Number 3!

Why are we fascinated with the number 3 (three)?

This is a question my wife asked me the other day, and for the life of me I could not give her a proper answer.

If you think about it, how many times a day do you use the number 3 (three)? Not in a numerical sense, but rather in a practical sense. You’d be surprised; here are some examples:

  • Knocking 3 times on a door to let someone know your there
  • Counting to 3 when your children misbehave
  • Ready, Steady, GO (three)
  • Small, Medium and Large (three)
  • Ready, Aim, Fire (three)
  • The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth (three)

I am sure that there are many more examples of the number 3 in our daily lives, but why, why are we subconsciously drawn to the number 3 (three)?

As always, this is my personal opinion, but I think there are a couple of ways to look at this

I am a Christian and so will take my thoughts about religion from my personal Christian viewpoint. I’m sure no matter what your religion is, but hope that you can find some sort of common reasoning.

  • The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
  • There are 27 books in the New Testament, which is 3x3x3, or completeness to the third power.
  • Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane before His arrest. He was placed on the cross at the 3rd hour of the day (9 a.m.) and died at the 9th hour (3 p.m.).
  • There were 3 hours of darkness that covered the land while Jesus was suffering on the cross from the 6th hour to the 9th hour.
  • Christ was dead for 3 days before His resurrection.
  • There were only three individuals who witnessed Jesus’ transfiguration on Mount Hermon: John, Peter and James.
  • The apostle Paul was privileged to visit the location of God’s throne, which is in the Third Heaven (2Corinthians 12:2 – 4).
  • 3 is the most commonly found or referenced number in Revelation; an angel is charged to cry three woe’s to those who live on earth to warn them of more trials to come (Revelation 8:13).
  • Three unclean spirits will be allowed to deceive the whole world to FIGHT the return of Jesus Christ in what is called the battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:13 – 16).
  • The New Jerusalem, created by God for placement on a New Earth, will be shaped like a square with three gates on each side (Revelation 21:13).

Now there are multiple more examples of the number 3 in the Bible but I will leave that for you to find. The point that I want to make is that from Biblical times, the number 3 has played a crucial part in society and thinking. From the day that we are first introduced to Christianity we are subjected to the number 3 in all forms, so it makes sense that we then make it a part of our daily lives. Just as we use our Christian values, we use the number 3 almost without thinking about it.

The rule of 3 (three) / Power of 3 (three)

The rule of three or power of three is a writing principle that suggests that things that come in threes are funnier, more satisfying, or more effective. The reader or audience of this form of text is also thereby more likely to remember the information. This is because having three entities combines both brevity and rhythm with having the smallest amount of information to create a pattern. It makes the author or speaker appear knowledgeable while being both simple and catchy.

Slogans, film titles and a variety of other things have been structured in threes, a tradition that grew out of oral storytelling. Examples include the Three Little Pigs, Three Billy Goats Gruff, and the Three Musketeers. Similarly, adjectives are often grouped in threes to emphasize an idea.

A common feature of legal documents, which gives property or grants rights as drafted by legal professionals, perpetuates an old English practice in which the rule of three echoes the intended Act by the varying restatement of the act in triplicate. For example, in a Will or Trust Instrument, you’ll find the phrase, “I give, devise and bequeath …”

A witness in a court proceeding is asked to “tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth”.

For some cosmic reason it doesn’t look like we will ever understand the true meaning of the number 3(three), but hopefully you’ll be a bit more curious every time you use the number, and to quote a funny explanation I found:

“Now that you are privy to this ancient secret, you have unlocked the world of mystery and there is no turning back. It is like peeling away the layers of an onion only to find infinitely more onion-layers underneath. Take a look at today’s winning lottery number and you are likely to find the number three in there. If you take today’s closing value of the Dow Jones, divide it by the date of the J.F.K. assassination taken to the power of n, where n is the serial number on the next two-dollar bill you come across, it will most likely have the number three somewhere in the result. Not only is it prime, but when multiplied by itself, then divided by itself, then taken to the third root, and then to the third power, the result is still, amazingly, three. In this way, the number three is considered a supra-transcendental primeval number. When a Sistine monk in the fifth century discovered this fact, he immediately gouged out his eyes with a fountain pen and screamed into the air, Ho bisogno di una calcolatrice (I need a calculator!).

