The Origin of Demons
I. Jesus led captivity captive and gave gifts to men
Ephesians 4:8 "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men."
A. Those that Jesus led were the dead
1. Old Testament saints who had died
2. Those who were occupied in a place under the earth called "Paradise" or "Abraham's Bosom"
B. Jesus gave gifts to men and the gifts He gave are for the living
II. Old Testament saints could not go to Heaven because Jesus, the first begotten, had not yet come
III. Jesus went to all three areas of the "lower parts of the earth"
A. Jesus went to Shoel
1. This was the place of torments where the rich man went (Luke 16:19-31)
2. After three days and three nights Jesus was delivered from the place of torments
B. Jesus went to Tartarus and made a proclamation to the fallen angels that were there
Ephesians 4:9-10 "(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)"
C. Jesus went to Paradise
1. Paradise was a place of peace
2. Paradise was the place where Old Testament saints waited for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ
3. Jesus went to Paradise to release the Old Testament saints so they could be transferred to Heaven
Psalm 68:18 "Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them."
IV. Jesus ascended through all three heavens
A. Jesus ascended through the atmosphere surrounding the earth
B. Jesus ascended through outer space
C. Jesus ascended into the third heaven, which is the presence of God
2 Corinthians 12:3-4 "And I knew such a man, (whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
How he was caught up into paradise…"
V. Waiting places
A. Paradise was a waiting place for Heaven
B. Hell was, (and still is today), the waiting place for the Lake of Fire
1. The Lake of Fire will be opened up at the Great White Throne Judgement
2. Those who will be cast into the Lake of Fire
b. The fallen angels
c. The demons
VI. David foresaw what Jesus would accomplish(Acts 2)
A. He saw Old Testament saints being taken to Heaven at Jesus' ascension
B. He saw Jesus seated at the right hand of God
VII. Old Testament versus New Testament salvation
A. Old Testament saints were accounted as righteous but did not actually become righteous
B. New Testament saints actually become the righteousness of God
C. The act of receiving salvation is the same in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, but the results are different
Genesis 15:6 "And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness."
II Corinthians 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
VIII. The function of the high priest in the Old Testament
A. Old Testament saints did not have the Holy Spirit within them and were not anointed to go into God's presence
B. The high priest was anointed to go into God's presence in behalf of the people
C. Entering God's presence
1. The high priest entered the Holy of Holies with a rope tied around his ankle
2. Bells were sewn around the bottom of his priestly garment
3. As long as the bells were heard, the people knew that their sins were atoned for one more year
4. If a priest entered without his sins confessed, he would die while in God's presence and would have to be dragged out by the rope tied around his ankle (because no one was anointed to go in to get him)
IX. The high priest is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ
A. When Jesus entered the Holy of Holies as the Great High Priest, the veil that separated the people from the Holy of Holies was torn from the top to the bottom
B. The veil was not torn to let us in, rather, to let the Holy Spirit out
X. New Testament believers are now the temple of the Holy Spirit
A. The temple that Solomon built was worth multiplied millions of dollars
B. A believer, as the temple of the Holy Spirit, has a worth and value far beyond the glory of Solomon's Temple
1. God's hands have built the New Testament temple
2. God would rather dwell in something He built than something that man built
XI. The "great cloud of witnesses"
Hebrews 12:1-2 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith."
A. The "great cloud of witnesses" are ones who have gone on to Heaven before us
1. These are the "captive" that Jesus led out of "captivity"--the multitude of Old Testament saints
2. Born-again relatives and friends that have died and gone to Heaven before us
B. The "great cloud of witnesses" used to be running in the race, but crossed the finish line
C. The "great cloud of witnesses" is cheering us on to finish our race
D. The day is coming when believers will get to the "grandstands" by way of the Rapture rather than by death
E. At the Second Coming, the whole family of God will be brought together
1. Old Testament saints
2. New Testament saints
3. The Church
4. Those born-again during the Tribulation
XII. Fallen angels are not demons
II Peter 2:4 "For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly."
Jude 6 "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."
