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October 2010

Spiritual Warfare book 1: Major Spiritual Warfare Principles: Biblical Do’s and Don’ts of Warfare Part 6


Chapter 5. 
Demonic possession: The Exception for Direct Confrontation
CHAPTER 5 SUB-TOPICS:

-The One Exception

-Authority for Dealing with Demonic Possession

-Demonic Possession Vs Demonic Influence

-Nature of Demonic Influence and Possession

-Deliverance from Demonic Influence

-False Doctrine and Demonic Influence

-Deliverance from Demonic Possession

-Some level of Discernment

-Destiny of Evil Spirits

-Deliverance Methods in the New Testament

-Jesus our Example

-Scope of Deliverance from Demonic Possession
 
The One Exception for Direct Confrontation: Demonic Possession
The only exception where we have been given the authority to directly confront evil spirits is when they are to be cast out of people.
This is part of true deliverance ministry that is biblical. It is however, only one of other areas of deliverance ministry. It’s also a deliverance ministry area that evangelicals differ on its present day relevance.
Casting out demons out of people is part of what Jesus did in his earthly ministry. Outside the realm of people possessed by demons Jesus had no business confronting demons in thin air, in territories, nor in the spirit world.
Neither did the apostles.
That did not imply there were no territorial spirits and principalities in their time. It only meant directly confronting the demons in their various ranks was not Jesus’ assignment while in his earthly physical body. 
Christ in his spiritual form, after ascending to heaven, is now able to directly confront them. 
He does it on our behalf as we fulfill our indirect roles over the conflicts raging in the heavenly (spiritual) realm. Christ being a Spirit, is able to engage the enemy spirits.
He has hosts of angels under him that battle the evil spirits. The direct confrontation is therefore between spirits. It is a spirit to spirit confrontation. 
“Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will,” Psalms 103:21. 
Angels do not just sing songs. They are God’s mighty army or hosts against Satan’s kingdom. In the book of Revelations they’re fierce spiritual warriors in almost the entire book.
Our only role, as important as it may be, is indirect in nature (prayer to God (i.e. seeking for his intervention), submission to God, walking in love, forgiveness, charity, etc). It’s challenging enough in fulfilling our clearly spelled out indirect roles, what more having to go after vague and unseen spirits!
This is Christ’s business, the Lord of hosts, who clearly sees and has power over them. Making it our assignment of directly confronting demons in the unseen spiritual realm is only fooling ourselves that principalities living outside people will bow to our demands.
It is also disobedience to God’s spiritual laws by taking on responsibilities that God’s spiritual army is assigned for. Many are unknowingly walking in disobedience to God’s spiritual laws and calling it deliverance and spiritual warfare.
The consequences on their lives are not pleasant as they enter spiritual realms that are forbidden territory.
The exception comes only when evil spirits occupy or possess human beings.
When they enter a person(s) they leave their assigned spirit realm and enter a realm that Jesus died for – human beings. This is also a realm that God’s angels do not have access to. In very rear cases, as we see in scripture, God allows angelic beings to come on earth in physical bodies. 
Angels do not have physical bodies like us to physically operate on earth. Their jurisdiction is in the unseen spiritual realm where in normal circumstances we cannot hear, see, nor touch them.
Demons that posses people are occupying bodies that are in the physical realm. In such territory Jesus said we, not the angels, are to confront them. 
We’re authorized to liberate or deliver fellow human beings from being owned or possessed by demons. Just like Christ did while on earth we have his authority to directly confront demons that take up residence in people.
In such situations Jesus gave us the authority to cast them out or evict them from human bodies.  We command the spirit(s), in the name of Jesus, to come out of an individual.
This is very different from making proclamations and commands in thin air, all in the name of exercising authority over spiritual beings. Like prayer, such acts take us into spiritual realms, though in this case, the forbidden areas.
Needless to say that deliverance ministry of casting out demons dwelling in people is an area of controversy in the body of Christ. Some believe its scriptural relevance no longer applies to our time. Others believe such forms of deliverance ministry still apply today until Jesus returns.
My assertion is that there is no harm as long as it’s done the way scripture prescribes. 
Praise the Lord if through such deliverance ministry people are truly delivered from demonic attacks that cause them unnecessary heartache mentally, emotionally, physically and so on.
Praise the Lord too if people are truly delivered from demonic attacks through modern medicine, alternative medicine, psychology, psychotherapy, etc.
Authority for Dealing with Demonic Possession
Regarding deliverance ministry in dealing with demonic possession major passages that show where our authority over evil spirits lies are in Matthew and Luke. 
“He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness,” Matthew 10:1.
It says in Luke, “When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick,” Luke 9:1-2.
In both references the term “drive out” is used. Other bible versions may have “cast out.”
This is self explanatory. Driving out refers to moving something from one place to another. The same with “cast out,” which implies expelling or evicting something.
Examples in scripture show us how and where the driving out or casting out of demons is to be exercised. “How” is through the name of Jesus. “Where” is casting them out of people. Confronting the evil spirits anywhere outside people is an act that is not in line with scripture. 
It comes with its negative consequences since we confront evil spirits in territorial spheres that we are powerless. We were never empowered to deal directly with them outside their presence in people.
The authority of directly confronting evil spirits was therefore in the area of demonic possession.
On the passage in Luke The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia says, “In Lk 9:1 the terms ‘authority’ and ‘power’ are used in such a way as to show the belief of the evangelists that to cure demon-possession an actual power from God, together with the right to use it, was necessary. This group of passages gives the New Testament philosophy of this dread mystery and its cure. 
 “The demons are personal evil powers afflicting human life in their opposition to God. 
It is beyond man unaided to obtain deliverance from them. It is the function of Christ as the redeemer of mankind to deliver men from this as well as other ills due to sin. Miraculous cures of the same kind as those performed by Christ Himself were accomplished by His disciples in His name (Mk 16:17).
The power attributed to “His name” supplies us with the opportunity for a most enlightening comparison and contrast.”
As covered in the chapter on “Our Territory and Nature of Our Christian Authority,” Jesus returned to us the authority we previously lost on the earthly realm.
In addition to this he gave us authority over evil spirits living in people, not in geographical areas nor in the heavens were they are positioned in ranks. We ought to be aware of its nature and limits.
Outside the limits is illegal territory that we are not authorized to trespass. Satan knows that and that could be why he has enticed us into confronting him in territory where he legally has power over us.
Demonic Possession Vs Demonic Influence
Nature of Demonic Influence and Possession 
Demonic influence in people may be among areas such as physical health (some illnesses), social behavior (some behavioral problems like stealing, drugs and alcohol, violence, promiscuity and other sexual sins), emotional behavior (like recurring depression, suicidal tendencies, uncontrollable anger), mental behavior (like insanity), material matters (compulsive gambling, greed, extreme materialism, poverty (though poverty also comes through greed and exploitation)), spiritual behavior (like unbelief, atheism, witchcraft, the occult, hallucinations), and so on.
All these are signs of demonic influence. Some can easily be confused with demonic possession, which is a higher form of demonic activity.
Signs of demonic possession, a higher form of demonic activity in which demons occupy or possess an individual, can be seen through extremes of involuntary behavior that can be medically categorized as insanity. 
Scripture also shows some illnesses are a result of demonic possession. For instance the woman who Jesus healed of an illness was said to be “bound for eighteen long years” by Satan (Luke 13:15). She was bound from within, that is, possessed.
However, cases of demonic possession are very rare. This includes most illnesses.
Some may be a result of demonic influence but certainly not due to demonic possession. Demons can influence diseases in people from an external point without entering them. For example Job was smitten with painful sores from head to toe by Satan (Job 2:7). 
But it did not happen by Satan or Satan’s fellow demons entering him. It was external, an aspect of demonic influence.
Most of what some fellow evangelicals rush to categorize as demonic possession is merely demonic influence. For example some have said an alcoholic or drug addict is possessed by a demon of alcohol or drug addiction.
They operate deliverance ministries that do more harm than good in the so called possessed people.
Deliverance from Demonic Influence
Both demonic influence and demonic possession require God’s deliverance because we deal with evil spirits that are more powerful and wiser than us. “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” Matthew 6:12-13 (NIV, ASV, NKJV, BBE).
We’re commissioned to pray for ourselves, fellow believers and unbelievers to be delivered from the evil one on a regular basis. Deliverance from demonic influence is a lifetime activity that God carries out in our lives. 
For as long as we’re in this life the enemy will continue seeking to influence our lives spiritually, socially, materially, physically and so on.
Deliverance from demonic influence does not require casting out demons. The demons are already operating from an external point. Unfortunately some believers among fellow evangelicals rush to cast out demons from people that do not have a demonic possession problem.
They operate deliverance ministries that do more harm than good in the so called possessed people.
The people end up having perpetual problems that need deliverance. 
They live to be unfruitful Christians because of being deceived that they have a demonic possession problem. Much to the devil’s advantage because they are of no threat to his evil kingdom.
If they knew they had a demonic influence problem they would know how to effectively deal with matters that come through demonic influence. 
They would overcome such problems without hands being laid on them, being anointed with oil, demons being cast out, making deliverance prayers, spiritual warfare prayers and so on, all to no effect. 
They would move on from attending perpetual deliverance seminars to helping others in being delivered. No super spiritual event would be required for their deliverance.
Deliverance from demonic influence comes through fighting the true spiritual warfare.
It comes through putting on the full armor of God. The armor of God protects us and equips us in rescuing others from demonic influence. As we do our indirect part over the battle that rages in the spirit realm God directly overcomes our spiritual adversaries.
He sends his angels to our defense since he is too big to be having fights with Satan, a spirit being he created himself. Examples abound in the bible.
We therefore do not overcome demonic influence by being preoccupied with demons and evil spirits, familiar spirits, generational spirits, territorial spirits, spirits of this and that… We overcome demonic influence by being preoccupied with God and his Spirit, the Spirit of love, power, and a sound mind.  
Fulfilling our indirect part makes us more than conquerors against demonic influence over our lives and the lives of others. For an in-depth study on our indirect role please see the chapter on True Biblical Spiritual Warfare = Indirect Confrontation.
False Doctrine and Demonic Influence
Deliverance from Demonic Possession
Evil spirits could not live in people before Adam and Eve fell. When Satan rebelled against God he also came to tempt and deceive mankind into rebellion.
When he succeeded he got the right (legality) to rule over mankind even to the point of possessing him with his fallen evil spirits.
Fortunately the work of Christ on the cross liberated us from Satan’s ownership and control.
Anyone who accepts Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior is free from legal demonic possession. Satan has no claim to possess anyone that accepts Jesus as his/her Lord and Savior.
By casting the evil spirits out of a person we are simply announcing the illegal hold of the evil spirit(s) and proclaiming the liberty of the person. In and through the name of Jesus their authority over the person is removed. Christ is now the legal owner of the individual.
The delivered individual still has to do his part in walking out of sin in order to ensure the absence of Satan’s legal grounds. Sin may open legal doors for the evil spirit(s) to return.
Jesus said, “When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it returns it finds the house unoccupied (i.e. empty, without the Holy Spirit in it), swept clean and put in order. 
Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go and live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked (sinful) generation,” Matthew 12: 43-45.
The above scripture applies to those who once delivered continue in their wickedness.
Some level of Discernment
Destiny of Evil Spirits
Once the spirit(s) leave the person we have no other business to deal with them. We do not have scriptural authority over them once they are outside the person. 
They are free to roam around the earth trying to influence people while God’s angels fight them wherever they have no legal access. They are free to even attempt to influence believers into sin and deception but they cannot live inside us.
Our defense against their evil whispers and enticing offers to sin is putting on the full armor of God. This battle goes on in the mind not in the physical with verbal confrontations.
With the armor the bible says we are able to demolish their “arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ,” 2 Corinthians 10:4.
An area of misunderstanding involves the rebuking, binding, and “destruction” of the spirits. This is God’s agenda not ours. Only God can bind these beings in their ranks and works. We can only ask him to do so rather than we.
Our realm of authority of direct confrontation only involves casting them out of people. Number 4 in the chapter titled “Misinterpreted Scripture:
The Source of False Teachings” elaborates on this.
Deliverance Methods in the New Testament
Jesus our Example
Scope of Deliverance from Demonic Possession

Spiritual Warfare book: Major Spiritual Warfare Principles: Biblical Do’s and Don’ts of Warfare © 2008 Eric Gondwe

Two Equal and Opposite Errors About Two very Unequal Characters!

