We are seeing a rise in reports of demonic activity, along with a rise in demonized individuals. The last year, brought a swarm of cannibalistic crimes–naked people, growling and eating their terrified and helpless victims. And it hasn’t stopped. Last week a man walked into a Home Depot in California and began to try and saw his arms off in the store as customers and employees watched in shock and terror. What is going on? Are all these people crazy? On bath salts? demon possessed? What can it be? I am not a Catholic, but I find it interesting that the Catholic Church recently reported that they have seen a “rise in cases of demon possession,” and they are actually training up more exorcists. This must mean that more and more people are calling their local churches, with supernatural problems. I know that in the last year, we have had more encounters with demonized people at our very conservative church–people who do not fit the typical mentally disturbed or hallucinogenic drug user mold. And our church is really not prepared to handle this.
Even celebrities have recently tried to make the reality of demon possession their latest “cool” gimmick. Nikki Minaj has insinuated that she is demon possessed, even saying that the spirits inside her are the ones singing and performing at times instead of her.
The video called “Nikki Minaj Body Taken Over By Devil,” shows Nikki talking about her friend Roman, and even conjuring him up at the end. You may have already seen it. The person who posted this video on youtube seems to believe that she could be a victim of MKUltra programming. And that is a possibility. Although this whole thing is trying to portray her in the public eye as demon possessed. It may be a gimmick, she may be programmed, and she may be possessed. As I look at her work, and the work of other famous celebrities I would not be surprised if any of them had become demonized.
So that was weird. But it gets weirder, and scarier. If you look for it, you will find that there is a huge flood of demonized individuals on the streets. Remember back to the Miami Cannibal. There is a man, who otherwise was in his right mind, but now he is naked, growling like an animal, and eating the face off an elderly transient.
Our secular media cannot handle the spiritual implications of this madness so they suggest that this must be the results of a drug called “bath salts.” However, no bath salts were found in the autopsy. So what came over this man? They suggested it could be marijuana. Really? I don’t think so.
Afterwards we heard of other similar cases, involving nudity, growling, and cannibalism. As a culture, we are not wide-eyed when it comes to violent crime, and yet this type of phenomenon has caused us all to pause and wonder what is happening.
Elizabeth Prata, from The End Time blog, wrote about the similar attacks, showing that this was not just an isolated incident.
The South Beach cannibal shocked the nation. But did you know that there are many such instances that have occurred in recent weeks? Here is a dynamic google map. If you click on the pins on the real map (not the one below) the news excerpt will come up and there will be a link to the full article. I don’t recommend you read them. Please just note the frequency of real and alleged cannibalistic acts in the US recently via the map below:
This was not an isolated incident. There was something happening in our country. Experts have been confounded; it would be MUCH easier if these people were all on Bath Salts, but they are not. They have had to find an explanation for this behavior. Because to the secularist, there is no such thing as demon possession. They decided that what is happening is called “excited delirium.”
“A Naked Man in Arizona Goes on a Carjacking Spree” –attacks a pregnant woman (June 30, 2012)
“Man Cuts Open Bowls and Trows Intestines at Police” New Jersey (May, 2012)
Wayne Carter, who barricaded himself in on Thursday at a home in Hackensack, N.J., allegedly cut out his intestines while police watched and threw bits of his flesh and intestines at them.
“Mother Kills, Eats Baby In Texas” (July, 2009)
“Naked, bloody, screaming Doylestown-area man gnawed woman’s head” Pennsylvania (September, 2012)
Naked, covered in his own blood and screaming “like an animal,” a Bucks man attacked a woman in northeastern Pennsylvania and gnawed on her head after breaking into a home and jumping from a second-floor window, state police said.
A 21-year-old college student accused of killing a housemate told police he ate the victim’s heart and part of his brain after he died. Alexander Kinyua hid the head and hands of the dead man in his family’s basement laundry room in a suburb of Baltimore, according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
Man tells Police Officer “I am going to eat you” (June 2012)
BUT THIS IS OLD NEWS. WHY AM I WRITING ABOUT THIS TODAY?
Well, because it is not OLD NEWS.
It is FORGOTTEN NEWS.
I mean, this is nothing like what scared us about Jeffrey Dahmer–he may have had his own demons, but he could still function in society without us automatically seeing them. He didn’t wander the streets naked, and growling.
A year ago we were all surprised and terrified by these cannibalistic incidents, and this year America is ready to watch the new show Hannibal.
We really have no clue.
Is this what entertains us?
I will just say it; I don’t think this sudden surge of naked cannibals is drugs, psychosis or excited delirium. I honestly believe that our country has turned from God so much that we are only beginning to see the level of demonic activity that has taken place in other countries all along. I believe that we have opened the doors [or the gates of hell] and invited Satan himself to have a greater level of power and influence in our country. This is just the beginning.
