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Some people believe that humans possess a sixth sense which is stronger in some than in others. If that is true, then it yet interacts with other realms of the mind in a similar way to our “conscience.” Many debates take place in our minds as information from our senses is processed. We get ideas, notions, and feelings that we either build upon or dismiss (see Whispers in the Mind, in my December 11, 2011 archives).

Artistic expression and invention often develop around these mental suggestions. Some argue that it is truer to say that humans have a spirit that enables us to discern certain things through inspiration. Some people claim to actually be able to make contact with spirits. Others say that intuition is no more than an evolved brain function.

My Webster’s Dictionary defines “intuition” as, “the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without rational thought or inference.” In other words, the mind sometimes skips to conclusions, which can often be brilliant, without possessing all the information that it needs to do so. Though this sort of thing has sometimes led to scientific discoveries, it is a very fallible process. People make most of their mistakes by jumping to conclusions, or thinking that they “just know” the correct answers.

The word “con-science” means “to know,” but that doesn’t mean that we actually know everything we think we do. Our conscience can be deceived. The conscience can make us conscious of things we would not otherwise comprehend, but it can blind us to others.

Is extrasensory perception really a different thing from inspiration, or the workings of the conscience? ESP may seem more other-worldly and mysterious only because of its association with the occult and unusual happenings. There are often anomalies involved, and though science knows that anomalies exist, it isn’t very good at dealing with such things. They are most often ignored (see “Out of Place Data” in my November 2013 archives).

I personally believe that the word “supernatural” should be defined as, “the natural which is beyond our present scientific understanding.” If science happened to physically detect God at this point in time, it would yet be unable to determine what was being sensed, even though God is just as real and natural as the nature that he created.

A couple of months back, I wrote about our senses, and how the good things of life are evidence that God is good. In that post, I mentioned the idea of the existence of a sixth sense. My post preceding this present one was about deception and evil. The existence of evil is evidence that the Bible is truthful about man and his world. The fact that we are yet wondering about a sixth sense is also evidence for God.

Science believes in the existence of other dimensions, but doesn’t accept that intelligent beings, some of which are hostile toward us, could populate another dimension. If God didn’t restrict them, it would be simple for such beings to deceive us, whether or not they revealed themselves to us.

The Bible tells us that we have a spirit (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Ezekiel 13:3, 2nd Corinthians 5:8), and while it teaches that God has at times made contact with man in a direct, physical manner, he most often speaks to our spirit through the conscience. Mainstream science is currently experimenting with wireless transmission of information directly to the human brain, but yet science doesn’t accept the Bible’s testimony that this is already happening.

In Hebrews 1:7, the angels are called “spirits,” and there is a being that the Bible calls “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). That description indicates that this “prince” uses all forms of communication to broadcast misinformation. The Bible warns us of the danger of flirting with the occult (1st Timothy 4:1), and tells us to “try the spirits whether they are of God” (1st John 4:1).

There was a woman who had a spirit of “divination” (Acts 16:16-19) who guided her employers to financial gain. After she followed Paul and Silas around, day after day proclaiming in a mocking manner, “these men are servants of the most high God,” Paul commanded the spirit to “…come out of her.” Her employers afterward made trouble for Paul and Silas when she was no longer of value to them. The Greek word “Puthon” (Python) translated as “divination” in Acts 16:16 was also the name of the area where the seat of the “Oracle” of Delphi was located.

It would be simple for an angelic being or spirit to manipulate the mind of a person dabbling in the occult. They know what is around the next curve of the road. They could give you déjà vu, or foretell the future to a limited degree. They know many things about people of the past, and could convince someone of reincarnation. While we might think that we are only playing a game, the game is playing us.

Be that as it may, I think that at some point in our lives, most people experience something that causes them to wonder about the existence of the “supernatural.” There’s a big difference in studies concerning the percentages of people (31% to 96%) who have experienced déjà vu, but it averages out to be two-thirds of us. That amounts to a lot of people.

Science “explains” the experience of déjà vu as an anomaly of memory, but it is really beyond the capability of science at the present time to prove very much about it. Studies indicate that most of those who have experienced déjà vu are college educated, and that the incidence of occurrences decrease with age. Because these things can be viewed as evidence in favor of the Bible, I’m going to list a few things from my own experience and that of others that I have confidence in.

