“The Alignment of Dark Forces!”
Shalom Partner and Friend of Israel,
Today, there is something terribly wrong in our world …and our culture is increasingly at odds with the God of the Bible! What lies just ahead for the once prosperous Western Nations that have dominated the world for the last five Centuries? Why is the influence of the United States in the world declining? It was said that the sun NEVER sets on "Great Britain" so why is the once-powerful Britain now no longer "great?" What has happened to the "glory" of France? Why has immigration to Canada changed the face of that country? Why are the nations of Australia and New Zealand challenged by rising Islamic powers and even South Africa is now facing this challenge? Why are Western nations that once served as models of freedom, prosperity and morality plagued by growing internal strife and falling prestige on the world stage? Few now realize that Western decline was predicted long ago in Bible Prophecies that are coming alive today! Most Christians today, including Biblical and Academic scholars, do not understand that the modern Western nations are actually fulfilling Bible prophecies! As a result, few recognize why these nations are in trouble and what their future holds. The Scriptures record that God made a Covenant to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and that their descendants would multiply and spread around the world, becoming a blessing to other peoples (Genesis 12:3). Many Old Testament Prophecies are dual - with an initial fulfilment in the Ancient World and the ultimate fulfilment toward the End of the Age.
The nations have become increasing hostile to morality and Bible truths. The spiritual war is raging in the US where for 200 years the Gospel was preached and where missionaries went out to the world. Globally there is an attack on Christianity as NEVER before. Christianity and the Bible is literally under siege by a hostile anti-Christ anti-Bible Secular, Liberal Society! There is an outrage against the name of Yeshua – Jesus Christ! Why…? Why is there a rage against Christ and His followers? This has always been so for 2,000 years even in the beginning when the Roman Empire who at that time worshipped many gods - persecuted Christians who believed in one God …and will intensify in our day as the Lord warned us it will happen in the Last Days until Christ returns. Those who stay focused on the Lord will be saved but those who are caught up in deception of our times will sadly - not! “Why do the nations (heathen) rage and the peoples plot (conspire) in vain?” – Psalm 2:1. Why…? There are hundreds of groups, organizations, lobbyists for the sole purpose of undermining and destroying Christians and their aim is to destroy Christianity …as well as the Jews across the world and especially - God’s land, Israel. They are even set in governments of the nations - in the West and Islamic nations who conspire together against the Lord and His people! Why do so many political leaders in our culture refer to Christians as “out of the mainstream?” Why do so many governments persecute Christians for being Christians? Why…? Because, they see them to be a threat? In Saudi Arabia and most Muslim countries and now even in West the Bible is banned? The Bible and prayers are banned from schools so that our children cannot hear God’s Word. Why are there so many different groups that hate each other, deplore each other and given half a chance would kill each other …yet they become united in their opposition to Christians, the Bible, and Christianity for their faith in the God of the Bible? How do the heathen express their rage? Simply, by going after God’s children who are His followers! They take their ignorance and intolerance out by calling Christians by every evil name such as; bigots and stick it to us. Now these groups are like a beehive of unholy industry and are swirling in the Media to denounce the righteous. Why? Because, they want to believe in false gods and they want to believe in themselves as gods and in false religions. They hate the teaching of the Bible that says there is only one way to God, one faith in Yeshua (Jesus) Christ who is the Saviour. Romans 1:18; the wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness!” They knew the truth but they prefer to believe in the lie and exchange the truth for a lie - so they serve the “creation” rather than the “Creator.” This “rage” or “outrage” against Yeshua (Jesus) and His followers is going to a climax before the return of our Lord! Watch and see as things WILL worsen!
