Introduction to Spiritual
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We are the Lordís army occupying enemy territory, with the
battle raging all around us. Those who live in the flesh
do not comprehend this war. Satan leads his army against the
Lord, comprised of his angels and servants. The world cannot
see this battle; they only reap the influences, because this
battle is invisible, beyond the physical realms.
We know about this battle, through scripture the Lord has
revealed the details. So we, His army, can know how to wage war
on enemy territory. Understanding our enemy and his tactics is
central to our victory, when attacked.
Knowledge of Satanís tactics is called is called
ďIntelligenceĒ, in the United States we have the CIA, which
stands for the Central Intelligence Agency. The goal of
the CIA is to gather intelligence or knowledge about the enemy.
They role is to understand the potential threats to the United
States and its citizens. In the former Soviet Union the KGB
operated in a similar way, regardless of your political
viewpoint, intelligence of the enemy is important.
We are in a war, with a real enemy, who sees us (those who
know Christ) as his very real threat. Intelligence of enemy
operations is important for victory. This flows both ways,
Satan is on the prowl to uncover and take down threats to his
work. The purpose here is to shed light on Satanís method of
warfare so we know how to better defend, and then advance the
Kingdom of God in enemy territory.
Those who dismiss Satan and his army of fallen angels do
so only to their detriment. Satan is real enemy with both a
visible and invisible army. For now, we will focus on the
invisible portion of this army, the fallen angels. Does Satan
have angels? Where did they come from? Satan himself is a
fallen Cherub (Ezekiel 28:16), the angel who was over the throne
of God. They are called his angels (Satanís angels), because
they rejected their creator in favor of Satan. They are under
his power and serve him they have no other choice. They are
doomed too an eternity in the lake of fire with Satan.
41 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart
from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the
devil and his angels: Matthew
9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old,
called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was
cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Like Satan, they had the freedom of will to reject or
accept Godís rule, they choose to reject the Lord and choose
Satan. One third of the angels fell, following Satanís lead
(Revelation 12;4). They work under Satanís authority and
direction, executing his plan against God and humanity, those
made in the image of God. The method of their warfare is
systematic, with a hierarchy of control and authority.
Scripture indicates there are two groups of these fallen
angels; one group has freedom and the other group is chained.
angels without chains
The group of fallen angels most are familiar with through
scriptures are those angels who have freedom of operation on the
earth. We see them in both the Old and New Testaments, the
distinction between these two groups is more fully revealed in
the New Testament. These angels operate within the guidelines
established at the fall. A great example occurs in the New
Testament, when the demons, who called themselves ďLegionĒ did
not want to leave the region, and especially did not want to be
bound to the abyss, where the second group of fallen angels
28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before Him, and
with a loud voice said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son
of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me!"
29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the
man. For it had often seized him, and he was kept under guard,
bound with chains and shackles; and he broke the bonds and was
driven by the demon into the wilderness.
30 Jesus asked him, saying, "What is your name?" And he said,
"Legion," because many demons had entered him.
31 And they begged Him that He would not command them to
go out into the abyss.
32 Now a herd of many swine was feeding there on the
mountain. So they begged Him that He would permit them to enter
them. And He permitted them.
33 Then the demons went out of the man and entered the swine,
and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the lake
and drowned. Luke 8:28
Notice the demons are subject to the command of Jesus,
they understand a coming judgment awaits them. They requested
to not be sent to the abyss, where the bound angels are. These
fallen angels like the others in the region, took possession of
people. They operated in a territory. They had an identity,
along with liberty to operate. The evil in the region gave them
the ability to operate freely. First, the large number of pigs,
2000 (Mark 5:13) indicates a large gentile influence in the
area, which would have included their pagan practices.
Another point is the reaction of the people in the area of the
When the feeders of the pigs, reported what happened, we might
expect awe or wonder. We get fear and dread instead. Rather
then, the village seeking truth and light from Jesus, they ask
him to leave. Darkness does not want light; the territory was
in darkness controlled by demonic spirits (John 3:19). The fear
the people exhibit is the same fear the demons dwelling in the
man showed. The people of the area wanted nothing to do with
34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and
went and told it in the city and in the country.
37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes
round about besought him to depart from them; for they were
taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and
returned back again.
This was an area of demonic activity, where darkness
reigned. Compare this to the reaction of the man who was
possessed by the demons. He wanted to go with Jesus, stay with
and be near Him. Why is there such a contrast of reactions?
The territory was under demonic control; Jesus was
demonstrating this principal for the church. By coming to the
area where the demonic force known in the spiritual realms as
ďLegionĒ operated. He demonstrated how we can claim territory.
The situation is no different today, forces of fallen
angels rule over areas and regions. When we bring the Gospel
into those areas, we are claiming territory from Satanís reign.
This is the reason an area might oppose the Gospel, because
there is demonic opposition.
Demonic forces are not just territorial, but they
exercise authority over areas as evidenced in scripture. In
Daniel chapter 10, Daniel prayer is resisted for three-weeks,
21-days, because we later find out the ďPrince of PersiaĒ
opposed the angel who was to deliver the message. The Prince of
Persia is not the earthly ruler, but a spiritual ruler, who
prevented the angel from reaching Daniel, until Michael the
archangel came to the scene. The message and revelation then
was able to reach Daniel, the message, which follows in
Daniel 11 and 12.
