One of the questions that seems to crop up, frequently, is
how we incorporate our spirituality into 'spirit hunting',
if you will.
Well, I (Keith) would like very much to answer this and all
of the questions we receive.
With Sandra's help, I'll get to all of the inquiries as time
Hopefully, you will find the information useful.
In preparation before going into any situation where demonic
forces are involved, I do put on the 'Armor of God', as
described in Ephesians 6; I feel this is extremely
13: Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon
them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of
the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul
14: And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief
of the priests, which did so.
15: And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and
Paul I know; but who are ye?
16: 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.
Regarding what happened to the Seven sons of Sceva as
described in Acts 13-16, they were invoking the name of
"Jesus, whom Paul preaches", but they were not doing so in
faith, nor as Christians, which makes all the difference.
As long as any such situation is approached in faith and
trust in the power of Jesus Christ, and having put on the
Armor of God, there need not be any fear.
What is a demonologist?
Essentially, a demonologist is someone who studies the
history, theology, nature and activity of the demonic realm,
and is able to apply this knowledge.
Question: What made you choose this area of study?
Did you have experiences that you couldn't explain and, if
so, what happened?
Have you ever come in contact with something truly
What originally started me on this path was the fact that
unexplained occurrences would sometimes happen in the house
I grew up in...things such as unexplained laughter and
(unintelligible) chatter outside of my bedroom window at
night, objects sometimes mysteriously vanishing, and
occasionally one of us being touched, or even pushed. Now,
it's not as though these things were happening
constantly...just every once in awhile. My brother also
witnessed a full bodied apparition of a woman in our
basement, on more than one occasion.
Yes, I have witnessed some frightening things, such as a
young girl being slapped by an unseen hand, and my sister
being shoved by an unseen entity. I've also witnessed
furniture being moved by itself, during a case of demonic
possession. A large parlor chair in which my brother was
sitting moved about three or four feet backwards, with him
still sitting in it.
My Christian faith is my main motivation for pursuing this
field of study. Through this faith, and from studying the
Holy Bible, I am often led to help people who are
experiencing problems which are spiritual in nature.
What are your credentials as a
My credentials for being a demonologist/parapsychologist,
are simply my own personal faith, research, and experience.
I've never claimed to have a degree that says that I
officially possess these titles. However, the connotation of
both these terms implies the study of these fields, which is
what I have done, and continue to do.
Believe me, there are organizations and individuals out
there who do claim to be "professional" demonologists and
parapsychologists, but who in reality may only possess an
"honorary" degree. I've personally encountered some myself!
At what point would you recommend someone contact you for
help? (i.e. – what point of activity is it necessary to call
upon a demonologist?)
Usually, it is because someone is dealing with a situation
that seems to be on a somewhat different level than, say, a
haunting by a human spirit or a residual (playback)
When an individual or individuals are being targeted by an
unknown entity in a personal, systematic way.
What tools are used in your trade?
We use Scripture readings from the Holy Bible, as well as
blessed (holy) water and blessed oil. We also use audio and
video recordings, and still photos to document activity.
Most important, however, is our faith in a higher power.
How many cases do you typically work in a year and how many
of those turn out to actually be demonic in nature?
We work on or become involved with approximately 25-30 cases
About 5 of these turn out to be truly demonic in nature.
Are there any misconceptions you would like to clear up
about your field of work?
There has been a great deal of hype, concerning the way the
way demonic situations have been portrayed in the media. It
is not always a cut and dry situation, and a great deal of
research and investigation often goes into becoming involved
in a demonic case.
What many people do not realize is that this work takes a
great deal of patience. Investigating and then reviewing
data can often be a lengthy, tedious process, without a lot
of exciting things happening right away.
Can you recommend any papers or articles on demonology?
Personally I have written several articles on demonology,
which have appeared on various paranormal web sites and in
various other publications as well.
There are also some many interesting articles on demonology
that have been written, from both a spiritual and a
scientific point of view, which can be found on various web
sites and publications.
Do you believe further research is needed in your field?
If so, how would a demonologist use funding or technology to
further the field?
Further research is very much needed. Technological
advancements for investigating this field of study are
always being made, although funding for this research is
often very difficult to obtain.
Much of the funding must be independently financed.
Do you ever call in a priest or other religious figure to
assist you in cases?
Yes, in fact we do this whenever possible.