Let’s look back 50 years ago when “Christian persecution” came in various nations across the world but today “Christian persecution” is now also in Western nations! There is a global rage and outrage that is sweeping the globe and happening across the world at the same time. This is going to be the case as we get closer to the return of Christ! But, there is a fallacy that is also even in churches that says we can have liberty, freedom without “submission” to God’s authority and His sovereignty? Freedom without God will lead to “anarchy” which we are now witnessing in our streets today. “Freedom” is a liberty under “authority” and History demonstrates to this fact over and over again. Only when people submit to God’s authority will they have freedom! Without God there is NO Freedom! Many Christians today are in total denial of the “derision” of God and are removing scripture that relates to God’s wrath and do not want to believe that God’s judgment is coming! Our God is a God of power, might and righteousness and will exercise “His authority” and “rules” the universe whether we accept it or not! Our God holds the events of History – past and future …and therefore Prophecy will come to pass! God sits in heaven and laughs at man’s defiance! Yeshua (Jesus) will come back in strength and rule the nations with an iron sceptre! He came in humility 2,000 years ago …but will soon come back as the “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords!”
Psalm 2 is a Messianic Psalm - The nations (heathen) will rage against the Lord’s anointed and the Lord speaks of His Son, Yeshua (Jesus) whom He has begotten 2,000 years before His First Coming. Psalm 2 is a psalm clearly speaking of the Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit and is broken up in 4 sections; (1) Man’s “defiance” (rebellion, dis-obedience, dis-regard or opposition) of God; verses 1-3. (2) The Father’s (Abba God) “derision” (mockery, laughter, contempt, ridicule, scorn) towards man’s defiance; verses 4-6. (3) The Son’s (Yeshua – Jesus) “dominion”; verses 7-8 and lastly (4) The Holy Spirit’s “deliverance”; in verses 10-12). Psalm 2 is a psalm of David that presents two “ways” similar to Psalm 1 – “the way of human rebellion” versus “the way of submission to God!” We read in Psalm 2:12 at the conclusion of the psalm says, “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him!” The phrase “kiss the Son” is important, both in its original context and in its significant Messianic implications. In its original context, the phrase “kiss the Son” refers to “an act of submission or obedience.” God’s anointed king of Israel (Psalm 2:2) was David. By the time we get to the end of the psalm, someone greater than David is in view; Psalm 2:10-12 says, “Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss His son, or He will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him. No matter how powerful or important a ruler of this world may be Yeshua (Jesus) is “King of Kings!
Are we witnessing in the West what happened when Ancient Israel and Judah turned away from God and were enslaved by Assyria and Babylon? Certainly! Today, the Western Nations are also turning away from God and are heading for a similar fate! Our Western Society has been hijacked by the “forces of darkness” in the form of aggressive “Secularism,” “Liberalism,” Radical Islam, and other spiritual strongholds who are at play at the same time! We pray that people will finally realize how dangerous the situation in the world is today for Jews, Christians and especially for the Judeo-Christian Western civilization! The spiritual battle by “dark forces” for the heart of man is likewise formed along spiritual lines of confrontation. Just as most wars include different battles on different fronts, the same is true of our present spiritual conflict. Battles lines have been formed along the strategic positions of different truths …and some of the battles now being fought are on the fields of the sanctity of life, Judeo-Christian beliefs, the family, taking our cities, mission strategy, and the church’s relationship to Israel and today even a tug-of-war in government for “good or evil!”
Have you ever wondered how it could be possible that the Liberal, Secular West is literally holding hands with Islam when their beliefs are totally not in agreement with each other? How it be that Western liberals attack Christians and Jews yet many of the Media, Hollywood Celebrities and Liberal Democrats claim that they are believers and even people of the Bible; Christianity and Judaism? How can radical Islamists speak as heroes against the West - the Bible, and Israel – on platform of women’s marches? The answer here is simply one word – HATE! These groups have joined alliance through common cause and “hatred” of a leader or nation! Examples are seen when it comes to Israel at the U.N. when alliance is formed with Islamic nations to destroy Israel. Another example is of corrupt Media, Hollywood, Liberal - Secular Democrats, Feminists and LGBT who formed an alliance WITH Islam – the very evil that would destroy them without a moment’s thought! Why this alliance? This is something we never could imagine in our day! They have colluded together their “hatred” to literally destroy U.S. President Donald Trump! Always remember it is God who anoints and appoints Leaders and God will have the final say NOT man!
“The enemy of my enemy is my friend” is an ancient proverb which suggests that two opposing parties can or should work together against a common enemy. ... The proverb is sometimes phrased as; "my enemy's enemy is my friend!” One of the oldest and most effective military strategies is called “concentration of forces.” This strategy was employed for many military victories in history. Battles usually unfold along lines of confrontation and from these lines each side will try to maintain defensible positions while probing the enemy lines to find a point - where a breakthrough can be made. If a breakthrough can be accomplished at any point, the entire enemy line will then collapse and retreat to keep from being surrounded by the penetrating forces. Winston Churchill, back in World War II, when the Germans invaded Russia and broke the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. Russia then joined the allies side in war and it led to creation of this; “The enemy of my enemy is my friend!” Russia was an enemy to Germany so with a common enemy, led the modern use of this saying.
The meaning of the word “anarchy” is; (a) absence of government rule. (b) a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority. (c) a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government. (d) Absence or denial of any authority or established order – therefore “disorder!”
To a liberal, which is worse; Islam or Christianity? Christianity! The battle for the “free world” is raging and Christians are on the front line. It is no coincidence that at the time of Christianity’s decline in the West, Islamists have stepped into the breach to denounce democracy, the secular state and freedom of speech. The most aggressive displays of intolerance towards Christians sometimes come draped in the “rainbow flag” of the LGBT. For all its pretensions to moral authority, the Liberal left is remarkably slow to realise that the foundations of the “free world” rest on a Judeo-Christian value system – the Bible. But perhaps that is too optimistic? Liberal Christians proclaim to believe in God yet support; abortion - the murder of babies in the name of “family planning,” destruction of God’s plan for the family through gay and lesbian lifestyles etc, …are literally “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” just as the Bible warns us in 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Titus 1:15-16 …and the scariest verse of all is spoken by Yeshua (Jesus) in Matthew 7:21. Liberal Churches are now springing up across the West where everything goes and the Gospel of the Bible is no longer being preached fully and thereby deceiving others.
The unholy alliance against the common enemy…. The Western liberal left and Socialists detests the United States and its capitalist economic structure and seeks to facilitate that structure’s downfall by any means necessary - including the formation of whatever alliances will further that ultimate objective. One seemingly unlikely alliance that the liberal left and socialists across the Western World have forged is its alliance with Islam; which forcefully and specifically rejects virtually everything for which the Liberal Left claim to stand for, such as; the peaceful resolution of international conflict; respect and tolerance for other cultures and faiths; civil liberties; freedom of expression; freedom of thought; human rights; democracy; women's rights; gay rights and the separation of Church and State! Once again, ponder on this …how can this be – the West alliance with Islam? There could be NO stranger bedfellows than Liberal Leftists and Islamic extremists - yet, they have been brought together by the one overriding trait they do share which is their hatred for Judeo-Christianity, America and Israel. Both these groups though far apart in ideology believe that the West and Israel are the very embodiment of evil on earth and must consequently be destroyed.
Radical Islam seeks purification and “social justice” by means of jihad, or holy war, whose highest ideal is martyrdom achieved while attempting to conquer an evil worldly power such as America who they call - the great Satan and Israel, the little Satan! The radical Islamist's ultimate goal is to subdue the "infidel" nations (non-Muslim) through refugee infiltration into the West and therein institute sharia, or Islamic law, so as to redeem the world for Allah of the Quran. While Western leftists make no similar religious references, they do contend, like radical Islamists that the U.S. is determined to overrun other nations and dominate the world. The radical left, similarly, advocates “resistance or revolution” as the means of achieving its ends. They believe in eliminating capitalism and creating a so-called “socialist paradise” on earth. While Islamic radicals seek to purge the world of heresies and of the infidels who practice them, leftist radicals seek to purge society's collective "soul" of the blemishes allegedly spawned by capitalism -- those being racism, sexism, greed etc. Just as Islamic radicals aim to impose their religion on the rest of the world in a totalitarian fashion requiring unwavering obedience, so do radical leftists strive to create an omnipotent socialist state that will control every aspect of daily life and will impose their brand of “social justice” without God or the Bible on the world. Central to both radical Islam and the radical Western left is an inclination to overthrow the existing order by any means necessary, so as to create a paradise on earth. Leftists may find the bigotry and intolerance of Islamic radicals disgusting or offensive …But, their desire to rid the world of U.S. "imperialism" and capitalism overrides this hate and disgust and therefore beckons them to forge the unholy alliance.
Radical Islamic terror in the world is attacking God, His Word – the Bible and His church worldwide. The master of the world, the Devil, has unleashed the “gates of hell,” to reap the murder of innocent people, to enslave women and children, to break the hearts and unity of families and nations and to cause division and confusion, to create chaos and a blood bath all over the Middle East. Satan uses people to accomplish this evil and although and the Word of God makes it very clear …that Satan (the Devil) is the actual "god" of this age and of this present human society. The Apostle Paul described typical, carnal people in; 2 Corinthians 4:4. Later, the Apostle Paul described how such people walk… “According to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,” Ephesians 2:2. So, Satan is the one who actually controls many of the thoughts and impulses that beset human beings. Indirectly, Satan controls the MEDIA in most situations for he is the invisible “prince of the power of the air.” In the book of Revelation, the Apostle John describes Satan as… "that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world,” Revelation 12:9.
Islam, by its very nature is; “dictatorship and authoritarian.” Once liberty is surrendered for submission, a host of serious consequences present themselves in the form of “Shariah Law!” The person becomes little more than a passive obedient vessel of Allah through Muhammad and his perspective of himself and life drastically changes. Therefore, once he submits to Allah, he is absolved of the responsibility of having to chart his own way in life. For a variety of reasons during the past decades, but, nothing like the “flood” into Europe and the West, when in 2015 the EU literally opened their doors to a forced acceptance of “so-called” refugees from Islamic countries. In so doing, they aimed to make these Muslim refugees feel at home in the “Christian West” by allowing Muslims to retain their Islamic way of life and live in “utopia” harmony with the indigenous population. Some call it a practice in Christian charity. But, good-heartedness not only failed …it boomeranged and severely hurt the welcoming hosts! It is wonderful to be charitable and it is great to be good-hearted …but, being charitable and accommodating evil can empower evil to literally tear out your good heart. You see they did not come to integrate into the West but rather take-over the West! Islamists and jihadists are on the rampage all over the world and literally tearing out the hearts of innocent people of which many of themselves are Muslims.
Christians and Jews have been continuously attacked for decades …but these attacks have greatly escalated in the past two years in an all-out assault from the culture-moulding establishments of the Liberal Left, the Media and Hollywood. Why? Because, of their ultimate aim, collectively - to bring down the Judeo-Christian West! Many liberals even boast that they are Christian yet they support, murder through abortions and the breakdown of families through homosexuality - which are just some of the things God hates and calls “sin!” Islam and Secular Liberals are two radical ideologies that couldn’t be more contrary opposed to each other in every way of life but, they are temporary allies in the great, yet largely hidden, “spiritual and cultural war” against God and His Church. Liberals, the Media and Hollywood elites don’t think twice about openly mocking God and Christians through profanity and most don’t believe that Jews have a right to the God-given land – Israel and much the same as what radical Islam also believes! Did you know that only a low percentage of Liberal Democrat Jews in America actually support Israel? Evangelical Christians across the world, like you are the true believers of Bible (Judeo-Christian and Zionists) who love and support Israel …and Israel knows this too.
