Regions Of Captivity
This book is a study of one of the most powerful revelations God has given me. Delivering captives in the traditional manner requires a lot of time, dedication, physical and spiritual strength, a price few are willing to pay. The battle can be fierce due to the ruthless manifestations of the demons. The reality is many times this type of deliverance is unsuccessful. However, there is an easier, more efficient way to deliver people and it is how Jesus did it.
Jesus didn’t come to earth simply to save us and to die for our sins, but also to give us freedom in every area of our life. He conquered the devil’s empire and set the captives free. This goes beyond casting out demons of the occult, drugs, alcohol, etc. Captivity plays a role in the lives of all mankind.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release for the prisoner, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-3
Jesus never went to a physical prison to set prisoners free when He was on earth. However, He proclaimed in the synagogue of Nazareth:
Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. Luke 4:21b
Jesus released many captives from their spiritual prisons through the Holy Spirit. He did it by seeing and hearing what the Father did, through understanding the spiritual world. The Lord desires to empower us with the fullness of the Knowledge of His Kingdom.
Captivity represented one of the most important parts of Jesus’ suffering and victory through His death and resurrection. Jesus descended to the lowest parts of the earth to take our captivity away from the devil. This affects all human beings, from the most downtrodden to the most successful one. Somehow part of our soul is held prisoner rather through sin, sickness, fear or pain.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. Hebrews 2:14-15
This not only refers to the fear of dying, but of everything that pertains to the kingdom of death: poverty, scarcity, sickness, insecurity, sudden tragedy, etc. All of these things control and dominate the majority of human beings, including the Church. Understanding captivity in our days is of utmost importance, since many times, receiving and developing our spiritual gifts depends on this knowledge.
Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” Ephesians 4:8-13
Jesus dealt with captivity first, then He gave gifts to men so they can develop the Church. This sequence is very important for the Church to reach its fullness.
The body of Christ is full of sickness, division, fear, financial scarcity, grave character flaws, lack of understanding and in many cases lack of vision. These are all symptoms we must consider, to realize perhaps there is something we have not really understood. This breach in our understanding is one of the main reasons why Jesus came to earth: To take our captivity captive.
This is a book of deep deliverance and prophetic revelation. Its primary purpose is to advance the Body of Christ to the stature of the “Perfect Man,” with apostolic authority.
Every person who has suffered an emotional blow, trauma or who has suffered from the pain of having his heart broken, almost certainly is being held captive in some area of his life. Anyone who comes from a broken home, from a heritage of occult or blood shedding, finds himself in a similar situation. That part of your life where you feel that you do not live in victory or there is a blockage you can’t seem to get around, has to do with captivity.
Once you understand this subject, you will find the answers to the most complicated dilemmas of your inner being. It will help you recognize the place where you are still held captive (if you are) and it will set you free so that you can then help others.
It is our work as sons of God, to take the Gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God to every creature, setting them free and translating them from the kingdom of darkness to His wonderful light.
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6