From the book "THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGELS"
by Terry LAW
The Reality of Demons
There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils [demons]. One is to disbelieve their existence. The other is to believe and feel an unhealthy interest in them.1 —C. S. Lewis
If angels are real—both angels of God and evil angels—and if the devil is real, then demons also must exist. Are demons and fallen angels the same?
Are demons the spirits of deceased wicked men?
Various groups of people have different explanations for demons.
What do demons look like? Are they like men, animals, half man and half beast, the figures that introduce Tales From the Crypt, spiders, flies, Mutant Ninja Turtles, gremlins, the weird little aliens associated with UFOs—or all of the above?
If this world order over which Satan is said to be ruler and prince is going to end with time, when will time end? What will happen to the present wicked rulers of darkness and their troops?
The natural roads to Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Jerusalem really were only one road in the invisible realm of eternity. That road came from eternity, flowed through this world, and ended up back in eternity. Jesus not only blazed and traveled the road, but He is also the road—"the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
It took only one, the One, to make Himself a road for our sakes, but it takes multitudes of the enemy to keep us from traveling that road.
According to the Bible, there is only one diablos (devil), but there are many fallen angels and apparently multitudes of demons.
In the Jewish New Testament Commentary, messianic Jew David H. Stern says that Paul was speaking of "elemental spirits of the universe" when he wrote we "were in bondage under the elements of the world" (Gal. 4:3).
We, both Jews and Gentiles, were slaves to them. Gentiles served these demonic spirits as gods. Jews, though knowing the one true God, were sometimes led astray by demonic spirits, including the demonic spirit of legalism. That Jews too were bound by demonic spirits is indicated in Ephesians 2:3.2
The origin of demons is even more of a mystery than that of angels and Satan
Nowhere in Scripture does it tell us specifically what demons are, where they originated, or when. However, demons cannot be metaphors or figures of speech because they are treated as realities in the Bible, particularly by Jesus. A legion of "figures of speech" could not cause a herd of pigs to self-destruct (Mark 5:1-13; Luke 8:26-33).
In writing of the "equal and opposite" errors into which we can fall, C. S. Lewis said demons are "equally pleased by both errors and hail a materialist or a magician with the same delight."3
The only thing we can be sure of is that because God created the beings now called demons, they were created good. At some point they must have rebelled against God.
It is difficult, indeed almost impossible, to say with certainty how demons originated. Each theory has its difficulties and its support.
Here are the four principle theories that have been developed by Christian scholars:4
* Demons are disembodied inhabitants of a pre-Adamic earth. This perspective is based on the gap theory, which I described earlier. According to this theory the world that was created before Adam was under Lucifer's rule. When Lucifer fell, the inhabitants of this world rebelled against God as well. These rebellious spirits are the demons that operate in the world today.
[YES BUT THE INHABITANTS WERE ANGELS AND THE COVERING CHERUB - THEY REBELLED TOGETHER - Keith Hunt]
* Demons are the offspring of angels and women (Gen. 6:1-2, 4) who came together before the flood. The offspring were destroyed in the flood, but their spirits remained on the earth as demons.
[GARBAGE TO THAT IDEA....UTTERLY NONSENSE THEOLOGY - Keith Hunt]
* Demons are the offspring of the sons of Seth and the daughters of Cain (Gen. 6:1-2, 4). This is a variation of theory number two. It's main weakness is that everywhere else in the Old Testament where the term "sons of God" is used, it refers to angels.
[GARBAGE TO THAT IDEA ALSO.....UTTER NONSENSE THEOLOGY - Keith Hunt]
* Demons are fallen angels. This theory comes from the number of scriptures that refer to a great host of spirits designated as under the authority of Satan, Beelzebub, or the prince of demons (Matt. 12:26-27). Why some of these fallen angels would be cast down to hell or kept in chains of darkness (Jude 6) and others left free is not made clear.
[CHAINS OF DARKNESS IS SPIRITUAL DARKNESS, AND THEY NO LONGER HAVE ACCESS TO HEAVEN WHERE GOD LIVES - Keith Hunt]
Even if the origins are difficult to ascertain, we can know for certain that demons do exist and are active in keeping people from trusting in Christ, in pulling Christians into error, or in hindering victory in the lives of God's people.
