Spiritual Warfare Outline

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Spiritual Warfare Outline

Introduction

The specific areas of spiritual warfare that this study will examine are:

PART 1 –
1. How does the Bible describe demonic activity? What does it entail? What are its
results, etc.?

PART 2 –
2. How does the Bible portray spiritual warfare? What does it entail? How do Christians
engage in it, etc.?

PART 3 –
3. What is the correct Biblical understanding of angels and demons? How do they relate?
What distinguishes them from one another?


The specific modern views of spiritual warfare that we will refute are:

PART 1 –
1. Demons are responsible for ungodly human behavior, including attitudes, habits, etc.
2. Christians can be affected by demonic presence or activity.
3. Demonic presence and activity is not always readily apparent.

PART 2 -
4. Spiritual warfare is the prayer life of a believer, which involves our engaging in
combat, binding and loosing, and casting out fallen angels and demons in heavenly
realms.

PART 3 -
5. Demons are another name or term to describe fallen, wicked, or evil angels.


What we will demonstrate instead are that:

PART 1 -
1. Demons are Biblically portrayed as responsible for either a) chronic or prolonged
physical sickness (or disability) OR b) replacing the human spirit as the operator of the
body, in actions and in speech.




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2. All record of demonic activity in the scripture is limited to persons who are at the time
of the demonic activity NOT in a saving relationship with Christ.
3. All record of demonic activity in the scripture demonstrates that demonic presence is
always externally apparent and readily understood.

PART 2 –
4. Spiritual warfare is a personal and worldwide struggle between the truth of God and
the deceit of the Devil and those under him. This struggle is largely concerned with our
minds and understanding, and while it involves prayer, it not exclusively the prayer life
of the believer.

PART 3 -
5. Demons are NOT another term for fallen angels, but are a distinct type of spiritual
being, the spirits of the Nephilim - the offspring of angels who sinned by having children
with women.


I. Biblical Spiritual Warfare –
   A. Actual warfare involving angels, which God’s people DO NOT participate in
      (limited in the Biblical record to specific historical events)
      1. 2 Kings 19:35…the angel of the Lord went out and smote in the camp of the
          Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand…(Isaiah 37:36)
      2. Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels
          fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And
          prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the
          great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
          deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were
          cast out with him.
   B. The Day of the Lord (in which God’s people will participate) is also a limited and
      specific historical event.
      1. Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he
          that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth
          judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head
          were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he
          himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name
          is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven
          followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
          15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite
          the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the
          winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his
          vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF
          LORDS.
   C. The ideological struggle between truth of God and the lies of the Devil, his
      angels, and of the world, in which God’s people participate throughout their lives
      on earth.




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II. Common Misconceptions
    A. Demons and demonic activity
       1. Terminology
          a. One Greek word for demonic possession.
                          1. 1139 daimonizomai {dahee-mon-id'-zom-ahee}
                              middle voice from 1142; TDNT - 2:19,137; v
                              AV - possessed with devils 4, possessed with the devil 3,
                              of the devils 2, vexed with a devil 1, possessed with a
                              devil 1, have a devil 1; 13
                              1) to be under the power of a demon.
                              [Note from the lexicon:] In the NT, these are persons,
                              afflicted with especially severe diseases, either bodily or
                              mentally, (such as paralysis, blindness, deafness, loss of
                              speech, epilepsy, melancholy, insanity, etc.) whose
                              bodies in the opinion of the Jews demons had entered,
                              and so held possession of them as not only to afflict them
                              with ills, but also to dethrone the reason and take its place
                              themselves; accordingly the possessed were wont to
                              express the mind and consciousness of the demons
                              dwelling in them; and their cure was thought to require
                              the expulsion of the demon.
          b. Two Greek words for demon in the New Testament
                          1. 1142 daimon {dah'-ee-mown}
                              from daio (to distribute fortunes); TDNT - 2:1,137; n m/f
                              AV - devils 4, devil 1; 5
                              1) a god, a goddess
                              1a) an inferior deity, whether good or bad
                              2) in the NT, an evil spirit
                          2. 1140 daimonion {dahee-mon'-ee-on}
                              neuter of a derivative of 1142; TDNT - 2:1,137; n n
                              AV - devil 59, god 1; 60
                              1) the divine power, deity, divinity
                              2) a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men
                              3) evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil
          c. In the King James these words are translated into the English word devil
             or devils. Most modern translations they are translated into the English
             word demon or demons. There are two reasons for this:
                          1. the Greek nouns daimonion and daimon are used
                              distinctly in the NT from the Greek word for devil, which
                              is diabolos (Strong's No. 1228).
                                         - (We will cover this distinction more near the
                                             end of this study.)
                                         - 1228 diabolos {dee-ab'-ol-os}
                                             from 1225; TDNT - 2:72,150; adj
                                             AV - devil 35, false accuser 2, slanderer 1;



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                                       1) prone to slander, slanderous, accusing
                                       falsely
                                       1a) a calumniator, false accuser, slanderer,
                                       2) metaph. applied to a man who, by
                                       opposing the cause of God, may be said to
                                       act the part of the devil or to side with him
                                       [Note from the lexicon:] Satan the prince of
                                       the demons, the author of evil, persecuting
                                       good men, estranging mankind from God
                                       and enticing them to sin, afflicting them
                                       with diseases by means of demons who take
                                       possession of their bodies at his bidding.
                     2. The English word demon originates from these two
                         Greek words used in the New Testament in the same way
                         that the English word devil comes from the Greek word
                         diabolos.
                                   - Demon or daemon /de'mon/ n [ME demon,
                                       fr. LL & L daemon evil spirit, fr. L, divinity,
                                       spirit, fr. Gk daimon, prob. fr. daiesthai to
                                       distribute - more at TIDE] )13c) 1a: an evil
                                       spirit b: a source or agent of evil, harm,
                                       distress, or ruin 2 usu daemon: an attendant
                                       power or spirit: GENUS 3 usu daemon: a
                                       supernatural being of Greek mythology
                                       intermediate between gods and men 4: one
                                       that has exceptional enthusiasm, drive, or
                                       effectiveness )a ~ for work) - demonian /di
                                       mo'ne-en/ adj. demonization /de me'ne'za-
                                       shen/ n. - demonize /de-me-niz/ vt.
2. Devils (KJV) or Demons (1140) and Evil or Unclean (169) Spirits (4151)
   refer to the same thing in the NT
   a. Matthew 8:16, Matthew 10:1, 8
   b. Mark 5:2-13, Mark 6:7, 13, Mark 7:25-30
   c. Luke 4:33-41, Luke 8:2, Luke 8:27-38, Luke 9:42
   d. 1 Timothy 4:1
   e. Revelation 18:2
3. Demon possession entails a demon(s) dwelling inside a human body
   a. Terminology:
               1) cast out (1544) – ekballo – the idea of being drawn or cast out
                   of something else (Matthew 7:4-5, Matthew 7:22)
               2) come out (1831) – exerchomai + apo – to come forth, or be
                   separate out of a place, from the body (Matthew 8:32, Matthew
                   10:11, Matthew 12:43-44)
               3) possessed of devils (1139) – occurs 13 times – daemonizomai –
                   to be under the power of a demon



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          4) (2192) – echo – to have, to hold, to own, to possess (Matthew
              4:24, Matthew 8:16, Mark 1:32, Luke 8:36, John 10:21)
          5) vexed (3791) – ochleo – to trouble, molest, disturb (Luke 6:18,
              Acts 5:16)
          6) entered (1525) into (1519) – eiserchomai eis – to come into as
              of men or animal, as into a house or a city (compare Matthew
              24:38, Mark 1:21, Mark 7:7, Mark 5:13, Luke 8:30, 33).
          7) other scriptural evidence
                  a) Matthew 12:43 when the unclean (169) spirit (4151) is
                     gone out of a man…45 he taketh with himself seven
                     other spirits (4151)…
                  b) Luke 11:24 when the unclean (169) spirit (4151) is
                     gone out of a man…26 …he goeth and taketh seven
                     other spirits (4151) and they enter in…
          8) CONCLUSION:
                  a) all of these terms and these verses indicate that demon
                     possession involves the unclean, demon spirit dwelling
                     within the body of its host
                  b) there are two results of demonic habitation
                          1) physical sickness, disease, or disability
                          2) the demon spirit supplants the human’s spirit in
                              governing and operating the body (these will be
                              discussed below)
b. Instances of demon possession – 14 total
          1) 10 specific acts of demon possession
                  a) The man* at the tombs – Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:2-
                     16, Luke 8:27-38
                  b) A demon of dumbness – Matthew 9:32, Luke 11:14
                  c) A demon of blindness and dumbness – Matthew 12:22
                  d) A Canaanite woman’s daughter has a demon – Matthew
                     15:22, Mark 7:25-30
                  e) A demon possessed son (after the transfiguration) –
                     Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:17-25, Luke 39-42
                  f) A demon possessed man in the synagogue (Capernaum)
                     – Mark 1:23-27, Luke 4:33-36
                  g) Mary Magdalene – Mark 16:9, Luke 8:2
                  h) A woman with a spirit of infirmity – Luke 13:11
                  i) A slave girl with a spirit of divination – Acts 16:16-18
                  j) The sons of Sceva, Jewish exorcists, and a demon
                     possessed man – Acts 19:13-16
          2) 4 non-specific acts of demon possession (where the possession
              spoken of has to do with large groups)
                  a) Demons cast out of many – Mark 1:34
                  b) Unclean spirits fall down before Jesus – Mark 3:11
                  c) Demons came out of many – Luke 4:40-41
                  d) Many with unclean spirits – Acts 8:7



