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Deut 13:1-18 . .If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, "Let us follow other gods" (gods you have not known) "and let us worship them," you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer.

. . Yhvh your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is Yhvh your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he preached rebellion against Yhvh your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn you from the way Yhvh your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.

. . If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, "Let us go and worship other gods" (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), do not yield to him or listen to him.

. . Show him no pity. Do not spare him or shield him. You must certainly put him to death. Your hand must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people. Stone him to death, because he tried to turn you away from Yhvh your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.

. . If you hear it said about one of the towns Yhvh your God is giving you to live in that wicked men have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, "Let us go and worship other gods" (gods you have not known), then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town.

. . Destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. Gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to Yhvh your God. It is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt. None of those condemned things shall be found in your hands, so that Yhvh will turn from His fierce anger; He will show you mercy, have compassion on you, and increase your numbers, as He promised on oath to your forefathers, because you obey Yhvh your God, keeping all His commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in His eyes.

That long-winded commandment is very pertinent to the last two hundred years or so in Christian history as it severely targets virgin sightings with extreme prejudice. God said, that even if the prophet "announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder of which he has spoken takes place" you still must not listen if the speaker is drawing people away to persons of celestial significance other than the Bible's God. A classic example targeted by God's ferocious commandment is the so-called Lady Of Fatima.

Fatima's Message

Did Fatima lead people to Christ; or lead people to someone else? Here's some quotes from the apparition's own mouth.

" Jesus wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. I promise salvation to those who embrace it. "

" Pray the rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain peace in the world . . . for she alone can save it. "

Fatima encouraged people to pray thus:

" By your pure and Immaculate Conception, O Mary, obtain the conversion of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world! "

" Sweet Heart of Mary, be the salvation of Russia, Spain, Portugal, Europe and the whole world. "

The New Testament excerpts below are deliberately misquoted. Watch for the errors.

John 12:32 . .And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will direct all men unto my mother's immaculate heart.

Matt 17:5 . .This is Jesus' mother, whom I love with her I am well pleased. You listen to her!

John 5:24 . .Truly, Truly, I say unto you, those who listen to my mother's message, and trust in her immaculate heart; have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already transferred from death into life.

John 3:31-36 . .She who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. She who comes from heaven is above all. She testifies to what she has seen and heard; but no man receives her testimony. He who has received her testimony has set his seal to this, that God is real. For she whom God has sent speaks the words of God; for God's Spirit is upon her without measure or limit. The Father loves the Mother, and has given all things into her hand. He who believes in the immaculate heart has eternal life; but he who does not believe in it shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

John 14:6 . .Jesus saith unto him, my mother's immaculate heart is the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by her.

Among the red flags that Fatima is a demonic tactic, is the speaker's attempt to draw people's devotion away from the Bible's Christ to a competitor; namely, his own mother. People who do such things are to be stoned to death even if their predictions come true and even if they are able to actually perform genuine honest-to-gosh miracles (Deut 13:1-11). Although the Virgin of Fatima is an apparition and cannot be stoned to death, all they who go whoring after it in an attempt to appropriate its miracles for a testimonial to validate their religion, are in grave danger of eternal suffering.

2Thss 2:8-12 . .And then shall that wicked on be exposed, whom The Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be spared. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

It's just a pity that those who claim to believe in evil spirits do not believe themselves capable of being fooled by them; but I can easily guarantee that when it happens, they don't see it coming, The New Testament's Jesus said that even the very elect themselves are vulnerable to manipulation.

Matt 24:24-25 . .For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the very elect. Behold, I have told you in advance.

Objection: The miracle at Fatima was two-fold. First the area experienced a rain storm which began the evening before and continued up until the predicted time the next day. More than 10,000 people turned out to witness the miracle that was to take place. At the appointed time the rain stopped the clouds parted and the sun literally danced in the sky and at one time seemed to be falling onto the earth. The people shrieked and fell down attempting to avoid it. The sun then returned to its place in the sky.

The people got up and found that even though they fell to the ground which was sopping wet and muddy they themselves were not muddy and indeed the ground itself was completely dry. The event was reported in the newspapers in Europe by reporters present for the event. Satan does not possess the power to perform miracles like that.

That objection is easily refuted. Job's experience proves that the Bible's God, on occasion, collaborates with Satan and grants him power over nature.

Job 1:9-12 . .Does Job fear God for nothing? Satan replied. Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? . . But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face. Yhvh said to Satan; Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.

Job 1:16 . .a messenger came and said; The fire of God fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!

Job 1:18-19 . .While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said; Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!

Job 2:4-7 . .Skin for skin! Satan replied. A man will give all he has for his own life. But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face. Yhvh said to Satan; Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life. So Satan went out from the presence of Yhvh and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.

God has purposely permitted people to become delusional by the Fatima apparition's miracles that He no doubt Himself enabled Satan to perform. Apparitions like Fatima are only warm-ups for the big game coming in the future.

