Earthquakes. Tornados. Floods. Famine. Pestilence. Food recalls. Terrorist Attacks. The list goes on and on.
Is it “Mother Nature” and evil people doing these things?
Or something else? Do you notice how these things are happening more often and at a quicker pace these days? I have noticed that a lot lately, things are happening almost every day now- a whole lot more than when I was a kid, and the news was on all the time in our house.
My “secular” friends are starting to notice this too.
You see, I have a lot of friends who are not saved; some do not believe in God or anything else at all. What has made me stand up and take notice, however, is not only are they noticing things, but a few have even made comments to me such as, “Wow, things are happening more than ever these days. The world might be coming to an end soon.” “I don’t think we have much time left. I think I need to start getting my kids in church.”
Are they saying these things to appease me? Absolutely not. They debate with me about religion whenever the subject comes up. And that's fine. They are making these comments because they're noticing how quickly things are happening too.
To keep it short, I believe we're in for it, folks, and soon. The only reason America has been as great as it is for as long as it has is because of God's grace and provision. As Ronald Reagan has said, "If we forget we are One Nation Under God, we will be a nation gone under." I truly believe that. Take a look at other nations who don't put God first and see what they're like.
If you remember in my last post, I talked about how God granted Satan dominion over the entire earth. The Bible talks about how he walks back and forth throughout the earth, seeking those who he may devour. Well, that’s what he’s doing. In the Bible it says that “all good things come from God”. God gives us everything that’s good. He does not want to see us suffer: be hurt, sick, or have bad things happen to us. But, because we were separated from God because of our sin condition, bad things do happen to us. Satan makes sure of that.
But, Satan has a habit of making us think it’s all God’s fault. Every time a tragedy occurs, that’s one of the questions on most everyone’s mind: “How could God let this happen?” There isn’t really an easy answer, as we don’t know God’s mind completely, but there is a short answer. We are separated from God because of our sin condition. Satan has dominion over the earth, until the end of the earth. While he does have dominion over the earth, he and his minions will continue to attack it and us. He will use whatever means that are at his disposal: the weather, other people, etc. He does this because he hates us completely and wants to destroy us and this includes tormenting us in hell forever and ever. He also still wants to try to imitate God (and that’s what got him kicked out of Heaven- trying to be God, and thinking he was better than God). Do you ever notice that whatever God has done and created Satan tries to twist it all around? Satan loves it when we blame God and turn our backs on Him. That’s all part of his plan. In the meantime, he makes us think that it’s OK to live how we want- how anything goes and we can forget about what God has to say. He makes us think we’re having a good time while we’re here on earth and we don’t have to worry about tomorrow. Well, we do, especially if Satan has our tomorrow planned out. Do you hear him laughing?
Now, about more demonic attacks. The devil has plenty of ways to attack us- he uses spirits of confusion, of sexual deviation (and yes this includes extramarital sex, etc.), of gluttony, greed, pride, etc. Now, if you are a Christian, he may not be able to attack you in those ways (although I do see a lot of evidence of gluttony out there, but I am not one to judge! Remember- hate the sin but love the sinner), but don't be fooled- you ARE definitely on his radar for these attacks, probably more so than non-Christians- and he will find other ways- namely, he will attack your health. The more that you are trying to do the work of the Lord, the more he will attack you too. I know Christians who devote most of their time to the work of the Lord, and the devil attacks them all the time. He attacks their finances, theirs and their family members’ health, family lives, etc. He wants to try to wear the Christian down and get them to denounce their faith in God and even to blame God. He would love nothing more for them to say, “You know, forget God. I’ve followed Him all this time and look all that’s happened to me. Why is He doing this to me?” I know Christians who have had their health attacked in serious ways and have been healed (it was God’s will- they still had work here to do). The devil, however, would love for us to be down for the count, denounce our faith in God and turn our backs on God. Then, he will have won.
Now, before I go, I will talk about attacks that happened to me personally. You may have seen one or both on my website (on my News page, and my Paranormal stories page). While I was writing Diary of a Demonologist, I was under attack quite often. First, it took me almost six months to a year longer to get this book out as it disappeared twice. The first time, I had a brand new thumb drive and the story was wiped out off of it. I tried two card recovery programs and even had the memory chip swapped out. The tech that swapped the chip out said that it was like nothing was ever on the drive at all. Likewise with the card recovery program. Nothing showed up. Thank God I usually write everything out long hand first. So, I go ahead and re-type everything and save it to a CD. In the middle of re-creating the book, however, everything gets wiped off of the CD. I then had to re-write the book for the third and thankfully the final time.
