This post “What it Means to Be Born Again (Part 3)” is the third in a series of posts on spiritual rebirth, named: What it Means To Be Born Again. We will continue with our study of Eph. 2:1-3, and in this post I will address the Biblical names of the prince of the power of the air mentioned in Eph. 2:2.
Eph. 2:1-3 reads, “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.”
To recap, Eph. 2:1-3 outlines Seven Facts about a believer’s state of Spiritual Death before being converted and Born Again in our Lord Jesus Christ. Before being born again:
- Believers were dead in trespasses and sins.
- Believers use to walk according to the course of this world.
- The course of this world is according to the prince of the power of the air.
- This spirit of the prince of the power of the air now works in the children of disobedience.
- Believers dwelt in the lusts of their flesh.
- Believers fulfilled the desires of the flesh and of the mind.
- Believers were by nature the children of wrath.
We have dealt with point number one in Part 1, and with point number two in Part 2, so in this post we will continue with point number three.
The course of this world is according to the prince of the power of the air.
When you seek the face of God in Jesus Christ according to the Knowledge of the Glory of God in Christ, then you should also know the various names that the Bible use to describe the devil.
In the Bible Satan and his veil of death are also known as:
- The Prince of the Power of the Air.
In Eph. 2:2 we read, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air….”
- The Evil One.
In 1John 5:19 the Apostle John calls Satan the evil one. 1John 5:19 (ESV) reads, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
- That Wicked.
2Thess. 2:8 “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.”
- Your Adversary.
1Pet. 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
- The Army of Heaven.
Dan. 4:35 says, “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he (Jesus Christ) doeth according to his will in the army of heaven…” The “army of heaven” refers to Satan and his angels.
This is in line with Eph. 6:12 where the Apostle Paul says that we wrestle against spiritual wickedness in high places.
- The powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph. 6:11, 12 instruct, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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.”
The phrase “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” refers to Satan and his host of angels.
These principalities, and powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places are also referred to in Dan. 4:35 as the armies of heaven.
- A Great Red Dragon.
Rev. 12:3, 4 reads, “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:
The “third part of the stars of heaven” mentioned here in Rev. 12:4, is the third part of the angels of God that left their Heavenly home to serve Satan. (Also See Gen. 6:2; 2Pet. 2:4; Jude 1:6.)
- The Great Dragon; that Old Serpent.
Rev. 12:9 reads, “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
- The Great Whore.
Rev. 17:1 says, “And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters.”
In Rev. 17:2 Satan is referred to as a female. Rev. 17:2 continues from Rev. 17:1, saying, “With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
Even so, the devil can, and do, change his appearance. And when Satan appears unto you in a dream or in a vision, he can also appear in the form of a male, and also in the form of any animal, or insect, or object.
On the other hand, the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is the Light of the Glory of God, and in Him is no darkness or change. (See James 1:17; 1John 1:5.) Therefore, when our Lord Jesus Christ appears unto you in a dream or in a vision in His Holy Spirit, He always comes with His Fiery Cloud of Heaven and with the heavens opened – there is no exception.
- The Enemy.
In Luke 10:19 our Lord Jesus Christ says, “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
2Sam. 23:6 says, “But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands.”
- Angel of Light.
2Cor. 11:14 tells, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
- The Well Favoured Harlot.
Nah. 3:4 reads “Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.”
- The Leviathan.
In Isa. 27:1 we read, “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
- The Waster.
In Isa. 54:16 God says, “Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.” The “waster” in this verse of Scripture refers to Satan.
- Babylon the Great.
In Rev. 17:5 the Apostle John tells, “And upon her forehead (that is, Satan’s forehead) was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”
And in Rev. 14:8 we can read, “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
In these two verses of Scripture, Rev. 14:8; 17:5, Satan is referred to as a city. Like as God and His Kingdom is one, so also the devil and his kingdom is one. When you are in Christ, then you are in the Kingdom of God. And then you have your citizenship in Heaven. (Phil. 3:20)
This Babylon is not the Babylon from earth, this is a spiritual city and it is the kingdom of Satan where he also has his throne, or seat, as the Bible calls it. In Rev. 16:10 we read, “And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, a kingdom.”
- A Vineyard of Red Wine.
The Word of Christ says in Isa. 27:1, 2, “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. In that day sing ye unto her, a vineyard of red wine.”
In this passage of Scripture we find that God gives Satan the name “vineyard of red wine”. The name “vineyard of red wine” consistent with Rev. 14:8 where Babylon is said to have made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
- The Ungodly.
Ps. 1:1 says, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” The “ungodly” in this verse of Scripture refers to Satan. The council of the ungodly, Satan, includes, among others, the dreams and visions from Satan’s veil of death.
When you believe in the dreams and visions of the veil of death that contains the lights of the sun, the moon, and man-made lights, then you are standing in the way of sinners.
- Destroying Mountain
Satan is also referred to as the mountain that destroys the whole world. The Word of God says in Jer. 51:25, “Behold, I am against thee, O destroying mountain, saith the LORD, which destroyest all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and roll thee down from the rocks, and will make thee a burnt mountain.”
This is that mountain to which our Lord Jesus Christ refers to in Matt. 17:20; 21:21; Mark 11:23, saying, “… Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.”
This is also that mountain to which the Word of God refers to in Isa. 25:7 (ASV) saying, “And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering that covereth all peoples, and the veil that is spread over all nations.” The face of the covering refers to the face of Satan. Just like God has a Face, so also the devil has a face. You can seek and find the Face of God or, you can seek and find the face of Satan.
A Covering, that is, a Veil.
