When mankind begins to believe the lies of the devils about death, and believe that the spirits of the dead remain in their graves, or tombs, and can be called back by a "skilled" person, it leads to people wanting to communicate with them. When the fresh teaching of the truth about sheol, (as a place to which dead souls departed, the righteous ones to paradise (until Christ's resurrection), and the unrighteous ones to hell..) this heresy called 'necromancy' is eradicated. Neither the righteous, nor the unrighteous are lying in a grave awaiting someone to call them back to talk. They are either in heaven or hell.
In reality, when the spirit of man is dead in sins, the whole being is dead, though the body may still function. The devils want to make us fear the death of the body only, and this fear of bodily death is a trick of devils, and leads to bondage.
"And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage..."
Jesus came to destroy the devil and take away the fear of physical death, and restore to the saints the eternal life we can have through Him.
"through death, He might destroy him that hath the power of death, that is the devil..."
Many have ignored the demonic powers, but they have not gone away, and we either battle them or be hurt by them. It is time to battle and bind and cast them into the abyss! Evil demons, and evil powers are battling the saints and prophets of today. They are very angry knowing that their time is short, but we have the power of the Lord, and the authority of Jesus to defeat every evil power out there.
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils..."
The devil's try to counterfeit Trinity, the devil wants God's throne, and tries to counterfeit all that is real. False religions, with their ‘god’ being a demonic, evil spirit, are common. The muslims do not worship our God, but an evil spirit attempting to be seen as our real God. There are some foolish ones in Christian denominations today that are saying ‘we’ (muslims and Christians) worship the same god. No, we don’t, and we need to keep that distiinction. They do believe in a ‘Jesus’, one that will come back in the last days, and kill all who believed that he was ‘deity’, and that he ‘atoned for sins’. That ‘jesus’ is the antichrist, his ‘god’ is a false evil spirit. We do not worship that ‘jesus’. It is a demonic doctrine that some now are calling ‘chrislam’.
The mormons also believe in a ‘jesus’, that they say will come back and rule from their temple, and they say he is the ‘brother of the devil,’ not the eternal One of the Trinity. Their ‘jesus’ will, they say, put them in power, and ‘good works’ will save people. This ‘jesus’ is not our Jesus. We need to stand against ‘false gods’ who are imitators of the real God, the real Jesus. These are ‘demonic doctrines’ against which we need to preach.
The devil fell, before the creation of Adam and Eve, and his fall was followed by the fall of many others, who are evil ones. These demons are evil, though they sometimes pretend to be good and religious.
The devil, and his demon helpers can:
Matthew 13:19, Luke 8:12
Ephesians 4:27, 6:10-18, I Peter 5:8
become fierce and wrathful...
Matthew 8:28, Rev. 12:12
Luke 10:6, 27
imitate departed dead...
I Sam. 28:3-9, I Chron. 10:13, Deut. 18:11
wage war on the saints...
Recognize those who have authority over them...
enter some human beings by the thousands...
The devil knows that he is defeated, and will meet this horrible end, but he continues to deceive, lie, and attack. He, and his demon helpers, frantically tries with his last gasps to lead people from God's salvation. He wants to "gloat" in eternity, that he is not the only one in the lake of fire. His only victory can be the "fools" that the "greatest fool" ever has brought to destruction.
I Peter 5:8-9
"Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith..."
I Timothy 4:1
"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons."
Demons must be discerned, tested, resisted, and rejected.
"FOR WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD, BUT AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES, AGAINST POWERS, AGAINST THE RULERS OF DARKNESS OF THIS WORLD, AGAINST SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS IN HIGH PLACES."
Since we are in a battle against these evil spirits of various ranks and powers, we need the armor of God. These beings that Paul is telling us we battle are these:
- the highest rank of evil power under the authority of the devil himself, these are probably like arch angels of the devil. Perhaps they were arch angels to God before their sin.
-those immediately under those of the highest rank, these are probably angels that fell with the devil in his original sin,
or angels that transgressed later, as in the days preceding the flood when they came and transgressed with women and produced a race of half-angelic giants.
kosmokratopas (rulers of the darkness of this world) -these are the ones that rule perhaps a 1000 other demons, these are probably the spirits of the giants of the pre-flood days, and they are more powerful than other demons, because they are half-angelic, and half-human.
pneumatika ponerias ( literally, this means "wicked spirits")
- these are the normal demons that we are accustomed to dealing with in spiritual warfare, they came into existence from the humans that were of the creation before Adam, that the devil was to lead in worship to God. They were all killed in the rebellion that came as Lucifer sinned and had these beings worship him instead of God. Their spirits now roam this earth, and they desire to inhabit a human body, since they no longer have a body. They are extremely evil since they have fallen in league with the devil.
