“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. 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 10:1-3
Again we find Daniel fasting and praying to understand the vision that had been given to him. Notice that fasting in the Bible does not always mean going totally without eating; in this case Daniel ate very plain food, nothing fancy. He prayed earnestly for help.
He was still worried that the Jews might not get to return to Jerusalem as the prophecy in Jeremiah had said. He knew God was true, and His word never fails but he also knew that many of the Jews were still in rebellion against God and were not obeying Him.
This is one of the important differences between a ‘psychic’ and a real prophet of God. A psychic just goes into a trance and gets his information (or pretends to) whenever he wants; a true prophet must wait for God to see fit to give him information.
“And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; 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 10:4-6
Turn over to Revelation 1 in your Bible, and read there the description of what Jesus looked like when He came to see John; then you will know Who it was that Daniel saw. It was Jesus, who evidently came with the angel Gabriel to Daniel. This description is similar to that given by John when Christ was revealed to him upon the Isle of Patmos. No less a personage than the Son of God appeared to Daniel. Our Lord comes with another heavenly messenger to teach Daniel what would take place in the latter days.
“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.” Daniel 10:7
Now Daniel was down by the river ‘Hiddekel’ (the Tigris) and he had people with him. They did not see what Daniel saw, but they knew something was happening. They were afraid and quickly ran away to hide! Unless a person truly belongs to God, he will be terrified when heavenly beings draw near. Notice what happened to Daniel:
“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. 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.” Daniel 10:8, 9
There he was on his face on the ground helpless. Then he was given strength and the angel helped him up. But even then he ‘stood trembling.’ If you meet people who boast that they know God and yet they are proud and like to brag about how holy they are, you can know for sure that they don’t really know God, they have never really come close to Him; because anybody who really talks with God, will be quiet and very humble.
“And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, 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. 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. 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.” Daniel 10:10-13
Now we see a very important thing here; Gabriel tells Daniel how his prayers had been heard right from the first day, but Gabriel also tells him, that he had been working with Cyrus to get him to fulfill the prophecy, and allow the Jews to return to Jerusalem. Who was the “Prince of Persia”? In this case it was Satan influencing the man who was the King of Persia. Satan was working there to try and stop God’s work; and for three weeks the king seemed more interested in listening to Satan. Many unseen battles go on that humans have no idea of.
But then it says Michael came to help him and the battle was won. Who is Michael? It is Jesus. The actual meaning of ‘Michael, one of the chief princes,’ is ‘Michael, the chief or first of the princes.’ The name ‘Michael’ means ‘Who is like the Most High.’ This title was coveted by Lucifer. See Isaiah 14:14. But it rightly belongs to the One we know as Jesus Christ. You will find in the Bible that whenever Michael is named, it is involving something to do with the battle between Christ and Satan.
Then Gabriel tells Daniel that he is going to stay with Cyrus, fighting to have him follow the will of God and when he would leave, then the Medo Persian kingdom would fall to Greece. Always remember that no matter how dark and scary things in this world may be; God is in charge and He will only allow Satan to go so far, and no further. If you are surrendered to Jesus, you are safe under His wings.
“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.” Daniel 10:14
This was the reason Gabriel was there to talk to Daniel, to help him to understand. God wants us to understand what He has shown to us in the Bible Prophecies. He will help us also, if we pray and ask Him to teach us. Here are some more facts about Gabriel: The words of the angel, “I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God,” [Luke 1:19] show that he holds a position of high honor in the heavenly courts. When he came with a message to Daniel, he said, “There is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael [Christ] your Prince.” Daniel 10:21. Of Gabriel the Saviour speaks in the Revelation, saying that “He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John.” Revelation 1:1. And to John the angel declared, “See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” Revelation 22:9. Wonderful thought, that the angel who stands next in honor to the Son of God, is the one chosen to open the purposes of God to sinful men.
Don’t ever think that you are not important to Jesus; He would send every angel out of heaven to come and help you rather that have one of His true children overcome by Satan!
“And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. 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.” Daniel 10:15-16
Then Daniel became dumb (couldn’t speak) and fell on his face again. The angel touched him so he could speak and tried to comfort him telling him, “O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent.” Then the angel changed and appeared as a man and finally Daniel could stand, after being strengthened again.
“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.” Daniel 10:17
This is another sign of a true prophet of God; they do not breathe the whole time they are in a vision! We do not know how long Daniel was in vision, but Ellen White was sometimes in vision for more than an hour and she didn’t breathe the whole time. This was often proven, even by medical doctors.
“Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, 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. 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.” Daniel 10:18-20
Again notice the “Prince of Persia” which is Satan in this passage. All through the history of this world and still today, God’s angels work with this earth’s rulers to guide and bring about events according to His will.
“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.” Daniel 10:21
“The Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.” While “the secret things belong unto the Lord our God, those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever.” Amos 3:7; Deuteronomy 29:29.
God has given these things to us, and His blessing will attend the reverent, prayerful study of the prophetic scriptures. There seems to be a lot of people running around these days that are quick to tell you that there is no sense for you to study and learn the Bible prophesies and truths, because only the important people with many years in worldly schools can tell you what they mean.
This is a lie and it is the same lie that allowed the Roman Papacy to control the people for so long. They didn’t let the people read the Bible for themselves, but told them only the important people, the church leaders could understand it. Don’t be fooled by this now. If you can read, you can start to learn the Bible and prophecies for yourself. And if you pray and ask God to send his angels and the Holy Spirit to teach you and ask to be in the School of Christ; He will teach you! Oh, you may not see the angel, but after a while, you will get to know he is there. God wants you to know, don’t let anyone take that away from you.
Now there is another thought I want to share with you: If one angel from heaven caused the Roman guard to fall as dead men, how can those who are unprepared and unholy, bear the sight of Jesus in the glory of His Father, and ten thousand angels accompanying Him, and live? O how can sinners bear this sight! They will cry for rocks and mountains to fall on them, and hide them from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.
Remember how the people who were with Daniel when the vision came, were terrified and ran to hide themselves? They were probably not believers in God. In order to be able to bear the presence of heavenly beings, we must totally belong to God.
But even Daniel was overcome by the presence of the heavenly beings. But, and here is the good news; God strengthened him. If Daniel would have been living a sinful life, he would have died when the heavenly beings came to him. But he belonged fully to Jesus.
There are people, even church leaders, today who are telling people; “Oh, don’t worry about the sins in your life. Jesus understands. You can do whatever you like and just ask Jesus to forgive and you will still go to heaven.” This is a lie and those who tell it are working for Satan whether they know it or not!
As you read the Bible and get to really know God’s truths, you will learn that any sin that is not forsaken (that means you haven’t chosen to give it up, and stop doing it, in the strength of Jesus) is not forgiven. To be ready to meet Jesus; there must be no sins left that we have not asked Jesus to forgive, and allowed Him to remove from our lives. Jesus only forgives those sins we are willing for Him to remove from our lives.
What if you do not feel willing to give up a sin? Don’t despair; just ask Jesus to make you willing; tell Him “I am willing to be made willing”. Then things you think you can never give up, will be easy to throw away in the power of Jesus. Remember that it is Jesus’ own Victory that is given to us, we can’t do it our selves, but Jesus won’t do it without our choosing and asking.