The View From 1776
Sunday, December 14, 2008
My Father’s House
Where is your home?
As recorded in John 14:1-2, Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
A mansion of a different kind: what are you building?
December 7, 2008
By Marie Jon
As President George W. Bush prepares to move to his beautiful new home in Texas, let me tell you about another home.
This particular house is considered one of the oddest homes in the entire world. The Winchester Mansion is located in San Jose, California, and sits on 160 acres of land. Although under construction for 38 years, it was never completed because its owner, Sarah Winchester, passed away in 1922.
Sarah had the home bustling constantly, under construction twenty-four hours, seven days a week. The home had one hundred and sixty rooms and probably would have had more if Sarah’s life hadn’t ended suddenly. The place started out as a simple eight-room house, but it was eventually converted into a multi-million-dollar estate.
It isn’t the size of the house that makes this true story interesting. The house features some of the strangest construction known to architecture. For example, it has doors that lead to nowhere. Why? Sarah was driven to building the strange and enormous home by the ungodly spirit world.
Her home was built between 1884 and 1922. It contains modern plumbing and heating systems. There are three elevators, forty-seven fireplaces, and gas lighting throughout this unbelievable mansion. The rooms have gorgeous stained glass windows and very elaborate parquet flooring. Although there are no comparables available to place a value on the house, it must be worth a fortune.
The darkness of the occult
Sarah Winchester was the wife of William Winchester. William was the son of the man who made the Winchester repeating rifle. Sarah and William had one little girl, Annie, who unfortunately died six weeks after her birth.
Sarah continually grieved the loss of her child. Fifteen years later, we find poor Sarah weeping over her husband’s death, caused by tuberculosis. She felt totally alone in the world. Because of her fears and sadness, she found herself at the doorstep of a well-known spirit medium. She believed that delving into Spiritualism might give her some answers. Of course, God was there, waiting to help Sarah, but she did not turn to Him.
However, what the spiritualist told Sarah was a bit unnerving. She was convinced that the souls of those who had been killed by the Winchester rifle were seeking retribution for their deaths, thus they sought to wreak terror on the entire Winchester family.
It was then that Sarah began holding s