Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus
(Called by his appellation "Darius" [= the restrainer, or the maintainer, in 9:1; 424 B.C.]. 2 years later than in ch. 9. This is Daniel's latest date; which continues to the end of this book, 73 years since his deportation: he now being 89 years old)
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.
2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.
(The 67th, 68th, 69th weeks. See next verse and v.13, in contrast with 9:24,25. Cp. this humiliation with that of 9:3-19)
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.
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;
(The Hiddekel River is the Tigris River, running through Iraq. This is the area of the Iraq-Iran war, and "The Desert Storm" war.)
5-21. Angel of the Lord.
5-8. Angel of the Lord.
9-. His words.
-9. Their effect.
10. Angel of the Lord.
11-14. His words.
15. Their effect.
16-. Angel of the Lord.
-16-17-. Daniel's words.
-17. Their effect.
18. Angel of the Lord.
19-. His words.
-19. Their effect.
20-. Angel of the Lord.
-20,21. His words.
5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain Man clothed in linen,
(Which represents purity. Cp. the description in Rev. 1. Note the Divine and angelic appearances in this book.)
whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:
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.
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.
(Though Daniel was the only one who saw the vision, the men that were with Daniel sure felt the presence. They ran to hide because they were afraid.)
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.
(Many people say quite passively, "Well, I talked to God today, and He told me..." Friend, when God our Heavenly Father approaches you, there is nothing casual about it.)
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.
(Daniel could not bear to look upon the presence of God.)
10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
(He was a little shaky. When God touched him, strength returned to his body, and he came to his hands and knees.)
11 And He said unto me, "O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright:
(stand up and act like a man)
for unto thee am I now sent." And when He had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling.
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,
(God even knows what your thinking.)
and I am come for thy words.
(When you do not rely on that it is a lack of faith. At times there are reasons the words or answers to those prayers are not acted upon immediately. Many times the inaction is for your own benefit. Daniel received these blessing for our benefit so we would know what would befall us, especially in the generation of the fig-tree. Began in 1948 when Israel became a nation again. See Jer. 24, then 9:27)
13 But the prince
(Satan. He also has many other names in the scriptures, such as the serpent, Lucifer, the great dragon, and king of Tyre, and shortly be know as the Antichrist.)
of the kingdom of Persia
(Iran and Iraq.)
withstood Me one and twenty days:
(See vv.2,3. 3 weeks ended on the last day of Passover.)
but, lo, Michael,
(= who is like God? The special angelic ruler for Israel [v.21; 12:1. Cp. Jude 9, and Rev. 12:7]. "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,".
This war is going on right now, and will be over shortly. Michael will win. When he loses his battle in heaven, we will see him here on earth. That instant you will be sealed in your mind that the first Christ is the fake, or you will bow to Satan. That is why you do not bow to any angelic form you believe to be Jesus Christ, while in your flesh body.)
one of the chief princes, came to help Me; and I remained there
(I.e. not needed. Hence we may render "I left him there")
with the kings of Persia.
14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days:
(Gen. 49:1. Num. 24:14. Deut. 4:30; 31:29. See 2:28. Note the bearing of this on the prophecy itself, given in 11:21-12:3. The Holy Spirit gives unction, but God speaks to very few.)
for yet the vision is for many days."
(The gap theory.)
15 And when He had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb.
(Cp. Ps. 139:1-10. Mark 13. This mighty one told Daniel that he came to help Daniel understand exactly what would happen to "thy" people. "Thy people" are God's people. He is trying to prepare you mentally for what we will be seeing and going through in this last generation. Daniel is told the vision is not to come to pass for many days [years]. In fact, not until the "latter days". This latter day battle then will be a spiritual battle.)
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.
(The presence of the Lord can be an awesome thing. This spiritual battle requires spiritual armor. That armor has to be in place, and within your mind, upon Satan's arrival to earth. Ephesians 6:10-20 list all of the armor and what it protects. This final war is not with bullets and guns, but with words, ideas, concepts, and precepts. These take form in doctrines, and the battleground is in your mind.
These are spiritual principalities, and powers, and darkness. Think about it; for if it started tomorrow, how would you stand? What is your protection? This is why the mighty one came to Daniel, to let you know it is coming, and we had all better be prepared for this spiritual warfare. This war has been shortened so that the elect of God could be saved. This is recorded in Revelation 9:5, 10.
Is it any wonder that Daniel became stunned over this vision, for he was given a glimpse of the spiritual battle that you and I will see very shortly.
When we stand before the wicked one, the Antichrist, when he appears on earth, we are told to hold our tongue, for it will be only the Holy Spirit who will speak through you, as recorded in Mark 13:11.
David wrote in Psalm 39:1-10, that in the presence of the wicked and evil, we are to bridle our mouths, and only speak as lead by the Lord. Friend, when God leads, He will give the words to say. And when that happens, your vanity better not stand in the way, for it will be God speaking through us.)
17 For how can the servant of this my Lord talk with this my Lord?
(Its very difficult.)
for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me."
18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and He strengthened me,
(For the spiritual war. Knowledge of exactly what is going to happen. There is nothing like the touch of our Father.)
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."
(You and Him are a majority.)
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.
(Daniel didn't know where the mighty angel came from, or where he went. We know historically that the prince of Grecia that came was "Alexander the Great". History also bears out that from this verse, to Daniel 11:20, the dividing of the Grecian Empire into four empires is true and accurate. With the four kings being the four generals of Alexander's army. When the empire split, the cause was the death of 21 year old Alexander, whose great wisdom came from Aristotle, the private teacher who drilled into his young head the humanistic frame of mind we call normal today.
The historical part of Daniel 10:20 to 11:20 is recorded in many other books, However, because Daniel is told that this vision is for the latter days, it becomes an example, or type of what we can expect in a spiritual, or religious battle for our generation. In the eleventh chapter we will take matters referring to "her, or "she" as a religious order for the area of that battle. The spiritual battle in the "latter days" will be from Jerusalem, and the Middle East; and that religion is known as "Islam".)
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."
(Michael is the one that casts Satan to earth. When we go back to verses one and fourteen, we see the subject of Daniel 10 is carried over into chapter eleven, and that subject is Daniel's dream or vision of a spiritual war that would occur in the latter days [verse fourteen]. This is why I will attempt to apply it as an example, or similarity to what already has happened in our recent past.
What is important to us today is that we use Daniel to prepare us for a spiritual battle that will use words like love, brotherhood, humanism, sharing, caring, and on and on, to attack the Christian's soul. The war of "pass the ammo" is going to be over, and all we will know is the one worldism being taught, and as such.
This is why it is a war of minds, words, and deceptions. Using Satan's most powerful tool; half truths, and twisting of the word of God. We must keep our mental guard up.)