Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world, I Cor. 6:2, 3?
1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1 Corinthians 6:3 Know yea not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
What is meant by these two verses? It certainly wasn’t what I thought it was until last month, March 2000. Personally, I thought we would be judging demons (fallen angels) after we were spirit beings. That is not correct. Let’s look at what Christ really says about this subject.
This word “judge” in both verses above is Strong’s #2919 meaning to distinguish i.e. decide (mentally or judicially) by implication, “to try, condemn, punish, avenge…”
Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says to “divide, separate, make a distinction, come to a decision, to judge, try in a solemn judicial manner…”
“Angels” is verse 3, is Strong’s #32 meaning “(to bring tiding) a messenger, especially an angel…”
The word “world” is Strong’s #2889 (kosmos) “meaning orderly arrangement i.e. decoration; by impl. the world (in a wide or narrow sense) including its inhabitants…”
Zodhiates says of this word “world,” “to set in order, adorn, that which pertains to space and not time, the sum total of the material universe, the beauty in it, the sum total of persons living in the world.”
What did we just learn? That we are to try, to decide, to condemn, to punish, and to avenge. Who are we to try, punish, and avenge? Is it not angels? Let’s ask some hard questions. Would it not be insane to think we humans who are so full of sin ourselves would judge righteous angels? To think that we would try, condemn, and punish righteous angels is absurd, so we have to be talking of fallen angels or demons. The righteous angels have proved themselves for no doubt thousands of years. We are dealing with demons. Did you know that their fate is already sealed? They have been tried and sentenced, but not yet forced to partake of that sentence (punishment).
Read Ezekiel 28:13.
Ezekiel 28:13Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
This is surely speaking of Satan. Verse 15 says he was perfect until he started sinning. Verse 16 is the first indication that Satan has already been tried and sentenced and we humans had nothing to do with it.
Continuing in verse 17, these are not idle threats that this Awesome God is making. The Father and Christ will do what they say. This word “cast” is Strong’s # 7993 meaning “to throw out, down or away…”
Who are these Kings that Satan will be laid before? Humans kings? Not hardly. You have to be spirit to see spirit except as in some vision that God is directing and there are quite a number of those in the scriptures. We, the saved beings, are these kings, Rev. l:6 and 5:10.
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Verse 18 of Ezekiel tells us what happens when Satan is laid before us. As we will see later, what Satan gets the rest of the demons get. These Two Mighty Gods will execute Satan and the rest of the demons right before the eyes of the saved kings and priests. God says he will generate a fire in the midst of Satan and it will spread to engulf all of him and turn him into ashes right before our eyes. Malachi 4:1 adds more to this.
Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
Verse 19 of Ezekiel 28 shows what the reaction of us saved human will be at the execution of what is no doubt one of the most powerful beings ever to exist.
Satan seems to be equal in power with Michael and Gabriel, the two other archangels. And there could no doubt be other archangels also.
This word “astonished” in verse 19, is Strong’s # 8074 meaning, “to stun, grow numb, devastate or stupefy…” This is our reaction to witnessing Satan’s and the demons’ executions.
And notice the last part of verse 19. This execution is permanent. Satan and the demons shall never be anymore. I suggest that you read my paper on “Satan’s Execution” for more information on this subject.
Doesn’t this show us that Satan and the demons have already been tried, condemned, and sentenced, just not punished yet, and we humans had nothing to do with it? So what did Paul mean back in I Cor. 6:3? These statements are true or else God is a liar and we have no hope of salvation.
The Bible is written for us.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type”), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”
Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”
“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl.) mild rebuke or warning.” “World” is Strong’s #165: “prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future): —age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).”
This is somewhat perplexing, that we are told we will judge angels, yet there no way we sinning humans could judge righteous angels, for if they are righteous, they don’t need judging. God The Father and Christ have already judged, condemned and sentenced, but not yet executed the final sentence on Satan and the demons of turning them into ashes.
Let’s see what the message is to us, God’s people, since the Bible is written for us. Let’s see if God has given us an opportunity to judge fallen angels in this life. You bet he has, and it has everything to do with our effort to obtain salvation.
I Peter 5:8 is not a mistake. This is a warning to the virgins.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Would you be out strolling causally in your neighborhood if there were a huge male African lion prowling there? This is serious spiritual business. There are Satan plus swarms of demon all intent on stealing your salvation. They cause endless situations to arise that irritate you and cause you to sin. If a lion roars and we are in hearing distance, that gets our attention. Satan makes all these spiritual roars and the only way we can hear them is to have spiritual ears.
Revelation 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
We have to know what the bible says, and be willing to believe it or we will be devoured spiritually. I Peter 5:9 tells us what to do, along with, Eph. 6:11-18.
1 Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that yea may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that yea may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith yea shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
The bottom line is the whole Bible tells us what to do. Believe and obey, learn from the prototypes written for us.
As we learn about the activity of demons it will become increasingly clear about this judging. Eph. 6:12 tells also where our battlefield is.
Notice Mt. 11:12. Has this got something to do with judging angels?
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
From the days of John the Baptist till now, when is now?
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Review the definition of “example” on page 3.
“World” is Strong’s # 165 meaning “age.” The Bible is written for us with all its prototypes. So from the days of John the Baptist till now, the end of the age, the kingdom suffers violence.
“Violence” is Strong’s # 971 meaning to “force, i.e. (reflex) to crowds oneself (into)…”
“Violent” is Strong’s # 973 meaning “a forcer…”
“Take it by force” is Strong’s # 726 and 846 respectively meaning to “seize (in various applications).”
Berry’s Greek to English Interlinear translates Mt. 11:12 as follows, “but from the days of John the Baptist, until now, the kingdom of heaven is taken by violence and (the) violent seize it.”
So what does Mt. 11:12 tell us? One thing for sure, a passive Christian has very little chance of entering the Kingdom of God. The strong Christian will force or crowd one’s self, will be a forcer, and seize the Kingdom. Why do we need to be a forcer? To seize the Kingdom! Haven’t we all thought that the kingdom would more or less be handed to us on a silver platter while we blissfully play church?
No, that is not the way it is. Satan and his demons are blocking our way into the kingdom. We have to force and seize our way into the Kingdom and this has everything to do with judging demons.
One word of caution before we get into the practical aspects of judging angels and claiming the promises Christ has made about it. We better have our spiritual ducks in a row before we start dealing with demons.
Acts 19:13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
These verses should be self-explanatory, for God has made promises that He is bound to keep. A tremendous amount of power over demons is promised to Christians. Who gets this power? Is it for everyone? I don’t know, but one thing is for sure, if we won’t use it wisely, if we would abuse it, then Christ and the Father certainly won’t give it to us. Only the wise virgins will be given this power and maybe not all of them. That remains to be seen.
Turn to Luke 10:1 where Christ sends the 70 to prepare the way before him.
Luke 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
In verses 17-20 the 70 return with joy, and the first thing they said is recorded in verse 17.
Luke 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luke 10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
“Subject” is Strong’s # 5293 meaning, “to subordinate, reflex., to obey, be under obedience (obedient)…”
Demons are put in a lower rank to us through the proper use of Christ’s Name. So that’s a power that Christ gives us. Don’t kid yourself. The people playing church won’t get this power. Now look at what Christ says in verse 19.
(1) Christ gave these 70 disciples this power.
(2) This first word “power” is Strong’s # 1849 meaning (in the sense of ability) privilege i.e. (subj.) force, capacity, competency, freedom or (obj.) mastery.” Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says basically the same thing. So these 70 had the privilege, the force, capacity, freedom, the mastery, to make the demons obey them through the proper use of Christ Name.
A word of caution needs to be added here. Can we take vengeance on demons, just because Christ gives us power to make them obey? NO, Christ says vengeance is his in
Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
(3) The word “tread” is Strong’s 3961, meaning “a path, to trample (lit. or fig.) tread
down under foot.” Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament says that this word “tread” means, “a path, a beaten way to tread, trample, to tread as a wine press…”
Here again end time Christians (I Cor. 10:11) are promised by Christ power to walk on and over demons. Again I would stress this power can’t be abused. We will see later how Christ used it.
(4) “Serpents” is Strong’s #3789 meaning “(through the idea of sharpness of vision) a snake, fig. (as a type of sly cunning), an artful malicious person, especially Satan – serpent.”
It’s common knowledge among Christians who the chief serpent is, Gen. 3:1-4 and Rev. 12:9
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Revelation 12:9 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.
Here again, Christ has given us power over serpents or demons, of which Satan is chief. I restate the warning given earlier we better have our spiritual ducks in a row when we start dealing with Satan and the demons. It is not something to be taken lightly.
(5) “Scorpions” is Strong’s # 4651 means “to pierce, a scorpion…”
These scorpions that we can have power over are just demons. Notice Rev. 9:2-3,11.
Revelation 9:2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
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.
“Power” here is Strong’s # 1849 meaning, “(in the sense of ability) privilege, i.e. force, capacity, competence, freedom, mastery.”
These locusts coming out of the bottomless pit have power, just as the scorpions (demons) have power. Rev. 9:3 tells us these demons have force, privilege, etc., just like we can have over them. Christ will give us power over Satan and the demons and over all the miracles they will be doing.
(6) This second word “power” in Luke 10:19 is Strong’s # 1411 means, “force (lit. or fig.) spec., a miraculous power, (usually by impl.) a miracle itself…”
(7) It goes without saying who the enemy is, the ones who hate all true Christians.
(8) Continuing in verse 20, “subject” here is the same as verse 17, Strong’s # 5293 meaning, “to be subordinate.”
