Daniel 10:1-21 Essay

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Daniel 10:1-21

The final three chapters of Daniel consist of one long narrative. They
record the final vision given to this prophet of God. Chapter 10 introduces
the vision, giving an amazing "behind the scenes" look at the spiritual
conflict of which Daniel was a part.

The Bible plainly reveals that life in our universe exists on two planes:
the material and the spiritual. The unseen world is just as real as that
which we see. Moreover, many of the struggles that take place in this world
are influenced by conflicts taking place in the spiritual realm - conflicts
that are the result of Satan's rebellion against God. Aligned with Satan is
a host of fallen angels who joined him in his rebellion. Together, they
make up a spiritual kingdom of darkness over which Satan rules as king.

From the beginning, Satan's kingdom has been at war with the kingdom of
God, and the people of God have always been at the heart of the conflict.
Paul recognized this, writing,

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.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through
God to the pulling down of strongholds… Ephesians 6:12; 2
Corinthians 10:3-4

This chapter gives us the opportunity to consider those involved in the
spiritual conflict Paul describes. There are several things for us to
learn. One is the reality of the conflict - and the potential for suffering
defeat. Another is the means of victory, and the price that must be paid to
achieve it. Finally, we need to learn that the struggle between God and
Satan is ongoing, and we cannot escape involvement. We will either be
numbered with the conquerors or the casualties. We cannot remain neutral.

I. Daniel - The Soldier on His Knees (Verses 1-3)

A. Faithfulness in retirement (1)
B. Daniel 1:19 informed us that Daniel and his friends stood before the
King. Upon graduation from Nebuchadnezzar's school, they were numbered
among his advisors. Furthermore, Daniel 1:21 records that Daniel
continued in that role unto the first year of King Cyrus. At that
point, his service to the kings ended, and Daniel began his retirement
years. It was two years later, in the third year of Cyrus, that Daniel
receives this vision.

This tells us that although Daniel may have been past his prime
physically, he was still in the thick of things spiritually. His
public ministry was over, but not his service to the Lord.

C. Fasting with resolve (2-3)

Some people fast as a matter of routine. Others fast as a means of
spiritual discipline. Daniel's fast was a result of an intense burden. He
was mourning. He was so burdened in his spirit, so spiritually in need of
God's help, that he ate no pleasant bread or flesh (meat) and drank no
wine. For three weeks, he lived on plain bread and water while he waited to
hear from heaven.

Daniel does not tell us why he was mourning. We only know that Daniel was
so overwhelmed by his burden that he continued to fast until the answer was
received - even though, as the later verses imply, it physically weakened
him greatly.

Daniel's period of prayer and fasting is typical of the part of spiritual
conflict we can observe. For three weeks he petitioned God - wrestling,
agonizing, weeping, waiting - all the time unaware of the battle that was
raging somewhere in the unseen realm of the heavens.

* The delay Daniel experienced resulted because Satan vigorously
contested the answer to that prayer.
* If Satan's persistence had outlasted that of Daniel, Daniel would have
been defeated in prayer. The deciding factor was Daniel's
perseverance.
* The reason we are instructed to persist in prayer is not to overcome
God's reluctance, but to prevail against Satan's opposition.

II. Jesus Christ - The Coming King (Verses 4-9)

A. The Person Daniel Saw

The first part of Daniel's vision concerned the appearance of a certain
man. By comparing the description of the man Daniel saw to John's vision of
the Son of man in Revelation 1:13-16, it is apparent that each saw the same
person: the Lord in his messianic glory - a reigning King, the righteous
judge of all the earth, and not the lowly Savior.

* Both figures wore a golden girdle
* Both had eyes that appeared to burn with fire
* Both had feet that shined like brass
* Both had thunderous voices and shining faces (countenances).

John and Daniel also had the same reaction to being in the presence of
Christ in his exalted form. In verses 8-9, Daniel describes how he became
weak and collapsed in a feint to the ground, landing face downward. John is
less descriptive and more to the point. He wrote, "When I saw Him, I fell
at his feet as dead."

A. The purpose for which He appeared

First, this was not Daniel's first introduction to Christ.

* In chapter 2, Christ was symbolized as the Stone cut out without
hands.
* In chapter 7, Daniel sees Him as one like the Son of Man to whom is
given an everlasting Kingdom.
* In chapter 8, He is called the Prince of princes.
* In chapter 9, He is called the Most Holy and Messiah the Prince.

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