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Demons are not departed Souls • Luk 16:26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us.
Demons were not illnesses DEMONIACS NOT THE SAME AS • not figurative for human sickness/suffering • demon possession was distinguished from sickness • “So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them” (Matt. 4:24, RSV) • not figurative for human sickness/suffering • demon possession was distinguished from sickness • “So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them” (Matt. 4:24, RSV) COMPARE ACTS 5:15, 16
Demons believed • Jas 2:19 Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder
Demons spoke • Luk 8:30 And Jesus asked him, What is thy name? And he said, Legion; for many demons were entered into him. • Luk 8:31 And they entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss.
Demons await a future punishment • Mat 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gadarenes, there met him two possessed with demons, coming forth out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man could pass by that way. • Mat 8:29 And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
Demons are allies of Satan • Mat 12:24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This man doth not cast out demons, but by Beelzebub the prince of the demons. • Mat 12:26 and if Satan casteth out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then shall his kingdom stand?
ZECHARIAH 12:10 (10) And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look unto me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born. Joh 19:36 For these things came to pass, that the scripture might be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. Joh 19:37 And again another scripture saith, They shall look on him whom they pierced.
ZECHARIAH 12:10-14 • THAT THIS IS THE TIME OF CHRIST IS ESTABLISHED BY THE CONTEXT • POURING OF HOLY SPIRIT (v. 10; cf. Acts 2:1FF) • MOURNING “IN THAT DAY” (v. 11; cf. Lk. 24:17; Acts 2:37)
ZECHARIAH 13:7 Mat 26:31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended in me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith Jehovah of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered; and I will turn my hand upon the little ones.
ZECHARIAH 13:1 1 "In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
ZECHARIAH 13:1 • THAT THIS IS THE TIME OF CHRIST IS STABLISHED BY THE CONTEXT 1 "In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
ZECHARIAH 13:1, 2 1 "In that day a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. 2 "It shall be in that day," says the LORD of hosts, "that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land. IN THAT DAY (TIME) WHEN CHRIST WOULD PROVIDE A FOUNTAIN TO WASH SIN AWAY IS WHEN PROPHECY AND UNCLEAN SPIRITS WOULD DEPART FROM THE LAND!
ZECHARIAH 13:2 • PROPHETS WOULD DWELL TEMPORARILY • UNCLEAN SPIRITS WERE PERMITTED TO DWELL ON EARTH TEMPORARILY • AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT IS A DEMON I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land.
MARK 5 1 Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, 4 because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. www.sunnysidechurchofchrist.com
MARK 5 6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. 7 And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me." 8 For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!" 9 Then He asked him, "What is your name?" And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many." 10 Also he begged Him earnestly that Hewould not send them out of the country. “I will also cause the. . .unclean spirit to depart from the land” (ZECH. 13:2)
MARK 5 11 Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. 12 So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them." 13 And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. 14 So those who fed the swine fled, and they told it in the city and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that had happened. 15 Then they came to Jesus, and saw the one who had been demon-possessed and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. www.sunnysidechurchofchrist.com
DEMONS EXISTED • WHEN CHRIST WAS HERE (MK. 5:1ff; ETC.) • WHEN THE APOSTLES WERE HERE (ACTS 5:15, 16; 16:16-18; ETC.) • AND POSSIBLY THROUGH THE NEXT GENERATION WHO WERE ABLE TO RECEIVE SPIRITUAL GIFTS FROM THE APOSTLES’ HANDS (PHILIP: ACTS 8:7, 17, 18)
“DOCTRINES OF DEMONS” • DEMONS DO NOT POSSESS BODIES • THEY ARE STILL AT WORK TO POSSESS THE MIND THROUGH FALSE DOCTRINE
“DOCTRINES OF DEMONS” 1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 3 forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 1 timothy 4:1-5
BEWARE • WHAT YOU TEACH • WHAT YOU BELIEVE “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 JN. 4:1)
SHOWED JESUS POWER OVER SATAN 25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said …. 26 "If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? . . . 28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 29 "Or how can one enter a strong man‘s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. MATTHEW 12:25-29
SERVED AS A SIGN TO CONFIRM THE WORD AND THE SPEAKER AS TRUE And these signs shall accompany them that believe: in my name shall they cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:17
IDENTIFIED THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD 28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. MATTHEW 12:28
J. W. MCGARVEY “Jesus here draws a conclusion from the two arguments presented. Since he does not cast out by Satan, he must cast out by the power of God, and therefore his actions demonstrated the potential arrival of the kingdom of God. . . . the steady, daily conquests of Christ over the powers of evil presented to the people the triumphant progress of an invading kingdom.” (THE FOUR FOLD GOSPEL, P. 302)
The Kingdom is here • Col 1:12 giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; • Col 1:13 who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; • Col 1:14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins: