Daniel 8:17 Index
"So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, 'Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.'"
Research Material

"...fell upon my face..."

  • It was not for the purpose of worship that Daniel fell before the angel, for it is forbidden to worship angels. (Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:8, 9). Daniel seems to have been completely overcome by the majesty of the heavenly messenger. He prostrated himself with his face to the ground. The angel laid his hand upon him to give him assurance (how many times have mortals been told by heavenly beings to "fear not"! [70 times as recorded in scripture]), and from this helpless and prostrate condition set him upright. (US 187-188)

"...time of the end..."

  • The angel Gabriel tells Daniel that this vision concerns the "...time of the end..." This phrase will be used in Daniel 11 and Daniel 12 to depict the period of time from 1798 until the Second Coming of Christ. God always has plans and orders events that are taking place. They move like clockwork, "...for at the time appointed the end shall be." (Daniel 8:19). (KC 101)
  • The vision reached until the time when the desolating power would be destroyed, and event associated with the coming of Jesus (2 Thessalonians 2:8). The fact that the last events represented in the vision will be fulfilled at the end of this world's history must be borne in mind when seeking an interpretation of the symbols of the vision. Any exposition that finds a complete fulfillment of the vision in an earlier period such as in the time of the Maccabees falls short of meeting fully the angel's specifications, and must be considered erroneous and misleading. (4BC 845)