Those Who Do Exploits
Dan 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits. (KJV)
Dan 11:32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him. (NIV)
In this verse we have a prophecy fulfilled in the reign of Antiochus IV (Epiphanes) who horribly persecuted the Jewish nation.
The observance of all Jewish laws, especially those relating to the Sabbath and to circumcision, were forbidden by Antiochus IV under pain of death. The Jewish cult was set aside, and in all cities of Judaea, sacrifices must be brought to the pagan deities. Representatives of the crown everywhere enforced the edict. Once a month a search was instituted, and whoever had secreted a copy of the Law or had observed the rite of circumcision was condemned to death. In Jerusalem on the 15th of Chislev of the year 145 aet Sel, i.e. in December 168 BC, a pagan altar was built on the Great Altar of Burnt Sacrifices, and on the 25th of Chislev, sacrifice was brought on this altar for the first time (1 Macc 1:54,59). This evidently was the "abomination of desolation." The sacrifice, according to 2 Macc was brought to the Olympian Zeus, to whom the temple of Jerusalem had been dedicated. FRANK E. HIRSCH (from International Standard Bible Encylopaedia, Electronic Database Copyright (C) 1996 by Biblesoft)
This verse also provides us important insight into the operation of the Spirit of Antichrist as it progresses in political importance and influence. This verse also teaches us an important point about world compromise, and how we are to resist its corrupting influence.
Do wickedly - rasha` (raw-shah'/7561); a primitive root; to be (causatively, do or declare) wrong; by implication, to disturb, violate: KJV-- condemn, make trouble, vex, be (commit, deal, depart, do) wicked (-ly, -ness).
rasha`- (Brown-Driver-Biggs Lexicon)
to be wicked, to act wickedly
1) to be wicked, to act wickedly
2) to be guilty, to be condemned
1) to condemn as guilty (in civil relations)
2) to condemn as guilty (in ethical or religious relations)
3) to act wickedly (in ethics and religion)
We read that those who wickedly against God's covenant shall be corrupted by flatteries. This Greek word indicts those who are condemned as guilty in reference to God's covenant. How can we be guilty of violating God's covenant?
No Love of the Truth
II Th 2:8-12 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
2nd Thessalonians describes the corruption of the antichrist and his government. We see that the people perish because they have no love for the truth, but they had more pleasure in unrighteousness. Truth is not facts or figures that never change, it is the person of Jesus Christ (Jn 14:6). The world has lost its love for the truth, because the light of truth exposes our deepest deeds. Those who love God's truth will stand in the light of God's countenance and allow the truth to manifest our love of Christ and our spiritual deeds (Jn 3:21).
Violate The Covenant
Heb 13:20-21 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, (21) Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)
Heb 12:24-25 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (25) See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: (KJV)
The covenant we have is an eternal New Testament established by the blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus has promised His disciples that He will make us "Perfect" in every good work. The Greek word used for "Perfect" in this context is Katartizo (mend, repair, restore, and set in right order). This Greek word has the application of a maturing process endured by Christ's disciples who walk in the light of the everlasting covenant. It's well pleasing to God for us to allow His Holy Spirit to mature our spiritual lives in the love of His truth.
We read that Jesus is the mediator of this new covenant, therefore we owe obedience to Him. We understand that the saints of the Old Testament did not escape God's judgment when they refused (disobeyed) God's anointed oracle. Should we also refuse to follow Christ in the path of the cross (Lk 9:23), then how shall we escape God's judgment.
Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; (KJV)
How shall we escape if we neglect God's great salvation found in the new covenant? The author of Hebrews taught that those who violate God's covenant are at risk to fall into the quagmire of world conformity. We violate (do wickedly) God's covenant when we neglect our salvation in Christ through indifference and unbelief.
