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DANIEL 8:25A HE SHALL STAND UP AGAINST THE PRINCE OF PRINCES

Updated: Dec 26, 2022

CHAPTER 25 A

Daniel 8:25 uses the word policy which means knowledge or wisdom and the word craft means guile or to be subtle. When talking about Satan, the Bible says, regarding his knowledge and vanity that He is wiser than Daniel. The Devil’s knowledge and vanity is reflected by the Papal church and depicted by a fornicating woman in Scripture dressed as a harlot. The Devil has not changed. He uses his wisdom to deceive. The “Image of the beast” will look just like the Leopard-like beast. He has the same characteristics of the one who supplies his power (the Dragon). The Little Horn Power who is empowered by the dragon has the same characteristics in that he is seeking to be in the place of God. We will find that part of his deception is to look harmless and destroy by peace. He shall also take his stand as chief of princes proclaiming himself the Christ or Michael in opposition to Christ. When he asks for our worship, we should remember that Jesus showed us exactly how to deal with the enemy. He said each time to Satan, “It is written.”

Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Daniel-Chapter-8/


THROUGH HIS POLICY ALSO HE SHALL CAUSE CRAFT TO PROSPER


Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart …. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Daniel-Chapter-8/

Policy means knowledge or wisdom. And craft is guile or to be subtle. We are not to be deceived into thinking that the image of the beast will be stupid. He has all the wisdom of the dragon which includes the years of this world as well as pre-earth. His is the wisdom of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He is subtle just as Satan was with Eve in the garden of Eden.

POLICY H7922

שֶׂכֶל sekel, seh'-kel; or שֵׂכֶל sêkel; from H7919; intelligence; by implication, success:—discretion, knowledge, policy, prudence, sense, understanding, wisdom, wise.https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H7922&t=KJV


CRAFT H4820

מִרְמָה mirmâh, meer-maw'; from H7411 in the sense of deceiving; fraud:—craft, deceit(-ful, -fully), false, feigned, guile, subtilly, treachery. https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H4820&t=KJV


PROSPER H6743

צָלַח tsâlach, tsaw-lakh'; or צָלֵחַ tsâlêach; a primitive root; to push forward, in various senses (literal or figurative, transitive or intransitive):—break out, come (mightily), go over, be good, be meet, be profitable, (cause to, effect, make to, send) prosper(-ity, -ous, -ously).https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=H6743&t=KJV


The phrase, “through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand” reminds me of the lyrics in Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.

These words could say, by his knowledge, deceit will prosper in his powerful hand.

When talking about Satan, who is the dragon which gives his power to the Leopard-like beast, the Lamb-like beast, and to the Image of the beast, the Bible says, regarding his knowledge and vanity:

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Ezekiel-Chapter-28/


The Devil’s knowledge and vanity is reflected by the Papal church and depicted by a fornicating woman in Scripture.

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Revelation-Chapter-18/


The Devil has not changed. He uses his wisdom to deceive. He is still deceiving people just as he deceived a third of the angels of heaven and just as he deceived Eve. Remember his tail, is a symbol in Scripture for a false or lying prophet. With Eve, he first challenged the direct Word of God. Secondly, by getting her to answer him, he got her to start reasoning with him. Thirdly, he put himself in the place of God and told her an outright lie challenging God’s Word again. And fourth, he made her doubt God’s motives by stating He was keeping something wonderful from her and her husband by His commandment not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.



https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Revelation-Chapter-12/


https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Genesis-Chapter-3/


The “Image of the beast” will look just like the Leopard-like beast. He has the same characteristics of the one who supplies his power (the Dragon). The Bible makes it clear that this power will be a spiritual, religious power who takes the prerogatives of God in that he will be worshipped just as the Leopard-like beast. With inspection he is found to be a lying, unrighteous spirit and vain power which will deceive the whole world except a remnant who by searching scripture do not to fall for him but instead cling to the truth.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Revelation-Chapter-13/



AND HE SHALL MAGNIFY HIMSELF IN HIS HEART


It has always been the policy of the dragon to exalt himself. The man of sin or Leopard like beast or Little Horn Power or Image of the Beast who is empowered by the dragon has the same characteristics in that he is seeking to be in the place of God.


Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Isaiah-Chapter-14/

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Revelation-Chapter-18/


BY PEACE SHALL DESTROY MANY


Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.


In our next phrase of Daniel 8:24 we find that this king of fierce countenance is a destructive force in a strange way. Daniel 8:25 says the “image of the beast” will destroy by peace. At first his character looks harmless, like a peacemaker, like a lamb. This is a trap.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/1-Thessalonians-Chapter-5/


Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Ecclesiastes-Chapter-9/


Even today, there is a movement in the religious world called the ecumenical movement where churches of different faiths come together and compromise their Bible based beliefs to create a unity in the name of peace. This kind of peace is poison to Protestantism and is setting the foundation for opposition to Christ and His Word and His people. Man are placing their trust in man and forsaking God and His Word to attain unity or peace. In the end, this will cause their destruction.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Daniel-Chapter-11/

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Psalms-Chapter-28/

20 Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment.


