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The Harvest Show appearance

This is the video of my appearance on “The Harvest Show”.  The hosts were so gracious to have me on.

Abraham’s Ram: It’s all in the details (Part 1)

Before I get into the subject matter, I want to talk for a second to explain why I’m writing this blog.

 

This is the first blog in a series that I’m calling, “It’s all in the details”.  The purpose of this blog is to jump into a little more detail into some passages in the Bible that most people have heard of about a million times, but never really realized what they were reading.

 

I also want anyone who’s reading this to know something about me.  I don’t believe what I believe because it was something that was comfortable, or because it was something that was taught to me by my parents.  Don’t get me wrong, I did grow up in a Christian household and I did hear all about the Bible growing up.  I could probably win more Bible trivia games growing up than anyone I knew, but it was all head knowledge, and very little heart.  It wasn’t until my life turned and, because of a series of bad decisions, I ended up in an emergency room hearing the doctor tell me I should have probably died.  That’s the kind of news that shakes you up, and the kind that made me ask myself,

 

“If I had died last night, what would have really happened to me?”

 

It wasn’t until I set out on that quest did my faith become real…but only by challenging it at every chance I could get.  Now, I don’t say all of that for anyone to sympathize with me, but because what I found was so much more real than I could have ever imagined.  In trying to challenge the Bible in rebellion, it became so much deeper and profound than I could have ever imagined.  While I won’t go into all the physical properties about that now (which I encourage anyone who’s into that stuff to read “Cosmic Codes” by Chuck Missler), I do want to get into some of the stuff that is so overlooked but so important to know.

 

These are the things that set the Bible apart.  Things that should give each of us a glimpse as to the fact that nothing…NOTHING…is in the Bible by accident or by coincidence.  In short…it makes the Bible cool.

 

Now that I got that other stuff out of the way, let’s jump into a passage.  I titled this blog (as you’ve already seen if you’ve gotten this far) “Abraham’s Ram”. I chose to start this series with this particular story because it’s not only important in looking at the Bible as a unified story from beginning to end, but because it also has an “angel”…which we’ll get into a little later.

 

So, without further ado, let’s jump into a the Bible.  Just to give you a quick background, this is the famous story of Abraham and Isaac when Abraham goes to sacrifice his son.  Now, up until this point, Abraham has been a yo-yo of faith.  While he believes, he keeps jumping in front of God and seems to always sort of stumble into forgiveness.  We see over and over again as his faith grows that even though God promises him something, he tries to resolve his problems himself (I’m sure that doesn’t sound like any of us…*insert sarcasm here*).  But as he grows, we see him begin to realize that it’s not him resolving the problems at all.  God does keep His promises, and for that, we finally see Abraham start to let go and trust God whole heartedly.  So when God asks something of Abraham, something that is so bizarre to us today, we are shocked to think that he even contemplated following God’s command.  So let me jump in and explain what I mean.

 

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. (Genesis 22:1-2)

 

Before I go on, I want to hit the hold button.  This is where most people tune out.

 

“How could God ask Abraham to sacrifice his son?  What kind of a sick God is that?” people will ask.

 

But before you can even begin to come up with an answer, you have to ask yourself an even more disturbing question; and that is, “What kind of a sick father would actually accept that?”

 

And there’s the rub.  By this point, Abraham had come to some tough realizations.  Most of all, Abraham realized that God had painted Himself into a corner.  On the one hand, God promised that Isaac would be the father of many nations.  But on the other hand, God was now asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.  You have to take a step back and look at this from Abraham’s viewpoint.  The stuff that Abraham had gone through up until this point were beyond what most of us can comprehend…but he knew one fact to be true.  If God had promised something, He was bound to make sure it came true.  Abraham probably had no idea how God was going to solve this problem, but at this point he had come to realize that it was God’s problem to solve…and what was more, he had faith that God would solve the problem.  You can almost hear Abraham think to himself, “Ok God, I’ll do it…I don’t know what the heck you’re going to do to fix it afterwards…but I’ll do it.”

 

But Isaac wasn’t completely oblivious to all of this either.  In fact, something seemed off to Isaac, which is why he asked,

 

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. (Genesis 22:7-8)

 

Abraham knew, but how could he explain it to his son?  I mean, think of that.  He sort of had to give Isaac a, “Hey kid, just trust me…” sort of line to ease Isaac’s mind, but it still must have been an awkward moment.  Isaac knew that a lamb was what needed to be sacrificed, and yet there was none.  if nothing else, Isaac was a little confused to say the least.

 

Now I’m going to skip a little bit to get to the cool part…the part that so often get’s overlooked.  You see, this whole scene is not solely about Abraham’s faith.  I mean, don’t get me wrong, that’s a huge part in this, but it’s not the whole story.  Most of us have heard what happens next.  Abraham and Isaac get everything ready and, as Abraham goes about and prepares to sacrifice Isaac, something happens.

 

Most people recount the story and say that an angel steadied Abrahams hand at the last second and didn’t let him plunge the knife.  Technically, that didn’t happen.  The passage literally just says that the Angel of the Lord called out his name.

 

And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. (Genesis 22:10-11)

 

So as to not get into the Angel just yet (that part is going to be controversial enough), what happens next is something that we should all pay attention to.  According to the scripture, the story goes, the “angel” continues…

 

And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.  And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. (Genesis 22: 12-13)

 

…did you catch it?  It’s subtle.  But did you catch the little detail that was off?

 

No?

 

Ok, let’s look at this like a Rabbi would look at it and remember…it’s all in the details.

 

Remember what Isaac asked in verse seven where the lamb was.  He knew what the sacrifice entailed…it was a lamb.  And you can see that Abraham knew too, because he replies pretty straight forward that God would provide a lamb.

 

But God didn’t provide a lamb…he provided a ram.

 

“So what’s the big deal?” you ask.  Well, frankly, it’s huge.  And Abraham gives that away when the Angel stops him.  You see, as a reader just reading through the Bible quickly, we may skip it.  But Abraham knew something was up.  Not only did he know something was odd, he knew that what was going on was even prophetic.  While some people tend to shy away from prophesy, Abraham, in this case, did not.  It’s evident by what he does next.  In verse 14, it says…

 

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. (Genesis 22:14)

 

Now, that’s a little odd, and while it doesn’t answer the question straight out, it begs that we start to think about it…and what does that have anything to do with prophesy?  Well, I’ll tell you.  First off, you have what almost seems like a typo, substituting the ram for a lamb…like I said, “who cares?”.  But then you see Abraham do something really weird and name this place something bizarre.  “In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”

 

“What mount?”  “What shall be seen?”  “Abraham…what drugs are you on?  What are you talking about?  You almost just sacrificed you son…”

 

To answer that, lets back up and take a step back.  You see, in verse two, God told Abraham to go to Mount Moriah.  Now, if you asked most people to day when the last time they visited Mount Moriah, they would probably look at you sideways.  Because that name doesn’t really exist today.  Today, we know Mount Moriah by a little different name.

 

Jerusalem.

 

You see, for some reason God sent Abraham to a place that not only had significance to prove his faith, but to a place that would be the fulcrum of our faith for all eternity.  When Abraham named this place, “In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen”, it now takes on a completely different connotation.  Because something was seen there…on that very spot.  About 2000 years ago something happened there that changed the course of all history, and is the foundation of the entire purpose of Scripture.  Jesus was sacrificed on a Cross of wood for the payment of the sins of the world.

 

But the details are even a little more important than just this freak coincidence of where it happened (if you believe in coincidences).  You see, Abraham said something that, looking back, makes a really profound statement.

 

When most of us read that Abraham answered Isaac and told him that God would provide a lamb, we didn’t think much about it.  But that wasn’t exactly what Abraham said.  Remember, it’s in the details.  Abraham said,

 

God will provide himself a lamb. (Genesis 22:8, emphasis mine)

 

To most, that’s about as lame as it looks.  But what happens if you change the emphasis on the phrase and add a comma?  Try this.

 

God will provide himself, a lamb. (Genesis 22:8, emphasis mine)

 

This is one of these classic cases where you see duality in what is actually written down, and where the text becomes so cool.  You see, Abraham’s response could never have been written with what was going to happen in the New Testament in advance.  We know that because we have intact manuscripts of the Old Testament from before Jesus was ever born.  But Abraham not only gave a reply that is most often completely overlooked, but he describes in that response what is the crux of all human history…in the very spot that it was going to take place thousands of years later.

