Daniel Chapter 10 – The Spiritual World

Since the moment we gave our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ to the present moment one of the things we had constantly heard from the Word of God and our elders in the Lord is about how, we as believers, have a spiritual battle.  The Apostle Paul referred to this very vividly in his epistles.  In this chapter 10 of the Book of Daniel will be demonstrated without any doubt how our battle is with the evil forces.

It is very important for us to make very clear certain terms in order for us to understand the chapter that follows.  These terms are put very clear, I hope, in the next few paragraphs:

  • Ruler

Ruler

RU’LER, n.

1. One that governs, whether emperor, king, pope or governor; any one that exercises supreme power over others.

2. One that makes or executes laws in a limited or free government. Thus legislators and magistrates are called rulers.

3. A rule; an instrument of wood or metal with straight edges or sides, by which lines are drawn on paper, parchment or other substance. When a ruler has the lines of chords, tangents, sines, &c. it is called a plane scale.

Eph 2:2-3 LITV

(2)  in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit now working in the sons of disobedience,

(3)   among whom we also all conducted ourselves in times past in the lusts of our flesh, doing the things willed of the flesh and of the understanding, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as the rest.

Rev 1:5 LITV

(4)   even from Jesus Christ the Faithful Witness, the First-born out of the dead, and the Ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him loving us and washing us from our sins by His blood,

Eph 6:11-12 LITV

(11)  Put on all the armor of God, for you to be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil,

(12)  because wrestling against flesh and blood is not to us, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenlies.

  • AN’GEL, n. Usually pronounced angel, but most anomalously. [L. angelus; Gr. a messenger, to tell or announce.]

1. Literally, a messenger; one employed to communicate news or information from one person to another at a distance. But appropriately,

2. A spirit, or a spiritual intelligent being employed by God to communicate his will to man. Hence angels are ministers of God, and ministring spirits. Heb 1.

  • MOURNING, ppr. Grieving; lamenting; sorrowing; wearing the appearance of sorrow.

MOURNING, n. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.

  • First Month in accordance with the Jewish Calendar “Nisan”, that was the month of April in our Julian Calendar, which also coincide with the month in where the Lord Jesus made His Triumphal walk into Jerusalem many hundred years after.

i.      The month of Nisan

ii.      1-2, Feast of Rejoicing: New Year (1 Sam 20:18,19,34).

iii.      10, Presentation of lamb

iv.      14, Passover

 v.      15-21, Feast of Unleavened Bread.

  • whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz; or of Fez, which is the best gold. Some take it to be the same with the gold of Ophir, often spoken of in Scripture; so the Targum on Jer_10:9, renders Uphaz by Ophir. Ptolemy (i) makes mention of a river called Phasis in the island of Taprobane or Zeilan, where Bochart (k) seems to think Ophir was, from whence the gold of that name came; and the same geographer (l) takes notice of a city and river of the same name in Colchis; perhaps the same with Pison, which encompassed Havilah, where was good gold, Gen_2:11, and both Strabo (m) and Pliny (n) say that much gold was found in that country, and taken out of rivers there; and was so plentiful, that even chambers were made of gold, Some think that this was an island in India called Paz or Topaz, and might with the Jews go by all three names, Paz, Topaz, and Uphaz

i.      (i) Geograph. l. 7. c. 4. (k) Phaleg. l. 2. c. 27. col. 141. (l) Ptolem. Geograph. l. 5. c. 10. (m) Geograph. l. 11. p. 343. (n) Nat. Hist. l. 33. c. 3.

