The man in this story was said to have an unclean spirit. He had his dwelling among the tombs and no man could bind him with chains. He had often been bound by fetters and chains and the chains had been plucked asunder by him and the fetters were broken in pieces and no man could tame him.
It says that he was always, night and day, in the mountains and in the tombs cutting himself with stones.
BUT—WHEN HE SAW JESUS—HE RAN AND WORSHIPED HIM
Isn’t that interesting! Despite his mental torment he recognized Jesus and he didn’t walk but ran to him and worshiped him.
Now in the bible it says right after the above verse— And Cried With A Loud Voice, And Said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that you torment me not. For he said unto him, “Come Out Of The Man, Thou Unclean Spirit.”
When you just casually read the account it seems like the man is worshipping Jesus and in the same breath was afraid that Jesus was going to torment him. That’s just plain crazy! You see if you look closely and listen Jesus made the command after being worshipped. He was addressing what was in the man that was causing him to be tormented.
Then he asked WHAT IS THY NAME? He answered by saying MY NAME IS LEGION:FOR WE ARE MANY.
The TOMBS = CHURCHES PREACHING LAW INSTEAD OF GRACE.
The FETTERS & CHAINS = MAN MADE DOCTRINES & LEGALISMS
The LEGION = HIS MANY THOUGHTS OF UNWORTHINESS IN GOD’s SIGHT
Notice is says the man met Jesus — OUT OF THE TOMBS —but—His dwelling was AMONG THE TOMBS. The story says they couldn’t bind him and notice that TOMBS is Plural. Yep! The poor fellow tried many of them and found he just couldn’t be satisfied because he was always kept in the tormented state of confusion (BABYLON).
Their picture painted on the mans soul made God out to be someone that loved you one day but would curse you if you didn’t tithe to them or give in every conceivable type of collection they required. He may not have attended every time the doors open and was looked down upon and made to feel unworthy of God’s favor and blessing. Doesn’t that image of God sound like “The Image of a Beast”?
And if it wasn’t God cursing you he was just merely allowing it. Because of the failure to Tithe etc. That is the most damnable lie about God. The man’s circumstances are dictated by his confession of who he is IN CHRIST and his holding fast the Promises of God. Since he was cutting himself with stones THE LAW shows he was kept in that state of confusion. Always concerned if he was pleasing God and in THE TOMBS the churches that have a mixture of law and grace it’s hard for folks to keep a strong confession of who they are In Christ or hold fast the Promises of God because of False Guilt promoted by the preachers. The people’s souls are actually being bought and sold by their false doctrines keeping the congregation in bondage to them. Now the story does not end there and we see the LEGION ask Jesus not to send them out of the country but to send them into a great herd of swine feeding near the mountains. The story says Jesus gave them leave. The unclean spirits then entered into the swine and it says the swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, there were about 2000, and they were choked in the sea.
You see that swine in the natural feed on garbage and corn husks. That is the stuff people find unsuitable for food. You notice the story said the man had unclean spirits and they caused him to feel unworthy before God. Do you realize that thoughts are spirits?
This man was filled with unrighteous thoughts (about 2000) and his soul was actually in a more tormented state than the swine. If you think God is going to allow (Babylon) to continue you are in for a big surprise. He’s going to clean house and those churches are going to be emptied if they don’t repent of their mixed message of law and grace.
The UNCLEAN SPIRITS = THE THOUGHTS OF UNWORTHINESS BEFORE GOD THEY ROBBED HIM OF HIS SENSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
The SWINE = Outwardly religious church goers without any spiritual hunger for a real personal fellowship of the Spirit. Doing church just a Sunday ritual more or less.
The MOUNTAINS = DEAD TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS CHURCHES
The SEA = PEOPLES EMOTIONS TOSSING TO AND FRO BECAUSE OF ALL THE MIX OF MAN MADE RULES, DOCTRINES and LEGALISTIC PREACHING MAKING THEM FEEL UNRIGHTEOUS.
YOU SEE EVEN THE SWINE COULDN’T STAND THOSE UNCLEAN SPIRITS THOSE SPIRITS MAKING THEM FEEL UNRIGHTEOUS OR NAKED
Those thoughts and/or spirits tormented the Swine and that steep place they ran down was in their minds. They drown in their emotions that sea of thoughts. The people that kept the swine are actually symbolic of the preachers the swine listened to each week that fed them garbage or a mixed message of law and grace. Those preachers begged Jesus to leave their country. Why? Because if the people really heard Jesus's message of Grace that made the Gaderene Demoniac free from torment and in his right mind they might prefer the message of Grace. Then they would leave those preachers churchs and the preachers would lose some of the income obtained by keeping the attendees sin conscious and giving out of guilt.
Sometimes the Swine are smarter than those claiming to know Jesus who are foolish enough to stay in BABYLON. ****************************************************************************************