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Demons in the Bible – Old Testament

demonsinthebible-demons-in-the-bible--old-testamentDemons in the Bible are referenced all over the the Old Testament and especially in the New. In this first installment of the Are Demons Real Series, we are going to explore in part, what the Bible has to say about demonic forces from the Old Testament. Now it’s not so cut and dry in many biblical references( such as the one we’ll be going through), as they may be called by something else aside from a demon.

Sometimes they’re more described than they are named. So, for the sake of not making a whole book out of this post, I’ll bring up one account that sticks out the most to me, and that I find most interesting. This one is helpful in understanding some of the traits that we need to be on the watch for on a daily basis.

I think the best place to start, despite the importance of the law of first mention, is going to instead be with the oldest account, which would be found in the Book of Job. And since I’ve already given the introduction to this series in the first post Are Demons Real – Introduction, without further ado, let’s dig in.

Demonic Account in the Old Testament

Job 4:12-21

12 Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. 13 In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, 14 Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake.

15 Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: 16 It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, 

17 Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? 18 Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: 19 How much less in them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation is in the dust, which are crushed before the moth? 20 They are destroyed from morning to evening: they perish for ever without any regarding it. 21 Doth not their excellency which is in them go away? they die, even without wisdom.

The reason that I started off with this, is the awesome description given by Eliphaz the Temanite (who was one of the three that came to console and accuse Job). What’s the first thing that comes to mind when reading the first couple of verses? I know what the first thing that comes to my mind is…


I bring that up not to try to say that this guy was suffering from a medical issue, which much of the secular world loves to labels it as. Instead, I believe that it is probably in most, if not all cases, a spiritual problem. Maybe I’ll go through some due diligence concerning this topic in another post dedicated to night terrors in the future.the-valley-of-the-shadow-of-death-demons-in-the-bible--old-testament

Let’s take notice of a few things here. Fear came into play almost immediately. Fear came upon me, and trembling,
which made all my bones to shake.
If you have had the unfortunate experience of being harassed by a demonic entity, their very presence provokes fear (particularly to the unbeliever). As Believers in Christ Jesus, we have not been given a spirit of fear, and that is the truth. So when you begin to feel an overwhelming sense of fear, a spirit of fear is upon you somewhere close by. 

And also something else happened that would be familiar to anyone that’s been caught up in Ghost Hunting or any of the bunch of ghost hunting shows that are littered across cable. And that would be this line: Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: This is one of the biggest complaints of anyone that is either a ghost hunter, or someone that has spent some time living in or visiting a haunted house or maybe a haunted area.

The first thing that they notice is that their hair stands up on end. The physical body reacting to the spiritual world poking through into the physical. To me, this is very telling as to what ghosts are and could be, but I digress. I just wanted to make a note of it, due to the clarity of his description.

It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes. I am going to hold off on this till another post that I have in mind, which will be about the difference between Demons and Fallen Angels. So take a mental note of the fact that it had no form that was at all discernible. That will become important later.

And the rest of it from verses 17-21, is the demonic spirit talking about a bunch of things that are actually true, but were trying to imply that his friend Job must have done something wrong to get what he was suffering through. Which wasn’t true by the way. Chapter one explains who’s causing all of Job’s misery, and it wasn’t because he sinned, or neglected to live righteously. So to wrap up the account given,  that series of comments that the demonic entity made, are a good example of the subtlety that they can have as a tool, to twist information in order to mislead someone into folly.


Sleep Paralysis, Night Terrors, Demonic Attack: My Horror Stories by Scottie at his YouTube channel eternalrythmflow

 Planting a Wicked Seed

It may not be perfectly clear, but if you read it enough, and really get into the book of Job, you’ll see that the seed that was planted by that night terror, really shaped the conversation. Eliphaz the Temanite was later on put in his place by none other than God Almighty. Needless to say, it must have been a humbling experience.

It almost kind of reminds me of the doubt that Satan put into the heart of Eve in the garden.

Genesis 3:

Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

And the rest is history. Check out the way Satan played it out…

Yea, hath God said:  Checking to see whether or not she knew what God had to say.

Ye shall not surely die: The first recorded lie. Funny how the first lie was to encourage someone to doubt God’s Word.

Your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods: Ah, making a suggestion why it would be better to not heed God’s Word. Making it actually sound like it’s a good idea to eat it huh? transhumanism-demons-in-the-bible--old-testament

Does any of this sound at all familiar to anyone? Particularly ‘and ye shall be as gods’? What do most of the occult and new age religions typically offer? And aside all that, just what is the end game for all of the proponents of Trans-humanism, either through tech or via genetic manipulation?

