Following the murder of 26 children and adults in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14 - the mental illness conversation has heightened terror and caused many to wonder … what can we expect next? How can we be safe and how can we protect our children? It is unclear who the real victim is … the innocent mentally imbalanced or the slain targets? Demons seem to be having a field day with growing ignorance on spiritual matters. Society and her intelligentsia scamper for new answers soon to be advanced.
The existence of demons is an important concept in religions and occultist traditions – perhaps largely due to their power to possess living creatures. The Bible speaks of a hierarchy of evil in a vain opposition to God … Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Child Sacrifice is a horrible dimension of demonic activity. Dr Ed Murphy in “The Handbook of Spiritual Warfare” writes “… child sacrifice was commonly practiced not only among the pagan Canaanites but in all probability among most of the major people groups ... we are witnessing a terrible revival of child mutilation and sacrifice … as well as a satanic conspiracy to refute the accounts of flourishing child sacrifice in the US and other parts of the Western World”. In addition, demonic activity is on the increase especially with the new media ( a la Harry Porter) and less controlled access to violence, pornography and strangest music and entertainment. Demons are not random entities but typically on focused assignments serving evil rituals. They possess priests and evil workers alike to deliver sacrifices to what Paul called rulers of the darkness. The revival of paganism, Satanism and cults should imply need for a better understanding of spiritual warfare. It was already prophesied that in the last days there will be an increase in wickedness. The best ally of demonism is the denial of its existence.
The Prophet Jeremiah once prophesied …Jer 31:15 Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. 16 Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. 17 And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.
This prophecy came to pass at the first Christmas … but the warfare it implies seems to be lost on those who would prefer to see Christmas mainly as a holiday for exchanging gifts. What kind of enemy slaughters thousands of children mercilessly but wickedness that seats at the highest levels of evil. Herod and his army were indeed possessed with a demonic anointing to dispossess the Hebrew mothers of the infants ...slaying as many as they could find. Still, the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit because they are foolishness to Him. Jeremiah refers to the work of Rachel that will be rewarded. I believe this speaks of the faithful and warring Church …the praying and mourning Church in warfare that stands through the worst of attacks.
But there is the worse crisis. This is the crisis of denial and ignorance of spiritual truths. In Luke 13, the disciples who were Galileans went to Jesus and complained that the blood of Galilaeans were being mingled for Pilate’s evil sacrifices … expecting a sympathetic word of consolation or some gesture of comfort. Indeed we should comfort the broken hearted but this was a teaching opportunity ….
Luk 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Christ simply declares unexpectedly …except ye repent …you and yours also will be sacrificed … and will likewise perish. The first step in spiritual warfare is repentance not analysis … coming back to God. What could be more plain and simple on how to respond to terrifying scenarios like this?
Christ does not deny the evil sacrifices nor does He even condemn Pilate. He is more concerned about the needed response i.e. His disciple’s repentance. The enemy of our soul may initiate attacks and go on rampage but can only do what he is permitted to do and to whom he is permitted to attack. Demons are not permitted to touch those who God has not granted a permission and Christ says there is a way of escape ... in truly repenting and coming back to God ... accepting our sins and turning away by His grace. Repentance is the way of escape from the madness. There is a lot we do not know on why certain things happen to certain people … and we must be wary of judging lest we become like Job’s friends … but we still must hearken to the response and teachings of Christ.
Of course the devil knows everything I have written and that is why everyone must be kept busy crying, mourning, analyzing and presenting one new angle or the other ...doing all except that which is the most needful - a true call to repentance as individuals, as a nation or as families. The devil hates discussions on repentance as this is the first real salvo that demolishes his fortifications.
Christ loves children and protects them but our understanding of Christianity is too romantic … the product of plays, shows, worldly music and comedic entertainment … that has sifted out the spiritual understanding required for the victories already won for us … leaving behind caroling, Christmas trees and of course mistletoe. Many never appreciated that the first Christmas was a vicious spiritual battle field and Christ eventually won a victory for all who come to Him only by His precious blood. You can also come to Christ and that victory and live. May God bless and keep us by His grace as we repent. Amen
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