Where do “evil spirits” or “demons” come from? Some think they are fallen angels, deprived of their angelic bodies. Some say they don’t exist. Peter tells us that the angels that sinned are now “cast down to hell [Greek, tartaroo or tartarus, meaning a deep abyss],” where they are “delivered into chains of darkness, reserved unto judgment” (2 Pet.2:4). If the angels which sinned are currently bound in chains, then what are demonic these spirits that roam the earth?
Evil spirits are not the same thing as “fallen angels.” Seeing as fallen angels are now bound in chains of darkness until the day of their judgment, we have to look for another explanation consistent with the Scripture to explain the existence of demon spirits which have no corporeal body. Where do “evil spirits” come from, those spirits called “demons” in the Scriptures?
Enoch told us exactly who these spirits are —
“But now the giants who are born from the (union of) the spirits and the flesh shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, because their dwelling shall be upon the earth and inside the earth. Evil spirits have come out of their bodies. Because from the day that they were created from the holy ones they became the Watchers (Nephilim): their first origin is the spiritual foundation. They will become evil upon the earth and shall be called evil spirits. The dwelling of the spiritual beings of heaven is heaven; but the dwelling of the spirits of the earth, which are born upon the earth, is in the earth” (Enoch 15:8-10).
Jesus spoke of these evil spirits, He cast out many demons from people, during His time on this earth, and gave the same authority to His children. He encountered an extremely violent and super-strong demon possessed men who dwelt among the tombs near the Sea of Galilee.
28And when he was come on the other side of the water, into the country of the Gerasens, there met him two that were possessed with devils, coming out of the sepulchres, exceeding fierce, so that none could pass by that way. 29And behold they cried out, saying: What have we to do with thee, Jesus Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30And there was, not far from them, an herd of many swine feeding. 31And the devils besought him, saying: If thou cast us out hence, send us into the herd of swine. 32And he said to them: Go. But they going out went into the swine, and behold the whole herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea: and they perished in the waters (Matthew 8:28-32). [Mark 5:1-13; Luke 8:26-33]
As God’s children, with the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within us (Rom.8:9-10; 5:32), we do not have to fear or be afraid of these demonic spirits. Jesus gave His disciples power and authority to cast out demons, just as He did, showing us that we can do the same!
1AND having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities (Matt.10:1).
This commission and charge was an on-going commission and commandment for the Church of God. In His final instructions to the disciples, Jesus declared:
15And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. 17And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. 18They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover (Mark 16:15-18). [Mathew 28:16-20]
The existence of these evil spirits, derived from the fallen angels mating with human women, is a fact which modern psychiatry cannot explain. Modern psychiatrists cannot fathom the real explanation of “split personalities,” “multiple personalities,” all inhabiting the same person, or the ability of such people to speak in total foreign languages which they have never heard or learned, or how they can have knowledge of previous “lives,” or existences.
Demonic possession and influence explains all of these puzzling, mysterious phenomena! These are the wicked “spirits” of the deceased “giants” who once roamed the earth!
On the other hand, it is also possible for fallen angels to deceive, delude, and take over the bodies of human beings — that is, those fallen angels which have not already been bound in chains. Apparently multiple millions of angels followed Lucifer in his original rebellion (Rev.12:3). Many of them still occupy high spiritual offices on this earth, under their “god” Satan (Eph.6:10-18; Eph.2:2; 2 Cor.4:4).