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Something Very Strange Has Been Going On.
In 1722 Daniel Defoe published a classic novel entitled A Journal of the Plague Year. It purported to be an eye-witness account of what happened in London in 1665 when the Black Death struck. Though it was fiction, Defoe’s skill was so great that most of his readers thought the novel was an actual journal written by the central character. Over half a century had passed since the terrors of the plague, but the memories still burned deep. The novel is a harrowing account of what happens when the world turns upside down – when what seems like endless death strikes a city and no one knows where it comes from or how to stop it.
Over the years I’ve read a number of books about the scourge of disease and how pandemics have shaped history. In the mid-90s, I created a short-lived television series entitled, The Burning Zone that dealt with an unusual pandemic. A virologist was on our consulting staff and I learned a great deal.
As a novelist and screenwriter, I am fascinated by what happens when the thin veneer of socialization disintegrates and the truth about the human race bubbles up out of the darkness of our souls. In particular, plagues generate unreasoning terror that strips away every sophisticated façade. In its most virulent form, this terror can utterly destroy the very core of what it means to be human. In a blind rage of self-preservation, people do hideous things that would be unthinkable at any other time. Mobs attack innocent people, loving husbands and wives abandon each other, parents abandon their children and children their parents. Fear of disease can turn people into beasts.
At this moment, a virus named Covid-19 is destroying China and has spread to other countries. Warnings from the WHO and CDC tell us that very likely a pandemic is coming upon us and we should be prepared. At this time, it is unknown how lethal this virus really is. We hope and pray that measures being taken will stop the spread of this disease. Scientists working on a vaccine warn us that the earliest it could be available is sometime in 2021. So how should we prepare for what may be coming and I don’t mean stockpiling food and other essentials? Yes, those preparations may be necessary, but I mean preparing our souls. Witnesses speak to us from the past and we should listen to them.
During a plague, the response of brutal self-preservation is so consistent that when you find anyone acting against it for the good of others it seems almost a miracle. Right now brave medical teams are risking their lives to help sufferers. But that is expected of them and most of them, with great courage, expect it of themselves. What about others?
Let me tell you a story about one village.
In the year 1665, the Black Death was ravaging London. But in the little village of Eyam nestled in the fields of Derbyshire, the big city and its horrors seemed far away. 350 people lived quietly there and the church was the center of their lives. They had a new young pastor, William Mompesson, and their old pastor, Thomas Stanley, had remained to help in the transition.
Exactly how the Black Death was spread was not known, but everyone was certain that person to person contact must have much to do with it. No one in Eyam had contact with any Londoners so they felt relatively safe. George Viccars was the tailor of Eyam. In late August, he received one of his regular shipments of cloth from London. The material was damp so he spread it out to dry. In doing so he released fleas. Flea bites were a common nuisance, so when George was bitten he thought little of it. Within a week he was dead.
When the village realized that the plague had come there was panic. The first tendency of everyone was to escape from the town, to save their lives and the lives of their families. But very quickly there came a second realization. There was no plague in any of the surrounding villages. If they escaped into them very likely they would be taking death along.
As the dying continued in Eyam, the pastors called for a town meeting. Everyone gathered at the church. Together these brave men and women made an amazing decision. They would not run. For the good of the neighboring villages, they would stay, quarantining themselves until the plague ran its course. And this they did. Nearby villages left food and other necessities at the edge of the town on a stone called the Coolstone. Money that had been soaked in vinegar was left in payment.
For the next fourteen months the bubonic plague decimated the little village of Eyam. Church services were held outside in an attempt to mitigate infection. And no longer were there communal burials. Families became responsible for their own burials and these were not in the churchyard. Victims were interred next to their homes.
How the plague struck was without logic. For instance, in eight days Elizabeth Hancock buried her six children and her husband, but she herself was never infected. The young pastor lost his wife, but he lived. The stories of loss during those fourteen months are heartrending. Emmott Sydall and Rowland Torre were lovers. Rowland was from a nearby village. During the plague, they would meet at the edge of town and call to each other across the rocks. Then one day Rowland waited for her, but Emmott did not appear. She never came again.
Finally, the plague ended. Out of 350 people, only 83 were left alive, but the surrounding villages remained plague free. For 14 months these brave people faced both fear and death to save the lives of others. With broken hearts, they buried their loved ones outside their houses as they cried out to God. You can visit Eyam today. It’s known as the Plague Village. There’s a little museum and a walking tour that meanders past the old graves. On those fading tombstones, you can barely read the names of babies and little children, young people, old people, and lovers.
Eyam is a monument to selfless courage. Where did it come from? We need to find out.
Whether Covid-19 creates a worldwide pandemic or not, there is strong evidence that we are living in uniquely strange and horrifying times. What is the proof? Let’s look at four cataclysmic areas, war, pandemics, famines, and earthquakes. For the purpose of this study, we’ll establish a line of demarcation with the year 1900, what we could call the start of the truly modern era. I propose to you that everything that has happened since then has been moving us very quickly in a specific direction.
In the history of the world, from 1900 to the present day the wars that have been fought have been devastating on a different level than in the past. While war has been a constant in human history and millions have died over thousands of years, the modern experience in just over a century has taken us to a new level of horror. Needless to say, it is very difficult to accurately measure the number of deaths from war that have happened during the past 120 years. Historians estimate that the median number of people killed during 79 wars around the world from 1900 to the present time is 163,340,990. This counts only wars with more than 25,000 deaths. Dozens of smaller wars have taken place during this period.
How does it compare with the past? We need to do some calculations. Let’s start at 549 BC with the wars of Cyrus the Great and end in 1899. That is a period of 2448 years. Over that time, historians list 84 major wars that took place around the world each with over 25,000 people killed. In some of those wars, millions died. Historians estimate that in all of them the total median number of people killed directly or indirectly due to all the conflicts is 289,081,220. This gives us an average of 188,088 people killed in each of those 2448 years.
Horrible, but how does it compare with 79 wars over 120 years? The average estimated number of deaths due to wars during each of those 120 years is 1,331,174. (My source is the Wikipedia entry, List of Wars by Death Toll.) Of course, the world population was much smaller before 1900 at approximately 1 billion in 1804 and 1.6 billion by 1900. Prior to 1804, the world population was in the hundreds of millions. Right now in 2020, the world population is 7,749,798,739. Exponential growth in population has brought exponential growth in deaths from war over a vastly shorter period.
Like wars, famines have killed millions. It is estimated that since 1900 there have been 35 devastating famines causing the deaths of between 70 and 100 million people. Over half of those deaths were in China. In 1958-1961 it is estimated that 36 million died during Mao’s famine. In Stalin’s famine of 1932 to 1933 alone it is estimated over 5 million died in Ukraine and Kazakhstan. From 1970 to 1979 two million Cambodians starved to death. During 1984 and 1985 up to one million Ethiopians died for lack of food. In Somalia during 2011, 260,000 people starved to death. At this writing, 20 million people in Africa are in danger of starvation during the next six months as unprecedented swarms of desert locusts are completely devouring crops in dozens of African nations including Ethiopia, Somalia, Uganda, and Kenya. These swarms threaten to decimate the Mideast. Also, they have entered south Asia. They are as large as major cities and are expected to increase 500 times by June.
Based on the number of deaths, the most lethal pandemic in history was the Spanish flu of 1918 which infected an estimated 500 million people worldwide—about one-third of the planet’s population—and killed an estimated 50 million victims, including some 675,000 Americans. This was even greater than the Black Death of the 14th and 15th centuries that killed 25 million people in Europe. Once again the exponential growth in population caused exponential growth in deaths. During the 1956-58 Asian flu epidemic, the World Health Organization estimates that 2 million people died worldwide with almost 70,000 of those in the U.S. The CDC estimates that in the U.S. approximately .1 percent equating to 61,000 people have died of the flu annually since 2010. At this moment we face Covid-19. It is clear that the death rate is significantly greater than the yearly flu. How much greater has yet to be determined but estimates put in the range of 2.5 percent which equates to almost 2.5 million deaths. In addition to Covid-19, versions of bird flu and swine flu are moving through parts of the world.
Since 1900, around the world there have been more than 10,000 “strong” earthquakes with magnitudes of 6 or greater, this is according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The record suggests that earthquakes are becoming more frequent. In a 2015 story, it is reported that a study by USGS researchers found that there were more than twice as many “large” earthquakes, defined as magnitudes of 7 or above, in the first quarter of 2014 than there were in 1979. During 2014 alone the planet saw a record number of earthquakes. 13 had magnitudes of 6.5 or greater. “We have recently experienced a period that has had one of the highest rates of great earthquakes ever recorded,’ according to Tom Parsons, a research geophysicist at USGS. In December of 2014, NBC News reported that “great earthquakes” nearly tripled over the previous decade. And the devastation continues. In the past year, a 7.7 quake struck off the coast of Jamaica. Not long before that, a 6.4 hit Puerto Rico. A few years before that Haiti was devastated. In addition to quakes, there is an increase in volcanic eruptions around the world.
Clearly, something new and very disturbing has been happening around the world for over 100 years. Where is it leading? Let me propose a disturbing idea that many will think is insane. All of this was predicted by Jesus Christ almost 2000 years ago. How could I say such a thing? Read on. Let’s start with Jesus’ words found in Matthew chapter 24 of the New Testament:
Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many and you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
Over the 2000 years since Jesus spoke those words, there have been endless wars and rumors of wars. There have been famines, pestilences and earthquakes. Also, there have been many false teachers who claimed to be the “Christ” and such spiritual wolves continue to deceive millions. The center of the Covid-19 outbreak in South Korea is a cult in the city of Daegu called the Shincheonji. The Shincheonji Church of Jesus, formally known as the Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, was founded by a false prophet named Lee Man-hee in 1984. Members believe that Lee, now 88 years old, is the second coming of Christ. The cult has 12 branches in South Korea and 150,000 followers. The 61-year-old woman who brought the disease into the church refused to be tested. Her reason? In this cult getting sick is viewed as a sin because it prevents members from doing “God’s work”.
Jesus said that though all these terrible things will happen the end hasn’t come yet.
However, there is a unique period that immediately precedes the End of Days. He calls it “the beginning of sorrows”. During that time, the scourges that have destroyed millions throughout history will dramatically increase. War will become even more hellish with nations and kingdoms rising against each other in new and terrible ways. I believe it is implied that in all the history of warfare these wars will be unique. Jesus doesn’t set a time period for the “beginning of sorrows”. He implies that the things that will be happening during that time will make it clear. I propose to you that the past 120 years fit the description that Jesus gave. And the sorrows are increasing.
The parallel passage to Matthew 24 is Luke 21. Here Jesus adds these words. Along with wars, pestilences, famines and earthquakes “…there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven…There will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring, men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
If this is the “beginning of sorrows”, we can expect to see terrifying things happening in the cosmos, in the sun, and in the moon, that will have devastating effects on earth’s environment vastly increasing the “distress of nations”. I believe that the strange unidentified phenomena that are increasing in the skies around the world are part of the signs that are building toward terror.
As part of these warnings, Jesus says that His followers will be delivered to tribulation and death and ultimately all nations would hate them. In 2017 it was estimated that 900,000 Christians had been murdered for their faith during the previous ten years and the murders continue around the world. In many places such as North Korea it is impossible to know how many have died for their faith but according to those who have escaped there have been many thousands. Open Doors, an organization that tracks such numbers, estimates that EVERY MONTH 345 Christians are killed – often in public and without regard to gender or age; 219 Christians are abducted and imprisoned indefinitely without trial; 180 women and girls are raped, sexually assaulted or forced into marriage; and 106 churches are demolished.
Jesus warns, “And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” The hate between groups around the world is growing with frightening speed. The United States is being torn to pieces by hate. False prophets and evil leaders are rising up speaking in every area from politics to religion. Lawlessness means the exponential growth of anarchy as people lose all faith in established governments and become laws unto themselves. Out of such hate grows violence.
But there is yet another vital prediction that Jesus made:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Over these 2000 years, the Good News of God’s Love through His Son, Jesus Christ, has been preached in all nations. The 20th century saw great movement toward the completion of that mission. His words do not mean that every single person will have heard the message, but that at some point every nation and ethnic group will have received the Good News.
There is one more prophecy that I would call to your attention. Strong words that predict the restoration of Israel as a nation are found throughout the Old Testament. Read this stunning prediction:
“Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day, or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labor than she gives birth to her children. Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God. “Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice greatly with her, all you who mourn over her.” (Isaiah 66:8-10)
In 1948, the Jewish nation of Israel was born in a day.
Never in history has anything ever happened like this before, a people dispersed across the world maintain their unique character and come together to re-establish a nation that hasn’t existed for almost 2000 years. And it occurred after a time of unprecedented agony, horror, and death. Truly fitting that it would happen during the “beginning of sorrows” that sweeps the whole world. According to the Bible, in the days ahead, terrible persecution will fall again on the Jewish people in Israel. It will precede the coming of their Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus), the One who was rejected but who is the Chief Cornerstone of a new age.
So where does this leave us? History had a beginning, it will have an end. If you are controlled by the Normalcy Bias like the vast majority, you will disregard all that I’ve written as nothing more than fantasy. You will commit yourself to believing in the Steady State theory of global life. That is your choice, but you are disregarding Jesus’ words that the End is coming. What will happen when it arrives? He will return in power to this world and ultimately every person who has ever lived will stand before Him to be judged. Those who heard the truth about who He is and rejected Him will answer for it. For those who have placed their faith in Jesus, His return represents the ultimate hope and joy that far transcend all the horrors and heartbreaks that are coming upon us.
At this critical moment in history, the Good News is there for you.
As it says in the New Testament book of John chapter 3 verse 16, God so loved the world, He so loved you, that He gave His only begotten Son so that if you believe in Him you can have Eternal Life. What does believe mean? It means believe that Jesus is who the Bible says He is, the Son of God who came to take your sins and mine and pay the price for them by shedding His blood and dying for you and me on the Cross. All it takes is a simple prayer telling Him that you believe in Him, that you repent of your sins and want Him to be your Savior. It means giving your life to Him and making Him your Lord and King. My friend, whatever we face in the days ahead, the future can be yours.
How were the people in the little village of Eyam able to show such sacrificial courage even to death? In the middle of great suffering and sorrow, they had placed all their faith in the One who gave them Eternal Life.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” Jesus – John 11:25
In his book The Holographic Universe, author Michael Talbot relates something very strange that he observed in the mid-1970s. His father hosted a party for some close friends. For entertainment, he hired a professional stage hypnotist. Michael Talbot watched the performance. It began as expected with the hypnotist giving various tests to the group to determine who would make a good subject. A man named Tom was selected and he went into trance very quickly. It should be noted that Tom had never met the hypnotist before and did not know what he was going to do. What followed was the usual hilarious hypnosis show. Tom was convinced that a giraffe was in the room which caused him great amazement. He ate a potato and thought it was an apple. That sort of thing.
Then came the climax of the performance. It involved Tom’s teenage daughter. The hypnotist gave Tom the post-hypnotic direction that when he awoke he wouldn’t be able to see her. The girl was placed directly in front of him. When he was brought out of the trance he was asked if she were in the room. He looked around. Though she stood right in front of him giggling, he replied, “No. Not here. ” Over and over, Tom was asked if he could see her and over and over, while his daughter’s giggles grew louder, he said that he couldn’t. Now all of that is still typical Hypno show tricks. Then the hypnotist did something else.
He stood behind the girl so that Tom couldn’t see him. Then he took an object out of his pocket keeping it hidden from everyone in the room. Cupping it in his hand, he placed it against the girl’s back and asked Tom what it was that he was holding. Tom leaned forward, stared straight at his daughter’s stomach and correctly identified the object as a watch. The hypnotist asked him if he could read the name and inscription on the watch. He did it accurately. The person who owned the watch was not known to any of the guests in the room. Later when Talbot questioned him, Tom said that he never saw his daughter at all. It just looked like the hypnotist was holding up a watch in his cupped hand.
I have studied stage hypnosis and seen performances. I have never seen this test demonstrated. My first response would be that it was a trick. Stage hypnotists often use secret assistants from the audience. So the simple answer would be that Tom had been secretly recruited and knew what the man was going to hold up. But that explanation doesn’t really work. This was a small gathering of personal friends. Tom was a friend. Michael Talbot questioned him. Tom would have known that Mr. Talbot was going to use his experience in a book that he was writing dealing with quantum physics and paranormal experiences. It’s difficult to believe that Tom would have allowed a personal friend to use that experience as an illustration if it hadn’t been real. If it was real what are we to make of it? In some people, hypnotic trance can open the door to paranormal experiences and strange abilities.
The U.S. government has done extensive research into a paranormal ability called Remote Viewing. That is the ability of some people in a mild trance state to see physical objects such as buildings and other landmarks, many miles, even continents away. The research involved placing the remote viewer into a semi-darkened room then giving him map coordinates with the instructions to describe what he saw at that location. Some of those tested were very accurate in their remote observations.
Trance is a tremendous power and influence in our lives and all of us experience it.
It can make us see illusions that appear to be real but are not. Trance can be most dangerous when it is experienced collectively. Probably you have seen films of Hitler’s Nuremberg speeches. To us, they just look weird. They took place at night. Partial darkness can be important in inducing a collective trance. As the vast crowd stands watching, many of them in uniform and in rigid formation, the scene is lighted partly by searchlights and partly by fires. There is dramatic music that assists in mass trance induction. I’m sure if you had been there and spoken German it would have been a mesmerizing experience because Hitler’s speeches were carefully orchestrated grand dramas. He put an entire nation into a trance creating illusions of power and glory. From them grew a delusion that almost destroyed the western world and murdered millions of innocent people.
But it doesn’t take pageantry to induce mass delusion. All it takes is fear. Throughout history lying delusions have taken control of huge masses of people and those delusions have led to the most awful brutality, violence, and injustice. In reading the history of mass delusions, many of the things that have happened cannot be described except as Satanic in origin.
Most often mass delusions appear when there is a large-scale breakdown in a society.
People lose faith in formerly trusted institutions, leaders and each other. There is a breakdown in communication that creates an environment of deep and pervasive fear. Then suddenly, someone drops a rumor. It’s like a deadly virus in a weakened body. Almost instantly, it metastasizes. The rumor is everywhere and even worse, it constantly mutates into darker forms. The result is a vortex of fear that can lead to utter destruction. Formerly decent people become vicious beasts.
To study the evil effects of mass delusion, all you have to do is look at the plague years of the middle-ages in Europe. The Black Plague came in waves sometimes with decades in between. Fear of its arrival was constant and when it did arrive, terror took control. Rumors are like forest fires. They have specific points of origin. They don’t happen by chance. Some evil person concocts a lie and tells it to others who spread it. During the plague years, very often rumors had to do with blame. A group of people had brought the plague and were consciously spreading it. Jews have always been an easy target. For centuries during the Middle Ages, mindless hatred was directed toward them. In 1285 in Munich, Germany 180 Jews were burned to death because someone spread the rumor that their community had sacrificed a child as part of a satanic ceremony. So when the plague arrived the liars were ready to blame them.
In Milan, Italy in 1629 rumors spread at the highest levels of government that people were spreading the plague across Europe through sorcery and contagious poisons. When the plague arrived in 1630, someone started the rumor that Jews were poisoning the water supply. The rumors and terror spread faster than the plague stoked by stupid, evil people. One night in Milan, someone or some small group began smearing the buildings with an unknown substance. Here is an eye-witness description. When people awoke the next morning, “In every part of the city they saw doors and walls of the houses stained and daubed with long streaks of I know not what filthiness, something yellowish and whitish, spread over them as with a sponge.” In the ensuing fear and rage, many innocent people were suspected of spreading the plague. They were dragged from their houses, beaten, thrown into prison and killed.
Here is an example of the horror recorded by another eye-witness.
It happened in a cathedral. “An old man was observed, after kneeling in prayer, to sit down, first, however, dusting the bench with his dark cloak. ‘The old man is anointing the benches’ exclaimed some women who witnessed the act. The people who happened to be in the church fell upon the old man. They tore his gray locks, they heaped upon him blows and kicks and dragged him out half-dead, to convey him to prison, to the judges, to torture. I beheld him dragged along in this way, nor could I learn anything further about his end. Indeed, I think he could not have survived many moments.” This is what mass delusion can do and we see examples of it throughout history in every culture.
Very often in the cold light of day, the rumors and delusions are clearly ridiculous. In 1914, Canada joined in the First World War against Germany. But the United States didn’t join until 1917. During those years rumors spread through Canada that German Americans – at the time there were 10 million living in the U.S. – were getting ready to launch bombing and espionage raids from America. At one point it was rumored that 80,000 well-armed German-Americans were training near Niagara Falls for an invasion of Canada. This rumor was promoted by no less than the British Consul General in New York and prompted the Canadian Prime Minister to order an investigation. Quickly, it was discovered that the whole thing was bogus.
In Indonesia between 1937 and 1981, over and over, appeared the “headhunter” rumors and delusion. The idea was that a human head was needed to supernaturally strengthen various large construction projects and that the government had sanctioned headhunter teams to acquire the necessary items. People were terrified to leave their houses at night or to walk through the forest alone in the daytime.
From headhunters, we could go to the sublimely ridiculous.
Do you remember the “Paul McCartney is dead and replaced with an impersonator” rumor that began in 1969 and went on for years, bolstered by imagined proof – hidden messages in the Beatles’ music and album covers, etc. This was taken seriously enough by major newspapers that they sent reporters to investigate. It seems that the rumor was first published in the student newspaper at my alma mater, Northern Illinois University.
If you want to look more deeply into the insanity of delusions I recommend two books: First, an old one published in 1852 entitled Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles MacKay and one published in 2015, A Colorful History of Popular Delusions by Robert Bartholomew and Peter Hassall. In our scientific age we are just as prone to illusions and delusions as in the past. The difference is that with “social” media they can grow to horrific, worldwide proportions in hours. The delusions of QAnon are a current example. Never in history has there been such a dark potential for manipulation, mind control, evil and violence.
So what patterns do we see in all of this?
Humans are very susceptible to outside control. This can come through trance, through misreading sensory illusions that have been presented to us. It can come through our own desperate desires that keep us from seeing the truth and it can come through belief in lies and lying rumors. Any and all of these can create powerful delusions that will control our lives and lead us to destruction both individually and collectively. Shock, terror, and desperation make us far more vulnerable to such delusions.
Remember that in the future God is going to send the most powerful delusion of all upon the Earth. It will be so convincing and overwhelming that if it were possible even the elect, God’s own children would be fooled by it. When it arrives, many people will fall away from belief in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Many will turn to false Jesuses. Based on the history of delusions, what can we imagine about this terrible period? First, it will have been prepared for a long time. As they sink into the delusion, people will look back and perceive what they consider evidence for the lie that has been overlooked or misunderstood thereby creating an historical basis for them to believe it. For instance, when delusions appeared about the Jews that led to violence against them, always they were based on centuries of lies and false evidence. When the people of Indonesia believed delusions about headhunters, those delusions were based on centuries of belief in the power of sorcery and evil spirits.
Destructive mass delusions do not appear out of nowhere.
They may be instigated by lying rumors that are presented as facts, but always they are based in some form of lies that have been seeded in history. So I think we can say that the lies upon which the Greatest of Delusions will be based exist right now. When it does arrive, very likely it will come at a time of worldwide terror and vulnerability. The human race will be in shock. The systems upon which we depend for order and survival will have broken down.
