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Battleground in the Heavenlies (21 of 23)
Series: The Last Days of the Planet Earth
As we come to the lesson today, we remember what Paul teaches us in Ephesians about spiritual warfare.
The apostle Paul teaches us in Ephesians 6 that there is an invisible battle going on. He talks about our warfare which is no an earthly warfare but a heavenly warfare. It's not warfare against the seen but against the unseen. It's a warfare against principalities and powers and the rulers of the darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Paul talks about that warfare that takes place and about the principalities involved. Principalities has to do with divisions of government. Satan has divisions of government that correspond, evidently, to the government of this world.
In other words, he assigns his emissaries, his demonic forces, to deal with all the different levels of government and all the nations of the earth.
So, behind the evil that is done in this world, behind the unwillingness to talk it out, the unwillingness to cease fire, behind all of that is forces that we cannot see and evil forces that control the minds of men. We are going to see that in the lesson today, how Satan works through the governments of this world.
I. THE CONCERN OF DANIEL - Verses 1-3
Daniel 10:1 - In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.
(2) In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.
(3) I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
It is important to notice that Daniel is very concerned, concerned about the world, concerned about the nation of Israel, concerned about the events that are to come. He is in a period o ...
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