Full text of Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon: “The Spirit of Antichrist” which was preached in Bromley, England, October 1988. In this four-part series talk, Derek Prince exposes the origin, structure and operation of the kingdom of darkness – and presents the keys to overcoming it victoriously.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
This is the third in a series of talks on the theme of The Enemies We Face.
In our first two talks we dealt, first of all, with the nature and the structure of Satan’s kingdom. I pointed out that there are two opposing spiritual kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan. Both of them spiritual and both of them at this time invisible to the natural eye but extremely real.
And we attempted to trace the origin of Satan’s kingdom to an archangel originally named Lucifer who led a group of angels in rebellion against God and set up a rival kingdom in a region which is called in the New Testament “the heavenlies.” That phrase “the heavenlies” actually occurs five times in the epistle to the Ephesians, which is the main section of Scripture that unfolds God’s revelation of the church. I think it is no accident that the emphasis there is on the heavenlies.
The church of Jesus Christ is supposed to be operating in the heavenlies against another kingdom, also established in the heavenlies.
And for the benefit of those who are confused, I would like to point out that in the Bible from the first verse onwards the word “heaven” is plural. There is more than one heaven, and somewhere between our planet and God’s throne in the heaven of God’s Presence, there is a rival satanic kingdom in opposition to God.
And then we dealt in the second talk with one of the main activities of the satanic kingdom, one of the main ways its power is manifested, which is witchcraft. For many people witchcraft has a kind of old-fashioned sound, like something from the Middle Ages, which has long ceased to be relevant, but that is totally untrue.
Witchcraft is very real and I think has never been more active in human history than it is today. And many nations which a generation ago would have been described as Christian, are today pervaded with intense activity by witchcraft.
I’ve tried to give a brief definition of witchcraft in three areas. First of all, as a work of the flesh, one of the ways that man’s fallen nature expresses itself, and I gave the three key words: to manipulate, to intimidate and to dominate. The aim of witchcraft simply is to control other people and get them to do what you want them to do. And it does not use legitimate means.
Witchcraft is closely allied with rebellion. It is the outworking of man’s rebellion against God.
In the second area witchcraft is a sort of supernatural satanic religion with many different aspects and phases. The priest of witchcraft in most countries is called the witch doctor. And you cannot find a single area of the earth’s surface where people have not been engaged in witchcraft, mostly from time immemorial. And in many, many areas of the world it is still the prevailing spiritual activity.
And then, thirdly, we dealt with witchcraft in the church, which is one of Satan’s master strokes. Paul wrote to the Galatian Christians and said, “Foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you?”