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          3) *3 places where demon possession is discussed by the crowds,
              Pharisees
                  a) The people discuss Jesus – John 7:20
                  b) The Pharisees interact with Jesus – John 8:48-52
                  c) The crowd’s conclusions about Jesus – John 10:20-21
c. Results of demon possession
          1) 4 times – resulting in physical (chronic or prolonged)
              sickness, disease, or disability – (the person’s ability to
              govern their own will is unaffected)
                  a) A demon of dumbness – Matthew 9:32, Luke 11:14
                  b) A demon of blindness and dumbness – Matthew 12:22
                  c) A demon possessed son (after the transfiguration) –
                      Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:17-25, Luke 39-42
                  d) A woman with a spirit of infirmity – Luke 13:11
          2) 12 references* – the demon spirit supplants the human
              spirit as the operator of the body
                  a) The man* at the tombs – Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:2-
                      16, Luke 8:27-38
                  b) A demon possessed son (after the transfiguration) –
                      Matthew 17:14-21, Mark 9:17-25, Luke 39-42
                  c) A demon possessed man in the synagogue (Capernaum)
                      – Mark 1:23-27, Luke 4:33-36
                  d) Demons cast out of many – Mark 1:34
                  e) Unclean spirits fall down before Jesus – Mark 3:11
                  f) Demons came out of many – Luke 4:40-41
                  g) Many with unclean spirits – Acts 8:7
                  h) A slave girl with a spirit of divination – Acts 16:16-18
                  i) The sons of Sceva, Jewish exorcists and a demon
                      possessed man – Acts 19:13-16
                  j) *Discussions about Jesus –
                          – The people discuss Jesus – John 7:20
                          – The Pharisees interact with Jesus – John 8:48-52
                          – The crowd’s conclusions about Jesus – John
                               10:20-21
          3) Important NOTE: In all cases of demon possession where we
              are shown the person in the actual state of demon possession
              there is always some clear physical manifestation of the demon
                  a) this may be in reaction to the presence of Jesus Christ
                      or one of his disciples
                  b) it could be in the form of: inexplicable behavior, the
                      demon speaking out of the person, or some physical
                      affliction, etc.
                  c) there are NO cases where a person is shown in a state of
                      demon possession when the presence of the demon is
                      not clearly discernable from external manifestations
          4) *The case of Saul – 1 Samuel 16:14, 23, 18:10, 19:9



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                   a) a Biblically unique situation
                            1. Saul is tormented by an evil spirit
                            2. This is a unique instance especially because it is
                                the only case in which the evil spirit is sent by
                                God to torment someone
                            3. Saul is NOT physically afflicted by the demon
                            4. The demon is NOT in control of Saul’s will
                            5. This demon caused Saul to become enraged at
                                times
                            6. The demon comes and goes without being cast
                                out, indicating that Saul is not truly possessed
                                by the demon
                            7. This is the sole example of demonic activity in
                                which the person was not either under the
                                demons control or did not have some physical
                                infirmity
                            8. we have no other examples of demonic activity
                                in which the person is neither physically
                                afflicted or completely mentally possessed
d. Demons are NOT Biblically associated with or said to cause other bad
   human traits, such as attitudes, behaviors, or habits
      1) In the 60+ passages where demons or demonic activity is discussed
         in the NT only one verse even contains the possibility that this
         activity extends to other matters beyond sickness or physical
         disability
      2) Luke 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil
         spirits and infirmities (769), Mary called Magdalene, out of
         whom went seven devils
         - 769 astheneia {as-then'-i-ah}
              TDNT - 1:490,83 from 772
              nf
              1) want of strength, weakness, infirmity
                  a) of the body
                     1) its native weakness and frailty
                     2) feebleness of health or sickness
              b) of the soul
                  2) want of strength and capacity requisite
                     a) to understand a thing
                     b) to do things great and glorious
                     c) to restrain corrupt desires
                     d) to bear trials and troubles
      3) This verse states that these women were healed (2323) –
              a) this Greek word, “therapeuo” means “to heal, to cure, to
                   restore to health”
              b) it is used 44 in the NT




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            c) where “therapeuo” and “astheneia” occur it always refers to
                the healing of physical sickness or disability when
                mentioned in the same context as demonic activity – 14
                instances
                    1. Matthew 4:24, Matthew 8:16, Matthew 9:34-35,
                        Matthew 10:1, 8
                    2. Mark 1:32-4, Mark 3:15, Mark 6:13
                    3. Luke 4:41, Luke 6:17-18, Luke 7:21, Luke 8:2,
                        Luke 9:1, Luke 13:32
                    4. Acts 5:16, Acts 19:12
            d) In all cases where the word “astheneia” is mentioned in
                reference to person when they are unsaved in the same
                context as demonic activity it indicates physical ailment
                NOT an inability to restrain corrupt desires – Matthew
                8:17, Luke 5:15, Luke 13:11, John 5:5, Acts 28:9
            e) In all of these cases including Luke 8:2 no causal
                connection between the evil spirits and the infirmities is
                made
e. CONCLUSIONS
      i. Demons (1140) are the same as unclean (169) (or evil) spirits
         (4151)
     ii. Demonic possession entails:
            1. a demon(s) dwelling inside a human body, resulting in:
                        a. physical sickness, disease, or disability
                        b. the replacement of the human spirit by the
                            demonic spirit as the operator of the body
                        c. some clear, outward, physical manifestation
                            demonstrating the demonic possession of the
                            person
            2. There are NO cases of demonic possession in the Bible in
                which:
                    a. the possession is undetectable (or without outward
                        manifestation) or explicable by other means
                    b. OR in which the possessed person is not suffering
                        from some (chronic or prolonged) physical
                        affliction or in which the demon spirit operates the
                        human body in place of the human spirit
                    c. in which demons are given credit for bad or
                        ungodly attitudes, behaviors, or habits instead
                        humans are credited as being responsible for such
                        things (James 1:14, Romans 1-2)
            3. Isn’t the gift of “discerning of spirits” for detecting
                demonic spirits when there presence isn’t apparent? NO.
                    a. 1 Cor. 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to
                        another prophecy; to another discerning (1253) of




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                    spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to
                    another the interpretation of tongues:
                 b. 1253 diakrisis {dee-ak'-ree-sis}
                    from 1252; TDNT - 3:949,469; n f
                    AV - discerning 1, discern 1, disputation 1; 3
                    1) a distinguishing, discerning, judging
                 c. Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that
                    are of full age, even those who by reason of use
                    have their senses exercised to discern (1253) both
                    good and evil.
                 d. 1252 diakrino {dee-ak-ree'-no}
                    from 1223 and 2919; TDNT - 3:946,469; v
                    AV - doubt 5, judge 3, discern 2, contend 2, waver
                    2, misc 5; 19
                    1) to separate, make a distinction, discriminate,
                    to prefer
                    2) to learn by discrimination, to try, decide
                    2a) to determine, give judgment, decide a dispute
                    3) to withdraw from one, desert
                    4) to separate one's self in a hostile spirit, to oppose,
                    strive
                    with dispute, contend
                    5) to be at variance with one's self, hesitate, doubt
                 e. 1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but
                    try (1381) the spirits whether they are of God:
                    because many false prophets are gone out into the
                    world.
                 f. 1381 dokimazo {dok-im-ad'-zo}
                    from 1384; TDNT - 2:255,181; v
                    AV - prove 10, try 4, approve 3, discern 2, allow 2,
                    like 1, examine 1; 23
                    1) to test, examine, prove, scrutinise (to see whether
                    a thing is genuine or not), as metals
                    2) to recognise as genuine after examination, to
                    approve, deem worthy
                 g. CONCLUSION: Discerning of spirits is NOT about
                    detecting spirits its about determining which are
                    from God and which are not.
iii. All instances of demons affecting persons occur BEFORE their
     conversion experience, BEFORE their coming to Christ, the Bible
     DOES NOT support the idea that Christians are possessed by
     demons – see also John 7:39, 2 Corinthians 11:4, 2 Timothy 1:7, 1
     John 4:1-4)
iv. The case of Saul is a single and unique circumstance, which cannot
     be used to form general rules about demonic activity on a universal
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               v. Demons can be involved in the physical sickness and/or disabilities
                   of man, though there is no Biblical reason to state that this is
                   always the case since sickness can also be caused by: (borrowed
                   from Charismatic Study)
                       1. Sickness is sometimes sent specifically by God (through his
                           angels)
                               a. Exodus - Egyptians (Exodus 9:1-12)
                               b. Miriam (Numbers12:1-16)
                               c. people of Israel bit with serpents and died from it,
                                   (Numbers 21:5-9)
                               d. Uzziah made leprous by God (2 Chronicles 26:16-
                                   22)
                               e. Jeroboam's arm made paralytic (1 Kings 13:1-6)
                               f. Men of Sodom rendered mute (Genesis 19:4-11)
                               g. Zechariah (John's father) rendered mute and deaf
                                   (Luke 1:18-22, 62-64)
                               h. Paul made blind and healed but symptoms
                                   continued his whole life, (Acts 9:8,17-18, Galatians
                                   4:15, 1 Corinthians 12:7-10)
                               i. God sends an evil spirit to torment Saul mentally (1
                                   Samuel 16:14-17, 23)
                               j. Paul speaks a command from God causing a
                                   sorcerer to go blind (Acts 13:10-12)
                       2. Sickness in general is a result of the curse on all mankind.
                               a. Genesis 3:16-19 the pronouncement of the curse of
                                   death upon all men
                               b. blind man in John 9:1-3 not blind because of sin but
                                   for God's glorification by healing him
                               c. tragedy not necessarily caused by sin Luke 13:1-4
                       3. Sickness sometimes caused by human sin/behavior
                               a. 1 Corinthians 11:28-32 - verse 30 "For this cause
                                   many are weak and sickly among you, and many
                                   sleep."
                               b. Romans 1:26-27 "27 And likewise also the men,
                                   leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in
                                   their lust one toward another; men with men
                                   working that which is unseemly, and receiving in
                                   themselves that recompence of their error which
                                   was meet."
B. Spiritual warfare is a mental battle
      1) Our enemies, the Devil and the angelic adversaries, attack the mind with
           false ideas to deceive and lead astray from the truth and from sound
           doctrine
               - 2 Corinthians 2: 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:
                   for we are not ignorant (50) of his devices (3540)