Personally, I believe demons probably are the disembodied inhabitants of a pre-Adamic earth (theory number one above). One reason is because demons are apparently desirous of being embodied in human beings (or sometimes even animals). Fallen angels already have their own bodies, so it wouldn't make sense that they would have such a strong desire to inhabit other bodies. But because the majority of people believe fallen angels and demons are synonymous, I will be sensitive to that point of view throughout this book.
[YES IT WOULD MAKE SENSE, THEY CANNOT MATERIALIZE THEMSELVES LIKE RIGHTEOUS ANGELS, SO THEY, OR SOME OF THEM, DESIRE TO LITERALLY LIVE INSIDE HUMAN BEINGS - THEY ARE FALLEN ANGELS; ONE THIRD OF THEM REBELLED AND SIDED WITH THE COVERING CHERUB WHO BECAME SATAN THE DEVIL (REV. 12 ... STARS ARE USED FOR ANGELS, SEE THE FIRST CHAPTERS OF REVELATION - Keith Hunt]
The Nature and Character of Demons
We can assume that demons have names because Jesus asked one his name (Luke 8:30).
* Demons are able to speak and hear.
* Demons have intelligence in varying degrees and are able to amass knowledge.
* Demons have emotions; they exhibited fear and trembling in Luke 8:28 and James 2:19.
* Demons exercise their wills. The "legion" of demons appealed to Jesus to cast them into the pigs, not the abyss "before their time" (Luke 8:32).
* Demons, like Satan, seem to crave attention. Angels of God shun attention. Many church leaders warn against too great an emphasis on demons since talking about them seems to attract them. A balanced approach is to deal with them when necessary but to focus primarily on Jesus. Any victorious dealing with demons will be based on the foundation that both Satan and his followers were defeated by Jesus.
* Demons cannot be in more than one place at a time. But because there are so many of them and because they all do Satan's will, they enable his influence to be felt in many places simultaneously. Physical barriers or space limitations do not hinder demons any more than they do angels.
* Demons can have supernatural strength, which makes them stronger than people.
* Demons can cause various physical ailments and afflictions.
* Demons can possess people.
* Demons are apparently comforted when they are embodied— living in the soul, flesh, or spirit of human beings.
* Demons have a twofold purpose: (1) "to hinder the purposes of God," and (2) "to extend the power of Satan."5
* Demons are very shrewd and knowledgeable about human nature. They are able to adapt to the cultural environment of a place or an age. In some societies, demons manifest themselves in hideous forms, but in an educated and highly cultured community, they do not reveal the grosser aspects of their natures.
* Sometimes demons may appear to be "ministers of righteousness" (2 Cor. 11:15), encouraging personal or self-promoted righteousness, endeavoring to sell the lie that the creature is greater than the Creator. Angels and humans were created to be God-centered. Therefore, becoming self-centered is a violation of the basic law of creature existence.
Satan's Foundational Lie Manifested in Pharisaism
The essence of the believer's covenant with God through Jesus is that our sins were imputed (credited) to Jesus, and His righteousness was imputed (credited) to us.
Self-righteousness is a form of rebellion against God. It is the "seed" or root of legalism in secular or religious thinking. Legalism is what we see in the present "politically correct" movement. Legalism was in full flower among the Pharisees of Jesus' day.
Self-righteousness carries with it an almost tangible "high." It is addictive. You might call it a counterfeit anointing because it can literally be felt and can be mistaken for the anointing of God.
[OH I DO NOT THINK IT CAN BE FELT, IT IS A STATE OF MIND, NOT EMOTIONS. ARGUING THAT IT “MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD” IS NO ARGUMENT, FOR YOU CAN FEEL GOOD FOR MANY REASONS NONE HAVE TO BE SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS - Keith Hunt]
Self-righteousness in Christianity can result in a great zealous-ness for the Lord's work. Those who have accepted Satan's lie that works are more important than faith will even "kill" others—either physically or by reputation—-who do not agree, thinking they are doing God a favor. The apostle Paul, who was a Pharisee and son of a Pharisee, persecuted Christians "unto the death" before his conversion (Acts 22:3-4). I believe demons encourage Pharisaism because of the harm it does in the church.
