MP3: The Mighty Angels of Daniel 10
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
Shock to the System
Vic Batista: Returning to Daniel 10:7-9, the men who are there with Daniel inexplicably flee in terror. Daniel was then left alone to gaze upon the incredible angelic messenger whom God had sent to him.
Nathan Jones: Yes, Daniel was granted a fantastic opportunity to have the veil lifted from his eyes so that he could glimpse the angelic world working behind the scenes of human affairs. That’s something that even Christians today are not allowed to see. We’re aware of the spirit world thanks to the teachings of the Bible, and by the Holy Spirit understand better how it works, but actually seeing the spirit world for some reason God does not allow.
Personally, I don’t know if I would want to see the angelic world. Sure, it probably would be awesome, but also quite terrifying.
Here in the book of Daniel, the prophet shares his own experience peering into the angelic realm. Just look at what happens to Daniel when he sees the angel. For one, his vigor disappears. Daniel’s left with no energy, and in shock he falls almost like a dead man onto the ground to pass out. That would probably be my reaction if I saw the spiritual world. If there is anyone who wishes they see the spirit world, well, they might not want to if they knew about the physical side effects.In the book of #Daniel, the prophet shares his own experience peering into the angelic realm. Click To Tweet
Vic Batista: Who knows how the human body would react to viewing the spiritual realm. We are talking about a whole different reality there where things operate differently. That fact explains why the Bible tells us that at the Rapture we are going to be suddenly changed and transformed and given our new spiritual bodies. Our glorified bodies will be able to function in that arena. Otherwise, when we’re still in our earthly bodies, glimpses into the spiritual realm often left those who could to fall down like dead men.
Nathan Jones: One day we’ll need our resurrected, spiritual, glorified bodies that the Lord will give us in order to function in a spiritual realm. Our earthly bodies are incapable of looking at our Heavenly Father face-to-face. Our human bodies cannot handle the pure energy of His holiness.
Daniel 10:10-11 reads:
“Suddenly a hand touched me and made me tremble on my knees, and on the palms of my hands. And he said, to me, ‘Oh, Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you and stand upright because I have now been sent to you.’ While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.”
I’d imagine I’d be trembling, too, if it was me standing before the Lord! But Daniel is just standing before an angel, even if Gabriel was one of the chief messengers of God. Gabriel is just a servant messenger, but now imagine standing before the genuine God of the universe!
Vic Batista: How amazing that all of this occurred because Daniel was obedient in prayer. Sometimes life can become a little terrifying when God answers certain prayers. We can response like, “Wow, God! You really answered my prayer?”
Nathan Jones: Exactly. I identified this angelic being as the angel Gabriel because chapter ten ties together with chapter 9, and Gabriel was named in that chapter, and certainly acted in the capacity as a messenger angel. The angel was allowed by God to pass on the message that Daniel is a man who is greatly beloved. That’s what God thinks of Daniel. He’s not saying that Daniel was greatly beloved by the angels, but he was greatly beloved by the God of the universe.
Vic Batista: The reason why God loved Daniel so much, and why he had a special place in God’s heart, was due to the time Daniel spent in prayer, his yearning desire to grow closer to the Lord, and because of his humility. Over and over and over in the book of Daniel we witness Daniel’s humility in prayer and how he intercedes for his fellow Hebrews.
As Daniel 10:12 shows, “Then he [the angel] said to me, ‘Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.”
Nathan Jones: The Bible points out three of the greatest men of faith: Moses, Job, and Daniel. Daniel proves these accolades by action. Daniel exhibits a tremendous humbleness and faith. Go back to Daniel 10:1-3 where Daniel reports he has been fasting and praying for three weeks. Just how many Christians fast and pray for one day, let alone three weeks?
Vic Batista: Not many, not many at all. Christians should experience the Daniel discipline challenge by dedicating time to fasting and prayer. Daniel wasn’t talking about starving himself to death. He explained he was merely limiting what foods he ate. We change our diet by depriving ourselves a little bit so that we can honor the Lord a whole lot more and be better attuned to when He speaks to us. You will even lose some weight!#Christians should experience the #Daniel discipline challenge by dedicating time to #fasting and #prayer. Click To Tweet
The first few days of fasting are always the most challenging. You don’t have to go three weeks, but try for say a week, or even three days. I believe if people fasted for a day, and they really did so from the heart, then God would achieve some surprising things in our lives.
In the thirty-eighth segment of this series on the mighty angels of Daniel, the prophet will get jolted back to his feet.
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I have always been amazed about Daniel’s faith and strong commitment to prayer and to the Lord, in the face of fierce opposition and life threatening situations, the same as the Apostles who suffered persecution and death. What great examples for the rest of us to model.