WHO ARE OUR REAL
"For we wrestle
not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places." Eph.
6:12. Our real enemies are not flesh and
blood, but invisible entities described as principalities, powers, rulers and
spiritual wickedness in high places. The
word "principalities" refers to a princedom or state or territory
ruled over by a person with the title of prince or princess. It could also apply to earthly or human
states or territories. In this passage,
the apostle Paul clearly states that is not merely human and physical beings
that we fight against, but spiritual entities that influence and use humans to
carry out their evil intentions.
The word "powers" refers to spiritual beings that
exercise power and authority over others.
Again, the word "powers" can also be applied to humans. However, the apostle Paul is speaking of
spiritual powers or entities that exercise power over others.
JESUS CONFRONTED AND
SPOILED SATAN'S HOUSES
Jesus Christ confronted principalities and powers and
defeated them. "And havng spoiled principalities and
powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it." Col. 2:15. The word "spoiled" means to damage
irreparably, ruin, to plunder, despoil and take by force. In order to do this, our Lord had to confront
and fight against Satan's ruler spirits - territorial spirits or strong
men. He was openly victorious.
During His ministry on earth, the Lord Jesus constantly
battled against Satan's demons. He cast
out demons, healed the sick and saved souls.
All three of these activities involved confronting Satan's demons and
taking back territory.
WE ARE CALLED TO DO
Before He went back
to heaven, He stated, "Verily,
verily, I say unto you. He that
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than
these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." Jn. 14:12.
What Jesus did, all believers should be doing: casting out devils,
healing the sick and spoiling principalities and powers are included. In fact, "For
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of
the devil." 1 Jn. 3:8b. Even as the Master's purpose is to destroy
the works of the devil, so with His followers.
The purpose of our labors must be the same as the purpose of His labors.
HOW DO WE DO IT?
So how are we do accomplish that? The Lord did not leave us without a
clue. He carefully trained us. First, He said, "Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil
his goods, except he first bind the strong man?
and then he will spoil his house." Mt. 12:29.
The word "spoil" here means to plunder, seize asunder and is
almost identical with the word "spoiled" in Col. 2:15 where Jesus ". . . having spoiled principalities
and powers . . . ."
POWER TO BIND AND
It is interesting to note that one of the devil's names is
"Beelzebub," which means Lord of the dwelling or house. Before we can plunder the territory under the
command of any of Satan's princes or strong men, we must first bind him
up. That is why God gave us the power
and authority to bind Satan's strong men in high places or in the
mid-heavens. "And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and
whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." Mt. 16:19; Mt. 18:18. The keys that give the kingdom of heaven
victory and dominion over Satan's kingdom is the power and authority to bind
Satan's strong men and to loose the captives.
The Old Testaments gives us hints and insight of things to come after
Jesus returned to heaven. In Psalms
149:6-9, we find the following passage:
Let the high praises of God be in their
mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand: to execute vengeance upon the
heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains, and
their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the judgment written:
this honour have all His saints. Praise
ye the Lord.
We know that God inhabits the praises of His people and when
the presence of God comes, a higher anointing and power also comes to us. The two-edged sword is the Word of God (Eph.
6:17) and Jesus is the Word of God. Rev.
19:13. God's people will be victorious
in the end, although many will fall. Da.
7:22; Da. 7:26; Da. 8:24; Da. 11:33. In
Revelation 19, the armies of God come back to earth with the Lamb of God, on
white horses, to execute vengeance upon the heathen and punishments upon the
people. They will bind Satan's kings and
princes with chains and fetters of iron.
All of His saints have this honor.
UNLIMITED POWER OVER
ALL THE POWER OF THE DEVIL
The Lord said, "Behold,
I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the
power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Lk. 10:19.
He did not give us power over just spirits on earth or those that
inhabit people, but over all the power of the enemy. Why give us exousia power over all of the
power of the enemy if we are not going to use it? It is obvious that we have exousia (the power
of the king) power over all the dunamis (ordinary spirit power) of the enemy
because God intends that we confront and defeat even Satan's most powerful
We on earth have the authority and power to bind up Satan's
princes or strong men (ruler spirits) in the mid-heavens.
What is the mid-heavens?
The Bible speaks of the "heavens" as being more than one
heaven. Gen. 1:1; Ps. 102:25; 1 Ki.
8:27; Ps. 68:33 etc. In 2 Corinthians
12:2-4, the apostle Paul speaks of one who was "caught up to the third heaven." Therefore, we know that there must be a first
and second heaven, the second heaven being midway or between the first and
There is a mid-heaven.
Revelation 8:13 describes an angel flying in mid-heaven (The Amplified
Bible, New American Standard Bible).
Revelation14:6 also speaks of an angel flying in mid-heaven in The
Amplified Bible and the New American Standard Bible, although some Bibles use
the expression "in the midst of
We know from Daniel chapters 10, 11 and 12 that an angel
left the third heaven to deliver a message to Daniel from God. It took the angel 21 days to fight through
the mid-heavens to get to Daniel who was in the first heaven, the first heaven
being the earth. The Prince of Persia
and the Prince of Grecia are Satan's powerful strong men. Although some writers claim that the
mid-heavens reach from the earth to the sun, we know that Satan is called the
Prince of the power of the air. Eph.
2:2. The atmosphere around the earth is
comprised of air with the denser portion being closest to the surface of the
earth. Satan and his demons operate from
high places, and at the very least from the atmosphere around the earth.
SATAN'S KINGDOM IS A SIGN OF A TRUE BELIEVER
"And these signs
shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they
shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink
any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and
they shall recover." Mk.
16:17-18. It is not true that this
passage of scripture does not apply today because the Holy Spirit went back to
heaven once the church was established.
There is nothing in the Bible that backs up this premise. The Holy Spirit continues to draw all men to
Christ, do miracles, cast out devils, heal the sick, raise the dead, and
convince the world of sin. Millions of
Christians around the world speak in new tongues, cast out devils, heal the
sick and raise the dead. There are
Christians that take up serpents and drink deadly things with no apparent
We are called to destroy the works of the devil and destroy
all of God's enemies so Jesus can come back to earth and usher in the
Millennium Age. 1 Co.
15:24-26; Ac. 2:34; Heb. 10:12; Mt. 22:44.
Also, Mk. 12:36; Lk. 20:42.