What Is the Nature of Demons?
On the nature of demons and angels, there are different schools of thought. Many people wonder if there are male and female types of angels or demons.
In this article, you’ll learn about the true nature of demons.
The Nature of Demons
As to the nature of demons, they are spirits. Take note of how this scripture exchanges the terms: “When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick” (Matthew 8:16).
It is clear that demons are not physical beings; since Yahshua said that a spirit has no flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). Because demons are spirits and evil, they are also known as evil spirits.
Demons are intelligent spirit beings and possess true knowledge. A demon revealed to our Lord Yahshua the Messiah what he knows about him. The demon said, “Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus [Yahshua] of Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God” (Mark 1:24).
Besides, they exercise both volition and locomotion when permitted to do so. Yahshua said, “When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation (Matthew 12:44, 45).
As to their character, demons, in general, are malevolent and unclean spirits. They are very wicked, cunning, afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause troubles and offenses.
Demons are malevolent beings that hinder humans from achieving a proper relation with Yahveh, the spiritual realm, or human life situations. Lucifer and his minions are fallen angels that fell from a position of proximity to Yahveh. In their fallen condition, they always try to keep humans from gaining a right relationship with Yahveh by provoking them to sin.
Aside from tempting humans to sin, the fallen angels, or demons, were believed to cause various types of calamities, both natural and accidental. Demons are the agents of war, disease, earthquakes, famine, accidental deaths, and various mental or emotional disorders. Persons afflicted with mental diseases were considered to be “demon-possessed.”
The Nephilim — Demons are tormentors, bullies, and tyrants. This class of demons also causes physical and mental illness. The Bible says, “And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them” (Matthew 4:24).
People possessed by demons were at times smitten with dumbness: “As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil. And when the devil was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marveled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel” (Matthew 9:32, 33). Others were given blindness: “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw” (Matthew 12:22).
Moreover, demons can attack humans with convulsions: “And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out, and they could not. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tares him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up, and he arose” (Mark 9:18, 20, 25-27).
Their strength and powers surpass those of humans: “And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any [man] tame him” (Mark 5:4).
Demons are more powerful and endowed with superhuman strength: “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them, which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Yahshua, saying, we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And the evil spirit answered and said Yahshua I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded” (Acts 19:13, 15, 16).
Demons were given the ability to enter into human beings or to possess them. But this allowance was based on a condition. The condition was that if humans give them the legal right and permission by continuously sin against Yahveh without pulling out for a period of time.
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The following scriptures affirm it:
“As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil” (Matthew 9:32).
“And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils” (Luke 8:2).
“For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter” (Mark 7:25, 26).
The Gender of Demons
A demon can enter the body of a male or female, but what about the demon itself? Is it a certain gender? Does it have both genders? Does it prefer one over the other? Or do demons simply take on and possess whatever body they want based on convenience and circumstances?
Let’s find out…
Before we find out, bear in mind that it doesn’t matter what gender a demon is, it’s evil and it’s out to cause harm to human beings.
We have two classes of demons, which are the disembodied spirits of the Nephilim and the fallen angels. In my opinion, the Nephilim before the flood has genders. The offspring of the sons of God spoken of in Genesis 6 were male and female. If these Nephilim, which were born male and female are now roaming on earth as disembodied spirits, then for sure there are female and male demons.
One may argue by saying that the Bible says they are “mighty men which were of old, men of renown” so why I’m saying there are female Nephilim or demons?
The word “men” or “man” is used several times in the Bible to refer to both males and females. In Genesis 6: 7, the Bible says, “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth”, did God destroy only men during the flood? No, both men and women were destroyed.
Demons can inhabit either gender of human beings. When it comes to inhabiting a body, demons don’t care which human gender they possess and I’m sure they don’t stereotype. Do you think a male demon is going to enter the body of a human male simply because that’s how it has to be? No. A demon is simply an entity that is simply looking for a vessel (i.e. A human body) to control and it doesn’t care which gender it takes on.
Here are some similar thoughts on the topic:
According to the pre-Christian religions of Assyria, Sumeria, and Israel, demons came in both genders and preyed on mortals equally.
The Testament of Solomon is probably the most exhaustive chronicle of early demonology. Written sometime in the 1st century AD, it describes how the legendary biblical ruler built his namesake temple while contending with a number of demons and other spiritual creatures.
In the Testament, the male fiend Ornias takes the appearance of a beautiful woman in order to mess with a young boy constructing Solomon’s temple. Every night Ornias would appear to the boy, suck his thumb (that might be a metaphor for something), and steal half his money. The creature was vanquished when Solomon gave the boy a magic ring to throw at the demon.
That same book also introduces us to Obizuth, a female demon who wanders the globe finding women in childbirth and strangling their children in front of them. Solomon has her tied up by the hair to the front of the Temple and put on display for the people to witness his command of the fiends.
One of the most compelling tales of pre-Christian demons is Lilith. Lilith in many stories is considered the first succubus, the most famous female demon in Judeo-Christian mythology. As time went by, succubi underwent a strange metamorphosis. Instead of being naturally female, they became male demons who changed their shape to corrupt men and women alike.
Legends describe succubi taking the female form to harvest sperm from males, and then transforming into men to impregnate women with the stolen fluid.
In ancient Greek mythology, one of the most notable female demons was Lamia. Once a queen, she had a dalliance with the god Zeus. That pissed Zeus’s wife Hera off enough to curse his side piece into becoming a half-snake that eats people’s children. Some tellings also leave her with eyes perpetually open, always on the hunt for tender young flesh.
Eastern Europe has its own supernatural traditions, and one of the most fearsome females in Slavic lore is Lady Midday, also known as Poludnitsa. Farmers toiling in their fields were confronted with this apparition, who would ask them questions and chop their heads off if they took too long to answer. She would also afflict the workers with sickness and heat stroke.
Over in Asia, they have their own rich tapestry of messed-up mythology. Japan’s mythical creatures, known as Yokai, are fascinatingly diverse, coming in hundreds of different forms. They prey on travelers and people wandering at night, and each region has its own supernatural occupants.
One of the most famous of the Yokai is Onibaba, an elderly demon woman who lives in a cave and lures travelers to their deaths. Many different manifestations of her appear in folklore, but historians believe she was actually based on a real woman who lived in Adachi-ga-hara. A museum in the area displays the knife and cooking pot she used to slay and boil her victims.
Nure-Onna is a disturbing beast, a massive serpent with the head of a woman that tricks people into holding her “baby” and then sucks the blood from them while they’re paralyzed. The baby takes on massive weight and can’t be put down. This also seems like some kind of metaphor.
You see there are some interesting commonalities among these female demons. Instead of overwhelming their victims by force, they use deceit and trickery to lull them into a false sense of security, and then kill and often eat them or at least drain them of vital fluids. It’s easy to see how negative stereotypes about women made their way through history embodied in these demonic creatures.
So the Nephilim (a class of demons) have a gender. What about the fallen angels that became demons?
The Bible did not give any account of female angels or demons. The angels that are named in the Bible were all referred to as males. Other apocryphal books such as the Book of Enoch also made mention of some angels and demons being female.
Some people refer to Zechariah 5:9 as evidence that angels can be female. Let’s take a look:
“Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven” (Zechariah 5:9).
This is a vision shown to the Prophet Zechariah. Visions most of the time do not appear plain, they contain secret or deep codes, which have to be decoded in order to understand their meaning.
According to the Spirit of Prophecy, a woman represents a church or nation either good or bad. The following Scriptures explain:
“For I am jealous over you [the Corinthian Assembly] with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband [Yahshua the Messiah], that I may present you [the Corinthian Assembly] as a chaste virgin to Christ [the Messiah]” (2 Corinthians 11:2).
“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ [the Messiah] and the church [appropriate word: assembly or congregation]”(Ephesians 5:31, 32).
“And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth” (Revelation 17:18).
Just like us, Yahveh made angels in both male and female forms. There are male and female demons if demons are fallen angels.
Again, one thing is for certain, it truly doesn’t matter which gender a demon is because they are all after one thing; to inflict harm, kill, or even possess a human being. We know how they come to be and where they generally come from.
This notion, however, has nothing to do with gender, so why do I bring it up? For the same reason why it doesn’t matter where they come from whether it’s hell, heaven, or another dimension, it doesn’t matter, they are demons and we know their intent.
Gender again is no different; it doesn’t make a bit of difference which gender they are, but I wrote on the topic simply to kill some people’s curiosity.
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