In my desire to do another series on the Paranormal, I have been asked by several people why as a Christian, would I want to explore ghosts and the demonic.
Well, to begin, there demonic is a very real part of our world. Every just about every religion in the world has stories of demons of some sort. Evil spirits have haunted the world for as long as man has been on the earth.
To lay the ground work, I am a Christian, I believe that the Bible is the Word of God which was given to man from God to reveal His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, we find symbolism and shadows or types of the coming of the Messiah.
In the New Testament, not only do we see the advent of the second person of the Trinity becoming a man but we also see the Old Testament being fulfilled.
In both the Testaments, it speaks of a spiritual world that co-exists with ours. Archangels, angels, Satan and demons are talked about. Conflicts between the angelic and demonic are shown. Satan attempt to tempt Jesus in the wilderness are all shown in the Bible.
So in my exploration of the paranormal, I will be viewing these topics from a Biblical view point.
Some will be easy to balance against scripture for they are addressed in the Bible. Others, will be more difficult to balance in the light of Scripture.
But why study this?
I believe that we are in the end times and the doctrine of the Second Coming, which is called ESCHATOLOGY! Churches today are not addressing the issue of the return of Christ. They don’t want to hear the doom and gloom preaching. Yet, the Bible, at least 1/3 of it is dedicated to the end times.
We will study Eschatology throughout the study of the paranormal. Eschatology is a study of the last things.
Now as we study the supernatural or paranormal we need to understand some basic definitions.
1: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universeespecially : of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil
2a: departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature
b: attributed to an invisible agent (such as a ghost or spirit)
- Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation.
- Of or pertaining to parapsychology; pertaining to forces or mental processes, such as extrasensory perception or psychokinesis, outside the possibilities defined by natural or scientific laws.
- That which cannot be explained by scientific methods.
Demons = Fallen Angels or Disembodied Spirits. (We’ll cover this soon)
Angels are personal spirit beings created to worship and serve God. We don’t know when angels were created in relation to the events of Genesis 1—2, but Scripture indicates that angels were present when God created the earth (Job 38:4–7).
Satan = Angelic enemy of God
God = The First Person of the Trinity
Jesus = The Second Person of the Trinity
The Holy Spirit = The 3rd Person of the Trinity.
These will do for now and I’ll cover more in depth definitions of these as we go along.
In my research for this study I found some interesting facts. I will get to those soon.
In dealing with the paranormal, it is almost always a demon that is manifesting itself. (repeat)
I am going to go through many Scriptures on this so take notes if you can.
To begin, we must discuss the “Spirit World” and where the demons come from.
When we use the term “Spirit World” it simply means the existence of an immaterial, spiritual reality, unseen by human eyes. The Bible says that the spiritual realm consists of both good – God and the holy angels, and evil, the devil and his demons.
There are two views on the demons.
Some folks believe that they are disembodied spirits that some think of the Pre-Adamic earth and because of their sin and that of Lucifer’s caused the pre-Adamic earth to be destroyed.
Let me explain this. Let’s look at Genesis 1:1-2 for a moment.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void and darkness was over the surface of the deep.”
Now, some believe in what is called a “Gap Theory” which they use to explain evolution to account for thousands of years between Gen. 1:1 and 1:2.
Looking at it from the Hebrew I can see where they would think that way. The noun used in the Hebrew for formless, tohu is an unused word which denotes a land reduced to primeval chaos.
In other words, “it became formless and void”
So what happened to it?
Lucifer and the angels (Elohim’s) were created before man and Lucifer’s fall was before man was created.
Now, we will go into a study of Lucifer and who exactly he is on Tuesday’s show so don’t miss it.
So Lucifer we know, led 1/3 of the angels to rebel against God and were cast down to the earth. There he and his clan of ‘fallen angels’ continued in their sin until God destroyed the earth.
Seeing in Gen 1:2 the presence of darkness and water both signify judgement on the earth.
So what we read in Genesis 1 is the “re-creation” of the earth and the creation of man.
Lucifer was the greatest of the angels (Elohim’s) in heaven. What we call “angels” is a broad stroke definition.
There seems to be a hierarchy of elohims in the scripture.
If you were to picture a throne room and how it is set up, those with more authority to the king would be sitting closest to him. The closest beings that sit near the throne of God is the Cherubim, who seem to the be the highest ranking of the elohim. They circle the Throne of God as would a guard.
