Demons: Distributors of fortune
While much of what is called Christianity believes in an evil spirit world containing some conglomeration of “fallen angels” that are typically believed to also be “demons” we need to ask the question- Why do we believe this? Is there a genuine biblical basis that factually supports such a belief? As you read this very sentence- if you believe in demons, your mind is already thinking of those “obvious” verses that “prove” that there are “fallen angels” or “demons” who are out to get you. You are also about to dismiss what you are reading as just some crackpot writing about something he has utterly no idea about.
You know there are demons- why you may have even seen them “cast out” with your very own eyes, or better yet, you may feel you were led of the spirit to “know” thatxx c there is an evil spirit world full of rebellious fallen angels who attempt to thwart God at every opportunity.
For clarity sake, and to forge a direct challenge to any thinking person in an attempt to have them try to “prove” me wrong, let me state categorically that there is no such thing as a “fallen angel” the way most people think. There was never a “war” in heaven led by something thought to be named “Lucifer” (when he was supposedly a “good” guy), and this Lucifer/Satan never took a third of all of God’s angels with him. There is no supernatural evil spirit domain that is an antagonist to the Almighty God!
When someone in the Arab world calls the United States “The Great Satan” few Americans realize that the Arabs are using the word “satan” precisely as it is intended and in total accordance with the meaning of that word. Satan simply means “adversary”. The United States is the greatest adversary imaginable to the intent of Islamo-fascism. This, however, in no way makes America an evil spirit being- just an enemy. Furthermore, the typical Jew also knows exactly what the Arab means. Yet, the typical American perceives the word to mean that they are calling us (figuratively?) an evil spirit being who lives in constant opposition to the God of Abraham, etc.
How did we get to the point where nearly everyone else knows what “satan” is and means biblically, except for most of those who call themselves Christian? Then, the follow-up question of the hour becomes, almost a ditto, except for substituting “demon” for satan. Why is the belief in evil spirit beings called demons such an integral part of the teaching of most churches, when it can be readily shown from history that there were no such things in ancient Israel , or even in the New Testament (Messianic writings)?
Daemon is the Greek word for Demon and it means to distribute. In the ancient world Daemon were departed ancestors who either distributed fortunes or brought evil. Daemons were associated with tree worship, Venus, Asteroth, Easter, Ishtar, Semiramis, Baal, Tammuz. Tree worship extends all the way back to the Garden and the goddess of fertility or queen of heaven is a perversion of Eve.
Start at the beginning-
We must go way back in history and examine something that is mostly misunderstood by virtually all of those professing themselves to be christians today. The result is then misused to form the very basis of the distorted viewpoint and belief- spirit beings called demons.
We begin with the use of the word “elohim”, which in the Hebrew writings is often translated “god” “God” “judge” and so-forth.
The very first thing we need to realize is that the word “god” (or God) is NOT a translation of the word elohim. Elohim means- mighty one (plural intensive- singular meaning) or mighty ones, and as a result is used as a term describing- rulers, judges, princes, god or gods, godlike, etc. Thus, the word “elohim” is not a, or the, proper name of an entity, it is just a noun. The word dog is not the name of a dog, it is simply the term we use to identify a four-legged animal of the genus canine. Fido is a name of a dog, so if someone said that Fido is his dog, we would immediately realize that “dog” is not a last name of Fido, but simply that Fido is a canine. In English, we have come to use the word “god” as a replacement for the Hebrew word elohim. Furthermore, we have capitalized “G”od and not capitalized god- depending upon what we think we are referring to. The Hebrew makes no such distinction- a point we dare not overlook or fail to consider. Much confusion and errant doctrine would be avoided were we to simply insert “might one(s)” for elohim when translating to English from Hebrew- regardless of who or what it applied to!
Abraham was an elohim (god) in the Old Testament.
Ge 23:6 Hear us, my lord: thou art a mighty <0430> prince among us: in the choice of our sepulchres bury thy dead; none of us shall withhold from thee his sepulchre, but that thou mayest bury thy dead. (AV)
Moses was an elohim (god) to Aaron.
