Sid Roth - Unmasking Satan
Sid Roth: Hello. Sid Roth here. Welcome to my world where it's naturally supernatural. My guest's father was the devil. I'm serious. He has a new father now, God. And is passion based on his former knowledge is to keep you three steps ahead of the devil. You know, all of us have had real challenges in our lives, but John, you really had challenges. Your father practiced something called Santeria.
John Ramirez: Santeria.
Sid Roth: Which is just a demonic religion I assume.
John Ramirez: Yes. It's the number one demonic religion in the world today.
Sid Roth: And your father and your mother, constant turmoil. He used to beat her. But when you were eight years old your mom took you to a Tarot reader. What happened.
John Ramirez: My mom was going with my aunt and basically when I got there the lady, the witch that read the cards, she focused on me. She didn't focus on my mom. She didn't focus on my aunt. She told my mom that she saw in the spirit that I was going to lose my eyesight and if I didn't get a ceremony done within the next 30 days I was going to be completely blind. So my mom panicked as any mother would and my mom allowed me to get the cards read. The lady read and they went on and a couple days later they initiated me to the dark side at the age of eight years old.
Sid Roth: And when at 13, you actually were willing or praying for your father to die?
John Ramirez: Yes. I remember my half-brother and brothers, and we would stay up all night, and he beat my mother all night long. So he would beat my mother all night. So we would be in the room. Sometimes we ran out of the room to try and help my mom from beating her, and he would throw us around, and then we'd go back into the room. And so one day I sat on the bed and started to pray, was just praying. I wasn't even praying to God. I was just praying and saying, I hope he dies, I hope he dies. I hope someone kills him. And at the age of 13 years old, my father got shot at the age of 33, in the face, from a woman at a social club when he had a wife home.
Sid Roth: Did you feel guilty about that?
John Ramirez: I was rejoicing, to be truthfully honest. I was rejoicing because I know the torment and the hate in my house, and the solid pain to go to school and put up a face as a young boy, and act like everything was okay at home, to put up a face and knowing that there was nothing but torment in my house.
Sid Roth: You began to really grow in the demonic and you, why did you feel Satan was your father?
John Ramirez: My father was a devil worshiper and that came from a generation of devil worshipers on my father's side, generation to generation, Santeria, spiritualism, card readings, Palo Mayombe. Palo Mayombe is when you sell your soul to the devil and you make a contract with the blood, which I did later on in my years. And I would sit with the devil and speak to the devil all night long. I was going to demon church at the age of eight years from seven in the evening until five in the morning to be trained with principalities, demonic spirit, territory spirit. I was learning stuff in the spirit realm beyond the age of eight. So to me was, I told the devil, when you kill my father, you know, you can have me. So I told the devil, you can have me, and the devil said, I replace the old with the new.
Sid Roth: But God had a secret weapon, a beautiful woman and she invited you to church. What happened?
John Ramirez: Actually, she was a backslider. She was a backslider. So God got two for the price of one.
Sid Roth: So what happened when you went to that church?
John Ramirez: Actually, I went to the church. I asked the devil permission. I asked the devil, could I got to church. He said, "Go to church. People are weak. They don't have no strength against us. They don't have no power against us. You can go to church". I was after the girl because she was a pretty girl and she lived in the neighborhood, so I didn't have to move my car around, so we could go eat anywhere. So I thought that was a good deal. But you know, God was setting up a game plan, you know, for my life.
Sid Roth: You really got upset one time with the pastor. What happened?
John Ramirez: Well you know, the devil, I went to church a little too much without asking permission any more. And then the devil said, the devil showed up in church. In church, the devil showed up and I hear the devil whisper in my ear and tell me, "I didn't tell you to come this Sunday. I didn't give you permission to come this Sunday". It was strange because the pastor did an altar in the middle of the service. Usually they do that at the end of the service. So I got up. I said, well if I go by the pastor the devil won't blast me. He will leave me alone. So when I went up, people came up to the middle, so I was one of the last ones to pray for. So I stayed here by the time he came. I didn't want him to pray for me anyway. But by the time he gets to me he's tired and the devil is gone. That was my plan. But when he came up to me, the devil possessed me right there, and I grabbed him by the throat and I picked him up in the air, and I said, "Today is the day you're going to die". And then all this foul stuff came out my mouth and people jumped out of their seats, and I mean, big men jumped out of their seats, tried to grab me down and peel my hands off the pasture's throat. He was turning purple.