STANDING UP AGAINST THE PRINCE OF PRINCES

Daniel 8:25 he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Daniel-Chapter-8/

Take a look at the Hebrew meaning of each phrase in Daniel 8:25.

HE SHALL ALSO STAND UP H5975

עָמַד ʻâmad, aw-mad'; a primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literal and figurative, intransitive and transitive):—abide (behind), appoint, arise, cease, confirm, continue, dwell, be employed, endure, establish, leave, make, ordain, be (over), place, (be) present (self), raise up, remain, repair, serve, set (forth, over, -tle, up), (make to, make to be at a, with-) stand (by, fast, firm, still, up), (be at a) stay (up), tarry. https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5975&t=KJV

AGAINST THE PRINCE H8269

שַׂר sar, sar; from H8323; a head person (of any rank or class):—captain (that had rule), chief (captain), general, governor, keeper, lord,(-task-)master, prince(-ipal), ruler, steward. https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H8269&t=KJV

The words “of princes” is also the Hebrew work “sar”.

So the Hebrew reads simply: Amad sar sar.

This text could also be written like this: he shall also take his stand as chief of princes. In other words, this king of fierce countenance shall proclaim himself the Christ or Michael.

Please review our study on Daniel 8:15-16 regarding Michael the true Chief of princes or Prince of princes, Jesus Christ the Anointed One.

Jesus warned us that this would happen at the very close of time when He said, When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:).”

The Bible tells us that he (the abomination of desolation) will stand in the holy place. To refresh your mind regarding the abomination of desolation as equivalent to the persecuting power of the man of sin which causes Christ to leave His sanctuary desolate, review chapter 13 on Daniel 8:13. Only the true High Priest, which is Jesus Christ, is to stand before the throne of God for us. There is salvation in no other name but Jesus Christ. He ever liveth to make intercession for us.

Matthew 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-24/


Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Mark-Chapter-13/

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/2-Thessalonians-Chapter-2/

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Hebrews-Chapter-7/


Only Christ by His sufferings has been perfected and anointed by God to be our High Priest and to stand in the Holy Place at the throne of God for us.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Hebrews-Chapter-5/

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Hebrews-Chapter-9/


https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Acts-Chapter-7/

Scripture tells us that this wicked prince of Daniel 8:23 will stand up against the Prince of princes. This is a specific reference to his opposition to Christ. Another word for this in New Testament Scripture is antichrist.


Jesus warned us about false Christs.

To be the Christ is to be worshipped. At the close of time, the “Image of the beast” demands worship, a prerogative only given to the Godhead.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worshipthe Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-4/

Revelation 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Revelation-Chapter-13/

Remember the “image of the beast” looks just like the Leopard-like beast did. The beast is described as exalting himself to the place of God. Please see our discussion on the “Little Horn power” of Daniel 8:9-12 to understand the character of the beast. Remember God gave ample time (1260 years) for this Little Horn power to “be revealed”. During that time, this power (the papacy) built a false system of worship to a false god. History tells the story of this persecuting religious power and of the men who took their stand against it to give us the knowledge we have today. This knowledge should help us to already know and resist this deceptive, persecuting power.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/2-Thessalonians-Chapter-2/

Yes, at the very close of time, Satan will take his stand in the form of the “image of the beast” as if he were God. But unlike God, he is a compelling, or forceful persecuting power to those who decide not to obey his will.


We are clearly warned that this will happen. Will you stand with God? We have no strength of ourselves. We can only fall at the feet of Jesus and humbly trust His Word and Will. Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Jesus showed us exactly how to deal with the enemy. He said each time to Satan, “It is written.” Today we are free to study scripture. Study my friends to know the truth. Do not be deceived and be damned.



There will be a group of people at the close of time who will stand for God. They will know and keep God’s Word and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Revelation-Chapter-12/


But God, though longsuffering, will take action. At some point, after the character of the image of the beast is fully revealed for his destruction and lying, Michael, the Mighty Prince and Captain of the armies of Heaven, will stand to intervene! We shall study this more in a following chapter, and have studied this already when studying Michael, the Mighty Man and Prince of Daniel 8:15.

Psalms 119:126 It is time for thee, LORD, to work: for they have made void thy law.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Isaiah-Chapter-59/

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Proverbs-Chapter-7/


CHAPTER SUMMARY

The word policy means knowledge or wisdom and the word craft means guile or to be subtle. We are not to be deceived into thinking that the image of the beast will be stupid. He has all the wisdom of the dragon which includes the years of this world as well as pre-earth. His is the wisdom of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. He is subtle just as Satan was with Eve in the garden of Eden.

The phrase, “through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand” reminds me of the lyrics in Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”

For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe; his craft and power are great, and armed with cruel hate, on earth is not his equal.

These words could say, by his knowledge, deceit will prosper in his powerful hand.

