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Posted in Uncategorized on February 17, 2012 by veritasparanormal
Today I announced to my wife that I had biblical proof that there were no women in heaven….
Revelation 8:1 “When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. ” …
She responded with….
 Matthew 13:42  “They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth “
 I countered with….
Proverbs 21:9  “Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife”
 I am looking for the ladder now….
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The Seven Catholic Sacraments

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2012 by veritasparanormal

The Latin word sacramentum means “a sign of the sacred.” The seven sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Christians. They are special occasions for experiencing God’s saving presence. That’s what theologians mean when they say that sacraments are at the same time signs and instruments of God’s grace. If you learn more about the sacraments, you can celebrate them more fully.  Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God. Eucharist Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God. Reconciliation The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others. Confirmation Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Marriage For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values. Holy Orders In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness. Anointing of the Sick The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of commitment and discipleship. Whether we are baptized as infants or adults, Baptism is the Church’s way of celebrating and enacting the embrace of God.

  Eucharist

Catholics believe the Eucharist, or Communion, is both a sacrifice and a meal. We believe in the real presence of Jesus, who died for our sins. As we receive Christ’s Body and Blood, we also are nourished spiritually and brought closer to God.

  Reconciliation

The Catholic Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as Penance, or Penance and Reconciliation) has three elements: conversion, confession and celebration. In it we find God’s unconditional forgiveness; as a result we are called to forgive others.

Confirmation

Confirmation is a Catholic Sacrament of mature Christian commitment and a deepening of baptismal gifts. It is one of the three Sacraments of Initiation for Catholics. It is most often associated with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Marriage

For Catholics, the Sacrament of Marriage, or Holy Matrimony, is a public sign that one gives oneself totally to this other person. It is also a public statement about God: the loving union of husband and wife speaks of family values and also God’s values.

Holy Orders

In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, or Ordination, the priest being ordained vows to lead other Catholics by bringing them the sacraments (especially the Eucharist), by proclaiming the Gospel, and by providing other means to holiness.

Anointing of the Sick

The Catholic Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick, formerly known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, is a ritual of healing appropriate not only for physical but also for mental and spiritual sickness.

