Many years ago I went to this Christian conference where special guests were brought in to share this new revelation of sorts. I can’t remember the exact theme of the conference at this point as it was quite a few years ago now, but a few things still stand out in my mind about this conference that set me back a bit as it didn’t seem quite right. Throughout different parts of the conference, the speakers were calling each other little ‘pet’ names like ‘daddy-papa’ and such. It was in supposed relationship to the mentorship model, or ‘impartations’ as they called it, but it just struck me as weird and non-Biblical in that no one else used that kind of terminological when referring to those who were mentoring them in their walk. There were other sections that followed that same path and I had something within me that set off warning flags that I wish I had listed to. I want to discuss what happened at the end of the conference.
The special guests lined up and were calling people up front to ‘receive an impartation from the very hand of God.’ They shared about how when God hits you, you cannot stand and you are ‘slain in the spirit’ as you’ve just received a special impartation (blessing). Even through the conference didn’t sit right with me, there was something within me that had that desire to be touched by God and I thought this was the way it happened as they had a pretty convincing argument. So, I went up and waited in line to have my impartation. As I was waiting, I watched as everyone in front of me went down like a rock where if there wasn’t a person standing behind them, they would have hurt themselves in their fall to the hard ground. People were laying everywhere and some were shaking and convulsing. As I waited, I was praying that God would touch me too.
As I finally arrived to the front of the line, a woman placed her hand on my forehead and there were two gentleman standing to either side of my shoulders. She was chanting a bunch of stuff I cannot remember now, but as she was speaking, I was also praying asking for God to touch me. I wasn’t feeling anything and especially didn’t feel the need to fall down, though I desperately wanted to. So, she kept speaking and kept speaking and kept speaking and I could tell that her demeanor was changing as she was now getting frustrated that I was not falling down. I felt her start to put more and more pressure on my head and I then fought back and was determined that she wasn’t just going to push me over as I was waiting for God to do it. But, she and I continued the battle until finally she pushed me so hard that I had to fall back and the two men caught me and laid me on the ground and put a blanket over me. As I lay there, the only thoughts were why did she push me and why didn’t I receive more of God? Was something wrong with me?
Years later, after I’ve spent time studying these ‘new’ phenomenons of being ‘slain in the spirit’ and ‘drunk in the spirit,’ I thank God for His ability to block me of the evil that was being put on me. God sheltered me from the demons that were being presented even though I was opening the door for them to enter. God shut the door and wouldn’t allow them in. Praise Him for His shelter in spite of my ignorance.
Being slain is really being slain…
When we see ‘new’ things going on in the church, we need to ask ourselves if it is Biblical. Can we find instances in Scripture of this same thing happening and if so, what are the circumstances, and is this new thing a reflection of the same character that God has displayed in His Word, or is it contradictory to His teachings? God never changes and so we have a concrete foundation to go back to to make sure it lines up with who He is. We also need to ask the most important question. Did Jesus do that?
So, let’s look at these two instances. Do we see them in the Bible? Yes, we do. We can see people being thrown down to the ground, convulsing. Both are referenced in Luke & Mark, but we’ll just list Mark’s:
- “25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” Mark 1:25-27
- “19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. Mark 9:19-21
So, when we open up ourselves to be thrown to the ground in convulsions (or in laughter or drunkenness), we are actually asking for demons to come upon us, though they will be disguised as light. This is how they make their way into the church. They come in sheep’s clothing among us, but are wolves within. Why would you laugh then? Because the demons are making you laugh to mock God because Satan has tricked you, the image bearer of God.
[Jesus said,] “I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;” Acts 20:29
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” 1 John 4:1
God is the God of order, peace, and self control. He abhors drunkenness and lack of control and tells Christian to be sober and in control at all times, refraining from those things which are of the world. No where in Scripture does He tell Christians they should act like drunks, be out of control, make animal noises, and flop around on the ground. So, where does this slain in the spirit teaching actually come from?
It comes from the Hindu religion (Refer to the second video for more info).
