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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!

Valiant Laborers

“And the Word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.” (Acts 13:49)

“Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.” (Ps. 149:5-6)

We mount our assault on the portals of hell and against us they shall not stand! The valiant of heart are those whose laborers are noted by courage, passion and alignment to the Word of God. These marks are the standard where soldiers emerge and warriors take shape. Indeed, the character of heaven is revealed in no better way than when God’s Saints are clothed in the power of the Holy Spirit and accompanied by angels. The advancement of the Kingdom of God is a violent overthrow of the works of the devil! It requires God’s anointing and the character to follow His heart!

No matter how we define a move of God in our day or in the days of the Early Church… we must not miss the prophetic reality of following God’s heart. One of Luke’s purposes in writing the Book of Acts was to tell the real story of the remarkable growth of God’s Kingdom. Amazing things took place in the years that followed the birth of the Church. An outpouring of the Holy Spirit clothed the Apostles with power to become witnesses in the world (Acts 1:8). Although, persecution and struggle shaped their character, never do we hear the cry of retreat. This was the work of God! Humanity’s greatest discovery was how to be filled with the Holy Spirit… and walk as carriers of the Glory of God!

This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel (or any servant of God):
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,”

Says the Lord of hosts. (Zech. 4:6)

A Valiant Vision:

To see entire regions waiting, cultures and people groups ready to be reached with the love and power of the Gospel of the Kingdom. Our call, requires a company of valiant laborers with fresh eyes… with a vision to disciple the nations (Mt. 28:18-20). We must be found teaching and building bridges of opportunity for generations to walk in God’s destiny for their lives. Should we not stand willing and ready to risk it all for the purposes of God’s heart? Yet in order to risk it all, it will require a vision of how God sees and what God wants to accomplish.

The Prophet Habakkuk said it this way: “For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

God is Speaking!

These are New Days in almost every culture of the world, and the sound of a spiritual trumpet has gone forth. Many with an ear to hear have already begun to assemble. To some its a whisper and to others a shout, yet there is no mistaking its purpose in this season. Its God’s invitation that is being proclaimed on the battle field and in the vineyard. Our Father has a voice that echoes on every high place… causing the nations to give birth. He is calling the weary, the lost and forsaken. His sound summons the alien to come sit at His Throne (Heb. 4:16). And from this motley, misguided lot; He will redeem and restore and revive. This is the day of the harvest, a season of in-gathering as in the time of first fruits. And the valiant rejoice in the pleasure of God. They celebrate with heaven in what is witnessed in their generation, because it was birthed in the Father’s heart long ago! (1 Pe 2:9-10)

Father, Your Valiant Laborers Stand Willing & Ready!

Don’t Miss Visitation

“And when He (Jesus) drew near and saw the city He wept over it, saying, Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (Mt. 19:41-44)

Don’t miss your day or hour of visitation, simply because you are impatient or dealing with doubts. One of the things I notice about the words of Jesus here, is that missing our day of visitation effects us, our children and those that are still in the womb. This speaks a spiritual truth about destiny… visitation effects the seeds of our future as much as the season we are in!

  • Let me repeat that: Visitation affects the seeds of our future!

Seeds of Destiny:

Jesus was very deliberate in His ministry, because He was laying a foundation for how future generations would see God! Visiting towns, villages, cities, and regions by foot was not easy, but it was demonstrating the intentional priority of His ministry… casting seed everywhere. Jesus traveled systematically from place to place and offered a look into His strategy for regional transformation! Wherever He went, there was breakthrough… works of healing, miracles, deliverance and the breaking in of God’s Kingdom.

  • Jesus attended a wedding in Cana, and water was turned into wine! (John 2)
  • Jesus went into Nain, and a widow’s son was raised from the dead! (Luke 7)
  • Jesus traveled by boat to Gadara, and a man was freed from demonic possession! (Mark 5)
  • On the road out of Jericho, a blind man was healed! (Mark 10)
  • By a well in Samaria, a woman who had lived a life of shame, met Jesus and turned into an evangelist! (John 4)

In every place Jesus visited… people saw differently and their future shifted direction. In the ministry of Jesus, destiny was transformed forever; and even today we are products of its impact! Visitation is God’s opportunity to bring the Kingdom in a powerful way, to a new generation and for the purpose of changing the way we do everything. People can resist it…

But if they receive – they will never see the same way again!

