Their religion was cruel and pagan, and featured a fish-god, Dagon, images of which were topped by an upright fish head, resembling the mitres worn by patriarchs and bishops of Christendom’s religious systems.
Letter Sent To World Leaders
September 18, 2016
To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Put one and one together and you get two. After extensive research
I have found the answer to an ancient riddle. The Catholic Church is indeed, “The House of Dagon”.
How may I put this delicately…
The Pope’s hat is shaped like a fish head.
It represents an ancient fish-god, it is a well known funny thing.
The Pope is unaware of it.
That is how bad things are sir.
There is a world religious leader who is unaware he is wearing a fish-god hat.
I could not contain it, nor could I bear not telling you the truth about it.
The funny part is not that he is wearing a fish-god hat, the funny part is that he is unaware that he is wearing one.
Destruction of False Religion Starts with Christendom (false Christianity)
Watchtower 1968 March 1 page 152 paragraphs 23-24
*** w68 3/1 p. 152 pars. 23-24 Up with the True, Down with the False! ***
23 God’s Word shows that the Philistines carried on constant warfare against Israel from the time of Israel’s first entering the Promised Land. They were a proud people, and had utmost disrespect for the righteous laws that Yehowah made for Israel, such as the laws on blood. (Zech. 9:6, 7; Lev. 17:14) They were continually sending crusading armies or guerrilla bands against God’s people. Amos 1:6-8 mentions their revolts against Israel, and their taking many into captivity and selling them to Edom. Their religion was cruel and pagan, and featured a fish-god, Dagon, images of which were topped by an upright fish head, resembling the mitres worn by patriarchs and bishops of Christendom’s religious systems.
24 The Philistines appear to foreshadow long-time enemies of true worship on earth. One such enemy is especially the Roman Catholic Hierarchy, whose religious system is saturated with pagan Babylonish doctrine and ceremony. Throughout its career, the Hierarchy has fought tooth and nail against all who have taken a courageous stand for true worship. It has bitterly opposed the preaching of “this good news of the kingdom” in all the earth since 1919.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself keeps disguising himself as an angel of light.
*** it-1 pp. 13-14 Abba ***
The word ʼAb‧baʼ′ came to be applied as a title of honor to the Jewish rabbis in the early centuries of the Common Era and is found as such in the Babylonian Talmud. (Berakhot 16b) The one acting in the capacity of vice-president of the Jewish Sanhedrin already held the title of ʼAv, or Father of the Sanhedrin. In later periods the title was also applied to the bishops of the Coptic, Ethiopic, and Syrian churches and, more particularly, became the title of the Bishop of Alexandria, thereby making him the “papa” or “pope” of that part of the Eastern church. The English words “abbot” and “abbey” are both derived from the Aramaic ʼab‧baʼ′. Jerome, the translator of the Latin Vulgate, objected to the use of the title “abbot” as applied to the Catholic monks in his time and did so on the basis that it violated Jesus’ instructions at Matthew 23:9: “Moreover, do not call anyone your father on earth, for one is your Father, the heavenly One.”
The Greek term has a twofold meaning. It refers to that which is anti, or opposed to, Christ. It may also refer to a false Christ, one in the place of Christ. All people, organizations, or groups that falsely claim to represent Christ or claim to be the Messiah or that oppose Christ and his disciples can properly be called antichrists.—1Jo 2:22.
*** it-1 pp. 115-116 Antichrist ***
This word means “against (or instead of) Christ.” It occurs a total of five times, singular and plural, all of them in two of John’s epistles.
The subject was not new among the Christians when John wrote his letters (c. 98 C.E.). First John 2:18 states: “Young children, it is the last hour, and, just as you have heard that antichrist [Gr., an‧ti′khri‧stos] is coming, even now there have come to be many antichrists; from which fact we gain the knowledge that it is the last hour.” John’s statement shows that there are many individual antichrists, though all together they may form a composite person designated “the antichrist.” (2Jo 7) The use of the expression “hour” as referring to a period of time, either relatively brief or of undetermined length, is exemplified in other writings of John. (See Joh 2:4; 4:21-23; 5:25, 28; 7:30; 8:20; 12:23, 27.) He thus did not restrict the appearance, existence, and activity of such antichrist to some future time only but showed that the antichrist was then present and would continue on.—1Jo 4:3.
