There are misconceptions about demons, idols and how they affect our lives. I have talked extensively about where demons came from in other blog posts. They were something Jesus, or by his Hebrew name, Yeshua, dealt with on many occasions in the gospels. They never went away and we still contend with them today, even if many people do not believe this or are unaware of their entanglement with these entities.
Luke 8:26–33 (LEB)
26 And they sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27 And as he got out on the land, a certain man from the town met him who had demons and for a considerable time had not worn clothes and did not live in a house, but among the tombs. 28 And when he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and said with a loud voice, “What do I have to do with you, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me!” 29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For it had seized him many times, and he was bound with chains and shackles and was guarded, and breaking the bonds he would be driven by the demon into the deserted places.) 30 So Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” because many demons had entered into him. 31 And they began imploring him that he would not order them to depart into the abyss. 32 Now there was a large herd of pigs feeding there on the hill, and they implored him that he would permit them to enter into those pigs. And he permitted them. 33 So the demons came out of the man and entered into the pigs, and the herd rushed headlong down the steep slope into the lake and were drowned.
Demons and idolatry go hand in hand. Many people think idolatry involves worship of an object or person. In today’s religious landscape it has been downplayed to a person simply thinking too highly of a job, money or hobby. Those can all be idols, but it is not as simple as this. Idolatry is anything that is contrary to the word of God.
Colossians 3:5–11 (LEB)
5 Therefore put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustful passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry, 6 because of which the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which also you once lived, when you used to live in them. 8 But now you also lay aside all these things: anger, rage, wickedness, slander, abusive language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, because you have taken off the old man together with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man that is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of the one who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free, but Christ is all, and in all. neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, or free, but Christ is all, and in all.
Demons prey on people who partake in sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustful passion, evil desire, and greediness because they lose the protection of the Creator. Uncleanness is not talking about not bathing either.
Psalm 106:37–40 (LEB)
37 They even sacrificed their sons and daughters to the demons, 38 and they poured out innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan and so the land was defiled with the blood. 39 And they became unclean by their works, and were unfaithful in their deeds. 40 So Yahweh’s anger burned against his people, and he abhorred his inheritance.
Demons are the result of the unlawful union between the fallen angels and women before Noah’s flood. These were the giants or Nephilim spoken about in scripture.
Genesis 6:1–4 (LEB)
6 And it happened that, when humankind began to multiply on the face of the ground, daughters were born to them. 2 Then the sons of God saw the daughters of humankind, that they were beautiful. And they took for themselves wives from all that they chose. 3 And Yahweh said, “My Spirit shall not abide with humankind forever in that he is also flesh. And his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” 4 The Nephilim were upon the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God went into the daughters of humankind, and they bore children to them. These were the mighty warriors that were from ancient times, men of renown.
Even if people are not taught this today, it is no less true than it was when Peter talked about it.
2 Peter 2:4–5 (LEB)
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but held them captive in Tartarus with chains of darkness and handed them over to be kept for judgment, 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a proclaimer of righteousness, and seven others when he brought a flood on the world of the ungodly,
The angles were chained in Tartarus, and many of the demons were sent there as well. This is why the demons did not want Yeshua to send them to the abyss. Luke 8:31 (LEB) “And they began imploring him that he would not order them to depart into the abyss.” All of these events and situations were well known to people in the first and second centuries. It wasn’t until the philosophers took over Christianity that this knowledge was removed from the mainstream.
The only way these demons can bother anyone is if a person does things to invite them into their lives. Living contrary to the Creator’s instructions given to us through Israel is one way a person can open themselves up to demonic oppression. Partaking in the sun god holidays with all the symbols of idolatry will bring oppression as well. One doesn’t have to “worship” their Halloween and Christmas decorations to bring on demon oppression. These holidays belong to the demons and their master. Celebrating with ancient satanic rituals is a really good way to invite demons into one’s life, and it is a factor with the higher depression rates in December.
1 Corinthians 10:14–22 (LEB)
14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. 15 I am speaking as to sensible people; you judge what I am saying. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all share from the one bread. 18 Consider Israel according to the flesh: are not the ones who eat the sacrifices sharers in the altar? 19 Therefore, what am I saying? That food sacrificed to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, but that the things which they sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to become sharers with demons. 21 You are not able to drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You are not able to share the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22 Or are we attempting to provoke the Lord to jealousy? We are not stronger than he is, are we?
Paul is telling us that just as taking communion is participating with the body and blood of Christ, participating in ancient rituals of witchcraft, “food sacrificed to idols” is drinking the cup of demons. Remember, these demons are disembodied spirits of offspring of angels and humans. They are unclean because they were not supposed to exist.
Jude 6 (LEB)
6 And the angels who did not keep to their own domain but deserted their proper dwelling place, he has kept in eternal bonds under deep gloom for the judgment of the great day,
Clement was the third bishop of Rome, and some of his writings still exist. The following is a writing from pseudo-Clement, which means it was not likely Clement who wrote this, but someone who wrote in his name. It is included in the Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume Eight, and called the Clement Homilies. The point of this is to show the knowledge that these early Christians had about the dark side.