Isa. 25:7 says, “And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.”
This prophecy in Isa. 25:7 was fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ when on Calvary He destroyed the veil that covers the souls of every person that is born into this world. Mark 15:37, 38 reads, “And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
In this verse of Scripture we can also learn that the face of Satan is a covering which covers the spiritual eye of the soul of every person in this world.
In Ezek. 28:14, 15 the Word of God says unto Satan, “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
From Ezek. 28:14 we can also learn that Satan was anointed to cover all of God’s creation with the Light of Eternal Life, including every human being. However, God found iniquity in Satan and cast him out of the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden is another name for Heaven, that Holy City Jerusalem which is above, and is the Kingdom of God that covered God’s creation here on earth with His Light of Life of the Glory of God in Christ Jesus.
While Satan was the anointed cherub that covered all of God’s creation with the Light of Life he, Satan, was stripped of the Light of Eternal Life and the Light of Eternal Life was given unto our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Dan. 7:13, 14 we find this prophesy where God gave His Son Jesus Christ dominion over all His Creation, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”
Hence, the Face of God with the Light of Life is no more to be found in the face of Lucifer, who is also known as Satan, and the dragon, and the devil and the beast. The Face of God with the Light of Eternal Life is now to be found in the Face of the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul says in 2Cor. 4:6, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
The Apostle Paul, in Heb. 10:19, 20, describes our salvation from Satan’s veil of death which covers the spiritual eyes of our spiritual hearts, saying, “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.”
Heb. 10:19, 20 tell us that the way through the veil of death into the Way of Life in the Holy of Holies is through the Flesh of Christ – that is, through the Body of Christ.
- The God of this World.
The Apostle Paul says in 2Cor. 4:3, 4 (DRB), “And if our gospel be also hid, it is hid to them that are lost, In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of unbelievers, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not shine unto them.”
While Satan had power over death, he is also known as death. Hence, Isa. 25:8 prophesied that He, our Lord Jesus Christ, “will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.” This prophecy has been fulfilled when our Lord Jesus Christ laid down His Life on Calvary and descended into the grave to rise again and conquer Satan and his death.
The Apostle Paul says in Heb. 2:14, 15, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” This fear of death is not being afraid to die, but rather a captivity to worship – in this case the devil and his power of death.
King David says in Ps. 23:4, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…” The word “fear” in this verse of Scripture is translated from the Hebrew word yârê’, which also means to revere.
When you fear something, you are held captive by the thing that you fear. And if you are not freed from the object of your fear then you will come to worship it.
- A Shadow of Death and the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Satan’s kingdom and his veil of death are also known in the Bible as the shadow of death, and also as the valley of the shadow of death.
Isa. 9:2 prophesied, “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.” This prophecy was fulfilled in Matt. 4:12-16.
In Ps. 23:4 king David says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” The “rod and staff” of God is the Word of God Who will guide you and correct you, and also comfort you.
The valley of the shadow of death is also known as the place of dragons. The Psalmist of Ps. 44:19 (verse 20 in AOV) says to God, “Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.”
- Lucifer, Son of the Morning, Morningstar or Daystar.
In Isa. 14:12 the Word of God says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Some Bible translations render the name Lucifer as the Daystar, the Morning Star, the Son of Dawn, Son of the Morning, Shining One.
The Good News Translation renders Isa. 14:12 thus, “King of Babylon, bright morning star, you have fallen from heaven! In the past you conquered nations, but now you have been thrown to the ground.”
In Rev. 12:9 we can find that Satan is cast from Heaven, that Holy City Jerusalem, and in Rev. 16:10 we find that his throne and kingdom was stripped of the Light of the Glory of God. Since then then the Light of the Glory of God has become the property of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
In Rev. 12:10 we read, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
Therefore, we can understand that our Lord Jesus Christ has now replaced Lucifer as the Shining Light of Eternal Life in the Glory of God Who intercedes for us before the Throne of God.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is also known in the Bible as:
- The Son of God. (Rev. 2:18)
The Son of man (Dan. 7:13)
- The Dayspring. (Luke 1:78)
- The Morning Star or Day-Star. (2Pet. 1:19)
- The Sun of Righteousness. (Mal. 4:2)
- The True Light. (John 1:9)
- The Word of God. (John 1:1-3, 14; Rev. 19:13)
- The Lamb of God. (Rev. 5:9; 7:17; Rev. 21:23)
- That Man of Sin and, the Son of Perdition.
The Apostle Paul writes in 2Thess. 2:3, “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”
In this verse of Scripture Satan is referred to as “that man of sin” and “the son of perdition”.
- The Beast.
The great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads mentioned in Rev. 12:3 is also the same beast that is mentioned in Rev. 13:1 and Rev. 17:3.
Rev. 12:3 reads, “And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.”
Rev. 13:1 says, “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.”
Rev. 17:3 says, “So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.”
Whereas in Rev. 12:3 and Rev. 13:1 Satan, the beast is described as a male, Rev. 17:3 describes the beast as a female in the form of a whore.
It is important to note that this beast is not a physical sculpture made by human beings as was the image of the beast that is mentioned in Rev. 13:14, 15. The beast and its image mentioned in Rev. 12:3; 13:1; 17:3 is a spiritual image. Thus, when the Bible in Rev. 14:9, 11; 15:2; 16:2; 19:20; 20:4 talk about those who worship the beast, it refers to the worship of the spirit of the beast – that is, the spirit of Satan.
When you seek the face of God in Jesus Christ and you do not clearly understand when and how the Bible speaks about the devil, you will not really understand what it means to be born again.
God bless and guide you.