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DANIEL 8:16A THE MAN STANDING ON THE RIVER

Updated: Dec 17, 2022

CHAPTER 16 A

Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision (mareh).

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Daniel-Chapter-8/


Since Gabriel is the covering cherub, the only One with authority to command him would be God. This Man Who commands Gabriel is standing between the banks of the Ulai or in other words is standing on water.

BETWEEN H996

בֵּין bêyn, bane; (sometimes in the plural masculine or feminine); properly, the constructive form of an otherwise unused noun from H995; a distinction; but used only as a preposition, between (repeated before each noun, often with other particles); also as a conjunction, either...or:—among, asunder, at, between (-twixt...and), + from (the widest), × in, out of, whether (it be...or), within.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/lexicon/h996/kjv/wlc/0-1/


This happens one other time in Daniel 12:6-7. This time He is clothed in linen which is the clothing of the high priest on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:4). In answer to the question, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?”, the Man clothed in linen gives the starting and ending. It would start at the conclusion of the 1260-day prophecy and be finished when the scattering of the power of the holy people, which is when the gospel has gone to the world (Matthew 24:14).

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Daniel-Chapter-12/

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-24/


The power refers to presence of God in the person of the Holy Spirit which gives His people the power to preach the gospel message (Matthew 28:18-20).


https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-Chapter-28/


A parallel example of the scattering of the power of the holy people after a three-and-a-half-year period happened after the three and a half years of apostolic ministry, following the resurrection of Christ until the death of Stephen, when the Christians were scattered by persecution and obeyed the command to take the gospel to the world, not just to the Jews (Acts 8:1).


Just as the apostolic persecution of the disciples of Christ cause a scattering of the gospel to the world to begin the work, so will persecution at the close of time cause a scattering of the gospel to the world to finish the work. This final gospel work would begin after the 1260 years of papal oppression were finished and would go on till the close of time.

Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

But in context of Daniel 8:15, we know the Man commanding Gabriel in Daniel 8:16 is the Mighty Man. Comparing scripture with scripture, in Revelation 10, this Mighty Man, being Jesus Christ or Michael, Prince of Life and heaven and earth, has a special work to accomplish at the end of the 2300-day vision. He is clothed with a cloud just as He was when he lead Israel out of Egypt to His Holy Mountain and through the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1-4). He has a rainbow upon His head representing His glory or character and covenant promise not to destroy the world by another flood. (Ezekiel 1; Genesis 8). His face is as it were the sun so we can see and understand the gospel as it is in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4). His feet as pillars of fire represent the fact that He walked the furnace of this earth before us. His work is the mystery of God, Christ in you, the hope of glory. That work is included in the mystery of the seven sealed thunders of Revelation 10:3-4 and is delineated and unsealed in Revelation 6-8:1 by the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb as it were slain of Revelation 5.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Revelation-Chapter-10/


Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

In the gospels, when Christ is seen walking on water, His disciples have just experienced a disappointment related to the miraculous provision of Christ involved in feeding 5000 men. They thought He was going to manifest Himself as king of Israel, but instead, He sent his disciples and the fed multitude away, bitterly disappointing His disciples. That night, Jesus comes to them walking on water to assure them that He is still with them. Peter wants to walk on water also, and Christ invites him to come to him on the water but when he takes his eyes off of Jesus he begins to sink. Then just a little later He tells them in John 6 that this feeding of the 5000 provision of bread represented the spiritual Bread of Life being Himself, Jesus Christ, to be fed to the world. When the people found out the Daily Bread or Manna He wanted to provide was spiritual and not literal, some, out of disappointment stopped following Jesus. But His disciples understood and in answer to Jesus question as to whether they would still follow Him, Peter answered for them and said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

It was through these faithful men, endowed with Power from on High, that Christ commenced with taking the gospel to the world.

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-6/

https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/John-Chapter-6/

This same experience was prophesied to happen at the close of time. The people studying the prophecies of the little book of Daniel in 1844 thought Jesus was going to come and manifest Himself as King of kings to this earth. But they were bitterly disappointed when He did not come. They began to study more and saw that they had a commission to reach the Gentile world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They must prophesy again. To learn more about the history of this event see the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52LowEwp42Q

CHAPTER SUMMARY


Since Gabriel is the covering cherub, the only One with authority to command him would be God. This Man Who commands Gabriel is standing between the banks of the Ulai or in other words is standing on water.

This happens one other time in Daniel 12:6-7. This time He is clothed in linen which is the clothing of the high priest on the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16:4). In answer to the question, “How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?”, the Man clothed in linen gives the starting and ending. It would start at the conclusion of the 1260-day prophecy and be finished when the scattering of the power of the holy people, which is when the gospel has gone to the world (Matthew 24:14).


The power refers to presence of God in the person of the Holy Spirit which gives His people the power to preach the gospel message (Matthew 28:18-20).


A parallel example of the scattering of the power of the holy people after a three and a half year period happened after the three and a half years of apostolic ministry, following the resurrection of Christ until the death of Stephen, when the Christians were scattered by persecution and obeyed the command to take the gospel to the world, not just to the Jews (Acts 8:1).


Just as the apostolic persecution of the disciples of Christ cause a scattering of the gospel to the world to begin the work, so will persecution at the close of time cause a scattering of the gospel to the world to finish the work. This final gospel work would begin after the 1260 years of papal oppression were finished and would go on till the close of time.


But in context of Daniel 8:15, we know the Man commanding Gabriel in Daniel 8:16 is the Mighty Man. Comparing scripture with scripture, in Revelation 10, this Mighty Man, being Jesus Christ or Michael, Prince of life and heaven and earth, has a special work to accomplish at the end of the 2300-day vision. He is clothed with a cloud just as He was when he led Israel out of Egypt to His Holy Mountain and through the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1-4). He has a rainbow upon His head representing His glory or character and covenant promise not to destroy the world by another flood. (Ezekiel 1; Genesis 8). His face is as it were the sun so we can see and understand the gospel as it is in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4). His feet as pillars of fire represent the fact that He walked the furnace of this earth before us. His work is the mystery of God, Christ in you, the hope of glory. That work is included in the mystery of the seven sealed thunders of Revelation 10:3-4 and is delineated and unsealed in Revelation 6-8:1 by the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb as it were slain of Revelation 5.

In the gospels, just before Christ is seen walking on water, His disciples have experienced a disappointment related to the miraculous provision of Christ involved in feeding men. They thought He was going to manifest Himself as king of Israel, but instead, He sent his disciples and the fed multitude away bitterly disappointing His disciples. That night, Jesus comes to them walking on water to assure them that He is still with them. Peter wants to walk on water also, and Christ invites him to come to him on the water but when he takes his eyes off of Jesus he begins to sink. Then just a little later He tells them in John 6 that this provision of bread represented the spiritual Bread of Life being Himself, Jesus Christ, to be fed to the world. When the people found out the Daily Bread or Manna He wanted to provide was spiritual and not literal, some, out of disappointment stopped following Jesus. But His disciples understood and in answer to Jesus question as to whether they would still follow Him, Peter answered for them and said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.


It was through these faithful men, that Christ commenced with taking the gospel to the world.


This same experience was prophesied to happen at the close of time. The people studying the prophecies of the little book of Daniel thought Jesus was going to come and manifest Himself as King of kings to this earth. But they were bitterly disappointed when He did not come. They began to study more and saw that they had a commission to reach the Gentile world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They must prophesy again.

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