I am by nature a very skeptical person, and I don’t expect to persuade someone to believe me if they themselves have not had similar experiences. Personally, I have only had a few déjà vu experiences, and they haven’t been too remarkable. Once however, when a stranger was introducing himself, I knew his name before he said it. I’ve also had the experience of knowing the buildings that I would see around the next bend of a road where I had never been. In my experience these things have been totally sporadic, and I don’t see how science could verify that sort of anomaly. I have experienced feelings of “déjà vu” less as I have grown older.

I have experienced other kinds of unusual coincidences, or anomalies. For instance, I chose the name for my younger brother, but we didn’t know at that time whether Mom was expecting a boy or a girl. I already had younger sisters, and Mom didn’t tell me until after my wife and I were married that if she had another girl, she was going to give her a feminine form of the first and middle names that I had chosen. You can make of it what you will, but I did not choose my wife because she was named what Mom had chosen for another daughter. I didn’t even notice it at the time.

I had noticed that the girl who became my wife, and the girl I dated previously, had the same first and last initials. They both had these initials in small letters on their eye-glasses, and when I first met my wife, besides thinking she was very pretty, I kept looking at her and wondering what seemed familiar about her. I don’t think she will be offended at my telling of this.

I’m not going to give the name of a christian man because some people would automatically be skeptical of him for telling this story. Many times, for this same reason, credible people will not tell something if it seems incredible. This man bought a little house several years ago, and one day looking off his front deck, he thought he remembered his parents taking him as a child to a house that once stood about 300 yards away on the hill across the road.

This was not in the area where his family had lived, but his dad did odd jobs and work around town. He verified with his parents, who were still living at that time, that he had been to a house that was once there. As a child, his parents had told him about a woman who had predicted his birth and that of his siblings, and he was reminded of this story.

The man doesn’t know if the woman was a christian who happened to get a bit of inspiration, or if she was someone who just happened to get it right. There was someone, perhaps the man’s uncle, who thought that this woman was a witch. She probably was just a quaint little lady.

Anyway, my christian friend’s parents had wanted children for some years, and his father was building a fence for this woman. The subject of children came up and she told him that he would father a family if he would quit smoking cigarettes. Science today seems to verify that smoking interferes with conception, but I don’t think it was known in those days. My friend’s father felt like the woman’s saying was a prophecy, and he must really have wanted children. He buried his pack of cigarettes in a post-hole in the lady’s yard and never smoked again.

My friend doesn’t think that he was subconsciously drawn to buy a house in this area because of some childhood memory, but he thinks it is more than just a coincidence. He says that when he looks across the road, it feels like he is looking across a valley of time. He feels that the woman’s prediction has something to do with him coming to believe there is more to life than meets the eye. God alone knows the whole truth.

I’m not going to tell any ghost stories, but I lived for a short time in a small duplex where some strange things were thought to take place. I do know that people who lived there had toyed with the occult. Not long after I moved out, in the middle of the night, a neighbor from up the little hollow awakened all the occupants of the duplex screaming that the attic was on fire. There was no fire, and he went home looking like a fool. A friend who yet lived there told me about it. A few weeks later, when no one was home, the house burned to the ground. I can think of a few possible explanations, but nothing that makes much sense. There was no suspicion of arson or anything.

So, maybe esp exists but I’m not sure that we know much more than we would otherwise. Life is a mystery, and so is the Bible (the Script), and Science is far from omniscient. We know more about the brain than we know about our mind.

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We know from the Bible that angels are able to alter their appearance, and can appear human if they desire. The words “angels,” and “men,” are often used in speaking of them in the same section of scripture (Genesis 18:1,2,16,22, and 19:1 plus 19:12-16). They can eat food that humans consume (Genesis 18,8, and 19:3). Notice in Genesis 19:16 that they can physically take someone by the hand to lead them.

Fallen angels could easily deceive humans into worshipping them as gods. Without doubt they have much to do with the origins of myths. In reporting historical interactions between humans and fallen angels, early man would have been limited in much the same way as we would be today. Human beings are restricted by incomplete knowledge, and it is practically always necessary to fill in the blanks. The results can add up to a great deal of confusion.

UFO records released in recent years by the governments of several countries (the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, plus several others) provide a good illustration of this. Many reports by military personnel, air traffic controllers and such, are solid testimony that something extraordinary is out there. On the other hand, pranks, hoaxes, psychological illusions, plus many cases of natural phenomenon and man-made objects mistaken for UFO’s, tend to throw doubt upon their reality.

The evolutionary idea is that intelligent life has evolved elsewhere in the universe and is visiting the earth. The theory of evolution however, is itself no more than a firmly established modern myth. It combines scientific facts relating to natural selection, once more plainly called heredity, and adaptation, with imaginative beliefs about those facts.