“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race
  
(Human Beings) can fall about the devils. One is to DISBELIEVE in their existence.
The other is to BELIEVE, and to FEEL AN UNHEALTHY INTEREST in them.”
C.S. Lewis

What is the Occult?

The word itself comes from the Latin word “Occultus” meaning “Things Hidden” which involves a pursuit of the secret and mysterious.
Websters Dictionary defines “Occult” as BOTH a verb and a noun at the same time, As a Noun it means something not revealed: it is secret and is not able to be seen or detected, not manifest or detectable by clinical methods alone.
It is also a Verb meaning to Conceal or to deceive, to hide from sight.
I believe that 8 out of ten times the Occultist is reading the person not the Taro cards or tea leaves, they have become masters of body Language and facial expressions.
They also for the most part can do their homework concerning YOU before or even while your being detracted by the show so not every Medium or Witch is a true believer in the Darkness or the so-called Light they say tells them information.
They might just be good at using technology, Like hidden microphones with someone in another room with “Google search” looking up your very revealed past on a computer and telling them as they push for info.
Some go through your trash or e-mails to learn emotional info about you.
Some people are easily led, while others are more not so easily deceived but the real deal is RARE at best, though it can exist!
There are real Witches, Wizards and Mediums, those who are nothing like the Hollywood type cast or the bogyman we made them out to be, Witch Hunting never ends well and never finds the one it appears to be hunting!
I Peter 5:8
Plainly tells us “Be self controlled and ALERT. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”
Why a Lion and not a Lioness?
Because the forces of Darkness CANNOT know what your thinking or what you intend to do so LIKE the Lion who doesn’t hunt for himself but relies on the female to find food for him, Satan can only make noises (Circumstances) to scare you into the fear he needs as his food (Building Materials) to propagate the darkness of binding your life.
Fear is Satan’s home turf, without that fear there can be no deception, it cannot hold you back, down or unclear in life if you DO NOT FEAR it, so it is your fear of the unknown that deceives your reason concerning the Occult.
The Opposite of Fear is true Knowledge of the Occult NOT THE FALSE information they give you to bend your reason to their will, the Bible shines a true light on the practices of the Occult, once you know the truth the lie looses its roots in you and fear cannot reproduce and compound itself!
John 10:10
reveals the whole purpose of Satan in the lives of Men and Women on earth, his THREE STEP PLAN.
“The THIEF comes ONLY to steal and Kill and Destroy; I (Jesus) have come that YOU may have LIFE and to HAVE IT TO THE FULL.
As can be seen there is a distinct difference between the Jesus of Scripture and the Satan personality of Scripture, There is NO such thing as an EQUAL power struggle between Good and Evil. God has COMPLETE CONTROL over every aspect of Creation, he and only he can control the IMBALANCE caused by Sin in the Universe, an imbalance HE DID NOT CREATE!
There are many people who do not believe ANYTHING that is considered Occultism is real and while there are clearly the FAKE among them as there are among the Church at large NOT everything is fake just because some of it is and if we deem things that way it makes the real issues more hidden and we find ourselves being accomplices to Satan’s cover-ups!

The Nine Satanic Statements reveal the true nature of Satan to the world once you look under the hood and proves that Satan is NOTHING like the God of the Bible!

Taken from The Satanic Bible, ©1969

by Anton Szandor LaVey with my

Comments in Red.

1. Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence!
(There is NO wisdom in full out indulgence while abstinence leaves you room to really think about what you are going to do!)
2. Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams!
(Here Satan is said to be attached to the Flesh not the Spirit, but I would caution that Satan is a fallen ANGEL not a human being of flesh so he has deceived us into a confusion concerning the true nature of the spirit realm which was CREATED FIRST. All things truly Spiritual are much more real than mere flesh and blood but Satan accepts Man as an animal instead of who he really is.)
3. Satan represents undefiled
(A very hypocritical view since Satan is a deceived being!
wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit!
( You can say that Satan represents something but the fruits of his presence represent the truth, he is anything but undefiled his nature is defiled in its very make-up. There is nothing in the actions of satanic knowledge that would warrant this statement, in fact every action of Satan in the Earth PROVES that he is just the opposite of this, he is the definition of Self-Deceit! )

(Self-deceit was the reason Satan fell in the first place!)
4. Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates!
(In other words you like those who like you and to hell with the world! Satan’s nature is a selfish one, using those who serve him to get back at God for HIS OWN CHOICES, but do not be deceived Satan hates man because we are God’s image, the reflection of just what Satan lost!)
5. Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek!
( Vengeance?
Against who?
Satan did it all to himself, he has NO ONE to blame but himself, he was ALONE with his own thoughts when he became jealous of his creators power and his right to make man in his own image.
Satan is the most pitiful of creatures, the most childish and immature of every creature God made, selfish to the point of absurdity, so VENGEANCE which ONLY belongs to those who have a righteous cause is not his but God’s ALONE! )

6. Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires!
(psychic vampires are those who hold the spiritual view point of Man in the image of God. One who uses subtle persuasion techniques and passive aggressive behavior to manipulate other while taking the high road to self-righteous indignation.
While this is true of religious hypocrites and their judgment of anyone’s sins, it does not apply to those who hold the truth of God up as a light toward sin to expose it!
It is interesting that Satan would talk of being responsible when he of all creation was found irresponsible in the highest degree.)
7. Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all!
( This statement seems to have an element of truth to it if you don’t dig to deep, but this is an evolutionary statement not a well thought out one, by simply respecting man as another animal you then place all man’s actions in the realm of flesh as O.K because his ends reflect survival of the fittest not morality.
Satan will not deal with man’s true nature because that is the side of man he is most Jealous of and why he deceives man in the first place, to remove man’s knowledge of his past history before the fall!)

8. Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification!
(What he fails to mention is the penalty of sin which is spiritual death, as every physical sin has a spiritual counterpart we are held too, every action of the flesh has an equal and opposite reaction in the spiritual realm which we will one day pay the price in spades!)

9. Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years!

“Friend or Foe?”
( The real problem with this statement is that Satan is no ones friend and wouldn’t know how to be one if he tried, every statement so FAR PROVES that to be true of him, he is a deceiver, a liar, a destroyer, a murderer and thief but not a friend, he even HATES THOSE WHO SAY THEY LOVE HIM.
Satan is incapable of any form of love, even human love is too much like God to be used by him so he must pervert and twist even that to lust to be comfortable in its presence!
Since the Churches business is God’s business Satan can play no part in that business and thus can be considered no friend of the Church, whose business by the way, is in casting out Satan from God’s business as God cast him out of paradise, to separate not conjoin, too bring his works down not to build them up!

Our business and busy-ness depends on God NOT Satan’s presence, there are plenty of things to do without the presence of Satan being a factor so he overrates his importance, when Satan is finally bound the Church will do the Fathers business in creation without any evil so this statement is absurd at best! 
“(Satan) was a murderer from the beginning and has always hated the truth. There is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”  
(John 8:44)
There are a number of alternatives he throws at man that have been prevalent since Satan first started temping humankind.
1) One alternative is relativism, a philosophy that claims truth is always changing. Morality is by majority; if everyone says pornographic movies are good, then they simply become good.


Everyone can’t be right?
Someone is lieing!”
2) Another alternative to Scripture is subjectivism, which suggests that something may be true for you but not for me.
3) Another is empiricism, which requires us to measure or test everything for it to be true – if you cannot see God, He must not exist.
4) Satan also pushes existentialism, which argues that the only truth is that which you can experience. The Bible can only become the Word of God if you get an experience from it.
5) Another alternative to the Bible is the philosophy of rationalism, which makes a god of logic. This allows a man to decide what he will deem true or untrue; substituting “Thus saith the man” for “Thus saith the Lord.”
6) Perhaps the most dangerous alternative to Scripture is pragmatism, where we forget all about truth and simply search for what works. If the Bible doesn’t seem to work, we junk it for something else that does.
Here’s a great example of a BIG SATANIC LIE!
Here’s a big clue you idiot bigot, Hitler killed millions of Jews from and IN OTHER COUNTRIES besides Germany, DUH!
Simple math proves this a lie but its propaganda not fact so who’s counting? 
Pray Tell!
The Occult just as this propaganda only serves to twist the facts and reality to allow deception a foundation for growth! 
I came out of this mess so I know it to be true, that while I believe there are REAL people with hearts, with dreams and very sincerely looking for the truth BUT what kind of truth, a truth based in FACTS or a vague, misty version of the truth twisted around a mystery?
The real test that proves Christianity is superior to the Occult in every way are in the realm of testimony, no Occultist has ever had their life changed to better humanity in any way because the Occult is a selfish endeavor dedicated to animal lust and not the betterment of mankind.

Spiritual Warfare book 1: Major Spiritual Warfare Principles: Biblical Do’s and Don’ts of Warfare Part 5

Chapter 4. 
True biblical Spiritual Warfare = Indirect Confrontation
 
CHAPTER 4 SUB-TOPICS:

– Comparing old and new teachings on spiritual warfare

– God’s role = direct confrontation, verses our role = indirect confrontation

– Examples of  Indirect Confrontation in the Bible

– More Scriptural Objection for Direct Confrontation

– Weapons of Spiritual Warfare –Part 1

1) The belt of truth

2) The breastplate of righteousness

3) The shoes of the gospel of peace

4) The shield of faith 

5) The helmet of salvation

6) The sword of the Spirit

7) All kinds of prayers

– Weapons of Spiritual Warfare –Part  2

– Spiritual warfare Vs spiritual slander; Deliverance ministry Vs demonic ministry
Comparing old and new teachings on spiritual warfare
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but …against the spiritual forces of evil… Therefore put on the full armor of God,” Ephesians 6:12-13.
By this time, based on the previous chapters, you likely have a solid foundation on understanding the biblical nature of spiritual warfare. 
With the foundation now in place you’ll be able to build a sound biblical interpretation of spiritual warfare principles that are not diluted with erroneous and harmful teachings.
As said earlier, the biblical interpretation of spiritual warfare principles endorsed by this book are supported by the entire 2000 year church history -from Christ’s time up to now. They constitute the old teachings on spiritual warfare and have stood the test of time on doctrinal scrutiny. 
Nearly all our various evangelical branches (denominations) in the body of Christ endorse the old teachings on spiritual warfare. Read on to find out. So much is at stake.
On the other hand, the spiritual warfare teachings that advocate for direct confrontation with Satan have been around only since the 1980s. They constitute the new teachings on spiritual warfare. 
The doctrinal foundation they’re based on has had controversies ever since the teachings started. 
This ought to ring a doctrinal analysis bell to any Christian serious enough to walk in truth and in spirit. Many scriptures have literally been taken out of context to establish the new teachings.
The new teachings are only endorsed by two or three groups (denominations) among our various evangelical branches. Needless to say that the groups that endorse the teachings have dissimilar versions of direct confrontation with Satan and his fellow demons.
Due to their false empowerment these teachings advocating for direct confrontation with Satan have spread with a lot of excitement. 
Believers learn that scripture admonishes us to directly confront Satan and his fellow fallen angels. 
It feels great since instead of praying to God we can do it ourselves. We have the divine authority over Satan and demons, so it’s assumed. 
The false empowerment makes us in charge over evil spirits to the extent that we directly control them ourselves. We all want to have more direct control over our lives. Anything that gives us direct control over our lives empowers us.
So now the new spiritual warfare teachings claim we have direct control over evil spirits. We by-pass God and we rule over them ourselves. The only time God comes in is as we use the name of Jesus to bombard the demons.
Every matter in life that seems like a spiritual attack is an assumed call for us to directly confront the evil spirits. Instead of praying to God we go after the evil spirits and directly confront them. 
We confront them over material and financial maters. We confront them over physical health matters. We confront them over relationship matters. We even confront them in geographic territories by waging territorial warfare.
The list is endless of how we engage evil spirits directly. Some churches following this belief even encourage preemptive warfare. This is were Christians are to directly attack evil spirits before the spirits strike.
Notice that this belief system preoccupies us with evil spirits. Instead of being preoccupied with God we’re constantly looking at what evil spirits are up to. And whatever evil spirits are up to is not God’s responsibility to deal with them but ours, so it’s assumed. 
It even makes it hard to think of what God is up to in spite of the evil spirits. Thus much time that could have been given to prayer (being preoccupied with God) is given to “discerning” and directly attacking evil spirits (being preoccupied with evil spirits).
If you’re like some of us who’ve read the bible from cover to cover you’ll notice that this God we serve prefers us to be preoccupied with him more than anything else. 
An even worse scenario for this God we serve is where we’re being preoccupied with evil spirits. Such preoccupation is not Christianity but another religion that gives us a focus on and false empowerment over evil spirits.
You’re probably familiar with what I’m saying. 
Some may be saying wait a minute, what about this or that scripture? Please read on, preferably the whole book, if you have many questions and doubts. This book wasn’t written by an armchair umpire comparing two distinct doctrines. 
I was for years caught up in the false teachings on spiritual warfare. Being a person who goes to extremes on any matter that’s important I aggressively applied the false spiritual warfare teachings. 
I was one of the most radical followers of the false teachings on spiritual warfare. Being led by the spiritually blind on what true biblical spiritual warfare really is I also ended up being spiritually blind.
All the scriptures you may raise I therefore know them. The book is thus coming from an insider who’s intimately familiar with the false teachings on spiritual warfare. 
God graciously got me out of it and he’s doing the same for you through this book –or through any other way –hopefully not through a severe wake-up call.
The false teachings on spiritual warfare sound so empowering. Are they biblical?
You’ll see in this chapter that any biblical basis they use is merely misinterpretation of scripture. The bible can be used to back up nearly anything. All that’s needed is taking some scriptures out of context and one has a new teaching or doctrine.
Fellow Christians be on alert. Fellow ministers guard your calling in ensuring you’re not blind on an important matter that could make you mislead many. 
Some new teachings using scriptures out of context can have disturbing consequences on your life and others – spiritually, socially, materially, or physically. 
Needless to say that there’s always plenty of hope for anyone who may have been harmed by any kind of false teaching.
New Age self-empowerment teachings are all around us. Let’s not entertain them when they try to infiltrate Christianity. 
In fact all occult teachings in both white witchcraft and black witchcraft are centered around self-empowerment. They promise people power over “the” spirits, both good and bad spirits.
Through learning some occult teachings they promise self-empowerment that enables a person to use “the” spirits in his/her personal advancement in career, marriage, material gain, and so on. 
The spirits are claimed to become submissive to one’s requests as a person gains and applies knowledge of certain occult rituals.
For example, just look at the degrees or hierarchical levels of Freemasonry and you will see how the occult is centered on self-empowerment. 
Here are a few and you’ll notice how self-empowering the titles are:
Master Mason, Excellent Master, Secret Master, Perfect Master, Master Elect of Nine (ninth degree), Grand Master Architect, Prince of Jerusalem. These are just some of the first 16 Masonic degrees (out of 33). 
Can you see how they entitle a person to be a master or lord over his/her own life as he/she graduates in the Freemasonry occult disciplines?
If this sounds so unfamiliar to you please read my other book, Breaking Occult Spells: Protection from Witchcraft and Occult Influences.
It has more detailed info on this topic. 
The new teachings on spiritual warfare borders on making evil spirits to become submissive to one’s requests. 
Can you see how this brings a false sense of self-empowerment – like the occult world promises?
Direct confrontation on spiritual warfare is being used as a means for having power over evil spirits. It may sound innocent for any unsuspecting Christian but if you connect the dots you’ll see that it has occult relations.
This is not to say fellow Christians caught up in the new teachings on spiritual warfare are in the occult. It’s just to say that the new teachings have occult relations on self-empowerment, giving a person power over the spirits. 
In Christendom select scriptures get taken out of context and the self-empowerment doctrine gets a Christian face. Direct confrontation against Satan and his fellow demons is claimed to empower us to counter their schemes.
The main biblical basis being used for direct confrontation on spiritual warfare  is that Christ gave us authority over unclean spirits (i.e. evil spirits, demons or fallen angels). 
This is very true. Yet it’s only true to the extent that our given authority is exercised within its contextual limits that it was granted. 
All given authority, whether earthly or spiritual, is limited. The only being with unlimited authority is God. His kind of authority is called power because it’s not granted and cannot be sanctioned by anyone. He’s sovereign.
God’s angels have limited authority, demons (fallen angels), including Satan, have limited authority. Who are we to think our given spiritual authority is unlimited? 
Exercising our given spiritual authority beyond its given limits is mere presumption and venturing into unauthorized territory. Once you enter into an unauthorized territory you’re at the mercy of its residents.
Satan and his fellow demons have no mercy over believers entering unauthorized spiritual zones. It’ll be free lunch for them –unless God in his sovereignty stops them.
Thus our given authority over evil spirits did not mean it was a blank check to go after evil spirits wherever we wish to confront them –in people, in thin air, in geographical territories, in water, in the spirit world, or wherever. This makes understanding the boundaries of our given authority a very important matter.
This is particularly important on matters that deal with the spirit world. Otherwise we may risk going outside our boundaries and face regretful counterattacks that could have been avoided.
The previous chapters (chapters 2 and 3) cover in depth on our given authority and on its limited boundaries. 
Please read them in case you came straight to this chapter. You’ll see from God’s word how he has created a God-centered approach to dealing with evil spirits.
The rest of this chapter expands on this God-centered approach by elaborating on our role as indirect warriors in God’s army. 
In other ways, we do not fight evil spirits directly but fight them indirectly by focusing on God who has the power to directly confront them.
God, through his angels has the power to directly confront evil spirits in all their set-up places: occult world, spirit world, and territories.
Thus victory comes by fulfilling our expected indirect responsibilities, and not by our direct confrontation with evil spirits. Indirect confrontation is our responsibility. Direct confrontation is God’s, except where demons are to be cast out of people.
God’s role = direct confrontation, verses our role = indirect confrontation
This chapter is an answer to: 
what is spiritual warfare according to the bible?
Or what is Christian spiritual warfare?
True biblical spiritual warfare is simply indirect confrontation with Satan our principle enemy. 
Indirect confrontation implies that we do not fight with Satan and his evil forces by approaching them directly. We confront them by applying indirect means and ways that God has established for us. These will be covered shortly.
Applying and fulfilling our required indirect roles secures our standing before God and allows him to directly act on our behalf. Attacks from Satan against us become God’s battles as we obey and fulfill the roles required of us. 
In this spiritual battle God’s role is direct in nature as he is able to directly confront the spiritual forces unseen to our human eyes.
God himself does not necessarily fight Satan. 
He is too big to go out and fight a creature he himself created and allowed to exist after his rebellion. The Lord uses his angels, Satan’s equals since Satan is also an angel, only a fallen one.
God through his heavenly government of angels has the power, authority and direct access to the kingdom of Satan and his fallen angels. 
We do not and we only deceive ourselves to assume we do. However, we have a very special role to play in setting the stage for God to send out his angels to minister (carry out) his will.
This special role comprises of fulfilling our expected part in our walk with God.
The combination of our walk with God and committing life’s battles into his hands constitutes our indirect role. God becomes our defender and acts on our behalf in dealing with matters confronting us and the people we commit to him.
True Christian spiritual warfare is living a life of consecration, obedience and fellowship with God in such a way that we enable God to effectively deal with the evil working against us and against other people. 
It is a form of abiding in Christ that overcomes Satan’s legal and illegal grounds against us and others. This is seen in the outline of our spiritual armor given in Ephesians 6:11-18 (outlined below).
Biblical spiritual warfare is therefore indirect confrontation against Satan. We approach God to intervene for us against Satan on matters in our lives and the lives of others.
It’s true that Satan and his demonic spirits (fallen angels) are our primary enemies we wrestle against. 
It’s also true that God has given us certain ways in the Bible of confronting these evil beings whose full time ministry is scheming to ruin our lives. 
Working outside these biblical ways only increases their effect in our lives. One of these non-biblical ways is the assumption that direct confrontation against Satan is our role.
Examples of Indirect Confrontation in the Bible
a) Examples of indirect Confrontation During Jesus’ Time on Earth
Nowhere in the scripture do we see Jesus or the apostles bombarding demons in thin air and calling it spiritual warfare prayers or deliverance prayers. 
When Satan sought to sift Peter and finish him off Jesus prayed to God. Jesus prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail and when he’d turned back from the attack he’d strengthen his fellow disciples.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers,” Luke 22:31-32.
Jesus Christ, God made flesh, prayed to God, the Father, for Peter’s deliverance. His spiritual warfare prayer or deliverance prayer was addressed to God not to Satan. How much more should we follow his example of indirect confrontation. 
The events that followed showed the results of Jesus’ prayers of deliverance addressed to God, not Satan. Peter rose to be the foundation of the early church.
His faith in his teacher and master, Jesus Christ, was preserved. God did his spiritual warfare part in fulfilling Jesus’ deliverance prayer by directly confronting Satan in the spirit realm.
b) Examples of Indirect Confrontation after Jesus’ Ascension and During the Early Church
Some may say direct confrontation with demonic spirits, binding and loosing them became necessary after Jesus ascended to heaven. How come the apostles did not practice it? 
When confronted with threats that could have closed the emerging church they turned to God. 
At one point they prayed so much that, “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken,” Acts 4:31. 
In our time fellow believers assume earth shaking breakthroughs will come after binding and loosing demonic spirits, familiar spirits, generational spirits, Jezebel spirits, territorial spirits, spirits of division, spirits of unforgiveness, and so on. This only ends up taking us outside our biblical limits.
It also ends up summoning demons to interfere with our lives because we confront them in their spiritual territory where only God and his hosts have access to. We have direct access to God when confronted with evil.
However we do not have direct access to the spirits of darkness. The previous chapter covers this in depth from God’s word.
Paul, the apostle whose inspired words on spiritual warfare have confused some, never directly confronted demonic powers. He received a thorn in the flesh from Satan that brought much pain and discomfort in his life. 
“There was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me,” 2 Corinthians 12:7.
None of us would like to have a demonic attack that is illegally operating against us. 
More so for a person of his spiritual stature with one of the greatest anointing on him. He is probably the greatest spiritual warfare prayer warrior in Christian history. His spiritual warfare prayers where addressed to God. He indirectly confronted the enemy.
In dealing with the demonic thorn in the flesh Paul turned to God instead of confronting Satan and the ranks of principalities he identifies in Ephesians.
He turned to God, not once but, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me,” Corinthians 12:8.
If direct confrontation was scriptural we would have seen at least one direct encounter between Paul and demonic spirits. But he kept turning to God, his only source of salvation, who had the authority to directly confront these evil beings in the spirit realm. 
More Scriptural Objection for Direct Confrontation
After covering on all these major biblical cases of indirect confrontation as our avenue of spiritual warfare and deliverance some may still argue about our authority to bind and loose demonic powers.
Please read Chapter 2: Our Territory and Nature of Our Spiritual Authority. It explains what binding and loosing is according to the bible.
Others may say, we have the authority to directly confront evil spirits by casting them out of people. True and this is one exceptional area that scripture allows us to directly confront evil spirits.
Chapter 5: Exception for Direct Confrontation covers on this topic. A single exception on direct confrontation does not justify other practices as means of directly confronting evil spirits.
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare –Part 1
The spiritual amour in the Ephesians passage is composed of Truth, Righteousness, Gospel of Peace, Faith, Salvation, and the Word of God. All these are aspects of consecration, obedience to and fellowship with God.
The Lord uses our consecration and obedience to overturn Satan’s legal hold over matters in our lives and the lives of those we’ve been assigned to minister to –spiritually, socially, materially and physically. 
“We will be ready to punish every act of disobedience once (when) your obedience is complete,” 2 Corinthians 10:6 (emphasis added).
God stands as the highest Judge who takes up our cases as we submit them to him to bring justice. Our cases are already in our favor because we use the work of Christ and his blood atonement (sacrifice) for all humanity and matters in life to justify our cases.
Our consecration and obedience to God enables the Holy Spirit to effectively work through us in punishing all the disobedience the enemy brings or attempts to, in our lives and the lives we’re commissioned to serve.
The term spiritual warfare itself is not in the Bible. It is still relevant since it distinguishes between spiritual and physical warfare. Its closest association is the passage in Ephesians 6:11-18.
Unfortunately the enemy has used it to deceive us that we have the right to directly fight his set-up in the heavenly realms. The lie is not new since Satan has throughout history used scripture to justify ungodly acts such as gender abuses, slavery, colonialism, persecution of non-Christians and so on.
The passage in Ephesians says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the spiritual or heavenly realms.
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace
“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints,” Ephesians 6:11-18.
You’ll notice that the entire armor of God is a call to a life of consecration, obedience and fellowship with God – 
truth, righteousness, gospel of peace, faith, salvation, word of God, prayers.
It is not meant for us to go out and start bombarding the spiritual forces of evil in the spiritual or heavenly realms. Paul used the metaphor of an armed Roman soldier, in showing how we can be prepared for spiritual warfare.
In his time, a well-armed soldier wore a belt, breastplate, shoes, shield, helmet and carried a sword.
What a difference with our time when a few individuals can destroy the world many times over just by pressing buttons for nuclear and biochemical weapons. God forbid, though the battle of Armageddon is more than likely to feature this. If God placed no limits on Satan we’d all be cooked up by now. 
Satan would have quickly worked on his schemes to destroy God’s creation. Our God still reigns and has his final say over matters on earth. Wheew! 
The same mighty God has placed spiritual weapons in our spiritual hands that he says are mightier than human weapons. We have access to spiritual buttons that can devastate the devil’s work against humanity.
Their indirect nature may look so simple but as we apply them they set the stage for our mighty God to directly overcome the devil’s work against us and against all humanity. 
The following outlines our primary spiritual armor that has so much power in the realm of the spirit. Appendix 1: Weapons of Spiritual Warfare lists more of our spiritual weapons.
1) The belt of truth
We are to walk in truth in our motives, desires and conduct. Truth has scripture as its foundation. The scripture enables us not to live in error, deception, and sin if we apply it in our lives.
Truth is not relative or circumstantial but unchanging. 
It is based on the unbreakable scripture. It cannot be used for selfish motives such as to gain material wealth, influence and so on. There is also no room for “white lies,” deception or exaggerations.
Walking in truth works as a weapon against Satan’s deceptions, appeal to selfish desires and the flesh. It enables us to walk according to the will of God.
No direct confrontation against Satan required yet his legal entry attempts are overcome as we walk in truth. The belt of truth is among our major indirect weapons of spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry.
2) The breastplate of righteousness
Righteousness is a state of living that enables us to be approved before God. He is holy and desires holiness as his standard of approval. Any lukewarmness is unacceptable, like the church in Laodicea. “Because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold -I am about to spit you out of my mouth,” Revelation 3:16.
Although it is the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21) that makes us acceptable to God scripture is clear that we are expected to walk in holiness. It is a way of fulfilling our part in the call to righteousness.
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit,” Galatians 5: 22-25.
The sinful nature crucified in our lives is what enables the righteousness of Christ to compensate for all the areas we may unwillfully fall short. 
Without doing our part the righteousness of Christ is in vain. It is degrading the grace of God as a license to sin.
On the other hand, when the sinful nature is crucified in our lives it enables the righteousness of Christ to overcome the legal grounds of Satan against us. 
God becomes our defender in Satan’s accusations against us. He finds us blameless for Satan to have any claim to attack us. 
No direct confrontation against Satan required yet his legal entry attempts are overcome as we live righteousness lives. The breastplate of righteousness is among our major indirect weapons of spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry.
3) The shoes of the gospel of peace
Inner peace is not found among those living outside the will of God. They are very poor in this area regardless of whatever some may have achieved. “The wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. ‘There is no peace,’ says my God, ‘for the wicked.’” Isaiah 57:20-21.
Because their eyes are still blind they look in all the wrong areas trying to find it –worldly pleasures, entertainment, alcohol, pursuit of riches, fame, power and influence. Many of us were once there, constantly running from something or towards something all in pursuit of peace.
Now we have the Prince of Peace living in us without resorting to alcohol, worldly pleasures and so on, to look for peace.
God has now given us the shoes of the gospel of peace to “walk” to people without peace. We reveal to them the gospel of peace that brings true peace in their lives.
The shoes of the gospel of peace also protect us from the rough ground that we walk on. 
The ground we walk on is the earth with all its problems that resulted from sin since Adam and Eve fell. There is much poverty, disease, greed, crime, immorality, wars, conflicts and so on. Without wearing our shoes we will have no peace walking in such territory. We will have no peace with ourselves, with God and with others.
4) The shield of faith
Faith is critical in five major situations in life:

