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Book Of Enoch: Demons Are Departed Spirits Of The Nephilim Giants Which Are Condemned To Roam The Earth, God's Ways And Thoughts Are Past Finding Out, Demons Serve God's Purposes, Paul's Messenger Of Satan, Lying Spirit Deceives King Ahab, We Invite Delusion When We Reject The Truth, God Will Choose Our Delusions For Us, Mary Magdalene: The More We Love The More We Will Be Forgiven, God Is A Righteous And Merciful Judge, God Takes No Pleasure In Death Of The Wicked, God's Desire Is That All Men Come To Repentance, Rebellion Of The Ancient Israelites, Murderers Of God's Prophets, Patriarch Abraham Pleads For Sodom And Gomorrah, God's Patience And The Genesis Flood, Jonah: God Temporarily Spares Nineveh, Jesus Preaches To The Imprisoned Spirits Deep In The Earth, Jesus Preached Deliverance To The Prisoners Who Sat In Darkness In The Shadow Of Death, Does A Possibility Of Forgiveness And Salvation Still Exist For The Imprisoned Spirits?, The Only Unforgivable Sin Is Blasphemy Against The Holy Ghost, What Is The Holy Ghost?, Power And Indwelling Of The Holy Ghost, God Is Not A Liar, Is There Still Hope For The Fallen Angels?
As I concluded in part one, I do not know the Mind of God, or His intentions concerning the demons which now roam the Earth. Neither do I know what their ultimate fate will be. As I mentioned earlier, it is my current belief that these demons are the spirits of the fallen Nephilim giants which were destroyed during the Great Flood thousands of years ago. As I point out in the nine-part series "Nephilim: The Giants Of Genesis" my belief is based in large part on the following excerpts which are found in the Book of Enoch:
"And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men, and from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; they shall be evil spirits on earth, and evil spirits shall they be called. As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling. And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, but nevertheless hunger and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded from them. From the days of the slaughter and destruction and death of the giants, from the souls of whose flesh the spirits, having gone forth, shall destroy without incurring judgement -- thus shall they destroy until the day of the consummation, the great judgement in which the age shall be consummated, over the Watchers and the godless, yea, shall be wholly consummated." Book Of Enoch 15:8-16:1
Whether or not the Fallen Angels of Genesis are irreparably doomed is likewise a question which I cannot answer with any degree of certainty. All we know is that their final judgment awaits them on that "great day", as the Apostle Jude informs us. If you are disappointed by my lack of solid answers, then allow me to remind you of the following verses which can be found in the Old Testament Books of Job and Isaiah, as well as in Paul's Epistle to the Romans:
"Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number."
Job 9:10, KJV
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9, KJV
"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!"
Romans 11:33, KJV
So as we can see from the previous verses which are found in the Book of Enoch, the demons who currently roam among us are spirits of the Earth, and not spirits of Heaven. They are the incorporeal spirits of the Nephilim giants, and they are here to serve God's purposes. Perhaps their torments, attacks and deceptions are meant to keep us all humble, and in line, and desperate with the Lord. As I thought about this issue, I was suddenly reminded of something that the Apostle Paul wrote in his second Epistle to the Corinthians. He said:
"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure."
2 Corinthians 12:7, KJV
Wow! What a scriptural confirmation! I find it so amazing when the Lord suddenly brings verses to my mind which I would have never thought of on my own! It's wonderful!
I am also reminded of another story that is found in the Old Testament, where God purposely allowed a lying spirit to go and deceive King Ahab. These verses are quite interesting as they provide us with a brief glimpse into the goings on in the great Halls of Heaven. Consider what we are told in the First Book of Kings:
"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."
1 Kings 22:20-23, KJV
Why did the Lord allow this to occur? Apparently for the very same reason that the Apostle Paul tells us that God will send strong delusion during the Last Days. That is, because people will no longer love the truth of God's Word, and they will purposely want to be deceived, as we see by these verses:
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:"
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11, KJV
So the fact of the matter is that we actually invite delusion into our lives when we choose to reject the truth. As I have mentioned before, in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah, God even tells us that He will choose our delusions. Consider this verse:
"I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not."
Isaiah 66:4, KJV
The same person who asked me about the ultimate fate of the Fallen Angels and the demons, was also wondering if some of the Angels will be saved, while others will be damned when they are judged by the Saints. Again, this is a question to which I can't possibly provide a definitive answer. However, as I was thinking about this issue, I was reminded of the story in the Gospels where Mary Magdalene washed Jesus' feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and then anointed them with ointment. Simon the Pharisee, in whose house the Lord was a guest at the time, self-righteously judged Jesus in his heart, thinking that Jesus would have surely known that the woman was a sinner. In the exchange which ensued, Jesus said the following to Simon:
"Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little."