  • ANOINT’, v.t. [L. ungo.]
  1. To pour oil upon; to smear or rub over with oil or unctuous substances; also to spread over, as oil. We say, the man anoints another, or the oil anoints him.
  2. To consecrate by unction, or the use of oil.
  • Thou shalt anoint the altar, and sanctify it. Exo 29.
  1. To smear or daub.
  • He anointed the eyes of the blind man with clay. John 9.
  1. To prepare, in allusion to the consecrating use of oil.
  • Anoint the shield. Isa 21.
  • To anoint the head with oil, Psa 23 seems to signify to communicate the consolations of the Holy Spirit.
  • The use of oil in consecrations was of high antiquity. Kings, prophets and priests were set apart or consecrated to their offices by the use of oil. Hence the peculiar application of the term anointed to Jesus Christ.
  • Beryl

BER’YL,n. [L.beryllus; Eng.brilliant.]

A mineral, considered by Cleaveland as a subspecies of Emerald. Its prevailing color is green of various shades,but always pale. Its crystals are usually longer and larger than those of the precious emerald, and its structure more distinctly foliated. It is harder than the apatite,with which it has been confounded; harder and less heavy than the pycnite. The best beryls are found in Brazil, in Siberia and Ceylon, and in Dauria, on the frontiers of China. They are found in many parts of the United States.

Dan 10:1-3 LITV

(1)  In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a thing was revealed to Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar. And the thing was true, and a great conflict. And he understood the thing and had understanding of the vision.

(2)  In those days, I, Daniel, was mourning three weeks of days.

(3)  I ate no food for delight, and no flesh or wine came into my mouth. I did not anoint myself at all until three weeks of days were fulfilled.

This is the first chapter of the trilogy of chapters.  Daniel’s Timeline Based on Chapters on PDF  (Click in this link until you see the PDF File Format )

Daniel, known as Belteshazzar (name given to Daniel from the very beginning of his adduction from Judah by the Babylonians, in an effort to accelerated his assimilation to the Babylonian culture, see Dan 1:7 LITV; (7)  to whom the chief of the eunuchs gave names. For he called Daniel, Belteshazzar; and Hananiah, Shadrach; and Mishael, Meshach; and Azariah, Abednego.) is now an older man, possibly in his 80’s, and due to his age also out of his court duties.  Nevertheless Daniel was not out of the duties as a minister of God.

During his moment of the vision, Daniel was mourning for a period of “three weeks of days”.  It is very important for us to know the difference in the use of the word “weeks” in this chapter versus the word “weeks” in the previous one.  In this chapter the word is used as a term of human chronological time base on the Jewish calendar, but in the previous chapter was use by the Angel of God as a chronological time base on the time of God or better said from the Divine point of view (this is not to say that God is subject to time, because God created time and He is not subjected to such).  Daniel was mourning for 21 days, during which he submitted himself to fastening.  He waited until the very end of the 21st day to be anointed, showing with such actions how important for Daniel was the pursue of righteousness to present himself to God.

Dan 10:4 LITV

(4)  And in the twenty fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Tigris,

In verse 4 there are very unique points of interest. Now is the 24th day of the 1st month (April in accordance with our Julian calendar)

  1. A total of days in mourning are 21, equal to 3 times 7.
  2. There are 3 more days added to the account, possibly representing the Divine presence after a man is consecrated fully to God.
  3. The presence of water, meaning the most pure, honest and clear form of creation to stand in front of God.

Dan 10:5-6 LITV

(5)  then I lifted up my eyes and looked: And behold! A certain man was clothed in linen, whose loins were wrapped in fine gold from Uphaz.

(6)  His body was also like the beryl, and his face looked like lightning. And his eyes were like torches of fire; and his arms and his feet in color like polished bronze; and the sound of his words were as the noise of a multitude.

Notice how Daniel is describing these events but, he himself still in a conscious manner, and not in a dream or on a subconscious form.

Apparently Daniel looked up and sees a man, but this particular man was dressed in also a very particular way, and as Daniel describes it appears to be dressed with very unique apparel.  Also noticed the number Seven present in the description of the man seeing by Daniel, the number Seven in the Bible is meaningful to describe completion.

