There are a ton of questions in this post so I’ve taken the liberty of turning them all red for you to ponder on. Sometimes I like to sit around, think, and pray for hours on end. Today (01/11/11) its dark and cloudy out with a gloomy feel. A few minutes ago a thought hit me.
Where do demons keep coming from?
Let me admit upfront that as much as I try to separate tradition from scripture, this one is a little bit hard to do. Before I put the horse ahead of the cart, here is the verses I’m referring to:
- “And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.” – Matthew 8:28-32
The demons know they have an appointed time of torment. Even more interesting than that is the fact that they knew the time line wasn’t right for their torment. However, that’s not the point I want to make. Before they were cast out, they negotiated a transfer into the swine.
Why did Jesus grant this request?
I have no idea why Jesus didn’t banish them to the abyss, but I assume that it has something to do with His forgiving nature. Once the demons were in the herd of swine, they ran off the cliff and killed them.
Why did they kill the swine?
I assume that they wanted to shed the bodies while being as destructive as possible. There is still a more pressing question in this scenario:
Where did the demons go after that?
I assume they were moving on to inhabit something else, but the Bible doesn’t answer the question. This brings me to the main point of this post.
Many of us believe that demons are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim. If that is true, we could safely assume that pre-flood Nephilim were in the millions. Let’s also assume that post flood Nephilim were kept down to only a few thousand at any given time because of God’s intervention.
Here is where the problem comes into play. The Church has traditionally taught that demons can be sent to the abyss by rebuking or exorcism. Let’s assume for a moment that they can be sent to the abyss by these means:
Where are they still coming from?
If the pagan stories are true, they may explain why we have a constant supply of demons roaming the earth. According to the time line of stories referenced in, As The Days of Noah Were, the angels never stopped taking people. Most mythology only reports the taking of a couple of individuals at a time, instead of in mass like the pre-flood incursion.
While the above is an interesting possibility, I also recognize the possibility of one more. There seems to be fewer and fewer possessions reported, at least to the general public. Much of what we see in the news might be the result of possession, but we don’t know for sure. This leads me to the next question:
Have we put a dent in their numbers?
If hybrids were only being made a few at a time throughout history, it might explain why there don’t seem to be many reports of possession. The above verse about Jesus sending them to the abyss is what many Christians base their belief on that we have same power. I’m still unable to figure out if that is tradition or fact. If we consider all of the rebuking and exorcisms throughout history, they could be decreasing in number.
Are they just laying low?
I think it’s possible that they may be waiting for something big, but I can’t say for sure. Feel free to chime in and let me know what you think.