Sid Roth: But he goes home and he prays a prayer, an unbelievable prayer. Listen to this. John cried out to God, "If you are bigger than my god, with a small "g", although he didn't know it at the time, than my god that I serve, show me tonight or just leave me alone. When we come back, we're going to find out what happened from that prayer.
Sid Roth: I'm here with John Ramirez. And John, his whole life was devoted to his father, the devil. He literally had that relationship with the devil. And a pretty girl says, let's go to church. He goes to this church. He almost kills the pastor. The devil just had total control over him. He goes home and he cries out to God, "If you are bigger than the god I serve show me or just leave me alone". After you prayed that prayer, what happened?
John Ramirez: I just sat on the bed. It was just something that just came out. It wasn't even planned, and because I really don't want to be Christian. I thought Christianity was not for me. It was something that it wasn't my taste, my cup of tea. My thing was devil worship, recruiting people, running regions, putting spells on people, making a lot of money doing that. But I went into this deep sleep like an anesthesia sleep, and I ended up on this train that was going faster than anything you could imagine. And the train was filled with people, but the people, you could see their faces, because their faces were blank. And when the train crashed and hit, it opened the doors and it ended up in Hell. And when I ended up in hell...
Sid Roth: Now when you say that you had this dream, but you also told me earlier that it really was a real experience.
John Ramirez: It was a real experience. This was more real than the oxygen I breathe, Sid. This was more real than the oxygen I breathe. There was no way for me to leave 25 years of devil worshiping at $100 dollar an hour witchcraft stuff in my house for a guy named Jesus that I had never seen in my life.
Sid Roth: So you find yourself in Hell.
John Ramirez: I find myself in Hell. I'm running to the portals of Hell trying to find a way out, a window, a door and then, first of all, this fear grips on you like a garment. It trips on you and then you hear wailing and you hear so much things going on at the same time. You're so desperate, you want to get out. And when I'm trying to get out the devil shows up in Hell and tells me, "I'm going to keep you here, you know too much about the occult, you know, too much. I gave you too much rank, too much secrets. I need to destroy you". As he's saying that, he's coming, he's going to launch at me. As he's launching towards me this cross appeared in Hell and I put it on him, and he fell out like a tumbler. And so I got back up and I ran, and then he tells me, somewhere down in the deeper part of Hell he shows up again. He says, I'm going to destroy you. So here I am talking to him demonic tongues because the devil copies everything from the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
Sid Roth: He can't create it.
John Ramirez: He can't create a thing.
Sid Roth: He's a counterfeit.
John Ramirez: He's a counterfeit boot leg and a copycat for real. So he here I am. Here I am there. He comes out again and I said, "I'm gonna destroy you", I told him. And I showed him the marks that I had sold my soul. He said, "Oh you are a fool. I gave you those marks. I own you". Again, he went to grab me for the last time. The cross of Jesus Christ appeared and he fell. I mean, he actually fell on the foot of the cross. He just fell down on the foot of the cross like he was worshiping. He fell down. I woke up out of the dream. It's like when I see you and you hit those things on your chest to bring you back to life, that's what happened to me. I was something hit me. I came back into life and I knew then that night that Yeshua was the truth, the way and the life. And I bend my knee.
Sid Roth: You tell me that you now have a new father. Who's your father?
John Ramirez: I have a father that I can't even describe. He has to be real. That's how awesome he is. The days, everything of my tormenting days, the days of my father.
Sid Roth: There's one thing that I asked John off the air. I said, "John, you went through a lot of stuff. I mean, if you could get free from the devil, anyone could get free. But aren't you fearful today"? What did you say to me?
John Ramirez: The only fear I carry in my heart for life, because I'm doing a life sentence for Jesus Christ and I want no parole. So the only life, the only one I fear is God, is Yeshua the Messiah. That's the only person I fear. I fear no devil, I fear no witch, I fear no voodoo, I fear no witchcraft, I fear no man but the man Jesus Christ.
