Revelation 17 Lesson

Spiritual Authority

What is spiritual authority?

Who has it?

And what does it mean for us?

These are the questions that we will answer in today’s lesson.


The definition of the word authority is:

As we think about spiritual authority, we need to understand who has the power to:

  1. Give orders?
  2. Make decisions?
  3. Enforce obedience?

The answer to all three questions is Jesus!


In his letter to the Colossians, Paul says that Jesus is the head over ALL authority.  

Not SOME authority,  

Not MOST authority,  

But ALL authority! 

  • “Christ is the head over all rule and authority.” – Colossians 2:10.

That means that Jesus is the boss!

He is the one who tells us right from wrong.   He does this through the inspired words of the Bible.  

When Jesus says that something is right, it is right!  

When He tells us something is wrong, it is wrong!  

End of discussion.


  1. “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through Him and for Him.” – Colossians 1:16,    
  2. “He was in the beginning with God.   All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into beingthat has come into being.” – John 1:2-3,    
  3. "And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth.'” – Mathew 28:18.

Jesus has authority over all things in Heaven and on earth, this includes Satan. Consider the following three verses:

  1. “And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.’” – Mathew 28:18,
  2. “You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.” – James 2:19,  
  3. “Theywere all amazed, so that they debated among themselves, saying, ‘What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.’” – Mark 1:27.

Jesus will permit Satan to temporarily rule the earth (in a worldly sense, not a spiritual one) until the Day Of Judgment.   John wrote about this in his first epistle, his gospel, and the Book of Revelation:

  1. “We know that we are of God, and that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.“ - 1 John 5:19,
  2. “Now judgment is upon this world; now theruler of this worldwill be cast out.” - John 12:31,
  3. “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.  Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.’” - Revelation 12:9-10.


Whether we realize it or not, we are in a constant battle between good and evil, and all of us have to make a choice: 

  1. If we follow Jesus, He will save us, and we will go to Heaven,  
  2. If we reject Him and choose to follow the sinful ways of the world instead, we will be sent to Hell.  

It goes without saying that making this decision between good and evil is the most important decision that we will ever make. The consequences of our decision will determine where we spend eternity.

If we want to be “good” and do what is “right” there is only one decision to make. We need to learn what Jesus teaches and follow Him!

We also need to protect ourselves against the relentless attacks of Satan. Peter wrote about this in his first epistle:

  • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8

Satan is a powerful adversary and should never be taken lightly. That, however, does not mean that we have to give in to his advances. If we resist him, he will flee from us and move on to another target:

  • “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” – James 4:7-8.


Jesus has authority over all things in heaven and on earth. He always has, and He always will!

The question that we need to ask ourselves is will we follow Him or Satan?

Regardless of the choice that we make, there are two things that we know for certain:

  1. Jesus will remain in authority forever,
  2. There will be eternal consequences to our decision.

Choosing who we will follow is the most important decision that we will ever make, and we must choose wisely!

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture that shows us what it looks like to make the right choice:

  • “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15.


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1) What did today’s Bible study make you think and feel?
2) How can you apply what you have just learned to something specific that is happening in your life?


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Virtual Bible Study

1) What did today’s Bible study make you think and feel?
2) How can you apply what you have just learned to something specific that is happening in your life?


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It made me think about the choices of good or evil. Things happen in life that sneak up on you. They seem to jump out from among trees. They try to scare us. But we have the Lord Jesus. He is the King, the most High Powerful. I think recognizing these situations as they happen is so important. Wearing our armor and staying prepared for battle.


This lesson encourages me to stay focused and continue to obey the Lords commandments. This life is not easy and Satan wants us to follow the world behaviors. I will continue to choose Jesus' Authority so that heaven will be my home.

Indiana Bill

Am 73 now. Have learned much. My conclusion? People are not very bright. They do stupid things. Bottom line is: if YOU are bright, you have chosen Almighty God. See you in Paradise! 😃😊😁😉


I think the harlot is meant to depict Babylon itself. A city that has turned to sin. But it symbolizes all that is evil, and contrary to God's commandments.

Annette Michelle Waite

The Bible text is a bit much to dissect. I agree with you because there is some spiritual warfare going on. God will always have the victory!