Once again this is my own thought on the matter, I gathered some information from the internet and give credit to those people who wrote it.

Demonic Entities

What are demons?

In Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered an unclean spirit, a fallen angel, or a spirit of unknown type which may cause demonic possession, calling for an exorcism. In every culture and religious belief there are tons of different demons associated with different with their cultures here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_theological_demons) you can find a list of all said demons.

In Christianity the word demon has come to mean the same thing as devil and refers to one of the fallen angels, there is no specific demon that one normally deals with as according to the Holy Bible:

The Gospel of Mark, 5:9, describes the following in the country of the Gadarenes:

And He (Jesus) asked him (the man), “What is thy name?” And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion: for we are many.”

The Gospel of Luke, Luke 8:30, describes the following in the country of the Gadarenes:

And Jesus asked him, saying, “What is thy name?” And he said, “Legion”: because many devils were entered into him.

The Gospel of Matthew, Matthew 8:28–34, has a unique version of the story:

And when He was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.

A demon’s sole purpose is to break a person’s religious foundations, to play tricks with your mind and in the end to completely break you as a whole and to possess you & to take your soul. There has been a lot of cases where people have landed up in psychiatric institutions as well as where the body of a possessed person could not take the strain anymore and the person eventually passed on.

 

Demonic Possession

There are 4 basic stages of possession that you need to look out for.

• Manifestation
In this stage a person will unintentionally invite the demonic force in. There are said to be many different ways to on how this can happen, most commonly is playing with the Ouija board, performing séances and tarot cards. The demon will be attracted to the weak minded, low self-esteem type individual. It is also said that people who are alcoholics, drug addicts and sex addicts are easy targets as well, but do not be fooled sometimes the most strongest of people will also be targeted.

• Infestation
At this level the demon will start using what may seem like typical intelligent haunting signs. The demon may present itself as the ghost of a loved one or even an angel. The point is to gain trust, so the demonic may influence the person and finally take full control. Some signs of demonic infestation include rapping’s, shadows and shadow like figures that move with no explanation, the sounds of footsteps, weird liquids the seep through the floor or walls, and most of the time the smell of rotten eggs.

• Oppression
When an individual is under demonic oppression the demon starts to effect the person psychologically, psychically and emotionally. The purpose is to cause the individual to give up the fight or will to live and damn their soul, it said this can be accomplished by suicide.

• Possession
When an individual hits this level it is called full possession. The demon or devil now has control over the individual thoughts, emotions and behaviour. The evil is frequently in charge if not constantly. If or when the person is in control of their body they usually hear evil voices either threatening them or telling them what do at all times.

There are millions of people going through this in silence all the time. On the infestation part sometimes the demons don’t even present themselves, they just disguise themselves as a person’s own thoughts. The demons can just sit in your head and give you thoughts and feelings to manipulate you to do what they want, when a person hits this point they are half possessed. They have some control of their body but occasionally the demon tries to add a little more of their personality into the host body, like parasites.

There are no certain ways of knowing if a person is about to be possessed, the only way is to monitor there moods and personalities and put up a red flag if you see a change in their personalities.

In the end if a person is possessed they need IMMEDIATE and URGENT help! Please contact your nearest Church, Pastor or Priest so that they can start with an exorcism right.

Demonic Hauntings

Demon cases are extremely rare. To handle demonic cases, it is essential that a blessing of the purest kind is conducted on the person or home. A state of holiness needs to be done before you can even consider to take on a demonic case. Consult your Pastor, Priest or Demonologist.

Unlike normal residual or intelligent hauntings, demons DO NOT need energy to manifest, assault or to throw objects e.g. pots & pans, remotes, TV’s and even fridges. It is also extremely difficult to determine if you are dealing with a demon as they will disguise themselves as an intelligent spirit.

