In the course of a week, Daniel 10 went from being (in my opinion) one of the more boring chapters of Daniel, to one of the more fascinating.
Twelve Eleven Influential Chapters Of Daniel
The Book of Daniel, which contains twelve chapters, has left quite an impression on the world. Much of the church’s end-times understanding comes from prophecies in Daniel 2, 7, 8, 9, 11, and 12. In addition, even non-believers are aware of the accounts of Daniel in the lions’ den of Chapter 6, and the three Hebrew boys in the furnace of Chapter 3. Chapter 4 was written by gentile Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar after God humbled him, and speaks praise for the God of Israel.
Then there’s Chapter 1, which starts the historical clock ticking on what Jeremiah prophetically wrote would be an involuntary seventy-year exile of the Jews, who would be taken captive out of Jerusalem, and put on a forced march eastward into the Kingdom of Babylon. History would prove Jeremiah 100% correct, of course.
Finally, Chapter 5 gave us a famous saying that is still very much in use today. When someone speaks of an pending unpleasant event (such as job layoffs) and they express their suspicion that such an event was coming, they often say they saw “the writing on the wall.” This refers to the mysterious hand that wrote a prophecy of doom on the wall in Daniel Chapter 5.
The Not-So-Influential Chapter Of Daniel… Until Now
And then there’s Chapter 10. Before recently, there was nothing remarkable to me about this chapter. Let me tell you why that changed.
In Chapter 10, Daniel is visited by a messenger from the God of Israel. I had always assumed this messenger to be an angel, but a closer examination of the text revealed otherwise, and is the key to understanding the military mission we commonly call “the 2nd coming of Christ.” Let me reiterate that point– Christ’s 2nd coming is very much a military mission. Before I begin unwrapping this military mission’s link to Daniel Chapter 10, here is some crucial background info from the rest of the Bible.
(Incorrectly) Waiting (For God) To Exhale (On The Antichrist)
It is popular in American Evangelical circles to claim that upon his 2nd coming, Christ merely “breaths” on the Antichrist to kill him. This idea comes from 2 Thessalonians 2:8.
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. ~ 2 Thessalonians 2:8
Therefore, much of the American Evangelical church is simply waiting for God to exhale on the Antichrist.
Here’s the problem. We must let the Bible interpret the Bible. We cannot take any verse in a vacuum– without comparing, sanding, sculpting, filtering, and refining it against the rest of the Bible. Just as the American Evangelical church reads Daniel 9:26 in a vacuum, and thereby wrongly asserts that a revived Roman Empire will be the Antichrist’s empire, it reads 2 Thessalonians 2:8 in a vacuum, and thereby wrongly asserts that Jesus will merely breath on the Antichrist to kill him. The rest of the Bible does not bear this out!
Behold, the day of the LORD [2nd coming of Christ] is coming… For I [the God of Israel] will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem… Then the LORD [Messiah, Jesus Christ] will go forth and fight [“fight,” not “breath”] against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle [not “as he breaths in the day of battle”]. ~ Zechariah 14:1-3
Messiah will literally fight against the Antichrist and the Antichrist’s military forces. He will not merely breath on them. So what is this “breath” that the Bible speaks of? Let’s use the Bible to interpret the Bible and find out. In Psalm 33:6, we see another example of the term “the breath of his mouth.”
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. ~ Psalm 33:6
Did God make the heavens and the stars by merely breathing? No. He spoke actual words.
Then GOD SAID,”Let there be a firmament… And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day… ~ Genesis 1:6-8
Then GOD SAID, “Let there be lights [stars] in the firmament of the heavens… He made the stars… So the evening and the morning were the fourth day. ~ Genesis 1:14-19
God did not breath Creation into existence. He spoke Creation into existence. Even though the text of Psalm 33:6 states that God created the heavens and stars “by the breath of his mouth,” we see (when we let the Bible interpret the Bible) that this breath means his spoken words. We must apply the same principal to 2 Thessalonians 2:8 in our investigation of what will happen during Christ’s 2nd coming. We must exhaust the verse through Biblical investigation. We must not be satisfied that we understand a verse reading it by itself.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.” ~Isaiah 28:10
Knowing that God’s “breath” in this context refers to his spoken words, let’s see what his spoken words were to the prophets about Christ’s 2nd coming:
The Prophet Zechariah
- Behold, the day of the LORD [2nd coming of Christ] is coming… For I [the God of Israel] will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem… Then the LORD [Messiah, Jesus Christ] will go forth and fight [“fight,” not “breath”] against those nations, as He fights in the day of battle [not “as he breaths in the day of battle”]. ~ Zechariah 14:2-3
The Prophet Isaiah (A Prophetic Dialogue With Messiah)
- Isaiah: “Who is this who comes from Edom…?” [Edom is modern-day Saudi Arabia, which contains Mecca]
- Messiah: “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
- Isaiah: “Why is Your apparel red? And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?”
