Daniel Chapter 10, Continued: A Messenger
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Verses 1-3: Daniel's account has once again moved forward in time.
This vision comes to him while he is serving in the Medo-Persian
empire. And really, this chapter is one part of the vision recorded
over the last three chapters. This section is an account of how the
vision came to Daniel, and the last chapter is a postscript to the
vision as recorded in chapter 11.
Daniel had modified his diet for three weeks. He had been fasting and
in mourning. The passage does not say what was grieving him. His grief
may have been over the cumulative effect of the messages he had been
receiving from the Lord during the last few years, and concern for the
final fate of his people. It may have been that he was concerned for
the ongoing Jewish suffering in Diaspora. He was certainly anxious for
the conditions of the handful of Jews who had returned to Jerusalem to
rebuild the temple and start work on the restoration of the city.
Verses 4-6: After some three weeks of this modified fasting, after the
season of Passover, one comes to Daniel in the appearance of a man.
And who is this being? Some conclude he is the pre-incarnate Christ,
and while the description is similar to the one found in Revelation 1,
it seems unlikely this is Christ. The reason? He was unable to come to
Daniel until he was rescued by the angel Michael.
Other writers argue that Daniel saw Christ in verses 5 and 6, and
another being who appears in verse 10. It seems that only one
individual is seen in the chapter - and this is an angel, not Christ.
This messenger is one of the hosts of Heaven, an angel who had been
given the responsibility of bringing God's word in response to
The account found here seems strange to us. It describes the reality
of the spiritual warfare that is going on in the Heavenlies. It is
clear that within the two angelic kingdoms, the one of God and the one
of Satan, there are ranks of power and authority. The angel that comes
to Daniel is identified as a powerful being. We know that he is a
Heavenly being because of the description given. He wears priestly
garments, and his rank is shown by the golden girdle and the gold
ornamentation of the garments.
The physical description of this individual, that he had the
appearance of stone and crystal, brilliant features and arms and legs
of burnished bronze, certainly makes him out to be more than human,
regardless of his humanoid features. This is a messenger of the Lord,
one of the angelic beings who serve in the courts of Heaven.
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