A Shadow upon the Earth

By John J. Blanchard

February 8, 2003

Welcome to the Beautiful Thoughts of God! Our subject today is “A Shadow Upon The Earth”.

If you recall, the last time we studied together we looked at Daniel chapter 2 and Daniel chapter 7. We compared the image of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2 and the beasts listed in Daniel chapter 7. We realized that there were many similarities between these two chapters and between what was happening in the image portrayed in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and these beasts that Daniel saw in his dream.

Today we want to compare these two even further and try to get a deeper understanding of what God is showing with these two dreams. Before we actually start reading the scriptures, I would like you to take a blank piece of paper. Divide it in three columns. What we are going to do is draw the image on the left, just a stick figure. It does not have to be anything artistic by any means, just a stick figure or line drawing, that you would label at the top, “The Image”. That is depicting what Nebuchadnezzar saw. Over the second column write “Daniel chapter 2” and over the third column write “Daniel chapter 7”.

NEBUCHADNEZZAR’S DREAM

Before we actually start reading Daniel chapter 7, I want you to take and write in your notes across from the portions of the stick figure that correspond with the dream what is depicted there. In other words, the head if you recall is the head of gold. It depicts Babylon and Nebuchadnezzar himself. In the second column across from the head put “Babylon, head of gold”. Then across from the chest and the arms you would write the “Medes and the Persians, the silver chest and arms”. Across from the abdomen and the thighs write “Greece, belly and thighs of brass”. You can put there “Alexander the Great”.

When you come down to the legs right next to that write “Rome, the legs of iron”. In your same notes there as you are dropping down the legs write “toes of iron and clay divided into east and west”. You can make a notation that these are succeeding empires. As we studied earlier, these were mortal enemies of Jerusalem. You can recall also that we showed that this is a timing device that God has given us to keep track of where we are in history. If you recall when you get down to the toes, this is where Christ destroys that system at His return.

Now you should have the first column on the left filled in with a stick figure, the middle column filled in with what Daniel chapter 2 was depicting there starting with Babylon and the four empires. Now you have a blank column, column three. We are going to fill that in but first we want to start by reading Daniel chapter 7. We will fill this in together as we go along.

DANIEL’S DREAM

Daniel chapter 7, we will start in verse 1: “In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. Daniel spoke, saying, ‘I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other.’”

Verse 4 says: “’The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.’” Now you would go across from the head where you have Babylon. Go to the third column. Write “verses 3 and 4 of Daniel 7, a lion with wings and the wings were plucked and it stood up like a man”.

Let us continue in verse 5: “’And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: “Arise, devour much flesh!”’” So across from the chest and the arms you would write “verse 5, the bear with three ribs in its teeth, told to devour much flesh”.

Continuing in verse 6 of Daniel 7: “’After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.’” So across from the belly and the thighs you would write “a leopard, wings of a bird, a very quick animal and it had four heads”.

If you were to study Alexander the Great, you would find that he achieved his dominion over the earth very quickly, as a leopard might, and he developed this kingdom into quite a powerful kingdom in a short time. But he died at a young age. When he died, it was given to four succeeding empires. His empire was divided into four separate parts, which became the four heads.

Let us continue in verse 7: “’After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.’” Across from the legs of iron you would write, “fourth beast, verses 7 and 8 with iron teeth, Rome with ten horns”.

Then we will read in verse 9 and 10 of Daniel chapter 7: “’I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; a fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated. And the books were opened.’”

Daniel 7, verse 11: “’I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn was speaking; I watched till the beast was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame.’”

Here we have starting at the beginning of Daniel 7 in verses 3 and 4 a lion that has its wings plucked off and stands up like a man. Notice how carefully that lines up with what happened in the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had, an image of a man with a head of gold. We know that Babylon, in our studies that we did before, is pictured as a king with a gold head (Nebuchadnezzar) but we know that that pictures Satan. Satan is the head of this system.

We also know that Satan is sometimes called a lion that devours. So this first beast that stands up and is comparable to Babylon (the gold head) has wings that are plucked off and stands up like a man. It is succeeded by another kingdom (another empire) that is referred to in Daniel 2 as a silver chest and arms, which we know are the Medes and Persians that succeeded Babylon. It is also called a bear, a bear with ribs in its mouth and told to devour much flesh. The succeeding empire is that of Greece. It is compared to a leopard that moves quickly. This leopard is one that eventually gets divided into four parts, therefore that empire had four heads.