 a) When we desire or seek something we are unable to have through our own strength and wisdom,

b) When storms and trials in life strike us,

c) When obeying God’s word is being challenged by certain respected secular beliefs – e.g. where it’s popularly said that saving money instead of giving is more important in increasing financial security. Though necessary it’s not more important than giving,

d) When the temptation is strongest to have certain desires through biblically forbidden ways – e.g. the temptation of marrying a respectable non-believer, or seeking financial matters through non-biblical ways,

e) When believing in matters one may find difficult to understand or difficult to draw much sense out of them – e.g. the God of love in a troubled world, bad things happening to God’s people, the trinity, etc.
Faith is probably the most important area that Satan targets most among believers. He knows that once we stop trusting God in a particular area he can easily offer us his deceptive solutions. He did that to Adam and Eve. 
The whole creation is still paying the price. The whole earth is still groaning from what it is being subjected to after Adam and Eve surrendered their inheritance to Satan.
In our own lives most of us succumbed to Satan’s lies at one point or another. We knew what God’s word says. However we still believed the lies were more worthwhile to follow. 
Satan may not have come in a serpent form yet he still came into our thoughts directly or through the media, through a person or through circumstances.
The moment we stopped trusting scripture our faith in God’s word in the area of concern ended. The consequences are always the same – negative.
Walking by sight or according to the flesh is costly in the long run.
On the other hand walking by faith enables us to receive rewarding results in the long run. In the short-run it may seem costly, slow and unconventional. However the rewards are worth the wait if we are willing to trust God for as long as it takes. 
Walking by faith extinguishes “all the flaming arrows of the evil one,” (verse 16). 
The flaming arrows include Satan’s temptations, doubt, fear, despair and confusion. He will try to bring them through all sorts of ways – directly into our thoughts or through the media, through a person or through circumstances. We refuse to compromise for anything that is contrary to God’s word. 
We trust his word even when the shortcut appears rewarding or when we cannot see how it will work out. In this way we are lifting up the shield of faith against Satan’s attacks. There is no direct confrontation yet Satan is overcome as we fulfill our indirect role God has assigned us.
5) The helmet of salvation
Our salvation through Christ is the only treasure we will take with us after we die. 
Without it we would be heading for hell. It is the only treasure that the devil cannot take away from us. Like with Job, the Lord may allow him to take everything from us. Yet for as long as we remain trusting and having faith in God our salvation remains intact. Even if all fails we know the place God has prepared for us is better than the brief experiences on earth.
6) The sword of the Spirit
When Jesus “was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil,” (Matthew 4:1) he used scripture to overcome Satan’s temptations. Scripture is our best offensive weapon against the devil, over our lives and the lives of others. Notice in the temptation passage (Matthew 4:1-11) that Satan also used scripture in trying to deceive Jesus.
The passage where Jesus quoted scripture to overcome Satan’s temptations has sometimes been used to justify verbal confrontation.
It is often used as an example of verbal confrontation where Jesus exercised the word, the Sword of the spirit realm, against Satan. 
A closer look shows that scripture does not support this. Satan appeared physically to Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). It is fitting that he would talk to a being that appeared physically. The devil even took Jesus on a “tour,” first to the temple, then to a high mountain.
After this experience there is no other account of Jesus quoting scripture to Satan as a way of fighting him. Yet throughout his ministry he was busy confronting and overcoming the enemy in the lives of people. Thus unless the enemy appears to any one of us physically (God forbid) we have no business talking to him verbally.
Even if he were to physically appear to any one of us God may require us to do something else –like just saying, “Away from me, Satan,” (Matthew 4:10). 
No long verbal confrontations. Quoting any scripture may not be necessary. Our Lord was not setting a formula of using scripture in having conversations with the enemy. What we learn from his experience is that the enemy can use scripture that God gave us to live by. It’s only that he twists it in order to deceive us.
The way this deception works is by him planting thoughts in our minds rather than appearing physically. The battle is either lost or won from within as we counteract the temptation and deception with the right scripture -the sword of the spirit realm. Since Satan can also use scripture it becomes a bigger battle when comparing what’s true and what’s twisted out of context. 
We have more than enough experiences throughout history where God’s people have fallen to lies through misinterpreted scripture. Satan used scripture to justify ungodly acts such as gender abuses, slavery, colonialism, persecution of non-Christians and so on.
Our recent accounts include the erroneous spiritual warfare and deliverance teachings. None of the people that fell to the lies throughout history had any outward conversation or physical encounter with Satan quoting scripture.
Scripture does not direct us to be quoting scripture against Satan in verbal confrontations and assuming that we’re wielding the sword of the spirit. 
The battle is within not outside. God’s word hidden in our hearts and minds surfaces whenever we’re confronted with opposing beliefs and matters. God’s word in our hearts and minds is among our major indirect weapons of spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry.
7) All kinds of prayers
After he described the various elements of the spiritual armor, Paul said that we are to be in constant prayer. Prayer is part of our spiritual warfare. “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” Praying implies talking to God, not to Satan. 
All kinds of prayers and requests include:
1) Prayers of deliverance and protection (spiritually, socially, physically or materially),
2) Prayers of agreement, 
3) Prayers of intercession,
4) Prayers of inquiry, 
5) Prayers of importunity, supplication, appeal or petition, 
6) Prayers of consecration/dedication/commitment, 
7) Prayers of repentance, 
8) Prayers in the word (praying with the scriptures),
9) Prayers of worship/adoration and thanksgiving,
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare –Part 2
Other passages that cover on the armor for spiritual battle include 1 Thessalonians 5:8 and Isaiah 59:17. In 1 Thessalonians 5:8 faith and love comprise the breastplate. Associating the weapons of spiritual warfare to specific areas of the Roman armor is therefore less important than knowing the weapons and using them.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 shows that love is among the major weapons of spiritual warfare. 
Like the rest, it is an indirect weapon. The article on the “weapons of spiritual warfare” given in Appendix 1 also shows how the matters we exercise in our fellowship with God act as indirect weapons against Satan.
Spiritual warfare Vs spiritual slander
Deliverance ministry Vs demonic ministry
Direct confrontation with Satan takes us into forbidden territory in the realm of the spirit. It is not spiritual warfare. It is what scripture calls spiritual slander of “celestial (heavenly) beings,” and which it says brings trouble on the slanderers (Jude 1:8-10, 2 Peter 2:10-12). 
 Neither is direct confrontation a form of deliverance ministry. 
It is demonic ministry.
 

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How will the World END? What about 2012?

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2012 and the Mayan Long Count Calendar

According to the Popol Vuh, a book compiling details of creation accounts known to the K’iche’ Maya of the Colonial-era highlands,

we are living in the fourth world. The Popol Vuh describes the first

three creations that the gods failed in making and the creation of the

successful fourth world where men were placed. In the Maya Long

Count, the previous creation ended at the start of a 13th b’ak’tun.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001IF5PCE&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe previous creation ended on a long count of 12.19.19.17.19.

Another 12.19.19.17.19 will occur on December 20, 2012, followed

by the start of the fourteenth b’ak’tun, 13.0.0.0.0, on December 21,

2012.

Significance within the New Age movement

Three figures within the New Age, the artist and theorist José
Argüelles, John Major Jenkins, and the late ethnobotanist and
psychonaut Terence McKenna, have publicized theories concerning
the significance of the end of the cycle. (They arrived at their
conclusions separately from one another). They have jointly inspired
a number of articles and books that this will be the end of this
creation, the next pole shift or, as McKenna speculated in his
theories, the end of history and events as “novel” as the origin of life
on Earth, which we could not possibly imagine. Jenkins has
focused on the occurence of a Galactic Alignment in the “era of
2012″. Other, more mundane speculations involve a worldwide
catastrophe, such as a pole shift.
The idea of the significance of the date has also increasingly passed into popular culture.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1591430976&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B00281DXN0&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrPlease understand me here I in no way believe all or in some cases ANY of the “Prophetic Crap” coming from Satan’s camps.

Nor do I put much stock in MOST of the Christian prophetic plans creeping around today, mainly because of the Jesuit influence’s involved in them.

After-all Doomsday scenarios have been around since the beginning of time without incident. BUT it would be stupid not to at least PRAY about discernment in regards to the end times, after all even a broken clock is right twice a day!

The Bible very clearly tells us that NO MAN knows the day or the time of HIS COMING but that does not mean we cannot at least know the GENERAL surroundings preceding his coming. Mat 24:36 “No one knows when that day or hour will come. Even the angels in heaven and the Son (AS A MAN) don’t know. Only the Father (IN HEAVEN) knows.”
At least not while our Lord was on earth. Yet it WAS afterward revealed to St. John consistently with this in mind: remember when Jesus said to Peter about John in:
John 21:20-24
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John was yet to see the vision of the second coming BUT he did indeed witness the Christ return BEFORE HE DIED!

