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Before sharing another vision with you on here, I want to clarify that I have never been a person who was intrigued by “the dark realm”. For my whole life I have been running immediately when I was confronted with something that caused anxiety or fear. In other words, what I always avoided to see and hear had to do with violence and cruelty of any kind. Whenever I saw someone watching science fiction films, horror movies, or in case they were drawn to demonic stuff in general, I closed my eyes and ears to not let it in and went away as soon as possible. Since we live in a world that has been increasingly influenced by all those dark things, it is not easy to always withdraw immediately, in particular, when some dark thing jumps at you without premonition.
The more I have been occupied with our Lord Jesus Christ and His life as the Son of Man who walked the earth, the clearer it became to me that He who lived in the spiritual realm also saw what was going on there, even everywhere. He had the closest communion possible with His Heavenly Father Whom He alone could see. Jesus said,
“Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he that is from God, he hath seen the Father.” (Jn 6:46 ASV)
Furthermore, Jesus saw what was going on in people’s hearts (cf. Jn 2:25) just as He could describe what happened in Hades when He shared this story about the rich man and poor Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31) or when He said that His voice could be heard by the spirits of the deceased as well.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.” (Jn 5:25 ESV).
Of course, there are more Scriptures which point to Jesus Christ’s faculties to see and to hear everything, both in the visible and in the invisible realm, but as an introduction to the vision I think it is enough for now. However, if you know or find more Scriptures concerning this matter, please, feel free to post them in a comment. Well, from what I read about our Lord and about Old Testament prophets in Scripture, I was somehow afraid that sooner or later we as His followers might be confronted with the dark side of the invisible world in a visible way, too. But let’s dispense with the preliminaries now.
This vision took place in the night. Quietly I was standing with Jesus on another mountain. Beneath us and on the left side below there was a very scenic area, a seaside town with pretty one-story houses that were bathed in soft moonlight. Right before them gentle waves were slowly coming ashore on a white and sandy beach. ‘A really beautiful picture!’ I thought. Then Jesus directed my attention to a higher elevation of the same mountain we were standing on. In front of us, yet a bit further to the right and a little higher as well, you could see a bright light shining out of a cave into the dark of the night. Alas, what you could not see was the light source. As Jesus asked me whether I wanted to explore the inside of the cave, too, I did not mind. What was strange when I walked closely behind Him, though, was the fact that Jesus chose a non-existing way on the backside of this rocky elevation to go right through the mountain! 😳
I wondered about this a lot while I was watching how all those rocks quickly disappeared before Him so that I could tread on a path that had not been there before at all. I followed Him until we reached a small, illuminated room inside of this mountain. We stopped at the threshold so that I could see what was going on there. ‘Well, what might be the reason why such a strange technical device is standing here?’ 🙄 Drawing a comparison with something I have been familiar with, this tiny room which had an opening toward the seaside looked like the screening room of a movie theater. There was an object that reminded me of a movie projector, just as it bore resemblance to a catapult and a rocket launch pad. However, there was no movie screen or else to detect. Instead, there was only this one ‘hole’ I had seen before, where the light coming from this device had illumined a small part of the night sky outside the cave.
I felt that there was ‘someone’ in this room, too. I had not looked closer at him yet, but I was aware of a ‘being’ that was busily occupied with this strange device. Jesus told me to focus on what he was doing there at this device, but I could hardly zoom in on it. So, the vision as to the device remained for that moment blurry to me. What I could clearly discern, however, was the appearance of this ‘being’. He was so close that I could have easily touched him if I had approached him one or two steps further. He was not as tall as Jesus, yet he seemed to be strong, too. His arms were muscular just as was his body that was lightly clad with something that looked like animal skin or leather. His own skin, though, was of an ocher, almost yellow color with both human hair and fur on it. He had a very long face which appeared to be both human and apelike. His strained facial expression revealed that he was heavily burdened. As I was still wondering what that meant, I saw out of the corner of my eye that this demon had just sparked something off. A big round ball sparkling with light was just leaving the aforementioned device, cutting its way through the night toward this sleeping city at the seaside.
Nonetheless, the town was somehow protected because this flying object finally bumped into the ocean close to the shore. As soon as the light ball had touched the surface of the water, the light began to spread right under the surface to all sides. When I asked Jesus about the whereabouts of this projectile, He mentioned that this light bomb (!) would be self-dissolving under water.
This time I had to only wait one day until the meaning of the things seen had begun to make sense to me. The town whose inhabitants were sleeping in the night represented those Christians who were not awake to The Truth which was Jesus Christ indwelling them through the Holy Spirit. As they have not been born from above yet, they rely on their own limited, natural light which is typified by the moon shining on their houses (lives). Not having been enabled to discern the spirits yet, they embrace every ‘light’ that comes down from above as having come from God.
But why did this light bomb that was fired from the mountain toward the sea not reach this town directly? 🤔 As I mentioned before, these Christians have no spiritual light but their own natural mind. If they want to know more about God, they need to communicate on another, lower level to get what they want. The sea often represents the subconscious mind of human beings. Every idea or thought that has not been processed consciously by us will automatically leave the ‘surface’ (read consciousness) and sink down into the subconscious mind where the information cannot be influenced willingly anymore. From biblical symbolism we might know that the sea can also stand for “the nations”. This additional meaning is not necessarily a contradiction to what I said before.
Plainly speaking, this ‘information bomb” dropped by the hairy demon is false light that spreads quickly all over world. Everyone who has not accepted the truth as presented by the gospel will fall prey to any light that has seemingly come from a higher source than the earth. The demon who looked like a hybrid was a personified blend between man and animal. His apelike appearance points to a bestial and untamed nature. Believing his illuminated lies turns human beings sooner or later into lawless creatures who follow their own lustful desires while believing their behavior would be acceptable to God (see Rom 1:18-32). We know that the contrary is true since self-control to crucify all human passions comes as a fruit from the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:23).
I need to admit that I was shocked yesterday when I realized that this demon’s Chief Commander was Jesus Christ Himself. Knowing our Lord as gracious as He is, I could hardly breathe when He reminded me of the Scripture which confirms the aforementioned statement.
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
THEREFORE GOD SENDS THEM A STRONG DELUSION, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thes 2:9-12 ESV – emphasis in caps added)
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