For most people in my generation, the familiar expression “The Devil Made Me Do It!”, as spoken by Flip Wilson, always got a laugh. His TV variety show, which aired on NBC from 1970 to 1974, never failed to entertain us, and each week we would hear that familiar phrase and laugh each time, as that was always his excuse for doing something that got him into trouble. And while his comedy act was purely for entertainment purposes, could there have been a seed of truth to this funny expression? Have events ever occurred in the Bible in which the human person really had no control over his actions? Or, hitting home even closer, do people today actually have 100% control over their actions, thoughts and beliefs?
One of the first recorded instances of a human being behaving in a way that ran totally contrary to logic, reason and common sense is the story from the Old Testament of Pharaoh and the enslaved nation of Israel in Egypt. When Moses demanded that Pharaoh let the people go free, and he refused, the first plague that Egypt experienced was the Nile River turning into blood–literally–which killed every living thing that swam in the water. This plague wasn’t just an overnight event. It lasted for a full seven days, and not even digging into the ground could produce water for the people or any other living being.
If you were the ruler of an empire, located in a desert, and your sole source of water was suddenly gone as a result of this miracle, any person with a brain would understand that Moses’s god was more powerful than any other known god in all of Pharaoh’s kingdom. Therefore, for the sake of his and his people’s survival, he ought to immediately do whatever Moses asks and thank his lucky stars that he’s still alive. But did he?
Exo. 7:22–“…and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them [Moses and Aaron]; as Yahweh had said.” Instead of addressing this crisis as any logical person would do, Yahweh hardened his heart which made it impossible to respond in any way other that what Yahweh had chosen. Did Pharaoh actually have human “free will” that he could have used to make a decision that ran contrary to Yahweh’s will?
After the plague of blood finally ceased, Egypt endured flies, frogs, lice, hail and other such catastrophes–any ONE of which would have caused a normal-thinking human being to concede that Moses’s god was not to be trifled with and he would agree to let the Israelites depart. But each time, Pharaoh “hardened his heart” exactly as Yahweh said he would. This was Yahweh’s plan. People might assume that Pharaoh had a choice, but did he really?
Exo. 8:15–“But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as YAHWEH HAD SAID.”
Exo. 9:12–“And Yahweh hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as Yahweh had spoken unto Moses.”
Exo. 10:1–“And Yahweh said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him:”
Exo. 10:20–“But Yahweh hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.”
Clearly, Pharaoh could not have changed his mind until Yahweh changed it for him. This demonstrates that what we commonly refer to as fee will might not be as free as we actually think it is. If Yahweh can supernaturally place within Pharaoh’s heart the actions that Yahweh demands, can other things be supernaturally placed inside a man [person] that we cannot control?
This past month, I read a story about a woman who killed a gay man because she was trying to drive out through an exorcism the evil spirit inside him that had caused him to be gay– http://www.metroweekly.com/2017/06/anti-gay-minister-trial-beating-gay-attempted-exorcism/
The obvious national outrage over such a criminal act was one of justifiable contempt and derision. And trust me, I have absolutely NO intention of being an apologist for this misinformed minister’s actions. This runs completely contrary to what Paul wrote to the Romans.
Rom. 12:19–“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith Yahweh.” The minister in this story obviously violated this clear instruction by taking the law into her own hands.
However, there are examples in scripture that this minister was probably familiar with that could have affected her actions, as sinful as they were. One of the most famous examples is in the book of Luke, where he tells us about a man who was possessed with not just one demon, he had multiple demons. There were SO many that when Yahshua asked “his” name [speaking to the demons inside the man, not the man himself], he replied his name was Legion, due to so many demons living inside the man.
Luke 8:30–“And Yahshua asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.”
This was no ordinary spiritual inhabitation. No, these spirits living inside this man prevented him from wearing clothing and gave him super-human strength to the point that no man-made device could keep him bound.
Mark 5:2–“And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.”
At the moment that Yahshua met him, the many evil spirits that had been taking up residency inside this human being were forced from that body through Yahshua’s command. When they were freed from his body, they begged Yahshua not to command them to do a second thing–that is, to be driven into the water where they could no longer inhabit another human’s body. Yahshua complied with these evil spirit’s wishes. He didn’t “command” them to go jump in the lake (so to speak). Instead, he drove them into a herd of pigs and he made the PIGS all go drown in the water!
If Yahshua had NOT commanded that these evil spirits inhabit the swine, they would have been free to do what they’ve always done–continue to choose other human beings to inhabit. However, Yahshua was not the only person who had the ability to “cast out devils [demons]”. The Apostles also had the authority to do such tasks.
