Gospels present a world where the devil and other evil spirits are real, and
are the cause of much of the suffering and misery inflicted upon the human
family. In the Gospels, Messiah and His followers take authority over these
unseen parasites, and drive them out of their tormented human hosts. What
about that? Could that be true? Is it really possible that unseen evil
spirits exist today, and that demon-possession is real?
Some would say: "No, that's just superstitious drivel dreamt
up by ignorant peasants as a way to explain troubles and diseases that they
had no explanation for. In the modern world we have scientific medical
treatments for many of the problems people used to attribute to evil
spirits. Further, modern psychiatrists treat obsession with spirits as
mental illness, because evil spirits are a myth."
Really? Then how do you explain Richard Gallagher?
As noted in the caption to the right, Richard Gallagher is a
board-certified psychiatrist and a professor of clinical psychiatry at New
York Medical College, who also helps "spot demonic possession." Here is how
he explains himself:
possible to be a sophisticated psychiatrist and believe that evil
spirits are, however seldom, assailing humans? Most of my scientific
colleagues and friends say no, because of their frequent contact with
patients who are deluded about demons, their general skepticism of the
supernatural, and their commitment to employ only standard,
peer-reviewed treatments ..But careful observation of the evidence
presented to me in my career has led me to believe that certain
extremely uncommon cases can be explained no other way."
"Careful observation of the evidence" - what evidence?
"Assaults upon individuals are classified either as “demonic
possessions” or as the slightly more common but less intense attacks
usually called “oppressions.” A possessed individual may suddenly, in a
type of trance, voice statements of astonishing venom and contempt for
religion, while understanding and speaking various foreign languages
previously unknown to them. The subject might also exhibit enormous
strength or even the extraordinarily rare phenomenon of levitation ..He
or she might demonstrate “hidden knowledge” of all sorts of things —
like how a stranger’s loved ones died, what secret sins she has
committed, even where people are at a given moment. These are skills
that cannot be explained except by special psychic or preternatural
ability. I have personally encountered these rationally inexplicable
features, along with other paranormal phenomena. My vantage is unusual:
As a consulting doctor, I think I have seen more cases of possession
than any other physician in the world."
Surely, as the most experienced psychiatrist in the world in
the field of separating the mentally ill from the certifiably demon
possessed, Gallaher's testimony arising from actual cases cannot be taken
lightly. He also points out that "the American Psychiatric Association has
no official opinion on these affairs" so he is not at odds with the
authorities in his profession. Further, while admitting that most are
publicly skeptical, Gallagher asserts he is not the only mental health
professional to acknowledge the existence of demonic possession. He says:
been pleasantly surprised by the number of psychiatrists and other
mental health practitioners nowadays who are open to entertaining such
hypotheses. Many believe exactly what I do, though they may be reluctant
to speak out."
of quotes: https://www.washingtonpost[dot]com/posteverything/wp/2016/07/01/as-a-psychiatrist-i-diagnose-mental-illness-and-sometimes-demonic-possession/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.055c784f4e6e]
it is not surprising that some mental health practitioners have their eyes
opened to the spirit world. What other conclusion could they come to when
they witness an uneducated "mental patient" taken over by a spirit that
speaks to them in perfect Latin, and takes ten men to subdue? The truth soon
becomes strikingly obvious on that level. Further, if news reports are to be
believed, the incidence of spirit possession in the modern world have taken
a huge up-tick, with no end in sight. Don't believe me? Then try Googling
this under "news": "demon possession on the rise."
It turns out that cases of demon possession, exactly as
reported in the Gospels, are being witnessed by mental health practitioners
today. The only difference is that the modern world cannot effectively deal
with demons, while Y'shua and His Apostles could, and did, and His followers
still do, today.
Why am I focusing all of this attention on demonic
possession? Because demonic possession is the most obvious and dramatic
evidence that evil spirits are real and at work in the world. However, the
demonic freakshow is just the tip of the iceberg. Below the surface of what
is painfully obvious when actually encountered lies the far larger problem,
the iceberg of subtle demonic influence, that exists virtually everywhere.
Hopefully, you are not dealing directly with spirit possession - but you are
dealing with demonic influence, whether you recognize it for what it is or
not. We all are, because it is ever-present all around us. Thus the
Scripture warns us:
the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles
of the devil. Eph 6:11 KJV
is a war going on between good and evil on a cosmic scale, and both sides
want you, so YOU ARE a target. Once your eyes are truly opened to this
reality you will be able to equip yourself to fight back against both subtle
and obvious demonic attacks. Until that happens, you are easy prey for your
invisible and malevolent enemies to exploit.
In Luke 9, and elsewhere in Scripture, we will consider what
to do "When Snakes and Scorpions Attack!"
at 8 PM CST
And bring your stompin' shoes!
There already are plans being drawn up for the
third Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Temple tools are being re-created. The
animals that could be used in sacrifice are being bred. The altar
re-creation is under way.
Now there’s a plan to create a golden crown
for the Messiah’s arrival in Jerusalem.
It is Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz at Breaking
Israel News who revealed the plan being pursued by Rabbi Yosef Berger, of
King David’s Tomb on Mount Zion.
Berger, who reports being a direct descendant
of King David, told BIN the founding of the state of Israel and the Six-Day
War were miracles.
That makes Israel of today “in the beginning
of the messianic era.”
Creating such a crown, Berger explained, “will
hasten the arrival of the king”
“For 2,000 years, Israel has waited for the
moshiach (messiah),” Berger told BIN. “As a symbol of our belief that this
period of waiting has ended, we should prepare a crown, since the first act
of the moshiach will be to restore the Davidic Dynasty, which will be
visibly unlike any other kingship that has ever existed.”
Berger emphasized “that a king of Israel would
ensure that the exile would end, the ingathering of the exiles would be
complete, the Temple would be rebuilt and the Temple service reinstated,”
“We are commanded to anticipate this, to pray
for it, at all times until we merit seeing it with our own eyes,” Berger
said. “It is written in the Midrash (homiletic teachings) that the
generation that anticipates and yearns for God’s kingdom is redeemed
immediately. But this anticipation, like every mitzvah (Torah commandment),
is made stronger when accompanied by a physical action.”
He told a parable of waiting, and planning:
One time two couples approached a righteous
man who bestowed blessings. Both asked for a child. The next year they came
back and one couple had a child, the other did not.
That couple asked why not, and the righteous
man said when the other couple had received a blessing, they “went out and
bought a carriage for the baby.”
“True belief leads to action,” he told BIN,
“and action strengthens the heart to believe even more. It is the strength
of the belief that makes the blessings come true.”
He continued, “In this generation, when it is
clear that the messiah is imminent, merely waiting to reveal himself, we
need to prepare our hearts by performing acts that strengthen our belief. By
preparing an actual crown, we are taking the first step toward bringing the
inner vision of a king into reality.”