Father God, Do not let us be tricked by the enemy to believe lies that are not from you. Help us to see through any deception to see you clearly for who you are and what you are. And for those believers who are being tricked, we ask you to open their eyes to see the truth of what they are doing. By the power of your name, Jesus, Amen!
Because of some further questions I’ve had related to this, I’ve listed some more details below. The first section shows the verses that are claimed as ‘slain in the spirit’ verses. I’ve listed the verses along with the context of those verses and have given my opinions of what these verses are actually saying. May the Lord convict all of us of the truth of His Word through clarity in His Scriptures.
Verses used to verify being slain or drunk in the spirit (along with the context surrounding the verses)
Wikipedia: Slain in the Spirit or slaying in the Spirit are terms used by Pentecostal and charismatic Christians to describe a form of prostration in which an individual falls to the floor while experiencing religious ecstasy. Believers attribute this behavior to the power of the Holy Spirit. Other terms used to describe the experience include falling under the power, overcome by the Spirit, and resting in the Spirit.
- John 18:6
When Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples across the brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. 2 Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, for Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.”[a] Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 6 When Jesus[b] said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.” 9 This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken: “Of those whom you gave me I have lost not one.” 10 Then Simon Peter, having a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant[c] and cut off his right ear. (The servant’s name was Malchus.) 11 So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into its sheath; shall I not drink the cup that the Father has given me?”
Roman soldiers who were being escorted to Jesus by Judas, had no idea who Jesus was, but when Jesus said that it was he they were seeking, they drew back and fell to the ground. Why would soldiers retreat when they are highly skilled? They would retreat in fear of being overtaken and killed. They were fearful of Jesus and so retreated and fell in fear. They did not fall to ground because they were slain by the Holy Spirit.
REASON FOR FALL: FEAR
- Matthew 28:4
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. 4 And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. 5 But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and behold, he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him. See, I have told you.” 8 So they departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”
Here we see guards being so fearful at the site of this angel that they trembled and became as dead men. They did not know the Lord, nor these beings, and did not have the Holy Spirit within them. They were terrified. They were then told not to fear. This is not an experience of being slain in the spirit.
REASON FOR FALL: FEAR
- Matthew 17:5-7
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3 And behold, there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. 4 And Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 5 He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son,[a] with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” 6 When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces and were terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” 8 And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.”
Before the eyes of Peter, James, & John, Jesus was transfigured into who He truly is on this mountain. When they heard the voice of God from heaven, they were terrified and dropped to the ground in fear of their own lives. Jesus said to them, get up and do not fear. They were not thrown down by the Holy Spirit to experience being slain in the spirit.
REASON FOR FALL: FEAR
- Revelation 1:17
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. 19 Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. 20 As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
John was being shown who Jesus was in His fullness and when he saw, he dropped to the ground on his own in fear of the Lord, but we see Jesus comfort him and tell him not to fear. I do not see this as a time when the Holy Spirit slains someone to the ground.
REASON FOR FALL: FEAR
- Ezekiel 1:28-2:2
26 And above the expanse over their heads there was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like sapphire;[g] and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with a human appearance. 27 And upward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were gleaming metal, like the appearance of fire enclosed all around. And downward from what had the appearance of his waist I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and there was brightness around him.[h] 28 Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness all around. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard the voice of one speaking.
And he said to me, “Son of man,[a] stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.” 2 And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. 3 And he said to me, “Son of man, I send you to the people of Israel, to nations of rebels, who have rebelled against me. They and their fathers have transgressed against me to this very day.
Ezekiel was being shown part of the throne room of God and because of his own view of himself and his unworthiness, He fell to his face either in fear and or in humility. When he fell, he was told to stand up. I don’t see this as a time when the Holy Spirit slains someone in the spirit. Ezekiel falls on his own free will and is told to get up by God’s spirit.
REASON FOR FALL: FEAR or WORSHIP or UNWORTHINESS or HUMILITY
- Ezekiel 3:23
22 And the hand of the Lord was upon me there. And he said to me, “Arise, go out into the valley,[e] and there I will speak with you.” 23 So I arose and went out into the valley, and behold, the glory of the Lord stood there, like the glory that I had seen by the Chebar canal, and I fell on my face. 24 But the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and he spoke with me and said to me, “Go, shut yourself within your house.
