“The keys of spiritual awareness will part the veil and bring unity and communication between you and your spirit helpers.”
In Search of the Fifth Dimension
First published November 1977.
Excerpts from "Out of this World!"
A lot of people today, especially the young, are awakening to the fact that the Spiritual World is real, God is real and the Devil is real. But because of the church system's lack of experience in the spiritual, the established religions are totally unreal and irrelevant, not a matter of experience whatsoever, just a matter of theoretical "pie in the sky"! The practice of spiritually lifeless churchianity has made God seem so distant that most people can not even relate Him to their own experience.
With the churches, about the only thing that people feel they can hope for is that maybe they will miss hell by all the works and duties and ceremonies and religious hocus-pocus. About the best thing that most churches can promise them is, well, they might not have to stay in Purgatory quite so many hundred years.
So in the absence of any spiritual reality in the hypocritical, fake religions which they have been taught (be it even so-called Christianity), many people, especially the young, have in their pursuit of genuine spirituality and real religion and the actual supernatural and the miraculous, gone into drugs, ancient mysticism and the Spirit World.
But little do most of them realize that they are really playing with fire. Imagine going into the Spirit World without God, without the Lord's protection! I would be scared to death about some of the things that have happened to me if I did not know the Lord! That is why so many people "flip out" when they take LSD and different hallucinogenic drugs, because they can see those things.
The same goes for some of those scientists and psychiatrists who are studying and fiddling around with ESP, telepathic communication and telepathic hypnosis in certain universities now. They can no longer deny that these things exist. They have been proven by actual experience and experimentation; beyond a shadow of a doubt they know they are real.
What they do not perhaps realize is that it is not merely a so-called natural realm like just a natural realm of natural physical forces, but there are literally spiritual forces behind the scenes with which they are dealing, and that in so doing they are really playing with fire. They're really taking chances because they are not necessarily protected by the Lord. If they are a child of the Devil they could get possessed.
A lot of people want to see, and they want to know. But like Adam and Eve in the Garden, they already knew good, and the only new thing really revealed to them was evil. And of course, knowing evil then gave them the knowledge of what good really was, by contrast.
Now they are delving into the secrets of the Spirit World and the Supernatural and what are they going to find? If God lets them see anything, and the Devil is used to show them anything, if they do not want the Truth, then of course they're going to find the delusion, the Hell! "Because they received not the love of the Truth...for this cause God shall send them strong delusion!"--2 Thessalonians 2:10,11.
Spiritual Powers and Communications
Quite a few popular films in recent times have rekindled people's interest in spirits and the Spirit World, even though most of these have dwelt on the dark side of the picture, the horror of the Devil and his dirty work. But it shows the World is awakening to these things, and recognizing and acknowledging that they are true, although some are trying to explain them away scientifically.
Demons are very common today, as in all ages. Many people are plagued by them, if not actually possessed, and whether possessed, obsessed, or merely oppressed by them, they need complete deliverance, and they can have it, because demons are totally subject unto us, and must do whatever we say in the Name of Jesus. (See Luke 10:19)
You will run into the situation more and more where people's problems are not merely a matter of disease, or sin, but more and more it will be demon possession. The doctors and psychiatrists will usually dismiss it as a mental disorder, an insanity, Schizophrenia, they often call it, the most common mental disease in the World which occupies more beds in more mental hospitals than any other kind of mental disease. "Schizo" means "split" or divided personality, they are two different personalities living in the same body.
It is the most common mental ailment in the world today, and it is nothing but plain old demon possession, another spiritual personality living in that body! Sometimes a number of personalities! The doctors say, "Well, his personality (for which God uses a very simple word--spirit) has split into two personalities." Human spirits do not normally split into two personalities.
Another spirit has come in and is living alongside of the human spirit in the same body, and that is what has split the personality! The demon enters in and then it is beyond their own control. To a certain point they can control it, but when they submit to the Enemy at some point, then the Devil takes over, unless, of course, they have the Lord. If you have the Lord and ask for His help, you can control it. But of course, if you just let it take over and you don not ask the Lord for His help, it can get out of control!
I do not believe a child of God can be totally permanently possessed by the Devil. But if you believe his lies, he sometimes seems to be able to take over temporary control, and he can certainly give you Hell from the outside! So whatever you do, do not even listen to him, much less believe him or act on his lies!