Jer 17:5-8 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. (6) For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. (7) Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. (8) For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (KJV)
Jeremiah, the Prophet taught a man is cursed by God who trusts in the arm of humanity, and whose heart has turned away from the Lord. When godly people turn to human institutions for solutions to their problems and social ills, then they enter into the arid desert of human pride and despair. We violate God's covenant when we turn to human initiative, without trusting in the Lord. People who violate God's covenant are at great risk to be deceived by the lies of the devil spoken through human government.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are admonished by Paul not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds in Christ. We seek world conformity because of two human traits:
Jesus used the symbol of Sheep to describe the basic heart of human beings. We are sheep looking to follow a shepherd, and in many cases we don't care if the shepherd is good or bad. People blindly follow leaders and this is inherently dangerous. Should the media and public opinion violate the covenant of God the ignorant masses will follow like sheep and form the same opinion. Christians are not immune from the corruption of world conformity, they also follow public opinion like sheep. Should the media advocate the gay rights agenda, many good religious people will follow the propaganda of these lies. The media teaches that any person who does not accept their perception of life is a bigot and not politically correct, and I hear Christian people accept this way of thinking. Be warned, should the media and academia violate God's covenant will we follow along like sheep to our own destruction.
Flattery of Lies
Flattery - chalaqqah (khal-ak-kaw'/2514); feminine from 2505; flattery: KJV-- flattery.
chalaqqah- (Brown-Driver-Biggs Lexicon)
flattery, smoothness, fine promises
With flattery the evil king will corrupt those who violate the covenant of God. What kind of political propaganda could the government of the Antichrist use to cause the people of God to violate God's covenant. Daniel realized that world politics and the media would use smooth flattery and lies. We read in Webster's Collegiate Dictionary that Flattery is the act of "praising excessively with a motive of self interest". Is it possible that the devil could use flattery as a technique of world conformity? It is also interesting to note that this Hebrew word has the application of "fine promises", and this application implies vain and empty campaign promises. Its astounding how much evil can be robed in fine promises and empty flattery.
II Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (KJV)
pseudos (psyoo'-dos/5579); from 5574; a falsehood: KJV-- lie, lying.
pseudos- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)
1) a lie
2) conscious and intentional falsehood
3) in a broad sense, whatever is not what it seems to be; used of perverse, impious, deceitful precepts
One sign of the end times will be the son of perdition giving to the world lies (deceitful precepts - fine promises - flatteries). God will send strong delusion to the nations of the earth that they should believe a lie. The book of Revelation shows a clear picture of what will happen when the perversion of flattery and lies gain worldwide political power.
Rev 13:12-18 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. (13) And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, (14) And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. (15) And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (16) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. (18) Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. (KJV)
Consider with me the multitudes who will believe the lying wonders of the beast who have been deceived by their unrighteousness. How many of these people will be Christians who will violate the covenant of God, because of the vain flattery and empty promises? Its important to know that should Christians compromise with the politically correct thinking of the new world order, they will be judged with these sinners.
To Know God
Know - yada` (yaw-dah'/3045); a primitive root; to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) [as follow]: KJV-- acknowledge, acquaintance (-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, [un-] awares, can [-not], certainly, comprehend, consider, X could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be [ig-] norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have [knowledge], (be, make, make to be, makeself) known, + be learned, + lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, X prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have [understanding], X will be, wist, wit, wot.
yada`- (Brown-Driver-Biggs Lexicon)
to know; to know, to learn to know; to perceive and to see, to find out and to discern; to discriminate, to distinguish; to know by experience; to recognize, to admit, to acknowledge, to confess; to consider; to know, to be acquainted with; to know (a person carnally; to know how, to be skillful in; to have knowledge, to be wise.
