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While working on West Coast college campuses in the decade of the 1960s, I witnessed a paradigm shift in thinking. Students began to shift from rejecting all things supernatural to believing in the phenomena of the occult. By 1965 this became the “in vogue” thing among professors and students, particularly at the University of California at Berkeley.

They still rejected things supernatural in Christianity, but they blindly accepted supernatural experiences associated with the practice of the occult. National news magazines, TV shows, movies, all began to reflect the acceptance of the supernatural in the occult. The movie “The Exorcist” broke the ice for that genre of film. Now we see occultic subjects all the time in film and TV. Anton LeVey and others began openly talking about worshipping Satan. This led to my writing “Satan Is Alive and Well on Planet Earth” in 1972. It became an instant best-seller. More than 8 million books were published.

The occult was all novel then. Today, it takes something really bizarre to make the news. Why? Because the occult is so commonplace today.

But something just set a new standard for the bizarre in Germany. A couple who proudly profess to be genuine Satan-worshipping vampires were arrested for ritually murdering a man.

Manuela and Daniel Ruda say they killed a German friend with 66 knife wounds on orders from the devil. They carved a pentagram in the man’s chest as part of a satanic ritual. They then drank his blood and had sex in an oaken coffin in which Manuela normally sleeps. The German husband and wife have admitted killing their friend, Frank Haagen, “for Satan.” She said she got a taste for vampirism and the occult while in London and Scotland.

She appeared at the regional court in Bochum in full gothic garb, her head partly shaved to reveal an upside down crucifix and a target tattooed on her skull.

Mrs. Ruda, 23, gave a chilling account of drinking blood from volunteers contacted on the Internet. She said, “I was in England and Scotland, met people and vampires in London. We went out at night, to cemeteries, in ruins and in the woods.”

“We drank blood together, from willing donors. You can’t drink from the arteries; no one is allowed that. I had implanted pegs put in the teeth which were pulled out and were replaced with fangs.”

“I also slept on graves and even allowed myself to be buried in a grave to test the feeling. I signed over my soul to Satan two and a half years ago.”

The couple has denied responsibility for killing Mr. Haagen, 33, although both have admitted committing the crime.

Mrs. Ruda told the court: “It was not murder. We are not murderers. It was the execution of an order from Satan. He ordered us to kill Frank. We had to comply. It was not something bad. It simply had to be. We wanted to make sure that the victim suffered well.”

Mrs. Ruda said she and her 26-year-old husband lured their victim to their flat. When they arrived a “strange force” and “other beings” were present.

“We were sitting on the couch the whole time, and then my husband stood up,” she said. “He had terrible, glowing eyes and hit out with the hammer.”

“Frank stood up and said something, or wanted to say something. The knife was glowing and a voice told me: ‘Stab him in the heart.’”

“He then sank down. I saw a light flickering around him. That was the sign that his soul was going down. We said a satanic prayer.”

Dieter Justinsky, the public prosecutor, said: “I have never, ever seen such a picture of cruelty and depravity before. They simply had a lust for murder.”

Both believe in Satan; they worship him. A death list found in the flat contained the names of future victims. They drank his blood, slept in coffins and believed they would achieve immortality as vampires.

I wish I could say that this sort of thing is isolated. But it is not. The Columbine High School massacre was committed by two teen-agers who were heavily involved in occult practices and Satan worship. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold professed faith in Satan and Nazism frequently and were not taken seriously – that is until after their killing spree.

All of these things are part of a predicted scenario for the days leading up to the Second Coming of Christ. Satan never wanted a world that did not believe in the supernatural. He wants a religious world that will believe in Him. And for this He will supply all kinds of supernatural experiences to lure in those who reject God’s truth.

The Bible prophets predict a terrifying world during the final seven years of history as we know it, “And the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons … and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts” (Rev. 9:20-21 NASB). The term “sorceries” is from the Greek word “pharmakeia” from which we get the word pharmacy. It means the practice of the occult with the use of drugs. How very appropriate for our day.

The Prophet John predicted, “And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast; they worshiped the dragon (Satan), because he gave his authority to the beast (Antichrist) …” (Rev. 13:4). In Revelation 12:9, the dragon is defined, “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world. …”

We are definitely headed for a world of Satan worshippers. Thank the Lord that Jesus is coming for the believers before they are released from their restraints.

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