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This section of Spiritual Warfare outlines what the Bible teaches about Satan and evil spirits - their characteristics and powers.

This section of Spiritual Warfare outlines what the Bible teaches about Satan and evil spirits - their characteristics and powers.

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  • 1. Spiritual Warfare Robert D. Patton Missionary to Suriname Baptist World Mission
  • 2. BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW We need to know what the Bible teaches about Satan and demons
  • 3. Biblical worldview  Only one God - not polytheism.  However, this God is active in His creation  There are angels, one of which is the fallen angel satan.  God had created many types of angels  The arrangement was “good” as was all creation  But satan came in rebellion and was joined by many other angels in actively opposing God
  • 4. All power is of God  Ultimately all power is from God.  We can use or abuse this power.  We must avoid syncretism - which is intellectually stating one thing, but working in another fashion
  • 5. Satan’s goal  Satan’s goal - to deprive God of His glory, and get that glory for himself  In the Old Testament, Israel was to live in such a way as to bring God glory  Our goal as believers: I Cor. 10: [31] Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.  When we fail to do so, we please satan and deprive God of His glory.
  • 6. Remember:  Isaiah 42: [8] I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.  Isaiah 48: [11] For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.
  • 7. Faulty beliefs about demons  Demons used to be active when Christ was on earth, but no longer -  Not so - New Age and the occult are prominent today  Even in the USA, there is active satan worship
  • 8. Faulty beliefs about demons  What used to be called demonic we now call mental illness –  But just sticking a label on it doesn’t explain it.  Remember the limitations of science and a scientific worldview.  Measurable  Repeatable under controlled conditions
  • 9. Faulty beliefs about spiritual sickness which is demonic  Some problems are psychological and others spiritual. The pastor then assumes that he must refer those things that seem to be psychological to the secular psychologist.
  • 10. Faulty beliefs about demons  Christians aren’t subject to demonic activity when we give in to the flesh  Then why all the warnings given to believers in the Bible about being alert, wearing your armor, and resisting the devil?
  • 11. Theological facts  Let’s look at what the Bible states about satan and evil spirits…  Their origin  Their nature  Their power  Their defeat
  • 12. We will begin with angels  Satan is a fallen angel – Lucifer, who was first the anointed cherub  Demons are fallen angels too  So we will begin by looking at some characteristics of all angels. Then we will look specifically at satan and then demons
  • 13. Angels are prominent in the Bible  Old Testament – 104 times  New Testament – 165 times  Mentioned in 34 books of the Bible
  • 14. Angels are created by God  Genesis 1:[1] In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2:[1] Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them  Jn. 1:[3] All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (Speaking of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh)
  • 15. Angels are created by God  Nehemiah 9:[6] Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
  • 16. Angels are created by God  Colossians 1:[16] For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
  • 17. The angels were created, not evolved  Ps. 148:[2] Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.….[5] Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.  We never read that more angels were created; Jesus said they do not reproduce
  • 18. Sons of God  It appears that this term is used of angels both in the time of Noah, and also in Job. We believe this means a direct creation. We are also a direct creation by the new birth – we are also sons of God
  • 19. Angels created before the earth  Job 38:[1] Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,…[4] Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding….[7] When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
  • 20. Angels are to worship Jesus  Heb. 1:[6] And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. [7] And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire
  • 21. Angels are spirit beings  Heb 1: [7] And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire  Lk 24: [37] But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit…[39] Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.
  • 22. Angels characteristics  They ate food with Abraham, with Lot  They can use physical force, as when they woke up Peter  They are usually invisible, but can be visible – as the times that they went to Abraham and Lot, as well as the times that John saw them in Revelation
  • 23. Angels are superior to man at this time  Psalm 8:[4] What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?[5] For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
  • 24. Angels are stronger than man  Psalm 103:[20] Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.  II Thess. 1:[7] And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
  • 25. Angels are swifter and smarter than man  Daniel 9:[21] Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.[22] And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
  • 26. See this description  Rev. 10[1] And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:[2] And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, [3] And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
  • 27. Sorts of angels  Archangels – two – Michael and Gabriel  Cherubim – we find them guarding the tree of life, and also above the ark of the covenant  4 faces – ox, lion, man, eagle,  2 pr. wings – one to fly, one covering body  Legs like man; feet like calves hooves  4 hands under the wings  Travel in groups of 4 in quadrangle
  • 28. Other sorts include  Serafim – 6 wings; praise the holiness of God  4 living creatures – each with a face like one of the 4 in the cherub; a body full of eyes,  Various levels of angels  Satan was the anointed (chief) cherub
  • 29. Artist rendering Abraham & his visitors
  • 30. Artist rendering Abraham & his visitors
  • 31. Peter freed from Prison
  • 32. Picture – Michael the archangel – 17th century
  • 33. The number is beyond counting  Rev. 5: [11] And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
  • 34. The number is beyond counting  Daniel 7: [9] I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.[10] A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
  • 35. Satan is a real person  He is mentioned in 7 Old Testament books and 19 New Testament books  He is mentioned specifically by the Lord Jesus Christ  He has the character of persons  Emotions  Will  Teaching, organizing….
