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    To expose him, is to know him                To know him, is to defeat him

     

     

    And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.   Ephesians 5:11

    The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:   John 10:10

     

       We are at war!   What most people don't realize is that we are in a life and death struggle for our lives.   Even though we live in the physical realm, we struggle with a real enemy, in the spiritual realm.   Who is our struggle with?   We are in a life and death battle with Satan and his army of demons.

       The rank and file of Satan's army is perhaps one of the most sophisticated and effective military structures the world has ever known.   More than likely, it would put all the military structures of the nations of this world to shame.

       Whoa, wait a minute, you're giving Satan way to much glory.

       My answer to that is 'bull'.   Before any nation sends its troops into battle in a foreign country it will teach them all they can concerning their enemy.   Who he is, how he operates, his weaknesses, and his strengths.

       Every good soldier goes into battle well prepared.   Not only is he appropriately armed to defeat his enemy, but he knows what to expect when he arrives on the battlefield.   More importantly, he understands the nature of his enemy and of the war in which he is engaged.

       The more I understand and know about my enemy, Satan and his army, the better I am able to put them in their place, 'under the feet of Christ Jesus.'

       Before we look at the 'rank and file' of Satan's armed forces, we need to look at the Commander-in-Chief himself.

       Satan is a created being, an angel, created by The Creator, Almighty God.   When first created, he was known as Lucifer, the anointed cherub.   His duty was leading the worship of God around the throne in Heaven.   He was a thing of beauty, perfect in his ways.   Because of his beauty and his talents, pride rose up in him.   This pride led him to believe he could become god.   He sinned against God.   He led a rebellion against God, and a third of the angels of Glory rebelled with him. 

       Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.   Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.   By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.   Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground before kings, that they may behold thee.   Ezekiel 28:14-17

      How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!   How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!   For thou hast said in thy heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.   Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.   They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, did shake kingdoms;   That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?   Isaiah 14:12-17 

       Lucifer was cast out of Heaven into the heavenlies (atmosphere) around the earth.   The third of the angels that rebelled were cast with him. 

       And there was war in heaven:  Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.   And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil,   And Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast with him.   Revelation 12:7-9

       And there appeared another wonder in heaven;  and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.   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.   Revelation 12:3-4 

       Lucifer is 'prince' of the power of the air.   He became 'prince' or 'ruler' of the heavenlies around the earth, when he was kicked out of Heaven.   His throne is in the heavenlies, or atmosphere, above the earth.

       Satan is 'god' of this world.   He became 'god' or 'ruler' of this world when Adam and Eve bowed to him and sinned in disobedience against God, giving lordship of the earth to Satan.   He rules the heavenlies,and the earth, through his demonic horde, the fallen angels. 

       And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins:  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.   Ephesians 2:1-3

       But if our gospel (the Gospel of Christ Jesus) be hid, it is hid to them that are lost (the unbeliever):  In whom the god (little g - Satan) of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.   For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.   For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.   II Corinthians 4:3-6 

       Satan, and his army of fallen angels, rule, influence, manipulate, and control humanity from his 'throne' in the heavenlies.

       Jesus defeated Satan and his horde of demons on the Cross of Calvary!   By His shed blood, the life he gave, and His resurrection, Jesus conquered the devil and his demonic host! 

       Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his (Jesus') cross;   Any having spoiled (disarmed) principalities and powers, He (Jesus) made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.   Colossians 2:14-15

       Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through His Blood, even forgiveness of sins:   Colossians 1:12-14

       So what gives this 'demonic horde' their power and authority to continue ruling, over the earth and over humanity?

    SIN!                    Unconfessed Sin!

        The sin in the lives of people is what gives Satan's demonic horde authority and power to continue ruling, manipulating, and controlling the human masses.   That is why the 'rank and file' of Satan's army are constantly tempting all humanity to sin against God.

     

    Military Structure

       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 

       Just as the United States Armed Forces is made up of different branches; Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard: so is Satan's army.   According to Scripture, Satan's military structure is made up of four different branches; Principalities, Powers, Rulers, and Spiritual Wickedness.

       Each branch has a different and distinct operation in Satan's army.   These four names are just the 'headings' or 'titles' of the branch, not of the spirit.   It reveals the operation, responsibility, or duty of the demon filling that position.   The key, to fighting Satan's army, is to learn and know the duty of each branch.