2Thss 2:8-12 . .And then shall that wicked on be exposed, whom The Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be spared. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Objection: That's preposterous! Why would the Bible's God deliberately enable the dark world to victimize people with real miracles?

Answer: Remember how God tested Abraham? Same thing. It's to expose people's true colors.

Deut 13:3-5 . .Yhvh your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is Yhvh your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.

Objection: People have actually seen the Virgin of Fatima; a solid virgin, not just some gaseous vapor. And her predictions came true, plus her miracles were real. No one has been able to prove Fatima a hoax. Rome did not recognize Fatima as a legitimate apparition right away but only after several investigations were conducted by the local Bishop and the Vatican.

The Vatican? . . the theocratic monarchy reputed the world over for its cruelty, its wealth, its crusades and inquisitions, its treatment of Galileo, Copernicus, and the scientific community in general, its collusion with fascist Germany, its shameful disregard for the plight of Jesus' Jewish countrymen during WWII —the so-called seat of Christ that covered up decades of its own clergy's shameful sexual sins? Rome's credibility on any matter of eternal significance is in serious question.

Nevertheless, I am personally convinced that the virgin of Fatima and its miracles were real. In point of fact, I regard Fatima as an excellent, real-life "poster child" for validating Deut 13:1-18, Matt 24:24-25, 2Thss 2:8-12, and Rev 13:13-15. But I have to seriously question the apparition's message. Jesus said that if he were lifted up, he would draw all men unto himself because he is the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father but by him. Fatima's message draws all men unto Jesus' mother and makes her the way to God rather than Christ.

2John 7-11 . .Be on guard, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not wish him Godspeed— for the one who wishes him Godspeed participates in his evil deeds.

When Moses and Aaron confronted Pharaoh, his magicians could duplicate some of God's miracles: the serpent (Ex 7:11) the bloody waters (Ex 7:22) and the frogs (Ex 8:7). So it should be very easy for the dark beings to produce virgins and cactus spines at will.

However, no amount of apparitions are going to persuade me to abandon the faith handed down from Paul and his contemporaries.

Gal 1:6-7 . .I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who in His love and mercy called you to share the eternal life He gives [not through his mom] through Christ. You are already following a different way that pretends to be the gospel but is not the gospel at all. You are being fooled by those who twist and change the truth concerning Christ.

2Thss 2:15 . .dear brothers and sisters, stand firm and keep a strong grip on everything we taught you either in person and by letter.

Apparitions just simply cannot be trusted because too much of what the human mind perceives as reality is subject to tampering by dark beings (1John 5:19, 2Cor 11:3, Eph 6:12, 1Tim 4:1, Eph 6:11).

Objection: But why wouldn't Jesus want people to venerate his mother? Wasn't she special?

If Christ wanted his mother venerated, the New Testament's epistles would say so because the epistles are the university of Christianity. In the Gospels, sinners get rescued from the wrath of God. In the epistles they enter The Lord's yeshiva.

Let's say, just for the sake of discussion, that Mary has a key role in people on earth connecting with God. Then you have got to ask: Why isn't that doctrine developed in the epistles? Beyond the book of John, Mary is barely given one little bitty passing mention in Acts 1:14; and that's it. If Jesus' mom has any kind of key role at all, then she would be at the heart of the matter all over in the epistles; but isn't.

I have yet to find even one verse written by any of the post Gospel authors pointing to Jesus' mother as a prophetess: not one single verse! Yet the Catholic Catechism— CCC 966 and CCC 969 —exalts her to the position of Queen, Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix— a queen, advocate, helper, benefactress, and mediatrix who is not even one single time in the book of Acts, nor in any one of the 21 epistles, mentioned as somebody special. She isn't even listed in 1Cor 15:4-8 as one of the people who saw Jesus alive after his resurrection; and yet Catholics all over the world are looking to that deceased woman as a duly authorized representative from God who speaks for God and speaks for Christ; sans even one single inspired sentence in the entire New Testament informing the world that she was appointed to such a position.

Objection: You say apparitions cannot be trusted. Then should we mistrust Moses' & Elijah's apparitions at the Transfiguration also?

That is a serious case of apples and oranges. Moses and Elijah had no message to convey to Peter, James, and John; and the gist of Moses' and Elijah's conversation with Jesus regarded his impending sacrifice on the cross rather than devotion to an immaculate heart, rosaries, and Mary's supposed role in the salvation of lost souls. Moses and Elijah didn't even speak to Peter, James, and John, nor did Moses and Elijah make any predictions, nor perform any miracles; nor draw any attention to themselves whatsoever, nor even promote themselves as spokesmen for God.

At the conclusion of the apparition, a voice spoke and said: "This is my beloved Son: you listen to him."

