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Spiritual Warfare and the Life of Jay Carlton

The incidents began slowly. As Jay Carlton’s family got ready for church one Sunday in 1983, music began to pour from 18-year-old Carlton’s stereo, even though it had been off just moments before. As he stared at the device in his Independence, Missouri, home it shut off. No one was near it.

“On the day I was getting baptized as a Mormon, some weird things were going on,” Carlton said.

As the family drove to church, the car’s windshield wipers turned themselves on and off. Then something else happened, although the family didn’t realize it at the time.

“At church everyone asked us what took us so long,” Carlton said. “We were really late.”

And they were, although they didn’t know why they were late, or what had happened.

A year after his baptism, Carlton’s faith in the church faltered, and he found himself alone and upset.

“I had a disagreement with the church,” he said. “I went home at night and took down all the spiritual pictures I had.”

Finished clearing his walls of religious images, he relaxed and sat on his bed, staring out his bedroom window. He saw a light.

“I saw what I thought was the moon and it was full,” Carlton said. “I said, ‘man, the moon looks pretty tonight.’ Then it moved.”

The light grew closer to Carlton’s house; he found he wasn’t alone in the room.

“I was thrown flat on my back by some force,” Carlton said. “I couldn’t move. I couldn’t open my eyes. I felt a presence at my feet.”

As he lay pinned to his bed, struggling against something – some entity he couldn’t see – his religious teachings came back to him.

“I called out to Jesus and it left,” Carlton said. He lay there, panting, now able to move and open his eyes; he wondered what had been in his room.

That wasn’t the last time.

Carlton served in the Army National Guard, worked in law enforcement, and currently works as a security guard. He’s seen a lot of strange things in his work, but nothing like what has followed him throughout his life.

Carlton, once again a Mormon and living in Salt Lake City in 2002, was driving to a church dance near when he lost hours of his life.

“I think the dance started at 7:30, 8 o’clock. I left at 6 something,” he said. “I was lost and was trying to get back to the road the dance was on. I was going toward the mountains west near Utah Lake.”

On a long stretch of road, Carlton noticed the big, full moon.

“It was beautiful,” he said. “It started to move. I thought, ‘here we go again.’”

The light began to “do maneuvers. I thought maybe it was a helicopter.”

He rolled down his window; there was no sound. It wasn’t a helicopter.

“My mindset at the time I wasn’t even going to pay attention,” he said. “I turned south and came upon Utah Lake.”

He drove by a small peninsula framed by a fence. Later, he drove by the same fenced-off peninsula a second time.

“I remember passing again and said, ‘what on earth?’” Carlton said. “I got to the dance and my friends said, ‘where have you been?’ It was 9:30. I had lost time.”

Since then Carlton has experienced more lost time than he cares to count. He moved back to the Independence, Missouri, area, and strangeness continued to stalk him. Carlton has seen metallic craft floating in the mid-day sky, large white lights pacing his car, triangular craft the size of a football field, and a 100-yard-long snake-like metallic craft undulating in the afternoon sky.

He also has experienced physical symptoms typical of alien abductions.

“I find blood drops on my bed down near my navel area,” he said. “No nosebleed, nothing. Marks on my body that would disappear the next morning.”

However, Carlton is convinced his experiences aren’t related to aliens from space.

“Less than a year ago, I saw a being at 3 or 3:30 in the morning,” Carlton said. “It was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Carlton lay on the couch in the basement when a feeling dragged him from sleep. He opened his eyes and saw a red human-like creature about four feet tall with long ears, and dead black eyes.

“It had this funny stare towards me,” Carlton said. “Almost like it wanted to laugh.” But it couldn’t laugh; the entity had almost no mouth, just a small slit.

During about ten seconds of eye contact, Carlton was convinced this entity didn’t mean him harm.

“It was just checking on me,” he said. “How’s he doing today? I can’t say I wasn’t scared. I’m staring at a being I’ve never seen before. Is this an alien? Is this a demon? What the flip is this thing?”

Carlton mustered enough courage to speak and said, “Lord Jesus.” The entity simply disappeared. Carlton is convinced, after a spiritual encounter in 2002 in which he heard the voice of God, that many of what people consider UFOs and extraterrestrials are some type of angel.

“I believe that they are both fallen and good angels,” he said. “They are constantly at battle in the heavens. When they go from universe to universe they use these craft. UFO buffs say they’re beings from another planet, I’m not saying that’s not possible.”

But he knows what he’s encountered is spiritual.

“I’m being taxed for my purpose on earth,” he said. “There’s angels constantly looking over me, and there are bad angels attacking me. It’s spiritual warfare. It’s been that way for a long, long time.”

And the warfare for Carlton continues.

“A few months ago I saw a bluish light shining in my room and felt something touching my feet,” he said. Carlton now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. “I looked at my clock which read 3:33 a.m. The very next morning I noticed small long fingerprints on my desktop computer next to my bed.”