Very often mass delusions offer a kind of dark hope. If you kill these people or do this desperate act, the plague may stop. If you kill all the aristocrats, all the rich, with their greed and despotic governments, the common people can thrive. That delusion led to the bloody French and Russian revolutions and many more. So in the Great Delusion, we can expect to see horrible violence directed against groups of people who are chosen to be scapegoats. Being the Greatest Delusion, it will offer the greatest false hope. Destroy these people and save the planet. Delusions are most successful during catastrophes such as economic crises, wars, plagues, famines, and other disasters. So if it is the Greatest Delusion we can expect some of the most devastating catastrophes ever seen to be taking place around the world. Jesus predicted that just before His return there would be terrible wars, diseases and other disasters. People will be attacking each other, the perfect environment for illusions, delusion, rumors and false hope.
So what illusions and delusions are controlling your life right now? If you say there are none, perhaps you haven’t taken a close enough look. There are people today who have placed their hope in the delusions of a political party and philosophy. Others are controlled by delusions of wealth, prosperity and success. Many believe the delusion that there is no God and this life is all that exists. Others are enslaved to the delusions of false religions that have existed for thousands of years.
God is in the business of awakening us from our lying illusions and freeing us from enslaving delusions.
Sometimes it takes a brutal experience to accomplish that. What follows is the first-person account of a man named Athet Pyan Shinthaw Paulu, a former Buddhist monk. The account is dated 14 July 2005. His awakening from delusion was truly brutal.
“My name is Athet Pyan Shinthaw Paulu. I am from the country of Myanmar. I would like to share with you what happened to me, but first I would like to give some brief background information from my life growing up. I was born in 1958 in the town of Bogale, on the Irrawaddy Delta area of southern Myanmar [formerly Burma]. My parents, who were devout Buddhists like most people in Myanmar, named me Thitpin [which means ‘tree’ in English]. Our lives were very simple where I grew up. At the age of 13 I left school and started working on a fishing boat. We caught fish and sometimes also shrimp from the numerous rivers and streams in the Irrawaddy area. At the age of 16 I became the leader of the boat. At this time I lived in Upper Mainmahlagyon Island [Mainmahlagyon means ‘Beautiful Woman Island’ in English], just north of Bogale where I was born. This place is about 100 miles southwest of Yangon [Rangoon], our nation’s capital city.
One day, when I was 17, we caught a large number of fish in our nets. Because of the many fish, a large crocodile was attracted to us. It followed our boat and tried to attack us. We were terrified so we frantically rowed toward the riverbank as fast as we could. The crocodile followed us and smashed our boat with its tail. Although no one died in this incident, the attack greatly affected my life. I no longer wanted to fish. Our small boat sank because of the crocodile attack. We had to go home to our village that night on a passenger boat. Not long after, his employers transferred my father to Yangon City [formerly spelt Rangoon]. At the age of 18, I was sent to a Buddhist monastery to be a novice monk. Most parents in Myanmar try to send their son into a Buddhist monastery, at least for a time, as it is considered a great honor to have a son serve in this way. We have been observing this custom for many hundreds of years.
When I turned 19 years and 3 months old (in 1977), I became a normal monk. The senior monk at my monastery gave me a new Buddhist name, which is the custom in our country. I was now called U Nata Pannita Ashinthuriya. When we become a monk we no longer use the name given to us at birth by our parents. The name of the monastery I lived at is called Mandalay Kyaikasan Kyaing. The senior monk’s name was called U Zadila Kyar Ni Kan Sayadaw [U Zadila is his title]. He was the most famous Buddhist monk in all of Myanmar at the time. Everyone knew who he was. He was widely honored by the people and respected as a great teacher. I say he “was” because in 1983 he suddenly died when he was involved in a fatal car accident. His death shocked everyone.
At the time I had been a monk for six years. I tried hard to be the best monk I could and to follow all the precepts of Buddhism. At one stage I moved to a cemetery where I lived and meditated continually. Some monks who really want to know the truths of Buddha do things like I did. Some move deep into the forests where they live a life of self-denial and poverty. I sought to deny my selfish thoughts and desires, to escape from sickness and suffering and to break free from the cycle of this world. At the cemetery I was not afraid of ghosts. I tried to attain such inner peace and self-realization that even when a mosquito landed on my arm I would let it bite me instead of brushing it off!
For years I strived to be the best monk I could and not to harm any living being. I studied the holy Buddhist teachings just like all my forefathers had done before me. My life proceeded as a monk until I got very, very sick. I was in Mandalay at the time and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. The doctors did some tests on me and told me I had both Yellow Fever and malaria at the same time! After about one month in the hospital I was getting worse. The doctors told me there was no chance for me to recover and discharged me to make arrangements to die. This is a brief description of my past. I would now like to tell you some of the remarkable things that happened to me after this time…
After I was discharged from the hospital I went back to the monastery where other monks cared for me. I grew weaker and weaker and was lapsing into unconsciousness. I learned later that I actually died for three days. My body decayed and stunk of death, and my heart stopped beating. My body was prepared for cremation and was put through traditional Buddhist purification rites. Although I faded away in my body I remember my mind and spirit were fully alert. I was in a very, very powerful storm. A tremendous wind flattened the whole landscape until there were no trees or anything else standing, just a flat plain. I walked very fast along this plain for some time. There were no other people anywhere, I was all alone.
After some time I crossed a river. On the other side of the river I saw a terrible, terrible lake of fire. In Buddhism we do not have a concept of a place like this. At first I was confused and didn’t know it was hell until I saw Yama, the King of Hell [Yama is the name ascribed to the King of Hell in numerous cultures throughout Asia]. His face looked like the face of a lion, his body was like a lion, but his legs were like a naga [serpent spirit]. He had a number of horns on his head. His face was very fierce, and I was extremely afraid. Trembling, I asked him his name. He replied, “I am the King of Hell, the Destroyer.”
The King of Hell told me to look into the lake of fire. I looked and I saw the saffron-colored robes that Buddhist monks wear in Myanmar. I looked closer and saw the shaven head of a man. When I looked at the man’s face I saw it was U Zadila Kyar Ni Kan Sayadaw [the famous monk who had died in a car accident in 1983]. I asked the King of Hell why my former leader was confined to this lake of torment. I said, “Why is he in this lake of fire? He was a very good teacher. He even had a teaching tape called ‘Are You a Man or a Dog?’ which had helped thousands of people understand that their worth as humans is far greater than the animals.” The King of Hell replied, “Yes, he was a good teacher, but he did not believe in Jesus Christ. That’s why he is in hell.”
I was told to look at another person who was in the fire. I saw a man with very long hair wrapped on the left-hand side of his head. He was also wearing a robe. I asked the King of Hell, “Who is this man?” He replied, “This is the one you worship: Gautama [Buddha].” I was very disturbed to see Gautama in hell. I protested, “Gautama had good ethics and good moral character, why is he suffering in this lake of fire?” The King of Hell answered me, “It doesn’t matter how good he was. He is in this place because he did not believe in the Eternal God.”
I then saw another man who looked like he was wearing a soldier’s uniform. He had a large wound on his chest. I asked, “Who is this man?” The King of Hell said, “This is Aung San, the revolutionary leader of Myanmar.” I was told, “Aung San is here because he persecuted and killed Christians, but mostly because he didn’t believe in Jesus Christ.” In Myanmar the people have a common saying, “Soldiers never die, they live on.” I was told that the legions of hell have a saying “Soldiers never die, but they go to hell forever.”
I looked and saw another man in the lake of fire. He was a very tall man and he was dressed in military armor. He was also holding a sword and a shield. This man had a wound on his forehead. This man was taller than any person I have ever seen. He was six times the length between a man’s elbow and the tips of his fingers when he stretches his arm out straight, plus one span of a man’s fingers when he spreads out his hand. The King of Hell said, “This man’s name is Goliath. He is in hell because he blasphemed the Eternal God and His servant David.” I was confused because I didn’t know who either Goliath or David were. The King of Hell said, “Goliath is recorded in the Christian Bible. You don’t know him now, but when you become a Christian you will know who he is.”
I was then taken to a place where I saw both rich and poor people preparing to eat their evening meals. I asked, “Who cooked the food for these people?” The King of Hell replied, “The poor have to prepare their own food, but the rich people get others to cook for them.” When the food had been prepared for the rich people they sat down to eat. As soon as they started a thick smoke came up. The rich people ate as fast as they could to ease their consciences. They were struggling to breathe because of the smoke. They had to eat fast because they were fearful of losing their money. Their money is their god.
Another King of Hell then came to me. This being asked me, “Are you going into the lake of fire too?” I replied, “No! I am only here to observe!” The appearance of this creature was very terrifying. He had ten horns on his head and a spear in his hand that had seven sharp blades coming from the end. The creature told me, “You are right. You came here just to observe. I cannot find your name here.” He said, “You must now go back the way you came.” He pointed me toward the desolate plain that I had first walked along before I came to the lake of fire.
I walked a long time until I was bleeding. I was hot and in great pain. Finally, after walking for about three hours I came to a wide road. I walked along this road for some time until I came to a fork. One road, going off to the left, was wide. A smaller road went off to the right-hand side. There was a signpost at the fork saying that the road to the left was for those who do not believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. The smaller road to the right was for believers in Jesus. I was interested to see where the larger road led so I started down it.
There were two men walking about 300 yards ahead of me. I tried to catch up with them so I could walk with them but no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t catch them up, so I turned around and went back to the fork in the road. I continued to watch these two men as they walked down the road away from me. When they reached the end of the road they were suddenly stabbed. These two men cried out in great pain! I also cried out when I saw what happened to them! I realized the bigger road ended in great danger for those who traveled down it.
I started walking down the believers’ road instead. After traveling for about one hour the surface of the road turned to pure gold. It was so pure that when I looked down I could see my own reflection perfectly. I then saw a man standing in front of me. He was wearing a white robe. I also heard beautiful singing. Oh, it was so beautiful and pure! The man in the white robe asked me to walk with him. I asked him, “What is your name?” but he did not answer. After I asked his name six times the man answered, “I am the one who holds the key to heaven. Heaven is a very, very beautiful place. You cannot go there now but if you follow Jesus Christ you can go there after your life has finished on the earth.” The man’s name was Peter.
Peter then asked me to sit down and he showed me a place to the north. Peter said, “Look to the north and see God create man.” I saw the Eternal God from a distance. God spoke to an angel, “Let us make man.” The angel pleaded with God and said, “Please don’t make man. He will do wrong and will grieve you.” [In Burmese literally: “He will make you lose face.”]. But God created a man anyway. God blew on the man and the man came to life. He gave him the name “Adam”. [Buddhists do not believe in the Creation of the world or of man].
Then Peter said, “Now get up and go back to where you came from. Speak to the people who worship Buddha and who worship idols. Tell them they must go to hell if they don’t change. Those who build temples and idols will also have to go to hell. Those who give offerings to the monks to earn merit for themselves will go to hell. All those who pray to the monks and call them ‘Pra’ [respectful title for monks] will go to hell. Those who chant and ‘give life’ to idols will go to hell. All those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ will go to hell.” Peter told me to go back to the Earth and testify about the things I had seen. He also said, “You must speak in your new name. From now on you are to be called Athet Pyan Shinthaw Paulu [“Paul who Came Back to Life.”].
I didn’t want to go back. I wanted to go to heaven. Angels opened a book. First, they looked for my childhood name (Thitpin) in the book, but they could not find it. They then looked for the name I had been given when I entered the Buddhist monkhood (U Nata Pannita Ashinthuriya) but it wasn’t written in the book either. Then Peter said, “Your name is not written here, you must return and testify about Jesus to the Buddhist people.”
I walked back along the gold road. Again I heard beautiful singing, the kind of which I have never heard before or since. Peter walked with me until the time I returned to the earth. He showed me a ladder that reached down from the heaven to the sky. The ladder didn’t reach to the earth but stopped in mid-air. On the ladder I saw many angels, some going up to heaven and some going down the ladder. They were very busy. I asked Peter, “Who are they?” Peter answered, “They are messengers of God. They are reporting to heaven the names of all those who believe in Jesus Christ and the names of those who don’t believe.” Peter then told me it was time to go back.
The next thing I was aware of was the sound of weeping. I heard my own mother cry out, “My son, why did you leave us now?” I also heard many other people weeping. I realized I was lying in a box. I started to move. My mother and father started shouting, “He is alive! He is alive!” Other people who were farther away did not believe my parents. I then placed my hands on the sides of the box and sat upright. Many people were struck with terror. They cried out, “It is a ghost!” and ran away as fast as their legs could carry them. Those who remained were speechless and trembling.
I noticed I was sitting in smelly liquid and body fluids, enough to fill about three and a half cups. This was liquid that had come out of my stomach and my insides while my body was lying in the coffin. This is why people knew I had indeed been dead. Inside the coffin, there was a type of plastic sheet fixed to the wood. This sheet is placed there to retain a corpse’s liquids because many dead bodies release much fluid like mine did.
I learned later that I was just moments away from being cremated in the flames. In Myanmar people are placed in a coffin, the lid is then nailed shut, and the whole coffin is burned. When I came back to life my mother and father were being allowed to look at my body for the very last time. Moments later the lid of my coffin would have been nailed shut and I would have been cremated! I immediately started to explain the things I had seen and heard. People were astonished. I told them about the men I had seen in the lake of fire, and told them that only the Christians know the truth, that our forefathers and us have been deceived for thousands of years! I told them everything we believe is a lie. The people were astonished because they knew what kind of a monk I had been and how zealous I had been for the teachings of Buddha.
In Myanmar when a person dies their name and age are written on the side of the coffin. When a monk dies, the monk’s name, age and the number of years he has served as a monk are written on the side of the coffin. I had already been recorded as dead but as you can see, now I am alive!” (End of statement.) Along with this statement came the following report:
Since ‘Paul who came back to life’ experienced the above story he has remained a faithful witness to the Lord Jesus Christ. Burmese pastors have told us that he had led hundreds of other monks to faith in Christ. His testimony is obviously very uncompromising. Because of that, his message has offended many people who cannot accept that there is only one way to Heaven, the Lord Jesus Christ. Despite great opposition, his experiences were so real to him that he has not wavered. After many years in the Buddhist monkhood, as a strict follower of Buddhist teachings, he immediately proclaimed the Gospel of Christ following his resurrection and exhorted other monks to forsake all false gods and follow Jesus Christ with all their hearts.
Before the time of his sickness and death, he had no exposure to Christianity at all. Everything he learned during those three days in the grave was new to his mind. In a bid to get his message out to as many people as possible, this modern-day Lazarus began distributing audio and video cassette tapes with his story on them. The police and Buddhist authorities in Myanmar have done their utmost to gather these tapes up and destroy them. The testimony you have just read has been translated from one of those cassette tapes. We are told it is now quite dangerous for citizens of Myanmar to be in possession of these tapes.
His fearless testimony has landed him in prison at least once, where the authorities failed in their bid to silence him. Upon his release he continued to testify of the things he saw and heard. His current whereabouts are uncertain. One Burmese informant told us he is in prison and may have been killed, while another informant was told he is now released from prison and is continuing his ministry. (End of attached report)
This near-death experience has been viciously attacked.
It has been called a lie, an illusion and a delusion. Very likely, this is because many people only want to hear messages that agree with them and make them feel good in whatever they have chosen to believe. Which could argue for their desire to maintain an internally consistent delusion themselves. In my opinion, the fact that this experience does not bring such comfort argues for its veracity. It is difficult for me to believe that it was fabricated “whole cloth” to prove Christianity. Such a lie would go against the basic tenets of the faith it was trying to promote. And what would be the advantage? It would not be a popular message in Myanmar and certainly could bring persecution and trouble in any Buddhist country.
The underlying reason for all the hate that has been directed toward this man’s testimonial is very clear. It stands against the most pervasive modern delusion which is this: If you believe in an afterlife at all you must believe that all roads lead to Heaven because everyone worships the same “god”. This is nothing but ignorance. The major religions of the world have diametrically opposed definitions and descriptions of who “God” is. They do not mesh. Also, foolish people choose to believe that Jesus taught nothing but “non-judgmental” messages of love that point to everyone worshipping the same “God”. Once again, this is nothing but deadly ignorance. He was very clear when he said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” Heaven is where the Father is. To get there, belief in Jesus is the only way. That is the ultimate message of this former Buddhist monk. Do you consider that message to be true or false? Making the right choice means everything.
We live in a world awash in a mighty ocean of illusions and delusions, lies both monstrous and small. Yet, at the same time truth exists if we want to find it. But often the truth is very painful, that’s why we prefer our delusions. Giving up precious delusions can be one of the most difficult choices of our lives. As a professional storyteller, I have wanted to tell stories that are true, stories that do not spread delusions that lead to spiritual death and that is what delusions always do. As I have grown older, my great desire has been for wisdom. And that is quite different than knowledge. I know many people who have a wealth of knowledge but are not wise at all. Their life choices have brought disaster to themselves and those around them. Where does wisdom begin and how can we get it? When you give your life to Jesus Christ, true wisdom begins that leads to Eternal Life. In the days ahead, we’re going to need the wisdom and love of Jesus because the world is ripe for the Great Delusion. I’ve written about that in my four-part series, Dark Illusions.
I want to leave you with a final and very serious warning.
There are many ways to make ourselves vulnerable to illusions and delusions. Certainly, drugs and alcohol can do this, but a life of foolish, selfish choices can do it as well, along with filling ourselves with lying words and images, pornography being a good example, but there are many others. With this vulnerability comes the greatest danger. We open ourselves to the influence and control of supernatural powers of evil. Of course, if you are a materialist you will think such an idea is ridiculous. I submit that your belief system makes you extremely blind and vulnerable. When we give opportunity to the powers of evil they will guide us to personal destruction creating in us hate, bitterness, lust, and rage that will grow more terrible year by year. They can even speak through us to those we love bringing damage and heartbreak. You will be made to say things that you never intended and do not believe. During sane moments of control, you will wonder where such evil words came from.
Not only can the Powers of Darkness speak through you, they can speak into you with lies meant to crush you into hell itself. Imagine that a dark power exists that can speak words directly into your mind and they come in the first person using “I” and “me” to make it seem as though they are your own thoughts. But they aren’t. What you hear is, “I am worthless. No one cares about me. I should just kill myself”, and they spew over and over filling you with mind cancer. You start repeating them and believing them. Playing into this is the materialist delusion that such an evil influence is impossible, so they must be your thoughts. Your mind becomes an echo chamber of lies. How can you stand against such evil? There is only one way, through the Power of Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit that He gives to protect and heal you when you put your faith in Him.
In Matthew 11:28 Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” There is no greater slavish labor or heavy burden than to be dying inside under the raging lies, illusions, and delusions of Satan. I urge you to place your faith in Jesus Christ who loves you more than you could ever know and died so that you could be released from crushing burdens of fear, hurt and anger. What have you got to lose?
If I can be of help to you write to me. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I invite you to listen to my dramatic podcast Dagon’s Illusion with Coleman Luck. It is an on-going story about the invisible war.
Several years ago, I had some serious dental work done. I’ve experienced quite a bit of that in the past, but this time I tried something new. I went to a dentist who offered “twilight sleep”. Anything is better than a shot in the mouth with a needle that gets wiggled around while it’s stuck in your gum. An hour before the procedure I took a tiny pill. I live an hour away from the dentist so my son, Cole, drove me to the appointment. After twenty minutes, I was feeling very relaxed if a bit odd. Reality was taking a ten-degree turn away from my head. I remember getting to the dentist’s office and sitting down in the chair, but after that, I was out. When the procedure was over I don’t remember getting out of the dentist’s chair or going to the car. Apparently, I needed help getting from the office to the car, but when I was in the car I assured everyone that I was in complete control of all my faculties. I do not remember saying that, which may indicate a seriously flawed sense of over-confidence buried deep in my psyche.
They told Cole that I needed to eat something right away so we went for an In-N-Out burger. I’m pretty sure I remember eating one. Later I found food residue all over myself. Apparently, my drug-controlled mind is a slob. After that came the hour ride home. My son says we listened to a podcast and had some discussion about it. He reported that I was a bit “loopy”, but I was happy to engage in conversation. I don’t remember anything about that trip home, not a single word that was heard or said. Memory doesn’t begin until I was climbing into bed to sleep for a few hours.
So here’s the question, while my conscious or “executive” mind that controls everyday memory and (theoretically) makes rational decisions was asleep who was awake and conversing?
Many years ago, while I was in Vietnam, I had an officer friend who liked to drink. One night, at our base camp there was a party. We drove to it in a jeep. My friend took me along because he knew I didn’t drink so I was his designated driver. When we left the party he was drunk and his whole personality had changed. When I asked for the keys to the jeep, he refused to give them to me. When I insisted, he got in, started the engine and ordered me to get in. I refused, so he proceeded to try to run me over. I’m sure it was comical watching a captain in a jeep chasing a lieutenant around in circles, but it didn’t strike me as funny at the time. Afterward, he didn’t remember doing it. He was a very nice man…except when his conscious mind wasn’t in control then a different person appeared who was full of real viciousness.
So what was in control? We just accept that that’s the way some people get when they are drunk. But why do they get that way? It’s almost as though two different “people” live inside each of us. When one goes to sleep someone else appears, and sometimes “he or she” is rather evil and destructive. But taking drugs and getting drunk aren’t the only ways for this other “person” to emerge. I want us to think about illusion and delusion. The Bible talks about delusion. Let’s read a mysterious passage from the New Testament. It’s found in Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians chapter two:
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
That’s pretty clear and really disturbing. So God is going to send a strong delusion on the whole world. What is a delusion? A delusion is a belief or viewpoint that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument. In fact, those who are deluded think that any rational evidence that refutes their belief is itself a delusion. Delusion is considered a symptom of a severe mental disorder. So if God is going to send a delusion that will be accepted by the entire world as real, obviously that means that the entire world is suffering from a severe, collective mental disorder. Let’s put that another way. Because the entire world is insane, everyone will believe the same gigantic internally consistent lie. Insanity is always internally consistent.
Let’s understand something. God has not inflicted insanity on the world. That’s voluntary. People don’t need to be insane, they have chosen to be insane. Acceptance of this coming delusion will be proof of the true mental and spiritual condition of the human race. I’m an old man now, but one thing I’ve learned by my own bad choices. Sin makes you stupid. The longer you keep sinning, not only do you get stupider, you lose touch with moral reality. The longer you are out of touch with moral reality, the more you live in your own fantasies trying to create your own reality, until finally the whole mess comes crashing down. At that point, many people get angry and bitter at God and what they think “life” has done to them.
There’s another way to put this. There’s a strong relationship between illusion and delusion. Often one leads to the other. So let’s define illusion. An illusion is a specific figment of the imagination or hallucination that is perceived by the senses but is wrongly interpreted. Remember a delusion is a belief or impression that is maintained in spite of reality. Seeing illusions that are wrongly perceived as real often leads to believing a delusion, a larger idea that is firmly maintained in spite of reality or rational argument.
Here’s an illustration that I’ve used before: I’m a mentalist and a past member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. From the time I was a teenage magician, I have been fascinated at how easily people can be fooled. As I have written before, for a number of years our family did a program of mental illusions. In the program we made it appear as though I could read minds, predict the future, control choices, etc. But at the midway point, I would stop and tell the audience that everything they had seen us do was a trick, an illusion, not real at all.
But even after saying that as clearly as possible, there were people who would come up when the program was over and tell me, “I know you said it was a trick, but when you looked at me that way, I could feel you entering my mind. I know it was real. I know you have power.”
Well, it wasn’t real at all and they wouldn’t believe me.
I had created a series of illusions, specific experiences that were misperceived as real. Together they produced a delusion, a strong belief based on false information. Once it is firmly implanted, it’s almost impossible to break a person free from a controlling delusion until some disastrous event occurs that brutally tears them loose. Sometimes even then they hang on to it. Why is this so? Where did our horrible human tendency to be deluded begin? I think it came when a particular choice was made a very long time ago. Let’s remind ourselves about that choice.