Ex 4:16 He shall speak for you to the people; and he shall be a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. (RSV)
Moses was a god to Pharaoh.
Ex 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god <0430> to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. (AV)
A Plague was an elohim.
Ex 9:28 Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty <0430> thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.
Human leaders were elohim.
Ex 22:9 For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, which another challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges <0430>; and whom the judges <0430> shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.
Are we starting to get the picture? Anciently, anyone of notoriety, nobility, elevated rank or position could be an elohim (god) – no one thought these gods were supernatural spirit beings.
Were the pagan “gods” imaginary beings? No! The “gods” of the other nations were all based on real things. A god might have been a frog or an insect, or it might have been a deceased human leader- such as Nimrod. Many dead humans were known by names other than the one they had when alive. The following gods were all once humans by another name: Easter (Ishtar), Isis, Ra, Zeus, Merodach, Jupiter, and many others.
A thought for later- Why did worshipers of “false” gods worship their god(s)? What did they hope or expect from a dead ancestor? Think about it for a while.
When we consider that “false” gods were not “made up”, but were once real persons or things, we can begin to understand just what the Creator (god or God in English) meant when we read:
Ex 20:1 And God <0430> spake all these words, saying,
Ex 20:2 I am the LORD thy God <0430>, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt , out of the house of bondage.
Ex 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods <0430> (mighty ones) before me.
Our Elohim (god) and Creator declared Himself to be the proverbial Top Dog of all dogs.
Today, we use the word “god” much differently than anciently. However, if we fail to understand how the ancients used the word, we will fail to understand the very book we need to understand more than any other. We must understand the meaning and use of the word elohim in the cultural context it appears in- not in our cultural context of the 21st century- or the 17th century.
Here is the typical use of the word elohim- that we think means “god”. The following is translated from ancient Shumarian texts and is excerpted from a paper on elohim by Wayne Atchison. This paper is available by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“…the protecting king of the city, brother of the God Zamama; who firmly founded the farms of Kish …”
“…who rules by law; who gave back to the city of Ashur its protecting God; who let the name of Ishtar of Nineveh remain in E-mish-mish…”
“8. If any one steal cattle or sheep, or an ass, or a pig or a goat, if it belong to a God or to the court…”
“110. If a sister of a God open a tavern…”
“127. If any one point the finger (slander) at a sister of a God or the wife of any one, and can not prove it…”
“…When he reads the record, let him pray with full heart to Marduk (an ancient God), my lord, and Zarpanit, my lady; and then shall the protecting Deitiesand the Gods, who frequent E-Sagil,…”
“…may the great God (by context is Anu), the Father of the Gods, who has ordered my rule, withdraw from him the glory of royalty, break his scepter, curse his destiny…”
The primary point is that in the ancient cultures men were “Gods”. That is, men were “Elohim(s)”. The word “God” was a social status given only to the elite class of men. Being called “a God” did not mean that you were “a spirit being”; everyone knew you were going to die. Thus, “God” was a title, and it meant that they had “deity-like status” in the community, and received regular offerings from the populace to maintain their wealth and lifestyles.
Consider these known facts about the ancient cultures
1. Families had “protecting Gods”. No they were not all dead, usually they were still alive and the family directly relied upon them for protection (soldiers) and good-fortune (aid in emergencies).
2. Cities had their own “protecting Gods”. Originally “the Gods” were men who owned the cities. Originally these men decided who would be the city’s King, Captains, Sheriff, and Priests. Later their Priests “took over” these duties. We see this even to this day. A King, even the Kings of Europe, is always coronated by a Priest. It is the Priesthood of a God that “okays” the King’s authority.
3. Armies had their own “protecting Gods”. The soldiers would march and battle in the name of their “Gods”. The Roman armies marched in the name of their “Ancestral Gods”. They purposefully left it vague to embrace soldiers from all foreign lands.
