Witchcraft: What it IS, What it IS NOT!

I believe Blogging should be informative, then entertaining. To talk without real meaning does http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1603740333&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrno one any good,”Give a man a fish and you fill his stomach for a day but teach a man to fish and HE can fill his stomach with food every day.”
I am reprinting the Following Article about Witchcraft as it contains everything I as a former Witch (Warlock) am confident in its completeness and facts for those who don’t know anything about the Occult or have miss conceptions about those who practice these things.
I have for many years DEFENDED those who practice the Occult, NOT their practices but their humanity, there are many practitioners with  GOOD HEART’S who mean well toward their fellow men and women. 
I remember well when I was first saved and wished to give my testimony at a church how they would squirm and get in fear and usually make dumb statements like:
“We don’t want to make them mad and have them retaliate against our church, so please don’t get controversial!”
I used to think “Wow, what faith in God you have!” 
THEY ARE NO BETTER AND NO WORSE than you or I and at the same time there are those who take advantage just like the same kind of Hypocrites in Religions we all can name! 
If Satan can’t defeat the true church, how in the world can any occultist do it?
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0883687356&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThere is absolutely no excuse for Christians to treat them any different than any person who sins. I was there, YOU were there, so God’s kind of Love doesn’t differ between the types of wrongdoing, God Judges differently but he treats all men alike with his love….so should we!
Please read the following Article keeping in mind they are simply mere human beings who believe different that you do, they can’t believe in Jesus if YOU act high and mighty ABOVE THEM. Remember YOU are not better than them, YOU ARE because of what Jesus has done simply BETTER OFF!

© Copyright 2006 http://www.occultresearch.org/– occult, cults, witchcraft & black magic – All rights reserved. 
 
Witchcraft explained

Witchcraft is said to be the use of magic through gardless of sex.
Practices which are classed as witchcraft

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Wishing harm on another’s person or property

This is perhaps the most well known of all witchcraft and usually involves the use of a curse or hex performed with the sole purpose of bringing harm to the intended victim or that persons property. Spells can also be used to change a persons will and make them do something they otherwise wouldn’t, an example of this would be to make someone fall in love with you and this type of witchcraft is said to be white magic.

Spell casting

Perhaps one of the most well known aspects of witchcraft is the http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=088368683X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrwitches ability to cast spells, we all visualise the witch stirring the bubbling cauldron whispering an incantation over the spell. However concocting spells in cauldrons is not the only way witches cast spells, spells can be cast through a variety of means. Some of the more popular methods involve the use of candles burning, chanting and reciting incantations, physical rituals and the preparation of herbal remedies.

Awakening the dead

Awakening or conjuring the spirits of the dead is a practice of witchcraft known as necromancy, the “witch of endor” is said to have routinely practiced this form of witchcraft for divination and prophecy, and it is also a form that the witch doctors of Jamaica performed in their voodoo ceremonies.

Witchcraft in the past

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1603740465&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe practice of witchcraft using the methods described above was widespread in the past and was foremost in ancient Egypt and Babylonia as documentation has shown. During the Vedic, age witches were then called yoginis and the form of witchcraft was abhichara, witchcraft in this era was mainly aimed at Aryan people and took on the form of magical incantations.

The Hebrew bible constantly makes reference to witchcraft and condemns the practices as does also the New Testament in the bible, other popular forms of witchcraft which have been documented is African witchcraft and neopagan witchcraft.

The African form of witchcraft we all know is the witch doctor, the witch doctor traditionally practiced medicine as ways of healing people and also putting a curse or hex on unfortunate victims.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0892280859&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrDuring the 20th century a lot of interest was taken into neopagan witchcraft with the most famous documentation being that of Margaret Murray in 1921 when she documented the theory of a pan European witch cult. Magical terms & traditions

* Alchemy – alchemy combines elements of chemistry, physics, medicine and spiritualism and was practiced in ancient Egypt, China, Persia and India. Today alchemy is mainly of interest to historians of science and philosophy for its mystic and artistic aspects.* Astrology – there are many systems, traditions and beliefs that make up astrology and it is thought that knowledge of the positions of the stars can help us to get a better understanding and bring more knowledge of human affairs and events.