Sid Roth: You know, I had an experience yesterday in my office and John was there. For about a month I've had a demonic force that has just been at me and at me, and at me. So I said, would you pray for me. And here's what surprised me. He prayed for me. That didn't surprise me. But the way he prayed surprised me. He said to me after he prayed, "You're not going to have a problem with that demon again". How did you know that?
John Ramirez: Sid, God is good and he, that's guaranteed. God has guaranteed you.
Sid Roth: That's what he told me, God has guaranteed you're not going to have a problem. And guess what? I haven't. Okay. All right. John, there are demonic gateways. What are they?
John Ramirez: The gateways are the mouth, your ear gate, your mouth gate, your eye gate, stuff you watch on television, the videos you play.
Sid Roth: Can someone watching a wrong movie or something wrong on TV actually have a gateway to the demonic?
John Ramirez: Oh absolutely, Sid, because you got to remember the devil will put something on TV. He can anesthetize your mind. And if he can anesthetize the person's mind and they don't have the Christ any more, now you're more addicted on the stuff on TV than going home and spending time with God. So now I stole your prayer closet.
Sid Roth: What about so many men, including men and women, including Christians are now addicted to pornography. It's slipped in so easily. Is, could that be a doorway to the demonic?
John Ramirez: Absolutely. Book of Psalms, 91, speaks about the foreign entrapments of the enemy. And one entrapment is the most dangerous one, is the young lion. The young lion speaks about the sin we can control. But in the end, you don't kill it and they're controlling you. So you got 80 percent of people that walk with the Lord, Christians, that are bound to pornography because they thought that, hey, I can turn it off any time I want. I don't have to watch it today.
Sid Roth: That's what alcoholic say.
John Ramirez: Yes.
Sid Roth: I can stop any time I want.
John Ramirez: Any time I want.
Sid Roth: But they can't.
John Ramirez: But they can't because there's a stronghold and the demon attaches to that stronghold, and if you don't break the legal rights and renounce it you will never be free.
Sid Roth: You're telling me that you could pray a prayer as strongly as you prayed in my office yesterday and they can be free?
John Ramirez: They can be free. I prayed for a gentleman in Japan over the phone. He was manifesting, I mean stuff was coming out of this man, and he turned around, and he sent me a letter. He said, "Thank you because Yeshua set me free".
Sid Roth: I want you to pray for someone at home that wants to be set free of pornography and addictions of any kind. Would you pray that right now.
John Ramirez: I tell you, Sid, God has called me. My purpose, my destiny in the church today is to unmask the devil. Now once I unmask the devil for you, you will see how small he is and how great is your God.
Sid Roth: I have to ask John to do something. I want you to look in that camera and I want you to tell me how small the devil is and how big God is. Will you do that?
John Ramirez: I tell you right now, you want to be free? I promise you in the name of Jesus, you can be free right now, from any tormenting spirit, from any spirit that's calling your mind, from any combination, any pornographic, any torture, any tormentors that are sent your way, I break it in the name of Jesus right now. I bind every satanic attack over your life, your purpose, your destiny, pornography, anything that is holding, suicide, oppression, depression, I break it. Any pharmacia spirits, I bind it right now. The Lord has told you, the Lord is speaking to me right now. He says he's going to set you free and once you take that freedom you give it back to Jesus. Now be free in Jesus' name, the unmatchable name of Jesus.
Sid Roth: Yeah. Yeah. John is going to unmask the devil. When we come back he's going to say to us, from his experience, what is the greatest weapon a believer in the Messiah has to expose the devil and I'm telling you, you have no fear of the demonic when you know who Jesus is, when you know who your father is. I mean, he is so big, the devil trembles when you find this out. We're going to be right back.
Sid Roth: So John, from your knowledge of, back there, what are the, what's the strongest weapon we have against the devil?
John Ramirez: I believe the Word of God is the strongest weapon you can ever have on this planet. You have to learn how to appropriate it. You have to know how to use it. You have to know how to apply it. I think a lot of believers, they're not learning how to bring up targets in the enemy's camp. My intimacy with God brings me, gives me authority and the enemy recognizes that you are a child of God and he knows the authority God has given you.
Sid Roth: Can anyone have the same authority you have?
John Ramirez: God is no respecter of persons.
