The Demon Called ‘Legion’

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It is recorded in the synoptic Gospels that Jesus cast out a demon or several demons called Legion. The account is found in Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20 and Luke 8:26-39. This is an account of the healing of a schizophrenic. Notice that only Matthew says that there were two. Yet, it does not say two men. Neither does Matthew say anything concerning the man or men after Legion was cast out, or that Jesus spoke with the man or men. In fact, in Matthew’s account the only word recorded that Jesus spoke is “Go!” On the other hand, in both Mark and Luke, Jesus spoke to a single man, and it is recorded that a single demoniac came running toward Jesus. Afterward the townspeople saw the one who had been possessed in his right mind and speaking with Jesus. When the people of the community asked Jesus to leave, it was this solitary person who sought to go with him.

Furthermore, on the way to this place Jesus and the disciples passed through a storm (Luke 8:22-25). Jesus rebuked the storm and caused a great calm. It is believed by many that this storm was caused by this possessed man. He was exceedingly fierce (Matthew 8:28). This is the kind of persona that causes others to lose their strength in its presence. It is said that Hitler had such a persona, and generals cowered in the presence of the man they privately referred to as the corporal! This demoniac was a dangerous individual. He could not be bound or tamed (Mark 5:3-4). His power reminds me of a person on phencyclidine (angel dust). I have heard it said of cases where men on this drug were so strong that six policemen had trouble binding and capturing a single man in this state. Man is a powerful being. We do not realize the raw power we have. I have heard tell of a man, who in a moment of emergency and without thinking, lifting up the front end of a car to free a trapped person. I remember reading many years ago about a man whose refrigerator caught on fire. Without thinking he lifted it up and carried it outside his home. Later, when the fire was put out, and it was seen that the refrigerator was not destroyed, it took him and several others to carry it back into the house.

As far as the storm is concerned, I can only say that Adam was given authority over all the earth to rule and subdue it. Authority is a spiritual matter. It is not physical. It cannot be tasted, seen, heard, smelled or touched. Nevertheless, it is real. We are the children of Adam, and all that we have in this world has been given to us through him. At times, our inheritance comes in the form of a curse such as birth defects. In other instances we can inherit genius. We range from the very brilliant to the insane, the powerful to the inept, the civilized to the vulgar.

Jesus is called the “last Adam” in 1Corinthians 15:45. Not much is explained in the first few chapters of Genesis, but it seems the authority that was given to Jesus to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, was authority that was originally given to Adam, when he was created to be the leader of the human race. Therefore, if Jesus could calm the storm using the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it is not beyond my belief that a son of Adam, operating in the perverted gifts of Adam’s corrupt spirit, could cause this storm on the Sea of Galilee. There is a great deal we do not know about things such as witchcraft, nor do we need to seek such knowledge. Jesus taught that through faith we could move mountains by speaking to them just as he spoke to a fig tree and to this storm (cf. Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:23). Witchcraft would be a perversion of this spiritual gift. Also, it involves prayer and a faith in the power of another world or an unseen realm.


Posted by on January 9, 2011 in Christianity, Demonology, Religion


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10 responses to “The Demon Called ‘Legion’

  1. Eddie

    February 24, 2014 at 07:14

    Mark 5:9 seems to tell you why the ‘spirit’ was named legion — it is because they were many.

  2. glenn d walker

    February 24, 2014 at 00:15

    in mark 5:9 why was the man named legion,does anyone know?

  3. keith

    July 30, 2013 at 13:29

    Hello Jeniffer,and sorry to hear that,but to put it in context,these dreams are rightly called nightmarish in their content,they are also attacks of a sort,Jesus established his church not only through which our salvation is assured but also to educate and defend us from such attacks through her sacraments and sacramentals….please read up on the exorcism of a young French girl called Nicola Aubrey from 1556 I think,also do please read up on the power of sacramentals,everything will become clearer then,God bless to you both.

  4. Eddie

    February 18, 2013 at 21:12

    Hi Jeniffer, I am sorry to say that I am not an expert on these things. I study the Bible and try to understand what it means in the context of the 1st century. If you have a friend or relative who has nightmares, I would pray for guidance and seek professional help if the nightmares are a big problem and you are the caregiver. If you are not the caregiver, seek answers from someone who is qualified and advise your friend or relative accordingly.

  5. jeniffer

    February 18, 2013 at 13:33

    if someone i know that has nightmares of legion or other demons how can we solve the situation?? i need answers please……

  6. O.D.D.I.T.Y

    May 12, 2011 at 23:27

    I am the testomony of faith. The trail of infinate error. I am the one blessed an cursed by pressence of the one you reffer to as legion. He has been the shadow over my shoulder since I was born… but I belive the reason I am haunted by this infernal being is of a more holy decision rather than a daemonic one… I truly believe in my heart an mind that the creator above has givin me this as an ultamate test of faith… an I promice you lord… this a test that I shall not fail…….

  7. Eddie

    January 10, 2011 at 23:51

    Thank you, Vlad. Whether or not you agree with me in the end, the fact that you are willing to research it yourself means a lot to me. I have found most folks just depend upon what they’ve been taught and don’t look any further than that. I appreciate your openness as you approach the word of God. Jesus told us to be as babes when it comes to things about the Kingdom of God.

    Lord bless,


  8. Vlad

    January 10, 2011 at 22:00

    I just watched documentary on russian site about demons and stuff (even without translation it is easy to understand a lot):
    It is interesting that possession looks just like schizophrenia. I think you are right about multiple personalities. I didn’t do my research yet, but I see that your idea about demons looks plausible (from what I know) already.

  9. Eddie

    January 10, 2011 at 08:13

    Greetings Vlad,

    What I understand is there was only one human being. Matthew says there were two–two what? He doesn’t say. It seems to me the man had multiple personalities–at least two, but he claims to be **legion** because it is many. What occurred with the pigs was simply something that drove the pigs mad enough to cast themselves into the sea and die. If the entity was truly alive and had comfort in a physical body, why would **it** the spiritual life-form destroy the bodies of the animals that gave them temporary comfort? I believe there is a problem when we begin to believe any of the claims of evil spiritism. The Scriptures simply report what occurred without defining anything done. We are supposed to make evaluations according to what Scripture claims there and elsewhere. First, I do not find Scripture claiming there was ever a war in heaven between God and “evil” angels. If this did not occur, then who or what are demons? Secondly, I don’t see Scriptures supporting our understanding that demons have a life of their own. If they don’t find animation in the physical world, they don’t exist–period. If they don’t exist apart from animation in a living physical body, who or what are demons?

    I believe the answer is obvious, they are manifestations of corrupt spirituality gone wrong. When Adam rebelled his spirituality became corrupt and it is more corrupt today than when he first rebelled against God. I have said in my blogs that I believe Adam had all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and these gifts were not taken away after his rebellion, but apart from God who gave them, they were no longer **of** God after the rebellion. They became corrupt and these **gifts** found manifestation in the evil works of men. The man called “Legion” was a schizophrenic. He was not in his right mind. Jesus corrected that. The pigs who received the **madness** of the schizophrenic simply were driven to their deaths.

    Lord bless,


  10. Vlad

    January 10, 2011 at 03:57

    I understand that out of two possessed people one was cured (according to Mark and Luke). But what happened to another person and what exactly happened when Jesus let evil spirit to go into pigs?

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