As major players in the end-times, the common man and simple believer will be involved in the furtherance of the invitation to brideship which is being issued at this very moment by the spirit to any who have ears to hear it. The regular citizen of the kingdom of God will be faithful to prayer and fasting in the kind of way counseled by God in Isaiah 58. (Read this chapter for yourself.) No longer should a Christian expect this sort of spiritual labor to be the exclusive province of monks and ‘holy’ men as it may have been left up to them in past epochs of christian history. We should not turn this work over to them alone; it is proper for all Christians to serve God with their whole heart and mind.
     Daniel’s prayer makes the clarion call to the humble and meek and those reckoned as lowly in power or lacking mass appeal. Chapter nine makes its appeal to spiritual work as a calling to regular end-times saints, not just to 'priests' and ministers of the gospel. So important is this grace to have faith for prayer, which is bestowed upon the ordinary believer that God has separated it even from the general counsel and teachings of end-times faith given in the first half of Daniel and has placed it within revelations concerning the history and fate of the Antichrist Beast and its leader, because it is an essential weapon in the fight against antichrist elements in the end-times. This appeal to spiritual labor appears in the Bible directly ahead of the greatest prophecy of the Bible in 9:24-27 (#10 in our study of Daniel). It sits at the door leading into the prophecies of Daniel, prophetic revelations which run the course of this age (chs. 10-12) and address the judgment of this world at the end, false religion, and the redemption of faithful believers.

      A gift of Knowledge

for this article on Prayer

This gift of the Spirit came to us by way of a letter sent to us by a subscriber some years ago.
Prior to receiving the letter I had been studying and preparing to write this part of the series on Daniel (chapter 9 on Prayer and Fasting in the End-times). I had been particularly impressed by the visitation of the two angels that came to answer Daniel's prayers. One angel appears in chapter nine of Daniel, the other in chapter ten. In 9:21 the angel says to Daniel while he was “speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation." The second instance is in 10:13, where Daniel writes, "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me [an angel] one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. “ First, it is said that the angel "flew swiftly" and seemed to be unimpeded in getting to Daniel. But then, in chapter ten, a more powerful angel (who seems to be Jesus) was not able to get through to Daniel right away, but was hindered for 21 days. He even needed to be helped by one of the chief angels. I wondered why one got through and the other had trouble. God offers no explanation in Daniel. I told our fellowship about this question God I had and instead of teaching on Daniel and prayer that night, as I had planned; I solicited insights and understanding about this curious spiritual occurrence. We discussed the possible causes and talked of the reality of Satan's spiritual powers and principalities. We knew it signified spiritual warfare and that God answers prayer in His time and in His way. We were all edified by our inquiry, but nothing was absolutely established in our hearts and minds about the relevance of the two angels and why God had raised the interesting question for the body's consideration.
Then in the following week we received a letter at the magazine from a man from Nashua, NH. I did not have an opportunity to look at the letter before our next gathering. After our worship and after God's Word had come forth, a brother innocently asked if anyone had done any digging into the question about the two angels or if anyone had a word from God on them. No one did. Then my wife spoke up and asked me if I had read the letter. I said I had not, so on her suggestion I got the letter and read it to everyone. This is what the man wrote.

Dear brethren,
      Grace and peace be multiplied to you in Jesus' mighty and unbeatable name! … Before I really knew Jesus I was into practicing witchcraft and was a self professed Satanist, both dealing and using drugs. Jesus is Lord of my life now and I give Him all the glory. I'm free in Him! Anyway, the Lord has truly blessed me with many gifts, one of them being, my eyes are wide open to the reality of the warfare. I had good discernment before, but the past 15 months or so have been a real blessing from on high. Please feel free to use the following information in part or in whole in articles, sermons, or whatever, to the Glory of God!

