The Erroneous Doctrine Of Soul Sleep

While preparing for our next study, I've bumped into a lot of erroneous views from Christians who unfortunately have come to believe that when a person dies, their conscious soul goes to sleep and remains unconscious until the appointed day of the resurrection of the body. They call this, "Soul Sleep."

There is no Biblical justification for this erroneous viewpoint. Jesus told us what happens to the soul after the physical body dies. There is a continuity of ongoing consciousness between our life on the earth and our life after physical death. Only the body sleeps in death. The soul never sleeps. But because there is an appointed day for the resurrection of the body, many Christians get confused about what happens between death and the resurrection.

Our natural body is like 1st generation hardware. It’s the only hardware environment we’ve ever known and we live with it all our natural lives. When it dies, it sleeps in death while our conscious soul (the software) is placed in a new hardware environment, a 2nd generation hardware environment, that is commonly known as a spiritual body.

How the spiritual body moves and works is not something I fully understand, but whenever it was observed and recorded in the Scripture, it appeared to move and look like a normal, natural, human body. This advanced hardware isn’t subject to pain, death or the ravages of time. It surpasses the limits of the natural body in every way with only one problem: it isn’t backwards compatible with the earth as we know it. That’s why we don’t see people in 2nd generation hardware living on the earth.

Only 3rd generation hardware will be able to exist and maneuver in both Heaven and Earth simultaneously! This final upgrade will be necessary when Jesus returns and reunites Heaven with the Earth, fulfilling all of the prophecies from both the Old and New Testaments. This coming final upgrade is what is known as the day of the resurrection.

For those of you who might want to do a little more digging into the subject of the resurrection of the body, Paul explained how it will happen and it’s recorded in 1st Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1st Corinthians 15:51-52.

For the rest of you, stay tuned. We'll be publishing soon a study of Luke 16:19-31 where Jesus gives us details about two men's experiences after physical death. With all due respect to those who have had near-death experiences, this particular story involves two men who died and stayed dead. The only way we would have known about their story is through the direct revelation of Jesus in Luke 16. It's been a tough study to prepare for. But it's on it's way. Stay tuned.


Why Israel Matters

Many Christians like myself are constantly monitoring all things relevant to the Nation of Israel while many other Christians wonder what all the fuss is about. This is in part due to our main stream media's decades-old-habit of keeping Israel out of the news until she's forced into a position of having to defend herself, as the satirical cartoon on the right so adequately conveys. But I'm afraid that a lot of today's Christian apathy for the Nation of Israel is the result of a massive deficiency in Biblical literacy.

Most of today's Christians get all of their spiritual input from pastors and daily devotionals. While God has certainly gifted teachers to bring us this valuable input, God meant for it to be a supplement to our daily diet, not a replacement for the daily digestion of God's Word. In terms of food, that would be like trying to stay alive with a daily vitamin pill and a small glass of milk and water. That might keep you from dieing, but I would hardly call that LIVING.

By limiting our spiritual input to what we gain from today's pastors and devotionals, many Christians have come to believe that the God of The New Testament is a God who has matured from the primitive and immature God he used to be during the days of the Old Testament; as if to suggest that God somehow in the span of 4000 years finally realized that all of his wrath and judgment with commandments and rules weren't getting us anywhere. So in continuing with this line of thinking, it must have been during that 400 year gap between Malachi and Matthew that God finally developed a soft spot in his heart and decided to pay for our sins Himself so that now, we can live in an age of tolerance and understanding as God loves us unconditionally. In other words, because God's old ways in the Old Testament didn't work out for him, he changed and developed new ways codified in the New Testament so that now, we should consider the New Testament our Bible and completely ignore the Old Testament, except for historical purposes.

Now folks, I have never personally heard this type of thinking taught as I've written it out in the above paragraph, but it is an accurate paraphrase of the type of thinking I've seen and heard from many Christians today when discussing the nation of Israel or discussing the Bible. While the New Testament may be a great place to start for new readers, I would never teach anyone to limit our studies to the New Testament. The Bible is ONE BOOK from Genesis to Revelation. This is an amazing and obvious discovery once the entire package has been read. As Chuck Missler has often said, "The great discovery is that the Bible is an integrated message system! It's not just 66 books penned by 40 authors over thousands of years, it's an integrated whole which bears evidence of supernatural engineering in every detail!"

