Daniel 10 and Territorial Spirits
Remember last week, we looked at Daniel 10 to examine the reality of Satanic control over territories, lands, and nations. I wanted to reinforce this one more time because it is so crucial to this idea as a biblical idea.
Let’s look at Daniel 10:12-14 again:: “Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. 13 The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, 14 and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.” Let me state the key points from this passage…
The speaker is an angelic being. Daniel writes in 10:4-6: “On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) 5 I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.” Some believe this was a cherubim, a warrior angel. Some think it was Gabriel. No matter, we only need to know that this person was no ordinary human being.
The “prince of the kingdom of Persia” in verse 13 is NOT a political figure or a human being. This “prince” is in battle against this angel and Michael. And there are only Satan’s angels (demons) who battle God’s angels in this way. Just an aside, makes you realize you need to get that Hollywood hogwash about how angels look out of your head. They are messengers of God, yes. But they are warriors, fighting ALL the time against Satan to protect you. Heb 1:14 makes this clear that angels serve and care for and protect God’s people: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” Well these angels are actually opposing a demonic figure who is controlling this land to hinder God’s work in this area.
And we can see this so clearly because the very same word “prince” in verse 21, is used to describe Michael who is clearly an angel.
Satan can hinder, but he cannot stop God’s plan. In this instance this demon actually delays God’s work for 21 days. But one thing is for certain, He is an unstoppable God. Satan’s work is like a person by themself trying to plug a leak in a great dam. He can put his fingers and toes into the leaks, but if that rushing water is about to break through, then nothing can stop that from happening.
Until Satan is finally thrown into the Lake of Fire (Rev 20), he will continue to deceive and use nations to oppose God. Because even though the Prince of Persia is defeated, according to 10:20, the next demon comes: “Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come.” And we know historically, Greece became the next world power that took over the world and spread its influence apart from God. And then of course, after Greece was Rome. And after Rome was...
The point is, this battle will not end because Satan won’t stop. He is tireless. He is evil. He is relentless. He will not stop until he can keep ask many people away from Jesus as possible. He even knows people are secure and elect in their salvation but even that won’t stop him from trying as Jesus says in Matt 24:24: “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
So Jesus’ words, often thought of as the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, is also a battle cry. Ever see those scenes in movies like Henry V or Braveheart or Return of the King where the king makes a rousing speech to get his warriors ready for war? Well, did you ever think these words were just that: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” We know this to be true. To go into nations you WILL face severe opposition, sometimes even to death. Why? Because of the nations themselves? No, because this of Eph 6:12: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”