Any society that Satan can corrupt by promoting “radical feminism” and the “battle of the sexes” is in trouble. For this causes great confusion not only to the present generation, but also to generations yet to come. Certainly, bringing in the concept that “homosexual behaviour is okay” also greatly undermines a nation. For it destroys the right basis for the family and obscures the very basic concept …that God created “man and woman” to be a real family, thereby producing next generation of descendants. Though the corrupt mainstream media is relatively silent when it comes to the situation in the Middle East, a very real threat still looms in Israel with the Palestinian Arabs who are being used as “sacrificial pawns” for Islamic nations who want to destroy God’s people and land …and so it continues to affect millions of lives. How Does Satan Get His Followers? When most people think of "Satan worship," they picture small groups of demented, wild-eyed people, perhaps wearing hooded robes, chanting blasphemous incantations using odd language during strange ceremonies in which animals or even people may be sacrificed. Yes, there are those who do this! But, in fact, Satan is usually far subtler in how he draws people away from Christ. Although Satan is not omniscient, he knows a great deal about God's plan for humanity. Satan and his demons "believe" in Christ, but though they may "tremble" - they do not obey Him (James 2:19). Satan and his demons know that they have but a limited time to deceive human beings before they will be bound for a 1,000 year at the Lord’s second Coming (Revelation 12:12; 20:2). However, Satan is only as powerful as God allows him to be. God greatly limits what he can do. However, in our present age, Satan's power is so great that Scripture calls him "the god of this age" and most human beings are blinded to his activities (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Many have described the U.S. as the "last great bastion" of freedom and Christianity for the west. If we were Satan, how would we set out to destroy the America that has in the past based many of its laws and customs upon the Bible and has promoted Judeo-Christianity all over the world, and even put on its currency - "In God We Trust?" Many of us across the world recall how and when America was attacked at Pearl Harbour back in 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt concluded his impassioned speech to the Congress of the United States by stating; "We shall gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God!" The idea of God intervening in human affairs was much more prevalent at that time and was instilled in the moral fabric of the entire nation through schools, families and other community institutions. All of that is quickly disappearing. And, America is not alone we can see this in Europe and even in our own country South Africa which was founded on the Bible and the Word of Almighty God. Most realize that “strong families” are the basis of every decent society that has ever existed. A very real Satan the Devil would love to get rid of strong fathers the masculine leaders of the family …and at the same time undermine the loving wives and mothers who are to be the homemakers and have so much to do with the moral formation of a child's character - just as God intended for us to be! Any society that can be destroyed by undermining respect for parents is in trouble.
“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20. When have we heard about …or even imagined that two opposite groups would unite – radical Islam and radical feminists? A supporter of BDS, terrorist group Hamas and Shariah law Palestinian Linda Sarsour is known as a leader of popular opposition to US President Donald Trump and even called on Muslims to do “jihad” against him. She is an anti-Israel activist yet she has support from Liberal leftist’s feminists as well as Hollywood celebrities, the Media and radical left Democrats and even Liberal Jews in America. She was also co-leader of feminists “woman’s march” and openly spewed her hatred and support for Shariah Law, BUT, look at it this way - she shared the platform with compliments of feminists against America and Israel! Here we see two opposing groups; liberal women from the West and radical Islamists filled all with hatred standing together for common purpose, against what they view as their common enemy – but this in fact is “an alignment of darkness!” And, the common enemy for them is first and foremost - the God of the Bible!