Luke 7:47, KJV
In other words, what Jesus appears to be saying is that the more we love others, the more we will be forgiven ourselves, because in reality, to love is to forgive. This thought goes hand-in-hand with the following verses:
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
Matthew 6:14-15, KJV
For a deeper look at this topic, please consider reading my article entitled "Love, Mercy, Forgiveness and Chastisement".
So regardless of who these Angels are that the Apostle Paul says the Saints will judge, it seems to me that being as God the Father has extended so much Love, Mercy and Forgiveness to His wayward children on this Earth, even going so far as to sacrifice His own dear Son, He would expect us to extend the very same Love, Mercy and Forgiveness to others as well, including to these Angels. If there is anything that we know about God, it is that He is a Righteous and Merciful Judge, and that He goes the extra mile with everyone, not desiring that anyone should perish. As King David, the Prophet Ezekiel and the Apostle Peter write:
"The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple . . . The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether."
Psalms 19:7, 9, KJV
"Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever."
Psalms 119:160, KJV
"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?"
Ezekiel 33:11, KJV
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9, KJV
Regarding these verses, I am reminded of a number of stories that are found in the Old Testament where God provided ample opportunity for people to repent. As I explain in such series as "The Fruits Of Disobedience", time after time after time, by way of His holy Prophets, God pleaded with the rebellious, backslidden Israelite nation to turn from their wicked ways, before He finally lowered the Rod of Chastisement by way of famines, droughts, pestilences, attacks from and domination by their enemies, etc. Twice the temple was destroyed, and at the time of Jesus Christ, Israel was still under the foreign occupation of Rome. Not only that, but as I explain in other articles, Jesus blasted the Scribes and the Pharisees, and accused them of being the children of the murderers of the Old Testament Prophets, as we see by the following verses:
"Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the LORD, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the LORD."
Jeremiah 29:19, KJV
"I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me."
Jeremiah 35:15, KJV
"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord."
Matthew 23:29-39, KJV
Consider also how the Patriarch Abraham pleaded with God to spare Sodom and Gomorrah, if He could find ten righteous souls in those two wicked places. Of course, we know that none were found, and the cities of the plains were utterly destroyed by fire and brimstone sent by God. You can find the story in Genesis chapter eighteen. Going back further in time, we discover that God actually waited one hundred and twenty years before He finally sent the Flood in the days of the Patriarch Noah. Consider this verse that is found in the Book of Genesis:
"And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."
Genesis 6:3, KJV
In the case of the ancient metropolis of Nineveh -- which was situated near the modern Iraqi city of Mosul in the Ninawa Governorate -- God actually chose to stay His judgments until a later time, because the people of Nineveh harkened unto the warnings of the Prophet Jonah, and repented of their sins. In fact, Jesus made mention of this during His time on Earth, as we see by this verse:
"The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here."
Matthew 12:41, KJV
These are just a few examples which demonstrate God's Divine Patience and Mercy with sinful, rebellious men. But is it possible that God's Mercy may even extend beyond this current physical life in certain cases? Before you are too quick to offer an answer, please consider the following information. As we learned in part one, during the time that His physical body was laying in the sepulchre following His Crucifixion, Jesus went and preached to the spirits which are imprisoned in the Earth, as we see by these verses:
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;"
1 Peter 3:18-19, KJV
After having received the powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit in Acts chapter two, we find the Apostle Peter and his fellow Apostles preaching boldly concerning the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Considering that the New Testament had not yet been written at that time, it was only natural that the Apostles would quote from what we today refer to as the Old Testament. By quoting from some of King David's prophetic Psalms, Peter again reminds his audience how Jesus was not left in the underworld, or Hades, as we see here:
"He [King David] seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption."
Acts 2:31, KJV
So the question in my mind is this: Why did Jesus go to this dark place of gloom and doom that is located deep within the bowels of the Earth, and preach to those imprisoned spirits? Based upon the original Greek word that is used in 1 Peter 3:19 -- "kerusso" -- some people have suggested that Jesus didn't actually preach to them; rather, He proclaimed His victory over them, as a herald would do. However, personally, I find that interpretation rather troubling, because I have never pictured Jesus as being a braggart, have you?
Not only that, but in the sixty-one times that "kerusso" is used in the New Testament, it is translated fifty-one times as the word "preach", and only twice as "proclaim". In my opinion, this seems to indicate that Jesus did in fact go to that dark prison in order to preach to the lost spirits, and not simply to boast of His victory over them.
The next obvious question is this: Why would Jesus do this unless there was still a chance for those imprisoned spirits? Again, I honestly do not believe that Jesus would go to that dark, dreadful place just to torment them, do you?
