HYPE – Epidemic In Churches

This dream was given to me some time ago and now it’s time to bring it forward.

Date: 10/15/2012
Dream

hypeI listened to part of the pastor’s sermon and afterwards I walked up to him and said, “Some of what I heard was interesting.” He responded, “Wow that was deep! The Spirit was really moving!” I had not sensed any of that. It was all hype. Then, I said to the pastor, “When has your church been swept?” He said, “It’s been awhile.” As I walked through the crowd of people it was if they didn’t see me. They would walk right into my path and I had to step aside each time to let them pass by. I was hungry so I walked to the back of the building to the church’s cafeteria. I looked for a bowl but could not find one anywhere. I saw a man who had brought his bowl from home. No one else had a bowl. I thought to myself a person could starve to death in this place. This church has thousands of members but there’s nothing to eat here. They are hungry!

– End

Meaning

The pastor’s message had some interesting things in it but it didn’t provide any nourishment to the listener’s soul. In a spiritual sense our words are either anointed and edify or they are not anointed and drain life from the listener. The people in the church were hungry but there was no good food being served. The problem in this church’s message and many others is best explained by comparing it to the different food types. There are basically two categories of food; nutritional food and non-nutritional food. Nutritional food provide the body with nourishment, and contain low calories, low in fat and sugar, with high levels of protein, vitamins and minerals, which help us maintain a healthy robust life style.  Non-nutritional food, also known as junk foods, offer little nutritional value and are high in calories, fat, and sugars, and low in protein, vitamins and minerals. The preacher sermon fit into the junk food category. Read  http://seerofgod.com/sunday-morning-church-visit-part-one/

A bowl can represent a vessel, person; determination or resolve; form of truth. Since there wasn’t any food (truth) being served in the sermon there wasn’t a need to have bowls. The one man who had a bowl (truth) brought it from home for He had spent a lot of time with God sanctifying his own vessel. I asked the pastor when had his church been swept and his response was that it had been awhile. It had a lot of trash in it which everyone had got used to being in. Jesus came went into the temple and drove out the money changers and declared His house is a house of prayer.

“3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God…”1 Thes. 4:3-5

The pastor was the orator and the master of ceremony (MC) of hype. The preacher like to tell the people Holy Spirit was moving as he delivered his sermons. He preached good as he sought the congregations “Amen’s.” He raised his hand and said, “I am preaching better than you are amening!” His sermons had little or no nutritional spiritual value although it left the listeners feeling good (tickled their ears) the people were spiritually hungry. Good preaching doesn’t mean it’s an anointed. Jesus never used hype, so why is there so much of it spoken by ministers today?

Hype: to stimulate, excite, trick, hoopla, swindle, deceive

stop hype 2Where there is hype the anointing is absent. Where there is the anointing you won’t need hype. You can’t have both!

“Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?” 1 Cor. 5:6

Hype is leaven! It isn’t acceptable to God no matter how you use it. Speakers sometimes use words to stimulate, excite, trick, swindle, deceive or create hoopla, which is hype. Does that sound like something Holy Spirit would be a part of? “But I’m just so excited about what Jesus is doing!” Then demonstrate your works by the power of the anointing. As John the Baptist said, “I must decrease and Christ must increase.”

Paul said. “for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.” 1 Thes. 1:5

In the dream I was invisible. I was seeing what was going on in the church by God. In past years, I was given dreams about this church and the common theme was always how phony it was. Much effort and money had gone into creating the big fake façade, both inside and out. However, God’s interest is in building up people in Jesus Christ by making them His disciples, not ours or to a religion.

Scientist recently discovered that fast foods (junk foods) are specifically designed to stimulate your appetite, so a person will eat more of it. The more you eat, the more you want. How many times have you heard someone say that they could eat the whole bag of chips by themselves?

Hype Alarm

Hype phrases fall down on the people like confetti upon the people after winning a world championship. They drop out of the air like the end of the Super Bowl game celebration. These phrases below are examples where the emphasis is for a person to join something rather than become something in Christ.

Examples of Hype Alert Phrases:

  • We’re family here.
  • You can get what we have anywhere else.
  • Be a part of something special.
  •  Be a part of something LIVE!
  • We have the best leadership up on this stage anywhere.
  • We’re here to serve you!
  •  Get involved, serve!
  •  Get connected!
  •  It’s life-changing here!

