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06/27/2012

Review: Demonology – 7

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7. ANGELS (part 4)

Do the angels have names?

Yes, the bible mentions several angels by name.

  • Michael; He is entitled archangel in Jud. 1:9
  • Gabriel; Dan. 8:16, 9:21; Luke 1:19,26
  • Lucifer, son of the Morning (the angel who later got the name Satan); Isa. 14:12

What do the angels look like?

  • They can be both visible and invisible
  • They can appear as a human (Gen 18:2)

Matt. 28:2-3
2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it..
3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

Do the angels have a physical body?

No, not what we know as a physical body. They have a spiritual body. But they can appear in the shape of a human.

Hebr. 13:2
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Do the angels have wings and can they fly?

Yes, at least some of them.

Isa. 6:2
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Rev. 14:6
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven …

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06/20/2012

Review: Demonology – 6

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6. ANGELS (part 3)

When were the angels created?

They were probably created before the earth existed.

Job 38:4-7
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.
5 Who determined its measurements? Surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
6 To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
7 When the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

There are many who believe that ‘the morning stars‘ and ‘the sons of God‘ are angels.

How many angels are there?

Let’s establish the fact that they are tremendously many.

Rev. 5:11
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,

If we take this scripture literally, we can calculate as follows:

10 000 x 10 000 + 1 000 x 1 000 = 101 000 000

If we keep in mind that one third of the angels were cast out from heaven, we realize that the angels who are spoken of in Rev 5:11 are the remaining two thirds.

Don’t take the mentioned calculation too literally. There are probably many more angels than that!

05/17/2012

Demonology – 5

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5. ANGELS (part 2)

Who are the angels?

The angels are spiritual beings, created by God.

What the angels, are not.

  • Angels are not fat little child looking beings with wings. Artists have made them look like that, but it is entirely unbiblical.
  • Angels are not people who have died.

Do children become angels when they die?

No, angels are separate, they are created spiritual beings.

Do children have guardian angels?

Yes.

Matt. 18:10
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

04/25/2012

Demonology – 3

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3. SUPERNATURAL POWER

What does ‘supernatural power’ mean?

It means something that goes beyond the laws of nature.

Where does supernatural power come from?

There are just two sources of supernatural power:

  • The source for good power is God, i.e. the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
  • The source for evil power is Satan.

Is there a ‘neutral’ supernatural power power?

No, the supernatural comes from either God or Satan. There is e.g. no such thing as white magic.

Who created supernatural power?

God is the creator of ALL power.

How can God be the creator of evil power?

All power originally came from God. Satan’s power is limited, and God allows it, for man to be able to choose, between good and evil.

04/11/2012

Demonology – 2

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2. FLESH OR EVIL SPIRITS?

What does it mean to be carnal?

The bible talks about man’s flesh, and being carnal. It is important that we understand the meaning of these words.

Before we receive Jesus into our hearts, our souls are under the rule of our ‘fallen nature.’ The way we are is because of the fall of Adam and Eve. This ‘fallen nature’ is also called the ‘Adamic nature,’ the ‘sinful nature’ or the ‘carnal nature.’

By a persons flesh, we mean the one he was, before God influenced him.

When a person receives Jesus in his heart, he becomes a ‘new creation’ in his spirit. But his soul will not be changed automatically. He can choose to live in his new life or continue to live the old life. In the latter case we say that he is a ‘carnal Christian.’

Do we blame evil spirits, when in reality our flesh is the problem?

There are many who believe that teaching about evil spirits and spiritual warfare brings the focus away from the ‘real’ problem, our ‘carnal’ life. There are many reasons and excuses we can choose that will not to allow God to change our way of living, but the result will be that, we get into trouble. In that situation, it can be easier to blame the problems on evil spirits, than dealing with the things that God wants to change in our life. This is true, but it is not the complete truth. All problems are not caused by carnality, just as, all problems are not caused by evil spirits. There is interplay between these two factors.

How does the interplay between carnality and evil spirits work?

Let us first state two important truths:

  • Demons can and should be expelled, but we can’t expel our flesh
  • Demons don’t leave us just because we allow God to change our life. They have to be cast out!

After that is said; we can establish that evil spirits cannot enter man just like that. They need open doors. These openings are usually made because a person lives a carnal life, i.e. he lives in sin. On the other hand, evil spirits probably have first influenced that person from the outside to make him sin.

We can see the interplay between carnality and evil spirits. The evil spirits see our carnal behavior and try to use it so that openings are made. When the spirits have entered they work to reinforce or strengthen our carnality.

Of course we could say; ‘If we are not carnal the evil spirits will not have any entrance to our lives,’ but then, we need to realize that we are not there yet. We are not free from sin. We will sin, and sin will create openings.

Does the bible have anything to say about what to deal with, carnality or evil spirits?

The bible has much to say about dealing with our flesh, which we call sanctification, and also about dealing with evil spirits. There is no contrast between these two truths. We need to act according to both of them.
There are those who claim that dealing with the flesh will be enough, but that is totally unbiblical. Most probably that false doctrine derives from the evil spirits, since it is they who gain from it.

Should we then just deal with our carnality like many say?

No, since God in His Word very clearly tells us to deal with evil spirits we of course should do that. Jesus said that one of the signs that shall follow those who believe is that they shall cast out evil spirits in his name (Mark. 16:17).

