Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Friends who are an Inspiration

People come into our life disguised as angels, and sometimes angels come into our life disguised as people. It is possible to see God anywhere. All it takes are open eyes and ears and the willingness to see miracles. They are everywhere. God is as available as we are. Having friends that inspire us to rise to higher and greater levels is an awesome gift. Surround yourself with people that inspire you to do better and inspire your friends as well. It is a profound truth that the people we spend time with shape the path that we travel.




Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Daniel:12-13


Daniel 10:12-14 “Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you did set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before your God, your words were heard, and I am come for your words. 13 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. 14 Now I am come to make you understand what shall befall your people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.”

Daniel is once again reassured by Gabriel with the words fear not. The reason why he is told not to fear, is that from the very first day that Daniel set his heart on understanding he was heard and Gabriel had come to answer his prayers. So Daniel’s prayer was heard right from the start, but why did it take 21 days for Gabriel to come to him? The prince/ruler of the kingdom of Persia, which was Cyrus at that time, was withstanding Gabriel for the 21 days.

If we look at the time frame of this situation, the Jews had not long before been released out of captivity to restore the temple in Jerusalem. They gained a lot of opposition from surrounding nations and it was this opposition that Cyrus was struggling with as well. (Ezra 4:1-5) The struggle for the master of Cyrus between the devil and his angels and Gabriel and the angels of God must have been immense. This is quite a possible answer for why it took so long for Daniel’s prayer to be answered. For part of his prayer could have been relating to this situation as well.

When Michael comes to Gabriel’s aid the struggle seems to be all over with the side of good gaining the supremacy. But who is Michael? The name itself in Hebrew means “who is like God.” He is also referred to as the Archangel in Jude 1:9. However, the Thayer Definition for the word Archangel in Jude 9 is: “archangel, or chief of the angels.” Christ is NOT an angel yet alone a created angel, but is the one in charge and the head of all the angels. It simply means, arch - chief of the angels - messenger, and Michael - who is like God.

Daniel 10:12-13New International Version (NIV)
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.


The prince of Persia is only mentioned in Daniel 10,  the prince of Persia is a reference to an evil spiritual entity that wielded authority over the ancient kingdom of Persia.

The prophet Daniel had received a troubling vision concerning a great war (Daniel 10:1). He went into a three-week period of mourning, fasting, and prayer. In response to Daniel’s prayer, God sent a heavenly messenger to explain the vision. However, the messenger was delayed for those same three weeks, as he explains to Daniel: “But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia” (Daniel 10:13).