Living Between the Heaven & the Earth
the Influence of the Spiritual Realms on Mankind
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the Heavenly places
We human beings like to think that we are independent beings, free to believe and behave as we choose. However, that is far from the true situation. Revelation 12:7 tells us that long ago war broke out in Heaven between the forces of good and evil, with the evil side being cast down to the Earth, and we see that Lucifer or Satan and the fallen angels that follow him have had dominion on the Earth ever since the day they were cast down. The Bible calls Satan the ‘Prince of the Power of the Air’ and the ‘Ruler of this World.’ Every single human being who has ever lived, is alive now and is yet to be born, has no choice but to live in the midst of a war between the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness. Whether we know about it or not, understand it or not, believe it or not the age-old war between the two kingdoms rages all around us and often in us – every day of our lives. The good news is that ‘greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world, and GOD has already secured the victory, through the death and resurrection of His Son Yeshua, the Messiah and King of Israel.
When we become a ‘Born-Again Believer’ we are ‘grafted-in’ to the Kingdom of Light (Romans 11:17), and we are ‘drafted’ into the Army of GOD (2 Timothy 2:3-4). One of GOD’s names in Hebrew is Adonai Tzevaot – Lord of the Armies (1 Samuel 17:45). As I wrote above, GOD has already secured the victory, and the battle is His, but He has been called us into His Kingdom, and equipped us to be a part of the ‘warrior bride’ of His Son, to fight with the armies of Heaven to bring about the final victory for His Kingdom, increasing its rule and presence from the spiritual realm into the natural realm. And along the way we can also secure the victory in our own lives and the lives of those dear to us. However to succeed in both battles we must be aware of the war that we are involved in, and we must be fully equipped by understanding the fundamental truth of this situation and the ‘rules of engagement’ .
As I travel the nations and spend time with many Believers it has become very obvious that most people, in and out of the Body of Messiah, have very little revelation of what I have written above, and therefore very little chance of living a victorious life. I felt inspired to write this article in the hope of waking people up and alerting as many as possible to the realities of living in this present evil age (as Derek Prince wrote, directly quoting Galations.1:4). I am not an expert, but I have been studying these things for 30 years and I believe that the Holy Spirit has been recently showing me some important and strategic keys, and He is calling me to share these with you ……
The Spiritual Realm
There are only two kingdoms that exist in the Universe. The difference between them is that one kingdom is absolutely good and the other is absolutely evil. The other important difference that we must understand is that GOD seeks to reveal truth to us through His Word, and Satan seeks to deceive us through lies. The Bible tells us that he is ‘the father of lies’ and he can appear as ‘an angel of light’ (2 Corinthians 11:14). There is only one set of physical laws that governs the natural universe that we live in, and I believe that there is only one set of spiritual laws that governs both of the above kingdoms. The Kingdom of Darkness mimics the Kingdom of Light and its representatives can perform the same signs and wonders as did the magicians of Pharoah, who replicated the signs that GOD did through Moses. We are warned in the Book of Revelation that the Beast and the False Prophet will deceive many people with false signs and wonders in the days to come.
The only difference between the natural and the spiritual realms is that the natural is visible and the spiritual realm is invisible. However it is easy to see what is happening in the spiritual realm but observing what is going on in the natural. I believe that the natural and the spiritual realms run parallel (most of the time). The natural realm is simply the visible result of what is taking place in the spiritual realm. Increasingly, God is revealing the spiritual realm to seekers of truth through dreams and visions. He also sometimes guides or warns believers in this way.
The natural universe did not exists until the Spirit of GOD spoke it into being from out of the spiritual universe, as the Book of Genesis describes. Therefore I believe that the spiritual realm is where everything is initiated. I believe that physical location, size, shape, colour, sound, rythymn, tone, even smell have a direct counterpart in the spiritual realm. We see in the Bible how GOD gave the Israelites very specific instructions to construct the Temple and the Tabernacle. He even told them what spices to add to the sacrifices so that the aroma would be pleasing to Him. Everything is connected and it is important that we do our best to learn and understand how it all affects us.