* Athame – the Athame is a ceremonial knife that witches use in ritual magic, the witch will take great care when purchasing or choosing the Athame and very often will use a family heirloom as their ceremonial knife.

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1567183360&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr* Banishing – this is the banishing of evil forces or spirits and is often performed before and after the main ritual.
* Black magic – this is a form of magic that is used to summon evil and direct evil which in turn brings bad luck and destruction to those on the receiving end.

* Ceremonial magic – this is a very elaborate and complex ritual and practitioners will use a variety of aids and accessories when performing the ceremonial ritual.

* Curse – a curse is the effect of a supernatural power aimed at someone to bring them bad luck and trouble, the gypsy curse was the more well known among curses.

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* Divination – this is an attempt to gain information by interpreting omens or a supernatural agency, it is a universal cultural belief which is seen in many cultures and religions up to the present day.

* Dowsing – dowsing has existed for thousands of years and has also been called water witching, those who practice it are said to be empowered with the ability to find water, precious metals, gemstones and hidden objects. Those practicing divination will use a rod, pendulum or y shaped twig over a piece of land or map.

* Geomancy – this is a form of divination which relies on http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1842931857&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrinterpreting markings on the ground, or how a handful of dirt will land when thrown back to the ground, it is a form of divination which was chiefly practiced in Africa.

* Hoodoo – hoodoo is an African traditional branch of folk magic which has been around for thousands of years, it is often used to describe a potion or spell and those who practice it are called hoodoo man. Some people also refer to this type of magic as hoodooism.

* Invocation – this is a spell or chant that is used to call upon the god or goddess for a favour or for protection.

* Magic circle – wicca and pagan traditions use what is known as circle casting, this is generally done with salt, crystals, candles or some other purifying substance, the circle is said to offer protection.

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* Necromancy – this type of black magic involves conjuring the spirits of the dead in order to gain knowledge of future events.

* Obeah – those who practice magic in the west Indies call it obeah and it is similar to voodoo and hoodoo.

* Paganism – this refers to a broad range of spiritual and religious beliefs and is generally associated with someone who worships someone other than god.

* Shamanism – this is a type of magic which users are said to be http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=080506270X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrable to cure suffering and illness, shamans are thought to have some control over many aspects such as the weather, interpretation of dreams and astral projection.

* Tarot – a deck of tarot cards consists of 78 cards which are used for divination, the tarot cards are thought to date back to 12th century Italy when they were used as a game.

* Voodoo – voodoo is a form of black magic that is practiced in west Africa, it is a system of religious worship and practices that is widespread in a multitude of African groups.

* Wicca – wicca is a form of neopagan religion which is found in many countries, the wiccan only practice magic for good and follow the rule of do no harm to others.

* Witchcraft – there are many forms of witchcraft and the term http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1905857837&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrwitchcraft is used when someone practices magic or sorcery of any kind both white and black magic. Types of witchcraft

There is a lot more to witchcraft and witches than the haggard, wart nosed old woman with the black cape, broomstick and black cat. Witchcraft comes in many shapes and forms and has been practised the world over in many different cultures.
The renaissance and gothic Satanism

During the renaissance in the middle ages, the Roman Catholic Church proclaimed that evil people, mostly women had sold their sole to the devil and worshipped him in exchange for certain supernatural powers the devil bestowed upon them.

They were said to be witches who worshiped Diana and other goddesses of this time, they were classed as pure evil and are said to have took part in the kidnapping of babies and killing and eating their victims.

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Wicca

Wicca is a more recent form of witchcraft and is a religion-based form of witchcraft; it is based on deities, seasonal times and symbols and is a form of celebration for the Celtic people. Some followers of Wicca call themselves witches, pagans or neo-pagans and both men and women who follow this religion are called witches.

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These laws obviously encourage the Wiccan to do only good and any magic they practise is white magic and usually involves healing spells and incantations.