[I KNOW VERY FEW “LEGALISTS" CHURCHES IN PROTESTANTISM; MOST ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO TRAMPLE ON THE WEEKLY SABBATH COMMANDMENT AND SAY THEY ARE UNDER GRACE; ALSO CALLING SABBATH KEEPERS “LEGALISTS” - Keith Hunt]
William DeArteaga pointed out in Quenching the Spirit that Gnosticism and Pharisaism are heresies on opposite sides of the truth:
The early Gnostics believed, among other things, that the created world was evil and in opposition to the world of the spirit, which was good. As a result, the Gnostic way of spirituality accepts visions, prophecies and spiritual experiences without any restraint. In effect, the Gnostics do not discern between the activities of the lower demonic spirits and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Pharisaism deals with spiritual experiences exactly opposite to the way Gnosticism does. Unlike the Gnostics, Pharisees restrict the flow of spiritual experiences until religion becomes purely a theological exercise, and the Spirit is quenched.6
Someone has said Christians tend either to operate in wildfire or no fire at all.
Many demons are assigned to pull Christians off that middle ground of balanced truth.
In essence, self-righteousness is putting the works of the creation (man, even Christian man) over the works of the Creator. Those caught in this deception are usually very sincere, and they see those who operate in the flow of the Holy Spirit as in error because they do not conform to past traditions.
Since the victory of Jesus on the cross, the primary motivation of Satan, fallen angels, or demons seems to be hatred. Pride got them into this mess, and hatred of God and His people is sustaining them in their present realm of influence—the cosmos diabolicus.
[WELL CERTAINLY A DISLIKE (MAYBE “HATED” IN SOME CIRCLES) FOR CHRISTIANS THAT UPHOLD THE LAWS OF GOD IS ON THE INCREASE, CALLING SUCH CHRISTIANS “BIGOTED, NARROW MIND, RACIST, HOMO-THIS AND THAT, AND JUST OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE REALITY OF THE WORLD AND WHERE ITS’S HEADING - Keith Hunt]
The misery of demons or fallen angels is on the same level as the joy of angels who serve God. Yet they can only blame themselves for their state. Augustine wrote:
When we ask the cause of the evil angels' misery, we find it is the just result of their turning away from him who supremely is, and their turning toward themselves, who do not exist in that supreme degree. What other name is there for this fault than pride? The beginning of all sin is pride.7
What we see in the latter half of the twentieth century is Satan adapting and incorporating man's new inventions and activities, even man's hunger for spiritual realities, into his cosmos diabolicus.
The Present Realm of Demonic Influence
I see the present realm of demonic activity as a fulfillment of 2 Timothy 3:1-5, which says that in the last days men will be lovers of themselves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents (lawless), ungrateful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, despisers of those who are good, and loving pleasures more than God although having a form of godliness.
Paul called people with these natures "men of corrupt minds" and those who "resist the truth."
The New Age movement is a prime example of truth being turned into Satan's lie right before our eyes. The belief in God as sovereign Lord and Creator is being transformed into belief in a "supreme energy force" or "super-consciousness."
Christians are being called "antichrist" by New Agers because the church says there is only one way while New Agers say it is obvious there are many ways to God.
The power of Satan is being compared to the power of God. It's similar to the way Pharaoh's magicians said, "Look, we can do what Moses did" (Exod. 7:11). Through demonic power, New Agers are saying, "We can do what you Christians do and more. Look at us!"
Rick Renner, a friend of mine from Tulsa who is an author and Bible teacher, has written:
What's happening today is that the devil has gotten smart, and he no longer is coming with the pitchfork and horns on his head. Today he looks like godliness. He has disguised himself. Do you know what the primary byword of the New Age movement is? Are you ready for this? [It is] Christ in you, the hope of glory. That is what New Age leaders say when they start their occultic seminars. That sounds like godliness, doesn't it? Except we're talking about a "different" Christ.8
In his 1988 book, Seducing Spirits and Doctrines of Demons, Renner described watching a secular television talk show that featured a whole panel of New Agers. He said they kept saying, "God is love. God is love. You don't need to be afraid of the 'walk-ins.'"
