Yes! Powers in high places are depicted as ‘dragons’; Satan is a horned, tailed entity!
“You were the signet of perfection,full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.”
You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you.
Does what God creates cease to be? After Jesus’ 40 days, He saw a form and knew what it was. Many times in depiction a horned creature is seen tempting Jesus. But Satan was created with beauty untold! Mind you The Scripture says he at times appears as an angel of light:
“Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).”
Angel of light? Can he be? Satan has fallen but maintains the qualities God Created Satan with.
Note that the Bible doesn’t say Satan is an angel of light; it says he only masquerades as an angel of light. In other words, sometimes Satan puts on a disguise (as it were), and makes it look like he actually stands for good instead of evil. When the devil offered to feed Jesus by turning rocks into bread, he was masquerading as one who wanted to do good–or as an angel of light (see Matthew 4:1-11).
But Satan is not an angel of good or of light; he is the opposite. Jesus said that Satan “was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Satan will try to deceive us and make us think that his way is best–but it never is. Martin Luther rightly labeled him “the prince of darkness.” Don’t fall for his lies!
Yes, Satan is our foe–but never forget he will not win! By His cross and resurrection Christ has defeated Satan, and some day “the devil, who deceived them, (will be) thrown into the lake of burning sulfur … for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).
So the powers in the high places still don their essence. It would be hard for an angel to ‘fight’ a transformed ‘former’ angel. They retain what they were created as. Mind you; beyond this life there is no Time, only existence.
A key example is when Daniel prayed and the angel sent to him was detained in a spiritual battle for the period. In the spiritual, there is no Time!
“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” Daniel 10:13
The ‘struggle’ took place in the spiritual. The ‘period’ was measured in days/weeks for that is how we keep time!
The teaching point is that there is no description of the forces, but rather a hint that the angel sent to deliver the message to Daniel (possibly in a dream) for when the angel arrived, noone but Daniel could see it.
“And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.:
What is seen in the spiritual is most times not in the physical.
“Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spakeunto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into Heaven.”
In the Old Testament when Jacob was on his trip; he slept and dreamt of angel’s and of God:
“And Jacob dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the Earth, and the top of it reached to Heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.”
Furthermore and just as important was Saint John’s view in Revelation of things in the spiritual realm.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.”
There are things we cannot see with the physical eye.
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:18
These examples are to lead us to know that what we see in the physical is limited.
“For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
1 Corinthians 13:12
In and of itself this is another share! We are fully known! And yet we see a reflection as in a mirror. Sharpen your spiritual sight!
One of the things spiritually-alive people most talk about is a sense of expectation. They have a sense that With spiritual eyes, they see that God will act, and willlet people be aware of the continuing divine involvement in their lives.
Henri Nouwen (in Out of Solitude, p.59) likened it to getting a letter from someone you love: it brightens up even the most boring day. God’s ‘love letters’ are being delivered daily, hourly, often moment by moment. Part of living in the Spirit is to trust that God will deliver these ‘letters’. No wonder people who live in the Spirit feel so refreshed; is there anything as refreshing as that?
Part of this sense of expectation is expecting to be empowered and used by God. God will not waste you. God will put you to use. Maybe not as you want to, maybe not when you want to. But just as God’s Word does not come back empty, neither will God’s work in you. This idea draws from, among other places, Acts 1:8, where the risen Jesus addresses the gathering of His followers (beyond just the circle of his disciples!). Jesus told them not to try to figure out the time of the coming of the Kingdom, for it was not their task. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,” Jesus said, “and you shall be my witnesses …. to the ends of the earth.” No maybes about this commissioning — the power shall be given to be Jesus’ witnesses. Acts 2 reports that on Pentecost, just after Jesus left, the Holy Spirit arrived in full force. The Spirit is still here, in each baptized believer, and not just spiritual leaders.
The power is still here, too, arising within us in order to enable us to carry out our tasks of service, witness, and benefit of the Body. Because the Spirit gives such possibilities, the follower of Christ can be bold about doing the good things which make for holiness. The follower expects to be used at any moment. This is what the holy life is made of.
When charismatics talk of doing things in “resurrection power”, they are saying they’re not afraid to take action for God’s purposes, because anything which causes fear is already defeated through Jesus’ resurrection. They’re not afraid to be wrong, even dreadfully wrong. They trust that when they trust the Spirit, the Spirit will lead them in the right direction, out of whatever hole they may have dug for themselves. They can be free to take chances to follow God. They can see the course ahead with a clearer spiritual vision. While I would remind them that the Spirit, through Scripture, tells us to be discerning about all things, this is a matter of wisdom not fear. In doing God’s work, whatever it may be, there’s no room for fear.