The Glorious Man and the Kings of the North

(Daniel 10:5-6; 11:1-45; 12:1-3; Revelation 1:13-16)

In Daniel 10:5–6, we find Daniel’s second vision of Christ in the Lord’s Day, which is also repeated in Revelation 1.

In his first vision, the Son of Man handed over the kingdom to God. In his second vision, Daniel sees the Angel Michael, “WHO IS LIKE GOD,” stand up on the last day.

“I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.”

The vision of Christ in Daniel 10:5–6 is the same vision that John saw in Revelation 1:13–16. It is a vision of Christ on the Lord’s Day.

In the Book of Daniel, an angel was sent to explain the meaning of Daniel’s vision. He said that it described “what will happen to your people in the latter days.” The explanation was long.

In Daniel 11, the angel described “the king of the north,” who would oppress the saints. Verses 1–3 describe the kings of Persia and Alexander the Great. Verses 4–30 describe the kings of the Seleucid Empire from 320 BC to 163 BC. In verses 31–35, the king of the north is Satan. In verses 36–39, the king of the north is the pope, who reigned with the ten kings. Finally, in verse 40, the angel described the king of the north as Gog, who would appear in the end time to attack Israel.

In Daniel 12, we finally come to the explanation of the vision—we see the One whom Daniel saw in Daniel 10. In the Lord’s Day, the angel Michael, WHO IS LIKE GOD, “shall stand up … and many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake.” He is the one we see in Revelation 1:13–16.