Prince of Greece Part 1
In Daniel 10:20 it reads; Then he (the angel) said (to Daniel), “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come.” (Italics mine)
The prince of Persia is a spiritual principality. He is so powerful that the angel sent to Daniel needed help from the arch angel Michael to be able to get to Daniel (verse 13), and he was going to have to fight going back as well. The physical manifestation of the prince of Persia outworked itself through the Persian empire, but the power behind this empire was spiritual. Likewise the angel talking to Daniel said that once he had gone forth then the prince of Greece would come (another spiritual principality).
Most of us are familiar with Alexander the Great, the Greek ruler who took over the world a few dynasties after Daniel (just as the angel had prophesied) but have we considered the spiritual principality behind this ruler? It is clear from Daniel 10 that this was not just a physical dominion but also a spiritual one.
Alexander the Great had a completely different style of what he did after conquering a nation. Instead of using the old method of scattering conquered peoples across the empire so they couldn’t regroup and fight back later, he built libraries and places of learning and taught Greek culture everywhere. He was a totally dedicated cultural imperialist! As a result of this policy, the greatest Greek library in the world from this era is not even in Greece but in Egypt.
When the next great world dynasty came along (the Roman Empire) they found the all-pervasive Greek culture so useful they didn’t even bother to change it. They just used if for their own ends. In fact in Jesus’ time even though the Jews still spoke Hebrew and were Hebraic in their culture and thinking, a lot of the New Testament is written in Greek Aramaic (this would have given it much a much wider reader base than solely being in Hebrew).
The very roots of Western civilisation trace their thinking back to Greece (Aristotle, Socrates, Plato, democracy). I love the father in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding. He is a Greek immigrant living in America and his favourite party trick was to say “Give me a word, any word and I can show you where it comes from in the Greek!” And he was usually right.
“So what?” I hear you ask. Well when we remember that the root source of Greek thinking is a demonic principality and that that principality has affected the thinking of whole civilisations including our own, we may just want to go and re-examine some of our root beliefs!
At this point I would like to draw a distinction between so called “Western” (Greek) thinking and what I will call “Indigenous” thinking (for lack of a better term).
Western/Greek thinking has at its root a duality belief system and this is exemplified in the separation of spiritual from physical. It has worked itself out over the ages in various beliefs such as spiritual is pure but physical is sinful or unclean. It compartmentalises the universe. With its framework it seeks to put things in boxes and explain everything through logic. We have more recently seen this adopted in Western culture in the 1800’s with the so called “enlightenment” when the West embraced secular humanism (a sneaky way of saying atheism but with man still being No.1) and we have had to endure 150 odd years of “Modernism.”
This contrasts with “indigenous” thinking which usually does not make the Greek distinction between physical and spiritual (i.e. separation) but actually sees the whole world as a beautiful interconnectedness of both. My point here is that Hebrew culture and Jesus world view was based in indigenous thinking, not Greek thinking as the Hebrew culture and Old Testament predate Alexander the Great by centuries.
Now I am not saying throw out logic, otherwise my computer won’t work and we won’t know which side of the road to drive on. But it is interesting to look at the effect Greek thinking has had on the church. Whilst indigenous thinking is based on what I will call Flow (like a river flowing over land), Greek thinking seeks to systemise everything and lock it into certain forms which I will call State (like a man made canal that tries to control the river). It is interesting that every outpouring of the Spirit of God started in Flow and ended in State. Yes even our dear evangelical and liberal brothers and sisters’ denominations all started in the flow of the Holy Ghost complete with signs and wonders etc etc. Unfortunately as most of these outpourings of God happened in “Western” countries the spirit of Greece only took a couple of generations to “order” the services and stifle flow. Now please I am not knocking anyone here, even the most Pentecostal of churches in the West has to grapple with the Greek mindset, so we’re all in this together
In John 3:8 Jesus says “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
This is a very flow statement!
We in the West long to see God perform the signs and wonders that we have heard about both in the bible and in great revivals over the centuries, however we need to free ourselves from the prince of Greece if this is to really happen (it’s a bit like spiritually, white men can’t jump either!) Fortunately indigenous people the world over have been bravely fighting off Western imperialism (actually prince of Greece imperialism) and working hard to retain their own indigenous cultures and world view. Maybe we in the West need to let them come in to our gatherings and teach us how to connect to Spirit and flow again. We’ve been under the prince of Greece for too long!
God Bless and walk in the Spirit!