There are many symbols in Scripture and if we know the meaning of them it helps to understand what it is talking about. For instance: Psalm 74:3 – Lift up your feet to the perpetual desolations. The enemy has damaged everything in the sanctuary.
Who is the enemy in this verse? Satan. Where does it say he is in? In the sanctuary. And what is the sanctuary? It’s us! The sanctuary mentioned in Scripture doesn’t always have to be a building, but the enemy is always Satan or his demonic minions. This next example will help:
Ezekiel 34:1 – And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, (Verse 2) “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel (God is not telling Ezekiel to prophesy against literal shepherds, He is talking about the spiritual leaders.), prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD God to the shepherds: “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! (Verse 3) “You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.”
Verse 4 lists the ministries of Jesus, which is what is supposed to be done by the spiritual leaders in the church today: (Verse 4) “The weak you have not strengthened, (That is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit because we get power and strength from the Holy Spirit.) nor have you healed those who were sick (healings), nor bound up the broken (inner healings), nor brought back what was driven away (deliverance), nor sought what was lost (evangelism); but with force and cruelty, you have ruled them.
(Verse 5) “So they were scattered (the people walked away) because there was no shepherd (spiritual leader); and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. (The beast are spiritual, demonic spirits.)
Here is what God is telling Ezekiel to prophesy to Israel: When the people don’t feed themselves with God’s word and no one to teach them, the beast of the field will come after them. These are demonic spirits, fallen angels.
All through the Bible, the beasts of the field represent the fallen angels, demonic spirits that come after believers. The Bible is a spiritual book, written by a spiritual Being, to spiritual beings! Now look at this Scripture:
Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent… Everyone knows that the serpent represents the devil, but where is the proof? Revelation 12:9 – So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan,…
So we know for sure that the serpent is Satan. Keep in mind: When sheep are scattered they become “food” for the beast of the field; and the beast of the field are fallen angels, demonic spirits.
Genesis 3:1 – Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. The Bible is not saying that the serpent is smarter than any other animal that God created. It is saying that Satan is the most cunning of all the fallen angels. See how much easier it is to understand when you know what the symbols represent?
When we understand the meaning of some of these symbols the Bible will become much clearer when we study. Mark 1:13 – And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the “wild beasts”; and the angels ministered to Him. There were not a bunch of lions, tigers, and bears that Jesus had to beat off. These beasts were demonic spirits coming after our Lord.
Mark 4:3 – “Listen! Behold the sower went out to sow. (Verse 4) “And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.
Then in verse 9, Jesus says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Jesus is talking about spiritual ears, listening with your heart what the spirit says. Then in verse 13, He tells them that the “seed” is the word of God. And the “birds of the air” are demonic spirits that come and immediately try to take the word that has been sown in the heart. This helps us understand that when we read in other places of the Bible, “The birds of the air” are demonic spirits and Satan.
When Daniel wrote the book of Daniel, he was in the city of Babylon. Babylon was a “mixture” of the world and the church. The children of Israel were captive in Babylon for 70 years. The children of God began to “mix” their worshiping practices with the traditions of Babylon. So is it possible that “Babylon” represents a mixture of the world and the church? A worldly church! I think that is exactly what is still going on today. Bringing in the beliefs and cultures of the world and putting it smack down in the midst of the church!
In Daniel, the king of Babylon has a dream: Daniel 4:10 – “These were the visions of my head while on my bed: I was looking and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. (Verse 11) The tree grew and became strong; Its height reached to the heavens, and it could be seen to the ends of all the earth.
(Verse 12) Its leaves were lovely, its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, the birds of the heavens dwelt in its branches and all flesh was fed from it. (Verse 13) “I saw in the visions of my head while on my bed, and there was a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven.
(Verse 14) He cried aloud and said this: ‘Chop down the tree and cut off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts get out from under it, and the birds from its branches. (Verse 15) Nevertheless, leave the stump and roots in the earth…
Now we understand that the “birds of the air, or in this case heaven, and the beasts of the field are demonic spirits, that have come and made their home in the branches and under the branches. Daniel tells the king that the “tree” that grows bigger and bigger is him. And the birds, demons, beasts, demons, have come and made nests on and under him.
Then in verse 14, Daniel tells the king, a holy man comes and cuts the tree, him, down to the stump, strips off its leaves, branches, and scatters the fruit, but leaves a remnant. Isaiah 6:13 – …Whose stump remains when it is cut down so the holy seed shall be its stump.
Birds of the air – demonic spirits; beasts of the fields – demonic spirits; trees – people; serpent – Satan; seed – Word of God; branches – us, believers.
Jesus tells a parable of what the kingdom of heaven is likened to: Matthew 13:31 – Another parable He put forth to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, (Verse 32) “which indeed is the lest of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”
What are the branches? John 15:1 – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. (Verse 2) “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
It is amazing to me that some Christians think they can’t be in bondage because they are a Christian. However, over and over throughout the Scripture, we see that the “birds of the air” come and nest in the branches. That is demonic spirits entering the church. They aren’t going to come after the ones that they already have on their side. They come after God’s people! All it takes is one little slip of bringing in the world’s way of thinking and putting God’s word aside and the next thing you have is a “Worldly Church!”
Ezekiel 31:6 – All the birds of the heavens made their nests in its boughs; under its branches, all the beasts of the field brought forth their young; and in its shadow, all great nations made their home. Putting aside God’s word and standard brings in the world and yes it will get bigger and bigger.
Deuteronomy 7:22 – “And the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, leat the “beasts” of the field become too numerous for you. This was when the children of Israel went to take possession of the Promise Land and they had all these enemy nations around them.
God said He would drive them out “little by little.” And just as they did when they would sacrifice the lamb and the blood-covered them, we are saved and washed in the blood of Jesus. We are saved; we are water baptized as they went through the Red Sea; we are baptized in the Holy Spirit and now we have to drive the enemy out of our lives as they drove the enemy out of their land. And if we drive the enemy out of our land, we will have victory and will have taken possession of the land God has given us, the Christian life.
1 Corinthians 3:9 – For we are God’s fellow workers; “You are God’s field,” you are God’s building. We drive them out little by little. And the reason is so that the bests of the field don’t become too numerous for us!
Matthew 12:43 – “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. (Verse 44) “Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. (Verse 45) “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of the man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”
God delivered Israel from the nations little by little so that the beasts of the fields didn’t increase. That’s the Old Testament. Now, in the New Testament, Jesus said that when an unclean spirit goes out of a man, that spirit will try to come back in with seven more, after a while. If that unclean spirit finds that “house’ empty, he will bring in seven more and make themselves at home. Why is the house so empty?
So what’s the key to keeping those demons out? When we get “set free,” we have to fill our house with God’s Word! God’s word is the only thing that can defeat the enemy. As we are getting free, little by little, we just keep filling our house, breathing in the word of God. When the enemy comes back, he can’t come in and take you into bondage with seven other unclean spirits ever again!
Psalm 107:20 – He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.