Saturday, November 9, 2013

Demons (aka: Fallen Angels) - Part 2 by Chad Stambaugh

Demons (aka: Fallen Angels) - Part 2

*To read part 1, click here
     This article is a continuation of the first one that I wrote. In the first article I touched on some of the basics about demons, and their rebellion. In the first article I referred mostly to the demons that were cast out of Heaven in the rebellion with Satan and are now being kept in chains in the pits of nether gloom until the last judgment. That is the “Fallen Angels.”
     However that was only some of the demons. Not all of them were cast into pits of nether gloom and/or out of Heaven. I also went into a little detail about the appearance of demons. In this article I will be discussing the other demons, their kingdom, as well as one of the most popular misconceptions about them, which is their “names.”
     The other demons that I’m referring to are the “free demons.” That is the ones that are allowed to wander the earth with Satan stalking mankind. They are also known as the “principalities”, “powers of the air”, and “the powers of darkness.” It is these demons that still have access to the heavenliest, as well as the earth. These demons are the ones that seek to corrupt, possess, and destroy mankind. Before I go any further though I need to explain what I mean by the heavenlies. When Satan was cast out of heaven he was cast out of the third heaven also known as heaven of heavens. That is the Heaven where Jesus Christ ascended to and now sits ruling over all, and having all authority, power, and dominion. Satan was cast forever out of the presence of God until the last judgment, but, not out of Heaven completely. You have to remember that heaven itself is another realm, one that we cannot see. Also, all demons are “Fallen Angels” there are just different ones.     
      Satan is of course the ruler of these demons, and has established a kingdom of his own. Just as there is a rank and order among the angels in Heaven that serve God and Jesus Christ there is a rank and order among the demons and their kingdom in serving Satan. Scripture indicates that there is a rank and order system among the demons when it refers to Abaddon. Abaddon is the ruler of the demons in the abyss. It is from this that we can reason that Satan has some type of ranking system within his kingdom, not to mention the fact that to assume that his kingdom and the demons that follow and serve him would be unorganized is not logical.
     This is where we will get into the names of the demons. I’m sure most of you have come across websites that list all the names of known demons and their ranks. While some of the names you see are legitimate, you simply cannot trust all of them. As a matter of fact, you can throw most of them out. The Bible does name some of the demons in scripture as do other ancient writings. The problem with trusting any other ancient writings is that they have been found to be inaccurate as well as contradict what the Bible teaches. It is for these reasons that the names of demons found in anything but the Bible simply cannot be trusted. Having said that, that doesn’t mean you have to disregard what it says altogether because some of it could be true. You should just be mindful that it could also be wrong. Remember though that the Holy Bible is the ultimate authority and it will never mislead you. The fact of the matter is that most demons will take on the name of whatever they’re inflicting or doing at the time. I will list some of the names of demons found in the Bible below. Most of these are the “gods” and idols that the different cultures and people worshiped. Scripture indicates that it was actually demons that influenced this type of worship and activity.     
 Legion                                   Gad
Baal                                      Balaam
Bel                                        Hammon
Belial                                    Lilith
Beelzebub (Satan)                Moloch
Seirim                                   Abaddon
     Finally, I need to address an age old myth concerning the names of demons. That myth is that if you say or write the name of a demon you will be attacked. This stems from the old saying “Fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself.” It is most unfortunate but there are some people that lead others to believe this. Saying or writing the name of a demon will not cause you to be attacked by one. It’s the fear and recognition that you are giving the demon that could cause an attack. Even then one would have to be around, and be strong enough to do anything. Not to mention several other things that would need to take place. I say the names of demons all the time; have just written a list of them above, and nothing happens.
     In conclusion, there’s more to demons than most people realize. As I’ve said before, the only true way to correctly learn about demons and the demonic is through the Church, not your local library. Most of the websites on the internet that have information about demons are just not accurate or are completely wrong. The same goes for many of the books that have been written about demons. Unless you get your information through the Church, Seminary, or a Bible college you cannot trust what is out there. Just like you shouldn’t believe everything you see and hear, you shouldn’t believe everything you read either.
     The subject of provoking is one that I am very passionate about.  That is because of the fact of where it originated from and because too many paranormal groups use it today.  Provoking originated from religious provocation.
     Religious provocation is used by the clergy and Religious Demonologists to make demons show themselves in order to gather the proof needed to get the church involved, etc. It is also used by paranormal groups when they wish to make a spirit or entity show itself.  There is one major difference though.  If the clergy or R.D. is the target of an attempted attack they know how to successfully defend themselves and fight back.  A paranormal group or investigator usually does not.
     A paranormal group will use provoking when it appears that whatever is in the home isn’t going to show itself on its own.  The word provoking is used because the paranormal team will try to get the spirit/entity to show itself by making fun of it, demand that it show itself, challenge it, and even use foul language.      
     For a paranormal team to provoke whatever is in the home is not only foolish but it is also extremely dangerous. This is for the simple fact that they may not be sure what they’re dealing with.  Many investigators have learned this the hard way because when they attempted it they were not only attacked physically but also emotionally and mentally.  This is because that most people, whether they are seasoned investigators or not can be traumatized by this.  How do you think it would make you feel if you were attacked by something that you couldn’t see let alone defend yourself against.  It can really do some serious damage.  It is for those reasons that no one should ever provoke or challenge something that may be in a home.
     If any case that I go on ever has a chance of being demonic in nature then I always tell the client what religious provocation is, how it’s used, when it’s used, what could happen, etc.  I then also tell the client that if they don’t want me using it then I absolutely will not.  If a R.D. or paranormal group is planning on using provocation then they should have enough respect for the client to tell them what it is and what could happen.  If things get out of hand the team can leave, the homeowner cannot.  Never, ever use provoking without the permission of the homeowner.
     Please, do not ever use provoking unless you are properly trained and think it is absolutely necessary and you have the homeowner’s permission.  If you meet these three requirements then please be careful and ready for anything because anything could happen.

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