Principalities And Powers
Rules Of Engagement
To attack principalities and powers over a city or geographic region is as useless as shooting at the moon. (Is.27:1) “In that day lay a charge doth Jehovah, With his sword -- the sharp, and the great, and the strong, On leviathan -- a fleeing serpent, And on leviathan -- a crooked serpent, And He hath slain the dragon that is in the sea.“
(Job 41) “Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more. Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him? None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? Who hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine. I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.”
“Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? Who can open the doors of his face? his teeth are terrible round about. His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.
By his neesings a light doth shine, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning. Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. Out of his nostrils goeth smoke, as out of a seething pot or caldron. His breath kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth. In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him.
The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone. When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of breakings they purify themselves.”
“The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear.
Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire. He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment. He maketh a path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear. He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.”
Many attacks can come through wrong spiritual warfare. You must understand the flow of authority. When the Centurion told Jesus to simply speak the word, Jesus said, “I have not seen such faith in all Jerusalem.” There are two meanings of faith. 1) Belief in Jesus. 2) Understanding of the system.
Jesus was marveled at because of His faith in understanding the authority structure of God. What you see in the natural depicts what is happening in the spirit. The sons of sceva didn’t understand authority and the demons attacked them. Fighting unwisely can cause needless attacks to occur. Respect Satan’s created position of authority.
We are told not to attack Satan. “Do no more.” (Job 41:1-8) “Dost thou draw leviathan with an angle? And with a rope thou lettest down -- his tongue? Dost thou put a reed in his nose? And with a thorn pierce his jaw? Doth he multiply unto thee supplications? Doth he speak unto thee tender things? Doth he make a covenant with thee?
Dost thou take him for a servant age-during? Dost thou play with him as a bird? And dost thou bind him for thy damsels? (Feast upon him do companions, They divide him among the merchants!) Dost thou fill with barbed irons his skin? And with fish-spears his head? Place on him thy hand, Remember the battle -- do not add!“
God alone reserves the right to judge Satan. We however do not. Many attribute omnipresence to Satan. Therefore empowering him to attack by attributing to him something that belongs to God. We can most assuredly come against his demons, but not him.
(Eph.6:10-20) “As to the rest, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might; put on the whole armour of God, for your being able to stand against the wiles of the devil, because we have not the wrestling with blood and flesh, but with the principalities, with the authorities, with the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, with the spiritual things of the evil in the heavenly places;
because of this take ye up the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to resist in the day of the evil, and all things having done -- to stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about in truth, and having put on the breastplate of the righteousness, and having the feet shod in the preparation of the good-news of the peace;
above all, having taken up the shield of the faith, in which ye shall be able all the fiery darts of the evil one to quench, and the helmet of the salvation receive, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the saying of God, through all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the Spirit, and in regard to this same, watching in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints - and in behalf of me, that to me may be given a word in the opening of my mouth, in freedom, to make known the secret of the good news for which I am an ambassador in a chain, that in it I may speak freely -- as it behoveth me to speak.“
The sword in Eph. 6 is not the same sword as in Is.27:1. It is the same sword that comes out of Jesus mouth in Rev. The sword in Eph. 6 is a short sword. About the length of your arm. For close range hand-to-hand combat. It is meant to maim your enemy. The only ones in scripture who wield a long sword are the angels of God. What we stand against are humans driven by demons trying to attack us. We can bind the enemy operating through another person.
Eph.6 takes place in the terrestrial arena. Praying always to God asking Him to move in the heavenlies that I may speak boldly. Address God and He’ll move. Jesus gave us authority to tread on serpents and scorpions. Things in the earthly terrestrial arena. Not in the heavenlies.
The Garden of Eden, the tabernacle of Moses, the temple of Solomon are all prototypes of the New Jerusalem. We now subdue the earth and replenish it by finding disciples and advancing the kingdom. Jesus restored it, we expand it.
When Adam sinned, he lost authority over the earth. Earth is the only place he lost his authority because he was never given authority over the heavens. We are trying to claim something that never was ours to begin with. Jesus said He only does what He sees the Father doing in Heaven. It is done in heaven already. Now we need to do what is being done in heaven on earth. The earth is where the problem is. Not in heaven. There is no one in the heavens to cause trouble to. If we violate celestial protocol, then our terrestrial bodies have problems. Stay within your boundaries.
(Heb.2:5-8) “For not to messengers did He subject the coming world, concerning which we speak, and one in a certain place did testify fully, saying, `What is man, that Thou art mindful of him, or a son of man, that Thou dost look after him? Thou didst make him some little less than messengers, with glory and honour Thou didst crown him, and didst set him over the works of Thy hands, all things Thou didst put in subjection under his feet,'
for in the subjecting to him the all things, nothing did He leave to him unsubjected, and now not yet do we see the all things subjected to him,“ Satan still retains his created gift, but not his position in heaven. The gifts and callings of God are irrevocable to all of creation.
