Did Satan Fear this Prophecy and Try to Keep it Secret?

Daniel’s Great Vision Prophecy: Part 1

Daniel the prophet, Servant of the Most High God, was given some of the most amazing end time visions.  One of the most detailed of these prophecies is Daniel’s Great Vision in Daniel 10-12.  Did Satan fear this prophecy so much he tried to keep it secret?

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Daniel’s prophecies are foundational. Much of the book of Revelation and much of Jesus’ Olivet Discourse were explanations of these incredible visions into the future.  In total Daniel interpreted two dreams of King Nebuchadnezzar, interpreted the writing on the wall in King Belshazzar’s banquet hall, and experienced four of this own visions found in Daniel 7,  8, 9,  and the final vision found in Daniel 10, 11, and 12.  These last 4 prophetic visions occurred over a period of 18 years.

Vision When Given Year Scope
4 Beasts 1st year of King Balshazzar 553 BC Babylon to Millenial Kingdom
Ram and Goat 3rd year of King Balshazzar 550 BC Great Sunni/Shia War to Millenial Kingdom
Seventy 7’s 1st year of King Darius 538 BC From the Decree to rebuild Jerusalem to Millenial Kingdom
Great Vision 3rd year of King Cyrus 535 BC From Persia to Millenial Kingdom

Spiritual Warfare

Did Satan fear this last prophecy in Daniel 10-12 so much that he tried to keep it secret?  The story of how Satan tried to keep this final vision from being released to Daniel is one of the greatest examples of spiritual warfare in the Bible.  In Daniel Chapter 10, the veil between the spiritual realm and the physical is drawn back, if only for a moment, to allow us to view the spiritual struggle occurring.

Then he (an angel) said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.  Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future.” (Dan. 10: 12-14 NASB, clarification and emphasis mine)

Prior to this amazing passage, we learn that Daniel had been fasting and seeking God for 3 weeks.  We notice that from the first day Daniel began seeking God, this angel was dispatched to respond to Daniel’s prayer.  He didn’t arrive for 24 days!  The reason is an “evil” angel was “withstanding” him or “standing between” or “opposing” the messenger angel.

Chapter 10 doesn’t tell us what Daniel’s prayer that prompted the messenger angel was, but we can deduce it from the vision the angel gives him and from comments he gave us previously in other chapters.  The angel’s answer is a detailed vision of what is to occur in the later days (literally the “end of days”).  Previously Daniel had 3 other visions (Dan. 7, 8, and 9).  These 3 visions were perplexing to him because at the conclusion of the first two visions he wrote:

At this point the revelation ended. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts were greatly alarming me and my face grew pale, but I kept the matter to myself.” (Dan. 7:28 NASB)

Then I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up again and carried on the king’s business; but I was astounded at the vision, and there was none to explain it. (Dan. 8: 26 NASB)

We can see these previous visions had made Daniel physically ill, and they confused him.  It is very likely then that Daniel was seeking God’s face so he could receive an explanation of the previous visions that he had received as long as 18 years previous.  In  response the angel gave Daniel a highly detailed vision that spans both Daniel 11 and 12.  In a future post we discuss this expansive vision in detail.  This post however, focuses on the angel and his struggle.

The Invisible War

Returning to the previous passage from Dan. 10, we see it is another “evil” angel that is “withstanding” or “opposing” the messenger angel for 21 days.  This angel is given a most instructive name.  He is called the “prince of the kingdom of Persia.”  In the Hebrew, the word translated “prince” is sar which is primarily a term applied to angels meaning captain or commander or general.  In the Septuagint Greek, the word is archon which is translated “ruler.”  In the Greek this word equally applies to angels and religious leaders such members of the Jewish Sanhedrin.  Here are some angelic references that use this word, archon,  in the New Testament.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph. 6:12 NASB)

But the Pharisees were saying, “He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons. (Matt. 9:34 NASB)

These passages imply a hierarchy of demonic powers.  The evil angel in Daniel 10 is one of these ruler angels and it appears he is in charge of the nation of Persia.  Does Satan assign demonic angels to rule the nations?  Obviously it appears he does.  Later in the passage we learn that after the archon of Persia, the archon of Greece will arise.

The passage in Daniel 10 also implies a hierarchy of heavenly angels.  Michael is dispatched to help the messenger angel and he is described as one of the archon of the Holy angels (those that didn’t fall in Satan’s rebellion.)  Later in Daniel 10:21 we learn Micheal is the archon of the Jewish nation (Israel).  Because he is listed as only one of rulers, the passage implies there are more rulers like him.  Perhaps the “sheep” nations of Matthew 25:31 have Holy rulers and the “goat” nations have demonic rulers?  We don’t know.  It is not explained to us.  Maybe all the nations have both.   This is something we may learn in the Millennial Kingdom.