They belong in the abyss, if they are disobedient to the commands made in the name of the Lord, and many demons are already there, to be kept there, until we, who have bound them and put them therein, leave this world, then they return to wreck havoc on the world in the tribulation. Luke 8:31, Rev. 9:1-21
Demons know their fate. (Matthew 8:31-32)
Demons fear God, and those who act with the authority of the Lord.
"...THE DEVILS BELIEVE AND TREMBLE..."
Demon possession, obsession, and oppression...
Demon oppression is when a demon spirit makes an attack on the
physical person. Jesus went about healing all who were oppressed of the devil.
"How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth, with the Holy Ghost, and with power, Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him."
Jesus recognized that some sickness and disease was sourced from the devil and his demons. Demon oppression can come to saint and sinner alike, and a rebuke of the devil and demons that oppressed such a one, is needed to return health to them.
Demon obsession is when the demon plague the mind and emotions of one, suggesting evil, blinding from good, hiding from the one obsessed the truth. False accusations, evil speaking, fear and torment come from the person who is demon obsessed. This can happen to saint or sinner.
Demon possession, can only happen to the unsaved, for the saved have Jesus dwelling within them, and He will not share the room with the devils. The demons are disembodied, and missing the body they once had, they seek to control the body of another. When unable to control the man of the Gadarenes, they went into the pigs, who chose suicide to having demons possess them...
Demons when they possess a person, take over the will. The saints can, in the name of Jesus, cast out the demon, to give the will of the person another chance to choose Jesus. If they do not choose Jesus, many more demons will return later, to move back into the person. The exorcism is possibly temporary therefore.
So there is demon possession, demon obsession, and demon oppression.
Demons are subject to the Lord, and to us, who use the authority given to us by the Lord. Matthew 8:16-17, 12:28, Mark 16:17, Luke 10:17, Acts 19:15
EVIL SPIRITS HAVE PERSONALITIES & NATURES
Evil spirits are beings, and beings have personalities, traits, natures. Some act one way, and some are interested in other things. We are shown in Scripture, that they are organized, by the devil, into an army like organization, and we battle against them. Some lead groups of others, and they follow commands. Divisions, (if you will) are organized to fight the saints in certain ways.
We hear much of ‘unclean spirits’. In fact, this designation of a kind of evil spirit is used 21 times in the Bible.
"And in the synagogue, there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice. Saying, Let us alone; what have we do do with thee, thou, Jesus of Nazareth? Art Thou come to destroy (apollumi, fully ruin) us? I know Thee, Who Thou art; The Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! For with authority and power, He commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out."
Unclean spirits are a kind of evil spirit, following an ‘unclean devil’.
The unclean devil that leads them, is the evil ruling power, that is part angelic, part human from the angels that co-habited with women of the earth in the time, before and following the flood of Noah. This evil devil has gathered evil spirits of the pre-Adamite race that fell with Lucifer, and organized them to be a ‘fighting division’ of the realm of satan.
There are many kinds of unclean spirits. Here we notice that this unclean spirit was in the synagogue. For unclean spirits are spirits that fight against saints, and those who seek to worship God. So, why does a fisherman go to the lake, that is where the fish are. Why does an unclean spirit go to the synagogue, the church, the Christian message boards??? That is where the saints of God are. Shall we flee where ever they may come? No, for they will follow us, where ever we go. We need to learn to ‘evict’ them, as did Jesus here.
The word ‘unclean’ is from the Greek word – akathartos. This is the negative particle, and the word for "cleansed." Thus the word means, "un-cleansed, impure, foul, unclean."
These are beings that are definitely recognizable, by their nature and evil all upon them, it is not hidden and obscure, but openly filthy and evil.
Some demonic beings try to hide their evil, and try to portray themselves as kind, gentle, forgiving, religious, etc. The unclean spirits are evil inside and out, their nature is not to hide, but to attack.
We shall go on, with a description of these evil spirits we battle in this last day. We need to know our enemies. If we don’t, we are like soldiers with walking sticks thinking we are on a hike, rather than realizing we are soldiers, supposed to be carrying a ‘sword’ with which to battle unseen, but real, entities that are evil to the max. It is time to know our enemies, and to battle them with Jesus.