Messiah in Yom HaBikkurim Chapter 75

Miracle #4. Healing demon-possessed man.

  1. The Fourth Miracle of Messiah
  2. Opening-up questions and clues
  3. The miracle happened at the Village of Comfort and Consolation
  4. The Jewish exorcism took place on Shabbat at the Synagogue
  5. What is this New Torah?
  6. The Messiah teaches with authority of the Spirit of the Holy One
  7. The forty-two encampments from Egypt to the Promised Land
  8. A witness and a test of the sovereign, over-ruling Grace of Adonai
  9. Messiah taught with authority; not like the Sofertim (Scribes)
  10. Messiah made the unclean spirit shut up and leave!
  11. I cried out “Abba, Abba!” and the evil spirit immediately left the room
  12. The danger of occult practices
  13. The arrogance of Western scientists and mental health experts
  14. The Messiah is our Great Physician
  15. The Devil and his angels will be cast into the Lake of Fire
  16. Like humankind all of the angels possess free will
  17. We are all free to follow the way of G-d or the way of the Devil

The Fourth Miracle of Messiah:

Markos 1:21-28

{Classical & Mishnaic Hebrew}

וַיָּבֹאוּ אֶל־כְּפַר נַחוּם וַיְּמַהֵר לָבוֹא בַשַּׁבָּת לְבֵית הַכְּנֵסֶת וַיְּלַמֵּד׃ וַיִּשְׁתּוֹמֲמוּ עַל־תּוֹרָתוֹ כִּי־הָיָה מְלַמְּדָם כְּאִישׁ שִׁלְטוֹן וְלֹא כַּסֹּפְרִים׃ וְאִישׁ הָיָה שָׁם בְּבֵית הַכְּנֵסֶת שֶׁלָּהֶם אֲשֶׁר־רוּחַ טֻמְאָה בּוֹ וַיִּזְעַק לֵאמֹר׃ אֲהָהּ מָה־לָּנוּ וָלָךְ יֵשׁוּעַ הַנָּצְרִי לְהַאֲבִידֵנוּ בָאתָ יְדַעְתִּיךָ מִי אַתָּה קְדוֹשׁ הָאֱלֹהִים׃ וַיִּגְעַר־בּוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ לֵאמֹר הֵאָלֵם וְצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ׃ וַיִּסְחָבֵהוּ רוּחַ הַטֻּמְאָה וַיִּזְעַק בְּקוֹל גָּדוֹל וַיֵּצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ׃ וַיִּבָּהֲלוּ כֻלָּם וַיִשְׁאֲלוּ אִישׁ אֶת־רֵעֵהוּ לֵאמֹר מַה־זֹּאת מַה־הִיא הַתּוֹרָה הַחֲדָשָׁה אֲשֶׁר אַף־לְרוּחוֹת הַטֻּמְאָה מְצַוֶּה הוּא בִּגְבוּרָה וְהֵנָּה שֹׁמְעוֹת לוֹ׃ וַיֵּצֵא שִׁמְעוֹ מַהֵר בְּכָל־סְבִיבוֹת אֶרֶץ הַגָּלִיל׃

{Modern Hebrew}

אחרי בואם אל כפר נחום מהר להכנס בשבת לבית הכנסת ולמד שם. השתוממו האנשים על הוראתו, כי היה מלמד אותם כבעל סמכות ולא כסופרים. אותה עת נמצא בבית הכנסת איש ובו רוח טמאה. צעק האיש ואמר: מה לנו ולך ישוע מנצרת? באת להשמיד אותנו! אני יודע מי אתה – קדוש האלהים! ישוע גער ברוח ואמר: שתקי וצאי ממנו! זעזעה הרוח הטמאה את האיש, צעקה בקול גדול ויצאה ממנו. הכל השתוממו ושאלו זה את זה: מה זה? מה התורה החדשה הזאת? גם על הרוחות הטמאות הוא מצוה בסמכות והן נשמעות לו! עד מהרה יצא שמעו בכל אזור הגליל.פ

They came to Kefar Nachum, and He (the Mashiach) immediately went on Shabbat into the synagogue and taught. They were astonished by His teaching, because He was teaching them as a man of authority, and not like the scholars (סופרים-soferim, scribes). Now there was a man in their synagogue in whom there was a spirit of impurity, and he cried out, saying, “What do we have to do with you, Yeshua the Notzri? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of G-d!” But Yeshua (the Salvation of Adonai) rebuked it, saying, “Shut up and come out of him!” The unclean spirit shook the man, shouted loudly and left him. Everyone was astonished and asked one another, “What is this new Torah?” Even the impure spirits are commanded by authority and they obey him! “And the news of Him quickly went out into all the areas surrounding the land of the Galil.

