This man encountered this massive demonic being in his house that spoke to him and tried to end his life. Even the priest was so terrified that he left the house. This man lived to tell this incredibly true story.
In 2007, Erin moved to Los Angeles. He ended up working in television and film, doing hair and makeup. And it really changed his life; it gave him something to enjoy and something that he loved doing every day. He moved to Hollywood to follow his dreams, to start a career, and to become somebody. But that would all change when, one night, he encountered something so evil and so demonic that it has changed his life even to this day.
When he was three, his parents had a very nasty divorce. He was removed from his mother's custody completely. And then removed from my father's custody. So when this happened, his grandparents stepped in immediately to ensure that he had the support and love he needed to grow up.
Living in North Carolina, Erin's grandmother would help him with his chores and homework. She was always gentle and kind to him. She never raised her voice.
Erin really looked up to his grandfather. He was an incredible role model, setting the perfect example of how a man should be and live. He was like a dad to him.
His grandfather was a man of faith and love, always teaching him to pick up a book and read and to always look for the answers that you seek. He would tell Erin that everyone in this world is your child. and it was up to him to take care of everyone that he met.
At one point, Erin had considered becoming a priest and going through seminary. He spent many years reading historical religious texts, spiritual texts, and biblical texts.
from every corner of the world that he could get my hands on.
His friends would call him Azrael. The name in scripture referred to the angel of death, but the meaning behind Azrael means "helped by God." You will see how this name comes into play later in the story.
When Erin was 19 years old, his grandmother and my grandfather passed away. This hit Erin pretty hard and was something he struggled with.
This is when he moved to Los Angeles. Doing so, he met this really amazing young girl, who is very sweet and kind. Her name was Nair.
She offered him a room to rent in this small duplex. An old, mid-century modern little house there in Hollywood.
Erin would say that Nair made incredible food and believed in spiritual things like he did, and with that, they were able to really connect.
At the time, Erin was working two jobs. Things were going really well for him; he was feeling good about his life, and it just seemed like everything was falling into place.
but that would all change.
One night, about 9 o'clock, Erin was on his way home. And on the way home, he stopped and grabbed some food, just like any other night.
That when he got a phone call that would forever change his life. It was Nair; she called him, and she was screaming into the phone. Erin had never heard anyone scream like that before.
His first reaction was that someone was hurting her. She inquired as to where she was and where she was going. She replied, "Please, please get home; I need help."
Erin wasted no time; he got in the car and sped home as fast as he could, and when he got home, he drove up on the front lawn right in front of the house.
The house was pitch black. The front light didn’t work.
He called out, "Nair?" but there was no answer.
None of the lights in the house would come on. It was so dark. I mean, you couldn't see anything. He came to Nair's bedroom, and her skin was white as snow. Her whole body somehow got compressed into the mattress as if there were 1,000 pounds on top of her.
There was something unnatural about it. At this point, Erin was terrified. He was thinking to himself, "We need to get out of here," so he just grabbed her and carried her out of the house.
He got her into the car and sped off down the street. He drove as fast as he could to get as far away from that house as possible.
Within a few minutes of driving, her color came back. She started to cry uncontrollably, and she was screaming. He had to pull over to figure out what happened. He put his jacket on her and just held her and asked her, "What happened?
She said that she was in the kitchen, making food. There was a voice in her ear, and she said that it was speaking in a language that she'd never heard before.
There was fear and death and some darkness that was being injected into her, and every word it spoke to her was paralyzing.
She didn't want to go back to the house. She told Erin that she wanted to go to her best friend's house.
So he took her there. Then Erin decided that before he went back to the house, he'd stop by one of the churches and talk to a priest and tell him what was going on.
When he talked to the priest, he knew he was telling the truth. The priest was very concerned for their well-being. He told him that they should not reenter the house that night and wait till daylight.
But Erin refused and told the priest, "No, hey, that’s my house, and I'm going to take my house back."
The priest said, "Well, you're going to need me to go with you."
So they went to the house. When we got to the house, the lights still did not turn on. The priest stepped out in front of Erin and told him to stay behind him. You could tell that the priest was terrified.
They both made their way through the house, and the priest asked where the bedroom was, and Erin told him that it was at the end of the hall.
The persist slowly made his way to the bedroom, and when he got to the door, he pushed it open, and immediately he was stopped dead in his tracks. Erin, still standing behind him, could hear the priest reciting St. Michael's prayer.
Then, all of a sudden, the priest stopped speaking. He was just standing there with his eyes wide open, as if he were in shock and just couldn’t move. Erin, at this point, is terrified and took action to help the priest out of the home. As soon as they got outside, the priest fell to his knees and said sorry, saying that something very evil and terrifying is in that house and he can't cast it out.
Erin, frustrated and scared, knew that he had to face whatever was in the house. So he went back into the house all by himself.
He made his way down the hall and back to that bedroom. The door was shut, so he opened it, and immediately he could smell this stench as if something was dead.
Then something in the corner of the room caught his eye. He saw this massive creature standing in the corner of the bedroom. Erin describes this creature as having leather-type skin, being like a reptilian, and literally standing from floor to ceiling. This creature was tall. Its eyes were so black that there wasn’t even a reflection in them.
Erin is now face-to-face with this demon. And this demon is just looking at him, radiating this fear over Erin like nothing that could be described. This fear that this creature brought made the whole house feel like there was this force compressing down on it. And this thing spoke to Erin. It said, "Azrael." Now remember that this was his nickname that his friends would call him by.
Then this creature began to speak to Erin. It said he was Belial, and he had come to consume and destroy him. That it wanted to take him to oblivion. It told him that he came just for him. And said he was special, that he belonged to him, and that he would have him. No matter how long he lived or how long he walked the earth.
If you didn’t know who Belial is, he is one of the fallen angels that followed Satan, and a very powerful entity at that. (Not more powerful than the name of Jesus.) His name in the Hebrew tongue literally means "wicked, "worthless," or, to some, "yokeless." That just sums it up for the most part. If you would like to know more, let me know in the comments below.
Erin then started to slowly back out of the room and start walking backwards down the hall to make his way out of the house. and as he was walking down the hallway, this thing came out of the room, following him down the hall. Erin is just terrified and falls down on his hands and knees.
He hit the ground like a sack of potatoes, as he would describe it. He was just crying, scared, and thinking, "This is it; this is how he was going to die.
Then he remembered what his grandfather always said: "There is no greater light than merciful love. And so he spoke that out loud over and over. "There is no greater light than merciful love. There is no greater light than merciful love."
As he did this, this creature began to back up and make these sounds as if it were wounded or hurting.
Now keep in mind that as he was repeating this refrain, the "love" he was talking about was Jesus.
So as he was saying this over and over, the creature kept backing up the hallway until it just disappeared.
And there was this great peace in the house. While Erin was still on his knees in the hallway, there was this bright light that started to radiate around him. This was the light of God coming down, surrounding him.
Since that night, Erin has never seen that creature again. But this was a night in his life that he would never forget. A night that this demonic and powerful evil spirit, Belial, tried to kill him.
We can see that love is the greatest gift given by God. As the scripture says, There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because he who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
So this weapon (fear) that this dark force was using was no match for love for God. We can use this gift in the battles we face in this world. That does it for today's story. Hit that thumbs up, and until next time, God bless.