“Since, therefore, the souls of the deceased giants were greater than human souls, inasmuch as they also excelled their bodies, they, as being a new race, were called also by a new name. And to those who survived in the world a law was prescribed of God through an angel, how they should live. For being bastards in race, of the fire of angels and the blood of women, and therefore liable to desire a certain race of their own, they were anticipated by a certain righteous law. For a certain angel was sent to them by God, declaring to them His will, and saying: –
Chap. XIX. – The Law to the Giants or Demons.
“‘These things seem good to the all-seeing God, that you lord it over no man; that you trouble no one, unless any one of his own accord subject himself to you, worshipping you, and sacrificing and pouring libations, and partaking of your table, or accomplishing aught else that they ought not, or shedding blood, or tasting dead flesh, or filling themselves with that which is torn of beasts, or that which is cut, or that which is strangled, or aught else that is unclean. But those who betake themselves to my law, you not only shall not touch, but shall also do honour to, and shall flee from, their presence. For whatsoever shall please them, being just, respecting you, that you shall be constrained to suffer. But if any of those who worship me go astray, either committing adultery, or practicing magic, or living impurely, or doing any other of the things which are not well-pleasing to me, then they will have to suffer something at your hands or those of others, according to my order. But upon them, when they repent, I, judging of their repentance, whether it be worthy of pardon or not, shall give sentence. These things, therefore, ye ought to remember and to do, well knowing that not even your thoughts shall be able to be concealed from Him.’
Chap. XX. – Willing Captives.
“Having charged them to this effect, the angel departed. But you are still ignorant of this law, that every one who worships demons, or sacrifices to them, or partakes with them of their table, shall become subject to them and receive all punishment from them, as being under wicked lords. And you who, on account of ignorance of this law, have been corrupted beside their altars, and have been satiated with food offered to them, have come under their power, and do not know how you have been in every way injured in respect of your bodies. But you ought to know that the demons have no power over any one, unless first he be their table-companion; since not even their chief can do anything contrary to the law imposed upon them by God, wherefore he has no power over any one who does not worship him; but neither can any one receive from them any of the things that he wishes, nor in anything be hurt by them, as you may learn from the following statement.
This is one of the reasons why the commandments of God are so important. Opening a door to these demons by not following the instructions of the Creator has caused many people an abundance of problems in their life from depression to chronic pain. Of course, I am not saying all forms of depression and sickness come from demons, just that a person can go through unnecessary suffering because of their involvement with these things.
Jubilees is a book that was found alongside the oldest copy of the book of Genesis we have available to us in the cave of Qumran. It tells similar information as Genesis but in a less condensed format. This book also tells us of the demon offspring of the giants tormenting people and being sent to the abyss. The following is from Jubilees Chapter 10:
X. 1 And in the third week of this jubilee the unclean demons began to
lead astray †the children of the sons of Noah; and to make to err and
- And the sons of Noah came to Noah their father, and they told him
concerning the demons which were, leading astray and blinding and
slaying his sons’ sons.
- And he prayed before the Lord his God, and said:
God of the spirits of all flesh, who hast shown mercy unto me,
And hast saved me and my sons from the waters of the flood,
And hast not caused me to perish as Thou didst the sons of perdition;
For Thy grace hath been great towards me,
And great hath been Thy mercy to my soul;
Let Thy grace be lift up upon my sons,
And let not wicked spirits rule over them
Lest they should destroy them from the earth.
- But do Thou bless me and my sons, that we may increase and multiply
and replenish the earth.
- And Thou knowest how Thy Watchers, the fathers of these spirits,
acted in my day: and as for these spirits which are living, imprison them
and hold them fast in the place of condemnation, and let them not bring
destruction on the sons of thy servant, my God; for these are malignant,
and created in order to destroy.
- And let them not rule over the spirits of the living; for Thou alone
canst exercise dominion over them. And let them not have power over
the sons of the righteous from henceforth and for evermore.”
- And the Lord our God bade us to bind all.
- And the chief of the spirits, Mastêmâ, came and said: “Lord, Creator,
let some of them remain before me, and let them hearken to my voice,
and do all that I shall say unto them; for if some of them are not left to
me, I shall not be able to execute the power of my will on the sons of
men; for these are for corruption and leading astray before my judgment,
for great is the wickedness of the sons of men.”
- And He said: “Let the tenth part of them remain before him, and let
nine parts descend into the place of condemnation.”
- And one of us He commanded that we should teach Noah all their
medicines; for He knew that they would not walk in uprightness, nor
strive in righteousness.
- And we did according to all His words: all the malignant evil ones we
bound in the place of condemnation, and a tenth part of them we left
that they might be subject before Satan on the earth.
- And we explained to Noah all the medicines of their diseases,
together with their seductions, how he might heal them with herbs of the
- And Noah wrote down all things in a book as we instructed him
concerning every kind of medicine. Thus the evil spirits were precluded
from (hurting) the sons of Noah.
- And he gave all that he had written to Shem, his eldest son; for he
loved him exceedingly above all his sons.
This writing found in the Dead Sea Scrolls has some of the same information we see in the pseudo-Clement writings and alluded to in scripture. People in the first century were well aware of the abyss and why the demons did not want to be sent there by Yeshua.
Simply put, keep the commandments of the Creator with the aid of the Spirit given to us through Yeshua, and there will be no need to worry about demonic oppression. As soon as one starts doing actions contrary to God’s instructions, such as playing around with witchcraft rituals of ancient times, sexual immorality and biblically defined idolatry, the door is open and the protection is lost from these entities.
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