Every real Christian is subject to everything experienced by the Lord Jesus, one of which is cold betrayal. This is always done by someone close, usually a trusted one.



The reason it works so well is because one’s defenses are down. One has no reason to put up a shield against friends, family members, or Christian associates. In this sense the victim is essentially defenseless. His or her sense of loyalty, good faith, and thinking and believing well of others, without which one cannot have good relationships, is the very thing taken advantage of by the Judas spirit and the person aligned with it. However, this does not mean the victim was not necessarily wise or watching. It does not mean the victim of betrayal was not being exactly what the Lord wanted him or her to be or was not walking with the Lord. One may wonder, then, is this is true, why the Lord did not warn them before the attack.

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In reality, there are often clues along the way that are certainly acknowledged but usually not taken as seriously as they should be, but again, to take them too seriously can damage the relationship, a relationship the victim appreciates and protects. There is thus a fine line. Potential Judases, as deceiving and conniving as they are, sometimes reveal themselves for what they are in relatively minor ways. Sometimes their outer packaging slips a tad. Sometimes their mask fails to hide completely. They may say or do something that arouses suspicion but because they are such excellent liars, something the victim can’t quite conceive of since it is so diabolical, they manage to stay above any suspicion that may otherwise reveal them for what they actually are.

Now, some people, a relative few, have their suspicion motors running at high speed much of the time. Others are never suspicious. Most people, however, with regard to close personal relationships, have a healthy mindset which allows for suspicion but are not focused on it. It kicks in when it is called for, when something appears off and when things don’t quite add up. But even then it is likely that these are mere general warnings that don’t have actual merit. Such warnings let a person know the system is running properly.

Those who are always suspicious have likely been burned to a high degree at some point, maybe several times, and feel they are forced to always be on high alert. Those who are never suspicious are those most vulnerable to attack and are often the kind of people who are easily taken advantage of. These may be placed in that general group that contains the naïve, the gullible, and those more easily prone to indoctrination. Interestingly, along with these are people of status so sure of their beliefs they believe it ridiculous to second guess their station in life. Why they are so trusting without testing is too broad a subject to discuss here but could be due to never seeing any reason to be guarded. It could even be because they perceive guarded people, even those only slightly such, as paranoid. Still, allowing for suspicion is a vital part of one’s defenses. Most people learn at a young age that some people can be trusted and others can never be. Defending oneself is a vital component of life and part of the way God made us.

Regarding the Lord’s betrayal, it may not be the best of examples in that it never surprised Him but He did allow for it. He did this in part to show what is possible and what one should watch for. He was obviously wise and knowledgeable enough to know all about the man Judas Iscariot, his makeup, and his motivations; he was never fooled by Judas. But the other disciples were, at least in part. One or some of them may have known Judas before the Lord chose him. Some of them didn’t take long to figure out that Judas was certainly a man to be suspicious of. They knew he was a thief, for example, though this knowledge may not have come until later in the Lord’s ministry. They knew he was a lover of money. They also must have known that he was highly religious in the Pharisaical sense. In fact, Judas was actually a type of the unbelieving Israelites who rejected the Lord Jesus as Messiah. Hence, the Judas spirit and the antichrist spirit are closely aligned.

I think he probably was a Pharisee though a stealthy one. Considering how he so easily met with temple insiders to betray the Lord suggests he apparently had close relationships with some who worked in the temple. These might have been long term or may have only arisen after he became a disciple by spies who desired to cultivate an inside spy. And Judas, due to his own concerns about the Lord and his lack of full commitment to Him likely granted him access to the intrigue of the evil inner circle where others had none. For example, no other apostle had any such relationship. All the others had given their hearts and lives wholly to the Lord and this cut them off from any worldly relationships on the outside.

So this is a clue. If one has a potential Judas in one’s life then one likely has an unhealthy friendship with the world to some degree manifested through friends or family. This may be hard to understand for many Christians but the student of the New Covenant Scriptures is very aware of such passages as the following:

“Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord. “And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you.” [2Corinthians 6:17]

You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. [James 4:4]

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. [1Peter 2:9-10]

According to the latter passage, whether or not we receive mercy is contingent upon leaving the world of darkness, joining up with the people of God, becoming God’s own possession, and serving as a spiritual priest of the Lord. (This must include real repentance.) According to the former passages we must be separate from the world, never be a friend of the world, and not touch what is unclean. Whoever fulfills these requirements will be welcomed into His kingdom by the King Himself, will be a friend of God, a member of His holy nation, and again, will receive mercy. One will never have to be concerned about being betrayed by such people.

