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Question: Who are devils and what are the names of devils?

Who are devils and what are the names of devils?

Today let us learn from the bible whether devils exist and who are they?

Who are devils?

The devil is an evil spirit who was cast out of heaven, along with his followers (Rev 12:9). Together, these “rulers of the darkness” oppose God and His people (Eph 6:12).

What are the names of devils?

There are many names of devils in the Bible.

1. “Devil” in the original text in Greek is diabolos and means “accuser” and “slanderer”. He slanders God before men (Gen 3:1,4-5) and accuses man before God (Job 1:9.11; 2:4-5). He accuses men (Rev 12:10). In Revelation 12:9, we see that he is also referred to as:
2. Satan: The original Greek word satanas means “adversary”,31 indicating that his thoughts and actions oppose God and all that is good. The name appears eighteen times in the Old Testament and thirty-six times in the New Testament.
3. Ancient serpent: The Greek words are archaios (“old”)29 and ophis (“serpent”).30 The devil made use of the sly and deceitful serpent in the garden of Eden to tempt Eve (2 Cor 11:3).
4. Great dragon: The Greek words are megas (“great”)27 and drakon (“dragon”).28 They denote a “mythical monster, a dragon”, or a large serpent, so-called because of its keen power of sight. The word drakon comes from the root word, derk, meaning “to see”. From the Bible, we learn that the dragon wants to devour Christ (Rev 12:4–5) and His followers (1 Pet 5:8).

Are there other names of devils?

In the rest of the Bible, the devil is referred to by various other names:
• Belial, meaning “worthlessness” or “hopeless ruin”32 (2 Cor 6:15)
• Beelzebub, ruler of the demons (Mt 12:24)
• The evil one (Mt 6:13)
• The tempter (Mt 4:3; 1 Thess 3:5)
• The ruler of this world ( Jn 12:31)
• The god of this age (2 Cor 4:4)

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