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Demons

 

Demons Fallen Angels
Ruled by Satan

Mark 3:22
Luke 10:17-19, 11:15

Jesus Taught That
Demons Are Evil Spirits

Matthew 8:16
Matthew 12:43-45
Acts 19:13-16

Jesus
Cast Out Demons
Not Men

Matthew 8:16, 17:18
Mark 1:39, 7:29
Luke 4:33-36, 9:37-42, 11:14

*Thousands out of One Man

Matthew 8:28-32
Mark 5:7-13
Luke 8:26-33

*Seven out of Mary Magdalene

Mark 16:9
Luke 8:2

Jesus’ Disciples
Cast Out Demons

Matthew 10:1
Mark 6:13
Acts 5:16, 16:16-18
Acts 19:11-12

Demons Knew
Who Jesus Was

Matthew 8:29
Mark 1:34
Luke 4:33-35, 41

The Nature of
Demon Possession

Matthew 12:43-45
Luke 11:24-26

Greek

The Nature of Demons

Evidence of Demons In Scripture


*Greek

Greek Words: daivmwn, daimovnion (1140, 1142)

daivmwn:

Strongs: an evil spirit.

Vines: an evil spirit.

A Greek-English Lexicon of the N.T.; William Arndt: demon, evil spirit

An Intermediate Greek English Lexicon; H.G. Liddell: an evil spirit, a demon, devil

Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Somatic Domains; Johannes P. Louw. An evil supernatural being or spirit, demon.

Strongs states that the word is derived from daivw meaning to distribute fortunes; however Vines states that it is more probably derived from a similar root meaning to know and therefore means a knowing one.

daimovnion

Strongs: a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men; evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil

Vines: demons, familiar spirits

A Greek-English Lexicon of the N.T.; William Arndt: demon, evil spirit, of independent beings who occupy a position somewhere between the human and the divine

An Intermediate Greek English Lexicon; H.G. Liddell: a demon evil spirit

Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament Based on Somatic Domains; Johannes P. Louw. An evil supernatural being or spirit, demon.

*The Nature of Demons

  1. Demons are the spiritual agents involved in all idolatry. They are associated with idols which induces idolatry and along with it worship and sacrifices: 1 Cor 10:20-21, Rev 9:20, Deut 32:17, Isa 13:21, 34:14, 65:3, 11.
  2. Demons twist and pervert the word of God among men and do all they can to seduce believers, 1 Tim. 4:1.
  3. Demons deceive men to believe that by summoning them they can have them bring up and talk to the dead which are only familiar spirits imitating dead people supposedly summoned, Lev. 20:6, 27. Scripture emphatically forbids this practice: Lev. 19:31, Deut. 18:11, Isa. 8:19.
  4. Demons tremble before God, James 2:19; they recognized Christ as Lord and as their future Judge, Matt. 8:29; Luke 4:41. Jesus cast them out of men in many occasions, Matt 8:28-32. through Jesus’ name His disciples also cast out demons on many occasions, Matt. 17:20.

*Evidence of Demons In Scripture

  1. A "wizard" (that is, a soothsayer or a necromancer) has a "familiar spirit" (Lev. 20:27).
  2. A "spirit of jealousy" seeks to stir up human emotions" (Num. 5:14).
  3. God sent ". . . an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; . . . " (Judges 9:23), indicating that even the forces of darkness must take orders from God.
  4. The witch at Endor was said to be in contact with a "familiar spirit" (1 Sam. 28:7).
  5. King Ahab of Israel was judicially given up by God to succumb to a "lying spirit" of false prophecy (1 Kings 22:22-23).
  6. Ancient Egypt was under the influence of a "perverse spirit, " or, in the Hebrew, a "spirit of perversities" (Isa. 19:14).
  7. God says "the spirit of harlotry" caused His people Israel to err (Hosea 4:12; 5:4).
  8. God promises to cleanse the Land of "the unclean spirit" (Zech. 13:2).
  9. In the New Testament, the Messiah encountered several demons and "unclean spirits" during the course of His ministry (for example, see Matthew 12:2232; Mark 1:21-28).
  10. A "spirit of infirmity" is associated with some diseases and illnesses (Luke 13: 1 1).
  11. The Apostles encountered demonic opposition in the days of the early church (Acts 16:16-24; 19:13-17).
  12. Paul mentions "the spirit of the world" who sets himself in opposition to "the Spirit which is from God" (I Cor. 2:12).
  13. We are admonished to believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.- . (1 John 4: 1).
  14. This world is torn between a "spirit of truth" and a "spirit of error" (I John 4:6).