Here are some signs of a demonic haunting:

  • Bad smells (rotten eggs, garbage ENS.)
  • Person’s personality is not “normal” they will act out of the ordinary as well as show some of the following symptoms:
    • Unusual scratches and bruises – normally 3 as a mocking of the Holy Trinity
    • The onset of nose bleeds
    • Balance issues
    • Vomiting
    • Headaches
    • And other types of uncomfortable conditions
  • Sometimes animals will start to react violently to the person.

WARNING – Never ever try and go head on head with a person who you believe has a demonic haunting in their home, they can act extremely violently and you risk being targeted as well. If you believe that you are dealing with a demonic case contact your nearest Paranormal Group as they can normally put you into contact with the correct people.

Holy Bible and what we do?

Firstly we need to understand what happens from a Christian’s point of view to us when we die? A clear understanding from every single Christian is that when we die our soul stays immortal, as our soul cannot age or be destroyed.

It is taken from the earth and will return to the earth (Genesis 3: 19). Soul and spirit, by contrast exist eternally (Matthew 25: 46). Thus we are justified in speaking of the immortality of the soul or of “life after death”.

What does the Holy Bible say about death?
Jesus Christ conquered death and thereby made it possible for mankind to gain access to eternal life (2 Timothy 1: 9–10). His power was already manifested when He raised people from the dead (Matthew 9: 18–26; Luke 7: 11–15; John 11: 1–45), but above all in His own resurrection (1 Corinthians 15: 54–57). At the end of all things, death will be relieved of all its power (1 Corinthians 15: 26; Revelation 20: 14).

Ok, now that you’re dead, just joking, what happens to you?
In the Old Testament, the continued life of the soul after physical death is already suggested by formulations such as being “gathered to [one’s] people” (Numbers 20: 23–24; 27: 12–13). The New Testament gives significantly clearer testimony concerning life after physical death (Luke 9: 28–31, 1 Peter 3: 18–20, and Revelation 6: 9–11). The account of the events on the Mount of Transfiguration shows, among other things, that a person retains his personality after physical death: here Moses and Elijah appeared from the beyond and were also recognized as such.

So they soul stays immortal after death, what does the Holy Bible say about communicating with them?
The book of (Deuteronomy 18:8-13) is very clear on the topic. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.

Let’s look at each of these topics in detail:
Divination – Divination (from Latin divinare “to foresee, to be inspired by a god”, related to divinus, divine) is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of an occultic, standardized process or ritual.

Sorcery – Magic or sorcery is the use of rituals, symbols, actions, gestures and language that are believed to exploit supernatural forces. Modern Western magicians generally state magic’s primary purpose to be personal spiritual growth.

Interprets Omens – An omen (also called portent or presage) is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. People in the ancient times believed that omens lie with a divine message from their gods.

Witchcraft – (also called witchery or spell craft) broadly means the practice of, and belief in, magical skills and abilities that are able to be exercised individually, by designated social groups, or by persons with the necessary esoteric secret knowledge. Witchcraft is a complex concept that varies culturally and societally, therefore it is difficult to define with precision and cross-cultural assumptions about the meaning or significance of the term should be applied with caution.

Medium – Mediumship is the practice of certain people—known as mediums—to purportedly mediate communication between spirits of the dead and living human beings. Attempts to contact the dead date back to early human history, with mediumship gaining in popularity during the 19th century.

Spiritist – Spiritism postulates that humans are essentially immortal spirits that temporarily inhabit physical bodies for several necessary incarnations to attain moral and intellectual improvement. It also asserts that spirits, through passive or active mediumship, may have beneficent or maleficent influence on the physical world.

Consults the dead – also known as Necromancy is a form of magic involving communication with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge, or to use the deceased as a weapon, as the term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft.

So the Bible is very clear on what is right and what is wrong in what we do as paranormal investigators, so WHAT do we actually do?
There are a lot of paranormal groups out there and they all have a different approach to the paranormal and how to get “evidence” of the paranormal, we have A LOT of respect for them so the following I can only say on behalf of Phoenix Paranormal South Africa.

