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Daniel’s Words

The clearest picture we have of a satanic principality ruling over a nation is found in the ninth and tenth chapters of the book of Daniel. These chapter’s describe what happened after the Prophet Daniel set himself to fast and pray until he received revelation concerning the prophetic future of the nation of Israel (which was being held captive by the nation of Persia).

Daniel’s Season of Prayer & Fasting:

After twenty-one days of seeking the Lord, an angel approached Daniel and explained why it took so long for his prayers to be answered. The angel comes to respond to Daniel’s heart, “Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand… thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days; but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia” (Dan. 10:12-13).

  1. Notice, the angel was sent to answer Daniel’s prayer on the first day of his fast, but he was hindered in his journey by the prince of the kingdom of Persia.
  2. Notice also the mention of the word “prince” in this verse. Both times they are translated from the Hebrew “sar”, which means a chief ruler, leader or commander over an army.

Since the earthly ruler of Persia could not hinder an angel from completing his assignment, and the chief prince Michael is commonly known to be an angel of the highest order, the term “prince of Persia” must refer to the satanic ruler of the spiritual kingdom of darkness that operated over the physical nation of Persia.

Princes & Principalities:

There are principalities that rule in the realm of the spirit over cities, regions, nations and governments. Some of these spiritual powers are good, and some are evil. Revelation 12:7 tells us, “And there was a war in heaven (ouranos – the abode of God, also the spirit realm); Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (satan); and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not…” Angelic forces are doing battle in the heavenly realm even as you read this, fighting one another to gain control over the regions of the earth.

A messenger angel was dispatched to bring Daniel revelation from God concerning the prophetic future of the nation of Israel; but he did not possess enough power or authority to break through the forces of darkness that were controlling the spiritual regions above Persia. Michael is one of the chief princes of heaven. Everytime you find him mentioned in Scripture, he is doing battle with the spiritual forces of darkness. So, Michael was sent to engage the forces of darkness and to open up a highway for the lesser angel to pass through and deliver God’s message to Daniel. The last part of verse thirteen says, “…I remained there with the kings of Persia”, indicating that the messenger angel was restricted by the forces of darkness until Michael set him free, allowing him to resume his journey.

Then, after he delivered his message, the angel said, “…and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come” (Dan. 10:20). The angel had to fight his way back out of the earthly kingdom by doing battle, once again, with the satanic principality that ruled over Persia.

Daniel’s Words:

It’s important for us to realize that Daniel’s prayers were the catalyst that released the angelic forces of God to break the stronghold the prince of darkness had over the nation of Persia. Once the satanic principality was broken, the earthly kingdom of Persia was finished as a world power. History tells us that the kingdom of Greece rose to greatness in 334 B.C. and destroyed the Persian empire. The prince of Grecia, which refers to the satanic principality that governed over the Grecian Empire, empowered Alexander the Great and his armies to conquer much of the world.

Dominion Reality:

I have heard the critics speak negatively about the theology of dominions, but this story clearly indicates the power and authority that angelic principalities have over nations and regions of the earth. It also tells us the important role that our prayers have in releasing the forces of God to break the devil’s stronghold. The angel told Daniel, “… I am come for thy words”. In other words, Daniel’s prayers were the active agent that precipitated a change in the heavenly realm over Persia.

In Matthew 6:10, Jesus told us to pray, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (“ouranos” – the dwelling place of God, and the abode of angels). God’s will is not automatically worked in the earth or in your life; it must be prayed through. Today, I encourage you to begin to value your words in prayer. Don’t let them fall upon the ground without expecting something… see spiritually and engage your faith to believe that angels are ready to lift your needs into the sphere of God’s hearing.

Its possible that your neighbor, your city or an entire nation is counting on your words!

A Fresh Word

I really like the stories about the Prophet Elijah, but it seems to me like he just appears on the scene in 1 Kings 17. He didn’t come from a family of prophets, and there is no indication that he had connections that would have granted him an audience with King Ahab, the king of Israel. He just went boldly to the king and pronounced that there would be a total drought in Israel for many years.

What gave him such authority, confidence and boldness? The answer is that he had a fresh Word from God. That’s what put him in a position of authority and gave him a sense of security. Elijah had the courage to step out into a seemingly difficult assignment because he had heard from God and believed what God told him.

Every believer should carry a fresh revelation from Heaven with them at all times. If nothing else, we have heard the Gospel of salvation and received forgiveness for our sin. If we would just be bold enough to share that Truth with others, we would witness the miracle of the new birth in the lives of people all around us.

If Elijah hadn’t been bold enough to speak the Word that God had given him, then when the drought occurred, Ahab wouldn’t have associated it with a judgment from God. It would have been easy to dismiss it as just one of those “weather things” that happen. Since Elijah prophesied the drought before it came to pass, there was no doubt that God was at least speaking through this drought and that Elijah was the instrument He would use to bring a fresh word to the nation of Isreal.