Michael said, “The Lord rebuke you”. They themselves had no authority to rebuke Satan. They used God’s authority. The angels dared not to bring a railing accusation against Satan. Jude and II Peter are examples. If angels operate within an authority structure, then we must do likewise. Especially if we are made a little lower than the angels.
We spend more time yelling at the enemy than we do praying to God. You address whom you are praying to. So, if you mention or address Satan, you are praying to Satan. You serve whom you pray to. Ignorance in doing the right thing will get us into trouble. Instead of coming against demons, usher in the presence of God. (Consecration) Address God and things will move. You only address demons in people. Not in the heavens.
(Dan.9:1-11) “ In the first year of Darius, son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who hath been made king over the kingdom of the Chaldeans, in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, have understood by books the number of the years, (in that a word of Jehovah hath been unto Jeremiah the prophet,) concerning the fulfilling of the wastes of Jerusalem -- seventy years; and I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.
And I pray to Jehovah my God, and confess, and say: `I beseech Thee, O Lord God, the great and the fearful, keeping the covenant and the kindness to those loving Him, and to those keeping His commands; we have sinned, and done perversely, and done wickedly, and rebelled, to turn aside from Thy commands, and from Thy judgments: and we have not hearkened unto Thy servants, the prophets, who have spoken in Thy name unto our kings, our heads, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. To Thee, O Lord, [is] the righteousness, and to us the shame of face, as at this day, to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, who are near, and who are far off, in all the lands whither Thou hast driven them, in their trespass that they have trespassed against Thee.
O Lord, to us is the shame of face, to our kings, to our heads, and to our fathers, in that we have sinned against Thee. To the Lord our God are the mercies and the forgivenesses, for we have rebelled against Him, and have not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah our God, to walk in His laws, that He hath set before us by the hand of His servants the prophets; and all Israel have transgressed Thy law, to turn aside so as not to hearken to Thy voice; and poured on us is the execration, and the oath, that is written in the law of Moses,
servant of God, because we have sinned against Him.“ The actions of people caused things to happen in the heavenlies. In this case, it was the actions of a nation. Daniel didn’t address the Prince of Persia. Daniel didn’t exhort authority over Gabriel when he came. Daniel never addressed the principalities. He addressed God.
(Dan.11:1) “And I, in the first year of Darius the Mede, my standing is for a strengthener, and for a stronghold to him;“ (Ezra 4:24) “then ceased the service of the house of God that is in Jerusalem, and it ceased till the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.“ In the first year, Daniel prayed a prayer of repentance. In the second year of Darius, the construction of the house of God resumed. It stopped for 20 yrs. Until Daniel prayed. God began the healing process of Jerusalem. Prayer and repentance causes God to move in a nation. At the time of Jesus was the darkest hour on the face of the planet. Yet He didn’t address principalities and powers.
(IIChr.7:14) “And My people on whom My name is called be humbled, and pray, and seek My face, and turn back from their evil ways, then I hear from the heavens, and forgive their sin, and heal their land.“ This is what we need today! God heals the land through humbleness and repentance. He will heal the land by removing the principality. If we fail to walk with God, He’ll allow a principality to come in. (Commonly called a curse)
(Jer.18:5-8) “And there is a word of Jehovah to me, saying: As this potter am I not able to do to you? O house of Israel, an affirmation of Jehovah. Lo, as clay in the hand of the potter, so are ye in my hand, O house of Israel. The moment I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down, and to destroy, and that nation hath turned from its evil, because I have spoken against it, then I have repented of the evil that I thought to do to it.“ The natural brought about a spiritual action.
(Jer.18:9-10) “ And the moment I speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build, and to plant, And it hath done the evil thing in Mine eyes, So as not to hearken to My voice, Then I have repented of the good That I have spoken of doing to it.“ God will repent if you repent. It all begins with repentance. Change within brings change without. Through repentance, God will bring revival. But, it is through deep-rooted repentance for things we may not thing about. Through much repentance comes much change. The Holy Spirit must lead.
By making God our habitation, demons and principalities will be removed. It is in the shadow of the Almighty that things are shaken. There are many levels of sin and many levels of repentance. We may cut much of the roots of sin off, but then they grow back. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work; it means we need to go deeper. If God won’t tolerate sin, neither should you.
(James 4:7) “be subject, then, to God; stand up against the devil, and he will flee from you“ Submit to God, then resist Satan. Resist the temptation principles of the evil one and don’t tolerate it.
Never ever allow anyone to lead you out of the realm of God’s protection. Protect the hedge He has given you. (Ecc.10:8) “He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.”
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