Daniel 10:5 Index
"Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz."
Research Material

"...and beheld a certain man..."

  • The vision Daniel had is almost identical to the description of Christ that John received in Revelation1:13-16.... It is interesting that the picture of Christ given by Daniel in Daniel 10:5 and Daniel 10:6 was before He was born of Mary and took the nature of man. John's description in Revelation 1:13-16 is after His resurrection and ascension into heaven. Both are similar except for the hair that John mentions, and His body like beryl that Daniel describes. The stone beryl is identified as topaz, chrysolite, chalcedony and carbuncle. It was very precious and was one of the stones in the high priest's breastplate (Exodus 28:20). It is used in the description of "...my beloved..." in the Song of Solomon 5:14, in the description of Ezekiel's wheels (Ezekiel 1:16), and is the eighth foundation of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:20). (KC 119)
  • The heavenly Being appeared in human form (Genesis 18:2; Daniel 7:13; Revelation 1:13). The description closely resembles that given by John when Christ was revealed to him. It was [Christ] who appeared to Daniel (SL 50; GC 470-471). (4BC 858)
  • A most majestic being visited Daniel on this occasion. The description here given of him is almost parallel to the description of Christ in Revelation 1:14-16. Also, since the effect on Daniel was similar to that experienced by Paul and his companions when the Lord appeared to them on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-7), we conclude that Christ Himself appeared to Daniel. We learn in Daniel 10:13 that Michael had come to assist Gabriel in influencing the Persian king. How natural then that He should show Himself to Daniel on this occasion. (US 226)

"...loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz."

  • The location of Uphaz is not known. Some have suggested that it is identical with Ophir which was famous for its fine gold (1 Kings 9:28). Such an identification is [possible]. The names Uphaz and Ophir are similar when written in Hebrew characters. (4BC 858)