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What is a Demon?
For years I asked the same thing too. And three years at Bible College left me none the wiser.
Yet I knew they were...
Real (I'd had loads cast out of me early on as a Christian).
They crave a human being as a 'house' to inhabit.
They are evil, wicked malicious beings.
Were they just angels that rebelled?
Why did they want to live in humans so much?
Did they have wings - if so, why not just fly about?
Thankfully I now have answers...
And with proof enough to satisfy me from these sources,
Second Temple Jewish literature.
Early Church Fathers.
Certain aspects of Dr. Michael Heiser’s work helped confirm my findings.
As we dive in let's remember...
Jesus' disciples knew exactly what demons were.
The origin of demons too was common knowledge in Jesus' day.
Exorcism was practiced by Jews contemporary to the disciples.
Take this famous passage for example...
13 "Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”
14 Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
16 Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded."
Acts 19:13-16 NKJV.
Remember too from the even more famous Gospel passage (Mark 5:1-20)*... Jesus identified 'Legion,' the Gadarene demoniacs tormentor before He cast out the chief demon and his minions from the ravaged man.
Jesus knew exactly what he faced and how to deal with them.
So, to my point...
A demon is a very specific type of spiritual, yet 'hybrid-being' spirit.
They are not angels that rebelled against GOD and were cast out of heaven by Him...
That said, they are related to them by their deeply 'corrupted lineage' though.
Angels are angels. A distinct class of spiritual beings. Good or bad. Obedient or rebellious, nonetheless they are still angels.
So, if demons are not angels exactly what are they?
Let's look closer...
Across all three sources (Bible, Second Temple Jewish Literature and Early Church Fathers) they are called 'unclean spirits.'
Or you could term them,
Bastard spirits (for good reason).
So here is what a demon actually is...
Demons are called unclean spirits because they came from the OFFSPRING of fallen angels who rebelled against GOD and had sexual relations with human women.
Jude 1:6 records these angels left their 'own habitation’ (KJV) or ‘proper domain’ (NKJV).
Having left their ‘proper or fitting realm/jurisdiction’ they then entered into sexual relations with mortal women as is recorded in Genesis 6:1-4.
Read it in your own Bible...
"Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, 2 that the sons of God* saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.
3 And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown."
Genesis 6:1-4 NKJV.
*['Sons of God' is "Bene elohim" in Hebrew. The sons of God here do NOT reference human beings here. This phrase means the rebellious angels - see Dr. M. Heiser and Second Temple Literature on all this).].
Hence why I say they came down from 'corrupted lineage' a few verses earlier.
They were corrupt in two ways...
They are not 'pure' angels. They mixed with human flesh.
Because of their sin, I postulate their DNA became corrupt, since their progeny was a mix of angelic DNA and human DNA.
Because of this the giants born to the women had a 'corrupted' human blueprint.
These giants were now longer 100% angels nor 100% human.
(They became the mighty 'heroes' of old, which also explains why they had such strength. See also also see ancient mythology such as Greek mythology for example and the myriad 'gods' of Norse and many other cultures etc).
These beings were hybrids.
Very strong. Very terrible for 'regular’ humans.
(Pause for thought: Ever wondered about where the roots of old folk tales such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk' came from? The giant connection is obvious, as was their terrifying work on earth among humanity).
Genesis 6:12 records GOD's view on this terrible consequence...
"So GOD looked upon the earth and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth."
Peter also describes this in 2 Peter 1:4 as...
"The corruption that entered the world through lust." (NKJV).
(IMPORTANT: When Peter speaks of lust here, he is not referring principally to humans’ lust towards each other... he is speaking of a common Enochian understanding at that time,
The lust of the angels towards human women initially.
As a result...
Horrific corruption came into humanity because of the mixing of angelic and human seed.
The angels lusted after human women. Or put another way they began to lust after 'strange flesh' as Jude v7 puts it (KJV).
Humans became corrupted at their core... i.e. They no longer reflected or bore GODs true image as reflections of His divine essence.
He could not see His reflection in humans any longer.
Instead he saw something grotesque.
Half human + half 'NOT-human' beings.
Which explains why GOD was so ruthless with the flood judgment.
GOD acted to destroy the 'corrupt seed' which had deeply marred the divine image he'd imprinted in Adam and Eve.
(Scripture seems to assert that Noah and his family were the only "pure true bred" human beings left by this stage.
NOTE: I am not suggesting [because I don’t know of course] that there were only those alive on earth that were hybridized like this, rather that even those who were still ‘human’ had also become so aligned with the ‘corrupted’ beings that to all intents and purpose they were like them in thought, desire and deed in every way… to such an extent that there was no way back from the evil they loved. They simply did not want to give up their sin. God knew their hearts were so hardened by sin they would never repent so He judged them in the same way).
Here's the critical point to grasp...
Because they were formed half HUMAN, these giants (Nephilim in Hebrew) also were destined to die.
This is because Adam and Eve's fall consigned humanity to death through the advent of sin in human nature back in Eden.
When in turn these hybrid giants came to die...
Their spirits left their bodies yet could only roam the earth.
The unclean spirits could not go up into heaven. They'd been condemned by GOD, Himself the 'Father of Spirits.'
