There are many kinds of them, and we end up dealing with them on a more frequent basis. They are the sly, subtle, hide their sins under a veil of religiousness kind of demons. They suggest evil, and encourage such, but do it in a way that makes the victim think they are being righteous.
We call them
(for reason of cataloging them
for means of discussion of their styles)
‘false doctrinal demons’
"Jannes and Jambres demons’
"Lying and discord demons’
‘Jealousy and envy demons’
The reason we give them names, that some of which are in the Bible and some are not, is that we discuss the various methods they use, and sometimes calling them by the name of individuals from the Bible that showed those same characteristics, or naming them after their most predominant feature, makes discussion easier. Some may say, ‘the Bible does not mention a Judas spirit’, and no it does not. But we see how the ‘devils’ worked in Judas to encourage him to betray the Lord, and we see other demons today using those same methods, so calling that kind of demon to be a ‘Judas’ spirit, just gives us a name to be talking about that kind of demon. It is highly unlikely the ‘judas spirit’ we may see at work is the same one that bothered the actual Judas, but it is one that uses the same kind of workings.
The words ‘familiar spirits’ is from the Hebrew, "owb". It refers to the mumble that comes from a water skin bottle, due to the sound of air escaping from it. When squeezed, to check if a bottle that looks full of water, a sound would emerge, from the emission of air trapped in the bottle. This terminology was used to refer to demon spirits, that were unseen from the outside, but when pressured, a sound would emerge, indicating their presence.
When some that have obsessing demons deceiving them, pushing them into un-Christ-like actions and words, are ‘pushed’ by the Christian, their words and actions reveal their presence. They will hide as long as they can, but they are revealed to be ‘familiar spirits’ by any Godly stand of a Christian.
In that time, the ones with demons were often called ‘mediums’, and they would speak the message of demons, imitate the dead for the demons, promote doctrines for the demons, and make predictions for the demons.
Often, they would seek to not let it be known, that demons were the ones giving them the messages. But as a waterskin bottle emits a sound, when air is forced out of where it should not have been, so the mediums emit words that give away the demonic presence.
People with familiar spirits, will give away the fact that spirits are within (possession), or at work from without (obsession)
"Regard not them that have familiar spirits..."
Familiar spirits are evil, but often try to appear good, counterfeiting goodness, trying to be accepted. They will usually try to hide their presence, and the people they use, will often not even realize their presence. When detected, when discerned, we are commanded to not even ‘regard’ them.
"Regard’ comes from the Hebrew word, ‘panah’ meaning ‘to face , to turn and look at directly." We are not to want to be in the presence of such ones, that are being exploited of a familiar spirit.
"And the soul that turneth after such that have familiar spirits, and after wizards (male witches), to go a whoring after them, I will even set My face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people."
God sounds quite adamant about this, and yet, we find that Christianity today has come to tolerate many who act in harmony with familiar spirits, who allow obsession of the familiar spirits upon them. With such harsh directives from the Lord, we need to re-examine who familiar spirits are, and make sure we do not ‘regard’ such as have them.
"There shall not be found among you, any one that is a charmer... a consulter of familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord."
When Saul could not get God to answer his questions, due to Saul’s evil nature, Saul decided to question evil spirits . So he said.. "Seek me a woman, that hath a familiar spirit." (I Samuel 28:3-25, vs. 7)
A demon showed up, impersonating Samuel, and a judgment fell upon Saul, the next day, he and his sons died in battle, and the main reason for judgment then, was his consulting, dealing with this ‘familiar spirit’.
Manasseh ‘dealt with a familiar spirit’... (II Kings 21:6)
Josiah had the workers who had familiar spirits ‘put away’. (II Kings 23:24)
There are many kinds or divisions of familiar spirits
False doctrinal spirits...
These spirits try to hide themselves within, or obsessing upon, people, so as to bring false doctrines into the faith. We are warned that in the last days this will be more prevalent.
I Timothy 4:1
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times, some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils... Speaking lies in hypocrisy, .. Conscience seared with a hot iron... Forbidding to marry... Commanding to abstain from meats..."
False doctrines often have their origin from demon spirits. False teachings are often inspired by demons, with the twisting of Scriptures, providing dreams and visions, and imitation prophetic words given in moments of pretend inspiration.
I John 4:1-6
"Beloved, believe not every spirit (speaking of spiritual utterance) but try the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets are gone into the world."
We must try and test all visions, of ourselves, or of others. Many have visions, but not all visions are from God. They may seem spiritual, may seem religious, but all visions must be tested. All prophetic words, esp. in these last days, must be tested and verified by the Word of God, and the witness of the Spirit.
These familiar spirits will give miracles to some, to get people to believe that the one sporting the miracles if from God.
"For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles..."
II Thessalonians 2:8-12
"...whose coming is after the working of satan with all power, and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness."
Miracles are sometimes given by wicked spirits to people preaching false doctrines. Surely, God does send miracles to true prophets and saints, but, we must test miracles to determine their origin. God does many miracles, but not all miracles are of God. The magicians of Egypt, did miracles. They did some of the same miracles as shown by Moses, their rods turned to serpents also. Etc. So, the fact of their miracles did not make them true prophets, they were still false.
In the last days, the devil will seek to deceive even the elect, if possible.
We must discern when miracle spirits are at work. The doctrines of the person being used and given miracles, need to be examined with the Word of God. The Holy Spirit needs to be spoken with, and we need to listen for verification, or rejection of the miracles by the Spirit of God.
Judas had a demon, that obsessed him for much time, finally it entered into him, and took total control.
"Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve and one of you is a devil (diabolos, adversary). He spake of Judas Ischariot..."
"... after the sop, satan entered into him..."
This judas type spirit, is a greedy demon. It seeks to make those it obsesses, or oppresses to be greedy, covetous, self-absorbed, world conscience, prosperity centered, and will betray, sell out, deceive, and lose all spiritual perspective and morality, to achieve gain and carnal mammon.
I John 2:5-16
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but he that doeth the will of God, abideth forever."
I Corinthians 2:12
"Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit Who is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given us of God."
Many in these last days, have had obsession from Judas’ spirits, and are seeking first and foremost, the riches of this world, instead of the riches of heaven. We are warned of the ‘love of money’ being the root of all evil. Prosperity and riches are not the evil, but the love and putting that as first priority, is!
Demonic suggestion, demonic confirming that carnal mammon is what we need, is too common in this age. We were warned of that. The church of Laodicea, which is the most common type of church in the last days, is one that thinks they ‘have need of nothing’, and imagines that the carnal mammon and possessions they have made them rich. But the Lord tells them that they are wretched, naked, destitute and poor in His eyes. Spiritual wealth is not theirs, but carnal mammon is.
We need to discern when a preacher, teacher, etc, speaks from the truth of the Word, or from the obsessing doctrine of a Judas spirit.
more to come, stay tuned