Ezekiel, a prophet of the Lord, was told by the Lord to go deliver a message. As Ezekiel was in route, quite possibly Jesus came and stood in front of Him. At that moment, Ezekiel realized who He was so, willingly, fell to the ground in either fear or worship or in complete humbleness. We see the Spirit telling him to get up and go do something. I do not see this as a time when Ezekiel is ‘slain in the spirit.’
REASON OF FALL: FEAR or UNWORHINESS or HUMILITY
- Acts 9:3-4
But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3 Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. 4 And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” 5 And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 6 But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Saul was persecuting and killing Christians and God needed to inject supernaturally in Paul’s life so that he could be radically transformed to Paul, who would be the author of most of the New Testament. We see in Acts 9, that Jesus comes directly to Paul and when Paul sees Him, he drops to the ground quite possibly in fear, and quite possibly because Jesus wanted Saul to know who He was as King. When Jesus asks him a question, He then tells him to rise. I don’t see this scenario as a time when the Holy Spirit takes a person and drops them on the ground to be slain in the spirit.
REASON FOR FALL: FEAR
- Daniel 8:17-18
15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it. And behold, there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. 16 And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” 17 So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But he said to me, “Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end.”
18 And when he had spoken to me, I fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground. But he touched me and made me stand up. 19 He said, “Behold, I will make known to you what shall be at the latter end of the indignation, for it refers to the appointed time of the end.
Daniel was a prophet called by God to write down many prophecies for not only his time, but the time of the end. Daniel was chosen by God to receive these visions. It appears from Daniel 8, that Daniel had a particular vision from God and did not understand it, and so someone came to him in a physical presence to help Daniel to understand what he saw. This presence could have been an angel, but was more than likely Jesus. When the figure came near to him, he was so frightened at what he saw, that he willingly fell on the ground to try to either hide from the figure or beg for mercy to not be harmed. But, the figure was incredibly kind, and lulled him to sleep with his voice, but then told him to stand up as he had a message for Daniel. I don’t see this scenario as a time when someone is dropped to the ground by the Holy Spirit. Daniel drops in fear, himself, and then is told to stand up by Jesus.
REASON FOR FALL: FEAR
In all of the referenced passages for justification of being ‘slain in the spirit’ or ‘drunk in the spirit’ I do not see either of these experiences described, but rather, I see a consistent theme of a person dropping to the ground in fear and trembling when they come into the very presence of who God/Jesus is. They realize their unworthiness and sinfulness and cannot stand in His presence and are, in fact, fearful of their very lives. This is not the Holy Spirit coming upon a person as a personal experience of the senses.
The description of being slain and/or drunk in today’s term is not related to fear, unworthiness, or humility, but is instead referenced as experiencing the glory and presence of God to the flesh, or a personal sensory experience. When Moses wanted to see God, God said that He would only show Him a trail of His backside (and having Moses almost entirely hidden within a cave) otherwise Moses would die. When the glory of God rested on the tabernacle in Exodus, no one was allowed around it or they would die. Sinful man cannot experience God’s glory without fear, and even death. Israel was not allowed to come onto the mountain of God or God would strike them immediately. As mortal man, we cannot fully experience God’s glory as our bodies are corrupt. We will only experience God in full when we are in heaven or receive our new glorified bodies when He comes.
“50 I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable… For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality..” 1 Corinthians 15:50, 53
Jesus tells us to stay away from the desires of the flesh, which are the senses – we want to touch things, see things, feel things, smell things, hear things, know things. Satan knows this full well and started from the Garden of Eden. His temptations are always the same — physical senses, enlightenment & power. God is the invisible God with unwavering characteristics. He is love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, comfort, patience, strength, endurance, holiness, guidance. Look up the fruits of the spirit in Ephesians for a full list.
“16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.[a] Amen.” 1 Timothy 1:16-17
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” Galations 5:16-17 – Fleshly desires of physically experiencing God are in opposition from the Spirit.
