Daniel was close to 80 when the rogue son of Nebuchadnezzar, the king who Daniel had warned to recognize and give honor to God or he would lose his mind, had the encounter with the handwriting on the wall. Despite being told he was about to lose his kingdom, this reprobate king, as did his father and his successor, with awe, recognized Daniel’s authority.
Likewise, scripture tells us that when the Lord was about to take Elijah in a whirlwind that Elijah said to Elisha: “Ask what I might do for you before I am taken.” The implication was what he might do for Elisha on behalf of God. Elijah’s authority, considered aligned with God’s, was unquestionable.
We have entered a season when God is raising up voices. These voices have nothing to do with the clamor of those in need of being heard, the ambitious; a clamor which extends from the community of faith to the political arena, the media and then to the cacophony burgeoning the social media. Yet, despite the confusion and deafening, disturbing, permeating noise, the distinction from those competing to be heard will be the still, small voices of authority.
There’s a path of those found in Scripture whose voices have endured the ages. It is marked by an authority recognized by even heathen kings. Moses had it. As did Abraham, Enoch, Joseph and David, along with those representing God as the prophets. Jesus was described as capturing the attention of all those of His day, by this authority. This authority connected the natural world with the dominion of the supernatural. It was evidenced in Paul and Peter following the resurrection and outpouring of the Holy Spirit, both ones whose pathways as believers had inauspicious starts.
Wielding this authority came to those unwaveringly aligned with Truth. Lives completely immersed in God. Ones whose voices were in such oneness with God that without trying, they would be heard clearly above the clamor. In each of these cases, their voices served to guide a generation experiencing radical spiritual change.
These subtle paths of authority reflected in each of these enduring voices have been characterized by the cost paid to obtain the covenant relationship undergirding their mantles as God’s representatives. That cost took time and involved an annulling of what Scripture refers to as the covenant with death, before entering what the Bible also describes as God’s covenant of peace.
The process pivots on hearing God and with clarity, recognizing and overshadowing any personal need, in responding to Truth. In short, it is when the fear of God so dwarfs the fear of what man might do, that even wild beasts, as did the lions with Daniel, will submit to the boundaries of this covenant of peace. This dynamic was described by God to Job as: “Having a covenant with the stones of the field, with the beasts of the field being at peace with you.” It is a covenant with the authority that wields dominion over the natural world with the supernatural. Despite the attempts to push back against him, it is the authority by which Daniel stood out and prevailed in a culture and court of the occult.
It is an authority that involves walking a narrow path, a tightly confined corridor between Life and death. And so it must begin with a grasp of what it means to annul any covenant with death and agreement with Sheol. It involves the unmitigated path of Kingdom power exemplified and described by Jesus, not the powerless, watered-down, abbreviated, micro-wave Western version.
This is why Jesus marveled at the faith of the Centurion. The centurion, a man who had traversed the path between life and death, understood this authority and its cost.
The early Church operated in this authority. It was a time in which being a believer meant bearing the cost of walking through a narrow corridor between life and death. This was when the church still had at its foundations the Jewish roots of the faith. Also the exercise of prayer that resulted from the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Annulling the Covenant with Death
We glean clues in what it means to annul the covenant with death from Elihu in the story of Job. Also from the Centurion, who recognized the authority and the power that came from doing so, in the authority and power that were operating in Jesus. When the bottom of Job’s world had dropped out, Elihu gave strong correction to the misguided, religious rants of Job’s friends, which then segued into God chastising Job for his short-sighted thinking and view of God. Clearly a prototype for far too many clamoring to be heard from the household of faith today. Elihu’s task was to address the religious spirits and limited thinking that were holding Job back from God’s higher dimensions with his superficial grasp of God.
The centurion on the other hand, broke through the culture barrier, which involved the snares to knowing the reality of God for both the pagans and those whom Jesus was discipling, who were to assume His mantle when He was gone. In annulling the covenant with death we glean insight into the longest-term transgression of God’s covenant people: wanting to be like everyone else.
Clearly a challenge to the thinking driven by religious spirits and cultural predispositions. Not like Saul, who choice was the desire to be approved by men over his desire for God’s approval.
Daniel and his companions were schooled in the ways of the court in a land where sorcery and the practice of the occult reigned. A culture of darkness and death. Yet, they knew where to draw the line. They were distinct from those around them in their identity and fear of God. Their uncompromised identity caused periodic, deadly reactions and attempts to destroy them. Attempts that consistently failed.
It is unfortunate today, that ones assuming the mantles as modern-day Josephs and Daniels have fallen prey to the sin of Saul and that of the Jewish people over the centuries, in their agreements with the cultures and subtle religious spirits of the dark domains, the spiritual atmospheres they were anointed to change. Reflecting a subtle alliance with the love of the world, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
Annulling the covenant with death involves entering the spiritual dimension where one’s faith is not constrained by either seeking the approval in the same quests and exploits, as the myopic religious spirits or the culture of the world around them entice. Annulling the covenant of death will take place when the fear of God genuinely trumps the fear of man.
Embracing the Covenant of Peace
With a firm stand that has no compromise with either the religious spirits or the culture of the world around it, Joseph and Daniel shared in the wisdom that came from God in which they consistently majored in the major things, without allowing the minor things to distract or overshadow their judgment. This can never happen with an abbreviated, watered-down, pop-culture approach to God and His ways. It requires hearing His voice. Hearing it clearly.
