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THE BACKGROUND OF SATAN’S WORK IN THIS WORLD
Now you say how does that work? How can they do that? One thing is for sure; they cannot bring people back from the dead. Also, they can’t have those people come and speak. But what it is—demons are thousands of years old. These demons were around before the creation of the earth. They were around as a part of Satan’s kingdom and his rebellion against God. One-third of all the angels of God went with Satan (Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14). These demons went with Satan and sided with him. They became the forces of darkness with Satan, the angel of light as their head, and they for the past thousands of years, have been involved in deluding and influencing humanity. They can understand languages, they can travel freely, they are spirit beings, I am sure that there are some here tonight that are bothering around here and trying to distract people. They are at the business of distracting, diverting, they like to flash things across our mind and especially if you have something really awful that you never would have thought of and it just came into your mind like that, most likely that is just part of the work of Satan to distract us, to get us tempted and taken away. A lot of times when they are not doing that, they are actually indwelling human beings and using them as a channel. If the demons can get a bunch of people to sit around in a circle and hold hands and turn the lights out and burn candles and look in crystal balls, they will get right inside of there and talk to them- If the people want to hear something, the demons will tell them.
They can truly as we have seen in a lot of the articles published in popular magazines that are out there, these demons inspire humans to write stories. When I was in high school, there was a best-selling book called Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The man that wrote that said that he was walking down the beach, he was a frustrated writer and all of a sudden he heard a voice behind him saying do you want to write a book? He said that he wanted to write a book. The voice told him to go home. The man took a pen put it between his hands and said “I yield to your spirit.” And he started writing in perfect flawless English, page after page and wrote the entire book, which became a multi-million-copy bestseller. That is a demon-produced book. There are many others that are out there right now.
That is what we are talking about in verse 16. That is what Paul was confronting—head-on—the powers of darkness.
Verse 17, “This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most-High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.”
Now just as Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul did not like this kind of advertising. He said we don’t need any promotion from Satan and his kingdom. So from the tenses of the verbs here, this was not a singular event.
It says in verse 18, “And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour.
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