That old lie that was from the beginning, and ye shall be as gods. And people all over the planet are still taking bites out of that apple, believing the oldest lie since the dawn of humanity.

Maybe it’s time people get their hands on a Bible and figure out how to discern the signs of the times!

Thanks for reading this post, and keep your eyes open for the next installment coming soon entitled Demons in the Bible Part 2 – the N.T.. If you believe that you are having issues concerning demonic activity in your lives, please refer to the first page of this series entitled: Are Demons Real? Toward the end of that post is some action you may be able to take that will help you out. God bless you all and I’ll see you on the next post!

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25 thoughts on “Demons in the Bible – Old Testament

  1. It’s evident that demons are present in the Bible and we see Jesus confronted many times with them. The interesting thing is that they knew who Jesus was and they were afraid of Him.

    Now these days I’m not sure if I would recognized a demonic manifestation if I was seeing one. Of course it’s not something that I wish to see either.

    I used to like scary movies and the on that were scaring me the most were the ones including ghost. Because I do believe their is a spiritual world that is invisible tou our eyes. and some of those spirits are not really friendly.

    Great post you have there. It’s not a subject that we talk often about.

    • Hi there Guy,

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Oh they’re real alright. lol. No doubt! But somehow, despite what the Bible has to say about the subject, it goes by the wayside… As if it’s a topic of conversation that isn’t necessary to cover rightfully. This is an area where presuppositions abound and much of what is often preached about, is not what the Bible has to say about it at all. As you said, there is a spiritual world outside of our realm of vision. So to keep people in the dark about the reality of all of those entities out there who only do whatever they can against us, is to greatly hinder a believer’s perception as to why things happen, why they don’t, why things are set up a certain way, why they’re not, etc..

      Thank you for your kind words and your comment! May the Lord bless you in the name of Jesus.


  2. Supernatural Truth in Christ: Are Demons Real?
    I enjoyed reading your post. I am a believer and a former pastor. The first website I built out is also Christian based. You made a statement that left me a little puzzled: I believe that you made a distinction between fallen angels and demons? Anyway, I guess I will have to stay tuned in to your site, so that I can read your explanation about fallen angels and demons…

    Thank you,

    Edward Mijarez

    • Hi there Edward,

      Thank you for your comment! Please head to the end of this post because all of the links to subsequent posts under this series are posted there. This was the first page (or better put would be an introductory page) into this series. If you’d like to know what I was getting at concerning fallen angels and demons, it’s certainly covered in depth throughout the series, and I hope that you check them out and enjoy them!

      There is a huge difference between the two from what I’ve found in the Word, and you’ll see the reasoning for that unfold in the next several sections I posted after this one back in the latter end of 2015.

      Thanks again and God bless you in Jesus name!


  3. Hi,
    I’ve liked your post/article and how you’ve presented to us quality information about accounts of demons in the Old Testament.
    Demonology is a study that many people evade- while others selfishly and fraudulently exploit on TV, while those that fear God help others by having sound knowledge of it. Thanks for that eye opening and practical post and all best in your goals/objectives.
    Founder electronicslaptopcomputers

    • Hi there Boniface,

      Thank you for your comment and kind words. You’re right, it goes avoided in most Christian circles (denominations) and the topic shouldn’t be. As I’ve said in the post and also in the Kingdom of Darkness in a Fallen World, Jesus dealt with demons and the demonically possessed. The Apostles did almost everywhere they went. But what are we doing? Are they not suppose to be our examples concerning how we are to be in Christ?

      There’s nothing wrong with all of the warm and fuzzy stuff, but that’s not all there is to it. Not by a long shot. Thank you for your encouraging comment and God bless you!


  4. I must admit that this is the first time I have heard of the term trans-humanism… however, I also must admit that it is a perfect term concerning this age of thinking.

    So many lies are twisted and mingled in with small bits of truth. That as you very well know has been from the beginning, as there would be very few followers if nothing but the truth were made known.

    Very thought provoking article…

    • Hi LB,

      Thanks for the comment! Trans-humanism is just another wrench in Satan’s toolbox that he likes to use to make men feel that there is a way to beat death and live a life that they won’t have to answer for. All of us will have to give an account. All of us will one day have to stand before the Lord. But “and ye shall be as gods”, which is the oldest lie in the Bible, the first one actually, is still being offered today in a few different ways. One way is combining humans with machines. Another is blending human and animal DNA. A third is to blend human and angelic DNA, or at least Nephilim DNA. The worldly powers that be covet the found remains of any Nephilim burial site for not only to remove any historical paradigm that would authenticate the Bible, but to also get their hands on that Nephilim DNA for their trans-humanistic purposes.

