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Ancient Spirtualism Manifestations

In Spiritualism on February 12, 2011 at 8:35 pm

At the time of our Saviour evil spirits took possession of men, controlled their actions, and compelled them to speak as they should dictate. There are authentic records of men and women who, under the guise of modern Spiritualism, are as completely controlled by the spirits of Satan as were the demoniacs in the days of the apostles.

The First Spiritualist Medium.

The first spiritual medium of which we have any account was the serpent in the garden of Eden. Lucifer had rebelled, had fallen, and had determined to lead Adam and Eve into sin and so complete their fall.  The dominion of the earth had been given to man at creation. Satan desired the possession of this earth as his home and kingdom. If he could cause our first parents to follow him in rebellion, they would fall as he had fallen, and the sovereignty of the world would come to him. How could he accomplish the ruin of man? If he should approach Adam and Eve in his true character, he could never succeed, for they had been warned of his design. Hence he chose as a medium of communication, the serpent, at that time one of the most intelligent of the animal creation. The record states that “the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.” (Gen. 3:1)  And through this serpent Satan introduced the doctrine of natural immortality, which is the foundation upon which the superstructure of Spiritualism is reared. For if the soul is immortal, and goes to its reward at death, it is but a step to believe that this immortal soul can come back to earth and communicate with its former friends. And that is Spiritualism pure and simple. The Lord had said that if man ate of the forbidden fruit he should surely die. See Gen. 2:17. Through the medium of the serpent Satan affirmed to Eve that the Lord had not told the truth. He said, “Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3 : 4, 5)  Evil was the very thing man had no business to know. Satan introduced it through the channel of Spiritualism. It was a lie he told then, and that lie he has kept alive by continuous repetition. Its acceptance brought sin, disgrace, and suffering to our first parents, and the result has been the same with all their descendants who have given ear to the same falsehood.   This deplorable episode in the lives of Adam and Eve was the first manifestation of what is now known as modem Spiritualism.

Saul and the Witch of Endor.

The account of this seance is found in 1 Sam. 28:3-20. In substance it is as follows:—  The prophet Samuel was dead and buried in Raman. The hosts of the Philistines had come up against Israel, and pitched at Shunem. King Saul called out the armies of Israel, and camped at Gilboa.  When Saul saw the immense host of his enemies, he was afraid. So, as in other days, he called upon the Lord for instruction and help. But Saul had not served the Lord for many years, and “the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.” When Saul saw that the Lord would not undertake his cause, he said to his servants, “Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit [in other words, a Spiritualist medium, called in those days a witch], that I may go to her, and inquire of her.” They replied, “Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.” Then Saul took two men and went by night to Endor, and when they found the woman Saul said to her, “I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.” The woman did not know it was Saul who spoke to her. But she doubted the sincerity of her visitors, and said, “Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land; wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to die?” But Saul replied with an oath, “As the Lord liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing.” Then the woman questioned, “Whom shall I bring up unto thee?” Saul answered, “Bring me up Samuel.” Then the woman called upon her familiar spirit, and there came up an apparition representing Samuel. It is evident that as soon as the apparition appeared it informed the woman that the man who stood before her was Saul, for she cried out: — But Saul answered, “Be not afraid: for what sawest thou?” She replied (R. V.), “I see a god coming up out of the earth.” Then the king asked, ‘‘ What form is he of?” And she said, “An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle.” The text adds, “And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.” Then the apparition spoke, and said, “Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up?” And Saul answered, “I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.” The apparition, acting the part of Samuel to perfection, reproves the king sharply for his departure from God, and informs him that the kingdom is taken from him and given to David. Then Saul is told of the outcome of the impending battle.  “The Lord will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to-morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the Lord also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.”

How closely this whole episode is reproduced in the Spiritualism of today! The same characters are introduced and the same methods adopted. It was the working out of the problem of Satan’s first lie then, and it is the ministration of the messengers of evil today.

