Many are confused on the terms Binding, and Loosing, and how to use them.
Because of that confusion this powerful tool is often used incorrectly or not at all. Much of the reason for the confusion is a misunderstanding￼ of the scriptures concerning binding and loosing. Then there is just 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? The answer is very simple, and complicated at the same time. Translations such as King James was translated from Greek to Latin to the Kings 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.
Binding and Loosing is for things never People or Demons
Historically Binding” and “loosing” was an everyday term 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 is about that principle truth is law in the spiritual realms, and this principle covers all realms including the demonic.
Let’s look at several translations of the scriptures mentioned above starting with The Passion Translation which is as close to the Hebrew and Aramaic in English as possible.
“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 I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 16:19 KJV
Isaiah 22:22 is in reference to Revelation 3:7 Eliakim (a picture of Jesus) Is to have unlimited control. The doors he opens (looses) are doors of revelation, treasures, favor, and opportunity. When he closes (binds) those doors, no amount of human striving can open them￼
(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)
(I will place upon his shoulders the key to the treasures of David’s palace. He will open doors that no one can shut, and he will shut doors that no one can open.￼ Isaiah 22:22 TPT
“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
“Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:18-20 KJV
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