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The End of Days

In Spiritualism on May 22, 2012 at 8:00 am

In a chapter referring to the last days, the Lord says by the prophet, “Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.” (Isa. 60:2) In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness?” (Matt. 6: 23) Jesus declares of  Himself, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12)  The psalmist wrote, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Ps. 119: 105) In the teachings of Christ, in the revelations of the word of God through the prophets, the light of God is shining in the darkness of this world. Satan, the prince of darkness, has always counterworked God’s Spirit of light and truth. Sometimes he directly opposes the work of God, and leads his subjects in open rebellion. Sometimes he unites with the professed people of God, and, by insensible degrees, leads them into error, until the very light which is in them “becomes darkness.” And then are fulfilled again the words of the Scripture which says:—“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” (John 1: 5) Satan has ever endeavored to counterfeit the work of God. Every prophecy of the Bible he fulfills, if possible, in his own way. Any method to lead the world into darkness, and away from God’s true light, is employed by himself and his angels.

The Second Coming of Christ

Satan is a close student of prophecy. With a mind while in heaven second only to that of Christ, and though fallen, yet possessing a keen and brilliant intellect, sharpened through six thousand years of cunning and deception, he can quite accurately forecast the times and seasons as foretold in the Scriptures.  He knows that the time is near when Jesus will come again. To meet and forestall the solemnizing effect of the message of this great event, he employs many counterfeits and  He cares not what they are, only that they  lead away Men from the real issue.  Some are made to believe that Christ comes at death for the purpose of taking the immortal soul to glory. To others he appears at the conversion of the sinner. To some Spiritualists the coming of so-called”new truths” answers the requirements, while to others He appears in person in majestic form, from the secret cabinet of a private seance. Each variation is made to meet the peculiar “credulity” of the individual mind. Satan cares not a straw as to which error is accepted, for all are alike false and fatal. But to the student of God’s word our Saviour has Himself laid bare all these deceptions. In His great prophecy of Matthew 24, He says:

“Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” Vss. 4, 5.“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Vs. 11.“Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning Cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Vss. 23-27.

Satan cannot counterfeit the Manner of the second coming of Christ, as described in the foregoing verses, but he will appear in many places, working miracles, and claiming that he is Christ.

A Message of Woe.

“Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” (Rev. 12 : 12) How does Satan know that he has but a short time? Because he studies the prophecies, and believes the prophecies, although he is able to convince the most of the world that they are untrue, that they mean something else, or, if true, they are of little moment. Why is the devil possessed of such “great wrath?” Because he knows that the end is near, and that he has but a short time ,in which to work. This fact incites him to fury, and he works for the destruction of humanity as he has never worked before in all his six thousand years of evil. What he does must be done quickly. He realizes that his race is nearly run. So with all the devices which his ages of experience in evil have given him, he redoubles his attacks to deceive the dwellers on the earth. Through Spiritualism, through the avenues of a lukewarm, fallen, and apostate church, and through the utter evil of fallen and wicked men, he pursues his victims to the limit of his ingenuity.

Fire from Heaven

“And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do.” (Rev. 13: 13, 14) The miracles of Christ were presented by Him as the evidence of His Messiahship. He said, “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ sake.” (John 14:11) Elijah called down fire from heaven to consume his sacrifice, and thus proved to Israel that Baal was no true god, and that Jehovah alone was God. Miracles are being, and will be shown still more abundantly, through the channels of Spiritualism, to prove its authenticity. The supreme test of fire from heaven will yet, with other miraculous demonstrations, be used to sweep the world off its feet. Let us not make the mistake of calling these miracles frauds. The text declares that Satan has power to do them. We must be ready therefore to know and understand the source of this power.

Source of Miracle-Working Power.

“For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.” (Rev. 16:14)  This scripture presents the last, closing work of this deceptive power, and places the responsibility upon the devil, where it belongs. Just before Christ comes, the deceptive powers of evil will gather the nations of the earth together in one sweeping, closing, clash of arms. This is the call to the awful battle of Armageddon of verse 16. In chapter 14:19 it is spoken of as the “wine-press of the wrath of God.” In this fearful battle the carnage will be so great that the blood is described as flowing “even unto the horse bridles.”

What a climax to the six thousand years of the malignant workings of Satan and the fallen angels! What a maelstrom of horror and woe this presents for the contemplation of those who are willing to be led by this great deceiver! What a warning to the earnest Bible student! The deceptions are so cunning that there is only one place of safety for any soul, and that is in the “secret place of the Most High.” None else will escape the destruction which is soon to sweep the world. The “elect” will know and be safe, because they alone heed the warnings of God’s word, and have their abiding place “under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Spiritualism

In Spiritualism on April 24, 2012 at 8:00 am

The Old Testament Scriptures contain numerous references to, and denunciations of, the manifestations of ancient Spiritualism, under the names of familiar spirits, witchcraft, necromancy, etc.