Lukas 4:33-36

וּבְבֵית הַכְּנֵסֶת הָיָה אִישׁ וּבוֹ רוּחַ שֵׁד טָמֵא וַיִּזְעַק בְּקוֹל גָּדוֹל לֵאמֹר׃ אֲהָהּ מַה־לָּנוּ וָלָךְ יֵשׁוּעַ הַנָּצְרִי כִּי־בָאתָ לְהַאֲבִידֵנוּ יְדַעְתִּיךָ מִי אַתָּה קְדוֹשׁ הָאֱלֹהִים׃ וַיִּגְעַר־בּוֹ יֵשׁוּעַ לֵאמֹר הֵאָלֵם וְצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ וַיַּפִּילֵהוּ הַשֵּׁד בְּתוֹכָם וַיֵּצֵא מִמֶּנּוּ לֹא הֵרַע לוֹ׃ וַתִּפֹּל אֵימָה עַל־כֻּלָּם וַיְדַבְּרוּ אִישׁ אֶל־רֵעֵהוּ לֵאמֹר מָה הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה כִּי־בְשָׁלְטָן וּבִגְבוּרָה מְצַוֶּה לְרוּחוֹת הַטֻּמְאָה וְהֵמָּה יֹצְאִים׃

אותה שעה היה בבית הכנסת איש ובו רוח שד טמא, והאיש צעק בקול גדול: אהה, מה לנו ולך, ישוע מנצרת? האם באת להשמידנו? אני יודע מי אתה – קדוש האלהים! גער בו ישוע ואמר: שתק וצא ממנו! השד הפיל אותו ארצה בין הנוכחים ויצא ממנו מבלי להזיק לו. הכל נדהמו ואמרו זה אל זה: מה הדבר הזה? בסמכות ובכח הוא מצוה על הרוחות הטמאות והן יוצאות!פ

In the synagogue there was a man who had in him a spirit of an unclean demon, and the man shouted in a loud voice, “Oh, what do we have to do with you, Yeshua the Notzri? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of G-d!” Yeshua rebuked him and said, “Shut up and come out of him!” The demon knocked him to the floor and left him without harming him. Then awe fell upon everyone, and they spoke to one another saying, “What is this word? that with authority and power He commands the impure spirits and they leave!”

Opening-up questions and clues:

The following opening-up questions and clues are provided as an introduction to this study on the 4th Miracle of Messiah:

1.  Look at the symbolism of the above miracle narrative: At what location does the miracle occur? What special day was this? What did the Jewish persons attending the Synagogue mean by: “He was teaching them as a man of authority; and not like the scholars.” Who are the first century scholars being referenced to here? Why are they being described as being ones who are without “authority”? How is this remark of the Yehudim of the first century equally applicable to the Torah scholars of our twenty-first century?

2.  Why is the Mashiach addressed as being from the village of Nazareth (נָּצְרַת-Netzeret)? What is the prophetic significance of the Messiah being from the village of Netzeret? How does this place name witness to the fact that Rabbi Yeshua is the Messiah of Israel?

3.  What did those attending the synagogue mean when they said: “what is this new Torah?” (התורה החדשה-HaTorah HaChadashah); and “What is this Word?” (הדבר-HaD’var) that He even commands the spirits of impurity with power, and they listen to him?”

4.  What does the term “unclean spirit” mean? Is this a reference to a demon or a physical or mental illness? Clue: See the second narrative of the same event in the Jewish besorah of Lukas (לוקס-Light-bringer-אהרון). Are demons sentient beings who can take control of a person?

5.  If demons are sentient beings, what is it specifically that the unclean spirit wanted to know? Clue: Closely examine the content of the unclean spirit’s question to the Messiah. Why does the unclean spirit address the Messiah in the plural: “What do we have to do with you?” “Have you come to destroy us?”

6.  Why is the demon directing its host (the possessed person) to attend this particular synagogue on shabbat? Did the demon know that the Mashiach would be teaching there?

7.  Why did the Messiah silence the unclean spirit? Why did the spirit of impurity throw the possessed person down? Why did he cry out with a loud voice and then he went out from him?

8.  Why did the demon drag the possessed person? Clue: How does the Genesis (3:14) Torah account describe the throwing down of the serpent who was up in the tree? How is the serpent permanently cursed after being thrown down? In the Presence of HaShem (Adonai) and M’shicho (His Messiah): What humiliating manner of movement is the serpent forced to employ? What meaning of authority and involuntary submission does this symbolic act by the evil one convey?

