The Axis of Evil
Bible Version – KJV
Know Thy Enemy Part 1
I have literally heard ministers say that Satan is a toothless lion. I for one prefer not to underestimate my enemy. We are told that Satan is a lion that’s roaming around seeking whom he may devour, never once is it said that he is toothless. Even the apostles knew what kind of enemy they faced. 1 Peter 5:8 says he is seeking those he may devour, not those he may gum to death. Satan walks about roaring to scatter the weaker Sheep from the flock, fore if he can cause one to leave the flock then his job has become that much easier in finding and devouring the lost Sheep. We need to remember that we need to stay together as a flock in good times and especially during hard times. As the saying goes, “United we stand, divided we fall”.
Another point is if Satan is so powerless then why is it we are called upon to put on Armor? Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us to go and put on this spiritual armor. Apparently he is so weak that he could offer the Kingdoms of this World to Jesus in Matthew 4:8-9. Jesus even calls him the prince of the world in John 12:31 and again in John 14:30 Jesus calls him the prince of the world.
Even the Apostles back in the day knew and spoke of the one whom we will be facing all of our life day in and day out. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul calls him the god of this world. John points out that in 1 John 5:19 that the whole world lies in wickedness or as some other translations say, “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one”. Ezekiel 28:12-19 paints what I believe is a perfect picture of our enemy, someone who let his own perfection blind him and made himself reckless in his behavior. We are not fighting against some powerless idiot, but one who is powerful that has lost his marbles.
Here on Earth our enemy uses different sources or you could call them different divisions to attack us with. Back in Ephesians 6:12 it lists four separate divisions that we fight against, some more than others at times. Though this scripture points out that our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against these forces. I will rename them the Axis of Evil to borrow a phrase from one of our former presidents. We still face flesh and blood which is being used behind the scenes by spiritual forces.
A lot of times if not for the most part Satan uses others to do his dirty work. John 18:1 – 19:23 shows a perfect example of this along with the use of the first three if not all four divisions which are mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. When dealing with such a threat as Jesus, Satan used everything at his disposal. Let us look at each of these four divisions that Satan can and may use against you.
Principalities – I believe this is speaking about positions of authority located under leaders such as magistrates, chancellors, senators, parliamentary leaders, etc.
Powers – I believe are the military leaders, judges, police or anyone else in similar positions.
Rulers of The Darkness of this World – I believe this is speaking of our world leaders, presidents, kings, dictators, emperors, czars or any others.
I am not saying that all are or that everyone that has held these positions are agents of Satan, but I am saying that those in any of these positions must be careful as not to become a lackey to the cause of the Devil. That is why we are called upon to pray for our leaders, so they do not become overwhelmed by Satan’s demonic forces.
Spiritual Wickedness in High Places – I believe this is speaking directly of the wicked angels that had joined the cause of the Devil and now follow him to accomplish his goals. (Revelation 12:9)
Though our enemy may be strong and resourceful by using others against us, we still have and been given what is most needed to stand against him each and every day. These scriptures give me hope and strength 1 John 4:4, Romans 8:31 and John 16:33. Be of good cheer and stand steadfast for we know who stands with us.