The word of God states that at least two witnesses must be present to establish every word. “It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true” (John 8:17KJV). In the word of God, it speaks of being spiritually discerning and discerning spirits. These two abilities are both Holy Spirit driven. The manifestation of these gifts are on vastly different levels of distributions and operations of the Holy Spirit. To be spiritually discerning is being able to discern by your inward man the difference between good and evil. “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Hebrews 5:14KJV). This capability in the inward man is developed from knowing the Lord.
This sensitivity is developed from the Hebrew term Yada H3045. ידע Yāḏa. Yada is a verb meaning to know, learn, perceive,discern and to experience. This equates to having intimate knowledge of someone. This is the term that God used when Adam “Yada” Eve and they had a child. In Genesis 4:1, the intimacy described by this word is a knowing through covenant intimacy. Many use the “gift” of suspension in the Body of Christ thinking it is discerning spirits. Unregenerate men use this gift in the world. As stated in the scripture quoted above, this is a spiritual ability. The apostle Paul states that there is a supernatural gift given by the Holy Spirit called discerning spirits, “To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:10 KJV). This Holy Spirit given gift is an ability to “see” in the spirit world. With this ability to see is the capability to know if the spirit seen is good, evil, divine or demonic. These are supernatural visions given by the Holy Spirit. The book of Revelation is a book filled with this gift in operation at the highest level.
Being a bi-vocational pastor, I spend considerable time outside of the church. The morning of September 11, 2001 was a morning I was up all night due to work related duties. Everyone remembers where he or she was and what they were doing on that tragic day. 9/11 was the day Americans realized the world, as we know it had changed. Everyone watched in disbelief as the Twin Towers burned and eventually collapsed turning lower Manhattan into a huge scene of terror. “And on every lofty mountain and every high hill there will be brooks running with water, in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall” (Isaiah 30:25 ESV).The book of Ecclesiastes states, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 KJV).
As I revisit that tragic time, the Saturday before 9/11, I had a vision while in prayer. In the vision, I saw the Lord Jesus. He was crying. My immediate response was Lord why are you crying? His answer was “Because My people are not diligent.” After this scene, His face disappeared. Later that afternoon as I was going to the church to gather with a few believers for some intercessory prayer, the thought came back to me. I now recognize the thought was the Lord preparing me for that dreadful morning as I watched the buildings fall. Shortly thereafter, the word of the Lord came to me saying just one word “Hero.” I kept that inside looking for what it meant.
Several days later in October we took a trip to Southern California. We were some of the first passengers in the sky after 9/11. The Lord assured is that there would be no trouble. We traveled in assured faith. After returning from our vacation to California, my son and I had a supernatural experience into the world of darkness with the Holy Spirit gift of “Discerning Spirits” in operation. This was a simultaneous supernatural phenomena in our home during the night as my son was asleep in his bed. I was on the couch in the living room due to one of those sleepless nights praying. Suddenly, I began to hear footsteps coming downstairs on the stair steps. Before I continue, my son will relate to you what he encountered upstairs.
Sam Tyler II’s Experience
It was October 2001 the month after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The country was still in shock that such evil had come to our backyard so to speak. My family and I had just come back from a trip to Southern California a few days prior. There was a huge portion of the population that was afraid to fly during this time. My parents decided since I was leaving home the following January to attend college in Atlanta that our last vacation together should be memorable and somewhere that I had always wanted to go. I had dreamed of going to California ever since I was a child and was so happy to have gone. I have now visited 11 countries and California is still my favorite place on the planet.
