There are those who, it seems, foresee their own deaths.
In fact, there are probably many.
We all heard accounts after 9/11 of how very many of those involved in that tragedy had a precognitive inkling that they were facing tragedy — call it, premonition. There was an entire book written of supernatural occurrences attendant to that tragedy.
Such intuitiveness also is cited in many cases of accidents, war mayhem, sickness,or simply during the aging process. An elderly person may say, “I think the Lord is calling me home,” and die soon after.
God paves the way in many such cases. Fear is not instilled. Peace is. When God is sending a message. But we also have to watch, for the devil will likewise send “death” notices — to create fear.
Never accept any such presagement out of hand. Don’t allow the devil to predestine you (or cause you to predestine yourself).
Can dates and times and years be changed? Yes. It is all in God’s Will. Time is fluid in eternity — going backward and forward or remaining in the present at the same time. Prayer can change fate.
But it can be holy. Jesus knew His fate, of course, and there have been saints and mystics who seemed likewise to know, at least certain details. In 1939, a holy young girl from Madrid named Venerable Maria del Carmen Gonzales-Valerio [left] predicted she would die on July 17, and did. (She has since been declared venerable — and originally said she would die July 16, feast of her patron, Our Lady of Carmel, but changed it because her aunt was getting married on the 16th!)
Before the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado, one student, as recounted by her mother, had what appeared to be a special acuity in this regard.
Beth Nimmo, mom of 17-year-old victim Rachel Joy Scott, recently told interviewers, “[On] May 2, 1998, she said, ‘This will be my last year Lord. I’ve gotten what I can. Thank you’” (adding that she would have been concerned had she seen these entries before her daughter’s death).
In addition to journal entries that seemed to show that Scott knew her life was coming to a close, the teen also drew a picture just before her death of eyes crying 13 tears; Harris and Klebold killed 13 people in the school that day.
Before his demise, at age 27, famed guitarist Jimi Hendrix showed up at a recording studio at two a.m. with a new song that finished with: “Many things he would try / For he knew soon he’d die / Now Jimi’s gone, he’s not alone / His memory still lives on / Five years, this he said / He’s not gone, he’s just dead”
When Pete was young, he told a friend “I don’t want to play 10 years in the NBA and then die of a heart attack at 40.” After a terrific, decade-long career playing in the NBA (he retired after exactly ten years due to an injury, Pete Maravich passed away at the age of 40 in the middle of a pick-up basketball game after collapsing without warning due to a hidden heart defect.
In 1909, Mark Twain reportedly said, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it – the Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’” Sure enough, when Halley’s Comet returned, Mark Twain’s prediction became true and he passed away on April 21st, 1910.
Musician John Lennon once quipped, “I’ll probably be popped off by some loony.” Many rappers have foreseen their demise — perhaps due to their lifestyles. Might it be the devil in many circumstances, who, “predestines” us as a scare tactic (anxiety is not of the Lord)?
Former Major League pitcher Frank Pastore of the Cincinnati Reds correctly worried that he would be killed on Highway 210 by someone swerving into his lane (he rode a motorcycle and died from injuries on 210).
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“My brother-in-law predicted his own death, down to the day and time. Two months before he died he told us he was going to die in “Talladega”. When I prompted further he told me it was like a flip book. There were pictures in his head that flip through and he can see he is going to die in a car wreck, just like Talladega (the NASCAR track, they have big wrecks like that. I asked what exactly he can see, and he said he was the passenger in the car, it wasn’t his car he was driving. He said they would be racing a GTO, and something went wrong with the tire of the car. He said that his wife and his twin brother (my husband) would walk away from the wreck with his kids.
“He named one of the local news stations and said they would be there. He told me he could walk down the street and he could see pictures floating above people of all the loved ones they have lost and how they are going to die. We took him to the hospital on 2 different occasions, thinking he had a brain tumor. After many tests they could find nothing wrong. 3 days before he died, he came to our house and talked with his twin and told him he was going to die in 3 days at 9:24. My husband has anxiety issues, and for the next 2 days we were both terrified he was right. But the weird thing was that 3 day, neither him nor I never had the thought cross our minds that third day. Looking back, this is my personal regret, is not remembering it, because the twins left that night in my car, which had a screw in the back tire, and it was low. They were coming back from their mom’s house back to ours and a a red GTO pulled up next to them and started racing them. With my low tire, and the rate of speed they were going, the tire shot off of the car and the car vaulted airborne for 70 feet, and then rolled another 400 feet before it came to rest.
“My car shot into pieces, just like the NASCAR wrecks. The last thing he said to his brother was “it’s not you’re fault,” My husband looked at him and asked what he meant. He looked at him and said take care of my kids. I love you. It’s not you’re fault and they wrecked. When I arrived on scene, the only news crew there was the one that my brother said would be there, and his brother and his wife walked away and are raising his kids. There are many other things that he said those last two months that we all thought were him being crazy, but after the wreck, every single thing he said has come true. So I am a firm believer that people can predict their own deaths.”
Said another: “At 16 my Son told me that he would die young. I asked him why he thought that. He told me he didn’t “think” it, he knew it. He stated that he wouldn’t live to see 20.
As his Mother I was a bit freaked out but at the same time, myself and many family members are very intuitive so I assumed he too, had a gift. At 19 he passed away. Just a month and a half after turning 19. He knew and I believe we all know if we pay attention.”