THE SPIRIT OF ASMODEUS
By Linda Sutter
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In a recent deliverance session here at Lake Hamilton Bible Camp, a concluding prayer was made over a lady who had just received extensive ministry. “Lord,” prayed the deliverance workers, “we pray that any ruler demons that are still present in our sister will reveal themselves in the next few days.”
The following evening as the lady was preparing for bed, a name began pounding in her mind – a name she had never heard before. It became so strong and persistent that she finally laid hands on herself and commanded the voice to be silent. Immediately it left and she couldn’t even remember the name until late the following day.
She then went to the encyclopedia and looked up the name she had heard and was absolutely amazed. There was a detailed account of a so-called mythical spirit with characteristics that had plagued her all her life — overpowering tendencies to rage, lust, impetuousness, impurity and psychic activities.
For years she thought she had been fighting the flesh and fleshly appetites but now realized that hers was not a battle with flesh but was a battle with a king of demons who sits in the heavenly places.
Some weeks later four deliverance workers gathered to pray for her again and then the battle really began. After many hours of interceding, binding satanic powers and breaking soul ties between the spirit and the woman, deliverance finally came. The spirit we were dealing with was named ASMODEUS.
We have since learned that Asmodeus is warring against all marriages and is also keeping many from getting married. He is sometimes referred to as “the genius of matrimonial discord and jealousy.” Because he has remained a relatively unknown spirit, he has masqueraded in many forms, deceiving scores of people and taking them captive. In one case that I know he came to a woman and said, “If you will serve me, you will never want for anything. I will take care of all your needs and you will never need a husband.” It sounded very good, almost like the Lord speaking, but it was a wrong spirit.
Not long ago when a friend of mine was to be married, she said to me just two days before the ceremony, “I really don’t think the devil wants us to get married.” At first I only smiled, thinking it was pre-marriage jitters, but when my friend began to tell me the things that were happening I had to agree with her, satan WAS trying to keep her from getting married.
In another case, minister friends of mine shared how their own marriage was strained almost to the breaking point when their last daughter was getting married. And their story was not atypical. Over and over again I have heard similar comments.
What is significant, however, is that these situations are not peculiar to the United States. Because I have been in many parts of the world I have been made aware that in other cultures and even in non-Christian countries Satan is trying to prevent marriages from taking place or is trying to break up existing, longstanding relationships.
The reason became apparent when I began to understand more fully that when a wedding takes place it has great significance in the spirit realm, because marriage is a sacred institution. Every time the marriage ceremony is performed it speaks of a day when the ultimate wedding will take place — the wedding between God’s Son and His Bride. Because of this satan is doing everything he can to keep that from happening and to prevent any marriage from taking place.
Researchers have pointed out that Asmodeus has many characteristics — some that even sound beneficial. On the one hand he is jealous, filled with rage, lustful and given to extreme excesses. On the other, he loves to have a good time, is sympathetic and is very religious. Early church history points him out as the one that desired to possess young women in Christian service, to make them lustful and to destroy them and their work.
In another early writing Asmodeus is the one who killed the husbands of a young woman named Sara. The first time she was to be married her husband died on their wedding night. Seven times in all she got married and in each case her husband died on their wedding night. The reason was that Asmodeus wanted this woman all to himself.
There are instances that I know about where an individual has married several times, only to have the mate die shortly after they have married, or, in one case, even before the wedding could take place. Is it possible that the underlying problem in these cases was the spirit of Asmodeus at work?
Asmodeus is generally regarded as the spirit that drove Solomon to all of his excesses. We know that Solomon’s end was definitely not the will of God. After years of faithful service to the Lord, in his last years he missed the mark, allowing himself to open up to wrong spirits. That example alone should prove that none of us are above falling or missing it, even after years of Christian service or ministry. The Scripture tells us that the “devil goes about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour”. It is necessary for us to be on guard at all times against the devil’s tactics. Asmodeus is not confined to possessing just women or just men. He will take on anyone who opens the door.
Because Asmodeus is also a lustful spirit he will motivate a marriage partner to be unfaithful, thus bringing in an adulterous spirit. How many marriages have been destroyed because one partner was adulterous? How many other marriages have fallen apart because of extreme jealousy, rage and physical abuse?
I know a woman who was so terribly jealous of her pastor husband that they finally got a divorce. She knew her jealousy was a motivating factor in the break-up but no matter how much she prayed she was not set free. Had the issue been recognized as demonic and very probably the spirit of Asmodeus at work the outcome may have been different. In another case, a Christian wife has been so demonized by a jealous spirit, again most likely the spirit of Asmodeus, it has been a very serious problem in what would otherwise be a wonderful marriage.
Because he is a religious spirit, I believe Asmodeus is the same demon that tells people they should get a divorce so they can better serve the Lord.
In fact, I am aware of one situation where somebody actually prophesied that to a minister. The word sounded “good” to the man because his wife was not a Christian. Within days, however, she came to the Lord and he realized that a deceiving spirit had been speaking to him.
A lie that Asmodeus tells single people is that they should stay single. The Scripture DOES tell us (Matthew 19:12) that there are those who are definitely called to be single, but it is the exception rather than the rule. Many young people have labored intensely over the issue of whether or not they should 5et married. I believe it is safe to assume that unless God definitely shows them otherwise (and He will if it is His will) it is His plan for them to be married, provided it is to the right individual.
I believe that Asmodeus has remained virtually unknown for so long because the ploy of satan has been to destroy every Christian. Satan’s ways are becoming known, however, and his ruler demons finally being named so that victory for God’s people can be realized!
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