Matt. 10:1–“And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, TO CAST THEM OUT, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Mark 6:13–“And they CAST OUT MANY DEVILS, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and healed them.”
These stories in the New Testament reveal that human inhabitation is real and the spirits that Yahshua and his Apostles drove out are real. Who are these spirits and where did they come from?
Their identity is explained in the book of Revelation–a book that most people only equate with yet-to-occur prophecies. This would be a mostly true assumption, because that is, in fact, what the book of Revelation is primarily about. Specifically, in Rev. 12, we are told about the upcoming moment when Satan and his evil angelic hosts–virtually 1/3 of all the angels in heaven–go to war against Yahweh. But in fact, this chapter is actually an explanation of two FORMER events along with this one FUTURE event. A former event is clearly identified here:
Rev. 12:4–“And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.”
In this verse, we are told several things. 1) Satan’s evil angels are referred to as “stars”, which means that at one point, their residence was in heaven, along with Yahweh. 2) One THIRD of them supported Satan. 3) These evil angels were cast down to the earth. 4) Satan intended to destroy Yahshua soon after he was born. Of course, Satan failed to “devour” him, even though he used everything in his power to tempt him to fail.
Of course, we now know that this verse in Rev. 12 is history because it is a description of the moment that Satan tempted Yahshua while he was in human form. And, since the book of Revelation IS a book of prophecy, we also know that this is a description of an event that is still future to us today. But what is the other “former” event that Rev. 12 is identifying?
Rev. 12:7–“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
In these three verses, we are privileged to know exactly how Satan arrived on earth in the first place. This is a description of a future battle that will take place [“war in heaven”], but it’s also a description of a former war in heaven that occurred when Satan rebelled against Yahweh. THIS war occurred before the creation that Moses wrote about in the book of Genesis. How do we know this? Easy–in Gen. 3:1, when Eve was tempted by the serpent [a.k.a.: Satan]…he was ALREADY ON EARTH.
In order for Satan to have already been here, the former war in heaven had to have already occurred. And–this is the reason for today’s post–since he was here on earth, SO TOO WERE ALL OF HIS EVIL ANGELS THAT FOUGHT AGAINST YAHWEH. Nowhere in scripture are we told how many evil angels this amounts to. Is it 1,000’s? Is it 1,000,000’s? Could it be in the BILLIONS? Again, we cannot know. The only thing that we CAN know is that these evil spirits are actually here on earth and have been here for over 6,000 years. PLUS, we know for a fact that they don’t just “hover” around in the air and say “boo”. These evil spirits’ habitational vehicle of choice is the human body.
Most people would find this hard to believe. How could it possibly be that “evil spirits”, in the 21st century, are actually “inhabiting” human bodies? Believe it or not, this is not a phenomena that is unique to these few examples in scripture. It has been occurring for almost as long as there have been people on earth. And, it is this SIN of INHABITING HUMAN BODIES that will result in the future condemnation and everlasting punishment of Satan and his evil angels. That punishment is clearly spoken of in the book of Jude, but I dare say that almost nobody understands his words.
Jude 6–“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.“
When Satan’s evil angels “left their own habitation”, they began to inhabit human beings. When they did this, what kind of sins did they engage in? The very next verse tells us:
Jude 7–“Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
While the minister I spoke of at the beginning of this post was dead wrong in her effort to “drive out” the evil spirit that she said was inside the gay man, she was NOT wrong about it BEING there. The truth about what scripture reveals, which is often a hard thing to accept, is that the practice of homosexuality and lesbianism is not a human “behavioral” matter. It is a spiritual “inhabitational” matter. And just like the man in the book of Luke who had no control over his actions while the evil spirits took up residency inside him, people today who only “think” they have total control over their actions [“free will, they call it], they actually don’t.
And, regardless of the massive number of Satan’s angels that are here on earth, where there are approximately 7.5 billion people, you can just imagine the damage they intend to inflict on mankind as we approach the day of Yahshua’s return.
This is why some people insist that they “were born this way” and their lifestyle should not be condemned by society. And you know what friends and neighbors? They are 100% right. The inhabitation of human beings is not limited to those who have already been born and who have chosen a certain lifestyle. There are no scriptures that reject the premise that some of Satan’s angels may have taken up residency in humans while they were still in the womb.
Go ahead and be shocked by what you’ve just read. It doesn’t change the fact that this is exactly what scripture says Satan’s army of evil angels has done. I didn’t write it. I didn’t say it. I’m just the messenger who is delivering the truth of what the Bible says about this subject.
Forget about “The Walking Dead”. We need to be aware of “The Walking Inhabited” and Satan’s effort, through his vast army of evil spirits, to destroy every aspect of “family” as we get nearer to the arrival of our elder brother Yahshua in the near future.