Demonology and the origins of Black magic from a Christian perspective.
Written by traveler
This teaching is not for everyone, in fact many will not be comfortable dealing with these subjects unless they are associated with or active in some form of deliverance ministries. And even then a lot of what is being said will not make that much sense unless accompanied by some form of experience where you have actually had to confront issues involving this and needed to deal with them on a personal level in your walk with the Lord. I am just putting this teaching out there in the public domain because a situation is developing where more and more members of the body of Christ are going to be needing some form of direction and information regarding this subject in the not too distant future. It is my prayer that this will give you some form of insight into the subject and the tools necessary to gain the victory over it.
To define what a demon is.
Basically the first one was Lucifer and with his fall came about the rise of Satan or the practice of Satanism. Satan is basically a generic term. It is used to describe and name the kingdom of Satan. You could call all the top demons Satan. To demonstrate, Jesus’s kingdom is Christendom. All Christians called by the name of and redeemed by the blood of Christ Jesus are a part of Christendom. We are in voluntary subjection to Christ and identified as such. Like wise it is the same with Satan. All that are in rebellion against the kingdom of God and aligned with Lucifer are a part of Satanism and can be called Satan just as we can be called Christian.
In modern language we use the word demon but in bible translation the word devils are most often used to describe those beings associated with Satan. Basically demon comes from the Greek and devil comes from the Hebrew.
From αί? daiō? (to distribute fortunes); a demon or super natural spirit (of a bad nature): – devil.
From H7736; a daemon (as malignant): – devil.
Now Lucifer himself was originally a covering Cherub, one of the very highest positions in the kingdom of God. From his physical description it is obvious that he was not an angel as such, he was something else. In fact scripture often describes him as resembling the mythological dragon but with additions such as natural musical instruments being embedded in him at the time of his creation.
Eze 28:13 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 carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Eze 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.
Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
However when Lucifer fell he did take a lot of the heavenly hosts with him in his rebellion, one third of them in fact, so it can also be said that many of the demons are fallen angles as well. But the passage does not indicate that it is only some of the angles that fell. From other writings such as the book of Enoch we can also glean that many of the demons are the souls of what is known as the Nephelium. Or what was known as the giants that were the result of cross breading between the fallen watchers and the daughters of men. They belonged nowhere with the result that lucifer found a use for them.
Quite a bit can be gleaned from this passage.
Rev 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.
Rev 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.
Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
Now when that passage is taken into consideration with others one thing becomes very apparent . The kingdom of Satan is our adversary. Not God’s as such. God is not in a position to have any adversaries as there is none that can opposed him anyway. From God’s perspective some parts of his creation is working well while other parts need work and attention. Lucifer is often described as the accuser of the brethren. He is accusing us before God all the time. He is our adversary and by accusing us of our faults before God he is trying to get God to do us harm. Satan knew that Jesus was the Messiah and the Christ which was why Lucifer tried to destroy him at his mortal birth. Satanism is the enemy of Christianity and as such, humanity in general. That is why he caused the fall of Adam in the first place and tried to rob us of our immortality. Hence there is conflict and people getting wounded in that conflict.
Rev 12:9 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.
Rev 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.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
Now from that passage we also get some idea of what the kingdom of Satan is doing, Not only are they accusing everyone before God all the time but they have also deceived the whole world. They are deceivers that tempt and cause souls to sin and then they accuse those souls before God himself of their sins. Obviously they are out to destroy and do harm with deliberate intent. To demonstrate that point consider this passage.
Isa 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.
Isa 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.
Isa 5:15 And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:
Now that states quite plainly that those people that God considers his own are perishing because of lack of knowledge. In other words his own people do not know what to do to help themselves or take advantages of the provisions that God has put in place for their own salvation. The result being that hell is continually enlarging itself so as to accommodate the continual stream of souls that are being imprisoned there. Which does raise the question of just what do the demons want with all those souls? Why so much effort expended on their part to acquire so many souls? Those demons are using those souls to give them their power.