As I've often stated before, the English language is a vague and inconsistent language. The original Biblical language of Greek, Hebrew & Aramaic is as far above our English as English is above cave-man grunting. Today, people think of "testament" in terms of someone's testimony, someone's witness, or at best, something someone has left behind after their death in a "last will and testament". Originally, the word "testament" meant so much more. The original Greek word for Testament is "diathéké" which is also translated into the English word "covenant". The word "covenant" is probably more definitive for us today since we use the word "covenant" to define the sacred commitment between two people in marriage when we speak of the marriage covenant. A covenant is a sacred relationship, founded upon a sacred promise and bound by supernatural means.

The New Covenant is founded upon John 3:16.
"For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whosoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life." John 3:16 Amplified.

God Himself is the one who is making the covenant. The covenant relationship is between God and whosoever believes in His Son Jesus to take upon their sin, trusts Him to pay for it, clings to Him because of this act and following his teachings, and relies upon Him to guarantee their passage into Heaven when they die. The promise of the covenant is salvation from death and the promise of eternal life. There are many other promises included with this covenant that are not mentioned in John 3:16 which is why there are 23 other books after "John" to explain them in detail. Some of those promises are conditional, some of them are unconditional. But the foundational promise is John 3:16 which begins a sacred relationship between God and every Christian, which is known and experienced by a Spiritual rebirth. Since the rebirth is spiritual and not physical, then races do not matter and neither do national boundaries. This is the New Covenant; i.e. The New Testament.

If Spiritual rebirth in Jesus Christ is the New Covenant, then what is the old covenant? Since a covenant is a sacred relationship between two parties, founded upon a sacred promise and bound by supernatural means, then who are the two parties and what are the promises? The answer to that question goes all the way back to Genesis 12:1-3 where it all got started. God began his covenant with one man, a particular piece of real-estate and the people that would eventually be called, the children of Israel. The Old Covenant and all it's promises are about God's personal intervention throughout human history, on Israel's behalf: generation after generation, century after century, throughout all time because of that first promise made to Abraham.

With those eternal promises came the prophecies of Israel's Messiah. It was foretold that He would tread down the wicked, establish an earthly Kingdom bringing in universal peace, not only between peoples and nations but even among all the animals. This coming kingdom was promised by God to King David to be a Jewish Kingdom. In striking contrast to those exciting prophecies, the Messiah was also prophesied to be rejected by Israel and executed for the sins of the world. One prophecy does not replace the other. If God is a God who keeps His promises, then BOTH prophecies must come to pass.

Roughly 2000 years after God's promise to Abraham, the Messiah came to Israel and was rejected just as it was foretold. Before he was executed, Jesus prophesied that Israel would fall and the Temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed. He also said that Jerusalem would be trampled by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 40 years after Jesus made these statements, Jerusalem fell under Rome, the Temple was burned and dismantled literally brick by brick to retrieve all the gold.

Israel fell in 70 A.D. and the children of Israel had no homeland for the next 1878 years. So many God-given promises about Israel's Messiah were still unfulfilled. What about treading down the wicked? What about the earthly Jewish Kingdom that would endure forever? What about the universal peace that would extend even to the animals? When will Israel's Messiah return to fulfill all these unfulfilled promises? It's prophesied that a future generation in Israel will one day acknowledge their offense against their Messiah and request His return. When they do, God said "I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son."

Israel's Messiah is prophesied to return to the planet earth and fulfill all those promises at the request of a future Israel, to imprison Satan in chains and establish His Kingdom. That is why Satan has done everything he possibly can to wipe out the Jews to stop that prophetic generation from being born. If there are no Jews on earth to request Jesus' return, then Jesus can't fulfill all His promises. God also promised, that he would pour the spirit of grace upon, not just the house of David but upon THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM! That is why Satan has done everything he possibly can to keep Jews out of Jerusalem so that God can't fulfill that promise. But in spite of almost 2000 years of wandering without a homeland, in spite of every Satanic attempt to wipe out the Jews (including the slaughter of almost 6 million Jews under the Nazi regime), Israel was reborn on May 14, 1948.

Three years after Hitler's defeat, the United Nations was formed in the hopes to prevent another dictator like Adolf Hitler from ever again rising to power. One of the first things the U.N. agreed to do was divide the middle-east into new borders giving every Arab and every Jew a place to call home and this began what has become known to this day as "The Middle East Conflict" which is summed up nicely in this short video by Dennis Prager.

Nazi Germany may have been defeated, but they were merely Satan's pawns. When those pawns were defeated, Satan found new pawns. But in spite of all Satan's efforts to wipe Israel off the map, they endure to this day and will continue to endure until the return of Jesus the Messiah. The more hatred Satan conjures up to fuel attacks against the land of Israel, the more God will use their own wickedness against them to fulfill His ultimate purpose.

But here's why this is important to you and me, as Bible believing Christians. The return of Israel in the 20th Century after 19 centuries of wandering, is an indication of what time it is on God's clock. The times of the Gentiles are just about up. The remnant of Jews who will acknowledge Jesus as Israel's Messiah and officially request his return, could very well be alive today. Satan hasn't had to live with the fear of that possibility for 19 centuries, but now as I write this post, he's had to live with that fear for the past 69 years. Since 1948, he's influenced attack after attack after attack against the little state of Israel and they're still there! The desperation of Satan's attempts to wipe Israel off the map is an indication to all of us, just how much little time Satan himself fears that he has left.

Israel's continual existence is a testament to God's faithfulness toward keeping His promises and fulfilling His covenant with Israel. The New Covenant never replaced the Old Covenant, it came along side the Old Covenant. Our God is not a God who breaks old promises only to make new ones. Our God keeps ALL OF HIS PROMISES, old and new.

The hatred that surrounds Israel is a testament to Satan's fear and desperation. As long as Israel exists, his days are numbered.

Israel should matter to the Christian not only because we believe in God's promises, but because Israel is also the focus of most Biblical prophecy. Biblically illiterate Christians tend to think of prophecy as something that's confined to the book of Revelation. But the Old Covenant is saturated with prophecy concerning Israel's near future.

Isaiah 46:9-10 "Remember the former things of old, for I am God and there is none else. I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times declaring the things that are not yet done, saying, 'My counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all my purpose and will do all my pleasure.'"

II Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."

Therefore Bible Prophecy is for everyone, not just a scholar. It's for every man, woman and child to know what's about to happen. And many prophecies about the Middle East are 'stage-setting' to happen and find fulfillment in the very near future.

As we observe the current landscape in the Middle East and compare it with Bible Prophecy, it would seem that a prayer of Asaph recorded in Psalm 83 could turn out to be a prophetic Psalm. Many of the Psalms are prophetic in nature and some of them aren't recognized as prophetic until the time of their fulfillment. For example, when David felt forsaken by God and prayed his famous prayer recorded in Psalm 22, he unknowingly prayed a prophetic prayer. Almost a thousand years later, Jesus quoted the very first verse of that prayer as He was being crucified. "My God, My God, why have You forsaken me?" After we read about Jesus's crucifixion and then go back to read Psalm 22, we discover that every verse of Psalm 22 could have been Jesus' silent prayer as he hung on the cross. "...they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all of my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture." The prophetic precision is incredible!

As we continue to observe the Middle East while reading our Bibles, it appears that the prayer of Asaph recorded in Psalm 83 will be another prayer with prophetic implications...

Psalm 83 "Don't keep your silence, O God. Hold not your peace, do not be still, O God. For behold your enemies make a tumult. They that hate you have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against your people and have consulted against your hidden ones. They have said, 'Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.' They have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against you: The Tents of Edom (Palestinians / Southern Jordanians), and the Ishmaelites (Saudis / Ishmael is the Arab Patriarch); of Moab (Palestinians / Central Jordanians), and the Hagarenes (Egyptians / Hagar is the Egyptian Matriarch); Gebal (Hezbollah / Northern Lebanese), and Ammon (Palestinians / Northern Jordanians), and Amalek (Arabs of the Sinai Area); the Philistines (Hamas of the Gaza Strip) with the inhabitants of Tyre (Hezbollah / Southern Lebanese); Assur (Syrians / Northern Iraqis) also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot (Ammon & Moab were the children of Lot, so this is referring to the Palestinians / Northern & Central Jordanians). Selah. Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yes, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna: who said, 'Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.' O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind, as fire burns wood, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire; so persecute them with your tempest, and make them afraid with your storm. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek your name, O Lord. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yes, let them be put to shame, and perish: that men may know that you, whose name alone is Jehovah, are the most high over all the earth."

