Evil spirits fear Hell
Luke 8:31 -
And they entreated him that he would not command them to depart into the abyss
It is an irony in childhood and even now many adults think that Hell is the kingdom of Satan and a place where Satan rules. I have seen many a picture which shows ugly looking creatures holding weapons in hand rejoicing while humans are burning in pots and others being tortured in other ways. The artist must have imagined Hell like a cannibal tribes in jungles of Africa.
Man who has limited knowledge and due to that makes even the Heavens like earth. Due to this limited knowledge they do not know God and thus do suffer in their life. They not only are deprived for the blessing which they have already been given, they also glorify their enemy and make him to the level of God doing just what their enemy desired.
With regards to Hell (Gehenna in New Testament and Valley of Hinnom in Old Testament) in the Old Testament it was symbolically put to the people as the valley outside the town where all the garbage of the town was burnt. There was fire burning but that did not mean the whole huge valley was always on fire. The fire was only where the garbage was. One should realize the lepers who were cast out also dwelt in this valley. In the Old Testament and New Testament there are two words Sheol and Abyss respectively (also known as pit) actually refer to lower Heavens which includes Hell and Grave. Hell is also described as the lowest pit. Evil spirits cannot go to Grave or upper Sheol / Abyss but only those who believe in Jesus Christ sleep there after death to rise on Judgment Day.
Hell is simply put by Paul as a prison. A place where a soul is restricted to burn within by the evil the held in them until their spirit life perishes. This place is controlled by the Angels of God.
Man has glorified Satan to the level of God and are believing like the heathens i.e. the Hindus in India have a very imaginative concept of god(s) and evil god(s) (whom they confuse as also being holy i.e. Raavan is also considered to be a holy sage / saint).
It would be better than imagining things we study the Bible and understand.
A spirit (which translates as breath or air) being are not humans and do not have physical form. They are beyond this physical world and have the ability to take any physical form. They have a form which is defined by their soul / heart / nature and this is not physical or restricted by space.
Evil spirit or fallen angels are similar to an Angel of God but their form (not physical but spiritual) is ugly because their nature is evil. During a period in time God had taken away their powers (restricted - leaving that of Lucifer) and therefore are not capable to do what an Angel can do. They use man and build their powers through man.
The war good and evil is not between Satan and God but between Satan and man, with God backing man. Jesus' sacrifice was not to destroy Satan but the plans of Satan concerning people of God. To destroy Satan Jesus Christ will come again once He has found all His sheep. To destroy Satan and all the fallen angels Jesus Christ along with elect will only give a shout which is declare His Holy Name.
To get the truth we need to understand man first. Man is a spirit been made similar to an Angel, which is uni-gender but man has lost powers and was restricted to this body of flesh when he lost the 3 fruits of righteousness, holiness and truth, when sin entered him. To tap to the power like that of an Angel we need to overcome our flesh which is glued by our carnal being. Jesus being perfect could do this and showed us this by His transfiguration.
People do not know that Satan (word is a plural word) does not always refer only to Lucifer. It refers to his team which includes the beast (who represents him) and the other fallen angels. Lucifer (king of Tyre / King of Babylon / dragon / serpent) has been bounded since long and his show has been run by the beast (prince of Tyre / beast / young lion). Lucifer (symbolized in Revelation as the dragon which is a mythological character) and the beast are more than an Angel, but the powers of the beast has also been restricted like that of the other fallen angels. He is the one who has been doing all work of making himself as gods both among heathens and many Christians (as human spirit/s glorified equal to God / God the Son).
We have powers over fallen angels and even over the beast, but that does not mean we can kill them. Jesus too did not do that. As humans (in Christ), we have powers to disable their work and to bind their work and cast them out of the lives of humans. The only way to destroy them is to send to Hell where they suffer and perish. This is the authority which Jesus held and which we too can have as we grow in the knowledge of Him; Jesus gives us this authority when we are fully matured in Him.
Do not be deceived by Satan and his team but by the knowledge and understand of God, and being a part of Jesus Christ crush Satan and his plans to destroy us.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, by making man eat of the tree of Good and Bad, Satan has deceived man to see bad in all creation which is good and not in himself. Man has been disillusioned of the truth. By sin Satan g\ahs bought man under the wrath and curse of God, but by your sacrifice You have made peace between God and man and canceled the curses. Lord Jesus, help us grow in the knowledge of You so that we open our eyes to know Who You are and who we are in You...
This prayer we make in your mighty Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; They have provoked me to anger with their vanities: And I will move them to jealousy with those that are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.
22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, And burneth unto the lowest Sheol, And devoureth the earth with its increase, And setteth on fire the foundations of the mountains.
4 that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say: "How the oppressor has ceased, The golden city ceased!
5 The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, The scepter of the rulers;
6 He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke, He who ruled the nations in anger, Is persecuted and no one hinders.
7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet; They break forth into singing.
8 Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you, And the cedars of Lebanon, Saying, 'Since you were cut down, No woodsman has come up against us.'
9 "Hell from beneath is excited about you, To meet you at your coming; It stirs up the dead for you, All the chief ones of the earth; It has raised up from their thrones All the kings of the nations.
10 They all shall speak and say to you: 'Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us?
11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, And the sound of your stringed instruments; The maggot is spread under you, And worms cover you.'
12 "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.'
15 Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit.
16 "Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?'
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion [roar] and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
7 But the angel said to me, "Why did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns.
8 "The beast that you saw was, and is not, and will ascend out of the bottomless pit and go to perdition. And those who dwell on the earth will marvel, whose names are not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.
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