      This is barely the skin off of the teeth of the topic. Tom Horn has done and is continuing to do, excellent work on this subject, and if you would like to have a better understanding of what is happening out there today concerning this, check him out.

      Thank you again for the comment! God bless you in Christ Jesus!


  5. You know whats crazy thing is that, as a christian who has read through the book of job and studied this, I didn’t even study this as a perspective of the demonic, always thought it was weird. Although I would have to argue that anything related to the supernatural brought fear to the people, for example when God would speak to the children of Israel, they were so afraid that they wanted the awesomeness of God to be relayed to them by Moses. Normally through the scripture angels usually had to say fear not in before they would deliver their message, but other than that, this is a real topic that is kept silent. I use to get attacked at night in a Christian home, until I learned about my Authority through the justification of the blood. It happens not only to followers of Jesus but those who have not made a switch of lifestyles as well. Great Article!!!

    • Hi there and thank you for the comment!

      I completely understand what you’re saying about the book of Job. For years, my eyes would glaze over with all of the poetic language in there. You really need to read it line by line (I do anyways) to really get a grip of what’s going on there. Job is really a fascinating book in all kinds of ways. There aren’t too many things not mentioned in there once you really get into it. And just as soon as you think you’ve understood what’s going on throughout the book, the Holy Spirit opens your eyes to something else! That is true with every book of the Bible, but Job is packed!

      And I also agree, people were terrified in those days of anything supernatural. But I don’t think it ended then. I’ll bet people get just as terrified today, as they did then. But as Christians, filled with the Holy Ghost, we may not have the exact same fleshly response as those who aren’t.

      The name of Jesus, name above all names!! So many have testified of the very same thing you just did! Same for me, I’ve had it happen a few times myself. Night terrors are a terror until the Lord shows up and terrifies them! I just posted a post about the spirit of fear. Check that one out as I go over that pretty well!

      Thanks again for the comment, and also for your testimony about the power of the Lord giving you the victory over those attacks! God bless you!

  6. I think Job really did understand oppression by demons, which he experienced first hand. His response in Chapters 6 an 7 to these words by Eliphaz, one of his “miserable” comforters, shows that he still recognized that God was sovereign, even though he did not fully see the purpose. Good insight.

    • Hi there Larry,

      Thank you for your comment and I agree with you there. Job himself had extreme issues, particularly whenever he tried to catch some sleep. He was in torment all the way around.

      Job 7

      13 When I say, My bed shall comfort me, my couch shall ease my complaints; 14 Then thou scarest me with dreams, and terrifiest me through visions:

      I’m not too sure I agree about Job necessarily understanding that they were demonic attacks though. Throughout the entire book of Job, he was correct on all counts concerning whether or not he did anything wrong to deserve what was happening to him. His defense was valid, as he did nothing that any of his “friends” accused him of doing to unleash God’s punishment upon him.

      The only thing that I think Job did to provoke God’s response in the end, was the fact that Job blamed God for all that he was suffering. That is (as far as I can figure out) all that Job did wrong throughout the whole book. Blame God for what Satan had done. An extreme case of what people do today. Bad things happen, just blame God. He could have I guess have blamed God for not protecting him… But he didn’t seem to even entertain the notion that it wasn’t God doing it in the first place.

      After saying all that, you could still be right, maybe Job supposed that these demons messing around with him were sent from God, instead of Satan. Referring to what Job had to say in chapter 6:

      4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinketh up my spirit: the terrors of God do set themselves in array against me.

      I just don’t see where he shifted blame. But at any rate, what a book! There’s so much going on in the Book of Job!

      Thank you again for your comment! God bless you!


  7. Through bad supernatural things (ex : exorcism) all over the world, people get to know Demon’s existing. Therefore, if there are something bad, there will be something good (God). You give us very interesting information in your site with different viewpoint (the existence of demons) and I am agree with you abortion opinion too. What do you think about LGBT human rights, is it the God’s work or demon’s work?
    God Bless You and keep it up the good work.

    • Hi there Johnson,
      Thank you for your comment, kind remarks, and your question!
      My answer to that is simple. Whatever goes against the Word of God is of Satan. God will not go against his own Word. So if anyone is living a lifestyle that not only fails to stay in line with God’s Word, but also is staunch against it, is certainly not of God. A house divided can not stand.
      2 Timothy 4:
      3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
      I’ll leave you with that verse, because I believe that it’s general enough to be clear.
      Thanks again and God bless you!

