Scriptural Proof that Evil Spirits are Fallen Angels
By Patricia Backora, author of the book
Tough Love in Christ's Millennium
Which you can order online from: http://www.kingdomageministry.com
One theory holds that all fallen angels except satan have been chained up in the Bottomless Pit and that the evil spirits causing trouble in the earth today are lesser entities which can best be described as vapors. The most dangerous part of this theology is the assertion that "we shouldn't worry so much about the devil because satan no longer has any demons to help him, because they're all chained up." But is that true? Are they ALL chained up and inactive today? In this study I show why I believe fallen angels are still causing trouble in the earth today, and why I think the evil spirits Jesus cast out of the possessed were fallen angels with conscious existence.
Our primary foe is satan, the devil (I Peter 5:8). His original name was Lucifer, son of the morning (Isaiah 14:12-14). Originally created as a holy angel, Lucifer grew proud of his own beauty and rebelled against God. By interpreting the word "stars" as "angels" some scholars believe that up to a third of the angelic kingdom followed satan into rebellion to try to seize God's throne (Rev. 12:3-4). In Revelation 12:7-9 Michael the Archangel casts satan out of the heavenlies. During the Tribulation Period, fallen angels will have no further access to heavenly places. Life on earth will be absolutely horrible because all those demons will be confined to the earth and will continue their rebellious activities against God on this planet. They won't be held under house arrest on Jupiter, Saturn, or Mars. They will all be right here! God grant that we are all ready to leave when Jesus calls us up in the Rapture. What darkness will fill the earth afterward because of the activities of those fallen angels!
Matt. 8:28-32 In this passage Jesus confronts two men who are possessed with devils (plural). Not only does Jesus carry on a short conversation with these evil spirits, but the evil spirits express fear that they will suffer God's judgment prematurely, or "be tormented before the time."
Verse 29: And behold they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? Art thou hither to torment us before the time? (Notice the fact that these were conscious beings who knew that Jesus was the Son of God, while most humans Jesus knew denied His claim to be God's Son). And just knowing that Christ was there filled those spirits with FEAR. A vaprous kind of spiritstuff which has no consciousness would not have the ability to carry on a conversation or fear for its own destruction. If such personality-less spiritual entities really exist, they could be likened to the virus kingdom in the material realm. Viruses puzzle scientists because these destructive life forms grow and replicate without seeming to have other essential attributes of living beings such as consciousness of their own existence, etc.
In Mark 5:1-13 Jesus confronts a man with an unclean spirit. This possessed man lives apart from society and hangs out in a graveyard. He practices self-harming with many tormented souls do even today. In verse 7 the evil spirit begs Jesus not to torment him. The spirit even goes so far as to adjure Jesus by God not to do it. In verse 9 Jesus asks the spirit its name. And it replies: "My name is Legion, for we are many." The story is repeated in Luke 8:26-36.
From reading the story you get the feeling that those spirits are very much afraid of being cast out of the man by Christ. They need somewhere to go, so they beg Jesus to be allowed to go into a herd of swine. Jesus gave them permission to go into the pigs instead, and the animals drowned. Those wicked spirits showed fear and powers of reason by seeing pigs they could go into and they knew Jesus well enough that they knew they had to get His permission first.
In Acts 19:13-16 seven unconverted men tried to take authority over evil spirits in Jesus' Name to cast devils out of a man. But they lived to regret it. The wicked spirit said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye?" Then the wicked spirits viciously attacked the would-be exorcists. Why? Because those devils knew that men who are not in Christ have no right to order them to do anything. Unconverted men do not dwell beneath the protection of the Blood of Jesus. We must not be afraid of our enemy because of the authority we have through our relationship with Christ, but we must also know our enemy well enough to beware of his wiles and walk circumspectly in this world. Courage is bold but it is never reckless. We must not make mountains out of molehills but we must not wear blinders into battle either.
In Daniel Chapter 10 The angel Gabriel appears to Daniel in response to three weeks of prayer and fasting. Why did Daniel have to wait so long to receive his answer from God? Not because Daniel was on God's back burner, but because the Angel Gabriel had to fight against a demonic prince who was doing his worst to hinder Daniel's answer to prayer from getting through. Daniel 10:13: But the prince of the Kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
Verse 20: Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? And now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.
