The Man Dressed in Linen

(Daniel 10)

I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with 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  (vs. 5-6).

Now in the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, Daniel was visited by not just angels, but by the Lord Himself. The significance of this visitation from the Son of God before His incarnation is prophetic in meaning. Dressed in His complete outfit of a high priest, He is distinguished from all angels. He was taking His position of our high priest forever, and in time to come, He would offer Himself as the ultimate sacrifice to buy men for God and become the Author and the Source of eternal salvation to all those who give heed and obey Him (Heb. 5:9b). He came to Daniel when Daniel was in mourning for three whole weeks. Daniel ate no pleasant or desired food, nor did any meat or wine came into his mouth; and he did not anoint himself at all for the full three weeks (vs. 3). Earlier, in chapters eight and nine Daniel had visions related to the future events of the tribulation, which now caused him to mourn for three weeks, for he understood the word and had understanding of the vision (vs.1).  In chapter nine he was given the time frame of when Messiah would come, die, the destruction of Jerusalem and of the temple, and the prophecy of the antichrist in the period of seventy weeks of years given to Daniel’s people- the Jewish people.  Now in chapter ten he takes to heart the reality of the visions he saw and the words he heard, although, the angel told him, The vision of the evening and the mornings which had been told him is true. But seal up the vision, for it has to do with and belongs to the distant future. And Daniel said, I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for [several] days (8:26-27a).

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