Lastly, there is a different beast made of iron. Just like the thighs and the legs were made of iron, this beast here had iron teeth. We know this is Rome. Rome is the one that takes us down through history. It is the eventual successor to Babylon, part of that whole system of Babylon, and it is the one that is extant when Christ returns. It is the one that He destroys at His coming. We can see that these two dreams (the one that Nebuchadnezzar had and the one that Daniel had) very closely parallel one another. We can see this in there.

But there are some differences. It is not exactly the same. Daniel is giving us more information. We have to put that together and meld it with the dream that Nebuchadnezzar had to come to a fuller understanding of God’s thoughts here. I want to reread verses 1-4 now that we have set the stage. Reread Daniel 7:1-4. We will pick up on some further details here.

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts.” So what Daniel is showing us here are the main things we need to take note of. “Daniel spoke, saying, ‘I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.’”

Daniel has this dream in which he records the main facts for us. Let us look at the first verse. This happened in the first year of King Belshazzar, Nebuchadnezzar’s son. So the first fact we can glean here is Nebuchadnezzar is gone, he has died. He has left his empire to his son, Belshazzar. His son is now reigning. This is the first year of his reign.

FOUR WINDS

Verse 2 of Daniel 7 says that four winds of heaven stirred up the Great Sea. We understand as we learned earlier in one of the very first lessons in the series that the sea represents mankind. Mankind is stirred up by an angel, a wind, in heaven. If you were to look up the number in the Strong’s Concordance for these four winds, you would find that they correspond with #7306 through #7308, which means ruwach in the Hebrew, wind or breath and it could be sensible or violent. It can have anger or unsubstantiality to it, and it says that it is also corresponding to a region in the sky. So these four winds are hovering over the earth, you might say. They are in the skies, so to speak. They are not at God’s throne in the upper most heaven. They are around the earth, and they are close enough to the earth that they can move mankind by their breath. Their breath would be words, teachings, emotions and attitudes that move mankind to do things. They stir up the sea of mankind so that four beasts rise out of the sea, influenced by these four creatures (these four fallen angels).

Now we can see that there is a spiritual component that has entered this dream from Daniel. It is not just about physical empires, physical armies and physical rulers. They are moved, motivated by four fallen angels that push them in the direction they want them to go. Stir the pot, so to speak. They stir up the sea to get these people, humanity, to do what they want. That is where we are going with this.

So a spiritual component enters, and these four winds have the power to move the nations in bad ways! Devouring much flesh, conquering, these are not the things that bring peace to the earth. We know that this is of the Babylon system that we spoke of before, but it has a spiritual dimension to it, so now we can put this together with the image of Nebuchadnezzar. We can see that that image has a spiritual component. We mentioned that before. The physical helps us understand the spiritual.

REVIEW OF THE PREVIOUS SEVEN LESSONS

We are going to pause here now and remind ourselves of some of the things that we have learned in the preceding seven lessons, so we can keep that in mind as we are going through the rest of this lesson. The first thing we want to remember is the physical things that God created and the physical activities upon the earth through empires and that sort of thing help us comprehend the spiritual.

(1) The physical helps us comprehend the spiritual.
(2) The world is help captive by an evil system.
(3) That system is called Babylon and Babylon means tyranny and confusion. We also learned in Isaiah 14 that Lucifer who is now called Satan is compared to and called the king of Babylon. He is at the top of that system.
(4) The image in Daniel 2 portrays physical empires as a timing device throughout history. We can actually find where we are in time by looking at that image and seeing what is happening in the world around us.
(5) Revelation 12:9 as we studied shows that all mankind has been deceived by Satan (all of mankind).
(6) Satan, that is Lucifer, is the god of this world. We pointed out earlier this is the god (little “g”) who has a lot of authority here but in the universe he does not have much. It is just over mankind for a time.

Let us go back and reread Ephesians chapter 6, and keep your finger in Daniel 7. Go to Ephesians chapter 6, and we will refresh our memory a little bit on Satan, his authority and who he rules over. Ephesians 6, starting in verse 10: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” We are clearly told here in the New Testament that our real enemy is a spiritual enemy, Satan, who is over principalities in the heavens, (regions of the sky, you might say) that move mankind.

The seventh thing I want to point out is that Satan seeks to use his power to destroy mankind and if possible ascend to and take over God’s throne! That is his ultimate goal. He wants to be like the very God and be the head of everything. Because mankind has a glorious future ahead of him, he hates mankind. He is doing everything he can to destroy mankind and destroy and disrupt God’s plan.

