The Cosmic Hierarchy
by Dr. Tom R. Hawkins
Over the past several years we began to notice that instead of deliverance and spiritual warfare producing positive results and freedom, in some cases it seemed to cause severe retaliation, both for the client and the therapist, especially in the highly complex clients that we have worked with for nearly 20 years. An examination of Jude 8-10 revealed that bringing “blasphemous judgment against higher level beings was not advisable. Rather, “The Lord rebuke you” was a safer and more advisable response. It is not that we do not have authority in the spiritual realm. Because of our union with Jesus Christ (Eph 2:6) we do have spiritual authority. It is rather a matter of following the divine protocol in how we exercise that authority, at least for this present time.
We began examining the whole concept of two realms of spiritual beings. One was the usual demonic realm, which seems to include the lower level spiritual beings. Another was the higher level fallen angels, called celestial beings in Jude 8-10 (NIV). Over time we have begun to understand that celestial beings are a subcategory of the overall designation “cosmic beings.” While, admittedly, we don’t know the origin of demons, I now believe that they are not “fallen angels,” but more likely are the offspring of the Nephilim. More research and study needs to be done but my tentative suggestion is that while demons can be dealt with by direct command, the higher level evil cosmic beings need to be dealt with by following a different protocol. Our experience has so far confirmed that we must avoid blasphemous judgment against the higher level cosmic beings. If we are guilty of judgments that are “blasphemous” against such high level beings, we may give them legal ground to harass, intimidate and torment both our clients and ourselves or ministries. Finally, the following preliminary and tentative material lays a foundation for the appeal to the heavenly court, which God has used for those situations which do not yield to the more usual prayer or therapeutic approaches. This appeal has proven helpful to both individuals and organizations. The following outline is tentative and being used as my teaching notes until I can put the notes into more permanent form.