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The Bible is neither silent nor lacking in descriptions of leaders who were Under the Influence of Satan or some of his evil emissaries. I am deliberately using the term “emissaries” because it means
someone who does a job for a government or a leader
someone who delivers a message for them
someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
and because I do not want my real message sidetracked by dithering over distinctions between demons, fallen angels, evil spirits, principalities, and the like.

 

The first leader obviously identified as under the influence was Nimrod. Genesis 10:9 describes him as ‘Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord,’ and it is not talking about bagging an ibex. This hunter is more like a street commando.  Chuck Smith’s commentary says:

It should be translated “he was a mighty tyrant in the face of the LORD.” The hunting was the hunting of men’s soul. Nimrod became a leader in apostasy, developer of a great religious system later to become known as the Babylonian religious system or the “mystery Babylon.” That whole religious system was begun by Nimrod.

Archeology, historical writings, and even mythology offer additional insight into the character of Nimrod, the great-grandson of Noah. Much like the serpent in the Garden of Eden, Nimrod caused men to doubt that God had their true happiness at heart, and suggested that following God was actually an act of weakness. Josephus reports that Nimrod gradually changed the government into tyranny in order to turn men from the fear of God and make them dependent upon his power. The translation continues, “Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower …” This was, of course, what came to be known as the Tower of Babel because God sent judgment  in the form of a confusion of language.

Another leader under the influence was King Saul. After Saul rejected the word of the LORD and listened to the people instead, the LORD has rejected Saul from being king over Israel.  At that point, instead of handing in his resignation, Saul tries to remain king without God’s support. An evil spirit comes and begins terrorizing him, and the only thing that brings relief is David’s harp music.  Eventually Saul become so jealous of David that he tries repeatedly to murder him.

Another occurrence of biblical examples of a king under the influence is the Book of Daniel’s record of Nebuchadnezzar’s seven seasons of insanity. Nebuchadnezzar had a prophetic dream a year before it came to pass.

Two more examples that are certainly worth mentioning occur in passages from Ezekiel 28:12-17 and Isaiah 14:12-15.  These begin with comments about the kings of Tyre and Babylon, but continue on to address the controlling spirit behind them, even possession by Satan.

The case could be made for many other rulers being intermittently controlled or fully possessed— the Pharaoh ‘who knew not Joseph,’ Queen Jezebel, the Herods of the New Testament era, and more. Satan even tried to influence Jesus as he tempted him three times at the end of his wilderness fast. The point is that this was commonplace in the past, the devil purposely tries to influence those with power, and we should expect it to be happening today.

Evil emissaries do visit humans.  There is an evil intelligent design in the way they visit leaders and put thought in their minds.

My next planned post is about some counselors and advisers who were also visited by an evil spirit.

 

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[♦[♦[ Part of the series on How Child Protective Services opposes the Teachings of Christ ]♦]♦]

“Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.
Mark 9:42

Commentator John Gill took a slightly different perspective on the “little ones” this verse:
“Christ is not speaking of little children in age, who are neither capable of believing in Christ, nor are they ready to take offence; but of such as belong to him; his disciples and followers.”

If he is right and age restriction is removed from this verse, if “little ones who believe” refers to little in might and power rather than little in age, then CPS is in huge trouble. This interpretation also helps to explain why the thrice-repeated refrain from Isa. 66:24 about being thrown into the unquenchable fire of hell where their worm does not die is used at the end of the paragraph.

If the little ones who believe are the minority of parents who are raising their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord, (cf. Ephesians 6:4,) then CPS is messing in a covenant relationship. Of course God is going to take that seriously! When CPS breaks up a covenant relationship that is not already broken, they should expect the wrath of God to fall on their day of judgment.

Gill, John. “Commentary on Mark 9:42”. “The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible”. . 1999.

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[♦[♦[ Part of the series on How Child Protective Services opposes the Teachings of Christ ]♦]♦]

The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.
Mark 4:28

This parable is interpreted on many levels.

blade → head → full grain in the head (emphasis on change in form)
child → youth → father
Old Testament revelation → New Testament revelation → Millennial Revelation
beginning → growth → completion (emphasis on growth)
seed planted in Abraham/Israel → Jesus/Church → Harvest into Kingdom
green shoot → stalk → ripeness (emphasis on time progression)
small → increase → big (emphasis on multiplication/size)
earthly beginning → transition → heavenly kingdom (emphasis on sanctification)

The application to CPS, however is not found so much in the blade/head/fruit sequence as it is in the first part of the verse:

For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.

The earth does it without mankind’s help. Humans do not even know how the change takes place! But CPS, in their presumption, thinks that they can control it!

They do not produce beneficial changes. They are the frost, the blight, the hail, and the drought of a burning sun.

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