The miracle happened at the Village of Comfort and Consolation:

The four fishermen Shim’on, Andrew (Adam), Ya’akov, and Yochanan, now disciples of the Messiah, accompany their teacher to Kefar Nachum (Capernaum); a location that the Messiah later makes his headquarters. The beginning of Messiah’s ministry was mainly in the region of Galilee; the latter part of His ministry was mainly in the region of Judah. Quite significantly at the first of the miracles of Messiah we discover that half of the miracles occur at the “Village of Comfort and Consolation” (Kefar Nachum).

*Ten of the first twenty recorded miracles of Messiah happen at Kefar Nachum. 

The Kefar (Village) of Nachum (Comfort, Consolation) is located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Kinneret; which is better known as the Sea of Galilee.

The Jewish exorcism took place on Shabbat at the Synagogue:

The authority of Messiah’s word experienced by His four talmidin in the third miracle of the miraculous catch of fish, is demonstrated further here in the “healing of the demon possessed man.” It was on the sacred day of Shabbat, at the Synagogue of Kefar (village) Nachum (of comfort, consolation) that a man possessed by an unclean spirit was healed. The term “unclean spirit” (רוח טמאה) is the Hebrew equivalent of the *Greek term “demon” (δαιμονίου).

*Note: The name of the Yehudi Lukas (לוקס) possesses the same meaning as that of Aaron (אהרון-“Light-bringer”).

What is this New Torah?

The Word of Adonai (HaShem) so powerfully expressed through His servant the Messiah provoked the witnesses at the synagogue to be amazed at what they heard and saw. Therefore, in total amazement these observant Yehudim remarked, “What is this new Torah?” (מה התורה החדשה הזאת):

 “Even the impure spirits are commanded by authority and they obey him! “

The assembly at the synagogue was utterly astounded, struck senseless with awe by the power and authority of the Presence of G-d that they had just witnessed.

The Messiah teaches with the authority of the Spirit of the Holy One:

“He immediately went on Shabbat into the synagogue and taught.”

The Hebrew words “make straight” (ישר-straight away), “swiftly” (מהר), “immediately” (מיד-at once), “quickly” (עד מהרה), “at that moment” (באותו רגע), and “in a moment” (רגע) are used here and throughout the entire Jewish besorah of Yochanan Markos (“Hammer of the Grace of Adonai”) in a very special way. In the besorah of Markos forty two times  the term “immediately” is mostly used to indicate the swift, powerful movement of the Spirit of the Holy One working in the midst of M’shicho (His Messiah) and the people of Israel.

What are the Torah meanings in Markos of these forty-two movements of the Spirit that portray both His active and passive will?

In the Greek version of Markos one Greek word is used to convey all of the meanings of “make straight,” “immediately,” and “suddenly”—-evtheis (εὐθύς). This word is specifically used forty-two times throughout all of the Jewish besorah of Markos (Hebrew: המכבי, HaMakabi). [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 , 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25*26, *27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, *42.]

*However, three of these forty two uses of the word (*25, *26, *42) immediately (etc.) that are found in the besorah (good news) of Markos (Makabi) are used differently than the other 39 uses. These three uses of the word immediately (מיד-Hebrew; εὐθύς-Greek) are a “mystery.” These three mysterious uses of the term involve the permissive will of G-d. In fact, the last use of the term immediately has to do with the Messiah being judged for our transgressions; and being punished for our sins (cf. Isaiah 53). The Messiah was not judged for his sins. For the Messiah was blameless under the law. Unlike all of us, the Messiah never sinned.

Question: Why was righteous life of the Messiah sacrificed for our transgressions?

Answer: The life of Messiah was sacrificed as an atonement for our sins; so that we might be forgiven of our sins and reconciled to Avinu Shebashamayim.

Therefore, this last use of the term “immediately” in the besorah of Markos occurs early in the morning (at dawn, on the sacred day of 14 Nisan). This immediately has to do with the chief priests and members of the Sanhedrin reaching their decision just after daybreak (between 5 to 6 am) that the Messiah, for the sake of the nation and people of Israel, was to be judged as a heretic and a blasphemer. It is written:

אָז יַקְהִילוּ רָאשֵׁי הַכֹּהֲנִים וְהַפְּרוּשִׁים אֶת־סַנְהֶדְרִין וַיֹּאמְרוּ מַה־נַּעֲשֶׂה כִּי הָאִישׁ הַלָּזֶה עֹשֶׂה אֹתוֹת הַרְבֵּה׃ אִם־לֹא נִכְלָאֵהוּ כֻּלָּם יַאֲמִינוּ בוֹ וּבָאוּ הָרוֹמִיִּים וְלָקְחוּ גַּם אֶת־אַדְמָתֵנוּ וְגַם אֶת־עַמֵּנוּ׃ וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵיהֶם אֶחָד מֵהֶם וְהוּא קַיָּפָא הַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל בַּשָּׁנָה הָהִיא אַתֶּם לֹא־תֵדְעוּ דָבָר׃ אַף לֹא־תִתְבּוֹנֲנוּ כִּי טוֹב לָנוּ מוּת אִישׁ אֶחָד בְּעַד הַגּוֹי מֵאֲבֹד הָעָם כֻּלּוֹ׃ וְלֹא מִלִּבּוֹ דִבֶּר הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה כִּי הָיָה הַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל בַּשָּׁנָה הָהִיא וַיִּנָּבֵא אֲשֶׁר יָמוּת יֵשׁוּעַ בְּעַד הָעָם׃ וְלֹא־בְעַד הָעָם לְבַדּוֹ כִּי גַם־לְקַבֵּץ אֶת־בְּנֵי הַאֱלֹהִים הַמְפֻזָּרִים וְהָיוּ לַאֲחָדִים׃

