I wrote a prologue
"The Demons are returning to Earth," Anael said.
"Are you certain?” Sariel questioned.
“It has only been three millennia."
"The signs are there."
"Are the humans able to resist?"
The intended meaning is the "Demons" are headed to Earth to do bad things (not exactly your classic alien invasion, but something bad). The question is whether the humans are able to resist the bad things the "Demons" are up to.
Some beta readers interpreted "resist" in the context of "resist temptation" rather than "offer physical resistance".
I can clarify the meaning with extra words, but I want to keep the prologue concise. Is there a better word than "resist"? If not, suggestions for making the meaning unambiguous with minimal extra words?