2. God here says to Daniel, “Thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.” The idea is, because thou hast been disciplining thy soul, I am come to answer thy prayers. The coming of Michael to give help does not include in it this, that he was superior in might or in position to the angel that spake, and thus supplies no proof that the angel that spake was Gabriel, or an angel different from him who was clothed with linen. Daniel 10-12 Listen : Another vision (Daniel 10) 1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. God heard the first day, though he sent not his angel to tell Daniel of it till three weeks after. These prophecies will soon be fulfilled, and God is revealing what they mean to those who obey Him. In this case, it was deferred by the detention of the messenger on the way Daniel 10:13; in other cases it may be from a different cause; but it should never be set down as a proof that prayer is not heard, and that it will not be answered, because the answer is not granted at once. The first title points undoubtedly to an arrangement of orders and degrees among the angels, designating Michael as one of the most distinguished of the angel-princes; hence called in Jde 1:9 ἀρχάγγελος, also in Revelation 12:7, where he is represented as contending with his angels against the dragon. Mysterious dispensations of providence are permitted to thwart our fair expectations. This is described in our text. The Bible never suggests that believers are to command demons to give up national territory. Something may prevent the answer being borne to us; some "prince of the kingdom of Persia" may withstand the messenger; some cause which we may not know may hinder the immediate answer of our prayer, either in our own hearts, or in outward events which cannot at once be controlled without a miracle, or in the feelings and views of our friends whom we seek to have converted and saved; but the purpose to answer the prayer may have been simultaneous with its being offered, and a train of measures may have been commenced at once to bring about the result, though many weeks or months of delay, of anxiety, of tears, may elapse before we attain the object we desired. Daniel 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. Inquiry. (Psalms 145:19.) Perhaps here also. Humiliation. Perceiving him to shake and tremble, and to be intimidated at his presence, he speaks comfortably to him, and encourages him to lay aside his fears, that he might be more capable of attending to what he was about to say to him; and which had a tendency of themselves to remove his fears, and increase his confidence in the Lord: for from the first day thou didst set thine heart to understand; not so much the former visions which he had an understanding of, as the future state of his people; or rather, the reason of their present distressed condition, being hindered by their enemies in rebuilding their city and temple: and to chasten thyself before thy God; to humble himself in prayer, and to afflict himself by fasting: thy words were heard; his prayers were heard, and an answer ordered to be given, the very first day he began to pray, and fast, and mourn, though it was now full three weeks since; just as, at the beginning of his former supplications, Gabriel had a commandment to go and show him that they were heard, Daniel 9:23. and I am come forth for thy words; on account of his prayers, to bring an answer to them; the reason why he came no sooner, when it was three weeks since he received his order, is as follows: Fear not — Be not affrighted at my presence. We know, says John, that if we ask anything according to his will, he will hear us. (James 1:6.) And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. He saw the condition of the Church entirely confused, and he desired the communication of some mark of favor, which might assure him of God’s being still mindful of His covenant, and of his not despising those wretched Israelites whom he had adopted. High were the expectations raised by the decree of Cyrus. The translation, "I have maintained the place" (Hofm. 2. Many have taken this to mean that in some way the book of Daniel is rendered incapable of being understood; that the prophecies given Daniel are couched in such strange forms and weird language that no one can really understand them; the riddle can never be unveiled until we arrive at the actual end of days. Prayer is heard at once in heaven, though the sensible answer may seem to be delayed. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. i. p. 334). Thyself, thy capabilities, thy moral obligations, thy spiritual condition. Daniel’s strength was renewed, his courage was revived, his hopes were brightened, when he had waited upon his God. It is concentration of soul. Daniel 12 is a continuation of the angel’s words to Daniel. - Daniel was off of his face and on his hands and knees. 