July 31, 2010
This post is going to delve into the aspects of two worlds that most are not familiar with. The first aspect will discuss biblical accounts of demonic possession. The second aspect is the ongoing situation with our son Matthew. It’s important to point out that I “do not” consider autism to be a form of possession. While I often inquire as to the bigger picture that is in play, Matthews behavioral patterns are solidly in line with those of autism. He has never tried to intentionally harm himself, he is incredibly intelligent, and has a very unique personality. He truly does not appear to be under the control of an entity. The reason that I’m discussing the two in one post is that both situations place incredible stress on a family. I can “sort of” relate to what these folks must have went through. As of late, Matthew has been given to increasingly frequent outbursts of aggression; aimed primarily at Mrs timbob and Megan. Other behavioral patterns have become so disruptive that our household is literally at a breaking point. In both situations, possession and autism, the answer lies with the Lord Jesus.
I cannot help but wonder what the consensus would have been concerning Matthew in previous centuries. He may well have been locked away and nobody would have known about the incredible aspects of his personality. Despite the challenges, he is a fascinating person and allowing him to be taken elsewhere is unthinkable. Even now, well-meaning acquaintances who are familiar with the situation will say “just put him in a home.” And after he spent much of last night “totally wound up and howling,” the temptation to entertain such thoughts was profound. (He occasionally has “all-nighters” like this; especially if his diet has been altered) Many are quick to remedy misunderstood, or trying situations by placing them out of site. Matthew is not “a problem;” he is a child who has a problem. He needs folks in his life who are atuned to the Holy Spirit and determined to see to his well-being. A standing prayer request of mine is that the name of Jesus will be glorified in his life. I don’t see every curve and bump in the road ahead, but the Lord sees the end from the beginning. And now, to explore a couple of biblical acounts where a soul was in torment and those closest to them were at their wits end.
Mark 9:14-15 “And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
And straightaway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
Some context is needed here. Jesus is just returning from the mount where he was transfigured in the presence of Peter, James, and John. These three disciples would never again be the same as they were beforetime. Now they are back in the world; standing on a spiritual battlefield where things don’t appear to be going smoothly. There is a post about the transfiguration entitled: HIS COUNTENANCE WAS AS THE SUN SHINETH IN HIS STRENGTH On the mount of transfiguration, they saw Jesus as he is. How imperative it is always be mindful of who Jesus is. He is the King of kings and by him all things were created. He knows the hearts of all and sees the conclusion of all matters. The degree to which this understanding resides in our heart will directly influence our level of faith (or lack thereof) in this contrary world.
 Mark 9:16-18 “And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
And one of the multitude answered and said, master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake unto they disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not”
This man was at the point of losing all hope that his son would ever be delivered from the control of this entity. This was amplified when the disciples were likewise unable to cast out the entity. Others were delivered, but his son was still possessed. This must have been beyond discouraging; both for the father and for the disciples who were having to try and explain why they had not been able to cast out the entity. While I can relate to the frustration of not knowing what to when things aren’t as they should be and nobody seems to have any answers, I cannot even begin to imagine what this father was going through. (Even though Matthew is constantly full of surprises, every behavior falls within the defined symptoms of autism) A couple of verses later, we read:
Mark 9:21-22 “And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
And oftentimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
Matthew is prone to wandering. Several times, he’s wandered into the fields and we’ve had to request the assistance of local law enforcement in locating him. This is one aspect of autism; that of being aloof and  given to wandering. We have to literally padlock the doors of the house from inside (In the event of an emergency, however, the brackets can be easily broken) while all of the windows are fixed so that they can only open about five inches. He has escaped often through both. But he has “never” tried to inflict harm upon himself, which seems to be a standing characteristic of possession. The last two words in verse 22 are “help us.” Not only was this son in need of deliverance, this family in need of a solution to a problem that had driven them to the brink. Demonic possession is like a black hole as it seems to distort the very laws of physics. The fallen entities wreck havoc; both upon the victim and in the in the lives of those in the ambience. This writing is causing another moment of wondering “do we have even a remote understanding of the battle that we’re in the midst of?” Oftentimes I go into the streets, feeling almost overwhelmed by both the complexity and intensity of the spiritual battlefield. 
