Are demons, ghosts, fallen angels, earthbound spirits, elemental spirits, spirit guides all different beings? Scripture shows that they are all one and the same: demons. The bible is ultra clear on this topic! Although angels have many ranks and job descriptions they are still all angels. The Bible tells us all we need to know about demons/fallen angels including how to rid our homes/ourselves of them, and anything outside of what the Bible says is merely speculation. Drawing theory from extrabiblical sources and taking scripture way out of context is deception.
The case is clearly made from Matt 25, Rev 12, and 16 that devils and angels are the same as demons, etc. Many however take, for example, other books such as the book of Enoch and teachings on nephillim, placing them as a template over the bible and thus read all content through an unbiblical lense. To elevate books such as Enoch above scripture is dangerous.
Mark Hunnemann, my friend, Deliverance Minister, author, and frequent radio guest outlines this truth below.
Demons, Fallen Angels, Unclean Spirits and Elemental Spirits by Deliverance Minister, Mark Hunnemann.
”Demons, unclean spirits, fallen angels, and elemental spirits are biblically synonymous. Through a thorough comparing of scripture with scripture, a clear picture emerges. We need to rightly divide all of God’s Word, and how can we fight a foe we are confused about? There is much confusion and error regarding this issue, but the bible allows us to speak with certitude, without being arrogant. Being teachable is a vital aspect of discipleship. Only God’s Word can settle this issue. Nobody, no matter how much experience, is infallible–and our five senses certainly cannot tell us who populates the spirit realm. Just as Satan has several names, so does his subordinates. Jesus disarmed them on the cross”. Col. 2:15 Rev. Mark Hunnemann.”
Please See Mark’s Video Below:
FULL TRANSCRIPT TAKEN FROM VIDEO:
Demons, unclean spirits, and fallen angels are identical in scripture. (elemental spirits too)
I am not dealing with demons per se—their origin, fall, nature, and destiny. I do not like to speak of my demonic experiences..have peered over the rim of hell. One does not battle the demonic without being forever changed.
A debate…a BIG debate rages amongst not only paranormal investigators but also amongst pastors, Christian deliverance ministers, and Christians in general as to the is the identity of demons. In particular, there seems to be widespread confusion due to drawing distinctions between demons, unclean spirits, and fallen angels. Evil spirits, and unclean demons are other terms…principalities and powers.
Whats the big deal? God’s Word mainly and rightly dividing it. But practicaly, is there is difference in how to deal with these entities if they are different, bc they are generally thought to differ in strength and authority. Affects view of spiritual warfare and who we are fighting—multiple foes or one-Satan/demons? If they are different, how can we tell which is which, or can we? Do we need to take ‘extra caution’ with one more than another? Is the name of Jesus authoritative over all 3?
When it comes to demonology or any area, I am willing to admit when I am not sure about something. Just this morning I told a dear friend that I was ‘pretty sure’ what Genesis 6:1ff teaches, but was not absolutely certain. And I think we should be willing to say “I don’t know’ when we don’t know.
However, since the Word of God is Truth, we can have absolute certitude, without being arrogant, when the bible is clear on a matter. And I have studied the above issue enough to see that the bible has enough clarity for me say: “This is the truth. You can accept or reject it, but it is the truth from Gods Word.” Hemming and hawing when the bible is clear is not humility; it is a subtle form of pride. Bowing before God’s absolute sovereign authority as our Lord includes believing what he teaches in His inerrant Word.
Will you change your mind if I can show from God’s Word that the three are synonymous? A soft, teachable heart that is willing to change one’s mind (re non-essentials) is lovely trait, but not especially common, sadly. We have a lot of self-taught bible and theology experts who are causing problems on Facebook and elsewhere.
We should have respect for those teachers/pastor God has placed over us but they are not infallible, and only God can bind your conscience via His Word. Also, just because a person has had a long successful career as a deliverance minister or exorcist does not make their opinions on this matter infallible either. If God waits until we are perfect to use us then He’s never use any of us.
And it is exceedingly foolish and naïve for those in the paranormal community to identify entities according to their appearance because of the Angel of Light principle—2 Cor. 11:14. Using one’s senses to determine the truth regarding this issue is unwise in the extreme. Some folks have a long list of distinct entities that allegedly populate the spirit realm, all based on perception—believing EVP’s ect. Satan and demons are expert liars and deceivers so it is foolish to believe any voices caught via a means condemned by God.
And the alleged distinction between demons, unclean spirits, and fallen angles are often based on the same fallacy of identification via experience or appearance. Is a 8 ft Baphomet looking spirit with long horns and red eyes more wicked and powerful than a little boy spirit? Or a shadow man with a hat, or black eyed kids? The tendency, contrary to Ockhams razor, is to multiply the number of entities in the spirit realm, when the bible clearly teaches that there are only 2 kinds of creatures that populate the spirit realm—good angels and bad angels. Both of which are called multiple names, in order to call attention to their different ranks or to accencuate a particular aspect.
Just as angels, and Jesus Himself have many names, but same Person, so it is with demons. Why distinguish between these 3 entities I’ve mentioned if they can be shown to be the same? As Ockhams Razor suggests, we should prefer the simpler explanation with less variable if it explains the phenomena. And affirming that demons, unclean spirits, and fallen/bad angels are same thing not only does justice to Ockhams razor but more importantly the basic interpretive principle of comparing scripture with scripture.
Scripture alone must be our guide in this debate. And I will use a fair amount in this discussion.
First, let me show that the gospels clearly show that demons and unclean spirits are the same thing. Then we’ll look at fallen angels or devils .
