Demons Materializing On Earth

Demons are manifesting and demon possession is happening like never before in history. Tonight, we’ll explain the reasons behind this phenomenon. Jessie Czebotar of Illuminate The Darkness Returns to answer your questions. Peter A. Kirby and Ginny Silcox continue our series on his book Chemtrails Exposed: The New Manhattan Project. Leave the world you think you know behind and join us at the Dark Outpost!

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  1. I watched your report last night and you DID call bullshyte on it. You were right. I knew you were right because I watched Mr. Steele on Charlie Ward’s show that very morning and they were laughing at the ludicrous report about Steele’s death at the hands of Ward.

  2. David, you are right, the antediluvian world was destroyed by God due to the genetic contamination of HUMANS AND ANIMALS by the Nephilim ( fallen ones ). ALL FLESH WAS CORRUPTED. All means all.

  3. Thanks guys for your honesty, I too am a devout soldier of the Lord who has battled bourbon for 38 years faith and trusted sources like yourself carry me through,God bless you both,Dark Outpost, simply the best!

    • 666 is not one thing: it is a category.

      Wear the Submission Mask to indicate your readiness for slavery.

  4. I loved this show like all. I guess I will have new reading material in form of Peter’s book soon 🙂 I knew relatively much about geoengineering but his and Ginny’s research go so much deeper! I wonder if he heard or has evidence for the belief that part of what we’re seeing in the sky (if we bother to look up and still recognize that what we see isn’t ‘normal’) is actually depositing chemical waste from industries (Anthony Williams/The medical Medium has mentioned this).
    Anyway thanks to all!

    • Yes I do. The most common chemtrail spray has been found to be coal fly ash: a toxic waste byproduct of the electrical power industry. There’s a whole chapter about it in my book. We’ll be talking about it on the show very soon.

  5. The earth is flat and to say it’s not is to ignore the many scripture references showing us this….Joshua 10:13 and many others. The versus she cited don’t refer to the shape of the earth and science along with repeatable and observable experiments demonstrate we see objects way beyond what should be hidden behind the curve. The heliocentric model is false, we don’t live on a spinning ball, and space as NASA tells us doesn’t exist only in their CGI images. Decades of indoctrination by NASA has fooled us to believe these lies since the 1950’s. We live in an enclosed system, they lied to us about everything. Our flat earth is stationary with the dome firmament above which contains the rotating sun and moon (traveling in their circuits) and the stars which are not planets! Download the “Flat Earth Clock” app for further information. David Weiss is a good source for all things “flat earth” and has a YouTube channel “DITRH”
    We live in a giant pond surrounded by Antarctica with the North Pole in the center. The earths oceans are flat which makes up 70% of the earth’s surface. So to claim we live on a spinning ball is utter nonsense. Both commercial and military pilots tell us they fly over a flat earth plane…..air”plane” not airglobe ! I’ve been searching for earths curvature for over 2 years and still haven’t seen it yet.
    If someone can give me ONE PROOF of the globe, I’ll be happy to listen to it….CGI images and cartoon science is not proof.
    We don’t live on a tiny spec in an endless space vacuum which the evil cabal wants us to believe but we are at the center of Gods creation.
    Christians need to understand that Star Wars and Star Trek movies don’t represent where we live and science fiction movies are just that, “fiction”

    • Sandy, I am thrilled your are a Christian…….but you simply need to talk to more PILOTS….that simple. I saw the curve of the earth way back in 1967 as a lowly USAF student pilot in the T-38 at 49,000 ft. Many SR-71 and U2 pilots have seen the same good ol earth’s curve in their aircraft far above 49,000. Simply find some truthful military pilots and ignore all others who have not physically “been there”. Blessings.

  6. 82 verses in kj….. refer to a stable earth. the lord’s footstool…. it can be circular but it’s flat….

  7. Demons are killed people, wanting revenge, opsess a weak person.

    Deepstate, the strongest Killer-Group on the Planet, has been created by a killer-gene, by a disease. The Deepstate-groep, defined by this inborn disease, recognizable by sick behavior, lying, misleading, cheating, damaging in 1000 ways, mostly indirectly, and killing in disguise, f.i. via traps
    is gathering around the fun source playing-bad-pranks
    this fun source streaming out of a defect playing-pranks-program
    in their heads, this defect caused by gene-defect. Cause and effect:
    gene-defect → brain disease → Killer-Group with common fun source, individuals cooperating in all kinds of big-damage-activities
    the killer- and genocide-activities the biggest ones

    The strange thing is, that the original killer-group,
    the Khasarian Nation / Huns-Nation under king Attila, the Hun, 400 nC-453 nC, from Khasaria at the Caucasus, is redefining itself continuously,
    this killer-group known for genocide 436 nC on the Burgunder Nation at the river Rhein and other big crimes. Now the group is mixted with many nations around the globe, after having lived between them during rond 700 years, since 1250 nC (plaque-exodus partly) / 1376 nC (Dschingis Khan-exodus fully), after having changed appearance and other qualities as intelligence and strength, after big adaptations. It is redefining itself continuouly. The indi-
    viduals, born with the dominant killer-gene, make contact with each other, cluster in physical groups, start cooperating in damage games, participate in a special type games, one out of many types, clustering around the seemingly very strong fun source ´damage game´
    Those with the recessive killer-gene don´t cluster, go other ways, normal ways, don´t know of the sleeping killer-gene in their DNA. When they come acrosss damage games of close relatives (with dominant killer-gene), they hate that. But when some of their children and /of grandchildren happen to inherit the dominant form of the killer-gene, these children develope the dppp-brain disease (defect playing pranks program-disease), start looking around for possibilities to play bad pranks, find other ones, playing already, cluster and cooperate with them, get contact with the underground structures of the worldwide killer-group deepstate, hear of the great leader, the secret king, and join. From then on most of them obey to orders of the king. It’s a characteristique of the disease, using ppp: normal children, playing pranks between age 7 and 11, find it safer to play pranks in a group, choose+obey a groupsleader. ´Sick adult children´ show the same behavior.

    Thus, Mr. President, Mr. Donald Trump and US-Army, execution of massive numbers of deepstate-killerpeople now is no remedy, does not help. They reappear out of the DNA-underground in the future. Only healing of the killer-disease is a true remedy.
    And gene-science can achieve this. So, shut down the execution camps and set up science camps to develope remedies for the sick people now and give scientists the task to ex-change the killer gene, where present, by the goed gene in the near future, on the one side.
    On the other side, give scientists the task to establish all future humans on this planet with much more intelligence, so that they recognize traps as the pseudo-vaccinations of today and the pseudo-tests of today and the 5G-trap immediately as killer-traps amd react by arresting the trappers. Without killer-group inside and with more intelligence humanity can enter the next phase of evolution

    The dominion of the killer-gene, the dominion of the killer-disease, the dominion of the secret king grew in the run of 7 centuries. Weaponized with intelligence, strength and beauty, stolen from the host nations, the killer-gene brought advantages to the barers. In societies of weak and pourly controlling people they could rape a lot. get rich, have many children. That dominion of the terrifying killer-gene extended to the scope of today, 2% of all. Now 140 million worldwide with dominant killer- gene. And 140 million with recessive gene! Personalized in people, the gene tries to extinct the host nations in WW3.
    A big plan to use a serie of Genocide-traps is rolled out.

