Understanding the existence of demons-Part 2

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Understanding the existence of demons-Part 2     

Revelation 16:12-14 “The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the beast and out of the false prophet. They spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.” NIV Bible

Extra Reading: Revelation 16:1-21

The Bible is rather hazy in answering the question of the origins of demons. A few general theories are presented to us for our consideration:

  1. When Satan sinned against God in Isaiah 14:12-20; Ezekiel 28:11-19; some say that he did not sin alone but was the leader of a group of angels. When Satan fell he and his angels were cast out, and these fallen angels have become demons. In Matthew 12:26 Satan is presented as a king over a lesser kingdom of lesser devils.
  2. Some see in Genesis 6:1-6 angels coming to earth and co-habiting with women. The offspring were giants and some say that these became demons after death. Others explain this passage as the intermarriage of the godly line of Seth and the ungodly line of Cain. If this were so, what would cause the children to be giants, superhuman beings? Genesis 6:4. The same expression “sons of God” occurs in Job 1:6 where the “sons of God” came to present themselves before the Lord. The sons of Seth certainly did not have access to the heavenlies, inferring thereby that these were angelic beings.
  3. A third explanation is that demons are the spirits of a pre-Adamite race that perished between the first two verses of Genesis 1; and is described in Jeremiah 4:23-26 where it says, “…there was no man…,” inferring that there had been men there at one time. In Matthew 8:16 Jesus cast out the spirits. In Mark 1:23 the demon is called an “unclean spirit”, demons and evil spirits are one and the same thing. Paul says that we wrestle not against “flesh and blood” Ephesians 6:12, but against the non-material, the incorporeal, and the unseen powers of the air.

Prayer: God Almighty, empower us to destroy every evil spirit. In Jesus Christ’s name we pray, Amen.

Rev. Samuel N. Modise

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