The Spirit of God revealed the spiritual state of the seven churches in Revelation 2 &3. Each church was found lacking in one area or the other. The message to the churches then was “You Have Forgot Your First Love.”  The message now is the same. “Have you have forgot your first love!” It’s time for all believers to bow before God and cry out to Him to purge, purify and refine us.

“Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine, purge and make them pure until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time.” Daniel 11:35

It’s about RELATIONSHIP with GOD! He is at the door KNOCKING! But will you open the door to Christ?

Bro. Bill

Scripture References:

Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another. Gal. 5:26

So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! James 3:5

Message to the churches read Revelation 2 & 3



  • The Additions

    The Additions

    Journal Entry: Dream

    Title: The Additions

    Date: 1/3/11

    Ithe additonsn the dream, I had a revelatory teaching the Lord had given me to share with a particular church; however, I knew they would reject hearing it from me since it went against their traditions. The photos in this article are a perfect example of the dream The Additions.

    An older lady down the street owned a huge building which she was going to renovate and appointed me to oversee the project. The structure had many levels and additions added over the course of many years. The lady instructed me that everything that wasn’t in the original plan was to be torn away from the structure so it could be seen in its original design.

    The crew started at the top of the building working their way down. The many additions over time had made the structure very unappealing to the eye and hindered its flow and function. It was now obvious that the additions were added by people that didn’t understand the original design or the concepts of the architect.

    As the additions were torn away, people began to come to the construction site and declare how beautiful the original design truly was. One lady said she had no idea that such a beautiful structure had been hidden from us for all these years. I said, “It’s beautiful, look at how the original architect designed the structure with was such simplicity and beauty.  This has been hidden from the world for so long.”

    Construction debris was piled up high all around the structure making it difficult to walk around.  The building was dark inside due to the additions that had sealed up the windows which were in the original design. The only light that penetrated into the building came from the front and rear doors which were just recently opened.

    Suddenly, a frightened sheep appeared out of a dark hallway and apparently it had been trapped in the structure for a long time. The sheep stood there in the darkness of the room, only being illuminated by the light, which poured into the room from the front door. The sheep wanted to escape to the light but I was standing in its path.  I stepped aside and the sheep run past me as fast as it could go disappearing out the front doorway.

    End of Journal Entry –

    Dream Interpretation

    church crowdThe lady who hired me to supervise the demolition of the structure represents Holy Spirit. All the additions are things that man has added to Christ’s message and Paul’s gospel since the inception of Christianity. The beauty of the original framing of the true gospel message and the walk in Christ has long been covered up by the works of man.  Regardless, if it was driven by good intentions or by ego, for power and control, or to influence and appear successful, it has taken away from the beauty of Christianity, not added to it.

    There is a longing for the real thing. The real thing which is Truth can’t be found in words. Although, words may be true they are not the Truth. The Truth is a person and his name is Jesus Christ. Real truth is found in a relationship with the Truth which is Jesus Christ.

    No matter how many additions are added to an original structure they will only mask the original structure, not reveal it. Today’s church system today is represented by all the additions that obstruct the function and flow of Christ’s people.

    I won’t soon forget the look on the lady’s face when she saw the beauty of the original design for the first time. Would the early believers recognize today’s form of Christianity? I think not! What if we could see it for ourselves?

    You may read this and wonder what are the additions that have been added to Christianity? I could list many here but I don’t want to appear mean spirited. It’s safe to say that just about everything you see as the organized church today was instituted by Christ, especially the clergy system that dominates the people. The only way believers will discover the additions which were added by man will be to seek Jesus Christ for the sole purpose of knowing Him in an intimate relationship and in time He will reveal Himself clearly to you and what is real worship.  It’s time for believers to humble ourselves, get before the Lord and truly seek Him for the sole purpose of loving Him. Christ is coming back for a bride that is without spot, wrinkle or blemish.

    Five Questions:

    A few months ago I was given an audience with the Lord.  I quickly grabbed my tablet and went into a room and closed the door.  I asked Him these five questions.

    Q1. Why don’t some churches grow?
    A1. Because they want it to grow.

    Q2. What’s wrong with that?
    A2. It’s their vision not Mine.

    Q3. But didn’t the early church grow and increase?
    A3. As I added members.