Why become a Catholic ?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2012 by veritasparanormal
The Cure d’Ars and the Devil
That Hell exists and that there are fallen angels condemned to hell, is a dogma of the Catholic faith. The devil is a personal, living being, not a figment of the imagination. True, his activity in the world remains for the most part, hidden; none the less, by divine permission, at times the evil one comes out into the open.
For the space of 35 years – from  1824 to 1858 – the Cure d’Ars was subjected, even outwardly to the molestations of the evil one. What if, by preventing him from taking both food and sleep, Satan had succeeded in inspiring him with a distaste for prayer, penance and the exertions of the apostolic life, and in obliging him to give up the cure of souls!
But the enemy of our salvation was disappointed and defeated.
The Saint Attacked By The Powers Of Darkness
It was to be expected that so signal a triumph of religion, as well as the personal holiness of him who was instrumental in bringing it about, would rouse the fury of hell. The Scriptures tell us that Satan at times disguises himself as an angel of light. In our days he is even more cunning: he persuades people, all too successfully, that he does not exist at all. One of the most amazing features of the life of the Cure of Ars is that during a period of about thirty-five years he was frequently molested, in a physical and tangible way, by the evil one.
It should be borne in mind that all men are subject to temptation—for to tempt to sin is the devil’s occupation, so to speak—and temptation is permitted by God for our good. is an of the devil, when he seeks to terrify by horrible apparitions or noises. goes further: it is either, when the devil acts on the external senses of the body; or, when he influences the imagination or the memory. occurs when the devil seizes on and uses the whole organism. But even then mind and will remain out of his reach. Most of the Cure of Ars’ experiences belong to the first category, viz.,.
The powers of darkness opened the attack in the winter of 1824. In the stillness of a frosty night terrific blows were struck against the presbytery door and wild shouting could be heard coming, so it seemed, from the little yard in front of the house. For a moment the Cure suspected the presence of burglars so that he asked the village wheelwright, one Andre Verchere, to spend the following night at the presbytery. It proved an exciting night for that worthy. Shortly after midnight there suddenly came a fearful rattling and battering of the front door whilst within the house a noise was heard as if several heavy carts were being driven through the rooms. Andre seized his gun, looked out of the window but saw nothing except the pale light of the moon: “For a whole quarter of an hour the house shook—and so did my legs,” the would-be defender subsequently confessed. The following evening he received another invitation to spend the night at the presbytery but Andre had had enough. These and similar disturbances were of almost nightly occurrence. They happened even when the Saint was away from home—in the early years when he was still able to lend a hand to his clerical neighbours. Thus on a certain night during a mission at St Trivier, the presbytery shook and a dreadful noise seemed to proceed from M. Vianney’s bedroom. Everybody was alarmed, and rushing to the Saint’s room the priests found him in his bed which invisible hands had dragged into the middle of the room. M. Vianney soon perceived that these displays of satanic humour were fiercest when some great conversion was about to take place, or, as he playfully put it, when he was about to “land a big fish.” One morning the devil set fire to his bed. The Saint had just left his Confessional to vest for Mass when the cry, “Fire! fire!” was raised. He merely handed the key of his room to those who were to put out the flames: “The villainous !” (it was his nickname for the devil) “unable to catch the bird, he sets fire to the cage!” was the only comment he made. To this day the pilgrim may see, hard by the head of the bed, a picture with its glass splintered by the heat of the flames. It must be remembered that at no time was a fire lit in the hearth and there were no matches in the presbytery.
These molestations were both terrifying and ludicrous. The holy man ended by getting inured to them, so much so that he often poked fun at their author who showed himself in a very poor light indeed. With a smile the Saint once remarked: “Oh! the and myself—we are almost chums.” As a sample of Satan’s sense of humour the following is characteristic of one whom somebody called “God’s ape.” The devil would go on for hours producing a noise similar to that made by striking a glass tumbler with the blade of a steel knife; or he would sing, “with a very cracked voice,” the Saint said, or whistle for hours on end; or he would produce a noise as of a horse champing and prancing in the room, so that the wonder was that the worm-eaten floor did not give way; or he would bleat like a sheep, or miaow like a cat, or shout under the Cure’s window: “Vianney! Vianney! potato-eater.” The purpose of these horrible or grotesque performances was to prevent the servant of God from getting that minimum of rest which his poor body required and thus to render him physically unfit to go on with his astonishing work in the confessional by which he snatched so many souls from the clutches of the fiend. But from 1845 these external attacks ceased almost entirely.
The Saint’s constancy amid such trials was rewarded by the extraordinary power God gave him to cast out devils from the possessed. Nevertheless, horrible as may be the condition of one whose body is possessed by the devil, it is as nothing by comparison with the wretched plight of a soul which, by mortal sin, sells itself, as it were, to Satan. The holy priest may be said to have spent the best part of his priestly career in a direct contest with sin through his unparalleled work in the confessional. The Cure’s confessional was the real miracle of Ars, one that was not merely a passing wonder, or the sensation of a few weeks. Great as were his penances, assuredly the greatest of them all was the endless hours spent by him within the narrow confinement of a rugged, comfortless, unventilated confessional. This miracle went on for forty years. The astonishing thing about M. Vianney is that he himself personally became the object of a pilgrimage, people flocking to Ars in hundreds of thousands just to get a glimpse of him, to hear him, to exchange but a few words with him, above all, to go to confession to him.
It is said that the Devil told St. John Vianney, “If there were three such priests as you, my kingdom would be ruined.”The Saint, for his part, developed a remarkable sense of humor about  the supernatural assaults, saying, “Oh! the grappin” – his nickname for  the Devil – “and myself? We are almost chums.”
It’s not likely that we’ll ever have to struggle with Satan the way St.  John Vianney did, but we should be familiar with who he is and what he  does – and why he must be resisted. That begins with acknowledging that  he exists and that he wants to destroy us. It means knowing that  although he is powerful, Satan is limited and he is already defeated (CCC 2852, 2864).
St. John Vianney – Incorrupt Relic (1786-1859)

