KOSMOKRATORAS Exposing Real Weapons of Mass Destruction - Satan's Army of Devils, Demons & Fallen Angels 




The phrase "Spiritual forces of evil" (pneumatika tes ponerias ) is also used only in Eph. 6:12. Paul says they are "in the heavenly realms" (en tois epouraniois ). The word is used mostly for the spiritual plane -- that which is above, not on earth, in higher places.

These are the powers with whom we struggle. They are our enemies because they were first God's enemies. They attack us because they oppose God's plan and purpose.

We are God's plan and purpose. "He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight." The powers of evil will use every scheme, every trick, every lie possible to damage us, make us ineffective, embarrass us. That is how Satan tries to beat God -- by beating us. Let us put on the whole armor of God and fight back and "Stand firm!"

Demons: What are they?

Satan is the Devil. There is only one. However, the King James Version of the Bible speaks of "devils" in the plural. Who and what are they?

The Hebrew words translated "devils" are saiyr , and shed . Saiyr , is a "he-goat" used in the sense of a "satyr." Shed , is a malignant or a "devil." The Greek words are daimon , daimonion , daimonizoman , and daimoniodes . It speaks of a supernatural spirit of a bad nature.

The New International Version translates shed , and daimon , as "demon." The NIV translates saiyr , as "goat idols." "Demons" is a transliteration of daimonion . It leaves the word "Devil" alone for one Devil, Satan. It is the sole translation of diabolos .

Sayir , were idols made in the shape of goats. The ancient Egyptians practiced idol worship and passed the practice along to the children of Israel during their 40-year captivity in Egypt. God warned Israel to stop that practice after He freed them from captivity. "They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols to whom they prostitute themselves." (Lev. 17:7)

Rehoboam, King of Judah following the death of his father, Solomon, reinstituted the worship of goat idols. "And he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat and calf idols he had made." (2 Chron. 11:15) That continued until King Asa destroyed the idols.

At issue with sayir , is not the physical idol but the evil power associated with it. The idol could be destroyed, but the power lived on.

One other term we need to know about is akathartos pneuma . It translates as "evil spirit." As we'll see, evil spirits act in a way similar, if not identical, to that of demons.

Where are they from?
There is no question in Scripture that demons are a part of Satan's Evil Empire. They do not act alone. They do as they are told. Satan is their master. However, their origination is a question.

My conclusion about demons is that they are angelic spirits. They fell from their original position of serving God to serving Satan. Some were imprisoned until the day of judgment (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). Some were left free to serve Satan (Rom. 8:38; Rev. 1:7-9). They have special abilities and use them to fight against God and His chosen people. But, as we will see, their battle is futile; their end is defeat.

Demons in the Old Testament
Demons are mentioned twice in the Old Testament. The first is Deut. 32:17. Moses is speaking to the whole assembly of Israel. He reminds them that Israel angered God with "their detestable idols." In that context Moses introduces us to demons. "They sacrificed to demons, which are not God--gods they had not known, gods that recently appeared, gods your fathers did not fear."

Here we see that demons acted in ways that moved the worship of God's people away from God and towards the evil spirits. Demons are related to false gods throughout Scripture. Another example is Psalm 106:37. Again the context is Israel's rebellion against God and their worship of idols." "They worshipped their idols, which became a snare to them. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood. They defiled themselves by what they did; by their deeds they prostituted themselves." (Psalm 106:36-39)

It is clear that idol worship is the same thing as demon worship. People who do it are worshipping Satan and his Evil Empire.

Demons in the New Testament
The first mention of demons in the New Testament is Matt. 4:24. The people of Israel heard about the incredible power Jesus Christ had to heal. "...people brought to Him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and He healed them."

Here we see that demon possession is treated separately from people with physical maladies. Some critiques of the belief of demonic powers say that demon-possession is just a physical or mental illness. But God makes it clear that demon possession is separate from physical and mental pain. Demon possession can cause physical and mental suffering, but it is separate from those maladies we know from science and medicine. Demon possession is spiritual. It is part of the dark powers of Satan and his Evil Empire.