Genesis 3:1-7 “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.'” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.
This is a bare-bones account in very simple terms. You know the way it’s presented in pop culture. This beautiful, but stupid, naked woman — have you noticed in the pictures she’s always blonde — is wandering around in the forest. Suddenly, a fat snake dangles down from a tree and says, “You hungry? These apples look really good.” She, being blonde, gets sucked right into this trap. Later, her husband, who is a stud, probably a proto-professional jock but also stupid, goes right down the drain with her.
Let’s do some serious speculation. Underscore that word speculation. I’m not a theologian or professional Bible scholar, I’m a storyteller. Good storytellers search for motives. We search for logical causes and logical effects. So let’s speculate about what might have really happened there. An interdimensional being who appears in the form of a serpent, at that time very likely a beautiful creature, tells Eve that she isn’t all that she could be. She could be like God. She and Adam have spent quite a bit of time with God. They’ve walked with Him in the Garden. One thing she knows, there’s a big difference between them and God. He is beautiful, wonderful, powerful and all-knowing. They are way beneath Him. Certainly, she’d like to be like that.
Right there is the basis of all self-improvement courses that have ever existed. Now, she was told a lie that was mixed with truth (the best lies always are) and it offered a huge delusion. She could be illuminated, she could move to a higher plane of existence. She could be like God, knowing good and evil whatever that meant. Think about that. She didn’t know what good and evil were. The words were a fascinating mystery and people love mysteries. Not only would she be like God, but she would also learn secret powerful things to get there. Wisdom must mean having your eyes opened so you could see things that have been invisible to you. That is the very definition of the occult.
What happened when she ate that fruit? It was disobedience, the first sin with all the moral implications packed into it. But could something have happened to her experientially that to a large degree validated what this evil being had promised? Pure speculation, but a reasonable question. Was that just a delicious piece of fruit, or might it have had hallucinogenic properties? Might Eve have had an experience of overwhelming exaltation and supernatural awareness, of mind expansion, that made her feel like a god? She took it back to Adam. Now according to the Apostle Paul’s letter of II Timothy 2:14, Adam was not deceived. Which, in some ways, makes his sin worse. He disobeyed God willfully with his eyes open. Then, later he blamed it on his wife. What a hero. In so many ways, this paradigm is played out in relationships today.
What was the immediate result of eating that “fruit”? They knew they were naked and clearly felt vulnerable. So they tried to sew together coverings out of fig leaves. They weren’t covering their wrists and ankles, they were covering large parts of their bodies. They were covering their sexual organs. I wonder why? About hallucinogens used by shamans in South America The Encyclopedia of Psychoactive Substances states, “The hallucinatory experiences…have a marked sexual content. Shamans…described hallucinogens as ‘all semen’ and the visions they induce are states of sexual arousal and orgasm often involving fantasies of incest.”
I think the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil having hallucinogenic properties is a reasonable possibility. If you look back into the history of ancient pagan religions, including, of course, shamanism, leading all the way up to our time, over and over you see at the heart of those religions hallucinogens used to acquire vision, wisdom and supernatural power. The evil Powers of Darkness work in patterns. I believe those patterns go back to the very beginning.
There has been a lot of study of hallucinogens, including LSD, etc. and how they appear to expand the mind sometimes giving what has been described as almost godlike awareness and exaltation. One of the most interesting scientific studies was done by a medical doctor named Rick Strassman. He did research on a drug called dimethyltryptamine, DMT. That is the basic ingredient of a shamanistic brew called Ayahuasca. Why is the human race so prone to believing lying delusions? Our ancient ancestors, Adam and Eve, planted that destructive weakness in us. As a race, we are foolish, arrogant, fearful and prone to self-gratifying fantasies. We love to believe lies if they make us feel good and promise to give us what we want. That’s the basis of consumerism. All of this is quite bad enough. But we need to add another strange human trait that makes the whole mess even more lethal.
As a race, we are prone to trances.
Because of my interest in illusion and delusion, I’ve spent years studying hypnosis – not in order to do it but to understand the process. I’ve learned some fascinating things. To be under hypnosis means that you are experiencing trance. What is trance? Trance is the setting aside of the conscious or what might be called the “executive” mind that guides all our waking activities, so that the subconscious, or what I call the “childlike mind” can come to the surface and be revealed. This is a “person” within us who, under normal circumstances, remains hidden while at the same time deeply influencing our conscious minds. You might think of them as conjoined twins. The conscious and subconscious share the same body and brain, but there are real differences between them. They work together but for periods of time, they can be separated.
Now I’m not a psychologist and I have to be very careful about terms. The fact that we name something doesn’t mean we understand it or even that we have placed it in the right category. Conscious and subconscious are Freudian and “psychological” terms. I’m using them only to describe two very different manifestations of human personality that are deeply mysterious. We all know what conscious means in the popular sense. (In reality, no one knows what “consciousness” actually is or where it comes from.) The word subconscious is not so well understood. I use it to describe a deeper awareness within each of us that is both connected to and strangely separate from our conscious minds. Subconscious does not mean unaware or asleep. Quite the opposite. The subconscious or childlike mind appears to be the storehouse of memory. It remembers everything, often in great detail, that we’ve heard and seen throughout our lives.
While it’s a great storehouse, the childlike mind does not have the ability to make moral, ethical or complex decisions. It can’t even distinguish between what’s real and what isn’t. It absorbs all information without making value judgments about any of it. It can be easily influenced and manipulated. But here is the striking part. In everyday life, the subconscious or childlike mind is the seat of creativity and imagination. When a problem is assigned by the conscious mind the subconscious mind searches for ways to solve it.
People talk about “sleeping on a problem”. During the night or in the morning often an answer appears. The subconscious mind never sleeps. In one case I read about, after a surgery a patient was hypnotized. Under hypnosis, this individual recalled everything that had been said in the operating room though she had been totally anesthetized throughout the procedure. All creative problem-solvers, whether in the arts, sciences, business or anywhere, have very active subconscious minds that assist them in finding solutions. All-day long, we feed information into those minds.
Have you ever been in a trance, a state where your subconscious mind was near the surface and the conscious mind had receded and was no longer in total control? I’m sure you have. There are different levels of trance. Trance isn’t going to sleep. Quite the opposite, trance is the extreme focus of attention to the point where everything else is excluded. The deeper the focus and concentration, the deeper the trance and the more the conscious mind is set aside. When you are engrossed in a movie or a book, even when you are driving down a long, straight road and lose all track of time, you are entering into a mild trance. You are experiencing a light form of hypnosis.
When you binge-watch a TV series or see a movie in a theater, you enter a light trance where your conscious mind is awake, but the extreme focus of attention brings the subconscious mind to the surface.
This childlike mind can’t distinguish between what’s real and what isn’t. It accepts that TV series or movie the same way it accepts everything else in your life, as a real experience and memory. That means whatever values have been taught in those fabricated illusions called TV episodes or movies subtly influence and define your view of the real world. As you make decisions about how to live, about what is right and wrong, the values of those Hollywood created illusions are constantly influencing your choices and your morality whether you think so or not.
Now I want to be clear about Hollywood. No one is creating film and TV so they can put you in a trance and make you believe things. They’re just trying to tell successful stories, but they are doing it from their moral values and psychological baggage. And let’s be honest, some of those people are really screwed up. I don’t speak as an outsider about this. I spent most of my career as a writer and executive producer in Hollywood network television. For almost four years I was a writer and producer of a series entitled, The Equalizer. It was about a man named Robert McCall (played by the wonderful British actor, the late Edward Woodward), who had spent his life as a top operative in the CIA. During that time, he had done some terrible things. He carried a lot of guilt about what he had done. Leaving the agency he decided to spend his life helping people who were in deep trouble. He ran an ad in the newspaper that read: Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer. When people called, he would help them.
We shot our series all over New York City between 1985 and 1989. The show was very popular, especially in that city. When we were shooting on location crowds would gather. How much of an influence was our show? A few years ago, I received an email from a woman in Australia. She told me that when she was a little girl, only eight years old, she would watch the show every week. She said that her home life was so bad it was the only thing that gave her hope that somewhere out there could be a father who really cared. Our series entered her subconscious mind as reality and it was a positive influence. Others have told me much the same. That means a lot to me.
Collectively, when there are great changes in what our society views as right and wrong or acceptable/unacceptable behavior, often those changes can be traced directly to television, especially hugely popular TV series. We’re not aware of the influence these Hollywood illusions have on us, but they are powerful in restructuring all of our views.
But there are unpleasant ways for the conscious mind to be set aside and for the child mind to appear.
Extreme shock is one of them. It could be caused by such events as the sudden loss of a loved one or a traffic accident. The conscious mind freezes and for a period of time is set aside. After a terrible crash, people may wander on the road not understanding what has happened and not knowing what to do. In war, even if you are a trained soldier knowing the possibility of attack by an armed enemy I can tell you from personal experience when those first shots ring out your mind freezes. This will happen no matter how well-trained you are. How quickly your executive mind recovers and takes action means everything.
There’s another way that the conscious mind can be set aside and lose control. That is through various kinds of torture that may include hypnosis and drugs, which can lead to what has been called brainwashing. In that process, over time a person’s entire view of reality can be turned completely around. Governments of the world, including our own here in the United States, have employed this evil technology. Which leads us back to hypnosis.
What is hypnosis?
Formal hypnosis is entering a trance state guided by another person who is a hypnotic director or hypnotist. Here is where we delve into the real mysteries of the human mind. It’s well known that under hypnosis the subconscious mind can remove pain from specific parts of the body. The subconscious mind can take control of the autonomic nervous system and stop blood from flowing. The scientists at UCLA have done extensive research into the use of hypnosis instead of drugs during surgery.
There are many myths about hypnosis. Are there people who simply can’t be hypnotized? From all of my study, I would say probably not. There are some who are much more difficult to hypnotize, but all it takes is the right atmosphere, the right attitude, and the right hypnotic “director”. The more intelligent you are, the more creative and imaginative, the more susceptible you will be to trance and hypnotic suggestion. (Hypnotherapists prefer to use the word suggestion for what they do because they don’t want to imply coercion. They will use the word “may” in the directions they give, such as “when you awaken you may want to do so and so”, etc. But they are implanting the desire within you to obey their instructions, so a more accurate word is direction.)
Under hypnosis, can you be made to do things that you would not do under normal circumstances? Hypnotherapists are quick to say, no. From my study, I say yes, but it would take a very skilled hypnotic director and multiple sessions over a long time to restructure your view of right and wrong and the desirability or importance of a particular action. In a hypnotic trance, the subconscious mind can be induced to create almost overwhelming desires that will deeply influence our conscious minds when those minds awaken. A skilled hypnotic director will place triggering words into the subconscious before waking the subject. Later, even as much as a year or more later, when that hypnotist speaks those words, most subjects will quickly enter a trance state. If the words have been attached to an action the person will perform as instructed without knowing why. If they have been instructed not to remember something with their conscious minds, they will not remember it. If they have been instructed not to see something, they won’t see it even if it’s right in front of them.
When we study the power of the subconscious under hypnotic direction, we must look at the work of a man named Milton H. Erickson. Dr. Erickson was a psychiatrist who was born in 1901 and passed away in 1980. Arguably, he was the greatest hypnotherapist who has ever lived. Erickson was trained in all the psychiatric schools of his day but he wasn’t happy with any of them. What he didn’t believe in was spending years in psychotherapy lying on a couch talking about problems. While he treated some people for long periods of time, his basic approach was to find out where an individual wanted and needed to go in order to have a fulfilling life. And then Erickson would determine exactly what barrier was holding them back. His therapies were designed to remove the barriers. And Erickson’s therapies are legendary. Whole organizations have been created to study and promote his work. However, some of the things he did in the 1940s and ’50s would not be considered ethical now.
What Erickson accomplished shows the deep strangeness and power of the subconscious mind.
A young woman came to him for help. Her problem was that she couldn’t form a relationship of trust with any man. Consequently, she couldn’t allow herself to fall in love. What she wanted was to be married and have a family, but it just didn’t seem possible for her. Dr. Erickson discovered that she had never had a loving, trusting relationship with an older man. From her earliest childhood, there had been no caring father or father-figure in her life.
After determining that this was the reason for her inability to form a trusting male relationship, he elected a most unusual therapy. Using hypnotic regression, over a long series of sessions, Dr. Erickson took this young woman back into her childhood to all the significant days of her life. These she lived again as though she were really there, birthdays, Christmases, etc. But there was one change in all of them. Erickson inserted himself into her subconscious memories. As though it were real, she experienced him coming to visit her at her home and bringing gifts. Over time, Erickson built into her subconscious mind memories of a caring, loving father-figure, who was there for her at all of her significant moments. As the unusual therapy progressed, she found herself able to establish a trusting relationship with a young man that led to marriage and a family.
There are many such stories in the books written about Dr. Erickson’s therapies. A few would be considered extremely controversial today. However, in the 1940s that wouldn’t have been the case. Dr. Erickson was not a moralist, he didn’t make moral judgments in one direction or another. He was a pragmatist dealing with the cultural environment of his time. Here is an example: A young man came to him who was a homosexual. He wanted to marry a woman and have a family, but he considered that impossible. He told Erickson that he was hopeless and not worth anything as a man. Over several years of unusual therapy, using hypnosis and other approaches, Milton Erickson changed his self-image and his sexual orientation. Eventually, he married a woman and had a family.
It’s clear from Dr. Erickson’s work, and the work of many other skilled hypnotherapists that built into all humans is a powerful ability to see things that don’t exist, but appear to be real, and not see other things that are totally real. When we are fooled by illusions, we can be controlled by delusions that grow out of them. And there’s something else very strange about the subconscious. Under hypnosis, it was discovered that the subconscious mind can weave stories that it thinks are real memories but never happened at all. Which means that we can create our own personal illusions and delusions about people and life that will deeply influence our conscious thoughts and actions. I think most people live their entire lives unaware that they are often in a mild state of trance with their view of reality entirely shaped by illusion and delusion.
Because of this, we are vulnerable to outside control by any force that knows how to construct and manipulate effective illusions. This is the heart of modern politics.
In the New Testament book of Ephesians 5:14 it says, “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” It’s hard to stay asleep when there is a bright light shining in your face. The Light of Jesus Christ awakens us from our illusions and delusions. It shows us who we really are. It reveals the real world to us. While we live in a lying trance we are dying in our sins and delusions. This is why it’s so important to ask God to show you who you really are. We need to understand our true condition and who He has created us to be. When we see ourselves through the lens of God’s truth our eyes are opened. We understand how much we need God’s forgiveness for our sins. We repent of our sins and accept the gift of salvation given in Jesus Christ through His death on the cross.
As repentance becomes a lifestyle, as we examine ourselves each day, our eyes are open about many things in this world. The lying promise that Satan made to Eve, God actually gives to His children through His Holy Spirit. We do begin to understand the difference between good and evil and how horrible evil truly is. Though we will never be gods we gain much wisdom from God.
The longer you live in this world, one fact becomes ever-clearer. The human race is broken and blind, chained and enslaved, unable to live up to its potential. Spiritual darkness, sin, and evil have destroyed us. Dangerous doors exist within us that can lead to very disturbing experiences. I want to tell you about one in Part 2.
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There has always been evil in the world, but a specific evil has been creeping over human civilization for a long time. This evil will be at the heart of the period of history that the Bible calls the Last Days. At this moment, the evil I’m talking about is still largely invisible from our collective awareness. A better word might be camouflaged, hidden from view behind a million strands of distraction. When an element of it appears, often those who have seen it are intimidated into silence. Also, very often they simply misread what they have seen, attributing to it whatever meaning they have learned from their culture. So the truth remains hidden. This evil is like a monstrous spider’s web. You can’t see all of it, but after a few strands hit you in the face you know what you’re dealing with. The danger is to focus on a couple of strands and think you understand the whole web. A good example is people who become obsessed with conspiracy theories. After looking at them for years, I’m convinced that all of them are camouflage designed to hide the Great Conspiracy.
In examining what has happened and what is happening, we try to use patterns and paradigms. When patterns become visible we start searching for paradigms. A paradigm is simply a representative example of the pattern. In this essay, I’m going to look at some paradigms that I believe represent patterns in the way the Powers of Darkness and evil use physical healing to promote their agenda. From there, we’re going to project some possibilities about the future.
Imagine that it’s the year 98 AD.
You are a young woman living in a tiny village in Asia Minor, that part of the world now called Turkey. Several months ago your abdomen began to bloat. It’s gotten to the point where you can’t keep down any food. Day by day, you’re growing weaker. You’ve prayed and sacrificed at the local temple, but it has done no good. The wise women of your village have done all they can. Nothing has helped and you’re losing hope. It’s clear that you need a miracle. But they are in short supply. Maybe there is one last resort, perhaps there’s one god who might help you. But that means traveling to one of his temples. The closest one is in the city of Pergamon. The god is Asclepius and his temples are centers of healing. You must go there and plead for your life. You must make sacrifices to him. Perhaps he will hear and come to you.
In 98 AD something very strange and deeply supernatural was going on in the city of Pergamon and several other cities of the Roman Empire. And it had been going on for centuries. The power that was centered in them has appeared with great consistency in many places around the world. We could call it the Cult of Spirit Healing. At the end of the first century AD in the city of Pergamon, there was a little Christian church. In the New Testament book of Revelation, Jesus sends a message to that church. It begins this way: Revelation 2:12-13 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamon write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is…’
Pergamon was an amazing city, one of the most important in the Roman world. As our young woman sufferer arrived there, she would have seen a city built of white marble that shone in the sun. Its acropolis sat atop a thousand-foot mountain that overlooked the Aegean Sea. The temples and monuments of Pergamon were of the finest quality. The center of it all was the mighty Temple of Zeus. Within that temple was a gigantic magnificent altar the walls of which were covered with the most beautiful, Hellenistic sculptures that depicted the mythical war between the gods and the giants. Since the early 1900s, that altar has been in Berlin. There are some who believe that it’s the throne of Satan referred to in Revelation. I doubt it. I’m sure the throne of Satan was not visible. Rather it represents the unique power and presence of his evil authority and control. Pergamon was what I call a Satanic Throne City. I think there have been many other great throne cities, centers of dark power that have had a unique influence on the spiritual life of the world. They exist today.
When Jesus Christ walked in this world, what was the best-known representation of His power and authority? It was healing the sick, which included casting out evil spirits that were destroying people’s bodies and lives. In our day we are too sophisticated to believe in evil spirits. But, as I have written before, there is a very good reason to believe that they exist and are interdimensional beings. Quantum physics has opened the door to a bizarre universe of stunning strangeness where almost anything is possible. But words get in our way. Take the word “demon”. It’s a very ancient word. In our day it conjures up a Hollywood vision of ugly supernatural monsters, or maybe screaming schizophrenia. To many people it means irrationality. I’m going to suggest to you that all of those are distractions designed to camouflage the truth.
Many Christians who believe in evil spirits have a dangerously false idea about them. They think that everything coming out of a dimension of evil is going to be ugly and horrible. That’s one of the most important distractions that keep the truth camouflaged. The truth is that the greatest supernatural evil often manifests itself with scintillating beauty. It is deeply desirable and appears to be the answer to our most overwhelming needs. Very often, the hook that leads to death is baited with pleasure, beauty and even the deep emotion of apparent love.
Throughout history, the world has been full of suffering and death is always close. For thousands of years even to the present day, there has been a deep fear of the dead. The fear is that some might appear as ghosts, while others could come back in a physical form known as revenants. Whenever we say “rest in peace” we are acknowledging that ancient fear. In many parts of the world, the fear of the dead still exists. The dead must be appeased with sacrifices and gifts. To a large degree in the western world, we’ve forgotten what that fear was like for our ancestors. Illness brought the fear of death. When we get very sick today we’re desperate for healing. But what if there were no doctors or hospitals? What would you do to find healing for yourself or a loved one? You’d do almost anything, wouldn’t you? In your desperation, you’d be physically and spiritually vulnerable. Any examination of the Powers of Darkness, Satan and his Lords of Evil and their work in this world, including what they will do in the future, needs to look at miraculous healings.
So our young woman is in Pergamon to seek help.
The people of the city direct her to a lovely temple complex dedicated to the worship of Asclepius, the Greek god of healing. Who is this god? In the preface to their classic scholarly work entitled, Asclepius: A Collection and Interpretation of the Testimonies, authors E. and L. Edelstein make this remarkable statement: “The worship of Asclepius…came to play such a role in the religious life of later centuries that in the final stages of paganism, of all the genuinely Greek gods, Asclepius was judged the foremost antagonist of Christ.”
One of the best known gods of the ancient world is one of the least known today. Belief in Asclepius controlled the minds and spiritual lives of millions. Julian, the Roman Emperor who ruled in the fourth century after Christ, and who was called the Apostate because of his attempt to revive dying paganism, viewed Asclepius as the greatest gift of Zeus to the human race. He said of him, “He visits no one of us separately and yet he raises up souls that are sinful and bodies that are sick.”
Christian apologists of the early church lashed out at the cult of Asclepius. Every time Justin, a famous Christian spokesman of the second century, talked about Christ healing the sick and raising the dead, he complained that his hearers would counter with Asclepius. Whole cities such as Epidaurus, Cos, Tricca and Pergamon were dedicated to this god. Pergamon was so much associated with him that the people swore by Asclepius of Pergamon.
Who was Asclepius in mythology?
To the Greeks and Romans who worshipped him, he was a “half deity” at birth. That means that he was the son of the god Apollo and a human woman, perhaps a good example what I have called in my Dark Illusions series a “hybrid”. When he died it was claimed that he became a full god himself. Asclepius was a healer who could even raise the dead from their darkness, the founder of all the medical arts. His rod with a single serpent twined around it, influenced the medical symbol used today. The original Hippocratic Oath was sworn by Apollo and Asclepius.
The special appeal of this god was to the poor and sick of the world, to all those who were heavy laden and needed rest. His message reached out to them and from all across the Roman Empire they flocked to his shrines.
What would our very ill young woman have experienced when she arrived at the temple of Asclepius in Pergamon?
Like the other shrines, it was a beautiful tourist attraction with quiet, lovely grounds and landscaped groves of cypress trees. Worshippers would cleanse themselves in the many springs and medicinal baths and offer sacrifices on the great altars that stood beneath the open sky. To see it, you couldn’t have imagined that this could be part of Satan’s Throne. Unless he was in the health resort business. That’s what it looked like, a beautiful health spa with Greek architecture.
Each Asclepius shrine had its own character with libraries, theaters and gymnasiums. But one feature was the same in all of them. At the center of the complex was a strange temple filled with couches. This was the business end of the shrine. Soon after you arrived, you would begin to experience a bit of the real weirdness of the place. You’d discover that non-venomous snakes were crawling everywhere. They would be all over the grounds and inside the buildings, especially in the temple. And they were welcome there. This was their home. Beneath each temple were tunnels and labyrinths specifically constructed to house serpents. After every Asclepion was built, at the time of dedication, hundreds of snakes were brought in to be housed on the grounds, because a snake was the symbol of the god.
When she entered the complex, our very ill young woman would be assigned to a priest who would listen to the facts of her case. He might give her a regimen to follow, but this was not nearly as important as instructions that might come directly from the god. She would then be ordered to worship by making a sacrifice to Asclepius on one of the altars. In the evening, a draught of wine would be administered and then she would go to sleep on one of the many couches in the temple. It was during this period of temple sleep, called incubation, that the miraculous healings would take place.