    But the killer-group will go down and be defeated, if it meets determined resistance and intelligent strong counter action. The persons acting in the top and in the basis of the pyramid are weak children, driven by nothing else than brain disease, senseless destructing brain disease. Behind this disease the defect gene.

    The best chess move is now, that Global Union Armies + Police + Firefighters + Citizens offer this to the war-headquarter of Deepstate, located in BIS, Basel, CH :

    “We set up a big science action to heal your disease, if you stop WW3-actions and surrender now. Latest day 1. of may. If you refuse, hard strikes will hit you immediately. Our firefighters will put your 5G-weapon system down within some days, bild up by you to burn our cities/houses down by surprise. Your retreat area in the underground bunker- and tunnel-system will be blown up. The giant is stronger than the mouse. Sick children don´t have a chance against strong adults.”
    Thus, adult strong people: take the plan and act!

  8. People need to return to JESUS CHRIST and bless their homes in Jesus Christ’s Holy Name and they need to pray that themselves and their families and our Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus are covered in the BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. This goes for everything they own and thier neighbors and neighborhoods. Read your Bibles. I am a Minister. We must devote our lives to Jesus Christ and teach our children all about Jesus Christ. We are meant to be witnessing about Jesus Christ. Rebuke the devil in the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS CHRIST

    • John 6:28-69

      return to the ONE church founded by Jesus himself or you have no life within you.

  9. For whatever reason I have been cut off of the DarkoutpostTV. I have paid for my subscription and I even paid for a computer to download the bundle 2 I have written emails and I have tried to go to that secure server site and I was recommended to go to to no avail. If this cannot be resolved please refund my money.

  10. I recently listened to the following podcast:

    In the podcast, William Schnoebelen claims that the COVID vaccine is designed to transform us into the beast/chimera when the mRNA in the vaccine attaches to our DNA. The Beast literally supplants the Creator in our bodies. The Sign of the Beast may be the vaccine passport that indicates that we have been injected with the Beast and that the Beast now stands in our bodies which, according to 1 Corinthians 6, are the temples of the Holy Spirit.
    2 Thessalonians 2:3–4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
    Everyone who is injected with the Beast becomes the Man of Perdition because they are one with the Beast. The Bible talks about how the fallen angels had children with human woman who became the Nephilim. Schnoebelen implies that satan and/or the fallen angels are trying to do that again by joining our DNA with their mRNA. If the vaccine is creating chimeras, then the government is facilitating the creation of the anti-messiah/Man of Perdition by coercing its citizens to become one with the beast.

  11. The Bible says that the Gates of Hell will not prevail against us and only after Rev 4 does it say the saints will be over taken and that would be after the rapture and holy spirit are gone because the retrainer is the holy spirit.

  12. Nephilim —- Giants —- Sons of God — are all the same.

    Genesis 6:2 says… The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.

    (1) Jehovah’s Witnesses claim that this expression relates to fallen angels of heaven, but the same expression is used throughout Scripture for mortal believers in God. See Deut. 14:1; Hos. 1:10; Isa. 43:6-7; 1 John 3:1-2. On the other hand, the Bible teaches that angels do not marry (Luke 20:35-36), whereas the “sons of God” did.

    (2) The same expression in the Hebrew has been rendered “other men” (Jer. 32:20; Ps. 73:5), so Genesis 6:2 could be rendered: “The sons of God (mortal believers) saw the daughters of other men (i.e. those who were not believers), that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”

    Verse 2
    “The sons of God” This is a term that is used in the Bible to describe those who have been instructed in God’s ways (1 John 3:1). The line of Seth had produced several who believed God and trusted in Him; namely, Enoch (Genesis 5:24), Lamech (5:28-29) and Noah (6:9).

    The vast majority by now had neglected the truth of God they had once known. Many who had been instructed in God’s ways departed from them and found pleasure in the company of those who had either forsaken God or never known Him.

    “The daughters of men”
    The distinction made is that these women were not “of God”. Later, God forbad Israel to intermarry with the nations of Canaan who were pagan, as they would soon be turned away from serving Him (Deuteronomy 7:3-4).

    “They saw … that they were fair” They were attracted to them on a purely sensual basis. It had been clear from the very beginning when Eve was created, that the companionship she would provide should help the man reflect God’s ways. The “sons of God” had lost sight of that Godly purpose.

    Gen 6:2
    Angels do not marry: Mat 22:30; Luke 20:35,36.

    SONS OF GOD: The sons, or children, of God are those who take God’s name upon themselves: see Gen 4:26; Deu 14:1; 1Jo 3:1,2,10; Jer 10:20; Ezek 16:21; Joh 11:52; Hos 1:10; Rom 9:6-8; Joh 1:12,13; Rom 8:14,19; Mat 5:9,45. Note: it was man whom God decided to destroy, not angels.

    THEY MARRIED ANY (THEY TOOK THEM WIVES OF ALL): Rather than marrying only in the Lord: Deu 7:3,4; 1Co 7:39. This association with the world led to respectability and worldly compromise. Israel’s later corruption by the Moabites (Num 25). Enoch condemns such marriages with aliens (Jud 1:14,15), and is rewarded by God for his faithful obedience (Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5,26). All the mingled seed of Seth and Cain was destroyed by the flood (Gen 7:21-23).
    Gen 6:3
    120 YEARS: Noah’s sons were already married (v 18). At Flood, the oldest was already 100 (Gen 5:32; 7:6). This allows only 40-60 years for the building of the ark.
    Gen 6:4
    NEPHILIM: A race of giants (Num 13:33). “Giants” (AV). From root “to fall”: (1) men of violence (vv 12,13: “to fall upon”), or (2) “fallen ones”, ie apostates.

    HEROES: “Mighty men” (AV). “Ha-gibborim”. Mighty men of v 11; Gen 4:17. As Korah, etc (Num 16:2). After flood, a similar such man: Nimrod, renowned for natural strength, leadership, achievement (Gen 10:8-10).

    MEN OF RENOWN: “Enosh ha-shem”.

    “giants” Heb “nephilim”, from “naphal”, meaning “to fall”. They were tyrants. It is used of the warlike giants who later lived in the land of Canaan (Numbers 13:33). Thus, when the “sons of God”—those who initially belonged to families who had feared God—married the brazen and ungodly “daughters of men”, their children were known as “mighty men”, “men of renown”.

    “mighty men” Heb “ha gibborim” meaning “powerful champions” in war. It is used of Nimrod (Genesis 10:8) and Goliath (1 Samuel 17:51).

    “men of renown” Heb for “renown” is “shem” and means “name”. These great men made a ‘name for themselves’ as so many men have in the past, e.g. Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and other such tyrants, and as so many do today as they grasp for power. Their names are renowned for their infamy rather than their good deeds.

    Genesis 6:2 “. . . the sons of God (Nephilim) saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.”

