As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we face daily demonic entities who are always planning their next attack to stop us from accomplishing God’s will. Why? Because they hate God and are pure evil. But that’s not the only reason. They attack believers so that the gospel doesn’t reach others and get saved. They want people to go to hell and burn for all eternity. Demons will go above and beyond to keep your neighbors, friends, and family from hearing the message that God has given you through the Scriptures. I’m going to go into more details on the demonic forces of evil that we face every day to show you how serious our battles are and the need for us to get closer to the Lord.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.Ephesians 6:12 BSB
The bold and underlined words above will bring to light the structure of the fallen angels and their goal for humanity.
Ephesians 6:12 (For our struggle is not against flesh and blood) starts by clarifying that we are not in battle with people, but with what’s behind the people who come to either deceive you or harm you. Evil people are under demonic influence to destroy your faith in Christ, and if they can, physically. The good news is that we are under God’s protection (Job 1:10).
Our fight is against Satan and his fallen angels.
Rulers: In Greek (746), this word reveals that the demons have a hierarchical structure. You have in their ranks chief—head over the rest to command and give strategy to fight against God’s people, and kingly—who is in charge over a massive demonic army and reveals spiritual power.
Authorities: This word in Greek (1849) show that they have spiritual power to influence people (2 Timothy 2:26) to go against God—rant and blaspheme His name (Revelation 13:5-6). They also push people to live in sin—having a strong pull to make people give in to the flesh. These fallen angels have the power to take control of your life (Luke 22:3-4). It won’t be to make it better but to make your life worse. Believers in Jesus Christ can permit the enemy to cause havoc in our lives by opening up a door (Ephesians 4:26-27).
Powers: The Greek word (2888) means that these demonic beings are the rulers of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), who have detached themselves from God—the rebellion of Satan that took place in heaven before men came into existence. They are the ones who infiltrate the world governments (Daniel 10:13, 20) to change their policies that will work against God’s plan. The ultimate goal is to place in authority the Antichrist to rule the world for Satan (2 Thessalonians 2:4).
Darkness: The Greek word (4655) reveals that they want to plunge the world into sin—moral decay. When a person is in the flesh—feeding its desires, they are in darkness—walking with a blindfold in the direction of a spiritual cliff.
Spiritual Forces: This word in Greek (4152) indicates that we are in a spiritual battle as the enemy we face are spiritual beings. They operate in the spiritual realm, which manifests in the physical world. So, before a satanic attack happens in the physical world, it first occurs in the spiritual. When a false religious group (i.e., Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses) come knocking at your door, the plan of deception was already hatched in the spiritual world to send them to you for entrapment—a spiritual net.
Evil: This word (Gr. 4188) shows you the enemy’s nature and desires for the human race. It gives you the words wickedness, iniquities, with pain. All this means that the demons, through a sinful lifestyle, will bring you extreme mental and physical pain. The purpose for this is to get you so tired of life that you would commit suicide—sending you straight to hell for the ultimate torment (Matthew 27:1-5).
Heavenly Realms: This Greek word (2032) means that all angelic activities happen in the spiritual world. It is where God instructs His angels to do His will and where the demons and God’s angels fight. Through the spiritual realm, they influence certain situations to impact people’s lives.