Paranormal Survivor is now in its second season on Destination America. This show interviews eyewitnesses to strange encounters, often bringing in experts in the field to explain supernatural events. In recent years, reality television has shined light on topics that in previous years was considered taboo or too bizarre to consider. However, one of the first documented cases of paranormal survivors comes right out of the Bible.
One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?”- Acts 19:15
Casting out demons in the middle of the first century became a common experience for apostles and disciples of Jesus. This fascination led some outside the faith to begin to emulate the apostle Paul. According to Luke, seven sons and a Jewish chief priest were in the middle of an exorcism when a demon manifested itself. The individual who was possessed was filled with multiple spirits. Since the sons of Sceva were powerless without a personal relationship with God or access to the Holy Spirit, they were attacked and fled.
Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding, Acts 19:16.
A generation ago, churches were afraid to bring up the topic of demons, dismissing it as an exaggeration or waste of time. However, in this age of spirituality, people are opening doors for the Devil and demons to come into their lives. Subsequently, manifestations of ghosts and spirits as detailed on the show Paranormal Survivor are not as uncommon as it use to be. Therefore, depending upon where you move to, work or visit, don’t be surprised if you encounter the paranormal. Until then, fast, pray and draw near to God.
by Jay Mankus