    The “sons of God” are claimed by J.W.’s and others to have been angels who had sinned and spread evil by marrying the daughters of men. A J.W. publication puts it this way:
    “To marry the daughters of men, those heavenly sons of God {angels} materialized human bodies, clothing themselves with fleshly bodies like those of men on earth . . . When the Flood came, those disobedient sons of God could not get into Noah’s ark, and so, to escape from the floodwaters, they dematerialized, dissolved their assumed human bodies, and returned to the spirit realm. They were not admitted back to the heavenly family of God’s perfect, sinless sons. They were degraded to a very low state that the Bible calls ‘Tartarus’ . . . {J.W.’s teach they became the spirits in prison, 1 Peter 3:19, 20.} In view of this form of imprisonment those disobedient spirit ‘sons of the true God’ cannot materialize anymore and live like husbands with women. But they still keep as close as they can to mankind, especially to women, whom they prevail upon to serve as spirit mediums, fortune-tellers, clairvoyants, and so forth.

    1. All existence in Scripture is bodily existence. Nothing is known in Scripture of “materializing” and “dematerializing” “assumed” bodies. J.W.s should be pressed hard for evidence to justify such a doctrine.
    2. Luke 20:35, 36 is conclusive – angels do not marry: “But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”
    3. “Sons of God” can refer to angels as it may in Job 38:7, but the expression is also used of men. (See Deut. 14:1, R.S.V.; Hosea 1:10; Luke 3:38; John 1:12; 1 John 3:1). In Genesis 6:2 the “sons of God” were the righteous line of Seth (Genesis 4:26) intermarrying with evil Cainites.
    4. It is sometimes contended that only angel-human offspring could produce “nephilim” (mighty ones or giants, cf. Gen. 6:4). But the sons of Anak (Num. 13:33) were also giants, (“nephilim”) and these were certainly not angel-human offspring, as they existed long after the flood.
    5. Divine angels cannot sin. They are “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who will be heirs of salvation”. (Heb. 1:14). These angels are not rebels but do Yahweh’s commandments, “hearkening unto the voice of his word . . . ministers of his, that do his pleasure.” (Psa. 103:20, 21).

    The city of Hebron. Giants in the land

    THE USUAL WORD translated ‘giants’ in the Bible is rephaim. There is a considerable difference of opinion as to the derivation of this term, but two interesting possibilities are ‘ones that weaken’ or ‘those who strike terror’.
    The corresponding word usually used in the Septuagint is gigantos, but twice ‘Titans’ is used (2 Sam. 5:18,22).

    Nephilimis a less common word that is translated ‘giants’ in most versions. It is used only three times, once in Genesis 6:4 and twice in Numbers 13:33. A number of similar meanings are suggested for this term:
    ‘heroes’, ‘fierce warriors’, ‘fellers’, ‘bullies’ or ‘tyrants’. These suggestions are based on the assumption that the underlying meaning of the word is ‘to fall upon’ or ‘to cast down’, that is, ‘to fell’. The contexts of the passages where the terms rephaim and Nephilim are used show that both apply to people of exceptional stature.

    Giants in Transjordan

    The racial origin of these giants is shrouded in mystery, but they appear to have been the original inhabitants of parts of the land on both sides of the Jordan. We are first introduced to them in Genesis 14.

    Goliath was one of four sons of “the giant” (Rapha, NIV) who lived in Gath in the days of David (21:18-22). Were these four, who were killed by David and his men, the last remaining Rephaites in the Promised Land?

    People of great stature

    How tall were these giants? A number of passages of Scripture stress their great height. The Emites and Zamzummites were peoples “as tall as the Anakites” (Deut. 2:10,21, NIV). The Anakites were the descendants of Anak, whose name is said to mean ‘long-necked’. They were men whose gigantic stature and great strength dismayed most of those sent to spy out the land. On their return they discouraged the Israelites by saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

    There we saw the giants [Nephilim, NIV], (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight” (Num 13:32,33, NKJV).

    In order to bolster their discouraging report, the spies exaggerated both the size and the numbers of these giants.

    Thirty-eight years later Moses described them as, “a people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, who can stand before the children of Anak!”. However, he encouraged the Israelites by telling them that God would destroy these Anakites despite their reputed invulnerability (Deut. 9:2,3).

    The only indication as to their size comes from Goliath’s height of “six cubits and a span” (1 Sam. 17:4). On the basis of an eighteen-inch cubit, Goliath would be over nine feet tall.

    The New Bible Dictionary suggests a slightly longer cubit, and gives an estimate of 3.2 metres, equal to 10.5 feet. It also mentions that human skeletons of this
    kind of height have been unearthed in Palestine. Og’s bedstead or sarcophagus was nine cubits long (13.5 feet on the basis of an 18-inch cubit), so perhaps he was taller than Goliath.

    Hope This Helps


  13. There Are No Demons, Devils, Satan or Lucifer
    A careful examination of the Bible teaching shows that there are no such beings. There is no need to fear them! They do not exist!
    The churches have for centuries been lying to people about what Demons, Devils or Satan or who Lucifer really are.
    What the word Demon really means
    “Demon” to “have a demon” was the same as to “have an unclean spirit”, which is a Bible way of saying that something was wrong or “unclean” about a person’s way of thinking or mental capability. In short, a person with a demon was a person with a mental or physical illness.
    We do not believe the devil or satan to be a personal being or a monster. If we accept that there is no such being, then it surely follows that demons, who are held to be the servants of the devil, also do not exist. Many people seem to think that God gives us all the good things of life, and the devil and his demons give us the bad things and take away the good things which God gives us.
    The Bible clearly teaches that God is the source of all power and that He is responsible for both the good things and the bad things in our lives:-
    “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things”, Isaiah 45:7;
    “Evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem”, Micah 1:12;
    “Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?” Amos 3:6.
    Therefore, when we get trials, we should accept that they come from God, not blame them on a devil or demons. Job was a man who lost many of the good things which God blessed him with, but he did not say, “These demons have taken away all God gave me”. No; listen to what he said:-
    “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord”, Job 1:21;
    “Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” Job 2:10
    Once we understand that all things are from God, when we have problems in life we can pray to God for Him to take them away, and if He does not, we can be assured that He is giving them to us in order to develop our characters and for our good in the long run:-
    “My Son despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: for whom the Lord loveth He (not demons!) chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receives. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the Father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards and not sons” (Hebrews 12:5-8).
    God: Source Of All Power
    God is the source of all power:-
    “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God (the Hebrew word for ‘god’ really means ‘power’) beside Me” – Isaiah 45:5;
    “Is there a God beside Me? yea,there is no God; I know not any”, God says – Isaiah 44:8;
    “The Lord He is God; there is none else beside Him” – Deuteronomy 4:35.
    Such verses occur time and again throughout the Bible. Because God is the source of all power and the only God, He is therefore a jealous God, as He often reminds us (e.g. Exodus 20:5; Deuteronomy 4:24).
    God gets jealous when His people start believing in other gods, if they say to Him, ‘You are a great God, a powerful God, but actually I believe there are still some other gods beside You, even if they are not as powerful as You’. This is why we cannot believe that there are demons or a devil in existence as well as the true God. This is just the mistake Israel made. Much of the Old Testament is spent showing how Israel displeased God by believing in other gods as well as in Him. We will see from the Bible that the “demons” people believe in today are just like those false gods Israel believed in.
    Demons Are Idols
    In 1 Corinthians, Paul explains why Christians should have nothing to do with idol worship or believing in such things. In Bible times people believed demons to be little gods who could be worshipped to stop problems coming into their lives. They therefore made models of demons, which were the same as idols, and worshipped them. This explains why Paul uses the words “demon” and “idol” interchangeably in his letter:-
    “The things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with demons…if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake…” (1 Cor.10:20,28). So idols and demons are effectively the same. Notice how Paul says they sacrificed “to demons (idols) and not to God” – the demons were not God, and as there is only one God, it follows that demons have no real power at all, they are not gods. The point is really driven home in 1 Cor.8:4:-
    “As concerning …those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol (equivalent to a demon) is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one”. An idol, or a demon, has no existence at all. There is only one true God, or power, in the world. Paul goes on (vs.5,6):-
    “For though there be that are called gods…(as there be gods many and lords many, [just as people believe in many types of demon today – one demon causing you to lose your job, another causing your wife to leave you, etc.]) But to us (the true believers) there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things (both good and bad, as we have seen from the earlier references)”.
    Further proof that people in New Testament times believed demons to be idols or ‘gods’ is found in Acts 17:16-18; this describes how Paul preached in Athens, which was a “city wholly given to idolatry”, therefore worshipping many different idols. After hearing Paul preach the Gospel, the people said, “He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange (i.e. new) gods (demons): because he preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection”. So the people thought that “Jesus” and “the resurrection” were new demons or idols that were being explained to them. If you read the rest of the chapter, you will see how Paul goes on to teach the truth to these people, and in v. 22 he says, “Ye are too superstitious” (literally: devoted to demon worship) and he explains how God is not present in their demons, or idols. Remember that God is the only source of power. If He is not in demons, then demons do not have any power because there is no other source of power in this universe – i.e. they do not exist.
    Old Testament ‘Demons’ Were Idols
    Going back to the Old Testament, there is more proof that “demons” are the same as idols. Dt. 28:22-28, 59-61 predicted that mental disease would be one of the punishments for worshipping idols/demons. This explains the association of demons with mental illness in the New Testament. But let it be noted that the language of demons is associated with illness, not sin. We do not read of Christ casting out demons of envy, murder etc. It must also be noted that the Bible speaks of people having a demon/disease, rather than saying that demons caused the disease. It is significant that the Greek version of the Old Testament (the Septuagint) used the word ‘daimonion’ for “idol” in Dt. 32:17 and Ps. 106:37; this is the word translated “demon” in the New Testament. Psalm 106:36-39 describes the errors of Israel and likens the idols of Canaan to demons:-
    “They (Israel) served their idols; which were a snare unto them. Yea, they sacrificed their sons and daughters unto demons, and shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan…Thus they were defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions”.
    Quite clearly demons are just another name for idols. Their worship of demons is described by God as worshipping their “own works…their own inventions” because their belief in demons was a result of human imagination; the idols they created were their “own works”. So those who believe in demons today are believing in things which have been imagined by men, the creation of men, rather than what God has taught us.
    Deuteronomy 32:15-24 describes just how angry God gets when His people believe in demons: Israel “lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation. They provoked Him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they Him to anger. They sacrificed unto demons, not to God; to gods whom they knew not… whom your fathers feared not…And He (God) said, I will hide My face from them…for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith. They have moved Me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked Me to anger with their vanities…I will heap mischiefs upon them”
    So God describes demons as the same as idols, abominations, and vanities – things which are vain to believe in, which have no existence. Believing in demons shows a lack of faith in God. It is not easy to have faith that God provides everything, both good and bad, in life. It is easier to think that the bad things come from someone else, because once we say they come from God, then we need to have faith that God will take them away or that they are going to be beneficial to us ultimately.
    New Testament Demons
    But, you may say, “How about all the passages in the New Testament which clearly speak about demons?”
    One thing we must get clear: the Bible cannot contradict itself, it is the Word of Almighty God. If we are clearly told that God brings our problems and that He is the source of all power, then the Bible cannot also tell us that demons – little gods in opposition to God – bring these things on us. It seems significant that the word “demons” only occurs four times in the Old Testament and always describes idol worship, but it occurs many times in the Gospel records. We suggest this is because, at the time the Gospels were written, it was the language of the day to say that any disease that could not be understood was the fault of demons. If demons really do exist and are responsible for our illnesses and problems, then we would read more about them in the Old Testament. But we do not read about them at all in this context there.
    Demons In The New Testament