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           -   2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded
               (5186) the minds (3540) of them which believe not, lest the light
               of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should
               shine unto them
           - 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons (3696) of our warfare (4752)
               are not carnal (4559), but mighty (1415) through God to the
               pulling down (2506) of strong holds (3794) 5 Casting down
               (2507) imaginations (3053), and every high thing (5315) that
               exalteth itself (1869) against (2596) the knowledge (1108) of
               God, and bringing into captivity (163) every thought (3540) to
               the obedience (5218) of Christ
           - 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent
               beguiled (1818) Eve through his subtlety (3834), so your minds
               (3540) should be corrupted (5351) from the simplicity (572)
               that is in Christ.
           - Ephesians 4:14 That we may be no more children, tossed to and
               fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the
               sleight (2940) of men, and cunning craftiness (3834), whereby
               they lie in wait (3180) to deceive (4106)
           - Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be
               able to stand against the wiles (3180) of the devil 12 For we
               wrestle (3823) not against flesh and blood, but against
               principalities (746), powers (1849), against the rulers (2888) of
               the darkness (4655) of this world (165), against spiritual (4152)
               wickedness in high (2032) [places]
           - Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil (2071) you through
               philosophy (5385) and vain (2756) deceit (539), after the tradition
               (3862) of men, after the rudiments (4747) of the world(2889), and
               not after Christ.
2) The problem is the carnal mind
           - Romans 8:6 For to be carnally (4561) minded (5427) is death;
               but to be spiritually minded (5427) is life and peace.
           - 2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our
               conscience (4893), that in simplicity (572) and godly sincerity,
               not with fleshly (4559) wisdom (4678), but by the grace of God,
               we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to
               you-ward.
           - Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye
               henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity
               (3153) of their mind (3563),
           - Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are
               defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind
               (3563) and conscience (4893) is defiled.
3) What is the carnal mind?
           - It is ungodly thinking, a mindset that does NOT subject itself to
               godly wisdom and truth



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             a) Romans 8:7 Because the carnal (4561) mind is enmity
                 (2189) against (1519) God: for it is not subject (5293)
                 to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
             b) 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons (3696) of our
                 warfare (4752) are not carnal (4559), but mighty
                 (1415) through God to the pulling down (2506) of
                 strong holds (3794) 5 Casting down (2507)
                 imaginations (3053), and every high thing (5315) that
                 exalteth itself (1869) against (2596) the knowledge
                 (1108) of God, and bringing into captivity (163)
                 every thought (3540) to the obedience (5218) of
                 Christ
-   It is worldly perspective, which comes from the angelic rulers of
    this age
             a) 1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom (4675)
                 among them that are perfect (5046): yet not the
                 wisdom (4678) of this world (165), nor of the princes
                 (758) of this world (165), that come to nought (2673),
                 but we speak the wisdom of God…which none of the
                 princes (758) of this world (165) knew (1097): for had
                 they known (1097) [it], they would not have crucified
                 the Lord of glory.
             b) Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle (3823) not against
                 flesh and blood, but against principalities (746),
                 powers (1849), against the rulers (2888) of the
                 darkness (4655) of this world (165), against spiritual
                 (4152) wickedness in high (2032) [places]
             c) Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the
                 principalities (746) and powers (1849) in heavenly
                 (2032) [places] might be known (1107) by the church
                 the manifold (4182) wisdom (4678) of God
             d) 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons (3696) of our
                 warfare (4752) are not carnal (4559), but mighty (1415)
                 through God to the pulling down (2506) of strong holds
                 (3794) 5 Casting down (2507) imaginations (3053),
                 and every high thing (5315) that exalteth itself
                 (1869) against (2596) the knowledge (1108) of God,
                 and bringing into captivity (163) every thought (3540)
                 to the obedience (5218) of Christ; 6 and having in a
                 readiness (2092) to revenge (1556) all disobedience,
                 when your obedience is fulfilled (4137).
-   It is a mind that does NOT understand God’s Word, does NOT
    abide by it, but opposes God’s Word from a worldly point of view
             1) It is at enmity with God and reprobate
                      - Romans 8:7 Because the carnal (4561) mind
                          (5427) is enmity (2189) against (1519) God:



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               for it is not subject (5293) to the law of God,
               neither indeed can be.
           - Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to
               retain (2192) God in their knowledge (1922),
               God gave them over to a reprobate (96) mind
               (3563), to do those things (see Romans 1:20-32)
           - 2 Timothy 3:8 As Jannes and Jambres withstood
               (436) Moses, so do these also resist (436) the
               truth (225): men of corrupt (2704) minds
               (3563), reprobate (96) concerning the faith
               (4102) which are not convenient (2520)
           - Titus 1:16 They profess that they know (1492)
               God; but in works (2041) they deny [him],
               being abominable (947), and disobedient (545),
               and unto every good work (2041) reprobate (96)
           - Romans 7:14-25 – the state of the unsaved
               person
 2) It is conformity to this world
           - Romans 12:2 And be not conformed (4964) to
               this world: but be ye transformed (3339) by
               the renewing (342) of your mind (3563), that
               ye may prove (1381) what [is] that good (18),
               and acceptable (2101), and perfect (5046), will
               of God
           - Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh
               (4561) do mind (5426) the things of the flesh
               (4561); but they that are after the Spirit (4151)
               the things of the Spirit (4151).
3) It is to be double minded (inconsistent in your thoughts
and in your actions)
           - James 1:8 A double minded (1374) man [is]
               unstable (182) in all his ways (3598)
 4) It is to not know God’s Will/Word
           – 1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not
               speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto
               carnal (4559), even as unto babes in Christ.
           – Hebrews 5:12 For when by the time ye ought to
               be teachers, ye have need that one teach you
               again which be the first principles of the
               oracles of God; and are become such as have
               need of milk, and not of strong meat.
           – Hebrews 5:13 For every one that useth milk is
               unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he
               is a babe.




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                            –   2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning (3129), and never
                                able to come to the knowledge (1922) of the
                                truth (225)
                            –   Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed (1820) for
                                lack of knowledge (1847)
                            –   Matthew 15:6 Thus you nullify the word of God
                                for the sake of your tradition.
                            –   Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me,
                                teaching for doctrines the commandments of
                                men.
                            –   Matthew 16:6 "Be careful," Jesus said to them.
                                "Be on your guard against the yeast of the
                                Pharisees and Sadducees."
                            –   Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me,
                                teaching for doctrines the commandments of
                                men.
                            –   Mark 7:13 Thus you nullify the word of God by
                                your tradition that you have handed down. And
                                you do many things like that."
                            –   Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, "You are in error
                                because you do not know the Scriptures or the
                                power of God.
                            –   Mark 12:24 Jesus replied, "Are you not in error
                                because you do not know the Scriptures or the
                                power of God?
4) What is the spiritual mind?
      a. Godly wisdom, the knowledge of God, understanding the Word of God
           and the discipline to apply it and live it
               1. It is having acknowledged the truth (about God)
                   – 1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved (4982),
                       to come unto the knowledge (1922) of the truth (225)
                   – Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is
                       renewed (341) in the knowledge (1922) after the image of
                       him (1504) that created him:
                   – 2 Peter 2:20 For if they have escaped (668) the pollutions
                       (3393) of the world (2889) through the knowledge (1922)
                       of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ…
                   – Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity (1775) of the
                       faith (4102), and of the knowledge (1922) of the Son of
                       God, unto a perfect (5046) man, unto the measure (3358)
                       of the stature (2244) of the fulness (4138) of Christ
               2. it is having the mind of Christ, knowing God’s will
                   – 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known (1097) the mind
                       3563) of the Lord that he may instruct him? But we have
                       (2192) the mind (3562) of Christ




