The Kingdom of Evil

                    If we go to Ephesians 6 verse 11, we have a description of the devil as a schemer. But we see under the devil that there are kingdoms. These are called “powers” and “rulers” and “world forces” and “spiritual forces” all of which are arrayed against us. And we are in that battle. And you have no option. If you’ve not heard this before, you have heard about it now. You are without excuse. You’ll not be able to stand before Him and say, “I didn’t know.” And our enemy has been so good with his deceptions.

            I’ll just share this little story. If we are in a war and it is galactic in proportion and in this earth there are two fronts – one is in the East and one is in the West.  And in the East the church is gaining ground, we are growing at a fantastic rate, unprecedented in history, and there are few casualties. And on the other front, the casualties out number the victories; we are losing ground; we are being defeated on almost every front. And if the side that is winning is the East and the side that is losing is the West, which forces do you want to be on? What front would you choose?

            And, it is exactly that way. The church in the West on the North American continent is declining, and the figure is something like 50,000 a month in members here. Every year there are fewer churches and less numbers.  It has been going this way for some time. But in the East there is the largest church growth in all of history – twenty-five to thirty-five thousand a day in China. If I were to ask you, which front would you choose to be on, the one where we are winning or the one where we are loosing? I know intellectually what you would choose. But why would we choose the West? Well, we could choose it out of mission but why do you think most choose it? If the enemy was going to build a concentration camp, this is how he would build it. He would make it so nice no one would want to leave. It is so comfortable and so more than normal, why would anyone choose to go anywhere else? Am I communicating? We are in a battle. And unless we have this context in our paradigm, we will not be ready for tomorrow. We have been chosen for this front and it’s not going to remain as it is.

            I heard a brother refer to the younger generation, the “X” generation,  as the generation of the harvest. I believe this is the generation, the generation that is coming up now. Some of you are that age. This new generation is not enamored with my generation’s values. They are looking for authenticity. They are looking for relationship. They are looking for the real thing. I believe that’s true for many in America today. But it is going to take a changing generation to turn it around. It isn’t gong to turn around by our just doing better at what the world does. That’s why we’re in the predicament we are in in the West.

            Well, you see this front here, and you see this battle in this world. There are levels of authority and kingdoms, all under the god of this world, the prince of the air, Satan, the devil himself.

 

Kingdoms Created By Him and For Him –

             Let’s go to Colossians chapter 1. Speaking of the incomparable Christ starting in verse 13:

    For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation… The first born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him.

             All of these rulers and powers and world forces as well as spiritual forces that are arrayed against us were created by Him and for Him. And a third of all that exists in their rebellion with Lucifer, in joining Lucifer, were created by Him and for Him. He could have just in a word snuffed them all out some time in the past, but He did not. And the reason He did not is because He needed to express something to them that they were yet to grasp, as well as the two-thirds that were observing, and to us. And I want you to get a glimpse of that. The unique and wonderful thing that God is doing in the midst of this has to do with both and it pertains to us. But, here we again see these thrones and dominions, rulers and authorities, all have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things and in Him all things hold together.

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4 Responses to “The Kingdom of Evil”

  1. timbob Says:

    Good evening. This will cause some pondering tonight. Indeed God could have snuffed out the third that rebelled and followed Lucifer at any time, but hasn’t. (Although we know that their day is coming in which they will be cast into their final abode.) I know that when excessively wicked people on earth remain for a lot of years, it’s the mercy of God who holds in his hand the breath of life. (And Ecclesiastes 8:11 is in play)

    Sorry for the spacey comment; I should probably wait for the next installment. This is a very intriguing series.

    Have a blessed evening in Jesus.

    timbob

  2. rjperalta Says:

    Thanks for the post. Very thought provoking. He is indeed The Creator. Our little pea brains can only figure out a small portion of Him.
    Thanks Bro.

  3. brotherjohnny Says:

    Hmm. Personally I have mixed feelings about the ‘abandoned church’ in America.
    I don’t think it’s a totally bad thing if it for the sake of discovering a deeper reality…
    Lot’s of people these days are truly following God in shedding their religous baggage, and are, I believe, moving towards something which is closer to the heart of God.
    In other words, they are actually being faithful to the Kingdom of God and the “church” can’t understand why.

  4. Jerald Says:

    Timbob, you go ahead and be as “spacey” as you wish here. These issues do challenge our way of thinking. I really appreciate your comments. Every comment on this site broadens my understanding of what kingdom means.

    Richard, thanks for stopping by. I really like your writing too. Just to know about Him is not to really know Him…and that’s my quest.

    Johnny, you’re right about the “church” not understanding the kingdom of God. That’s what this blog is about – trying to understand what “kingdom” really means in 21st Century culture.

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