Also, during the process of writing this book, I was attacked often during the middle of the night (or morning, however you look at it). Most of the time the attacks happened at 3 a.m. (the devil loves to use that time- most theologians believe it’s an attack on the trinity). Anyway, I would be awakened about that time at least 2-3 times a week feeling a panic that I could not explain. I do not have panic attacks nor am I a nervous person. I also do not scare easily.
The last time (thank God) that I was attacked like that, it was the worst. I was awakened about 3 a.m. with my heart beating out of my chest. I never had my heart beat like that, and I don’t want to again. It was beating extremely fast, like it was going to run right out of my chest. I did not know what to think, but I did know that I did not want to wake my family. I then got up and walked around, and went downstairs. I walked around some more, still with my heart beating crazily and then I started getting a little scared. I remember thinking, “Lord, I am not ready to die yet. I have a lot of work to do.” I thought about leaving my family behind and what they would do. Then, I called out to the Lord. Deep down, to be honest, I really wasn’t expecting anything to happen, but I called out, “Jesus, I need you!” Right away, a white glow came into the room right in front of me and I immediately was overcome with a feeling of warmth and peace. My heart slowed to normal then as well, and I was able to go back to sleep.
To this day, I have hardly had any attacks take place against me, thank the Good Lord!!
There are many people who think that demons are the same as fallen angels. I myself believe in that theory as that is what the Bible says. I have never questioned what the Bible says, myself. We all know about the story of Lucifer being kicked out of Heaven and taking a third of Heaven's host with him, which then turned into what is known as the fallen angels. We also know about the "principalities" or demons, who live in the "high places", i.e., the heavens in the air, not Heaven itself. Satan was granted dominion over the earth, so that is why all sorts of horrible things happen on the earth, and of course, his demons are allowed to roam the earth. We also know about the stories of Jesus expelling the demons from the possessed and the demons asking Him when they saw Him: "What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8:29) "Before the time" is referring to the time of judgement. What is interesting to me are the accounts of those who have been to hell and survived to tell about it.
Three very good sources of reference are the book "A Land Unknown: Hell's Dominion" by B.W. Melvin and the websites Bibleprobe.org and testimoniesofheavenandhell.com. You should take the time and read that book and visit the websites, if you are interested in those kinds of accounts.
In his book, Bryan Melvin states that he saw beings chained up in a cavelike structure as well as demonic creatures going up and down between the earth and hell. Who are those creatures that are chained up? Are they demons? Why are they chained? Is it maybe because they are the worst of the worst? I believe those that are chained are the fallen angels who have sinned- the ones who, when cast out of heaven, had sexual relations with women and as a result, giants were born. In 2 Peter Chapter 2 Verse 4 it says: "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment." About the sinning of the fallen angels, in Genesis 6:2 it says: "That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." The sons of God are believed to be the fallen angels. Now, in Genesis 6:4 it says: "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." The giants, or Nephilim, are believed to be the offspring of the fallen angels and human women.
Now speaking of the Nephilim, there are theories that they are the ones who are the demons. It is believed by most who embrace this theory that after the flood, God allowed the Nephilim's spirits to remain on this earth. It is a good theory, but myself, I am not sure if I believe it. Human beings will never become demons, and since the Nephilim were part human, I don't really believe that they became demons either. Again, it's a good theory, but not one that I subscribe to.
In short, I believe along with most believers (smile) that demons are the result of fallen angels. There are some who roam the earth, and some that are confined to hell. The ones confined to hell are the ones who had sinned, or defiled themselves with human women.
To know 100% without a doubt though, well, I'll just have to ask Jesus when I meet Him face to face. Then again, I won't have to ask. He'll already know that this is something I am wondering about.
What is your theory about where demons come from? Let us know!
WEEK OF JULY 23: The conclusion of the series (for now)-Demonic Attacks.
Darla Broadwater. We will of course discuss the supernatural but also other subjects of interest from time to time- nature, gardening, even cars!