This clip from the course Questions Aloud: Introduction to the Unseen Realm, explores the truth about demons and fallen angels. Dr. Heiser covers a lot of information in less than thirty minutes.
A simple definition of demons is that they are disembodied spirits that are hostile to God.
Are demons fallen angels?
Demons are not fallen angels. That is biblically inaccurate and an explanation based on tradition and not by examining the text.
Genesis 1-11 tells us about three rebellions that explain why evil and wickedness inhabit the earth and give us clues as to the origins of demons. The challenge in understanding these passages is that if you don’t study them in the ancient context in which they were written (ancient/dead languages and worldview), you’re filtering them through a modern perspective (English translations). There’s actually no passage that says that demons are fallen angels.
Studying demons and other supernatural beings
So where can you get more information about demons and other supernatural beings? The best study material is not available on the internet for free. Peer-reviewed scholarly journals are one of the tools helpful for understanding the ancient worldview of the Bible.
If this video piqued your interest, then you may want to consider enrolling in Unseen Realm 101, an online deep-dive into the unseen realm, based on Dr. Michael Heiser’s book, The Unseen Realm. Unseen Realm 101 and 102 include teaching not in the book that you can’t get anywhere else. Dr. Heiser shares his life’s work on the study of the supernatural worldview of the Bible in these courses.
Dr. Heiser is a world-renowned Old Testament Hebrew scholar, author, and the AWKNG School of Theology Executive Director.
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