25 And it was so, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they did not fear the Lord; therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them. 26 So they spoke to the king of Assyria, saying, “The nations whom you have removed and placed in the cities of Samaria do not know the rituals of the God of the land; therefore He has sent lions among them, and indeed, they are killing them because they do not know the rituals of the God of the land.” (2 Kings 17:25-26)
The God of the land
This is clearly a reference to territorial spirits. The people of the west find it very difficult to understand this concept but this was nothing new to the Assyrians who understood that each land was ruled by a ‘god’
Many bible teachers today are quick to debunk the teaching on territorial spirit saying that the bible does not clearly teach about this subject. If pearl were found on the sea-shore then why would there be any further need to dive deep risking life and limb. Also, if pearls would be found on the shore would pearls be valuable as they are now.
References to Territorial spirits
12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. (Daniel 10:12-13)
20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince. (Daniel 10:20-21)
As Michael is a prince and guardian over Israel, it is reasonable to conclude that the opposing princes are demonic guardians over Persia and Greece. From this passage, it can be argued that there are geographical boundaries for the princes of Persia and Greece.Back to Bible Commentary