Daniel 7:16 Index
"I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things."
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"I cam near unto one of them..."

  • This being is not identified. Here, Daniel is still in vision, and the being he address is probable one of the attendants at the judgment. Whenever we inquire with a sincere heart for spiritual enlightenment, the Lord has one standing by to help us. Angels are eager to communicate truth to men. They are ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14), commissioned by God to bring messages from heaven to earth (Acts 7:53; Hebrews 2:2; Revelation 1:1). (4BC 830)

"I... asked him the truth of all this..."

  • We should be no less concerned than was Daniel to understand the truth of these things. We have the assurance that when we inquire with sincerity of heart, we shall find the Lord as ready now as in the days of the prophet to lead to a correct understanding of these important truths. The beasts and the kingdoms which they represent, have already been explained. We have followed the prophet through the course of events, even to the destruction of the fourth beast, the final overthrow of all earthly governments. The the scene changes, for we read, "The saints... shall take the kingdom." (Daniel 7:18). The saints! despised, reproached, persecuted, cast out; looked upon as the least likely of all men ever to realize their hopes -- these shall take the kingdom, and possess it forever. The usurpation and misrule of the wicked shall come to an end. The inheritance forfeited because of sin shall be redeemed. Peace and righteousness shall reign eternally over all the fair expanse of the earth made new. (US 115)