By Brook Ardoin (August 2016)
“There shall be not found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee”. – Deuteronomy 18:10-12
Do you keep seeing repetitive groupings of numbers such as 222, 333, or 444? You may see them on a clock, a license plate, a road sign, or just about anywhere at any given time. At first, you may not notice it manifesting repeatedly. Then when you do notice, it may seem coincidental. As time passes, you then begin thinking there must be more to it. This must mean something.
If you are a follower of Christ, your instinctual first thoughts may be that it must be a sign from the Almighty. After all, God speaks to His people through a variety of ways. Am I on the right path here? If so, keep reading because I am about to expose one of the sneakiest avenues the enemy attempts to come into our lives to bring destruction.
Let me share a bit of my experience with this during the last nine to twelve months. My observation has been with the number 4, specifically 444. Almost every time I check the time on a digital clock, it shows the time 4:44p.m. Whether in my car, my home, or mainly on my cell phone, these same numbers were on the screen. This began occurring several times a week and sometimes daily. To clarify, the time 4:44 was already there and did not turn as I watched the clock. Initially I did not pay much mind to it. When I finally realized this was happening so often, I became curious. One day while seeing these numbers as I drove, I softly said, “Lord, do You want to show me something”?
Admittedly, I did not begin intently praying about this. But, just last week as it happened twice within three days, I found myself filled with frustration. Wanting their opinions, I then decided to email my team about it. As Believers, their conclusions were just as I imagined (and hoped); God was likely trying to speak to me. Their suggestions ranged from the numbers 4 and 44 in representing God’s judgement, to thoughts in which pointed to the possible time at hand being so short.
Folks, let us not criticize as we have ALL prematurely jumped the gun on assuming the Lord is trying to speak to us. If you have not, then you are definitely a monument unto yourself! We are His children, and as His children we tend to focus most of what comes our way as God communicating. If you know anything about the way our God communicates, then you know He does not bring frustration or confusion. He does not need to use these emotions in order to get our attention. God is not about playing games.
A simple Google search on the number 444 completely blew my mind. There are hundreds of sites all dedicated to this number. In a matter of seconds, it became clear the stench of the occult was involved. It encompasses areas of paranormal activity, witchcraft, New Age, and astrology to say the LEAST. Surprisingly, mixed into that search were the many sites proclaiming to be “Christian” and deceiving others into believing this was from God.
You may be thinking, “But Brook, you are a Christian. Surely it would be the Lord attempting to send you a message and not the enemy”. Well, this is precisely how too many Believers think, and because of it, multitudes are falling for this deception and allowing it to inundate their lives. More about this topic later.
Many of God’s people do not understand how the kingdom of darkness operates, as they have not spent ample time studying it. Even worse, all too many have some false notion that they do not or should not engage in deep study on this topic. One big misconception is that we should not spend our time focused on the enemy.
Instead, many think that the Lord would not support this idea because it gives Him “no glory”. If this were true, why did the authors of the Bible through inspiration of the Holy Spirit find it necessary to write about the enemy and his kingdom on so many occasions? Why did Jesus Himself instruct us on how to go about taking authority over this great thief?
Yes, the Devil has a kingdom. It consists of a very intricate network roaming the earth with one goal in mind – to devour YOU. If your mind is set on not studying his tactics in order to understand how he works, he will undoubtedly eat your lunch. You likely have the slightest clue of the areas in your life you have given him the legal right to operate. This includes the lives of everyone living in your home. The key word here is understanding:
“Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with ALL thy getting get understanding”. (Proverbs 4:7, KJV).
Recall I mentioned that when I explained my experience with 444 to the team that our minds immediately focused on God. As children who deeply love Him, why would our thoughts not directly veer in that direction? It is who we are as we put Him first in our lives. However, without hesitation I began searching how the numbers 4 and 44 related to God’s judgement. I was quickly able to produce significant information on this topic.
Nevertheless, that was the problem. I began to lean upon my own understanding in seeking those answers. It was not material the Lord gave instruction on. The danger was that I was solely relying on self, which in turn caused me to miss what was truly happening initially. Do you see how easy it is to take anything, use the Bible in finding an answer, then convince yourself God gave you the answer? “Lean not unto your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5), or you will deceive yourself and possibly others into believing it was from the Lord.
In researching the number 444 in relation to God and the spiritual, I discovered it stems from occult numerology. According to my search, the number 444 is called an “Angel Number”. The title in itself misleads the reader into believing it is of a Godly nature. This number is said to be conclusive to archangels:
- “444 is a sign that your angels are with you. It is a call to pay attention and to become aware of the many signs and signals illustrating that there are indeed angels in your presence. The angel number 444 is a powerful sign…It not only means you’re in the presence of angels, but that the angelic realms are supporting you, guiding you and assisting you with unconditional love and frequency” (Source: askangels.com).
Throughout this study, words such as “energy” and “frequency” filled the pages. This is New Age vocabulary and NOT of God. The Lord is not going to show you groupings of numbers for weeks on end, only to leave you guessing what this may entail. There is no such thing as “Angel Numbers”. If you have experienced this, studied it, or believe that your angels are near, protecting and guiding you because of the number 444, you have been greatly deceived.
