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The Curse of Divination

DEMON-familiar spirit

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.”
–Proverbs 12:15

Those who practice divination labor under a curse: a self-imposed curse.

FROM 2013: The Dangers of Divination: A Biblical explanation of divination and why it is forbidden

FROM 2013:

Contemporary Christian Divination: The False Claims and Practices of Christian Mystics – Mysticism has a rich tradition in the Catholic Church, but has made GREAT inroads into the evangelical community over the last 30 years or so.  Much of this can be attributed to the behavior and teachings of the talking heads on “christian” TV.

ALSO FROM 2013: Fortune telling: Fact, fiction and fantasy

FROM 2016: Can the Art of Divination help people cope with climate anxiety?

MORE: Dowsing, Water Witching and Familiar Spirits

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD”
–Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Christian divination” is like “Christian murder“: there is no such thing.

Still, many in the pagan churches practice divination.

Divination really is a curse–though those who practice such things would protest otherwise.

OF COURSE, those who access illegitimate supernatural power believe that they have unlocked the door to a great benefit–some have spent much time and many resources jumping through hoops in order to obtain their familiar spirit.

The Normalizing of Illegitimate Supernatural Power in the End Times

BUT the Bible declares that familiar spirits not only come from God: they are JUDGMENTS from God. The one who practices divination has a familiar spirit (which is believed to be a source of great power/wealth/knowledge/etc) which is thought to be of assistance.

But such spirits HATE humans and seek their destruction. We can know this is true by the Biblical accounts of those who engaged with familiar spirits OR EVEN THOSE WHO HAD SUCH SPIRITS (Saul, Ahab, Jezebel, etc.)  This can also be verified by the many health, family and other problems suffered by those who access this illegitimate power.

“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.”
–Leviticus 20:6

Thus, while the deceiving spirit may speak many soothing words to the deceived diviner AND while the diviner may receive from his familiar various supernatural parlor tricks, trinkets and other temporary advantages which are fleeting, chaos and calamity often dog the steps of such deluded humans.

While the diviner may receive money from his familiar, often it seems such wealth slips through his fingers–and he need more, ever more.

All the diviner need do to escape this judgment is to reject the familiar spirit.

Which such people (deceived as they are into believing they have something of great value) are loath to do.

Talk about a fitting judgment: such people actually CLING to the source of their destruction.

Which is why we earlier referred to divination as a self-imposed “curse.”

When seeking a solution, the diviner most often seeks answers from the very thing that is causing his problems.

Even as his life spirals downward, the diviner willingly–often eagerly–continues to partake of his judgment.

“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.”
–Proverbs 26:11

Does the reader believe he has a great power denied to most other men who do not possess his special knowledge of occult spirits?

There is still yet a little time to change direction (repent) and throw oneself on the mercy of an ever-merciful God Almighty.

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

End Time Rising: Running out of Time

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

THE GOSPEL

“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

“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
2 Corinthians 4:3

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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: October 11, 2016.]

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by Jeremiah Jameson
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Where Do Evil Spirits Come From?

EVIL SPIRITS: Where do they come from?

EVIL SPIRITS: Where do they come from?

EVIL SPIRITS, DEMONS, UNCLEAN SPIRITS

Whatever one calls them, there is all sorts of nonsense written on the subject of evil spirits, demons, unclean spirits.

The Bible is quite clear of where these enemies of mankind originate, though most men choose not to believe the Bible. Some prefer the tall tales of other men; others, the deceitful tales of the evil spirits themselves.

Still others have constructed their own man-based view of the Bible and anything in God’s Word which contradicts their tidy little scenario naturally gets tossed to the wayside.

Currently, the popular story circulating among apostates is that demons are “fallen angels.”

This is a lie; a fable from men.  This does not come from the Bible.

We can know this is not correct because the Bible tells us that those fallen angels are kept in chains until judgment (2 Peter  and Jude 1:6) while demons/evil spirits are very much out in the world tormenting men.

“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
Jude 1:6

“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;”
2 Peter 2:4

(Some specific fallen angels are released a little earlier for very specific purposes according to Revelation 9:14-15.)

Of course, the apostates are not about to let God’s Word stand in the way of them making a few bucks–and there’s no end to the number of people who buy non-biblical CDs, books and DVDs about “fallen angels are demons.”

What does the Bible say?


PART ONE: Where do evil spirits come from?

PART TWO: Weapons of Our Warfare: END TIMES SURVIVAL

PART THREE: END TIMES SURVIVAL: We Fight Spiritual Battles, Not Physical Ones

PART FOUR: EXORCISM: 10 Observations on Casting Out Demons

PART FIVE: Spiritual Warfare: 10 Observations on Demons and Spiritual Warfare

PART SIX: SPIRITUAL WARFARE: The Explosive Power of the Prayers of the Believer


EVIL SPIRITS

The Old Testament records several accounts of men being tormented by evil spirits. IN EVERY CASE (and this also pertains to a “lying spirit” which caused a king’s death because he paid heed to it), those evil spirits were said to come from God Himself.

An evil spirit which afflicted King Saul is mentioned no fewer than six separate times in 1 Samuel.  In EVERY instance, this spirit is referred to as an “evil spirit from God” (or an “evil spirit from the LORD“).

“But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”
1 Samuel 16:14

“And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.”
1 Samuel 16:15

“Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.”
1 Samuel 16:16

“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”
1 Samuel 16:23

“And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.”
1 Samuel 18:10

“And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.”
1 Samuel 19:9

Lest any reader believe that evil spirits from God only afflicted Saul, we have two other instances. One earlier reference is from Judges and is VERY specific about not only where the evil spirit came from but why God sent it.

“When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel, Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech: That the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.”
Judges 9:22-24

One further account is recorded in both 1 Kings 22 and 2 Chronicles 18. It involves Ahab and his lying prophets, as well as God’s prophet, Micaiah.

“And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.

And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.”
1 Kings 22:19-23

So in every case, God sent evil spirits as a judgment on men committed to rebellion against God.

DEMONS

Lest any reader be saying to himself, “Well, now, this is evil spirits.  Demons, on the other hand, that’s a different story!”

The Bible is quite clear that “evil spirits” are the same entities sometimes referred to as “devils” (demons) in the New Testament.  How can we know that evil spirits and demons are the same?

Luke 9:37-43 refers to the same entity as an “unclean spirit” (obviously evil from its actions) and also as a “devil” (demon).

“And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him. And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.

And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not. And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.

And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.  And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God.”
Luke 9:37-43

THE LORD CREATED EVERYTHING

Who else created evil spirits (demons), if not God Almighty?

And who, among fallible men, is there to question Him and His motives?

“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen”
Romans 11:36

“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
Isaiah 45:7

FAMILIAR SPIRITS: JUDGMENT

Some men consult with particular evil spirits which God’s Word calls “familiar spirits.” They are in no way to do this.

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD”
Deuteronomy 18:10-12

Men who ignore God’s Word believe that they have control of these familiar spirits.  However, evil spirits, no matter the type or their name, are judgments from God. They allow evil men to believe they are in control. Such men are deceived, so there’s little trouble getting them to believe they are the ones in control.

Hence, men who consult familiar spirits are partaking in their own judgment from God, even while they cling to such spirits for the relatively trivial benefits (money, power, knowledge, pleasure, etc.) they may provide.

So: such men who rebel against God are actually clinging to the judgment which God sends as a punishment for their rebellion.

AND, these men believe they are “beating the system” and would never think to break away from their doom.

God oftentimes punishes men by allowing them to have what they think they desire.

Even though it is sinful and contrary to God’s Word.

How’s that for a punishment? The punished believe their judgment is a benefit and are loath to let go of it!

Truly, God Almighty is amazing.

It’s not too late to change direction.

It’s not too late to exchange judgment for mercy.

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL

“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.”
-–Romans 1:16

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COUNTERFEIT HOLY SPIRIT: Lying Spirits of Deception in the Churches

COUNTERFEIT SPIRIT: There is one Holy Spirit. There are many lying and deceiving spirits, especially the spirit of antichrist.

COUNTERFEIT HOLY SPIRIT: There is one Holy Spirit. There are many lying and deceiving spirits, especially the spirit of antichrist.

 TRADING THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR MYSTICISM

COUNTERFEIT HOLY SPIRIT: The Bible commands believers to test every spirit. But many Christians want an experience very badly. Many sitting in American churches want to feel a “move of God” or a “move of the Spirit.” And so, because so many do not walk by faith but by sight, spirits of deception enter into the churches. What are a few of these spirits? Why are they so prevalent today?

FALSE SPIRITS HAVE INVADED THE AMERICAN CHURCH

LYING SPIRITS

SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST

SPIRITS OF DECEPTION

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1


American Christians want to experience God by experiences.

Desiring the Holy Spirit–which the Bible says all believers have from the moment they are born again–many churches are reported to have contact with a spirit.

But is it the Holy Spirit?