Let’s take a look at the life of Daniel… Daniel was out of the pollical power since Babylon was defeated by the Medes and Persians and two years had passed and at the ripe age of 83 years he is summoned by King Darius and given a prestigious assignment in his administration. Darius a pagan king saw value in Daniel and enough to trust him alongside him. We read in - Daniel 6:3-5; “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. Here we see that people that are above others in excellence will get promoted! (There was a PLOT or ploy against Daniel and they wanted to get rid of him.) “It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss.” – Daniel 6:1-2. Back in 586 BC, King Darius was establishing the Second Great world Empire – following Babylon! But, unlike Babylon which was a “Monarchy” by Nebuchadnezzar – ruled by one man. King Darius was setting up a new government different from his predecessor. He set up his new kingdom with 120 satraps to be in control of the places that he had conquered and one of their major functions were to collect taxes for the King. Because there was dishonesty within his own government at the time, he chose three governors of which Daniel was one, “…so that so that the king would suffer no loss!” He didn’t want to get ripped off by his own governmental people. Of these three governors Daniel extinguished himself above all and the king considered setting him above all as “second in charge” of the whole realm (much like Joseph and Pharaoh) and function as the Prime Minister over the land – and was preferred because “an excellent spirit was in him!” He had the spirit of God in him (like we would say born again). Daniel had a good attitude and worked hard to fulfil his responsibilities and most of all in this situation – he was honest! You see here that Daniel continued to honour God and now God was honouring him. Second in charge of the land is like a “Vice President” in our day.
This promotion of Daniel did NOT go unnoticed by his jealous peers! So, when we too work to honour God and put Him “above” everything we will get persecuted; “So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” – Daniel 6:4-5. The core of the hatred against Daniel was that he was being promoted “above” them. In fact, they hated Daniel! They realized if King Darius’ appointed Daniel, it would give him power over all of them …and so they tried to get him into trouble and have them find him in contempt. They wanted him gone! They wanted him dead! The Bible says they wanted him indicted and the more they searched or tried to get him in some illegal or immoral situation – they failed and couldn’t find anything! Envy always “hates” the Excellency – which it cannot reach! That’s a fact! You see they couldn’t find anything against Daniel …except the “law of his God of the Bible!” Wow! Did you see that? What an awesome testimony! Unable to find any legal way to stop him and so we too should never want to underestimate the enemy and stand firm for God not matter what!
So not able to find anything against Daniel they decided to make up a story… “So, these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: “King Darius, live forever! All the governors of the kingdom, the administrators and satraps, the counsellors and advisors, have consulted together to establish a royal statute and to make a firm decree, that whoever petitions any god or man for thirty days, except you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree and sign the writing, so that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which does not alter.” Therefore, King Darius signed the written decree. – Daniel 6:6-9. In fact, this proposal would make King Darius, “god” for a month. This is what became to be known as “the Law of the Medes and Persians.” If you made this promise or decree you cannot undo it! So once King Darius signed this decree he couldn’t undo it, and along with that this decree had to be carried out on the same day that it was signed! Therefore, King Darius when he signed it had NO time to change his mind. When Daniel heard this, we read further; “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” - Daniel 6:11. When the king told Daniel that he couldn’t pray to his God … what did he do? He went home and prayed to God!
And, just as we see Christians being persecuted today, and as we “stand up” for God and for the land of God – Israel! When we work in our places of employment and trouble comes in any form, the people at our work-places WILL NOT go to those they do not trust …but rather to the ones who “stands up” for something that they believe, who work honestly and in integrity – a someone they can trust! People that “stand up” for God and righteousness are often promoted – but always persecuted some way of another and especially by the ungodly but they always persist. You see when Daniel found out what this awful deal was he didn’t stand down that would have been cowardice, he didn’t’ stand aside as that would have been compromise and he didn’t even stand against King Darius. What did Daniel do? He stood up for his courage and conviction and that is what we believe God is calling us all to do! When we stand up for God and what we believe is honourable we are “protected!” When we do what God has called us to do – He takes care of us! You see - “God’s man in the centre of Good’s will is immortal until God is finished with him!” This is a fact just look at the life of the Reverend Billy Graham.
