“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
THE VENERATION OF THE MAN (10:15-17).
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
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
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).