The term paranormal investigator can conjure up all sorts of images. For many it may be the gizmo laden stars of recent paranormal reality shows or a proton pack wearing Ghostbuster. Others may think of a team of boffins in a university department or perhaps a well known figure such as Harry Price who is often considered the father of paranormal investigation as we know it today. But who was the first paranormal investigator?
To answer that question we have to travel back over 2,000 years to ancient Greece and the first recorded foray into ‘ghost hunting’.
Athenodorus Cananites (c.74BCE-7CE) was a stoic philosopher and a teacher of Octavian (Ceasar Augustus) who’s ghostly tale was recorded for posterity by the Roman letter-writer Pliny the Younger (61CE-C.112CE).
Pliny states that there was a large house in Athens, with an unsavory and unhealthy reputation. The sound of what appeared to be weapons clashing and chains clanking could be heard at night emanating from within. This phenomena was soon followed by the spectral appearance of a filthy, emaciated old man with scraggly hair and beard. His hands and feet bound with fetters which rattled as he moved them.
This, as you can imagine, had a profound effect on all who lived there. They endured sleepless nights and their minds were subjected the horrors to such an extent that some inhabitants even died from fear. It wasn’t too long before the house stood empty. Finally, deserted, it remained quiet but when it was eventually put back up for sale no one was interested.
When Athenodorus, the philosopher, arrived in Athens he saw the house was for sale. Reading the posted bill, he discovered the dwelling’s price. The extraordinary cheapness raised his suspicion and he enquired about it further. No one held back on the houses horrific reputation, but the philosopher was not in the least put off. Indeed, he was eager to take the place. And did so immediately.
As evening drew near, Athenodorus had a couch prepared for him in the front section of the house. He asked for a torch, stylus, and writing tablet, then dismissed his retainers for the night. To keep his mind from being distracted by imaginary noises and apparitions, he decided to directed all his energy toward his writing.
At first, the night was silent. Then came the rattling of chains. Athenodorus neither lifted up his eyes, nor laid down his pen. But the noises increased and seemed to grow closer and closer until eventually they seemed to be in his very chamber.
Athenodorus looked up and saw the apparition exactly as it had been described to him. It stood before him, beckoning with a finger. Showing what to me seems like a remarkable amount of stoicism, Athenodorus made a sign with his hand that the spectre should wait a little, and bent over his work once more. The ghost, however had other ideas and shook his chains over the philosopher’s head, beckoning as before.
Athenodorus now took up his torch and followed the spectral old man. The ghost moved slowly, as if held back by his chains. Once it reached an open area in the houses courtyard, the ghost disappeared. Athenodorus grabbed a handful of grass and leaves and placed it on the spot where the ghost had vanished.
The next day, Athenodorus called the magistrate. In his official capacity, he dug up the spot that had been marked. There they found the bones that were all that remained of a long buried body which had been bound with chains. Carefully they collected the skeletal relics and gave them a proper burial. The tortured soul was now at rest, and the house in Athens was now peaceful once more.
At the end of the day this account is probably best considered to be simply a good story. It has many of the traits of an urban legend: The unhealthy house, the tormented spirit with a purpose, the clanking of chains and final laying to rest of a body are common to so many other tales. This combined with the fact that Pliny could not have heard Athenodorus’ account first hand as their lives did not overlap, means that we have to take it all with a pinch of salt.
What I do find interesting though is even in those ancient times there was an interest in this kind of story, the details of which can still be seen in countless other stories since then, although I suspect that had Athenodorus been around today he would have taken a digital voice recorder and camera along with his writing equipment on that fateful night.
Archangel Gabriel’s Ark | More powerfull than Ark Of Covenant?
September 11, 2015, a terrible drama took place in Mecca. 107 people died and another 240 were injured. It was said that the origin of this accident would be a sandstorm that occurred instantly over the city of Mecca. Fans of conspiracy theories say Saudi Arabia has given Russia an ancient apocalyptic weapon discovered under the great mosque in Mecca, according to Daily Star
Through the darkest corners of the internet, there was a rumor that under the Masjid al-Haram mosque, the holiest place of Islam, a legendary weapon called the “Ark of Gabriel” was discovered.
According to the legend, the archangel Gabriel, who told the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to Jesus, and would have dictated the Qur’an to Prophet Mohammed – would also entrust to the founder of Islamic religion a box or an ark with an “enormous power”.