1. Concentration to spiritual study. Something may prevent the answer being borne to us; some “prince of the kingdom of Persia” may withstand the messenger; some cause which we may not know may hinder the immediate answer of our prayer, either in our own hearts, or in outward events which cannot at once be controlled without a miracle, or in the feelings and views of our friends whom we seek to have converted and saved; but the purpose to answer the prayer may have been simultaneous with its being offered, and a train of measures may have been commenced at once to bring about the result, though many weeks or months of delay, of anxiety, of tears, may elapse before we attain the object we desired. ), nor to Cyrus and the prince, i.e., his guardian spirit (Hitzig). They do not realize God as their Father. We are taught then by this passage, if we are anxious for our supplications to be both heard and approved by God, not to give way to those foolish lusts and appetites, which solicit and entice us. Compare the notes at Daniel 9:23. Humbling himself before God involved taking the role of a learner before Him. Another proof that prayer is at once heard, though the answer may be long delayed. Fear not, Daniel.] For the angel that appeared to Daniel did not fight with the kings of Persia, but with a spiritual intelligence of a like nature, for the victory, or precedence with the kings of Persia. This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series End Times According To Daniel. See note on Daniel 10:3. This is probably what causes some commentaries to go astray and miss the obvious similitude to Rev Chapter 1. אצל, at the side of, near, is explained from the idea of the protecting spirit standing by the side of his protege. Another proof that prayer is at once heard, though the answer may be long delayed. Weeks, or months, or years may elapse before the Divine purpose shall be made known, though, so to speak, the messenger may be on his way to us. thy words were heard—(Ac 10:4). Daniel 10:10-12 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. II. The fervent and constant prayers of the saints make God to send from heaven and save. 3. It begins: “At that time [the time of the end and the incursion of the king of the North into the Middle East] Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble , such as never was since there was a nation” (verse 1). 3. A Bible Study by Jack Kelley. Concentrated to devotion. Its action on SELF. ), the δαιμόνιον of the Persian kingdom, i.e., the supernatural spiritual power standing behind the national gods, which we may properly call the guardian spirit of this kingdom. “At that time Michael shall stand up,The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people;And there shall be a time of trouble,Such as He is bidden not to fear. Schriftbew. I. 3. And I am come for thy words - because of thy prayers. For from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand - what shall come to pass to thy people at the last times (cf. chasten thyself — (Daniel 10:2, Daniel 10:3). 12:4-10 Instead of interpreting the vision for Daniel, the angel says, “seal the book” until “the time of the end.” In the early 1800s, many honest and Godly Bible students around the world, independent of one another, begin to unravel the correct meaning of the book of Daniel. The reason why he had not sooner arrived, and why Daniel was left to continue his prayers so long without any answer being returned, is stated in the following verses. But that is not what it means. If in similar circumstances we search, we shall probably find some errors to be corrected, some negligences and sins to be repented of, some feelings to be humbled for, or some attainments to be pursued, which might have been overlooked or forgotten had not the Almighty arrested us in our career. I. daniel 10:12 then he said to me, "do not be afraid, daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your god, your words were heard, and i have come in response to your words. Daniel 10:12-13. But we learn from Daniel 10:21 the reason why the archangel Michael, and no other angel, came to the help of him who was clothed with linen. In such reasons we feel most dependent upon God; and then there is often a more than ordinary disposition to pray. Literally, to afflict thyself. The twenty-one days are those three weeks of Daniel's fasting and prayer, Daniel 10:2. Within the three chapters of Daniel 10–12, Daniel 10 serves as prologue, chapter 11 as the report of the angelic vision, and chapter 12 as the epilogue. We ought to observe the rule here prescribed by the angel, and fashion our entreaties according to God’s will. God's messenger was detained on the way (Daniel 10:13) by the opposition of the powers of darkness. And God was pleased to honour his servant by a gracious regard to his offerings. Daniel 10:1 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. The cause of the delay may be something totally unknown to us; yet although the answer may be delayed, the prayer is always heard immediately. in Daniel 11 a three-sided eschatological conflict between the “king of the north,” the “king of the south” and the papacy. p. 338). The angel tells Daniel that his prophecies would be sealed until the end of the age, but in that time "the wise would understand" (Daniel 12:9-10). Compare the notes at Daniel 9:23. And why, in our days of trouble and anxiety, should we not believe that it is so; and that God, even though the delay may seem to be long, will yet show himself to be a hearer and an answerer of prayer? Mean-time, Daniel, not knowing that these arrangements were in a process of completion, or that an angel was employed to secure the answer to his prayers, yet strong in faith, was suffered to continue his supplications with no intimation that his prayers were heard, or that he would be answered. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, For from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand -, HE OCCASION WAS ONE OF DISAPPOINTMENT AND PERPLEXITY, ANIEL PURSUED UNDER THE TRYING CIRCUMSTANCES, for from the first day thou didst set thine heart to understand, — Rather, with R.V., “for thy words’ sake.” What power in prayer! Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. Literally, to afflict thyself. 3. (1 John 5:14.) Each time it was in relation to Daniel’s being favored with a great and significant revelation of the future. 8:16. Its action on GOD. Daniel would have been cheered in his days of fasting and service if he had known that an angel was on his way to him to comfort him, and to communicate to him an answer from God; often - if not always - in our days of deepest anxiety and trouble; when our prayers seem not to penetrate the skies; when we meet with no response; when the thing for which we pray seems to be withheld; when our friends remain unconverted; when irreligion abounds and prevails; when we seem to be doing no good, and when calamity presses upon us, if we saw the arrangement which God was already making to answer the prayer, and could see the messenger on the way, our hearts would exult, and our tears would cease to flow. As I understand the words of Daniel 10:1, they refer to Daniel’s understanding after the vision was given and the message was conveyed and explained. He states his prayers to have been heard from the time of his applying his mind to understanding, and from his afflicting himself before God These two points may be noticed: first, by the word “understanding” the angel informs us of God’s being propitious to the prayers of his servant, because they were sincere and legitimate. I think the key point to consider is that although the one described in Daniel 10:4-6 is Christ, starting at verse 10 where ‘a hand’ touches him it is not the person of the vision but an angel who is involved in communicating the meaning of the vision of Christ. Daniel 10:12 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament According to this verse, the words of Daniel, i.e., his prayer from the first day of his seeking to understand the future, and of his self-mortification in sorrow and fasting ( Daniel 10:2 , Daniel 10:3 ), was heard of God, and the angel was immediately sent forth by God to convey to him revelations. ", "Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Daniel 10:12 "Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words." By the angel’s commanding the Prophet to be of a serene and tranquil mind, we gather the continuance of his fright, and his being as yet unable to listen with composure. And I am come for thy word.] For this reason God did not reject his petitions. For the Scripture does not place the demon-powers of heathendom so on a line with the angels that both are designated as ראשׁנים שׂרים. No doubt his fears had been strong concerning the execution of the monarch’s decree. boqer) meaning 'morning' Greek word study on ὀψία (Gtr. 12. The best way of soothing the mind is to do as Daniel did, refer the case to God, with humility, prayer, and holy trust. do not be afraid: da 10:19 isa 35:4 41:10,14 mt 28:5,10 mk 16:6 lk 1:13,30 2:10 24:38 ac 18:9,10 27:24 rev 1:17 For what spectacle did Daniel behold? Daniel 10:12-13 KJV. Daniel 10:12, NLT: "Then he said, 'Don't be afraid, Daniel. Daniel's previous guide in the heavenly realm had been Gabriel. Have you ever heard others talking about a Daniel Fast and wondered what it was? Because thou shalt forget thy misery and remember it as waters that pass away; and thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.” (Homilist. (W. Daniel 12:1 "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book." God, therefore, wishes our fears to restrain us like a bridle, but meanwhile he moderates this dread in his servants, lest their minds become stricken and disturbed, and thus disabled from approaching him with calmness. We ought diligently to notice this, as this fault is most manifest in all ages, men often pray to God, but yet through their hesitation they pour forth their petitions into the air. True soul discipline is essential to successful prayer. As a result of the vision and revelation of chapters 10-12, Daniel understood all he needed to know about the future. Fear not - be not affrighted at my presence. A more detailed chart of the 2300 day Tribulation (from the homepage) click to enlarge Chart of 70th Seven verses 2300-day Tribulation. He chastened himself before his God. 3. Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. He was honoured by the heavenly visitant. To a subordinate spirit God will not entrust a work demanding special power and greatness; much rather the being entrusted with a great and important work supposes a man exalted above the common mass. God will come, but he will have his people’s prayers lead him into the field as it were. Let us but find a praying heart, and God will presently find a pitying heart, though he may delay for a season to send in an answer. me, Fear not, Daniel; for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. It was because Michael was the prince of Israel, i.e., "the high angel-prince who had to maintain the cause of the people of God in the invisible spirit-world against opposing powers" (Auberlen, p. 289); and as such he appears also in Jde 1:9 and Revelation 12:7. Daniel 10:12. God inclines with desire towards those who fear him; and in this sense the angel waits upon Daniel. Though what is said by the angel Michael, for the sake of the Israelitish people, among whom he has the sphere of his activity, may be said for their comfort, yet it does not follow therefrom that that which is said "cannot give disclosures regarding the relation within the angel-world, but only regarding the relation to the great historical nations and powers of the world" (Hofm. P. R. This being, which looks like a man, was sent of God with a message to encourage Daniel. And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Why is Daniel there? His promise to hear their prayers not only denotes attention to them, but acceptance of them. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request … Daniel had devoted three full weeks to such a service Daniel 10:2-3, and it would seem from this that one object which he had in view was to make inquiry about the future condition of his people, or to learn what was his own duty in the present circumstances, or what methods he might use to secure the return of his countrymen to their own land. A second condition of true prayer is here set before us, when the faithful humble themselves before God, and being touched with true penitence, pour out their groans before him. The ראשׁנים שׁרים can only be the princes, chiefs, of the good angels remaining in communion with God, and working for the kingdom of God. THE SUCCESSFUL RESULT. From the circumstance that the guardian spirit of Persia is called שׂר it does not follow that שׂרים is not a designation of the angels generally, but only of the princes of the people, who are the spirits ruling in the social affairs of nations and kingdoms (Hofmann, p. 337); and even though this conclusion may be granted, this meaning for השׂרים with the article and the predicate הראשׁנים is undemonstrable. See Revelation 10:8-11; 14:6-7. The remedy is exhibited in these words, O Daniel, fear not The angel did not wish to remove all fear from the Prophet’s mind, but rather to calm it, lest his trembling should prevent him from giving due attention to the prophecies which we shall soon discuss. i. Home » End Times Prophecy » The End Times According To Daniel … Part Three, Chapters 10-12. Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. He is interested in it and He is represented as being influenced by it. 10:1 In the a third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing [was] true, but the time appointed [was] b long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. I. And to chasten thyself before thy God. Daniel had devoted three full weeks to such a service Daniel 10:2-3, and it would seem from this that one object which he had in view was to make inquiry about the future condition of his people, or to learn what was his own duty in the present circumstances, or what methods he might use to secure the return of his countrymen to their own land. didst set thine heart to understand—what shall come to pass to thy people at the last times (compare Da 10:14). His appearance reveals to Daniel that he is sent of God. Thy words were heard - In heaven. Daniel would have been cheered in his days of fasting and service if he had known that an angel was on his way to him to comfort him, and to communicate to him an answer from God; often - if not always - in our days of deepest anxiety and trouble; when our prayers seem not to penetrate the skies; when we meet with no response; when the thing for which we pray seems to be withheld; when our friends remain unconverted; when irreligion abounds and prevails; when we seem to be doing no good, and when calamity presses upon us, if we saw the arrangement which God was already making to answer the prayer, and could see the messenger on the way, our hearts would exult, and our tears would cease to flow. 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