By David J. Stewart
DEMONOLOGY (awesome Bible study available by Pastor Curtis Hutson from SWORD OF THE LORD.)
The Bible, God's inspired Words, says much about demons. This won't be an exhaustive study of the subject, but I'd just like to teach a few practical doctrines concerning demons (i.e., fallen angels). We read in Matthew 12:43-45 . . .
“When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”
This is a truly amazing passage of Scripture. Why do demons walk in “dry places”? It's because that's where humans live. It is evident from these Scriptures that there are more demons than victims, for the Bible says this demon had a difficult time finding a body to possess. Thus, we see the vulnerability of those who open themselves up to demonic possession. There are demons waiting in line to move into the body of those who are unsaved and vulnerable.
One of the most common avenues of demon-possession is alcohol and drug abuse. In fact, the Old Testament Hebrew word for “sorcerer” is the same root word from which we get the modern term “pharmacy.” Demons, drugs and alcohol are synonymous, just ask any woman who's ever been addicted to heroine or cocaine, who prostitutes herself out for $1,000 per night, to support her drug addiction habit. Only they can testify as to the demonic powers they witness before their eyes, and the power of Satan over their life. The answer is not rehabilitation, reformation, nor education; but regeneration through faith in Jesus Christ. Acts 26:18, “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.”
Carefully notice in Matthew 12:44-45 what the Bible teaches concerning demonic possession, the futility of rehabilitation and enslavement to sin... “Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.” We see several Biblical truths presented here:
First, an unsaved person who is ignorant of the Scriptures and worldly is vulnerable to Satan.
The Bible says the demon came back to the struggling addict and found his soul EMPTY. The Holy Spirit of God lives within the body of the believer, and so it is not empty. The first step to overcoming addiction and demon-possession is to receive the Lord Jesus Christ as one's Savior from the curse and stronghold of sin.
The Bible says the demon came back to the struggling addict and found his soul SWEPT. This is education, reformation and rehabilitation, which cannot substitute regeneration (being born-again). The Word of God is the Sword by which we can defeat Satan in our lives (Ephesians 6:17). The Word of God is the Seed by which we are born-again (1st Peter 1:23).
The Bible says the demon came back to the struggling addict and found his soul GARNISHED. The demon comes back and finds his former dwelling place decorated and ready to move in. This is worldliness. The person whose soul loves the sinful world is a demon's delight.
Second, the demon brings additional spirits with him that are more wicked than himself. Thus:
Some demons are more wicked than others.
Evidently the first demon was upset that he was evicted, which is the addict trying to clean up their life, and now the demon wants to reclaim his territory with a vengeance. By bringing more demons, it will be much harder to break the addiction, which is exactly what the Bible teaches... “and the last state of that man is worse than the first.” This is addiction to sin, enslavement and bondage. 2nd Peter 2:19b, “For of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.”
Demons often return to their former victims.
It is important to understand that once a person has had demons in their life, those demons will target that person and keep coming back until that soul is delivered by the transforming power of the Gospel and obedience to the Word of God.
The Bible teaches in Matthew 12:43 that demons get frustrated, “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.” The Bible does not mean physical rest for demons from labor; but rather, the contentment that a demon finds from having a home, a human body, to dwell in. Just as every person desires to have “a place to call home,” so it is with demons. A demon without a human body to dwell in is like a bird without a nest or a fox without a hole. It is very interesting, and evil, that the author of The Golden Compass, portrays children in the movie as being sick because they've lost their demon. The word demon is mentioned over 50-times throughout this children's movie. It is utterly evil.
Many books have been written concerning demons and the Bible. As believers, we shouldn't fear demons; but rather, God who reigns supreme over the universe. Satan is a defeated being and his days are numbered. However, the unsaved are greatly at risk of demon-possession...
Acts 19:14-16, “And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”
Notice that the young men ended up naked and wounded. Nudity, insanity, masochism, sadism and transgendered tendencies are all inherent to demonism. We hear of many young people these days self-mutilating themselves, piercing various different body parts (including their genitals), receiving tattoos from head-to-toe and scaring of the body as a form of so-called art (called “scarification”). It is demonic in nature.
Demons Are Evil Spirits
Revelation 16:13-14, “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.”
