When the disciples asked Jesus if He wanted them to call down fire on a town, Jesus said to them, "You don't know from what spirit you are speaking".
He did with Peter when Peter tried to forbid Jesus from going to the cross. "Get thee behind me satan"... he said, to the rock.
When Judas was about to betray Him, Jesus said, ""Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!"
Looking to the historical record, satan uses group think and mob rule as a manifestation of his effectiveness. It is hard to get ONE person to commit a terrible act, but a mob of people are capable of horrible things. God is NEVER behind a mob. If you see a MOB of people doing anything, you can be fairly certain satan is manifesting himself among them.
That doesn't mean that large groups of people are always wrong, it's just that they are more easily led of the enemy in a crowd. His voice is such that it sounds just and righteous when spoken in a large group. This can even be a danger in a group environment like a church. A leader like a Jim Jones can lead people into terrible consequence. It has happened time and time again. We are to be on guard for the enemy, who like a roaring lion seeks those he may devour. When we personalize that it seems pretty easy, but peer pressure and group dynamics have the effect of devouring people in ways we don't even comprehend without reflection.
Let's look back in history for a pattern:
In Sodom a mob attacked Lots house and demanded the "Young Men" Genesis 19
Then the men of the city said to Joash, "Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has torn down the altar of Baal (Judges 6)
When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, "You must die! Jeremiah 26
People in the synagogue were filled with rage as they heard these things; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to throw Him down the cliff. Luke 4
The city was filled with the confusion: and they rushed with one accord into the theatre, having seized Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel. (The Devil uses Demetrius to stir up hatred) Acts 19
This mob led to the stoning of Stephen:
And they stirred up the people, the elders and the scribes, and they came up to him and dragged him away and brought him before the Council. Acts 6
"These men who have upset the world have come here also; and Jason has welcomed them, and they all act contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus." They stirred up the crowd and the city authorities who heard these things. Acts 6
Of course the most visible of Biblical Riot is the Crucifixion of Jesus by the crowd calling Crucify, Crucify.
What makes these things hold together is if you were to have gone to any single individual in the crowd, they would have sworn their cause was just, that it was necessary, that the action of the crowd was the right thing to do. Democratic rule can mean Mob Rule.
We have all seen movies where a crowd is coming with torches and pitchforks to kill or rout some perceived evil. We laugh at these scenes from Young Frankenstein... yet in real life they exist in the hearts of men.
You don't have to go back very far to see this manifest again and again. Certainly there is a place for standing up against evil as a group. Our founding fathers did. The Polish people stood up against communism recently. The difficulty is knowing that which is inspired of satan from that which is a just cause. If you want to know the difference, you have to look at the heart of the action. What does it look like? What are the words and actions? Could you take them into the holy place and speak those things out loud without shame? If not, then there is suspicion. It very well may be a demonic manifestation.
Look at the French Revolution. The rising up against an oppressive government was right, but when satan took over, and it's clear that he did, the mob and riot became the new oppression.
Look at the Bolshevik revolution in Russia. Red October. It was a mob of people who rose up against the Tsarist government and it's oppression. A noble cause, but satan soon entered in and it became the darkest of times in Russia almost to this day. Every mob rule mentality starts out pure until satan enters. A just cause deteriorates into injustice and eventually the horror that killed millions of people in Russia.
Look at the Rise of Hitler. Starting out in beer halls. Loud riots caused otherwise good people to follow a man who was a personification of evil. Mob Rule. He didn't win over the people with good policy but with the backing of the brownshirts that ultimately led to gas chambers and death of millions.
Look at Mao Tse Tung and the Cultural Revolution. While he was a communist, it was the Red Guards who were mostly young that installed mob rule that nearly destroyed the country. This was up until 40 years ago.
The KKK and such groups that lynched thousands were driven by satan. If you took a single person aside and said, is this a good plan? They would have said no for the most part. But how do you go against such things? Peer Pressure is Powerful.