  1. LIN’EN, n. [L. linun, flax, Gr. The sense is probably long, extended or smooth. In the latter sense, it would accord with L. linio, lenio.]

Cloth made of flax or hemp.

An under garment.

LIN’EN, a. [L. lineus.]

Made of flax or hemp; as linen cloth; a linen stocking.

Resembling linen cloth; white; pale.

Fossil-linen, a kind of amianth, with soft, parallel, flexible fibers.

  • Loins wrap in fine Gold from Uphaz
  • His Body was like the Beryl
  • His Face looked like lighting
  • His eyes were like torches of fire
  • His arms and his feet in color like polished bronze
  • The sound of his words were as the noise of a multitude

Dan 10:7-11 LITV

(7)  And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision. For the men who were with me did not see the vision. But a great trembling fell on them so that they fled to hide themselves.

(8)  Then I was left alone, and I saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me. For my glory was turned within me into corruption, and I kept no strength.

(9)  Yet I heard the sound of his words. And when I heard the sound of his words, then I was on my face, stunned, and my face was toward the ground.

(10)  And, behold, a hand touched me and set me shaking on my knees and the palms of my hands.

(11)  And he said to me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you and stand up. For I am now sent to you. And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood, trembling.

It is quite interesting that Daniel specifically expressed the presence of more individuals in his surroundings at the moment of the vision.  There is also another important physical point of interest from Daniel’s description in verse 7, that is that due to a great trembling that fell in them, they (the other expectators around Daniel) fled to hide, leaving Daniel alone.

Many of us that had read the Bible, most remember that in Genesis God call Adam and he hide from God due to his nakedness and sinfulness.  Also many hundred years later a persecutor of the Church call Saul of Tarsus was confronted in the middle of the way to his duties by God and as Daniel described his experience so similar was the one of Saul of Tarsus later called as Apostle Paul.  See below;

Gen 3:9-10 LITV

(9)  And Jehovah God called to the man and said to him, Where are you?

(10)  And he said, I have heard Your sound in the garden, and I was afraid, for I am naked, and I hid myself.

Act 9:3-7 LITV

(3)  But in the going it happened! He drew near to Damascus, and suddenly a light from the heaven shone around him.

(4)  And falling on the earth he heard a voice saying to him, Saul, Saul! Why do you persecute Me?

(5)  And he said, Sir, who are You? And the Lord said, I am Jesus, whom you persecute; it is hard for you to kick against the goads.

(6)  Both trembling and being astonished he said, Lord, what do You desire me to do? And the Lord said to him, Rise up and go into the city, and it will be told you what you must do.

(7)  But the men traveling with him had been standing speechless, indeed hearing the voice, but seeing no one.

Dan 10:12 LITV

(12)  And he said to me, Do not fear, Daniel. For from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. And I have come because of your words.

Daniel continued describing the vision, and hearing the voice as if it was “the sound of his words were as the noise of a multitude” the man said to Daniel “Do not Fear”.  It is important for the men and women of God to know that the presence of God is not to bring fear in the lives of those that are in Jesus Christ our Lord, but in the other hand should bring comfort, rest, peace, patience, understanding wisdom, and most of all salvation.

Looked how the man indicates to Daniel, that from the very moment Daniel “set his heart” and humble himself before God, the man was sent to Daniel.  Many of us humble ourselves to the Lord, many of us set our hearts ready to listen to the Lord, but some of us “Set our hearts and Humble ourselves” in front of God at once.  We must be not just ready to received but strong enough to understand our condition as sinners in front of the Only Living God and ask to the Lord and Savior for forgiveness, to open our heart making us ready for his Word.  Please read the below reference and understand it, hoping with such that you will be capable to claim such power and start to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus our Savior.

Eph 3:7-21 LITV

(7)  of which I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me, according to the working of His power.

(8)  This grace was given to me, I being less than the least of all the saints, to preach the gospel of the unsearchable riches of Christ among the nations,

(9)  and to bring to light all, what is the fellowship of the mystery having been hidden from eternity in God, the One creating all things through Jesus Christ,

(10)  so that now to the rulers and to the authorities in the heavenlies might be made known through the assembly the manifold wisdom of God,

(11)  according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

(12)  in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through His faith.

(13)  Therefore, I ask you not to faint at my troubles on your behalf, which is your glory.

(14)  For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

(15)  of whom every family in Heaven and on earth is named,

(16)  that He may give you, according to the riches of His glory, by His power to become mighty in the inward man through His Spirit,

(17)  that through faith Christ may dwell in your hearts, having been rooted and founded in love,

(18)  that you may be given strength to grasp, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and depth and height,

(19)  and to know the surpassing knowledge and love of Christ, that you may be filled to all the fullness of God.

(20)  Now to Him being able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think, according to the power working in us,

(21)  to Him be the glory in the assembly in Christ Jesus, to all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.

Dan 10:13 LITV

(13)  But the king of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty one days. But, lo, Michael, one of the first rulers, came to help me. And I stayed there with the kings of Persia.

Many of you may think that this is about how the angel of God is battling with evil forces and that is all, but it is not such.  There are many Biblical references in where we can see how the evil forces are always trying to destroy and corrupt the men of God, Israel and the followers of the Lord.  Let’s see some examples for our own good.

Zec 3:1 LITV

(1)  And he made me see Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of Jehovah, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

Jud 1:9 LITV

(9)  But Michael the archangel, when contending with the Devil, he argued about the body of Moses; he dared not bring a judgment of blasphemy, but said, “Let the Lord rebuke you!” Zech. 3:2

Rev 12:7 LITV

(7)  And war occurred in Heaven, Michael and his angels making war against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels made war,

Eph 6:11-18 LITV

(11)  Put on all the armor of God, for you to be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil,

(12)  because wrestling against flesh and blood is not to us, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenlies.

(13)  Because of this, take up all of the armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having worked out all things, to stand.

(14)  Then stand firm, “having girded your loins about with truth” and having put “on the breastplate of righteousness,” Isa. 11:5; 59:17

(15)  and having shod the feet with the preparation of the “gospel of peace.” Isa. 52:7

(16)  Above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the darts of the evil one being kindled.

(17)  Also, take “the helmet of salvation,” and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God; Isa. 59:17 LXX-Isa. 11:4; MT-Isa. 49:2; LXX and MT-Hos. 6:5

(18)  through all prayer and petition, praying at all times in the Spirit, and watching to this same thing with all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints.

Dan 10:14 LITV

(14)  Now I have come to make you understand what shall happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is yet for many days.

In verse 14, the use of the word “Days” is now in the Divine term and not in the human chronological timeline way.  Noticed also how the man make clear to Daniel that the understanding of this vision was going to be given to Daniel thru “ the Divine” intervention and not on Daniel’s own human knowledge.  This is also important for us, as men and women of God to know that God will never do anything unless He (God) will reveal such actions thru His servants and prophets.  Read the following verse:

Amo 3:7 LITV

(7)  For the Lord Jehovah will do nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

Also in verse 14 on Daniel Chapter 10, mentioned very clear that the events in the vision will be happening to “Daniel’s people in the latter days”, very clear it is stated will be for the Jewish people such event.

Dan 10:15-18 LITV

(15)  And when he had spoken such words to me, I set my face to the ground, and I became speechless.

(16)  And, behold, one in form as the sons of men touched my lips. And I opened my mouth and spoke and said to him who stood before me, O lord, my pangs have come over me because of the vision, and I have no strength left.

(17)  For how can the servant of this my lord speak with this my lord? For as for me, there is no power left in me; yea, there is no breath left in me.

(18)  And he added, and touched me, one in form as a man, and made me strong.

