Daniel – Dan 10:1-21  Now I am Come to Make Thee Understand What Shall Befall thy People in the Latter Days 

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Dan 10:1-21  Now I am Come to Make Thee Understand What Shall Befall thy People in the Latter Days

[Study Aired February 7, 2022]

Dan 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. 
Dan 10:2  In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. 
Dan 10:3  I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. 
Dan 10:4  And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; 
Dan 10:5  Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 
Dan 10:6  His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. 
Dan 10:7  And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 
Dan 10:8  Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 
Dan 10:9  Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. 
Dan 10:10  And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. 
Dan 10:11  And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 
Dan 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. 
Dan 10:13  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. 
Dan 10:14  Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. 
Dan 10:15  And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. 
Dan 10:16  And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. 
Dan 10:17  For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. 
Dan 10:18  Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, 
Dan 10:19  And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. 
Dan 10:20  Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. 
Dan 10:21  But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince. 

Chapter 10 of Daniel relates to the vision Daniel had which left him without strength and speechless. However, the man he saw in the vision came to strengthen him and caused him to speak. As explained in one of the previous reviews of the Book of Daniel, Daniel, being a symbol of the Old Testament prophets, was not given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God. These Old Testament men of God were, therefore, given visions and dreams. However, we, like Moses, are given to know the mind of Christ or His mysteries. The reason our Lord talked plainly with Moses was that he was the only Old Testament prophet who was given the task of bringing his people out of the bondage of sin (Egypt) to know Christ in the wilderness. We, His elect, are also given the same role as Moses – that is, the world should be saved through His Christ.

Joh 3:17  For God sent not the Son into the world to judge the word; but that the world should be saved through him.

Performing such an audacious role requires knowing Christ intimately, that is, being given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

Num 12:5  And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. 
Num 12:6  And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. 
Num 12:7  My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. 
Num 12:8  With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

Dan 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. 

The third year of Cyrus’ reign signifies the judgment of the elect, as the number three means the process of spiritual completion through judgment, and Cyrus means “possess thou the furnace”. Daniel represents the elect and the name Belteshazzar given to Daniel means “Lord of the straitened treasure”. It is in our spiritually impoverished (straitened) state that we find this treasure (Christ) ‘in earthen vessel’. This vision revealed to Daniel was not for himself as he was made to understand that the time appointed was long and that the vision would become a reality to his people in the latter days (verse 14). We, the elect, are Daniel’s people “upon whom the ends of the world are come” (latter days).

Dan 10:14  Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

1Pe 1:9  Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 
1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 
1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 
1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Dan 10:2  In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.

The three full weeks is the period appointed for the elect for their spiritual completion through judgment. This means that Daniel, representing the elect, was going through judgment and therefore in a mourning state during this spiritual completion process of judgment. In Ezekiel, we are told that we, the elect, are caused to eat (live by) the roll of the book which is the word of Christ. This word of Christ is the fire that causes us to experience the lamentations, the woes and the mourning written in it.

Eze 2:9  And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 
Eze 2:10  And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them. 

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth (mourning).

Dan 10:3  I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. 

During this process of spiritual completion through judgment in our lives, we are not required to eat pleasant bread, flesh or wine. The bread here is a negative application of bread in the scriptures. This bread is the false doctrine which darkens our heavens and makes it impossible to see the glorious light of the Lord.

Pro 4:17  For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

Pro 20:17  Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

So, what we are being told is that we must not imbibe false doctrines as we go through this process of spiritual completion through judgment. The same applies to flesh and wine. The flesh here refers to man’s wisdom, and the wine is the doctrines of demons.

1Co 2:4  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 

Deu 32:33  Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

To anoint means to sanctify. Thus, the statement that Daniel did not anoint himself during this period means that during this process of our spiritual completion, we do not seek our own righteousness. Our righteousness is of Christ.

Exo 40:11  And thou shalt anoint the laver and his foot, and sanctify it.

Exo 40:13  And thou shalt put upon Aaron the holy garments, and anoint him, and sanctify him; that he may minister unto me in the priest’s office.

Dan 10:4  And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;

The number twenty-four signifies the elect as shown as follows:

Rev 5:14  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Rev 11:16  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

It is the elect, who are in union (the number 1) with Christ and are given to understand the word of the Lord, represented here by the great river, Hiddekel, which came out of Eden and parted into the east of Assyria.

