That is the question that will be addressed in this article here today. There is in fact, an actual case recorded in the scriptures (the Bible) where a legion of demons were cast out of a man, into a herd of swine. (approximately 2000)
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he (JESUS) was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. (Mark 5:1-5)
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, along with his disciples (followers) came upon a man who had an unclean spirit. (The man was demon possessed) That man made his home among the tombs (graves) and he was obviously very fierce, as nobody was able to tame him. The man’s behaviour was self destructive to say the least.
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. (Mark 5:6-10)
It is most interesting that the demons inside this tormented man recognized Jesus, to be the Son of Almighty God, and that they knew He (Jesus) had power over them. When Jesus spoke to the demon and asked him his name, the demon responded, saying that his name was LEGION, because there were many of them. It is a very sobering thing when you realize that one man could be possessed by so many demon spirits. To the outside observer, this man was nothing more than a man with severe mental problems, but Jesus Christ the Son of God knew better than that. Jesus knew full well that this man had a SPIRITUAL problem, and he also knew that HE was the remedy to that SPIRITUAL problem.
Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. (Mark 5:11-13)
Here we have the devils (demons) begging Jesus Christ to allow them to ENTER into a herd of swine (PIGS), that were feeding nearby. The Lord Jesus Christ allowed that to happen, and immediately the herd of swine, became self destructive themselves, and ran into the water and drowned themselves. This is absolutely mind boggling when you think about it. Can you picture 2000 pigs running violently at the same time? There must have been a LOUD ROAR as they ALL headed into the sea. There could have more than 2000 demon spirits that ENTERED into those pigs, considering the FACT that so many ENTERED into that one man.
And they that fed the swine fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid. And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil, and also concerning the swine. And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. (Mark 5:14-17)
So what happened to the man who was demon possessed in the first place. That same man was now clothed, and in his right mind. that same man who was probably well known to those who lived nearby, was now perfectly normal again. That man had his life dramatically transformed through an encounter with Jesus Christ. There were none who were able to offer that man any help, but Jesus was the ONE person who had the POWER to help him.
And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee. And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel. (Mark 5:18-20)
The man who was demon possessed begged the Lord Jesus Christ to allow him to travel with him, but the Lord told him to go tell others what the LORD had done for him.
1] It is an ABSOLUTE TRUTH that demons can be TRANSFERRED from human beings, into swine (pigs), and any other animal for that matter.
2] Demons often cause people, and animals to act in a violent, and self destructive manner.
3] People often go to the wrong people for help, when they have a SPIRITUAL problem, which ONLY Jesus Christ can heal.
4] Jesus Christ was recognized to be the Son of God, by those demon spirits, while billions of people in the world, still DENY that truth to this day.