Written by Bogdan the Exorcist
What are Demons
Demons are evil spirits that are part of a highly organized Satanic kingdom on earth and in heaven. This kingdom is ruled by Satan and has a specific hierarchy of power (Ephesians 6:12-2:2, -Matthew 12:24;27). The divine power, deity, divinity a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men, Evil spirits are messengers and ministers of the devil.
There are two theories about demonic origin that I’d like to highlight. Both theories hold that demons are created beings who rebelled against God; fallen angels, Satan, formerly Lucifer, was the covering cherub of the throne of God (Ezekiel 28:14-16). When he sinned by pride, he persuaded a third of the angels to rebel against God (Revelation 12:4). Satan and his angels was cast out from heaven to earth. (Isaiah 14:12-Ezekiel 28:16-17, Luke 10:18).
This theory proposes that demons are fallen angels! Disembodied spirits: (Isaiah 14:12-16,17,20) Suggests that Satan was leader of a race of being prior to Adam. Unfortunately, this race was destroyed by God with a worldwide flood. Explaining the conditions of earth (Genesis 1:2) dark and covered with water this theory proposes that demons are the disembodied spirits of the pre-Adamic race regardless of their origin, the fact is that demons exist today, just as Jesus ministry. The Bible gives us much guidance on how to deal with them, under the authority of Jesus Christ.
Characteristics of demons
The demons we encounter on earth seem to prefer to inhabit bodies (Revelation 18:2-Matthew 12:43, Mark 5:2). Communal demons often live and work together, Jesus explained that when re-inhabiting a former host person, a demon will take seven spirits more wicked then himself and reoccupy the person (Matthew 12:43-45). Examples of communal demons are found in (Mark 16:9) Mary seven demons and (Mark 5:9) and a man with a legion demon.
Demons have intellect and will (Matthew 12:43,45; Mark 5:6-13) vary in power level and endurance; they require rest (Matthew 12:43-44; Mark 5:6-13). Some are only rooted through prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21, Mark 9:29). Recognize that Jesus is the son of God and those operating in his authority (Mark 1:24-26; Mark 5:10-13 Acts 19:15).
Capabilities of demons
They can travel (Matthew 12:43-45). Can cause sickness, disease, fever, physical abnormalities, mental torment, alteration of voice. Can fight with Gods angels (Daniel 10:13-20; Revelations 12:7). Can influence human events (Revelations 16:13-14) Can speak through a person voice and see through their eyes (Act’s 19:15) Can affect the state of the host person. (Matthew 12:43-45) Ranging from total possession (Mark 5:2-8) To periodic influence (Mark 9:17-18)
They are able to influence the emotions, thoughts and actions of their host towards destruction; examples include the Gerasene demoniac, cutting himself, in (Mark 5:5) And the boy who was being thrown into the fire (Mark 9:22) Demons can invigorate people with extraordinary strength (Acts 19:16) Can deceive people and draw people away from truth; enticing them by their own desires (Chronicles 18:20-22, Luke 4:13, James 1:14 inferred Acts 5:3).
Why do demons access humans?
To fulfil their masters mission Satan also known as Beelzebub, is the ruler of all demons (Luke 11:15-20; Matthew 12:24-27) Satan mission is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). Likewise; demon would like to steal, kill and destroy whenever they can (Luke 11:17-18). Demons will also attempt to take people captive by deception to do Satan’s will (2 Timothy 2:25-26; Matthew 12:43-45) God allow them to for judgement purposes; demons are often sent to try to block or thwart God's servant. This can manifest in many ways including depression, sickness, confusion, temptation, doubt, etc. The purpose is usually to weaken faith (Timothy 1:5-9) Since faith is the key ingredient for fighting spiritual warfare.
How do demons access humans?
Our sin gives them legal right to enter; sin give’ s demons footholds in us for oppression. Jesus told the sick man, go and sin no more; least a worse thing come upon you. (John 5:5-14). Bible examples of other sin footholds for demons: (Samuel 15:22; 1 Samuel 16:14; Luke 22:3-6; Acts 5:2; 1 Timothy 6:9=10; Numbers 5:18-30). Curses from sin (1 Samuel 20:24; Numbers 5:18-28; Genesis 9:24-25; Samuel 6:20-23). Our sin can be curses upon us and our descendants.
Demons are empowered to work according to these curses. For example, patterns of sexual sin like divorce or adultery can often be traced down through family histories. Trauma spirits of fear can access us during traumatic events, since faith acts a shield, (faiths opposite) fear weakness the shield when we doubt God, who will to protect us. This leaves us vulnerable to a spirit of fear. One of Satan principal objects is to take people into bondage to fear (Romans 8:15; Hebrews 2:14-15) violated oaths (Numbers 5:18-28; Matthew 12:35-37; James 5:12); If we break an oath that we have taken; we can bring a curse on yourself, giving evil spirits right of entry to execute the curse on us, idle words /word curses (James 3:6-8; Matthew 12;35-37; Timothy 2:16-17) Our words can be used powerfully for good or evil.
They can be used to edify or destroy a person; idle words can affect a curse on ourselves or those we spoken to examples of idle words; such as this job will be the death of me, “you never amount to anything in this life,” I hope he rots in hell, I bound to get cancer since it’s in our family history,
When a curse is spoken, demons are empowered to work according to what was said. Satan assignment; the Bible mentions instances where Satan for Gods permission to oppose people (Job 2:1-7-Luke 22:31). If granted permission; Satan may assign his forces to work evil against a person judgement: in some cases, God may allow demons to afflict a person when they have failed to receive (The love of the truth) and or have delighted in evil (Thessalonians 2:10-12) describes this situation where God sends a powerful delusion on rebellious people, so that they will believe the devil lies.
Are the typical demons specializing in deception that man may gain entry in this case? Broken spiritual covering, being delivered to Satan. This can occur when a person leaves or is expelled from the body of Christ. When a church delivers a person to Satan they withdraw fellowship and spiritual covering from the person in hopes that the person will repent from his sin and return to God (Corinthians 5:5; Timothy 1:20) once out of fellowship, the person is vulnerable to demonic attack targeting the flesh. Broken faith, since faith is our shield, Satan’s arrows may wound us, giving demons a foothold doubt its common tool Satan uses to destroy faith and breed confusion (James 1:6-8). I hope this has explained the nature of demons, their powers and the harm they cause on people. Amen