Whether or not people want to believe it, this world is in a war. It has been since the beginning of time, but the war has grown hot in recent years. This, in itself, does not concern me so much, as I know these things must happen. No, what concerns me is the revelation of just how many people seem to be totally blind to the war happening right before their very eyes.
What is this timeless war of which I speak? The war between to forces of darkness and light; between lawlessness and righteousness; between good and evil. Many who claim to believe have heard of this passage, but they do not seem to believe it is real:
Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
The King James translation mentions ‘principalities.’ This is a reference to the same ‘princes’ mentioned in the book of Daniel. Those ‘princes’ are spiritual, and they are not all good. A full one-third of them should be assumed to be evil, and they seek to destroy anything and everything that has been created by YHWH. That includes you and I!
In my last two posts, ‘As in the Days of Noah…’ and The Remnant of the Nephilim, I explained that Scripture treats the fallen angels, the offspring from their union with human women and the disembodied souls of those offspring as real. In this post, I want to explain another connection in Scripture; a connection that is often misunderstood because we no longer take the Spirit world as seriously as we should.
A psalm of Asaph.
1 God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment among the “gods”:
2 “How long will you[a] defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
3 Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
4 Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
5 “The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 “I said, ‘You are “gods”;
you are all sons of the Most High.’
7 But you will die like mere mortals;
you will fall like every other ruler.”
8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.
In modern times, people have explained away this translation. They refuse to believe that the Psalmist could really mean there are other gods, so they say that this refers to judges, or some other important people in the ancient world. But the Hebrew behind this translation says, ‘elohim’ — gods! And I believe it means gods! Remember, Scripture, itself, says there are other gods, and it treats them as being real. So, if we believe, why don’t we accept what Scripture teaches us?
I believe that Psalm 82 is connected to the story about the tower of Babel. When YHWH split the people up into nations, He put each nation under the authority of one of the members of His royal court. This is YHWH’s heavenly court, so those members were spirit beings — elohim. YHWH charged them with the task of teaching the people in their nation about the One, True God — YHWH. He expected these lesser gods, these elohim, to also teach the people in their nation the proper way to honor, serve and worship YHWH. But these beings were seduced by the temptation of teaching the people in their nation to worship themselves, and not YHWH. This is their sin, their rebellion, and it is why they are being judged here in Psalm 82: because they lead the nations astray.
Now, look at what they are accused of: being blind, knowing nothing of righteousness. They went so far as to flip righteousness on its head, favoring the unjust and defending the wicked while persecuting the innocent and helpless. This destruction of righteousness at the hands of these lesser gods causes the foundations of the earth to be shaken. Now, let me put this in modern terms:
When the rulers of a nation pervert the law, and use it to enrich themselves and their wicked and lawless friends while, at the same time, they turn the law into a weapon to oppress the innocent and the defenseless, everything that binds society falls apart.
Can you think of any examples of this in our modern society? How about a policy that forces small, vulnerable businesses to close down while allowing large corporations to remain open, then writing a ‘bailout’ bill that gives money taken from those small business owners who have been forced to close their doors and gives it to large corporations who are still open and making money? How about medical officials who align themselves with the WHO, which has been proven to be a corrupt organization in bed with China, and who then tell the nation that we cannot use a medicine that is cheap and has some one hundred years of safe usage, only to push a very expensive and experimental drug that is produced by their corrupt business partners? Or, how about national leaders who use a virus to trample on the rights and livelihood of the nation in the name of safety, destroying the rule of law and the social order in the process? Does any of this sound familiar?
Let’s try some other examples that are not quite so politically obvious. How about people who teach that the law changes with the whims of the times? They call it the ‘living document’ doctrine, and they claim that you can just re-interpret the language of a law whenever you wish. Does this uphold or destroy the law? Or what about those who teach that there are as many ‘genders’ as one wishes to create? Does this uphold or destroy reality? Or what of those who teach that reality is different for each individual? Does that uphold or destroy order in society? How about people who claim that something is just when they apply it to their enemies, but then deny they are guilty when they do the exact same thing? Does such hypocrisy uphold or destroy righteousness?
The same judgment YHWH hands down to His spiritual court is given to us, here, on earth — through the prophet, Isaiah:
Isaiah 5:20-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness;
Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
And clever in their own sight!
Do you know how to recognize evil? Do you understand that, in many cases — especially at the level of power — that evil is not only by human hands, but also by the hands of spiritual powers? Do you know how to recognize righteousness and lawlessness? Do you live a life of righteousness, or lawlessness? Most importantly — whether you believe or not — do you understand that this nation, the United States, is a covenant nation? Or what that means for this nation? Immediately after he was inaugurated, President Washington lead a prayer session in which he dedicated this nation to the service of YHWH. This makes us a covenant nation — YHWH’s people. If you do not understand what this means for us, especially in light of the way the pillars of the earth are being shaken in this nation now, you might want to read the rest of Isaiah 5…