1.They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the
Gerasenes. 2 And when Jesus had stepped out of the boat, immediately
there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit (pneumati
akatharto). 3 vHe lived among the tombs. And no one could bind him
anymore, not even with a chain, 4 for he had often been bound with
shackles and chains, but he wrenched the chains apart, and he broke the
shackles in pieces. No one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and
day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and
cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran
and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said,
“What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure
you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of
the man, you unclean spirit!” (to pneuma to akatharton) 9 And Jesus
asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we
are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the
country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside,
12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter
them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits (ta
pneumata ta akatharta)came out and entered the pigs; and the herd,
numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea
and drowned in the sea.
14 The herdsmen fled and told it in the city and in the country. And
people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to
Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man (daimonizomenon), the one who had
had the legion, sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, and they
were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it described to them what had
happened to the demon-possessed man (daimonizomino) and to the pigs. 17
And they began to beg Jesus4 to depart from their region. 18 As he was
getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons (ho
daimonistheis)begged him that he might be with himIs there a distinction? (notice the clear and natural transition of
terms as the narrative evolves) This one text should resolve the issue
once and for all..
23And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24Immediately the father of the child cried outd and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” (mk 9)
and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18And Jesus rebuked the demon,b and itc came out of him, and the boy was healed instantly. (Matt 17)
24And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon.g And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.
Those are just 2 texts of numerous passages I came across with same phenomenon. And there are several instances where parallel passages in gospels where one writer calls them demons and other unclean spirts.
I have read mumerous articles and books which distinguish between the 3. Usually the bible is used to demonstrate this distinction. Also, one of these beings is said to be stronger than the other. In addition, it is perhaps significant that those who do
distinguish between the two, tend to also believe in some forms of
trapped human spirits…but that is another story.
So what…what is the big deal? As we have noted before, when dealing
with God’s Word, we are ordered by God Himself to be as accurate as
possible in our interpretation of every text.To mis-interpret is sin…a
failure to love God with all of our minds. Second, once you begin
multiplying spirit beings confusion is bound to follow. “Is this house
occupied by a demon/s or by unclean spirit/s?” Confusion from the
outset.(some say that they deal with unclean spirits and demons in the
same manner, but others deal differently—and why not?
Third, once the multiplying of spirit beings is begun, it is easy to
step on the slippery slope of introducing additional beings.(e.g.
purgatorial dead, malevolent dead, elementals, etc) But, most
importantly, we are simply to be consumed with accurate exegesis and
interpretation…handling the precious oracles of God with immense care.
My purpose in this blog is not to analyze the specifics of these texts,
but to ask: does the bible differentiate between unclean spirits and
demons? Are they different or the same? That is the issue before us.
Btw, I chose these passages almost at random…what
you read here is uniform throughout the New Testament, especially the
the Holy Spirit uses demons and unclean spirits as
synonyms. The bible frequently uses multiple terms for the same being
to accent different things. Jesus Himself, had many names/titles but
they all refer to one and same Divine Person, accenting different facets
of His person and work. Satan has multiple names as well, so why all
the fuss about some alleged distinction between unclean spirits and
demons? But I have seen the most outrageous comments in deliverance books which I have quit reading.
If you read the above passages carefully, then it should be obvious that
the various gospel writers used “unclean spirits” and “demons” as
How about fallen or bad angels—or Satans angels?
Mtt 25 Judgment….31“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Diabolo kai tois angellous autou (v41) Obvious these must be the rank and file being we battle with daily…demons, unclean spirits…condemned with Satan.
7Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothersb has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (12)
12The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east. 13And I saw, coming out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits like frogs. 14For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. 15(“Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”) 16And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. (16)
So what are called devils angels in ch 12, are called unclean spirits and demons in ch 16, and clearly referring to same beings…consistent with Mat 25
What does all this mean? Serves to clarify our foe. Cant fight against what you are confused about.
While we are at it lets throw in the mix elemental spirits which are usually seen as nature spirits.In Col. 2 :8 Stoichei are seen as demonic spirits behind mystical false teaching which Christ overcame in v 10 and disarmed in v 15 ..rulers and authorities…so another name of demon. Same argument as John in 1 John 4 –false teachers are animated by demons.
MARK’S REPLY TO READERS’ RESPONSES TO HIS POST:
If you just read post and don’t listen to video then much content is lost. I make connections on video that I leave out on blog – I apologize. Re: your main point, think of Peter’s rebuke of Jesus. Jesus said to Peter:” Get behind Me, Satan.” Now, was He calling Peter literally Satan, at the point? No, Jesus was addressing the man Peter who was, at the moment, acting under the influence of Satan in trying to dissuade Him from cross.
This is parallel to text you raised in which Judas is acting very much under influence of a devil. But just as godly Christians do not become angels when they die, as popularly thought, so humans can never become demons, devil or Satan…but they can express, or mirror them. Even when possessed, Judas was still a man–not literally a devil. Jesus used ordinary language which employs figures of speech, etc.
Mark has a heart for this type of ministry, where he sheds a light on the deceptions of the enemy concerning the bible and the paranormal. He is the author of “Seeing Ghosts Through God’s Eyes”, where he shows the deception behind theories such as earthbound spirits, in light of scripture.
Mark’s video and radio series are designed to equip believers with sound biblical theology, so they won’t be pulled into heresies.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT MARK, HIS ARTICLES AND LINKS:
Mark Hunnemann is the author of Seeing Ghosts Through God’s Eyes: A Worldview Analysis of Earthbound Spirits. It’s also available in eBook format.
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His Blog: http://archive.aweber.com/paraworld
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