Let’s jump right in and look at the similarities between the appearance of Daniel’s visitor in Chapter 10, and John’s visitor in Revelation Chapter 1. It is crucial to keep in mind that we know John’s visitor to be the Spirit of Jesus Christ himself, not merely an angel.
Daniel’s Visitor & John’s Visitor
Description of Daniel’s Visitor in the Book of Daniel, Chapter 10
Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude. ~ Daniel 10:4-6
Description of John’s Visitor in the Book of Revelation, Chapter 1
I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, [this is none other than Messiah, Jesus Christ]…”
Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me… I saw… One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.” ~ Revelation 1:10-18
Similarities Between Daniel’s Visitor and John’s Visitor
- a certain man clothed in linen
- One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet
- whose waist was girded with gold…
- girded about the chest with a golden band
- his face like the appearance of lightning
- His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength
- his eyes like torches of fire
- His eyes like a flame of fire
- his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color
- His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace [brass and bronze are used interchangeably in various Bible versions]
- the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude
- His voice as the sound of many waters
Now that we see the similarities between Daniel’s visitor, and John’s visitor (who we know to be Christ), let’s look at the similarities between the reactions of Daniel’s companions to Daniel’s visitor, and Saul’s companions to Saul’s visitor (who we also know to be Christ).
Daniel’s Visitor & Saul’s Visitor
The Reaction of Daniel’s Companions
And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground. ~ Daniel 10:7-9
The Reaction of Saul’s Companions
“Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’
“And those who were with me indeed saw the light and were afraid, but they did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me.” ~ Acts 22:6-9
Similarities Between the Reactions of Daniel’s Companions, and Saul’s Companions
- the men who were with me did not see the vision
- those who were with me… did not hear the voice of Him who spoke to me
- the men who were with me…a great terror fell upon them
- those who were with me… were afraid
My First Suspicion
Finally, there is the fact that got me suspicious about Daniel’s visitor in the first place. I had always assumed that Daniel’s visitor in Chapter 10 was an angel. However, as I read Chapter 10 to prepare for a Bible study, it occurred to me that even though Daniel was in a prostrate position before this visitor, the visitor never told Daniel not to worship him. This called to mind what happened to John later in the Book of Revelation when he was visited by an angel in Chapter 19:
I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me,”See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!” ~ Revelation 19:9-10
And again in Chapter 22:
I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me,”See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” ~ Revelation 22:8-9
In both cases, the visitor explicitly admonishes John not to worship him. In Daniel 10, Daniel is laying face down (a prostrate position of submission and worship) as his encounter with the visitor begins. Then, the visitor touches Daniel and raises him from lying face down, to being on his hands and knees (another position of submission and worship) before telling him to stand on two feet. It was curious to me that unlike John’s encounter in Revelation, the visitor in Daniel’s encounter never cautioned Daniel not to worship him, despite Daniel having been in two positions of worship.
Motivated by this curiosity, I searched Revelation and found the similarities between Jesus’ appearance in Revelation 1, and the visitor’s appearance in Daniel 10. And as I re-read Daniel 10 to better study those similarities, the reaction of Daniel’s traveling companions jumped out at me as being very similar to the reaction of Saul’s traveling companions when Saul was visited by none other than the Spirit of Jesus Christ. With all this evidence, I became convinced that Daniel’s Chapter 10 visitor was the Spirit of Jesus Christ, not merely an angel. But this caused another problem.
Going A Few Rounds With Jesus Christ
This problem is that the visitor in Daniel 10 mentions that he had just been resisted, overpowered, and held hostage by “the prince of Persia.” In fact, the Archangel Michael had to deploy on a rescue mission to extract him from Persia.
“O Daniel… I have now been sent to you… But the prince of the kingdom of Persia [a demonic power ruling Persia, which is modern-day Iran] withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael [the Archangel], one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come.” ~ Daniel 10:11-14
How in the world can Jesus Christ be overpowered and held hostage??? Then, the visitor states that he is returning to fight some more with the prince of Persia.
And now I must return to fight with the prince of Persia; and when I have gone forth, indeed the prince of Greece will come. But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. (No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince…) ~ Daniel 10:20-21
It seems absurd that any being (spirit or material) would have sufficient strength to fight against Jesus. I mean, he’s the Son of God for crying out loud. Shouldn’t he be able to simply trounce his opponents? That is, instead of it saying “I must return to fight with the prince of Persia,” shouldn’t it say “I must return to beat the hell out of the prince of Persia”? What’s this “fight” nonsense? Before I try too hard to convince you, maybe I’ll just remind you that you’ve probably already been convinced. Let me explain.
Way back in Genesis, Jacob has a wrestling match with someone, and that someone is popularly taught to be none other than Jesus Christ. If you don’t believe demonic forces (who are much more powerful than humans) can put up a fight against Jesus Christ, then why did you believe that Jacob was able to go a few rounds with Jesus Christ? Not only did Jacob go the distance, look at what his opponent said about him afterward:
And He said,”Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:28
You Are So Condescending
God condescends. He comes down and dwells on our level of physical strength. Don’t forget, he allowed human hands to crucify him. The problem is that in the church, we wrongly believe that this condescension was exclusive to his 33 years here in the flesh. The Bible does not bear this out (see Part I for further elaboration). Perhaps God allowed the demons of Persia to hold him hostage because once he throws them into the lake of fire for all eternity, he wants them to be sure they earned it. Maybe he does not want to give them any justification for spending all eternity griping about how God was unfair. Maybe he does not want them to delude themselves by thinking “I would have helped Jesus if only he gave me the chance.” Having the assault and kidnapping of God’s Son in your memory might tend to preclude such delusion.
By the way, God is truly remarkable. I mentioned earlier that ancient Persia is modern-day Iran. I also mentioned that the “prince of Persia” was a demon in charge of the land of Persia. At the end of Chapter 10, Jesus mentions that he will return to fight against the “prince of Persia” again, and that he will subdue the prince of Persia so that the “prince of Greece” had the green light to take power over the region next. In other words, Jesus would restrain the prince of Persia. I suggest to you that this restraint was to be until 1979, when the demonic prince of Persia would once again take power. This was the year of the Iranian Islamic Revolution, when the Western-friendly, Christian-friendly, and Israel-friendly Shah of Iran was figuratively stabbed in the back by his ally, Jimmy Carter, and supplanted by the Islamist regime of Ayatollah Khomeini– anti-Western, anti-Christian, and anti-Israel, three markers of demonic government.
But here is where it gets eerie, and where we see imprinted upon human history the remarkable templates, hints, and shadows God gives us (in addition to the detailed text of his word) so that we will have no excuse for not being able to distinguish his work from Satan’s work. We already know that the Spirit of Jesus Christ was held hostage in the spirit realm by the demonic prince of Persia. Now, in the material realm, what event absolutely dominated news coverage of the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and came to be the defining event of that revolution? Amazingly, unbelievably, it was hostage taking! American embassy workers in Tehran were taken hostage by demonically possessed Iranian Revolutionaries. The prince of Persia was back. Wow, wow, and wow!
The American hostages had been “left alone there with the kings of Persia” (just look at the photo) in a haunting replay of what happened to Jesus Christ in Daniel’s day. And it gets even more eerily accurate. The hostage taker on the right is thought to be none other than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who would become president of Iran from 2005 to 2013, making him a literal “king” of Persia. The Americans were kidnapped not just by random Iranians, but by Iranians who would rule the nation– they would become the kings of Persia.
God help Western Leftists who aid, propagandize for, and cheer-lead for the demonic regime of Iran. Those Leftists will have no excuse as they stand before God in judgment.
Oh Danny Boy
In conclusion, Daniel was visited in Chapter 10 by the Spirit of Jesus Christ himself, the warrior Messiah of Israel. Let’s not forget, it is commonly taught that the fourth man in the furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Daniel Chapter 3 was none other than Jesus Christ. Therefore, we have (in addition to all the evidence I laid out in this two-part series) a precedent for the appearance of Jesus Christ within the Book of Daniel. The pipes of God (so to speak) have called to Danny Boy very powerfully. Understanding the tune they played unwraps much of what is unfolding before our eyes on the evening news in this late hour of history.
The Bible is always proven true.