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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 Soul’s Thirst

What do you long for? What is it, that would really bring you joy? More than just happy to experience something… I’m talking about a deeply satisfying joy that would last a lifetime.

David longed for God:

 “O God, You are my God; early will I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You, in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and glory” (Ps 63:1-2).

David’s desire is obvious. Notice how he describes his longing for God, as a soul thirst. Kneeling in the Judean desert, he reflects on the barren, parched conditions around him and said in effect, “This is the condition of my soul without God’s Presence”. This is what woke David up in the morning and kept him seeking the Lord throughout his lifetime. He longed to be with the Lord more than anything in life. God alone would satisfy his thirst. 

Spiritual Health:

Passion for God indicates spiritual health, because it knows what to do with its brokenness! You see knowing what to do when your soul is thirsty is of greater significance than any other issue in life. Natural things may offer temporary relief, but deeply felt emotions like fear and betrayal are connected to spiritual realities. They embitter the heart and defile our perception. Passion is the only remedy, passion that has become motivated by a supernatural revelation of God.

Some Context: 

David is out in the desert, most people believe this is when he was on the run from Absalom. And the psalm speaks about David’s soul longing for God, thirsting for Him like a body on the edge of death, longs for water. Many of his people had turned on him. His own son had turned on him. The desert is where he was physically, but it was also where he found himself spiritually. On the run and far from his home, his city – Jerusalem and the Tabernacle. He could feel the crushing of his peace and the loss of his joy.  But he was a worshiper and he had knowledge of a sight in God’s Sanctuary. Notice the phrase… 

 ”So I have looked for You in the Sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”

David is saying he had seen God’s power before and in this moment it would once again become the strength of his journey. God makes Himself vulnerable to the thirsty soul. David had a history with God as a shepherd boy against a lion and a bear, as a youth against a giant named Goliath and as a sinner against the greatest enemy of all, flesh. None of these could match what he had experienced in the Sanctuary – in His Presence. Such knowledge… God’s power and His Glory satisfies the soul’s thirst once more.

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