Jesus Visits Daniel
‘A Face Like Lightening’
Daniel 10:5-6

4/5/24 By Tim Buck
Fotet.org

In our study of the Book of Daniel, we are considering Daniel 10 in our upcoming class which introduces us to Daniel’s final recorded vision (Dan. 10-12), and which includes the appearance of a man with the “face of lightening.”

Daniel is now in the third year of King Cyrus’ rule (536/535 B.C.). The aging prophet is about eighty-five years old and he has entered into an extended time of prayer and fasting in response to the stunning, prophetic vision he’s just received about the future of his people Israel.

As he takes a stroll along the banks of the Tigris River, he’s suddenly stopped by the sight of a Man. But not just an ordinary man. Here’s how Daniel describes it:

I looked up, and there was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like the brilliance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.
Daniel 10:5-6

Only Daniel sees the vision. The men with him, however, are aware something supernatural is taking place and are stricken with such terror that they run and hide.

As Daniel stands alone, studying the vision, his strength is sapped, his face grows pale, and he finds himself powerless, stricken by the presence of Almighty God! He listens to the words that the Lord speaks and then falls facedown into a deep sleep (10:7-9).

Daniel describes the man as dressed in linen. Priests (Lev. 6:10) are depicted wearing a robe this way. The man wears a golden belt around his waist similar to the High Priest. His body is like beryl, or chrysolite (Hebrew tarsis), a yellow-colored precious stone. His face is like flashes of lightning, and his eyes gleam like flaming torches. His arms and feet (which include the legs) shimmer like polished bronze, indicating that his body has a fiery appearance, like burning metal (symbolic of God’s Judgment). When he speaks, the sound of his words carries the strength of many people.

So, who is this Man… He’s the Son of Man!

After praying and fasting for 21 days, Daniel finds himself in the presence of Jesus! Any time a godly believer enters into an extended time of humbly seeking the Lord through prayer and fasting you will find yourself in a more intimate season surrounded by the presence of the Lord!

The “man with the face of lightening” is none other than God himself, the pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus in the Old Testament, a Christophany, in the person of the divine Messiah.

His appearance here resembles the Christophany presented in Ezekiel 1:26-28 where we find Him riding His Chariot Throne and even more closely it parallels the apostle John’s portrait of Jesus on the isle of Patmos in Rev. 1:12-16.

We should also note the similarities between Daniel’s encounter with Jesus and Paul’s encounter with Jesus (Acts 9:1-9). Both were struck down by the presence of the Lord and both had travelling companions that disappeared during the encounter. Daniel states emphatically, “Only I, Daniel, saw the vision,” while his companions flee from the very real but unseen supernatural presence (10:7). In Paul’s parallel meeting, Christ appears only to Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus, although the men traveling with him sense the presence of the Lord and become speechless with fear (Acts 9:7).

Daniel was stunned once it dawned on him that the Son of God had dropped in to visit! The divine presence of Jesus so overwhelms him that when he hears His voice, he falls into a deep sleep with his face to the ground (10:9). Compare this with Revelation 1:17, where John falls at Jesus’ feet like a dead man. Taken together, both reactions show that the writers of Daniel and Revelation, two prophetic books so closely connected, came face to face with the LORD, the GREAT I AM.

This isn’t the first time Jesus appeared in the Book of Daniel. In Daniel 4 He appears as the ‘fourth man’ in the fire and in Daniel 7 Jesus appears as the ‘Son of Man’ coming on the clouds of glory. And in Daniel 12:7, this time we see Jesus ‘standing above the water’ (Tigris) as He explains the purpose behind the final prophecy that Daniel had been praying and fasting about for 21 days!

The importance of the prophesies of Daniel are highlighted by Jesus’ repeated personal visitations to the prophet in order to encourage him and strengthen him to continue to press on in his important prophetic ministry.

So what’s the application of this passage for us? Daniel had been seeking understanding from the Lord concerning the final days of his people. While Daniel was in the middle of fasting and praying, Jesus shows up! Isn’t it interesting that if you seek Him we will find Him! Daniel was humbly seeking the Lord and found Him in a way far more thrilling than what he had expected.

It is not unusual for Jesus to spiritually show up when we worship Him and earnestly seek Him in our hearts at church or at home in our daily quiet time while reading the Word and praying!

God wants us to be like Daniel and to continue seeking the Lord and asking for understanding and wisdom and seeking the Lord’s blessing and be to be still as you anticipate His answers and special presence!

Soon, we also will get to meet Him face to face in the air! Even so come Lord Jesus.