A quick Primer On Spiritual Warfare Copyright John Edmiston 2003 but may be copied & distributed for non-profit use



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Angels - In the Last Judgment
(Matthew 16:27 NKJV) "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
(Matthew 13:39-42, 49,50 NKJV) "The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. {40} "Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. {41} "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, {42} "and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth…(Matthew 13:49-50 NKJV) "So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, {50} "and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
(Matthew 24:31 NKJV) "And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
(Matthew 25:31-33 NKJV) "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. {32} "All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. {33} "And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
(Luke 16:22 NKJV) "So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
(2 Thessalonians 1:7-8 NKJV) and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, {8} in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Angels take care of the souls of the righteous dead as they did with the beggar Lazarus. They also gather together the elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. At no stage to angels judge the elect, they merely preserve them and usher them to their reward, which is given by Christ. The elect have passed out of judgment (John 5:24,25, Romans 8:1,2)
On the other hand the angels have a direct role in the punishment of the wicked. They come with Christ at his return “in flaming fire taking vengeance”, and casting the wicked into the lake of fire. The angels purify the kingdom of god taking out of it all that offends, “burning the tares”, the wicked and all who practice lawlessness. They thus ensure the final holiness and purity of God’s eternal kingdom. This fits with their role as guardians of the holiness and honor of God. (Isaiah 6;2,3)
The angels also carry out the final judgments of God in Revelation. Angels are responsible for the 21 final judgments – the seven seals, seven bowls and seven trumpets as well as for proclaiming the “eternal gospel” and for doing the “routine tasks’ of Heaven such as measurement and communication. Throughout the Old Testament angles carried out judgments against invading armies such as the Assyrians and inflicted plagues such as that on Egypt and later on Israel. A holy angel maintained purity and order in “the camp” of Israel. Thus angles are enforcers of the law of God, carrying out His will. But God alone is the judge.
The wicked should fear angels, but believers walking in holiness should entertain no such fear. “Fear not” is the angelic announcement to the elect. The angels are on our side as “servants of those who will inherit salvation”. They are greater in might and power than Christians but not in heavenly status. (As an analogy” Think of Napoleon’s army, many privates would have been much stronger and more physically powerful than Napoleon but he was the general and had the authority.) For us angels are guardians, and will ensure that we do not meet the fate of the wicked on the day of judgment.
National Angels and Watchers, Principalities and Powers
(Daniel 4:13-17 NKJV) "I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven. {14} He cried aloud and said thus: 'Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, Strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts get out from under it, And the birds from its branches. {15} Nevertheless leave the stump and roots in the earth, Bound with a band of iron and bronze, In the tender grass of the field. Let it be wet with the dew of heaven, And let him graze with the beasts On the grass of the earth. {16} Let his heart be changed from that of a man, Let him be given the heart of a beast, And let seven times pass over him. {17} 'This decision is by the decree of the watchers, And the sentence by the word of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, Gives it to whomever He will, And sets over it the lowest of men.'
(Daniel 10:12-14 NKJV) Then he said to me, "Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. {13} "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. {14} "Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come."
(Revelation 12:7-9 NKJV) And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, {8} but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. {9} So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The fate of political kingdoms is decided not my men, by God who decrees it through angelic “watchers” that observe the sons of men. The angels also fight evil powers in the heavens and are obstructed by evil powers set on dominating certain nations.

These evil principalities and powers have been defeated by Christ (Ephesians 1:21, Colossians 1:16, 2:10,13-15, 1 Peter 3:22). The Church is to be a witness to God’s wisdom in the sight of the principalities and powers (Ephesians 3:10) wrestling with and overcoming those that are evil (Ephesians 6:12) for which we have the advantage since Christ has disarmed them through the cross (Colossians 2:13-15), given us the armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and great authority in the heavenly realms (see section on Spiritual Authority).


If the destiny of nations is decided by God through the angelic watchers, and resisted by evil forces in the heavenly realms, over which the Church has been given power, then the logical conclusion is that the Church can exert decisive political power over the fate of nations through prayer, intercession and spiritual warfare.
We can break national curses and compacts made by national leaders with the forces of darkness. One well-known example of such a demonic pact is the island of Haiti, which made an agreement with the Devil to be his nation for 100 years and has suffered terribly from its voodoo practices as a result.
Nations can be dedicated to Christ, as in Britain and the USA, or to Islam as in Saudi Arabia or to Buddhism as in Tibet or to various tribal deities in Africa. This dedication occurs through covenants such as the one Israel made with YHWH at Mt. Sinai and are renewed through ceremonies such as the Passover and dedicatory rituals such as circumcision and through the construction of artifacts and buildings that reflect the national spirituality such as Solomon’s Temple, St. Paul’s Cathedral or the Grand Mosque. Some of these pacts, such as the formal baptism of the city of Manila into the Catholic Church, are only known to historians and are virtually unknown to the local population.
Many times its is a time of crisis e.g. a war, famine, earthquake or plague, that causes a city or nation to reach an agreement with a governing spiritual power. The principality is contracted to provide protection from disaster and prosperity and fertility in return for worship and obedience to its “laws” and adherence to its rituals and taboos. Thus, during the water shortages that came upon the Mayans, maidens were offered to fertility gods in order for rain to be provided.
These local deities can be as small as a spirit occupying a “billabong” or waterhole in the Australian outback, or a nymph or naiad in a Greek grove through to the more mobile deities such as Thor or Zeus, which ranged through entire regions. The true God, Yahweh is of course associated with the entire Universe.
Here in the Philippines “duwende” are small local spirits, while cities have “patron saints”, often old pagan deities now transmuted into a Catholic saint or idol but still retain much of their pre-Christian flavor. Muslim areas in Mindanao are a mixture of compacts with “Allah” and various “jinn” or local spirits. People can make personal compacts with spirits through secret writing, blood-brotherhoods, charms, vows, the purchase of idols or “anting-anting”, magic handkerchiefs and the like. Such vows and associations must be revoked and idols and “anting-anting” destroyed. (Deuteronomy 7;25,26 Acts 19:19)
The principalities and powers that govern places, cities and nations are best dealt with by the spiritual owners of that area or the entire church, or its representatives. A house can be cleansed by the prayers of its owners, a city by the mayor in combination with local pastors, and a nation by its national political and spiritual leaders in unity. Rarely can non-apostolic individuals, who are not part of the political or spiritual leadership affect such changes. Even the prophets of Israel were often limited in their ability to bring national revival by the resistance of wicked kings and those in authority. Thus Paul reminds us to pray for our leaders as a first step in evangelism – the spiritual cleansing of the heavenlies - so Christians can live in peace and witness freely. (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Thus a united church, which prays faithfully for the leaders in the city and which wrestles with the principalities and powers and deals with the forces of witchcraft can eventually bring about spiritual transformation over a wide geographical area. See Acts 19 and Paul’s ministry in Ephesus for an example of this. In the Filipino context prayer ministry to and evangelism of the albularyos and other magic practitioners may bring a major spiritual breakthrough at the local level.



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