It baffles people, especially after they have received Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) as their Lord and Saviour, that they continue to find themselves sucked in, and oppressed, by dark forces. The reasons can be varied, depending on the background of demonisation, but the basic operative principles remain the same. This article will, I hope, explain this more concisely.
The afternoon and night of 25 October, one of the satanic coven days prior to the main one at Halloween, was a busy one for me. I made the mistake of assuming there would be no increase in demonic activity until sunset or at least midnight that day, forgetting that covens are international and operate in different time zones. So I was a bit surprised when, in the early afternoon, I was aware of different people in various covens sending curses my way. I could see them all clearly in vision and felt a mixture of pity (that they could be so deluded) and exasperation (that they could be so stupid) for them. Nevertheless I had been careless in making wrong assumptions and was able to rectify that speedily in concentrated prayer.
By midnight, when I knew the local covens would be active, I was already saturated in light and enjoying a deep communion with Yahweh, having made intercession for the many victims of SRA I knew as well as for the elect generally who are prisoners of the enemy. I slept soundly and the household was undisturbed thanks to the presence of the Ruach (Spirit).
The following morning I was in prayer again after I had dreamed about a couple of people who had gone out of my life many years before. Both were very damaged inside by an absentee alcoholic father and an ice-cold mother. The family atmosphere was enough to flip him into homosexual mode and into a very contradictory Christian life that in the end led him into openly persecuting this ministry. His sister was damaged in another way and exited more peacefully. In the dream the man was showing me around 'his world' represented symbolically by various shops and their contents. In one such shop he showed me a very old glass decanter and inside there was this black liquid that reminded me of concentrated soya sauce. "Snake oil," he told me, almost proudly, a term which means one who speaks smoothly and convincingly but whose speech is full of lies and deception, which had certainly characterised this man's life before we parted. There wasn't much in the decanter but what was there was deadly enough even in small quantities. This was the flowery yet deadly speech used by Satan in the Garden of Eden to deceive Eve.
I suppose I dreamed about these two people because I had forgotten to pray for them the night before. Years before I had been shown in a vision that this man would be healed but it had not yet happened. As I lay thinking about our past association other people sprang to mind whom I had known at that time who were either acquainted with this brother and sister or who had come under their influence - particularly his - to one degree or another, including my ex-wife. As I was thus meditating, an intense vision opened up to me. I saw what I can only describe as a dark galaxy. It was huge and it consisted of a think, impenetrable cloud that was rotating very slowly around a central point in an anti-clockwise direction. At once I knew that I was observing the spirit that these people walked in. It was very powerful and, I am almost tempted to say, irresistable. There was not a particle of light in this vast cloud and anything that entered its sphere of influence was gradually, and almost imperceptibly, drawn into the centre over time, a centre of complete and utter darkness - a black hole. It was a fascinating sight simply because of its power. Yet it was pure evil.
Now at the edge of this galaxy was a twilight zone, an interface with other worlds or spiritual realities, and it was here that unsuspecting souls were drawn into its gravitational pull. What, I asked myself, was it that drew children of the light in an unsuspecting and na´ve manner, into such a combination of evil? I remembered the people who had been influenced by this man. Most were repulsed by him and kept their distance but others, motivated in part by love and concern, wanted to minister and help. In time friendships developed and the dividing line between purity and impurity, between righteousness and evil, became blurred. When friendships develop, so too do loyalties - fleshy, human loyalties that can, if not checked, compete for, and substitue, the only acceptable loyalty for a Christian - his loyalty to the Way, the Truth and the Life.
All loyalty belongs to Yahweh, our Father in Heaven, through Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ), His Son. All human loyalties must pass, as it were, through that primary sieve to be validated if for no other reason that we cannot have conflicting loyalties and remain as undivided Christians. Satan is expert at exploiting this weakness - this tendency on our part to allow misguided sympathy to develop into soul-ties that gradually exclude our primary loyalty to Christ. And this exclusion can take place so gradually that we can find ourselves in the Dark Galaxy without ever desiring it or noticing it until we get precariously close to the epicentre and the point of no return.
One person who I remember in particular, who came under the spell of this man to some extent and who has remained friendly with him in spite of the evil things he has done, held to the false belief that to win someone you had to first befriend them even if that meant abandoning a direct truth-approach in terms of witnessing. The theory was that you should befriend first on a worldly level and then seek opportunity to witness of Christ and, on the basis if the friendship, gain confidence. If I may be bold as to say so, this approach not only never works but is spiritually fatal. Believers often forget the demonic dimension in this theoretical equation of witness. What happened was that this woman got sucked into this dark galaxy, and even though she thought she was not being drawn in (by an act of shere will-power), she very definitely did. Her Christian life is today, tragically, almost dead - not by choice, but by believing in a lie - a lie that you can fellowship with darkness in order to win it to the light. The darkness overwhelmed her piecemeal.
The Word states very clearly that the darkness does not understand the light (John 1:5, KJV). The only way that a person in darkness can comprehend the light is if a bright light is shone into his soul. That in itself will cause the darkness to flee so that the darkened soul can briefly see, understand, and desire salvation. You cannot separate genuine friendship from active witness - the witness must come first, in whatever way Yahweh reveals that it must be done. It must begin with much prayer saturation followed by a very clear adherence to, and witness of, truth principles. Compromise for the sake of 'redeeming friendship' is fatal for both parties - true friendship develops out of truth, not compromise. From the worldly point-of-view, that 'spiritual friendship' will appear like hostility to the one in darkness because of the threat to the demons within. The fear generated by 'spiritual friendship' - friendship rooted 100% in truth - is of demonic origin, not human.
When a Christian is ministering in truth and love to a person in darkness, there will always be a dual, polar reaction that includes both attraction and repulsion. This contrary reaction is not evidence that the person has been approached in the wrong way. If the one in darkness experiences only repulsion, then something is likely wrong - then there is an absence of the attracting force of genuine love in the testator. If the person in darkness experiences only attraction, then something is equally wrong, because what it is that attracts is carnal - of the flesh:
It is a mistake to think that the only way you can minister to someone in darkness is by not 'rocking the boat'. And the only way to do that is to use "carnal weapons" such as charm, feigned friendship, pretended interest in the victim's darkness, etc.. The Christian way of ministry - the authentic way - is (for the one in darkness) a baffling tension of firmness in truth (which appears as threatening aggression) and accepting love. Carnal Christians find it hard to maintain this balance because they are not operating in the medium in which this saving tension if created, namely the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Some believers launch in without the Ruach (Spirit) using scripture and imagined authority as a club and wonder why the person they are trying to help flees. The love of Christ, coupled with naked (and at times terrifying) truth is arresting - in other words, if the one in darkness is truly seeking for deliverance, he will not flee.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled" (2 Cor.10:4-6, NKJV).
Demons do not remotely operate like this. Theirs is a combination of snake oil and (eventually) outright force. Many Christians fall for that counterfeit and simply exchange demons for the Holy Spirit, as they suppose - however, the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) does not operate like this - indeed, a clear distinction is made between Ruach (Spirit) and "might" or "force":
This is the difference between authentic ministry in the Ruach (Spirit) and the counterfeit psychic version of many believers who are led by false spirits. Notice that God is here called "Yahweh-Sebaoth" which means 'Lord of hosts' or 'Lord of armies'. These are angelic armies. The malakim (angels) of Yahweh operate not according to psychic 'might' or 'power' - that energetic will-power of man which often substitutes for surrender to the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) - but according to Ruach (Spirit). People confuse the energy of their own psyche for the Ruach (Spirit).
"Not by might nor by power, but by My Ruach (Spirit),' says Yahweh-Sebaoth" (Zech.4:6, NKJV).
Counterfeit deliverance is rarely planned or intended - it occurs when misguided and badly tutored (and often disobedient, lawless) Christians try to become deliverance ministers in a power which they think is of God but which is not. These counterfeit powers will give them, and the victims, plenty of supernatural displays at times and delude them into thinking that Yahweh's delivering Ruach (Spirit) is at work. Indeed, certain oppression will disppear (one set of demons exiting) only to be replaced by something infinitely more subtle (another set of demons entering) that leads the one 'delivered' to believe that the Spirit of God has entered them. (Remember, demons vie for power amongst themselves - they have no fraternal love for one another ... the game is power).
The demonic host has plenty of counterfeit 'holy spirits'. One of them is a demon called Nuruna whom I have encountered in working with SRA people. This demon creates a blinding light that attempts to mimick the Ruach (Spirit) and when victims experience the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) for the first time, the demons will try to convince the other alters (subpersonalities) in the SRA system that what they experienced (usually a violent shaking up of the whole system caused by the sudden injection of holiness into darkness) was none other than the demon Nuruna.
Many, if not most, of the counterfeit manifestations in the charismatic movement (which briefly spilled into Catholicism) are the work of demons like Nuruna who are able to replicate many of the characteristics of the true Ruach (Spirit), but not all - the 'spirit' tends to be very ego-ecntric and more occupied with 'me and my wonderful feelings' than in Body-consciousness. Common to all counterfeits is lawlessness which is the ground that gives demons access to humans in the first place. This is why Torah (Yahweh's Law) is so passionately (and irrationally) hated by many Christians, sometimes to the point that they believe it is evil ... which is the object Satan wishes to attain in the minds of believers. Paul said:
The righteousness of Torah (Law) is fulfilled in us when we walk by the genuine Ruach (Spirit) (Rom.8:4). Please note that the Torah (Law) is not the same as the "law (torah) of sin", which is death (v.2-3) - the "torah of sin" is Satan's lawlessness - the lawlessness of Nuruna and the other demons counterfeiting the true Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). The true Torah is the Law of Life (and is holy, righteous, and good) whereas the counterfeit satanic torah is the lawlessness of death, decay, destruction, and hell, the keys of which were given to Christ when He conquered Satan (Rev.20:13-14).