So according to the prophetic implications of Psalm 83, the Arab nations surrounding Israel's immediate borders will be consulted together with one consent: to be confederate against Israel saying, 'Let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel will be remembered no more.' According to Ezekiel 25:14 and Obadiah 1:18, God will answer the prayer of Psalm 83 by empowering the Israel Defense Forces to stop the Arab confederacy. The result of this Israeli victory will extend Israel's borders far beyond what they are today. Israel will become a greater and wealthier Israel. It's that greater and wealthier Israel that will be the target of another invasion prophesied in Ezekiel 38.

In Ezekiel 38, Israel is dwelling peacefully, securely and in safety. Can that be said of Israel today? No. They live in constant fear of rocket attacks from all sides. Every conference, every meeting, every summit is wrought with desperate and futile maneuvers in the hopes that something might be done to achieve peace.

The wealth of Israel in Ezekiel 38 tempts Russia and Iran into devising an evil plan, to come together with Turkey, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia and Libya to plunder Israel and take her spoils. It's not so much the anger and hatred of an Arab confederacy that motivates the invasion of Ezekiel 38, but rather the desire for power and wealth. While Israel today certainly isn't poor, they are no where near the level of wealth, power and influence that would warrant the level of invasion that's described in Ezekiel 38. That would be like the United States, Canada, and Mexico coming together to take a little island the size of the state of New Jersey for spoil. That doesn't make any sense, unless the Israel in Ezekiel 38 is much larger and much wealthier than it is today.

The Ezekiel 38 prophecy also seems to leave out Israel's present day enemies on her immediate borders. Why? Could it be, that those particular enemies are first dealt with via Psalm 83?

So in combination with Psalm 83, we have many other Middle East prophecies to be fulfilled on our near horizon. According to Jeremiah 49:23-27 and Isaiah 17:1-9, God will ordain something massive to happen in Damascus, which will cause the city to become a ruinous heap and then Syria will be taken by Israel. According to Jeremiah 49:35-36, we could see a nuclear disaster of some kind take place in Iran, possibly their nuclear sites. These prophecies have been in our Bibles, in black and white for thousands of years. It has only been in recent events in the Middle East that the stage has been set for these prophecies to be fulfilled.


The Importance Of Your Prayer

Don't measure the importance of your prayer by comparing it with someone else's "more important" request. Instead, compare it to the attention span of the ONE whom you're praying to. God doesn't take prayers one at a time in order of importance because for one: time isn't a factor with God because He exists outside time and two: the importance of each prayer is determined by the value God Himself has placed upon His children. For God, the value and importance of His kiddos is so high that He went to the cross Himself to die for His children and according to Luke 12:6-7, He numbers the very hairs of our head. Not only that, but according to Psalm 56:8, He even counts all our tears and saves them in a bottle.

Sometimes, we place too much of a symbolic factor upon words we find in the Bible, when it wouldn't surprise me to one day find out that for every tear I've cried, as it evaporated off of my face, it appeared upon God's loving hands and placed in a bottle with my name on it. These are not the actions of a God who doesn't care but the actions of an almost obsessive God who's so intimately watching over the smallest details of our lives that his own measurements of what's important and what's not important would probably surprise us. No God who numbers the hairs of your head and puts all your tears in a bottle would ever think that anything you have to say or ask is "unimportant".

When I posted this little scribble note at facebook some time ago and one of my friends posted a comment saying, "And also pray in your own words, the way you would talk to someone else. I think too many people think they have to pray a certain way, use certain lingo and try to sound like the Bible. God doesn't require that. It does not make it more "important" to sound like the Bible when speaking and I think it puts you on a more personal level with God if you speak as if you normally would as if He were right in front of you. Basically: pray sincerely and don't try to work on making it "sound elaborate or fluffy". God appreciates that!"

She was right! Jesus said, "When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who use vain repetitions, heaping up phrases, repeating the same ones over and over as the heathen do, for they think they will be heard for their much speaking." Being honest and open before God is a form of boldness that is a privilege we've been granted for those of us who belong to Christ. He's no longer our judge, but our loving Father. We're his little kiddos. We don't have to prove anything to Him.

