Weapon of spiritual warfare
Course XII: Weapons Of Our Warfare
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First we must understand the kingdoms of this world and the god of this world system.
2 Corinthians 2:11 says,
So that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
The progression of Lucifer, Satan and the devil
Lucifer in the Garden of Eden as tempter:
Ezekiel 28:13-17 says,
“You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. “You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering:
The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created they were prepared. “You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you. “By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence,
and you sinned; Therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground.”
The fear of the Lord is the start of Wisdom. Lucifer was lifted with pride in the splendor of looks. This caused the decay of Wisdom or fear of God. Satan thought that he could be like God. Genesis 3 says, Lucifer told Eve that she could eat the tree with the result of God likeness. Really this is what Lucifer wanted to control mankind and hold God to His unchangeable character to judge man according to His promise. They ate the tree and Lucifer took authority as the god of this world system. Adam and Eve were created on the sixth day and they had their first children around one hundred and twenty. This is when the transgression took place time wise from the 6th day to one hundred twenty years.
God told Adam that he has authority over the Earth. Adam is a type of the Second Adam which means that the authority is really for Jesus to come. Lucifer takes the authority from Adam in the fall. Satan is known as the god of this world system and the prince and the power of the air at this point. Palms 94:20 says, Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law? The throne of iniquity is operating using the Law to judge. What happens one the sin is committed. God cursed the ground, mankind and the serpent (Seraphim). God took the Garden of Eden off the Earth.
The Garden was comprised of three compartments:
- The Holy of Holies or the place of the throne
- The Holy place or Abraham’s bosom in the Earth as the compartment of souls trusting the Gospel prior to the cross
- The Outer court or hades also known as the world outside the gate of the temple
Luke 16 says, that Lazarus went to the holding place and the rich man went to hades. There was a great gulf fixed to where no one could pass from one place to the other. When Jesus goes into the Earth for three days it is in Abraham’s bosom to lead them on into the spirit realm when He rises (Ephesians 4:8-10).
These are all the Old Testament saints that found grace looking to the Gospel prior to the cross. Once mankind sinned, then Lucifer changed roles as Satan the accuser of all those from the first Adam of the flesh.
Lucifer as Satan takes on three roles in this period:
- Accuser of Sons of God
- Throne of Iniquity to establish hierarchy in the air and on Earth with rulers
- Establishes kingdoms of this world system
1.) Satan the accuser of the Sons of God (Those that call on the Lord) in front of the throne:
Job tells us about this role of accuser:
Job 1:6-12 says,
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. “But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.
Genesis 3:15 says, that I will put enmity between your (Serpent seed) and Her seed (Seed of promise in Jesus). Contextually it is urgent to note that when Seth was born that men started to call on the name of the Lord. These were the Sons of God. Job is showing that some people that called on the Lord perished and were coming to present themselves to God and Satan came along with them to accuse them. In the presenting God starts a conversation about Job. Very evident that Satan has authority to accuse, but no power over those that are Sons of God. Satan needs permission to touch Job. Satan presents himself concerning Job once again in Job 2:1. There is some more context about what takes place in the Sons of God presenting themselves after they perish prior to the cross.
Zechariah 3:1-10 says,
Then the angel showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, with Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.
And the LORD said to Satan: “The LORD rebukes you, Satan! Indeed, the LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you! Is not this man a firebrand snatched from the fire?”
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy garments as he stood before the angel. So the angel said to those standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes!”
Then he said to Joshua, “See, I have removed your iniquity, and I will clothe you with splendid robes.”
Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So a clean turban was placed on his head, and they clothed him, as the angel of the LORD stood by. Then the angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘If you walk in My ways and keep My instructions, then you will govern My house and will also have charge of My courts; and I will give you a place among these standing here.
8Hear now, O high priest Joshua, you and your companions seated before you, who are indeed a sign. For behold, I am going to bring My servant, the Branch. See the stone I have set before Joshua; on that one stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave on it an inscription, declares the LORD of Hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day. On that day, declares the LORD of Hosts, you will each invite your neighbor to sit under your own vine and fig tree.’”