Gen 2:14  And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 

Dan 10:5  Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 

The description of this man clothed in linen is of Jesus Christ our Lord. The reason for this is that when we compare scripture with scripture, we see this same description of Christ in other parts of the word of the Lord. For example, in Revelation chapter 1, we see the same description of Christ.

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 
Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 
Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 
Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Rev 1:14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 
Rev 1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 
Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

In Revelation 1:10-17 more details about Christ are provided than in Daniel 10:5-6, but the comparisons are basically the same. In Daniel 10:5, the man was clothed in linen but in Revelation 1:13, the man was clothed with a garment down to the feet. The linen garment represents the righteousness of Christ. The Lord’s ministers are required to wear clothes that do not make them sweat, hence the linen. Sweat represents our own effort or strength. Clothes that are not linen represent our own righteousness which the Lord abhors.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

The loins being girded with fine gold of Uphaz in Daniel 10:5 is the same as the son of man being girt about the paps with a golden girdle in Revelation 1:13. The golden girdle or the loins girded with fine gold is the truth of the word of Christ.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 

Dan 10:6  His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude. 

In verse 6, His face as the appearance of lightning is the same as the description of Jesus when He rose from the dead in Matthew 28:3.

Mat 28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 
Mat 28:3  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

Lightning connotes judgment. So, His face as the appearance of lightning means His coming to us is to judge us. The Lord’s eyes like lamps of fire is also speaking of the Lord’s judgment through the fire of His words.

Job 14:3  And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?

Psa 11:4  The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Pro 20:8  A king that sitteth in the throne of judgment scattereth away all evil with his eyes.

In verse 6, it is stated that the arms and feet of the Lord are likened in color to polished brass. In Revelation 1:15, it is only the feet that are described as fine brass which is the result of burning in a furnace.

Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

The arms refer to our works, and our feet speak of our walk before the Lord. Thus, what we are being told is that every man’s work, which reflects our walk before Him, shall be tried in the furnace of affliction when Christ comes to us.

1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 

Finally, in verse 6, it is also stated that the voice of His words is like the voice of a multitude. In Revelation 1:15 it is said that Christ’s voice is like the sound of many waters. What we are being told is that when Christ comes to us, we will hear Him clearly. That is, our eyes will begin to see, and our ears will start to hear the words of the Lord.

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. 
Mat 13:17  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Dan 10:7  And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 

What happened to Daniel was the same thing that happened to Paul on the road to Damascus. He saw Christ, but the people with him did not see Christ. The word of the Lord enlightens us to see Christ and His ways, but to others, it darkens their path, making it impossible for them to see Jesus.

Exo 14:19  And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 
Exo 14:20  And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Act 9:3  And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: 
Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? 
Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. 
Act 9:6  And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. 
Act 9:7  And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.

Dan 10:8  Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 

The more we see Jesus, the more we realize our helplessness and unworthiness before Him. We come to see that without Him, we can do nothing. In other words, anybody who has seen Jesus has lost his strength. Such a person now depends on the strength of the Lord. Apostle John also experienced the same thing when Christ appeared to him at the island of Patmos.

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying, Fear not; I am the first and the last,

Dan 10:9  Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.

While the angel was talking to Daniel, he was in a deep sleep until the angel touched him and set him upright. The deep sleep here refers to the fact that we were spiritually dead when Christ came to us with His word which woke us up to the reality of our spiritual poverty.  We were just like Lazarus, who was dead for four days. The four days signify the whole period of his life before Christ came to him. When Christ came to him with the brightness of His coming, Lazarus was set free from the shackles of grave clothes and the napkin that bound his face.

Joh 11:38  Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 
Joh 11:39  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 
Joh 11:40  Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 
Joh 11:41  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. 
Joh 11:42  And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. 
Joh 11:43  And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 
Joh 11:44  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

Dan 10:10  And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.
Dan 10:11  And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 

As indicated previously, when we come before the Lord, we lose all our strength. Our Lord then comes to give us His strength. It is when we lose our strength that the Lord comes in to strengthen us by touching us. This same experience happened to John at Patmos.

Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as one dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying, Fear not; I am the first and the last,  

In verse 11, the Lord told Daniel that He was sent specifically to him. We are the lost sheep of the house of Israel to whom the Lord is specifically sent in this age.

Mat 15:24  But he answered and said, I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Dan 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.

