Satan’s Hierarchy

and cast down from heaven. be yours’” (Luke 4:5-7). Chapter 12. dark world system. The archangel Michael led other angels No where does Jesus deny Satan’s asserfrom God’s armies against Satan and his tion of ownership over the governments nefarious allies. The enemy army was on earth. because he knows that followers of Jesus in Ephesus about the reality of this satanic • e-mail: mikedowg@aol. but against the rulers. “Woe to the earth and the sea. it will all base of operations from Revelation. We can learn a lot about Satan’s want to.” (Revelation 12:12) And what is Satan’s particular mission on “For our struggle is not against flesh and earth? To MAKE WAR against those who blood. for IT HAS BEEN GIVEN Satan and his hoards AREN’T confined to TO ME. And he said to him. and I can give it to anyone I hell. #4 obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. against the powers of this 1 Produced by Restoration Ministries International • A Gift-supported ministry (1 Cor. powers in this ment. This is where he now leads the whole world astray through his fiendish Satan is alive on planet earth. So if you worship me. But that mispercep.and showed him in an instant all the tion deceives many Christians into drop. claim that he could give that governing Satan and his rebellious angels were authority to whomever he wanted.Certain Of What We Do Not See.back to this topic again in a later segchy of rulers. revealed during Satan’s temptation of First.restorationministries. ‘I will give you all their authority ping their spiritual guard! and splendor. and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians The governments of this world are under Satan’s . because the devil has gone down to you! He is The Apostle Paul takes pains to warn the filled with fury. let’s review Satan’s location and the Jesus: whereabouts of his dominion. 9:11) • www. and he’s demonic spirits. world you see around you. So keep this in mind as you consider the hurled to the earth. We’ll come spiritual adversaries: a demonic hierar. Satan is hunting down the followers of The apostle Paul warns us of formidable Jesus to DESTROY them. Satan’s Hierarchy In this segment we’re going to discuss (Explore: Newsletter 1997-09 “Church the EVIL side of the invisible reality that At War”) surrounds mankind. Nor does Jesus refute Satan’s overcome. Many wrongly think Satan operates from a “The devil led him up to a high place home base in hell. The apostle John permitted BY GOD to influence the governments of this world through his records this heavenly warning: demonic hierarchy. This reality is 6:12).kingdoms of the world. authorities. his time is short. against the authorities. There was war in heaven.

demonic armies in the unseen realm car. Daniel had been given earth all around us in the unseen reality. God. But because of authority over large areas of the earth. demonic rule to make you a slave to sin. mercy. his great love for us. 2 Produced by Restoration Ministries International • A Gift-supported ministry (1 Cor. Our ent” (Ephesians 2:1. Daniel was along the bank of the Tigris River. Only God knows the precise number. Like the rest. a message about a great war to come. Paul informs us of Spiritual Forces We can gain some insight into demonic of Evil in the heavenlies.2).restorationministries. Keep in mind that the Bible tells us that You may want to pause here and read one-third of the angelic hosts were Daniel Chapter 10 to refresh your memthrown out of heaven with Satan down to ory! earth (Revelation 12:4). 9:11) • www. These are principalities by examining Daniel. YOU were dead in your forces of evil in the heavenly realms” transgressions and sins. Lastly. The prophet was sickened by what he saw. but they are here on Through a vision. who is rich in Our struggle is also against Authorities.dark world and against the spiritual “As for you. You may not want to be reminded of and sought God earnestly for the • e-mail: mikedowg@aol. A Ruler or Spirit Prince over a territory is shown in action here. the SPIRIT who is human being who is made in the image now at work in those who are disobediof God. made us alive with Christ even These are powerful spirit beings which when we were dead in transgressions—it are given their position by the rulers.Chapter 10. used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the RULER of the Our struggle is NOT against any other kingdom of the air. gratifying the cravings of our • Spiritual Forces of Evil sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. but each of us who now follows ing of that vision. Jesus was once a slave to demonic rule! Your fleshly desires cooperated with Three weeks after his initial prayer. Father desires that we graciously REPRESENT Him to other people. not fight NOT ONE of us was “good” to begin AGAINST them! with! Paul’s admonition to the Ephesians reminds us that OUR lives before we Paul clearly defines our opponents in repented and responded to Jesus were as this spiritual struggle: foul as theirs were. • Rulers and Principalities • Authorities “ALL OF US also lived among them at • Powers of This Dark World one time. WE deserved nothing • Satan but God’s wrath either. beings who exercise control over earthly The Lesson of Daniel 10 domains. opposing God’s messenger to Daniel. and for whom Jesus died. rying out satanic orders. in which you (Ephesians 6:12). is by grace you have been saved” The Powers of This Dark World are spirit (Ephesians 2:3-5).com . As Paul reminds the Ephesians and us. we were by The terms “Rulers and Principalities” imply nature objects of wrath.

