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A reliable guide for the future

Does the incredibility of numerology and other forms of fortune-telling mean that you cannot learn anything about the future? Fortunately not!

Abstract numbers cannot tell people what the future will bring. But the "living God", who "from the beginning proclaims the outcome", has done so. For this he uses his written word, the Bible (1 Timothy 4:10; Isaiah 46:1. Contrary to the statements of numerologists, the Word of the living God is also "able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. In this way, it helps us recognize what motivates us and what will bring us real success (Hebrews 4:12).

Our Creator, the author of the Bible, is the only one who can accurately predict the future. For God is almighty, and he has always kept his word. "I have spoken it; I will bring it about," said Jehovah. (Isaiah 46:11) And after Joshua had led the Israelites into the land of promise, he could confidently say: "No promise had fallen away from all the good promise that Jehovah had made to the house of Israel; everything came to pass." (Joshua 21:45; 23:14)

The Bible contains many prophecies that have yet to be fulfilled. (Psalm 37:10, 11; Proverbs 2:21, 22) These include promises of a time when the earth will be cleansed of all evil and transformed into a paradise. Isn't that an appealing prospect for the future? Do you personally trust the Creator to have the power and wisdom to restore order on our planet? Then you will certainly be interested in what the Bible has to say about the future of the earth.*

Those who want to invest their time wisely will therefore strive for an exact understanding of the Bible and its prophecies instead of trying to read the future from numbers.

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The fascination of numbers

MAN imagines a world without numbers. There would be no money; business would have to be done by barter. What would it look like in sport? Without numbers you couldn't give a score, you couldn't even determine the size of a team!

But numbers are not only practical. They are abstract and therefore also have something mysterious about them. You cannot see, touch or otherwise feel numbers. An apple, for example, has a certain color, firmness, size and shape as well as a certain smell and taste. On the basis of such characteristics one can determine whether it is really an apple or perhaps a lemon, a ball or something else. With a number it behaves completely different. A collection of seven items may have nothing in common with a group of seven other items - except that they are seven. So understanding the meaning of numbers - for example, the difference between six and seven - means understanding something very abstract. This is where number mysticism comes in.

From Pythagoras to Pseudoscience

In antiquity it was common to ascribe a special meaning to numbers. Thus Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher and mathematician of the 6th century B.C.E., taught that all things could be attributed to number patterns. He and his students argued that the whole universe bears witness to order and proportion. Could this not mean, they argued, that all material things are inherently mathematical?

Since the days of Pythagoras, numbers have been used to make predictions, interpret dreams and design memory aids. The Greeks, Muslims and Christians have interpreted numbers. Jewish Kabbalists used a numerological system called gematria. They assigned a numerical value to all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet in order to elicit hidden meanings from the Hebrew scriptures.

Today's numerology is similar. The starting point is often a person's name and date of birth. A certain number is assigned to each letter of his name. By adding these numbers and the numbers of the month and day of birth, the numerologist determines the key numbers of the person concerned. He then assigns a special meaning to these numbers, which he believes fully describe the respective person - his personality, his unconscious desires and his fate.

Perhaps the main reason why numerology is so popular is that it provides apparently accurate analyses. "Many people have begun to believe in numerology because they discover how well the numbers fit the people to whom they are applied," writes Edward Albertson in his book Prophecy for the Millions. However, numerology has also been called a pseudoscience. Why? Is there a reason to distrust what it claims to be?

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In his book The Bible Code, journalist Michael Drosnin claims to have used computer analysis to decipher hidden messages in the Hebrew Scriptures. A year before Israeli Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated, he discovered that the "code" contained the words "murderer who will murder" along with the name of Itzhak Rabin, Drosnin explained.

As was to be expected, The Bible Code provoked some opposition. The mathematician and physicist Dave Thomas demonstrated that computer analysis could be used to extract so-called encrypted messages from any text. When analyzing Drosnin's own text, Thomas found the English words for "code", "silly" and "fraud". "Hidden messages can be found anywhere," says Thomas, "you just have to go to the trouble and graze the wide field of probability long enough.

Since a computer can perform any number of arithmetical operations, it will probably always track down some letter combinations that are useful for some kind of prediction. However, this is pure coincidence and by no means a proof that the Bible contains hidden messages

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Are there evil angels?

