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Question: What about casting out devils?
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Wayne, thank you for the question. I am not sure exactly which angle you are looking for here so let me just freely talk about this subject. Please turn your Bible with me to,
19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
We are not talking about literal snakes. I guarantee if you step on a rattlesnake you will get bit. Who then are we talking about? Who is the enemy of God and naturally the enemy of His children? Satan of course (Revelation 12:9). The scorpions are the locust army which in part will come with Satan, his angels at the start of the Tribulation (Revelation 9:1-10).
Who granted us this authority, this power over our enemies? Jesus Christ of course. Please turn your Bible with me now to,
38 “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.”
Read very close now.
39 “But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.”
40 “For he that is not against us is on our part.”
In whose name? In the name of Jesus Christ, this is how we have power over our enemies and this is how we cast out evil spirits. This man did not walk in the presence of Christ, but he was wise enough to understand who Christ was and used Christ’s name to cast out evil spirits an in no other name would they ever leave anyway. This is what we as Christians should do, boldly in the name of Jesus Christ order out that evil spirit and demand it be sent back to Heaven and bound there.
Turn your Bible one more time with me to,
24 “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.”
25 “And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.”
Never ever think once you cast out an evil spirit that everything is okay. Is this a lack of faith? Absolutely not, let us read the scriptures of our Father.
26 “Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
If we ever have to cast out an evil spirit you better make certain you place the light of Jesus Christ where the evil spirit once was or it will comeback to this vessel with seven other evil spirits more wicked than he was. Cast out that wicked and ask our Father to assist in filling the vessel with Christ, then plant your seeds if it is an individual and do your best to ensure that newly placed light of Christ grows into a beautiful flame of fire.
Name: Cayla & Stephanie
Thank you for all your help. You are a huge help with studying God’s letter
for myself and family! I am still a bit confused about Deuteronomy 14:21.
So does that mean we shouldn’t have cheeseburgers? Or my mom cooks
hamburger with a cheese sauce cooked together.
Should we avoid theses things? We want to do what we can to listen to God.
We know the world is hard and we fall short always, but we figure if we
can’t handle more of the simple things than it will be a bit tuff in
handling the harder things.
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Ladies you are very welcome and thank you for being a part of our site as well. For our readers, the reference here is from our previous edition of Bible Q&A which you can find here.
I think the key to your answer is at the end of Deuteronomy 14:21 which states, “Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk“. Do not cook the calf in his mother’s milk. The way our foods are processed these days I believe it would be next to impossible to consume food where the calf was cooked in its own mother’s milk.
So while cheese is from milk and you are eating a burger with it, is it from the same family? That is extremely doubtful and I believe eating this is okay. I hope this helps you in your decision.
Question: Would you please explain “men slept” in Matthew 13:25, The Parable of the Tares. I looked in the appendix and in I Thess. 4:14 and I Thess. 5:6, 7, 10. I am still not getting it. Thank you
Name: Brandon T. Ward
Answer: Thank you for the question Tina. Let us open our Bibles to understand the subject.
24 “Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:”
In this parable who is this “man“? It is our Father in Heaven and the good seed is Adam.
25 “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.”
“Men slept” is simply an analogy that God was not present when this event in verse 25 took place. Better said it is a parable, something to get us to understand a story from a different perspective. This act by this enemy was covert and very deceptive.
Let me ask, who is this enemy spoken of in this verse? It is Satan himself known as the serpent in the Garden of Eden and you can document Satan is the serpent in Revelation 12:9.
Satan sowed tares in the field which is the world. That field was full of wheat so naturally tares look just like wheat right until the time of harvest and that is about the only time you can tell them a part. They are vile and will make you sick.
Christ has given us a parable that explains Satan sowed seed, which are his children in this world. If this is new to you I would ask that you read our study titled, “The Garden of Eden: The Origins of Satan’s Seed“. This will really bring it all together for you with scripture documentation along the entire path.
Additional Reading: The Synagogue of Satan: Those Who Claim To Be Judah But Do Lie
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