       The distinction between these branches is nit necessarily firm or absolute.   The same demon can fulfill the duties or responsibilities of several branches at once.   A power could also be a principality.   A principality could also be a ruler, etc.

       One of the greatest tricks of the enemy is to get the 'Believer' bogged down in trying to identify and make elaborate categories of names of the evil spirits.   The name of any particular demonic spirit is determined by the 'assignment, duty, or responsibility' given to that demon.

       For instance;  'Spirit of Accuser of the Brethren', is a spirit assigned to bring accusations against believers.   'Spirit of Infirmity' has the responsibility to cause sickness and disease in the lives of people.  'Spirit of Pornography' duties are to promote an addiction to pornography in a person's life.   The list goes on and on: greed, depression, fear, witchcraft, homosexuality, and so on.   There can be as many different names as there are problems.

     

    Principalities

       Remember, Principality is a heading or title of a branch.   Principalities are demonic beings that are assigned to control particular areas of land and the people living in that particular land area.   Principalities are often referred to as 'territorial' spirits.

       Because of it's name many people make this spirit out to be the meanest, ugliest, toughest, evilest, hardest to deal with, demon in the kingdom of darkness.   Not so!   Principalities are not any bigger, stronger, or more evil than any other spirit in the kingdom of darkness.

       The 'particular land areas', or 'territories' can be any size, and any where.   It can be a nation, or a grouping of nations.   It can be a state, or a grouping of states.   It can be a county, or a grouping of counties.   It can be a city, town, community, or a grouping of cities, towns, or communities.   Whatever and whenever the boundaries of a particular area are drawn, Satan assigns a demonic spirit to reign over it.

       The duty of a principality is to bring every person living within its territorial boundaries, into subjection, unto the kingdom of darkness.   Its ultimate goal is the death and destruction of every human being in it boundaries.   It will assign it's 'rank and file' to do everything possible to lead every person into sin and into rebellion against Jesus Christ.

     

    Powers

       Powers are the 'tempters'.   They are the nitty gritty of Satan's rank and file.   These are the 'warriors', the 'soldiers'.

       Satan knows the weaknesses and strengths of each person or grouping of people.   He knows which sin each person or grouping of people are prone toward.   He knows which tempter to send against an individual or group of people.

       The Powers know the strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, and desires of every person on this planet.   They know what sin will bring the greatest temptation to each individual person.   The Powers take the weaknesses of individuals and encourage, tempt, and manipulate that person into sinning.   Then they speak guilt into the mind of that person, bringing division between the individual and God.   They have precisely the amount of authority that we give them when we in opposition to God.   They are active in our society to the degree that people are sinning and living selfishly.

       These demonic spirits are assigned to create and establish 'strongholds', 'addictions', and 'uncontrollable habits', into the lives of individuals. 

     Generational spirits

       Generational spirits are the 'special forces', or 'green bret' of the Powers.   They are power demonic assigned to families when families give themselves over to particular sins.   These 'special forces' manipulate and control the family from generation to generation.   There is a residue from those who have sinned in past generations; and as long as the sin goes unconfessed and repented of, the demonic can use it to control the present or future generation.   The struggles of a people or place can often be traced back hundreds of years to a time when people were giving themselves over to a specific practice of evil there. 

     Tormentors

    And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.   So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.    Matthew 18:34-35

       Who shall do it?   Our Heavenly Father, God.   What shall He do?   Deliver us to the Tormentors.   Why?   Because we refuse to forgive those that have wronged us.   If we, in our pride or stubbornness, refuse to forgive, God has no recourse but to step back and allow the Tormentors to come against us.

       Who are these Tormentors?   They are demonic spirits.   Unforgiveness is an open door that will allow evil spirits to come into our lives and bring weakness, sickness, and disease.

     

    Rulers

       The duties or responsibilities of the Rulers is to destroy all human structures of authority.   If they can destroy all means of authority, they bring chaos, confusion, strife, contention, division, and rebellion.   They will use whatever means necessary to break down and destroy any, and all, existing forms of authority.

       The home is the Rulers number one target.   If they can break down the authority of the home, they can bring strife, contention, division, and rebellion, destroying the marriage and the family.

       Any structural form of authority, regardless of how big or small; clubs, churches, schools, sports, businesses, law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, is a target of these Rulers.   They seek to infiltrate and to rule these structures of authority, bringing godlessness, strife, contention, and division.