Religious Satanism

Modern day Satanists worship Satan and there are three main traditions to the followers of this religion, the church of Satan, the temple of set and church of satanic liberation. The church of Satan is thought to be the biggest of these and currently holds thousands of members in the United States.
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* Can I follow the path of Wicca and witchcraft and still be a Christian?

There are many common factors of Wicca and being a Christian so the two are not worlds apart, so some say that yes the two can go hand in hand while others (Myself included) claim that there are no connections at all to Wicca and Christianity. 
 
The two seem to compliment each other and the most important issue is doing what GOD SAYS FOR YOU TO DO NOT WHAT “FEELS GOOD” 
 
Because feelings can deceive the Heart. Having been a Wiccan I can attest to the fact that most Wiccans HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS TO HARM NO ONE ELSE, BUT ONLY TO http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1886296383&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrLIVE AND ENJOY LIFE AS THEY SEE FIT.* Are witchcraft and Wicca the same thing?

People have different views regarding this; however, there are some main differences to the two which are worth noting, in general, Wicca’s are free to review different systems of belief and take what they want from the different beliefs and blend them together. 
 
Pure witchcraft however relies on using magic and rituals to work with elemental and spiritual forces of nature. Some feel these differences are only slight and Wicca and witchcraft both have the same goals of working to achieve balance and harmony within nature.

* Whom does the witch worship?

Witches believe that there is a single force and this force is http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0785250263&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrdefined as “the one”, with the force being the universe. This divine energy is usually personified and witches will call it the goddess or god; however, this title is only put there to make it easier for the human mind to comprehend. When some witches invoke the god or goddess, they might give those names such as Odin, pan, Dianna or Astarte, but this is only a matter of personal preference.

* Are witches anti-Christian?

Witchcraft and followers of Wicca are very tolerant towards other religions and views, Wiccan’s hold the law of “harm no other” and as such allow others to speak their beliefs freely. Wicca’s believe that there are many paths to the same destination and it doesn’t matter which one you choose to get there as long as no harm is done along the way.

* Wicca’s profess to follow the Wicca rede and this says, “harm no others and do as you will”, does this mean that the witch can do anything they want as long as they can justify it?

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0891076077&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe whole philosophy behind Wicca is based on living in complete harmony with all other things; this includes every living thing in the world around them. Following this rule, the witch has to make sure that no harm comes to any living thing in the world so the answer would be no, they could not please themselves if they thought that harm was going to come from something no matter how much it could be justified. The tools of witchcraft

There are many sacred tools that witches have used for thousand of years and there are numerous systems and traditions that they use, with some witches choosing to work in very elaborate settings while others use only the bare essentials and prefer a more natural approach. Listed below are some of items and tools that witches commonly use and items which we associate with witches.Athame

The Athame is more commonly know as a knife and most witches will own several ritual knives, the Athame is a very personal and magical tool which the witch will take great care over when http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1616381272&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrobtaining. The Athame should fit comfortably in the hand and feel right with many witches going to great lengths to make their own blades and hone them to perfection.

They also personalize them with great care with runes, carvings and other symbols with special meanings to them, with some witches preferring to use family heirlooms such as letter openers as their Athame.

The broom

Who doesn’t think of witches without thinking of the broom, this has been a symbol of the witch for thousands of years and indeed they do use it for the cleansing ritual. Many witches will also place a broom outside of their door with the brushy side up to ward off http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0927545055&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrevil spirits and to stop unwanted outside energies from entering the home.

The bell

Perhaps not one of the most widely known tools of the witch, the bell is said to have magical properties and for centuries, it was thought to posses magical or spiritual powers. Bells are also associated with the divine and are commonly used in the opening and closing of ceremonies and the start and closing of spell casting.

The cauldron

The cauldron is another symbol that we all associate with the witch; the traditional cauldron has three legs and is thought to represent bounty and blessings. The cauldron has also come to be known as representing the reincarnation and the cycles of birth, death and rebirth. Witches will burn incense in them or create spells in them and the witch will have cauldrons in different sizes http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0981752802&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrfor the different tasks they want to perform.