The 2012 prophecy is based on interpretations defined by so-called experts on the Mayan culture, disputed within their own ranks of course.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1592578039&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrSo to be certain is not possible with the information we have now. The whole 2012 outlook is interesting if nothing else, and SHOULD not be UNDER-APPRECIATED any more than it should be OVER BELIEVED as with any prophetic outlook that is NOT purely bible based!
However 2012 could be the beginning of sorrows instead of the end or it might be the end of a segment of God’s plan entering into another segment as defined in the Revelation given to John, we just don’t know for sure! I don’t know if something global or even local will happen in 2012 or not, I’m no Prophet and have never claimed to be.

But it is good to understand this, most home owners have fire, auto or flood insurance, even though they do not expect that their house, auto will ever burn, be flooded or stolen.
SO WHY spend the money on it?

Because losing their home or auto and it’s contents would be a devastating occurence, and the insurance is a way to replace what’s lost.

The whole point is to “Prepare for the worst and Pray for the best” but please… please…. prepare!
It would be pure PRIDE to play the stubborn game of “I know better” and lose everything including your life. Even if in 2012 you find yourself celebrating 2013 what would you lose being prepared?

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0736926518&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe end will come, the WHEN is just heresy, so get ready BOTH Spiritually and Physically

None of us have an insurance policy that covers a global cataclysm in 2012 except those who are covered in the blood of Christ. Until governments who always prepare the Rich who can pay, organizations who think only of members or high-worth individuals who prepare their selves make an effort nothing will change.

My intention is to do the best I can to help myself and those closest to me plus any I can help after that, because at least 1 person out of 6 billion people should make an effort. If the whole of man helps the person next to them we all might just survive BUT only if we KNOW the one who ends it all in his timing!

The United States and other world governments are well aware of what is coming at some point in the future .

They know they won’t be able to protect and assist everyone, so they have developed self help materials and websites such as Ready.gov and FEMA.gov. These sites provide valuable information for short-term survival of isolated events such as earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes, but do not directly address the real dangers that await us.


2012 Survival Guideby

2012online.org

This Survival Guide is intended as a basic introduction on how to prepare for and react to events that may take place over the course of the years leading up to December 21, 2012. These skills and techniques are provided for information purposes only and are not intended to take the place of a professional survival or first aid training course. Rather, they are intended to increase your awareness of the lifesaving importance of preparation of the coming events, survival skills and to encourage you to research the events that may transpire.

For beginners interested in understanding the basics of December 21, 2012 and the Earth changing events, there is unlimited information available from many sources, and advances of knowledge and collaboration have led to a growing number of “watchers” and people that are preparing even though they do not believe something is to happen. Even so, at least they will be ready, and you should as well. Even if nothing is to happen then there will be ample number of supplies to last you for the coming years. What if the Earth does change rapidly, and you are not prepared? If you meet the minimal requirements to survive through Pole Shift, Volcanic Eruptions, Extreme Cold, Hurricanes, Tornados, Earthquakes, Land Shifts, Major Floods, Solar and Gamma Radiation then you are one more step in the right direction.

However, there is no substitute for experience in any of these extreme situations, and your reaction in a survival situation depends on your education and training. Always keep in mind that a survival situation mentioned above can happen to you. Be prepared and plan to be a survivor.

For too long, the term “survivalist” has called to mind paranoia, and the person that lives out in the woods. Nevertheless, as we continue on track towards our unknown future, we will not be called “survivalist”, but “survivors” as we will need every ounce of energy, every thought of our brain, and every inch of muscle to continue our existence here on planet Earth. The following pages are for the ones that may or may not believe what has been foretold, and what history has taught us throughout the years.

Read at your own discretion

Table of Contents

Chapter pg

1. The Basics………………………………………………………………………3

Food

Water

Shelter

2. Beyond the Basics….…………………………………………………………..14

Developing a Survival Mindset

Survival Awareness

3. Disasters………………………………………………………………………..18

Floods

Earthquakes

Hurricanes

Tornados

Fire Storms

Volcanic Eruption

Asteroid impact

Radiation

Polar Reversal/Shift

Extreme Cold/Heat

Riot/Civil Disaster

Electricity Shortage

Tsunami

Alien Invasion

4. How To…………………………………………………………………………29

Fire

Shelter

First Aid

5. How can you Afford all this…………………………………………………………………..37

6. Check List……………………………………………………………………..38

Chapter 1: The Basics

If you’ve given any thought to survival, you know that food, water and shelter are the foundation of any long-term survival plan. If you prepare to provide these three items for yourself and family, you will be farther ahead than 90 percent of the public.

Many would say water is the most important of the three, but we’ll address them in the order of: Food, Water and Shelter. Below are some questions to ask yourself to better understand what specifics you will need to prepare for in your area of the world. (or to be safe, prepare for all)

What natural disasters or extreme conditions you likely to face in the next four years?

What other disasters or emergency situations might you face?

What are the ramifications of each?

What do you have now that you can use in any disaster situation?

How much is the minimum for you and your survival situation is an answer you’ll have to come up with after reviewing this survival guide, but don’t worry we will give a generic minimal survival pack.

Food

You may be able to survive a few weeks or even a month without food, but without food, you will become weak, susceptible to illnesses, dizzy and unable to perform survival-related tasks. Water may be more critical to short-term survival, but you will need every ounce of energy to get out of harms way, this is why food is also just as important.

Will a months worth of food be enough? Or do you need a year’s worth? 2012 Online cannot tell you what’s best in your situation, but we suggest that two weeks or more is the minimum for anyone in any of these potential survival situations. Why should you stock up on so much food if the worst you’re planning to prepare for is a just a little out of the ordinary?

Several reasons:

It may take a while for store shelves to be replenished especially as we approach December 21, 2012. Think back to a heavy storm that hit your area, was there enough supplies for everyone? Now imagine a whole country, or even the world needing the same supplies. Now there is a problem.

You may be asked to feed friends or neighbors.

You may or may not be protected from price gouging.

You need to be prepared for a crippling blow to our food supply system.

You will need an existing food supply and a future food supply

Your existing food reserve should not include food in your refrigerator or freezer because you cannot count on those items remaining edible for more than a day (fridge) or three (freezer), at most.

Examination of your existing foods in your cabinets will tell you how much you need to add to ensure you have enough food for a week. A suggestion of food storage is generally canned items (including items in jars) or dried foods. Review our list of commercial food items and their suggested storage times when making up your personal list but keep in mind your family’s eating habits, likes and dislikes. Also, remember that you may not have access to electricity, so pick food items and packaging that can be prepared on a single burner of a camp stove or even over an open fire.

Rotation of Foods

The main difference between the commercially prepared foods you buy in the grocery store and the specially prepared “survival” foods is the shelf storage. You can’t store grocery store items for five to ten years, as you can with specially freeze-dried or sealed foods packed in nitrogen or vacuum sealed. You need to rotate your items, either on an ongoing basis or every two to three months. This will ensure you have fresh food (if you can consider canned and dry food “fresh”) and do not waste your food and money.

As a general rule, traditional canned foods should be consumed within a year. For cans with expiration dates, such as Campbell’s soups, you may find you have 18 months or two years before they expire. Cans without a date, or with a code, mark them with the date purchased and make sure you eat them before a year passes.

Survival Foods

Simple raw materials for baking, such as flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, oil and shortening can be assets in a survival situation. For long-term survival storage, honey stores for years and can replace sugar in recipes. Rather than storing flour or meal, purchase the raw grain and a hand mill. Then you can mill your own flour whenever necessary. Red winter wheat, golden wheat, corn and other grains can be purchased in 45-pound lots packed in nitrogen-packed bags and shipped in large plastic pails.

Long-term storage falls into several categories:

Vacuum-packed dried and freeze-dried foods

Nitrogen packed grains and legumes

Specially prepared and sealed foods such as MRE’s (Meals, Ready-to-Eat) with a five-to-ten year shelf life

All offer one main advantage: long storage life. Some, such as MRE’s and packages sold to backpackers, are complete meals. This is handy and convenient, but they tend to be expensive on a per-meal basis. As the name implies, MRE’s are ideal for a quick, nutritious, easy-to-prepare meal. They are convenient to carry in the car, on a trip or on a hike. They have very long shelf lives (which can be extended by placing a case or two in your spare refrigerator). On the downside, they are very expensive on a per-meal basis and they do not provide as much roughage as you need. (This can lead to digestive problems if you plan to live on them for more than a week or two). Large canned goods, on the other hand, are difficult to transport. But if you’re stocking up your survival retreat or planning to batten down the hatches and stay at home, the large canned goods are easy to store and can keep you well-fed for months.

Remember, however, if you have four people in your family or survival group, purchasing a one-year supply of food will only equate to three months worth for the family. 2012 Online recommends purchasing the largest set of these canned, dried foods your budget can handle. Then supplement the set with items tailored to you and your family or survival group. You may also want to add a few special items, such as hard candy or deserts, to reward yourself or for quick energy.

While on the topic of supplements, don’t forget to add vitamins and mineral supplements. Fruits, green vegetables and other items rich in vitamin C and other nutrients may be scarce, so a good multi-vitamin is well worth the space it takes up in your stash.

Home Made Survival Foods

You can try to dry, vacuum-pack and otherwise prepare food for storage. Vacuum pumps are available commercially or can be constructed in your own home. You can use them to seal dried food in mason jars and other containers.

When packing foods for storage, you want to eliminate oxygen. Bugs, such as weevils, and other organisms that can destroy your food need the oxygen to live. That’s why commercial companies who prepare survival food pack grains, cereals, pasta, beans and other foods in nitrogen-filled containers. You can accomplish a similar packaging yourself by using dried ice.

Simply take the 10 pounds of noodles (or 25 pounds of rice or other dried food) you picked up from the warehouse and put them in an appropriately sized plastic bucket with a lid that can create a good seal. Then add several chunks of dried ice. As it sublimates, your bucket will fill with carbon dioxide, which will displace all or most of the oxygen (since carbon dioxide is heavier, the oxygen should rise to the top and out of the bucket). Place the lid on the bucket, but don’t seal it all the way until you think the dry ice has completely turned to gas. Remember, as soon as you open the bucket the air will come back in.

Hunting and Gathering in the Wild

It’s time to look to nature to help feed you. That’s great if you have acres of tillable land that was not destroyed. But if not, or if it’s too late, you will need to turn to hunting, trapping and gathering.

If you can identify wild plants that can supplement your existing diet, good for you. If not, better go out and buy a few guide books right away. Get ones with pictures, you’ll need them. If you’re a hunter, could you imagine what the local patch of forest would be like if everyone’s dinner depended on hunting? How quickly would we strip this continent of all edible game? Planning on fishing? So is everyone else.

Tip – Always drink while eating, your body looses lots of water while digesting. If you do not have water to drink – DO NOT EAT!

Water

As mentioned previously, water is probably the most necessary element for human life, with the exception of oxygen.

When planning your water resources for survival you need to deal with three areas:

Storing water

Finding or obtaining water

Purifying water

Storing Water

For your in-home cache or survival stash, you should count on two gallons of water per-person per-day. While this is more water than necessary to survive it ensures water is available for hygiene and cooking as well as drinking.

Commercial gallon bottles of filtered/purified spring water often carry expiration dates two years after the bottling date. A good rotation program is necessary to ensure your supply of water remains fresh and drinkable (see the previous chapter on food for information on rotation).

If you prefer to store your own water, don’t use milk cartons; it’s practically impossible to remove the milk residue. If you have a spare refrigerator in the basement or the garage, use water bottles (the kind soda or liters of water come in) to fill any available freezer space. In addition to providing you with fresh, easily transportable drinking water, the ice can be used to cool food in the refrigerator in the event of a power failure. For self-storage of large amounts of water, you’re probably better off with containers of at least 5 gallons. Food-grade plastic storage containers are available commercially in sizes from five gallons to 250 or more. Containers with handles and spouts are usually five to seven gallons, which will weigh between 40 and 56 pounds.

A 15 gallon and 30 gallon container used for food service such as delivery of syrups to soda bottlers and other manufacturers are often available on the surplus market. After proper cleaning, these are ideal for water storage as long as a tight seal can be maintained. 55 gallon drums and larger tanks are also useful for long-term storage, but make sure you have a good pump. Solutions designed to be added to water to prepare it for long-term storage are commercially available. Bleach can also be used as a last resort to treat water from municipal sources. Added at a rate of about 1 teaspoon per 10 gallons, bleach can ensure the water will remain drinkable.

