Satan’s strong men, or princes that
rule from the mid-heavens, give power to the spirits on earth through cords
that connect them, like a fuel line.
Once I had just finished casting out devils from a person and walked
around the room. I came upon a group of
saints trying to cast out devils from a woman, but was not having any
success. The spirits laughed at the
workers and said, “You’re too weak for me.
You’ll never get me out – no way!”
(by using the person’s voice) As
I stood next to them, someone came up to me and said, “I just had a vision of a
large cloud and a small cloud beneath the large one. I saw something like a pipeline that
connected the two clouds.” I asked the
group, “Did you cut off the cords between the strong man and the spirits in
her?” They all shook their heads. As they prayed to cut off the cords between
the strong men and the spirits in the person, the demons began to scream, “Why
did you do that? Now we have to go!” They left immediately.
Cutting off and casting away the
cords connecting ruler spirits with demons in a person, is like cutting off the
line of supply of the enemy, a well-known military strategy. If you cut off their supply line, the enemy
will become weak. These cords are not
the same as bands and cords used to tie up a person; they are supply lines that
transfer power or strength from the strong men to those on earth under their
Deliverance workers often attest to
seeing bands which bind people’s minds and bodies in the spirit realm, and
cords that may connect demons in one person with demons in other persons who
have the same spiritual problems. They
also see cords that connect spirits in a person with ruler spirits in the
mid-heavens. Psalm 129:4 states, “The Lord is righteous: He hath cut asunder
the cords of the wicked.” Psalm 2:3
says, “Let us break their bands asunder,
and cast away their cords from us.” Satan
uses bands to tie a person up in the spirit realm. Psalm 2:3, however, refers to both “bands”
and “cords,” thus implying that they are
two different things. Breaking bands is
one thing; casting away cords is another.
Of course, one can interpret it either way.
once prayed for a pastor who had spirits of rejection. As we were praying for him, he received a
vision of a boy around eight years of age surrounded by a very high wall of ice
that encircled him. There was a tiny
window in the wall, out of which the youngster stuck his head out from time to
time. When people approached, however,
he would pull his head back behind the walls.
I had a vision of this pastor with bands around his mind and body that
looked similar to bands around a wooden barrel, dark brown in color. As the workers prayed to break every band and
cord, I saw myself looking down from about fifty feet in the air, upon a man in
a large park holding a big bunch of balloons by their strings. Suddenly, all the strings broke as if someone
had cut them and the balloons floated up into the sky. Soon thereafter, spirits of rejection left
one after the other.
turned out that the pastor’s parents had divorced when he was eight years old
and spirits of rejection entered. Often,
Satan places lies in the minds of children whose parents divorce. They think that the divorce is their fault,
or that the parents are rejecting them in some way because they end up living
with only one parent. The rejected child
starts to build a wall of ice around his heart to guard against future
rejection. When people try to get close
to him, he pulls back into his icy cell and refuses to allow others get close
to him. After all, the people who are
supposed to love you and are closest to you are usually the ones that hurt you
through rejection, real or imagined. When
the cords of the enemy are cut off and cast away, his spirit and soul are freed
from bondage. This is an example of
cords or bands that bind people.
19:16 says, “. . . (A)nd whatsoever thou
shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose
on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
Some Bible scholars interpret this
passage to mean that we can loose “joy” and “love;” however, another
interpretation is that we on earth have the power to bind up Satan’s strong men
in the mid-heavens and loose the cords that connect Satan’s princes in the
mid-heavens to evil spirits on earth that either inhabit people or are
controlling people and events from outside.
12:6-7 says, “Or ever the silver cord be
loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain,
or the wheel broken at the cistern, then shall the dust return to the earth as
it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” People who foolishly toy around with astral
projection know that there is a silver cord that connects the physical body and
the spirit of man. If the spirit of man
travels too far away from his body, the silver cord may break, death will come
and “the dust return to the earth as it
was.” Both the “golden bowl” and the
pitcher at the fountain are used to carry something essential to sustain life
and if broken cannot hold and deliver something necessary for life, water or
food for instance.
