship with God through the full atonement of Christ in our place. It is not a lofty spiritual ‘position’ but a place, which all sincerely and personally born again believers occupy inside His spiritual Kingdom. So, Scriptural ‘sainthood’ can only be bestowed by God Himself - and He does that at the very instant a sinner sincerely and personally accepts the Lord Jesus Christ into his or her own ‘heart’ (or spirit,) soul, (or mind,) and life, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Gal. 4:6.)
God does not need rituals or the ministrations of a ‘church,’ a religious priesthood, or anyone else to save a soul, (Eph. 2:8; Rom. 6:23.) The only commission Jesus gave to His body of sincere believers, (who are His real Biblical, spiritual priesthood, 1 Pt. 2:9-10,) is to ‘go into all the world to preach the [real] Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to make believing disciples; to baptize these disciples, and to teach them everything Jesus Christ Himself had said,’ (Mt. 28:19-20.) True leaders of the body of Christ are never ‘lords’ or ‘mediators’ over believers, but humble servants of Jesus Himself.
The Ancestor Worshipper’s Perception of the Indescribable Cruelty of Witchcraft
It is believed that shamans of all cultures, where ancestors are worshipped, use black magic to control the people. However, ancestor worshippers see their shamans as caring ‘healers,’ who cure illnesses and problems caused by ‘evil healers,’ or ‘dark witches.’ This perception divides ‘healers’ into so-called ‘white’ witches practicing ‘white magic,’ versus ‘dark’ witches practicing black magic, although both ‘white’ and ‘black’ magic practitioners torture and kill helpless animals, even those on the endangered species list, and in many cases humans, (or pay others to do it,) to present them as blood-sacrifices to their ‘ancestor’ gods to gain spiritual ‘power.’
Of course all shamans deny torturing humans and animals to death to vampirize the blood and cannibalize the body parts in magic, or ‘medicine’ potions. Yet, it is a fact that, apart from personal magic, shamans also orchestrate mass-ceremonies to ‘empower’ people for war by feeding them the sacrificed blood and meat of animals and even humans, who were cruelly sacrificed to ancestors and other gods. This maximized mercilessness on animal and human victims also explains why, for example, in attacks on white Africans, these victims are meticulously tortured to death in ways that transcend all other forms of wickedness. These murderers believe, the greater the suffering they inflict on their victims, (and the more their victims scream, squirm and plead,) the more ancestor and other spirits they ‘awake’ to empower them, and the stronger the ‘medicine,’ or power through these sacrifices will be.