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Spiritual Wickedness

There is also a group of forces that operate largely in the heavenly realm. Paul referred to it as spiritual wickedness in high places. 

In Daniel 10:12 and 13 we read that Daniel had been praying and fasting and waiting on God for 21 days. After that an angel appeared to him and said,

Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come because of your words.
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty one days: but, look, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

The prince of the kingdom of Persia was a demonic prince that was in charge of the whole kingdom that Daniel was in.

Before that angel could come and get through to him, he was opposed by this high-level demonic power in the heavenlies; a demonic prince of darkness. 

Satan has set up his system over this world, and he has princes of darkness over every single area. There are princes of darkness in charge of your country. There are also princes of darkness in charge of your city and your community. 

They have all been allocated responsibility to oversee the principalities, powers and rulers of darkness that are in that area. 

The Council of Wickedness

It goes up like a pyramid until it gets right to the top. When it reaches the top we have Satan, but not just Satan alone.

Satan tries to counterfeit the trinity. He always wanted to be like God and he wanted to take God's place.

He tried to rise up and take the throne of Heaven until he was cast out. So he has set up a system that copies the system that God has set up. He has tried to counterfeit the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. 

The Scripture speaks of God as being Father, Son and Holy Spirit - three in one. Satan has put together three as a governing council to control the realm of darkness which is his kingdom. 

This is something that is not immediately obvious in Scripture unless you look for it.

The evidence is there, but what I will share with you now is something that God first showed me in the Spirit. And as I saw it in the Spirit, I had to get back into the Word to see if I could find evidence. 

If I am to see something in the Spirit, I have to have proof in the Word that it is true, otherwise it is difficult for me to receive it. 

Much of what I have shared here are things that God has shown me in the Spirit. And I cannot always give you a clear chapter and verse that says distinctly what I have told you. 

But I want you to pray about it and look into the Word, and you will find that the Word does not contradict what I have shared. It is there, but sometimes you have to read between the lines to understand exactly what is taking place.

Confrontation With the Council

The first time I ever had confrontation with the three members of what I like to call the 'Council of Wickedness' was at a time when I had been going through intense intercession in the Spirit. 

I had been waiting on God on a daily basis to pray and to intercede in the Spirit. I would spend hours on end praying in tongues, doing warfare in the Spirit, and coming into confrontation in the Spirit with the powers of darkness. 

I remember the day that I had been praying earnestly. I had been praying in the Spirit, fighting and doing warfare, when I suddenly saw myself appearing in a room that seemed to be an official council room of some kind. 

It was like a round table where people were sitting in council in discussion; like a room where plans were made and issued. As I rose up and stood in that room in my vision I saw three people sitting at the table. 

I said, "Lord, what am I seeing now?" 

Then my flesh went cold, because I realized that I had come into the very council room; the very throne room of the Prince of Darkness. I was standing in the midst of his council and I had appeared in the middle of their discussions. 

They looked at me in anger. They were mad. How dare I come up and appear in their secret council that nobody else was supposed to know about!

But the Spirit of God took me into their council. And He showed me that there are three princes of darkness in the Council of Wickedness. 

The leader of the Council is of course Lucifer. The second one reminded me of a character I once saw on TV in a horror movie. He was big, strong, bald and ugly. I looked at him and said,

"Lord who is this?" 

He said, "It's Pharaoh." 

"Pharaoh? But Pharaoh was the king of Egypt." 

The Lord said,

"Yes, but there is also a spiritual Pharaoh." 

He is the one who poses as the god of this world, because Egypt in the Scriptures is a picture of the world. Pharaoh is usually typified as Satan, the leader and the god of this world.

But the Lord showed me in the Spirit, that Satan has set up one who poses as the god of this world and is in charge of the World System. 

He has put him in charge of the economies and monetary systems of the world. All administrative and political functions of the world are controlled by this prince of darkness, who is a spiritual Pharaoh.

Confrontation With Lucifer

I had seen Lucifer before so I knew what he looked like. He appeared to me shortly after God had led me through my prophetic training and had begun to take me into the spiritual realm. 

God had led us to move to a coastal city to wait on Him. We were staying in a trailer park just near the sea, waiting on God and looking to Him concerning direction for our ministry. 

One day as I was praying and interceding in the Spirit, a man appeared before me. He was a typical picture of what you would call tall, dark and handsome; a charming good-looking guy. 

