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The Assembly of Laodicea

The Assembly of Laodicea

Background and History:

Laodicea on the Lycus (Greek: Λαοδίκεια πρὸς τοῦ Λύκου; Latin: Laodicea ad Lycum, also transliterated as Laodiceia or Laodikeia) (modern Turkish: Laodikeia) was an ancient city built on the river Lycus (Çürüksu). It was located in the Hellenistic regions of Caria and Lydia, which later became the Roman Province of Phrygia Pacatiana. It is now situated near the modern city of Denizli.  This particular city was near Hierapolis and not too far from Colossae.  Hierapolis was well known for their “Hot Springs” and Colossae for their cold fresh waters.  As the waters run through the aqueduct to the city of Laodicea from Hierapolis it became “Lukewarm” waters (this could be emedic).

  • 2000 BC Originally founded by the Ionians as a relatively small town of Diospolis.
  • 19th Century BC the Hittites added it to their empire.
  • 900 BC captured by the Phrygians and soon afterward by the Lydians (renamed Rhoas).
  • 250 BC taken by the Syrians.
  • Antiochus II rebuilt the town renaming it after his wife “Laodice”.
  • 190 BC Became part of the kingdom of Pergamos.
  • Ultimately pass into the hands of the Roman Empire.
  • It was recorded by several historians, such as Josephus, of been populated by a great Jewish colony.

Economy:

  • The economy of the city was based on;
    • Bankers
    • Merchants
    • Gold refiners
  • I was in a junction roads leading from Ephesus and Smyrna.
  • It is recorded the caravan trades where as far as the “Yellow River” in Punjab by the China Sea.
  • Populated with very Wealthy Society members of the area, it was considered a “Neutral City” and never in need of a military power to defend it.
  • During the middle of the First Century, it was destroyed by an earthquake and rather on waiting, or asking for, or even depending on any help from the Roman Empire, its own society members rebuild it without any help from Rome. This was indicative of a very “prideful society”.
  • There are many architectural remains today testifying of its former luxury.
  • Textile Manufacturing was well known in the region at the time. The production and manufacturing of “Black Wool” (from a very particular strain of sheep bred in the Lycus Valley) with a glossy look and a soft and warm texture.  It was used in Clothing and Carpets.

Science:

The city was also well known for their school of medicine, especially for an ointment known at the time as “Phrygian Powder” ( a mixture of oil and collyrium powder).

Definition:

the Name of Laodicea
G2994

Λαοδικεύς

Laodikeus

lah-od-ik-yooce’

From G2993; a Laodicean, that is, inhabitant of Laodicia: – Laodicean.

Total KJV occurrences: 2

The  name of this particular city is a compound name;  “Lao” = people and “Diceans”= rulers, “Rule by the People”, this mean it was a democratic government, we will never know.  Never the less when this particular letter is brought to the point of view from the assembly (church), it is obvious that the “Ruler” of the Church is and always will be the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Inside the Word:


 

Rev 3:14 LITV

(14)  And to the angel of the assembly of Laodicea, write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Head of the creation of God:

 

The verse 14 of this chapter Three in Revelation, starts by, as the other letters from the Lord, assigned to the angel that was going to deliver it to the assembly of Laodicea.  Many of you have had heard traditionally that this is referring to the leader of the assembly, and that the Lord is directing the letter to such individual.  I do not share this point of view.  I clearly explained the reasons why on one of my previous letters on my Blog, but for the benefits of many, I will retouch some of those points that make me think differently from the traditional way.

  1. God is dictating this letter to John the Apostle and is not dictating to John to send this letter to the leader of this particular assembly. God tells directly to John to “…write…”, but what I believe the phrase is indicating is the command from God to the messenger or angel assign for this direct communication with this assembly, so He cal the angel to be alert and ready.  God always rely on His angels to deliver the messages and answers that the people of God are either requesting in prayer or the Lord God in His mercy send to them.
  2. God works through mysterious ways, and as you know the apostle was left on the island of Patmos to die due to his sentence. My question to you is, how the letters came to the hands of the assemblies?  How the letters came to be known after the apostle wrote them?  In one way or another, it does require a special messenger to delivered them in the event of a spiritual battle take place.  Please referred to the Book of Daniel Chapter 10 (read below);
    1. Dan 10:12-13 LITV
      1. (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.
      2. (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.

 

In the assembly of the Lord (The Church), not one and I mean no one is above of anyone, all the members of the assembly have the same responsibilities and obligations, everyone is equal in the eyes of the Lord.  Please read the following:

  1. Luk 22:24-30 LITV
    1. (24) And there was also a dispute among them, who of them seems to be greater.
    2. (25) And He said to them, The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those exercising authority over them are called benefactors.
    3. (26) But you be not so, but the greater among you, let him be as the lesser; and the one governing as the one
    4. (27) For who is greater, the one reclining, or the one serving? Is it not the one reclining? But I am in your midst as One
    5. (28) But you are those continuing with Me in My temptation.
    6. (29) And I appoint a kingdom to you, as My Father appointed to Me,
    7. (30) that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 

Orthographically it is very important to notice the separator that exists between the name of the assembly and the command verb, it is a comma “,” which exist to denote a pause and a separation of time and direction.  It is like if after He directs His command to the angel calling for his attention, He looked to the apostle giving to the apostle the command to write.  Never the less that is much irrelevant in regard to the message of the letter to the assembly, I think.

As we continue to noticed in this particular verse 14 of chapter 3 in the Book of Revelation, there are three descriptive Titles for the Identification of the Lord God:

  1. …These things says the Amen…
    1. G281
    2. ἀμήν / amēn / am-ane’
    3. Of Hebrew origin [H543]; properly firm, that is, (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially surely (often as interjection so be it): – amen, verily.
      1. Total KJV occurrences: 152
        1. H543
          1. אָמֵן / ‘âmên / aw-mane’
          2. From H539; sure; abstractly faithfulness; adverbially truly: – Amen, so be it, truth.
            1. Total KJV occurrences: 30

This particular descriptive title occurs only once in the Bible, that is on this particular occasion only.  It is very clear that God is assuring His Church that Hi is the One to be trusted

  1. …the faithful and true Witness…
    1. Once again this particular descriptive title is used only in this particular verse of this chapter in the Bible. But the difference in this title versus the first one is that in this second title God is using two:
      1. …faithful…
      2. …true Witness…
    2. Notice also how the word “Witness” is spelled out, with capital letter “W”, indicative of the authority and ownership of His Name and position. He is our only Witness to the Father.
  2. The third and most impressive of them all is the one He uses here; …the Head of the creation of God…
    1. To get into the analysis of this particular title used here by the Lord God, will take much longer that we can have for this particular Blog, but let be brief;
      1. First, if you count the words used in this particular title, using the “KJV” or the “LITV” of the Bible notice that there are a total of seven words, indicative of “Consummation”, this is indicating that Jesus is not only the Beginning of the Creation (see; Gen 1:1; 1:26: John 1: 1-5) and also He is the Consummation of ALL Creation (Rev 21: 6).
    2. Christ is the “Head” of the Body (Col 1:17-20), which is the Church (1Co 12:27; Eph 5:30)

Rev 3:15 LITV

(15)  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold, or hot.

 

In this particular letter to the assembly of Laodicea, the Lord goes directly to the point without hesitation.  There is no commendations on this letter, nothing good at all to say, and neither any softening words of consolation.  There is no place to hide from the presence of the Almighty.  God is telling this assembly that there is one way and one way only to do the works in the field of the Lord’s Gospel, and that is to proceed and act as is requested by Him in His Word.  That preaching the Word of the Gospel of the Lord is not just about screaming it out of our lungs in front of a multitude, or to proceed to do good for us to be seeing by others, or even to do good deeds to those that blessed us only, not at all.  But to live a life as “Ambassadors” of the Gospel of Truth in the Lord Jesus Christ and from which, we can bring to the knowledge of salvation, those that never heard of such wonderful Way of Life.  If we are capable of living our lives as is described by the Lord’s Word, we as “Followers of the Way” not only will discover the truthful happiness of “Living”, but then again we will become witnesses of the Gospel of Christ through our actions.

