The Power of the Spirit World
As we saw in the previous article, the reborn Christian is controlled by
the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, to a greater or lesser extent depending
on the will, the soul, of the Christian.
There is another spirit, also extremely potent, the power of which emanates
from the God of this world - Satan.
This spirit, which controls the majority of mankind, is unnoticed as such
because Satan has blinded their eyes to his presence and the reality of
his power. A force which has all of creation in travail.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the
kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy
laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together
until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the
firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting
for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
Because we cannot see where the source of spiritual power comes from, we
must be extremely careful in using it for God's purpose:
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves
into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed
into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers
also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall
be according to their works.
(2 Corinthians 11:13-15)
Father God has provided a way for us to discern the source of the spiritual
manifestations, so let us learn our heavenly Father's way and heed His
warnings, because, as we shall see, these forces are extremely powerful
and can destroy our ministry and even our eternal well-being.
*A Psalm.* O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous
things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.
The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly
shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and his
truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the
salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:
make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise. Sing unto the LORD with
the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm. With trumpets and sound
of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King. Let the sea roar,
and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the
floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together Before
the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he
judge the world, and the people with equity.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no
money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money
and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is
not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken
diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your
soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear,
and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with
you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given him for
a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people. Behold,
thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that
knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for
the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the LORD while
he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake
his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto
the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will
abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens
are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my
thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow
from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh
it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to
the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall
not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and
it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go
out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills
shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field
shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir
tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall
be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not
be cut off.
And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief:
for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed,
ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall
remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us,
and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto
Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that
was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down
at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such
contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint
in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children,
My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou
art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth
every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with
you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But
if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards,
and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected
us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather
be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily
for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for
our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. Now
no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless
afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which
are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and
the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which
is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace
with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root
of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for
one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward,
when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found
no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. For ye
are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with
fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a
trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated
that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not
endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain,
it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was
the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye
are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly
Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly
and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the
Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus
the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that
speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not
him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on
earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from
him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth:
but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only,
but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing
of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those
things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom
which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably
with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.
Please remember that spirits, the angelic host, like souls, can never die.
This means that there are still just as many now as there were in the days
of Jesus of Nazareth. Perhaps the evidence of their presence is better
hidden today under various medical names etc.
Here are a number of Scripture passages that throw a little spiritual light
on the matter:
And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after
wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that
soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits
of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?
And Moses spake unto the LORD, saying, Let the LORD, the God of the spirits
of all flesh, set a man over the congregation,
Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in
Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar
spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. And the Philistines gathered
themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered
all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa. And when Saul saw the
host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled.
And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither
by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. Then said Saul unto his servants,
Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and
enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a
woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor. And Saul disguised himself,
and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came
to the woman by night: and he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the
familiar spirit, and bring me him up, whom I shall name unto thee.
And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done,
how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards,
out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause
me to die? And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD
liveth, there shall no punishment happen to thee for this thing. Then said
the woman, Whom shall I bring up unto thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman
spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the
woman said unto Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth. And he said
unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up;
and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was
Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And
Saul answered, I am sore distressed; for the Philistines make war against
me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets,
nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known
unto me what I shall do. Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask
of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent
the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbour, even
to David: Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst
his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto
thee this day. Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into
the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons
be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into
the hand of the Philistines. Then Saul fell straightway all along on the
earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was
no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the
(1 Samuel 28:3-20)
Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned
fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hephzibah.
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, after the
abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children
of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father
had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did
Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served
them. And he built altars in the house of the LORD, of which the LORD said,
In Jerusalem will I put my name. And he built altars for all the host of
heaven in the two courts of the house of the LORD. And he made his son
pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt
with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight
of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.
(2 Kings 21:1-6)
All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits,
and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto
their God? for the living to the dead?
Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of
the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my
spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them
power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all
manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he
walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith,
I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come,
he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh
with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter
in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than
the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made,
ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much
as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to
lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. And the scribes which
came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of
the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and
said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out
Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot
stand. And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand,
but hath an end. No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil
his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil
his house. Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons
of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that
shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in
danger of eternal damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean
And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of
the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there
met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his
dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains:
Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains
had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither
could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the
mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But
when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a
loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son
of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For
he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou
unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is
thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for
we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away
out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great
herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us
into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them
leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and
the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about
two thousand;) and were choked in the sea. And they that fed the swine
fled, and told it in the city, and in the country. And they went
out to see what it was that was done. And they come to Jesus, and see him
that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed,
and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon,
and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he
could not be hid. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had
an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman
was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would
cast forth the devil out of her daughter. But Jesus said unto her, Let
the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's
bread, and to cast it unto the dogs. And she answered and
said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's
crumbs. And he said unto her, For this saying go
thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was
come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid
upon the bed.
And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about
them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people,
when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted
him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with
them? And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have
brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he
taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth,
and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him
out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O
faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer
you? bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him: and when
he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground,
and wallowed foaming. And he asked his father, How
long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy
him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things
are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father
of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou
mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he
rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou
dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more
into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came
out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean
devil, and cried out with a loud voice, Saying, Let us alone; what
have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to
destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked
him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and
hurt him not. And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying,
What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth
the unclean spirits, and they come out. And the fame of him went out into
every place of the country round about. And he arose out of the synagogue,
and entered into Simon's house. And Simon's wife's mother was taken with
a great fever; and they besought him for her. And he stood over her, and
rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered
unto them. Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with
divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one
of them, and healed them. And devils also came out of many, crying out,
and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them
suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy
name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. And Jesus said
unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not
against us is for us. And it came to pass, when the time was come
that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a
village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive
him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when
his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou
that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as
Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye
know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come
to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to
And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And, behold,
there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was
bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. And when Jesus
saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman,
thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands
on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the
ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had
healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days
in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not
on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou
hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his
ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not
this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these
eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day? And
when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all
the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself:
handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with
a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants
of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this
did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit,
I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came
out the same hour.
And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: So that from his
body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases
departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but
who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and
overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that
house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks
also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the
Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came, and confessed, and
shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts brought their
books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted
the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of
silver. So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
And there arose a great cry: and the scribes that were of the Pharisees'
part arose, and strove, saying, We find no evil in this man: but if a spirit
or an angel hath spoken to him, let us not fight against God.
And when they were escaped, then they knew that the island was called Melita.
And the barbarous people shewed us no little kindness: for they kindled
a fire, and received us every one, because of the present rain, and because
of the cold. And when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks, and laid them
on the fire, there came a viper out of the heat, and fastened on his hand.
And when the barbarians saw the venomous beast hang on his hand,
they said among themselves, No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though
he hath escaped the sea, yet vengeance suffereth not to live. And he shook
off the beast into the fire, and felt no harm. Howbeit they looked when
he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had
looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds,
and said that he was a god. In the same quarters were possessions of the
chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged
us three days courteously. And it came to pass, that the father of Publius
lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and
prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. So when this was done,
others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed:
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which
is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of
God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for
they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because
they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things,
yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the
Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 2:12-16)
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves
from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the
fear of God.
(2 Corinthians 7:1)
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his
subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is
in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have
not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not
received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well
bear with him.
(2 Corinthians 11:3-4)
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the
truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified
among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the
works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having
begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according
to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the
children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in
times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh
and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,
that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created
all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities
and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold
wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ
Jesus our Lord:
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall
depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
(1 Timothy 4:1)
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind.
(2 Timothy 1:7)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that
he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened
by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited
in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is,
eight souls were saved by water. The like figure whereunto even
baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the
flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)by the resurrection
of Jesus Christ: Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;
angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
(1 Peter 3:18-22)
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch
as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall
be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached
for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and
of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your
part he is glorified.
(1 Peter 4:12-14)
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is
fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold
of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.