A Christian is the Lord's property and possessed by the Lord and his spirit and is the Lord's, he belongs to the Lord and is controlled by the Lord. He is the Lord's possession now and the devils can not have him. Of course, if he has some besetting sin, the Devil can use that thing to weaken him or to cause defeat in that particular area of his life, something that's unyielded to the Lord.
So do not give the Devil an inch or he will take a mile, or more and everything you have got! Let me warn you: He plays for keeps! So do not let it happen to you! "Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you!"--James 4:7. "Neither give place to the Devil!"--Ephesians 4:27.
But what about the cases of so-called witchcraft, wizardry, black magic, etc, where individuals fiddle around with spiritual powers, trying to influence or cast spells on other people? Well, just as God has His means of communication in the Spirit World, so does the imitator, the Devil. Just like God has His children, the Devil has his captives.
Just like God's Spirit can possess us, God's children, the Devil's spirit can possess his children! And therefore, so-called witchcraft, demonology etc., are realities in the World of the evil spirits of the Enemy. God's children can pray to the Lord and ask Him to answer and affect certain people for good, and so can the Devil's children communicate with him and project. God has given the Devil certain powers, particularly over his children, the Devil’s children, those who aren't protected by the Spirit of God, those who have rejected Christ.
The Lord gives people a certain immunity to the influences of Satan up to the point of decision. But, "He that being often reproved and hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed!"--Proverbs 29:1. Every time they resist the Truth they are hardening their spirit against the Lord, Therefore, if they reject the Truth, they receive strong delusion that they may believe a lie.--Those who are the Devil's children, at least.--2Thessalonians 2:10,11. Until someone reaches that point, if he's not made the final decision, as long as God's Spirit is still dealing with him, he still has a certain immunity or merciful protection against the Enemy's power.
In the case of witchcraft and wizardry, the Enemy acts as a relay station. Satan's child communicates with the Devil and if it is in accordance with the Devil's will, and not beyond the powers God has given him, then he can operate to influence other children of the Devil, one way or the other. Science of course would call this Telepathic Hypnosis.
No matter what scientific names they call it, it is still spiritual power in operation in the Realm of the Spirit! If they do not have the Lord in their heart it has to be the Devil, no matter what good they are trying to do. Things are either controlled by the Lord or the Devil. It takes faith in either case, and it is all in the Realm of the Spirit.
The difference is that God's power is creative and loving, but the Devil's power is destructive and hateful. What is the Devil usually doing with his wizardry and his black magic? What do they call that stuff with the zombies in the islands, Voodoo! What is most of it used for? For curses for people who hate others and who want to curse them.
We do not have to fear, because we have a Greater Power that protects us. Even if they get a dolly of you and go to this devil-man for the pins and he sticks the pins into your dolly, nothing is going to hurt you at all because God is there protecting you and the Devil can not touch you.
The power of the Lord is so much greater! His word tells us: "Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world."--1John 4:4. In other words God is saying, "My power in you is much greater than the Devil's power in the World's children, his children!--Much greater!" Their power is so puny compared to ours and is so weak and ridiculous compared to the power of God that they are like little kids playing with matches while we have got lightning bolts!
God's power is like Light which penetrates and destroys the Enemy's darkness! It is impossible for the darkness to penetrate the Light, no matter how hard it tries! It can not put out the Light, because it is afraid of the Light! It can not even get close to it, because the Light destroys it! For "God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all!"--1John 1:5.
You do not have to worry about or fear Satan's puny power because we are protected by the power of the Holy Spirit, and our spirit helpers, which is far greater than the power of the Enemy. If we have the power of the Lord, if we have Christ and the Holy Spirit, we are overshadowed, we are enveloped. (See Psa.91!)
The Lord's protection is just like a force field around us and the Enemy cannot penetrate it! It is impossible for him to penetrate it unless the Lord allows him to do it as a spanking, as a chastening, as a reaping of something you have done that you haven not confessed or you are not sorry for. Then the Lord may allow you to reap the results.
The Devil can not do a damn thing without God's permission, without authorization from the Lord. He can not touch you! He can not let one of his demons touch you, he can not do a thing, nothing, as long as you have the Lord's power and are in His Will.