One will not have to worry about being betrayed by non-Christians either because real Christians have no spiritual relationships with non-Christians. Therefore, the Judas people will appear somewhere in the middle. They are those who have one foot in the world and give the appearance of having the other foot in the kingdom. This may appear impossible but on the other hand some people are flakes. Some people are commitment-challenged. Some people are a mile wide and an inch deep. Unreal Christianity is rife with such people.

It kind of reminds one of the present condition of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi has not been this low in a very long time. There are vast stretches that are only about five feet deep. Stuff that has been forever under water is now being revealed. An old ferry barge over a century old has been exposed. Human remains have been found. There have been other discoveries. One can now walk across large swaths of exposed river bottom. Upstream barges cannot get their crops to market. What is more, there is little hope for the necessary rain beyond the immediate future. This sounds like those virgins who neglected to keep their oil lamps filled. It reminds one of the corruption of hidden sins never repented of or dealt with that hide beneath the surface waiting to be revealed when the masquerade comes off.

And this is reminiscent of the Judas spirit living within or around a potential traitor who keeps his or her treachery well-hidden by high enough water until the time of their strike. And though the river is muddy, it is up to his or her potential victim to see the signs, to look overboard once in a while, do some catfish noodling, and maybe partake of a scuba dive or two. Even then it is sometimes not possible to avoid attack because the devil is sly and Judases are good liars and very deceptive.


Generally, people don’t lose their religion all at once. It is most often a gradual thing. It usually has something to do with not repenting of a certain sin and allowing it to fester and turn into a problem. When sins are small they can much more easily be dealt with. If not they have a tendency to propagate. It seems that sins have little seeds attached that grow into new sins. If not dealt with, such sins become a bumper crop and overcome the ability of the person to deal with them. Because the person likes the sin at least to some degree he or she thus coddles the sin instead of KILLING IT. Then the next phase kicks in when evil spirits are attracted to the darkness. Evil spirits love sin. They love darkness. They love corruption. This is why, when someone possesses such a ponderance of unrepented sin, they also open themselves up to demon oppression or possession. And according to the account of that tomb-dwelling demon-possessed guy in the country of the Gerasenes on the other side of the lake (see Luke 8:26-39), it is possible for a person to be possessed by thousands of demons at the same time, kind of like a mass of flies of a particular kind. (The term Beelzebul is actually a derogatory takeoff on the ancient deity of the Ekronites, the lord of the flies.)    

Because Judas Iscariot never dealt with his minor sins they compounded and became major sins. Then, evil spirits were attracted to him. The temple insiders were also attracted to him and saw an opening to use him to murder the Lord. But guess what? Things got so bad and so out of hand within Judas due to his embrace of sin, his bitterness, his anger, and his frustration with his inability to change the Lord or manipulate Him that he not only attracted those guys but also attracted the devil himself:

And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them. They were glad and agreed to give him money. So he consented, and began seeking a good opportunity to betray Him to them apart from the crowd. [Luke 22:3-6][1]

Here is another clue: Betrayal of this kind usually involves money. It involves a payoff for causing either great suffering to the victim, eliminating the victim altogether, or both. Some people have no problem destroying a person’s life for a reward of some kind. Also, keep in mind that there is a natural form of manipulation that is purely of the flesh but is used in the same way. Some people are manipulators. They are devious tricksters who do their evil under the radar in order to change a person to his or her way of seeing things in order to use them for their own purposes. Those who are best at this are never or rarely perceived for what they are. It is often the case if not always that such schemers are too personally weak or outnumbered to get their way otherwise and must therefore resort to double-dealing and perniciousness. Or it could be that there are laws against such behavior, whether legal or moral, and the person must find a way to get around such laws without appearing to break them overtly in order to keep up appearances and not arouse suspicion.