SCRIPTURES ON DEMONS

Demons Fallen Angels
Ruled by Satan

Mark 3:22 "And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul,’ and ‘He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons.’"

Luke 10:17-19 "And the seventy returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.’ And he said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning. ‘Behold, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy and to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall injure you.’

Luke 11:15 "But some of them said, ‘He casts out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.’"

Jesus Taught That
Demons Are
Evil Spirits

Matthew 8:16 "And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill."

Matthew 12:43-45  "Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it.  Then it said, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.  Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first."

Acts 19:13-16 "But also some of the Jewish exorcists, who went from place to place, attempted to name over those who had the evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, ‘I adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches.’ And seven sons of one Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. And the evil spirit answered and said to them, ‘I recognize Jesus, and I know about Paul, but who are you?’ And the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded."

Jesus
Cast Out Demons
Not Men

Matthew 8:16 "And when evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed; and He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were ill."

Matthew 17:18 "And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured at once."

Matthew 9:32-33 "And as they were going out, behold, a dumb man, demon-possessed, was brought to Him. And after the demon was cast out the dumb man spoke; and the multitudes marveled, saying, ‘Nothing like this ever appeared in Israel.’"

Mark 1:39 "And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons."

Mark 7:29 "And He said to her, ‘Because of this answer go your way; the demon has gone out of your daughter.’"

Luke 11:14 "And He was casting out a demon, and it was dumb; and it came about that when the demon had gone out, the dumb man spoke; and the multitudes marveled."

*Thousands out of One Man

Matthew 8:31-32 "And the demons1142a began to entreat Him, saying, ‘If You are going to cast us out, send us into the herd of swine.’ And He said to them, ‘Be gone!’ And they came out, and went into the swine, and behold, the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea and perished in the waters."

*Seven out of Mary Magdalene

Mark 16:9 "Now after he had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons."

Luke 8:2 "And also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out."

Jesus’ Disciples
Cast Out Demons

Matthew 10:1 "And having summoned His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness."

Mark 6:13 "And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them."

Acts 5:16  "And also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits; and they were all being healed."

Acts 16:16-18 "And it happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a certain slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortunetelling. Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, ‘These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you a way of salvation.’ And she continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and 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."

Acts 19:11-12 "And God was performing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul, so that handkerchiefs or aprons were even carried from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out."

Demons Knew
Who Jesus Was

Matthew 8:29 "And behold, they cried out, saying, ‘What do we have to do with You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?’"

Mark 1:34 "And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was."

Luke 4:33-35 "And there was a man in the synagogue possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Ha! What do we have to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God! And Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be quiet and come out of him!’ And when the demon had thrown him down to their midst, he came out of him without doing him any harm."

Luke 4:41 "And demons also were coming out of many, crying out and saying, ‘You are the Son of God!’ And rebuking them, He would not allow them to speak, because they knew Him to be the Christ."

The Nature of
Demon Possession

Matthew 12:43-45  "Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it.  Then it said, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order.  Then it goes, and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first."

Luke 11:24-26 "When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order. Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than at first."

*For More Information on These Subjects See the Following Books:

Brown, Rebecca M.D. He Came To Set The Captives Free. Chino: Chick Publications, Copyright 1986 by Rebecca Brown, M.D.

 

 


Rebecca Brown, MD. Prepare For War. chino: Chick Publications. Copyright 1987 by Rebecca Brown.

 

 

 

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