The chalice

The chalice is a cup which is used on the altar and normally represents the female principle of water, chalices can be made of any material but most witches prefer silver or pewter. The chalice is used with the Athame in the enactment of the great rite, which is the union of male and female from which life springs forth. The chalice can also be used to form a bond and will be passed around from person to person so they can all drink from it.

The Paton or altar pentacle

The pentacle for the altar is usually a disk or plate which is http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1599798727&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrinscribed with a five pointed star surrounded by a circle, this will be used to consecrate the various other tools used and is also used as a concentration point for other magical spells. The laws of witchcraft

Unlike most religions and beliefs witchcraft does not have a long list of rules which have to be adhered to, there are only two basic laws which must be followed and adhered to at all times. These two rules are known as the Wiccan rede and the three-fold law; these two principles hold what the witches define as ethic and moral behaviour within the practice of witchcraft.
The three-fold law

Many people will have heard the three-fold law put a different way, some people call it cause and effect, it literally means “what we reap, we will sow” and get back three times. 
 
This is thought to be the reasons why many witches of today are loathe to practice black magic as this would turn around and come back at them three-fold. The witches of today primarily http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0890818681&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrbelong to a group or coven called the Wiccan and this law and the Wiccan rede are strictly followed.

The Wiccan rede

The law of the Wiccan rede states that witches are free to do whatever they wish as long as no harm befalls themselves and others. Harm is defined as physical, mental and physic damage to themselves and others around them. For the majority of today’s witches harming others is simply something that is unthinkable and as such only good or white magic spells are performed.

The universe plays a big part in modern witchcraft and all things are thought to be connected to all others. All spells which are cast by the witch of today are directed towards a specific task and are http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1578564425&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifronly cast after a great deal of thought has been given to them and the outcome.

One question that is often asked of the modern witch is while upholding this law are they then to take mistreatment from others without retaliating, the answer of course is no, witches will place a protection spell around themselves and their loved ones. The protection spell will then neutralize harmful energies back into the universe without doing harm, the witch then waits for justice to even out as what comes around goes around and therefore justice will take place.

Code of ethics for healers

Certain witches are pagan healers and as such, they are bound by a code of ethics which they must follow, the ethics are:

* The primary obligation of the healer is to those they are healing.

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* Always be self critical and acknowledge your limitations.

* Work in co-operation with other healers.

* Always take into account the customs, values and beliefs of your client.

* They must not act in any way that would bring the wicca community into disrepute.

* If you feel ethically or morally compromised you have the right to refuse treatment.


* The healer should seek help when treating with herbal treatments. © Copyright 2006 Occultresearch.org – occult, cults, witchcraft & black magic – All rights reserved
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Is Ghost Hunting a Dangerous Game or a Serious Ministry to be Done?

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1893788008&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrI believe Blogging should be informative, then entertaining. To talk without real meaning does no one any good,”Give a man a fish and you fill his stomach for a day but teach a man to fish and HE can fill his stomach with food every day.”

What’s funny in almost ALL evidence presented to prove the supernatural is the array of skeptics that line up to DISPROVE the proof just as they do to the bible. 
 
But I must honestly say that every attempt I’ve seen on U-tube  FALLS SHORT of proving http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000GB5MEC&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifranything solid, I know you can imitate what is seen by a fake copy but that proves nothing unless you can prove that THE PEOPLE involved are liars and deliberately faking the evidence. 
 
That hasn’t been done, so the evidence that has stood the test of scientific scrutiny on this film evidence is still real. Evidence and Proof it seems are fickle things, that is how its perceived is according to the beholders, This is why no one is able to be definitive because no matter who sees the same thing you saw they see it differently or make an excuse that make even less sense than the reality on film!

I thought I would write about this subject since it has always been of interest to me, Ghost Hunting at least the serious versions on T.V and the Movies SEEM fun and scary to the uninitiated and novices on the outside of the “Other Side” business!

I have been in many of the so-called Haunted Places around the U.S. and The World, and they indeed are possessed of spiritual substances of unknown origin, at least on the surface. The http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003YCL0XW&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrproblem is for some reason, we need these Ghost stories to make the places we visit come to life in our hearts and minds, a kind of Romantic interlude from the past, a rush of fearful adrenalin, yes its very real to our fleshly experience but is it all it has pretended to be? 

In some cases, we even convince ourselves of the reality of a Haunting because we what so badly to believe in an afterlife. But I would put forward that TRUTH trumps imagination any day of the week, haunted or not, ghost or no ghost what God says is of greater import than made up stories of men, even actual historical ones! Ghost Hunting: A Biblical Perspective  The Ghost Hunter’s Bible: The Definitive Edition   Having been on that side of the Darkness for a large part of my adult life as a Black Witch, I know full well the “Dangerous side of the Other Side” and all these paranormal shows on television dealing with it are only fueling an interest in “Satan’s deceptive project” called “Ghost Hunting”.  I’M NOT SAYING its fake or hogwash or even uninteresting to study as some do, what I am saying is that MOST of it is merely scratching the surface of a very dangerous world of Demonic Deception and brings us NO closer to the truth of what happens after death. 

A deception so deep and so bold as to cover a realm that ONLY God himself has the right and the honor to rule, this realm of the dead is not only ruled over by God he actually is the only one who controls it completely, so it would be of the utmost importance for us to question him on the subject don’t you think?
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000HEVZSK&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrDon’t get me wrong, I don’t believe for the most part that anyone involved in “Ghost Hunting” is willingly deceiving people BUT I do know for a fact based on what I’ve witnessed in the Craft and deeper dark secrets of the Occult that no one seems to see the dangers as I do. Those of you who have left the Craft for the Hope and caring of Christ should see it too! 

It is very important to reveal what life is like after death, BUT even more important that we have all the facts available to us, not assumptions, maybe’s or even feel good ideas about death.

First lets define just what we are talking about:

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0042JTN3K&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrParanormal is a general term coined in 1915–1920 that designates experiences that lie outside “the range of normal experience or scientific explanation” or that indicates phenomena that are understood to be outside of science’s current ability to explain or measure. Within this realm is Heaven and Hell so it does exist, the problem is not weather or not the Paranormal exists but if we have the PROPER INFORMATION available to explain it to us. Knowledge is power but limited knowledge is limited power, that is why we must strive for pure knowledge on any subject or we risk wasting our lives on a Lie!

Paranormal phenomena are distinct from certain hypothetical entities, such as dark matter and dark energy, insofar as paranormal phenomena are inconsistent with the world as already understood through empirical observation coupled with scientific methodology. 

In other words the world around you has no bearing on the world of the dead and CANNOT be understood by it apart from God’s clear explanation in Scripture revealed only to those who pass his test of Salvation all other attempts result in half truth and shadows of fact. The Paranormal is beyond mortal, flesh and blood understanding and explanation therefore to believe what our mortal logic says is FUNNY at best.

What we don’t know is far more dangerous than what we think we know about it, so there is a great need to simply stop and search out the truth found ONLY in scripture about the TRUE nature of the Spirit world and those who inhabit it. What if ALL of what Ghost Hunters believe about what they are doing is only PARTLY right, what if all the talk about the dead revisiting the areas of their earthly living is NOT TRUE AT ALL! 

http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001E96KFK&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrI find the ignorance out there knowing both what I’ve experienced and what God’s word has revealed plainly to me to be beyond the pail of stupidity, it is not worth the silly “shadow figures” and “apparitions” appearing on film to be SO WRONG and put you and your families lives in such danger. These beings appearing as human spirits are VERY dangerous, and VERY powerful once you expose them to your life. They WILL follow you, taunt you and your families forever UNLESS you realize who they really are and deal them the blow of death by “Spiritual Warfare”!


So what’s haunting these areas or houses if the Ghosts of people are not really there?


http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0800794036&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrThe Bible NOWHERE teaches us that we stay or visit our old life as a spirit or Ghost (UNLESS God brings us back from a near death experience or as Christ we are raised from the dead, in those cases we came back to our Bodies not as haunting spirits.) these are the only exceptions to the rule of death, ONCE DEAD the body is useless having served its purpose and the Soul and Spirit move on to their eternal destiny.
Heb 9:27  
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this {NOT Haunting a house but} the judgment:”
 
Gen 25:8 
“He died in a good old age, an old man – So God had promised him. His death was his discharge from the burdens of his age {His Times}: it was also the crown of the glory of his old age. He was full of years – A good man, though he should not die old, dies full of days, satisfied with living here, and longing to live in a better place. 
And was gathered to his people – His body was gathered to the congregation of the dead,{The Physical Grave} and his soul {Contained within his spirit} to the congregation of the blessed.{ Then it was “Abraham’s Bosom” but after Jesus was raised from the dead it became Heaven or Hell that we were destined to be.
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The question then is WHERE are our people in death? 

Is There Death After Life? 

 Most of what people believe about Death has been filtered by the circumstances of our childhood, old wives tales, or just very bad doctrines taught by well meaning churches who THOUGHT that was what God said in the bible without proper “Dividing of the truth.”


FaithFaith Lessons on the Death and Resurrection of the Messiah: The Bible’s Timeless Call To Impact Culture (Leader’s Guide) 

What the Bible Reveals About Heaven 

Death Passed Upon All Men 

Passed from Death unto Life

  Luk 20:35-36

  http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0892280786&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world {Where I’m From..Heaven.}, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels {NOT become angels but are equal before God.}; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.”
ONCE in heaven why in the world of stupidity would anyone what to come back and “Haunt” their old life on earth?
 Joh 14:2 
“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “
Much deception has resulted from mishandling this verse, What are these “Mansions” Christ speaks of here? Is Jesus really building a building for us to live in or is there something deeper to learned from here?
Heb 11:16 
“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city {The New Jerusalem}. “
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Joh 2:19 
“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple {Of my Body}, and in three days I will raise it up.
1Co 3:16-17  
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?   If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

So it would seem we have positive proof that our physical bodies are “Buildings” containing greater “Buildings” called “The Temple of God” which can be raised up when we die. 
Which begs the greater question, if our Mansions are being built where is the process being done?

2Co 6:16-18  
“And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
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2Co 5:10  
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

1Co 3:12-15  
“Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Notice that WE do the building with the materials God provides or those that Sinful living provides depending on our choices in life, our soul and spirit are the “Guts” of that “Mansion” to live in heaven or to live in Hell for eternity. We are responsible NOW in this life, for our outcome after death in the judgment, good or bad we are now building a mansion with the help of Jesus through the process of separation.



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After all who do we think we are? 

The arrogance of man is simply appalling, do we actually believe that WE can control a realm ONLY God is in charge of?


The obvious answer is NO!!! 
When I or you do die we will INSTANTLY walk or float from this existence into the next without delay, whether or not that’s good for you is your choice NOW so don’t wait to decide. You will not have time to be Haunting your former life, you will be instantly standing before your judgment for a life lived for or against The Lordship of Jesus in your life. 

The Other Side of Death: What the Bible Teaches About Heaven and Hell 

What the Bible Reveals About Heaven 

Faith Lessons on the Death and Resurrection of the Messiah (Home DVD Vol. 4) Home Pack/Bible Study Guides: The Bible’s Timeless Call to Impact Culture 


Job 16:22  
“Go – To the state and place of the dead, whence men cannot return to this life
The meaning is, my death hastens, and therefore I earnestly desire that the cause depending, between me and my friends, may be determined, that if I be guilty of these things, I may bear the shame of it before all men, and if I be innocent, that I may see my own integrity, and the credit of religion, (which suffers upon this occasion) vindicated. How very certainly, and how very shortly are we likewise to go this journey.
1Co 2:11
 “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? 
even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. “
 This realm is unknown to us for good reason, look how we’ve screwed up what little we do know about it? Sin has tainted our viewpoint of everything we once completely understood before the fall, death was a NEW thing to Adam and Eve, they didn’t know what it was or even why it happened, so its not hard to understand why we have come to wrong conclusions concerning Death and Dieing!

