“Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ. “
When Jesus Christ walked the earth, he went from town to town; from village to village; from rural area to rural area.
At each stop, Jesus healed the sick and cast out devils. Though many believe these two events are totally NOT connected, they are often one and the same.
“And he healed many that were sick of divers diseases, and cast out many devils; and suffered not the devils to speak, because they knew him.”
At each stop, AFTER Jesus cast out devils from a man, the deliverance from devilish affliction and torment was a joyful one.
IF the torment and affliction of devils is on par with disease in the minds of ancient inhabitants of Israel, then of course, being delivered from such suffering would be a cause for joy.
Those who were able to deliver their fellow man from such suffering also felt joy.
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.”
BUT, there are times when the casting out of a spirit brings the one delivered great distress.
How can this be?
IF a person is deceived and IF a person believes the possession of an evil (familiar) spirit to be a great treasure which required much work and time in order to have, then the losing of that spirit will likely NOT bring the person joy.
Many who possess unclean spirits (devils) have had to perform a number of tasks and jump through a number of hoops to in order to achieve their spiritual bondage.
But the deceived do not look at their possession as a curse (which it is) or a judgment from God (which it is).
The deceived look at their possession as the result of their having labored long and hard to obtain such a spirit (which they mistakenly believe to be under their “control.“)
So, to lose (what one mistakenly believes) such a source of “power” appears to be a great tragedy, not a blessing.
Can a person even have a spirit cast out against their will?
“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers”
How might such a circumstance come about: that a person who is possessed by an unclean spirit has the spirit cast out against their will?
There are a number of ways this might take place.
Perhaps a family member or a loved one takes a different view: that being possessed by a devil is a curse instead of a blessing–and prevails upon a member of the kingdom of heaven to perform the deed.
Perhaps the spirit repeatedly provokes a child of God (like the one in the slave girl in Acts 16) and the spirit is cast out as a defensive measure.
Perhaps the deceived person decides (in a brief moment of clarity) to be rid of the afflicting spirit. But then, the person has second thoughts and changes his mind–but it is too late: the familiar spirit has been cast out.
No matter the circumstance, the person who loses their familiar spirit is deceived–and reacts as a deceived person would in such a situation.
That they have lost something of VALUE–instead of something which was really a weight around their necks.
One woman in such a circumstance shed tears upon losing her familiar spirit.
BUT the deceived needn’t worry: if the person remains deceived and desirous of that familiar, it will return after being cast out.
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”
Because the person is deceived, deliverance from the unclean spirit brings NO joy.
And when the once-cast-out spirit returns with “seven other spirits more wicked than himself“?
Well, it’s no great feat for the deceived to persuade themselves that a horde of wicked spirits is not the source of their physical, emotion and family problems.
They are, after all, deceived.
DOES the reader believe all of the modern stories told about disease, torment and affliction?
DOES the reader place his faith for good health and a peaceful existence in the hands of men in white lab coats?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: March 30 2020.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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