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

 Daniel’s encounter parallels Saul of Tarsus’ encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3-7). Neither the men with the apostle nor the men with the prophet saw Christ. Both Daniel and Paul fell to the ground at the sight of Christ, the apostle was blinded, and the prophet’s strength was sapped.

How did the apostle John handle seeing the appearance of Jesus? “When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead” (Revelation 1:17). How did Daniel respond? “I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.” What happened when Ezekiel saw his vision of the Triune God?

When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking. He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you. “ As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and
raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me (Ezekiel 1:28-2:2).

The pattern is obvious: vision, falling down, being raised up, speaking, and new revelations. Coincidence? No! It’s Christ!

This vision is more than an idea or image present in the mind. It is a concrete or objective reality, for a hand touched the prophet, and set him trembling on his hands and knees. We might ask if there was a second personage, a ministering angel, who touched the seer? It seems best to understand the touch as coming from the preincarnate Christ. This invigoration is a wonderful foreshadowing of the NT saint being strengthened by Christ (1 Corinthians 1:8; Philippians 4:13; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 1 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 2:1; 1 Peter 4:11; 5:10).

He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling (Daniel 10:11).

Daniel was highly esteemed at least two ways: (1) he beheld the preincarnate Lord; and (2) he would be taught the plans of God by the Messiah. We might also say that he had just received from his Master a “well done, good and faithful servant!” Daniel trembled in the fear of the LORD. He was ready to gain understanding and wisdom. Of course, this is another illustration of Proverbs 9:10!

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