4. If a city was conquered by another “God”, then its population had to start worshipping “that victorious God”. That is, they had to start giving offerings to the conquering “God”. For example during the Crusades and often during the Middle Ages the Catholic Church used this same concept to order armies to conquer villages, and then they would force everyone to be baptized into “The Church”. Tribute-money is just another form of “making an offering” to the conquering “God”. Thus, over time, there became almost no distinction between “The Conquering God” and “The Kingdom” doing the conquering.
5. Not all “Gods” were still alive. Priests of dead “Gods” still erected temples to the dead men so that they could still receive offerings so that they still had an income. With the income came power. For example: Baal was worshipped by Israel . Baal was a real person, a real king, a real “God”. But he was dead. But that did not matter, his Priests still gladly took the people’s offerings anyway. Offerings to the “Gods” was a big-business enterprise: erect temples, collect offerings, get rich, and wield political power.
Now, what does all this have to do with Demons? Everything! Remember- Follow the Money!
People looked to their Elohim for fortune, blessing, and favor. When these humans died, people continued to look for their dead elohim to bless them with fortune and so forth. Each culture, people, and nation had their own set of elohim to which they looked for good fortune, destinies, etc. Thus, elohim- as “deities” were thought of as being able “to distribute fortune” to the petitioner.
The Greek word translated to demon is daimon. The Greek word- in the Greek culture- meant: deity, tutelary divinity, genius, and only later “an evil spirit”.
Now you are asking, “What is a tutelary divinity”?
Glad you asked. A tutelary divinity is a guardian or protector of a person, place or thing. We might think of our own cultures use of “God-parent”.
Now you are asking, “What is meant by- genius”?
In the Greek, we form genesis, meaning the origin or source. In Arabic we say, “jinn”, which is also a reference to our ancestral roots of origin. Gen-ius also includes those attendant spirits, tutelary divinities, and of all things- genies. Are you starting to see the picture? Remember- Follow the Money!
Dead ancestors- even with a priesthood encouraging followers to offer money for favor (to the willingly receptive priesthood, of course).
“Jinn”- ditto above.
And what do you do if you find a magic lamp??? Don’t you rub it three times and a “genie” pops out and offers you three wishes? What do you suppose those who find and rub the lamp are likely to wish for?- Fortune, Wealth, Favor, etc.?
At the time of the writing of the New Testament we had a world steeped in superstition- even the Jews in Judea ! This was something that Jesus/Yeshua had to deal with, but the superstition of that day has continued intact to this very day. Thus, we attribute meanings into words and biblical events that just did not exist and were not a part of what was said or meant more than 2,000 years ago.
The root word for the Greek daimon is daio and simply means- to distribute fortune.
People looked to their dead ancestors for favor and hoped that they- from the “great beyond”- would distribute fortune to their descendants.
What is a totem pole? What is a “grove” in ancient Israel ? Same thing, a stick in the ground that represents their dead ancestors- that is then worshiped in the hope of the distribution of fortune…to the petitioner!
Demons are deities, which are just dead ancestors, but how does all this fit into the New Testament and how do we explain those “obvious” verses?
First, we need to complete the look into the use of the word daimon in the time of Jesus/Yeshua. In this paper we have discussed the Hebrew word “elohim” and the Greek word daimon. It should now be noted that the Greek word “theos” is used to translate the Hebrew word “elohim” when used or quoted in the New Testament from the Old Testament (TANAK). Why use theos and not daimon if a daimon is an elohim? Daimon, or demons, are deities and elohim, but in particular daimon is used to refer to deities who are ancestors, and thus human, although typically dead and buried, so to speak. Quite literally, by definition, these daimon, or daimonion, are a lower class God, an inferior deity. They are not on the level of the Supreme God, or other high ranking gods of a particular society. These daimonion (demons) are ministers, messengers, attendants, etc., of bigger and stronger gods, which in Greek are called “theos”. Even the errant understanding that demons are evil spirit beings (fallen angels) places them in subjection to the “big” cheese supposedly over them- “Satan”.
