My husband and I were riding through a small town some time ago with the top down on the car enjoying the warm sunshine. The street was lined with all kinds of shops and the sidewalks were busy with shoppers. On one corner, just before going out of town, there were three older teenage girls dressed in what I would have dubbed Halloween witch costumes even though it was in the middle of the afternoon and not Halloween!
As we passed, one of the girls stretched out her hand toward our car in a dubious gesture and said something. It might have been nothing at all, but it gave me a very uncomfortable feeling. I shared the incident with my son later and he said, “Oh, yeah! Satanic worship and cults have become a real big deal around here.” Personally, this is frightening!
Many people will tell you they’ve heard of some kind of religious miracle. It may be from the Bible since Jesus performed quite a variety of miracles, but there are those in France and Mexico and even in the United States who believe they’ve seen the Virgin Mary. Other miracles include witnessing a weeping or bleeding statue. Additionally other religions like Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism maintain to have documented miracles.
So who can perform miracles? We know, as Christians, Jesus can. The Bible recounts many instances where He healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, walked on water, calmed the storm and cast out demons.
What of demons? What power do they have? Obviously, if they can enter a body and torment, there is evidence of some type of power. We know satan is the ultimate deceiver. As the angel of light he has the ability to make sin look appealing and good. We know he was able to perform signs to Pharoah when Moses and Aaron were asking for Pharoah to let the people go. We also know during the time of Tribulation counterfeit prophets “will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive.” (Matthew 24:24) What frightens me is knowing there is an actual “official” satanic worship website. This means our children have immediate access to something vile and evil.
What’s as frightening as this, is the suggestion that many of our country’s leaders are so wrapped up in greed and power, there is an underlying of “cult-ship” which defies imagination. Even back in 1913 Woodrow Wilson made this comment: “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men's views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
I suggest things have worsened a great deal since the Wilson era. Are we as a country being deceived by a satanic power which will ultimately rule our nation? Is this the “New World Religion” which is on the tip of many people’s tongues? I don’t begin to have the answer to that question. I do know we are nearing the end times, and satan and his demons are scouring the countryside and abducting every soul they can for their army against God.
I challenge you to consider your feelings about satanic cults and the “dark world.” Are you being deceived by a power that entices and casts a spell on you to belong to the things of this world? It’s time for prayer. It’s time for deep prayer, for country, our leaders, the world, our neighbors, communities, families and ourselves. We need to be strong to fight the evil one, because he too, is strong.