       All forms of government, national, regional, and local are big targets for the Rulers.   They seek to rule all chamber of commerce, city councils, county governments, any form of local authority bases.   If they can reign on the local level, they rule the individual person.   National and State governments are an absolute.   If they can manipulate national and state leaders, legislatures, and judicial court systems, they can rule the states and the nation.   If they can reign over the states and nation, they rule the masses.

       As 'born-again believers' we need to pull down every stronghold, every alter, every high place the enemy has established in the land, in all local government agencies, in the state and national legislatures, and in the hearts and minds of the people.

     

    Spiritual Wickedness

       Now the Spirit (Holy) speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons;    I Timothy 4:1 

       These are the seducing spirits, the deceivers, the mind blinders, the teachers of false doctrines.   Their assignments and responsibilities are to hinder the preaching of the truth and to steal the Word from our minds and hearts, bringing doubt and unbelief. 

    Seducing spirits

       These deceitful spirits are responsible for every false religion, cult, and misleading doctrine in the world today.   They are the teachers and promoters of the New Age movement, evolution, humanism, reincarnation, Nazism, and all pagan religions.

       These seducing spirits lie to us about God;  that He does not exist, or that He is not good and caring and loving.   They lie about Jesus; that He is not the Messiah, that He is not the Saviour of the world, that He is not the Son of God.

       They will tell us lies about ourselves, making us hate ourselves.   They tell us we are not saved, that we are worthless and not good enough to receive the Promises of God. 

    Mind Blinders

       The reason many do not receive their salvation is because Satan has blinded their minds to the 'light of the glorious gospel of Christ'.   Satan has sent thousands upon thousands of demonic spirits into the world with the sole purpose to keep men' minds in darkness, blinding the minds of the unbeliever.   They lie, deceive, and trick the non-believer, bringing doubt and unbelief into their mind and hearts.

       Unbelievers are blinded in their minds and either can not hear or do not understand the Good News of the Gospel of Christ.

       Jesus has given us all power and authority over these Mind Blinders.   We must bind them and take authority over them in the Name of Jesus, placing them under the feet (authority) of Jesus.   Then, we can evangelize and proclaim the Good News, the Gospel of Christ Jesus to the unbelievers. 

    Messengers of Satan

       These 'Forces of Spiritual Wickedness' are not just interested in spreading lies, but also in hindering truth.

       How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed?   And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?   And how shall they hear without a preacher?    Romans 10:14

       There are demonic spirits assigned to hindering the preaching of the Gospel.   They do everything in their power to keep Christians from sharing and people from hearing the Gospel.

       And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelation, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.   II Corinthians 12:7

       Paul makes it clear that a messenger (a demonic spirit) of Satan was sent to torment him.   Why did Satan send a demon to buffet Paul?   He wanted to stop him from preaching the Gospel.   He wanted to stop the preaching of the 'abundance of the revelations' God had been revealing to Paul.   God had been revealing a lot of knowledge about Himself and His plan of Redemption through Jesus to Paul.   Whatever the 'thorn', it was the Messenger of Satan's way of trying to stop Paul from preaching the Gospel of Christ Jesus.   It was its way of hindering the Truth.

       In the parable of the Sower, the seed is the Word of God.   When someone hears new revelation from the Word, Satan will immediately send messengers (demonic spirits) to steal the Word out of their hearts.   These messengers of Satan lie and deceive, thus bringing doubt and unbelief to that person's heart.

       And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls (demonic spirits) came and devoured them up:   When any one hearth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart.   This is he which received seed by the way side.   Matthew 13:4, 19

       And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls (demonic spirits) of the air came and devoured it up.   And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.   Mark 4:4, 15

       So the faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.   Romans 10:17

       It is by hearing the Word of God, the Holy Scriptures, that we grow in faith and in our personal relationship with God.   It's where we learn 'Who' and 'What' we are 'in' and 'through' Christ Jesus.   It is then and only then, that we can become an effectual servant for God.   Satan know this and tries to stop us from hearing, believing, and proclaiming the Word of God.

       This gives us insight into the structure of the army of Satan.   It is by no means complete or finished.   It does bring valuable information that will help us to understand and better equip ourselves to deal with this demonic realm.

       This information should in no way overwhelm us or bring concern or fear to us.   Jesus has given us all authority and power over Satan and his demonic horde.   We have all authority and power over the enemy's power.   If we will confess our sins and repent of them, there is no way the demonic can harm us.   Praise God!!

     

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