Besides, according to Hebrews 4:13-16, there isn't anything in our heart that's hidden from Him anyway, so we might as well be honest in prayer. Fortunately, the One to Whom we pray is someone Who understands us exactly where we are, what we're feeling, why we're feeling it, and why it comes out in the words we use when we pray. More than that, according to Romans 8:26-27, the Holy Spirit takes the whole of our prayers, both the spoken word that we say, and the whole meaning behind it that's expressed in our hearts, and then He takes it to the Father and fully interprets our whole prayer to His ears, using words, groanings, yearnings, vocabulary and facial expressions that better speak on our behalf than our own language can produce. It's a wonderful comfort to know that whenever I pray, regardless of how it comes out, I have no reason to fear that God might possibly misunderstand my prayer, or not feel the full weight of my request or supplication.


Factors That Invite Demonic Activity
And How To Reverse Them

All Christians are engaged in Spiritual Warfare at least on some level, but when paranormal phenomena begins to manifest itself in ways such as a sudden overbearing weight of anxiety or depression, poltergeist or paranormal activity, sleep paralysis, unwelcomed out-of-body experiences or night terrors, then it's because somewhere there has been opened a hidden channel between yourself and the demonic realm.

God has placed around all of us, a protective barrier between what we would call the natural world (the 1st Heaven) and the supernatural world (the 2nd Heaven). God has also placed certain rules over the demonic realm which strictly confines all of their behavior to the permissive will of human beings. Satan's entire history has always been one of massive deception in order to deceive man into giving him the permission he needs to usurp his own agenda over God's. So when it comes to any manner of demonic phenomena, it's happening because somewhere, permission has been granted by someone, and an open door (an entry) has been created for the demonic realm to manifest themselves.

The Christian's catch-all term for these open doors, are "entries". When you hear Christians speak of entries, this is what they're talking about: open doors that Satan, fallen angels and demons have been invited to walk through and manifest themselves. A more sci-fi sounding term that you might be more familiar with, would call them portals. The horror film term, would call it a gate. Vincent Price in the film, "Haunted Palace", spoke in Latin before a demonic altar saying "open the gates".

No human being, unless he were a Satanist or a fool, would intentionally open doors into the demonic realm, inviting these entities into their personal lives to destroy them. Therefore, Satan and his forces have come up with an endless list of hidden factors, camouflaged practices and/or emotional attitudes that are masterfully engineered to create these open doors. Some of them are obvious to the learned Christian, some of them are more covert.

Below is a list of factors that are classically known to be demonic entries. I published this list as part of an earlier post some weeks ago, but I wanted to single it out and publish it here under it's own heading to give it the full attention it deserves.

1. Paul made it very clear in I Corinthians 10:20 that the worship of a false god, even in ignorance, is the worship of a demon. Also, many of the practices associated with false religions are classically similar to what the Bible would call classic witchcraft. Therefore, any previous following of false religions, especially demonic religions such as Hindu, Buddhist, Native American, Voodoo, Scientology, New Age, etc... would have created an open door. You may be intellectually free from those previously held beliefs, but the opened doors that you opened are still open. Even the following of these religions in your family background within the previous 4 generations could make you vulnerable for attack. Anyone you live with can open doors if you live with someone who worships a false god or performs religious practices associated with that false deity.

2. Any form of anti-God arrogance can open a door. Those who arrogantly take sport in making fun of Christians or the God of the Bible are opening doors. Any form of rebellion, consistent immorality, impurity, greed, or gluttony associated with anti-God arrogance will most certainly open doors.

3. Sins of the mind where the person does not retain control over their thoughts such as drug use, transcendental meditation, occultism, hypnosis, etc... all of which will open doors.
Various forms of meditation are productive depending on how it's done. God would have us meditate on the Word of God in prayer. This is healthy meditation. However, other forms of meditation such as "emptying your mind" or "being one with the universe" is NOT healthy. The Bible would have us re-focus our mind on God and His Word, and renew our mind as Romans 12:2 states rather than to simply empty our mind. Relaxing to peaceful sounds is O.K. so long as it's not to put yourself into a trancelike state. Prayer is better than meditation because God is there with you, and you have someone to talk to and to listen. Meditating on God's Word while you pray is very rewarding. Other forms of meditation, I haven't investigated fully, so I don't wish to come out and say it's all demonic, but I've been informed by many who were attacked through open doors they accidentally created via different forms of meditation which induced them into trances.

