CONTINUATION – Witchcraft … ON THIS PAGE:
· Haunting and familiar spirits
· Christians who curse others, and sincere believers who cannot be cursed
· So-called innocent curses in nursery rhymes
· The human spirits of living people
· Always test the spirits!
· ASTRO TRAVEL
· Dealing with haunting and evil spirits
· Anointing with oil and confession of trespasses in healing
· NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE) AND DEATHBED APPARITIONS
Haunting and familiar spirits
It is common for new occupants of a house to encounter ghosts and haunting – even malicious spirits that send things flying through the air, fling people against walls, etc., known as ‘poltergeists.’ Usually, these are familiar spirits or demons, which were attached to the previous occupants of a house, and were ‘left behind’ when the people died or moved. Particularly nasty ones might even be spirits left behind through séances, (calling up the so-called ‘dead,’) or other satanic rituals, or spirits that inhabit places where violent crimes and other forms of witchcraft were committed. It is a fact that familiar spirits remain in areas that were dedicated to them through rituals and sin.
These spirits are then said to ‘haunt’ a house or place. Although familiar spirits are able to cause disruption, God commanded in Lev. 19:31, “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; [do not honor them;] do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I Am the Lord your God.”
Christians who curse others and sincere Believers, who cannot be cursed
Witches have been casting spells since the fall in Eden. Witches also curse people they dislike, those they want to use, harm and control, and their rivals and enemies - especially believers of Jesus who ‘interfere’ with their works by exposing their evil origin and deeds, and preach the Gospel of eternal salvation. Witches particularly hate all Godly institutions like the fellowships and ministries of Jesus’ born again disciples, marriage, God’s family structure, etc., and frequently send out demons to destroy whatever and whomever they possibly can.
To use God’s Word uncontextually to control and manipulate believers, is a learned pattern in Christian witchcraft, which most believers never test against the truth of God’s N.T. Covenant in Christ. Consequently, Christians too, 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.’ In fact, nearly all 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 pronouncing this curse over born again believers, these Christian witches mean to release the entire state of cursedness of the O.T. law over them, as described in Deut. 28. However, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself became a curse to buy the entire state of blessedness for all those who are Scripturally born again in Him! (Gal. 3:10-14; 2:21; 4:3-7.) So, sincere, Moral-Law obeying believers cannot be cursed “without cause,” because Jesus Himself had blessed all His blood-bought disciples through His complete atonement in their place, (Mt. 25:34.) Thus, the attempt to bring true, New Covenant disciples under an uncontextual curse of the Old Testament law, is an invalid curse without cause – unless Christians choose to believe the lie and bring themselves willingly under the curse of the law, (Gal. 2:21.)
Those who are blessed by God, cannot be cursed by anyone, as described in Numbers 22:12, “And God said to Balaam, ‘You shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.’” Paul declared explicitly, “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable,” (Rom. 11:29.) And Prov. 26:2 has this to say about causeless curses, “Like a flying sparrow, so a curse without cause shall not alight, [or come to pass.]”
The real curse, which is not ‘without a cause,’ is unconfessed and unrepented immoral, not ritual or ceremonial sin. We can heap up serious problems for ourselves by disobeying God’s contextual 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 obedience to God, Eph. 6:10-18,) demonic onslaughts will affect, and even overcome us. For this reason, sincere believers should always be vigilant to break all curses with a cause, (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 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 by its promotion on television 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.
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 ghost or spirit to worship Him while living in a temporal, physical body, (1 Ths. 5:21.) When humanity “died” at the fall in Eden, the human spirit was separated from God, Who is Spirit, (Jn. 4:21-24; Gen. 2:17.) Incarcerated in a darkened, fallen spiritual state without the true God, humanity remained spiritual beings nonetheless. Hence, humans always yearn for spiritual encounters with the supernatural. They always seek some kind of ‘god’ to worship.
Therefore, since the fall in Eden, witches and witchcraft have been a ‘natural’ part of lost humanity and their cultural life, (Rom. 3:9-25.) Possibly, humanity’s fascination with the supernatural began with real encounters with ghosts or spirits, which they viewed as either friendly or angry ‘angels’ or ‘ancestor’ spirits – while, (according to Scripture,) all of these are evil spirits, frequently masquerading as the ‘good’ or ‘angry’ spirits of the deceased.
Concerning ancestor and other human spirits, God clearly stated, “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 our homes and lives, 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, many 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.) Thus, it is clear that only 1) demonic spirits and 2) the human spirits of living people can harm us.