As I thought on these things, some very interesting verses came to mind which I have shared a number of times before. However, in this case, I have seen them in a very different light. In the fourth chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke we find the following verses:
"The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up."
Matthew 4:16, KJV
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord."
Luke 4:18-19, KJV
Up until now, I have always understood the previous verses to be referring to Jesus' Ministry to the people of Israel, and I still believe this. But is it possible that these verses actually have a double meaning? Let me point out a few things to you. First of all, that word "preach" is translated from the very same Greek word that Peter uses in his Epistle; that is, "kerusso". To me, this confirms that when Peter writes that Jesus preached to the spirits in prison, that is exactly what he means. Allow me to also call your attention to several phrases that are used in the previous verses: sat in darkness, them which sat in the region and shadow of death, to preach deliverance to the captives, and to set at liberty them that are bruised.
While we know that those phrases can certainly be applied to people who are the prisoners of death and sin, as we all are, or at least were at one time before we repented and accepted God's Forgiveness through Jesus Christ, I propose that they can likewise be equally applied to those spirits who now sit in darkness, "in the region and shadow of death" of Hades -- the underworld -- and even in the Abyss itself. Surely, they are captives who require deliverance from that dark place as well. So again I ask: Is it possible that the reason why the Lord went to preach to the spirits in prison is because He knew that there was still some degree of hope for them of finding forgiveness, deliverance, and even Salvation? What do you think?
Something else which we need to consider is the following. The fact that those imprisoned spirits are still waiting for their final judgement seems to imply that a final decision has not been made yet concerning them. If they were already fully condemned, one would think that there would no longer be any need to judge them. Of course, one could argue that the judgement is just to determine the degree of punishment. Another possibility is that they have already been judged, but their sentence simply hasn't been handed out yet. But, based upon 2 Peter 3:9, I am still wondering if there might possibly still be a chance for them.
We also need to remind ourselves that according to Jesus, the only unforgivable sin is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost. He made this very clear in the following verses:
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."
Matthew 12:31-32, KJV
Clearly, blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is considered to be a very serious sin by the Lord. But exactly what is meant by blasphemy against the Holy Ghost? Stepping back further, what exactly is the Holy Ghost? As I explain in other articles, it is my personal belief that the Holy Ghost -- or Holy Spirit, if you prefer -- is an extension of God the Father Himself. I believe that it is the very essence of God's Being. It is His Presence in some intangible form. It is a Creative Force and a Power which proceeds from the Central Throne of God, which miraculously creates, heals, and empowers those people who are touched by or filled with it, so that they are able to perform mighty signs and wonders, just like Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is the same Force and Power which was present at the moment of Creation, and it is the same Force and Power which resided within the very body of Jesus Christ during His Earthly Ministry, and without measure no less. It is also the same Force and Power which can dwell within a saved Christian, according to God's Divine Purposes. The Holy Ghost is also our Comforter and Teacher. Consider the following verses which confirm all of these points:
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."
Genesis 1:2, KJV
"The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."
Job 33:4, KJV
"And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."
Luke 1:35, KJV
"And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:"
Matthew 3:16, KJV
"For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him."
John 3:34, KJV
"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily."
Colossians 2:9, KJV
"But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you."
Matthew 12:28, KJV
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father."
John 14:12, KJV
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."
John 14:26, KJV
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:"
John 15:26, KJV
"For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ."
Romans 15:18-19, KJV
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."
1 Corinthians 3:16-17, KJV
To reiterate, it is my view that to blaspheme the Holy Ghost is the same as blaspheming God the Father Himself, because the Holy Ghost is a part of Him. It is the Spirit of Truth. Furthermore, to deny the Ultimate Truth and most important message that is contained in the Bible, which is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only Savior and Redeemer of the world, is to call God a liar. That is why Jesus informs us that blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is the one sin for which a person cannot find forgiveness. To blaspheme Jesus is one thing, but to blaspheme His Father is quite another. Furthermore, we know that our Heavenly Father is not a liar, as the following verses plainly reveal:
"God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?"
Numbers 23:19, KJV
"God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."
Romans 3:4, KJV
"In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;"
Titus 1:2, KJV
"He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son."
1 John 5:10, KJV
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
1 John 1:10, KJV
While we have taken a slight detour in our discussion, the reason why the previous paragraphs and verses are important, is because they reveal to us that blasphemy against the Holy Ghost is the only unpardonable sin. The implication then, is that all other manner of sin can be forgiven. What does this say then about the Fallen Angels and other spirits which are now imprisoned within the bowels of the Earth? Does this seem to offer some level of hope for them? If they are willing to repent of their rebellion, and accept Jesus' dominion and authority over them, is it possible that both Forgiveness and Salvation are still within their reach? I will be offering my personal view in part three of this series.
Please go to part three for the continuation of this series.
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