Hello everyone. Today’s blog post is the beginning of an awe-inspiring and encouraging study on Daniel 10. This chapter reveals both God’s care and His power. My prayer is that all of us would be inspired and encouraged by the lessons we can learn from this Biblical account.
In the first three verses of Daniel 10, we see that Daniel is in a very distressed emotional state. “In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2-3 (KJV)
The question that naturally arises after learning this is, why was Daniel so distressed? We will come to the answer to this question as we continue on in this study. For now, let us now move on to the vision that Daniel had in this chapter. This vision came at a dark time in Daniel’s experience, and it was the beginning of some encouragement that God had for His beloved prophet.
“Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.” Daniel 10:5-6 (KJV)
Now, who was it that Daniel saw in this vision? In order to find out, let us compare Daniel 10:5-6 with Revelation 1:12-18. Let us make the comparisons now.
The One mentioned in the vision in Daniel 10 has the following characteristics which are very similar to the characteristics of the One mentioned in the vision in Revelation 1:
a). Daniel 10: 6: “…eyes as lamps of fire…”/ Revelation 1:14: “eyes were as a flame of fire…”
b). Daniel 10:6: “…his face as the appearance of lightening…”/ Revelation 1:16: “…his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength”.
c). Daniel 10: “…the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.”/ Revelation 1:15: “…his voice as the sound of many waters”.
Note: “Waters” represent “peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” Revelation 17:15 (KJV)
d). Daniel 10:6: “…his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass…”/Revelation 1:15: “…his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace…”
These similarities lead me to conclude that the One being referred to in the vision in Daniel 10, and the One being referred to in the vision in Revelation 1 are the same Person. Now, we can look in Revelation 1 to find out just who this Person is.
When John the Revelator fainted at the feet of this majestic being, the majestic being responded with these words:
“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”” Revelation 1:17-18 (KJV)
Who is it who is “the first and the last” who died and then rose from the dead and who has the “keys of hell and of death”? This is none other than Jesus Christ. He is “the Word” who was “in the beginning with God” and who “was God”. John 1:1-2 (KJV) He was ” made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Hebrews 2:9 (KJV). He can and will when the time is right, along with God the Father, put an end to death forever. 1 Corinthians 15:20-28
Indeed; the Person mentioned in the visions of both Daniel 10 and Revelation 1 is Jesus. He is the same Jesus who came to earth and showed us what God is like in His day-to-day life living among us. He is the same Jesus who died for us so that we could have eternal life if we would only accept His blood-bought offer of salvation.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11 (KJV)
I hope that you all have been blessed by this study. You all are invited to check out my next blog post, which won’t be on Bible Prophecy, and then to check out the following blog post which will be part two of our study on Daniel 10.