strong men can take various forms. They
are often seen in vision as Greek gods, or Chinese, Hawaiian or other deities
that mankind worship. Both demons on
earth and those in the mid-heavens can take the form of a serpent, scorpion,
frogs, etc. Gen. 3:1; Lk. 10:19; Rev.
16:13-14. Animistic religions worship
demons in animal forms such as a shark, owl, turtle, various birds, goat, pig,
cow, and so forth. Revelation 18:2
refers to demons as “hateful birds.” Ezekiel
8:10 describes evil spirits worshipped by the people of Israel during the
Babylonian captivity as follows: “So I went in and saw; and behold every form
of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of
Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about.” Almost anything imaginable can be worshipped
as gods and goddesses. Eze. 8:12.
13:21-22 speaks of the destruction of physical and historical Babylon:
“But wild beasts of the desert
shall be there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls
shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there. And the wild beasts of the island shall cry
in their desolate houses, and dragons in their pleasant palaces: and her time
is near to come, and her days shall not be prolonged.” The word “satyr” is the Greek for a half-man,
half-goat creature. This prophecy
applied to ancient Babylon and will apply to
at the end of the age. “And he cried mightily with a strong voice,
saying Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of
devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and
hateful bird. . . And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of
her, my people, that ye be not partakes of her sins, and that ye receive not of
her plagues.” Rev. 18:2, 4.
Satan himself often appears as half-goat, half-man. The Greeks and Romans worshipped a half-goat,
half-man deity called “Pan,” “Fawn” and “Satyr.” Hindus worship cows and many South Pacific
people worship the shark, owl, turtle, etc.
At times, evil spirits can appear as beautiful or handsome human beings. The Prince of Darkness is often a tall,
handsome man that is worshipped by female fortune-tellers and psychics. We’ve come across it. The Chinese, of course, worship the dragon
and phoenix bird. Eskimos and Hawaiians
worship the hawk. The Bible says that Babylon will be inhabited
by dragons, owls and goats. Is. 13:21;
34:13; 43:20. Since Babylon
no longer exists in the physical, except for a few buildings, this passage most
likely applies to spiritual Babylon
which exists today. The spirit of death
can appear in a black hood (someone must have seen it in the form of the “grim
reaper” at one time and we too have seen it in that form).
seen ruler spirits in the form of Chinese gods and goddesses such as Kwan Dai
Gung and Kwan Yin, the “goddess of mercy.”
Kwan Dai Gung is a warrior god often seen with a long, black beard and
dressed in green. Many Chinese
restaurants burn incense to this demon.
He is often seen with two or three other Chinese “gods.” The Chinese monkey god also is a form that
some demons take. Hawaiians worship a
half-pig, half-man demigod called Kamapua’a, and the goddess of the volcanoes
called Pele, who is seen sometimes as a beautiful, young woman and at other
times as an old hag. Satan loves to
manipulate mankind’s desire to worship by creating counterfeit religions based
on animals and supposedly super heroes.
as we prayed intensely against Satan’s strong men, especially witchcraft or
Jezebel, the room would turn cold and one or more deliverance workers would see
a spirit with wings. At times, it would
look like a pterodactyl, a huge bat, or even some entity similar to Darth Vader
seen in Star Wars. As we continued to
pray, it would disappear.
Whenever an evil spirit is seen
with wings, it is a messenger or strong man sent from the mid-heavens. Not all of Satan’s strong men appear with
wings, however. The ones at the very top
of Satan’s chain of command will not usually bother coming to earth in
person. They will send their underlings.
so-called Christians can be so controlled by demons that they can appear to be
model saints and yet be working for Satan.
“For such are false apostles,
deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is
transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as
the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Co.
11:13-15. Satan can appear as an angel
of light and so can his dark angels.
That is one of the reasons why the apostle Paul stated, “But though we, or an angel from heaven,
preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let
him be accursed. As we said before, so
say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have
received, let him be accursed.” Gal.
mankind has accepted new gospels or messages from “angels from heaven” and
received it as truth. Islam was
supposedly founded by the angel Gabriel who announced that Jesus was only a
prophet and had failed to complete His task on earth. Mormonism was also founded by an angel from
heaven who came to correct the Bible and add several new gospels. These angels were never tested according to
the apostle John’s instructions in 1 John 4:2-3. “Hereby
know ye the Spirit of God. Every spirit
that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every
spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of
God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it
should come, and even now already is it in the world.”
or even an angel from heaven come preaching a gospel that is not in the Bible,
do not receive him or his message.
the spirit is a gift given by God, but not all discernment of spirits take
place in this fashion. One does not have
to “see” these forms. Most of the time,
I just know that I know. I will
sometimes say, “There is a spirit in that corner,” and one of our team workers
would remark, “There is a spirit in that corner that looks like a monkey.” Winn Worley, a pioneer in deliverance, once
wrote that he asked God why others could actually see demons and he could
not. God answered, “That’s because
you’re a teacher and if you mention that you could see demons, everyone will
think that you have to see demons in order to cast them out.” In actually, you just need faith and should
not go by sight or emotions.
If you can
see demons in the spirit realm, it does not automatically mean that you have a
gift from God. Sometimes, it comes from
the dark side or is a mixture. Some
Christians “inherit” the ability to see ghosts and evil spirits from ancestors
who were psychics, fortune-tellers, or ardent worshippers of some false
god. Remember, psychics and some priests
in other religions can also “see” spirits.
A danger is
that someone who can see the actual forms of ghosts and/or evil spirits will
have a bit of notoriety and fame. People
will adore and admire that person. After
a time, he or she may become obsessed with seeing demons and ghosts and will
grow to love story-telling about what they saw.
Attention is drawn to them instead of God and they “steal” God’s
of spirits is a gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Co.
12:10) and is given for the purpose of
evangelism and confirming the gospel by demonstration of power by the Holy
Spirit. If one is not using that gift
for the purpose of converting souls or delivering people from the bondages of
Satan, he/she is misusing or under-using the gift.