Saturday, July 26, 2008

Satanic Realities

Satanic Realities

By Abraham Israel

  • Lev 19:31
  • Lev 20:6
  • Isaiah 8:19-20
  • Exodus 7:10-12

Satan has no power to create, only God can create. Spiritist mediums do not communicatewith the dead. Instead, they communicate with demon spirits who imitate those who have died (2 Cor 11:14).

Beside this we see in the Bible says,
“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,” (Heb 9:27). Here the Greek word that is used for ‘judgment’ is ‘krisis’ which when translated gives us the meaning sentence of condemnation, damnatory judgment, condemnation and punishment. And it also means a separating, sundering and separation. So according to the Bible a soul will go to the separated place of Sheol where the wicked souls of men are kept under sentence of condemnation. The Greek word for Hebrew word ‘sheol’ is ‘Hades’. Both mean the same here. This is what Jesus also affirmed in the real life story of ‘The Rich Man and Lazarus’ that happened in the Old Testament times. After he died his soul did not remain in the earth or in some other place to be consulted with, but was in torment in Hades (Luke 16:19-31; 2 Peter 2:17). The one difference that has happened in the New Testament is that the place where the righteous souls of men who were kept on the other side, with a great gulf between the wicked souls and righteous ones, were emptied when Jesus came to Sheol after His death on the cross and preached the gospel and took them to heaven with their resurrected bodies (1 Peter 3:18-20; 4:6; Eph 4:8-10; Matt27:52-53). But the wicked souls are still in torment, in the section where the wicked souls are kept for the final white throne Judgment. And still now the wicked souls of men are kept there after their death.

And God also says in his word
“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” (Ezek 18:4). In the book of Ecclesiastes this is confirmed, when the Bible says, “Then [after one dies] the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Eccl 12:7). And also Jesus affirmed this saying, “And I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:4-5). From this above verse we can clearly understand that Satan has no right over any soul, whether wicked or righteous after death. Only God has the absolute right over the soul of every one after their physical death, so only He [i.e. Jesus] teaches every man to fear God. Satan has only rights to steal, kill, and destroy the body of any man physically because of sin in the flesh (John 10:10; Rom 7:17). But Satan cannot do this to believers(Rom 6:22), if only they will stand on the promises of redemption that Jesus Christ has achieved for them. In Deut 18:11, a necromancer is explained as ‘one who calls up the dead.’ Here a person who calls up the dead does not mean that he is calling up a dead spirit of a man. The Hebrew word that is used here for the ‘one who calls up the dead’ is ‘darash’which means ‘to consult, enquire of, seek of heathen gods, necromancers, to seek deity in prayer and worship [i.e. heathen deities]. It does not in any way convey the meaning of inquiring a dead spirit of man.

Imagine a person being inhabited by a demon for years. On his death, this demon roams around in a disembodied state looking for another person who will not resist his efforts to gain entrance. This demon knows many intimate things that happened in the life of the departed person. If some medium is willing to communicate with this familiar spirit, naturally the spirit can stimulate the dead person and fool the assembled gullible gathering.

Many people also have misconceptions about haunted houses. Some think that the ghosts of departed people live in such houses, but it is not true.
[Demons haunt houses and can cause thumps and bangs at any time of the night or day.]
  • Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Why is there such an increase in satanic activity?

Because people are departing from God and His word, and the vacuum created in the human spirit is being filled by “other spirits”.

“Woe to you who are at ease in Zion, And trust in Mount Samaria [fleshly false religion]…” (Amos 6:1).

  • Matthew 25:5
  • Angels of destruction -> Ps 78:49
  • Jude 6
  • The apostle Paul called him “the prince of the power of air” (Eph 2:2). Lucifer –“shining one” (Isaiah 14:12).

Lucifer did not lose his power or authority when he was cast out of heaven. By divine permission he uses it today among the earthly creation. His power, therefore, is second only to Jesus Christ [the beleivers are in Jesus Christ and so is greater than Satan himself] and is infinitely greater than many people imagine (Isaiah 14:13-17).