It is amazing the power the Lord gives us! Almost the Devil's total power is in fear. But the moment the Lord's children are tempted to fear, we immediately think of God and the fears vanish! Anything that is not of the Lord just vanishes!
"Gor God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind!"--2 Timothy 1:7. "For perfect love casts out all fear!"--1 John 4:18.--And "God shall keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him because he trusteth in Him!" (Isaiah 26:3)
"Fear thou not," He tells us, "I am with thee! Be not afraid; for I am thy God! I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness!"--Isaiah 41:10. We do not need to fear the Devil or any and all of his demons! Jesus is with us! "Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you!"--James 4:7.
Thank God, one Little Word shall fell him!--Jesus!--The Master of all! You have but to utter the Name of Jesus to fell all the demons of Hell, including Satan himself! "Behold, I give unto you power", Jesus promised, "over all the power of the Enemy: And nothing shall by any means hurt you!"--Luke 10:19.
A Look At Some Contemporary Beliefs and Practices:
The intense search for spiritual reality that so many people are conducting today is a fulfillment of ancient Bible Prophecy. Over 2,600 years ago the Prophet Amos received and recorded this message: "Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord (the Truth!): And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the North even to the East, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of the Lord."--Amos 8:11,12.
The fulfillment of this prediction is certainly evident today in the countless millions who have had their fill of false churchianity and are looking for reality! Having had their spiritual hunger unsatisfied and sickened by the church's emptiness, deadness, hypocrisy, and lack of love, they have, in their search for truth, love and peace, turned to other religions, philosophies and beliefs, some of which we will now comment on:
I can prove to you from the Bible that God has ordained the stars and the planets to control and influence our lives and at least our personalities, if not actual events! You can certainly determine pretty much what a person is going to be like by the month in which he was born, believe it or not. Genesis 1:14 tells us that God made the stars and the planets primarily "for signs, and for seasons (not just summer and winter seasons, either!), and for days, and years"... as well as "for lights"!
"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades?"--One of the constellations of stars; "or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?" (You'll find these in Job, Chapter 38, verses 31 and 32, one of the oldest, wisest books in the Bible!) And did you know that "the stars in their courses fought against Sisera"?--Judges 5:20.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Explains that God has a set time for everything. It was even the proper reading of a star that led the Wise Men to Jesus' birthplace, and Luke says that in the Last Days, "there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars" of the End of things, and the coming of the Lord!--Luke 21:25.
The mistake which the ancients often made, and which the Bible condemns, was their worship of the stars, and their worship of Astrology and Astrologers, and their following of them more than of God--their habit of worshipping the Creation more than the Creator.--Romans 1:25. We can admire God's glorious Creation and we can wonder at its marvels, even the way the stars influence our lives according to His Will, even the way He uses the stars to influence us, a part of His great machinery for controlling the Universe and you.--But we're not to worship them!
Of course, anyone full of the Spirit of God and in direct communication with the Creator can do much better than those who try to find out His purposes merely by reading His Creation, as Daniel 1:20 makes very clear. "In all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them (the Prophet Daniel and his three brethren), he found them ten times better than all the astrologers that were in all his realm!" Nevertheless, this does not mean that the stars were not created for this purpose, or their secrets cannot be read--at least to some extent--by those who understand them!
It is amazing, and makes you praise God all the more for His wonderful Creation and how He runs it! Why not? If He didn't apportion personality characteristics like the balance in His Creation and other of its miracles by some scientific means, or spiritual means, if you prefer, such as the influence of the stars and the various Signs under which we were born, then we might have all wound up like a bunch of robots, exactly the same, like some kind of identical, assembly line productions!
But in order to vary the kinds and types of people that he wanted living on earth, and to properly proportion their personalities throughout all the varied hues of the spectrum of characteristics of the human race, as well as perhaps even the guidance of animal and vegetable creatures and their distribution and balance, why couldn't God use a very "scientific" system of control and apportionment and distribution and ordination and foreordination by means of some instrumentalities of His Own Creation, such as the stars!