But it does not just stop there. The number of demons is also increasing as well. Their numbers are not static as demonstrated from this verse.
Deu 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.
Examples of how demons have interacted with humans in the past to date.
Demons are spiritual beings that live and exist in the spiritual realms or dimensions. Although they can effect change in our natural realms they do not function well here unless working through an intermediary that is normally of this realm. Be it a Satanist or pagan priest or spiritualist. Hence they are reliant on deceptions to make themselves desirable and sort after.
In the past they set themselves up as false gods and extended a form of benefits to those that worshipped them. With the human life span being so short and the problem of passing knowledge on from one generation to the next it does not take them long to pervert any religious practice into a perversion that is of benefit to themselves. All they have to do is set things up so that the humans start to break Gods laws, even unknowingly and then the protection that God placed over them ends up being withdrawn and the humans are then at the mercy of these demons. That process is repeated over and over add nauseam throughout our history.
Gods judgment falls, the people left turn back to God, several generations later they forget the lessons of the past and get enticed away from righteousness and end up under judgment again only to repeat the same story all over again. All the while the demons collect their harvest of souls. Hence the reason Christ said that the whole world is under the sway of Satan and that his work here was to set the captives free. The captives being us!
To demonstrate this process,
Act 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.
Jdg 2:13 Forsaking him, and serving Baal and Astar
Jdg 3:7 And they did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they forgot their God, and served Baalim and Astaroth
1Sa 7:3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying: If you turn to the Lord with all your heart, put away the strange gods from among you, Baalim and Astaroth: and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.
2Ki 23:13 The high places also that were at Jerusalem, on the right side of the Mount of Offence, which Solomon, king of Israel, had built to Astaroth, the idol of the Sidonians, and to Chamos, the scandal of Moab, and to Melchom, the abomination of the children of Ammon, the king defiled.
These are all demons that are still well known to this day and to which the modern Satanists make supplication and invoke so as to obtain favours and take revenge over enemies. The pagan deities of ancient times are still in operation to this day. They lost their open control over the nations after the crucifixion but are now pushing so as to regain their former control as this planet is moved to the new world order as we approach the last days.
The first form of detailed study done on the demons that make up the Satanic governing structures of hell was in fact carried out by King Solomon. This did not generally end too well but he recorded all that he found out in what has become known as the greater and lessor keys of Solomon. These writings have been copied and distorted over the ages but they did form the basic ground work for what we understand as black magic to day.
Basically he named all the higher demons of any consequence and listed their positions and attributes. From this was also developed the Sigil for each one and the method of protection for the person summoning them. The idea behind it was that the practitioner could choose what demon he wanted to summon for which particular job and then use that demon to achieve by supernatural means his own selfish objectives. That is the basic process behind the practice of black magic. Of course the demons expect payment in return etc so doing that kind of thing is not a wise idea at the best of times.
However in these modern times the interaction between the demons and Satanists has become so cozy that the methods of protection have basically been thrown out the window and the interaction between the old demon gods and those in positions of servitude to them has become quite open and normalized. In fact most of these old demons now have their own rock bands and fan clubs along with their own web pages. In other words our civilizations are fast returning back the old pagan days all over again. The Satanists fulfilling the same old positions as the pagan priests did thousands of years ago.
How these demons relate to Christianity.
From the Christian perspective it is understood that these demons are far from gods. They are created beings. Lucifer, the king of the demons was himself created and cast out of the heavens, the demons under him are in the self same positions. Just because they are constructed as immortal beings and have some power that is greater than ourselves it does not mean that they are gods. The angels are immortal and greater than us but they are still created beings. They serve the God of all creation just as we do. The demons are simply of the same species as the beings they are derived from, only they are in a fallen state and in rebellion to Gods laws. Humans on the other hand, with our short life spans and discontinuity in past experiences are easy prey to their deceptions etc.