Wicked spirits

Christians must remember that Satan is neither omnipresent nor omniscient. His power is limited. In order to carry on his insidious work of maintaining curses upon the world, he uses a great company of wicked spirits, or fallen angels, to do his bidding. With out a doubt these wicked spirits are governed by well-disciplined angelic orders of generals and captains. We do not know the number of these wicked spirits. There seems little doubt that they are far more numerous than mankind (Matt 26:53; Mark 5:9).

They may even seek to reenter a body when the spirit of that person ceases to resist their forces
(Matt 12:43, 45).

Who fills the empty space?
Either the Spirit of God or the spirit of Satan is the one who will fill the empty space. Man is triune; first he is a spirit, with a soul, in a body. Man is essentially a Spiritual being.

  • 1 Cor 2:14
  • John 4:23
  • Job 11:7
  • “Deep calls unto deep…” (Psalm 42:7).
  • Acts 16:18-Matthew 10:16
  • 1 Tim 4:1
  • 1 John 4:1, 2-3
  • Matthew 24:24
  • Mark 9:26

Although Satan can speak in tongues through a person, every one truly baptized in the Spirit can also speak in tongues as the Holy Spirit gives the utterance (See Acts 2:4). But how do we know the difference? To this Jesus gave the answer in Matt 7:16.
  • Galatians 5:22-23
If a tongue speaking Christian does not manifest the fruit of the Spirit in his life, he must be suspect in the assembly.

How these people in
Matthew 7:22-23 could cast out devils, prophecy and perform signs, wonders and miracles? Surely, like Judas Iscariot (John 12:6), they must have been in right relationship with God at one time. But what happened to them? They yielded to pride, power, avarice, lust and jealousy, and Jesus had no place for them in His kingdom (Matt 7:16). They will have other motives to follow Jesus and not because of love towards Him (Acts 8:18-24; 2 Peter 2:15, 16).

  • Luke 13:11-13; 4:18;
  • John 13:27
  • Continuous cleansing is our protection (1 John 1:7).
  • Angelic protection (Ps 91:9-12).

Calling the enemy by name

1) spirit of infirmity or weakness (Luke 13:11).

2) Mute spirit (Mark 9:25).

3) Dumb spirit (Mark 9:25).

4) Distressing spirit (1 Samuel 16:14). [Distressing => depressing (a feeling of sadness and loneliness with out hope)]. 

5) Foul spirit (Rev 18:2).

6) Unclean spirit (Matt 10:1).

7) spirit of divination (Acts 16:16).

8) spirit of bondage (Rom 8:15).

9) spirit of error (I John 4:6).

10) spirit of the world (1 Cor 2:12).

11) Deceiving spirits (1 Tim 4:1).

12) Jealous spirit (Num 5:14).

13) Lying spirit (2 Chronicles 18:21).

14) Familiar spirit (Deut 18:11).

15) spirit of antichrist (1 John 4:3).

16) spirit of fear (2 Tim 1:7).

17) Perverse spirit (Isaiah 29:10).

18) Sorrowful spirit (1 Sam 1:15).

19) spirit of harlotry (Hos 4:12).

20) Different spirit (2 Cor 11:4).

21) spirit of ill will (Judges 9:23).

  • Heb 10:26-27

Sin no more

Deliverance is no way automatic. Keeping your freedom is dependant on maintaining a very close walk with God.

Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you (John 5:14). In other words Jesus was telling this man, don’t reject me other wise you have no other way for you get delivered.

Delegated authority

  • Matt 10:8; Luke 10:1, 17, 19-20; Acts 8:6-7; 19:11-12
What about you?
  • Is 61:1; Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19

We must remember that the ministry of deliverance needs faith. Some experimenting, unbelieving Jews experienced disastrous results when they tried to cast out demons by using the name of Jesus with out faith (Acts 19:13-16).
  • Ps 34:19
Who sends these afflictions?

Satan afflicted Job, but only with God’s permission. Apparently, persecution is one kind of demonic oppression that no Christian can avoid. But we need not be depressed about it.

Every Christian can claim an inner deliverance from demonic oppression – Paul obliviously had that kind of deliverance and was full of the joy of the Lord.