WHAT DOES DEMON POSSESSION LOOK LIKE?
Besides the obvious signs from The Exorcist, what would this phenomenon look like? This is an important question, because before looking at a spiritual cause we must rule out the physical, psychological, or chemical causes. But if we rule out drug use, mental illness, and certain illnesses that produce psychological problems–and IF you believe in the spiritual realm–what would demon possession look like?
Let us look at the great authority of all spiritual matters–the Bible. The gospel of Mark talks about the Gadarene demoniac, who was possessed by a legion of demons. What did he do? He walked around naked, he lived in the tombs–obsessed with death and darkness, he had super strength, he was violent–to himself as well as to others, he broke the chains that people would restrain him with, he would howl, the demons spoke through him, and he cut himself.
He had often been restrained with shackles and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the shackles he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always howling and bruising himself with stones (Mark 5:4,5).
The Blueletterbible.org has a summary of the signs of demon possession that we see in the Bible and verses to show where we see them. I think that is the BEST place to look, because if the Bible says someone is demonized, they were. We will know that they did not have schizophrenia or excited delirium, but demons.
So from the Bible we can see that someone is possibly possessed IF they exhibit some of these signs:
- they are violent
- speaking with other “personalities” or “voices” coming through them
- have super human strength
- obsessed with death or darkness.
- into the occult
- able to tell the future, or know secret things
- no self control
BUT, some people can’t control themselves around a bag of Lays potato chips and they may get violent if you try and take a handful from them : ) I am not saying that they are not necessarily demon possessed.
I am also not saying that it is always obvious.
This is why the Lord gives His people the gift of discerning of spirits. Because the Bible even talks about people being possessed without having any of these signs. In Acts we see Paul casting a demon out of a girl who was telling everyone to listen to his message of salvation!
17 She followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” 18 She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so annoyed that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her. (Acts 16)
THIS PHENOMENON IS NOT STOPPING
So today, I saw an article in the news, a man going into a Home Depot and sawing his arm off while horrified customers and employees watch.
WEST COVINA, Calif. (AP) — A man deliberately cut himself with saws in the aisles of a Home Depot Inc. store in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday, creating a gruesome scene in front of several customers that left him severely injured, police said.
The man was in the store’s tool section and went unnoticed until he began grabbing several small saws, including one meant to cut sheet rock, and started using them on his arms.
“He cut both arms with hand saws down to the bone,” said West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez.
Officers received several 911 calls and arrived to find the man lying unconscious in the aisle in a pool of blood.
The man, who looked to be in his 40s, was carrying no identification, has been unable to answer questions, and was not heard saying anything in the store, so police do not know his name or why he cut himself, Lopez said.
Police interviewed about five people who said they saw what happened, and Lopez said there were likely many more who quickly left the disturbing scene.
“It was pretty graphic,” he said.
Think about it–HOW? The strength and power to cut your own arms with saws in Home Depot. It seems super human. Both arms. So you would have to cut the second arm with an injured arm. This seems like either drugs or demons–not psychosis. If the drug test comes back negative–I think we know for sure. But even if he is on drugs, this STILL could be demonic. Drugs are often times what opens the door. That is why the Bible calls drug use sorcery.
The world will just say, he is crazy or on drugs. They will dismiss this. They refuse to consider the spiritual implications of this.
WHAT DO WE DO?
I would say, that for sure as a church, we need to be spiritually ready to handle this. I don’t think we are. I don’t think I am. What does Jesus say?
In Mark 9 we see that a man brought his demonized son to the disciples, and they could not cast out the demon. Jesus came, and delivered the boy. But the disciples who thought they had authority over the demonic were confused. Why could they not cast it out?
28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
So, WORST CASE SCENARIO–we encounter a REAL [not imagined] demon that does not come out by prayer.
Jesus tells us what to do. It is not holy water, ritual exorcism, call a pastor, etc.
It is FASTING.
It is a LIFESTYLE of prayer and fasting.
Because TODAY you don’t know what kind of crazy you will face.
If you don’t already, consider if you should begin a regular weekly habit of fasting. Maybe you could pick a day each week. Fast and meditate on Isaiah 58. Make yourself ready in case you need to pray for someone, or share the word with someone. God could use you to release someone from the chains and bondage of the wicked one–maybe preventing this craziness before it happens.
Lord, help us to be ready to deal with demonized people–safely, cautiously, discerningly, and with a heart to deliver–Because it looks like they are coming to a neighborhood nearby. In Jesus Powerful Name Amen.