MP3: The Mighty Angels of Daniel 10
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
Jolted Back to Strength
Nathan Jones: Back in Daniel 10:1-12, we left the Prophet Daniel shivering and shaking, past out at the sight of God’s mighty angel. Let’s now bring him out of his funk. We’ll skip verses 13-14 only to circle back on that important passage later. Let’s revive Daniel with verses 15-19.
“And when he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, ‘My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me.’
Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, ‘O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!’
So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, ‘Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.’
Vic Batista: How amazing that Jesus Christ strengthens us while He answers our prayers. It is almost like when we pray, the Holy Spirit physically touches us, and we are refreshed and revived.#JesusChrist strengthens us while He answers our #prayers. Click To Tweet
Nathan Jones: When we feel emotionally run down, physically tired, and spiritual beaten by the overwhelming problems of the world, we need to remember to turn to the Christian’s source of strength — Jesus Christ. We might need 110 amps of strength, but the Lord often provides 220. The Lord is our strength and our shield, an ever present help in trouble, as the Psalmist reminds us.
Here in Daniel 10, Daniel has been sapped of his strength by the troublesome vision of the awesome appearance of an angel. Daniel was about to receive another big message from God, but he couldn’t even stand up. “Do something about this, please!” was what Daniel was asking the angel. And the mighty angel obliged, calling on yet another angel to appear and revitalize Daniel.
The way the wording in this passage reads makes it a little difficult to ascertain if a second angels arrives, or the “one having the likeness of the sons of men” who touched Daniel’s lips was the original angel. Regardless, an angel touches Daniel’s lips, and that strengthens him enough to speak. He gave Daniel the ability to stand up, be strong, and be prepared to receive the message from God.
When Christians engage in practicing the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer and fasting; and when we turn to the Lord in faith for our strength, then we are fully equipped to receive God’s messages. Usually those messages reveal God’s direction and will for our lives in the service of our Lord. It’s time to get our marching orders!
Vic Batista: I believe that what Christians need the most in these last days is to encourage one another. We give our fellow believers a touch of the Lord and our encouraging words strengthen our brethren. Christians are embroiled in a major battle. We are running in a major race. Spiritual battles for the soul of our country are being waged. Evil decisions are being forced upon us by those in rebellion against God. And so, we cannot grow weary or tired, lest we faint. Today is the day we really need to pray, asking the Lord to touch us with strength so that we may continue to run the race for the souls of humanity.
Nathan Jones: And what a time period we live in: school shootings, ISIS marching across the Middle East, governments calling what is evil as good, and apostasy in the Church infects every corner. We are living in terrible, terrible times. Sure, how great it is we have our Starbucks and our iPads and all the entertainment that we could ever want, but in reality, the world is a moral mess. People are dying left and right. The sad state of the world can get me down sometimes, but I need to remind myself with Daniel 10 that our strength comes from God.
The same goes for our country as well. Our people must heed the call to repent by those God has tasked to call out our nation from descending into evil, concerning the apostasy running rampant in our churches, and the declining morality of our society. We as a nation need to repent and turn back to the Lord, for He is the true source of our strength, lest we lose this great nation to Satan.
Vic Batista: One of the things I practice doing when things in our nation seem bleak is to pray. Pray that God would change things for the better. Pray for the soul of our nation. Pray for our president. Pray that God-honoring decisions to be made. When the people of a nation are not making biblical decisions, then Christians must turn to the Lord in prayer and beg God to intervene.
Nathan Jones: I’ve encountered a number of people who believe that prayer doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. They claim God isn’t listening, or if He is, he’s just not answering. And yet, look at Daniel. Look at the extent he went to pray in his quest for an answer from God. Sure, you likely are not going to get an angel showing up at your doorstep, but you’ll certainly have the Holy Spirit pointing you in the right direction. God will grant you an answer as you read through the Bible and gain confirmation from a spiritually mature Christian. God has an answer for us all, but we have to practice personal spiritual disciplines in order to discern the answer.#God has something special planned for the person who is tuned in to Him. Click To Tweet
Vic Batista: Exactly! I believe God has something special planned for the person who is tuned in to Him. He wants to answer our prayers. Maybe we have some bad news, or tragedy, or a hard day, or an accident. Whatever the case may be, God desires to strengthen and console us.
In the thirty-ninth segment of this series on the mighty angels of Daniel, the mighty angel will explain the mystery behind his delay.