כנסו ראשי הכהנים והפרושים את הסנהדרין. אמרו: מה נעשה? הרי האיש הזה עושה אותות רבים! אם נניח לו כך, הכל יאמינו בו והרומאים יבואו ויחריבו את מקומנו ואת אמתנו. קיפא, שהיה אחד מהם והוא הכהן הגדול באותה שנה, אמר להם: אין אתם יודעים כלום, אף אינכם מבינים שכדאי לנו כי איש אחד ימות בעד העם ולא תאבד כל האמה כלה. לא מלבו אמר זאת, אלא שבהיותו כהן גדול באותה שנה התנבא כי ישוע עתיד למות בעד האמה; ולא רק בעד האמה, אלא גם כדי שיקבץ לאחד את נפוצות בני-האלוהים.פ

The chief priests and the Prushim convened the council of the Sanhedrin. They said, “What shall we do? For this man does many signs! If we do not restrain him, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and destroy our land and our people.” One of them named Kayafa, the high priest of that year, said to them: “You do not even understand that the death of one man on behalf of the nation is better for us than the destruction of the entire people.” He did not speak this word our of his own heart. For  he was the high priest in that year and was prophesying that Yeshua [the Messiah] would die on behalf of the people. And it was not on behalf of the nation alone, but also in order to unite (gather together) the scattered common people of G-d that they might become one.

Some weeks later, after the above convening of the Sanhedrin, in the morning of *Nisan 14, these (first century CE) Jewish religious leaders tried the Messiah, declared him guilty of blasphemy, and forwarded their request that he be sentenced to death to the roman governor. However, their guilty verdict was rewritten under different charges so that their request would be more acceptable to Rome. The revised charges were sedition against the Roman Emperor, Caesar. [*1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.]

The reason the Roman governor was involved was because the Sanhedrin had lost its power to exercise capital punishment. In Israel, in the first century (CE), only the Roman authorities could administer the death penalty.

We believe that the Hebrew (and Greek translated) words that convey the meaning of “make straight,” and “immediately,” used forty two times in the Gospel of Markos, are used principally to remind us of the military sounds (commands) of the Shofar during the forty year period of the Exodus. The number forty is symbolic of a time of “testing.” The number two is symbolic of “witness.” The sounds-commands of the Shofar in view here are those issued by the Shofar of Moshe (the Word of HaShem).

Stop – make camp – break camp – form up – move out!

When our ancestors (the ancient Hebrew people) would follow the Shekinah Glory Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night Moshe would lead us by his shouting out through the Shofar his alternating commands. Five of these commands were: one, for the assembly of the people to stop when the Glory Cloud stopped; two, to make camp; three, to break camp: four, to form up; and five, when the Glory Cloud was on the move – Moshe ordered our people to be on the move.

During this sojourn of our ancestors from Egypt to the promised land our people made forty-two reported encampments.

This means the physical Presence (the Shekinah) of the Spirit of the Holy One led Moshe and our people to make forty-two places as His and our encampment(s). Bear in mind that each of the place names of these 42 encampments possess special spiritual meaning (cf. Numbers 33).

This will be a good subject for us to discuss at a later time, as we retrace the forty-two encampments of Rabbeinu Moshe side-by-side with the forty-two times we hear the Shofar of Messiah in the shout outs of Markos’ use of the word “immediately” (42 times).

The forty-two encampments from Egypt to the Promised Land:

Most of our Jewish scholars break the list of our ancestors’ encampments from Egypt to the Plains of Moab into three sections (Numbers 33):

A.  List of 12 Encampments, Section #1: The twelve campsites from Egypt to Sinai (Numbers 33:5-15).

B.  List of 21 Encampments, Section #2: The twenty-one campsites from Sinai to the second visit to Kadesh (Numbers 33:16-36).