Isis while it looks like a centralized force is substantially Mob Rule that commits unspeakable acts.
Mob rule is the manifestation that satan uses to get otherwise good people to go along to do evil. Using peer pressure. Using lies. Using deception. Using delusion. He starts by pointing out to people how they have been oppressed, used, discriminated against or controlled by some unseen force. The constant drumbeat becomes a force unto itself. Like a pack of dogs. By itself a dog is a docile loving animal. Put them in a large pack chasing a small animal or even a child the pack will kill with abandon where alone they would not have done any such thing.
In recent years we have seen the same thing in the USA. Protests in the 60s for civil rights and against the war were for the most part peaceful. The image of a protester placing a flower in the barrel of a guardsman's gun stays with me. Arms locked as they marched across that Selma Bridge was effective.
Yet today we see a different spirit. It is one that has been allowed to operate without question from the pulpits and the leaders who occupy them in the world. Look at what has gone on thru ungodly mob mentality. We see that in celebrations after the winning or loss of sporting events. We saw that in Ferguson, Baltimore and Sanford Florida after Travon Martin was killed. We saw that after MLK was killed and the city of Chicago burned. People who had a legitimate grievance influenced by satan burned, rioted, destroyed and became an evil demonic manifestation.
Satan has a voice. He has a microphone. He comes in the form of a person. a convincing motivating person. If you are being encouraged to "Take Action" and the action becomes profane and violent you can be pretty sure what evil force is behind that "Action". His name is satan who came disguised as an angel of light.
We are in the middle of a difficult election season. Once again we see the hand of satan in riots and mobs. Large crowds incited to riot. IF you think I am talking about Donald Trump or the mob that manifested last Friday in Chicago the answer is YES to both.
What is most concerning is the silence. This is an open rebuke to the Body of Christ and it's supposed leadership. Where is YOUR Voice? You should be drowning out the voice of the enemy that is calling people who should be guided by you into riot and mob mentality. You should be calling for peace. Where are those speaking the word of God?
“You shall not follow a multitude to do evil” (Exodus 23:2).
Owe nothing to anyone except to love and seek the best for one another; for he who [unselfishly] loves his neighbor has fulfilled the [essence of the] law [relating to one’s fellowman]. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not covet,” and any other commandment are summed up in this statement: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor [it never hurts anyone]. Therefore [unselfish] love is the fulfillment of the Law.
11 Do this, knowing that this is a critical time. It is already the hour for you to awaken from your sleep [of spiritual complacency]; for our salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed [in Christ]. 12 The night [this present evil age] is almost gone and the day [of Christ’s return] is almost here. So let us fling away the works of darkness and put on the [full] armor of light. 13 Let us conduct ourselves properly and honorably as in the [light of] day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and irresponsibility, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for [nor even think about gratifying] the flesh in regard to its improper desires.
Romans 13:8-14 (amp)
Do not be deceived; neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [by perversion], nor those who participate in homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers [whose words are used as weapons to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander], nor swindlers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God. Corinthians 6:9-10 (amp)
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18
Yet we are treated to words as weapons from candidates and the mob alike. Both are satanic manifestations. Deliverance is needed, but not to be delivered and then return to the vomit like a dog.
I speak prophetically to leaders, your silence and even consent in these times condemns you. The Lord says:
"I have longed for watchmen and prophets to speak against the rise of satan, yet I see none. Your hidden cowardly heart is not hidden from me. I will deal with your lack of stewardship over that which I gave you. Your lamp stand will be removed. I will withdraw. I called you to be light and you sanction the darkness. I called you to speak life and you speak death by your apathy. Rise up called ones, for I would take this time of unrest to show myself mighty in the land. I will but it must be in spite of you not because of you. You were to be my body in the earth, yet there is a cancer you allow to grow without objection. It is time for you to repent of the sin of safety in the face of evil. Where is your boldness? How have you allowed the world to press you into it's mould? Speak truth, MY NAME is truth."