The Death of Sennacherib: A Case Study in Prophecy

Posted in Uncategorized on February 16, 2012 by veritasparanormal

By Wayne Jackson

The study of Bible prophecy is a most fascinating engagement. In his monumental work, Encyclopedia of Biblical Prophecy, the late Professor J. Barton Payne contended that the Bible contains 1,817 prophecies which embrace 8,352 predictive verses. These, he said, consume about twenty-seven percent of the whole biblical text (1973, 674-675). In this brief article we will consider but one of these prophecies.

Sennacherib was a monarch who reigned over the ancient Assyrian Empire for twenty-five years (705-681 B.C.). His name is found thirteen times in the Old Testament. Most notably he is mentioned in the Bible in connection with his invasion of Syria and Palestine in 701 B.C. He came west to put down a revolt in Phoenicia, then in Judah, over which Hezekiah reigned (for twenty-nine years) as the thirteenth king of the southern regime. The biblical text reads as follows:

Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fortified cities of Judah, and took them (2 Kings 18:13).

Assyrian records state that he took forty-six fortified cities and captured numerous other smaller communities. Sennacherib bragged that he took 200,150 captives (men and women, young and old). He further stated that he shut up Hezekiah as a prisoner in his royal palace, “like a bird in a cage” (Pritchard 1958, 200).

His army surrounded Jerusalem while the king himself remained for a while at Lachish, some twenty-five miles southwest of the Holy City (18:14; but see 19:8). This minimal achievement powerfully supports the Bible record, namely that the Assyrian ruler did not capture Jerusalem. He was known to boast of his victories; but regarding Jerusalem he was silent. This is an important point. (Note: a copy of the Sennacherib Prism resides in the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago; another, the Taylor prism, is in the British Museum in London.)

Hezekiah, who was one of Judah’s better kings, had been seriously intimidated by the threat, and he paid the Assyrian ruler three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold. This is the equivalent of eleven tons of silver and a ton of gold! This precious bounty was stripped from the sacred temple and the king’s palace.

Presently, Hezekiah decided to appeal to God in prayer. Is it not tragic how often the Lord is consulted as a last resort? The Jewish ruler approached Isaiah and asked him to petition Jehovah on behalf of the remnant of his people. The Lord’s answer, by means of his prophet, was that the Assyrian king would not prevail! (2 Kings 19:1-7).

With stunning brevity, reflecting the restraint of divine inspiration, the Old Testament writer records how the Lord God dealt with the pagan army.

And it came to pass that night, that the angel [messenger] of Jehovah went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians, one hundred and eighty-five thousand. And when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies (2 Kings 19:35; Isaiah 37:36; Psalm 76).

Sennacherib’s arrogant blasphemy against Jehovah was answered by a sizable conglomerate of corpses! Hostile critics scoff at this supernatural account, but there is no reason for the devout Bible student to question it.

There appears to be a distorted recollection of the event two centuries later. The Greek historian Herodotus records the rumor of a massive destruction of Sennacherib’s army at the “entrance” to Egypt. He depicted it as a plague of field mice that chewed up the Assyrians’ leather bowstrings, quivers, and shield straps. Interestingly, he attributed the destruction to a divine intervention, a lack of “reverence” for “the gods” (The Histories II.141). Professor Ridderbos noted: “In this story we find the garbled reminiscence of the disaster that struck Sennacherib’s army” (1985, 312).

The poet Lord Byron captured the drama of the event in his celebrated epic, “The Death of Sennacherib” (though he erred in the title; the Assyrian king did not die in this catastrophe).

For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast, And breathed in the face of the foes as he passed. And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill, And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still.

