When I was a young Christian I believed that all the gods that existed that were worshipped in the ancient days were the fallen angels. I mean, logically, the description of certain types of angels describes the appearance of these gods, but that wasn't enough for me. I started to notice that the bible differentiated between fallen angels and the gods very specifically. The fallen angels are either called angels or bene ha-elohim (sons of the Gods). I learned that the word used to describe God in the creation was Elohim which is the plural word for God, thus I concluded that this was a revelation of the trinity.
However, this same word could be used to mean the gods as in the idols. We have several examples of this in Psalms. For example; Psalms 82:1 "A Psalm of Asaph. God presides in the divine assembly; He renders judgment among the gods:" This says in Hebrew, God takes his stand in the middle of the congregation of gods, he judges the gods (elohim)."
We know from John 10:34-36 that the elohim that God was judging were human beings. Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods” ’? If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?"
Since Jesus tells us the elohim are humans, then we can deduce that the el in this scripture are the demons. Here's some scripture to verify that so you don't think that my logical deduction is nothing more than conjecture. Exodus 15:11 says, "Who among the gods (ba-elim) is like you, Yahweh? Who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" Another scripture you see these demons mentioned as el is Psalm 77:13. This verse translates as, "Elohim, Holy is your way. what god is so great as our holy God?"
Upon discovering this revelation it was highlighted to me by the Holy Spirit that the spirit that is reported to have entered Saul was allowed to come on saul by God departing, but in a few verses Later Samuel notes that the spirit that came on Saul to torment him was from elohim." After the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, a spirit of distress from the LORD began to torment him." This scripture confused me so much. I thought that this showed that God could have an evil spirit. That was not the case. As I stated before, this spirit was sent by God.
The word translated as from God is me'et. This word is tricky. Ma is a prefix in Hebrew that means what, why, whereof, or how? Et is the hebrew word owth which means a sign. Reading it in this light shows that the demon was sent as a sign of God's spirit departing from Saul. If the spirit of God is not with you, then the spirit of the enemy can come upon you.
We know that this spirit was allowed to come upon saul and then in verse 23, we see that Samuel notes that this spirit was an ra'ah ruach (evil spirit) of the gods. "And whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would pick up his harp and play, and Saul would become well, and the evil spirit would depart from him." We commonly think of the word elohim as only meaning God, but with this revelation that you now have you see that the gods (elohim) can mean evil gods or idols as well.
In Psalm 96:5 we read, " For every god of the nations are idols, but it is the LORD who made the heavens." the word used for idols in this scripture is el-lim and the word for gods is actually singular, elohe. The bible very clearly defines that the gods of this world are idols.
You may be wondering how this correlates to the spirits of dead Nephilim and Reaphim being the demons that we know today? Let's explore that topic a little shall we? The word for idols in not only elim in Hebrew. There is another word for idol that is commonly overlooked when we don't research the original Hebrew words that were used in the scripture.
There is a reason that those words were used and placed there. It was for our benefit so that we were left without excuse on the day of judgment. Romans 1:20, "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse."
One of the alternative words for idol in aramaic is seen as early as Genesis 31:19, "When Laban had gone to shear his sheep, Rachel stole her father's household gods." The word used for idols in this verse is teraphim (T-rapim). The t is a silent letter in this word so it is pronounced rapim (rephaim). The gods that Laban and Rachael worshipped were rephaim, the spirits of the dead nephilim that were almost completely annihilated in the days of Abraham. It is interesting to notice that we see this word used several times to represent idols, but one in particular that stands out to me is that David's wife (king David) worshipped idols. That was Saul's daughter Michal.
We see this word used again in Zechariah 10:2 except this time the spirits of rapim are personified. " For the idols (teraphim/trapim) speak delusion; the diviners envision lies, And tell false dreams; They comfort in vain. Therefore the people wend their way like sheep; They are in trouble because there is no shepherd." These idols speak.
Since we now know that the spirits of the nephilim are demons we now can understand who or what is speaking through a person when they are demonized. For instance, Jesus was confronted by a legion of demons which Mark 5:2 describes as an unclean spirit. When they saw Jesus they cried out and spoke through the man in whom they were staying. You may be thinking, but there's scripture that says that idols are mute and can't here such as Psalm 115:5, or 1 Corinthians 12:2. You are correct in a sense, but the type of idols they are talking about are the wood and stone idols. They are not referencing the spirits that do cause the idols to speak.
I remember listening to late Reinhard Bonnke telling a story of when he was in some foreign country. He asked a priest at the temple of one of their gods something about how the stones are powerless. The priest responded and said, "The stones are powerless until the spirit of the god enters into it, then the stone comes to life."
Here we have all the evidence that the demons are not fallen angels. Even though it says satan took one third of the stars with him in Revelation doesn't indicate that these were the angels. In Amos and Acts, the demons Molech and Rephain (Rephan) (sure looks like rephaim doesn't it?) are named and associated with stars. Stars is a word that is used in the old testament and the new testament interchangeably to represent Jesus, demons, the people of Israel, and even angels. It's a far stretch to assume that those stars that he took with him were the angels since it says that angels are already chained in gloomy darkness. However, the rephaim are not judged yet as we established from the account of the demon possessed man that met Jesus on the shore of Gadarenes. They said, "Have you come to torment us before the time?"
Let's wrap up this series by giving you hope and empowering and equipping you into the total victory that we have been given through Jesus. You have power over demons as a Christian. If you have read this entire series then you know that demons are just dead hybrid half-breed angelic DNA tainted spirits of the giants that were defeated by mere men without God. How much greater a victory must you have over them now that they are defeated utterly by the work of Christ on the cross?
I like this little passage in Jeremiah 10:5 that reads, "Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” Jeremiah paints a picture telling us we have no reason to be afraid of demons. They can't move on their own. They need you to carry them and take them places. I know that what Jeremiah is referencing here is that the actual statues themselves can't walk because they are inanimate objects, but in the same token I believe that on a deeper level this is showing that demons only have the ability to impact your life through the actions of others or through your actions.
This is why Paul teaches us that we need to control our thoughts and not act in manners that correspond to what demons lead people to do. This is why paul tells us about the acts of the flesh, "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." The demons that are the manipulating forces behind these acts are trying to get a person to act out these works because it is what they did in their past lives.
Do not yield to these demons anymore. They are defeated. All they want is to try to disqualify you from receiving blessings from God. If they can keep you returning to some kind of blatant sin, then they can prevent you from receiving. Paul teaches us, "But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." -1 Corinthians 2:14.
These demons were defeated before Jesus came, and they are now utterly defeated because of Jesus's finished work at the cross. Come out of agreement with these demons and into agreement with Jesus. You are so much more powerful than these demons. They can't even operate without you or someone else allowing them to. They may try to get you to think that they can by saying things like, you have cancer, or you are sick, or something asinine like that which doesn't line up with the word of God because it gives them liberty to attack you.
Come out of agreement with them and into agreement with God and then you have rendered them completely powerless. The BLOOD of JESUS has defeated them! They are hopeless! You are full of the living hope of Christ that lives within you.