This morning I was asking the Lord to direct me during my quiet time with Him. He reminded me of two things in particular. First, what we see going on in the world is evidence of the conflict that is currently taking place in the spiritual realm. We must keep that at the forefront of our thoughts when trying to analyze stories and details of events that are reported by the media (especially the mainstream media).
The prophet Daniel wrote during the years when a majority of the people of Israel were exiled from Jerusalem by the Lord God as punishment for not obeying His Shemitah laws. Here is his testimony of what he saw in a vision concerning an angelic being who spoke to him and pulled back the veil that keeps humans from seeing what’s continually happening in the spiritual realm. Prayerfully consider Daniel’s account of the experience …
Daniel 10:7 “I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves…. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”…
20 So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; 21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. 11 1 And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.)
Ordinarily, I don’t like to interpret Scripture for others, but we need to see clearly that these verses give a glimpse into the supernatural dimension of powerful angels — both good and evil — and their influence on our physical world. In my opinion, we can gather several truths from these verses:
- These powerful angelic beings are referred to as “chief princes.”
- God sends tasks certain angels with defending ISRAEL against evil angelic beings, also called “princes.”
- Michael is the chief prince who protects and defends ISRAEL.
- The prince of Persia is an evil angelic being (because an angel of God is fighting against him). PERSIA WAS THE NAME FOR ANCIENT IRAN!
- We cannot be sure whether the “prince of Greece” is good or evil. Perhaps an in depth study of history might reveal that.
- The chief angels lend support each other.
- Sincere prayer from a humble heart gets God’s attention!
Second, as I was wondering about the U.N.’s sudden aggression toward ISRAEL and JERUSALEM (Link: http://www.wnd.com/2016/10/u-n-body-votes-temple-mount-no-longer-jewish/), the Holy Spirit directed me to Ezekiel 36, where the Lord’s voice can be heard through His servant Ezekiel. Hear the words of the LORD:
2 “‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: The enemy said of you [ISRAEL], “Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession.” … Because they ravaged and crushed you from every side so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations and the object of people’s malicious talk and slander, 4 therefore, mountains of Israel … This is what the Sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys, to the desolate ruins and the deserted towns that have been plundered and ridiculed by the rest of the nations around you … I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations. 7 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations around you will also suffer scorn.
“… The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. 11 I will increase the number of people and animals living on you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord. 12 I will cause people, my people Israel, to live on you. They will possess you, and you will be their inheritance …
“Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. 23 I will show the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.'”
As we get ready to face another week in this troubled world, I encourage you to read these verses multiple times and meditate on them. Let’s wait on Him together as we continue to watch and pray!