"Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither
give place to the devil." Eph. 4:26,27.
NOTE.-Those who give vent to anger or retain old grudges, who parley with temptation or
tamper with vice, who indulge in intemperance, pride, foolishness, or levity, or give way
to any other weakness, give place to the devil; that is, they give the devil an
opportunity to work through them- give him an advantage over them. We should therefore
close every avenue to Satan and his angels. We should suppress anger, be sober and
watchful, and nip in the bud every prompting to sin.
7. What spirits stand ever ready to deceive and ruin those who are off guard or bent
on going astray?
"And the Lord said, Who shall persuade [margin, deceive] Ahab, that he may go up
and fall at Ramoth-gilead? . . . And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the
Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he
said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.
And He said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so." 1 Kings
22:20-22. See 2 Thess. 2:10,11.
8. With what were many possessed in Christ's time?
"And they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases
and torments, and those which were possessed with devils." Matt. 4:24.
NOTE.-Vampire-like, evil angels take possession of, and make their abode with, all over
whose minds and bodies they can gain control. Only through Christ can this demoniacal
captivity be broken. Until this is done, one in this condition is led captive by Satan
"at his will." His self-control and power to resist temptation are gone. See 2
9. How do evil spirits sometimes treat those thus possessed?
"And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him."
NOTE.-Those under demoniacal control are simply the sport and plaything of the evil
spirits possessing and controlling them.
10. As we near the closing scenes of human probation, why may we expect an increase
in demoniacal manifestations?
"Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down
unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time."
NOTE.-Acquainted, as they are, with the laws of nature, Satan and his angels raise
storms and scatter disease and death as far as lies within their power; and, as enemies of
God, they likewise pervert the truth and disseminate error as far as possible. Far better,
also, than the inhabitants of the world, do they know that the end of all things is fast
approaching, and that their time to work is short.
11. Concerning what have we been definitely informed?
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart
from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils." 1 Tim.
12. What class of God's servants have evil angels, through wicked men, seemed to
make special objects of attack?
"Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted?" Acts 7:52.
NOTES.-"Of all classes of men employed by the Heavenly Father in the work of
redemption, none are more fiercely hated by the wicked angels than the whole line of the
prophets; for from the first to the last they foretell the final and eternal overthrow and
utter extinction of the 'powers of darkness,' the 'spirits of disobedience.'" - "Footprints
of Angels in Fields of Revelation," page 14.
Evil angels also incite men and nations to war, and by this means divert their attention
from things pertaining to the kingdom of God, and so take peace from the earth. Rev.
16:14. This will end in Armageddon.
"Familiar with the laws which govern mental conditions, the fallen hosts ply all
their specious arts to excite personal suspicions and animosities, and to create national
resentments and bloody conflicts, their chief delight being to compass the destruction of
peace and the banishment of concord from the earth, to embitter the poor children of sin
and sorrow against each other, and turn our world into an arena of strife and
crime."- Id., page 22.