Demons 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
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.
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.
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?
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!