4. Uncontrolled anger will open doors.

5. Attitudinal issues: feelings of excessive guilt, sorrow, deep depression, lack of mental peace, etc... will open doors.

6. Lack of sexual self-control (porn addictions or an extravagant sexual lifestyle) will open doors.

7. Disobedience to known truth, secular values, etc... will open doors.

8. It's comforting to know that we can be emotionally honest and naked before our Lord when we pray, but always remember that demons are listening also. Therefore, insolence or sarcasm toward Christ in prayer can open doors for demonic intrusion.

9. Breaking marriage vows and cheating on your spouse... will open very BIG doors for demonic intrusion.

10. Voluntary participation with demons or the spirit world in a non-Biblical context, such as investigation of haunted houses and graveyards for entertainment ALWAYS opens up doors for demonic intrusion. I once knew a girl who was hit in the face twice while investigating a graveyard, and after she had gone home, it hit her again. She also began having attacks of night terrors and sleep paralysis.
Other examples of participating with the spirit world in a non-Biblical context would include self-induced out-of-body experiences or astral projection. It's one thing to accidentally run into this phenomenon by mistake, it's quite another to voluntarily seek it out. Doing so will open up some very big doors for demonic intrusion.

Seeking contact with aliens or ghosts through mediums or psychic channelers, or using techniques such as automatic writing, ouija boards or white noise will open some very big doors.

Seeking out premonitions of the future through psychics, fortune tellers, palm readers, tarot cards are all open doors for demonic intrusion.

Observing others on television participating with the spirit world in a non-Biblical context could also provoke demonic intrusion. Since angels and demons are trans-dimensional, then they are capable of seeing and hearing into the homes of everyone who observes what is being recorded on a ghost-hunting documentary. Most ghost-hunting documentaries are now filming the process in which they are calling out the spirits either casually or formally through a seance. Just because we're watching it on TV, doesn't mean we're not vulnerable to what we're observing. When we watch and wait and listen for signs through a seance, even a recorded seance, we're participating with the spirit world in a non-Biblical context. That will open doors for demonic intrusion.

Don't overlook practices that are disguised as Christian practices, but are actually forms of witchcraft and necromancy such as "slaying in the spirit" or speaking in tongues in a non-Biblical way or praying to Christian patriarchs such as Mary, the Apostles or anyone of the faith who has previously died. Any of this could open up doors for demonic intrusion. We aren't to pray to angels either. We pray to God the Father, through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. No prayers to angels or dead people.

11. This next practice may or may not be an entry. I put a big question mark by the exercise technique that is known as "Yoga". I've heard a lot of talk about Yoga being something that opens doors for demonic intrusion. I haven't investigated it enough to know why it's an entry, but I felt I would be remiss in not at least sharing with you what I've heard. Investigate this prayerfully for yourself and come to your own conclusions. If it were me, if I could accomplish the same thing as Yoga without doing Yoga, then I'd do the other thing just to be safe. From what I've heard, the exercise positions are emulating purposeful body-language invitations that Eastern religions used to use to openly invite spirits to possess their bodies. I haven't tracked that down, so research this one for yourself folks.

12. This next factor is one where Satan really hits below the belt. I've never known the devil to fight fair, but this is really low. One factor that can make a person vulnerable to demonic activity is the unwary submission to these forces accidentally as a child, when you don't really know what's going on. If you've been subjected to out-of-body experiences since birth, if it's something you're accustomed to, then there's no way of knowing when those doors were first opened, who opened them or why. Children may be born around opened doors for demonic intrusion that were opened by other family members unintentionally. In their case, these children are unwitting accomplices as their open-mind encourages the demonic entities to further open the doors as the child develops into maturity.

13. Child sacrifice is a massive open door. Therefore, if you've had an abortion, you most likely have a very large open door. Abortion is a satanic, ritualistic, blood sacrifice. If the baby dies on it's own, it's a tragedy. If you kill the baby, it's child sacrifice whether you want to see it that way or not, that's what it is.

