Revelation of the End Times - Part 1

    Daniel's Terrifying Vision of a Man - Part 2

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.
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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.
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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.

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. 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. 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."
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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; but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.)

Daniel 10:1,4-610-14,20-11:1 (NIV)

The last three chapters of the Book of Daniel read like a science fiction novel. These "princes" seem to be celestial beings in the spirit realm, superimposed on the physical world. From this passage, one can garner the following about these unseen creatures:
- this account of their existence professes to be grounded in truth
"... I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth"
- there are multiple "princes"
"prince of the Persian kingdom"

"Michael, one of the chief princes"

"the prince of Greece will come"
- each "prince" seems to be aligned with or assigned to a kingdom of this world
"Persia"

"Greece"

"your prince" (presumably, Israel)
- these "princes" are engaged in conflict
No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. And in the first year of Darius the Mede, I took my stand to support and protect him.
- there seem to be two sides in this battle (good and evil?)
"then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me"

"when I go, the prince of Greece will come"
- the struggle is real, with gains and losses
"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. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days."

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.   Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.