THE DOCTRINE OF ANGELS [Part 2]
DEMONS (FALLEN ANGELS)
(Lesson 06 on Bible Doctrines)
“Actual communication with unseen spirits; their influence on the acts
and destinies of individuals and nations; and demon-possession, are taught
clearly and unmistakably in both the OT and NT” – John L. Nevius, (Demon
Possession and Allied Themes).
THEY ARE ORGANIZED LIKE AN
- We have seen in
our previous study of angels that the angelic realm is very organized. The Bible speaks of “rulers” or “principalities,”
“authorities” or “powers,” and “thrones” or “dominions” (Rom. 8:38; Eph. 1:21;
2:2; 3:10; 6:12; Col. 1:16; 2:10, 15; I Peter 3:22).
- Elect angels
include cherubim and seraphim (Gen. 3:24; Isa. 6:2; Ezek. 10:1ff). Satan is referred to as “the anointed
cherub” and “covering cherub” (Ezek. 28:14,16).
- Several Scriptures
allude to conflicts in the angelic realm (Dan. 10:13; Rev. 12:4, 7).
BASIC FACTS ABOUT FALLEN ANGELS (demons,
devils, unclean spirits)
- All angels were
created good and holy (Gen. 1:31).
- Some angels chose
to sin against God (cf. II Peter 2:4; Jude 6).
- The elect angels
chose to obey God (I Tim. 5:21).
- The fallen angels
are referred to as the devil’s angels (Rev. 12:7-9), and our Lord said that they
are destined for eternal hellfire (Matt. 25:41).
- Fallen angels
apparently realize that they will eventually be cast into the lake of fire
(Matt. 8:28, 29).
- Fallen angels are
employed in the execution of Satan’s purposes, which are diametrically opposed
to those of God (Mark 9:17-29).
- However, even
these unclean spirits are subject to God (cf. Judges 9:23; I Sam. 18:10; I King
22:19-28; Job 1:12; Ps. 78:49).
- These are some of
the various ways demons attempt to hinder God’s work:
A. They oppose believers as
well as the elect angels (Dan. 10:13, 20).
B. They cause physical and
mental disorders (Matt. 9:32; 12:22; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 9:37-42).
C. The term “unclean
spirits” suggests that they lead people into moral impurity (Matt. 10:1;
12:43-45; Acts 5:16).
D. They disseminate false
doctrine (II Thess. 2:2; I Tim. 4:1).
E. They are behind
all idolatry and occultism (I Cor. 10:19-21; Acts 16:16-19;
F. They attempt to
hinder our spiritual progress (Eph. 6:12).
G. They desire to possess
human beings (Matt. 4:24; Luke 8:2; Acts 8:7), and even animals (Mark
- Demons will be
used by God during the tribulation period (Rev. 9:1-12; 16:13-16).
BASIC FACTS ABOUT
(e.g., Nostradomus, Jeanne Dixon, the “psychic network,” crystal balls, tarot
cards, palm reading, reading tea leaves, ouiji boards). Oftentimes, police contact psychics in
their efforts to locate missing people. Unfortunately, many of these psychics
are demon-possessed (cf. Acts 16:16-19).
- The king of
Babylon “looked in the liver” (Ezek. 21:21).
- Though worldly
people consider it relatively harmless, or even “fun,” this type of activity is
clearly forbidden by God (Lev. 20:27; Deut. 18:9-14).
- Astrology is also
forbidden (Isa. 47:13, 14).
- Backslidden Israel
was guilty of worshipping idols and devils (Lev. 17:7; Deut. 32:16,17; II Chron.
11:15; Ps. 106:34-38).
- Food sacrificed to
idols is actually offered to devils (I Cor. 10:19-21).
- During the
tribulation period, all unsaved people will openly worship Satan and the beast
(Rev. 13:4, 8, 12).
BASIC FACTS ABOUT SPIRITUALISM
- Spiritualism (also
called spiritism) is the belief that the living can communicate with the
dead. It is known in the Bible as
“necromancy” and is expressly forbidden (Lev. 19:31; 20:6,27; Deut. 18:11; I
Sam. 28:3-20; II Kings 21:6; 23:24; I Chron. 10:13,14; II Chron. 33:6; Isa.
8:19,20; 19:3; 29:4).
- This demonic
activity is also referred to as “sorcery” (Ex. 7:11; Jer. 27:9; Dan. 2:2; Rev.
9:21; 21:8) and “witchcraft” (Ex. 22:18; II Kings 9:22; Micah 5:12-15; Nahum
3:4; Gal. 5:20).
- “Although much
that passes for spirit manifestation is pure trickery, doubtless real
communications are at times received from the spirit-world. Were it not so,
Spiritism would have collapsed long ere this, but as Tennyson has said, ‘A lie
which is half a truth is a harder matter to fight than a lie outright.’ Many grief-stricken souls in their agony
have sought for comfort in the hope that Spiritism holds out to them, of getting
access to their beloved dead through a medium; little realizing the dread danger
they run through tampering with forbidden things. With a host of enlightened Christians we
believe that what messages are received from the spirit-world are not received from the souls of those who
have passed through the veil, but from demons who impersonate them…Its
dangers are terrible, and are incurred by all who dabble with the cult.” – Wm.
C. Irvine, Heresies Exposed (emphasis
- Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle (1859-1930), the well-known British physician and writer (author of the
Sherlock Holmes detective stories), was an outspoken spiritualist. He wrote: “The whole doctrine of
original sin, the Fall, the vicarious atonement, the placation of the Almighty
by blood – all this is abhorrent to me.
The spirit-guides do not insist
upon these aspects of religion.” – cited by Irvine (emphasis in
- The modern “new
age movement” comes from the same demonic pit.
- Christians are
instructed to “try the spirits” (I John 4:1-4), and to avoid occultism,
idolatry, demonism, and religious error.
Pastor James Barker