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Sir Golden Sash

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INTRO - Last week we celebrated a very special Lord’s Supper Sunday. We heard from Pastor Joel in regard to our support of Aviva and how God is doing work locally. In addition, we heard from Missionary Jeremy and the work he is doing to reach people for Jesus in Romania.
Today we go back to our study of the book of Daniel. We left off in Daniel 9 were we learned everything there was fulfilled in the first century.
Today we move ahead to the time of the second coming of Jesus.
In chapter 10 God sends His best.
God already sent Gabriel two times to Daniel. Once in ch.7 and again in Ch.9.
This time, as we will see today, God is sending Jesus.
TRANS - Before I show you this from the Scripture, lets use one of our study super powers and learn from the context.

Cyrus Year by Year

READ - 10:1
Cyrus began to rule Persia in 559BC. Therefore, this is not his 3rd year of his Persian reign. It’s his 3rd year after sacking Babylon around 539, so its about 536.
He has two names: Darius the Mede and Cyrus the Great.
He gave Daniel 2nd position in Babylon and had Daniel tossed to lions.
Briefly, here is a year by year history of Cyrus.

1st Year

Decree to rebuild the temple in 538. This is not the rebuilding we talked about in ch.9. Cyrus only decreed to rebuild the temple:
Ezra 1:2 CSB
This is what King Cyrus of Persia says: “The Lord, the God of the heavens, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and has appointed me to build him a house at Jerusalem in Judah.
The decree to rebuild the walls came from Artaxerxes (’artaḥšastâ’).

2nd Year

People began the sacrifices in Jerusalem.
While Cyrus made the decree in 538, the people didn’t leave until 537BC. Under Zerubbabel’s leadership the first thing the rebuilt was the altar.
In October of 537 they celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles which was one of the three feasts that had to be celebrated in Jerusalem.
The Temple foundations had not yet begun.

3rd Year

Now its 536BC, Cyrus’ 3rd year, we’ll see here Daniel mourning for Jersualem even knowing the Passover was to take place that month.
It would be the first Passover celebrated in Jerusalem since the temple destruction in 586 - 50 years earlier.
Yet, Daniel entered a 3 week time of mourning:
READ 10:2-4
Perhaps he mourned because he was too old, he was 90 and feeble, to travel and unable to be there?
Or, maybe because the foundation was not yet begun?
Yet, perhaps is was because some were comfortable with life in Babylon and didn’t return with the others?
In this moment something happens.
At the end of Daniel’s time of mourning, he looked up and sees a man standing there.

The Man, 2nd Person of the Trinity

READ 10:5-6
The very same person is described using very similar language in Revelation:
Revelation 1:13–16 CSB
and among the lampstands was one like the Son of Man, dressed in a robe and with a golden sash wrapped around his chest. The hair of his head was white as wool—white as snow—and his eyes like a fiery flame. His feet were like fine bronze as it is fired in a furnace, and his voice like the sound of cascading waters. He had seven stars in his right hand; a sharp double-edged sword came from his mouth, and his face was shining like the sun at full strength.

Possibly the Pre-Incarnate Jesus

Look how Daniel and Revelation align:
Dressed in linen / in a robe
Belt of gold / golden sash
Face like the brilliance of lightening / face shining like the sun at full strength
Eyes like flaming torches / eyes like fiery flame
Obviously these both describe the same man.
READ - vv.7-9
Like Paul on the road to Damascus, only Daniel, not the men with him, could see the vision.
Remember how with Paul, when Jesus was there, the men didn’t see but fell to the ground?
While a different reaction, we see the men with Daniel in terror, running and hiding.
In Revelation, John falls at the feet of Jesus who says, “Do not be afraid.”
READ vv.10-12
“Don’t be afraid.”
With the prophet Ezekiel we again see a similar situation:
Ezekiel 1:28–2:2 CSB
The appearance of the brilliant light all around was like that of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day. This was the appearance of the likeness of the Lord’s glory. When I saw it, I fell facedown and heard a voice speaking. He said to me, “Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak with you.” As he spoke to me, the Spirit entered me and set me on my feet, and I listened to the one who was speaking to me.
“Stand on your feet, Don’t be afraid, peace, be strong>”
Are you seeing it? The One who “looked like a man” is none other than the 2nd person of the Trinity, the pre-incarnate Jesus.
TRANS - Still, good scholarship says we must look at the issues with this statement.

