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Who does Daniel see in his vision in Daniel 10?

{ asked by Bijoy Thangaraj }

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Could it have been Jesus?

I doubt it could be Jesus, because the implication of verses 12-13 is that the speaker was restrained by the "prince of the Persian kingdom"; I doubt the prince could have restrained Jesus.

So is it an angel or a human?

Verses 5-6 show that the person is an angel:

I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.

Can we know the identity of the angel?

There are only two named angels in the Bible, Michael1 and Gabriel.

It cannot have been Michael, because the speaker refers to him (in verses 13 & 21).

So it must be either Gabriel or an unnamed angel. However, Daniel recognised Gabriel when he appeared in a previous vision: Daniel 9:21:

...while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.

Since he does not recognise Gabriel this time, it is also not likely to be him. Therefore my conclusion is: it is an unnamed angel.

1 List includes other Biblical characters also named Michael.

{ answered by Wikis }
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