Updated: Jan 27
Video from The Bible Project
“The storyline of the Bible presents a populated spiritual world, full of creatures who are in rebellion against their Creator, just like humans. For lots of fascinating reasons, our modern conceptions of these spiritual rebels are based on serious misunderstandings of the Bible. So let’s go back to the book of Genesis and start over as we learn about the powers of spiritual evil in the story of the Bible.” From video introduction
Right now at this very moment in the unseen realm that surrounds us entities, creatures created by God long before our creation are moving about interacting with people and events. There me be one looking over your shoulder or watching you or listening to you.
The Bible tells us to be neither too interested or too dismissive. They are real and influence over each of us and the world around us.
Christs establishment of his Kingdom and Death on the Cross defeated the power of Satan, he opened the way to a reclamation of the demon-controlled nations. This reclamation took place at Pentecost (Acts 2), when the gospel was taken into to all those lands previously ruled by the rebellious sons of god. Good Friday, Easter, and Pentecost together healed the division begun by Babel, making it possible for the Gentiles to free themselves from false gods and embrace Jesus as Lord.
Psalm 82 indicates what are now called Demons (evil spirits) were/are “members of God’s heavenly host who have chosen to rebel against his will.” These rebellions took different forms at different times: the serpent in Eden, the sons of God who slept with the daughters of men, and the disobedient sons of god Yahweh put in charge of the nations after the Tower of Babel.
In our time Spiritual-warfare advocates have located an area in a rectangle that stretches from the 10th to the 40th latitude north of the equator. This “10/40 window,” as missions’ strategists often call it, include North Africa, the Middle East, China, Pakistan, and India. As we understand it the vast majority of unreached people groups live in this window and that persecution of the church is strongest there. It therefore does not seem unreasonable to suggest that a territorial reign of evil (or stronghold) currently exists in that part of the globe, and that intense prayer on the part of believers may help break down demonic communication.
Watch this excellent video from The Bible Project to learn more.