Did actual, physical healings occur in the shrines of Asclepius? The archeological evidence is fascinating. These shrines existed for hundreds of years. Many thousands of sufferers in deep distress came to them. If no healings had ever happened, certainly they would not have drawn such numbers for so long. A record of some of those miraculous cures has been preserved in the form of stone tablets found at the Asclepion of Epidaurus in southern Greece. Very likely they represent only a small portion of the tablets that once existed. They purport to be the personal testimonies of eye-witnesses to the power at work in the shrine.
Here’s what might happen when you slept in the temple.
The healing would begin with a dream. Sometimes it would be of the god himself, who would appear as a bearded, scholarly man, the personification of the ideal doctor. But as he stared at you, somehow there would be a strange, faraway look in his eyes. He would seem to know all about your physical condition. Often, he would cure you right there in the dream. When you awoke, you would find yourself miraculously healed. The following are just a few excerpts from the many stone tablets found at Epidaurus.
A woman named Erasippa (perhaps our young woman) came to the temple with her stomach swollen with worms. She was burning all over and couldn’t keep down any food. In the temple, she had a dream. She dreamed that the god massaged her stomach and kissed her. Then he gave her a drug to drink and ordered her to vomit. In the dream, she vomited and covered herself with it. In the morning, she discovered that her dress was covered with the evil stuff she had vomited in the dream. From that point, she became well.
Euhippus – For six years he suffered with the point of a spear embedded in his jaw. In the temple, he dreamed that Asclepius removed it and placed it in his hands. The next day, he went away healed carrying the spear point.
A man of Torone – He came to the temple after having drunk a potion given to him by his step-mother. She had tricked him and placed live leeches in the drink which were living inside of him. He dreamed that Asclepius cut open his chest with a knife, took out the leeches and placed them in his hands. At daybreak, he left the temple cured, the leeches out of his body.
The mother of a woman suffering from terrible swelling in her extremities slept in the temple for her daughter. She dreamed the god cut off her daughter’s head, emptied out the diseased fluid and replaced the head on the body. The mother left the temple and found her daughter well. On the same night her daughter had had the same dream.
Agameda was having trouble getting pregnant. She slept in the temple, asking the god for children and had a dream. In her dream, a serpent lay on her belly. After that, five children were born to her.
And on and on the cases go. As in this last case, some didn’t see the god in a physical form. Some saw one of his servants. A man with a cancerous sore on his foot went to sleep. While he was sleeping, one of the sacred snakes crept out and licked it. The next morning he was healed after dreaming that a handsome young man placed a drug on the wound. Sometimes, instead of curing the patient outright in the dream, Asclepius would prescribe a simple regimen. When one individual came to the temple continually coughing blood, the god’s prescription was to eat pork for the rest of his life, constantly stuffing himself with it. This he did, believing that if he missed a single day for the rest of his life the disease would return.
Now clearly, these stone tablets were a form of advertising for the temples. A skeptical view might say they were all fabricated. But that’s far too simplistic an answer. It cannot account for the centuries-long success of those temples and the untold thousands who came there. If no real healings were taking place they could not have existed for such a period of time. Others might say that healing happened, but it was just the Placebo Effect. People wanted to be healed and believed in the power of the temple, so they were healed. Once again, this isn’t an adequate answer. It might account for a percentage of the healings, but it couldn’t account for all of them. Also, the ancient world was a dangerous place. Many people came with specific physical damage, such as the man with the spear point embedded in his jaw. No placebo effect would heal that.
Some might say these testimonials were only fabrications of the priests who used the people’s faith in the god to get them to obey their own medical prescriptions. Sort of like having a deity in your pocket to lend authority to your orders. The idea would be that the only real power in the shrines was in the priests themselves and as they grew to be more scientifically sophisticated they came to realize this. Eventually, they stopped being priests and became “real physicians”. That idea doesn’t work either. In the shrines of Asclepius, the human physicians treated people and the god treated people and everyone knew the difference. The great Galen of Pergamon, one of the fathers of modern medicine because of his early use of scientific methodology, made this observation. “Even among ourselves in Pergamon, we see that those who are being treated by the god obey him, when on many occasions he bids them not to drink at all for fifteen days, while they obey none of the physicians who give this prescription.” Everyone knew the difference between the god and the men.
Something quite strange was happening in those shrines.
An encounter with Asclepius established a very firm religious faith. To receive healing from the god required sacrifices, the god demanded to be worshipped, which meant giving yourself body and soul to him. The Powers of Darkness have gifts to give, but always there are chains attached. Satan offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world, all He had to do was bow down and worship him. Belief in Asclepius and worship of him kept many people from believing in Jesus.
It is significant that Asclepius is associated with a serpent. Many pagan religions have given an important place to snakes. There was a shrine to Asclepius in Rome. Worship began there as early as 292 BC. According to Roman history, the god was brought in under the direction of the Delphic Oracle. What did everyone think was the ancient power behind that oracle? A python that Apollo was supposed to have killed and thrown into a huge fissure at Delphi. But the python’s priestesses were kept in charge. Many people believed it was fumes from the rotting body of the snake that gave these women their visions.
How did Asclepius come to Rome?
A plague had stricken Italy. A ship was sent to Epidaurus to receive the god and bring him back to the great city. It’s said that when the ship arrived in Epidaurus, a huge snake voluntarily crawled aboard. When the ship entered Italy, the snake slithered off on an island in the Tiber and immediately the plague stopped. The Roman shrine to Asclepius was built on that island.
As Christianity, the power of Jesus Christ grew in strength in the Roman world, worship of Asclepius faded away and his shrines fell into disrepair and ruin. But the power at work in them did not fade away. It simply found new names and new centers in which to express itself. That dark power entered the organized Christian church. With the Christianization of the empire under Constantine beginning in 313 AD, all of the pagan temples changed hands. The temple of Asclepius in the Tiber became the Church of St. Bartholomew and continued on as a mecca for healing under the direction of a new set of priests with people placing their faith in a saint instead of a Greek god.
Healing through pagan gods in the Roman Empire was not limited to Asclepius. Incubation was practiced in many pagan temples. As the church absorbed paganism in order to make Christianity more “palatable”, the power behind the healings of Pergamon gained many new avenues. People traveled great distances to countless other new shrines that bore the names and bones of saints. Many of the same healing techniques used by Asclepius continued in the Christian church. French historian of the sixth century AD, Gregory of Tours, records a number of examples of church sleep in order to find supernatural healing. This was just a Christianized form of ancient incubation.
The Greeks believed that Asclepios had once walked the earth as a man then became a god when he died. Praying to men and women who have died and are now considered saints is little different. When healings occur, what is the source of that power? If you consider yourself a Christian, a good test would be, does that healing draw a person into a deeper faith in Jesus Christ and gratitude to Him, or a deeper faith in someone or something else?
I want to suggest another pattern to you.
What I have called the dark Cult of Spirit Healing almost always requires a person to go to a specific location in order to meet the god or supernatural being in order to be healed. It may be a temple or a sacred grove of trees, or a mysterious place in a desert or on a mountain. Today, it might mean going to a faith healer at a big colosseum event or to a psychic surgeon at his or her retreat center. Almost always, it entails some form of payment or financial “contribution”. A big faith healer might engender a sense of guilt and fear. If you really want to be healed you must demonstrate your faith by putting money in an offering plate. With a psychic surgeon, there would be a direct demand for cash. Always it entails a form of worship and sacrifice, by that I mean submitting yourself body and soul to the power you hope will heal you. In various cultures, this could include sacrifices of plants, animals or money.
How does this compare with the record of Jesus’ healings when He walked in this world? There was no specific center where He did His healings. He went out to the people, traveling from town to town. He asked for no money or sacrifices. According to the record, people would be healed if they just touched Him. There were no gruesome dreams of being cut open or heads removed. He spoke a word or gave a touch and it was done. Healings that come from the Powers of Darkness enslave people to them. Worship of the deity must continue or the disease might return. Very often, Jesus didn’t even get gratitude when He healed sufferers. At one point He healed ten men of leprosy. Only one came back to say, thank you. When His disciples went out, they worked in exactly the same way. And so true healings have come to us down through the history of the church. They do not give glory to people either alive or dead. They do not give glory to a pantheon of false gods. They bring glory to the One True God, Creator of all who loves us and who cannot be represented by a statue. And they set sufferers free.
This Cult of dark Spirit Healing has been at work for eons. The physician priests of ancient Egypt were considered the most knowledgeable in the world. They were famous for their healing arts. Always those arts were deeply associated with Egyptian magic. Just as in the shrines of Asclepius, their work was done under the auspices of the gods. One of the most beloved and powerful of the Egyptian healing gods was Isis. This goddess has had a deep influence even down to our own day through the rise of neo-paganism, the freemasons and others. How were healings accomplished by Isis in ancient Egypt? Temple sleep, incubation.
Where do we see a modern version of this historic pattern? In the Cult of Spirit Healing that surrounds the work of Edgar Cayce to this present day. His techniques of diagnosis and cures through contact with spirits while he slept, bear a striking resemblance to the methodology, prescriptions, and cures of Asclepius. What Cayce entered into was a form of trance and spirit possession. Most of all, the Powers of Darkness want to enter the Christian church, to control and corrupt her worship. Many times they have used miraculous healing as their entry point.
In Cayce we see another pattern. He always presented himself as a Christian, a former Sunday School teacher. He said he believed in Christ. But the Jesus he knew was certainly not the Jesus of the Bible. Is it possible that there could be more than one Jesus being presented to the world, that there could be a fake Jesus who looks much like the real one but is from hell? Here’s what the Apostle Paul said about that in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4: “But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted — you may well put up with it!”
More than put up with it, people are putting their entire faith in a fake Jesus every day. Those who came to Cayce for cures were led away from the real Jesus. Instead, they put their faith in a man and his unholy healings. That is the pattern that’s going on today around the world and in the Christian church through leaders who are conduits for the healing power of evil spirits who present themselves as angels of light.
In 2 Corinthians 11:14-15 the Apostle Paul warns specifically about this. He says: “For Satan transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.” Think about that. An angel of light that is really a powerful creature darkness. Satan creates Jesuses that look just like the one you expect to see from all the pretty pictures. But when the Apostle John saw Him as recorded in the Book of Revelation, he fell at His feet as though dead.
The Edgar Cayce example presents another pattern that correlates with the ones we have been discussing. Let’s redefine the word sleep. As I said, Cayce was known for sleeping to get his supernatural information, but it wasn’t sleep, it was trance. Trance is at the core of almost all of the healings that come from the dimension of dark spirits. So when some form of trance is necessary for healing to occur, that is a clear indicator of the source.
Now we have to be careful about how we understand trance.
To be in a trance doesn’t mean that your eyes are rolled back in your head and you’re mumbling gibberish. A person can be in deep trance and appear to be wide awake. In the trance state, strange powers have been known to appear. Let me tell you a very odd story. In France, in the late 1600s an unusual sect appeared in the Roman Catholic Church. It came to be known as Jansenism after its founder Cornelis Jansen. In several ways, it was a form of Calvinism that remained loyal to Rome. The Pope, the Jesuits and the King of France hated it, but it was very popular among the common folk and the parish clergy. The French mathematician /philosopher Blaize Pascal was a strong supporter of the Jansenists. The group is forgotten today, but in the 1700s they were one of the most well-known and controversial groups in Europe.
One of the reasons the Jansenists were so popular was because some of the leaders manifested unusual gifts of miraculous healing. Controversy raged around them. At the very pinnacle of their success, tragedy struck. One of their saintliest leaders died and was buried in a church cemetery in Paris. Very soon, people began making pilgrimages to his grave. And very soon miraculous healings began happening there. These healings included everything from cancerous tumors to paralysis to deafness to prolonged bleeding and on and on. As you can imagine, people thronged to that cemetery.
Then things got even stranger.
Some of the visitors to the tomb began to experience weird spasms and convulsions to the point that they had no control over their bodies. Their arms and legs would go through amazing contortions. This weirdness spread like wildfire. Soon the streets were full of writhing, contorting men, women and children in a trance-like state. It became so widespread that those who fell under the power of it were called Convulsionaires. While the healings continued, these people began to display amazing and disturbing abilities. In the convulsive trance, they could be tortured in the most awful ways and remain completely undamaged.
Many thousands watched as Convulsionaires were severely beaten with heavy and sharp objects and even strangled. At the end there was no sign of the slightest injury, not the tiniest bruise or wound. This went on for a long time. For decades the streets around the tomb were crowded with Convulsionaires. At one point it took 3,000 volunteers just to watch these writhing people to make sure they didn’t do things like remove their clothes during their seizures. This became so well-known all over Europe that people from every level of society, from the intellectual elite to the uneducated masses, came to witness the phenomena. Many enemies of the Jansenists came who wanted to refute what was happening. They went away confirming the miracles. A member of the Paris Parliament went to investigate. He wrote four large volumes describing the miracles he saw. They have come down to us in history. In his 1991 book, The Holographic Universe, author Michael Talbot lists some of those miracles:
A 20-year-old female Convulsionaire leaned against a stone wall while a volunteer, a very powerful man from the crowd, struck her 100 times in the stomach with a 30-pound hammer using all his strength. She was completely uninjured. An observer took the hammer and struck the stone wall where the woman had been leaning. On the 30th blow, the stone broke through, creating a large hole. Another young woman bent over backward with her lower back supported by a sharpened peg. A fifty pound stone was hoisted by rope to a place high above her and allowed to drop with full force on her stomach. This was done over and over without the slightest response from the woman except that she yelled over and over, “Strike harder, harder.” When it was finished, she walked away without the slightest scratch.
It is very significant that many of the Convulsionaires pleaded to be tortured because they said it relieved the agony of their convulsions. They were struck with metal rods and chains. The most powerful men couldn’t strangle them. Fire couldn’t hurt them. All manner of tortures were tried including crucifixion. When taken down from the cross there were no wounds. People tried to cut and pierce them, all to no avail. A sharpened iron drill was placed against the bare stomach of one man. Then another man tried to pound it into his body. He struck as hard as he could over and over, but the point wouldn’t pierce the flesh. Through it all the Convulsionaire looked enraptured and yelled, “It does me good. Strike twice as hard.”
But this wasn’t all. Some of the people developed psychic abilities during their convulsions. Some levitated. One man rose into the air and no one could pull him down. All of these events had many, many witnesses. Through it all the healings continued. The niece of Pascal had a very bad ulcer in her eye. A few hours after being with the Jansenists, the ulcer vanished.
People familiar with the phenomena associated with demonic possession will recognize some of the phenomena demonstrated by the Convulsionaires, the trancelike attitude, the desperate desire to be beaten and tortured so the pain of the convulsions could be alleviated, great strength, psychic powers. Certainly, the strange things that happened for so long at that grave corrupted the original message of the Jansenists who were concerned with holy living. The miracles became the focus and they caused tremendous dissension. What happened represents spirit possession and not by the God’s Holy Spirit. Did healings from God occur early on among the Jansenists? Possibly. But I would have no faith in anything that happened in the cemetery. Nowhere in the Bible do you see pain and torture presented as necessary in order to receive physical healing. But it is a strong pattern in the Cult of dark Spirit Healing. Shamans often abuse themselves because they believe it is necessary in order to receive healing power from the spirit world.
As we look for patterns and speak of brutality associated with spirit healing it’s time to talk about so-called psychic surgery.
As I write about this, I remind the reader that I am a mentalist and a past member of the Academy of Magical Arts at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. I’m extremely familiar with trickery and fraud. I do believe that 98 percent of psychic surgery is pure fraud and ham-fisted trickery. I am well aware of the magician James Randi and the million dollar challenge that he offered for several decades. And there are other individuals and organizations that have made similar challenges. To date no one has met those challenges. However, this in itself is not proof that psychic abilities do not exist. All it proves is that no one has successfully demonstrated them under the required conditions established by those skeptics.
In the future, I’m going to write about Dr. Robert Jahn who was a scientist and professor at Princeton University and the research he and his associates have done in the area of psychic abilities, including their work on the Global Consciousness Project. It’s quite startling. I want to suggest to you that there are two dangerous extremes to be avoided when we consider psychic phenomena, including psychic surgery. It is equally dangerous to believe that all of it is real or that none of it is real.
Biologist and anthropologist, the late Lyall Watson, author of the best-selling books Supernature and Beyond Supernature, spent much of his life researching paranormal phenomena all over the world. In the Philippines, he met a psychic surgeon who simply held his hand a foot above a specific place on a patient’s body, then pointed and moved his finger. Instantly, an incision would appear. Watson relates that at one point he placed his own hand too close to the patient. When the healer pointed and moved his finger, a cut appeared on Watson’s hand. The scar of it remained with him for the rest of his life.
Watson was a scientist. Consequently, like other scientists who have studied the paranormal and witnessed real phenomena, he attributed purely humanistic causes to what he saw. Humans have latent powers that need to be developed, etc. But there is another possible explanation. For that, we need to look at what I consider to be the paradigmatic experiences of Johanna Michaelson.
In the early 1980s, Ms. Michaelson published a book entitled, The Beautiful Side of Evil. It was a best-seller and, needless to say, it has come under tremendous attack ever since. If you do a web search on her name, you will discover that both she and her book have been vilified. Almost all of the critiques are purely ad hominem. The Beautiful Side of Evil chronicles Ms. Michaelson’s experiences working with a Mexican psychic surgeon named Pachita. The author has been criticized because, other than the psychic surgeon, she doesn’t name patients. Therefore, her report cannot be verified.
However, we do know that a woman named Pachita did exist and operated as a psychic surgeon in Mexico City and that her son carried on her work. The fact that Ms. Michaelson doesn’t name her patients is understandable. How many people would like to have their case histories written about with their names attached when they have gone to regular doctors much less psychic surgeons? I believe that Johanna Michaelson is telling the truth. Her book is the testimony of an eye-witness. More than that it includes the story of how she got deeply involved in the occult when she was young.
This involvement finally led her to become Pachita’s assistant in over 200 operations.
Ms. Michaelson reports that she saw great miracles occur and great failures as well. When she met her, Pachita was an old woman who had been doing spiritist surgery for many years. Here’s how it would work: Suffering people would come to Pachita’s home. Before a surgery was performed, she would enter a sacred room. There she would sit down and close her eyes. Soon a spirit who called itself Hermanito would take complete control of her body. Hermanito claimed to be the spirit of an Aztec healer who had died centuries before, killed by the Spaniards. After it took control of Pachita, her eyes would remain closed throughout the entire surgery. Yet, she could thread a needle with one try. The surgeries would take place in the crudest of circumstances with the patient lying on the floor or a table, and Pachita using a knife and house scissors. The only meager attempt at cleanliness was some alcohol poured on cotton.
Johanna Michaelson witnessed all forms of surgery including operations on the brain and spinal cord. During spinal surgery, Pachita would insert the bones from cadavers. And everything was done without anesthetic. The patient would enter a mild trance and would feel no pain. According to Michaelson, many people were healed in a way that had to be miraculous. But some were not. Some died after the procedures.
Michaelson tells the story of one woman who was convinced by her friends to let Pachita operate. For years, she had had great pain from spinal damage. Before the surgery, Pachita assured her that she wouldn’t feel anything. But that was a lie. Horrible stabbing cuts were made and bones were pulled out. Cadaver bones were inserted. And the woman felt everything. Through the entire surgery, she screamed in the worst agony of her life. Afterward, she was not healed. Her agony increased. Michaelson reports that during the surgery, she felt terrible hate pouring from Pachita/Hermanito toward the patient. The woman was a Christian.
It appears that in a number of cases, the healings of Pachita would hold until a person became a Christian, then the original problem would return. Interestingly, Pachita/Hermanito would tell people to pray to God and Jesus during these surgeries. But it was clear to Johanna Michaelson later that this god and this Jesus were not the ones of the Bible. Johanna Michaelson became so concerned and terrified that she left Mexico and went to Europe where she spent time at L’abri Fellowship, with Francis and Edith Schaefer and Os Guinness. There she gave her life to Jesus Christ. But before that happened, she went through real terror as the spirit world tried to maintain its control. Finally, she was freed from the darkness that had been enslaving her for years.
If you have never experienced such evil spirit terror, you have no idea what it’s like. Members of my own family have experienced it. I believe that when it’s real, psychic surgery in all of its brutish and bloody manifestations is just a physical extension of the brutish and bloody hallucinations that were such an integral part of the healings that took place in the temples of Asclepius. They are part of an ancient pattern. In those temples why couldn’t the “god” have simply healed people with a word or a touch as Jesus did? I am convinced that psychological and physical brutalizing are a part of the spiritual enslavement that such healings are meant to establish.
So what patterns have we seen?
First, the cult of spirit healing wants people to come to them, I believe the physical travel required represents a journey of the soul into their darkness. Sometimes the locations are places where these beings have established a kind of throne center of power. Second, their healings are most often associated with some level of trance. This may be induced by anything from temple sleep, to drugs and potions, to direct hypnotic control. Third, very often they are brutalizing in some form, whether in a vision or on the physical body of the sufferer. Fourth, those healers that claim to be “Christian” present a different god and a different Jesus than the Ones in the Bible. The false Jesus speaks of universal love and total acceptance without any need for repentance and salvation from sin. He presents enlightenment as the highest goal. The need for the forgiveness of God is not part of the message. Nor is taking up the cross and following in obedience as the real Jesus taught.
Fifth, and most important, the healing establishes the authority of the dark spirit world in the life of the sufferer.
This may be focused on a human being who gets the glory and through whom the spirits speak. That authority and the messages communicated through it supersede the authority of the Bible and the Holy Spirit guided teachings of the true church of Jesus Christ. Through healing, a new god is established in a person’s life.
It is very important to understand that this power can manifest itself and gain tremendous control within the Christian church. Any miraculous healing or supernatural manifestation that transfers focus and gives glory to any person other than Jesus Christ is from the Powers of Darkness no matter how wonderful it may appear. This includes preachers, faith healers, the saints and Mary. I know there will be many people who are offended by that statement, but I see no way around it if we are going to be faithful to the Bible. Evil loves to appear with amazing, spiritual beauty. Do not be fooled.
What about the future? What’s going to happen? As I have said many times, I am not a prophet, only a storyteller. But stories rule the world and every story has a beginning, a middle and an end. The story of dark, spirit healing has been going on for a very long time. But it will have an end. That end is coming. I think it will come when science and the spirit world of the supernatural become one. You say, how is that possible? Much of what we call science had its foundation in occult and esoteric activities. One of the fathers of modern medicine was Galen of Pergamon, who certainly believed in the supernatural. Galen was one of the first to use scientific methodology. Yet, he began studying medicine at a young age because Asclepius came to his father in a dream and told him that’s what Galen should do. As we know, chemistry and metallurgy began in alchemy. Scientific materialism, the idea that the only thing that’s real is that which can be tested and retested in a laboratory, is becoming less and less satisfying as a philosophy. Particularly as quantum physics reveals the deep strangeness of the universe, scientific materialism seems simplistic and almost quaint.
I believe that amazing discoveries will be made in the near future that will appear to bring science and the supernatural back together, to make them one as they were so long ago. Included in this will be the ultimate manifestation of the ancient Cult of Spirit Healing. If I were writing this story, the greatest convergence between the scientific and what we call the supernatural would come at the time of greatest need. In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus made some startling predictions about what the world would be like just before His return. Here are His words:
Matt 24:21-28 For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake, those days will be shortened. Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
So there are going to be many false Christs and false prophets and they are going to do amazing signs and wonders. But they will be lies designed to mislead. Clearly, many, many people will be drawn to them and believe in them. Why will they be drawn, why will they believe? What was it that drew the majority of people to Jesus during His ministry? It was the healing. Healings represented most of His signs and miracles. People were desperate for help and they couldn’t find it anywhere else, so they came to Him from great distances. The same has been true with the Cult of Spirit Healing down through history. People have come in great numbers to the place where they thought healing would happen.
During the terrible time that Jesus predicted the strong implication is that the same thing will be true. Diseases and injuries will appear that medical science cannot treat, either because it does not have the skill or because it is overwhelmed and unable to deal with the massive crisis. People will be desperate and searching. They will be told that “Jesus” has returned. He’s out in the desert healing people or in some inner sanctum. Thousands will flock to these false Christs and they will be healed.
Think about it. Something has happened. You or your loved one is desperately ill. There is no help. They are dying in agony. Word comes that healing is available from someone who claims to be Jesus. Thousands are being healed. The truth is right before your eyes. Don’t you want healing for yourself and your loved one? How much spiritual strength would it take to turn away from that and die? Jesus says that the signs and wonders will be so strong that, if possible, even the elect, those who know and trust the real Jesus, might be fooled. In Luke 21, the parallel passage to Matthew 24 Jesus predicts that one of the signs of the end will be plagues. Now we’ve had plagues down through history, but I think the implication is that the plagues of the end will be unique.
One of the amazing things about the period in which we are living has been the absence of a truly devastating, world-wide pandemic.
The last time that occurred was the Spanish Flu of 1918 and 1919. That disease killed approximately 50 million people worldwide. 20 million died within an eight week period alone – this out of a world population of only 1.8 billion. For decades virologists have warned that a pandemic like the Spanish Flu or one that’s even worse will come again. It is certain. We just don’t know when or the level of severity. It’s impossible for us to imagine what such a pandemic would do to modern society. When the Black Death struck Europe in the 1300s between a third and a half of the entire population died. It changed the course of history. Whole towns and sections of countries were left empty. Society was never the same.
Such a disaster is coming. When it comes, I believe it could be in the time just before the return of Jesus. And the Cult of Spirit Healing will be ready. The False Jesus Healing Team will spread out across the world. They will work in their ancient patterns. “You come to us, to our new sacred place and we will heal you.” The journey will lead you into spiritual darkness and enslavement. When you arrive where the false Christ is you will be amazed at what you see. You will experience fear and some form of psychological brutality in order to receive your healing. You will need to sacrifice, presenting your body and soul to this false messiah. After you are healed, you will belong to the darkness. You will be its disciple and witness, calling others to the same experience. Only those who truly belong to Jesus, the Messiah, and are filled with His Spirit, will be able to stand against this evil power. And they will pay a terrible price for doing so. But Heaven and the eternal Kingdom of God will belong to them forever.
Which leads to the most important question? Do you truly belong to Jesus Christ, God’s only Son? Is He your Savior and Lord or are you worshiping false gods?
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In 1528 a small collection of Spanish galleons arrived off the Gulf coast of Florida. On those ships were 300 men. They were professional soldiers, conquistadores. Second in command was Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. His surname name means Head of the Cow. It’s not a name that I would want, but to him, it was an honor. The King of Spain had conferred it on one of his ancestors for bravery in battle. The goal of this military force in this strange, unknown world was to establish a Christian colony that would provide riches for the monarchs of Spain. In the process for the soldiers, it would be fine if they got rich themselves. These were hard men, seasoned war veterans, expecting danger and difficulty. Well, they found it.
The ships landed in what is now Tampa Bay. They got there purely by accident. The men with them who were supposed to be skilled pilots had no idea where they were going. Like many military leaders, the man in charge of this expedition was utterly incompetent, in fact, stupid in the extreme. Military stupidity gets people killed. I could tell you a lot about that from personal experience. This leader decided that most of the force should go on foot up the coast. The ships would meet them on the Florida panhandle. Exactly where that was they had no idea, but that was the plan. So the soldiers disembarked and the ships sailed away never to be seen again.
In that day there were no retirement communities or miles of fast food joints on the Florida gulf coast, just swamps, rivers, bogs, mosquitoes, disease, and very unfriendly tribes. The men slogged their way through it with no maps. Their guides didn’t know where they were going. The miserable journey took months and along the way, many of them died. When they reached the panhandle they were deep inland, starving and under constant attack by angry locals. Finally, they made it back to the gulf coast, where more of them died. They knew they had to escape this hellish land and it was clear that the ships weren’t coming. Their only hope was to get to New Spain on their own, that’s what they called Mexico. It’s a long way from the Florida panhandle to Mexico.
One of the men on this expedition was a carpenter. Under his direction, they cut down trees and built barge rafts. This took several months. During this time, they were constantly starving, bitten by millions of mosquitoes and fighting off tribal attacks. They ate the few horses they had left. The horses were in such bad shape they were of no use for anything but food. Finally, after months of preparation, they shoved off into the gulf. Of course, they had little food and almost no drinkable water. They tried to store water in horse hides, but the hides rotted. The horrible trip across the gulf took months. There were storms and the barges got separated. Ultimately every single man on the expedition died except four. Cabeza de Vaca’s barge finally came to shore probably on what is now Galveston Island in Texas. The men were in terrible shape, starving and exhausted.
You think things were bad up to that point? Well, then they got really bad.
Galveston Island wasn’t where they wanted to be. They weren’t in New Spain yet and they knew it. They needed to get back out into the Gulf. But their barge got stuck in the sand. They had to push it off, so to keep their clothes dry they stripped naked. With their clothes and weapons on the barge, they jumped into the water. When they started to push it off the sand, suddenly a giant wave came and swept it out to sea. They were left standing in the ocean stark naked. Watching them on the shore was a large and very unfriendly Indian tribe. These people were totally naked and starving too, but they had weapons. So the great conquistadores arrived in Texas. No clothes. No weapons. No way to defend themselves. The tribe took them prisoner and the conquerors became slaves.
Over several years that followed, all the things the Spanish were doing to the people of the New World were done to them. They were beaten, starved and forced to do hard labor. They slept naked without shelter in the cold and heat. Here is a strange reality. All of these men were Roman Catholic Christians. One of the goals of the Spanish conquest of the New World was to plant Christianity among the natives. This was done with brutality, raping, pillaging and forcing people to be baptized, which is the exact opposite of the way Jesus wanted it done. It was the way Satan wanted it done. Well, Cabeza de Vaca and his friends couldn’t do it in the typical Spanish manner. They didn’t know it, but in their suffering, they were becoming like Jesus Christ Himself, who long ago was beaten and hung naked on a cross.
The slavery of these men went on for several years. For years they lived naked, starved, brutalized, and constantly afraid that the tribes were going to murder them. When things couldn’t get any worse they did. Years ago I told a friend, it’s always darkest before it turns totally black. The tribe was stricken with disease. People were dying. The leaders came to them and said, “You are from far away. You know things. You heal us. And do it now or we will kill you.” How would you feel? I’m sure their response was, “This is insane. We’re powerless, naked with nothing, and we’re soldiers, not doctors. But if we don’t do something, we’re dead.” In their desperation, there was one thing they could do. They could pray. So they did that. They prayed. They laid hands on the sick, made the sign of the cross and breathed on them in Jesus’ Name. Doesn’t that sound foolish? What a waste of time.
Now we come to the truly strange part of the story.
All of the people they prayed for were healed. Needless to say, the word got out. Poor sick people began to flock to them from all over. They prayed. They kept on praying. And the sick kept on being healed. I don’t have to tell you that their status among the tribes changed radically. They weren’t slaves anymore. They were honored. But they were still half-starving and naked just like everybody else. And they longed for home. The only way to get home was to get to New Spain. But not by water. They had had enough of that. It would have to be overland. How far was it? They had no idea. They didn’t know that they would have to walk across all of Texas and New Mexico and down through Arizona.
So Cabeza de Vaca and his friends began one of the most amazing journeys of history. Totally naked, with no maps, no weapons, no guides, and almost no food or water, they started wandering through this new world. Wandering? No. I think they were being guided by an unseen hand. Do you know what those men did? They healed their way across the Southwest – the first Europeans ever to be there were healers. Often thousands of tribal people followed them. Runners would stream ahead. They would enter villages and the sick were waiting for them. The stripped conquerors from Spain had become the Healers from Heaven. In the process, they carried the message of Jesus Christ and His love, to people who had never heard His Name. In one tribe they asked the leaders who they worshipped. They replied that they worshipped a man in Heaven, but they didn’t know who he was. Cabeza de Vaca and his friends told them.
Their journey through the southwest was horrific. Many times they went for days without food or water. People from one tribe would lead them to the next, suffering deprivation with them along the way. They were loved and because they had the power to heal, they were feared. Cabeza de Vaca and his friends never took advantage of that power. When they were given gifts, they gave them away to people in need. Finally, they made it into Northern Mexico. There they met the Spaniards, their countrymen, who were burning, pillaging and enslaving the tribes. Cabeza de Vaca tried to stop them. He tried to make them treat the native people with kindness. His own people hated him for it.
Only a few of the Spaniards listened to him and changed their ways. Most did not. Even worse, these evil men did their best to get the tribes who were loyal to Cabeza de Vaca to turn against him by telling them that he was just like they were. The reply they got from the tribal leaders was amazing. They said to the Spaniards, “You came to us with horses and weapons. You attacked us taking what we have and making us your slaves. These men came naked, with nothing, just like us and they healed our sick. They gave back everything that was given to them. No, they are not the same as you.”
Cabeza de Vaca went back to Spain and wrote a military report for the king.
What was the heart of that message? “Please your majesty, treat the tribes with kindness. They are so poor. They have nothing. They’re in so much need. They are ready to hear about the Love of God. Kindness is the only way to victory.” In this, Cabeza de Vaca failed. But he and his friends, rough soldiers who had suffered so much, had planted the message of Jesus like seeds in a wilderness. And God had been with them, the God who heals.
How do we know about this story? We have the report that Cabeza de Vaca wrote to the king. It has been translated, published and is available to you to read. You can buy it on Amazon. In that report, he gives detailed information about the land and the people. It is of tremendous historical importance because it is the first such report of a European who traveled through the southwest. Yet rarely do you hear it mentioned? Why? To tell that story truthfully, you must tell about the supernatural power of God. Many people including many historians today, don’t want to hear that.
In the days before His crucifixion, Jesus Christ made some very important predictions about what would happen before His return to earth. Those predictions are found in the New Testament book of Matthew chapter 24 and Luke chapter 21. One of His predictions was that the good news about Him, who He was and what He had come to do, would be told to all nations. He didn’t say to every single person. He said to all nations. It took a long time for that to happen, but in our day, that prophecy has been fulfilled. Cabeza de Vaca and his friends helped fulfill it when they landed in Texas and walked across the southwest, healing the sick and telling them about Jesus, how He had come to save people from their sins and give eternal life to all who believed in Him. Of course, living naked and healing people was not their original plan. God changed their plans because he wanted the message to go out. There were thousands of Spaniards, robbing and brutalizing the tribes. Those murderers and robbers claimed to be Christians. God wanted the world to see what real Christians look like.
But what are we to make of all this supernatural healing?
If you are a materialist you would say it was purely natural, what’s called the Placebo Effect. You would say these simple people were desperate. They wanted to believe the Spaniards could heal them, so their bodies responded to that intense belief and made them well. It had nothing to do with God and prayer at all. And there have been striking cases that would seem to support this hypothesis. Let me tell you one of the most famous of them. It took place in Long Beach, CA in the late 1950s and it is very well documented.
At that time there was a cancer patient who is called in the literature, Mr. Wright. This man was dying from advanced cancer in his lymph nodes. Tumors the size of oranges were all over his chest, neck, groin, and abdomen. His spleen and liver were massively swollen and the doctors reported that between 30 and 60 ounces of fluid had to be sucked out of his chest every other day just so he could breathe. This man was dying. It was obvious to everyone that he wouldn’t live much longer.
Then something happened. Mr. Wright got information that filled him with hope. His own cancer specialist was part of a team that was testing a new cancer drug called Krebiozen. Initial tests had been very promising. He pleaded with his doctor and convinced him to give him the drug. This specialist, named Dr. Philip West, thought, “What is there to lose? The man is going to be dead in weeks. Let’s let him have what he wants.” So on a Friday afternoon, he gave Mr. Wright an injection of Krebiozen. What happened was amazing.
On Monday morning, Dr. West came into the hospital and found his dying patient up and around, walking the corridors and joking with everyone. When West checked him, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. The huge tumors were dissolving away. Over the next ten days, Mr. Wright received more treatments of Krebiozen until almost all signs of cancer were gone. They discharged him and he went back to his normal life.
Well, a couple of months later something terrible happened. Mr. Wright read a newspaper account about Krebiozen. It reported the next stage of research. Krebiozen wasn’t proving effective in the treatment of cancer. Almost immediately, the tumors came back and Mr. Wright went back to see Dr. West. West was horrified by the almost instantaneous return of the cancer. So he decided to do something that was unethical. He decided to lie. First, he told Wright that the news reports were not correct. Krebiozen was effective in curing cancer. The reason the cancer had returned was because the batch they had used had been sitting around in a pharmacy and had lost most of its strength. But West assured his patient that the hospital had just received a new “super-refined, double-strength” batch. He suggested that they start a new regimen of injections. Needless to say, Mr. Wright agreed.
So they started the treatments. Mr. Wright received injections of distilled water that he thought was Krebiozen. The results were just as amazing as they had been with the actual drug. The tumors disappeared. A few days later, Mr. Wright left the hospital symptom free. Everything went well for several more months. Then there was another news report. This one from the American Medical Association. The final test results were in and they were conclusive. Krebiozen was worthless, totally ineffective in curing cancer. A few days after reading that report, a very distraught Mr. Wright was readmitted to the hospital. Two days later, he died of cancer.
What is going on with our brains?
This is far from the only example of what researchers call the Placebo Effect. Truly believing that something is going to happen makes it actually happen in our bodies, when there is no other operative agent than belief. But I want to suggest to you that we’ve named it wrong. It isn’t the Placebo Effect. It is the Faith Effect. For some reason, placed within us is a tremendous power called Faith. It can do amazing things in our lives, but it works in two ways. It can heal you, as it did Mr. Wright for a period of time, or it can kill you.
I want to suggest to you that God has placed the Faith Effect in us as part of His gift of free will. Now we can use free will, our free choices, for good or for bad, can’t we? The same is true for the Faith Effect. It can make us strong, or it can kill us. It can guide us toward life or toward destruction. And you are using the Faith Effect one way or the other every single day you live.
Think for a minute, what if Cabeza de Vaca and his friends had not had enough faith to pray for those suffering and dying people? They didn’t know what was going to happen the first time they did it. But they had enough faith to try. What if they had said, “Hey, sorry, we’re not doctors. We can’t help you.” No one would have been healed. They would not have been freed from their slavery. Very likely, they would have died hopelessly where they were. We wouldn’t have the record of their amazing journey. Most of all, thousands of people would never have heard about Jesus.
We don’t know how many people were healed by the prayers of Cabeza de Vaca and his friends. Certainly, it was many hundreds. It could have been thousands. He wasn’t concerned with such numbers in his report. But in an official report to the king, he was concerned about truthfulness. Reporting these healings didn’t get him any extra favor. There is no record that he did any healing when he was back in Spain.
One other thing. The Placebo Effect might account for a small percentage of those healings. In blind studies, percentages of placebo cures are not large. There is no way that the Placebo Effect could account for all of the healings that took place. It wasn’t the Placebo Effect, it was the Faith Effect. It was the faith of Cabeza de Vaca and his friends that made the difference. Your faith is essential in accomplishing what God wants to do in your life and in the world. How do we know that God insists on human faith being present for Him to work? The Bible says so. Look at these mysterious words in Mark 6:1-6. It’s about Jesus.
“Then He went out from there and came to His own country, and His disciples followed Him. And when the Sabbath had come, He began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, “Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.” Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief.
A question: Did Jesus suddenly lose his power because people didn’t believe in Him? Not at all. Why didn’t He use His power? Jesus did only what His Father wanted Him to do, what He saw His Father doing. He says in John 5:19, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” Because there was no faith in His Son, right there in Jesus’ home town, God the Father in Heaven refused to work in that place.
What is unbelief? Unbelief is a form of faith.
When you don’t believe one thing, it’s because you are believing something else. You may have convinced yourself that there is a body of evidence to support your belief, but the truth is almost all of that evidence was acquired second or third hand from what you consider to be reliable sources. That is faith. God insists on working hand-in-hand with our faith. But when we don’t want His involvement, there is another supernatural power waiting to work. It uses our faith as well. There are false teachers who will tell you that faith is like a bucket. If you don’t have enough faith in your bucket, God won’t work. So if you needed healing and it didn’t come, you just didn’t have enough faith. But Jesus said in Luke 17:6, all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed.
I don’t believe in professional faith healers. Anybody who announces that he or she has the gift of healing and wants crowds to come, well, automatically, I question who they really are. I have no respect or belief in the big “dog and pony show” faith healers, the ones who fly in private jets and perform on TV. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. However, I didn’t always feel this way.
Back about 1970 my wife, Carel, and I were living in the Chicago area. In our church was a man who was very ill with a degenerative disease. Medicine was not helping him and he was in need of a miracle. At the time, there was a major woman faith healer operating in the country. Our friend learned that she was going to be at Notre Dame University having one of her meetings and he wanted to go. I had an open mind about all of it. Anything we could do that might help him, we wanted to do. So a small group of us took him to Notre Dame.
I had never been to such a meeting before. It was held in the enclosed stadium at the university. When we got there, thousands of people were pouring in and many of them looked very unwell. On our way in, we met two elderly parents. With them was their beautiful daughter, a woman in her early 30’s, and she was in a wheelchair. They were spending their life savings following this faith healer across the country, from one city to the next, desperately hoping that their daughter would be healed. I felt tremendous compassion for them. But spending your life savings this way? What dark responsibility would fall on that faith healer to influence people to do such a thing?
We found our seats and the stadium went dark. A large choir began to sing that great old hymn, “How Great Thou Art.” Suddenly, a single spotlight flashed on illuminating a woman dressed all in white. Her arms were raised and she was twirling, dancing down one of the aisles. For all the world, it sounded like the choir was singing to her. I had come with an open mind, but, quickly, it began closing. There was no way around it, I understood production values and the power of spectacle. This was the glorification of a woman through music and technology. Then the show got underway. A major element of it was this healer proving that she had spiritual power. This she did by what is called slaying people in the spirit. Groups were brought onto the platform. One by one, she would touch them and they would fall into the waiting arms of catchers, knocked out cold with a Holy Spirit punch.
There is a dangerous psychological vulnerability when humans are in large crowds.
A crowd mentality takes control and under the right circumstances, a skilled speaker with a powerful personality can get them to believe and do almost anything. All of the people who came forward to stand on that woman’s platform knew what was expected of them. She was going to knock them over with a touch of her hand. When everybody else is falling over in front of thousands of people, you’re going to do it too. And this was a crowd desperate to believe that she had real power.
To be honest, as the show progressed it was sickening and I grew furious. I had no faith at all in the healings that supposedly took place. And there weren’t any healings among the wheelchair folk who were gathered in a large group at the far side of the platform. Nowhere in the Bible do you find slaying in the spirit. Jesus didn’t do it. Neither did any of His apostles. When you see anyone slaying people in the spirit that is living proof that you are seeing a spiritual wolf, a charlatan, a false teacher. Any teacher or leader, healer or not, whose work focuses the glory on himself or herself and not on Jesus Christ is a servant of darkness.
I’m telling you this for a reason. Jesus predicted that in the days of the end just before His return, there would be many false teachers and false Christs. There would be people doing fake miracles. And they are everywhere right now. Needless to say, at the end of that woman’s dog and pony healing show at Notre Dame, my friend had not been healed. But I had received an important education. Do people get healed in meetings like this? Yes, some do. But that’s not because of the charlatan at the front collecting the big offering. It’s strictly because of God’s mercy and grace and His love for suffering people.
After saying all of that, I’m going to tell you about something that happened to me personally a few years ago that was very strange.
When it comes to the miraculous and the supernatural, I look at things from a somewhat skeptical frame of mind. Not disbelieving or believing until there are enough facts. I believe that God does heal people miraculously. It does happen. But it’s always been a rather theoretical belief for me. I pray for people who are sick and I am so glad when they are made well. God does miracles through medical science. As far as direct healing from prayer and the laying on of hands, I’ve always believed it is possible. Certainly, it’s taught in the New Testament. Jesus did it. His Apostles did it. And it’s happened since. It happened with Cabeza de Vaca. But once again my belief was theoretical not based on any personal experience. I had never seen it happen until one night in a private home.
When Carel and I moved to the mountains of California we began attending a local church. There we met some wonderful people. They invited us to be part of a little fellowship group that met each month. About twelve or fifteen people were in the group. We’d meet, share a meal, have a short Bible study and a few minutes of prayer together. The leader of this group was a retired pastor named Earl Kuester. He was a widower. For many years he had pastored an American Baptist church in southern CA. But when we met him, he had been retired from that position for quite a while. Upon retirement, he and several members of his church had all moved up to the mountains at the same time. Those people were in this little fellowship group.
As we got to know them all, we began to hear a strange story. In the late ‘50s and early 1960s, Earl was pastoring this church, when his wife came down with cancer. They had five small children so you can imagine the agony this brought not only to their family but to the entire congregation. Everyone was praying and back then medicine couldn’t do very much. Earl really didn’t know anything about miraculous healing. It wasn’t a subject taught at the seminary he had attended. In his desperation, he began to do serious research. He read, he prayed, he took courses at a local Christian graduate school. He began to believe that God was giving him the gift of healing. With real faith, over and over, he prayed for his wife. Well, she wasn’t healed. About 1962, she died.
Even though he had experienced such great sorrow and lack of success, Earl continued to believe that God had given him the gift of healing, the ability to pray for people, lay hands on them and see them made well. At his little church, they began having Sunday evening healing services. It was never a huge event. They didn’t start a TV show. A few people would come and there would be prayer. The people in our fellowship group who had been there said that real healings took place. But it wasn’t anything like you see with the big faith healers.
Here is how Earl told me it worked. On Sunday afternoon, he would spend time in prayer for the evening service. While he was in prayer, very frequently he would get a pain in some part of his body. He felt that God was telling him that someone in the service had a problem in that area. So during the service, he would stand up and ask, “Is anyone having a problem here?” and point to that place on his body. Apparently, many times it proved to be true, a person would come forward for prayer and would be healed.
Now all of this had happened many years in the past. By this time, we had been in his fellowship group for several years and nothing like this had happened there. My attitude was, I don’t need to make a determination about all of that. He is such a good man, so humble and giving, whatever happened back then, or what he thought happened, that’s fine. It doesn’t relate to now. So when he talked about it, I would just smile, nod and say, “Wonderful”. Then one fellowship group evening, something happened.
After dinner Earl said, “The Lord told me this afternoon that somebody here is having trouble with their foot.” He pointed to a specific place on his foot. “If there’s somebody like that let us know so we can pray for you and you can get your healing.” I looked around. Nobody responded. Suddenly, I got a very strange feeling. About 30 years before, something had happened to me. My wife and I and our little children were living in the Chicago area. I was finishing my undergraduate degree and working full time. One holiday we took our kids to Starved Rock State Park. We had a great time. There was a kids’ play area with a little merry-go-round, the kind an adult has to spin while the kids ride on it. I was spinning it with my little boys riding when suddenly, I stepped on a root that was sticking out of the ground. I felt terrible pain. I thought I had sprained my ankle. Actually, I had broken a bone in my foot, but I didn’t know it.
