Underestimating Demonic Influence In Mass Murder
I can understand the hesitancy of the world and the main stream media to insinuate a spiritual influence as a possible reason for the massacre in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. In these matters they have very little knowledge and even less, a belief in the supernatural. As one who has spent more than 42 years researching and writing about why human beings do what they do, I know that the presence of demonic beings and their influence over vulnerable individuals is a very real phenomenon.
In 1993, I was teaching a Bible study at my home in Northern California. One of the ladies that had been attending for several months, brought a young lady with her on this particular eventing. About halfway through the Bible study I noticed that each time I said the words: “Jesus Christ,” this young woman turned her head quickly to one side and then the other and opened her mouth as if she was snarling.
I stopped and addressed what I believed to be a spirit that was within this young woman: “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ that you tell me who you are.” The young woman was thrown to the floor by this spirit and she began to convulse and foam at the mouth. It took six men to hold her down while I spoke to this spirit. We prayed in the name of Jesus for over an hour when suddenly she stopped convulsing. Her eyes and mouth opened widely and she screamed. She turned to look around and asked what had happened and how she had come to be in my house. This was my first occasion to see an actual demonic possession, although I had read about them many times.
Certain people are vulnerable to demonic possession by their particular spiritual insufficiencies or lack of belief in God. There are certain activities that open a person up to possession and they are many and complex. The fact is these persons who are demonically possessed are walking amongst us all of the time.
Update: October 13, 2017
A coroners report released today stated that there were “no visible abnormalities in Stephen Paddock’s brain.” This confirms, so far, the behavior of this evil man was not the result of a physical or mental disability or abnormality. The gunman had no religious or political affiliation and no known ties to radical terrorism. As I have previously stated in this article, it is highly probable that the motive of Stephen Paddock was hatred fueled by demonic influence. In time, it is likely that we will acquire more facts and be better able to confirm a motive. Until that time, we reserve a conclusion of demonic oppression, possession, or influence as a possible cause of the worst domestic shooting in American history.
As I have heard the behavior of Stephen Paddock described, I began to see a pattern that was familiar. An unbelief in any religion or God. Social isolation. Compulsive gambling. Excessive drinking. Outbursts of anger. Accumulation of guns. Careful and calculated planning to murder as many people as possible. The latest theory is that Paddock targeted the people at the Country Music Festival in Las Vegas because he believed many were Christians who loved God. Whether or not this is true is not relevant to his desire to commit mass murder by possible demonic influence.
Persons who have been overtaken by a demonic spirit often display the behaviors that Stephen Paddock revealed. He also appeared to lack a conscience or compassion for those he sought to murder. This sociopathic personality is an absolute marker for those who are possessed by a demon or many demons.
When human beings violate their own conscience repeatedly, this conscience becomes “seared’ and loses its ability to feel guilt. When this occurs in an individual we often say that “he is a “sociopath.”
A few of the behaviors that develop in people who have lost, or do not posses, the ability of a conscience—also characteristic of demonic possession:
- They do not recognize the rights of others.
- People are seen as instruments to be used.
- A grandiose sense of self
- They can tell a lie or speak an untruth without guilt.
- It is almost impossible for this person to consistently tell the truth.
- A complete lack of remorse or feelings of guilt
- Any sense of empathy or love comes from an underlying ulterior motive.
- Often promiscuous, with deviant sexual behavior
- Lack of empathy for the suffering of others
- Leading a parasitic lifestyle, taking pleasure from the pain of others
Paul described this person who has seared their conscience in 1 Timothy 4
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron... —1 Timothy 4:1-2
Notice that the conscience that has been provided by God is desensitized by “giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” resulting in a conscience that is “seared,” or can no longer feel guilt or remorse, which leads to an abhorrent lifestyle. It is interesting that this loss of conscience is linked to demonic activity in the life of a person. Once a person makes the decision to deny the existence of God or His claim over their life, they become open prey for demonic activity. This decision can sear the conscience and prevent a person from feeling any guilt or empathy towards others. This causes the loss of a clear moral compass which dictates right or wrongful behavior.
The Book of Revelation describes the demonic possession of military leaders during the time of the Great Tribulation, in graphic terms:
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. —Revelation 16:13-14
John describes demonic spirits that come out of the mouth of satan, the antichrist, and the false prophet. These demonic spirits have been released by satan for the purpose of deceiving the military leaders of the world, in order to bring their armies into the Valley of Megiddo, to fight the Battle of Armageddon. Their goal is to commit mass murder.
The Holy Spirit Descends Like A Dove; Here, The demonic spirit Descends Like A Frog.
Frogs are cold-blooded. They can change their colors at will. They are denizens of two worlds: water and land. They live an average of 18 years. They remain young by taking their skin and pulling it off their bodies by their back legs and then eating it, growing an entirely new skin.
These demonic spirits will influence military leaders around the world in gathering their armies to the Valley of Megiddo, where Jesus will come from His arrival at the Mount of Olives. Under demonic influence, these military leaders at the end of the seven year Tribulation will come to the Valley of Megiddo to commit mass murder in the millions.
The brutal and sociopathic behavior of Stephen Paddock makes it a relative certainty that he was under the influence of demonic beings. This reality will likely never be seriously considered by a majority of people in the world today who do not believe in God, nor the devil. Those of us who understand that these evil beings do exist in the world and are responsible for millions of vicious acts of violence and death, have read and studied the many example that are given in the Bible where demonic possession has occurred.
Jesus often commanded these fallen beings to remain quiet about His true identity allowing us to understand that they knew who He was and why He was on the earth. They both worshipped at Jesus feet and feared that He would send them to the Abusso before the appointed time.
Now there was a man in their synagogue with an demonic spirit. And he cried out, saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” And when the unclean spirit had convulsed him and cried out with a loud voice, he came out of him. —Mark 1:23-26
Mary Magdalene received her name from the town of “Magdala,” on the shore of the sea of Galilee. Known as a place of demonic inhabitation, Mary’s life was in desolation when Jesus first saw her. Her life as a prostitute had enslaved her to many demons who took control of her body and her life. Jesus cast out these demons and forgave Mary of all her sins, to which she would be forever grateful. We find this same Mary at the feet of Jesus, washing the filth from the day’s journey with her tears, and drying with her hair, those precious feet that brought her the good news. The love that Mary felt for Jesus compelled her to be wherever He was, even at the foot of His cross as He suffered through His final hours.
Jesus went through every city and village…and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons. —Luke 8:2
Then Jesus turned to the woman… she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head…this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in…Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. —Luke 7:44-47
The fact that no known motive for the massacre at Las Vegas has been discovered so far, has given the world an opportunity to look deeper into the reality of what these demonic beings are capable of in the life of an unsuspecting person.
All those who are not already in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ are vulnerable to satan and his demons. There is no guarantee of protection from God against these demonic beings apart from the saving sacrifice of Jesus’ death for us on the cross. Those who have Christ living in their heart, the devil and his demons can never touch or possess.
We are living in the final day before Jesus returns. As this time draws near, we will continue to see these horrendous actions by people who are overtaken by demonic beings. It is likely that many of the past mass murders of history were orchestrated and controlled by demons and the influence of satan. The entire mission statement of the devil is to rob, kill, and destroy all human lives, made in the image of God.