The Princes

“Rightwise”, a book by Matthew Verschuur, is available here:

This book is about the ideological struggle for the correct form of the right (perhaps it could be termed the ctrl-right as a Christian polemic to the alt-right).

Rightwise describes a conflict between “the wise” and the Eastern Antichrist.

Focus is ultimately put on the struggle between God with His angels and human followers versus the devil and his works.

This manifests very much as a war among the gods, which is to say, both that the angels are deployed and devils at work, and that whatever princes, whether spiritual or human, they fighting along a course which has been determined by God.

In Daniel chapter eight the prophecy describes the rise of Eastern Antichrist. This prophecy has three time periods which it has outworked. First was with Antiochus Epiphanes. Second was with Islam and the Turks. And third is at hand, which is Gog, the Russian leader.

Now, if people are to walk by sight, they would think that all the rise and might of Gog in Daniel eight is a hopeless situation. If you didn’t believe in Bible prophecy, you wouldn’t be sure what was going to happen. That’s like the old fears about Communism, Germany, The Bomb, Y2K or the global warming beat up.

But the way to look at situations is not by looking at what is seen (empiricism), nor what is reasonable (rationalism), but to look spiritually. Start from the Word and let the Spirit guide you.

15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
(2 Kings 6:15–17).

We are to look at things not seen. Yes, there are devils and hordes of evil men. But the greater one is in us, and the fiery hosts of angels with us.

God knows everything and is determining everything. Our battle is spiritual, not merely carnal. You can’t defeat Satan merely with martial arts or gunfire.

So then, the wise know this. We are in a transcendent war where we stand, speaking the words of God and act in the authority of the name of Jesus Christ.

That’s how strange events happen, that’s how mighty armies can be thwarted.

35 ¶ And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
(2 Kings 19:35).

But you will notice that Hezekiah didn’t just pray, he prepared Jerusalem for the siege. The real battle is about spiritual princes, such as Michael versus the prince Gog (Eastern Antichrist). However, this battle is not based on dualism, because God in control. Also, the battle between angels and devils still requires the movement of men and deployment of arms. But wars are not won by mere forces, they are won because things that happen are happening because they were “set” to happen just as the Bible promised.