    To say that demons were cast out of someone is to say that they were cured of a mental illness, or an illness which was not understood at the time. People living in the first century tended to blame everything which they couldn’t understand on imaginary beings called ‘demons’. Mental illness being hard to understand with their level of medical knowledge, the people spoke of those afflicted as ‘demon possessed’. In Old Testament times, an evil or unclean spirit referred to a troubled mental state (Jud.9:23; 1 Sam.16:14; 18:10). In New Testament times, the language of evil spirit/ demon possession had come to refer to those suffering mental illness. The association between demons and sickness is shown by the following: “They brought unto him(Jesus) many that were possessed with demons: and He cast out the spirits with His word…that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet (in the Old Testament), saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:16,17). So human infirmities and sicknesses are the same as being possessed by “demons” and “evil spirits”.
    People thought that Jesus was mad and said this must be because He had a demon – “He hath a demon, and is mad” (John 10:20; 7:19,20; 8:52). They therefore believed that demons caused madness.
    Healing The Sick
    When they were healed, people “possessed with demons” are said to return to their “right mind” – Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35. This implies that being “possessed with demons” was another way of saying someone was mentally unwell – i.e. not in their right mind.
    Those “possessed with demons” are said to be “healed” or “cured” – Matthew 4:24;12:22;17:18 – implying that demon possession is another way of describing illness.
    In Luke 10:9 Jesus told His 70 apostles to go out and “heal the sick”, which they did. They returned and said, v. 17, “even the demons are subject unto us through Thy name” – again, demons and illness are equated. Sometimes the apostles cured people in the name of Jesus and here we have an example of this (see also Acts 3:6; 9:34).
    The Language Of The Day
    So we see that in the New Testament it was the language of the day to describe someone as being possessed with demons if they were mentally ill or had a disease which no one understood. The contemporary Roman and Greek cultural belief was that demons possessed people, thereby creating mental disease. Those ‘Christians’ who believe in the existence of demons are effectively saying that the contemporary pagan beliefs in this area were perfectly correct. The Bible is written in language which people can understand. Because it uses the language of the day does not mean that It or Jesus believed in demons. In the same way in English we have the word “lunatic” to describe someone who is mentally ill. Literally it means someone who is “moon struck”. Years ago people used to believe that if a person went out walking at night when there was a clear moon, they could get struck by the moon and become mentally ill. We use that word “lunatic” today to describe someone who is mad, but it does not mean that we believe madness is caused by the moon.
    If these words were written down and re-read in 2,000 years’ time – if Jesus had not returned – people might think we believed that the moon caused madness, but they would be wrong because we are just using the language of our day, as Jesus did 2,000 years ago. Similarly, we describe a certain hereditary disorder as “St. Vitus’s Dance” which is neither caused by “St. Vitus” nor “dancing”, but in using the language of the day we call it “St. Vitus’s Dance”. It is evident that Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th; yet the present writer still uses the term ‘Christmas day’ when speaking of that day, although I do not believe that we should keep that day as a celebration of Christ’s birth. The names of the days of the week are based upon pagan idol worship – e.g. ‘Sunday’ means ‘the day devoted to worshipping the sun’; ‘Saturday’ was the day upon which the planet Saturn was to be worshipped, Monday for the moon, etc. To use these names does not mean that we share the pagan beliefs of those who originally coined our present language. ‘Influenza’ is likewise a term in common use today; it strictly means ‘influenced by demons’. When Daniel was renamed ‘Belteshazzar’, a name reflecting a pagan god, the inspired record in Dan. 4:19 calls him ‘Belteshazzar’ without pointing out that this word reflected false thinking. I speak about ‘the Pope’ as a means of identifying someone, even though I think it wrong to actually believe that he is a ‘pope’ or father (Mt. 23:9).
    There was a myth in Ezekiel’s time that the land of Israel was responsible for the misfortunes of those in it. This was not true and yet God reasons with Israel, using the idea that was then popular, “Thus saith the Lord God, Because they say unto you, Thou land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations; therefore thou (the land) shalt devour men no more…saith the Lord God” (Ezekiel 36:13,14). There was a common pagan notion that the sea was a great monster desiring to engulf the earth. Whilst this is evidently untrue, the Bible often uses this figure in order to help its initial readership to grasp the idea being presented: see Job 7:12 ( Moffat’s Translation); Am.9:3 (Moffat); Jer.5:22; Ps.89:9; Hab.3:10; Mt.14:24 (Greek text); Mk.4:30. Assyrian mythology called this rebellious sea monster ‘Rahab’; and this is exactly the name given to the sea monster of Egypt in Is.51:9.
    Seeing that the Bible is inspired by God, it is impossible that the Bible is merely reflecting the pagan influences which were current at the time in which it was written. It must be that God is consciously alluding to contemporary beliefs, in order to show that He is the ultimate source of power; He is the one who controls the ‘monster’ of the sea, so that it does His will. God therefore corrected the fundamental error in these people’s beliefs, which was that there were forces at work in the world which were not subject to God’s control and were therefore evil by implication. However, the Bible does not, in this instance, go out of its way to decry the folly of believing that there is a massive monster lurking in the sea, or that the sea is a monster.
    Another example is in the description of lightning and storm clouds as a “crooked serpent” (Job 26:13; Isaiah 17:1). This was evidently alluding to the contemporary pagan belief that lightning and frightening cloud formations were actually visions of a massive snake. These passages do not expose the folly of such an idea or attempt scientific explanation. Instead, they make the point that God controls these things. The attitude of Christ to the prevailing belief in demons is identical in this regard; his miracles clearly demonstrated that the power of God was absolute and complete, unbounded by the superstitions of men concerning so-called ‘demons’. Those who believe that the New Testament records of ‘demons’ prove that such beings do actually exist are duty bound to accept that the sea is really a monster, and that lightning is actually a huge serpent. This is surely a powerful point; there must be a recognition that the Bible uses the language of the day in which it is written, without necessarily supporting the beliefs which form the basis of that language. We have shown our own use of language to be similar. The Bible does this in order to confirm the kind of basic truths which we considered in Studies 6.1 and 6.2 – that God is all powerful; He is responsible for our trials; sin comes from within us – all these things can be made sense of by appreciating the greatness of God’s power to save. The so-called ‘higher critics’ are constantly unearthing links between the language of Scripture and the beliefs and conceptions of the surrounding cultures in which the Bible was inspired and recorded. These are understandable, once it is understood that the Bible uses language which may allude to local beliefs but does so in order to make the point that Yahweh, the only true God, is far greater than the petty beliefs of men which would have been known to those who first read the inspired words, fresh from the prophet’s mouth.
    With this in mind, it is surprising how many examples can be found in the New Testament of the language of the day being used without that language being corrected. Here are some examples:-
    – The Pharisees accused Jesus of doing miracles by the power of a false god called Beelzebub. Jesus said, “If I by Beelzebub cast out demons, by whom do your children cast them out?” (Matthew 12:27). 2 Kings 1:2. clearly tells us that Beelzebub was a false god of the Philistines. Jesus did not say, ‘Now look, 2 Kings 1:2 says Beelzebub was a false god, so your accusation cannot be true’. No, he spoke as if Beelzebub existed, because he was interested in getting his message through to the people to whom he preached. So in the same way Jesus talked about casting out demons – he did not keep saying, ‘actually, they do not exist’, he just preached the Gospel in the language of the day.
    – Acts 16:16-18 are the words of Luke, under inspiration: “a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of Python met us”. As explained in the footnote in the Diaglott version, Python was the name of a false god believed in during the first century, possibly the same as the god Apollo. So Python definitely did not exist, but Luke does not say the girl was ‘possessed with a spirit of Python, who, by the way, is a false god who does not really exist…’. In the same way the Gospels do not say that Jesus ‘cast out demons which, by the way, do not really exist, it is just the language of the day for illnesses’.
