"What is Christian Demonology?"

Demonology is the study of demons. Christian Demonology is the study of what the Bible teaches about demons. Closely related to Angelology, Christian Demonology teaches us about the demons, what they are and how they attack us. Satan and his demons are fallen angels, true and real personal beings who wage war against God, the holy angels, and humanity. Christian Demonology helps us to be aware of Satan, his minions, and their evil schemes. Here are some important issues in Christian demonology:

What does the Bible say about demons? The Bible indicates that the demons are fallen angels – angels who along with Satan rebelled against God. Satan and his demons now look to destroy and deceive all those who follow and worship God.

How, why, and when did Satan fall from heaven? Satan fell from heaven because of the sin of pride, which led to his rebellion against God. The actually time of the fall is not recorded in Scripture and may have occurred outside time as we know it, i.e. before the creation of the world and the creation of time and space. 

Why did God allow some of the angels to sin? The angels who fell and became demons had a free will choice to make - God did not force or encourage any of the angels to sin. They sinned of their own free will and therefore are worthy of God's eternal wrath.

Can Christians be demon possessed? We strongly hold to the belief that a Christian cannot be possessed by a demon. We believe there is a sharp difference between being possessed by a demon, and being oppressed / influenced by a demon.

Is there activity of demonic spirits in the world today? Considering the fact that Satan “walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8) and knowing that he is not omnipresent, it is logical that he would send forth his demons to do his work in this world. 

The Nephilim (fallen ones, giants) were the offspring of sexual relationships between the sons of God and daughters of men in Genesis 6:1-4. There is much debate as to the identity of the "sons of God".

Many people believe Satan and his demons are only personifications of evil. Christian Demonology helps us to understand the nature of our spiritual enemy. It teaches us how to resist and overcome the devil and his temptations. Praise God for the victory over darkness through our Lord Jesus Christ! While the Christian should not be in any way obsessed or fascinated with demonology, a clear understanding of demonology will calm our fears relating to demons, keep us watchful, and remind us to stay close to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, because He has sent the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts and “greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). 

A key Scripture related to Christian Demonology is 2 Corinthians 11:14-15, "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve."



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From the Greek daimon, or spirit, demons are powerful supernatural beings without the dignity of gods. Ancient demons could be good or bad. Traditionally demons have been said to reign on some other planet, usually some form of hell, and are creatures of fire.

The classical Greek demon, Pan, was a nature spirit. Other demons protected homes, fields, or travelers. Malevolent demons brought on disease or insanity. Hebrew and Christian culture considered all demons evil. In 1589, a leading expert named Brinsfield listed major demons and their specialties. These included: Lucifer, pride; Satan, anger; Beelzebub, gluttony; and Belphegor, sloth.


Demons walk the earth; they can take animal or human form. The numerous types and forms of demons have been listed below:

What are the names and titles
the Bible uses for the devil?

Q. What are some of the names or titles the Bible uses for the devil?

A. Here is a list of thirty-three names and references to Satan / Lucifer / Devil in the Bible:

  • Abaddon - Revelation 9:11
    "And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is]Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon."
  • Accuser of the brethren - Revelation 12:10
    "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. "
  • Adversary (one who stands against) - 1Peter 5:8
    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: "
  • Angel of the bottomless pit - Revelation 9:11
    "And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon."
  • Angel of light - 2Corinthians 11:14
    "And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. "
  • Antichrist - 1John 4:3
    "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. "
  • Apollyon - (Greek Απολλύων, or Destroyer) - Revelation 9:11
    "And they had a king over them, [which is] the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue [is] Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath [his] name Apollyon."
  • Beelzebub - Matthew 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15
    "But when the Pharisees heard [it], they said, This [fellow] doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. " (Matthew 12:24)

    "And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. " (Mark 3:22)

    "But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. " (Luke 11:15)

  • Belial - 2Corinthians 6:15
    "And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? "
  • Devil - Matthew 4:1; Luke 4:2,6; Revelation 20:2
    "Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. " (Matthew 4:1)

    "Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. . . . And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. " (Luke 4:2,6)

    "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, " (Revelation 20:2)

  • Dragon - Revelation 12:7
    "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against thedragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, "
  • Enemy - Matthew 13:39
    "The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. "
  • Evil spirit - 1Samuel 16:14
    "But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. "
  • Father (father) of all liars - John 8:44
    "Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. "
  • God (god) of this world - 2Corinthians 4:4
    "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. "
  • Great red dragon - Revelation 12:3
    "And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. "
  • Lucifer - Isaiah 14:12
    "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! "
  • Man of sin - 2Thessalonians 2:3
    "Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; "
  • Murderer - John 8:44
    "Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."
  • Old serpent - Revelation 12:9, 20:2
    "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. " (Revelation 12:9)

    "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, " (Revelation 20:2)

  • Power of darkness - Colossians 1:13
    "Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: "
  • Power of death - Hebrews 2:14
    "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; "
  • Prince of this world - John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11
    "Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out." (John 12:31)

    "Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. " (John 14:30)

    "Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. " (John 16:11)

  • Prince of the power of the air - Ephesians 2:2
    "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: "
  • Roaring lion - 1Peter 5:8
    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: "
  • Ruler of darkness - Ephesians 6:12
    "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. "
  • Satan - 1Chronicles 21:1; Job 1:6; John 13:27; Acts 5:3, 26:18; Romans 16:20; Revelation 20:2
    "And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. " (1Chronicles 21:1)

    "Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. " (Job 1:6)

    "And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. " (John 13:27)

    "But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back [part] of the price of the land? " (Acts 5:3)

    "To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. " (Acts 26:18)

    "And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with you. Amen. " (Romans 16:20)

    "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, andSatan, and bound him a thousand years, " (Revelation 20:2)

  • Serpent - Genesis 3:4, 14; 2Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 20:2
    "And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: . . . And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou [art] cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: " (Genesis 3:4, 14)

    "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. " (2Corinthians 11:3)

    "And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, andSatan, and bound him a thousand years, " (Revelation 20:2)

  • Son of perdition - John 17:12
    "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. "
  • Tempter - Matthew 4:3; 1Thessalonians 3:5
    "And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. " (Matthew 4:3)

    "For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. " (1Thessalonians 3:5)

  • Thief - John 10:10
    "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly. "
  • Wicked one - Matthew 13:19, 38
    When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth [it] not, then cometh the wicked [one], and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. . . . The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked [one]; "


Answer Given By:  Wayne Stenhouse