In the above account, the incident of possession is a piece of a larger story that’s playing out. In the following story, however, the possessed individual is front and center:
Mark 5:2-3″And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him, out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit.
Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains.”
I must shift gears for a second as an observation is called for. This man dwelt among the remains of those who were no longer alive. I’ve been noticing lately an alarming increase of imagery that focuses on death. Go into any retail outlet and one will find scores of shirts, jewelry, backpacks, and what have you, with skulls on them. A skull is the remnant of one who is no longer living and it’s become “trendy” to parade such imagery. These skulls are usually accompanied by pictures and wordings that “do not” conjour up thoughts of sunny and seventy. All the while, those in the arenas of theater and merchandise profit from this disturbing fad. One day, while passing through an electronics department, I noticed a movie that was entitled “Drag Me To Hell.” (I mean…WHOA!) This is nothing new, however, this dark imagery and theme seems to be manifesting in every venue. Fascination with death. Fascination with dark sentences and sinister intent. It’s all part of the conditioning. Hell is literally coming to the surface in these last days and folks are becoming increasingly desensitized to the attributes of evil. 
Mark 5:4-5 “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.
And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.”
We don’t know anything about his early years or his family, however, we do know that every attempt to rein him in had failed. For his parents, there were only the joyful memories of a child who had entered the world and abode with them for a time. These were quickly followed by painful cogitations of a season when things began to go horribly wrong. As for everyone else, he was now “just the guy in the tombs.” No longer were efforts made to bring him into some sort of stable situation. He was driven by Satan and abandoned by contemporaries who had simply run out of options. As time marched on, they had grown accustomed to his presence and went about their lives as though he wasn’t even there. But he was there and when the Lord Jesus delivered him in dramatic fashion, the inhabitors of that place became uneasy. This has always been a point of intrigue. They had no problem with a demon possessed man running around, but they asked Jesus to depart after he had miraculously delivered this man. I know that this is running long, but the next passage is important:
Mark 5:18-19 “And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with devils prayed him that he might be with him.
Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him,
Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.
And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”
An astonishing deliverance wherein a captive was set free and the name of Jesus was glofified. One cannot help but wonder how many souls are in heaven at this moment because of this mans testimony.
Most of us cannot comprehend what these people went through; both the victims and the people closest to them. The circumstances with Matthew seem ever so light in comparison to these two incidents from scripture. If Matthew was always trying to injure himself or throw himself into fire…it would be over the top. We do have to keep all of our knives locked up, however, this is to keep Matthew from opening things, cutting up furniture, and what have you. (Like the one day when we came in from the goat pen and found a pile of stuffing in the living room. In the span of a few minutes, he had gutted the couch and was playing in the pile of stuffing.) He’s very resourceful and if he gets hold of a knife, he can get into almost anything. (However, I’ve never seen him cut himself; not even by accident.) It’s been a ride and continues to be an ongoing situation. Matthew is currently fifteen years old and is now physically stronger than any of us. He has learned to use this to his advantage. The answer is truly a spiritual one and the Lord Jesus can remedy it in a moment. I do believe, however, that a much bigger picture is playing out and that the situation with Matthew is just a small aspect of that bigger picture.
Well I must go. This has now approaching 2000 words. (Sorry.) There’s currently a lot of chaos in this venue; including issues that have nothing to do with Matthew. It’s almost like a spiritual Euroclydon at times. As such, I’m not certain as to how frequently I’ll be able to get by here and make the rounds elsewhere. I will try to keep things as current as possible. Blessings always in Jesus name.  


