Demons, Devils, Familiar Spirits: The Demonic is a Perfect Judgment from God


Whether one calls them demons.

In the narratives of the Gospels regarding the “casting out of devils” a different Greek word (daimon) is used. In the time of our Lord there were frequent cases of demoniacal possession Mt 12:25-30; Mr 5:1-20; Lu 4:35; 10:18 etc.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Whether one call them devils.

“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 lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.”
–Matthew 4:24

Whether one calls them familiar spirits.

Sorcerers or necromancers, who professed to call up the dead to answer questions, were said to have a “familiar spirit” ( Deuteronomy 18:11 ; 2 Kings 21:6 ; 2 Chr 33:6 ; Leviticus 19:31 ; 20:6 ; Isaiah 8:19 ; 29:4 ). Such a person was called by the Hebrews an ‘ob , which properly means a leathern bottle; for sorcerers were regarded as vessels containing the inspiring demon. This Hebrew word was equivalent to the pytho of the Greeks, and was used to denote both the person and the spirit which possessed him ( Leviticus 20:27 ; 1 Samuel 28:8 ; Compare Acts 16:16 ). The word “familiar” is from the Latin familiaris, meaning a “household servant,” and was intended to express the idea that sorcerers had spirits as their servants ready to obey their commands.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary

Whether one calls them evil or unclean spirits.

“(For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)”
–Luke 8:29

“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 19:16

No matter what one may call them, devils/demons/evil spirits/unclean spirits/familiar spirits are very bad news for the one who contacts and accesses such illegitimate supernatural entities and the power such entities possess.

This is EXACTLY the opposite circumstance in which the one who consults with such spirits believe themselves to be.

Witches, sorcerers, wizards, necromancers, astrologers,, fortune tellers, “creative types,” diviners, enchanters, what have you:

  1. ALL consult with familiar (demon) spirits;
  2. ALL believe themselves to be privy to powers denied most other mortals;
  3. ALL are judged and found guilty of violating one of the most basic of warnings from God Almighty.  Their sentence? The familiar spirit they so desperately cling to.

“There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD”
–Deuteronomy 18:10-12

(This also includes those who sacrifice to (worship) pagan gods.)

How does one know that these demonic entities–for which the unwary jump through so many hoops for so long in order to access–are judgments from God?

God’s Word tells it is so.

1 – ALL demonic entities are created by God. As such, they are commanded by God and do his pleasure. The earliest instance of an evil spirit is in the Book of Judges (It is one of the few times in the Old Testament an evil spirit is mentioned).

“Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech”
–Judges 9:23

2 – “Evil spirit” is mentioned seven times in the Old Testament. In every instance, it is SPECIFICALLY called “an evil spirit from God” or “an evil spirit from the LORD” (Judges 9:23 states “God sent an evil spirit…“)

“But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.”
–1SAMUEL 16:14

“And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.”
–1SAMUEL 16:23

3- In one specific passage, God’s Word gives an account of God SPECIFICALLY sending an evil (lying) spirit to deceive Ahab, a king of Israel on whom God had passed judgment. God specifically asks “Who shall persuade Ahab that he may go up AND FALL at Ramothgilead?”

“And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.”
–1KINGS 22:19-23

NOTE Ahab’s advisor reacted violently at the suggestion that his evil spirit should somehow trick him. Also, note the reaction from Ahab himself (who KNEW the prophet Macaiah spoke the true word from the LORD).

“But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee? And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in that day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself. And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son; And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace.”
–1KINGS 22:24-27

The judgment of Ahab?

Ahab died at the battle at Ramothgilead EVEN THOUGH HE DID NOT DRESS AS THE KING AND WAS IN DISGUISE.

The demonic are a judgment from God upon those who violate his command to abstain from consulting with evil (familiar) spirits.

It is a PERFECT judgment: all the afflicted has to do to relieve himself of the judgment is to turn and renounce the evil spirit with which he has consulted.  BUT the afflicted,–convinced they possess a great power (instead of a great judgment)–do not repent and instead pull their affliction tighter and more closely to them.


So while the practitioner believes himself to be the possessor of power other men do not have (and instead receives parlor tricks and trivial pursuits), in reality the one who consults with the evil spirit receives his judgment in the form of that very same familiar spirit–who hates ALL men (regardless of what the spirit may say otherwise).

It is hoped all those who consult with such entities should open their eyes and see.

It is not yet too late.

But time is almost run out.

DOES the reader know of someone who accesses illegitimate supernatural power?

IS that person happy and content?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation


“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 18, 2019.]





by Jeremiah James
–with Mondo Frazier

image: Salvatore Vuono,

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