14. Chanting demonic invitations will open doors for demonic intrusion. You might think, "Well Duh!" But you'd be surprised how many lyrics to songs on the top-40 charts have demonic invitations in them. All you have to do is sing along and you've just accidentally chanted a demonic invitation. The song "ET" by Katy Perry sounds like an innocent, creative, sci-fi type song in which the subject of alien abduction is just a device that's being used for entertainment. Michael Jackson brought zombies to the top-40 charts back in the early 1980's, so why can't Katy Perry bring aliens to the top-40 charts now? Knowing what we know about the intrusion of fallen angels via the alien motif, just read the lyrics to that song and you'll see why. When an innocent little teen has sung out loud the lyrics to "ET" by Katy Perry, she has just unwittingly chanted 20 individual invitations to fallen angels that she is ready, willing and able to be taken for abduction and to be impregnated in the classic profile of Genesis 6. There even includes the lines, "Could you be an angel? Could you be the devil? It's supernatural! Take me!! Take me!!! Infect me with your poison!!!"

15. Last but not least, a final factor that may open doors for demonic intrusion is a targeted attack by someone else who is using witchcraft against you. I've been the target of witchcraft several times since the publishing of articles like this one. Usually, the attack manifests itself in the form of a sudden unexplained feeling of doom and gloom, accompanied with overbearing feelings of depression, anxiety, loneliness, longings of the past, fear of loss, etc... It seems to come from nowhere and only gets worse until prayerful defensive actions are taken. In those cases, these satanic forces can be easily turned back by pleading the blood of Jesus and taking an aggressive stand on the promises of God. Another powerful tool against witchcraft is the prayer of Psalm 35 and Psalm 143. Those two prayers are powerful against targeted demonic attacks and witchcraft.

16-And-Beyond. If there are demonic entries in your life that aren't included in this list, I would simply ask God for wisdom concerning what it is that's opening those doors. (James 1:5) I would pray for the wisdom, the conviction, the maturity and the courage to know what those open doors are and how to close them. I would pray for Spiritual discernment to know the difference between the truth and deception. If you're being spiritually attacked and you don't know what's causing these attacks, God will tell you what it is.


To prevent demonic attacks of paranormal activity, I would avoid all of the practices found on this list above. If you are currently or have been previously associated with anything you see in this list, stop it right now and explicitly renounce it before the Throne of God in prayer. Matthew 18:18 gives you the authority to bind shut whatever doors have been opened.

Remember that WHO YOU HAVE LIVING INSIDE OF YOU, is a powerful entity that far surpasses any demon or fallen angel. It's the Spirit of God Himself! Jesus promised us in John 14:16-17 that after He died and rose again, that He would send us the Holy Spirit to live inside of us and abide with us forever. This promise has been fulfilled. John tells us in I John 4:4 that "He Who lives in you, is greater and mightier than he (Satan) who is in the world."

This same Jesus who promised and gave us The Holy Spirit, also gave us His Own authority to bind these demons ourselves in His Name. Matthew 18:18 is from the mouth of Jesus Himself as He told His disciples that whatever they bound on earth would be bound in Heaven. To bind something means to paralyze it, to restrain it, to tie it down! Jesus says whatever we bind on earth, will be bound in Heaven. The word Heaven in this context applies to the 1st and 2nd Heaven. Demons and their influence are already bound in the 3rd Heaven, but the 2nd Heaven is where we're having our problems. They come to us from the 2nd Heaven and manifest themselves in all manner of phenomena when there are doors opened for them to enter. Jesus gives us the authority to bind these entities, command them back through the door they entered and to bind those doors shut! Knowing that you can do this will make them just as afraid of you, as you have been afraid of them!

In Luke 10:17-20 we find a record of Jesus' disciples returning to Him after they had been given this authority and they were amazed and excited beyond belief! They said to Jesus, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name!" Jesus responded and said, "I saw Satan falling as lightning falls from heaven. Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power that the enemy possesses and nothing shall in any way harm you." Folks, did you hear that???

Unfortunately, religious cults have taken that last passage of Scripture and twisted it into a mandate to handle snakes in church. But that's not what Jesus was saying. Jesus used "serpents and scorpions" as idioms for fallen angels and demons. He's telling us we've been given the authority and power to trample upon fallen angels and demons, and over all THEIR power! That includes the power they have over you during an attack of sleep paralysis, an episode of night terrors, an unwelcomed out-of-body experience, moving furniture, strange noises, disembodied voices, shadow figures, physical manifestations, monsters, aliens, poltergeist or paranormal activity, etc...

