Doug Tales 104: Evil Entities, Part Four

Doug Mendenhall shares scriptures about the extreme strength of evil spirits in Conquering Spiritual Evil, Volume One (2012), pp. 66-67, and then personal experiences about such strength in I See…Awake! (2015), pp. 184-185:

Characteristic #4: Possessed individuals are capable of extreme strength and violence.

The Gospel of Mark tells us of a man “Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.” (Mark 5:3-4)

In the book of Acts it talks of a man that was possessed by evil spirits: “And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” (Acts 19:16)

It is also possible to be physically overcome by people possessed with evil spirits. This will be discussed in the chapters in this book dealing with possession.


Evil has been doing this for millennia and know exactly what they are doing. It isn’t fairy dust they are spreading around to accomplish what they do. For example, people over the centuries have found that when a person is possessed, they seem to have super-human strength. How? They know how to “trigger” the adrenal glands to send adrenaline through the body—the same “stuff” that allows a woman to lift a car off the body of her injured child. If she thought about it, she would not be able to lift the car.

My daughter worked at a girl’s home. About every two days they had to restrain one of the girls. She would tell me how it took four to five staff members, grown women, to get a tiny fourteen year old girl restrained. The headquarters sent a man out to teach how to do restraints. One of the women staff could do a restraint on him and put him down in pain. They told him that there is something paranormal about it, the girls have superhuman strength, and they don’t feel any of the pain that the restraining holds are designed to produce.

Typically it takes a dark entity with a body, i.e. a dark translated being, to do heavy physical paranormal activity. An example of this is an incident in Brazil with the LDS missionaries in which a man floated to the ceiling, and the missionaries couldn’t get him down. Another example in early LDS history is when Brother Knight floated to the ceiling. There are several ways “floating” can be accomplished. If enough demons get into a person, meaning thousands, that can cause them to float, like filling up a balloon with helium. Another way is to have a dark translated being lift them up. They can also toss them about a room, drag them on a floor, etc.