C.  List of 9 Encampments, Section #3: The nine campsites from Kadesh to the Plains of Moab (Numbers 33:37-49).

A witness and a test of the sovereign, over-ruling Grace of Adonai:

The number forty-two is symbolic of a witness (the number two) and a test (the number forty). This witness and test was not assigned to us (Israel) by our heavenly Father so that we might fail but so that we might succeed; that we might learn to prevail over the forces of evil by the only effective means available to us—the power of the grace of Adonai Avinu—through His Spirit of chesed, chen, and chanan (grace, grace, and grace). Therefore, the number forty-two is a Divine promise that the human race (Adam, represented in the number six):

Redeemed humanity shall one day be brought to a state of completion, maturity, and perfection by the Spirit of Grace.

Therefore, forty-two times (six-sevens) the term “straight-away,” “suddenly,” and “immediately” are used in the besorah of Yochanan Markos (Makabi) as an obvious prophetic witness that the Messiah is always hearing, understanding, and obeying HaShem in a very special and incredible way. He is always led by the Spirit of the Holy One. The Messiah never does anything of his own will. For the Messiah of Adonai (the LORD) forever says and does only what is the will of Avinu Shebashamyim; and it is the will of our heavenly Father that we one day all become like Him; so that we might do the same.

Messiah taught with authority; not like the Sofertim (Scribes):

The Messiah did not go about to establish what he said by the authority of the Rabbis, as the Soferim (Scribes) did; saying: on the one hand ‘Hillell says;’ or or on the other hand ‘Shammai says” (the oral traditions of the rabbis). Instead of referencing and quoting the sages the Messiah spoke as from himself, as one sent from G-d. For M’shicho (His Messiah) possessed authority directly from G-d. This authority from Adonai our Father was independent of that given to all other men; or even to the angels. Therefore, these first century Jewish witnesses could actually see as well as hear what they had never observed in the rabbinic sages—the signs, wonders, and miracles manifested solely by the actual Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One, who Indwells His Messiah—and rightfully so the first century people of Israel were completely amazed by it. They witnessed that the authority of the Messiah included complete authority over the spiritual realm (1, 2, 3); as well as the physical realm (1, 2, 3). So it was that these witnesses at the Synagogue of Kefar Nachum testified:

“With authority and power the Messiah commands the impure spirits and they leave!”

Therefore, this kind of authority was new to our people. This was New Torah (התורה החדשה). Our first century ancestors were astonished at how different the teaching of the Messiah was. It being something never seen or heard before; not even in the prior times of the prophets of Israel.

The Messiah had come to Israel in the demonstration of the unlimited power and authority of the Spirit of the Holy One. This Oral Torah of the Spirit carried its own (supernatural) evidence along with it. The power of the Torah HaChadashah brought the conviction of the Holy One into the minds of our people, and obliged them to acknowledge the truth of it.

The final plan of our Father in heaven (Avinu Shebashamayim) was not only that He would cancel out our sin through the Messiah our Korban Pesach but that once cleansed we would then on Shavuot receive the gift of the (New) Oral Torah of the Indwelling Presence of His Spirit. More precious than the written Torah is the Oral Torah of the Spirit.

The True Oral Torah is not the writings of the Prushim (the Tannaim-תנאים) and their rabbinical successors (Amoraim, Savoraim, Geonim, Rishonim, and Acharonim). The True Oral Torah is the actual Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of Holiness who teaches us Face to face:

ה’ הוא הרוח ובאשר רוח ה’ שם החרות. אבל אנחנו כלנו בפנים מגלים רואים במראה את כבוד ה’ ונהפכים לאותו צלם, מכבוד אל כבוד, כמו מיד ה’ – הרוח.  פ

“Adonai is the Spirit (ה’ הוא הרוח), and in the Spirit of Adonai (רוח ה’), the name of freedom (שם החרות). But we are all inside, revealing, seeing in the mirror the glory of Adonai ,(כבוד ה’) and turning into that image, from honor to honor, as from the Hand of Adonai (ה’ יד)— Ha-Ruach (הרוח-the Spirit).

Therefore, the Spirit of Truth personally guides all of us; each and every child of Adonai. We are called by Adonai our Father to be Indwelt with His Presence. His Indwelling Presence enthroned in all of our hearts is collectively—as one man, one body—our New Heart-לֵ֣ב חָדָ֔שׁ and our New Spirit-ר֥וּחַ חֲדָשָׁ֖ה. The Spirit is the One Who guides us into ‘all truth.’ No man is ever to teach us. It is the Spirit of the Holy One Himself who will teach and guide every man, woman, and child of Israel into all truth. As it is written:

ולא ילמדו עוד איש את־רעהו ואיש את־אחיו לאמר דעו את־ה’ כי־כולם ידעו אותי למקטנם ועד־גדולם נאם־ה’ כי אסלח לעונם ולחטאתם לא אזכר־עוד׃

