- Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:28 am
Christ and his disciples often cast demons out of people. Most modern men and women discount these stories as simply being metaphors and believe that demons are not a reality of the world. Most of these same people also see Satan as a symbol and not as a conscious, intelligent being. These are serious errors.
Revelation contains a few passages that mention Satan and â€œhis demons". This clearly means that they are his, and that he controls them. They work together with him in maintaining power over this worldâ€™s education, religions, governments and values. The â€œchurchianityâ€ of this world passing for Christianity is no exception.
Here is the point. Not only does Satan govern the kingdoms of this world through his power and influence, but he also does it in a unified fashion with the aid of many demons.
I just read an amazing account in Daniel, chapter 10 describing an actual spiritual battle, lasting three full weeks! Michael, an archangel, fought with one called the â€œprince of the kingdom of Persiaâ€ and later referred to another battle with a demon called the â€œprince of Grecia.â€ Archangels do not need 21 days to defeat physical men. These are powerful beings within Satanâ€™s kingdom, ruling over individual kingdoms (nations) within it, that were battling with Michael.
The devil governs a vast kingdom of evil spirits. Together they deceive, they confuse, and they hold a tremendous influence over all the governments and activities on earth. When Christ was standing before Pontius Pilate, he declared the true source of Pilateâ€™s authority over the outcome of the trial.
â€œThen said Pilate unto Him, Speak You not unto me? Know You not that I have power to crucify You, and have power to release You? Jesus answered, You could have no power at all against Me, except it were given you from above: therefore he that delivered Me unto you has the greater sinâ€
But I should also clarify that my scriptural understanding of these concepts does not completely disconnect God from the activites on Earth. He is still absolutely the Almighty and the Most High! God is working His plan that involves humans His heirs. Because Adam and Eve disobeyed, He is allowing us to find out that our own ways, governments, values, religions, and wars in the name of peace have not, do not, and never will work.
The Bible also reveals that God intervenes to set up or removes rulers, and they only have power as long as He allows.