    The reality of spiritual warfare I don't think a lot of God's people fully realize. There is a spiritual unseen world all around us. If one could see into this realm they would see God's angels and the devil's demons fighting against each other. In Daniel 9:21 it speaks of Gabriel, God's angel, being caused to fly swiftly, as result of Daniel praying. Also, in Daniel 10:13 it speaks of God's angel being opposed by one of the powers of darkness. Revelation 12:7-9 explicitly talks about "war", and God's angels literally fighting with Satan and his demons. God also says that the devil and his angels are not strong enough to win. If someone could see in the spirit world they would see God's angels and Satan's demons fighting. We are in a real war, but the war is spiritual, not carnal. Christians are supposed to be soldiers. Remember the old song, "Onward Christian Soldiers"? That's literal! God's Word speaks of the weapons of our "warfare". In the Greek the word "warfare" is; strateia (I believe it's where "strategy" comes from). One of the actual meanings of warfare is; military service.
     Warfare, weapons, strategy, these are all military terms. Christians are in a spiritual army, it is called the Body of Christ. Jesus gives the orders and we had better obey. Souls hang in the balance. In 1 Corinthians 14:8 the Word says, "For if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for battle?" Trumpet, battle, soldier, army, orders, armor; these are all terms that are military in nature. The word "battle", in the Greek means: a single encounter of a series, fight, or war. An encounter with what you might ask? We battle with principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this age, and spiritual hosts of wickedness in high places. Eph. 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith. There is the fight, the fight of faith. It is a fight, but God's angels are fighting for us. Psalm 103:20 says,
"Bless the Lord, you his angels, who do his word, heeding the voice of his word." God's angels are the ones carrying out the written word. But Psalm 103:20 says the angels heed the voice of his word. Who is the voice of God's Word, but God's people! See how it works! All believers are far above the Devil and his cohorts, so hold your position you already have and don't waver. Praise God!

Be blessed with this.
Signed: Your Brother, D. S.

INTERPRETATION: The timing and miraculous mention of the very two verses we had discussed only a few days earlier had been a witness of the importance of spiritual warfare. Whatever the reason for the angels being hindered or unhindered, we knew God was telling us to join the army, and become spiritual prayer warriors. Prayer and fasting are vital parts of our arsenal in Christ, critical in fighting our war in the spirit. As a secret weapon, everything about the book of Daniel is geared to making the end-times saint a better soldier in Christ. Its inspiring lessons are supposed to make our shield of faith grow in size and strength. Its revelations and prophecies should increase our understanding and help to make us "wise as serpents, but gentle as doves." Its promises should be a stone that whets our personal sword of the spirit (which all good soldiers must carry with them), honed to a razor-sharp edge.























Daniel -     Introduction
Daniel 1-6   End Time Faith
Daniel 7 -   The Classic Empires
Daniel 8 -   Man and Beast
Daniel 9 -   Prayer and Fasting
Daniel 10-  Greatest Prophecy
Daniel 11-   History with a Bullet
Daniel 12-   Conclusion




Daniel’s End-Times Spiritual Warfare

Prayer and fasting has always been a prime subject for Christian teaching, and rightly so. Dating back to the earliest days of the Church, volumes upon volumes have been penned on prayer by devout men and women in Christ. Just listing the good ones would be a chore. Anecdotes and stories about prayer abound in Christian lore. For instance it was said of James, (the Lord's half-brother and author of the epistle of his name), that he had the nick-name “The Camel” because his knees were hardened and calloused by all the time he spent on them before the Lord in prayer.
Most Christians can speak of personal revelations. For instance, the Lord recently spoke to me in a prophecy and said, "Get on your knees and be strong, stand and be humble." I take that advice literally, and try to do my share of praying, trusting in prayer more than my own wit and strength, while standing humble before Him. Everything under the sun (lower than the Son) is vanity, just as it says in Ecclesiastes; but we can believe that everything done through and with the Son is fruitful. On any given Sunday morning, across our land, sermons on prayer descend from pulpits by the score. Or, at least, they once did. There is a present danger that the roaring avalanche of verbiage can make us deaf to hearing about prayer. Like our children, we hear the noise but tune out the message. It all can become one giant cliché. "Praying, oh yea, I should be praying."
Being heard through the thunderous roar with a message of prayer is the challenge of this next part of our study of Daniel. The power of prayer is one of the most important messages of the book of Daniel and we should not turn a deaf ear to it. That God saw fit to devote two of the twelve chapters out of His secret end-times weapon (remember, this study revolves on the fundamental premise that Daniel is God's secret end-times weapon) to prayer and fasting should speak to us about their tremendous importance for the end-times warrior of faith. To illustrate the magnitude of this message God has provided our study with a word of confirmation by way of a gift of knowledge.
SEE: The Gift of the Spirit: KNOWLEDGE this page sidebar

