“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.“ (Daniel 10:13)
Would you like to know what else the Bible says about Michael, the “great prince.” who could so
readily rout the demon prince of Persia? Who is the formidable but friendly person?
Daniel 10:13 call him “one of the chief princes” ; but according to what the Bible says elsewhere, this identification is an understatement.
Jude 9 calls Michael “the archangel” an expression that means the “the chief angel.” Michael is “the” archangel, the chief angel. Folk stories have created several “archangels”; but in the Bible there is only one, the archangel Michael.
Michael, a holy Being. in the Hebrew the name Michael is invisible warfare that began long ago to be waged between right and wrong, Michael commanded the angels of God in driving the angels of Satan out of heaven.
Michael, the LORD (Yahweh). In the conversation that followed at the shrub, the Person in the flames identified Himself
Joshua met this came Commander of the angels prior to the battle of Jericho and learned that He is a very holy Person. Seeking help through prayer previous to his assault on Jericho, Joshua suddenly observed a soldier standing ahead of him, sword in hand. “Are you for us, or for our adversaries?” he challenged. And the soldier replied, “As commander of the army of the Lord I have now come. . . .Put off your shoes from your feet; for the the place on which you are standing is holy.” (Joshua 5:13-5)
You already know that Moses was once told to take off his shoes because the ground he occupied was holy. Moses was standing by a blazing shrub that miraculously didn’t burn up. A voice from the fire commanded him, “Put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:5)
Michel, the LORD (Yahweh). in the conversation that followed at the shrub, the Person in the flames identified Himself to Moses as “the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Exodus 3:6. He also identified Himself as “I AM WHO I AM” – that is, the as the Lord, Yahweh, or Jehovah. Exodus 3:14,16. But Exodus 3:2, in introducing the account of this great event, states that is was “the angel of the LORD” who appeared to moses in the flaming bush.
Can angel be God? Can God be an angel?
What is an angel? The word “angel” literally means “messenger.” God has many messengers. You and I, erring humans, can be angels in this sense! The spies whom Joshua sent to examine Jericho in preparation for this attack are called “messengers” in English but “angels” in Greek. (James 2:25)
The supreme Messengers, the supreme Person sent to earth with a message, is Jesus Christ. In His prayer on the way to the cross (John 17), He referred to Himself as “Jesus Christ whom thou [God] has sent. Verse 3, In the same prayer He referred to Himself and the Father as being “one”. Verse 11. In the heavenly Trinity, Jesus, God’s Son, is as truly divine as God the Father is. Both are eternal and both bear the “family” name, Yahweh, Jehovah, I AM. But Jesus is the Messenger, the very special “Angel” sent out by the Father.
Jesus is the Angel of His presence (Isaiah 63:9) and the Angel who redeems us (Genesis 48:16)
At the second coming the voice of the archangel signals the resurrection of the dead, according to I Thessalonians 4:16. And according to John 5:28, 29, it is the “voice of the Son of God” that raises the dead. Daniel 12:1-4 says that when Michael arises at the end of time, “many of those who sleep in the dust shall awake.”
Michael, the gloried Christ. Now, if the Lord Jesus is Michael, then the magnificent Being who brightness almost overpowered Daniel at the opening vision of of Daniel 10 was also Michael.
The fact of His being Michael is obscured in the R.S.V. by a regrettable rendering of Daniel 10:13, which seems to say that in order for Gabriel to make his visit to Daniel, he had to leave Michael for a while to continue the fight with the prince of Persia. The implication in the R.S. V. is that Gabriel came by himself to see Daniel. A further unfortunate implication is that bring Being in the vision was not Michael but Gabriel.
The Interpreter’s Bible, rightly points out that the simplest translation of the Hebrew is “seeing that I was left there,” meaning that the verse says nothing at all about Gabriel’s leaving Michael alone but instead that Gabriel had been working alone until Michael came to help him. Happily, a number of versions do translate the verse this way. “For I [Gabriel] had been left there with the kings of Persia” is the translation in the N. A.S.B. “Because I was detained there with the king of Persia.” says the N.I.V. “Because I had been left alone in Persia,” reads Today’s English Version.
The value of knowing this. And what is the value of knowing that Michael is not a created being but is, in fact, or divine Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ?
For one thing, this knowledge helps us to keep the vision of Daniel 10-12 in proper perspective. The vision begins with a revelation of Jesus in His glory. It ends with a revelation about Jesus at the second coming. The history (of the world) here presented begins and ends with Lord of history. Once more we are reminded that God cares, that He is in control.
“Knowing that Michael is Jesus also help us to member that the principal focus of Daniel’ s prophecies is neither on Antiochus Epiphanes nor the antichrist. We must never forget this, or we are in danger of strange and unnecessary blunders. The focus is always on Jesus Christ. Jesus is the supernatural stone of Daniel 2. He is the Son of man who comes on the clouds in Daniel 7. He is the Messiah Prince who is cut off in the seventh-week prophecy, who none the less causes His covenant to prevail.
And isn’t it good to know that when the angel in Daniel 10:21 calls Michael “your prince,” he means that Jesus is our Prince? And when in Daniel 12:1 he calls Michael “the great prince who has charge of your people,” he is reminding us that the Son of God Himself has the affairs of of His church in hand?
It’s good to be on the side of the winner. It’s good to remember that our Leader is not merely a world champion; He is the universal Champion! he is also a General who has never lost a war and who never will!
