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For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ~ Ephesians 6:12

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In a previous post, I briefly discussed an invisible battle that occurred between an angelic visitor to the prophet Daniel and the Prince of Persia (a very powerful fallen angelic being).  This battle went on for three weeks before he was able to break through with the help of Michael, the archangel. He was then free to deliver a very important message to Daniel.

This sounds primarily like the makings of a science fiction/fantasy novel.  It’s very hard for our human minds to grasp that scenes like this are very real and are actually happening all around us every day.  As quoted above, Ephesians 6:12 tells us, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  In the daily battles that we go through with other people or situations, the root cause of those battles is the invisible spiritual wars that are taking place just outside the boundaries of our perceived reality.  We may think that we’re contending only with a certain person or situation; however, as the saying goes, “There’s more than meets the eye.”

Another biblical illustration we have of what actually goes on behind the physical scenes is found in 2 Kings 6:15-17.  In this passage, the prophet Elisha and his servant were being threatened by a hostile army of Syrians.  The servant was beside himself when he awoke one morning to find that they were surrounded by horses and chariots from this enemy of Israel.  But Elisha calmly told him, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  Then he asked God to open the young man’s eyes so that he may “see.”  When the Lord answered this prayer, the servant saw that the hills were full of supernatural horses and chariots of fire all around them.  The two men were divinely protected that day.  (Read the entire story here.)

Perhaps the most well-known biblical account that we have of warfare in the spiritual realm is found in Revelation 12:7-9, which is quoted below:

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. ~ Revelation 12:7-9

What an epic battle that will be!  (To learn more about this battle, its aftermath, and how it may or may not affect those of us here on earth at this time, I recommend reading the entire chapter of Revelation 12.)

These are just a few examples of what takes place behind the scenes of our physical reality.  The Bible is full of instances of supernatural intervention in the lives of people just like you and me.  Even today, there are numerous accounts of people whose fates were miraculously altered in the face of danger.  In an earlier article, I actually speak of one such occurrence in the life of one of my sons.  You may read about it here.

So we see that all around us is an invisible spiritual realm which we are, for the most part, unaware of.  All the social unrest in the world, as well as various personal struggles we may face, are the direct result of the unseen battles that are going on in that realm and spilling over into ours.

For more on this very interesting topic, I’ve included the following short video clip from a sermon by Dr. Chuck Missler entitled “The Spiritual World.”  In it, Dr. Missler discusses a couple of the points presented in this article… and much more.  It’s very informative.  I hope you enjoy it.

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But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

~ Daniel 12:4 ~

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These words were relayed to the prophet Daniel by an angelic messenger.  Daniel had fasted and prayed for 21 days for an answer from God about a certain matter.  Then after that time, he was visited by this heavenly being who, after being detained by the Prince of Persia,* came to give Daniel a very important message about what would happen at the time of the end.  After relaying the prophecy, he told Daniel that its meaning would be shut up and sealed until the time of the end.  He goes on to say how this particular time would be known. 

First he states, “many shall run to and fro.”  Today we have all kinds of cars and mass transit vehicles (i.e. buses, subways, and trains) as well as airplanes, etc., that provide transportation.  And depending on which mode is utilized, it’s now possible to reach any destination on earth in a matter of hours, instead of days, weeks, and months, as was the case during the time of Daniel.  It’s quite apparent that many people are running “to and fro” at this time.

Also, the angel told Daniel that “knowledge shall be increased” at the time of the end.  Needless to say, in our day and age, knowledge has increased exponentially since the time this prophecy was given – and it continues to do so.  Cable channels, computers, smart phones, and iPads are just some of the avenues for attaining knowledge at literally the touch of a button.

Never before has there been a time such as the one we’re living in.  Could this be the time of the end spoken of in Daniel 12:4?  If so, are you prepared for what was also prophesied in the rest of the chapter?  (Read about it here.)

Just something to think about…

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* The Prince of Persia is a malevolent spirit being who resisted Daniel’s heavenly visitor for three weeks to try and prevent him from relaying this prophecy to Daniel.  He was finally able to break through with the help of the archangel, Michael, and continue on his mission to pass on this message to Daniel.   (For more on this topic, see this commentary on Daniel Chapter 10.)

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Who is the suffering servant of Isaiah 53?  The following video examines the Hebrew scriptures for an in-depth look at this mysterious figure whom many believe to be the Messiah.  There’s also a free book offer in the video.  Be doubly blessed!


The Mysterious Prophecy of Isaiah 53

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51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,* at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.

54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55  “O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?” 

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.

