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Scriptures on Spiritual Warfare

 

WHO ARE OUR REAL ENEMIES?

"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 THE SAME

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 LOOSE

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 strong men.

We on earth have the authority and power to bind up Satan's princes or strong men (ruler spirits) in the mid-heavens.

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 third. 

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 heaven."

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.

WARRING AGAINST 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 consequences. 

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.


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