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Daniel Chapter 10: Courage, Commitment and Character in A Corrupt Culture

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Difficult Roads Leads to Beautiful Destinations
Daniel 10:1 ESV
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. And the word was true, and it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the vision.
Two years had passed since the first decree to let Israel return
Daniel 10:2 ESV
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.
Daniel 10:3 ESV
I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.
Daniel 10:4 ESV
On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris)
Conflict should produce affliction
Ps 31
Psalm 31:15 ESV
My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
The Coming of a Visitor
Daniel 10:5 ESV
I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist.
Daniel 10:6 ESV
His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.
Revelation 1:14 ESV
The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,
Rev 1:14
Revelation 1:15 ESV
his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.
Daniel 10:13 ESV
The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,
1 John 3:1 ESV
See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Do You have Christlike resemblance ?
1 John 1
1 John 3:2 ESV
Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
Daniel 10:7 ESV
And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves.
Daniel 10:8 ESV
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.
Daniel 10:9 ESV
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.
Daniel 10:10 ESV
And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.
Daniel 10:11 ESV
And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
Dan 10:
Daniel 10:12 ESV
Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words.
Am I giving Him something to come to ?
Daniel 10:13 ESV
The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days, but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,
Daniel 10:14 ESV
and came to make you understand what is to happen to your people in the latter days. For the vision is for days yet to come.”
Daniel 10:15 ESV
When he had spoken to me according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and was mute.
An encounter with God should causes one to be contemplative
Daniel 10:16 ESV
And behold, one in the likeness of the children of man touched my lips. Then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, “O my lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength.
Daniel 10:17 ESV
How can my lord’s servant talk with my lord? For now no strength remains in me, and no breath is left in me.”
Daniel 10:18 ESV
Again one having the appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me.
Even when I can’t He sends me strength
Daniel 10:19 ESV
And he said, “O man greatly loved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good courage.” And as he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”
Daniel 10:20 ESV
Then he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of Persia; and when I go out, behold, the prince of Greece will come.
Daniel 10:21 ESV
But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince.
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