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An old man sees a vision

Daniel 10:1-21, Andrew Love, October 14, 2018


Sermon Notes:

Introduction

  • Opening Remarks
  • Chapter 9 - Daniel in prayer
    • A prayer of confession
    • God sent the Angel Gabriel (9:23)
    • Daniel's prayer had a staggering effect on world history
  • Now the 3rd year of the reign of King Cyrus
    • Daniel is discouraged
    • Only a small remnant has returned
    • The work has stopped - due to the effect of the Samaritans
  • Daniel was in mourning - v2-3
    • Not just praying 3 times a day
    • Weeping in prayer 3 times a day
    • He is seeking God with all his heart and might
    • He has an awesome vision
  • Only Daniel saw the vision
    • He was trembling on his hands and knees
    • He is touched 3 times - strengthened on the last touch

An Encounter with the Son of God

  • This is an encouragement to pray
  • What did Daniel need most?
    • Reassurance that Israel would be restored
    • A promise of revival/reformation
    • He needed an encounter with the Son of God
  • An encounter with Jesus Christ
    • v5-6
    • Rev 1:13-16
    • Differences between the two passages but great similarities too
    • Daniel fell down as if dead v9
    • People's encounters with Deity are awesome
    • We cannot cope with the presence of God's majesty
  • What do we need most?
    • Congregations...
    • Favourable circumstances with the world...
    • It is a real encounter with God
      • Not in the same way as special revelation to the prophets and the apostles
  • We need reassure from God and His touch upon our lives

An Experience

  • Daniel is touched
    • Is it the hand of the Saviour?
    • cf 12:5-6
    • v12-13
      • The prince of Persia is a demon
      • He needs help from Michael
    • Why should the Son of God need help from Michael?
      • Perhaps the Son of God was going to use Michael
      • Could it be another angel that touched him - e.g. Gabriel (cf 9:21-23)
    • v13 - speaking about spiritual warfare
      • Would a man fight an angel?
      • Cyrus and Darius were never called prince
      • This is a prince of darkness
      • These are not territorial spirits
  • Daniel is comforted at this time
    • There is a delay - but he has been heard right from the beginning
    • Sometimes we have delays
    • There may be battles going on that we do not know about
  • Do you believe in spiritual warfare
    • Behind the idol is a demon
    • Are not lifestyles that are contrary to God demonic?
    • The oppression of women
    • State worship
  • Satan can thwart but never overcome God's purposes
    • Paul's plans in the New Testament are thwarted but God overrules
    • There is a battle in the heavenlies but in time God's servant comes to Daniel - v14
  • Daniel is experiencing a touch of the divine - v10
    • He is speechless - v15
  • Another touches his lips
    • This reminds us of Isaiah
    • v16-18 - Daniel was in a good position, because he was in the hand of God
  • A third touch - v18
    • v20-21
    • The people of God have a prince, be encouraged

What does this say to us?

  • Rev 12:7-9
    • God is almighty
    • The devil has power but is cast down
    • There is spiritual warfare
      • It is not equal
      • God has the victory - but the devil continually seeks to upset God's plans
      • He still has an influence over people and nations
      • Example of victories
  • Eph 6:10-13
    • There could have been a temptation for Daniel to blame other parties
    • Do we blame other parties?
    • Do we recognise that the battle in the heavenlies?
    • We fight against satan, but Christ has the victory

Closing Remarks

  • Be encouraged
  • Lets hope in God
  • His purposes will prevail

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church


Sermon Passage:

Daniel 10:1-21

1In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision. 2In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. 3I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled. 4And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; 5Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 6His 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 multitude. 7And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. 8Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 9Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. 10And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. 11And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. 12Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. 14Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. 15And when he had spoken such words unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and I became dumb. 16And, behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then I opened my mouth, and spake, and said unto him that stood before me, O my lord, by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength. 17For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me. 18Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me, 19And said, O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. 20Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come. 21But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince. (KJV)


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