If “paranormal” really is “the new normal,” as most leading scholars agree, then Christians face a dilemma in searching for the appropriate level of skepticism amid surprising evidences that support a Supernatural Worldview. While culture abounds with everything from ghosts to space aliens and all sorts of fantastic nonsense, foundational Christian tenets such as the Resurrection and fulfilled prophecy can be counted among the most incredible supernatural phenomena of all.
Presenting Christian apologetics from an apocalyptic perspective, The Supernatural Worldview offers a close and careful look at supernatural and paranormal phenomena through the lens of biblical scholarship. Surveys of contemporary and ancient research reveal that, surprisingly, even some of the usual evangelical answers to questions raised concerning these topics are found wanting: "In the one area where the church is supposed to have specialized mastery," observes author Cris Putnam, "it is failing to be salt and light. Through either ignorance, incredulity, or both, we're not providing convincing answers when it comes to paranormal phenomena."
The Supernatural Worldview encourages cautiousness among believers and sounds an ominous trumpet in light of prophetic predictions given more than eighty years ago by Chinese Christian and visionary author Watchman Nee.
In The Supernatural Worldview, you will:
· Walk with the author as he investigates the Rhine Institute (formerly the Duke Parapsychology Lab) to examine the evidence for psi and to gather intelligence on the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Global Consciousness Project.
· Discover what happened between the author and the popular host of It’s Supernatural in Sid Roth’s private office.
· Read the actual poltergeist experiences of top New Testament scholars.
· Discover the growing body of evidence for ESP, precognition, and psychokinesis.
· Learn how Watchman Nee’s predictions of end-times psychic powers are suddenly developing among men and women.
· Read about mysterious scientists and the Eastern spiritual techniques they are promoting to develop psychic power.
· Find out how near-death experiences are spun to promote the pantheistic worldview.
· Read about well evidenced cases of ghosts, poltergeists, and apparitions.
· Analyze the author’s interviews with paranormal investigators Ray Boeche, ThD, and Natalina of the Extraordinary Intelligence website.
· And much, much more!
Cris D. Putnam is a best-selling coauthor with Thomas Horn of Petrus Romanus and Exo-Vaticana, as well as a contributor to the compilation Pandemonium's Engine. He holds a master’s in theological studies and a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and religion, as well as a certification in Christian apologetics. He is a lifetime member and contributor to Koinonia Institute and is sponsored through KI-Trust. Appearing as a scholarly commentator on the History Channel’s Countdown to Apocalypse and many other documentary films, Putnam is recognized for his expertise in the area of technology, the occult, and biblical prophecy.
|"The influences of the Spirit of God are even now in process of withdrawal, as He prepares for that departure from earth which will leave it open for Nephilim, seven fold worse than those who formerly dwelt in it, to enter, and for a short season to work their will upon the human race; Then will all the Nephilim, who are yet at liberty, be among men, and will quickly make them feel the meaning of that awful utterance, 'Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the Devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.'" |
As far back as the beginning of time and within every major culture of the ancient world, the astonishingly consistent story is told of gods who descended from heaven and materialized in bodies of flesh. From Rome to Greece and before that, to Egypt, Persia, Assyria, Babylonia, and Sumer the earliest records of civilization tell of the era when powerful beings known to the Hebrews as Watchers and in the book of Genesis as the b'nai ha Elohim ('sons of God') mingled themselves with humans, giving birth to part-celestial, part-terrestrial hybrids known as 'Nephilim.' When English theologian George Hawkins Pember, in his 1876 masterpiece, Earth's Earliest Ages, analyzed the prophecy of Jesus Christ in Matthew 24 that says the end times would be a repeat of 'the days of Noah,' he concluded the final and most fearful sign heralding the Lord's Second Coming would be the return of the 'Nephilim, the appearance upon earth of beings from the Principality of the Air, and their unlawful intercourse with the human race.' Jesus Himself, in answering His disciples concerning the signs of His coming and of the end of the world, verified it would be 'as the days of [Noah] were' (Matthew 24:37). The implication is, just as it was before the Flood when the spirits of Nephilim were powerful upon earth (Genesis 6:4), mankind would experience an end-times renaissance of the influence of these entities. Does a curious verse in the book of Daniel validate Pember's thesis? Speaking of the last days of human government, Daniel said: 'They shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay' (Daniel 2:43). While Daniel does not explain who 'they' that 'mingle themselves with the seed of men' are, the personal pronoun 'they' raises questions over what (or who) in the end times 'mingle with the seed of men?' Who are these non-seed? It staggers the mind to contemplate how the same phenomenon that occurred in Genesis chapter 6, where nonhuman species or 'nonseed' mingled with human seed and produced Nephilim could happen again in the end times. Yet when this verse from Daniel is coupled with Genesis 3:15, which says, 'And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed [zera, meaning 'offspring,' 'descendents,' or 'children'] and her seed,' an incredible tenet emerges that Satan has seed, that it is at enmity with Christ, and that it is set to return in these last days. Has the time of their coming arrived?
"After 130 years, George Hawkins Pember's 1876 masterpiece, Earth's Earliest Ages is back in print and set to unfold! Read it ... understand it... and prepare, because the time of THEIR RETURN is here!"
- Thomas Horn best-selling author
|In The Unseen Realm, Dr. Michael Heiser examines the ancient context of Scripture, explaining how its supernatural worldview can help us grow in our understanding of God. He illuminates intriguing and amazing passages of the Bible that have been hiding in plain sight. You'll find yourself engaged in an enthusiastic pursuit of the truth, resulting in a new appreciation for God's Word.|
After reading this book, you may never read your Bible the same way again.
- Why wasn't Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her?
- How did descendants of the Nephilim survive the flood?
- Why did Jacob fuse Yahweh and his Angel together in his prayer?
- Who are the assembly of divine beings that God presides over?
- In what way do those beings participate in God's decisions?
- Why do Peter and Jude promote belief in imprisoned spirits?
- Why does Paul describe evil spirits in terms of geographical rulership?
- Who are the glorious ones that even angels dare not rebuke?
There is a world referred to in the Scripture that is quite unseen, but also quite present and active. Michael Heiser's The Unseen Realm seeks to unmask this world. Heiser shows how important it is to understand this world and appreciate how its contribution helps to make sense of Scripture. The book is clear and well done, treating many ideas and themes that often go unseen themselves. With this book, such themes will no longer be neglected, so read it and discover a new realm for reflection about what Scripture teaches.
Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director for Cultural Engagement, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement
How was it possible that I had never seen that before?' Dr. Heiser's survey of the complex reality of the supernatural world as the Scriptures portray it covers a subject that is strangely sidestepped. No one is going to agree with everything in his book, but the subject deserves careful study, and so does this book.
John Goldingay, David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary (2015-08-13)