When talking about Satan, who is the dragon which gives his power to the Leopard-like beast, the Lamb-like beast, and to the Image of the beast, the Bible says, regarding his knowledge and vanity that He is wiser than Daniel.

The Devil’s knowledge and vanity is reflected by the Papal church and depicted by a fornicating woman in Scripture dressed as a harlot.

The Devil has not changed. He uses his wisdom to deceive. He is still deceiving people just as he deceived a third of the angels of heaven and just as he deceived Eve. Remember his tail, is a symbol in Scripture for a false or lying prophet. With Eve, he first challenged the direct Word of God. Secondly, by getting her to answer him, he got her to start reasoning with him. Thirdly, he put himself in the place of God and told her an outright lie challenging God’s Word again. And fourth, he made her doubt God’s motives by stating He was keeping something wonderful from her and her husband by His commandment not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.


The “Image of the beast” will look just like the Leopard-like beast. He has the same characteristics of the one who supplies his power (the Dragon). The Bible makes it clear that this power will be a spiritual, religious power who takes the prerogatives of God in that he will be worshipped just as the Leopard-like beast. With inspection he is found to be a lying, unrighteous spirit and vain power which will deceive the whole world except a remnant who by searching scripture do not to fall for him but instead cling to the truth.


It has always been the policy of the dragon to exalt himself. The man of sin or Leopard like beast or Little Horn Power or Image of the Beast who is empowered by the dragon has the same characteristics in that he is seeking to be in the place of God.


In our next phrase of Daniel 8:24 we find that this king of fierce countenance is a destructive force in a strange way. Daniel 8:25 says the “image of the beast” will destroy by peace. At first his character looks harmless, like a peacemaker, like a lamb. This is a trap.

Today, there is a movement in the religious world called the ecumenical movement where churches of different faiths come together and compromise their Bible based beliefs to create a unity in the name of peace. This kind of peace is poison to Protestantism and is setting the foundation for opposition to Christ and His Word and His people. Men and women are placing their trust in man and forsaking God and His Word to attain unity or peace. In the end, this will cause their destruction.


STANDING UP AGAINST THE PRINCE OF PRINCES

The phrase in Daniel 8:25 that says “standing up against the prince of princes” in Hebrew reads simply: Amad sar sar. This text could also be written like this: he shall also take his stand as chief of princes. In other words, this king of fierce countenance shall proclaim himself the Christ or Michael.

Please review our study on Daniel 8:15-16 regarding Michael the true Chief of princes or Prince of princes, Jesus Christ the Anointed One.

Jesus warned us that this would happen at the very close of time when He said, When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)”

The Bible tells us that he (the abomination of desolation) will stand in the holy place. To refresh your mind regarding the abomination of desolation as equivalent to the persecuting power of the man of sin which causes Christ to leave His sanctuary desolate, review chapter 13 on Daniel 8:13. Only the true High Priest, which is Jesus Christ, is to stand before the throne of God for us. There is salvation in no other name but Jesus Christ. He ever liveth to make intercession for us. Only Christ by His sufferings has been perfected and anointed by God to be our High Priest and to stand in the Holy Place at the throne of God for us.

Scripture tells us that this wicked prince of Daniel 8:23 will stand up against the Prince of princes. This is a specific reference to his opposition to Christ. Another word for this in New Testament Scripture is antichrist.


Antichrist can also be a false Christ. Jesus warned us about false Christs. To be the Christ is to be worshipped. At the close of time, the “image of the beast” demands worship, a prerogative only given to the Godhead.

Remember the “image of the beast” looks just like the Leopard-like beast did. The beast is described as exalting himself to the place of God. Please see our discussion on the “Little Horn power” of Daniel 8:9-12 to understand the character of the beast. Remember God gave ample time (1260 years) for this Little Horn power to “be revealed”. During that time, this power (the papacy) built a false system of worship to a false god. History tells the story of this persecuting religious power and of the men who took their stand against it to give us the knowledge we have today. This knowledge should help us to already know and resist this deceptive, persecuting power.

Yes, at the very close of time, Satan will take his stand in the form of the “image of the beast” as if he were God. But unlike God, he is a compelling, or forceful persecuting power to those who decide not to obey his will.


We are clearly warned that this will happen. Will you stand with God? We have no strength of ourselves. We can only fall at the feet of Jesus and humbly trust His Word and Will. Humble thyself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. Jesus showed us exactly how to deal with the enemy. He said each time to Satan, “It is written.” Today we are free to study scripture. Study my friends to know the truth. Do not be deceived and be damned. There will be a group of people at the close of time who will stand for God. They will know and keep God’s Word and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.


God, though longsuffering, will take action. At some point, after the character of the image of the beast is fully revealed for his destruction and lying, Michael, the Mighty Prince and Captain of the armies of Heaven, will stand to intervene! We shall study this more in a following chapter, and have studied this already when studying Michael, the Mighty Man and Prince of Daniel 8:15.

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