1Co 15:54 
http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0800792327&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr“So when this corruptible {Physical Body} shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal {Body} shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”
How do you know where you’ll go when you die? If you don’t even understand why your on earth in the first place, beyond the silly concepts of evolution and humanism.


Are we more than the sum of our parts as God says we are, or are we simply the by products of so much primordial soup in the beginning of time?


Eph 5:5  
“For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. “

Why is this true, why can’t just anyone get into heaven? Well would you like to live forever next to a ‘sex offender” or a “Murderer” in heaven as you may have had to do here on earth? God’s standards are much higher than ours, thank God for small favors. 

O.K. so just what are the real experiences that many of us, including me have had concerning Ghosts and shadows that we chase to find out the truth about the afterlife? Who are we dealing with in reality if they are not former people we knew or read about in the history books? 

Are we being duped into a belief system about Ghosts and Spirit’s based upon our emotional attachments to dead loved ones and old wives tales passed down religiously for decades. Why do we fall for these frauds so easily? Are we that gullible? 

 2Co 11:13-15  
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.   Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
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We live in a time when holiday’s we celebrate are more Sacrilegious than faithful, The Christmas Tree and it’s entrapment’s, Easter and the it’s entrapment’s are considered by the world as supporting a Christian religion, how stupid that is when NONE OF THAT STUFF has any resemblance to the true Christian Faith whatsoever, its based in TOTAL PAGANISM so how does it favor God at all, let alone pure Christian Faith? 

The world loves to pervert our faith WITH OUR HELP and this is a great example of just that, this subject is God’s subject not the world’s but we allow them to define what happens at death, what’s wrong with this picture?

This is happening right under the noses of real believers all the time as is the deceptions of Talking to the dead and seeking advice from dead saints.  Both are FORBIDDEN by God which is ignored completely by the Churches supporting these “illegal prayers” that mock the reality of true prayer to God alone.  

Instead in order to befriend the person involved we wrongly think we must absorb the false belief, this is what happened in the 4th century A.D. when Constantine accepted the Faith of Jesus and stopped Rome’s persecution of Christians ALONG with bringing in all the PAGAN garbage into the state church, nice trade off huh?

Satan is the greatest of the great when it comes to “Hidden Agendas”, slight of hand shadowplay were invented by him to hide behind, he uses a sacred cover to shield our investigation of the truth, because it make seeking answers look like Hating others.

Telling the Truth is not Hate Speech! 

For more information on this read my pages:


From what I personally have seen and heard with my own life experience I would have to say the latter is true, because no matter how much we find out concerning the paranormal there’s ALWAYS more in the shadows we can’t know ACCORDING TO THEM!  

2Co 11:3-4
 “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 
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Notice, that in Christ is SIMPLICITY but with Satan there is confusion, shadow and subtlety without end, nothing that Satan does or deceives us into is ever easy to understand or accomplish. 
The Christian faith APART from the religious mess that man has corrupted it with is simple to understand, easy to accomplish and open to examination for all but the religion is shadowed with deep holes of misunderstanding.
The real purpose of writing this is to advance an idea, an idea of adding a biblical perspective to the “Hunt” taking it away from the shadows of uncertainty. 

There is no reason to hunt what you don’t understand if the scriptures reveal clearly what your dealing with and just HOW TO CAST IT OUT. That seems to be the big hold up in most paranormal shows, they just want to REVEAL WHAT’S THERE but their definitions are limited to the limited knowledge of the afterlife. 

We have defined the afterlife by old wives tales, false stories, and incomplete experiences and have ended up with half the real story.

What are we dealing with? 
DEMONS!, how do we deal with demons? 
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O.K. first let’s do our homework on Ghost Hunting and its tools: we must understand what they use to understand the why’s and how’s of Ghost Hunting. If you as a believer are serious about this field of investigation then you need to know what God knows and what to use to do it safely.


