prince of the kingdom of Persia

Daniel 10:13

10:13 prince of the kingdom of Persia. This verse provides a remarkable insight into the reality and might of the principalities and powers under the rule of Satan, “the prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). Although Satan is not omnipresent, he has a highly organized host of evil angels at his command. Here, even the “angel of the LORD” enlisted the help of the archangel Michael to penetrate the demonic hosts of the evil angel assigned by Satan to oversee the kingdom of Persia, the nation dominant in the world at that time (see also Jude 9; Revelation 12:7-9). The “prince of Grecia” is also mentioned (Daniel 10:20) as another powerful principality in Satan’s hierarchy. On the other hand, Michael is called “your prince” (Daniel 10:21), implying that God also has high angels assigned to nations, Michael being associated with Israel.

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