Don’t miss these two essential sermons dealing with wickedness in scripture!
Evil Spirit From God:
A good place to begin studying about ‘dogs and pigs’ would be in 1st Samuel 16:11-15; “Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children? And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep. And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither. And he sent, and brought him [David] in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And Yahweh said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of Yahweh came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. But the Spirit of Yahweh departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from Yahweh troubled him. And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.”
This is the choosing of David for Yahweh done through the prophet Samuel and we should all notice that even as a youth David was ‘ruddy’ possessing “the ability to blush” as we can also read during the account of David and Goliath; “When the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance (1 Samuel 17:42).” However, what I’d like to focus on is the fact that as soon as the mighty David was chosen to receive the Holy Spirit, that same Spirit completely left king Saul and an evil one entered into him to replace it.
There’s another account of a certain ‘evil spirit’ found in Acts 19:11-16; “God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” Notice that these uncalled jews attempt to exorcize evil spirits “by Jesus whom Paul preacheth” and they were practically beaten down for their attempt and instead fled from the house “naked and wounded?” We should pay close attention to these passages to see why this happened — this evil spirit asks the false exorcists “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?” before unleashing his fury? In light of this story remember the words of James; “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble (James 2:19).”
For a moment, let’s think about the ‘legion’ of demons that Jesus Christ cast into the filthy swine as we’ll read from Luke 8:26-33; “They [Jesus and His disciples] arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not. (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep [nothingness]. 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. 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.”
From this account as well we can see that evil-spirited demons know who are the sons of Yahweh in contrast to their own — the unfortunate ‘certain’ man, or “host” for the evil spirits. Friends, we can choose either the Holy Spirit or an evil spirit, it’s one or the other so let’s keep our ‘vessels’ as clean as possible so the proper Spirit can abide within us always. Jesus cast the demons into the pigs because they are Biblically considered unclean and this is yet another proof-text that swine are an abomination just like we covered in Yahweh’s Food Laws – Why Listen? Before moving on to “lying spirits” we should quickly look at two more accounts that further drive home the very point I’m trying to make.
In Luke 9:49-50 it reads; “John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.” Now, contrast these unnamed ‘followers’ who used Jesus name to rebuke demons instead of “by Jesus whom Paul preacheth” as we just read a moment ago. Never could truer Words be spoken than “He that is not against us is for us” because in certain cases, like that of Joshua Caleb Sutter, certain false brethren can only be against us and will do all they can to destroy Biblical truth or sow discord.
Turn with me to the Gospel of Matthew 17:14-21: “When they [the disciples] were come to the multitude, there came to him a man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he [singular] departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
From what we’ve just read we should be able to see that many of the disciples themselves held an ‘unbelief’ in demons or evil spirits just like we find many Christians today that refuse to acknowledge the existence of Satan or power of Jesus’ name. Interesting also is the fact that a lunatic is considered ‘demon possessed’ agreeing with a majority of recorded history, that is — until the pharmakeia gained major footing in the poisoning our people with unnecessary vaccines and developed so-called ‘mental health’ facilities during this last century. Evil spirits are real and they are sent by Yahweh.
Enjoy! All comments welcome.