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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

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In a previous post, I briefly discussed an invisible battle that occurred between an angelic visitor to the prophet Daniel and the Prince of Persia (a very powerful fallen angelic being).  This battle went on for three weeks before he was able to break through with the help of Michael, the archangel. He was then free to deliver a very important message to Daniel.

This sounds primarily like the makings of a science fiction/fantasy novel.  It’s very hard for our human minds to grasp that scenes like this are very real and are actually happening all around us every day.  As quoted above, Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “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.”  In the daily battles that we go through with other people or situations, the root cause of those battles is the invisible spiritual wars that are taking place just outside the boundaries of our perceived reality.  We may think that we’re contending only with a certain person or situation; however, as the saying goes, “There’s more than meets the eye.”

Another biblical illustration we have of what actually goes on behind the physical scenes is found in 2 Kings 6:15-17.  In this passage, the prophet Elisha and his servant were being threatened by a hostile army of Syrians.  The servant was beside himself when he awoke one morning to find that they were surrounded by horses and chariots from this enemy of Israel.  But Elisha calmly told him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Then he asked God to open the young man’s eyes so that he may “see.”  When the Lord answered this prayer, the servant saw that the hills were full of supernatural horses and chariots of fire all around them.  The two men were divinely protected that day.  (Read the entire story here.)

Perhaps the most well-known biblical account that we have of warfare in the spiritual realm is found in Revelation 12:7-9, which is quoted below:

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. ~ Revelation 12:7-9

What an epic battle that will be!  (To learn more about this battle, its aftermath, and how it may or may not affect those of us here on earth at this time, I recommend reading the entire chapter of Revelation 12.)

These are just a few examples of what takes place behind the scenes of our physical reality.  The Bible is full of instances of supernatural intervention in the lives of people just like you and me.  Even today, there are numerous accounts of people whose fates were miraculously altered in the face of danger.  In an earlier article, I actually speak of one such occurrence in the life of one of my sons.  You may read about it here.

So we see that all around us is an invisible spiritual realm which we are, for the most part, unaware of.  All the social unrest in the world, as well as various personal struggles we may face, are the direct result of the unseen battles that are going on in that realm and spilling over into ours.

For more on this very interesting topic, I’ve included the following short video clip from a sermon by Dr. Chuck Missler entitled “The Spiritual World.”  In it, Dr. Missler discusses a couple of the points presented in this article… and much more.  It’s very informative.  I hope you enjoy it.

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Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; ~ Psalm 33:18

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What a comforting thought!  God’s watchful eye sees everything that goes on in our lives.  There’s nothing that happens to us that escapes His notice.  He sees our successes and our failures.  He sees our joys and our pains.  He sees the times when we are sad, fearful, lonely, or discouraged. And He sees when others seek to do us harm.

This is a hard concept for some people to grasp, though.  For example, atheists believe, among other things, that there could not possibly be a God because if there was, He would stop all the horrible evils that occur in the world.  If there was a God, there would be no sickness and disease.  If there was a God, there would be peace on earth.

Then there are deists who believe that there is a God who created everything on earth but after He finished, He just left us here and went to another part of the universe, never to intercede in the affairs of humans again.  This belief is also based on a similar premise as the one above in that God can’t possibly be around to see what’s going on down here because if He was, He would not allow all the evils there are in the world.

God Himself addresses this in Jeremiah 23:23-24 by asking, Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?  Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.”

These are rhetorical questions, of course.  God is very much “at hand” and not far off.  (Acts 17:27)  No matter where we go on the earth, under the earth, or anywhere in the universe, God sees us.  (Psalm 139:8)  He fills all heaven and earth with His glory.  (Isaiah 6:3)  And Hebrews 4:13 tells us, “There there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

However, just because He sees what’s going on down here doesn’t mean He chooses to arrest every single horrible act that occurs on earth.  For whatever reason, He delays deliverance and judgment until He sees fit to move.  We don’t understand this because we’re mere humans and He’s an omnipotent God.  He says in Isaiah 55:8-9, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.  ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”  So we can only surmise the reasons behind Him not intervening in every horrible act that occurs.

One reason could be that God is not a tyrant.  He doesn’t force people to follow Him, or even believe in Him.  He could’ve stopped Adam and Eve from eating of the “forbidden fruit,” but He gave them the freedom to choose to do right.  They chose otherwise.  He could’ve stopped all the evils that happened in the days before Noah’s flood, but He gave them the freedom to choose to do right.  They chose otherwise.  And He could stop all the evils that are going on in our world today, but once again, He gives us the freedom to choose to do right.  Most people today are choosing to do otherwise.

God desires for all His creation to do what’s right, but He doesn’t force us to do anything.  Some religions force people to follow their “god” – even to the point of threatening death.  However, the one true God does not require His followers to force others to follow Him.  He wants people’s genuine loyalty to Him by making up their own minds to worship and submit to Him.  He knows what’s best for us and how we should live.  And when we choose to follow His mandates as listed in His word, the Bible, we will reap the benefits for all eternity.

God does, however, intervene miraculously at times, and there can be no denying that it was Him who did it.  He sometimes bends the laws of physics to do so.  The following is my personal testimony of where the life of one of my sons was spared, and there is no plausible explanation other than it was by divine intervention.  My story:

When my youngest son was a baby, about a year and a half old, he had wandered into the path of a girl who was on a swing.  She was swinging very high and with great momentum.  My son “toddled” directly behind her swing and just stood there.  I was horrified because I knew the swing was going to hit him and neither my husband nor I would’ve been able to get there in time to rescue him.  Just as he was about to get knocked to “kingdom come,” the swing veered to the left of him.  It’s like the swing’s trajectory shifted at the last second.  Then as the girl swung forward and upward again, the trajectory shifted back to pointing straight ahead (as opposed to diagonally) after it passed him.  This happened twice before my husband was able to reach our son and swoop him up to safety.  It was like an invisible force field was around him that kept him from being hit.  I shudder to think what could’ve been if God – or one of His holy angels – had not protected him that day!

There are numerous examples of God choosing to step in and rescue people at the last minute – not only in the Bible but in today’s news, as well.  But there are probably many more where, even though He sees what’s going on, He chooses not to act.  We’ll probably never know why on this side of eternity.

And just as He saw when Adam and Eve were about to eat of the forbidden fruit, He sees when evil people are about to do atrocious acts.  He also sees when we decide to go our own way apart from His biblical mandates.  He gave us guidelines to live by that He knows are in our best interest.  Whether we choose to follow them or not is entirely up to us and if we don’t, we will suffer the consequences.

I’ll end with a word of encouragement coupled with a somber warning from 1.Peter 3:15, which says, “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.  But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 

May we all find favor in the eyes of the Lord.  Amen.

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* If any reading this have personal examples of where God miraculously stepped in and intervened in a situation, I’d love to hear about it.  I’m sure others would, too.  Feel free to comment below.

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