How to resist?

1 John 5:18 (John 3:3-5; John 1:12). To keep our self clean and spotless from the world is by thinking and practicing pure thoughts and by keeping ourselves consciously under the blood of Jesus. To keep our self clean we need the help of God, by our own strength we will only fail. That is why even the apostles of the lamb were taught by Jesus to pray to the Father like this“…Deliver us from the evil one…” (Luke 11:4; Matt 6:13).
  • 1 Peter 5:6, 8, 9

God actively opposes the proud (1 Peter 5:5). The real humble person is the one who knows that all things are possible with the strength of God acting through him. So only Paul says inPhil 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. With strength like that, the devil is a defeated foe!

You might as well face the fact that any part of your body can become a place [an opportunity for the devil to control your various members or you body parts (Rom 6:16; 12:1; 1 John 3:7; Rom 13:14).] for demon (Eph 4:27). A demon will take anything he can get!
'...He who has been born of God keeps himself ' (1 John 5:18) means ‘Steady abstinence from the wickedness of the World’. This kind of person 'the wicked one [i.e. the devil] does not touch him' because the devil has no rights to touch him. The devil can touch a believers life only as much as they give room to him when they are tempted by the devil.
  • Exodus 20:5 80 to 100 years.
  • James 1:12-15 => Conception – “the creation of a new life”. New demonic activity in him.

Categories of Demons (Eph 6:12)

1) Principalities.

2) Powers.

3) Rulers of the darkness of this age.

4) Wickedness in heavenly places.

Always command the demons to
“Be quiet and come out” (Mark 1:25).

  • Deut 18:10-12
  • 1 Sam 28:7-19
  • Isaiah 8:19-20

Our goal is to cast out demons quickly, giving no place to them, and refusing to make any agreement with them at all. Every demon craves expression through a physical body (Matt 12:43).

  • Matt 28:18-19; Col 2:15; Luke 10:17 [Delegated authority].
  • The disciples were not able to cast out demons because of their unbelief, prayer and fasting will remove our unbelief and will infuse faith in a greater measure (Mark 9:38-39; Matt 17:14-21). Casting out demons is described as working a miracle by Jesus (Mark 9:38-39).
  • Matt 8:28-34; 25:41;
  • Authority – Luke 4:6
  • Authority over [not for] - “To take dominion over” (James 5:14-15).
  • “those who believe” (Mark 16:17).
  • No other power can drive out demons (Mark 3:23-26).
  • “temporary hiding”. Demon => daimon.Gr “an evil spirit”. Daimon, in turn comes from a root which means “a shadow”. Satan, the supreme commander of all demons, sends these evil spirits upon people to bring shadows- darkness- over the spirit of man.
  • Compulsive behavior.
  • Avoid backsliding.
  • 1 Cor 6:19-20; Mark 8:33; Luke 22:31-32; 2 Cor 2:11; 11:4
Corruption of the mind can happen by demonic invasion, if you don’t resist the evil thoughts and linger on it (1 Peter 5:8). Scripture indicates that a spirit can seduce a Christian (1 Tim 4:1).

He has no power over the one who keeps himself unspotted from the world, flesh and the devil (1 John 5:18).
  • Luke 13:11-13. She was a true believer (v16).
The presence of the Holy Spirit stirs up the other spirits that are in the hiding. They are forced in to the open by the Spirit of God, where they can be dealt with and cast out in Jesus’ Name.

Even though they were Spirit-filled Christians, that did not prevent Satan from filling their hearts
(Acts 5:1-3).
  • Matt 7:16-17
The Holy Spirit brings forth holy fruit, but an evil spirit brings forth evil fruit. If a particular manifestation is good and glorifies Christ, we may be assured that the Holy Spirit is in control.
  • 2 Cor 12:7 – messenger of Satan was allowed by God to buffet Paul and this is the real thorn in the flesh. –“fallen angel”. Buffet –Struck, battered.
  • God permitted all these experiences of adversity because of the abundance of revelations given to Paul, to keep him humble.
  • The agent of this distress and woe was an angel of Satan- a powerful demon.


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