The high priest Joshua perishes as a Son of God and Satan comes to accuse Joshua of sin to make a case for hades (Hell). God states that the iniquity is removed looking forward to the cross through obedience (faith). The promise of Jesus on the cross. And the LORD said to Satan: “The LORD rebukes you, Satan! Indeed, the LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you! Is not this man a firebrand snatched from the fire?”
Argument over Moses
Jude 1:9 says, But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
2.) Throne of Iniquity and the origin of hierarchy in the air with their influence on the Earth rulers
The authority over the Earth to Adam as the type of Jesus was for the second Adam. The authority is meant for Jesus as we see in the New Testament all authority is mine above, on and under the Earth. Adam was the head of the human race and Jesus the head of the spirit race reclaims all things with preeminence over all things. Jesus tells Christians that we can exercise authority over wicked spirits and the spirit of God as power to testify. God places authority over the Earth to Adam and it is reclaimed in Jesus the second Adam. The following will premise the aspect of preeminence relating to authority and the origin of hierarchy for a purpose until the redemption of all things in Jesus. The premise is that God allows these things to take place for the fulfillment of all things through whom all things are created for preeminence in the redemption of all things.
It is critical to note that Satan after the fall is functioning in the mystery without knowing the fulness of God’s plan that will be revealed in Jesus. Evidenced in that fact that rulers of this world would not crucify Jesus if they knew it was the Lord of glory as I Corinthians 2 states. All things were made by Him, whether principalities throne rulers and dominions and through Him all things consist proving He has preeminence. Satan thought he had God using the Law to control man to rule over man. Even taking authority over the Earth from Adam Satan still asks for permission to touch Job and evil spirits asking God to work as a lying spirit in the mouth of the prophet. Satan never knew that the cross would stripe his power away. God took away the power through conquering in the resurrection for all to follow the forerunner for eternal life in the resurrection.
What is the origin of hierarchy?
Lucifer is known Satan after the fall of man. The authority that Adam had over the Earth was stripped away in the fall. How can we tell that Satan was in authority over the Earth? Satan tells Jesus to worship me and I will allow you authority over all the kingdoms of this world (Matthew 4). It is not a real temptation if Satan was not in authority. The fall is the origin of the throne of Satan.
Revelation 2:13 says,
I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
Satan use of the throne of iniquity exercising mischief according to the Law. Satan uses the Law to accuse the Sons of God in front of the throne. Satan with the throne of iniquity creates a satanic leadership hierarchy. This is the origin of hierarchy leadership. Ephesians 6:12 says that there are principalities, thrones and powers of wickedness in spiritual places. This is where the hierarchy of Satan that is under the rule of Satan’s throne of iniquity originates as the pattern for the world system to follow.
What angels are a part of this structure?
Revelation tells us that Satan took one third of the Angels with him when he is cast out of Heaven at the cross (Revelation 12).
What was their sin?
Sin is the transgression of the Law. What Law was violated? The Mosaic Law was not written yet until the mountain of God for us to reference. However, Jesus referring to the devil at this time a liar and murderer in the Garden when he was known as Lucifer. God must have told the Law to the angels prior to mankind for Lucifer to sin those sins in the garden. The penalty of sin was to perish and Lucifer lied to lead them to sin. Therefore, he was a liar and murderer in the Garden. What were the sins of the angels that followed Satan?
Jude 1:9 says, And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day. God said worship no other God. They went with their eyes open to follow Satan abandoning their first estate in God to follow Satan. God says that the angels that sinned were cast into Hell.
What is the hierarchy of wickedness in the air?
Ephesians 6:12 says,
Rulers: Satan is the ruler of this world system with the throne of iniquity. Ruler is the word archo that is first as the preeminent over those after him.
Authorities: exousia is authority out from over a jurisdiction over geographical areas of the Earth in the air.
Cosmic rulers: kosmoskratos is the wicked angels that influence the lives of worldly people.
Against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the realm of the spirit. Satan uses this hierarchy to influence men on Earth to create kingdoms of this world system with hierarchy of men over other men to control the world.
