The angel Gabriel said to Daniel,
And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be. The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king.
We are in a Spiritual War
- Revelation 12 speaks of how a heavenly war spilled out on to the earth and Satan has gone to make war with God's people because his time is short.
- In John 8:31-47 Jesus reveals its a war between truth and lies. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life while Satan is a murder and the father of lies.
- The king of Persia reminded me of Iran which is the leading terrorist supporting state propagating a violent form of Islam. It embodies the antichrist spirit which 1 John 2:22 reveals that liars deny that Jesus as the Christ and they reject the Father as well. In Islam God is never described as a father and they only recognize Jesus as a prophet. So the king of Persia represents the antichrist spirit working through the Religion Mountain. The name Satan means adversary while devil means false accuser or slanderer. Satan traffics in lies, accusation and slander. The king of Persia represents the attack against The Truth and Truth has a name: Jesus Christ.
- The king of Greece reminded me of the Education Mountain. Why? Because Western education has been so influenced by Greek thought which separates the natural/secular from the spiritual which is considered holy. However, in Hebraic thought, all of life is holy. The king of Greece represents an attack on our thought process. It's easier to introduce lies when confused and to manipulate if our thought process is faulty.
Now I understood the spiritual war over "Fake News" in the Media Mountain.
The king of Media
In the Hebrew the word translated "media" means "middle land." Isn't that was media outlets like CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Sky TV, Al Jazeera, CBN... do? They broadcast to the airways and act as a middle-man so to speak helping connect the sender with a message with people from other lands?
It should come as no surprise that the "prince of the power of the air," the spirit who works in the sons of disobedience (Eph. 2:2) would want to control this medium to which is used to connect to many people in many lands. Satan traffics in lies. He resists the truth. He will use slander, lies and and false accusation. His children...... LIE. Habitually! He's introduced a lie to confuse people through Greek thought.
Think about the term horn. Horn in Daniel 8:19-21 refers to authority but it can also mean cornet! You know, like a trumpet. It's a way to broadcast and increase the reach of that message.
If the handler of the media is righteous, honorable and true, it will bless and serve more people. If the controller of the medium is evil or a liar, it will hurt and deceive more people.
Hence, the king(s) of the Media mountains are important.
Wisdom for This Day in the Culture War
I learned in the Navy War College that the wise general understands the lay of the land and will use the land to their advantage such as occupying the high ground. The high ground can be occupied by a few to withstand many. Brenda and I just returned from Israel. On that trip we visited Masada! Masada is Hebrew for fortress. It's a high mountain where King Herod built a fortress and 1000 Jews used it to withstand over 15,000 Romans for a long time.
In a culture war, words are used in a sense to create the lay of the land. Whoever occupies the moral high ground has the advantage. If a high ground cannot be wrestled away, then a faux or false high ground can be manufactured. How you might ask?
I submit, change the definition or make up a new word. For example:
- Oxford Dictionaries said that "gay" was redefined my homosexual men in the 1960's
- Homosexual was a word made up in the late 19th century.
- Islamaphobia is a word made up around 1995 to help Islam in their cultural jihad.
- I'm sure you can think of a whole host of new words or perhaps remember a president who tried to question the definition of "is" in order to cover up a sexual liaison in the White House.
- The book After the Ball - How America will conquer its fear & hatred of Gay's in the 90s was written in 1989. It described how to use misinformation, hide the truth about the lifestyle and how to manipulate the media in order to glean sympathy until laws were changed. Bottom line, its an example of how a small minority recreated a faux moral high. It worked.
The examples could go on but my point is words create the lay of the land. He who controls the language, controls the field upon which this culture war is waged.
Satan is ultimately the adversary who propagates lies to attack the truth. The seven mountains are merely the spheres of regions wherein this heavenly war is played out today. To discern the root, watch for the fruit (Matthew 7:15-20). If lies, murder, slander, character assassination, dis-information and the manipulation are regular practices then you've a good idea as to who is really behind it all. Satan, the devil, Lucifer will try to appear as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14).
Just remember, the best lies are the ones with copious amounts of truth. That's a key in deceit! This is why the study of God's word is so very critical. It's like the Treasury Agents responsible for watching for counterfeit money. They study and become experts of the true which empowers them to spot the fake bills.
If you understand God's word and look at the corruption in the United States government today you can quickly discern who is really at work just by watching how the laws are handled and or applied. Lawlessness is one of the signs of Satan (2 Thess. 2:7-10, 2 Cor. 6:14 & Matt. 13:41).
A Person, a People & a Mountain
We discover from 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 that our thoughts and imaginations can be strongholds. A small minority representing the gay agenda executed the plan presented in After the Ball which successfully changed the culture and laws in America. They did this by redefining words, changing laws and they won public opinion by playing the victim card frequently and loudly. In doing so, a minority has created a false moral high ground controlled by a few.
There are people called to every mountain in society, but no one will ever fulfill their call alone. It requires a person prepared leagued to a people who'll collaborate with them to help them ascend the mountain. If the mountain is a faux or false stronghold, then the truth must once again be exalted. Never forget Psalm 87:1, "His foundation is in the holy mountains..." Psalm 89:13 says, "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Mercy and truth go before Your face."
Fake news has become a real issue for people without the character of Christ have risen to preeminence in these media mountains. They control the mouth pieces of major news media, social media (ie. Google, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and many others. We need and pray for a people called into each sphere/mountain to be a voice of truth. We need people of character called to serve in the Media Mountain. It's the only way to combat the propagation of lies (John 8:31).
It's not just a culture war my friends. Ultimately, it is a war over the souls of men and women and the issue at hand is their eternity in heaven or in hell. This is a fight we must win.
But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.