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Some people believe that the numbers 11:11 appear more frequently than any numbers on the digital clock. Coincidence? Are the numbers 11:11 the bump on the otherwise round tire – the one you notice most for some reason?

Think about it. Do you make a note of 2:36? Or 12:17? How about 6:29?

You are more apt to pick out 1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 4:44, 5:55, 11:11, or 22:22 (military time).

Numerology is, roughly, the study of the esoteric relationship between numbers and physical objects or spiritual beings.

People who believe in numerology say that 11 and 22 and 33 and 44 and 55, etc., are “master numbers”. They especially believe that if you see 11, or 11:11, or 1111 it is a good omen. They believe that it signals the presence of good spirits or spirit guardians. They teach that we should open ourselves, even speak out loud to the “spirit guardians” and ask them what they would have us do! This is not only irresponsible, but dangerous.

Please allow me to explain.

When I began to see 11:11 over and over again, I decided to check the internet to see if others had seen the same thing. I found that there were quite a number of web sites that were either dedicated to the “mission” of the “spirit guardians”, or they at least had pages on a blog and comment threads that aired the subject in a public forum for all to see. I rejected most of what I found as being trite, and the trajectory similar to other devilish inspirations bent on fooling silly people into swallowing lies.

I went through the Christian Bible looking for special significance of 11. I went to the eleventh chapter and eleventh verse of several books of the Bible. While all Scripture is useful and good for edification and building up the Body of Christ, my approach to seeking the meaning of 11:11 was no better than holding the book on its spine and letting it fall open, closing my eyes and pointing my finger on the page, and then looking to see what it said.

My grandmother had a joke about “bibliomancy” (trying to use a book – in this case the Bible – for divination):

“I opened the Bible and pointed to a page. I read what it said: ‘Judas went and hung himself.’ Then I turned the book on its spine and let it fall open, pointed and read the admonition: ‘Go thou and do likewise’.”

As we can see, playing with the Scriptures is not the correct way to use the Bible.

That is how I feel about playing with the numbers 11:11. I mean, seriously? Are we going to accept that some unknown spirit, who, if it exists at all, has an agenda we do not know, and works for either God or the Devil, but we don’t know which, but whom we will trust because we keep seeing the number 11?

That is, in my opinion, the equivalent of spiritual Russian Roulette. We do not play with unseen spirits. We do not allow numbers to decide our future for us. We do not allow the ideology surrounding numerology to influence our lives simply because someone said this is a good idea!

Satan roams about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He may appear as an angel of light; he leads many astray with talk of “enlightenment”. Satan is sometimes called Lucifer – or “light bringer”, but his light is meant to bring great darkness to a soul. The name “Lucifer” is only found once in the Bible, and that only in the King James translation. It is not even a proper name for the devil, the adversary, or Satan. But that old serpent, the devil, has found a great use for that name, and one could take years discovering all the ways he has insinuated himself into esoteric studies and made himself an object of worship in the most “enlightened” and “illuminated” circles.

Jesus said that if our eye is whole then our body will be full of light, but if our eye is dark, then our body will be full of darkness.

Satan sends his demons and evil spirits to mimic dead people or “godly” angels. They are more than happy to tell us whatever we wish to hear, as long as it leads us farther and farther away from God. They will masquerade as “midwayers” or “guardian spirits” in order to belt us into our seats on the roller coaster to Hell.

How exquisitely stupid we humans can be: letting a little number open the door to spiritual hijacking instead of seeking the Lord who created the heavens and the earth. But hey, if you were Satan, wouldn’t you use every means available to steal God’s children away and get them focused on things that seem important while influencing them to¬† neglect their very souls? As long as they don’t see the wagon with the guillotine approaching until it is too late.

I’ve been mocked for believing in the existence of demons. Funny that people who believe in good and evil cannot extrapolate that concept into the greater existence of God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit versus a fallen angel, the Serpent, Satan, and his cohorts.

But in all seriousness, Satan would much rather that we didn’t know he was real, because that makes his job so much easier.

