Some people become corrupt at a very young age, others later in their lives, and there are various reasons, explanations, and excuses we can come up with to say why it’s so, but there is one thing we can lay before all these doors, and that is the single word: Influence.
The moment we enter into this world we are influenced by what we see, and hear. Most of us are taught from childhood what is right and wrong according to the environment we find ourselves in, thus that very influence is something we will pack with us for the rest of our lives. Along the way we will pick up other influences and all those will shape us into what we finally will be.
A preacher who died 48 years ago, once said this: “ Now, you'll live your--your best and your worst at home. And I think that our lives... Though the children might not just exactly act like they're noticing it, but they are noticing it. Don't you never think that they are not, because they're watching.
37 Not only the children are watching, but the neighbors are watching. Not only the neighbors are watching, but the... all that you are associated with, watch you. The people at your church watch you. The people that you do business with in the markets, they are watching you, after your confession.” Audio link http://branham.org/messageplayer/63-0112
First we are influenced by our parents or guardians. And as children grow and develop, we become aware of another thing that will influence our lives, and that is what we think. If another intelligence or intelligences superior to what we can see, can interfere with our thought life, than those intelligences can have dramatic or devastating influences in us.
In the end we will still be responsible for what we decide and do, but there is no doubt that the mind could be influenced by exterior forces both visible and invisible. The mind itself is indeed the greatest battlefield ever. Crimes, arguments and wars are started right there. A preacher once said: “ The greatest battle ever fought is fought in the human mind”. http://branham.org/messageplayer/62-0311
Now in following the line of prophecies of Daniel, we approach Daniel 11:12 where the Man Daniel met in 536 BC, [Dan10] told him about this Egyptian king that would become lifted up in his heart, after a war victory. Today we will once again look at the accuracy of the words of the Bible, and I think that should give us more trust in the word of God, since Daniel like John, saw the entire future of the human race even up to this day. “ DANIEL 11:12 And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.”
After the war of Raphia [217 BC] which Ptolemy Philopator so unexpected won against all odds, even as was prophesied, he was also foretold to would become haughty or lifted up in heart. If you want to update yourself on this king, you can click on “ Archibald” here above and read the previous article’s. Historians tell us about the sad beginnings of the reign of Philopator, and the terrible influences this young man had to deal with early in his life.
“His reign was inaugurated by the murder of his mother, and he was always under the dominion of favourites, male and female, who indulged his vices and conducted the government as they pleased. Self-interest led his ministers to make serious preparations to meet the attacks of Antiochus III the great...” [Wikipedia]
On another place history says: “ ...history mostly regards him as one dominated to a great extent by his advisers and women. In fact, probably acting on wild rumors that Sosibius may very well have started, Ptolemy agreed to have his mother, the famous Beerenie II, and his brother Magus respectively poisoned and scalded to death within a year of his accession. ” [from www.touregypt.net]
Wicked, power hungry advisors is said to have influenced him into killing his own mother and brother. And there it is again-the influence of others, and then the greatest battle ever fought in the human mind, finally led him to terrible decisions. We learn a great lesson, and that is that it pays well to surround ourselves with good company. In his history we saw, when the king of the north Antiochus III the great attacked Egypt at Raphia, Philopator hastily trained an army which included native Egyptians for the first time, and his sister Arsinoe greatly helped him to inspire those natives to victory at Raphia.
History says: “ After returning to Egypt, he married his sister in October of 217 BC and the two received a cult as the "Father-Loving Gods" (Theoi Philpatores). She provided an heir seven years later, but afterwards, Ptolemy IV tuned his affections to another woman named Agathoclea, who he took as a mistress. With her brother Agathocles, they encouraged his excesses.” [from www.touregypt.net]
Now just look at what happened to him after the victory. As usual with these Greeks, the celebrations took a turn for the worst when he now became a “god” highly lifted up as prophesied. And instead of being faithful and thankful to those who helped him, he now rejected his sister wife, and took a mistress. He was now a celebrity “god” with a mistress. Isn’t this what happens so often in our day? We too have celebrity “gods” and “goddesses” , notably those diva’s and kings of the music and the motion picture industries, who never seems to be able to handle the fame.
It sure isn’t easy to be a “god”, as you are expected to perfectly satisfy the needs of the ever demanding fans. And in perhaps trying to escape the pressure of their new found fame, they turn substance abuse. A sinful fallible human being is just not made to be a “god”, as that kind of perfection required, is best left to a perfect person such as the Lord Jesus Christ. Philopator, one of the ancient “gods” is depicted in history as a drunken reveller.
Further on the prophecy also said: “ ...and he shall cast down many ten thousands: but he shall not be strengthened by it.” Dan. 11:12b
How can you cast down an enemy, but not be strengthened by it? Usually overcoming an enemy results in taking what he has, adding to or enlarging your domain. I wondered about this till I searched the history of Philopator after Raphia. This part of the verse came to pass when Philopator in his elevated status as a “god” didn’t realise that his slave subjects, the native Egyptians who just helped him to win a war, no longer wanted to have an uncaring Greek “god” for a king.
Instead of being thankful for their contribution to his “godly” status, he left them poor and unattended, as miserable as they were before the war.
Greek historian Polybius wrote: “By arming the Egyptians for his war against Antiochos, Ptolemy had an excellent idea for the short time, but he did not take into account the future. Priding themselves upon their victory at Raphia, the soldiers were no longer disposed to obey orders, but they sought out a leader and figure–head, in the opinion that they could come up for themselves. And shortly afterwards, they did indeed do so.”
Civil war broke out after Raphia, and Philopator now had to fight or cast down thousands of the very soldiers he trained. Thus then came to pass the word of the Lord concerning Philopator. There is that that unfailing trustworthy word of God again! 219 Years before the civil war after Raphia foretold to be so. And as said we know civil war just cannot strengthen any government, as you now have to fight your own taxpaying people and risk having to share the land with them under their own chosen ruler.
“ The Egyptian troops trained under the king stimulated a strong nationalist movement which resulted, at first, in a long and successful guerilla campaign against the Alexander court. Indeed, by the end of his reign, they were able to achieve total independence in the south, which for a time was ruled once more by native pharaohs. During the period of rebel insurrection, an increased army of mercenaries was needed to fend off their constant marauding, further draining capital and resulting in a cutback in overseas trade, which in turn made the economic situation even worse.” [from www.touregypt.net]
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