Shadow Lands – Part Two

Matthew 11:12From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence,[a] and the violent take it by force.

The primary meaning of the verb paratz is, ‘to break or tear down…e.g. a wall…to break asunder, to break forth, as a child from the womb, Gen. 38:29; of water, to burst forth…a torrent bursts forth…also to break out, act with violence, Hos. 4:2’.

…the Kingdom of the Heavens is being breached (The Messiah) and the breachers (us) are possessing it.’

The Messiah the Shepherd has breached or teared open a section of the fence or wall of the Sheepfold (the earthly existence). The Sheep (believers; breachers), would then continue to break down and break through the fence of the sheep-pen into greener pastures.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (esv) For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

The scriptures are clear that there is a war waging, and it is not according to the flesh. Another way of saying this would be:

“There is a spiritual war going on, and it will only be won in a spiritual way, through divine powers”

If we think that we will combat this present evil buy human efforts alone (i.e. wars), we are hugely mistaken. I believe that this present evil in the world today is driven by a greater hostile spiritual evil.

How do we wage this spiritual war? The scriptures say that we have “divine power to destroy strongholds”. When I read verses like this I can’t help but think what does this mean? It is clear that it is telling me that I have a Divine Power. It is also clear that it is telling me how I should use this power – “To Destroy Strongholds”

Maybe if I read it from the New Living Translation it might shed a bit more light and maybe be more specific.

2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (nlt) We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. 4We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds.

In the Greek the word strongholds means:

  1. A castle, stronghold, fortress, fastness
  2. Anything on which one relies
  3. Of the arguments and reasoning’s by which a disputant endeavors to fortify his opinion and defend it against his opponent

Satan and his evil minions have built this evil spiritual castle, a fortress that has declared war upon humanity. I believe that this evil or shadow has manifested itself in the destruction of the World Trade Center (9/11)[i].

 

Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

We must not allow fear to grip and control our lives. We must remind ourselves that we have Divine Powers to destroy these strongholds. How do we wage war with our divine powers?


[i] The USA defended itself in the flesh, or in a human way or manner. I am not here to discuss on how the USA or any sovereign country chooses to defend it self, Sovereign countries in my opinion have the right to defend it’s borders, and to defend against any hostile evil force that would invade or threaten it’s people.