1 Corinthians 2:6-8
John Lennox “Against the Flow”
“He was standing one day by the River Tigris, contemplating its flow. Where he stood the river was about a mile wide – it was one of the mightiest rivers on earth. The massive expanse of water was constantly on the move, surging past him on its irresistible journey. The flow of great rivers had always been used by Jewish writers as a poetic metaphor to express the flow of history in the nations of the world, as they surged against each other if conflict, clamed down for a time, surged again, broke their banks, and flooded across each other in what seemed to be a ceaseless and powerful state of confused movement or violent turmoil of war, conflict, and suffering.”
“Now, as he watches the restless flow of the Tigris, his mind is drawn once more to the inexorable flow of history. Where is it all going? What does it all mean? How is he to navigate the complexities of what he has already been told? After all, Judah’s defeat was relatively easy to understand.
Where was the Tigris going? Where was history going? Where was Daniel’s nation going? Where was Daniel going? Could anything impede the flow? Could one swim against it? What was the meaning of it all anyway? His mind is crammed with questions as he stands gazing across the vast expanse of the river. Then he becomes aware of the glowing figure of a majestic man ABOVE THE RIVER.”
Chuck Swindoll in his Study Bible makes this comment on Daniel
“The ancients were comfortable with the concept that reality exists in two worlds – the physical and the spiritual. The seen and the unseen. Today, however, most people in the West sneer at that notion, dismissing it as mythology. Skeptics won’t believe in anything they can’t see or touch – they require “hard evidence.” They call the many unexplainable good things that happen on this earth coincidences, while Christians often call them miracles. Daniel understood that two realms exist. Biblical truth compels you and me to stand with Daniel and the ancients. From the vantage point of Daniel and the other prophets we see the reality of the unseen and gain a new perspective that will transform our understanding of prayer.”
Michael Heiser “The Unseen Realm”
“Biblical scholars are in unanimous agreement that the PRINCES referred to in Daniel 10 are divine beings, not humans. They are also agreed that the concept is based on Deuteronomy 32:8-9
The passage, along with Deuteronomy 32:8-9 is the foundation for Paul’s theology of the unseen world. This is made clear in an overarching sense in Acts 17:26-27, where Luke records Paul’s speech at the Areopagus. In talking about God’s salvation plan, Paul says:
And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined ALLOTED PERIODS AND THE BOUNDARIES OF THEIR DWELLING PLACE, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.
Gary Stearman (Prophecywatchers.com)
“If these are the times we think they are, given Israel’s regathering to statehood and the rise of nations that exactly mirror the Bible’s description, then shouldn’t we be looking for the rise of ten kings? The Bible is quite explicit about their appearance, and that one of them would rise to the role of Antichrist. We have seen how clearly it is illustrated in both Daniel and Revelation, that the Antichrist’s rise to power will initially take place with the backing of horns, which are clearly described as then kings. Initially, they are practically unknown; they have no kingdoms. But during a very short period of time, they share their power with the Antichrist. As close as we must be to all these specific details, it is probably, that they are alive today. They would be the oligarchs, tech giants, bankers, investors and super-scientists who are totally invested in a godless order of global powers. Without referring to any of them by name, just think of the trillionares of the digital world, who are publicly linked to a new order of science, genetic transformation, digitized global politics and any of a variety of technologies. They are now hailed as the ones who will save the world through their new methodologies. It seems apparent that the world is about to be turned upside down, as they assume power. But really, they are only the foundation of the Antichrist’s rise.”