Fallen angels, at the very least, play an inspirational role in all these things. The word “inspire” actually comes from the word “spirit.” It is a more literal term than we usually understand. A general reason for creating so much confusion could be simply to keep human beings in the dark, and to create conflicts. When people don’t know what to believe, they grasp at straws; they imagine a lot of things. Those who seek the truth must sift through endless nonsense in the search for reality.

It seems to me that government cover-ups of UFO information have been more about what they don’t know than what they do. In other words, they have more than enough information to know that something is going on, but they’re not sure what it is. I don’t think that governments have wanted us to know how interested they are in UFOs.

I personally doubt that any government has a crashed UFO in its possession, though I suppose that fallen angels could create material objects if God let them do so. In John 4:24, Jesus said that God is a “Spirit,” yet this material universe was created by him. I don’t know why angels, who are also “spirits,” couldn’t make use of matter if God endured that degree of tinkering.

Open interaction between angels and man seems rare to me today compared to the time before Noah’s flood. There would have been very few atheists back then due to common knowledge of God’s recent creation. The activities of the fallen angels in the ancient world seem to be more about pretending to be gods themselves.

If you seek to separate fact from fantasy, there are some interesting underlying structures that can be seen in the myths. Broadly, myths from around the world testify that: (1) the world was created by a supreme being; (2) paradise was lost and death originated when a falsehood was believed; (3) people once lived much longer than today; (4) supernatural beings (gods, giants, etc.) once interacted frequently with man; (5) the old world was destroyed because of the evil of mankind; (6) only a few people survived a worldwide flood and the cataclysms involved; (7) a ship carrying these people landed high on a mountain, and the world was repopulated from there.

Thus the myths are a distorted retelling of historical events that ancient people were aware of. The distorted fantasy of the myths leads atheists today to deny the historic reality contained in them. Modern man subsequently tosses the Bible, which gives us the truth of these things, in with the myths.

The fallen angels are malignant tricksters. Foremost on their agenda is the destruction of man, and the way to destroy man is to deceive him. The fallen angels want to take mankind down with them, knowing that the way to hurt God is through his children. The most hateful thing that can be done is to deceive God’s children and turn them against him. That is the fallen angels way of  “getting back” at God.

I haven’t enjoyed writing on these recent subjects. I think I’ll next try to explain why I’ve spent so much time on the pre-flood happenings of chapter six of Genesis.

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As the Script has unfolded to reveal God’s plan for the future, more has also been made known about the distant past. Much of the Bible is written in a way that links elements of the past with current and future events. That is because history repeats itself and God draws parallels between events from different periods of time. Mankind repeatedly makes the mistakes of prior generations, and similar errors were made by certain angels before we existed.

The books of Isaiah and Ezekiel were written between two and three thousand years after the early chapters of Genesis, but they provide behind the scenes information from a time before the fall of man. Chapter fourteen of Isaiah draws a parallel between the fall of an angel called Lucifer (14:12-14), and the ruler of Babylon. “Lucifer” is the Latin version of the Hebrew name “Heylel” (ref. “Heylel” in my Dec. 2011 archives).

Lucifer said, “I will ascend into heaven; I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will be like the most High.” In verses thirteen and fourteen in many Bible translations, the Hebrew word “alah,” is translated as “ascend.” There’s nothing in particular wrong with the word “alah,” but there is something very wrong with an attitude of such altitude. In his quest to rise to dominion over the other angels and to take the place of God, Lucifer became the being known as Satan (Adversary).

In Ezekiel 28:2, a parallel is drawn between the ruler of Tyrus (Tyre), who has called himself “a God,” and a fallen angel (Ezekiel 28:14) called “the cherub that covers.” These chapters of the Bible also contain veiled references to the Antichrist who will rule the earth for a short time before the return of Jesus (See parts 1-5 of “Antichrist’s Control” in my May 2011, and June 2011 archives). Other angels followed Satan in attacking God and fell from their God-given habitations. Like Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden; at one time they had it all, but they lost everything by endlessly coveting more.

The way to paradise is a humble path. Jesus said in Matthew 11:29-30, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Jesus is the way (John 14:6). We can’t become gods, or become like God, by ascending anything, and that includes our “tree of knowledge.” Ascending the steps of this world’s hierarchies may be the way to go places in the temporal realm but it gets us nowhere with God.