Why does scripture reveal this scene? God
wants us to understand how demonic realms operate, in our
physical world. Danielís prayer brought the angels to the
scene, his prayers after 21-days also resulted in Michael coming
to spiritual conflict with the Prince of Persia, allowing the
fallen angel, who ruled over Persia to be overpowered.
This is the point, Paul is establishing in Ephesians, the
battle we face is a spiritual one, where fallen angels rule and
have dominion. This is also what Jesus is wants to understand,
our battle is not one of physical realms, but spiritual.
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. Ephesians 6:12
We are part of
this struggle when we come to Christ. The demonic forces
understand we are the Lordís army, advancing on enemy
territory. This is why Paul stresses our battle is not against
flesh and blood, the physical, but against spiritual
wickedness in high places. This is why Jesus sent his
disciples out on training, and specifically told them not to
take anything with them, so they could see the spiritual power
they had in His name, as opposed to the flesh.
1 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also,
and sent them two by two before His face into every city and
place where He Himself was about to go.
2 Then He said to them, "The harvest truly is great, but the
laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send
out laborers into His harvest.
3 "Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves.
4 "Carry neither money bag, knapsack, nor sandals; and greet
no one along the road.
5 "But whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this
house.' Luke 10:1-5
These seventy disciples were in training, they were also a
demonstration for the rest of us. Jesus wants us to know we do
not need to depend on the physical, for the work at hand. We
need to trust him, and not rely on our own abilities. The
spiritual power we operate under is greater then anything the
world can offer. Sometimes we need to empty ourselves of the
things the world offers and rely on the Lord alone.
16 "He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me,
and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me."
17 Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, "Lord, even
the demons are subject to us in Your name."
18 And He said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from
19 "Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents
and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing
shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:16-19
We need to understand our position in Christ. This is what
Satan wants to keep from us. The demonic realm has authority in
this physical world; the demonic authority is subject to the
authority we have in Christ. Like Daniel, we have power of the
heavenly realms, which Satan and his fallen angels cannot
resist. Jesus let the disciples go forward in his power, as a
demonstration to us about the power we have. Our feet and
prayers advance the kingdom of God on Satanís territory, held
under demonic authority. In Matthew 28:18-19, Christ gives us the authority to
advance the Gospel on earth. This is the secret the enemy wants
to keep from us, he wants us to live in defeat so the Gospel
canít be advanced.
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority
has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of
the Holy Spirit,
20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded
you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Amen. Matthew 28:18-20
In chains of darkness
of fallen angels are angels reserved in darkness until the day
of judgment. Here is where ďLegionĒ begged Jesus to not send
them, before the day of torment. Peter and Jude refer to these
fallen angels. There are many theories regarding what separates
these fallen angels from the others.
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast
them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to
be reserved for judgment; 2 Peter
6 And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but
left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains
under darkness for the judgment of the great day;
Most feel these
angels are the ones referred to in Genesis chapter 6, verse 4.
Called the sons of God, these angels left their first estate and
married the daughters of men. Corrupting the humanity, violence
on earth became intolerable, except for Noah and his family.
These angels were sent, to what Peter calls
Tartaroo or Tartarus
a separate compartment in Hades, where they are chained in
darkness for the Day of Judgment.
Some feel these same fallen angels are released in the end
times, as part of the judgment on a fallen world.
Revelation 9:1-11, the fifth trumpet
and Revelation 9:14-16, the sixth trumpet, involve
demons and fallen angels released on the world for judgment.
Demons are after the destruction of humanity, they are not
friends of people, they only want the worst, and they like Satan
are hunting for souls of the weak and lost.
Despite all the blustering and threats from Satan and the
fallen angels, they are limited in
they can do. Several places clearly show, Satan must get
permission to go beyond his limitations. Satan could only
attack Job, once the Lord allowed it. Satan cannot go beyond
the hedge of protection which surrounds Godís elect. Satan can
never do more to us, then God allows. God is in control Satan
is not, Satan is subject to Godís authority.
10 "Have You not made a hedge around him, around his
household, and around all that he has on every side? You have
blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have
increased in the land. Job 1;10
needed permission to test Peter. Jesus after the Passover
supper, which Judas had left to betray Him, told Peter about
Satanís request, to sift Peter as wheat. Two important points
here to note, first Satan could not just attack Peter, he needed
permission, Jesus was aware of the situation. Second, Jesus
also knew Peter would recover from Satanís attack, and that he
would be able to strengthen the brethren with the experience.
31 And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked
for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 32 "But I have
prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you
have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren." Luke 22:31-32
For Peter, Jesus used prayer to help Peter endure the
trial, Jesus knew he was about to go through. Here is a lesson
for all of us, when we are in the midst of Satanís attack. We
He can only go as far as God permits
Jesus knows what we are going through
Like Peter, God will use our trials to strengthen
Whatever our circumstances Satan has his limits. In
addition to a hedge of protection around the saved, Satan can
only tempt, to a degree. We have the power to say no to the
temptations in our life. (See also 2
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is
common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be
tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will
also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
I Corinthians 10:13
The Bible is clear; Satan is fighting from a position of
defeat. He cannot defeat God no matter how hard he tries.