Elijah’s willingness to risk everything for what God had shown him was one of the key elements that propelled him into leadership in Israel. Elijah’s obedience put his life in jeopardy, but God willingly provided for him. God tells him

“Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be [that] you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” (1 Kings 17:3-4)

Amazing as it sounds, being obedient to God puts us in a position to receive His supernatural supply (Isa. 1:19). One of the reasons so few people experience supernatural provision is because they aren’t doing what God has told them to do. There is no need for God to supply our needs when we aren’t doing anything that requires more than what we can produce. We must move in faith and get out on a limb… that’s where the fruit emerges.

One of the great lessons to learn from Elijah’s life is that God didn’t send Elijah’s provision directly to him. He sent the provision to where He told Elijah to go… it was intertwined in his assignment. In verse 4, God said he had commanded the ravens to feed him “THERE”. “THERE” was beside the brook Cherith… a predetermined place. If Elijah would have stayed where he was, he may have starved; not because God was unfaithful, but because he wasn’t “THERE”… where God set the provision to be.

The ravens were already gathering Elijah’s first meal when the Lord spoke to him. God said in verse four, “I have commanded”… meaning its already in process. The bread and meat would have been deposited at the brook Cherith regardless of whether Elijah appeared. Because Elijah obeyed, he received the benefit from God’s faithfulness and provision. Remember that God intended to care for Elijah when he took seriously the assignment. Its an enormous issue for us to take responsibility and connect to our assignment.

A Fresh Word from God is more powerful than we know.

Blessing & The Face of God

“The Lord bless you, and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

The blessing that God commanded Moses to proclaim over Israel, contains the Father’s heart for His people. In these words we are introduced to the essence of relational blessing… the seeing of His face and the authentic joy of reflecting the light of His countenance. God loves for His face to be seen and His heart to be experienced. He loves for His Glory to shine upon His people. Why? So others see the reflection and are drawn to investigate! David adding this wonderful statement, “That Your ways (God’s ways) may be known upon the earth” (Ps. 67:2). It is one of the most important priorities of God… that His children shine with the light of His countenance and reflect the family resemblance.

“Blessed are the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord in the light of Your countenance.” (Ps. 89:15)

Seeing His Face:

The face of God radiates with joy and reveals the power of unconditional love! When you see His face, the result is overwhelming. His joy captures the heart and creates within us the sound of joy. It is this sound, the joy of abounding love that enables God’s people to shine with the light of His Glory. Walking in the light of His countenance is the most effective way to conquer sin, overcome our frailties and fight the good fight of faith. God has made us in such a way that when we see His countenance through the “eyes” of our spirit, we reflect His very nature. We are invited to know His heart and experience His mercy, His goodness and blessing. In fact, this is the essence of the ministry of the Holy Spirit… to make the Glory of God visible in the face of Jesus for all men to see with spiritual eyes. The process of restoration, healing, deliverance and all that would accompany salvation… are all products of seeing the face of God with clarity. We are offered the opportunity to see who He really is… and who we can become when we walk in the light (1 Jn. 1:7). We then become a living testimony, a reflection of His countenance to others.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus” (2 Cor. 4:6)

The 3-Fold Nature of God’s Blessing:

  1. Security – He promises to “keep” us! (Phil. 1:6)
  2. Grace – He promises to be “gracious” to us… to give us favor! (Rom. 5:20-21)
  3. Peace – He promises to give us “peace” (shalom)… nothing missing, nothing broken! (Heb. 4:9)


Chosen & Appointed

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit… fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name.” (Jn. 15:16)

What carries the label – “IMPOSSIBLE”? There is a Name like no other, that God – “the Father” stands behind. Its above every other name that can be named among men (Phil 2:9-11). Its the Name of “Jesus” that allows access into heavenly resources, breaks through in difficult circumstances and pulls the believer into new seasons of influence. The Name, “Jesus” on the lips of the believing heart is the most amazing force in the universe… for in that name is the power and authority to confront all that is called “normal”.

Power & Authority… Means Access, Breakthrough and Kingdom Advantage!

Jesus said, “All authority has been given unto Me in heaven and in earth” (Mt 28:18). “In My Name they shall cast out devils” (Mk 16:17). He literally gave us His own authority when He gave us His Name. A Kingdom resource to deal with the devil. Every act of demonic theft, killing and deception can now be held to a new standard… heaven’s standard. The authority of the most recognized Name in Heaven, the most powerful Name on Earth and the most significant Name in history… has been delegated to our use.

Delegated Power:

A person’s authority is only as great as the power that stands behind them! The police officer directing traffic in the middle of the street is wearing a badge that represents the power of the governing laws that he enforces. A large truck could easily crush him in the middle of the busy street, but because the driver understands the power of the badge, he quickly yields his will and submits the power of his large vehicle to the authority of the badge.

You’re Called to Bear Fruit!

