After three weeks of fasting and prayer, Christ revealed himself to Daniel. What caused this lengthy fast? Daniel doesn’t tell us, but perhaps negative news from Jerusalem discouraged him. He wrestled with the questionable future of his people.
In seeing Christ, Daniel could do nothing but worship Him. His companions, walking with him along the Tigris River, fled from His presence. As Daniel listened to Christ, he worshipped, speechless. As Daniel fainted in anguish, an angel touched him comfortingly and renewed his strength.
The explanation for delay to Daniel’s prayers takes a familiar Scriptural path—war in Heaven. Although the devil is no match for Jesus, Daniel 10 reveals the daily spiritual warfare that still exists on Earth. Earlier in earth’s history, as Satan roamed the earth, Jesus asked, “Have you considered my servant Job?” Job proved faithful. Faced with the sudden deaths of his family, Job chose to worship.
“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty, give unto the LORD glory and strength. Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”
(Psalm 29:1-2 KJV)
In a similar vision given to John on the isle of Patmos, Christ holds a double-edged sword in his mouth. Fashionistas, take note: Paul described the Christian’s daily outfit needed for a victorious day: a belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and the sword of the Word.
This blog summarizes and shares personal insights on The Final Days: Daniel 10: The Greatest Conspiracy, a verse-by-verse study of Daniel, presented by Pastor Christopher Barr at Huntsville Central Seventh-day Adventist church, Huntsville, Alabama. To find a seminar near you, visit Bible Prophecy Seminars.
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