Daniel Ch. 10 “In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. The message was true, but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision. 2 In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. 3 I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. 4 Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris, 5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! 6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude. 7 And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 8 Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. 9 Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
Revelation 1:9-20 “I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the day of the Lord, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea. 12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me and having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.
So here’s a more organized version of the above information:
Let’s continue reading in the Book of Daniel and see what else we can discover…
"10 Suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands. 11 And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved*, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling."
* I would just like to note here that Daniel is called Jesus “greatly beloved.” Is this not also the title of the other man to whom Jesus revealed the Apocalypse – John, the one whom Jesus loved? I find it interesting that this is just another correlation between Daniel and John.
"12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear*, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words."
* Again, another correlation to John. When Jesus appears before Daniel, he says “do not fear.” Jesus says the same exact thing to John (Revelation 1:17). And of course Jesus would have to quickly say this! He looks absolutely terrifying!
"13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia."
Okay, okay, we just need to stop here for a moment. There is a TON of significant information here. Also, the implications of this one verse could be enormous. The first time when I read through the Bible, I passed over verses like this because I didn’t believe there was much significance to them. I figured they were random details the authors inserted to help the reader arrive at some general point. However, I could not have been more mistaken! God opened my mind, taking off the blindfold which was formerly around my eyes, and helped me to see that I was missing a lot of truly important information.
Point 1: Jesus says that “the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me” for about 3 weeks.
Point 2: Michael, who is identified as a prince, came to help Jesus fight the “prince of Persia.”
Point 3: Michael the archangel is called a “chief prince”. Ephesians 2:2 says that Satan himself is called “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience.” Colossians 1:16 refers to different ranks in the angelic hierarchy, one of which is a principality (a domain ruled by a prince). Ephesians 6:11-12 tells us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” I believe it is reasonable to suspect that Jesus and Michael were not fighting against “flesh and blood” but against spiritually evil forces sent by Satan. The “prince of Persia” was none other than an epically strong demonic servant of Satan operating in Persia!
Point 4: Jesus had been left alone (possibly even abandoned) to fight the “prince of Persia” all by himself. This might even imply that Jesus was commanding an army of angels against the “prince of Persia” but (perhaps) his army deserted him! I remember when I initially realized this that I was overcome by a feeling of sadness. Immense sadness. I couldn’t help but cry. Jesus was left all alone, by himself, to fight the most powerful evil in the universe – Satan. By himself. With no help because his comrades abandoned him (if this understanding is correct). Didn’t this happen AGAIN when Jesus was in the garden and the apostles couldn’t even stay awake, thus not being there for him? Didn’t this happen AGAIN when Peter abandoned him by denying him three times? Didn’t this happen AGAIN when Jesus was on the cross and God abandoned him (i.e. “Abba, Abba, lama sabachtani” – Mathew 27:46, Mark15:34)? Didn’t this happen AGAIN when the disciples lost hope after he died and was buried? Didn’t this happen AGAIN when Thomas had virtually no faith in what he saw? Time and again, Jesus’ friends and companions abandon him. This even happens to the “little-Christs” (the Christian apostles) in 1 John 2:19.
Point 5: Perhaps this isn’t entirely relevant, but I do find it rather interesting: Jesus, in addition to Michael, is also called a prince (Isaiah 9:6, Ezekiel 34:24, Ezekiel 37:25, Acts 3:15, Acts 5:31, Revelation 1:5).
"14 Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.” 15 When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. 16 And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men* touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, “My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. 17 For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.”"
* (v.16) “one like the sons of men”? This is identical to Revelation 1:12-13 which says “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me and having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands one like the son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.” Secondly, in context, “my lord” usually can refer to kings, angels, Jesus, and God. Since neither a king nor God is mentioned specifically here, our only other options are “angel” and “Jesus.” Since we have already proven that Jesus was speaking with Daniel, and since we know that Jesus is not an angel, we can know with certainty that the “lord” and the “son of man” is referring to none other than Jesus. Verse 18 rephrases it slightly, calling him “the one having the likeness of a man.”
"18 Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. 19 And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” 20 Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. 21 But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince)."
Again, “the one having the likeness of a man” refers to Jesus. So what we have in the beginning of this passage (v.18) is Jesus encouraging and strengthening Daniel (because Daniel freaks out because Jesus is so glorious and terrifying). After this, Daniel essentially says “Go ahead Jesus. I’m okay now. Tell me what you were going to say” and Jesus replies “Wait, you don’t know why I came? I’m about to tell you what is noted in the scriptures. However, after this I’ve got to get going. I must return to the battle that I just came from against the “prince of Persia” because the “prince of Greece” will come soon after I depart from you. Oh, and one more thing: Michael, your prince, has been the only one helping me fight against these guys.”