The “wheel” refers to the winch
found at a well or cistern that is used to lower and lift a bucket to bring
forth water. If the winch is broken,
water cannot be brought to the surface, and the people will suffer or even die. These metaphors are related to something that
sustains life. Break or loose the silver
cord, golden bowl, pitcher or wheel and the one dependent on them for strength
or sustenance cannot function, will weaken and be forced to leave.
There are many ways to pray to cut
off cords that connect demons; after all, it is the Holy Spirit that does the
work. I use a simple prayer such
as: “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,
I take the Word of God, which is quick and powerful and sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and
to the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
heart (Heb. 4:12), and I cut off and sever any and all cords that connect the
spirits in this woman (or man) to the spirit of rejection (or whatever you
discern the ruling spirit is), I cast
them away in Jesus’ name. Go now in
second general category of demons is earthbound spirits. Included are evil spirits dwelling in people,
and those outside of people. Demons come
in many forms and shapes and different sizes, as indicated in a previous article. They can counterfeit humans at times. I once had a young girl who would see her
deceased grandmother in dreams and visions and who would receive personal
advice and “guidance” from her “grandmother.”
She would at times remark that her grandmother was her guardian
angel. When we prayed over her one day, she
saw her grandmother in vision. When we
rebuked the grandmother or whatever was using her likeness, the “grandmother”
suddenly turned into an ugly demon that leered and laughed deliriously at the
woman. She screamed as the demon came
can also come in amorphous forms or formlessness. The bigger they are, the more power they
have. I’ve seen a demon as big as a
car. They are called “unclean” or “foul”
spirits because they smell awful at times.
Deliverance workers sometimes smell rotting flesh or sulfur fumes. Once, I was praying over a woman and the room
was filled with the odor of rotting flesh.
When I commanded that the spirits identify themselves, they gave me
Hawaiian names. She was from New York and had no
Hawaiian ancestors, but had visited an Hawaiian temple (called “heeiau”) and
for fun, laid down on a large, flat stone.
It turned out that it was an altar upon which human sacrifices had been
offered to Hawaiian gods (called “akua” and “aumakua”) in ancient times. These evil spirits had entered were setting
her up as a human sacrifice. She was
only twenty-six years old but had many physical problems after that. We destroyed the spiritual heeiau and
commanded the demons to leave and they left.
Sometimes we see in vision Buddhist or Taoist altars in a person’s body,
spiritually that is, and pray that fire will come down from heaven and destroy
the altar. A few times, we saw that
person’s name plate on the altar in a Shinto temple and commanded it to be
taken out of the temple and burned.
Oriental families have the custom of placing a child’s name on a flat
wooden stick and placing it on an altar or wall in the temple to their deity
and dedicate that child to the gods or goddesses. Roman Catholics frequently dedicate a child
and make vows to the Virgin Mary or to the “Saints” in return for good health
or fortune for the child. They are
ministered in Sarawak some years ago and the
students in the Bible college there had dormitories on the bottom floor of a
new building. However, I discovered that
all the boys were staying in a room on the second floor and all the girls in
another room on the same floor. Upon
questioning, during a spiritual warfare class, I found that they had abandoned
their dormitories because the boy’s dormitory smelled horribly and an evil
presence was felt. In the girl’s dorm,
they would often hear a young child crying in the dark. No one knew what to do. They were excited when I announced that we
were going to cleanse their dormitories.
All twenty-five students followed us and our interpreter. They all spoke mostly Chinese. We walked to the boys’ dorm and as soon as we
opened the door, we smelled something awful.
One of my workers immediately saw a large, black, amorphous mass sitting
on one of the bunk beds. When I
commanded the spirit to leave in the name of Jesus, it suddenly fled past us
and out of the door. We could feel a wind
pass us and a horrible smell at the same time as the students fell back from
the doorway. It was a foul spirit.
we walked over to the girls’ dorm and opened the door, my fellow-worker saw a
spirit of a young boy about eight years old standing in the middle of the room
and crying. He was calling for his
mother. I asked the translator about the
history of the room and she replied that a couple had lived there with their
eight year old son, but the young boy had died.