Trapped in limbo here on earth, they walk around trying to seek new 'dwellings.' They need an 'earth suit' to operate in the physical realm i.e. A human body.
Demons are desperate to experience being 'human' again. They crave it. They knew it once. (I suspect that memory is encoded in their corrupt DNA).
So, there we are then.
That is what demons are.
Yet what's the point of explaining all this for Christians here in 2022?
You'll have a hard time defeating these vile foes…
If you can't identify who the invisible enemy tormenting your life or harassing your family actually is. However, when you know who your foe is, you can act with wisdom to destroy and remove them from your life.
Finally, to finish up...
Know your GOD.
PLUS know your enemy and how to defeat him and his works.
To close, here's a final recap...
A demon is,
An unclean spirit.
The bastard product of illicit union between angels and women.
They can be very strong (their great strength comes from their giant/nephilim origins) - Acts 19: 13-16, Mark 5: 1-20.*
That's cleared that up then :)
See you next time!
Here are some source proof texts for you…
"4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell (Tarturus) and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment..."
2 Peter 2: 4 NKJV
18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
19 After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits
20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.
1 Peter 3:18-20 NKJV
"5 But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.
6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day;"
14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, 15 to execute judgment on all, to convict all who are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have committed in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”*
Jude 5-6, 14.
*NOTE: In v14 of his epistle Jude quotes directly from the Book of Enoch.
Remember too, he starts his epistle defending the 'common faith' with these words...
"3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."
As such he's making it clear that this understanding of the rebellion of the 'Sin of the Watchers' the angels that fell and produced the giants which caused GOD's wrath resulting in the flood, was common knowledge to both Jews and early Christians.
How does this relate to Christians now?
"And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man."
Luke 17:26 NKJV
(Hint: Jesus does not only mean 'eating, drinking, giving in marriage, being evil' etc).
Today scientists are busy working towards creating hybrid humans (to improve us ;) now they have cracked the genetics of DNA.
Think on that.
May the Holy Spirit lead you.
Second Temple Literature:
Book of Enoch 1: 3-11.
This could not be clearer…
"3. Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled yourselves with the daughters of men and taken to yourselves wives, and done like the children of earth, and begotten giants (as your) sons?
4. And though ye were holy, spiritual, living the eternal life, you have defiled yourselves with the blood of women, and have begotten (children) with the blood of flesh, and, as the children of men, have lusted after flesh and blood as those ⌈also⌉ do who die and perish.
5. Therefore have I given them wives also that they might impregnate them, and beget children by them, that thus nothing might be wanting to them on earth.
6. But you were ⌈formerly⌉ spiritual, living the eternal life, and immortal for all generations of the world.
7. And therefore I have not appointed wives for you; for as for the spiritual ones of the heaven, in heaven is their dwelling.
8. And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling.
9. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men, ⌈⌈and⌉⌉ from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin;⌈they shall be evil spirits on earth, and⌉ evil spirits shall they be called.
10. As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.]
11. And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, ⌈but nevertheless hunger⌉ and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded ⌈from them⌉."
(NOTE: The expression 'the holy Watchers' is referring to the original angels that rebelled against GOD.
Both Jude and Peter reference this passage in their Epistles.
This 'angelic rebellion' understanding was common to Jesus and His disciples).
Book of Jubilees 4:15 - 5:7
"In [Jared's] days the angels of the Lord descended on the earth, those who are named the Watchers, that they should instruct the children of men ...
And it came to pass when the children of men began to multiply on the face of the earth and daughters were born unto them, that the angels of God saw them on a certain year of this jubilee, that they were beautiful to look upon; and they took themselves wives of all whom they chose, and they bare unto them sons and they were giants."
The Book of Enoch was written approximately 179 BC.
See Dr. Michael Heiser 'The Unseen Realm' and also his podcast 'Naked Bible' for an expansion of the above in particular...
* Gadarene demoniac (great strength)
5 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.
2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains.
And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?
I implore You by God that You do not torment me.”
8 For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”
9 Then He asked him, “What is your name?”
And he answered, saying, “My name is Legion; for we are many.”
10 Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.
Mark 5:1-10 NJKV
* Escaping 'corruption'...
2 "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,
4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
2 Peter 1: 2-4
NOTE: Peter draws a contrast between those 'corrupted' through being joined with evil spirits, (the entrance gateway to this torment being lust), and those instead joined to the 'divine Nature' of Christ in GOD.
Christians are to be joined in purity to Him, not defiled by these unclean spirits which came forth from this wicked union.
This lust is the same original sin of the angels in the Book of Genesis which caused them to cross the boundary of what was acceptable to GOD and commit fornication with them... bearing grotesque children from these relationships. 'Nephilim' as the Hebrew renders.
Don't forget though. As Christians we have nothing to be afraid of here or hereafter… if we love GOD and do His will
We will actually RULE with Jesus one day.
The Apostle Paul teaches as saints we will actually JUDGE the angels (1 Corinthians 6:3).
Which means loyal, faithful saints of GOD will have GREAT AUTHORITY and dominion in the spiritual realm. Joint heirs with Christ Himself, the Judge of all as He has been appointed by His Father.