Terrible Transition

Daniel explains a terrible transition that takes place in the United States. He explains that when the appropriate time comes, this powerful ruler will go back to the Middle East again, but this time, it will be different.

At the appointed time he will return and come into the South, but this last time it will be different from the way it was before (Dan 11:29).
This will be different. A radical change will have taken place. The nation was previously represented as the King of the North, because it was the successor to the democratic traditions of the Greek Republics. The character of the nation changes and it becomes a successor to the Babylonian and Roman Empires. It becomes a powerful empire based on military power at home and abroad.

If democracy continues, it will be a sham that is manipulated by the political/military elite to ensure the people it wants remain in power. The democratic traditions of Greece will shift back to Europe, in the United Kingdom and France, but they will oppose their old ally the United States.

Strange Mixture

The United States dominates the modern world, yet it is a strange mixture of good and evil. The United States was established on a foundation of faith and has received tremendous blessing from the Lord. There are more Christians in the United States and it sends out more missionaries than any other nation. However, they seem to be losing the battle for the heart of their nation. While paying lip service to the Lord, the people of the United States have bowed to the idols of humanism, warfare and materialism.

The philosophy of humanism now dominates the political, legal and social decision-making processes throughout the United States. The nation has become a centre from which humanism has been exported into all the world. The American movie, television and music industries shape the universal culture that is sweeping the world. Together with the universities, these industries have spread the secularism that is rampant in the western world.

The American people declare their trust in God, yet they seem to have become extremely materialistic. There has often been more concern about advancing the power and prosperity of American business, than spreading the gospel. In the third world, American companies have often put profits ahead of the welfare of people.

The United States has developed an enormous arsenal of weapons (including nuclear weapons), and it now trusts in them for its security. It has made a god of war, by using its war machine to further its interests throughout the world. America has become the world's policeman, but often in its own interests. Modern weapons have given the United States the ability to exert its hegemony throughout the entire world.

The United States has such enormous and unprecedented military and economic power that it is hard to see where it will end. See American Beast.

Spiritual War

Daniel explains the spiritual implications of these changes in Daniel 11:36-39. The change in the external world reflects a massive change in the spiritual world.

Then the king will do whatever he wants. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god, and he will say outrageous things against the God of gods. He will not show regard for the gods of his fathers, the god desired by women, or for any other god, because he will magnify himself above all (Dan 11:36a, 37).
The political leader will do whatever he wants. He will not be dependent on anyone for his power, so no person or group will be able to restrain him. He will boost himself. He will also magnify himself above all gods. This passage is not just describing a political leader, but the spiritual power that works through him and controls him. This spiritual power which began by controlling a nation will form a coalition with other powerful spirits and defeat others. As a result, he will gain a place above most other spiritual powers as a world controller. The rise of the detestable ruler is the consequence of a massive shift in power in the spiritual realms.

The spiritual powers of evil work in a totally different way to the angels. Groups of spirits are controlled by a government-spirit (attached to a nation) or by a ruler spirit (attached to a sin, like destruction, death). They use anger, power, force and fear to bully and manipulate the spirits they control. In turn, they are controlled by cosmos dominators, which control even larger groups of spirits that are fighting with each other.

Evil spirits and grouping of evil spirits are always shifting loyalties. The hierarchies are massive and oppressive, but they are also fluid, as disputes occur and loyalties and fears shift. There are constraint intrigues and wars at all levels in the hierarchies. The only thing that unites them is hatred of Jesus and his people, but they often get distracted by hatred and fear of each other. At different times, different spiritual powers rise to the top and seize control of the spiritual realms. The spiritual powers of evil get their authority to act from the people. The people with the greatest authority in nations can give them the greatest authority. That is why they work through political leaders and human governments. If a human government has given them permission to be there, the prayers of the saints cannot force them out.

Political leaders have the greatest authority in the modern world, because almost everyone trusts and submits to their government. That empowers the spiritual powers that control and manipulate them, because by agreeing with, they give them authority. They currently have more authority than Christian prophets and intercessors. This stalemate will be broken when human faith in their governments and their coercive and military power collapse. The result will be a power shift in the spiritual realm that releases the Holy Spirit and the angels to do great things on earth.

Detestable Ruler

The rise of the detestable ruler is the result of powerful government-spirits rising to the top. At the same time, his rise to power allows a different set of powers to get control in the spiritual realms, which reinforces that changes that are occurring on earth. The political and spiritual cooperate and control each other to achieve their objectives.

Daniel explains that this detestable ruler will be successful until the time of wrath, also known as the Time of Distress, is completed.

He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, because what has been decreed will be accomplished (Dan 11:36b).
This might not be true of one political leader, but it will be true of the spiritual powers that control him. The Times of the Gentiles will end when these spiritual powers fail. A number of political leaders might succeed each other, but they will behave in the same detestable way.

The detestable leader will rely on massive military power to control other nations. When the economic power of a nation begins to decline, it often relies on military power to maintain its prestige and position. This will happen in the United States.

Instead, he will honour a god of fortifications—a god his fathers did not know—with gold, silver, precious stones, and riches. He will deal with the strongest fortifications with the help of a foreign god. He will greatly honour those who acknowledge him, making them rulers over many and distributing land as a reward (Dan 11:38-39).
By relying on military power, this political leader will empower the ruler-spirits in the spiritual realms that love military power and violence. These spirits that love war will be given a free hand to do what they have not been able to do before. Allowing a warring spirit control of his nations, this leader will encourage fighting and wars throughout the world.

The political leader will use his enormous military forces to destroy the defences of other nations. If the leaders of the defeated nations submit to his rule, he will allow them to continue as leaders in their own land. The will distribute control of nations to leaders who are loyal to him. He will not need to rule every nation directly. Instead, by destroying defences, he will intimidate nations into submitting to his authority. This will allow the same warring spirit to gain control in these nations, too.

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