Identification. Although there has been much effort in the past to identify “the antichrist” with an individual, such as Pompey, Nero, or Muhammad (this latter person being suggested by Pope Innocent III in 1213 C.E.), or with a specific organization, as in the Protestant view of “the antichrist” as applying to the papacy, John’s inspired statements show the term to be broad in its application, embracing all those who deny that “Jesus is the Christ,” and who deny that Jesus is the Son of God who came “in the flesh.”—1Jo 2:22; 4:2, 3; 2Jo 7, NE, NIV; compare Joh 8:42, 48, 49; 9:22.
Denial of Jesus as the Christ and as the Son of God of necessity embraces the denial of any or all of the Scriptural teachings concerning him: his origin, his place in God’s arrangement, his fulfillment of the prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures as the promised Messiah, his ministry and teachings and prophecies, as well as any opposition to or efforts to replace him in his position as God’s appointed High Priest and King. This is evident from other texts, which, while not using the term “antichrist,” express essentially the same idea. Thus, Jesus stated: “He that is not on my side is against me, and he that does not gather with me scatters.” (Lu 11:23) Second John 7 shows that such ones might act as deceivers, and hence the “antichrist” would include those who are “false Christs” and “false prophets,” as well as those who perform powerful works in Jesus’ name and yet are classed by him as “workers of lawlessness.”—Mt 24:24; 7:15, 22, 23.
In view of Jesus’ rule that what is done to his true followers is done to him (Mt 25:40, 45; Ac 9:5), the term must include those who persecute such ones, which means it would include the symbolic “Babylon the Great” and those described as the “evil slave” in Jesus’ parable.—Lu 21:12; Re 17:5, 6; Mt 24:48-51.
John specifically mentions apostates as among those of the antichrist by referring to those who “went out from us,” abandoning the Christian congregation. (1Jo 2:18, 19) It therefore includes “the man of lawlessness” or “son of destruction” described by Paul, as well as the “false teachers” Peter denounces for forming destructive sects and who “disown even the owner that bought them.”—2Th 2:3-5; 2Pe 2:1; see MAN OF LAWLESSNESS.
Kingdoms, nations, and organizations are similarly shown to be part of the antichrist in the symbolic description at Revelation 17:8-15; 19:19-21.—Compare Ps 2:1, 2.
In all the above cases those composing the antichrist are shown to be headed for eventual destruction as a recompense for their opposing course.
The Lie That Made God Cruel—Punishment in Hell, Eternal Fire
WHAT MANY BELIEVE
“Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’” (Catechism of the Catholic Church) Some religious leaders say that hell is a state of complete isolation and separation from God.
THE TRUTH FROM THE BIBLE
“The soul that is sinning—it itself will die.” (Ezekiel 18:4) The dead “are conscious of nothing at all.” (Ecclesiastes 9:5) If the soul dies and is unconscious, how could it suffer “eternal fire” or even the pain of everlasting separation from God?
In the Bible, the Hebrew and Greek words often translated “hell” actually refer to the common grave of mankind. For example, when Job suffered a painful illness, he prayed: “I wish you would hide me in my grave [“in hell,” Douay-Rheims Version].” (Job 14:13, Holy Bible—Easy-to-Read Version) Job wanted to rest, not in a place of torment or alienation from God, but in the grave.
WHY IT MATTERS
Cruelty does not endear us to God; it repels us. “From infancy I was taught the doctrine of hellfire,” says Rocío, who lives in Mexico. “I was so terrified that I could not imagine that God had any good qualities. I thought that he was angry and intolerant.”
The Bible’s clear statements about God’s judgments and the condition of the dead changed the way Rocío viewed God. “I felt free—that a big emotional burden had been lifted off me,” she says. “I began to trust that God wants the best for us, that he loves us, and that I can love him. He is like a father who takes his children by the hand and wants the best for them.”—Isaiah 41:13.
Many have striven to be pious out of fear of hellfire, but God does not want you to serve him because you are terrified of him. Rather, Jesus said: “You must love Yehowah your God.” (Mark 12:29, 30) Moreover, when we realize that God does not act unjustly today, we can trust his future judgments too. Like Job’s friend Elihu, we can confidently say: “Far be it from the true God to act wickedly, and the Almighty to act unjustly.”—Job 34:10.
Neither Yehowah or the Lord Jesus Christ (Yehohshua in Hebrew) can be motivated to be mean or cruel. Yehohshua is the perfect created being, who has inherited from his Father in Heaven and learned everything from him. He understands the nature of God as stated at 1 John 4:8 God is love. Although he was tortured, he will not torture, because he is God’s Son. He is powerful, more powerful than Satan understands. It might have even been a thought that crossed Satan’s mind. Get Yehohshua to feel hatred enough to do something wrong. Of course, nothing Satan desires in is wicked heart will come to pass. Yehohshua has also understood God’s character. He will simply execute Satan, not be tempted to do anything else.
The ultimate perfection, to do what God would do. No one can even fathom it. The case of Yehowah vs Satan is closed. Yehohshua has completely vindicated The Sovereign Lord, Yehowah God the Almighty. Let all creation understand this.
Lake of Fire and Hell Explained – Not a Literal Lake of Fire
The Bible’s answer
The lake of fire is a symbol of eternal destruction. It is the same as Gehenna, but it is different from hell, which is the common grave of mankind.
Not a literal lake
“The wild beast” and “the false prophet.” (Revelation 19:20) Since these are symbols, doesn’t it seem reasonable to conclude that the lake they are thrown into is also a symbol?—Revelation 13:11, 12; 16:13.
A symbol of eternal destruction
The Bible says that the lake of fire “means the second death.” (Revelation 20:14; 21:8) The first kind of death mentioned in the Bible resulted from Adam’s sin. This death can be reversed by resurrection and will eventually be eliminated by God.—1 Corinthians 15:21, 22, 26.
There is no release from the symbolic lake of fire
The lake of fire represents a different, or second, kind of death. Although it too represents a state of total inactivity, it is different in that the Bible says nothing about a resurrection from the second death. For example, the Bible says that Jesus has “the keys of hell and of death,” showing that he has the authority to release people from the death brought by Adam’s sin. (Revelation 1:18; 20:13, King James Version) However, neither Jesus nor anyone else has a key to the lake of fire. That symbolic lake represents eternal punishment in the form of permanent destruction.—2 Thessalonians 1:9.
Identical to Gehenna, the Valley of Hinnom
Gehenna (Greek ge′en·na) is mentioned 12 times in the Bible. Like the lake of fire, it is a symbol of eternal destruction. Although some translations render this word as “hell,” Gehenna is different from hell (Hebrew sheʼohl′, Greek hai′des).
The word “Gehenna” literally means “Valley of Hinnom,” referring to a valley just outside Jerusalem. In Bible times, the city residents used this valley as a garbage dump. They kept a fire constantly burning there to destroy refuse; maggots consumed anything that the fire did not reach.
Jesus used Gehenna as a symbol of everlasting destruction. (Matthew 23:33) He said that in Gehenna “the maggot does not die and the fire is not put out.” (Mark 9:47, 48) He thus alluded to the conditions in the Valley of Hinnom and also to the prophecy at Isaiah 66:24, which says: “They will go out and look on the carcasses of the men who rebelled against me; for the worms on them will not die, and their fire will not be extinguished.” Jesus’ illustration describes, not torture, but complete annihilation. The worms and fire consume carcasses, or dead bodies, not living people.
How “tormented day and night forever and ever”?
If the lake of fire is a symbol of destruction, why does the Bible say that in it the Devil, the wild beast, and the false prophet “will be tormented day and night forever and ever”? (Revelation 20:10) Consider four reasons why this torment does not refer to literal torture:
For the Devil to be tortured eternally, he would have to be kept alive forever. However, the Bible says that he will be brought to nothing, or put out of existence.—Hebrews 2:14.
Everlasting life is a gift from God, not a punishment.—Romans 6:23.