Satan, or Lucifer as some love to call him, is not a poor misunderstood light bringer. He is not the brother of Jesus. He is not the cat in the red pajamas. He is not red with horns and a pitchfork and a “bifurcated tail”. He is not an equal opposite to Jesus the Son of God. He is not omnipotent, nor is he omniscient or omnipresent. He must use the aid of his minions to do his work, and he is greatly outnumbered by the pure and holy angels of the Most High God!

Satan is a liar and the father of lies. He wants to rob, kill and destroy. He hates God, and he hates God’s creation – YOU. He will do anything to get you off the track, separated from God, and isolated from the Truth.

For those who believe in numerology and receive “spiritual” insight and information, ask yourself: where does this information come from?

Some of it is “channeled”. In other words, a person listens to a demonic being speak and gives that information to other people. Usually this information is given to a person called a “medium”. The medium can hear what other humans cannot usually hear, making him or her of value to “mundane” or normal people. The problem with this is the medium is listening to demons who are masquerading as long-lost loved ones or “kind and gentle” spirit guides who mean to lead us into truth.

Just because someone is spiritual, it does not automatically mean they are GOOD spirits. There are people who are led astray by unholy spirits, just as there are people who are led into all truth by the Holy Spirit. We must learn to discern which spirit we have come into contact with, and there is a way to discover the truth.

Here is how you can tell if a spirit is lying to you. Ask the medium to say, “Jesus Christ is Lord!” If he can’t say it, and if he cannot praise Jesus, then he is not of God and you should away from him immediately.

If a “midwayer” comes to you through a medium, tell the midwayer to say, “Praise Jesus Christ!” If the midwayer refuses or suddenly begins to act strangely, then you know that you have contacted a demonic entity and not a pure and holy angel of God or the Holy Spirit.

An angel of God will be able to praise the Lord God, and will gladly give praise, saying, “Jesus Christ is Lord”. A pure and holy angel of God, one who has not fallen into sin with humans and taken up with Satan, will never receive to, or allow worship of, himself. He will never give glory to a human being and will never try to make you do something sinful.

Pure and holy angels are sometimes disguised as humans, and we entertain them without realizing it as they go about their business serving God by helping humans. However, they do not wish for us to worship them and they are servants of God.

Sometimes God’s pure and undefiled angels appear in a fearful and terrible aspect, and they must calm the fear of the humans that perceive them. Such was the case when Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she was going to become pregnant with Jesus, conceived not by a human man, but of the Holy Spirit: his first words to her were, “Fear not”.

There are many uses of numbers, but God’s pure and holy angels are not tied to our paltry superstition about numerology. Numerology, like astrology, takes a thing that was created and turns it into something that must be worshiped or consulted before we humans, who were created in God’s image, can act! The highest of God’s creation on this earth bows to a thing meant to either serve us, or which exists purely for God’s pleasure and is merely for us to observe. We are an idolatrous race since the fall of man, and we so easily attach importance to things that are not important, while we leave the most important things undone.

Let us cease from attempting to divine the will of “spirit guardians” through the appearance of 11:11. Instead, let us ask God what HE means for us to do with our lives. He will not be false with us, and He won’t be arbitrary in His commands. He loves us and does not wish for us to be in bondage to numerology, astrology, angelology or demonology. He wants us to come to Him in love so that He can redeem us by the blood of His dear Son, Jesus. When we receive Him in this way, we inherit the Kingdom of God, where one day we will JUDGE even the angels themselves.

EET

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I was reading an older *National Geographic magazine today – it was about Uygurs in China and their struggle for independence.

One man was talking to the author of the article, who was taping their conversation; the interviewer asked the native Uygur man about Rebiya Kadeer, who is practially the Uygur patron saint in their fight for freedom. The man being interviewed: “…froze. ‘If China finds this,’ he said, pointing to my voice recorder and then reaching for my throat in mock vengeance, ‘on Judgment Day I will catch your neck.'”

I asked myself, who would want to “catch my neck” on Judgment Day? Instantly I was transported back in time to revisit situations and events that could have produced such a reaction in someone else. It was a useful exercise, because it showed me that I still have some work to do.

