Daniel’s Terrifying Vision of a Man
10 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground.
And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words. The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia, and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”
When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and was mute. And behold, one in the likeness of the children of man touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength. How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.”
Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come. But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince.
Daniel 10 Commentary
by Hank Workman
For 3 weeks Daniel had been in mourning. He’d been given a vision, a message as the Scriptures tell, about a great conflict. Driving Daniel to his knees in prayer and fasting for 21 days he sought God. For 21 days his prayers focused intently on things revealed. For 21 days he prayed consistently with no answer or relief.
It was on the 21st day he saw Him. As Daniel’s feet had led him toward the Tigris River, He appeared. His appearance was glorious. Dropping to his knees, his face to the ground he fell into a deep sleep. This Being reached down lifting him up and what He revealed was astounding. From the very first utterance of Daniel’s prayer, the first day his words had been heard. He had been sent in response to those requests.
But He’d been delayed as a war in the heavenlies broke out blocking Him from bringing that answer. For 21 days He’d warred against the Prince of Persia, a territorial spirit, who battled in thwarting His appearance. Finally Michael the Warrior Archangel joined Him as he fought and finally broke through to this appearance. There would be things He would say to Daniel and things He did personally for him in this appearance but I want to pause.
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:12
There is a spiritual battle, a war that surrounds us each and every day. It is a ruthless attack from the enemy of our souls who does anything and everything to block answers to our prayers, sets strongholds up for us to tumble into, and works tirelessly against us. He uses discouragement, disappointment, establishes footholds, lures us into complacency and so many other things. He is vicious and cunning.
There are many thoughts and teachings surrounding this fact but the call for us today is to be reminded of the war against this present darkness. We may not see it but it is certainly felt. As Paul wrote so profoundly in Ephesians 6, he calls us to be battle ready, to be dressed for the war wearing the armor of God. In Luke 12:35 Jesus told his disciples to be “Dressed for readiness” and that call is for us too. This is the battle of eternal consequences of which we cannot overlook. There needs to be an awareness at the forefront of our mind each and every day, actually every moment as to what we are fighting and to be battle ready. This is a call to arms and to stand firm.
The challenging thing from this story is Daniel stayed firm in his commitment to seeing an answer to his prayer. Even though for those days he felt nothing, saw nothing to the deep sadness that had overtaken him, he was consistent. He prayed without ceasing in regards to his burden. That challenge goes before us as well.
But there is something else worth noting. This appearance to Daniel of the One on the banks of the Tigris was Jesus Himself. Even though there was a battle still going on of which after He delivered His words He returned to – He did some things for Daniel that He does for us. He touched him and brought him to his feet. He touched his lips helping Daniel speak. He touched him a third time bringing strength and courage.
The spiritual war that surrounds us is real. The call to being consistent is needed. The need for us to be dressed for battle every single day is the battle cry. As we are unswerving in our response, Jesus will strengthen us just like he did Daniel. He will stand us to our feet if we have fallen. He will touch our lips giving us words to speak. He will strengthen us each day through His Holy Spirit, who will bring peace and courage.
Daniel 10 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Today, prayer is endorsed as a personal remedy. Although this is true to an extent, it doesn’t capture the big picture. A common misconception about prayer is that it’s only for us. Daniel was mourning for his people. He passed by the delicacies in order to seek God. Here, we read an amazing truth.
An angelic being appears to Daniel and says…
Daniel 10:12 ESV Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.
So let us consider, God not only hears our prayers but will dispatch angelic beings to us based on our words! It is another fantastic reminder that prayer matters.
From there, Daniel gets a rare look into the spiritual realm. As events were taking place on Earth, and kingdoms were rising and falling, the battle was fierce in the spiritual realm. We read that this angelic being was held up for three weeks fighting an evil spirit called the Prince of Persia.
What’s interesting to think about is that these empires would have had specific evil powers assigned to them in the spiritual realm. The Medo-Persian empire had the Prince of Persia. We also read of the Grecian Empire under Alexander the Great having an evil angelic power leading it.
Again, the most amazing and impactful aspect for me is that Daniel is grieved over the destruction coming to Jerusalem so he entered into a partial fast. He prayed knowing the will of God and because of his obedience, God answered him in a miraculous way. Is this the way we are seeking God in prayer?