I have encountered quite a few spirits over the years who spoke in various languages that were unknown to the victim of the demon possession. I have encountered spirits who were in people who didn’t speak English but whom understood my commands in English and I have dealt with spirits who spoke in demonic tongues. Just as the Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts—the gift of tongues, the gift of healing, the gift of miracles—so does the devil. Satan gives gifts to his demons. In many cases where demons are seen having the ability to speak various languages, it is due to Satan giving the satanic gift of tongues to the evil spirit.
Not too long ago, I was contacted by a 25 year old solider based in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina who had been experiencing some horrendous demonic attacks. He had sought out the help of counselors, pastors, and the church for healing. The church, however, was ill equipped in dealing with this solider who was severely demonized. In one counseling session a group of believers spent nearly 12 hours in prayer over him. None of the demons spoke and they continued to remain in his life.
This soldier, in desperation began to look on the Internet for ministries that dealt in the realm of exorcism. He came upon ours, which led him to contact us for prayer.
In my first conversation with him (Vance) I began to share some of my own personal experiences with the demonic and how Jesus was victorious over the enemy. This led to a demonic manifestation. A strange voice, a voice of a demon, came out from within him, threatened with all the talk of Jesus. The first thing the evil being did was to accuse me of past sins. I quickly informed the spirit that I had been covered with the blood of Jesus. Vance quickly came to and asked what was going on, as he had lost consciousness for a few minutes, as the demon manifested.
I explained to Vance that an evil spirit had manifested and that the spirit attempted to condemn me with the mention of past sins (common tactic of the enemy). Vance began to share that he had always felt that he had some unique ability to discern people.
“Perhaps it was a demon all along that gave me the uncanny ability to know people and their weaknesses,” he wondered.
“Perhaps, but Jesus Christ can help you and free you.”
The spirit then launched into a tirade and began speaking in what sounded like some Eastern European language.
“Who are you?”
“I’m not telling.”
“Yes, you will,” I wanted to know the demon’s name.
“I was sent here.”
“Who sent you?”
“I know your master is Satan but who are you?”
“My name is Revealer,” responded the spirit in a very distinct voice.
“Why are you in his body?”
“I reveal things to him.”
I now knew where this uncanny ability to know people that Vance spoke of. The demon went on and explained his ability.
“I came into his body when he was 17 years old and I give him the ability to know people and their weaknesses. My master gave me this ability so that I might give it to Vance.”
Vance possessed a demonic spiritual gift, a gift that came through a demon who received the gift from Satan. Just as Holy God gives spiritual gifts to His children, the devil gives spiritual abilities (gifts) to his children, the “children of disobedience” (see Ephesians 2:2). I have known occultists, witches, and Satanists who possessed unique demonic abilities that included the ability to dematerialize, to speak in unknown languages (which the demons possessed in Vance), to carry out translocation, to levitate objects, and even the ability to fly. But these abilities pale in comparison to what God gives His children. The spiritual gifts, God gives, is for the “common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). Gifts that encourage, that equip, that teach, that builds up, that reconciles, that restores, that heals, that delivers, and that saves. The same can not be said of the devil’s gifts. Quite the contrary, as the devil gives gifts to his servants for the destruction of everything that is holy.
In the Acts of the Apostles there is a story of a young lady who had possessed a demonic spiritual gift, the ability to speak of the future (note: only the triune God truly knows the future, Satan merely guesses future events). We read of this story in the sixteenth chapter:
“Once when we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit by which she predicted the future. She earned a great deal of money for her owners by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and the rest of us, shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who are telling you the way to be saved.” She kept this up for many days. Finally Paul became so troubled that he turned around and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ I command you to come out of her!” At that moment the spirit left her” (see Acts 16:16-18, emphasis mine).
This young slave girl possessed an ability to predict the future and it was an evil spirit that enabled her to do so. A demon gave her a spiritual gift. In Exodus 7 it is recorded that some “sorcerers” had the ability to transform an inanimate object into a snake via their use of the “secret arts,” which incidentally are empowered by demonic powers. Satan gave his servants (the sorcerers) the spiritual ability to transform something that is inanimate to something that is living, a snake.
Moses recounts the story: “Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs.” These Egyptian occultists performed their deed by virtue of their demonic gifts.
Vance had a demonic gift but this gift brought problems into his life, his relationships, and his family. Even the demon acknowledged that the gifts that were bestowed upon him from the devil were nothing in comparison to knowing God. For even the evil spirit exclaimed, “I miss the room.”
“What room do you miss?”
“I miss being in the throne room of God.”
This spirit whom boasted of the spiritual gifts that he possessed from Satan was now in great pain. This demon was once an angel serving the Trinity, whom had access to the throne room of God, with all of its glories and beauty, was now destined to an existence of torment. The spirit inside of Vance even realized that what he had (the ability to reveal people’s weaknesses) paled in comparison to what he did have, at one time—a right relationship with its Creator.
With the devil there is always a trade-off. He may give you a supernatural ability or a spiritual gift but in return he will take your soul. The devil and his evil angels may offer (and at times deliver) riches, fame, power, pleasure, and supernatural abilities but what the devil offers is nothing compared to knowing the Lord Jesus who offers the forgiveness of sins, spiritual gifts that bring goodness, joy, peace, love, spiritual satisfaction, meaning and eternal life.