Read Daniel 10
Focus on verse 12-1
In the world of science fiction writers have imagined a parallel universe existing in another dimension that is not accessible from our own. In these fictitious accounts the main character typically finds him or her self unexpectedly transported by some freak chance into the other universe and then the rest of the story is typically consumed with the adventures involved in trying to get back home.
While parallel universes only exist in fiction, in today’s reading we are given a glimpse into what appears to be a very real spirit world that often does intersect with our physical world.
The being that Daniel is conversing with in his vision appears to be the archangel Gabriel, who informs Daniel that his arrival was delayed by another spirit being whom Gabriel calls the prince of the kingdom of Persia. It is not until until Michael (another archangel) arrived to help Gabriel overpower this adversary that Gabriel is able to complete his mission.
It would seem then, that beyond our view for the most part, there is a very real spirit world in which angelic beings confront one another in order to influence the world of humanity. Occasionally, such as this instance with Daniel, certain people are given opportunity to see a little of this other world.
When we put together that which has been revealed in scripture and add to it some of the historical testimonies of individuals and groups of people who have had this sort of supernatural experience, it becomes evident that there is a fairly intense spiritual battle going on to win the hearts and souls of humans.
Furthermore the Bible informs us that the final outcome of this battle has already been determined, what remains to be seen is which side of the battle each individual human will choose to align themselves.
It would seem that the angels who have remained loyal to God – these would include the archangels Gabriel and Michael – are deployed by God to come to the aid of humans who are being deceived and destroyed by the evil angels who followed the third archangel Lucifer when he led a rebellion of sorts to attempt to usurp the position and authority of God. As it turns out, he drastically underestimated the power of God and was banished from God’s presence along with all who followed him. This is apparently how it came about that Satan and his miserable demonic followers roam about the earth looking for people who they might convince to follow him to his ultimate demise. (as they say – ‘misery loves company’)
The bottom line is, it is not really a parallel universe – that only happens in fiction. It is, however, an opportunity for each of us to choose whom we will serve. There is no neutral ground. We either choose to serve and follow God – or we choose to rebel against him. The choice, as always, is ours to make.