Once you’re in a survival situation where there is a limited amount of water, conservation is an important consideration. While drinking water is critical, water is also necessary for re-hydrating and cooking dried foods. Water from boiling pasta, cooking vegetables and similar sources can and should be retained and drunk, after it has cooled. Canned vegetables also contain liquid that can be consumed. To preserve water, save water from washing your hands, clothes and dishes to flush toilets.

Short Term Storage

People who have electric pumps drawing water from their well have learned the lesson of filling up all available pots and pans when a thunderstorm is brewing. What would you do if you knew your water supply would be disrupted in an hour?

Here are a few options in addition to filling the pots and pans:

The simplest option is to put two or three heavy-duty plastic trash bags (avoid those with post-consumer recycled content) inside each other. Then fill the inner bag with water. You can even use the trash can to give structure to the bag. Fill your bath tub almost to the top. While you probably won’t want to drink this water, it can be used to flush toilets, wash your hands, etc. If you are at home, a fair amount of water will be stored in your water pipes and related system. To gain access to this water, you must first close the valve to the outside as soon as possible. This will prevent the water from running out as pressure to the entire system drops and prevent contaminated water from entering your house. Then open a faucet on the top floor. This will let air into the system so a vacuum doesn’t hold the water in. Next, you can open a faucet in the basement. Gravity should allow the water in your pipes to run out the open faucet. You can repeat this procedure for both hot and cold systems. Your hot water heater will also have plenty of water inside it. You can access this water from the valve on the bottom. Again, you may need to open a faucet somewhere else in the house to ensure a smooth flow of water.

Finding or Obtaining Water

There are certain climates and geographic locations where finding water will either be extremely easy or nearly impossible. You’ll have to take your location into account when you read the following.

Wherever you live, your best bet for finding a source of water is to scout out suitable locations and stock up necessary equipment before an emergency befalls you. With proper preparedness, you should know not only the location of the nearest streams, springs or other water source but specific locations where it would be easy to fill a container and the safest way to get it home. Preparedness also means having at hand an easily installable system for collecting rain water. This can range from large tarps or sheets of plastic to a system for collecting water run off from your roof or gutters. Once

you have identified a source of water, you need to have bottles or other containers ready to transport it or store it.

Purification

Water that is not purified may make you sick, possibly even killing you. In a survival situation, with little or no medical attention available, you need to remain as healthy as possible. Boiling water is the best method for purifying running water you gather from natural sources. It doesn’t require any chemicals, or expensive equipment, all you need is a large pot and a good fire or similar heat source. Boiling for 20 or 30 minutes should kill common bacteria such as Guardia and Cryptosporidium. One should consider that boiling water will not remove foreign contaminants such as radiation or heavy metals.

Commercial purification/filter devices made by companies such as PUR are the best choices. They range in size from small pump filters designed for backpackers to large filters designed for entire camps. Probably the best filtering devices for survival retreats are the model where you pour water into the top and allow it to slowly seep through the media into a reservoir on the bottom. No pumping is required. On the down side, most such filtering devices are expensive and have a limited capacity. Filters are good for anywhere from 200 liters to thousands of gallons, depending on the filter size and mechanism. Some filters used fiberglass and activated charcoal. Others use impregnated resin or even ceramic elements.

Chemical additives are another, often less suitable option. The water purification pills sold to hikers and campers have a limited shelf life, especially once the bottle has been opened.

Pour-though filtering systems can be made in an emergency. Here’s one example that will remove many contaminants:

Take a five or seven gallon pail (a 55-gallon drum can also be used for a larger scale system) and drill or punch a series of small holes on the bottom.

Place several layers of cloth on the bottom of the bucket, this can be anything from denim to an old table cloth.

Add a thick layer of sand (preferred) or loose dirt. This will be the main filtering element, so you should add at least half of the pail’s depth.

Add another few layers of cloth, weighted down with a few larger rocks.

Your home-made filter should be several inches below the top of the bucket.

Place another bucket or other collection device under the holes you punched on the bottom.

Pour collected or gathered water into the top of your new filter system. As gravity works, the water will filter through the media and drip out the bottom, into your collection device. If the water is cloudy or full of sediment, simply let it drop to the bottom and draw the cleaner water off the top of your collection device with a straw or tube.

(If you have a stash of activated charcoal, possibly acquired from an aquarium dealer, you can put a layer inside this filter. Place a layer of cloth above and especially below the charcoal. This will remove other contaminants and reduce any unpleasant smell or taste).

While this system may not be the best purification method, it has been successfully used in the past. For rain water or water gathered from what appear to be relatively clean sources of running water, the system should work fine. If you have no water source but a contaminated puddle, oily highway runoff or similar polluted source, the filter may be better than nothing.

Shelter

Frequently, when we think of shelter, we think of either our home or emergency protection, such as a lean-to constructed out of cut branches.

In many survival situations, shelter may be as near as your home. If you don’t need to evacuate, you may be better off at home, even if the power is off or the storm is threatening. Remember, your bug-out bag has the bare essentials; your survival stash at home should have enough food and water for weeks or even months.

If you are at home or in the vicinity during a natural disaster, your first course of action must be to determine where you will be safest. If you decide not to evacuate, you must then set about making your current residence as safe as possible. In many cases, this will mean moving into the basement or another protected part of the house. In an apartment or condominium, your best bet will probably be an interior room without windows, or even the basement of the apartment complex.

While many will find that there home, friend’s apartment or relative’s house is the easiest and most cost-effective safe house, the ultimate safe house or survival retreat would be a second residence located in a very rural location. During normal times, this survival retreat can double as your vacation home, hunting lodge or weekend getaway destination. But when the flag goes up, you can evacuate to a safe house fully stocked with everything you need for self sufficiency.

Safe Home should be:

Well off the beaten track, ideally reachable by a single dirt road. This seclusion will offer you a good bit of protection. For example, you can cut a large tree down across the road to help eliminate unwanted guests.

Near a spring, well, stream or other natural source of water.

Equipped with at least a fireplace or wood stove for cooking and heat.

Within 10 to 20 miles of a village or small town where you can go (by foot, if necessary) for additional supplies, news and other contact with the outside world, should the emergency stretch into months or longer.

Arable enough land to grow your own vegetables and other crops.

Near a natural, easily harvestable food source (usually wildlife for hunting or fishing).

Provisioned with enough food to keep your family safe for at least three months, preferably a year.

Provisioned with tools necessary for long-term self sufficiency, should it become necessary.

Stocked with enough weapons and ammunition to defend it from small groups of marauding invaders, should it come to that.

If you are worried about caching goods in a unattended house, where they could be stolen, you can cache a supply nearby. While most caches are buried in hidden locations, a simple solution to this dilemma is to rent a commercial storage unit in a town close to your retreat. This has several advantages:

As long as you have access to the facility 24 hours a day (one of those outside storage areas where you use your own lock is best) you can get to your supplies when necessary.

It will be much easier to make a few trips to and from the nearby storage facility and your safe house than carry everything with you from home.

It’s easier to check on the status and add materials to this type of cache than one buried in a secluded location.

In a worst case scenario, you can hoof it to the storage area, spend the night inside and hike back the next day with a full backpack.

Of course, for the ultimate protection, a buried or other hidden cache is hard to beat. The is especially true for the long-term storage of ammunition and weapons that are or may one day be considered illegal.

Chapter 2: Beyond the Basic

Based on the previous section, you should have a good idea of the potential survival situations you might be facing. Now the question is whether to stay and face them or move to another, safer location.

At the first hint of trouble and rising prices, visit the local food warehouse and grocery stores and buy as much as you can afford. Get the 50 pound bags of rice and the 25 pound bags of flour. Use your credit cards and part of your emergency cash stash, if necessary.

Hunker down at home and protect what is yours.

Keep a low profile and avoid contact with others, except fellow members of your survival group. Avoid trouble and confrontations.

Hope that within six months the country will have recovered or at least stabilized. If not, the population will probably be a lot smaller when this is over.

We all have a strong desire to protect what’s ours. Thankfully, there are times when staying at home makes the most sense. If you can wait out the events of December 21, 2012 at your home, batten down the hatches and stay at home, it may be your best bet. There are many advantages to staying home in a survival situation, if you can safely do so:

The food in your refrigerator and pantry can supplement your survival stash (see the previous chapter).

If you loose power, you can quickly cook much of your food and monitor the temperature of your freezer (frozen food will usually keep at least 24 hours).

You’ll have more time to improve your home’s chances of survival (move items to high ground, put plywood over windows, etc.)

It offers shelter against most elements*.

You’ll have access to all your clothing, bedding and other comforts.

You won’t suffer from boredom as much as you might in a shelter.

You can protect your stuff from looters.

Of course, there is a downside as well:

You could be putting yourself in unnecessary, life-threatening danger. (The polar shift, flood, hurricane, riot, asteroid, volcano etc. might be worse than anticipated).

You will be without heat, electricity, hot water and other services.

You may feel cut off and alone.

*will not protect against any radiation

When disaster strikes, home isn’t the only option.

In a large building, you can count on a security force that will probably be smart enough to lock the doors and take some action to prevent access to the building by a crowd. If you think the building is being overrun by rioters, pull the fire alarm. This will result in all the elevators being recalled to the lobby and they won’t run again until they are reset.

On your floor or in your suite, bar the door, check your personal weapon and, if there are enough people present, assign some people to stand guard. If you are alone on the floor, or there are invaders in the building, look for a good hiding place.

Shopping centers, fast food restaurants and other public buildings also may offer some protection when disasters strikes, but they could be targets for looting, so you will want to avoid them. In a severe survival situation, you need to look out for your immediate family. So if you’re trying to get out of the city in an emergency and your car breaks down, who’s going to blame you for breaking into that empty house and seeking shelter? In a life-or-death situation, property crimes will be the least of your worries.

No matter how much you wish to stay at home, there are times when evacuation is the only choice. These include an asteroid, tsunami, nuclear or biological event as well as any impending disaster that is likely to destroy your home. So, if the survival situations you outlined in the previous section show several emergency situations requiring evacuation, you’ll need to put together a plan:

The Evacuation Plan

There are several important elements to your evacuation plan:

Where to go

How to get there

What to bring with you

Sure, you can head to the nearest shelter, but if sitting on cots at the local high school gymnasium or National Guard Armory was your first choice, you probably wouldn’t be reading this.

You need a safe house or survival retreat in a location where the current crisis will not threaten you. The easiest way to set up a safe house is to coordinate with a friend or family member located between 100 and 150 miles away, preferably in a different setting. For example:

If you’re in the inner city, they should be in a rural area or at least a smaller town, preferably not the suburbs of your city

If you’re near the coast, they should be inland

If you’re near a flood plain, the safe house should be on higher ground.

Following these guidelines, you can be relatively sure of several things:

Whatever disaster you are facing should not affect them, and vice versa. This allows you to trade off, so when they are facing a survival situation, your home can be their safe house.

If you plan in advance, you can leave a few changes of old clothes, a toiletries kit, necessary prescription drugs, ammunition, some MRE’s or anything else you might need at the safe house. This will make your evacuation easier.

Chapter 3: Disasters

Floods

The best way to prevent damage from flooding is to move before one occurs. Seriously, don’t live on a flood plain unless you have no choice. If you learned anything in the last decade, it should be floods can and do occur in low-lying areas previously thought safe. Rivers and streams rise to record levels, levy’s break, and there’s just too much concrete for the ground to absorb all that rain.

If you’re stuck in a flood, follow your instincts and move to the highest ground possible. Exercise caution when traveling because it doesn’t take much water to float a car or pick up truck.

Earthquakes

The old advice of standing in a doorway or hiding in the closet or under a table is better than running around panic-stricken, and it may just save your life. If you live in an earth-quake prone area, prepare for it by ensuring your home meets current building standards and you have plenty of food and water stashed away.

If you live through the few minutes of the earthquake, and your house hasn’t collapsed, the greater damage may be yet to come. Broken gas lines can cause fires and your house may be condemned, leaving you homeless. Plan for such contingencies by having a plastic (non-sparking) wrench available to turn off your gas main and including a good three-day pack including a tent.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes are one of the few disasters for which you can anticipate some warning. If your home is near the shore and the rising surf is threatening, or you appear to be in the direct course of the hurricane, you may be better off evacuating to higher ground. Whether or not you choose to evacuate, tremendous structural damage can be caused by objects hurled through windows. Once a window is open, the power of the hurricane can actually blow the roof off the top of the structure!

To protect yourself and your property, windows should be covered with plywood or commercial hurricane shutters. 2012 Online recommends hurricane shutters, made from tough clear polycarbonate and allow light to enter the window, unlike their steel and aluminum counterparts. Garage doors should also be reinforced and the door between the garage and the house itself should be locked and secured.