Notice in Revelation 16:13-14 the Devil's imitation of the Godhead. The Bible mentions the Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet. An evil spirit (demon) proceeds forth from each of these to gather the wicked kings of the earth to the Battle of Armageddon (Megiddo in Israel). This battle concludes the Tribulation period when the Lord returns to put down the Antichrist (the Beast) and the False Prophet and the Dragon (Satan himself, Revelation 20:2).
There is a demonic attack happening today across America. Demonic influences absolutely saturate American society, from homosexual Hollywood to Sin City Las Vegas. Demonic spirits influence people through lust on television, and also through fleshly Rock music that stirs the flesh and hardens the soul. Rock music and TV diminish the awfulness of sin. American culture idolizes the music of Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen and other demonic bands. It is a shame to hear a high school orchestra playing “JUMP” by Van Halen. Dolly Parton sang Led Zeppelin's “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN” on her album. Johnny Cash sang 13 by Satanist Glen Danzig.
Demons look for human weakness and vulnerability. Alcohol and drugs are popular mediums through which demons (evil spirits) are able to infiltrate a person's soul and corrupt their behavior. Some of the most heinous crimes ever committed were done by drunkards. My friend, you can't take two drinks if you don't take the first. That's good advice for young people. The philosophy of not drinking and driving is insane. The truth is that there is no law in America against drinking and driving. The law only punishes alcoholics if their BAC (blood alcohol content) is higher than .08 (eight hundredths). Most companies fire an employee at .01 BAC; yet America's corrupt legal system allows drivers on the road at .06 and .07 legally. Many deadly accidents involved alcohol impaired drivers which do not exceed the .08 BAC. Demons love beer drinkers!
What Michael Jackson did to himself is nothing less than demonic. Michael Jackson was and is idolized by his fans as a singing god. Not surprisingly, Jackson's music is highly favored amongst gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexuals worldwide. Jackson's life and career went from being that of a popular young black entertainer to a nightmarish freak show. Lisa Marie Presley stated on MySpace after Jackson's death that during their marriage Michael saw “awful vampires and leeches” around her. I am not trying to be unkind in any way, truly, but Satan wants to destroy all of us. Jesus even told Peter, one of His Apostles, that "Satan hath desired to have you . . . that he may sift you as wheat" (Luke 22:31). Saved or unsaved, Satan wants to have you and destroy your life!
A common denominator between the occult, witchcraft (whether Celtic or Wiccan) and Satanism are sexual sins and nudity. When Peter was fishing naked and then saw Jesus, he immediately grabbed his fisherman's coat and jumped into the sea (John 21:7). Jesus is the cure for nudity. Luke 8:35, “Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.” Amen! Even those possessed of demons come into their right mind when they trustingly sit at the feet of Jesus their Savior. No demonic power on earth can prevent the salvation of a soul or the mending of a broken man when childlike faith is present in Jesus Christ.
1st John 4:4 teaches, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” That Scripture is only true concerning the saved believer, whose sins have been taken away by the precious blood of Jesus. Although a born-again Christian cannot be demon-possessed so-to-speak, they CAN BE demon influenced. A demon cannot reside in the temple of the Holy Spirit (which is the body of the believer according to 1st Corinthians 3:17). However, Christians who dabble in Rock 'N' Roll, fornication, pornography and alcoholic beverages are opening themselves up to demonic influences.
Demons And The Entertainment Industry
It is disturbing that many Christians are naive concerning the demonic influences that some of the Devil's children openly admit. Take Carlos Santana for example, who admits having his own personal demonic god, Metatron. Here is a disturbing excerpt from Rolling Stone magazine...
"Metatron is an angel. Santana has been in regular contact with him since 1994. Carlos will sit here facing the wall, the candles lit. He has a yellow legal pad at one side, ready for the communications that will come. 'It's kind of like a fax machine,' he says."
SOURCE: Cover Story: The Epic Life of Carlos Santana: Santana : Rolling Stone (March 16, 2000)
By his own words, Santana admits to having communications with a demon named Metatron. Demons don't usually make people jump into fires or run nude down the street. Most often, demonic influences lead people into sin, which destroys the person's life. In some cases, demons can cause a person like Hitler to murder millions of innocent people. Hitler was deeply involved in the occult. Certainly, there is a demonic spirit behind the abortion industry, who sell the parts of aborted babies for a profit. In fact, elite women are paying thousands of dollars for beauty treatments made from aborted foetuses. Aborted foetuses from girls and young women are being exported from Ukraine for use in illegal beauty treatments costing thousands of pounds. That is Satan at work.