Then Michael. .” (Daniel 10:20. Stay repentant.” (Daniel 10:12-14) Let’s consider what’s happening here. and don’t give up praying! From the tenth chapter in Daniel we get deeper insight into the INTERNATIONAL extent of the spiritual warfare being waged.A supernatural messenger of appeared to him and told him. there may be a time lag until the and effective” (James 5:16b-18). Listen to the words of God’s messenger: “Soon I will return to fight against the PRINCE OF PERSIA. the PRINCE OF GREECE will come. James continues the theme that connects Let this lesson encourage you. the apostle Peter repeats from Psalm 34 the heart condition of someone whose prayer God is willing to answer: “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer. he was heard in heaven IMMEDI. From Daniel. Only when the angelic prince. came to help me. humble God’s messenger wasn’t referring to prayer.prayer of a RIGHTEOUS man is powerful tive. As Daniel sought God in earnest. but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (1 Peter 3: 12). While the a clean heart with answered prayer: “The prayers of a righteous person ARE effec. and when I go. No one supports me against them except Michael. Michael. First. but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. helped him was the angel able to complete his assignment and deliver God’s message to Daniel. YOUR prince. Do you recognize the angelic and demonic hierarchy in operation here? You certainly get a clear picture of what’s going on in the invisible realm around you! Principalities and powers try to hinder and thwart God’s angelic agents so that we’ll give up interceding in prayer. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future. could stand against a mighty angel. Chapter 10 we can glean some discernment about the nature of your prayers and the spiritual warfare that surrounds you receiving God’s answer. one of the chief princes. and I have come in response to them. Yet it took three weeks for the angel to break through the principality of Persia against someONE or someTHING who had sufficient power to detain him.21) “Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God. because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Just a Note: Prayer Is Spiritual Warfare We mentioned earlier about staying repentant and keeping on praying! Let’s go into this a little deeper. your words were heard. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days.earthly kings here. for the vision concerns a time yet to come. These evil beings intend for us to doubt that our Father even CARES about our situation. God angelic messenger battles through the demonic opposition. for no mere man ATELY.

is the IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS of our sinless Lord Jesus. Whenever we sin. judge to seek justice (Luke 18:1-6). and that your life reflects NOTHING of Jesus. That righteousness becomes ours through our repentance and loving trust in His substitutionary death on our behalf. In essence. they’ll do everything they can to keep you from a grateful testimony to our Father’s glory. It’s grievous that so many the widow who continually goes to the BELIEVERS don’t live to please our Father. through prayer you’re engaging Satan’s hierarchy. And.The righteousness that brings about answered prayers can be seen from two perspectives. They’ll ignite your joyful effectiveness in But the angelic messenger who is deliver. ness. that goal is where the spiritual battle line is drawn. Remember these two components and make them your way of life. Righteousness and unceasing prayer are the means for us to receive our Father’s answer. Second. Remember. When we pray. Then we know that He fy us from ALL unrighteousness” (1 John WILL hear and answer our prayers 1:9). we LIVE in RIGHTEOUS RESPONSIVENESS when we choose the path of obedient trust. walking according to God’s Spirit and His Word.ship before God. according to His will and purpose.bringing glory to our Father. of our sin. Then you begin living with unconfessed sin as (Explore: Newsletter: 1997/05 “Taking A you make choices from the flesh rather City”) than the spirit. And. you’re CHOOSING unrighteousaround us in the unseen reality. Confession makes this possible. then God hears your prayers the moment you call out to Him. your life purpose as a follower of Jesus is to bring glory and praise to our Father. When we DO miss the mark of holy living. And the answer you’re seeking doesn’t arrive. The hierarchy of Satan is ferocious in their schemes to make sure you stumble and fall. . we must confess so “If we confess our sins. If you’ve confessed your sins and are walking in the righteousness of obedient trust in Jesus. And this may The demons recognize all too well the life take some time. This is why our Lord that pleases our Lord and brings about Jesus encourages us with the parable of answered prayer. our Lord has given us the means to YOUR part in this battle is your restoring full fellowship with Him. and you give up praying. ing God’s answer must fight through a host of demonic forces. he is faithful and that we’re restored in righteous fellowjust and will forgive us our sins and puri. Our UNCEASING PRAYER and your determilives must be PURIFIED from the pollution nation to LIVE RIGHTEOUSLY. you doubt that God will answer. Jesus is urging us to keep on praying until the The demons love to agitate you so that answer is received from on high. Most importantly. we become participants Don’t forget: If you fail to repent when in the spiritual battle that’s raging you sin.