Question: I need to know the motivation behind
Satan and his followers lost the battle in heaven and were
cast out. They already know they will be thrown into the
lake of fire after the thousand years.
Why then do they try and bring us down with them?
Some say it is pure hatred for all that God has created.
Others say that was what Satan was created for in the first
place, to try and lead us away from God.
The whole idea of "I'm going down, so I want to take you
with me," or "I'm taking my hate of God out on you," just
doesn't seem quite right to me.
I would think that Satan and his followers must believe they
can win in the end, otherwise why bother?
If they believe they have absolutely no chance of winning
then they have no motivation to continue to try and turn us
away from God.
Perhaps they believe mankind is the key to victory in a
second war in heaven. Perhaps they believe mankind has some
special power or purpose they can use.
After all, God created the material world and the spirit
world. Isn't mankind His only creation that is both?
So I ask you, what is the motivation behind demonic
The best way to answer this question is with certain
Scripture passages which point to the basic nature of Satan
and his demons (other fallen angels which are subject to
1 Peter 5:8
- "Be sober and self controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary
the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking who he
12:12 - "Therefore rejoice you heavens and you who dwell in
them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil
has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he
knows that his time is short."
Satan, who has been cast out of Heaven because of attempting
to exalt himself as the equal of God, has been confined to
the earth, and is enraged. He understands that he has but a
short time left.
The demons are also acutely aware of their allotted time, as
can be evidenced from Matthew 8:29, when Jesus confronts the
Legion of spirits possessing the man inhabiting the tombs in
the region of the Gadarenes:
"Art thou come
hither to torment us before the time?"
verses, it would appear that Satan and his demons do realize
that they face ultimate defeat, and are attempting to
"punish" their Creator who cast them out, by destroying as
much of humanity as they possibly can.
nothing positive in the nature of these demonic spirits.
Their ultimate goal is destructive, and their only limited
satisfaction lies in deceiving God's creation of humanity.
Therefore, God sent His only begotten Son, to destroy the
works of the devil, and to be the ultimate Savior for
Can any deceased person's spirit become demonic?
A deceased person's spirit cannot become demonic. Although
some people can obviously be incredibly mean during life, an
actual demonic spirit is a separate class of being
altogether, and was never a human being.
In the same way, a true angelic being never actually lived
as a human being. Angels were created by God as a separate
order, before humans ever came into existence.
Question: When investigating an alleged haunting,
how do you differentiate between a human or benevolent
(angelic) spirit and an evil (demonic) or inhuman spirit?
At first, certain inhuman demonic spirits (depending upon
their individual modus operandi) will appear the same as
human spirits, and may even go all out to appear innocent,
lost (a ploy for sympathy and to gain an element of trust)
and sweet. Others will appear malicious at the outset. Going
in with a positive attitude, and radiating faith in God,
will usually reveal the nature of a spirit, at least to a
Most likely a malicious inhuman spirit will at first remain
very elusive, to avoid detection. There is also quite a
difference in the level of activity in an inhuman haunt.
How can you distinguish a demon from a spirit, haunting or
In a demonic haunting, the entity or entities present will
tend to target certain individuals.
There will be systematic strategy involved.
How do you validate that demons are present?
This is dependent upon the level and intensity of activity
Usually this is done with religious provocation, the purpose
being to obtain a reaction from demonic spirits that may be
From your personal experience, how do you believe that most
demonic activity usually starts up in a home or person?
Most often because a family member, or perhaps a previous
resident of a home, has been involved with occult practices.
Have you ever become possessed as a result of working these
cases or has a spirit, demon, or other entity ever followed
you or your other caseworkers home?
If so, how did you deal with it?
Neither Sandra nor I have ever become possessed as a result
of working on these cases. I take specific precautions to
prevent anything unholy from following us home.
However, we have known other investigators who, perhaps
because of their particular sensitivity, have apparently had
a negative spirit follow them after an investigation.
For this reason, I also take the precaution of praying for
other investigators before we leave a location.
Why do demons attack?
For two reasons:
1) They are extremely envious of us because we have been
given the gifts of life and free choice by our Creator.
2) They seek to mock God by debasing and dehumanizing His
creation, namely us.
Can you tell if you’re dealing with one or multiple demons?
Usually we can, although this can sometimes only be
determined during a deliverance session.
It is very helpful if we have the opportunity to work with
someone who has the spiritual gift of discernment.
Are there different types of demons? If so, can you name a
few you’ve encountered and what the cases were like?
