The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Real You, continued

It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low. Because of rebellion, the host of the saints and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground. (Daniel 8:10-12—NIV)

Antichrist will have power to reach up to the heavens and attack the host of saints there. All of God's creatures must be tested, tested, shaken, shaken until God is certain all rebellion has been removed from His creation, particularly from the "stars," the rulers.

The power (horn) of Antichrist will grow in the spirit realm until it reaches and touches those who are hidden with Christ in God. They of all people must be absolutely free from rebellion and self-will.

It grew until it reached the host of the heavens.

This is referring to the power and authority of wickedness and moral evil we are entering, the hour of temptation. If we wish to be guarded against it we will have to guard carefully, in the present time, the word of Christ's patience.

It threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them.

This reminds us of another passage.

His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so he might devour her child the moment it was born. (Revelation 12:4—NIV)

I go back and forth on the above verse. Are the "stars" referring to the fallen angels or the saints who are established in God? It probably is referring to the saints. We say this because after a third of the stars had been swept out of the sky, Michael and his angels drove Satan and his angels from the heavens. It doesn't make sense that Satan would have flung a third of his army of angels to the earth before the war against Michael—troops that could have assisted him in the battle.

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. (Revelation 12:7—NIV)

So maybe we better stick with the "third of the stars" being the saints, as in Daniel 8:10. The passages are not speaking of nominal Christians or the righteous dead who compose the great "sea" of people in the spirit realm awaiting the Day of Christ. Rather it is the stars, the host, who are at issue. These are the life-giving spirits who are at the right hand of God, the governing priesthood.

To someone who would protest we cannot have a place at the right hand of God and then be torn down, let us respond by saying it happens every day. We begin our Christian journey at the right hand of God, at least by faith. For this is the declaration of the Word of God. Our effort as a disciple is to maintain that which already has been given us by the sovereign grace of God, to guard our crown.

To be continued.