A few days after we had gotten back to South Carolina, I was asleep in my room. The excitement of the trip had finally started to wear off and the routine of daily life was in full swing. There was nothing out of the ordinary and I was sound asleep. At about 3AM, my sleep was suddenly interrupted by the supernatural. I was awakened by a presence that entered my room. I have been seeing and experiencing the supernatural; such as seeing spirits, angels, demons, out of body experiences, dreams, visions, appearances of Jesus talking to me just to name a few examples since I was a child. This should not be a shock or surprise to people if they are believers in the Bible. The Word declares, “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream, your young men will see visions” (Joel 2:28 NIV). I used to see angels in our house as a young child. I had become so accustomed to them, I thought they were real people until I was old enough to understand what I had been seeing all of those years.
The presence that entered that night was one that I can never forget. It was pure 100% evil. It slowly came into my room and within a few seconds had fully engulfed the whole area. The energy went from being totally normal to a horrible terror. I do remember thinking, “Leave now in Jesus name” but the energy of the spirit was so strong I cannot say definitely if I audibly said anything. After I thought or said the name of Jesus I could see what it was. It was a spirit with a black hood over it. It was carrying an ax like object on its shoulders. I told it to leave again in Jesus name and it still remained there looking down. Mind you, when I say the energy in the room was 100% evil, we are not talking about a quick scare. I am speaking of an energy force of total terror and horror. It was indeed a special and high-level spirit that had entered my presence. I am not sure how long it stayed in my room but it could not have been longer than a minute. I told it to leave in Jesus name for a third time. After repeating, “Leave in Jesus name” the third time, I felt it and its wicked energy leave my presence. I heard it slowly walk down the stairs one foot at a time with what sounded like spurs on a boot hitting each stair as it walked down. It shook me to my core experiencing such a satanic like presence up close and personal. I wondered what had I done so that it would even enter my room? I found out the next morning after I talked to my father that I was not the only one that had experienced this spirit during the previous night. My father will now talk about his experience that night and what it meant.
Pastor Samuel’s Word Continued
I heard footsteps coming toward me. I noticed with each step that an unusual noise was being made. It sounded like something was tinkling or tingling. Suddenly,the noise was at my ear I looked to see what I was listening to. There I saw boots that were black with what looked like cowboy spurs on the back of the boot. Realizing this was a high level spirit in our home, suddenly the Lord spoke saying, “Be quiet and listen”. I wanted to rebuke it to rid our home of his presence. The spirit proceeded to move towards the fireplace. At this point, I was able to see it entirely. He was hooded and his face you could not see. It wore a cape down to the top of his boot. He was black and had a power immigrating from him that was totally diabolical. He reminded me of Darth Vader in the movie Star Wars. He then turned and said, “I will be back.” He then disappeared in an instance. After this encounter, I lay on the couch wondering what the words meant.
I sought the Lord and He revealed to me that the evil presence my son and I had encountered was one of the mastermind spirits that orchestrated the 9/11attacks. The Sunday after that tragedy places of worship were filled wanting to know why and how such an event could happen? My remarks were not well received. I preached that as of a result of the church not being diligent in the ways of God, this horrible event happened according to Matthew 18:18 which refers to what we allow will be allowed and what we prevent will be prevented. All over this nation places of worship were back to Pre-9/11 attendance levels within a short period of time. This led me to believe that the people that name the name of the Lord had not changed. Since 2001, church attendance has decreased ten percent according to statistics collected by religious pollsters. Instead of moving closer to God, the reaction has been the opposite. “This tragedy was orchestrated not by flesh and blood but by spiritual forces in the heavens” (Ephesians 6:12 ). To prevent a repeat of further tragedies our attitude towards the ways of the Lord must change. “Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” (Romans NKJV). In the beginning I presented a vision of the Lord in tears lamenting the lack of diligence in His people concerning the things of the Kingdom of heaven. Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26 states that if the Lord is not served in a pleasing manner that tragedy would result. Roman 13:11-14 makes the case so that further tragedies can be diverted. Let us be among those that work with the Lord to hold back and possibly prevent further reasons to morn. “Let us be those that lift up our heads to the Lord walking in His victory because redemption draws near” (Luke 21:28)
Contributing author Sam Tyler II
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