The word “alah” is similar to Hebrew words for a holocaust or burnt offering (something going up in smoke), a stairway, and a leaf on a tree. The spelling of the words was the same before the invention of Hebrew vowel symbols, and the word “alah” can describe a violent ascent as well as a progressive one. Lucifer’s words in Isaiah 14:13 could be paraphrased as, “I will go up like a rocket.” Jesus said in Luke 10:18, “I beheld Satan, as lightning fall from heaven.” In defending the universe from Lucifer, a swift reaction from God seems to indicate that Satan’s strike against him was swift.

I think we need to be open to the possibility that the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2-4 were fallen angels (ref. my previous post). The primary meaning of the Hebrew word “Nephilim” is “the fallen ones,” though it can be translated as “giants,” or “tyrants.” A literal reading of Genesis 6:4 makes it sound as if there was definitely something different about the children of the sons of God and the daughters of men.

Some ancient writings apart from the Bible make it sound as if scientific experimentation was taking place in these “marriages,” perhaps in an attempt to lengthen the lifespan of a hybrid individual. It is right in the middle of these strange verses, in Genesis 6:3, where we learn that God was forced to shorten the lifespan of man (ref. “Wandering With God,” in my July 2012 archives).

Much of the mystery of the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:1-4 may be due to our lack of knowledge about what fallen angels could, or could not do. A study of angels in the Bible seems to indicate they can do about anything that they choose within limits set by God. One thing they can certainly do is deceive us if we don’t believe God.

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Within the Bible is a universe of both mystery and meaning. While much of the mystery can be resolved and the meaning understood, especially that which is most important, we are not going to comprehend everything. Chapter six of Genesis has content that will fit into all those categories. The Bible says that God is not the author of confusion, so that leaves us, and the fallen angels.

Life is often very bizarre. Genesis 6:5 says of mankind in the days before the great flood, “Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Every human being should be able to at least partially understand that verse. We are constantly bombarded by thoughts from all directions. If we accept them as ours, they become ours. One thing we don’t want to do is to let our thoughts run away with us. I’ve already written quite a bit about this sort of thing (ref. “the Mind Games,” in my Dec. 2010 archives, and “the Thinking Tree”, “Whispers in the Mind,” and “Nachash,” in my Dec. 2011 archives).

Even when we try to pray, our thoughts will often drift where they shouldn’t. I have found that the solution is to continue praying. The thoughts don’t actually have to be that bad; just something to shift our focus. Our thoughts are consumed by the problems and demands of life, and all the things of the self that come with being human. We act on foolish thoughts, and we act thoughtlessly. Ways of thinking can become so habitual that we’re no longer conscious of them.

So, we can understand Genesis 6:5, but we’ll have to wait for the Lord’s return to fully resolve the mystery of Genesis 6:1-4. In Genesis 6:2, are the “sons of God” descendants of Seth who married women descended from Cain? Although that may be a prominent conservative view, it’s difficult to read that much into the verse.

There are people who go far beyond this, forming twisted ideas about the bloodlines of Cain and Seth. If you make a study of these things, you will probably stumble upon some bizarre beliefs. For one thing, the bloodlines are used to justify forms of prejudice. By the way, the theory of evolution has been used in much the same manner, teaching that some families of man are more highly evolved than others.

Sometimes evolutionary ideas have been crossed with “religious” ones. I had written in more detail about this for this post, but I deleted most of it. I just don’t want to repeat some of the ideas involved. I want to prove my point, but not that badly. Hopefully, that which I’ve written will be sufficient to make the point that people let their thoughts run away with them.

Were the “sons of God” tyrants who forcibly gathered women in harems, and fathered children who became tyrants themselves? “Nephilim,” the Hebrew word translated as “giants” in some Bibles, is sometimes translated as “tyrants,” but there seems to be more to the story than that also.

No doubt there were many marriages between the families of Cain and Seth. There wouldn’t necessarily have been anything wrong with those marriages, but individuals do bring ideas and patterns of behaviour into relationships that are harmful to their children. Those are the things that are wrong, regardless of the bloodline.

Children inherit much more than a physical body from their parents, and from society, they inherit the ways of the world around them. Children of tyrants may be more likely to become tyrants themselves, though they are not fated to do so.

Another possible interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4, is that the “sons of God” were fallen angels. That expression is clearly used of angels, including fallen ones, in Job 1:6. I looked at several resources concerning this. The Nelson Study Bible (NKJV) says of Genesis 6:1-4, “The most likely interpretation is that the sons of God were fallen angels.”

Many other reputable resources reach the same conclusion. I intend to write about the fallen ones as soon as possible. It’s important to remember that Jesus, the only begotten son of God, is able to restrain the fallen angels. According to Jude 1:6, many of them are now bound in some way in order to protect mankind.

