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Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 26 – The Spiritual Kingdom of Darkness



November 10, 2004

Tectonic Chaos – Chapter 26 – The Spiritual Kingdom of Darkness

Ephesians 6:10-13 – Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. [11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [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. [13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

There are, in reality, two kingdoms in existence on this present earth – a  kingdom made up of flesh, blood, and other material things, in which physical eyes cannot see the small atom of which it is composed, but can see what God made by bonding them together - and there is a parallel kingdom in existence on the same planet in which spiritual beings dwell.  The occupants of the flesh and blood kingdom cannot normally see into the spiritual kingdom, but the occupants of the spiritual can see into the physical kingdom.

So, we finite earthly creatures live in the physical kingdom known as the world – but here exists around us a kingdom in which the angels of God, and those of Satan, vie constantly to spiritual  influence the ways that we think, live, and perform.  The fallen angels of Satan make up the spiritual darkness that abides in the kingdom we are not able to see.

The armor to which Paul refers is a strong faith, not in your ability to overcome the wiles of the Devil, but in the Lord’s ability to overcome him.  I am able to stand against the wiles of the Devil only when my faith is rooted and grounded in the power of Christ to deliver me from him.  My resistance to the Devil must always be through Christ.  I have often listened to teachers proclaim: “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you” – and then suddenly launch into a two hour descant on all the things we should do and not do.  Teaching the “do’s and don’ts” is fine, but the method recommended by many of these teachers is wrong. They speak as if a man will just grit his teeth, gird up his carnal mind, and flex his physical power, then he can overcome the Devil.  That seems to be what they think is involved in submitting oneself to God as James directed the believer to do in James 4:7 – “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.”  When a person submits themselves to God through the sacrificial offering of his only begotten Son then, and only then, does he or she have the God given power to resist the Devil.

So how does a true child of God “resist the Devil?”  After salvation, the deliverance from temptation depends on the degree of spiritual growth the soul has obtained in its love for Christ, which really determines how much the soul actually desires to be delivered.  It is impossible to live above sin, but it possible to put up a better fight against it as our love for Christ increases.  When you are initially tempted, go immediately to God in prayer for deliverance – this is submission to God and resistance to the Devil.  Unless you submit to God you cannot resist the Devil.  When this happens the Devil will be fleeing from you only because God is there delivering you in answer to your prayer – and the Devil wants no part of God.  Satan does not fear you, he fears God.  He flees not from you, but from God’s power in you, which is the power of his Son Christ in you.  My major problem in life is that many times I let my fleshly desire for sin override my spiritual desire to resist – my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak.  I “hold off” crying out to God to deliver me just long to let my flesh have a little pleasure.  However, sin has its pleasures only for a season – and God forgive me, for I have too many seasons.  “Holding off” is the opposite of “resisting” – one resists by going to God immediately for deliverance from temptation. 

The spiritual battle I have just described to you is not a battle God’s children wage against human flesh and blood that can be seen – it is a battle again the darkness in the spiritual kingdom around us.  Paul said in our text: “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 Greek word used for HIGH is the word normally translated as HEAVENLY.

After Christ returns there will be human souls living in glorified bodies on this planet, and at the same time there will be souls still living on it in flesh and blood bodies throughout the entire millennial reign of Christ.  So the Scripture has flesh and blood humans mingling with glorified humans on the same planet.  Or does it?  How can salvation be by faith rather than by sight if the humans in flesh and blood bodies are constantly seeing the ones in glorified bodies they received at the first resurrection?  Salvation has always been given by grace through faith and I do not believe it will be by another system of salvation in the millennium based on sight.  If we are to have lost men and women in bodies of flesh, viewing men and women in glorified bodies throughout the millennium, then who among them would not accept Christ as Savior, seeing what he had done to the bodies of those who trusted in him from Adam to the end of the age in which we now live?  No, they will also be saved by grace through faith!  How is that possible?

As I set typing this article, there is an invisible kingdom around me filled with Satan’s fallen angels, as well as some of the angels who elected to follow God in a long past confrontation between Satan and God.  About one third of the angels chose to follow Satan, and today live in this invisible kingdom that surrounds the earth in an envelop known as the first heaven.  Some of them are reading what I am currently writing.  I cannot see them, but they, along with some of those angels that chose to follow God, observe us every day of our lives.  Satan’s angels were cast down to the first heaven because they voted him to be ruler, and consequently rode down to the earth on his political coattails, where they observe, influence, and afflict us today from a kingdom our eyes do not behold.

Revelation 12:4 – And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

I Peter 1:12 – Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

We live on an earth that has two kingdoms existing on it, a physical kingdom of flesh and blood humans, who can see, taste, touch, feel, or smell each other and all the material things of which it consists, but do not have the capacity to sense the spiritual beings and scenery by the five human senses.  However, the fallen angels of God not only have the ability to see and speak to one another in the kingdom invisible to us, they have the ability to see us and hear all that we say, as well as all the things of our physical kingdom.  In Old Testament times, and in the New Testament times prior to the completion of the New Testament, angels appeared to, and often had communications with, flesh and blood humans.  They appeared as flesh and blood men to those who actually saw them, and the Scriptures did not picture them as being women or having wings.  There is no scriptural evidence that men and women saw them after the first century, and if they do still manifest themselves as flesh and blood men, we would not be aware of it.

Hebrews 13:2 – Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

So, what do we have today on this earth?  We have two kingdoms.

(1)               A spiritual kingdom made up of Satan with his fallen angels, Gabriel with his messenger angels, and Michael with his mighty angels.  And it is a kingdom that contains both good and evil.  Sin exists in this kingdom due to the presence of the Devil and his angels.

(2)               A flesh and blood kingdom composed of saved and lost men and women.  The only good about it is Jesus living in the hearts of those who have been born from above by his Spirit.  Sin exists in this kingdom in the flesh of all man, and in the souls of the unsaved.

Now, what will we have on this earth in the millennium after the Devil and his angels are cast into the prison of the bottomless pit for a thousand years?  We will still have two kingdoms, but they will not have the same composition as the two kingdoms of today.

(1)             A kingdom made up of Christ, all his saints, and all of the angels of God.  It will have no sin in it, and all of its occupants will be fully visible and able to speak to one another.  They will also be able to see and hear all that is going on in the other kingdom, and will also be able to influence its occupants without their awareness.

(2)             A kingdom made up of saved and lost men and women.  Even those possessing saved souls will still have sin in their flesh, but the Devil and his demonic hoards will no longer be able to work on them through the flesh from the prison of the bottomless pit.  However, the 1000 year era will make one thing abundantly clear: that while the Devil and his influence on us has certainly been a real problem, the greater problem has always been our old sin nature, for which Christ paid the full price of redemption on the cross.  Just as we are unable to see the inhabitants of the great invisible kingdom around us, neither will they be able see us in the invisible kingdom existing on the same planet with them.

And Jesus Christ will be the King of kings reigning over both kingdoms.

Zechariah 14:9 –And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one