Ok Tis the season right? Halloween ghosts goblins ghouls all the creepy crawlies that make your skin tingle. Lately I've been enjoying watching the many new TV shows on the paranormal for a lot of reasons. For one I had several encounters myself in my dark past and I am one of those people that has to explore the things that scare him until they no longer scare him. This has led me on a 10 year journey into what these experiences are. That leads me to the second reason this journey has led me into the study of the angelic conflict and of demons in particular. So in this post I want to shed some light into the darkness and put names to the shadows. The information I am conveying can be found in evidence throughout history and from the bible and from accounts from various missionaries throughout the world.
Since it is Halloween I am going to focus on the the most numerous activity and I am going to offer advice somewhat contrary to what you are going to see on these TV shows. They are trained scientific professionals and are unknowingly protected by the "Rules" to which these creatures are currently contained.
In haunting and in demon possession there are two main culprits. Satan's front line troops, so to speak. They are just two classes of many classes which cover a wide range of human affairs and some of these are also involved in haunting and possessions but they aren't doing the flashy stuff.
The first the OV (transliterated from the Hebrew) or the εγγαστρυμυτηος or (eggastrumuthos in the Greek) demon is the most common demon in the fallen angel army they are voice demons. They can manipulate the vocal cords of a possessed person and produce language, information,. They are also the source of all the moans and whispers and voices in a haunted house. They are most notably mentioned in history in possessed persons as Mediums, Psychics, Wizards, Witches, Necromancers, any person who says they can contact the dead. This is their primary game and it is often why they haunt houses to draw in a new person to inhabit or to play the game of getting a medium to "cross the spirit over" but often there is one OV demon in the medium and another in the house and they are pulling the wool over your eyes often to the profit of the medium. They are actually a source of somewhat reliable information about the past as they actually were there to witness it often people possessed can recant ancient long dead languages and speak about ancient kingdoms with vivid detail . This is where scholars believe Homer got his information for the Iliad and the Odyssey (this goes into other tangents of demonology that I am not going into that right now.) Historic examples of this demon in action are as follows.
The Witch of Endor - - - Saul contacts her to contact Samuel for advice. 1 Samuel 28:3
The Oracle of Delphi - - - often spoken of in most Greek literature as a source of supernatural advice and the will of the gods.
The Egyptian priests of Sokar, Khentiamentu, and Anubis, - - - Spoken of in Exodus and in Egyptian history.
The Possessed Man in Mark 5:1
To review this demon is associated with the vast majority of supernatural and paranormal VOICE activity.
The second demon I am going to cover is the Puppeteer demon . . . not named specifically in scripture as it is less pervasive and less dangerous to the will of man and to history. The Puppeteer demon is the creature associated with moving people and things.. In a possessed individual this is the demon that will move the persons arms legs move him around lift them off the ground. grant the possessed person abnormal strength and speed. Also called the Telekinesis Demon they are the ones responsible for opening and closing doors. . footsteps , throwing things levitating people or objects. All things being moved are part of this demons stock in trade.
Examples of this demon are as follows.
The demons messing with the bones of Moses.- - -in the book of Jude there is an account of the Archangel Gabriel being sent to take the bones of Moses and to rebuke the demons messing with them
The possessed Man in Mark 5:1 the account of the man says that he could not be contained (possessing abnormal strength.)
So if you encounter these activities you now know what is doing them. All classes of demon (and angels for that matter) are called Nagash (transliterated from the Hebrew) which means Light bodies or Stars. Both classes are capable of making shadows and manipulating light. though I suspect the Puppeteer demon does this the most. So shadow figures, apparitions, ghosts. mists, this is the activity to which I'm referring.
Now that you have this information what do you do with it . . . . This is where I diverge from the popular TV shows. These demons DO NOT have to muster up energy to make things happen. . They are playing with the investigator as far and as much as they can. They Don't want the general public to get to much information from them it dilutes the effect and takes away from the fear factor. THESE ARE VERY POWERFUL BEINGS. Do not interact with them. Do Not engage in conversation with them. This is what they want they are waiting for a stoned or weak willed individual to get in a conversation and entice into possession this is their main game. This is very important if you attract their attention they can follow you if you antagonize them and you are a christian they can petition to God to hurt or Kill you if you have sin in your life and are under discipline. King David prayed to God and asked God to not let Satan have him. . The book of Job is all about Satan petitioning God to hurt a human. So they can hurt you They can Kill you. Do Not go looking for trouble, don't get on their radar. This is the best advice I can give. Also although it is their main trick and act these spirits are not the restless dead nor are they from "The Other Side" there is no other side these beings exist in our reality just like we do they just do so out of our visible range. Only God can resurrect or bring the dead back to the material world demons do not have that power though they try to mimic it every chance they get.
Now having said this there are occasions when you have no choice but to interact with these creatures. . You buy a home that's haunted. . . You come across a gathering in the woods and one or more of the people is Possessed. You come across a car accident and the accident victim appears to be possessed (if not under the influence) What do you do in this situation. Here is the information from the bible and from first hand accounts from missionary's I know and have read about.
Step one . . . Step away and take a breath. Pray to the Father and confess any and all known sins in your life this is very important never ever EVER confront a demon with sin in your life. Use 1 John 1:9 and confess your sins get in fellowship.
Step two . . .. in prayer silently to the Father claim one of the promises of God in the scripture that allows you to exorcise demons. Luke 9:1, Matthew 10:1 Mark 16:17 Acts 16:18 and 19:12-13 pray for courage. The instant you claim one of these promises a battalion of guardian angels was dispatched to your location and they and the power of Christ as sovereign of the universe is going to be doing this work not you you are just a vessel for that power and a witness and testimony to any bystanders. Always approach this from humility arrogance or self righteousness in this situation will get you killed.
Step three . . . Approach the person or enter the building. . Be bold Fear is a sin and it is also going to make you freeze when you need to fight. Also if there are bystanders your boldness will be a testament and a witness unto them that the power of your God is mightier then theirs. Be Bold but be Humble your confidence is in the Lord not in yourself.
Step four . . .. . Claim the promise out loud Say something to effect of "Lord you have promised that in your name we may expel or exorcise demons. You can quote a verse whatever you think you need to help you build courage and this time you are being a testimony to all of the Angelic community which will be watching this confrontation with interest. Your claiming doctrine out loud will be a victory cheered by angels and a defeat scorned by fallen angels.
Step five . . . . Issue the command quoted by Paul in Acts 16:18 or a paraphrase that fits the situation (IE I command you Demon (or demons) In the name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST to leave the person or the building. . . .
That's it no hocus pocus in fact you probably wont see or hear anything at all no rituals and DEFINITELY NO MEDIUMS
now there are rules here that apply .
rule 1. demons must obey a command issued in the Lords Name and guardian angels can enforce this command but only if the done while in fellowship utilizing the enabling power of the Holy Spirit.
rule 2. Free will is the issue . .. if the person you have exorcised chooses to be repossessed there is nothing you can do about it. Also if the house you have dispossessed is inhabited by people who are doing activities that draw demons (drug use, occult activities etc etc . ) the building may become haunted again
rule 3. Demons can petition against you if you become to much of a thorn in their side and if you have alot of sin in your life so don't go making it a habit of exorcising buildings or people for fun. Stay out of their radar.
I may edit add and change sections of this post in the future to apply to experiences I have had or will have and as I work further on the subject.
If you do not feel safe exorcising your home yet still want it done find someone with alot of doctrine under their belt. Preachers, Seminary professors, Theologians . Don't seek help from a medium or a psychic.
You can go to one of these paranormal investigation teams throughout the country to confirm or investigate your house. I think what they are doing is very good it is helping to dilute the effect and it is providing data for the study of fallen angels and they are willing to risk their lives so by all means take advantage. But take their advice with a grain of salt they are researchers trying to understand spiritual phenomena not spiritual men who want to free you of the evil influence.
Also if you wish to keep prying demon eyes from your house and keep demons from the premises. The very best thing is the reading of the bible out loud. Psalms is very good Read allowed your devotional from Psalms when you do it . . . Reading of Doctrine is very annoying to demons. It is like hearing a lecture from a parent about what you did bad after you did it and they told you not to. . It is also like nails on a chalkboard to them. Also almost as an afterthought and I now realize that it should have been mentioned first or relatively early. A christian believer in the Lord Jesus Christ CANNOT be demon possessed they can be demon influenced but not possessed.
for doctrinal references please see the works by John Calvin, Louis Sperry Chaffer, R.B. Theme Jr. http://www.berachah.org/ , Henry A Ironside, Clarance Larkin, Donald Barnhouse and I am not saying you have to believe everything they say just read (if you are interested) and make up your own mind thats free will and what makes you human.