In my years of studying what I describe as Biblical Demonology (the study and combat of demons using ONLY the Bible) I have noticed the effect of fear on an individual. Fear causes men to submit to whatever is holding the power of fear over them. Demons seek submission by terrorizing the life of the afflicted. Poltergeist activity, sleepless nights, and stirring hostility in the environment seems to be the textbook tactic used to break down and individual's will to resist in a slow, incremental fashion. For a demon to commit a full frontal assault while a person is at their strongest spiritually would be pointless. Instead, they chip away at an individual's psyche by slowly changing the environment and giving it an atmosphere of terror.
Usually the first step is an increase in vivid and disturbing nightmares. As the person begins losing sleep, the victim loses mental alertness. With this tactic, the afflicted person slowly begins to weaken and become dulled to the activity around them. Next comes hostility in the household usually involving relationships. Usually family members will begin fighting for no particular reason and in most cases, one individual is singled out and their feelings of isolation cause them to lash out at their fellow household members all the while hiding their affliction due to fear of ridicule or appearing crazy.
During the next stage of oppression, the nightmares gain more intensity and soon physical changes begin happening to the environment surrounding the person. Items begin to disappear or are moved. Eery feelings of being watched or the feeling of an unseen presence cause the nights to become even more chaotic. One phenomenon that seems to happen in these situations is called Sleep Paralysis. An individual will wake up feeling like they have a crushing weight on top of them and are unable to move or even breathe sometimes. When the individual becomes awake enough to resist the sensation, the crushing feeling leaves. The damage is done, however. The person is terrified and spends the rest of the evening with their eyes darting from one dark corner of their room to another.
This type of activity will continue until the next level of manifestation begins in which physical wounds begin appearing on the oppressed person and sometimes on individuals close to the oppressed person. Scratches seem to be the most common form of wound that appears. When I began studying this type of phenomena and learning what it meant, I awoke one morning in my house and discovered that I had multiple cat-like scratches extending from the base of my neck toward my shoulders. We did have cats at the time but they were both de-clawed and I had experienced their teeth and back claws enough times to know that I would have woken up had they scratched me or bitten me in anyway. Bruising is also common. I have heard or people actually feeling the strike that caused the strange bruising on their bodies but that quite rare.
These are just a few examples of this type of incident.
What is the goal of demonic oppression? Well, as far as I can tell from Scripture the goal is the eventually possess an individual. Now what they want to do once that is achieved is beyond me. I remember the account of Legion and it seemed that there was no goal, as far as the demons go. YHVH used that incident to illustrate HIS power but it is unclear as to the goal of the personalities within the afflicted man.
Demonic oppression happens more than people will admit. People of this modern age of "reason" excuse it as some type of coincidence or will fully disregard the event as ever happening. But those with a spiritual bend to them see it for what it is. An encounter with unseen forces. While most believers of the Bible will regard these as demonic, other faiths embrace this type of phenomenon and incorporate it into their worship practices. In essence, the fear of these entities causes people to worship.
Why do you think YHVH commands us to fear Him? Because what you lend your fear to is inherently what you will worship. I saw a great t-shirt a while back that said, "Fear Only God, Hate Only Sin." When YHVH is the chief of your fears, your faith and your worship become deeper. During times of turmoil, we as believers seek our Father's help in order to deal with the fearful time we are going through. If we feared YHVH, these times would seem like nothing but opportunities to praise Him. When I hear people speaking of the End of Days, all I hear is fear. But it is not a righteous fear. It is a fear of what the Enemy will do. If we properly feared YHVH, the Enemy is merely another sinner, not the scary demon haunting our dreams at night.
Our fearing of YHVH is a righteous act which we are commanded to do. Our fearing of anything else on this planet, is an insult to His very being.
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