 

So then, it goes to show why this blog is called Abraham’s ram.  See, God did not provide the lamb that Abraham said he would…at least not on that day.  God provided a ram.  Because God knew something that no one could have possibly know.  That on that very spot, a few thousand years later, He would provide Himself (in the form of Jesus Christ), a Lamb to be sacrificed.

 

Wow…what a coincidence… (*Go ahead and bring back that sarcasm*)

 

You see, this is just one tiny example that the Bible is so much more than just a story.  It’s true author spans all time and knowledge.  When you look at this and really dig, you begin to see that there’s no way that this is an accidental story.  It couldn’t be.  Because we have historical proof that the events written here could never have been in collaboration with what happened on that cross 2000 years ago in Jerusalem.  You see, when scripture says,

 

the volume of the book it is written of me (Psalms 40:7, Hebrews 10:7)

 

It’s not a figure of speech.  The Bible is a unified message pointing to one character…Jesus Christ.  And Yes…that’s even true of the Old Testament.

 

Ok, well, That almost concludes this blog post.  But before I go, I promised to adress the angel.  I figured it’s only fair, since my novels are based on seeing scripture though the fictional lens of angels and demons.  And, what fun would this be if I didn’t throw in a little controversy?

 

So let me ask the question, who was the “Angel of the Lord” that is mentioned in Genesis 22:11?

 

Well, before I answer that, let’s remember what the word angel actually means.  The word “Angel” basically means “messenger”.  Yes, it is true, and I won’t argue, that in a whole bunch of cases when we see the word “Angel” in the Bible that they’re angels in the sense that we think of them.  The same sort of supernatural super-heroes that have been depicted throughout history in so many different ways.  But what I want to propose here is something else to think about.  What is an Angel could be God Himself.

 

Theologians like to use big, fancy words to describe stuff in the Bible…heck, just the wrd theologian (someone who studies God) is enough to give you a headache if you say it too many times.  But one of the terms that is used is the term/idea of The Trinity.  That God, being three individual representations, can at the same time be one singular being.  That concept is about as foreign to us as can be, and humans cannot even begin to wrap our minds around what that actually means.  But when Jesus said,

 

No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. (John 6:46 NIV)

 

It literally means that…no man has ever been able to look on the face of God the Father.  Yet, when Jesus says

 

…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;… (John 14:9b)

 

He throws you a curveball.  On one hand He says no man has seen the Father, but on the other hand he says that if you’ve seen Him, you have seen the Father.  So, if Jesus is correct (and for the purpose of this point, I’ll assume he is), who was it that the men and women of the Old Testament saw when the Bible says they saw God?

 

I won’t answer that…I’ll let you work on that one.  But let’s now go a step further while going back to my point.  Who was the Angel that appeared to Abraham?  BEcause most people leave the story where I left it.  They say, “Wow, what a great example of faith…that was awesome!  I should have faith like that too…” and they go about their day.  But I always find it interesting what the “angel” says to Abraham.  Not necesarily the first time, but the second time he talks to him.

 

Oh, wait…did you not study about the second time?

 

Well, the angel says,

 

And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. (Genesis 22:15-18)

 

Let me be very clear.  An angel can never claim to be God.  There was one angel who did try and make that claim, and he’s turned out to be the bad guy.  You see, this “Angel” makes claims that only God can make…which in turn, means that He himself must be God, or the message itself cannot come from God.  (did I make sense there?)

An angel (the good kind) cannot immitate God, or claim to be Him…that’s blastphemy.  Only God can make that claim and it be correct.  So when ths particular “Angel” says

 

“By myself I have sworn…in blessing I will bless thee…I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven… “(I cherry picked parts of that passage to highlight my point), it means that only God can refer to what he promised Abraham earlier in Genesis.

 

So what meaning does that add to when Jesus says, no man has seen the Father…but whoever has seen the Son has seen the Father (That’s me paraphrasing)?

 

And that’s your controversy for today.  Was the angel that spoke to Abraham actually God?  Did God set all of that up just to point to what would happen on the Cross 2000 years ago?  Did Abraham realize what he was witnessing when it happened?

 

Or was it all coincidence?

