Daniel 10* Daniel's vision near the river Hiddekel. (1-9) He is to expecta discovery of future events. (10-21) #1-9. This chapter relates the beginning of Daniel's lastvision, which is continued to the end of the book. The timewould be long before all would be accomplished; and much of itis not yet fulfilled. Christ appeared to Daniel in a gloriousform, and it should engage us to think highly and honourably ofhim. Let us admire his condescension for us and our salvation.There remained no strength in Daniel. The greatest and best ofmen cannot bear the full discoveries of the Divine glory; for noman can see it, and live; but glorified saints see Christ as heis, and can bear the sight. How dreadful soever Christ mayappear to those under convictions of sin, there is enough in hisword to quiet their spirits.10-21 Whenever we enter into communion with God, it becomes usto have a due sense of the infinite distance between us and theholy God. How shall we, that are dust and ashes, speak to theLord of glory? Nothing is more likely, nothing more effectual torevive the drooping spirits of the saints, than to be assured ofGod's love to them. From the very first day we begin to looktoward God in a way of duty, he is ready to meet us in the wayof mercy. Thus ready is God to hear prayer. When the angel hadtold the prophet of the things to come, he was to return, andoppose the decrees of the Persian kings against the Jews. Theangels are employed as God's ministering servants, #Heb 1:14|.Though much was done against the Jews by the kings of Persia,God permitting it, much more mischief would have been done ifGod had not prevented it. He would now more fully show what wereGod's purposes, of which the prophecies form an outline; and weare concerned to study what is written in these Scriptures oftruth, for they belong to our everlasting peace. While Satan andhis angels, and evil counsellors, excite princes to mischiefagainst the church, we may rejoice that Christ our Prince, andall his mighty angels, act against our enemies; but we ought notto expect many to favour us in this evil world. Yet the wholecounsel of God shall be established; and let each one pray, LordJesus, be our righteousness now, and thou wilt be oureverlasting confidence, through life, in death, at the day ofjudgment, and for evermore.
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