Daniel 4:13 Index
"I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven."
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"...a watcher..."

  • ...the watcher is a heavenly messenger.... This much is evident: The water was recognized as bearing the credentials of the God of heaven. (4BC 790)
  • As Nebuchadnezzar gazed upon the tree, he saw a "watcher, even an holy one." -- a messenger from heaven, whose appearance was similar to the One who walked in the midst of the fiery furnace with the Hebrew children. At the command of this divine messenger, the tree was hewed down, the stump alone remaining. Hewing down the tree did not kill the stump nor the roots. The life remained, and it was ready to send forth new shoots more numerous than before. (SNH 60-61)
  • It is doubtful whether man ever received a message freighted with greater importance than this one given to Nebuchadnezzar. (SNH 61)
  • Every nation that has come upon the stage of action has been permitted to occupy its place on the earth, that it might be seen whether it would fulfill the purpose of “the Watcher and the Holy One.” Prophecy has traced the rise and fall of the world's great empires—Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. With each of these, as with nations of less power, history repeated itself. Each had its period of test, each failed, its glory faded, its power departed, and its place was occupied by another. While the nations rejected God's principles, and in this rejection wrought their own ruin, it was still manifest that the divine, overruling purpose was working through all their movements. (Ed 176-177)
  • Today there is a Watchman taking cognizance of the children of men, and in a special sense of those who are to represent God by receiving his sacred truth into the heart and revealing it to the world. That Watcher is guarding the interests of all. Every individual is before him. There is not a thought of the heart that is unnoted. Nothing can be hidden from him. His ear hears the secret whisperings, and every secret thing is to be brought into judgment. All need to learn that the heavenly Watcher is acquainted with the children of men. If men forget this, there is danger of a spirit of selfishness and self exaltation entering their work. These principles practised are not only detrimental to all within the sphere of their action, but will lead to a development of character so objectionable that its possessor cannot find a place among the redeemed. He that sitteth in the heavens requires that a different spirit shall control his workers. (The Review and Herald article "The Need of Consecrated Workers" September 8, 1896)
  • Nothing is hidden from God. Says the true Witness, “I know thy works” (Revelation 2:2). Every word that we speak is heard and recorded by the Majesty of heaven, who has declared, “By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12:37). Could our eyes be opened, could we see the heavenly Watcher by our side, listening to the words we utter, we would strive to control our tongues; for we would realize that we were speaking in the hearing of the heavenly universe. If they are left unrepented of, we shall meet once more the bitter spirit, the revengeful feelings, and the angry words; “for God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:14). O that men, instead of making the mistakes of others the subject of their conversation, would turn their critical glances inward, seeking power from on high to guard well their words, that in the Judgment they might stand justified in the sight of God! (The Review and Herald article "Our Words" February 16, 1897)
  • The holy Watcher from heaven is present at this season [the Lords Supper] to make it one of soul searching, of conviction of sin, and of the blessed assurance of sins forgiven. Christ in the fullness of His grace is there to change the current of the thoughts that have been running in selfish channels. The Holy Spirit quickens the sensibilities of those who follow the example of their Lord. As the Saviour's humiliation for us is remembered, thought links with thought; a chain of memories is called up, memories of God's great goodness and of the favor and tenderness of earthly friends. Blessings forgotten, mercies abused, kindnesses slighted, are called to mind. Roots of bitterness that have crowded out the precious plant of love are made manifest. Defects of character, neglect of duties, ingratitude to God, coldness toward our brethren, are called to remembrance. Sin is seen in the light in which God views it. Our thoughts are not thoughts of self-complacency, but of severe self-censure and humiliation. The mind is energized to break down every barrier that has caused alienation. Evil thinking and evil speaking are put away. Sins are confessed, they are forgiven. The subduing grace of Christ comes into the soul, and the love of Christ draws hearts together in a blessed unity. (DA 650-651)
  • The watchers of Daniel 4:13 and Daniel 4:17 are probably the same extraterrestrial beings that elsewhere are called "angels" (Daniel 6:22). (MM 72)