Book of Daniel Bible Study Commentary Chapter 10
Daniel Chapter 10: Lifting the veil
by I Gordon
And when I turned I saw... someone 'like a son of man,' dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.(Rev 1:12-16)
It is possible that Daniel's vision was a description of an angel but I do lean toward it being Jesus that was seen on the bank of the Tigris River. Could be wrong on that one though as it does pose some difficulties later in the chapter!
 ↩ Although after an hour of misery and problems, both locally and in the world, the news will end with a story about Mittens, a 15 year old moggy who raised the alarm when fire encased the house and dragged everyone to safety. Ooooh. The news is great after all!
 ↩ Some believe that Daniel was concerned about the welfare of the Israelites who faced tremendous difficulty in attempting to return home from exile. Others believe that Daniel was concerned that so few Israelites actually desired to return and were quite content to remain in Babylon.
 ↩ David Guzik gives the following table to compare the similarities:
|Description in Daniel 10||Description in Revelation 1|
Clothed in linen
Clothed with a garment
Waist girded with gold
Girded about the chest with a golden band
Body was like beryl
Face like . . . lightning
Head and hair were white like wool
Eyes like torches of fire
Eyes like a flame of fire
Feet like burnished bronze
Feet were like fine brass
Sound of his words like the voice of a multitude
Voice as the sound of many waters
 ↩ The reverential fear of God is missing in our age. Jesus is our 'buddy', our 'best friend'. When we see Him we are going to 'run up and throw our arms around him.' Hmmm... really? I have a feeling we will see ourselves for what we are and see Him for what He is and be in disbelief that He would have become like us so that we could become like Him. I believe we will be face down in worship and reverential awe. And then we will understand and experience grace in all its fullness.
 ↩ Don't underestimate prayer! Don't underestimate it's role in spiritual warfare! God sent this message in response to Daniel praying and humbling himself. The inference is that had Daniel not prayed the angel wouldn't have been sent! Revelation, strengthening and encouragement came because Daniel prayed.
 ↩ Which might be a good time to introduce the angelic quiz. Well, it's a quiz about angels. Lets see how you go... The answers will be in the last footnote. But I don't allow or support any form of cheating. Well, maybe the odd little glimpse isn't going to hurt. I guess most of us got through school like that!
1. What does the word angel mean?
2. Were angels created before or after the creation of the world?
3. Does the Old or New Testament have more references to angels?
4. Do angels have physical bodies?
5. Can angels die?
6. Do angels have emotions?
7. Are there different categories or hierarchies of angels? If so, name them!
8. How many archangels are mentioned in scripture?
9. According to Heb 1:14, angels are ministering spirits sent out to...' do what?
 ↩ But by the sounds of a survey a lot of 'Christians' are going to have a problem with this. The reason I say this is that in an April 2009 survey of 'Christians' by the Barna Group 'Four out of ten Christians (40%) strongly agreed that Satan 'is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.' An additional two out of ten Christians (19%) said they 'agree somewhat' with that perspective. A minority of Christians indicated that they believe Satan is real by disagreeing with the statement: one-quarter (26%) disagreed strongly and about one-tenth (9%) disagreed somewhat. The remaining 8% were not sure what they believe about the existence of Satan.'
 ↩ Do you know where the first reference to the angel Michael in the Bible is? Well, semi-trick question because it is in this passage! He is mentioned 5 times in the Bible. He is mentioned 3 times in Daniel, once in Jude and once in Revelation. All of the references seem to be in connection with warfare. We know from Dan 12:1 that he is specifically assigned to protect the nation of Israel. Maybe the armies of the world are getting more than they bargained for when they attack Israel!
 ↩ How do angels fight each other? Hmmm... tough question! It is a bit of a mystery. In Revelation 12:7 we read about a war in heaven and Michael and his angels fight against the devil and his angels and the devil is cast down to earth. I wouldn't think it is a physical thing even though that is how we picture it in our minds. They can't die or be injured as far as I know. It could be that they use their authority and position given them by God to command and obstruct. The demons in Jesus' day recognised His authority over them and had to do as He commanded. They even begged not to be sent to the abyss.
 ↩ The king's throne is a throne of grace. Just come before Him humbly acknowledging your need of His grace. As the Word says: 'Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are - yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.'
 ↩ Ooops. Speaking of answers, I think I said I'd give some. Ok, I know you have been anxiously waiting for them so with no further delay... Drum rolls please - The answers to the highly important angelic quiz are:
1. Angel means 'messenger'. I'm sure you are now 1 from 1.
2. Angels were created before the creation of the world. They shouted for joy at it's creation (see Job 38:4-7)
3. The Old Testament just pips the New Testament for angel references (103 to 93)
4. Mmmm, trick question. Yes and no. They are spirits (Heb 1:14) so they don't normally have a physical body but they can take on a physical human form (Gen 18:3)
5. Angels cannot die. See Luke 20:36
6. Yes, they do have emotions. Luke 15:10 - there is joy in the presence of the angels of God when a sinner repents.
7. Yes, they come in different categories or hierarchies. There are angels, chief angels, archangels, cherubim and seraphim.
8. Only one is mentioned - Michael (Jude 9). Gabriel is prominent in the Bible but is not said to be an archangel. Satan is said to be an anointed cherub in Ezek 28:14.
9. Heb 1:14 - Angels are ministering spirits sent out to 'render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation.'
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