You may be wondering what the big deal may be of some seemingly “harmless” spirit that comes to distract you by seeing groups of numbers; why not just continue to ignore it if it is not hurting anyone? By doing nothing, you are unwillingly giving it power and legal right into your life and home. In essence, you are blindly in agreement with it. A legal right is something that gives demonic entities an opening to enter and/or harass you, or when attempting to cast them out gives them a right to remain.
Once you have given it legal right, it then has the power and authority to invite a host of other evil spirits to join in. Unknowingly, you have also freely given them access to every member within your household. What kind of spirits do you assume it will petition to join in? Think again if you presume they will have the same nature.
Its “friends” will likely not keep you as oblivious to their presence. Suddenly, strife may rise between siblings as well as with your spouse. Rebellion can come in and open up a host of troubles for you and your children. Health issues may then arise which then leads to financial difficulty due to the need for Doctor visits and medication; the list is never ending.
Different spirits operate in different manners. They are not always easily recognized. The spirits of oppression and depression are ones we feel. They produce changes in our emotions making them easier to recognize. What about the spirits that are not “in our face” obvious that cause a person to see repetitive numbers? This spirit is a trespasser.
One definition of a trespasser that grabbed my attention reads:
- To intrude; to go too far; to put to inconvenience by demand or importunity; as to “trespass” upon the time or patience of another. (Source: Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary).
I underlined key words as they imply to this spirit. This trespassing spirit works to attract attention and bring distraction. This spirit will trespass on your time and patience as well. This definition is right on target as to the increased frustration it caused me. It is by all sense of the word an intruder. It will unlawfully continue trying to enter our lives. It is sneaky and attempts to hide itself. Its character displays a strong-willed nature in its relentless endeavor to present itself as good rather than evil.
Some spirits are so cunningly misguiding that they will use a person to speak the things of God’s kingdom. A good example is found in Acts 16 when a woman [damsel] with a spirit of divination began following Paul and the other disciples for many days crying out, “These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:16-23).
Luke goes on to write that Paul became grieved with this spirit, which according to one definition in Thayer’s Greek Lexicon means “to be troubled, displeased, offended, pained, to be worked up”. Paul was not grieved in the sense of crying. He was frustrated because it continued to harass them. Paul then commanded that spirit to come out of her and in that very hour, it left.
How much understanding of demonic spirits do you think you would need if you were in Paul’s position? It takes great understanding and discernment to pick up on some of these spirits. If you continue reading the story, Paul and Silas were whipped and thrown into prison once Paul casts that spirit out. In the same way, a spirit may become enraged when you expose it and drive it out of your life and home.
It may attempt to find another opening. This is why it is critical to have a life of constant prayer as Paul and to be in communion with our God on a continual basis. Paul was able to recognize the spirt immediately. We must strive to do the same in order to resist it and remove it right away so it will not take permanent residence in our lives.
An important truth to remember is that Satan is the great counterfeit. He is no creator and has no imagination aside from copying God. Because He once walked with God as the only angel God called anointed, covering God’s throne, he has understanding of the Father. We must not underestimate his ability to fool us using supernatural measures that only look like or even seem like our God’s character.
Satan also uses counterfeits. He will replace something true and genuine with such a similar imitation that we may be fooled unless we check it against scripture:
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, KJV).
I hope you now have a greater understanding of how the enemy works. The only spirit that is harmless is the Spirit of God. If you begin seeing any kind of ongoing pattern, promptly take it to the Lord and do not put off as I did. Get before Him in prayer and seek His counsel. He will reveal when a different spirit other than His own is in play. Test every spirt just as is commanded in 1 John 4:1; “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God”.
Make your goal to be as Paul and have the kind of discernment that you will not even have to spend time asking in prayer – you will just know the spirit when it shows itself. As adopted heirs, seated on the right hand of the Father with Jesus, we can achieve the same understanding into the enemy’s strategies and learn to distinguish God’s presence from that of the enemy. However, in order to attain this, you must be dedicated, diligent, and committed to a life of prayer.
In a later article, I will review examples of legal rights and will focus on deliverance. Those of you who have been around the block once or twice, you know that once these trespassing spirits are recognized and identified, you must waste no time taking steps to take authority and take back your territory by the name of Jesus Christ.
If you have had a similar experience in seeing 444 or any grouped numbers for a long period of time, it is vital to anoint your house with oil and take action to cast out this harassing spirt from your life, your home, and the lives of your family members. (More on this in my next article).
Keep in mind that demons hate us. They seek to consume us and spit us up. They will steal, kill, and destroy you if any weakness to be found within you. Demons have an insatiable appetite for destruction – no matter how subtle they may present themselves. Satan is a master of disguise. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14, KJV). He may roam around LIKE a lion, but our Chief in Command, kinsman Redeemer, Son of the Living God, Jesus the Christ, IS A LION!
**Note – I would like to add that the above article by no intent is insinuating that God cannot speak to His people using numbers. God is the author of numbers and used them multiple time throughout scripture. However, you will find that His use of numbers always preceded great ACTS OF GOD!! He did not play games and bring frustration, confusion or any negative emotion attached. He is clear cut in revealing why He may use a number. This article is specific to the enemy and his ongoing attempts to counterfeit our great God and to expose trespassing spirits. Thank you