Questions & Answers (Page 3)
Q: If you don't mind, I'd like to ask you for Godly counsel. Tell me; is it biblical that when a person is being delivered from demons they have to cough it out? The church we have been attending the last few weeks, hands out cups and napkins and when they begin to take authority and command demons out they tell everyone to cough and the demons will come out. In my spirit I knew this wasn't right. Even though I have seen a person vomits a time or two when taking them through deliverance. I can find this no place in the word of God. I felt strongly we were not to return. Could you please counsel me and tell me what your take is on this. Shalom and Thank you-
A: I have been ministering deliverance for 30 years, and in our experience we have seen people set free through different and diverse manifestations. The most common manifestation is retching, coughing and vomiting. It seems that it has to do with the level of the demons involved and the level of demonization of the person affected. I have also seen people be delivered while manifesting screaming, yawning, sweating etc. There is no one specific set way. I have been in some churches in the past where they do what you mentioned. There are some ministries that have used this technique in their ministries and taught the churches to do likewise. The use of the power and authority of the Name of Jesus Christ and the blood of the Lamb is what is important. That is the most important issue. As far as the techniques or methods used, they may vary with the person, ministry or church.
Personally I do not believe in passing out cups, napkins etc, but that does not mean the results will not be there. At least they are trying to set the captives free through deliverance. The majority of the Christian
'do not even have that', sowe need to be thankful that someone is trying to help the people who have problems. The things you need to watch for are: is there fruit? Were the people delivered and set free? Is there change in their lives for the better? Does it glorify Jesus Christ? What is the testimony these people have after deliverance? If there is fruit, then I could probably 'tolerate' the technique they use. On the other hand, if there is no fruit in the lives of the people that received deliverance I would seriously doubt their authority in the LORD to be doing what they are doing.
As we get closer to the end of times and darkness begins to descend upon this planet, there is going to be a great need for the people of the Most High to be prepared and trained in the ministry of deliverance. Multitudes of people are going to need to be set free from demonic strongholds and bondages. As we can clearly see, deliverance was a big part in the ministry of Jesus Christ Yahushua, as well as in the lives of the Apostles in the early Church. The Church today needs to be doing deliverance ministry as they preach the gospel and teach. Demons cannot be prayed out or preached out, they need to be cast out in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ taught His disciples how to do this. What is most needed is training and teaching in this vital area, so that the excesses and errors that exist and abound today may be corrected. Here are some scriptures:
Luke 7:21: “And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.”
Luke 8:2-3 “And certain women, who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven demons, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, who ministered unto him of their substance.”
Acts 5:16: “There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and those who were tormented with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.”
Acts 8:6-7: “And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spoke, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many that were paralyzed, and that were lame, were healed.”
Acts 19:11-12: “And God did special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.”
Q: I have a question. The Holocaust; was this God's wrath against Europe or against Jews, or if neither of these, then what?
A: That is a very good question; the answer is not so simple. This area of God's judgment is quite complex and controversial. On one side you have the group that says whenever bad things happen it is the judgment of God; and in a way it is. Then you have the other group that says that we are no longer under judgment but under grace, stating the God poured out His judgment upon Jesus Christ at the cross. Basically that He took all of God's wrath and judgment for us on the cross and thus we are immune from it. Both of these theological points of views do not reveal the whole truth. It is much more complex than that. I will try to explain...
The one thing that both sides fail to recognize is the fact that there is a very evil being called Satan who rules over a kingdom of darkness and has been in constant war against the lawful ruler of the universe YHWH. This has been going on for eons, even before man existed on the face of planet earth. Satan always tries to push the boundaries of his influence by manipulating the legal aspects of the Almighty's divine rules to suit his agenda. He continually accuses those who belong to the Lord, looking for ways to undermine the Divine purposes of YHWH and to change these rules to his advantage through manipulation, cheating and lying.
Satan cannot do anything he wants, but is only allowed to work within the confines of the predetermined set of rules set in motion by the Creator. One of these rules is that neither side can intervene in human affairs except through the free will of human beings. In other words, if a human being asks either side for help, then that opens the door for either Divine intervention or demonic intervention. That is the only way that meddling in human affairs is allowed. However, the enemy is not a gentleman and will usually not wait to get an invitation. Something as simple as a door cracked open will serve as a signal to the dark side that they are welcome.
Whenever doors are opened to the dark side and they come into a person, a family, a city or a nation they have a legal right to be there and will bring with them all kinds of perversions, defilements, sins, iniquities, curses and eventually judgment. Whenever this happens, the Almighty has no choice but to stand back and withdraw His protection and blessings, as His adversary is invited to come in instead. Whenever a person or a nation is turned over to the devil, nothing good can ever come out of it. Satan came to kill, steal and destroy. That is his nature. Whenever he takes over a person, family, city or nation that is exactly what he will do with them. Plundering will come first, and then will come the killing and destroying. There has never been a different outcome.
Whenver the the Jewish people forgot their Creator and rejected Him, and began to live in sin, corruption and began toworship pagan gods, all the blessings disappeared and they were replaced with curses and all kinds of bad stuff. They were oppressed, persecuted and killed and then they began to call upon YHWH once again. The loving Father always forgave them and sent them deliverance again and again. This cycle happened again and again many times in the Bible. Likewise, whenever a man rejects the light and embraces darkness, it will always end up the same way. YHWH is very longsuffering and slow to anger; however eventually, when the cup of His wrath is full from the sin, corruption, defilement, abominations, broken covenants, shedding of innocent blood and demonic infestation, His wrath is poured out. The Almighty never takes delight in pouring out His judgments upon mankind, but waits until the last possible moment waiting for prople to repent.
The moment a man, a city or a nation decides he no longer wants to serve the devil and sin and repents, turns away from doing evil and embraces the only source of true life and light Yahushua, his life will begin to change for the better. The curses associated with sin, iniquity and darkness will no longer be in operation; instead blessings and the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus will begin to opoerate according to scriptures below:
Romans 8:1-2 "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who don't walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death."
2 Chronicles 7:14 "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Deuteronomy 28:1-7 "It shall happen, if you shall listen diligently to the voice of Yahweh your God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you this day, that Yahweh your God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth: and all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you, if you shall listen to the voice of Yahweh your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your animals, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading trough. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. Yahweh will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck before you: they shall come out against you one way, and shall flee before you seven ways."
Deuteronomy 28:15-19 "But it shall come to pass, if you will not listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, that all these curses shall come on you, and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading trough. Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your livestock, and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out."
In closing, the tragic fate of the Jewish Nation was a result of their rejection of the only true source of Light and Life, and their embrace of a carnal proud religious system that was based on dead rituals and the manipulation of the letter of the Law to suit themselves. This opened the door to the darkness and the eventual destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 AD. The devil, who has always hated the Jewish people was finally given an open door, a license if you will to plunder, kill and destroy them. Yahushuah had no choice but to let their decision stand and let it happen. This was prophesied by Yahushuah:
Matthew 23:37-39 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left to you desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me from now on, until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"
Soon, in the near future the nation of Israel will get a second opportunity when they are surrounded by the countries of the whole world and they will call upon YHWH to help them and deliver them. To their astonishment, they will see Yahushuah standing on the Mount of Olives. Then they will say: "Blessed is He who comes in the name of YHWH".