Satan is a fallen angel, created by an all-powerful God. Jesus
at the cross defeated Satan. Since that is the case, why does
Satan still fight?
Satanís goal is the destruction of humanity; he knows his
judgment is coming. He knows what salvation is, and what the
saved have in store. So his goal is simple, to prevent
humanity from coming to salvation. All his efforts have this
one goal in mind, preventing the salvation of man.
3 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who
4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not
believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ,
who is the image of God, should shine on them.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
Remember from the beginning, Satan has tried to prevent
the coming of the Messiah, who would save humanity. Now the
Messiah, Jesus Christ has arrived, He has paid for sins,
eternity is offered to lost humanity. Satanís plan is to
prevent the message of salvation from reaching the lost, since
he can no longer prevent salvation. Satan has two distinct
strategies, one for the lost, the other for the saved.
For the lost its simple, keep people lost, prevent them
from seeing the Gospel. For the saved, its a little more
complex. When someone is saved, they are now a threat. A saved
person is walking dynamite, as far as Satan and the fallen
angels are concerned. Jesus has given us authority over the
demonic realms, in his name.
Satanís goal for the saved is to keep them in a defeated,
ineffective mindset. When the saved are defeated and distracted,
they cannot advance the Kingdom of God. Satan has the victory
he needs. He is then free to concentrate on his war at hand,
against the Creator God, preventing the lost from being saved.
In this physical world, when we look at war, what are the
reasons warfare is conducted? For the most part, war are fought
for two reasons for land or ideology. A ruler wants or demands
more territory, so he/she conquers surrounding lands. A nation
believes their ďphilosophyĒ is right, and others must follow so
war ensues, examples include Islam, Communism, Socialism,
Capitalism and others. The more land under control, the more
dominant the ruler or ideology. Satan operates in the same
way. He is at war, but his battlefield is the mind.
The mind is the territory he seeks; control of the
physical just follows the control of the mind. If we look at 2 Corinthians 4:4, what part does Satan blind? Its
not the physical eyes, he is after the mind. The Greek word for
mental thought or perception, that which thinks. Here is where
Satan fights for control. All for the purpose of blinding the
person from the Gospel.
How we think, the inner-man guides our perceptions.
Here is where Satan is at work, and here is where scripture
warns us to guard. Godís word implores us to be of one mind,
and to guard our mind, against the ways of this world.
6 Be anxious for
nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with
thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace
of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your
hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Satan and his
fallen-angels, through the proxy of fallen-humanity, battle for
control of our thinking. When a person is saved, their
perceptions change, because the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit
is now dwelling within. Satan looses total control over their
mind. The kingdom of God has advanced on his territory.
In this war for humanity, Satan has a vast assortment of
weapons at his disposal. His goal is not to spread one
particular ideology, but to keep the mind in ďblindĒ to the
this task, he looks to our flesh, our fallen nature. Regardless
of our culture or geography, all of humanity has a ďhuman
natureĒ. This nature is fallen, in this nature the flesh
rules. Satan rules in this realm, he keeps those under his
influence as captives.
1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and
2 in which you once walked according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,
3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the
lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of
the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the
A relationship with Jesus Christ liberates us from Satanís
power. We are now a part of the Lordís army, advancing the
kingdom of God on enemy territory. Satan works through the lusts
to keep his captives. The word for lust in Greek is
and means desire, craving and longing, the desire for what is
forbidden. Satan pursues our fallen nature through, the mind,
feeding our lusts with perceptions. There are three areas
Satan uses to attack, these are listed in 2 John 2:16.
16 For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh,
the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not
of the Father but is of the world.
2 John 2:16
nature craves all three areas, Satan in this world operates and
tempts, controlling the lives of the lost in one or three of
these aspects. Here John gives us a broad overview of Satan
areas of attack.
Lust of the flesh
Lust of the eyes
Pride of life
Through these areas, Satan seeks to develop strongholds,
which allows him to have a grip. The mind becomes dependent on
an aspect of sin, Satan, is like an archer whose quiver is full,
he has many arrows to send.
Lets look at our own life, what prevented us from finding
Christ? Where did Satan have control?
Were we too proud to need a savior?
Did we have habits which we could not give up?
Did we worry what our friends and family would
Were we too wise for the simple Gospel?
our reasons in the past, we were also once blinded by Satan.
Now that we know Christ, we are freed from his power. Satanís
goal now is to deceive the believer, to take away from him/her
the victory and potential we have in Christ. He wants to keep
us in bondage and defeat, though we have power and authority.
Today, Satan uses these same weapons to hold others under his
power. Look at the works of the flesh below in
Galatians 5, each one of these is like an
arrow in Satanís quiver.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are:
adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies,
outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,
21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of
which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time
past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the
kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21