Daniel 10:1-11:1 (Part 1) – We Play on the A-Team, the Angel Team!

Posted: June 26, 2016 in Book of Daniel

Daniel 10:1-11:1 (Part 1)

Daniel’s Vision of a Messenger

Why is that movies about evil spirit beings sell so well? People give some credence to the existence of evil spirits in the world. Movies like The Conjuring 2 that are out right now are selling tickets wildly. Some of the highest grossing films of cinema history are movies about evil beings. Probably one of the highest grossing films of all time (after adjusting for inflation) was The Exorcist about a 12 year old girl who becomes possessed by a demon. The Exorcist was not only a high grossing film but also it was an Academy Awards nominated movie. Had it not been for the movie, The Sting (with Robert Redford and Paul Newman), that was released in the same Oscar cycle, The Exorcist may well have won Best Picture that year. Other movies such as Rosemary’s Baby (made in the late 60’s) was not only critically acclaimed but it became a cult classic of a movie there for a while. Then, there are the slice and dice movies such as the Friday 13th movie franchise that involves an unstoppable evil spirit. People are willing to believe that evil spirits exist. They are willing to pay money to see it portrayed. Yet, at the same time, films and television shows that are about angels are rare. People consider movies about the good guys, the angels of God, as being unbelievable fantasy. We will push these shows and movies off as being unrealistic. Typically such movies about angels are presented as comedies or light entertainment. There are very few movies that have ever been made, outside of re-creations of Bible stories, where movies about angelic beings or even God himself are not presented as comedies or light fluff movies. It seems that we think angels and God are a joke or light-hearted fantasy whereas we are willing to be believe in and give more credence to demonic spirits in the movies and TV shows that we make.

 

Daniel 10 is here to push back the veil for us and show us what is going on in the spirit realm. Let us read Daniel 10:1-11:1 together:

 

10 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.[a] The understanding of the message came to him in a vision.

 

2 At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. 3 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.

 

4 On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, 5 I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like topaz, 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.

 

7 I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. 8 So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. 9 Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.

 

10 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.

 

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”

 

15 While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. 16 Then one who looked like a man[b] touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. 17 How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”

 

18 Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”

 

When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”

 

20 So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; 21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. 11 1 And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.)

 

Chapter 10 is Daniel’s final vision that will be fleshed out in the final two chapters of the book that follow. The thing that we look at today is the fact that we get one of the few rare glimpses in the Bible in which we are allowed to see the unseen, the spirit battle that goes on around us daily. There are demonic forces that are around us and want to occupy us and our thoughts and turn us away from God and toward Satan. There angelic forces as well that are out there as well. There is a spirit world out there that we cannot see because we are mere mortals. There is indeed evil out there. But at the same time, there is good in the form of angels. Let us remember that angels are created being that are a step above humanity but less than God. The same is true of demons. They are created beings that were formerly angels but followed the prideful angel, Satan, and were cast out of heaven. They are created beings. Satan is created. He is not equal nor are his demons equal to God. The point for today is that we must consider that there is a battle going on around us that we do not see. We may think it fantasy in our 21st century reasoned nature. But why then do movies about the existence of evil spirits sell so well. We must at least believe that there’s the possibility.

 

I present to you that there are angels out there too. Gabriel and Michael and their kind mentioned in the Bible are out there keeping the evil ones from God’s chosen people. Just as when Daniel prayed in Chapters 9 and 10, angels departed immediately to be with him and to show him the future. Angels are right now protecting his people. Even if we suffer persecution in the future, we can count on angels to rescue our spirits if not our bodies. Angels will protect us from the evil that wants to attack us. When we are in need God provides us protection through his angels. They are fighting for us daily to protect us from the evil ones. When we are child of God through Jesus Christ, He makes sure we are protected. When we seek Him in prayer, He protects us. He sends His angels to minister to us and keep us safe in God’s arms. There are those of you who are reading this and say poppycock. There is no such thing as angels. But yet these are the same people who fill theaters for the movie, The Conjuring 2, and any other movie about evil spirits.

 

Let us be reminded that God is greater than Satan. Satan was created. Satan’s demons are created. The angels of God are created. All of these beings are created except for God. He is the creator of all things. He is then ultimately more powerful than Satan. Let us remember then that evil spirits know the name of Jesus Christ and will bow down at him. Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit have command of angels who are not just sweet little cherubs but also warriors in the eternal battle with the demons and Satan. We are not lonely in our battle against evil. We do have the hosts of heaven, angelic beings, that are fighting the unseen attacks on us by demons and by Satan. It all may seem fantasy to you in this modern age. However, I submit to you that seeing movies about evil spirits means that you at least subconsciously give credence to the existence of evil beings. Therefore, I submit to you to consider that there are angelic beings as well and that they are not little baby Valentine cherubs. I submit to you that they are confident warriors against evil. They are even arrogantly superior to demons in that they know that their boss is the Creator and not some created being.

 

We should therefore have confidence and boldness in our faith in that we know that angelic beings are fighting for us. Because of the mysteries of God that we do not understand and will not until we reach heaven, angels may not save our physical bodies from early deaths but they will be there to carry out God’s will. If that is death at an early age for us, then, the angels will be there to deliver us from the pain of death and deliver us to the presence of God in heaven. Other times, angels will be there to protect us from harm as we live out the will of God for our lives. That gives me confidence in my faith. No matter what I have the hosts of heaven on my side. It should give me, it should give you boldness. Live out the life God has intended for you with boldness and fervor. We have the hosts of heaven on our side! Daniel pulls back the veil for us to see that. We play on the A-team. Live boldly for God as a result!

 

Amen and Amen.

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