Daniel 10:21 Index
"But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince."
Research Material

"...that which is noted..."

  • or "written down" (4BC 862)

"...in the scripture of truth..."

  • The eternal plans and purpose of God are here represented as written down. (Psalms 139:16; Acts 17:26; Daniel 4:17) (4BC 862)
  • The things which are noted in the history of truth were related by this great revealer. Man sees not as God sees, and in his shortsightedness he often emphasizes the unimportant, and passes lightly over events of universal interest. (II Corinthians 2:14, 15). But when history is given in God's Word, it is a chronicler of those things which are "noted in the Scripture of truth." This fact is noticeable in the history of the Persian kings, which is contained in the next few verses. In the most abbreviated manner, Gabriel touches the events of hundreds of years, but he brings into prominences things which are noted elsewhere in the Word of God, and which can be understood only by a careful study of other books of the Bible. (SNH 182-183)
  • For an understanding of the history of Persia, it is necessary to study carefully Ezra, Esther, Nehemiah, Haggai, and Zechariah. These books carry the history to the time of Persia's greatest strength, and through the time when that nation worked for God and His people. Then, and not till then, is the record silent. (SNH 183)

"...there is none that holdeth with me..."

  • This phrase does not mean that only Christ and Gabriel understood what was going on, "The controversy was one in which all heaven was interested" (PK 571). But that Christ and Gabriel had assumed the special work of contending with the hosts of Satan in there attempt to secure control of the empires of this earth. (4BC 862)

"...but Michael your prince."

  • The fact that Michael is spoken of specifically as "your prince," places Him in sharp contrast with the "prince of Persia" (Daniel 10:13 and Daniel 10:20) and "the prince of Grecia" (Daniel 10:20). (4BC 862)
  • My note: Daniel does not place his trust in the rulers of this earth, but in the one who allows men to rule on the earth, the ruler of both heaven and earth, Jesus Christ the Son of God.
  • Gabriel then announced that none had an understanding with him in the matters he was about to communicate except Michael the Prince. After he had made them know to Daniel, there were four beings in the universe who possessed a knowledge of these important truths - Daniel, Gabriel, Christ, and God. Four links appear in this chain of witnesses - the firs, Daniel, a member of the human family; the last, Jehovah, the God of all. (US 231)