Daniel’s Prayer –

 Let’s go from here to Daniel chapter 10. But in order for you to understand Daniel 10, you need to know that in Daniel 9, Daniel is reading the book of Jeremiah. And Jeremiah has prophesied that this bondage of which Daniel is a part will last for 70 years. And Daniel starts counting to determine where they are in the 70 years. And then he says, “My goodness, it’s almost over!”

And so he sets himself to praying. And in Daniel chapter 9, he prays for a period of time and it brings us to Daniel chapter 10. Let’s start reading at verse 2:

In those days, I, Daniel had been mourning for three entire weeks. I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris, I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz. His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightening, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.

And here we have this angelic being on the twenty-fourth day coming to Daniel.

Now go with me down to verse 12. Then that angelic being says to Daniel,

“Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days…”

This is the twenty-fourth day so the very day that Daniel sets to praying for understanding and for the will of God to be accomplished, the Father sent this angelic being to Daniel. But the angel couldn’t get there for twenty-one plus days. And now the angel refers to the prince of the kingdom of Persia.

Now, the Babylonian kingdom in which Daniel was raised up as a man of wisdom under Nebuchadnezzar has fallen. And when that kingdom fell, the Mede-Persian kingdom was raised up and Daniel again made his way to the top. And he, in this place of authority in this heathen nation, is praying for his people and their captivity according to the words of Jeremiah. And while he is praying for understanding of the prophesy of Jeremiah, God sends this angel, and this angel says that the prince of Persia withstood him. What man could withstand this heavenly angel? You immediately recognize that the person the angel is talking about is not an earthly prince. There is one in authority who is a prince over the nation or nations, as we will see, the nations or kingdoms of men. Here is this prince who is reigning over the Mede-Persian Empire and this prince seems to sense that something’s up because this significant angel, right from the throne of God, an angel with real authority, is coming. And this prince is strong enough to withstand the heavenly messenger for at least 21 days.

Let’s continue in verse 13:

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days, then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.”

Now, here we see Michael, the angel also referred to as a prince. So we are talking about angelic beings who are confronting each other. We are talking about not a kingdom but we are talking kingdoms in conflict. And this prince of Persia, this prince that reigned over this natural nation of Mede-Persia, he withstood the angel of God for 21 days, until behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, “came to help me.”

Evidently, Michael and whoever else was there finally overcame the prince of Persia and the angel made it to Daniel to help him understand.

But, it’s not over yet. Go down to verse 20. After it is over, the angel says,

“Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince of Persia.”

It looks like he’s having to fight to get out but that’s not it at all. He’s not fighting to get out,

“so I am going forth, and behold, the prince of Greece is about to come.”

What empire finally overcomes the Mede-Persian Empire? This is prophesied and written in the Word, the words of God, before it ever took place. The nation that the angel is prophesying that will overcome the Mede-Persian Empire is the Greek Empire. And if you continue reading Daniel you’ll discover that the nation that follows the Greeks, the Roman Empire, is also prophesied.

This angel is going back to fulfill the words of Jeremiah and bring an end to the Mede-Persian Empire. And how does he do it? He does it by overcoming the angelic princes and powers and rulers in the heavenly places. He assists another heathen empire. God says, also in Daniel, in several places, that the kingdoms of men are not in the hands of man. God sets kings and princes in office. He raises up nations; He pulls down nations. He reigns.

Oh, there are those rulers and princes and world powers and spiritual powers but God is orchestrating them by His angelic forces. And so He brings down the Mede-Persian Empire, first in the heavens, and once it falls in the heavens, then the Greek princes and rulers in the heavens, who are also arrayed against God, they actually have been helped by God, once they take over in the heavenlies, then it is written what is going to happen on earth.

Now, what in the world does Moses holding up a staff have to do with Israel overcoming their enemies? When the staff went down as his arm got tired, how in the world did that affect the battle? The answer is, because the battle is not ours. Am I communicating?


3 Responses to “Daniel’s Prayer –”

  1. J. R. Miller Says:

    Hey, I just wanted to make a general comment and say I have enjoyed reading your site lately. I have not left any comments, but appreciate your posts.

  2. Jerald Says:

    Thanks J.R. I’ve enjoyed your site too.

  3. brotherjohnny Says:

    “….the battle is not ours.”
    Amen and hallelujah!!!!

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