Sorry for copping out on you last night. It was a long day with an early morning and late night.
Ya know, Chip, that first paragraph if filled with wisdom. After thinking before falling asleep and again today, it crossed my mind that you are asking because you aren't sure.
Why else, when you already know the answers each of us would give, would you ask again, especially when the answers make you mad? It would seem to me that either you like being mad, or you really want answers and to understand.
Contrary to what you said about showing doubts hurts your credibility, no, that's not true. It adds to your credibility. Credibility is hurt when a person refuses to hear another opinion or open their minds to consider another opinion.
It's my sincere hope and prayer that you do find the right answers.
With that thought in mind, once again, here's my opnion. Those spirits seem to have always come to you at a time you were feeling really low. Desperate.
They made you think they're your friends. Their part in your life has probably limited having real flesh and blood friends. They knew you were at a vulnerable stage in your life and took full advantage of it.
They worked their way into your life, and not only convinced you that things were going to happen, but the things that they said would happen, didn't. They lied. As if that's not bad enough, you took the blame for their failure.
You'll deny that, but before you do, think or read back on the beginning. You said the messages were from God. You were absolutely sure it would happen. You said it was on His back, not yours. When it didn't happen, you said you were wrong, you didn't understand something, or you misinterpreted.
You know the Bible says no man can see the face of God and live. If I saw the face of someone I thought, or they claimed, to be God, that scripture would come to mind. Along with another one.
2 Corninthians11:14 "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light."
Satan. An angel of light.
They told, or suggested specific dates to you. The Bible says at Matthew 24:36 that no one knows:
“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only."
Not even the angels of heaven would know. Which means your spirits also wouldn't know.
Isaiah 8:20 says: "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
They haven't spoken according to the Word, Chip. Regardless of how much you want it to be true, nothing will convince me those spirits have your best interest in mind. I think they're evil and there is no light in them. For every second you're focusing on them, your attention is away from the true God. It seems they want you to be with them, but where are they headed?
Probably most Bible believers know the end will come. The signs are looking like it's near, aren't they? The love of many growing cold and all those signs are in our face every day. If God doesn't step in, mankind will destroy itself. We've gone so far harming the earth, the animals, the waters, the plants, and even space. We've trashed the world in the name of progress. It can't go on. We know it will come. None of us know when.
Well, once again this looks like a sermon rather than an answer, and I'm not qualified to give sermons. Especially when deep down, I think you already know deep in your heart what the answers are. But I'm qualified to care, to listen, and to hope our Most High God will bless you with the answers you're looking for. He won't lie or deceive you. Have a great day, Chip.