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!
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!