The “This Mountain” has to do with demonic activity.
And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said, 15 “Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water. 16 And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.” 17 And Jesus answered, “O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.” 18 And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly. 19 Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” Matt. 17:14 -20
The context is “this mountain” not a physical mountain, it is not just any mountain, but this mountain is of the demonic realm.
Mountains are used throughout the Bible as symbols of kingdoms or nations. (See Also: Mountains)
We don’t have to look far to find in the Bible, some national/political condition that is also demonic. For even though it may look like we are fighting against wicked nations and peoples. Our fight is with spiritual rulers of this present darkness. They seem to us as an immovable mountain, an invincible foes. They move people and nations to hate, persecute, and kill God’s people.
For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph. 6:12
Long have we recognized that the ultimate ruler of this present darkness is Satan, So much so that we have nick named him the prince of darkness. He is ruler of the nations, the Great Red Dragon in the book of The Revelation.
And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world — he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev. 12:9
The Great Red Dragon i.e. Satan holds sway over these imperial powers. We are told that he has given his authority to this beast. (This composite beast is made up of all the bestial empires that are named in Dan 7. The lion was Babylon, the bear was Persia, the leopard was Greece, and together they became the terrible beast that was Rome.)
And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bears, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. Rev. 13:2
This mountain we are supposed to be able to move are the imperial powers of this present age. The kingdoms under Satan’s control. We believers have not moved one of these mountains for many years now. Many have bought the lie of the Dispensational teachers that things have to get worse before then can get better.
We have lost our way and no longer are praying to bring down the nations that stand in the way of God’s will. This mountain must be moved to make way for the kingdom of our Lord.
When this mountain moves it will be replaced by one that shall never be moved.
And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand for ever; just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” Dan. 2:44-45
One hundred years ago we were singing songs like “Onward Christian Soldier”. Many taught and many more believed that we were going to bring in the millennium. We were going to convert the world by persuasion alone. Since then, we have lost our faith, our authority, and our power. We are now lukewarm. The three frogs of Evolution, Socialism, and Papal Authority, have lulled us all to sleep, as they constantly croak their lies. [Rev 16:13]
These mountains teach that it is the Believers that are ignorant fools. Deep down they fear that little mustard seed that is our power. The Power we no longer seem to be able to weld. We fear being mocked of ridiculed. Those who came before us did not ever fear fire, dungeons, or swords.
I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 1Cor. 13:2