  1. Truly a heartfelt post . . . I’ll keep Matthew in my prayers. You are right the answer to both is Christ. He is the deliver and healer. I was thinking about the many conditions we’ve labeled as “mental illness” and wondered how many of them had to do with spirits of darkness – either possession or torment. It’s an interesting question – that I’m not sure we’ll ever totally know the answer to. Possession does seem to involve physical harm, but is there a level of torment that doesn’t? I’m not speaking of autism specifically, but mental illness as a whole – even severe depression. I know that we explain it away as chemical imbalances – but is that really right? Is there more to the picture? It’s an interesting topic. Mental illnesses seem to be growing – not decreasing – is that a sign of the times we are in?

    You got me thinking . . .


  2. hi – i sent u an e-mail

  3. Hi Timbob,

    This reminds me of a comment someone left on my site. I am going to share it with you below. Matthew may have been a victim of vaccine toxicity when he was younger:

    I remember my mom asking me to read an article in Time or maybe People magazine regarding the possible link between Autism and the MMR Vaccines prior to my older son William, now age 10, getting the MMR shot. I read it, and thought on it for several weeks before making the most stupid mistake of my sons’ life-I chose to believe the mainstream media and my pediatrician.

    She was a physician, she knew better-she wouldn’t do ANYTHING that would cause harm to my son. I even showed her the article and she said to me “there is 1 in a million chance that this could happen”. She convinced me that the shots were ok..well, about 2 weeks AFTER William received the MMR shot, he was rushed to the ER with blue lips, shaking, high fever and not breathing…..

    the Nurse grabbed him from my arms as I brought him in to the ER-I hadn’t noticed that his lips were blue and that he wasn’t breathing-I was in panic mode-they took him from me and began cooling him
    down from his high fever, I think it was 103 at that point and gave him fluids and a suppository to lower his temp…

    his breathing returned and after several hours in the ER he was “ok” ( I also have to add that during the entire panic, I started to sing Jesus loves you…this is when his fever dropped and he was “ok”)…..I say “ok” because my son was never the same again after this. A year later, he was diagnosed with Autism.

    While working as a support coordinator for 2 years, I advocated on behalf of many children and adults with various disabilities. Of all the parents whose children had Autism, without even knowing my story, they all told me the same thing, “my child was never the same again after receiving the MMR shot”.

    When my son started developing tics, I asked that same pediatrician who convinced me to give my son the MMR shot, what was going on with my son?…I will never forget the look on her face…she KNEW but didn’t tell me-she referred us to the neurologists who had the pleasure of giving us the news…

    when I told our pediatrician that my son would not be receiving anymore vaccines she REFUSED to continue treating my son!!!! Our current pediatrician gives William a Medical waiver which states that William is allergic to vaccines therefore my son is now protected from ever having another vaccine. My faith in medicine and doctors ended the afternoon I was told my son had Autism.

    As far as “dumbing down” america? The irony is that these children and adults who have Autism are actually very intelligent, the irony is that they are not able to COMMUNICATE what it is that they know! Instead of dumbing down america, they are actually silencing america! My son was tested at age 3 by a develepmental pediatrician who stated that my son was 2 to 3 years ahead academically. He knew his number, colors, and shapes by age 3! His emotional and language abilities were 2 years behind.

    I absolutely believe the Amish know what they are doing. Not vaccinating and eating freshly grown foods (assuming without using pesticides) is the right way to go in increasing and protecting ones immune system.

    America is “dying” because its poisoning itself! We are being poisoned by the all the pesticides that are flown over and spilled onto our crops and our water; we are poisoned thru our mercury infested vaccines; And we are poisoned through all the LIES and DECEPTIVE PROPAGANDA spoken over the air waves by our “trusted” journalists!!!!!

    Bottom line: DONT VACCINATE…..DONT LISTEN to the CRAP handed to us from the “NEWS”….and in my opinion, unless your physician is a G-D fearing man or woman-DONT TRUST THEN EITHER!


    hope this helps…..

