July 21, 2021 – Wednesday
Daniel 10:12 NIV
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.
It was on Friday, July 16 we first looked at this verse and asked the following questions: Who is talking to Daniel? Why is he telling Daniel not to be afraid? Who or where were Daniel’s words heard? Why did the speaker come in response to them? All serious pertinent questions. The first one we answered here and said we would get to the rest on Monday. Other ideas intervened on Monday and Tuesday, but today we will look at the rest of the questions.
First of all, why is he telling Daniel do not be afraid? Daniel had been on a mournful fast (no choice food, no meat, no wine – v3) for three weeks after receiving a vision and understanding of the vision. It was three days later that the man appeared to Daniel who gave him this message. Who the man was is the question answered last Friday, July 16 as mentioned above. The man answered our current question in verse 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. David had been mournful because he had seen in the vision many wars that would involve the nation of Israel or her people wherever they were. The explanation of the vision continues through to the time of the rapture (12:2) and then through the tribulation. A short explanation verse by verse may be found here(chapter 11) and here (chapter 12).
Next question, Who or where were Daniel’s words heard? They were heard in heaven by God and He had sent the man in the vision in response to Daniel’s prayers. Why did the speaker, the man in the vision come in response to Daniel’s prayers? The answer is almost self-evident. God heard Daniel’s prayers and responded to show Daniel the meaning of the vision and especially the end times when his people would be redeemed in Israel as they came to know Jesus as their Christ.
To read our verse for today and to want to understand ourselves of all involved requires more reading of Daniel both before and after this verse as noted above for chapters 11 and 12. The same source can be used for the earlier chapters as well. For me it appears God wanted words of the future up to and through the end-times to be recorded by Daniel for believers to study and be aware of so they might prepare themselves spiritually.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, There is so much in the Book of Daniel and so much that this verse leads to, please let me understand and put my understanding in my heart to love and appreciate what you have put in place for all who love you and have accepted the Grace of Your Son. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.