At this time now I want to remember that we have learned all of those things in our past studies here, and we are getting up to this point. The last place we left off in lesson number seven was the definition of the image in Daniel 2. I want to take another look at that definition because it is going to help us today.

THE IMAGE, NOT THE REAL THING

“Image” in Daniel 2 in the Old Testament in your Strong’s Concordance is #6755 and #6754. It is an idolatrous figure. It is to shade or a phantom, it is an illusion, a resemblance, a representative figure. So this is an illusion. The image in the book of Daniel that Daniel saw in his dream is an illusion. These kingdoms were real. They were real physical kingdoms, but they represent an illusion to us. We have to remember that. Therefore, the image is not the real thing. That is why we are told in Ephesians our real enemy is not people. Otherwise throughout the scriptures God would be telling us your real enemy is the Romans or your real enemy is Greece or watch out for the Medes and Persians. Go after those people, they are bad. But God did not do that. God reveals to us your real enemy is not humanity. That is why when Christ was crucified He said to God the Father, forgive them God for killing Me. They do not know what they are doing. He realized that His real enemy was not those Roman soldiers. His real enemy was Satan, Satan the devil. Let us keep that in mind.

This image of these nations down through time are not the people we are to hate. We are descendants from them. All of us, if we could trace our lineage back, have come, by and large, from these people. So they are not horrible, evil, wicked people all of them. Sure there were some wicked people in there, but by and large they were just deceived and tricked people doing things that were right. They thought they were doing things they thought were right, because they had been tricked as it said in Revelation 12:9 and deceived by Satan.

What we want to remember about this image is that we now know between Daniel 2 and Daniel 7 that there is a physical component and a spiritual component to understanding these things. Just as a physical man standing in front of a light casts a shadow, spiritual beings cast a physical shadow. Think about that for a moment.

Spiritual beings cast a spiritual shadow, a spiritual shadow over the earth that looks and acts like them! That shadow mimics their movements. If a man moves his arm, his shadow has an arm that moves. If a man runs, his shadow runs. It does whatever he does. If this image is just an image, it is an illusion of something even more real. That is showing us the physical portrayal on the earth is actually less real than what is making it act the way it does! Do you follow me?

We have a physical component and a spiritual component. We have to realize that the physical image on earth is the cast shadow of Satan and his system that moves men to do the things that they do. That is why men are not our enemies. Satan, his system and the demons that follow him are our true enemy, as we pointed out in Ephesians 6.

The image that Satan casts is almost like a puppet or a marionette, but not quite. Satan is a diabolical leader of a horrible government. This government rules over the earth like a powerful military dictatorship. His avowed enemies are God and man who is created in God’s image.

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

His system is to do battle to the death against God’s system, God’s government and man that has been created in God’s image. We see these two systems and we called it a “A Tale of Two Cities” earlier. A Babylon system coming down through time and God’s system coming down through time. God’s system starting small and going to great victory when it destroys that image at the feet. That means in the latter days as we saw earlier in another study.

We have these two systems locked in a battle. One is a puppet or a marionette of Satan, his shadow cast upon the earth. The reason why they are not a full puppet is that people can resist! There is a good side to people. We talked about human nature. Human nature, human beings are a combination or a mixture of good and evil. We have partaken of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and we all have good and evil in us. Every one of us needs to admit that

We can rise to those good impulses we have, those good thoughts that we have, or we can allow ourselves to get moved by Satan’s thinking. To the degree that someone moves in the direction of Satan shows to the degree that they are willing to be evil or wicked. That is all it is. The rest of us, most of us, are trying really hard to overcome a gravitational pull, a vortex, that is so powerful we just cannot get out of it. We are stuck here. That is why we said it is a world held captive or a world held hostage.

Mankind exists in an environment in which we are constantly bombarded with the thoughts of Satan to do the wrong thing. Mankind dwells in this environment full of these negative and evil attitudes, but mankind does have a free will. That is why every now and then someone rises up to do greatness, and we pointed out Abraham Lincoln as a good example. There have been people who have given their lives to do good. They still had things wrong with them (character flaws), but they gave their lives to do good things.

Mankind is dwelling in this environment and cannot get out of it. He is a mixture, therefore, of good and evil. That dates all the way back to Genesis and the two trees when Satan lied to Eve and got that lie going through Adam. That lie has persisted right on down through time. He uses this system, this image, starting from Nebuchadnezzar to influence mankind and the affairs of mankind through governments on the earth, through empires and moving people to do crazy things.