I had seen angels in the Spirit before, but I looked at him and thought,

"Well he doesn't look like an angel. Angels are normally dressed in white." 

This guy was dressed more in a kind of khaki looking clothing and he had dark hair. 

I said, "Lord, who is this?" 

Then suddenly I realized who it was. It was the Prince of Darkness himself - Lucifer. 

He was charming, handsome and friendly. He smiled as he said to me,

"What is all this nonsense about ministry and all these big ideas that you have? Don't you see that you don't have the capability of doing these? 

But listen, what is it that you want? Do you want money? Do you want women? Do you want fame and popularity?

What is it that you want? I'll give it to you by all means. Just drop this silly idea of yours. Stop all this praying. Just let it go and forget it. You're wasting your time." 

I tell you it was not a pleasant experience. My flesh went cold and I began to cringe. I had dealt with demon forces before. I had cast demons out of people before and been in confrontation with evil powers in intercession. 

But now I stood before the Prince of Darkness himself. And who was I to stand against the one that has the greatest power in the Kingdom of Darkness. 

I was filled with fear. I did not know what to do and I thought,

"Lord, I don't know how to handle this. I had better not upset this guy. He has power and he could destroy me. What must I do?" 

Then the Word of God rose up within me. 

At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.

Every knee shall bow! That was the key. I turned to him and said,

"Satan, at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow; of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. That includes you, Satan, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Satan, that includes you and you will bow. You will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. You will do it now! In the name of Jesus I stand against you." 

The power of God rose up in me. The Spirit of God came on me and I felt His authority rising up in me. His face began to change as his smile turned to a scowl and he became angry. He was seething mad.

I did not know what he was going to do, but I just laid it on him. I kept laying it on him and saying, 

"Bow; bow in the name of Jesus." 

He stood there squirming like a snake and then he went down and began to bow. Then he turned around and vanished and he left me. 

I know what Lucifer looks like and I have seen him in the Spirit many times. I have also seen a person in this world that looks a lot like him.

But I want to tell you that the name of Jesus is greater than the name of Satan. Satan was conquered and defeated on the cross of Calvary. 

If you are a child of God, and you have the Spirit of God living in you, you have authority and power in the name of Jesus.

In Satan's Camp

You may say, "What made you so special that Lucifer would appear to you? Why were you such a big threat?" 

I have pondered that question many times myself. I said,

"Lord why me? Why would he appear to me?" 

Then I read something one day in a Christian magazine. It said that the particular city that I was in at that time was actually the Satanic headquarters of the country. I was in the Devil's domain. 

I dare say the chances are that the trailer park where we were staying was probably right near where the main Satanists were operating. I was in his camp, right there in the middle of his grounds. 

I can imagine the demons getting together and the Satanists gathering together to do their devilish things, and they heard a big noise. They probably heard my big mouth coming forth in the Spirit in prayer. 

I can imagine they were just doing their thing and they heard somebody say,

"In the name of Jesus..." 

They probably said,

"What's that? Where is that coming from? Who is that? Somebody go and sort it out. We can't stand the noise." 

Lucifer must have gotten really upset, and the demons figured that if anybody could sort it out he certainly could. 

But he couldn't do it, because God had taught me my authority and my position in Christ. I knew the power and authority that there was in the name of Jesus. 

Satan's Chief of Staff

That day as I stood in the middle of the Council of Wickedness, I saw another character that did not look so human. He was a scaly looking creature. 

I said, "Lord, who is this?" 

He said, "Go and look in Revelation and you will find him described. His name is Apollyon and he is the leader of Satan's armies. He is the Devil's Chief of Staff. He is the General in charge of all the demon forces that attack in the earth."

The Lord had shown me in vision that there are these three creatures in control of this world. 

There is Pharaoh in charge of the World System. He is in charge of the economies of the world, and the administrative and political functions. 

There is Lucifer, who is in charge of the religious systems of this world and the master of deception. 

And there is Apollyon who is in charge of the demon forces that attack the people that live in this world. 

He attacks them with fear, doubts and evil thoughts and makes them commit suicide. He attacks them with sickness and disease and makes their lives a misery. 

This council is Satan's counterfeit of the trinity. If you start trusting God for healing, you will be challenged by the forces that are under Apollyon because those demon forces will attack your body. 

They will cause pain and suffering and symptoms in your body. They will question every stand that you have taken to trust God for divine health, and for entering into the promise that says,

By His stripes we were healed.

