Spiritual Warfare 2: 4 Levels of Demonic and 2 Human Elements
Spiritual Warfare 2: 4 Levels of Demonic and 2 Human Elements
Spiritual Warfare-2. 4 Levels of Demonic/2 Human Elements
Ephesians 6:12For 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.
Paul spoke specifically of the 4 levels of demonic that we will wrestle with in the spirit realm in this scripture.
1. Principalities-G746 archē ar-khay’
From G756; (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concrete) chief (in various applications of order, time, place or rank): – beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.
2. Powers- G1849 exousia ex-oo-see’-ah
From G1832 (in the sense of ability); privilege, that is, (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: – authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.
3. Rulers of Darkness- G2888 kosmokratōr kos-mok-rat’-ore
From G2889 and G2902; a world ruler, an epithet of Satan: – ruler.
4. Spirits of Wickedness- G4152 pneumatikos phyoo-mat-ik-os’
From G4151; non-carnal, that is, (humanly) ethereal (as opposed to gross), or (daemoniacally) a spirit (concretely), or (divinely) supernatural, regenerate, religious: – spiritual. Compare G5591
1. Principalities have authority over Nations/Cities Daniel 10:13
The Church needs higher-ranking angels to aid us in accordance with the power level of the demonic prince. Daniel was at a key historical moment, and needed a very high level angel (Michael) to counter the attack. We do not directly combat these demonic princes without much aid from the angelic hosts. On our own strength we will not be able to stand against them, although God raises up individuals to take a gap stand for the aid/help. We cannot simply command these spirits to do our bidding because of their power level in the spirit realm.
2. Powers have authority over Cities/Institutions Acts 19:24-35
The demonic powers usually are associated with idol worship. While the demonic princes keep control of entire nations/cities. The demonic powers seek to bring the spirit realm in the local region into agreement with satan through idolatry. It seems that the Apostle Paul was constantly in confrontation with demonic powers, through the tearing apart of idolatry centers in cities. Acts 14:11-18 (The devil even tempted Paul to join with and become an idol to the people) Seek to control the thinking/belief system of mankind (Barbarian/Greek Thinking)
Other references to Principalities/Powers: Mammon Matthew 6:24/ Dagon
1 Samuel 5, Judges 16:23/ Baal/Asherah (Ishtar/Easter) Numbers 25:3
Molech Zephaniah 1:5 Leviticus 18:21/
1. Rulers of Darkness hold authority over families/individuals. The Strongman overseeing the spirits of wickedness. Overseers of deception in families.
Legion seemed to be a Ruler of Darkness that oversaw a strong family curse of demonic possession. The spirits under him went under his name, and were grouped under his leadership. Mark 5:10. This spirit also begged not to be sent out of the area, it seemed to be a rural area that was controlled not by a Power, but a Ruler. The more strategic the area for Gods plans, the more powerful the demon sent to oversee the counter attack.
Matthew 12:28-29: Jesus would “Bind the Strong Man”, and then cast out the devils. The Ruler must be bound when dealing with the spirits.
Rulers are key for freeing up entire families from deception/curses. A lot of legal rights are gained through deliverance against rulers, and families are then set free through the process. Isaiah 42:7 (Bringing Light is key when dealing with rulers of darkness.
Bind/Loose: Matthew 18:18-19/Matthew 16:19
Note: Angels referenced by Legion Matthew 26:53 (This is the level of demonic where we are able to simply “loose angels” against the Ruler, when the legal rights are in place.
1. Spirits of Wickedness are the lowest level of demonic. These target individuals. Usually named by what they do: Spirit of Lust/Spirit of Pride/Spirit of Confusion Etc.
Most common demons dealt with on a daily basis. Jesus Christ was referencing in: Luke 10:19 (Snakes and Scorpions/ weak low level demonic that constantly try to harass and tempt us) The temptation of Jesus Christ in the wilderness was His overcoming of all lower level demonic spirits, and after this occurred, He was able to release authority to His disciples over ALL of these low level demonic spirits. (Matthew 4) although they had trouble with the deaf and dumb spirit (Mark 9)
These spirits play on the carnal soul/flesh of man to cause them to stumble. They seek to cause the stress and pressure to be so great that man sins before God.
(Galatians 6:1, Hebrews 4:15, James 1:13-14)
Some Types of Spirits: Tormenting (Thorn in the Flesh) 2 Corinthians 12:7
Familiar Leviticus 20:27 Divination Acts 16:16 Deaf and Dumb Mark 9
The Human Element- Thrones and Dominions
16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
5. Thrones G2362 thronos thron’-os
From thraō (to sit); a stately seat (“throne”); by implication power or (concretely) a potentate: – seat, throne.
Thrones are the highest level crossover between the demonic spirits that control nations, and the human beings that operate through their system. (Hitler/Stalin/Nebuchadnezzar/Presidents)
6. Dominions G2963 kuriotēs koo-ree-ot’-ace
From G2962; mastery, that is, (concretely and collectively) rulers: – dominion, government.
Dominions are the second level crossover between the demonic spirits and human beings. (Local city government/Mayors/Police Force)
Note: Daniel/Joseph were able to operate in Dominion within the wicked nations, although they were never given the Thrones. (Daniel 2:48, Genesis 45:26)
We do NOT wrestle against Thrones and Dominions, only against the Principalities/Powers/Rulers/Spirits.
Romans 13:1-8 (Speaking about submission to Thrones and Dominions but Ephesians 6 tells us that we wrestle against the 4 levels of demonic)
Hebrews 13:17 (Speaks about the humble submission to the Group of Elders, not about submission to one man. Church Dominion is a Group of Elders that must make right choices for the direction of the group together. There must be multiple leaders present to represent any authority.)
2 Samuel 23:3 The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, 4 he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.’ (We are not obligated to submit to a dysfunctional disorderly church system as we are to our national government)