A question that came to my mind is how does Satan have the authority to assign demons charge of nations?  An interchange between Jesus and Satan in Luke provides fascinating insight:

He (Satan) led Him (Christ) up and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.  And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this domain and its glory; for it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it shall all be Yours.”  Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’” (Luke 4: 5-8 NASB)

We can see from this passage that the earthly domain and its earthly glory has been handed over to Satan and he can give it to whatever human he wishes!  In this interchange, he tempts Christ with the kingdoms of the world.  Someday he will give it to the Antichrist. This domain was originally Adam’s but Satan stole it from him in the “fall.”  Satan then became the ruler (archon) of this world.  (John 14:30)  It is believed by many that the scroll with seven seals in Rev. 5 and 6 is the “title deed” to the earth, which Jesus shall open during the Tribulation.  After this event, Jesus and the saints will rule the earth.

After This Vision Daniel Understands

What we do know is the message the angel brought to Daniel is one that Satan feared enough to try and prevent its delivery.  It is also one that may be further explanation of Daniel’s previous visions that caused him confusion.  It may be a key to understanding the Book of Daniel.  We learn at the beginning of this section that Daniel understood both the message and the vision after he heard it; so it obviously answered his questions about his previous visions.

In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the message was true and one of great conflict, but he understood the message and had an understanding of the vision. (Dan. 10: 1 NASB)

If Daniel was confused about the meaning of his previous visions but understood this one, the vision in chapters 11 and 12 must be able to clarify questions he had (and that we have) about his previous visions in chapters 7, 8, and 9.  This makes this final vision of extreme importance.  We will study this final vision in the next post:


18 thoughts on “Did Satan Fear this Prophecy and Try to Keep it Secret?”

  1. Nelson, I greatly enjoy reading all of your posts so much! You have opened my eyes to many truths of God’s Word that I had not considered before. In your opinion, how much time do we have left until the Seals & Trumpets begin sounding? Also, I am wondering if you believe the Gog-Magog War will begin before the Rapture, or after.

    1. One of my good friends believes that 2017 is the year. Other friends believe 2021. As for me, I don’t set dates, I’m just watching for the signs, the next of which should be the Sunni/Shia war.

  2. Re: Satan ruling the earth – what about Col. 2:15 which tells us that God disarmed the principalities & powers that were ranged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him (Christ) and in the cross. .?

  3. I have read every one of your posts and enjoyed them immensely. I only wish I had your knowledge, as a lot of this is over my head. Is there a more simplified version I could also read that you can point me to? Then I could come back, reread, and hopefully understand more than I do now?

    1. Sarah, knowledge is good, but the Love of Christ is better. “If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” (1 Cor. 13:2 NASB) Always pray for the love of Christ to dwell within you. Knowledge is an add-on!

      As for a simplified version, I don’t know another one. The basic idea is that Satan so feared the vision Daniel was given, he had a demon try to stop the messenger angel. This is proof of nature of Spiritual Warfare. The struggle lasted 3 weeks! The vision itself in Daniel 11 and 12 provides stunning detail of the 70th Week of Daniel. That is the basic and core of what this post is about.

  4. Thank you for this Bible Study of the Book of Daniel, my question is where are our modern day Daniels and Moses? The leaders of the believers on the international stage of these days?

    1. If you think about the men God used, Joseph was a slave, Moses herded sheep, Daniel was taken captive, Peter and John were fisherman. God calls his leaders from the ranks of the poor and lowly. Only when God is ready do they appear on the stage.

      1. Yes God does seem to call those lowly people doesn’t he but God will have his people in place for these times , I like the book of Daniel it says will fall by flatteries for a time and God will purge them white as snow and it says there will be those with understanding .. praise God

    1. Yes, I believe that is “when” the final seal is broken. The seventh seal unleashes the trumpet judgments which begin the day of the Lord. In Chapter Five of the new book, there is an extensive examination of exactly at what point the Day of the Lord (God’s Wrath) begins.

  5. Isaiah 14.. The King of this World, Lucifer I Would Think Has His Day !
    Those that watch for him( that one) perish.
    Them that wait on Yeshua Live . because he is the life & way.
    Who knew the Evil one Would Manifest thru Islam it seems !

    The Fullness of the Gospels is here … Thou the world is rejecting it…

  6. very good love this sort of bible study, Got a question that popped into my head today in Daniel 11 it says he will get help from a foreign god , im assuming this is talking about anti Christ.. if the anti Christ is Islamic as you have said then the foreign God cannot be allah if so then who uis the foreign God

    1. Thanks Mike. My Daniel 11 and 12 studies are coming in the next week or so. But to answer your question, yes I believe the foreign god the Antichrist gets help from is Allah, the moon god, also known as Satan. I’ll go over this in depth for you and why Allah and YHWH are not the same in the study. Great question.

      1. Interesting to see you too using the descriptor ‘moon god’ Nelson. I’ve used the same now and again. Why else would that politico-religion use a crescent as its definitive emblem?

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