HEAVENLY REALM WARFARE ...DON'T GO THERE ...
HEAVENLY REALM WARFARE
I want to share something from the book of Job. This is a book that poses many questions
for believers. Now, I’m not going to really talk about Job, but rather the level of spiritual power that came against
him. It is the methods and madness of the demons. Think about their abode and how quickly and powerfully they could strike.
What a foolish thing we do when we venture into that realm trying to pick a fight. It appears in this passage that the angels
of God had come before God to give an account for their ministry to man upon the earth . . . and Satan came with them.
He had been banished from God’s Presence. Maybe he came with God’s permission
based upon a request. He is the accuser of the brethren. Regardless, he is there and God asked him for a "report.
Satan said "I have been going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down
in it." Up and down? Does that include some heavenly realm checking as well? He had been looking for whom he may devour. Surely
he had investigated Job. God asked him. Satan called Job a mercenary. He only serves you because you bless him and his family.
(Paraphrased). Satan tried to tempt God to do harm to Job, "put forth thy hand, and touch all that he hath and he will curse
you to thy face." God granted Satan permission to do that.
Read the incredible account in Job 1.
12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon
himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Note the swiftness and severity of the attacks once the demons began their work.
They used people on the earth (the Sabiens). They stole the oxen and the donkeys and killed the servants. No sooner had the
messenger informed Job when word came that fire from heaven (lightening?) Had consumed all of the sheep and servants. Demonic
power in the heavenly realm was being unleashed.
The scripture says, while he was yet speaking, another message came that the Chaldeans
had taken all of the camels and killed the servants. Again, demons using people to carry out their mission of hate and hurt.
The worst news of all was what Job had already suspected could happen.
Job 1:5 "And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent
and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for
Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually."
Job’s children were protected because of Job’s life and prayers. It appears
that what he imagined could be the case, likely was. His children were perhaps giving some legal permissions. Now the news
comes, "Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother's house:
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners
of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee." Now, the demons
had caused a storm directed to destroy his children. The house was flattened by the storm.
I am sharing this to give you a picture of what it is we are taking on when we venture
outside of our authority and covering. The demons not only had power to use people against him and the weather but now we
see they had the power to torment with sickness.
7 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils
from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the
9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God,
It is interesting to note that even though Satan had been granted permission to take
all that Job had that he did not take his wife. I can’t give you the reason for this, but it appeared that it was part
of the plan to use his wife against him. Most of us know the story of Job and it’s victories in the end. I want you
to just peek into the heavenly realm there with me and see how foolish it is to go there.
God had a complete hedge around Job and his family because of Job’s life. It
was impossible to penetrate, Satan had tried and could not find an opening. There is one around me too. Why would I want to
venture outside of it or shake my fist at demons?