Original Entry Date 1/23/2016: In Daniel 10, we read about his account of a great vision. Now before we go over the vision of the Glorious Man I want to point out something I find interesting. So interesting but so easy to miss:
What I find so interesting is how a lot of times these visions are had while being on the bank of a river. I’ll point one example and that is in Ezekiel 1 where he is on the banks of the River Chebar and sees visions of God. That’s all I wanted to share about that, just something for you to chew on.
Now back to our scripture in Daniel, he is on the bank of a river and that is when he sees a great vision of the Glorious Man:
Now there are differing opinions about who the Glorious Man is in Daniel’s vision. Some believe it to be Gabriel, the archangel based upon what is said to Daniel in the passages that follow this one. I totally get that by the way and we will take deeper look as to why.
I believe this to be a vision of Jesus Christ hands down. It does not say in Daniel who this is but the description of the Glorious Man matches the description of Jesus in the Book of Revelation:
There’s no denying the similarities there and we know for a fact that John was speaking with the Risen Christ.
Now back in Daniel we continue on and there are multiple similarities but then it becomes evident that Daniel is speaking to a warrior of God who speaks of the angel, Michael. I actually believe there to be two visitors in Daniel’s presence. Pay attention to the comparison’s I make as we read:
Now compare to what John describes in Revelation:
Both men fall to the ground, having no strength. A hand is laid upon both men and they are comforted with words of reassurance.
Now continuing on in Daniel the visitor describes to Daniel how he has been sent to Daniel but was caught up in Persia by a satanic force (this is where it sounds to be an angel speaking). Suddenly a second person is decribed:
“The one having the likeness of the sons of man” This is clearly a second person in Daniel’s midst. Another bit to chew on
Daniel is given strength by this One having the likeness of the sons of man and he is able to speak and he highlights the fact that he was strengthened by this man.
This shows the empowerment that Christ Jesus gives to us to bear through times of trial. I’m going to end on this comparison. Daniel is struck into a weakened state and the One with the likeness of the sons of strengthens him. This is very much a symbol of Gods Grace as Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 12