How the Spiritual Realm has Affected Our Nations
The demonic spiritual realm is not controlled by time and does not change, unless a higher spiritual power deals with it. Also some spirits are territorial – they remain in the same location until removed. God clearly told the Israelites to kill the pagan peoples of the promised land in order to cleanse it of the demonic powers and spiritual strongholds that dominated the land and the lives of its pagan inhabitants. Let us look at the influence of the spiritual realm on the history of our nations and our cities, and how our lives today are still being influenced by what has happened in the past. We and our ancestors have dwelt on the Earth for many generations, in the middle of this war that is being waged between the two spiritual kingdoms.
GOD is attempting to influence us for good through His Word and by the living example of the Word who became Flesh – His Son Yeshua. It is all very open and available for all to see as we read the Bible. The other kingdom is also trying to influence us, but against the ways of GOD. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against powers and principalities that exist above us in the Heavenlies. And it is very clear from these verses that they are evil. The primary way that these spiritual powers influence the situation on the Earth is by deceiving and manipulating our political and religious leadership, as well as ourselves, if we are not under God?s protective covering (Psalm91). These deceived leaders pass laws and govern their people in un-Biblical ways. e.g. legalising abortion, homosexuality, euthanasia, and encouraging all kinds of idolatry.
One of the other methods that the dark side uses to influence us is to cause human beings to display symbols and erect monuments or buildings that exert un-Biblical spiritual influences into the natural realm. For example …. statues, obelisks, pyramids, and occult symbols. Some of these things are even buried in the ground or placed in the foundations of buildings. Even when we can’t see them, they are able to influence our lives. People often bring back souvenirs from the countries they visit that are associated with the gods of those nations and can harm our lives. Many ‘normal’ people would probably accuse me of being more that a little crazy, believing these things. On the other hand, the dark side knows it is true. Satanists and witches believe in and understand the power of the spiritual realm much more than most Christians and Jews do. For example, the Freemasons, a Satanic organisation, under the guise of brotherhood and good works, make considerable financial donations to church building projects, making sure that their symbols are engraved into the very foundation stones of the new buildings. How can people in that church building be free to rise up to be the people of GOD when the Devil has his symbols in the foundations ?
The Effects of the Influence of the Spiritual Realms Are Clear to See
The Kingdom of God, through the Torah (God’s instructions), the living example of Yeshua (the Torah who became Flesh) and the Holy Spirit teaches and influences people to live righteously. We can often discern whether a person is a Believer by the way they appear or speak. The other kingdom does the exact opposite and it often far more evident today. All over the Western world tattoos and body piercing has become rampant. We are dismayed as we see the state of the people here in Israel and it is the same in most of the world today. God instructed us not to pierce or mark our bodies (Lev.19:28), yet today it has become totally acceptable to put studs and other metal objects into our faces and bodies. A few years ago only sailors and motorcycle gangs tattooed their bodies, but today even young girls and older women are doing this. It is what Baal worshippers did to incite their demonic god to move in their favour, and it is what pagans and heathens have always done. The studs and tattoos are a very visible sign that the people often unknowingly – are under the influence of evil spirits. The self-flagellation of Sh?ia Muslims today at the religious festival of Ashura echoes the 450 prophets of Baal before Elijah cutting themselves and trying to get fire to fall from heaven onto their altar (1 Kings 18:28).
Although most Western nations appear to be blessed in many ways, certainly materially, it can be clearly seen in the faces and appearance of so many of the people that they are under the influence of the powers of darkness, and at very least there is no blessing on their lives. Of course, one of the reasons for this is that most of the people we are seeing are not born again and not walking in the blessings of Abraham. The extreme examples are so openly Satanic that there is no question who is controlling their lives. Because of the lateness of the hour in which we are living, this clash of the kingdoms over the souls of human beings is coming to its climax, and the kingdom of darkness is holding nothing back. Idolatry, rebellion, witchcraft, Satanism and sexual immorality are no longer hiding in the closet, but are unashamedly out in the open.
Even normal, decent people are coming more and more under the influence of the kingdom of darkness. Recently we walked into an upmarket department store in London and were shocked to see that the cosmetics department was marketing a range of cosmetics by a company whose owner is a Neo-Nazi and rabid anti-Semite. The cosmetic products are designed for Satanists and Witches, but ‘nice’ young girls and older women are being influenced to buy and use this make-up. And how many ‘decent’ men, politicians, businessmen, and even very high leaders in the Christian and Jewish religions are active Freemasons, a group that claims Lucifer is the true God?
