(Continued from “The Human Spirits of Living People”)    

 

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· ASTRAL PROJECTION AND ASTRO TRAVEL 

· What does the Bible say about Astral projection and Astro travel?

· Death follows “when the silver cord is loosened”  

· What scientists concluded in their studies of ‘the white light and experiencing peace’ in Astral projection 

ARE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE) REAL AND ARE THEY FROM THE GOD OF THE BIBLE?

 

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ASTRAL PROJECTION AND ASTRO TRAVEL 

 

  astro travel on a silver cord wikipedia.jpg           astro bright white light.jpg  

  [Acknowledgement to those who posted these images] 

On Left: This image illustrates Astral projection when the human spirit body leaves the physical body 

On Right: The image illustrates the “peaceful white light” that usually accompanies Near Death Experiences

 

What does the Bible say about the Human Spirit, Astral projection, and Astro travel?

The human spirit is where intuition, conscience or the perception of good and evil, and communion with spirits or demons, (or in the case of truly born again believers, where communion with God The Holy Spirit,) are seated, (1 Ths. 5:23; Jn. 4:21-24.)  The supernatural human spirit body has various supernatural abilities.  Paul taught in 2 Timothy 1:7 that every person has a supernatural human spirit, (and a “soul,” mind, or conscious thoughts,) as he described in 1 Thessalonians 5:23.  He wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:44, “...There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body.”  And in 2 Timothy 1:7,  “God has not given us a [human] spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.”  “[Thus,] the natural man, [the soul or mind,] does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, [as the soul operates on the physical level,] because they must be spiritually discerned [or received from the Holy Spirit into the human spirit, from where it flows to the natural mind,]” (1 Cor. 2:14.)  Jesus explained that “God is Spirit and He seeks worshippers that worship Him in [their human spirits] and in truth.”  So, to understand God’s Spiritual Being, Word, Holly-Spirit Gifts, and Scriptural Ways, spiritually dead humans must be spiritually reborn through personal faith in, and acceptance of Jesus, (Jn. 4:21-24; 1:12-13; 3:3-5.) 

Jesus, in His complete humanity, also had a personal human spirit.  In Mark 2:8 Jesus “perceived in His [human] spirit” that the disciples reasoned among themselves in unbelief...  When Jesus saw Mary’s grief over Lazarus’ death, He “groaned in His [human] spirit and was troubled,” (Jn. 11:33.) 

The human spirit that God created in us is a powerful, supernatural, right-minded or clear-thinking entity.  We can also hear and see ‘in the spirit,’ (Rev. 1:10-12.)  We can pray, sing, and give thanks with our spirits, (1 Cor. 14:15-16.)  Just as Jesus did, we can perceive and know hidden and spiritual things in our spirits, (Mark 2:8; 1 Cor. 2:11.)  On a much deeper level than our “minds” or human consciousness, we can sigh in our spirits, (Mark 8:12.)  God commanded us to worship Him with our human spirits because He is Spirit, (Jn. 4:21-23.)  We can also be moved or troubled in our spirits, (Jn. 13:21.) 

 

In Ecclesiastes 12:6-7, God described how the human spirit body can leave the human body, (Astral projection,) to ‘Astro travel’ in the spirit world.  He said, “Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed…  Then, [when the silver cord is loosened in death,] the [body made of] dust will return to the earth as it was and the [human] spirit will return to God Who gave it.” James 2:26 explains, “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 human spirit will leave the physical body at death, and the soul’ or mind will be buried with the corpse to await the return of Jesus Christ on the clouds, (1 Ths. 4:16-18.) 

 

However, 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 in the spirit world, and return to the physical body, (Astro travel.)  Scripture also makes it clear that when the physical body dies a brain death, the ‘detached’ human spirit will not and does not remain on earth.  In Luke 16:19-31, Jesus declared that, at the moment of death, the holy angels of God will directly carry the human spirit of the deceased either to heaven or to hell.  He said in this parable, “When the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to [heaven,] the rich man also died and [was carried to hell,] and [his body] was buried. And [the rich man’s human spirit was] in torments in [hell...]”

We were all born with human spirits.  Although the human spirits of unbelievers are “coma-dead” in them, they can be “energized” by satanic power if people give themselves to Satan or dabble in the occult, (1 Jn. 5:19.)  Witches always work with demons, as the holy angels of God can never be directly summonsed or used by humans; holy angels only obey God Himself.  However, witches can also work through the human spirits of unbelievers and active satanic disciples.   

Someone commented that the sin of hatred is so “powerful” in Satan’s hands, he can use it to empower haters to Astro travel and harass and harm his enemies, (1 Jn. 3:15; 1 Cor. 15:44; 2 Tim. 1:7; 1 Jn. 5:18-19.)  In Astro travel, human spirits can also spy, listen in on conversations, and so on.  This is so well-known that governments even experimented to use human spirits against their enemies in “remote viewing, hearing, etcetera.”   It is vital, therefore, to always petition our Father in heaven to protect us against the onslaughts of demons as well as against evil human spirits, and to remove them and all their attacks from us.  Satan can also help the human spirits of uninformed people to “lift out” of their bodies, while it seems that God also allows Astral projection in cases such as “near death experiences.” 