Flying around His Throne are the Seraphim. Having six wings they forever proclaim, Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory”
Then there are the messengers, what we would call angels. Michael, Gabriel are mentioned in the Scriptures and they make proclamations and announcements. They are lower in rank among the elohim. The head angel in this rank is Michael, he is referred to as an archangel. We are not told if there is a head among the Seraphim, but we are told that Lucifer was the head Cherubim. We’ll cover more on that on Tuesday.
Elohim are beings created by God. They are described as young men, some are seen with flaming swords.
They could be described as multi-dimensional, appearing and disappearing in our world as they please. They can manifest themselves in many ways.
Demons as well have this power. They can appear and disappear at will. They can imitate anyone, anything that they choose.
We’ll be right back with more.
Once again, during the month of October, we will be continuing with a study of the paranormal. Ending with a very special Halloween program. We will examine the history of the day and whether Christians should be celebrating that day or not.
I wanted to go over a few of the paranormal experiences that are being told and explored.
There are many shows on TV that show paranormal activity. People are seeing the following:
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EVP = Electronic Voice Phenomenon
These are just a few.
Have no doubt that these are demonic in nature and people have experienced them.
I do not think that they are crazy. They may be mislead but not crazy.
I cannot stress enough how much Satan hates humans. We are God’s creation meant to worship Him. His leading Adam and Eve to sin was Satan’s way to attack God.
He would kill all humans if he could but he cannot.
“Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He (Jesus) Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.”
Since he cannot destroy us, he has made it his mission to lead us astray from the truth of God unto anything that will take our minds off of the Gospel and what God has planned for us.
Ok, so what now Sal, that’s a lot of information? It is meant to be. This will be a very detailed study, we are going to drill very deeply into these subjects perhaps more that you have heard before.
There are many ways that he leads us astray but one of his most powerful tools is the paranormal.
People are obsessed with it. Stories of ghosts, banshees, demons, seances are riddled through society today.
Let’s take a look at one:
have three brothers, and one of them has this kind of terrifying story that I’ve always heard about from my family growing up. Looking back on it it’s kind of funny now I’ve talked to the mother of one of these spirits.
One night my family decided to go out for like half an hour and he was probably a teen back then and I think he was sick that’s why he stayed at home while everyone went out. When my family got home, he was apparently crying and begging them not to leave him in the house alone again because a spirit decided to scare him by turning the lights on and off while they were all out.
It happened before I was born that’s why I always heard about it from my mum when we would talk about ghosts. He’s terrified of them now but I’m pretty sure it was a child spirit scaring him for fun because like I’ve said in previous posts I’ve talked to the mother who died in the house and she has told me her children used to hang around and scare us on purpose because they were bored and thought it was hilarious.
His wife loves how scared he is of them, like my mum asked him if he wanted to go ghost hunting with me and he instantly stopped talking and looked scared. I won’t be surprised if the spirit decided to follow him to his home with his wife and son because they have told us that they sometimes hear a little knock on their bedroom door at night and it’s not their son or their dog, nothing’s there when they go to check it out.
I hope you enjoyed the stories!:)
Stories like this spark the imagination.
saw a man appear beside my bed when I was about 6 years old. I lived in Texas on Ashley Road, I believe it was near Katy, Tx. His hair was black and slicked back. He wore a white suit with a red rose in the front pocket. It reminds me of a prom outfit on someone from the old days now that I’m older. He glowed so bright it lit up my whole room. I remember being terrified and paralyzed. I was trying to move, but it felt like every part of my body was being pushed down on the bed. I opened my mouth to scream but nothing came out. I think he may have tried to speak to me but I was so terrified I have no recollection of what he said. He vanished after what felt like forever but was probably no more than a few minutes. And it was as if I had been screaming the whole time because as soon as he was gone my voice was so loud it was like I had been screaming the whole time.
My mom rushed in once she heard me screaming but he was already gone. It was like he had froze the noise while he was there. She was freaked out but dismissed it. He was young. Maybe teens or in his twenties and had sharp features. He may have been beautiful but I’ve never felt such fear.
Side note while I lived there at night sometimes giant roaches would start flying in my room. Like large amounts sometimes 20 or more. I have no idea if it’s related but my mom had the house fumigated and it was always only in my room. I have only seen him the one time but have never forgotten and often wondered if anyone else has experienced something similar or seen the same man. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Now here’s one from the Bible:
1 Samuel 2:3
Now it came about in those days that the Philistines gathered their armed camps for war, to fight against Israel. And Achish said to David, “Know for certain that you will go out with me in the camp, you and your men.” 2 David said to Achish, “Very well, you will learn what your servant can do.” So Achish said to David, “Then I will assuredly make you [a]my bodyguard for [b]life!”
