How the Secret Revelation of John Saves Us from Ancient and Modern Demons
Monday, June 27, 2022
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Presenter: Shirley Paulson, PhD
For this second part of the series on the Secret Revelation of John we turn our focus on the demons. Demons were ubiquitous in antiquity, and they had special powers over everyone, from the lowest to the highest in social ranking. But since people don’t generally believe in little evil creatures running in and out of our lives anymore, it’s a little difficult to imagine the power of demons from so long ago. Thinking of them as ‘spirits’ gives us a clearer understanding of the influence they could wield over human lives. Occasionally good and usually downright nasty, these demons had the power to create or destroy. But the Savior in the Secret Revelation of John—sometimes Jesus and sometimes a female character—has come to lead people away from their controlling influences. By understanding the names and nature of demons, a savior had the power to cast them out. This text offers some of the most direct teaching on healing and saving from the cruel power of demons. The twist in the plot is that Roman rulers behaved so much like the demons, the people under their rule could easily talk about them behind their backs by simply referring to the demons.