The Bible makes it clear that Satan and his hosts are a defeated army-legally defeated. When Christ died and rose again, He sealed His victory over the enemy.
- He “led captivity captive,” (Ephesians 4:8).
Though the sentence was passed on Satan at the cross of Christ and at the empty tomb, it has not yet been executed. However this event will be, as the prophetic Scriptures make abundantly evident.
- (Revelation 12:10): “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.”
What does the Bible say?
The Bible states that the dark angels are part of an organized army with ranked groupings under the ultimate command of Satan, the chief of the fallen spirits. The Bible makes it clear that the foul spirits are the deadly adversaries of mankind: that they seek to be worshipped and they can and do possess people.
- Demons desire to possess bodies and if they can’t control/possess a human body, they will possess an animal.
- Evil spirits can prophesy, though not with complete accuracy, and often (because their commander is a liar and the “father of lies”) they are deliberately misleading
- Most significantly, in the light of our investigation, the counter-kingdom is predicted in the scripture to become increasingly active in the closing days of human history.
Jesus discerned more than 2,000 spirits in one man (Mk. 5).
- He discerned seven spirits in Mary.
- The spirit of prejudice in James and John
- The spirit of covetousness in Judas, and the Spirit of pride in Peter.
- The disciples of Jesus Christ has been given authority over all the power of the enemy. (Matt. 10:1,8; Mk. 6:7; Lk. 9:1; Mk. 16:17; Lk. 10:19-20; Jn. 14:12).
- We must demand (not request) deliverance in the name of the Lord, (Mk. 5:8; Acts 16:18).
- Jesus gives us power and authority for victory in His name. (Matt. 28:18; 1 Pet. 3:22; Phil. 2:9-11).
- The name of Jesus should not being used lightly or experimentally.
- Must be used by believers; Consequences for use by unbelievers may be disastrous. (Acts 19:13:16).
How may deliverance be obtained?
- Through the laying on of hands. (Lk. 4:40,41; 13:11-13).
- By special miracle of God. (Acts 19:11-12).
- By prayer and fasting. (Mk. 9:29; Matt. 17:21; Isa. 58:6).
- By a word. (Matt. 8:16).
• By the anointing upon prophetic music. (1 Sam. 16: 14-23; Isa. 10:27).
- Through praise. (Psa. 32:7).
“The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,” (Eph. 1:18).
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