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Afaik, the cross is a big christian symbol because of the crucifixion of Jesus (if it was before, wow the roman were dumb to nail a prophet to a sign of his own religion)

Also, Demons are usually repelled by holy symbols.

But were they afraid of the cross before the crucifixion, therefore before it became a christian symbol?

Scenario: we are in 200 BC and I encounter a demon. Would pulling out a cross still work as well as today?

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    I guessed that demons and crosses was closer to Christianity than the Fantasy.se – Fredy31 Aug 15 '18 at 23:48
  • @jongricafort please answer in an answer, not in comments. (I think you have some nice material for a good answer. ) – KorvinStarmast Aug 22 '18 at 13:43
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The answer is yes. The cross was foreshadowed as salvation and they trembled. The first time was when Israel battled the Amalekites after coming out of Egypt roughly circa 2,000 BCE. Joshua was sent to battle, while Moses was on the hill overlooking.

And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. Exodus 17:9, 11

But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Exodus 17:12-13

There's the sign of the cross.

God commanded Moses to build a memorial.

And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: Exodus 17:15

Jehovahnissi means the LORD is my banner, my refuge.

PS. The word translated "rod" is not necessarily a "walking stick or cane", but may also be translated as tribe, as in Moses took his tribe of Aaron and Hur or as staff as in the wooden beam.

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    I do not see any sign of a cross in your answer, nor do I see any demons fleeing from Moses' rod. – Ken Graham Aug 16 '18 at 11:01
  • Visualize Aaron and Hur on both sides of Moses holding up Moses' arms (note the plural in verse 12. The Amalekites were the enemy; so you can see the connection there also perhaps? – SLM Aug 16 '18 at 15:22
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    The question specifically asked about demons, not just enemies in general; and it talked about "pulling out" a cross, not having someone form your body into the shape of a cross. – Matt Gutting Aug 16 '18 at 19:47
  • See the word "symbol" in the OP? Or do you think the OP has only a 10 foot wooden cross in mind? Demons may take up abode in enemies. See more examples in the NT. – SLM Aug 16 '18 at 20:50
  • The staff of Moses is absolutely a foreshadowing of the cross. @SLM has given as serious an answer as possible to a silly question about a time-traveler. There are others: the wood that Isaac carried up the mountain for his own sacrifice, and the doorposts and lintels of Israelite homes where the blood of the Passover was spread, for example. – workerjoe Aug 17 '18 at 3:52

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