#36 Angel of Light
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Daniel (by God’s revelation) revealed the dream of Nebuchadnezzar. A single statue “large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome” (reading Daniel 2:31-33 NASB). This one statue was the symbol of Satan’s rule on earth, the true power behind dominating governments. “Satan disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14 NASB).
The head was gold, breast and arms of silver, belly and thighs of bronze, legs of iron, feet partly of iron and partly of clay. This describes four kingdoms from the 7th century until the birth of Christ: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and then Rome. The rule of Satan disintegrated from gold down to iron mixed with clay. His hold on the earth was crumbling. With the first coming of the True Light, Satan’s false light was going out.
The church age – from the first century up to this day – is omitted. Satan’s power and domain ended at the Cross! The kingdom was not brought to earth at that time. The kingdom remains hidden from the world, visible only to those who are born again.
Jesus answered [Nicodemus], I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God.
John 3:3 AMP
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