Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The reality of the unseen world

It is so unfortunate that the majority of folks will come to the reality of the unseen world only at the
point of their death. Of course at that point it would be too late for them to recant or dismiss their original beliefs of this world and would have no other choice than to deal with what that world from that point forward dictates to them.

Over the years of studying, researching and teaching on spiritual warfare, I have ascertain that the common denominator that links the Believers of Jesus Christ with being defeated by the forces of darkness is the direct and indirect violation of the principle stated in the following scriptures; Ephesians 6:12, 2 Corinthians 4:18 and 2 Corinthians 10:4 and here is what those scriptures have to say respectively:

“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 heavenly realms”

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds”

The underlying tone in the above scriptures are all pointing at or making reference to a reality or dimension that is not tangible or requires the use of our five senses. Thus, this is where the difficulty arises for those that dismiss or ignore the unseen world or what we refer to as the spirit world. Interestingly enough scripture clearly advises us that the natural man, meaning a human being that is committed to his five senses as the only reality, cannot receive or understand the things of the Spirit of God, in fact these things are considered foolishness to him and as a result this decision automatically blocks his ability to comprehend such things because they can only be spiritually discerned. This same scripture goes on to say that only the person that is spiritual, can judge all thing, simply because his judgments and assessments are based on things that are not visible which he is fully aware is the bases and origin of all things, 1 Corinthians 2:14-15.

I somehow have come to the understanding as to why one would not be able to comprehend or be quick to accept the reality of the unseen world. I can vividly recall as a young boy growing up in church, I would see member and visitors’ alike running around during the service in convulsions, throwing themselves on the floor, seemingly unable to control themselves, speaking in unintelligible language etc. It was noted back then as it is in some cases today as being under the Spirit of God or “being In the spirit”. While I would readily agree that they were under a spirit I’m not sure I would agree it was necessarily the spirit of God. The point that I am attempting to make is simply this. Many have polluted the understanding of the unseen world with physical displays such as what I have mentioned above. However, very little scriptural teachings have been made available to rightly educate the unlearned on what truly is spiritual and the principles and rules that world is governed by.

We are given a glimpse of this world from the book of Daniel chapter 10. In this story it is initially noted that Daniel was fasting for a period of three weeks or twenty one days. This is a good area to stick a pin in, simply because fasting is one of the protocols or principles of a person engaging in and with the unseen world. Scripture has repeatedly revealed that when the people of God would face insurmountable challenges a fast was necessary to commune and request solutions from God, whom I might add is a spirit according to John 4:24. Nevertheless, during this fasting period Daniel revealed an experience that he had. During this encounter, Daniel said that he was approached by a certain man that was clothed in linen whose waist was girded with a gold sash.

Daniel went on to describe this person’s body as beryl, while his facial appearances like that of lightening and eyes as torches of fire. I am sure we can all conclude here that this could not have been a human being. The reality was, this person was a spirit being whom we know to be an Angel. Now, before we go any further, we must cement into our understanding that this is a vision that Daniel is experiencing and just like a dream a vision is an occurrence that is spiritual and those that are able to experience such an event are in fact observing with their spiritual eyes, meaning others in the vicinity of Daniel could not observe the same event with their natural sight. This Angel explained to Daniel that God (who is a spirit) heard his prayers from the first day of his fast. However, the Angel clearly said that he was delayed in executing God’s message to Daniel because the prince of the kingdom of Persia hindered him. Please note, this prince is not a human being. In fact physical human strength cannot challenge the strength of a spirit being. Additionally, these activities were taking place in the heavens and not on earth. As a reminder the Angel of God was attempting to reach Daniel who was located on earth.

This prince of the kingdom of Persia is known as a principality. A principality is a region or a territory in which a prince rules or governs. In other words, this demonic prince was the one responsible for all the wickedness and evil that was manufactured and distributed throughout the kingdom of Persia. Unfortunately, the angelic messenger that was sent to Daniel could not compete with this ruling prince (again these are all spiritual beings). The angel said that Michael, one of the chief princes of God came and assisted him by detaining the prince of Persia so that the messenger angel of God could continue his mission to Daniel.

Daniel’s story is a perfect example of how vast in power the unseen world is, along with its hierarchy, rules and principles that it is governed by. More importantly it is this unseen world that is consistently determining what we experience in our natural world. This is why it is so important that we understand that primarily the bible is the word of God but it is also a book of spiritual laws, rules, principles and protocols of the spirit realm that dictates our natural realm. Therefore if we are ignorant as it relates to the things of the bible then simultaneously we are ignorant to the existence, operations and principles of the unseen world.

The bottom line is simply this; the Believers of Jesus Christ will continue to become casualties of spiritual warfare as long as they continue to subscribe to the physical manifested blessings only such as car, houses, money, prosperity teachings etc. These things are only as a result of what has occurred spiritually and producing the end result of things physical. As such if Christians continue in their ignorance of the spirit realm, this act will secure for them poverty, sickness, anti-progress and the like as their portion in life. The Apostle Paul repeatedly said in his teachings “I would not have you ignorant” suggesting that even as a Christian there are many things that you do not know but need to know.

Written By: Kevin L A Ewing