The Kingdom Of God vs The Kingdom Of Satan
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The Opposing Forces
The forces involved in the conflict are supernatural. They cannot be seen with physical eyesight, but are real nevertheless. Occasionally, individuals may be aware of their presence in the form of an angelic visitation or a demonic attack. But most of the time the battle is raging unseen in the heavenlies.
The Bible gives us glimpses of the supernatural warfare as well as showing us individual warriors on each side.
God's forces consist of -
• ARCHANGELS eg Michael
• ANGELS eg Gabriel
• BORN AGAIN SPIRIT-FILLED CHRISTIANS
Two types of satanic agents are mentioned in the Bible.
A. FALLEN ANGELS who rebelled with satan and were expelled from heaven; these seem to be higher order agents than demons and are territorial eg the Prince of Greece and the Prince of Persia mentioned in DANIEL 10:13, 20
EPHESIANS 6:12 lists a hierarcy of satanic forces in order from top to bottom:
- RULERS (archai)
- AUTHORITIES (exousiai)
- COSMIC POWERS OF DARKNESS (kosmokratores)
- SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL IN THE HEAVENLIES (pneumatika ponerias)
B. DEMONIC SPIRITS variously called demons, evil spirits and unclean spirits. The most common enemy forces to be encountered by Christians are demonic spirits.