One of the most powerful proofs of the reality of demons is that Jesus conversed with them, commanded them and defeated them at every confrontation. Jesus knew them because He had created them. He created them perfect and for good purposes. However, they became imperfect through their own choice and dedicated themselves to evil. They chose to obey Satan rather than God.

We've already seen in the OT that demons were behind all idol worship. That's supported in the NT. Paul writes in 1 Cor. 10:20-21 --- "...the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord's table and the table of demons." John writes in Rev. 9:20 about the world during God's judgment on earth. "The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshipping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood--idols that cannot see or hear or walk." Demons continue to fool people to the very end.

Demons also enter into the bodies and minds of humans. The Bible calls it "demon possession." This continues to this day in many forms. The possession is sometimes evident in the insane behavior of people under the total control of demons. Other possessions are of a temporary nature where demons give people special physical and mental powers. Demons have lived for thousands of years and can fool people into thinking they were someone else in past lives. That leads people away from the Truth of God and the need for forgiveness and salvation in this life. The "channeling" of spirits is another demonic influence. (Deut. 18:10-12; Isaiah 8:19ff)

Demons possess human beings for the purpose of doing evil. They do no one permanent good. They lie to their victims and make them think they have some special gift or power. Some have even believed the power came from God. Biblical examples of demon possession show people who were violent, unusually powerful, unable to speak, blind, in great pain, inflicted cuts upon themselves, were naked, and lived in tombs with the dead. Not a pretty picture.

The major point of the Biblical evidence of demon possession is that Jesus Christ had power over demons and gave that power to His disciples. You may never come into contact with someone who is demon possessed, but if you do, remember the power that is greater than they.

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Satan is a brilliant organizer and strategist. He uses all his God-given genius to oppose God's plans. He began by deceiving Eve to discover evil. He has continued through the ages to oppose every step of God's plan to redeem mankind from sin. How does Satan do it? Does he do it alone? No! He does it through his Empire Of Evil.

The Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse into the Evil Empire in Eph. 6:10-12. "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

The Christian's Struggle
Paul is telling Christians that our struggle is not against flesh and blood: in other words, people. That's usually what we think, but it's not true. Satan controls people, even Christian people, at times. The word "struggle" is pale . It means "to wrestle." It comes from the word pallo --"vibrate, shake." Pale , was a contest between two people in which each endeavored to throw the other. Wrestling or Judo is an example of the word. The winner was decided by which person could hold the other down after throwing him; usually with hand on his neck. That was a demonstration of control and dominance.

We all have our struggles in life. It may be with our past. It may be with another person. It may be with internal fears. It may be with money. It may be with health. But it is really not with those things. Our struggle, our conflict, is not with flesh and blood (sarka , and haima ).

Paul says our conflict is really with "rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Keep in mind that one verse earlier (6:11) Paul warns us to take our stand "against the devil's schemes." "Schemes" is the Greek word methodeias . It means "craftiness, deceit, a cunning device, a wile, a trick."

Our struggle in life is primarily with Satan and His Evil Empire. Ever heard the phrase "he's a tricky little devil?" There's more truth to that than people realize. Satan is the master deceiver. He used his skills to trick Eve. He deceived angels to disobey their Creator. He uses those same skills and techniques to lead the whole world astray.

The Structure of Evil
Satan is at the top of the Evil Empire. He is its supreme leader. He wanted God's throne and couldn't get it, so he built his own throne. Under him are layers of other powerful beings who do his bidding. They obey Satan's commands in the same way the rest of the Spirit World obeys God's commands.

Here's is the structure of the Evil Empire: the devil (diabolou ) , rulers (archas ) , authorities (exousias ) , powers of this dark world (kosmokratoras tou skotous toutou ), and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (pneumatika tes ponerias on tois epouraniois ).

The word for "rulers" (archas ) is used nine times in the New Testament. The uses are for people or spiritual beings who have governing powers. The spiritual rulers can be good or evil. The word archas , is neutral. We know that the word is used in an evil context in Eph. 6:12. It is also evil in Rom. 8:38-39 and Col. 2:15. It could be good, evil or both in Col.1:16 and 2:10 and Eph. 1:21 and 3:10. Jude 6 is about angels who did not continue their position of rule under God. Titus 3:1 is about human rulers in government.