    Q4. Why then do some churches grow and others don’t?
    A4. It’s not about growth. It’s about the Kingdom. Each church has a different assignment and the motives behind the pulpit must be 100% for My things and not things, not numbers, or anything man can say, “This is a successful ministry because of a building or pews filled”. What are they doing with the people in the pews, warehousing them? Corralling them as their sheep to control while they feed themselves and starve My sheep? It is not My way and a day of judgment awaits for those evil, sluggard, selfish shepherds.

    Q5. How does leadership change their mind set?
    A5. Give up control to Me. Find their true place in My heart and allow My heart to reign in their lives.

    The message is clear. We must strip away all that is of man and return back to your first love. After all that is the message written to the churches in Revelation. If you truly want to promote the Kingdom then there needs to be changes made and the changes will begin on your knees before the Lord. Much has been done in His name that isn’t of God at all. Many things have been added to the simple Christian faith that isn’t of God at all. If you are going to walk with Him now is the time to take inventory of your motives, ego, doctrine and motivations and be truthful with God. Adk God to show you The Additions!

    Scripture References:

    “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the  Beginning of the creation of God, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. ‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'” Rev. 3: 14-22

    The key to knowing and following Christ is found in this verse: “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Rev. 12:11



  • The Imposters

    In a dream, I was riding a small motorcycle (250cc) which was light, agile and able to turn on a dime; It could go slow are really fast. It seemed odd to me being on it such a small bike, almost uncomfortable, since I am accustomed to riding larger Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

    I was cruising downtown one of the main streets, made a right turn and on the left corner of the street was a large, stone church with a massive columned porch with many stone steps leading up to the door. There was a large church choir wearing scarlet robes and were assembled on the steps. They were singing proudly as they stood in a stoic posture.

     The pastor of the church was wearing a plan gray suit as he walked up and down in the middle of the street in front of the church and preaching his sermon. He was manipulating his voice, breathing and snorting out the words, it seemed so phony and was a big turn-off to many. I thought of all the preachers that preach in this manner. I drove by really slow trying to sense any anointing coming from this great display of religion and there was absolutely none, I sped on down the road.

     I looked behind me and saw a one-ton truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with lumber, I sped up to keep it from running over me. I made a sharp a left turn onto a side street so fast that the keys in the ignition of the motorcycle flew out into the air landing inside of another church located on the right side of the street.

    I got off the bike and walked in the church to find my keys. I looked down the left side aisle which was overflowing with people sitting in chairs, most of them were teenagers. I didn’t see my keys there so I went around the center aisle, looked into the back pews into an unoccupied area.

    Here, a preacher was speaking to the congregation and his annunciation of words was like that of the other preacher I had just left. He would speak a short sentence, and then suck air back in gathering his breath as he held the microphone close to his mouth so you could hear the fervor in his voice. Each sentence ended with him adding “hah” and “ehh”. He’d practiced his technique for years and now had truly mastered it. The people seemed to be impressed by him, mistaking his technique as inspired by God. As I listened, I continued my focus on finding the key to my motorcycle.

     I spotted my keys in the unoccupied seats in the next to last row of pews. I reached down and picked them up, turned to leave only to see the preacher standing right in front of me. He was much shorter than me, an unhandsome man with a round face and bad complexion.

    Matthew 7:22-23 I knew he wanted to say something to me but he just stood there staring up at me. Feeling awkward, I stuck out my hand and introduced myself to him. We shook hands and he introduced himself with the name of a very famous preacher, yet I knew he wasn’t that preacher. Then he told me what his father’s name was and said, “Maybe you’ve heard of Him? He’s going to give me a congregation someday.” I turned and walked away and said in disgust, “That is just what we need…another congregation.”

    Meaning:

     These men were imposters; the word “Imposter” means: One who assumes false identity or title for the purpose of deception.

     Imposters are no more than performers and they lead their church with great emotional sermons that have no long lasting impact on the lives of the hearers.  Men like these are occupying a place reserved for only the God seeking, God fearing minister.  Many (thousands) of pulpits are occupied by people who aren’t appointed.

    The dream represents what the church (organized religion) has become today. They are self-serving and without a true anointing from God. Sadly, they are no more than hirelings.

