Exact definition uncertain. Refers to unbelief.
- Fortresses are called imaginations, thoughts, knowledge that exalts itself above the knowledge of God.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (KJV) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds [fortresses]😉 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ…
- Jesus says that there can be twigs or support beams in our eyes (a symbolic word for our mind – Eph 1:18). If a support beam is in your eye it causes you to not see clearly.
Matthew 7:4-5 (NKJV) Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck [lit. twig] from your eye’; and look, a plank [lit. support beam] is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
- The people of Israel could not take the land of Canaan because of their unbelief (Heb. 3:19). The reason that they gave for not entering the land was that the land was “fortified.” These fortifications represented their unbelief.
Numbers 13:28 (NKJV) Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there.
- Also Jericho was fortified with a wall (representing unbelief) that needed to be pulled down before Israel could take their inheritance.
Joshua 6:20 (NKJV) And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.
- Fortifications could possibly refer to unbelief due to it meaning “concealed or hidden” (as hiding truth). A strong tower is used synonymous with a covert place (hidden).
Psalms 61:3-4 (KJV) For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. 4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.