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   –    Romans 12:2 And be not conformed (4964) to this world:
        but be ye transformed (3339) by the renewing (342) of
        your mind (3563), that ye may prove (1381) what [is]
        that good (18), and acceptable (2101), and perfect (5046),
        will of God
   – Ephesians 5:17 …but understanding what the will of the
        Lord is.
3. It is godly wisdom and understanding
   – Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
        Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom
        (4678) and revelation (602) in the knowledge (1922) of
        him:
   – 1 Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom (4675)
        among them that are perfect (5046): yet not the wisdom
        (4678) of this world (165), nor of the princes (758) of this
        world (165), that come to nought (2673), but we speak the
        wisdom of God…which none of the princes (758) of this
        world (165) knew (1097): for had they known (1097) [it],
        they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
   – Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth
        (5242) all understanding (3563), shall keep (5463) your
        hearts and minds (3540) through Christ Jesus.
   – Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth (4750) and
        wisdom (4678), which all your adversaries (480) shall not
        be able (1410) to gainsay (471) nor resist (436)
4. It is being sober minded
   – 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be
        sober (3525), putting on (1746) the breastplate (2382) of
        faith (4102) and love (26); and for an helmet (4030), the
        hope (1680) of salvation (4991).
   – 1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore, gird up (328) the loins (3751) of
        your mind (1271), be sober (3525)…
   – 1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand (1148): be ye
        therefore sober (4993), and watch (3525) unto prayer
        (4335)
   – 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober (3525), be vigilant (1127); because
        your adversary (476) the devil (1228), as a roaring lion,
        walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
5. It is to be mature in Christ, to be able to distinguish between
   good and evil, to not be blown about by new doctrines, which
   were not the original teachings of Jesus Christ
   – Hebrews 5:12 For when by the time ye ought to be
        teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be
        the first principles of the oracles of God; and are
        become such as have need of milk, and not of strong
        meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in



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                   the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.14 But solid
                   food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained
                   themselves to distinguish good from evil.
                – Ephesians 4:14 That we may be no more children, tossed
                   to and fro, and carried about with every wind of
                   doctrine, by the sleight (2940) of men, and cunning
                   craftiness (3834), whereby they lie in wait (3180) to
                   deceive (4106)
                – 2 Timothy 2:15 Study (4704) to shew (3936) thyself
                   approved (1384) unto God, a workman (2040) that
                   needeth not to be ashamed (422), rightly dividing (3718)
                   the word (3056) of truth (225)
                – John 14:21 He that hath (2192) my commandments
                   (1785), and keepeth (5083) them, he it is that loveth (25)
                   me…23…if a man love (25) me he will keep (5083) my
                   words (3056)…24 he that loveth (25) me not keepeth
                   (5083) not my sayings (3056)…
            6. Misc.
                – 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the
                   serpent beguiled (1818) Eve through his subtlety (3834), so
                   your minds (3540) should be corrupted (5351) from the
                   simplicity (572) that is in Christ.
                – Philippians 4:8 Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true
                   (227), whatsoever things are honest (4586), whatsoever
                   things are just (1342), whatsoever things are pure (53),
                   whatsoever things are lovely (4375), whatsoever things are
                   of good report (2163), if [there be] any virtue (703), and if
                   [there be] any praise (1868), think (3049) on these things.
5) How do we engage in Spiritual Warfare?
   a. Make our own minds, thoughts, and beliefs subject to the knowledge of
      God (God’s Word)
                – Romans 12:2 And be not conformed (4964) to this world:
                   but be ye transformed (3339) by the renewing (342) of
                   your mind (3563), that ye may prove (1381) what [is]
                   that good (18), and acceptable (2101), and perfect (5046),
                   will of God
                – Colossians 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is
                   renewed (341) in the knowledge (1922) after the image of
                   him (1504) that created him:
                – 2 Corinthians 6:6 By pureness (54), by knowledge (1108),
                   by longsuffering (3115), by kindness (5544), by the Holy
                   Spirit, by love unfeigned (505), 7 By the word (3056) of
                   truth (225), by the power (1411) of God, by the armor
                   (3696) of righteousness (1343) on the right hand and on
                   the left.




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              –  Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole
                 armor (3833) of God, that ye may be able to withstand
                 (436) in the evil (4190) day, and having done all, to stand
                 (2476). 14 Stand (2476) therefore, having your loins
                 (3751) girt about (4024) with truth (225)…the sword
                 (3162) of the Spirit, which is the word (4487) of God.
             – 2 Timothy 2:15 Study (4704) to shew (3936) thyself
                 approved (1384) unto God, a workman (2040) that
                 needeth not to be ashamed (422), rightly dividing (3718)
                 the word (3056) of truth (225)
             – Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is quick and powerful,
                 and sharper than any two-edged sword (3162), piercing
                 even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
                 joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts
                 (1761) and intents (1771) of the heart.
             – 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons (3696) of our warfare
                 (4752) are not carnal (4559), but mighty (1415) through
                 God to the pulling down (2506) of strong holds (3794) 5
                 Casting down (2507) imaginations (3053), and every
                 high thing (5315) that exalteth itself (1869) against
                 (2596) the knowledge (1108) of God, and bringing into
                 captivity (163) every thought (3540) to the obedience
                 (5218) of Christ;
b. Defend and contend for the faith, sound doctrine, godliness, and truth
   AND refute, reprove, rebuke, and correct ungodly thinking
             – Romans 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let
                 us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us
                 put on the armour of light.
                                        – Romans 16:17 Now I beseech
                                           you, brethren, mark them which
                                           cause divisions and offences
                                           contrary to the doctrine which
                                           ye have learned; and avoid
                                           them. 18 For they that are such
                                           serve not our Lord Jesus Christ,
                                           but their own belly; and by good
                                           words and fair speeches deceive
                                           the hearts of the simple.
             – Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the
                 unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
             – 1 Timothy 1:3…that thou mightest charge some that they
                 teach no other doctrine,
             – 2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and
                 hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether
                 by word, or our epistle.




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                   –  1 Timothy 6:3 If anyone teaches false doctrines and does
                      not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus
                      Christ and to godly teaching, 4 he is conceited and
                      understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in
                      controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy,
                      strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction
                      between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of
                      the truth and who think that godliness is a means to
                      financial gain.
                 – 2 Timothy 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the
                      Lord Jesus Christ… 2 Preach the word; be instant in
                      season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
                      long suffering and doctrine.
                 – 2 Timothy 2:25 in meekness (4236) instructing those that
                      oppose themselves (475); if God peradventure (3379) will
                      give them repentance to the acknowledging (1922) of the
                      truth (225)
                 – Titus 1:9 Holding fast (472) the faithful word (3056) as
                      he hath been taught (1322), that he may be able by
                      sound doctrine (1319) both to exhort (3870) and to
                      convince (1651) the gainsayers (483). 10 For there are
                      many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they
                      of the circumcision:
                 – Titus 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound
                      doctrine…15 These things speak, and exhort, and
                      rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
                 – 1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but
                      test the spirits to see whether they are from God,
                      because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
                 – Jude 1:3 Earnestly contend (1864) for the faith (4102)
                      which was once delivered unto the saints
6) Examples of Spiritual Warfare in the Bible
                 – Acts 9:22 But Paul increased the more in strength, and
                      confounded (4797) the Jews, which dwelt at Damascus,
                      proving (4822) that this is very Christ
                 – Acts 18:28 For he [Apollos] mightily convinced (1246) the
                      Jews, [and that] publicly, shewing (1925) by the
                      scriptures that Jesus was Christ
                 – Acts 6:10 And they were not able to resist (436) the
                      wisdom (4678) and the spirit (4151) by which he
                      [Stephen] spake (2980)
                 – Acts 17:11 These were more noble (2104) than those in
                      Thessalonica in that they received (1209) the word (3056)
                      with all readiness of mind (4288) and searched (350) the
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                     –   Philippians 4:8 Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true
                         (227), whatsoever things are honest (4586), whatsoever
                         things are just (1342), whatsoever things are pure (53),
                         whatsoever things are lovely (4375), whatsoever things are
                         of good report (2163), if [there be] any virtue (703), and if
                         [there be] any praise (1868), think (3049) on these things.
C. The Armor of God
         1. Verses:
                – Romans 12:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us
                    therefore cast off (659) the works (2041) of darkness (4655),
                    and let us put on (1746) the armor (3696) of light
                – Ephesians 6:11 Put on (1746) the whole armor (3833) of God
                – Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor
                    (3833) of God, that ye may be able to withstand (436) in the
                    evil (4190) day, and having done all, to stand (2476). 14 Stand
                    (2476) therefore, having your loins (3751) gird about (4024)
                    with truth (225), and having on the breastplate (2382) of
                    righteousness (1343); 15 and your feet shod (5265) with the
                    preparation (2091) of the gospel of peace; above all taking
                    the shield (2375) of faith (4102), wherewith ye shall be able
                    to quench (4570) the fiery (4448) darts of the wicked (4190).
                    And take the helmet (403) of salvation (4992), and the sword
                    (3162) of the Spirit, which is the word (4487) of God.
                    Praying always…
                – 2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word (3056) of truth, by the power of
                    God, by the armor (3696) of righteousness (1343) on the
                    right hand and on the left
                – 1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober
                    (3525), putting on (1746) the breastplate (2382) of faith
                    (4102) and love (26); and for an helmet (4030), the hope
                    (1680) of salvation (4991).
         2. The Armor of God is NOT some mystical prayer clothing our spirits
            wear in heavenly realms to sword-fight with adversarial angels, but is
            meant metaphorically to remind the church to walk uprightly, in sound
            faith, and in love.
                a. Many of these pieces of armor are meant as references to
                    instructions for godly living for the church recorded elsewhere
                    in the scripture as described above
                            1) your loins gird about with truth
                                a) a reference to being watchful for the Lord (Luke
                                    12:35-40 – same language for “loins” and
                                    “gird”)
                                b) 1 Peter 1:13 Wherefore gird up (328) the loins
                                    (3751) of your mind (1271), be sober (3525),
                                    and hope (1679) to the end (5049) for the grace