    – Lk. 5:32 records Jesus saying to the wicked Jews: “I came not to call the righteous…”. He was inferring, ‘I came not to call those who believe they are righteous’. But Jesus spoke to them on their own terms, even though, technically, he was using language which was untrue. Lk. 19:20-23 shows Jesus using the untrue words of the one-talent man in the parable to reason with him, but he does not correct the wrong words the man used.
    – The Bible often speaks of the sun ‘rising’ and ‘going down’; this is a human way of putting it, but it is not scientifically correct. Likewise, illness is spoken of in the technically ‘incorrect’ language of ‘demons’. Acts 5:3 speaks of how Ananias deceived the Holy Spirit. This, actually, is an impossibility, yet what Ananias thought he was doing is spoken of as fact, even though it was not.
    – There are many Biblical examples of language being used which was comprehensible at the time it was written, but is now unfamiliar to us, for example, “skin for skin” (Job 2:4) alluded to the ancient practice of trading skins of equivalent value; a male prostitute is called a “dog” in Deut. 23:18. The language of demons is another example.
    – The Jews of Christ’s day thought that they were righteous because they were the descendants of Abraham. Jesus therefore addressed them as “the righteous” (Mt.9:12,13), and said “I know that ye are Abraham’s seed” (Jn.8:37). But he did not believe that they were righteous, as he so often made clear; and he plainly showed by his reasoning in Jn.8:39-44 that they were not Abraham’s seed. So Jesus took people’s beliefs at face value, without immediately contradicting them, but demonstrated the truth instead. We have shown that this was God’s approach in dealing with the pagan beliefs which were common in Old Testament times. Christ’s attitude to demons in New Testament times was the same; his God-provided miracles made it abundantly plain that illnesses were caused by God, not any other force, seeing that it was God who had the mighty power to heal them.
    – Paul quoted from Greek poets, famous for the amount of unBiblical nonsense they churned out, in order to confound those who believed what the poets taught (Tit.1:12; Acts 17:28). What we are suggesting is epitomized by Paul’s response to finding an altar dedicated to the worship of “The Unknown God”, i.e. any pagan deity which might exist, but which the people of Athens had overlooked. Instead of rebuking them for their folly in believing in this, Paul took them from where they were to understand the one true God, who they did not know (Acts 17:22,23).
    – Eph.2:2 speaks of “the prince of the power of the air”. This clearly alludes to the mythological concepts of Zoroaster – the kind of thing which Paul’s readers once believed. Paul says that they once lived under “the prince of the power of the air”. In the same verse, Paul defines this as “the spirit (attitude of mind) that…worketh” in the natural man. Previously they had believed in the pagan concept of a heavenly spirit-prince; now Paul makes the point that actually the power which they were formally subject to was that of their own evil mind. Thus, the pagan idea is alluded to and spoken of, without specifically rebuking it, whilst showing the truth concerning sin.
    – Acts 28:3-6 describes how a lethal snake attacked Paul, fastening onto his arm. The surrounding people decided Paul was a murderer, whom “vengeance suffereth not to live”. Their reading of the situation was totally wrong. But Paul did not explain this to them in detail; instead, he did a miracle – he shook the snake off without it biting him.
    The miracles of Jesus exposed the error of local views, e.g. of demons, without correcting them in so many words. Thus, in Lk. 5:21 the Jews made two false statements: that Jesus was a blasphemer, and that God alone could forgive sins. Jesus did not verbally correct them; instead, he did a miracle which proved the falsity of those statements.
    – It was clearly the belief of Jesus that actions speak louder than words. He rarely denounced false ideas directly, thus he did not denounce the Mosaic law as being unable to offer salvation, but he showed by his actions, e.g. healing on the Sabbath, what the Truth was. When he was wrongly accused of being a Samaritan, Jesus did not deny it (Jn. 8:48,49 cp. 4:7-9) even though his Jewishness, as the seed of Abraham, was vital for God’s plan of salvation (Jn. 4:22).
    Even when the Jews drew the wrong conclusion (willfully!) that Jesus was “making himself equal with God” (Jn. 5:18), Jesus did not explicitly deny it; instead, he powerfully argued that his miracles showed him to be a man acting on God’s behalf, and therefore he was NOT equal with God. The miracles of Jesus likewise showed the error of believing in demons. Christ’s miracle of healing the lame man at the pool was to show the folly of the Jewish myth that at Passover time an angel touched the water of the Bethesda pool, imparting healing properties to it. This myth is recorded without direct denial of its truth; the record of Christ’s miracle is the exposure of its falsehood (Jn. 5:4).
    – 2 Pet.2:4 talks of wicked people going to Tartarus (translated “hell” in many versions). Tartarus was a mythical place in the underworld; yet Peter does not correct that notion, but rather uses it as a symbol of complete destruction and punishment for sin. Christ’s use of the word Gehenna was similar (see Study 4.9).
    Do Demons Really Cause Illnesses?
    Everyone who believes demons exist has to ask themselves the question: “When I am ill, is it caused by demons?” If you think the New Testament references to demons are about little gods going round doing evil, then you have to say “yes”. In that case, how can you explain the fact that many diseases blamed on demons can now be cured or controlled by drugs? Malaria is the classic example. Most people in Africa believed until recently that malaria was caused by demons, but we know that malaria can be cured by quinine and other drugs. Are you then saying that as the demons see the little yellow tablets going down your throat they become frightened and fly away? Some of the diseases which Jesus cured, which are described as being the result of demon possession, have been identified as tetanus or epilepsy – both of which can be relieved by drugs.
    A friend of mine comes from a village just outside Kampala in Uganda. He told us that people used to believe malaria was caused by demons, but once they saw how the drugs controlled it so easily, they stopped blaming the demons. However, when someone had cerebral malaria (causing serious mental illness) they still blamed the demons. A doctor came from the nearby town and offered them strong anti-mal drugs as a cure, but they refused because they said they needed something to fight demons, not malaria. The doctor returned later and said, “I have a drug which will chase away the demons”; the sick person eagerly took the drug and became better. The second tablets were just the same as the first ones. The doctor did not believe in demons, but he used the language of the day to get through to the person – just like the “Great Physician”, the Lord Jesus, of 2,000 years ago.
    What the word Satan and Devil really means
    “DEVIL” comes from the Greek word “Diabolos,” signifying “false accuser” or “slanderer.”
    The Devil is Sin in the Flesh not some SUPERNATURAL BEING!
    What the word Satan really means
    “SATAN” is a Hebrew word signifying “adversary,” “enemy,” or “accuser.”
    God Himself was called Satan or (the adversary) at 1 Chron. 21:1
    Peter is a Satan or (an adversary) Matt. 16:23 says, But He (Jesus) turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan!
    The Young’s literal translation of the Bible never uses the word ‘ Satan ‘ but uses the word ‘ adversary ‘ which is the proper meaning for ‘ Satan ‘.
    The Devil and Satan
    Sometimes the original words of the Bible text are left untranslated (“Mammon”, in Mt. 6:24, is an Aramaic example of this). As a word, ‘satan’ is an untranslated Hebrew word which means ‘adversary’, while ‘devil’ is a translation of the Greek word ‘diabolos’, meaning a liar, an enemy or false accuser. If we are to believe that Satan and the Devil are some being outside of us which is responsible for sin, then whenever we come across these words in the Bible, we have to make them refer to this evil person. The Biblical usage of these words shows that they can be used as ordinary adjectives, describing ordinary people. This fact makes it impossible to reason that the words devil and satan as used in the Bible do in themselves refer to a great wicked person or being outside of us.
    The Word ‘Satan’ In The Bible
    1 Kings 11:14 records that “The Lord stirred up an adversary (same Hebrew word elsewhere translated “satan”) unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite”. “And God stirred up another adversary (another satan)…Rezon…he was an adversary (a satan) to Israel” (1 Kings 11:23,25). This does not mean that God stirred up a supernatural person or an Angel to be a satan/adversary to Solomon; He stirred up ordinary men. Matt.16:22,23 provides another example. Peter had been trying to dissuade Jesus from going up to Jerusalem to die on the cross. Jesus turned and said unto Peter”Get thee behind me, Satan…thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men”. Thus Peter was called a satan. The record is crystal clear that Christ was not talking to an Angel or a monster when he spoke those words; he was talking to Peter.
    Because the word ‘satan’ just means an adversary, a good person, even God Himself, can be termed a ‘satan’. In essence there is nothing necessarily sinful about the word itself. The sinful connotations which the word ‘satan’ has are partly due to the fact that our own sinful nature is our biggest ‘satan’ or adversary, and also due to the use of the word in the language of the world to refer to something associated with sin. God Himself can be a satan to us by means of bringing trials into our lives, or by standing in the way of a wrong course of action we may be embarking on. But the fact that God can be called a ‘satan’ does not mean that He Himself is sinful.