  • 36. The origin of the devil  Ezekiel 28:12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the barbuncle, and gold;  Who was in Eden? Adam, Eve, God & satan
  • 37. Gore depiction of satan in Paradise Lost
  • 38. Another depiction of Lucifer, now fallen
  • 39. Lucifer yielding to Michael
  • 40. The origin of the devil…  Ezekiel 28:13b the workmanship of thy tabrets and of they pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so; thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  He was an instrument – a sort of pipe organ  He was a very high angel – a cherub, whose 4 faces & glory speak of the Lord Jesus Christ, and whose job is to protect the holiness of God Himself!
  • 41. The origin of satan  Ezekiel 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, until iniquity was found in thee. 16 By the multitude of thy merchandise, they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned; therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God; and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.  Created without sin, but with a free will to resist God
  • 42. The origin of satan  Ezekiel 28:17. Thy heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted the wisdom by reason of thy brightness; I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.  His problem was pride
  • 43. The origin of satan  Ezekiel 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities of thy traffic; therefore I will bring forth a fire from the midst of thee; it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
  • 44. The problem is pride: I will…  Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13. For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congrega- tion, in the sides of the north,
  • 45. The problem is pride: I will…  Isaiah 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most high (El Elyon) 15. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.  El Elyon – the strength of God, but not His compassion, love, etc.
  • 46. We see the great contrast  Satan – 5 times – I will….  Jesus Christ - 3 times in Gethsemane – not My will but thine… Jesus always did things pleasing to His Father
  • 47. The names of satan include  Satan – the adversary – 52 times  The devil – the slanderer – 35 times  The God of this world: 2 Cor. 4: [4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
  • 48. The names of satan include  He who has the power of death: Hebrews 2: [14] Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
  • 49. The names of satan include  The prince of this world: Jn. 12: [31] Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out.  Lucifer – the one who brings light: 2 Cor 11:[14] And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
  • 50. The names of satan…  The prince of the power of the air: Ephesians 2:[2] Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
  • 51. The names of satan…  The dragon Revelation 12:[7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,  Beelzebub Mt. 12:[24] But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
  • 52. The names of satan…  Belial 2 Corinthians 6:[15] And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  The tempter: Mt. 4:[3] And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
  • 53. The names of satan  The wicked one: Mt. 13:[38] The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;  A roaring lion: I Peter 5:[8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
  • 54. The names of satan: the enemy & Apollyon  The wicked one: Mt. 13:[39] The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.  Apollyon (destroyer) Rev. 9:[11] And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
  • 55. The names of satan  Liar & Murderer: Jn. 8:[44] Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
  • 56. The names of satan  The accuser of the brethren: Revelation 12:[10] And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
  • 57. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own trinity: the devil, antiChrist, and the false prophet:  Revelation 16:[13] And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
  • 58. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own false teachings: I Timothy 4:[1] Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
  • 59. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own church: Revelation 2:[9] I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan….3:[9] Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
  • 60. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own city: Revelation 2:[13] I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
  • 61. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own kingdom: Luke 4:[5] And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.[6] And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.[7] If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
  • 62. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own preachers: 2 Cor. 11:[13] For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.[14] And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.[15] Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
  • 63. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own offerings and fellowship: I Cor. 10:[20] But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
  • 64. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own angels: Revelation 12:[7] And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
  • 65. Satan wants to be like God  He has his own miracles: Mt. 7:[21] Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.[22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
  • 66. How satan works  Satan loves to misuse the Bible  Mt. 4:5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple. 6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee; and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone (but he left out Ps. 91:11b to keep thee in all thy ways)
  • 67. Many false teachings are demonic in origin…  I Tim. 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrine of devils; 2. Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3. Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving; 5. For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
  • 68. Some false doctrines which may be demonic in origin  Baptism removes sin  You can lose your salvation  Tongues is a proof of the Holy Spirit  Sickness is the result of sin and/or lack of belief, etc.
  • 69. How the devil works  He blinds the eyes of the lost so that they don’t see the glory of God:  2 Cor 4:[4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
  • 70. How the devil works  He snatches away the word of God:  Mt. 13:[19] When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
  • 71. How the devil works  He opposes the prayers of the saved: Daniel 10:[11] And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
  • 72. How the devil works  Daniel 10:[12] Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. [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.
