by Bill Rudge

questionOur hearts and prayers go out to the victims of the mass shooting in Vegas. Our ministry prayer team is praying for the families of those whose lives were unexpectedly cut short as well as for the recovery of the many injured and traumatized. The impact this senseless tragedy has, and will have, on so many lives and families is incomprehensible. We are grateful for those who survived and especially for those who proved themselves heroes – some wounded or killed while protecting others.

WHY this cowardly act of insanity and carnage? While my former research into bizarre behavior gives me some insight into twisted psyches, I cannot deny that in many cases the only reasonable explanation can be found in the demonic dimension. The Bible records several accounts of Jesus, the apostle Paul and others, encountering demons. While some distort and sensationalize the demonic realm, it is hard to believe in Jesus and the Bible without acknowledging demonic entities. Mental health workers, who previously thought belief in angels or demons was delusional, have called me about cases they were dealing with which defied psychological explanation or latent human physical or mental potential. They felt they were dealing with something sinister and supernatural.

I have discovered there is always a “connection” and “trigger” that makes a person vulnerable to demonic forces who desire to kill and destroy those created in God’s image. As well as demonic oppression and possession, the Bible identifies two people who were possessed by Satan himself – Judas and the future Antichrist. From hindsight we see concerning Judas that he had some “issues” which made him vulnerable to be a tool of Satan to betray Christ to those who wanted to put Him to death, but nothing, even his greed, was enough to alert the disciples of the dastardly deed he had conceived in his heart. The disciples thought Judas was a “nice guy” (as said about the Vegas shooter) until he actually betrayed Jesus.

Satan took advantage of this “connection” and entered Judas who then carried out the religious leaders’ scheme to betray Jesus. Once Satan was done using Judas he left him and Judas ended up so distraught that he hung himself.

I am convinced that many mass shooters, and others who commit heinous acts of violence, are possessed by demonic entities. After the deed is done that spirit motivates them to take their own life or departs from them and leaves them a scared, confused person wondering how they could have performed such an atrocity. Some have confessed that they felt controlled by an evil force or voice telling them what to do.

Prophetic Scripture foretells a dramatic increase of demonic activity and phenomena in the end times. The only way to prevent senseless tragedies such as happened in Vegas is by either preventing them before they happen (which is often a near impossibility) or for the potential perpetrator of the crime to be truly transformed by the love and forgiveness that comes through a restored relationship with our Creator, through Jesus Christ. Having a life with meaning, purpose and hope (in spite of one’s circumstances) is the best deterrent to wasting one’s life in senseless violence and ruining the lives of one’s own family and so many others.