I am still speaking about the apostolic ministry and was taught by the Lord that ruler-ship is the key element of dominion and subjection.  Adam’s apostolic mandate was to:

Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Gen 1: 28).

Let’s try to understand what God  meant when He told Adam to be  fruitful, multiply, replenish the earth, subdue the earth and have dominion.

  • be fruitful – to show fruitfulness
  • multiply – become numerous, grow or become great, enlarge, make great.
  • replenish the earth- to  fill, create abundance
  • subdue the earth – dominate, tread down the earth
  • have dominion in the earth – dominate, tread down, to have dominion, rule, subjugate

It’s rather easy to  conceptualize fruitfulness, multiplication and replenishing of the earth. However, I believe that these blessings are realize as we learn how to subdue and have dominion or rule the earth.  I also believe that ruler-ship also relates to domination of the power of darkness.

Let’s look at some examples. During the temptation in the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve failed to subdue and have dominion over the devil, who was referred to as the serpent (a description of his cunning and wiliness).  God told him that he would crawl, in other words, he would have to grovel  to man.  Jesus later taught the disciples that He had given them power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.

Here’s example 2. Adam also was punished by extreme hard work in which the earth would become resistant to his efforts to till the soil. He would have to use greater effort to subdue it in order to be fruitful, multiply its produce etc and replenish it.

Here’s example 3. After Noah came out of the ark, God told him that the animals would be in fear and dread of them. Why?

To be practical, I believe that the following will serve to give examples of dominion in the earth. These include wealth acquisition, inventions and discoveries, uncommon favor with God and man, spiritual authority reflected in signs and wonders etc, power over the elements, great anointings etc. Can you think of any more? Please let me know what you believe.

Next time, I will write about people who had dominion in the earth. Blessings.