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         that is to be brought unto you at the revelation
         (602) of Jesus Christ;
     c) also see Exodus 12:11 in, 2 structions for
         Passover
2)   feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of
     peace
     a) speaks of the twelve apostles commissioned by
         Jesus to go out to preach the gospel who were
         told how to prepare for their journey (Mark 6:7-
         13 – same language for “shod”)
     b) preparation is Strong’s # 2091 from Strong’s
         #2090, which is the same word used in 2
         Corinthians 10:6 (see above), which also speaks
         of spiritual warfare
     c) also see Exodus 12:11 instructions for Passover
3)   the shield of faith…
     a) an admonition to remain in the faith through the
         trials brought on by the enemy
     b) Hebrews 11:34 mentions those who “quenched
         (4570) the violence of fire (4442)” among those
         who acted in faith and yet they are said to have
         died having not received the promise (v.13)
     c) the attacks of the enemy (the Devil, the
         Antichrist) are portrayed as darts/arrows
         (Psalms 7:13, Ezekiel 39:9, Revelation 6:2)
     d) especially in the evil day (the tribulation, v.13,
         Revelation 6:2)
     e) if we remain in the faith and do not depart from
         it we will be saved (Revelation 13:10, Matthew
         10:22, Matthew 13:21, 1 Timothy 4:1)
4)   the helmet of salvation (the hope of salvation)
     a) Romans 8:24 For we are saved (4982) by hope
         (1680): but hope (1680) that is seen is not hope
         (1680): for what a man seeth, why doth he yet
         hope for?
     b) Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope (1680);
         patient in tribulation; continuing instant in
         prayer;
     c) Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were
         written aforetime were written for our learning,
         that we through patience and comfort of the
         scriptures might have hope (1680).
5)   the sword of the Spirit – the word of God
     – Hebrews 4:12 The word of God is quick and
         powerful, and sharper than any two-edged
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                                     asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and
                                     marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts
                                     (1761) and intents (1771) of the heart.
                                 – 2 Timothy 2:15 Study (4704) to shew (3936)
                                     thyself approved (1384) unto God, a workman
                                     (2040) that needeth not to be ashamed (422),
                                     rightly dividing (3718) the word (3056) of truth
                                     (225)
                 b. The overlapping and redundant references indicate metaphorical
                     purpose and NOT the intention to speak of actual items that the
                     believer dawns in spiritual battle with angelic beings,
                     examples:
                             1) the breastplate of ???
                                 a) Is it the breastplate of righteousness, of faith, of
                                     truth, or of all? How many breastplates are we
                                     to wear? – Ephesians 6:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:8
                             2) the helmet of salvation (the hope of salvation)
                                 a) Which is it the helmet of salvation or the hope
                                     of salvation? How many helmets are we to
                                     wear?
                             3) the word faith is used to refer to both the shield and
                                 the breastplate
                 c. NOTE: Many of these items seem to be instruction for
                     Christians which have in view the tribulation or the coming of
                     the kingdom
D. Casting out and Binding and Loosing
    1. Binding and Loosing
          a. Binding and Loosing and the Keys of Kingdoms
                         a) In Matthew 16:19 and Matthew 18:18 Jesus tells his
                             disciples “and whatsoever thou shalt bind (1210) on
                             earth (1093) shall be bound (1210) in heaven (3772):
                             and whatsoever thou shalt loose (3089) on earth (1093)
                             shall be loosed (3089) in heaven (3772).”
                         b) From the context of Matthew 18:18 (verse 15-17) we
                             can see that Jesus is NOT referring to casting out
                             demons, to prayer, or to spiritual warfare, but to the
                             authority he gave to the Apostles to excommunicate
                             from the church
                                 1) Matthew 18:27 Then the lord of that servant was
                                     moved with compassion, and loosed (630) him,
                                     and forgave him the debt.
                                 2) Loosed (630) is apoluo which is a compound
                                     word from apo (575) meaning “separation” and
                                     “luo” (3089), which occurs in verse 18 and is
                                     translated “loose”




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                                      3) 630 apoluo {ap-ol-oo'-o}
                                         from 575 and 3089; v
                                         AV - release 17, put away 14, send away 13, let
                                         go 13, set at liberty 2, let depart 2, dismiss 2,
                                         misc 6; 69
                                         1) to set free
                                         2) to let go, dismiss, (to detain no longer)
                                         2a) a petitioner to whom liberty to depart is
                                         given by a decisive answer
                                         2b) to bid depart, send away
                                         3) to let go free, release
                                         3a) a captive i.e. to loose his bonds and bid him
                                         depart, to
                                      4) Luke 13:16 – a woman bound by the devil, with
                                         an infirmity, is loosed by Jesus (in this passage
                                         Satan does the binding, binding has to do with
                                         causing sickness, and Jesus does not bind either
                                         the devil or the woman.)
       2. Casting Out demons
               a) Jesus gives authority over demons and to cast out demons to his
                  disciples in the NT.
               b) Matthew 7:22, Matthew 10:1, Mark 3:15, Mark 6:13, Mark 16:17,
                  Luke 9:1, Luke 10:17
               c) NOTE: Nowhere in the NT is this authority over demons or to cast out
                  demons connected to prayer or spiritual warfare


III. Identifying Spiritual Beings
        A. Types of Spiritual Beings
                1. God
                2. Angels
                3. Man
                4. Demons - the unclean (evil) spirits of the Nephilim
        B. Who were the Nephilim?
                1. For an in depth look at this subject please see our articles on Bible
                    Cosmology entitled “Bodies in Heaven: Angels and Spirit Bodies” and
                    “Humans and Angels: How Similar are We?” at
                    http://www.geocities.com/biblestudying/cosmo-3.html)
                2. Genesis 6:1-4
                        a. 1 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 (1121) of God (430) 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 (5303) in the earth in