But we should always remember that the influence of the stars is a part of his physical creation and can be completely overruled and overcome by the spiritual power of his spirit. The way the stars affect and influence our lives is a purely natural part of God's physical Creation, like the Sun and the Moon and the planets influence our lives with heat, photosynthesis, plant life, light, the Earth's orbit, tides, menstrual periods, etc. The astral bodies affect and influence the natural man and mind. They are God's system of controls of normal life and balance of nature.
And though you, by your own natural efforts, can strengthen or weaken your natural traits, God-ordained by the stars, only God can completely transform your personality in defiance of these natural influences! "Be not conformed to this World: But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind!"--Romans 12:2. "Ye must be born again!"--John 3:7. "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature! Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new!"--2 Corinthians 5:17.--A new birthday!--
Meditation and Hypnosis
Peaceful meditation and mental concentration on positive attitudes and good thoughts, etc, definitely have a good effect on both mind and body through the right spiritual attitude. This is why the Scripture says, "Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honesty, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."--Philippians 4:8. King David told the Lord of His Word, "O how I love Thy Law! It is my meditation all the day."--Psalm 119:97.
But there is a real danger of which many so-called meditators had better beware!--The radiating network of nerves centering near our stomachs, known as the "solar plexus", is very important to our spiritual emotions. (See John 7:38.) It is the physical seat of the fountain of the spirit. In some mystical religions, it is the center of spiritual emotion which actual demons seek to control through trance-like meditation, often resulting in actual "demon possession".
This same warning applies to anyone who would allow himself to be put into a sleep-like state of mental trance by an ungodly hypnotist. They can call it psychology, they can call it mental, but I am convinced that hypnotism is also very spiritual, and has proven on occasion to be dangerous if the subject is not protected by the Spirit of God.
Some have been known to lose their minds completely or become totally schizophrenic through hypnotic experience, going totally insane. I am personally convinced that many of these, while in such a state of total submission of their spirit to the will and spirit of another, became possessed and overruled and controlled by an evil spirit, so that they became literally demon-possessed, as frequently acknowledged and demonstrated in the Bible and through the personal experience of untold horrified millions throughout the ages.
You may be shocked by this, but I'm beginning to be convinced that there must be some truth to the old oriental belief in reincarnation, that a human spirit can come back in a different form. God's Word, speaking of some of those living outside of the Heavenly City, says, "without are dogs"!--Revelation 22:15. "But," you say, "He's probably speaking of people!" Well, you can not prove to me He's speaking only of people!
Even my own father, a great Bible teacher, used to say that perhaps part of the curse of the afterlife was that some people would be turned into the kind of animals that they were as men--pigs and dogs and swine and stubborn oxen or mules or things like that! Now, that may sound a little Oriental in religion and like some of the Oriental religions which believe in reincarnation, but maybe that's where the idea of reincarnation originated.
God Himself uses animals and the names of animals to describe man. He uses these very names for animals and these very animals to be used as examples of men, describing the characteristics and the dispositions of men, like Herod "that old fox," the Holy Spirit "like a dove," three unclean spirits "like frogs" out of the mouth of the "Beast." And the Lord called people pigs, foxes, dogs and sheep.--Matthew 3:16; 7:6 and 9:36; Luke 13:32; John 21:16; 1 Peter 2:25; Revelation 16:13, etc.
There are animals in the Spirit World--I've seen them! In Space City I very definitely met that lion which was licking my face!--And the Prophets Daniel, Ezekiel and John all saw beasts in Heavenly places! There were even four creatures, the four beasts of God, around His throne! Now they were Heavenly, they were God's beasts, but they were some kind of strange animals, according to the Prophets.--They looked like animals to them! How about that?
So there are animals in the Spirit World! Definitely! Now in the Prophet's visions the Lord also often symbolized nations and peoples by animals, but of course we were always told they were considered strictly symbolic. But who knows? Maybe their people are LIKE that, and that's why the Lord symbolizes them as such! Maybe the very people of those countries are like that.
Man himself is often abased and abominated and bestialized in this life! So if he has made a dog or a pig of himself, why could it not be that men as punishment should actually be compelled to take on the forms of such beasts in the afterlife, at least for a time as a purgatorial punishment or a retribution for the evil lives they have lived? "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also REAP!"--Galatians 6:7.
