The “powers that be” — those supernatural, evil, demonic forces that seek to control, and have control — cannot exercise their power apart from humankind displaying some type of sin. That is what we saw yesterday, in my article entitled, “The Powers That Be” (Part 1). Now I’d like to propose some type of hierarchical structure based on passages like Daniel 10:12-13: “Then said he [God’s messenger] unto me [Daniel], Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” (Daniel 10:12-13)
The one speaking here is one of God’s (good) angels, and he refers to two “princes” — the “prince of the kingdom of Persia [who] withstood [him] one and twenty days” — that is an evil angel, because he stood against him — and “Michael, one of the chief princes” — that is a good angel, because he came to help the angel who is here speaking to Daniel, the one who was praying for God to act on his behalf. We know from Jude that Michael is referred to also as “Michael the archangel” (Jude 9). This denotes hierarchy (note the word “arch” in both words, “archangel” and “hierarchy”). So does, of course, the term “prince”. Thus, there is some type of hierarchy in the angelic world. This is not surprising, since all of what we have on earth does indeed parallel, to a greater or lesser extent, that which is unseen.
Moreover, even apart from passages like we have quoted, the word “kingdoms” is a term used in God’s word to denote the unseen spiritual worlds, and in a kingdom, there is an established hierarchy. Repeatedly, in verses like Matthew 12, verses 26 & 28, we are reminded of the fact that there are two kingdoms at odds with one another, continually waging war against one another: “And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? … But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.” (Matthew 12:26,28). So then, there are two kingdoms, and these kingdoms are at war with one another. Furthermore, the fact that Satan is indeed the “head” of his kingdom is well denoted by Jesus’s statement “his kingdom” in the first of these two verses.
To recap the last two days, then, in this world, there are unseen spiritual forces at work. On the negative side, these forces are allowed to do their work on account of the sin of humankind which permits these forces to take their place. They are permitted by God to occupy certain physical/geographical regions of the earth, including, but not limited to, regions of the human heart that are not as yet yielded to the Lord Jesus Christ (we call these “spiritual strongholds”). Deliverance can come, when there is first and foremost, a repentant, contrite heart, in which the Holy Spirit is invited to do his work. The Holy Spirit — not mankind, or any human agency — then evicts these demons from their resting-place, and that is what we call deliverance (the “setting free” process).
As a side note, the demon is NOT an “illegal squatter” as long as sin and lack of repentance is present. Rather, the demon is LEGALLY ENTITLED TO STAY THERE. But, as soon as repentance is made for whatever sin permitted the demon to come in there in the first place, the demon THEN becomes truly “illegal” and MUST leave as it is either commanded to go, or God, by his Holy Spirit, simply evicts it. If the demon DOESN’T LEAVE, it is because of a legal entitlement, and you must continue praying to God in order to seek revelation on what it is that is permitting the demon(s) to stay. (It can be a very arduous process, and there may be a great deal of revelation that you must receive before you can be set free — keeping pressing in, and never give up.)
How do we deal with “unseen powers” that are looming over cities and goverments of our world, causing, or greatly tempting to cause, things to happen which are immoral, and illicit, and not according to God’s word (like abortion and ponography)? First, we make sure that we ourselves are clean, otherwise, we don’t stand a fighting chance. After we have determined (to the best of our abilities) that we are “clean” from unseen, but very real, spiritual strongholds, we then “take it to prayer” to the Kings of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ, who is well able to “kick out” those demonic powers. Be forewarned: Do it in the flesh, and you will fail. But do it in the spirit, and you will succeed mightily, to the pulling down of strongholds that have kept people in bondage, perhaps, for decades.
“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.” (Ephesians 6:12)