Another chapter, another world-altering vision. “In the third year of Cyrus, king of Persia, a word was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar, and the word was true, and for a long time, and he understood the word and he understood it in the vision (Daniel 10:1).” Daniel has been in mourning for three weeks, for unknown reasons, and he’s by the river when he sees a man wearing linen, gold, and jewels. Daniel is the only one who can see him, and everyone else with him only senses his presence, which is intimidating enough, because they all immediately go hide. The experience is overwhelming, to say the least. Upon hearing his voice, Daniel collapses to the ground. The man/angel has come to help Daniel understand what will happen to the people at the end of days.
I guess this is my ignorance showing, because I had no idea that the book of Daniel was so full of esoteric, apocalyptic things. I knew about the lion’s den, and had also heard the story about his friends in the furnace, albeit with little context, but all of these dreams and visions full of angels and prophecy, were not something that I had ever really come across before. Realizations like these are what I love about Project 929, because had it not been for this project, I probably wouldn’t have read this on my own in its entirety, and now I feel like I’ve been exposed to a whole new layer of the Jewish canon. As I wrote a few weeks ago, I’ve been considering what I want to study next, as this project marches towards the close, because rather than satisfy me, I find it’s only whetted my appetite for more reading and learning.