The apparition of Fatima directed people to listen to her, not God's beloved son. What does that tell you?

Matt 24:24-25 . .For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the very elect. Behold, I have informed you in advance.

The Bible says a strange thing about the Devil. It says he's a king whose jurisdiction is the air (Eph 2:2). So then, wherever there's air you'll find the Devil and his minions at work in nature, in human affairs; and passionately dedicated to manipulating human beings into open rebellion against the Bible's God. (cf. Rev 20:1-10)

I believe beings in the air are responsible for paranormal apparitions of Jesus' mom like Fatima, Medjugorje, and the countless other "virgin sightings" she's given credit for— sightings which I believe are preludes to the coming day when God himself will deliberately, and purposely, send strong delusion into the world with the full intent and purpose of sealing disbelievers into an inescapable rendezvous with eternal suffering.

2Thss 2:8-12 . .And then shall that wicked one be exposed, whom The Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be spared. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but chose to approbate unrighteousness.

Webster's defines delusion as: a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self. In other words, deluded people have a false perception of reality. Often what they believe to be real isn't real, and what they believe to be unreal, isn't unreal. Delusional people aren't nuts; they're just mixed up. But to think of the Bible's God— Jesus' Father himself —deliberately making people delusional? Now that is scary; very scary. (cf. 1Kgs 22:19-22)

Objection: You say God will deliberately send strong delusion upon humanity with the full intent and purpose of deceiving them and depriving them of the possibility of repentance? That certainly makes the god to whom you refer a cruel deceiver, and expresses the quality of one who is neither just, good, nor loving— certainly not the God revealed by Jesus.

The God "revealed by Jesus" is the Yhvh of the Old Testament. Yhvh and The Father are one and the same person. If that were not so, then Jesus would fully deserve the death penalty as per Deut 13:1-18.

The message of 2Thss 2:8-12 is very disturbing. It means that there does come a time with Yhvh when it's too late— a point of no return.

Prv 1:24-33 . .Since you rejected me when I called, and gave no heed when I stretched out my hand, since you ignored all my advice and would not accept my rebuke; I in turn will laugh at your disaster; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a hurricane, when disaster sweeps over you like a tornado, when distress and terror overwhelm you.

. . Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me. Since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear Yhvh, since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

Zech 7:11-13 . .But they refused to pay heed. They pulled away the shoulder and turned a deaf ear. They hardened their hearts like adamant against heeding the instruction and admonition that Yhvh of Legions sent to them by His spirit through the earlier prophets; and a terrible wrath issued from Yhvh of legions. Even as He called and they would not listen, "So" testified Yhvh of Legions; "let them call and I will not listen."

2Thss 2:8-12 isn't indiscriminate: it doesn't target anybody and everybody without cause. It specifically targets those who "received not the love of the truth, that they might be spared." In other words, 2Thss 2:8-12 doesn't target unbelievers per se; no, it targets disbelievers; viz: people who've been told the Gospel and turned away from it.

John 3:14-19 . .And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, so that everyone who believes in me will have eternal life. For God so cared for the world that He donated His one and only son, that whoever relies upon him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God didn't send His son into the world to condemn the world, but to rescue the world through him. Whoever depends upon him is not condemned, but whoever fails to trust him stands condemned already because he lacks confidence in the name of God's one and only son.

Jesus' application of Num 21:5-9 deserves an explanation.

The people under Moses' command got to complaining about the quality of food that God was providing for their daily sustenance. So, in retribution for their insolence, God sent a swarm of deadly snakes among them. The snakes were extremely fatal; every person bitten was doomed to die, no exceptions. When they realized their mistake, the Jews begged Moses to intercede for them.

So God instructed Moses to construct an effigy of the deadly snakes and hoist it up on a pole where everybody could see it. Every bitten person who looked to the effigy for relief, survived; no exceptions. Those who didn't, of course died because the venom was 100% fatal, no exceptions. The effigy was their only hope— not love, charity, church attendance, sacraments, commandments, nor any other activity of pious significance; not even their ethnic identity nor their religion of choice. It was the effigy, or it was death— your choice.

2Cor 5:20-21 . .Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Yhvh-sent delusion is not without precedent (e.g. 1Kgs 22:19-22)

Delusion isn't insanity; no, it's simply a false perception of reality. Isn't that what happened to the investors who lost money in Barnard Madoff's ponzi scheme? Yes, they were under the impression that Mr. Madoff was making them lots of money; when in reality, he was secretly pilfering their investments.

Every time there's a presidential election, voters become delusional. They vote on the basis of image: a perception created by their impressions of the candidates running for office. In this day of television coverage, image is everything and policy is only a secondary consideration. I am convinced that way too many voters chose Mr. Obama solely on the basis of his bearing, his appearance, his youth, his speaking ability, the timbre of his voice, and his perceived color.

