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Wrestling With Principalities

By Ken Garrison

"For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah. And when you have become completely obedient, then we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience" (II Cor. 10:3-6 – The Complete Jewish Bible – 1998).

Editor’s note: Ken Garrison is pastor of Fellowship Church, Casselberry, Florida, and writes the Tzemach Newsletter from which we are reprinting this article. We have taken the liberty only of supplying the above Bible quote and the sub-topic on page 9.

The question often arises why the United States must be the "police force" for the world. Why is it that U.S. forces must be the ones used to restrain Saddam Hussein? Why must the U.S. concern itself with the balance of power in the Balkans? Why should the U.S. be engaged in the process of dividing up the Land of Israel and giving significant parts of it to the Palestinians? These questions should be troubling to every American and, especially, every American believer. We submit that the problem arises from demonic influence on the national level.

Operation of a Demon-Spirit on a Personal Level

In order to understand the more general problem of demonic control or manipulation of an entire nation, we will consider the demonic manipulation of a single individual. Consider the demon-spirit of lust. Lust is a demon-spirit that turns the natural drive of reproduction into unnatural sexual expression. We define a demonic-spirit as a spiritual entity with the capacity to manipulate a host (person) to participate in destructive activity. Some characteristics of demon-spirits include: (a) they are always present, (b) they continually seek to be manifested, and (c) they have no ability to repent or change. A demon-spirit is comparable to a vector quantity in physics. A vector quantity has magnitude in a given direction. Thus, a demon-spirit has a given capacity to influence a person toward the specific activity associated with that particular demon-spirit. In the case of lust, the demon-spirit has the capacity to influence a person to become sexually engaged in an immoral activity. Typically, the demon-spirit perverts a natural, God-given drive into something unnatural and destructive.

A demon-spirit requires a human host in order to be manifested in the physical realm. The host must yield itself to an unnatural expression in order for the demon-spirit to be manifested. If the host considers God’s law as defining acceptable and unacceptably activity, then the influence of the demon-spirit will simply be rejected. Evil spirits always attempt to influence a person to act contrary to the Law of God. If the host is ignorant of God’s law or chooses to ignore God’s law, then he may choose to give manifestation to the demon-spirit. This invariably ends in the destruction of the host.

The only solution for the host is deliverance. The demon-spirit must be expelled, and the host must commit to return to the natural, God-given function. If the demon-spirit is not expelled, it will continually lead the host into a pattern of ever-increasing perversion and destruction.

Operation of a Demon-Spirit on a National Level

Most people have little difficulty envisioning a demon-spirit operating on an individual level, but it is much more difficult to envision the same process on a national level. The process is essentially the same: however, in the latter case, the demon-spirit seeks to be manifested through an entire nation rather than through an individual. The demon-spirit that seeks to be manifested through a national entity is the spirit of "global dominance". This spirit, like the individual demon of lust, (a) is always present, (b) continually seeks to be manifested, and (c) cannot change or repent. Following the Scriptural pattern recorded in Daniel 10:20, we will call this demon-spirit of "global dominance" the "Prince of America".

When God judged Babel (Gen. 11:1-9), He scattered the people and in the process formed the nations. Hence, each nation represents an

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entity formed directly by the will and activity of God. The nation itself is not an evil entity. Some scholars believe that the instructions given to Noah following the flood (Genesis 9) include the requirements for the formation of governments. If we interpret this section of Scripture in this manner, we can conclude that God intended man to form national governments. The activity of God at Babel essentially expelled the demon-spirit of "global dominance" from its chosen host. In every age this spirit has sought other suitable hosts through which it would be manifested.

In order to understand the nature of the perversion that has engulfed the U.S. over the past 50 years, we will consider the natural function of the government of this nation. We may understand the intentions and purposes of those who were instrumental in the formation of the United States of America by considering the Preamble of the Constitution. According to this document, the natural function of the government of the United States is to: (a) establish justice, (b) provide domestic tranquillity, (c) provide for the common defense, (d) promote the general welfare, and (e) secure the blessing of liberty. The Constitution was drawn up to define how the fulfillment of these very elementary functions of the government would be pursued. Please note that there is nothing in this document concerning "global dominance"; this is not a natural function of the U.S. However, the spirit of "global dominance: is ever present and waits for a weakness in the host; the demon-spirit is manifested through this weakness.

