THE BOOK OF DANIEL
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THE BOOK OF DANIEL
WHAT ARE SPIRITUAL MATTERS
SPIRITUAL EVENTS EXPLAINED
Glad to have you here for this truly interesting Chapter of Daniel. In this
chapter, you'll learn that, even though we often forget that there is a
spiritual realm that exists all around us, God is always orchestrating
things to fulfill His prophesy.
This story takes place a couple of years after this happened:
Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of
the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished,
the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he
made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also
in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the
kingdoms of the Earth hath the LORD God of Heaven given me; and
He hath charged me to build Him an house in Jerusalem, which is
in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his
God be with him, and let him go up.
So, we know that the captivity in Babylon has ended, however Jerusalem is still
under Persian rule.
Daniel, at this particular time, was fasting for three entire weeks. Why do
people fast? Well, whereas eating is a way to nourish your flesh,
fasting is a way to nourish your soul. By
eating, your body gains strength to carry out the tasks that you need to
do. Your soul however is different than the flesh. How do you gain
strength for your soul? We all want to be strong in the Lord, so in
order to allow HIS strength to work through us, we have to humble
ourselves. We have to CHOOSE to surrender our desires as to allow HIS
will to work through us. One way to do that is by fasting. By depriving
the flesh of what it craves, it brings you into a closer spiritual
connection and dependence on God.
As Daniel stood by the Tigris river, he looked up and had a vision. Here is
Daniel's description of the vision he saw:
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: 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
The men that were with Daniel didn't see what he saw, but they suddenly
became terrified and ran to hide. So Daniel was left by himself and saw
this amazing vision, which was so fantastic that it took away all his
strength. At the sound of His voice, Daniel fell into a deep sleep on
the ground with his face down.
SPIRITUAL MATTERS AND VISIONS
SPIRITUAL EVENTS AND DREAMS
Who do you think this vision was of? Do you suppose it was the Word of God
... Or in other words, do you think that if you were Daniel, and you saw
the vision that was just described, that there would be no doubt in your
mind that this vision was from God? And would there be any doubt in your
mind that whatever you saw next was not just a silly old dream, but a
The next thing Daniel knew, an Angel set him up on his hands and knees and
said, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I
speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. So
Daniel stood up, trembling. The Angel continued, Don't be afraid,
Daniel, because from the first day you desired to understand and humbled
yourself before God, your prayer was heard, and I have come to help you
Now we get a little glimpse of the spiritual realm that we talked about
earlier as this Angel tells Daniel what happened on his way to Daniel.
The Angel said that the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed him for
twenty one days, but the Archangel Michael came to help him.
If the details of history interest you, the king of Persia at that time was
Cyrus. The prince of the kingdom, who this Angel was speaking of and
heir to the throne, was the son of Cyrus, whose name was Cambyses. He had no interest in the Jewish people
rebuilding Jerusalem as his father desired.
The Angel was just giving Daniel a little idea of what was going on
behind the scenes ... In the spiritual realm. Of course, only the Lord
knows exactly what was meant when the Angel said that the prince of
Persia "opposed" him, we only know that there was a spiritual
matters concerning Cambyses while he was on his way to deliver his
message to Daniel.
The Angel continues with the Spiritual matters at hand, saying, Now, I'm here to make
you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days (the
End Times), but this vision will not come to pass for a long time.
SPIRITUAL MATTERS AND ANGELS
STRANGE SPIRITUAL EVENTS
Daniel looked down and became dumb
(silent), then another Angel touched his lips, and he could once again
speak. Daniel said to the Angel, The vision took away my strength and
left me speechless. Then another Angel came and strengthened Daniel and
said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be
Think back for a moment to the days of
Abraham. Remember when the Lord appeared to him with the two Angels?
And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he
sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his
eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he
saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed
himself toward the ground, And said, My LORD, if now I have
found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy
Now, remember the vision of the Lord that Daniel had before these two Angels
appeared to him. Why two Angels? Because, as Jesus said:
... then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of
two or three witnesses every word may be established.
Now, back to the story ... When the Angel told Daniel to be strong,
immediately, Daniel gained strength and asked the Angel to reveal the meaning of the
vision to him. The Angel said, Do you know why I'm here? Now I will
return to fight with the prince of Persia, and then the prince of Greece
will come, but I will show you the prophecy, and nobody but Michael is
assigned to work with me.
Is this vision and prophecy starting to sound familiar ... Persia, Greece?
Ding ding! It's a vision concerning the very same thing as the vision
Daniel had in Chapter 8. In the next chapter, the Angel gives Daniel
even more details about what is to befall his people, so be sure to join
in again for more of this interesting prophecy as we continue our Old
Testament study of the book of Daniel.
This Spiritual Matters and Spiritual Events Bible study reveals that Visions and dreams require one to be "In the Spirit" to be able to discern Spiritual matters and Spiritual events that occur.
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