Decoding Daniel - an in depth Bible study of the book of Daniel

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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 Appearance of the Man - Daniel 10:4-6

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 the seer.

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 a multitude.

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.

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