On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden took the oath of office and was sworn in as our nation's 46th president. For many, it was hard to grasp that Biden, who rarely ventured out on the campaign trail, was able to unseat one of the most popular and successful presidents ever. Nevertheless, rightly or wrongly, legitimately or illegitimately, he did.
Well, that is the question that many of us are asking in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.
For my part, I held out hope until the last minute that somehow, through some court challenge or Constitutional mechanism, God would cut through the election fraud and irregularities and Donald Trump would be sworn in for a second term.
But it was not to be.
So, again, why?
Well, I believe the answer lies in an oft overlooked statement that the Old Testament prophet Daniel makes in the second chapter of the Book of Daniel. A statement which we will examine and then apply to our current situation.
In Daniel Chapter 2, King Nebuchadnezzar has had a troubling dream. The content of the dream has escaped him, and he is frustrated that none of his wise men are able to tell him what his dream was, let alone give its meaning. Consequently, King Nebuchadnezzar orders all the wise men of Babylon executed.
When word gets to Daniel that he and his friends are to be executed with the wise men, Daniel objects. He asks that word be sent to the king that he would make known to the king both the dream and the interpretation of the dream.
Now, most pastors and Bible teachers, when addressing this chapter, tend to concentrate on Daniel and how God gives him the knowledge and interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Sometimes a few spend time on Daniel and his friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, seeking God's mercies concerning the dream and its secrets. But, even then, most of the emphasis tends to be on the dream and its interpretation.
There is, however, as I said before, an oft overlooked statement buried in the narrative. After God reveals the secrets of Nebuchadnezzar's dream, Daniel makes a profound and powerful statement in Daniel 2:20-22:
"Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him."
This statement, I believe, sheds light on our current situation.
Daniel begins this statement in verse 20 with a recognition of who and what God is. He said, "Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever". This recognizes that God is supreme and worthy of all honor and glory ("Blessed be the name of God") and that He is the eternal God ("for ever and ever"). As such, it reminds us that, when it comes to understanding what God is doing and why He is doing it, it is God who is supreme in all decisions and actions. It also reminds us that His decisions and actions are made in light of His eternal plans and consequences.
The second part of verse 20 tells us God's name is to be blessed, "for wisdom and might are his." Think about that for a moment. Wisdom and might belong to God. They are an essential part of His very being. He does not merely possess wisdom and might, He embodies wisdom and might. Consequently, whatever God does, whatever God allows, is weighed, considered, and sifted by God's absolute, divine wisdom. And because might belongs to God, God is able to allow or disallow, do or prevent from being done, cause or keep from being caused, any decision or action by the power of His might in light of His overall plans and goals. Consequently, everything that God does, everything that God allows, is based on His wisdom and might.
Moving into verse 21, Daniel states that God changes the "times and the seasons." This does not refer merely to the advancement of the clock and the relentless march of the seasons, all of which were set in motion by God at the creation of heaven and earth. It indicates how God can change the times and seasons from times of peace to times of war, from seasons of prosperity to seasons of poverty, or whatever God deems best for the advancement and accomplishment of His divine goals and plans.
Verse 21 also states that God, "removeth kings, and setteth up kings." Although it often may not seem like it, God removes some kings and rulers from power and brings others to power. This seems reasonable when good and just rulers come to power but harder to understand when wicked and unjust rulers take their place. Nevertheless, it happens according to God's plans and purposes, not ours. God in His wisdom determines which ruler should be in power and through His might brings it to pass.
Let us pause in our examination of Daniel's statement and look at our current situation in light of it before examining the rest of Daniel 2:20-22.
According to my understanding of the Bible, it seemed like God would have ensured that President Trump won reelection. After all, God says several times in the Bible that He would bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3, 27:29, & Numbers 24:9). Since President Trump has clearly supported the nation of Israel and the Jewish people, probably more than any other American president, it seemed like God would bless him with four more years. But He did not.
In addition, in Proverbs 6:16-19, God lists seven things that He hates and that are an abomination to Him. In verse 17, "hands that shed innocent blood" are listed. What could be more innocent than the blood of unborn children murdered in their mother's wombs? Former Vice President Joe Biden, in his long political career did much to promote abortion and overturn pro-life laws. Consequently, he clearly has hands that shed innocent blood. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, was the most pro-life president we have ever had. He did much to protect and defend the lives of unborn babies both at home and abroad. Because of this, it seemed like God would bless President Trump with four more years. But He did not.
It also seemed reasonable that God would bless President Trump with reelection because of his support and defense of Christians and religious freedom. After all, Joe Biden has certainly not been a friend of Christians nor much of a promoter of religious freedom over the years. So, again, it seemed like God would bless President Trump with four more years. But He did not.
That brings us back to our question of "Why?" and how Daniel's statement in Daniel 2:20-22 can help answer that question. To do so, let us go back to the election of 2016.
In 2016, everyone knew that Hillary Clinton would beat Donald Trump and become our nation's 45th president. But it did not happen. Why? Because God clearly intervened. Christians began praying and God, in His wisdom and might, intervened in the election. He knew that the Mystery of Iniquity, that Paul spoke about in 2 Thessalonians 2:7, needed to be hindered for several more years. He knew that Hillary, as president, would do much to help rather than hinder the Mystery of Iniquity, whereas Donald Trump would hinder rather than help. Consequently, God intervened, changing the hearts and minds of voters, tamping down election fraud, and raising up Donald Trump as our nation's 45th president.
Now, apparently, God has changed the times and the seasons. He removed President Trump and set Joe Biden in the White House as our nation's 46th president. I do not fully understand why God did this but based on Daniel's statement in Daniel 2:20-22, I trust that God knows better than me why Joe Biden should be president now rather than Donald Trump.
Perhaps it is because it is time to loosen the restraints on the Mystery of Iniquity. After all, if we are truly in the latter part of the latter days, then God in His wisdom knows that it is time to begin setting people and events in place to set the stage for rise of the antichrist and the one world government, one world economic system, and one world religion of the Tribulation period. President Biden, unlike President Trump with his "Make America Great Again" agenda, has signed on to the globalist Great Reset and seems anxious to roll America right into the globalist agenda. Consequently, God in His wisdom, knew that a Biden presidency is necessary to bring about His divine agenda, getting the world ready for the events that will ultimately lead up to Tribulation period and Jesus Christ's return. So, using His might, God removed Donald Trump, who seemed unbeatable a year ago, from office and set Joe Biden in his place.
Now, getting back to Daniel 2:20-22, let us consider the rest of Daniel's statement.
In the last half of verse 21, Daniel says, "he [God] giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding." This is reassuring because it reminds us that God does not want us to be ignorant. God wants us to be wise, knowledgeable, and understanding, but only if we approach Him in the right way.
After all, Psalm 111:10 says, "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever." And, in Proverbs 15:33, we read, "The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility." If we are willing to approach God with a holy, reverential fear of Who and What He is, with humility and faithful obedience to His commandments, we can confidently pray for wisdom and expect God to give it to us. After all, James 1:5 says, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." And, with wisdom, God provides knowledge and understanding: "For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6)"
Consequently, when we ask why God removed President Trump from office and elevated Joe Biden to the presidency, we should be confident that we can look to God for understanding. As Daniel said, "he [God] giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding." But again, we must come to God on His terms, not ours, asking for wisdom and expecting to receive knowledge and understanding.
Daniel 2:20-22 further informs us in verse 22: "He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him." In other words, "deep and secret things," things that are beyond our understanding, God reveals to those who come to Him for wisdom and knowledge. Things that are dark to us, things that we cannot discern, God sees because "the light dwelleth with him." Or, as John puts it in 1 John 1:5, "…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
We may not fully understand why God allowed Joe Biden to become president. Nevertheless, we can trust that God knows what He is doing. We can rest assured that He permitted it to happen because it furthers His divine plans, whether it makes sense to us right now or not. Furthermore, we have confidence that, over time, God will reveal to us why He allowed it to happen and we will then glimpse the deep and secret things that now are shrouded in darkness for us but apparent to God.