Christ says don’t be cheerful because the demons are subject to you, but be cheerful that your names are written in heaven. Our attitude should be to be happy because God has seen fit to entrust us with this power. If you have a tendency toward abusing power, you must grow to the point of never abusing this tremendous power. It should only be used to further enhance our spiritual growth and help us in removing spiritual roadblocks that Satan and these demons will keep in front of us continually.
Refer back to I Corinthians 6:2-3, where the “judging” Paul was talking about involves punishment. Notice again this word “judge” in both verses, is Strong’s #2919 meaning, “to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially), by impl. to try, condemn, punish, avenge.”
Is it clear now that we as Christians are to judge angels? This word “judge” means, “to try, condemn, punish, avenge, etc.” How could you or I punish a demon? Well it’s clear once we put the scriptures together. Why would weneed to punish a demon?
Today is the Sunday during Unleavened Bread 2000. I’m going to give some demons their last warning before hell comes crashing in around them. They will get this warning the last day of Unleavened Bread. This is the second warning for them concerning one human and the first for the other. It is their decision whether they want the punishment. If they insist on this continued harassment of these two humans, I’ll deal out the punishment through Jesus Christ Name, and it will be a done deal.
Notice this word, “torment” in Luke 8:28 on page 9. Strong’s #928 means “to torture, pain, toil, torment, toss, vex.”
Before we get into the punishment I need to mention this again. In the case above, the harassment of these two humans has been on going for more than two years. The humans are not aware of how these demons are playing with their mind and forcing them ever closer to losing their salvation.
As you learn more about demons you will see and be overwhelmed at how much demons affect your life every day, your sleep habits, health, relations in family and on the job. Don’t be surprised when you see how many of your health problems are caused by demons.
Luke 11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
Luke 11:25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
Luke 11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
Now what’s a demon’s life like when he has no mind to dwell in? Notice this interesting definition given by Strong’s of the word “rest,” # 372, meaning “intermission, by impl. recreation – rest.”
“Places” is Strong’s # 5117 meaning, “a spot (gen. in space, but limited in occupancy…”
“House” is Strong’s #3624 meaning, “a dwelling…”
Apparently, when a demon has no mind to dwell in he wanders through the desert of space void of minds, which is certainly an emptiness which is void of recreation. This is the reason that they begged Christ not to send them into the abyss, but into the swine. As covered on the next couple of pages, this is no doubt why computers and cell phones are attractive places for demons, since that is as close to human minds as machines can get.
Think about this long and hard. Your mind and the minds of your closest love ones can be recreation areas for demons. This explains the Columbines and other acts of insanity we see humans perpetrate against other humans. But there is a way out; we are to judge angels, try, condemn, and punish if necessary.
Read Luke 8:27.
Luke 8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness)
30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
In verse 31, “deep” is Strong’s # 12 meaning, “depthless, i.e. spec. (infernal) abyss, deep, (bottomless) pit.”
Mt. 8:28-32 is the same account.
Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding.
31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
In verse 29, the word “torment” is the same word. The word “time” is Strong’s # 2540 meaning, “an occasion, i.e., set or proper time…” In Mark 5:2-10 is more of the same account.
Mark 5:2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.
5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.
8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.
9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country.
Here again in verse 7, “torment” is the same word. Notice in verse 10, the word “country” is Strong’s # 5561 meaning, “through the idea of empty expanse, room. i.e., a space of territory (more or less extensive), often includes its inhab…”
What is the demons biggest fear? It is to be cast out of the mind it occupies and put into the abyss (bottomless pit) in confinement where there is no recreation to be had shut away from physical minds.
This is the power we have over demons! We can cast them out of human or animals minds, and if indeed necessary, consign them to the bottomless pit. Christ has made them subordinate to us through the proper use of His name. And it is understood we have to be obeying God to the best of our ability to have the proper faith to do this.
How did Christ handle this power? As far as I know, today April 23, 2000, it is not recorded that He consigned any to the bottomless pit during His ministry.
Can we abuse this power when Christ gives it to us? In NO way can we. But it is a Big Stick we can carry to keep demons in control, and no doubt some will have to be sent to their jail after sufficient warning. Judging by God’s standards demands a careful thought process, such as not flying off and doing things in a rage. This handling of demons will be part of our growth process. There is much to be learned about this process. God will give us the information, as we are able to handle it.
Now for another verse, turn to James 4:7.
James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
This word “submit” is Strong’s # 5293 meaning, “(to subordinate), reflex. to obey, be under obedience…” This is the same word used in Luke 10:17 covered earlier in referring to the demons’ relationship to us. The word there was “subject.”
“Resist” is Strong’s # 436 meaning, “to stand against, i.e. oppose…”
“Flee” is Strong’s # 5343 meaning, “to run away, lit. or fig. by impl. to shun…”
The information needed to make a stand against Satan and his demons is in this paper.
You can not only make a stand. You can conquer these evil beings. As mentioned earlier, this has everything to do with your eternal life, because they are out to stop you dead in your tracks and dead forever.
Published June 20, 2002
© Edgar Y. Bennett
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Black Hawk, CO 80422 USA