Preamble to the Constitution for the
United States of America.
We, the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The opportunity for the manifestation of the demon of "global dominance" occurred at the end of World War II. At that time, the United States emerged as the undisputed military leader of the world; it was the undisputed industrial leader of the world; and it was the victor in the recent worldwide struggle. Finally, the United States possessed the ultimate weapon: the atomic bomb. At the conclusion of WWII in 1945, two paths were open to the United States: (1) it could return to the natural function of government defined above, or (2) it could be host to the demon-spirit of "global dominance". Obviously, the latter path was chosen.

At the end of WWI, President Wilson attempted to get the U.S. into the posture of "global dominance" by joining the League of Nations. However, the people of the U.S. resisted this attempt and forced the government to return to the natural functions of government outlined in the Preamble. No such resistance was exercised at the end of WWII.

Enter U.N.

The effort toward global dominance was directed by the formation of the United Nations. The U.N. would be the instrument used to entice all nations to participate in this global "democratic process" – in other words, the General Assembly. However, the real power was reserved for the Security Council. The Security Council was designed to be controlled by its permanent members, with the U.S. commanding the dominant position. In reality, the U.S.S.R. challenged U.S. dominance for 40 years. This was known as the "Cold War". In the end, the U.S. prevailed and emerged as the lone "super-power". Today, we have a global government (the U.N.) which serves as an instrument to enact those policies that are crucial for the U.S. to maintain "global dominance".

Following WWII, the U.S. had the only major economy that had been strengthened during the war. Most major industrial powers had been devastated during the war. The U.S. moved to develop international commerce by encouraging the establishment of free-market economies throughout the world. At that time, industries in the U.S. prospered greatly. Eventually, U.S.-centered industrial giants branched out to become the multi-national corporations of our day. Today, there is one interconnected global economy built upon the cornerstone of the U.S. economy. Because of this, the U.S. is committed to intervene anytime any major player gets into trouble.

In the 50 years since WWII, there has been an amazing development of technology in the world. Just like industrial progress, this development has been centered in the U.S. The advance in technology has been – and continues to be – essential for the U.S. to maintain global dominance. Therefore, enormous resources are continually invested in research and development. As a result, the U.S. military is equipped with the most amazing weapons of war. Surely, any nation that would consider challenging U.S. dominance would have to give serious thought to the impact of being on the receiving end of these weapons. This was demonstrated in the Persian Gulf War. The only real challenge today is terrorism.

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Since the "Prince of America" has been manifested through the U.S., Americans have experienced two major trends. The first is material prosperity and national pride. The era following WWII in the U.S. has been unprecedented. This country has become rich with houses, cars, boats, and all kinds of trinkets that supposedly make our lives more easy and enjoyable. In addition to material prosperity, the people have become puffed up with pride. No longer do they ask why the U.S. is sending troops to interfere in the quarrels of other regions of the world. It is taken for granted that this is simply the responsibility of America. This nation is proud to bear it.

A second trend that has resulted from being a willing host to the "Prince of America" is that this nation has suffered great moral degeneration. Many ask today how a once relatively righteous nation could now give expression to every form of evil. We witness the plagues of abortion, homosexuality, destroyed families, hatred, lying, murder, drugs, and so forth. The U.S. is experiencing a downward spiral of destruction which appears to have no end. Indeed, this is exactly what we would expect of a nation that has given itself over to demonic manifestation. We understand that the individual who gives himself over to demonic control is invariably destroyed. Exactly the same thing is happening on a national level. There are real questions of how much further things can develop before this society collapses.

A final sign of the coming doom is that this nation takes an anti-God, anti-Christ stand in the world. This can be seen in the fact that the U.S. is at the center of activities intended to divide up the Land of Israel. Both the prophets Joel and Zechariah issued stern warnings against those who would attempt to divide up God’s Land (Joel 3:2) and determine the disposition of Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:1-3). The U.S. has been engaged in these activities for the entire life of the modern state of Israel. An even greater deception exists because the U.S. continually portrays itself as a great friend of Israel, while exerting its power to destroy Israel. The end result is God’s very personal and powerful judgment of America.

How should believers respond to this situation? The most important step is to recognize the nature of what has happened over the past 50 years. Believers are called to be witnesses against the evil that is manifested in their societies. We must also speak out in light and truth. Do not be deluded by the deception of our age. Do not become a willing participant in the manifestation of the "Prince of America." -