- Messiah: “I have trodden [not “breathed on”] the winepress… I have trodden [not “breathed on”] them in My anger, And trampled [not “breathed on”] them in My fury; Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments… I have trodden down [not “breathed on”] the peoples in My anger… And brought down their strength to the earth.” ~ Isaiah 63:3-6
The Prophet Ezekiel
- ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you [the Antichrist] have set your heart as the heart of a god, Behold, therefore, I will bring strangers against you, The most terrible of the nations [the mightiest military on earth, the USA. If you don’t believe the USA can be labeled “terrible” in its war fighting history, go ask the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki what they think]; And they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom, And defile your splendor. They shall throw you down into the Pit, And you shall die the death of the slain In the midst of the seas [between the Mediterranean Sea, and the Dead Sea, exactly the spot to which Daniel 11:45 tells us the Antichrist will move his headquarters] “Will you still say before him who slays you, ‘I am a god’? But you shall be a man, and not a god, In the hand of him who slays you. You shall die the death of the uncircumcised By the hand of aliens [those not from that land, those from a foreign country]; For I have spoken,” says the Lord GOD.'” ~ Ezekiel 28:6-10
Messiah will fight against the Antichrist’s military forces, but being the selfless leader he is, he will allow a human military power the honor of killing the Antichrist himself. Imagine a General leading his troops into battle. In the battle, the General gets the opposing military’s General in the crosshairs of a sniper rifle– a can’t-miss, 100%, sure-thing kill shot! However, rather than taking the shot himself, he selflessly hands the rifle to a brave Private in his ranks, so that the young Private can have the honor of this prestigious kill shot on the leader of the opposing military. THAT is an examplary leader. THAT is what Messiah will do in his 2nd coming. Again, Messiah fights the Antichrist’s army, but allows human forces to kill the Antichrist himself. Read Ezekiel 28:6-10 again and let it sink in.
The Human “Hand” In God’s Plan
I need to make one more point before tying this all in to Daniel Chapter 10. Keeping in mind that Ezekiel 28:6-10 clearly tells us that human beings will kill the Antichrist, it is obvious to me that the translators of the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible made a mistake in a certain verse. Let’s quickly look at the passage in King James first, rather than New King James:
And in the latter time of their kingdom… a king of fierce countenance [the Antichrist], and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power [he will have Satanic power]: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people [the Jews and the Christians in the Bible lands, the Middle East]… and by peace shall destroy many [Islam is commonly called “the religion of _____”]: he [the Antichrist] shall also stand up against the Prince of princes [Christ]; but he shall be broken without hand. ~ Daniel 8:23-25, King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.
Concentrate on the last line: “he shall be broken without hand.” Look at the context. In the line prior, we are told that the Antichrist will rise against Christ: “He shall even rise against the Prince of princes.” It is in that context that we must read the next line: “but he shall be broken without [Christ’s] hand.” Get it? The Antichrist gets in Christ’s face, but instead of Christ using his own hands to whoop the Antichrist, Christ lets his breath (his prophetic word as spoken to the Biblical prophets thousands of years prior) do the work, carrying the mightiest military nation(s) on earth to the Middle East at exactly the right time to slay the Antichrist– just as he gets in Christ’s face in a threatening manner. It’s all about the power, accuracy, and perfect timing of God’s spoken word.
I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done… ~ Isaiah 46:10
Read that again and let it sink in. 100% prophetic accuracy is God’s seal of authentication. It is how we know that the God of Israel is the true God. No other “god” on earth, and no other “holy” book on earth even attempts prophecy like the Bible, much less gets it right 100% of the time like the Bible does. The Antichrist will be slain at exactly the right time, by exactly the right nation (I say it’s the USA), to fulfill the prophetic word of God and demonstrate that YHVH is the one true God. Take it to the bank.
Now let’s look at that last sentence in the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Bible, the version in which I believe there is a mistake:
But he shall be broken without human means. ~ Daniel 8:23-25
Stop the presses! Those three words, “without human means” are wrong. We know from Ezekiel 28:6-10, that the Antichrist will be broken with human means. My guess is that the New King James Version (NKJV) translators translated these words through the biased lens of the Jesus-will-merely-breath-on-the-Antichrist-to-kill-him paradigm that is so popular. Be aware of this mistake, and don’t forget it– especially if New King James is your primary Bible.
The Warrior Messiah In Daniel 10
By what I’ve written so far, and by the title of this post, you can surmise that I believe Daniel’s visitor in Chapter 10 was none other than the Messiah himself, Jesus Christ. I’ll unwrap that thought in detail in Part II. I did not intend this to be a two-part series, but as I finished laying the Biblical foundation for the fact that Christ’s 2nd coming is a military mission (that is, he is waiting to fight, not waiting to exhale), I realized that I was very satisfied with this post the way it is right now. I believe it stands on its own as a worthwhile message, and I don’t want to ruin the recipe by adding too many ingredients. We’ll continue next time– same meal, different course.
I want to leave you with advice I have given over and over on this website, advice a good friend and brother in the Lord gave me early in my faith– let the Bible interpret the Bible. When I was reading Daniel 10, I got suspicious that Daniel’s visitor was more than just an angel because even though Daniel started on his face in a prostrate position before his visitor, then gets raised to his hands and knees (another position of submission) before being brought to his feet, not once does his visitor tell Daniel not to worship him. This set off alarms in my Biblical consciousness because when John fell in submission before an angel in Revelation, the angel explicitly told John not to worship him because he was not God, and therefore not worthy of worship (Revelation 22:8-9). We see no such explicit admonition in Daniel 10.
Do I believe this alone is enough to conclude that Daniel’s visitor was Messiah? No, Absolutely not. But at that point (and this is crucial), I tested my suspicion against what is written in the rest of the Bible. I did not Google what this or that commentary writer might say on the matter. I’m not saying I never consult commentaries. Sometimes I get stuck, and I do. But those times are a small minority. By and large, I use the Bible to interpret the Bible. The Bible is more of a library than a book. It contains scores of books, written by different authors, in different places, during different times. God designed it to be its own commentary system. Use it as such.
If you like, take this opportunity to look at Daniel 10, and seek out what you can find in other parts of the Bible that may have led me to conclude that Daniel’s visitor was none other than the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus Christ. And hey, if you conclude that I am wrong, that’s fine too. There is a “comments” section on all my posts. Feel free to make your case.
Part II coming soon. Thank you for reading!