There are THREE main sections of a plot….the beginning, the middle and THE TWIST!
Watching the release of “Goosebumps” by R.L. Stine was definitely meant for the younger crowd but I’m a big kid at heart and love these types and animation as well.
But, it also reminded me of how the plot in movies seem to be centered around PORTALS and MONSTERS coming through those portals. We know for a fact that Hollywood loves to produce predictive programming so is this a sign?
At one time things such as the paranormal were few and FAR between! Now? It’s happening everyday on every nation/country on this planet!
GOLDEN AGE OF DEMONS
Due to the advances in technology, we have the advantage of not only creating videos on a home camcorders, but now people have this application on CELLPHONES! So, because of this we can see videos on YOUTUBE.COM of strange events which would have NEVER/RARELY been caught on tape otherwise. There is a perfect reason for these events taking place NOW!
The idea that spirits can enter and control a person is as old as civilization, and historical, biblical, and archeological evidence indicates its presence in diverse forms and in almost all cultures.
Apparently at the time of Jesus Christ, all mental illness was attributed to demon possession, and Jesus always used exorcism to treat what today we would probably see as mental illness. Sadly few professionals see possession for what it really is…and the inclusive connection to illness, mental and physical.
Eventually Jesus Christ gave His disciples and all believers the power to “discern spirits” (1 Cor. 12:10) and cast out unclean spirits (Mark 16:17; Matt. 10:1; Luke 9:1). For example, Paul removed a demon from a slave girl who told fortunes (Acts 16:16-24).
Catholic theology asserts the reality of demonic possession and exorcism and the Catholic Encyclopedia (New Advent, n.d.) notes that “Superstition ought not to be confounded with religion, . . . nor magic . . . with a legitimate religious rite” (n.p.). The Vatican’s chief exorcist Amorth has said “where [religious] faith declines, superstition grows” (Wilkinson, 2007, p. 30). The differences between the supernatural beliefs of magic, superstition, and religion are not always clear. Superstition is usually considered an attenuated form of magic. The problem with this is magic and witchcraft is the same issue! Superstitions are a mixture of religious and magical beliefs, folklore, and historical events.
Jesus revealed the difference! For example, in Luke 13:32 Jesus expressly distinguished between the expulsion of evil spirits and the curing of disease.
In 2005 the Vatican began offering training to its exorcists to help them distinguish between psychological disorders and possession by the devil; half a million Italians seek exorcisms each year, but most are not considered possessed (Nadeau, 2005). The Vatican’s chief exorcist, Father Gabriele Amorth, made news when he announced “Of course the Devil exists . . . I am convinced that the Nazis were all possessed” (Pisa, 2006, n.p.). Amorth is said to have conducted over 30,000 exorcisms in his career.
Some psychiatrists and psychologists not only believe in the reality of demonic possession, they practice exorcism rituals. M. Scott Peck, who died in 2005, was a psychiatrist who described himself as a nondenominational Christian and became famous for his bestseller The Road Less Traveled (1978). In his last book, Glimpses of the Devil (2005) Peck revealed that he believed that possession is a genuine phenomenon, and that he had conducted exorcisms of some of his patients, in collaboration with priests. In the book Peck describes one patient whose symptoms “did not fit the established categories of psychiatric diagnosis, which was why, as a scientific-minded psychiatrist, I thought she might be possessed. . . . My instinct was that she likely required an exorcism” (Peck, 2005, p. 23).
But….you see the government (elite) don’t like this!
In 1993 Phoenix psychologist Kenneth Olson had his license revoked for unprofessional conduct after he performed an exorcism on a ten-year-old boy, using a Bible, holy water, a crucifix, and prayer. Olson, who said he had practiced exorcisms for 12 years, billed Arizona Child Protective Services $180 for the two-hour procedure; the state board said that exorcism is not recognized as a legitimate form of psychological treatment (Chicago Tribune, 1993). Olson sued the licensing board, and the case went to a federal appeals court, which dismissed Olson’s suit (Churchill, 1999).
In 2001 Memphis, Tennessee psychologist Terry B. Davis had her license revoked after she told a client that demons were controlling her and conducted an exorcism ritual, asking the demon to leave (Ross, 2001). In 2003 a “Christian psychologist” in Missouri named Thomas DeVol faced loss of his license because a client complained that he invoked Jesus to cast out the client’s demons; DeVol claimed that up to four percent of his clients were possessed by evil spirits (National Psychologist, 2004).