    The books of Samuel and Chronicles are parallel accounts of the same incidents, as the four gospels are records of the same events but using different language. 2 Sam.24:1 records: “The Lord…moved David against Israel” in order to make him take a census of Israel. The parallel account in 1 Chron.21:1 says that “Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David” to take the census. In one passage God does the provoking, in the other Satan does it. The only conclusion is that God acted as a ‘satan’ or adversary to David. He did the same to Job by bringing trials into his life, so that Job said about God: “With thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me” (Job 30:21); ‘You are acting as a satan against me’, was what Job was basically saying.
    The Word ‘Devil’ In The Bible
    And so it is with the word ‘devil’ too. Jesus said, “Have not I chosen you twelve (disciples), and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot…” who was an ordinary, mortal man. He was not speaking of a personal being with horns, or a so-called ‘spirit being’. The word ‘devil’ here simply refers to a wicked man. 1 Tim.3:11 provides another example. The wives of church elders were not to be “slanderers”; the original Greek word here is ‘diabolos’, which is the same word translated ‘devil’ elsewhere. Thus Paul warns Titus that the aged women in the ecclesia should not be “false accusers” or ‘devils’ (Tit.2:3). And likewise he told Timothy (2 Tim.3:1,3) that “In the last days…men shall be…false accusers (devils)”. This does not mean that human beings will turn into superhuman beings, but that they will be increasingly wicked. It ought to be quite clear from all this that the words ‘devil’ and ‘satan’ do not refer to a fallen Angel or a sinful being outside of us.
    Sin, Satan And The Devil
    The words ‘satan’ and ‘devil’ are used figuratively to describe the natural sinful tendencies within us which we spoke of in Study 6.1. These are our main ‘satan’ or adversary. They are also personified, and as such they can be spoken of as ‘the devil’- our enemy, a slanderer of the truth. This is what our natural ‘man’ is like – the very devil. The connection between the devil and our evil desires – sin within us – is made explicit in several passages: “As the children (ourselves) are partakers of flesh and blood, he (Jesus) also himself likewise took part of the same; that through (his) death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil” (Heb.2:14). The devil is here described as being responsible for death. But “the wages of sin is death” (Rom.6:23). Therefore sin and the devil must be parallel. Similarly, James 1:14 says that our evil desires tempt us, leading us to sin and therefore to death; but Hebrews 2:14 says that the devil brings death. The same verse says that Jesus had our nature in order to destroy the devil. Contrast this with Rom.8:3: “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh (that is, in our human nature) condemned sin in the flesh”. This shows that the devil and the sinful tendencies that are naturally within human nature are effectively the same. It is vitally important to understand that Jesus was tempted just like us. Misunderstanding the doctrine of the devil means that we cannot correctly appreciate the nature and work of Jesus. It was only because Jesus had our human nature – the ‘devil’ within him – that we can have the hope of salvation (Heb.2:14-18; 4:15). By overcoming the desires of his own nature, the Biblical devil, Jesus was able to destroy the devil on the cross (Heb.2:14). If the devil is a personal being, then he should no longer exist. Heb.9:26 says that Christ was manifested “to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself”. Heb.2:14 matches this with the statement that through his death Christ destroyed the devil in himself. By His death Jesus in prospect destroyed “the body of sin” (Rom.6:6), i.e. human nature, sin revealed in (the form of) our very bodies.
    “He that committeth sin is of the devil” (1 Jn.3:8), because sin is the result of giving way to our own natural, evil desires (James 1:14,15), which the Bible calls ‘the devil’. “For this purpose the son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” (1 Jn.3:8). If we are correct in saying that the devil is our evil desires, then the works of our evil desires, i.e. what they result in, are our sins. This is confirmed by 1 Jn.3:5: “He (Jesus) was manifested to take away our sins”. This confirms that “our sins” and “the works of the devil” are the same. Acts 5:3 provides another example of this connection between the devil and our sins. Peter says to Ananias: “Why hath Satan filled thine heart?” Then in verse 4 Peter says “Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart?” Conceiving something bad within our heart is the same as Satan filling our heart. If we ourselves conceive something, e.g. a sinful plan, then it begins inside us. If a woman conceives a child, it doesn’t exist outside of her; it begins inside her. James 1:14,15 use the same figure in describing how our lusts conceive and bring forth sin, which brings forth death. Ps.109:6 parallels a sinful person with a ‘satan’: “Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand”, i.e. in power over him (cp. Ps.110:1).
    However, you may reasonably reply: ‘But it does talk as if the devil is a person!’ That is quite correct; Heb.2:14 speaks of “him that hath the power of death, that is, the devil”. Even a small amount of Bible reading shows that it often uses personification – speaking of an abstract idea as if it is a person. Thus Prov. 9:1 speaks of a woman called ‘Wisdom’ building a house, and Rom.6:23 likens sin to a paymaster giving wages of death. This feature is further discussed in Digression 5. Our devil, the ‘diabolos’, often represents our evil desires. Yet you cannot have abstract diabolism; the evil desires that are in a man’s heart cannot exist separately from a man; therefore ‘the devil’ is personified. Sin is often personified as a master (e.g. Rom.5:21; 6:6,17; 7:3). It is understandable, therefore, that the ‘devil’ is also personified, seeing that ‘the devil’ also refers to sin. In the same way, Paul speaks of us having two beings, as it were, within our flesh (Rom.7:15-21): the man of the flesh, ‘the devil’, fights with the man of the Spirit. Yet it is evident that there are not two literal, personal beings fighting within us. This sinful part of our nature is personified as “the evil one” (Mt.6:13 R.V.) – the Biblical devil. The same Greek phrase translated “evil one” here is translated as “wicked person” in 1 Cor.5:13, showing that when a person gives way to sin, his “evil one” – he himself – becomes an “evil one”, or a ‘devil’.
    ‘Devil’ And ‘Satan’ In A Political Context
    These words ‘devil’ and ‘satan’ are also used to describe the wicked, sinful world order in which we live. The social, political and pseudo-religious hierarchies of mankind can be spoken of in terms of ‘the devil’. The devil and satan in the New Testament often refer to the political and social power of the Jewish or Roman systems. Thus we read of the devil casting believers into prison (Rev.2:10), referring to the Roman authorities imprisoning believers. In this same context we read of the church in Pergamos being situated where Satan’s seat, or throne, was – i.e. the place of governorship for a Roman colony in Pergamos, where there was also a group of believers. We cannot say that Satan himself, if he exists, personally had a throne in Pergamos.
    Individual sin is defined as a transgression against God’s law (1 Jn.3:4). But sin expressed collectively as a political and social force opposed to God is a force more powerful than individuals; it is this collective power which is sometimes personified as a powerful being called the devil. In this sense Iran and other Islamic powers have called the United States, “the great Satan” – i.e. the great adversary to their cause, in political and religious terms. This is how the words ‘devil’ and ‘satan’ are often used in the Bible.
    In conclusion, it is probably true to say that in this subject more than any other, it is vital to base our understanding upon a balanced view of the whole Bible, rather than building massive doctrines on a few verses containing catch-phrases which appear to refer to the common beliefs concerning the devil. Study 6.1 and this section will repay careful, prayerful re-reading. It is submitted that the doctrinal position outlined there is the only way of being able to have a reasonable understanding of all the passages which refer to the devil and satan. Those words can be used as ordinary adjectives, or in some places they refer to the sin which is found within our own human nature. Some of the most widely misunderstood passages which are quoted in support of the popular ideas are considered in the Digressions which accompany this study.
    Those who have problems in accepting our conclusions need to ask themselves: (1) Is sin personified? Clearly it is. (2) Is it true that ‘satan’ can be used just as an adjective? Yes, it is. What real problem, therefore, can there be in accepting that sin is personified as our enemy/satan? The world is often personified in John’s letters and Gospel (see R.V.); what better title for this personification than ‘satan’ or ‘the devil’?
    What the word Lucifer really means
    “LUCIFER” LUCIFER IS A CHRISTIAN HOAX. In the Bible is a title given to the king of Babylon. It means ‘The morning star’. It only appears once in the Bible, in Isaiah 14:12, in the KJV.
    Lucifer was not a fallen angel; he was the King of Babylon.

