by Cris Putnam
PART 14 - Demons & the Ghost Hypothesis
" 1 Tim. 4:1
“It was small objects, like magnets on the refrigerator flying clear across the room. It was really remarkable,” said Wallace, who once doubted that demonic activity occurs today. He’s now writing a book arguing that many evangelicals have become unbiblically antisupernatural.[ii]
Cris, it has been awhile but I can say this regarding the items that flew in the house. There was an elderly gentleman living there who was dying. His son owned the home. It’s a very large home, and the father was upstairs in the “mother-in-law apartment.” Besides the father and son, the son’s wife and one baby lived in the house. No teenagers. Husband and wife in their 40s at the time. When the items flew, we were in the kitchen—about the farthest place from the mother-in-law apartment (which was on the third floor, I believe).[iii]
Is the Trickster Really Satan?
Recalling the “trickster” mentioned by parapsychologist George Hansen (discussed earlier in this series): “The paranormal encompasses everything from levitating monks to ESP, from spirits to cattle mutilations—an incredible and unsavory hodgepodge. The mix seems incoherent. But the trickster makes sense of it.”[vi] Hansen believes that paranormal events, the manifestation of strange creatures, UFO sightings, and ghosts occur when the society is in transition. Most interestingly, he forecast that during the transition, “Charismatic leaders may arise who demonstrate paranormal powers, attracting followers, and challenging the legitimacy of the establishment.”[vii] Pope Francis is seen by prophecy scholars as matching the description, and the book by myself and Tom Horn, Petrus Romanus [FREE THIS WEEK ONLY WITH $300 IN OTHER BOOKS, VIDEOS, AUDIOS, E-BOOKS & MORE], details how he satisfies a nine-hundred-year-old prophecy pointing toward the False Prophet or second beast in the biblical Apocalypse (Revelation 13:11). Pope Francis is confirming this identity by asserting universal salvation: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”[viii] Of course, the idea that atheists are redeemed is contrary to the teaching of Jesus (Matthew 7:13–14) and the New Testament in general (Galatians 2:16; Hebrews 11:6). Whether or not Pope Francis is the False Prophet remains to be seen, but it is indisputable that he is a false prophet. We’ve seen plenty of evidence for the transition—the paranormal paradigm shift—but who is the trickster?
The Origin of Demons
The original Greek term daimon from which we render “demon” in the New Testament had a wide range of meaning. In fact, in popular Koine Greek, the word commonly referred to human ghosts. According to a leading scholarly lexicon, “So far as concerns popular belief and its animistic basis we may simply say that demons are fundamentally the spirits of the departed.”[xiv] This is rooted deep in antiquity as Hesiodus of Ascra (c. 700 BC), the oldest Greek poet to emerge as a tangible figure, called the souls of the departed daimones.[xv] This is generally consistent with Jewish beliefs.
The proponents of this hypothesis believe a singular concept for the origin of “demons” is a mistake, that in fact what is routinely considered “the demonic realm” could be made up of several of the explanations above, and that this might demonstrate the hierarchy of demons as outlined in the book of Ephesians. In this view, “fallen angels” might rank above the “spirits of Nephilim” and so on, with each being a distinct part of the army of darkness. Just as privates in the United States military serve under sergeants who serve under majors, Satan’s forces consist of wicked spirits (poneria: the mass of common demon soldiers comprising Satan’s hordes) under rulers of darkness (kosmokrators: martial spirits that influence or administer the affairs of earthly governments) and powers (exousia: high-ranking officials whose modes of operation are primarily battlefield ops). Above these are principalities or archons (arche: brigadier generals over the divisions of Satan’s hosts). Satan, who reigns as supreme commander and king, is the “prince of the powers of the air.” (Ephesians 2:2)[xvii]
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