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Evil spirits; their

hierarchy and
types
Evil spirits operate in an organized force of powers
against BELIEVERS

The following two verses explain


more about the spiritual hierarchy
"For by Him were all things created, that are in Heaven, and that are
in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions,
or principalities, or powers: All things were created by Him, and for
Him."(Colossians 1:16)
"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)
From this, we can derive a 6-level evil spirit hierarchy

1. Thrones - the top-level of evil spirits.

These spirits are theelohimthat form God's council. They were appointed
by God to rule the gentile nations, whereas God took it upon himself to rule
Israel. Theelohimwere worshipped by the gentile nations as gods beside
God Almighty himself. Some of their names are mentioned in the Bible, such
as Baal, Marduk, Molech, Astarte and Dagon. There are 70 thrones in all,
including the good spirits and the evil spirits. Satan himself is also reckoned
in theelohim.

"The Most High assigned nations their lands; he determined where peoples
should live. He assigned to each nation a heavenly being, but Jacob's
descendants he chose for himself."(Deu 32:8-9 GNB)

Most of theelohimare loyal to God, but a third of them are following Satan.

2. Dominions

"Dominions

are the evil spirits ruling


continents and/or ethnic groups.
Does"the spirit of Africa"ring a bell

3. Principalities
Principalities

are the evil spirits ruling countries or


states. A principality is the territory or jurisdiction of
a prince.One example of a principality is the prince of
Persia mentioned in Daniel 10.

3. Principalities

Principalities are the evil spirits ruling countries or states. A principality is


the territory or jurisdiction of a prince.One example of a principality is the
prince of Persia mentioned in Daniel 10.

"The angel said to me, "Daniel, God loves you. Stand up and listen carefully
to what I am going to say. I have been sent to you." When he had said this, I
stood up, still trembling. Then he said, "Daniel, don't be afraid. God has
heard your prayers ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in
order to gain understanding. I have come in answer to your prayer. The
angel prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. Then
Michael, one of the chief angels, came to help me, because I had been left
there alone in Persia." (Dan 10:11-13 GNB)

4.Powers

The powers are the evil spirits ruling provinces or counties. They infiltrate
provincial governments and influence legislation on that level.

The rulers of darkness are evil spirits ruling cities and towns. They would
work in municipalities and local churches, trying to make their doctrines
accepted by the city leaders.

5. Rulers of darkness of this world

6. Spiritual wickedness in high places

High places in the Old Testament are were where worship was carried out.
These are the evil spirits targeting ordinary people with the aim of
tormenting or possessing them.

Different kinds of evil spirits


Foul or unclean spirits

Unclean spirits afflict the mind and the soul of man. They are responsible for
unclean thoughts, immoral acts, depression, oppression and possession. When
Satan controls individuals with unclean spirits, he can also operate in all spheres
where those individuals are active.

"And when He had called toHimHis twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean
spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease." (Mat 10:1
MKJV)

"When the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, he walks through dry places seeking rest,
and finds none." (Mat 12:43 MKJV)

"And in their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, saying,
Whatisto us and to You, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know You, who
You are, the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Be quiet, and come out of him.
And the unclean spirit, convulsing him, and crying with a loud voice, he came out of him.
They all were amazed, so as to question among themselves, saying, What is this? What new
doctrineisthis? For He even commands the unclean spirits with authority, and they obey
Him." (Mar 1:23-27 MKJV)

Lying spirits

"And

now, behold, Jehovah has put a lying spirit


in the mouth of all these your prophets,
and Jehovah has spoken evil concerning you."
(1Ki 22:23 MKJV)

Deaf-and-dumb spirits
"And

seeing that a crowd is running together,


Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to him,
Dumb and deaf spirit, I command you, come out
of him and enter no more into him!" (Mar 9:25
MKJV)

Evil spirits of infirmity

These evil spirits afflict the physical body.

"And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen
years, and she was bowed together and was not able to be completely erect."
(Luk 13:11 MKJV)

"Then one who had been demon-possessed was brought to Him, blind and
dumb. And He healed him, so much so that the blind and dumb one both
spoke and saw." (Mat 12:22 MKJV)

"and by the surpassing revelations, lest I be made haughty, a thorn in the


flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be made
haughty." (2Co 12:7 MKJV)

Evil spirits of divination (also called familiar spirits)

"And

as we went to prayer, it happened that a


certain girl possessed with a spirit of divination
met us, who brought her masters much gain by
divining." (Act 16:16 MKJV)

Evil spirits of oppression


"how

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth


withtheHoly Spirit and with power, and He
went about doing good, and healing all those who
were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with
Him." (Act 10:38 MKJV)

Evil spirits of deception


"And

then the lawless one will be revealed, whom


the Lord shall consume with the breath of His
mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of
His coming, whose coming is according to the
working of Satan with all power and signs and
lying wonders, and with all deceit of
unrighteousness in those who perish, because
they did not receive the love of the truth, so that
they might be saved." (2Th 2:8-10 MKJV)

These evil spirits actually work miracles which lead some to


believe they are of God.
"And

I saw three unclean spirits like


frogscomeout of the mouth of the dragon, and
out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the
mouth of the false prophet. For they are spirits of
demons, working miracles, whichgo forth to the
kings of the earth and of the whole world, to
gather them to the battle of that day, the great
day of God Almighty." (Rev 16:13-14 MKJV)

Evil spirits of seduction


Seducing

spirits afflict the mind, soul, and spirit of man,


influencing him to believe false doctrines. They are spirits of
false doctrine, cults, false Christs, and false teachers. These
spirits induce people to believe lies and be damned to eternal
punishment.

"But

the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some


shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and
teachings of demons," (1Ti 4:1 MKJV)

Evil

seducing spirits sear the conscience; they seduce, entice,


tempt, allure, excite, attract and arouse. Satan craves worship
and he will take it any way he can get it. Seducing spirits entice
men and women to worship idols and even Satan himself .

"And

Evil spirits of divination (also called familiar spirits)

as we went to prayer, it happened that a


certain girl possessed with a spirit of divination
met us, who brought her masters much gain by
divining." (Act 16:16 MKJV)

Spirits of divination operate in fortune tellers,


witches, and in palm- crystal ball- and tea leaf
readers. Through these unscriptural methods the
spirits of divination foretell the future or reveal
knowledge that is naturally unknown.

God warns us against spirits of divination.

"Do not go for advice to people who consult the


spirits of the dead. If you do, you will be ritually
unclean. I am the LORD your God." (Lev 19:31 GNB)

"If any of you go for advice to people who consult the


spirits of the dead, I will turn against you and will no
longer consider you one of my people." (Lev 20:6
GNB)

"Any man or woman who consults the spirits of the


dead shall be stoned to death; any of you that do this
are responsible for your own death." (Lev 20:27 GNB)

Spirits

and evil spirits


are real, but if we are in
Christ they offer us no
threat!

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