A. The angels that fell with Lucifer were bound in hell (Tartarus) at the time of the flood
B. The fallen angels are bound in chains until the day of the Great White Throne Judgement
XIII. The ranks of angels
1. They have two wings
2. They do not leave the presence of God
3. Their wing tips touched over the mercy seat on the ark of the covenant
4. Cherubim were etched on the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the holy place which represented the Cherubim guarding the holiness of God
1. They have six wings
a. With two wings they hide their face
b. With two wings they hide their feet
c. With two wings they fly
2. They worship the Lord
3. They do service in Heaven
1. They are warrior angels
2. They are sent from Heaven to earth on specific missions
3. They fight with the demons of the air that control cities and countries
4. Gabriel and Michael are archangels and did war in the heavenlies to bring Daniel an answer to his prayer (Daniel 9 and 10)
5. They can fly but we do not know if they have wings
1. They are here on earth to protect us
2. They have appeared many times in the Word of God
3. They can appear as humans
Hebrews 13:2 "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
4. They are servants sent to minister for them that are heirs of salvation
XIV. The creation of Lucifer and his fall
A. Lucifer was the highest ranking of the angels
B. Lucifer was called "the anointed cherub that covereth" (Ezekiel 28:14)
C. Lucifer was called "the son (offspring) of the morning"
Isaiah 14:12 "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!"
D. Lucifer and all other angels were created by Jesus Christ
Hebrews 1:7 "And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire."
E. Jesus did not create anything evil but did create every being with a will
F. Lucifer was created with a will and willed to rebel against God
Isaiah 14:13-14 "For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds: I will be like the most High."
G. Lucifer ruled and reigned over the earth, which was created to look like Heaven, long before Adam and Eve were created
H. Lucifer decided to exalt his throne above the clouds and stars
I. When Lucifer was cast out of Heaven, he weakened the "nations"
1. The reference to "nations" indicates that there was somethinghere prior to the time of Adam and Eve
2. By the time Lucifer was found in the Garden of Eden, he was referred to as "Satan"
XV. The recreation of the earth
A. Genesis 1:1 says "In the beginning…" but we do not know when the "beginning" was
Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth."
B. John 1:1 says "In the beginning was the Word…"
1. Jesus is "the Word"
2. Jesus has always existed
C. God does not create things that are "without form and void"
Genesis 1:2 "And the earth was without form, and void: and the darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
D. The Hebrew says that the earth "became without form and void"
1. When Lucifer was cast out of Heaven the nations were weakened
2. At the same time, God caused judgment to come upon the earth
3. God wrapped the earth in darkness
4. In Genesis 1, God caused the earth to be recreated
E. Scientists today tell us that the earth went through some cataclysmic changes
1. The axis of the earth was once perpendicular but has shifted
2. Scientists have dug through polar ice caps and found that these regions were at one time tropical regions
3. Scientists discovered animals that were stopped in their tracks with food still in their mouths and in their stomachs
4. The earth was suddenly blanketed in ice
F. There is a gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2
G. God told Adam and Eve to "replenish the earth" (Genesis 1:28)
1. Apparently, the earth was at one time "plenished"
2. Apparently, there was some type of race here on earth long before Adam and Eve
XVI. Evidence of the Pre-Adamic Race
A. There were nations
B. There were dinosaurs
1. Scientists think that they existed between fifty and seventy-five thousand years ago
2. Adam and Eve existed approximately five or six thousand years ago
C. There is evidence of a race that existed long before the creation of Adam and Eve
XVII. All things can work together for the good of those Who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28)
A. The pre-Adamic race has died
B. The remains of the pre-Adamic race have been turned to oil and fuel which we benefit from today
XVIII. Adam and Eve were placed where Lucifer once ruled
A. Adam and Eve were made below the level of angels
B. Eden existed before the days of Adam and Eve
C. Adam and Eve, who were made lower than the angels, ruled from the place where Lucifer once had dominion and rulership
D. Prior to Adam and Eve, Lucifer was called the "anointed cherub" and he ruled and reigned over the earth
E. God raised Adam from the dust of the ground and gave him dominion over the entire earth, which had to be an insult to Satan
Ezekiel 28:12-15 "Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God…
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee."