The Prophecy

For a consideration of the prophecy upon which we focus, we must go back momentarily to a previous text. The Lord, through Isaiah, informed Hezekiah:

Be not afraid of the words you have heard [Sennacherib’s threat], by which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him, and he shall hear news, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land (2 Kings 19:6b-7).

Several things in this text are worthy of reflection. First, the Lord says, “I will put a spirit in him, and he shall hear news.” The expression is shrouded in mystery. Was it the report of an approaching Egyptian force (vv. 8-9) whom the Lord might have stirred? Or the stunning news of the destruction of his army at Jerusalem? (19:35-36). Most likely the latter. The declaration that God would be orchestrating the message is clear (cf. Acts 17:26). Sennacherib’s arrogance would be replaced with a paralysis of fear!

Second, there is the prophecy that he would return to his own land. The ruler did go home presently. Significant, however, is the fact that while he engaged in a number of subsequent military campaigns, he never again returned to Judah! Why not?

Finally, Jehovah declared: “I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.” This amazing prophecy was fulfilled precisely—some twenty years later. As one scholar has noted: “The mills of God grind slowly but exceedingly fine” (Patterson 1988, 268).

So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh. And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer [two sons] smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead (2 Kings 19:36-37).

An inscription from the annals of Esar-haddon (680 B.C.) confirms the biblical record:

In the month of Nisan . . . I made my joyful entrance into the royal palace, the awesome place wherein abides the fate of kings. A firm determination fell upon my brothers. They forsook the gods and returned to their deeds of violence, plotting evil . . . . They revolted. To gain the kingship they slew Sennacherib, their father” (Caiger 1944, 161-162).

The renegades fled. It is an ironical twist that the Assyrian ruler, who boasted that Judah’s God could not protect Jerusalem, himself was murdered “as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god.”

The study of Bible prophecy is a fascinating enterprise and constitutes powerful evidence of the divine origin of the Holy Scriptures.

On interviewing clients during a demonic investigation

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2012 by veritasparanormal

This is an excerpt from a thread in the paranormal Clergy affiliates but I felt that my response was salient and touches on some important elements of paranormal investigations:

 

“my experience professionally is always to have 2 different people interview a “client” at 2 different times and ideally during each interview there should be an “observer” who does nothing but watch & listen. The reaction of the subject of the interview is often more telling than the answers they give. Unfortunately we also must screen our clients for clarity and (this is going to rub some of you the wrong way…sorry) Honesty. There are  several reasons for this, the first reason is the most obvious…are they lying? The second is not quite so obvious…in many cases of demonic infestation the entity, when it perceives a  threat(that would be US) , will hide and the client may become convinced that “everything is OK now…it’s gone”. The observation of micro expressions as reactions to the mention of anything holy can give away the presence of a malevolent entity and at time the Questioner is so focused on asking the questions in a politically correct fashion that they may miss these reactions or dismiss them as the client feeling “awkward” towards the personal nature of the questions…..hence the observer.”

The Destruction of Sennacherib

Posted in Uncategorized on February 15, 2012 by veritasparanormal

The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold, And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold; And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea, When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
Like the leaves of the forest when summer is green, That host with their banners at sunset were seen: Like the leaves of the forest when autumn hath blown, That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.
For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast, And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed: And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill, And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!
And there lay the steed with his nostrils all wide, But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride: And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf, And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.
And there lay the rider distorted and pale, With the dew on his brow and the rust on his mail; And the tents were all silent, the banners alone, The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown.
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail, And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal; And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword, Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!

 

-Lord George Gordon Byron

A Christian deliverance and exorcism ministry.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 14, 2012 by veritasparanormal
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VPI is Christian ministry based paranormal investigation team with equal emphasis placed on science, lore and the experiences of our clients.
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Many paranormal teams undertake investigations for their own indulgence and frequently will, after 6-8 hours of tromping around your house, tell you “yes your house is haunted” and then load up their gear and head back to the office. VPI will see your case through to the end with respect for your faith and desired outcome. We will not accept every case that comes our way but if we TAKE it we will FINISH it.
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