You don’t need to look far tonight to see that the spirit of antichrist is already working as we speak. Very soon Satan will personify that spirit of antichrist in his man of sin. It’s amazing, the parallels, isn’t it? Just look at the King of Tyrus, a ruler controlled by the Devil, and there is a ruler coming to this world who too opposeth, exalteth himself above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Sure, we today can look ourselves at leaders and kings in our world, and we can even now perceive the promptings of Satan in their actions and in their politics. We despair at times, don’t we? We ask the question: ‘Why is there such unrighteousness in society? Why is there such injustice in the legal system, and corruption in the government?’. I’ll tell you why: because the men that rule this world are only puppets in the hand of principalities, and powers, and minions of Satan.
If you looked at Daniel 10, we don’t have time, but you see the man of God, Daniel, upon his knees in prayer for three full weeks – and then Gabriel, the angel of God, comes to him and brings the answer. But Gabriel tells him: ‘You know, your prayer was answered the first day you were on your knees, but the Prince of Persia, the Kingdom of Persia, withstood the angel of the Lord’. Later on Daniel had to wrestle again with the Prince of Grecia – is there a better commentary to what we studied in the book of Ephesians not so long ago, chapter 6: ‘We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places’ – that’s why we’re to put on the whole armour of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil, those who work through wicked spirits in the heavenlies, the world rulers of this darkness – and it’s already working!