Joseph and Daniel always served their pagan kings with respect, but in doing so, they consistently let it be known that they unwaveringly represented the God of all creation, the God of their fathers. It was that uncompromising focus and wisdom that released to them the boldness and protection of the covenant of peace.
This covenant of peace has been described by many who have walked this uncompromised path over the centuries. When Moses went into the mountain to glean from God the standards that would provide His protection to these descendents of God’s covenant people, the wait required triggered a fear in the people that resulted in them returning to the culture and spirits of Egypt. Phinehas, however, took a proactive stand against their transgressions.
Later, the Lord spoke to Moses to honor Phinehas and his descendents with a covenant of peace. This covenant of peace has been the mantle wielded by prophets, priests, intercessors and kingly leaders from God’s people over the centuries. It is incorporated in the mantle of the modern-day Josephs and Daniels.
It is a mantle that carries the authority to override the culture and spirits of darkness and be a voice above the clamor in speaking into the decisions made by pagan rulers. As a covenant and an unbreakable everlasting covenant, it goes back to the eternal blood covenant God made with Abraham and his descendents, spoken of in the book of Hebrews (13:20). It was the covenant that Jesus understood that His Father, the God of peace, would evoke in raising Him from the dead.
It goes back to God selecting a people from among the nations who would know Him and His ways and make Him known. This is the foundation for the authority that overrides religious spirits, transforms cultures and influences the thinking and decisions of the rulers of nations. This is the foundation of why there is a modern-day Joseph-Daniel calling. It is a calling not shaped by ones seduced by their success and press releases, but those whose paths have been marked by tragic loss and reversals, yet whose reach for God has never wavered or slackened.
These are the ones who will shape the course of nations in these last days, to be sheep nations or not: a key issue for this season. It will be during times of judgment that these shifts of seasons and alignments of nations will be made, with these voices being heard. This is the mantle comprising the foundation for Daniel’s authority.
The Authority for Judgment
Judgment is God’s alignment. God’s judgments, for the most part, come through the voices, the uncompromising representatives He has prepared to serve both the community of His people, as well as the nations. If those prepared in one generation fall short, the mantle will fall to the next.
Daniel operated during a season of judgment of his people. Yet, his authority extended to aligning the powers of the worldly realm to enable God’s next-step purposes for His covenant people.
In whatever setting he operated, Joseph was a voice for God. Joseph experienced repeated betrayal and loss beyond anything most pursuing the glamour of the pop-culture version of this calling might conceive. Yet, without position or status, his prophetic authority was recognized by the Egyptians as coming from God: while in Potiphar’s house, in prison and then as he courageously imparted his prophetic gift as a voice to Pharaoh.
This response to the authority wielded by Joseph, progressively brought an alignment to increasingly higher levels of authority within the worldly realm, with the result of each yielding their authority to God’s.
So was the authority for judgment and alignment that operated within Daniel. For Daniel, the progressive cost was far more than that of his freedom, as in the case of Joseph. It was that of his life in some very real terms. How many today would face a sentence of death with their immediate response being to call a prayer meeting? This is what Jesus saw in the Centurion: the selfless courage of one who understood authority. From this position, Daniel fearlessly spoke words of unmitigated judgment, words of life and death into the lives of pagan kings that shaped the future for his people.
Big-Picture Strategic Thinking
At the core of both Joseph’s and Daniel’s mantles was their alignment with God’s heart and the clarity in hearing His voice. Each understood the big-picture, the strategic thinking, behind the process of what God was doing with His covenant people. This overriding perspective that guided Daniel’s thinking also resulted in the additional visitations and insights he was granted beyond the realm of time, into the time of the end. This is what also resulted in the Apostle John being given a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes dynamics to be played out in the other-worldly convergence that would come in the climax of all ages.
This stance and perspective involves a focus that recognizes and holds steady and ready for the subtle things. For Elijah in the cave, he knew it was more than the wind, the earthquake and the fire — as he waited for and recognized the subtlety of the still, small voice. In his response to this voice and the command that followed, came the process for the season of strategic alignments that brought completeness to his mission and life-purpose. As perceived by the prophet Isaiah: “Go through, go through the gates, clear the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, remove the stones, lift up a standard over the people.”
Such was what was behind the walk of both Enoch and Elijah, whose transitions into the spiritual dimension ruled by God, did not involve death. It is why Elijah told Elisha, if you can see this transition, you’ll get the double-portion for which you have asked. Indeed the cost, but with it, the commitment and perspective. As Paul recognized, it was no longer about him, but Messiah who was living His life through him. Jesus tapped this truth when He noted that he who loves his life will lose it, but he who will askew his life in this world, will embrace it from outside the realm of time with the stance of eternity. Such was the foundation for the authority and the voice of Daniel.
Morris Ruddick has been a forerunner and spokesman for the higher dimensions of business leadership since the mid-90s. As founder of Global Initiatives Foundation and designer of the God’s Economy Entrepreneurial Equippers Program, Mr. Ruddick imparts hope and equips economic community builders to be blessed to be a blessing where God’s light is dim in diverse regions around the globe.
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