3.) Establishes kingdoms of this world system
Satan influences men from creation to the flood trying to stumble the Sons of God using daughters of men that were pretty to create mighty men of renown that were wicked. God sent the flood and spared only Noah and a few others. They repopulated the Earth. Satan saw that there was a greater way to influence men. Satan uses Nimrod to create the first kingdom of this world system.
The first Kingdom
Satan creates the kingdoms of this world system from this hierarchy rule of spiritual wickedness to influence the first kingdom ruler known as Nimrod. Nimrod was mighty hunter of men in opposition to God. Nimrod created the first kingdom to erect to God in the air to claim power. God came to confuse their language and scattered them across the Earth.
Egypt would rise as the next kingdom
Egypt ruled over the God’s people for 430 years until Moses was used of God in the exodus from Egypt. Moses leads them to the promise land. Moses is not able to take them into the land. The picture is that the Law can take us to the one that can lead us to the promise. Joshua as a picture of Jesus leads them to the promise land. God allots each tribe land except for Levites that service the temple. God wants to lead them. They want judges. God tells them to place judges for the tribes. They would sin, get oppressed to captivity and then released after repenting. This was the cycle for years. We cannot rule ourselves. God says let me lead you as your king. We want a man to rule us as king from a tribe. God appoints Saul. The kings split in the third generation into two kingdoms. The 10 tribes of Israel and the 2 tribes of Judah. All of the kings of Israel worship the idols in the high places. The 10 tribes went into captivity in Assyria.
Assyria would rise as the next kingdom
Assyria would take the 10 tribes into captivity in 722. God told them the promise that a son will come with government on His shoulders as the prince of peace, mighty God, wonderful consoler and Everlasting Father.
Babylon would rise as the next kingdom
Babylon with the 10 tribes take Judah in 586. God says that I know the plans that I have for you a hope and future. God would release them after 70 years. God reveals the Daniel 2 vision of the image to show what the kingdoms of this world system were naming Babylon, Medes-Persians, Greece and talks about what is known of Rome as the feet with toes. There would come a stone hewn out without hands as a reference to God who is not created to strike the image on the feet to collapse it. Jesus would get crucified under Roman rule to conquer the world, flesh and Satan.
Medes-Persians would rise as the next kingdom
The 12 tribes are released 70 years later to rebuild Israel.
Greece would rise as the next kingdom
Alexander the great would conquer the whole ancient world converting all to speak the Greek language. The culture of the Greek was over the ancient world affecting the Jews.
Romans would rise as next kingdom
Jesus came in the rule of the Romans to conquer the works of Satan. The accuser of the Sons of God that use to accuse was cast out (Revelation 12:7). The devil has come to the Earth with great wrath for he knows his time is short (I Peter 5:8). Jesus conquered the world saying the kingdoms of this world are the kigdom of God (Revelation 12:7). Jesus overcame the world, flesh and the evil one.
Satan now as the devil and his role:
When the devil was cast out at the cross with no more access to the throne. He started to kill the followers of the Lord starting under Nero. Then he persecuted Christians to wipe them out through 10 sets of persecutions from 68 to 313 until Constantine. When he saw that he could not wipe out Christianity. He mimicked the spiritual called out ones into the spirit following God with the type like the synagogue. Church buildings with a hierarchy of men to follow as pastor. Constantine shifted Rome from a political hierarchy to a religious hierarchy. The overseer, elders and servant was created as a paid hierarchy structure. Later this was shifted from elder to priest and around 500 the Pope was placed as supreme overseer as successor from Peter. The true called out ones were lured into the dark ages of the false catholic church to separate to continue the tradition. The church building with a protestant pope.
What are the characteristics of the evil one?
The enemy has come to kill, steal and destroy. The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the holy spirit. The enemy wants to kill your righteousness through luring you away from Christ with the lusts of the flesh, cares of this world, love of money or through sin eroding your faith to reject God. He wants to steal your peace through consuming your mind with worry, pressures, influences, evil company or constantly filling your mind with thoughts that steal your peace. The enemy wants to eradicate your joy through waring you out. These are three ways that the enemy shows his characteristics.
The enemy saw that he could not control Jesus through elements of this world. Jesus never had a place to rest his head going from place to place. The followers of Jesus talk about this like Paul in a lot of expression. When the enemy saw that he could not control Jesus there was manipulation. The enemy tried to offer Jesus kingdoms, call out angels to save him from the cliff and using trick questions to incite attacks from questions. “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar?” When the enemy could not win at this tactic. He intimidated Jesus with persecution, violence and crucifixion.
The three tactics are control, manipulation and intimidation.
1.) Control through elements of this world
What is the main way that the enemy uses to ware people out today? The enemy uses the economics of this world system with regulations of government to control peoples choices. Govern means to control and ment means mind. Government is control your mind. For example: We are told that we live in a free country. We get a live certificate. We are told to get a birth certificate. When you register for a birth certificate, you are a corporation. You need a birth certificate to get a license. Your name is in all caps on your legal forms. Corporations are in all caps. You need to register for a social security card or you can’t work. Here is the point. You cannot get a license unless you get a birth certificate. You cannot get a license to operate a vehicle. You cannot get an apartment without a license. You cannot get a job without a license and social security card. The reason is to track and control every aspect of your life. You cannot live without complying to the systems to control. This is not freedom. This is complying through consent or you can live on the street. The kingdom of this world system under the power of the prince of the air that influence the rulers of this world control us with wage slavery. What is the example of this in our lives:
5% of your currency loses purchasing power from inflation
60% of taxes- (You work 3 days a week for taxes)
- Earned income tax of 39%
- Sales tax of 10%
- House owner tax average 2,000 year
- Utilities taxes
- Phone taxes
- Internet taxes
- Car registration every other year
- License registration every four years
- gas tax
30% of interest (close to two days of work)
- 20% extreme interest of credit card
- 80% of payment is interest for first eighteen years with mortgages costing the same amount of your house value of thirty years
- Car loans
5% left over for needs reason for credit card purchases
- Rising values of goods with less portions to need to purchase extra
Results: Paycheck to paycheck, jealousy of others, ambition, focus on money and etc. Most are controlled through this mechanism and are apathetic Christians. For the Christians that are not caught in this tactic. The enemy will use manipulation.
2.) Manipulation through our weakness
3 Corinthians 11:3-4 says,
But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel.
There is simplicity in Christ. Faith alone through grace saved us. The enemy will manipulate us with another gospel and another Jesus. The enemy will use false Christians.
2 Corinthians 11:14-15 says,
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.
How to know a wolf on sheep clothing?
Jesus said that we will know what kind of tree it is through the fruit. Jesus stated that we would know them through their message as the fruit. The message is the evidence of whether the tree is a sheep or a sheep in wolf clothing.
I John 4 says that we will know the spirit of truth or error. They confess that Jesus came in the flesh as God. They will receive this Gospel. They will hear us. The world will hate them. They are of God. If they hear the world and the world accepts them. They are not of God.
What is the problem that causes manipulation?
Problem is scriptural ignorance:
You will know them according to their message. Unskilled in the word of God prone to tossed to and fro with every wind of teaching. Ephesians 4:14 says, As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming. Notice that these are children in the spirit that are tossed with teaching.
What are the ways that Christians are led away?
False teachers that lead to follow them
Acts 20:30 says, Even from your own number, men will rise up and distort the truth to draw away disciples after them.
Christians that want to follow teachers that will make them feel right about certain sin
2 Timothy 4:3 says, For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires.
False teachers that say that you free to live like the world
Jude 1:4 says, For certain men have crept in among you unnoticed–ungodly ones who were designated long ago for condemnation. They turn the grace of our God into a license for immorality, and they deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Hebrews 3 says that sin can lead us to a point of rejecting the living God through eroding our faith.
False teachers of the Law, preach for gain, myths and commands of men
Titus 1:10-14 says, For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.
They will persecute you. They will incite crowds to promote violence on you. They will strike you. They will put you in prison. They will eliminate you.
What are our weapons for warfare?
Ephesians 6 says,
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Stand firm in the revelation of Jesus with the renewing of your mind as your guard, sink into Christ as your armor protecting your mind, will, spirit and soul. The foundation of the Gospel of peace is your preparation. Raise the Gospel like a shield that is trusted. You with power quench all of the fiery arrows of the enemy. With your helmet of salvation defend the faith with the scripture.
The enemy attacks the scripture. The war is the war of words. Who’s report you trust? When Jesus was tempted, the scripture was quoted to resist. When He returns He conquers the enemy with the sword of His mouth. We must know the scripture to combat the enemy. We must renew our mind with the scripture. The Christian that is carnal or fleshly is that way as a new convert. They are minding the things of the world and the things of God. James says that this person will not receive anything from God. Strengthen your faith in the scripture. Renew your mind to see things as God says they are. The enemy tries to solidify evolution through creating things through science to prove that God is not real.
The enemy to try to show that God is not real mimics what God creates for people to trust science. Science recreates seed, tools to control weather and other things. Science creates from replicating what God made. Creation comes from nothing. It comes from intelligence and it is personal through God’s involvement. Science exists out of the intelligence of God. It uses what God made from nothing. Science could not exist outside of God. It cannot create out of nothing. Atheists says that it is not real unless it is material.
The enemy says that the only thing that is real is what you can touch. God is invisible. God is not real. What they fail to understand is that God is physical. God through the ages prophesied His coming and fulfilled hundreds of prophecies through God manifesting in the flesh as Jesus. The not material took on material controlling nature and rising to life again. Jesus was seen at one time with 500 people there alive. The types, pictures and shadows of the Old Testament were personified. Hebrews 11 says, now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things that are not seen in the person of Jesus. Jesus verifiably exists evidence in the scriptures and through over 55 Roman, Syrian and Jewish writers from that time. Some of which reference the resurrection that were not Christians. Is Jesus the only way?
The enemy has created millions of gods and false religions. what is important to understand is that there are only two Fathers. Jesus said that if you trust in Me, My Father is your Father. Those that trust not are of their father the Satan. There are two kinds of people in the world unregenerate outside of Christ in the flesh of the first Adam. There is the spirit regenerate that are of God. Every unregenerate person is of Satan. Every false god or false religion is of Satan. There is only one false father and every false religion and god is of the one god of this world system Satan. There is only one way to God through faith in the gospel.
Prayer is the next weapon
The prayer of a righteous person avails much. We can pray for God’s protection, wisdom and will. We can pray against the principalities, powers and thrones of wickedness in the spirit realm over geographical areas. We can rebuke the enemy with prayer.
Authority in the name of Jesus
We can take authority over wicked spirits. Cast out spirits in the name. Only cast out spirit if a person comes to faith. The evil spirit can come to that person again with other spirits. The person must get saved for that reason. Sometimes infirmities are spirits that can get cast out. There was a kid that was on the ground like a snake for years that was free when the spirit was cast out.
Praise is powerful. God sent Judah first in the army. Judah means praise. The enemy would fall from the praise. Praise your way through situations.
Speaking grace against mountains
God told them to shout grace to the mountain. They shouted circling the mountain over and over. It came crashing. Speak grace over your situations.
There are strongholds in the mind. Cast away every stronghold that would exalt itself over the knowledge of God. The weapons of our warfare are mighty for the casting away those things.
Proper knowledge of sin
God frees us from sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness past, present and future. When we are saved. Our old nature was cut away through the circumcision of spirit cutting away the old nature, all things are new. We are to mortify flesh now that our old nature is gone. We carry around this old carcass. We are free from sin. Our nature changes to not want to sin anymore not to use grace as a license to sin. Sin can erode our faith to reject the living God.
If you miss the mark keep the faith God paid for that sin. Strengthen the faith in the scripture. Renew your mind.
We are instructed to add to our faith: virtue, knowledge, self control, kindness, love. With these you will not stumble.
Course XIII: Faith