Laborers Stand Ready

“And the Word of the Lord was being spread throughout all the region.” (Acts 13:49)

One of Luke’s purposes in writing the Book of Acts was to tell the real story of the remarkable growth of the Church. He saw the Church standing tall! Amazing things took place in the years that followed the Holy Spirit clothing the Apostles with power. This little band of followers were in the midst of becoming world changers… “witnesses” in the world (Acts 1:8). No matter how we define this move of God in the Early Church, we must not miss the prophetic reality of Kingdom Advancement. And whether we see it or not there is a vacuum longing to be filled by a people who will carry the Light of Truth into dark places. There are regions waiting, cultures and people groups ready to be reached with the love and power of the Gospel of the Kingdom. And our calling is to disciple the nations (Mt. 28:18-20), teaching and building bridges of opportunity for generations to walk in God’s destiny for their lives. Should we not stand ready as a generation of laborers… willing to risk it all for the purposes of God’s heart?

The Prophet Habakkuk said it this way: “For the Earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

God’s Invitation:

RevivalHut Ministry is hearing the sound of the harvest breeze blowing. These are New Days on the African landscape and like a spiritual trumpet blast, a sound has gone forth from the heart of God. Many with an ear to hear have already begun to assemble. To some its a whisper and to others a shout, yet there is no mistaking its purpose in this season. Its God’s invitation that is being proclaimed in the vineyard. And the laborers carry a fresh clarity of passion in their steps. The prayer that sets the tone of our commission is simple: “Father release Your Power and Let Your Kingdom Come – Let Your Will be Done, On Earth as it is in Heaven!”

God is Hearing & Responding!

Our Father has a voice that opens the heavens and the Nations! He gathers the people… every tribe, every tongue; to come close and find a merciful Throne (Heb. 4:16). This is a time of grace and great favor… for the laborers are assembling as in the Old Testament days of first fruits. We rejoice in what we are obtaining and witnessing in our generation! (1 Pe 2:9-10) Our greatest days are still ahead! “For greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!” (1 Jn. 4:4)

The Laborers Stand – Willing & Ready!

Opening Blind Eyes

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor. 2:14)

How do you see things that are invisible? The Bible says that spiritual things must be spiritually discerned (1 Cor. 2:9-16). And I must say, there has never been a time in history when we have needed spiritual discernment more than today. The key is to set our eyes on Christ and be led by the Holy Spirit. Our affections will follow our focus and our lives will conform to what we set our eyes to behold!

Spiritual Eyes:

Remember when the Apostle Paul was commissioned to preach the Gospel, he heard Jesus say “open the eyes of the blind… in order to turn them from darkness to light” (Acts 26:17-18). Obviously, this was not a question of opening physical eyes, but spiritual eyes. His calling was to preach in such a way that people would understand the Word of God, receive forgiveness of sins and find the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. He prays for the Christians in Ephesus, that the eyes of their spiritual understanding may be enlightened to know things that can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:17-18).

Jesus’ mission was also to open the eyes of the blind. When He quoted Isaiah, He said the Holy Spirit had anointed Him, “to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind” (Lk. 4:18). Jesus did heal blind eyes, but His greatest mission was to transform how people saw (Mt. 4:17). The most important healing comes when a person turns to the Lord and a veil of darkness is lifted from their spiritual understanding (Jn. 3:3)(2 Cor. 3:16-17). Jesus tells us we must be born again… from above!

Blinded by the Devil:

Many people do not understand the meaning of the Gospel; not because they lack intelligence, but because they have no spiritual perception. They are spiritually blind in the sense that they do not understand spiritual things. They are blinded by the god of this age, the devil (2 Cor. 4:4). They may have physical sight. They may have intellectual sight. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they have spiritual sight. They can have perfect “vision” and be blind when it comes to spiritual things. We can be very intelligent, but unable to make sense of spiritual Truth. But when your spirit is revived, you have the capacity to see God and see yourself in relation to His purpose and Glory.

The Church Must Begin to See:

It really is time that the Church begins to see spiritually and live according to the Truth of the Bible. First, we must set our own eyes upon Christ and second, we must begin to fervently intercede for our regions. That the veil of spiritual darkness will begin to be lifted off of those who are lost and blind in unbelief. We have thought for too long that if we could just get the world to agree with us, things would change. But in fact things remain unchanged, because real transformation can only come when we set our eyes upon Christ and He captures our affections.

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