22. Are there different kinds of demons?




Yes, there are different kinds of demons.

There are evil spirits which cause dumbness and deafness like that evil spirit which Jesus cast out of a boy, as it is written in the Gospel according to Mark: “And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them? And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; 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. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. 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 9:14-27). In the Gospel according to Matthew we find another case of a person who was dumb because of a dumb spirit and was able to speak only after Jesus cast out the demon he had, for it is written: “As they went out, behold, they brought to him a dumb man possessed with a devil [demon]. And when the devil [demon] was cast out, the dumb spake: and the multitudes marvelled, saying, It was never so seen in Israel” (Matthew 9:32-33). Therefore some of those who are dumb and deaf have a demon, which causes dumbness and deafness; so in these cases, in order to see these persons healed of their dumbness and deafness, this kind of demon must first be discerned and then cast out. Pay attention to this: I have not said that all those who are dumb and deaf have a dumb and deaf demon which causes their sickness, but that some of them have a dumb and deaf demon, for the fact that a person is deaf and dumb does not necessarily mean that he has a dumb and deaf spirit, it can be so, but this is not always the case. It is erroneous – according to the Scripture - to state that every deaf or dumb person is demon-possessed, for just as in the days of Jesus there were many dumb and deaf people who were not demon-possessed at all but simply sick - that’s why Jesus did not cast any demon out of them, but He just healed them (Mark 7:32-37) – so today there are many dumb and deaf people who do not need to be delivered from demons, but simply healed of their sickness.

There are evil spirits which are called ‘seducing spirits’ because their job is to deceive people into accepting all kinds of false doctrines. Paul mentions them when he says to Timothy: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils [demons]; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:1-5). These evil spirits help the false prophets and false christs spread their damnable heresies among the people of this world, as well as the false ministers of the Gospel who are among the Church of the living God spread doctrines of demons, which unfortunately many believers have accepted. I remind you that the father of lies is Satan (the devil), so every false doctrine does not come from God, but from Satan. In order not to be deceived by these spirits it is necessary to watch and pray, and to search the Scriptures continually to see if what is taught is true.

There are evil spirits which perform signs and wonders. The apostle John saw some of them in a vision, for he says in the Book of Revelation: “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils [demons], working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty” (Revelation 16:13-14). These spirits enable the false prophets and the false christs to work signs and wonders in order to seduce people. Many Indian gurus, and the witches and wizards have these unclean spirits, which enable them to perform signs and wonders, and as you know these servants of the devil have many followers. However, keep in mind that these evil spirits work signs and wonders even among believers through false ministers of the Gospel, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. Beware of them too.

There are evil spirits called spirits of divination, by which some people predict (or foretell) the future, for in the Scripture we read that while Paul and his fellow workers were at Philippi they met a slave girl with a spirit of divination and Paul one day discerned that evil spirit and cast it out. Here is the biblical account of that deliverance: “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour” (Acts 16:16-18). Many people today have this kind of evil spirit and so they need to be delivered from it.

There are evil spirits which induce people to kill other people; for instance, one day one of these demons came upon king Saul, while David was playing the harp, and Saul tried to pin David to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall (1 Samuel 19:9-10). These demons are behind many murders.

There are evil spirits which rule over large areas of the earth as lords or leaders and governors in the evil spirit world; in the book of the prophet Daniel we read that the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted the messenger of the Lord sent by God to Daniel (Daniel 10:1-20) 21 days, that prince was an evil spirit.

There are evil spirits which are stronger than others, for Jesus said that the spirits which cause dumbness and deafness can be cast out only by prayer and fasting (Mark 9:29); and there are evil spirits which are more wicked than others (Matthew 12:43-45).