The media portrays Mr. Obama as an African American; when in reality he is neither Black nor African. He's mulatto; which is a hybrid race produced by mating a Negro with a Caucasian. According to strict political correctness, Mr. Obama is Multiracial. But who really wants to run for office as a Multiracial mulatto American when you can easily generate far more popularity by leaving people with the impression that you're an African American? That is just one example of how delusion works to one's advantage.

Disbelievers will vote Mr. anti-Christ into office with just as much, if not more, enthusiasm as those who voted this time around for Mr. Obama because human beings, on the whole, are little more than domesticated wildlife carnal hominids who are far more emotional and reactive than they are rational and objective. Really, all that God has to do to effect strong delusion in the minds of disbelievers is just simply step out of the way and let nature take its course.

2Thss 2:6-8 . .And you know what restrains him now, so that he may be revealed in his time. For the subterfuge is already in motion; only He who now restrains it will do so until He is taken out of the way; and then that lawless one will be unveiled.

The "strong delusion" of 2Thss 2:8-12 is none other than Mr. anti-Christ himself.

Rev 13:4-5 . .And they worshipped the beast, saying; Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things

A "mouth speaking great things" (cf. Dan 7:8) is the description of a smooth talker that knows how to win people's hearts; just like Mr. Obama. I'm not saying Mr. Obama is the anti-Chirst. No, God forbid! I'm only appropriating his public image to flesh out the charisma of he who is coming in the future to fulfill 2Thss 2:8-12.

Objection: How do you explain the Miracle of the Tilma, Our Lady of Guadalupe? She specifically relates herself to Genesis 3:15 and provided a miracle to prove her message.

Bible referencing is a common tactic (e.g. Matt 4:5-6) and the Devil and his associates are specifically stated to pose themselves as ministers of light (2Cor 11:13-15).

A miracle you say? That only goes to show how true it is that people tend to believe only what they can see with their own two eyes. In the end, that "show me" attitude will result in humanity's ruin as they watch a statue come to life and start giving orders to execute people who refuse to worship it.

Rev 13:13-15 . .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 in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Listen to what Rev 13:13-15 says; and be warned. Its lesson is obvious: miracles cannot be trusted to validate either one's religion or somebody's sainthood. Many professing Christians themselves are going to Hell and eternal suffering in spite of their ability to perform genuine miracles (Matt 7:22-23).

Paul said he would never listen to even a real live genuine holy angel of God from Heaven unless the angel preached the very same Gospel as the New Testament's (Gal 1:6-9). As anyone familiar with virgin sightings knows, they never preach the same Gospel as Paul's; no they preach things like devotion to Jesus' mom, immaculate hearts, and rosaries, which are not Gospel most especially devotion to Jesus' mom; which is clearly condemned in Deut 13:1-18.

In the future, God will lend a hand in making people fall for apparitions, but what about now? Why does God permit people to be sucked in by miracles and apparitions in our day? Answer: Remember how God tested Abraham? Same thing. It's to prove their true colors.

Deut 13:3-5 . .Yhvh your God is testing you to find out whether you love Him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is Yhvh your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.

It should go without saying that when people venerate a women and go whoring after a so-called immaculate heart; they are not loving Yhvh with all their heart and with all their soul; nor are they revering Yhvh alone, nor keeping His commandments, nor obeying and serving Him.

I and my fellow believers, however, cannot be taken in by apparitions because my Father watches out for us in ways that others cannot imagine.

1Cor 10:12-13 . .But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. But God is faithful. He will prevent the temptation from becoming so strong that you can't stand up against it. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.

That promise is, of course, limited to believers: it is not extended to your average rank and file pew warmer; viz: it is only for those of us who were chosen in advance to be predestinated for adoption.

Eph 1:3-5 . .Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will

I and my fellow believers have not only undergone adoption into God's own home, but also sealed with God's Spirit; viz: we have Heaven in the bag.

Eph 1:13-14 . .In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

In addition, the spirit of adoption compels I and my fellow believers to call out to a Father, never to a mother.

Rom 8:15 . .You have received a spirit of adoption; by which we call out; Dad! Father!

The evil spirit behind Fatima, Tilma, and Guadalupe is a thief, a robber, and a stranger.

John 10:1-6 . .Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. . And a stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.

Objection: You say Bible referencing is a common tactic (e.g. Matt 4:5-6) and the Devil and his associates are specifically stated to be ministers of light (2Cor 11:13-15). Couldn't that perfectly describe you?

Are my wife and I Satanic messengers? There's really no way to tell; is there? No, there is really no way to tell. Are my wife and I Heaven-sent messengers? There's really no way to tell; is there? No, there is really no way to tell; none at all; and there you have the very reason why it is going to be so easy to fool people when 2Thss 2:8-12 comes to pass.