God commanded in 1 Jn. 4:1, “Do not believe every spirit, but TEST the SPIRITS, to see whether they are of God...” While this verse refers to the deceptive spirits that are behind all false teaching, this also pertains to encounters with supernatural 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 excellent Biblical 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 worship an angel. This was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, yet He was not offended by Joshua’s boldness to enquire Who He really was, for Joshua merely obeyed His Biblical commandment to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God,” (Rev. 22:8-9; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)
Astro travel is a well-known practice in witchcraft; and Satan gives this demonic ability to all his male and female witches. Witches always work with demonic spirits, as the holy angels of God can never be summonsed or used by humans directly; holy angels obey God only. Therefore, it is a fact that living witches can, with the help of demons, leave their physical bodies and use their own human spirit bodies to attack, spy, or harm their intended victims in various ways, (1 Cor. 15:44; 1 Ths. 5:23, 1 Cor. 15:44; 1 Jn. 5:19.) The human spirit body has various capabilities. We can hear and see 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 requires of us to worship Him with our spirits, (Jn. 4:21-23.) We can even be moved or troubled in our spirits, (Jn. 13:21,) etc. Eccl. 12:6-7 describes the fact that the human spirit body can leave the human body to ‘Astro travel’ through the spiritual 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.”
Occultism based Astro travel on the Scriptural notion that the human spirit body is ‘bound’ to the living person via a silver cord. While the silver cord remains intact, the spirit body can travel anywhere on the globe and return to the person’s physical body at will. However, once the silver cord ‘is loosened’ or breaks, the ‘detached’ human spirit cannot return to the physical body and the person dies, (Lu. 8:52-55.) James 2:26, “For as the body without the [human] spirit is dead, so faith without works [of faith and love] is dead.” Ultimately, in physical death, every person’s spirit body will leave the physical body, and the person’s ‘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 Himself declared that the holy angels of God, after death, would 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 – more on this later on.
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.
DEALING WITH HAUNTING AND EVIL SPIRITS
The way to deal with evil spiritual phenomena, is to consult God on the matter directly and never try to consult the spirits, as evil spirits will always lie to deceive, and God forbids us to consult spirits, (Jn. 8:44; Deut 18:9-14.)
We must then proceed as the Holy Spirit leads us. If God directs us to fast and pray first, we must obey. If the Spirit reveals an unresolved issue either in our own lives or in that specific situation, we must deal with it according to His directions, which would always be according to contextual, Biblical truth. First, we should always dedicate ourselves spirit, soul, and body – as well as everything that pertains to our lives to God Alone; declaring our complete dependence upon the salvation, redemption, protection, and victory of our Lord Jesus Christ and His completed work on the cross.
In addition to standing against evil spirits, clothed spiritually with the whole ‘armor’ of God, (which is Godly integrity such as sincere faith in Christ, truth, etc. in all our decisions and actions,) we should be on our guard against human spirits as well. We should always ask God to send His mighty, holy angels to protect us against all demonic onslaughts, as well as against the possible assaults of human spirits.
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 Calvinist, Lutheran, and other Scripture-distorting witches allege that this New Testament practice, (as the supernatural GIFTS and SIGNS of the Holy Spirit, as promised in Mark 16:16-18,) “pertained only to the miraculous apostolic age, which has passed away when the first apostles died.” Where is it written that any or even some of the New Testament promises and practices have ‘passed away?’
The context of Mark 6:13 and Jam. 5:13-20 commands believers, who are sick, to “call for the elder(ly)… [Read about 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’ properties,] and the Lord will raise them up. And if they have committed sins, they will be forgiven.” This commandment to heal the sick by prayer and the anointing of oil is based on the confession abusive sins, which we have committed against each other, to one another. In this case, our obedience to God’s Moral Law of Love, just as the supernatural “gifts of healings [plural] to work miracles,” which the Holy Spirit had entrusted to the members of the body of Christ, constitute miraculous healings, (1 Cor. 12:9.)
The context of the word ‘healings’ suggests multilevel healing – such as spiritual, emotional, physical, and circumstantial healings. Hence, 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 and other 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.) [See ‘Dealing with Abuse and Abusers God’s Way.]
Oil, in Biblical context, has no supernatural abilities in itself. It is just ordinary oil – olive oil, cooking oil… As seen in our discussion on “the water god,” there is no such thing as ‘holy water,’ ‘holy wine,’ or for that matter, ‘holy oil!’