The Entire World has been Infiltrated by the Evil Rulers of the Heavenly Places.
The last three paragraphs were about what has happened to the Jewish people and the once so called ‘Christian world’, nations that have had access to the Word of GOD. Sadly the nations in Europe, the UK, Scandinavia, Russia, and the New World that received the Gospel over the last 2,000 years, are now rapidly rejecting the Bible and retreating back to their pagan roots or to contemporary forms of it, such as New Age ‘spirituality,’ Yoga and the Tomorrowland movement. The people of Africa, Asia, the Arab nations, India, the South Pacific, the Caribbean and South America have been under strong demonic influences from the beginning, but by the grace and mercy of God, the Gospel of His Kingdom is now breaking through among these people groups at an ever increasing rate. They are now even sending missionaries to help save the Western world.
How to Break the Power of the Enemy
As the ancient Israelites prepared to go into the ‘Promised Land’, God instructed them to pull down and destroy the high places there, which they partially did, but not completely. Interestingly, the areas that cause modern Israel the most trouble are those where the ancient idols were not removed, such as Gaza. Israel was never able to fully rise up to become the nation that God had called and destined it to be because of the influence of the powers above the ground, and of the remaining high places on or under the ground. These spiritual powers are still influencing life today in Israel. For example, in one of the main hospitals in Haifa, on one floor doctors are doing amazing surgery on babies, and yet on another late-term abortions are being carried out. The murder of these babies is taking place not far from the location where the ancient Israelites sacrificed their babies to Moloch disobeying the explicit Word of God and copying the customs of the pagan nations around them.
And the Church in the Western nations was never able to fully rise up to become the Kingdom that God had called and destined it to be because of the influence of the powers above the ground, and of the remaining high places on or under the ground all around their nations. As I wrote at the beginning, we have all lived under the effects of the spiritual war that has been raging on the Earth since Satan and the fallen angels were cast down here.
To really see a turnaround of the situation in the West, we must return wholeheartedly to the complete Word of God, and become ‘good soldiers’ of Adonai Zevaot and engage in serious intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare, taking back the ground that the enemy has taken from us. In the name of Yeshua, we should tear down every spiritual stronghold, and ideally we should destroy all un-Biblical monuments, and search for and destroy all un-Godly symbols, especially those in our homes, the foundations of our churches and government buildings. Of course, that will not be easy as these things are deeply rooted in our culture and most people have no revelation about them, but Jesus has promised us that when the Spirit of truth, the Holy Spirit, has come into our lives, He will guide us into all truth (John 16:13). Until these strongholds are torn down, the fullness of the blessings that YHVH wants to pour out on Israel and the nations, and on us individually, will be hindered.
The Weapons of Our Warfare
2 Corinthians 2:11 Do not be ignorant of the enemy or his devices
2 Corinthians 10:3 – 5 The Weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to destroy strongholds and every high opinion that raises itself against the knowledge of GOD
I believe we all need to fight to counter the evil that is going on all around us, in the natural and spiritual realms. This list is in the order of priority as we see it ……..
1/ Know the Word of God – be absolutely sure of who the GOD of the Bible is, and learn His nature and characteristics (which He reveals through His dealings with Israel, and through the New Testament teachings) – be sure of your spiritual rights and authority as one who has entered into a blood-sealed covenant with the GOD of Israel and who seeks to obey Him
2/ Use worship as your primary weapon of warfare – declaring the Word of the LORD in praise and worship
3/ Do spiritual mapping of the area where you live and the places that concern you – asking the Holy Spirit to reveal the strongman over those locations
4/ Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you things in the natural realm around you that may be adversely influencing your life or the lives of those dear to you. Remember how Elisha prayed for the eyes of his servant Gedaliah to be opened to see the angelic powers around them
5/ When you become aware of those natural things that are around you, cut off their influence over you and other people in prayer in the Name of Jesus and plead the Blood of Yeshua over yourself
6/ Ask GOD to bring about the physical removal of occult objects and items related to other religions, such as buddhas, Hindu images, African masks, especially in your home or environment, in His perfect timing
7/ Do your best to share what I am sharing with you in a sensitive way that will help Believers and non-believers to have a revelation that will cause them to better understand their own situations.