Long taken from his homeland and aged in a strange land, Daniel had cause to seek understanding of God’s purposes and plans for His chosen people. Little fruit had been seen from the decreeing for the Jews to go back to Israel, and he was told that the visions received will take effect after many days. Seeking the understanding and sight that could only come from God, Daniel fasted on a non-stimulating diet free from eating flesh. We would do well to have this manner of seeking after the face of God. A Person none other than Jesus, Himself, as depicted in the Apocalypse, came to Daniel as a reward for his acts of faith.
Daniel was privileged with receiving visions, dreams, deep understandings of the things of God and His creation, miraculous deliverances by the angels who shut the mouths of lions, writing one of the greatest books of the Bible, and was labeled by Heaven as “a man greatly beloved.” Daniel’s faithfulness was stated as such by the prophet Ezekiel: “Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.” (Ezekiel 14:14) Most of the heroes of the Bible had some sin or error recorded of them, but not so with Daniel. Daniel would have to be labeled as one of the greatest champions of faith of all time. Yet, when this champion of faith came into the presence of Jesus with the glory of God about Him, Daniel said, “My comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength.” That is, all of Daniel’s goodness became as filthy rags in the presence of Jesus.
Can any of us boast of experiences, privileges, or works that come anywhere close to Daniel’s? Yet, many are content with their spirituality. Many think themselves highly favored of God because they speak in front of churches, write upon spiritual topics, have church members praising their efforts, have been charitable, or have done mission work such as colporteuring or Bible studies. This vain glorying would vanish speedily if brought into the atmosphere of a holy God.
Daniel was told again that the visions given him should have their fulfillments through many days. After Jesus appeared, then Gabriel came and touched Daniel to give him strength to endure the presence of Heaven. Gabriel’s mission was also to give Daniel another exposition of prophecy, which we will find in chapter eleven. This chapter should show us the great importance God places upon us understanding the chapters after, for this chapter is to be an introduction to the great prophecies of chapters eleven and twelve.
May you glimpse a vision from the Most High,