The Brown Scapular

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia's version of the legend, an apparition gave a scapular to a man named Ste Simon Stock at Cambridge, England, on Sunday, 16 July, 1251 with these words:

"Take, beloved son, this scapular of thy order as a badge of my confraternity and for thee and all Carmelites a special sign of grace; whoever dies in this garment, will not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, a pledge of peace and of the covenant."

According to the legend, in order for the Brown Scapular to be effective, it has to be worn at the time of death, and it can be worn by only one person at a time because according to the wording— which wasn't composed in a precise form until 1642; roughly 391 years after the event took place —the apparition gave Ste Simon only one scapular. Duplicates of course would just be knock-offs of the real thing and couldn't possibly be expected to be as effective as the original; which would be, at the time of this writing, 757+ years old and quite likely in a serious state of deterioration.

At any rate, to put trust in a mystical object like the Brown Scapular, or any other lucky charm for that matter— amulets, crucifixes, candles, and rosaries et al —would be elevating the testimony of an apparition over and above Christ's own personal testimony as an expert witness in matters pertaining to the Bible's plan of salvation.

John 3:31-34 . .He has come from heaven. He tells what he has seen and heard, but how few believe what he tells them. . . For he is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God's Spirit is upon him without measure or limit.

According to the Lord and Master of New Testament Christianity, no one will make it to safety via mystical objects. No, safety is possible only via a second birth and complete reliance upon Jesus' crucifixion as the one and only ransom that God himself prescribed to rescue sinners from the wrath of God.

John 3:3 . .I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born from above.

John 3:5-7 . .I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, you must be born again.

John 3:14-16 . .And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness [Num 21:4-9] so I, the Son of Man, must be lifted up on a pole, so that everyone who trusts in me may have eternal life. For God so cared for the world that He donated His only son, so that everyone who trusts in him will not perish but have eternal life.

It should be obvious that people who believe in the redeeming power of mystical garments have been drawn into the sphere of witchcraft and sorcery; and have utterly failed to believe that the New Testament's Jesus was telling the truth; and they have also failed to accept that he was dispatched by the Bible's God to lead humanity to safety. Subsequently; they are simply unable to count upon Jesus' crucifixion alone as a guaranteed fail-safe, sin-proof, commandment-proof, God-proof, human weakness-proof ransom to rescue their souls from the wrath of God; but instead, are trusting in apparitions, mystical objects, legends, and virgin sightings; ergo: those kinds of people are already condemned to Hell, no waiting period, and no delay.

John 3:17-18 . . God did not send His son into the world to condemn it, but to rescue it. There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been condemned for not relying upon God's only son.

John 3:36 . . All who rely upon God's son have eternal life. Those who disbelieve the Son will never experience life, but the wrath of God remains upon them.

Question: What are your opinions on Tourette's syndrome? There is a man in my church congregation with this disorder who some think is due to sin in his life.

That approach is terribly unfair to people with genuine problems. People are messed up for a variety of causes; including:

1) The natural order of things; e.g. Gen 3:17-19, 1Tim 5:23

2) Demonic vandalism; e.g. Job 2:7, Luke 13:10-17

3) Discipline; e.g. 1Cor 11:20-30

4) God's purposes; e.g. John 9:1-7, John 11:1-44

I believe demonic vandalism is responsible for a fairly large percentage of problems; including neurological disorders like Tourette's. I believe the dark beings can not only infect people's minds in order to influence human thinking (e.g. Eph 2:2, 2Cor 4:3-4, 2Tim 2:24-26) but also tamper with the workings of the human body and cause it to malfunction (e.g. Mark 9:17-29, Luke 13:10-16).

Demon possession like that of The Exorcist is sensational; but relatively uncommon. The mental and physical varieties of demon possession are far more prevalent, and much more difficult to detect; especially the mental variety. It's possible to have a possessed mind and be totally unaware of it; and I'm not talking about mental illness; I'm talking about everyday, perfectly rational people that you meet on the street, in the mall, on the highway, at the hair dresser's, at the supermarket, at the doctor's, in the hospital, at the bakery, in department stores, in school, at the movies, and family members in your own home; including your own self.

The kingdom of the air is quietly parasitic and covert; consisting of paranormal beings that are impossible to detect with the five natural senses or by the use of scientific instruments. Physicians can't diagnose demonic activity; thus they go undetected; and even if they could detect the presence of demonic vandalism; what could they do about it? Nothing; not one d_mn thing.

The Matrix               

Demon possession like that of The Exorcist is sensational; but it's just a diversion so people won't notice the subtle variety of demonic activity; which is far more common and much more difficult to detect. It's possible to have a mind infected with invisible beings and be totally unaware of it; and I'm not talking about mental illness; I'm talking about everyday, perfectly rational people that you meet on the street, in the mall, on the highway, at the hair dresser's, at the supermarket, at the doctor's, in the hospital, at the bakery, in department stores, in school, at church, at the movies, people in Municipal, State, and Federal government, theocratic hierarchies, and family members in your own home; including your own self.