James does not specify what type of oil we should use for anointing. All sincerely born again believers already have the anointing of the Indwelling Holy Spirit, which is the continual presence of the Spirit. As explained in 1 Jn. 2:27; 20, “The anointing which you have [already] received from Him ABIDES in you… You [already] HAVE an anointing [or the presence of the Holy Spirit] from the Holy One…” The anointing of the Holy Spirit always pertains to the omnipotent power and holiness of God. Thus, the anointing with ordinary oil to heal the sick symbolizes the miraculous work and power of the Holy Spirit. As such, the anointing with oil signifies our spiritual consecration – our spiritual holiness and separation from sin. It also pertains to the ‘sealing’ or ‘marking’ 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, oppression, and strongholds, as well as merged attacks by evil spirits. We should also ask God to send His holy angels to bind and 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 their evil plans and weapons against us while we are either awake or asleep. Then, under the protection of Jesus’ blood covenant, (which means that we, as born again believers stand in, and under the His New Testament Covenant, and under the protection of God’s mighty, holy angels,) 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 upon us and everyone involved, as well as upon all our surroundings. We should also petition God’s continual protection while growing in Christ by continually studying and obeying His Word in the power of the Holy Spirit. We might be in for a fight, but we have to stand firm in the Name of Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Himself is our Most High Commander-in-Chief; the “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.
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. Countless people, who have been resuscitated, can testify that while they were dying or even technically dead or dying, they experienced that the human spirit body floated out of the natural body into the air. With a bird’s eye view of the natural body and every detail of its surroundings, including the people involved in the resuscitation, they could see and hear everything. People, who experienced NDE often tells that the spirit strangely lacked emotion, (except for the feeling of complete peace,) until the spirit body suddenly returned into the natural body and the person woke from unconsciousness, coma, or death. [Do Angels Cry, or Show other ‘Human’ Emotions?”] Someone noted that 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 to tell of their strange experiences while ‘dead.’ In an attempt to explain away God and the afterlife, scientists concluded that NDE is a ‘scientifically explainable, natural phenomenon.’ “Oxygen-starved brains,” they allege, “generate ‘white light tunnel vision,’ while ‘certain hallucinogenic drugs, psychological diseases and religious hysteria’ can produce out of body and other NDE experiences.” I agree that, 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 for the persons who experienced it.
Strangely, even unbelievers say they ‘went to heaven and saw some kind of ‘Divine.’ Christians had wild, extra-Scriptural ‘revelations’ of heaven. Roman Catholics say they saw ‘Mother Mary.’ Buddhists, Hindus, and so forth all see figures relating to their religions and experience the ‘unconditional love’ of their gods in a flood of white light and overwhelming peace. However, if all these people are right, what is the point of all these many religions? If all these accounts could be true, God must be very confused. Scripturally, there is only One God, and His Name is Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said that only personally and Scripturally born again believers may enter into heaven though Him, The Truth, Light, Life, and Way, (Jn. 14:6.) So, by looking at the truth of Scripture, I view even the heavenly meeting with dead relatives during NDE in a skeptical light. All the verses that supposedly ‘prove’ this, speak of “the dead in Christ,” not our deceased relatives. When asked whose wife a woman will be in heaven who had more than one husband, Jesus said, “In [heaven] they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God, [the dead do not become angels, they remain human spirits,]” (Mt. 22:23-33.) Scripture also states, the deceased [no longer care about or] knows anything of what is going on here on earth; their undying human spirits are either living in heaven or remain incarcerated in hell after death, (Prov. 5-10; Is. 26:14; Lu. 16:22-31.)
Thus, when we test Extra-Scriptural ‘revelations’ of heaven (and hell) according to the true context of the Bible, we find that the sensation-seeking devil has his hand in everything. Jesus actually 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, (Read Lu. 16:22-31.)
To test what I am saying, let us compare NDE experiences to Stephen’s NDE experience in Acts 7:54-60. Although it was right before he was stoned to death and he was still conscious, he “gazed into the heavens [into the dimension where God is,] and said, “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” No ‘white light,’ and in this instance, no angels, loved ones, or anything else. He saw JESUS just before and as he died. The heavens were already opened right to the throne of God. Where Paul said he was ‘caught up to the third heaven 14 years ago,’ the Spirit Filled Bible comments, “It was about A.D. 42, before he started his ministry. [So, it seems this was more than an ‘astro travel’ experience than NDE.] But as the M.H. Commentary states, “It would be presumptuous to enquire into this matter, seeing Paul himself 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 he indeed he did see anything,] only that he heard words that are impossible for a man to utter, [probably,] because while we are in this world, we have a more sure Word of God, (the Bible,) than the things in heaven, which do no concern us now all that much. This should check our curious desires after which is forbidden knowledge now, [as everything God chose to reveal to us is written in the Bible,] and teaches us to know and serve God better now, as He had commanded in His Word and through the Gospel of Christ.”