|Michelle and John Stevens|
I am not repeating this gruesome account for the mere sake of sensationalism. And there may be those who are willing to chalk this episode up to mental illness, or to the use of a variety of synthetic drugs that are on the streets of Miami. I am not willing to discount either of these theories for this simple reason ... either one can be the result of demonization (which would be mental illness), or the gateway (as in drugs). But, whether we ever know the reason or not, this is the work of a demon-possessed individual.
I could go into a lengthy discussion of hermeneutics (interpretation of the meaning of words in the Bible) and take you on an exciting journey that connects the description of this young man (grunting and growling; making animal noises) to the "wild beasts" mentioned in Revelation 6:8, And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.
It is easy for us to identify that Death has come upon the earth by sword (ISIS, war in general); famine (East Africa); and pestilence (ebola; zika virus, cancers of all kinds). Could this 2016 case of the couple in Miami, and the same kind of story revolving around the "zombie-like" killing of a homeless man in Miami a couple of years ago, be a picture of these "wild beasts of the earth"? Certainly Jesus spoke of "unclean spirits coming out of men, roaming through dry, arid places, looking for rest" (Matthew 12:43). Since we are all made in the image of God (who is Spirit), this indicates a man who possesses an unclean (impure and wicked) spirit -- and he is the personification of the "they" who will be given authority by satan to kill like wild beasts.
|Austin Harrouff, demonized attacker|
But we also need to understand that the Enemy doesn't limit himself to such gory displays. He also displays his opposition and evil intentions towards God's creation in other ways; ever more demonstrative and in-your-face.
Take the "black mass" ritual that was recently held in Oklahoma City. Adam Daniels is the leader of a satanic group devoted to the Ahrimanist cult (the worship of a powerful spiritual being, called "Ahriman", or "Satan", who will incarnate in a human body. They worship "Ahriman" as the inspirer of materialistic science and commercialism, and believe he permeates modern culture with deadening forces.)
Daniels' celebration of The Consumption of Mary incorporated a mix of occult practices designed to corrupt and desanctify a statue of Mary, the mother of Jesus. According to the ritual, the corrupted Mary statue is placed into the center of a Solomonic triangle, which “entraps” her. Celebrants dance counter-clockwise around the statue before a spirit severs the statue’s head, unleashing a hellmouth, or opening to hell. Inside the statue is an actual pig’s heart, Daniels said. After the statue has been smashed, a priestess pulls the heart out of the rubble and eats it, thus “consuming” Mary and ending the ritual.
Daniels said, “We’re trying to show people how chaotic we are in nature and how chaotic our religion is. It’s all based on chaos.” In the same breath, he wants everyone to know there is nothing to be frightened of. Daniels said, "Some satanic magic and rituals traditionally call for animal sacrifices and eating human flesh, but the Church of Ahriman (Satan) finds alternatives. For example, his congregation uses human menstrual fluid instead of animal blood."
This is the depth to which God's Adversary will go to demean God's creation. And he's not afraid to use our culture of tolerance and equality against the believers of YHWH, the One True God. Church of Ahriman members say their teachings offer them true enlightenment in a city and state caught in a Christian bubble. Daniels said these practices helped him find a fulfillment that had eluded him most of his life. “There’s a certain element of truth, there’s a certain element of beauty in the darkness that you don’t find in the light,” he said. “It’s cold and stark; it’s right up in your face, and if you can’t deal with it psychologically, you’re going to have repercussions. But that doesn’t mean there’s still not a stark beauty in the darkness.”
an article on ABCNews.com, he clearly states he is using "charged items" in his church, and is seeking "creation through destruction". Satan couldn't say it any better himself. And do not dismiss him as some kind of crazy devil worshipper who has no influence. Satan is freely using him and working his plan, without any seeming resistance by Christians. The devil is publicly displaying his power and authority; why isn't he seeing ours?
Bottom line ... here is what we need to realize: These two cases are sensational and read like some horror film. But, because of modern technology, the whole world is able to see and read about these demonic displays. They are becoming more numerous and out in the open. The problem is that they are so 'in your face' that few actually ‘see’ it. There is such a technological saturation of evil – from entertainment mediums to virtual fantasy porn – that a ‘normalcy bias’ kicks in and most people (even Christians) don't see it as the Biblically prophesied increase in wickedness, murder, crime, and belief in the occult. It’s kind of like in the days of Noah. Everyone just "ate and drank", even though their judgment was staring them in the face. And just as Jesus warned, we are going about our business, not knowing or understanding, and it will soon be too late. In the events of our day, the Lion of Judah is roaring His prophecy. I wonder if anyone actually hears it?
Micah 2:1 "Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand."