The ancient Assyrian culture was totally infested with demons like Pazuzu, and Paul’s thesis is that the old demons are back and this accounts for the bloodthirsty rage
of the warriors of ISIS.
Particular demons (principalities) are known to be associated with places, tribes and nations. Given the opportunity to return they do so with a vengeance.
Paul believes that the ancient foe–against which God’s people the Jews first fought, and then the Holy Spirit conquered in the original homeland of the faith as the apostles brought the light of Christ to Mesopotamia, has now found a way to return and infest the hearts and minds of modern day Assyrians with the same bloodlust of their ancestors.
Certainly the ugly, irrational violence emerging at this time in Northern Iraq can have no other source.
What the secular media cannot see or understand is the true spiritual dimension of the evil that has surged forth. To they imagine that such forces can be reasoned with? Do they think the United Nations will bring about a diplomatic solution?
More than ever we must be reminded of the words of the apostle Paul to the Galatians “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.”
The evil being manifested is real. It is demonic and it seethes with the irrational, supernatural, hissing rage of hell.
If so, then how can this evil ever be overcome? Not with force of arms alone, but through spiritual warfare.
Buckle your seat belts and may the Lord have mercy.