The deviant translator, this thing whose habitat is in the very center of all carnal minds, has made men think it is out there somewhere rather than where it/he really sits. The written word is one source that reveals the location. Ephesians 2:2 tells us he is “the prince of the power (authority, Grk) of the air.”
We will only touch upon a couple of thoughts in reference to the AIR, which we believe speaks clearly of the soul. We can compare the air with the soul in the same way the Holy Place of the tabernacle relates to it. The tabernacle had three realms, and so does man; which are, his spirit, his soul and his body. (Inspiration, Creation, and Manifestation). The spirit is the origin of inspiration, the soul is the place inspiration is created, and the body is that which brings it all into manifestation.
The tabernacle had the Holy of Holies, the Holy Place and the Outer Court, and as with man, the inspiration began in the Holy of Holies by the Spirit of God, its forming took place in the Holy Place, and then there was an outward manifestation of it in the Outer Court as the priests ministered to the people. (For some references concerning these types that point to spiritual realities, note: Heb 8:1-5, 9:8-11, 23-24, 10:1, II Cor 6:16, I Cor 6:15 & 19)
With the natural universe, we also have three realms. There is the infinity of space, the air which makes up our atmosphere, and then the earth. The space houses the Sun (Son) for inspiration, the atmosphere contains the characteristics and resources to work out and minister that life received from the sun, and the earth, of course, is what manifests that life. It first comes from the sun, passes through the air, and the reality of it is finally seen in the earth.
One major problem we have had with Biblical teachings is this. Many things have been taken too literal rather than seeing them in the light of the Spirit. Another contributing factor has been tradition. During the dark-ages people were very fearful, superstitious and believed in all kinds of fables, fairy tales and hobgoblins. One such goblin was the devil of Dante’s Inferno (also known as The divine Comedy). He is the one with horns and a long, swishing tail who runs to and fro throughout the earth in his red flannel underwear with that ominous pitchfork in hand. Oh, there is a devil, all right! Jesus and other voices in the Bible make this very clear; however, it is unlikely that no more than one (1) percent of Christendom know what, who, or where he is. This unfortunate shortcoming is not only due, as mentioned above, to concepts carried over from the dark-ages, but as a result of teachers who were ignorant of scriptural matters concerning the church.
We do not know all there is to know about the devil, and we do not lay claim to having the revelation of what all the mysteries are concerning the principalities, the powers, the ruler of the darkness of this world, and the spiritual wickedness in high places; but we do know there are some imaginations that must come down. For instance, the one of the devil as an individual outside somewhere, who has power wherever there is air (for the scripture does say that he is the prince of the power of the air), and his influence being entirely an exterior persuasion in the form of temptations. If this was true, then it would stand to reason we could rid ourselves of temptation and sin if we could just find a place where there was no air. I suppose we could go to the moon and not be bothered with being tempted; for you see, there is no air on the moon. “But,” someone might say, “you have to take air with you to the moon in the oxygen tanks, and there is also a quantity of air inside the capsule.” We can concede to that thought, so what could we do then, to successfully flee this persistent one? Perhaps we could go down to the lake, expel all the air from our lungs, and jump in. As we sink slowly to the bottom into this airless, watery asylum, let’s just try to think an evil thought and see if it is possible. If the supposition stands, not one evil notion, not one mean idea, hateful or vindictive consideration could be imagined; neither could any sorrowful, painful, self-pitying thought cross our minds; and furthermore, we couldn’t commit any evil acts whatsoever. But, oh, we know full well, such thoughts and deeds are still possible, even in the absence of air!
Therefore, even if the logical sense was all we had to go on, could we not conclude that this air which the traducer is a prince in is not referring to the natural air of our atmosphere, but speaks clearly of something in the realm of the spirit? Indeed, it does!
We will notice now the thing which is contained in the air that the devil is prince over, namely, THE POWER. You see, he is not the prince of the air itself, as we have mentioned is typical of the soul, but he is the prince of something in the soul which is the power and authority in that particular realm. It is clear that the one primary source of power and authority in anyone’s soul is their MIND. The mind is the creating generator (power) and inaugurator (authority) of thoughts and imaginations, good or bad, which in turn motivates the body to carry out what was created in it.
We are aware that God created Adam with authority and creative powers — the power to create and set up societies and systems, the power to create civilizations, and the power to create governments and all other orders we see today in the world of Adam. However, few realize the serpent has been elected to be the prince over this powerful authority (Gen 3:14 & 19d and Eph 2:2). Since he is the ruler of that authority (the earthy, creative powers of the mind), and he is a traducer, he is busy about his duties of translating things from the high order of reasoning of God to the lower order of reasoning of man.
This translator is also very consistent, for he can only translate one way. He always conveys dusty thoughts and carnal revelations, because this is all that the mind of man can receive. Another reason they are always of the dust, is because the serpent came from the same element that man was formed of. Therefore, he can only draw from what he is. When he speaks, it is a lie, he can’t speak a truth, for there is no truth in him to utter. “He speaks of his own,” or out of his own realm of existence (Jn 8:44), and since his own realm of being happens to be dust, his origin being the ground, his words and thoughts will always be a product of that substance — dirt! There is no truth in dirt. All scriptural truth (the reality of God) comes from above, even from Jesus who is the truth, the Lord from heaven. In other words, THE TRADUCER VEILS THE TRUTH, while JESUS IS TRUTH UNVEILED!