Updated on January 16, 2023
Doug Tales 101: Evil Entities, Part One
Doug Mendenhall shares ten “characteristics of evil entities” as chapter seven of his book, Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012), pp. 64-72. The first characteristic he mentions on pages 64-65 shows the spiritual coming into the physical, with dark entities able to literally hurt and cause physical problems for people. Doug adds a few comments on the same topic in I See…Awake! (2015) on page 184.
The scriptures teach us several characteristics which describe the type and symptoms of evil spirits and spiritual attacks. When we pay close attention to these scriptures, we can gain a protective awareness so that we might recognize what we are fighting against or what is at war with us.
Characteristic #1: Devils, demons and unclean spirits can cause injury to occur to their victims.
“Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water…And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.” (Matthew 17:15, 18)
This young boy was possessed by a devil for a long period of time because the man said he would “oftimes” fall into the fire and water. We have found that it takes demons and devils a while to integrate into a physical body when they have taken over or possessed it. That is why you will see many people with possession problems that don’t seem very coordinated. Relatively speaking it takes a normal human a few years to develop the motor skills of an adult. But even though demons have had eons of time to figure out how to fully take over the complex neural-muscular coordination of a human body, it may take some time for it to fully integrate itself. But if this demon/devil does have full mastery over this boy and causes him to fall into the fire and water, it is most likely that it wants to cause physical injury to the boy. Yes, they are that evil and more.
The lack of coordination is also evident when a spirit enters into those who claim to be spiritualists or receive spirits. Many of them tend to thrash about, stagger, fall down, shake, or some other strange movement. Some will contort the victim’s face and limbs into weird shapes. I have seen this on a few occasions. A man possessed with an unclean spirit in the gospel of Mark shows how they can cause us harm.
“And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.” (Mark 5:5)
Many of these dark beings have the ability to inflict physical pain on us. In our second book, Possibilities: Lessons from the Spirit (pp. 140-141), I talked about when I had judged someone else, a small little demon would stab my thigh with his knife. He was a spiritual entity, but still had the ability to cause me physical pain. Some people believe that they can’t do this. From experience I can confirm that they indeed do have the ability to cause us physical pain.
They can also afflict us mentally—it is psychological, but we feel a physical reaction to it. For example, a mind can be so tormented by depression or psychosis because of possession of evil spirits that the physical body reacts as if it has been assaulted.