Let’s also remember that the evil spirits who have come into us will not leave voluntarily. As long as there are evil spirits in our lives, those spirits need to be cast out.

But let’s also be perfecting holiness!

04/04/2012

Demonology – 1

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What does demonology mean?

Demonology means teaching about demons.

What is Demonology about?

It is a teaching series about the way our spiritual enemy is acting. It is also a teaching about our spiritual position over our enemy, and the way to conquer our enemy.

The Demonology series is translated from our Swedish series Demonologi.

Do we need a teaching about evil spirits?

Every day we are under attack from the evil spiritual world. As long as we are ignorant, we will continue to be unprotected targets. It should not be like that. Jesus has won a victory and he has given us a mission. In order to serve the Lord, we not only must know about the mission that has been given to us, but also about the enemy whom we are to deal with.

Why are we introducing the teaching series Demonology?

  • We want to help you recognize the attacks of different spirits
  • We want to help you understand your position of victory
  • We want to equip you for the battle

03/28/2012

Demonology – 193

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193. SPIRIT OF EXAGGERATED INDULGENCE

What do we mean by ”exaggerated indulgence”?

Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, and we need more and more of that fruit in our lives. At the same time, God has not meant that we should accept everything. It is not His will that we should be run over. When we go too far in accepting things that are not right, we have gotten into exaggerated indulgence.

Another variant of exaggerated indulgence is when a person chooses to be very submissive in order to gain something. Such a person is seemingly very loyal, but if there are hidden motives it is all about manipulation.

How does a spirit of exaggerated indulgence act?

The spirit uses fear to make us accept what is wrong. First it paints a picture about how angry, or sad, a person would be if we told him the truth. Then the spirit suggests that it is best to accept the wrong.

In order to make a person manipulate to his own advantage, the spirit of exaggerated indulgence works in a different way. In that case, the spirit ‘helps’ the person to be submissive.

What use does the Jezebel spirit have for spirits of exaggerated indulgence?

The Jezebel spirit, which uses control, as well as manipulation, can use spirits of exaggerated indulgence a lot.

03/21/2012

Demonology – 192

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192. SPIRIT OF TRANSFER OF GUILT

What do we mean by ”transfer of guilt”?

It is transfer of guilt when someone, although aware of being guilty, blames someone else. Adam was the first to fall for that temptation.

Gen. 3:12
And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

It is also transfer of guilt when a person lets off steam against someone else because he feels uncomfortable himself, for what he has done. It is not uncommon that people in such situations show anger against people around them.

To sum up, transfer of guilt is about not wanting to take responsibility for one’s own actions.

How does a spirit of transfer of guilt act?

A spirit of transfer of guilt ’helps’ us make excuses and explain to others why we have done nothing wrong, and it also helps us find reasons why others are to blame for what has happened. It tries to make us accuse others and show anger against them.

What use does the Jezebel spirit have for spirits of transfer of guilt?

When people blame others, it hinders them from confessing their sins, and therefore they miss their forgiveness. And that will hinder them from serving God. The Jezebel spirit can certainly use that a lot.

03/14/2012

Demonology – 191

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191. SPIRIT OF WORLDLY WISDOM

What does a spirit of worldly wisdom do?

A spirit of worldly wisdom will try to make us think reasonably instead of obeying the word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

How does a spirit of worldly wisdom act?

It tries to make us avoid getting ‘fanatic’. “What would people think if I don’t act reasonably?”

The Word of God says we need to trust in the Lord with all our heart.

Prov. 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not on your own understanding;

I once asked a theologian about the meaning of Prov. 3:5 and he said, “We have received understanding in order to use it”. In one way he was right. We have received understanding. But, we have received the understanding in order to put it under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I would say that the theologian was led by worldly wisdom rather than by the Holy Spirit.

What use does the Jezebel spirit have for spirits of worldly wisdom?

The Jezebel spirit is an enemy to all revelation from the Holy Spirit. If we can be made to stick to worldly thinking, instead of listening to the Holy Spirit, it is very useful for the Jezebel spirit.

03/07/2012

Demonology – 190

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190. SPIRIT OF CONDITIONAL LOVE

What is meant by conditional love?

To love, and to be loved, are among man’s fundamental needs.

When we speak here about love, we don’t merely mean feelings between a man and a woman, but also about the feelings between parents and children, between friends, etc. We need to receive signals that we are being liked, and we also need to show others that we like them. That makes us feel good.

Conditional love is based on our need for love. It uses our need for love to put demands on us. “If you don’t do like I say, I will answer with hostility”. It might seem easy to disclose such manipulation, but when it comes to close relationships, it can be very hard to handle.

We have talked earlier about blackmail in the bedroom (see part 177), and that is, of course, a variant of conditional love. But, conditional love can mean much more.

Conditional love, in all its variants, stands in strong contradiction to God’s love. His love is outgiving and unconditional. It reaches out to all people, even when they do not deserve it.

How does a spirit of conditional love act?

A spirit of conditional love wants us to judge whether people are worthy to be loved or not. It also wants us to treat people the way they treat us. “If you are kind to me, I will be kind to you!” or “if you hurt me, I will hurt you.”

What use does the Jezebel spirit have for spirits of conditional love?

When a person gets hurt from being treated in a loveless way, the Jezebel spirit can offer ‘help’. The spirit will help him build up walls of protection, in order not to be hurt again. If the person receives that ‘help’, he will become a tool for the Jezebel spirit, and treat others without love.

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