Ephesians 6:12 - For we wrestle (2076, 3823) not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

  1. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,:

  2. but against principalities,:

    1. Principalities have dominion over one area depending on which army (see - Deliverance).

      1. Prince of Persia, Daniel 10:20.

      2. Prince of Grecia, Daniel 10:20.

    2. Militarily - Private.

  3. against powers,:

    1. Powers have dominion over many principalities.

    2. Militarily - Captain.

  4. against rulers of darkness of this world,:

    1. Rulers have dominion over many powers.

    2. Militarily - Generals, Kings - King of Persia, Daniel 10:20.

  5. against spiritual wickedness in high places.:

    1. Have dominion over the earth - walkers - walk about causing accidents, afflictions, distresses.

      • I Peter 5:8,9 - Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

        1. Lying spirit:

          • I Kings 22:22,23 - And the Lord said unto him, 'Wherewith?' and he said, 'I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And He said, 'Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.' Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.

        2. Messenger to buffet:

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

        3. Tribulation:

          • Acts 14:22 - Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

          • I Peter 4:12,19 - Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:...Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

    2. Have dominion in the heavenlies - all gods of countries in the Bible are spirits of wickedness in high places:

      1. Baal - means lord, possessor, husband.

        1. Male god of Phoenicians and Canaanites - counterpart to the female Asherah.

        2. Connected with immorality, Numbers 25:1,3,5.

        3. Incense burned to, II Kings 23:5; Jeremiah 7:9.

        4. Kissing the image of, I Kings 19:18; Hosea 13:1,2.

        5. Dervish rites by priest, I Kings 18:26,28

        6. Burning sons to, Jeremiah 19:5.

        7. Eating sacrifices to, Psalm 106:28.

        8. Baalism - polytheism:

          1. Baal-beer, lord of the well, I Chronicles 4:33.

          2. Baal-berith, lord of the covenant, Judges 8:33.

          3. Baal-gad, lord of good fortune, Joshua 11:17.

          4. Baal-hazor, lord of a village, II Samuel 13:23.

          5. Baal-hermon, lord of Hermon, Judges 3:3.

          6. Baal-meon, lord of Meon, Ezekiel 25:9.

          7. Baal-peor, lord of Peor, Numbers 25:1-5.

          8. Baal-perazim, lord of breaking through, II Samuel 5:18-20.

          9. Baal-shalisha, lord of Shalisha, II Kings 4:42-44.

          10. Baal-tamar, lord of the palm, Judges 20:33.

          11. Baal-zebub, lord of the flies, II Kings 1:2.

          12. Baal-zephon, lord of darkness, Exodus 14:2,9.

        9. Worship today - black witchcraft.

      2. Asherah - means 'groves' (also known as Astarte, now Isis).

        1. Female counterpart of Baal - goddess of the Phoenicians and Arameans.

        2. Curtains hung in the groves, II Kings 23:7.

        3. Vessels made for, II Kings 23:4.

        4. Worship in the trees, Deuteronomy 16:21.

        5. Cut and burn down groves, Deuteronomy 12:3; Exodus 34:13.

        6. Goddess of love, fertility, and war.

          1. Worshipped by Philistines, I Samuel 31:10.

          2. Worshipped by Zidonians, I Kings 11:5,33.

        7. Worship today - white witchcraft (Wicca), nature worship, prostitution.

      3. Molech - means king.

        1. God of Ammon, I Kings 11:7.

        2. Worship - human sacrifice, II Kings 23:10.

        3. Children passed through the fire, Deuteronomy 12:31; Leviticus 20:2-4.

        4. Today's worship - Satanism, abortion, child abuse, rape - kill and dismember.

      4. Chemosh - means fire, hearth.

        1. God of Moab, Numbers 21:29.

        2. Children sacrificed, II Kings 3:26,27.

        3. Today's worship - loss of virginity, rape, rape and kill.

      5. Dagon - means fish.

        1. God of Philistines, Judges 16:23.

        2. Image falls before Ark, I Samuel 5:1-5.

        3. Samson in temple, Judges 16:23-30.

        4. Today's worship - drugs, addictions.

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