Three things are specified in our text. 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. THE OCCASION WAS ONE OF DISAPPOINTMENT AND PERPLEXITY. WHAT ARE THE "2300 DAYS" Daniel 8:14? 2. Its action on GOD. Its action on SELF. Then he continued, 'Do not be afraid, Daniel. He is interested in it and He is represented as being influenced by it. 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 contents of Daniel 10:13 are hence not to be understood as showing that the angel went to Persia in order that he might there arrange the cause of Israel with the king; the verse much rather speaks of a war in the kingdom of the supernatural spirits, which could not relate to the court of the king of Persia. The fervent and constant prayers of the saints make God to send from heaven and save. In the לנגדּי עמד lies, according to the excellent remark of Kliefoth, the idea, that "the שׂר of the kingdom of Persian stood beside the kings of the Persians to influence them against Israel, and to direct against Israel the power lying in Persian heathendom, so as to support the insinuations of the Samaritans; that the angel, Daniel 10:5, came on account of Daniel's prayer to dislodge this 'prince' from his position and deprive him of his influence, but he kept his place for twenty-one days, till Michael came to his help; then he so gained the mastery over him, that he now stood in his place beside the kings of Persia, so as henceforth to influence them in favour of Israel." Daniel was assured that his prayers were heard. 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. 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. Thy words were heard - (Acts 10:4, an angel said to Cornelius, "Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God"). 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. 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. 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! Daniel had, without doubt, prayed for the accomplishment of the salvation promised to his people, and eo ipso for the removal of all the hindrances that stood in the way of that … 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. God heard the first day, though he sent not his angel to tell Daniel of it till three weeks after. The instance before us shows that the answer to prayer may seem, to be delayed, from causes unknown to us, though the prayer ascends at once to heaven, and God designs to answer it. Thus in Peter’s case, Acts 12:5-15, and here in Daniel’s. Daniel’s understanding came not at the beginning but at the end of the process. Perhaps here also. This is a bible study about the the meaning of the "2300 days" (KJV) mentioned in Daniel 8:14.It uses a Unicode Greek font and a and is printable. 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. See note on Daniel 10:3. The prayers of the impious, on the other hand, always repel the Almighty, and they can never be sure of his being propitious to them. Concentration to spiritual study. Truthful, earnest, solemn. The opinion that Michael is called "one of the chief princes," not as in contrast with the angels, but only with the demons of the heathen gods (Kliefoth), is opposed by the words themselves and by the context. 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. It moves all heaven and brings the powers of heaven with help. 13 But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. 3. God heard the first day, though he sent not his angel to tell Daniel of it till three weeks after. ), 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. Daniel was mourning because the Babylonian Empire had fallen, but freedom to rebuild Jerusalem had not been granted. And God was pleased to honour his servant by a gracious regard to his offerings. ʽerev) meaning 'evening' Hebrew word study onבֹקֶר (Htr. 1. “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.” Daniel 10:12, NASB: "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 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. But the wicked will continue in their wickedness, and none of them will understand. God inclines with desire towards those who fear him; and in this sense the angel waits upon Daniel. “Set thy heart to understand.” To understand what ? “It did not do Daniel any harm to know that he was greatly beloved of God; or else he would not have received that information from heaven. Without the slightest doubt, God desired to prepare his servant in this way to render him more attentive to his disciples, and yet this very terror prevented Daniel from summoning all his senses to listen to the address of the angel. Introduction. Another passage also reminds us how useless is the hope of obtaining anything by prayer, if we are agitated and tossed about in our emotions. Though Daniel heard nothing of his prayers for three weeks’ time, yet was the angel at work all that while for the removal of impediments. Michael is thus the angel possessing the unparalleled power of God. 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. Thyself, thy capabilities, thy moral obligations, thy spiritual condition. He was honoured by the heavenly visitant. 