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Researching Demonology

I have spent over 40 years in the research, study, and facilitating learning experiences of what the Bible teaches regarding various metaphysical, and paranormal  phenomena

It is my opinion, as well as others, that  Revelation 12:9 is the clearest scripture on the identity of demons,

“The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”

In brief what I have learned and come to believe is:
  • Satan’s fall from heaven is symbolically described in Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-15. Revelation 12:4 seems to indicate that Satan took one-third of the angels with him when he sinned.Jude 6 mentions angels who sinned. The Bible indicates that the demons are fallen angels who, along with Satan, rebelled against God.
  • Satan and his demons now look to destroy and deceive all those who follow and worship God (1 Peter 5:8; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
  • The demons are described as evil spirits (Matthew 10:1), unclean spirits (Mark 1:27), and angels of Satan (Revelation 12:9).
  • Satan and his demons deceive the world (2 Corinthians 4:4), attack Christians (2 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Peter 5:8), and combat the holy angels (Revelation 12:4-9).
  • Demons are spiritual beings, but they can appear in physical forms (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). The demons/fallen angels are enemies of God, but they are defeated enemies. Greater is He who is in us, than those who are in the world (1 John 4:4).
I had a Seminary Professor Dr. David Fletcher who taught me World Religions, Cults and the Occult who directed us in his classes that for every hour of study and research in these areas, spend seven times that amount in the study of those scriptures that worshiped and praised and glorified  God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 

      With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart,
    that I might not sin against you.Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes!
Psalm 119:10-12


Suggested Reading:

 Angels: Elect & Evil by C. Fred Dickason
Larson's Book of Cults by Bob Larson
Handbook of Today's Religions by Josh McDowell & Don Stewart


Chaplain William 
WilliamC WilliamC 61-65, M 5 Responses Mar 24, 2012

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You truly are wise! if I may, I would like to ask what knowledge you have on Enochian Entities. My references say these entities are Angels while others are saying they are demons. I don't want to delve into a subject that I don't understand fully though it is very interesting to me. if you could please assist me with acquiring a deeper understanding of these beings I would be very appreciative. Thank you.

I will admit I am not an expert on the topic of "Enochian Entities". From my cursory reading regarding of Enochian Angels are thought to have an ancient energy surrounding them that puts individuals into a "unique frame of mind". Supposedly they have raw, earthen energy around them... they make you envision civilizations of warriors, princesses and mystic type beasts. Their power is said to be tangible if you are in their presence. If someone is into fantasy-filled visions then an Enochian Angel seems to fit in with this type of being. There are said to be many different Enochian Angels each with their own abilities and personalities.

For instance it is believed to be that the Enochian Angel Ophaniel, the ruler of the moon has energy with psychic power, inner-strength, and magic. He is an introspective energy that somehow assists you in growth of self, self-power and self-confidence. That being said I prefer to refer to what the Bible teaches regarding angels.

Angels fall into two categories: the “unfallen” angels and the fallen angels. Unfallen angels are those who have remained holy throughout their existence and accordingly are called “holy angels” (Matthew 25:31). In Scripture, generally when angels are mentioned, it is the class of holy angels in view. By contrast, the fallen angels are those who have not maintained their holiness. Holy angels fall into special classes, and certain individuals are named and mentioned. Michael the archangel is likely the head of all the holy angels, and his name means “who is like unto God?” (Daniel 10:21; 12:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 9; Revelation 12:7-10). Gabriel is one of the principal messengers of God, his name meaning “hero of God,” and was entrusted with important messages such as those delivered to Daniel (Daniel 8:16; 9:21), to Zacharias (Luke 1:18-19), and to Mary (Luke 1:26-38).

Most holy angels are not given names but are described only as “elect angels” (1 Timothy 5:21). The expressions “principalities” and “powers” seem to be used of all angels whether fallen or holy (Luke 21:26; Romans 8:38; Ephesians 1:21; 3:10; Colossians 1:16; 2:10, 15; 1 Peter 3:22). Some angels are designated as “cherubim,” which are living creatures who defend God’s holiness from any defilement of sin (Genesis 3:24; Exodus 25: 18, 20; Ezekiel 1:1-18). “Seraphim” are another class of angels mentioned only once in Scripture in Isaiah 6:2-7 and are described as having three pairs of wings. They apparently have the function of praising God, being God’s messengers to Earth, and are especially concerned with the holiness of God. Most of the references to holy angels in Scripture refer to their ministries which cover a wide field of achievement. They were present at creation, the giving of the Law, at the birth of Christ and at His resurrection, at the Ascension, and they will be present at the Second Coming of Jesus the Christ.

In stark contrast to the company of holy angels, the fallen angels are also innumerable and are described as fallen from their first estate. Led by Satan, who was originally a holy angel, the fallen angels defected, rebelled against God, and became sinful in their nature and work. Fallen angels have been divided into two classes: those who are free and those who are bound. Of the fallen angels, Satan alone is given particular mention in the Bible. When Satan fell (John 8:44; Luke 10:18), he drew after him one third of the angels. Of those, some are reserved in chains awaiting judgment (1 Corinthians 6:3; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6), and the remainder are free and are the demons, or devils, to whom reference is constantly made throughout the New Testament (Mark 5:9, 15; Luke 8:30, 1 Timothy 4:1). They are Satan’s servants in all his undertakings and share his doom (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).

