Tornados Are an Instrument Used By Satan
By Linda C Dipman

    The Devil and his demon generals sat on one side of a huge cosmic table while Jesus and His angels of light sat
across from them.  An argument was proceeding from the great voice of Satan demanding that Jesus let go of His
protection over the people of the earth.  Satan shouted, "Release the storms you have held back from me, for I must
test the people of earth!"

     It was an unusually warm and humid February day.  I had never experienced such a dramatic change of
temperature from frigid cold one moment to the feelings of spring the next.  An alarm sounded in the distance and
within a few seconds sirens echoed through the town announcing an impending tornado.

    I motioned to my wife and children that we needed to go to our safe room.  The kids whined, begging me to let
them finish their video game.  But I was unyielding making them turn it off.  In defiance my teenage son angrily
shouted, "It's just another false alarm, we're perfectly safe!"  I wanted to give in so there wasn't another fight, but a
Holy Spirit urgency permeated my subconscious and urged me to take cover now!

    Colossians 2: 6&7, "Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him.  Keep your roots deep
in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught.  And be filled with

    "Satan may be god over the earth which gives him the power to use storms to hurt people, but we must warn and
help those who call upon my name." Jesus stated to the Angels of light. All in one accord a flutter of thousands of
angels took flight towards the earth fighting through the legion of demons that stood blocking their paths.

    Outside we could hear the wind blowing fiercely, and the branches snapping off the trees.  I looked across at my
wife and together we bowed our heads in prayer.  All of a sudden our home began to shake and the basement that
we hid in lurched upward as if a hand had reached down from the blackened sky and grabbed the house off its
foundation. Quickly, I grabbed my children and forced them into the tub to protect them from falling debris while
covering them with my body.

    Colossians 2: 8-10, "See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit of human wisdom,
which comes from the teachings handed down by men and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ.  
For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity, and you have been given full life in union with him.  
He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority."

    My prayers rang strong as I prayed for protection from Satan for my family and neighbors.  The vibration of the
Holy Spirit within my body comforted me as I continued to pray fervently.

    The storm lasted only a few minutes, but the devastation left from the tornado took my breath away.  Thankfully
my children and I were alright, but in the midst of the storm my wife had become separated from us.  I screamed her
name and only silence responded back.  In desperation I tossed twisted boards and furniture aside only to find her
lifeless body crumbled in a corner.

    Tears swelled in my eyes as I hugged my boys and comforted them over the loss of their mom.  Together we lifted
her body out of the basement only to see the complete devastation of our once perfect neighborhood.  

    All I could do was groan a prayer with words that could not be humanly spoken, but could only be conveyed from
the Holy Spirit that lived within me. "Help Me Jesus!" Warmth surrounded my body and a soft voice whispered
comforting words within my conscience.  A strength I had never known before filled my soul making me stand firm and
know that Jesus was beside me and He would never let me go.

    Colossians 2:13-15, "You were at one time spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were Gentiles
without the Law.  But God has now brought you to life with Christ.  God forgave us all our sins; he canceled the
unfavorable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross.  And on
that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of
them by leading them as captives in his victory procession."

     I was in shock as I gazed at the wreckage of twisted and scattered houses and turned over cars and trucks.  The
manicured lawns were filled with household belongings, twisted trees, and broken limbs.  I saw my neighbors coming
out of their leveled homes, some carried dead family members and others didn't even have a scratch.

    It wasn't long before firemen arrived to shift through the debris and find other survivors who were penned inside
their crumbled homes. I could hear a helicopter and before I knew what was happening a newsman was asking me
what happened and how I escaped.

    The words that flowed from by mouth were not my words.  It was as if for that moment in time when I had lost so
much that Jesus knew what I needed to say to be free from the devastating pain I just went through.  I hugged my
children and together we proclaimed to the newsman that Jesus saved us from the tornado.  As the movie cameras
intently fixed upon our faces I spoke words of praise and thanked Jesus Christ for allowing us to suffer for Him!

    The newsman was shocked for he had learned moments before the interview that I had not only lost all our
possessions, but also my beloved wife in the storm.  He prodded me with still more questions and I began by telling
him about my faith and how I believed that someday I would see my wife again in Heaven.

    1 Thessalonians 4: 13&14, "Our brothers, we want you to know the truth about those who have died, so that you
will not be sad, as are those who have no hope.  We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that
God will take back with Jesus those who have died believing in him."

    1 Thessalonians 4: 16-18, "There will be the shout of command, the archangel's voice, the sound of God's
trumpet, and the Lord himself will come down from heaven.  Those who have died believing in Christ will rise to life
first; then we who are living at that time will be gathered up along with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  
And so we will always be with the Lord.  So then, encourage one another with these words."