Paul wrote to the Ephesians that we are to “put on all the armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11; Ephesians 6:11 Put on all the armor of God so that you can resist the cunning of the devil. American version King James×). But why do we need to put on God`s armor? For “we do not struggle against flesh and blood, but against principalities [ark, the form of dominion that exists in the world], against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this time, against spiritual armies of wickedness in heavenly places” (verse 12). To understand kingship and reign, we must also understand the kingdom and what it means. What is a kingdom? A kingdom is the government of a king. It is a sovereign rule and the dominant influence of a king on his territory. However, most of the kingdoms that exist today are constitutional monarchies. The king or queen acts as a ceremonial head of state with public functions such as promoting tourism and interest in the nation`s history and culture, but without real political authority. Under a constitutional monarchy, the nation is governed by a constitution or set of laws executed by a president or prime minister elected by the citizens of the country. In England, for example, Queen Elizabeth II is the official head of state – but the nation is ruled by a prime minister and a parliament.
The “ascension” in Psalm 68 is therefore clearly the supernatural ascension of Christ. Although He gave “gifts” here by receiving them in Psalm 68. The double meaning is intentional and consistent with what I envision as a kind of epic cosmic transference. God`s defeated sons pay homage to Christ, their conqueror, and He distributes the spoils of victory. In Greek, as in other languages, many verbs are related to nouns. The Greek name arche is related to the verb archo and is used much more frequently in the New Testament than its verbal form. To better understand the correct view of the rule, let us examine the scriptures that contain the word ark. A kingdom is a piece of land ruled by a king or queen. A kingdom is often called a monarchy, which means that a person who usually inherits his position by birth or marriage is the head or head of state. The Middle Ages was a period of history that lasted about 500 to 1500. It is also known as the Middle Ages.
In the Middle Ages, countless kingdoms formed and collapsed in Europe, Asia and Africa. While the sea, on the other hand, represents the abyss in which demons are trapped, the mountains represent a place where earth and sky meet. They are therefore associated with the presence of gods. In many religions, mountains are where the gods dwell or where they appear on earth. Jesus` transfiguration occurred on a mountain, probably on Mount Hermon (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2–8; Luke 9:28–36; 2 Peter 1:16–18). In Ugarit, in northern Israel, the high god El is said to have met in the palace of his vice-regent Ba`al on Mount Tsaphon. In Greece, the gods gathered to hold the Council of Olympus. In Israel, of course, Yahweh was first on Mount Horeb or Sinai (Exodus 3:1; 19-31) and later in the temple on Mount Zion (Psalm 9:11; 48:1-2; 74:2; 132:13; Joel 2:1; 3:17).
The meeting between Elijah and the 450 priests of Ba`al takes place on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18). The Samaritans believed that God was present on Mount Gerizim (cf. Jn 4:20). Altars were regularly built for pagan gods in high places (Deuteronomy 12:2; 1 Kings 12:31-32); and this could include man-made mountains that served as stairs to heaven (e.g., 2 Kings 17:9; cf. Genesis 28:12; John 1:51) – this is the idea behind the ziggurats, which would have given the Tower of Babel its location and its time (cf. Genesis 11:1-9). [See, for example, What was the meaning of ziggurats in ancient Mesopotamia? on DailyHistory.org.] Understanding why Naaman does this brings us to a key concept for understanding the kingdom of God itself. Perhaps the most famous European kingdom of the Middle Ages was that of the legendary British King Arthur. Arthur may not have existed at all. Reports of his kingdom were written hundreds of years after his alleged existence.
If there was a King Arthur, he probably lived in the fifth century, after the Romans left Britain and before the emergence of real historical British kings in the eighth century. King Arthur is believed to have been one of dozens, if not hundreds, of kings in Britain at the time. Even if King Arthur did not exist, his legend suggests that kingdoms played a role in the Middle Ages. The presence of divinity was important to the ancient worldview in another way that brings us back to the concept of the kingdom: there was a territorial aspect. We see how this relates to the story of Naaman in 2. Kings 5. In verse 17, Naaman says, “Again, indicating how to integrate this with Ephesians 4:8-11: This is a very confusing and opaque interpretation because the sons of God are not relevant in context, and Paul refers directly to what he announced in Ephesians 2:6-8: that God “lifted us up with him and put us with him in the heavenly places in the anointed Jesus, so that, in times to come, he may show the immeasurable riches of his grace of kindness to us in the anointed Jesus.