3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had mourned him and buried him in Ramah, his own city. And Saul had removed the mediums and spiritists from the land. 4 So the Philistines assembled and came and camped in Shunem; and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they camped in Gilboa. 5 When Saul saw the camp of the Philistines, he was afraid and his heart trembled greatly. 6 So Saul inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him, either in dreams, or by the Urim, or by the prophets. 7 Then Saul said to his servants, “Find for me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go to her and inquire of her.” And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a woman who is a medium at En-dor.”
8 Then Saul disguised himself by putting on different clothes, and went, he and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night; and he said, “Consult the spirit for me, please, and bring up for me the one whom I shall [c]name for you.” 9 But the woman said to him, “Behold, you know what Saul has done, that he has eliminated the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why are you then setting a trap for my life, to bring about my death?” 10 So Saul swore an oath to her by the Lord, saying, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” 11 Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” 12 When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice; and the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!” 13 But the king said to her, “Do not be afraid; but what do you see?” And the woman said to Saul, “I see a [d]divine being coming up from the earth.” 14 He said to her, “[e]How does he appear?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped in a robe.” Then Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and paid [f]homage.
15 And Samuel said to Saul, “Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?” Saul replied, “I am very distressed, for the Philistines are waging war against me, and God has abandoned me and no longer answers me, either through prophets or in dreams; therefore I have called you, so that you may let me know what I should do.” 16 Samuel said, “But why ask me, since the Lord has abandoned you and has become your enemy? 17 And the Lord has done [g]just as He spoke through me; for the Lord has torn the kingdom from your hand and given it to your neighbor, to David. 18 Just as you did not [h]obey the Lord and did not execute His fierce wrath on Amalek, so the Lord has done this thing to you this day. 19 Furthermore, the Lord will also hand Israel along with you over to the Philistines; so tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. Indeed, the Lord will hand the army of Israel over to the Philistines!”
20 Then Saul immediately fell full length to the ground and was very afraid because of Samuel’s words; there was no strength in him either, because he had eaten no [i]food all day and all night. 21 The woman came to Saul and saw that he was utterly horrified, and she said to him, “Behold, your servant has [j]obeyed you, and I have [k]taken my life in my hand and have listened to your words which you spoke to me. 22 So now you too, please listen to the voice of your servant, and let me serve you a piece of bread, and eat it, so that you will have strength when you go on your way.” 23 But he refused and said, “I will not eat.” However, his servants together with the woman urged him, and he listened to [l]them. So he got up from the ground and sat on the bed. 24 Now the woman had a fattened calf in the house, and she quickly slaughtered it; then she took flour, kneaded it and baked unleavened bread from it. 25 She then served it to Saul and his servants, and they ate. Then they got up and left that night.
Ok, Sal, how do you know that these are Demons and not some dead person?
Very simple, the Scripture tells us that:
In verse 13 of the above chapter that she saw a divine being: elohim in Hebrew. This word was used for the angels/demons as explained before:
27 And just as it is destined for people to die once, and after this comes judgment, Hebrews 9:27
Here is a story that Jesus told us.
19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and [a]fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with [b]the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
27 “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, 28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ 30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ”
Once a person dies, they cannot come back to the earth as a ghost.
Ghosts are not dead people, neither are they spirits of the dead that haven’t crossed over. Jesus made it clear that there is no soul sleep, no hovering over the earth. Once you die, you go to be with Jesus if you are saved or you go to Hades. The place of the wicked dead.
There is no purgatory, no middle ground. Abrahams Bosom as mentioned above is empty now. Jesus took those who died before the time of the cross to heaven with Him. They could not go to heaven before that time because Jesus had not laid out the sacrifice for sins until he died on the cross. They were kept in Abrahams Bosom a place of peace and comfort but not heaven.
14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15
We will be getting into more of this on the next program.
QUE: It is well
The time of Christ’s return is near. You know of Jesus perhaps something you learned in church. Do you know Him in a personal way? Does the savior dwell in your heart?
Satan wants to destroy you. Perhaps you feel as though you are not worthy to receive Jesus. That is a lie from the pit of Hell.
Jesus, is the God-man. He was born on this earth to become a perfect sacrifice for our sins. He is the second Adam, the lamb without spot or blemish who gave His life so that you may have eternal life with Him.
He prepared a place for you.
but just as it is written:
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the human heart,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Do you want to know God in a more personal way? It will not be through horoscopes, enchantments or praying to the saints. You must come to Jesus and ask for His forgiveness of your sins.