So the idea of the secular tyranny was born in hell thousands of years ago, and survives to this day. A false kingdom, ruled by hidden demonic powers, against whom our real battle remains until Jesus comes back.
Ultimately Christ will bring down this tyranny, but we should not think of it either as a natural thing, or as a good thing. We also should not be so removed from it as to become irrelevant; we are in this world for a reason, despite not being of it. If that were not so then why would God have warned us about this demonic machine through Daniel?
Philippians 2:14-16 “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life,…” Daniel 12:3 “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” I think of Philippians as Paul’s exposition of Daniel, written as a manual for life. Here we see Paul expounding on what wisdom will look like for those of us who live in crooked and twisted generations.
Understanding the philosophical content of Daniel’s predictions helps us to communicate better between generations, especially within the church. It also helps us to accurately predict the future generations types and responses for our evangelism, outreach and ministry to children. It also gives us an edge in business and education, the arts and politics; and it allows us to see ourselves more accurately, if we are honest. There are parts of us that we see as Godly which are actually merely generationally influences. A lot of denominationalism within the church springs from generational assumptions and methods that have been accepted as biblical truth.
So if that is the case, what are we to do? Should we hunker down and protect ourselves from the wicked world around us? Should we shrug our shoulders and just accept this as a part of life? Well, I have some ideas… next.