The term "walk-ins" means spirits who walk in and become part of you. In other words, this is an open invitation for a demon to enter not just your life but your person.
Renner says a Unity pastor on that same talk show called Christians "primitive" and said Christians must be done away with because they believe there is only one way.
In 2 Timothy 3:13 it says that "evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." Renner says this means that a worldwide impact of sorcery will come upon every area of life all over the earth. He pointed out that even our homes are being invaded with this counterfeit via television programs (including children's cartoons), books, films, and children's toys.
In 1988, channeling was the latest craze; today, it is angels. Obtaining your own "angel" to personally guide you through life and become part of your own personality is a far cry from the protection of God's angels. Those who open themselves up to these "angels" will find, just as mediums or channels have discovered, that soon their wills will be overridden.
A demon will find ways to bully or coerce a person and override his or her will. But an angel of God will never violate man's free will—his right to choose.
Is it possible for a believer to give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons?
Renner answers, "Absolutely. It happened all the time in the New Testament. Most of Paul's epistles were written to correct doctrines of demons."9 Paul's epistles were written to believers, not to the world.
In the epistle to Timothy, Paul described deceptive doctrines and counterfeit signs and wonders that demons would plant within the church in the last of the last days (1 Tim. 4:1).
Another development within the New Age movement that gives yet another name to demons is the story of "starseeds." Following Satan's propensity for being up to date, this probably is riding on the interest in space travel and possible space beings. According to one New Age book, these "light workers" or starseeds have been scattered among earth's population.10
This author says the archangel Michael or other masters speak through him. He warns that earth is on its last legs and about to be transformed into a new earth in a catastrophic and devastating process. Those who are ready to ascend, mostly starseeds, will be taken out in waves, but he hopes some humans will be prepared to go. The third wave of rescue was to occur before earth's destruction in a polar shift sometime in the 1990s, which never materialized.
Some of the rescues were to take place in spaceships, according to the "angel" presenting this material. Some ships were to be counterfeit from the "wrong" beings. The way to know the difference is to "simply ask your heart or 'feeling nature' if you feel a Christ vibration."11 Those are the "right" ships.
The same book says fundamentalist Christian churches are so violently against New Age because they are "afraid of losing their power." If everyone experiences God individually, this "angel" said, there would no longer be a reason to go to a particular church. His advice was:
If you feel a fundamentalist bent in someone's nature, love them unconditionally but silently for your own protection. The Christ is love. The Christ is the presence that we are and the presence that we share.12
The false is being presented as true, and truth is being transformed into a falsehood—Satan's essence of the lie.
Renner wrote that what Paul was saying in his epistles to Timothy was:
In the last days demons are going to become so seducing that people will not realize they are witnessing demonic activity. And the demons are going to begin to operate in such a tantalizing way that it will actually cause people to stop, look, and turn their heads to listen and look in a different direction—rather than curse and rebuke the demons Turning from the faith and opening up their minds to new ideas and new revelations will be the first step to being deceived. Revelation that is so new you can't find it in the Word is not from God. You can be sure of that.13
Many Christians may think this could not happen in our day, yet it is happening now. Several recent surveys show that a significant number of Christians think New Age beliefs are compatible with Christianity.14
A stunning example is the furor over an essentially New Age book that was selling like hotcakes in Christian bookstores until Christian writers exposed it. Written by a Mormon woman who is a former hypnotherapist, the book reveals "truths" given to the author in heaven during an alleged after-death experience.
Some of these so-called truths contradict the doctrine of the Trinity, promote universalism (everyone will eventually be saved, even those who already have died), and argue that every religion is "necessary and precious" to God.15
Even though all three of these and other ideas presented in the book are not only unbiblical but anti-Christian, Charisma magazine received numerous letters saying nothing in the book contradicts the New Testament and taking the editors to task for calling the book New Age! Also, it remained near the top of the secular best-selling books lists for some time.