The dark beings under Satan's command are intelligent, powerful creatures using methods beyond our understanding to control human minds and manipulate our world. The Devil promised Jesus the kingdoms of the world if he would worship him. Could the Devil deliver on such a promise? Yes, I believe he could; and still can, because the dark world's degree of control over Man's affairs is beyond belief; and predicted to eventuate in a counter-Christ who is going to make all forms of religion illegal but his own; including, but not limited to; Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Wicca, and Atheism.

2Cor 4:3-4 . .And even though our gospel is veiled, it is veiled for those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that they may not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

That is truly nightmarish and beyond belief. Dark beings are doing things to people's minds in some strange psychological way to throw a blanket over the Bible to prevent it's light from illuminating the minds of the lost. I can best picture their condition as victims of the Wachowski Brothers' Matrix.

Life in the Matrix is so real in the minds and psyches of its victims, that they simply cannot be persuaded there's a Matrix at all until they're out of it. Human hosts encapsulated in the Matrix have been there all their lives; from infancy; they've known no other kind of existence. As they lie comatose in their life support pods; Matrix controllers download virtual reality into their heads fooling their delusional victims into thinking they have a life. They're utterly helpless, and totally, and completely unaware of any other reality than the one Matrix controllers put in their heads; vis-à-vis: the damned quite literally have no consciousness of their association with dark beings until such a time as Bible thumpers like myself come along and reveal the existence of a real-life hidden world.

Demonized victims are utterly powerless to escape unless someone from outside— a Morpheus if you will —intervenes to rescue them. That is such a cool picture of salvation. Salvation is first, and foremost, a bold rescue operation to liberate the d_mned from not only the wrath of God; but also to liberate their minds from the destructive influence of invisible intelligences.

Christ's crucifixion plays a key role in evicting the dark beings from Man's world.

John 12:31-32 . .Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.

Acts 26:15-18 . .Then I asked; Who are you, Lord? I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting; the Lord replied. Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen of me and what I will show you. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.

Ergo: people that are not currently saved, are currently under Satan's power; because demon infection is everybody's default condition until such a time as The Lord intervenes to liberate people from the dark beings.

Eph 2:1-3 . .And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience— among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

Seducing Spirits                           

Eph 6:12 . .For our struggle is not with flesh and blood, but is against the rulers, the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

1Tim 4:1 . .Now The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils

Let me tell you something, I believe those excerpts speak of terrifying realities; and the Bible doesn't say those things just to entertain the world's curiosity. It tells the world about the dark sphere to clue us in to just what we're up against and what's going on in the air all around us. Just how widespread are angelic parasites? It's much worse than anybody ever dreamed and no one is immune. Like high blood pressure, the dark beings are silent killers because their machinations are happening right under everybody's very noses and we can't detect them with either natural senses nor scientific instruments.

Eph 2:1-3 . .As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins. In which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.

That is the testimony of the apostle Paul, assigned to the Gentiles. He admits he was at one time influenced by dark beings too just like everybody else. And worse; he points out that human beings are "by nature" objects of wrath. My God! To think there are literally millions of sincere Catholics right this very minute trying to merit their way into Heaven by being goody-goodies when all the while they are by nature objects of wrath rather than by nature objects of blessing.

FAQ: If God so loved the world, why did he banish Satan to the earth to ruin everything?

I really don't think the Devil was banished here for that purpose. Actually I'm not even so sure that his presence on the earth is the result of a banishment. The Bible reveals so little about the dateless past that I'm afraid most of what I might have to say about the Devil's association with mankind, and his relationship to our planet, is mostly a mixture of a little bit of fact with a whole lot of speculation and conjecture.

But one thing's for sure. When the human race rejected God's leadership, it was given over to an evil substitute. Satan, today, is the alternate to God in our world, and he and his minions are the spirits that now inhabit mankind instead of the Holy Spirit. In God's opinion, it was right, and fair, to hand everybody over to the Devil since the entire human race, by Adam's act, rejected the Almighty's counsel in the beginning and preferred the Serpent's way of thinking. Mankind actually voted the Devil into office and voted the incumbent out; ergo: the Devil reigns in our world because it's what everybody wants.

1John 5:19 . .We know that we are children of God; and that the world around us is aligned with wickedness.

Stealth; The Dark World's Advantage                      

You know, if we could see the spirits in the air around us, I think we would go mad with a case of nerves. They watch us eating, sleeping, at love, on the toilet, in the shower, at work, on the freeway, on the bus, on the train, camping, hiking, shopping, in church; everywhere. According to Mark 5:9, there's thousands and thousands of them. They have superior intelligence and unimaginable supernatural skills to mess with human minds, ruin their health, and manipulate their lives. They're insensitive, heartless predators, preying on people like human wildlife.

