Verse 1 – In the third year Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar. The message was true but the appointed time was long; and he understood the message, and had understanding of the vision.
Assuming Daniel was around 15 when he was taken captive, he would be 84 when he received this vision, 536 B.C.
Verse 2 – In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks.
Verse 3 – I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
Verse 4 – Now on the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, that is, the Tigris,
The Tigris River is about 20 miles from Babylon. Evidently, he hadn’t returned to Jerusalem with the rest of the captives. He had stayed behind, for some reason, and was now fasting and praying.
Verse 5 – I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz!
This description of this man is almost the exact same description of Christ in Revelation.
Verse 6 – 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.
Verse 7 – 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.
Verse 8 – 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.
Verse 9 – 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.
The presence of God All Mighty is so over-powering, that no one is able to stand. Have you ever been praying, and you felt His presence so strong that your body felt like jello? Daniel laid on the ground face down!
Verse 10 – Then, suddenly, a hand touched me, which made me tremble on my knees and on the palms of my hands.
Verse 11 – And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you.” While he was speaking this word to me, I stood trembling.
We can look at other passages in scripture, Daniel 8:16-19 and 9:21-23, and now see this is Gabriel that is speaking.
Verse 12 – Then he 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.
Verse 13 – “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I have been left alone there with the king of Persia.
This prince of Persia had to be a supernatural force to have opposed Gabriel. Therefore, we can conclude that it was a demonic spirit seeking to influence the affairs of Persia and oppose God’s purpose. He was able to overpower it with the help of Michael, the guardian angel of Israel, and who is the designated archangel in the New Testament (Jude 9).
Now let me encourage you when your answer to your prayers are delayed. There are principalities, evil demonic spirits that are always opposing God’s purpose for the Christian’s life and things He wants done on earth. As Daniel continued to fast and pray for 21 days, there was a battle taking place in a realm that Daniel was not aware of. We too need never give up on an answer to our prayers because we have no ideal when or how things have to line up or the battles that are fighting to bring about our answers.
Verse 14 – “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.”
Verse 15 – When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless.
Verse 16 – 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.
Daniel starts describing another that comes and touches his lips; Christ is either standing with Gabriel or Gabriel is the one who gave strength because in 9:21, Gabriel appeared to Daniel as a man, however, Christ is the One who gives strength.
Verse 17 – “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.”
Verse 18 – Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me.
Verse 19 – 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.”
Verse 20 – Then he said, “Do you know why I come to you? 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.
Verse 21 – “But I will tell you what is noted in the Scripture of Truth. No one upholds me against these, except Michael your prince.
Both Persia and Greece were represented by angelic “princes”, or demons. Greece would follow Persia as the next world power. This book of “Scripture of Truth, is God’s heavenly decrees about the future of all nations.