At Texas State University, I teach an honors course called “Demonology, Possession, and Exorcism.” It’s not a gut course. My students produce research papers on topics that range from the role of sleep paralysis in reports of demonic attacks to contemporary murder cases in which defendants have claimed supernatural forces compelled them to commit crimes.
Texas State University Honors Courses
J. Laycock-Demonology, Possession and Exorcism
Possession in Austin Texas
A man appears to have walked in on an exorcism taking place outside Starbucks in Austin Texas.
“All your legions of poison – OUT!” the person leading the exorcism says to someone sitting in a chair, who convulses slightly as he appears to spit his legions of poison into a Starbucks cup.
“In Jesus Christ’s mighty name. By the blood of Jesus Christ, by the blood of Jesus Christ, you have no legal ground to be in here,” he demands. “You have to leave. You cannot trespass on the cross.”
Starbucks Exorcism Caught On Video
The Exorcist is getting rebooted.
Fox has ordered an adaptation of the 1971 book to pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
A modern reinvention inspired by William Blatty’s original book, The Exorcist is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.
William Peter Blatty was educated at Jesuit schools and at Georgetown University. Blatty was given the topic of demonic possession for an oratorical assignment by his professor, Father Thomas Bermingham (a Jesuit). An article about a contemporary case of possession (a fourteen-year old boy in Mount Rainier, in 1949) especially arrested young Blatty’s imagination.
Later, as he began writing The Exorcist he interviewed the priest who had performed this exorcism, and studied other cases. Members of the Church informed Blatty, and they were also involved in making the movie; the Reverend Bermingham acted the part of the president of the Georgetown University, the Reverend William O’Malley (S.J.) was enlisted as Father Dyer in the film, and the Reverend John J. Nicola (S.J.), the assistant director of the National Shrine, as the exorcism expert on the set. Father Nicola was at the time the priest who acted on behalf of the Catholic Church in investigating potential cases of diabolical possession and deciding the proper procedure. The opinions of the Church about The Exorcist were divided, but one can accurately characterize it as an important modern Catholic work – even if it is a personal and controversial rather than an official aspect of Catholicism which it expounds. The last page in the book is titled “About the Author,” and it states that W.P. Blatty is the former ”Policy Brand Chief of the U.S.Air Force Psychological Warfare Division.” Everything underlines Blatty’s serious commitment to study demonic possession as reality: “Mr. Blatty has read every book in English on the subject.
The Exorcist was dismissed as a sensationalist, hollow exploitation of the dark side of the Catholic tradition. But whether the response was positive or negative, one fact emerged – the book remained the topic of many cocktail party ‘sermons. – Other reports describe people frequently fainting in screenings, several heart attacks and one miscarriage were reported. According to Stephen Jones, “in Berkeley, California, a man attacked the screen attempting to kill the demon. The number of people seeking psychiatric help increased, church attendance began to rise dramatically, and violence broke out at many screenings.” The film was presented in Rome to a Vatican audience, and Blatty has drawn his own conclusions: The Pope did make a statement shortly after the release of The Exorcist reaffirming the Church’s position on the existence of Satan as a supreme and intelligent force of evil.
A site dedicated to helping people find a bishop/priest to do exorcisms?
Malachi Martin, a former Jesuit professor, claimed in his book “Hostage to the Devil” (1976), that much of the success of the exorcism depends upon the exorcist. He describes the type of priest best suited to be an exorcist as being a man of good physical health, being of middle age, routinely going about his normal pastoral duties.
Martin, the most important thing is the exorcist’s disposition and those of his assistants. Presently few exorcists choose to work alone. Three other people usually assist the exorcist. One is a junior priest who has been trained in exorcism procedures. He monitors the exorcism, helping the exorcist when possible not to be distracted by the possessive demon. Others can include a medical physician and a family member. The most important thing of all is that the exorcist and his assistants be physically strong and relatively guiltless. None must have any secret sins which the Devil or demon can use against them. In some incidences the Devil or demons may shout out the sins of the exorcist or his assistants attempting to shame them and ruin the exorcism.
Although all exorcisms are different in proceeding there are similar stages they follow. Martin describes these stages:
The Presence: The exorcist and his assistants become aware of an alien feeling or entity. Attempts or actions of the evil spirit appear to be the victim’s. The exorcist’s first job is to break this Pretense and find out whom the demon really is. Gaining the entity’s name is most important.
Breakpoint: The moment when the Devil’s Pretense finally collapses. This is usually a moment of complete pandemonium. There evolves a scene of panic and confusion, accompanied by a crescendo of abuse, horrible sights, noises, and odors. The Devil then turns on the victim, speaking of the person in the third person.