 

You see, this blog is meant to get you to think.  God doesn’t want us to march on in blind faith, He want’s us to question and dig deeper.  I mean, c’mon, if God really does exist and He created everything, do you think that trivial little questions like this would stump Him?  Of course not.  Instead, He has given us His word, that is SO much more profound and powerful than we can ever imagine.  And he promises, if we seek, He will light our path.  The Bible can be read to a child or studied by the most complex think-tanks around, and yet there is no end to the treasures that it holds.  In fact, the Bible even says something about it.

 

It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2)

 

So what’s it going to be?  Are you going to take my word for it?  You might challenge what I am saying, and I think that’s good.  But challenge it with scripture!  Dig.  Seek.  And if nothing else, know that the God of the Universe, the God that wants nothing more than to love you…no matter who you are…wants you to dig deeper.  Because it’s the best way for you to get to know Him, and that’s what He wants more than anything!

 

 

The Making of Seren’s Sword – Part 1

Ok, so going back to me being a complete geek for all kinds of toys and cool new items, I have something to post that anyone who shares my weird enthusiasm may enjoy.

 

A while back, I was sitting with a good friend of mine, Manny Puig.  Some of you may know Manny from his TV shows and movies with Outdoor Channel, Mtv, or Animal Planet.  But what most of you probably don’t know about Manny is how much of a skilled artist he is.

 

He has not only done some AMAZING work sculptures in bronze of sharks, Alligators, and, most recently, a Goliath Grouper that looks more real that actually seeing one in the ocean.  But Manny also has the same passion for ancient weaponry and historical “toys” that I do.  Aside from being so well read that he could tell you every type of weapon that every civilization had and why or how they made them, he’s actually made replicas of several different weapons by literally carving them by hand into different metals.

 

So when we started to talk about the books and the weapons that each of the characters had, Manny had a cool idea.

 

“Why not make a replica of the sword that Seren has in the books, and why not do it in bronze?”

 

When I thought about it, I thought it would be one of the coolest things I had ever seen…and I couldn’t wait to see what Manny could come up with.  So he began carving the template in wood and in foam.  Since bronze has to be poured into a mold, the first thing he needed to do was create a real life replica using wood, foam, and wax.  At the time I’m writing this blog, that’s what we have been doing.  Since I’ve never actually seen the process done, I’ll have to leave the rest for “part 2” of this blog; but I wanted to upload some pictures to show how the process has been thus far.

 

For all of you geeks (like me) out there, enjoy!  This is how the making of Seren’s sword begins!

 

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Witches, Werewolves, and Warrior Angels

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I wanted to take a minute to talk about the trend in fiction, and the seeming movement towards glorifying death and darkness as forces of good.  Oddly enough, while what I’m about to talk about factored in heavily with why I began writing the “Stories of the Seven” series in the first place; this post is a result of a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

 

Recently I went with my wife and my cousins because we happened to be in town and were looking for things to do.  We had a great time but as we crossed from one section into another, something struck me.

 

We walked into the Harry Potter village in the Islands of Adventure park.  In the span of about 30 feet everything was transformed into the scenes from the movie.  There appeared to be snow on all of the rooftops (even though it felt like it was about 414 degrees outside) and there were street vendors selling everything from butter beer to magic wands.

But the magic shops were what really stuck out to me.

 

Now, before I go any further, I want to be very clear.  I’m not a pretender, I grew up watching horror movies and being a big fan of all types of fiction.  I’ve seen Bram Stokers “Dracula”, read Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”, I’ve seen each of the “Underworld” movies (a few times); and yes, I’ve seen all the Harry Potter movies and the first two in the Twilight series.  Besides that, there’s been many, Many other movies that I don’t even care to list here, but the ones listed pertain more to this blog than others.  I don’t give that list to earn any type of credibility, but only so that everyone knows that I actually enjoy fantasy fiction…I mean, c’mon, I’m writing a series with more fantastic and supernatural creatures than most anything else I’ve seen.  But, being in the theme park and seeing the children’s obsession for buying books with spells, magic wands that were “fit only for them”, and the Harry Potter mantra that the non-wizard humans or “Muggles” were the sort of lower class is what began to bother me.

 

When I was a kid, the only wizard I can even remember was Merlin…and even then, it wasn’t ever about him, it was always about King Arthur.  I don’t remember ever wanting to learn spells or strive to be in a certain wizards group.  The more I thought about it, the more it really stood out, especially standing in the middle of this make-believe village.

