…the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.
Paraphrase from Ephesians 2:2
It is not difficult to imagine that we have entered one more dark history of humanity on a long string of dark histories. I want to say that others have suffered much worse, and they have. We can think of those in the path of Genghis Khan; the early Christians under Rome; medieval Europeans under siege by Vikings, Huns, or Charlemagne; almost anyone in France in the late eighteenth century; Armenians in the Ottoman Empire; those living in between Germany and the Soviet Union in the 1930s and 1940s; Chinese under Mao; Vietnamese under napalm; Arabs under drones.
But I think I am on safe ground to consider that never before in the recorded history of humanity has the entire population of the world been under siege simultaneously and placed in a medical experiment, forced to face the risk of early death regardless of the path chosen. All of humanity; one-hundred percent. More than seven billion people.
Ephesians 6: 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
These sons of disobedience, are they merely ghosts? Or do they walk among us, flesh and blood? Certainly, as the Apostle Paul writes, they are in the heavenly places, but he also writes that they are world forces. We find this reality elsewhere:
1 Peter 5: 8(b) Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
The Apostle Peter doesn’t say he is floating, coming only in a dream to fill our heads with evil thoughts. He prowls, like a lion; he devours – a physical act.
Jesus furthers this idea that they walk among us, on the surface quite religious and devout. He says to the Pharisees:
John 8: 44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Those to whom Jesus is speaking are the sons of disobedience; the sons of their father, the devil. They want to do the devil’s work. We see them on television daily; they fill every major outlet. Their father was a murderer from the beginning, and they want to do his work. We also have come to see them in positions of church leadership, bowing in obedience to the sons of disobedience, speaking lies as their father does. They are doing their father’s work and teaching others that they also must do their father’s work.
One of the paths I have taken at this blog is a significant examination of the many false histories we have been taught, the lies used to justify action, the way evil was described as virtuous. When I began that journey, I was already somewhat skeptical of the narrative; as I worked through that journey, I have come to conclude that everything being described to us about meaningful events in our history is a lie.
The sons of disobedience always lie, because their father always lies. It is in their nature because it is their father’s nature. Every major event in my lifetime (and for centuries before this) has been based on a lie or explained away by a lie.
For this reason, I didn’t believe for a minute that we faced a plague of medieval proportions (see my earliest thoughts here, here, and here – all from March 2020). I didn’t need to have a complete answer of the truth; just that I knew what we were being told was a lie.