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Lesson # Dan. 8:15-19
Study Material - Dan. 8:15-19
You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
15 And it came about when I, Daniel, had seen the vision, that I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, 'Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.' 17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; but he said to me, 'Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.' 18 Now while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand upright. 19 And he said, 'Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.
Daniel saw the vision and wanted to know and understand more. Just because he received a vision from God, he did not automatically know its meaning. He had to be taught. This is true about us all. We can read the Bible, but unless there has been someone before us who has known the meaning, and someone before them, etc., them we have no means of understanding any of Gods Word.
God provides the information, and the explanation. This is spiritual information, and apart from the spirit (fellowship) we have no means of understanding. All spiritual information is like foolishness to unbelievers as it is foolishness to even believers who remain out of fellowship, and who do not wish to understand it. Negative people will ever understand. That is, not until they get with a proper Bible study program which includes fellowship.
All scripture is God breathed. All scripture needs to be taught. Not one of us is able to learn anything unless we have first been taught by another who has already been taught. This principle began in the Garden with Adam and has continued throughout every generation up until our current day. God has had mature believers in every generation since Adam, and who have passed on His Word to each succeeding generation. This in spite of the many attempts of Satan and negative peoples throughout history to prevent the spread of Gods Word.
Daniel wished to know, and to all who desire Gods Word, that word and its meaning will come to them sooner or later, or they will be taken to the explanation. Whichever serves Gods purpose best.
Then one like a man stood before Daniel. This is Jesus Christ. How do we know? Because He commanded on of the two great angels of heaven, Gabriel. Gabriel stands for 'Hero of God'. It means ' a man of God, great, mighty, valiant warrior, and therefore comes to mean 'Hero of God.' He is the first of two angels named in the Bible (not counting Satan and his top general). The other is Michael, mentioned in Luke and Revelation. Gabriel is a high ranking angel, and who commands but one who has a higher rank, or God Himself, Jesus Christ.
Christ commands Gabriel to give Daniel the explanation of the vision. Daniel falls down in fright at the sight of Gabriel. Note that this is the same Daniel who will remain helplessly but calmly in the lions den. The terrors of this earth are nothing when compared to the awesome things of heaven. There is nothing in life that we should fear, and that is what we all need to learn and keep in the forefront of our thoughts. Only fear itself can handicap you, because the sources of fear are nothing. Knowledge, wisdom from Gods Word, is your best and most powerful weapon against the unknown or uncertainty.
Daniel fell flat and was then helped up by Gabriel, in a gentle manner. Gabriel is a powerful angel and could well have snapped Daniel into pieces.
Gabriel is an angel, not a god. Gabriel does not have omniscience, but had to have been taught himself. Gabriel here obviously knows history and the future, and only because he has been taught the future at some time prior to this vision. The tone of the explanation is such that Gabriel has known the future for some time, and it is reasonable to assume that all angels know the future to some degree. At least to the extent that God has revealed it. In Nebuchadnezzar's day, we saw watcher angels witnessing Nebuchadnezzar's actions as foretold, thus justifying the prophesied punishment. We also know that the Church Age was kept under wraps until the First Advent of Christ. We also know that the time of the end, the date of the Rapture, the date of the Second Advent as well, are not known by anyone save God. So all things are not revealed.
Gabriel tells Daniel that these events are events that will occur, when? At the time of the end? No. They will occur at 'miqqetz', at a time on a border, an utmost border reaching to a far off time. A border is a boundary between two things. It is further defined as the time near the end of indignation. It is a fixed time, 'mowed', a fixed time certain. It will neither occur earlier nor later in history, but at the exact precise time when God had planned for it to occur in history. There is nothing that man nor angel can do to alter the time period. God controls history.
The indignation carries many meanings, 'za am', fury, rage, displeasure, anger. But mankind has an unlimited supply of indignant qualities. Daniel is called son of man, 'ben adam', son of dust. Man is nothing yet because of Christ, we have a destiny of greatness and not from our own effort, but from that of God, Jesus Christ. Next there is the temple which will be spit on, as it were. The image of Zeus will be thrust on the temple and the daily sacrifices will terminate. Who will be there to stop it? Who will stand up for God and the functions of worship? No one. Even the revolt that will come out of all of this, is going to really be more for political and power considerations, not spiritual considerations. The meanings of the temple have long since been lost as this period of time, the time between the Testaments, will be a silent period spiritually speaking. And it will be silent because God is rejected in almost every corner. Very few (there will be some positive and mature believers) will keep the Word in their hearts. But there will be some as there is in every generation.
This period of indignation will continue until God finally (through the Roman legions) reaches out and destroys the temple and disburses the Jewish peoples to the four corners of the world. The indignation will be eliminated when Christ finishes His work on the Cross, and secures a historic victory in the angelic conflict.
Then there will be an interruption between this final indignation boundary, the last few centuries BC, and the times of the end - the Tribulation, and that interruption is our current Church Age. We are not mentioned in Daniel's book because our Age is Gods greatest secret - the Age of the Royal Family.
The Jewish priests and peoples in general thought very highly of themselves, yet they lacked their own country, they lacked control over their own cities, they were repeatedly overrun by foreign powers (gentiles no less), yet their arrogance in thinking themselves as Gods chosen was their greatest stumbling block. Gods chosen are not genetically determined, but spiritually determined. God created man. Man sorted himself out into cultures and races and such. Man is prejudiced. God is not. The soul knows no color, nor culture, nor anything else defined by mankind. But in spite of overwhelming logic to the truth, people cling to their biases. Thus the final indignation is attributed to God and that is disgust - figuratively speaking of course. God is incapable of sin. Therefore His policies overrule those of mankind.
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