Magic and sorcery was always something bad.  And no, I’m not talking about the good witch from the Wizard of Oz or the Fairy Godmother from Cinderella, this is a much darker representation of magic than we had growing up.  This magic has seemed to sort of “sneak up” on the culture.  And while I don’t want to get away from the subject at hand, it’s not just this darker, more attractive, magic that has infiltrated our kids; it’s the obsession with all types of characters that represent darkness or death in itself…more specifically, characters like the Vampires and Werewolves from “Twilight”.

Now, succumbing to my ADD and jumping to the twilight series, my first question about Vampires and Werewolves is: Since when were vampires and werewolves turned into teen sex symbols?  Yeah, I know, most vampire movies or stories usually included a vampire seducing someone with that long, googly eye stare…but it was usually to kill them.  Suddenly, we see two symbols that were written to be, and always have been about, death suddenly be switched into a heroes role.  Now, don’t forget, I said I’ve seen the “Underworld” movies…and I liked them; but those icon’s were still about death, not something to aspire to become or fall in love with (Even though Kate Beckinsale makes it easy for anyone to fall in love with a Vampire…I’m just saying)

So why have some of the biggest heroes of today’s youth been shifted to glorify the very characters who have always represented darkness?

Truthfully, I don’t know.

 

What I do know is that we weren’t created to seek out darkness.  We were meant to live in the light.  And yet, so many parents and young people look at the attraction to death and darkness as harmless or something fun.

You know, there’s a verse in the Bible (thats actually a prophetic verse) that I think applies.  While I believe the passage is literally talking about the return of Jesus, I also believe it goes so much further than future expectations.  1 Thessalonians says:

 

For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. – 1 Thes. 5:2 (KJV)

 

While the context of this verse is definitely talking about prophetic events, it’s the following verses that often get’s overlooked for a myriad of reasons.  Verse four starts by saying:

 

But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. – 1 Thes. 5:4,5 (KJV)

 

So what does being a child of the light even look like?  Truth be told, this whole blog is speaking more to me than anyone…and why I wanted to create a different example for my nephews.  Like I said earlier, I grew up on all those movies too…but it wasn’t until much later that these “darker” trends started to catch on with the youth of today.

 

Unfortunately for the context of this blog, the Bible doesn’t say much about Vampires and Werewolves…I’m guessing that’s because neither actually exist, but that’s just a hunch.  What the Bible does speak a lot about, and what I think a lot of people would be shocked to realize, is magic and sorcery.  And while most stories that have some sort of evil witch/wizard in opposition to good or “White” magic, that theme doesn’t resonate in scripture.  In fact, it’s just the opposite.

 

Leviticus 20:6 says:

 

And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people. – Lev 20:6 (KJV)

 

Now, not to dwell too much on the whole “whoring after them” part (*Cough* *Cough* *Twilight* *Cough* *Cough*) there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of wiggle-room when it comes to wizards.  Even more so, verse 27 of the same chapter continues on and is even harsher.

 

A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them. – Lev 20:27 (KJV)

 

Once again, that doesn’t seem to support the Harry Potter cause, or the lines and lines of kids who want to become wizards or buy magic wands and books of these oddly written phrases that are supposedly spells and incantations in other languages.  According to scripture, Magic is a serious, SERIOUS thing.  More-so, it definitely isn’t something that comes from God.

 

But these verses don’t just talk about wizardry or sorcery (as so many other examples can be given), these verses have a weird phrase that I think should also be addressed.  The phrase “Familiar Spirit” is one that is a little bit odd, but one that we see represented in so many different applications.  For instance, in the Harry Potter movies they talk about their “Patronus”, which is sort of a modern day animal spirit guide, but is, according to the Harry Potter books, a reflection of your character.  While we see that idea in all sorts of new age and modern religions, there’s also some SERIOUS warnings against that in scripture as well.

 

In the book of Samuel, King Saul was frustrated because he felt God wasn’t answering him.  So, even though it was against the law, he sought out a witch to try and conjure the spirit of Samuel the prophet.  But when Saul sent his servant to find the woman, he uses an interesting phrase, “…Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit…” (1 Sam 28:7 KJV).  What is more, when he went to the woman, “…he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.” (1 Sam, 28:8) What Saul didn’t realize, nor did the woman, is that God wasn’t playing around when he gave that order.  As the account goes, Saul asked the woman to bring forth the spirit if Samuel.  The only problem was that the spirit of Samuel actually appeared…much to the woman’s surprise.  In fact, the woman was terrified and became really upset with Saul.

 

Why, you ask?

 

Because she knew the difference.  She was one who dealt with darkness and spoke with her “Familiar Spirit”.  She was used to conjuring images and dark things, but she was not used to God intervening and sending the actual spirit of the prophet Samuel.  But that’s also not the end of the story.  The message that Samuel gives is what’s truly terrifying.  Because Saul has disobeyed the commands of the Lord and went to see this woman with the “Familiar Spirit”, he was to be stripped of everything, including his life (see 1 Chron. 10:13).

 

So, what does all this have to do with the book series.  Well, it’s simple.  As I stated in just a few of MANY examples, the Bible speaks very clearly about magic and sorcery.  But it also ties them to this idea of a familiar spirit, which is something that should be taken note of.  Saul is the perfect case study on dealing with this idea of spirits.  Not only did he go to this woman who supposedly had a relationship with one, he was also tormented by an evil spirit.  We see the same type of thing in the New Testament when

 

…he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 

Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 

Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 

And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 

But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 

And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.  

  • Mark 5:2-9 (KJV)

 

I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to link these evil spirits, (Or “Familiar” spirits) with darkness, magic, and sorcery.  But what are these spirits?  Where do they even come from?

 

The truth of the matter is that, while we technically can’t prove in scripture that a demon is a fallen angel, most theologians would agree that’s exactly what they are.  So, when the Bible talks about Lucifer (Satan) rebelling and taking 1/3 of the angels with him, most scholars would look at those fallen angels as demons.  And these beings, whatever they are, are apparently able to possess all sorts of power and supernatural ability.  They also seem to share the same traits that their leader, Satan, does.  They not only hate God, and everything the He stands for, but they seek to be worshiped as gods.  They seek to influence

 

Angels, on the other hand, have quite a different character.  They do not seek glory for themselves, or the destruction of what God has created.  In fact, they don’t allow worship of any type, and instead turn the focus of worship to God and not them (See Rev. 22:8-9).  Angels (and by angels I mean only those who did not rebel against God) are powerful beings of light, but they aim only to remain faithful to the will of God.  Sometimes they act as messengers, and most of the time they act as warriors in defense of God’s will.

 

Angels are no push overs.  They fight.  They fly.  They have weapons and even bizarre vehicles.  They appear in the strangest ways and at the strangest times.  They can be captured/detained by opposing evil forces (Daniel 10:13), and they themselves can detain evil (Rev 20:2,3).  Angels are the instruments of war against the battle with evil, a battle that focuses on the fate of Human-kind.

 

Angels are very real and they are all around us.  Scripture says that we even may even meet or interact with angels without even knowing it (Hebrews 13:2).  But if the thought of these incredibly powerful beings protecting us is something that comforts us…and it should; then we should be just as weary as the accessibility to the darkness that their fallen counterparts.  We should do all we can to avoid the power that these beings offer, be it subtly or openly with in magic and other types of sorcery.

 

As adults, we tend to think we can handle just about anything we see…at least I do.  But what we don’t usually stop to realize is the shift in culture and what is being shown to the generations that are coming up after us.  Although we can read the warnings in scripture, we can not even imagine the depths of darkness that are against us.

 

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. – Eph 6:12 (KJV)

 

If we are serious about what we believe, we have to set ourselves and our love for entertainment aside and focus on the messages that are being fed to our youth.  Messages that encourage this longing to learn witchcraft or wizardry.  Messages that glorify and sexualize beings that represent death and darkness.  There are things in this world that we do not understand, and that we should not strive to understand.  And we have an enemy that is, literally, hell bent on trying in whatever way he can to capture as much of humanity as he can.  Fortunately for us, those who are standing in opposition are not only greater in numbers, but also in strength.  The best part is that they’ve already been dispatched.  They prepare themselves constantly to protect the will of the Lord.  And there is no greater love or comfort in knowing that…

 

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Tim 2:3,4 (NKJV)