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This is the first in the podcast series. The entirety of the audio book here is covered with B-Roll. This is pages 1-12 of In the Days of These Kings - The Book of Daniel in Preterist Perspective. For the audio book with full text go here:https://youtu.be/cegja8PQd8c
A principle of spiritual warfare runs like a scarlet thread throughout the Bible. It is the warfare of the seed of the serpent versus the seed of the woman in the curse that God put on the devil after the fall of man.
“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 3:15).
In pagan histories, we see man forever trying to be his own savior. The strong man always fails to bring salvation and instead births despotism and a worse type of bondage. Often he is overthrown by his own offspring or brothers. A young child is birthed in the shadow of a tyrant who desires world domination. The child grows up not only to usurp the evil king, but to grow in power far beyond that of the uneasy head that wears the crown.
The pagan looks for a strongman, a human dictatorship that brings salvation. The chiliast looks forward to an earthly kingdom with a heaven-sent warrior king sitting on an earthly throne at Jerusalem for a literal one-thousand-year reign someday in the near future, while at present politics are irredeemable because the kingdom of God is “not of this world.” The postmillennialist sees the kingdom of God as having its authority from His throne room in heaven, yet working itself out progressively in the earth as Christians advance Christ’s victorious kingdom in every area of society.
This postmillennial hope is the best reason why the prophecy of Daniel applies to our day as well. Understanding the redemptive-historical interpretation of the Bible brings an understanding of why God makes kingdoms rise and fall. His purpose is to prepare a people who will worship Him forever in reverence and awe.