“In the first year of his reign, I Daniel, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord…” Daniel 9:2
“On April 23, as I was standing on the bank of the great Tigris River, I looked up and saw a man dressed in linen clothing, with a belt of pure gold around his waist. His body looked like a precious gem. His face flashed like lightning, and his eyes flamed like torches. His arms and feet shone like polished bronze, and his voice roared like a vast multitude of people.” Daniel 10:4-6
“Only I Daniel, saw this vision. The men with me saw nothing, but they were suddenly terrified and ran away to hide. So I was left there all alone to see this amazing vision. My strength left me, my face grew deathly pale, and I felt very weak. Then I heard the man speak, and when I heard the sound of his voice, I fainted and lay there with my face to the ground.” Daniel 10:7-9
“Just then a hand touched me and lifted me, still trembling, to my hands and knees. And the man said to me, “Daniel, you are very precious to God, so listen carefully to what I have to say to you. Stand up, for I have been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, still trembling.” Daniel 10:10-11
“Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. but for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia.” Daniel 10:12-13
“When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” The young man cried to Elisa. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ Elisha told him. ‘For there are more on our side than on theirs!’ Then Elisa prayed, “O LORD open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. As the Aramean army advanced toward him, Elisha prayed, “O LORD, please make them blind.” So the Lord struck them with blindness as Elisa had asked.” 2 Kings 6:15-18
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
David Barton is an award winning historian who is dedicated to preserving America’s forgotten history and heroes. He is the founder of WallBuilders. He tells of a story about George Washington in his book, “The Bulletproof George Washington.” In 1754 war erupted on our continent. Twenty-one years before the birth of our nation, George Washington was a 23 year old Colonel during the French and Indian wars vs England. The American colonies were forced to come together and join with England to fight France. George Washington had been commissioned to brief the English General Edward Braddock on the guerilla style fighting tactics of the French and Indians.
A great battle ensued on July 9th, 1755. Braddock and 1000 of his men, along with Washington and some of his Virginia regulars engaged in battle with the French and Indians. It was a chaotic battle fighting against guerilla warfare. The British troops were accustomed to forming columns when fighting. This made them easy targets because they could not see their enemy who were hidden behind the trees and hills. It was a fusillade of bullets reigning down on the British troops.
Washington’s troops adopted the Indian style of warfare and dropped beind trees and shot only when an enemy target was visible. General Braddock saw this as cowardice according to his definition for rules of engagement. Corporal George Washington took to the battlefield bravely going back and forth rallying his troops. He was completely exposed as he tried to carry out General Braddock’s orders.
Indians testified later, that they had singled him out, but their bullets had no effect on him. They were convinced that an Invisible Power was protecting him. Washington had two horses shot out from under him, and four bullet holes in his coat. Yet, he himself was untouched by bullet, bayonet, tomahawk or arrow. Every other mounted officer had been killed.
Fifteen years after this epic battle, and old respected Indian Chief came and sought out council with Washington. Through an interpreter, he explained about that battle. And I quote,
“I am a chief and ruler over my tribes. My influence extends to the waters of the great lakes and to the far blue mountains. I have traveled a long and weary path that I might see the young warrior of the great battle. It was on the day when the white man’s blood mixed with the streams of our forest that I first beheld this chief (Washington). I called to my young men and said, mark yon tall and daring warrior? He is not of the red-coat tribe – he hath an Indian’s wisdom, and his warriors fight as we do – himself is alone exposed. Quick, let your aim be certain, and he dies. Our rifles were leveled, rifles which, but for you, knew not how to miss – ’twas all in vain, a power mightier far than we, shielded you. Seeing you were under the special guardship of the Great Spirit, we immediately ceased to fire at you. I am old and soon shall be gathered to the great council fire of my fathers in the land of shades, but ere I go, there is something bids me speak in the voice of prophecy. Listen! The Great Spirit protects that man (pointing at Washington). And guides his destinies – he will become the chief of nations and a people yet unborn will hail him as the founder of a mighty empire. I am come to pay homage to the man who is the particular favorite of Heaven and who can never die in battle.”
This bit of history stirs my heart and God’s peace comes and settles me on this eve before Election 2016. There is an unseen diabolical force at work within this great nation George Washington helped found. It is a divisive spirit that would have us argue over even the most minute agendas. We talk at each other and not to each other. We force our opinions never once listening to what the other side may have to say, but my fight is not with flesh and blood. My fight is with the powers and principalities of this dark world and evil forces. Our enemy wants nothing more than to divide these United States of America and cause this house of cards to come tumbling down all around us.
But God’s Word says we will not be defeated.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31
Daniel says in chapter 9 verse 2, that he learned from reading the Word of the Lord. So I turn to God’s Word also. We have a mighty angelic army fighting for God’s people. They are fighting against our evil foe. This battle rages all around. The hair on the back of my neck begins to prickle. I turn to the events in Daniel chapter 10. Archangel Michael fights against the evil prince of Persia. My heart quickens, tears come to my eyes, I see The Commander of the Angel Armies and He is fighting for His children.
How can I not see this? It has happened over and over again through out the centuries. Our own American history confirms this battle. An indian chief witnessed God protective Spirit surrounding George Washington, one of the founders of these United States of America. I think it time we honor our founders and get back to the term united. The definition of united is joined together politically for a common purpose or by common feelings; made one, relating to or produced by joint action by being in agreement: harmonious. The antonym for united is divided – separated by different opinions; having a barrier due to conflicting interests.
An indian chief once prophesied that this nation would be a mighty empire. We once were. These United States can be again. We just need to come back to our foundation. One Nation, Under God, Indivisible…
Let’s seek God’s guidance before we mark those ballots.