FOURTH BEAST FIGHTS GOD’S PEOPLE

Let us talk further about how to prove the point that the rest of Daniel 7 is explaining how the fourth beast makes war with God’s system and God’s people. We cannot go fully into how he is waging war with God’s people today because that is another subject, but we are going to touch on it. We are going to prove the point that we just said that this image is a shadow cast by Satan on the earth and moves mankind to do his will. We want to nail that home so we understand it and then we can go on to further things in our studies.

Let us prove our point that Satan and his cohorts move and influence mankind through this earthly image. They move the sea, that is humanity, to do the things that they do.

Turn to Daniel chapter 10. We find Daniel is a wealth of knowledge on this subject and helps us put much of this together so we can more fully comprehend what is happening here. We are going to start in Daniel chapter 10 and verse 1: “In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision.”

The first thing we find here is Belteshazzar, that is Daniel’s Babylonian name given to him by Nebuchadnezzar, is now serving under his third king. Here he is under Cyrus. Daniel had a long a fruitful life with a lot of experience. First he was under King Nebuchadnezzar. When Jerusalem was taken captive, he went there as a young slave. He gained prominence being able to interpret dreams with God’s help for King Nebuchadnezzar. Then he worked under Belshazzar, King Nebuchadnezzar’s son. Then when the Medes and the Persians conquered Babylon, he worked under King Cyrus, a Persian king. It was a fascinating life!

Continuing in verse 2 of Daniel 10: “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, nor meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel was deep into fasting and prayer for twenty-one days, three weeks.

Verse 4: “Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude. And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.”

Verse 8 of Daniel chapter 10: “Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.”

Daniel had a messenger from God come right to him. The people around him could sense that something was happening and were terrified. They ran away! But Daniel was left alone with this being and his strength fled. He was so weak from just the experience. First of all fasting twenty one days and then having this happen to him was a frightening episode in his life, but he knew that something big was going to happen. A message was brought to him.

We are going to continue in verse 10: “Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. And he said to me, ‘O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.’ While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling. Then he said to me, ‘Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.’”

This angel, this messenger to Daniel said from the first time you started to pray, which was twenty-one days ago when he started his fasting and praying, your words were heard, and I have been sent to you. Do not be afraid. I come from God with a message for you.

Continuing in Daniel 10, verse 13: “’But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.’”

Let us pause there for a minute. This angel has taken three weeks to reach Daniel because he had to fight his way through the prince of Persia! Do you think that was a human being? There is no human being on earth who could fight off an angel for three weeks! We are starting to get the picture here that there is a system above mankind that moves mankind. God’s throne is yet farther out from there, but His messengers must fight their way through that system to reach mankind! It is perfectly clear. This angel is saying I had to fight for three weeks to get through this prince of Persia.

Verse 1 told us that he was in Persia. That is an interesting thing to note. Daniel was in Persia under the King of Persia, Cyrus (under the ruler, Cyrus). Here you have depicted a nation, an empire called the Persian Empire, and above the Persian Empire there is a prince over that empire that is trying to block God’s message to His servant Daniel! Is that not showing that there is a system over the systems we see on the earth, a system we cannot see but moves mankind, interferes with God’s plan, hates God and hates man. Of course it does.

This angel was a powerful angel obviously. He could not get through this prince by himself. He had to call on another angel, Michael, to come and help him. That is how fierce the battle was for three weeks. We cannot see these things taking place, but they are out there. This is true and it happens.

Let us continue in verse 15 of Daniel 10: “When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, ‘My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.’ Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, ‘O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!’ So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.’”

Verse 20: “Then he said, ‘Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince.’”

So Daniel, the Jewish captive, has a prince, an angel, who helps him and his people. That is Michael. It is very clear here. The messenger of God that was sent to deliver a message to Daniel had to get help from Michael just to deliver this message to Daniel. It took him three weeks to fight his way through the prince of Persia! Then he gives us some more information here. He says when I leave you now, this is verse 20, I am going to have to fight my way back through that prince of Persia to get back to the throne of God. When I am gone, the prince of Greece will come.

