In my first article on this series; Spiritual Warfare Introduction, I simply gave a brief summary about what is spiritual warfare and what you can look forward to in this series of studies. Now, we are going to begin this study by looking into why spiritual warfare even exists.
IN THE BEGINNING... GOD!
Before there ever was an angel, devil, universe, earth or people... GOD always existed. We will never grasp that concept until we get to heaven. God is ALL powerful, ALL present and ALL knowing!!! Before God created anything, He made a plan that would usher in time, a material world and a spiritual world. God HAS EVERYTHING figured out!
ANGELS IN HEAVEN
God's first order of creation was that of Angels. We know this because He conferred with and used angels to carry out some of His plan. There are so many angels that they can't be numbered.
In scripture, angels were given ranks of service and authority. For example, Gabriel is a messenger angel (Dan 9:21); while Michael is a warring angel (Dan 10:13). Joshua mentions a Captain of the Host, which was an angel (Josh 5:14-15). You would think of the ranks of angels just like the ranking of the armed forces of a military principality. Some angel's only task is to worship God. The only thing we have to understand about angels, is that they only do what God instructs them to do.
After creating the angels, He then created the universe and the earth. We know this because as we will see next, there is some angels that are cast out of heaven onto the earth. So, the earth had to be already there.
LUCIFER - A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL WHO FELL
When God created angels, they were given a free will to choose. There was one angel which most believe to be Lucifer who was the first angel to fall. For we read...
Eze 28:12-17 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. (13) Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. (14) Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (15) Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (16) By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. (17) Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
This angel that Ezekiel is talking about was an anointed cherub (angel). If you read carefully, it describes this angel as a beautiful, perfect angel. He was covered in fine jewels (symbolic of his beauty), he was made to be a musical angel because of the tabret of his pipes (symbolic of musical-voice ability).
This angel walked on the mountain of God, but somehow, he got lifted up in his heart because of his beauty, and wanted to be worshiped like God (Isa 14:12-14). This was a tragic sin! And because of the exalted pride of this angel, he was cast out of heaven onto the earth, and it is believed that 1/3 of the other angels (Rev 12:4) followed him.
Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Once this angel (Lucifer) was cast onto the earth, he became known as the Devil (Satan, Serpent, Dragon, Beelzebub). And all the other fallen angels are referred to as demons. With the fall of all these angels, everything that was good about them now became corrupt and evil.
Ultimatley, the devil and his angels have formed and organized a kingdom where its main objective is steal God's glory and destroy anything that God made, including mankind. With the same military ranking that was in heaven, the Devil's kingdom operates the same way (more on this later).
GOD, MANKIND AND THE SPIRIT WORLD
Next in God's creation is the creation of Man and Woman. He placed them in the Garden where He would fellowship with them all the time. However, Adam and Eve (before the fall) did not know about a devil or any demon spirits.
However, there was a "spirit world" on the earth now; not because God was absent and showed up (because He fills all space); but because satan (the devil) was now a spiritual influence and an intruder on God's creation. There was already planning and deception in the works by the devil before ever approaching Eve.
So, what we understand from this study is that God created angels, the earth; and Lucifer fell to the earth where he setup his demonic kingdom before ever approaching Adam and Eve. This is why we have a spirit world.
Now, because the devil's kingdom is limited, he must invade the spiritual lives of Adam and Eve. And as we will see in our next lesson this is why we are born to face spiritual warfare.
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