Heavenly Messenger

Daniel 10:1–11:4 (NKJV)

10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision. In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice 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 terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.

In this chapter, Daniel is praying and fasting over the plight of Israel and Babylon.  He even fasts during the feasts of Israel due to the utter disregard for God exhibited by the coming ruler of Persia, or perhaps the world.  He was devastated and in mourning, and sought God earnestly.  In the midst of his prayer and fasting, a heavenly messenger came to Daniel to speak to him.

10 Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. 11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.

12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. 14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.”

The man Daniel saw was dress in linen, and he spoke to Daniel about the prayers he had prayed, and the fast he had observed.  For 21 days Daniel had fasted for an answer to the problems in his world.  The angel told Daniel that his prayers were heard as soon as he prayed the first time, but the angel fought with the Prince of Persia and was delayed these 21 days.  Finally, Michael, an archangel, came and assisted him in getting to Daniel.  This shows that God will always answer, even if the answer does not come right away.

15 When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. 16 And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, “My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.”

18 Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!”

So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”

20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince.

When the message came to Daniel, he looked down and became speechless, weak from fasting, and perhaps relieved at seeing the heavenly messenger.  He told the angel that he had no strength, and another one touched him and he regained his strength.  Whether it was from fasting, or perhaps also from being overwhelmed by the appearance of these messengers, Daniel was speechless until touched by God’s messenger.  The second one told Daniel that he must go back and fight the prince of Persian again, and to anticipate the prince of Greece to come as well.  Spiritual warfare is a very real thing.  War goes on in the heavens that we may never realize.  Be sure that God and His angels watch over and defend His people.

11:1 “Also in the first year of Darius the Mede, I, even I, stood up to confirm and strengthen him.) And now I will tell you the truth: Behold, three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth shall be far richer than them all; by his strength, through his riches, he shall stir up all against the realm of Greece. Then a mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will. And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken up and divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not among his posterity nor according to his dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be uprooted, even for others besides these.

This passage from chapter 11 describes a great king (Antiochus) that will fight against Greece (Alexander the Great), and will lose, his kingdom being plucked up and destroyed.  While this does have some historial basis, as it did happen that way (true prophecies come true), this also has an end times application as well, for the king of the tribulation government will be uprooted and destroyed by the King of kings and Lord of lords in the last days.  Jesus is the Great King, and reigns over all.

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