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Lee,

the concept of gods and divine council can actually speak to our fractured day, when - although people might not use the language of “gods” - the splintering of our societies is clearly an indication that something is “up” in the heavenly realms

As a preterist, I would argue that today’s fracturing is a mere remnant from these corrupt gods’ actions in the past. I would argue these gods were judged and destroyed in AD 70 at the end-of-the-age prior to the ushering in of the new age (a new heaven and earth).

Not sure if Andrew agrees or not. I know Andrew puts a judgement upon Israel in AD 70 but puts a judgement of the nations out at the fall of Rome (~AD400ish). Andrew could clarify his position.

Either way, I think these gods were dealt with in our past. I know in the past, in a conversation about demons, I pointed out that if you map out all the references to demons in the Gospels “the results reveal that every single case of demon-possession in the Gospel accounts occurs in the north, outside Judea; there are no examples of demon-possession in Judea or Jerusalem recorded in any of the four Gospel accounts”. I think there is a reason for this that is directly tied to the subject of these corrupt gods and their inheritance of the nations. Per Deut 32, the “LORD’s portion is his people”. His people were in Judea, YHWH’s holy ground.

It’s also interesting that in the north is where Mt. Hermon is located and is the OT region of Bashan, the “place of the serpert”. According to the book of Enoch, Mt. Hermon is where these corrupt “gods” descended. See Unseen Realm page 282-285 for additional information on this connection.