However, when it comes to evil spirits, it is a different ball game altogether. When a person is betrayed with the assistance of such demonic entities he or she is dealing with a much higher level of strength which most often overpowers the person’s natural strength and ability to perceive what is happening. Accordingly, this also involves a much higher level of deception and manipulation. The person and the demon work together. Judas Iscariot, remember, would never have been able to betray the Lord without human help and demonic help. Of course, the Lord was aware of the entire scheme the entire time whereas all others are not though they may be suspicious to varying degrees. The early Christians were well aware of demonic entities and their machinations and knew they could only defeat them using the power of God. They were spiritual warriors. It is in part why they knew they must be Spirit-filled.


As a final warning, one based purely on Scripture, one must be careful who he or she is in relationship with. In the Early Community of the Lord in the first century, believers were strictly instructed by the Lord and then one another to make only a 100% commitment to the Lord and nothing less once they decided to follow Him. One’s relationship with the Lord Jesus must be such or there is no real relationship. He will not accept anything less. Spiritual Covenant is impossible without a full commitment.

Then, when two believers have done this—when they have each done their part to create a vertical covenant relationship with the Lord Jesus—they can each create a horizontal spiritual relationship with each other based on the same covenant teaching. They then need not worry about betrayal from one another because both have fulfilled the entry level requirement (“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.”) and both have fulfilled the second requirement as well (“And your neighbor as yourself.”). Again, both would also be filled with the Holy Spirit which greatly aids in being aware of or identifying potential Judases. 

The same is true for a group of twelve or 120 as on the Day of Pentecost. It is also true for thousands. In fact, when one considers the many hundreds of thousands or millions of people which comprise the entire Body of Christ on the planet—the actual Body of Christ comprised of real Christians—one can see that one will always be safe with the Lord and mature real believers dedicated to the Word. One will never be betrayed by these, especially of course, by the Lord Jesus who has already proven His love and faithfulness a million times over. He will never leave you or forsake you. He gave everything for us He possibly could give. He did everything for us He possibly could do.

For other relationships, however, there is no guarantee. It is why each disciple must be their own watchman on the wall.

© 2022 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.  

[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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  1. Great article and insight on betrayal and Judas! I need to read through it again. I’ve seen several people writing on betrayal lately, and it’s actually what I’ve been researching and writing on the last month as well. The Holy Spirit definitely wants the body of believers to be aware and prepared, as we are to expect betrayal and persecutions in this life. May we continue to look to Christ and trust in our Savior. God bless.


    • Thanks Amber. Great to hear from you again. I appreciate your comment.

      It is indeed trust in our Savior to either stay apart from betrayal or deal with it properly if it occurs. Christians can do nothing about persecution as it is part of being a Christian in this world and betrayal is part of that. Some people have lost everything due to the betrayal of a trusted one. Some people, like the Lord, have even lost their lives. The Judas spirit is thus greatly wicked. If betrayal occurs, like in all else, there must be forgiveness for the person who made covenant with the evil spirit. Judas Iscariot had an opportunity to repent correctly and had he done so there is no doubt the Lord would have forgiven him. But he chose a different path. That different path began when he walked out on the Lord in his heart.

      Blessings to you Amber. Hope all is well. Keep up the good work.

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  2. Solid teaching, perfectly applied. My dad had a Judas in his ministry, someone he thought of as a friend. At the time, it was very painful. But. God worked, the false “friend” was revealed, and the ministry grew.


    • Thank you Linda. The devil never stops in his attempts to stop the Lord and he always seems to find people to do his bidding. I am not exaggerating when I say that just under the surface in many churches and ministries is an otherwise unseen power play with people vying for position and seeking their way. It also happens in denominations. Most people are unaware because it is covered up pretty well. Christians in general are notorious for hiding behind their church uniforms and attitudes, so to speak. There is much historical evidence for this of which I have read a lot. I am sure you are much more aware of this phenomenon than most Christians. Of course, it also happens on a personal level. It can be a mine field. False friends can be ubiquitous.

      Whether it is for personal or ministry reasons, betrayal and attempts thereof must be battled through per the Lord’s instructions. When a Judas spirit shows up it almost always means something good is about to happen and possibly great spiritual growth is about to occur. The devil pulls out all the stops. We must fight back. We must stay in faith. If there is loss we must continue onward, stay right with God, and believe for God’s restoration. HE IS FAITHFUL.


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  3. Be sure their sins will find them out. (Numbers 32:23) As God says about the wicked, one day they will suddenly be swept away. (Psalm 1:4) I pray the mega evildoers running amok today will soon repent before it is too late. Time is running out.