SUMMING UP

Saul relates to Samuel his sore distress. And now behold the result of serving Satan, and then calling upon him for help in the day of dire extremity.  Satan flatters men during all the time in which they can repent, telling them the path in which they are walking is the path of the righteous; or, if it is not, it is just as good as that of the righteous, and will end at last in heaven; or, if it be not just right, there is plenty of time for repentance, and that they may safely neglect it for many years.  But when the last hours of their probation are expiring, he comes upon his victims with overwhelming power, telling them it is now too late, and drives them to despair by repeating the history of their sins, until, perhaps, they take their lives with their own hands.  Such was the case with Saul of Israel see the comparison.  The agencies which the king employed were the woman and the familiar spirit. Saul said to the woman, “Divine unto me by the familiar spirit” and “bring me up Samuel.” As the wicked woman calls upon her familiar spirit, he must actually bring Samuel from the grave, or, if he cannot do this, he must impersonate him so accurately that Saul shall really believe that it is Samuel.  If Samuel was there in person, he came because the familiar spirit had the power to bring him up, or because the Lord saw fit to resurrect the holy prophet and send him to converse with Saul. Both these positions are absurd; for:— First, a familiar spirit does not have power to raise the dead. Secondly, God had commanded that all who dealt with familiar spirits should be put to death. Then how impossible the supposition that He would bring Samuel at the call of a witch, and at the request of a familiar spirit.  Thirdly, Saul had sinned so grievously that the Lord would not hold communion with him through any of His appointed methods. Then how can it be supposed that He would send Samuel, or permit him to come, at the call of a witch whom He had sentenced to death, or a familiar spirit which He abhorred? Fourthly, Saul did not see Samuel, for he asked the woman, “What seest thou?” She replied (R. V.), “I see a god coming up out of the earth.” Again he asked, “What form is he of?” She answered, “An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle.” In his credulity, with this meager description, the record says that Saul “perceived that it was Samuel.” But if Samuel was actually present, how could it be that he was seen by the woman and not by Saul? Fifthly, Samuel, if actually present, must have appeared as an immortal spirit from glory, or have been raised from the grave, and so have been present in bodily form. But the text says that he “ascended out of the earth,” therefore he could not have come from the realm of heaven. Again, he could not have been resurrected bodily, for witches and familiar spirits combined, have no power over the sacred dust of the servants of God. To Jesus Christ alone has been delegated the power to raise the dead. John 5:25, 28, 29. Sixthly, the conclusion seems evident, that at the call of the woman, the familiar spirit, a messenger from the realm of Satan, impersonated Samuel at this interview. It was this spirit who talked with Saul, and not Samuel. His sleep in the grave at Ramah was not broken.  But how perfect was the deception! The familiar spirit begins by calling to the mind of Saul the sins of his past life. His reproofs are clear and truthful. They are just what the wicked king would expect from the prophet of God. It was this feature that fastened the deception upon the mind of Saul, and prepared him to accept, unquestioned, the forecast of the awful doom awaiting him in the battle with the Philistine host.  But it is well to note that the scathing rebuke administered by the supposed prophet was but a repetition of denunciations as given by Samuel while in the flesh. With all this past Satan was familiar, and it was easy for him at this time to repeat these rebukes to the discouraged and broken-hearted king. Even the last thrust regarding his falling dynasty was but a quotation from the former words of Samuel. The prophet had, more than once, told Saul that his line should cease with himself, and that David should succeed to the throne of Israel. Then the familiar spirit leads out in predictions regarding the future. A battle would be fought on the morrow. Israel would be smitten before their enemies, and Saul and his sons would be slain.  Saul returned to Gilboa carrying the conviction that his doom was sealed. He joined battle with the Philistines, as foretold by the evil spirit of Endor. The army of Israel was defeated, and the king’s sons were slain before him. So far the predictions of the familiar spirit proved true. But here comes a break in the forecast. Saul was not slain in battle, but only wounded. With hope gone, believing himself predestined to immediate death, he fell upon his own sword and died a suicide.

Knowing all these things, how easy it was for Satan, when summoned before Saul by the witch of Endor, to forecast the outcome of the impending battle, and then to personally superintend it, and see that his predictions were fulfilled. The Spiritualism of today owes its success it has attained to just such shrewd manipulation by the prince of evil.

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