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The Book of Daniel

Chapter 10__The Hierophant

     This Cyrus would be the Darius of chapter 9:1, whose name means the restrainer or maintainer.

     The date is 424 B.C and this will be the last date given up to the end of the book. Daniel would be about 89 years old.

     Persia, here, would be Iran of today. To me, this letter that our Father gave to us is more relevant if I can relate what’s being talked about with an area of the world today. Instead of just being words written in a book, a lifetime ago, it becomes more alive if I can look around and see the places being written about, either physically or through some medium.

     This is especially true today with all that is happening in the Middle East and what’s happening there is giving us the events of the end time.

     There is no doubt that Satan, in his role as the Antichrist, will appear in the city of Jerusalem, in the near future. It is also certain that he will stand on Mount Zion, claiming to be the true Messiah. Up on that Mount is the old foundation of the two temples. The first one built by Solomon and the second by Herod, destroyed in 70 A.D. by the Roman army.

     The only remaining parts of both Temples is a retaining wall known as the Wailing Wall.

     What occupies that foundation today is a building known as the Dome of the Rock and it’s pretty hard to miss since the entire dome was plated with gold back in 1959-1961. It was originally built in 691 A.D. and is not a church or a temple, but an Islamic Shrine.

     I often wonder if this building will be destroyed at Christ’s return because of what He said in the book of Matthew:

     Ref: Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. KJV

     He was on the Mount of Olives, when He spoke those words, but He could see the second Temple, as it was only a stones’ throw away from where He sat.

     The vision that Daniel receives in this 10th chapter continues through chapters 11 and 12, and is a second vision of the one in chapter 8. It’s a second vision of the same subject.

     This 10th chapter gives us a look into the spiritual and forms a background of the historical.

     There’s going to be a lot of history when we get to the 11th chapter, at least, for the first 20 verses or so and we’ll deal with that when we get there.

     Daniel, chapter 10….

      Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

     A thing was revealed unto Daniel. This word thing actually means words or a matter. A subject of which this vision is made of. And here it is pointed out that He did understand the meaning of the vision but that the actions contained therein would happen at some distant time, not immediately.

 

     Daniel 10:2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

     Three full weeks. That would be three weeks of days, not as the 70 weeks of years, as previously noted in chapter 9.

     Daniel 10:3 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.

     He prayed for three full weeks and during that time deprived himself of some of the simple pleasures of life. No pleasant bread would probably be unleavened bread, bread baked without yeast or other ingredients that might make it taste better.

     Why was Daniel mouring? Perhaps because he knew that his own people would put the Savior to death, thus making the cutting off a reality. Or perhaps because many of the captivity remained in the Babylonian area and didn’t go back to Jerusalem or finally, he knew of the troubles they would have when rebuilding the city and the roads and such.

     Daniel 10:4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;

     That’s the 24th day of the month, beside the river Hiddekel, which is the Tigris River. This river, and the Euphrates River, being mentioned in Genesis as coming from the Garden of Eden but as to today, it is loosely the river that flows between Iraq and Iran.

     The month mentioned here is Abib. It is the first month of the Jewish calendar and it relates to our months of March/April. The name Abib was changed to Nisan or Nissan after the Babylonian captivity. Nehemiah 2:1, as it means their flight.

     (The four rivers coming out of the Garden were the Pison, the Gihon, the Kiddekel or Tigris, and the Euphrates, just to be accurate.)

     Daniel 10:5 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:

     A certain man clothed in linen. The Son of God, the Messiah, the angel of the Lord.

     Fine gold of Uphaz. Also known as the gold of Ophir. An area that produced the finest of gold, the purest of gold. And when something has respect to the Son of God, our Lord, all earthly minerals will be of the finest value.

     Daniel 10:6 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.

     We have pictures of what Christ is supposed to look like, but the descriptions from the people that actually saw His presence are really awesome.

     The pictures that we see of Christ, today, are actually a composite of features that became standardized around 300 A.D.  The sound of His voice is also described as the sound of rushing waters or the flutter of a flock of birds.

     Daniel 10:7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.

     Their flight was for a purpose…our Father wanted Daniel to be alone when He revealed this vision to him.

     I have never head our Father speak but there are many so-called men of God who say that Father talks to them all the time. Sometimes daily. How that must put a smile on His face when He hears that. It’s probably good that Father never really speaks to them because they might not like what He has to say:

     Ref: Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

     Ref: Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. KJV

     They are full of themselves, trying to make themselves look better than the rest of us, while they spew the lies of Satan out of their mouths.

     Daniel 10:8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.

     His knees wouldn’t support himself, he was drained of all strength. There was no color in his face, he was as white as death. That’s what comeliness means and corruption, as one who is lifeless.