Notice, in the above passages Gabriel's foe is referred to as a "prince". This could not refer to a mere human prince, for Gabriel has had to fight hard to overcome his enemy. One angel can defeat hundreds of thousands of men at a time, and quickly (see II Kings 19:35; Isaiah 37:36). Gabriel's comrade in arms Michael is referred to as a prince, just as Gabriel's foe is called one. Evidently there are princes and various ranks among both good angels and bad angels. No one would say that Michael and Gabriel are mere vapors. They are angelic princes, and on that occasion they were fighting demonic princes who had been assigned by satan to oppress Persia and Grecia. Had the opposition been merely a vapor, Gabriel would not have had to fight for so long, or needed reinforcements.
It is true that certain fallen angels who kept not their first estate have been cast down to chains of darkness (past tense) (see Jude 6). I wonder if these could be the ones who co-habited with women in Genesis 6:1-2, and God bound them to prevent them intermarrying with women again. This particular group may not include ALL the fallen angels, however. Four particularly bad angels are isolated from the rest of the angelic kingdom and are bound in the Euphrates River (Rev. 9:14). They will be loosed to help unleash the horrors of the Tribulation Period.
Are all the fallen angels really chained up at this present time?
Psalms 106:37: They sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils (plural).
I Cor. 10:21: Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils (plural): ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and the table of devils (plural). It stands to reason, that if the devil, satan, is a fallen angel, then all the other devils mentioned as being a present source of temptation are also fallen angels.
Is it possible for a fallen angel to possess a human being? Most undoubtedly, yes. Jesus cast seven devils out of Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2). None other than satan, kingpin of all the devils, possessed Judas Iscariot (Luke 22:3). It wasnít just some airy-fairy fluff that drove Judas and Jesusí cruel enemies to do the wicked things they did.
Who masterminded all the cruelties of Christ's crucifixion? The devil did, but he had help, not only from human instruments, but from the demonic princes of this present evil world. It is error to teach that satan is getting no help from his buddies who rebelled with him against God in the beginning.
I Cor. 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:
Verse 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
Verse 8 WHICH NONE OF THE PRINCES (plural) OF THIS WORLD KNEW: FOR HAD THEY KNOWN IT, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE CRUCIFIED THE LORD OF GLORY. Jesus was nailed to the Cross long after certain fallen angels were chained to the Bottomless Pit.
Had the devil and his evil lieutenants known the reason why Jesus willingly submitted to all the abuse heaped upon him by his executioners, which was to redeem us from satan's power and give us life eternal, those infernal beings of darkness never would have engineered his illegal trial in the Sanhedrin, and they never would have moved human puppets to condemn Him to the Cross of Calvary! The princes of this world Paul writes about in the above passage did not refer to Pilate or Caiphas. Pilate KNEW Jesus was an innocent Man, but crucified him out of fear of a mob uprising. The wicked Jewish religious leaders committed the sin against the Holy Ghost because they KNEW Jesus was who He professed to be, but they blasphemed against the Spirit within Jesus and delivered him out of envy (Matt.27:18). Had these religious experts studied Isaiah 53 more closely, they would have been looking for a Suffering Servant to come to deliver them from sin, not just an all-conquering Messiah Who would come to deliver them from the Romans. Those human leaders could not plead ignorance. The demonic princes who engineered the crimes committed against Jesus were not ignorant of his identity, but they were ignorant of the fact that His love for lost sinners was great enough that He would sacrifice Himself to the death of the cross to redeem us. Being willing to suffer for someone else is so incredible to satan that he never bothered to investigate whether that idea ever occurred to God. The princes of this present evil world did not know about this mysterious wisdom of God which involved bringing forth new life for the redeemed out of the suffering and death of the only sinless One Who ever lived.
Ephesians 6:11: Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (singular).
Verse 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities (a plurality of princes, not vapors), against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world (This is plural, so more than just satan is involved, and if there are other rulers of darkness to contend with, how can a mere vapor hold such status!); against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerers through him that loved us.
Verse 38 For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Verse 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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