The wild beast and the false prophet are symbols and cannot experience literal torture.
The context of the Bible indicates that the torment of the Devil is everlasting restraint or destruction.
The word used for “torment” in the Bible can also mean “a condition of restraint.” For example, the Greek word for “tormentors” used at Matthew 18:34 is rendered as “jailers” in many translations, showing the connection between the words “torment” and “restraint.” Likewise, the parallel accounts at Matthew 8:29 and Luke 8:30, 31 equate “torment” with “the abyss,” a figurative place of complete inactivity or death. (Romans 10:7; Revelation 20:1, 3) In fact, several times the book of Revelation uses the word “torment” in a symbolic sense.—Revelation 9:5; 11:10; 18:7, 10.
Neither the Pope nor Peter is head of the church, Jesus is
(Pe’ter) [A Piece of Rock]. This apostle of Jesus Christ is named in five different ways in the Scriptures: by the Hebrew “Symeon,” the Greek “Simon” (from a Heb. root meaning “hear; listen”), “Peter” (a Gr. name he alone bears in the Scriptures), its Semitic equivalent “Cephas” (perhaps related to the Heb. ke·phim’ [rocks] used at Job 30:6; Jer 4:29), and the combination “Simon Peter.”—Ac 15:14; Mt 10:2; 16:16; Joh 1:42.
1 Corinthians 9:5 We have authority to lead about a sister as a wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the Lord’s brothers and Ce’phas, do we not?
John 1:42 He led him to Jesus. When Jesus looked upon him he said: “You are Simon the son of John; you will be called Ce’phas” (which is translated Peter).
Peter identifies Jesus as Head of the Church and this is confirmed by Jesus himself
Matthew 16:16 In answer Simon Peter said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Further proof Peter was married
Luke 4:38 . . . Now Simon’s mother-in-law was distressed with a high fever, and they made request of him for her.
Mark 1:30 Now Simon’s mother-in-law was lying down sick with a fever, and they at once told him about her.
The Rock Mass is Jesus Christ
16 in answer Simon Peter said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 in response Jesus said to him: “Happy you are, Simon son of Jo’nah, because flesh and blood did not reveal [it] to you, but my Father who is in the heavens did.
18 Also, I say to you, You are Peter, and on this rock-mass I will build my congregation, and the gates of Ha’des will not overpower it.
1 Corinthians 10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they used to drink from the spiritual rock-mass that followed them, and that rock-mass meant the Christ.
1 John 2:18 Young children, it is the last hour, and just as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared, from which fact we know that it is the last hour.
EXTORTION BY CHURCHES
Matthew 10:8 You received free, give free.
Speaking of the scripture.
A student hairdresser complained to me she wants to get married in the Catholic church but can’t because she can’t afford the $2600 for an annulment and they won’t let her get married in the church until she pays the $2600.
Call it what it is. Extortion.
$2600 is one line item on the list of services the church charges for
but isn’t supposed to charge for because priestly duties are supposed to be free.
Matthew 10:8 You received free, give free.
How many line items are there?
There are a billion adherents to Catholicism
Do the math.
A 50% divorce rate is good for their bottom line at $2600 per annulment.
What does the Bible have to say about this?
Revelation Chapter 17 and 18 make it clear what to do to false religion.
Revelation 18:6-8 Repay her in the way she treated others, yes, pay her back double for the things she has done; in the cup she has mixed, mix a double portion for her. 7 To the extent that she glorified herself and lived in shameless luxury, to that extent give her torment and mourning. For she keeps saying in her heart: ‘I sit as queen, and I am not a widow, and I will never see mourning.’ 8 That is why in one day her plagues will come, death and mourning and famine, and she will be completely burned with fire, because Yehowah* God, who judged her, is strong.
But what can peaceful humans do without breaking God’s laws?
The punishment should fit the crime. Tax them out of existence. Take the money they have extorted from the poor and give it back to the poor. Put false religion on display for the entire world to see and show no mercy. Take away their shameless luxury. That’s a good start. Oh ya, and by the way. Kind of humorous. False religion is depicted in the Bible as a prostitute riding on the back of governments. Kick the Vatican out of the United Nations. There’s a nice way to pay back false religion. Show the prostitute her day and hour have come. What on earth is that thing doing in the United Nations in the first place? Hilarious.
