Many are confused on the term Binding and Loosing, and because of that they do not use this powerful tool at all, or use it incorrectly. The reason for this in part is because of not understanding the verses, and the fact that the biblical meanings of loosing and binding words themselves have been mistranslated in most English versions of scripture. Why was it mistranslated? That is very simple in that versions such as King James was translated from Greek to Latin to English and they had very little contextual context of the Hebrew culture to base the translation of words on. The Hebrew and Aramaic language was and is a hermetic language, and the same word can mean different things depending on the cultural context. The most common versus used for binding and loosing are Matthew 16:19 and 18:18.
Historically Binding” and “loosing” were common terms used by the Rabbis in biblical times and was commonly used in time of Christ. When the rabbis “bound” something, they “forbade” it, and when they “loosed” something, they “permitted” it. In Jewish writings binding and loosing referred to “forbidding” or “permitting” something, and they were used for things, like rules and regulations, not people.
The rabbis did not bind or loose people. “Binding” (forbidding) and “loosing” (permitting) were necessary because the Law of Moses could not contain all the regulations necessary to govern a congregation and society. Because of this religious leaders were required to “bind” and “loose” activities in the congregation that were not specifically included in the Law of Moses. This was true in Jesus’ day, and is still true today.
The New Testament clearly teaches that any blood bought believer has power over demons, but at no time in the New Testament does anyone ever “bind” or “loose” a demon. Remember, in the culture, binding and loosing referred to THINGS, not people, and not demons, but. BUT when we bind or loose a “principle truth” of who Jesus is and what he about it becomes as law in Heaven, this principle covers all of the demonic realm.
Let’s look at several translations of the scriptures mentioned above
“I will give you the keys of heaven’s kingdom realm to forbid on earth that which is forbidden in heaven, and to release on earth that which is released in heaven.””
Matthew 16:19 TPT
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. [Isa. 22:22.]”
Matthew 16:19 AMPC
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.””
Matthew 16:19 NIV
“And the key of the house of David I will lay upon his shoulder; he shall open and no one shall shut, he shall shut and no one shall open.”
Isaiah 22:22 AMPC
“Receive this truth: Whatever you forbid on earth will be considered to be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be considered to be released in heaven. Again, I give you an eternal truth: If two of you agree to ask God for something in a symphony of prayer, my heavenly Father will do it for you. For wherever two or three come together in honor of my name, I am right there with them!”
Matthew 18:18-20 TPT
“Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven. Again I tell you, if two of you on earth agree (harmonize together, make a symphony together) about whatever [anything and everything] they may ask, it will come to pass and be done for them by My Father in heaven. For wherever two or three are gathered (drawn together as My followers) in (into) My name, there I AM in the midst of them. [Exod. 3:14.]”
Matthew 18:18-20 AMPC
““Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.””
Matthew 18:18-20 NIV
Let’s look now at the modern definitions of Bind and Loose so we can better see how these verses apply to us in this day and age.
BIND to….tie, fasten, attach, connect, set, secure, join, fix, stick, constrain, link, tie up, shackle, adhere, truss, oblige, move, order, obligate, agree, cement, chain, control, restrain, tether, unite, fuse, lash, bandage, control, tie down, gird, engage, make fast, secure, force, or enslave
LOOSE to…. free, liberate, release, detached, loosen, unattached, liberate, disengaged, let go, open, unbound, untie, set free, unbind, unleashed, unlock, forgive or free.
HOW BINDING AND LOOSING WORKS.
When we use Prayer and Confession we BIND (see definitions) the spiritual realm law of Gods Ruach words of scripture to ourselves and others.
When we use Prayer and Confession we can LOOSE (see definitions) ourselves and others from the works of darkness and we LOOSE (see definitions) ourselves by standing on our authority.
“All I need to do is to call to you, singing to you, the praiseworthy God. When I do, I’m safe and sound in you.”
Psalms 18:3 TPT
“I will forever praise this God who didn’t close his heart when I prayed and never said no when I asked him for help. He never once refused to show me his tender love.”
Psalms 66:20 TPT
“He responds to the prayer of the poor and broken and will not despise the cry of the homeless.”
Psalms 102:17 TPT
“It is despicable to the Lord when people use the worship of the Almighty as a cloak for their sin, but every prayer of his godly lovers is pleasing to his heart.”
Proverbs 15:8 TPT