Angels and Demons have both been around for a very long time, and we have the privilege to have the Word of God to aid us to discern the difference between the two. In this post, with anything that is concerning angels, I will be concentrating on those that have fallen, not those who serve God Almighty. The reason for this post is that traditional views of demonic entities are most often confused, and I believe (with all due respect), incorrect.
Most Christians find demons to be synonymous with fallen angels. I believe though they serve the same master (Satan), they are as alike as apples and oranges. But both will always flee in the presence of Jesus, and from those of us who call upon his name! But otherwise, two completely different beings, with completely different origins, with the same master, and in the end the same fate. It’s on me in this fifth installment in the Are Demons Real series to show you what the differences are. In this seventh installment of the series, I will be drawing on the Word of God for the answers.
What Have we Learned so Far About Demons?
Let’s take a moment and rifle through some of the Biblical facts that have been covered so far in previous posts under this topic. Since the beginning of this series, we’ve covered demonic references in both the Old and New testament (I’ve linked to them for your benefit in case you missed them). Also demonic entities were covered somewhat in familiar spirits. In between, there was a rundown on Satan himself (both as an Angel of God and also a fallen angel), but that will fall under the angelic category, not demonic. Let’s put it together to catch a nature behind these demonic entities.
Here is a quick list of ten notable characteristics of demons that we’ve already covered:
- They provoke an almost unreasonable amount of fear when they manifest in any way.
- Demonic beings have no solid image of their own to present to anyone. They are shapeless so to speak.
- Demons greatly desire to inhabit a body in any way they can. Either human or animal.
- They can enter in to someone who knowingly or unwittingly invites them in.
- Multiple demons can inhabit a person by untold numbers.
- Though having no real shape of their own, they can disguise themselves to be whatever it takes to deceive someone.
- They lie blatantly, but can also tell the truth out of context to deceive. There’s no truth in them.
- As familiar spirits, they defile both the deceiver used as a conduit, and the deceived, that sought out that conduit.
- They do whatever it takes to deceive all who they can to be enemies of God.
- They have absolutely no power at all in the presence of Christ Jesus, and will flee when the name of Jesus is used against them.
To make a personal note… That last one is my favorite part. If you watch all the horror movies, you’re conditioned to believe that demons always seem to have the upper hand, more power, and more liberties than believers. And also by the way, in the movies, the “hero” usually needs to rely on something wicked to defeat the spiritual villains.
Society is conditioned to believe that Satan and his horde have more power here on earth than God does, and that has never been the case. They have authority to do certain things, which is a result of Adam handing Satan the keys several thousand years ago, as we’ve covered in ‘Why did God put Satan on Earth?’. But not more power. Not even by a long shot. Satan, along with any of his underlings are a defeated foe!
But yet again I digress, and will try to stay on point!
Like I mentioned above at the beginning of this post, I believe that there are many differences between what the bible says about demons and what it says about angels, and I believe that many of the attributes we can learn from God’s angels, we can apply to Satan’s angels, as they all originated in the same place.
What can we Learn about Angels?
With a quick search, you can find volumes of work out there that point out the specifics behind all the different ranks and jobs different angels have. I’ll only bring it up now to point out that there are various ranks in the Host of Heaven. Some stronger than others. It only makes sense that the same pattern is reflected within the fallen camp. So we can skip all the details with that end of it as it will drive us off topic.
But I will however say this, that there is absolutely nothing that I have found in the Bible that says that fallen angels turned into demons after the rebellion. Quite the contrary actually. All we need to do first off, is go back to Genesis chapter six.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
Sons of God
There is a debate about who exactly the Sons of God were that Genesis chapter six is referring to. Some believe that it is referring to the sons of Seth, Adam’s son born after the death of Able. This theory breaks down pretty quickly when you realize that the sons of Seth were sons of men, not sons of God. Adam himself was a direct creation of God. A son of God, who had no other parent. But the sons of Seth were sons of Seth (or man), not God.
And why on earth would the sons of Seth wind up with giants as offspring after taking daughters of the sons of men as wives? I don’t know about you, but that makes no sense at all to me. There is a more obvious and a much more supernatural / unnatural explanation to this, which I believe is the correct answer.
God wants us to know who these beings were so bad he told us who they were twice in the same book!
Here is a quick 5 minute video by Dr. Chuck Missler speaking on the subject of Fallen Angels and Demons. If you would like to check out some more of Chuck Missler’s sermons, lectures, and presentations, visit the YouTube channel of Koinonia House