"The Torah (Law) is therefore holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good ... for we know that the Torah (Law) is of the Ruach (Spirit) but I (the ego) am of the flesh, sold to sin" (Rom.7:12,14 HRV).
The Dark Galaxy is lawlessness - the torah of Satan, for he is the lawless one (2 Thes.2:9). This darkness is what scripture calls "the mystery of lawlessness (Torahlessness)" (2 Thes.2:7), which was at work in New Testament times and is working even harder in our own time. Paul said to Timothy:
Who then is righteous or good?
"But we know that the Torah (Law) is good if one uses it lawfully (i.e. in the right way, not trying to earn salvation from observing it, but observing it as the right response of a saved heart), knowing this: that the Torah (Law) is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust" (1 Tim.1:7-11, NKJV).
Now if you were Satan and you heard Yah'shua (Jesus) say these words, what would you instruct your demons to inspire believers to do to corrupt them? What would be your goal? And what would you - as a demon - encourage victims of SRA (for example) to believe in were it evident that they were coming to Christ?
"Now behold, one came and said to [Christ], "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments" (Matt.19:16-17, NKJV; cp. Mk.10:18-19).
Almost every victim of SRA has programming in one of his or her alters (sub-personalities) to sabotage any eventual conversion. Since demons only gain access to humans on legal grounds - belief in lies that leads to disobedience of Torah - it is in their interests that those who may convert to Christ be persuaded to believe in a lawless gospel based on lies that will give other demons legalistic rights, and especially counterfeit holy spirits like Nuruna. For the true Ruach (Spirit) does not promote lawlessness.
Consistently I have found that some SRA alters that have been 'converted' to a counterfeit Christianity invariably hate Torah, the very ground that would give them safety in Christ. And then they wonder why they do not enjoy a full deliverance but continue to be harrassed by demons. Many, if not most, end up back under coven control. This often results in anger, frustration and bitterness that 'God' would let them down, but the truth is they bought into a lie - into a counterfeit gospel, because they did not want to submit fully but wished to retain a measure of independence and autonomy which they feel is 'due' to them because of all the horror they have been through.
I realise this is tough medicine for many reading this but I have never been one to shy away from the truth, since it is a full deliverance that I passionately believe in. And I would be dishonest if I were to teach that there were short-cuts when there aren't. This truth applies not just to SRA victims but to everyone who has believed a lie.
Righteousness is not merely a condition but a practice, walk or discipline. Inner righteousness is always matched by outer deeds or behaviour:
So how do we know what 'righteousness' is? Is it something subjective, a 'good feeling' we may have in our hearts? No, righteousness is consistently, throughout the Bible, defined as obedience to Torah because it is Torah that defines with righteouenss and sin are.
"If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him" (1 John 2:28-29, NKJV).
The evidence that you are born-again - a bona fide Christian - is that you are not merely 'talking the talk' but also 'walking the walk'. When you are doing these, Satan has no legal grounds against you. Those who have been demonised and delivered know better than most the truthfulness of these words. If they remain demonised, in any degree, it is only because there are still legal grounds for Satan to harrass.
"Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not [habitually] sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot [habitually] sin, because he has been born of God" (1 John 3:7-9, NKJV).
'Walking the walk' means obeying the commandments - not the ones we like but all of them. The Gospel is described as a 'Way' - a 'way of life' with its own calendar (Ac.9:2; 19:9). That Way is a Person, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ - Jn.15:6) lived out in a lifestyle. That lifestyle is defined by becoming a New Covenant Israelite (Romans 11) consisting not just of ethics and morality but what God calls Moedim or 'Appointments'. An 'appoinment' is a 'meeting' - a time when believers are supposed to assemble both weekly (on the Sabbath) and at special times during the year (the Festivals). This is Yahweh's Universe - His Kingdom, outwardly and inwardly, by which His people are identified. Men have invented their own 'appointments' and borrowed Christian language for them (infact, they are rooted in paganism) which those involved in satanism known only too well about, because they are Satan's appointed times (moedim). As evidence of this, in a few days' time, millions will be celebrating Satan's birthday at halloween and in a couple of months, the birth of the antichrist Nimrod. This they do to supposedly honour 'Christ'. These are not, however, God's appointments but Satan's. And those who continue to participate in them are giving demons legal grounds to deceive and oppress them.
The numbers of Christians walking in defeat and only partial deliverance is enormous, and it is because their disobedience and lawlenness - deliberate or ignorant - has attracted them into that Dark Galaxy which is Satan's world. Their loyalties to national, religious and family traditions, each of which have their own 'spirits' and 'social gravitational pulls', has deceived them. Yahweh's people are called to holiness - to 'set-apartness' - to be different from the world and its Babylonian system in every respect. This means renouncing all that is false and so getting free of demonic harrassment.
As usual, the message of holiness is not popular to the flesh or to the demonic world which oppose it strenuously. But it really is the only path to a full deliverance and final shalom - the peace of God.
For Further Study
1. The Ephraimite Page - discovering Torah Truth;
2. Messianic FAQ - questions you might have.