Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.”
Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright. And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be. The ram which you saw, having the two horns—they are the kings of Media and Persia. And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king. As for the broken horn and the four that stood up in its place, four kingdoms shall arise out of that nation, but not with its power.
“And in the latter time of their kingdom,
When the transgressors have reached their fullness,
A king shall arise,
Having fierce features,
Who understands sinister schemes.
His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power;
He shall destroy fearfully,
And shall prosper and thrive;
He shall destroy the mighty, and also the holy people.
“Through his cunning
He shall cause deceit to prosper under his rule;
And he shall exalt himself in his heart.
He shall destroy many in their prosperity.
He shall even rise against the Prince of princes;
But he shall be broken without human means.
“And the vision of the evenings and mornings
Which was told is true;
Therefore seal up the vision,
For it refers to many days in the future.”
And I, Daniel, fainted and was sick for days; afterward I arose and went about the king’s business. I was astonished by the vision, but no one understood it.
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And today we still have many who try to understand or claim to possess what wasn’t given to Daniel. What was the purpose of the vision and why was it given? What time of end? There are many endings? What comes to mind is the scripture my thoughts are above your thoughts and yet we receive the mind of Christ and are renewed by it.
“…Isa 55:9 KJV – For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
“…1Cr 2:16 NKJV – For “who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
We cannot presume to know with the ability to instruct the Lord God, but we may know with understanding that comes from the Holy Spirit and assists us in our walk with Him.
Again we have a point at which to stop and reflect, meditate upon his word. Ask for wisdom and understanding; it may be unique to each individual believer. There is a temptation to be “the one” who receives full understanding.
“seal up the vision…”
Sometimes it is wise to wait upon the Lord; place our full trust in Him for He has the big picture.
Limited explanation was given pertaining to kings of the Medes and Persians. And the king of Greece and what was to transpire there was given. But after that no clear explanation. It is interesting to note the effect of this vision upon Daniel. It troubled him at first; it also drained him physically. But then, he got up and went back to work. He recognized its significance, that he was chosen to receive from the Lord, but he was also told to seal it up. Sometimes what we are given from the Lord is for our keeping rather than our sharing. Lord may we live so close to you that we will know when to share and when to seal it up. There is much noise out in our world space about prophecy and many who claim to ‘know’… and much of it is just that, noise. It leads to confusion. Confusion is not of God. One of the characteristics we are learning to see in Him is that of order. To everything there is a purpose, time and place. Blessed be the name of the Lord.