The bible makes it very clear and points out – ...”In these last days perilous times shall come…” (2 Timothy 3:13). A great work of deception is being wrought by seducing spirits and satan himself. Jesus warns us: “Take heed that no man deceive you.” -Matthew 24:4 (KJV).
It is important to point out that we cannot always view “demons” as frightful ugly creatures with red eyes, and long teeth. Scripture teaches us that satan is the father of lies and a deceiver (John 8:44;2 and Thessalonians 2:9) and he cleverly disguises himself as an “angel of light.” And those who follow him, practice the same deceit (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
Jesus recognized demons
The bible give us a tremendous amount of information about demons and evil spirits. Paul writes of them in 1 Timothy 4:1. Luke reports it in Acts 16:11-18. Matthew tells about eyewitness accounts in Matthew 4:24; 8:16-17.
We find in scriptures:
- Devils mentioned 55 times
- Familiar spirits 16 times
- Lying spirits 4 times,
- foul (the Greek translation is “unclean”) 2 times
- Jealous spirit 2 times
BIBLICAL ENCOUNTERS WITH DEMONS AND SPIRITS
One of the most famous stories is that of the man possessed by legions of demons, towns folk were afraid of him, he ripped his chains and no one could contain him, he cut himself with stones. Jesus healed him, and cast the ‘legions’ of spirits into the herd of pigs.
And [Jesus] he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.- Mark 5:9;13 (KJV).
Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? – 2 Chronicles 18:20 (KJV).
But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him – 1 Samuel 16:14 (KJV).
Demons are presented as intelligent deceivers, who desire nothing more than manifest themself by entering and controlling a body. They can both speak and hear:
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? – Acts 19:15(KJV).
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it – Job 1:6-7 (KJV).
God warns us throughout scripture not to seek out mediums or sorcery, psychics, or perform séances, etc (Leviticus 19:31). This includes involvement with horoscopes, tarot cards, Ouija boards, and other demonic “sorcery and witchcraft” items. All of this invites demonic activity.
The Ephesians confessed their involvement in such practices and by example, taught us to burn such items:
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver- Acts19:19 (KJV).
Satan is not greater than God’s Power!
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble- James 2:19 (KJV).
To stand against the wiles of the devil, we must put on our full armor of God (Ephesisans 6).
Trust only in the power of Jesus when dealing with satan. Even Michael the archangel did not engage satan (Jude 1:9). He simply rebuked him in the name of Jesus.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you – James 4:7 (KJV).
We are given full authority through the blood of Jesus to cast out demons from our midst!
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give – Matthew 10:8 (KJV).
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying; ….. “But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. – Acts 16:16;18 (KJV).
DO NOT BE IN FEAR! Greater is he that is in YOU!!
The story of the 70 disciples sent out by Jesus -they were joyful to report back, that the “demons were subject” to them in Jesus’ name (Luke 10:17-20).
As Christians, we are not to fear the devil, nor give him a place in our lives!
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind -2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV).
Therefore, saints, be strong, be valiant, and be on guard!
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This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come – 2 Timothy 3:1 (KJV).
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death -Revelation 21:8 (KJV).
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God- Galatians 5:20-21 (KJV).
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 – 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV).
In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood – Isaiah 59:13 (KJV).
And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not- 2 Peter 2:2-3 (KJV).
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect -Matthew 24:24 (KJV).
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage – 2 Peter 2:19 (KJV).
”..keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith…”-1 Timothy 6:20-21 (KJV).
“Power and signs and lying wonders”…rejection of truth, and for this “God shall send them a strong delusion that they shall believe a lie” – 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 (KJV).