  • 73. The devil slanders  Job – that he does not love God, but just the things God gives him. Job 1:[9] Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?[10] Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
  • 74. The devil slanders  Job 1:[11] But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.  Joshua the high priest: Zachariah 3:[1] And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
  • 75. The devil deceives  Peter over Jesus’ death on the cross:  Mt. 16:[22] Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee.[23] But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
  • 76. Satan incited Judas to betray Jesus  Luke 22:[3] Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.  John 13:[27] And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.
  • 77. Satan incited Ananias to lie and David to number Israel  Ananias: Acts 5:[3] But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?  I Chron. 21:[1] And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.
  • 78. The devil works against believers Satan wanted to sift Peter Luke 22:[31] And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
  • 79. Satan sets traps for us  I Tim. 3:7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil  2 Tim. 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will
  • 80. He afflicts believers  Job 2:[7] So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.  2 Cor. 12:[7] And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
  • 81. We can expect the devil to attack the institutions God made  Family: I Cor. 7:3. Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence; and likewise the wife unto the husband. 4. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband; and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 5. Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.
  • 82. We can expect the devil to attack the institutions God made  Church: Acts 20:28. take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feet the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. And of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
  • 83. We can expect the devil to attack the institutions God made  Church: 2 Cor. 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transform-ing themselves in to the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
  • 84. Satan’s locations  First – the covering cherub in heaven  Ezek. 28:[14] Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.[15] Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
  • 85. Satan’s locations  In heaven as God’s enemy: Job 1:[6] Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.[7] And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it
  • 86. Satan’s locations  On earth – not heaven: Rev. 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
  • 87. Satan – the bottomless pit  Rev. 20:[1] And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.[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.
  • 88. Satan back briefly on earth  Rev. 20:[7] And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,[8] And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
  • 89. Satan’s final location – hell  Rev. 20:[9] And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.[10] And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever
  • 90. The devil has many helpers – evil spirits  Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth…  We believe that 1/3 of the angels fell and followed Lucifer in rebellion against God
  • 91. It appears that this was a defining point  As far as we understand, the faithful angels cannot sin from this point on  And the fallen angels cannot help but sin, and cannot be restored. There is no evidence that satan or his fallen angels can repent and return to God
  • 92. Satan expelled from heaven
  • 93. Michael victorious over satan
  • 94. The devil’s angels…  Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels
  • 95. Evil spirits  Are persons  They have a will  They have a name  They can talk  They can act  Usually you don’t see them, but they can make themselves seen
  • 96. Evil Spirits in Revelation  Revelation 9:7 And the shape of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. And they had breastplates as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle…
  • 97. Evil Spirits….  Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.
  • 98. Evil spirits…  Revelation 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone; and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18 By these three were the third part of men killed by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone which issued out of their mouths.
  • 99. Evil Spirits  Revelation 9:19 For their power is in their tails; for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt, 20. And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils (evil spirits), and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood; which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk. 21. Neither repented they of their murders, nor their sorceries, nor their fornication, nor of their thefts.
  • 100. Character of evil spirits  They are spiritual, therefore not usually seen  They are powerful, though they vary in power  They are liars  They are extremely clever
  • 101. What do evil spirits do?  They can cause sicknesses  Blindness  Deafness  Seizures  Paralysis  Often they make a person unconscious  They often take over the power of speech
  • 102. Evil spirits  Mk. 9:[17] And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;…[20] And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
  • 103. Evil spirits  Lk. 8:[29] (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
  • 104. Evil spirits  Luke 13:[11] And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
  • 105. Evil spirits  [16] And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:[18] And this did she many days….But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
  • 106. What do evil spirits do?  They may kill the individual  They can place thoughts in your head  They give false teachings – probably many cults have this as one basis  They know that they are doomed to hell, but apparently are unable to repent  They hate humans, especially believers  They prefer to inhabit bodies, people or animals – Legion and the pigs
  • 107. Jesus had many conflicts with evil spirits  His presence seemed to bring them out.  They had to flee at His command:  Mk. 1:[23] And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,[24] Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
  • 108. Jesus had many conflicts with evil spirits  Mk. 1:[25] And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.[26] And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. [27] And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? what new doctrine is this? for with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.
  • 109. Jesus had many conflicts with evil spirits  They recognize the difference in authority of spiritual believers. Acts 19:15 Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 19. And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped upon them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
  • 110. Evil spirits are well organized  Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in the world which is to come.
  • 111. Some evil spirits are apparently evil rulers over countries  Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 12. 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…
  • 112. How do we open the door to evil spirits?  Remember that we have three great enemies of the spiritual life:  Our old nature  The world system under the devil  The devil himself
  • 113. Temptation and the flesh  James 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man; 14. But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.