We will look at that shortly in the next section when we deal the subject of healing.

Attack from Pharaoh

If you start trusting God for financial provision, you will be challenged by Pharaoh and the World System is going to squeeze you. The economic system is going to squeeze you, and he is going to try to steal everything you have. 

He is going to put financial pressure on you and cause temporal things to go wrong.

He will cause everything in the natural world to go against you, to block and to stop any possibility of God providing for you financially. He will try to prevent God from meeting your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

When you start to transmute from the heavenly realm as we saw previously, it has to be authorized by Pharaoh because he is in control of the finances of the world. 

Remember that Satan was given authority in this earth by Adam.

That authority was regained in Christ and we now have greater authority as believers. But as far as the world and unbelievers are concerned, they are still under the control of Satan and his demon forces. 

The Council of Wickedness is in control of this World System. If you are looking to the Lord for financial provision, it is going to come through the World System.

The finance that you receive will not come flying out of Heaven. The Lord is not going to counterfeit the bank notes and make them rain down. They will come to you from this world. 

If you examine the finances of this world, where will you find them? Where is most of the money in this world?

It is locked up in the underworld. It is locked up in the big crime syndicates, by evil men who own and control, and use their money to manipulate this world. 

Let anybody dare to go against their system, rise up and get rich and become a challenge and a threat to them. If that happens you will see them begin to apply pressure. 

Let any politician dare to stand up and go against the conspiracy. Let him dare stand up and go against the system. Let him dare to disobey the financial leaders at the top that are pulling the strings and he is in trouble. 

They will crunch him. They will squash him and remove him. They will put their foot on him and squeeze him into the ground until he disappears.

You cannot fight the system unless you are a believer. But if you are child of God you have greater authority.

Dealing With Pharaoh

God sent Moses of old to go to the Pharaoh of Egypt with the word,

"Let my people go that they may go and serve me. Let them go into the wilderness to sacrifice.

Let them take their wives, their children, their animals and their herds. Let them take with everything that they own; all their riches and possessions. Let them go and worship me." 

But Pharaoh said,

"No, not under any circumstances." 

Again and again Moses had to come against him with plague after plague, attack after attack by the power of God, to crumble and break down that resistance from Pharaoh. 

Eventually God had to take drastic action before that power was broken and Pharaoh finally gave in. But even after he had given in, he changed his mind and came back, and God had to work again to destroy and remove his power. 

Do not think for one moment that if you attempt to exercise the authority and power of God to bring financial provision into the earth, that you will obtain it easily.

You will not be fighting only simple little principalities and powers or even rulers of the darkness of this world. You will be coming against the god of this world himself - the Pharaoh of this world - who will resist you. 

He does not want you to get your hands on money that you could use to extend the Kingdom of God in the earth. He will not let you get a cent if he can help it. 

Lay it on Pharaoh

You will have to lay it on him. You will have to release the angels of God to do warfare with him on your behalf. 

You will have to come against him in the Spirit and by the name that is above every other name. You will have to use the authority and power that you have been given as a child of God. 

There are a lot of things that you can do in this world that Satan will become upset about and he will not hit you too hard. But you dare to exercise faith for financial prosperity, and you have declared war on the Council of Wickedness.

Let anyone dare to preach that believers can be wealthy. Let anyone dare to believe that Christians can prosper financially and have the audacity to exercise their faith for financial provision, and they will be found fighting much higher forces than the average believer fights. 

You have likely heard preachers proclaiming the word of faith. They teach and encourage people to take the Word of God and the power of God, and by faith to reach out and receive from the Lord the financial provision that they need. 

Why should we be doing this? It is so that we can extend the Kingdom of God in the earth. So that God's people can rise up in power and authority and have their needs met, and so that they can go forth and spread the gospel. 

But usually what happens is very different. If someone has a genuine ministry they often have to beg and plead.

They have to coerce the money out of people. They have to work hard to scrape together a few dollars to be able to do the work that God has called them to do. 

They desire to rescue people from darkness and bring their souls into the light, but there is no money available. Most ministries have to continually make financial appeals. This is because it is easier to do this than it is to exercise faith and authority. 

Doing battle with the Princes of Darkness is hard work, but without it no success is possible. Until the spiritual Pharaoh is forced to give in as it happened with the Pharaoh of old, God's people will continue in slavery to the World System

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