God wants us to be fully equipped soldiers
       The Father wants His Son's soldiers to be armed, protected and smart. In these last evil days it is good to let Daniel and his faith become a sort of drill sergeant for us. The book can be a kind of spiritual "boot camp" for Christians to learn about spiritual guerrilla warfare. The first half of Daniel is about faith, the type of faith that the wise end-times saint will acquire. As God's word says, "Without faith it is impossible to please Him." The examples of faith in Daniel will help us live more pleasing lives for our Savior. The second half of Daniel is devoted to revealing the truth and dangers of the Antichrist. Like any good military strategist, God wants His soldiers to know the enemy. He wants His soldiers to understand why they are fighting and what they are fighting for. It is not enough to be knowledgeable and fully equipped for battle. A soldier must also know how to fight. For this, God uses Daniel once again to draw our attention to two main forms of spiritual warfare. In chapters nine and ten, the Spirit of God takes us aside, turning for a moment from drilling us, to show us two of the most effective ways of defeating our foe: Prayer and Fasting.
      Our greatest source of teaching comes from the Holy Scriptures, of course. Jesus taught us about prayer and fasting. The Epistles are replete with inspiration and enlightenment about prayer. The Old Testament presents example after example of men of prayer. Most notable is Elijah, the man of whom James said, "was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit...” The book of Daniel lags behind none when it comes to teaching and inspiring us about prayer. It teaches us the attitude we must bring with us into our prayer closet. It also shows us, the end-times believers, many of the elements of prayer which we should have in our prayer life in these last evil days. Throughout Daniel we are brought into contact with the spirit of prayer and its glorious power. Daniel was saved from defilement in chapter one because he sought God and knew his will. He was saved from death in chapter two by prayer. He was delivered from the mouth of the lions in chapter six by prayer. And finally, in chapter nine and ten we are pulled aside from our end-times study of faith and about the Antichrist to learn how to fight the good fight of faith.

A scan of Daniel's prayer in chapter nine
      Daniel had studied the words of Jeremiah and discovered that the prophet had told Israel that their captivity would last exactly 70 years. Take note that Daniel knew God's Word. He had studied it. He had even had it revealed to him (chapters 7&8) by revelation from heaven. In order to understand it, however, he had to go to God in prayer, with fastings and supplication and repentance. (Much of our prayer to God should be in question form, and then waiting for the answer.)  He writes that he went before God in sackcloth and ashes the Old Testament symbols of repentance and humility. Daniel set himself on his knees to plead the case of his people before the Lord. And as we shall see in later studies God answered his humble prayer by trusting to his pen the entire scope of His plan of the nations and salvation for His people: the Commonwealth of Israel. Daniel began his prayer by both admitting his personal sin and acknowledging God's righteousness while praising Him for His wisdom, mercy and forgiveness.


"And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, 0 Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments. Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spoke in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel; that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him …”


In some ways the end-times saint can see this prayer as appropriate also for the body of Christ. The end-times saint, though living righteously, as Daniel, should not distance himself from association with the sin of the people. Daniel admitted his uncleanness (as a natural man) and was willing to intercede, to "take the heat" for the chosen elect people's sake. The Diaspora had happened and captivity had been imposed. The body of Christ would seem to be in a similar state today. Daniel was asking in his heart that salvation and freedom would once again come to the people of God and their captivity would be returned forever. We can ask the same for the body. Daniel admits they had gone astray. They had not listened to the Law and The Prophets, in other words, neither to God's servants whom he sent to them, nor followed the commandments and instructions laid down in Mosaic Law. Worse still, Israel had not listened to the voice of God and so the curses of God had fallen upon them.

Daniel then prays, "yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice." Judgment must begin at the house of God declares the book of 1 Peter. Daniel, as our example of an end-times intercessor tells us we must acknowledge God's righteous judgment in our lives and in the body of Christ at large. God will not honor anything but the truth. For God says of Himself, He cannot lie. God is love; and love, we are told in 1 Cor. 13, ‘rejoices in the truth’. After acknowledging the disobedience to truth and love, Daniel then beseeches God to turn His anger and fury away from Jerusalem so that for His name's sake His people will no more be a reproach. This intercessory prayer we can pray for the body.

 "0 Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, 0 our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 0 my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies."

 After this, Daniel offers this simple plea.

  "0 Lord, hear; 0 Lord, forgive; 0 Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, 0 my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name."

Hear - forgive - hearken and do. We can pray this prayer that God will glorify his name in us and the church, every day that we have breath. Now we come to the part of Daniel's prayer for which God used the above timely letter to emphasis his message. Daniel describes the spiritual sequence as the word came to him by an angel.


 "And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God; Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, 0 Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision." Vs. 20-23

