HOW DEMONS TREMBLE AT THE ONENESS OF GOD
Dedicated to all baptismal candidates to remind you of the real controversy of which we are a part, that you may endure to the end. Based on my study of James 2:19 which says, "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble." What does it mean for the devils/demons or evil angels to tremble at God's oneness? Why do they tremble and what does this mean for God's people?
To bristle, to have one’s hair stand on end. In the NT, to shudder or quake from fear or aversion” The Complete Word study Dictionary New Testament, Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, pg. 1454 (entry 5425)
I find the meaning of the word “tremble” here to be instructive about how Satan and his evil angels think about YHWH GOD and particularly His God aloneness or numerical oneness. Not only do they fear Him in a sense of trepidation, no doubt, knowing that He will destroy them. However, the meaning of Phrisso also takes in shuddering from aversion. What is this aversion that makes evil angels shudder? Aversion means:
a: a feeling of repugnance toward something with a desire to avoid or turn from it.
b : a settled dislike
c : a tendency to extinguish a behavior or to avoid a thing or situation and especially a usually pleasurable one because it is or has been associated with a noxious stimulus” www.merriam-webster.com/dictinaory/aversion
Synonyms for aversion include: disgust, distaste, horror, loathing, nausea,repugnance, repulsion, revulsion
This brief word study exposes evil angels’ hatred for YHWH’s God aloneness which explains why they are so adamant about destroying those who worship HIS God Aloneness. The issue here is they hate His ONENESS. The thought of it makes them shudder or quake from aversion. Can you imagine such hatred for YHWH GOD? So filled with hatred that they tremble? Imagine someone who is very angry and wants to lash out and their very being is affected physically by their wrath. Hmmm...
Do you remember the temptation of Christ in Matthew chapter 4? At the third temptation Satan came out clearly and demanded worship from Christ, who answered him forthwith, “…Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Matthew 4:10. The next verse tells us the following about Satan’s reaction, “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him”. Satan fled at the extolling of YHWH’s God aloneness. He has an aversion to it. He loathes and is disgusted by God's oneness and as Christ asserted it, rebuking him, he fled. (James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”).
My dear brethren, is it any wonder therefore that Satan and his evil angels will have special wrath against God’s church and I hasten to add, God’s church who exalts His God aloneness?That is, YOU. They are justified by the ONE GOD (GOD WHO IS ONE)- Romans 3:30, being recreated to fulfil their original purpose of testifying of God’s God aloneness-Isaiah 43:1,7,10-12. They keep the first commandment- Mark 12:29 and as such, Love God and their fellowmen, seen in all the ten (10) commandments of God’s holy law-Mark 12:29-31, Romans 13:8-10, 1 John 5:2-3. In the last days, these who believe in ONE GOD are the enduring/patient saints described as Keeping the commandments of God by faith of Jesus- Revelation 14:12. They are the same remnant-Revelation 12:17. To believe there is ONE GOD, is to accept as true His God aloneness, to not have idols with him, to praise Him as God alone. Isaiah 37:15,16,20; Ezekiel 14:6 Psalm 86:8, 12, 9-10. So the dragon’s wrath (Revelation 12:17) is directed hot against them because he shudders at God’s God aloneness exalted by them. He wants to extinguish them because they are a constant counter claim against His own pantheistic lie that He, a creation, could be God with God- Isaiah 14:12-14. Thou believest that there is ONE God...the devils also believe and tremble! Selah!
So we are admonished to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8. To devour in the Greek is Katapino which means- “From kata and pino; to drink down, i.e. Gulp entire (literally or figuratively) -- devour, drown, swallow (up).”
Nevertheless, through the one GOD who is Christ (1 John 5:20), through his victory at the cross, Satan is finally cast down-Revelation 12:10, John 12:31-33, Luke 10:18. And Christ has given you and me authority over demons as said in Luke 10:19, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” But understand this, dear brethren, that Satan knows this and he and his army of evil angels multiplies their efforts times ten against God’s God-aloneness believing and exalting Saints/Remnant. In the chapter "The Ascension of Christ", subheading "The wrath of Satan" of her book The Story of Redemption, Ellen White said this about the reaction of Satan and his evil angels towards Christ's resurrection and ascension:
“Satan again counseled with his angels, and with bitter hatred against God's government told them that while he retained his power and authority upon earth their efforts must be tenfold stronger against the followers of Jesus. They had prevailed nothing against Christ but must overthrow His followers, if possible. In every generation they must seek to ensnare those who would believe in Jesus. He related to his angels that Jesus had given His disciples power to rebuke them and cast them out, and to heal those whom they should afflict. Then Satan's angels went forth like roaring lions, seeking to destroy the followers of Jesus.” Emphasis supplied.
It is important that you understand this reality so you may arm yourselves with the mighty weapons of God-Ephesians 6:10-18. Rest assured that by your testimony of YHWH's God aloneness, "Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." So keep your born again experience by growing in the grace and faith knowledge of Jesus Christ,"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." 1 John 5:4.
Congratulations to you all on your baptism, and go forth to conquer by faith, doing many exploits for Christ in his winning army. My prayers ascend for you. Amen.
Sis. Anesia O. Baptiste