Daniel 8:16 Index
"And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision."
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  • In the Old Testament the name Gabriel occurs only here and in Daniel 9:21. The New Testament reports the appearance of this heavenly being to announce the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:11-20), again to announce to Mary the birth of the Messiah (Luke 1:26-33). The angelic visitor declared of himself. "I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God" (Luke 1:19). Gabriel occupies the position from which Satan fell (DA 693 with DA 99). Gabriel was also the bearer of the prophetic messages to John (Revelation 1:1; DA 99). (Luke 1:19) (4BC 845)

"...make this man to understand the vision."

  • Daniel longed for an understanding of what he had seen, and the close connection between human longing and Christ's heart is shown here; for Christ, appearing as a man, stood before the prophet, and to Gabriel He said, "make this man to understand the vision." Gabriel drew near, and before his exceeding brightness Daniel fell upon the ground with his face to the earth. Then, as if to life the strain from the mind of him who carried Israel on his heart, he said, " Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision (Daniel 8:17).... I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be (Daniel 8:19). (SNH 130-131)
  • We now enter upon the interpretation of the vision. We have already mentioned Daniel's longing to understand these things. He sought for the meaning. Immediately there stood before the prophet one who had the appearance of a man. Daniel hard a man's voice, that is, the voice of an angel as of a man speaking. The commandment was given to make this man Daniel understand the vision. It was addressed to Gabriel, a name that signifies "strength of God," or "man of God." He continues his instruction to Daniel in Daniel 9. Centuries later this dame angel was commissioned to announce the birth of John the Baptist to his father Zacharias, and that of the Messiah to the virgin Mary. (Luke 1:26). To Zacharias, he introduced himself with these words: "I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God." (Luke 1:19). From this it appears that Gabriel was here addressed by one still higher in rank, who had power to command and control his work. This one was probably no other than the Archangel, Michael, or Christ. (US 187)