DCLM DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL FOR OCTOBER 19, 2023 ( WAR OF SUPREMACY)
TOPIC : WAR OF SUPREMACY
Text: Daniel 11:1-12 (KJV)
1 Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
2 And now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer than they all: and by his strength through his riches he shall stir up all against the realm of Grecia.
3 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not to his posterity, nor according to his dominion which he ruled: for his kingdom shall be plucked up, even for others beside those.
5 And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; and he shall be strong above him, and have dominion; his dominion shall be a great dominion.
6 And in the end of years they shall join themselves together; for the king’s daughter of the south shall come to the king of the north to make an agreement: but she shall not retain the power of the arm; neither shall he stand, nor his arm: but she shall be given up, and they that brought her, and he that begat her, and he that strengthened her in these times.
7 But out of a branch of her roots shall one stand up in his estate, which shall come with an army, and shall enter into the fortress of the king of the north, and shall deal against them, and shall prevail:
8 And shall also carry captives into Egypt their gods, with their princes, and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and he shall continue more years than the king of the north.
9 So the king of the south shall come into his kingdom, and shall return into his own land.
10 But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress.
11 And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.
12 And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.
KEY VERSE: “And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand.” – (Daniel 11:11)
History had it that three great kingdoms once existed. The first was the Babylonian kingdom presided over by Nebuchadnezzar. This was followed by the Medo-Persian kingdom. After this came the Grecian kingdom. Alexander the Great of Greece was very prominent in the Grecian empire. After his death, his kingdom was divided into four parts with the southern part led by Ptolemy who became the strongest of them.
However, this king had alliance with the king of the North, Antiochus II, who married Ptolemy’s daughter called Berenice. This alliance and union in marriage was short-lived following the death of Ptolemy and the subsequent divorce of Berenice by Antiochus II. This unfaithfulness and breach of trust led to chaos in the Northern kingdom and insurrections after insurrection ensued.
The vision that Daniel had in the first year of the reign of Darius, the king of Media and Persia, was graphic and its fulfilment was precise (Daniel 11:1-10). The summary of these wars, alliances and treacheries reveal the moral and spiritual decadence in fallen man. Apostle James, in the fourth chapter of his general epistle, asked this all-important question: “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” (James 4:1). Turbulence in the heart of unregenerate man, greed, avarice and carnality are responsible for most conflicts and wars recorded in human history.
Only truly regenerated persons whose hearts and consciences have been purged by the blood of Jesus can be free from the aggressive tendencies of the fallen human nature.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Only Christ can bring lasting peace.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
Daily Manna is the daily devotional of the Deeper Christian Life Bible Ministry (DCLM) written by Pastor W. F. Kumuyi. It is an extraction of God’s Word designed to draw the sincere seeker closer to God on a daily basis through an insightful exposition and analysis of God’s Word.