                                                                 ~ I Corinthians 15:51-58

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*  “General Electric Company tells us that the twinkling of an eye is eleven one-hundredths of a second.” ~ Dr. Jack Van Impe

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Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:” ~ Genesis 3:1-4

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That’s the oldest trick in human history!  The serpent convinced Eve that what God had told her husband, Adam, wasn’t true.  God had given him very specific instructions about which trees in the Garden of Eden could be used for food.  He told him that the fruit from all of the trees, except for one, could be eaten.  He also told him that if he disobeyed and ate of this one forbidden tree, then he would surely die. (Genesis 2:15-17)  Apparently, Adam had relayed this information to Eve and she understood the parameters perfectly.

But the serpent – also known as Satan the devil – deceived her by putting doubts in her mind about the truthfulness of God’s words.  And you know, he’s using the same old deception with humans today – convincing the great majority that God’s words in the Bible are not true.

For instance, God tells us in the Bible that He created the universe and everything in it in six days.  He then gives us the genealogies of people down through the ages, starting with the first man, Adam.  And according to the sum of these genealogies along with historical records since the Bible was completed, the earth (and the universe) is only about 6,000 years old. 

But secular science tells us that the universe is billions and billions of years old and that it started from nothing…and then the “nothing” went BANG!…and all the planets, stars, galaxies, etc., just happened to evolve along with life.  Not only is this logically impossible, but it contradicts science which states that “matter can neither be created nor destroyed.”  Interestingly, this belief is also in total opposition to what God tells us in the Bible.  What, or who, could’ve introduced this into the minds of otherwise intelligent human beings?

God tells us in the Bible that we have an adversary, Satan the devil, who “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)  He does this mainly by putting thoughts that are contrary to scripture into the minds of unsuspecting people.  Most people don’t even believe there is a devil (another one of his deceptions) and so they just accept these thoughts as their own.  How clever of him!  He battles us in our minds, and he knows that people can’t fight a battle that they don’t even realize is happening.

God also tells us that Satan is “a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)  He’s the one who lied to Eve in the beginning and continues to lie to humans today.   He even lied to and deceived one-third of the angels into revolting against God in the distant past.  He was actually able to convince them that they could succeed in overthrowing the God of the universe – to their ultimate peril.  He’s obviously very good at what he does.

Satan even had the audacity to try and deceive Jesus Christ while He was here on earth.  He came to Jesus during a time that He had been fasting in the wilderness for 40 days and nights.  No doubt Jesus was very weak and hungry, and Satan saw this as His opportunity to make Him fall.   The following passage from Matthew 4:1-11 shows us what transpired:

1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

So we see that Jesus didn’t fall for Satan’s trickery.  Even though the devil was trying to use scripture (out of context, I might add) to trip Jesus up, because Jesus knows scripture inside and out, He was able to discern that this fallen angel was trying to deceive Him.  So He quoted scripture right back to him and let him know that He wasn’t going to fall for his lies.  This is what we have to do, as well.  We all need to read the Bible so that we will know what is truth and what is deception.  This way, when we hear something that may sound good but goes against what God says, then we’ll be able to discern that it’s a lie and reject it.  We need to teach our children to do the same.

It’s interesting to note that the root cause of all the various political, social, and moral issues we face in the world today is our adversary, the devil, placing it in the hearts and minds of human beings to go against what God has told us in His word, the Bible.  I’m sure we can all think of some points that are hotbeds of contention in society today.  If we truly want to know which side is right, the litmus test would be to see which beliefs are in line with what God says in scripture, and we’ll have our answer.  Those who still choose to believe the devil’s lie that the Bible is an antiquated book and no longer applies to us today have fallen for his trickery and will have to answer to a holy God one day.

The devil is not playing games.  Just as he caused the horrible fall of so many of his fellow angels, he wants to take as many humans down as possible because we are made in God’s image and he hates us immensely.  He will do and say anything to convince us that his way is right and God’s way is wrong.   He’s very cunning and hides this deception very well.  Our only protection is to believe God’s word and reject anything contrary to it.

If anyone reading this may be doubting God and the Bible, I encourage you to think back to where you got your present beliefs.  Consider the possibility that the source of your beliefs may have been deceived – whether it’s a trusted person, organization, or maybe even yourself.  Are you willing to jeopardize your own well-being for all eternity (and possibly that of your children) because you are unknowingly believing a lie?  It can’t hurt to read the Bible for yourself to prove whether or not it’s true.  Don’t just take someone else’s word for it.   What if they’re wrong?

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Image Credits:  Radbod Commandeur (1890 – 1955); photo by Deror avi.


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Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.

~ Psalm 68:1-4

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These six things the Lord hates,
Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

A proud look,
A lying tongue,
Hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
Feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies…

And one who sows discord among brethren.

Just something to think about…

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* Quote from Proverbs 6:16-19

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