Now these demons have an interest in our souls, it is from us that they derive their power to operate in our natural realms. Setting themselves up as false Gods works really well in gaining a form of control over us and by encouraging us to worship them they separates us from the kingdom of God because of the transgressions of the laws which then places us at their mercy. The more souls they can gain control over the greater the power that they can draw on.
Now at the time of the crucifixion a mechanism was set in place where by humans could be redeemed back to God because the sins that separated us from God was dealt with. But understand that forgiveness only occurs after repentance. This also created a situation where those that became bond slaves to Christ were also legally allowed to operate under his authority and use the authority of his name.
This opened up a situation where mortal humans found themselves in a position where they were now able to take authority over these demons and both literally and figuratively order them about and to pack their bags and go. Hence all the old temples that were constructed for the purpose of worshipping these false deities now stand vacant simply because they were ordered to vacate by the early Christians and they had no choice but to obey. Without the demons to respond to their supporters the adherents to those demons soon started to disperse and the now empty temples fell into disrepair. Now they are considered nothing more that myth and legends of old superstition.
It is also the reason that persecution was promised along with salvation because these deities are not going to go without a struggle. If they can get rid of the Christians and the knowledge they spread then they will again regain their former positions. Hence the continual efforts to corrupt and distort the gospels.
Understanding our authority over them.
When Jesus walked the earth it because very apparent that he had a great deal of spiritual authority.
Mar 1:27 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.
But at the same time Jesus wasted no time in training his own disciples about the use of and expectations associated with spiritual authority. In Gods kingdom power is given so that you can serve and help others, not build up yourself. This is one of the key differences in the operations between the kingdoms of God and those of Satan. One seeks the greater common good while the other seeks to look out for self.
Mar 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
Mar 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:
Mar 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.
Mar 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Also in his parables Jesus also made it clear that his authority was to be given to his servants when he went away so that they could do the work of their master in his absence.
Mar 13:34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Mar 13:35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Mar 13:36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
Mar 13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
But it should be noted that Jesus didn’t just lay the authority on them and say get on with it. He did give them training and experience so that they could do the work he had called them to do.
Luk 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Luk 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
Now it was understood that the demons were the greatest affliction of mankind in those days and it was authority over those demons that Christ gave to his disciples first. The demons are our adversary and they are the ones that do us so much harm. But what must be understood is that if you are going to be wielding authority you actually have to understand what you are exorcizing authority over. Hence you do need to have some basic knowledge about demons and who they are and what they do. If you are in a position of power over a large corporation you do not tell the grunt worker on the factory floor to sort out the company accounts and the accountant to get off his ass and sweep the toilet floors. But that is exactly what many Christians are doing when trying to come against the powers and principalities in prayer. They have no idea of who does what where but hope for the best. I bind you Satan! Sure which one?
Now Paul described dealing with these demonic deities this way.
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Now Paul described coming against these powers and principalities as a wrestling match. That is because their influence is not that cut and dried nor is it openly obvious all the time. If an individual is actually demon possessed then the process is a lot simpler. You see the person under the demons control and you just take authority over the demon and send it packing. That was how it was with the old pagan gods. You knew which demon was working there because the temple was named after them. Just bind them, cast them out and the temple is less its deity. Simple!
But when it come to the governing structures and social structures there are an awful lot of people that do not even know that they are under a demonic influence and displaying their attributes but think that they are doing the right thing. That is why Paul said we wrestle not against flesh and blood. The person is not the problem, only the tool, it is the demonic influence behind the person that needs to be removed to right so many wrong situations. The worst part is that a lot of professing Christians are themselves in that situation. Hence the church itself is often led down the garden path.
These demons in the kingdom of Satan under the leadership of Lucifer are well organized and structured. They are what constitute the powers and principalities of the air or spiritual realms. They are basically a counterfeit of Gods kingdom, but they counterfeit all the religious, governance and miracles so as to bring about their own ends. They are our adversaries!