We didn’t have any money and no health insurance, so in spite of the pain, I didn’t get it checked out. I just wrapped it tightly with an ace bandage and hobbled on it. It hurt for months, but finally it got better. However, my foot was never the same. It didn’t bother me unless I walked for some distance on rough ground. Then it would really hurt. Thankfully, I’m a writer. I work in offices so I didn’t have to do a lot of walking. I would go for weeks without any pain at all. But eventually, it would come back, and I did have to be careful about the kind of shoes I wore. That night Earl Kuester pointed to his foot in the exact place where I had experienced pain for 30 years even though I wasn’t experiencing it at that moment.
My first thought was, okay this is crazy. Could he be talking about me? What am I going to do about this? No one else stepped forward, so rather sheepishly I said I’d had trouble there. I was a little embarrassed as he prayed for me in Jesus’ Name with his hand on my foot. How much faith did I have? Not a bit more than a mustard seed. I had acknowledged the problem and accepted the prayer, that’s all. But almost my first thoughts afterward were, “What am I gonna do when this doesn’t work and I still have the pain? I’ll just be very quiet and hope he doesn’t ask about it. He thinks he’s got the gift of healing and I don’t want to hurt his feelings.” So much for my faith.
Well, that was fifteen years ago. The pain has never returned. Something happened and I guarantee it wasn’t caused by the Placebo Effect. Nothing like that ever happened again in that fellowship group. The odd thing? One of our friends in the group had been having serious problems with his feet for years. Over and over we had prayed for him. But the healing came to me. I would have been happy for him to get it instead. Earl Kuester and several other members of that little fellowship group are in Heaven now.
We rely on modern medicine and we should. I view it as one of God’s gifts to us. But in the dark time ahead that Jesus predicted is coming we may very well get to the point where modern medicine is no longer available or doesn’t work. So forget the big dog and pony show faith healers. When God chooses to give that gift, it will come because He wants to bring glory to His Son Jesus and it will come to humble people like Earl Kuester. And it isn’t going to be something they can control and use whenever they want. It will come in specific cases when God chooses to give it. It didn’t come when Earl prayed so desperately for his wife.
How much faith will you need?
Not the kind those wolves, the prosperity teachers, blather about. At one point Jesus stood in front of a man with a withered hand. He was having one of his regular confrontations with the Pharisees about healing people on the Sabbath. He told the man to stretch out his withered hand. As he stretched it out, it was healed. Jesus could have healed his hand while it dangled beside him, but He demanded that the man take the tiny step of obedience and faith and reach toward Him. If he had refused to do that, I’m sure he wouldn’t have been healed. If I had remained silent that evening, my foot would still be in pain.
But there is a much deeper step of faith. And those who follow Jesus are called to it. It is the willingness to say to God, “Your will be done even if it is not what I am praying for so desperately right now.” Earl Kuester came to that place with his wife. After her death, he went forward seeing other people healed, but not the one he loved most in this world.
What should we look for to prove that any supernatural manifestation is really from God? The first evidence of real spiritual power that comes from Heaven is a deep love for Jesus Christ and a desire to bring glory to His Name. If that is not present, no matter what supernatural power is being displayed it will be false. The second evidence is humility. I don’t mean the chest-beating public kind. I mean the kind that has humbled itself beneath the Mighty Hand of God. Usually, that kind of humility is the result of suffering. The third evidence is compassion that comes from a broken heart, a heart that knows the true meaning of repentance and the forgiveness of Jesus Christ. If these are not present, no matter what the miracle might be, even if you see a person raised from the dead, do not follow the one who has done it.
Let me conclude with another story. It is a strange case that happened in 1982 in Pakistan.
It was originally examined and reported by Dr. Rex Gardner who was a researcher and physician at Sunderland District General Hospital in England and it is recounted in Michael Talbot’s book, The Holographic Universe.
In 1982, in Pakistan, an English physician was working. Her name was Ruth Coggin. One day, as she was treating patients, a woman named Kamro came for help. She was 35 years old and eight months pregnant. For most of her pregnancy, she had been experiencing bleeding and frequent pain in her abdomen. It was clear to Dr. Coggin that something was very wrong. She told Kamro to go to a hospital right away. Well, the woman didn’t want to do it. But a couple of days later, she had no choice. The bleeding had greatly intensified. Coggin examined her again. She had lost a huge amount of blood and her feet and abdomen were dangerously swollen. The next day in the hospital there was an episode of bleeding that was even worse. There was no choice but to remove the baby immediately by Caesarian section.
When Kamro’s uterus was opened a large amount of dark blood flooded out and continued flowing. It was clear to Dr. Coggin that the woman’s body had no clotting ability. After the baby was delivered there were deep pools of blood filling the bed and the incision was still flowing. The situation was desperate. If something wasn’t done immediately, Kamro would die. Coggin managed to find two pints of blood for a transfusion, but it wasn’t nearly enough to replace the huge amount that had been lost. With that, all options were exhausted. Well, all but one. Prayer.
Here is what Dr. Coggin wrote in her journal. “We prayed with the patient after explaining to her about Jesus in whose Name we had prayed for her before the operation and who was a great healer. I also told her that we were not going to worry. I had seen Jesus heal this condition before and was sure He was going to heal her.”
After praying, there was nothing to do but wait. Kamro kept on bleeding but very strangely, her general condition didn’t get any worse. It stabilized. Dr. Coggin reported that she visited the patient that evening and prayed for her again. The bleeding continued just as heavy as before, but the woman didn’t seem affected by it. 48 hours after the surgery, the blood started clotting and she began a full recovery. Ten days later, Kamro and her baby girl went home. Dr. Coggin reported that, though she had no way of measuring how much blood had been lost during the surgery and afterward, she was certain that it was more than Kamro had in her whole body.
So if you don’t believe in Jesus and His ability to heal, this presents a serious problem for you. Humans can’t produce blood fast enough to replace such a catastrophic loss. If we could, nobody would ever bleed to death. So where did Kamro’s new blood come from with such incredible speed? The doctors who examined the case had only one answer. Her new blood came out of thin air.
We’ve been talking about “aliens”, why don’t we hear from them directly?
A number of years ago I came across a book entitled, “Bringers of the Dawn – Teachings from the Pleiadians.” These are “entities” who claim to be from the Pleiades. They chose to channel their wisdom through a woman named Barbara Marciniak. The jacket tells us that this book is the result of “over 400 hours of channeling by these enlightened creatures who have come to earth to help us discover how to reach a new stage of evolution.” So let’s enjoy a few morsels from the Pleiadians which are addressed to members of what they call their Family of Light. Here’s what they have to say on some vital subjects. This is the “wisdom” of the hive.
On the existence of God: “God with a big G has never visited this planet as an entity. God with a big G is in all things. You have only dealt with gods with a little g who have wanted to be adored and to confuse you…”
About authority: “We have said to you that your lesson is authority – to become your own authority and to stop giving over your decision-making process to governmental people or parents or teachers or gods. It is time for people of earth to become sovereign.”
About evil: “The 3-D world is headed for a collision of dimensions – not a collision of worlds, a collision of dimensions. Many dimensions are going to come crashing into each other. Some of these dimensions may seem horrifying and very frightening. The test, the initiation – and initiation always means to move through another reality to conquer it and transmute it – is to be faced with these energies and entities that seemingly are of incredible darkness and to understand that they are coming to merge with you because they are you. They are part of your multidimensional self and you are the standard-bearer, and you are light. Dark will come to light…We define light as the promoting, dispensing and sharing of information. Dark is the controlling and withholding of information. The battle between light and dark doesn’t really serve you. It is part of the separation story that keeps you confused. In actuality, they are simply aspects of individual souls taking different guises in conflict with themselves. You are battling yourself. The battle of light and dark and good and evil is only between portions of yourself.”
About Jesus Christ: An example of a holographic insert that was put on the planet in the past to change the course of history is the crucifixion of Christ. The drama that was played out and passed historically to you is not the reality that the Christed One came in to play. A version of this entity’s life was molded and designed in a holographic entertainment movie, which was then inserted and played out as if it were real. Christ came in as a committee of beings over a period of time.”
About death: “One of the most important ultimate realities upon this planet for you as a species to understand and one of the greatest challenges you have been faced with, is what it means to die. We can convince you of many things, but it is difficult for us to convince you that you do not have to die. In this time, you do not have to physically leave your body behind here upon this planet. Can you conceive of the idea that you will simply change the vibrational rate of your physical being and take your body with you because you will rearrange the molecular structure?”
About spiritual transformation (I love this one.): “Another activity we recommend for those of you who wish to move into a vast acceleration of energy is spinning. Move from left to right, spinning around and focusing your vision on your thumb, counting and spinning. We recommend that you spin 33 times at least once a day. You may build up to the 33 spins very slowly. If you are able to work up to 33 spins three times a day, so that you are spinning 99 times, well, we will see how long you stay on the planet – or at least in this dimension.”
In the middle of such a wealth of “Alien” lies and idiocy, suddenly you come upon this interesting statement: “If human beings do not change – if they do not make the shift in values and realize that without Earth they could not be here – then Earth, in its love for its own initiation and its reaching for a higher frequency, will bring about a cleansing that will balance it once again. There is the potential for many people to leave the planet in an afternoon. The people who leave the planet during the time of Earth changes do not fit here any longer, and they are stopping the harmony of Earth. When the time comes that perhaps 20 million people leave the planet at one time, there will be a tremendous shift in consciousness for those who are remaining. When a large group passes over together, they create an impact upon the consciousness of those who remain.”
What in the world is being said here? In Matthew chapter 24 Jesus told His followers that they should be ready because “…the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Coming to do what? In the Apostle Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians, chapter four he says this: “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who sleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
The Powers of Darkness are preparing their slaves for that moment by establishing a lying cover story.
It is a tragedy that they believe more in the soon return of Jesus Christ and the removal of His people from the Earth in a single great moment than most Christians do. Millions of American Christians have decided that the United States is the Heavenly Kingdom. Jesus may come someday, but that’s probably far off in the future and of no concern right now. What a terrible condemnation! In the Gospel of Luke chapter 18 Jesus asked a haunting question, “…when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?”
So is all of this just a monstrous fantasy concocted in Coleman’s Hollywood story brain? I have embellished the story with a modern set of trappings, projecting what I see as very possible. But all of this is based on my understanding of Biblical prophecy and, most of all, my belief that Jesus Christ is who the Bible says He is, the awaited Messiah of the Jews and the Savior of the World who is the King of Kings.
There’s one more trip we need to make and it’s back into the book of Daniel to one of the strangest and most important prophecies in the entire Bible. It’s found in chapter nine. Daniel begins this way:
“Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:
“Seventy weeks are determined
For your people and for your holy city,
To finish the transgression,
To make an end of sins,
To make reconciliation for iniquity,
To bring in everlasting righteousness,
To seal up vision and prophecy,
And to anoint the Most Holy.
“Know therefore and understand,
That from the going forth of the command
To restore and build Jerusalem
Until Messiah the Prince,
There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks;
The street shall be built again, and the wall,
Even in troublesome times.
“And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
And the people of the prince who is to come
Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood,
And till the end of the war desolations are determined.
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;
But in the middle of the week
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate,
Even until the consummation, which is determined,
Is poured out on the desolate.”
Disturbing words. What do they mean?
In 1894 an unusual man lived and worked in England.
His name was Sir Robert Anderson and he was a lead investigator with Scotland Yard. Anderson was knighted for his proficiency in criminal investigation and many people believe that he was the basis for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character, Sherlock Holmes. But there was one major difference between Sir Robert and Sherlock. Sir Robert was a devout believer in Jesus.
At a certain point, he made an important decision. He decided to focus his considerable investigative and research skills on understanding and testing the prophecy in Daniel chapter nine that you just read. Imagine Sherlock Holmes doing Bible research. Out of his extensive study came a very important book entitled, The Coming Prince. It is available on Amazon. I recommend it highly, but I have to warn you that it is not an “easy read”. Sir Robert was not a writer of popular books. He was concerned with information and truth. His book is filled with historical facts and calculations. Precision and accuracy were his greatest concerns, not modern “readability”. I imagine that Sherlock Holmes would have written in the same way. I’m going to try to give you a very shorthand version of what Sir Robert discovered.
The first thing to understand is that this prophecy purports to cover the entire span of future history for the Jewish people. It presents a timetable that begins on a specific date. Gabriel tells Daniel that the span is “70 weeks”. At the end of that period, everlasting righteousness would be established on Earth, which means that the last Kingdom predicted in Daniel 2 would arrive, destroying all others and going on forever.
These are not weeks of days.
If it had been days that would calculate to only a year and a third. These are weeks of years. This form of calculation is used elsewhere in the Old Testament. Each week stands for 7 years, so the total of the 70 weeks of years is 490 years. But the 70 is divided into three periods. The first is a period of seven weeks or 49 years, the second 62 weeks or 434 years and the last is a single week of seven years. The first two periods together add up to 69 weeks or 483 years. Scholars, including Sir Robert, have been unsure why the first two periods are separated, but it is clear that there is a significant separation between the first two and the last week of seven years. Something incredibly significant happens at the end of the 69th week. The prophecy states that at the end of the 69th week the long-awaited Messiah of the Jews would appear.
Daniel is an old man in this chapter. He was taken as a captive from Judah to Babylon when he was a teenager. The city of Jerusalem and its Temple had been destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar decades before. Daniel was a serious student of the Scripture. He knew from prophecies in Jeremiah that the captivity of the Jewish people in Babylon would last 70 years. When it was over, the city would be rebuilt. At this point in Daniel’s life, he calculated that the 70 years were almost completed. That’s why he was deep in prayer. How would God bring His people home? He knew that repentance for their national sins was vital and that’s what he was doing. His prayer was interrupted by the coming of Gabriel.
So the “clock” of the 70 weeks would begin ticking on a specific date.
It would start when an official order to restore and rebuild the city of Jerusalem was given. Sir Robert Anderson went back into Old Testament history, into the books of Ezra and Nehemiah and discovered that there were four commands given that related to rebuilding and restoring. But three of those commands were specifically about rebuilding the Temple. Only the last one commanded the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the city. We know the date of that decree. It was in 445 BC and it was given by King Artaxerxes to his cupbearer, Nehemiah, who was charged with rebuilding Jerusalem and its fortifications. Years before this decree, King Cyrus had released the Jewish people from captivity and many had gone back to the ruined city where they struggled to rebuild their Temple. But that is as far as they had gotten. The rebuilding of Jerusalem began when Nehemiah came with his decree. So the clock of the 70 weeks starts in 445 BC.
The calendar year of the Jewish people was 360 days. Using the 360 day year and multiplying by the 69 weeks or 483 years you get 173,880 days. According to what Daniel was told, at the end of that many days, the Messiah would appear. So what happened when those days were up?
To answer that question, we need to take a look at Jesus Christ. Jesus’ ministry of preaching and healing began in Israel in the fall of 28 AD. We know this because the New Testament book of Luke in chapter three tells us it began in the 15th year of Emperor Tiberius who was appointed in 14 AD. So to reach the fifteenth year of Tiberius’ reign you add 14 to that. The 15th year wasn’t over yet. Since it hadn’t gone by only fourteen years were complete.
Jesus never allowed Himself to be proclaimed King until a specific day. It is the day called The Triumphal Entry when He rode into Jerusalem and the crowds proclaimed Him King. Sir Robert Anderson did exacting calculations, including all variables. You can read his process in his book. The end result of his long research? Jesus entered Jerusalem and was proclaimed King by the crowds 173,880 days after the decree of Artaxerxes. If you think this is impossible I challenge you to read The Coming Prince. See for yourself the exhaustive research and precise reasoning behind every calculation. Examine the tables of data. If you do this you will understand clearly how the author came to his stunning conclusion.
But the prophecy continues. Mysteriously it states that the Messiah shall be “cut off”, but “not for himself”. The Hebrew word used here is “karat” and it means executed. A few days after His entry into Jerusalem, Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified, cut off from the land of the living. But not for himself. He died to save you and me from our sins and make it possible for us to enter God’s Kingdom of Heaven.
One of the saddest and most frightening statements in the entire Bible are Jesus’ words in Luke 19. They were spoken just before He entered Jerusalem on that fateful day.
“Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
Jesus knew what would happen when He entered Jerusalem. The leaders who would murder him were “Bible scholars”. They knew Daniel’s prophecy but refused its truth and they were held accountable for what they should have known about Jesus. What follows in the prophecy is a strange sequence. Sometime after the Messiah is cut off, a “prince” is going to come who will destroy Jerusalem and the Temple again. 38 years after Jesus spoke those words over Jerusalem, in 70 AD judgement fell. The Roman general Titus Vespasian utterly destroyed the city and the Temple. Titus was a “prince” because his father, Vespasian, had been proclaimed Emperor. During the long siege of Jerusalem, Jewish historian Josephus states that 1.1 million people died. Blood ran in rivers in the streets.
But then there is an odd transition in Daniel’s prophecy. The end shall be with a flood and until the end, there will be desolations. “He” shall confirm a covenant with many for a “week” or seven years. In the middle of the seven years, this “Prince” will bring an end to sacrifice and offering. But how could this be possible? The Temple and the city have been destroyed. Yet during this seven-year period sacrifices and offerings are taking place in a Jerusalem Temple. Clearly, at some point, the Temple is rebuilt.
A time jump has taken place.
The “prince” who destroys the city is not the same one who will make a covenant with many for seven years. Titus Vespasian never made such a covenant. This prophecy is for the Jewish people, so the “many” who make a covenant with the new Prince are Jews. However, in the middle of the seven-year covenant, he will break the agreement and do abominable things that will bring desolation.
The sad history of the Jewish people over the past 1900 years has been clearly documented. Over all that time, a war against them has been executed. Across the world, they have been hated, hunted and slaughtered. This war has ebbed and flowed, growing more hellish at certain times and in certain places, but it has never stopped. The time clock of Daniel’s prophecy stopped at the end of the 69th week when their Messiah entered Jerusalem, was rejected and crucified. The last week of the prophecy, the last seven years has yet to begin. An evil “Prince” with vast power is coming to rule. He is the one I have called the Hybrid Dictator and the Serpent King. The New Testament calls him the “Anti-Christ”. The last seven years of the Daniel prophecy are called The Great Tribulation because of all the horror that is going to come upon the world.
And the Jewish people are going to be at the center of that suffering. But Yahweh is going to save them because He has never stopped loving them. In the process of that, they will discover who Yeshua (Jesus) really is to them. About that time, the Old Testament prophet Zechariah wrote these words: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zech. 12:10)
For a modern, abbreviated study of Daniel’s prophecy, I recommend Daniel’s 70 Weeks, by Dr. Chuck Missler. His study along with others have been very helpful to me. But all of them are based on Sir Robert Anderson’s seminal work. Needless to say, the entire Book of Daniel has been viciously attacked in an attempt to discredit its prophecy. People have claimed that it wasn’t really written by Daniel. Why? Because they don’t want to believe that anyone could be shown the future. So to them, obviously, it must have been written by others after the events occurred then attributed to Daniel. Most of all, they refuse to believe that Jesus is the Messiah and the Savior of the World. They will be held accountable for what they have been told but disbelieved.
We’ve been on quite a journey. Where does it leave us?
It leaves us facing death and life. Exactly when will the 70th week take place I don’t know, but as I have said I do not believe it is far off. As Jesus’ predicted, horrifying things will happen around the world leading up to it. They have already begun. The re-establishment of the Jewish nation in 1948 is a line of demarcation. Never in history has an ancient people come back to their homeland in this way. Their return was predicted long ago in the Old Testament. Time is running out. Certainly, it is running out for you and me in this world.
I want to leave you with three short passages from the New Testament:
John 3:16: For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
John 1:12: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
Romans 10:9-10: If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My friend, there is only one way to be ready for the days that are coming whether on the whole world or in your life. Eventually, every person who has ever lived will stand before Jesus, the King. At that moment, all that will matter is whether you belong to Him or not, whether you are part of His eternal family or not. There is only one way for you to enter the eternal Kingdom of God that is coming. Accept Jesus’ free gift of eternal life by confessing your sins and placing your faith in Him. I urge you to do that. If that is your desire, pray the following prayer and mean it:
Jesus, I believe you died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in Heaven for me. Lord Jesus, I hear you standing at the door of my heart and knocking. I now open the door and ask you to come into my life. Take control of my life. Forgive my sins and save me. I repent of my sins and now place my trust in You for my salvation. Lord Jesus, I accept your free gift of eternal life and I ask you to give me a new beginning today. And the new life which You give to me, I will give back to You to use in whatever way You see fit. Come into my life, Lord Jesus. Amen.
If you have prayed that prayer or if I can be of help in any other way contact me through email: email@example.com.
Thank you for reading.
Jesus, the True Messiah King is coming and Satan, the Serpent, will be destroyed.
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In my library, I have several volumes about what was once known as the Fairy Faith. These include an extremely rare two-volume set published in 1825 entitled Fairy Mythology. In the early 1800s belief in fairies was fading away except in isolated rural areas. The authors went to those areas and recorded the Fairy Faith of the old people.
We have no conception of how fairies were viewed in the past because Walt Disney rewrote the mythology making them into cute animated characters. In Celtic countries, for many generations, people were terrified of fairies. Not only were they considered real, they were viewed as powerful and dangerous. If they liked you your life would be blessed. If they didn’t they could make your life miserable or even kill you, so, like the gods of old, they had to be appeased with gifts and offerings. In particular, there was a great fear of fairy abduction.
Of course, today we would laugh at such ridiculous superstitions. But where did that fear come from? And what of people who reported meeting actual fairies and seeing fairy “lights” in the trees, or said they had been abducted? Should we say that it was all just natural phenomena that primitive folk interpreted as supernatural and the abductions were lies or hallucinations? The same kind of judgment is made today about those who experience UFO phenomena. They are told it’s swamp gas or the planet Venus or some other simplistic explanation and the abductions are the reports of liars or lunatics.
To us, fairies are only works of fiction such as we find in films like Peter Pan or The Lord of the Rings. In our bright electrical cities, we have lost touch with the World of the Night that our ancestors knew. But perhaps we should consider a few things. Because primitive people of the past led isolated lives that doesn’t mean they were fools. Just as with people today, they had terrifying experiences that they could not explain. Such experiences have been reported down through all of history. And many of them are strikingly similar.
One student of the phenomena, Boze Herrington, noted a number of similarities between fairy and alien experiences:
1. Both involve “Little People”: Those who saw fairies reported that they had “light changeable bodies” (The Secret Commonwealth of Fairies – Reverend Robert Kirk, 1692). Modern “alien” reports are filled with descriptions of small, mysterious beings.
2. Flying craft: Those who believed in the Fairy Faith described “burning chariots” that could take people away. In 1768 while on a trip, the poet Wolfgang von Goethe described seeing bright hovering lights in the sky that he described as a “pandemonium of will-o-wisps”. The same kind of hovering lights are reported around the world today and are labeled UFOs.
3. Inter-species breeding: In both modern and “olden” times, reports are filled with stories of forced sexual reproductive activity. In his 1692 book, Robert Kirk states, “Women are yet alive who tell they were taken away when in child-bed to nurse faerie children. When the child is wained (weaned) the nurse dies or is conveyed back.” Very similar reports come after “alien” abductions.
4. Missing time: Over and over modern experiencers report that during an encounter with “aliens”, they would think only a few minutes had passed but would discover it had been hours. The same kind of missing time was reported during fairy encounters. Whole days or much longer would pass without the experiencer being aware of it.
5. Long-term after-effects: While those who experienced fairies might receive positive gifts, many reported madness, warts, blindness, and serious skin problems. Physical problems are often reported from “alien” encounters. One of the earliest modern abduction victims, Barney Hill, reported that a near-perfect circle of warts appeared on his body after his encounter. Others report strange, foreign objects inserted under their skin.
6. Paralysis: The complete loss of physical control is a common phenomenon among those who encounter “aliens”. In times past, fairy experiencers reported the same kind of paralysis that they called “Fairy stroke”.
