In our study of Daniel chapter ten, we will look at a vision that was given to Daniel as a reminder that God is in control. This vision was necessary to calm his fears as he was shown the terrible time that was to come upon his people as well as the last days before Christ's return.
"In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia, a revelation was given to Daniel (who was called Belteshazzar). Its message was true and it concerned a great war. The understanding of the message came to him in a vision. At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over." NIV translation
We can date this revelation to the year 534 B.C. which was a couple of years after Cyrus had allowed the Jews to return to Jerusalem. This troubled Daniel so much that he went into mourning for three weeks.
"On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist. His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude." NIV translation
On April 24th of this year, Daniel saw Jesus Christ. His description is very similar to that of John in Revelation 1. This is the first part of the vision and is a reminder that God is at the top of the order of battle (chain of command). This was important for Daniel to remember as he was about to be told of the horrors that were to come upon his people.
We should also understand that at the top of the order of battle for the opposing force is Satan. He wanted to assume God's position in heaven but was thrown out and wants to be the god of this world. It is good for us to understand as well as we see the last days approaching. Terrible things are ahead for the people of the earth but God is still in control.
"I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; the men with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves." NIV translation
The fact that the others did not see Jesus reminds us of the fact that only the Holy Spirit can identify Him to men. The Apostle Paul had a very similar experience as well. Although the others did not see the vision, they knew that they were in the presence of God and were not prepared. The same type of thing will happen to men in the final days where they try to hide from the wrath of God.