 

Most pastors and other Christians know nothing about this phenomenon, because churches confuse the human ‘soul’ or mind and human ‘spirit,’ (which the Bible calls “the heart”) with each other, (1 Ths. 5:23.)  Yet nowadays, believers are taught to leave their bodies “in the spirit,” (Astral projection,) to “war in the heavenlies.”  This is a very dangerous, occult idea.  Nowhere in Scripture are either of these perceptions found. 

Jesus fully won the war against Satan and his demonic armies at the cross, (Col. 2:9-15.)  The battle we now face is on a soulical level — as the “battle is for the ‘mind’” or our thoughts and beliefs, (2 Cor. 10:3-5.)  So, God commanded us to “withstand” demonic onslaughts under the blood covenant of Jesus, and to “pull down strongholds [of lies and deceit] in our minds [or thoughts and beliefs,]” (2 Cor. 10:3-5.)  Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame, [past tense,] by the blood of the Lamb, [or Jesus’ full atonement in our place,] and the word of their testimony, [what Jesus has done for us at the cross…]”  However, new Bible translations replaced the word “overcame” with “conquered” to disseminate the dogma of ‘warring against [the fully conquered] devil and his demons!’  If that were true, we ourselves are the redeemers, and Jesus’ victory at the cross is invalid — what absurdity! 

 

ARE NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES (NDE) REAL AND ARE THEY FROM THE GOD OF THE BIBLE? 

The ‘Astral projection’ phenomenon can also occur in ‘near death’ experiences or NDE and is known as ‘out of body’ experiences.  Deliberate occult Astral projection aside — countless people, who have been resuscitated when their hearts stopped beating, 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; 1 Ths. 5:23.)  Someone noted, “Prior to the 1970’s, NDE was nearly unheard of, as most serious injuries resulted in death.”  But since the practice of resuscitation became commonplace, patients often ‘came back’ from death or cardiac arrest to tell of their strange spiritual experiences.  With a bird’s eye view of their natural bodies and its surroundings, including those involved in the resuscitation, people accurately described everything they could see and hear while they were “dead.”  Now if this does not prove the reality of the spirit world and the hypothesis of Astral projection, what does?  In Luke 8:49-56, Jesus perfectly demonstrated what happens in ‘resuscitation.’  With His resurrection of Jairus’ daughter, her ‘spirit returned into her,’ and she became alive again

 

However, NDE experiences are something else.  Some people who experienced NDE say they saw a white light and felt utter peace, while others strangely lacked emotion, until the spirit body returned into the natural body and the person woke from unconsciousness, coma, or cardiac arrest.  Pagans also describe that white light and feeling of peace, so this seem to be components of near death experiences, not Astral projection as such.  We must keep in mind that Satan is a powerful deceiver and as I explain later, a lack of emotion during Astral projection is not the norm. 

I also suffered cardiac arrest while under anesthesia, but had no near death experiences at all.  I just remember that waking up was like battling to break free from extreme darkness somewhere in a far off place, while my youngest son was frantically calling “Mommy!  Mommy!” all the time, until I eventually emerged very slowly from an overwhelming, extremely deep ‘sleep.’  When I finally came to my senses, I realized I was back in the hospital ward.  The ‘cries of my toddler’ actually came from a child in the bed next to mine, who had a tonsillectomy. So, the phenomenon of near death experience does not seem to be the norm in resuscitations.  Years later I discovered a Scriptural explanation for what I experienced.  Ecclesiastes 9:5-6, “The dead know nothing… They do not have a share in anything done under the sun.” 

What scientists concluded in their studies of “the white light and experiencing peace” in Near Death Experiences

One is only truly dead once one is brain-dead.  In cardiac arrest, the heart can stop beating while the brain is still functioning, although the lack of oxygen to the brain during that time, and the effects of anesthesia drugs in the context of the coping mechanisms of the brain, may never be really understood.   

In an attempt to explain away God and the afterlife, scientists concluded that NDE is a ‘scientifically explainable, natural phenomenon.’  They explain, “Oxygen-starved brains generate white light tunnel vision, [and pain free feelings of peace,] while certain hallucinogenic drugs, psychological diseases, and religious hysteria can produce hallucinative NDE experiences.”  So, it is logic that under certain conditions, the natural brain – coupled with Satan’s power of delusion - can produce bizarre perceptions and unexplained experiences.  We all understand the world from what we know. 

