This was repeated three times, and on the third time, he was seized so forcefully he felt he would die. It was after this occurrence he was enabled, for a time, to “read” what he saw.
Later, he would record that he was not sure if it was God or satan dealing with him, and that he wished to kill himself but was prevented from doing so. It is also recorded that he would be icy cold and in a trance in burning desert heat, that the air around him felt cold, and that he would make unintelligible noises like the roaring of a camel when “prophesying.” Compare that description to how a shaman is pressed into service by spirits. Any shaman will tell you that he/she is familiar with evil spirits,