Because of the volatile nature of such an action such as eradicating false religion, and because all countries of the world are involved, including NATO countries, it is advisable that NATO forces become peace keeping forces globally during this process.
That’s just a tiny taste of truth. Search any subject you want and get answers at http://www.jw.org Don’t be afraid of religion.
BTW any religion that charges for services may be taxed. They are in violation of the scripture.
Matthew 10:8 You received free, give free.
There is more than enough money in false religion to pay off the world’s debt completely.
Ptolemaic Frieze showing the cross with a picture of a man and woman on it.
Clearly, the cross is the male image of Egyptian origin.
Deuteronomy 4:16 that you may not act corruptly by making for yourselves any carved image having the form of any symbol, the representation of male or female,
The Myth of the Trinity
What is the origin of the myth?
“The impression could arise that the Trinitarian dogma is in the last analysis a late 4th-century invention. In a sense, this is true . . . The formulation ‘one God in three Persons’ was not solidly established, certainly not fully assimilated into Christian life and its profession of faith, prior to the end of the 4th century.”—New Catholic Encyclopedia (1967), Volume 14, page 299.
“The Council of Nicaea met on May 20, 325 [C.E.]. Constantine himself presided, actively guiding the discussions, and personally proposed . . . the crucial formula expressing the relation of Christ to God in the creed issued by the council, ‘of one substance with the Father.’ . . . Overawed by the emperor, the bishops, with two exceptions only, signed the creed, many of them much against their inclination.”—Encyclopædia Britannica (1970), Volume 6, page 386.
What does the Bible say?
“Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at God’s right hand. ‘Look! I can see heaven thrown open,’ he said, ‘and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God.’”—Acts 7:55, 56, The New Jerusalem Bible.
What did this vision reveal? Filled with God’s active force, Stephen saw Jesus “standing at God’s right hand.” Clearly, then, Jesus did not become God again after his resurrection to heaven but, rather, a distinct spiritual being. There is no mention of a third person next to God in this account. Despite attempts to find passages of Scripture to support the Trinity dogma, Dominican priest Marie-Émile Boismard wrote in his book À l’aube du christianisme—La naissance des dogmes (At the Dawn of Christianity—The Birth of Dogmas): “The statement that there are three persons in the one God . . . cannot be read anywhere in the New Testament.”
The dogma that Constantine championed was intended to put an end to dissensions within the fourth-century Church. However, it actually raised another issue: Was Mary, the woman who bore Jesus, “the Mother of God”?
The Trinitarian dogma is a late fourth-century invention
Do You Know What A Bible Slant Is?
A Bible slant is an intentional manipulation of a Bible scripture to have it conform to a certain doctrine or belief. It is a human invention.
Then I read it.
Zechariah 4:6 ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.’ says the LORD Almighty (New International Version)
As I wrote this I noted the capitalization of spirit as a slant intended to say that God’s spirit is a person and not his active force. It’s just the way that particular Bible is written. By the way, I never thought God’s spirit was a person. Subtle beyond subtle. I read the New International Version (NIV) 1984 paper edition cover to cover prior to learning the truth.
The same thing occurs in New International Version (NIV) at John 15:26 capitalization of spirit.
New World Translation (NWT) says “Not by a military force, nor by power, but by my spirit, Yehowah of armies has said,” small “s” (New World Translation published by Yehowah’s Witnesses) is correct.
Luke 3:22 and the holy spirit in bodily form like a dove came down upon him, and a voice came out of heaven: “You are my Son, the beloved; I have approved you.”
Note: holy spirit is not a person, it is sent, at Jesus’ baptism it was visually represented in bodily form like a dove not as a person. This was done so John could identify Jesus as the Messiah. It is normally invisible. To learn more about holy spirit, click here.
The LORD said to my Lord
Look at Psalms 110:1 in New International Version 1984 edition it reads:
The LORD said to my Lord
Note: capitalization on LORD in Psalms 110:1 referring to the Hebrew Tetragrammaton (YHWH) which represents God’s name.