“15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[a]—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 – The desire of the flesh is to experience God physically, which is a thing of this world.
His Holy Spirit is given to believers when they repent and come to Jesus for His blood atonement. It is their seal for the day of redemption. The HS is our comforter and our teacher. It was not stated He was given to experience God by our senses, or that we can get more of Him than what we received when we were sealed in full, but rather the Holy Spirit helps us to understand the truth of His Word more clear and helps us to follow and keep His teachings and commandments, as well as helps us to be bold in preaching His Word.
25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:25-26
“and the Holy Spirit descended on [Jesus] in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”” Luke 6:32 – We see that when Jesus received the Holy Spirit, it came like a gentle dove as a Messenger, it did not slay Him to the ground, make Him appear drunk, or make animal noises.
“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”´ Luke 11:13 – The Holy Spirit is a gift from God. It only needs to be given and received once. There is not multiple fillings.
“for [John the Baptist] will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.“Luke 1:15 – John the Baptist displayed none of the traits of being drunk in the spirit or slain in the spirit. Instead, the Spirit gave him power and boldness to proclaim the Name of Christ and in repentance and baptism. He was told not to be drunk (inferred, act like he was drunk or crazy)
“for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:12
“15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:15-20 – Acting drunken is the opposite of being filled with the Spirit. Being filled includes speaking to each other in psalms and songs of praise and thanksgiving.
“21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” John 20:21 – We see here when Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit to them, they did not fall down or do anything out of the ordinary, but instead He gave them the message to forgive others.
“until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.” Acts 1:2 – HS teaches us commands of the Lord
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”” Acts 1:8 – Holy Spirit gives power to witness to the testimony of Jesus
“And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4 – Holy Spirit gives new spiritual languages, not the utterings of animals or being thrown to the ground and convulsing.
“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 – We receive this one gift when we repent and are baptized in the name of Jesus.
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31 – When they were filled, they did not fall down or act drunk, but rather they were filled with boldness to preach God’s Word.
“how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.” Acts 10:38 – When Jesus received the Holy Spirit, He did good, healed people who were under the influence of demonic teachings.
50 But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district. 51 But they shook off the dust from their feet against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Now at Iconium they entered together into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks believed. Acts: 13:20-52, Acts 14:1 – After the disciples were filled with the HS, they went to the synagogue to preach with boldness.
“And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying.” Acts 19:16 – When the HS came, the new converts spoke in languages and told of God’s Word. They were not slain or drunk in the spirit.
“44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. “ Acts 10:44-45
“18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20 But Peter said to him, “May your silver perish with you, because you thought you could obtain the gift of God with money! –´ Acts 8:18-20 For those who change the attributes of who the Holy Spirit actually is and does, they are deceivers or have been deceived. They are not following the true teaching of God. They only desire the ‘manifestations’ of His power, i.e., they seek the power or the ‘annointing’ or the ‘experience’ above what the Holy Spirit’s job actually is. The desire of the HS should be for the assurance of salvation, teaching, comfort, and boldness.
Other references to those falling in the Bible:
“21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee. Mark 1:25-28
“6 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. Mark 9:16-21
“14 And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and, kneeling before him, 15 said, “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he has seizures and he suffers terribly. For often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked the demon,[b] and it[c] came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly” Matthew 19: 14-18
“33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha![b] What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 3” Luke 4:33-35
“37 On the next day, when they had come down from the mountain, a great crowd met him. 38 And behold, a man from the crowd cried out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39 And behold, a spirit seizes him, and he suddenly cries out. It convulses him so that he foams at the mouth, and shatters him, and will hardly leave him. 40 And I begged your disciples to cast it out, but they could not.” 41 Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you and bear with you? Bring your son here.” 42 While he was coming, the demon threw him to the ground and convulsed him. But Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43 And all were astonished at the majesty of God.´ Luke 9:37-43
We see in Revelation that demonic/unclean spirits perform physical signs to deceive many.
“12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13 And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14 For they are demonic spirits, performing signs,” Revelation 16:12-14
Jesus was angered by those seeking physical signs to prove of His presence.
“When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.” Luke 11:29