In my last article; The Open Door To Sin & Devils, I discussed the fall of mankind and how the devil brought sin into the world. It was important to understand that lesson because all other lessons going forward will always go back to that fall. In this study, we are going understand how satan's kingdom is setup and how it is run.
SINFUL MAN GIVES THE DEVIL POWER TO REIGN
As we stated in our last article, when Adam and Eve fell, they lost their spiritual authority over the earthly and spiritual realms. Their sin made satan and his kingdom the ones that rule the power of the air (spirit world). Satan became the god of this present world all because mankind gave into the deceptions of the devil. Now because of that, mankind has no way to conquer satan's kingdom except through the church and a born again relationship with God.
ABOUT SATAN'S KINGDOM
When God cast out the devil and his demons, they were cast into the earth's atmosphere. Since demons are invisible beings and can move around freely, they roam on the earth looking for people to inhabit; after all, that is their main objective.
When we think of the opposite of God, most people will respond by saying the devil. But, that isn't true! The devil is just ONE fallen angel. He is not ALL present like God. He is not ALL powerful. The devil cannot even be compared to God. The demon angels are also much weaker than satan is as well.
The main objective of Satan's kingdom is to rob God of his glory and corrupt as many people as he can. He is out to destroy as many souls as possible. So, to accomplish his goals, he is well organized and uses any lie, deception or temptation to cause a person to not serve God. His ultimate goal is to control the mind of every person.
UNDERSTANDING MILITARY RANKING
Just like the military, there are levels (hierarchy) of demonic rankings. There is Satan (or Beelzebub) which is the King of his demonic kingdom; and he is the commander of this army of demons. Next, you would have demonic rulers set over nations, countries, states, cities, churches, homes on down to individuals. Each "sergeant" would have rule over other demons that are under him.
We have to remember, satan knows how to run a kingdom like he does, because he copies the way God does things; but for evil purposes. God is a very orderly God, and He too has angels divided up in ranks to do certain tasks. However, GOD's KINGDOM is more powerful and victorious!
WHAT ARE PRINCIPALITIES, POWERS, HIGH PLACES AND STRONGHOLDS?
Imagine a government... they often use these terms to describe different levels of authority or functions. And just like the spirit world, these spiritual levels are set in place by demonic spirits. Each spiritual level is more powerful than the "level" under it. It is integrated with that government-military type of ranking structure as I mentioned earlier.
Eph 6:12 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.
THE PURPOSE OF SPIRITUAL HIERARCHIES
The main purpose of principalities, powers, high places and strongholds is to control human beings in an organized way. Have you ever noticed that one city may have a different culture or philosophy than the other? That is because demon spirits mold and shape people's thoughts based on their sinful habits and imaginations.
Each spiritual hierarchy has their own strengths and weaknesses. People are controlled by the devils that occupy that particular spiritual region. The only way to change a group (or individual) of people is to tear down that stronghold of philosophy.
MORE ABOUT STRONGHOLDS
In the Old Testament, a lot of cities had walls around them that were made of huge stones and beams. A city was considered a stronghold. Sometimes, these cities also had structures and buildings inside them that was considered a stronghold as well. This city and/or structure were usually the strongest place within that city where they could be safe. These were very hard to pull down and destroy.
Strongholds spiritually can refer to two different types... 1) Spiritual Stronghold; 2) Mental Stronghold. I mention this because a stronghold is usually the last thing to pull down, which makes us pay more attention to this aspect of spiritual warfare.
Since a mental stronghold is the final objective to pull down. We must conclude that spiritual warfare not only takes place in a large spiritual realm (principalities, powers etc.), but they also must be handled in the mindset of an individual. Therefore, spiritual warfare is also associated with warring with our own minds. (More on this later).
WHERE DO DEMON SPIRITS TRAFFIC
When we understand where the power of the devil and his demons are, we will understand where he traffics most. Since the devil's power is in his deceptive voice, we can safely say that the devils of the world traffic in the minds of sinful people... this is where all the principalities, powers and strongholds are established; they just show up in our everyday world in the government and communities.
Satan controls the world through media, music, fads, customs, entertainment, governments, secret societies and just plain old sinful deeds. Actual demon possession is far more common than you think. Just because someone isn't foaming at the mouth doesn't mean they can't be possessed (more on this later).
The reason Jesus tells us to come OUT OF THE WORLD and LOVE NOT THE WORLD is because it is run by sinful people who are controlled by these demonic principalities and powers... the Devil being the main commander.
The main point of this part of the study is to show that the hierarchy of the demonic world is very structured. It doesn't take a spiritual person to know that this world is getting more corrupt as it moves on. Yet, these strongholds in people's mind can only be changed by teaching and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Now, we have to add some balance to this study. Even though satan is the prince and ruler of this sinful spiritual realm. There are people who are not saved that can control their mind and not be so carnal. We consider these people good, moral people. But the fact remains, no matter how good they are, they still have to take care of the sin question in their life.
When working with people, you have to understand that each person is at a different level spiritually. Some are more sinful than others. Some are more influenced by devils than others. We have to use wisdom in deciding how to work with the barriers between them and God.
As I pointed out earlier, principalities and strongholds are in the minds of people; some weaker than others. But, as the below scripture states, strongholds have to be pulled down; and that would be done through teaching and intercessory prayer (which is the warfare part).... more on this later.
2Co 10:4-5 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
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