It was not an evil spirit, but a ghost.
I spoke aloud and told the young boy that I was going to ask God to send
angels to pick him up and take him to heaven where Jesus would love him forever
and play with him and take care of him.
One day, his mother and father would join him in heaven. “Do not be afraid, you will see angels that
are very bright people come down from heaven to pick you up to take you to
Jesus who loves you very much, or a light coming down from heaven.” I prayed and instantly, some saw bright rays
of light coming down through the ceiling.
The spirit of the young boy went up the shaft of light and disappeared. Both the boys’ and girls’ dorm were cleansed
and they never experienced any other “spooky” thing thereafter.
we left the girls’ dorm, the Chinese translator was talking to middle-aged
woman and she asked if I could bless the woman’s apartment, which was at the
near corner. I agreed. As she opened the door to her apartment, a
tiny spirit that looked like a monkey about eight inches high, fled out of the
apartment. It was an “imp” or spirit of
pain. I asked the woman if she ever had
headaches or stomach aches. She relied,
of my nephews had open-heart surgery and was in great pain whenever he
coughed. His doctors wanted him to cough
up phlegm as part of the healing process and gave him a red, heart-shaped
cushion to hug whenever he coughed. When
I visited him at the hospital one night, he said, “Uncle, you’re right. I was coughing and in pain today and when I
looked down at my cushion, I saw this tiny monkey-like spirit jumping up and
down and laughing. I commanded it to
leave in Jesus’ name and it was so surprised as it ran away. The pain left.”
spirits come in varying shapes and sizes.
They can actually make themselves of normal size or shrink into much smaller
forms so that they can enter people and hide.
The bigger they are, the more power they have. They have no wings, but can run very
are many evil spirits prowling the earth and inhabiting people. Brother Frank Hammond used to say, “We
deliverance ministers have been accused of teaching that there is a demon
behind every bush. That’s not true. There are two!” Thankfully, demons cannot enter or oppress
unless they have a right given by God either through curses brought about by
sins, or by petitioning God as the accuser of the brethren. Job 1 and 2; Rev. 12:10. We discussed curses in prior articles.
go any further, I want to say that I am not a super-Christian oozzing the
anointing and presence of God; nor do I have special powers from God, at least
not in my own eyes. I cannot just wave
my hand and spirits flee. I have to work
hard at it. I studied hard to learn
deliverance and practiced on as many people as were willing. Sometimes, nothing happened and at other
times, lo and behold! demons fled in bunches.
Very often, I surprise myself when people are healed or set free. After all, it is not me but God who does the
miracles. Sometimes I have to work for
hours to get one demon out. At other
times, people walk into the room and fall to the ground, demons fleeing without
me so much as speaking a word. It’s God
who did it, not me, that’s for sure.
I am just an ordinary person of
average or lower than average stature, looks and abilities. My personality is average and I am not
charismatic, although I have a wry sense of humor. I am also not a talented orator and quite
ordinary in the way I speak. God has not
given me the supernatural ability to see ghosts and evil spirits at will and I see
only occasionally with my spiritual eyes.
I’m just an old man who loves God with all of his heart, at least I hope
so. I’m still trying to empty out all
the junk in my heart. I often forget to
pray or read my Bible, although I think of God all the time and praise him
often. I get lazy at times and miss
opportunities to share the gospel and I want to kick myself in the behind when
that happens. Others have much more
ability to see in the spirit. After all,
I’ve been into deliverance for almost thirty years and am sure to see some
things every so often. In other words,
everything I teach and do is the same as what any Christian can do if he/she
has a little knowledge and faith in the Bible and in the Lord Jesus Christ and
has the courage to stand and fight for the kingdom of God. God is not a respecter of persons. He is just looking for ordinary people that
are willing to trust Him, who believe what the Bible says, and are willing to
join His great army and “go for broke.”