Spiritual Dictionary Section D - 1

Death- "She that liveth in pleasure is dead, while she liveth." I Tim 5:16


Death - "Death is looked upon by Christ as sleep - silence, darkness, sleep. He speaks of it as if it were of little moment....And to the believing one, death is but a small matter. With him to die is but to sleep...." I SM 302-303


Death – everlasting – “The soul that sinneth it shall die an everlasting death – a death that will last forever, from which there will be no hope of a resurrection; and then the wrath of God will be appeased.” EW 51


Deceit – “The counsels of the wicked are deceit.” Proverbs 12:5


Deceit – “The wisdom of the prudent is to understand His way, but the folly of fools is deceit.” Proverbs 14:8


Defiled –  To make unclean, common, unholy. Tame – Hebrew – to be foul in a ceremonial or moral sense, to be unclean. Koinoo and Koinos -Greek – common, defiled, unclean, unholy.

Daniel refused to be defiled by the king’s food. Daniel 1:8; Acts 10 & 11; Leviticus 11

Defiled by abomination of rebellion. Ezekiel 43:7-8

Defiled tabernacle by uncleanness of the people. Leviticus 15:31 & 20:1-5; Ezekiel 5:11; Numbers 19:13,20

Earth defiled by the transgressions of the people.  Isaiah 24:5

Falling from grace and having bitterness of heart defiles. Hebrews 12:15

Homosexual behavior defiles. I Timothy 1:10; Romans 1:21-32

Incest defiles. Genesis 35:22; 49:4; I Chronicles 5:1-2

Listing of defiling behaviors. Ezekiel 22:1-30; Ezekiel 7

Land defiled by abominations. Leviticus 18:1-30; 19:26-31; Numbers 35; Jeremiah 2:5-8; 32:26-38

Lucifer defiled his sanctuaries by his iniquities. Ezekiel 28:12-18

People defiled by their works. Psalms 106:34-39; Exodus 31:12-17; Ezekiel 36:17; Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23

Temple defiled by destructions of the heathen. Psalms 79:1,9

Tongue defiles. James 3:6

Unbelief defiles the mind and conscience. Titus 1:15

Violation of conscience defiles. I Corinthians 8:7


Healing of defilement. Ezekiel 18:21-22,27-28,31; Ezekiel 33:14-16; Jonah 3:1-10; Zechariah 3:1-5; Acts 2:37-47; Acts 4:31-37


Defilement of sin - "In cleansing the temple from the worlds buyers and sellers, Jesus announced His mission to cleanse the heart from the defilement of sin, - from the earthly desires, the selfish lusts, the evil habits, that corrupt the soul." DA 161


Delight of kings - "Righteous lips are the delight of kings - and they love him that speaketh right." Proverbs 16:13


Demon – See Devil. The word demon is not used in the KJV Bible.


Denying - Christ - "...A spirit contrary to the spirit of Christ would deny Him, whatever the profession. Men may deny Christ by evilspeaking, by foolish talking, by words that are untruthful or unkind. They may deny Him by shunning life's burdens, by the pursuit of sinful pleasure. They may deny Him by conforming to the world, by uncourteous behavior, by the love of their own opinions, by justifying self, by cherishing doubt, borrowing trouble, and dwelling in darkness. In all these ways they declare that Christ is not in them. And "whosoever shall deny Me before men," He says, "him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven." DA 357


Deny Self- "To deny self means to rule the spirit when passion is striving for the mastery." HP 223


Depart from evil – “The highway of the upright is to depart from evil…” Proverbs 16:17


Descendants- "…the descendants of Seth were called the sons of God, the descendents of Cain, the sons of men." SR 62


Desert - A word that signifies a pasture area, an open field, a desert, a place with no water, a sterile area, or a desolation. Strong's Concordance.

Equated with wilderness. Isaiah 35:1,6; 40:3; 43:19-20; 51:3; Jeremiah 50:12

A place with limited people. Mark 6:31; Mark 6:31-44

See Wilderness


Desire - "The desire of a man is his kindness…"Proverbs 19:22


Devils - The general title given to those angels that fell from heaven with Satan. These angels are referred to as devils, gods, unclean spirits, and familiar spirits. Devils are those agents who afflict the body and spirit of all people and are especially antagonistic toward God's children. They have power to do supernatural things but God and His angels, or ministering spirits, watch over God's people and devils can do nothing except that Jesus allows it to happen. The following concepts are some of the ideas that the Bible gives to alert us to these angels/devils and how to deal with them.