By us, as followers of the Lord, living our lives as we are requested on the Word of God, our lives will grow without us even noticing such changes.  The more we act and live as true Christians, the closer we will be to the Lord.  Every day becomes a step closer to the “man” that the Lord wants us to become, and a step farther from the man that we were in our past life.  There is no science into this, there is no mystery, there is absolutely nothing but a simple step forward to the man that the lord wants us to become every day in Him.

Many leaders, preachers, minister and others concentrate on the fact that this is “not cold nor hot waters, but instead lukewarm”, and indeed that is very important in this letter.  But the fact is not this assembly is “lukewarm” but more so the reason why is a “lukewarm”.

Rev 3:16-18 LITV

(16)  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit you out of My mouth.

(17)  Because you say, I am rich, and I am made rich, and I have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

(18)  I advise you to buy from Me gold having been fired by fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, and your shame and nakedness may not be revealed. And anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

 

Many time over in our lives we can tell our mistakes and also the road we are taking is the wrong road to take, but on our own risk and blinded by our own understanding we continue without hesitation moving forward until we fall, and is then at that very moment we start to look for the hand of the Lord to come to our help.

Verse 16 chapter 3 in Revelation tell us just that, we should look once again at what the Book of Proverbs tells us about it:

  1. Pro 3:1-12 LITV

(1)  My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands,

(2)  for they shall add length of days and long life and peace to you.

(3)  Mercy and truth will not forsake you, tie them on your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,

(4)  and you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

(5)  Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.

(6)  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

(7)  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Jehovah and depart from evil.

(8)  Healing shall be to your navel and marrow to your bones.

(9)  Honor Jehovah with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase,

(10)  and your barns shall be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst with new wine.

(11)  My son, do not reject the chastening of Jehovah, and do not loathe His correction;

(12)  for whom Jehovah loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son with whom he is pleased.

Please read verse 17 of Chapter 3 in Revelation, and you will come to the same conclusion as mine, there is nothing in the Word of God about us imposing our will over the will of the Creator, and expect all to be great and accepted in the eyes of the Lord.  That is what is happening in this assembly.  A misconception of life fundamental values and the misappropriation of such as we disrupt our own way of life and path of our mortal journey.  We do understand that there is a purpose for our lives in the Christian journey, but to reject the notion that we as a human can’t take control of our own journey make us challenge the very principal for the one we, as “Followers of the Way”, had been called:

  1. Rom 8:28-29 LITV

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

(29)  because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.

By rejecting the role that we had been given and possess our own interpretation of what we think we should be and we are, based on our “own understanding”.  We become blindfolded to the spiritual truth on the eye of the One that predestines us to be who we must be under His will.  At that very moment, we are no longer part of Him, who called us, but a member of this world looking to be like the ones that are not from this world.  By doing so, we are part of something that doesn’t belong to the Body of Christ but a “Spot” on the Gospel of the Lord.

Once again, GOD is willing to give us the opportunity to be part of His Body (The Church), and the only way to do so is as in verse 18 of chapter three in Revelation indicates, we must buy directly from HIM, the gold that has been fired by fire.  For you and I, in this contemporary world, this expression may not make much sense at all, but for the assembly in question, this is very clear to them.  Their main economy was based, in three important and key items.  What will be accomplished by doing what it is said by God in this particular verse?  Let see:

  1. Refine Gold
    1. One important key element of their economy was the refinery of Gold.
    2. We are getting what we need from the Main Supplier, no middle man, no misunderstanding, no confusion, no dilemmas, no disruption of supply, no impurity on the product (none).
    3. Buying gold at the main source provider will not only give you the certainty of receiving a quality product but and unlimited source of the gold needed. This will make you rich in every way imaginable.
  2. Textile
    1. Another key item on their economy was the “Black Wool”, used among other things for garments.
    2. The Lord is asking to this assembly to get garments from Him, not the regular “Black Wool” but instead “White Garments”.
    3. Why so important? You may ask;
      1. White Garment are more balance and delicates to the appearance.
      2. White Garments are the one that the Church will be adorned with and no other color or imitation of it, none.
  3. Medicine
    1. The Lord in a brief but very clear and explicit way expressed to the assembly that if they get from Him the anointing of the Holy Spirit and to get into the WORD of GOD. Here in this part of the verse, there are two words we must look in an individual way to understanding them:
    2. Anoint;
      1. G1472 / ἐγκρίω / egchriō / eng-khree’-o
      2. From G1722 and G5548; to rub in (oil), that is, besmear: – anoint.
        1. Total KJV occurrences: 1
    3. Eye salve
      1. G2854 /  Κολλούριον / kollourion / kol-loo’-ree-on
      2. Neuter of a presumed derivative of κολλύρα kollura (a cake; probably akin to the base of G2853); properly a poultice (as made of or in the form of crackers), that is, (by analogy) a plaster: – eyesalve.
      3. Total KJV occurrences:
      4. So the Lord is asking to this assembly to rub in the oil of the Holy Spirit to be able to eat the “Bread” through their eyes of spiritual knowledge of the WORD of GOD, which is the “Bread of Life”.
        1. Eph_1:13  in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also believing you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
        2. Eph_4:29  Let not any filthy word go out of your mouth, but if any is good to building up in respect to the need, that it may give grace to the ones hearing.
        3. Col_3:17  And everything, whatever you do in word or in work, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through Him.
        4. 2Th_2:17  encourage your hearts, and may He establish you in every good word and work.
        5. 2Ti_4:2  preach the Word, be urgent in season, out of season, convict, warn, encourage with all long-suffering and teaching.

Rev 3:19 LITV

(19)  I, as many “as I love, I rebuke and I chasten.” Be zealous, then, and repent. Prov. 3:12

Verse 19 of chapter three in the Book of revelation is as clear and simple, that only by spiritual blindness the individual won’t be able to understand.  God desire for all us the only best from Him.  As a Father, He only rebukes and chastens the ones He loves.  All you and I must be very dedicated to observed is to ask in prayer, that we (you and I) can and will be counted among those to be “rebuke and chasten” by the love of Christ and under His Mercy.  There is a very important point to observed on this verse and that is that the believer must step in and not just to “REPENT” but for the process of repentance to take effect in the heart of the believer, it must be creating with it some degree of zealously, moving the life of the believer to a life of action.

  • Pro 3:11-12 LITV
    • (11)  My son, do not reject the chastening of Jehovah, and do not loathe His correction;
    • (12)  for whom Jehovah loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son with whom he is pleased.

Rev 3:20 LITV

(20)  Behold, I stand at the door and knock: If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will enter to him, and I will dine with him, and he with Me.

 

In this verse 20, the Lord says to the assembly very clearly that He stand at the Door.  In previous chapters and verses we see how the Lord is in the midst of the assembly but in this particular case, the Lord is outside the door.  It is a dramatical implication to it.

  1. In ancient times doors were designed with only one lock or secure mechanism, but from the inside of the house, and not to be capable of being open from the outside as it is done today. The implication here is very important because required from the believer to open the door for any visual communication to take
  2. The second point to consider is that the invitation is to the individual and not to the assembly. The Lord specifically said, “…If Anyone…”, this is an individual invitation to take action and not a group invitation for the action to take place.  Each individual is part of the Church and the individual is the important and integral part of the plan of Salvation.  He/she  are the Temple of God and as result of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, he/she is the Body of Christ which is the Church.
  3. The Lord is inviting the individual that give him/herself to the Lord to be partaker of the Glory of the Lord.

Rev 3:21 LITV

(21)  The one overcoming, I will give to him to sit with Me in My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father in His throne.

 

Here is the promise to the overcomer, and that is to sit with the Lord in His throne…  This is very special promise because the throne that was given to the Lord Jesus Christ, in addition, to be sitting with the Father in Heaven was also the one of “King David”.  But King David’s throne was not in existence at the time of Jesus Birth, how could that be, you may ask?

Here is a Biblical reference that will clear for you that question:

  1. Luk 1:29-33 KJV
    1. (29)  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
    2. (30)  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
    3. (31)  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
    4. (32)  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
    5. (33)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Rev 3:22 LITV

(22)  The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

 

And of course here is the closing statement from the Holy Spirit to the ones that are not only reading this but more so hearing this message of Salvation.  If you have an ear hear what the Holy Spirit is telling you.  The Lord Is Coming Soon, Be Ready!

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.