It is interesting to me that when I look back on my life, the most glaring errors are the ones I made when I didn’t show others who Jesus really is. When I see times I didn’t show the love of Christ, or when I compromised with the World, I realize that I was leading others astray. It is easier to see that when I look at my past experiences with the occult. It is harder to see when I was just playing church with a bunch of people in a setting where everyone strives to look like each other, talk the same talk, walk the same walk and pattern their lives after some 21st Century facsimile of what “church” should look like.

I didn’t say the truth about my struggles. Therefore, by keeping silent, I let others struggle silently, too.

I didn’t stand up and question the hypocrisy I was seeing, because I didn’t want to rock the boat.

I didn’t come alongside the smelly hippy because I didn’t want “the stain of the world” on me.

I didn’t learn what it meant to be genuine, because what was modeled to the young and impressionable me was a false face that said: “Everything is okay here, Jesus makes me glad, and I have no problems that God can’t fix!”

Try that when you are comforting a widower with four children. Or a mother whose only child just died.

In fact, everything in this life eventually boils down to death. Death is where the rubber meets the road – where everything suddenly becomes very real. Oh, it’s not the words in the eulogy. It’s the stuff that happens afterward. It’s the truth that comes out when the living are no longer present to hide it. It’s the unfinished business, the grudges, the unanswered letters, the unrequited passions and the lack of closure for those who would like to “catch your neck” but now they’ll have to wait until Judgment Day.

Life is so full of contradictions, and if we don’t try to figure out the truth of who we are, and WHOSE we are, then we will probably leave behind a number of people who would like to catch our necks. But it won’t be for the reasons we might think.

It won’t be because we forgot to return a book to Aunt Mabel, but it will be because we didn’t share the most important book in our library with her: the Bible.

It won’t be because we owed Uncle Al $500 that we kept meaning to pay him back, but there were other things we wanted to do with the money. It will be because we forgot that we are to owe no man anything except the debt of love, and that is one debt we certainly still hadn’t paid Uncle Al. In fact, he hadn’t had a hug, a phone call or a birthday card ever since he lent that money because we felt guilty over owing him. So now he is gone and we won’t get to revisit that debt again until Judgment Day.

Oh yes, Judgment Day will come. And for everything we have done, both good and evil. we will receive a just reward.

Bert from the corner market – the guy we saw every day and with whom we shared a funny story or a complaint about the weather will ask us: “Why didn’t you tell me that Jesus could forgive me and cleanse me? Why didn’t you tell me I was a sinner? Why didn’t you tell me anything but your stupid jokes, and now I’m going to HELL?!”

Mrs. Crabtree at the library will say; “You saw me once a week for six years, and never once did you inquire about my soul! How could you have been so selfish not to share your faith with me?”

And God, in His wonderful grace, will still allow Jesus to stand up for us and say, “Yes, he did all these things, but he put his faith in the blood I shed on his behalf, so his debt is paid in full, and it’s just as if he never sinned.” And we will stand there, hanging our heads in humility and shame, weeping in sorrow because we wasted so much time.

Did you ever wonder why we disciples of Christ are promised different types of crowns if we overcome? I believe it is so that we have something to offer to cast before the true King of Kings – so we aren’t empty-handed when we wish to give Him something.

The best crown one could hope for would be the one that goes to the person who shared eternal life with others. The person who never wasted an opportunity to share the mercy and grace of God with a stranger, or a waitress, or a librarian, or a grandparent, or…

It’s not too late to make amends to those who still live. It is not too late to pay restitution to those we have robbed or cheated. It is not too late to talk to that neighbor or that relative about God.

So, ask yourself this question: “Who wants to catch my neck on Judgment Day?”

And get to work finding the answers. Once you know, bring the answers to God and ask Him to help you make amends, pay restitution, and get the boldness to tell someone the truth about God – even if it means telling the truth about yourself in order to explain why you don’t measure up to what God hopes you will be. If you will do this in good faith, God will bless your efforts.

May you have a crown on your head, and not hands around your neck, on the Judgment Day.

EET

“The other Tibet” by Matthew Teague, National Geographic, December 2009