Just as there are different classes of angels, there are
also different classes of demons. Some are very powerful,
and for the most part prefer to remain completely
To use an analogy, if this were the military, then these
higher entities would represent the commanding officers,
whereas the lower spirits that they have authority over
would represent the foot soldiers.
It is these lower, more bestial spirits – the ones that
create havoc in homes – which we most often deal with.
Do all demons intend to possess?
The higher demonic entities, also known as devils, rarely
intend to possess.
Rather, they are often in control of the lower demonic
entities that do seek to possess.
Why do demons possess people, what is the purpose?
There are essentially three main reasons why a demon would
seek to possess a human being:
1) They are
incorporeal beings, and are therefore envious of the gift of
life which God has given us. Only by entering into a person
can they hope to temporarily experience the pleasures of the
flesh, which we as living people often take for granted.
2) Since we are created in the image of God, demons seek to
possess a human being as a way of perverting, or
dehumanizing God's creation. Demons consider this a way of
"getting back" at their Divine Creator, for their expulsion
from the Heavenly realm.
3) Demons sometimes possess people to perform Satan's direct
will through them.
How exactly do demons possess a victim's body or mind?
The way a demon will most likely be able to possess a person
is by a systematic breaking down of that individual's will.
Also, for a demon to invade someone's psyche, the person
must sometimes "Invite" the demonic entity in...or be
deceived or oppressed into doing so.
Actual demonic possession is extremely rare, by the way.
How do you detect if a possession is a hoax?
In legitimate cases of possession, there will often be at
least some sort external phenomena taking place as well,
which can be observed and documented by witnesses.
Do you require your clients to undergo mental/physical check
ups before you will work their case?
We recommend that they do so, although this is not
completely necessary when we initially become involved with
a case. However, if it comes to the point where an exorcism
is required, we do prefer that they undergo professional
Do other entities, such as angels, become actively involved
Angels can indeed be present during exorcisms. Personally, I
always pray for angelic assistance, whenever we are involved
in any sort of deliverance from evil spirits.
Does Satan himself possess most people, or is it the other
Satan himself, as well as his High Lords (devils), rarely,
in fact almost never, participate in the possession of human
beings. This is mainly the work of demons.
In Scripture, there are only two instances of Satan directly
becoming involved with the possession of a human. These are:
1) When Satan enters into Judas Iscariot, after Judas has
decided to betray Jesus.
2) Satan's future direct possession of the Antichrist, in
the Book of Revelation.
What is demonic activity commonly mistaken for?
What signs indicate a demonic
presence over that of a mental illness or other lesser threat?
Demonic activity is commonly mistaken for clinical illnesses, and vice-versa.
Without thorough investigation, it is often very easy to mistake genuine demonic
oppression or possession for such organic conditions as schizophrenia or multiple
However, to confirm genuine demonic activity, one must also
investigate any external phenomena, which may be taking place.
Have people been rescued from mental institutions based on
Although it is rare, some people have actually been rescued
from mental institutions that were in fact suffering from
I know of three such cases.
One involved an adolescent girl, and the other two involved
All three individuals underwent exorcisms performed by the
clergy, and all three eventually returned home and went on
to live normal lives.
Is the percentage of male or female possessions more?
It's hard to tell if the percentage is more male than female
in actual possessions. To my knowledge, they seem about
In general, women seem to be somewhat more susceptible to
demonic oppression, although women generally seem to be able
to cope with the long term effects of oppression better than
men. This is because men often tend to go into a state of
Do all demons recognize a certain church or figurehead as an
They do seem to acknowledge a Higher Power, and are adverse
to virtually anything that represents goodness and holiness.
Regardless of culture, they also seem to respond to the name
of Jesus Christ.
Are any religions more prone to demonic influence?
Without intentionally trying to offend anyone: In my
personal experiences, yes, some religions are more prone to
demonic influence than are others.
For example, as part of their religious ceremonies, both
Voodoo and Sante Ria practitioners willingly invite "spirit
guides" (sometimes known as Loa) to inhabit their bodies.
Do you have the authority to perform exorcisms?
Yes, as a believer in Jesus Christ. I believe Scripture
indicates that all true believers in Jesus Christ have the
authority to cast out evil spirits in His name, although not
all believers are necessarily ready to do so.
Do you know what being possessed is like, and if so, how
does it feel?
From what has been described to me, those who are
experiencing possession are generally in a state of
emotional torment, exhaustion, and sometimes embarrassment,
at least right after a spate of possession has just
occurred. The rest of the time, they have a sense of being
invaded, as if they are being deprived of their inner
Often these people are tormented by urges and/or voices
which are not their own.
During actual episode of possession, the afflicted
individual's own consciousness will temporarily "blank out",
causing them to experience an occasional loss of time, as
well as loss of self.
Do demons earthly interact with humans, or are they mainly
in a different "realm"?
In actuality, demons rarely interact directly with humans,
and are usually limited to subtle temptation/oppression.
Demons exist in a separate dimensional plane, which Jesus
described as a state of "wandering through dry places,
seeking rest, and finding none". (Matthew 12: 43-45)
Can animals be possessed?
Although this is very rare, yes, animals can be possessed,
both in ancient times and in the present. (Mark 5: 11-13)
However, it is far more likely that an animal would be in
some way influenced by a demonic presence, since their
senses are generally more developed than are ours.
Question: Do you believe that ghosts are formerly
people or that that which are called ghosts are actually
When confronted with a haunting, be it in a home in which a
presence dwells, or through an individual who has come under
possession, I do not immediately react as if faced with an
inhuman spirit. Rather, I give it the opportunity to prove
if it is in reality 'lost little Sally' or 'dead Uncle
In all my years, never once have I encountered a spirit
presence such as this (claiming to be a deceased human),
which will not inevitably react negatively when asked about
the presence of holy angels or of Jesus Christ. The spirit
either avoids this line of interrogation altogether (if it
is rapping on walls or speaking through a person), or if I
persist, the reaction will be violent.
And so, to answer your question more specifically: With the
possible exception of some "residual" (playback or time
displacement) phenomena, I believe that spirits involved in
haunting and possessions are inhuman entities, working
against God...and not the disembodied spirits of humans.
Why is it that clearly there is demonic activity happening every day all
around us, but the world will not admit to this fact?
What would, in your opinion,
be undeniable proof of demonic presence?
People conveniently tend to ignore what makes them uncomfortable. I think it is also fear of
ridicule in our modern “show it to me” society.
Proof would perhaps come by obtaining substantial
evidence, such as being able to study a full-bodied apparition for an extended period of time, under
controlled scientific conditions.
Has any possessed person (or demonic presence) ever been video taped or otherwise recorded?
Yes, demonic possession has been videotaped, and recorded on still photos and on audio.
applies to demons manifesting in spirit form; the audio recordings are normally in the form of EVP
(Electronic Voice Phenomena).
As a sensitive, I am frustrated because I want to be able to
help people without becoming overwhelmed.
What are some really powerful ways to protect myself from
other peoples emotions as well as spiritually?
What you have to do in these situations, is to place a
psychic, emotional 'wall' between yourself and the situation
you find yourself involved with...and this includes the
individuals you may be offering help to as well. When
situations threaten to become emotionally overwhelming, you
have to place your emotional, compassionate self on hold,
and react to the situation objectively. I know this will not
be easy, and it takes much practice...it is often very
difficult for me to emotionally distance myself as well.
But, you will be much more effective in protecting yourself
by doing this, as well as the people you are helping.
It is exactly what any type of emergency or rescue worker
trains him or herself to do over time. It does not mean you
are not feeling compassion...you are simply putting the
psychic and emotional internalization of things temporarily
on hold, until such time as your psyche has opportunity to
effectively internalize and process the emotional input (and
Question: How is the Ouija board properly used, why
should one use it, and what are the drawbacks/safety
people consider the Ouija board to be a harmless parlor game
made up of a board with various letters, numbers and
symbols, etc. together with a piece of plastic, called a
planchette, manufactured by Parker Bros. for use at parties
and the like. They are correct. Some individuals (for
example, psychic medium James Van Pragh) claim to have
regularly used the Ouija board with no ill effects.
It is true that the board possesses no power of it’s own,
imparted by the toy manufacturer. However, there is a real
danger in using the Ouija board to communicate with spirits
(or any similar divination device). The individual using
this tool is opening up his or her free will, leaving them
vulnerable to an invading spirit presence. I personally do
not recommend the use of a Ouija board, simply because there
is a risk of opening doors to inhuman entities.
In using this device, someone may successfully contact what,
at first, will appear to be a ‘benevolent’ spirit, only to
have this spirit turn on them once they have gained a
Demonic spirits will often pose as spirits of the departed,
when in fact they have never actually walked the earth
inhuman form. Demons can be very adept at masquerading as
relatives or friends who have passed on. One ploy used is to
reveal hidden knowledge, which was supposedly known only to
the deceased. This information will often eventually prove
to be correct and verifiable. However, once a firm
attachment has taken place, the demonic will attempt to
confuse by cleverly mixing lies with truth.
There are those who will become emotionally dependent upon
these ‘spirit friends’ and an inhuman presence will have no
reservations about using a person's loneliness or emotional
vulnerability to gain a stronger foothold. By the time the
hostile entity has revealed it's true colors, the person who
has unwittingly been communicating with this diabolical
spirit will often find that they are much harder to get rid
of than they were to bring in.
A request for a spirit to manifest itself (appear) to
someone through the use of the Ouija board is an open
invitation for an inhuman spirit to infiltrate that person's
Although I don't recommend it, if one does use the board-
closure should always be done at the end of each session,
similar to saying good bye at the end of a telephone
Could playing the game, "Light As A Feather, Stiff as a
Board" be an invitation to demonic infestation?
In extremely rare instances, with certain subjects, this
game can sometimes cause a spontaneous projection of the
astral (spiritual) self, leaving the subject vulnerable to
an invading entity. This is extremely rare, and usually
involves a subject who is very sensitive and vulnerable to
begin with, but it has been known to happen on occasion.
If there are parasitic entities present while this game is
played, since the subject of the game may momentarily "lose"
him or herself, these parasitic entities may in fact be
Although not as dangerous as automatic writing or opening
one's senses by utilizing a Ouija board, there is
understandably a need for some caution.
Do 'Shadow People' exist and, if so, what are they?
Shadow people are entities which are usually doing the
bidding of higher entities, especially the ones which appear
small. These are of the 'imp' variety, and some people and
cultures refer to them as 'elementals' or
'nature spirits'...especially if they appear in a wooded
Although they are often associated with people who are
living or have lived, they themselves are not human in
origin, and will usually back off (sometimes temporarily)
when the names of God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit are
mentioned. They become especially aggravated and fearful
when the shed blood of Jesus Christ is mentioned.
From their typical behavior they are often considered to be
little more than pranksters. But make no mistake, they are
non-human in origin.
What is meant by the term 'poltergeist'?
Poltergeist is a German word that, literally translated,
means noisy or playful ghost. Poltergeist generally refers
to any type of spirit activity where noises are caused by an
unseen force, inanimate objects are moved or fires
spontaneously start, water or other elements or objects
appear out of nowhere, or people are touched by something
What, if any, is the significance of swarms of green (or any
color) flies in conjunction with a haunting?
The significance of the green flies is what I personally
believe to be demonic entities paying homage to Beelzebub,
since this name translates to "lord of the flies".
This does not necessarily mean that Beelzebub himself is
present. Rather, it is more of a demonic calling card, so to
speak, announcing that "We are of the kingdom of Beelzebub."
Similarly, demonic spirits are often referred to as Satan,
because they are representatives of the Satanic kingdom.
What is meant by the term 'Nephilim'?
The term 'Nephilim' is derived from the Hebrew word nephal – meaning 'to fall'
or 'fall upon' - and is first mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in Genesis, Chapter 6: 4:
"The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of the nobles
would come to the daughters of man, and they would bear for them; they are the mighty men, who were
of old, the men of renown."
The King James version translates the word nephilim as 'giants':
4. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in
unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of
old, men of renown.
The Nephilim are again mentioned in the Numbers 13:32-33, where the Twelve Spies claim that they have seen giants in Canaan:
32. And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, "The land we explored devours
those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size.
33. We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of the Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and
we looked the same to them."
There are two basic interpretations of these Scripture passages.
The first interpretation is that the Nephilim are the hybrid offspring resulting from the union between (fallen) angelic beings
(sometimes also known as Watchers) and human women, which became a race of giants during the antedeluvian (pre-flood) age. The passages
in both Genesis and Numbers indicate that there were Nephilim existing for some time in the post-flood era as well. There is a belief
stemming from the book of Enoch, that when these giants died, their spirits became wandering spirits upon the earth.
The second interpretation is that the "sons of God" mentioned in Genesis actually refers to descendants of Seth, and that the
"daughters of men" refers to descendants of Cain.