In this decade, we can see the cosmos diabolicus gearing up for a mighty challenge—if not the final challenge—to the church. Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that the church is now the primary target.
What is still to come before Satan's lease runs out is a glorious triumphant church that truly knows its blood-bought condition and walks in victory. This is the manifestation that will prove to the principalities and powers God's wisdom in creating man and in allowing Satan's lie to run its course (Eph. 3:10).
In terms of warfare, what the demons are doing at the instigation of their lord is called camouflage and propaganda and, in terms of the old Soviet regime, "the big lie." Here's some of their best work:
* Killing unborn babies is right, but killing animals for food is wrong.
* Satanism and witchcraft can be taught in public schools, but Christianity is illegal.
* Pornography, even involving children, is free speech, but preaching on street corners is disturbing the peace.
Most of us could compile a list of similar lies that already have replaced truth in our society. Peter Jones wrote that the "intelligentsia" (educators and media specialists) already have opted for "the New Age creed of globalism which denies sin, idealizes human potential, and is so profoundly politically correct."16 Idealizing human potential again is the lie, elevating the created over the Creator.
What we must remember as the tide of darkness begins to look overwhelming is that we not only know our own destinies as Christians, but we also know what is going to happen to Satan, fallen angels, demons, and wicked humanity. Christian men, women, and children of all races, nationalities, and classes have a common destiny, and Satan's followers have a common destiny, also.
The Destiny of Satan, Fallen Angels, and Demons
What will happen to these beings who have developed a counterfeit world system when Jesus establishes His kingdom in its fullness?
Where will they go? And for how long?
Can we even imagine what a world will be like without evil?
The first thing to keep in mind is that Satan has already been judged and defeated (John 16:11; Col. 2:15; Heb. 2:14). All that is lacking is the final sentencing and consignment to "prison."
Satan is yet to be cast out of the second heaven and confined to earth (Rev. 12:9-12).
Satan is yet to be cast into the bottomless pit for a thousand years (Rev. 20:1-3).
Satan is yet to be consigned eternally to the lake of fire created for him and his angels (Rev. 20:10).
[NO THAT FIRE IS NOT ETERNAL; IT WILL HAVE ETERNAL EFFECTS, BUT THE FIRE ITSELF DOES NOT BURN FOR ETERNITY - Keith Hunt]
Where Satan goes, so go the fallen angels, the demons, and the people who did not receive Jesus' redemption for their iniquities and sins.
The question of where these evil spirits go is answered for us, but the question of exactly when it will happen is not.
In the meantime, we must continue to live in this world. We are to "walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:7). That means living according to the principles of the "invisible" kingdom of God while literally dwelling in the visible cosmos of the devil. By conforming to Jesus and not to this world, we can make sure that Satan has no foothold in our lives (Eph. 4:27). The Bible also tells us to "be vigilant" (1 Pet. 5:8).
Jesus did not leave us without armor or weapons; they are described in Ephesians 6:10-18. Nor did He leave us without power and authority against the realm of dark angels or demons.
Throughout the earlier chapters in this book, I have discussed the angelic world, both good and evil. These facts demand a response on our part.
Will the ministry of angels be a part of Our lives?
Will we allow demons to harass us and interfere with our relationship with God?
Remember at the beginning of this book how I talked about heaven meeting earth? I believe the angelic realm touches our lives much more often than we realize. In the remaining chapters of this book, you'll learn about the personal side of angelology, when angels become a part of our experience.
TO BE CONTINUED
I SELDOM THINK ABOUT SATAN AND THE DEMONS. I DO NOT HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THEM PER SE. I HAVE TO KEEP MY MIND ON GOD AND CHRIST AND THEIR WAY OF LIVING, THINKING, DOING, TALKING. I KNOW I HAVE GOD’S MIGHTY HELP, THE MOST POWER IN THE UNIVERSE, AND RIGHTEOUS ANGELS WHO ARE SENT TO SERVE ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS.
I DO NOT HAVE TO DWELL UPON SATAN OR HIS DEMONS…..AND I CERTAINLY DO NOT!