"Authorities (exousias ) , means "power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases, the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises, the power of authority and of right, the power of rule or government." Like archas , exousias , is neutral. The context tells us whether the authority is good or evil. (Notice that the authorities have the freedom to do what they do. God has allowed even the evil authorities the freedom to act within God's limits as we've already seen.)

The word (exousias ) , is used for Jesus Christ in Matt. 7:29, 9:6 & 8, and 10:1 (where Jesus gave His disciples authority over demons), Matt. 21:23-27 and 28:18; Mark 1:22 & 27, 2:10, 3:15 and 6:7 (disciples authority over demons); Mark 11:27-33; Luke 4:32 & 36, 5:24, 9:1, and 10:19 (disciples authority over demons); Luke 20:1-8; John 2:18, 5:27, 10:18, 17:2; Acts 1:7; 1 Cor. 15:24; Eph. 1:21; Col. 1:16; 1 Peter 3:22; Jude 1:25; Rev. 2:26-27 and 12:10.

The word exousias , is used for Satan in Luke 4:6. He is tempting Jesus in the desert. "The devil led him [Jesus] up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, 'I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. So if you worship me, it will be yours.'" Notice that Jesus did not contradict Satan's claim to authority over the earth. "Jesus answered, 'It is written: "Worship the Lord your God and serve him only." Satan claims that he was given all the authority and splendor of the kingdoms of the world and that he can give it to anyone he wants. Apparently, that claim is true.

Satan shared his authority with "the beast" in the Book of Revelation. See Rev. 13:1-8, 11-17 and 17:12-13 for more about that shared authority. You can find other examples of evil authorities in 1 Cor. 15:24-25; Eph. 6:12; and Col. 2:15.

Exousias , is also used for human leaders with authority. Some examples are: Matt. 8:9, 20:25; Acts 9:14, 16:19, 26:10-12; Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Tim. 2:1-2; Titus 3:1; Heb. 13:17; and 1 Peter 2:13-15. The Apostle Paul also writes about the authority he and other Christian leaders had in the formative days of the Church (2 Cor. 10:8, 13:10; 1 Thess. 4:1-2; and Titus 2:15).

"Powers of this dark world" (kosmokratoras tou skortous toutou ) would translate better as "world rulers of this darkness." In Greek literature, Orphic hymns and Rabbinic writings, kosmokratoras , signifies a world-lord, ruler of the whole world. Eph. 6:12 is the only place the word is used in the New Testament.





Koine Greek, which literally means "world-ruler" and is applied to Satan in Ephesians 6:12, would, by this Gnostic interpretation, lead to an indication of the power of Satan and his identity with the Demiurge. This usage would according to some vilify the logos as it was used by Heraclitus, meaning the ruling or guiding principle of the universe. This would also be a different understanding of St Paul's passage which was referring to men of power falling under the influence of evil as in the world-rulers (since the word Kosmokrators in Ephesians is plural meaning many rulers not one ruler) of the darkness of the age this then meaning many evil rulers not just one.

It appears that Gnosticism attributed falsehood, fallen or evil to the concept of a creator in at least the Judeo-Christian and Hellenic paganism traditions. Though sometimes the creator is from a fallen, ignorant or lesser rather than evil perspective in some Gnosticism traditions (see Valentinian). The Neoplatonic philosopher Plotinus addressed within his works what he saw as un-Hellenic and blasphemous to the demiurge of Plato. An example of vilifying the Judeo-Christian creator would be to attribute the term “Kosmokrator” (found in the New Testament) to the Old Testament creator as the fallen Gnostic demiurge (see Marcion and the Cathars). Though this would be at one point also to diverge from Philo and Plato as well as the New Testament. If one sees the attribute of Creatorship as inherent in the concept of “God,” then the title “The God of this Age” applied to Satan becomes a powerful indicator that Satan is indeed the creator. Other modern-day Cathars see a further indication of this in the epithet “Kosmokrator” Koine Greek, kosmokratoras, which literally means cosmos-sovereign, or even cosmos-might, which is applied to Satan in Ephesians 6:12, as a possible further indication of the creatorship of Satan and his identity with the Demiurge. However, “Kosmokrator”—with cosmos ("kratia"), as in demokratik?s, or "democratic" does not mean to create but to rule, direct or influence.


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