Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
In 1947, with the world shaken by the death toll of two global wars, a Doomsday Clock was created as a symbol of the likelihood of a global manmade catastrophe such as a nuclear war. The clock was originally set at seven minutes to midnight, midnight being the end of the world, at least, as we know it today.
The clock is maintained by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board, a group of scientists and thinkers who monitor sciences, technology and anything that could be a global threat to humanity. As of January 2018 the clock is set to two minutes to midnight.
During the past month, President Trump has announced that the USA is pulling out of the long-standing Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty citing Russia’s development of weapons, which allegedly breach that agreement. Some commentators think Trump’s departure from the thirty-one year old treaty will increase the likelihood of a nuclear war with Russia, while others insist America needs to increase its nuclear capability to counter the rising military might of China.
Meanwhile, 5,500 miles from Washington DC, in Sochi, Russia, President Putin recently delivered his annual speech and added to the brouhaha when he said: “Only when we become convinced that there is an incoming attack on the territory of Russia, and that happens within seconds, only after that we would launch a retaliatory strike.” He continued: “The aggressor should know that retaliation is inevitable, and he will be destroyed. … We would be victims of an aggression and would get to heaven as martyrs, while those who initiated the aggression would just die and not even have time to repent.” In the secular West, church congregations might be in decline but more than a hundred years since the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared, “God is dead,” it seems the Lord is still evoked by leaders when they feel the need to justify their actions.
Speaking of evoking God, a movie is screening in American theaters. The Trump Prophecy is about retired firefighter Mark Taylor, who, while having treatment for PTSD in 2011, claimed he received a message from God telling him that Donald Trump would be the next president. The message began: “I’ve chosen this man Donald Trump for such a time as this. For, as Benjamin Netanyahu is to Israel, so shall this man be to the United States of America, for I will use this man to bring honor, respect and restoration to America.” Mark isn’t the first person to claim to deliver a message from God, although, as far as I know, as a rule, God doesn’t appear to pick leaders, at least not since the days of the Old Testament and Muhammad.
For thousands of years messages purporting to come from dimensions beyond our physical experience have been reported by deceased people who are not claiming to be God, via mystics, priests, mediums, shamen, near-death experiencers, ayahuasca drinkers, psychedelic drug takers, channelers, lucid dreamers, out-of body experiencers, remote viewers, psychic sensitives and ordinary people.
During the first half of the twentieth century, with the advent and aftermath of two world wars, dead soldiers, airmen, and sailors were reportedly lining up in the astral trying to get through to the living to let us know they had survived their physical deaths … and the messages keep on coming to this day.
Having passed the hundred-year anniversary of the end of World War I, we could be forgiven for wondering if we will experience World War III in our lifetimes. Given the rhetoric from the leaders of certain nations and the media, it will be remarkable if we don’t. Why all this anger and fear-based politics? What are people afraid of? Many people’s biggest fear seems to be losing control of their lives and dying. I can empathize with the fear of losing control of one’s life. I recently watched both my parents suffer strokes, and, in events lasting not more than a few minutes, they both permanently lost control of their mental and physical lives—just like that.
A fear of loss of control or injury might be a good thing. It might stop us from walking across the street and getting hit by a truck. It might encourage us to live healthier lives in order to stave off self-inflicted debilitating illnesses. But why the fear of death? Birth and death are the most natural things we ever do. Many of us go to sleep every night without worrying about not waking up, so is the fear of death that many experience, a fear of what might happen after death? For some it definitely is and that’s understandable. Two thousand years of being told we are going to the “good place” or the “bad place” must have had a conscious and unconscious influence on what we think and what we do.
Maybe we should pay more attention to some of these alleged after-death communications, if only to help us to navigate the post-death state when the time comes. If there’s nothing, as atheists proclaim, … no harm done.
What happens after we die? It’s a natural question, because if we conclude that we continue to exist in some form, then the next question might be, do our thoughts and actions here influence our continued existence there? All religions say they do to a varying degree.
Is there a heaven and hell? And what of the purgatorial state that so many Christians reject? If there is nothing we’ll never know, but if having died, we find ourselves aware of our continued existence, it might be useful to hear what others, who claim to have experienced death and who tell us they are further along the path, have to say.
There have been many accounts from people who claimed to have died in battle and lived to tell the tale.
Their experiences are especially interesting because most have died as a result of violence and they often paint a vivid picture of their post-death state—their bodily state, if we can call it that—their psychological state and their subsequent philosophical worldview.
Can we trust what the communicators tell us? Who knows? Why do we trust some people and not others? We just do. Some Christians don’t like the idea of after-death communication, possibly because the author of “Leviticus” in the Old Testament said: “Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:31). After all, who wants to be defiled? But in the New Testament Jesus reportedly said: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4), and Jesus again: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15-20).
In life we tend to test others to see if we trust them and we judge them by their words and actions. We know them by their fruits.
What follows is a collection of accounts written down by a variety of individuals, some notable, all seemingly sincere, who took the time to delve into the compelling world of after-death communication.
~ J. Beecher, Guildford, United Kingdom. November 12, 2018.
Publisher: White Crow Books
Published February 2019
Size: 203 x 127 mm