OK, this may sound really weird, but hey, that's what this forum is for, right?
So here's a short rundown of what happened since about September of last year...
I'm a former Christian that's kind of fallen off the bandwagon and turned to New Age spirituality in her late teens. Since then, I'd made several
attempts to get back into the church, but couldn't muster the full conviction to really pull it off long-term.
I should probably also mention that I come from a very psychic family and have had many encounters with the divine as well as what I call the "dark
side." So there's really no doubt for me whether God and the devil (or at least evil spirits) exist; I know they do.
Anyway, I was convinced that orthodox church wasn't really my thing, but last year health insurance got so expensive that I started looking into
signing up with Christian Healthcare Ministries, an alternative way to pay your medical bills. Only thing was, you had to be a Christian and go to
church to get in. I could have lied, but figured that would be really bad form.
So my son and I started going to church again to be eligible for the healthcare. It didn't escape me that this was kind of ironic, to get back into
the church again this way. (I've had the feeling to "be called back" into the church many times before, and this was another one of them.)
After some trial and error, we found a Catholic church whose services were very warm and uplifting, and the priest was just this fuzzy ball of love
(hold on to your nasty pedo comments, he's nothing like that). At some point, I decided to convert to Catholicism. I was raised in a Protestant
family, but somehow always felt drawn to the Catholic rites. Plus, my son is already Catholic (he went to a Catholic elementary school, and I wanted
to have him baptized; since at that time I wasn't a member of any church, I figured a Catholic baptism would be just fine).
So about two months ago, I committed to go through a church-based program for people who want to convert.
Switch topics: Recently, I found out about the prophecy regarding September 23, 2017, that was allegedly foretold by the Book of Revelations.
I had already bookmarked the lunar and solar eclipses in August in my calendar, as well as the date of September 28 (I had that marked for several
years, because that's where a very close fly-by (and potential hit) of Asteroid TX68 was supposed to happen). Lately, news sources have been saying
that TX68 is no threat anymore, it won't get that close, etc. I'm wondering if that's true or just a way to pacify the public, though.
Between the solar eclipse (which some people call the Great American Solar Eclipse) on August 21, we've seen four major hurricanes form in the
Atlantic. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August 25. Now we're looking at Irma for September 10 making landfall in Florida, and unless they die down
considerably, Jose and Katia are directly on Irma's heels and could do even more horrible damage.
At the same time, we see an 8.2 earthquake in Mexico. Not to speak of manmade threats like North Korea firing ICBMs and such.
So basically, it's as if all hell has broken loose recently, and it feels to me as if it's building up to some kind of crescendo.
Now add this to the mix:
I always had an interest in paranormal matters, but haven't been paying attention much recently, because I had too much to do with ordinary life and
non-whacky issues. However, a number of years ago, I got really fascinated by uber-creepy stories like the black-eyed kids (BEK), the Shadow People
and the Hat Man. I listened to several Coast to Coast AM shows about the latter and read some of Heidi Hollis's books.
However, I didn't totally believe in all that. Granted, I've had so many paranormal experiences of my own that I don't dismiss anything off hand, but
I also don't believe everything just because someone said so. So I was slightly scared by these stories but not freaked out—I figured they might be
simply urban legends, like "Bloody Mary."
But then, about one and a half months ago, I hung out with a relatively new friend and we were swapping paranormal stories. (It's interesting how
almost everybody has at least one, even people that are totally no-nonsense. You just have to pry a little and you'll be amazed what you learn.)
Anyway, she is a mental health pro who works in a prison, i.e., a tough-as-nails woman who doesn't believe in much. She's also an agnostic.
She told me an experience from 20 years ago. She was going through a nasty divorce when one night she saw the silhouette of a man in a trench coat and
with a Fedora standing in her door frame. He moved to her bed with unnatural speed (more "zooming" than walking) and started choking her. She said
she'd never felt such a terror in her life. When she was within an inch of losing consciousness, he let go of her and zoomed back to the door, tilted
his head as in a greeting, and left.
Listening to her story, I exclaimed: "OMG, you saw the Hat Man!"
She looked totally confused and said, "What? What are you talking about?" Who's the Hat Man?" She had never heard of the guy, and I had to google the
name for her before she believed me that other people had seen and experienced the very same thing. Even then, she chose to believe that her own
experience had been just a "hypnopompic state" illusion.
BTW, many people who have had Hat Man encounters are convinced that he's the devil himself. One story I read was of a man who had tried to commit
suicide. When he woke up in the hospital, the Hat Man sat in a chair by his bedside. With a terrible smile, he said to the man, "I almost got you."
While my friend herself was unwilling to believe that she met the devil (or at least some entity from the dark side), I did. I mean if you see
something and it turns out AFTERWARDS that thousands of others have had the same experience, but you had never heard of it, that's pretty good
evidence this thing might be real.
So this has convinced me that my decision to convert and go back to church was a really good one. I've seen first-hand that the Lord's Prayer and the
mention of Jesus can rebuke certain entities...but you do have to believe it.
Switch topics again: Just yesterday, I stumbled over a bunch of YouTube videos about September 23 and what will/might happen. Honestly, I haven't been
putting too much weight onto them. Most "Bible prophecies" are made by hysterical fanatics and shouldn't be taken seriously, and we all know how the
"Mayan" December 21, 2012 prophecy turned out.
Anyway, just for #s and giggles I was discussing this prophecy with my son. He of course didn't believe a word of it, and I thought to myself,
"Usually, when something is true and important and I should pay attention to it, God always sends me three signs. So just finding these videos
probably means nothing."
(to be continued)
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