How could anyone catch on to them? They're invisible. They're silent. They have no more substance than thin air and can't be detected by our natural senses nor by scientific instruments. And they have superior intelligence; far more superior than any genius you could possibly name— way beyond the intellects of Carl Sagan, Einstein, Mozart, Stephen Hawking and Pope Benedict XVI. And way, way beyond your own too. Since they have those advantages, how can anyone be sure that their mind hasn't already been infected; and subsequently become delusional?

Webster's defines delusion as: a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self. In other words, deluded people have a false perception of reality. Often what they believe to be real isn't real, and what they believe to be unreal, isn't unreal. Delusion is sort of like the Matrix. You have to escape it in order to see it because nobody can convince you the Matrix even exists while you're in it.

One needn't be psychotic to be delusional; everybody is delusional to some degree because everybody has an ego, which, in psychoanalytic theory; is one of the three divisions of the psyche that serve as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality; especially by functioning both in the perception of, and the adaptation to, reality. All that really means is that our minds see ourselves, and our world, through tinted spectacles; making all of us vulnerable to subconscious manipulations of truth and reality.

All that a dark being has to do to bring your perception of reality into agreement with its agenda is simply access your ego and manipulate the concepts stored in your core values that define you as a person. Once your identity becomes aligned with the way a dark being wants you to perceive reality; you're in the bag. It then becomes very difficult, if not nearly impossible, to correct someone's perception of reality because to do so means tampering with their identity; which is a comfort zone that human nature quite naturally defends to its dying breath. That explains why the average Catholic is so reactive whenever somebody dares to say anything negative about their religion and/or its hierarchy and its venerated personages. They take any, and all, such comments as a personal attack, and construe them an expression of hatred for all Catholic people everywhere.

Wouldn't you agree it is at least a possibility, that in spite of all of your precautions, you too have been outwitted by the spirit intelligences lurking about in the invisible world? If it can happen to others, then who's to say it can't happen to you too? If the spirits truly are expert at psychological manipulation beyond any human equal, then how can any mortal hominid beast— whose mind is produced by a 3-pound lump of flabby organic tissue housed within its bony little skull —really know who to trust?

The Ghost In The Darkness                      

1Pet 5:8 . .Be self controlled and alert. Your enemy the Devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Satan gets his fair share of fresh meat from people believing themselves to be Christians who are under the false impression they cannot be fooled by his strategies. But just because you believe yourself to be a follower of Christ doesn't make you bullet proof.

Apparitions are not really intended to influence believers. Those kinds of devilish schemes are there to reinforce the beliefs of apostates. Jesus' sheep are impervious to apparitions.

Matt 16:18-19 . .And I also say to you that you are Petros, and upon this petra I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it.

So, how does one resist the Devil? By placing a crucifix on their pillow at night? By getting angry and ordering Satan out of the house? (chuckle) No. Be realistic. Christians can resist the Devil very easily by stubbornly clinging to the Bible no matter what.

2Cor 11:3 . .But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray

Eve's major mistake was in letting the Serpent persuade her to lose confidence in the reliability of God's teachings; thus leading her to inadvertently insinuate that the Bible's God is a person of low moral integrity who cannot be trusted to tell the truth. After that, it was easy. The Serpent just let Eve's human nature take over and do the rest.

Gen 3:6 . .When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.

Apparitions have a powerful influence upon human nature; and that's what makes them so effective. People can see a virgin with their own eyes, they can hear its teachings with their own ears, and they can watch its miracles and verify its predictions. How can you argue with that? Easy.

If only Eve had stubbornly stuck to God's teachings rather than let the Serpent's logic— and subsequently her own human logic —take control of the situation, she would never have eaten that fruit. No matter how persuasive the Serpent became, Eve should have never given in no matter how stupid she might have looked for not listening to him.

Eph 6:11 . .Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the Devil's schemes.

The armor of God consists of several items; one of which is the shield of faith. Real Bible faith consists of confidence and trust— two key elements sorely missing in Eve's association with the Bible's God.

Another item of armor is the sword of The Spirit; which represents the Bible. Eve surrendered that sword the instant she let the Devil persuade her that God's teachings are unreliable and that what she was able to see with her own eyes, and reason with her own logic, was the better way to go.

The apparition of Fatima claimed to have been sent by Christ. But its message was not the message of the Bible's Christ. No, its message was the message of a strange Christ; one that directs people's devotion to Joseph's wife and her sacred heart rather than to God's son.

2Cor 11:3 . .But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

Death's Harvest                 

I would not enjoy the death of lost souls. They're in for a mind blowing jolt. The instant we go through death, the invisible creatures who inhabit the air all around us just may become easily seen. Can you just picture it? Suddenly aware of the spirit beings who have been with us every day of our lives and we didn't even know it? It's enough to stop your heart.