Even this isn’t all. If Jesus is the chief Angel, the General of heavens armies, He is in command of heaven’s countless angels, some millions of whom Daniel observed assembling in the heavenly sanctuary at the beginning of the pre-advent judgment. Daniel 9, 10. Hebrews 1:14 tells us that the good angels are “ministering spirits sent forth to serve,” for the sake of those who are to obtain salvation.”
This is good news. To think that powerful, friendly angels are sent to answer our prayers, just as they were sent to answer Daniel’s prayers long ago.
The bad new is that Satan, too, leads an army of angels (Revelation 12:7) – fallen, evil angels – and that at their head he “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” I Peter 5:8.
We have seen that demon spirits seek to dominate the affairs of nations. It is not fanciful to assume that Satan assigns angels to be demon princes of cities as well. Isaiah 14 talks about the “king” that is, the demon prince, of the city of Babylon. Ezekiel 28 talks about the “king” or demon prince , of the city of Tyre.
No wonder Paul urges us to pray, as a matter of first importance for everyone in a position of community leadership. I Timothy 2:1-4. Every Christian ought o be a Daniel, praying regularly and earnestly that Jesus Christ (that is Michael) will commission angles to contend with the demons who every day seek to control the nation and city where he lives.
And the home where he lives too.
Have you ever wondered why you speak angrily to the people you love the best? Or why your children are at times unbearably rude? Have you ever wondered if the paperbacks you read and the TV shows your family watches are not so many doorways through which demons invade your home?
Because of the “spiritual hosts of wickedness” who try to control us, Paul urges every Christian to clothe himself in the whole armor of God (see Ephesians 6:12-18). He adds in verse 18, “Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication . . .Keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
“Keep alert with all perseverance,” Satan’s angels can be determined and very stubborn. One resisted Gabriel for three weeks. It is good that Daniel kept on praying.
In Bible times an enemy army encircled the city of Dothan by night, hoping in a few days to plunder the place, and enslave the population. Elisha the prophet lived in Dothan and, like Daniel, was a man of prayer.
“Fear not,” replied Elisha. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them”
It was time for Elisha’s morning prayer. Compassionately he asked the Lord to “open his [servants} eyes.” When they rose from their knees and looked outdoors, to young man’s utter joy and total wonderment, he saw that on this side of the city and on that side of the city and in whatever direction he looked “the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:15-17.
Jesus has angels to outnumber any force Satan can bring against us! And He’ll send them at once to our rescue as He did for Daniel. If we pray, the words will be come true in our case as they were in Elisha’s, “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
God has not promised to keep us from all harm but He has promised to sustain us in every trial (Isaiah 41:10) and to help us avoid falling into sin (Jude 24).
“Keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication.”
Every morning, before anyone leaves for the day, should not your family bow in prayer? Together, with the children, if at all possible? And again at bedside before going to sleep at night?
Your prayer at first can be simple, but is should be n earnest. To bulid faith it should contain a Bible promise or some reflection of God’s goodness.
“Dear Father in heaven, ” you might say. “We thank You for telling us in the Bible about Your love and about how much You care for us.
“Forgive us for not responding as we should.
“Bless our family today. Help us to be cheerful, like Daniel, when people are unkind to us. Help us to be consistently thoughtful and honest and true.
“Please send Your mighty angels to protect us, all day in all danger, and to keep us from every sin.
“What we ask for ourselves, we ask also for every Christian, for our nation, and for the city where we live.
“We ask it, trusting in Jesus as our Saviour.
Entire section quoted from GOD CARES I, by Mervyn Maxwell, (1896-1970) p. 263-266.
What prayer can do!
Vera on the left, picked me up from the hospital February 3, my birthday! She was taken to the hospital the next day, February 4. Little known to Vera, who is just out of the Good Samaritan Hospital, we just proved an amazing fulfillment of prophecy that points us back to the Message of Daniel 10.
She dropped dead in front of her daughter, falling backwards and hitting her head on a cement floor. The ambulance was there in two minutes, [a miracle] they applied the “paddles” she came back to life. [miracle] Twice in the ambulance, she died and the “paddles” brought her back to life. [two more miracles] At the Hospital they put her on life support! The children put her in God’s hands and they removed the breathing tube. [another miracle].
I got a phone call. “Connie this is Vera.” “May I pray for you?” I asked. “Why do think I called you?” she laughed.
Before I dig into the Message of Michael standing up in Daniel 10, I want to assure you, Vera is receiving calls. She has lost her short term memory. Today she found out, why her throat is sore, because they removed the breathing tube. Her car was fixed, that was nothing she had to worry about, but she didn’t remember driving the mechanics van or paying the bill. Shock had taken over her mind.
You know there is nothing the devil hates more, than two old ladies and their family and ffriends praying for those they love! When we mention the name of Jesus, the devil trembles! He knows he and his angels are doomed to the fires of hell! If he can’t have the earth, he will destroy it as well!
No wonder the devil wanted to get the prayers out of the schools! What will happen when Doctors and Nurses, can’t pray for their patients? Is there really an atheist a fox hole? And what happens when we take prayer out of the Federal Buildings?
THE MESSAGE OF DANIEL 10 means Jesus is Coming Again, Why don’t we pray, before we all lose our way?
Daniel is open. Michael has Stood up to protect and defend God’s people. Why don’t you call on Him! He has billion of angels to send you in answer to your prayers!