Daniel was thrown into the Lion’s Den by those who hated him for serving God and King Darius knew he had made a mistake… “…And the king, when he heard these words, was greatly displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men approached the king, and said to the king, “Know, O king, that it is the law of the Medes and Persians that no decree or statute which the king establishes may be changed. So, the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed. When we read further we see that King Darius lamented all night long because he couldn’t sleep. He had no peace and his conscience was tormenting him because he knew that Daniel was innocent …so in the morning went to see if Daniel was still alive and whether the God of Israel had delivered him from the lions; “…The king spoke, saying to Daniel; “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.” Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So, Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.”- Daniel 6:18-23
After Daniel had literally "gone through the fire" in the den with the lions, King Darius, then honoured Daniel’s God …and sent the enemies of Daniel to the same fate they had prepared for him with the lions; "…. broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den." – Daniel 6:24-28. Daniel was in fact "protected from the law" as God protected him! Imagine if God didn’t get involved against Daniels co-workers who wanted to get him in trouble? We see that King Darius didn’t want to hurt Daniel but was displeased with himself. He must have known that Daniel was being undermined by those who wanted to hurt and frame him. King Darius knew he had signed the law and decree that would harm Daniel. Our God is a God of Justice and it is Him who sends His angels to shut the lion’s mouths and intervenes on our behalf too. Never be afraid to stand up for God! Daniel came out miraculously unscathed - "because he believed in His God!" Daniels enemies were then themselves, their wives and their children were all cast into the same Lion’s den that they had purposed for Daniel …and these same lions; "broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den." We guess we can say – "don’t mess with God!"
Here we see Daniel, a man walking into a culture far more difficult than we could ever imagine and he lived in that culture from the time he was 14 until his mid-90’s. Interesting fact; is that God NEVER took Daniel out of Babylon. Sometimes God wants to show us in the midst of our problems that we can stand up against the evils of "Secularism" of our day! The only escape we ALL have is Yeshua (Jesus) who is the power of God unto Salvation. CS Lewis once said, "Every saved person on this side of heaven owes the Gospel to every unsaved person this side of hell!" (John 14:6) There is only "one way to heaven" and not the many ways that we are now being told – there is only one way and we need to be un-ashameably claiming that Yeshua is the only way! Our Lord is coming back soon and we must be ready! Another relevant example of Darius' religious policy is Jerusalem. Cyrus had promised the Jews that they could rebuild the temple of their God, but there had been opposition from the Samarians, who received support from the satraps of Syria, the Babylonian Tattenai. The prophet Haggai, however, demanded that the Jews, nineteen years after coming home, would actually start the construction of the Second Temple. The inhabitants of Jerusalem sent a messenger to Susa to ask Darius what to do: build a temple as Cyrus had permitted, or not build a temple, as Tattenai requested? Darius ordered a search in the archives and allowed the construction of the sanctuary. On 1 April 515, the Temple of Jerusalem was inaugurated. Probably, Darius had recognized in the God of the Jews as his own supreme God! Some day soon every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Yeshua – Jesus Christ is LORD!
We most sincerely believe that God WILL bless you for your faithfulness and love for His land and His chosen people. God’s Word is true! He IS watching to see how the nations are treating His people. God will have mercy on Israel through Gentile believers acting as mediators towards them. This is one of the most amazing revelations ever given to the church – an opportunity to do something that carries the highest priority in the heart of God. Yet, sadly, so few have seen the potential and the rewards of serving God in this manner - as agents of mercy to Israel and the Jewish people! Israel was and still is despised today and a despised nation continually turning away from God but nothing ever altered the purpose of God for that nation. The despised element is always a noticeable element in the purpose of God. When the Saviour of the world came, He came of that despised nation; like Israel… He Himself was "despised and rejected by men," …and there is that despised element; "…things that are despised God has chosen," 1 Corinthians 1:28. Now, more than at any time is the time to support Israel and the Jewish people - the Lord’s Brethren! We are witnessing the nations and people turning their backs on Israel. Thank you once again for your prayers and generous support!
We hope that you enjoy and become more informed by our work. We serve an awesome God and we are humbled by this opportunity to bring you this information. With Shalom to you and your family always,
Alf & Julie Saunders
01st June, 2018
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