וְלֹ֧א יְלַמְּד֣וּ ע֗וֹד אִ֣ישׁ אֶת־רֵעֵ֜הוּ וְאִ֤ישׁ אֶת־אָחִיו֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר דְּע֖וּ אֶת־ה’ כִּֽי־כוּלָּם֩ יֵדְע֨וּ אוֹתִ֜י לְמִקְטַנָּ֤ם וְעַד־גְּדוֹלָם֙ נְאֻם־ה’ כִּ֤י אֶסְלַח֙ לַֽעֲוֺנָ֔ם וּלְחַטָּאתָ֖ם לֹ֥א אֶזְכָּר־עֽוֹד׃

They [the *six eras of the rabbinical ‘traditions of men’] will not teach [us] again, each man [rabbi teaching] his neighbor and each man [rabbi teaching] his brother, saying, ‘Know Adonai,’ for they will all know Me (ה’ אבינו-Our Father Adonai), from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares Adonai, “for I [Personally] will forgive their [our] iniquity, and their [our] sin I [He, Our Father] will remember [our iniquity] no more.”

Messiah made the unclean spirit shut up and leave!

This day was the holy day of Shabbat. It was a time set aside for the worship of G-d.

The voice of the unclean spirit was loud and disruptive. This no doubt greatly alarmed and frightened those in attendance at the Synagogue of Kefar Nachum. The disrupting influence of the unclean spirit was ended immediately by the Holy One of G-d. The purpose of the assembled was to worship G-d and G-d’s purpose was to give His people His “comfort” and “consolation.” The unclean spirit quickly asked his two questions and then he/they were promptly told to shut up, leave the possessed man, and vacate the premises of the synagogue. The Devil and his messenger(s) were sent out of the possessed Jewish man and out of the synagogue.

Immediately the Messiah made this unclean spirit of the Devil shut up and leave!

The demons were made to shut up and leave. They were forced to stop disturbing G-d’s people who had assembled together to worship G-d on the holy day of Shabbat. This unclean spirit, a messenger of the Devil, was sent away without the Messiah ever answering his (their) two questions: “?מה לנו ולך? האם באת להשמידנו” -“What have we to do with you?” “Have you come to destroy us?”

This was the first time a miracle was performed by the Messiah on Shabbat.

This was a time for the worship of Adonai Eloheinu. At the word of the Messiah, demons obeyed. The word of Messiah had great power and authority. And amazement came upon all the people. The authority of Adonai Avinu was to be seen by the power of the words of Messiah. When the Voice of Adonai spoke through M’shicho (His Messiah), even the demons listened, and obeyed.

I cried out “Abba, Abba!” and the evil spirit immediately left the room:

 Many years ago when doing graduate studies in *both psychology and religion, I was also very busy working with troubled youth. Part of my time was devoted to working with young people in the San Francisco Bay Area; and the rest of my time was working with young people who were located in college communities throughout the Northern California region. At the time drug abuse and occult practices were commonplace; and young people from all over the world were moving to Northern California to experience for themselves the unique youth culture that had originated in my hometown of San Francisco, California.

*I later earned two doctorates in both counseling psychology and in practical theology; and am now a practicing psychotherapist in Northern California.

At the time I was not completely certain whether demons really existed at all. Were evil spirits merely a manifestation of our imagination, merely a psychological phenomenon? as my counseling psychology and religious studies professors insisted. Or were the evil spirits actually fallen angels? as the Jewish and Christian *Scriptures seemed to indicate.

*The religious writings of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam also all affirm that evil spirits (demons) are a reality; and that much of the evil that exists in the world today is due to the malevolent activities of these powerful, intelligent, supernatural beings.

I discovered that fallen angels (unclean spirits, demons) are real. This discovery happened when one of the young street people I had been working with had reported that she had come under the influence of a sorcerer who claimed he could evoke the presence of demons; and that true to his claim she observed the spirits moving objects. I doubted her experience. Until one night one of these spirits came and visited me. Then, in the presence of my roommate, Roger Hoffman, the demon attacked me.

How did the demon manifest himself and attack me? What sensations and thoughts did I have during the assault?

A very powerful presence came into the room and began speaking to me. I was barely awake when I sensed its presence. I still vividly recall the sensations that I felt when it was speaking to me. I do not recall what it said; only that the power of its presence was hypnotic. The demon’s  power of persuasion was such that I felt immediately paralyzed in his presence. I felt completely powerless to resist its will.

I recall five first impressions of the event. First, in the brief time of its visit I do not recall what the unclean spirit was saying to me. Second, its presence evoked in my consciousness a strong sense of the color of a translucent emerald-green; the color of Chinese Jade. Third, the presence of the evil spirit instantly made me feel very weak, sick, and helpless. Fourth, I knew the demon was ancient in age and that its original base of operations was historically sourced in China. Fifth, I knew this manifestation was related to the occult activities of the Sorcerer that my young friend had referred to.

