A Christian recently asked: "Why did demons flee in the name of JESUS?"
The early Netzarim (Nazarene) Believers didn’t use the name of “Jesus.” “Jesus” is a later, Greek translation of his given Hebrew name of Yeshua (which means “Yahweh is salvation.” (Please see our short article on this issue.)
The original language (Aramaic) translated directly into English, says the following, concerning demons fleeing at the mention of his name:
Acts 19: 13. Moreover certain Jews, who went about exorcising demons, were disposed to exorcise in the name of our Master Y’shua over those who had unclean spirits, by saying: “We command you, in the name of that Y’shua whom Paul preaches.” 14. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, who did this. 15. And the evil demon answered and said to them: “Y’shua I well know, and Paul I know, but as for you, who are you?”
16. And the man in whom was the evil demon leaped upon them, and overpowered them, and threw them down: and they fled out of the house beaten and bruised. 17 And this became known to all the Jews and Gentiles, who resided at Ephesus. And fear fell on them all, and the name of our Master Y’shua Mashiyach was exalted. 18. And many of them that believed, came and narrated their faults, and confessed what they had done. (Aramaic English New Testament)
Spiritual worlds operate within the boundary of ownership set by YHWH (Yahweh). When we properly surrender to Y’shua, we are surrendering to YHWH’s ownership; the correct answer is: “I belong to Y’shua, that is who I am. For Y’shua to claim me (this is where religion and truth are divided), I must serve Him, be obedient to Him, live a life pleasing to Him, surrender to Him and love Him.” If we refuse these elements of His boundaries he will say, “I have not known you. Depart from me, you workers of iniquity!” (Matthew 7:23)
Y’shua is casting out unclean spirits on a daily basis for those with Faith and discerning of spirits (1 Cor 12:10). If you’ve tried to cast out unclean spirits and weren’t successful, next time try repentance and obedience to YHWH.
We have no authority in Him unless we are a kedoshim (Set Apart people), and our vessels are being made clean and free of sin. If demons aren’t being cast out in your local community that doesn’t mean it isn’t happening in others. Consider visiting a Faith-based Torah observant community that believes in YHWH and being obedient to His Word.