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. He prayed, therefore, to his own God, and for this reason, his petitions were heard. Have you ever heard others talking about a Daniel Fast and wondered what it was? Then said he unto me, Fear not - Be not alarmed at my presence; do not fear that your devotions are not accepted, and that your prayers are not heard. What is he still doing in Babylon? The Lord is quick in hearing the fervent prayer of a humble soul, though he doth not presently let them know it. Brought hither by thy prayers. The name מיכאל, who is as God, comes into view, as does the name Gabriel, only according to the appellative signification of the word, and expresses, after the analogy of Exodus 15:11; Psalm 89:7., the idea of God's unparalleled helping power. The subjugation of this spirit supposes a particular angel ruling in the heathen world just as little as Jehovah's contending against the heathen nations that oppress and persecute His kingdom and people. And yet this trembling improved his teachableness. A voluntary devotedness to extraordinary exercises of piety in his judgment was called for by the extraordinary circumstances of the times. God will come, but he will have his people’s prayers lead him into the field as it were. 2. Prayer is heard at once in heaven, though the sensible answer may seem to be delayed. The second is the addition of penitence to fervor in devotion, when the angel says, Daniel’s mind was afflicted or humbled. It is rather the Angel of the Lord who carries out God's plans in the world, and for their accomplishment and execution makes war against the hostile spirit of the heathen world-power. 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. Home » End Times Prophecy » The End Times According To Daniel … Part Three, Chapters 10-12. But year after year passed and no deliverance came.. Then Darnel spent three weeks in retirement, self-denial, and prayer. I. אצל, at the side of, near, is explained from the idea of the protecting spirit standing by the side of his protege. But that is not what it means. The translation, "I have maintained the place" (Hofm. Hebrew word study on עֶרֶב (Htr. (W. 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. Prayer is heard at once in heaven, though the sensible answer may seem to be delayed. 1. p. 338). In chapter 10, Daniel tells of a revelation he received during the third year of King Cyrus of Persia’s reign. 1. 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. For from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand - That is, by a season of extraordinary devotion. 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. 2. He did set his heart to understand, that he might find out the path of duty; what to do and what to recommend. 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. Thyself, thy capabilities, thy moral obligations, thy spiritual condition. For what spectacle did Daniel behold? The fervent and constant prayers of the saints make God to send from heaven and save. 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. נותר has not here the usual meaning, to be over and above, to remain, but is to be translated after הותיר, Genesis 49:4, to have the pre-eminence, to excel, in the passive signification of the Hiphil: "to be provided with the preference, to gain the superiority." In Daniel 10, God sent the Archangel Michael to deal with the fallen angels responsible for Persia and Greece. 3. 1. Daniel 10:12. For this reason God did not reject his petitions. The plural, "kings of Persia," neither refers to Cyrus and Cambyses, nor to Cyrus and the conquered kings living with him (Croesus, etc. They do not realize God as their Father. If in our prayers amidst long protracted sorrows we believed God‘s angel is on his way to us, what consolation it would give us! God's messenger was detained on the way (Daniel 10:13) by the opposition of the powers of darkness. Fear not - be not affrighted at my presence. He said, 'Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.' Another proof that prayer is at once heard, though the answer may be long delayed. See Revelation 10:8-11; 14:6-7. 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. These prophecies will soon be fulfilled, and God is revealing what they mean to those who obey Him. The prayer was heard from the first day that he offered it, but it had been impossible for him to realise the answer before the present time, for reasons mentioned in the next verse. For from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand - That is, by a season of extraordinary devotion. 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." This thought follows as a conclusion from what is said regarding the dignity of their guardian angel, but it does not form the contents of the saying regarding Michael and his place among the heavenly spirits. “Thy words are heard.” No doubt, words of prayer. A more detailed chart of the 2300 day Tribulation (from the homepage) click to enlarge Chart of 70th Seven verses 2300-day Tribulation. And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Then the angel adds, he came at his words; as it is said in the Psalms. As God knows fear to be useful to us, he does not wish us to be entirely free from it, as too great self-confidence would immediately produce slothfulness and pride. “Set thy heart” is setting the whole soul to the work. 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