D A N I E L.
This chapter and the two next (which conclude this
book) make up one entire vision and prophecy, which was
communicated to Daniel for the use of the church, not by signs and
figures, as before (ch. vii.
and viii.), but by express words; and this was about two
years after the vision in the foregoing chapter. Daniel prayed
daily, but had a vision only now and then. In this chapter we have
some things introductory to the prophecy, in the eleventh chapter
the particular predictions, and ch. xii. the conclusion of it. This
chapter shows us, I. Daniel's solemn fasting and humiliation,
before he had this vision, ver.
1-3. II. A glorious appearance of the Son of God to him,
and the deep impression it made upon him, ver. 4-9. III. The encouragement that was
given him to expect such a discovery of future events as should be
satisfactory and useful both to others and to himself, and that he
should be enabled both to understand the meaning of this discovery,
though difficult, and to bear up under the lustre of it, though
dazzling and dreadful, ver.