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Series: The Last Days of the Planet Earth
Last week we looked at part of Daniel's vision. We began to see what God was describing as the great world empires that would come. We noticed that these empires, although they are described by different beasts then previously, that they correspond to Daniel's previous vision of the great statue and also his precious visions of the great beasts that represent history and that would represent the coming world empires and the final world empire that would come in the last days.
I. THE MESSENGERS OF PROPHETIC ILLUMINATION
Let's begin in verse 15 and let's notice the messengers of prophetic illumination. These messengers are angelic beings sent by God with a special word of interpretation for the vision that Daniel received.
We find often seen in the Bible that angels were used by God as His special messengers. These are not only special messengers as angels, but these are really special messengers because one of these angels is named as Gabriel.
There are only two angels in the Bible who are given the title "arch angels." That word "Arch Angel" means chief messenger. One is Gabriel and the other is Michael.
Daniel 8:15 – And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
Now angels are able to take on appearance of a man. Angels have no gender and yet in the Bible they manifest themselves and many times appear in a human form. They are spirit beings but to relate to man and to fulfill their function and their mission, many times angels took on the appearance of humanity. So, as we look at this passage, there is an appearance of a man.
(16) And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
I take this as one angel talking to Gabriel and identifying ...
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