Baphometic Age: Ephesians 2:2 – What Is The Significance Of “Air” In Ephesians 2:2

What Is The Significance Of “Air” In Ephesians 2:2

There May Be More To It Than You Think…

I. Key Verse:

Ephesians 2:2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience…”

II. The ‘Brief’ Definition:

Air: ἀήρ aḗr, ah-ayr’; G109; air (as naturally circumambient):—air. Pertaining to both the unconscious breath and the atmospheric region. It stems from aemi (to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire; by analogy, to blow).

III. Extended Definitions:

To the ancient Greeks, air/ἀήρ/aḗr related to:

A. The Lower Parts of the Sky: The “lower air,” or lower part of the “atmosphere,” in general (from just above the ground to some point above the tallest known tree-tops; it basically covered the air that we breathe). Some sources state that they viewed this “air” as extending to even the moon, though not to the stars, for the stars were said to dwell in the aether (the purer air). This definition sounds basic but it is just as important as the others in light of what is to come.

B. The Denser/Obscuring “Atmosphere:” They also saw it as pertaining to the denser manifestations of air, the denser “atmospheric” conditions, like mist, haze, fog, other murky (obscuring/gloomy) conditions and, by extension, to darkness in general (in the sense of a clouding or obscuring). Note that the verb “occult” means “To eclipse; to hide from sight.” The noun form of occult means “Hidden from the eye or the understanding; invisible; secret; concealed; unknown.” So think of the haze, mist, fog, the gloomy dark, and the thick clouds, as that which occult the view or understanding (hiding things from plain/clear sight); this aspect is important to remember, as the definitions build. For now, consider this etymological breakdown of the word occult:

Occult: 1530s, “secret, not divulged,” from Middle French occulte and directly from Latin occultus “hidden, concealed, secret,” past participle of occulere “cover over, conceal,” from assimilated form of ob “over” (see ob-) + a verb related to celare “to hide,” from PIE root *kel-(1) “to cover, conceal, save.” Meaning “not apprehended by the mind, beyond the range of understanding” is from 1540s. The association with the supernatural sciences (magic, alchemy, astrology, etc.) dates from 1630s.

C. The Hidden Realm: The ancient Greeks also believed that air/ἀήρ/aḗr was the abode of the spirits and that it represented the invisible, spiritual realm. In footnote 189 of “Homer: Odyssey Books XIII and XIV,” it is said that when ἀήρ/aḗr is wrapped around something, it becomes cloaked, invisible (i.e. it becomes… occulted, obscured, hidden). It goes on to teach that ἀήρ pertains to the realm of invisibility, the spirit realm, the realm of the (false) gods. To the Greeks, Aḗr was also associated (as an anagram) with Hera, the “Queen of heaven,” “Queen of the gods,” the wife of Zeus. The ancient Hebrews also associated the air with the realm of the evil spirits.

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon states:

“Ephesians 2:2 signifies ‘the ruler of the powers (spirits, see ἐξουσία 4 c. ββ.) in the air,’ i. e. the devil, the prince of the demons that according to Jewish opinion FILL THE REALM OF THE AIR.”

John Gill, in his commentary, states:

“…which is not to be understood of any supposed power the devil has over the air, by divine permission, to raise winds, but of a posse, or body of devils, who have their residence in the air; for it was not only the notion of the Jews, that there are noxious and accusing spirits, who fly about (rywab), “in the air”, and that there is no space between the earth and the firmament free, and that the whole is full of a multitude of them; but also it was the opinion of the Chaldeans {n}, and of Pythagoras, and Plato, that the air is full of demons: now there is a prince who is at the head of these, called Beelzebub, the prince of devils, or the lord of a fly, for the devils under him are as so many flies in the air, (Matthew 12:24)…”

The renown McClintock & Strong Biblical Cyclopedia states:

Air (ἀήρ), the atmosphere, as opposed to the ether (αἰθήρ), or higher and purer region of the sky (Ac 22:24; 1Th 4:17; Re 2:2; Re 16:17). The Hebrew term רוּחִ,, ru’ach, occurs in this sense but once (Job 41:16); “air” is elsewhere the rendering of שָׁמִיַם, shama’yim, in speaking of birds of the heavens. The later Jews (see Eisenmenger, Entd. Jud. 2, 437 sq.), in common with the Gentiles (see Elsner, Obs. 2, 205; Dougtaei Annal. p. 127), especially the Pythagoreans, believed the air to be peopled with spirits, under the government of a chief, who there held his seat of empire (Philo, 31, 28; Diog. Laert. 8:32; Plutarch, Quaest. Romans p. 274). These spirits were supposed to be powerful, but malignant, and to incite men to evil. That the Jews held this opinion is plain from the rabbinical citations of Lightfoot, Wetstein, etc. Thus in Pirke Aboth, 83, 2, they are described as filling the whole air, arranged in troops, in regular subordination (see Rosenroth, Cabbala denud. 1, 417). The early Christian fathers entertained the same belief (Ignat. ad Ephes. § 13), which has indeed come down to our own times. It is to this notion that Paul is supposed to allude in Eph 2:2, where Satan is called “prince of the power (i.e. of those who exercise the power) of the air” (see Stuart, in the Biblioth. Sacra, 1843, p. 139). Some, however, explain “air” here by darkness, a sense which it bears also in profane writers. But the apostle no doubt speaks according to the notions entertained by most of those to whom he wrote, without expressing the extent of his own belief (see Bloomfield, Rec. Syn., and Meyer, Comment. in loc.).