I can just see their evil sneers as they gloat over the terrified dead. The demons win, and that soul moves off into a black eternity. To get a rough idea of what that might be like, rent Patrick Swayze's movie Ghost and watch spellbound as dark beings claim their prey. It'll curdle your blood.

Dramas like that go on all the time. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident population of the United States, projected to 01/20/09 at 08:37 am EST was 305,650,808 with a death rate of one every twelve seconds. On average, 7,200 people die every day in America— 300 per hour.

Allowing for say, 1/3rd of those 7,200 daily American deaths to be underage children, would leave 4,800 adult-age Americans crossing over to the other side every day. According to Matt 7:13-14 and Matt 22:14, the majority of those 4,800 adult-age Americans have not been making it to safety. Giving them the benefit of the doubt by setting the minimum percentage of the many at 51%, would indicate that 2,448 Americans are taken to perdition each day: roughly 102 per hour.

That's a very conservative estimate as The Lord didn't really specify exact percentages to represent the quantities few and many. Just think; by the time Katie Couric completes her half-hour evening report, a bare bones minimum of 51 Americans transferred to the Bible's hell.

Using the ratio of 102 condemned souls per hour per 305,650,808 population: computing the number of condemned souls worldwide from a currently estimated population of 6,755,063,229 rounds out to something like 2,254 global arrivals in Hell every sixty minutes. Those numbers would fill the new 51,800 seat Yankee Stadium in just under one day with a full hour to spare.

Look around you. See the people? your friends, your family, your co workers, the people in the malls and on the freeways? In a mere fifty years a very large portion of them will be gone. That's a lot of graves. The netherworld surely must be an enormous, clamorous, seething sea of nameless souls. And all of them forever shut out from God with no hope of relief; and constantly mocked as silly morons by the dark beings who led them there.

Objection: There are no demons. Demonology is a belief borrowed from the early Christians largely from Persia through inter-testament sources. Isn't it funny how the gods and angels of older religions become the "demons" of new religions? for Christianity most of the demons named in the Bible, and in official demonology sources, are gods from Rome, Persia, Sumer, Egypt, etc. In fact the Greek work "Daemonion" simple means a higher intelligence like the Latin word genius. It has no implication of evil whatsoever.

The common Greek word for "demon" in the New Testament is spelled differently. It's daimonion (dahee-mon'-ee-on) which means a demonic being; by extension a deity; viz: a god. In the numerous locations where daimonion appears in the text, it never once refers to somebody's IQ. It always, and without exception, refers to evil personages.

Covertness, infiltration, subterfuge, confusion, disinformation, camouflage, stealth, disguise, concealment, silence, secrecy, and the element of surprise are tactical advantages in any conflict. The dark beings have managed to convince that objector they don't exist; let alone that they're nearby, even already inside his head. Now he's off-guard, and a really easy mark.

The Future                             

Objection: The final phase of the Fatima prophecy deals with the annihilation of many nations: soon. Explain that away when the time comes!

As I have been saying all along; and I will now repeat for the Nth time: I have not denied that Fatima and its miracles actually took place. All my comments have been based upon my own personal conviction that Fatima— its predictions, and its miracles —really did happen as witnessed and as reported. In point of fact, I regard Fatima as an excellent, real-life "poster child" for validating Deut 13:1-18, Matt 24:24-25, 2Thss 2:8-12, and Rev 13:13-15.

All four of those passages are predicated upon real, honest-to-gosh miracles and predictions, not fake ones. Pay attention to language and grammar. They're in the Bible for a purpose.

I have not explained anything away as far as miracles and predictions are concerned. Fatima would not fit into the category of Deut 13:1-18 if its predictions were to fail to eventuate.

As far as the annihilation of nations goes, any kid with a sixth grade education can read that for themselves in the book of Daniel. You don't think the dark beings read the Bible? I can assure you they do; and they know it a whole lot better than the average pew warmer.

Also, it needs to be taken into consideration that the Devil plays a large role in the manipulation of world events. It is child's play for him to predict his own agenda.

That objector needs to pull their head out of the sand and realize that they've been victimized by invisible beings whose intelligence far exceeds their own. It's just a pity that those who claim to believe in evil spirits do not believe themselves capable of being fooled by them; but I can easily guarantee that when it happened, they never saw it coming. The New Testament's Jesus said that even the very elect themselves are susceptible to dark influences.

Matt 24:24-25 . .For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the very elect. Behold, I have told you in advance.

My G_d! To think that modern Christians, especially Roman Catholics— professing themselves to be students of the Bible and followers of the New Testament's Christ —are whole-hearted proponents of Satan's machinations is just beyond belief; but sadly: to be expected.

2Cor 11:13-15 . .For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their deeds.

Deut 13:1-18 sentences proponents of apparitions like Fatima to the death penalty; and I don't think I have to tell anybody what comes after that.

 


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