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Daniel 10

Outline and Background - Daniel 10

The Preparation for the Vision - Daniel 10:1-3

The Appearance of the Man - Daniel 10:4-6

The Paralyzing Effect and Invigorating Touch of the Man - Daniel 10:7-11

The Adversary of the Man - Daniel 10:12-13

The Purpose and Veneration of the Man - Daniel 10:14-17

The Energizing Touch and Warfare of the Man - Daniel 10:18-20

Application of Daniel 10

The Adversary of the Man - Daniel 10:12-13

“Do not be afraid” is said many times by the LORD in the Bible. It is exactly what Jesus Christ said to John before He unfolded the visions of Revelation.

Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last” (Revelation 1:17).

Our Lord affirms that the path to understanding is to humble oneself before God—humility is the attitude of one who fears the LORD. In Chapter nine, Daniel’s prayer was answered before he even finished praying, but here, a startling revelation is given by Christ.

Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

“Ah!” the skeptics say, “I told you the man was not Christ!” How can Christ be delayed by any resistance for twenty-one days and require help from the archangel Michael? Good question! Let’s answer it with some questions.

Did the LORD wrestle all night with Jacob?

Did Satan tempt Jesus?

Did angels attend to Jesus after Satan’s temptations?

Were twelve legions of angels at Jesus’ disposal to rescue Him from the cross?

Does Satan come and take away the Word sown on the heart by Christ?

Did Jesus become hungry and tired while on earth?

Did Satan attempt to resist Christ through the apostle Peter?

Did Satan use the disciple Judas to betray Christ?

Was Jesus unsuccessful in releasing all the prisoners of Satan?

Was Christ cut off from Israel in His first advent?

The answer to these questions is YES! Remember Daniel said this vision concerns a great warfare or a great conflict. It is greater than we might have anticipated. Behind the scenes are invisible thrones, powers, rulers and authorities which have not been disarmed (Ephesians 3:10; 6:12; Colossians 1:16; 2:15). Satan the great counterfeiter has assigned positions of authority, power and dominion to fallen angels as God has to the holy angels.

When Christ took the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness, the appearance of a man, He placed upon Himself the many limitations of being human. This vision is connected to the previous vision, which revealed, “The Anointed One will be cut off and will have
nothing.” His rejection by Israel was capped by His dying on the Cross. Hence, His limitations were so great that God in the flesh died both spiritually and physically on the Cross (Mark 15:34, 37).

We are not told exactly what limitations the Second Person placed upon Himself as a theophany in the OT economy. Certainly, they were such that Jacob could wrestle with Him all night (Genesis 32:24). How much resistance might a powerful cherub offer? In light of the fact that Yahweh had earlier associated the Guardian Cherub with the king of Tyre (Ezekiel 28:11-19), the prince (rs sar) of the Persian kingdom might be Satan.

We might ask, “Why doesn’t Christ just swat Satan like a fly and be done with him?” God has foreordained to leave evil run its course before He brings about the final judgment. In the meantime, God overrules evil for good and limits Himself in this great conflict for reasons that are beyond our understanding.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

It does not help to say this glorious man was one of the holy angels— God’s power would still be in question. Whenever God limits Himself, it is for His plans and purposes according to His infinite and ultimate wisdom (cf. Isaiah 46:10-11; 48:9-11).

Satan has been hindering God and His people throughout the history of the world. It began with Satan’s fall, which was accompanied by one-third of the angels in heaven; then the rebellion moved to earth in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. God could have prevented or put an end to all rebellion when it raised its ugly head but He didn’t. Suffice it to say, God has His reasons for allowing evil, which He has not revealed to man.

Note that Michael (lakym Miyka'el, “who is like God”) is one of the chief princes; there are others. Michael is an archangel according to Jude 9 as well as the prince of Israel in Daniel 11:1. The term “princes” applies to rulers among men as well as to powerful angelic beings, whether holy or evil, who rule in the invisible realm.

Chronologically, this was not the first time Michael and Satan engaged in conflict according to Jude 9:

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Neither will it be the last time according to Revelation 12:7-9:

And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Sometimes God starts wars on the earth to hinder Satan according to Isaiah 45; sometimes the Lamb and Satan begin wars, as seen in the predictions of the end times; and at other times wars are started by man to satisfy the evil desires of the sinful nature. All rebellion and wars will cease after the final battle of Gog and Magog (Revelation 20:7-15).

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