    • Thanks Susan. Right you are.

      When they turned against the Lord Jesus and continually blasphemed His holy Name, even when He was hanging on the cross to pay for their sins, and they got their way by murdering Him, it appeared as though they were the great victors. Less than forty years later, however, in 70AD, according to His perfect prophecy, even though He counseled that they should weep for themselves instead of Him because of what was coming, it was they who lost everything.

      In the meantime, the Lord rose from the dead (VICTORY OVER ENEMIES), Pentecost happened (VICTORY OVER ENEMIES), the Early Church grew by leaps and bounds (VICTORY OVER ENEMIES), and everything His enemies once possessed was gone forever.

      This is the prototype. Great repentance is certainly called for. It is the only way the Judases will escape what is coming.


      (I fell behind on your posts. Am catching up while also wanting to do them justice. Thank you for the heartfelt verse and stunning photos.)

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  4. I do not like to go about being suspicious — discerning in the Spirit, yes, prayerful always, but not suspicious— it’s an unhealthy way to live, and the Word commends us to think on good things (Philippians 4) Jesus knew Judas would betray Him, and I am sure He prayed for him, but Judas made his choice. I pray today for all enemies of the Lord and His people, that they will repent—change their minds and attitudes, as the Spirit exhorts the 7 churches in Revelation.


  5. Hi RJ,
    I appreciated your description of when Christians go South. Unfortunately, I have seen this with my sons. I’m so sad about it, but I have hope for their return to the Lord and to be an active member of our family again. I read that paragraph many times to try and remember the truth within it. Thanks again, RJ.


    • Thanks Kim. It’s a tough situation many parents must deal with. The first thing, though, and I know you know this, is to acknowledge the Lord’s grace. Secondly, your prayers are not prayed in vain. Nobody knows the answer of when a person will first come to the Lord or return to Him after a hiatus. Except the Lord. And this means He has a plan. He will not violate our free will but I believe He can be quite persuasive (and relentless). I know the following story does not really apply but I relate it just to show what the Lord can and will do:

      When my children were young I built a big wooden swing set for them. On one side I had also built an attached two level deck with rails all around. The upper deck was maybe eight feet off the ground. They were just big enough for play and sleeping out. One evening my son had invited his best friend over and also a couple of neighbor kids. The two new kids had big attitudes. It was late one night and my usual prayer time. I decided to check on them for the night. I went out there and the two new neighbor kids were not at all respectful. They were quiet and standoffish and were putting up a big front acting like big shots. Well, I decided I didn’t like their attitude and was going to do something about it. My son and his close friend had great attitudes and were trying to have a good time. I said goodnight to my son and them and went back inside to pray.

      I prayed a special prayer for those two neighbor kids. I prayed for the Lord to address their bad attitude. In fact, I asked the Lord to scare the ever living daylights out of them. I found out what happened the next day.

      After they had settled down and all four were in their sleeping bags (with the two know-it-all kids claiming the upper deck, of course) one of the coolest things I had ever heard of happened. They were all just about asleep except my son’s best friend. He was lying there looking up. All of the sudden he saw a massive form appear from out of the night sky and heard the slight flutter of wings. Whatever it was came in for a landing right atop the upper deck railing. He said the wingspan was really wide, over four feet.

      It was a big old owl, likely a Great Horned Owl, which stands two feet tall.

      This answer-to-prayer bird stood there on the railing looking right down on those two kids with the bad attitude. My son’s friend stirred, shocked by the sight, and said something. Then all the others suddenly woke up. Those two neighbor kids looked up and right above them, only about three feet above their heads, was that big giant owl just staring down at them. They got so scared they completely lost it and became wimpy little sissies. The owl, apparently having seen that his job was done, slowly lifted off the rail, began his ascent, and swooped away back into the night. Those two boys couldn’t get out of there fast enough. My son and his friend on the lower deck laid there watching the whole thing. It was great. They slept well that night, just the two of them.

      The Lord has His ways. Stay in faith and keep praying. Blessings

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  6. Great story. Yes a reminder that God will use anything in answer to our prayers. He is faithful. Thank you for taking the time to write out this faith building story about your son, neighbors and the big owl. You uplift this blogging community.

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