We DO NOT use mediums, we DO NOT call up or consult the dead, we go into a location on the request of a client (this can be a home owner or business owner FREE of charge) who is experiencing something paranormal and something that they cannot explain, we try and find proof of those claims by eliminating all logical reasoning first, what is left can be perhaps a class A EVP or undeniable proof that a spirit resides in that location. After we have the proof we as Christians pray and ask the Lord to help those spirits to move on. We DO NOT perform any rituals or spells to “cleanse” the location but merely use prayer and our faith. We also work hand in hand with various churches to help the clients on their requests.

Can we as Christians pray on behalf of the dead?
The book of (2 Maccabees 12:40-45) shows us that already at the time of the old covenant, there is evidence of the belief that it is possible to perform good deeds on behalf of the dead and thereby help alleviate their situation. This chapter tells of Jews who had served idols and then died in battle. The living implored God to wipe out their sins, and collected money in order to buy animals and bring an offering of atonement. They did this because they were convinced that the dead would one day rise again.

This is not a view from just a member of Phoenix Paranormal SA but from the founders of the group, we enforce and maintain this discipline, our group is based on our Christian faith and that is our foundation that we help people with.

Please note that we DO NOT discriminate against or judge any other religion or faith and that this view is strictly from our group’s perspective.

Kind regards,

Arno & Charmaine
Phoenix Paranormal SA Founders

Tokoloshe

As South Africans there are words and names that we all know – there’s no context needed to understand what these words mean or recognize the names.

Koeksisters, eTolls, braai, pap – there are plenty of words that you can add to this list. And one of the words that definitely belongs there, too, is Tikoloshe or Tokoloshe.

We’ve all heard of this creature – and most of us use the term as a joke, or even to scare people. Perhaps it can even be used as an insult, as in: You look like a Tokoloshe! But all of these jokes and yes, even the stories, hide the information that really matters: where did the Tokoloshe come from? What is it? What does it do? Does it truly exist?

Let’s look at the information that’s available:

As every culture that has ever existed (and will ever exist) has mythologies – tales that explain the origins of people, creatures, beliefs, etc.- so does the Tokoloshe. In Zulu mythology the creature is said to be a mischievous, dwarf-like water-sprite that can become invisible when it drinks water. Those who know how can call upon a Tokoloshe to do really bad things, ranging from making the targeted person ill to even going so far as causing their death. The Tokoloshe can only be banished by a n’anga or witch doctor, so be careful, folks! 😉

Some have described the Tokoloshe as a type of zombie, gremlin and even a poltergeist (probably after it drank water to become invisible), and some believe that offending a shaman will get you targeted by a Tokoloshe.

It has even been described as having a bear’s form, which might be going a bit far since bears aren’t native to the continent of Africa (except for the Atlas bear, which lived in the north of Africa but went extinct in the 19th century).

Most people, however, agree that the Tokoloshe is mischievous and that one of the only true defences against it is to set your bed on bricks, raising it high enough off the floor so that the naughty, dangerous thing can’t reach you.

You want to know what’s scarier than a Tokoloshe scampering across your bedroom floor toward you? How about a serial killer blaming what he did on the Tokoloshe!

Yep, in 1953, a Tokoloshe apparently instructed Elifasi Msomi (also called The Axe Killer) to kill women and children. After an 18-month killing spree, during which Msomi murdered (and sometimes raped) 15 people, he was hanged, but not before telling anyone who would listen that a Tokoloshe made him do it. Apparently, the Tokoloshe attached itself to him after he visited a Sangoma, and when the Tokoloshe told him to begin killing, he did.

What’s also interesting is that Msomi’s story caused consternation among the Zulu in Natal of that time, and nine Chiefs and Elders were allowed to attend Msomi’s execution to make sure that the Tokoloshe didn’t save the murder.

So, what do you think? Is it a real creature? Well, I personally know a couple of people who have seen it, and if there’s one thing I know it’s that it’s dangerous to discredit or laugh about something you know nothing about.

Who knows…? One evening you might wake up to see a long-fingered, weird hand reaching across the duvet towards your face… 😉

In my next article, I’ll tell you about the creatures that might have inspired the Tokoloshe’s legend.