There are many counterfeit spirits.  The Bible speaks of evil spirits, false spirits, lying spirits and a spirit of antichrist–among others.  Why are these spirits rushing into the churches?  There are several reasons.

Biblical Silence vs. Mystical Silence and What Really Went On at Passion 2012?

As they have for centuries, people who “feel far from God” continue to seek more “spiritual” experiences, and as such fall into dangerous, demonic deceptions. One such devilish device is the perversion of biblical prayer through the practice known in “Christian” circles as contemplative or centering prayer. As has been noted multiple times on this site, the practice of contemplative prayer has come into the evangelical world via the Roman Catholic Church, and it is no different than the meditation practiced by Eastern religions.

The Counterfeit Church and its Feel-Good Gospel

In churches across America, the awe and holiness of the Scriptures are fading fast. While countless “born again” believers still delight in His Word, share His love, and pray for each other, the vast majority of church members have chosen a more secular form of “worship.” Many feel free to interpret the Bible according to their own liking. Consequently, a widening gap is separating God’s timeless Truths from the world’s more culture-friendly adaptations.

As to the timing: it’s not coming, it’s here.  The whore Church of Revelation is already alive and well in America.  It is only consolidating its footholds and gathering its strength.  How much longer until it emerges as the woman riding the beast of Revelation 17:3-6?  Time will tell.

In the meantime, the lying spirits of the enemy are busy doing works of darkness.

A LYING SPIRIT

1 Kings and 2 Chronicles both tell the story of Ahab, a king to whom God sent a lying spirit

And the Lord said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him.”

“And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.”
-1 Kings 22:20-23

Why did God use a lying spirit to deceive Ahab?

Ahab was again rejecting the clear warning from God, and choosing a path of wicked rebellion. In response to Ahab’s constant choice of sin, God revealed some of the inner workings of the spiritual world.

God had already pronounced a death sentence upon Ahab (1 Kings 20:42, 21:19), but had given him opportunity to repent of his wickedness. With this final rejection of God’s counsel, God determined to carry out the death sentence. Since Ahab continued to prefer the lies of his false prophets over the truth given by God’s prophets, God chose to use the false prophets to carry out His plan.

THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST

“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
1 John 4:3

Spirit of Deception

Seducing spirits have been turned loose upon the world today. Many have been taken over by a spirit of deception in this hour.

I Timothy 4:1 “The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirts, and doctrines of devils;” It’s happening now. We are in the last of the last days. Jesus is soon to come. The devil is seeking to deceive all that will yield to his lies.

 

COUNTERFEIT HOLY SPIRIT: Try every spirit. - 1 John 4:1

COUNTERFEIT HOLY SPIRIT: Try every spirit. – 1 John 4:1

Mysticism: A Counterfeit Holy Spirit

So – what is the true Holy Spirit and how does it function? All true Christians are indwelt with the Holy Spirit at the moment of conversion. When this happens, the Holy Spirit comes to live and dwell inside each newly born-again Christian until their time on this earth is over. The Holy Spirit has many functions, among them bringing conviction over sin and illuminating Scripture.

And yet, so many “Christians” hunger for a “move of God” or a “manifestation of the Spirit;” of experiencing what the Bible declares they already have: a presence of the Lord. We live in a time when experiences trump the Word of God.

Pew-sitters and pulpit-poachers are both searching for what the Bible clearly says they should already possess: the Holy Spirit.  But most appear willing to accept any spirit–and do.  Especially when that spirit brings excitement.

False religions do not have this indwelling of the Holy Spirit taking place within their adherents. So what’s a Devil to do? Well, he’ll just do what he’s always done, and rather successfully at that: create some kind of counterfeit experience to mimic a real blessing given by God to true Christians.

Could this hunger for a physical manifestation of the supernatural be brought on because so many who wear the Christian label are only playing a part? Could it be one of the by-products of a people used to walking by sight instead of faith?

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2 Corinthians 5:7

If one is a sight-walker, one doesn’t need faith: one has experiences, signs, wonders, feelings and emotions.  Could the wholesale lack of discernment also be another sign that the Holy Spirit is absent from those who feel they are believers?

Sad but likely.

Counterfeit Presence of God

Many churches practice getting into a state of antichrist altered perception by chanting or singing the same verses over and over and over again.  This writer grew up next to a large community of Eastern mystics.  The Christian repetitions are little different from the Hindu ones  A mantra is a mantra; it matters little whether you use “Jesus” or another deity as the centering mechanism.

