God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment: How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked?
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken. I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you; nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.” Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations! Psalm 82
How little do we really know about the supernatural government, which is in place over Gods creation.
Psalm 82 talks about a divine council, which is situated somewhere in the heavens, which has some kind of an governmental authority over the earth. I find this so strange, that this divine council, who the God of creation takes his place with, is somehow corrupt. And does not govern in their place of authority righteously? This seems so strange to us believers who have never wrestled with these things. God has taken his place in the divine council, in the midst of the gods he holds judgment.
I wonder if we as believers have been told a bunch of fairy tales regarding what the faith that we have come into really is all about?
We have been brought up believing in a devil with a bunch of demons roaming the earth, trying to take us to hell with them? Is this really what the scriptures teach us. What does one do with these kinds of scriptures, which are not few in number.
Maybe this divine governmental reality, which is situated in the heavens, over the nations, is a lot different than what we have been taught? Maybe our whole superstructure of the faith, which has been passed down to us, is somehow flawed at its foundation? Maybe we really don’t know as we think we know?
Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him? O Lord God of hosts, Psalm 89, 5-7
I find this so strange that the eternal God, who is holy and righteous, sits on an council of (elohim) divine beings, who are somehow flawed and corrupted in the exercise of their divine government, which is somehow related to the government over the nations. These are truly strange scriptures? what does one do with this stuff?
When the Most High assigned lands to the nations, when he divided up the human race, he established the boundaries of the peoples according to the number in his heavenly court. Deuteronomy 32:8
According to Deuteronomy 32, the nations are divided according to the number of the heavenly court, who are called the sons of God.
This basically says that the nations are under the authority and government of the sons of God, who are the members of this divine council, which is situated over the nations, which at this present time are the gods of this age.
The bible does say that even though these divine beings, who are called the sons of God, who sit in this place of divine government, are very hostile to any kind of truth or righteousness.
Paul seemed to be the one who really understood these things, he wrote much on it throughout his letters. Paul more than any other seemed to have very clear understanding on these realities, that are written in the bible. Paul called them the gods of this age, the spirit that is at work in the sons of disobedience, the rulers of this age, the principalities and powers of this darkness. Its like Paul lived in the reality of this understanding of who they were, and the positions of authority they hold over the nations. Paul also did know who Christ was, and that it was Christ who was the head of this divine council, also it was Christ who was the judge over these corrupted ones, which are the members of this council.
This is the great mystery revealed, that the God and divine judge over his heavenly court, the one who stands in the council of heaven as king and Lord. It was he who descended into the earth as a man of Adam. It was he who took on the powers of this council on their territory, the land of sin and death, in which they now still govern. And through his death and resurrection, Christ stripped off the principalities and powers of this age.
God] disarmed the principalities and powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it [the cross]. Colossians 2:15
But wait it gets so much better than this. Not only did Christ defeat the principalities and powers, but when Christ rose from the grave and ascended back to heaven, as Lord and king over this council, which he defeated for his Church, but now we who are members of his body, we are now with him also partakers of his headship over this council. Now we who are in Christ have a seat with him over this realm of authority. This is so amazing to see, we are more than conquers now through Christ, we are seated with him at the table of divine government, how crazy is this! We are united with him over the works of his hands? who is head over all rule and authority.
I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. Ephesians 1: 19-23