Jesus ended this good news with a little warning. Once we finally realize that we have this awesome and incredible power at our disposal, it could become a big head-trip. So Jesus said in verse 20, "Nevertheless, do not rejoice that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice instead that your names are written in heaven." In other words, being a child of God should be more exciting than knowing we have been granted authority over fallen angels and demons. We did nothing to gain that authority anyway. It's not our authority, it's HIS authority given to us because of what He did on our behalf.

Most Christians today though, have no knowledge of this authority they've been granted in Jesus' Name. Now you do. So next time you find yourself in the middle of a demonic attack, the very first thing you should do is remember that "He Who lives in you is greater and mightier than the force you're opposing." This is where you get your courage. Then, you say as loud as you can, (whether audibly out loud or silently within your thoughts)...
"In the name of my Lord and my God Jesus Christ, I command you to be bound and to flee in Jesus' name!
Be gone!
You have no authority over me!
My God Who lives in me is greater and mightier than you!
Be gone! In Jesus' name!"
You can get creative and improvise with those words, but that's the jist of it. In moments, the demonic entities will be gone. Then to keep fear from returning, continue praying to God, giving Him the honor and glory for overcoming these entities on your behalf.

If you should find yourself trapped in a situation such as sleep paralysis or an out-of-body experience, and if you're confused about whether or not what you're witnessing is demonic, then I would pray the following...
"My God, if this is not of you, if this is demonic, I renounce it and reject it in Jesus' name.
Lord Jesus, deliver me out of this!
All demons, spirits of darkness and wickedness, I command all of you to be bound in Jesus' name!
The Lord rebuke you!
Be gone! You have no authority over me! I'm a child of the King, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
My God Who lives in me is greater and mightier than you!
His Heaven is more real than your Heaven! His ways are higher than your ways!
I command you to release me right now! In Jesus' name!!"
Then you will quickly find yourself back in your bed.

I've noticed that nothing ends an event of paranormal activity faster than heartfelt praise toward Jesus Christ. They can't stand to hear it. They hate it! It reminds them of who you really are in Christ. It's as though, they suddenly realize that they're playing with fire and toying around with a forgiven child of the King of Kings. They thought they had trapped a kitten, but what they actually trapped was a lion cub, who's Daddy's roar is right behind the sound of your little cub's plea! Those demons can't run away fast enough so that you'll find yourself singing in tears...
"Oh VICTORY in Jesus!!!! My Savior forever!!!!
He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood.
He loved me, ere i knew Him and all my love is due Him.
He plunged me to VICTORY beneath the cleansing flood."

Ask God to give you the full benefits of the completed action of Jesus Christ on your behalf and begin a daily relationship with the Lord.

Undertake a personal commitment to the serious study of the Bible as the inerrant Word of God. That's the Belt Of Truth which reminds me...

Make a diligent effort to "put on the whole armor of God." For more on the Armor of God, click here.

Spend time with God in prayer every single day, not just once in awhile when things get bad. Pray every day, at least once, but preferably all throughout the day. The more you pray, the better. I also want to reemphasis the power of Psalm 35 and Psalm 143. These two prayers bring the entire demonic battle before the Lord and then the Lord Himself goes to war against them. Read those entire two Psalms as a prayer and personalize them to fit your situation.

Flee from any cult groups that do not restrict their allegiance and authority to the Word of God or groups that deny the deity of Jesus Christ. If you're "Christian group" doesn't think the Bible is reliable, then that group has been compromised. If you're "Christian friend" doesn't believe in the Lordship and deity of Jesus Christ, then they aren't a Christian. Some people kinda go down a buffet of religions beliefs and pick up what they want and leave the rest for somebody else, but Christianity is based solely upon the Word of God. Nothing else.

Don't allow Satan to fool you into thinking you have to live the perfect life. None of us can, none of us do. Don't let Satan trip you up on the whole business of backsliding. The Christian life is a walk. Sometimes you walk faster than other times. Sometimes we get distracted and make some wrong turns. But there is no turning back. Whether you know it or not, you're still walking. No matter where you are, you can approach the Throne of Grace with boldness and assurance, knowing that you will receive mercy for failures and grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:13-16)

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