Christ is present in the book of Daniel in quite a few ways. Firstly, we see that Christ is presented to us as descending to save His people and ascending to receive His Kingdom from the Father. In both of these instances, the two natures of Christ are evident. In Daniel 3, Christ is the Son of God who has been sent, the Angel of Yahweh/God, who delivers His elect people, but He is, nevertheless, called a “Man.” The Son of God is the Angel of the Lord, the Man, Christ Jesus our Savior. Similarly, in Daniel 7:9-14 the Lord Jesus appears as the Son of Man who ascends to the throne of God to be crowned as eternal King of kings and Lord of lords, and to receive His kingdom unto Himself. Our Lord’s two natures are also present in these verses, for we are told that “all peoples” serve Him, and that “His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” This may not seem to be a clear indication of Christ’s Deity, but turning back just two chapters, Nebuchadnezzar testifies that it is the Most High’s dominion which is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom endures from generation to generation. In addition to this, the testimony of King Darius is recorded in Daniel 6:26-27, in which the king says God “is the living God…His kingdom shall never be destroyed, and His dominion shall be to the end…”
Does a mere Man possess God’s Kingdom? Not at all; rather, the Son of Man shares in the honor that the Most High God receives in Daniel 4:34 and 6:26-27, ruling over God’s Kingdom eternally, thereby exhibiting His equality to the Father. Thus, the Two Natures of Christ are present in this small passage of Scripture as well. Christ is the Son of God, the Man who enters into the fiery furnace to save His people; He is also the Son of Man who ascends to the throne of the Father to receive His kingdom. What Paul says of Christ is testified to in Daniel’s writing:
He was manifested in the flesh,
Vindicated by the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Proclaimed among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.
Daniel’s description of the Lord Jesus Christ is even more specific, however, in Daniel 9:24-26a, where the ministry of our Lord is given in dense, but very exact, details. We are told that the Anointed One will “finish transgression, put an end to sin, atone for iniquity, bring in everlasting righteousness, seal both the vision and prophet, and anoint a most holy place.” The Lord Jesus Christ is present throughout Daniel as (i.)Son of God who is sent from God to save His elect people, (ii.)Son of Man who ascends to heaven to receive an eternal crown and kingdom/dominion, and (iii.)Anointed One who will finish transgression/put an end to sin/atone for iniquity, bring in everlasting righteousness, seal both the vision and the prophet, and anoint a most holy place.