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

“Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the (tyrxa, end or latter) days for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” It is a mistake to try to interpret this vision as ending in the days of Antiochus IV Epiphanes since it reaches to the time of Christ’s second advent.


While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face towards the ground and was speechless. Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I am helpless. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”

Daniel silently bowed with his face towards the ground in an act of worship before the Lord. He was so excited that he could not catch his breath. What was so breathtaking? The prophet had identified who was speaking to him.

The phrase ynda-Me (am-'adown, my lord) also appears in Genesis 24:12, 14; 2 Samuel 19:37; and 1 Kings 1:37. Each of these occurrences is addressed to someone other than deity and is translated as a title of respect, something like “sir.” Hence, the translators have not capitalized “lord.”

However, ynda is capitalized numerous times when it obviously refers to deity, in passages like “the priests who carry the ark of the LORD—the Lord (ynda) of all the earth” (Joshua 3:13). Daniel uses “My Lord” as Thomas did when he recognized the risen Christ: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). Daniel’s, “My Lord” is an expression of veneration or worship.

Observe Joshua’s reaction and worship of the Lord when the preincarnate Christ appeared to him.

Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell face down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?” The commander of the LORD's army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so (Joshua 5:13-15).

It is only fitting that Christ, the Commander of the Army of Yahweh, appeared to Daniel since this conflict is far greater than the battle of Jericho. It is unlikely that the prophet would identify himself as a servant of an angelic being any more than Mary would have (Luke 1:38).

The Lord touching Daniel’s lips is similar to Isaiah’s experience before the throne of God.

Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for” (Isaiah 6:6-7).

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