Matter of Faith: Wickedness in Heaven


From: Jamie Smith

“For it is not ours to wrestle with blood and flesh, but with the sovereignties, with the authorities, with the world-mights of this darkness, with the spiritual forces of wickedness among the celestials,” Concordant Literal Version (CLV), Eph. 6:12.

There is wickedness in heavenly places. We have been taught that Heaven is without sin, that the beings there are perfect. Supposedly Christians are up there in bliss.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,” King James Version (KJV), Eph. 6:12.
The KJV cannot seem to bring itself to such a thought of wickedness in Heaven and so changes the translation to “high places.” At least they italicize the word “places” to indicate that it is not in the Greek and that they have inserted their own word. Did you know that all italicized words in the KJV are not in the original?

The KJV also uses “rulers of the darkness of this world” to further cloud the fact that the wickedness in context is in Heavenly places. This encourages people to engage in political battles against evil in this world rather than to see their future as engagement with evil in the celestials subsequent to their resurrection.

“... and the heavens are not purged in His eyes …” Job 15:15.

Heaven is not clean. Christ has been given all authority but He has yet to take it. When He was upon the earth He was veiled by flesh. He is currently veiled in the celestials. The time for Him to be publicly known to all is not yet.

As revealed in the book of The Revelation, Christ will be unveiled. Just prior to that time, believers will enter this realm of evil in the celestials. Then, they will be properly equipped and be acting in conjunction with Christ Himself. He will be unveiled and active. Before that time, we do not want to be in the Heavenly places.


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