We may further note- concerning the understanding of daimon in the cultural Greek of the New Testament era- from John Epps book, The Devil Exposed ( Ch. 5, Pg. 2) (ed. note- bold type is IoG):
In what sense, then, was the word daimon used by the Greek writers? A most extended inquiry by Mr. Farmer has established that the Greek writers used this word to express human “spirits” of departed people. Many such “spirits” of departed human beings the ancients deified and worshipped: and hence the word daimon meant to the Greeks, and those who used their language, human departed “spirits” raised to the rank of gods and deities. “Homer calleth all his gods, daimones, and Hesoid the worthies of the golden age.” Leigh’s Critica Sacra, article Daimon. Hesoid maintains, indeed, that whenever a good man dies he becomes a demon: and Plato praises him for the sentiment.
We need to recognize two things. First, where do most Christians think you go when you die? Heaven, right? While many of you realize that nowhere does the bible make such a promise, it is nevertheless the predominant viewpoint of those professing to be a Christian. It is interesting to note that there is little to no difference conceptually with those who look to their demons (daimon) for favor and those who believe their dead (the good one’s anyway) ancestors are still living, but in heaven- which is where they also look for favor from their God- who just happens to be “over” these ancestors. This is more than co-incidental. We need not spend the time to “connect the dots” here, you may continue your examination and research on this yourself. Be assured, though, the dots do connect and the bible teaches something entirely different than what the typical Christian is taught to believe.
Secondly, the above belief- that when you die you go to heaven- comes right out of the same paganistic belief system that has dead ancestors going to the next life and possessing the ability to influence the distribution of fortune and the bestowing of favors on their favored descendants- if they (the living petitioners) are good, or ask just right, or do what their minister tells them, or pays money to the church (especially on the dead one’s behalf), or…. Say, you don’t suppose Mary or some “Saint” (did I say daimon/demon?) could help me out here, do you? I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but my car has over 100,000 miles on it. I won’t cry, or pout, or be naughty this year. But wait, it just occurred to me, with energy prices being what they are- maybe some coal in the stocking isn’t so bad- and I have just the stocking.
Now, let’s have some fun! More “dots” that connect? Continue…
Follow the Money
Who is one of the best-known demons in the world to this day? This globally recognized demon is known for his distribution of fortune. Little children around the world are taught that he will distribute fortune to them if they are good. Ask almost any little child where this demon lives and they will tell you. Many children are even encouraged to write this demon and make a list of the things they want to receive from this demon. This demon has existed for at least a few thousand years. We note that just before Israel crossed the Red Sea , they passed by a city dedicated to this demon- a point or irony, perhaps. Surely you have guessed who this is by now?
Ex 14:9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.
Baalzephon was the name of this city and the name means- Lord of the north.
Who “lives” at the North Pole? Who distributes fortune to petitioners every December 25th? Who is perhaps the best-known demon in the world today? Santa Claus! Of course, we all know that this demon was once a real person by the name of Nimrod, but his followers have continued to worship him and his legend eventually became mythology, yet, don’t we all know the little red fat man? Don’t we see his presence in stores every year? And- why- Follow the Money!
OK, but how did Nimrod come to have such a broad acceptance?
Remember that earlier in this paper we showed that historically families, cities, and even armies all had “protecting” gods. While others may have tried this previously, Rome became quite good at it- when they would conquer someone, they would expand Rome ’s “gods” (dead ancestors of Romans) to include the newly conquered people, too. Thus, those defeated could in effect retain their old religion and gods (and demons) and also have a common interest with their captors- Rome . This enabled Rome to possess better control over the local population, since they were now all on the same page religiously. Then, as the occupied was incorporated into the army, they would have no significant religious differences from other conquered peoples they would fight alone side of, in fact, they would now share the same gods. This was a great unifying move by Rome and allowed them tremendous flexibility strategically. The development of these “generic” gods and demons (lower gods) was a brilliant stoke of genius.
In Nimrod’s case, there were others in positions of power who were more than willing to propagate the continuance of Nimrod’s influence after his death- since it meant Money and Power for them. From there the established acceptance has continued to this very day.
