Daniel 10 begins an explanation that takes us all the way through to the end of the book. You may want to push on through chapters 11 and 12 today to read them as a block if you have a bit of time.
We start by finding out that Daniel, who is now an old man, has mourned and fasted for three weeks. We don’t know the cause of his mourning, but we learn in verses 12-14 that he had set his mind to gain understanding and to humble himself before your God, and as soon as he had, a messenger was sent. That’s when we get a peak behind the veil…
It seems that Daniel was wanting to know how things were going to turn out for his people. The prophecy which unfolds over the next three chapters foretells the rise and fall of empires (traditionally accepted to be the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek Empire of Alexander the Great and the Roman Empire) and in Chapter 12, of the end times.
What I find fascinating though, is the peak behind the veil that occurs as the messenger tells Daniel that he was delayed from coming — he left when Daniel started mourning and arrived three weeks later, because “the prince of the Persian kingdom” prevented him from getting there until “Michael, one of the chief princes” came to help.
So while the story is unfolding about earthly wars that will happen over centuries as part of God’s plan to redeem His people, we see that a spiritual warfare is also taking place where a demonic angelic being tries to prevent the messenger being able to reveal the future to Daniel.
Over in Mark 5:21-43 we see those worlds collide in the form of miracles. We are right in the middle of the messiah’s coming, predicted in Daniel 9 as explained yesterday by Iris. These two miracles performed by Jesus show the power of faith to save and Jesus’ power over death. It seems to me that the miracles of the Bible are like touch-points between the physical realm and the spiritual realm, where the spiritual battle bleeds over into our world.
We don’t tend to see these touch-points today, and it can be easy to forget that while we’re shaking our heads at atrocities on the news, there is still a spiritual battle going on that we cannot see. Daniel is a good reminder of the unseen spiritual battle. We would do well to remember Paul’s admonition in Ephesians 6:10-18 to put on the whole armour of God:
The Whole Armour of God
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,
Have you strapped on your armour today?