The Voice: Also a sign the Breakpoint, the Voice (of the demon) becomes “inordinately disturbing and humanly distressing babble.” The demon’s voices must be silenced for the exorcism to proceed.
The Clash: As the Voices die out there is both a spiritual and physical pressure. The demon has collided with the “will of the Kingdom.” The exorcist is now in direct battle with the demon, urging the entity to reveal more information about itself so it can be controlled. As previously mentioned, there is a connection between the entity and the victim’s resident. The entity wants a place to be in, or it must return to Hell. An existence out of Hell is what the Devil or demon is fighting for.
Expulsion: In the supreme triumph of God’s will, the demon or spirit leaves in the name of Jesus. All present feel the Presence dissipates, occasionally with receding noises and voices. The victim may remember the ordeal or may not recall anything that has happened.
By conservative estimates, there are at least five or six hundred evangelical exorcism ministries in operation today, and quite possibly two or three times this many. But, beware of New Age mystics posing as an exorcist.
Pentecostal ministers in San Francisco pummeled a woman to death in 1995, as they tried to drive out her demons.
In 1997, a Korean Christian woman was stomped to death in Glendale, Calif., and in the Bronx section of New York City, a 5-year-old girl died after being forced to swallow a mixture containing ammonia and vinegar and having her mouth taped shut.
In 1998, a 17-year-old girl in Sayville, N.Y., was suffocated by her mother with a plastic bag, in an effort to destroy a demon inside her.
Cuneo reports that a Wisconsin woman successfully sued her psychiatrist in 1997, after he diagnosed her as diabolically possessed, and having 126 personalities, including the bride of Satan and a duck. The experience left her suicidal, she claimed.
With the SUPERBOWL just taking place not long ago, I thought it would be interesting to add this article:
The Devil & David Tyree
Another article which was published the same day?
TED CRUZ POSSESSED?
Two men with mirrors and a wooden cross interrupted a campaign event in Raymond, New Hampshire to perform an exorcism on Ted Cruz on Monday, saying that the Republican presidential candidate was “possessed by a demon.”
This House is EVIL!
No, silly! It’s really not the house, it’s what’s in it.
You may not see it with your own eyes. You may not hear it with your own ears…but it’s there.
It begins with horrific events! Powerful emotions, and tragic events which leave ‘impressions’ in the surroundings. What do I mean? Well, demons can sense these types of things.
Events involving grisly deaths, prolonged tragic circumstances, and suicides and trauma are likely to leave behind an imprint which the demons feed from.
The REAL people who died, moved onto the next realm…the people who had these events happen to them and survived, moved on. But, the spiritual mark left its imprint. This is enough energy for demons to manifest and cause people who come to be these next to suffer.
These demons want to take your life! Like a roaring lion they prowl about seeking to destroy you.
A perfect example:
Indiana ‘exorcism house’ of Latoya Ammons is demolished
Zak Bagans, host and executive producer of “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel, had the purported “demon house” destroyed two weeks ago. The demolition was filmed for a documentary Bagans plans to release later this year.
“Something was inside that house that had the ability to do things that I have never seen before — things that others carrying the highest forms of credibility couldn’t explain either,” he told IndyStar via email. “There was something there that was very dark yet highly intelligent and powerful.”
Bagans bought the Carolina Street house in 2014, shortly after IndyStar published an article about Latoya Ammons’ claim that she and her three children had been possessed by demons. Ammons’ tale spurred an Indiana Department of Child Services intervention, police investigation and a series of exorcisms that a priest claimed were the first authorized by the bishop of the Catholic Church’s Diocese of Gary.
The Rev. Michael Maginot has signed a deal with Evergreen Media Holdings to bring “The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons” to the big screen.
Maginot said he also signed a contract with Zak Bagans, host and executive producer of “Ghost Adventures” on the Travel Channel, to make a documentary.
The strangeness surrounding this subject has increased over the last several years…exponentially.
Four KwaZulu Natal women jailed for disembowelling teen relative in botched exorcism
More? Well, MIRROR has a whole section (several dozen?) dedicated to news regarding this subject:
But, don’t think that’s all of them….there’s hundreds, if not thousands and thousands!
Why are these things happening? Because it’s time. The end is near and Satan knows this. Havoc and chaos is his main objective because he knows he’s finished and he wants to take you down with him. He teaches his demons to do the same. They seek to infest your life. They seek to possess you.
Scare tactics? NO! Pure truth. Plain and simple.
What must you do? Stay tuned into GOD. Keep on your Armor of GOD.