XIX. The appearance of angels versus demons
1. Angels never desire a body because they never had a physical body to desire one
2. Angels have the ability to appear or disappear in this world
3. Fallen angels cannot roam, they are bound in Tartarus
1. Demons constantly seek for a body to inhabit because at one time they had a body
2. Demons can only manifest themselves when they are in a body
3. Demons are free to roam
4. When a demon is gone out of a house (a person's body) it roams through dry places until another empty house is found
Matthew 12:43-45 "When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through the dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of the man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation."
XX. Satan, because he is an angel, can appear and disappear in this world
B. Satan does not roam or seek after a body as demons do
C. Satan has manifested himself to certain individuals through the ages
1. He appeared to Jesus and tempted him in the wilderness
2. He appeared to Martin Luther and Martin Luther threw an inkwell at him
3. He appeared to Smith Wigglesworth and Wigglesworth said "Oh, its just you!"
XXI. Satan is usually not chasing individuals, he sends his demons
XXII. Physical appearance of demons
A. Demons and angels look nothing alike
B. Demons are disembodied spirits of a race that existed before Adam
C. The gift of discerning of spirits (I Corinthians 12:10) is necessary in order to discern either angels or demons
D. Demons are described as impish, hairy, ugly and look like little monkeys by people who have seen them through discerning of spirits
XXIII. The "missing link"
A. Some believe that the discoveries that scientist have made of creatures that look part man and part ape are really the remains of a race that was wiped out by God
B. There is no "missing link" between man and ape
C. This "race" was cursed by God and wiped out with the perversion that existed when Lucifer fell
Ephesians 4:8-10 "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men.
(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)"
fill: means "to complete"
XXIV. Nothing was complete until Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father
A. Jesus did not sit down because he was tired
B. Jesus sat down because everything was complete
C. Before he sat, he gave gifts to men
XXV. The five-fold ministry gifts
Ephesians 4:11 "And he gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;"
A. "Some" indicates that not everyone stands in these offices
B. God uses these five offices to instruct the body of Christ
C. Believers need both their individual time with the Lord as well as a local church to receive the full scope of what the Lord wants to impart in their lives
D. Jesus "gave" the offices and each one is an extension of Jesus
XXVI. We are to discipline ourselves to listen to the Word so that we will become wise
Proverbs 8:32-35"Now, therefore, hearken unto me, O ye children: For blessed are they that keep my ways.
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord."
refuse: means "to neglect"
gates: this refers to the entrance into the place where the people came to praise and worship the Lord
waiting at the posts of my doors: this indicates that a person has such an anticipation concerning the Word of God that they are waiting at the doors to get in
XXVII. The office of the apostle
A. The Greek word for "apostle" is "apostolos"
B. "Apostolos" means "a sent one"
C. Jesus is called an apostle
Hebrews 3:1 "Wherefore, Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Jesus Christ."
D. Apostles are missionaries but not all missionaries are apostles
E. Apostles are called by the Lord to go and pioneer churches, get people born again, raise up a pastor and then move on to another location
XXVIII. The office of the prophet
A. The Greek word for "prophet" is "prophetes"
B. Prophets in both the Old and New Testaments were "seers"
1. They can see into the spirit world
2. They prophesy of things to come
C. Agabus was a prophet (Acts 11; Acts 21)
XXIX. The office of the evangelist
A. Philip was an evangelist (Acts 8)
B. Philip went to the city of Samaria to "preach Christ" to the people
C. Evangelists can preach but often have a difficult time teaching
D. Evangelists are soul winners
E. Preaching is toward sinners, teaching is toward saints
F. Often preaching is exhorting a person to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior
XXX. The office of the pastor and teacher
A. Someone can be a teacher without being a pastor, but you cannot be a pastor without also being a teacher
B. The apostle, prophet, evangelist, and teacher are gifts to the entire body, Christ
C. The pastor is a gift to the local body (the local church)
XXXI. The purpose of the offices
Ephesians 4:12 "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ."