Daniel 9:23 Index
"At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou are greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision."
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"At the beginning of thy supplication..."

  • From the time it takes to rad Daniel's prayer down to the point at which Gabriel made his appearance upon the scene, the reader can judge of the speed with which this messenger was dispatched from the court of heaven to this servant of God. No wonder that Daniel says he caused to fly swiftly, or that Ezekiel compares the movements of these celestial beings to a flash of lightening. (Ezekiel 1:14). (US 198)

"...understand the matter..."

  • "Understand the matter," he says to Daniel. What matter? Evidently that which he did not before understand, as stated in Daniel 8:27. "Consider the vision." What vision? Not the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's image, nor the vision of Daniel 7, for there was no difficulty with either of these; but the vision of Daniel 8, in reference to which his mind was filled with astonishment and lack of understanding. "I am come to show thee," also said the angel. (US 198-199)
  • Daniel had no difficulty in understanding what the angel told him about the ram, the he-goat, and the little horn, symbolizing the kingdoms of Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Nor was he mistaken in regard to the ending of the seventy years' captivity. But the burden of his petition was in respect to the repairing of the desolations of the sanctuary, which lay in ruins. He had undoubtedly drawn the conclusion that the time when the end of the seventy years' captivity came was the time for the fulfillment of what the angel had said in regard to the cleansing of the sanctuary at the end of the 2300 days. Now he must be set right. This explains why at this particular time, so soon after the previous vision, instruction was sent to him. (US 199)
  • The seventy years of captivity were drawing to their close. Daniel was acting upon a misunderstanding. He must not be suffered long to remain ignorant of the true import of the former vision. "I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding," said the angel. How could the connection between the former visit of the angel and this one be more distinctly shown than by such words at such a time from such a person? (US 199)

"...consider the vision..."

  • A reference to "the vision of the evening and the morning" (Daniel 8:26). In his last words to Daniel at the time of his previous visit Gabriel stated that the vision of the 2300 "evening and the morning" was "true" (Daniel 8:26). Thus in Daniel 9:24 the divine instructor begins where he left off in Daniel 8:26. (4BC 851)

"...for thou are greatly beloved..."

  • God has many favorites among the sons of men. Indeed, every man is a special favorite, and highly honored by the King of heaven, but there are very few to whom angels have spoken the word, "Thou art greatly beloved." The marginal reading of Daniel 9:23 gives the Hebrew rendering as "a man of desires." That man whose desires are heavenward, who longs for spiritual food as the hart panteth after the water brook (Job 23:12; Psalms 42:1), is greatly beloved of God, for God is in search of such to fulfill His will on earth (I Samuel 2:30; Psalms 91:14; Revelation 3:20). To such Gabriel can speak. (SNH 141)
  • One expression seems worthy of notice before we leave Daniel 9:23. It is the declaration of the angel to Daniel "For thou art greatly beloved." The angel brought this declaration direct from the courts of heaven. It expressed the state of feeling that existed therein regard to Daniel. (US 199)
  • Think of celestial beings, the highest in the universe, - the Father, the Son, the holy angels, - having such esteem for a mortal man here upon earth as to authorize an angel to bear the message to him that he is greatly beloved! This is one of the highest pinnacles of glory to which mortals can attain. Abraham reached another, when it could be said of him that he was the "friend of God" (James 2:23); and Enoch another, when it could be said of him that he "walked with God" (Genesis 5:22). Can we arrive at any such attainments? God is no respecter of persons; but He is a respecter of character, we could move the divine love to equal depths. We, too, could be greatly beloved - could be friends of God, and could walk with Him. We must be in our generation what they were in theirs. (US 199-201)
  • There is a figure used in reference to the last church which denotes the closest union with God: "If any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." (Revelation 3:20). To "sup" with the Lord denotes an intimacy equal to being greatly beloved by Him, walking with Him, or being His friend. How desirable a position! Alas for the evils of our nature, which cut us off from this communion! O for grace to overcome these, that we may enjoy this spiritual union here, and finally enter the glories of His presence at the marriage supper of the Lamb! (US 201)