Daniel 10: Angels and Demons
Angels and demons have been so popular in fictional literature that many people simply believe that they are the product of fiction. However, in Daniel 10, we have actual spiritual warfare going down in the land of Persia.
Dan 10:12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words.
Dan 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.
The message was coming from God to Daniel, but the messenger got waylaid by evil forces, and it took the assistance of Michael, an archangel, to help finish off the delivery.
I find this interesting because we live in a world that doesn’t even like to admit that there are such things as good and evil, but here in Daniel we have literal forces of good and evil coming into conflict. This isn’t just theoretical at this point. There was an actual conflict between a good angel and an evil demon, and there are real consequences of that action.
I know that many people are going to probably open this page and simply laugh it off as fantasy. However, I wrote about the prophecy of Daniel the other day. This book is incredibly accurate at predicting things that really should not have been predictable. If it is faithful in those things, then why would it not be faithful in this instance?
Why would it be faithful about things that might even be controversial for the Jewish faith? Personally, if I were making up the story and I was trying to make God look powerful, I don’t know if I would have His messengers being intercepted. If I was entirely making this up, I think that this might be one detail I would fabricate.
Just to be clear, I don’t think that the fact that a messenger being interrupted diminishes God’s power, but I’m just saying that I think I would have made the story a little bit less potentially controversial. If there was no interruption here, then there would be no possible question brought up here. The path of least resistance would be my choice.
The inclusion of data that seems to encourage debate is not a characteristic of fabricated stories. It is similar to the idea of the Gospel writers regarding that women, whose testimony would not be admissible in a court of law at the time, were the ones who were the first witnesses of the Resurrection. Therefore, it seems to me that the most possible reason that this information was included was because it was what Daniel was told. Therefore, that certainly makes angels and demons seem a lot more like reality and less of the fantasy that many people often think of them as.