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                  those days; and also after that, when the sons (1121) of God
                  (430) 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.
              b. Terminology
                       1) “sons of God”
                               a) in the Hebrew is “bnai (1121) Elohim (430)”
                               b) the Hebrew phrase “bnai Elohim” occurs five
                                   times in the OT (Genesis 6:2, 4, Job 1:6, 2:1,
                                   Job 38:7)
                               c) In Job 1:6, 2:1, and 38:7 the phrase “sons of
                                   God” refers to angels
                               d) (Job is considered by some to be the oldest book
                                   in the Bible)
                       2) The offspring of the angels and the daughters of men
                           were called giants, which in the Hebrew is Nephilim
                           (5303), which is derived from the Hebrew root word
                           “naphal” (5307) meaning to fall, to be cast down, to
                           throw down (which connects to Jude 1:4-8 and 2 Peter
                           2:4, which we will cover later)
              c. CONCLUSION: Angels had offspring with the daughters of
                  men
C. Ancient Judeo-Christian understanding of the Nephilim and demons
       1. The Book of Enoch
              a. details on the book of Enoch
                  1) the copy of the Book of Enoch that is available today was
                       penned during the second century BC (approx. 150 BC) –
                       predating the NT by nearly two centuries
                  2) We have copies from both Ethiopia and the Dead Sea
                       Scrolls, those from Ethiopia were made from a Greek
                       manuscript, which was a copy of an earlier Semitic or
                       Aramaic version
                  3) This book has astoundingly distinct prophecies of the
                       Messiah and is written from a non-Jewish point of view
                       (the words Israel, Jew, and Hebrew DO NOT appear in the
                       book of Enoch) further indicating that this book originated
                       before Abraham
              b. Importance of the Book of Enoch to the Bible (see Addendum
                  p.1-6 for extended listing)
                  1) its terminology and content are found in the Bible (both OT
                       and NT – including: Daniel, Matthew, Mark, Luke, 1
                       Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians, Hebrews,
                       Jude, and Revelation among others)
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3) and are affirmed by the New Testament writers in the New
    Testament (and perhaps referred to and quoted in more than
    50 passages)
            a) Daniel 4:13, 17, 23
                    a) the term “watchers” is used 3 times to
                        refer to angels – this term is used
                        nowhere else in the scripture to refer to
                        angels, but the Book of Enoch uses it in
                        this way 14 times
            b) Jude 1:14 (Quote of Enoch 1:9)
                    b) Jude 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh
                        from Adam, prophesied of these, saying,
                        Behold, the Lord cometh with ten
                        thousands of his saints, 15 To execute
                        judgment upon all, and to convince all
                        that are ungodly among them of all their
                        ungodly deeds which they have
                        committed, and of all their hard speeches
                        which ungodly sinners have spoken
                        against him.
                    c) Enoch 1:9 And behold! He cometh with
                        ten thousands of His holy ones To
                        execute judgement upon all, And to
                        destroy all the ungodly: And to convict
                        all flesh Of all the works of their
                        ungodliness which they have committed,
                        And of all the hard things which ungodly
                        sinners have spoken against Him.
            c) The angels Michael and Gabriel are mentioned
                by name 5 times and 4 times (respectively) in
                the Bible, these names are found 18 times and 8
                times (respectively) in the Book of Enoch
            d) similar teachings in Enoch and the NT
                    a) Enoch 5:7 The elect shall possess light,
                        joy, and peace, and they shall inherit the
                        earth.
                             - Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek,
                             for they shall inherit the earth.
                    b) Enoch 19:1-2 So that they sacrifice to
                        devils as to Gods.
                             - 1 Corinthians 10:20 The things
                             which the Gentiles sacrifice, they
                             sacrifice to devils, and not to God.
                    c) Enoch 22:8-13 [The angel Raphael
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    dead:] Here their souls are separated ...
    by a chasm.
        - Luke 16:26 [Abraham addressing
        the rich man from the region of the
        blessed] Between us and you there is
        a great gulf fixed.
 d) Enoch 9:3-6 Then they said to the Lord,
    the King: Thou art Lord of lords, God of
    gods, King of kings. The throne of thy
    glory is for ever and ever, and for ever
    and ever is thy name sanctified and
    glorified. Thou art blessed and glorified.
    Thou hast made all things; thou
    possessest power over all things: and all
    things are open and manifest before thee.
    Thou beholdest all things, and nothing
    can be concealed from thee.
        - Revelations 17:14; 19:16 King
            of kings, and Lord of lords.
        - Revelations 4:11 Thou art
            worthy, O Lord, to receive glory,
            and honor, and power; for thou
            hast created all things, and for
            thy pleasure they are, and were
            created.
        - Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there
            any creature that is not manifest
            in his sight; but all things are
            naked and opened unto the eyes
            of him with whom we have to do.
 e) Matthew 24:22,29,30 And except those
    days should be shortened, there should
    no flesh be saved. ... Immediately after
    the tribulation of those days, the sun
    shall be darkened, and the moon shall
    not give her light, and the stars shall fall
    from heaven. ... Then shall the tribes of
    the earth mourn; and they shall see the
    Son of man coming in the clouds of
    heaven, with power and great glory.
        - Enoch 80:1-7 In the days of
            sinners the years shall be
            shortened... heaven shall stand
            still. The moon shall change its
            laws, and not be seen at its
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            classes of the stars shall be shut
            up against sinners.
         - Enoch 62:4-6 And trouble shall
            seize them when they shall
            behold the Son of Woman sitting
            upon the throne of his glory.
 f) Revelations 20:11-13,15 I saw a great
    white throne, and him that sat on it, ...
    and I saw the dead, small and great,
    standing before the throne; and the
    books were opened, which is the book of
    life, and the dead were judged out of
    those things that were written in the
    books, according to their works. And the
    sea gave up the dead which were in it,
    and death and hell delivered up the dead
    which were in them. ... And whosoever
    was not found written in the book of life
    was cast into the lake of fire.
            - Enoch 47:3 He sat upon the
            throne of his glory, while the
            book of the living was opened in
            his presence, and while all the
            powers which were above the
            heavens stood around and before
            him.
 g) Enoch 91:16 The former part of heaven
    shall depart and pass away, a new
    heaven shall appear.
            - Revelations 21:1 I saw a new
            heaven and a new earth, for the
            first heaven and the first earth
            had passed away.
 h) Enoch 62:2, 4 The word of his mouth
    shall destroy all sinners, and all the
    ungodly shall perish at his presence. ...
    Trouble shall come upon them, as upon a
    woman in travail.
         - 1 Thessalonians 5:3 Then
            sudden destruction cometh upon
            them as travail upon a woman
            with child, and they shall not
            escape.
         - 2 Thessalonians 2:8 That
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                                    consume with the Spirit of his
                                    mouth.
c. Importance of the Book of Enoch to the early church (for an
    extended list see the Addendum p.7)
    1) some early Christians accepted the Book of Enoch as
        authentic scripture
                a) Barnabus (100 AD) (quotes it three times)
                        - For the Scripture says, “And it will come
                        to pass in the last days, that the Lord will
                        deliver up the sheep of His pasture, their
                        sheepfold, and their tower to destruction”
                        (quote of Enoch 89:56-89)
                b) Tertullian (160-230 AD)
                        - Since in the same scripture, Enoch has
                        preached similarly concerning the Lord,
                        nothing at all must be rejected by us that
                        pertains to us. We read that every Scripture
                        suitable for edification is divinely inspired.
                        So it may now seem to have been rejected
                        by the Jews for that very reason – just like
                        nearly all the other portions that speak of
                        Christ…To these considerations is added
                        the fact that Enoch possesses a
                        corroboration in the apostle Jude.
                c) Athenagorus regards Enoch as a true prophet
                    (Legatio, 170 AD)
                d) the ECF’s which approved of and supported the
                    Book of Enoch: Barnabus (100), Tatian (110-
                    172); Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (120-202);
                    Clement of Alexandria (150-220); Tertullian
                    (160-230); Origen (186-255); Lactantius (260-
                    330); in addition to: Methodius of Philippi,
                    Minucius Felix, Commodianus, and Ambrose of
                    Milanalso
d. Quotes from the Book of Enoch about angels and demons (for
    an extended list see the Addendum p.7-9)
        1) the Nephilim are the children of angels and women
            - Enoch, Chapter 15 – And go, say to the Watchers of
                heaven, who have sent thee to intercede for them:
                "You should intercede" for men, and not men 3 for
                you: Wherefore have ye left the high, holy, and
                eternal heaven, and lain with women, and defiled
                yourselves with the daughters of men and taken
                to yourselves wives, and done like the children 4
                of earth, and begotten giants (as your) sons? And
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        life, you have defiled yourselves with the blood of
        women, and have begotten (children) with the blood
        of flesh, and, as the children of men, have lusted
        after flesh and blood as those also do who die 5 and
        perish.
    - Enoch, Chapter 19 – 1 And Uriel said to me: 'Here
        shall stand the angels who have connected
        themselves with women,
2) the spirits of the Nephilim will be called demons and
    evil or unclean spirits
    - Enoch, Chapter 10 – 8 And now, the giants, who
        are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be
        called evil spirits upon 9 the earth, and on the
        earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have
        proceeded from their bodies; because they are born
        from men and from the holy Watchers is their
        beginning and primal origin; 10 they shall be evil
        spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be
        called. [As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall
        be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth
        which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall
        be their dwelling.] And the spirits of the giants
        afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work
        destruction on the earth, and cause trouble:
    - Enoch, Chapter 69 – …this is he who showed the
        children of men all the wicked smitings of spirits
        and demons,
3) demons will be worshipped as gods and in the idols of
    pagans
        a) Enoch, Chapter 19 – 1 And Uriel said to me:
             'Here shall stand the angels who have connected
             themselves with women, and their spirits
             assuming many different forms are defiling
             mankind and shall lead them astray into
             sacrificing to demons as gods, (here shall they
             stand,) till the day of the great judgement in 2
             which they shall be judged till they are made an
             end of.
        b) Enoch, Chapter 99 – 7 And again I swear to
             you, ye sinners, that sin is prepared for a day of
             unceasing bloodshed. And they who worship
             stones, and grave images of gold and silver
             and wood (and stone) and clay, and those
             who worship impure spirits and demons, and
             all kinds of idols not according to knowledge,
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2. The Early Church Writers confirm the Book of Enoch (for an extended
    list see the Addendum p.9-13)
                 1) Ignatius (30-107 AD, disciple of John the Apostle) –
                     demons worshipped as Gods
                         - CHAP. II.--IGNATIUS IS CONDEMNED BY
                         TRAJAN. For Trajan…threatening them with
                         persecution unless they should agree to(6) worship
                         daemons, as did all other nations, thus
                         compelled(7) all who were living godly lives either
                         to sacrifice [to idols] or die…Thou art in error when
                         thou callest the daemons of the nations gods.
                 2) Justin Martyr (c. 110-165 AD)
                         – angels had children with women, who are called
                             demons
                             a) "The angels transgressed this appointment
                                 and were captivated by love of women. And
                                 they begat children, who are those called
                                 demons."
                             b) "The poets and mythologists did not know
                                 that it was the [wicked] angels, and those
                                 demons who had been begotten by
                                 them…For they called them by whatever
                                 name each of the angels had given to
                                 himself and to his children."
                         – demons are worshipped as gods by the heathen
                             a) CHAP. V.--CHRISTIANS CHARGED
                                 WITH ATHEISM. – For the truth shall be
                                 spoken; since of old these evil demons,
                                 effecting apparitions of themselves… not
                                 knowing that these were demons, they
                                 called them gods, and gave to each the
                                 name which each of the demons chose for