But the people who know their God will be strong and do exploits. This Hebrew has the application of an intimate knowledge of God in the same way that a husband and wife may know one another. Lets not deceive ourselves thinking that the new world order does not have some knowledge of God, but they have no intimate knowledge of God. Simply stated, having a religion about God is not having a relationship with God. We are in the midst of a cultural revolution, and the battleground is centered around the concepts of religion about God in conflict with those in relationship with God.
be strong - chazaq (khaw-zak'/2388); a primitive root; to fasten upon; hence, to seize, be strong (figuratively, courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer: KJV-- aid, amend, X calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage (-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, strengthen (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong (-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behaveself valiantly, withstand.
chazaq- (Brown-Driver-Biggs Lexicon)
to strengthen, to prevail, to harden, to become strong, to be courageous; to grow firm, to be resolute; to prevail; to be secure; to press, to be urgent; to grow stout; to restore to strength; to sustain, to encourage; to make bold; to support; to repair
We read in our theme verse that those who know their God will be strong and do exploits. The Hebrew word "Chazaq" has a greater application than a person who has gained physical or spiritual prowess. The word also has the application of a person being restored in strength through the repairing process of the Holy Spirit. The Hebrew word "Chazaq" is similar to the Greek word "Katartizo" used in the Bible for the word "Perfect".
perfect - katartizo (katarti/zesqe kat-ar-tid'-zo/2675); from 2596 and a derivative of 739; to complete thoroughly, i.e. repair (literally or figuratively) or adjust: KJV-- fit, frame, mend, (make) perfect (-ly join together), prepare, restore.
katartizo- (Thayer Greek/English Lexicon)
to render, that is, to fit, sound, complete a) to mend (what has been broken or rent), to repair, to complete b) to fit out, to equip, to put in order, to arrange, to adjust to fit or frame for oneself, to prepare c) ethically, to strengthen, to perfect, to complete, to make one what he ought to be
Katartizo perfection is not an abstract thought but itís a practical process that we continually experience with the Holy Spirit. Our spiritual success is contingent on our openness to the Katartizo process. Since we never arrive at total spiritual completeness, then we must realize that the Katartizo process is the normal spiritual life found in our new nature. This process seems to have three areas of ministry lets examine each area.
It is hard to imagine that we might be Christians who are in need of repair. The function of the Holy Spirit is to repair, mend and heal our spiritual pain and brokenness.
Lets now apply this analogy to the working of the Holy Spirit. Much of our spiritual brokenness and sickness is self inflicted through our ignorance, self will, and sin. In order to repair our spiritual brokenness the Holy Spirit must expose these faults in us.
The second principle we find in the Katartizo process is the working of the Holy Spirit to equip us to be strong in God and do His exploits.
Heb 13:21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. (NIV)
The goal of the Holy Spirit is to equip us with everything that we will need to do Godís work. The Holy Spirit will not equip us with everything we think we need, but only with what we truly need. The Holy Spirit will only equip us to do Godís work not our perceptions of Godís work. Could our frustration with God be the result of not abiding in the equipping process?
To Put in Right Order
Once we accept the fact that we have a calling and ministry in Godís holy work, then we also must accept the fact that God has a divine order that orchestrates His total plan and vision. Part of the Katartizo process is to set our spiritual lives in right order with Godís plan. Consider also with me that fact that the normal human mindset is enmity with God.
We can be strong in God only to the degree we enter into personal relationship with Him. How can we stand for Christ during times of conflict and persecution without being strong in our faith? We never arrive at total perfection, but those people who know their God, endure the perfecting and strengthening processing. When will we allow the Holy Spirit access to our lives to work in us the perfecting process?
We must never loose sight of the fact that the political philosophy of the New World Order and globalism will deceive the nations of the earth with their vain flattery, fine promises, and deceitful precepts. We read in Daniel that the evil king will seek to destroy the people of God by provoking them to violate God's covenant. We know that Daniel's prophecy was remarkably fulfilled in Antiochus IV, but I believe that the actions of this man are a foreshadowed warning of the future reign of the Spirit of Antichrist. I'm convinced that the Son of Perdition will use the same tactic against the saints of God. We read that a great falling away from the faith will occur just prior to the coming of this evil man. Is it possible that the Spirit of Antichrist will use the same tactic to cause the ignorant masses to violate God's covenant.