not out of fellowship with the Father and His one who is committing spiritual adultery Son. • Can you name several recent answers there was a time for sharing. Our Lord calls Himself a JEALOUS God “Yes. (Explore: Newsletter: 2001-05 Jesus verLight has no fellowship with darkness (1 sus the Queen of Heaven) John 1:5. “Lord. NOT ONE MAN stood up with a testimony.6). In the Book of Jeremiah. the great and either light or darkness. these are His affirmation that tions that used our center. Spirit of Lawlessness The Bible offers a few other insights about spiritual principalities and powers. I bowed my head and stood up and shared wonderful testiderful intervention? monies about our Father’s faithfulness. and unconfessed powerful prophet Elijah is so frightened sin leaves you in darkness. vulnerable to Satan’s hierarchy. Chapter 19. So many to prayer that reflect our Father’s won. Look to your left and you’ll see them. especially men who yearn to be true to God. Let me ask you this question: One weekend following a men’s retreat. When we had Father’s faithfulness in response to your the opportunity. Spirit of Anti-Christ. They were grimacing at me Himself. You’ve made yourself more with demonic lovers. what’s going on here? Why is there no testimony from the men?” I heard the Holy Spirit respond. and we visited it when we could.” As I looked. Jesus.Not only does unrepentance keep you He’s returning for a spotless bride. There was one you’re walking in the light.” As I prayed in my spirit. take his life! Examine with care the condition of your heart as you seek our Father for answered The spirit of Jezebel TODAY terrorizes.binding their influence in the name and ration of NO ONE or NOTHING besides authority of Jesus. “Lord. About two months later we visited that congregation again. prayer. we’d visit local congregaprayers. Venerating or praying to ANYONE alongside God is an abomination to Him — one that continues in segments of Christianity today. I remember an instance during our If you have ongoing testimonies to our time at the retreat center. I turned toward the two women. in particular whose fellowship we really enjoyed. you do. Spirit of Jezebel. and gnashing their teeth! . about five people away I saw these two women sitting together. This man of God We ask you to seriously consider the was so disheartened that he asked God to unseen battle going on around you. by the power of Queen Jezebel’s threats that he flees in terror. the prophet soundly chastises the Jewish people who choose to worship the demonic Queen of Heaven ALONGSIDE their worship of God. do I have the power to bind their influence here?” He answered. Queen of Heaven. because He tolerates the worship or ado. The apostle John was writing to believers when he warned: You’re In 1 Kings. “Two women with the spirit of Jezebel have come here to inspire fear in the men.

and.. Buddhists. Mormons. proclaiming himself to be God.7a) . But the Apostle John reiterates that. Many in mega-congregations and liberal denominations have succumbed to this powerful principality. The Apostle John warns about a power. Another demonic spirit that we’ll discuss Because of the reality of this unseen war. created underling “gods”. in a later segment bears mention: the we who’ve put our trust in Jesus need to spirit of LAWLESSNESS. Jehovah’s Witnesses.” (2 Thessalonians 2:4. One elder told me that the women had begun attending about three weeks earlier. Paul him. in their service to followers of Jesus. ful spirit that stands up even against sin IS lawlessness” (1 John 3:4) Jesus: We hope that what you’ve gathered so “This is the spirit of the antichrist. As we’ve shown. For some reason known only to God. commands and bears testimony to Jesus.After the service I went to the elders of the congregation and told them what had happened. 4:3). That demon’s Satan is doing everything he can to hinpurpose is to deny the divinity of Jesus der or destroy ANYONE who keep God’s and His unique role as Lord of our lives. But that’s no surprise.. The lawless spirit has deeply penetrated the Christian community in the US Then we can avoid his traps and resist today. recognize Satan’s schemes and strategies against us. With the help of the demongreat teacher.“Everyone who sins breaks the law. That demonic anti-Christ spirit traps Satan has authority over the governments many into believing that Jesus is only a of the world. one demonic tactic is to Muslims. and that grace covers over their lawlessness. so that he sets himself up in God’s temple. and many others have been interfere with God’s angelic messengers seduced by this deceiving spirit. They’re taught that God’s laws and commands no longer apply. In the following segments we’ll diswarned us of this long ago: cuss this topic more fully. which far in this segment is that Satan IS in you have heard is coming and even now operation here on earth. He has a hieraris ALREADY IN THE WORLD” (1 John chy under him to carry out his evil goals. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work. He then admitted that that was when the testimonies from the men ceased. Please continue on with us! “He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped. or that He’s one of many ic principalities and powers under him.

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