A Short History of Ghost Hunting
Ghosts, haunting and tales of strange events go well back into ancient history.

More recently though there is a rich and documented history of ghost hunting occurring in New York around 1848 that started the spiritualist movement which continued into late 1930’s. 

These individuals along with many others played a large part in this movement albeit sometimes at opposite ends of the spectrum. 
(Either in their empathy with lost souls or their skepticism in such matters). 
More detailed information is available today on the internet or at your local library. 

Those people listed above are in part the reason for the efforts of Harry Price and the start of documented ghost hunting.

In his time, Harry Price was one of the most influential persons involved in ghost hunting. 
Harry uncovered a number of fraudulent photographers that made their money by double exposing photographic plates and then claiming the images were the dead relatives of the people being photographed. 
Harry also went to numerous seances and tried to prove or disprove their validity scientifically with gauges and measures (some instruments were crafted specifically for this purpose) and kept accurate notes and diaries at all times.


Harry Price was most recognized for his work in the Borley Rectory with his ghostly photography and evaluations of this haunted site. 

Harry’s work is still controversial and questioned by some. 
He was however the fore runner of ghost hunters and his work was the start to a more serious look into the proper use of equipment and evaluations to explain the paranormal.


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Troy Taylor and the American Ghost Society’s….


– The Ghost Hunter’s Guidebook –
 Ghost Hunter’s Guidebook: The Essential Guide to Investigating Ghosts & Hauntings

Published by Whitechapel Productions Press. 

Warning: 

This book is NOT a Christian out-look on Ghost Hunting BUT it is a very good look at the present state of it, so read it with that in mind! 

Now what about the tools of the trade?

Most of the equipment is harmless, but I seriously question the “Spirit Boxes” for allowing the dead to talk to you as this is expressly forbidden in the scriptures for good reason, if you allow a demon to speak you’ll get ONE THING a lie and the longer they talk the bigger the lie gets so this box is a tool that will not help you but harm you. 

Divining rods and spirit boards do far to much to give the advantage to the enemy your trying to CAST out, you are to speak in Authority against the manifestation, not allow it a doorway to make things worse and that’s just what the Ouija does:

http://www.allabouttheoccult.org/ouija-board.htm


In Isaiah 8:19-20,

God says this: 
“When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living? …If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light…”



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I believe that we should do FAR more than hunt for Ghosts, we should be helping in a more permanent lasting way, by casting out impersonating demons that falsely take our loved ones identities

Ghost Hunting Equipment Check List

 http://www.ghost-hunting-equipment.com/

The Key is a vast knowledge of Demons and every creature invented in Satan’s evil mind so that you are never caught off guard in any situation in your personal life or your “Hunters” life.


 
Knowing how to use “Spiritual Warfare” against the devils is paramount to real success, without a clean personal life free of worldly weights and a renewed mind filled with knowledge of your enemy and a healthy fear of your failure. Remember I said “HEALTHY FEAR” not FEAR for the sake of Fear, they will and should fear the prepared hunter who knows who they are http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=theope-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002X46NES&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrdealing with and uses the authority of God as a sword. The devil’s ALL fear Jesus and if we walk and talk just like”him” they can’t tell the difference, when we command in his authority, Demons in whatever form they take will flee.
Since Ghosts are in reality Demons that are impersonating those who have died, adults and children with whom they have had intimate physiological and or soulful connections, knowing the history of the person they are pretending to be is helpful only in a surface way.

What is really important is to know why they were involved with those people, get your eyes off 
the imitation before you and on what caused the devils to be attached with them?
How did they get there in the first place, why this house?
 Is it a family-line demon, attached to a particular family sin?
Is it a demon connected to the persons property or household possessions from another family line curse?
What curse brought the devil there and can it be broken once and for all, research every entrance that could hold the key to casting it out? 

Your real bread and butter so to speak is in your research team looking for the facts behind the haunting, the hunting is the fun part but its not the most important part, that comes when you can claim the person or the property FREE in Christ’s name!
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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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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