On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river (that is, the Tigris) I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude. And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to hide themselves. So I was left alone and saw this great vision, and no strength was left in me. My radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and I retained no strength. Then I heard the sound of his words, and as I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in deep sleep with my face to the ground. Daniel10:4-9
Who is it that Daniel sees in today’s verses? Daniel describes him as a man so it could be an angel but I think it helps to look at how Daniel describes this man, “a man clothed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude”.
Now let’s go to the last book in the Bible and see how John describes Jesus in heaven, “and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters.” (Revelation 1:13-15).
It sounds to me like they are describing the same person. This brings up an important point. Whenever we are not sure what a verse(s) in the Bible mean we should use corresponding verses to help us ferret out the meaning. In today’s verses it seems clear that both Daniel and John are describing the same person. John recognized Jesus but Daniel living hundreds of years before the incarnation did not. Still Daniel knew the person he saw was powerful. So awesome was this person the He sapped Daniel’s strength.
Have a blessed day,
Just a side note on today’s verses. Being unfamiliar with what exactly beryl is I looked it up. For most of us the most familiar of the beryl is the emerald and the aquamarine. Pure beryl is colorless, but it is frequently tinted by impurities; possible colors are green, blue, yellow/gold, red, and white. Just my opinion but just possibly what Daniel saw reminded him of the golden beryl, a very pretty gemstone and in keeping with the burnished bronze of the arms and legs. Only speculation as there is as far as I am aware nothing that tells us exactly what beryl looked like in this passage.