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  • influences, i strongly believe that we are all subjected to a constant state of warfare by spiritual influences. i believe that malevolent forces are able to make direct contact with our spiritual being and use that contact and any resulting negative actions from it as an ingredient in some higher abominable recipe like a move in a game of chess.

    and i believe that it is forbidden to do likewise(make direct contact) by positive spiritual influences as that would negate the whole free will concept set forth by God. the positive influences(angelic) can and do however police the negative ones from overwhelming human spirit with demonic contact.

    thus, the war in heaven.

  • Jason

    Jesus is God. That is why the demons flee when you call out to Jesus. Now, if these encounters were good angels, they would not flee. But, since the flee, these are evil angels. How can you not realize this?
    Jesus’ name is the most powerful name in the Universe. He has been given all power and authority by His Father, God the Father. Repent and be saved. Submit to Jesus as personal Lord and Savior. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, and you will be saved. The time is short.

  • Interesting story but it provides little evidence and could be explained through other means.

  • Interesting because, for me, I’ve come to know God (Christ) is real (as I’ve been through enough to know this) and uses the numbers via synchronicity 333 or 33 or 3 to communicate with me as a sign it is from him There are also sinister associations with the number 33. For example, a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite mason (arguably a group that has luciferian goals), the Nazi Party took over Germany in 1933 a likely ritual against the Christ, as Jesus was crucified at the age of 33. But it really is a matter of interpretation,and established perception, as, God communicates with everyone differently (I believe). Dark forces could do the very same thing in turn.

  • Deuteronomy and Revelation both say that anyone adding anything to THIS BOOK [the Book with 66 Chapters called the Holy Bible] they are cursed.

    Followers of, and therefore, believers of the urantia book, the book of mor[m]on and the koran are cursed. They are in the wrong pews, and they are going to need asbestos undies!

    For about 20 years I believed the urantia book [strikingly similar in origin and story to the book of mor[m]ons and therefore I was anti-Christ] mor[m]ons follow a different [and therefore wrong] christ.

    So why should anyone be surprised one of their covens or “families’ have attached themselves to demons. They have only a little while to turn away from satan and come to the real King of Kings, Jesus Christ. I did!

  • EnderWiggin

    It’s funny the ranting about religion that goes on with this story. It wasn’t about Mormonism. It was about a man’s struggle with entities that he doesn’t understand. I’m a Mormon myself and it always amuses me to hear the ridiculous anti-Mormon rants from ignorant sources. They sound pretty fanatical and I’m the one who’s supposed to be the fanatic. 🙂

  • Jedediah Ghouled

    I’m an ex-Mormon, and yeah, there is a certain amount of antagonism and fanaticism in the comments… but all religions seek to protect their own. Whether you realize it or not, you just did it too,.. in the patently passive (and typically patronizing to the point of annoying) Mormon way. That’s probably why they’re reacting the way they do. : )

    I give the story two thumbs up. One for the mental picture of some kid ripping New Era posters from his walls in an act of youthful rebellion. The second thumb for the fact that my family also, and almost always saw weird stuff flying around Utah Lake when we lived in Orem. For it being an allegedly spiritually protected place, I’ll attest to seeing more stuff there than I have anywhere else.

  • EnderWiggin

    Your absolutely right. My goad was up and I reacted in a typical fashion. I apologize. However, I didn’t know Utah Lake was spiritually protected. (Tell that to the dead bodies in it.) 🙂 I live in Tooele, and there are all sorts or weird stuff in the sky (particularly over Dugway-way). I think an investigative story on Dugway would be interesting to read in a Fortean sense.

  • Ejody

    “Can be explained through other means”?

    Please proceed.

  • Zachary

    *yawns* Hhhhhheeeerrreeeee we go again. Have you ever thought that these things could be real? that what he is saying could very well be true? What you View as “real” could very well be wrong just like you are saying he is wrong… over the span of his lifetime these things happened to him…. we are only now in science learning of the existence of multiverses and that there is an entire planet made of Diamond… 30 years ago we’d call ourselves CRAZY if we said that these things exist… yet, THEY DO EXIST? I understand that you don’t believe this mans story… but to be so selfish and ridiculous as to say “oh, nope, we have common mental illnesses like that, that other people have seen, or that sleep paralysis was probably the answer”… thats a dick move on your part, and honestly makes me wonder why you’re even on a site like this if you don’t believe anything like this… “sleep paralysis” hah, gimme a break. Once you’ve seen weird paranormal shit, infinite possibilities is a possibility in your minds eye and perception forever… Get real dude.

  • I’m not saying it isn’t true, I am saying there isn’t enough evidence to make a judgement one way of the other and that the experiences are explainable with other, very common, phenomena. I honestly don’t see how it is a “dick move” to provide alternative hypotheses that might explain what the person experienced.
    The reason I read things like this is I am curious about these experiences, but have always found them to be much easies to explain with already well documented and very common experiences like sleep paralysis. I am still waiting for a paranormal experience that has both good documentation and can’t be explained through already known physiological phenomena.