Daniel 10:20 Index
"Then said he, 'Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come.'"
Research Material

"...knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee..."

  • The prophet is at length strengthened to hear in full the communication which the angel has to make. Gabriel says, "Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee?" Do you understand my purpose so that you will no more fear? (US 230)

"...I return to fight with the prince of Persia..."

  • ...It seems certain... that the angel is here speaking of further conflict between himself and the "prince of Persia." That this struggle did continue long after the time of Daniel's vision is shown by Ezra 4:4-24. "The forces of the enemy were held in check all the days of Cyrus, and all the days of his son Cambyses, who reigned about seven and a half years." (PK 572). (4BC 861)
  • He then announced his intention to return, as soon as his communication was complete, to fight with the king of Persia.... the angel of God would stand on the side of the Persian kingdom as long as it was in the providence of God that that kingdom should continue. (US 230-231)

"...the prince of Persia...

  • Nations rise and fall at the hand of God. The angel of God told Daniel that he was going back to continue wrestling with the power of darkness for the mind of the King of Persia. As long as the angel of God held back the winds of strife the empire of Persia existed. As the Scripture points out, "...and when I have gone forth..." the prince of Greece (Alexander the Great) invaded the Persian Empire and it soon passed into history. (KC 121)

"...the prince of Grecia shall come."

  • ...The angel had told Daniel that he was returning to continue the struggle with the powers of darkness that contended for control of the mind of the king of Persia. Then he looked further to