Mohammed was told to bury the ark in an altar, to a place of prayer, to be dug up only when the end of the world is near.
On September 11, 2015, in an attempt to move that mysterious weapon, it instantly ejected a huge plasma emission that was so powerful that it affected the crane that crashed across people, causing 107 victims.
A second attempt to move the mysterious weapon took place on September 24, 2015, but this time, that huge plasma emission caused thousands of deaths in Mina, very close to Mecca. The authorities blamed the “panic of the crowd” and hid the truth from public opinion.
Immediately after the second catastrophe, His Holiness, Patriarch Kiril of Moscow, was contacted by the Saudis.
Why? Because the Russian Orthodox Church holds an old Islamic manuscript, which was rescued by the Roman Catholic crusaders in 1204 when they robbed the Hagia Sophia Cathedral in Constantinople (today Istanbul, Turkey).
This manuscript, titled “Gabriel’s Instructions to Muhammad”, presents the history of the instructions given to Mohammed by the angel Gabriel in a cave called Hira, located on Mount Jabal un-Nour, near Mecca.
The angel entrusted to Muhammad a “box/ark” with a “tremendous power,” belonging to God and only to God.
This “box” should not be used at all, but buried in an altar, “in the place of worship of angels before the creation of man,” until Qiyamah, that is, until “the Resurrection Day.”
Gabriel’s Ark to Russians?
What happened next to this mysterious “box” / “weapon” buried in Mecca?
There is information that “the weapon of the Angel Gabriel” might now be in the hands of the Russians, a Russian military ship, Admiral Vladimiski, leaving in November 2015 the Jeddah Saudi Port, carrying on board the mysterious object, called “Gabriel’s Ark”.
And the Russians took this weapon to Antarctica. Why there? I have no idea, but not for nothing, the Nazis had secret bases in Antarctica.
There is something mysterious there …
Russia has provided specialists and a ship to transport the object. It is also said that to protect the ship, the Russians used nuclear weapons that produced the catastrophe.
On September 25, Patriarch Cyril, the head of the Russian church, had a meeting with representatives of the Saudi authorities.
It is said that the object discovered is of an extraordinary importance to the Russian church.
This information came to the press after a Kremlin report, which unofficially came to the hands of some media representatives.
The report explains that the 15 scientists who participated in the removal of the precious object from the underground, at the time of its extraction, produced a huge explosion.
A plasma emission caused an explosion in one of the tunnels. In ancient religious texts, it is said that God forbade the use of this mysterious, destructive object that Mohammed would have wanted to use.
This object was hidden under the largest mosque in Saudi Arabia. Putin was the first head of state to be notified by the Saudi authorities of the mysterious object discovered. He sent the famous military ship, Vladimirski, to carry the mysterious object.
A few days after this event, Putin ordered the bombing of Syria. It is also said that after this discovery there was a very close relationship between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Interestingly, on February 12, 2016, a historic meeting, the first in over 1,000 years, took place in Cuba between Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and Patriarch Kirill of Russia, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Why? The exact nature of the conversation is not known, but there is information “scattered” on the Internet that Pope Francis would have given Patriarch Kirill another secret Bible manuscript, owned by the Vatican Library, which speaks of the same “Gabriel’s Ark” and about which is said to have been written even by the Bible “Watchmen” (angels).
After this meeting of Kirill with Pope Francis, in 6 days, on February 18, 2016, the patriarch of Russia goes directly to Antarctica (read the news on The Telegraph)!
Surprise surprise! What does Patriarch Kirill do in Antarctica? Beyond the official lying statements, he seems to have gone there because the Russian Navy Vladimir, carrying on board “Gabriel’s ark,” brought in Antarctica this mysterious ancient object.
With the help of the Pope’s manuscript, Kirill held a job (an “ancient ritual”) for Gabriel’s Ark at the Trinity Church of King George (Antarctica), a small Russian Orthodox church.
Interestingly, there are rumors that President Obama, during his visit to Argentina (March 26-27, 2016), made a secret visit to Antarctica, in the unknown Russian location where Gabriel’s ark is housed.
Bizarrely, part of the data is real. The Amiral Vladimisky vessel called the Jeddah port at the beginning of that month on a “military-religious” mission.
The reason for the appeal was not officially explained, the Russian press describing it as a mysterious business visit.