Sid Roth: What should someone do if they're sleeping at night and all of a sudden they feel an oppression, they feel something in the room and that's not good? What would you do?
John Ramirez: You know, I had an incident not too long ago. The devil showed up in my room. I mean, the devil himself showed up in my room and cold like an ice box, and it woke me up. I knew there was something there that wasn't pleasant. And he tells me, and I hear him, and I hear him like an audible. He said, "If you turn on the light I will leave". And I hear the Holy Spirit deep down inside of me telling me, "If you turn on the light you have no faith". And I live by myself, John and two pillows. I got up. I got me some water. I said, "I'll see you in the morning. I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ. I bind you and I command you to leave, and you got 30 seconds to go".
Sid Roth: But you see, he knows his authority. I want you to know your authority. The devil trembles when a believer knows the Word of God and the authority behind it, and the name of Jesus. You told me when you were in the dark side that you used to do something called astral projection.
John Ramirez: Yes.
Sid Roth: You go to neighborhoods. What would be doing in those neighborhoods?
John Ramirez: I would ask, my mission was to astral project, leave my body. I was so good at it that I would even go during the day in neighborhoods that were day time, and the ones that were night time I would go back and forth, and I would throw curses, and I would bring new principality from one region to another so there could be patterns and cycles to happen in the spirit realm so those people won't grow and they won't meet Jesus. So that, but they had amazing believers that knew how to pray in the spirit, that would stop me from going into their neighborhood and executing the plan of the enemy.
Sid Roth: You're telling me that these believers could, you could not do anything. You couldn't put curses on them?
John Ramirez: I couldn't even lift a finger.
Sid Roth: Now how important is praying in the spirit, praying in unknown languages?
John Ramirez: The spirit, praying in the spirit is like if you don't, if your body doesn't have water you would die. If the believer today is not praying in the spirit you would die spiritually.
Sid Roth: You were telling me about these cycles and patterns. What do you mean by that?
John Ramirez: Repeat. A lot of believers today don't know how to cut the rope. I lot of believers today, they're free for six months then they go back to the bondage for eight months. They cut the rope and then they go back again because it's like the enemy knows how to put entrapment on the believer and then the believer, and then today I have a righteous anger, Sid, that the church is preaching people happy, but they're not preaching people free.
Sid Roth: Boy, that's a mouthful.
John Ramirez: I don't want to go to church to be happy. I can be happy at home. I want to go to church and have you teach me how to fight the enemy, teach me how to be free, teach me how to save my marriage, teach me how to get my children out of drugs, how to beat the devil like no tomorrow. And I believe, and that's what God has called me to unmask the devil in the towns that we're in and not because of me, is because who lives in me is greater than he that lives in the world.
Sid Roth: I believe, that's for sure. I believe that when John prays for you right now and I am amazed, I am learning so much so quickly. You think I would know by now. I am learning my authority over sickness, my authority over the demons. And I want you to pray that spirits of infirmity, of sickness will come off of people, and I'm going to tell you something. You've been going to doctor for years and years, and years, and they're treating the symptoms and it's not even getting better. You have high blood pressure and they just give you more medicine. You know what I'm talking about. You just get rid of that spirit of infirmity and watch everything work. Pray that right now.
John Ramirez: Father, in the name of Jesus, right now, I bind the strong man over the airways in the name of Jesus. I bind the gatekeeper. I bind any reinforcement. I shut down the second and first with the blood of Jesus Christ. I paralyze every devil, every hell, every demon. I paralyze infirmity of sickness right now. Father, I separate one from another. I change their languages, confuse them. I send civil war to the enemy's camp to let them destroy each other. Loose the person right now. Loose the person in the name of Jesus. I bring healing. I speak healing into your life right now. I speak restoration. I speak restitution upon your life. I put the devil under your feet and keep him there. Father, in Jesus' name I cage up every demon, my God, in the name of Jesus. I put the blood of Jesus in those demon boxes and let them be tormented night and day, and I close this prayer right now. Father, I come against retaliation. I come against retribution. I come against any, the spirit in the imaginable name of Jesus.
Sid Roth: Okay. Let every man be a liar, but God's Word, I tell you, God's Word is true. And God's Word says, by his stripes, by his wounds, by his blood you were healed. Now be free. The truth will set you free.