                                 himself…we not only deny that they who
                                 did such things as these are gods, (2) but
                                 assert that they are wicked and impious
                                 demons
                             b) CHAP. IX.--FOLLY OF IDOL, WORSHIP.
                                 And neither do we honour with many
                                 sacrifices and garlands of flowers such
                                 deities as men have formed and set in
                                 shrines and called gods… but have the
                                 names and forms of those wicked demons
                                 which have appeared.
                         – the demons that Jesus (and his disciples) cast out
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            a) CHAP. LXXVI.--FROM OTHER
                PASSAGES THE SAME MAJESTY AND
                GOVERNMENT OF CHRIST ARE
                PROVED. And now we, who believe on our
                Lord Jesus, who was crucified under Pontius
                Pilate, when we exorcise all demons and
                evil spirits, have them subjected to us.
3) Ireneaus (120-202 AD, disciple of Polycarp, the disciple
    of John the Apostle) –
        – demons are the children of angels and women
                a) CHAP. VI. --THE ANGELS AND THE
                    CREATOR OF THE WORLD COULD
                    NOT HAVE BEEN IGNORANT OF
                    THE SUPREME GOD. By calling upon
                    Him, even before the coming of our
                    Lord, men were saved both from most
                    wicked spirits, and from all kinds of
                    demons, and from every sort of apostate
                    power. This was the case, not as if
                    earthly spirits or demons had seen
                    Him, but because they knew of the
                    existence of Him who is God over all, at
                    whose invocation they trembled, as there
                    does tremble every creature, and
                    principality, and power, and every being
                    endowed with energy under His
                    government.
        – demons are worshipped by the heathen as gods
                a) CHAP. XII. --DOCTRINE OF THE
                    REST OF THE APOSTLES For, as they
                    did not speak to the Gentiles in
                    compliance with their notions, but told
                    them with boldness that their gods were
                    no gods, but the idols of demons;
        – The demons are NOT angels, but are
        distinguished from them
                a) CHAP. VI.--EXPLANATION OF THE
                    WORDS OF CHRIST, "NO MAN
                    KNOWETH THE FATHER, BUT THE
                    SON," ETC.; WHICH WORDS THE
                    HERETICS MISINTERPRET. pROOF
                    THAT, BY THE FATHER
                    REVEALING THE SON, AND BY
                    THE SON BEING REVEALED, THE
                    FATHER WAS NEVER UNKNOWN.
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                   that He was very man, and that He was
                   very God, from the Father, from the
                   Spirit, from angels, from the creation
                   itself, from men, from apostate spirits
                   and demons, from the enemy, and last
                   of all, from death itself.
4) Tertullian (approx. 197 AD)
        – demons are the children of angels and women
                a) "Furthermore, we are instructed by our
                   sacred books how from certain angels,
                   who fell of their own free will, there
                   sprang a more wicked demon brood,
                   condemned of God along with the
                   authors of their race…Their great
                   business is the ruin of mankind. So, from
                   the start, spiritual wickedness sought our
                   destruction.
        – demons are responsible for sickness, disease, and
        disability
                a) Accordingly, they inflict upon our
                   bodies diseases and other grievous
                   calamities. And by violent assaults,
                   they hurry the soul into sudden and
                   extraordinary excesses…By an influence
                   equally obscure, demons and angels
                   breath into the soul, and rouse up its
                   corruptions with furious passions and
                   vile excesses."
5) Athenagoras (approximately 175 AD) – demons are the
    children of angels and women
                a) "These angels, then, who have fallen
                   from heaven, and haunt the air and the
                   earth, and are no longer able to rise to
                   heavenly things, and the souls of the
                   giants, who are the demons who wander
                   about the world, perform similar
                   actions."
6) Commodianus (approx. 240 AD) – demons are the
    children of angels and women and are worshipped as
    gods by the heathen
                a) "From the seed [of the fallen angels
                   and women], giants are said to have
                   been born. By them, arts were made
                   known in the earth. They taught the
                   dyeing of wool and everything that is
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                                          images to them. Yet, because they were
                                          of an evil seed, the Almighty did not
                                          approve of their being brought back
                                          from death when they had died. For that
                                          reason, they wander and they now
                                          subvert many bodies. And it is these
                                          whom you [pagans] presently worship
                                          and pray to as gods."
       2. CONCLUSIONS:
                   1) The Old Testament records that:
                       - before the Flood some of the angels came down from
                           heaven and had children by the daughters of men
                       - These children of angels and men were called Nephilim
                   2) The Ancient Judeo-Christian understanding – Non-
                       canonical (orthodox) texts from before and after the New
                       Testament explain that:
                                a) the Nephilim would die and that their spirits
                                    would remain on the earth and would be called
                                    evil spirits and/or demons
                                b) These spirits of the Nephilim would be
                                    worshipped as gods by the heathen
                                c) Demons ARE NOT angels, demons are the
                                    offspring of angels and women – In both the
                                    Genesis account and in non-canonical orthodox
                                    writings the (spirits of the) Nephilim are
                                    distinguished from the angels
D. The New Testament
       1. words and definitions (see definitions section at the end of the study)
              a. angel – aggelos (32)
              b. demons (NIV, etc.) or devils (KJV) – daimonion (1140) (occurs
                   60 times) or daimon (1142) (occurs 3 times)
              c. unclean spirit – akathartos (169) pneuma (4151)
              d. devil – diabolos (1228)
              e. satan – satanas (4567)
       2. Synonymous Usage
              a. references to demons
                       1) daimonion (1140), daimon (1142), and daimonizomai
                           (1139) are related Greek terms and are used
                           interchangeably in the NT
                       2) all of these words are used to refer to demons (or
                           demonic activity)
                                - Matthew 8:31 (at the Gergesenes) the devils
                                    (1142) petition Jesus to let them enter the pigs
                                - Mark 5:12 the devils (1142) petition Jesus to enter
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                         - Luke 8:27 at Gadarenes (near Galilee), a man
                             which had devils (1140) a long time (naked, and
                             dwelled in the tombs) (v. 29 the devil is referred
                             to as an unclean 169 spirit 4151 and the man is
                             said to be driven by the devil 1142, diamon into
                             the wilderness, v.31 they petition Jesus not to
                             send them to the abyss 12)
        b. demons and unclean spirits are used interchangeably in the NT
                - Matthew 7:26-30, Matthew 8:16 (1139), Matthew 10:8,
                    Luke 4:33-41, Luke 8:2, Luke 8:29 (1142), Luke 9:42,
                    1 Timothy 4:1, Revelation 8:29, Revelation 16:13-14,
                    Revelation 18:2 (1142)
        c. satanas and diabolos are used interchangeably in the NT
                1) Jesus’ is tempted – Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:13, Luke
                    4:2-13
                2) Parable of the sower – Mark 4:15, Luke 8:12
                3) Judas’ betrayal of Jesus – Luke 22:3, John 12:2, John
                    13:27
                4) The dragon – Revelation 12:9, 12, Revelation 20:2, 7, 9
        d. the Devil is an angel – (satanas and diabolos are included among
            the angels in the Bible)
                    1) Job 1:6, Job 2:1, Ezekiel 28:14
                    2) Matthew 25:41, 2 Corinthians 11:14, Revelation 12:9
        e. demons are under the authority of the Devil - Matthew 12:24-27,
            Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15-19
3. Distinction of spirit beings in the NT
        a. usage of terms for demons
                1) Daimonion – occurs 60 times 52 of which are the
                    Gospels, 52 times are references to demonic possession
                    and casting out demons
                2) Daimon – occurs 5 times, 3 of which are in the Gospels,
                    3 of which refer to Jesus casting out demons
                3) Daimonizomai – occurs 13 times, all of which are in the
                    gospels and deal with demonic possession and casting
                    out demons
        b. references to angels
                1) the Bible distinguishes between holy and fallen angels
                    referring to fallen angels as angels, NOT as demons
                                 - Matthew 13:41, 16:27, 22:30, 24:36,
                                     25:31, 25:41 (evil), Mark 8:38, 13:27,
                                     Luke 9:26, 12:8, 15:10, John 1:51, Acts
                                     10:3, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, 1 Timothy
                                     5:21*, 2 Peter 2:4 (evil), Jude 1:6 (evil),
                                     Revelation 3:5, Revelation 9:11, 14,
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                        2) angels are NEVER referred to AS demons or unclean
                             spirits in the Bible, but are always referred to as angels
                        3) demons are under the authority of the Devil, but the
                             Devil and his angles are NEVER referred to in the NT
                             as demons or unclean spirits – (Matthew 12:24-27,
                             Mark 3:22, Luke 11:15-19)
       4. Scripture upholds and refers to the views expressed in the non-canonical
           orthodox works (the Book of Enoch and the writings of the early
           church) confirming that these views were the historical Christian
           perspective on these matters
               a. Records that there were angels who had children with women –
                   1) Genesis 6:1-4
                   2) Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who
                        were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly
                        men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and
                        denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 I
                        will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once
                        knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out
                        of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that
                        believed not. 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. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the
                        cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over
                        to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth
                        for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8
                        Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh,
                        despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities.
                   3) 2 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;
               b. distinction between angels and spirits among the Jewish
                   leadership – Acts 23:8-9
E. The word “demon”
       1) Webster’s Dictionary, tenth edition records that the English word
           “demon” originates from the Greek word daimon
                   - Demon or daemon /de’mon/ n [ME demon, fr. LL & L
                        daemon evil spirit, fr. L, divinity, spirit, fr. Gk daimon,
                        prob. fr. daiesthai to distribute – more at TIDE] )13c) 1a:
                        an evil spirit b: a source or agent of evil, harm, distress, or
                        ruin 2 usu daemon: an attendant power or spirit: GENUS 3
                        usu daemon: a supernatural being of Greek mythology
                        intermediate between gods and men 4: one that has
                        exceptional enthusiasm, drive, or effectiveness )a ~ for
                        work) – demonian /di mo’ne-en/ adj. demonization /de
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             2) This Greek word is the same as or is derived from the Greek words
                 used in the NT –
                          - (1140) daimonion {dahee-mon'-ee-on}
                              neuter of a derivative of 1142
                              TDNT - 2:1,137 n n
                              AV - devil 59, god 1; 60
                              1) the divine power, deity, divinity
                              2) a spirit, a being inferior to God, superior to men
                              3) evil spirits or the messengers and ministers of the devil
                          - (1142) daimon {dah'-ee-mown}
                              TDNT - 2:1,137 from daio (to distribute fortunes)
                              n m/f
                              AV - devils 4, devil 1; 5
                              1) a god, a goddess
                              a) an inferior deity, whether good or bad
                              2) in the NT, an evil spirit
                          - (1139) daimonizomai {dahee-mon-id'-zom-ahee}ference
                              TDNT - 2:19,137 middle voice from 1142 v
                              1) to be under the power of a demon.
       F. CONCLUSIONS:
             1. before the flood some angels came down from heaven and sinned by
                 having children with women.
             2. these children were called the Nephilim
             3. after the Nephilim died their spirits remained on earth and they were
                 known as demons or evil or unclean spirits
             4. these demons ARE NOT angels, but were the children of angels and
                 women
             5. The Bible as well as ancient Judeo-Christian, orthodoxy viewed angels
                 and demons as distinctly different types of spiritual beings
             6. the Bible does NOT use the term demon to refer to fallen angels,
                 therefore it is incorrect to hold that demons ARE fallen angels.