It was demonic possession which influenced Herod to murder thousands of babies in an attempt to kill the Lord Jesus Christ. Our society today is saturated with demonic influences. When Peter tried to prevent Jesus from going to the cross, Jesus called him Satan. Jesus said that Judas was a devil (John 6:70). Demonology isn't just some cute doctrine that's interesting. Demons are literal spirit beings—malicious and malignant in every way—showing mankind no mercy, no love and no concern. Hollywood is a demonic-inspired cesspool of iniquity. Demons are evil. There are no good demons, which is why they are called devils.
What is it that makes men so evil? Yes, it is the wicked sin nature of man (Jeremiah 17:9); but when men sellout to do evil, demons will guide them via occult influences, worldly philosophies, false religion and other means. Nancy Reagan (wife of U.S. President Reagan) brought psychics and séances into The White House, as did Eleanor Roosevelt, Hillary Clinton and Abraham Lincoln's wife. These are demonic powers that invite the Devil into one's life. There are only two sources of SPIRITUAL guidance, power and wisdom—God or Satan! So it's easy to identify Satan at work, because any spirit that is not the Holy Spirit is a familiar spirit (demon).
A book could be written concerning demonic influences amongst celebrities, the wealthy and the famous. Satan offered Jesus worldly prosperity in exchange for worship, but the Lord refused and quoted the Bible to defeat the Devil (Matthew 4:9-10). It seems that everyone these days has taken Satan up on his offer. The Bible confirms that this evil world's god is the Devil (2nd Corinthians 4:4); but the earth itself and everything therein belongs to the Lord (1st Corinthians 10:26). God owns the land. God owns the trees. God owns the rivers. When men destroy the earth, they are destroying God's property (and He's angry about it, Revelation 11:18).
Demonic spirits are prevalent in the music industry—this includes everything from Rock Music and Country to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Sexual immorality, lasciviousness, lesbianism and lewdness are epidemic throughout the music industry's videos. Carrie Underwood has sold-out to Satan, joining together with Steve Tyler of Aerosmith to produce the sex-smut GOOD GIRL video. Demons are spirits and influence the spirit of humans. Animals have a soul, but not a spirit. Only man has a spirit, created after the likeness of God. Man's spirit gives him the ability for intelligence, art, love and forgiveness; whereas animals only have basic impulses and primitive thought processes.
Hollywood's Satanic Agenda (1:28 hour documentary exposing the occult roots of Hollywood)
Many secular singers, actors and musicians have testified of familiar spirits and powers that shaped their performance. Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin claims that he penned Stairway To Heaven in just 15-minutes by some external force. Ozzy Osbourne has attributed his works to Satan. ACDC's Angus Young has testified to demonic powers that control his guitar playing in concert.
Satan's Kingdom Is A Hierarchy Of Structured Power
Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The Bible instructs Christians that our battle in this world is not against flesh and blood. Very few Christians live like they believe this truth. To the same degree that you are concerned about lost souls and are trying to get people saved, to that same degree you truly believe that Hell exists and that we wrestle against the forces of Satan.
TEARS IN HEAVEN (MP3 clip from sermon by Evangelist Phil Kidd)
Demons are under orders from the Prince Of The Power Of The Air (Satan). Ephesians 2:2, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” The children of disobedience are all Christ-rejecters—those people who have not obeyed the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (2nd Thessalonians 1:8-9). Demonic forces operate through occult organizations. Symbols are very important to occultists and will play a major role in the realm of the Antichrist, just as Nebuchadnezzar's golden image (obelisk) did in the kingdom of Babylon. Occult Symbols in Washington DC
Why Satan Is The Father Of Every Unsaved Person
I often refer to unsaved people as “children of the Devil.” This means that they are spiritually dead and; therefore, are susceptible to Satan's spiritual guidance and influence.
Few people understand that the human spirit is highly vulnerable to spiritual influences—movies, music, books, magazines, doctrines, et cetera—everything detected through the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, feel and smell). Man is created in God's image. Just as the Godhead is triune in nature, so also is mankind...