So when you think of this “air,” think also of spiritualism, paganism, animism, new age teachings, many other forms of false religion, the demonic/satanic realm as a whole, and for this study (again), the occult in general.

D. The Unconscious Breath: Remember, air/ἀήρ/aḗr is the noun form that stems directly from the verb aemi, which means “to breathe unconsciously, i.e. respire, to inhale and exhale.” This unconscious breathing directly relates to the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is divided into two parts, the parasympathetic nervous system (covering our “rest and digest” and “feed and breed” functionalities) and the sympathetic nervous system (governing our “fight or flight” functionality). If you understand the importance, the very real power behind such systems, you will begin to see just how awful it is to have them susceptible to the influence of “the prince of the power of the air,” especially as it relates to the children of disobedience. Our appetites, desires, lusts, “needs,” “gut feelings,” and even the basis for many of our reactive thoughts and emotions (and even our volition), all directly tie-into the autonomic nervous system. This is why it is the focus/target of many occult systems. For instance, Wiccans, New Agers, many Yoga practitioners, and other occultists, speak much on the chakra / autonomic nervous system connection. One source states “Yoga trains the autonomic nervous system to be more efficient.” Another states:

“The idea that there is an association between the autonomic nervous system and chakras is not new. Modern occult teachings ranging from Qabalistic, Yoga, Buddhist, and Taoist meditation, to claims regarding Christian Mystery or Western Alchemy groups all make correlations of this type… It is interesting to note that there is a Western hypnotic tradition that has used this association as well.”

And another:

“The Third Eye Chakra is associated with the Autonomic Nervous System/Pituitary Gland. It is the centre of psychic power, spirit energies, higher intuition and light. The Third Eye Chakra governs the pituitary gland, pineal gland, skull, eyes, brain, nervous system and the senses.”

If Satan has power over this, if he is a ruler/authority over this aspect of unregenerate man, then he has control over the largest aspect of our mental realm, of our psyche, seeing that the conscious mind is the tip of the iceberg compared to the subconscious and unconscious mind (as it relates to brain functionality and our overall nervous system).

IV. The Most Controversial Part or Words Have Meaning or “Said Another Way” 

The air controlled by this wicked prince/chief/ruler is the same air wherein television and radio waves travel — hence the term airwaves, which is the “medium of radio and television transmission” per https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/airwaves. From just above the ground, to the tree-tops and well beyond, such signals travel to our television sets, allowing us to watch our favourite shows. We use our remote controls (sometimes called channel changers) to switch channels, so that we can tune into our preferred radio or television programs. This programming, which is broadcasted by the various radio and television stations, includes sports, music, dramas, sitcoms, documentaries, children’s shows, action films, comedic films, ‘erotic’ films, sci-fi films, fantasy films, horror films, etc. On a daily basis, an hour by hour basis, perhaps nearly a minute by minute basis (depending on the show/moview), you can watch someone lie, steal, cheat, revile, mock, scorn, assault, batter, blow something up, murder, get murdered, torture, torment, harass, molest, commit adultery, engage in fornication, engage in all manner of sexual perversion, act the fool, play the hedonist, engage in excess materialism or consumerism, promote false gospels and false doctrine, call good evil and evil good, and/or engage in any number of other immoral acts… the list goes on. Almost, if not every sin, every vice, every form of depravity can be found acted out, often in very graphic/realistic fashion, via the television set and related mediums — many times, it isn’t just acted out, it is outright engaged in. Note that a large amount of the wickedness that we see and hear through these mediums are associated with Hollywood. We even hear such language as Hollywood magic, or the magic of the big screen, to describe the content found thereon.

The hosts and actors who entertain us, and engage in such things, are often affectionately (and idolatrously) called stars, divas, legends, idols, and sometimes even “gods.” Large multitudes follow these stars; they cheer when a “star is born;” listen to gossip regarding falling stars; pattern their attitudes, dress, speech, lifestyles, and material desires after these stars; often hoping to become (or wishing that they were themselves) stars. Have you ever considered just how much of your time has been spent watching these stars and receiving this programming? Have you ever considered just how much of what you think, feel, believe, say, and do, has been influenced by these things? Can you even imagine a future, whether near or remote, that doesn’t reflect much of what you have seen via such media, via such programs? Have you ever thought about how much of your life has been wrapped around these movies, stars, and programs? How many of your memories are centered around such things; perhaps even your very look, your preferences in the opposite sex (appearance-wise), your idea of the ideal life, the ideal car, the ideal home, etc.?

Here’s another one… have you ever considered the full definitions of the key wording used above? Have you ever noticed that the mainstream words associated with the mediums of radio and television are also associated with the occult? Do you think this is by chance? Do you think it a mere coincidence? Or do you think it is a stretch, an overreach, a piecing together of things that aren’t really there, or that don’t really go together? Before you come to such conclusions, consider some of the language at issue:

MEDIUM (or the plural, MEDIA, as in mass media, mainstream media, news media, etc.) is defined by the 1913 Webster Dictionary, prescriptively, as:

“a means of transmission of news, advertising, or other messages from an information source to the public, also called a news medium, such as a newspaper or radio; used mostly in the plural form, i. e. news media or media.”

However, MEDIUM also means:

A person claiming to be in contact with the spirits of the dead and to communicate between the dead and the living; or an individual held to be a channel of communication between the earthly world and a world of spirits.”

CHANNEL can mean:

A band of frequencies used in radio and television transmission, especially as used by a particular station.

But it can also mean:

“a person who conveys thoughts or energy from a source believed to be outside the person’s body or conscious mind; specifically : one who speaks for nonphysical beings or spirits.”

PROGRAMMING can mean:

“Radio or television programmes that are scheduled or broadcast.

Yet, it can also mean:

“The [instilling], absorption, or incorporation of automatic responses, attitudes, or the like; conditioning; set, regulated, or modified instruction designed to produce a specific response or reaction (also the same as conditioning).”

BROADCAST can mean:

To transmit (a programme or some information) by radio or television; or tell (something) to many people.

However, broadcast is a variation of CAST BROADLY, with cast also meaning:

To cause (a magic spell) to take effect; to cause to fall upon something or in a certain direction; send forth [as in the casting of a spell]

TRANSMIT, as in a radio or television transmission, can mean:

To broadcast or send out (an electrical signal or a radio or television programme)

However, it can also mean:

Communicate or be a medium for (an idea or emotion)

TUNE can mean:

Adjust (a receiver circuit such as a radio or television) to the frequency of the required signal; watch or listen to a television or radio broadcast (as in, tune in).

But it also relates to:

Being sensitive to or able to understand something; being in (or not in) agreement or harmony with something [e.g. being in tune with someone’s vision, being sensitive or able to understand, or even agree with, the vision of another].

As well as:

to come or bring into harmony; to adjust with respect to resonance at a particular frequency [as in “being on the same wavelength or frequency;” getting others to agree with a particular message or vision]:  

It is closely related to the word ATTUNE, which means:

To make receptive or aware [think: to making one responsive to something]; to accustom or acclimatize [think: programming and conditioning]; and to make harmonious [think to bring someone into agreement with something, like someone’s vision for the world, for the future, etc.].

TELEVISION means:

The activity, profession, or medium of broadcasting on television; A system for converting visual images (with sound) into electrical signals, transmitting them by radio or other means, and displaying them electronically on a screen; A device with a screen for receiving television signals.

However, it is made up of two tele and vision. Tele means:

“far, far off, operating over distance;” from Greek tele “far off, afar, at or to a distance,” related to teleos (genitive telos) “end, goal, completion, result,” from PIE root *kwel- (2) “far” in space or time [Basically, think that which is distant, remote, afar off, future, yet to come, out of sight or visual range].

Moreover, vision means (amongst other things):

an experience of seeing someone or something in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition; a mental image of what the future will or could be like; a vivid mental image, especially a fanciful one of the future; the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom.

Another source defines vision as:

exceptional ability to know or believe what should happen or be done in the future [e.g.a leader with vision (good or bad)]; something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy; especially: a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation; direct mystical awareness of the supernatural usually in visible form

Regarding REMOTE CONTROL, or CHANNEL CHANGER, it may seem like more of a stretch but again, is it a coincidence that these terms have such negative dual meanings? I submit that through these mediums, these channels, we are receiving programming/conditioning to conform us to the vision of the Satanic realm, and that conditioning serves as a means of controlling the masses… remotely… unless God intervenes in an individual’s life. Even for the saint, the undue influence of television should be obvious. It often takes up too much of our time (in many cases); we are seeing murder, theft, fornication, adultery, nudity, vulgarity, etc., right before our eyes. Moreover, we are being bombarded by the world’s norms, opinions, lifestyles, doctrines, political views, calls to hedonism and consumerism, etc. Radio and television truly has become a medium, a channel, to push the satanic agenda. It is my belief that the television was specifically designed, in its current, modern form, to serve as that channel/medium to broadcast the spell, the message, the vision, of the doctrine of devils, so that we would be more and more conformed to (both tuned into and attuned to) the image of the secular, and the demonic, than to the image of Christ. We are being programmed via much of what is on television, both via predictive programming, and blatant programming/conditioning for the here and now. Our television is often being used to tell a vision of the carnal, the sinful — but we do not have to watch, receive, or listen to that vision.

V. Conclusion

Satan is the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience (him and his demonic minions). They control the airwaves, the occult world, the false religious systems, the invisible (evil) spiritual realm, etc., and they do so heavily through men. They corrupt men, working via their natural depraved natures, causing them to do their bidding. They do so by putting forth the corrupting content, the twisted narratives, the carnal vision of the future, that is in keeping with the flesh, the fallen nature of man.

And yet, understand that God is ultimately and truly in control, as the Absolute Sovereign over all things. Nevertheless, God does give His dog (Satan) a broad leash. Let us not fall pray to the evil, dark, spiritual realm, let us beware of his bite. Let us warn others of the dangers of false religious systems in general, of the occult in general, and even regarding such specifics as the influence on the autonomic nervous system (which is so popular in yoga, zen meditation, the left-hand path systems, the Wim Hof Method, new age mysticism, paganism, animism, etc.). Let us be vigilant, watchful, careful (albeit not in the anxious sense). Let us tell the truth and live it, as God enables, by His Holy Spirit, through Christ the Saviour.

Let us also put away the television, the movies, and the like, especially that which is aired over it, and that is at enmity with God and His word. Am I saying 100%? Not necessarily but maybe — that is between each of us and God. Whatever is not of faith is sin. Nonetheless, be mindful of the content… watch what you watch and don’t watch what isn’t glorifying God in the watching. Ask yourself whether watching that show, or program, is something that would be pleasing in the sight of God. Keep in mind that I am not saying that all programs are evil. For instance, a nature show that doesn’t go into evolutionary myth may be fine. A show on carpentry, or any other hobby, may be as well. Sometimes, a show may have very little negativity but much overall content that is beneficial; and yet, I know that this is nowhere near the norm; such “decent programming” would be far rarer than most would admit. Remember, the goal isn’t to engage in legalism. it isn’t to judge saved or lost by television ownership. This is simply a reminder that God warns against calling evil “good” and good “evil.” If we say that a show is “good” and yet it is promoting (broadcasting/televising) a vision of that which is unbiblical, harmful, hateful, ungodly, etc. — how can we justly and rightly call it good? Why are we even watching it? Look at how many shows portray Christians in a negative light; mock biblical marriage; promote fornication/adultery; promote the occult (witches, magic in general, ghosts, demons, “Lucifer,” UFOs, dragons, vampires, zombies, etc.); display lewd images; relay crude/vulgar jokes/narratives; and otherwise promote an Anti-Christian worldview (whilst negatively portraying a biblical one). All I am saying is be mindful, be aware, think about what you watch and do, and take it to God in prayer. Whatever is not of faith really is sin. Whatever transgresses the law of God really is sin. You must be accountable for your own actions; it’s not about judging/condemning… it’s about exhorting, encouraging, and provoking one another unto good works and an upright walk.

Remember:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 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]. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:10-13.

“No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. 7 Consider what I say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.” 2 Timothy 2:4-7

To walk in the Spirit, to be led by the Spirit, requires that the Christian be immersed in God’s holy word, the Bible. It entails putting on our Christian armour and battling against those things that would entangle us in the affairs of this world. We are to use the spiritual means that God has given us to do so, things like prayer, fellowship, bible reading, biblical meditation/rumination, passage memorisation, singing godly songs, listening to godly sermons, etc. Let us encourage, yes even provoke one another unto such things. Most importantly, all must be looked at through the lens of the Gospel, through the lens of Christ and Him crucified. The Lord Jesus Christ (God the Word made flesh, the fullness of the Godhead bodily) kept the law perfectly on behalf of His elect, died under the wrath of God in their stead, rose the third day (evidencing that all of their sin had been put away forever by the sacrifice of Himself), and thus guaranteed all aspects of their salvation. He suffered immensely, beyond anything we could all collectively imagine, even the equivalent of eternal damnation for His people; if we claim we are His, let us strive to think, speak, and act in a way that glorifies Him, in light of this great sacrifice and salvation. Let us labour to do so, with focus, intent, and great zeal, for He is worthy.

To God alone be the glory, In Christ Jesus,

Amen

mcw3

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