    “He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters {them.} “{He flees} because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. JN 10:12-13

    There are many preachers who operate in a false anointing. They get in the pulpit and preach away, all the while their walk with God is superficial if not non-existent. They have evolved the church system into a business in every sense of the word. Many in leadership make decisions based on how it will affect the business side of their church more that what God wants, if God’s direction is sought at all. The imposters are more interested in making a name for themselves in building a bigger business and expanding their business so they look successful rather than focusing on God’s Kingdom purposes. Read The Adulterous Church

    The people are the Lord’s sheep, they’re not the property of a pastor and they must be treated that way; Jesus Christ is their pastor. Their lives are not to be controlled by any man or should anyone in leadership usurp (commandeer) authority over them in a controlling manner.

    Scripture References:

    Jude 4, 10-19 “For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”  v10-19 But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea, casting up their own ]shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever. It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage. But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they were saying to you, “In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts.”  These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly-minded, devoid of the Spirit. Jude v.4, 10-19

    “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flock? “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat {sheep} without feeding the flock. “Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.” Ezk. 32-2-4

    In Christ Name

    Bill Nelson



  • The Greatest Changes Are Happening Now

    9/22/2009

    changeI heard the Lord say, “The greatest changes are happening now.” Then I picked up my journal and He began to speak.

    Give unto Me your up most attention now. Focus your mind on the things of God and you will rest in peace in the steadfastness of the Lord. For a great shaking is about to come upon the whole world, as a sieve you will be tossed about, but if you cling to Me you will not fall through the basket but will be the most prize choice harvest of the Lord.

    Who is to say the Lord will do it this way or the Lord will do it that way? I tell you few of My people truly hear My voice and even fewer speak what I truly say. I am cleaning My house and restoring My house and I will have a people, a bride suitable for My Son, the bridegroom, to marry.

    Make Me big in your life. Purify yourself. Your ways must become My ways and your heart must be single to Me. If you do these things you will stand before Me as Mine in whom I am well pleased.

    Now cast aside all encumbrances, weights, sin and come and follow Me for I will take you to the High Mountain of the Lord. The highest of the Holy place and you will make your abode with Me forever. Indeed I come for a bride who is without spot, wrinkle or blemish. She is adorned with all beauty and loves Me with all her heart.

    Now be of good cheer for the things you’ll discover along the journey will bring you into realms of My glory never imagined by man even to this day.

    Church, you have much to discover about Me, much to learn. Now come, head your lives My way. Come, the Lord says come.

    Bill Nelson



  • My Childhood God vs. the Intimate Bride

    lil girl churchAs a child, my brothers and I were taken by the hand and walked to church every Sunday morning by our Mother.  We enjoyed summer Bible schools, the activities, the friends and it’s safe to say that church for me was a social activity and little more.  I attended church services most of my life and yet knew nothing of God’s love, His compassion, His mercy nor His personality. I did however, know stories about Him; I knew about Him yet I never knew Him.

    I would describe my Childhood God as:

    -Far away

    -Old

    -Stern

    -Mysterious

    -Hard to reach

    -All-powerful

    -Unknown

    -Foreign

    -Impersonal

    Perhaps these labels sound familiar to you as well, but He doesn’t have to stay that way and He desires so much more.  I had no idea or knowledge that I could have a relationship with such a Mighty One!

    Over the past ten years, He’s revealed Himself to me; He’s brought anointed people to teach me and to give me tools to live by.  He’s allowed loss and pain and unimaginable changes in my life and in me.  At the end of these past ten years, I can now look back and say, although hard, it’s been a good life and I’m still learning to adjust day-by-day.

    The Lord has anointed and commissioned me to “Teach them what to do so that they may be more at ease with Me.”  In this blog, as He leads me, I’ll be sharing some of my personal daily journal entries, some of my dreams, some of my visions, some of my personal words from Him, some of my poems, fascinating book recommendations and significant quotes.

    Journal entry May 07

    jj brickwall“Where am I and how do I feel?  I have no idea where I’m going or what I’m to do except for now I’m to abide, to trust and to wait.  It’s a strange place this place, it’s here and it’s now, it’s fun and it’s scary, it’s busy but at times it’s very lonely.  It’s NOwhere and it’s NOW here – see, how strange it is?

    I’ve almost no identity.  I have exercise class, I have church, my household chores and very little family interaction.  Mostly, I have my husband, my daughter and my brother and for right now that’s okay, I think.

    What do I need?  I do not know except only more of the same, I need to continue to abide, to trust and to wait while being content.  I’m letting my soul grow up and so here I am, I remain in NOwhere and yet in NOWhere.”