Maybe it is theory, but I've had a lot of experience and seen a lot of things and heard a lot of stories which have convinced me that there must be some truth to it, so I'm definitely expecting to see some animals in the other life, as I already have!
UFOs and Flying Saucers
Many people today wonder what to think about these books, about men getting the idea of God or gods from former visits to earth by superior intelligences from outer space. Well, I believe in UFOs and flying saucers, and they are visits of superior intelligences from Outer Space--the Angels--and they are gods to us!
The scriptures speak of the Angels as "gods"--superior beings, more powerful and intelligent than Man, and some of them do travel in these so-called "flying saucers" which are actually circles of power or energy and light because they are light!
God Himself was traveling in a wheel or "saucer" when Ezekiel saw Him! I dare you to read Ezekiel Chapter one--the amazing picture of God's space vehicle--the chariot of the Most High that all but defies description, even by the eloquent tongue of the Prophet under the anointing of God! You've never seen or heard of anything like it in all your life!--Further out than anything else you'll ever see outside of Space City is this, God's flying chariot-His space vehicle--the original flying saucer--far more elaborate and fascinating than any other you'll ever see!--Because it is God's limousine, His mobile throne in which He tours the Universe!
"I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber...like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down...the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning...the appearance of the wheels was like unto the color of a beryl; And their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel ...lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up...and above was the likeness of a throne,...this was the appearance of the glory of the Lord!"--Ezekiel 1.
So as far as I'm concerned, UFOs or flying saucers, these discs or circles of mysterious light which travel at speeds and changes of directions unknown to Man or hover silently with a stability thus far unattained by any of Man's space vehicles, are nothing more or less than angelic creatures or spirit beings commonly known as Angels and often represented by halos in early Christian art!
Ghosts, Spirits and Haunted Houses
Some ghosts and spirits are known to be bound to certain houses or places. Certain spirits, as a part of their punishment or assignment, are bound to certain places or creatures or animals.
Ghosts and spirits that are not Angels could be demons. In certain cases they could be the spirits of the departed dead, who for some reason God has allowed, possibly for means of punishment or some reasons of retribution or something, to have to be confined to a certain area, place or house to watch the results of their evil deeds and their continuation in others and their reaping what they sowed.
Can you imagine how horrible it would be to have been an evil father and then die or be killed and have to stay around your house and watch your wife and children and how they have to suffer and everything else for your evil deeds? So it could be a form of punishment.
I do not doubt a bit that in the afterlife those who refused to accept Christ's atonement are going to have to suffer for the very sins they committed! That was the whole idea of the vision of Hell God gave me in "The Green Door,”. The pitiful inmates in that hellish hospital were still suffering for the same sins they'd had in this life.
Certain ghosts are condemned to remain in a certain house or place, and certain families are condemned to have these ghosts haunt them because of the sins of the past or of their fathers. In other words, these spirits either are themselves being punished, or those who've been wronged want satisfaction, they want reparation, they want repentance! They want people to be sorry so they can forgive them.
But then, on the other hand, demons can also haunt houses and cause trouble; but you do not have to worry as long as you have Jesus. Apparently, this is not yet the hour of their torment or punishment, as some of them cried out to Jesus, "Art Thou come hither to torment us before the time?"--Matthew 8:29. But some of them do seem to already be suffering a mild form of punishment, such as incarceration in a certain house, habitation, rock strata, or bound to seek some form of life to inhabit, such as animals, trees, people, etc.
But whatever the case, whether it is a person or property that's being troubled by evil spirits, just command them to depart in the Name of Jesus, and they have to go! God's children have absolute authority over them. Just remember, unyielded sin in the heart or life, or a soul that's not filled with the Spirit, is an open door and invitation for evil spirits to return, like the man in Matthew 12:43-45!
And especially remember that once you have received Jesus into your heart and have thereby been "born again of the Spirit" (Jn.3:5), you are the Lord's forever!--And you do not need to fear or worry about any ghosts, spooks, demons or even Satan himself! God and His loving Holy Spirit, as well as His hosts of mighty Angels are with you, surrounding, protecting and delivering you from all evil!--Psa.34:7; 91:10-13. PTL!
"Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world!"--1Jn.4:4. Hallelujah!
Taken from the informal talks of David Brandt Berg
Edited by Almondtree Productions