Revelation of the End Times - Part 1
Daniel's Terrifying Vision of a Man -
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.
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
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. So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had
no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless.
Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a
deep sleep, my face to the ground.
A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 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.
While he was saying this to me (the
revelation), I bowed with my face toward the ground and was
speechless. Then one who looked like a man 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 am helpless. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my
lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe."
Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength.
"Do not be afraid, O man 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."
Daniel 10:1,4-11,15-19 (NIV)
(from the ESV)
Daniel: So I was left alone and saw this great vision,
and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was
fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the
sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I
fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground.
God's Messenger: "O Daniel,
man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and
stand upright, for now I have been sent to you."
Daniel: "O my lord, by reason of
the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength.
How can my lord's servant talk with my lord? For now no strength
remains in me, and no breath is left in me."
God's Messenger: "O man
greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of
good courage." (ESV)
The LORD's personal revelation of Himself is terrifying to
sinful man. To those who have found His favor ("greatly
loved"), this is His message: "...
fear not, peace be with you (literally,
And there were shepherds living out in the fields
nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel
of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone
around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said
to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of
great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of
David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This
will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths
and lying in a manger."
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the
angel, praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."
Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.