Navy spokesperson said:
“The crew had the opportunity to rest. The water and food supplies were refreshed. “But strangely, the cargo included Russian-made capsules that were to be placed in” military glory “areas and in the seaside places of Russian sailors.
The visit is very strange given that the relations between Saudi Arabia and Russia are not good at all, the two countries being opposite sides of the barricade in the civil war in Syria.
Sorcha Faal, whose unfounded allegations about Gabriel’s Ark spread very quickly on the Internet, offer no reason beyond the fact that Islam and the Russian Orthodox Church are hostile to the Catholic Church for which Saudi Arabia would offer Russia this weapon.
Equally well, Sorcha Faal fails to explain why Russia would carry the gun to the Antarctic, but only provides some links to conspiracy theories about the existence of a “Nazi Nazi UFO base” at the South Pole.
Faal is considered to be a pseudonym of David Booth who owns the What Does It Mean site, the site that first appeared the information.
It is very unlikely that Booth, whose beliefs are the same, and that according to which a planet named Nibiru will strike the Earth until March 2016, have access to the Russian army’s secret reports.
Angels in War
In the midst of trials and misfortune, people look and pray to the heavens to ask for help and direction. Answered prayers come in different forms and often without a minute to spare.
Many accounts in the Bible tell of angels appearing in dreams or knocking on the doors of men to warn them of dangers, to guide in their actions, and to bring God’s answer to their prayers.
These winged creatures act as mediators in the role between heaven and earth. The Roman Catholic Church refer to angels as messengers; the gatekeepers, the defenders, and troopers of God against the clutches of Satan and his demons.
It was in the year 1916 when Sister Lucia and her friends in Fatima saw the first angelic apparition on a calm day. At an early age, Lucia and two of her friends were playing when a tree nearby shook violently. The children could see a luminous white presence that appeared from the cloudy mists.
It was an angel.
The deity was a young male who appeared transparent and of incredible magnificence. He guaranteed he was the Angel of Peace and asked them to pray with him. Lucia and her companions kept the story to themselves because, according to her, the incident itself demanded it.
But two years before Sister Lucia’s vision, a mysterious and miraculous apparition appeared to British and German soldiers in the French borders during the first world war, also known as the Great War.
In August 1914, The British and French powers battled the German Deutsches Heer, who outnumbered them three times to one in the Battle of Mons, named after a city in Belgium. The British were forced to retreat not only in light of the overwhelming size of the German Army but also because of the fall back of their Allied French, exposing Britain’s right flank.
However, with certain victory at hand the German army suddenly halted their advance while the British and French troops were in full retreat. Why did this occur?
On April 24, 1915, an account describing visions of specters – angel-like beings and warriors helping the British soldiers during their withdraw in the Battle of Mons was published in the British Spiritualist.
These accounts describe an angelic army that comes to aid of the outnumbered British during the war with German soldiers. And what makes it more interesting is that both sides of the front have stories to tell about strange apparitions. One record from German detainees portrayed the presence of phantoms who resembled bowmen, led by a tall figure on a white steed, encouraging British troops as they assaulted the German trenches.
The British claimed to see supernatural beings flying over the German lines as if to inspire the French and British underdogs which it did. Other accounts insist St. Michael the Archangel (God’s defender), the Virgin Mary, and even the French saint, Joan of Arc, appeared in the battle.
Such an occasion would have raised British and French soldiers’ confidence and spirit since it would suggest God was their ally. But were there really heavenly angels during the Battle of Mons?
The YouTube link below around the 5:00 minuet mark provides an account of the Angles in the Battle of Mons, strange and unbelievable as it may seem. The video describes the barrage of heavenly cavalry warriors dressed in white, who stampeded the German armies. The German forces reportably abandoned their weapons – panic-stricken fleeing in fear and terror.
The Great War had its devastating consequences for fighters who were at the forefronts of battle. Before PTSD, (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), the expression “shell shock” portrayed those who experienced combat stress. Shell-shocked soldiers were vulnerable and displayed unstable behaviors. They were terrified, panicky, unfit to talk, walk, rest, and their reasoning declined.
Fighters on the front experienced pitiful conditions. They had no bed to sleep on, only mud, by a trench filled with decaying bodies. Exhaustion from battle and the absence of rest incurred significant physical and mental damage on the weary fighters. Because of this, hallucinations were common among these men. Were such visions merely hallucinations born out of the misery of war?