Hurricanes cause damage in multiple ways: high winds, flooding, downed trees and utility poles and storm surges. The farther in-land your location, the less power the hurricane will have by the time it reaches you, so pick your location carefully.

If you decided to stay in your home, you should pick an interior room with no windows. If you plan far enough in advance, you can reinforce the room with 2×6 boards or otherwise construct a cage to protect you from fallen trees, caved-in walls or other storm damage. Move whatever survival supplies you will need into the room, especially a battery powered light and radio.

Tornadoes

While tornadoes cannot be predicted as early as hurricanes, current weather forecasting technology will often tell us when atmospheric conditions are right for their formation. By sticking around the homestead during a tornado watch, you can help protect yourself from the tremendous damage twisters can cause.

A direct hit from a funnel cloud can turn a wooden home into a pile of chopsticks, toss a minivan around like a tumbleweed and knock trees down faster than Paul Bunyon. So if you live in a tornado-prone area, you might be wise to invest in an underground shelter, ala the Wizard of Oz. (You can use it as a root cellar or nuclear survival shelter as well.)

If you live in an area not known for tornadoes, but suddenly one is baring down on you, your next-best bet is the basement, preferably in the corner closest to the direction of the tornado.

If you are driving around and a tornado is looming, park under an underpass and run up as high as you can under it. If caught out in the open, head for the lowest ground possible, even a drainage ditch is better than nothing.

Fire(s)

If a fire occurs in your home you may have to get out in dark and difficult conditions. Escaping from a fire will be a lot easier if you have already planned your escape route and know where to go. Make sure that your planned escape route remains free of any obstructions and that there are no loose floor coverings that could trip you. Everyone in the house should be made aware of the escape route

It only takes an unguarded or careless moment for a fire to start. A couple of minutes later and your home or land around could be filled with smoke. Smoke and fumes can kill, particularly the highly poisonous smoke from some furnishings. You will only have a short time to get out. Use it wisely and try not to panic.

If you can safely do so, close the door of the room where the fire has started and close all other doors behind you. This will help delay the spread of smoke.

Before opening a closed door, use the back of your hand to touch it. Don’t open it if it feels warm, the fire may be on the other side.

Get everyone out as quickly as possible. Don’t try to pick up valuables or possessions except your what you need for survival.

Make your way out as safely as possible and try not to panic.

It will help if you have planned your escape route rather than waiting until there is a fire.

What to do if you’re cut off by fire

It is not easy, but try and remain calm. Save your energy to help you survive

If you are prevented from getting away because of flames or smoke, close the door nearest to the fire and use towels or sheets to block any gaps. This will help stop smoke spreading into the room.

Go to the window. If the room becomes smoky, go down to floor level – it’s easier to breathe because the smoke will rise upwards.

If you are in immediate danger and your room is not too high from the ground, drop cushions or bedding to the ground below to break your fall from the window.

Get out feet first and lower yourself to the full length of your arms before dropping.

Wilderness Fires

If you are caught in the middle of a dangerous fire storm, your best option is to seek a water source and stay near it. Go under ground if possible, but you need to leave an escape route if the fire changes course. With any fire situation, you always need to know escape routes and have back up plans.

Volcanic Eruption

Keep in mind the center of Earth is molten rock, and a volcanic eruption can occur almost anywhere, but there is not much an individual can do to prepare for a volcanic eruption. Be aware of the hazards that can come with an eruption: the flying debris, hot gases, lava flows, and potential for explosion, mudslides, avalanches, and geothermal areas. Prepare provisions, water, food, blankets, and medical supplies if you live around a volcano before anything happens.

Also be ready to get up and outrun flowing lava.

Use caution when around or near active volcanoes.

Do not venture toward any activity, and consult local experts on the area.

Follow all recommendations, regulations, or requests of officials.

Here are some things to watch out for:

Lava flows – Stay away from lava flows. Not all of them will be red-hot and obvious; some move very slowly and appear as dark and solid, but are liquid beneath the surface. Also, do not try to cross an active flow; you might get trapped by multiple lava streams.

Pyroclastic flow – Do not visit volcanoes that are having or are about to have Pyroclastic explosions. The high temperature around such a volcano can itself be life-threatening.

Volcanic domes – Volcanic domes and plugs in craters may seem harmless, but they can explode without warning. Footing and glassy rocks can also be very dangerous. Some cooled lava of this sort can resemble jagged pieces of glass. Wear good, solid hiking boots on the mountain – never go barefoot. Be sure of your step.

Lahars and floods – Be careful when crossing lahars (debris flows), for they can gush in large and small floods.

Gases – Avoid areas where volcanic gas is released. Carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide can kill quickly and silently. You may not be able to hold your breath long enough. If you see a location around an active volcano with dead vegetation, carcasses, or bones, do not enter it.

Geothermal areas – hot springs, mud pots, and geysers are also very interesting, but don’t go across unexplored areas that contain many of them. Stay on marked trails, because the thin silica crusts over boiling pools can break if stepped upon. If you Fall in, it can potentially cause third-degree burns or even death.

Before an Eruption Occurs:

Discover whether there are volcanic hazards in the area likely to affect you.

If you live in an active volcanic zone, always assume that you may have to deal with the effects of an eruption.

If you live in an area that could experience a lava flow during a volcanic eruption, know a quick route to safe ground.

If Vulcanologists agree that a life-threatening eruption is likely to take place, a Civil Defense Emergency will be declared and the danger area evacuated. Listen to your radio or TV if all is working, for information.

During an Eruption:

Save water in your bath, basin, containers or cylinders at an early stage – supplies may become polluted.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

Wear mask and goggles if you go outside, to keep volcanic ash out of your eyes and lungs.

Take your outdoor clothing off before entering a building, volcanic ash is difficult to get rid of.

Take your Getaway Kit with you if you have to leave. Turn electricity and gas off at the mains. If you turn gas off, have a professional check for leaks in case of damage before turning gas on again.

Keep below ridge lines in hilly terrain, the hills will offer some protection from flying volcanic debris.

A good pre-planned emergency plan should account for this possibility and provide alternative routes.

Near Earth Objects (NEO’s)

A reasonably large asteroid of 200 meters (600 feet) in diameter crashing into the Atlantic Ocean could create a tsunami (a giant tidal wave) that would sink both Britain and the entire East Coast of the United States within minutes. If an asteroid at least 1 kilometer in size hit Earth, it would cause a dust cloud which would block out sunlight for at least a year and lead to a deep worldwide winter, exhausting food supplies.

So this threat is real, but the chances of an NEO over one kilometer (3,000 feet) long hitting the Earth soon are practically 1-100. Even so you do need to have an contingency plan in place if this was to happen. The evidence of impact is all around us. But we will focus on the smaller car size asteroids in this section, because if there was a massive asteroid heading our way we would be given advanced warning (hopefully).

So what do you do

For a land impact, it can be said that an object of roughly 75 meters (225 feet) diameter can probably destroy a city and a 160-meter (480-foot) object can destroy a large urban area. If there is an expecting meteor shower, stay tuned to local government officials and monitor the sky.

Impacts from smaller object are almost impossible to predict the impact zone

If you live near a cave system, you may want to go and set up a temporary shelter there, or if you live in the city, go to the lowest point of the building (in an emergency, but not recommended due to possible building collapse). Other possibilities are:

Nuclear fallout shelters

Steel structures

Subway systems

Do not:

Stay outside during a meteor storm

Stay on the top of buildings

Go to the debris of the Meteor

Always have your survival stash available

Extreme Cold

While people do die in their homes due to bitter winter weather, these deaths are often caused by kerosene heaters or other sources of heat. Fire is a danger with any secondary heat source, including wood stoves, fireplaces, kerosene, propane and electric heaters, but they can be managed to reduce fire hazards. Carbon monoxide poisoning is also a concern which must be considered when using untraditional heat sources, such as gathering around the gas oven and opening the door.

Another danger is freezing to death if the power fails. People often think they will be OK because they have a gas or oil furnace. This is a fallacy, because the gas furnace needs an electric fan to move warm air throughout your house while even the oil furnace probably has an electric starter and/or fuel pump.

A secondary source of heat is important, and wood stoves are probably the most efficient. While fire places send much of the heat up the chimney they share with wood stoves the conveniences of being able to find fuel all around you, from books to furniture. (Let’s face it, most of have too much junk in our houses anyway.) You can also cook over them in a pinch, and when the blizzard is howling around your house, a cup of hot chocolate tastes twice as good and restores the spirits.

Kerosene and propane heaters can also crank out the BTUs in an emergency but probably require ventilation (check the manufacturer’s literature for specifics).

A key to keeping warm with these back-up heat sources is not to try to heat the entire shelter. Gather everything you think you might need into a single space and close it off. Use any blankets you can spare over openings, if necessary to reduce drafts. Gather together under your comforters and share your body heat.

If you find yourself in open terrain, a snow cave will provide good shelter. Find a drift and burrow a tunnel into the side for about 60 cm (24 in) then build your chamber. The entrance of the tunnel should lead to the lowest level of you chamber where the cooking and storage of equipment will be. A minimum of two ventilating holes are necessary, preferably one in the roof and one in the door.

Extreme Heat

Prepare ahead of time for the hottest days that may come. Freeze gallons of water in big blocks of ice if you have a large freezer (like we discussed in the previous chapters). Refilling plastic gallon water bottles with tap water and freezing works well. The larger the blocks of ice you have the longer they will take to melt when you need them so go for gallon size containers if you have the freezer space. These blocks of ice can be used to cool a fragile person by placing on a thick towel in a shallow pan and fanning the air with a hand held fan over the ice and over the persons head and neck area. They can also be used by wrapping them in a pillow case and placing them around the head, in the armpit area, and in the groin area. Be extremely cautious not to allow the ice to contact the skin. Place several layers of material between the skin and ice to prevent frostbite and check every few minutes to make sure you are not freezing the tissue.

Symptoms of dehydration

It is very important to recognize the first dehydration symptoms and act before your state becomes serious. Described below are the most common first symptoms of dehydration:

Fatigue

Dark urine with a very strong odor

Low urine output

Emotional instability

Delayed capillary refill in fingernail beds

Loss of skin elasticity

Trench line down center of tongue

Thirst

Avoid overheating

When you overheat, your body starts to sweat. This may be good because naturally the body is trying to cool itself, but overtime too much sweat wastes your precious water supply. Always adjust your clothing so that you don’t sweat too much. Open your jacket a little bit or remove an inner layer of your clothing.

Wear loose clothes

Do not expose your body directly to the sun

Protect your head

Find time to rest under a shaded area

If you’re wearing your clothes too tight you may restrict blood circulation. It can also decrease the volume of air between the layers, which reduces the cooling value.

Solar Radiation

On Earth, solar radiation is obvious as daylight when the sun is above the horizon. This is during daytime, and also in summer near the poles at night, but not at all in winter near the poles. When the direct radiation is not blocked by clouds, it is experienced as sunshine, combining the perception of bright white light (sunlight in the strict sense) and warming. The warming on the body and surfaces of other objects is distinguished from the increase in air temperature.

Increased solar rays could possibly happen here on Earth, and you need to do what ever necessary to stay out of the Sun during the day. If there is a possible Red/Brown Dwarf the solar ray can be amplified ten fold as the object gets closer to Earth.

So what do you do

Previously mentioned, make sure to stay out of direct sunlight, or if you feel immediate warming to your skin you need to seek cover. This will not protect you fully but lessen the amount of radiation you receive.

Seek your shelter; preferably a cave or underground structure will help with the defense

Put on your PPE if you need to venture out during the day (see the next chapter)

Polar Reversal/Shift

In the next few years, polar reversal will take place on earth. This could possibly mean that the North Pole will be changed into the South Pole and South to North. The science can only be explained by the fact that the earth will start rotating in the opposite direction, together with a huge disaster of unknown proportions. Or the poles could actually shift positions by a few miles which would still cause unwanted disasters.

See previous disasters which would be caused by this shift (minus the asteroids)

Riot/Civil Disaster

After a disaster, you may have to protect your home and belongings from looters. Sure, they’ll probably march out the National Guard, but like the police, they can’t be everywhere all the time. Just as you are assuming responsibility for your survival by reading this guide, you’ll need to assume responsibility for protecting yourself from human predators.

Tsunami

A tsunami is a series of destructive and very dangerous waves that result from earthquake activity or some other type of underwater disturbance (meteorite, landslide, underwater volcanic activity etc.). In order to survive a tsunami, you must be prepared, vigilant, and calm.