IV. STUDY CONCLUSIONS
      A. Demons and unclean spirits
            1. Demons (1140) are the same as unclean (169) (or evil) spirits (4151)
            2. Demonic possession entails:
                      1. a demon(s) dwelling inside a human body, resulting in:
                                  a. physical sickness, disease, or disability
                                  b. the replacement of the human spirit by the
                                      demonic spirit as the operator of the body
                                  c. some clear, outward, physical manifestation
                                      demonstrating the demonic possession of the
                                      person
                      2. There are NO cases of demonic possession in the Bible in
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                             a. the possession is undetectable (or without outward
                                 manifestation) or explicable by other means
                             b. OR in which the possessed person is not suffering
                                 from some (chronic or prolonged) physical
                                 affliction or in which the demon spirit operates the
                                 human body in place of the human spirit
                             c. in which demons are given credit for bad or
                                 ungodly attitudes, behaviors, or habits instead
                                 humans are credited as being responsible for such
                                 things (James 1:14, Romans 1-2) – although as the
                                 devil tempted Jesus, these adversaries may be
                                 involved in attempting to tempt humans into
                                 engaging in sinful behavior, but it is our choice
                                 whether or not to actually commit sin
            3. All instances of demons affecting persons occur BEFORE their
                conversion experience, BEFORE their coming to Christ, the Bible
                DOES NOT support the idea that Christians are or can be affected
                by demonic activity or possessed by demons
            4. The case of Saul is a single and unique circumstance, which cannot
                be used to form general rules about demonic activity on a universal
                scale
            5. Demons can be involved in the physical sickness and/or disabilities
                of man, though there is no Biblical reason to state that this is
                always the case since sickness can also be caused by: (borrowed
                from Charismatic Study)
                     a. Sickness is sometimes sent specifically by God (through his
                         angels)
                     b. Sickness in general is a result of the curse on all mankind.
                     c. Sickness sometimes caused by human sin/behavior
B. Spiritual Warfare
        1. Spiritual Warfare is a mental battle, an ideological war NOT
                - a sword fight with fallen angels or demons in some spiritual
                     realm
                - binding and loosing angelic powers in prayer
                - casting demons out of people
        2. The Devil and the angelic adversaries attack our minds and our
            understanding with false ideas and attempt to deceive us and lead us
            astray
        3. The problem, what we seek to avoid and resist, is the carnal mind,
            carnal thinking
                a. which is ideas, notions, beliefs, which are not in line with the
                     Word of God, which do not submit to the truth of the scriptures
                b. which is ignorance on the part of the individual of the Bible and
                     what it says – a lack of Biblical knowledge understanding and
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        c. which is worldly thinking and an ungodly worldview – worldly
             or human wisdom
        d. which is being tossed about by every new wave of teaching, not
             being able to distinguish between true, sound doctrine and
             heresy (the doctrines of devils), not holding to the historic
             Christian faith as handed down from the earliest times
        e. which is not being able to distinguish the difference between
             good and evil, right and wrong
4. We must resist the carnal mind by renewing our mind in the Word of
    God
        a) by learning godly wisdom
        b) by seeking knowledge of God
        c) by increasing our understanding of God’s Will and God’s
             Word
        d) by studying the Bible and learning sound doctrine
        e) by making our thoughts accountable to the Word
        f) by aligning ourselves and our worldview with the Bible
        g) learning to distinguish between right and wrong, evil and good
        h) examining doctrine and trying the spirits
5. How we engage spiritual warfare
        a) by defending and contending for the faith with those who
             oppose it
        b) by refuting and rebuking those who oppose correct doctrine
             and sound doctrine
        c) renewing our own minds and making our thinking align with
             God’s Word
6. The armor of God IS NOT actual prayer clothing that we wear on our
    spirits in spiritual realms when we pray, but is meant metaphorically to
    instruct and remind the church how to avoid the being deceived by the
    enemy, we defeat the plans of our adversary by:
        a) walk uprightly, in integrity
        b) remembering the hope of our calling as we face adversity in
             this life
        c) being well studied in the Word and able to handle it well
        d) always being ready and prepared in the Word, to give an
             answer, and to proclaim the gospel when at every opportunity
             (Ephesians 5:16-17, 2 Timothy4:2, 1 Peter 3:21)
        e) being strong and secure in the faith (through the Word) so we
             won’t be fooled or deceived
        f) to be prepared for the tribulation, the coming of the Lord, and
             the kingdom of God
7. Casting out demons IS NOT a part of spiritual warfare
    - NOTE: while there are many (over 60) mentions of humans being
        possessed by demons/unclean spirits, there are only two humans
        who will ever be possessed by an angel, Judas and the Antichrist
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                whom are possessed by the same angel, Abaddon, the destroyer.
                We do not have any information from the Bible that any other
                angel can or does possess any other man. We cannot say that fallen
                angels possess humans outside of these two cases by this one
                angel. (*a third possible case would include the False Prophet by
                the Devil himself)
        8. The authority to bind and loose is about excommunication and
            forgiveness and NOT spiritual warfare
        9. We DO NOT bind and loose angels as a part of spiritual warfare
        10. Spiritual warfare is NOT exclusively prayer, prayer may be seen as a
            part of spiritual warfare, but…
                     a) most of the Biblical portrayal of the spiritual warfare in
                          which believers are involved deals with:
                                 1) studying and learning the Word and doctrine
                                 2) refuting those who oppose unsound doctrine
                                 3) disciplining our minds and behavior to conform
                                     to the Word and Will of God
                                 4) defending the faith (apologetics)
C. Spiritual Beings in the Bible
        1. There are four types of spiritual beings:
                1) God
                2) angels
                3) man
                4) demons (the evil or unclean spirits of the Nephilim, the children
                     of angels and women)
        2. The Bible as well as the non-canonical, orthodox writings, which
            proceed and follow the New Testament period confirm that the Jews
            and early Christians understood and taught the following:
                a. the Nephilim were the offspring of angels and women recorded
                     in Genesis 6:1
                b. after their physical death the spirits of the Nephilim would roam
                     the earth not being allowed into heaven
                c. the spirits of the Nephilim are referred to as unclean (evil) spirits
                     or demons
                d. it is these demons that pagan cultures worship with idols and,
                     which pagan mythology describes (Genesis 6:4)
                e. demons are a particular category of spiritual being distinct from
                     angels and from men (and of course from God)
                f. fallen angels ARE NOT demons, demons ARE NOT fallen
                     angels – fallen, wicked angels are referred to in the Bible as
                     angels NOT as demons
                g. these demons can cause human sickness and disability
        3. Jesus’ disciples were given authority over demons in Jesus’ name
        4. We DO NOT see Christians given authority over angels (at least not in
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       a. Romans 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under
           your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with
           you. Amen.
       b. Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent,
           which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
           3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set
           a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till
           the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be
           loosed a little season.
       c. Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the
           devil he disputed about the body of Moses, darest not bring
           against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke
           thee.
       d. Hebrews 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his
           feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left
           nothing [that is] not put under him. But now we see not yet all
           things put under him.
5. Taking authority over angles is NOT a part of spiritual warfare or
    prayer




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