  4. i sent u an email but it came back. did you change emails? can u send me ur new email address?

  5. Hi Rachel. It’s certainly a puzzling thing; trying to diffrentiate between that which is based on physical occurrances and that which is spiritual. I know that a person can be possessed without obvious manifestations while a person can display obvious behaviors that are not normal and yet not be possessed. (How’s that for confusing? lol)

    As for Matthew, I’m happy to report that, since he began taking “abilify” a few days ago, the violent outbursts have all but stopped. This also happened a few years ago, when they changed his medication to “Adoral.” That medication sent him through the roof and he became all but unmanageable. (And that was when most of us were still stronger than he was.)

    The medication is helping, but in truth, Matthew is in need of supernatural deliverance. He’s a fascinating and inventive guy who makes things challenging, but also very interesting. Thanks for keepin him in prayer as the Lord sees the entire picture and knows exactly what is needed.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  6. Hi Code. I just sent an e-mail back. Our address is still the same, so I’m not sure as to why it didn’t go through. If we get a new address in the future, I’ll make it known here. Thanks for taking time to write.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

  7. Hi Marianne. It’s interesting that autism now affects nearly 1 in every 150 births. It’s an astonishing statistic and solid evidence that external factors are a driving force. Matthew was diagnosed at the age of three. Before that, he showed no signs of having any problems of this nature.

    Our environment is saturated with toxins. The air, the groundwater, the food supply, everything. A farmer not far from here recently sunk a well 500 feet down in an attempt to find clean water. The water at 500 feet still contained nitrates.

    We usually don’t think of Mark 16:18 in terms of end times prophecy, but the words of Jesus “and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them” are taking on a whole new dimention as we see this poisoning taking place. We should always be prudent in what we consume, however, we must ultimately trust the Lord to sustain us in this increasingly toxic environment.

    Thanks for stoppong by and thanks for sharing this comment. Blessings always in Jesus name.

  8. Hi Timbob,

    Having worked with autistic children for almost a year now, my heart goes out to not only the kids, but the parents, because I have seen how challenging it can be to have an autistic child. As far as the causes of autism, I know that a lot of that is hotly debated, and I certainly am no expert on the subject. One thing I do believe though is that autistic children can learn about God, feel His presence and be saved. We have an autistic boy in our church named Sammy. If I’m not mistaken, he is 10 now or almost 10. He really loves coming to children’s church when he is able to come.(Parents are divorced, so he only gets to come when he’s with his dad)He is able to sing many of our songs and will participate if teachers need volunteers during their lessons. I have seen a few times where I could tell he was really praying. It may have only been for a short time, but he was praying. He has a fantastic memory, and if he was steered in the right direction, he could probably memorize hundreds of Bible verses. I know another lady from a nearby church who has an autistic brother. I believe he is in his 20’s now, but when he was a teenager, he did receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues. The focus of a Kid’s Church lesson that we had a couple of weeks ago was “God’s ability is greater than our disabilities.” I truly believe this.

    I could say more, but time constrains me. Hope you have a blessed day.

    In Jesus’ name,

  9. Hi Carol. Thank you for taking time to make known these situations. So often I’m at a loss as to Matthews situation and your observations are very encouraging. I know that it’s certainly withing the Lords power to deliver Matthew in a moment and I know that, despite his case of autism being at the more severe end of the scale, he’s incredibly intelligent. There’s much more in play than I’m aware of.

    He’s doing better as of late. A change in medication has been made, but I give all the glory to God. Each step that he takes in the right direction is a victory. And I’ve learned much patience over the years as a result of Matthews situation.

    Thanks again for stopping by. Our computer is just about dead and as such I’ll not be able to interract here much for the next couple of weeks. (Although if something becomes very pressing, I’ll head to the library to share it) We’re planning on acquiring two new laptops at the beginning of september which will allow more flexibility in this venue.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

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