Yes, there are evil angels. Where do they come from? Angels were created by God with a free will. One of these perfect spirit beings abused his free will shortly after God created Adam and Eve and incited them to stand against God (Genesis 3:1-7; Revelation 12:9). The Bible makes no mention of the name or rank of this spirit being. But after his rebellion, the Bible aptly refers to him as Satan and the devil, meaning "resister" or "slanderer." (Matthew 4:8-11)

Unfortunately, the rebellion was not over. In the time of Noah, other angels left "their original position" in God's family. They came to earth and materialized to indulge in carnal desires-which was not at all in keeping with the purpose of their existence. (Judas 6; Genesis 6:1-4; 1 Peter 3:19, 2.

What became of these evil angels? When God brought the Flood upon the earth, they returned to the invisible realm as spirit beings. But God did not allow these wicked angels to return to their original position. Instead, he banished them to a state of "dense [spiritual] darkness," known in the Bible as "Tartarus." (Judas 6; 2 Peter 2:4) These evil angels, also called demons, have submitted themselves to the devil, the "ruler of demons," who "repeatedly takes the form of an angel of light." (Matthew 12:24; 2 Corinthians 11:14)

The Bible tells us that God's kingdom, that is, his heavenly government with Jesus as king, was established in 1914. * Shortly thereafter, Satan and his demons were cast out of heaven and have been in the vicinity of the earth ever since. The unspeakable level of wickedness and immorality on earth is evidence of their vengeful and destructive influence (Revelation 12:9-12).

As conditions continue to worsen, it is clear that this reign of terror must be ended soon. God will render all tyrannical spirit beings harmless. Under the kingdom of God, the earth will once again become a paradise. After 1,000 years the evil spirits will have one last, brief opportunity to test the loyalty of men. After that they will be destroyed forever (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:1-3, 7-1

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Where does Halloween come from and what is the Bible saying about it?

The answer of the bible
The Bible does not mention Halloween per se. However, the origins of Halloween and its customs are based on misconceptions about the dead and invisible spirits, i.e. demons (see Halloween history and customs).
The Bible warns: "You must not tolerate anyone among you who ... summon spirits or question the dead" (Genesis 18:10-12, The Bible in modern German [1992]). For many, Halloween is harmless fun. But what is behind the Halloween customs is anything but harmless according to the Bible. Therefore, 1 Corinthians 10:20, 21 reads: "I will ... not to get involved with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons" (New Jerusalem Bible).
Halloween history and customs
Samhain: The Halloween tradition "has its roots in a [2,000 year old] Celtic-Anglo-Saxon custom. At that time, the so-called Samhain festival was celebrated to celebrate the beginning of winter", according to the book Abenteuer Erde - Mystische Orte. According to the Great Handbook of World Religions, it was believed that "the dead could come into contact with the living on this festival". But the Bible states unequivocally: "The dead know nothing at all" (Ecclesiastes 9:5, Good News Bible).
Halloween costumes, candy, and "trick or treat": For the feast of Samhain "many customs were performed to ward off the dead Sometimes people dressed themselves up as the dead, so that the dead would not recognize them as living," reads the book "Pumpkin, Spirits, Candy. Others tried to appease the spirits with sweets. In the Middle Ages these pagan customs were adopted in Europe by the Catholic Church. Clergymen encouraged church members to go from house to house in costumes and ask for small gifts. The Bible forbids mixing Christian teaching with false religious customs (2 Corinthians 6:17).
Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches and zombies: Such beings have long been associated with the world of evil spirits (Celtic Pumpkin Cults - A Brief Cultural History of Halloween). The bible makes it clear: "Evil spirit powers" should be resisted, not celebrated together with them! (Ephesians 6:12).
Halloween pumpkins: In the British Isles in the Middle Ages, people went "from house to house, begging for food and promising in return to say a prayer for the dead. In such processions they carried lanterns made of "hollowed out, candle-lit turnips" (jack-o'-lanterns). "The candle stood for a soul trapped in purgatory" (Halloween-From Pagan Ritual to Party Night). It is possible that the lanterns were also used to ward off evil spirits. In the 19th century, turnips were replaced by pumpkins in North America because they were available in large quantities and could be easily hollowed out and carved. The beliefs behind this custom-soul immortality, purgatory, prayers for the dead-have no support in the Bible. (Ezekiel 18:4

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