My focus is on Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit, first. Our LORD will guide me and use various means to minister, teach, and protect using what or whom He chooses, I have indeed experienced, "to not neglect to show kindness to strangers; for, in this way, some, without knowing it, have had angels as their guests." (Hebrews 13:2).

Grace and Peace to you.

thank you so much for your wisdom! that will really jump start my studies and help me get going in the right direction

What are your thoughts on Nephilim and where do they fit in?

The word "Nephilim" means "fallen ones, giants" and is used in Genesis 6:1-4 to describe the offspring of a sexual union between "the sons of God" and "the daughters of men." This shocking but brief account is so supernatural and strange that people have debated the meaning of the words "sons of God" for years. While elsewhere in the Bible that phrase is used to describe angels, some people have postulated that "sons of God" were from the line of Abel, while the "daughters of men" were the offspring of Cain. This postulation is not supported with Scripture, and so it is wisest to assume that the phrase "sons of God" does indeed mean "angels."

Although strange, this scenario is not impossible and is supported by a passage in Jude which refers to the fallen angels (demons) who left their proper place and, like those in Sodom and Gomorrah, pursued unnatural sexual relations. The union of the angelic beings with humans would definitely fall into the category of "unnatural" and it is likely that these are the demons being referred to in Jude.

This unnatural sexual union apparently somehow produced strange offspring, which were described as "heroes of old, men of renown" (Genesis 6:4 NIV). These heroes of old were also called "Nephilim." This name, plus other biblical stories about giants such as Goliath, suggests that these were a race of both very large and very strong men. Hebraic legends in the Book of Enoch and other extra-biblical texts also talk about the Nephilim as a race of giants who were able to do amazing things, but also performed acts of great evil. Their strength and size were most likely the product of demon "DNA" combined with human genes.

What was the motive for creating the Nephilim? The Bible does not tell us. We may speculate that the demons were attempting to pollute or destroy the blood line that would produce the Messiah, Jesus Christ, in order to thwart God's plan for the salvation of humanity. The prophecy is that the Messiah would crush the serpent's head (Genesis 3:15), so it is possible they were also trying to prevent this.

It is also possible that the Nephilim were one of the main reasons for the flood of Noah's time. Just after the Genesis passage about the Nephilim, we find the story of Noah's ark and the flood that destroyed every living thing except those on the ark. God's Word says of the pre-flood earth, "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, 'I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them'" (Genesis 6:5-7). This would have killed everything on the earth, including the Nephilim, leaving only the unpolluted blood carried by Noah and his offspring (Genesis 6:11-22).

However, we do know that there were Nephilim on the earth also after the flood, as Genesis 6:4 says, "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward." Therefore, we must assume that the demons committed their sin again, sometime after the flood. Apparently it was to a much lesser extent, perhaps (it is theorized) localized in the region of Canaan. When the Israelites went to spy on the land of Canaan, the spies reported back to Moses and the others: "And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them" (Numbers 13:33).

It is possible that the spies saw very large people in the land of Canaan and supposed them to be Nephilim, or it is possible that they actually were Nephilim – a new group, created after the flood. Whichever it was, these "giants" were destroyed by the Israelites, with God's help, during their invasion of Canaan (Joshua 11:21-22) and also later (Deuteronomy 3:11; 1 Samuel 17).

Is there anything that prevents demons from making more Nephilim today? From the passage in Jude, we can assume that the angels who committed this sin originally are currently being held in the abyss. Jude verse 6 tells us, "And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day." Not all demons are in this "prison" but only the ones who mated with human females. Assumedly, this was a group that went beyond the others in their commitment to evil. It does not necessarily mean that others could now follow suit, but as with all things, it would have to be allowed by God, and part of the ultimate plan to redeem humanity and glorify Himself.

I hope this helps some thanks for asking.

Thanks!

Since you seem to know your stuff, I like to talk to you about an incident that occurs alot. If you like. I have talked to several people and all their opinions so different.

Okay feel free to share your incident.

I began my studies and research in 1972, at the age of of 20 while in the US Army,serving in the Southeast Asia. Later in college, seminary, and teaching to small and large groups in churches, communities, and at times corporation, who were needing assistance with their conflict with the occult. If this is your calling then do please follow the wise words of my mentor "for every hour of study and research in World Religions and Cults spend seven times that amount in the study of those sc<x>riptures, that teach us worship and praise and glory to the true God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who created all that is, sustains all that there is, and is redeeming all that there is. Grace and Peace, Kindness and Mercy Chaplain William

wow...40 years...thats a lot of research when did you start? iv been reasearching<br />
for the past year and a half. im a paranormal investagator and i feel it absolutly nessisary to learn demonolgy...i have noticed demon activity has increased in the recent years. i feel that one should be prepared to fight against what is comeing.

I too have noted both fascination with and increased activity with paranormal, as we fight against this we can not do so without the amour of GOD in our camp. "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.…Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;…" (Ephesians 6) Grace and Peace to you.