Later we will address the various “scriptures” that are commonly used to prove there are evil spirit beings called demons. But this concludes the foundational aspect of this paper. Any thoughts, comments, or questions are welcomed and you may email me at email@example.com
If there is anything you feel should be added to this, or other portions of the overall paper, please notify me at the above email, as well.
It is my desire that we may all shed superstitious beliefs and uncover the authentic mighty one of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob- the mighty one of Israel , the one true mighty one…Richard Fix
Special Thanks to Wayne Atchison and excerpts from: YHWH God and Other Gods
Demons Distributors of Fortune at Christ-mas
Mark of the beast – The tree in the Garden – 3 Wishes
King James Version (KJV)
10 Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
2 Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.
4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.
5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.
Luke 8 Possessed with demon – the word means to be crazy or insane. Someone not taking the instruction of God.
When Jesus cast the demons out, he cast it out of the self of man. Demon comes from daiblo – to distribute fortune, a god that would distribute fortunes, a deity. It all started in the garden. Diablos mean to cast out. Eve cast out God instruction.
Mark of the beast
Charagma – Rev:13: The word mark it means etching. An etching is a character. This is the same word as name, same meaning onoma. Onoma means character or authority. Your character is what you are. Your reputation is what people think you are.
There are none good, Romans 3.
Charax means a stake on a boundary, on a boundary line. Rev:13 the beast world system verse Rev 13.2 verse Rev 13.11 the second beast who speaks for the world beast system. George Bush Sr. spoke of a new world order.
Image created to the beast. The word image is icon, it means likeness. The likeness of the world beast system is Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome, the RCC system. Tolerance, politically correct is the beast system.
Babylon started in Gen 11. But the Babylon system was a reproduction of the garden where it started. The mark of the best then has to be found in the garden. The system of self.
Rev 13.15: likeness of the beast is it character. Rom 8:29 same word. Likeness, not statue, likeness.
Rev 13.16: receive a Charagma. The mark shows who you serve. Deu 6:8 the sign (mark) defined.
Rev 13.17: mark or name. Or means to say
Evil | Good
Fulfill self | Die to self.
The world beast system will be a system of tolerance. Rev 17:5 Babylon mother of all idolatry. Gen 4 – 5 the lineage of Seth or Abel. Babylon was not he origin of sin, the garden was. Eve said Cain was virgin born.
God has a character and the beast has a character. The beast is not a man it is a system.
Rev 13:2: His is the word autos can be masc or neuter gender. But you have to follow the gender of the antecedent. The antecedent is the noun that his refers back to. The beat is also neuter gender so all the he’s and him are neuter gender therefore it reads its.
Is there a character (mark) of Satan in the garden? Yes.
There is a tree in the middle of the garden. God say you can eat of all trees, but not of the one in the midst of it. Stan tell eve to go into the garden and fulfill self.
All in the world John stated this. 1 Jn 2.16 buying and selling; lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Good for Food – fulfills the lust of the flesh – corrupts body
Pleasant to the eyes – lust of the eye – corrupts mind
Tree to be desired to make one wise – pride or life (wisdom) – corrupts spirit or the soul of man.
When you go after the world it corrupts a man, self will.
Adam was not deceived, Eve was.
Diamon is going after the world, distributing of fortunes.
Tree of life Tree of knowledge of good and evil
Mythic poem the battle of the trees, Battle of Ocurn is an alternative name of the Welch underworld.
The battle was fought to secure three things for human kind.
In the ancient world this was about food. Getting through the winter.
Eden you have the battle of the trees. Serpent ruling the garden Nachash – to make feel god, to enchant.
1 John 3.4: The best common definition for sin in bible. Sin is the transgression of the law.
Sin = (is) transgression of the law.
Sin – hamartia – comes from the word maros – in peculiar, a portion.
hamartia mean to miss the mark.
Eat of the legal tree is maros a portion to eat of.
Eat of good and evil ( self fulfilled ) no portion of God (hamartia).
by Jim Brown of Grace and Truth Ministries