I struggle with reading prophecy books because they usually don't make sense the first read through. While my husband will read the same passage multiple times a day in writing his sermons, I find my mind wandering after the second or third reading.
So I was pretty pleased to read Daniel 10 once and think "that's Jesus" and then after my second reading, turn to Robert Rayburn to find him saying this:
Who is this Messenger? It is generally accepted that this Person who appears to Daniel is none other than the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ, a theophany or Christophany. The strongest argument for that is the striking similarity between the description found here in verses 5 and 6 and that of our risen conquering King in Rev. 1:13-16. I’ll mention some of that later.
Daniel finds himself in the traumatizing presence of the pre-incarnate Christ, Coram Christo. Follow along as I read and notice the many references to his physical and psychological agony to this awe-ful figure speaking to him. ... So what we have before us is a composite of utmost dignity and honor, spellbinding beauty, fiercesome terror, with all seeing penetrating eyes, who alone dwells in unapproachable light, who speaks with a commanding voice ruling over all He has made. That is what Daniel sees. How are we to respond to this revelation of who Christ is in all His glory?
Daniel stays in front of this vision, in front of this Great Being floating over the waters, and once he is revived from the sleep he fell into, he bowed, his face to the ground.
It is the only way to respond- submission and reverence.
Rayburn says this as well, that so often we put God into an image we can understand. We're doing ourselves and those around us an extreme disservice when we do this. We must see God as He is - larger than what we can understand, more holy and terrifying. When we see Him as this, when we realize He is more awesome (in the original sense of the word) than we can understand, then our worship can grow, our relationship with God can grow.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Daniel 11:1-35