7. Faerie rings and saucer nests: Fairy legends tell of circles in woods and fields where the fairies danced. Modern UFO “landing sites” are much the same. In one UFO site shrubbery had been set on fire and sand fused together. In another, the earth had calcined and white mushrooms were growing.
8. Strange behavior. Both fairies and “aliens” have done odd, disorienting things to those who encounter them. Astrophysicist Jacque Vallee, who has researched the phenomena for decades and has written several books about it, believes that all the encounters throughout history to the present time are from the same source and are designed to shatter old belief systems in preparation for a projected “shift in human consciousness.” His seminal book, Passport to Magonia, catalogs a long history of such strange occurrences from ancient history to modern times.
Whether they appeared as the “gods” of ancient paganism, the ancestors, star beings, totem animals, Burmese evil spirits called Nats, fairies, demons, supernatural hags, monstrous creatures, aliens or in thousands of other forms, I propose that they have all been different manifestations of the same evil Powers of Darkness. In this great, invisible war we confront an enemy that can transform itself in a thousand ways gearing each one to a target culture. Also, I propose that these cultures have been prepared for such manifestations by the creation of stories planted for that purpose. This is true of our sophisticated culture as well.
The materialistic western society of the 20th and 21st centuries is one that has placed all of its faith in what is observable and replicable under laboratory conditions. But this has not been spiritually satisfying, so we search for the numinous. Since we no longer believe in the Creator God of the Bible, we search the stars for powerful, godlike beings. For centuries, we have been looking out at the universe, wondering what it might hold. In the first half of the twentieth-century science fiction began to appear with stories of aliens and alien worlds. So it is no surprise that our Enemy created manifestations geared to meet the manufactured expectations of our culture.
We would mock the idea of gods descending into ziggurats. But aliens descending in strange craft is perfectly believable because, after all, think of all the worlds that might be out there. To bolster this lying drama, all that’s needed would be to stage a few events such as the physical evidence at Rendlesham forest in England and the crash in Roswell, New Mexico.
We have been programmed to believe that the supernatural is ghostly, ethereal, non-tangible and non-material.
But that isn’t necessarily true. Astrophysicist, Jacque Vallee, does not believe that the UFO manifestations in our skies are from other planets. Based on the way they operate, he believes that they are interdimensional craft. They enter our dimension from one that we cannot see and vanish back into it as they choose.
And they are not our friends.
They are not here to help us or to save the planet. They are here for an entirely different reason. Their means of transportation I prefer to call “preternatural technology”. Preternatural meaning what is beyond or outside the natural. Our Enemy and all of his forces are themselves preternatural. Nothing about them is natural or normal in any sense. They can and do move between dimensions. What do they create in their own dimension? Almost anything they want because our laws of physics do not apply there. Using these manifestations, their first strategic objective is to establish their authority and control over us through fear. Almost every “close encounter” with these beings causes terror. As previously described, their victims lose control of their own bodies and minds.
All of this is consistent with the words of the Apostle Paul that I quoted in Part Two. We are wrestling (fighting against) a host of evil and wickedness in heavenly places. To Paul, that host was invisible but very real. In his Letter to the Ephesians chapter two Paul calls Satan the “Prince of the Power of the Air”. He and his Lords of Darkness operate in the atmosphere above us as well as on Earth. Paul calls Satan the “god of this world”. Beneath him and under his control are evil beings who can manifest in many ways. Let’s talk about another one of those ways.
The mythologies of the world are full of giants.
From ancient Greece to India and Japan, from native America to England and Ireland, and on and on, the descriptions of these frightening creatures are remarkably similar. They are described as violent and brutish. They rule over humans and consider humans their slaves. Often they are depicted as eating humans. In folklore, heroes must confront and defeat them to liberate people. In Greek mythology, the giant Titans warred against the Olympian gods. Wherever they appear, giants are destroyers full of bloodthirsty chaos. I believe that mythologies enshrine shadows of ancient memory. Myths are actual history woven into stories that are passed down from generation to generation changing forms but maintaining core truths. They are a form of “history” created before the concept of “recorded history” entered the human race. Very often, these stories are warnings.
In Genesis 6 we are told of giant, hybrid creatures called Nephilim that lived all over the world and had filled it with great evil. The Flood of Noah destroyed them all. However, let’s look at Genesis 6:4 again. Speaking about the time before the Flood, it says: “There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward…” What does that mean?
There is something unexpectedly strange about the story of giants in the Old Testament.
The patriarch Abraham and his family left Ur of the Chaldees. Directed by God, they traveled to Canaan, the Promised Land. There they lived as nomads among the Canaanite people. Abraham lived at peace with the local population even buying a plot of ground from one of them to bury his wife. During his life in Canaan, Abraham experienced a time of war and violence, but not once do we read that he confronted giants. Neither do we read about his son Isaac or his grandson Jacob confronting giants in that land.
Abraham’s descendants leave Canaan. The Children of Israel, spend 400 years in Egypt. After they escape from Pharaoh and his army, they travel back to the land of their forefathers. Reaching the edge of it, they send out spies who report about the current tactical situation. In the centuries while they were gone, everything had changed. Living in Canaan now are tribes of giants with names like the Rephaim, the Emim, the Horim, and Zamsummim. The kingdom called Bashan had a king named Og who was a giant. His domain was the “land of the giants.”Later we meet other giants named Arba, Anak, and his seven sons (the “Anakim”). Goliath, the giant whom David defeated, had four brothers.
So from the point of their entry into Canaan, for several hundred years, the Israelites were at war with giants. The gene pool of that land had been utterly corrupted just as before the Great Flood. And just as before the Flood, these creatures had brought the vilest evil. This was the reason that God instructed His people to wipe out certain tribes. It took a long time to destroy giants from the land. So here is the question. Where had they come from?
The implication in the Old Testament is clear. The evil program that polluted the world before the Flood had started again. The Lords of Darkness knew that the Children of Israel were coming back to Canaan under the guidance of God so they did everything possible to impede and destroy them. Why? Because they knew that from Israel would come their Greatest Enemy who would destroy them, the Messiah from Heaven.
But those were not the only giants that had re-entered the world to pollute it. Native American tribes are full of stories about wars with them. The Choctaw record war with a race of giants that inhabited Tennessee. The Comanche of the Great Plains spoke of a race of white giants that ruled the land until the Great Spirit destroyed them. The Navajo recall the same white giants that enslaved the tribes. The Paiutes have an oral history of red-haired white giants ten feet tall who were cannibals and lived in Nevada. Giants were reported by the Manta of Peru, in Patagonia, the name given by Magellan means land of the giants, and on and on.
On Easter Island, there are huge statues called moai. Researcher Robert M. Schoch Ph.D. writes about the first European voyage that discovered that island led by J. Roggeveen in 1722. C. F. Behrens, a man who accompanied him, wrote these words about the inhabitants that they confronted there:
“…with truth, I would say that those savages are all of more than gigantic size. The men are tall and broad in proportion, averaging more than 12 feet in height. Surprising as it may appear, the tallest men onboard our ship could pass between the legs of these children of Goliath without bending the head. The women cannot compare in stature with the men as they are commonly not above ten feet high.”
Almost 20 years ago, one research team found unusual information in Ohio. The author, Patricia Mason, wrote in June of 2000:
While doing research on the ancient Mound Builders of the Ohio Valley, Ross Hamilton and I came across some remarkable information. Here in Ohio almost every county history book from the 1800s has a section devoted to the Mound Builders. They usually give a general overview of the Mound Builders, then a description of the mounds in the county and what they found in the mounds that were opened. Here are a few examples typical of the many accounts we’ve collected that remark on the large size and unusual characteristics of some of the human remains:
Historical Collections of Ohio in Two Volumes, Noble County, Ohio:
In Seneca Township was opened, in 1872, one of the numerous Indian mounds that abound in the neighborhood. This particular one was locally known as the “Bates” mound. Upon being dug into it was found to contain a few broken pieces of earthenware, a lot of flint-heads and one or two stone implements and the remains of three skeletons, whose size would indicate they measured in life at least eight feet in height. The remarkable feature of these remains was they had double teeth in front as well as in back of the mouth and in both upper and lower jaws. Upon exposure to the atmosphere, the skeletons crumbled back to mother earth.
A History of Ashtabula County, Ohio, 1878 (in two separate entries):
In cultivating the soil in the vicinity implements have been found, and in excavating the ground for graves it is said that bones have been exhumed which seemed to have belonged to a race of giants. This land at one time belonged to a Mr. Peleg Sweet, who was a man of large size and full features; and it is narrated that at one time he, in digging, came upon a skull and jaw which were of such size that the skull would cover his head and the jaw could be easily slipped over his face, as though the head of a giant were enveloping his…
The graves were distinguished by slight depressions in the surface of the earth, disposed in straight rows, which, with intervening spaces or valleys, covered the entire area. The number of these graves has been estimated to be between two and three thousand. Aaron Wright, Esq., in 1800, made a careful examination of these depressions and found them invariably to contain human bones blackened with time, which upon exposure to the air soon crumbled to dust. Some of these bones were of unusual size and evidently belonged to a race allied to giants. Skulls were taken from these mounds, the cavities of which were of sufficient capacity to admit the head of an ordinary man, and jaw-bones [sic] that might be fitted over the face with equal facility. The bones of the upper and lower extremities were of corresponding size.
History of Morrow County and Ohio, 1880:
In 1829, when the hotel was built in Chesterville, a mound nearby was made to furnish the material for the brick. In digging it away, a large human skeleton was found, but no measurements were made. It is related that the jaw-bone [sic] was found to fit easily over that of a citizen of the village, who was remarkable for his large jaw. The local physicians examined the cranium and found it proportionately large, with more teeth than the white race of today. The skeleton was taken to Mansfield, and has been lost sight of entirely.
There are those who would argue that gigantism appears today as a genetic aberration and that is all that these reports represent. But this makes no sense. If that were the cause we would see sporadic reports of unusual individual cases. Instead, we see whole tribes and primitive populations of giants spread around the world. It seems clear that there was an attempt to repopulate and control the land through new generations of these huge, hybrid beings. But the program of hybridization was not as strong as in the ancient past. Humans were able to overcome them.
So what of today?
There are those who believe that a new program of genetic manipulation has been going on for decades and it is very dangerous. This view is held by researchers who are not religious in their orientation. As we look at this manipulation, clearly the focus is not on creating physical giants to terrorize and control the human race. With modern weapons, what would be the point? Their size would mean nothing to a well-armed drone. But terror and control is still the objective.
These researchers believe that many humans are experiencing what is termed “alien abductions” that lead to sexual manipulation and the use of their genetic material without their permission. One of those researchers was the late Harvard psychiatrist, John E. Mack. Dr. Mack interviewed nearly one hundred cases of alien abduction before writing his 422-page book, Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens, published in 1994.
At the beginning of his research, Dr. Mack confronted disturbing information about abduction phenomena. “These individuals reported being taken against their wills by alien beings, sometimes through the wall of their houses, and subjected to elaborate intrusive procedures which appeared to have a reproductive purpose. In a few cases they were actually observed by independent witnesses to be physically absent during the time of the abduction. These people suffered from no obvious psychiatric disorder except the effects of traumatic experience and were reporting with powerful emotion what to them were utterly real experiences. Furthermore, these experiences were sometimes associated with UFO sightings by friends, family members or others in the community including media reporters and journalists, and frequently left physical traces on individuals’ bodies such as cuts and small ulcers that would tend to heal rapidly and followed no apparent psychodynamically identifiable patterns as do, for example, religious stigmata.
In short, I was dealing with a phenomenon that I felt could not be explained psychiatrically yet was simply not possible within the framework of the Western scientific worldview. My choices then were to stretch and twist psychology beyond reasonable limits overlooking aspects of the phenomenon that could not be explained psychologically, such as the physical findings, the occurrence in small children and even infants and the association with UFO’s, in order to keep insisting on a psychosocial explanation that would be consistent with the prevailing Western scientific ideology. Or, I might open to the possibility that our consensus framework of reality is too limited and that a phenomenon such as this cannot be explained within its ontological parameters. In other words, a new scientific paradigm might be necessary in order to understand what was going on.”
Of course, I don’t believe a new paradigm is needed at all, but rather a very old one.
The people who describe so-called “alien” abductions report a wide variety of experiences, yet at their core they are the same. And there are hundreds and hundreds of these reports available in many books and on the Internet. Children, adolescents, young men and women, report being transported up into what they believed was an alien craft above the earth where experiments were done on them. All were molested, some were raped with sperm, eggs and even embryos removed. Many report being taken to a kind of nursery where they were allowed to see hybrid children growing up. Women have been encouraged to “mother” these children so they would understand a human connection. While they looked human, these small beings were all very odd as though the mingling of the gene pools had not been fully successful.
Reports of alien abduction have been coming in since 1961 with the first reported case being that of Barney and Betty Hill. So at least for almost 50 years and probably much, much longer, something very strange and sinister has been taking place. It has affected many thousands of people from childhood through young adulthood. Significantly, these experiences fade away when adults move past the childbearing years.
Retired Temple University professor, David Jacobs, Ph.D., has been researching this troubling phenomenon for decades. Over the years from his research, he has written three important books, The THREAT: Revealing the Secret Alien Agenda, Secret Life: Firsthand Documented Accounts of Alien Abductions, and Walking Among Us: The Alien Plan to Control Humanity. I recommend them. From the titles alone, it is very clear that Dr. Jacobs is extremely disturbed by what he sees happening. I emphasize that he does not view this from a religious perspective. He believes that right now many hybrids are living and working around the world side-by-side with humans. Their purpose for being here is evil and extremely dangerous for all of humanity.
In Matthew chapter 13 Jesus tells a strange story: Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”
Previous to this story, Jesus had been speaking about a sower who plants the good seed of truth into people’s hearts and minds. In some, it grows and bears fruit and in others, it does not. But in this story, the metaphor has changed. The bad seed appears to be people. If the bad seed were simply lies why not go out and uproot it for the good of all? With careful examination, it’s very possible to tell truth from lies and you certainly don’t damage the truth by uprooting falsehood.
In the mid-east for eons, there has grown a vicious weed called bearded darnel. It is a species of ryegrass that looks very much like wheat until it is mature. But if you harvest both together then grind and eat the mixture the result can be deadly. Darnel can cause drowsiness, apathy, trance, convulsions, trembling, slurred speech, vomiting and even death. It kills sheep and cattle. When it is mature it is easy to tell this seed from real wheat because darnel is much smaller. I ask this for the sake of thought: In the story isn’t Jesus referring to the “planting” of false “people” who can’t be told from the real until a certain moment? In what sense could they be false? Clearly, they are servants of evil. In the illustration, the weed is an entirely different species though it looks like wheat. In part, could Jesus be referring to a hybrid program that “plants” into the world an evil, destructive species that only appears to be human? That is a radical interpretation, but perhaps something to consider.
So where is all of this going?
I’m only a storyteller, but I see a vast story moving toward a conclusion, a story that has been unfolding for thousands of years. I’ve tried to lay out some of the parameters of that story. I’ve tried to tell you who the real Enemy is and it isn’t “aliens” from another planet. So let me tell you the story that I see. If you wish, think of it as pure fantasy, just a wild creation from a Hollywood writer. But remember, what seems unbelievable now may be very believable in the future.
Often I think of my mother and what she experienced. She was born in Oklahoma in 1910 and grew up in a family of poor sharecroppers. As a child, family transportation was a horse and wagon. Strange contraptions called automobiles very slowly entered her world along with amazing technology called telephones, which you shared on a party line with a physical operator who placed your calls. That is if you could afford such a luxury. When she was young if you had told my mother that during her lifetime a man would walk on the moon and you would see it on “television” and things called personal computers would link the world, she would have thought you were insane. And so it is with us today about what is coming in the near future. But when that time comes, what will be hidden from public knowledge will be far more amazing than the technology that everyone can see. And all of it will work together.
In this story I’ve incorporated my understanding of Bible prophecy coupled with projections based on what is happening now. Imagine that the mingling of the iron and clay that the prophet Daniel predicted would take place during the End of Days has been going on with great force for at least 50 years and probably longer. Just as it was before the Great Flood of Noah, hybrids who are the result of genetic mingling are living among us. They are not the creations of God, but the creations of Satan and his dark lords. They do not have human souls. The spirits that possess them are spirits of evil. They do not think or live as humans do though they attempt to appear fully human. As Dr. Jacobs and others have observed, there is something disturbingly “different” about these creatures. They lack compassion, the ability to empathize with others. I believe the reason for this is because they are not independent beings. They do not have free will. Like some species of insects, they are part of a great hive and their lives are controlled by the unseen Lords of that hive.
Imagine that for decades, these hybrid beings have been moving into assigned positions at every level of society around the world. Some have become powerful leaders. Their initial purpose is to influence culture toward moral darkness, anger, hatred and disbelief in God. But there is a larger purpose. These mingled hybrids will further mingle with advanced Artificial Intelligence and humans who have given themselves to Satanic Darkness. But the mingling will not work well causing conflict within the hive and with many humans whom they are trying to rule.
At the time of this writing, tech titans such as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg are talking about the great advantages of a “brain/computer interface” called BCIs. They already exist in primitive forms. Some are non-invasive, reading neural signals through the scalp. These can also transmit signals back into the brain using techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation. Invasive systems involve implanting electrodes into the brain. These are being used right now experimentally to help people who suffer from paralysis.
It’s not hard to believe that in the very near future all of this is going to become much more sophisticated. Different Interfaces will appear. At a certain point, everyone on earth will be offered the opportunity to join the hive through an ultimate interface that does not require the invasive placement of electrodes in the brain. It will be powered by the body. Of course, what they are joining won’t be called a hive. It will be sold as valuable membership in a worldwide community whose goal will be the establishment of peace through deeper understanding. Great benefits will be offered for accepting the Interface, including participation in a Collective Intelligence which will advance personal knowledge and interpersonal “relationships” beyond anything imaginable today.
At that time, money will still be an essential tool of evil, so there will be levels of membership. The lowest level will be free. Higher levels will be offered on a graduated basis. Wealth will gain you far greater benefits including direct contact with the Dark Lords themselves who will masquerade as advanced intelligences. The benefits of membership will include greatly improved health and increased longevity. There is an old saying, “The Devil rules by fashion”. It will be very fashionable to have higher levels of membership. People will be told that those with an Interface are the next step in human evolution or what is called H2 by the scientists who are working toward it right now. The promise will be that “you will be like a god”. In exchange for godlike benefits, the hive will enter your mind, knowing and secretly influencing every choice you make down to how you brush your teeth.
Hive members will participate in a new worldwide religion of unity that will offer euphoric experiences of worship which will seem to validate the false spirituality being presented. Much of this worship will focus on nature with the view to saving the environment because the Earth is spiritually alive. Worshipers will become one with the lovely spirits in animals, rocks and trees while their pineal glands are manipulated sending little squirts of DMT flooding their brains. It will be the Eleusinian Mysteries times 100. Worship will be addictive and very satisfying. And home life will be so much deeper. For those who can afford it, there will be interfaces for their pets. They will be able to converse with their dog and cat “children”. This benefit alone will sell the technology to millions.
After an initial period, hive membership through an implanted Interface will be mandatory. There will be many uncooperative humans who will secretly join together to stand against it, but that will be almost impossible. Those humans who refuse the Interface will suffer and many will die. They will not be able to buy or sell and they will be hunted. The security systems that are being established with facial recognition in cities around the world are only the start. There will be brain recognition the moment any person enters a collective area. Anyone without an Interface will be recognized instantly.
Members of the hive will view non-members as less than human, just as were the Jews during the Holocaust, and dangerous to the welfare and unity of the world. Great rage will be focused at them. Concentration camps will be built to house them. There they will be given a final opportunity to accept “membership” in the “community”. Refusal will bring death. Mass extermination will be far more sophisticated than with the Nazis and much better hidden from public view. People will be vaporized leaving nothing of their bodies but their teeth. Or their bodies will be used for organ donation as happens in China right now. Why all of this effort? Because the one thing the hive cannot do is force a person to receive the Interface. It must be voluntary. Brave souls will die rather than be enslaved. Ultimately, all those who believe the lie and accept this spiritual Technology of Evil will be lost forever.
One of the difficulties in telling this story is the challenge of simultaneity.
During the period I am describing, many things will be going on at once. While great changes are taking place within the human population, just as great physical changes will be taking place in the environment of Earth. They are beginning now. No matter what effort is made, no matter what laws are passed, the environment of this planet is going to grow more and more dangerous through greatly increased cataclysms including earthquakes, fires, floods, pandemics, and every possible kind of natural disaster. Also, there will be catastrophic wars. Very likely nuclear weapons will be used.
Jesus said these words in Matthew chapter 24 “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
That “beginning” has been going on for a long time. Think of what has happened since 1900. Untold millions have died from war, famine, and pandemics. Surely we are in the “beginning of sorrows” and the sorrow is going to grow far more overwhelming.
At the end of the Book of Daniel in chapter 12 the prophet is told these words:
At that time Michael (a powerful archangel) shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble,
such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.
And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
1900 is an arbitrary date, but think how much knowledge has increased since then and how it is exponentially increasing right now. All the knowledge that ever existed before 1900 is nothing compared to what is available at this moment. And much more is coming.
While knowledge increases and the hive takes control, while terrible cataclysms and catastrophes are happening around the world, millions of lives will be lost and people will lose faith in the governments of the world. In the ensuing chaos, there will be a desperate desire for stability and protection. People will gladly give up all freedom for security and food. There will be a vast outcry for world government to establish peace and deal with natural catastrophes. The establishment of that world government will be the goal of the hive.
During that time, a world leader of great charisma and ability will arise. In reality, he may be the Ultimate Hybrid. The spirit that lives in him will be Satan himself. He will be the Serpent King. This man will have preternatural powers and do many of the miracles done by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago including healings. Because of his charm and seeming compassion, both men and women will fall in love with him. But he will have enemies. He will be assassinated, then rise from the dead. At that point, millions will believe that he is the Messiah and the “real” Jesus Christ.
This Hybrid Dictator will not operate alone. Working directly under him will be a powerful individual who takes the dictator’s message to the world. In my opinion, this individual will be either another hybrid or the most advanced Artificial Intelligence in a cyborg form. With his “mind”, he will control all media, including surveillance media throughout the world. He will be able to see through the eyes of people who have the Interface and speak directly into their minds. With vast computing resources, his intelligence and knowledge will seem godlike.
Both the Hybrid Dictator and his spokes “person” will be completely devoid of human compassion. What human emotion they convey will be a brilliant act. In reality, they will be filled with inhuman rage and hate. The Bible calls these leaders Beasts in Revelation chapter 17. The Dictator will worship a “god of fortresses” as predicted in Daniel, which means the worship of raw power for its own sake. Also, the fortresses could be other dimensions of reality where Satan has established strongholds.
These two vile beings will display their power for all the world to see. Revelation 13:3 speaks of amazing demonstrations “even causing fire from heaven to come down to earth”. Think about that for a moment. The militaries of the world are capable right now of reigning terrifying destruction from the sky in a great variety of ways. But the “fire” that comes down from heaven in these demonstrations will be far beyond anything possible that has been created on earth. Could it come from a vast, so-called “alien” armada in the stratosphere? Could it come from monstrous, triangular shaped craft that have been seen over some of our cities? Whatever the source, it will prove to everyone that no power on earth can stand against it.