        The natural presumption about prayer is, it is God's tool for making known our needs, requests and desires. Though prayer is all of that, it is much more. Daniel's prayers in chapters nine and ten help us understand just how much more. Prayer is also supposed to sharpen our discernment, increase our understanding and enlighten us on God's will. In short, prayer should enhance our communication with the Father and the Son. Take note that Daniel is not merely talking at God in His prayer, issuing demands or requests. He starts these prayers because he wants help from God. Daniel expects help to come in the form of answers. Prayer must open communication with God. It must draw us into His presence. We cannot here go into the difference between answered prayer before and after the advent of Christ. In Daniel's case God sent angels to answer His prayers (one of them most likely was Christ Himself in chapter 10). In the case of the end-times believer, that angel is the perpetual messenger God Himself in the person of the Holy Ghost. But the intensity and reality of the battles and the role of angels in assisting us in spiritual warfare remain the same. In the age of grace we can go boldly before the throne of God in His heavenly throne room. The coming of the Messiah changed our access and made things easier and more instantaneous because of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, but the spiritual warfare has in many ways only increased. We know that the Devil is furious because he knows his time is short. Daniel serves us as a clear portrait of the intensity and reality of the battle taking place around us at all times. Chapter ten of Daniel is a miniature play acted out before us in order to open our eyes to the reality of this battle. Read it and you will see. Also read 2 Kings 6 and the story of Elisha and his servant and how God opened their eyes to see the host of angels that surround and defend the saints in time of need.


In Chapter seven we saw that God had forecasted the rise of the Antichrist kingdom and detailed its metamorphosis from Babylon, to Persia, to Greece, to Rome. For the first time in His relationship with man God revealed in chapter seven of Daniel that the Antichrist is a kingdom. He showed that the Antichrist kingdom would come about by a process of evolution and that its spirit would control and dominate not only the governments and commerce of the
earth but also the souls and minds of all the earth's inhabitants. In short, Daniel chapter seven shows that God knew and ordained that Western Civilization would be the dominating force of the earth. That the spirit prince over this kingdom would be the ruler of all other wicked spirit princes and their earthly governments.

In chapter eight God establishes the second important precedent concerning the Antichrist when He reveals for the first time ever in Scripture that the Antichrist is not only a kingdom, but it is a person also. To the student of prophecy this may seem obvious, but this is the revelation from which our knowledge that the Antichrist is a man stems. The vision given Daniel in chapter eight skips from the third kingdom (Greece), over the most significant kingdom (the fourth one), right to the end-times Antichrist kingdom of ten horns headed up by a singularly evil man. The reason for this leap is to draw attention to this great essential fact that the Antichrist is a man, a leader who will take the reins of the Antichrist kingdom at the end and cause the most brutal, tyrannical rule mankind has, or ever will, know. Chapter eight goes directly from the kingdom of Alexander the Great to the final Antichrist leader because Alexander is both Scripture and history's finest and most perfect archetype of the "evil one".

There are many more details and edifying revelations that God would have the students of prophecy glean from chapters seven and eight, but these are the two great purposes of chapters seven and eight, and the major points of emphasis for our study. God has established for us, the end-times saints, that the Antichrist is both man and kingdom. His word has established that they are inseparable. The kingdom needs a man to lead it and the man needs a kingdom to lead. The kingdom has been walked into all parts of the earth by the iron and unremitting legs of "Rome" and its influence has permeated every stratum of society and life on every continent. History bears this out. Its influence is felt in every government, culture, and ideology. All this dreadful and terrible kingdom needs is an object of its worship, the man whom the world will receive as its savior, the Antichrist. These awesome visions were shown by God to Daniel, and understandably they greatly troubled him. "As for me, Daniel, my cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in me: but kept the matter in my heart.Vs. 7:28 And eight ends with these words. "I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it." Vs 8:27

So what is the next recorded response we, the end-times saints see from Daniel our prototype end-times saint? Not surprisingly, we see him with a contrite heart seeking God's face and engaged in spiritual exercise and warfare. In reading chapter nine we don't know it but God has already decided to tell Daniel what his plan of salvation is for the Jewish nation and that Daniel should not lose hope. God has everything under control. He will tell him about his plan to save all of Israel and He will reveal to Him in detail what must happen in the end and how the fullness of the transgressors must be allowed to prosper in order for the truth to come out, for the faith of the saints to be tried, and so the lies of the Antichrist and Satan can be exposed for all time and forever. God will do this in perhaps the greatest single prophecy of all Scripture (at the end of chapter nine) and in chapter eleven when he tracks the career of the Antichrist in detail. But first Daniel goes into prayer; and then fasting and warfare so he can get a true handle on what this all means to his faith and the destiny of his people. Daniel, like every first time hearer of prophecy, is uncertain how to understand these things or how they are supposed to edify him. So Daniel, in his wisdom, resorts to the only thing he has, the only thing the end-times believer has, he resorts to seeking God's face by prayer and supplication and to asking God for His mercy and kindness to intercede in his and his people's behalf. If Daniel is a picture a the prototype end-times saint and all of his Biblically recorded experiences and actions can be applied to the faith of believers at the end, then the Christian should take note of these two chapters. Two chapters out of 12, in God's secret end-times weapon, are devoted to prayer and fasting. That alone says a lot about where we should be pouring our time and efforts.