WHAT ARE THE ‘UNCLEAN SPIRITS’
THAT ARE OFTEN MENTIONED
IN THE BIBLE?
Matthew 10:1 (KJV)
1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Matthew 12:43-45 (KJV)
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Mark 1:23-27 (KJV)
23 And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
24 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
25 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
26 And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
27 And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
Mark 3:11-12 (KJV)
11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.
12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.
Mark 6:7 (KJV)
7 And he called unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;
Acts 8:7 (KJV)
7 For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame, were healed.
Revelation 16:13-14 (KJV)
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
In the above passages, and in many other Biblical passages, the reference is made to ‘unclean spirits’. What are they? Are they still at war with the saints? How do we identify them and their works?
There are many kinds of unclean spirits. Unclean spirits are a type of evil spirit that is hurtful, and murderous in nature.
Locust demons that come in the book of Revelation, are now bound in the abyss, for they are so evil that they will attack, and will not heed commands of the Lord, or without some restraint, will not follow guidelines the Lord gives to demons and devil. Some sinners rebel too, and demons can rebel,
and when the name of Jesus commands them to stop, they do not. Therefore they belong in the abyss, where they cannot harm anyone.
The locust demons of Revelation 9:1-11 are led by a fallen angel, named Abaddon, or Apollyon.
One particular group of ‘unclean spirits’, called here the ‘locust’ demons, are so evil that they are currently bound, and not to be released until after the rapture of the church, and during the judgment time of the tribulation.
Revelation 9:1-11 (KJV)
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.
8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.
9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.
10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.
11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
This group, the locust demons, are loosed in the tribulation, after the rapture, to torment for five months. They have specific commands, that they have by that time learned to obey, or they will be put back into the abyss. These torment men for 5 months, and are currently in the abyss, longing to get out, to do the evil they will be allowed to do. They are extremely hateful, unclean with sins of vengeance and desire to hurt all they can.
Another group of unclean spirits, spirits of infirmity, are binding demons, that take a person and make them bind up, unable to move, scared or immobile for lack of their own will to rise up. Jesus came into contact with one with a binding devil in Luke 13:10-13. The woman had been bound up in a ball like crouch for 18 years.
Luke 13:10-13 (KJV)
10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
This was called a ‘spirit of infirmity”. This kind of unclean spirits put ailments, sicknesses, fears of oppression, phobias, and torments of the mind, to hinder and suppress the desires of saints to serve the Lord. This woman must have been carried to the temple, showing that she was still wanting to serve God in spite of her infirmity. She was not possessed by this spirit, but oppressed.
Saints can be oppressed, but not possessed. Jesus lays hands on her, and she rises up, whole. We find demons that will afflict with fears, sicknesses, and bodily pain and suffering. These can be ‘loosed’ from the saint, with a word from the Lord, or from a word from one who speaks in His authority.
Suicide demons, lunacy, mania demons, vexing and tormenting demons are a division of the unclean spirits. They will possess or obsess some to come and torment, vex, mentally attack persons. When the torment gets difficult to bear any longer, the unclean spirit will suggest suicide. The one the unclean spirit obsesses or possesses, is often taken to a state of lunacy, mania, psychosis. The unclean spirit loves to show power to make a person totally unable to function mentally, making them a laughing sport for their weird and manic behavior. Lives are ruined, souls are hindered from God by these unclean spirits. Suicide is often the end result, when the unclean spirit tires of the games with that person. Mass murderers, often have one of these unclean spirits of mind vexing. They are told by the demon that the vexing will be alleviated, if they kill this person or that person. The unclean demons love to bring about murder, suicide, or both. Some they drive to lunacy, and let them rot in padded rooms, or be drugged to a stupor, unable to heed the demonic spirits within or upon them. Not all mania and psychosis has a demonic origin, but much of it does.
Wickedness spirits seek to cause some to do evil, sinful things. They obsess or possess to inspire the most wicked, and evil acts they can.
Luke 11:24-26 (KJV)
24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Lust, greed, hatred, sexual perversion, encouraging any of the ‘works of the flesh’, to great portions in the life of the person being obsessed or possessed. Temptation to sin becomes extreme, wills are weakened to levels that make it impossible to stop the sins of the flesh. These unclean spirits torment with temptation, help with the appeasement of the lusts, and get these with the sinful wickedness to spread their filth and sin before all. They will encourage humans to send out their pornography, open brothels, work in stores selling books that are fit only for the fires of hell. They will encourage people to participate in or help in the making of x rated movies. They will share any such material they have, to encourage even youngsters to these sins. They will push some to sell drugs, give drugs away, to corrupt the world. They are not just evil, they have an unclean spirit that wants all to be evil. Unclean wickedness spirits will spread their filthy sins to extreme.
There is another whole class of evil spirits, that are actors, pretending to be good, helpful. Stay tuned for a look at the Bible’s references to these ‘familiar spirits’. The unclean spirits are totally different in nature than the ‘friendly’, familiar spirits.