• Demons

  • What the Bible Really Says About the Powers of Darkness
  • By: Michael S. Heiser
  • Narrated by: Gordon Greenhill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (314 ratings)

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The truth about demons is far stranger - and even more fascinating - than what's commonly believed.

Are demons real? Are they red creatures with goatees holding pitchforks and sitting on people's shoulders while whispering bad things? Did a third of the angels really rebel with Satan? Are demons and "principalities and powers" just terms for the same entities, or are they different members of the kingdom of darkness? Is the world a chaotic mess because of what happened in Eden, or is there more to the story of evil?

What people believed about evil spiritual forces in ancient biblical times is often very different than what people have been led to believe about them today. And this ancient worldview is missing from most attempts to treat the topic.

In Demons, Michael Heiser debunks popular presuppositions about the very real powers of darkness. Rather than traditions, stories, speculations, or myths, Demons is grounded in what ancient people of both the Old and New Testament eras believed about evil spiritual forces and in what the Bible actually says. You'll come away with a sound, biblical understanding of demons, supernatural rebellion, evil spirits, and spiritual warfare.

©2020 Lexham Press (P)2020 Lexham Press

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another stellar work from Heiser

I'll be rereading this one probably indefinitely, to attempt to upend my misconceptions about spiritual beings on both sides of the divide- I'm sure theres a reference pdf somewhere for this, though admittedly im still working through the references from unseen realm. id recommend this to anyone who has ever had questions about the devil or demons, but I think if you haven't got unseen realm or reversing hermon ( both are presented in a nutshell on YouTube for free) under your belt first the payoff of starting with demons would be considerably less than otherwise. I'd have given it 6 stars if I could

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Don't let the title deceive you

The author is scriptually sound in the book. This is NOT the glorification of evil powers in the spiritual realm. It IS a clarification of the biblical text from source material. This is done by the analysis of thoughts, myths, texts, beliefs and information known to the biblical authors when the Bible was assembled as the inspired Word of the unique most high God, the Father of Jesus Christ. Which includes various Mesopotamian texts & apocryphal texts. The author soundly provides multiple proofs against antichrist thinkers, traditional beliefs & wrong theology.

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Perfectly done

This book like all his others cleared up so many miss conceptions we believed to be true. Gordon's reading of it was wonderful. Going to start over again tomorrow. Have read Unseen realm 5 times and his others numerous times. It clarifies the bible so much and the war in heaven and earth. These books are must reads!!!! This war is unfolding around us!

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a fantastic Grill down book on demons

both the book written by Michael heizer and their performance for the audible reading are fantastic!

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Unclear on who the devil is

I’ve read all of Dr. Heiser’s books, he is incredibly smart and level headed—— a conservative Christian who addresses the topics that no one wants to talk about in churches.

That said, I “feel” (I hate using that phrase) that it’s unclear from this book regarding who the actual leader of the forces of darkness is.

There’s a LOT of reliance on the original languages, which is good—- although the strong impression I get is that “the Word of God cant’t be accurately understood if you don’t know Hebrew”. I’m specifically referring to satan.

So who is the main bad guy? Is it satan? Azazel? Shemjazah? I get it, the 2nd temple Jews “invented” or imported a name on the leader. And Heiser does say that it makes sense that they have a leader. But the constant, “Satan is a position not a person” statements frankly cause confusion—— put bluntly, if satan as a person is made up, then who is Christ referring to when he flatly tells the Jews questioning him that their father is “the devil”, or a plethora of other references to “the devil” as a person?

I 1,000% understand the concept of cultural norms or thought processes of the people alive during the time the works were written. But I think it’s a slippery slope to say things like “according to Mark, the devil is _________” when the person Mark is quoting is literally Jesus/God Himself. Apply that line of thinking to anyone else who authored a canonical book. Ultimately, It’s not really “according to Paul” or whoever, it’s according to God via inspiration.

Can we PLEASE have a blunt, bottom line up front bullet point list that looks something like this:

-the devil is ________

-the devil is not _______, ______, or _____.

-etc

Also, I think there’s a glaring issue here that no one addresses. The watchers who rebelled and are in chains/imprisoned. I assess them as being so evil that they are literally the worst of the fallen angels, hence locking them up. Is that the case? Aren’t they worse than the devil himself? After all, to our knowledge, the devil didn’t sleep with human women. Unless of course “satan” is azazel—— and if that’s the case, isn’t azazel in chains in everlasting darkness? How then can someone in chains roam around for the whole of human history messing with the nations?

I greatly appreciate the book but frankly I have more unanswered questions now then I did before I read this one. I still rate this thing very highly. Perhaps I just missed some details.

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Great treatment of historical life & truth.

Dr. Heiser has once more hit it out of the park. He breaks down the tall tales as he infuses Biblical facts to make this book the best on the subject I've ever experienced. If you were disappointed with its companion book "ANGELS" because it came across as too academic or not filling in all the gaps this time the author goes all the way ... and then some. I ordered it as soon Audible introduced it. Get this one & prepare to take on evil as Farher-God meant for His imagers to do just as His Blessed Son has done. I doubt if it will disappoint any one. I plan to give it a repeat listen very soon to pick up on those important points I may have glazed over too quickly. It will remain in my library for many years to come.

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Valuable resource!

I love Michael Heiser's work and was hesitant to purchase an Audible version of this book, but time constraints left me little choice if I really wanted to tackle it. The narration, table presentations, and endnotes made it very worthwhile. I will probably go ahead and buy the paperback, but that's only because I need to highlight and dog ear some of the pages.

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Lots of Background. Not much connection.

I think I expected the wrong thing, but since there is so little in the scriptures about demons specifically, he really didn't connect to the scriptures as much as I hoped he would. It got a bit difficult to keep focused.

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Says it sources the Bible but not mostly

This book mostly sources the book of Enoch more than the Bible, which is not Canon or Scripture. this is dangerous and deceiving.

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Thought it was about demons not the Bible

Annoyed and a waste of my money I do not want to learn about scriptures

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  • Isabelle Ugochukwu
  • 03-28-22

Interesting topic

Enjoyed the overall topic, can get lost sometimes with all the different names but generally easy to follow

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  • barry
  • 02-20-22

Lost me

This book just goes on and on and on BORING. I like his other book unseen

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  • Duncan Oates
  • 11-17-21

Demons and The Powers of Darkness Within The Bible

Loved It, first book I've listened to on the subject of Demons. The amount of reference material is great, and it's plain to see that the author clearly knows what the Bible said.

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  • Lee Parr
  • 11-17-21

M Heiser - Demons

I'll hold my hands up.

Both Author & Title had come highly recommended so I grabbed Demons, expecting to give it an hour an that hour being Sheer Pain of Utter Shat.
However it's Wednesday, Two Days later Sporting a Completed Title, Demons.
I did not expect this for sure & before the End of today I shall have another Title from this Extraordinary Author.

I Highly recommend this Title!