          The Bible refers to angels as spirits. Psalms 104:4; Hebrews 1:7,14

          The Bible refers to a group of angels as Satan's angels and fallen  angels. Psalms 78:49; Matthew 25:41; II Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Revelation 12:7-9

          These angels are also known as unclean spirits, wicked spirits, evil spirits, and seducing spirits. Matthew 10:1; Mark 3:11; Luke 7:21; Matthew 12:45; Acts 19:13-17; I Timothy 4:1

          These angels can do supernatural things and are sometimes worshipped as gods, idols, high places, or devils. Leviticus 17:1-7;    Deuteronomy 32:16-17; II Chronicles 11:11-15; Psalms 106:28-39

          These angels/devils are also known as familiar spirits. Leviticus   19:21; 20:6; I Samuel 18:3,9; II Kings 21:6; 23:24; Isaiah 8:19-20; 19:1-4

          Any spirit that comes to you must be tested by the Word of God. I John 4:1; Isaiah 8:19-20

          Devils can enter you through the avenues of evil left open to them;

trying to withstand the power of God. Acts 13:4-12

lieing or getting angry. Ephesians 4:26-27

not having on the whole armour of God. Ephesians 6:10-17

pride. I Timothy 3:6

behaving in a way that gives an evil report. I Timothy 3:7

agreeing to doctrines of devils. I Timothy 4:1

accepting doubt and error in the heart. John 13:2

Devils can be defeated by closing off the avenues to the heart:

having on the whole armour of God. Ephesians 6:10-17

being of a good report. I Timothy 3:7

coming to repentance and acknowledging truth. II Timothy  2:21-26

accepting the death of Jesus as a man with a nature like    ours. Hebrews 2:14

resisting the devil. James 4:7

by not sinning. I John 3:8

Devils are cast out through the power of the Holy Spirit through permission of Jesus. Luke 11:14-26; 8:26-36; 9:1; Matthew 12:24-  37; 4:23-24; 8:28-34; Mark 16:9; Acts 10:38; No Jesus no victory.    Acts 19:13-17

Casting out devils is not necessarily a sign of being with Jesus. Matthew 7:21-23

Do not forbid others to cast out devils in the name of Jesus. Mark 9:38-40

When Jesus delivers you from devils, if you do not accept Him into your heart Satan will possess you perfectly, with 7 demons, but even then Jesus can deliver you if that is what you want. Luke 11:14-26; Mark 16:9

Devils have taken up residence in Babylon and go forth to deceive the world and bring them to the experience of Armageddon. Revelation 18:2; 16:13-14

Devils will be destroyed with Satan with everlasting fire. Matthew 25:41


Devotion- True Spirit of- "Not in idle mourning, in mere bodily humiliation are multitudinous sacrifices, is the true spirit of devotion manifested. But it is shown in the surrender of self in willing service to God and man." DA 278


Dew - "I (God) will be as the dew unto Israel..." Hosea 14:5


Dew - "And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men." Micah 5:7


Dew - Doctrine and spiritual truth. Deuteronomy 32:1-2


Dew - "Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and speak O earth, the words of my mouth. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass." Deuteronomy 32:1,2


Dew of heaven – “No amount of education, no advantages, however great, can make one a channel of light without the cooperation of the Spirit of God. The sowing of the gospel seed will not be a success unless the seed is quickened into life by the dew of heaven (the Holy Spirit).” DA 672


Diet - As with all things that God has made He designed man for a specific diet and all of His spiritual truths were congruent with His plan for mankind’s health. God's dietary plan was to reveal His love and His care for His children. CO.

 Original Plan:

That His children prosper and be in good health. 3 John 2.

There was to be no hurting nor destruction in God's holy mountain (His kingdom, nation, or church - see    Mountain), this included man, animal, or plant. Isaiah 11:9.

