Michael S. Heiser presents the theology of the unseen realm. The unseen realm connects all the dots between the Old and New Testaments. The Table of Nations in Genesis 10 links to Luke 10. Deuteronomy 32:8-9 links to Acts 2:2, 7. The gates of hell at Ceasarea Philippi conects to the land of Bashan in Psalm 22 and Amos 4:1-4. The supernaual realm surrounds us, yet we bind ourselves to its reality. Dr. Heiser’s unseen realm world view gives us what Jesus truly was fighting and what our fight is today.
Spiritual warfare surrounds us. We, the Church, are to go on the offensive and not take the wiles of the Devil. We have the winning hand agains the forces of evil. Jesus understand are fight was not to stand back and wait for the Devil to wage his skirmish with us. He demanded we take the fight to hell itself.
Dr. Heiser writes, “I understand that a lot of well-meaning Bible students, pastors, and professors don’t look at how they approach the Bible that way. I know I didn’t. But it’s what happens. We view the Bible through the lens of what we know and what’s familiar. Psalm 82 broke my filter. More importantly, it alerted me to the fact that I’d been using one. Our traditions, however honorable, are not intrinsic to the Bible. They are systems we invent to organize the Bible. They are artificial. They are filters.
Once I’d been awakened to this, it struck me as faithless to use a filter. But throwing away my filters cost me the systems with which I’d ordered Scripture and doctrine in my mind. I was left with lots of fragments. It didn’t feel like it at the time, but that was the best thing that could have happened. It opened up a whole new world of the unseen realm.
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