 

Even pagans say they went to heaven and saw God and the angels, and this is where the theory of “religious hysteria” comes in.  Roman Catholics see ‘Mother Mary.’  Buddhists, Hindus and so forth all see figures related to their religions.  Most experience the ‘unconditional love’ of their gods in a flood of white light and a feeling of overwhelming peace.  Christians testify of extra-Scriptural ‘revelations’ of heaven — and even of hell. But it seems such ‘visits’ are deliberate extensions of NDE, as Jesus said no one returns from heaven or hell to “warn the living.”  If people do not accept and obey the truth of Scripture, “neither will they repent if someone should return from the dead,” (Luke 16:19-31.) 

Thus, if they are all correct and they really met “The Divine” and His angels, what is the point of the many different religions?  If all of those accounts were true, God must be very confused

As a result, we can conclude that NDE experiences lean heavily towards the extremely false doctrine of Universalism, which teaches that everyone will be saved according to their personal beliefs.  God earnestly warned us not to accept false gospels, and demons that impersonate Jesus and the Holy Spirit, (2 Cor. 11:4 KJV.)  It is certain that  there is only One God, and His Name is Jesus; the God of the Bible.  And from the context of His Word, only Scripturally and personally born again believers can enter heaven though Him: The Truth, The Light, and The Way, (Jn. 14:6; 1:12-13; 3:3-5.) 

Meeting deceased relatives in heaven 

When asked whose wife a widow or divorcee would be in heaven, Jesus answered, “In [heaven] they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God.”  The human spirits of God’s reborn saints are like angels in heaven. Deceased people do not become angels, as they are a completely different species from angels, (Heb. 2:6-9; 1 Cor. 15:39-49.)  Until the resurrection of the dead at Jesus’ return, the human spirits of the deceased will remain disembodied human spirits, and God forbade physically alive people to have anything to do with them,” (Mt. 22:23-33; 1 Cor. 15:50-58; 1 Ths. 4:16-18.)  He commanded, “There shall not be found among you anyone… who is a medium, a spiritist, or one who [tries to] call up the dead.  All such things are an abomination to the Lord...”  (Deut. 18:10-14.)   

Thus, when we test the many ‘visits to, and revelations’ of heaven (and hell) through NDE in the true context of the Bible, we find that the sensation-seeking devil has his hand in everything, (Lu. 16:22-31.) 

 

Let us compare these near death experiences with Jairus’ daughter, whom Jesus resurrected from death, (Luke 8:52-56.)  “Her spirit came back into her body” and she never testified to seeing a white light, experiencing feelings of peace,  meeting with angels and deceased loved ones, or brought new revelations from heaven.  In Acts 7:54-60, right before Stephen was stoned, he gazed into heaven and rejoiced, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”  Stephen did not see this literally.  He saw an allegory or vision of Jesus as the Eternal, interceding High Priest; the Mediator between God and man, not “a peaceful white light” — the angels, or his loved ones. 

¨ Where Paul said he was “caught up into the third heaven,” it is important to note that he did not mention what he saw there, [if indeed he saw anything.]  “He only said 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 entire contextual truth of the Bible, to guide us into everything we need to know.]” [M.H. Commentary]   

 

Consequently, from the context of Scripture, I also view the meetings with dead relatives during NDE in a skeptical light.  I know about the countless accounts of the living, who supposedly also meet with their deceased loved ones in this dimension, and the belief that God sends our deceased loved ones to “take us home.”  That violates Jesus’ principle that “the dead knows nothing and will never again have a share in anything done under the sun,” (Eccl. 9:5-6; Lu. 16:19-31.) 

We cannot go to meet the human spirits of deceased people and they cannot “come back” to comfort us, help us, haunt us, lead us, or to minister to us in any way, (Luke 16:19-31.)  So, if we see dead people, they are actually demons impersonating the deceased. 

What’s more, Jesus did not say in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man that their ‘loved ones came to take them home.’  He clearly stated that His angels, at death, carried both Lazarus and the rich man to their different, eternal destinations.  Additionally, all the verses that supposedly ‘prove’ meetings with “our loved ones,” actually speak of deceased believers in Christ, “the saints,” not our saved, unsaved, and even pagan relatives.   

The final destiny of the deceased is not our business.  Jesus called His true disciples to preach the Gospel and to impart His Scriptural truth to believers; not to judge the eternal destiny of people.  That is exclusively God’s domain.  

That being said, it is important to realize, we will “know one another by our fruits,” and not everyone who dies will go to heaven, but only those who belong to Jesus and strive to obey Him.  Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away…  There is one that will judge you in the Last Day: the Word that I have spoken,” (Mt. 24:35; Jn. 12:48.) 

That Last Day is Jesus’ return on the clouds — or That Day when we die and must stand before His throne.  In either case, what happens between God and other people in That Last Day do not concern us at all.  We can safely leave the deceased in the capable hands of God, and concentrate on how we can grow emotionally to obey and glorify Jesus, and to serve the body of Christ, (Rom. 12:1-3.) We must yearn to see Jesus in heaven, not our loved ones.  All the things of this world will be left behind here on earth when we enter into eternity; our love for our family and friends as well. 

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