The fruit bearing plants were to be man's original diet so     that no plant died to feed man. Genesis 1:29

The tree of the field was to be man's life. Deuteronomy     20:19-20; Genesis 2:9

Access would not be denied to the Tree of Life. Genesis 3:22

If man would remain loyal to Jesus He would not bring any disease, or death, upon His children. Genesis 2:16-17; Exodus 15:26

Post-Fall Plan:

Access cut off to the Tree of Life. Genesis 3:22-24

Death was now the heritage of man. Genesis 2:17

Curse placed on the ground for man’s sake. Genesis 3:17

Man was now to eat of the herb of the field, in addition to the fruit of the trees. Genesis 3:18

The sacrificial system was introduced and man educated to distinguish between clean and unclean animals. Genesis 3:21 & 4:3-7 & 7:1-3.

No Biblical permission to eat animals given until Genesis 9:1-7

The World's Diet:

No distinction between clean and unclean. Isaiah 65:2-4 &  66:17; Ezekiel 22:26

Includes strong drink, wine, and the worship of false gods.   Daniel 5; Numbers 28:1-3; Exodus 32:1-6

Open to dietary issues like eating blood, fat, and strangled   food. Leviticus 17,18; Ezekiel 22; Acts 15:28-29

In rebellion against any command of God. Exodus 16:1-12,27-28; Numbers 11:1-15,31-34; Numbers 21:4-9; I Samuel 2:12-17; Psalms 78:15-41.          

The Conversion Diet: Follows the growth principles of life - milk to strong food. Hebrews 5:11-15

Will follow Jesus' plan. I John 2:6

Will be able to distinguish between clean and unclean. Genesis 7:1-3; Leviticus 11; Deuteronomy 14: Leviticus 10:8-10; Ezekiel 22:26; Acts 10:7-20,28; 11:1-18; II Corinthians 6:14-17

Will not eat blood. Leviticus 7:26-27; Leviticus 17:10-12; I Samuel 14:24-35; Acts 15:28-29

Will not judge others regarding whether to eat foods offered to idols. Acts 10-11; I Corinthians 8&10; Romans 14

Will not eat fat. Leviticus 7:22-25; Leviticus 3:17

Examples of early stage growth diets: II Samuel 16:1; 17:1-29;John 6:5-14; Matthew 15:32-38; John 21:1-13; I Kings 4:22-23

Last Day Diet: Adjustment and development of dietary behavior due to increased sin in the world, increased disease impact in the animal kingdom, acknowledgement of increased information and awareness of the Spirit of Prophecy, and awareness of the typology of preparing for entering into the promised land - heaven.

Daniel’s diet - Daniel 1:5-16 (Ezekiel diet Ezekiel 4:9-17).

Elisha's diet - II Kings 4:38-44

Elijah's diet - Elijah is introduced in Scripture as a meat eater, and then progresses through several stages of dietary reform.  I Kings 17:4-7; 17:8-16; 19:4-8.

Israel's diet when leaving Egypt (typological of leaving the slavery of sin) and preparing to enter into Canaan (typological of heaven) - Exodus 16:4-7, 11-19, 22-26,32-36; Numbers 11:6-9; Psalms 105:40-41.

Spirit of Prophecy - MH 271-348; Ed 195-224

Heavenly Diet:

Canaan a type of heaven - Numbers 13:1-27; Deuteronomy 1:22-25; Joshua 5:1-12; 24:13

We will eat food in heaven - Isaiah 65:21-23; Matthew 26:29; Luke 12:35-37; 22:30; Revelation 2:7; Ezekiel 47:12-Revelation  22:1-2.

New Jerusalem will have the Garden of Eden restored. GC 645-652.

Principles of the original diet will be restored in God's Holy  Mountain. Isaiah 65:17-25

Spiritual diet:

Diet is a proving issue to see whether you will obey God or run your own program. Exodus 16:4 & 28.

Jesus is the spiritual manna and water of which we must partake. I Corinthians 10:1-4; John 6:24-71.

Whether eating or drinking we must do all to the glory of God. I Corinthians 10:31.

We must avoid the bread (diet) of the Pharisees and Sadducees a type of Babylon (GC 568). Matthew 16:5-12.

Don't drink of the wine of Babylon - her false doctrines.       Revelation 17:1-6. See wine.