At some point, during the establishment of this Hybrid Dictator’s rule, a so-called “Full Disclosure” about “aliens” will take place. The entire charade will actually disclose only lies, but millions will believe them. Humans will be told that for eons a vast force of “righteous aliens” has been working secretly to save us from ourselves and to save the Earth from our depredations because somehow what happens here affects their “planet”. They will say that they have sent us avatars and many spiritual leaders to try to teach us how to live and not destroy our environment, but we have not listened.
They will say that the Jesus of history was just one of their avatars. They will offer “absolute proof” that Jesus of Nazareth never died and rose again and that we have misunderstood His message of love. Also, they will tell humans that they have been protecting us from a vast force of “evil aliens” sometimes called “reptilians”, who have been trying to destroy us. In reality, both of these groups are the same and have the same goal, our destruction, one part disguising itself as evil and the other as “angels of light”.
Of course, the Hybrid Dictator will be in league with the “righteous aliens”. With their help, he will conquer many lands all in the name of world unity and will bring a period of peace through his iron control exercised both militarily and through his hive. Part of that unification will be the combining of many armies into a world army. The reason he will give for doing this is to prepare for a “cosmic war” with the “evil aliens” who are going to come in force to destroy us. The truth? He will be preparing for a great battle with Jesus, the King of Kings, and His Heavenly armies. When the King returns in power, the Hybrid Dictator and all those who have sided with him are doomed.
So there is the story as I see it. As far as reality is concerned, in my understanding of Bible prophecy, two great events must take place before the End of Days come crashing upon us. The first is the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and the re-establishment of sacrifices there in accord with their ancient Law. The second is the rebuilding of Babylon the Great which will be the center of the Hybrid Dictator’s power and authority. It’s possible that these events will be almost simultaneous. Probably it will take the overwhelming power of the world ruler making an agreement of protection with Israel for the Temple to be rebuilt. The pace of history seems to move at two speeds, either with what appears to be glacial slowness or with the strike of a lightning bolt. I believe that right now we are in preparation for the lightning strike.
To those who accuse me of being a conspiracy theorist, I say that I believe in only one conspiracy, the Great Conspiracy of Satan against God and His Messiah. We’ll talk more about that in Part Four.
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This is not going to be easy. There are many people who will consider what I’m going to write here nothing but fantasy. But there’s one thing upon which we can agree, either it is fantasy or it isn’t. And if it isn’t fantasy, the implications are very dire. All I can say is that what you will read next comes from many years of study and thought. But first…
I have done a considerable number of very stupid things in my life.
I’m going to tell you about what was arguably one of the stupidest of them all. I arrived in Viet Nam in November of 1967 and was assigned to a frontline infantry battalion of the Ninth Division. I was 21 years old, almost 22. My first assignment in the battalion was not as a rifle platoon leader for which I had been trained. I was assistant S4. That was the department responsible for resupply. Whatever the battalion needed from food to ammunition came through us and we distributed it out to the rifle companies that were on combat operations in the field. For me, this was actually enjoyable. A company in the field would request resupply, we would get it together, load it onto a helicopter and I would fly with it to make the delivery. We would land in a perimeter and while the resupply was being offloaded I would wander around and talk to the officers of the unit who were all my friends. Then, I would board the chopper and fly back to our base camp. For a young infantry second lieutenant in a war zone, it doesn’t get much cushier than that.
This went on for weeks. What was best about it? From the time I had landed in Viet Nam all through this period, I didn’t hear a shot fired in anger. None of our rifle companies were having any contact with the enemy. I looked forward to my little helicopter trips. Viet Nam was actually pretty from 5000 feet. And it was cool up there, just a great ride. I can’t remember exactly when the moment came, but at some point, a terrible idea entered my head. Here I was flying in and out and things seemed perfectly safe. The trips were short. The question came to me, what was the point of carrying my M16 with all of that heavy ammunition? It was just extraneous weight. So I started leaving it behind. This plan worked well until a particular day which I will never forget.
Just like all the other trips, we flew out to one of our rifle companies and landed. While the resupply was being offloaded, I wandered over to talk to the CO. Suddenly, we came under the crossfire from two automatic weapons hidden in a tree line. The helicopter took off straight up into the air, leaving me on the ground, under fire, without even a butter knife to defend myself. It is impossible to communicate what I felt at that moment. That first experience of electrifying fear in combat? Yes. But the fear was nothing compared to an overwhelming sense of idiocy. Thankfully, I was surrounded by well-armed combat soldiers. I could imagine that they were staring at me thinking, “Look at that second lieutenant ass. He doesn’t have a weapon.” The contact was brief. After firing a few rounds, the enemy faded away. It could have gotten much worse.
The first time a U.S. infantry soldier comes under enemy fire, he is awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. So that is how I won mine, a laughable “combat infantryman” totally unprepared for combat. Needless to say, I never made that mistake again. Why had we not had any enemy contact for weeks? Were they being kind? Had the war ended and we hadn’t been told? A month or so later, we found out why. They were gathering forces and preparing for what became known as the Tet Offensive.
What had been wrong with me? I had been trained for war. I knew what the dangers were, but somehow part of my mind had been put to sleep by what I had accepted as “normal”. This is a good example of what is called The Normalcy Bias. In spite of all evidence that great danger is imminent, we humans insist on clinging to the fantasy that everything will be all right, everything will go on as “normal”. After all, haven’t things been just the way they are as long as we can remember? Therefore, we are not ready when the worst overwhelms us.
Imagine something with me.
Imagine being born in a combat zone where a vicious war is going on, but the direct fighting is not visible. It is too high up in the stratosphere around the Earth to be seen, but if you could see it you would be terrified. The truth about it is highly classified and hidden from almost everyone, so like everyone else you just go on with your life totally ignorant about that awful reality. However, there are hideous results of that war that appear on earth and are very visible. People are suffering and dying, but you can’t link the cause of the suffering and death to anything that you understand. (It’s like Agent Orange for Viet Nam veterans. We know it was used and that it can cause deadly physical results, but linking it directly to each case is impossible, so the VA just assumes that certain health issues in Viet Nam veterans and their children are caused by it. But they could just as easily say, we don’t see any causal linkage and that would be “reality”.)
While the suffering from the unseen war high above goes on and on, you and many others do what you can to help people, but you struggle to find a reason for the suffering. It becomes a philosophical and moral question. You grow depressed and cynical because you can’t find any answers and resign yourself to thinking there aren’t any. It’s just the way life is.
Then one day, a whistleblower tells you that all of this is happening because we are living in a combat zone with a hellish war going on so high above us that we can’t see it. All we see down here are the terrible results. Would you believe him? Probably not, because when you looked up into the sky all you would see were the clouds and blue of a gorgeous day. You would say, “That doesn’t make sense. With a war like that, something would appear.” The whistleblower would reply, “Things do appear up there, but you have been misled about what they are.” Very likely, the Normalcy Bias would kick in and you would think the whistleblower was a lunatic. You would just walk away and go on with your life.
I’m not afraid of being thought a lunatic, so I’m going to tell you that an unseen war is going on.
Why is there such terrible suffering and agony that has continued for so long? Every one of us has been born in the middle of a hellish combat zone that encompasses the entire world. From the moment of birth, we are in that war whether we want to be or not. Most of it is unseen, but often the violence and horror spill over into the world around us. The war is between vast invisible forces. And I’m not using war as a metaphor. I mean actual war.
The philosopher G. K. Chesterton is reported to have said on his deathbed, “The issue is now clear. It is between Light and Darkness and everyone must choose a side.” In this war zone, you are choosing a side whether you want to or not, whether you believe in that war or not.
There’s something else that is vital to know. The two great forces at war with each other are fighting over us. One side wants to save us, the other to destroy us because in destroying us they bring suffering to God, the Creator, who loves us beyond anything we could imagine. God is at war and He is fighting for us. You may ask, “If He’s God, why doesn’t he just win it and get it over with?” I don’t know the answer to that except to say that I think it is all bound up in His desire that we have true freedom to choose how we are going to live and which side of the war we will be on. True freedom of choice means having the freedom to choose what is wrong and evil. You can’t have real freedom without that possibility. But God didn’t just stand back and watch. He entered this war in the person of his Son, Jesus, the Messiah, and suffered with us in order to lead us to victory.
All through the Bible in different ways, we are told about this invisible war. One example is found in the Old Testament Book of Daniel. As far as knowing what’s going to happen in the future, this book is one of the most important in the entire Bible. Daniel was a Jewish exile serving in the King’s court in Babylon. He had many disturbing experiences. This is one of them:
Daniel 10:1-18: In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long, and he understood the message and had understanding of the vision. In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.
And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.
Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”
When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, “My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.”
Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!”
So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince.)
You may say that’s just a story. It can’t be real. But is that true? The actual truth is that you have no idea whether it is “real” or not. You choose to believe it is untrue simply because it is so far outside what you consider “normal”. But there are strong reasons to believe that the Book of Daniel is true. We’ll talk about that in more detail, but at the moment let’s take a brief but serious look at this story.
A powerful being, an angelic messenger from God, was sent to Daniel. But to get to him, he had to fight another powerful being who didn’t want him to complete his mission. And this opposing force was strong enough to restrain him in combat for 21 days. The only way he made it through was because another powerful being on his side of the war came to help him. And when he left Daniel, he says that he will have to fight again to get home. But this time there will be more than one enemy to confront.
Clearly, these enemies were not human princes, but unseen rulers of great evil who had authority over nations. And they were vicious warriors. Do you think this is just fantasy? That brilliant rabbi Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament, didn’t think so. As evil as the human rulers were in his time, and one of them was Nero, he understood who the real enemies were. In his Letter to the Ephesians chapter six, he says: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
That is an invisible war.
We live in a cynical, burned out age when people believe in nothing but what they can see on a cell phone screen. It is an age of greed and lust and slavery that are sold to us as freedom. Consequently, it is also an age of anger, fear, and hopelessness. It is life in a war zone where we hear almost nothing but lies and propaganda, where evil wolves, servants of unseen lords, lead vast hordes of human sheep to destruction. The Bible tells us that though this invisible war has been going on for eons, it will not go on forever. Don’t be fooled by the Normalcy Bias. An End is coming.
Jesus talked a lot about the End of Days and what it would be like just before He returned in power to defeat evil in every realm. In Matthew chapter 24 He said this: “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Very strange and troubling words. According to Jesus, preceding His return, it will be as it was in the days of Noah, just before the Great Flood destroyed everything. During that time, total destruction came unexpectedly and Jesus says that worldwide destruction will come again. Also, as in Noah’s day, there will be marriage and giving in marriage. Why would He point to that? Why didn’t He just say, “Things will be going on normally?” Clearly, that’s part of what He meant, but what was “normal” in that time? He focuses on the union of marriage. What was happening about “marriage” that was unique in the days of Noah? The people He was speaking to were average, educated Jewish men of the first century. What did they understand about the time before the Great Flood?
First, they were very familiar with the Book of Genesis in the Torah. They knew what was written in Genesis chapter six that I quoted in Part One. Let me give those words to you again:
Genesis 6:1-8: “Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”
Also, the men who heard Jesus were very familiar with the Book of Enoch that I wrote about in Part One. In it they would have read these words:
“And I Enoch was blessing the Lord of majesty and the King of the ages, and lo! the Watchers called me—Enoch the scribe—and said to me: “Enoch, you scribe of righteousness, go, declare to the Watchers of the heaven who have left the high Heaven, the holy eternal place, and have defiled themselves with women, and have done as the children of earth do, and have taken unto themselves wives: You have wrought great destruction on the earth…” (1 Enoch 10).
The men listening to Jesus would have understood that before the Great Flood, strange “marriages” were taking place all over the world. In our day we would call it genetic manipulation. The offspring of this manipulation, the combining of human genes with something that was not human, were giants called Nephilim, Fallen Ones. The memory of them still lives in our mythologies. Until our day, many people would have felt that such crossbreeding of species was impossible. But now hardly a month passes when news doesn’t reach us of such experimentation in scientific laboratories around the world.
So when Jesus spoke those words, they were filled with horrifying meaning. Just before His return, that kind of genetic manipulation would be going on again. Nonhuman genes would be combined with human genes to create a hybrid species. Could that be taking place today? Before we deal with that question, let’s look at another important prophecy regarding the Days of the End found in the Book of Daniel, chapter two.
King Nebuchadnezzar had a frightening dream.
In it he saw a gigantic statue and he wanted to know what it meant. He brought in Daniel, who gave him an accurate interpretation. Here is what Daniel told him:
“You, O king, were watching; and behold a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
“This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold. But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.
And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”
Look at the description of that last kingdom, the one that comes just before an eternal Kingdom arrives on earth that destroys all the others. There is something very unusual about that fourth kingdom. It is described as a mixture of iron and clay that doesn’t adhere well together. Is this just different groups of people that don’t get along or nations that can’t maintain unity in a coalition? That’s what some people believe. But Daniel uses exceedingly strange words to describe this mixture. He says that “they will mingle with the seed of men.”
All through the Bible the word “seed” refers to procreation and the children brought forth through intercourse. The use of the word “mingle” elsewhere in the Old Testament often refers to the mingling of genetic material through intercourse. Scholars of the ancient language have written that the words translated “they will mingle” mean that whoever “they” are, they will be doing something both to themselves and with human genetic material at the same time. However, as with trying to mix iron and clay, the results of this genetic manipulation will not work well.
If the genetic material of these beings is different from the “seed of men” that means they are non-human. So this last kingdom just before God establishes His Eternal Kingdom on earth will be both strong and weak because it is based in part on the genetic mingling of something nonhuman with humans. That takes us straight back to the prophecy of Jesus and what happened before the Great Flood. Jesus is saying that what happened then will happen again and it will lead to the End of Days and His return in power. Could this “mingling” be happening now?
Strange things have been appearing in our skies for a very long time.
As I write, the U.S. Navy has just acknowledged that three videos of unidentified flying objects are real. What they are and their origins are unknown. “The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified,” stated Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher. That is a first as far as an official announcement is concerned in the United States, but it comes after many years of qualified observers, including military and civilian pilots, reporting such phenomena. Unexplained phenomena are being seen in skies around the world. The vast majority go unreported because people don’t want to be mocked. But we are at the point where anyone who mocks such experiences is a fool. The decades-long propaganda machine that has tried to hide the truth about all of this is crumbling.
Personally, I have been studying these phenomena for over 30 years and have developed a library of information. Overall these years, I have become increasingly alarmed, both by the phenomena and the reactions of people to it. Both governments and popular media have spewed nothing but propaganda, much of it is quite ridiculous. The result has been that anyone who has such an anomalous experience is considered a liar or a lunatic. But now the outer crust of the lies is breaking down. Unfortunately, I believe this makes way for an even Greater Lie. My alarm is focused on the most disturbing aspect of these anomalous experiences.
Strange “craft” are being seen above cities all over the world. They operate in ways that are impossible for the latest human technology. This has been going on for a long time. What are they doing here, just flying around observing? The deeper you study everything related to this phenomena, the more frightening it gets.
One man who has studied it for many years is David M. Jacobs, Ph.D., a professor at Temple University. The more he studied, the more worried Dr. Jacobs became. These unknown “craft” weren’t just flying around. Many people were having very personal and very frightening contacts with them. Dr. Jacobs was curious about how many were having such “contact” experiences, so he and several other researchers joined forces and constructed a survey. It was conducted in the summer of 1991 by the Roper organization, a highly professional group. It wasn’t conducted over the telephone as so many surveys are. It was done in-home with an interviewer asking questions and recording answers on a form.
A typical national survey randomly selects 1600 people which is considered a large enough sample from which to project accurate results. Knowing that their survey would be considered very controversial, Dr. Jacobs and his associates demanded a much larger sample. Ultimately, personal interviews were taken with 5947 individuals in the United States. Such a large sample gave an error range of only 1.4 percent. Dr. Jacobs makes it clear that what was conducted was not an opinion poll, but one that examined personal experiences. The number of people who reported terrifying experiences was frighteningly high.
18 percent had awakened during the night paralyzed with a strange, evil presence in the room.
15 percent had seen a terrifying figure.
14 percent had left their bodies.
13 percent had missing time.
11 percent had seen a “ghost”.
10 percent had flown through the air.
8 percent had seen balls of light in the room.
8 percent had puzzling scars.
7 percent had seen a UFO.
5 percent had dreams of UFOs.
The final analysis was that 2 percent of the American population, approximately 5 million people at that time, reported markers that were consistent with individuals who had experienced “alien” abduction. This is defined as being removed from their homes against their will and being transported to a strange “scientific” environment somewhere above the earth where sexual experiments were done on them, the removal of sperm and eggs. In most cases of abduction, these experiences happened many times during their lives. There are many, many such reports.
You may ask yourself, how could a rational person believe such reports? Doesn’t all of it fit into what are known as “night terrors”? I am well aware of the psychological explanations regarding such experiences. They are wholly inadequate to explain them.
My wife, Carel, will tell you what happened to her.
Carel: There is a book by sociologist, David J. Hufford, entitled, The Terror that Comes in the Night. The subtitle of the book describes the contents as “An Experience-Centered Study of Supernatural Assault Traditions”. According to Hufford’s research about a sixth of the population experience the phenomenon described in his book, yet almost no one talks about it. Dr. Hufford did his research while teaching at two different universities, one in Canada and the other in Southwestern United States. The people in each city had no contact with each other, yet described very similar experiences.
In 1973 Coleman and I and our two baby boys lived in Virginia. Coleman was working for Christianity Today magazine as advertising manager and I was a stay-at-home mom doing some freelance artwork. One night I woke up instantaneously. My eyes flew open. I was totally awake with the sense that something was very wrong. That sense moved very quickly to terror. I was paralyzed, unable to move anything except my eyes.
To my left, over my husband’s sleeping body, I could see three figures gliding into the room. Their feet, which I couldn’t see because a monk-like robe covered them, never touched the ground. They were coming out of the walk-in closet and my first thought was, “How did they get into the closet?” It was communicated to me in some fashion, I don’t know how that they had come in through the large second-story window in the nursery where our little boys were sleeping. I knew they were very, very angry with me for some reason, but I didn’t know why. They communicated to me, without speaking, that they were going to levitate my stiff body, slam me through the window above our bed and drop me on my head killing me. They wanted me to know that my husband would be blamed for my death.
I had no doubt that they were capable of doing this and my terror escalated. I tried to scream at Coleman to wake up but I couldn’t. My vocal cords were paralyzed. Then I began to pray. I tried to call out, “JESUS.” Again nothing would come out of my mouth other than grunts. Once more I tried to say “JESUS.” More grunts. Finally, a garbled “Jesus” came out of my mouth. At the name of Jesus, the beings vanished into the air.
I immediately woke Coleman and told him what had happened. After comforting me, the inevitable question came. He said, “Are you sure it wasn’t just a bad dream?” Irritated, I replied, “Yes, I’m sure. Because if it was a bad dream I’m still dreaming. I awoke before it began and I have not awakened since. Besides, I just KNOW it was real.” At the time, neither one of us knew what to do with this experience, so I filed it away and didn’t talk about it again for 20 years.
Then about twenty years later Coleman was writing a pilot for a television series that was supposed to be about all sorts of strange phenomena. He gave me a book on alien abduction and asked me to read it and see if there might be any story ideas in it that he could use. As I read the book it struck me how similar these people’s experiences were to mine. Then I came across a drawing of one person’s alien abductor. It was eerie. He had drawn the same beings that had come into my room.
At the same time, I was reading a book about several missionaries who had gone to a variety of Third World countries. The book was entitled, Demon Experiences in Many Lands published by Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1960. In the preface we find this statement by the publishers: “It has been many years since any serious study of demon experiences has been published, and possibly never before a compilation from competent observers in many parts of the world. The reason for this omission is not clear, but the result has been a feeling on the part of many Christians that these strange (to us moderns) phenomena were only valid in Bible times.”
Several of the missionaries had this attitude themselves when their story begins. Most were totally unprepared for the assaults that they and their new converts would confront. Several of these experiences were very similar to the ones described in Hufford’s book and countless alien abduction books. A conclusion from Hufford’s book is that people unfamiliar with any notion of what he calls an “Old Hag tradition” describe their symptoms precisely in accordance with those who are aware of that tradition. All of these missionaries came to the same conclusion. They believed they were confronting evil spirits known as demons. Each looked to the Bible to learn how to deal with them.
As I began to form my own opinion about my night terror experience I went to the Internet to see if anyone else had a similar experience. Was I the only person who has used the name of “Jesus” to end a night terror or alien abduction? I found an article from Florida Today magazine for August 17, 1997, written by Rita Elkins concerning alien abduction and its similarity to demonic oppression. She quotes Joe Jordan, a director for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) a clearinghouse for UFO related research. When he is not checking out UFO claims for MUFON he works in product development and engineering for Sea Ray Boats. He and his partner Wes Clark, also a member of MUFON, who is a quality control engineer at the Kennedy Space Center, have, through their work at MUFON, come across several people who have been able to stop their abduction experience by calling on the name of Jesus. He shared a taped interview with Elkins for her article in Florida Today:
Jordan punches buttons on a tape recorder. A nameless, 30-something man with an intelligent-sounding voice, slightly Southern, tells his story. Calmly at first.
“There were strange lights in a nearby woods at bedtime, barking dogs.” He is up and down a few times; yelling at the dogs while his wife sleeps soundly. Then lying down again…”I couldn’t move…grey fog. I couldn’t see anything, but it was like someone was here.” He felt himself lifted off the bed. “I was terrified, so helpless… screaming inside, but I couldn’t get it out.”
The voice is less calm now, but still certain, not hesitant.
“I thought I was having a satanic experience that the devil had gotten hold of me and had shoved a pole up my rectum and was holding me up in the air…so helpless. I couldn’t do anything.”
A non-religious person, he’d been to church with his wife a few times.
“I said, ‘Jesus, Jesus, help me,’ or ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!’ And when I did, there was a feeling or a sound or something. That either my words that I had thought or words that I had tried to say or whatever, hurt whatever was holding me up in the air on this pole. And I felt it was withdrawn, and I fell. I hit the bed, because it was like I was thrown back in the bed. I really can’t tell what it was. But when I did, my wife woke up and asked why I was jumping on the bed”
Elkins goes on to say, “Relentless anonymity is given in abduction research. Nobody in their right mind wants family, friends and co-workers to know they’ve had their personal space violated against their will by strange-looking creatures whose existence isn’t even proven.”
Jordan told Elkins that three other researchers had had similar cases. They had not revealed this because they felt it would hurt their credibility, especially among the folks that invite them to speak at UFO Conventions. I certainly can understand this. A number of years ago, Coleman and I went to a UFO Convention in San Francisco. Most of the people there were definitely New Agers and didn’t seem to be open to traditional religion at all. In spite of the fact that abduction experiences are described as horrible, brutal and denigrating many believe they are done by “good aliens” and are somehow beneficial to humankind. So my question is, do you really think alien “space brothers” are assaulting us or could there be a demonic connection to these experiences? If there are people experiencing these assaults who want them to stop, I can offer hope.
My younger son was taking a college class at a local university. The teacher of this class, which was a language class and had nothing to do with what I am writing about today, began asking the same questions that were asked in the Roper Poll. After a few questions, one girl raised her hand and began to tell the class about her abduction experience. When she had finished, my son said to her, “There is a way to stop these experiences if you want to.” The teacher interrupted, “No, there is no way to stop them!” “Yes!” my son replied, “They can be stopped.” “No they cannot. We have to get back to our subject.”
I want people to know that my son’s teacher is wrong. There is a way to stop these experiences. Please don’t think that I am saying that the name “Jesus” is magic. It is not magic, but it does have great power. The Creator of the Universe knows his children. The Good Shepard knows His sheep. Surely if He was willing to die for our sins, He is able to protect us from the Evil Ones. Put your faith in Him. (End of Carel’s statement.)
We are in a war and the enemy is all around us.