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The Mystery of the Winchester Mansion
What is the story behind this mansion?
In 1884 ,Sarah Winchester, heiress of the $20 million dollar Winchester fortune began the building project which would consume the next 38 years 24/7 until her death in 1922. Why did she start this?
First of all, her daughter Annie died of a protien deficiency at only 6 weeks old. Then 15 years later, her husband, William died of TB. "Why me?" must have been the cry of Sarah and rather than seeking the guidance of a nearby church, she sought the guidance of a spiritist, spiritualist or psychic as we would call them today.
The psychic told her that her misfortune was caused by revenge of the spirits who had been killed by the Winchester rifle. The psychic also told her that, as a result of the curse, the "ghosts" would haunt her until the day she died. The pschic advised her "Move out west ,buy a house and continually build on it day and night, exactly the way the spirits tell you to. That is the only way you can live in peace." PEACE? How can you have PEACE with hammers and saws making noise 24/7 ,non stop ,even while sleeping.?? This is the insanity that grips a person who seeks the council of psychics rather than opening up a Bible up to the living Word of God.
So Sarah moved to California, bought an 8 room house and began. One of the first things she did was build "the seance room" where she would get her "guidance", At midnight a bell was rung outside the house to summon the "ghosts". They would meet for 2 hours, in the seance room, until 2 am. Then a bell would ring again to send "the spirits" away. After that, Sarah would go to bed , while the carpenters would still keep working.
At one point in the construction, she had 18 servants, 22 carpenters and 18 gardeners. The massive house grew to 160 rooms before her death in 1922.
WHO WERE THE GHOSTS?
THE BIBLE HAS A FEW THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE DEAD.
ECC 9:6 Their love, their hate
and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
in anything that happens under the sun.
27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment,
Luke 16:26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.'
ONLY CHRIST RETURNED FROM THE DEAD
Romans 14:9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.
SO WHO WERE THE "SPIRITS"
1KINGS 22:21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.
22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
The truth is that NO ONE returns from the dead to give council...NO ONE has ever returned from the dead in spirit form. The psychics only conjure up the spirits of DEMONS This is quite evident by the insanity of poor Sarah Winchester. Just as her stairways led to a dead end, so will the path of all that follow the "mediums". Just as her floor window would cut to pieces all that attempt to walk on it, so would the council of the psychic cut to pieces the person receiving that council.
How confused and misdirected we get when we listen to the advise of DEMONS. Just think of all of the good that Sarah could have done with 20 million dollars. She could have built several homeless shelters and fed the poor or sent her money to help missionaries abroad. She could have invested in medical research and built hospitals. Rather, she was consumed by a single house, taking instructions, step by step, to build the monstrosity called the Winchester Mansion.
It has been said that you can find nails only half driven into the wood, in places of the mansion. Soon as the carpenters received word of her death, they dropped their hammers. Now they too could rest.
The Bible makes strict warnings about taking the council of psychics.
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch.
11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
So if anyone tells you that GOD gave them that "talent" , tell them that they are misguided and wrong.