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Satan's Simple Strategy

3: The Day I Saw a Demon

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 12:00 AM

At the close of part 2, I said:

“People have a common enemy, and it isn’t each other. Knowing Satan’s strategy should unite us, regardless of what beliefs we have to abandon in the process.”

We will examine some very widely accepted teachings as we move forward, but first I want to make it clear how real the Adversary is.

2 Kings 6:15-17 has a remarkable story:

“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.  “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

We’re accustomed to interacting with the world around us through our five physical senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, and hearing. Plainly, there is more to life than what we can physically see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Our Creator, if He so chooses, is able to do something with our physical eyes that can allow us to see the unseen world of angels and demons.

A similar example occurred at the Tower of Babel. In an instant, God rewired - not the eyes - but the brains of everyone in the world: out with the old language that everyone spoke, and in with a bunch of new ones that had never been spoken before. Nobody could remember their old language (probably the only one ever spoken) or had to study and learn their new language. Think how hard it is to learn a new language? What an astonishing event took place at the Tower of Babel.

The Holy Spirit is that close to each one of us. How intimately we are known, and how close He is, even when we’re in a place of rebellion. How astounding it would be to have such a radical, life altering encounter with the unseen world.

Such things do still happen today. I know, because I had such an encounter. I didn’t see a beautiful angel. I didn’t speak in a new language. In fact, I didn’t say a word. You probably wouldn’t have either. I saw a fallen angel: a demon. And I wasn’t alone.

I was actually in a church, oddly enough. (Don’t be too surprised. Satan already has the world. The church is his prime target.) I had interviewed one of the elders of that particular church several weeks earlier for a college project I was working on: a video presentation about (ironically enough) people who care. He seemed like a nice enough man; quietly spoken, not a threatening type at all. However, on one particular morning when he was standing before the church body, as I stood among a packed congregation, suddenly, it happened. His face physically changed. It was a peculiar phenomenon, because he still looked like himself. Yet his countenance also resembled the kind of creature that is sometimes seen in medieval paintings: evil spirits; demons. It makes me wonder what some of those artists had seen.

Please don’t misunderstand me. He hadn’t sprouted horns. He wasn’t suddenly dressed in red spandex. He didn’t have a pitch fork and a pointed tail. Yet his face looked so completely different, and so chillingly evil, that the presence of an occult entity was clearly responsible for the transformation. He actually looked like a demon. Do you think it was just my imagination? Could I have been hallucinating? Please, stay with me. There’s more.

A family that I spent a lot of time with back then was sitting in another part of the church. I went to their house for lunch after the service, and without meaning to, walked in on a conversation between the lady of the house and her daughter. The daughter was clearly astonished. She was trying to make sense of something that had happened to her that morning in church. She was describing to her mother exactly what I had seen; the same man, and the evil that had control of him which was reflected in his face. She asked in a tone of voice that most people would have if they’d suddenly found themselves face to face with a demon, “He wasn’t like that a week ago. What happened to him? What changed?”

Her mother wasn’t derailed by the question at all. On the contrary! She said, “Actually, he’s been like that for a long time. He hasn’t changed. You have!

Evidently, so had I. I was still just a baby Christian. Not long before that, I’d been an atheist. Yet God chose to open my eyes and allow me to have that life altering encounter with an entity from the occult world. I had no idea that decades later I’d be writing about the strategy of Satan, but God plainly did.

It seemed that few people had had their eyes opened to see the unseen evil entity to which the elder had submitted, but God had opened the eyes of the girl’s mother weeks beforehand. As far as she knew, nobody else had seen what God had revealed to her. So, she took the wise route of praying and trusting God to bring those around her to the place where He would open their eyes, too.

A more important question than, “What happened to him?” is, “How did it happen to him?” We are caught in the crossfire of a supernatural war between Christ and His angels, and Satan and his demons. That is life on Earth. If we believers continue to dig our heels in on what we think the Bible does say, and throw Bible verses at each other in an effort to prove our points, these foul creatures will continue to succeed in dividing us. They are real, they are organized, and they have a strategy that is so sinister in its simplicity that dividing us is effortless. And, divided – WE FALL! We need to test everything and hold onto the good, not only by trying to determine what the Bible does say, but also by doing the other half of the job: compare beliefs to the strategy of the adversary to eliminate from our options what the Bible can’t possibly say, and therefore doesn’t say. So, if I may, please let me say this again:

“People have a common enemy, and it isn’t each other. Knowing Satan’s strategy should unite us, regardless of what beliefs we have to abandon in the process.”

We must search diligently for occurrences of the pattern that the Adversary used in the Garden of Eden. The unmasking process usually starts by noticing the warning signs that something must be backwards at the foundation:

  • Circular arguments
  • Critical factors that change everything but are left out, and
  • Contradictions that can’t be resolved.

There is one way in which Satan is very much like God: he is no respecter of persons. So, when we find such warning signs, we must be courageous about it. We should thank our Savior for making us aware that something must be diabolically wrong with the belief – especially if it is one of our own beliefs – and we must continue to ask, seek, and knock until we have unmasked the enemy on that topic. And the more united and supportive we all are in the task, the better.

As I said earlier, we will examine some very widely accepted teachings as we move forward. With that said, it would be best for us to begin with a subject that followers of Christ should mostly be able to agree on, and that subject is origins. Satan’s Simple Strategy has been effectively used to create and implement the Theory of Evolution. The theory isn’t science. It’s a demonic religious doctrine disguised in a lab coat. But before we identify the dazzle factor and dig down to the reversed foundation, looking for the warning signs in that particular counterfeit should be a good starting place for us. We’ll do that next time.

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