Who is satan and his demons? Isaiah 14:12 says, “How you are fallen from heaven, O shining star, son of the morning! You have been thrown down to the earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world.” and then Jesus says in Luke 10:18, “I saw Satan fall from heaven like lightning!. It is referenced again in Revelation 9:1, “Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit.”
Those verses describe the fall of satan from heaven.
If you would have asked me if the bible clearly said that one-third of the angels fell with him I would have said yes it does. So I went seeking that verse and could not clearly find what I had been taught. Revelation 12:9 says, “This great dragon–the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world–was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.” Revelation 12:4 says, “His tail swept away one-third of the stars in the sky, and he threw them to the earth.” Because of this verse I am not ready to change my mind that when satan fell he took one-third of the angels with him but this has definitely raised some questions that I will be putting to further discovery.
Suddoth [page 58-60] points out these things that we can learn about demons in scripture:
- Demons are invisible spirit beings that do not have a physical body. They can exist inside or outside of humans, and they consider human bodies their homes.
- They can and will go into animals as a second choice.
- They are able to travel at will.
- They are able to communicate with each other.
- They are intelligent beings, able to remember and evaluate situations, and are also able to make plans and decisions.
- They each have separate identities, yet are able to combine forces.
- They have varying degrees of wickedness.
- They have varying degrees of rank in satans kingdom.
- They torment and harm in varying degrees.
Through Experience Suddoth has learned:
- They can speak through a person they indwell, and language is not a barrier.
- They can cause physical sickness and disease.
- They can cause depression and other mental disorders, including suicide.
- They often manifest physically.
- They often manifest super-human strength.
- Demons can drive people to do things they would not ordinarily do.
So, what would I tell others about satan and his demons?
I would focus on JESUS and say:
- Satan’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy but Christ came to give us a rich and satisfying life [John 10:10].
- The Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil [1 John 3:8].
- As believers in Christ Jesus we belong to God as His dear children. The victory is ours because the Spirit who lives in us is greater than the spirit who lives in the world [1 John 4:4].
- Jesus has given us authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL the powers of the enemy and He promises that nothing will harm us [Luke 10:19].
- Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. Nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love [Romans 8:38].
- When we submit to God and resist the devil, he will flee from you [James 4:7].
- God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus [Ephesians 2:6].
- We have been given the FULL armor of God so we can take our stand against the devil’s schemes [Ephesians 6:11].
- These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. [Mark 16:17]
- The finished work of Christ on the cross did not only give us Salvation but Christ gave us back our power through HIM over the enemy. We have been given the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever we forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever we permit on earth will be permitted in heaven [Matthew 16:19]
AND because of these things,
“He has sent us to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free [Luke 4:18], to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke [Isaiah 58:6].
From these verses we can understand that demons have no power, except for the power that we give them when we open ourselves up to sin or do not rid ourselves of ground he has staked claim to. Jesus stripped them of all power when He died on the cross and gave US power over them. He was created by God and has never had equality with God.
When we fully understand who satan and his demons are we learn to say, “That’s him? and laugh.”
Sudduth, William, So Free