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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 Believing People

Becoming “A Believing People” means we are called to agree with Heaven all the time! We must train our minds to consider that the heavens are open… Jesus opened them (Jn. 1:51). Believers are to live in unique ways… at the “spiritual gates” (places of entry) of Heaven where angels ascend and descend freely on assignment from God. As Kingdom Agents we are called to advance the supernatural ministry of Jesus in all the Earth; doing His will and obeying His voice. Our willingness to flow in the Spirit and train our minds for the administration of God’s increasing Glory connects Heaven (God’s resource) to Earth (the world of need). This principle could not be more clearly understood than when miracles are seen or healing occurs by the work of God in our midst. We must move in faith and we must move swiftly!

When we have minds set against the supernatural work of God and cannot embrace the impossible, then we will host no invasion of Heaven.

The Supernatural is Released through Agreement!

We had a marvelous example of this recently when a man had a heart attack and died in our Sunday morning worship service. Clyde lost his strength and slumped into his seat, while many around him leaped into emergency mode. His breathing was checked and pulse was undetectable… in this moment all of us were aware that this man had just died in our midst. Three men placed Clyde into his car and as the door was about to shut… God spoke…

“Call life back into this limp body.”

As I declared the Words of Heaven my mind was nowhere else but in agreement with the intent of God to raise this man from the dead! This was in no way something I could do in the natural; but agreement with the intent of Heaven gave influence at the gate between Heaven and Earth. Access – was all we needed! The power of God rushed into this impossible situation. Immediately the man came back from death and asked how he got to the car. With an enormous collective gasp of relief from the small group of believers… our hearts were forever positioned with a new perspective!

Clyde testified to the fact that he left his body and then heard someone calling him back. Within the next few moments his strength returned better than before. He re-entered the worship service as if he had been given new energy and a completely new heart. Needless to say – the congregation was amazed and rejoicing to see what God had done in their midst!

“On Earth as it is in Heaven!” – Matthew 6:10

As “A Believing People” our task is to see what is happening in Heaven and begin to pull it into the Earth realm. The only way to know how to function as gatekeepers is to walk in revelation. We must see through the mind of Christ and respond out of the Father’s heart toward the realities of Earth. Jesus said (Jn 3:12) “…how will you believe if I tell you Heavenly things?” It must come by way of revelation through the spiritual realm. Dwelling at the gates of Heaven means we embrace supernatural encounters as normal experience. As these opportunities arise they become an invitation to exercise faith, speak life and enjoy the favor of God’s touch. As Believing People, its revelation knowledge that helps us carry out our assignments from God (Psalm 84). I would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of My God than dwell in the tents of wickedness… for the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord will give grace and glory… no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Ps. 84:10-11). He is speaking here of the believing heart!

God is looking for those with loyal hearts – believing hearts – that He can show forth His goodness and release His favor…
All for His Glory!

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