          Warning – Many people read things like the diet plans and immediately seek to accomplish such things in their own will power driven experiences. Bible counsel warns that such a thing is harmful to the reader. The Bible states that if you try, or even if you “succeed” on your own strength you have broken the new covenant relationship and have inadvertently created more sin in your life (the illusion that you can do things on your own. Revelation 3:14-19; Ezekiel 36:22-23). If you feel that the above counsel on diet is necessary in your life, seek Jesus to help you, guide you, and empower you inside the context of the new covenant relationship with Him. CO. See gospel – plan.


Dignity- Gospel- "The minister of Christ should possess sobriety, meekness, love, long-suffering, forbearance, pity and courtesy. He should be circumspect, elevated in thought and conversation, and of blameless deportment. This is gospel dignity." 2T 568-569


Disciples – “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continues in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32


Disease- "Disease is an effort of nature to free the system from conditions that result from a violation of the laws of health." MH 127


Disease- "Disease is the result of violating God's law, both natural and spiritual." CDF 120


Ditch - deep - "For a whore is a deep ditch and a strange woman is a narrow pit." Proverbs 23:27


Divinity - "The Saviour contrasted this questioning unbelief with the simple faith of the Samaritans, who asked for no miracle or sign. His word, the ever-present evidence of His divinity, had a convincing power that reached their hearts." DA 198


Divorce – A state of separation, sometimes permanent, between two parties that God intended should never happen. God’s desire was that the two parties would be as one flesh, one mind and one spirit (Ephesians 4:1-7). History has revealed that through the hardness of heart (Matthew 19:3-12 & Mark 10:2-12; Deuteronomy 24:1-4; Isaiah 50:1), and through outright rebellion (Ezekiel 16:15-59) divorce has occurred. God Himself has experienced the event of divorce (Jeremiah 3:1-11). Never the less God’s plan is to ultimately reconcile, and to have His children reconcile (Jeremiah 3:12-17; Ezekiel 16:60-63; Hosea) through the new covenant experience (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:16-38; Hebrews 10:16-17) that there will be separation no more forever. C.O.

          Facts about divorce:

          God never intended for divorce to occur – at all. Matthew 19:4-6

          Divorce can only occur for fornication. Matthew 19:9

If you get a divorce, for reasons other than fornication, and then marry you commit adultery. Matthew 19:9

If another marries the person who got divorced without proper cause commits adultery. Matthew 19:9

          God was divorced. Jeremiah 3:8

          God planned to remarry Israel if she would. Jeremiah 3:1

God always plans to bring His wandering people back if they will. Jeremiah 3:12-17; Hosea


Dogs- Rev. 22:15- Sodomites/Homosexuals.  Deut. 23:17-18

                              Assembly of the wicked. Psalms 22:16

                              Heathen. Psalms 59:6

                              False pastors. Isaiah 56:10-12

                              Evil workers. Philippians 3:2

                              Gentiles. Mark 7:24-30; Luke 16:19-31


Dominion - Rulership and control over a people, a territory, and all that is in the territory.

Man originally given dominion over all the earth and all the animals on the earth. Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 8:4-8

Dominion is control over the peoples, animals, and resources. Genesis 37:5-11; Judges 14:4; Nehemiah 9:32-38; Isaiah 39:1-2

Adam, the individual who had been granted dominion, lost it to Satan, who became the prince of this world.  II Peter 2:19; Romans 6:16; John 8:34; Matthew 12:29; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; Ephesians 2:2

Jesus, the Messiah and King of Israel, would come and defeat Satan and regain the first dominion. Micah 4:8; Numbers 24:15-19; Psalms 72:1-8; 148:13; Daniel 4:3,34; 7:13-14; I Peter 4:11;    5:11; Revelation 1:6

Sin is the avenue that Satan can rule over the people. Psalms 19:13; 119:133

 In the judgment Jesus is given the dominion over earth and He gives it to His people. Daniel 7:26-27; Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 20:4-6

Even though we will be kings, and have dominion, we are to be servants one to another. Matthew 20:25-28


Door – “I (Jesus) am the door of the sheep.” John 10:7,9


Door – “Christ is the door to the fold of God. Through this door all His children, from the earliest times, have found entrance.” DA 477