Sunday, May 24, 2015

mediums, familiar spirits, the dead, contacting the deceased, afterlife, ghosts


Good day everyone!

How has this past week been for you? I always pray for all you readers that you have blessed weeks. Sometimes the Lords even impresses upon me to pray about certain things like finances or health or spiritual warfare or safety that I believe one of you is going through. Since the Lord is all knowing it is easy for Him to impress upon anyone the urge to pray for any situation. But one thing I have never felt from the Lord is to contact a deceased person.

Just 10 days ago one of my co-workers passed away in her home. She was young, only 32 years old. We had a memorial for her at work and while that was taking place my boss, who is not a Christian, got a text from his wife. Later he shared with us what the text was about. His wife is a median and she had a “sense” that the young woman was contacting her and gave a description of her having been in a lot of pain (both emotional and physical), but was no longer in pain and that she was happy, warm and loved where she was at. 

Could this be true? Could my friend actually have been in contact with us from another dimension? Can we really talk to the dead? Well, believe it or not, the answer is yes. Scripture is clear about this as 1 Samuel 29:3-20 states; “Now Samuel was dead, and all
Israel had mourned for him and buried him in his own town of Ramah. Saul had expelled the mediums and spiritists from the land. The Philistines assembled and came and set up camp at Shunem, while Saul gathered all Israel and set up camp at Gilboa. When Saul saw the Philistine army, he was afraid; terror filled his heart. He inquired of the Lord, but the Lord did not answer him by
dreams or Urim or prophets. Saul then said to his attendants, ‘Find me a woman who is a medium, so I may go and inquire of her.’
“‘There is one in Endor,’ they said.
“So Saul disguised himself, putting on other clothes, and at night he and two men went to the woman. ‘Consult a spirit for me,’ he said, ‘and bring up for me the one I name.’
“But the woman said to him, ‘Surely you know what Saul has done. He has cut off the mediums and spiritists from the land. Why have you set a trap for my life to bring about my death?’
“Saul swore to her by the Lord, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, you will not be punished for this.Then the woman asked, ‘Whom shall I bring up for you?’
“‘Bring up Samuel,’ he said.
“When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, ‘Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!’
“The king said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. What do you see?’
“‘The woman said, ‘I see a ghostly figure[a] coming up out of the earth.’
“‘What does he look like?’ he asked.
“‘An old man wearing a robe is coming up,’ she said.
“Then Saul knew it was Samuel, and he bowed down and prostrated himself with his face to the ground. Samuel said to Saul, ‘Why have you disturbed me by bringing me up?’
“‘I am in great distress,’ Saul said. ‘The Philistines are fighting against me, and God has departed from me. He no longer answers me, either by prophets or by dreams. So I have called on you to tell me what to do.’
“Samuel said, ‘Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy? The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today. The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”
“Immediately Saul fell full length on the ground, filled with fear because of Samuel’s words. His strength was gone, for he had eaten nothing all that day and all that night.”

This is a pretty powerful historical event. It is an actual recording of someone being summoned from the afterlife, what he said and what he predicted. It also proves there is an after life. “There are many (others) who believe that the personality of the deceased persists in disembodied form, perhaps as a ghost. Such a belief is found widely in animistic cultures, but also in China and many ancient nations. Witness the many tales of haunted houses and the like, even in ‘Christian’ countries.
“There are many ‘spiritualistic churches’ professing a diluted form of Christianity and led by ‘mediums' who claim to have the ability to communicate with departed family members or others. In recent years, numerous ‘New Age’ cults have also risen, many of which involve ‘channelers’ who receive ‘revelations,’ either from dead ancestors or from other kinds of spirits. It is significant that all such concepts of immortality assume that only the soul/spirit survives at death; the body is dead and that's the end of it.”1

So now the question becomes…should we be contacting the dead? What harm can it do, right? They were our loved ones after all…Well, you might be surprised what God has to say about it. 
As for my deceased co-worker… my husband pointed it that the “contact” was so generic that it was more like a horoscope or fortune cookie prediction. And although there were some details I haven't mentioned that did match my friend, they could have also matched many other people.
We’ll look into what God has to say about mediums next week. 

Until next time, God bless and take care!
Willow Dressel

This week in the night skies: First quarter moon is May 25  for the northern lats and on the 26 for the southern lats. Also for the northern lats, “Wednesday, May 27 Action at Jupiter. Ganymede and Io both cast their tiny (but unequal) black shadows onto Jupiter's face tonight from 10:01 p.m. EDT to 12:18 a.m. EDT. Meanwhile, Jupiter's Great Red Spot crosses the planet's central meridian around 10:46 p.m. EDT.”2
For the southern lats, “Comet C/2015 G2 MASTER is climbing in the evening sky fading as it goes. It should be just below magnitude 6,  but with the waxing Moon nearby it is best viewed with binoculars and telescopes. In binoculars and modest telescopes the comet will be a fuzzy blob, high power  telescopes may show the thin tail seen in astrophotographs, although the Moon makes that unlikley. The comet will move up through Canis Major towards Canis Minor this week.”3



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