Look at Acts 2:34 which quotes it:
For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “‘The Lord said to my Lord”
The first instance is not capitalized in Acts 2:34
This error also occurs in at least one King James version.
According to Deuteronomy 32:4 all God’s works are perfect.
New International Version (NIV) 1984 edition contradicts that statement.God is righteous, every precept is perfect. He knows us personally. Have faith. If you take the time, you will find that he is always a good friend and a genuine person. Trust him completely. Nothing bad is ever from God.
Bible slants are the result of human imperfection, not God. Now when you approach Bible study you will understand, scripture must match scripture. Humans taking liberties to support their beliefs is not unheard of.
NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (STUDY EDITION)
It is illogical, to accept the possibility of making objects invisible while rejecting the possibility of invisible hostile forces.
Note that Satan is only a person. Around five feet, eight and a half inches tall. He is not some great evil force, not some omnicient being, cannot be everywhere at once, not the size of the planet, not able to read your mind. He is just one person. However, he has millions who think like him with him and has also recruited many humans, deceiving them with voices, illusions of personal power and giving them visions. Those who are with him help create the illusion that he is everywhere at once.
If you feel you are under attack by Satan or demons, simply pray out loud using Yehowah’s name. They are terrified of Yehowah.
Acts 2:21 And everyone who calls on the name of Yehowah will be saved.”’
Satan and the demons cannot read minds. Always establish any spiritual communication mentally. Be forewarned though, Satan and the demons have exceptional hearing and can read lips. Technology can also be used by humans who cooperate with Satan to hear a whisper a mile away or read lips from great distances.
However, if you establish communications mentally, you are fine. Don’t pay attention to anything negative.
For those with schizophrenia. If you pose a question to the voices that has never been formulated before, that you have never written notes about before, never googled before and have never told anyone, they will not be able to answer. This should help.
Satan and the demons keep copious notes about the activities of humans they target. Do not believe that someone has some kind of power if they know something about you. Don’t worry about it.
Yehowah is God, not someone who can’t help you. Holy spirit is the active force of God, the most powerful force in existence, that he can send to you. Spiritually, you are untouchable. The Kingdom Hall is a spiritual haven, not a physical one. It is impenetrable by Satan and the demons so that people may be instructed individually and as a group. It is susceptible to common criminals like any other publicly open place. Be aware of it. Prayer is also a spiritual haven and the ultimate way to be protected spiritually. However, it is not a guarantee of physical safety and external audio is a common problem. Again, only be aware of it, not overly concerned. Whenever you experience anything negative remember you are safe. If you are with Almighty God, what spiritual harm can come to you? You are as safe as can be.
Read Daniel Chapter 10 About Daniel’s experience and receiving angelic help. It wasn’t instant, it took 21 days, but look at the amazing reasons. There’s more going on than we know in the spirit realm.
Also note: Preaching the Good News involves help from the angels. So they just happen to be around.
Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, and he had everlasting good news to declare to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation and tribe and tongue and people.
Note on physical safety: This is Satan’s charge against humans. If Satan is allowed to push you, you will blame God.
Job 1:11 But, for a change, stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your very face.”
Love Yehowah no matter what happens to you in this world. That is how you defeat Satan.
Nothing is worth losing our relationship with Yehowah. Worry about one thing. Cementing your relationship with our Father in Heaven. Everything will work out if you take the time to do that. Many people come into the organization, and because it’s not perfect, they leave before their love for God is fully developed. Where are these people going? Back into the world and Babylon the Great. Believe me, Satan will reward you for leaving Yehowah and he will give you anything, because that is his ultimate prize – a Christian life. Trust Yehowah in everything and no matter what keep your integrity to him and he will love you forever.
Proverbs 27:11 Be wise, my son(or daughter), and make my heart rejoice,So that I can make a reply to him who taunts me.
Tell Satan you are not interested, like Jesus did.
Background of Satan and the Demons
Article link: Disobedient Angels.