To Israel, on their journey from Egypt to Canaan, the Lord gave the warning, “When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.” (Deut. 18:9-12)

While encamped before Sinai the Lord said to Israel, “Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:31)  Moses wrote, “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit [one who is a spirit medium], or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with ,stones; their blood shall be upon them.” (Lev. 20: 27)  Samuel said to King Saul, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” (1 Sam. 15: 23) The disobedience of Saul was counted as rebellion, and rebellion was a heinous sin. It was compared to witchcraft, one of the worst of crimes in the sight of God.  Of Manasseh, king of Judah, it is written, “And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought nmch wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger.” (2 Kings 21: 6)

As the ancient people of earth forgot God, and in consequence lost communication with heaven, they invented false systems of worship to take the place of the true service of the living God. Hence came the worship of fire, the sun, “all the host of heaven,” and a numerous  deities. Their gods were often the spirits of great men who had lived on the earth. Heathenism, idolatry, and ignorance always breed superstition. Not having faith in the only true God to sustain them, the heathen nations turned toward any form of worship which contained the elements of the supernatural. Hence they became an easy prey to evil men and women who dealt in soothsaying, magic, astrology, necromancy, witchcraft, spirit incantations, etc.

These were the abominations of the heathen against which God warned His people Israel.  At one time Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, had a dream which troubled him exceedingly. As a superstitious heathen, he attached great importance to signs and dreams. And in this instance, although the king had forgotten the dream, he was not able to banish the impression of it from his mind. “His spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.”  “Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.” (Dan. 2: 2)  But these men were helpless. Evil spirits do not know our thoughts, and can not enter into the secrets of a midnight dream. Hence they could not aid their servants, the sorcerers and Chaldeans, in their time of peril.

It was not until Daniel, the prophet of God, was called that the dream and its interpretation were revealed to the king. This was, in the providence of God, a lesson demonstrating the utter worthlessness of the source of information upon which the king had heretofore relied. It taught the power of the true God, and the reliance that can be placed upon communications from the realm of light.

At an earlier date King Pharaoh of Egypt, when confronted with the miracles performed at the hands of Moses and Aaron, withstood them with the magic of evil men who appeared to duplicate the first three miracles of the servants of God. See Ex. 7: 11, 12, 22 ; 8: 7.  God had set the bounds on these evil men. “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no farther.” After the third effort their power to counterwork the miraculous evidences sent of God, failed. They recognized a power greater than that which possessed them, and cried out to the king, “This is the finger of God.” The work of evil spirits had again been defeated by the invisible power of heaven.  The readiness of these heathen kings to call upon the charlatans of their court in case of perplexity, is again illustrated in the account of Belshazzar of Babylon. At the height of the great impious feast of his closing dynasty there came the terrifying scene of the “handwriting on the wall.” None present could read the writing or explain its import. The king therefore sent for his court “astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.”

The foregoing incidents show that spirit communion constituted a large part of the stock in trade of the wise men in the courts of Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, and Belshazzar. These men claimed supernatural powers through the influence of spirits. Even the Chaldeans, who were the educated men of the court of Babylon, relied upon their supposed communion with the spirits of the dead for much of their mysterious information. These manifestations of the far-distant past were identical with those of the Spiritualism of the present day.

Satanic Knowledge

In New Thought and Pantheism, Satan, Spiritualism, The Devil, The Last Days, Uncategorized on April 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

Paganism and the gross forms of heathen idolatry, are not adapted to our present enlightened and social state.  It only needs another name: the name of ” Free Love,” and the sanction of laws which Satan himself has helped to frame.   Some can be led as the willing slaves of their lusts. But, there are others, Satan must secure by other means. Reason is their god. To them, the revelations of the Most High are, enigmatic hints of things they cannot comprehend.

“For the god of this world hath blinded their minds, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine into their hearts, and give them the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ“, (2 Cor.4:4-6) They must have certain knowledge, and such a knowledge of secret and future things, as God, in His infinite wisdom, withholds from man; for he would have man “walk by faith, not by sight,” (2 Cor. 5:7.) But, what God withholds, Satan offers to impart. They would lift the veil that hides the unseen world from them, and seek to know from those who inhabit it, the things which God has hidden from them, and purposes they shall not know.

The knowledge of Satan is not like ours. We can know nothing of the invisible world from our own observation. Satan can and does.— The invisible world is all untrodden ground to us. To him it is all known and familiar. He, doubtless, does and can know facts, and reveal them too, which it would gratify the curiosity of our nature to know. Facts, long since transpired, even before the birth of any now on earth, are not blotted out of the memory of Satan, who, we may suppose, retains all the knowledge he has ever had of our world for the past 6000 years. These facts he may communicate to man, (and none can prove that he cannot); and these facts being found to be true, the door is now opened wide for the full belief of any number, or any kind of real or supposed facts that Satan may see fit to communicate. The reality of one truth will pave the way for many falsehoods, all of which may be believed with equal faith. In this way, Satan will satisfy the minds of multitudes of the philosophically wise. And as they judge they can find that knowledge in and through his communications which they cannot obtain from the Word of God, the result is easily foreseen. They will reject the revelation which God has given them, as a work behind the age, and not meeting the demands of the times. If this be not so with those who now believe in the revelations that God has made to them in His Word, they will super-add to it these supposed revelations of facts by Satan, and thus will they virtually set aside the Word of God entirely as a rule of life.

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.