- SPIRIT (returns to God Who gave it at death - Ecclesiastes 12:7)
- SOUL (a heart to feel; a mind to think; a will to decide)
- BODY (the tabernacle of the soul and spirit - 2nd Corinthians 5:1)
Our spirit is who we really are inside. An unsaved person is spiritually dead by birth. Please note that spiritual death is not the same as the second death (Revelation 21:8). The second death is the Lake of Fire forever. Every human being is born spiritually dead with an inherited sin nature from Adam (Romans 5:12).
The Bible calls this the “natural man.” 1st Corinthians 2:14, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” This is why unsaved people cannot understand the Bible. If you study the Bible without the presence of the Author (God), you're 100% guaranteed to misinterpret the Scriptures and teach heresy. Everyone needs to get saved so you'll understand the Word of God. Romans 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” Every Christian believer has the Holy Spirit living (indwelling) within their body. If you do not have God's Spirit in you, then you are not saved (Hebrews 12:6-8).
Once you believe the Gospel—receiving Christ's death, burial and resurrection as payment for YOUR sins—you are eternally saved—you are now the child of God and He is your Father. Everyone—everyone—is either a child of God or a child of the Devil. You may be the most sweet, honest and kind person in your town, but you are still a child of the Devil if you have never been born-again by the Spirit of God by faith in Christ Jesus. And you may be cranky, have a short-tempter and be impatient, but you are still a child of God if you have believed the Gospel.
You don't go to Heaven because you're good outweighs your bad. That's what the Devil wants people to think, because no one is good in God's eyes (Isaiah 64:6; James 2:10). We go to Heaven because we have JESUS' RIGHTEOUSNESS!!! (Romans 4:5-6; 2nd Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:3-4). A demon's favorite activity is making religious people feel saved. Most religious people have never been born anew by the Spirit of God by the Word of God. The Bible is the Seed (1st Peter 1:23). If we place our faith in Jesus, the Christ, the only begotten Son of God Who died, was buried and rose up three days later, then our sins are washed away by the precious blood of Jesus forever (1st Peter 1:18-19).
Doctrines Of Devils
1st Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
Demons SEDUCE people through false teachings.
All of the talk of spirits meetings with New Age gurus are in reality demons. Maitreya is saturated in demonism. Alice Bailey and Madame Blavatsky are were all involved with demons. Blavatsky founded LUCIFER magazine in 1887, just 4-years before her death. The official publishing company of the United nations began as The Lucifer Trust, but changed their name a year later (die to public outcry) to Lucis Trust. You couldn't make this stuff up. As Christians we are not ignorant of Satan's devices and methods.
Satan is a beautiful liar (John 8:44; 2nd Corinthians 11:13-14). 1st Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” Many churchgoers today have departed from the Christian faith—because of corrupted Bibles, covetous ministers who teach lies and a false gospel which only asks sinners to “follow Christ.” Well, Judas was a follower of Christ and still went to Hell. Jesus called Judas a devil (John 6:70).
Contrary to what some people think, there will not be ONE future religion during the End Times. All of the mainstream religious denominations will maintain their distinctive identities; but they will continue to merge doctrinally to promote better cooperation, unity and tolerance of each other. For example: A comparison of the Roman Catholic view of what it means to be born-again with that of the evangelical doctrine of Lordship Salvation, plainly reveals that these two heresies are in agreement with Catholicism. Every pope since 1950 has taught publicly that a person can go to Heaven even if they DON'T have Biblical faith!!!
Mormonism is synonymous with Judaism and Freemasonry—all rooted in Jewish Kaballah and the vile Talmud. Freemasonry is the common denominator behind all modern mainstream false Christian cults. These religions are a haven for demons! 1st Timothy 4:1, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
The Bible teaches that we are all dirty, rotten sinners and need to have our sins taken away by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Following Christ is not the gospel. The Gospel is that we are guilty sinners, deserving of hellfire; but God in His love sent Jesus to pay our sin debt (who died, was buried and rose again) so that we could have our sins forgiven through faith alone in Jesus Christ PLUS NOTHING!
1st John 5:19 and 4:4, “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness ... Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He [Jesus Christ] that is in you, than he [Satan] that is in the world.”
REALITY OF HELL VIDEO
ROCKUMENTARY (Video #1)
DEMONOLOGY (awesome Bible study available by Pastor Curtis Hutson from SWORD OF THE LORD.)
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