Here’s where the modern mistake is made. Before being cast out of Heaven, angels could do a lot of things. After being cast out of Heaven in 1914 they are limited. Visions and voices and influence peddling are the things they do now. The rest is showmanship. Tell a good story and everyone will believe it. Use a little slight of hand and everyone will believe anything you tell them. But don’t believe them. Gifts were done away with according to the Bible. Period. Stories told create mental pictures in your mind that have your mind convinced before you even realize it. An iron grip on the scriptures is needed.
1 Timothy 4:7 But reject irreverent false stories, like those told by old women. On the other hand, train yourself with godly devotion as your aim.
It’s one of the ways we can easily identify false religion. They do and say unscriptural things.
It is actually Satan trying to sell you things. Money, power, physical cures, miracles, anything. That’s what these stories are loaded with. All done through anecdotal experience stories that are situational. They try to have you put yourself into a picture they create. It’s very sophisticated stuff.
It’s a con game that can involve two to any number of people. Just need one person with the story and at least one fake witness and it will grow like wildfire. People want to believe these things.
Satan offered Jesus all the Kingdoms of the Earth because he is truly the ruler of the world. Jesus flatly rejected him. Jesus is now King of God’s KIngdom ruling from Heaven. Which side will you choose?
Stick to the Bible.
John 14:30 I will not speak with you much more, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has no hold on me.
2 Timothy 3:16,17 17 so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.
John 17:17 Sanctify them by means of the truth; your word is truth.
Yes, God’s word the Bible is the truth.
An example of a deep thing of Satan. It is said, even by science now, that out of body experience may occur if a doctor touches a certain part of the brain.
This is to continue the story that people have a soul, something separate from the body. People confuse brain/whole body communication as a soul, because they sense it all at once and figure it’s something separate, a soul. But it is quite normal communication occurring between the brain and the body. There is a near death experience and death. Being revived after 20 minutes is not death, it is near-death, the cells in the brain are still energized so you can be revived. After a certain amount of time, you are not going to be revived. That is all. That is death. Once the brain cells are no longer energized you are dead.
Psalms 146:4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground;On that very day his thoughts perish.
High levels of CO2 in the blood may cause hallucinations in people who have near death experiences.
At the end of this current world system Satan will be abyssed, put out of action for a thousand years, after which he will be let loose for a little while and perfected mankind will face a final test. After that, Satan’s end is assured.
Ezekiel 28:12-19 12 “Son of man, sing a dirge* concerning the king of Tyre, and tell him, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Yehowah says: “You were the model of perfection,*Full of wisdom+ and perfect in beauty.+ 13 You were in Eʹden, the garden of God. You were adorned with every precious stone—Ruby, topaz, and jasper; chrysʹo·lite, onyx, and jade; sapphire, turquoise,+ and emerald;And their settings and mountings were made of gold. They were prepared on the day you were created. 14 I assigned you as the anointed covering cherub. You were on the holy mountain of God,+ and you walked about among fiery stones. 15 You were faultless in your ways from the day you were createdUntil unrighteousness was found in you.+ 16 Because of your abundant trade,+You became filled with violence, and you began to sin.+ So I will cast you out as profane from the mountain of God and destroy you,+O covering cherub, away from the stones of fire. 17 Your heart became haughty because of your beauty.+ You corrupted your wisdom because of your own glorious splendor.+ I will throw you down to the earth.+ I will make you a spectacle before kings. 18 Because of your great guilt and your dishonest trading, you have profaned your sanctuaries. I will cause a fire to break out in your midst, and it will consume you.+ I will reduce you to ashes on the earth before all those looking at you. 19 All who knew you among the peoples will stare at you in amazement.+ Your end will be sudden and terrible,And you will cease to exist for all time.”’”+
The Great Dividing Line
This must be understood. Spiritual things before you become a baptized Witness of Yehowah is one thing. Spiritual things after you become a baptized Witness of Yehowah, is another world entirely.
As it has been shown, man is now at the point where he can almost make objects invisible. What about hostile forces that are millions of years more advanced? This is the problem. They use religion as a front. That’s why there is so much suffering and so much conflict on a global scale.
It is illogical to accept the possibility of making objects invisible while rejecting the idea of invisible hostile forces.
