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The True Testifiers


While some say that the visions or prophecy shown to Daniel are historical events that have already been fulfilled (the antics of Antiochus Epiphanes which sparked the Maccabean revolt in about 166 BC), i is obvious that Daniel 12:2-4; ''Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”, has not yet occurred.

One phrase (repeated severally) in Daniel chapters 9 -12 which I would like you to notice is this ''until the time of the end'' ( ʽad 'ēt qēṣ ). The words of the scroll were hidden in meaning till the time of the end, but Daniel was told that at that time, the wise would understand. (Daniel 12: 8-10).


The important thing to note is that most parts of Daniel's prophecy were not fulfilled in his era and, more importantly, they were reiterated centuries later by Jesus and by John in his book of Revelation as things that will take place in the future. Prophecy is never to be interpreted in one dimension, they could have multiple fulfilments.


However, no matter which opinion or school of thought one belongs to, or to what era, the insights conveyed remain very relevant. The nature of the opposition that comes at the end is revelatory and this gives direction.

Daniel 11:36 -37 shows that:

The king will do as he pleases.

1. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and

2. will say unheard-of things against the God of gods.

3. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.

4. He will show no regard for the gods of his ancestors or for the one desired by women,

5. nor will he regard any god,

6. but will exalt himself above them all.''


And Daniel 11:39 :


''He will

7. attack the mightiest fortresses with the help of a foreign god and

8. will greatly honor those who acknowledge him.

9. He will make them rulers over many people and will distribute the land at a price.''


In order words, the spirit of 'the King (from the North)' is any motivation that disregards the freedom to worship (serve/obey/submit to) any deity and but establishes his own will/word as supreme. As The Message bible translation paraphrases, ''Marching under the banner of a strange god, he will attack the key fortresses. He will promote everyone who falls into line behind this god, putting them in positions of power and paying them off with grants of land.'' This means he attacks institutions or the powerful (fortresses) that are not in line with his commands.


When a prophecy especially applies to multiple eras, I believe it could be more helpful to focus on the insight it wishes to convey rather than speculations on the identities of the personalities. If the spirit of the message is imbibed, the dangers they warn about will be avoided - putting one on the right side of that Prophecy. In this case, to be on the righteous side of the end-times, you have to be ready to stand on the word of God as final authority irrespective of any unpleasant consequences. The Holy covenant is the bane of the Anti-Christ's fury. Individuals and institutions ready to be supplanted by a different word or rule will be honoured, elevated, and prospered by the spirit of the antichrist or the King of the North. They will, however, lose the true honour that YHWH and Jesus our Lord give.

As Jesus said in Mark 8:38,

''If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”


Therefore, the power to stand is in a personal conviction of the authority of Jesus as the son of YHWH.

''Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.'' 1 John 5:5

The primary call of leaders, therefore, is to build up strong Believers through devotion to the scriptures and the Spirit of God. Just a scholarly knowledge of God's word will not achieve this. It is the insight that the Spirit of YHWH gives that brings discernment and a conviction that overcomes. As John continues in 1 John 5:7-8, 'This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies because the Spirit is the truth. For there are three that testify: the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.''


The water is the word of God. The blood is his sacrifice for us confirming the new agreement and the Holy Spirit empowers the union. These three are our testifiers producing that close, enduring, personal conviction of Jesus as our true Shepherd.

[further references: Ephesians 5:26, Luke 22:20, John 15:26, 1 John 1:3]

 

'' But they (the sheep) will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

''I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. .''John 10:5,16




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