Fr. Gabriel Amorth, who has been the Chief Exorcist in Rome for over 30 years and who has written books on his experiences said:
Fr. Amorth: You fight against the devil every day. Satan's greatest success isto succeed
in making people believe that he doesn't exist. In the 20th century he has
almost succeeded. Even within the Church. We have a clergy and an
episcopate who no longer believe in the devil, in exorcisms, in the
extraordinary evil that the devil can cause, nor in the power that Jesus
has given us to drive out demons.
Satan was the most perfect being created by the hands of God. His God-given
authority and superiority over the other angels are recognized by all, so
he thought that he had the same authority over everything that God was creating.
Satan tried to understand all of creation but could not, because all the
plan of creation was oriented toward Christ. Until Christ came into the
world, God's plan could not be revealed in its entirety. Hence Satan's rebellion.
He wanted to continue to be the absolute first, the center of creation,
even if it meant opposing God's design. This is why Satan continually tries
to dominate the world ("the whole world is in the power of the evil one",
I Jn 5: 19). Beginning with our forefathers, he seeks to enslave men by
making them obey himself and disobey God. He was successful with our forefathers,
Adam and Eve, and he hoped to continue with all men with the help of "a
third of the angels", who, according to the book of Revelation, followed
him in rebellion against God.
God never rejects his creatures. Therefore, even though they broke with
God, Satan and his angels maintain their power and rank (thrones, dominions,
principalities, powers, and so on) even if they use them for evil purposes.
Saint Augustine does not exaggerate when he claims that, if God gave Satan
a free hand, "no man would be left alive." Since Satan cannot kill us, he
tries to "make us into his followers in opposition to God, just as he is
in opposition to God".
Scripture tells us that angels and demons (I want particularly to mention
Satan) are spiritual creatures but also that they are individuals gifted
with intelligence, will, freedom, and initiative. Those modern theologians
who identify Satan with the abstract idea of evil are completely mistaken.
Theirs is true heresy; that is, it is openly in contrast with the Bible,
the Fathers, and the Magisterium of the Church. The truth about Satan was
never doubted in the past; therefore, there are no dogmatic definitions
in this respect with the exception of the following statement of the Fourth
Lateran Council: "The devil [that is, Satan] and the other demons were created
good by God; but they became evil through their own fault." Whoever denies
Satan also denies sin and no longer understands the actions of Christ.
Let us be clear about this: Jesus defeated Satan through his sacrifice.
However, Jesus also defeated Satan before his death, through his teachings:
"If it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom
of God has come upon you" (Lk 11:20). Jesus is the strongest one, who tied
up Satan (Mk 3:27), despoiled him, and pillaged his kingdom, which is at
an end (Mk 3:26). Jesus first gave the power to cast out demons to his apostles;
then he extended the power to the seventy-two disciples, and in the end
he granted it to all those who would believe in him.
The Acts of the Apostles tell us that after the descent of the Holy Spirit
the apostles continued to expel demons, and all Christians have done so
after them. Already, the earliest Fathers of the Church, such as Justin
and Irenaeus, clearly express Christian thought about the devil and about
the power to cast him out. Other Fathers, in particular Tertullian and Origen,
concur. These four authors alone can refute many modern theologians, who,
for all purposes, either do not believe in the devil or completely ignore
"Hear the word of the LORD, O nations; proclaim it in distant coast-lands: 'He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch
over his flock like a shepherd.'
On Friday 14 May 1948 the Lord God of Heaven and Earth did just that as Israel declared it's Statehood.
Yest on that same day the devil in the form of five Arab nations, Egypt, Syria, Trans-Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq launched
an attack against the newly re-born and tiny nation.
They were out to destroy the new state, and reclaim the land for the
setting up of another Arab state. The Arab states far outnumbered and
out-gunned the Jews. They had troops, artillery and other military
hardware that the Jews did not have. Azzam Pasha, Secretary General of
the Arab League at the time, confidently declared; "This will be a war
of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like
the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades."
Given the clear superiority of the Arab states in heavy arms, fire power
and troops, an Arab victory was expected and boldly predicted. Very few
felt that Israel would survive the onslaught.
What was not widely reported by the Mainstream media of the day were the many Heavenly Miracles which took place saving Israel and her faithful people.
The many reports of supernatural and angelic interventions on Israel's behalf
came from both the Israelis and the Arabs. As foretold by the prophet Zechariah..."God will defend Israel and send His
angels to fight for and with His people."
"In that day
shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and he that is
feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the House of David
shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them." Zechariah 12:8
A story is told of a small Jewish community, Pekiin under siege by
Arabs who were determined to wipe them out. However, they encountered
huge strange beings with flaming swords, and they ran away in great
fear, as the astonished village rabbi watched them.
1967 six day war, Gershon Saloman lay badly wounded and saw Syrian
soldiers moving into their area shooting wounded Israeli soldiers. They
were about to shoot him, when all of a sudden they fled the area leaving
their weapons behind. The Syrian soldiers later reported to UN officers
that they saw "thousands of angels" surrounding the wounded soldier and
that was why they ran away.
An Israeli military historian
recorded that during the 1973 Yom Kippur war, an Israeli soldier in the
Sinai took captive an Egyptian column and led them to where the Israeli
troops were. The Egyptian commander was asked why he and his men gave
themselves up to the lone Israeli soldier. He responded with surprise;
"One soldier? There were thousands of them." He said that as they neared
the Israeli lines, the "soldiers" began disappearing. The Israeli
soldier reported that he was by himself when the Egyptian commander and
his men surrendered to him. He was totally unaware of the "thousands of
soldiers" the Egyptian soldiers saw with him, since he himself did not
"No evil shall befall you, nor
shall any plague come near your dwelling, For He shall give his angels
charge over you, to keep you in all your ways."Psalm 91:10-11
The documentary shows an eye witness account;
Commander David Yinni, during the 1973 Yom Kippur war, preparing to
retreat from the Syrian army, when he realized that he and his men were
trapped in the middle of a minefield. He ordered his men to clear the
mines using their bayonets, crawl on the ground and dig 30 inches deep,
carefully disengaging the mines. The slightest mistake and they were in
peril of being blown up. One of his men prayed. Suddenly, a windstorm
came upon them. It was so strong that it lifted up their tanks and
rocked them. By the time the storm moved on, it had literally blown 30
inches of topsoil off. The Israeli soldiers could see every single mine
and quickly made their escape.
God's protection over Israel is
also for nations and people who believe in Him and worship Him as the
King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.
Glory to Almighty GOD our Father who art in Heaven who sent HIS Only begotten Son JESUS CHRIST to save the world.