Daniel sets the time and place of the vision. It occurred
on the twenty-fourth day of the first month (April 4, 536
B.C.), on the bank of the great river, the Tigris. That other
men (verse 7) were with Daniel indicates he was already
physically near the banks of the Tigris and not carried to
this place by the vision.
This date falls three days after the completion of
Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which were
celebrations of Israelís deliverance from Egypt. Danielís
fast took place at a time set aside for celebration. The
revelations concerning the great conflict for Godís people
had pierced the prophetís heart. Instead of joy and
celebration, Daniel lamented. It was time to invigorate
I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in
linen, with a belt of the finest gold round his waist. His
body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his
eyes like flaming torches, his
arms and legs like the
gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of
Who is this man? The archangel Gabriel? A mighty angel?
Neither! It is the preincarnate Christóthe Anointed One,
who is cut off in the previous vision! How can we be
certain it is the Messiah?
First, Danielís description of the man resembles
Ezekielís vision of the Second Person of the Trinity.
Above the expanse over their heads was what looked like
a throne of sapphire, and high above on the throne was a
figure like that of a man. I saw that from what appeared
to be his waist up he looked like glowing metal, as if
full of fire, and that from there down he looked like
fire; and brilliant light surrounded him. Like the
appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so
was the radiance around him. This was the appearance of
the likeness of the glory of the LORD (Ezekiel 1:26-28).
Second, Danielís description parallels the Apostle
Johnís portraiture of Christ.
Someone ďlike a son of man,Ē dressed in a robe reaching
down to his feet and with a golden sash round his chest.
His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow,
and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like
bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the
sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven
stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged
sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its
brilliance (Revelation 1:13-16).
The manís clothing, head, hair, eyes, hand and feet,
and voice equate to Christ. As we would expect from
eyewitnesses, the prophet and the apostle employ different
terms to describe the same person. The man of Danielís
vision was a theophany, which is the appearance of the
preincarnate Christ in human form.