Jesus warned against this in Matthew 6:7  But who listens to the Bible anymore–especially when it contradicts what many “feel” is right?  We live in a season where “Christians” believe any practice/ritual they engage in is sanctified by their very participation in it.

If we do it, it must be right.” 

The end justifies the means.  If it works, do it.  If it feels good, do it.  And so, all too many do: convinced they’re worshiping the God of the Bible.  Instead, they give their praise and worship to an idol of their own construction.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 6:7

The author of Mysticism: A Counterfeit Holy Spirit reveals that this meditative state–where Christians are certain they’ve had a “God encounter” or a “move of God” or a “move of the Holy Spirit”–makes Jesus to be a liar.

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
John 14:6

Who needs Jesus as the Way when they have just experienced “God” by their own devices? Counterfeit spirits will make it all about the worshipers; all about the experience.  The Holy Spirit will make it all about Jesus.

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:”
John 15:26

When the Holy Spirit comes, it is to accomplish a particular purpose of God–not for the entertainment/experience/”look how spiritual we are” value.  When one believes one can manipulate the Holy Spirit into manifesting, who needs Jesus?

“Hey, let’s keep singing! I’ve already got goose bumps!”

“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
2 Corinthians 11:14

What is Mysticism?

Of course Satan is at the heart of this deception being foisted on the Church.  But what of the ones leading the deception?

“Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
2 Corinthians 11:15

Is that being too harsh?  What if the church leaders are not aware they’ve been deceived?  Doesn’t that let them off the hook?  Doesn’t that let the poor people in the church escape blame?  Jesus had the answer.

“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
Matthew 15:14

It’s time has come.  The spirit of mysticism is the spirit that’s exalted in many American Christian churches today–not the Holy Spirit.

Of course, Christians were warned this time would come. A time when those who formerly were practicing Christians would leave for the more exciting experiences of a different, seducing spirit.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”
1 Timothy 4:1

MORE: FALSE HOLY SPIRIT: A Sign Your Church is Part of the End Times Church of the Dragon

“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
Luke 18:8

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
1 John 4:1

And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Mark 13:5-6

[This material originally appeared in End Times Prophecy Headlines: April 25, 2014.]

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

THE GOSPEL

“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

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Demon Possession: Alfio Anthony Granata Claims Demon Possession Made Him Do it

DEMONS: Alfio Anthony Granata claims he was possessed by devil when he held tourist hostage

DEMONS: Alfio Anthony Granata claims he was possessed by devil when he held tourist hostage. He won’t be believed because psychiatrists and psychologists have done their work well. [image credit: Wikipedia]

#1 in a series – Demons: What does the Bible have to say?

Australian man holds and torments tourist,

Then claims he was possessed by a demon

Alfio Anthony Granata claims he was possessed by devil when he held tourist hostage

An Australian man held a Dutch tourist hostage and when captured, claimed the devil made him do it.

Actually, the man, Alfio, Anthony Granato, claimed he was possessed by the devil and told his victim she was “marked for death”.

Granato held the young woman hostage and tortured her for six weeks.

Demon possession: What is known?

Medieval book illustration of Christ Exorcisin...
Medieval book illustration of Christ Exorcising the Gerasenes demonic (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bible has much to say about demons and their interaction with Jesus Christ. The gospel of Matthew alone has 11 different instances in which Jesus interacted with a human that had a “devil,” “demon” or “evil spirit.” [Matt 4:23-25, Matt 7:21-23, Matt 8:14-17, Matt 8:28-34, Matt 9:32-34, Matt 10:1-8, Matt 11:16-19, Matt 12:22-32, Matt 12:43-45, Matt 15:21-28, Matt 17:14-21]

Of all of the miracles performed by Jesus Christ, all but one had been previously done before in the Old Testament. That one new miracle which Jesus performed was the casting out of demons. There is no record of anyone in the Old Testament performing this miracle.

In fact, the Bible says that “casting out devils” was part of Jesus last commands to his disciples.

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
–Mark 16:15-18

Christianity acknowledges the existence of demons and evil spirits–as do many other religions.

Medicine and psychology have still other things to say about demons.

“Demonic possession is not recognized as a psychiatric or medical diagnosis by the DSM-IV or the ICD-10.”

Back to Granato, he allegedly told his victim that he had “killed 248 people but had never been caught because he was “very clean and precise”.”

There’s more–much more–to say on this subject. This is the first in a series on the subject of Demons: What does the Bible have to say?

Was Alfio Anthony Granata possessed by a demon? Is this just his cover story or excuse?

What do you think?

Do you know Jesus?

by Mondo Frazier
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