     Daniel 10:9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

     He was unconscious.

     Daniel 10:10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.

     With the touch of his finger, the angel lifted Daniel up and set him on his hands and knees.

     Daniel 10:11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved,

     What does our Father say about you, to Himself? Certainly, He loves each and everyone of us, but have you done anything that might make you special in His eyes? Do you go to a church that He approves of or do you go to one that teaches the rapture and the fly-away doctrines? Do you read His Book every day?

     Many people don’t want to put forth the effort to understand this Book for themselves. It’s much easier to listen to some preacher that won’t make things too complicated, keep everything on a surface level, never going deeper into the Scriptures, have that safe escape plan called the rapture.

     I used to think...

     “Hey, if I just make it into heaven by the skin of my teeth, I’ll be ok.”

      All I gotta do is just get in, then I’ll be alright. I’ll keep living my life like I want to, partying, drinking, smoking a little weed, just chillin’ out, doing some things that are on the edge of being legal.

     I’ll keep my eye on everything and when I get old I’ll slow down, do a little good and change my ways. Sneak right on in to heaven.

     Then I started to read and learn and understand and I found out that there is a lot of activity going on in heaven and just getting in by the skin of my teeth, I wouldn’t be able to participate in a lot of them.

     And, even though I was a nothing in this life, and much of that falls on my shoulders, I wanted to be as much as I could in the next and continuing to live my life as I had been, I knew I had to change things to become more, in the Millennium and the Eternity.

     And everybody has a chance to be more in the afterlife. You just have to decide to change things now, today, and begin building those good works, the only thing that you can take with you.

 

     Skin of the teeth gets you in; being one of His Elect gives you entrance into the Temple, to where you can sit at His feet and, God willing, be able to wash them. Be able to touch the hem of His garment. To look into His eyes and tell Him that you love Him. To walk anywhere you want to during the Millennium.

     Skin of the teeth gets you in. That’s it. Nothing more.

     How is it that we could look into His eyes? We’re all in the same dimension now, the dimension of the spiritual.

     Father loved Daniel a lot.

     understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.

     The one speaking here is not the angel of the Lord, because He would not have said that he had been sent to Daniel. Nobody sends our Father anywhere.

     Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.

     When you set your heart to understand, you have to act on it. You’ve got to read and study, try to understand as much as you can. Pray to the Father for knowledge and wisdom and it will come to you but it will probably come slowly.

     It pleases Him to see us doing something over a period of time. It shows perseverance and steadfastness. Those people that pick up the book and read it from cover to cover in a short period of time and then go off and start doing something else are fly-by-night kind of people. Short attention span.

     He can’t use people like that, He can’t depend on people like that.

     And I am come for thy words. Prayers are heard in heaven immediately. There’s no time delay. The expected answer may not come that quickly. I am come for thy words means that they heard Daniel’s prayers.

     Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

     Notice that the word prince is in lower case, indicating that it is not our Lord, the Prince of Peace.

     This is a little difficult to understand because this is the only place where the prince of the kingdom of Persia is written, but it has to do with the domination of Israel. If you read it carefully, there are three princes’ here: the one of Persia, the one of Israel, and the one of Greece, which we find later in the 20th verse.

     If we noodle this out then, we’re talking about this happening in the spiritual realm and not here on earth, per se, for one specific reason: the archangel Michael is the prince of Israel and Michael is an angelic being. By reason of deduction, the prince of Persia must also be an angelic being, as will the prince of Greece also be.

     These three princes would be relative to overlords, that spiritually, overlooked three nations or kingdoms here on earth. A spiritual watcher, of sorts. And as Daniel fasted and denied himself and prayed for three weeks, so the angelic being of Persia do the same with the archangel Michael because the subject of verse 13 must be a continuance from verse 12 and that subject was Michael.

     So, what Michael is saying is that the angelic overlord of Persia detained him for three weeks. What also gives validity to this reasoning is written in Ephesians 6:12..

     Ref: Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. KJV

     Michael was sent to explain the vision that Daniel had and was detained or held up by the angelic being of Persia. Don’t forget that Persia today is Iran so this brings it all into world events of these end times.

     These are all spiritual activities that happen unbeknownst to us. We’re not aware of them happening.

     Daniel 10:14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

     What’s being portrayed in the vision will happen many years down the road, in the latter days in which we are now living. Again, we go to that final 70th week.

     Daniel 10:15 And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.

     I set my face toward the ground. As a sign of reverence Daniel bowed his head toward the ground, much as Lot did back in Genesis….

     Ref: Genesis 19:1 And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; KJV

     I became dumb. Daniel couldn’t speak:

       Dumb_ OT:481 'alam (aw-lam'); a primitive root; to tie fast; hence (of the mouth) to be tongue-tied: KJV - bind, be dumb, put to silence.

     Daniel 10:16 And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.

     One like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips. This is not the one clothed in linen, our Lord, but either Gabriel or Michael.

     The sons of men is an expression used of angels from the age before this, although that expression was sons of God. Same meaning. They’re angels.

     Ref: Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. KJV

     What Daniel saw in that vision took all his strength away.

     Daniel 10:17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.

     For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord. The redundancy of these words is called a tautology. It would make more sense if it were stated thus: how can this servant of my lord, who is so feeble, talk with this my lord, who is so majestic.

     His very presence took his breath away.

     Daniel 10:18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,

     It took a second touch of this angel for Daniel to regain total composure.

     There are things that happen in heaven that would astound us. This spirit reaching out and touching Daniel and the strength from that spirit filled Daniel with strength. Every time I read of something like this happening, I want to be there so badly, to experience it for myself, that I can hardly contain myself.

     I know that I WILL be there eventually but having the patience is very trying.

     The magnitude of that dimension….and that word dimension hardly even touches what that world must be like. The spiritual power and force that they possess must be awesome.

     I don’t know if we, in the smallness of our stature, even in the spiritual, would have even a millionth part of what they have, and then you consider what our Father must possess, it just boggles the mind to even try to comprehend it.

     And we walk around in these pitiful flesh and blood bodies, thinking that we are all that, all puffed up within ourselves, so mighty, so powerful and we are nothing more than weak-kneed pieces of mule dung compared to them.

     We are so weak and fragile it took two touches from this spiritual entity to give Daniel full strength again. It’s no wonder that flesh and blood isn’t allowed into heaven or that sphere of infinity.

     I was reading the book of Mark last evening, and Jesus had just healed a woman who had a problem with her time of the month, as her period would not stop, a medical condition known as menorrhagia, and this went on for over twelve years, and she knew that if she simply just touched our Lord’s clothes, her medical problem would be healed.

     And when she touched His clothing, our Lord wanted to know who had touched Him. He had not seen this woman touch Him but He knew that someone had….

     Ref: Mark 5:30 And Jesus, immediately knowing in himself that virtue had gone out of him, turned him about in the press, and said, Who touched my clothes? KJV

       Virtue_ NT:1411 dunamis (doo'-nam-is); from NT:1410; force (literally or figuratively); specially, miraculous power (usually by implication, a miracle itself):

    Our Lord felt some of His miraculous powers drained from within Himself and passed on to this woman, which healed her.

     Are the powers of our Lord to heal, finite? Of course not. If many people, who were in need of healing, touched Him at the same time, could all of His powers be drained from Him? Even on a temporary basis? His own fullness had been depleted somewhat.

     Is that power regenerated immediately? I didn’t know that this happened and it really intrigued me when I read it. I just wanted to pass that along to you. Maybe you already knew of this but I did not.

     Daniel 10:19 And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me.

     All strength and power comes from Almighty God when it has to do with dealing with the supernatural.

     With the death of our Lord, we have nothing to fear from Satan or the unclean spirits that associate with him…

     Ref: Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. KJV

     But you have to know that you have this power and then you have to use it, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, of course, for without Him we would not have protection from anything.

     Daniel 10:20 Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.

     Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? The angel wanted to make sure that Daniel understood the reason for his coming to him and it was because he prayed for understanding and knowledge. He wanted to make sure that Daniel understood the meaning of the vision.

     And the spirit of Greece will come and, most likely, take up where the spirit of Persia left off. Being troublesome to those who were rebuilding the Temple and the city.

     Daniel 10:21 But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince. KJV

     Which is noted in the scripture of truth. That Book that our Father holds, the one written of in Revelation 5:1…

     Ref: Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. KJV

     Certainly, everyone is familiar with Satan and how he works against us but were you aware that other angels, both good and bad, those of the light and those of the darkness, also work against us as we live every day?

     The angels of light seek to protect us, they fight for us and we are a spectacle to them. This chapter has taken the curtain back ever so slightly and given us a peek into the world of unseen powers and the fight that goes on every day.

     These angels, Michael and Gabriel in particular, perform the duties assigned to them by the Father, who oversees all that happens, and the angels of lesser authority fight under the direction of these two lieutenants.

     It’s a constant war that we don’t see and it’s probably good that we don’t.

     Mediums and spiritual advisors and such, contact these spirits, the unfamiliar spirits that mimic those family members that have passed on, giving us pleasant thoughts that our loved ones are safe and sound but it’s not the souls of our loved ones that are speaking to us, it’s the voices of the wandering spirits.

     It might be a game to you, to go to these people and play with the spirits, but you may be opening a door that you might want to close very quickly. You might eventually wish that you hadn’t opened it at all.

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