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Don Stewart :: What Is the Ultimate Fate of Demons?

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As the demons are well-aware, they will eventually face judgment.

Judgment And Torment

During the ministry of Jesus, the demons acknowledged their ultimate fate- they will face judgment and torment.

Suddenly they shouted, "What have You to do with us, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8:29).

They realize the identity of Jesus. They also know that torment is their ultimate destiny when Christ judges all unbelief.

Stages Of Judgment

For demons, there are stages of judgment. Some demons have already been confined during this present age.

And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, He has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day (Jude 6).

Peter says of these chained angels.

For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of deepest darkness to be kept until the judgment (2 Peter 2:4).

It seems that their crimes were so horrendous that they could never be set free from their imprisonment. However, some of these confined demons will be released for a short time during the Great Tribulation (Revelation 9) and cause havoc on the earth. They will go out to do battle with the Lord.

for they are spirits of demons, working signs; which go forth unto the kings of the whole world, to gather them together unto the war of the great day of God, the Almighty (Revelation 16:14).

Confined In The Millennium

When Christ returns He will judge the nations.

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:31,32).

At this time we assume, though it is not stated, that He will judge the demons. Consequently they will all be confined and kept from working their evil.

No Activity During Millennium

We are told that the Devil is not active during the millennial reign of Christ.

Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the pit and a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he would deceive the nations no more, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be let out for a little while (Revelation 20:1-3).

The inactivity of the Devil would also include his followers in the spirit realm.

With the Devil, the demons will ultimately end up in the lake of fire. The fate of the demons, therefore, is associated with the fate of the Devil. Jesus said of their fate.

Then He will say to those at His left, 'You that are accursed, depart from Me into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).

This will happen at the Great White Throne judgment.

And the Devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and sulfur, where are also the beast and the false prophet; and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death, even the lake of fire (Revelation 20:10,14).

Hades is the unseen world, which includes the realm of spirits. It, and everything associated with it, will eventually be thrown into the lake of fire.

Summary

The demons will not escape God's judgment. We find their judgment occurring in several stages. Like the Devil, they will ultimately be judged and thrown into the lake of fire where they will be forever tormented for their sins.
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