Let us take that information and apply it to the beasts we read about in Daniel 7 and the image in Daniel 2. If you recall, Babylon is the first of the ruling empires followed by the Medio-Persian Empire, followed by Greece. What is the order of the princes that this angel has to fight his way through? We know he came to Persia and Babylon had already been defeated. This prince, this good angel, this messenger is coming to Daniel when he is under the prince of Persia serving the real physical king of Persia, Cyrus. He comes at that time and says I had to fight through this prince of Persia. When I leave you, I am going to fight my way back through the prince of Persia and, lo and behold, probably by the next time one of us has to come down here, Greece is going to be ruling. There will be a prince over Greece. That is the belly of bronze.

So now you have the three kingdoms. The head of gold has been defeated. It is gone as a kingdom. You have Daniel who served underneath Persians and then the prince of Greece is coming. You have the three empires going down through the image in the correct order, the correct succession.

A SHADOW UPON THE EARTH

Therefore the shadow cast upon the earth, these angels that stir mankind up and get mankind to do what they want, are also in a succeeding order. The prince of Babylon is not mentioned here, but we know Lucifer is the king of Babylon. We have a prince of Persia and we have a prince over Greece. When we look on the earth and we see these three ruling empires: the Babylonians, the Persians, the Greeks and eventually the Romans we do not see what makes these people tick! We do not see what made Alexander the Great full of zeal to conquer the world. We do not see what made the Romans full of zeal to conquer the world, to persecute God’s people and destroy Jerusalem and God’s temple. We do not see those things but they are there! They are casting a shadow over mankind and they are stirring the pot of mankind, the sea of mankind. They stir them up to do foolish and crazy things. Then we know that that Roman system goes all the way down through time and is extant at the very end of time when Christ returns. He will put an end to that system once and for all.

In the last century didn’t we find that there were horrible things taking place? There were more men who wanted to conquer the world. Adolph Hitler wanted to conquer the world. We had different individuals always wanting to do foolish and crazy things. Where did they get these ideas? From the image above them! From the true enemy! They are just the shadow. They are just the image of what is real!

You have a situation where the spiritual is more real than the physical, but since we are physical, we only see the physical enemy. We think Adolph Hitler is the real enemy. We think Saddam Hussein is the real enemy. If we went back in history, we could say the Romans were the real enemy. It is one of the reasons why the Jews, by and large, rejected Jesus Christ. They wanted the Messiah to take the Roman enemy off them.

Christ let Roman centurions crucify Him and said forgive them. They do not know what they are doing. They are influenced by this beast over them. They are just the puppets. They are moved by negative emotions. They are helpless human beings that do not have the Holy Spirit. That is why He could die for mankind in their sins. He knows we are virtually helpless in our captivity. We live in an environment that is so overwhelmingly bad that anytime a human being rises up like my example of Abraham Lincoln, he just stands out like a mighty human being. Because he conquered part of his human nature, and he locked Satan out for much of his life! A wonderful testament to that man! We are seeing how a spiritual system moves, motivates and influences mankind and has from day one since Satan deceived Adam and Eve.

SPIRITUAL PRINCIPALITIES OVER
PHYSICAL PRINCIPALITIES

Let us go back to Ephesians 6 and we will come to a conclusion here. Now we can better understand Ephesians 6 and this enemy that we face. Ephesians 6, verse 12: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

We wrestle against these influential beings who exist around the world, moving mankind to do the foolish things that he does! The world is divided into principalities. Here in the United States we have states, then we have counties, then we have cities, towns and villages. Those are principalities. In Canada they have their own divisions, they have provinces, then they have townships. Australia would have their own divisions, shires and regions, regions that are over the shires.

The world has been divided up into physical principalities but over those principalities are spiritual principalities. We are shown here in the Bible that often times they are even given the same name such as the prince over Persia, the prince over Greece, the king of Babylon. It is awesome. To understand this will unlock a lot of the Bible. It will unlock a lot of the meaning of God’s thoughts.

GOD’S PLAN WILL PREVAIL

Turn, if you would, for the final scripture to Romans chapter 8, verse 35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” That is the point.

We exist under these principalities but they are not going to stop Christ. They are not going to stop God’s plan, and we are going to continue to study that plan. We are going to learn where God is going and how we can assist and become part of it. Satan right now has the world arranged according to his whims. The world is his stage and the people on it are often his puppets or his marionettes. This world is under his system but it is passing away, soon to be replaced by Jesus Christ’s perfect government. Stay with us in your studies and continue to grow in the knowledge of God’s great plan and His beautiful thoughts. We will learn how this earth will become the beautiful and perfect jewel that God has always intended. Continue along, learn, study and pray. Until then we will see you again on The Beautiful Thoughts of God.