From the small to the great, humans have been victimized. Believing they are following God, they are listening to voices. From the ventriloquism of the talking snake in the Garden of Eden to modern world leaders “talking to God”, it’s all the same.
It’s important to note that trials must be allowed and there is no way to know how long a trial may continue. As per Job chapter 2, Satan has charged that when put to the test, humans will blame God. No one is immune and no one can defend against trials except with accurate knowledge of the Bible and with logic and reasoning power.
Things to meditate on:
You must keep an iron grip on the following scriptures:
Proverbs 10:22 It is the blessing of Yehowah that makes one rich, And He adds no pain with it. (footnote: Or “sorrow; hardship.”)
James 1:13 When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone.
God does not try, or test, anyone by inciting him to behave badly.
God neither causes bad to happen nor incites others to do what is bad.
Who or what, then, is to blame when bad things happen? (Watchtower July 1, 2014)
One thing is known, wicked spirits are terrified of God. Pray out loud using his personal name “Yehowah” and ask for help and they will leave.
More on Voices – Watchtower References
Here are a few points from my study of the subject:
*** w03 8/15 p. 21 par. 12 What Does Yehowah Expect of Us?
Of course, people today do not literally hear God’s voice.
(John 5:37) 37Also, the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. YOU have neither heard his voice at any time nor seen his figure.
*** it-2 p. 1160 Voice ***
Speaking to a group of unbelieving Jews, about the time of the Passover of 31 C.E., Jesus told them: “Also, the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time nor seen his figure; and you do not have his word remaining in you, because the very one whom he dispatched you do not believe.” (John 5:37, 38) This unbelieving crowd had never heard God’s voice, and they were not obeying his word or even the obvious witness they received through God’s support of Jesus’ works. For that matter, apparently only Jesus and John the Baptizer had heard the audible voice of Yehowah, for the last two instances of Yehowah’s speaking had not yet occurred at this point.
*** it-2 p. 1160 Voice ***
Have any humans actually heard the voice of God himself?
In three instances in the Bible record, Yehowah is reported as speaking audibly to humans.
*** Text for Wednesday, March 11, 2009 ***
Of course, you cannot hear the voice of Jesus today,
*** w03 6/15 p. 30 Questions From Readers ***
Although we cannot be dogmatic, it would appear that neither Satan nor his demons have the ability to read our thoughts.
*** lv chap. 16 p. 190 Oppose the Devil and His Crafty Acts
Consider this: God’s Word indicates that neither Satan nor his demons have the ability to read our thoughts.
footnote: The descriptive names given to Satan (Resister, Slanderer, Deceiver, Tempter, Liar) do not imply that he has the ability to search our hearts and minds. By way of contrast, however, Yehowah is described as “the examiner of hearts,” and Jesus, as the one who “searches the kidneys and hearts.”—Proverbs 17:3; Revelation 2:23.
continued: Thus, as mentioned earlier, to find out what we are thinking and to detect any spiritual weakness in us, wicked spirits have to observe closely our actions—including our choice of entertainment.
*** rs p. 106 par. 3 Dreams ***
1st Tim. 4:1: “However, the inspired utterance says definitely that in later periods of time some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to
misleading inspired utterances [sometimes conveyed in dreams] and teachings of demons.”
*** it-1 p. 937 Gifts From God ***
Evidently, with the death of the apostles, the transmittal of the gifts of the spirit ended, and the miraculous gifts of the spirit ceased altogether as those who had received these gifts passed off the earthly scene.
(1 Corinthians 13:8-10) 8 Love never fails. But whether there are [gifts of] prophesying, they will be done away with; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9 For we have partial knowledge and we prophesy partially; 10 but when that which is complete arrives, that which is partial will be done away with.
Some without Bible knowledge misinterpret some scriptures as God speaking directly.
(Acts 7:30) 30 “And when forty years were fulfilled, there appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Si’nai an angel in the fiery flame of a thornbush. . .
(Acts 7:38) 38 This is he that came to be among the congregation in the wilderness with the angel that spoke to him on Mount Si’nai and with our forefathers, and he received living sacred pronouncements to give YOU.