To recap, we learned Satan tempts us with lies and our own lack of understanding. We learned our reaction to sin; to blame others, and to cover it up with other things. Ok, so now we have to look at demons. Not the pop culture things but the actual things.
First lets look at where they came from. To understand this we need to look at fallen angels. People believe that demons and fallen angels are the same, but they are not. They are very different. Fallen angels do not seek embodiment. Demons for some reason do. So where are there bodies? To discover the origins of demons we are going to look to the book of Jude.
6 And angels who did not keep their own domain but abandoned their proper dwelling place, these He has kept in eternal restraints under darkness for the judgment of the great day, 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these angels indulged in sexual perversion and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.Jude 1:6-7 NASB
These angels that went after strange flesh are known as the watcher angels. They may have been the fallen angels or normal angels. I am not sure, I have seen arguments for both. However, we are not going to bother with that for now. We have a bit more work to do, now we are going to turn to Genesis 6.
6 Now it came about, when mankind began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with man forever, because he is also flesh; nevertheless his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of mankind, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.Genesis 6:1-4 NASB
These angels mated with the human woman of the time and had children. These children were half human/ half angel hybrids. They were also giants. Actually you will find a strange thing occurs when you hybridize creatures that gigantism is very common. Off the top of my head the Liger comes to mind. For some reason when you hybrid creatures this pops up in them.
This would be something unnatural to our world. It is outside of God’s design. Apparently, these children were cannibals’, eating everything including people. Not only that but humans had become wicked. All flesh was corrupted aside from Noah. who was pure in his genealogy. I suppose that meant his line did not intermingle with angels.
Basically when these children of angels and humans died, they remained here. They are “earthbound”, meaning they remain as spirits, as demons. Demons are not the same as a fallen angel. Angels have distinct bodies. These things do not.
So what powers do demons have? Well, they can clearly take over someone’s body, even to the extent of multiple demons inhabiting the same body. This would suggest your body is more or less a device that you use to interface with this world. It suggests you too have a spirit and that there is something more. That’s just a little note I wanted to put in here. Here is an example and a bit more.
26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And when He stepped out onto the land, a man from the city met Him who was possessed with demons; and he had not put on clothing for a long time and was not living in a house, but among the tombs.Luke 8:26-27 NASB
This man was possessed by demons. He was naked and he hung around the graves of dead people. This demons tend to hang around where they died. See many of these people were all over the world before God flooded the earth. Naturally they would have homes all over the earth. Some of these demons, such as Goliath, would have had homes in the tombs. They are not bound by any rules that say they have to remain near there grave but it would be a gathering place.
29 For He had already commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break the restraints and be driven by the demon into the desert.Luke 8:29 NASB
Now this also demonstrates for us that demons can bind a person. They can throw a person to the ground against their will. They also can be sent away and come back. This is what people who believe them selves to be exorcists do normally. They send a demon away only for them to return soon after.
30 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; because many demons had entered him. 31 And they were begging Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.Luke 8:30-31
As you know a Legion means a great many. A roman legion was normally 4000 to 5000. So we are talking about a lot of demons. Now, you may find this part interesting. The demons begged Christ not to be sent to the abyss. This is not Shoel, the land of the dead, nor is it Gehenna, which is hell. This is Tarterus, the bottomless pit. You see Tarterus is a holding place for the end times. It will be opened but not now. The demons feared going there. Jesus would actually hear them out and let them go, but it is clear from the text he could of sent them to such a place.
In another example, a demon will go out and get stronger demons to torment when cast out.
45 Then it goes and brings along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they come in and live there; and the last condition of that person becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.”Matthew 12:45 NASB
So a part I have no discussed, that is intrusive thought or voices inside you that do not belong to you. Demons have the express ability to give you wicked images in mind. Often they have chosen to show this ability through dreams. A succubus or incubus, often haunts ones dreams. They will present you with a temptation of some sort. Even going as far as raping you. These visions can drive one mad.
They can also bring sickness to you.
16 The people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together as well, bringing people who were sick or tormented with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed.Acts 5:16
So demons add another element to our issue. They can indeed torment us. They can make us ill. They can inhabit us. They can also abide in you. Not all demons miss treat their host. Some are beneficial to them. This poses a serious problem. See a demon will give you abilities for a lifetime if they can have you in death. Demons are not your friends. The romanticizing of demons is common in the modern era, however it also happened in the start.
16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave woman who had a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing great profit to her masters by fortune-telling. 17 She followed Paul and us and cried out repeatedly, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you a way of salvation.” 18 Now she continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and he turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.
19 But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was suddenly gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the authorities,Acts 16:16-19 NASB
As you can see they gave this girl an ability and it was removed. They do not do these acts with magical talents or anything of the sort. They do it through tricking those around them. Once again, multi dimensional beings can do multi dimensional things. It is like playing shadow puppets. You simply do not see the hands performing the trick, only the shadow of that hand performing such a feat.
You cannot trust a demon ever. A repentant demon would not contact you because a repentant demon would do what God wills. Demons are like their fathers and mothers, wicked liars.
Next time on The Heart Of Darkness I will be going into Nimrod, the man who became like a demons and the man who inspired Babylon and all its iniquities and furthermore all religions.