A prophet that fails to test the spirit properly and thinks that they can tell the voice of their Lord with out any help thank you, very quickly becomes a false prophet. A teacher that does not denie himself quickly starts finding a twist to scripture that meets a need and before long a whole series of false doctrines are doing the rounds. This process is even worse in politics. When you see a whole lot of different people doing random things that result in certain things coming about it is not synchronicity, there is an intelligence behind it, a demonic one that is motivating people to meet their own needs but in such a way that it brings about a larger result.
When it seems that a whole lot of people are conspiring against you it is not the actual people, they are all doing their thing independently of each other but the spiritual influence behind them is what is conspiring against you. In order to counter this kind of thing you have to be able to identify which demons are behind it. Now that takes a bit more effort especially when dealing with the lower demons that are not well recorded.
Now this principle was well understood, which is why we are instructed to pray for all men, especially those in authority over us. And we are told to do it so that our lives can be nice and peaceful, after all life can get real hard real fast when the leadership of the nation is under the influence of demons building up their own kingdoms.
1Ti 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
All that is required for the powers and principalities to run rampant through a human governing system is for the men of God to sit back and let them do it unopposed. What you are supposed to be praying about when you pray for the leadership is that they remain righteous which also means coming against the powers that wish to opposed God through them. When the church fails in its prayer mission everyone reaps the results. If things get too far out of hand then God himself will intervene and his judgments will start to fall. For the governing structures to be removed means the nation gets removed. Consider the implications! Babylonian captivity anyone?
Now the demons themselves are structured in a form of higher ache going down to the legions. Lucifer at the top, the grunts at the bottom. As a general rule the ones at the top are the ones that need to be learnt about as they control the others beneath. If you can get a handle on them then the battle is won. Now these demons all have different positions and specialities which I call their attributes. It is these attributes that you can use to identify which you are coming against. Make no mistake, this is real, the attributes or specialities of the demon will manifest through those people that it has sway over and none are immune. Most often they do not know that it is happening, even in the church settings. Many may think that they are serving God when all they are doing is chasing away those that God is calling out from the world.
The thing is that we have the authority to get rid of these influences but unless we can recognize them for what they are and identify what we are dealing with and where they are operating then we end up going nowhere fast.
Identifying the Demons.
If you are teamed up with one that has the gift of prophecy then the process is a lot easier as you just enquire of the Lord what you are up against and the names come right back, from which you can do your research and plan your prayer strategy. That is assuming that the prophet will test the spirit properly as per the instructions in the scriptures. I wrote a short article on the subject of testing of the spirits here;
The other way is to look at the situation and handle the situation by a simpler method which is to identify the traits such as confusion, envy, deception, strife, seduction, distraction etc. You can either pray against those traits directly which works but not as well or you can use those traits to identify the possible demons involved and pray against them, which works very well and almost instantaneously so long as you have the right names. Keep in mind that these demons often work in packs. They send in the seducing demons first and then build on that with vice or deceptions until they establish a stronghold.
Now I have been making up my own lists of the attributes in table form which can be found here
I am adding to the list the whole time, normally as I have to confront them. But others who are also involved in deliverance ministries have also made up their own lists which they have posted on the web such as this one
I do not know the authors of these sites but most involved in deliverance ministries will have a set of records of some sort to help with identification.
The fact is that there is a lot of information out there that you can draw on including the encyclopaedias.
But when it comes to prayer itself it is a good idea to get a little organized so as to get all the information together and know who you are praying against, what they are doing that you are stopping and what you want God to do over the situation so that things are brought back into Gods will.
What I did was make up a basic prayer chart and I just include all the information necessary before I actually get down to the job of intercession. An example of that is found on the links here.
I will add to this post as time goes on but there is enough information here to give a basic understanding of the deliverance ministries function.