So, what happened next? In a matter of less than ten seconds, and without any conscious intention of my own, instantly I cried out:

*“Abba, Abba!”

At the instant I said these words, this powerful being immediately left my presence and at the moment it left I felt a great sense of fear and painful humiliation was being experienced by the departing spirit. Quite frankly the whole experience left me in a state of mild shock. I momentarily wondered if the Spirit of G-d had really just delivered me or was this something I had imagined? Then the next two words that automatically came out of my mouth brought the truth back into focus. I shouted across the room to my rommate:

*Daddy, Father!

“Roger, Roger!”

Then as my magna cum laude graduate student roommate was awakened, I excitedly said to him, “You will never believe what just happened to me!” Then he responded in a manner that completely amazed me. He said, “Chuck, let me tell you about the dream I was having, just now when you awakened me:”

“I was walking down a series of steps that had been carved into the the side of a hill and at the bottom of the hill was a very large serpent. As I moved down the steps toward the serpent I felt increasingly weak and under its control. At the bottom of the hill – just as I helplessly approached the serpent – words came out of my mouth that caused the very large and powerful serpent to shrivel up and vanish. Then immediately I awoke to hear you say, ‘Roger, Roger! You will never believe what just happened to me!’

The danger of occult practices:

The day after the occult attack on me was thwarted I called my young friend. I told her that a spirit had attempted to attack me but that the attempt had failed. I also strongly urged her to break off her relationship with the sorcerer and his occult practices. She refused. I then spoke a word of prophecy to her. I told my young friend:

“You do not belong to the Devil. You belong to G-d!”

“Because you have believed the lie and chosen to disobey G-d you will lose your mind for a time. You will go to a mental hospital and remain there for a time. But because G-d is merciful He will forgive you and show you mercy. He will heal you and will completely restore your mind. When all of this comes to pass, call me. You are about to be disciplined but G-d will always love you; and with His discipline you will learn not to rebel against Him and you will receive from Him a *better life:”

כל מוסר בעת בואו אינו נחשב לשמחה כי אם לעצב, אבל אחרי כן יתן פרי שלום וצדקה למתחנכים בו.פ

*All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness.

Three years later I received a phone call from my young friend. Everything that was said came to pass. She went insane. She ended up in a mental hospital. She was eventually released from the hospital and now she was in her right mind. Since her release she had met and married a very bright and talented man who worked at Stanford University inventing medical devices that were used during heart surgery.

For those whom Adonai Avinu loves He disciplines.

My friend was now married, happy, and only weeks before had given birth to her first child. We met together and talked about her ordeal and what she learned. I reminded her that G-d loved her and that she was not punished, only disciplined—-for Abba Avinu disciplines His children whom He loves.

The arrogance of Western scientists and mental health experts:

Today the vast majority of psychotherapists and psychiatrists refuse to recognize a problem exists with occult practices, and so we perpetuate the problem through our continual application of false diagnosis and ineffectual medical practices. Those who live in countries where occultism is commonly practiced have complained of the arrogant and ignorant attitude of Western scientists and medical experts who simply explain away all occult phenomena as harmless without really knowing anything about it. Put another way:

How can any scientist credibly conclude there is no devil until he has examined all of the evidence?

One scientist after asking himself this question, Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck, decided to study and participate in exorcisms that he might answer for himself whether the devil was real or not.  After twenty years of *investigation Dr. Peck determined that the Devil is real and that demonic possession is a reality; and that exorcisms are required to remedy this spiritual and medical problem; medical because demonic possession by its very malevolent nature compounds and at times even causes mental illness.

*If you wish to know more about Dr. Peck’s investigative work and his belief that possession should be included as a valid diagnosis that is listed among all other mental illnesses read his book, “Glimpses of the Devil” (Simon & Shuster; Copyright 2005).

The Messiah is our Great Physician:

ויאמר אם־שמוע תשמע לקול ׀ ה’ אלהיך והישר בעיניו תעשה והאזנת למצותיו ושמרת כל־חקיו כל־המחלה אשר־שמתי במצרים לא־אשים עליך כי אני ה’ רפאך׃

And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your G-d (Adonai Eloheicha), and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer” ( Adonai Rofecha).

הסלח לכל־עונכי הרפא לכל־תחלאיכי׃

Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases.

Sin is an incurable disease. The only cure for sin is provided for us by the Great Physician, our Messiah. All the physical diseases of our bodies spring from sin, and all of the diseases of our souls arise from sin. The Spirit of the Holy One teaches us to confess our sins, and return to Him and that it is He (The Spirit; and not we ourselves) who shall lead and empower us to live righteously.

The Messiah is our Great Physician. He is the one our heavenly Father sent to us so that one day we shall all be permanently healed of all of our diseases. He is not only the one who heals our bodies but Messiah our Redeemer is also the one who heals our souls. Messiah not only brought to us (Israel) the forgiveness of G-d, He also brought to us the gift of *eternal life.

*The gift of Living Torah, the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One, was first received on Shavuot (30 CE) by a remnant of Israel. This gift from our heavenly Father is given to all who believe in His besorah (good news message) of Divine Redemption. The gift of the Father, the Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One, is our guarantee of eternal life in the age to come (cf. the Messiah in Shavuot).

The Devil, his angels and all who rebel against the Rule of G-d shall be judged:

!לכו ממני, ארורים, אל אש עולם המוכנה לשטן ולמלאכיו

“Depart from Me, accursed ones (ארורים), into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the Devil (שטן) and his angels!”

One day the Messiah will speak these terrible words of judgment to those persons who have failed to genuinely repent of their sins and humbly return to G-d in true faith. In this pronouncement the Messiah specifies those for whom the lake of fire (אגם האש) was originally prepared for—the Devil and his angels (messengers). Therefore, it is for this reason of impending judgment that the unclean spirit had sought out the Messiah. On behalf of the Devil and all of his angels the Messiah is being asked if the time of their judgment had now come. This fear of the time of their impending doom, when the Devil and his angels are to be thrown into the “eternal fire” (אש עולם), is clearly indicated in the two questions that are asked by the unclean spirit.

?מה לנו ולך? האם באת להשמידנו

“What have we to do with you?” “Have you come to destroy us?”

The Devil and his angels will be cast into the Lake of Fire:

In the Hebrew Scriptures the word “angels” (מלאכים-malakim) simply means “messengers.” The Hebrew word malakim reveals to us the purpose of the creation of the angels. They are special servants of our heavenly Father (Avinu Shebashamayim) to convey His messages to us. G-d our Father in His grace has made the angels ministering spirits to serve His children. He gave the angels charge to look after us. One of the reasons why you have had some “narrow escapes” is that the angels are looking after you.

.וזנבו סחב שליש מכוכבי השמים והשליכם ארצה

“And his [the Devil’s] tail carried one-third of the stars of heaven [angels] and threw them to earth.”

However, not all of the angels are G-d’s angels. Not all angels are ministering spirits to us, the heirs of the Salvation of Adonai. We read that throughout human history that two thirds of the angels shall remain faithful to their calling and that one third shall  rebel against the G-d of Heaven. The latter disobedient group of “one third” of the *”stars in heaven” were fated to be cast out of heaven the moment the Devil enlisted them in his rebellion against G-d. This is the reason we call these angels (messengers) fallen angels (messengers).

*Stars are a symbol of G-d’s messengers and messages; both angels and humans are referred to in the Scriptures as functioning as malakim (messengers) of G-d.

Like humankind all of the angels possess free will:

All of the malakim are free. They are free to do the will of G-d; and they are free to do the bidding of Satan. At the present time all of the angels are free to roam the earth – free to enter into the heavens – for the rebellious angels will not be permanently cast out of heaven until the time of the Great Tribulation (צָרָה גְדוֹלָה); also called the time of Jacob’s Trouble (וְעֵֽת־צָרָ֥ה הִיא֙ לְיַֽעֲקֹ֔ב).

At the seven-year near future time of Jacob’s Trouble the casting down of the Devil and his angels to earth will occur.

Then for seven years the world will go through a time of great deception and spiritual darkness; a time of wickedness like there has never been before in all of human history. At the completion of the seven years of Great Tribulation our Messiah will return to Israel. Then when Messiah returns in great power and glory He shall swiftly (in a single day) put down the rebellion of all of the fallen angels and all of the nations and peoples of the earth. Both the disobedient angels and all of those human beings who have joined the Devil in his rebellion against G-d will be judged.

We are all free to follow the way of G-d or the way of the Devil:

At the first the Devil, his angels, and all who follow him will be removed from the earth and thrown into their place in Sheol. Then later, after the one thousand year period of the golden age of the Messiah’s reign on earth has been completed—these rebellious angels and humans will be brought up from Sheol to be judged at the Great White Throne (כסא לבן גדול) of the Holy One. Then after their judgment and sentencing they shall be thrown into the eternal fire; also known as the “Lake of Fire” (אגם האש).

On the other hand, as for those of us who have heard and accepted the besorah (good news) of the grace of G-d (His Divine Redemption) and received His gift of eternal life – the permanent Indwelling Presence of the Spirit of the Holy One – we shall dwell forever in a new heaven and new earth (His new creation) that Avinu Shebashamayim has prepared for His children and His holy angels.

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