The apostle Paul informs us that one of the enemies we fight against is, "spiritual wickedness in
Well what exactly does that mean?
To determine that and correctly identify this particular enemy, let's look at what the term
That's a given you say? Everyone knows what wickedness means! That may be true in a general sense,
but how about a specific Biblical sense? Exactly what was the Biblical writer trying to tell us about wickedness?
To find out what a Biblical word means, we can't go to Webster's. We need a Strong's Exhaustive
Concordance. In the Strong's Exhaustive Concordance (the original Strong's--not the new updated or the strongest
Strong's--see "Bible Versions") The Greek word translated "wickedness"
in Ephesians 6:12 means: depravity, malice, plots, sins, hurtful, evil, degeneracy, calamitous, diseased, ill, guilt.
As if the above isn't enough, the root words the word "wickedness" is taken from mean: toil,
anguish, starving, indigent.
This spiritual wickedness we fight against encompasses the entire spectrum of evil--anything that
can be possibly be conceived of.
But what about the high places? What is this referring to?
The high places mean exactly that. The word translated "high," means: above, sky.
The scriptures do reveal that evil spirits do indeed inhabit the high places (which include the
sky--the earth's atmosphere and even the space surrounding this earth--possibly even this entire galaxy).
That is one of the reasons the "heavens" will need to be made new along with the earth.
The heaven that will be made new is the one that is corrupted by sin--this earth's atmosphere
and the surrounding space that is presently inhabited by fallen angels--not the sinless Heaven God inhabits.
If we did not have God's promise that we are provided with powerful weapons with which to fight
a powerful spiritual enemy, we would be miserable indeed.