It is while in Babylon that the Lord comes to us to make us aware of our spiritual poverty and the need for us to be chastised. This coming of the Lord into our lives is for the purpose of destroying the raging beast within us with His words.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteh will let, until he be taken out of the way. 
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Dan 10:13  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

We know that it is in the sum of the words of the Lord that we find truth. We also know that none can resist the will of the Lord and that everything is going according to the purpose of His will.

Psa 119:160  The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever. (ASV) 

Rom 9:18  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 
Rom 9:19  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? 

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

So then, what does it mean in verse 13 that the prince of the kingdom of Persia “withstood me one and twenty days”? As we have stated, nothing can resist the will of our Lord. We know that the word of the Lord is the same as Christ himself. Thus, resisting the word of Christ is the same as resisting Christ.  This is what the enemy or the evil one was doing in our lives before Christ came – he was resisting the words of Christ from being effective in our lives.

2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 

The devil is the prince of the kingdom of Persia. Remember that during the time of Daniel, the world centered around Persia, and therefore Persia was basically the world. The devil is the god, or the prince, of this world as mentioned by the Lord.

Joh 14:30  I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me;

This resistance of the words of our Lord is for twenty-one days. This is how the number twenty-one is used in the scripture in the negative context:

2Ki 24:18  Zedekiah was twenty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah.

Zedekiah was one of the worst rulers in Judah, and his reign ended with the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the deportation of most of the Jews to Babylon.

In summary, what we are being told in verse 13 is that the twenty-one days that the prince of Persia resisted the Lord is the period in the lives of the elect in which, being devoid of the word of Christ, we are completely overcome by the evil one who desecrates our temple. The end of this period is when Christ comes to us after we have been made to see the abomination of desolation in our temple. That is, it is at this point in our lives that the wicked one is revealed, and Christ comes with His brightness (His words) to destroy the beast within who is influenced by the evil one. In the case of Daniel, it was immediately after the twenty-one days that the Lord came to Him with His words.

2Th 2:6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 
2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Michael means “Who is like God?” It is Christ and His Christ (the elect) who are like God. Michael therefore represents the elect. The coming of the Lord to us is through His Christ, the elect. That is the meaning of Michael coming to the Lord’s assistance. For example, the coming of Christ to the Ethiopian eunuch was through Philip, who represents the elect.

Act 8:29  Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 
Act 8:30  And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? 
Act 8:31  And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. 
Act 8:32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: 
Act 8:33  In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. 
Act 8:34  And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? 
Act 8:35  Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

Dan 10:14  Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.

The coming of the Lord is to make us understand what has been written concerning us in His words. We are the people being spoken of, who will experience what was revealed to Daniel and is supposed to take place in the latter days.

1Co 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Dan 10:15  And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. 
Dan 10:16  And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. 

Christ coming to us is to make us aware of our dumbness. In other words, we realize that we cannot speak about Him since we do not know Him. His coming therefore is to put His words in our mouth. This is signified by the touching of the lips of Daniel. The same thing happened to Jeremiah as the Lord put His words in his mouth.

Jer 1:9  Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 
Jer 1:10  See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Dan 10:17  For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. 
Dan 10:18  Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, 
Dan 10:19  And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. 

As we indicated earlier, the coming of the Lord to us is to destroy all our fleshly strength so that we can rely on His strength.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Psa 37:39  But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
Psa 37:40  And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. 

Dan 10:20  Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. 

The statement “when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come” means that this battle is for a lifetime. Just like Jesus when He was tempted by the devil, the scripture says that the devil left Him for a while. Our engagement with the evil one is relentless. The good news, however, is that the Lord is on our side and is fighting our battles for us!! All we have to do is to have confidence in Him that what He has started in us, He is able to bring it to completion!!

Luk 4:13  And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. 

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 

Dan 10:21  But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince. 

We, the elect, are the ones who are contending on the side of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the commander of the Lord’s army. We are indeed privileged to contend on the side of the Lord. This means that our victory is assured!! We, the elect, are just like Joshua who engaged the enemy to dispossess them of the land which is our bodies.

Jos 5:13  When Joshua was by Jericho, he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing before him with his drawn sword in his hand. And Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?”
Jos 5:14  And he said, “No; but I am the commander of the army of the LORD. Now I have come.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped and said to him, “What does my lord say to his servant?” 
Jos 5:15  And the commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take off your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. 

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