  8. I am back on this site again. It really is interesting, you will be surprised as of how many people are dealing with things such as sleep paralysis and the feeling of being awake and not being able to do anything about it. I know for sure that its pretty scary. I am lucid dreamer and most of the time I know when I am dreaming and I control my dreams, but the sleep paralysis I believe is a bit scarier but I learned just let it happen and don’t fight it, be fearless and it makes it easier to deal with, but that’s easier said than done.

    • Hi Brandon,

      Thanks for coming back! I think you may find it interesting to know, that anyone who is able to call out to Jesus during such an event sends the night terror flying. And I’m not just talking about believers. I mean, it’s caused for allot of people to become believers in Christ Jesus from witnessing his power in those circumstances. But people who just kinda heard about calling on Jesus from somewhere, and had the presence of mind to do so, and it works.

      I’ve also heard the same thing about alien abduction stories. Many cases they flee when someone tells them to get lost in Jesus name. Every knee shall bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Even devils believe, and tremble!

      Thanks again for your comment!


  9. Hey there,

    I stumbled upon your site, which is amazing I must say! Such useful and quality content. I am a firm believer in Jesus Christ, I have experienced this very thing before, and believe it or not, I thought I was being attacked. I was fully awake inside but my body seemed to be asleep still.
    I was in college at the time and my roommate always used to say there was a ghost in the house. Well I was still young and strayed from my walk with Christ. These days I don’t even sweat it because I know Christ has forever claimed me.

    Very well written and easy to understand, especially for individuals whom do not know Christ or are new believers.

    I will definitely visit your site in the future, thank you very much for sharing your knowledge with us and God Bless brother.

    Kind regards


    • Hi Chris,

      Thank you for the comment and kind remarks!

      That age is difficult to stand strong with Christ, there’s so much coming against you. It’s the backslidden Christian that is most vulnerable I believe. It make you a more valuable target, and because you probably in your heart knew you were backslidden might be sheepish asking God to come to the rescue. I’m not saying that was your case, but I’ve heard that several times in the past.

      Guilt for falling even a little way usually comes when you need to latch on to Christ the most. It’s not an accident. Whenever there’s a need to call upon the name of the Lord, there’s always an unseen figure telling you you’re not worthy. It’s also demonic.

      They can’t stand the name of Jesus, and will do anything to get away with doing whatever they want to do without Jesus becoming a problem. Because as you know, he IS their problem, and they have no power against him. And he does show up!!!

      Thank you and God bless you for your comment Chris.


  10. This is a really interesting website. I watched a movie called The Nightmare on Netflix and it talks about sleep paralysis, demons, and shadow people. Its crazy how there is pretty much two worlds, one is reality and one is the dream world but then some people question things like what if your reality are your dreams. Crazy and kind of confusing to think about, but you have some good information on here, and I actually plan on coming back.

    • Hi there Brandon,

      I hope you do come back because I have more coming tackling this topic. I did see that film that you referred to, and it is very typical and it genuinely horrifies those who it happens to. However if memory serves, anyone who was able to remember to call upon Jesus was set free immediately.

      I have had it happen to me. And one thing that I can vouch for, is when it happens, and it’s all over with, you don’t wake up. My question would be, if I were sleeping, and it were a nightmare, wouldn’t I have needed to have woken up? I mean, that would be the tell tale sign that it was a nightmare. In my experience though, it went straight from something happening, to me laying there watching it go away, then beating feet out of the room once I built up enough nerve to do so. I was way too fresh as a Christian at the time, and was pretty young, and did not call upon Jesus to get me out of the situation. But like I said, there was no waking up part. I think in the video I posted in this page, Scottie didn’t mention waking up either.

      Hey, thanks again for checking out the page, and may you be blessed by God in Christ Jesus!


  11. This is a site that I will be visiting again. I love the topics. I’ve been a victim of sleep paralysis myself and I know first hand how terrifying it can be but at same time knowing that its best not to panic and instead concentrate on calling out to Christ. It has helped me every single time and refuted any thought of there not being power in his name. Thank you for sharing this powerful information. Many people need this during these times.

    • Hi there Elita,

      Thank you for your comment & I’m glad to hear that you’ve found the power in Christ’s name! He is an ever present help in any time of trouble! Glory to God! I believe that the Lord has me concentrating on this series because it seems that there are so many out there that are looking for answers to these kinds of issues. Days are getting spiritually darker, and mark my words, it’s going to get exponentially worse in the days ahead.

      Thank you again and I look forward to your next visit to the site! God bless you in Christ Jesus!


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