Originally posted by SwissGambit
What if one of them wanted to repent and turn from his/her wicked ways? Any chance for him?
They probably had their chance long long ago. Perhaps before the creation of man they had their chance to repent.
The legion of demons besought the Son of God to cast them into a herd of pigs. And they said:
"And behold, they [the demons] cried out, saying, What do we have to do with You, Son of God? Have You come here before the time to torment us?" (Matt. 8:29)
It appears that they expect to be tormented. This probably means the torment of eternal damnation.
They are just "passing time", getting into trouble of course, but just doing evil things in the mean time. Ultimately they have nothing to look forward to but the torment of God's judgment.
My opinion is that they, like the rebellious angels who followed Satan, had thier span of time to repent.
These demonic beings are the disembodied spirits of other creatures who were on the earth before Adam was created. God judged that world. They were deprived of thier physical bodies. And they therefore seek to demon possess the bodies of sinful humans. Like parasites they rebelliously seek a host in a human body. That is the nature of demon possession.
Jesus casts them out and into the bodies of pigs. I will not elaborate on the death of the pigs as they rushed down into the water. But it may be worth mentioning that the demonic spirits are called "the dead"
in Revelation 20, I believe, distinct from the dead human beings.
And here is why. At the final judgment of the great white throne it says
"And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and scrolls were opened; and another scroll was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by the things which were written in the scrolls, according to thier works.
And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were all judged, each of them, according to their works, ... And if anyone was not found written in the book of life, he was cast into the lake of fire." (See Rev. 20:12-15)
Notice that "the dead"
who were given up by the sea are mentioned apart from "death and Hades"
which gave up thier dead.
I submit that any dead humans who died by, say, drowning in the sea, should logically also be included in the dead given up by Hades. Hades is the place of all of the dead people.
Therefore "the dead"
given up by the sea may mean the demonic beings who were destroyed on the earth before the creation of man. Their disembodied spiritual bodies were assigned by God to remain either in the sea or in the abyss covered by the sea.
I do not know that much. However, Jesus said that the demons as unclean spirits wandered about in "waterless places"
seeking human bodies to infest and possess. They may mean that the rebellious disembodied spirits leave the sea somehow and seach on earth in waterless places
for the physical bodies of sinners to replace their own bodies.
"When the unclean spirit goes out from a man, it roams thrugh waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it.
Then it says, I will return to my house from which I came out. And it comes and finds it unoccupied, swpt, and decorated.
Then it goes and takes along with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter in and settle down there. And the last state ofthat man becomes worse than the first. This shall it be also with this generation." (Matt. 12:43-45)
may indicate that the demons should be in the sea - "the sea gave up the dead which were in it" (Rev. 20:13)
This theory that the unclean demonic spirits belong in a watery confinement from which they rebeliously leave somehow is reinforce by the fact that amphibious frogs are symbolic of demons in the book of Revelation.
"And I saw, out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet, three unclean spirits as frogs;
For they are the spirits of demons ..." (Rev. 16:13,14a)
We all know frogs are amphibians and live partly in the water and partly on land. This may symbolize the evil demons come up out of the watery place and wander in "waterless places"
to infest human bodies and commit many evils.
It is important that after a demon is expelled from you that you be filled up with the Holy Spirit of God and not simply swept clean and decorated with some kind of mere moral self improvement.
Rather we must let Christ make His home in our hearts through faith and be filled with the Son of God. He's the One with authority over every evil spirit.