    Those who believe in the fallen-angel devil are very disappointed by the Old Testament. They realize that the Old Testament ought to say that Satan is a fallen angel, if this really is what God wants His people to believe. And, since it does not say any such thing, they have searched for something the Old Testament that they can use as a basis for their belief. They can only find two passages to use, of which this is the first:

    “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! … Thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God’ … Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell” (Isaiah 14:12-15, King James Version). Only someone desperate to uphold a shaky theory would try to apply this passage to the devil. It clearly has nothing to do with an angel. The very next verse goes on to say:
    “They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, ‘Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?’ ” (verse 16). So, Lucifer was not an angel, he was a man. The beginning of the chapter tells us just who he was:
    “Thou shalt take up this proverb [or parable] against the King of Babylon, saying …” (verse 4).

    It is easy to see why this great man was called “Lucifer”. Lucifer is the old name of Venus, which is the brightest star in the sky. In those days the kings of Babylon were the mightiest kings on earth. The prophet Daniel said to one famous king of Babylon, called Nebuchadnezzar:
    “You, O king, have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown, and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth” (Daniel 4:22). So, Lucifer was the King of Babylon not a fallen angel like many churches in Christendom so falsely teach!
    It is assumed that Lucifer was once a powerful angel who sinned at the time of Adam and was therefore cast down to earth, where he is making trouble for God’s people.
    1. The words “devil”, “satan” and “angel” never occur in this chapter. This is the only place in Scripture where the word “Lucifer” occurs.
    2. There is no evidence that Isaiah 14 is describing anything that happened in the garden of Eden; if it is, then why are we left 3,000 years from the time of Genesis before being told what really happened there?
    3. Lucifer is described as being covered in worms (v. 11) and mocked by men (v. 16) because he no longer has any power after his casting out of heaven (vs. 5-8); so there is no justification for thinking that Lucifer is now on earth leading believers astray.
    4. Why is Lucifer punished for saying, “I will ascend into heaven” (v. 13), if he was already there?
    5. Lucifer is to rot in the grave: “Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the worms cover thee” (v. 11). Seeing angels cannot die (Luke 20:35-36), Lucifer therefore cannot be an angel; the language is more suited to a man.
    6. Verses 13 and 14 have connections with 2 Thess. 2:3-4, which is about the “man of sin” – thus Lucifer points forward to another man – not an angel.
    1. The N.I.V. and other modern versions have set out the text of Isaiah chapters 13-23 as a series of “burdens” on various nations, e.g. Babylon, Tyre, Egypt. Is. 14:4 sets the context of the verses we are considering: “Thou shalt take up this proverb (parable) against the king of Babylon…”. The prophecy is therefore about the human king of Babylon, who is described as “Lucifer”. On his fall: “they that see thee shall…consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble…?” (v. 16). Thus, Lucifer is clearly defined as a man.
    2. Because Lucifer was a human king, “All the kings of the nations… shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?” (vs. 9-10). Lucifer was therefore a king like any other king.
    3. Verse 20 says that Lucifer’s seed will be destroyed. Verse 22 says that Babylon’s seed will be destroyed, thus equating them.
    4. Remember that this is a “proverb (parable) against the king of Babylon” (v. 4). “Lucifer” means “the morning star”, which is the brightest of the stars. In the parable, this star proudly decides to “ascend (higher) into heaven…exalt my throne above the (other) stars of God” (v. 13). Because of this, the star is cast down to the earth. The star represents the king of Babylon. Daniel chapter 4 explains how Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon proudly surveyed the great kingdom he had built up, thinking that he had conquered other nations in his own strength, rather than recognizing that God had given him success. “Thy greatness (pride) is grown, and reacheth unto heaven” (v. 22). Because of this “he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws” (v. 33) This sudden humbling of one of the world’s most powerful men to a deranged lunatic was such a dramatic event as to call for the parable about the falling of the morning star from heaven to earth. Stars are symbolic of powerful people, e.g. Gen. 37:9; Is. 13:10 (concerning the leaders of Babylon); Ez. 32:7 (concerning the leader of Egypt); Dan. 8:10 cp. v 24. Ascending to heaven and falling from heaven are Biblical idioms often used for increasing in pride and being humbled respectively – see Job 20:6; Jer. 51:53 (about Babylon); Lam. 2:1; Matt. 11:23 (about Capernaum).: “Thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell” (the grave).
    5. Verse 17 accuses Lucifer of making the “world as a wilderness, (destroying) the cities thereof; that let not lose his prisoners to their home…(that did) fill the face of the world with cities”…”the exactress of gold” (vs. 17,21, R.V.; v.4 A.V. margin). These are all descriptions of Babylonian military policy – razing whole areas to the ground (as they did to Jerusalem), transporting captives to other areas and not letting them return to their homeland (as they did to the Jews), building new cities and taking tribute of gold from nations they oppressed. Thus there is emphasis on the fact that Lucifer was not even going to get the burial these other kings had had (vs. 18-19), implying that he was only a human king like them, seeing his body needed burying.
    6. Verse 12 says that Lucifer was to be “cut down to the ground” – implying he was a tree. This provides a further link with Dan. 4:8-16, where Nebuchadnezzar and Babylon are likened to a tree being cut down.
    7. Babylon and Assyria are often interchangeable phrases in the prophets; thus, having spoken of the demise of the king of Babylon, v 25 says, “I will break the Assyrian…”. The prophecies about Babylon in Is. 47 are repeated concerning Assyria in Nahum 3:5,4,18 and Zeph. 2:13,15; and 2 Chron. 33:11 says that the king of Assyria took Manasseh captive to Babylon – showing the interchangeability of the terms. Amos 5:27 says that Israel were to go into captivity “beyond Damascus”, i.e. in Assyria, but Stephen quotes this as “beyond Babylon” (Acts 7:43). Ezra 6:1 describes Darius the king of Babylon making a decree concerning the rebuilding of the temple. The Jews praised God for turning “the heart of the king of Assyria” (Ezra 6:22), again showing that they are interchangeable terms. The prophecy of Isaiah ch. 14, along with many others in Isaiah, fits in well to the context of the Assyrian invasion by Sennacherib in Hezekiah’s time, hence v. 25 describes the breaking of the Assyrian.Verse 13 is easier to understand if it is talking about the blasphemous Assyrians besieging Jerusalem, wanting to enter Jerusalem and capture the temple for their gods. Earlier the Assyrian king, Tilgath-Pilneser, had probably wanted to do the same (2 Chron. 28:20,21); Is. 14:13: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven… (symbolic of the temple and ark – 1 Kings 8:30; 2 Chron. 30:27; Ps. 20: 2,6; 11:4; Heb. 7:26) I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation (mount Zion where the temple was) in the sides of the north” (Jerusalem – Ps. 48:1,2).
    But the last of the mighty kings of Babylon, whose greatness “reached to heaven”, was to be brought low. His downfall was to be a world-shaking event -something as spectacular as if Lucifer (Venus) had fallen out of the sky.

    The King of Babylon
    Isaiah 14 is clearly a poetical description of the fall of the King of Babylon. People who say, “It says the King of Babylon, but it means Satan”, are guilty ‘ rewriting the Bible to suit themselves. It may seem strange to our modern minds that God should tell this ancient king he would be cast down from heaven to hell. But this sort of language is quite common in the Bible. For instance, these are the words of the Lord Jesus to the wicked city of Capernaum, in the land of Israel:
    “And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shah be brought down to hell” (Matthew 11:23, King James Version).
    Hope This Helps

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