On verses 15 through 18 Daniel is compelled to admit his human debilities and more so his spiritual weaknesses, declaring the reflection of his suffering of his spirit and transform through time and space to his own human body.  His pain is so overwhelming that Daniel expressed to the angel of God and described it as a “pangs”, this is described by the Webster Dictionary as:

  • Pang

PANG, n. Extreme pain; anguish; agony of body; particularly, a sudden paroxysm of extreme pain, as in spasm, or childbirth. Isa 21.

I saw the hoary traitor,

Grin in the pangs of death, and bit the ground.

PANG, v.t. To torture; to give extreme pain to.

During this process of pain and anguish the man of God touched Daniel’s lips and gave strength to Daniel, this is also indicative of strength in the spirit of the human with the anointing of the Spirit of God, read the following please:

Isa 6:6-7 LITV

(6)  Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, snatched with tongs from the altar.

(7)  And he touched it on my mouth, and said, See, this has touched your lips; and your iniquity is taken away, and your sin is covered.

Dan 10:19 LITV

(19)  And he said, O man greatly beloved, do not fear. Peace to you. Be strong. Yea, be strong! And when he had spoken to me I was made strong. And I said, Speak, my lord, for you have made me strong.

In verse 19 it is noticeable how and to what degree God cares for us, His servants.  There is a tender way in where the Lord identified Daniel, the man of God called Daniel as “greatly beloved”, indicative of the degree that Daniel was considered through the eyes of God.  Not just beloved, which for me would it be plenty to be called by the man of God as such, but more so a higher degree to almost no equal.  Daniel also expressed how the Word of God made him strong, as it is very clear for each one of us, how the Word of God make us stronger and better followers of the Lord.

Php 4:13 LITV

(13)  I have strength for all things in Christ the One strengthening me.

Dan 10:20 LITV

(20)  And he said, Do you know why I have come to you? And now I will return to fight with the ruler of Persia. And when I have gone out, then, lo, the ruler of Greece shall come.

In verse 20 the man of God indicated to Daniel in a clear and concise manner the events that were going to take place.  In an interesting simple question, the man of God asks Daniel if he (Daniel) knew why He (the man of God) had come to visit Daniel.  As we had seen before in this Bible Study, God always tell us what He has plan for us, but is up to us to have a heart set and ready to be perceptive to the message and being humble enough to ask to God for forgiveness when we are in His presence.

In this verse 20 the angel of God tells Daniel in regard to the “ruler of Persia” also about the “ruler of Greece”, these we had seeing thru ought chapter 2, chapter 7 and chapter 8 of this Book of Daniel.  See please the file “Table of Correlation of Images in the Book of Daniel” presented in this Bible Study for your convenience.  Noticed also and more importantly how the angel indicates how he(the angel of God), must return to fight with the ruler of Persia and right after the ruler of Persia the ruler of Greece follows.  There is a very important point in all these, and that is that as in the Book of Romans chapter 8 verses 28 said:

Rom 8:27-28 LITV

(27)  But the One searching the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He petitions on behalf of the saints according to God.

(28)  But we know that to the ones loving God all things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose;

Rom 8:37-39 LITV

(37)  But in all these things we more than conquer through Him loving us.

(38)  For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

(39)  nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Ecc 3:1 LITV

(1)  To all there is an appointed time, even a time for every purpose under the heavens:

Observe how is also use the word “ruler” in the above Book of Romans Chapter 8 Verse 38.  We are and cannot be afraid; fear is not a spirit of God.

Dan 10:21 LITV

(21)  But I will tell you what is written in the Scripture of Truth. And no one makes himself strong with me in these things except Michael your ruler.

The man of God tells the reason he (the man of God) came to Daniel, and that was to tell Daniel of these things to come, which are written in the Scripture of Truth (this term used in this particular en of the chapter it is indicative of how truthful is God’s Word).  He continue saying to Daniel how no one will make themselves strong in these events except “Michael” your ruler.

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