Your at risk if:

Your home, school, or workplace is in a coastal region, near the sea

The elevation of your home, school or workplace is at sea level or fairly low and on flat

or only slightly elevated land. If you don’t know the elevation level of your home, school or workplace, find out

There are warning signs indicating that your area is prone to tsunamis

Your home, school, workplace etc. buildings are not tsunami resistant

Prepare in advance. If your research demonstrates that you are at risk, prepare both an evacuation plan and your survival stash.

Natural warnings can help to indicate the imminent arrival of a tsunami. Be aware that in many cases, these may be the only warnings you will get in the coming years. Be self-responsible and keep you and your family, friends and colleagues safe. Natural signs that herald the possibility of a coming tsunami include:

An earthquake: If you live in a coastal zone (by the sea), the occurrence of an earthquake should be immediate cause for alarm and evasive action.

Rumbling under the ground: Even if there is no actual “earthquake” but you can perceive sizable rumbling under the ground, heed this warning.

A rapid rise and fall in coastal waters. If the sea suddenly recedes, leaving bare sand, this is a major warning sign that there is about to be a sudden surge of water inland.

Watch for animals leaving the area or behaving abnormally, such as trying to seek human shelter or grouping together in ways they would not normally do.

Take action

If a tsunami is likely to make landfall on your coastal region, react immediately. Put into place the Evacuation Plan.

Move immediate movement away from the coast, lagoons or other bodies of water next to the coast is essential.

Head inland: This means going up to higher ground and even into hills or mountains.

Climb high: If you cannot head inland because you are trapped, head up. Although not ideal, if this is your only option, choose a high, sturdy and solid building and climb up it. Go as high as you possibly can, even onto the roof or sturdy trees.

React quickly if you are stranded in the water. If you did not manage to evacuate but find yourself caught up in the tsunami, there are things that you can do to try and survive:

Grab onto something that floats

Abandon belongings

Keep away for at least half a day, if not longer. A tsunami comes in waves

Try to get reliable information

A good pre-planned emergency plan should account for this possibility and provide alternative routes. Go into survival mode and be prepared for anything else that could happen, do not let your guard down.

Electricity Shortage

We have lived without it in the past, and we can live without it now.

That is simple to say when we rely so heavily on the use of electricity. It just make our lives that much easier, so in the event of a disaster and after you have made it to a safe haven, it is time now to review the basics.

Generators are a good way to provide energy, but awfully hard to lug around and are dependant upon a natural resource that may or may not be readily available. So you should plan for the worst, break out the matches.

Alien Invasion

At the time this survival guide was written, there is no information on how to maintain your existence if alien invaders showed up to visit. With that said, 2012 Online recommends hiding.

Chapter 4: How To

Fires

The ability to construct and know how to make a fire can make the difference between life and death in a survival situation. Fire making is one of the most vital survival skills. You should practice and learn different methods so you know how to start a fire anywhere, and under any condition.

Several needs:

A fire can fulfill several needs. It can keep you warm and dry. You can use it to cook food, purify water and to sterilize bandages. It can scare away dangerous animals and its smoke can keeps flying insects at bay.

To make a fire you have to understand that there are three components needed: air, heat and fuel. The correct ratio of these components is very important for a fire to burn at its greatest capability

Preparation

You will have to decide what site and arrangement to use. Before building a fire consider:

The area (terrain and climate) in which you are operating

The materials and tools available

Time: how much time you have

Need: why you need a fire

Security: do you want unwanted attention

Look for a dry spot that:

Is protected from the wind

Is suitably placed in relation to your shelter (if any)

Will concentrate the heat in the direction you desire

Has a supply of wood or other fuel available

If you are in a wooded or brush-covered area, clear the brush and scrape the surface soil from the spot you have selected. Clear a circle at least 1 meter in diameter so there is little chance of the fire spreading. If time allows, construct a fire wall using logs or rocks. This wall will help to reflector direct the heat where you want it. It will also reduce flying sparks and cut down on the amount of wind blowing into the fire. However, you will need enough wind to keep the fire burning. In some situations, you may find that an underground fireplace will best meet your needs. It conceals the fire and serves well for cooking food. To make an underground fireplace:

Dig a hole in the ground.

On the upwind side of this hole, poke or dig a large connecting hole for ventilation.

Build your fire in the hole

Battery

Use a battery to generate a spark. Use of this method depends on the type of battery available. Attach a wire to each terminal. Touch the ends of the bare wires together next to the tinder so the sparks will ignite it.

Flint and Steel

The direct spark method is the easiest of the primitive methods to use. The flint and steel method is the most reliable of the direct spark methods. Strike a flint or other hard, sharp-edged rock edge with a piece of carbon steel (stainless steel will not produce a good spark). This method requires a loose-jointed wrist and practice. When a spark has caught in the tinder, blow on it. The spark will spread and burst into flames.

Fire-Plow

The fire-plow is a friction method of ignition. You rub a hardwood shaft against a softer wood base. To use this method, cut a straight groove in the base and plow the blunt tip of the shaft up and down the groove. The plowing action of the shaft pushes out small particles of wood fibers. Then, as you apply more pressure on each stroke, the friction ignites the wood particles.

Shelters

If you find yourself not around any structures or your survival shelter, or if it’s not safe, a temporary shelter may be raised up in the wilderness. A small shelter which is insulated from the bottom, protected from the elements and contains a fire is extremely important in your survival situation. Before building your shelter be sure that the surrounding area provides the materials needed to build a good fire, and a good water source.

Wilderness shelters may include:

1. Natural shelters such as caves and overhanging cliffs. When exploring a possible shelter tie a piece of string to the outer mouth of the cave to ensure you will be able to find your way out. Keep in mind that these caves may already be occupied. If you do use a cave for shelter, build your fire near its mouth to prevent animals from entering.

2. Enlarge the natural pit under a fallen tree and line it with bark or tree boughs

3. Near a rocky coastal area, build a rock shelter in the shape of a U, covering the roof with driftwood and a tarp or even seaweed for protection

First Aid

If an accident occurs in the wilderness it will be your responsibility to deal with the situation. The specific sequence of actions when dealing with this situation is:

Remain calm, providing your patient with quiet, efficient first aid treatment

Keep the person warm and lying down. Do not move this injured person until you have discovered the extent of the injuries

Start mouth-to-mouth resuscitation immediately if the injured person is not breathing

Stop any bleeding

Watch carefully for signs of shock

Check for cuts, fractures, breaks and injuries to the head, neck or spine

Do not allow people to crowd the injured person

Do not remove clothing unless it is imperative

Decide if the person can be moved to a proper medical facility. If this is not possible, prepare a suitable living area in which shelter, heat and food are provided

Shock

Shock is a depression of all of the body processes and may follow any injury regardless of how minor. Factors such as hemorrhage, cold and pain will intensify shock. When experiencing shock the patient will feel weak and may faint. The skin becomes cold and clammy and the pulse, weak and rapid. Shock can be more serious than the injury itself.

Use the following method to prevent and control shock:

1. If there are no head or chest injuries, place the patient on his/her back with the head and chest lower than the legs. This will help the blood circulate to the brain, heart, lungs and other major organs.

2. If severe head and chest injuries are present elevate the upper body. If chest injuries are present, elevate the injured side to assist in the functioning of the uninjured lung.

3. If the injured person becomes unconscious, place him/her in a face down position to prevent choking on blood, vomit or the tongue.

4. Keep your patient warm and under shelter.

Stopped Breathing

If breathing has stopped, begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Place the patient on his/her back and follow these steps:

1. To open the airway lift the person’s neck and tilt the head back

2. Keep the neck elevated; pinch the nostrils to prevent air leakage

3. Place your mouth completely around the person

Spiritual Warfare book 1: Major Spiritual Warfare Principles: Biblical Do’s and Don’ts of Warfare Part 4

Chapter 3. Heavenly Access – Prohibited and Permitted Areas

CHAPTER 3 SUB-TOPICS:

-Prohibited Areas

-Exception for Heavenly Access: Permitted Areas
 
Prohibited Areas
“The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man,” Psalm 115:16.
The heavens or the spirit world, or the unseen world, are a restricted territory to us human beings. Our primary business is here on earth as the scripture above says.
If the heavens were not so restricted to us we’d be able to see, hear and talk with the spiritual beings that exist in this spiritual world. These are God’s angels on one side and the fallen angels, including Satan, on the other side.
It is therefore for a reason that the Lord closed our eyes, ears and other senses from having any contact with the spirit world. The main reason is that it’s his business to handle matters in the spirit world while it’s our business to focus on matters on earth.
John Jackson in his book, Needless Casualties of War, distinguishes between terrestrial (earthly) and celestial (heavenly) realms, showing were our jurisdiction lies and where it does not. He shows where our given authority is – the earthly (terrestrial) realm. Jackson says, “Sending us into the world to preach the Gospel, Jesus commissioned us to cast out demons, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead –all warfare activities in the terrestrial (earthly) sphere.”
It may be easy for some to understand this distinction between the two realms. The Lord is keeping you from danger in a good way. For some of us, understanding may have come through associating the avoidable experiences encountered in the years of active duty in the erroneous spiritual warfare and deliverance teachings. We’re able to see that certain types of “spiritual warfare prayers,” and “deliverance seminars,” are unscriptural and dangerous.
Most of the erroneous spiritual warfare and deliverance teachings trespass into celestial (heavenly) realms that are outside our domain. Jackson says, “Only God has power to command his heavenly realms. Therefore, we who at present remain a little lower than the angels ought not to presume to command those spiritual beings who are higher ranking in the created order. This includes all of God’s heavenly hosts – Michael, Gabriel, or even any lesser angel. Remember, Gabrielle struck mute Zacharias, the high priest, because he spoke presumptively and simply questioned the angel (Luke 1:11-20).
“If we can’t even question angels, why do we think we can speak presumptively to command celestial beings?…. Since scripture is clear that angels only follow commands from God, neither will their counterparts in the second Heaven (i.e. principalities, etc.) respond to our commands. The consequences of such behavior maybe grave.” (Needless Casualties of War, p. 92-93)
The bible says that destruction will come upon people who “speak abusively against whatever they do not understand.” It says, “These dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals–these are the very things that destroy them,” Jude 1:8-10.
The scripture above may be difficult to think it also refers to sincere believers since the people mainly mentioned are “dreamers” who pollute their own bodies (with sin) and reject authority (including in the heavenly realm). But those who “slander celestial beings,” end up falling in the same category because they “speak abusively against whatever they do not understand.”
This sin may not take us to hell like the other “dreamers” being referred who also pollute themselves by pursuing evil desires. However it still brings destruction in our lives because we operate outside the will of God by trying to confront these celestial beings ourselves. God’s setup in his heavenly government is that he is the one to deal directly with the spiritual forces while we mind our business here on earth, living the Christian life.
Scripture says these beings are higher ranking in the created order than we are. Yes they are fallen angels yet we are not, in this life, entitled to rule over them in their various ranks. Even the archangel Michael, in disputing with Satan about the body of Moses, had to follow protocols that God has set up. And we being “a little lower than the angels,” (Hebrews 2:7) deceive ourselves when we assume we can do otherwise –with serious consequences.
Another similar scripture to the one given earlier from the book of Jude is in 2 Peter. It says, “Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord. But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. They are like brute beasts, creatures of instinct, born only to be caught and destroyed, and like beasts they too will perish,” 2 Peter 2:10-12.
Satan’s territory is therefore outside our given realm of authority. Ours is on earth and only God has power and authority over the celestial beings in heavenly realms or the spirit world. Anything done outside our given realm of authority is, as the book of Jude says, considered rejection of authority. It is rejection of God’s authority on the limited spheres of influence he gave us.
Exception for Heavenly Access: Permitted Areas
The kingdom of God is the only celestial (heavenly) realm we have access to. Our Lord Jesus even gave us the keys to God’s heavenly kingdom: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven,” Matthew 16:19.
(On what binding and loosing means according to the bible, please read the previous chapter, Our Territory and Nature of Our Christian Authority. Some in the body of Christ recently began to assume it implied binding and loosing evil spirits in geographical territories, in the heavenly realms or the spirit world).
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven,” Matthew 16:19. This means that there’re certain places and matters that unbelievers and Satan’s hosts cannot have access to in heaven. It’s our Father’s house that only his children have access to.

Spiritual Warfare book 1: Major Spiritual Warfare Principles: Biblical Do’s and Don’ts of Warfare © 2008 Eric Gondwe

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