The Name of Jesus is like a “badge of authority”! God knew that you needed a weapon of defense against the ruthless attacks that wage war against you… unprovoked wiles of the devil (Eph 6:16). What we must come to understand is how to use the Name to our benefit. His Name represents His person, His position, His seating (if you will) and influence over all things. His promise to the believer is clear, “If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it” (Jn 14:14). Jesus’ Name can accomplish things that might feel impossible in the natural! Yet when we live in intimacy with Christ, we experience a growing awareness of how the natural is dominated by God, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Faith-filled Reality:

The Early Church recognized the incredible power they carried in the Name of Jesus. Look at how the Apostles, Peter and John address the crippled beggar at the Gate Beautiful of the temple, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). The beggar immediately received strength in his feet and ankle bones and as Peter grabbed his hand, he leaped to his feet with joy and praise to God. Later Peter needed to explain the miracle to some critics saying, “It was His Name, through faith in His Name, that made this man strong whom you see and know” (Acts 3:16). Amazingly, the critics were familiar with this beggar and all of Israel knew him, because they had passed him daily going into the temple. Yet this was a new day and demonstrated a new authority, where faith in the Name of Jesus was confronting what they had seen as normal.

The New Normal:

God is still breaking in at the “gate” of all that humanity has labeled “normal” or “impossible”… simply because He wants to adjust our seeing. The doors of opportunity are wide open, because the heavens are wide open! He has handed the Church an opportunity to experience a “New Normal”, where the name of Jesus offers access to all the authority of Heaven. This new normal confronts all that we see as familiar, impossible and overwhelming. It also offers hope, beyond all the limitations of the past. This new normal is living by faith in the Name of Jesus.

“These things I have written to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the Name of the Son of God.” (1 Jn. 5:13)

Confronting Normal

“You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit… fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in My Name.” (Jn. 15:16)

What carries the label – “IMPOSSIBLE”? There is a Name like no other, that God – “the Father” stands behind. Its above every other name that can be named among men (Phil 2:9-11). Its the Name of “Jesus” that allows access into heavenly resources, breaks through in difficult circumstances and pulls the believer into new seasons of influence. The Name, “Jesus” on the lips of the believing heart is the most amazing force in the universe… for in that name is the power and authority to confront all that is called “normal”.

Power & Authority… Means Access, Breakthrough and Kingdom Advantage!

Jesus said, “All authority has been given unto Me in heaven and in earth” (Mt 28:18). “In My Name they shall cast out devils” (Mk 16:17). He literally gave us His own authority when He gave us His Name. A Kingdom resource to deal with the devil. Every act of demonic theft, killing and deception can now be held to a new standard… heaven’s standard. The authority of the most recognized Name in Heaven, the most powerful Name on Earth and the most significant Name in history… has been delegated to our use.

Delegated Power:

A person’s authority is only as great as the power that stands behind them! The police officer directing traffic in the middle of the street is wearing a badge that represents the power of the governing laws that he enforces. A large truck could easily crush him in the middle of the busy street, but because the driver understands the power of the badge, he quickly yields his will and submits the power of his large vehicle to the authority of the badge.

You’re Called to Bear Fruit!

The Name of Jesus is like a “badge of authority”! God knew that you needed a weapon of defense against the ruthless attacks that wage war against you… unprovoked wiles of the devil (Eph 6:16). What we must come to understand is how to use the Name to our benefit. His Name represents His person, His position, His seating (if you will) and influence over all things. His promise to the believer is clear, “If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it” (Jn 14:14). Jesus’ Name can accomplish things that might feel impossible in the natural! Yet when we live in intimacy with Christ, we experience a growing awareness of how the natural is dominated by God, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Faith-filled Reality:

The Early Church recognized the incredible power they carried in the Name of Jesus. Look at how the Apostles, Peter and John address the crippled beggar at the Gate Beautiful of the temple, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6). The beggar immediately received strength in his feet and ankle bones and as Peter grabbed his hand, he leaped to his feet with joy and praise to God. Later Peter needed to explain the miracle to some critics saying, “It was His Name, through faith in His Name, that made this man strong whom you see and know” (Acts 3:16). Amazingly, the critics were familiar with this beggar and all of Israel knew him, because they had passed him daily going into the temple. Yet this was a new day and demonstrated a new authority, where faith in the Name of Jesus was confronting what they had seen as normal.

The New Normal:

God is still breaking in at the “gate” of all that humanity has labeled “normal” or “impossible”… simply because He wants to adjust our seeing. The doors of opportunity are wide open, because the heavens are wide open! He has handed the Church an opportunity to experience a “New Normal”, where the name of Jesus offers access to all the authority of Heaven. This new normal confronts all that we see as familiar, impossible and overwhelming. It also offers hope, beyond all the limitations of the past. This new normal is living by faith in the Name of Jesus.

“These things I have written to you who believe in the Name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the Name of the Son of God.” (1 Jn. 5:13)

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