     Come back and let Him teach you, let Him love you, let Him strengthen you and most importantly, let Him reveal Himself to you.

    I’ll leave you with this quote, “During the winter the trees “appear” dead; they are not so in reality but on the contrary, are submitting to a process that preserves and strengthens them.  For what is the effect of winter?  It contracts their exterior, so that the sap is not uselessly expended and it concentrates the strength on their roots, so that new roots are pushed out and old ones are strengthened and nourished and forced deeper into the soil.  Alas, the tree was never more alive and is becoming more firmly established.”  Madam Jeanne Guyon



  • Powers and Principalities

     

    tophatIn October of 2004, I was in an intense time of seeking God and was given a dream where I saw people in San Francisco starting a new political campaign. They were clamoring about making a banner and they had several hats they wanted to attach to the banner. One of the hats was a WW1 army helmet and one was a top hat like the old politicians used to wear, they wanted to split one of the hats and decided on the cutting the top hat in half. Afterwards they commented how good it looked after they cut it in half 

     

    The WW1 helmet represents and old world warring power and the top hat represents a political movement. The top hat being cut in half means the political power was to be shared between the east and west coast but the warring power was kept in one piece.

    Then I saw the political powers seated at a table in San Francisco facing across the entire span of the country as they were interviewing all the political leaders seated at a table in New York.   Both tables had all the highest ranking political, government, judicial and religious leaders represented. 
     The position which was being interviewed for was for the police chief.  They ask, “Who wants this power we are offering?” One by one the governor, mayor and police chief turned it down until it came to a man wearing a Pope’s hat (MITRE) and he said, “I want this power!” 

     

    He was asked do you really want this power or do you just want to come out here and eat in our fine restaurants? He responded, “I want this position.” I was amazed that all the others present had turned this down but the religious leader wanted this evil power at all cost.

    ww1 helmetThen I taken by the Spirit to the upstairs landing of our home and was caught in between the powers of the principalities of the West coast and the East coast offering this evil power. When I took one step in front of a window at the top of our landing, I was immediately being sucked in by the powerful force of incredible evil. It sounded like a raging jet engine and it tried to pull me into its evil grasp.  I felt the sting of thousands of needle-like objects hitting my skin as I cried out to Jesus with all my strength! Then the jet engine revved up even harder,  I couldn’t get free from it and began to lose my strength to even speak.

    Inside of my being I was crying out “Jesus, Jesus” and prayed in the Spirit over and over again yet there was no one to help me. I felt strength leaving my body and I knew if it did, I would be consumed by this evil power. Suddenly, I was thrown back into my bed with a bounce by the Spirit, I was startled yet glad to be free from that evil force. I looked at the clock and it was 3:16 AM, I began to quote John 3:16 over and over again.

    If this had not have been a God-given experience, I would have to classify it as a horrible nightmare but with God I know I’m safe and He will not do anything to harm me. I told my wife, “You never know when you lay down at night what the Spirit of the Lord has for you but you can rest in knowing that He is Sovereign and we can trust Him always.”

    city hallIn 2004, Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco gained national attention in 2004 when he directed the city clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and later that same year the California Supreme Court voided them. As recent as a few months ago, the California Supreme Court struck down the ban on gay marriages and the mayor quoted from the front of City Hall as a gay couple was married on June 16 of this year saying, “As California goes, so goes the nation!” Now the chant by many gay citizens in the streets of California is, “In all 50 states!”

    Even before the official date of June 16, 2008, the governor of New York said that New York would honor the gay marriages in California. Truly they have been sucked into the power of this principality.

    California has been the leader to this nation in trends, styles, laws, political issues, market place, media, movies, fashion and much more for many years and all of it is due to the principality, which rules over the region and wants to gain influences in all of America.

    Now you know why!

    Please don’t think I’m gay bashing by any means, I promise you I am not and never will. I am not talking about gay issues here at all but the result of the evil spiritual influences that all mankind have been up against and how they work to gain influences at the highest level of our governments just as they have always ruled this world since the fall of Adam.

    Pray for our nation, pray for our leaders, pray that the church will wake up and come out from among the influence of evil and do as the word says in Rev. 18:4 “I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not participate in her sins and receive of her plagues.”

    See scripture references:

    Rom 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


    Eph. 6:12
    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]. v. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    Col. 1:16 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:

    Col 2:15 [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    Eph. 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,