Or was this story propaganda to boost the spirits of the troops and the general population? It is a fact the Allied forces endured heavy losses during the early course of the war. An account of divine intervention would have encouraged the masses and general well-being despite the horor of war. Arthur Machen who was a Welsh essayist published his story, “Bowmen” in a London daily paper on September 29, 1914. When readers asked for bits of proof, he maintained that the story was purely imaginary.
Others say even alleged eyewitness accounts are from different obscure sources. The years have gone by now without modern scientific studies.We may never know what exactly flew over the skies of Mons Belgium during the first war of August 1914. But it is captivating to consider angels crusading for justice in the heat of battle.
Regardless of whether it is valid, the narrative of the heavenly apparitions seen in the Battle of Mons brings one to contemplate the struggles we deal with each day. We, too, have demons to face in this modern world.
We can only wonder if Angels are real and if they are, are they watching over us?
For more information:
Exorcists go online as Vatican faces mounting demand
As Italy has experienced a massive explosion in demand for exorcisms, an independent organization offers demon-busting services in 24 countries that can be ordered online.
The Order of Exorcists has an easily accessible “Contact Us” form to request an investigation and an exorcism.
The family or person needing help – please make the request via our “Contact Us” form on this page. Please include all the details about the situation including the names of people within the household, what kind of help they are looking for, and complete contact information.
The order undergoes an extensive multi-week process to ensure that demon possession or paranormal activity is involved, and then to perform the exorcism.
Once the information is received we will start the process by contacting our members in that area where they would form an “Investigation & Assessment Team.” This would be the first stage of the process which can take about two or three weeks. Then one of our team members would make “first contact” and set a date for the Investigation & Assessment. Our team will collect all evidence, including documentation such as photos, videos, medical and psychological reports. One of our exorcist clergy members is a medical doctor. He would review the medical reports and submit his findings and recommendation to the Chief Exorcist. This would be the second stage of the process which can take up to a month. If the evidence shows an exorcism is needed, a priest would be assigned for the exorcism.
The Order of Exorcists site presents one in-depth example of an exorcism, which it refers to as “EXORCISM CASE NUMBER: 2272182.” The exorcist in question himself narrated the tale, explaining that a man stepped out of the darkness saying, “What are you doing here? You have no business in this neighborhood,” and then disappeared.
He saw shadows moving along the walls, and heard sounds of a woman screaming. Outside the room, he heard “screaming and objects smashing against the walls from outside the room.”
“As I entered the room, the possessed was sitting on the floor with a comb in her hand, scratching and cutting herself with the comb, while screaming and laughing at the top of her lungs. Her stepfather and mother helped me to place her on a mattress that was laying on the floor. She was only twenty years old, but appeared wrinkled like she was over hundred [sic], had a gray pallor, and a horrible stench,” the testimonial read. He wrote that the girl had ripped her hair out and had deep cuts that did not bleed. Her fingernails were embedded in the walls.
“I began the exorcism ritual and asked the demon to identify himself,” he recalled, then the mother had a heart attack. She died on the way to the hospital. After getting her to the hospital, he reentered the room, where “the temperature dropped thirty degrees.”
The exorcist wrote that the possessed taunted him, saying “Hell is waiting for you and I know how to take you down. Do you want to die, die, die? I’ll kill you now!”
“At one point her body began to raise from the mattress,” the man recalled. “I commanded the demon to identify himself. After the fifth day he finally identified himself as ‘Eligos’, which means ‘Great Duke of Hell’. With the command to free this soul in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, she was finally free.” The exorcism took 10 hours a day for 4 days.
The site features many videos, mostly featuring pictures of Archbishop Ron Feyl and his team, a newspaper the Order of Exorcists published, and various photos of possession with music.
The organization published this video last year.
While unaffiliated with the current Catholic Church, the Order of Exorcists announced that it is “affiliated with 26 jurisdictions, 25 parishes, and 60 lead exorcist investigators in 18 US states and 24 countries.”
They offer services to “anyone with demonic issues, free-of-charge, who are experiencing symptoms of demonic possession, demonic infestation and/or house disturbances, including evil spirits, demons, and demonic hauntings; the Order of Exorcists should be your last call for help” (emphasis added).
The Vatican may not be able to partner with the Order of Exorcists, but the independent organization is out there, and it should not have a better request form than the Catholic Church’s official partner.
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