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Can People Be Possessed - Part 2
By Healed
8/31/2014 1:53:11 AM
Now I will present quotes from the early apostles and prophets regarding possession by evil spirits.

“The Devil was cursed and sent down from heaven. He has no body of his own; therefore he is constantly endeavoring to obtain possession of the tabernacles belonging to others.” (Brigham Young, JD 5:331)

“The Lord Almighty will not let anything endure that offers hospitality to the devil and his imps. Those who suffer their bodies to be dwellings for evil spirits, must suffer loss, for devils cannot construct a house that will in any way answer their purpose; neither have they been able to do so in all the eternities there are; that is the very thing which causes us trouble continually; for they are trying all the time to get into our dwellings, because they have none of their own. Did you ever desire to take possession of another person's tabernacle, and leave your own? No rational person owning a tabernacle would wish to do so. The devils have no tabernacles, which is the reason of their wanting to possess human bodies. …They have no meetinghouses but in ballrooms, gaming houses, brothels, gin palaces, parlors, bedrooms, and other places which they frequent in the bodies of those they lead captive; otherwise they are wandering to and fro in the earth, seeking to possess tabernacles that other spirits, not of their order, already occupy. They are in our midst watching for an opportunity to enter where they may.” (Brigham Young, JD 2:128)

“Hence [Satan] was sent down, and it is said he drew many away with him; and the greatness of his punishment is that he shall not have a tabernacle. This is his punishment. So the devil, thinking to thwart the decree of God, by going up and down in the earth, seeking whom he may destroy --any person that he can find that will yield to him, he will bind him, and take possession of the body and reign there, glorying in it mightily, not caring that he had got merely a stolen body; and by-and-by some one having authority will come along and cast him out and restore the tabernacle to its rightful owner. The devil steals a tabernacle because he has not one of his own: but if he steals one, he is always liable to be turned out of doors.” (Joseph Smith, HC 5:388)

“The punishment of the devil was that he should not have a habitation like men. The devil's retaliation is, he comes into this world, binds up men's bodies, and occupies them himself.” (Joseph Smith, HC 5:403)

“You can see the great variety of spirits that have dwelt in the presence of God, from those who are in the presence of God, down to the devils. A good many of the hosts of heaven were cast out because of their wickedness. Lucifer, son of the morning, and those who followed after him were cast down to earth, and they dwell here to this day—a hundred to every man, woman and child that breathes the breath of life. They dwell here without bodies, only what tabernacles they can get into, to rule and preside over.” (Wilford Woodruff, JD 18:114-115)

“There is a vast number of fallen spirits, cast out with him, here on the earth. They do not die and disappear; they have not bodies only as they enter the tabernacles of men. They have not organized bodies, and are not to be seen with the sight of the eye.” (Wilford Woodruff, JD 13:163)

“Those evil spirits are not permitted to receive tabernacles of their own, and that is their condemnation and punishment. They have been known to take possession of the bodies of men and women, and rather than to be without a body, they have entered the bodies of brutes.” (Brigham Young, JD 9:333)

“Satan’s punishment and the punishment of his followers for their rebellion in heaven, Joseph Smith the Prophet said, is that they are denied mortal bodies. The said punishment is terrible and will make those who receive it most unhappy for the reason that they are halted, they cannot progress, they cannot go forward, cannot attain a full measure of happiness. Their eagerness to secure bodies is so great that in many cases they endeavor to steal the bodies of the more favored spirits, and when these evil spirits enter into and take possession of the bodies of others we say of those afflicted that they are possessed by evil spirits. They can only be subdued and cast out of stolen bodies by those members of Christ's Church who are under divine authority.” (President Rudger Clawson, CR, Apr 1939, Pg. 118)

“Jesus found foul spirits and devils so thick, in his days, that he had occasion frequently to cast them out of persons, and also to empower others to cast out devils. Some instances are recorded where many of these fallen spirits took possession of a single person at one and the same time. No less than seven occupied one female. Now modern Christianity must be highly favored, if they are so much better than primitive Saints, that they can escape the annoyance of these multiplied and troublesome spirits. How is it, sir, that devils do not trouble modern churches, as they did the primitive Saints? Are they done away too ? Miracles and devils done away ! The canon of Scripture closed ! Miracles and devils ceased! Happy Christianity; thy warfare has ceased— thy troubles are ended! Blessed rest! Joyful reign of righteousness ! As many ways to heaven now, as there are eyelets in a sieve! Oh, brother, blush for thy theology, and for the doleful conclusions to which thy creeds have brought thee!” (Orson Spencer, "Letters Exhibiting the Most Prominent Doctrine," Pgs. 191-192)

This is only a very small part of what I have gathered.

Comments:

Amen to Orson Spencer!    
"Wow! you have found some great revelation that was given to our leaders.

Apparently we live on the most evil world in existence and we are in the last days and somehow there are no evil spirits anymore. However many of whom actually run this world the NWO / illuminati are so possessed by those Satanic spirits that they want to control us.

I really believe that the opposite has actually happened and that Satan's influence and those evil spirits possessing people has increased so much in the world. I know that they will use your weaknesses against you even if it's the love of money they will possess you and bind you to your God (Satan).

We as a world have completely surpassed that of Sodom and Gamora and it is only because there are still a few righteous people left on the earth that God has stayed his hand and has not YET started to wipe out the inhabitants of this world.

I know when he starts his cleansing he will cleanse the LDS church first because where much is given much is required and many unfortunately have gone astray worshipping false God's.

Thanks so much for endeavouring to bring the world its truth. "
posted at 19:32:29 on September 5, 2014 by Anonymous


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