Daniel 8:27 Index
"And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it."
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"And I Daniel fainted..."

  • Gabriel took up the history of the kingdoms one by one, and when he came to the two thousand three hundred days, he said, "The vision of the evening and the morning" [Daniel 8:14- the same as the two thousand three hundred days] which was told is true. "Wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days." Daniel fainted, for the crucifixion of the Saviour had just been revealed to him, and the view was more than he could endure. Further explanation was delayed until a later vision. The events which would take place during that period are noted in Daniel 9. (SNH 131)
  • "The vision of the evening and the morning" refers to the period of 2300 days. In view of the long period of oppression, and the calamities which were to come upon his people, Daniel fainted and was sick certain days. He was astonished at the vision, but did not understand it. Why did not Gabriel at this time fully carry out his instructions, and cause Daniel to understand the vision? Undoubtedly because Daniel had received all that he could then bear. Further instruction is therefore deferred to a future time. (US 191)

"...was sick certain days..."

  • This experience was so stressful for Daniel that he fainted and was sick. He didn't grasp the vision which Gabriel said was important. Daniel understood clearly who the Ram and Goat represented for he revealed this in Daniel 8:20, 21. However, he did not understand the 2,300 days of Daniel 8:14. Without question, Daniel had received all he could bear. Therefore, the angel said to seal it up, more was to be revealed in the next chapter... Daniel prayed for understanding; how much more should we pray to comprehend this prophecy since we are closer to the last days than he was...(KC 103)
  • As Daniel was permitted to look into the future, he saw Rome emerging in its three phases: the Roman Empire, the church of Rome, and the revival of the church/state union of the Roman power at the end of time. In Daniel 8:24 he saw this power at work during the Dark Ages as it attempted to extinguish the true worship of God by destroying "...the mighty and also the holy people". Daniel 8:25 reveals, "...He shall destroy many in their prosperity." The King James Version of the Bible says, "...and by peace shall destroy many." That is, its sudden reemergence to power will be disguised by a platform of "peace." However, its true character has not changed and it will once again array its power against God and His people. He shall "...rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human hand" (Daniel 8:25), by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming. (KC 103)
  • Daniel was doubtless deeply concerned about the events that had been revealed to him. Instead of [foretelling] of an immediate end to the indignation, Gabriel informed the prophet that the ultimate end would be many years in the future. (4BC 847)

"...I was astonished at the vision..."

  • In addition to the truth taught by the prophecy itself, there are connected with Daniel 8 some underlying principles of wonderful beauty. (SNH 131)
  • The spirit of prophecy is a gift to be coveted (I Corinthians 12:28-29, 14:1; Ephesians 4:11). God never leaves Himself without some representatives on earth, and among His people certain ones are prophets. The study of Daniel's life reveals the character which makes it possible for man to understand the language of God. A clean, pure sol is necessary (Matthew 5:8). Gabriel is the angel of prophecy, the messenger who bears the light of truth to men. To the father of John the Baptist he said, "I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God" (Luke 1:19). To Daniel he said, "There is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your Prince" (Daniel 10:21) -- Christ Himself. Gabriel is, then, the personal attendant of the Son of God, holding the position as light bearer which Satan occupied before his fall (Isaiah 14:12-14). It was Gabriel who announced the birth of the Saviour to Mary in Nazareth (Luke 1:26-27). It was he who led the angel choir on the plains of Bethlehem (Luke 2:13-14); he with others, as the star (Numbers 24:17), guided the wise men to the Babe of Bethlehem (Matthew 2:9). (SNH 131-132)
  • It was Gabriel who brought strength to the Saviour at the close of the forty days' conflict in the wilderness of temptation (Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43), and he who lifted the prostate form of the Son of Man in Gethsemane, and pillowed that aching head, wet with bloody sweat, upon his own bosom. Before Gabriel, the Roman guard fell like dead men (Matthew 28:4), and his voice shook the earth as the Saviour came from the tomb (Matthew 28:2). Taking his seat on the empty sepulcher (Mark 16:6), he met the disciples and the women, and bade them seek their Lord among the living (Luke 24:5). (SNH 132)
  • The Saviour ascended to heaven, leaving His disciples alone, but not alone, for "behold, two men stood by them in white apparel" (Acts 1:10). While heaven rang with songs of welcome to the returning Son of God (Psalms 24:9-10), two angels stood on earth to comfort the lonely ones. One of these was Gabriel, Christ's attendant angel. Of all the angels of heaven none have been more closely connected with man than has Gabriel (Daniel 10:21). Yet to John, who fell before him to worship, he said, "See thou do it not; for I am they fellow-servant" (Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:9). Gabriel was only an angel, upheld by the same Power that sustained John, and he would not for one moment allow John to be deceived by thinking he was a part of the great Trinity of heaven (I John 5:7), and worthy of the worship of mankind. He assured John that he was only one of the host of "ministering spirits" (Hebrews 1:14), by saying, "I am thy fellow-servant." So bound up in the affairs of man is this mighty angel that he counts himself on with us (Revelation 22:9). This is the one whom Christ has used to convey the light of future events to men upon earth (Revelation 1:1). To every prophet, from Moses to John, the same angel came, and to the remnant church it is still Gabriel who reveals truth through the person of the prophet. (SNH 132-134)
  • Before his fall, Lucifer was the light bearer. Since that time he has used his power in bearing darkness to the sons of men (John 8:44). There always have been, and will be to the end of time, false prophets and seers (Deuteronomy 13:1-4; Matthew 24:24). Men who might be used by God, were their hearts given to Him, often yield themselves to the influence of the counterfeit power (Acts 13:6-10, 16:16). Herein lies the explanation of spirit manifestations. So great will be this power that before the end Satan himself, personifying an angel of light, will appear on the earth, deceiving, if possible, the very elect (II Corinthians 11:14). The safety of God's people will lie in heeding the voice of Gabriel as he speaks through some chosen instrument (II Chronicles 20:20; Revelation 16:16-18). Christ speaks through Gabriel to His prophet (Numbers 12:6). (SNH 134)

"...but none understood." (Daniel 9:23)