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There’s more to the world than meets the eye. There are undiscovered and unknown things, and “freaks” of nature. “Snow Rollers” are a well documented phenomena. Beautiful photos of them can be found on the internet, yet when you actually see them, it’s hard to believe your eyes.

I once saw them on my way to work on a windy winter morning. Not knowing their proper name at the time, I called them “snow wheels”. There were dozens of them in a field on a hillside. Most of them were around three feet high and more than half as wide, with holes through the centers large enough to see the sky beyond them. The moment you see them, you know they are a work of gravity, wind, and snow, but you can’t help but also feel that God has been playing there.

This was before cell phones with cameras, so what do you do? You don’t see such a wonder without telling someone, even though you know they probably won’t believe you. Snow rollers are rare, but can be scientifically verified. Some things can’t be easily verified.

I know three people who once saw UFOs, and I absolutely believe their story. One of them is now a Christian and doesn’t want to raise doubts about his character by talking about UFOs. He believes that what they saw had something to do with some phenomena of spirit, even though the UFOs appeared to be material objects. I’m aware that I risk losing credibility simply by saying that I believe my friends. They saw something very unusual, or they would not have told about it. Another of the three also became a Christian, but is now with the Lord, and I haven’t seen the other person in several years.

They told the same story, each from a slightly different perspective. One person will often notice something that another does not. My Christian friend was the last to see the objects. The roof of the car they were in blocked his view. At first he couldn’t see why the driver suddenly stopped the car, or what the yelling was about. They were all so stunned by what they were saw that neither of them remembered being afraid.

They were on a country back road at night, and the objects must have come down steeply to hover above the power lines just to the left of their car. All of them thought they were seeing a single object at first. When the objects separated, they realized that three smaller objects had been hovering in formation. No one remembered hearing any sound, though they got out of the car while the objects were nearby.

It’s difficult to estimate the size of something in the night sky, but the objects seemed to be about the size of a small auto a hundred feet or so above them. There was a large white light on the bottom of the object, and a small red light at the top, if I remember correctly (someone could correct me on the color and position of the lights). The bottom of the objects appeared to be flat and circular, and it seemed like a faint outline could be seen tapering in a short cone to the top. The height appeared to be about half as much as the diameter.

My friends estimated that they watched the objects for about 15 minutes. It could have been longer. At first, the objects moved fairly slowly around the horizon, but then they began to perform maneuvers that defied the laws of physics. They didn’t always stay close together. They oscillated back and forth at such speeds that they appeared to be a straight line of light, perhaps a hundred yards long. They shot straight up faster than the eye can follow and disappeared from sight, and my friends thought the show was over. Then they came back down to a dead stop, just as fast as they had ascended. When airplanes moved into the area the objects flew away much faster than the planes, yet not as fast as they had shown themselves capable of.

Jesus said in John 3:12, “I have told you of earthly things and you do not believe; how will you believe me if I speak of heavenly things? It’s very hard for most people to grasp that Jesus knows all that is out there. He created everything, and he is keeping track of all of it (John 1:1-3 & 1:10).

Science is searching for life in outer space believing it would have evolved in other places also. The Pioneer and Voyager spacecrafts, that we sent beyond the solar system, carried drawings and messages intended to inform aliens about us if the crafts are intercepted.

Ancient peoples were so certain that beings existed “out there” that they etched pictographs so large they can only be viewed from the sky. Many of the ancients also mistook angels for gods, and worshipped them instead of God. It would be easy to make such mistakes if God didn’t intervene. Jude 1:6 tells of angels who have been bound by God because they ventured far beyond the boundaries of freedom. Not all fallen angels are bound at this point in time though; Satan is not bound, but is roaming the earth (1st Peter 5:8, and 2nd Corinthians 11:14).

The apostle Paul in his letter to the churches at Galatia (Galatians 1:8) warned, “Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.” Just because someone appears to be wearing a halo doesn’t mean they know the truth. We are not to follow our imagination, nor to allow a message from what seems to be an angel, or an alien, to assume the importance of that which is revealed through Jesus Christ. There are factions, and false religions, that were founded more upon such “messages”  than upon the Script.

We can have confidence in Jesus because the revelation of the Bible is verified by history, science, and everyday life. We are to trust Jesus rather than in our own limited knowledge. One lesson that can be learned from UFOs, and everyday life, is that we know very little about the universe we live in. It is critical that we trust Jesus, the trustworthy one. Without him, a world of wonders becomes a world of deception.

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