You can find references to these principalities throughout the Old Testament, if you know how to recognize them. Their appearance in Psalm 82, where they are called 'the gods', is especially important, for here the Lord pronounces their judgment.
Psalms 82: A Psalm of Asaph.
1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked
5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course
61 have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.
And it is they who must die, [fall like Adam], for Jesus to return.
When the Lord returns, he first carries out judgment on the rulers of darkness and heavenly powers, before he actually returns to earth.
And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree For my sword shall be bathed in heaven ... (Isaiah 34:4-5 KJV)
Before He returns these powers of heaven must be taken out.
Here are further scriptures showing that one of the final judgments is that the powers of heaven will be shaken and the stars will fall. This means the satanic kingdoms of the air will be judged and the demonic princes who sit in those thrones [Prince of Persia etc.] will all be cast down to earth.
And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. Mark 13:25
Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. Luke 21:26
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: Matthew 24:29
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth. (Isaiah
And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited.
Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously. (Isaiah 24:21-23 KJV)
For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. Micah 1:3
Here's a set of scriptures relating to the Lord's return, the powers of heaven, and the repentance of Israel.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Revelation 1:7
The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it. Isaiah 19:1
And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Mark 14:62
And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Zechariah 12:10
In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. Jeremiah 50:4
In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve. Jeremiah 50:20
Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel
For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. (Amos 4:12-13 KJV)
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