Problem being the Pre-Incarnate Jesus

READ v.13-19
In v.12 we read Daniel put his mind to understanding.
He waited until the Lord responded; for 3 weeks.
Now we hear “I have come to help you understand.”
This is the One in the golden sash who was detained for 3 weeks.
He’d come sooner, but Satan hovered over Persia resisting Him; Satan is after all ruler of the kingdom of the air:
Ephesians 2:2 CSB
in which you previously walked according to the ways of this world, according to the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit now working in the disobedient.
This chapter talks about the same person.
Either this is an angel, or another angel, but their is another possibility.
Do you recall Jericho’s story, the wall came down?
Joshua went out the night before and a man with a drawn sword appeared.
Joshua asked Him, “are you for us or for our enemies?”
He said, “neither, but as commander of the army of the Lord I have not come.
This was God, not an angel.
God’s captain is leader of all of the angels when the war against Satan and his angels:
Ephesians 6:12 CSB
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.
Actually, that is what this what this vision is about. Look back at v.1:
Daniel 10:1 CSB
In the third year of King Cyrus of Persia, a message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar. The message was true and was about a great conflict. He understood the message and had understanding of the vision.
about a great conflict
The spiritual battle is the “great conflict.”The word “battle” is the same word used by Jesus when describing Himself as Captain of the army of God.
This vision is about a battle in heavenly realms.
Pauls says, “put on the armor of God” because of this spiritual war.
This war in heavenly places is being acted out on earth among people.
Look here:
Revelation 12:4 CSB
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in heaven and hurled them to the earth. And the dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she did give birth it might devour her child.
This heavenly war acted out on earth was carried out by King Herod how killed all the infants in Bethlehem.
TRANS - Let’s see God’s power to protect His people during this war.

Spiritual Warfare

READ vv.20-11:1
Jesus waring against the Prince of Persia over the soul of Cyrus.
Eventually this wound it way to the world when Greece conquered Persia as we’ll see in ch.11.
Do you know what bother’s people about this?
Jesus was delayed 3 weeks.
Couldn’t Jesus just slay Satan in a moment?
Well, look to history again.
Recall Jesus wrestling with Jacob all night?
Jacob had the strength to wrestle God all night?
How’d Jacob do that?
I don’t have that answer, but God allowed it to happen that way.
Today Jesus is next to God in heaven:
Ephesians 1:20–22 CSB
He exercised this power in Christ by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens—far above every ruler and authority, power and dominion, and every title given, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he subjected everything under his feet and appointed him as head over everything for the church,
Three things to address: Jesus stands for his family in big battles, speaks messages that matter, and gives strength as necessary.

Jesus Stands Strong

11:1 says, “I stood up to strengthen and protect him.”
Jesus stood to protect His people by using Cyrus the Great.
Jesus worked in Cyrus’ heart to deliver His people.
At times it may seem God is not answering our prayers?
Recall Stephen in Jerusalem? The Jews stoned him.
Jesus might had stopped them, but didn’t.
Yet, Stephen did get a glimpse of Jesus standing for His people:
Acts 7:55–56 CSB
Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. He said, “Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!”
TRANS - The truth will set you free” says John’s gospel. In v.21 we read our book is one of truth.
Let’s see how this is important.

Jesus’ Messages Matter

Christians know the truth sets us free from the consequences of sin.
Jesus proved He is in control by saying in 539BC Cyrus dies and 3 kings prior to a powerful and rich king.
The rich king was the husband of Queen Esther, King Xerxes.
Xerxes tried to put down the Greek rebellion for years and Daniel says in 11:2”
Daniel 11:2 CSB
Now I will tell you the truth. “Three more kings will arise in Persia, and the fourth will be far richer than the others. By the power he gains through his riches, he will stir up everyone against the kingdom of Greece.
See it?
The message was true for these kings and is true for us when it says:
Romans 8:28 CSB
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
God is working right now to deliver you:
Psalm 34:17–19 CSB
The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit. One who is righteous has many adversities, but the Lord rescues him from them all.
TRANS - Jesus stands for us and His message matters to us.
But, there is more.

Jesus Empowers People

Through His Word and our Worship Jesus gives us strength to be in battle.
Come to worship, leave changed. Changed and strengthened.
Why people think Sunday is just some other day and most don’t go to church doesn’t really make sense.
What keeps folks from church does not keep them from work and play.
Perhaps they don’t know they sacrifice not getting strength they must have to endure the battle they face?
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