The Power Of The Holy People
ome years ago, I was struck by a key prophetic phrase found in the context of the end game, in the book of Daniel. In the midst of all kinds of military moves and countermoves, the basic idea of the verse was to say that when the LORD's "holy people" become unable to sustain a cohesive power, presumably in some sort of political sense, the end will come.
"And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders? And I heard the man clothed in linen [say] when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished" (Daniel 12:6,7)
It should be self evident the entire passage turns on an accurate identification of the aforementioned "holy people," and so therein lies, as Shakespeare says, the rub. To put it another way, if you believe, as so many in the contemporary church have been taught, that the "holy people" are physical Jews as espoused in the chosen people mythos, then the identification of the mysterious opponent seen in the text, as the one who scatters the holy people, must be associated with someone in opposition to the Jewish people.
On the other hand, if you see the "holy people" in a New Testament light, you'll know the only holiness is found in Christ, and accordingly, the "holy people" can only be people who are inhabited with the righteousness found in the Son of the living God. Thus, any reader who is in such a horrendous error that he or she can't even accurately identify who is redeemed through the work of Christ, it's virtually certain they're walking in the predicted "strong delusion" which was predicted to emerge in the end times:
"For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie...." (II Thessalonians 2:11)
Furthermore, if your view is in error, and you misidentify who is whom in the grand scheme of things, you might want to consider the severity of the matter, for the Scriptures teach that those who are in the prophesied strong delusion are "many" (see Luke 13:24 for details), even though such will be convinced they are saved and on the right track, when in fact, they are in terrible peril.
For instance, the balance of the above "strong delusion" passage indicates that God allows them to fall into serious error, because they "loved not the truth that they might be saved" -- a stark indicator that the "many" who are deceived are not redeemed. Few realize that the Greek word for "delusion" is also rendered "error" in adjacent passages, and those verses also indicate those who are in error are in need of salvation:
"...he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death...." (James 5:20)
Utilizing all of these most serious principles as prologue, we return to the Power of the Holy People.
Earlier, I noted how the opponent of the "holy people" in the text is defined by how we view the identity of the righteous ones (the "holy people" in the text); however, this works both ways. In another description of the same sequential timeline, we see the precisely the same phrase, and the power which wages war against the "holy people" there is imaged as a "little horn."
"...[then] came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heaven. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed exceeding great...." (Daniel 8:8,9).
As the panoramic vision unfolds, we see the archangel Gabrielactually deciphers data concerning this "little horn" for Daniel, and elaborates on the narrative:
"...four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation....And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up....and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people" (Daniel 8:22-24).
This verse shows us it is the "little horn" which seeks to "destroy" the "holy people," and since the latter is seen to bescattered at "the time of the end," we conclude there is a connection between the "little horn" of Daniel 8, and the "king of fierce countenance" in Daniel 11. An important point to be emphasized is that it does not necessarily follow they are one and the same -- but there is clearly a connection between the two conflicts.
Once again, a connection exists between the little horn versus the holy people and the king of fierce countenance versus the holy people -- however, most prophecy figures have missed the fact there are two parallel timelines in view. The first timeline unfolds in the countdown to the first coming of Christ, so the "holy people" can only be the Physical Israelites. The second timeline sequences the countdown to the second coming of Christ , so the "holy people" referenced therein can only be the Spiritual Israelites -- i.e. the Christians.
When the "power of the holy people" is finally broken ("scattered" in the KJV), it serves as a triggering mechanism, and the countdown to the end is underway. This event may be synchronized with the "falling away" anchored to the same verses cited earlier in II Thessalonians 2, in which the departurefrom the truth which occurs in Spiritual Israel (the so-called "church") reaches the critical mass referenced in Daniel as "when the transgressors are come to the full" (Daniel 8:23).
Most believers have been taught it is a personal Antichrist who sits in the temple, showing himself to be God, but since the temple is the collective body of Christ as repeatedly revealed in the New Testament, it is the Spirit of Antichrist which enters into Spiritual Israel, and this occurs because the "Power of the Holy People" will finally be scattered -- and at that point in the contemporary timeline, the final sequence of events will unfold.
For more on the how the Spirit of Antichrist will indwell the Spiritual temple at the time of the end, see the online notes and the accompanying audio on THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST.