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demonic eschatology Matthew 8:29

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demonic eschatology Matthew 8:29

Postby C. S. Bartholomew » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:23 pm

Matt. 8:29 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἔκραξαν λέγοντες· τί ἡμῖν καὶ σοί, υἱὲ τοῦ θεοῦ; ἦλθες ὧδε πρὸ καιροῦ βασανίσαι ἡμᾶς;

The question ἦλθες ὧδε πρὸ καιροῦ βασανίσαι ἡμᾶς; appears to assume a demonic eschatology. The notion that demonic agents will face a day of reckoning finds support in some 2nd Temple apocalyptic literature for example Apocalypse of Enoch 16:1

Καὶ ἀπὸ ἡμέρας καιροῦ σφαγῆς καὶ ἀπωλείας καὶ θανάτου τῶν γιγάντων ναφηλείμ,
οἱ ἰσχυροὶ τῆς γῆς, οἱ μεγάλοι ὀνομαστοί, τὰ πνεύματα τὰ ἐκπορευόμενα ἀπὸ τῆς
ψυχῆς αὐτῶν, ὡς ἐκ τῆς σαρκὸς ἔσονται, ἀφανίζοντα χωρὶς κρίσεως· οὕτως ἀφανίσουσι
μέχρις ἡμέρας τῆς τελειώσεως, ἕως τῆς κρίσεως τῆς μεγάλης ἐν ᾗ (ᾧ Par. gr. 1711)
ὁ αἰὼν ὁ μέγας τελεσθήσεται.

I wonder if there are any texts other than Matt. 8:29 that show demons giving verbal assent to similar notions about the eschaton?
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