The Angelic Sword
By Phil Scovell
George was on the other end of the phone and having an anxiety
attack. I asked him what he was feeling.
"I feel terrified and I can't figure out why. I'm so scared, I'm
shaking almost uncontrollably."
He wasn't exaggerating. I could literally hear it in his voice
and I could hear the phone in his hand shaking. I knew exactly the
symptoms he described because I had experienced them myself. "Do you
want to pray to find out what is behind the fear?" I asked.
"Yes, please," he said almost desperately. "I need to know
A silence lasting about 20 seconds fell between us. Then he
said, his voice steadier than before, "It's about death."
"What about it?" I questioned.
"My death. I'm afraid of dying but I'm a Christian," he said;
confusion in his voice.
I prayed again and asked the Lord to lead us to where this fear
"It's in the horror movie," he said confidence now in his voice.
"Which horror movie?" I asked; knowing he had seen many such
"The one we have been to before," and he described the scene that
had frightened him the most. An ugly tall man was walking up some
long stairs; his heavy booted feet clunking loudly as he came. The
door crashes open and he is pushing a casket in front of him coming
closer and closer to a woman laying in bed who is not dead. Her
terrifying fear was evident. The ugly man had come for her and she
wasn't dead yet. The casket was for her and she wasn't dead.
"I'm shaking so badly," he reported, "right now that I can hardly
hold on to the phone."
I prayed and asked the Lord to show him the truth about the death
scene he was remembering in vivid detail.
"This is the main place my fear of death is coming from," he
reported. "I don't know how I know this but this is the place."
"Lord," I prayed out loud, "what is behind the fear of death he
George said, "Two demons that look like penguins appeared on
either side of the big ugly man's shoulders. They are trying to tell
me I'm going to die like this."
"Is that true, Lord Jesus?" I asked.
"No," he said he heard a strong voice say.
"Do these demons have a right to be hear?" I asked.
"Jesus said, no, they have no right to be here," he replied after
a few seconds.
"What shall we do with them, Lord Jesus?" I asked.
George began laughing.
I asked him what was so funny.
"A huge angel just appeared in the room. He is all white, has
wings, and is twice the size of any man. He has a disgusted look on
his face like he isn't too happy about the circumstances he sees."
"The Lord said to get rid of them," he reported, "and the big
angel just pulled out a long shiny glittering sword."
I began to pray, asking the Lord to give the angel the go ahead,
but stopped in mid sentence. I clearly felt the Holy Spirit speaking
in my thoughts. "No, you tell him what you want him to do with the
demons." I chose different wording, on the fly, as it were, and
continued. "In the name of the True Lord Jesus Christ, I command the
holy angel of the Lord to cut the enemies in half."
George laughed. "I never would have believed it if I hadn't seen
it myself," he said.
"What did you see?" I asked.
"The angel swung his huge sword and the two penguin looking
demons were chopped in half," he reported.
"What are the demons doing now?" I questioned.
"They are running, in four parts, out of the room. "Hey," George
said, "I'm not shaking in more."
Is there anything left in the room?"
"No, everything is gone but the angel." he reported.
"Is there any more fear left? How do you feel in the memory of
this scary movie?" I asked.
"Everything is peaceful. It feels like the room, me included, is
filled up with peace. I have no fear any more about this thing."
During this short prayer time, George reported he was confused.
I asked him why he felt confused and he reported that what he was
seeing was a movie. "How could these things," he wanted to know, "be
happening in a movie?"
I said, "Because you are looking at your memory of the movie and
not the movie itself."
About this point, somebody may be asking how it is that demons
ended up in this guy's memory of a horror film. It isn't difficult to
explain and even easier to understand. The movie created fear; lots
of it. We are commanded by Scripture, "Neither give place to the
devil," (Ephesians 4:27). The fear generated by the horror flick also
created fertile ground in which the Enemy could function and he did.
Still not convinced?
Let's say a young woman was standing at the kitchen sink and
pealing potatoes for the evening meal. She was all alone in the
house. As she hums contently to herself, a man steps up behind her
and puts his arms around her. She smiles because she thinks it is her
husband. As the man pulls the knife from her hand and holds it to her
throat, fear explodes into her mind because she realizes it is way to
early in the afternoon for her husband to be home.
Without even finishing this story, let me ask this question.
Isn't this a golden opportunity for the enemy to take advantage of
this woman's fear? "Yes, but," you say, "this really happened. Your
friend, George, watching the horror movie, was only watching something
that was a fantasy; it never really happened."
Ok, let me ask you another question then. How many different
types of fear can you identify? Maybe I should ask first, are there
different types of fear? That answer is simple. Yes, there are many
different types of fear. If we can agree on that, then let me ask my
next question. Can you name any type of fear that, if given the
opportunity, the Enemy wouldn't try and take advantage? You see, it
makes no difference to the Enemy. If there is an opportunity, he
wants to exploit it.
Let's take this just one step further. What if the current fear
triggers an obscure, or even forgotten event, where similar fear was
experienced? That doesn't happen? Sorry, I pray with people daily
who have had such experiences and it does happen. What to do about it
is the real question.
In this testimony, the Lord used an angel to bring victory to the
man's fear. If we have the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ to
command demons, do we have authority over the angels, too?
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his
commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the
LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of
his, that do his pleasure. (Psalm 103:20-21).
Speaking of angels, the writer of Hebrews says:
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them
who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:14).
I could, of course, expand into dozens of other verses on
authority, the heritage we have in Christ, the identity we have in
Christ, and the authority we have to use His Word but this would be a
book and not a testimony. The truth is, we do have such authority and
in this case, the angel appeared to carry out the commands of one of
the Lord's servants so George could be set free.
Now, how about you? Are you free from all fear? If not, call
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